27 FEBRUARY 1886, Page 23

Showell's Housekeepers' Account-Book, 1886 (Virtue and Co.), is a useful

diary for household expenses, and, in fact, for all the outlay needed, or supposed to be needed, for civilised life,—a very compli- cated affair, as one sees when it is there set forth in its details. Miss Showell prefixes some useful hints on domestic economy. The only suggestion that we would make for a future issue is the addition of a few blank pages. There are last year's bills (for even the most rigid ready-money system can hardly prevent all stragglers), and other matters for which it is convenient to have space at hand.—Another useful thing for domestic use is Smith's Shilling Family Washing- Book (T. J. Smith, Son, and Co.)