27 NOVEMBER 1886, Page 23

Ronald Hallifax. By Arthur Lee Knight. (F. Warne and Co.)—

The story begins with an adventure of drifting out to sea, being picked up by, and very soon wrecked in, a coasting vessel. After those experiences, of course, "he would be a sailor" more than ever. Ronald enters the Navy, sees the fight between the ' Monitor ' and the' Merrimac,' one of the most interesting incidents of modern naval warfare, and has some thrilling adventures with pirates. This is a good book ; but we may venture to advise the writer to have nothing to do with the cheap and valueless humour of such names as Lord Seafunk, First Lord of the Admiralty, and Doctors Cuppage and Podophyllin. •