28 MARCH 1896, Page 25

Dialogues of the Day. Edited by Oswald Crawford. (Chapman and

Hall.)—Mr. Crawfurd has enlisted the services of a number of clever writers, and employed them on what we cannot but think a somewhat thankless task. He seems to have had a suspicion that the success of the venture might scarcely equal the ability of the authors, and bespeaks the reader's indulgence for the " poor dialogue-writer." Pezhaps they would be better liked taken one by one. Collected they are sometimes almost tiresome.