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The Moving Finger. By Mary Gaunt. (Methuen and Co.)— In

this volume we have seven sketches of Australian life, all of them powerful, and all of them painted in those gloomy colours which the literary artists of the day so strangely affect. "Dick Stanesby's Hut-Keeper" is, perhaps, the most striking of the set. Its tragedy certainly haunts the memory more persistently than do any of its fellows.