2 JANUARY 1932, Page 32

TILE PHANTOM FUTURE. By Henry Seton Merriman. (John Murray. 7s.

Od.)—The only story of Merriman's whose scene is laid entirely in England has particular interest for us now, because it gives a picture of Bohemian life in London in 1880. The little sermons on life, the characters of the blameless barmaid, the chivalrous -Anger, and the young dog-about-town may amuse us more than they did the author's first public, but everyone

will admit his power as a story-teller. -