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READABLE NOVELS.—The Mask. By John Cournos. (Methuen. 6s. net.)—A long

and extremely interesting book in the Russian manner.--The Ancient Allan. By H. Rider Haggard. (Cassell. 8s. 6d. net.)—Compounded according to the original receipt: "Take one supernaturally beautiful Egyptian priestess and an equal weight of battles, shake welL . . Limpidus. By Marmaduke Pickihell. (Collins 7s. net.)—Mr. Marmaduke Pickthall cannot site without a certain distinction, but the reader will probably feel that the book was really written before tho war and only revised since. His gibes at our Boeotian aristocracy are rather fatiguing.—The Branding Iron. By Katharine Newlin Burt. (Constable. 6s. net.)—A melodrama of the Far West. Moving and successful.—Scras of the Settlers. By N. M. Chastel de Boinville. (Hurst and Blackett. 7s. 6d. net.)—A mildly pleasant book about Natal.