3 DECEMBER 1904, Page 40

A Book of Ghosts. By S. Baring-Gould. (Methuen and Co.

6s.)—Many of the ghosts evoked by Mr. Baring-Gould are "easy, familiar, and therefore disgusting," and none of them are either very alarming or very dignified spirits. Mr. Baring-Gould apparently takes an, exceedingly low view of the human soul, and he shows it as concerned after death with the most trivial affairs, and as a slave to its place of burial. Most people, like Malvolio, "think nobly of the sour and will "no way approve his opinion," although they will find some amusement hi the stories. As a whole they are not alarming, and may be read even late at night Without any unpleasant consequences.