4 JANUARY 1868, Page 29

Routledge's New Handbook of Croquet. By Edmund Routledge. (Routledge.)—A code

is as much wanted for croquet as for the higher branches of the law, and Mr. Routledgo's rules are so clumsy and illogi- cal that he by no means supplies the deficiency. If we compare the note on rule 33 with that on rule 33 we find a direct contradiction. As instances of confused thought and language we may cito rules 12, 15, and 19. None of the points involved in these rules arc at all difficult, but Mr. Routledge has made them almost incomprehensible.