5 JUNE 1909, Page 28

The Admirable Crichton. By Douglas Crichton. (L. ITpcott Gill. ls.)—Mr.

Crichton, on a careful examination of the evidence, comes to the conclusion that the traditional notion of the man's character and attainments is correct. 110 was the marvellous creature which he was commonly believed to be, and the scepticism of some writers is not supported by valid testimony. We wish that Mr. Crichton had given us the original of the oration which lie translates. It would have been interesting to see what kind of Latin Crichton wrote, whether it was as good as that of his countryman Buchanan. A specimen would have sufficed. It is somewhat disturbing, we must own, to find that when Mr. Crichton quotes he does not always quote correctly. The epigram on "Freeman and Stubbs" has an impossible "and" in the second line, while "alternate" is altered into "adjacent." Is it he or the " Admirable " who is responsible for saying that the Golden Bough "put forth a precious branch whenever any spoiler has rudely plucked it" P No one could pluck, according to Virgil, who was not privileged to the act.