7 DECEMBER 1889, Page 8

Golden Silence. By Emma Marshall. (Nisbet.)—This is a really good

story of a simple kind, quite up to the level of the author of " Mrs. Matchett's Mistake," and not too long. It chronicles the material, and still more the moral, ups and downs of the essentially typical English family of Birketts, who live in Crawford-under-Wold. To a certain extent, Golden Silence is a story of the effects of evil influence. Two members of the some- what large Birkett clan go astray to a certain extent,—Tom and Florence. But, equally as a matter of course, they are brought to their senses and to remorse by misfortune. Their evil genius, Cecil Meredith, is almost too severely punished by being burned in a theatre. To a certain extent, the title of this book is a bit of irony, which, however, the reader must discover for himself. Mrs. Marshall can hit off the character of a gossip extremely well.