7 JANUARY 1865, Page 27

The Stealing of the Princes. (Ward and Lock.)—A pleasantly told

version of a middle-age narrative, which describes how two princely lads, ancestors of all the Saxe-Somethings, and therefore of a third of the Princes of Europe, were stolen away from the Castle of Altenburg. The fact really happened, and the present story is but slightly amplified from one which in Germany has been the subject of many essays. Whether boys will quite understand it we doubt, but they will read it with an interest, useful as their interest in any other melodramatic episode of history, viz., to excite them to study the remainder. The little volume is well printed and better illustrated than the majority Of such books.