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that voyages first to the North and then to the

South. They meet with plenty of adventure,—especially in their southern travellings, when they encounter aggressive savages. Then there are elements of entertainment in their own party,—love-making for some (there being three happy couples), a comic Irishman, an eccentric doctor, and a highly-cultured Esquimaux who has transported to the Arctic regions the tastes and surroundings of civilised life. All this is probably as like reality (though Dr. Stables describes scenery and animal life from his own knowledge) as the Timbuctoo of the poet's dream was like the squalid huts of the actual city ; but it makes a good story.