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Ovmca NOVELS. —Abbe Pierre. By Jay William Hudson. (D. Appleton

and Co. '7s. 6d.)—Though unpunctuated by dates, this book is in effect the diary of a Catholic priest who lived retired in his native village in Gascony. The Abbe Pierre's philosophy, if essentially French, is also essentially catholic, in the literal meaning of the word, and his wise and genial spirit permeates the whole book and makes it very pleasant reading. —Dust. By Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman Julius. (Melrose. 7s. 6d. net.)—A Kansas prairie story of a loveless marriage and its tragic sequel. The manner in which the tale is told affords one more illustration of the truth that the best effects in liter- ature, as in all art, often come by way of simplicity. A. Public Scandal and other Stories. By George Birmingham. (Hutchinson. 7s. 6d. net.)—The " Recollections of an Officer in the LR.A.," with which Canon Hannay's new volume of short stories ends, are thoroughly characteristic of the author's peculiar blend of sincerity and humour. And to read of Ireland through such a medium will be to many an antidote to the compulsory dose of Irish tragedy provided by the daily Press. —Ourselves When Young. By H. T. Sheringham. (G. P. Putnam. 6s. net.)—With the same thrill with which all that is young in us greets and recognizes the child in Stevenson's Garden of Verses will the grown-up reader welcome Guy and Penelope and Poggin. Every nursery topic is delightfully discussed, and immersed in such a book it is almost possible for a brief half hour to imagine oneself to have achieved the impossible and for once to have put the clock back—The Crystal Globe. By Reginald Glossop. (Odhams Press. 7s. 6d. net.)—This book makes no pretence to be anything but a shocker, in the fulfilment of which role it is quite successful. The story is enlivened by a most spirited description of a day with the hounds.