22 AUGUST 1885, Page 26

A Bustling Life in the Civil Service. By Thomas Baker.

(Kegan Paul, Trench, and Co.)—Mr. Baker is one of the persons who find some of the best happiness of life in being in a minority. He is a vegetarian of the most pronounced type. His ideal of diet is "uncooked fruit." He tells us, for instance, bow he left Leicester Square at half-past twelve at night, and reached Northampton (a distance of sixty-eight miles), without a halt, at half-past eight a.m. of the following day. His provision he carried with him, and it con- sisted of shelled nuts for food, and two dozen small pears for drink- We are informed, in a tone of semi-complaint, that after his marriage he was led back to cooked vegetables (" for women will generally prefer cooking "); he is candid enough to allow that a greater variety is thus obtained. It is needless to say that Mr. Baker has strong anti-vaccination opinions. His book is amusing, and indeed—for it would be unfair to judge the writer by his eccentricities—instructive.