22 JULY 1876, Page 21

The New Quarterly Magazine, July. (Ward, Lock, and Tyler.)—This is

a good number. The first article is one of special interest,—" The Spirit of Modern Agriculture," by Richard Jefferies. It describes the change which has come over the occupation of farming, a change which it will hardly be too much to call total. It must be borne in mind, however, that there is a large region of agricultural life, especially in Southern and Western England, which the revolution has only begun to touch, or not touched at all. It is noticeable that Mr. Jefferies says, "It may be affirmed that, with very rare exceptions, the tenant has now absolute liberty of political or social action." The story of Lord Darnley and Mr. Lake seems to toll the other way. Mr. Lake, indeed, was not compressible, bat the rest of the tenantry were so to a most humiliating extent. Major Knollys makes a contribution of value to Indian history in his essay on "Our Disasters in Affghanistao." Many readers will welcome Mr. Latonche when he returns to his familiar subject of travel in Portugal. Of tbo two fictions, Miss Clementine Black's "Troubles of an Automaton " is clever and original. A man who moves the hand of a chess automaton sees a robbery committed on his antagonist, and his difficulty is bow to bring the offender to justice without revealing the secret of the machine. " Allan Glayno" is a very melodramatic affair, which seems to have missed its true place in a Christmas annual. Mr. C. Elliot Browne makes an amusing article out of the wit of Joseph Jekyll.