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OTHER Novms.—The Devil's Christmas Box. By H. C.

Mason. (Heath Cranton. 7s. 6d. net.)—Not a good novel, but a very interesting book. It deals with the dangers involved in the modern exploitation of science, carried on as it is without any corresponding develop- ment in ideal sociology. Incidentally, there is a delightful account of a girl's first flight in an aeroplane.—The Bright Messenger. By Algernon Blackwood. (Cassell. 7s. 6d. net.)— Whether Mr. Blackwood's now book is appropriately dedicated to the " unstable" must depend upon what is adjudged to be the centre of stability. It is a curious and uncomfortable blend of reality and unreality, of paganism and nature worship, of things that are and things that may be. That it is well written needs no emphasis.—The Law Inevitable. By Louis Couperus. (Thornton Butterworth. 8s. net.)—The story of a Dutch girl, who samples married life and " free love " in succession, and is finally driven by her primal instincts to return to her lawful husband. The interest of the book lies in the psychology of the girl.—Leaders of the Blind. By Sir Alexander Bannerman. (National Review Office. 6.9. net)—A smoothly written story of the " Mary Barton" order brought very much up to date and, fortunately, beyond it, in the matter of Red Revolution.