26 MARCH 1898, Page 26

.4 Russian Wild Flower. By E. A. Brayley Hodgetts. (Mae-

queen.)—Olga Obolenski, the heroine of this Russian tale, is a beautiful and natural character,—such a girl as one might well imagine growing up in one of those dreary-looking barracks that constitute a Russian noble's country home. Her father is the typical Russian aristocrat of the dissipated, swindling sort. Her brother's tutor, a Nihilist, makes love to Olga, and she is sent away to the capital for a change and to see society. Finally, she disappears with her old nurse, and tries to work out some ideas, which further conversations with Proudsorin have fermented in her brain. They are of course entirely philanthropical. All ends well, though poor Proudsorin, possessed of many noble traits, is betrayed, and commits suicide. A Russian Wild Flower is well written, and Mr. Hodgetts handles all sorts and conditions of men with equal skill. He evidently knows Russian society well.