29 APRIL 1899, Page 12

Hero and Heroine. By Ascott R. Hope. (Adam and Charles

Black. 6s.)—The " hero " is a schoolboy, and Mr. Ascott Hope is, by common consent, an expert in describing the virtues of such per- sonages. The story is told by an admirer, who describes very well the strong emotion of friendship which a boy will sometimes feel for a schoolfellow whom he admires. It is indeed here that friendship, which is for the most part banished from modern life, is still to be found. We doubt whether the story is improved by the introduction of the "heroine," but it is, on the whole, quite worthy of its author, and this is no mean praise.