29 APRIL 1899, Page 13

Trip. By Adele Frances Mount (Mrs. T. M Bricknell Perry).

(Jerrold and Sons. 3s. 6d.)—This is, we are told, "a true story." It has, indeed, every appearance of truth. " Trip " is a "waif," not distinguishable, when we first see her, from other outcasts, but wrought, nevertheless, as we soon come to see, meliore lute. The tale begins with a vivid presentation of the initial difficulty with which benevolent purpose is confronted. You find a child who may be dying of cold and hunger on your doorstep. The immediate duty seems to be to give her shelter and food. But how great are the obstacles to be overcome ! The first is from your servants, who probably reduce you to helplessness by rebelling. Happily, Mr. John Sandford was equal to the occasion, or we might have lost altogether a very interesting and instructive story.