29 JULY 1905, Page 23

3firabeau and Gambetta. By Saxo-Norman (Arthur Pavitt and the Baron

de Wyllie). (Effingham Wilson. 2s. 6d.)—The sub-heading of the title is "Two Friends of Old England," and it is published in the interests of the entente cordiale. We must confess that we are a little doubtful whether either of the two statesmen was in any pronounced way a, friend of this country. It is probable that Mirabeau, who was twenty-six when the American War of Independence began, was very much more in sympathy with the United States than with us, and that to the end of his life he looked in that direction rather than in this for his political ideal. One thing he certainly admired in England, and that was the Abolitionist movement. In the case of Gambetta it is still more difficult to distinguish between what the man felt and wished and what the statesman advocated.