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The Gentle Art : Some Sketches and Studies. By Henry Lamond. With 8 illustrations by the author. (John Murray. (Is. net.)— Mr. Lamond's book is likely to appeal to Scottish more than to English anglers. The various chapters have, with one exception, been first printed in the Glasgow Herald. The author is secretary of the Loch Lomond Angling Improvement Association. His humour is of the pawky or Scottish kind, and the use of the editorial " wo " does not lighten a style which inclines a trifle to the ponderous side. Mr. Lamond divides his book into two parts. The first, entitled "Sketches," gives some youthful angling recollections and de- scribes a variety of day's sport for the most part on Loch Lomond. The second part, consisting of sixteen "Studies," opens with a somewhat dry disquisition on the law of trout-fishing in Scotland. Mr. Lamond is not a lawyer and does not make his subject very exciting to the legal or the angling reader. Other studies deal with various proposals for the protection of Scottish trout, on which the author's experience enables him to write with greater authority and effect. Of the rest, a chapter on "Bad Rises and Bad Light," discussing a problem that many loch fishers have thought over, alone calls for special mention, Mr. Lamond is sceptical as to "bad light," and believes that loch trout do not rise in a calm because they see the boat,