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Lien a Chan,


Lien a Chan, London. By Walter Besant. London: Chatto and Windus. 1904. Sir Walter Besant was an authority on the history of London from the very earliest period, and possessed the rare gift which is able to draw a living picture of times that are past. This dainty little volume, published at a popular price, ought to be in the hands of everyone who takes interest in the story of the greatest city in the world. It deals only with the City proper, but it presents a narrative of that highly privileged and most influential, if somewhat limited, area that reads like a romance. As we turn over the pages, we can see London growing degree by degree, and the customs and manners of the Londoners of different periods from the days of the Romans to the days of the four Georges are portrayed with the skill and the accuracy of the practised hand. The Clyffards of Clyffe. By James Payn. London: Chatto and Windus. 1904. This is a new edition of one of Mr. James Payn's stories, and it is a powerful book. The scene is laid chiefly in Yorkshire, somewhere near the western boundary. Some of the descriptions in the opening chapters of the weird landscape are almost enough to make one feel giddy even whilst reclining in an easy chair. And some of the characters are quite in harmony with their surroundings. The brothers Carr, who keep a private madhouse, their sister, who has married the squire of Clyffe, and especially Cator, the asylum head-steward, are villains of a very deep dye. But there are other characters of a very different nature, and in the end the villains fail and the virtuous triumph. The Endless Heritage. By Chris Healy. London: Chatto and Windus. 1904. This book, written by the author of "Con- fessions of a Journalist," is a study of work- shop life in the North and Midlands." And a remarkable study it is. If the picture herein presented of the condition of the labouring classes in factories and foundries be a correct one, it is no wonder that there is dissatisfaction among them. Their "heritage" is an "end- less one indeed. They are driven with a Merciless hand, cursed and buffetted from morn till night, and on the slightest sign of insubordi- nation cast out to face hunger and unspeakable distress. But the fate of the master, who has only money-making in view, is quite as unenvi- able. Jack Glover, who starts in the gutter and ends a great captain of industry, having worked his way up through tenacity of purpose and disregard for every law that ought to govern commercial morality and rational life, is a most interesting study. Whether he ought to be called the hero or the villain of the play is a debatable question. He becomes a mere machine for money-making, and a telegram, announcing that his wife is dying, is left un- opened for days, because he is absorbed com- pletely in commercial gambling. Mr. Healy claims to be, perhaps, the only novelist of to-day that can write a novel of workshop life With first-hand knowledge, having spent ten years in the steel, wood, and printing trades before he became a journalist. He has written a book that ought to be seriously read by all who are interested in social reform. Y MAE Miss Emily M. Pritchard (Olwen Powys) wedi ysgrifenu llyfr a'r Briordy Aberteifi yn yr Wen Amser," yr hwn a gyhoeddir ar fyrder gan Mr. William Heinemann. Yn Saesneg y bydd, ond dylai fod yn ddigon dyddorol i bob Cymro ei brynu a'i ddarllen. Sefydlwyd crefydd-dy yn Aberteifi mor fore a 450 o.c. gan Matharam, mab Brychan Brycheiniog, ond ym mhen tua 7oo mlynedd yn ddiweddarach y daeth y nordy i fod. Gwelir fod ei hanes yn cuddio cyfnod hir, ac o angenrheidrwydd yn llawn o elfenau dyddorol. Y mae gan Olwen Powys gymhwysderau neillduol i ysgrifenu yr hanes. Bydd y llyfr yn addurnedig gan fapiau a dar- luniau. YM mhlith y telynegion tlysion a geir yn llyfr newydd y Parch. Silyn Roberts, "Trystan ac Essyllt," ceir yr un a ganlyn :— DAGRAU'R NOS. Caeodd amrant gwridog rosyn Dan y nos gysgodion prudd, Pan ddaeth gwawr agorodd wedyn Gyda deigryn ar ei rudd. Haul belydryn a ddisgynnodd I gusanu grudd y rhos, Gwridodd yntau ac anghofiodd Ddu anobaith dagrau'r nos. Oer a phrudd yw oriau gwyllnos Bywyd dan gysgodion bedd Pan ddaw gwawr a edy'r einioes Ddagrau ar fy newydd wedd ? Wna goleuni'r nef belydrau Lwyr ddileu pob caddug trist ? Hyn fydd ystyr sychu'r dagrau Ddydd datguddiad Iesu Grist ?