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THE MAGAZINES. Canon GirdTestone has done wisely in following up his addresses to the Warwickshire labourers by contributing to Macmillan a summary of his views on the condition of this class of society in all parts of England, and so ensur- ing all through the periodical a somewhat new collection of readers of his arguments on their behalf. In the first twenty-five years of my life," he says, I was beneficed in Lancashire, in a country district with a population ot 25,000 colliers, handloom weavers, and agricultural labouicrs." These people lived comfortably and well—so excellent, indeed, was their condition of life that when Mr. Girdlestone migrated to North Devon, to a purely agricul- tural parish, the change appalled him. He writes, It is England's boast that her soil makes free every foot which touches it. But in her western counties certainly, if not elsewhere, that soil is stilI trodden by slaves." Ho chiefly abuses tho system of truck that pro- vails. If a landlord wants his hedge cut he tells one of his men to "grub it after the regular hours of work, and the having done so, he is j i cs -r.ted with the clippings to which he is supposed to attach value; whereas, the real truth is, tlmt if tùe workm:mlmd been paid in money for his toil he couhl have purchased twice the quantity of wood.'Again, Canon Girdestone protests against the plan of giving quarts of cider to men, women, and boys, as a share of their earnings. He says, Whether they will or no, the workpeople are forced, instead or the coin of the realm, to take this sour compound, which helps to cripple them up with rheumatism in middle age, habituates them, even from childhood, to spend what no intelligent member of a higher grade of life would think of spending, and not un- frequently whets their appetite for still deeper potations at tho pubiichouse. When all the romance of the matter is cleared away, the naked truth comes out: that so- called privilege is a pretty shadow, and that the labourers in the West of England have notliing which will really do them any good over and above their bare 8s. or Os. a. week." After reviewing the state of labourers elsewhere, Canon Girdlestone contends that agricultural labourers, to bo respected as the artizans are, should have the franchise open to tbe, and should be given every encouragement in the formation of unions. He justifies his interference, as a clergyman, in the labourers' difficulties by saying, It is Tof little use to preach to empty stomachs. A comfortable home, a hearty meal, a mind at ease on worldly matters, are a much better preparation than starvation and a continued struggle with poverty, for the entrance of the gospel into the heart." Macmillan with its three delightful chapters of Mr. Black's excellent story, Mr. Gifford Palgrave's Eastern sketch, and Pro- fessor Clark's article on the Middlo Ages and the revival of learning in England, furnishes a good deal of the best class of literary food this month. Readers of St. PavVs Magazine this month will have the pleasure of being introduced to two new acquaintances of a somewhat remarkable type. One is an Irreconcileable, who begins telling us the story of his own adventures and experiences in thedays of tyrant schoolmasters, and the other Barney Geoghegan, M.P., who describes Homo Rule at St. Stephen's." The vision is npt an encouraging one for ME. Mqguire, Mr. Butt, and their co- adjutors, who scarcely desire among their refprms to see tho Speaker's mace superseded by the shillelagh of the member for Rashkill. "Clémence," a. charming little tale of French home life, is pleasantly told by Katherine Macquoid, while Jean Ingelow continues her story of Off the Skelligs." The Laureate of the Nursery" is an essay which brings into notice the writings of William Miller. No. 5 of Literary Legislators "is devoted to Mr. and Mrs.Fawcett, but it scarcely mentions the lady, and while applauding the tenacity of purpose which distinguishes the Professor maintains that intellectual Radicalism of the old school is "flayed out." Dark Blue contains much that is readable. "Jew, Gentile, and Christian is drawn out to a point of hysteri- cal interest; besides wlfich we have in tho way of light reading Immensee a German (prose) Idyll," containing much sweetness and light." Of the more solid contents, "Russia and Germany"—an able digest of M. de Lave- leye's views on The Eastern Question "—and a thoroughly characteristic paper by Karl Blind, on Spanish Struggles for Light and Right," are well worth careful perusal. The most taking pages in the current number, however, are those devoted to Mr. H. D. Traill's quasi-posthumous ad- ventures, entitled "The Day after my Death." Other interesting items in the magazine are Colonel W. F. B. Lawrie's Periodical Literature in India," the continuation of Mr. Florence M'Carthy's vigorously rendered poetic episode from the Iris h epic romance, The Cattle Prey of Cuailgne," and a paper on Literary Hacks," con- tributed by Mr. Ernest A. Beddall. Aunt Judy's Magazine maintains its reputation for pleasant diversified reading for young folks who are too old for the regular nursery volumes, and too young for novels. It has a pleasant distinctive feature in the fact that its juvenile subscribers maintain by their little pre- sents and contributions, a bed at the Children's Hospital in Great Ormond-street, London, and the means of be- friending helpless little sufferers of their own age is thus brought within the reach of happier children.

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