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Literarg Notices, THE SEPTEMBER MAGAZINis! [SECOND NOTICE.] In an article in the September number of Macmillan's Magazine, which will be read with great interest at the present crisis, Mr. Arthur Gaye, discussing The Greeks and their Lesson,' says: Greece's own folly has once more thrown her back, and she starts again at the bottom of the list. What has she now to face, what, indeed, not to face? A ruined, or, to take the most optimistic view, a grievously compromised credit, in the first place, and that the greatest of all drawbacks to national progress. When Soloman, if Soloman it was, laid down that Money answereth all things,' he was formulating an axiom which no political economist, at any rate, will care to gainsay. Without a well-lined and well-managed public purse no country can hope to make a decent appearance on the market. Secondly, even when matters shall have been adjusted with the Turk there will be a real danger to the land in the troops of disbanded soldiery, tradi- tionally more than likely to lapse into brigandage, a curse which she had only within the last few years succeeded in stamping out. The old political animosities, due not to differences of pro- gramme, but to insatiable hankering after place and office, will, it is to be feared, once more bar the way to prosperity instead of being smothered, as they ought to be, by a common determination to sacrifice all private ambition on the altar of the public weal. It is truly a parlous state which threatens. The true friends of Greece would fain see her happy and prosperous, but her worst enemy is herself, and those who love her best see this most clearly. Once more in her fitful all, or nearly all, except her sun, seems to be set; and the spectators of the tragedy are apparently helpless to contribute aught to the situation, save in the poet's mournful words- For Greeks a blush, for Greece a tear. The most attractive feature of this month's Century is Mr. Harry Furniss' Glimpses of Gladstone,' illustrated by a number of the author's inimitable sketches of the G.O.M. Mr. Furniss says :— I believe I am generally supposed to have invented Mr. Gladstone's collars but as a matter of fact I merely discovered them. Many men wear collars quite as large, and even larger than his, but they are not so prominent in appearance, for the simple reason that when Mr. Gladstone sat down it was his custom to sit well forward. His body collapsed, so to speak, and his head sank into his coat. The inevitable result was that his collar rose, and owing to this circumstance, I have frequently seen it looking quite as conspicuous as it is depicted in my caricatures. When Mr. Gladstone, upon one occasion, met the artists of Punch at dinner, I was chagrined to find, when he walked inte the dining-room, that he had discarded his usual high collar for one of the masher type. I felt that my reputation for accuracy was blighted, and sought consolation from the editor of a Gladstonian organ, who hap- peaed to be present. Yes," he said he is evidently dressed up to meet the Punch artists. He is the pink of fashion and neatness now but last night, when I met him at dinner, his shirt was frayed at the edges, and his collar was pinned down behind, but the pin gave way during the evening, and the collar nearly came over his head." Upon great occa- sions in the House Mr. Gladstone's dress was very noticeable. He was then spruce, in a black frock coat, light trousers, and wearing a flower in his buttonhole. This gener- ally indicated that a great speech was imminent. Whenever there was any excuse for wearing them, Mr. Gladstone had a partiality for grey clothes, which were not too fashionably cut; and once I remember that he caused some sensation by appearing in the House wearing a wedding favour. Something had evidently tickled his sense of humour upon the occasion, for he was smiling all over as he came in; and when he sat down by Sir William Harcourt, to whom he related the joke, his merriment seemed to increase Afterwards he repeated it to Mr. Chamberlain, and again to the Speaker, finally quitting the House to tell it anew outside. In the Humanitarian, the Bishop of Bloem- fontein expresses in interview form his views on South African problems. The Right Rev. J. W. Hicks is one of the most noted of the missionary bishops who have come over to this country to attend the Lambeth Conference. He has charge of a diocese considerably larger than Great Britain. Asked if the Boers have had any very marked influence over the native populations, his lordship replied:- My work does not bring me into close contact with the Boer population I am naturally more interested in those white people who are of my own flock, that is, the scattered English settlers. The Dutch often marry among their British neighbours, and, when this occurs, both parties not unfrequently become and remain members of the Anglican Church or, if not, one does not as a rule interfere with the religion of the other. Thus, the Chief Justice of the Orange Free State is married to an Englishwoman, who has remained in the Anglican communion. The Boers have a great deal of French blood in their veins, but the Dutch language has quite stamped out French, and the nation as a whole does not seem to have any marked modern French characteristics. Of course the late troubles in South Africa," continued the Bishop deliberately, "have indirectly injured my diocese, if only because through them the railways which were about to be built have been indefinitely postponed. But we are on very good terms with the civil authorities of the Orange Free State. Kimberley is in my diocese, but I have, of course, no jurisdiction over Johannesburg. The Rev. Harry Drew, Mr. Gladstone's son- in-law, is one of the celebrities whose portraits (at different times of their lives) appear in this month's Strand. Being unwilling to sever his wife from the venerable parents who had learnt to lean upon her as their chief stay, Mr. Drew has always refused to leave Hawarden, and has declined several offers of valuable preferment. In 1894 he spent six months in temporary charge of a church near Cape Town, and on his return to Hawarden he became the first warden of St. Deiniol's Hostel and Library, founded by Mr. Gladstone for the pro- motion of sacred study. Nearly 200 students have lodged in the hostel, and Mr. Drew has catalogued the 30,000 volumes contained in the two principal rooms of the library." The present day' portrait shews Mr. Drew in com- pany with his daughter Miss Dorothy (wearing rather a severe expression). On the opposite page are five portraits of Mrs. Drew at the ages of five, thirteen, twenty-two, twenty-eight (from a drawing by Sir E. Burne Jones), and the present day. Since her marriage all Mrs. Drew's energies have been devoted to the kindred tasks of mother, wife, and daughter; watching with affectionate devotion over jthe declining years of her illustrious parents, and co-operating wicn ner nusoana in au cne religious ana philanthropic work of a widespread country parish." Baily's Magazine contains interesting articles on Entrance to the Army,' Public School Cricket of 1897/ &c. In a contribution dealing with Some Famous War Horses,' that enter- taining writer, the Hon. F. Lawley, refers to the chargers ridden by the great Generals in the American Civil War, and in conclusion says After ample experience of active hostilities extending over many years, I have long ago come to the conclusion that during the last two years of the American Civil War there was never yet an army so superbly mounted as the two forces com- manded by General Grant in Virginia, and by General Sherman in Tennessee and Georgia. During the first two years of the war the Southerners were better mounted than their enemy, not ta mention that they were infinitely superior to them as horsemen. No small portion of the remounts which replaced and made good the enormous losses inflicted by war on so prodigious a scale in the cavalry, artillery, and commissariat departments of the Northern army were drawn from Canada, which is richly provided with horses of the general utility stamp which can be purchased at prices considerably less than their congeners in Europe command. Experienced eye- witnesses who had seen war in the Old World reported that the two victorious armies com- manded respectively by Grant and Sherman con- tained not a single sorry steed, not a single mean and shabby mule, as they marched through Washington for two successive days on the con- clusion of the American struggle in 1865. In the September St. Nicholas, which is again a capital number, Mr. Charles T. Hill writes of New York's Floating Fire Engines.' Speaking of the fire-boat. New Yorker, Mr. Hill says :— At fires in buildings along the river front, or in streets near the river, the New Yorker can lie at a dock near by and supply twenty effective streams and, in fact, in capacity she is equal to that number of land engines. If the fire is some dis- tance from the water front, immense lengths of hose, six inches in diameter, can be attached to the outlets of that size in the sides of the deck house, and by the aid of reducing connections can be reduced in size, as the lines are stretched in to the fire, until they reach the regulation sizes-two and one half or three inches at the nozzle end. She can supply six of these powerful streams effectively at a distance of one third of a mile from her location; and at big fires she becomes A valuable aid to the land force. MUSICAL. Some interesting information about the Meister Glee Singers, together with portraits of this celebrated quartette, appear in the Strand Musical Magazine for September. The eminent musician, Verdi, is also the subject of an interview, in which he reviews many of the incidents of his eventful career. The music this month is, as usual, of a high standard of merit, the contributors including A. H. Behrend, F. L. Moir, P. Bucalossi, &c. NEW PUBLICATIONS. We have received the current part of Old and New London,' a standard work, admirably illustrated, which is being published in a cheap weekly edition by Messrs. Cassell and Co. Ltd.