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Etterarg Notices. NEW BOOKS. THE CHURCH TREASURY. (London: William Andrews and Co., 5; Far- ringdon Avenue, E.C., 7s. 6d.) Mr. William Andrews, the well-known Hull antiquarian and author, has made another hit with his latest volume, entitled 'The Church Treasury of History, Custom, Folk-lore, &c.' It may be taken as a sequel to Antiquities and Curiosities of the Church,' from the same press a year or two ago, and, like it, the present work, while of prime interest to Churchmen and all who are attached to the history of our national religion, is no less absorbing to the student of folk-lore and the antiquary generally. Mr. Andrews has followed his usual custom of sur- rounding himself with a host of writers, each a specialist in his own particular de- partment. In this way a variety of treatment and a general standard of exeel- lence are preserved which could not otherwise be attainable. The Rev. G. S. Tyack, B.A., who writes chapters on Stave Kirks,' Pilgrims,' Signs,' Pictures in Churches,' and Human Skin on Church Doors,' informs us that" in Cheshire there are several important and interesting examples of stave-kirks. Lower Peover has one, dating from the days of Henry II., formed of crossed timbers and plaster-work. It has a nave and aisles, and a chancel with ailes, the tower alone not being of timber. Marton church, built in the four- teenth century, does not admit of even this exception, being wholly of wood; oak columns separate the nave from the aisles, and oak arches bear up the timbers of the roof. The belfry, within which hang three bells dating respectively from 1598, 1663, and 1758, is a most skilful application of the material em- ployed to the necessary purposes of stability and strength. Chadkirk, also in Cheshire, was probably originally a building of similar construction, but in successive alterations and repairs, stone has pushed out the earlier wood, though the porch, the bell-cote, and most of the east wall are still of wood, and the east window retains its wooden mullions." Mr. Cuming Walters discourses chattily and instructively on the theme of 'Holy Wells,' dwelling, of course, at some length on the legend of St. Winifred at Holywell. He also mentions that "St. Tecla's Well, in Denbigh- shire, was believed to have the special and peculiar virtue of curing epilepsy by trans- ferring the complaint to a cock or a hen. The patient went to the well after sunset, washed himself in the well-water, and made an offering of fourpence. Then he walked three times round the well, repeating the Lord's Prayer each time. If the patient were a man, he carried a cock in his arms on these occasions if a woman, she carried a hen. After due observance of these formalities at St. Tecla's Well, the patient went to the Church, crept under the altar, used the Bible for a pillow and the communion cloth for a coverlet, and slept in the sacred place all night, keeping fast hold of the bird all the time. Next morning the patient made a further offering of sixpence and departed, this time leaving the bird in church. If the bird died, it died of a disease which had been transferred to it; if it survived, the patient had to seek another remedy, or regard his case as hopeless." The best.. known 'jCursing Well, proceeds Mr. Walters, "is that of St. Elian, in Denbighshire, where by castinga pin and a pebble into the water a man may cause an enemy to pine away and die. To ensure the doom falling upon the right enemy, the name of the person cursed must be in- scribed upon the pebble." Mr. W. H. Thompson has a pleasant paper on English Mediaeval Pilgrimages.' An informing and instructive chapter is by the Rev. J. Hudson Barker, on Hermits and Hermit Cells.' Mr. J. Roger Rees writes on The Knights Templars, their Churches and their and presents much interesting information. The Rev. R. Wilkins Rees furnishes a paper containing much curious lore on Ghost-layers and Ghost-lay- ing.' The Rev. Hilderic Friend, author of Flowers and Flower Lore,' contributes a chapter on 'Flowers and the Rites of the Church/ A study of Animals of the Church in Wood, Stone, and Bronze,' is from the pen and pencil of Mr. T. Tindall Wildridge, artist and author. The Rev. W. B. Russell Caley writes on Church Walks;' and the Rev. Francis Haslewood contributes some curious notes, entitled' Queries in Stones.' Mr. Andrews himself is represented by two chapters, on 'Fortified Church Towers'and'The West- minster Waxworks,' the latter being a study of the funeral effigies in the Abbey at West- minster, respecting which he has collected much out-of-the-way information. The illustra- trations are on a scale superior to any- thing which these publishers have hitherto attempted. Case against Picketing.'—This is the title of a book written by W. J. Shaxby, and published at la. 6d. by the Liberty Review Publishing Company, Limited, 17, Johnson's- court, Fleet-street, E.C. The writer deals with the subject in an able manner, adduces good arguments against the legality of picketing, and altogether brings out a strong case. The contents of the book will provide food for thought for all workingmen and those who take an interest in labour questions. League of Pity.—We have received volume iv. of the Children's League of Pity Paper, pub- lished by the N.S.P.C.C. The paper is a bright little production edited by Miss Bolton, secretary of the society, and devoted to the interests of the League of Pity, a children's branch of the society. It is excellently got up, being embellished by capitally reproduced photos and pictures, and is altogether a publication in which the members of the branch should take a delight. We understand that the League is rapidly growing, and it is perhaps not too much to say that it is intended to shortly form a branch in Chester. Messrs. William Blackwood and Sons, Edin- burgh and London, have issued a People's Edition of George Eliot's Scenes of Clerical Life' at the remarkably cheap figure of six- pence. The volume is of good paper and in tine, clear type, and is altogether a marvel of publishing enterprise. The Contour Road Book of England (Edinburgh: Gall and Inglis, 20, Bernard-terrace).—This handy little pocket guide for cyclists is one of the best we have seen. It comprises the whole northern division of England, along with the Border of Scotland. In addition to a volu- minous supply of clear road maps, there is a valuable collection of profile plans,' giving an accurate representation of the various sections of roads. The accurate measurements and gradients of the roads are also a strong feature, while sufficient descriptive matter is supplied for the enlightenment of tourists. MAGAZINES. An admirable number of the Badminton Magazine for September ntain8 articles on some recent St. Legers, a day on the Broads, partridges by the seaside, markhor stalking in the Himalayas, amateur cruising on the west coast of Scotland, &c. The writer of 'Partridges by the Seaside,' the Hon. John Scott Montague, M.P., says:— On our east and south coasts there are many places bordering on the sea where partridges thrive remarkably well, and there is a special charm in partridge driving in such localities, as many novel features enter into the sport which are not to be found in the more regular routine of up-country driving. Nowhere are partridges driven in more pleasant surroundings than on the northern fringe of the Sole nt-the Isle of Wight in the background, in the middle distance the Solent, covered with various craft, from the great ocean liner of ten thousand tons and twenty thousand horse power, down to the small half rater, a mere fragile shell—all these form a picture which would be engrossing enough even if partridges were not included. One effect of the reclamation of tidal lands is that much of the marsh land is now below the level of high water, and is therefore at almost all times of the year marshy in character; a fact which is shewn the more conclusively by the patches of rushes which overgrow the surface. But the herbage, containing much dwarf cover, is fine enough, and is covered with ant-hills con-, taining a yellow ant, a favourite food for the partridge. Many times during the year more coveys are to be found feeding among these rushes than in what one would (take to be their natural feeding grounds above, on the seed fields or stubbles while on the shore itself it is the multitude of tiny sand-hoppers, which also forms an additional attraction and bonne bouche for the little brown bird. NEW MUSIC. Mr. Mozart Allan, 70, South Portland-street, Glasgow, has issued a series of Scottish Pearls' for the violin at one shilling each. The first number includes such well known favourites as Charlie is my Darling,' The Scottish Blue Bells, There's Nae Luck," &0, (




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