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THE MAGAZINES. — The ComhiU Magazine for this month is, as usual, full of interesting matter. In the new serial story by James Payn we have a thrilling account of a fire in a London concert room. The County involves its heroine in further and disastrous complications, and 1 brings to light her sister's treachery and manoeuvring. Curiosities of Leperdom deals with a subject about which general interest has been called out since the noble self-sacrificing life and death of Father Damien have been the theme of so many writers. In this paper we are shown how prevalent leprosy was throughout Europe in the Middle Ages, and how rigourously the afflicted were separated from the rest of their kind. The disease was not confined only to the poorer classes, but there were many noble and rich lepers. Space does not permit of more than a mere mention of an article on The Duddon as it was, and as it is," and one on Grouse and Ptarmigan," which is seasonable with the 12th so close at hand. Blackwood's Ediuburgh Magazine maintains its well-known and well-deserved character. In the 5th paper, on Scenes from a Silent World," the writer begins by speaking of the interest of work among prisoners, of the good which may be effected by the visitor, and of the very hopeful side there is to such work. Let us quote what he says of The charm of service done within the walls of a prison." "There can be no question of their sore need of love and pity they have reached the lowest depths of misery and degradation, they are without God and without hope, they look upon all men as their enemies, they can fall no lower, they can endure no worse. What- ever, therefore, is done for their benefit, even mistakenly, must have a true value in contra- distinction to their moral and physical desti- tution, which it probably could not have in more favourable circumstances." The paper concludes by calling attention briefly to a subject which surely deserves expanding, that is, the condition of the children of prisoners who are, as a matter of fact, ignored by the State, and left to grow up among the vicious surroundings into which their parents' crimes have brought them. Could not this be taken up by some energetic reformer, and the Government convinced of the terrible mistake it is committing, even on the grounds of political economy, by allowing the children of criminals no chance, as we may say, to be other than criminals themselves 1 Lady Baby has little to say of the heroine in this? number, but deals altogether with the iJl.) genious doings of Miss Maud Epperton, who, by perseverence and a certain amount of courage, finds out the secret of Christopher Swan, and of "Swan's Copper," upon which the fortunes of the Bevan family depend. The Old Saloon reviews a varied collection of new books in its usual interesting and clever way, giving almost unlimited praise to a simple Scotch story, 1* A Window in Thrums." The Planter's Bungalow" is a collection of short stories told to wile away some hours, during wliich- three men were storm-stayed in a Bungalow among the Neilgherries. Cassell's publications are, its we well know, varied and good. In his family Magazine there are stories of varying degrees of interest, and to suit the different tastes of readers. There are also practical papers suitable to the season on dress, Tea-table Delicacies," "The garden and flower arranging." The latter is prettily illustrated with flowers, grouped in vases and baskets. In "Gatherings" there are short notices of new inventions and dis- coveries. We have also received the 43rd part of CdsselCs Illustrated Shakespeare, con- taining part of Coriolanus, and part of Romeo and Juliet. The print is excellent, and the illustrations abundant and well-executed, while the price, 8!d. per number, brings within the reach of most readers an elegant edition of our greatest English dramatist. The Illustrated Book of Poultry in this part treats of the merits and demerits of Spanish fowls, with a beautiful coloured plate of a pair of Minorcas, winners of many cups and prizes, as frontispiece. A wonderful pennyworth may be had in Murray's Illustrated Penny Pocket Guide to London," where everything the stranger can want to know for his guidance in the Modern Babylon is to be had in a concise and handy form. It is neatly got up and well supplied with maps.

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