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CHINESE TORTURES.

THE HOOP SNAKE.

"BESS OF HARDWICK."

AN ACTRESS WHO REFUSED TO…

RUSSIAN GAOLS FULL.

IRREVERENCE FOR THE DEAD.

PRINCE BISMARCK ON MUSIC.

HOW AUTHORS DIFFER.

THE WORLD'S FAIR AT CHICAGO.

IHORRIBLE DEATH IN A FURNACE.I

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THE ARCHDUKE AND THE GIPSIES.

CHILIAN CUSTOMS.

THE BISHOP OF ADELAIDE AND…

AN AUSTRIAN TRAGEDY.

THE LATEST STRONG MAN.

AMMANFORD AMUSEMENTS.

A CARMARTHENSHIRE NOVEL.I

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A CARMARTHENSHIRE NOVEL. I Early in the new year will be published by Messrs Trischler & Co. a new novel from the pen of Mr Terrell, entitled The city of the just. We have had the opportunity of perusing the proof sheets, and we think readers of THE JOURNAL will be interested to hear about it. It may be remembered that last year Mr Terrell published in book form a novel called Lady Delmar," which had previously appeared in weekly instalments in a paper crculating in North Paddington, a constituency which °Mr Terrell is assiduously wooing in view of the next general election. Lady Delmar is unmistake- ably a political address, and, as such, would not commend itself to conservative readers, but its marked cleverness caused many who hated its pohtics to regard it as a work of genius. The success of this novel which has been dramatised and played in America, emboldened Mr Terrell to write another novel, and this time he has laid the scene in a neighbourhood where he spent some years of his youth and early manhood—close to Carregcennen castle. The caves of the Loughor (or more properly Llwchr) figure essentially in the plot, which is original, well-sustained, and neatly finished oft'. We doubt if there are many inhabitants of the county who are unacquainted with the western- most peak of the Biack mountains, locally known as Twrcau (a corruption oftri-carn), on which the story opens. The scene viewed from this spot is one of great beauty, in spite of the disfigure- ments of busy industry which, however, at that distance hardly mar the scenery, and the reading of The City of the Just should tempt many who have not contemplated this beautiful panor- ama to make the ascent for the express purpose of doing so. The title, "The City of the Just," naturally leads one to London; but although an important portion of the plot is the exposure of the outside stockbroker, still the home of the novel is under the shadow of frowning Carregcennen, and all the incidents take place there. The interest of the novel is heightened by the beautiful illus- trations from the pencil of Everard Hopkins, one of the cleverest illustrators of the day. There are 36 full-page illustrations, each a gem, which rival those in the Atalauta Annual of 1890 (the Wehr wolf), and which surpass, to our mind, those in this year's annual. The chief interest of the novel centres in two characters, which we have no hesitation in saying are grand conceptions. The one, the heroine, is a deformed girl, whose self-sacrifice is sublime, and who is certain to cause all the readers of the sterner sex, who have a warm corner in their hearts, to take her to it. The other, Ben o'r Cae, gives a sufficient indication to Welshmen by his name of what sort of a man he is, but the delineations of his character is masterly, and interest in him is commanded throughout the book. it must not be supposed that because these two stand out in such bold relief the rest of the characters are colourless—far from it. The old rector, Dr Eccles, Mr Cain, Effingham Win- stanley, and Winnie Stepney are all well drawn, and here and there in the book occur characters just sketched in a line or two of reference or conversation which mark the ability of the nov- elist. We will not spoil the novel to our readers by giving them an outline of the plot. We hope we shall '=' have interested them just sufficiently to read it for themselves, and we can gurtrantee they will not be disappointed, but will be sorry, as we were, when the end of the novel is reached that we cannot take the characters with us into every-day life. Stay though, perhaps we can take one or two, since unless we are much mistaken, we have met more than one in the flesh already.

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THE ARCHDUKE AND THE GIPSIES.

CHILIAN CUSTOMS.

THE BISHOP OF ADELAIDE AND…

AN AUSTRIAN TRAGEDY.

THE LATEST STRONG MAN.

AMMANFORD AMUSEMENTS.