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REVIEWS. We have received from "Black and White" a complete copy of their Royal Academy and New Gallery pictures for 1909. This is a most artistic production, and is well worth the price charged for it—one shilling. There are con- siderably over a hundred reproductions of pic- tures in various tints, and interesting notes on some of the exhibits. "Test-Match Cricket," which will be publish- ed on Friday, May 14th, presents a concise his- tory of Anglo-Australian cricket. Australia's achievements in England and England's deeds in Australia are set forth in tabies which show at a glance the progress of the great contests. In addition there is a chart of all the matches, which is something new in cricket literature. The matches are numbered and the figures ar-* rariged in such a way that the chart is sure to be regarded and preserved as an authoritative record. "Test-match Cricket" has been pre- pared by the Editor of '"Leng's Cricket Book," which is at once a guarantee of care and ac- curacy. The book is published at the price of One Penny. The book of words for the National Pageant of Wales, which is to be held at Cardiff from July 26th to August 7th, has just been pub- lished. It has been compiled by George Proc- tor Hawtrev, Master of the Pageant, and Owen Vaughan (Owen Rhoscomyl), historian. It gives a list of the officers and members of the exe- cutive committee, and there are characteristic introductions by the Master and Historian. They point out that this is a national, not a local pageant; not a pageant of Cardiff, but a pageant of Wales. It deals with a history which is very little known, although the ma- terials for it exist in masses.' Then there is a full programme with the names of the Welsh airs which the chorus will sing. These will all be sung in English, except the Welsh National Anthem. At the end there are notes on the leading Welsh characters who will be portrayed in the pageant. The price of the book, which has been published by the "Western Mail" Company, is sixpence. "The Proverbs of Wales."—By T. R. Rob- erts. (Francis Griffiths, 34, Maiden Lane, Strand. London, W.C. 1/6.) Mr. Roberts (Asaph). who is also the author of "A Dictionary of Eminent Welshmen" and other works, is to be complimented on his lat- est production. Not only has he succeeded in bringing together a splendid collection of Welsh, proverbs, but the English translations are given as well. The volume runs to over ninety pages: and as there are about a dozen proverbs on each page it will be seen that the total exceeds a thousand. Many of them, of course, are well known, but others are rare; they are jewels, nevertheless. In a short but interesting intro- duction, the author refers to previous collec- tions of proverbs. He also points out promin- ent features of Welsh proverb?. In regard to their brevity, he shows that they will compare favourably with those of other nations. He also emphasises the fact that the proverbs are healthv in tone, and in clear and forcible language condemn that which is evil and com- mend that which is good. The book should command a ready sale among those who would become famiiiar with the wk-o sayings of the Cymry of old; while those who possess little knowledge of Welsh will find the collection very useful. "Printers Pic," 1909. Edited by W. H. Spot.tiswoode and Arthur Croxton. Price, one shilling.. The fact that the Prince of Wales is person- ally showing his interest in printing agd its al- lied arts this year by graciously accepting the Presidency of the Printers' Pension Corpora- tion Festival, makes the issue of "Printers' Pio, 1909," of exceptional value and importance. This over-welcome annual, which is edited by Mr. W. Hugh Spottiswoode, assisted by Mr. Arthur Croxton, has already been of remark- able service to the cause of charity, and it seems possible that the Prince of Wales's sub- scription list will this year mark a record. Other charities which benefit are the Booksellers' Pro- vident Institution, the Newsvendors' Benevo- lent and Provident Institution, the Newspaper Press Fund, and the Artists' General Benevo- lent Institution. Among the authors whose con- tributions appear are:—The Duke of Argyll, K.T., G. B. Burgin, Gerald CampbeVJ, Egerton Castle, Lieut.-Col- Newnham-Davis, Austin Dobson, Athold Forbes, H. Hamilton Fyfe, Tom Gallon, Captain Harry Graham, Keble Howard, W. S. Maugham. Baroness Orczy, Barry Pain, Mostyn T. Piggot, Wil- liam Le Quoux, Frank Richardson, W. Pet-t Ridge, Adrian Ross, Owen Seat- man, George R- Sims, J. Ashby Sterry, Katharine Tynan whilst the list of ar- tists includes the names ot Cecil Aldin, G. D. Armour, H. M. Bateman, Lewis Baumer, George Belcher, H. M. Brock, Tom Browne, Rene Bull, Dudley Buxton, Charles Crombie, T. C. Dugdale, Charles Follmrd, Dudley Hardy. C. Harrison, W. K. Haselden, John Hassall, L. Raven Hill: Charles Ince, Gunning King, Ar- thur Lee, Savile Lumley, Thomas Maybank, George Morrow. Norman Morrow, Will Owen, Charles Pears, F. Pegram, W. Heath Robinson, Harry Rountree, tony Sarg, N. Schlegel, E. H. Shepard, E. L. Sta-mpa, G. E. Studdy, Charles Svkes Lance Thackeray, Thorpe, F. "H., Town- send, Lawson Wood. Starr Wood. Last year's edition of "Printers' Pie" was sold out by the publisher three days after publication,, so that orders for copies should be given at once to the bookstalls or newsvendors. "l\'Îr. Opp." By Alice Hegarj Rice (Hodder and StourrinWarwick Square, London, E.C. Sixshii^]., Like "Mrs. Wiggs. Cabbage Patch, by the same writer, "Mr. C-)Pp." should become very popular It i3 a ^nei^r drawn study of life, and cannot fail to both interest and amuse. On t.he very first page, the reader learns that Mr. Opp has a talent for mi^P? things. "I never seen him," says Jirnwy Fall3ws' another cleverly drawn character, "that ho '*• j\16t missed get-tin' a thousand dollar job- or ln" veniin' a patent, or hurt- wnen pa took out a' accident policy. If he did train, like enousrh it was goin the wrong vraft This proves to be a correct deserintion' of ?.Iri Opp, who is a man of ni'fv bur idf>.is, but <i\ ;■ hi-s efforts are attended failr.r- Aft,S roaming about the States as traveller first ir» j ptw Line and they, another, and. a foit -J_ night's engagement as reporter he settles down in his native village, and starts "The Opp Eagle." Not content- with that, ho takes a Eagle." Not content- with that, ho takes a prominent part in the formation of a company, with the obejct of sinking oil wells. He calls into existence a town band, and becomes lead- ing cornet player. Then be is also instrumental in getting formed several committcs for the carrying out of public improvements. Last of all, he fails an love with a Mis- Gusty, one of the most popular girls in the village. But. alas, all his schemes come to naught. He has to dispose of the paper to his rival for Miss Gusty's hand, HiiLard Winton, who eventually marries her. Dis appointment meets Mr. Opp at every turn, but he rarely gives way to despondency. Having sold the "Opp Eagle," he resigns his many other important positions, and lie ir, honoured with a banquet in recognition of his pubhc ser- viocs. In the middle of his speech, in reply to the addresses eulogising him, ho is interrupted by a negro nurse who informs him that his half crazy sister has broken her doll's head, and as nothing would pacify her, they were compelled to fetch Air. Opp from the banquet. He leaves the room and returns home whistling, and so the book closes. Notwithstanding his many weaknesses, Mr. Oppis an attractive character, and dout>i.]»;s truo to life. All the other char- acters are finely portrayed. It is a delightful story; in fact, one of the best we have read for a long time.

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