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--+- LITERARY ITEMS. The Strand. Magazine for this month, as usual, is full of interesting articles excellently illustrated, and one of the best is the account of an interview with lhat gallant and popular naval officer, Lord Charles Beresford. For years and years "Charlie'! Beresford has been idolized by every class and colour all round the globe. The sturdy B. P have had him in their eye and heart, and on many memorable occasions he has filled these national (and metaphorical) organs to the exclusion of all else. We like our idols to be always before us; so when Lord Charles docs disappear for a week or two, sure enough up crops some character-actor" at the variety theatres to keep warm our admiration for this splendid fellow. The writer of the article (W. G. FitzGerald) deals in a pleasant way with the whole life of Lord Charles, and the account of his experiences during his early years at sea will be found especially interesting, particularly the incident which called forth the famous signal from the admiral of the fleet at the bombardment of Alexandria, Well done, Condor." the gunboat of which Lord Charles was in command. The signal has often greeted the gallant sailor at many great public meetings. Lord Charles once lay ill, says the writer, at a hotel in San Francisco, and presents of fruit and fiowers were left, for him daily. One morning the proprietor of the establishment met the head waiter—a stately, serious man-on the stairs the latter was carrying a suspicious-looking basket. "What ha'ye got there?" inquired the proprietor sternly. Ifs an ojfering for the lord," was the solemn reply. Lord Charles on another occasion attended the burial service of a marine who died at Monte Video. The coffin was brought into a room, but there was nothing to rest it on. I met an old salt dodging here and there. evidently looking for something, so I said to him sharply, What do you want?' I thought he was made when he yelled Three cheers for the coffin.' At first it strikes one as an idiotic, inconsequent answer, but the man meant chairs." The whole of the article is well spiced with incidents of this nature, and io rich with the gallant and successful attempts at saA-ing life by Lord Charles. It is an article which should be read by all who admire of bravery, as well as Lord Lewis's second contri- bution upon "Heroes of the Albert Medal." Alexander Curgill writes upon" The centenary of Robert Burns," which should be particularly in- teresting at this time to our friends from bevond the border. Lovers of fiction will find much to interest them in the contributions of A. Conau Doyle, Grant Allen, William Le Queux, and Alys Hallard—all Avell-known writers. The contents also include The adventures of a man of science," by L. T. Meade and Clifford Halifax, M.D., Mr Andree's balloon voyage to the North Pole," The new photography," and Henry W. Lucy's From behind the Speaker's Chair." The Strand. Musical is again conspicuous for its capital letterpress and delightful music. In the former we find an account of that veteran musician Mr Charles Salaman, and also The Story of an Operetta." An interesting article is that upon Musical instruments anterior to the Christian era." The musical contents include five songe, a vocal duct, half-a-dozen pianoforte solos, and some very good dance music. Part 14 of Vol. 2 of the Xary and Army is taken up with magnificent illustrations concerning Whale Island Gunnery School, Portsmouth, and the R.oyal Military Academy, Woolwich, all of which ere ex- plained in the interesting letterpress at the foot of each picture. We have also received part 4 of the Way ql the ( ross, being a pictorial pilgrimage from Bethlehem to Calvary, containing 24 well-printed views of the Holy Land, and part 4. also, of Engl an d's History, as pictured by famous painters, among the latter being such well-known artists as Marcus Stone, R.A., Sir W. Allan, R.S.A., Sir John Gilbert. R.A., and Alfred Elmore. R.A. The whole of the above publications are from tbe offices of Sir George Newnes, Limited, of Tit Bits fame.


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