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Bahadoor to the Nepaulese Court. An account of this visit he pub- lished, under the title of "A Jour- ney to Katmandhu." Returning to England, he was admitted a member of the Scottish bar, and was afterwards called to the Eng- lish bar at Lincoln's Inn. In 1852 he travelled through a great part of Russia, as far as the Crimea, an account of which tour he published in 1853, under the title of " The Russian Shores of the Black Sea." He became private secretary to the late Earl of Elgin, then Governor- General of Canada, and in 1855 published, under the title of " Min- nesota and the Far West," a narra- tive of his wanderings in Canada and the United States. "The Coming Campaign," a work on the war with Russia, appeared soon after; and having accompanied Omer Pasha in some of his expedi- tions, he published, in 1856, " The Transcaucasian Campaign under Omer Pasha," a personal narrative. He aocompanied the late Lord El- gin as private secretary and histo- riographer on his special embassy to China in 1857, and in 1860 pub- lished " A Narrative of the Earl of Elgin's Mission to China and Japan, in 1857-59 ; " and " Patriots and Pil- libusters: Incidents of Travel." He has been a frequent contributor to periodical literature. In 1861, while acting as Charg^ d' Affaires in Japan, he was attacked and severely wounded by assassins, and resigned the diplomatic service in the fol- lowing year. In 1865 he was re- turned to Parliament for the Stir- ling burghs, and resigned his seat in 1868. He published " Piccadilly : a Fragment of Contemporaneous Biography," 1870; "The Land of GUead, with Excursions into the Lebanon," 1881 ; "Traits and Tra- vesties, Social and Political," 1882 ; and " Altiora Peto," a novel, 1883. OLIPHANT,. Mas. Maboabet, a novelist and biographer, whose maiden name was WHson, is of Scotch parentage^ but was born at

Liverpool about 1818. The first of her numerous works of fiction, which abound in skilful delineations of Scotch life and character, ap- peared in 1849, imder the title of " Passages in the Life of Mrs. Mar- garet Maitland of Sunnyside." Its success was such as to incite its author to fresh efforts, and she pro- duced a long series of works of fiction, which secured for her a wide-spread reputation not only in this country, but also in the United States, where most of her novels have been republished. Their titles are :— " Merkland," 1851 ; " Adam Graeme of Mossgray," 1852 ; " Harry Muir," 1853 ; " Mag- dalen Hepburn," 1854; "Lillies- leaf," 1855; "Zaidee;" "Katie Stewart," and "The Quiet Heart;" " Chronicles of Carling^ord ; " " Salem Chapel ; " " Agnes," 1866 ; "The Minister's Wife," 1869; "John: a Love Story," 1870; " Three Brothers," 1870 ; " Squire Arden," 1871; "Ombra," 1871; " At his Gates," 1872 ; " Innocent : a Tale of Modem Life," 1873 ; "A Rose in June," 1874 ; " For Love and Life," 1874; "Mrs. Arthur," 1877 ; " Young Musgrave,** 1877 ; "The Primrose Path," 1878; and "Within the Precincts" in the Comhill Magazine for 1878. Her biographical works are, "Life of Edward Irving," 1862 ; " St. Fran- cis of Assisi," 1870 ; a " Memoir of the Comte de Montalembert," 1872 ; and "The Makers of Florence: Dante, Giotto, Savonarola; and their City," 1876. Her more recent works are : — " He that Will not when he May," a novel, 1880; " In Trust : the Story of a Lady and her Lover," a novel, 1882; " The Literary History of England in the end of the eighteenth and beginning of the nineteenth cen- tu^," 3 vols., 1882 ; " The Ladies Lindores," 1883; and "It was a Lover and his Lass," 1888.

OLIPHANT, Thomas Law- BENCE Kington, born August 16, 1881, at Henleaze,near Bristol, was