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NOTES AND QUERIES. [9 th s. XL APRIL n, 1903.


appeared, having been transferred, in an enlarged and improved form, to the popular edition of Swift edited by Mr. Temple Scott and published by Messrs. Bell & Sons, a short introductory sketch of the earlier phases of Irish history since the Revolution occupying its place. After this, which occupies thirty-three pages of the first volume, come lives and estimates of Henry Flood and Henry Grattan. The second volume is entirely occupied with a brilliantly written life of Daniel O'Connell. The only comment on this on which we will venture is that it contains, p. 225, the statement that Sterne was an Irishman. That his mother was Irish, and that he was born in Ireland, do not, surely, constitute him an Irishman. He came of an English source, his education was received in England, and we find in his work few traces of Hibernian influence. The appearance of the new edition is timely.

Slang and its Analogiies, Past and Present. By John S. Farmer and W. E. Henley. Vol. VI. Part III. (Privately Printed.) SIKCE our notice a month ago of the resump- tion of publication of 'Slang and its Analogues' another part, completing vol. vi., has been issued. This carries the alphabet to stozzle. With it comes a cancel title to vol. vi. Cases for binding will be issued with the next part. With vol. vii., which is already advanced, the work will end. Con- currently with vol. vii. will be prepared a reissue of vol. i., which will be brought to a level, as re- gards the number and quality of the quotations, with subsequent volumes, a steady advance in fulness of illustration having been made. In the present part are some happy illustrations of "So so." We fail to find under soup-ticket a Foreign Office intro- duction to an ambassador, involving almost neces- sarily an invitation to dinner. This might be inserted under ticket, since it is familiar. State nicknames furnishes a useful list of American col- loquial designations. A long list of Stock Exchange terms is also given. Under stepper might be quoted the French Anglicism steppere. The conclusion of the work is within measurable distance.

THREE articles in the Fortnightly have no political or polemical significance. First among these is the inquiry by Mr. Churton Collins whether Shake- speare had read the Greek tragedies. One portion of this alone has been given, and it seems probable that a second will conclude. A history of the pro- gress of opinion on the subject is furnished, and the answer to the main question is to be in the affirma- tive. How much use Shakespeare made in ' The Rape of Lucrece' of the 'Fasti' of Ovid, of which there was then no English version extant, is shown, and the probability of his having known ^Eschyhxs and Euripides is dicussed Mrs. Chapman gives an account of Madame de Main tenon, and disputes her claims to the " highest wisdom " generally, in which "her equipment was poor." Mr. W.B. Yeats has a poem on ' The Old Age of Queen Maeve,' and Prof. W. Knight writes on Malta. Rather more space than usual is devoted in the Nineteenth Century to literature and kindred subjects. Mr. Henry Arthur Jones leads off with an essay on

  • Literary Critics and the Drama,' which is to some

extent an outcome of his recent dispute with the Times. It is also in part an answer to a previous contribution of Mr. Oswald Crawfurd. As intel lectual exercises such things are interesting bu


we fail to see any great gain that results from such discussions. In ' From this World to the Next ' . F. Harrison narrates particulars of a dream. Mr. W. H. Mallock opposes the recent utterances on spiritual subjects of Mr. F. W. H. Myers, and Mr. Herbert Paul pronounces judgment on The Novels of Peacock.' ' To India with a Sketch - Book,' by Mr. L. Raven Hill, gives _n the Pali Mall many stirring and some larrowing types of natives. Mr. William Hyde's A Sussex Valley in Spring' has some beautiful llustrations by the author, one of which serves as rontispiece. Lord Wolseley's part iv. of 'The Young Napoleon ' traces his career to the battle of Montenotte, from which, Napoleon declared, he dated his patent of nobility. Mr. Edward Vicars describes the ' Finds at Anticythera.' ' The King of Servia and his Court' and 'Great Criminal Judges ' also repay attention. In No. iv. of ' Alms

or Oblivion' Dr. Garnett introduces us, in the

Oornhill, to a treatise on the duties of the Por-

uguese soldier in the East, in which we find it

lard to get up very strong interest. ' Prospects in Dhe Professions ' has some sensible observations upon the schoolmaster. Fouche is the theme of ' The Outwitter of Napoleon.' Mr. Oswald Latter ?ives a good account of ' The Cuckoo. At the Sign of the Ship ' (Longman's) deals once more with ghost superstitions, and speak* with amusement concerning Mr. Mallock's recent articles in the Pall Mall on Elizabethan frontispieces. In the Gentleman's Mr. J. S. McTear's * Dialogue on Games' is well worth reading, and Mr. C. E. Meetkerke's ' Magny Dinners ' has a pleasant literary flavour.' An Explorer-Naturalist in the Arctic,' by Mr. Andrew J. Stone, is the best of many good contributions to Scribner's.


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