Fifty Years of My Life in the World of Sport at Home and Abroad

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Hurst and Blackett, 1895 - Crimean War, 1853-1856 - 389 pages
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Page 397 - The book is a thoroughly good one. The theme is the rebellion of a spirited girl against a match which has been arranged for her without her knowledge or consent. . . . It is refreshing to read a novel in which there is not a trace of slipshod work.
Page 391 - SAM SLICK.' Each in One Volume, elegantly printed, bound, and illustrated, price 5s. NATURE AND HUMAN NATURE. WISE SAWS AND MODERN INSTANCES. THE OLD JUDGE ; OR, LIFE IN A COLONY. TRAITS OF AMERICAN HUMOUR. THE AMERICANS AT HOME.
Page 399 - World. SIR ANTHONY. By ADELINE SERGEANT. " Sir Anthony introduces two mysterious children, Henry and Elfrida, Into his house, and compels his wife, whom he dislikes, to protect and virtually adopt them. In due course he tells these children, in his own vigorous Anglo-Saxon, ' You two are my eldest son and daughter, lawfully begotten of my wife, once Mary Derrick, and known afterwards as Mary Fasten. You will be Sir Henry Eesterton when I die, and Elfrida la heiress to her grandmother's money and...
Page 397 - BROOKE'S DAUGHTER. By ADELINE SERGEANT. " ' Caspar Brooke's Danghter ' is as good as other stories from the same hand— perhaps better. It is not of the sort that has much really marked originality or force of style, yet there is a good deal of clever treatment in It It was quite on the cards that Caspar himself might prove a bore or a prig or something else equally annoying. His daughter, too — the fair and innocent convent-bred girl — would in some hands have been really tedious. The difficulties...
Page 399 - The accomplished author of 'Two English Girls' has produced another novel of considerable merit. The story is one of a rural district in England, into which there introduces himself one day a foot-sore, hungry, sick tramp, who turns out to be a young man of education and consideration, whose career in the past is strange, and whose career in the future the author has depicted as stranger still.
Page 395 - His Little Mother' Is the story of a sister's self-sacrifice from her childhood until her early death, worn out in her brother's and his children's service. It is a pathetic story as the author tells it. The 'beauty of the girl's devotion is described with many tender touches, and the question of short-sighted though loving foolishness is kept in the background. The volume is written in a pleasant informal manner, and contains many tender generous thoughts and not a few practical ones. It is a book...
Page 398 - is really an exciting story, and contains a great deal more plot and incident than has been the case in any of Mrs. Oliphant's recent novels. The character sketches are worthy of their authorship."— Queen. A RAINBOW AT NIGHT. By the Author of
Page 391 - Each in a Single Volume, with Frontispiece, price 5s. NATURE AND HUMAN NATURE. WISE SAWS AND MODERN INSTANCES. THE OLD JUDGE ; OR, LIFE IN A COLONY. TRAITS OF AMERICAN HUMOUR. THE AMERICANS AT...
Page 400 - Never was police officer more defied nor bewildered than the Major Devereux, of brilliant Indian reputation, who, in the Australian bush, finds that to catch a robber of Thunderbolt's temperament and ability requires local knowledge, as well as other gifts undreamt-of by the Hussar officer. Thunderbolt goes to races under the Major's nose, dances in the houses of his friends, robs Her Majesty's mails and diverse banks, but...
Page 397 - ... daughter, too — the fair and innocent convent-bred girl — would in some hands have been really tedious. The difficulties of the leading situation — a daughter obliged to pass from one parent to another on account of their ' incompatibility '—are cleverly conveyed. The wife's as well as the husband's part is treated with feeling and reticence — qualities which towards the end disappear to a certain extent. It is a story in some ways— not in all— above tbo average.

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