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'A TALE OF THE DUTCH.' LONGMANS' COLONIAL LIBRARY.
'Lysbeth, a Tale of the Dutch.' bv H. Rider Haggard, author of 'Jes,' 'She,' ''King Solomon's Mines,' etc..' etc. Lonamans, Green and Co., London ; Geo. Robertson and Co., Sydney. 1901. 495 pages. Price, post free from this office, 3s. Rider Haggard is a many-sided man. There is nothing narrow about nim. He is Kiplingish and capable. He has in
this story token tho history of tho awhil diays pf the Dutch struggle of tho any,? of William the Silent, and has told us a story — a wonderful story! It is not an historical novol, in one' sense, but it is a true picture of a time that chills the blood to think about, even unto this day. You live .again in the cruel days cf Philip IL and religious nersecai'oi And you realise the heroic naturo - f those long-suffering Dutch ne.u-le. Yon see Leyden and Harlem and tho towns of Holland, as they were in that olden, shuddering time, and yo.i w::nder whv God sat still in heavei- and su tiered it all. It's a wonr'or-ul story, and ;s worthy «.i the story ;ollor.