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"Fair Margaret" (Rider Haggard).
Anything Mr. Haggard writes to rich is color, and this proves to be a dramatic story of the time of Henry VII. of England. Fair Margaret is the daughter of Castell, an English merchant of Spanish descent, posing as a converted Jew in those perilous days for the chosen, but se- cretly holding to the faith of his fathers. Hence the trouble, for an illegitimate scion of the Spanish royal house falls in love with Margaret, and endeavors to use Castell's fear of discovery as a lever upon the girl, who is betrothed to her big English cousin, Peter Brome. How the Spaniard carries her off, the father and fiance pursue, and a string of sensational adventures culminate in a great fight between the Spaniard and Peter before Ferdinand and Isabella—how, also Castell is rescued from the Holy Offlce—is very vigorously told. Our copy of the novel is from Angus and Robertson, Sydney.