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The Ancient Allan (H. Rider Haggard).

Tkc framework of this story is a sort of ; sequel to "The Ivory Child," in which Allan > Quatermain assists in the deliverance of ah > English lady who is kept by an African tribe : on the grounds that she is an incarnation of : Isis. Her husband is by this time de*d, and . she discovers that Allan is back in England, j and invites Wm to come to her and assist in < trying the effect of inhaling some wonderful > smoke. He does this, and lives over again { several previous incarnations, one of them in < detail, in which he is an Egyptian prince, \ and, as lie is later, a mighty hunter, while ; riie is a priestess of Isis. The Allan of that i time has adventures similar to those of this ; generation, and they are experienced in Per- > sia, Ethiopia, and Egypt. It is no disparage- >

meat of the author's ability to say that the j proclaimed unreality of the doings spoils some 5 of the effects of the thrilling situations. When

the reader knows what we all do of Allan's ! later career, he is not worried at His being > condemned to death by a tyrant, and when the 1 man himself is telling the tale he feels sure - that the rash experiment is not going to be fatal at all events. The tale is, of course, told with all tne writer's proved ability, and

will be enjoyed by most of his admirers.

Pub- ?

lished by Cassell and Co., London and Mel- j

beurne, and sent us from Dymock's Select Cir- , culating Libraiy, Sydney. <

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