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Wholesale Plagiarism.

Whew 'King Solomon's Mines'*' appeared, it was shown that Mr. Haggard had coolly ap propriated the inoident of Good's white log*

from Mr. Johnston's ' Kilima-Njaro Expedi tion,** and that of the false teeth from Mr* Joseph Thomson** 'Massf Land.' This was nothing: But when the Pall Mall Gazette do sounoed Mr. Haggard for stealing the plot of ?♦She'? from Tom Moore's old' 'Epicurean,' the publio was taken by eorprise* even if half inclined to. take sides with Mr. Haggard.. . * Everybody remembers that the marvellous dexterity of Umslopogaas with the- battle axe was but a paraphrase of the way Sergeant Troy played Ms sword about the form of his sweet- j heart in tt Tar from the Madding Crowd.' In ' Jess' perhaps the prettiest thing that looked from tho 'page wa» that unpretentious poorn, 41 If I Should Die To-night.** But it wus too pretty to be forgotten, for its lotus numbers had pung their way into' many a heart and would riot be put down. So . when Mr* Haggard printed them as his own'tborewas a goneral fuming to old.serapbooks, and the fact that the ? ,- .v-Terfw- had been stolen was made patent to all, ' ? The New York girl who had originally written them came forward j but Mr* Haggard eaid-

lamely, that they had boen given him by his sister-in-law, and he supposed them to bo her own composing. . . . Mr. Eider Haggard* it appears, has not yet made up his mind to be content with the plagiamtio laurola he has earned, as he has boon adding to them of lato. He recently wrote for the summer number of the Illustrated London News, a story entitled ' Mr* Meeson's Will,' for which we are afraid to name the sum he obtained from the pro prietors. The central idea, and in fact tho only idea in it (after the . statement that, in re gard to copyright, the Americans wero break ing tho Seventh Commandment), is that of a girl who allowed a will to bo tattoed on bor shoulder. Tho entire plot id hung upon this, ridiculous incident.. Tho 'idea'— such as it was— sold tho book, but unfortunately it be longed to another writer. » . . The writer from whom Mr. Rider Haggard borrowed tho tattooing idea is Mr. Charles Aubert, and his bookisa collection of stories called the '-Los Nouvolles Amoureuses,' published by Marpon ot Flatnmarion, Pans, 1886. 'Le Cas. de Madomoiselle Suzanne' is the one in which Mr. Itidor Haggard found his plot* Mr.. Hag- | gaid was simply writing a book which he knew I the reputation of his earlier productions would I tnako poople buy* So bo wroto, a novel with ono idoa in, it— tho quaint idea of a woman with a will tattooed on. her baok. To be sure, a Parisian gentleman had already usod that idea, but there was littlo. danger or discovery, so few people out ot Prance read Prenoh stories, and no people.in-Prarice. read'English. stories..

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