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RIDER HAGGARD'S NEW BOOK. I have beon reading with profound in terest Ir. Rider Haggard's atriking tro buto to the Salvatioa Army in his book "Regeneration," Just published. Mr. Haggard Is well known, not alone os a novelist, but as a slnurer worker for na tional reform. His oxperlminta in agrI culture in Norfolk, his great study of rural lifo in Englnnd, and his efforts to promote national schemes of emigration, will bo fresah In the memory of many of my readers. tlr. Haggard nos during the past seeason examined in detail the work in England of General Booth's orga nisatlon, not, as he himself says, "as a matter of literary bu?nees, but as a centrlbutlon to soclal well-being." Thb picture that the groeat novelist draws of the work of the Army in England is the more convincing because he frankly states his disangreement with some of Its theology, oand with equal frankness crlti cscs wherever he thinks criticism needed. But after all criticism :a done the plc ture that he gives us In stimulating and inspiring. HIero we haysve a movement that In a hundred differcst ways stretches out its hands to aid the poor and the fallen. It feeds the starving on the Em bankment; it shelters the homeless; its women agents are at work night after night in Piccadilly; It s'ands at the prl son gates to help the releCased convict; it finds homes for the orphans and suo cour for the starving. Much of its work Is exceedingly hard; much of It may seem at hirst sight to give n Innadequate re turn for the ma'.y and 'nergy expended. At its head is a grc.ip of exceedingly able business men, who couli earn easily large salaries in the City, but who devote their whole lives to the poor for a minimum wage, usually limited ov'n with the high ost st from £150 to .;200 a year, and wlth the lesser lliclaia somctiimes not reaching more thia £1. a week. Its leaders are drawn alike from the Uni versity and tihe public-house; from the mechanic's bench and thie professor's chair. Its methods have been denounced as flamboyant and crude. Its theology is snecred at by the dilettanti and the arm-chair critics as antiquated. It af fords abundant room for criticism. Even the youngest of us can tell how he would better some of the things that it does. But while tmhe critics talk It acts; whlle the arm-chair philosopher dreams of a good time coming, it hlelps to make a bet ter humanity. Mr. Rider Haggard's plc turo of the work this body is doing will fend many nto review and revise their opinions of it.

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