"Billy's Bargain." By E. Everett Green. Lon- don: Stanley Paul & co. The bargain of which the story tells is a peculiar understanding between the par-
ties to a nuptial engagement, each tho- roughly in love with the other, that if the wife should so desire after a good trial of married life—five years is the term ten- tatively mentioned—she is to have com- plete freedom to go her own independent way for a year or so. The necessity for any such compact being entered into is not apparent, but circumstances arise which influence the wife to take the fullest advantage of it. That the two should come together again is only to be expected from the nature of the parting and for various other reasons, but the war inter- venes to make the separation longer than had been expected, and at the same time full of doubt and suspense. "Billy," as the heroine is called, is a good woman, loyal to the memory of her husband through several years of stress and suffering. This book is a capital romance of the great war by a popular English writer. "Her Great Moment." By Edwin Balmer. London: Stanley Paul & Co. A stirring narrative this of an Ameri- can girl's escapades in France and Ger- many during the war. Ruth Alden is a patriotic New York office damsel, whose spirit is chaffing under lack of opportu- nity to help her country's cause, until a passport for Europe in the name of Cyn- thia Gail, and intended for a German spy, comes by the strangest of chances into her possession. She sets out upon an adven- turous and perilous journey. Both before leaving America and on arrival in the war zone she has to impersonate the dead girl for whom the passport was originally made out. The secret agents of Germany regard her as working in the interests of that country, and the difficulty of her position is obvious when she is suspected of duplicity and placed under arrest. Mr. Balmer presents in a most graphic man- ner the episodes of fighting in which his characters take part, among them being Gerry Hull, a distinguished flying man, who is in love with the bearer of the spurious passport. "Her Great Moment" its one of the most thrilling and powerful love stories that have been written of the war with the chief actors hailing from the land of the Stars and Stripes. "Margaret Bateman." By Tom Bevan. London: Sampson, Low, Marsden & Co. (per Geo. Robert- son & Co., Melbourne). Peg, the only child of old Jonas Bate- man, a Devonshire farmer, is a rustic beauty, who becomes the protegee of a wealthy woman in London, and mistaking infatuation for love consents to become the wife of an Anglo-Indian planter. Badly treated by her husband, a man of
depraved habits, she returns for protec- tion to her old lover, and is quick to realise that happiness would have been hers had it been her lot to wed Tom ? Innore. a pV)A-n?a.te 3"id truskii o-KrrpaTjw- i v ..rriK" t:m?r*. lw oJimas in a ftrr* i ' >v ? ji.si.J-riale interes. sb roacied m Ae ! : L'tu^iori r>rrrsjr^ Oo?rt. irhf^rc t'*^;' w"Xc-f3 ! i>.*i:-'.r "-0 '*? set ir.-e ircm a ?nl-drtit.!-?y jme S^nd if nr*T. by a. ? 'jer yrc'r\ drrjprtion rmd inStWi-Ty. ) fj" i!T UTV^taTV'.-eo! l*W^iing 73T\ TO uTC *ij- 1 ( v.>r.-c rir<ve<>di:\js <firnri=h a. -piv?rnc; vt<- J m"T>r of r.'ie midcirer -viivijca.r.re tie jv* ? , ti.in of '-Ke wac wflrrrciTi. H-Sose hoo.-.' j ?i>d ."iifJrre arr* sx. Ft.\\:*. \* r^r- aVy i liawlVwj Vr -tV asrlHor. Phil^inrrre is a ! I nrenct.'n. ari-i Tneir'j.-rf pnrirt-mrmts Tn^kp piajins ren i^mrt.i?rt roip. IVj "'us n^nv ! sij^m?}iii rr*i?ni*<i. asd "the y;. ;ht^^ * Vr <r* ihr : reader ? wit?H hoj in li<r i-ndinv/vr i-i esf^rf* l tt?t\ the iirtar*l of S?*r 7>.-tfri^f?n. I Mr. 'B^vnn j>r¥s>n?t? a p>jf?ini picture n' '? '? t^e ?jniish ?K?itryi?id?-. He is -i prtj-J ' : 7"?-l. and tiie i<ws ~hr Trip ,vs ; [ C3a.^'*r hra^iiners lw'Le trw 3v-rlcal <r*?aliir. : ?'B i"t^n> s:i?nr?." by Tan! Tt-tt1. MrHjwjm-: ' Wsmi. L??i; i- <\-. " i Qumn a la.rp? rmmb<T of Mr. Trent'* ' hooV-s have Ivi-n TT-v-??w?id in tlie*^ x>l;rmn>. ' Most o: tiieui .in- ??mi-n-iii.iv T?vuia.^r. wish : ckn? r 7 ,ioc--. -weil -norkcHl oin.. (jiara-tfr i dranrur in- as.iaEy g>w?i; iatvrraiuiiff un-i- ' d<"rits are ?n.-.kmi<yl: th<?ro is ir-a.l>sl^; .if- | K-riptron at unws: and tue A-tio^iie has j sparkle- in it. ??\V"iltj>a'K SiVmor-," Hkt ever. ih born in mrtofrrama and .<m^?-hrrf in cnnfnsion. The ex*??*= oi talk and !h<~ | appareiH. ami>e??fles -'f all coniKi'ted wii.i\ I the t?l/jry jjv posiUviely a(7;ia"tois. Pagr ? a£u-T True ? mad. and ue ;u uum of tho ! I ston dnee not advance an mnii. The en- \ i \-ir?inm<nit is a Omm-n .yjemy on the Wesl. i (Joo-'i .?: Africa. The irtwernor, -K-bT ! Lrtrrjan, and iiff part.v ininxwiiici.nl ! as they arr cnbariin? on board j the steamer for his post or dtily. I The ?party om^sts of h<> privaK" ' I secretaTV. a oonwimTiiatK wnmuM (Can- j I tain Dip-by ?ritWdi, -his sifter ?^ra.M". Miss i*tiv-ia I^urgan. iM <jrTT<ild UTion. I /*ormri ?**ir?Ti??r ot a. naLKTa distzricl^ Com- ' pl.caworw ami intrirue V*?jin at -lmr, for : inifi^nrl -ivTis ;n love ureth iSytv..-i .mi \iv- I j voyage, and Graoe \nLh \V"Qton. "Jin sriS. Air.i^a; nuui," who holds wnwif aJ<K)f frtrm evm-jliody. but. dr\Tnlop? i !Jking for Svlvia, wh'^-ii, how-erver. be does nM- tnajko- kiio?Brru ! [ Mcwwiii]*- Graof ind her R-atxvsrac? ! brotbnr deliberately p"ot to swan- I heir res[Kr!he o.ijtrtives. and Ibe latter pre?sea ? bis suit' on boti Sylvia and uu?? Oirt-ernor, only U> be firmly repulsed. lx)iiz ocforv, when liey -were junior offir-iais, iSir John Lcrpan and VTilton had beef) oomradas, and S.r Ja.m had gambled ?*o heaviiy that he had to erubczzle Own limd? to i?y h's deht*. Wilton, cairte to tie resooe ani ;?:d the money, but inserted on a writtfn catQJessiCTO of (railt, prnich. aqroaremt^y he carriod roood in hie dispatch, box. JjTTved at the seat of Government- !ie had a pri vate >wa,rt-v>-twart talk wrtk Jsurxxn on tbe siibiort. and tpromiswd next monrLn^ to bring trce incrixn^nathvx doomnent to be | torn up and bnrnt. Oiffmrd. pUyrna the earvesdro7?i>er, hears t''? -rtory. and Btrals the do?irment. irhicii hp uses tn b'aHcma.:! riir Jo!m in gjv^nf confcr.t. io his marriage tv,th Sylria. At toe critical moment, -when the <~okmi2l secretary is about to omen I die document nhici &-ra!d has banded to him, Wilton snatches the patper, destrn^e it, ami deiares that he stole the money i>ii John ifi too ill to protest, and eizbse an/ntiv ? peraoaded to hold hie peace, and Wilton, bfvanse Sylvia will not minr a th>i, goes arto the ' bush, and makes n3Uliot? out of nibber, fcrr he as forced to resign his otfioe. In the meantime Gvaoe | has rwpiidlaU'd her brother and all his vole machinations, and has agrend to marry tlie fiovenior. Here is t!ie series oi om filx-aliuns which hare to be worked out in the closing chapters.