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THREE GOOD STORIES.
From the publishers, Messrs Stanley Paul and Co., of London, wc have re- ceived copies of three recent additions to their 2s. net series of novels. AU of these
are from the pen of Cecil Adair, who is i already well known to readers of fie-] tion. "Gabriel's Garden" is a story whose I action is mainly concerned with the, doings of a well-to-do young man who in'
a moment of temporary mental aberra- i tion, cheated at cards, and, ostricised ; by his family and friends, retires to a far-off Indian island iu which is a charm- ing garden. Years before, the erring youth's mother hud also been exiled to the same island by a hard-hearted and inex- orable father. Gabriel, in his solitude, ponders much and deeply. His introspec- tive inquiries have the effect of leading him from infidelity to belief, the process being accelerated by his love for a beau- tiful girl whose ufe promises to be one loug sacrifice. The improbabilities of the story are excused by the author's zeal for Gabriel's welfare and by the fine characterisation of the girl with the leper husband. "Cantacute Towers" tells of Lord Cantacute's implacable hatred of bib second son, for no other reason, ap- parently, than that -the sou had taken holy oiders and married a clergyman's daughter. Intermingled with details of the doiugs of the Cantacute family, we have some stirring situations arising out of labour troubles at collieries in the neighbourhood of Cantacute Towers. There is abundance of life and movement Tu this «tory. "The Qualities of Mercy" is a very readable story, but it is prob- able that many of his readers will be disappointed with the unsatisfying end- ing which Mr. Cecil Adair has achieved. Why two people who. it would appear, are eminently agreeable to each other bhould be kept apart by a sentimental superstition is u mystery which Mr. Adair creates but does not explain. A tribute to Mr. Adair» skill and-to the merits of Gabriel's Garden" has been paid by the National Library for the Blind, in a request to the publishers of the book to allow it to be included in the library.