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amount of comment quite as much as according to merit; and even if this were not so, Fame does not finally make up her mind from tombstones or biographical dictionaries. It is natural that as he draws near our own time, Mr. Allibone should be less satisfactory; we think this is an error from which he ought to have guarded himself, and in some cases we think the tendency has resulted in unmeant injustice.

Yet one who had far more fault than we have to find with his performance might well be silenced by the great obligation which he has bestowed upon the literary world, and by the lustre which he has added to the national repute by a work destined to as much immortality as conscientious, intelligent, and tireless industry can ever achieve. It is something for us all to be proud of; and with the appearance of the third volume (on which the author has completed his labors), it will be something from which Mr. Allibone can rest as contentedly as it is in human nature to do.

The Seat of Empire. By CHARLEs CarleTON COFFIN, "CARLETON." Boston: Fields, Osgood, & Co.

THIS thoroughly practical book is the fruit of Mr. Coffin's observation in Minnesota and the Red River country, which, according to Mr. Seward (whose gift of prophecy was so much distinguished during the first year of the Rebellion), is destined one day to be "the ultimate last" centre of the Republic. Thither Mr. Coffin last summer accompanied a party which united business with pleasure, and explored all that promising wilderness beyond the Minnesota towns, and listened with a pleased sense to its brag, through climate, soil, and scattering inhabitant, concerning the great things it intends to do. Whereupon he has patted that shaggy wilderness on the back, and praised its prospective virtues so that we can scarcely think of Boston without a blush as a place that has miserably failed to do what the wilderness is going to do very shortly indeed. We suppose Mr.

Coffin is right, and that the great Northwest does offer the prizes of life now to courage and vigor. At any rate, we can commend his book to any one seeking knowledge of the region he has visited, for the like of whom indeed he declares it directly written, though it is not without pleasant, unpractical glimpses of life in the woods and stories of personal adventures, nor without such literary blemishes as have hitherto attended the author on his vast course of travel.

A Race for a Wife. A Novel. By HAWLEY SMART, Author of "Breezie Langton." D. Appleton & Co.

THE last Denison of Glinn is on his last legs, and the money-lender can foreclose upon him whenever he likes. The Denison has a lovely daughter, Maud; the money-lender has an unlovely son, Sam. "Let them marry," says Shylock, "and I call the score settled." Pyrotechnics on the part of Mr. Denison, in whom all the pride of his race flames up; cars on the part of Maud; rage and grief on the part of Grenville Rose, her cousin, who loves her; pitilessness on the party of the moneylenders. Maud and Sam engaged; old feudal deed fished up by Rose, which gives Denison the power to stop Sam from running his famous horse Coriander at the Derby; Rose runs him, and bets heavily upon him; Providence smiles upon the bet, and the lover wins money enough to marry Maud and be happy ever after.

The moral of this charming story is that money-lenders must not think of marrying above them. On the whole, the book is surprisingly decent; but strikes us as rather odd that the blessing of Heaven is made to descend upon gambling. Yet we do not complain; matters might have been much worse; for we suspect from the slanginess of the style that Hawley Smart is a woman; and we all know how Englishwomen write nowadays, and have reason to be glad when they are merely vapid, silly, and inconsequent, as Hawley Smart is.

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