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The Temptation of Norah Leecroft,* by Frances Noble, is a delightful little story set in the picturesque scenery of North Devon. The author is no amateur, and this latest book bears all the charm of her earlier stories. A young girs just out of school takes a position as nursery governess to the motherless children of a wealthy Englishman. His first marriage had been an unhappy one, so his love is given unreservedly to the little governess. However he is violently anti-Catholic and insisis that their marriage ceremony shall be simply a legal one. As a true Catholic, though loving him devotedly, she withstands the temptation to yield to his plea, and breaks off all communication with him. Happily the story ends, as every one would wish it, in good fairy tale fashion. The book is simply and convincingly written and deserves only praise.
Somewhat more than a hundred years ago certain very learned men, in the Edinburgh Review, unwittingly preached a sermon to critics for all time by their memorable obtuseness in the case of a poet, whose rank now is beyond dispute. With this lesson in mind, it becomes difficult to pass judgment on any piece of work which is uneven in its merits. The Red Branch Crests,t by Charles Leonard Moore, bears these uneven characteristics. Lines of singular beauty and true poetic ring. are succeeded by whole passages of merest verse, or doggerel. Naturally the impression left is a dubious one. The possibilities of the old Gaelic legends of Déidre, Mève, and Cuchulain have been appreciated by the author, and he gives much evidence of his power of dramatic insight.
It is with a sense of unusual pleasure that we announce and welcome the advent of a new contemporary into the field of Catholic literature; on the first of June next, the initial number of The New York Review will be issued under the edi. torship of Father James Driscoll, President of Dunwoodie Seminary. The new publication has been undertaken in obedience to the urgently expressed wish of Archbishop Farley, and in response to repeated demands on the part of Catholic readers
* The Temptation of Norah Leccroft. By Frances Noble. Dublin : M. H. Gill & Son; New York : Benziger Brothers.
+ The Red Branch Crests. By Charles Leonard Moore. Philadelphia: Printed for the author.
for a periodical to meet needs not sufficiently provided for by any of our existing magazines. It will be scholarly, not popular, in tone, and will be concerned mainly with the consideration of current Scriptural and philosophical questions which affect the favorable presentation of the Catholic faith. As intended by the Archbishop, as outlined by the editorial staff, and as ensured by the published names of pledged contributors, the policy of The New York Review will be thoroughly broad and sufficiently advanced to keep its readers abreast of all the sound conclusions of modern scholars. In view of this fact, and by reason of the immense prestige borrowed from connection with so weighty an authority as Archbishop Farley, and so profound a scholar as Father Driscoll, a reasonable measure of success should be assured to the new magazine from the very first hour of its existence. As the months pass and the actual nature of the work accomplished by the Review becomes known, the circle of its readers will widen, we hope, until, by means of it, the attitude of the Church toward current scientific thought will be adequately understood in many quarters where misapprehension has too often reigned. The new magazine will be a bi-monthly. Subscriptions—at the rate of two dollars per annum—may be addressed to the Very Reverend James Driscoll, St. Joseph's Seminary, Dunwoodie, Yonkers, N. Y.
The Catholic Truth Society, of San Francisco, has just published a handy manual of 128 pages on Holy Week. The little book is carefully edited, and contains the entire Morning Office of Palm Sunday, Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday. An explanation of the ceremonies of the Church for these days is included.
The same Society has published a manual of the Forty Hours which contains an explanation of the ceremonies, history, and the indulgences attached to the devotion of the Forty Hours.
The price of each of these manuals is ten cents a copy, or five dollars per hundred. They may also be ordered from the International Catholic Truth Society of Brooklyn.
The Tablet (18 Feb.): An article on the French Government
Bill for the separation of Church and State, gives a
question: Was absolution given to private penitents ? The Month (March): Examines the grounds on which "Science"
rests her claim to be our one and only guide to any
tendency on the part of this author to insinuate that the partial acceptance of Christianity was entirely explicable by natural causes, and that this Christianity was hardly ever accepted as a matter of rational conviction. Considers the charge of intolerance alleged against the missionaries; recounts their labors and successes; and describes the impression made by Christianity upon the
people of Japan. Le Correspondant (25 Jan.): Mgr. Touchet, Bishop of Orleans,
opens the number with a eulogy addressed to the com-
hope, in the family circle. La Quinzaine (16 Feb.): A. Koszul, in reviewing Mr. Morley's
Life of Gladstone, pays particular attention to the religious life and influence of the great English premier. His early training was carefully attended to, later on he came under the influence of Dr. Chalmers, and all through his life played an important part in the religious affairs of England. He was a great friend of Manning's. In regard to Catholic belief he agreed with us in believe ing in the Real Presence, also in auricular confession; yet could not take our view-point of Church authority. Gladstone's inner life was deeply spiritual. The article concludes by saying that “religion was the great, permanent, and solemn affair of his life.”
Revue Thomiste (Jan.-Feb.): M. Coconnier, in a learned arti
cle entitled " Charity according to St. Thomas Aquinas,” seeks to expose the true thought of the master of the schools upon this first and most noble virtue.— “To what Happiness are we Destined ? " is the title of an article by Fr. Hugueny, O.P., in which the writer undertakes “to utilize Criticism without neglecting Scholasticism,” in discussing the question of man's destiny.-Other articles: “Les Conditions de la Certitude et la Critique,” by T. Richard; and “ Les deux Principes de
la Thermodynamique," by Fr. Hedde. Annales de la Philosophie Chrétienne (16 Jan.): This number
opens with a sympathetic appreciation of M. Brunetière's