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AN EXTRAORDINARY NOVEL* A powerful novel, and one of extraordinary characteristics in more ways than one, is L T Meade's All Sorts." Its deep human interest— for it is one of those books which one cannot put down until it is finished; its sincere moral tone, and the little-known sides of life whose secrets it reveals with unflagging interest to the end, endear it to all fiction-lovers. The charming and nneonventional heroinp, daughter of an aristocratic family, is introduced to the reader in the midst of fashionable life, portrayed with a sure hand. Duchesses and counteRses are her friends. In a moment, by a transition truly dramatic, the girl stands alone, her friends aloof, her fortune gone, her helpless Jadv-motLer ruined in purse and spirit. The adventures of the girl, and the story of the two who wooed and the one who wedded her, form a drama we will not spoil by anticipating the storv. It is a bosk, too, of remarkable courage. In a passage which has led to great. discussion in literarv oircies and caused the authoress to be interviewed by a London newspaper as to its motive, she has not hesitated to introduce the name of a widely ad- vertised article. When questioned on this point, the authoress disclaimed all knowledge of the gossip it had (as all the world knows) created. She was, in fact, asked bluntly whether this was a paid ad- vertisement, and as bluntly replied that it was certainty not so. I have," said she, "a motive in everything I write—to portray accurately the oircumstances which I try to describe. Here I was writing a conversation. I asked myself what is the sort of thing a woman would be likely to say when her friend remarked that she hnd been suffering from indigestion. I considered that her impulse would be to recommend something. I have heard these pills highly spoken of for indigestion I have heard doctors speak favourably of them, and, of course, I have read in the newspapers what people say thev have done for them. Consequently, this was the first remedy that. oecured to me, and I named it. I wanted to make the conversation life like. I wanted (as I always do) to do good work, and I should have written anything—anything," Mrs Meade repeated, "which seemed to me to conduce to that end." The passage referred to-is as follows :— I havo suffered a good deal lately from indigestion," replied mother in her gentle tones. And a bad thing it is-a very bad thing," said Mrs. Fanning. I cured myself with Dr. Williams' pink pills for pale people. Did you ever try 'em, Mrs. Wickham No." replied mother gravely. Well, well; they pulled me round. Albert was terribly concerned about me a year ago. I couldn't fancy the greatest dainties you could give me. I turned against my food, and as to going upstairs, why, if you'll believe me. I could have no more taken possession of that attic next to your young daughter than I could have fled. Now there isn't a"stair in Britain would daunt me I'd be good for climbing the Monument any fine morning, and it's all owing to Williams* pink pills. They're a grand medicine." Of course, a reference of this sort is almost unex- ampled in literarv history but there is no question of the author's good faitli; and, indeed, this subject is much "in the air" just now, and the attention excited by the reports that have been published by the proprietors of Dr Williams' pink pills concern- ing the cures effected account for the interest which they attract. There is hardly a, village, and certainly not a town, in this country that does not possess its local "miracle"—some invalid or cripple, or gome sickly man or woman, made strong and well bv Dr Williams' pink pills. They are even said to have made their way into royal circles; and the Court Journal, more than a year ago, commented on their popularity in the highest ranks of Society. "The practice of 'pink' pill-taking, so lavishly encouraged by bold advertisement," said royalty's favoured chronicle, is said to be making upward pro- gress in Society, and report has it that the product of the only genuine manufacturer—the pill with the seven-worded name so often displayed before our eyes with piteous entreaty to shun all pills with a missing word in their title -has penetrated to the most exalted circles. However this may be, it is not to be ques- tioned that pale people in tho highest walks of Society- are availing themselves of Dr Williams' discovery, and comparing notes, not without satisfaction at tho ri improvement in their personal appearance thereon resulting. "All Sous" is emphatically a book to read and to buy.

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