On January 26, 1910, Mrs. Katharine Mac-quoid celebrated her eighty-sixth birthday by commencing a new novel. She is probably the oldest working authoress of to-day, while her husband, Mr. Thomas Macquoid, is still painting those beautiful water-colour pictures which have earned for him such a great reputation in the world of art, in spite of his ninety odd years. Mrs. Macquoid did not start writing stories until she was thirty-five, and was persuaded to do so by her husband. " I had no confidence in my ability to write a book," she says, " and feared that a literary woman could scarcely be a domestic woman; and that troubled me, for I have always ranked housekeeping duties as equal in importance to writing." Her first book, called " A Bad Beginning," found a publisher at once, and she received 50 for it. Since then hardly a year has passed without the publication of at least one volume from her pen. Mrs. Macquoid has two sons, of whom she is exceedingly proud, and is spending the evening of her days with her husband at a charming little house on the edge of Tooting Common.

The titles of some of the veteran novelists work will be found interesting. They are "Hester Kir ton," "Patty," "At the Red Glove," and " A Ward of the King." "Through Normandy" and five other books illustrated by her husband,as well as several children's books, testify also to Mrs. Macquoid's literary versatility.

Mrs. Katharine Macquoid Fuiott & Fry no. 14. The Queen of Denmark

Mrs. Katharine Macquoid Fuiott & Fry