This is a darling little book by a kind of modern Jesse, full of the love of nature and distinguished by that rare spirit of unworldliness which, clothed as it is in very different form, has made a popular favourite of another book, read and deeply cared for by a very different class of reader from the one that appreciates Richard Jefferies. It is the peasant and artisan who make a sort of text-book of Robert Blatchford's 'Merrie England,' of which the motto is, 'Words ought not to be accepted because uttered by the lofty, nor rejected because uttered by the lowly.' Its teaching may be summed up in the following extract: 'Love of truth, love of knowledge, love of art, love of fame are all stronger motives than love of gain, which is the only human motive recognized by a system of political economy supposed to be founded on human nature.' Let all young Englishmen who dread failure read this book.
Mr. Peter Barr, who has lived for some time in South Africa, was kind enough to send me two lectures he delivered at Sea Point Horticultural Society, Capetown : one was on 'The Daffodil,' and the other on 'The Lilies of the World.' As very few people here can have seen these lectures, I give one interesting extract from the lily pamphlet, and, in passing, would also recommend the Lily Conference, reported in the ' Journal of Horticulture,' December 1901, which gives a most comprehensive account of all the varieties of lilies now grown. The more I read about them the more I feel sure that, like hyacinths, for ordinary people they represent a nurseryman's bill, as one has to buy afresh every year, But the subject is interesting enough for a real garden-lover to devote his whole attention to lilies and lilies alone. No doubt the climate of the Cape - and Mr. Barr gives a long list with historical notes of those most likely to succeed there -would prove much more favourable than England, especially for the Japanese varieties.