Books: Tale of an Eating Joint

THE GOLDEN SNAIL—Victor McClure—Bobbs-Merrill ($2.00).

Percival Pemblebury, Englishman, artist and go-getter, with assets of a single halfpenny sets out to pay a debt of £4 which he owes to a little Soho restaurant. By a most un-English display of energy, by taking a cold bath every morning, by the author's generous provision of any number of fortunate coincidences, Artist Pemblebury pays his debt. More than that: he makes supping on the delectable dishes of the Golden Snail the dernier cri in society, makes himself a famous painter, and discovers the most wonderful girl in...

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