Books: Old Maids, Nightmares

THE SILVER THORN, A Book of Stories —Hugh Walpole—Doubleday, Doran ($2.50).

Most of these stories have appeared in magazines in the last six years. Collected, they emphasize the author's versatility. He proves himself facile in telling a tale of spinsters in a sparkling seaside village, or one of masculine bitterness in the sinister backwoods. In the first, two old maids are fond of each other, fond of their shop full of cross-stitch samplers, fond of the two little donkeys, Percy and Emily, which trot by every day. Miss Alice is going to marry Mr. Maurice Hunting; she meets him formally to accept...

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