ARE FINDINGS KEEPINGS? by Claud Mullins (Frederick Muller, 10s, 6d.).
EW men on the Bench were better known than Mr. Claud Mullins; yet when he retired recently he gained perhaps a wider and certainly a more appreciative audience in the listening public of Children's Hour than he had ever had in his magistrate's court.
Conceived in the same style and with the same purpose as his recent broadcasts, "Are Findings Keepings?" is the title of only the first of some 20 stories real and imaginary illustrating the law and its effect on all of us. It includes of course the recent broadcasts and carries some interesting plates. It would make an excellent present for any of the young people for whom it was primarily written.
HISTORY OF LONDON WALLS, by Elenor May Day and Alec Campbell (J. L. Workman, 8s.).
I DEAL for all the Coronation visi tors to London, from home and overseas, especially the painstaking, energetic omnivorous yet so appreciative American; and not least for the native Londoner who misses so much of his own metropolis.
This is a 100-page guide to the wallplaques commemorating churchmen, artists, poets, musicians and politicians of national or international fame whom London claims as native sons. residents or protracted visitors.
The alphabetical list of illustrious persons is followed by a list of London's vanished churches, then one of the City gates and the buildings and places of historic interest, from earliest Roman times down to the present day.
The brief guide concludes with the names of those commemorated in the plaques arranged under headings Art, Music, etc. The list reveals some shattering omissions: a Becket figures and so does Cardinal Manning, but St. Thomas More and scores of others are noticeably absent.
HISTORY OF THE ESTONIAN PEOPLE, by EvaId Uusblu (Boreas Publishing Co., 21s.).
ERE is the chequered history of the Baltic province of Estonia from earliest times down to the War of Liberation, the setting up of the Republic in 1919 and its swallowing by the U.S.S.R. in 1939-40.
The story of this gallant Lutheran people is exciting and well told, but the price of the hook is very nearly if not quite prohibitive even for its 260odd pages and many illustrations.
A'part of the vegetable garden not dug over before the winter closed down on us must be broken up and forked over before the end of this month, when the early potatoes should go it and the young cabbages and cauliflowers be planted out.
Be careful with the cabbages. Look at the roots of each little plant before putting it into its new bed. If they look blotchy and swollen, throw them out and plant only the young wellheading plants with straight, healthylooking roots. A heavy damp soil is what fungus thrives in, and any brassicas that look at all suspicious about the root should be burnt; they are probably affected with clubroot. The holes for the healthy plants should be dusted with calomel dust before the young cabbages are put into them. And this applies to cauliflowers as well.
The early cabbage Velocity can be sown about now, to give fresh, tender green for those who like their cabbages raw. eaten as lettuce. It is particularly sweet, crisp, eating.
Outdoor cauliflower sowing should wait until the year warms up a little -April in the South, May farther North-and a good choice for quick growing is the dwarf variety Early Snowball. All the Year Round is another good cauliflower, and so is Harbinger.
Asparagus bed should be seen to: manure forked in, soil spaded up, and a dressing of salt given to keep down weeds. J. H.