MANON LESCAUT?

Lovely Manon Lescaut trod the primrose path, gay and unashamed, until she met the young Chevalier des Grieux, and fell in love for the first time. He, for his part, was equally enamoured of the beautiful girl, and for her sacrificed his career and cut himself off from his family. Pressing need of money drove the pair to desperate shifts. Des Grieux turned gamester, dishonest gamester, moreover, while Manon tricked and cheated an elderly admirer. She was arrested, convicted and sent to a settlement in New Orleans, whither her faithful lover accompanied her. The luckless pair now attempted to lead a respectable life, but fate was still unkind. The narrow-mindedness of the other settlers drove them out into the woods, where poor Manon died of starvation and exposure. Her story would be unbearably sad and sordid were it not for her utter constancy and devotion to the Chevalier, which ultimately purged her character of every base and ignoble thought. Stern moralists may say that her death was the wages of her sin. Others, with more truth, will see in her the love that bears out bravely even to the edge of doom. It seems strange that " Manon Lescaut" should have been written by a Churchman, but such is the case. The author was the Abbe Antoine Provost.

TOM GROGAN? The stevedores of New York Harbour were openly resentful and secretly jealous when they found out that one of the most successful among them belonged to the female sex. It cast such a reflection upon their powers that a woman should prove herself so capable in a man's job. But " Tom Grogan " took no notice of their resentment or of their jealousy. For one thing she could not afford to, with a small daughter and a crippled son dependent upon her earnings; and for another she was too proud and independent a spirit to care what any man thought or felt. So she carried on her husband's business and refused to join the Knights of Labour. In revenge the other stevedores set fire to her property, tried to blackmail and even to murder her-measures which failed to daunt Mrs. Grogan. In the face of opposition and danger she was all energy and determination, though to her children she was the embodiment of love and tenderness. This fearless, great-hearted woman is the heroine of a novel by F. Hopkinson Smith.