Frank Stockton is a leisurely writer whose mock gravity and genteel witticisms require a certain accommodation on the part of most readers. But he could not be more felicitously met than in this collection' the introduction, outlining his life and reviewing his work, is eminently sensible, and the illustrations are a delight. There are just enough to whet the reader's interest and heighten his satisfaction, and the stance they assume, whether raillery or foreboding, is the embodiment of the story. Included among Stockton's best are ""The Bee-Man of Orn,"" ""The Griffin and the Minor Canon,"" ""The Queen's Museum,"" ""Old Pipes and the Dryad,"" ""The Bishop's Ghost and the Printer's Baby,"" ""The Remarkable Wreck of the Thomas Hyde,"" and several others; the whole of The Casting Away. . . ; and because they must be--""The Lady or the Tiger?"" and ""His Wife's Deceased Sister."" A large volume, and not for small children.