THERE is a charming simplicity about this frontier romance on the old ballad plot of the fair maid loved by a warrior and a clerk. It is one of the fine qualities of Mrs. Turnbull’s novels that she never forces her hand; and here, using history and geography that would permit any kind of sensationalism, she is content to deal with women and their eternal interests of household, love, and family. The scene is Hannastown, near Pittsburgh, in the year of Valley Forge, against a background of impending peril from the Indians. Many historical personages appear, the most interesting being Simon dirty the renegade, who is plausibly explained. Of the invented characters, Martha Murray and her daughter Violet are in the foreground — frontier women, pathetically longing for the quiet and luxury of the cities but held to the wilderness by “cords light as air yet strong as iron bands.” A good book for everybody, and especially for young people, to read. R. M. G.