"Of the papers
which make up this volume the greater number have appeared already in the
pages of "The Illustrated London News"; a few are reprinted from "The
Gentlemen's Magazine" and "Chambers' Journal." Most of them have been
freely copied into periodicals at home, in America, and in the Colonies,
not always escaping mutilation. For their reproduction in amended form,
therefore, I offer no further excuse than the example of many of the most
delightful writers of our time. G.E.T."