The Rejuvenation of Miss Semaphore. By Hal Godfrey. Boston: L. C. Page 8: C0.
The book is well described on the title page as “a farcical novel,” and it is the very absurdity of the concep tion that carries one on to the end. An old maid in a London b0nrding~ house answers an advertisement pur porting to have for sale a bottle of Water from the Fountain of Youth. She takes‘the precaution to have an experiment tried with the magical liquid ﬁrst upon her aged lap-dog which at once becomes a young and frisky animal. Then she plans to take the rejuvenating beverage her~ self in small doses, so that time may not roll backward too rapidly and noticeably, but in her eagerness, the bottle containing the water is broken and her only hope is to drink it as it ﬂows out. Consequently she takes an overdose, and in a few minutes has become an infant of a~fcw days old. The carrying on the story in this vein to the time when the effects of the draught have disappeared and the would-be youthful old maid has returned to her real time of life again makes the story not unworthy of being used to while away an idle hour.