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New York, Not. 22. 8peclsl Courier
Oomspondence. Authors h ft rule do
aot furnish much material for the M
ogrtpher, and when by good luck there U
Material It b pounced on by the harplea
ottkepreaa with devouring fury. Ono
bm with a remarkable atoryaeema, how
ter, to have eacaped for the moat part.
William O, Stoddard haa Ave aoparato
booka on the market thia aeaiwu,
brought out by aa many difTerent
publisher, and all of tvem valuatle.
Jkey are "Men of Buaineaa" (Borlbner,)
' K3uert Ten Eyck," the atory of Nathan
rliale (Lothrop.) "The White Cave," an
'Australian atory (Century,) "Tom and
the Money King," who la Jay Qould
(:(Prlnce-Mcllll, 8t. Paul,) and "Old
Fretatier," a western New York atory
ifAppUton.) All except the first are
laMorieal Ictlon and every detail has
-en verified by going over innumerable
dwumtata and examining the ground
''In .person when possible. But we set
v;wpt to tell his own story, which is very
picturesque, even romantic. (
He was born in westetn New York,
lived in Syracuse, was graduated .at
lUchestsr unlv'frsity, and then went to
(Jhicago to.edlt a dally paper, uut lm
isidlately came the great panto of '67,
;wksnJM says every bank in Chicago
waa suspended, so that it became Im
possible to get even the money to pay
for the white paper his journal was
printed,on. Everything waa stone dead
bi Chicago, just as It la now. So he
said to a frlsnd, "I have 400 acres of
land down in Champagne county. Let
us go down and farm it." So they went,
built hem a shanty, and set to work,
But the next year Mr. Stoddard waa
asked to sdlt the Central Illinois
OmmtH, and the following year he was
the trat editor to suggest the name of
LUeota for the presidency. His stirring
editorial set the tide flowing toward that
great man. Aa a result hs waa rewarded
by being avade .President Lincoln's pri
vate secretary, a post he held for three
years and a halt. Then he waa appointed
United States marshal in Arkansas,
what he remained a year and a half, to
the dene of the war.
But ha did'noteaeape a touch of army
life, pr he wished to serve for a time in
the field before he took up the dutiea of
the secretaryship which had been offered
him. He enlisted in the first company
of volunteers ever formed. The call for
troops reached Illinois at 0 o'clock In
the morning by telegraph and before
night Company A. was formed. It waa
also the first company to enter Virginia
COURIER BUB GO.
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an part ot thp Army of tho I'otomuc, and
first thut captured n Btcumlxmt.
As Lincoln's private sccrotury ho wuh
ono of tho foundom of tho Union
League of America, from which sprung
tho Union League club of Now York,
and which in thoso early davit was tho
backbone of tho republican party. Mr.
Stoddard was corresponding secretary,
After the war ho wont into buninem,
and was connected with u groot ninny
ontorprises, such as Marshall O.
Roberts' Florida ship canul; ho was
secretary ot tho company which
financed tho laying of tho two Atlantic
cables utter FIoUVh; he was a director of
railroads, a partner in sevorul manufac
turing concerns, and interested in other
enterprises, when tho panic ot '73 struck
the country liko lightning. At 0 o'clock
In tho morning men wero worth their
hundred thousands; by noon they wore
bankrupt. Of courso Mr. Stoddard's
business connections wero wiped out
with tho rest, and in 1870 ho turned to
literature. Binco then he has published
forty volumes. He started with a
volume of poems, wrote tho first llfo of
Lincoln after Holland's, and indeed tho
lives ot all tho presidents down to
Cleveland. Yet he is still a youn man
with hardly a grey hair.
MrU Coralll and Her New nook.
In an article in tho Idler last month
(which ahe wroto herself) Mario Corolli
says she owes no thanks for her success
to any one, not oven tho newspapers,
but that it is due to her 'saying just
what she thinks regardless. When a
young woman says "just what sho
thinks regardless" one simply cannot
help making ono or two strictures on
her remarks. "Barabbas,'' distinctly
tho most during thing Miss Corelll has
yet attempted, must bo looked at ask
ance, for to make Jesus Christ the hero
of a colloquial novel produces a Blight
shock on the sensibilities oven ot a
hardened ainner like you or mo. The
author describes the trial of Jesus be
fore Pilate in full, the scone of tho
crucifixion, and the resurrection; and
the account of Barabbas is simply
woven into this great theme, along with
a few other original characters. Per
hapa the most interesting personage is
Judith Iscarlot. sister ot Judas, and a
very remarkable young woman. She
haa an improper connection with
Caiaphus, the high priest, and is the
one who really tempts Judus to his
treachery. ' Miss Corelll very decidedly
defends Judas, and even Judith to somo
extent, and throws all the blame on
Caiaphus. And as tor Barabbas, who
is the lover of Judith and much
tempted by her, sho makes him a good
man at heart, though to be sure he is a
robber and even a murderer. Yet after
all ono must admit thut the writer's
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spirit in rovorent enough.
After reading such a book as thin, ono
finds something incongruous In learn
ing that tho uuthor "is u potito creature
with a iuubs of fluiTy fair hair, u bright,
chubby, almost infantile face, mid the
sweotcst expression in tho world." Also
ono must recall tho story of tho hand
somo bible sont by Hyron to Coleridge,
in which Byron hud made tho toxt
"Now Barabbas wos u robbor" read,
"Now Barabbas was a publisher."
Tho Vlnvitt Art Hook Kver 1'iiltlUlir.l In
Competent critics aro expressing tho
opinion thut LouIh Morin'H "French
Illustrators" (Suribnor) 1b tho hand
somest art book over brought out ox
cluslvoly by an American house. Ab
only a thousand copies have been put on
tho market and tho not price is 81f u
copy, a word utxnit it may not bo utilise.
Perhaps tho most charming feature is
tho titlo-n'agn by Albert Lynch, which
represents ono ot tho most swcot and
Innocent young woman ono ever sot
eyes on. Sho is dressed in tho simplest
style with but a single straight-hanging
garment, und only Albert Lynch
could have druwn her. Tho original
was a most exquisite water color which
is said to huvo cost 1,200 francs, though
tho reproduction is a simplo photo
gravure. Tho next most striking
feuturo is tho six color plates, of which
ono by Flameng called "The Bluck
Hussar" (a soldior stunding by his
horso,) ono by Kmmmeror culled "Tho
Rlvoreido Inn," tnd ono byQiucommolli,
"Tho Bi-d Porch" (u row ot birds
fifteen inches long of tho most varied
and exquisite hues) aro simply unique
in color reproduction. Tints so soft, so
harmonious, bo nutural, especially in tho
reproduction of naturo (loaves, trees,
animals) I, ut least, huvo never scon bo
fore in color printing. Tho work could
only have been dono in Purls by Goupil
How shall young pooplo select tho
best books to read out of tho thousands
that are published each year? A
common-senso English writer says,
"Let them browse."
Olive Schreiner's new volumo "Dreum
Life and Real Llfo" is a tiny book con
taining but three short stories in her
usual vein, but the English edition was
sold out before it was published. Tho
most interesting ot tho three tulos is
tho second "A Woman's Rose," which is
an up-to-date lovo Btory, quite difToront
from "The African Farm." Tho lust
ono, "The Policy In Favor ot Protection"
Is u reprint.
It must bo regarded us u na
tional misfortune that Amorlcan
literature Is represented oven in
tho slightest degreo by such a spoilt
iaoi o sXREjB'r
boy as Richard Hurdlng Duvlt), who has
dono a great many things only less bud
than tho writing ot hln duelling letter.
Still, the English hud Kipling. Hut an
Amorlcan must draw hiu breath hard
when ho contemplates tho fuct that
now wo huvo both Richard und Rud
yard. I would suggest that a nutlonul
prayer bo offered to tho gods for their
reformation. One may hope that in tho
case ot Kipling it will bo hoard.
Hull Culno Bays ho linn been turning
his mind in tho sumo direction that
Mario Corelll linn in her Harabbas. Ho
means to writo a life of Christ. lint he
is going to bo very careful about It und
tuko plenty ot timo. In the sumo In
terview ho very justly, denounces his
brother authors who undertake to
critlclso each other. It is not, sajB ho,
that tho imiiginutlvo writer may not bo
also a good critic, but he has no right
to bo u critic ut all. An actor, ho ro
mlndfl us, does not go about tulkingof
his fellow actors, nor an artist ot his
follow artists. Why should wo tolerate
it when ono novelist talks about another
novelist? Ho is sure simply to pruise
his personal friends und donounco his
A tlrstruto story is told by Hall Culno
about Wilklo Collins. Tho most sue
ccssful character in "The Woman in
White" wus not u woman but a man
Fosco, tho tut villain. When tho book
was produced everybody was talking
ubout tho tut villain. Whilo the
uuthor was staying with his mother u
ludy visitor cumo. This lndy Bald to
Collins, "You Boom to huvo mudo a
grcut success with your villain In 'Tho
Woman in White' I huvo read the
book, I have studied this villain, but ho
is not hulf u villain; jou don't know a
real villain, ou huvo imagiucd this
villain. I know a real villain, und the
next time you want to do u villain,
como to mo. I urn very close to ono; I
huvo got ono constantly in my oyo in
fuct, it is my own husbund:" Tho l:dy,
Mr. Culno Buys, wus tho wife of Sir
Edward Bulwer Lytton.
Tho flcrco plcturo of Murk Twain in
tho advertising pages of tho Century
does tho good old gentleman u serious
injustice. Tho pust fortnight ho bus
spent in Now Yorlc, uppeuring ut
vurious clubs und making himself ugree
ublo to bis friends. I have hud tho good
fortune to observe him moro than once.
It Is truo thut his hair stands out ull
over his head in u most dishevelled
fashion, but it is now u soft iron grey
thut the ladies think charming. His
tiguro is a trillo bont und not very (Inn
in its curriago, which shows thut he is
past his prime, unit his voice is u little
uncertain, especially us it is pitched ut
ubout tho lowest nuto any voice Is
capubloof. Still it Is soft, und Mr.
KOW IS THB TIME TO ORDER YOUR
Clomcrs' whole manner is so kindly
that I heard ono fashionable lady re
murk, us ladies will, that sho thought
him "just lovely."
Tho forthcoming number ot tho Idler
contains an interview with Gcorgo
Meredith in which ho sajs ho "loves
American Institutions," "adores tho
peoplo," and "deplores titles." "Ills
somewhat lato-ln-lifo fume," we are re
minded, "cumo largely at first in tho
land iicross tho Atlantic." "Nations,"
Mr. Meredith remarks, "have an in
dividuality, and their pooplo salient
characteristics. If I am going to meet
un Irishman or a Frenchman I know I
shall tlnd certain traits, products of tho
finer nervous organization that comes
from tho Celtic blood. Tho Americans,
too, have u liner set of nerves nnd u
more refined apprehension than wo
huvo. There lies their hope. Their
organization is moro keen than ours. I
discern it in somo of their writings.
And In somo ot their methods I forsco a
grout literary nnd artistic product
there." This unusual pruiso bus ull tho
moro significance in thut it wus spoken
by ouo Englishman to another for an
English magazine, und that tho most
thoughtful of English novelists said it.
Wo cannot help believing that ho spoko
tho simplo truth.
A. S. Couv.
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