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3L??OTHr:it STORY OF THE SOUTH IN
THE BATTLR OROUND. By Kllfn Glasgow. Il
lustrated by W. J. Baer and W. tiranviilc-
Smith. 12mo, pi>. viii. 012. Doubloday, Pagu &
ABNER DANTEIi. A Novel. Ry Will N. Harben.
12mo. PP- 312. Harper & Kios.
HKEACHX.ET, BLACK SHEEP. By Louis Becke.
12mo. p:>. vi, aw. Philadelphia: J. B. Lipplncott
THK M \TK OF THE GOOD SHIP YORK; OR.
THE SHIP'S ADVENTURE. By \V. Clark
Russell. With a frontispiece by W. H. Dunton.
I2mo, pp. 351. Boston: L». C. Page & Co.
WORLD'S PEOPLE. By Julien Of.rdon (Mrs. Van
Rensselacr Cruger). 12mo, pp. 352. J. F. Taylor
"The l?attle Ground" is a well written story
of Southern life just before and during the war.
We meet within its pages characters of the sort
which is rapidly becoming, if it has not al
redy become, stereotyped in American fiction.
The usual family groups are here, the mascu
line members of them exhibiting that pride and
courtesy which, according to the superstition of
Southern writers, were invented on the other
side of Mason and Dixon's line; the women in
thorn having likewise the exclusively Southern
charm and beauty famous in a hundred novels.
Naturally, too, the background is filled with the
familiar faithful slaves, who will never, under
any circumstances, I* pensuaded to forsake "Ole
Marse." As in her types, so in her incidents
Miss Glasgow follows the beaten path. But,
unlike many of her predecessors, she contrives
to invest her conventional material with a fresh
and engaging atmosphere. The people in this
book may possess traits of the stereotyped
.sort, but they are not without the touch of life,
and, what is more to the point, the sentiment
in which the story is saturated is, on the whole,
genuine and sweet.
Mr. Harben also tells a good story in "Abnor
Daniel," but the book is chiefly interesting in
lU> portraiture. The author has a sense of
humor, and the types of Southern life with
which he deals, though not invariably likable,
are often amusing and interesting. Abner
Daniel himself is one more of those homespun
individuals who have been K^ttiiiK themselves
exploited by one novelist after another for their
dry wisdom and humor. Abner is not precisely
the kind 1 f talker whom one would travel far
to hear, but he is, in his way, sufficiently droll,
nn<l Mr. Harben's book will do very well for a
lazy hour. Here is a specimen of the talk afore
said, taken from the scene in which the speaker
is advocating the introduction of a railroad in
"Gentlemen and ladies." he began, clearing his
throat, and wiping his mouth with his long
hand. "This ain't no put-in o' mine, pra- Urns
knows' I hain't got no thin', an' i don't expect
to lose or gain by what is done in this matter
but I want tv do what I kin fer what 1 think
is right an* proper. Per my part. I don't think
we k;n do without a railroad much longer. Folks
is a pokin' fun at us, 1 tell you. It's God's
truth. T'other day 1 was <,\, r at Darley
a-walkin' along the railroad nigh the turnin'-
V" ■'• whar V] -y V] " engynes round like chil
dren on a Hyin'-jinny, when all al onc< a big
strappin' feUer with a red flag In his hand run
' :;>: ;> ;u; ] - :': ' 1 "- ime off'n the tra< k kerwallop in
:': ' ' :;: ' ■:• I' was just in tinu to keej ■ • ■ •
'■• in' run ovei by asn itoh-engyni H
i. ad as Tui k« r. 'Lo ■;.;. h•r/ » ' h . lid .. 1
■ •■•' • ■ : ■■:.'■. iVitl
■■-■ tap you on th Id.r an' ru.
hind a tree? .- • • , - . . . ...
thar ain't no othei the ■ : :'
'• il pn : : • folk! .. - . M
men. that flooi . ■ ■ ■ | ....
to be jerked ab, ut like a :., dol bul I. v
tough to heer my section je, i at. What
makes you say that V 1 axed 'im as I si
thar tryin' to git a passle o' wet glass out o'
tny hip-pocket without cuttin" mj fingers
[Laughter, led by Pole Baker, who ser.«»d the
meaning ol the referenc | l:- . , ht .
'> "" ■ ■ 'ks over thar don't know •>■ -,■ \
over; a. nigger from 01 1 thai ■ • to town
t'other daj an' heer. 1 ■ •.• • ne that 1
was fi e. T« mi: . -
without knowin' thar v agin it Half
o" you-uns i.--'. er laid c; 1 railroad an'
» oul In't ha\ ne ■ ■ •:• I turned off
sesht. Come In an'°'l m, ■ ■ "■ : ' "•. :
are from Short Pine, ain't you? 1 1 as •! him
why he thought s.> an' he said s■ - he 'Beca'se
you got a Short Pine haircut.'" 'What's that?"
sea I. An' he lauph. Dat a feller 1 k--i up in a
cheer an' said. 'It's a cut that is made by th
y. imen out yon- way. They jest turn a sau
upside down on the men's heads an" trim aroui i
"' ■' edges. I could tell one a mile; th y make
a man look like a bob-tailed mule.' rLaughter
loud and prolonged | Yes, as I said, they are
a-pokin* all manm 1 o' fun at us. an' it's ■ hi< fly
1 • a'se we hain't got no railroad."
Mr. Becke relates in "Breachley. Bla< k Sh< - p."
the advei tures of a young Australian, son "f a
"timber getter." and accustomed rrom his ear
liest boyhood to hard work him] hard knod 1
The title of tin- ln,.ik i.s not altogether accurate
The real black sheep of the story is not*"»lir'
Breachley, but his friend. Harry Brandon. How
ever, this 'I ■• s aot greatly matter, inasmuch as
Mr. Be< 1- 's strong i.--iiit lies in the sketching 1 f
picturesqu< scenes and incidents, and the Indi
viduality of i!n actors iti them ■.'■■■., i:..t count
for much. He shows us the Australian bush,
life on the sea and in the islands nf th<" Southern
Pacific. ]i is an open air book, an.) the author
has a ni'-thoii nf his own which increases our
enjoyment of hi.s exhilarating themes.
"The Mate of the Good Ship York" is not ko
satisfactory a romance as Mr. Russell h.is given
us the right to expect from his pen. li opens
NEW-YORK TRIBUNE ELLFSTRATHD SUPPLEMENT.
promisingly, with a young sailor befriending an
unhappy girl and assisting her to run away
from the home thut she hates. Kut once on the
high seas Blaster Hardy and his Julia meet
with experiences which are neither natural nor
especially well invented, and as the hen- and
heroine an- not in themselves attractive tin
reader sets through the book with difficulty.
Mr. Russell has lab-. rod upon this occasion, we
suspect, in an entirely perfunctory mood.
Mr?. Cruger brines together in her "World's
People" a baker's dozen of short stories treating
of people who are certainly worldly enough in
all conscience. Some of them, indeed, make
anything but agreeable company, but these un
edifying personages are drawn with the firm
touch of a trained observer of human nature,
and hold the attention. Mrs. Crugt-r sees clearly
•\\:< ;\s! f.vu !'i;(!>!i< >v m !:.■"
I til '.. ' ■• -■•■ : ■ ■ ■
[H-net rat ing. il ■ ■ ' ■
• the rath< r dubi 1 '- •" >na « hl( h
y . r ■ In thai : ■ ty. and, d
pleasantness <>f si me of her n aterial, she
-\lu\.<ll 'l R /'/.'/ IHIOVUI "•
,v, v N ,, N | i: \; , •.;..-. . . KAMUUS CRK.4
■ .t : ---.. to the "G
1 ■ . : ! '
■ ; ::.!■, I'rudhon thi
rtal. i-: vv hi< h one > - I
. -j . man embodied his coi •
. ■ • > 'bourg< - idonn 1 Hung that
,t■ • . • > into literatui upon the stage and
... 1 torial art M. ;'•■■;'■ 1 ■•■ ■ ■ rsea moi -
thai (»n< aspect ■ f this cel< bi
the hi lory ol Parisian caricature, but h -.'•:.!:
. ;■ .: ■;.• with Monnier's lithographs a: ,i other
drawings He never tir»d of sketching the
porl :. i!.- In which he sought to express the
■ 1 ens fatuity and the abounding absurdltj
ethei unconsci us <>f the type he had in
•:• i One of these portraits we reproduce from
>;.■ plate in the "Gazette dea Beaux-Arts," a
; . mile of a watercolor in the possession ol
;.: •:•. \ ■ Cahen. Among the Innumerable
'tchrs made of his hero by Honnier this Is
entitli i to peculiar distinction. It is. indeed, a
little !;.. terpiece of satirical characterization.
,\ copj ..f the first edition >>f Ella, uncut, and
>\iih the author's Inscription, "Mr. John Clare,
with Klia's regards." brought at a recent sale
tii.- sum of *IH>. At the same sale a copy .»t
Lamb's Works, first edition, two volumes, origi
nal boards, uncut, with inscription, "For Mr.
Clare, with < '. Lamb's kindest remembrance."
l>r<'H^iii $345. A copy of tiit- first edition of
Lamb's "Prince I>.i:-hs" In .-i rare octavo, with
nine colored engravings, brought $310. A first
editii n Keats's poems, with autograph it s rip
tion. "John Clare, Helpstone." was sold for $125,
the first • tl ; t ii .n of .<• a;s\s "Endymion"' f<>i-
and the first edition of liis "'Lamia" for $l»T».
Mr. Zangwill is writing a new novel, which
will probably be published n-xt year.
Mr. Hall Caine's next production is to con
cern itself with .livers aspects of cominercW
life, including a notable bank failure in the
Isle of Man.
The first edition < 17U») of -Robinson Crusoe '
and the si cond edition of the -Farther Ad
ventures" of Crusoe, published in the Fame ?***•
Id in London the other day for $1. — ■>.
Both works were rare and tine octavo copies in
T-f, P enthi siasm of the true BruwalugHe is
never failing, and of Browningltej Pr. Furnival
is th( most thoroughgoing. Ihe author of "In a
Tuscan Gard n" tells this story concerning him:
"A young relative- of mine in London was
looking out in those days for bachelor cham-
hers in i I>!'>< kol flat! The secretary .if the
company to whom they belonged intimated that
lh» testimony of two householders as to l:i.s
r<:it paying capacity would be require I The-
pli anl gave my name as one and I>r. Furni
vat'a for the other. . . . l>r. Furnival's reply.
after a glowing panegyric on the merits >f the
■; licant, around up by congratulating the i-om
pany on getting aa .1 tenant a man who 'waa nol
t»niy a gentleman and a Inorougli good fell w,
i 111 a member <>f the Browning Society.' The
company's manager must mave l>een rather
! itn. k by this *-iew of a tenant's qualifications."
1 ■ ■ ■ told by the 9 ime Uvi
•' our little 1 artj at I ible,
.. • ■ ■ . > two 5 oung
t is in j md 1 heard him ••
t they might resl
• ■r! N- \\ . 1 have i>t";>n beard ,;;i:'s
r.,;,i th" . :;• wr would be ta amiable • I r
mothers, bul never before beard their m:--
1 t ;-.■■ :::. 1 1 r of I jest ion mad a re
proach '•> them, and il rather amused t: ■■. One
flay !:t- took -ay a book 1 waa reading and beg in
!.■!)■ nr;nt; r> i -■ . t people read so much .iv..i I
so !;!ti.-. ii v\.i> not exactlj i»- •Hi.-, bat 1 c
! \s;'!i him."
An elaborate treatise on the law of c >pyr!ght
s coming from th- press of .1 >hi; Marray, of
London. It is said that one of the most curious
things about the English law of copyright is
th<* fact that it has omitted to give any a«le
quate protection to the t:t!<s of books. Such
protection as titles •■••1 is secured urnl^r the
Common Law, and has something to do with
The late n >veMsl Annie Alexander H I r
(better known as Mrs. Alexander) wn t- ma >
r-, I » . r- i» -:^. but never after "Tr.e Wooing Ct
anything else :<s clever. Siu- began to publish
I ks rather late in life. ::::'i died at the age ■•:'
it is asserted !>s "The London Chronicle" that
if a literary treasure contra <>n th.- mark. I now
adays it stands :« t: »>«i chance of going t" Amer
1 a. ' London b< oksellers have standing orders to
1 uy for American customers, and hich prices are
not grudged. 'The effect ol tlu- demand from
Amerii a." . aid a well known ! 0 X lie iler the >>; I er
day. *ia that Vn:eri< 1 is becoming (!;•■ great de
positor} of English literary treasures Of course,
we have old books and manuscripts in '>ur pub
lic collections of which the like ecrald not fc,
bought for money. What I am speaking abom
is the drain that America is continually making
upon our privately owned literary treasures/
Asked whether any of our English coliect'/ra
competed in the American salerooms, he aald>
•Not often. Let a rare book or a unique man*!
script once cross the Atlantic, and we are not
likely to see it again.' "
Mrs. "John Oliver Hobbes" Craigie's new
novel. "Love and the Soul Hunters." is to be
brought out in September. It is a long story
and it is said that the leading personages are
connected with the world of finance and the
empire of fashion.
Mrs. Craigie will make her appearance as an
essayist in an August magazine. "Kalliste i a
Exile" is the title of her paper on the Greek
heroine in modern fiction.
Mr. Benjamin Kidd, author of ' Prints ple« O f
Western Civilization," has gone to Boafa Africa
to make economic studies there. His latest work
has been done for the ••Ency.-lopie.lia Britan
nica." • >r,f '.f his articles d**als with the applj.
cation of the doc-trine of evolution to society.
The house of Henry Holt & Co. i 3 preparing
to bring out an important uniform series of
standard historical novels. Among the volumes
mentioned are Bulwer's "Last Days of Pompeii."
and -Harold." Scott's "Ivanhoe" and "Quentia
Durward." Charles Reade's "The Cloister and
the Hearth." Dicker.s's "Tale of T.v.> Cities."
Mrs. Charles's "Schonberg-Cotta Family.-
Hawthorne's "Scarlet Letter," Cooper's -Spy,-
Thackeray's "Henry Esmond" and Georg»
It is possible that these will be followed by
Kingsley's "Westward Ho!" r>e Vigny's "Cinq
Mars," Miss Porter's "Scottish Chiefs." Schef
fel's "Ekkehard." Bulwer's "Rienzi," Thack
eray's "Virginians." Flaubert's "SalancntßaJ"
Ebers's "Egyptian Princess" and "Uarda," Vic
tor Hugo's "Ninety- Three." ami m my others.
Introductions will deal with the historical re
lations of the works and give some notion of th»
author. The publishers say that so far as
practicable the series will present a somewhat
systematic general view of history.
Writing of Dickens in a volume just published.
Frederick Goodall, the artist, says that "at the
first Academy banquet, after the death of Mac-
Use. Dickens responded to the toast oi 'Litera
ture.* When he sr<ok*> of the loss of hi 3 dear
friend, deathlike stillness came over the great
room. I shal! never forget it. Mi:i- were not
the only eyes filled with tears. The speech had
such an effect upon the whole company that by
common consent immediately it was ended all
rose from their seats, and r.o Othei speech wa3
heard that tn c I never witnessed such a
scene before or since at the Royal Academy.'*
Commenting upon the style in which certain
reprints of ts.--i.-s have bt-en produced. Mr.
Andrew Carnegie says (as quoted in 'The Lon
i!.>n .-"tar'M that he caasSders It "a refiectlai
upon the author to spend money upon binding."
It is reported that Miss Mary Johnston, the
author ol "To Have and to Hold." b writing
A poem by Byron, beginning
Tie kiss, dear nuiid. thy li;> has left,
Shall never part from mine.
was j-r. --nt-'.i by the publisher Murray to th 9
coronation bazaar. He believed that it had never
been published, but it has just been found in
the ISCM volume of The Mu«m: ÜbTarrr ac
companied by music written by Mendelssohn.
The •■! kraals le Oalliffet intends that the profit
from th-» reminiscences he is writing shall be
eiven i<> the poor. The volume la to be pub
lished after his death, but be has lately con
sented to give some extracts to the public
whitefte lives. The large sum offered for these
extracts will also be applied lo the relief of the
W F. Channing's record of his walks and con
versations with Thoreau and Emerson which
was published in IK3
-Thoreau. the Poet-Natui has |ons>been
out .-f i.rint. There has been since the death
of Charming a call for the book, and a new^and
enlarged edition will soon be issued b> i. E.
CoodsDeed of Boston. Mr. Charming left un
nublished 'material which will be incorporated
withlthe original text. Mr. Saiuu-rn
vided an Introduction and aotea. The ordinary
edition will have an et bed portrait of the a»
thor <»f the limited edition of _»;» copies - •■»
will W on f.n-d French hand-made paper, with
five full page etchings by Sidney L. Smith We
remaining twenty-five copies will he aa Japan
paper, with the etchings lo two states.
Dr William Elliot GtMßs, the Ihoi of -The
Mikado's Empire^ and other interesting books,
is in mi-ltile ige, r- tiring from the pulpit to
devote his time tr> literature. He is preparing
to write a history of the Netherlands and »
work on the constitutional development of
Japan. li. waa for some years a profess. r in
the University of Tokio.
SOVELS A LA MODE.
Mary B Whiting, in The Academy.
Like s\v:i!!>ws that flock with the sunin.rr.
Or leaves in the bleak autumn wind.
Are our novelists? plot! each new comer
Is ilge of a daam behind.
We'd a run of the paasioaa primeval
Which aeethias in fury up-forge.
Whose keynotes of ■rtTiy upheaval
Were sounded by women named ■■George."*
Then we paaved throng* the cult of the hero
Who queens and princesses adores;
Though h:s fortuaes. alas! are but zero.
H.. wooa them and wins then by scores!
Thi the sons of the kailyard confused ua
With Jargom of lowlands and hills;
A;*.) ■ Elizabeths" lightly amused as
With gardeaa or feminine frills.
Then 1 aa •■ in red-hatted procession
The Cardinals, clad in their lawn.
Each owniag aome cherished possession^—
A si iffbox, a conscience, a pawn!
But. amid their aoleaanitlea bustling
With '•H«»oray! for the sea-going craftf'
Stout skippers and CTews entered bustling
With cargoea of »un iorr aad ut't.
We have had the omniscient detective
So calmly, lalalllj wiaf, .
WV have had the confession subjective
In tphinxlike aa laqraaMai guise.
And tli<>Lis;b m-xt yt-ar's alata be compounded
Of niaalta. aaaassaaa. or ghosts.
This prediction al least is well founded—
They will come not in units, but hosts!