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rhe Elizabethan €%mmc in a Beauti
l ful Edition.
ccATF* OF MICHAEU LORD OF MOM
TH TUGV-F lion*- tatfl EkJ«* fy .ir.hr, Florio.
gKf tntnxJuctloa by Thomas S«-cc-ombe. In
W v',.-7Tiev With rrontispteoe portrait*.
ySTpl''?* 4n=: rf. «S7; v. «8. Imported }>y
g. r. Dnttan & Co.
Th# classics are always with us. The reprint
. o f them BO" on apace and in every form,
<- Mom however, is a beloved oid book put forth
' fnew edition so satisfactory- in every way
" totkte one f Florio's Montaigne. Th. father
*f £ 1I rxmWnJß essayists is readable in almost
any" kind "f j.rint. He il r.-ada'.b-. for <xam
le in a pocket edition, which is a thins: really
reposed in wme sort to the spirit of his ample
*£acsia*se. But be s>tras to find fust his rieht
fr . .in such volumes as we h:iv< here.
r «r.fortabi<- volumes, neither t...> large nor too
.^all, and tifullj printed. The paper is
ikas2nt to touch and it Is light, so that the
hands cannot bt wearied. The bold and open
tviocraj'hy is likewise a boon to the eyes. Very
' jjpp^v.-. ■'.. is the siinj.U. dijrnified title page.
at!( j csch <>f the three rolumra has in it? fron
tjepirt* an ■•• .■■>t:i:sr portrait. The first of
.frf?e is from the engraving bs De Leu in the
<-diiion of 1611. the •irnit showing Ifobtaisnc,
, and baid. at the age of forty. In the sec
ond, ifnk* ' s perhaps th* most eloquent of
rtar. a'l. s> ' ar as tin- spirit of the essayist is
cooc , r - we .-.\. him in his fiftieth year.
<nrra v<> d by Saint-Aubin after the i«ainting at
the Chateau de Montaigne. The third, which
we reproduce, is tfee very decorative thie page
rf the edition of 1G52, with th-- portrait first
juWifhed in H'Al. Tliew volumes, it may be
added, art charmingly bound in boards, with
teevm buckram backs, deeoratively stamped in
fold. Altogether a most Bring edition.
To make it quite perfect Hi Thomas Sec
<f.wbe ha:- provided in bis introduction an essay
es veil I aSaneed and as workmanlike in detail
it is FvmiathetJf nx atmosphere. He sketches
Bontaisfie with the right touch. He assembles
the necessary facts with a delicate feeling for
the character they illustrate, and stances a t Ms
r.-lation :«■ Uterature with no great originality,
perhais. but at any r;-.te without lantry- In
>hii= enumeratioa of the writers who have t -on
s.ifusiy or unconsciously made it their ideal to
-pour one's self oat like old Montaigne? he in
clude? r.r." author who looks a little incon
p-uo:* in this gallery. "Flaubert in his corre
r-crd<rx-<-." be says, ">s a modern Montaigne,
[securing himself in she infinite perplexities and
unfathomable moods «>f mankind: detached and
;jiK;f from the hurly-burly himself, seeking to
Arable the lives of others by intuitions fro:n his
own experience, sounding and probing all men
in ir.an." ]!■ ite ' f their j»>ints of contact the
eld and modern Frenchmen seem oddly paired.
I'.ut Mr. Seccombe is. <;ii the whole, nut in the
k&st inclined to fore- th<- note. He sums up
M<r.tai2?>" brii By -.'.v.<l in s«'l»r fashion, writing
a vt-rv jurt a::u instrustive essay. He has sev
eral goc'<2 pages " :! the "Travels." which we.
wish, by the way. could be printed in a volume
ur.iform with these thre»-. The translation
fcri-ught out iy Mr. \. . <•. Waters ;; f>\v years
azo is n"t by any means unworthy of associa
tion xrith this edition of Florio. Mr. Seccombc
tli»s not fcrget that worthy." His study of
Mvntaipie if followed by a terse but sufficient
a<rcuT!t of In? Elizabethan translator. In short,
itis editor j-erf<>rros bis duty with equal thor
•oghness and discretion. Montaigne is an
aether with whom to \jf- at peace in a long.
-■■■•■. by the fireside. For such oom
| omuon with him this 'tiition is mt.'st f<-!icitous!y
L haw I
BT JrTHLZL TAl^H''>T.
In passionate <;'-a^; days that were
Your loyal lovers ; ledered you deep:
Ki'V^lly kind and warmly fair.
By t2v«-m fire, on castled steep
Wh^re worm? of desolation creep —
You »*-re :he toasts, a jrallant show.
Lacies. too v.<-nd< rlul to we. Jl.
H"\v .- were loved once, Jong apo.
Four pictured eyes wi:h sm ilinr: stare
Look from th«- dealer's gilded heap
With row— crowned b'-ads nd bosoms bare —
Now is your full tid<- shrunk to neap;
No more your stiff brocade may sweep
Your Btat< jrar.i-ns to and fro:
Rbite shepherdesses without sheep.
How yt wer'- !«'-,>■<; once, Jong apo.
Your pc<-nt*-tl curls of ehtning haii
Gold a<= ih>- (•••m jrr"\vn full to r<-ap.
Like EhisUedown to the wide air
Arr- sKsa.t»-r<-d: Finall men i>eer. and peep.
And rry. and chatter, and make cheap
The thincs you treasured; none shall trow
Kow your eyes made wn's hearts, to leap.
How y t were loved unce, long ago.
taffies, your beauty sunk in sleep.
j What rhall it profit ye to know,
3n Ac Icr.g siienc-f tliat ye ke*-p.
How ye were loved once, long ag"?
iS ! , ll\J>.
Aa int erf-stir.:: f-.zn'. is reported to .■!••• n
by Fraul' in Professor Mestorf. Director
'' the Museum SchU py, jger AU'Ttumcr at KieL
Is th* rrav of a <;<rman)c woman dating from
me m-Chiistian era was found a stone box
' < wtß'r.:ng' a <«-t of s< wing utensils, a pair of
' "iwt* of considerable weight, a boi knife
wth an iron blad., a stiletto, arid several thorns,
a-cha -ch were used as n'-edl-h. Thtr<_- was also
NEW-YORK DAILY TRIBUNE, SUNDAY, APRIL 4, 1909.
a ntooe resembling the so-called '•<;. ni«l<-lst< i:
which was still in use as a flatiron a-^ late as
the stxteentfa and seventeenth centuries.
THE MOSAIC LA Jr.
A Comparison ttitk the Code of
THE HUMANITY. BENEVOLENCE AND CHAR
ITY LEGISLATION < »X THK PENTATELTCH
AM- TALMUD. Bs Maoriee Kluegel Kvo,
< Baltimore: H. i"!ut»j»-i i- y\,
Pinof- th" recovery of its st,-la seven years
ago by M. Jac«iu«-s <!< nTnmn. the Code of
Hammurabi has- been exploited by "seasatkaial
Assyriologists," particularty Professor Priedrich
Delitssch, of it* rlir^. against th< ethical origi
naiity of the Mosai. code In defending th<
latter Mr. Fluepel presents his r cadets with a
translation of th<. Babylonian inscription that
they may s<- for themselves how poorly tb>
newlv discovered finlt- compares witli that of
Mos.-s. As for the Berlin savant's Insistence
that the Old Testament should yield its place to
the doctrines ol Babylon, the author tfiinks that
Professor Delitzsch would do well t<. respect t!ic
imperial and popular murmurings with which
this deliverance has t»-»-n greeted, and that he
owes it "to himself and v> th- frowning manes
of hi-- good and ■•■■■■ supstantiate or
abate the claim.
Th" chief purpose of Mr. Fluegers studies is
to make j.lain that the philanthropy of the
Mosaic legislation, based on monotheistic belief,
was universal nd not exclusive in its intention.
Admitting that the Bebn Bible app< ara na
tional and tarian, it is >.-t broad!] humani
tarian in its essence T)i»- cordon of quarantine
created by Israel against foreign cults was
prompted by ■/.<■■■.] f.>r purity rather tha by
racial antagonism. Intolerance has not (>■•• n the
roible of the Jewish Church. It has never taken
a ...... an estate on account
ideals. ': a no exp« tation
..... , ever dia ;•i ■• ■' i" from the
. . • :. .i by
the i . Love- thj
o of Bocial
• Mr ! ■!'.!• .
I to the r. : •
••■ born to an ent I y acre,
• ti, viz... th< arms of
. in the battle for ■ ■ whilst
■ ■ '. social
to 1- muzzled. 1 »«■ Justh ■ to
every ' no " n '' w ' : ' larlty."
of < >ld Testanw at n ligion on
-. tion has been a ' n
of t!.- I ': ' ' ' ' ■' formative
:, our national life. "Freedom, re
ligion n.T.<3 hard work are the foundations of the
an colon* s, all three •:• ■■■■■
fr an :!.• Old Testament ■ ci< t>."
NEW FRESi II BOOKS.
Fhfmg Ifuchihs. Politics and
Paris. March 27.
-Poor l'Aviation," the compact little volume
of four hundred pages enlivened by forty en
gravings. compiled by Senator d"Estournelles de
Constaol in collaboration with M. i'aul Pain
lev.-. of the Academy of Sciences, and Com
mandant Bouttieaux. director of the French
military balloon establishment at Chalais-Meu
d>n. ia the m-.st satisfactory work y»-t produced
by th- Librairie Aeronautique in the Rue Ma
dame. One finds bere an ■•■■-■-■■'' snnunary of
the pi ogress of aerostation from Icarus to Leo
nardo da Vinci, and from Benjamin I-Yankiin
and Montgolfier to Santos-Dumont Zeppelin,
Farman and the Wright brothers. "L'Histoire dv
Peuplc Bulgare," by M. Georges Boosqnet, is
sued by thi Librairie Chaix, cones at a timely
moment. It presents a clear, impartial and con
scientious epitome Of the history of the Bul
garians from th. earliest time to the Czar Fer
dinand's proclamation of indej*:iidence, last
autumn. The author, who occupies a post i;i
the French diplomatic service, has had access
!•• the archives of the foreign offices in Paris.
St. Petersburg and Sofia. "Opinions Chinolses
sur les Barbares <I'< k-cident" is a cleverly written
book dealing with Chinese mentality and the
peculiar ways In which leading Chinamen re
gard the ways and methods of what they call
the "Western barbarians." The author, Com-
mandant Harfelt, formerly technical secretary
of the Peking-Hankow railroad, has made good
us*- of his exceptional, and in many ways unique,
tiinltirn for studying the Chinese. Tho
book is published by the Librairie Plon-Nourrit.
"Emil*? Zola, sa Vie, son CEuvre," brought out
by the Mercure de France, and compiled and
written by M. Edmond Lepelletier, is a frank
biography and criticism of Zola as man and
novelist. His masterful observation and un
flagging Indostry and the changes and develop
ments in his character from the time of his
<-ar!i-st works of fiction to his attitude as the
fearless defender of Dreyfus, are clearly and
forcibly related. "I>» Secret dn Regent," by
Processor Emile Bonrgeois, of thi University of
Paris, published by th, Librairie Armand »lin.
deals with the obsenre yet picturesque years of
French court and diplomatic historj from 1716
to 171 S. when everything was under the <■ >rn
j.lett control of the notorious Abbe Dubois.
"La Bevaache <1<- Paris." by .V. Jules Laforgue.
published by the Librairie Calmann-Levy, is a
novel somewhat after the t>i,»- of the Goncourt
brothers, describias in vivid colors how an am
bitious young provincial writer tasted but failed
to digest th< perilous and conflicting elements
that he met with in Paris, an . in despair re
turned to his country bomi a moral and mental
wreck— revenge of Paris. C. l. B
"In a Mysterious Way" is th ■ title cf the
forthcoming book by Ann.- Warner, the author
of th! amusing if slight story. "The Rejuvena
tion of Aunt Mar;..' This new .story is said to
have a serious side.
Several hitherto unpublished documents
have been used by Professor Wilbur I- Cross
in his forthcoming "Life and Letters of Lau
rence S!>-r , Th< London "Nation" says that
"American criticism owes something t.> Sterne
were it only in compensation for AUibone'a
There is a rumor, by th< way. that Mr. Sid
ney Lee is intending to write a book on Sterne.
Talne left an unfinished novel called "Eti
•mi ■ Mayran," and this is now in course of
publication by the "Revue dcs I>eux ICondes."
Th-- author. M. Bourget says, gave up his novel
because hi found he had unconsciously copied
Stendhal. If he did not wish to give the work
to the world mrhj publish it now?
The manuscript of a novel written by T L.
Beddoes, the poet, when he was fifteen years
old, has lately been discovered. It is called
:: # Scaroni; or. the Mysterious Cave: A Romantic
Fiction." Mi Edmund Gosse nays of it in a let
ter to tho London "Times": (
It Is a Fnecirnen. and In 1818 already a belated
specimen, of the School of Terroi a - Matui and
Mrs Kadcliffe had conreiv«»d It. It would have
passed unobserved in the list of romances, •■ail
horrid." thai Isabella Thorpe discussed with that
-sweet Kir!." Miss Andrews. M i.- even more
crude ;md wild than Shelley's "Zastrozzi" :m<l
"St. lrvyne." which had recently preceded it Tim
scene is "an extensive for»-.«t in Italy"'; the plot
deals with "showers of hot Wood," clouds l,f
sulphur. mysteriouH poison", floud and sudden
yells." a marchioness that fstretcheg her lanca
and magnificent P-tire."and masked assassins who
I lirow rvfpers* «tli • -s" into a cauldron and st ir
1 Dm' mcsi wi?!i human Ixine.i There ure tale.i
within the tale, a "Castle of Valenzia; or. Tlie
lellow Banner." and other composite ep>i--oclev:
It would !.e absurd t«> publish such crude
Juvenile vtuff. although ;ji its ludicrous way it
is readable enough. But as destruction has so
oddly .n,-r!ak.-ii all the known |>m-e writings of
this Interesting poet, the existence of an unknown
I schoolboy ru-wl may be thought worthy .if record.
A copy of the rare lirst edition of Mrs. Brown-
Ing's Hrst poem. "The llattlt of Marathon."
brought at auction in London, the other day,
> the sum of $4vi Another copy was sold not
long ago for $440
Shakespeare as a rriminologist is t?i«> sub
.)••< t 01 a n> v. book by a Dane, August <;.>!!. It
'•xhihits the poet an the greatest exponent of
the modern science of criminology, citing types
I in his- plays like lago, Macbeth and Cassius.
j An English translation ->i the w<>rk is to b«
j published soon.
Th< just published book on Mme. Xovikoff
; writt< bj \\ T. Stead anil embodying her rern.
j iniscences. would appear from the nuol itioni
! in English reviews to contain many int«-n I
j and j kjuant anecdotes of noted people. Th .1
these ....... without reserv%
however, may fairly be surmised from th lackj
of vraisemblance in th« following specimen:
La v<:ir General ' sr;. :it. the American ex-Pre«»«
ii!<r:t. called on ixw In Paris. Almost the t:rst
Ihiiig he asked was: ••<';m jou explain how ;t
happened thai the ItuKsian* <!i.l not occupy- Con-
Btantinople when they had it entirely in their
: lian.ls?-- (Mme. JCovlkofl explained that the Ru."
slan government, misi.-.l by news from abroad,
telegraphed orders forbidding an advance.) Gen
eral 'liiuit. who was listening attentively, smile 1
and said: "UVll. 1 can only say one thing: Hal
I been your commander In chief I won!.! have •■•ij
the .ir.ler in my pocket and opened it at -.t*.
stantfnople thr«-i- .11 four days later."
In the course o( his service as a tish official
in Cyprus SJr Edward Brackenbury had a hand
In thi administration of Purkisli law -the law
operative In th< island. < >ru- thing strictly for
bidden by this law was- th«- opening of tombs
with which the island i- honeycombed. Brack
enbury in his reminiscences contributed to
"lilac kwood" says:
A gentleman, whose brother had formerly been
American*, Consul, was k!:.\\:: to be breaking il:»
law. li>- was warned, but persisted, :iti I w.is csiught
in the act. I personally prosecuted him before tho
<";nli at l.:ii!iac.i, wh?n he was convicted, and s. »•
tenced to six months" Imprisonment and cttifisca
tion of tin- objects he had taken from the tomb.%
Sir Garnet, the ' "hi f Commissioner, remitted th*
impiisontrniit. Some time Lit r an Amerlc:in unr
shlp anchured in I^arnaca Kcads. Tl-,e delinquent
w.i.f ..ii board an.l j...:m.1 ..i.t the tale <if his fa'i
cled wronps in th>- <:?r of th- naval officer com
manding. "Sir," .-ai<l this officer, ''your Ftnry does
nol Jut K-^t me, but it appeals t • me you l..iv<- been
doing something wrong " !!■ v. 1 ften since, when [
have had t<. list' n to the story ■ f .1 grievanc ■, Lave
I felt iiu-lim-.l !■• L:i\.- the sam< answer!
Mr Bernard Capes's new novel, : '!■■■ Love
Story of St. Bel." is a story cf Italy in the f:vr
<>:i <i;iys t>f Saint Catherine of Siena, and thi
saint herself appeal in it