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TORIA By Clare Jerrold. Illustrated.
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MORB ABOUT KING EDWARD By
Bdward i^K^e. llluatrated. 8vo, i?p.
wviil, 38??. Hoston Small, Mayr-.ar.t <fc
THK BMPRESB FREDERICK: A Me?
moir. With Illustrations Svo, pp. x,
. Dt'?ld, Mead ft CO
Royalty lives in the full light of pub?
licity, but much of that light is arti?
ficial, and deftlv manipulated for the
Fake of well calculated effecta Hence
the wide divergence possible in the
world's Judgments or the qualities
of most monarchs. not only In their
rapacity as rulers, but In their pri?
vate lives as well No better illus?
trations of this variance of viewpoints
can be found than those offered by the
maes of contradictory estimates pub?
lished In England and abroad on the
subject of the reigns and the lives of
Queen Victoria and her successor, the
measure of the Btrength and the qual?
ity of their personalities, and of their
Influence upon the events of their time.
We are as yet too near their day to
even expo.-t Judgments that shall have j
th? weight of well considered finality.
Meanwhile the mass of printed ma?
terial Is growing upon which the fut?
ure historian will base the verdict of
"The Married Life of Queen Vic?
toria." tbe first of the three books here
under review, might ns well have been
called the Married Life of the Prince
Consort. It Is anecdotic, a sort of
bouttqne ? un sou dr Vhistoire, and its
anecdotes have a malicious flavor. The
author seems to He bent upon making
out the worst possible case for the royal
couple, and for the English people as
well. Wa have long known that Queen
Victoria was an autocrat in spirit, who
was often tempted to draw a distinc?
tion, humiliating to her husband, be?
tween the Queen and the wife. We
have Jong known that Prince Albert
was somewhat of a pug; we have also
long known that the real measure of
lis Influence upon his royal wife and
the affairs of the country of his adop?
tion is as yet an unknown quantity.
And we have long known that the
f.r'.t'.sh people, from tho peerage to the
costermonger, delighted in treating him
as a "pauper princeling." We know
that the education of the royal chll
?Iren was Herman rather than Eng?
lish: that Victoria's taste In dress was
deplorable?as if that mattered one bit!
?and that neither she nor Prince Al?
bert patronized or cared for art or lit -
f-ratur? or the drama as they might at
laeet have pretended to care. All this
may be true, and yet leave us for from
the truth, the further when It Is all
presented With the unmistakable bias
of the present author. The book'
leaves an impression of petty spite.
One could almost wish that Mr.
I-egge had withstood the temptation to
follow up his readable "King Kdward
in His True Colors" with his new vol?
ume. He attempts to prove too much
-?more than need be proved to make
out a case f*-?r his august client. He is I
?pit'? royoUfte true le roi His tex* j
throughout Is Sir Bldney Lee's article
on the King in the "Dlr-tlonary of a
National Btngraphy," end he grows
almoet hysterical?and therefore often
lllogl-oa.1?In his categorical contradic?
tion of almost everv statement made In
that mu**h -discussed piece of bio?
graphical writing. He quotes freely, in
disproof. fr?-?m the panegyric obitu?
aries of Edward In the French press,
colored as they were by the enthusi?
astic good will of the entente cordiale.
He will not admit the existence of even
"Can ?a successful \oung actress
abandon her career, settle dotvn to a.
domestic marHed life and be happy?"
?iii?? portrayal el the lapeaelMlltj ?>f
..?I m.tin?; t?> privet? life ?ml ? dull ??>. ill
roatlac sa l?i??i <>f th? ?.tage l. faHbfal le
/.?I. flir H.itlmr tliuH? h lo? i? ni Hct.t
out of the |?[t[>-r?-llt mil?????- . . . Out
of it ?II ?he Im. mude u? delightful ir?.?.I. "
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1 the Binalleal spot on the glory of his
| hero's reign or the impeccable perfec?
tion of his character. Not content
with "Edward the Peacemaker,'' he
would have him Kdward the Great."
Nay, more: he was "an amalean of
Car-ear and Charlemagne when his
royal nil! power waa aroueefJ.''
A litt!?- more moderntion would have
? 1 the memory of Kdward VII far
better il?* doee not stand in need of
exoneration of this kind, it rouses
i1 :!,! df h?s biographer's balance of
Judgment, however great its evidence
of his loyalty. In the rase ?.f the King,
us of his august mother, the time for
the final verdict of history is still far.
The anonym?'Us "Kmpress Frederick"
Is what Its author calls lt on the title
piiKc. a memoir, not a biography, but it
Is the closest approach to a full-length
life of her wc have yet had, and. indeed,
the only work entirely devoted to her
long career. "Discretion" is one of the
qualities claimed for the work by its
publlehers, and discreet it certainly Is.
Indeed, it gives the impression that its
author could have told us far more
than he has, had he decided to do so.
He might, for one thing, have gone
more deeply into the question of hered?
ity?tho measure in which the oldest
child of the royal English couple was
beiirlden f?ir her qualities of mind and
character to either of her parents. She
had little tact, one feprs lt must be
itdmitted, and no prudence, she was
net a good judge of men and women;
she sincerely loved art and culture, and
she was widely If not profoundly rend.
She had ideals and the courage of them,
and in their support and furtherance
was her husband's true companion and
As her father had been an unwelcome
GerniBn among Englishmen, so was she
a suspected Englishwoman among the
Germans. Bismarck saw her influence
behind the Crown Prince, and Sir Rob?
ert Mcrier'i. influence behind her. If
the unknown writer of this memoir be?
trays a strong anti-German bias
throughout. It Is understandable, as one
readB in these pag-es the tragic ?tory of
the long battle between this exceptional
woman, who had so strongly ?es d?fauts
d' n?s qunUtru, and the Iron Chancel?
lor, who respected her while he feared
end opposed her Influence. The book is
welcome: lt will fill a 6pace too long
left empty until the publication of a
full-length biography of her who was
German Empress for less than a hun?
dred days. But for that definitive life,
too the time is not yet.
AMERICAN EFFICIENCY '
Our Great Achiervement on the
THH PANAMA CAis'A.1-. By Ficderic 1
Haskm. Illustrated from photographs
taken by Ernest Hallen, Ofllclal Photog?
rapher of the Isthmian Canal ("ommls
"iun. 8vo. pp x, "*88. Doubledav. Page
Many books have been written about
the P;i nu ma ?"anal; more of them will
undoubtedly follow, but among them all
this volume by Mr. Haskln will hold
its place and interest as just what it Is
Intended to be?the popular story of
what James Bryce has called "the
greatest liberty man has ever taken
with nature " This not only because
the a ithor deals with the stupendous
technical ciflicultles of the undertaking
In a way that the layman can fully and
easily understand, but, above all, be?
cause there is in his pages a ringing
note of patriotic pride in, and of rejoic?
ing o\ er what America has wrought. We
hear so much nowadays, and with good
teason. of German efficiency, that this
straightforward, telling record of our
< ?a n efficiency is doubly and trebly wel?
comed. What minor mistakes were
made occurred only at the very begin?
ning, in confronting problems with
which the past never had dealt, and
Which had therefore to be solved st?-p
The tian-formution of ihe face of the
Isthmus, 'in- riiKi'ing of ralleye where
mountains stood, the building of moun?
tains where once the valles were, in
order ihat a water bridge might link
ocean to 0 Ban; the construction of
the locks ?the steps' leading to this
bridge the obstarles easily overcome
at Qattin and laboriously subjugated in
the Culebra cut; the giant machinery
Invented and constructed for new pur
poooe, the new era opened up by the
completion of the ?anal, all this is told
tereely, With the enthusiasm of ?me
wi.-i Baa the ?-hints at their task of
changing the work of Nature for man's
purpooea Two reeeeta a day of ?i.?????
tona each will make tbe -canal self?eup?
i t,i t n.;* ? 1*171., 11 baa been computed,
S0,O0O.O00 tona will pass annually
through |ta locks lia maximum canac
Ity, But provlaion baa already been
made by OU CnglnOOH tOt a third s"
Of locke ??? meet future greater de?
mands Upon ?he waterway.
The aaaitatlon <>f ihn ?anal /one.
"another triumph of our efficiency, is
not forgotten, of courae, by the author
Qoigaa'a name is a* cioaely oonnect?
???i v.ith th? building "i the Panama
Canal aa thai of Qoethala blmaelf but
we are reminded thai the eucceaa <?f
th.- great army surgeon was immensely
facilitated b) the aoteiety of the
American worfcera, They eechewod the
traditional 'peg" of 'he white man ta
the tropics. The benedicta, by the,
way, proved to be more efficient than
the bachelors, whence an interesting
chapter on what the government did
! for the comfort and entertainment of
their wives, both dwellings and com?
missariat e s well au clubs coming
under this head. The pages devoted
to the West Indian negroes, who fur?
nished 00 per cent of the unskilled
labor, are delightfully sympathetic and
Fortification?, the permanent gov?
ernment of the rone, the possibilities
of the canal In the world's trade and
politics, the question of tolls, still un?
settled; our own commercial prospects
and opportunities?all this Is consid?
ered in the author's unfailingly light,
interesting way. This la "populariza?
tion" at its very best. The illustra?
tions are numerous and good.
ACTION AND THOUGHT
Great Questions Ponderously
MEN* AND MATTERS. Bv Wilfrid
Ward. 8vo pp. x, 451. fyongmans.
Green & Co.
Mr. Ward is nt his best in writing* of
men rather than of matters; that Is, at
the work which he doubtless esteems
the tenet His descriptions and analy?
ses of non-eccleslastlcal personages?
Disraeli, Tennyson, Mill, Wyndham.
C*romer nnd others -are generally de?
lightful reading, and if ever they fail
to be entertaining they at least remain
Illuminative and instructive. His Judg?
ments of men may not always be con?
vincing to the reader, but at least It is
apparent that they had their origin in
the author's own very positive convic?
tion. For Mr. Ward is In earnest. He
takes a serious view of life, of all his
stibjects, and, most of all, of his own ?
works. That is, no doubt, a com?
mendable attitude. But there Is some?
times a possibility of overdoing -seri?
ousness There is n distinction with a
difference between that which is
weight) and that which is merely
heavy. And with all possible erodit to
him for his sincerity and his scholar?
ship, there are times in his theological
and ecclesiastical studies when Mr.
"Ward docs approximate heaviness.
it may be that this was inevitable, in
view of the task which he set for him
self In these essays, and In view of his
self-assumed functions as the apostle
of authority and the champion of con?
servatism. It is true that he depre?
cates blind submission to ecclesiastical
authority ?is an all-sufficient solution
of all problems, and defendB the liberty
and the profitableness of active thought.
Yet he holds that the exercise of rea?
son must be performed with submls
bion, nnd he implies that the adaptation
of the details of Christian theology to
the exigencies Of the times is really to
be effected conversely, by adapting the
0-lgencles Of the times to the details,
or at bast to the principles, of Chris?
tian theology as he conceives the latter.
It is in ihis respect that Mr. Ward's
most scholarly and intellectually at?
tractive writings fail to reach the heart
of the matter. He professes to sym?
pathize with the effort to bring Cath
u!..' thought abreast of the time. In
that we must believe him to be Bin
cere. Fot, perhaps unconecloualy, he
really seetns to seek to push the time
back to an alignment with medias va!
thought. His theological abstractions
ate superb, considered as theological
abstractions. Hut what has the mod?
ern multitude to d?> with I hem" When
a hungry man auks for bread, he Is
equally unsatisfied with the offering of
a common ii?-id stone or of a bit of
Perlen carved by a Phidias, Mr.
Wards philosophy is designed for an
oligarchy, not a demoereey. The few
will greatly enjoy his essays. To the
many they ?re words, words, words,
li may be that he is satlslied with
that h<- argues eloquently for "loy?
alty and faith in the representatives of
ths Church <>n earth, trustfulness that
the] wni realise ths Idael of their sta?
tion. ?? But with thai the multitude
will m.t be satlafled
Tin- Bynthetlc Bodet) unqueatlonably
? c.niprised a group of Baa and sincere
minds, and we may legarcl as com
iii'ndable an effort to find a philo?
sophic basis for religious belief-for
those who heve the leisure und the in
? Itnetlon for inch BU undertaking.
The quasi Of such a basis has engaged
th?; attention of many men. from the
?la\H of Job and his friends down to
thus?- of Mr. Ward. That Mr. Ward
arid Mi Halfmir und their gifted col?
leagues have got perceptibly nearer to
ths BOlutlon thnn tln-lr predecessor? of
?cnturles ago is riot apparent. Nor do
[they seem, in their abstract specula
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V Al^n. __^__
nal r?L*??v? ^ffS-tiv
Edward VII I
AsG/zand Mastf/2. or?/*
Knights Ho?p/tal lfq?
tlons. to be less detached from the vit
practicalities of the world than Wi
Hypatia of Alexandria in her splend
THE NEW EGYPT
A Poor Book on an Interestin
?Tin; man op BGYFT. By Clayfe
Seiit:wiciv Cooper, M. A illustrate
limo, pp wl. MM Hodder ft .-"tougl
I Inexcusable slovenliness irreparabl
mars a book which might have bee
t highlv interenting and profitable. W
might almost excuse "Mennon" an
I "car*, ttds" and "suzeralnlty," and eve
? "Phllllplno.s." and the juxtaposition c:
j "Mii'iidin" and "Mueaaln." if it coul
be. demonstrated that both proofreaile
and office cat had gone on strike. Bu
when we And Egypt described as "th
most fantasth* anil picturesque of an:
nation under the sun." and are toh
that the Ftonr-h sailed away, leavlni
the British to successfully "take COO
trol of Egypt with her army of occu
pail?n " we begin to wonder in wha
language the book is supposed to b?
written. And when we are reminder,
that Herodotus wrote "more than t
thousand years ago"?truly, he did!
and And a CharacterlatlC l.nmb-lik?
story attributed to ''Charles Klngsley
with his prolonged ?stammer," th?
query irrepressibly arises whether the
book can safely be accepted as an au
thority on facts any mot?! than on
orthography or syntax
Yet there could scarcely fail to be
something of interest in almost any
I book on *?-? prolific and suggestive a
theme. Egypt is or.e of the most in?
teresting of countries, and not the least
Interesting feature of it is (he current
attempt to effect its renascence, ami to
make a new land of one that was old
when history began. To the solution
of the profound problems which In?
vest the Unid of the Pharaohs, this au?
thor Contributes lilt:?- H:t his volume,
with all Its glaring errors, contains at
least enough Information of a some?
what i 'irions nature Concerning that
Which lies beneath, t.ml t?> suggest to
tie reflective reader how v.ell worth
while if would be to study seriously ai
authoritatively the Man of Egypt
order to determine whether he was, i
is, or Is to be.
OHIO IN THE CIVIL WAR
A Bibliography of Her Service
to the Union.
THF CIVIL WAR LITERATURE O
OHIO. A Ribllography with Exp?an
tory ami Historical Notes. By Daniel
Ryan, former Secretary of State i
Ohio. Large 8vo, pp. lx. 518. Clevelrm
The Burrows Brothers Company.
The conspicuous place of Ohio in it
Civil "War has long been a commor
place of national record and prldi
"Primus Inter pares" Is Its appropriai
characterization. No other state w?
more intensely and aggressively loya
and no other gave more freely of 111
and treasure to the Union. In leadei
ship in war and in the councils of stat
and also in numbers of the rank an
file, In battle and at the polls, Ohio1
gifts to the Republic were unstlntet
opulent and priceless.
In consequence, the Civil War liter
ature of Ohio is voluminous. That stat
has not been tanked as the foremos
In letters, although its contributions t
that art have for a century been con
sidcrable and honorable. Yet the 90
save one titles in the bibliography be
fore us are an Impressive reminder c
that state's fecundity at least in th
current literature of the day, and of th
compelling Inspiration which Ohio his
tory has afforded to the chronicler, th
critic and the panegyrist. Here an
enumerated all manner of compositions
from laments over tho death of Llnooli
to pa?ans of praise at the victory of th'
t'nlon; from a brief essay on some Bin
gle achievement of a single regiment o
company In a single engagement, to th'
encyclopaedic "Ohio in the War" o
Whltelaw Reld. It Is a comprehensive
conspectus of a great subject, whlcl
should be Invaluable to the student
the historian and the serious reader, a:
a work of authoritative reference.
Mr. P.van has done his work well. H<
gives the complete title of each work
with date and technical description o!
the volume, and with concise yet com?
prehensive and Judicious notes concern?
ing the Identity of the author and th<
circumstances cf the authorship and
publication. He also gives an excep?
tionally detailed analytical index, fill?
ing forty-seven double columned ptjges,
which renders every item in the book
readily available for reference. And in
arrangement, paper and print, the vol?
ume is about as nearly perfect as any?
thing WS could expect to see.
In the introduction to his book on
"Athletic Training" (Charles Scrihner's
Bone), which he finished shortly before
his death, the late Michael C. Murphy,
known to athletes the world over as
"Mik.v Murphy, declares that he never
set any value whatever upon victory
for its own sake, or even on athletics
for their own sake, but only valued
them on account of his faith In their
Influence in developing the highest type
Of young men, morally and mentally as
well as physically. And this may well
have been, in part at least, the cause
of his phenomenal Bticcess with team
after team Of Yale and Pennsylvania
men, and with the last two American
teems at ths Olympic gamed. The
greet trainer's book covers every phase
of Its subject thoroughly and with
praise worth.?, clearness.
THE RED HAND OF ULSTER
By G. A. Birmingham
" 'Th- Red Handol Ulster* il a jjruphic forecast of what might happen in Ireland
any day it the provocation si.tticcd."? From the peblithrrs' aootrnmcement im
January. /9/J. "lister will fight England in order to be permitted to r?_TOam a
part 01 England! It il I comic situation and Mr, Binningham has m**rely em?
broidered it with his wit in this book." The Chicote Eotmhtt Putt.
The Novels of G. A. Birmingham
"So rarely anything new emerga from b neath the bum of contemporary fiction
that tiie open-eyed wonder with which mair ol us will greet Mr. Birmingham's
nones may wll be pardoned. He obviously knows the ways of man and of the
world at large, and his understanding of the life about hrm is both cor__tTuctive
GENERAL JOHN REGAN
Sheer.Comedy nnti High Spirits
A Novel of Adventure
THE SEARCH PARTY
A Clever Story of Homely People
A Yachting Adventure
THE MAJOR'S NIECE
An Uncle'e Experiment
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GEORGE H. DORAN
Publiehere In America fer
A Lover'a Story
THE SIMPKINS PLOT
A Farcical Comedy
THE ADVENTURES of DR. WHITTV
At AU BoohteUere -
COMPANY, New York
HODDER A STOUQHTON
SOME EARLY NOVELS
OF THE NEW SEASON
"Dodo's Daughter," and Her Mother Twenty Years After
?Mr. Curwoods Dramatic Story of an Arctic
Dog?The Rejuvenated Mr. Crockett.
DODOfl DAUGHTER A Sequel ti
"Dodo." By E. F. Denson. l?mo. M
38a. The Century Company.
Those of *is who are approachin.
? middle age, if they have not airead}
I reached it, will remember the Dodo o:
twenty years ago as an ultra-moderr
young woman re\olting against a lat?
Victorian environment. Her daughter
the co-heroine of this sequel to he?,
story, is best described as a mid-Vic?
torian young woman floundering in ati
j ultra-modern atmosphere. Her very
complexity makes her feel as stifled and
baffled by modernity as her mother
? felt hampered by conventionality. Her
emancipation is a reversion to earlier,
simpler things, to elemental womanli?
ness. As she explains to one of her
I want to be the inferior, mentally, spir?
itually, of the man 1 marry. 1 am just
the opposite of those terrible people who
want a vote and say they are the equal?
of men. That Is so bourgeois an Idea.
What woman with any self-respect could
stand being her hushand's equal if she
i felt herself capable of loving? It is that.
I You are too easy. Hugh. I understand
I you, and you don't understand me. I
wish it were the other way round.
Her desire is fulfilled in the good old
way of romantic fiction: a shipwreck,
a brave man's plunge into the roaring
breakers, a rescue?and Dodo's daugh?
ter finds happiness. She is marn? I ,
about the time when her mother, who
has grown older but has not grown up
has her third husband and her thir.i
baby. If the story did not end im
mediately afterward Dodo would un?
doubtedly remark upon the appro?
priateness of this, for the book Is full
of preposterous conversation, some of
Which is clever, but more of which i*.
mechanical and wearisome. Mr. Ben
son, so to speak, gives us the reelp?
without tbe bitnnt' bouche. Even as
Dodo was a member of a society of
"Souls," so her daughter, before her
awakening, is a leader of a "clan. '
whose members do not care what they
say, but understand what they mean
A STORY THAT GRIPS.
KAZAN. By James Oliver Curwood
Illustrations by ?iayle Hopkins 12m?\
pp. 340. Indianapolis. The Bobba-Mer
Mr. Curwood may be a "nature
faker," bit all lovers of a capital story
will give him thanks for havin?
"faked" in bo gripping, telling a man
| ner. Kazan is a dog of the frozen
north, three-quarters wolf. His life of
In the April
The first article by
im hig experiences ai
A Hunter-Naturalist in the
It gives an account of the first stages
of hit journey up the Paraguay River,
impressions of the bird and animal life,
of the picturesque country, of the river
teeming with fish, among them schools
of the ravenous man-eating piranha,
and of the people. It if permeated
with the author's inimitable qualities
of enthusiasm, of observation, and
Abundant illustrations by KERMIT
ROOSEVELT and other members of
By George E. Woodberry
"On the Mat*
and the Desert)
? On the Mat " i. m analysis, a
rs-slatioo. ot the religi?s., the
eetW. the very spirit oi the desert
and its people.
The Fair in the
By W. Herbert Danton
Illustrated by the author.
Bronce bestinf, eow-ftris, cow?
peaches?, roper?, are ell in ririd
and hilarious oxdtament and
the competition of a typical
If you want to understand the real significance of
the Cubista?the whole "shock-your-fiandmother"
school, reed the article a ?? > J D ____?
by Kenyan Cox on AftlSt and rUDUC
Married. By Henry
and Alice Doer Miller
The story of a wrech and whet
happened te two en a small
Soldiers of Time
By Barry Bene?eld
Sparks of the
By Walter S. Hiatt
The life aboard ship of the young
men who send eut the S. O. 9.
call and others.
Sergeant John. By
Wolcott Le Clear-Beard
The old clock-maker and Dec- I An army story of the Meaicaa
oration day. | border.
$3.00 e yemr
CHARLES SOUBN-a-S SONS. NEW YORK