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THE SUN, SATURDAY, OCTOBER 5, 1912.
LITERARY NEWS, VIEWS AND CRITICISM
II
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NEW BOOKS.
'A I)rllMfnl Sou of (hp Sooth.
W oro Indebted to Mr. W, J. Locko for
- Kovern charming friends and for their
rakes nave boon ready to forgive somn
things ho has written T)ip debt is muoli
Increase! by tlm Introduction to n npw
and wholly admirable acquaintance, tho
hero of "Tho Joyous Adcnturosof Arls
tldo I'tijol" (John Initio Company), thn
very spirit of tlm 1-ntln South In those
. brilliant storlosMt Locke Isnt his lightest
, utid at his best Tito boundless enthusl-
asm und nerve of IiIm lipro is equal to tliat
of Tartarin, hut Arlstldo l no boaster,
like tlm hero of Tarat-con; It Ib his dppds,
not his promise-, that urp astounding.
Absurd as his ndventurps nro, thpy
never go bpyond the tiounds of possibility,
unlpss his serene assurance cannot ho ac
cepted by cold Northern imaginations; ho
never deviates from the path of honor,
and we are grateful to Mr. Locke that
'" helms shown him to be clean and unaellWh
' throughout. The narrator shows genulno
sympathy for his hero' ho understands
how sterling are the qualities tinder nil
his exaggeration nnd ubsurdity. Tlio
nnd the mother gives up hpr pride nnd
calls back the first suffering wife. It Is
by no means a novel plot) particularly
for n Japanese story, but it is told very
prettily
It Is the idle llfo of thn white dwellers
In Honolulu that is depicted In "Tito Jewel
of the Seas" by Jessie Knufman (J. H
Mppincott Company). Whatever attrac
tions the place tnuy possess cannot com-1
penmite for the interminable gos.dp j
about frivolous and not overinterestlng
people with which tho book Is filled, Tho
slight plot Is drugged out so that the
reader no longer cares about It nt tho
end, nnd the narrator has so little charm
that her love aflairis merely tiresome. It
Is a shame thnt the romance of the South
Seas should degenerato Into such prosalo
platitudes. H may be that the writer is
retailing real scandal under a thin dis
guise, but that does not make the book
at nil moro readable for strangers to
Hawaii,
A Beethoven Itoiunnce.
Poor Beethoven! Ho has suffered at
tho hands of the dramatist nnd the novel
ist before now, but never more bitterly
rf Beatrice
mm .Jmmm
L J
By the Author of THE PERFECT TRIBUTE
THE MARSHAL
I MARY I
MARY
RAYMOND
SHIPMAN
Andrews
A sustained novel of very Ingenious plot; characters
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will find it as interesting as it Is instructive.
As nn introduction to n new "Contl-
to us that in the day of the cable enrs
there were any taxlcab.
hlrby becamo secretary to an amazing
ncntai lAjgal History serie, under tho , captain of industry. The first five hours
1 editorship of n committee of professors of thin experience is very vividly nnd,
in the leading law schools of the country, interestingly described. Wo learn of tho
mo editors nave prepared as the tlrst , effect upon the victim. The story says:
.utVior "Between Two Thieves
vivid imagination, the eloquence, tho
quick action are all characteristics of tho
" South, whether it be Provence or Gas-cony
or Italy or S 'lin. and Aristidn is n typo
of something l.itin that the Anglo-Savon
might learn to understand to his own
profit.
'I he stories are extremely amusing, the
. humor and the pathos are genuine, no
matter how wild the fun may be, and tho
whole picturesque South of Trance is
ranged through, from Nlmosto Perpignnn
Tho reader will love AriMlde and will
laugh heartily at the predicaments from
which he extricates himself' h will have
higher respect for Mr Locke for under-i-tanding
what ut'derlies the surface in
Frenchmen He has studied his Anatole
Franco to good purpose
Interesting fliarnetrr.
A kind hearted, level headed, competent
New York scrubwoman, with a touch of
Irish to her. will captivate the renders of
, Julie M I.lppmann's "Martha Hy-the-Day"
(Henry Holt and Company) through
her ehnmd and amusing comments on
volume "A General Survey of Kvents,
1 Sources, Persons nnd Movements in Con-tlm-ntal
Legal History" (MM?. Hrown
Kirby stood there mentally dismemberpd.
He felt ns If he were n nervous wreck: all
his strength tiad left him and he quivered
and Company). The series, so far ns it in every muscle. His brain was like n
is planned, will contain eleven volumes
by French, German und Italian pro
fessors on th law of th'dr respective
countries, its history and development.
Tin "Survey" is a mosaic from many
authoritative works presenting the funda-
hollow drum. 'Holy mackerel!' ho mut
tered. What manner of mortal was this
J. J.? Was he human nt nil? Did ho
keep up this whirlwind speed nnd enerev
pvery day? Whero did ho get his vitality?
ns it necessary to bo like this to Fuccood
Dickens's Children
"Dickens's Children"
contains ten of the pret
tiest colored pictures
ever seen of Dickens's
famous child characters.
Dickens has been
charged with caricatur
ing his characters, but
this is certainly not so
of his child characters;
and while Cruikshank's
famous caricaturish rep
resentations of the
Quilps, Micawbers, Wel-
lers arc satisfying, it takes the sympathy of a
Jessie Willcox Smith to picture the Pauls, Davids,
Olivers, and Tiny Tims.
"mill lu-mrii-.u ana ipcai lacis on wnun in business? There xvna no strenuous
the la w rests in the chi-f Kurope.in States. President nn yet to ncqunint the youth of
It includes the Later Empire, the Feiidxl , Amerlcu with the powers of man; hence
Period, Italy, Franco, fiermnnv. the: Kirby was dumfounded. Yes, ho was
Netherlands, Switzerland, Scandinavia, dizzy " Hut Kirby came to like his os
Spain. the Church, with excellent mns sociation with this whirling and temptes-
anu aumiranio tames; a hook thnt will l.e tuous man. "Ho felt that he now livpd
limy as useiui to uio stuont of genera
Owtn Johnson AixCVior mf
" 61 5eco7a'.
than in "The Moonlight Sonata." n novo
history as to the student of comparative
law. i he extracts, chiolly translations
are very well slected. There are pref'
aces by Mr. Justice O. W. Holmes, Mr
Edward Jenks and Prof. John H. Wig.
I "A History of Koman Iaw (LittK
J firown nnd Company) by Andrew Stpphpn-
son, Ph.D., professor in De Pauw Uni-
, vprsity, is n clear, workmanlike book,
.presenting the essentials of the subject
I compactly and methodically; an excellent
1 brief history, if the style is rather Jpjunp
It would have bpen bptter nrobablv
I if the author had not kept steadily before
j his eyes the requirements of the class
t room
'I'l.- ......II... .. I -
" I It'll I'UIIIIK ,l'NMjll Kill Will Illll.M'U IJ
ami ner sianiing. pracuc.ii nppncn- it ,y ,inother and far weaker hand, and
V tions of her philosophy of doing nt once
whatever seems to bo her duty The love
' Ftory of the young girl sho befriends is
pretty nnd commonplace, the terrililo
Infant she corrects is entertaining, but
these nnd her family are only tho frame
for the woman herself and her sayings.
Martha is tho whole story, and wellworth
knowing sho is
Tho Greek is making his appearance in
American fiction The attribution to n
" Chicago f ruit vender of tho ancient Hellenic
npirit nnd culture in Jennetto Leo's "Mr.
Achilles" (Dodd, Mead nnd Company) Is so
Ingenuous that it saves tho story from
being funny He is nblo not merely to
InBpiro tho little daughter of a Chicago
.. rich man, who is beginning the study of
the language under tho direction of n
k. university professor nnd has n precocious
yearning to underHtand tho Parthenon,
' hut he even impresses a Chicago woman's
club. His gift of ipomegrannto to the
little girl is omblematio of her being
kidnapped, wo imagine; sho bites into
" the golden rind of the fruit smiling, but
the nuthor does not describo her looks
efUr sho haa bitten. At all events thn
Z excellent Greek rescues tho child nnd re
j ( stores her to her parents in approved
molodrnmatio fashion. It is an enthusi-
eitlo and pretty llttlo tale; tho renderwill
like Mr. Achilles nnd the littlo girl oven if
ho smiles nt tho slips of the overcnger
author.
So far ns wo know tho dlnlect writer
hofl never before invadpd tho narrow
neck of Maryland whero tho Susquehanna
empties into Chesapenko Hay. It is new
firound, therefore, that Edith Harnard
Delano breaks in "Zebedeo V," (Small,
Maynard and Company, Hoston), chronl-
cles of a small village community, but
with no new gnins in dialect, in description
or in human nature. The incidents nro
entertaining enough nnd the people
natural, but they might be placed just
as well in nlmost any other part of the
United States whero white men nro in
the majority. Among them aro some
capable women and some human nnd
amusing men.
Another new field is opened by EfTle
Graham in "The Passin' On Party" (A. C.
McClurg nnd Company, Chicago), the
poor negro population of Kansas. The
titlo is tho picturesque negro term for n
reception. This her white friends arrange
, for a sick old ncgroHs, and as blocks and
J xvhites pass by her bed sho telU homo
truths to all. Thn old woman nnd her
. . husband are well drawn and her remarks
, 1 are amusing. Tho author haH chosen to
plvn u sentimental ending to a humorous
ptory, but sho succeeds pretty well with
her death scenn too.
The Japan of Onoto Wntnnna's "Tho
Honorable Mjhs Moonlight" (Harpers)
may show traces of, modern influences
, .but is otherwise free from thn intrusion
'm of Europeans. It is a pathutie and famil
iar family tragedy which will appeal to
",' Western readers, whether Japamun critics
approve of it or not. An only hon who
In to bo united to a young woman of his
,. own rank marries instead u geisha girl,
in spite of tin- noiii,)ii of hU motlfr
end her family I 'in iuoihr-lii.aw
,. maKes tlm girl s life int. .ler.ibln till hJi-
tnnnagoH to have her divorced and sent
. away. Tlm husband Is mido to marry
ggtaj btt tho now wife cotnmiu buloldo
ny oonan nomnng (oiurgis ann auon The awn reearrilnir noinrl. nnhlin I.
company), in inn nrst piaco uio ian- i scattered in nn almost incredible manner
insie sonata, opus M. .-. was not canen j lno Ktatuto Irnoks; an apology is there
trrt.ll I ..111 Viil.'lltl' itV ll.ulli,.a,i I Tn . , ,, ...... ...
......... .,..,,.. v.. . ' lore naruiv neeiea lor .Mr. .loseph tlsmun
never Indulged in cheap wntimontalism. Skinner's excellent "A Handlnok for
Notaries Public and CommjMioners of
weens in .ew lorn (.xiattliew iienrternnd
Company, Albany). Tho author has put
uiki'wut in miipwinpe lorm an mat no nag
been able to find regarding the duties
nnd obligations of these officials, with
the laws that relate to thrm. He has
done his work better than most compilers
of handlmoks, for he shows a real interest
in his subject, to tho point of sketching
tno history of the notary public in all
lands. It Is a practicnl manual that no
notary can dispense with safely.
bcauo lachrymowi school girls have
adored it tho thing has come maundering
down the decades even to the present.
No professional litoiary man can offer
any excuto for porvtuating this mon
strosity. Secondly it has lieen pretty thoroughly
demonstrated that tho sonata hail no
relation whatever to tho Countess Guic
cardi, but was an echo rather of Beet
hoven's adoration of hr cousin, the
Countess TherPsn von Hrunswick, the
only woman whom tho groat composer
ever loved. Hut tho author has made
Giulia Guiccardi the heroine of his tear
ful tale and hat not oven mentioned
The rose.
All these errors of fact, howex'er, could
lie forgix'en if the novelist had turned
out n really strong nnd human story.
Hut ho has failed to do anything of the
ort. Ho has written a prosy, discon
nected tale, in which his chief purpose
seems to have leon to weep over the
woes of Heethoven, To lie sure Hoet-ho-en
had woes to weep over, but he
was quito able to do his own weeping,
and to do it in a rather more human and
touching manner than Mr. Nordling has
done it for him.
The introduction of letters written
by Heethoven and to him does not help
the book, for tho simple reason that tho
Introductions aro unskilfully made. Hut
without doubt this will not lm the end
of the Heethoven fiction. Tho temirtation
to take a stent, stormy soul and show
it to us spreading itself in oceanic weep
ings under tlio palo gieon s)ot light of
tho moon is too strong. Wo shall get
more matter about opus 27, No. I, fatu
ously dubbed "Moonlight Sonata."
Meanwhile other masters of music,
who do not full victims to tlio mushy
imagination of German soutlmentalistH,
hungry to put descriptive titles upon
their works, have escafo I. Who on earth
would make a novel out of tho history of
ltoliert and Clara Schumann? And why
not? Dreadful thought! Perhaps tills
suggestion will bo accepted.
Important I.ckiiI Ilnuki,
Ilorr to llrromr Magnate.
Young Kirby Trask came from Trent
a small town In Iowa, to conquer New
York Mr Jamos Oppenhelm In "The
Olympian; a Story of the City" (Harper
and Brothers) relatps Kirby's experience.
There is keen picturing of Kirby in the
sleeping car on his way to triumph.
Before he goes to bed ho sees the flare
of tho Pittsburg furnaces, He is vr.stly
impressionable; his imagination seizes
upon incidents and builds stupendous
castles. The story s.iys in noticing tho
grand flare nt Pittsburg: "A vision shone
and passed, swallowed in night; the sub-
limo spectnulo of window lit mills at the
rlversido girdling with darkness tho
fierce flaming of the bessemer converter,
whoso several swelling tongues of fire
licked nt the flaring clouds nnd crumbled
In showers of golden snow " Kirby im
mediately nnd quite easily saw himself
as tho owner of tho mills. Ho destined
them to bo a night advertisement of him
self in tho American sky Hut ho was
timid as well ns confident Soon nfter
wanl, ns ho was retiring, when tho porter
offered to press his trousers ho weakly
consented. Ho did not want Mi trousers
pressed, but ho feared the opinion of tho
porter in case of a refusal.
Of courso the celebrated New York
skyline was in waiting. Kirby saw it
from tho ferryboat in tlio gray morning.
It does not nppenr from tlio description
that its mr.jesty lias been impaired. Kirby
had toast and eggs and coffeo in a res
taurant sheathed with marble and
looking glass. Ho found a boarding
place. Tho story describes the bonrders.
it describes also Kirby's experiences
when ho tried to lie a reporter nnd when
ho was u clerk. Tlio drudgery of a
clerk's llfo Is dwelt upon. Tho wife of
young Ferguson, a clerk, was so ot-
i pressed by the monotony of her llfo that
I she burned thn horsehair furniture os n
protest, Old rerguson died of n "stroko'
To students of thn law and such law
yers us find time to inquire Into tho his
tory of their science thn uppenrnnco of
Edward Jenks's "A Short History of the
Common Law" (Little, Brown and Com
pany) will bo a noteworthy event. No
Mlnrii r,,m t t.tl utt I n t li.rlt ..r.nl.l Iw. f..mwl
to .leal with the subject in England, nor I "l Work; h" !'.ltl imn olfr1' for
one who could be better trusted to bo ' flTTf"1"" y(,ar?' n"c,ei w,mt wo
lucid in his statements. To tell the story ! think Is nn nnnchronism; it does not seem
of the law in a single volunio of moderate 1 1 - 1
size called for great condensation; tlm '
author has succeeded in becuring clear
ness in spitu of this by the skill with which !
where life was hottest, where the speed
was greatest, where power went forth
changing nnd manipulating the world."
Alas! the great J. J. collapsed and Kirby
was out In the world with no prospect but
to marry the daughter of Jordan Wattr,
the first mngnnte in the land.
We marked a passage describing Kirby's
condition after Mary Watts had taken
him for a spin in her automobile. He had
just been set down and had seen her speed
away. The story Fays: "He stood an If
his soul had been stripped naked, a quiv
ering human being in tho dark. The
great primal force of life, the limitless
systole nnd diastole of that power that
makes the suns and planets ebb and flow
and penetrates tho atoms and the mated
animals, the pulsing of that swing of all
the world which Kirby had thus far felt
in dim throbs, but always rid himself of
so that he at last thought ho was free of
it and could go his hard way untroubled
now clutched him, drenched him, pos
sessed him, and hto littlo vain works
crumbled in thnt tremendousness." There
was charming love making on tho cliffs in
Maine. It was hard facing Mary's father.
but the young people triumphed. They
were married, and when tho magnnto
dieil Kirby succeeded him. "His power
was unbelievable. He sat now in Jordan's
office like a monstrous brain, with his
nervous system spreading out over the
continent; truly now tho mills blazoned
the sky with his fame; and where before
the name of Jordan Watts had been sown
over the cities until every tongue echoed
it, so now for the timo being tho name of
Kirby Trask." He built a skyscraoer.
stood on tho top and felt himself an Olym
pian.
"The Origin and Development of the Nation"
When Mr. Rhodes had just begun to push
forward as an historian, a man who had not read
him asked a distinguished admirer who had: "Is
his history well written in point of style?" "Why,"
said the other, "I never thought to notice."
This incident might easily be repeated in the
case of "Causes and Effects in American His
tory," by Erwin W. Morse. In telling "The
Story of the Origin and Development of the Na
tion" he expresses himself so plainly, smoothly,
nnd naturally that the attention of the normal
reader would never be called to the machinery
by which he does it.
Oliver Herford
A verse to go with the picture on the cover
Although i Fithwife in a lenie.
fSS5Sr35r!S!!n?l'e dott not barter Fuh for Ptnce.
For foolish Sailormcn ihe sets.
All day the combi her htir and longa
For Ditrpled Feet and Curling-tongi.
All night ihe dreamt in ocean cavea
Of Low.tide Shoe and Marcel Wave.
And while the FUhwife, making talei.
May sell her ware upon her acalei,
The Metmaid, wonderful to tell.
Must wear her acalea upon heriel'.
Meredith
The death of a valued writer often brings a
compensation, which is very rich and full in the
case of George Mereditha deeper and closer
understanding drawn from the reading of his
personal letters.
They form one of the most varied and reveal
ing of such collections; extend over fifty years,
beginning about 1858,
when Meredith was thir
ty. Among his corre
spondents are included
his life-long friends John
Morley, Admiral Maxse,
Frederick Greenwood,
Chapman the publisher,
Leslie Stephen, Robert
Louis Stevenson, Trevel
yan, many other friends,
and several members of
his family.
GEOnGE MEREDITH
The Poems
As the passage of time
has justified the publica
tion of the letters, so it has demanded the collec
tion of his poems into a one-volume household
edition, simple, inexpensive, and convenient.
This edition, founded on the carefully revised
text of the Memorial Edition, is an impressive
volume of more than 600 pages the standard
definitive edition of Meredith as a poet.
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the home and her "duties" to cook, wash,
iron, scrub, bear children and take care
of them.
In tho course of timo she acquires pe
cuniary independence, and her nusnana
published now by O. P. Putnam's Sons
in a two volume edition, with all the ad
mirable Illustrations, under tho general
title "The Itomance of tho French Cha
teaux '' Thoso who like to have their
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her nnd coos home to live with his mother. I these stories, which are generally based
In the course of more time ho finds that
A Flrat NoTrl.
The Wind Hefore tho Dawn," by Dell
H. Munger (DoubWlay, Pago and Com
pany), apiiears to bo the first production
of a new novelist. It has certain very
sound and notable merits, of which mas
tery of the technics of English prose is
not one. The first page, for example,
contains this remarkable sentence;
"The only corn to be seen was of the
variety called socl corn, which, unwashed
by rain for a full month now, had failed
to mature, such stalks as hid tassolled
at all being as barren as tho rest because
the tender silks had dried too rapidly
and could furnish no fertilizing moisture
to tho pollen which sifted down from the
scanty bloom above. "
But we aro living in an age when tech
nical perfection in literature and in some
other arts is disregarded and only tlio
subject matter held to bo worthy of
serious consideration. Mrs, Munger's
matter, then, is good. Moro than that,
she is unquestionably following the
first law of fiction and writing of that
which she knows. Her descriptions of
the plague of grasshoppers, tho oyclono
and the drear Kansan farm lands are most
graphic. Her delineation of character
is straightforward, clear and convincing,
Hers is a novel with a text She writes
to make a plea for the pecuniary independ
ence of woman, Her heroine is driven
to drudgery and despair and almoht to
death by the tryunny of a husband who
nt heart really loves her but who has
never had any conception of the life of a
wife except that now carved out by him
for his own. There is no escapo for the
woman liecauss sho has nothing excont
what he choones to give her, which In thin
case is hoard and lodging. He will allow
her no liberty because her "place" is in
lie lias arranged his material and by
touching blielly on some topics that aro
treated satisfactorily in other books,
such as tlie ooiitllulioual side of tho law
and the history of the courts, Tor tho
early history ho had plenty of modern
scholarship to aid him and it is gratifying
to note how much of this is American.
lYotn tho seventeenth century on. tho
w period that will chiolly attract practising
lawyers, ho has bueu obliged to do much
pioneer work. The "History" Is an im
portant contribution to legal knowledge
as well us i uld to tliu btudcut: lawyers
Bell and Wing
By FREDERICK FANN1NQ AVER
Absorbing, astounding, inspiring, baffling. London Academy,
Power and originality. Cork Examiner.
A great work. Deiton Herald.
Marks of genius constantly. Troy Record.
A wealth of ideas. Boston Transcript.
Genuine aspiration and power. Occult Review, England.
Near the stars. Portland Oregonian.
Astounding fertility. Brooklyn Times.
A striking book of verse. Boston Post.
O. P. PUTNAM'S SONS, PublUhers, N. Y. Prlc S2.S0
this does not suit his look either, and ho
tipnlinntK- nU to be taken back and
promises to be a good boy.
The Incidents leading to this conclusion
are well planned, natural and interesting.
Mrs Munger. despite tho fact that sho
is not an expert in style, has tho story
teller's truo gift, that of putting human
beings plainly Iwfore us in the stress of
life's trials, To make a reader seo real
human characters and to cause him to
become interested in them is one of the
highest achievements of tho novelist's
art.
Mrs. Munger has shown in this book
that sho has not lived among her own
sex without studying them to advantage. (
She has delineated a Heroine wnose line
personality will win her thousands of
admirers, and her mother, the poor
creature of a tyrannical husband, will
win the sympathies of all readers. It is
no great risk to say that "Tho Wind Ho
foro tho Dawn" will take a leading posi
tion among tho now novels of thu autumn.
Dedrnlilr .cvr Krilttoni.
The value and interest of the series
or monographs, edited under the general
title "Historic New York," by Maud
Wilder Goodwin, Alice 0. Iloyco and
Huth Putnam, w.n manifest on their
first appenranco fifteen years ago. Few
places of interest on tlio island of Man
hattan wore left untouched by tho writers
of tho twenty-four articles, bo that tho
series was practically u careful topo
graphical history of the island during
the first two centuries nfter its settle
ment, Illustrated with important maps
and pictures. It was a book of permanent
value, but no longer easy to obtain, In
tho new edition published by O. P. Put
nam's Sons, a reprint of tho first, by the
employment of thin paper tho two vol
umes aro combined In ono, which Is a
great convenience for nil who must uso
tho book, it is indispensable to every
student of the history of the city.
It was a romantlo and stirring true
story that Mr. Holph D. Paine told in
"Tho Ships and Sailors of Old Salem"
a lew years ago, a mcry cr.nancjfj in
importance by the mass of unpublished
material ut tho author's disposal and by
the unusual care he took in preparing the
book. Wo are glad to see a new edition
of this excellent book, nn exact reprint
of tho first, so far as wo can see, published
now by A. C. MoClurg'tid Company, It
was not written for tho young, but every
boy who cares for tho sea or loves tho
days of sailing vessels und seamanship
should read and enjoy it, I
Tho three volumes which Mrs, hlba- j
both W, Chtimpnoy has written about .
tho chateaux of France, "Tho Homanoe
of the Feudal Chateaux," "The llomance
of the Renaissance Chateaux" and "Tho'
itomuaw of the Iiourboa Chateaux. we
on fact or on legends. There is no doubt
aa to the author's enthusiasm or her
desir to impart it to her readers. She
includes all France and all French history
to the time of the Revolution in tho range
of her story telling.
Oddly enough, a now edition that
binds "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"
in ono volume with "Through the Looking
Glass" (George W. Jacobs Company,
Philadelphia), while it announces Lewis
Carroll as tho author and Elenoro Plaisted
Abbott as tho illustrator, makes no men
tion of John Tennlel. Yot the book
is only saved by its retention of tho
Tenniel pictures, which aro as much
a part of both stories as is tho text.
They nro reduced, to bo sure, and look
rather shabby, but they aro there.
Tho new colored pictures they nro soven
aro pretty and well drawn: In a few of
them tho artist holds closely enough to
ino lenniei originals to render some
thing of the Carroll spirit, but her Alice
will nover do.
The first story that Mrs. Kate Doug
las Wiggin over sold, " Tho liird'a
Christmas Carol," is published in a hot,
prettily decorated edition by the Hough
ton Mifflin Company as a nort of annl.
versary celebration. Mrs. Wiggin con
tributes an introduction in which she
ahows herself properly grateful to th
little book that was the first step in her
literary career.
Autholostlea.
A selection of extracts from the worki
of many poets who have written about
the Alps has been made by Mr. J.Walker
McSpadden in "The Alps as Seen by
tho Poets" (Thomas Y. Crowell Com
pany). The poets, for tho most part,
are very well known and the compiler
lias not wandered far a field for his poems.
These are nut together according to
topography, tho place names being
arranged in alphabetical order from
Appenzell to Zurich. Mr. McSpadden
provides an introduction appreciative
of the Alps. There are sixteen pretty
Continued oo Thirteenth Page.
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