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AN AMERICAN POET.
THE POEMS AND PROSE SKETCHES
JAMES WHITCOMB ill LEV—Vol
ume I. Neighborly Poems and Dialect
Sketches. Bcrlbners. New York.
t*m t MERICAX readers need no lntro
f I ductlon to James Whltcomb Rlley,
f I recognized on both sides of the At
y^ I iantic as the foremost writer of
X that dialect verse which in the
United States embodies the hu
mor, pathos and tragedy of rural Hfe.
In the final article of the volume
before us the author, in strong, terse
English, vindicates the new school of
literature and insists on the necessity
for a reverent, scholarly treatment of
dialect. But the best vindication is to be
found in his own poems, which appeal to
universal humanity while expressing the
yearnings of those suns of the evil who
cry with him—
I want plane facts and I want plane
Of the good • M-fashlor-ed ways.
When speech runs free as the songs of
Way back in the early days.
In those early days speech must have
been not only as free but as musical as
bird song, if we are to Judge by Mr. Ri
ley, who sings like another Burns the
poetry and grace of farm life. Could
anything be nrnre enticing than the pic
ture brought before us in '"Wortermelon
Time"? Has the glory of the field ever
been sung more sweetly than in "The
And T pray to Him still for the strength
when I die.
To go out in the clover and tell It good
And lovingly nestle my face in its bloom
"While my soul slips away on a breath of
Or, again, ha? the pens* of loss ever
been more :'■;:■:• r'' - expressed than in the
dirge for "Little Haly"—
"There's sorrow in the wavin' leaves of
all the apple t-
And sorrow in the harvest sheaves, and
sorrow in the br<
And sorrow in the twitter of the swal
lers 'round the shed :
And all the song hrr redblrd sings Is
'Little Haly's dead.' "
But Mr. Riley's humor lies very close
to his pathos; he has a fellow-feeling for
the fiddler whose "playln's only mld
dlin'," but who loves his instrument with
the passion of a born artist, for
From her strings across her middle to
the screechin' keys above —
From her "apern." over "bridge," and to
the ribbon round her throat.
She's a wooin*, cooin' pigeon, singing
"Love me," ev'ry note.
And there is a sly touch worthy of old
Lafontalne in the parable of the Tree
Toad, who has been "hollerin' " all day
But I fetched her— O I fetched her
Cause a little while ago.
As I kind o' set.
With one eye .shet.
And a singin' soft and low,
A voice drapped down on my fevered
A-sayin*. "Ef you'll Jest hush I'll rain."
Perhaps Mr. Riley's refined mastery of
dialect Is most fully shown in his prose,
and the one sketch in this volume, "An
Old Settler's Story," is, in its way, an
admirable piece of literary workman
ship. Led on by unaffected style, homely
language and illustrative detail, the
reader unexpectedly lives through a vil
lage tragedy, while the accompanying
undercurrent of unsatisfied romance is
Indicated in a few subtle touches. In this,
the first complete edition of the author's
works, Messrs. Scribner will include, the
contents of the two volumes formerly
published under the titles of "An Old
Sweetheart of Mine" and "Old-fashioned
Roses." The present volume opens v.iih
a quaintly graceful salutation to Benja
min F. Johnson, the "Hoosier author,"
in whose personality Mr. Rlley at first
merged his own. A life-like portrait
also deserves mention.
POETRY WORTH READING.
THE CHILDREN OF THE NIGHT— By
Edwin Arlington Koblnson. Boston:
Richard G. Badger & Co. Price $1 20.
Mr. Robinson's poetry is far superior
to much that is foisted upon the public
to-day. His verse is not the whining of a
sickly poetaster, neither is it so full of
egoism as to be merely a rhymed record
of his own moods, a word picture of an
unpleasing personality. The trouble with
the majority of our minor poets is that
they chirrup about themselves and their
little sorrows instead of singing about
God's sunshine, the world nnd the joy?
and griefs of their fellows. Mr. Robinson
appears to be an exception to this rule,
as his verse is decidedly healthy, and,
except in a few places, metrical and
even. The sonnets are particularly good
pieces of workmanship, and the thought
contained in them is on a far higher
plane than that of the average I
writer. One of the best of these is worth
Oh for a poet— for a beacon bright
To rift this changeless glimmer of
To spirit back the muses, long astray,
And flush Parnassus with a newer light;
To put these little sonnet men to flight
Who fashion, In a shrewd, mechanic
Songs without soul?, that flicker for a
To vanish in irrevocable night.
What does it mean, this barren age of
Here art- the men, the women and the
The seasons, and the sunsets, as be
What does it mean? Shall not one bard
To wrench one banner from the western
And mark it with his name for ever
. LIFE ON THE ROAD.
; TALES OF THE REAL GIPSY— By Paul
Kester. New York: Doubleday & Mc-
Clure Company. For sale by Payot,
ITpham & Co. .!-.'•_
These tales of the road and open coun
try, of the van, tent and eampfire. strike
an entirely new note in literature. The
wild, free gypsy life as it really exists
among the 5.000,000 or more of those Ish
maelites now wandering over the face
of the globe, their picturesque, open-air
independence, their Isolated, unchanging
government and language, their romance,
deceit, loyalty, pride and intensity of
feeling are depicted by or.c who has
studied them closely while temporarily
traveling and living with them. The
JOMES WHITCOMB RILEY.
stories are dramatic and vivid and per
vaded throughout by an "out-of-doors"
quality that is as healthful and Invigor
ating as it is unique.
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FOLLOWING Tin: EQUATOR— By Mark
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That wit, like pood wine, improves with
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Twain's latest story, "Following the
Equator." The humor in this new vol
ume is, if anything:, even k- ener than
that which appeared in this popular
writer's books when he was a quarter
of a century younger. The writer's style
Is also decidedly more even.
Mark Twain is as much an American
institution as the cin -us and the peanut
vender. Two generations have laughed
with him, and others will continue to do
so as long as the English language is
spoken. His humor is spontaneous and
<lean; its quality, like that of mercy, is
To those who cannot afford the luxury
of traveling nround the globe, this book
can safely be recommended as a substi
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globe-trotter will see all the sights and
will not have to put up with' the insults
of overbearing custom-house officials.
The i.n sent work consists of over 700
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well-known artists as Frost, Dan Beard,
T. Fogarty and F. K. Seinur.
ISLANDS OF THE SOUTHERN SEAS—
j'.y Michael Myers Shoemaker, v. p.
Putnam's Sons, New York.
It seems a pity that Mr. Shoemaker
should have taken the trouble to write,
and Messrs. Putnam to publish, this
elaborately got up volume. In all that
concerns the printer and binder the book
is nn admirable specimen of its class,
find numerous finely executed illustra
tions are scattered through Its pages.
The only trouble is that the globe-trot
ting business has been overdone; every
body nowadays has traveled, and every
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I other person has Inflicted on ft long-suf- !
i ferine public an account of their voyag
j Ing. There Is no room for mediocrity in
| thM direction, and It is only nuch men as
Murk Twain who may be allowed to write
; of the ordinary tourist routes with im
The author takes us acroM the Pacific.
t" Honolulu, thence to BaoMMtandao on to
New Zealand. Australia 1 and Java. Though j
his style in pleasant MiOttCU, and hie In- ]
formation fairly cornet, there is noth- 1
Ins; new in it all, and the element of per-
sonal adventure being lacking. th« book
is tame reading. Any cyclopedia or geo
graphical handbook will furnish much
more concisely and accurately the infor
mation Mr. Shoemaker gives after a cur-
sory survey of a country. He spent, for
instance, exactly two hours in Hamoa,
and yet he gives us a chapter on this
most interesting group. The frontispiece
is a finely engraved picture of Steven
HISTORY IN POPULAR FORM.
THE STORY OF MARIE-ANTOINETTE
—By Anna L. Bicknell. New York: The
Century Company. Price $3.
Miss BtckneU's "Life in the Tullerles
Under the Second Empire" marked her
out hs a writer capable of retelling in
popular form the pathf-tic story of M.iri<-
Antoinette, one of the most unfortunate
characters In history. The daughter of
ih<' Kmporor of Austria, wedded at 15 to
the Dauphin. Qucon of France in her
nineteenth year— if ever career opened
.uspiciously it -was that of this beautiful
woman. Yet history records no sadder
or more tragic fate than that which lay
in store for her. The happiness ot the
early years of her reljrn Rave way to mis
ery, humiliation and physical Buffering,
followed by violent death. The lights and
shadows of thin unhappy life are vividly
brought out in Mis.s Bicknell's fluent nar
rative, and one lays down the book with
the feeling that he hns been an eye
witness of the gayeties and griefs of the
;ourt of Iy.uiis XVI.
It is a happy circumstance that Mme.
I.' bran flourished contemporane
ously with Marie-Antoinette, for h.r
charming portraits of the Queen and
other members of the court circle add
greatly to the embellishment of a vol
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one of the handsomest of the year.
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The first of tl I Is tho old. old
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She saw it slipping away from h>T, and
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"Miss Providence" Is a romance of a
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. s from England to Australia, and
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, the reconciliation of the to
INDUSTRIAL FREEDOM— By David
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It is the aim of the author In this essay
t" shew that no good can come of the
numerous socialistic schemes for improv
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considers the existing method of distrih
| uting the products of human activity by
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how the attempts to diminish the wealth
of corporations may diminish the fund
of capital out of which the wages of
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or lasting and hence the failure of social
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• lays of reception, etc. Then
is ■ mi. ft directory, list of dub
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members of the press, and much other in
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the early part of tho revolution, includ
j ing accounts of life on the prison ships
1 and in the prison houses of New York,
j the tempting of the Hessians and the
i end of Pafan and his band. Such a story
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Th<* second volume is the third of the
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Both books are substantially bound and
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SERMON STORIES— By the Rev. L. A.
Banks. New York: Funk & Wagnall*
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In his "Sermon Stories for Boys and
Girls" the author has mastered the prob
lem of presenting great truths to chil
dren in a pleasant and at the same time
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stories, and the little ones are trained
While being amused. Simple sketches of
animal life, features of nature and events
of daily occurrence convey helpful mes
sages. The work is a cnaracter guide
book which should of assistance to
mothers, teachers and pastors.
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Fortunate Indeed will be the youngster
Into whose hands falls the bound volume
of Harper's Round Table for 1897. The
book contains enough fiction to keep him
busy during the greater part of 1898. In
glancing over the contents one notices
that the majority of the stories are not
only amusing but also instructive, and
that they are selected with the idea of
strengthening in the hearts of the young
readers a love of country, healthy out-of
door sports, mechanical invention and
travel. The contents are most varied.
There are stories about our own war of
the rebellion and about the war in Cuba;
stories of adventure with Indians, sav
ages and wild beasts, battles by land and
by sea and stories about every country
on the face of the globe. Among the
, contributors one fees the names of nearly
all those who occupy prominent positions
in literary circles to-day, and the Jllus
os are the work of the most com
petent artists in their line.
TRIE TO HIS HOME— By Hezekiah
Butterworth. New York: P. Appleton
A Co. Price SI 50. _ , ,
SIX TOAD? WON— By S. K. Crockett.
New rork: Frederick A. Stokes Com
pany. Price Ji SO.
Tho first of tbeac tales is the seventh
volume of the "Creator* of Liberty"
srri.-s of honks of historical fiction, baaed
for the most r-'irt on real events— the
purpose l-inpr to acquaint young readers
with the biographies of pnut men in an
•ainiiiK manner. The present work
is devoted to Benjamin Franklin, and his
PROM THE ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT.
COURTESY CHARLES SCRIBNER S SONS.
life Is graphical' y described from Its !
commencement to its close. In the text
will be found the recital of how he sur
mounted every obstacle in his path ami.
although of humble origin, became one
of the greatest m-n of the age. The nar
rative also Includes the most interesting
and picturesque episodes in Franklin's
home life and is just the thing to place
in the hands of boy or girl.
The second story has been looked for
ward to f«>r some time past. It Is a
companion tale to "Sweetheart Travel- i
ers." and Is dedicated to "OM Boys, j
Young Boys, Oood Hoys, Bad Boys, Big
Little Hoys. Cow Boys and Tom
: " It should therefore n^t go beg
ging for readers, in it am related the
numerous adventures at home and school
of "ne Hugh John Smith, a lad whoso
father owned several farms on the bor
derland between England nnd Scotland.
Blaster Smith is i pugnacious individual,
of the kind likely to appear heroic in tho
eyes of boys of his own age. A few el
derly personages enter into the tale, but
it is dominated by the younger element
from beginning to end. The charming
illustrations by Gordon Browne are fully
in keeping with the movement of the nar
SMALL TALK A LA MODE.
It is permissible to wonder who reads
the guidebooks to conversation and eti
quette which arc turned out by arbiters
of fashion every year. Then must be a
demand on the part of people who are
seriously in quest of enlightenment; for.
although these works are occasionally
amusing to the general reader, they can
not depend mainly on his patronage.
Moreover, they are not written by the
practltionera of "comic copy"; they have
■a gravity of tone which bfeflts the social
importance of the theme; and they are
distinguished, as a rule, by Intimate
knowledge of the usages of "society." It
is this knowledge which produces the ef
fect of unconscious satire. A new volume
called "The Art of Conversing" has no
literary merit; the author does not pos
sess even an elementary sense of humor;
and yet we have a picture of life which
might almost be described as more subtle
and searching in its irony than the "Book
of Snobs." The vapid Inanity of what
passes for conversation in polite circles.
the small subterfuges of the social mis
cellany which Is "at home," gives dinners
anddances and runsdownlntothecountry
for a couple of days, could not be better
portrayed by a consummate artist. In one
of Mr. Pinoro's farces some of the dra
matis pirsonae are driven by a tire in
the dead of the night to the house of a
neighbor; and la the morning one of the
refugees, with a broken ornament under
her arm. plaintively remarks, "How awk
ward it is to break a bust in th«- h.»use of
a comparative stranger!" This agony
of etiquette must be tho dread "f every
■erlotu ■tadettt Of '"The Art of Convers
ing." He "T ihe h doomed to spend much
of the day, and iiot a little of the night,
among comparative strangers; for peo
ple "in siH-i,ty" rarely have the iim«' or
mcllaatlmi to know one another well, and
tho whole scheme of Intercourse depends
upon the exchange of the smallest Ideas
in the thinnest of verbal artifices.
Lack of intelligence, says our author
blandly, Is the chief reason why "society*'
finds conversaton so difficult. Apparently
there are people who need to be told
that a certain kind of address should be
met with "Really!" "Indeed!" and "Oh,,
yes!" You might suppose that any talk
ing animal above the intelligence of a
parrot would make these valuable ob
servations spontaneously; but it is clear
that, without a course of study, many
ladies "in society" will find them-
speechless. Take the case of a hostess
in a new house receiving a ceremonious
call from a neighbor. You might think
that she would start upon the tempera
ture by Instinct. People have discussed
the heat and cold for so many genera
tions that even a baby lisping its first
syllable ought not to be considered a
prodigy if it were to hazard this entranc
ing subject to another baby at their first
meeting. But the hostess will probably
be dumb unless she has pondered the
text-book, which gives her this inspir
ing lead: "I am afraid you find it rather
warm here; perhaps you would like to
sit a little way from the fire?" Why
should not every visitor and every lady
"at home" be openly armed with copies
of "The Art of Conversing,'" like tour
ists with Baedeker, and begin the con
versation with. "Let me see; what is the
dialogue for this act? Oh, here we are—
page 33"? This frankness would rub off
the edges of strangeness and kindle any
spark of humor that by rare chance
happened to be handy and combustible.
But this would never do "in society."
that wilderness where the natives dwell
In shuddering dread of "vulgarity."
There may be confidences in the drawing
room about the milliner, though the
hostess may not say, "Whore did you
get that hat?" because the phrase might
be reminiscent to somebody of a comic
song. But no self-respecting woman
could confess that her innocent commen
taries on the weather were laboriously
modeled on "^The Art of Conversing."
A certain 'sprinkling of science may
season your small talk. The oracle has
thoughtfully recognized the X rays. "I
am very much interested in hearing
about the rays. I had my hand put under
: them. The bones appeared to be enor
! mously large. Why was that, do you
! think?" This question is said to "put
an almost ready reply into the
mouth of the companion of the moment."
The bewildering student may wonder
] what it is. If the "bones" are feminine
he ought to reply that the X rays are ev
| idently capable of malicious exaggera
tion. But even if this obvious compli
ment came to hand "ready-made" would
it not be regarded by the lady as a trans
gression of the rules of the game? She
might be tempted to retort, "You are for
| getting the copy-book!"
i LONDON'S FORTY INMORTALS.
The London Academy has made up a
list of Forty Immortals, selected with
one exception from the ranks of British
authors, upon which it invites criticism
and suggestions. The list is as follows:
John Ruskln I W. E. Lecky
Puke of Argyll I Bishop Stubbs
John Morley i Andrew Lang
Sir G. O. Trevelyan Edmund Gosse
K. D. Blackmore . Francis Thompson
Rudyard Kipling Austin Dobson
T">r. Salmon '■■ W. S. Gilbert
W. P. Ker j Herbert Spencer
Bishop Crelghton George Meredith
W. E. Henley ■ James Bryce
H. D Tralll j George Macdonald
Mrs Humphry "Ward : R. C. Jebb
Henry James Dr. J. A. H. Murray
A W. Plnero B. R. Gardiner
W. K. Gladstone ' Rev. Adian Gas-juet
A. C Swinburne , William Archer
Thomas Hardy Mrs M-vnell
Leslie Stephen « «■ *«*«
Aubrey de Vere J. M Barrle
W. W. Skeat "Lewis Carroll.
The Academy also announces "that
arrangements are now in progress by
which in connection with the Academy
of Letters a book of signal merit shall
be 'crowned 1 each year. The author of
the work will receive an award from
this journal of 100 guineas. We have
also in contemplation the 'crowning* of
a book each year by an author of
younger reputation, to whom we shall
make an award of 50 guineas."
Punch has been having some fun
with the Academy's Forty Immortals,
as witness the following letters there
The Summit, Hlndhead.
Dear Mr. Punch:
"The mountain sheep are sweeter.
But the valley sheep are fatter."
You follow me? Yours, till Pisgah.
At the Sign of the Aerial Triplets.
Sir: Man is a bestial, if necessary,
blot upon creation. Could I and similar
matrons have our way, he should be
soundly smacked. Sexual Jealousy, I
take it, has kept my name from this
arbitrary list- Yet I* have just written
"The Beth Book in the World"! It is not
for me to say who has written the necth
beth. Yours indignantly,
P. S.— l exempt you. Mr. Punch, from
the spanking assertion with which my
Care of Clio, Parnassus.
Dear Mr. Punch: I am glad to observe
my name among the Forty. I do not,
however, altogether subscribe to the
other thirty-nine articles. Yours skep
tically. " W. E. H. L-CKY.
The Morgue. Paris.
Sir Punch— Mister: Hope deferred— as
, vs— makes the core bilious. Here
they will not have me at any price, try
all I will. But you, you have the nose
line for merit. Albeit, in effect, not of
Anglo-Saxon provenance, I am traveler.
T have made the grand voyage of the
See there, then, I speak the
English. O yes! Alright. Agree, etc.
A COURTING CALL.
He dressed himself from top to toe
Tor give the kites' fashion.
Ho give his boots an extra glow.
His dickey glistened like the snow,
lie slicked his hair exactly so.
An' all ter indicate "his passion."
He tied his hull three tics afore
He kep' the one on that he wore.
All afternoon she laid abed
Ter make her features brighter.
She tried on ev'ry geoun she hefl.
She rasped her nails until they bled,
A dozen times she fuzzed her head.
And put on stuff to make her whiter
An' fussed till sh'd a-cried, she said,
But that 'Id make her eyes so red.
They sot together in the dark
•Ithout a light, excep 1 their spark
An' neither could have told or guessed
\\ hat way the other iin was dressecL
Mr. Robert Parr's next book will be en
titled "Mediaeval Tales."
Lieutenant Peary's book on Us various
expeditions is expected to appear in Feb-
Houghton. Mifflln A Co. will soon issue
a new novel by Virna Woods of Sacra
The title of J. M. Barries forthcoming
novel, a sequel to "Sentimental Tummy"
Is called "Celebrated Tommy."
Mr Baring-Gould will publish shortly
Bladys of the Slewpony," a romance of
the close of the last century.
The detective stories in which Sherlock
Holmes figures so prominently hay.
strung into a drama by Dr. Conan Doyle.
Henry Holt & Co. report the thirty
first thousand for '"The Prisoner of
Zenda." and the thirty-seventh for the
"Honorable Peter Stirling."
Dodd, Mead & Co. announce a book of
children's stories, by the late Dr. Henry
Drummond. The book will bear the
somewhat curious title of "The Monkey
That Would Not Kill "
The publishing season that is just clos
ing has been a prolific one. the number of
new books issued up to the end of last
month being just under 2000, of which
WHEN THE GREEN GITS BACK IN THE TREES
In spring, when the green gits back in
And the sun comes out and stays,
And yer boots pulls on wtth a good tight
And you think of yer barefoot days:
When you "ort" to work and you want
And you and yer wife agrees
It's time to spade tip the garden lot,
When the green gits back in the trees-
Well! work is the least of my ldoes
Whon the green, you know, gits back
in the trees.
When the green gits back in the trees,
Is a-buzzin' aroun' agin
In that kind of a lazy go-as-you-please
Old gait they bum roun 1 in:
When the groun's all bald where the
And the crick's riz. and the breeze
Coaxes the bloom in the old dogwood,
Ar.d the green gits back In the trees—
I like, as I say. in sich scenes as
The time when the green gits back In
When the whole tail-feathers of winter
Ts all pulled out and gone!
And the sap it thaws and begins to climb.
And the swet it starts out on
A feller's forred, a-prettin' down
At the old spring on hi? knee*—
I kindo' like jest a-loaferln' roun"
When the green gits back in the trees-
Jest a-potterin' roun' as I — durn —
When the green, you know, gits back
in the trees!
—James Whitcomb Riley.
one-quarter were novels. Probably by the
end of the year these figures will be in
creased by nearly one-half.
Archibald Forbes' "Life of Louis Napo
leon" will be published early next year
by the Messrs. Chat to. The volume will
be profusely illustrated.
An effort Is to bo made to adapt for tho
stage W. W. Jacob's delightful book of
sea stories, "Many Cargoes." The one
thing that is to be said for this scheme
is that there will be plenty of characters
to select from. Where the unity of action
is to be found is another matter.
Mr. Henry S. Pancoast has followed
up his recent "Introduction to English
Literature"' by a similar work on Ameri
can literature, where he intends to show
the close relation of both countries in
the matter of letters. The work will be
puhlished shortly by Henry Holt & Co.
A new book of stories by Pavid Starr
Jordan is announced for early publication.
President Jordan is a capital story-teller.
and this new volume is to be a book of
queer stories told by children; selected,
corrected and illustrated by children. It
is to be called "The Book of Knight and
"Sixty and Six" is the unique tlt!« of
a collection of "Chips From Literary
Workshops," Issued by the New Amster
dam Book Company and edited by Will
M. Clemens. The selections cover the
whole literary field, from the humorous
to the tragic, the book being bound In
a handsome "poster cover," emblemati
cal of the art of the day. Price, 75 cents.
It is announced by the Frederick A.
Stokes Company that it will issue the
earlier books of John Oliver Hobbs (Mrs.
Craigie) in a single volume. Hitherto
"Some Emotions and a Moral," "The
Sinner's Comedy." "A Study in Tempta
tions" and "A Bundle of Life" have only
appeared in small separate editions. To
gether they will form a volume about the
size of "The School for Saints."
The third and fourth volumes of "Gos
sip of the Century" are announced for
early publication by the Macmilian Com
pany, under the title of "Social Hours
With Celebrities," by the late Mrs. W.
Pitt Byrne. These two volumes are ed
ited by the author's sister. Miss R. H.
Busk, and contain sixty-six illustrations,
whose range from Renan to Zola, and
from Louis Philippe to Cartouche, gives
some idea of the scope of the text.
People interested in the lumber indus
try of California, redwood especially, will
find much interesting information in a
handsome souvenir prepared by Mr.
Gray of the firm of Gray & Mitchell,
lumber dealers of this city. The lumber
is traced from the forest to the mills,
and the treatment it receives is de
scribed by one who is not only convers
ant with the handling of timber, but is
also a writer of no mean ability and de
scriptive power. Numerous beautiful
half-tones are scattered throughout the
Fifteen of the choicest poems in Stev
enson's "A Child's Garden of Verses"
have been set to music by William Arms
Fisher, and the booklet has ban pub
lished by the Oliver Ditson Company of
Boston and New York. The dedication
is a veritable poem in prose, and reads
as follows: "To the singing children >>.v.<\
those who love tlu-m; to those wl ■•••
bairns are only 'Dream Children. 1 and
to all who, in spite of time, have kept
the child heart." The songs will un
doubtedly become popular.
The success of Paul — aurence Dun
bar's poems is not to be gainsaid. Al
though the book has been published but
a short while, Dodd. Mead <£ Co., the
publishers, announce that the fourth
thousand is nearly exhausted. This book
by the young negro poet has probably
attained a wider circulation than falls
to the lot of most of the better known
poets of the day. We understand that,
not content with his work in verse. Mr.
Dunbar is at present engaged in writing
a novel, which is to be issued shortly.
It is described as a reahs..c picture of
liie in a email Ohio town, in which
State, it will be remembered, Dunbar
was born and educated.
It is announced, as though it wore of im
portance to any one, that Ira Nelson Mor
ris, sun of a Chicago millionaire pork
r, has abandoned literature to enter
his father's firm. "A million men can
wrtte books," declared the elder Morris,
"but few have the opportunity my son
-; to become great in the business
world. A book is read by few; a large
commercial or manufacturing- enterprise,
well conducted, is a Messing to the world
at large." Wise elder Morris! There are
Indeed more people who eat than road.
When he says that a honk la read by few
he speaks by the card, for I will venture
to say thai his son's Look. "With the
Trade Winds: a Jaunt in Venezuela and
the West tndies," was read by very few.
Mr. Morris Jr. stay..! In literature long
enough to find out that there is more
money In pork-paektng. To work in the
line of one's sympathies is its own re
ward. Very often it has no other; but
there are those who prefer the joys of
literature, unremunerative though they
may be, to the emoluments of the pack