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The San Francisco Sunday Call
eight New Novels for Summer Use
*The White Mice"
Br Richard Harfllnj Dirin. Publitl}«>4 by
Charles Scribner'is Saas, New York. Pric«
. When one is able to cay of this new
etory of Richard Harding Davis that it
Is quite as good as "The Exiles."
"Three Gringos in Venezuela and Cen
tral America" and "Soldiers of For
tune" one has given it praise enough
end at the same time suggested its
style to the reader.
The story opens with th« familiar
"Once upon a time" and Is followed by
the old Aesop fable of the lion and
the mouse. Next we are shown the
Interior of a fortress prison In the
harbor of Porto Cabello and see Gen
eral Don Miguel Rojas, who had In
his youth been called **the lion of Va
lencia,** pining away in solitary con
finement. He had been there two years
and was very weak and discouraged,
Jor his condition seemed quite hopeless.
Then the jseene shifts to the other
side of the world and four young
Americans are discovered sitting on
the mats of the tea bouse of the Hun
dred and One Steps.
"Of the three one was Rodman For-.
rester. His father, besides being
pointed out as the parent of "Roddy'
Forrester, the one time celebrated Yale
pitcher, was himself not unfavorably
known to many governments as a con
structor of skyscrapers, breakwaters,
bridges, wharves and lighthouses,
•which latter he planted on slippery
rocks along inaccessible coast lines.
Among his fellow captains of industry
he was known as the Forrester con
etrnctlon company, or, for short, the
*F. C C Under that alias Mr. For
rester was now trying^ to sell to the
Japanese three lighthouses to Illumi
nate the Inner 6ea between Kobe and
EhlmonosekL To hasten the sale he
had shipped "Roddy* straight from the
machine shop to Yokohama."
"Roddy** is a failure. He seems to
b« a good enough boy. but very young
ar.d enthusiastic and devoid of business
Instincts. It is while these four young
' xnen are talcing their tea and talking
that a brilliant idea, comes to "Roddy."
He Bays:
m <m - • • The most important mem
ber of the ship's company on a sub
marine doesn't draw any pay at all
asd he has no rating- He is a mouse.
• • • I mean a mouse, a white
mouse with pink eyes. He bunks in
the engine-room and when he smells
•ulphurio gas escaping anywhere he
squeals and the chief finds the leak
and the ship Isn't blown up. Sometimes
one little white mouse will save the
lives of a dozen bluejackets."
"Whereupon these idle, gay youngster*
organize the Society of the Order of th«
• White Mice. "The object of the society
Is to save everybody's life. Don't tell
me that you fellows will let a little
white mouse save twelve hundred blue-
Jackets an' you sit ther^an' grin. You
mus* all b« white mice. You mus* all
fcave somebody's life. • • •"
The scene changes again and we are
not surprised to see "Roddy" In charge
cf a department of bis father's con
struction company In Venezuela, Soon
he hears the story of General Rojas'
Imprisonment and he and his friend,
Peter de Peyster, "ttre very much in
terested. They are told that when
Hojas was chut up his wife and daugh
ter were exiled and went to- the Dutch
Island Curacao, about 60 miles away.
Every evening- at sunset the mother
and daughter stand on a cliff looking
toward San Carlos and cay a prayer
for tbe deliverance of husband and
father. "Roddy" and Peter are much
.touched and one evening when they
ere out boating on the little bay Peter
"I hear something."
\u25a0"What?" asked Roddy.
,- "I hear the call of the white mice."
raid Peter de Peyster.
The first Etep In the little conspiracy
If to obiain credentials from the family
so; that. Rojas v.ill not think he is be
lrjg deceived. So Roddy and Peter go
to Willem6tad on Curacao with the in
tention of meeting Mm«. Rojas. This
tr.ust be done <juiet!v. of course, and
secretly, for spies \u25a0 are everywhere.
Matters at once become complicated.
Roddy Is not in his father's confidence
In all matters, and because of it much
serious misunderstanding results. The
Forrester construction company Is
backing a revolution against President
Alvarez, who has put Rojas in jail. Al
varez refuses to pay a" Just debt to the
F C. C. hence their attitude. At the
h»ad of this revolutionary party is
\u25a0Colonel Pino Vega, a young Venezuelan
who wishes to become president. Vega
1b In love with Mme. Rojas* daughter,
Inez, and has gained the mother's con
e*-nt to ask Inez for her hand. Mme.:
Rojas knows of the revolution Vega Is
leading and has been told'by- him that^
Its object is to overthrow Alvarez and
place Rojas back In office. . Inez does
not 10%-e Vega, but : the mother thinks
that for gratitude for- what he is try
ing to do for the father: she should
accept. /-•* \
Roddy in Curacao has made , little
progress. He has :* saved the life of
Vega at a restaurant one evening, when
an aseasein is almost upon him.-. The^
result 'of this encounter is that Roddy"
"Thrice Armed"
aj Harold Bindloss, author of 'Xerinser of
the Northwest," etc. Published by TreiJ
erick A. Stckti conjB»nr, New York. Prlco
Not our own Pacific coast but north
ivesttrn British possessions is the
seen* of Harold Blndloss' latest story.
The tales he has to tell are of uniform
excellence, which la remarkable, for he
is one of the most prolific of present
day writers.
Whije full of exciting situations,
this tale is told In rather a -quiet and
contained fashion, with many loiter
ing! by the way. It is during these
loitering* that we appreciate Mr. Blnd
loss' style and find him at his best
Here we are shown some fine pictures
of the country where the story is set:
the rough life is vividly sketched, and
the people are as real as though drawn
from life.
Jimmy Wheelock is a young colonial,
who has-been a junior officer in the
royal naval reserve. He is never quite
able to forget that fact, and occa
sionally we think him almost a snob,
but he comes out right at last. He is
summoned home because of his fath
er's illness, which seems partly caused
by nervous breakdown, the result of
business difficulties. The old man could
not understand nor cope with the un
scrupulous methods of a man named
Merrill, and he soon dies brokenhearted.
From the wreck of the fortune Jimmy
Eaves one .freight schooner, of which
he becomes skipper, but Merrill gets
that, too, and then Jimmy has to t take
a position on a yacht. One of the pas
sengers on the yacht is the daughter of
his hereditary enemy, Merrill, and the
romance begins.
It * is a hard position for. young
Wheelock, for he has decided to be re
venged on Merrill for;* 11 bis wrongs.
After many exciting scenes young
Jimmy becomes interested in a rival
river steamboat company, which in
the end proves to be the undoing of
Merrill. Jimmy s stoops to, .-nothing
crooked in his woric to expose the un
derhand schemes of his enemy, but is
always upright and honorable and
fighting for the right.
Jimmy's sweetheart, Anthea, has a
sense of humor as keen as the average
American girl, and no false pride holds
the lovers apart when the time Is ripe.
Some of the sea descriptions are of
the first quality, and one sees that the
author Is quite as much at home on sea
aB on land. The story as a whole is
well written, and it is clean and whole
some throughout. ft -»
learns that Vega hopes to becoro« presi
dent when he has overthrown Alvarez.
Hoddy receives a note secretly from
Inez, who has heard of his bravery at
the cafe and he meets her clandestinely
the next' morning. Of course, .he
promptly falls Mn love and whatever
else he does is solely for her. ; He ex
plains the White Mice order, -but finally
succeeds In convincing her that it is
not all a joke* and that a heart in
terest forces him to continue. She
conspires with him and decides to keep
her family in ignorance, for fear the
disappointment would be too great.
When Roddy is leaving Curacao and
saying goodby to Inez he sees her
emlle: "It was a smile that passed
swiftly, like a flash of sunshine over
a garden of gay flowers. It
out unsuspected ambushed dimples. It
did fascinating and wholly indefensible
things to her lips. It filled her eyes
with gracious, beautiful meanings."
And Roddy takes her hand and kisses
it, end says:
"Now 1 know why I came to Vene
zuela."
Could anybody but Richard Harding
Davis have" written that description
and that speech. .
The story - moves swi/tly from this
point to the end. Of course, Inez and
Roddy rescue her father and Alvarez
is overthrown and Pino Vega flees from
the country, and everything ends quite
right. A part of that closing scene is
so typically- in the author's best style
that it is quoted below:
"An hour later, alone on the flat roof
of Miramar. . leaning, on the ,' parapet/
were two young people. Above them
were the blue-black s^cy and white stars
of the tropics; from, below rose the
happy cheers of the mob and the Jubi
lant strains of a triumphant march.
•"Your father.' he whispered, , 'is free.'
. "The girl drew a long breath of hap
piness. ffi&&BGB&&Bk
" 'Yes.' she si ghed. \u25a0
'"I "repeat, I .'\u25a0. whispered Roddy,\ 'your
father Is free.' v \u25a0/
"'I don't r understand,' ' answered the
girl softly. -
" 'Have you for^otttn?' cried Roddy.
'You .forbade me 'to, tell . you that I
loved you. until he .was ; free. f , -•
"Inez looked up at nlm, and th« light
ofthestafs/ fell, ln her eyes. %
" 'What) will you tell me?* "she' whis
pered. -7:
"'I will tell you,'; said i ßoddy.^'the
name of a girl .who is going to be
kissed in one" second."*
That Is so 1 perfect: a -"curtain" .that
one. can not "but think -the 'author ln
tendsiit for the stage. • The play- al
most writes: ltself,, and, will be; inter-
"A False Position"
By Mrs. Bijllle Iternoldi. «utJ?or of "Thal
tt-fi," etc. PubUib«4.b7 Brentano'i, New
—^ York. Prtc« $1.00.
'Mrs. Baillle Reynolds is on the hjgb
road to the position in English litera
ture which has been vacant since the
-*leaw» of Jane Austen. No other writer
of the day is contesting the position
with her, so few g eeming to appreciate
how great an, honor it Is to be even
spoken of In the same breath with that
great writer of classics., V
Mrs. Reynolds usually has a tiny
moral attached, - but it is not 'dragged
In to the detriment of her. story. In
this tale nhe shows what almost end-
Jess Buffering can be caused by a silly
and needless little He. The story Is
'read through With a breathless Interest
not a whit abated by the fact thatwe.
see the ending plainly in the first few
chapters.
, A certain young man. theHson of a
rich and titled aristocrat, has chosen
BOOKS REVIEWED
"The White Mice," by Richard Harding Davis 'A
"Thrice Armed," by Harold Bindloss
"A False Position," by Mrs. Baillie Reynolds
"Homespun," by Lottie Blair Parker %
"Beyond the Skyline," by Robert Aitken
"Partners Three," by Victor Maa»?
"Lessons in the Proper Feeding. of the Family,"
by VVinifred S. GibbtJ
"The Making of Bobby Burnit," by George Ran
dolph Chester
to marry a governess. His family re
fuses to acknowledge her," even when
she is left a widow with an Infant
daughter." In the course of time she
marries an American . millionaire, but
does not live long enough to enjoy the
riches. very much. The husband takes
his stepdaughter' to Boston and treats
her as his own. ; She has everything
on earth she wants, but finds on her
stepfather's death tliat he has mada
unfortunate investments and that she
is almost penniless./ •, " , -
'She goes to some friends of lier
mother's in England and for a short
time Is governess and companion in ai i
comfortable horrie. / While \ , there a
young artist makes .her acquaintance
and falls desperately in love. She is
teaching under the name of May Errol,
but really Ik Lady May; for she has
Inherited a title' from, her father. The
oldest daughter in tha family where '
May Is teaching, Zoe Crichton, has .<
given her confidence to May and In this
way May knows that Zoe Moves the
young ' artist. Guy -Mallaury. " May,
therefore, •will .not .- allow ; herself to
fall In love with him and declines his
offer of marriage. \u25a0
. An illness causes many, changes. The
death of the old friend who has shel
tered her leaves May In- desperate
straits. At this point a businessman,
an old friend of May's dead benefactor,
calls and Is appalled at the prospects :
for poor May.- 'She Is very weak. from.
her Jonjr Illness and has no money; I
so he, Mr. Edred Gravenor Fleetwood;
asks her to marry him. .. He Is not In
love, nor Is she In love, and his pro
posal la quite cold blooded. :
; "I can offer you a good home, a large
amount of , liberty, a \u25a0 certain social'
position. \u0084..In return, I want you to sit
at the; head-'- of my table, entertain my "
visitors, and control jj my household-—
nothing more, I could not. as . you ; will
see, glveyou this post without adding/
my name,' except by compromising/ you
In the- eyes of the world. ; ; It seems. to
me that .we - should/do well > together."^
Tou perform certain /duties for me, In'
return for which : you receive -certain
udvantages. I shall: undertake not to
ask .; for .more than you . can give; you "
will net' expect more than,! offer," ,
Poor May- takes two days to think it
over and then accepts, v- fine has been *
married -a- few weeks -when/ on» day/
«>rie;ls;frißhtened ; nearly to death when
the 'door;Op>n« and in walks^Oijy. j Ex- ,
nlanatlonn follow—he Is ; the inephew- of
Kleetwrtoii. but -wanders about ( bo" much
that Fleetwood /had I- postponed tellln jr
herj'about th« ;thlrd;:lnmate of their
household. \u25a0 Th«y ;' mutually agree, not
tb i; enlighten Fleetwood ;. about their
former- acqualntarire.i thousrh. for. what ; 1
reason It !s difficult tolfathom,: ' . :.:.-;'>
AJI sorts of .'"dlflieulUpß* bfsot Mav'a -;
, rath : - and --- 't Is " easy/ to ; : ««e s how heir'- \u25a0
df>njnl of = ftcnuaihtanre/ with - Ou.y; will; .
hf *vr* not only * to? be . found : out, ; hu ti j
will th>i' look; very-; «ii«p!clpufl. \u25a0 May /
fn11«« Inilove.with/henhusbßnd and ho/
with; h#r.''rtut .thflyVnllow nil |«ort« -of^:
ont«lde • Influences 'to; ke?T) them anart. l
until " almost the [end;'," The, story ;: ls f :
vcU. written , and.^the;rchara<;ters <kre; r
v vln~. .' breathlne:^ n«opl«;^*; On«j:,f ee,l«V ;
that" It: Is; n. real , pleture|o'f4the /J social C
and horn?; Hf«» .of - < *«rtt>ln7 Kriarllsh -folk' "
nri^. It Is' ;allr.,nult*>>'di.ltarhtful:;;v. r ;The;' 1
!;«. [entirely , : ;Mf«ito|tak"« -,'lntn .;.t^« .
home with. ' erowlng,\. young ;' people."
. -«vh f'-h-.t^;. more*; thnri. cart '^he /said'; .<*''\u25a0',
lhe"averaj?e 4 novei of the f day. / , ' - v '
"Homespun"
By Tattle RUtr P»rk«r, ; «uthor of the plays
\u0084 . . "W«y Down E»«t" ••!<" "Under gOQthera
Skies." .I'ubHsbed by Henry Holt * Co.,
- Kew York. Prie« 11.80. •
Lpttle Blair Parker, the author tot
the still successful . play. "Way Down
Kast," has made her first step into
fiction with "Homespun," an' absorbing
Btory about Now England folk.
Columbus Corners Is the' scene of the
story and the pictures of life there
which the author gives us are quaint
and captivating. \
The book is described as a humorous
story of New England : lite, and while
it is. full of humor It Is more like a.
moving picture of rural village life.
Its humor .- Is : the quiet sort and rich
in entertainment. . -..'.: •.: .. \:
There are two brothers who go to
law over the rights to a lane and the
history 1 of their little -Jives with thejr
loss ofTproperty and of social prestige
Is cleverly told. A good friend, a wise
\u25a0 • . . . -. • . - -
old squire, who" tries to make these
quarreling brothers see the error, of
their ways, only, succeeds In arousing
their poritempt and th«n,\ inconsistent
with his belief, but consistent with his
friendship, lends them money to pursue
their lawsuits.-.
The boy^who Js generally thought to
be no 'good on earth seems really the
manliest and :. strongest character In
the story. The little side touches show
the author^s familiarity with the^llfe
she describe*." The love story between
.the 'squire and Priscilla is as dainty
and delicate/as a poem and one stops
and rereadß^it;perforce. .
The .character; drawing in the book
Is :of the first, quality and will, afford
more information about the hard, and
prejudiced New Englander with his un»*
compromising piety than can be:galned
by the study of ; many scientific - works:
The . book ! prom'" 08 toi be /almost a
classic and will compel attention.""""* -\u0084 .
"Beyond the Skyline"
B.v Robert AJtk*n. Published by B, N.
Huebsch, New York. Price fX.80.,
The publishers tell us that the au»
thor who writes under; the name of
"Robert Aitken" is an Englishman who
is equally at home In New Yprk, Lon
don, Central America and South Africa,
He has had an adventurous career, and
much of the ; material for his stories
was acquired while. he was a commls-.
sioned bfflcer In the ' British army dur- ':
Ing the \u25a0 Boer, 'war, lie -knows how to;
depict men andiWomen, andhow to cre
atei dramatjc.sltuatlons. These stories ,
ate ; full, of love'adventuro and 'excite- ;
ment and each contains the essence of
a novel. ~: "^ '-,'-'-\u25a0:-'".- : -.-- .%,*.'„
\u25a0The 1 demands v of :. the magazines to-,
day hay« .created an unprecedented .
supply of short storles/yet the level of >
quality i remains v deplorably \u25a0'. low. ' Tho I
charm of \u25a0 this ; form , of literature at Its : :
best:is never falling.; and It Is aijoy to
encounter a volume ; of tales : that have"
been conceived in the , mind of a writer \u25a0
of "Imagination and ; elaborated, with .
the loving care of* real artist. \u25a0
Such a book Is this : one, "containing
1$ stories, most of them laid -in far oft
countries /where ;. the • background = \u25a0 and "
the atmosphere seem : to Invite romance. .:
TjiV, 7i*n fi made . laws ;V and i: the'rmoral ',
coderire : dlfferent;from: those ,wo, know,,
situations '; are "created j that \ would ibe >;
impossible' In highly civilized ' lands, so \u25a0.\u25a0
that , the writer* task > would 'appear s
simple. ':' But ; take l the 1 average story.- of i
the, tropics ahd^ow.dlsappolnting.lt'is,
r The tales ; inithis will satisfy J
every i demand t. the \u25a0 .: readers can j make; ' \u25a0
there " is ' enough : love ," and vvjrtue, J vice X
andiintrlgue to "satisfy jthose who 100k 5
tor ; plot ; ; thereS is ; enough f analysis iSt £
characteriand^studyiof^typesjforlthose!.
ftp \ whom -psyciology,^appeals \u25a0 and, ? for I
those who =. are • weary \ of . dull * amateur.^
efforts I s and^ ; conventional;-; factory \ mad a'!-?
literature, there •is t «h« crisp ? English %
of one'.whoVrnakeß.' every Lword ! tell \u25a0: and i
thel restraint Cthat' implies 'respect' for •
his readers',; intelligence; _/ ;; , ;>-'•:
<% Therellsslittlel to>be J gained jlnfcom*;
paring S one ; story i with -another ; .isome^
are better 'than '.others,? all 2 are Tgood.'i
TheLvolumn:as a whole ; ls, entertaining"' 1
and^satlsfylng.land.thft^readeriwiH'ire-s
turn to ;ltifrom-tlme;to,tJms.^it :is:
guaranteed ,:«to".make v .l« hours .pass ?.'
{•leasantly^j'.; 1 " - /'\u25a0..'\u25a0"••"'• ."\u25a0'\u25a0rC- --.-\*. -.'"••,'". '\u25a0*": : : ' -
"Partners Three"
By Vletor Mape«v ttutbor"T>f "Th« ÜBflerc«*
rent," etc. Published by Frederick A. Stokes
*C«.. New York. Price 11.33.
I The "Partners" _ar« I>obtor Joyce,
Tony and Pie." What they- and the" other
characters' are like you may partly
guess ; from ; the . following descriptions ;
. Dr. Jeremiah Joyco— Whose laugh Is
a monster: gun of tha artillery of good
nature that, drives off the. devils of
deapajr. Ho is the Inventor ot_U»e~
. steam pipe, roller skate boat, the re.
generated- shoe • leather process and
, other boons to humanity* !
Tony—Antoinette Bonnet, Clalr An
toinette Amidee do la Brire. Young,
pretty, with black hair, full of hidden
purples, and blue black eyes with long
blacks lashes. She: does not wear puffs
in her hair, and likes making bread for
the doctor. > • :.
• Pie— Patrick Isaac Ennis, also known
as "343." ; A small person with red liair,
bristling like a bottle cleaner, big
dreamy Jewish eyes and a pale.. freckled
Irish face. He talks, French. The re
sult la American. \u25a0 ' .
Mrs. Jowls — A reversion to the. hen
type. She leaves eggs at the doctor's.;
door, cackles Incessantly about nothing
and _ Invariably runs across the road
.when anything is coming.
.. Chauncey. . and Florence de Witt— '
'Who \u25a0\u25a0; make you think of fur coats, '
cocktail? and gasoline. "
, Madame La Comtesse— The "real ar
ticle," but not the kind of comtesse
you are sure ;to expect. - ; '_
Most of that information we get from
the paper envelope of \the book, and
whether written .by -author or pub-,
lisher It entices us inside the - cover.
The story Is interesting throughout,
but the characters do not quite live
up to their glowing- descriptions. We
must confess that It Is strongly remi
niscent of the '.'Beloved Vagabond."
especially In, the earlier chapters, but
quit* charming, for; who would not
hear of the beloved vagabond again?
The tale Is- told; by; Pie and is sup
posed to ;have been, written in a' cell at j
Sing Sing. It Is a history of the lives of
the three and, of course, tells how Pie
larwttjiln prison. „• :/
\u25a0Doctor Joyce Is a lonely and wander-
Ing inventor, and he draws into his life
the little Swiss orphan^ Tony, and cares
for. her and educates heras his own.
Pie is' also a member of t this curious
family. -havings been taken -from a:re
form school where he was placed, when
a gang of counterfeiters, with whom
he lived deserted him -for- jail/
\ The boy and girl. grow up, and the
girl and her guardian suddenly become
aware that they are In love with each"
other. Suddenly It Is discovered ithat
she: Is. 'a great heiress — a long I lost
relative in France having died and dis
closed' It, and poor Tony, ls obliged to
go to France. • - ": ; .
Wh.lle she is gone Doctor^ Joyce and
Pie fall upon very nard times and Pie
proves and devotion to the
doctor by turning counterfeiter in order
to keep the wolf from the door. That
seems the only Inconsistency In - the".
book,:for'the boy had shown no crimi
nal, instincts and the .counterfeiters^
with whom he associated as a child
were not blood relations..
; is caught and sent to Sing Sing,
andifrpmthera writes this tale. "Tony
comes ; back : from France.* for all > : the
money ; ln ;the world could not '.shako
her loyalty ,to r Doctor ' Joyce. : It Js' un
comfortable leaving Pie In -jail, but' he:
.'will' be i out; soon, and Doctor; Joyce and
Tciny.t: have named'- him i for the god
father of their ! son,'thus proving their,
appreciation of nls : nobility of
charaoter. ! .
.Victor Mapes- Is « New
and playwright who In r "Partners
Three",- offers his flfst long .story. ; Mr.
Mapes, who tls a\ nephew/ of the" late
Mary Mape*r Dodge, has been a dramatic ' z
critic x andT tneatrlcal 'director^, and
some years ago Issued "Duse -and tha.
French,"/ a - critical study. - He , was at
one tlmeldlrector- of .the -New^theater
In - this- city. ; Of his many playsV; pro- .
ducedin' Paris, New York' and Chicago.
"A Flower \u25a0 ©'. Yeddo,"- VCaesar's- Re-* '
turn," :"Captaln*Barrington" and "The :
Undercufrent",; are among the $>est
Notes
NBAHLY ALL Al/THORS SMOKE
* ,Tobacco h and : literary \u25a0> output is; the
subject ; Vof .^recent : among;
writers jin England. Somewhat -heated;
arguments^-wHlr' plenty of smoke, ;of •
course-^are indulged In .between those
who" favor i and i; those \who ' ar«>: opposed *\u25a0
to : the use of * the ragrant'_weed." In .
order? to^ ascertain-; the opinion ;of an -
expert J In /such':.: matters.v. appeal ..has
been" made : to IJ. M. . Barrier, as ; the au- J
thor fof .-''My : Ladyi Nicotine." :; In; reply "
to* an ; Interviewer,- Barrle Ihas "• prepared |
the curious Schedule, dlyid-^
lnsr^hls-i-wprk ; Into' - and -
;.'flctioh," l ahd"^ showing • the ' amount -of '
tobacco " : : used \u25a0; In .; ' each ': ; occupation ; :
"journalism^ 3 > pipes; ilx hour; . 2 \ hours.:
V; |dea; r 1 Idea,; 3, paragraphs,' end 2*par-j;2 * par-j;
»ffraphß,"l?leadlng Article.*'
Hard itos fiction^' Barrle* wrote -fas Cfol-"
lows: ;--; ''El gh't *; pipes,^i^ounce ill' ounces^
per Cweek;^2 % weeks,'* :l'i chapter.? ;i;ItU3 r
evident!, that "depends -greatly."
upon^.' his . pipe"; ;^as -; do . a'^'great ;\u25a0 many .:
otlier. Englishmen.' >;;MariyJauthors"r pre- r
fer.^American|toJ.Egyptlaji;/6r,|TurklEfh;
tobacco ;? though , theTcamps tare"? some- -
UNA H. H. COOL
"Lessons In the Proper Feeding
of the Family" pg
By Winifred 8. Olhbs. dietitian md teteher ef
cookinsr. Publlibed bj tU« N«w York Awo
elation for ImproYiog the Condition of the
IJoor. Price 25 cents. s
The Now York Aas?ociation for Im»
proving the Condition of the Poor la
doing a great and practical work. Pre
-venUon of want and poverty is the as
: aoclation'e chief concern, arid education
-ta..the most enduring: form of preven
tion. .-.,.' ,
' Among: thousands of families In New-
York city not only those forced f Com
.time tp time to call on charity for as
sistance, but also among : those whose
Incomes arc -barely sufficient to supply
the absolute necessities of life, there
Is an amazing: ignorance of food values
and of simple methods of . household
•economy. , > -
Pickles, beer, pies, the products of
the delicatessen shop and excessive
quantities of tea and coffee are pot
good food Investments for the family
of eight, who must get along on an In
come of |12 a week. .The very great
Importance -of the kind of food that
;.goes s on the poor man's table has been
clearly demonstrated in the associa
tion's many years of work among the
of the city.
N In October, J906, Misa Winifred Gibbs.
' the author of thl» cook book, was sent
out among poor families of New York
by the association to teach what to
eat, how to prepare. It and how to econ
omize in buying. Her work has proved
of such practical value that it Is to be
considerably extended in the near fu
ture. This, pamphlet is tbe result of
these two and a half years' experience,
and is one • of the methods by which
the. work is to be extended.' The book
is to be distributed free of cost among
Miss Glbbs' pupils and all others wish
ing the book but. without the means
of purchasing itf ,
The directions, are most carefully and
accurately given and it seem** to be the
most . practical cook book whleb has
ever appeared for the poor man's wife.
what equally- divided on this score.
Nearly, all authors smoke, and tobacco
is conceded to be an ajd-to composi
tion, despite the fact that many "total
abstainers".have done good work.
A complete list,of Marlon Crawford's
novels with the year of publication of
each is *glven herewith: , .
1882^ Mr. Isaacs. -
1883 .Doctor Claudius.
1834 A Roman.Singer.
— — To Leeward. ( .
—— An American Politician. 3 \u25a0„).
1885 Zoroaster...
1886 _A Tale of a Lonely Parish.
1887 Marzlo's Crucifix.
Paul Patoff. -
—— Saracinesca.
1888 With the Immortals.
ISS9 Greifenstein.
—\u25a0— Sant' Ilaria.
IS9O A Cigarette Maker's Romance.
1»«1. Khaled. -
The Witch of Prague.
1892 The Three Fates.
—- The Children of the King.
—— Don'Orslno. •\u25a0 „. -}
1893 Marlon Darche.
—; —• Pietro Ghlslerl.
The Novel—What It Is.
1894 Katharine Lauderdale. .
—— Love In - Idleness.
~- ' The Ralstons.
— — Casa Bracclo.
- —"- Aejam Johnstone's Son.
1896 Taqutsara. -*
'- Corleone.
1893* Aye Roma Immortalis.
1899 ..Via Crucis. ;
1900 In the Palace of the King.
T-- \u25a0 Southern Italy and Sicily and
The Rulers of the South.
1901 Marietta, a Maid of Venice.
1902 Cecilia. A Story of Modern Rome.
1903 The Heart of ttprae.
Man' Overboard. .
1904 Whosoever Shall Offend.
.1905 Fair Margaret.
-\u25a0.' \u25a0'. Salve Ven^tla, 2 vols. \
1908 A Lady of Rome...
J907 Aretwrrsa. ,
—— The Litte City of Hope.
1908 The Prima Donna.
—-r The Diva's Ruby. 1--; \
1909 v The White Sister.^
A; $5,000: donation to. Life's fresh .air
fund ia the practical and enduring-form
that a.. charitable woman has adopted
for.a memorial'to'.her husband. This
has been added to the endowment of
the fund, and. its income will every
year provide a summer outing for more
than: 50 children.. It "is not often that
a literary; periodical accomplishes 90
much In the-way, of direct philanthropy,
but-; since its institution Life's" fresh
air fund has taken more than 28,000
poor children^from-the,city slums and
given tach of them a fortnight's stay In
th« country during^the hot;weather of
midsummer;*-; > :
Books; Received ;\
- J!'B<Hnetpun,", by Lottie B.' 1 Parker; Henry Holt
ft Co.:New>York. .- *
\u25a0 "Tha Making of Bobby Bnrnit," by George R.
Chester; the, Dobbs-Merrill company, - Indian
tpolii. \u25a0 \u25a0\u25a0•••'.\u25a0 * \u25a0--*, ->-:.
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Sawyer and Mason Corner. Folks/.*, by Charles F.
Pidgin; L. • C." Page &, Co., \u25a0 Boston. - •' -. «^
- J'lUlian - Highways an 4 - Byways • from i a Mo-"
tor,",.by Francla,MiltoworL.>C. Page ft Co.,
Boston. '--\u25a0 c - ' '. \u25a0\u25a0'. ' '-...--..- > ..\u25a0 \u25a0 \u25a0 •\u25a0\u25a0 \u25a0\u25a0 > ;\u25a0
v- "Ar UtUe i Bird Told * Me.".> by Walt Koia;
Life publishing company. New York. -.. r .'- -
f \"X • Drama -tat the : Sunshine." by Horace »A.
Vachell;'R.. F. Fennoft Co...New York.--- .
-s- *,*Th«; Legends «t the • Jews." 1 to!.^: I." by Louis
Glnzberg;.i the r Jewish ?< Publication- Society vot
America. •:Philadelphia.: - • :\u25a0, -
"Waylaid'^ by .''Wireless." by Edwin Balmer;
Small, Maynard & Co., Boston-gp^*«^^BMft|
"The Making of Bobby Burait"
By George Randolph Chester. Published by
the Bobbs-JJemU company. Indianapolis.
I'rice $1.60.
Everybody read George Horace Lorl
raer's "Letters From a Self made Mer
chant to His Son," and no better book
of good advice' has been published.
This new storj by George Randolph
Chester, "The Making of Bobby, Bur
nit," is decidedly reminiscent of ths
Lorlmar book, but it has one big im
provement: It has romance, and good
romance, too. all through.
-The story in bare outline is this:
Bobby's father dies and leaves a curi
ous will.- He says: "I am profoundly
convinced that my son ia a fool," but.
like most loving fathers, determines
to give him a chance. The father Is
possessed of a large dry goods busi
ness and Bobby decides to. carry It on.
He is in love with Agnes EUlston and
every little while he asks her to marry
\u25a0 aim. They are always good friends,
and he turns to her now for advjcw.
She gives it to him. but can not save
him. A business rival, Silas Trimmer.
wishes to unite the two business
houses, and Bobby agrees. In no time
Trimmer has become president of the
concern and Bobby is out and injured.
Ap old clerk of his father brings him
a long gray envelope. It proves to b«
a letter from \hls father, addressed:
•To My Son Upon th« Occasion of Hl»
Completing a Consolidation With Silas
Trimmer," and when he complains to
the old clerk that he should have been
warned the old man passes him an
other letter: "To My Son Upon His
Complaining That Johnson Gave Him
No Warning Concerning Silas Trim
mer." .
No better bits of advice, crisp, terse.
cynical perhaps, but straight from th*
shoulder, have ever been written, and
the very wise parent seemed to hava
looked ahead and covered every possible
contingency. After this first great
blow BoUby learns that Agnes Elliston
is his trustee. She i 3. intrusted with
$2a0.000 to start him in business again
He takes up a proßosltlon to drain
an Impossible swamp and sells it in sub
divisions. When he has agajn proved
nlmsflf a dupe he finds that Silas Trim
mer Is responsible for the deal and has
most of his money.
The next scheme to arrest his at
tention Is* an electric light plant, but
politics enter so larg«!y in the manag-
! nr Of -^ th *t that *' doesn't last
long. Then follows an attempt to
manage an Italian opera company,,
which supplies much amusement to th»
reader^but causes a quarrel between
Bobby and Agnes.
His last venture Is a newspaper, and
from the detailed explanation given by
the author one knows he Has had some
newspaper experience. Here Bobby
comes out on top. *Hefights th».cor
ruption which has ruined his electric
light business and finally succeeds* In
showing up th« crookedness of Silas
Trimmer and wins back his father's old
business. .
The letters from. the dead father."
provided for every possible emergency
are most'interesting and the great fea
£r! v Of the bOQk" -The character,
sketches are. all good, especially Biff
Bates. a> prize fighter, whojs an all
around square frl«n<J and mighty use
ful to Bobby on occasions.
Th« first part of the book causes a
feeling of irritation toward Bobby for
being such an asa about business mat
ters. It scarcely seems possible that
any one who developed so . much
strength afterward could be such a
weakling. That Is "novelist's license -
however, upon which the author wisely
did not draw too much. A readabls
story; one to take away on a sum
*ner trip.
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