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The San Francisco Sunday Call
BOOK PAGE OF THE SUNDAY CALL
"The Scrouge"
F. W. DAWSON
By Francis Warrington Dawson. Published by
Small, llaynr,rd & Co.. Boston. Price $1.50.
Whether this newest novel by Francis
Warrington Daw is up to the mark
of its predecessor. "The Scar,". Is a
matter for discussion. In workman
ship It is distinctly better-.- but the
story itself is perhaps somewhat less
Interesting and the conclusion far from
convincing. It is an interesting fact
that Mr. Dawson Is a southerner, a fact
difficult to believe when we remember
"The Scar" and, if "The Scourge" is
not an exaggerated picture, still more
difficult now to understand. -
The novel is a story^of Virginia to
day. Alfred Elkins is a union soldier
from Pittsburg, Pa., who has labored
in a factory. He is rough and un
couth, but has an alert business sense,
and when he has migrated to Pauls
vllle, a small, tobacco town of Vir-i
ginia, he becomes its master, not at
"once, but by dint of hard work, per
sistence and unscrupulousness. His
greatest advantage lies In the charac
ter of his adversaries and much stress
is laid upon this throughout the story.
They ara the native Virginians, fine old
Walter Camp's Book on "Football"
PuWlthed by tlie Century company, New
-York. Price $2.
Walter Camp is America's greatest
authority on football, "the best quali
fied man alive to write fairly, sympa
thetically and authoritatively on this
subject." In this volume he has writ
ten a book full of anecdotes, recitals
of exciting plays, examples of the
prowess of great players and interest
ing tales of carefully worked out strat
agems. In It the college graduate and
the sport love- will find the names and
deeds of men who were in college with
them, and other names grown familiar
either before or since. There Is the
story of the development of the game
from earliest times, and a clear expo
sition of the reasons why there was so
great a demand for a revision of the
rules, and what the present rules ac
complish. "
For the player the chapter on general
training, the play of the different posi
tions, on kicking, running and pass*
ing, and on general strategy, is the
last word from the greatest of all foot
bail generals. .Mr. Camp gives his all
time. All America football team, with
the reasons for his choice; also a sec
ond and a third team.
*"The Bird in the Box"
By Mary Mears. author of The Breath of the
P.anners." Published by Frederick A. Stoke*
& Co., New York.
Mary Mears has hot quite come up
to the standard she set for herself In
"The Breath of the Runners." This
story contains too much moral and is
too unhuman at the last to leave the
reader with any real feeling of com
fort.
Emil St. Ives, the hero, is as unherolc
as one ran possibly imagine. Tie is
of a decent appearancels a first class
Inventor—but, more impractical and
unbusinesslike than any Inventor, we
have ever heard of. He la also su
premely* egotistical and conceited and
thoroughly selfish." While he Is away
on the Maine coast for a rest he meets
the high-minded and unusual grand
daughter of a lobsterman, Rachel Beck
ett. Rachel falls in love at once, but
lie is only lonely—and slightly inter
ested. A little -misunderstanding pre
vents their marriage. Many details
follow of the life of both for the next
few years. Then Rachel is forced, par
tially through love for her helpless old
grandfather, and partially from grati
tude, to marry the son of a man who
had been her grandfather's benefactor
many, many years before. She likes
him, respects him, and is grateful. But
she does'not love him. Emil has mar-
Tied an empty headed little woman who
wants pretty things arid whose par
ents will not forgive her marriage.
Then Emil and Rachel -meet again,
and after countless adventures, leading
them on always,; he asks her to fly with
him. She Is Just about to do It, when
a tragedy occurs. The house In her
grounds which •nil and his wife have
been occupying, is discovered on fire,
and Rachel rushes to it to; save the
sleeping wife of her lover.. That act
was just natural humanity which any
one would have /attempted—any one
not a criminal.
During the Illness which follows this
adventure Rachel sees the error of her
ways and decides that she lias found
happiness in renunciation. She sends
for him and explains it to him. They
1 "th accept It as right and inevitable—
and there you are. It Is Illogical, con
sidering all that has gone before. Par
ticularly illogical for Emit, for he has
no such exalted ideals of right and
wrong as has Rachel. They are both
unhappily married i and I remain, so, " and
one "closes; the book a prey to deep
depression. ' . '■■ "*
!,The story, is not' so well' written as
other * works; by this "author. ; It' is
loosely constructed and appears to have
been hastily written. Also, the preface
• takes away some of the. pleasure of
reading, for It suggests too much what
we are to expect.-;
families, who live by their traditions
and would; die for a scrap of honor.
They are by no means fools, but they
are still today in the partially stunned
condition of the dreadful: reconstruc
tion times, and 'their own pride and
inertia, both natural results of their
position and training, play straight
into the hands of the* keen, ambitious
and money loving northerner who
comes among them. One thing only the
common . interloper can not' touch, and
that is the- inner lift of these noble
people. He can not understand the
pride of rac^ which he encounters and
the contempt they feel for him glances
quite harmlessly aside.
Elkins adopts an unknown gutter
snipe because ■ the boy* saves his life.
He spoils him utterly in,l as is natural
the boy grows up an ungrateful, un
educated and uncouth creature for
whom the reader feels no sympathy.
Then he meets Lilian Merivale, the
belle of the town. Her father is em
ployed by K'kins in his tobacco-fac
tory, but Merivale does not know Elk
ins socially. Young Blktns at first
thinks his position will make the road
smooth, but he finds out his mistake.
The young people are In love, but the
old roe" the parents, quarrel and'fix
it'securely, so that they can not marry.
Elklns puts a clause in his will 'disin
heriting his foster son if he marries,
but MeriVale succeeds while on his
deathbed ,in extracting a promise from
his daughter that she will not marry
Elklns. The conclusions after this are
not quite reasonable. Young Elklns
renounces his fortune, but Lilian will
not break her promise He decides to
win her on his own merits and works
accordingly, succeeding beyond all
, their wildest dreams, but she will not
change-—only she does not pine away
for love of him. Ther.- seems to be
little reason for. the ending. No moral
Is pointed, no lessou 'earned, M good
comes to anybody. The book, how
ever, is filled from cover to cover; with
coot] 'things, and in many ways the
author has presented a better picture
of the • south of today than has any
other writer. There is so much, fair
ness and such careful character study
and such convincing knowledge of . the
facts from the inside. s It is a 4 book,
worth reading, but read it as if It
were an essay, not a novel. .
"The Sea Hawk"
By Bailey Millard. Publish--.! !by Westsels &
Blascll company, New York. Price $1.
The opening chapters, of "The Sea
Hawk" are so exciting that one is
ready to exclaim that Bailey Millard has
produced his best work, but he has
been unable to keep up wit* the pace
he has. set for himself, and the tale
peters out toward the last. The story
opens in San Francisco and the bay is
the scene of several exciting adven
tures; one Is a fight between the young
hero and a foul fighting sailor, which
could only have been; described by an
eyewitness. •
A very interesting pair of characters
are Captain Thrale and his wife, typi
cal Yankees. The wife. "The- Sea
Hawk." dominates Captain Thrale
completely, and is the real head of the
expedition. The book is pure ro
mance, though the characters are hu
man and.", descriptions j of places and
events most realistic. When the mys
terious expedition for piracy embarks,
the, hero thinks the ship Is bound for
Tutulla. but. instead, is headed for a
corner of this continent which has had
little place in!fiction, the western Mex
ican coast. A pearl fishery Is not easy
to handle under the beet of conditions
and when mystery and piracy are added
to the natural; excitement,; things are
bound to happen. It Is "here that the
author loses his grip on the story. The
pearl fishery is handled with | stupidity
and the shipping tactics could have
been better managed. by a child. This
Is Inconsistent, for up to this time
things have moved with I smoothness,
showing "The Sea Hawk" to be pos
sessed of brains and ability, even If
decidedly queer. The tale; li interest
ing, notwithstanding, and the : love
story is almost convincing.
"The Frozen Fortune"
n?,. rt*** Mill* Pollock. Published by th»
Haeasltj company,; New York. Price $1.20.
Frank Utile ! Follock has written fan*
exciting story In "The Frozen For
tune," and, one which Is ; sure i to'; sand
the boys out next summer searching
for Icebergs. A man is shipwrecked
on an. iceberg and .discovers In the
pockets of gravel there large quanti
ties of gold. His theoretical explana
tion-is plausible. enough—if that were
all—but the book (iocs surely,; require
explanations throughout The most
extraordinary-:; things are 4 happening
from! the first page to the last and the
the .oniy unforgivable thing is that
somehow! or; other the -author was too
chivalrous to " kill ; the -"■ senorita, Ines
Ranon,,the arch fiend 'of the book. ■ She
was much too wicked, to live, but be
cause she -was a woman '..: the author
spared her, and one can't' but .wonder
1f... she , ever turned up and"* made any
more! trouble.,
.The; romance -in ; the book is all ■ that
is ; necessary to!", supply • a I motive ; and
does not intrude itself >at any time,
enough to f spoil " the j adventure. The
scene of "the;, tale is ; first In California,
then along the Pacific coast,"and during
the solving. of the -mysterious; muddle i
"an'airship la-brought!into'use, 80 1 it
is readily ? seen that the ! tale "i ls! up"s to *-
date—to •, the very „'-, minute. ;! The :. book *>
is illustrated and well printed V and
bound.
CONDUCTED BY UNA H. H. COOL
BOOKS REVIEWED
"The Sea Hawk," by Bailey Millard. 9
"The Scrouge," by Francis Warrington Dawson. ■ i
'The Unforseen," by Mary Stewart Cutting, ■> |
"The, Story of Spanish Painting," by Charles H. j
Caffin j
THE SERVIAN PEOPLE
By Prince and Princess I.s-saroTlch-iJrebellano
vieh ii tols.). PnhHshetl by Charles Scrlb
uer'g Sons,, New York. Price $5.
These books constitute the first
thorough and complete account of- tho
Servian race and nation which has
appeared in the English language. Its
authors are presumably competent to
undertake this tremendous task, for
the prince is a member of one of the.
oldest and noblest Servian families and
his wife is an American lady, formerly
FAMILIAR OPENINGS FOR BEST SELLERS
A CAREFUL study of contemporary
fiction has revealed to me the fact
that there are six recognized meth
ods of opening. The six are these:
1. The modern Society opening.
i. The John Driveller, or testamen
tary, opening. , •.-.
3. The local color opening."
4. The detective opening.
5. The peaceful country house open
ing. ',' y ' .. ';..':'"■! :-. * ■ •*"'''!
6. The spirited, or gadzooks, open
ing. ';".;;:..-' •' , 'V*; "-•-••' - -■■■■•
To make my meaning clear, I will
give a short instance of each*, style,.
The Modem Society Opening;
"Certainly not,*" she said, putting up
her sunshade with an air of decision.
"Home, John."
And before I could sa*y a word that
ass John had started his horses and I
was left on the pavement alone.. The
people all seemed to be staring and
sniggering, so I hailed a passing taxi
and went to the club to think It over.
You see, Cynthia and I had been more
or less engaged for over a year, only
she called it "an understanding," and
said I wasn't to tell anybody until I
was making at least £200 a year at the
bar, which seems rot when a fellow's
got £2,000 a year anyway.
However, one can't argue with Cyn
thia, because she simply -smiles, and
then a dimple comes, and then you're
done... .'-.'.-,'
And as for arguing with Cynthia's
mother. Lady Crowborough, I would as
soon argue v with the Sphinx or play.a
concertina; In Bond street. '
* Still, to snap out "certainly not" seems
a bit rough, when all I said was——
etc." : .;.-•" '* ',-■-.
The John Driveller,. or
Testamentary, Opening
I,' John Driveller of St. Mary Pipling
ton, in the county of Devon, Yeoman,
being, now In my eighty-second year,
would fain make clear, while yet there
Is time, those strange events which be
fell me,in the days when George was
king. ■..'.*. - .
i have little skill in the use -Of
words and my hands are more! accus
tomed to the sword than the pen; but
if you would have a plain story of stir
ring deeds and of the love of a lad for
a lass .'* •.••*' .' '; .'
And here my dear wife looks over
my shoulder and playfully says she
must help me when I come to speak of
these matters—matters In which *' she
played so brave a part. * * * 'Tls
hard* to realize that 60 years have
passed since first we met. It seems but
yesterday, and yet today our grand
HOW WALCOTT WORKS
—*T get my story : first, and my people",
afterward," said ;Earle Ashley Walcott,
when asked about his methods .of ;
work. "The thing done usually appeals
to me'more than' the fellow who does
it. Maybe" that is not the logical way
for an author, for, of course, it la people
who interest us more than the other
things of the world. I have read often;
of the authors,who find a character and;"
then let the character build the plot to
show,what he can do. .T work the other
way. When I have found a plot that!;
Inspires me, I look around for the sort,
of people who would be likely to do the *
things that the , plot requires. Some
times they .'turn* out to be very different ;
sort ; of '.people than I supposed they
were"and do \ things that! l! never ex
pected them to do \ when I was first*
Introduced to them. :
""I have kept pretty closely.to Cali
fornia and especially to San Francisco '\
in my writings. * I know more about my
state and city than about any other
scene, and things seem to happen mora.'
. . ■' ..-.-'- * :
Walter Camp's Book on "Football" —
"The Servian People," by Prince and Princess Laz
arovich-Hrebelianovich. ' ~
"The Frozen Fortune," by F<|nk Lillie Pollock.
"The Bird in the Box," by Mary Meats.
Miss Eleanor -Calhoun of San Jose, Cal.
The opening lines of the preface show
forth the object if the book:
"Events in the near east, which have
brought the Servian people promi
nently to the attention of the "world,
and the trusteeship laid upon them by
destiny as guardian of the chief strate
gic position in the Balkan peninsula
and keepers of the; great gateway be
tween Europe ,1 ml the orient,' make it
desirable to set forth more fully than
has hitherto been done* in the English
language some account of their place
among people, considered In regard * to
their physical characteristics, their
manner of life, their,-ideas, customs,
beliefs, traditions, and ambitions, their
culture, their songs, their .battles,; the
interesting geographical situation of
their country, and their relation politi
cally to the other nations of Europe."
The: second volume r will be interest
ing only to students of history—it is
heavy and encyclopedic, In . tone, being
full of information of tea ethnology,
•history," literature, religion and poli
tics of the Servian people-. The first
volume, however, is as interesting as
a romance and will appeal alike to all
readers. Recent political events are
explained, but. the facinating parts of
the work are' devoted! to material on
custom, beliefs, traditions, literature,
music and the drama.
The book, besides telling all of Im
portance of Per via, deals with the prtn
children are swarming like bees In the
orchard. Strange, strange!
But to our muttons, as the French—
a curious people—say. ■
Well, you must know I was born
• • • .etc' "■". ■ •
The Local Color Opening
Market"day in Mudford. '
A steady; downpour of rain had given
the High street an appearance highly
suggestive of the propriety of the name
of "Mudford. . A cold, persistent rain
that tan swiftly "down^the gutters "of
the sloping old street and in thin and
tortuous, trickles ' through ". the cobble-
stones. A rain that made every one
miserable except the- landlord of the
Green Pig, who did a thriving trade
in hot rum.
Amos the crowd of farmers ■; and
drovers in the bar parlor sat a man of
a different stamp. A refined, intellect
ual man in well fitting clothes of an
other *cut than Mudford's. Mr. Claude
de Creapigny, the new tenant of Mur
ford hall * * *, etc.
The Detective Opening
"My friend Mr. Henry Trapper, the
world famous detective, leaned back in
his armchair and puffed luxuriously at
his disreputable clay pipe. Outside the
rain beat on the window panes and the
wind howled dismally In the,chimney
pots.
I put. another lump of coal on the fire
and said cheerfully, "it's not a fit night
•far even a dog to, be out."
"Nevertheless," he replied, "a dog is
out, and,' if I.mistake not, Is on his way
here-even now. A sad dog, with red
hair and a smell of whisky. * ; * _■*"* ..."
"Trapper!" I said involuntarily, "'this
Is illy too much. You are making
fun* of me! HOW on- Mirth can 'you
know? * * *.■•'*!. ; -
''That he comes from Putney to tell
us about the mysterious murder of a
middle aged Anglo-Indian colonel at the
remote village of Slushlngton? Tut,
tut. my good fellow, the thing Is sim
plicity Itself. * * '» 'Rut hero comes
Mr. Jenkins. - Let him tell his own
story."'; ... ,
The door opened, and a wet, dishev
eled* creature,' wl*(h red hair and a
strong smell of whisky entered the
room, * * • etc.
The Peaceful Country
House Opening
• The old flagged terrace at' Rowlands
towers was bathed in the warm sun of
a glorious ;afternoon In late, 'Septem
ber. Nothing stirred in the shimmer
ing heat save a big St. Bernard, which
snapped lazily and with a resentful
grunt at a passing fly.
dramatically here than In most places.
So I find plenty of materia! and a good
background.; In "Blindfolded" and "The
Apple of Discord" I went back to an
earlier day in the city's history—
haps .! led •'. ; by boyhood ;; impressions.
"Blindfolded* was set- at a date • near
the end of 1876; "The Apple of Discord,*
was; written -against '; the/picturesque
historic background of. the Kearny riots
of 1877. In "The Open Door*'.< I have
WHEN FOUNTAINS, RLOW NOT
THE hosts of Israel crossing the Red
sea encountered!no greater miracle
than that .which saved a representative
of their race a ducking in"; Broadway!
the other day. The latter, day Israelite
was blind. ;With: a stick;to follow the
edge! of ; the ; curb he ■' walked S slowly ,f
past Grace church. Inside Huntington
Close a*large;sized hose that was for Z
the!; moment unattended; had wriggled
itself around !; nozzle end?; toward ; the
street ? and > was 1 playing?a ;stream of '*,
water j shoulder high clear across ".the,*;
sidewalk. ;;":''
To avoid a shower bath in their good
clothes pedestrians had taken to the
middle of the street, and when they*
clpallty, of Montenegro and with the
Servian lands under foreign domina
tion, such as Bosnia, Herzegovina, Dal
matia and Croatla-Slavonia. It will be
a surprise to most '! American readers
.to find that * there is so much to say
about these little known people. The
Servian does , not emigrate,' so remains
much of a mystery to - the outside
world. The volumes are fully illustrat
ed and contain some clear ; maps Also!"
They are well printed and bound.
""'"■'"''.''-■ ;; ."# v,;
From the terrace one looked -over*
an old world, garden, gay with roses
and hollyhocks, sunflowers an J lark
<«,spurs,; a riot of ; color and autumnal
beauty.
To the left lay the orchards, their
fruit trees bowed down with a, gen-
erous harvest. To the right, the
kitchen' gardens, flanked '• by the tall
sheltering wall of the stable^. \ Be
tween* them trim sloping lawns and
quaintly clipped yews stretched away
In the distance to the banks of the
river, and far beyond rose the line of
the hills.
!In a hammock by the river's bank
lay a slim young girl with a book. The
sun, filtering through the brandies of
the beech, touched her hair with a soft
caress, * * • etc.
The Sprited, or
Gadzooks, Opening
"Marked cards!" ,
The 'cry rang through the crowded
room, and was succeeded by a silence
so still that one could have heard the
proverbial pin fall.
Instead there fell the hand of My
Lord .; Rochester—across the mouth of
the marquis de Chateuneuf dv Pape. In
an instant swords were out, and a
scene of indescribable confusion ensued.
Chairs were overturned, and cards and
dice trodden underfoot as the fashion
able throng of gamblers pressed for-,
ward to get: a glimpse of the com
batants.
My Lord Rochester Was seemingly
the coolest man in the room. With a
careless smile and an easy grace he
took oft his pale blue satin coat, flicked
a speck of dust from the long lace
ruffles which hung over his wrists, felt
,the temper of his blade, ; and, bowing
courteously to his enemy, "A votre
service, monsieur le marquis," said he.
.Vow the marquis jde Chateuneufc dii
Rape was notoriously the "'■" best , sword
that had coma .out of- '. France these
many years, * * *■' etc. "
" :** • *' * * :> • " » ■
1 . write neither in sorrow nor ; in
anger, much less in sarcasm, a vile
habit of .which! I am incapable. They
nil seem to me very good openings, and
If I,could, I would write, quite cheer
fully, long and successful stories In all
six styles, and sell them for large sums
of money to publishers and proprietors
of papers.
As that Is beyond me, I can only call
your attention to the phenomena, and
perhaps—who knows? -guide the steps
of the novice into the way of gold. ,
—IS. W. H. in Westminster Gazette.
taken the modern city,: and -its descrip
tions are; of 'the.gan Francisco of; 1305,
a few months before the great.confla
gration swept half the city-Into.ashes.
Spanetti's studio. Hodman's office, the
hail of justice, an.l the haunts of Jimmy
Blunt ! and Foxy ! Antona . went up iin
smoke , and have ..been ;. replaced ! by
cleaner If less picturesque structures.
But • it is a story ; of the - San' Francisco
of : today." '- •" ' '"; ,'■' _ :
finally; ; noticed ; the blind "man's'! ap
proach i to" the waterspout, they;! were
too far away to stop him. Three steps
away, two . steps, one : step,'".; then' the
miraculous intercession 'occurred.*!: For,
a,moment' the water ceased; to How, the
blind man, passed !on,^ then ;* the,! stream
shot! out-with! renewed force. V The by
standers caught! their,breath. Hunting-'
ton Close was : still deserted,* there was
no visible agency/ responsible for the
interruption. " ■ ! - *
; "Must; have got * clogged up for a
minute ;•■ somehow," said one ! practical
soul.
! "Must have;* the others; murmured,
but, they went- away looking very
serious indeed.—New York Times. -
"The Unforseen"
By Mary Stewart t'uttinc. »Published fcj Do*
blf<**y. Pate & C0..-Garden City, Long
iHlaad, K. Y. Price Jl.rCO.*
It is now several years since Mary
Cutting established a positive field of
her own and secured a definite audi
ence 'With her. stories of married life
and courtship. Her ,work has always
had in it a strong appeal to women,
and her latest book. "The Unforeseen,"
la stilt more emphatic and direct in
this claim. It Is by far the best study
of recent years* of, the! problem that
confronts the more pr less! unsophlstl
cated'and rural type of girl who comes
to Xew York; of; what she expects to
find, there, what she actually docs find
there and just how. well or how poorly
equip* she is to meet these things.
It Is not; the girl who is horribly
poor or horribly tempted'hut the lone
ly girl who is»the one under analysis.
This girl.-finely reared in a country
town, brought suddenly face, to face
with the dally grind of -Xew* York,
earning her living on the editorial
staff of a small! magazine, living^ alohe
in the ; great city wilderness, ! almost
friendless, is • led en always by the
glamour of the unforeseen. In showing
howithe life takes hold of her, how her
character is developed through her
kindness to others less fortunate, and
how;, she comes into j her own at last
through ' a great - love, Mrs. Cutting
weaves a story, of; vital human Interest
and glowing warmth.
I , It Is, indeed, with a wonderful real
ism that Mrs.", Cutting presents and in
terprets this 'problem, '• Her own keen
understanding ;; of t all \ its complexities
and her, happy gift ;of conveying her
views;. to ■'the public; in an entertaining
way are responsible for her success as
a novelist. "-. ?'&HMJnH£;'
"The Story of Spanish Painting"
By Charles H. Caffln. Published by the Cen
tury company. Now York. Price $1.20.
Charles H. Caffln needs no introduc
tion after the,incomparable volumes on
art which he has already given to us."
His "How to Study Pictures" Is so sim
ple a child can grasp It and so complete
that no one needs a further suggestion.
His last book, 'The Story- of Dutch
Painting," was the beginning of a
series-of serious ' studies : which, when
complete, will be a history of the art'
CHARLES H:CAFFIN
Brief Reviews of New Books
There is always room for a new edi
tion of Lewis , Carroll's "Alice In Won
derland." ; This one is illustrated by
Mabel Lucie Attwell and. while not,
equal to the Newell or • Rackham illus
trations,'! her work; is * interesting and
not at" all -pretentious. '; „-r, :
The printing and binding are of the
best and the edition is especially suit
able fori readers too young '.to appre
; elate the work of greater artists., *
. Raphael Tuck & Sons, Ltd., ' are the
publishers and their name is a synonym
for. artistic and finished work.
The "Little Books on Art," edited by
Cyril Davenport, "how!! number .eight,
the last one : being "Our Lady! in * Art,"
by "Mrs. Henry Jenner. It is written
along";the;;same lines which.this au
thor adopted ;In "Christian * Symbolism"
and *is more of ■, an attempt *to get, at
the .meaning, of the artist In this;work
than to discuss art for art's sake. The
author traces the history!! of the; Ma
donna Vby the pictures ; and makes \ in
teresting ; comment on ; the ■< pronounced
difference in appearance of "Our, Lady"
done by the , different schools of * art.
She! has been represented ■ |is peasant
and 1 queen and ■ all the! various * grades
between. The. book will be interest
ing.as a side light in the; study of
religions, but: is no help In the study
of art. (A. C. McClurg & Co., New
York and San Francisco;. $1.)
"The Call of , the ; Nation,',' by David
Starr Jordan, ; president of Leland
Stanford > Jr. university, makes a ■ plea
for "taking politics ; out of j politics."
In realitytaking graft and % commer
cialism"; out of ; politics ' and.". leaving it
what it really ; is. Dr. Jordan states
in .! the ' clearest , and most concise lan
guage all our faults ■** in politics and
economy. He «is actively interested jln
every "form ; of!- reform now; going on
in !' this I; country. He ■* sees a ( general
related ! meaning in > the <; whole, move
ment , and; they , are ,a„ necessary part
of 1 our' life and development. The
volume, though small. Is ; remarkably
complete, '; the t author »touching ! every
subject* enough;to* make ■■'.' the reader
think.. There is nothing extravagant
about ithe ;book! and its; reading .is
strongly recommended. (American Uni
tarian association, Boston; $1.)
The 'famousV Grand Rapids water
scandal, ■ not very well! known outside
of ,Michigan; and ,by most people; there
■ forgotten, :is used i as \ the; foundation
for a story by Horace 'it.". Harnaby. fa'
Michigan state 5 senator, who! describes
his work* as; a r ."story sof political and
municipal ! corruption." * A I love story ;is
woven ; into -. it s.to'! hold* the!! Interest /of
■ the* general reader, but it weakens , the
book: and the whole thing-is: decidedly
amateurish.'- - The '•* book fis ;; filled .with
grammatical blunders and !he has ,no
knowledge; of literary style. *; The ele
ments for a ; good "story are there,'* but
;they; are 'too much for the; senator to
handle.'"■ (Shaw publishing company,
Grand Rapids.) * -
; GrenviJle ;-. Kleiser's book. "How t to ;
Develop'- Self-confidence " in ; Speech \ and
Manner,": embodies in a most: encourag- '
Ing and practical;!; way-all;; that; Is
needed :to make i one ! who ;is naturally,
timid;; or *! fearful In 1 speech 'or. man
ner, self-poised,*- calm,',"dignified and
confident of I himself. ** To r Mr. Kleiser's '■
credit it must;be said that the method
proposed is ; one of! sober self-estimate
and persistent effort along well con
Mrs. Cutting believes i n-.tv^iirhly in
the business woman. "Contact with
business has In fact made women more
honorable. It has'familiarized the girl
who works with: the.business standard
that , you I must give V a fair ! equivalent
for what you receive. That !is rather,
a"hard;lesson;for wonven to learn, but
applies In the, working world, and In
the more ; permanent business Wliich a
girl takes up later.;: For one of the
secrets of a happy . marriage Is to* give
a fair equivalent*; for what . *foa ; re
ceive." In fthe 'novels of this clever
author, will be found more truth 1 re
garding the psychology of marriage
than in many learned tomes devoted to
the subject..
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■of the world. It is simple enough for
an aui^ior or collector to gather to
gether reproductions of the world fa
mous pictures from;the galleries;! and
that Is all,that most art hooks amount
to. Mr. Caffln accompanies! his splen
didly chdsen pictures with a very fine
text, at once historical,'.- biographical,
critical and appreciative.
The opening chapter is a brief history
of the Spanish nation, stress being laid
upon any events tending to develop the
art of the country. The ; discussion
which ; follows shows .that i the limited
scope of Spanish painting was' directly
caused by the self-cultured and con
servative character of' the Spaniards.
.Everything' in the country, even art,
was developed directly under the pa
tronage of crown and church. , "Hence
the art of Spain, while it might, be In
cidently concerned with portraiture,
discovered its essential characteristics
as , the exponent of bible story and
saintly lore and as an exhortation to
faith and pious ing. '
The author then gives a view of art
from the earliest times to the present
day. The personalities of the various
artists are briefly sketched j and Stories
of various-. pictures given. Special
studies are included of such-famous
artists as El Greco, Velasquez, Mazo,
• Carreno. Murillo and Goya. The' chap
ter on Murillo is of special Interest; all
the disputed points about the man and
his work .being, taken up and discussed
without, excitement or rancor.
The hook is so interesting it is diffi
. cult not' to quote from it";■ at length.
Questions which*have puzzled students
for. years are discussed and ' reasonable
deductions made. The author has a
singularly happy style of a rousing in
, terest, but no HI feeling whatever. The
postscript chapter will interest the
modernists, for in it all the names of
the last few decades appear. Fully il
lustrated and well bound.
sidered lines of thought and action,
designed to eradicate this uneasiness.
(Funk & Wagnalls, New York; $1.25.)
_ The I). D. publishing company of
Chicago has just brought out a fifth
edition of; "The Philosophy of Life,"
by; Dr. Charles Gilbert : Davis. .■'■<■, The
greatest thing about Doctor Davis*
work, as we; said ,when it was first
issued, la that" he la no advocate of a
healing; cult which would preach
against medicine and surgery. -«; (4630
Grand boulevard,'Chicago;-!!.25.)
"Confidence," by Edith B. Lowry, M.
D., Is a work written in response to a
great demand for a book telling* the
story of the origin and development of
life in language intelligible to young
girls from 10 to 14 years of age. The
author, who is fa physician of wide
experience!and a pleasing writer, " has
very delicately and adequately treated
this ;i important "subject.' The! future
health and '; happiness ■of c every girl; de
mands that she receive, , when .ap
proaching adolescence, an intelligent
presentation of the vital life processes,
and this ;- book Will be .an invaluable
aid to parents' and teachers In attain
ing that object (Forbes & Co., "Chi
cago;^ cents.) • .
"The Automobile;,lts Selection; Care
and "Use," is a valuable" little book :by
Robert Sloss which is worth its weight
in gold to, the. owner or to the pros
pective purchaser of a car of any
make..' The book does not boom any*
car, not a ■ingle trade name, as far
as could be discovered, being found In
it. !It takes!the reader through*the
whole: field of "automobile knowledge.
It tells how to select the car, iwhat. is
necessary to its proper care, ; and how
the * greatest i amount ; of comfort: and
safety may be secured; by . the intelli
gent driver. -Instructions *! are ; given
for insuring long life to ; tires; '.the
amateur: chauffeur* is assisted in the
building !of his garage, and-; the i lover
of;! tours and camping trips receives'
instructions *:•■ that will ;! be ;: invaluable.
touting publishing company, New
York; $1.25).
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"Life on the Paciflj Coast." fey B. D. '.Woods 5
Funk & , WasnalU Co.", New York.
"The; Erplaticin of: Religion," by William A.
Hlnekle; Sherman. French & Co., Boston.
"Step by Step." by Ahraci **S."'■ Isaacs: Jewish
Publishing S-xlety ;of - America,- Philadelphia.!
i "Leon l:n.*- by; Abraham Benedict Rhine;
Jewish "Publishing Society cf . America, Phila
delphia." - , .
•'■* "American;, Game," by George •;..-■; Brian*!!;
Forest i and Stream, Publishing . Co., New York.'
"Christianity **'; and ; the - Modern ) Mind." ' by*
Samuel McCoatb; Dodd, * Mead & Co., New York.','
■ - "A * Senator of ". tho ; Fifties,'*, by Jeremiah 1,
;iij-neh;, A. M.. Kobertsion,> San Francisco. * >
t" /'Cowboy : Songs and Frontier Ballads,". Jiy
John-A. Lomax; Sturgis & .Walton'.Co., New
York. ■'.*„ .'.,,•,.. '■ . '„ ,--. „':;, .>"
.; r "Ret! '* Letter Dny» -of Samuel Pepys," by!'
Edward Frank Allen; Stargls & Walton Co.,
New ; York. ; * ; •*/-;-»
*~. "Barbarous Mexico," by"John Kenneth Tur
ner; Charles 11. Kerr A Co.. Chicago.
''. ■'<>>:'. i Step," by * Georgia! Fraser; t Witter and
Klottter. New York.!-■;.,;: „;■ . .;; > ; ! ...'»'-'-^B&S®S
,•: "Makers anil Offenders of J America," 'hj
Ami* t Kliiabeth Foote end " ATery Warner * Skin*-.
Ber;>Amerlcin Book company. Sew York.;, ■*
"The ; Doings 'at '•' the"« Dolllvers.-' by "■" Grace
MacGowau Cooke; Sturgts • & Walton Cr>., New
York.
.•' "Famous' Impostors,',* -. by Brain Stoker; Star
gl» & Walton Co., New York.

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