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The San Francisco Sunday Call
Crime, Domestic and Foreign
(" Courts, Criminals and the Camorra," by Arthur Train)
NO more interesting book—one might
say with equal truth, no more
entertaining book.— than Arthur
Train's "Courts, Criminals and the Ca
morra" (Scribner's, $1.75) has ap
peared for 10, these many days. Not
only is the author equipped for his task
by an experience earned as assistant
district attorney of New York, but he
has the faculty of constantly turning
to the light fresh and interesting as
pects of the subjects with which he
deals and the skill of a trained writer
of fiction. His style is ingratiating,
crisp, alert and breezy; and yet. in spite
of his frequent use of slang and a sort
of easy facetiousness, one does not feel
any lack of dignity nor any invalida
tion of authority. Indeed, it is the Ta
miliar quality of Mr. Train's book that
makes it most convincing. The writer
has information to impart and he deliv
ers It In an exceedingly attractive man
The first part deals with the adminis
tration and maladministration of jus
tice in criminal courts and with police
activities and abuses. In the first chap
ter, "The Pleasant Fiction of the Pre
sumption of Innocence," Mr. Twain re
« views the "mugging"' of men uncon
victed of crime and other practices of
the police. He makes many pertinent
remarks on the subject of liberty and
contrasts American methods with those
of foreign countries. The preparation
of criminal cases for trial is described
from the inner viewpoint of the prose
cuting attorney's office, and an as
tonishing body of facts are gathered
under the head of "Sensationalism and
Because of his experience as a prose
cutor in nearly a hundred murder cases
Mr. Train was once asked to write an
article answering the question, "Why do
men kill?" The article—an extremely
interesting one—is in the present vol
ume. Here is an extract —inserted col
loquially in a mass of affording infor
maticn—which is characteristic of the
frequent, interpolations that add so
much to the readability of Mr. Train's
"My young feller." said a grizzled
Ingenious and Dramatic
("The Hollow of Her Hand," by Geo. Barr MeCutcheon)
» NEW novel by George Barr Mc
j\ Cuteheon, entitled "The Hollow of
* Her Hand" (Dodd, Mead & Co;
$1-30) displays even more clearly than
his earlier books the skill of this clever
story teller. The reader's interest is
aroused at the very outset by the mys
terious circumstances surrounding the
death of a profligate married man. His
wife's love is by the occurrence changed
to hate and she aids the escape of the
girl who committed the murder. Al
though she shields her and has her live
with her as a companion, she will not
permit her to tell the circumstances
that impelled her to the deed. A strong
attachment grows up between the two
women, but when the brother of the
man wishes to marry the girl her
▼;~otector conceives the diabolical plan
of forcing the girl into the match as
an expiation of her crime and for mo
tives of personal revenge against the
dead mans family, whom the older
woman despises for their arrogance.
She is astounded at her own perfidy,
but relents when she finally learns that
the girl is guiltless, having acted in
defense of her chastity.
The plot is complicated by the love
of a young artist for the girl and her
unwillingness to marry him until her
lips are unsealed and he can learn of
her connection with the tragedy. In
cidentally he finds certain pictures
which prove that she was once an
artist's model for all but the altogether
and she is compelled to deceive him
into the belief that she has a double.
Adventures of a Meat Eater
("Smoke Bellew," by Jack London)
JACK LONDON has gone back to the
Klondike. This is not a news item
but merely a way of saying that in
"Smoke Bellew" (The Century Co.,
$1.80) the author of "The Call of the
Wild" has once more chosen the frozen
north as the theater for a series of
adventurous incidents. "Smoke Bel
lew," is precisely that. It is not a
novel and it can hardly be called a
story. It reads like the journal of an
explorer and recites graphically such
adventures as might befall a pioneer
in the wilds or Alaska. Except for
the fact that Smoke Bellew is the cen
tral character in all of them, these in
cidents are quite detached and the
thread motive of Bellew is not suffi
cient to save the book from being in
organic. There is an intention to build
up in the person of Bellew a study of
regeneration. He was "raised a Lord
untleroy" and his grit, his courage.
% 1 his strength are doubted by his
nncle who plucks him out of a news
paper job in San Francisco and puts
him to the test on the Alaska trails.
Education and Life
("Why Go to College?" by Clayton Sedgwick Cooper)
CLAYTON SEDGWICK COOPER has
written in "Why Go to College?"
(Century company; $1.50) an ad
mirable book about college life in
America. Perhaps the most significant
passage among many significant pas
sages in this excellent Volume is one
that goes to the root of the most vital
question regarding college education —
the question of its value as a prepara
tion for life by equipping a young man
for the pursuit of a technical profession
or by endowing him with the sort of
efficiency that comes only with the pos
session of adequate culture. Mr. Cooper
"The sudden and enormous advance
in the pursuit of technical studies,
which has made the state universities
formidable rivals to our older pri
vately endowed institutions, has
aroused uncertainty as to the real ob
ject of collegiate training. Modern
commercialism, which has said that you
must touch liberal studies, if at all, in
a utilitarian way, has swept in a
mighty current through our American
trsities. The undergraduate is
increasingly the pressure of the
it side modern world —the world not
of values, but of dollars. The sense of
, strain, of rush and of anxiety which
Generally pervades our business, our
uublic and our professional life, lias
L. I T ER. AR-Y # NOTES AMD COMMENTS I
veteran of the criminal bar to me Ions;
years ago, after our jury had gone out,
"there's lots of things in this game
you ain't got on to yet. Do you think
I care what this jury does? Not a
nilte. I got a nice little error into the
case the very first day, and I've set
back ever since. S'pose we are con
victed? I'll get Jim. here (the pris
oner), out on a certificate, and it'll be
two years before the court of appeals
will get round to the case. Mean
time Jim'll be out makin' money to pay
me my fee—won't you. Jim? Then
your witnesses will be gone and
nobody'll remember what it's all about.
YoVll be down in Wall street, prac
ticing real law yourself, and the in
dictment will kick ground the office for
v year or so. all covered with dust, and
then some day I'll get a friend of mine
to come in quietly and move to dis
miss. And It'll be dismissed. Don't
Detectives, good, bad and worse, ar n
discussed in two chapter*
filled with facts in the form of anec
dote.-, and the rest of the volume
(about one-third) is devoted to an il
luminating discussion of the Italian
Camorra. The history of the organiza
tion is traced and the author reviews
the sessions during the trials of the
Carnorrists at Vlterbo. at which he was
present. A world wide interest was,
exiited in this trial, but it appears
from Mr. Train's account that a great
deal of misinformation crept into the
press dispatches. In presenting a
truthful and well informed account of
the trial and the events leading thereto
Mr. Train is putting into the hands of '
his readers a comprehensive and vivid
statement which provides them with a
survey of the whole question, not to be
obtained from any other source.
A final chapter deals with that ele
ment of the Italian population of the
United States—the Camorristi, Maflus"
and Black Handers—whose actual an-l
potential offenses against the law en
title them to a place in a look that
treats of crime, and—it seems worth
repeating—treats of it entertainingly.
As if the situation of all concerned
was not sufficiently trying, a detective
appears on the scene prepared to prove
that the murder was committed by the
dead man's wife herself. She can not
prove her innocence without convicting
the girl she is shielding, and a situa
tion is brought about which is only
relieved by a turn that can not be
It is in his clever manipulation ol
such situations as this that Mr. Mc<
Cuteheon is at his best in a purely
dramatic sense. The scene with the
detective is managed with a suspensive
interest which, in the theater, would
make it most telling.
The story is characterized throughout
by the highly wrought artificiality of
the stage and. in the final scene, when
first the wife and then the girl tell
the whole truth before a private jury
composed of the dead man's family
and the girl's lover, a sheer theatrical
ism is achieved.
As might be expected In a story of
this sort the characterization is dis
The obligations of the novelist—
putting art to one side—should be to
exclude false psychology. Mr. Mc-
Cutcheon may shirk his obligations,
but he has given us in "The Hollow of
Her Hand" a novel that will be read
with eagerness and interest (it will
probably be a "best seller") and one
that when it is dramatized, as it is
sure to be. should make a highly suc
Bellew "makes good" and proiges to be
what the author terms an eater of
bear meat; he does not, however,
emerge as a personality.
There is some sharp drawing of San
Francisco in the first chapter and some
almost-historical facts of San Fran
cisco journalism, followed, in chapter
two, by an Immediate introduction into
the atmosphere of hardship and ad
venture. Succeeding chapters deal
with Bellew's mastering of men, with
his participation In a gold rush and
the staking of claims, with his dis
covery of a "system" in playing rou
lette which nets him $70,000, with his
being accused of murder, with his fac
ing death in a crevasse, with a race of
dog sleds, and with a variety of lesser
incidents, all told, as has been said,
graphically and with a rugged human
ism and rough humor. It is the pres
ence of these last two qualities in
"Smoke Bellew" that makes it more en
tertaining than the diaries of explor
ers to which, in many respects, If bears
such a resemblance. The love episode
with which it closes is as good as any
thing in the book.
pervaded the atmosphere in which men
should be taught, first of all, to think
and to grow.
"The present tendency of students is
to feel that any form of education that
does not associate itself directly with
some form of practical and significant
action is artificial, unreal and undesir
able. ... It is far easier to turn
out of our colleges mechanical experts
than it is to create men who are
thoughtful, men who know themselves
and the world. . . . Our colleges
should train men who will be 'trumpets
that sing to battle' against all com
placency, indifference and social wrong.
"When a student, however, puts his pro
fession of medicine or engineering be
fore that of responsible leadership in
social, political moral and industrial
life, he ceases to be a real factor in the
The foregoing rather lengthy quota
tion will serve at once to show Mr.
Cooper's attitude toward a crucial ques
tion, and his incisive manner of dealing
with his subject. He has spent 10
years traveling among American col
lege men, has visited not less than 700
institutions of learning, and his book
deals authoritatively and suggestively
with every phase of college life. It is
b. work of the highest value to every
.imprested in or related to the prote
A Company of Raconteurs
(/'The Armchair at the Inn," by F. Hopkinson Smith)
■ KINSON SMITH has put to
er an unusual book in "The
chair at the Inn" (Scrjbner's,
$1.30). It is a story of story telling;
that is to say, the author has provided
a setting for and gives sequence to a
succession of personal anecdotes and
stories told by a group of artists, lit
erary men and others. The setting is
a Normandy inn. presided over by a re
markable old man and stocked—par
ticularly in one room, the Marmouset—
with endless treasures that he, a dis
cerning amateur, has gathered or that
have decorated the establishment dur
ing the centuries of its existence. It is
a veritable museum and the interesting
history of some of the things it con
tains forms a part of the narrative.
The company that gathers there is made
•up of a half dozen men who practice
the arts, including the author himself.
They are all raconteurs, but the most
redoutable among them Is one Herbert,
to whom is given the honor of occupy
ing the armchair at the inn—a four
teenth century Florentine piece that is
the pride of the innkeeper's heart.
The author makes the interesting
Honor in the Wilderness
("The Long Portage," by Harold Bindloss)
<|f -pHE Long Portage," by Harold
I Bindloss (Stokes) is as much a
story of English life as of the
Canadian wilds. The first and last
scenes are laid in the latter locality,
with all the adjuncts of hardship and
adventure that may be looked for in
such a setting.
Vernon Lisle, a young Canadian, who
has achieved prosperity after a life of
toil In the wilderness, undertakes to
vindicate the memory of an old friend
who died while under the cloud of an
ugly suspicion. This man, a guide, is
supposed to have abandoned a man on
the trail and caused his death from
starvation, while he, having found, a
cache, obtained food and pushed on to
safety. Lisle finds the cache that was
tampered with, but, confident of his
dead friend's innocence and suspicions
of a cousin of the man that died of
starvation, who also survived the ex
pedition, he goes to England to see if
Gay and Original
("Daddy Long Legs," by Jean Webster)
LIGHTNESS, brightness and orig
inality characterize this little book
by Jean Webster entitled "Daddy
Long Legs" (The Century company, $1).
It consists of 8. collection of peculiarly
girlish letters written by an orphan to
her unknown benefactor—she dubs him
Daddy Long Legs—keeping him in
formed of her doings and beings wfiile
at college and on her vacations. The
sort of girl Jerusha Abbott was before
she went to college may be gathered
from the following excerpt:
"I never read 'Mother Goose* or
'David Copperfield' or Tvanhoe' or 'Cin
derella' or 'Bluebeard* or 'Jane Eyre* or
'Alice In Wonderland' or a word of
Kudyard Kipling. I didn't know that
Henry VIII was married mora than once
or that Shelley waa a poet. I didn't
Know that people used to be monkey*
or that the Garden of Eden was a beau
tiful myth. I didn't know that B. I* a
stood for Robert Louis Stevenson or
that George Eliot was a lady. I Jnl
never seen a picture of the. Mona 1..r,^.'
statement in his preface that "the
characters are all my personal friends;
the incidents, each and every one, ab
solutely true, and the setting of the
Marmouset, as well as the inn itself,
has been known to many hundreds of
my readers, who have enjoyed for years
the rare hospitality of its quaint and
The reality of Herbert becomes par
ticularly interesting in the light of the
following passage describing him:
"He has been farm hand, acrobat,
hostler, sailor before the mast, news
paper reporter: next four years in
Africa among the natives; then painter
and now at 45, after only six years
practice, one of the great sculptors of
France, with his work in the Luxem
bourg and the ribbon of the Legion in
In this fabric of table talk there is
the friction of mind against mind in
conversation, argument and banter and
a bookful of good stories. It must not
be supposed that the feminine' element
is excluded, for the marquise de la Caux
contributes an interesting personality
to the narrative, and Mignon, who
serves at the inn, is so important a per
son that the whole last chapter is de
voted to an account of her marriage.
he can not clear his friend's name by
discovering the real culprit. There he
finds his man. and, although he does not
know it at first, his heart's desire. He
does not immediately get at the root
of the problem in crime which he is
endeavoring to solve, and in the mean
time two young women play an im
portant part in his life. He also man
ages to serve a youth who it in the
clutches of an unscrupulous person,
whose nefarious operations are aided
by the man Lisle hopes to convict of
having tampered with the cache and of
being thereby, to all intents and pur
poses, guilty of murder.
He does not succeed, however, in
bringing his man to bay until the vari
ous participants in the drama go to
Canada, and there, in the wilderness—
made all the more terrifying by a con
spiracy of the elements—the final
dramatic scene is enacted. Death en
ters at the end, but only as the usher
and (it's true, but you won't believe it)
I had never heard of Sherlock Holmes."
And so she runs on with her confi
dences, all 6f which reflect more or less
the experiences of a girl at college, and
for that reason particularly interesting
to girl readers. But there is so much
quaintness and humor in these letters
that they will be found to be agreeable
reading by persons of any age or sex.
Here is a report on her progress toward
"Reached the digestive system; bile
and the pancreas next time I hope you
never touch alcohol, Daddy. It does
dreadful things to your liver."
And, again, this:
"Listen to what I've learned today:
The ares of the convex surface of-the
frustum of a regular pyramid Is half
the product of the sum of the,peri
meters of its bases by the altitude of
either of its trapezoids."
When the impertinent Jerusha finds
out in the end who Daddy Long Legs
really is she Is as much surprised as
the reader will he
"David Dunn,'' by Belle Kanaris
"The Red Cross Girl," by Richard
"My Robin," by Frances Hodgson
"Stories of Shakespeare's English
HUtory Plays," by H A. Guerber.
•'The Flrat Church's Christmas Bar
rel," by Caroline Abbot Stanley.
"Shßkenpeare'ft Wit and Humor," by
William A. Lawson.
"Kren* saa Quer," by Robert Mezger
and Wilhelm Mueller.
"Dayid Dunn" by Belle Kanaris
Manlates (Rand, McNally & Co.) is a
well plotted and pleasantly told story
of a self-made man. He has the mis
fortune to be the son of a man who
died !n prison, a fact that is used
against him when he is the candidate
for governor of his state. He suc
ceeds, however, by dint of a fine in
tegrity of character, in discomfiting
his enemies. There are a number of
well drawn characters, particularly
that of a likable old man, the father of
a worthless son.
Richard HaiVUng Davis*, address as
a writer of short stories is too well
and widely known to need restatement.
In a collection which takes its title
from the first story in the book, "The
Red Cross Girl" (Scribner's, $1.25) he
shows the same sense of form, light
ness of touch and amiable humor that
have made his other stories pleasantly
remembered. Mr. Davis' stories are
like charming water colors. He never
paints in oil.
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A person who had read Frances
Hodgson Burnett's "The Secret
Garden," wrote to the author some
time ago ,and said: "Did you own
the original of the robin? He could not
have been a creature of fantasy. I
feel sure you owned him." Mrs. Bur
nett replied that she did not own the
robin, but that he owned her, and she
has now published a record of the un
usual amity in a pleasantly written and
charmingly illustrated little volume
entitled "My Robin" (Stokes).
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"Stories of Shakespeare's English
History Plays," by H. A. Gueber (Dodd,
Mead & Co.), contains in the form of
condensed prose narratives precisely
what the title indlcates-*-and nothing
more. An introduction is even lack
ing in which the author might state
the particular purpose for which the
summaries are designed. In a number
of other hooks he.has supplied students
and general readers with select infor
mation not readily accessible. The only
apparent effect of the present , work
would be to divert some people from
the benefits of the original.
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"The First Church's Christmas Bar
rel," by Caroline Abbot Stanley (Crow
ell; 50 cents), is designed by the pub
lishers as a .holiday book. Its early
arrival and the fact that it deals with
an amusing episode in missionary
work makes it an appropriate gift to
send to some one employed in such
labor in a distant corner of the world.
* * *
"Shakespeare's Wit and Humor," by
William A. Lawson (Jacobs; 11.25),
presents in the compass of 315 wail
printed pages the author's selection of
the choicest passages of wit and humor
in the plays of Shakespeare. The se
lections include dialogues and scenes
of some length, not merely the isolated
quip or jest. Brief explanations of the
scenes are included, and the author has
some pertinent prefatory remarks.
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"Kreuz and Quer" by Robert Meager
and Wilhelm Mueller (American Book
Co.) is an illustrated German reader
containing an account of a trip through
"All the World to Nothing"
A person in search of a diverting
story is not likely to be attracted by a
book by an author whose name is in
frequently seen, but sucn an author,
Wyndham Martyn, has produced in "All
the World to Nothing" (Little, Brown
& Co.; $1.25) a book that is to be
recommended for its entertaining qual
ities. Martyn is not entirely unknown,
as his name has appeared from time to
time In the magazines, and he is the
author of the successful novel, "The
Man Outside." Information regarding
his career, supplied by his publishers,
makes known the facts that he has
been at various times a mining engi
neer, a soldier, a cowboy and a book
agent. His present novel shows the
struggles of a young man seeking em
ployment In New York, and his experi
ences as book agent and truck driver
parallel those of the author himself.
His hero's adventures are told with
adroitness and fanciful humor and add
interest to an unusual plot. The per
son in search of a diverting story can
not do better than to read "All the
World to Nothing."
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"The Blood of the Fathers"
"The Blood of the Fathers," by G.
Frank Lydstone (the Mverton Press,
Chicago), is a play in four acts de
signed to arouse public interest in the
question of marriage between the phys
ically unfit. The author has selected
the dramatic form for his study of the
heredity and crime problem because it
"is most effective in driving home a
social lesson." The characters of the
jfday through whom its teachings are
conveyed are a struggling doctor, a
hobbyist in criminal sociology and
friend of the Man Beneath, later a
famous specialist in nervous and mental
diseases; his fiancee, who is later his
wife; her foster mother; a yeggman and
social derelict, and a social philosopher
who is known as "the angel of the
slums." The play has a romantic in
terest, as well as scientific purpose.
The author dedicates it to Jack London.
"Soyer's Standard Cookery"
An examination of "Soyer's Standard
Cookery" (Sturgis & Walton;. $1.50)
reveals the fact that It contains a very
considerable number of recipes not
found in other cookbooks. The author
Is famous as the inventor of paper bag
cookery, which receives treatment in
the present volume, but only as a
method employed in the preparation of
certain dishes. The volume contains
436 pages, and an idea of the fullness
of its contents will be had when it is
known that recipes for 141 different
kinds of sauces are given. Another
feature will be found in the 28 recipes
for cheese disheß. The cookery ex
pounded in this book is cosmopolitan
in character and includes a variety of
Jewish dishes. It also ranges from the
most elaborate confections for the
gourmet to the simple fare of the
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"The Moon Endureth"
In these days of commercial fiction
and correspondence schools of short
story writing, it is gratifying to come
across a collection of short stories that
command respect for qualities other
than ingenuity and a more or less cut
and dried human interest "The Moon
Endureth: Tales and Fancies," by John
Buchan (Sturgis & Walton; $1.25), con
tains a group of short stories and
poems of a high order of merit. This
is a book for the man who is dissatis
fied with typical magazine fiction and
is looking for a taste of what is found
only in the work of the masters of the
short story. Mr. Buchan is a writer of
Intellectual breadth and one who has
the gift of imagination.
The stories in "The Moon Endureth"
deal with various epochs and wholly
dissimilar subjects, but all of them
have form, power, and interest. "The
Lemnian" has been pronounced by one
critic, in a mood of extravagant en
thusiasm, "the best story in the Eng
lish language." That the story makes
it quite Impossible to scoff at such an
opinion means much for its merit. It
falls short of absolute greatness in one
thing only, and this thing, style, is
for most readers an unimportant mat
ter. Except for his lack of style, Mr.
Buchan has all the qualities that make
for the highest type of fiction.
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"When Were You Born?"
"Cheiro," great of fame as a palmist,
has brought out a new book entitled,
"When Were You Born?" (Rand, Mc-
Nally & Co.; 75 cents).
It deals with astrology and, accord
ing to the preface, its purpose is to
"endeavor to show in a clear and sim
ple manner the useful and practical
truth that underlies the socalled occult
study of reading character and dispo
"The Marshall." by Mary S. R, Andrews;
Bobbs-Merrill company, Indianapolis.
"A Tale of Two Conventions," by William J.
Bryan; Funk ft W agnails, New York.
"Marriage,** by H. .0. Wells; Dufneld ft Co.,
New York. „ „
"Kreu* and Quer." by Messer ft Mueller;
American Book company, New York.
"George Helm." by Dsvld G. Phillips; D.
Appletos ft Co.. New York.
"The Flrat Christmas Barrel." by Carolina
Stanley; T. Y. Crowell, New York.
Lavender." by K. V. Lucas; Mac
mlllan company, New York.
"Surf Unea," by Knickerbocker Press, New
Tork. t _Vw j
"The Blch Mrs. Burgoyne," by Katherlne
Morris; Macmillan & Co., New York.
','Culture of Personality," by T. K. Randall;
Caldwell ft Co.. New York . ,;
"Her Soul and Her Body." by Louise C. Hale;
Moffat, Yard ft Co.. New York.
"A Christmas Honeymoou,' by Francis
Mathews: Moffat, Yard ft Co.. New York.
"The Freshman," by James Hopper; Moffat,
Yard ft Co.. New York.
"The Mystery of the Gray Oak Inn," by
Louise Irwin; M. Y. ft Co., New York.
"Every Day Susan," by Mary F. Leonard;
Crowell ft Co.. New York.
"Yuletide Cheer," by Edward A. Bryant;
Crowell ft Co., New York.
"The Face of Air," by George Knapp; John
Lane ft Co.. New York. .
"The Jew and Agriculture." by Herbert
Frledenwald; Jewish Publication society, Phila
"Do Something, Be Something." by Herbert
Kaufman: George H. Doran, New York.
"The Miater of Mysteries." by Karl Anderson
and G. Brehm; Bobbs-Merrill. Indianapolis.
"Pujol." by William J. Locke; John Lane ft
Co.. New York.
"The Alps As Seen by the Poets." by J.
Walter McSpadden: Crowell & Co.. New York.
"Dorothy Dainty's Holiday." by Amy Brooks;
Lotbrop, Lee ft Shepard. Boston.
"Mother and Baby." by Anne Newton, M. D.;
Lothrop, Lee ft Shepard, Boston.
"The Long Way Home," by Pansy; Lothrop,
Lee ft Shepard, Boston.
"Jean Cabot at Ashton," by Gertrude Scott;
Lothrop. Lee ft Shepard. Boston.
"John nnd Betty's Scotch History Visit.** by
Margaret Williamson; Lotbrop, Lee ft Shepard,
"The Right to Reign," by Adele F. Knight;
George W. Jacobs ft Co., Philadelphia.
"The Moonlight Sonata," by Jordan Nbrdling;
Sturgis ft Walton company. New York.
"The S. W. F. Club," by Emilia Elliott;
George W. Jacobs ft Co., Philadelphia.
"Adventures of Napoleon Prince," by Mary
Edington; Cassell company. Mew York.
sition by the 'period of birth.'" There
is no trace, however, in the book of
an attempt to prove anything what
ever, but merely such statements as,
"They (people born in March} find
their most lasting friendships with
people born between June 21 and July
* * #
By Beatrice Harraden
In theme and presentation "Out of
the Wreck I Rise," by Beatrice Harra
den (Stokes) is an unusual book.
Adrian Steele, a theatrical agent by
profession and an art amateur by
taste, is threatened with exposure for
having held back certain large suras
from dramatists whose plays he has
handled. In his difficulty he appeals
to two women with whose lives he had
once played havoc, and although he
married another woman these old loves
whom he cast off years before come
loyally to his assistance. The rivalry
of the two women—half friendly, half
bitter —in their efforts to compass his
salvation, makes an altogether inter
esting story. One of them, Tamar
Scott, a dealer in jewelry and antiques.
Is a remarkable characterization. The
circumstance of her profession brings
Into the story a great deal of sophis
ticated information regarding various
objets dart, and enables the author
legitimately to make use of her knowl
edge and connoisseurship.
Like a number of recent novels this
ene is discreetly and interestingly
couched with psychism, and many read
ers will find in the study of Richard
Forest, the young clergyman, "a direct
spiritual descendant of William Blake,"
tne most absorbing thing in the book.
#• * *
The Pueblo Indians of New Mexico
and, Arizona have attracted many writ
ers, both lay and scientific. The latest
author to contribute a book on the sub
ject is Charles Francis Saunders, the
title of whose work is "The Indians of
the Terraced Houses" (Putnam; $2.50).
It seems proper to place emphasis upon
the admirable illustrations of this book.
There are about 50 of these and, as a
whole, they contribute more intimate
information about the life of the pueblo
Indian than is usual in such pictures.
Mr. Saunders writes entertainingly of
his subject and with a sincerity of in
terest born of real enthusiasm. His in
formation is the fruit of many years of
investigation and his direct and un
labored manner of presentation ac
quaints the reader pleasantly with the
material and' the picturesque aspects of
the pueblo life, and he contends co
gently for the abatement of conditions
—arising from the government's gen
eral Indian policy—that tend toward
the ultimate destruction of this life.
Appendices containing statistics of pop
ulation, a glossary, a bibliography and
a map add to the informational value of
* * *
An Interesting contribution to po
litical history comes in the form of a
book bearing the title, "A Tale of Two
Conventions" and written by no less a
person than William Jennings Bryan
(Funk & Wagnals; $1.00). The volu
minous and frequently confusing
telegraphic accounts of the great na
tional conventions that are printed in
the press have a vast number of eager
readers. Among these will be many
who will welcome Mr. Bryan's book,
which puts in permanent form the un
official records of the conventions at
Chicago and Baltimore. Mr. Bryan
acted as a newspaper correspondent at
both assemblages, and his dally news
letters form the basis of the present
volume. To these are added reports of
the important speeches and a number
of the most notable cartoons dealing
with the events of the hour. In order
that the book should present a com
plete report of the political conventions
of 1912, an outline of the progressive
national convention is added.
"The Golden Rose"
A novel by Mrs. Hugh Fraser and
J. I. Stahlmann entitled "The Golden
Rose" (Dodd, Mead & Co.: $1.35) is
built upon the rather unusual theme of
a morganatic marriage contracted be
tween a carefully nurtured girl and a
young German prince. The story deals
at first with the girl's youth and her
relations with her mother. The mar
riage into which the girl is tricked
does not prevent the prince from
marrying again and the half wife en
ters a convent. In the end they meet
again, but only for a single moment
of Christian forgiveness. Many con
tributions to the interest of the story
will be found in the skillful elabora
tion of the plot, the unusualness and
the completeness of many characters
and the frequently dramatic quality of
"The Doom of Dogma and the Triumph of
Truth," by Henry Frank; Sherman, French Ac
"The Red Cross Girt," by Richard H. Davis;
Charles S'cribnei's Sons. New York.
"The International Mind," by Nicholas Butler;
Charles Serlbnef's Sons. New York.
'•Why Go to College?" by Clayton S. Cooper;
the Century company. New York.
"Stories of the Pilgrims," by Margaret Humph
rey; Rand. McNally company, New York.
"The Magic Fish Bone." by Charles Dickens;
Dodd, Mead ft Co., New York.
"Catherine Sidney," by Francis D. Hoyt; Long
man, Green ft Co., New York.
"The Woman," by Albert P. Terhune; Bohbs-
Merrill company. Indianapolis.
"Out of the Wreck," by Beatrice Harradeu;
F. A. Stokes ft Co.. New York.
"The Boy," by Nathaniel C. Fowler Jr.: M'>f
fat. Yard ft Co.. New York.
•'Sue Jane," by Marie Thompson Daviess; the
Century company, New York.
"The Lady of the Lane." by F. O. Bartlett; the
Century company, New York.
"Daddy Long Legs," by Jean Webster; the
Century company. New York.
•"Pansy Hears," by Horace W. O. Newte;
John Lane ft Co., New York.
"The Long Portage." by Harold Bindloss; F.
A. Stokes & Co., New York.
''My Lore and I," by Martin Redfteld; Ifite
millan company, New York.
"Little Peter Pansy." by Carro T. Warren;
David McKay. Philadelphia.
"Zededee V," by Edith B. Delauo; Small.
Maynard & Co., Boston.
"Mr Robin," by Fiances Hodgson Burnett; F.
A. Stokes & Co., New York.
"Whippen," by Frederick O. Bartlett; Small,
Maynard & Co.. Boston.
"The Saving Pride." by Yvette Prost; Dodd,
Mead ft Co, New York.
"Smoke Bellew." by Jack London; the Century
company. New York.
"When Were You Born?" by Chiro;
McNally company. New York.
"Mr. Achilles," by Jennette Lee; Dodd, Mead
ft Co.. New York.
"Kesrtie," by M. F.; Thomas Y. Crowell &
Co., New York.
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