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A Book About Bears
("The Wilderness of the North Pacific Coast Islands")
* BOOK by Charles Sheldon which
ne cans " Th e Wilderness of the
North Pacific Coast Islands" (Scrib
ners; $2.00) might, with another title,
be more sure of reaching the audience
that will be most Interested in it. Mr.
Sheldon's book is by a hunter, and it
is for hunters, who will find within its
covers a record of experiences In the
pursuit of big game that presents the
subject, as far as America is concerned,
with a fullness of detail not elsewhere
to be found. Mr. Sheldon's various
trips, extending from 1904 to 1909, were
devoted to the hunting of wapiti, bears
and caribou on the larger coast Islands
of British Columbia, such as Vancouver
island, Montague island, Admiralty
Ss'ind and the Queen Charlotte islands.
The author gives his greatest atten
tion to bears and his book is so full
of information about those animals
that it may be considered only second
In Importance on this subject to the
work of Prof. J. Hart Merriam, between
whom and the author such a commu
nity of Interest exists that they have
doubtless been mutually helpful. Mr.
Sheldon makes acknowledgment of
such assistance in his preface.
It will not be long before the writing
of such a book as Mr. Sheldon's will.
Rosalie Le Grange Again
("The Red Button," by Will Irwin)
WILL IRWIN'S last book, which is
called cryptically "The Red But
ton" (Bobbs-Merrill Co.; $1.23),
would be worth reading if for no other
reason than that Rosalie I* Grange
makes her reappearance therein. In
"The Red Button" Mr. Irwin has es
sayed nothing beyond writing an in
genious and entertaining story. In
which the reader's interest is enticed
by mystery. He has, however, achieved
a remarkable piece of characterisation
in Rosalie Le Grange, the reformed
trance medium, who emerges from the
story a memorable figure.
Rosalie and her dimples appear on
the scene shortly after Captain Kan
aka's dead body is found In his room
at the boarding house where he lived.
Such evidence as there is at hand
points to the probable guilt of one
Lawrence Wade, the last person known
to have been with the captain. Wade
is arrested at the moment he was
about to sail for Europe and a motive
appears to be established in the fact
that there was a sentimental attach
ment between Wade and the young and
beautiful Mrs. Hanska.
Inspector Martin McGee of the New
York police considers it his plain
Hawaiian Social Life
("A Jewel of the Seas," By Jessie Kaufman)
THE social life of the Hawaiian
islands has a special interest for
Californians. They view it more
intimately than does the rest of the
world. "A Jewel of the Seas," by Jessie
Kaufman (the J. B. Llppincott com
pany; $1.25) is a story in which this
life is presented with acquaintance and
what may be presumed to be fidelity.
The author is a Californlan who has
lived much In "the islands," and has
written many short stories of the life
there. The present work is her first
attempt at an extended narrative.
Miss Kaufman does not approach her
subject in the spirit of an outsider —
a novelist who might select Honolulu
as the locale for fiction because Its
tropical picturesqueness has a certain
value as a background. Her view is
one of familiarity, and the reader will
find In her novel a convincing picture
of Hawaiian society, with the endless
round of entertainments —breakfasts,
luncheons, "luaus," dinners, suppers,
picnics, bathing parties, hula dances —
that make up what may be aptly
termed the "social whirl" of "the
islands."
It is the picture thus created which
gives to "A Jewel of the Seas" its chief
interest—an interest which for many
who know the life will be intimate and
keen. Others will find Miss Kaufman's
story enlightening and entertaining.
It will be found to contain still an
other Interest for those who trace or
who think they trace parallels between
some of the characters in the story and
persons in real life.
The plot—subordinated throughout
t the setting—has to do primarily
with the disappearance (during one of
the many "functions" described) of a
diamond sunburst belonging to one of
the lesser persons of the story. An
unvoiced suspicion falls upon Frank
Aiden, the hero. Unaware of this and
misunderstanding certain, remarks of
his fiancee, he Jumps at the conclusion
that it is she who is suspected. In
order that he may ferret out the truth
he insists that his engagement to the
heroine be kept secret. This
further misunderstandings, compi;
by the fart that Alden pays marked
attention to Mrs. Kapua, an Interesting
Hawaiian of gii:ut personal charm and
BOOK REVIEWS
owing to the rapid extinction of bears,
be impossible. He says:
The magnificent grizzly of Cali
fornia is practically extinct, and
It is now too late to secure speci
mens for comparative study. Al
ready, in most parts of the Rocky
mountains south of Yellowstone
park, the sight of a grizzly is a
mere chance. Its numbers are rap
idly diminishing also in Mexico and
southern British Columbia and
even the black bear in some of the
larger areas formerly frequented
by it has become so scarce that
sportsmen no longer attempt to
look for it. The process of ex
termination is rapidly going on all
along the Alaska coast, and the
fine large brown bears, in spite of
the present law, are, I think,
doomed to become scarce. If not
extinct, before increasing travel
ana population. Already the grand
bear of Kadiak island—that great
beast, the largest of his genius in
the world—is rarely seen.
Mr. Sheldon's narrative is drawn
from his journal and contains a great
variety of Incident arising from trav
eling and hunting in the wilderness.
The writer at times penetrated to lo
calities absolutely unexplored and some
of the many interesting pictures in
his book show such unknown places.
On his last trip Mr. Sheldon was ac
companied by his wife, and a section
of his work is devoted to their joint
experiences while hunting big game on
Admiralty Island. The variety of bears
inhabiting Montague island takes its
scientific name (ursus sheldoni) from
that of the author. •
duty to build up a case against Wade
that will send him to the electric
chair. Rosalie Le Grange thinks dif
ferently, and because of Inspector Mo-
Gee's friendship and faith in Rosalie
she is given an opportunity to prove
Wade's innocence.
In these days the expert writer of
mystery stories is confronted with the
expert reader of mystery stories. It
is a contest of wits in which the reader
only too often wins an empty victory
by anticipating the solution and there
by missing half the fun. It Is doubt
ful, however. If any reader will an
ticipate the outcome of "The Red But
ton," for Mr. Irwin manipulates his
mystery with admirable adroitness. It
is not improbable that certain readers
will correctly guess the identity of the
person who held the knife when It
pierced Captain Hanska's heart, but
that is not all that the later chapters
of the story divulge. It seems not
improbable that the Identity of the
knife wielder will be guessed for the
reason that the earliest allusions to
that person are suspiciously designed
to mislead. After such an Introduc
tion the circumstantial evidence of in
nocence is as naught.
But whatever anticipations of details
the reader may make, there are two
things about which he can be reason
ably certain. These are that he will
not solve the denouement in its fullness
until the author is ready to reveal It,
and that he will be held from first to
last by the Interest of the story.
Not a little of this Interest is con
tributed by other characters than the
redoubtable Rosalie. Among these are
Inspector McGee, Miss Estrilla and her
amiable brother, Tommy North, who is
like a breeze from Broadway and who
has a winning personality in spite of
the Insecurity of his seat on the water
wagon, and Betsy-Barbara, whom you
don't like at first and end by liking
very much.
But It is Rosalie Le Grange who
lingers in the memory, Rosalie; pros
perous and reformed, efficient and
alluring, sincere according to her
lights and honest in the way of her
kind. We learn at the beginning of
the story that she has renounced her
profession—her "mediumship"—and is
leading the comparatively respectable
life of a boarding house keeper, but It
is her recourse to the arts of spirit
ualism that gives to "The Red Button"
what are easily its best scenes. Let us
hope that in marrying Rosalie to In
spector McGee Mr. Irwin has not
finally disposed of her.
racial pride, at whose house the jewel
disappeared. How he solves the mys
tery and recovers the diamonds and
how the "kahuna" powers or powers of
witchcraft possessed by Mrs. Kapua
contribute to this end the reader must
learn for himself.
But It is not the hero nor the hero
ine nor Mrs. Kapua nor the mystery of
the lost jewels that dominates the
story. Rather is it the personality of
Oommodore Chandler of the Atlantio
Yacht club, who, with his vivacious
wife, is paying a visit to the islands
on board his sumptuous craft, the
Gclda. The commodore's wealth and
position give him the entree every
where, and he and Mrs. Chandler are
usually the hosts or the "motifs" of
the various entertainments which play
such an important part in Miss Kauf
man's story. Their share in the un
raveling of the mystery of the Jewels
must be left for the author to reveal.
The heroine is the unnamed narrator
of the tale. She is a young woman
with ideas on the subject of woman's
rights—ln matters of the heart. Her
methods of love making are of a kind
that would cause most men to climb
tfie nearest cocoanut palm. They do
not, however, arouse In Frank Alden
the instinct of self-preservation and
he is roped and thrown almost without
a struggle.
Granting the Interest which attaches
to the picture Miss Kaufman has drawn
of "Island" society and "Island" life,
it is apparent that in this first attempt
at sustained narration she has not mas
tered the technique of the long story.
"A Jewel of the Seas" contains a great
deal of writing that is purely atmos
pheric in character and intention, but
there is too much extraneous incident
which does not contribute either to the
atmosphere or to the development of
the plot. Thus the whole story turns
upon the disappearance of the diamond
sunburst, and yet that episode is only
reached on page 139. The author has,
moreoveV, crowded her stage with act
ors and she is not a sufficiently adept
stage manager (as yet) to employ them
iK-tively.
it should not be forgotten that
terest of this story is of a rather
11 sort. It Is in its character as a
description of Hawaiian life, touched
with aatire, that it will make its appeal
PORTER GARNETT
An Epic in Little
("The Soddy," by Sarah Comstock)
SARAH COMSTOCK, a writer who did
her first work In California, has
produced in "The Soddy" (Double
day, Page & Co., $1.30), a story through
which runs a strong current of those
elemental human passions that are
brought out when man contends with
nature for mastery. "The Soddy" bears
certain general resemblances to other
tales of the frontier; there Is the cus
tomary conflict between rectitude and
duplicity, but Miss Comstock has
brought something to the telling of this
story that sets it apart among the nov
els that sound depths untouched by the
general run of fiction. "The Soddy" has
to do with the desolate plains of Kan
sas, and there is in the story a certain
sweep like the sweep of the wilderness
it describes. Miss Comstock has not
achieved the epical, but her story has
an epical quality and shows that when
she is ready to undertake a large can
vas she has the technique necessary for
its handling.
The reader is introduced at once into
the atmosphere of the wilderness with
the opening paragraph: "A vast gray
ish brown stretch, unbroken, infinite;
seared, lashed, burled for ages by mer
ciless sun and wind and snow in turn;
left to eternal barrenness by a forgetful
God; this and this only, blank desola
tion It would have appeared to many."
Here in these forbidding surroundings
Dexter Hayden, an eastern college man,
labors to reclaim the arid waste. We
find him building a soddy, as the sod
houses of that locality are called.
Terry Nye, an orphan girl whose
BRIEF NOTICES
"When Forest« Are Ablaze," by
Katherlne B. Judson.
"The Fall of Ulysses," by Charles
Dwlght Willard.
"The Sctentinc American Reference
Book."
"Why I Left My Husband," by Vir
ginia T. Van de Water.
-The Garden of Luton," by Julian
Scott Bryan.
"(ban With Children of the Church,"
by James M. Farrar.
"The Story of a Bank," by William
Horace Brown.
"Noted Speeches," edited by Lillian
Marie Briggs.
"The West Wind," by Cyrus Town
send Brady.
"The Democratic Mistake," by
George Arthur Sedgwick.
"A Christmas Honeymoon," by Fran
ces Aymar Matthews.
"The Goldfish." by Julian Street
(John Lave company; 70 cents), is a
Christmas story »o simple and yet so
unusual that it Is sure to appeal, as
the author intended it should, to chil
dren between 6 and 60.
* * ♦
"When Forests Are Ablaze" (A. C.
McClurg & Co.; $1.36) is the rather
queer title of a story by Katharine B.
Judson, in which Jane Myers gives up
school teaching to take up a timber
claim. Aside from the Interest of the
plot built around the strange situation
this woman finds herself in and the
dangers that beset her, there is a pur
pose in the story which is to point out
the need of precautions on the part
of the United States forest service
against just such a catastrophe as the
great forest fire described in Miss Jud
son's book.
PJCharlcs 1.-tvlcrm-W Mai Is f.utiuiiß re
pliant Whorp^^^r^limt jtin'yisesV;
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charm of person and character are sug
gested by the author with the firmness
and delicacy of an artist, is, like Hay
den, determined to fight it out and stay
by her father's claim. Inducements
have been offered to the discouraged
community to Join In a settlement
project, and in this seems to be the
only salvation for Terry. Two things
happen, however, to alter her destiny.
Dexter Hayden falls In love with her
and discovers that the promoter of the
land scheme 1b the same crook who
had made criminal misrepresentations
to him. It Is upon this foundation
that the dramatic elements of the story
are developed. Again and again Hay
den's efforts prove in vain. His crops
are destroyed by rain and wind. He
plans wifrn Terry for a home—the
soddy—but all they have amassed Is
destroyed by fire. Still they do on
indomitably. They will not give up.
They are married and misfortune still
pursues them until Hayden's spirit is
broken and he decides to give up the
fight. But the woman stays to fight
It out alone, and in the end she suc
ceeds.
The story which fills in this outline
Is very full of incident growing out of
the hardships that the hero and hero
ine endure and out of the base
motives of some of the characters. It
is not necessary to state here what
these motives are nor to go into de
tails regarding the minor persons of the
story, and yet it is impossible to pass
Amos Bissell by without mention of
his sterling qualities and without a
special tribute to the author's art in
this particular characterization.
which, since it was first printed In the
San Francisco Argonaut in 1888, has
had a remarkable career in the mat
ter of frequent reprints and transla
tions, is brought out In an attractive
holiday edition by the George H. Doran
company. "The Fall of Ulysses" is a
story that once read will be remem
bered, talked about and read again.
"The Scientific American Reference
Book" (Munn & Co., $1.50) offers in its
697 pages a store of information which
is set forth with the aid of diagrams
and tables In a form most easily
grasped. The book will prove singu
larly useful as a manual of ready ref
erence. Eleven pages are devoted to
Wireless telegraphy, 19 pages to avia
tion and IS pages to the Panama canal.
Persons interested In problem stories
—stories that seek to set forth as prob
lems the relations between men and
women—will find them at their best in
"Why I Left My Husband," a collection
of stories by Virginia T. Van de Water
(Moffat, Yard & Co., $1.20). These
stories are to be approached as con
taining some harsh truths cleverly pre
sented. They should be read only by
persons who for personal or philosophi
cal reasons are attracted by the title.
To these they may be instructive, to
others they will be merely unpleasant.
• * *
"The Garden of Luzon" by Julian
Scott Bryan (Badger, $1) is a story of
a young Filipino who pining for lib
erty under the Spanish regime finds it
at last and also his heart's desire when
the American fleet won its victory In
Manila bay.
• # *
In "CJiats With Children of the
Church," by James M. Farrar, D. D.
(Funk & Wagnalls company. $1.20),
there are 52 discourses—one for eacn
week 6"t the year—upon right living
and religion.
/ « * *
Persons interested in questions of
national finance will find the story of
the Second National Bank of the
United which was during Jack
Notes and Gossip
Edward F. Croker, for 27 years a
New York fireman and for the last 12
years of that time head of the depart
ment, has written a book about It,
called "Fire Prevention," containing
the ideas of a man who was for years
the best chief of the best fire depart
ment in the world. It is published by
Dodd, Mead & Co.
"Tangles" is a book of short stories by
Margaret Cameron, published by the
Harpers, in which there are humorous
situations so complicated that there
seems no possible way out. The situa
tion in one of them, of the man who
finds himself trouserless when he has to
escort a lady out to dinner, may be
cited as an example of the plights from
which the author has to rescue her
characters.
* • *
Cosmo Hamilton, author of "The Out
post of Eternity." a novel dealing with
present day problems of heredity, is a
well known playwright. In "The Out
post of Eternity" he deals openly and
frankly with the problem of health
marriages.
"Object: Matrimony," by Montague
Glass, a Christmas booklet, declared by
many to be the funniest story ever
written by the author of "Potash and
Perlmutter," has been published by
Doubleday, Page & Co.
Frances Little's "The Lady of the
Decoration," published In May, 1906, is
in its forty-second large edition. The
sequel to "The Lady of the Decora
tion," "The Lady and Sada San," has
just been published by the Century
company.
son's administration a storm center of
politics, in a volume by William Hor
ace Brown entitled "The Story of a
Bank" (Badger, $1.50). Mr. Brown's
book puts the facts of this episode of
the financial history of-the country in
a form that is not only more complete,
but more readable tiian any of the
other detached documents on the sub
ject. There is an introduction by
George E. Roberts, director of the
mint.
"Noted Speeches." a set of four vol
umes In the "American History In Lit
erature" (Moffat, Yard * Co.), is a
compilation by Lillian Marie Briggs so
designed that the books will serve the
maximum of usefulness in school and
college libraries.
"The West Wind" (A. C. McClurg &
Co.; $1.35) is a typical story of the wild
west, rather better told than usual,
because it Is by Cyrus Townsend Brady.
The fact that the author is a clergy
man does not prevent him from offering
a generous supply of blood and thunder
In this story of an abducted white girl,
her love and her trials. There is some
Indian fighting In Brady's book that is
rare and thrilling.
* * *
"The Democratic Mistake" (Scrib
ner's, $1) is the title under which the
Godkln lectures delivered by George
Arthur Sedgwick at Harvard in 1908 are
issued in book form. The author's ar
guments aim to prove defects In the
principles of Jeffersonian democracy
and the socialistic tendencies growing
out of it under the leadership of Bryan.
His main contention, however, Is with
regard to the evils of universal suf
frage.
* * *
The thing that is called by common
consent the "Christmas spirit" per
vades a charming story by Frances
Aymar Mathews, called "A Christmas
Honeymoon (Moffat, Yard & Co.; $1,00).
It is an old fashioned story, senti
mental in atmosphere and charmingly
told.
JUVENILES
brave: deeds
Robert B. Duncan has drawn from
the history ( of the American navy a
series of heroic adventures which he
has put in a most readable book en
titled "Brave Deeds of American Sail
ors." The stories are vivid and bring
the episodes they describe very close
to the reader. Among the men whose
exploits are recorded are, John Paul
Jones, Decatur, Lawrence, Perry, Far
ragut, Cushing, Dewey and Hobson.
(George W. Jacobs & Co.; $1.50).
THE FOUR CORNERS IN JAPAN"
When people undertake a journey
to a foreign land, they usually read
books about the country they intend
to visit. Such books, however, are too
"old" for the younger members of the
family, and for this reason Amy E.
Blanchard's "Corner Series" is to be
recommended as filling the want of
travel books for the young. The lat
est addition to the series is "The Four
Corners in Japan," an interesting and
Informing tale that will supply girl
readers with a varied knowledge of
Japan. The narrative is spirited, and
the book wfll appeal to those that
stay at home, as well as to those that
may travel. (George W. Jacobs & Co.;
$1.50).
INSTRUCTIVE FAIRY TALES
Instruction in the form of fairy tales
has been essayed by many authors, but
among the best books of this kind is
"The Little King and the Princess
True," by Mary Earl Hardy. The
author converts the wonders of sci
ence into entertaining tales, made all
the more interesting by the many illus
trations of natural phenomena. (Rand,
McNally & Co.; $1.25).
STANLEY AND BUB
"The Young Woodsmen or Running
Down the Squawtooth Gang" is the
latest addition to Hugh Pendexter's
Camp and Trail series. The story re
counts new and thrilling adventures of
Stanley Malcolm and Bub Thomas —
adventures from which they learn much
about life in the woods. The incidents
leading to their discovery of several
thousand dollars that had been stolen
and the complications of crime attach
ing thereto are managed by the author
In a way that adds greatly to the in
terest of this well written story.
(Small, Maynard & Co.; $1.20.)
A GIRL SOPHOMORE:
"When Margaret Was a Sophomore."
by Elizabeth iHollister Hunt, recites en
tertainingly the incidents of a girl's
career while a student in a woman's
college. The author touches on work
and play with feeling, humor and
knowledge of the things about which
she writes. There is abundant variety
and genuine interest in the book. (Mof
fat, Yard & Co.; $1.25).
THANKSGIVING
All that goes to the making of a
complete and happy Thanksgiving
holiday is told in "A Dear Little Girl's
Thanksgiving Holidays," by Amy E.
Blanchard. It Is told In the form of
a story which culminates in the great
feast of the year. (George W. Jacobs
& Co.; $1).
A FLIGHT TO FAIRYLAND
The title of "The Flight Brothers," a
fanciful book about the adventures of
two young blrdmen, was suggested by
the name of the American inventors,
who, very properly, are such heroes in
the eyes of young people. The magi
cal atmosphere and the pictures of this
book by Mrs. L. R. S. Henderson will
engross all young readers. (The Reilly
& Brltton company; $1).
NEW MOTHER GOOSE PICTURES
A new edition of "Mother Goose,"
with pictures by Blanche Fisher
Wright, is issued in a form particu
larly adaptable to the nursery. Selec
tions from "Mother Goose" are col
lected in large books of only 12 pages
each copiously illustrated in color.
(Rand, McNally A Co.).
"OUR BOY SCOUTS"
Edwin James Houston/the author of
"Our Boy Scouts In Camp," has utilized
every opportunity to make his story
instructive as well as entertaining. The
scouts of the Hyena patrol and the
scouts of the Ram patrol profit a great
deal by their experience in camp under
Captain Blount, their scoutmaster.
They manage to have no end of good
times and adventures of a sort to in
terest young readers enormously, but
the best feature of the book is the
amount of useful knowledge that It
Imparts. (David McKay; $1.00.)
"CLIFF STIRLING STROKE"
A new volume In the Cliff Sterling
series takes Cliff through athletic sue.
cesses on the diamond and sees him
in the end stroking the Fairfield boat
to victory. The personalities, good and
bad, of his companions make an at
tractive story for boys, with a back
ground of athletics that can not but
interest them. (David McKay; $1.25.)
SAM LOYD'S PUZZLES
There are many hours of entertain
ment for children in this book contain
ing 120 pussies by Sam Loyd. Each
puzzle occupies a page and Is printed in
color. The puzzles are as ingenious as
they are varied and offer admirable
mental exercise associated with amuse
ment. (David McKay; $1.00.)
A STORY IN RHYME
"The Discontented Little Elephant"
is a story in rhyme by E. O. Somerville
about an elephant that went traveling
and lost Its trunk. The pictures by the
author are as amusing as the story.
Longmans, Green & Co.; 60 cents.)
PICTURES AND STORIES
Caldwell's "Boys and Girls at Home"
is primarily a picture book, contain
ing more than 100 illustrations—many
of them in color—which are of an
excellence not usually found in books
of this kind. There are 72 stories and
verses selected from authors who spe
cialise in writing for children, making
a book of 192 large pages. (H. M.
Caldwell company.)
STORY OF COUNTERFEITING
"The Mystery of the Grey Oak Inn,"
by Louise Godfrey Irwin, should have
all the Interest for boys that a first
class detective story has for the gen
eral reader. The mystery element is
well sustained and the two boys of
the tale have many unexpected excite
ments in their young lives. (Moffat,
Yard & Co.; $1.25.)
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IMENTSi
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SHORTER
REVIEWS
Louis Joseph Vance
There is no flagging of interest in
Louis Joseph Vance's latest book "The
Destroying Angel," (Little, Brown &
Co.; $1.25). Readers familiar with th«
author's manner will find him up to
his old trick of making flagrant im
probabilities serve admirably the pur
pose of entertainment. The reader
will not be likely to quarrel with Mr.
Vance on account of the wild variety
of incident he provides nor on ac
count of the more or less haphazard
construction of his story. It is the
liveliest kind of reading, as full of
surprises as It is of movement.
The hero, expecting death, decide*
to commit suicide, but commits mar
riage instead. He then leaves America
and the lady whom he married as an
accomodation to her, and is supposed
to have died. Instead of that, how
ever, he is cured of his malady and re
turns to New York. Thus far the
story is the sanest sort of simplicity
compared with the whirl of incident
and adventure that follows. The author
wrings the last drop of excitement out
of a fanciful plot Which has to do
with the world around us.
* * *
Oliver Herford's Cleverness
The classic cleverness of Oliver Her
ford is once more expressed in a col
lection of his verses and drawing, en
titled "The Mythological Zoo," (Scrib
ner's; 75 cents). In this menagerie we
pass not from cage to cage, but from
page to page, and it is the author we
see disporting himself, instead of the
animals. Some of the creatures In this
zoo are the sea serpent, the sala
mander, the unicorn, the gryphon, the
minotaur. This is what the author
has to say about the mermaid:
Although a fishwife in a sense,
She does not barter fish for pence.
Fisher of men, her golden nets
For foolish sailormen she sets.
All day she combs her hair and longs
For dimpled feet and curling tongs.
All night she dreams in ocean caves
Of low tide shoes and Marcel waves.
And while the fishwife, making sales,
May sell her wares upon her scales.
The mermaid, wonderful to tell
Must wear her scales upon hersel'.
* * *
"Dickens' Children"
Jessie Wilcox Smith's drawings in
color of "Dickens' Children" (Scribners;
$1.00) will bring delight to every one
that loves children, Dickens or both.
This book, with its 10 charming plates,
is designed for Christmas and should
prove enormously popular as a gift
book. The drawings are as happy in
conception as thsy are admirable in
execution; they seem to have caught
the spirit of Boz and to have intec
preted It. The pictures include, among
others, "Tiny Tim and Bob Cratchlt on
Christmas Day," "DaVid Copperfleld
and Peggotty by the Parlour Fire."
"Little Nell and Her Grandfather at
Mrs. Jarley's and "Oliver's First
Meeting With the Artful Dodger."
#* * *
"Foot Loose and Free"
"Footloose and Free" (Outing Pub
lishing company; $1.25) is the peculiar
ly appropriate titjfe of an amusing book
by Stephen Chalmers. It tells in a
spirited fashion the experiences, during
six adventurous weeks, of a chap who
rebels against the restraints of a city
clerk's life. He doesn't see "why in
thunder a young man, healthy, young,
red blooded and with $247 salted away
should stay harnessed to a desk when
every thermometer is light headed and
the whole world is his for his taking."
So he starts out, determined "to hike
for the other side of beyond," and
takes passage on the Hesperides. bound
for Southampton and touching, en
route, at Jamaica, Panama, Venezuela,
Trinidad, Barbados, the Azores and
Cherbourg. Thus he becomes "a vaga
bond on the face of the earth and the
blue waters." The reader will follow
Mr. Chalmers' sprightly account of his
adventures with real enjoyment.
* # *
"Opera Stories"
Henry L. Mason has issued a book of
"Opera Stories," in which the synopses
of 132 operas are given in brief form.
The purpose of the handbook is to put
at the disposal of readers the argu
ments of all the well known operas in
a form that will render recourse to the
complete librettos unnecessary. The
book includes such recent works as
"Der Rosenkavalller" of Richard
Strauss and "Ysobel," by Mascagnl. A
number of portraits of famous operatic
artists are given. More knowledge of
book making would have placed the
names of the composers with the text
of each synopsis. The names occur
only in an index, the removal of which
from the book would render the latter
useless.
* * #
An Admirable "Textbook
Any teacher or student who will take
the trouble to examine "Illustrated
Lessons in Composition and Rhetoric,"
by Erie E. Clippinger (Sliver Burdett
& Co.) will recognize its superior
qualities and originality at a glance.
There is proof of rare good judgment
In all divisions of the work, which
contains much that is not usually In
cluded in books of the kind. It is sel
dom that a textbook Is found distin
guished by so many evidences of good
taste or one that makes a stronger, a
mors instantaneous or a more favor
able impression.
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"The Mary Francis Coot Book, by Jans B.
Fryer; John C. Winston. Philadelphia.
"The Launch Boy's (Sruise is the Deerfoot,"
by Edward E. Ellea; John C. WiMton, Philadel
phia.
"The Ranch Girl's Pot of Gold," by Margaret
Vandereook; John C Winston, Philadelphia.
"Rhymes of Eld," by Herbert Ferguson; Sher
man, French & Co.. Boston.
"The Launch Boy* Adventures In Northern
Waters," by Edward E. Elles; John C. Wioston,
Philadelphia.
"Serena and Samantha," by Rose K. Ballet;
Sherman. French & Co.. Boston.
"Bethlehem Bells," by D. J. lloadley; Sher
man, French A Co.. Boston.
"The Minor Chord," by Joe Mitchell; Chappie
Publishing company, Boston.
"A Mexican Journey." by E. B. Bllchfelt;
Thomas V. trowel 1, New York.
"A Little Book of Christmas." by John. Ken
drlck Bangs; Little, Brown & Co., Boston.
"A Book of Comfort," by J. R. Miller; Thomas
Y. Crow ell. New York.
"Mellndy." by Stella George gtern Perry; Mof
fat, Yard & Co., New York.
"Mrs. Perryman's Christmas- Eve," by Francis
S. Porclier; Rellly & Britton company, Chicago.
• "The Lady and Sada San," by Frances Little;
the Century company. New Fork.
"The Work of the Bond House," by L. Cham
berlain; Moody's Magazine. New York.
"The New Industrial Day." by William C.
Redfield; the Century company. New York.
•By-Paths in Collecting." by Virginia Roble;
the Century company. New York.
"Everybody's St. Francis," by Maurice F.
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