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Literary JVetvs and Criticism.
The M'^r-rrade Motive in Current
r'ClI^D THE BRAZEN. By Cyrus Townsend
and Edward Peple. Illustrated by George
G*l*t s- 1 230 ' PP. vl. «39. MoOet. Yard A Co.
e-CHANAN-S WIFE, By # Justus Miles Fcrman.
g^Qastntefl by Will Grefe. Unto. pp. vIH, an.
Ibrper Bros.
-~rr TREASURE OF HBAVHS*. A Romance Of
By Marie CorelU. With photogravure
;*>rtrait of the author, lime. pp. via. 427. Dodd.
kead & Co.
-HE I*AI>T OF THBWSLL. By Eleanor Alex
* ss&tr- 12mo. pp. vlll. 328. Longmans, Green
A Co.
rirs BOTTOM OF THE WEL.X*. By Frederick
*"r*hara AAams. With four Illustrations in colors
irAl« O. Levy. 12mo. pp. S3. G. W. Dill-
JJlgUam Company.
•or PINK TYPHOON. By Harrison Robertson.
"Hath frontispiece illvstratlons. 16mo, pp. 196.
Charles Scrtbner's Son*.
•v,JZr Story of a Transplanted Church. By
Ames R- Wells. With eight Illustrations by
jo^phir.o Bruce. 12mo. pp. 253. Funk & Wa«
nalls Company.
"Jllcbard the Braxen" is an amusing tale. The
authors seem to have been captivated by a droll
Idea to have entered fully into Its spirit and
to have made a story out of it with light hearted
gase. To be sure, the idea Is not a new one.
TO* hero of this little romance is one more of
those Innumerable youths who have gone mas
querading in recent fiction, reserving the dis
r'.osCTe of the truth about themselves for that
fcaypy moment in which the heroine is ready to
bestow her hand and heart upon the right man.
But there is so much "go** about "Richard the
Brtzer" that we readily forgive the authors for
relying upon an ancient motive. They get a
great deal of fun out of It. Master Richard Is
th« ton of a Texan cattle king. The girl whose
life be saves and thereupon' resolves to marry
is the daughter of his father's business rival.
The two families are suddenly at daggers drawn,
tad it is obvious that the love making of Rich
art is bound to be slow. Fortunately, however,
he has the opportunity to enter the household
eJ his father's foe In the guise of a British
nobleman, and though the reader knows per
fectly well how it is all going to turn out, affairs
tie kept enveloped in mystery for the actors In
the comedy, and the reader looks on with a
chuckle. The plot, In spite of its entanglements,
moves - quickly enough toward Its pleasant
f'lmax. Th? 3 Is. In a word, a cheerful trifle,
very welcome just at the moment when the dull
season in the publishing world is coming to an
end and the march of the autumn books is
TTfth nil Ha variety of Incident, its mystery
tea its Intricacy of plot. Mr. Forman's latest
novel is one of those tales which the reader
feel? ire, afttr all, really only beginnine when
the author cuts them short. The situation that
forte* tfc* climax in this instance is rearh«"l
taglilma'.f-iy enough, and caps the story bo far
M told. But what the life of the hero and
heroine is likely to be. In view of the disclosures
of that situation, opens up a problem which
mlgfct well form the subject of another novel
ouch better worth the t\riting. However, one
may be relieved to believe Mr. Forman will not
be moved to write it. The book tells of the
mjtterkms disappearance of a wealthy gentle
man of a morose, malicious and retiring disposi
tion, who has somehow acquired a young, beau
flffll and charming wife. She Is In love with
toother ir.an— a perfect paragon. The compil
ations which ensue, and which we are not
Jsstifle''! in revealing, could only occur between
two persons who were, as the author is at pains
to explain, totally devoid of a sense of humor.
Tte tale is terribly Intense without being in
u» least probable. Its moral Is apparently that
love, uue love, love devoid of any sense of
hoaor, net only condones but Justifies any
There Is much prattle about love in Miss
Corelli's novel, "The Treasure of Heaven," in
rhlch «re also flnd a rich man disguising himself
Ei»i strolling out Into the wide, wide world in
the hope that he may thus settle the problem of
existence. Apparently the masquerade motive
is epidemic just now. In '•Richard the Brazen"
U makes for gayety. Mr. Forman turns it to
soaiire purpose. In Miss Corelli's hands It
yields fustian. The hero of this book is a ven
erable millionaire whose heart Is nearly broken
because Love has not been added unto him.
This worries him dreadfully. Before the story
hae gone very far he has a serious talk with a
damsel to whom he lias been very kind. He
bonders v hat she would say If he asked her to
marry him. She confesses that nothing could
give her greater Joy. Whereupon he spurns poor
Lucy. ar»i points out that, if she had only had
th« good sense to repudiate his "absurd and
unnatural proposition." he would have made her
hit cole heiress. Naturally she Is inclined to
tear the old gentleman limb from limb. How
ever, he survives her wrath, and. putting on the
dothes of a tramp, goes to look for such happi
ness as a tramp may find on the English coun
trysia*. He finds it In solid chunks. The poor
•nd lowly are as kind to him as though they had
•feppei out of stained glass windows. To throw
ttielr goodness Into higher relief two wicked
noblemen are Introduced, travellers in a wicked
automobile. With the brutality of the worst
toys of the Roman Empire they slay a harmless
<"bild upon the highway and pursue their inal«
odorous course, not even looking behind to see
Whether or not they have left the infant welter
ing in its gore. But destiny Is at their heels.
The poor father of the mangled infant appears
upon the scene, convicts them of their guilt out
of their own mouths, and then Jabs the wickeder
of the noblemen In the throat with a clasp knife
until be miserably dies. Meanwhile our million
aire tramp looks on In anguish, and Is presently
Sled to find himself in the hands of a young
woman, who tenderly nurses him through the
illness brought on by the shock to hit nerves.
Ph<! is a sweet creature, this nurse, and. of
coarse, poor. So is her lover. Was there ever
»urn a chance for an unhappy millionaire? The
<me In this book secretly draws up a will leaving
'everything he possesses to his benefactress, and
then pathetically turns up his toes to the daisies.
Th's ought to be the climax, but Miss Corelli
know what «he is about. The heiress annoys
her lover excessively by being, all of a sudden.
fo absurdly prosperous. He talks to her with
positive asperity. That is enough for Mary.
Bhe flies to "a rocky platform overhanging the
see," and there "murmurs plaintively" before
she takes farewell of he;- Angus and her mill
ions. And what does Angus do at this thrilling
moment? Gentle reader, you may find out by
buying a copy of "The Treasure of Heaven,"
and you will get. Into the bargain, a frontispiece
portrait of the author.
A tale of Guelf and Ghibelline. of doughty
deeds and men at arms, of troubadours and jon
gleur*, of Saracens and a sorceress, of monks
and kings and dames of high degree— such is
the tale that Eleanor Alexander tells in "The
Lady of the Well." Th« volume gains its title
from the reflection beheld in a pool by the hero,
v.ho, N'arclssue-like, beholds mirrored there
beside hi* own features those of a beautiful
woman, who eludes him when he attempts to
view her In the flesh. Captured as a spy (which
be Incidentally is), he proves himself a true
trou iwJour by the ser.g he composes on the in
ciatfit Just described. Who the lady was and
hoy.- the hero came In time to win her ire learn
©n!y jifte-r going through many chapters of
lively ivd ventures ana misplaced love-making.
Thci litter %a* a sufficient sense of humor to
l»risnt her tale from becoming grotesque; she
••lies In a sprightly stylo and with a knowl
«*«• of Italian hlfcory that produces the effect,
at least, of atmosphere.
It to quite a different kind of well which Mr.
Atoms writes about In his very modern novel
or mystery, crime and anarchy. The "well" Is
a room, in an East Side saloon, which reaches
from the ground floor to the roof and is the
resort of a mixed company of ex-smugglers,
newspaper men, men about town, socialists, an
archists and labor leaders. The hero is a young
nan who was taken as a lad from an American
smuggling schooner in the West Indies by a
British revenue cutter, and who was adopted by
and became the heir of an English baronet.
oming to America, he discards his title, studies
law, devotes his talents to the defence of strik
ers, and falls in love with the daughter of a
wealthy manufacturer. In the "well." of which
he becomes a frequenter, two of his anarchist
mends and clients concoct a plot against the
life of the man whose son-in-law he aspires to
be. The complications which follow are of a
highly sensational order, and depend for their
interest more upon the author's ingenuity of
construction than upon any resemblance they
bear to actual life.
"The Pink Typhoon" is an automobile story,
which is best described by the overworked ad
jective "dainty." It tells of a series of rides
taken by a middle aged bachelor in company
with two children and the young woman who
has the care of them. Incidental to the descrip
tion of the scenery and the accidents which
befall the motor car (from which the tyro may
gain helpful suggestions as to the manage
ment of his new automobile), a placid love story
■is developed. The tale, such as it is. Is pleas
antly told, and will make an agreeable ham
mock companion for a summer afternoon.
Amos R. Wells admits that his story of a
"Transplanted Church" is only a fable, and its
moral is that the poor deserve and would wel
come as flue church accommodations as only
the wealthy can afford. The handsome edifice
belonging to a wealthy congregation la myste
riously transported at night to the slums, and
results in a tremendous social awakening.
The volume is a sermon preached in the
form of fiction, and its lesson is well brought
out. Mr. Wells having the good sense to recog
nize that the experiment which he relates would
be only partly successful, even if it were
approximately possible. A love story, not very
expertly handled, running through the ecclesi
astical incidents, gives the touch of romance
that Justifies the classification of the volume as a
I novel.
A Warm Defence of American
Social Ideals.
■ — — — . »
Western View of Eastern Civilization. By \VIU
m»- ii n 5? Bryan. 16mo. pp. vill. 97. McClure.
Phillips & Co.
When Mr. G. L. Dickinson published, anony
mously some three years ago • his "Letters from
a Chinese Official," the book attracted some at
tention as a clever, and. in some respects, plaus
ible commentary on our modern life. The rise
of Japan has of late years prepared many of us
to look for great things In the East, and nof a
few individuals have developed an exaggerated
notion of the limitations of the West. Mr. Dick
inson's piquant little study, for example, has
been taken so seriously in some Quarters that
cooler critics have been moved to smile. It
seems to have made an excessively «Jeep im
pression upon Mr. Bryan, and his reply to it.
which has Just been published, suggests the
breaking of a butterfly upon a wheel. Writing
before he had learned, what every one now
knows, that the '"Chinese Official" is really an
English scholar, he argued with the supposititious
Oriental in most energetic mood. Nevertheless,
these pages are acceptable as embodying a kind
of confession of faith in admirable form.
'Sir. Bryan is a lucid writer. He knows what
he wants to say and he goes straight to the
point. His argumentative powers come out well
upon this occasion. He has no difficulty in
showing where Mr. Dickinson overrated Chi
nese civilization and underrated that of the
— there were, in&eed. no great difficulties
to be overcome — and the clearness and terseness
of his presentation of the matter demand appre
ciation. Perhaps the best of the eight chapters
in the book are those which relate to the China
man's boasted policy of isolation and to the
importance of labor saving machinery to the
best interests of mankind. In the one case
Mr. Bryan lays great stress on the fact that
"what the world needs more than anything else
is sympathy— sympathy between man and man,
sympathy between class and class, sympathy
between community and community, sympathy
between nation and nation." In commending
the labor saving machinery to the East he ad
vances his point after the following fashion:
If the invention of a labor saving machine is
hurtful, then China has not only sinned, but has
boasted of her sins, for she has plumed herself upon
being in advance of the West in several impqrtant
inventions, chief among which may be mentioned
the printing press. What m army of men might
have been employed copying the books published
each year and the magazines published each month,
and the newspapers published each day, but for the
Invention of movable type! Th«? only flaw in the
argument is that the books, magazines and papers
would not have existed to any great extent but for
the printing press. . . . The number or men en
gaged in transportation lias been increased rather
than diminished by the utilization of steam. But
why should the owner of a sailboat object to the
vessel propelled by Bream? The sail itself is a labor
saving machine, probably one of the first. Who
gave thfl sailors permission to dispense with a mul
titude of oarsmen and turn their work over to the
strong arms of Boreas? Why should the teamster
find fault with the locomotive? What moral right
had lie to enforce idleness upon a dozen men by
substituting a cunningly wrought wagon for their
strong backs? Even the wheelbarrow, which is om
nipresent in China. is a petty thief, stealing- oppor
tunity to work from those who but for the inventor
might be bearing its burdens. And what shall we
Bay of the pole, employed everywhere in the Orient,
which enables a workman to carry several buckets
or baskets when he might otherwise be making sev
eral trips with lighter burdens? If to minimize the
labor necessary for a given task is a sin, how can
your people hope to es:-ap« cersure? I saw them
digging up the ground with implements of iron
which had been fashioned for the express purpose
of supplementing the muscles of the framer; I saw
them cutting grain with sickles when more labor
might have been"V*mployed by breaking the straws
by hand; and, that the blame may not rest entirely
upon those who toil outdoors, let me remind you
that I saw Vims at work, relentlessly robbing those
who might have made jloth by Blower processes.
By what logic do you prov« that inventions were
good in so far as they nave been employed in
China and bad when they go a step further? Or
do you censure ail inventions alike and counsel a
return to the most primitive form of life where men
and women live like animals, wearing the garb that
nature gava them and scorning the use of tools?
The passage is characteristic. It contains
nothing new or brilliant, but it puts the point
in a sufficiently effective manner, taking tho
obvious advantage of the obvious openings
offered by Mr. Dickinson. In other chapters Mr.
Bryan treats of questions of government, of
home life, of International responsibilities and
of religion.
Current Talk About Things Pres
ent ami to Come.
"The Complete Poems of Edward Rowland
Sill," collected for the first time in one volume
at a popular price, is one of the interesting full
announcements of Houghton. Mlfflln & Co. The
«ame houeo is bringing out •Shakespeare^Com
plete Works" in the one volume Canfl>ri.ig«
Poets Series.
Only a year or two ago some one was setting
forth in print the love story of Sir Thomas Law
rence. Now we are to have further glimpse*
Books and Puhlicaliorut.
"A Masterpiece"
the conclusion reached by the London critics of
Amonp: their comments ;ire :
"Mr. Churchill lias more of the epic quality perhaps than any writer now living. . . .
In CONISTOX there is not a page without its interest, " color and significance, and all
contributory to that unity of character and meaning which decides for a work of art the
question of permanence."
"CONISTON is a work of high order. It is distinctly tin- m<>.st iiuman ami moving
novel Mr. Churchill has written. . . . Kxceptionally real, vivid, true and alive/' — The
Record-Herald, Chicago.
'Mr. Churchill sees broadly — Insgrpsp nns big as Tf all Caincs. ... In these re-
v spects he may fitly be compared to Thackeray." The Evening Post. New York.
Are typiciil comments imm American critics on
September SwRIoNtL/fC
¥ol\t\ Fox, Jr.
% \*# M. M.JL M. JL wi&y iJL •
A J{night of the Cumberland
A lurauUc »t*i-r of io»fi »nd vitientnr<> I:. th«
wild r«ußlr)> of the Southern mountaineer
Some Highly Interesting Features of the 4 Fall Numbers:
More Rebecca Stories by KATE DOUGLAS WIGGIN
Automobile Travel in Europe, by Henry Norman
Washington in the Hands of the British
Washington in JacKson's Time
Stories by Tames B. Connolly, Mary R. S. Andrews, Seweil
Ford, Jesse Lynch Williams, and Others. Beautiful
Send one dollar and Hava Ihsie issues, including the )>«nu
tiful Chriitmai number, delivered on day* *f publication
into the painter's private life. Mr. G. 6. Layard
is editing a volume to be called "Sir Thomas
Lawrence's Letter-Bag." It will contain recol
lections by Elizabeth Croft, hitherto unpublished,
and it will be fully illustrated with portraits and
other pictures.
The two volume edition of W. B. Teats'e
poem*, which the Macmlllan Company will pub
lish this autumn, will contain the entire work*
In verse of the Ir!sh poet. The first volume will
be devoted to lyrics and miscellaneous poems
and the second volume will contain his dramas,
"The Countess Cathleen," "The Land of Heart's
Desire." "The King's Threshold." "On Baile's ,
Strand" and "The Shadowy Waters.'
Oh, youth, oh. Joy. oh, ye gods and little
fishes! Let us gather round Mr. Edward
Thomas. We never heard of him before, but he
has great things to tell us. He tells them m I
the London "Tribune." Mr. Hilaire Belloc sup- j
plying the occasion for his revelations. It seem*
that upon a day Mr. Thomas and a friend of ]
his were proceeding down the street. It was in j
Oxford. All nature smiled. Presently an en
trancing uproar smote the ears of these twain.
They heard "a great voice pinging." Th^n.
A bicycle swept by. down a *tt*ep hill, guided, no
far as it was guided at all. by the spirit of the
Spring, winged by th« south wind. crowned by i»n
perb white cloud', and singing that song in a whirl
of golden du»t. "That wan B*llo<s" said my com
panion, as he lay by the roadside trembling; from
the shock of that wild career. It was Belloc; arid
it still is.
As we were Just saying:, oh. youth, oh, Joy, oh.
ye gods and little fishes!
Among the new books which Charles Scrib
ners Sons are issuing this fall Is Oliver Her
ford's "A Llttl« Book of Bores," in which th*
artist-author describes twenty-six different va
rieties of bores In picture and verse, one for
each letter of the alphabet. The series lias
been appearing serially in the pages of "Life."
Still another collection of literary extracts is
to be placed at the service of the young student,
that, lucky individual who must sometimes be
positively embarrassed by the riches. In the wsy
of textbooks, piled up around him. This time It
is to be an "Oxford Anthology of English Liter
ature," in three volumes, edited by Messrs. G. E.
and W. H. Hadow, and published by the Oxford
University Press. The first volume covens the
period from Beowulf to the Jacobean age, prose
and poetry being illustrated. The second vol
ume will embrace the development of the Eng-
lish drama, through the same space of time, and
the third will carry the record from Milton to
Tennyson and Browning.
Under the title of "Addresses of John Hay."
The Century Company will shortly publish a col
lection of twenty or more of the late statesman
author'* formal discussions of public men and
matters, written and delivered during hla later
and riper years.
A number of English scholars have formed
themselves into a "Malone Society," and will
undertake to print editions of old plays, follow
ing the beet texts. They expect to issue eight
or ten plays in a year, and they will also do
what xhey c*n to bring to light "documents and
information which may be of Interest to stu
dents of the English drama*" The scheme prom*
Books and Publications.
'""^ 9KJST i^M W
with comment by HENRI FRANTZ.
Th* recent work of a Cincinnati Artist
with comment by DAVID LLOYD.
The collection at the Metropolitan Museum described
Described by A. B. UCVETT7S.
Rare Books and Prints in Europe.
For th." Information of Tribune rrmlrrg who &ntt*e»
1..- arl»«r(l«rmi'ct» of Ibe London Book Shops In Th«
Tribune, i!,,- mode of ordering book* from abroad I*
practically the »ume «• In I hi* country. Idc1o»« for
rlgn money order or exchange inatestU .if check.
Jt,..-U« iiiny be ..r<l<Te<l by mail «nd the duty paid (•
ti,.- Post niHr-.- lii",mrtmfnt uu delivery. Catalogue*
will be a«nt free on request.
OOiJlll) (Mezzotints, Colour
Frank T.) Print* Americana, Acs,
1,8. >hafteabi*rT BOOKS. VALUABLE
Avenue. U»«d— . W. I AUTOGRAPHS, Ac
ises well, for it has behind it such scholars m
F. S. Boas. A. H.'Bullen, Henry Bradley. C. M-
Gayley. Israel Gollancz, Sidney Lee and Walter
It takes Mr. Andrew Lang to extort fun from
material which would leave others helpless* IN
believe he could be droll about a horse block, if
he chose. At all events, he makes delightful
play over a recent review of minor poetry, gayly
singing, as to the subjects of the critic.
There was Mr. Austin, and Mr. Coutts.
And Misa Amelle Rives and me!
He chortles protests that he Is a contented
minstrel, much gratified by a most friendly no
tice of no less than nine lines and a half. Casu
ally, he Indulges In this delicious aside: "Miss
Rives appears to have written a Stephen Phil
lipic of a drama on St. Augustine In his yean sj
poetry and the wild oats." Mr. Lang Is a bjbssjl
A new novel by John Galsworthy, entitled.
"The Man of Property," will be published by the
Putnams in October. It Is a story of prosperous
upper middle class London life— "the life of the
kind of people that are the pillars of the more
solid clubs, and whose handsome houses cover
the western half of London in serried rows of
i A. Radclyffe Dugmore, the nature photogra
: pher, has been snap-shotting moose along th«
Mtramlehl River. in New Brunswick, and has
secured as the result of a month's labors mot*.
| than a hundred pictures of moose life— bulls.
! cows and calves, swimming, walking, ranging
: the forest % and engaged In other domestic occu
pations. The photographs will be reproduced In
; the forthcoming number of "Count: > i.i'a in
I America."
Sept cm her
in Original Colon
By Allan OsterUnd
The Swedish Master
The Most Readable of all Magazines is the
Strand 'Magazine
"ALFS DREAM," by VV. \\ . JACOBS. Also FIVE other SHORT
and nine snappy STRAND Articles, ALL FULLY ILLUSTRATED!
Bool;* and Publication*.
MOFFAT VATtn t- -»- -r% -, -r~* - 510FFAT. TARD •
MOl comVa#y. * Xow Ready Bvcrywnere comVa>v. *
JeC/ JL v/ .O. JoL -*TL X#
Imagine two financial magnates, one a New Yorker and the other a
Texan, with a finish feud between them, and their daughter, and son, re
spectively, deeply in love but uncertain c: each ether's identities. Richard
tackles the complicated problems of Eastern finance, society and love-making
with genuine Texan fervor, and the reader sits up to finish. An uncommonly
fascinating novel. Illustrated in color by Geo*ce Gills. I2mo. Si. so
Mies Merln^ton's widely known IstPMla talent has Its fall Bering: In this finllri—
novel of the gold lined and Ice plated Northwest. The skit Is a distinct novelty in I*
tlon and is absorbing as It la witty and entertaining. It has incisive wit. brilliant Ma
loffue and a rapid suocesstoa of humorous situations.
lOastrahtd by A. Ford Pitney. Mmm, St. §9
OJLUs IT .D X w a JL'-ET
JUDGED as a story, pure and simple, "Step by Stsp" is altogether
delightful. But it is not merely a charming piece of fiction. MM
in its nature, the underlying thought shows throughout the lofty
purpose and high ideals of the author and exhales a wholesome atmosphere.
while the element of romance pervading it is both elevated and enriched
by its purity and simplicity.
Mrs. Dowr.s's recent book. "KATHERINE'S SHEAVES." so v/idely read
and endorsed, has paved the way for an enormous sale .- STEP BY STEP.
12mo. Cloth bound. Illustrated, $1,50
For sale EVERYWHERE or sent POSTPAID FREE on receipt of
price by
G. W. DILLINGHAM COMPANY, Publishers, New York
A now series of short stories by this long-time
favorite of STKAM) I! en tier .s commences in the
SEPTEMBER dumber, and hereafter Mr. .Jacobs'
stories will appeal* in no other magazine.
"Where the Apple Reddens "
(^ THE A
A Great Novel on a Burning Question
looks and Publications.
Crvnt Snvel
The Tides
ill II V gill
Illustrated in colors, 5/ so
"F-TIS plot is original, his charac
ters unusual in their vita
and in the hold they take upon the
reader's interest.— York Times
Saturday Review.
It should earnestly engage the.
attention of all novel readers.—
Philadelphia North American*

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