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Bom* Examples of Humor in Cur rent Fiction. -HE CRUISE OF THE VIOIjETTA. By Arthur Colton. too. rr vlli. 213. Henry Holt & Co. yEHKIXS OF PORTLAND PERKINS THE * OREAT. By Ell!» Parker Butler. lllustr_ied. lino. PP PR. Boston: Herbert B. Turner & Co. •THE BATOR BABY. By Ellis Parker But ler. Illustrated by May Wilson Preston. Umo pp. v, ;:: Funk A Wagnalls Company. THE TKTALP OF COMMANDER M'TURK. By C J. Catcllffe Hyne. I2mo, pp. 367. E. P. Dut ton * OS. T HE AMULET. By« Charles Egbert Craddock. ISao. pp. 346. The Macmillan Company. •THE COUNTY KOAD. By Alice Brown. 12mo, pp. Si: HouKhton. Mlrnin & Co. THE CATTLE BARON'S DAUGHTER. By H«r elfl Blnlo*i. Illustrated. 12mo, pp. vlli. 867. Frederick A. Stokes & Co. Huasor. like everything- else, is a marketable eomraodity nowadays, and it is always turning nj> in our fiction. Sometimes it is funny. There are genuine laughs to be got out a book like the one we were reviewing in this place a week a&>~>. -Seeing France with Uncle John." When the lEUg-'- fails to come off. it is. more often than sot. for the reason that the humorist ha? relied ♦oo much upon that faculty of exaggeration which all Americans are supposed to use when they Crack a joke. The typical funny story of the day is the story that is utterly preposterous. It 1. written with exemplary resolution, with .j» 2 g£rlns zeal in the Invention of absurd inci dent and the development of fantastic phrases; but now and thon we find ourselves wishing for tumor of a more personal, more original, char £ rt?r in the books that E.re pant to amuse. Take, for example. "The Cruise of the Vloletta." Mr. Colton starts with a droll enough motive. The heroine of his book Is an elderly widow wh>>. _ f.ndln^ erseli possessed of wealth, concludes to roam the seas m a yacht fitted up with all the comforts of her old home in Potterville, Ohio. £ae !s as natter of fact as is one of her own rocking chairs, but she is. withal, a woman of wonderful resources. She picks up two gentle cien In the course- of her travels. They are overhauled by some burlesque revolutionists. Her gue?ts are rather at a loss, but Mrs. Mink knows what to do. Sh« gives the enemy doc tored coffee to (Mink. ties the enemy, puts the en«n7 ashore and strolls off with the enemy's teat. For a little while Mr. Coltor. makes this sort of thiris funny. Thon. unhappily, such ele ments of genuine humor a~ he can claim take Cight. ar.d he falls back upon mere exaggera tion. "The Cruise of the Violetta" is just funny tno-jph to make us resr^t that ■• is not steadily funnier. The author of "Perkins of Portland" weakens In the same way. There Is comicality in the idea of an advertising genius whose gifts are really adequate to turning th>e world upside tofcn. We are bound to smile over "Perkins's Paper Porous Planter." There is fun. too. in the situation in which Mr. Silas Boggs found timsclf after he had allowed Perkins to Ftorm nankind with his advertisements of "The Cele brated -Eared Andalusian Guinea-Piss." But before «re have got very far into this book wo hear the machinery creaking, and some effort is required to get through »li of the stories, Mr. Butler has better luck with "The Incubator Eaby." ...... sketch an excellent satiri cal point is handled with capital playfulness, and the idea is worked out with weariness to th« erA Th<? humor here is spontaneous. Th^re is very quiet, demure humor In Mr. Cutliffe Hyne's new book. "The Trials of Com niandc-r IfcTark." It is nominally a book of r.d ver.ture. one of those collections of short stories In which a clever man is subjected to the chances of one perilous episode after another. Commander McTurk is an officer of the United States n&vy, temporarily detached from service lor saving shown more ardor than discretion trhen on duty. He is occupied, when we make ils acquaintance, in tackling more or less tick lish jobs on his own hook. He is ready for a! sost any enterprise, to run a blockade, to an lex an island, to do whatever may bring him excitement and. Incidentally, draw the attention of the government which has his undying devo tion This smacks of the kind of entertainment list the author gave us In his "Captain Kettle" etorleF, and the book has undoubtedly gome picturesque dramatic moments. But its interest i* ft"* in great measure to the author's humor ous portrayal of his hero. McTurk Is one of the Sliest figures Imaginable, a tall, lanky indi vidual, who?? face has a way of covering itself Trith wrinkles, beneath the shadow of a des perately obvious wig. When this paragon, m maculately dressed, is not risking his life In ex traordinary ■chemes, he Is painting atrocious tapresslor.lstic landscapes. We follow him part ly for the sake of his adventures, but we are al ways gazing with amused wonder upon his bizarre personality. McTurk i? exaggerated, of course. An Ames-can naval officer even remote ly reserr.blins him is unthinkable. This time. however, exaggeration serves very well. 'The Amulet," though It has the bulk of a novel. Is scarcely more than a short story ex panded. Miss Murfree, going back once more to the Great Smoky Mountains, which she has drawn with so much affactlcn in her stories, cses them as a background for a slender ro aar.->- In the eighteenth century. Her heroine. tie daughter of an English officer, is living with her father and aunt at Fort Prince George, with Indians all about them. Two young soldiers are !a love with her. and as soon as this fact is made perceptible the reader prepares himself for fiuch surprises es are apt to spring from rivalries In fiction. Hope is In vain. The nar rative proceeds at a leisurely pace, and next to nothing happens. Of course, the heroine has ultimately to make a decision, and her making it counts for something, but there is so little of plot, cf action and, what is worse, of character, to had up to the event, that one reads on in a mood of languid indifference. The amulet which Elves the book its title is made the excuse for t*o fairly picturesque scenes. Beyond these we tzi nothing that is of any moment. Miss Mur *!■**■ has 04 • -red more than three hundred pages StOsoat persuading us that ehe has anything that is new or interesting to say. The stories in Miss Allcfl Brown's book, "The County Road," describe New England types of th« homespun Bort, types of plain living and *";,'t feeling. On the very first page we are tola that "Abigail Bennett stood by the kitchen table, her mixing bowl before her. She hummed «■ little under her breath, as Bho paused, con- Mstteg what to make. There were eggs on tte table. in a round, comfortable basket that fcaS held eucceßsions of eggß for twenty years." •<Hiwe say more? Every one knows the kind °* sicry that Is going to be told when the be •lu.i:.^ hi thus set forth. Yet if Miss Brown ■•* material which has been exploited ad **£**am by scores of American writers in the l*st fifteen or twenty years, she has, at any *"«. a clncertty and a skill which lift her work ti «ye the humdrum plane. Her simple folk k*Vfc hearts, and she wins our sympathy for til «a. Her sentiment rings true. The pathos ■* some of these stories is genuinely moving. *• like, too, the author's firm and clear touch 81 ra*tt«. re of detail, and her brevity. Her ret lotr ' t - tray studies are true to human nature, "^ it their workmanship they suggest an ar °«Ue conscience. ""» Cattle Baron's Daughter" is a romance J* the contest between the stockmen and the **ae*tea4e re , in which an active part is taken "* ttt Eastern-bred daughter of one of the ****** Barons Her natural sympathies are **& tb* herdtrs, but her affections are with *• fclraott too p*rf.«ct youn# i»^i»»r oX the men who come to claim their share of the land usurped by the Cattle Truct. The tale Is full of action, of midnight rides, of fights anfl lynchlngs. and the war between the oppoßlr.g factions finds its echo in the heart of the heroine. Logically and historically, as well as romantically, there can be but one determina tion of such a conflict. In spite of a tendency to the melodramatic in his construction and in the descriptions of the episodes that go to make up the story, the author succeeds in giving, in the main, a truthful picture of the events leading up to the limitation of the Powers of the men who '.ong monopolized the prairies. GEROXIMO. The Apache Chieftain from His Own Point of View. GERONIXIO'S story OF HIS LIFE. Taken Down and Edited by S. M. Barrett. With thir teen illustrations from photographs. 12mo. pp. xxviii. 216. DuffieM & Co. President Roosevelt has manifested a broad minded lenity a.nd at the same time a sagacious judgment in authorizing the publication of the present volume, in which the once dangerous and loner guarded Apache chieftain seeks to Justify his past conduct by relating the story of his ngaicary career. It is difficult to see on what sufficient grounds the officials of the War Department and the officers of the army 7 who opposed the printing of the book based their objections to it. The captive Indian, indeed, in dulges in occasional criticisms of the conduct of ih«^s« to whose active interposition is due his own present innocuous inaetiv:;y. He accusi b • neral Crook and Gencri 1 .: Milea of unl.'.T dealing in securing his submission and of failure to carry out the terms of his surrender. The reputations ot the:;e pentlemen are not likely to puffer untie- the animadversions of so Interested ;; party to a compact which has placed a perma nent restraint upon his ferine impulses. Readipg the accounts of the remorseless rald3 conduct* I by the revengeful Apache upon Mexican and American settlers, traders and travellers, a:: set clown in his own words by a faithful chronicler, the ordinary citizon will be likely to hold Geronimo as fortunate beyond his deserts in In ing granted his life — even at the expense of his liberty — in which to repent him of his misdeeds. His autobiography, although record ins his conversion to Christianity, is evider.ee th . . - ■ :'..!•. ht- lias failed to ava.il himself of the opportunity. In his sHf-paint^ci r^rtrait Geronir.in stands revealed as an unreconstructed sax-age, incapa asstmilatuig the most elementary notion? of the civilized state. For example, he tells of a treaty of peace entered into between the Apaches and the inhabitants o* Ca?a Grande, and of how troops from another town attacked the Indians while they were trading with the Mexicans. The transcriber feels compelled to explain in a foot note that "It is impossible to get Geronimo to understand that fhope troops served the genera! government instead of any particular town. He still thinks each town independent and each city rate tribe. He cannot understand the re lation of cities to the ceneral government." He as to this day faithful to the Apache idea which "rtcognized no duties to any man outside their tribe. Tr va<= no sin to kill enemies or to rob them." "Warfare, moreover, even of the most private and predatory nature, was Invested with a sacred character. A spirit of religious fanati cism added an element of fury to the naturally ferocious Instincts of these American lehmaels. According to Mr. Barrett: From the moment the command for war Is given with the Apaches everything assume*" a religious guise. Th*> manner of camping, cooking, etc.. Is exactly prescribed. Every object pertaining to war is called by its sacred name, as if, for instance. in English, one should Bay. not horse, but war horse or charger, not unraw, but missile of death.' The Indian is not ■rail'-il by his ordinary name, but by a sacred name to which is subjoined "brave" or "chief." 'Si?*? the ease may be. Geronimo's sacred "war name was Go-khla-yeh. He was first called Geronlmo by the Mexicans at the fight at "Kas-ki-yeh" in ISSB, and he has been known by it among both Indians and white men ever since. *~"^ This is not the place to enter upon a gen eral consideration of the relations between the redman and the .^jhite. It is 'not a pleasant chapter In American history — nor one in which the blame for conditions extending over four centuries Is to b^'lizhtly apportioned, either to one side or to the -other. It is apparent that Geronimo believed 5 that he had just cause for grievance and reason to distrust the white man's word. This much must be granted, but the indiscriminate manner In which he sought retaliation for his injuries in the wholesale slaughter and robbery of Innocent individuals marked him as a man too dangerous to the wel fare of the community to be allowed to go at large, whatever warrant he may have had, or may etil! have, for regarding himself as the vic tim of Injustice. His persistent attitude Is well expressed ty himself in a single sentence: "All the other Apaches were satisfied after the battle of 'Kaa-ki-yeh,' but I etlll desired more re venge." If. however. Geronimo 1s not likely to pain much sympathy for himself by his vivid nar rative of his tempestuous and bellicose life, his autobiography is valuable alike for the insight it affords into Indian character, for Its descrip tions of Apache customs and as a contribu tion to the folklore of his race. He begins his etory with an interesting legend of the origin of the Apaches, and follows with an explana tion of the constitution of tho tribe and of its separation into six subdivisions. It is perhaps significant that "the Apaches did not s^iok the peace pipe unless it was proposed by some other Indians." Although great smokers, they had no large pipes, but usually "smoked cigar ettes mad© by rolling the tobacco in oak leaves." Tnmarrled women were not prohibited from smoking, "but were considered Immodest if they did bo." The Apaches do not keep ihe scalps that they take, but cast them away after they have grraced the ceremonial dance of victory. To retain them would be considered as 'defil ing." Geronimo states that "some of the Ind ians were skilled in cutting out bullets, arrow heads and other missiles with which warrior* were wounded. I myself have done much of this, using a common dirk or butcher knife." The old chief's dexterity in such rough and ready surgery. Mr. Barrett declares, is the only .foundation for the report sometimes circu lated that he was a "medicine man." Geronimo has always held General O. O. Howard in high esteem. "We could have lived forever at peace with him." he asserts. "If there Is any pure, honest white man in the United States Army, that man is General Howard. All the Indian* respect him." It appears that there axe people who regard the invention of printing as a very much quali fied boon. "What will be asked." says "The Pall Mall Gazette," "when the printing press and the popular library are put upon their trial, la whether they heve not weakened the authority of good literature. ... It Is. doubtless, very proper to ask If public libraries are to be consid ered as salting institutions, or as mere dumping grounds for the false, dull, sentimental and clap trap literature which a generation of unformed tastes consumes with unparalleled avidity. But there will bo no clear decision as to that question until our critics preach the truth more boldly tbfct a worth/ literature la not and cover ■.—. be NEW- YORK DAILY TRIBUTE. SATT T RDAY. OCTOBER 27. 1906. All books 01 all publishers (our own. \>J coiirsa in cluded). £• P. Dutton '& Co.» 31 Weal Twenty-third Strt^- democratic. Literature must assert its ancient dignity: tho liters soripta which is to remain demands, nowaday; . ;\ much more energetic scorn of th>» iitera scripts; which is to perish." ROMANTIC PROVENCE. A Woman's Book About Trouba dour Land. ROMANTIC CITIES OF PROVENCE. By Mona <"nirfl. Illustrated from sketches by Joseph Pennell and E'lvr»rd M. Syn^e. Svo. pp. 416 Imported by Charles Scribner's Sons. A "wondrous land of Sun and Wind and Dream"— that is what Mrs. Caird, in her pref ace, calls Provence. As for its external feature*. she admits that they are not attractive. "A wide plain bounded by mountains of moderate height and an insignificant chain of bare lime-. stone hills (the Alpilles); cities, ancient. indeed. but .small, shabby, not too clran. with dingy old hotels, and no particular advantages of situa tion — such a deseiiption of Provence would be accurate lor those who are not among its en- thusiastß." Mrs. Catrt is frankly an enthusiast .; of believing that in Provence won? I »m an I fostered "th re iti - nis. the unwrit ten laws and traditions on which i* nuiit ali that v.-c underptand by civilized life," and in the body of her book she has essayed to re-create II which the history and the romance ami nyslcal features of liie country cast upon its lovers. This is not a book of travel, though In it are incorporated some notes of a long past journey. The author has no great gift of humor, such eprlghtllness as she attempts to put into her text being of a conventional sort. The pleasant ness of her work lies chiefly in its desultory glimpses of the picturesque mediaeval figures, the dramatic happenings, the oirttime ideas and customs and the strange legends of the region; and if in fulness and vividness she leaves much to seek she at least covers a wide ground in description and allusion. One might guess, be fore turning her pages, that a writer who has strong convictions on the Woman Question would naturally have a great deal to say about the rise of the Troubadour?, the birth of Chival ry and the consequent prodigious change In the status of women. She deals with these sub jects, indeed, in an earnest and enthusiastic spirit, making judicious selections of illustra tion and authorities. In a lighter vein she re peats the legend of Martha, the gentle saint, who, by force of her "sweet reasonableness." tamed the terrible dragon beast, the Taxasque, and led it by a silken corn through the streets of Tarascon. The yearly procession In honor of Saint Martha, which King Rene instituted, has always had a ferocious Tarasque as its chief ornament, and the people accompanying it sang loudly the "Lagagdigadeu," the chant invented by that good King Rene: Lagagdlgadeu ! La Tarasco! Lagagdigadeu! La Tarasco! De Casteu! Lalssas la pa?sa. La vieio masco! Laissas la passa — Che val la n?a. And the Tarasque wags his tall (a straight beam, be it remembered), and overturns some of the crowd. And the people are delighted with the prowess of their beast. The pride of Tarascon in this "fearful wild fowl" is such that the traveller is expected to visit it in the sort of large stable in which it 1? kept under locic and key. Laughter was out of keeping with the occasion; our poor oocher would have been cut to the heart, but it was hard work to behave decorously. Out of an old-Dutch-master gloom of background loomed forth a grotesquely terrible monster, whose proper sphere was certainly the pantomime. .Enor mous red-rimmed eyes stared ferociously at the intruders from a round, catlike face rayed With bristling white whiskers. There was also a touch if hippopotamus in the cast of countenance, only it lacked the sweeter expression of that more philosophic beast The creature had evidently had a new coat of paint— black, with red facings— the huge body was beautifully glossy. "L;-. voila, la tarasquel" said our coachman, with pardonable pride. We hesitated In our comments. Barbara, rather from lack of familiarity with the nuances of the language than from any want of frankness, mur mured something about "tres jolle": and Tart.".-::! said, "En effet, madame. mala on devait la volr quand on fait !e tour de la ville au jour de fete, rnals e'est epatant!" "Je le crois bien." I murmured appreciatively. Tartarin suggested that we might like to see the rest of the animal before leaving, and so we made the round (he extended far into the depths of his gloomy dwelling), admiring the poso and the noble proportions of the creature— ther like an old fashioned locomotive— and the formidable nature of the talk Then we felt that without indiscretion we misht depart. As we drove off we caught a last glim] Be of that, unspeakably ridiculous beast, who stood glaring at nothing in the darkness and steadily ferocious to the last. Then the great doors were swung ether, and the pride of Tarascon was hidden iron: our view. Ore could but laugh, and yet that absurd effigy was the representative of the beginnings of our history aF a race! The Christian version of the story is of yester day: the arrival of the saints on the shore of pagan Gaul and the conversion of Tarascon to the new faith by St. Martha. Some trace the legend to Phrenician ■•■-.... more frequently the animal is regarded as a Celtic deity or demon, and there are stories of Hercules nr.d a giant named Taras or Tauriskos— the classic form of the tradi tion. Ir: any ease, it belongs to the Twilight of the Gods nnd if one could really trace the family tree of that Mongrel monster to Its root? one would possibly acquire a good deal of knowledge that would startle archaeologists LOVELY MELISANDE. Her Hard "Hearted nnd Expensive Ways. Mr. E. V. Lucas has been added to the long list of literary men who have been unable to withstand the beguiling loveliness of the cat tribe. He has Indulged himself In the acquisi tion of a beautiful blue Persian, a cat which he has found even more unsatisfactory than the generality of her selfish kind. "Her life," he Bays In the London "Outlook," "is more reso lutely detached from that of her owners; her return for any kindness that is shown her is even less spontaneous and noticeable." This cat began her career of tyranny by making us walk five miles instead of two at th- "rd of a tiring day. but a houseful of beautiful wild creatures, blue and eluKive as wood smoke wla compensation enough. Melisande (as vie will nail her here) was one of them, and her second act of tyranny was to make us pay far too much fur her or at any rate, more than l could afford Her third waa to cat an expensive cold, her 'fourth to have an expensive consort, and her fifth to have four expensive and delicate children. What their delicacy cost I have no notion, but there! a firm of veterinary surgeons whose books would tell. For these kittens. I may remark, Mellsande care.l nothing, and it is no exaggeration to say that her first display of anything like affection for her mistress coincided with the departure of the last of her family, bound for a neighboring chemist who puts an end to unfortunate animals at » shilling a head. Nothing in life indeed so became these kittens as their departure from It, for nona of their medicaments to keep them aliv« had cost so little as this extremely reasonable coup do grace. We were soon to discover, however, that Meli sande's callous treatment of her first children rt> eulted less from the want of maternal feeling than from a deep rooted and almost passionate radii ism that led her to desire by any means to de base her blood end to despise everything that was of squally high Unease. For her long pedigree now reposing In my desk (which goes back even to Darius) aha cared leas than nothing:. She be lieved In the people and was prepared to back h«r belief— even to consorting day and night with a perfectly awful sandy oat with a permanent lUck Honks and Publications. There has been nothing since his "The Call of the Wild" at all like this story of a wolf-nature tamed, of the fight for life of men and animals with the still cold of the north, stronger than either. It is written in the same spirit of adventure as "The Call of the Wild," but **ith vastly different incidents, and even more dramatic development. By JACK LONDON, whose "The Cal! of the Wild" swept the country, a 9 an exceptional success, ''marvellously interesting," said the Times; "wholly satisfying," The New York Sun. Illustrated in colors, $1.50. Published by THE MAOMILLAN COMPANY Sixty-four and Sixty-six Fifth Aye., New York. ■muds* on his left cheek. And now she has three new kittens— jet Mack, one rather like hersell but sadly democratized, and one tabby— sne loves them to distraction. Mr Lucas's advice to Intending cat purchasers is based on the strength of his experience with Melisande. Do not, he says, buy a pure bre3 cat of great distinction. I am perhaps underrating the (esthetic pl« nsure which a blue Persian can civ-". This I know can he intense, and there are moments when Mellsanae is distractingiy lovely— as lovely as a pearl gray sea or an evening mist. Her ryes*, too. are of a burning orange unlike anything olse in nature. But although she is superlatively distinguishes in her beauty, it must be remembered that there never was a cat that could do anything ugly. Even that vile sandy cat with the smudge to whom Melisande cave her heart has the most exquisite contour?. The curves and graces of the ordinary household cat are perhaps for all practical pur poses beauty enough for a working English home, and when to these is allied B dependent, or even proprietary Interest in the human members of the family— a dallying to be scratched, a purring on the hearth, and a coaxing presence at meals in the hope of a scrap— why. then to any one who values friendliness as I do the ordinary cat be comes more to be desired than any prize winning The best cat I know at this moment lives In Northamptonshire and follows its master or mistress wherever they go about the garden and fields, just lik« a dog, only with more circum spection. Whenever they stop th« cat stops too, and perhaps leans against their lees. "U hen they go on the cat goes on too. just behind, silently. composedly, like a shadow with a waving tall. I should like a cat that would do that. Instead we have the costly Melisande, who would not lift a finger If she saw me drowning. BOOKS AND AUTHORS. Current Talk of Things Present and to Come. The curious title of Miss Elizabeth Robbins's new novel is "Come and Find Me." It is re ported that it is to run as a serial through "The Century" in the coming year. Miss Robbing is also writing a book of Esquimau fairy tales. A "limited edition, in six volumes, of Dlck ens # s uncollected writings T 1 This, under the title of "Miscellanies." is announced by a Lon don publisher. It is paid further that this edition "will include every known scrap of Dickens's not comprised in the standard edi tions, and the greater part of the contents will appear in book form for the first time." Read ers may be forgiven for feeling some incredulity as to the authenticity and the value of these scrapings. It is a pleasure to mention that th^ remark able collection of "Unknown or Lost EooUs." made by Mr. W. Voynlch. of London, has at last found a purchaser and a h">me which prom ises lasting preservation. It has been presented to a public institution In London. Sefior Martin Rico, the Spanish painter, has Just published his autobiography. He describes therein the fashion in which painting was taught in Madrid in 184">. His reminiscences go far back. ff r >r he is now an old man. Mrs. Gertrude Atherton's new novel is nearly ready for publication. It is entitled "Rezanov." The Spanish novelist Seftora Pardo Bazan has lately been appointed to the chair of litera ture at the Athenaeum of Madrid. She has not. however, laid down the pen of the novelist. Mr. Charles Marriott's first novel. "The Column " creatf-d among his readers an interest which his later books have not maintained. It is possible that in his forthcoming story. "The Remnant." lie has recaptured some of his earlier effect. "The heroine." it Is stated, "the daugh ter of a wealthy, self-made man. awakening to the evil consequence of her father's nmbition and love of power, leaves home to heerin life on a simpler basis with the man she h:is learnt to love. The scene of the story is laid in Corn wall." A forthcoming four-act play in verse has Shakespeare for a hero. Its author is Mr. W. T Saward. and it Is intimated that his treat ment of the subject throws a new light on the Bacon-Shakespeare controversy. What next in the way of folly? "Periwinkle" is the title of a novel which has been written by Miss- Lily Grant Duff, daughter of Sir Moontstuart. <Jrant Duff, the genial au thor of one of the most entertaining "Diaries" of the last half century. Some of Randolph Caldecott's most humorous sketches have been collected in two neai pa ket volume* On© contains "John Gilpin." "The Three Jovial Huntsmen" and "The Mad Dog." In the other volume an* included "The House Thai Jack Built," "Sing a s.ing of Six pence" and "The Queen of Hearts." According to the Hohenlohe memoirs. Just published, the Kaiser once gave to his uncle the Grand Duke of Baden an interesting account of his majesty's last Interview with Bismarck, after the hitter's downfall. "He was very near throw ing the inkpot at my head." the young sovereign i.-< reported to have said. Another version of the Emperor's story is to the effect that Bismarck brought his clenched list down on the tablo which divided him from the Emperor with such force as to cause the Inkstand on it to jump up a little; but the irate Chancellor was quick to apologize for his violence. An. English critic makes piteous complaint of the "unattractive heroines" who are popular just now with novelist*. "Whether readers." he says, "can be expected to read with the same pleasure of the heavy, serious, taciturn young ladies who are taking the place of the blue eyed, fair haired maidens with whom every on« fell in love at first sight Is an open question." There be novel heroines even leas attractive than tha "heavy, 8«rlouv taciturn" one, and they ara to b» found Books and Publications. READY THIS DAY Jack London's ' NEW NOVEL WIT IT *W / TT^ B^ * w"\ A Tf^ in? y S s 1 , H^ /M** i^N « w CHARLES SCRIBKEE'S SONS Pnblish To-day By the author of "The Little Shepherd of Kingdom Come" JOHN FOX, Jr.'s New Novel A KNIGHTof the CUMBERLAND Illustrated in Color. $1.00 A splendid love story, where knights of Kentucky flght for ladies' favors in a tourna ment as in an Ivanhoe of to-day. The pay ry. picturesque humor, romantic adventure and sentiment make this an inimitable story. 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Leather, $1.50 net. Cloth, tttJß The complete edition of the works of HSKBIK IBSEN This edition, which will be complete in eleven volumes, has been entirely revised and edited by WILLIAM ARCHER, who has written a new "introduction for each volume. It will be the most important and complete edition of IBSEN ever published. . Each volume $1.00 Now Ready A DOLL'S HOUSE and GHOSTS. an one volume) Ready November 3 THE VIKINGS and THE PRETENDER «m one volume) in many American books. On© is a hard, brazen, underbred, "smart" young person— and this one. straasi- to say. is much beloved by novelists — and the other is a hopeless fool, impulsive as she is Illogical. They are both bores. To Henry Francis Lyte, the author of the hymn "Abide with Me." a memorial is nearing completion in England. It takes the form of the rebuilding Of the tower of Lower Erixham Church, the church of which he was the rector. The hymn was written on the evening of the Sunday during which he officiated for the last time in the most solemn ceremonial of hia re ligion. Mr Joseph Con.-ad. we are informed, was "discovered" by Mr John Galsworthy, the Eng lish novelist and playwright. In a letter to a friend Mr. Galsworthy writes: My meeting with Conrad took place In March. 1593, on the sailing ship Torn in Adelaide har bor. He was engaged on "the weight of her bur den"—in other words. ftowing cargo— and, what wlttJ heat, worry and dirt, had th* air of a pirate. I had come aboard to choose whether I should learn navigation (for purposes of the Admiralty Bar) of him or of his captain; I promptly chose the captain. We made a voyage of two months to gether to Cape Town. Conrad's watches— he was first officer— were to me the K<sms o: the voy age. If you know him as a raconteur you will understand. He had with him then the manuscript (reluctantly produced) of about half of •'Almeypre Folly"— his first book. I am certainly the first per son connected with literature who knew Conrad in this country. On the other hand, barring eneour apement and Incitement. I had nothing 1 to do with Introducing him to literature, for my own connec tion with it did not begin till later. The Maine coast affords th- background for the new novel, "The Open Shutters," which Mrs. Clara Louise Burnham has just written, and which is published to-day by Houghton, llif flin & Co. The heroine is the orphan daughter of a ne'er-do-weel artist, who comes from her home in the West to a farm at Casco Bay. The closed shutters of an old mill in the neizh'oor hood are used to symbolize the bitter, discord ant attitude of the girl's mind; and the story treats of the influences which cause both to be opened. 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