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prinis of Classics, and Other Holi day Publications. .; fT r editions cf cw>fl books, which the pub vAtT* a^« briaglsaf out all the year round, are --rticularly acceptable ct this time. "We al- ha-' J lne reprints of the classics in Eng nsh litrrature which r.re produced for the holl satV> often In more or le?s fertal form, but ln -jjr ca.«<" » l "'' 1 printed and altopether made to be r*&&. In this annual holiday group of books ♦htre Is alraoFt Invariably one reprint upon the «-- iczrzvice of wliich we can calculate with f«r.etilr.«: :;kff certatetT. 1* ' s tn at charming vcrk tn<> Lambs, the "Tales from SbsJns ft-oarcV It presents Itself this season !n a va3s«on:*'v a3 s«on:*' edition, published by the Brentanos. is Ttrr well rreporticned volumes. It Is Canon jteftr'B efi!tlen, v.lth his peculiarly rj-rnpa tfeetio er.d Instructive introduction. A fine cua^itT of r^P^r has been used, the type Is ar t'.?tl? end bold, and the illustrations are repro ductions of the old er.cravlng-s after Reynolds, g— <rk' , Hamilton. Westta!!, and the rest. The jrsr.tifTte o6 n **** first volume a xneszotlnt of Lamb by S. Arlent -Edwards, who tas tiso ™.ide for the second volume a similar r '.«?e after the portrait of Mary Lamb, by F. S. Carv- Tin? binding is of preen clnth stamped irtlh a decorntive design In Rt>!d. The delicacy v ;t*i vhlch this book was written and the fuo f .-- cf the collaborators in blendin- the at •sWThcre of Shakespeare with the Individual csa'ity natural to themselves pave •• an abso lutely cr.iiiue place in the literature of its kind. Jster.fled for the young reader, as an introduc ♦jen to the FtU''.y of the ... "Tales from ££*k**peare" has an equal attraction for all lovers cf the Lambs. It is to a wide auStenee. therefore, that this beautiful reprint Is ad fessss! A tribute of ccr.siderable Interest Is paid to ♦Se fuse of Georg-e Eliot in the :>- ll *ustrat?d Eii'.tion" cf "Romola," which has Just t#er. pobllshed by A. C. McClurg & Co.. cf Chi cago. It is edited, with introduction ar.d notes. Dy Dr. O-aido Biapi, who has for co many years jresiJei— to the profound satisfaction of literarj- Timers to Florence — over the destinies of th& Lauren: inn Library. The two volumes, Illus- C&tei u '- tn IW halftone^ the subjects for which irere Belectcd by the editor, are obviously the ♦ru'.: of a labor of love. Dr. p.iac-l has a grreat iirr.ir2:;e:2 T^r the bonk anfl Its tiuthor, ar.d It fc with k"en pleasure that he brings forward cer tain hitherto 'urjpubMfhec! evidence to show en wtst thorough researches George Eliot based her ros: asahltlons narrative. "When she was in Eorer.re with George Henry" Lewes they obtained lock aficr book from the Laurentian Library. I?, Lias! has discovered in an old cupboard the receirts given, with L<»we<s eijrnature, for thes>9 books, and the titles on them well ser\-e to deep en cur Impression cf the romancer's -scholarship. fhe til an enormous amount of reading 1 in the literature of the period she had undertaken to ♦t-create in the ... "Romola." We f-« v « her. Is Dr. Biagl's earnest Introduction, taklnjr pair.s sc: or.>" irhere books might help her, but where the rtudy of r'.l buildings and of contemporary Castrations might enable her to strengthen her tadkjroond. The reproductions from rnanu irir'-s. drawir,ss. er.gravir.es, paintings and co ca Trhirh f:dorn this epw edition are like docu ser:s drav. n from her own notebook. The vol cres, though not luxuriously niade, are printed «Ka fiisnlty and are bound In good taste. No tzt who cares for George Eliot can neglect them. The same cuthor has provided the occasion for wo oth"r holiday books_ One of these is a re frirt cf the "Scenes of Clerical Life," pub- Jl&ed by the Maemiilar.s In that exquisite •tries. Uinstrated by Mr. Hug^h Thomson. In «tich we have had editions of "Cranford," "The Tics* of "Henry Errnond" and other Bautterpleces. may so designate the "Scenes rf Clerical Lif«." If tho book is not a master ji«c» Ir. the Fuperb triumphant Eon«e in u'hich the ■wori is applied Xn "Esmond," V. is, at all msa, George Eliot at her very best. Never did she Bhow a truer insight into human nature, sever did the show more art, than in the?e rich japes. Mr. Thomson's style is well known. Its fight, animated and graceful qualities are here rreserr.f i with the new accent that color sup flies. Many of the full pajre Illustrations have this charm of delicate tints added to the drafts man's plctaresfjue line. The printing, of course, esisto be esp-ctod In the ''Cranford Series," is JWfect, arid the cover, tiaborately decorated In Soid, is one more of ilr. Thomson's unqualified fuc:w;s. DufHeld & Co. publish under the title cf "Boys tnd Girls from George E'.iot" a book by Kate Dirker.snn Sweetser, In which that trier tries to do what she tried to do in her Tea Girl? from Dick-ens" — to interest young V'f-- In a classic, end in that way turn them to readier the classic for themselves. The Idea ' if plausible enough, and is carried out with deveraess. Mr. G. A. Williams provides the Castrations, one of them, the frontispiece, be **pr:::: <i In colors. Or.* rolurae of Thackeray appear* ln a holiday rer.rir.t. The Putnams issue an edition of the "Ballads and Bongs,* 1 with Illustrations by IL ~. Ero;l:. That artist can be picturesque when stjsired, ar.d, even more, he can be daintily fcsßorous, as the Illustrator of Thackeray's verses bo often has to be. Ilia best work Is fcne |a th.. bead pieces, ar:<3 the little sketches ■Otterea through the text. His full page illus bitiaas, fur h^v..e occult reason, are all cora ftcplaoe. The book has eilt edges, and the re 4 dots binding Is elaborately stamped In gold. £■ P. Datton &. Co. eend us Irving' .3 "Brace l-dse Hall," and Miss Manning's "Household r ' Hr Thomas More." charmingly Illustrated in colors by C. E. Erock, and verj' prettily got up b tale green and pold bindings. Both these *Itiaxuta art- :iut!y printed by Dent of London. & "Mr. Pickwick** Christmas" the I3aker & Baylor Company reprints those chapters In ttcieiafi ir.;:rortal book, which expressly deal * H -th the'joys of t!:e Pi', kwickians at the Manor SssL There- is a brief introduction on the sub *« by Sir. George Alfred "Williams, who also riwlSes the illustrations, in coiors and In black *zi v.^i't, Eorne of the decorations, and all of th* borflers, lt« printed ln preen. Everything ?** Bikea for the dissemination of Dick^nslan Wth Is to be commended, and Mr. William.s's b**ta£i are in ru«Et cases adequate to the Kckdon. The t.ook ar>pe ars ln true holiday tab, v.ith part of one of the colored pictures treated on the cover. ar; Introduction to the reprint of "Our Old Baae," pub!l£hed hy T. T. Crowell & Co.. Miss ?*uarta« i >f^ Bates pives an Interesting ac tuur.t of tb« :-■ ception met in England by Haw- Owrat'j noti 1 on tlie country whose <Jiarnis he toc'.sj eWi hxil whose dmv.backs lie could crltl *• *lth p- rfect freedom. He himself did not «fek the Look • good" or "•weighty." but most r'rteri tre now agreed ts to the value of the *'-' ri - It la delightfully written, ar.d Its very 2^* r ' vcs !t a fc ' in gu l;i r vitality- The present *^'-'r.. cor.\»r.ic-nt ln form, is well Illustrated '•'-> bftlftones from photographs of buildings *** *- f r^f, and has for fror.ti.»piec« a photo- of a beautiful view of VVaHrtck Castle. Pwtralt of Hawthorne, reproduced Ly the ***•■ Process, appears on tho title pag«*. r^ Sr ''° nt Mifflt> > i: Col have, made an attractive bv,k out of Whittler's "Know-Hound." • s primed >,n ni.T calendered paper, with tfo T fUII I>ase J:!u£tratluns fe y Howard Pyl*-, Jr 11 !• Enneklng and Edmund H. Garrett. £re printed In tints, with the exception £_.*. * fr °cti£[ v itce, a. good winter eccne by Mr. it^ I^' UJlich Printed in colorh. The dec lo^i oa every page chow floral niotlvea % ->y Hi: Adrian J. loriu, and printed att st - Litekfiroujui of greea or U\w. yellow. ZTZ ir?" blndlnff ls '"^^ This a» cov^r Wd ' Dretti!y m^e from cover to llpift i 8ma!I V ° lume "Th« M Jn. H*****" W!th «n«»t«tl«IS printed ma kPs ; '■ ln Which » F- S. Coburn Urownln-s Ih-m ,! ?irlled accompaniment for a nmiMi vivid lines. Mr. Coburn also draws Vtet t C * dPlCCe f ° r each pa«e, and Inclose, 1 lavish Vd " a d?jßty noral %**■ Itss litlonof of i" " T '; e PWarm/> v - hlch to nay of one Jrik-n- \ ere9t!nS Part 9Cf staetertlnck-. "carefv ?r? rk J " ThC " fe Ci the **•- A land a^Vu A:;thon y Euvor serves as frontispiece. Sf, , f amG artlst draws for *™* rage a t-TTesf n S' rrlntCd in PJe " a » a ground for SS£;^ *o™ "Thumbnail r- welcome -Tnumbnail nSt'. I , Man 'Without a Country.- Dr. Halo P> inimitable ■tory; "Friendship and Char nf \ Emer - Son ' 3 essays, and "The Proverbs made TiZ'^ Mln!alure books have rarely been v.lth the taste that , to the making of £M*a. The leather covers alone are enough to captivate the holiday purchaser, and the lit erature printed in the series Is always of the sort that is worth while. A booklet that is liko- I?e valuable In substance and well made Into th^bargain is "The Wisdom of Benjamin Frank •in which bears the imprint of the Brentanos It Is a book of reflections and observations not Included ■■ "Poor Richard's Almanac." The compiler. Mr. John J. Murphy, contributes also a short preface. This is an interesting pocket volume. Mr. Thomas Kelson Pag© has arrived at the dignity of a collected edition of his works. It Is published, and sold by subscription, by Charles loner's Sons. There are twelve vol umes In this "Plantation Edition." The form is a small octavo, which means that the vol umes are very easy to handle. Paper and typog raphy follow the thorough and refined style which is counted upon in the subscription edi tions brought -out by this house. The first and the last volumes have frontispiece portraits of the author. The frontispieces of the others are from designs by well known artists, and there are other Ulustrationa. Christy, (Slackens, Frost. Wright and Cllnedlnet are among the Crafts men who contribute to th© artistic side of the scheme. A good shade of dark green has been chosen for the binding, which Is judiciously left with very little decoration. It is a set of books for the library. It deserves all of its external advantages, for Mr. Page has put some excel lent work to bis credit. It Is varied work, embracing novels, short stories, essays and poems. It is net of even merit. Mr. Page has not often reached the standard of his "reconstruction" novel. "Red Rock." But there Is one quality, important to the character of that admirable book, which Is to be discerned in all of this author's writ- Ings, nd that is a most engaging sincerity. He has dealt with Southern life from Che Inside, and he has handled it v.ith a winning affection and with a strong resolution to set down the truth. Perhaps the truth as he sees It is not placed ln precisely the right pf-rspective. Like other Fouthem novelists, Mr. Page la apt to convey the impression that the chivalry of his beloved region strikes him as poFS!>ssing esoteric virtues. The sentiment is frequently overdone in his pages. But at least he has the courage of his convictions, and ars we have gone over the fa miliar ground of his work In this new edition, we have been Impressed by his fidelity to the motives and spirit of his earliest productions. He Is Ftlll the lover of his romantic South; from first to last lie has held to the high aim. of Il lustrating Its characteristics at their best. In his Introduction, Mr. Page reiterates his devotion to the South, but he speaks also of his pride in the Union, and of his belief that ho has "never written a line which he did not hope might tend to bring- about a better understand ing between the North and the South, and finally lead to a more perfect Union." Many a reader will testify to- the effectiveness of Mr. Pago's labors as an interpreter of the South to the North. One passage in this Introduction gives co Interesting: a sidelight on the author's literary career that we must quote it intact: In the first place, the writer's home was on an old Virginia plantation In the county of Hanover, within tound of the puns of banks m three great carr:pcJ?ms, in which not H«s than S'Xt.OCO men fell, and during bis boyhood ar.d youth the recollection of the great Civil V.'ar v.a3 the ... thinjf •within his knowledge. In the autumn of ISSO a letter was Bhown him v.-hi'-h ha.l been taken from the pocket ot a dead private ln a Genrzia repinient o:i o!ie of the battlefields amund Richmond. It v.as written in an Illiterate hai;d on co:irs<» b'u* Confederate paper, and was from a young plrl in Georgia 10 her sweetheart. In it she told him that sh<> ha.i discovered sine- ho left home that Fhe loved him. and That she did not knov.- why she had b<--on so cruel to him before he went away; that. In fact. Khe had loved him over pinee they had gone to f-chool topether In the little school bouse In the woods, when lie had been fo pood to her. and ... now if he would pot a furlough and mm* home Bhe •would marry him. Tins was all, except, of course, a postscript. As I' fearful that such a temptation might prove too mur.h even for the mr.n sh" lnvrd, across the blue Con federate pnper were scrawled these w«,rr!s: "Don't come without n furlouph, for \t you don't come honorable, I won't marry you." The date of the letter was r.ot more than two v.-f^ks «-:irliT thnn that of the battle In which her lover fell, and the natural comment w,t«. "So he trot his furinujrh tbrongfc a bullet." This id»a took possession of me, and 5n about ten day? I had written "Marse Chan " " his Btory was promptly accepted, but wits riot published until son; r -ih!n;r over thre-3 years afterward It waa then followed by the 01 hf-r Btories, "in Ole Virginia," and later by the re maining tales in this edition. Moffat. Yard & Co. have issued a holiday vol ume entitled "The American Girl as Seen and Portrayed by Howard Chandler Christy." There Is a due allowance of text in which appreciative attention !s P^ld to "The Sweet Girl Graduate," "The Debutante," and. In short, the .American girl ln all her phases, but of coarse the im portant thins is Mr. Christy's series of drawings in black-and-white and in colors. These are facile end "smart," and the type of feminine elegance they chiefly commemorate is what Is commonly calied "fetching." It is eometimes Bparkllns. but it is not precisely lovable. Good press work has been bestowed upon the volume, every page of which haa a prr.r^ful lloral border in brown tint. One of Mr. Christ y' 3 colored sketches embellishes the cover. Paul I^.der & Co., the Fan Franoisoo publish ers who havo recently come to New York, brlns ■with them a handful of holiday Rift books. The most pleasing of these Is "Ye Gardeyne Boke." hv Jennie I>s«y Halnes. She has made a col lection of apposite quotations in prose and verse, and these have been printed within borders Fkilfully designed and drawn by Spencer Wright. "The Princess of llanoa.," by Mrs. Frank 11. Day, is a group of tales try bodying 1 Hawaiian folklore, strange .... of which the author has made Interesting use. Th^ bonk la printed on a curious brown paper, and Mr. D. Howard Hitchcock's Illustrations are printed in another shade of brown. It is a Quaintly mJid" publication. "PUT INTO A 800 l ■ From The London Chronicle. Thomas Mltton was Dick^ns's solicitor as well as his schoolfellow, and us<d to say that he was the only one of all of "Charlies"' frlt-nda whom the novelist had never "put into a book." uit ,. - H bearers smiled Inwardly, because they r.-c ninteed obvious pieces of Mitton ln several of tho novels, the most conspicuous fragments beine in Wemmlck ("Great Expectations?) and Ta ,% rt jt c'Barnaliy Rudge"). Not much ln p.,,7 O n It may b« Kiitd, between these two eccentrics Nevertheless— life being more vari ous and more Inconsistent than fiction— there he was visibly. Dickens was greatly and lons fit'tiVhed to hl!.i. n"d It was In a letter to the. lawyer that he described, most admirably, the frightful railway accident 'mm which he r? caped physically unhurt, but cravt-ly shaken in .. . . _ NEW-YORK DAILY TRIBUNE. WEDNESDAY. DECEMBER lft 1906. 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Aye - Life and Letters of Lafcadio Hearn By EUZABETH BISI^ANn "One of the most notable publications of the season." — I.oirixHlle Evening Post. "The most entertaining:, self-revealins. ever fascinating, literary correspondence publish?'! since th»? death of Robert Louis Stevenson." — York Times. Two volumes. Illustrated- $6.00 net. Postage. 34 cents. Golden Days of the Renaissance in Rome By RODOLFO L.AN'CIA^.I "The volume will be acceptable to the scholar and to the ordinary lover of history arid art." Chicago Record-Herald. "A more interesting book of miscellaneous reading on Rome we have not met in a lons time." X. T. Tribune. Illustrated. Boxed $5.00 net. Postage 21 cents. ' Pocahontas and Captain John Smith B7 E. EOTD eIHTII "Deserves warm praise both for the text and illustrations. . . . The double-pagro pict ures are really notable examples of choice artistic work." — Chicago Record-Herald. "A series at stirring historical tableaux . . . artistic and .entertaining ." — Lexington Leader. 26 full-page drawings in colors. Boxed, $2.50 net. Postage 20 cents. The Story of Noah's Ark By E. BOTD SMITH "It Is a capital piece of story-telling by colored pictures." — Outlook. "Ac a Christmas gift-book and as a permanent possession nothing we have seen this year can come within speaking distance of it," yetc York Press. Oblong, $2.00 net. Postage 19 cents. CITT BOOKS, PTA>*T>ARD WORKS, FIXE BINDINGS. DISFLA.TETJ BT 85 FIFTH AYE.. fLJj^il^lLiT'^AS MIFFLIN & CO.r^ FAIRY TALES. New Collections of Old Favorites and Fresh Inventions. V":<>n will that Indefatigable editor. Andrew • reach the end of his -wonderful stores of •alee? From all over the world, from sav inds as well as civilized ones, and from j . he cont'.nues to draw material of, : ling charm. This year we are glad to me The Cranes Fairy Book" (Lonfrmans. Green & Co. 1 ), a volume fascinating In every particular. The very first tale la full of thrills ■ a r^unar. It comes from South Africa, and • ■ the chief episodes in the career of a hero who goes conquering about his world In lerful waye. Thts is one of eeveral African stories taken down from the lips of sneers by a white man who sp p aks uigoage. As we turn these pages we ro bow la:?e a proportion of the fairj' tales ■ arlants of a few themes. The cruel FT<:pmoth^r and the stepmother's ugly daughter, the : f «sed heroine v.-ho is re i for passing kindnesses to fairies in the Bed animals, the cat who helps ■■■ • riches, the princess who suffers Iry was not invited to her these are lignres which appear n In the beguiling Ut< Mr. ] . us. Apropos of thl • resting passage tT'rn his " ■-■ ■ r>^n;ai:is ■ ■ • . vanquished - tlvity. wanderers, ed men, merchants, and wivea • ; eddied thei t: Roman races i . ■.-. c trafflcki i wan • lr storiea i . ■ • o Per woman to ■ . ■ ■ ■ ' d to Ophir, ■ ■ ■ ■•!.■• .'■.-.•r the I■ ■ • . ■ •■■ of the sto ■ ■ of human . many The late Frank 11. Stockton, In the tales col lected in the volume entitled ''The Queen's Museum and Other Fanciful Tales" (Charles Scribner's SonB), struck out a new line of his own. Tnere is niatric in plenty in the perform ances of the Junior Sorcerer, the Gryphoness, the Dryad and the Accommodating Circumstance, | but there is nlro a quaint humor which the old time fairy tale generally lacks. The stories Into which fairits do not enter are delightfully fantastic In other directions. There is as much wisdom as fun li the e,tory of "The Queen's Museum," and in that entitled "The Griffin and the Minor Canon." As for "The Clocks of Ron daine," oldsters and youngsters alike must ap preciate tho shrewdness of that parable. Many | generations to come will, we believe, cherish these tales — which should never, we may add, be divorced from Mr. Frederick Richardson's telling Illustrations. Nobody who has once made the acquaintance of the Griffin with the Dcnevolent Smllo will ever forget him. Mr. lUchardson has also made some lever illustra tions for Mr. Robert W. Chambors's "Mountain- Land" D. Appleton & Co.) 'i Is volume reports the surprising conversations of Peter and Ger- ; aldlne with divera wild creatures of hill and i forest conversations in which much informa- j tion is pleasantly conveyed. A fantasy of the j sea is r - Curtla Dunham's "The Golden Gob- j lln 1 ' (The Bobbs-Merrill Company). It Is in- : perilous, but crude, and the Introduction of "The I Plying Dutchman" and Vanderdecken was a mistake. It was also a mistake to try the I reader's sifiht with the figures In color thrown ! on the text. Into the volume entitled "The liusalan Grand- ! motiier'3 Wonder Tales" (Charles Bcribner's j Eons) Loulso Seymour Houghton haa gathered *-$ group of Slavonian stories translated from th*> j German of Frledrich Kraus. These partake of the nature or tiie wondertalt-3 of ths rest of tha Books and Puhlications. Christmas A YEAR'S SUBSCRIPTION TO Scribner's Magazine A handsome certificate of sub scription fnrnlsbed free. if >an «nb«<»rib* now tbf nrst Issue will tie mailed for delivery on Christina* Day. world, localized of course by Russian custom and Russian character. The compiler has threaded these entertaining stories on a more or less faithful representation of Russian village life, showing forth th© dally happenings around the little boy for whose delectation his two grandmothers rehearse all the legends of their youth. "The Knot-Grass" Is a typical tale boar ing a moral:— Once upon a tlm« an old hag got up early and went out among the mountains to gather a.ll sorts of green herbs and practice her sorceries About midday she sot out u;>on her return and met some Knot-ijrass hastening- to the mountains "HI! Whither away?" asked the itch "What bml lurk Ben. ls you on this rough road?*" "Upon my word, little mother. I can't ttnnd it down there any ior.^er! Wherever tho mouiili \\ g3 or ploughs ha does his best to root me out tearinc imd clawing m* with all his might There Is roth" in* left for me but to flee away end seek sonw quiet place where £ can prow and spread in peace " ••Go back: to your horn«. little grass/! replied the o.d has. Mark my words, the mor»» they dl~ nni hoe about a plant the bettor It thrives and the more it .spreads. What does the proverb say? Voe to the thing that never is harvested!" " The Knot-grass turned about, and over since that Say It has been found in meadow and tlcl.i In vineyard and rarden—^/erywliere, indeed vhere It 'out 1 " 1 WaQted: a:id !t is a lliirU natter' to root A bewitching collection of old English fairy talps has been made by Mr. Ernest Rhys and published here under the title of "Fairy Gold" by K. P. Button & Co. All the old favorites, re peated so ofton yet never hackneyed, are in these pages, and with them are sonw that have been forgotten, or lnst or long- buried. "A fairy talc," says the accomplished editor, "like a cat. has nine lives; it can pass into many queer shapes and yet not die. y ou may cut off it?( h^ad or drown it in sentiment or sea water, or tie a moral to its tall, but it will still survive and be found sitting safe by the fire some win ter night." The book deserves high praise in every sense. When a now version of an old tale has been mado the change has meant merely in creased force and simplicity. The editor's llt erary faculty has led him into no mistakes of over-elaboration. An American collection of the oh! talen to which some new ones have been added has been prepared by Kate Douglas Wi:r gin and Xora Archibald Smith and handsomely printed by McOluro. Phillips & Co. In -The Wonder Children, Their Quests and Curious Adventures" (The Macrnillan Company). Mr Charles J. Bellamy applies the oldtirne machinery of tho fairy tale to prnaaic modern life. A pampered little girl is taught to do good by a fairy who takes her on Christmas Eve into tho cheerless room of a starring family; an unhappy orphan boy, fol lowing th advice of another fairy, finds his way Into good fortune; a little girl uac-s a magic mir ror to discover the real character of plausible persons who threaten her with danger. Mrs. Maud Balllngton Booth".* "Twilight Fairy Tales" (O. P. Putnam's Sons) has an imaginative little- B«l i to whom many Ftraiign and agreeable tilings happen at the behest of a fairy friend. Two dainty little books are "Queen Silver-Bell" and "Raeketty-Packetty House" (Th« Century [ Company*, by Mrs. Frances Hodgson Burnett. In tne first the Queen of the Fairies, Silver-Bell - late* Crosspatch— describes h»r worries and the loßa at her sweet littlo Temper; la th« other she Books and Puhlications. BEFORE CHOOSING BOOKS FOR CHRISTMAS GIFTS ASK TO SEE THE HEW MAOMILIMJ BOOKS NEW JUVENILES Christina G. Whyte's The Story Book Girls ' "First on th» list ■■ consideration of its fitness for the reading: of cider girls, of its freshness and its humor and its clever explication cf character, is 'The Story Book Girls' ... in a winning group.'" — New York Tribune. Cloth, S'sa I Miss Beulah Marie Dixs Merrvlips "In all her exciting experiences Merrylips never ceases to be an altogether delightful little maid." — The Outlook. Illustrated. Cloth, 5: 50. E. Nesbifs The Railway Children "One of the best children's book" ever written." — Living A^c. With charming illustrations by C. E. Brock. Cloth, "• 3a Charles J. Bellamy's The Wonder Children "The author Irfil these stories with enchantincr allurement. . . . Nothing finer than this book could be presented as a holiday gift." — Tribune. ~i-ih. Si j The Odyssey for Boys and Girls. By A. J. Church* "Ore of the greatest books of the world, adapted . ■ • and illustrated in a manner superior to most gift book?." — The Reziczv of Revircx. With tzvelve plates m colors. Cl*th, $1.30. Mr. Ernest Ingersoll's The Life of Animals A "natural history" from up-to-date materials. "The best book of its c!as3 up to the present time." — Putnam's Monthly. With plates in color and other new illustrations. $2.00 net. By mail, $2.20. STEW NOVELS Jack London's White Fang illustrated in colors. "There is daring symbolism in the story, keen sympathy and vivid imagination." — N. Y. Sun. ' Cloth, $1.50. F. Marion Crawford's A Lady of Rome "There is a satisfying quality in this strong, vital, forceful story." — Herald. Cloth, $1.50. Winston Churchill's Coniston "A wonderful piece of work, singularly mil " — Km York Times. 200 th thousand. Illustraitd. Cloth, $1.50. Owen Wister's Lady Baltimore "A book of charm, of depth, of power very gently used, of wisdom never obtruded." London Academy. Illustrated. Cloth, $1.50. JOOKS OF REMINISCENCES . /: The Memoirs of Prince Hohenlohe "He covers one of the most exciting and dramatic periods in modern history with absolute frankness and almost audacious unreserve." — North American. In tzvo Bz-o volumes, xvith illustrations, $6.c0 «#£. Bram Stoker's Henry Irving "Singnlarly interesting as an intimate view of the fascinating personality of a. very remarkable man." — Bookman. Illustrated from unpublished portraits, ate. Two Bvo v015.^57.30 ntt. 3OOKS OF TRAVEL OR DESCRIPTION j ,_; Mr. Percival Lowell's Mars and Its Canals There is no higher scientific authority on this subject than the Director of the Lowell Observatory; and he haa made the results of twelve year 3' study into a readable book of modern travel — by telescope. With full-page photogravures and other illustrations. Clotk % 9vo, $3.50 met. Dr. Edward E. Hale's Tarry-at-Home Travels "Every page is full of that charm which always belongs la anything that Dr. Hale writes." — World To-Day. With 200 illustrations of Dr. Hale's collecting. doth, $2.30 net. Mrs. St. Jtxlien Ravenel's Charleston Pictures of the social life and historical events which developed the charming city described by Mr. Owen Wister in Lady Baltimore. lUnstrated by Vernon Home Bailey. Cloth, $2.30 net; by mail $2.67. Prof. A. V. Williams Jackson's Persia "As fascinating a land as any man can hope to see ... revealed in a book that will be one of the year's permanent conrribctiona to literature." — Record-Herald. Chicago. With 200 original illustrations. $4.00 net; by mcil, $4.20. Mr. Clifton Johnson's Illustrated Highwa.ys and Byways of the Mississippi Valley "Books of travel make admirable Christmas gifts, ... and this is a unique and entertaining volume." lnterior, Chicago. With full-page illustrations from photographs by the author. %2jx net; by mcil, 1.20. Mr. E. V. Lucas's A Wanderer in London "One can hardly hope to find a better way c: reviving impressions and seeing things in a new setting than through this cheerful, friendly volume." — Outlook.^ A companion to "A Wanderer in Holland" by the same author. Cloth, $1.75. BOOKS ON HISTORY Mr. James F. Rhodes's History of the United States From the Compromise of 1830 to the Restoration of Home Rule in the? South. "As* a complete, thorough and adequate history ... the work stands alone in oar literature."— Boston Transcript. • Complete in seven handsome volumes; the set, in cloth, $17.30 net; in, half calf or half morocco, $32; in three-quarter levant, $40. Mr. Herbert Paul's History of Modern England "It is admirable, written with verve and dash, sometimes gosaipy. often brilliant"— f Public Ledger, Philadelphia. In five volumes, §vo, cloth, gilt tops, $12.50 net. . BOOKS OF VERSE , , } Mr. Wallace Irwin's Random Rhymes j Are the best humorous verses since Eugene Field's; fall of pure fun and aadacity, irresistible in jolly lilting measures. Illustrated. Cloth, $1.50 net. Mr. W. B. Yeats's Poems Collected edition Includes all of his published lyrical verse*, until now widely scattered in small volumes and magazines. Cloth, izmo, gilt top, $1.75 net. BOOKS OF INSPIRATION I Mrs. A. R. B. Lindsay's The Warrior Spirit ' The aspirations of a militant Christianity are here related to questions of the day in a sane, efficient way. Si 50 net, by moil $r.6cv Pres. Henry C. King's Rational Living is the best a ; d a young man could have in the fight for character, in the effort to eet and to make the most of a clear brain and a strong will b Cloth, $1.25 net; by mail, $137. ™ f rn THE MACMILLAN COMPANY mm VT^ mm ' tells the charming story of a Victorian dolto house full ot battered and neglected dolls * most cheerful disposition. The v,ay to which these dolls encounter 111 treatment and con tempt is calculated to teach Impatient youth many excellent lessons. Mr. Ilamson Cadys SS! in color are done In .\ hunaorous spirit, with a delicate prettiness that augrS"^ the work of Kate Greenaway. . OPYBI6HT DBCIStO*. lie is a \H»e CtlelrUy Whe Does X* Write Letters. From the London Skfetch. , literature The Juune «^^ WQrk ■ after the death 01 n. which it u» o r the actual J~ I»gg£S1 »gg£S two publishing Printed. Ihe , Rl that Mof them ftrma tu.i.ed on »* h * f Umb - 3 surviving S£ rSve, whilsfthe other had bout! the rt.piob.-ntatue... |e tters from the holder copyright of 80..j0 Ja . :er -n the ° f SfoSSSSSB S particularly difficult, and V^nrSe effoct of th* decision I do nor at the p™^.!cate But it seems that any owner £fffiS£s£Ssffitt«l may print them or »ell ih* rl-ht to print them after the writer's Ocith without challenge from any one. At the sana Hrn-Uho surviving representative may apply r and receWo an Inunction prohibiting pub llVati.m hofore the letters ore printed. But as a matter of fact, these representatives will probably b* tpuorant of the existence of many letters, and these may b* published with out their knowledge, and if they are. so pub lished no damages an be recovered. This Beexns particularly hard, but it will mak« the task of many .... biographers much easier than it la at present. Every consideration of faulty points to the desirability of an amendment In ths copyright law. it ought not to be possible for any one to publish the letters of the dead without authority from their rep resentatives. B '■* and V ii:ons. RRI CESTS. IT YOUB BOOKSELLERS. THE HOUSE OF THE HUNDRED DOORS. A STARTLING STORY By WILL M. CLEMENS. THE HAWTHORNE PRESS, PUBS. 4 1 West 21st St., New York. THE BIRDS' CHRISTMAS CAROL. BY KATE lK>t«.l. V- nii.i.lN Twenty year* old. And -til. Mm moot popular halitlMV buuS* (or chilJrro. iinufrf) or!<!n.4l autcurraph letters c? txsaoa* Vi £t Nlf il persons. Highest prices paid. liftll I s»V . Aiii.v. ob* West 34ti St.. New Torit City. letters «oiu. cend lor pxl^e Uat* "CARACCL': ITS ETYMOLOGY. From Notes and Queries. I have often been asked for the etyrnolosy ot caracul, which la a term now largely used by furriers to denote k variety cf the fur called astrakhan. The "N. E. I»." does not contain caracul, but it has caracal, which is liable to be confused v.ith it. though really liulto a dif ferent word. The caracul is an animal, but caracul, like the nearly synonymous term as trakhan, is the nanio of a piac*. — Kara-Kul— I. c.. the BUck I-ake. sear Bokhara, which haa long been celebrated for its output of t'urs. Th* 'earliest reference I can rind t.> It In Ens-lisa m la Matthew Arnold's **Bohrab and Rustum"*: • And on hli head he set fcis sheep<>kln cap, Elack. clo»jy. curld, the ne«» of Kora-Kul . 5