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M ZValTC) ON m criticism m Ships in Peace and War, Under Sail and Steam. STKAMSHIP C0NQTTE8T OF TIIK WORLD. By Frederick A. Talbot Illustrated. 8vo pp all, 3H. Philadel? phia Th.- .) H. Ll|H>incott Company TDK BATTLiEBHIP Belag the ttory ??t ? Grcat?B8l Naval Weapon from the first 8hip-of-the-Ialne to Present-day l eVlathani By Walter Wood with 03 Illustrations by Frank H. Mason. i:. p. A . and from engravings, plans .nil photographs *<vo, pp. xvl, M l'.. P Dutton ?v Co. Mr. Tul Lot h?*?s done a capital piece ? work. His hook on the steamship oatmserce and travel tells the lands? man all that he desire?? to know, all i hat he should know, and succeeds in doing 'his without employing a single ?ibr-cure technicality. The account be tins with the first transatlanl net", Hi" liront Western, and ft ? th development of sine and spe ov n in the coming ?lay of the lr l era tor, Hie Abultante arid the 1,00 I-Hit | icdiit.-.l b) LaOrd Pune. ;?.r\ of the mammoth liners t! ?'?.it Eastern will always hold h o?. Thai ambitious failure Ihir ...?es ahead of her period, degenerarte liter her biatoric **ervk*e in th-? layir of the Atlantic cable. Into a coal bu m Gibraltar, and then was- n*od as ; idvertialng hoardinc. Bhs aras = ? 11 matel*v broken up i.n.i s?>id as junk f. S'-'!Ht.?Hifr. Her original coal had bei $3,?KN>,<TJ0O. it i> whoa he takes up the deslgnii and building of Hindern steatnshti that .Mr. Talbot proves his gift of ele; writing. Hs lieglns with the model ar the test tank, describing In detail tl ^nfieniou* tests marie by the marino ei gineers in preparation for the bulldhn of the Mauretania and her turblr power. Then follow th? constructs of an ocean racer, the machinery, tl launching and trial trip. The oha.pt? on the luxury of the modern line whose decoration Is Intrusted to gref architects and artists. Is as well illui tratefl ss it is written. The d?.mest: economy of the "city afloat" is not foi (rotten, and, of course, there is th long tele of the struggle for the recor? Bteomehlp lanes, the dangers of ic axid fog and derelicts, collisions, Fafet appliances, wireless, all this is d? scribed and illustrated. The giar deep-water tra'fflc of our Oreat Lake Is included In the account. Then there is ?hat fascinating sei etwa, "steamship surgery.'' which cut a boat in two, and lengthens It to an desired measure; which construct steamers in sections In Europe and set them up on the shores of African lakes which attaches new bows to salvei sterns, or the reverse; and which ha built boats in England, sent then across the Atlantic under their owi steam, and taken them through th Niagara Canal in two sections, eacl with Its own bulkhead, to put them to gether again by the neatest of opera t'ont?. The "tramp" has a chapter*t< herself, and so has the steamshii whose fuel Is oil. A fascinating hook will and fully illustrated Mr. Wood's book. too. is a story o! growth, from the first British battleship the "Henry (?rac? A Dieu." usually .-ailed the ' Great Harry,'' to the super lu-eadrmiight. Launched in If? I!"?, Hear) VIll's mother-ship of the British navy ..-?* ?.';..">..1 r.s. l\d. He was so proud . i her that he was afraid to send her to aaa and made her a show ship. She most have been a brave Bight, with h?r Streamers 'banners of beaten gold and ?ilvtw. Mags with ?rosses of St. George Bud banners of dirais arms." There ras S streamer with a dragon, forty live yards Ion?, and another of forty two yards, and one with a lion, thirty? rats yards in length, and still another one with a greylmund. and little ones with crosnes of St. fleorge. and a M yard streamer for the mainmast, em? bellished with "Cadow fringe." She measured LOt? tons, carried Mol sail? ors, .'ill* soldiers and ."><l gunners. 19 brass pieces and 108 <>f Iron. A colored picture of her, In all her finery, appro? priately forms the frontispice ,,f the book. By far the greater part ?if these pages is devoted to the long era of England's ajsjrjrjan walls under sail, with proper respect paid to famous ships. An in? teresting phase of the story is its sur v?sy of the ways of this old navy, of its sbuses in the treatment of the men ?a before the mast. Much has been afrit? ten about the dart aide of England's ;,. rr bus record ai sea. but evidently BoaMthlng neu always remains iu i?e discios.d. Mi. Wo.ui publishes ata?e amazing facts concerning the tolerated present ,> on board of women, u? 1 only in harbor, but St MS as weil; Women were on board the Qoliath at the i'..ule ni St. Vincent, and thej Be? haved as well as th?' men. During thr I fight they were employed in carrying powdei between the magasines and the I guns. Some of the worn? r were wounded, I ..?.?1 one, who cam? from Lelth, died of her Injuries An Edinburgh woman gave i birth to a son during th" battle . . . in some of the French shlpi si Trafalgar there were at bast a few women . . There died at Bxmoufh in lati a woman ! nan.i.! Ann Perrian. vv h., was dersci Ibed as a ten...le naval pensioner. She vvas with her husband m il. M. S. Crescent and II. M H. Orion from 17!.| t.. IT.-1?, and shared in th. battles of Lorient, Cape Bt. Vincent and the Nile, as well as several THF, HENRY GRACK ? DIEU, FIR8T ?>r BRITISH BATTIjMHIPS. ?From a picture in "The Pattl? ?hip.") smaller ?nKagemcnts. In action she wa stationed in ths msgsstne with the ?tun nets, preparing flannel (Cartridge ?ases. I?anper from lightning WBS great ii the days of wood and sail. As th' mizzenmast of many ships was steppe. in the powder magasins, it eras th? h?>pp of all on hoard that, if lightnlni must strike her. it would not he b* wny of that mast. Ths author gives t. M Dupuy de I/ome. a naval cngineei .under Napoleon III, the honor of in ? venting the ironclad. In 1867, aft? the Crimean War, the French ?z..v lernmen! placed al his dlapoaltion i ! llne-of-r>att|cyhlp. the Napoleon, whi. I j he transformed Into Ihe first aeagolni . ix.ru lad, at the same time changing h' I from b sailing rhlp Into a stesmer England Iramedlatel} improved upes the Innovation by building her first irot warship, the Warrior, 'rims began th? ruinous competition in armor aiu ordnanca and sise thai has brscome om of the burdens Of ths nations. It it gymptotnaUc of the time.s that the au? thor ?loses ins book with a review ?>i the increasing cost of fleets AUTHORS OF YESTERDAY The Memories of a British Novelist. MEMORIBB OF VICTORIAN LOXDQN By ta. B. Walfoid. With portrait Ivo pp. 3.M. Longmans, Orean <*? Co The author of that .lever tale, "Th* Baby'g C'.randmothtr," lins put together 'in her new hook the anecdotes ami reminiscences for which she did not ?? find a place in her "Recollections of a ! .Scottish Novelist." Some of her r-torie?. are not. it must he admitted, new or i particularly effective, but others are foompsrStlVSly fresh and piquant Th" j glimpses of Victorian authors met dur? ing her visits to London are gen : ?rally entertaining, T.? rsoasJItlss being sketched In vividly and often with hu? mor. Many ?>f her ane dotes were gathered ?In literary < oriversations?as. for in? stance, ?me told l.y Mrs. Charles (of I'The Bciatmberg-CottS Family"! con? cerning nn old country aunt of hers and Mr. Tennyson. The poet, brought to the house by a relative, was invited to stay all night, and stipulated that if he did stay be should be allowed to ] smoke in his bedroom. "The old lady bristled up. That she could not allow. Bedroom smoking was not only objec? tionable, but dangerous: and for no one would she relax her prohibition rule. Mr. Tennyson proving equally oh? ! durnte. the hostess's nun carriage was ; ordered out and he was sent in it hack i to his hotel Bl Plymouth, whence, how - I ever, he return?'?! the n.-xt morning t?. breakfast " While we are on the hmI. .i?. t ?>f poets it is worth while perhaps | to quote Mrs. Walford's recollection of Fanny Kembles talk about Words? worth and her visit to 1'ydal Mount: Til? V. oidsvvortbs were BUCh QUOST peo? ple and bo wrapped up in themselves Even though yoa were their gueet you were expected In everything r?. play ?ec o'.d Addle to the gr?'at man of the bouse. Round him everything ?evolved, fen might have a poor breakfast, old dishes, bad ?off?-??tilinga were niostlv bad at Rydal tl at wer?- only for UlS Inferior Ren? trai company- bul the master's comfoii was sedulously attended t<< So different from my other past-friend, Mr. Boutbey, witii whom i suso stayed al 111 ?- Lakes, //<? was "sverybody'a body," attended t?? every one, looked after ever) one inm s.-ii. while in th?- Wordsworth household it was the custom foi the head i f th? bons?' to isaahfasl In bed, ?if.- >>n ?me side, daughter on tb?- other, both wholly absorbed In ministering t?> bis wants. while every other i??non might go hang! A quite ?liffer.nt sort ..f poet's family is commemorated in an a. count l>\ the author's "Cousin Mary" of g visit paid to ih. Mi>?-e?' Bhelley a- Brtghtoi They felt anything but pride In tiiei famous l'!< ?l ll? I . "\\'?- follllii \ve- ha ! to trend delicately even if his nnm reemed within mensurable distance o Im'?iik mentioned.*' anld Cousin Mar.? "? spe-e ?tally with Miss Margaret Bhel ley, who la prickl) and ijierverae n moat subjects, ami with her it Is no i otiiv ;i cas. belittling the prophet ii his own eeeintrv inn nf denying the there evei ivas s prophet ??' all. One? in anawer in the question, 'Are you i sister ?'.'' th.- r*oet Shelley? she tirsi .-lai'-d blanhly. then appeared tu bavi a sudden re olleetion ami dren heraelt up in h.i f'lll height 1 "tl'''' had a brother who I believe wrote Immoral ?cr.-i-s. but I am thankful to aa* I have never read an) of them " Mis. Watford found thai Qe-orge Bl* I lot was | ?rsonully. OS the vvheile. ;t bore, she and her husband being con* ' tinuall* "mi th'- high hesna?" In talk. I "After a da* at the t-SWSSSS," said the venerable Miss Kemble, "i sm srorn I to a thread.'' Qeorge Eliot teas an* l felgnfjdl* fond Of music and onsUl | ?reel herself S pianist. Mr. I.-lmian i ;.ild our author of t!)?? duets which he was soiiir-tliiie?? e-alled upon to play with the novelist, duets in which h?r per formsnce a*as al leapt erratic. "How evrr," he continued, "it gives pleesur, t?. one a idltor si any rste, for when ever we gel through s erhole page with cut a breakdown Lewes rlsps his hand? han?i" and pries tCxqutelte*' MA?7 INVENTIONS Their Romance and Services tc Mankind. LlaAD'lNil \mi:p,p an in"\ i:\t< >i:-' Bj <;? org? lies \v Ith IS peril bHi bi ? man. Illustration* "Biographies ?l Laeadlng Amertean?." laarae l?mo, pp w. H". H- nrj 1P>!? A i '?> This is the fifth volume of n ?. r\ ice abb' s? ries, and OIK "f i's l??-st thill far. Mr. lU-s's book in'isr 11 ?'? t be rtnn? f'.undr.I with the manv ?ompilation a' second*or third hand that serve th?"r I popular purpose a/ell enough in a superficiel g?**neral fashion. 11 ? ??>?"? I to the toot of matt, i's and take i ?" j Hi n u. r care to he explicit wlthoul be? I ing obscure in dealing with the niv.ti I tump of hla twelve heroes Further? more he heightens the interest of Ins Stories Lv drawing detailed pictures o' the general conditions ..f their time, and by drawing occasions I comparisons with those of OUr own da;. Tlvis, in ilie case of Kli Whitney and his cotton gin. be deals at lermth with patent ' matters and the theory ?>f monopoly evolved in the erses <<f thai useful ma? !<hine. Congress was petitioned by the Senators and Representatives from ?'??orgia to modify the patent a. t and to limit the price ?'f obtaining a right to use th?* gin. T?tere '.vas question, also, of a national compensation to tho Inventor and mnnufa. -turers for Th CSD ?llatioti of the pat.-n!. while, final? ly, by whet the author calls an "antici? pation of the House of Qovernors," the Southern stat?s bogen to buy outright the ?is?- of tin- tot) tor their plaatere, Whitney was, a? cording lo Mr. II?--. the founder of scientific manatemen' through his introduction <>f what is ?now known as standardisa i loa la his ! gin factory i A? .id? nt good luck-plays a >om I parstlvely small part :n las history of ? inv .lito 0. st ill. there was r fhai les < loodyssr. One morning be 01 iiaiii.-nicil a po-oe of gum elastic with I.roll/..-, and i.oi'il it in a weeh solution of lime ?in removing lb. fair!?' from its bail, tie saw that pint Of Ih?' bronze had been WaShed Oil To detach the r<r-raslnder he touched it with nitric acid Tlila instsntl) dsrksn?id the gum. which he impatlsntl) three aside as spoiled and useless. But there sraa something In the look and feel ol that sin n .-ii. ?1 sh-.-i thai clon?; to his memory. a day 01 two later be picked it out of the 'rubbish heap and examined it with a rich reward, Wherever the nitric acid had tour be?! th,- gum all stickiness had departed and Its surface was vtrtuaH) tanned. Qofl_gy??ai followed up tbla golden bint: befon b week had passed ha was producing thin rubbei ?to-a-ts, cured through and through. AccMent, n>> ?louht. bu| aa afccid?rnl mad?' possible only by th- fact thai ("aoodyoar had been oonstantiy espOTl? meriting. The evolution of inventions, from hand t.. hand, until a later corner brings them to perfe? lion* is strikingly iiiustr.itr.i lay Cjrraa IfoConBlck'a reaper Knglish and Scotch inventors Were busy With me.hanic.rl reapers a ?entury ago. and. while most of their models never passed the experimental stage, two or thr?^' proved sutnVp-ntly seiv 11 eal.le to lie Used, It was the strong features/of th?-?.- that were in? corpor?t??! in later apparatus. McCor mi?k was. moreover, what inventors rarelv are, a capital business man. On? e he had turned his attention to the l*v el v itstnesses of the West, his suc ?ess waa assured. From a reaper of undoubtedly English origin was de v.l..p?-d th- Self-binding harvester to-day. Another instan.f next-dent as aid t-i Invention is- thai of Benjamin Tttghaasn. One day, while experimei Ing in his laboratory, :i<- alrftlossl. i.tnis.-ii ? burnt ma ?tick lulo some sulphurous acid mi> | with wat-r. Next day be noticed that I WOOd had become- mucilaginous. BO as look like papel pulp At once he ask. l'an this solution e-oiivcii wood into ma i lal for paper? h-' put ins surmise n teat and proved It to he sound. In ihis tit-lil. too, tlie ultimately si ceaafnl Inventor bad been pivcded I Others In 18M S Frenchman had si leceled ill pl'inlll? ?IlK Wood plllp pap ami in the fottbwtng yota sn Ant-srici Hu??!) Burgees, of Pennsylvsnln, h fia tented a simihu process, which W that of boiling the W.I fibre in vans s.iila, and then treating it with a sol lion "f chloride of liase. A match, ?i stuck into another chemtcsl, point the way to the perf?**cted pi", sss T typewriter suf-gi-sted the linotype; SI with th?* story ol this machin? snd Inventor the hook closes, it ??pens wl the Sti'venses. of Castle Point, H boken*-*'John, Robert Uvlngarton si Edwin Augustus; the other Americ inventors in. lude.I are Robert l-'ull' Thomss Blanehard and his lathe. Mor and Alfred \'ail. Kricss-.tii, Howe ai his sewing machine, and Bholes and ti t) pewriter. Tlie human .side of tl:. se stmics is i lean erell told, it i? predominantly record of persistence in the face ?'? dl coura-rome'iits md failure, a for.I < irn redulit y in be overcome, but als hero ami there, "ti" of encourngem i and timely aid. A NEW VASARI Master Giorgio'? Best Work i Perfect Form. LIVES "l" TUB MOST t-'MIXKN PAIXTERR Bi*l l.PTORg VXD v' CHITKOTS. Bj aioraio Vaaaii ,\>wl Tranalated b) Uaston Du ?' th v. i With M Illustrations In Ten Volume Vo|s. |. II. m Royal ? ". Pli ItX, -- all, MS; l\. 91, Th? Macmlfian L'on pan] Yasari had. despite Hi'' erltl I hi happy moments as an artist. Th "Paslensa*" in the Plttl lhat )\n pslnte is a good picture. The palaaso d< I'nvalWi that he built at PtsS 1" '"et tninly not ? work of great arrhltcctur? but neither is it contemptible; s?? ? building ha?, in fa. t. a ,.?!'. ph'tll rOUQUe 'harm But M was m ins I?,.. th.nl Vsssrl triumphed, the "Lives without which lb'- ?irlisti. history ' the Italian Renaissants would nave r< main.-d forever imp? rfe ? I and 111- "tn plat?*, it is ,-ui enchanting work, an It i? not surprising 'hat a tow transis lor Mr. Oaaton Du C DeVsre, h i I befit lure-el I.? hi? Inteerest in n t make an Englletl v ?rsb'ti "f his OWI Hi? eelitie.n ha?; been iie.l.ly planne. A tall and 'ruad l"it still .i.n hmt "' t.. '. .' ha been ? h..-eli as th form f"i the \ oliimea, and th hand*M**me e.pon typotgraphj Is set ??! b- reallj gne.ri pnper, with generoti but n"t iiireaah n margins There sr t.. i.e ti\?? hunrired Illustrations m si ' fiftv to each "eolnri)''. and ?? I iir pr?'p.?r lion ol f.e? are pinit**-i i.\ the Medd (?"OCtet* in colored plate-, lhat an- . 11111 the l.'-st e?f lb. kind we have enroll lered in h h.'Ok The r?si e,f th. pi I ? i.? which are all. ?>f courae, photo ?grnphlc rrpri'dii.riions "f tl.' i,, . piece mentioned in th?* text, are "mon ' O'-hr?.m's' ?.f tin??, quallt) Th" baud s..m.- binding "t stetui bloc btickran ( I" ai I "til' llu title on Hie lia? k un the Hi] of I'h.reii'? stumped m gold II th. . entre e.f th?. fr.-ni cover. Il i sheer luxury te, turn these pagl Tin' author himself would have re ? joie-rd in Mr DeVetre'S Invaluable dim irntlve- apparat us. and poealltty iuii-'i. have ?'iivlnl, too. a page so large an' i bar Wevwthsless, <;iH'<niio oiuntl his printer, served him prett] well Va earl's own edition, the definitive -?ii tion e.f 1081a lies before us. sMa by ebi? with th?- frank modem >*olumes in Iti mellow reJItun covers it ha? a faaclna ti"ti uf its own. The old Plorcntlni tvpography is small it is tin*?, bul i has character and bSSUty, and lh? .familiar portraits which head the- chap itera, with their pompous decorntlv* frames, count for imnh in the ereatloe ? ?f that subtle alnaoaphere which bangt around un tun i? ni I.k Then lhe-v iis.il superlatively *TOOd pap?r in th. , Kh.rence of Ciinil, and IheSS pSgfM, I though stained with time, aie- pkfgsanl to the touch and to the <-?.,-. After ail, , It Is under just such conditions k? these battered volumes impose that it is most exciting and Inspiring to attack V*e sari's v ?v id nan al iv ?-s What has Mr DeVCTS made of them? i a better book, we think, than we have hitherto had m Engllab in blsprafsc? he- ?p..-.i.-- ..i the well known veralon b Mrs. Kost? r as embodying a para? phrase rather than a translation, '1 he saving is not absolutely Just, for. com* i paring the two translations, lore' and th"ie. we have- found lhat Mrs. Footer Is. on th?- whole, no less faithful to the '. substance of her original than is Mr. DeVsre. Hut the latter unquestionably comes .loser to Vsssrfs form, and [?npectally in that matter of movemoni which is of priase signif?came. The ?style of the Italian text. In? remarks. Is sometimes labored and pompous, but, as h?> adds, "the narra live is generally lively." and In? is more successful than Mrs. Koster In making us feel this, lil? is smoother, more ?'lastie. and more <?Metas without tin- sacrifice of any shade of nMaualng Preserving the ?dioni.nit savor of his author, he still gives o*1 a ie\l elftes knit enough to carry the reader along without the fatigue promoted by ala predecessors rather awkward way of pulling the clan??'? e.f a eentcnice together, it is important for a translation to he ac? curate, but it is ?'ijtially indispensable? that it should be comfortably reailal.le. so that one mav get at the sense with no thought of language as su. h. We tak?' Mr. DsVsTS to be a s< holar, and we are sure that lie is a man of letters. He is modest withal, and his transla? tion is an yet practically unburdened with notes, th?- few that appear in the volumes already printed bearing only upon questions of translation. F'ossiblr we shall have more from him in an? notation when his last volume comes from the press. In the mean time he is to be congratulated on a pide of | work so good and ao useful that we I would have nothing add?'.! to it utile i it were a ?ritual and biographies! e laay oa Vaeari, And la the absence I that the read**?1 eaa always turn tu tl [excellent biography by Mr, Carde jwhi.h the .loiis puhllahed a year or ' ago. FICTION 1 Ingenuity, Mysticism and Shee Fun. AN INFALLIBLE DETECTIVE. SCIENTIFIC BPRAOUB. By Irene I.' nde. Illustrated by E. Roscoe Bhrsv ' er. limn, pp. Mg Charlea Bcrlbner Sons Th.- plots of these six ?letecliv stories are all concerned with the ?? ? fort.? of the ?avTsnecontlnentel Rsllroa 'system to gala] Control Of the Nevad ! short Un.-, it cannol be done by mi nlpulatlon of the stock in Wall Btree sine? I'.u pet cen? of that?the "control - i.- held by B Bj adir ate of banks s col Isterei for money loaned for Im provemente; therefore means mast b found to paralyse the earning cspscil ! of the road, for s while, at lebst Th ? iioan- chosen are all criminal, arnoni ; them wrecks and the dynamiting pi ? ? tunri.i. Tools to do this kind of worl 1 . un alwav a be fourni ; all tie BC attempt I in-ariv succeed, but Bclentlflc Bpragur , Is always oa the spol to fr?strate them This rorl of work la his psstlme, foi ? he Is a geologlcsl expert in the gnvern I m.-ni sen*Ice. The lnt?w*es( of th-eer I sioti.s lies in the author's Ingenuity ' the her?, i- merely his mouthpiece The man is too clever, he never la al a i?.-^ be never m?eme s claw, he might have be. n present at the plan? ning of all th?s? conspiracies Still, one r?;ois <.?i v all entertained, sure of Bclentlflc Bprague as is his young frond, th? superintendent of the iin<\ THE SPIRIT OF NATURE. PAN"H (?ARDKN A Volume of Natur? stiii . i B) Algernon Blackw.I, with ,i i i . ? ? u ? Iraham rlobertsoii i.ino. pp ?*>."> Th? Uacmillan Compon) Mysticism Is the keynote of Mr. Black*..I's nature worship. Rarely sensitiv " i i ti. mood - of fon st and mountain and sea, of snow and the Bands of the desert, to the blowing of t?o B'lnds, he rinds conscious purpose la them all, which our own subconadous selves ma apprehend if pmperl* at? i nii.-.l i. ...I ?-i ? n intci pn t I?- til.n a.i? mind HI faith la highl? Imsgl? nstli ?'?. oft.n it I fan? Iful, as a hen he holds thai sacrifice t.. th? nature del of*nld ma bring ihr m bach to us Occasionally he sounds the terror of the am lent personification of th? foi .s of nature broken from their bond., iieie is the trail thai saves and th? call thai destroys, the spirit of the -?' " lilt '.I "I 111" ?o .? fOg, 11111111.111 ? ing ItS S'OI -tilt per i" hi- death, the I real luring the forestei from ins al legiance to wife and home, with b oei alt t- ie .f n ?.?ii...is'. thai m nds it?= woodsy, leafy, earth] odors In pureiilt of him on Hi?' sings of the breeses of the night, iier-o are s ceder "f Leba? non pining In an Kngllsh garden for Its Kindred ..o the mountains of Pales? tina, eekers after the ancient myst? rtea ..i' Kg>*pi In the murmurs of I l sa nde; and, arrange*! of all, s human I incubus a man draining others of their' I vitality, drained himself of his own ac? cumulated store by B wast,? place of nature that It may hear fruit The ap? peal to the reader is strong for tlie moment, for Mr. Blackwood Is an artist WhoSS pen is well adapted to the ?llffl i ultics of the material of his choice, I and. no doubt, of his ...rivi. tioiis. REINCARNATIONARY. BUNKER BEAK. By Hsrry Lee Wilson illustrated bv F. T?'. CrUger. Uni... pp, ::.i? I 'oabl.-iiav. Page g Co. There la bo help for it The ad? j.-< live do?s not exist, therefore It must Ibe Invented t.. ut the story of Runk'rl Bean, unless the reatler. ?>n ? oncluding ? it. prefers to make it "metempsy ebony." Here is a book of capital fool lag with a basis of < orrruon sense an?l ? an occasional hit of satire by way ?>( ? h?lightening th?' contrast. Buaker Bean , is an efil? ient stenographer and a baa? ball "fan.'' Beyond that he is nothing, i ' tirni?! nonentity, afraid even to Indulge his taste for "snappy" clothes an?l loud neckties, until the r'ountess Casa?' nova, "clairvoyant clalraudlent pay? i liotueiri''." tells him in pronounced ( ? 'hicago.se that in hi? former incar? nation on earth he was Napolen Bonopart.' . Munker Renn does not like | this, for his is ,a peaceful, shrinking soul, averse to bloodshed; but befor Xapoi. e,p he had been a Roman ron queror. and before that al. Egvptia King of th" prehistoric dynasty, t* said I'reife moot Hiilthasar, a grant" -ee-r i? far thai? the Counteas*. Wn Bunker Mean te> g.. through his new lif undiatlngulahed, the menial of a meai 1 ? I man with a hundred millions? No indeed! And so th?' reincarnated con queror builds anew his klngshi|>? h forced into ji. rather, by a chain o preposterous circumstances sklrtlni reality, and by a variety of peop!? 'hat keep the reader chuckling wher he is not laughing aloud. The stor". Is an unalloyed delight. m BOOKS AND AUTHORS Current Talk of Things Present and to Come. The ovv ne r of old books should And out. before' he sells them, what their real value ma? I.e.. Sir Herbert Max? well recalled mit long HX<> a sad thing lhat happened to him. Me wanted an cncvclop'pilia, and being short of rash one.Lided to sell some bonks he didn't ? are for. Ile chose a sporting macazine of which he had a e-omplet?' set. bar two numbers, from its beginning in 17'??? t" its death in 1870 He sold It f..i i rough t?. buy his encyclopaedia, Lui. alas' ti.at set of sporting ltiag Bsines, wn" ?..'e] in London last year for s i 286 More About the Borgias. Ib.oks about that extremely pictur* eseiue family, the llorghis, are steadily increasing in number, another just out. is "The Story of the Borgias." produced b] Mr- .lohn W) vie, after a careful sift? ing of fresh ev ,de.n> e. From Cnn-id.-? and Virginia. "Precl?MIS Waters' is the title eif the i novel l.v Mr A M. ?'hisliolm, the j OIOROI? \ AS AIM (Prom ths i.rail by Himself.) young <'anadian author, which Double il.iv. Page ft r'o. will BOOB puhllsh. It is mentioned as g dramatic story of the irrigation problem. The Virginian Btory which is also coming from this house is Miss EllSB Glasgow's "Vir? ginia." P.ii.l Joras. \Vhat promises to !>?? | particularly interesting historical study is Mr. M. M ?'raw fords "The Sailor Whom Engasad Feared: Reing the Life and Adventures of Paul Jones, S?ottish QentJetnSU Of Fortune and Admiral in the American and Russian Fleets." This will I.e one of the books of the spring. The Fr?nch Academy. a careful and ccaaprehs naive hjatitiT o? the Acad?mie Fran?aise from the year 1*329 t.. ITU! has been written by | M. Frederic bbSSsXM This will be wel ? | corned by all conscientious students of literature. "Fussy." To a book on dogs recently published in London Mr. H. R. Irving has contrib? uted a little < haptrr on Fussy, the fox terrier whi?-h was the cherished fa? miliar of that eminent actor, Sir Henry _BOOKS AND PUBLICATIONS._j BOOKS AND PUBLICATIONS. !++-i?+++++++*+^ t WHY DO REVIEWERS SAY?- .. f * i MY LITTLE ! 1 SISTER t I Bv Elizabeth Robins i + + "Will be the most talked of book of fiction of the sSSkSOa "? + ' 4. ,v. 1*. risses 4. ' .j, HTskSS instant place *-an**Ms the world's most powerful stor?e?.' X 1T PMl /'?* IS j "ff tbe test Of :? book is the impression it makes, M V I.ITTI.I' l* ?fc 1 + . SISTER will be a hue?- sttccesa For you will think about it? ?i ? ?b ?. von can'1 gel away from that. ?iV. J'. American. ??? ? ?j, l THE STORY IS THE ANSWER. 1 t + % At ?any Bookstore. % t * t 11.21 ?1?"'. Post/xiirf, 12c rrlra. + ?k I "^ t Publishers DOOD, MEAD & COMPANY New York I '.". . . . a a ? a > I I I II LllXXllXIXX.t.XI ? I III,, ? *??.....' HENRY VAN DYKE'S THE UNKNOWN QUANTITY A Book of Romance and borne Half Told Tales THE INITIATIVE. THF! REI ERENIM M THE RECAI :. AS Dtgntr - m- DEMOCRACT. Dslos F. Wllroia Skn.iu. Expedition in GOVERNMENT BY AIL THE PEOPLE. cloth, 12-BQ. SI.50 net: tmOomM, 11.6,1 Till. M \? ?III.I.AN COMPANY, Publl.h'? _oi-io Mh Ave.. X. y. ' RARE BOOKS* PRINTS IN EUROPE. | ii A LL-OUT-OF-PRINT-BOOKS" *m WRITE ME; can get you ajivb->ol, ?vtf publlahed on any aubjert. The? ir.o? <*ip?rt boeeli f)nd*r extant. When In England ca.l aad see- my 109,000 rare be.ejka. BAKER S IJIIEAT BOOK SHOP. John Bright at.. Birmingham. Irving. "On one occasion," sir ? th? narrator, "when my father was ?olns to America he lost th-? dog at lajas***-, ampton. but Fussy managed to flni his way back from Southampton to the Lyceum, and went straight up to my fatti-TH dressing-room, info Ins armchair, where be was found, a re? markable achievement for a dog So !body knows how he found his a**a?*- from I Southampton to London, but th? fa?*! Ils that he did. He was in a <iar\in** i condition and his feet were bleeding and j ?sore He was sent up to ?,raff?>n s'reet, wbe-re my father then lived, and the lioiiselteoper looked after him until mv, fathers return from America " : Two French Novels. Translations of two popular French I novels are to be published next month by Dutton. One is Pierre de Couls i vain'? "American .Voblllf |\" a BtOffy ef f international marriage, th? othtt Is Henri Bordeaux's "Fear ?if Living." a pi- .-e e.f BOtlon wlii? h has ben . i-.'.v ned 1" the g*itNKll Academy. Dc Gairdner's History. Up are to have a feturtli volume ?I the late Hr. ?.airdn<r s hlatOT* "f ' dol? lar.Iv and the Reformat hui in Rag Isnd." ii was found after his <|"atli that he had practically completed ins volume, ami Dr. William Hun' hi re >Vising the work an?l searing It thro'igli 'the press. A Wesley Diary. Mr. Nehcmiah ?tirivH'k. ihe editor of John Wesley's journals and the dis? coverer of the key to the clgnst in which those early journals were writ? ten, has made another "find ' In th" last pages of g litrle book known as "Wesley's Last Account Rook ' nh'.-h has been preserved amona the old London ari-h?ves of Methodism, he bas feuind a shorthand diary of the last ten ye?rs of Wesley's life. Th" dtSXM ends his accounts with this sen'once. written with B tremulous hand "I will not attempt it any longer, being satis? fied with the continual conviction that I save all I can and -rive all 1 can. 'hat Is, all I have." Freeh Romancea. It is not stated whether Miss slSf? jolie BOWen'S novel, "The Quest o? Glory,*1 arhlch has just been issued here, Is identical with "A Knight of Spain." which is on the point of pub? lication in London. It la oft?-n the? ease- that an American edil ion of an Knglish novel will carry a title differ lag from thai of the Knglish one. Mi*"? Blissboth RobMan*! new Story, for in? stance, is called in this country ' My Little Sister," whereas its Knglish till? U "Where Are You G?einK To . . .?" BOOKS OF THE WEEK. ART. THK tJCTTBRg OF A POST'IMPRgSflOX' 1ST Being th.- Psmtlfsr ? V.rr.-?i>.?n1? ?"* ..f Vincent Van fiOSb. I Hum rat ?-el. *?*? m- \i.n, tes. tHougbtsB, Mitiui cee> i,.,i.- . Ti?.n?Ut?d from the? ?.erman b] An I bon) If, l.'.ul... l.-i. warn alao pro?, i.t >? ia Introductor]) vaiay on th? painte-t .-n' hi? ati. BIOGRAPHY. THK gOMANCn Of TIIK KiiT'l?! HII-D??. 11. Ignatius Halla. llltiafrated tro, PP ?.".'.'. .?;. p, rutsaai'e Ism i The? mioiv of -.he. rounding Of Ih? fa'nil of im?nele? h snd ibstr risa "? fonun? arltbln Hfa? spa.' ?I ? liu'ielr.'.i ?rar?. ;" lienmny, England hiuI Frunce Hn" aneedotM an?) hietoriral elatt. conreralaa - 'n-.*i*- i.\ ih? Brsa t.? Knsinii.i. )i"' iris, Praa***, Raasta. ????? tbe esasr po?-?** FICTION. THK liKi'LI'.NSInV OT ItKVRV U Al.l?!?? H, V ?ot?tO. 12m?, pa lit. ?The rirK'* ic!? A. ?Itokea ?'on.pany i Relat'tig ?hat cam? of the mee-tuif. If tween tt >e,ung 1*1 BBSb nobleman an.l a nd? ??? r data Ssatca slrl ?a suffragette. THK KKONTIBHS Of THK HF?ART P V?fJ* tor Marguerltie. Translated from th* r i""*" bv Frederic I.ee?. l2mo, pp. 343. <T*a Pt-dt rick A. S;okes Company.) A ?tory baaed on the theme of ?h? ??'uf[7 Sie between love and pa'rlotlam at th? tin*? of the Franco Prusalan war. TUB FIFTH TRl'MPBT By Pau! Bertra"" l?nio. pp. vlll. 3M iTh? John Un* ? o? ; .?n ) Healing allh the fifteenth .??Hitur.? *?" preina? y at the ?ttuich in Eurejp*. A W?a atory runa thro'.igh the narrative. THK FIMJKlt OF MR. JlLEK. A Tror'? ? e.me.lv. Hy Peter Hl'inde-U lUmo. pp. ?t-** ? The J'ihn lain?' ?'ompany.? THF. C'EST i iF OIjOKT. Hv Mar*?''* B.iwen ll'mo. pp. vl. 311. i K P Out'.oB g To ? The Been* it laiS in "Trance in the aarlT part of tha reign of I.oula XV. ' '?? I arory ?leala with tha adventurea of ta? Marqula de y'auvenar?u?a. | MIPS JIMMY. Br lisura B. Slobar?!?