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r ?^ r*a ?tK V REVIEWS AND COMMENT _ -* LITERARY CRITICISM AND BOOK NEWS Fridtjof aNansen on Siberia and Its Riches?A Canadian Paradise for Mountaineers? Pan-American Big Game. TRAVEL AND SPORT TUB <*.!?*. H HIBMlIA THF. I.IMI ?.-* TFS Till UK B) r-MtJe. fa.'?-? I .a?r?"t 1,,'f? Mo pi i 4"> |. A ; ;? ?-/~r a, l, \?<i! S*Ta\IN?*tBIV4i ?Ml r )t ri <?H*TI?>** W THK iF.l.klHh?! A K-. ' . ?-' Wort ?mo-a 4 ? M '. ..? ? I * ? ?m IV it'! IM I. I AMt'V? THE CANADIAN AI le B I ? M Burp??? K B <? H w . tt-lor, B-f-J I?- i***?l?*a*Maal ? -gra;,*, ?nd Si? rear* * - . - la? Oassan bio OAME rTKT.rm or amkrk a. north ant> aOITII H, !>??!?. J Mu??. I a?tr?Ud from J.hMOfr-apt.4 t.? il.? ?uth?.r. ai,4 will) 'i.r??. lira? i tari?* Ll?li ??? ? m Mo i? --1 asasj? H Dar?n ' unt>?ri* The expedition whose results sre set down in Nansen'? large volume wa soat out by business men for a business reason, an inquiry, namely, into the possibility of establishing a trade route by sea between Fijrope ami Siberia tin solution, in ether words, of the old problem of tht? Northeast Passage, at least a? far as the mouth of the Yenisei Hiver, whose territory promise? to be? come one of the great granaries of the future. Freight by rail, whether we-t ward to Rues.a. or eastward to Vlad i.ostok and the Pacific, will be pro . e on <t-< ?? enormous cis'ance?, eren when tke railroads shell huve been built. Hence this voyage of discovery, which hau yielded promising result?. Navigation of the froren waters ] at the north of Russia and Siberia ia ' poasible, at leart in late summer. Nansen was Invited to head the ex? pedition on account of his familiarity with Arctic Ice and condition? in Arc? tic waters. He declares explicitly that he is not a business man, yet this ac- j i'Hint of his observations and the con n? he rinches is of the utmost practical value to the Russian govern? ment, to Siberian settlers and mer? chants, and to the commerce of En Hipe and America, for, with the Kara *?ea declarer) possible a? a trade route, he approach to Northern Siberia by water from the west may yet become FIGHTING IN FLANDERS By E. ALEXANDER POWELL The account by an eye? witness of every phase of the great drama in Relgium culminat? ing in the fall of Antwerp. Pro? fusely illus? trated from photo? graphs. $1 net. CHARLES SCRIBMiR'S SONS Fifth Avenue at 48th St., New York I ! a reality as well It is, indeed, a con tff of the 'uture which the great a plorer describes, a country of ilhm i ?? -?etches of fruitfu' soil awaiti development, of aim? ?? mexhaustic mineral riches. (?old is present in ?treat quantitii Thus far it is extracted only by t; most primitive means, then there a , iron, copper, silver, load, precio stones, coal and oil. Cattle raising ' still in ita infancy; in fac\ so la ever thing in Siberia, fostered, however, 1 '.he- govern nient, which la fully awal ! to the potential wealth of the country But, whilo much practical informi tion of this kind pages, their widoi es in Nai ron'? deiii-rip* pn.mi1 ? rac? that inhabit the country. His ?.ova?*. it may be explained, -.vas extend? i b land almost to Vladivostok, and bac by the Siberian Railroad. An iadefa! gable observer is this exceptional mar blessed with an intellectual cunosit that overlooks nothing. Hence th ? \y interesting quali'y of ?his book which, la this regard, deserves to ran rt r works. (| course, he deals still another blow t< the gradually crumbling conception o iris as a land ?if groaning pol?tica prisoners and exiles, fainting and dyinf under the knout. The Busslan govern? ment sent them there, not to kill them Lut to make them profitable to the na? tion as ?ettlers. Nansei speculates upon that puziling phenomenon, the mam? moth found Intact hair, skin, flesh, bones and all-in the froren ground. How did these nrohistoric monster? come there? How did they meet their death? Above all, 'now can they have been frozen m such a short time that their gigantic bodies have been preserved? "Thcs>- are riddles that many clever men have discussed for nearly a century a.,d a half, since rat well-preserved woolly rhinoc tros was found n Siberia In 1781. But I have never aeon an explanation that ? ' course, ao tar a-; education and the ap? plication of modern Inventions to their and ita riehi cerned, the Siberian settlers still live in the Mid? dle Ages. At Yeniseisk Nansen found i?ot a single sawmill. All planks were being sawn by hand! The Canadian Alps are a compara? tively recent discovery as a now- para? dise for mountain climbers. The sport ! as not yet been organized thole as ;t has been in Europe; porters and guides are still hard to obtain: the hardships and the delights of the amateur SX? - are still to be found there. Mr. Palmer is one of these pioneers, his book a guide for those anxious to fol h w in his footsteps. He spent I re summers in the Selkirks. ??rending' L some thirty-five peaks theretofore un climbed, and crowning bis work by eonqnerlng the highest lummil in tke . Mount Sir Sandford, 11..'..' I r. i - did consider able topographical work in tke tirpt time ne three hundred BOjnare e northern Selkirks, where they discovered a glacial : vstem of tast extent, the book la intended - I - of all for lovers of the sport of moun? taineering. The illustrations are all that ran he desired; the maps a real contribution to our knowledge of the region. Mr. Burpee's luxuriously illustrated volume is a ?ort of glorified gi.nl' keek ta the Canadian Alps, it revel? in description? of the beauties of Banff, Lake Louise, etc.; gives a brief history of the mountains since French explorers first reached them in the middle of the eighteenth centurv. .it;.!-, with the Canadian Bal parks: I cents that have estek llshed landmarka in the story of I Bl ni:, and concludes 1*1 ,, of the ?ebji .Mr. Singer'? is a companionable of big game shooting on this continent, all the way from the jungle of British Guiana to the domain of caribou and moose. He is a faunal naturalist in an incidental, entertaining cbat-by-the camptire sort of way, bul his real tab the sport af ?talking and bt i.g iag down the quarry. A4 ?he ver;. - -?? '? ? tnatel i I onel Booae-relfa Ian man-eating fish, the pairan ) a. a 11 ?. the carlbl 01 per nna. a nab about fifteen ineke? long, reaambling our black besa, arme.) large, rasor-cutting teetb, not unlike tl.e front teeth of a human I . .-. /"..???' - ?ST. PCTE?-'?> HiLt. 5TAMCOQ.P (rB.OM|1Hl'-?HW?\vS ANO 8VWAV0 m L'?NCOi.Nl?.iag.' MACHlUU.N CO.) ?he perai scents a wounded i atumal, or even man, they will crowd ? ?? m ahoala and devour the oh ject alive." Mr. Singer -.vent t<> Galena ? -, er, and go! so-.rral. ' I l-iru-e eats are, ! . among the liest w? have' and M i. Bull furni?hes a colore?! picture of another in his ..inner. The naturalist con.? re again in ? chapter on the black bear. It will be news to many .- there ai?- cinnamon, brown, an?l even white black bears, all character? ized, however, b* the amiable, happy go-lucky diapoeition of th?- genua, (iLLuSTr?ATiON raoM "BRU??5* CHAAuKf* iCftlHrtC.i'i ?DM? ) whieh makes it one of the most mtius ing animals to study in its daily lifr*. Mr, Singer, who is one of our mighty Kimrods, tells also of peccari hunt* in Mexico, and of his adventures in learcb .if cougars, moose, mountain keep and grizzly besrs. MOB." Count J. O. de Br?ville i"Job"i, one of whose illustrations for Frederick Trevor Bill's "Washington the Man of Action" is reproduced on this page to-day, is a French artist whom many of Ins countrymen consider the succes? sor of Neuville and D?taille BO the ex pt.nent of French military life ami his? tory. He has already to his credit a number of large illustrated works, among them "Louis XI," "Jeanne d'Arc" and "Napoleon." 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