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Book$ for Real Reade'rs?
The English Language
By Willis Fletcher lohnson
A Student'a Library
Shrewdly Suirijes.t.ms' That We
Should All Be iStudents
mr M0D1 BS STI DENT?3 I.1KKARY. Editfrt hv
Conn i:'ino. Cbarlca Scriii
?- >, : ?
We havo had many so-called "libra
ries"?good, bad and indift'erent; some
so meagre as to belie the name, and
sonio so voluminous as to defeat the
very enJ for which they were devised.
ft is idle to speak of a "library" which
does not exceed half a dozen volumes,
while to commend a series of hundreds
of volumes to him who has means or
space for only a score is tantalizing
mockery. The best of such collec
tions must be those possessed of a
certain homogeneity, which, of course,
will preclude universality, but which
will most perfectly serve certain spe?
cific tastej and needs. It is also essen
tial that the editorship be competent
and authoritative, both in selection
abridgment, comment and
what ???:? be needed.
Of such is the series before us. In
name a student's library. it trebly dem
onstrates its title to the distinction.
The selection of its componcnt vol- ?
umes is discriminating and scholariy.
Doubtless there are many other
volume- worthy of and desirable
for inclusion. That would be true
if the number of them were multi
plied many times. But it is equally
true, and is a matter of supreme im
hat there is not a volume
in it that is not thus worthy and thus.
desirable; not one that has not a sat-;
j'sfactory and convincing reason for j
>>e::ig in-jluded. Again, each volume;
is edited by a competent authority
whose name is a guarantee of scholar- ;
ly treatment. Some of them are !
abridged, but in a manner which will j
;heir value, save to those |
who have some special need of the
complete text. Most of them are, of !
course. piven fully, and they are sup
plied with introductions and notes and
mdices which materially enhar.ee their
value, both to the student in school
and to the student in that larger sense
which should make the word applica
ble to every serious reader.
Perhaps this third eonsideration is
the most important of all. These vol?
umes are obviously such as every
student in school and college should
be familiar with. Equally they are
such as every person who desires to
bo well read should both read and
study. "Pilgrim's Progress," "Emer
son's Essays," "The Ring and the
Book," "Boswell's Life of Johnson,"
"Thc Scarlet Letter." "Pendennis,"
"The Essays of Francis Bacon"?these
and similar works, in iiction, philoso?
phy, essays and other departments of
literaturc nre classics which must be
read by all who aspire to knowiedge
of English literature or to anything
like culture in letters. The service
tVat is rcndered to the public by pro
ducing editions of such works in con
venient, beautiful, authoritative and
y.et inexpensive form, is simply in
calculable, and is ? indicativo of the
highest of purposes in the publishing
trade and of an inspiring contidence,
which we must expect to see richly
justitied in thc appreciative judgment
of the reading world.
iiood Englisb
How to Study and How vo l se
the Noblest of Languages
EXPXIESSIVE ENGLISH By James C. Fernald.
Sma . Sto, pp. xll. 403. Kunli Jt Watnalla
pany.
At peril of being \cx et prae
terea nihil, we rejoice in the privilege
of commending Dr. Fernald's latest
book to all readers, and certainly to all
writers and speakers, in the highest
terms. It is, we know, unpopular to
stand up for the English language, or
to urge its preservation in strength
and purity. Some rail at its spelling,
some at its pronounciation, some at its
grammar, and many at it altogether.
It sometimes really seems as though
that writer was most admired who
most misued it; and there are those
who pose and are rcverenced as au?
thoritics who proclaim that it is gov
erned by no rules and that any uiie is
free to use it as he pleases, no use
possible being misuse.
Dr. Fernald's book may not be flaw
less. But it is a serious and scholarly
attempt to revive, or, perhaps, to cre'
ate, that practical and vital interest
in pure English speech which is one
of the greatest needs of the time, not
alone in our own educational system
but throughout the world. For English
is becoming, above all others, the uni
versal language, and that fact makes it
supremely desirable that it shall be
used. at least, with technieal accuracy.
We could with difficulty forgive such
slipshod use of words as merely im
paired thc beauty and grace of speech;
but we cannot pardor, it when it dis
torts and falsifies the meaning of the
words and, therefore, of thc thoughts
or statement? which are uttered.
A current example of this perversion
?not taken from Dr. Fernald's booK,
but from almost every i sue of almost
ffie MIRRO
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the Lamp, a remarkable picture
of a saintly man and a wronged woman who have sinned
according to the world's doctrine?his striving to regain
his peace of mind, without which no human being can be
perfectly content.?Pittsburgh Dispatch.
The Mirror and the Lamp proves its author to be, per?
haps, the greatest living novelist, says Edwin Pugh,
himself a well-known English novelist, in the London
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every newspaper?-is found in the cur?
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there has been an all but universal
mania for using that word on every
possible occasion, but in nine cases cut
of ten in an entirely incorrect sense.
And this is the more unpardonable, be?
cause there is a simpler and far more
familiar word which exactly expresses
what "alibi" is viciously perverted into
appearing to mean, when in fact it
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Dr. Fernald writes with authority
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Current Activities of Authors
and Puhlishers
'Ihe Macmillan Companv announces
for next week Ida Tarbell's first novel.
The Rising of the Tide," and Martha
Bensley Bruere's "Mildred Carver, U.
S. A. ln the non-fiction will be Dan
lel F. Rhodes's "Our Im nortality."
Frank N. Doubleday, of Doubleday,
Page & Co., has just returned from
a three months' trip tt Europe. dur?
ing which he visite;! England, France
and the occupied portions of Germany.
The John Lane Companv has had to
postpone until early in April publica?
tion of Stephen Leacock's "The Ho
henzollerns in America" and Arthur
J. Rees's detective novel. "The Shriek
mg Pit." An English translation of
Daniel Halvey's "President Wilson"
will appear at about the same time.
Robert M. McBride & Co. annour.ee
the following books for *.-arly publica?
tion: "Tales of Secret Egypt," by
Sax Rohmer. author of 'The Insidious
Dr. Fu Manchu"; 'The Second Bu:lot."
bv Robert Orr Chipperiield; "Personal
Efiiciency in Business;," by Edward
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Who Acts."
Walt Whitman died March 26, 189-',
and on March 26, this year, "The New
Era in American Poetry," Louis Unter
mayer's summary of the leading
"Movements" and figures since Whit?
man, will be published by Henry Ilolt
& Co. May 31, this vear, is theecnte
nary of Whitman's birth. This book
is an attempt to estimate how Ameri?
can poets so far have answered Whit?
man's challenge:
"Poets to Come!
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"Tumble-Fold." by Joseph Whitaker,
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They will have Ibanez's latest novel, !
"Mare Nostrum," dealing with Spain
during the war, ready next summcr
or autumn.
Jack London in Ma.ni.-h
Yaldemar Blad, of this city, has
called the attention of Prince Axel, of
Denmark, to the fact that he some
time ago translated Jack London's
"The Call of the Wild" into Danish,
under the title of "Urtidskaldet," with i
the authorization of Mr. London him-!
self, and that after having been sub
mitted to a publishing house in Copen- j
hagen and then returned to Mr. Blad's '
mother, the MS. mysteriously disap
peared. Shortly thereafter another;
translation of the same work, under a
dlfferent name, appeared in Copen- |
hagen. Mr. Blad regards the circum- '
stances as worthy of investigation. He
has made a translation of Christian
Whinter's "Hiortens Fluit" into Eng?
lish, which he expects soon to publish :
in London.
By MRS. VERNON CASTLE
My Husband
The unconventional story of a rare
character to whom life was a joyous game.
His dancing, the very name Castle, were
gay accidents in a high-spirite'd career, ac?
cording to this intimate record by his wife
and dancing partner. Captain Castie suc
riiiced his life in the war to save a fellow
aviator. Elaborately Mustrated. $2.50.
By MEREDITH NICHOLSON
Lady Larkspur
A fanciful romance to be finished at
one delicious sitting. Bob Singleton becomes
involved in a mystery centering about
?*Aunt Alice," the beautiful young widow
of his late eccentric uncle?a mystery in?
volving a foreign agent, "Aunt Alice's"
fan, and a prisoner in the tool house. $1.00.
By JOHN JAY CHAPMAN
Songs and Poems
Poems in many moods by this well
known poet and essayist. $1.00.
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Desinond the Thriller
A Capital Tale of Mystery and
Romance
OKEWOOD OF TI1F SECRET 8EBV1CE Bj Val
emlriB Wllllama. 12mo. pp 374. Robert M. M -
BrlJe i: Co.
For the lovcr of mystery stories here
are 374 pages of unalloycd pleasure
Again we meet that delightful and re
sourceful creature, Captain Desmond
Okewood, and his lively brother. It is
not our first introduction tn him, for
he figured in one of Mr. Williams's no
less interesting former books. This
book is well plotted, and the most im?
possible things?of course, a mystery
story is worthless unless it is impos
sible??ir3 made to seem very plausible
und quite possible. Every chapter ha
two or three genuine thriila and end"
with a surprise. The read, r has that
delightful sensation of anxiel . over a
probablc ending which he knows In I
heart 01' hearts must come oul happily;
in fact, uo feature needed to make this
sort?of- tale fascinating Is missing.
We are sorry that Arthur Mackwayte,
Edward R. Coyle
("Ambulanclng on the :':??. :. i" nt"; Urlt
ton I'ubllshlns Compa
the old school actor, had to be nuir
dered so early in the plot. But some
one had to be murdered or there would
have been no plot. He is a well drawn
character and very interesting. There
is a charming little danc r, N'urcl-Din,
and there are plenty of spies .in.l cx
cjting villains, over vvl.., of course,
Captain Okewood always triumphs,
Barbara Mackwayte is an atl
person, and we like the si:?? l
perhaps she and Captain Okewood may
work together in a closer n I
through life.
This is a book which will make vou
forget that you ever had ;: trou
the world; make you bi
has romance, and thal I really
happen sometimes v ; tremi
rapidity. It is - ho - cl* an and
pleasant reading, and is to i.
mended to those who seek to forget
dull care in thc happy land i
believe. ., r. . >.
lh*u ex IMachina
CAROI.TN OF THE Sl \\\ Hi, \<v. ? R ?
Bolmoro Kmllrod llluslrnti
1 *i??i II. l-'mo. pi 301 U.v.l \i. .
Miss Endicott is obviously
mined to create another Noted N'ame
of Fiction, and we expect that ? ;
succeed. The name will be Caro > ti.
We heard it some time back in "(
lyn of the Corners," and her.
again, more charming than before.
She is a winsome little creature, full
of optimism and kindness, and she
helps to solve a problem which she
could not understand and to set
straight the tangled lives of others.
Her character is drawn with excop
tional distinctness and lifelikeness, and
with irresistible appeal to both the
juvenilo and tlie adult reader. The
scenes are laid in New York City and
on the coast of Block Island, and in
both places the author is at home.
Thc Fast Set
THE SEE-SAW. I'.y Snphle Kcrr. Wll
frontlsplece. Hmo. pp. 360. Doub] l*ai
<\ i o.
Here we have anotlier new sti ry i n
an old theme. In the younger sel
of fasliionablc and somewhat rapid
society a husband takes to too much
drink and flirtation. with the result
that he and his lovely wife are pres
ently divorced. The wife never can
feel that she is not still marricd to
him, and so rejects the advances of
all other men. Ho marries the woman
who was the cause of the divorce. who
lcads him an uncomfortable exist
ence until she in turn divorces him
so that she can many another man.
Then he. chastened and repentant,
goes back to his first wife, who loves ;
him still and welcomes him.
It is a tale as trite as human life
itself, but it is told with deftness and :
charm and unfailing human interest.
Nothing is artificially crowded into
the book just for the sake of ex
ploitation, but every detai! is subor
dinated to tho purpose of telling an in?
teresting story. The result is wh'ollv
admirable We have watched Miss
Kerr's progress in fiction with keen
interi st and have found much to
commend in her former writings; but
in "The See-Saw"' she surpasses her
self and enriches current literature
with a really noteworthy book.
*
Joyous Mystery
A Romance of Fantasy and
Sheer Delight
' '. ? ' : ". v ?
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Mr. Nicholson is a master of fan
.... ... perj
lielioi . - : : immortal "Madness of
May," and now he shows a
' ' ? tl theme is varied his touch
"! main as ur< , a ; true and as en
chanting as ever. The missing lady of
a plaj is the central figure of this
dainty little romance of mystery, with
of fantastic complications
and adventures, implicating a numer
ii company of invariably interesting
In spite of the fantasy, how?
ever, every word and act is so plausi
ble as to give the vvhoie an air of con
vincing reality. It is a brief tale,
? hich may be read at a single sil tii g.
but it contains more joyous humor and
whimsical human nature than most of
our full sized novels, and it will be
long remembcrcd with unalloyed de?
light.
From Child to Woman
"'?" DAD Bj Elcatmr FT? loirell A. -.. 12mo..
PP. - .1. I.' !'. UuttOD & < 0.
Adolescence, as it awakens to the
first faint glimmerings of life and the
causes of life, is the subject of this
book Both our literary and our dra
n atic worlds of the last few years have
been full of works on this subject
But we cannot. have too much of it! for
it i; this period in the lives of all of
I at dctermines our futun morality,
? ? ery-day. work-a-day mother,
as well : the carefree, play-a-day one
h . . far too little understanding of the
vital imnortance i>;' these few years
I growing children. Miss Abbott treats
' ct with i are delicacv of fei !
:ng and understanding, as well as with
' I attention to each tiny step
- ;' ? - beginning of realization.
Her treatment of the little girl char
:tei is completely adequate. Her
charm, her v ei innocence and
nervously ititense vitality are beauti
:uily drawn. The situation is such as
? > ' '?' reaten any ot' our most pro
':,:,-|l maidens, and for that reason it
. i eater thought.
Miss Abbott falls into the fault
prevalent among our American women
novelist i of being too enthusiast ic
about her heroine. She presents the
girl with certain admirers in the begin
ning and introduces others who im
mediately fall in line, but neglects to
show us thc processes by which the
little coquette attracts these ardent
uitors. And again w must quarrel
with her about the character of" "Old
Nad" himself. Where do our authors
''?nd these trcmendously interesting
' ' fifty who are always free to
ir.arry? Wliy do wc never meet them
iu real life? We beg for information!
M. E.
Wild Passions
" .'TAMI n I- Max Drand. l2mo pp
? . I- l'i ani'a SoiiH '
' wild West
arc glad to have them.
hj all ? ? ? el us have the real
K id ^;"' e ai -: ro ewater are
I ace in I h< cov boy' kit. We
prefer thi mg passion-', unch i ii ed,
fettered, i ? ng in wayward t'urv.
thi ofl'i ? ing in this mi l
< elemental passions of
st rong men ha\ : unchi cked Avay.
fhi re ai rvel lous riding and shoot
ing. iiu1 ?' ?-.??? and loving, humor aud
hatred; I ?' ole gamut of primitive
man. V re is a chivalry that
charms and th e a humanity that
? ?? : ;<tu\ there is over
all a drama- ic ?-'.? ? ep that carries the
I r< dei along in its irresistibl >
Erra >p, For ? . for pas? ion, for
the i ed blooded life of the deserl and
!'" plains, il is such a masterpiece as
we seldom see. It must have a fore
mosl place among the many fine ro?
mance:; of thc Far West.
An Impossible Creaturc
MOTIIEItS OF MK..N I'.-. William Hei -v Warnpr '
?", ? I'\ * ? '? '?? ? ? I r ii I ; ,. 12m . pp.
1''' tii1 :' ' 'siblc works inspired
b> I he v a r tl i about tho pooresl
product we ha e ; et seen. The plot
ting is trite and sloppy, the diction is
not particularly good and the story is
liopelessly, sentimentally silly. Worsc
than that, the authors have endeavored
to disguise their lack of skill in story
telling by catering to the prurient.
The young and innocent trirl seduced
against her will is an old figure in
liction. We sometimes doubt if she
really exists anywhere else. But the
tender, delicate, well bred, refined
young woman, who fails to kill her
seducer, and instead lives on with him
for months, apparently well pleased
with her lot, wc are sure has no real
existence. She is a creature born of
an unclean mind. When afterward she
marries a man who loves and trusta
her, lies to him, betrays his confidence
and almost his country into the hands
of his enemies, she is unspeakable.
The book has a happy ending, after
all this disagreeable nonsense. But
then it is liction?fiction without ical- I
ism. ti. C. O.
?-?
India, but Not Indian
TTM COWRIE DA.S9. Hv Ilenrv Miller Rldeout
I2l . PP. 103. DalTlelci ,v. Co
We r.re not quite sure whether we
should designate Mr. Rideout's enter
taining story as India but not Indian,
i r as [ndian but not India. Of its in
genmty and interest there can be no
doubt. It contains mystery and advent
GEO. AGNEW GIAMBEaiAIK
" V^i *r'.
"Wul_ M^L^Jl^-'
A LITTLE
GRAY HOME
in FRANCE
By HELEN DAVENPORT GIBBONS
PRESENTING the American doughboy just
as he is?your soldier, and mine and the
neighbor's across the street?the modern
crusader who laughed with little children one
day and laughed at death the next.
A book that touches the heart, and all of
it?the part that treasures the smiles and the
part that guards the tears of a generous and
great-souled race.
The author, with her husband and her
four children, occupied a little chateau near
St. Nazaire in the summer of 1918. Base One
of the American Army was within visiting
distance, and the doors of the Little Gray
Home were always open to a soldier when he
could come a-visiting. Mrs. Gibbons believed
in treating the American doughboy quite
special, and she did.
In her book she has achieved the task of
getting him on paper?what he thinks of
France, what he feels about all manner of
persons and countries and causes, what France
thinks of him, etc, etc.
It is not a book of horrors or statistics or
painfully complex arguments. It is a book
of human nature, and healthy, happy human
nature. Don't miss it. It is for everybody.
Price $1.50. Buy it to-day. And send a copy to somebody.
^Si&ftr THE CENTURY CO. "SJSrStfsr
ure, thc dramatic clement and the
humorous. The scene is laid in Ind:a
and some of the principal actors av
represented as Indians. But it i
strangely devoid of the charaiteristic
atmosphere of India; we might
devoid of "local color," if that phrase
were not already too much overworked.
The actors seem too much like puppets
and the scenery is that of the painteii
stage, That in spite of these defects
of style the story is of absorbing in?
terest is the high commendation which
it deserves.
The Artifice of Mystery
THE DIAMONIJ ri.V I'.v Cnrnlyn Wells. Wltl
fla lloslilna. 12mo,
J. H. I.ll .
This new "Flcming Stone" story "uy
owc of the most entertaining writers of
the day is filled with mystery piled
upon mystery, bewildering and baffling,
and the reader who begins it will b
reluctant to lay it down until the last
puzzle is solved. There is in it much
oi" thc1 deft craftsmanship and the
whimsical humor that have made its
author so well deserved a favorite with
the appreciative public'. Yet we must
regard its artifice as somewhat too ap
parent and overdrawn. The practical
jokes ol" the nged spinster too greatly
tax credulity. The result is that the
whole story" is made to seem unreal
and impossible.
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One of Napoleon's Sleuths
THE MAN IV GREY By BaroneM Orczy. l:mo,
i p 03. (..-? rge H Doran Company.
Here is a collection of stories Duilt
around the mysterious personality of
a secret a,rer:t of Napolcon's Minister
<>f Police and his skill in frustrating
the machinations of the Chouans of
NTormandy, the "extreme lefts" of thc
Royalist party of the time, whose name,
Chouans?Chats-huants iscreech owls)
- was symbolic of their practice et
coming out to terrorize in tlie night
and disappearing from the sight of man
by day. Kxtant historical data con
cerning this troubled time are frag
mentary enough to be very stimulating
to a fecund imagination. It is a well
of mystery and adventure into whicb
Ihe author has dipped her fluent pen.
and from its nibs flow thrills a-plenty
for those minded to the enjoyment of
swift mo/tng melodrama. The mys?
terious Man in Grey. like his worthy
confrerc, Shcrlock Holmes, has the all
seeing eye and lightning brain thal
divine the ruse in all subterfuges and
work certain confusion to the plans
of the unscrupulous brigands that it is
his business to thwart. The charms of
a beautifal and daring lady brigand
also add complications to his task and
zest to the story. E I. T.
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Letters of the Conunonplace
FROM Sl'Nl 1' TO SIMhiWN. By "crra HarrW
gacl Faith H.irrls Leaeu. Unio, pp. 303. Doub:e
daj, 1'ase & (.'u.
This book ?it Can hardly be called a
story. it has no plot and no unity ex?
cept that of time?is a series of letters
which passed between a young bride
and her mother. They bear all the
verisimilitude of real letters, which
makes us wonder why they' were ever
published. Why do people think that
.their purely personal letters have an
interest for the world at large? lt
seems the height of cgotism. It is a
pity that this book should go forth
over Miss Harris's name, for she has
done good work in the past. Fxcept
for an occasional flash of the philosophy
which made her other book3 interest
ing, we have never read duller letters.
They might, of course, be valuable to
the amateur farmer. They mainly deal
with piga, cleaning pig pens, putting
baby pigs to bed with hot water bot
tles to keep their backs warm, mixing
their rations and tying their tails up
in red flannel to keep them from freez
ing. Mrs. Leach appi.rently works up
much enthusiusm for acting as a nursc
to small pigs. But, to use a theatrical
phrase, she does not "put it over."
Then the picture of marriage is in
expressably commonplace, ordinary, un
lovely. lt is all bound up in the most j
unrosy, u.iideal philosophy, cluttcred
with unwashed dishes and haying; so i
unattrnctive, in fact, that we strongly
advlse any person eontemplating matri
mony to flee from this book as from j
the plague, lest it so discouruge them
from any hope of happiness that they
tear up the license and throw the!
wedding ring in the gutter. G. C. O. j
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"The Sheep Queen," Miss Lockhart has given us a
powerful delineation of a woman which will take
high rank among the distinctive personalities in
the fiction of the West.
"Real understanding warms this tale/' writa
Sidney Williams in Ihe Boston Herctid. "Such
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