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THE SUN, SATURDAY, OCTOBER 26, 192.
LITERARY NEWS, : VIEWS AND CRITICISM 12 tit NEW BOOKS. Mr. Henderson's Mnalral Nnrel, Even mora than the plot tho very candid commontH on musical matters and musical poopln will attract tho general reader to Mr. W. J. Henderson's "Tho Soul of a Tenor" (Henry Holt and Company). Mngors, and especially American singers, may heed the. little sermon he preaches, which we take to lie the main object of the book. The story is Interesting In many ways; In sulmtaneo Mr. Hendcrhon has taken that of Tannhniwor and adapted It to modern llfo. Tho hero Im a successful! American tenor, wholly satisfied with himself and with his technical manage ment of his voice; his wlfo tries to wake him to tindorxtaiiding what hu owes to his ai t hut only irritates' his vanity and alienates his affection. It takes a pasiion of the wnhivs, ii thorough VenuslsTg oj- porienee tonroti him, and then ho grad lially works his way up to her and to true it. At the start Mr Henderson has a littlo fun, thut Is extremely bright, with tho Now York musical critics, Including him ilf. Ho vents his satlro too on tho ways of opera singers, off tho stage and on, but thorn are no portraits In his book; he deals with general trulls nlone. thotigni these are so common that any one may think the cap tits some other artist. As to their morals and peculiarities ho is prnlmhly lettor informed than tho out side public; as to tho general disregard of everything involved in music and art, beyond the exploitation of their own voices and their own fame, the public !oyond the footlights can form Its opinion too. Of that public, tho part that pre tends to care for mnslc( he makes fun quietly. The singer who plays the part of Venus to the frigid hero is a brilliant crr-t icn , she may lie partly a com posite but she owes much to Mr. Hender son's .imagination. Shu is an artist nnd a musician to her finger tiiw. a thing so improbable that the author ascrilos it to Hungarian gypsy blood. What is more, she has the power to instil the art sense into tho stubborn, selfoontred American who ts her lovor. We could wish that she nei-o a little km promiscuous with her favors, however naturjl that might be in the goddess whost part she must act. Wo could have spired the episode with the coriscientiotu young critic, amusing as it U. Still there must be dross iu Frau Venus if tho good knight is to break uway from her. The other opera people, more slightly sketched, are all alive; so is the hero till ho begins his reformation. The wife who tries to set him straight is paler, like fracas Lyr.dc jtfKKKSFWi HHFIIHHfl ' Ric-rd. rXyrwOW TAMinilr Of; JBaBrVJ& iVwBE - aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaalBpfBaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaH author Of 'caviaM'J RT.O OUTTC wests .'-Jmsm v"-L. , 'H'VaaaaV laaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaTtaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaH hlisabeth. I.fitlng the hero from his abasement gives Mr, Henderson the op portunity to express some judgments on music; the demonstration that the hero has become n complete art 1st, sinking hlm self in his part, is his singing Tristan. Mr. Henderson has written u story that every ono can onjoy; It will give far more pleasure, however, to those who can up preclato his reflections on music and on musical people and can understand the sly hits he makes ct humbugs of all kinds. He may be pardoned if he brings in oc casionally matters on which he has laid stress in other places, such us the ignorance of tho early history of music and of some technical mattuis. Likowiso if ho devises pleasant itineraries of travel to keep his hero occupied. Ho has chosen the story form to tell somo plain truths to singers; Americans, at least, can understand und heed his parable. Mary K. Waller's l.nfrat Novrl. I Under tho most favorable circumstances the heroine of a novel who has to tell her own story, as she does In Mary E. Waller's "A Cry in the Wilderness" (iilttle. lirowu and Company), labors under a disadvan tage; if she speaks of herself too well, the reader may bo prejudiced against her, and so ho may If she does not say enough. In this case the difficulty Is Increased be cause ts young woman is very buslne&s .jjike and has had bitter experiences, She gives the impression of hardness and solf lshtiess nnd there is little. In tho evonts that, occur to remove tho impression, The story is written with greater ease and care than tho nuthor's earlier stories; It has brilliant passages and also, as in almost nil tho author's books, unexpected and uncalled for slips in good taste. The chief characteristic of the heroine Is her remarkable resemblance to her unknown mother; this causes her to b recognized by various persons at critical moments. She Is struggling hard to make a living In Xew York, when she nnswprs nn advertisement which brings her Into touch with a woman who was present at her birth. The woman nnd tho lesouo work in which she is fngaged are described vividly; wo should like to know more about both, but the heroine is whisked off to a village on tho Canadian border, where she llnds pleasant ocou pation and interesting people and moets tho niau she is to marry. Them aro dim things in this part of the tale, the story of tho lovers InJho wilder ness, for Instance, and the heroine's fliRht in the apple boat Tho storv all turns on the heroine's origin, however, a Jnattcr m which bhu naturally is interested, but sho does not succeed In conveying the interest to the reader. Yet it crops up again and again In various places, till we know all about her mother, her rather sordid story and the child's Illegitimate birth. This last makes no' difference to anybody In the story, yet tho author for some unaccountable reason makes the heroine marry the man who was her moth er's husband, from whom alio runaway as soon as the marriage was imrfortned, Ure.it pains Is taken to show that It was a marriage only In name, but why the author should drag tho matter In at all she Hrliats can tell, Hurely there are de iKituble matters that rati I hi discussed more protltably and more decently. Tales In A tarries n Scene. In "A Ticked Company" (Houghton Millliii Company) Mary Hullock Foote endeavors to reconstruct tho feelings and thoughts of tho first Oregon settlers. Mho shows us the New Kugland church com munity in Its home, the pastor's Inspira tion to lead a chosen band to plant religion and civilization in the wilderness, and tho slow progress across the continent to the new land. This necessitates some his torical allusions, which might be made more clear and more entertaining. Unluckily among the pilgrims there is nn objectionable young woman who posseijses In a remarkable degree tho qualitios thut arouse the lower passions of man. Shu seems to interest the author more than the story she started to tell, and the rtwult Is u cruelly realistic pic ture of the Bullishness, shallowness snd sordid nature of a base type of woman. 'Die reader's attention Is distracted to the effect she has on the various men she fascinates and the ruin she brings on those who-yield to her. as well as to the clash that her sins produce on puritan i SuTHOa.Or'syOMSN OP modes of thought. Thp two strands of tho story aro not so interwoven tEat either seems-essential to the oth?r. The beginning of Charles Tonne y JackRon's "The Midlanders" (The Bobbs Merrill Company, Indianapolis) is de lightful; tho littlo girl growing up in the Ijouislana bayous with the queer old mn who have stolen her, tho later drift up tho Mississippi to Iowa and the'fanatlc's doflance arouse the reader's expecta tions. Then the author drops disas trously into politics and lets art go; his etery tyrns'into the account of a reform campaign against corruption and bosses. The people he introduces nrnv be typical Iowan's, but they aro not very interest ing, while their politics aro as exciting as last month's newspapers. It is a shame to turn the little heroine Into a loud varlet y actress. Tho 'author falls to mi'te his readers share his admiration for his shiftloBs editor and his village bohemian ism, und lets his story dogenerato into pretty cheap melodrama Tho material lie has assembled shows that rurid Iowa is as possible a field for fiction as Ohio or Indiana or Illinois, if authors will cultivate it properly. The lure of New York draws the heroine of Tho Girl Witli the Hosewood Urutohes (Moliride, Nast and Comupuy) from u dull up-State town to a South Brooklyn boarding house. She tells her own story with the frankness that marks some professed self -revelations of women and, as is the case with these, discloses little that Is attractive in herself. Of her good looks, Uie slimness of her figure und the loss of her right leg she keeps us informed, but her object in procuring a living seems to be ohiefly a supply of clothes and otner adornments aid the pleasures of the oity. She earns money, strangely enough, by running a sewing machine at first, then by playing the piano in a concert garden and by delivering a monologue in variety shows. The book has character, for tho ! sketches of lifo are vigorous. A pretty love idyl, which readers in the right mood will enjoy, has been writ ton by Will Alden Dr'omgoole in "The Island of Beautiful Tilings" (L. 0. Page and tympany, Boston). The soene is on the banks of a Tennessee river, but it might be anywhere. The hero is a charm ing and precocious six-yoar-old boy, who draws a youth out, of his morbid brooding over an old disappointment in love, They have good times together und after u while a nice girl appears and makes the cure complete. The author' does not always live tip to the poetical note he B ret strikes, but he fails only In things the t are unessential . ' The same sentimental chord is'struolc by Weymer Mills in "The Old Lovea (Dodd, Mead and Company), the suc cessive amatory experiences of a youth of old time New York. Tho stories of boy ami child love are very jiretty; as tho youth grows up they become more commonplace, for the author seems to caru more for the surroundings than for the young man. The last story is Impressionistic and too sad hi harmonize With the others. Homo of the episodes in "The Chronicles of QulncV Adams Sawyer, Dotwstive," by Charles Kelton I'idgin (L. C. Page and Company )( are ingenious and excit ing; others Will merely mystify the reader. They all belong to the bad class of detec tive tales in Which the reader must trufct wholly to the intuition of tho detective, and is helpless until he hts explained the whole matter to his admiring confi dant, after the criminals have been found out, Boston is the centre from which Mr. Sawyer radiates. The stories all read easily and 'all rouse the reader's attention, Whether he is satisfied with the explanations or .not. . The aid of dialect is brought to bear on the cause of womau suffrage by Maria Thompson Daviess in "Tho Elected Mother" (The Bobbs-Merrill Company), a short, story. The complacency With which the narrator regards family com plications in the middle of an election may not be shared by voters. They .may also feel sceptical aliout the ease with which political and domestic duties are combined. J Til Ira of British ami I'orclsi" Life. It would seem that Harold MacOrath rsu AUTHOS. ' O r attributes his success to his literary stylo, for "Tho Place of Honoymoons" (The Bobbs-Merrill Company) is nn outburst of florid language that curries with it a confused theatrical story. The confusion is intentional, us tho puppets do unlikely tilings merely to throw the reader off the track, and Mr. AlucCrath abets them by impressionistic digressions, Wluin his solution comes it is not only tamo and itnprobablo but It makes the behavior of his principals childish. He beings in two rivul singers, a female pianist, a German Iloyal Highness, a Itussian Orand Duke, a genial retired prizefighter, an Italian baron and tvo American youths uiyl mixes them up to suit himself. Then tliero ure impressions of Paris and of tho Italian lakes, Ap parently it Is un application of "lio heronoe" in art to story writing. A comical situation is revealed at tbo outset of "My Fjicapes," by "A Bachelor" (McBrlde, Nast and Company). The narrator is an inpecunlnus young man, impossible matrimonially, a "tame cat" as ho styles himself, who suddenly be comes very rich. He has flirted mildly with ii dozen women, who wish to marry him when they hear of his fortune. There upon he begins to dodge them and to make love to tho girl ho really cares for. It is told lightly, but the joko is a slight ono and when kopt up through a whole vol ume, for the reader is spared none of the young man's flamed, it becomes a little wearisome, The extraordinary business ideas of a young English womau, and the remark able series of coincidenoe.s which enable her tojobtaln the right man, will aatodkh the reader of Herbert Flowerdew's "The Villa Mystery (Brentano's) more than the complicated murder about which the story revolves. Husploion passes from one person to another as la required. The story is a pretty clumsy specimen of the machine mado British mystery story. A wholly theatrical one net pleoe by Booth Tarklngton is made into a story by the explanation of the stage direction in "Beauty and the Jacobin" (Harpers). It should be effective on the stage, for the one part, the saroastio Jacobin, and tho whole historical setting are essentially theatrical, Fun under the Terror is prottj grim; there can bo littlo laughter when tho cat plays with tho mniisn, as he does wlthtth terrified royalists und tho bump tlotu Girondist young woman, but the Mac Graths Latest and Greatest Novel THE PLACED HONEY MOONS The theme of Harold MaeGntVi new novel ii a glittering one. An Antrim Prince, incognito, ii a prominent character. CourtUndt, tb young American hero, it a typical MtcGrath creation. He ii pait thirty, wi'iout a wife, and 10 rich that he cannot get rid of hit money fast enough. No love plot mi ever more original than that of the timet HtymHtj. At all Btthilttrj. ' Prill SI. 30 net. The Blbbi-Utrrill C:, Publukirs " CB8 THAN.TMI DU 9. , situation Is certainly dramatio enough. It Is hard to understand how the level headed, businesslike young woman we are introduced to in Vincent Brown's "Tho Chier Constable (Chapman and Hall; Brentano's) can lo dragged into the pre posterous tlx the author lias devised lor her, and still less can the other Improtia- bilities or the situation bo accounted for. Tho author apparently started 'with the intention of being humorous and drifted Into melodrama. His characters are painted with thick strokes' of ttm brush. The rascally brother is turned Into a maniac, the amorous woodsman is pretty closo to a criminal, the boisterous terma gaift is farcical, while tho hoyden with her dog who intrudes at .every'step Is a nuisance. There is genuine comedy in the soft hearted chief constable, but the author prefers to turn him into a lover, There are good bits In this disjointed tale, The Home nook of Verse. A remarkable book in many ways is "The Home Book of Verso" which Burton K. Stevenson has edited and Henry Holt and Company publish, probably the largest- collection of verso ever included in a volume of its size, In form it is an ordinury largo octavo but it oontains.no less than 3,820 pagev, of which 3,596 are given up to poems, the rest being devoted to necessary indexes of authors, first lines and titles, a table of contents by stibjeots and a few pages of introduction. The paper, of course, is very thin, but it is perfectly opaque and the print is large and clear. In making his selection Mr. Stevenson has held to the rule of printing the com plete, poems. As it is a "Homo book, ho has' been obliged to leave out unsuitable matter; in consequence some well known poems will be missed which are printed in other collections in an expurgated form. These are fow, however. Others are left out because the owners of the copyright would not permit; there are relatively few of those also, Ho has arranged his poems by subjects under seven general heads with many sub divisions; Pooma of youth and age; of love; of nature; familiar verse, humor and satire; poems of patriotism, history nnd legend; of sentiment and reflection; of sorrow, death nnd Immortality, There uro also immo poems In foreign tongues thp motrical translations of which are iii their proper plaocs. The indexes By HAROLQ MacGRATH UluitratfA by Arthur I. Ktlttr By the Author tj THE MAN . ON THE BOX, HALF A ROGUE, THE GOOSE GIRL, THE LURE OF THE MASK, Etc. nable aearchera to And any poem easily. me distinctive mark of the collection ia its catholicity and thn of poems by very modern authors included in ii. nr. Btevenaon has endeavored to include everything that tin I uwn ail. mirta; ne therefore calls it a book ofi Verse Without pntarinir intr tha ..noit !,. of merit. For recent authors he has been obliged to use his own taste and judg ment: thn MtlirA In os wlrln that ha - - r ' wv . .u v , ..ii . Lauci who reflects on how much he must have rejected will not envy him the task he has gone through. We feel sure thatno such complete antholoev of recent Amnrimn verse haa appeared yet. ine collection is one or the most inter esting anthologies we have aeen. It .contains nearly all the shorter pokras in English that aro worth preserving and a great, many more. Its use as a book of reference will be marked. The editor and the publishers alike deserve all praise lor placing it beforo the , Ubtlo. A Talc of Primitive Passtoas. I Mrs. Wilson Wood row's story of "The Black Pearl" (D. Apploton and Company) has its scene in one of those far Western places where the desert shimmers and the air is so clear that distances are decep tive to the eye. The characters speak with freedom nnd imagination. Rudolf Han son, tho vaudoville manager, for Instance, expands his chosl nnd says to' Jimmy tho bartender in Chickasaw I'eto's establish ment: "I feel like I was about 18-liko I was homo in Kaintucky jumping a sis bar fence after a breakfast of about fifty buckwheat cakes and syrup." He liked tho air: ho felt it, tho story says, us a wonderful and potent ichor. Ho drew in the aromatic desert odors in great draughts. Regarding the spangled night firmament, "Ooshl" he muttered, "I feel like all I got to do was to reach up and pult down a few of those stars and. use them for "poker chips." Ho was' per meated, we are told, by a thrilling vitality. He, had a sense of dominanco and power, He threw back 'his head and laughed aloud. He exulted like a slock and lordly animal. The Blaok Pearl was a wonderful dancer. She was half Spanish. Hanson desired to book her for his show. He was deeply in love with her. In a canon where nalms crew the nalr drew nti tlmlr hnnn The palms lifted thoir shining green ironos to a Diue, intense, Illimitable sky flooded with golden sunshine. Hanson, the storv savs. "was a nrimltivn man and here beffcre him in visible form stood ine world's desire. Barriers there were none. A man and woman, hnth n vii as the morning, and love between them, i ne craving heart or the eternal man rose ud In Hanson. ImDerativnlv urrln him to claim his own. He drew his hand aorosa his brow almost dazedly. 'Whew!' be muttered, 'I kind of remember when I was a kid that my mather used to tell mo about the Garden of Eden. I thought it waa a pipe dream, but Georgel it's true.' The' Pearl stood leaning against a great palm tree." ' Hanson acquainted Pearl with the state of his feelings. Then, in the words of the story: "He drew out his handkershlef and wiped his wet brow with a trembling hand. 8he threw back her head and smiled Into his eyes through her narrowed lids. 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'Put me down.' she said at last, ! and Hanson did so, although he still held 1 her close to his heart with one arm." But Hanson turned out to bo a scamp. He had a wife from whom he could not get a divorce. Up in the mountains, where Crop Eared Josd deftly fried trout for a colossal Venus, Mrs. Thomas by name,nd for a female gypsy who had muscles like a man, strange and stirring events befell. Bob Flick, the gambler wltTl the soft Southern speech, offered to exchange shots with Hanson at twenty paces, but Hanson laughed and put a ball through his own heart. The story is eventful and poetical, and It has exciting complications. On Corporations mud Itallroada. In the rough and tumblo of a campaign in which every orator has a conclusive say on the trust question, it is a new sensation to pick up a book which pre scribes medicine for the corporations without shaking a fist at them. Prof. John Bates Clark of Columbia and his son. 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