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EIGHTEENTH CENT URY LITERATURE
OMETHIXC !ike a revival of eighteenth century literature is threatened.
HOMETHINC like to revival of eighteenth century literature is threatened,
lt seems queer to enter" the twentieth century with a remarkable amount
lll^M of reprinting of books of both the nineteenth and eighteenth centuries.
ri_____j The nineteenth century novelists cf note hold their own tenaciously. Miss
• Austen,, Miss Edgworth, Miss Broniie, Jane Porter, Sir Walter Scott, Captain
Marryatt, Lord J_ytton, Dickens, Thackeray, and of essayists, Lamb, .Hazlitt, De
Quincey, Lord Macauley, Carlyle, and of poets, Wordsworth, Coleridge, Shelley, Keats,
all these of poets, novelists and essayists of the first half of the nineteenth century
ere still in demand and new editions come forth. Of eighteenth century literature
there are already very conspicuously announced Samuel Richardson's "Pamela" and
'Clarissa Harlowe," and "Sir Charles Grandlson," in twenty volumes, the first to
contain an introductory essay on Richardson by Mies Ethel MiKenna, and a new
edition of Boswell's Life of Johnson, edited by Arnold Glover with notes. Richard
ton was the first great English novelist, the first who attempted any careful analy
sis of character or serious delineation of emotion. "Clarissa" will be widely read
again, even with stacks of spic-and-span modern novels about us.
It will be difficult, under the impulse of any revival of eighteenth century litera
ture, to engender very large enthusiasm for Addison, POpe Matthew Prior, John Gay.
Defoe and some other authors of the period, but Dean Swift one can generally
read with a good appetite, except the "Houghnhnms."
It is easy to Imagine what fun Pope, Swift and Arbuthnot must have had satir
izing the literary incompetence of their day at the Martinus Scriblerus club. "The
Dun.ciad" hit hard, but it might have cut a wider swath. As to Defoe, what do his
novels amount to 10-day? Except through "Robinson Crusoe" he is little known.
Few people can tell you who wrote "Roxana" or "Moll Flanders." Young is yet
readable, but "Night. Thoughts" is his masterpiece. Thompson's "Seasons" is large
ly read, and Boswell has Imparted to Dr. Johnson a fame which neither his dic
tionary, "Rasselas" or any of his lives of the poets would ever have given him.
Boswell is simply delightful.
In eighteenth century literature, we shall not omit a re-reading of Goldsmith's
"Deserted Village" and one may drop a tear over poor Chatterton's grave, and it
must not be forgotten that in the eighteenth century, popular poetry came to light
aud culminated in Burns. Edmund Gosse says of the eighteenth century that it was
an age "more remarkable for persistent vitality than for rapid and brilliant growth."
It was not an "Augustan Age." It developed a fine mastery of prose. It brought forth
no. great poet, but it perfected English prose and it witnessed the development of
fine historic style in Gibbon and Hume. It also developed a tremendous number of
books embodying theological controversy many of which may yet be found under
dust and grime in second-hand bookstore shelves.
New Books
A Short History of the Mississippi
Valley. By James K. Hosmer, member
Minnesota Historical Society, author of Bi
ographies of Young Sir Henry Vane, Samuel
Adams and Thomas Hutchinson. Boston:
Houghton. Mifflin & Co. Minneapolis: N.
-McCarthy. Price, |I._o net.
Dr. Hosmer dedicates this excellent history
to the Directors of the Minneapolis Public
Library, of which he is librarian. It is a
timely book in view of the centenary of the
Louisiana purchase of 1803, which will" be cele
brated in 1903 by the St. Louis exposition. The
only portions of the Louisiana purchase yet
without statehood are Indian Territory and
Oklahoma and the author refers to the fact
tbat he has himself traversed nearly the
whole original purchase. He treats first of
the revelations of geology as to the prehis
toric Mississippi valley and the primitive
human life there and reviews the advent and
Invasion and conquests of the Europeans who
followed Columbusthe Spanish, French,
English, -who contended for the supremacy
in the western hemisphere, showing the value
and trend, notably of the early explorers of
the region of the Mississippi valley—De Soto,
La Salle, Hennepin, Iberville Marquette,
Nicollet, the Jesuits and Franciscans taking
a prominent part in the explorations. The
French held Xew Orleans, Kaskaskia, Vin
cennes in the first half of the eighteenth
century, little nuclei of civilization, Louisi
ana having very vague boundaries, but the
French had a chain of posts from the lakes
to the gulf. The Anglo-Saxon advance upon
the French line began when Washington, in
1753, penetrated to the valley of the Ohio
for Governor Dinwiddle of Virginia to learn
the French intentions.
Thereafter, the contention for supremacy
on the continent was between English and
French, the former claiming the hinterland
of Virginia. After Quebec fell in 1759 the
French were no longer formidable and the In
dians had to be dealt with by the English.
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ABRAHAM LINCOLN. .;-. , ; , DANIEL BOONE
From Hosmer's History of the Mississippi Valley.
The war for independence settled the ques
tion of supremacy again. The Spanish had
a precarious hold In the south and south
west. The new republic was absorbing terri
~ tory by great strides westward, displacing the
; Indians by severe fighting. Napoleon, em
- barrassed by too many irons In the fire, de
| termined to sell Louisiana to keep the Eng
lish from getting it and to put needed cash
into his coffers. "Next to the Declaration of
Independence," says the author, "the Louis
• lana purchase is Jefferson's highest title to
distinction, though It has been quite too
much overlooked that the principal figure in
the transaction is that of Napoleon. It was a
piece of Jefferson's good statesmanship at
that crisis that he now conceived the idea of
having the new possession thoroughly ex
plored. It was. Indeed, an unknown region."
He then describes the Lewis and Clark ex
pedition, which was the first to cross the con
tinent from the Mississippi. Pike, about the
same time, explored the upper Mississippi
region, including Minnesota as far as Leech
lake. The author details Burr's plot for
power in the Mississippi valley and General
Wilkinson's duplicity. Dr. Hosmer's sketch
of the history of the rise and bursting of the
storm bred, by the retention of negro slavery
is- masterly and valuable. The old Louisiana
purchase was sharply divided in its sympa
thies during the great conflict and even now,
with slavery destroyed, the problem of the
peaceful existence of the white and black
races, side by side, is unsolved. Says the
author in conclusion: 'The .Mississippi val
ley organized—thirty-five million of English
speaking men, into whose mass elements from
ail the better human breeds arc assimilated,
occupying a region of unexampled resources,
enjoying the blessing of the ancient, well
ordered Anglo-Saxon freedom!—more than
twenty commonwealths which are politically
complete! The constitutional frames are all
in place. As a vine expands and becomes
luxuriant upon its trellis, so the life of these
millions clings to and is upheld by these con
structions, whose pillars, old even ln Al
. fred'- day, have been confirmed and per
fected and enlarged during the centuries by
liberty-loving peoples. Here Is, indeed, a
page of history which should possess interest;
here, indeed, are communities which may
face the future with hope."
■My Lad) Peggy Go._ to Town. . By
i"ranees Aymar Mathews. Illustrated. In
dianapolis: The Bowen-Merrill company.
- Price, $1.-'.">.
Here is a romance of the time of George
111. which might easily be converted into a
first-class comedy. Lady Peggy is a delight
fully original girl la her treatment of her
rat, and the adventures of Peggy and her
meld Chockei" are numerous enough and fun
Ny enough to insure most any reader's atten
tion, although the . proceedings of the fair
Peggy sometimes pass over the line of the
probable. It was not nice in Peggy, during
the progress of her investigations as to her
lovers in London,' to dress in man's clothes
and fight a duel with Sir Percy, one of her
lovers, and gamble al} night and win £300
from a roystering lot, of fellows, who. at
dawn, were on the floor in drunken sleep.
Beau Brummell appears in the story and
Peggy gets into society, and wishes she could
get out of it and man's clothes and go home,
but she has business on hand and gets much
talked about in London, and keeps up the
disguise. Low she was detected and reached
home and made one of her lovers very happy
is quite thrillingly detailed.
How to Make Basket*. By Mary White,
with a chapter on "What the Basket Means
to the Indian, by Neltje Blancham. New
York: Doubleday, Page & Co. Minneapo
lis: N. McCarthy. Price. $1.
This book is full of good industrial sugges
tions. Basket making is proposed by the
author as a post-graduate course for th^ kin
dergarten. It is a kind of manual training
which the majority of children like, and it Is
destined to take an Important place in our
industries. The Indians are adepts in basket
making, and they learn when they are chil
dren. The southern Indians astonished the
early white settlers by their skill in weaving
beautiful baskets. It is a kind of home indus
try which ought to be more generally prac
ticed by children. The author interestingly
describes the materials, tools, preparation,
and the weaving process. Her material is
rattan, from India, but she seems to overlook
the southern canebrake, which furnishes a
very fine material for baskets and one of
which the Choctaw and Chickasaw Indians
used to weave their most beautiful and dura
ble baskets. Mr. Blanchan shows, in the
chapter on the meaning of the basket to me
Indian, how the most ignorant squaw, In the
basket making, strives after some expression
;of beauty. The art is a cultivator of reflne-
meat, and there is no reason why it cannot
be possessed by American children, or consti
tute their earliest lesson in manual training.
The Ruling Passion— of Nature
and Human Nature. By Henry Van
Dyke. Illustrated by W. Appleton Clark.
New York: Charles Scrlbner's Sons. Price.
$1.50. '-:'•--.'." .
Dr. Van Dyke can tell a love story very
beautifully and pathetically. The eight stories
in this book, elaborated apparently from sug
gestions the author received in vacation wan
derings by land and water in Canada, are
full of pathos and beauty, with a vein of
playful humor running through them. It is
a master in short story writing who penned
the charming story, "The Keeper of the
Lighthouse," in which Natalina, the light
house keeper's daughter, is the heroine, ap
pealing to all who admire and reverence a
pure-hearted brave and faithful .woman. The
story of Jacques, whose ruling passion was
music, with not a little J love .mingled with
it. is idyllic. And what a fine story is "A
Brave Heart," wherein Raoul, the bully and
fighter, meets his Waterloo in a fight he pro
voked with modest Prosper Leclere on top
of a tqwer, and lost his reputation and his
sweetheart simultaneously, for Antoinette
loved Prosper, who fought when necessary
and had not Raoul's hunger for fighting. The
book Is full of, fine descriptive writing and
Dr. Van Dyke's style is irresistibly . attrac- j
tive. The illustrations by Mr. Clark are ad
mirably dene. : ; -.
The Master Key; An Electrical Fairy
Tale, Founded Upon the Mysteries of Elec
tricity and the. Optimism of Its Devotees.
By L. Frank Baum. Illustrations by Cory.
Indianapolis: The Bowen-Merrill company.
This book was written''for boys, but their
i elders will be very apt' to read it" also. A
| century or even fifty years ago. predictions
j that we would be riding In electric cars and
automobiles and holding audible conversa
tions for hundreds of miles over a wire, or
I sending messages without wires, would have
1 been regarded as the fairy tales of dreamers,
and yet we are doing all those things to-day.
In "The Master-Key" we have a story writ- j
ten for present day youngsters about what j
may be done through electricity in the future. j
Rob. the hero, had a workshop for his experi
ments In electricity, and he filled the house |
with wires, each of which did a special ser- !
vie" for lighting, ringing bells, ringing the j
time; through the clocks, etc., while each
room bad a telephone and Rob kept the fam- l
ily awake nearly all night. He had little '
trains of cars running about the house, wind- ]
mills pumping water from one place into an- '
other, sawmills and all kinds of machinery j
moving by electric power. _" One day when he
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was experimenting for a special purpose, Rob, j
upon adjusting a certain wire to effect a com- i
bination, was nearly stunned by an explosion
and blinded by a great light. He had touched
the "Master Key of Electricity," and the
Demon of Electricity appeared to do his bid
ding. Nobody else had ever touched that
key. The demon told him not even Edison
know much about the laws controlling elec-!
tricity. The demon had long stood, at Edi
son's elbow, hopi.g he would touch the mas
ter key, but he didn't. The demon told Rob
j he could demand three gifts each week for
I three successive weeks, which would be given,
' provided they were within the scope of elec
! tricity. The demon gave him first a box of
focd capsules, one of which would give him
I nutriment for a full day: then a little tube
i which would make anybody unconscious for
j an hour at whom he pointed it, pressing the
I button at the same time. The third gift was
| a little machine to be,attached to the wrist, j
I the index of which,' being adjusted, would I
I enable the wearer to float through the air in
i any direction he wished. What Rob did with
| the sifts and his further dealings with the
demon make the rest of the book very thrill
ing and interesting. The story is admirably
conceived and wrought out, and "The Master
Key" will to most boys be a most welcome
holiday present.
Woman and the Law. By George James
Baylea. The Century company. New York.
N. McCarthy, Minneapolis. $1.40.
George James Bayles is prize lecturer, Co
; lumbia university. -His book is one that will
j interest women very generally and is designed
] chiefly for their perusal. It presents a general
view of the legal condition of women of the
United States at the present time, but is not
( exhaustive and is not designed to make every
'■ woman her own lawyer.
The introduction Is by Professor I. F. Rus
i sell of New York university law school, who
I calls attention to the fact that the non-
I professional study of law is not an altogether
j new thing, as both Biackstone and Kent were ■
not lecturers before professional law students, j
i but before undergraduates. With their new j
! endowment of rights and responsibilities, he |
j calls attention to the necessity of educating :
| women to use them rightly, and a part of [
| their business education he thinks should be a j
j knowledge of the rudiments of legal science
that shall qualify them to act upon legal
counsel understanding^-.
The subject matter of the book Is divided
into three parts: Domestic relations, . property
relations and public relations. Under domes
tic relations are considered chiefly marriage
and divorce, a. summary of the laws governing
both in £.11 of the states being given. . The
rights of a wife to support, alimony, guard
ianship of children and adoption of children
are each set forth in a chapter. ,But seven
states give the mother equal guardianship
with the father, these being New York, Colo
rado, Kansas, Maine, Nebraska, Pennsylva
nia and Rhode Island. This, would: seem to
contradict the statement of the introduction
that women suffer no legal disabilities. -... •'■
In property relations, marriage settlements,
dower, a married "woman's separate estate,
contracts, wills, deeds are considered, and a
summary is given by states of the property
rights of married women. The various condi
tions under which a woman may carry on
business entirely apart from her husband are
set forth. . .
In publio relations, conditions of citizen
ship are noted and the law- governing aliens,
who in many states are placed on an - equal
footing with citizens. The chapter of laws
relating to the employment of women is of
importance to those dealing with married em-,
ployes. The book is one which will be ap
preciated by women students of sociology,
who have already laboriously exhumed from
the statutes some of the points here set forth
concisely and simply.
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\ A Passing Glimpse ; |
Charles Scribner's Sons, New York, have
published a most interesting story of Mon
tana ranch life, in "The Outlaws of Horse
shoe Hole," by Francis Hill. Illustrated. The
story is written in a very breezy style. It is
action from beginning to end. A gang of
horse thieves steals a drove of Bar-Tulip S.
ranch horses, stripping the cowboy tending
them and binding him on a wild horse and
turning him loose. He is rescued by Curlew,
the hero of the book, a splendid specimen. or
i the fearless cowboy and the vigilanoe com
mittee starts in pursuit of the outlaws and a
thrilling aflair it was, the result being that
| Curlew is killed, but the whole gang of out
j laws ls slain with one exception. No finer
i ranch story has been published than this.
I Lucas Mallet's (Mrs. Harrison) new novel,
"The History of Sir Richard Calmody." (New
York: Dodd, Mead & Co. Minneapolis: Wil
liam Donaldson & Co. Price, $1.50.) fills
about 700 pages and is written In that leisure
ly way, with many pages of minute details,
delightful enough to people who -have the
time to linger over them. Sir Richard was
I born after his father's death and to the sor
row of his expectant mother, born terribly
crippled, his feet being at his knees. The
story relates the experience of Sir Richard
in the handsome and winning but aw
fully deformed. He went through years of
depression and dissipation, found that elegant
and fascinating women made love to him
and finally, when he, to expiate past sins en
ters upon systematic work of beneficence he
encounters a beautiful woman whom he loved,
she proposing to marry him [ and share the
work! He took her.
"Papa Bouchard" (Scrlbner's Sons, New
York. Minneapolis: N. McCarthy. Price,
$1.25.) is a very mirth-provoking story, orig
inally published as the completed novel in
Lippincott's Magazine. It is by Molly Elliot
Seawell, and the Illustrations are by William
Glackens. Papa Bouchard got tired of living
at his quiet and to him, stupid, home In Paris,
and secured apartments in the city where he
; could be independent of home nagging. He
early discovered that his new regime was at
tended by some temptations of pink cham
pagne and designing women and his ward
and her husband gave him. many vexatious
moments. Two diamond necklaces figure in
the story, which is full of very funny and
awkward situations. -.
Charles Scrlbner's Sons, New York, have
published a very amusing book, "Fables for
the Fair," by Josephine D. Daskam, (for sale
in Minneapolis by N. McCarthy, $1 net,) In <
which twenty-five feminine types are pre
sented, the text profusely capitalized after
the manner of young children's books. From
"The Woman Who Was Not Athletic" to the
last "fable," "The Woman Who Adapted
Herself," there is a constant stream of wit
and satire and anybody who - cannot get a
laugh out of the book must be intellectually
attenuated. There are square hits in "The
Woman Who Talked Well," "The Woman
Who Knew Too Much," "The Woman Who
Caught the Idea" and "The Woman Who
Believed In Early Rising." " ."■ ;
In "A Boy of Old Japan" (Boston: Lee &
Shepard; Minneapolis: N. McCarthy. Price
$1.20), Mr. Van Bergen tells the story of the
THE MINNEAPOLIS JOUENAL.
emergence of Japan from a federation of feu
dal lords, possessing an old civilization,'igno
rant of western progress, to a great western
empire, up to date in all its appointments,
feudalism gone and the government conducted
by an emperor and a parliament modeled on
western lines. The events which preceded the
revolution of 186S are interestingly described.
In that year Japan entered upon her new,
progressive life, and the country was united
■under one ruler. The story is told in a way
most attractive and Instructive for young
people. The Marquis of Ito is one of the few
surviving leaders of the early progressive
movement. , _■?, . - >,■-•;;
"The Golden Arrow" (Boston: Houghton,
Mifflin & Co.; Minneapolis: N. McCarthy.
Price $1.25) is a story of Massachusetts in the
days of Charles 1., when Roger Williams was
driven by persecution from his home and
Anne Hutchinson was persecuted by the colo
nial government and banished. Richard Mark
ham, a bravo fellow, figures conspicuously as
the defender and guide of the persecuted
Quakers and others, and his ship, the Golden
Arrow, did good work for her master, who
rescued the daughter of Anne Hutchinson
from the hands of Indians. The love episode
is finely wrought out. The book, although
Intended by the author for young people, Is
one which their elders read with pleasure.
Christmas Books for Children
At The Journal's request Mrs. A. C.
Ellison, in charge of the Juvenile department
of the Minneapolis Public Library, has pre
pared the following statement about books for
children, which- will no doubt be of service
to many in selecting Christinas gifts for little
people: . a
This has been called the golden age of
children's literature, and certainly this cent
ury has made great progress in compre
hension of child life. The children's books
are no longer bowed down with the weight
of rules and precepts, and to every little tale
is no longer hung a moral that "stops tho
laugh in the very teeth of it." There has
been found a plaoe for the natural boy and
girl and the revelation of life around them.
The wonderful secrets of the field and woods
have come Into the modem child's book as
a part of this rich inheritance of that fasci
nating but mysterious story of nature and it
laws. The story of the birds,, the flowers and
the animals is told with a broad conception
of their mutual dependence and kinship. And
It is also through the intelligent and purpose
full work of the modern ■ writers that the
fables, myths and legends of the world's best
literature . have been brought within the
child's reach.
The following list of new books, with one
or two new editions, is made up of the best
among those I have read and ft is a distinct
pleasure to push aside much of the sickly
sentimentality and empty stuff that is pub
lished In the name of juvenile literature, and
which makes of such books a "weariness of
the flesh" and select those that really have
a story to tell and the grace to tell it deftly.
Most of these new books are for younger chil
dren, although certain ones as the "Ten
Boys" of Dickens, edited by Kate D. Sweet
ser; "Lives of the Hunted," Ernest Thomp
son Seton; the beautiful edition of Steven
eon's "Child Garden of Verse," illustrated
by E. Mars and M". H. Squire; Headland's
"Chinese Boy and Girl"; Ruth Halls "Golden
Arrow"; Germain Porter _ "The Stars In
Song and Legend," and the new edition of
Charles and Mary Lamb's "Poetry for Chil
dren" will be enjoyed by children of all ages
from 10 to 50. - /' C ; -;
Among the nature books, Ginn & Co. have
issued some charming stories. All of them
are beautifully illustrated, and one of the
distinguishing features of the modern book is
the care taken to use only pictures of artistic
value to illustrate the story. Among what
seemed j the best to suggest are "First Steps
in Plant Life," by G. W. Atkinson; "Friends
and Helpers," by Sarah J. Eddy,with chap
ters on birds by Frank Chapman; "The ABC
Book of Birds," by Miss Judd; "Mother Na
ture's Children," by Allen W. Gould; the
three books published in a series, "Ways of
Wood Folk," "Wilderness Ways" and "Se
crets of the Woods," by W. J. Long, and his
companion series, "Beasts of the Field" and
"Fowls of the Air." They are all full of in
teresting matter of birds, insects and animals,
and told with the fascination of one who loves
both his subject and his reader. Olive Thorns
Miller has a new book, "The. Second Book of
Birds," published* by Houghton, Mifflin & Co.,
and Margaret Morley's friends will be glad
to own her "Little Wanderers" and welcome
a new edition of her "Flowers and Their
Friends." 'The Bird World," by J. H. Stick
ney, with colored illustrations and interest
ing matter, will be an addition to any child's
library. "The Stars In Song and Legend,"
by Germain Porter, Illustrated ,by Albrecht
Durer, is one of the most Interesting of these
new books. It gives the star legends of the
ancients—Egypt, India, Greece, •; etc.—and
could not fall to lead to a fuller appreciation
of the poetry of the sky as well as an interest
in the stars themselves.
Among the books of literature, myths and
stories, there is some very satisfactory work
—for instance, "Ballads and Tales," by John
H. Haaren; "The Book of Legends," by Hor
ace Scudder (new edition) ; Houghton, Mif
flin & Co.; "Folklore Tales and Proverbs,"
by Sarah Wiltse; a new edition of Miss Judd's
"Classic Myths." also her "Wigwam Stories,"
Rand, McNally _ Co., publishers; ."Legends
of King Arthur," by Francis N. Greene; "Old
Indian Legends," retold by S. A. Zitkalie,
and "The Tales of Troy," by C. Degarno, all
thrill with the beauty of these world-old
legends, and every child's life will be richer
for coming in touch with their story. There
is a set of books called "The Hawthorne
Readers," published by the Globe School
Book company, three of which are specially
good, "Little Folks' Tales," by Mary L. __-
man, "Story-Land," by Mary F. Hall, and
"From Many Lands," by Florence Holbrook.
These are well Illustrated, introducing'cuts
taken from Landseer, Sir Joshua Reynolds,
Millet and others. The "Holton Primer,"
by M. A. Holton, and "The Wheeler Primer,"
by G. Calmorton, will add charm and interest
to any child's library. Abbie F. Brown has
written a simple and pure story called "The
Lonesomest Doll," and Mrs. M. E. M. Davis,
in her "Jacouetta," has given a glimpse of
child life la the south Just before the civil
: war. •
"The Hollow Tree-" and Its companion, "In
The Deep Woods," by Albert Bigelow Paine,
are two refreshing stories of the 'coon, the
'possum and the old black crow; they are
more than refreshing; they make you feel as
If you had added to your family of brothers
(I mean nice brothers, of course,). W. A.
Fraser has another animal story, published by
Scribner called "The Outcasts," which seems
to me an Improvement on his "Mooswa," pos
sibly because the narrative is simpler. "The
Master Key," by Frank F. Baum is quite
after the ideal of the modern boy who is
interested in electricity and Its possibilities
to blow himself and family off the face of the
earth. Noah Brooks has an interesting sub
ject In "Lem," a New England village boy,
but a little dull in the telling. Frederick
Warne & Co. have a book, "My Friend Anne,"
by Jessie Armstrong, which is a very good
story of that queen's life; the tale is imagin
ary but very well conceived.
The new books are, of course, rich in
Mother Goose and Fairy tales. "A Princess
of Hearts," by 8. C. Braine, published by
Jamieson, Higglns company, and . Katherine
Pyle's stories, "The Christmas Angel," "The
Counterpane Fairy," "The Rabbit Witch,"
and "As the Goose Files." are all charm
ing and would be valuable for the. illustra
tions alone. Andrew Lang has added "The
Violet Fairy Book" to his list. These stories
are translated from tales of various nations.
Frank F. Baum has also given us two new
ones, "The American Fairy Tales," and "The
Wonderful Wizard of Oz." L. J. Brldgeman's
•'Mother's Wild Goose and Her Wild Beast
Show" and his ingenlus book called "Guess,"
will be hailed with- delight by all the little
folks. "Book of Nursery Rhymes," illus
trated by D. B. Francis, and Denslow's
"Mother Goose" are two others illustrative
of this fascinating theme. Gertrude Smith's
"The Roggle and Reggie Stories," valuable
also for Its illustrations by E. Mars and
Carolyn Wells' "The Merry-Go-Round," will
meet with old friends. "The Kids of Many |
Colors" deserves a better title. The rhymes,
by Grace D. Boyden and Ike. Morgan, are ex
ceedingly humorous and the "Colors" of the
different nationalities represented seem ex
ceptionally good. Some of the.rhymes in
"The Pirate Frog," by Frlsble and Bart of
The Journal, suggest an up-to-date
Mother Goose, and that possibly the air of
familiarity of the Shanghai Twins is due to
the "helmet, club and star" rather than their
cheerful fulfilment of duty, and ,the sly way
the moral is tacked on to the end of the
book Is quite In touch 'with the modem
methods of dealing with children. /
"The Zauberlinda," by Eva Katherine Gib
son, is an attractive book of fairy stories or
legends of the Black Hills region, - illustrated
in colors, and published by Robert Smith
Printing company, Lansing, Mich.
These are some of the new Christmas books
that are suggested for the children by their
friend," —Annette C. Ellison.
Till- MAGAZINES
The December Harper is of a very dainty
quality in illustration and charming in text
in every respect. It has about it the holiday
aroma—so much so, that the graver articles
do not seem obtrusive at all. Among the
fiction writers are Mark Twain, "The Death
Disk"; Sarah Orne Jewett, "The Honey
Tree"; Bret Harte, "The Ward of Colonel
Starbottle's." There is a very attractive de
scription of the Paris revolution of 1830, from
letters written by Mrs. Judith Page Rives,
wife of the then United States minister to
France. Dr. Waldsteln's illustrated paper on
the Parthenon sculptures Is a conspicuous
feature of the number and there are some
letters of R. L. . Stevenson contributed with
notes by Horace Townsend. Jules Claretie's
appreciation of Rosa Bonheur, with illus
trations in tint of, hitherto unpublished stu
dies, and Dr. Hobart's "A Fifteenth Century
Revival," with reproduction of Fra Bar
tolommeo's "Savonarola," engraved in wood
by Henry Wolf, are among the attractive art
specialties. The whole number is redolent
of genius. .?-*- s j ''-
The Century is a Christmas magazine of
remarkable beauty and manifold attractions.
Christmas joy and sentiment and humor
abound. Milton's L'Allegro is given, taste
fully decorated and illustrated by Maxfleld
Parrlsh with four full page pictures in color.
Mme. Th. Bentzon writes of "Christmas in
France," with illustrations by Boutet de Mon
vel. Anita Fitch's "Steeple Builders," illus
trated by Lowell, is a charming feature and
Clinton Scollard's "The Christmas Angel" is
a. gem in text and illustration, and a delight
to the eyes is A. R. Keller's "Christmas Eve.
A Fantasy." Nor can any one overlook
Edith Thomas' "How the Christmas Tree
Was Brought to Nome," illustrated. There
js a most readable paper on "Thackeray in
the United States," by James Grant Wilson,
with illustrations, and the fiction Is, through
out, most attractive. Mr. Hough's second
paper on "The Settlement of the West: A
Study in Transportation," is a valuable re
minder of the hard process by which we ar
rived at the present amenities of transpor
tation. y'r .;.y.: '->-■.''_ .'-*:''>i'y;':vv£'
The attractive art feature of McClure's De
cember number is John La Farge's paper on
Michelangelo, illustrated by tint reproduc
tions from photographs of that master's
greatest paintings and sculptures, including
the "Moses" and "The Last Judgment." The
number is brilliant and attractive with stories
and sketches, notably the beginning of a
good story by the new American author,
Stewart Edward White. There is a fine
character sketch of Senator Piatt of New
York by William Allen White of Kansas, who
always "hits the spot," and Clara Morris
records some interesting recollections of Sal
vini whom she adores.
The Engineering Magazine (New York, Nos.
120-122 .Liberty street) for December contains
an interesting paper on Herr Daimler, the
"Father of the Automobile," who developed
the petroleum motor vehicle, which, has been
so successful" abroad. There are valuable ar
ticle, on "English, American and Continental
Steam Engineering" and "Advanced Meth
ods in a British Engineering Workshop," and
a valuable paper on the gold dredging fields
of eastern Russia. Mr. Saward's paper on
"The Growth of American Coal Exports" is
probably the most important paper of the
number, for it contains much valuable mat
ter touching the coal trade and coal product
lclty of the country and the prospects for a
great export coal trade, with an account of
the coal fields and various coals available for
export and methods of mining and transport
tatlon. Our advantage is in the use of. ma
chinery to cut coal, which .enables the pro
ducer to put his coal on cars in Pennsylvania
at 95 cents a ton and in West Virginia at SO
cents a ton. The product per man and ma
chine is in excess of anything abroad and we
can compete successfully with Europe if we
ship first-class coal properly screened.
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"The Natural' History of Selborne," edited
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"The Warden," by Anthony Trollope, edited
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"Margaret Warrenner," by Alice Brown.
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"By the Higher Law,", by Julia Helen
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"Common People," by Frank Oliver Hall,
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"American Boy's Life of William McKin
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"Dames and Daughters of the Young Re
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"Pussy Meow*.' by S. Louise Patteson.
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AN OPEN LETTER
Addressed to Women by the Treasurer
of the W.O.T.U. of Kansas City,
Mrs. E. C. Smith,
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MRS. E. C. SMITH. *" V
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Brooklyn Eagle.
Vermilye (dining)Do you know, I
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Brlnkerhoff—You egotist!
Run Down
played Out
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- THE SIGNAL.
Mrs. Chatterton (Sunday morning)—
Goodness! There go the church bells,
John.
Chatterton — hurry; It ls time to
go and play golf!
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