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THE SUNDA JOURNA WANTS IT EVERY DAY4 Hutchinson Times. As one reads the Minneapolis Journal's Sunday morning issue, it makes him wish that The Journal would get out a morn ing issue every day In the week. It cer tainly leads the other papers of the twin cities In the matter of live news and en tertaining correspondence from all parts of the world. A Wholesome Verdict. The verdict of the "jury in the action charging the editor of Collier's Weekly of criminally libeling Judge Deuel is not only a -just one, but a mighty whole some thing. Collier's Weekly said that Judge Deuel, occupying a place on the civil bench in New York city, was a disgrace to the state every day that he sits upon the bench" because of his connection with Town Topics and his profiting: by its blackmailing ventures. It is worth something to have a jury po promptly fix upon the exposure of official rottenness the seal of its ap proval and to have judicial authority grant to the author of that exposure complete immunity from any penalty because of it. Locally it^ought to have quite a valuable result in ridding the bench of a conspicuously unfit man. Town Topics and its side issue, "Pads and Fancies," have revealed a good many human weaknesses and frailties during the last six months in localities where they were not supposed to exist. Some good will doubtless come 'of it, however, when people learn that repu table publications are not spying upon people's private conduct and are not looking for stories of moral delinquen cy. Occasionally some well-considered mention of such things becomes neces sary and exceedingly profitable in its general effect, but nothing is more marked with respect to the best grade of daily newspapers than their improve ment in the method of handling news of this character, and their tendency to publish as little of it as possible. Chinese merchants at Canton are pro testing against additional taxes imposed by a government that wants to go into the railroad business. In this' country the money for the roads is taken out of our hides without our feeling itperhaps because the air is so dry. Cuba's Gift to Alice. Cuba is going to give Alice Eoosevelt a $25,000 wedding present. Of course there will be objectors an'd the accept ance of such a gift by the president's daughter Will be made the occasion for some carping and envious criticism. Nevertheless it is a very graceful thing for the Cubans to do. They not only owe a great deal to the United States, |iji but a great deal to the president peir sonally for his fidelity to promises made by this country to Cuba. The president stood for Cuban reciprocity against bit ter opposition' and largely to his in fluence is due the fact that our pledges made or implied to the commercial in terests of Cuba have been kept. When the vote was taken in the Cuban sen ate, General Clsneros, the most implaca ble anti-American in Cuba, expressed columns mere than any St. Paul paper. daily average ciroulation of The Journal in December was 67,927 The circulation of The Sunday Journal la 63,162 Minneapolis Merchants Use The Journal Most, EVERY DAX.JU,- THE WEEJ S, because it gives them most results. THEY KNOW CIRCULATION VALUE. J. S. McLAIN, EDITOB. Satnt3agjgjEyehfngg $w 5 ,'lf f*TkfJ* i that the bill providing for the appro priation he passed by acclamation. This gift is also to be taken as a token of Cuba's good will toward the United States and will operate toward the establishment of relations of great er confidence and esteem between thei island and the big republic. Reports from the tropics state that Dr. Dowie is improving: rapidly. The medical situation in Chicago would be merely commonplace and unromantlo without Dowie. Again the Patterson Contract. The city council appears to be deter mined that the Patterson Incandescent Light company shall have its contract price, whether there is aw for it or not. Last night it passed a resolution employing the company from day to day at the price named in its recent bid. This arrangement is pending an appeal by the company from the deci sion of Judge Brown in the mandamus proceedings. The company is supposed, under this arrangement, to take an ap peal to the supreme court, and the only advantage we can see is that the coun cil will get a construction of the city charter at the joint expense of the mayor's personal purse and the light company's corporate purse. The weak ness of the arrangement is that it does not limit the company to any particu lar time in which to perfect its appeal. Alderman Hertig endeavored, to have a reasonable limit-May 1fixed, but the majority of the council were not with him on this proposition, nor on th at to divide the question and name a price per day in the resolution differ ent from that named in the bids. The mayor may agree to this reso lution. If he does, the council will say that there was no question between ik and the mayor except that of the con struction of the charter, but should he veto it, the council evidently has enough votes in hand, to pass it-'over his veto, and the Patterson company will have as good an arrangement as if it had a contract. Why should it hurry an ap peal? And why should the city council be a mere bystander when a construc tion of the charter and an interpreta tion of its rights under it are in ques tion? Are the lighting companies so integral a part of the city government that their counsel take charge of the matter of ascertaining wh at are the powers granted and withheld by that instrument For a very human and lovable book, Senator Hoar's "Autobiography" is likely to hold a place of favor on the book shelves for a good many decades. The Packers' Santa Clans. The apparent attempt of the packers to poison the public mind in the case now pending, by making Christmas presents to reporters, will not material ly affect the case, since it is not being tried in the newspapers. But it goes to show that the packers are not so sweet and innocent as they would have peo ple think. They took originally the high and mighty ground that they were being persecuted, that the tremendous machinery of the federal government had been turned upon them in an effort to crush them to make a political holi day. Mysterious hints and then broad intimations were given out that Mr. Garfield had come among them and oT tained confidential information and that on this confidential information they had been indicted. They published a letter written by the president to his attorney general, which they claimed showed that the president had.sent the commissioner -of corporations to them to worm their secrets from them, under promise of immunity, and then had played up the department of justice to indict the packers. W have not heard lately so much about the claim of immunity, probably because Mr. Garfield has been present every day in court and becapse $he gov ernment let it be known that at the proper time he would take the witness stand for/the governments"'-So far as the president's letter is concerned, it seems to be an eminently judicial state men to the effect that if the special grand jury in Chicago finds indictments against the packers it will be because plentiful evidence of violation of the law has been presented to them. Noth ing more colorless could be said by a judge in charging a jury. Now the counsel for the packers are found sowing money among the report ers for the Chicago papers, and the ex planation is that Judge Brown "of counsel" is merely throwingout his customary line of Christmas prese*3a. It was the presidenL's^HTn^to^pnMn^ some letters, and he has given, the pack ers a Roland for- their Oliver.. Mean while the case will continue to be triCS on-the law and the facts. i"- "Every law looks blue to-4he- man" who wants to break it." "No government could long exist where very* man was his approval of the gift and moved his own lawmaker." "-^You do not for a birds.'y^ moment suspect Senator Aldxioh *t these lofty sentiments, governor Folk said them at Boston. Evidence for Puce Food Laws. Senator Nelson will be able to answer Senator Gallinger's inquiry about Wor cestershire sauce to the satisfaction and enlightenment of congress, when he has received the correspondence in the case from Commissioner Slater of Minne sota. During the debate on the national pure food bill this week, Senator Gal linger brought up the case raised by the National Druggist, and treated at length inTheJournal recently. All he knew was that Minnesota's commis sioner had barred a standard brand of Worcestershire sauce from the state, because it contained salicylic acid, and on that information he was opposed to granting similar power to any national authority. Senator Nelson had* no fur ther information, and could only say that if the product was so barred, it was done under provisions of our state law. It will interest the senators, perhaps, 'l%0 know that the manufacturers were shaken by Minnesota,^ action out of a rut, and that they reformed their meth ods of manufacture. They are now making the sauce without tho use of an injurious preservative, and with the same success as before. It will also be of interest to know that the manufac turers repudiate the attack made on Commissioner Slater. Their letter to him should be offered in the senate as an exhibit. They not only disclaim knowledge of the attack, but thank him for his fair and considerate treatment. He never barred them from the state, but gave them notice to comply with the state law, and allowed them the necessary time to change their methods. Instead of an argument against pure food regulation, the Worcestershire sauce incident is good material for the advocates of an effective national law. "Why should I resign?" asks Depwo. Of reasons there are one or two You're tired and need rest Tour work is a jest But, Chauncey, we leave it to ywo. The Rate Issue. Senator Bailey of Texas, the man who originated the idea of the federal constitution, tho he assures us he did not personally write it, has taken a day off from his constitutional guard ianship to look up the political plat forms. As the result of this examina tion, which appears to have been done in a slovenly manner, he reports that the democratic party demanded rate legislation in two platforms before the president mentioned it. What are the facts The republican platform adopted at Chicago claimed credit for having passed laws which would still farther protect the people against unjust discriminations in freight charges. The democratic plat form made at St, Louis a month later denounced rebates and demanded an en largement of the powers^ of the inter state commerce commission to the end that the shippers of tho country may have prompt and adequate relief from the abuses to which they are now sub ject in the matter of transportation. In asmuch as the platform was silent on what constituted those abuses except that it denounced rebates, it is a fair inference that rebates were the abuses to which it referred* The president when he took the matter up with con gress and the country, put life in the issue by making it a straight uontest between those who believed that the making of rates was a private matter, and those who believed that the time had come for the exercise by congress of its sovereign power over domestic commerce. So far as parties are concerned, the issue was made by neither of them. It was suggested by the interstate com merce commission in its reports, it was propagated by shippers' associations and vitalized by the president's mes- It is fortunate that this was the case, because it makes it possible for the just men of all political parties to rally to the support of the president on an is sue which is strictly one that has not been warped by persistent partizan mis representation or made the football of flamboyant party "claims." It seems that Depew was mistaken about the senators not being glad to see him. Still Depew should not plume him self too much on the rush made for him in the corridor. Senator Morgan was making a speech on the floor at the time. Poultney Bigelow's publishers are pretty hostile toward the senate for being so slow about sending Poult, to jail. They are prepared to spring a bastile edition of his complete works at a day's notice. There is a suspicion that what Rogers "don't know" about the system is more important than anything Lawson has dis closed. The United States, says an exchange, consumed more sugar last year than any other nation and paid more for it. It sweetened the sugar trust. Colonel Mann may wield a "trenchant pen but he certainly made a mistake in tickling a mule's hind foot with a pitch fork. I Mr. Hughes is going abroad for a month. He may, perhaps, drop in on Andy Hamilton and take his pulse. The poultry show was a great success but the United States senate's Poultney show was rather a sad affair. The poultry show hen gets the ribbon, but the old reliable barnyard fowl is saving the country. y ,L \i HfM^ T^ie" view may be beautiful from* the eighteenth story, but the fire escape looks pretty good too. No"" invitation to Sir Nicholas Long* womb's wedding for Tillman! The st*aw hat is chirping and chatterS iug ats nest "TOUter the eaves. Southern IndianaReports a few blue- THi M1NWSAI^ "-NJJB TOO" AND- CHAUNCEY Harper** Weekly. Why should the New York lefislature call upon Senators Piatt and Depew to resign? The Qualified citizens of this state went into the voting booths, com muned with their consolenoes and their God, as the law Gireots, and requested them to serve as their representatives in Washington for six years. They, in turn, with right hand* upraised, solemnly prom ised to do so. Why now should they be asked to break faith* they had changed In character, purposes, methods, or any other" way, there might be some excuse for the proposed action. But they haven't. They are the same old sixpences. Ab solutely nothing new has developed re specting Senator Piatt. The voters knew, as well when they ejected him as when he had finished testifying the other day, that he made a practice of taking money from corporations and using it to per petuate his own and his party's power. True, they were not aware that Senator Depew was in the employ of the Equit able but they did know that he was drawing a salary from the New York Central and had represented it for years in the Albany lobby. Why haggle over extra pay from a second corporation after having confirmed, indorsed, and ap proved acceptance of a retainer from one? No, the senators haven't changed. It is the people who behold a new light. But with their eyes wide open, with full knowledge of the kind of men they were choosing, they themselves brewed the juice which they now find so disagree able. Let 'em stew in it, we say. "We guess they will,' anyway. That most delightful of cynics, Mr. Piatt, is utterly impervious to criticism or assault of any kind whatsoever. He likes his club, and is going to continue to hobble in and out at his own sweet will. Mr. Depew is more sensitive, It was not the public alone that was deceived in him. He fooled himself along with the others. Ho thought he was good enough to be presi dent once, and got a lot of votes in a republican convention, too. Probably he won't be a candidate again, but he knows he is just as good now as he ever was. Moreover, he is going to be even better. After seven years of nomiiial service in Washington, he announces that he is about to begin his "real work" in the senate. This is well. When one gets to be 72 and has had a preliminary canter of seven years presumably of relaxation at the expense of his constituents, it is time to get ready to begin to commence real work. Bless the man! Like some of the others whom we might designate by name, he does not even yet realize that anything really serious has happened to him. It will blow over. Hie can live it down stills That is his feeling. Of course he can't, but there is no harm in his trying. He will be disappointed, tho, when he gets down to "real work." There will be nothing doing. He has been so busy with his corporate work for seven years that he has never amounted to as much as a hill of beans in the senate. And he never will. But he won't resign. Not much! Neither will Piatt. Where would they go? What could they do? No, brethren, true patriots, especially those elected by the people for the corporations, sometimes die, often marry, hut never resign. 4 CIVIC ACTIVITIES Waseca, Minn., is advocating the aboli tion of the special water board and the return to council administration of the city system. Under both systems there has' been a constant deficit for ten years, but under the council administration it was larger, which may account for the anxiety to return to that form of admin istratlon. Kenosha, Wis., on the other hand, claims that her water system has re turned a clean profit t'p the city every year for the past decade. Wausau, Wis., claims to be producing light from the public' plant at $38.42 per arc lamp, agains,t f55", the, last, Offer of private concern,1 actually paid a private company. The citizens of Atlan'ta werV astonished recently at' a recommendation of a com mittee of the council to sell the city water plant. All of tho daily newspapers op pose it. A SENATOR IN THE OPEN Nebraska State Journal. Senator Burkett, the first Nebraska senator to be chosen thru an open nomi nation by the state convention of his party, has written a letter to a railroad employee in which he declares: "The public feel that they want some body with governmental authority to stand between them and the railroads as an arbiter in the great controversies that come up between the two. I want to be perfectly frank with you and say to you that the admissions that the railroads have made themselves in the evidence that their own officials have given in regard to rebates, etc., makes me believe that the government should have some body possessing proper authority over them as this arbiter." STUDYING THE LAW Kansas City Times. Suppose the claim Of the packers is true, and that Commissioner Garfield in duced or forced them to give evidence that they violated the antirebate law.' If their testimony was true why should it not convict them? If the evidence is not admissible, then the countrv could not afford to pass a law for publicity in the affairs of trusts, because a trust might show that Jt had spent $100,000 to cor rupt a legislature and say. "You cannot punish me because I gave the evidence under compulsion of the law." OUR BRILLIANT CONGRESS Nebraska State Journal. The artists of the country are trying to have the duty on foreign paintings re moved. China, Turkey, Persia, New Zealand, Sierra Leone, the Bahamas, Fiji, the gold coast "of Africa, and the United States are the countries that levy tariff on art, the duty In the last-named country being the highest of all. FOOTBALL VS. TRAIN WRECK Chicago News. President Hadley of Yale says that only a man with sporting blood can appreciate football. Presumably, then, such a highly organized man would be in his glory if he were to witness a tram wreck. MOTHER KNOWS Atohison Globe. There isn't as much mystery to some people's lives as there is to the little brown paper package on the top shelf of the kitchen cupboard. LET US HAVE PEACE Atchison Globe. When good nature is noisy it Is almost as disagreeable as ill nature. "EVOLUTION OF A GIRL'S IDEAL" A little girl one morning paused in play A woman rich and fair had come that way And as she fondly gazed, I beard her saj: "Oh, might I be as beautiful some day." A maiden at that myBtic tryStlng place Of brook and river, came with hopeful face Turned towards a height made splendid by a name, And, with youth's fervor, cried. "Oh, for her fame A woman paused for rest. 'Twas noon's bright hour Wealth, beauty, fameall three were proving power That quite o'eMame, till thought leat of an other. "Dear Lord." she, whispered, "might I be ai mother." !f^~-Abillard TSbnne, Vermillion. S. J. ^4$$^mi *'?t EOGEESS THRU PAIN: THE THEME OF A NOVEL OP NEW YOBK LIFE, BY ELLEN GLASGOW.--''The Illumination of Laura Wilde" would not make a bad explanatory subtitle for Ellen Glasgow's latest noyel, The ?ife. 'Wli aniuttx *7i ELLEN GLASGOW, 5 S Author of "The Wheel of Life." 1 tvmxmx.v.*tS&xx,m%w%,msiS.Tt/xx'M&v%xxx. Wheel of Life, a story of life in New York. The story turns upon the saving of Laura Wilde, a poet of fine ability and delicacy of nature, from marriage to a man of the senses sensuous. The saving is thru a literal mental illumination. It is worked out thru anguish of soul and body it is progress thru pain. Arnold Kemper is a man of wealth and accustomed to the ways of ultra rich, tho he himself has not yet ac quired the distinction of the adjective. has been married and divorced when* he comes before the reader, and, be sides, he has had an affair with an opera singer. loves the "creature comforts. A good dinner is essential to his happiness. Automobiles appeal to him, much more strongly than auto biographies, no matter how intensely in teresting the latter may be. Indeed, it is doubtful whether he has ever read an autobiography. This man, whose in terest can oe reached only thru this senses, meets and becomes interested in Laura Wilde, who has lived a retired life among books, toow and then writing oetry Maft $80"' the'last prica but wi^h a thirst for a taste of It is this thirst for life that at tracts her to Kemper. The attraction of each for the other seems to ripen into love an engagement follows then illumination, pain, progress. There is nothing in this to suggest "The House of Mirth," but the reader of both unavoidably falls to making comparisons, or contrasts. The resem blance goes little farther than the fact that in both appear characters from among the frivolous rich#or the would be frivolous rich class, and the lesson is the same in each. In "The House of Mirth," however, such characters and their frivolity make the whoie story in "The Wheel of Life" they take only a minor, tho an important, part. Laura Wilde is not a Lily Bart in any respect. Even Kemper is a man of more depth than most of those in "The House of Mirth," and Roger Adams, the true "hero" of "The Wheel of Life," ed itor of the International Review, is so far removed from the men of Edith Wharton's story as to be antipodal. is not an ascetic, but a genial, sane, lovable man of the kind that keep hu manity in equilibrium, a man who has found that all life is forfeiture in one way or another, and that the biggest thing in it is sometimes to go with- out." Gertie Bridewell, nearest like Lily Bart in character, is possessed of wealth and sufficient sanity to keep her judgment clear, tho she chooses to float with the current she is able to recog nize the better part, from which, in choosing a wealthy husband, she has cut herself off. Speaking of Roger Adams, she says: "Do you know there's really something strangely lovable about the man. I some times think," she concluded with her fantastic humor, "that I might have mar ried him myself with very little effort on either side." "And lived happily forever afterward on The International Review?" queried Laura. "Oh, I don't know but what it would be quite as easy as to live on clothes. I don't believe poverty, after all, is a bit worse than boredom What one wants is to be interested, and if one isn't, life is pretty much the same in a surface car or in an automobile. I don't believe I should have minded surface cars the least bit," she finished pensively. "Wait till you've tried themI have." "What really matters is the one great thing," pursued Gerty with a positive philosophy, "and money has about as much relation to happiness as the frame to the finished pictureall it does is to show off to the world. Now I like being shown off, I admitbut I'd like it all the better if there were a little more of the stuff upon the canvas." The lesson, after all, is much the same as that "The House of Mirth," but here it is put more positively, in Miss Wharton's book one is told chiefly the way that happiness cannot be reached. Here the novelist both warns against the futile way and points the true way. Miss Glasgow has constructed her story well. The parts fit nicely to gether. A first there is some halting, some apparent effort to make her mean ing clear, but she soon falls into the swing of the thing, and thereafter the story flows on smoothly to the end. Her' style lacks the brilliancy of Miss Wharton's, but she has made a tale that appeals more strongly to the finer human sympathies the reader would like to know characters such as these are, whereas those of "The House of Mirth" are actually repulsive. Cer tainly "The Wheel of Life" will take a leading place in the fiction of the year. Donbleday, Page & Co., New York. $1.50. 'FROM SERVITUDE TO SERVICE'' is the title given a volume of lectures on the history and work of southern institutions for the education of the negro. The institutions discussed and the lectures follow: "Howard Uni versity," by Professor Kelly Miller "Berea College," by President William G. Frost "Tuskegee Institute," by Professor Roscoe Conkhng Bruce "Hampton Institute," by Principal H. B. Frissell "Atlanta University," Professor W E. B. Du Bois "Fisk University," by President James G. Merrill. American Unitarian Association, Boston $1.10 net SERMONS BY THE AUTHOR OP "THE SIMPLE LIFE."The Gospel of Life, a small book of sermons by "Pastor" Wagner, preacnes the gospel with power and charm. The reader can not escape the fascination of the ad dresses contained therein, and it is matter of interest The Rummagings, of a Busy Bookman P. KIRKWOOD put that life in them that take* hold, upon the reader. savs: How many times, while preparing Sun day's sermon, have I walked the busy streets flfied with hastening crowds, With the sounds of toil or of idle vanities, hearing at every step, in the murmur of men and of things, the words of the text I was meditating, vibrate within me. This text, once in possession of my thought, found everywhere the most varied and unexpected commentaries. It found illustrations in scenes of popular life, in words fallen from the conversa tion of passers-by. I saw it glare from the posters on the walls, leap up in sparks from the hoofs of horses, ring under the hammer of the blacksmith the stones of the highway cried it aloud to me. Sermons written, or composed in the above way are the kind "The Gospel of Life" holds. They have been re written from memory, but are still fall of the life of today, while preaching the life that persists from today into the far hereafter. McClure, Phillips & Co, New York, $1. EC NEW BOOKS RECENTLY RE- CEIVED AT THE PUBLIC LIBRARY: The Truth About Morocco, Aflalo The Dead City a Tragedy, Annanzlo, Plans for Buey Work, Arnold Chinese Life in Town and Country, Bard The Young Man and the World, Bereridge Science and Education,Boone All About Japan (for little folk), Brain Ways of Nature, Burroughs Mfe of Cervantes, Cal vert How to Buy and Sell Real Estate at a Profit, Carney The Novels of Henry James, Gary Our Schools: Their Administration, etc.. Chancellor Confederate States of America The Water-Color Drawings of J. M. W. 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ROBERT NEILSON STEPHENS DEAD.Messrs.* L. C. Page and com pany Monday received a cablegram from Bournemouth, England, announc ing the death of Robert Neilson Steph ens, who has been on their list of authors for several years. Mr. Stephens will be remembered as the author of some eight or nine ro mances, brought out by this house, best known among which are perhaps "An Ene my to the King," (which was dra matized and presented by Mr. Sothern), "Philip Winwood," "Captain Raven- shaw,' and "The Flight of Georgiana,' Sle a vto be told by the ig^ltiSBX^ Defective Page author, in a preface, how he acquired the material for his sermons and wh at the situations at times are strained, the Km "The Bright Face of Danger" his last work. For many years Mr. Stephens had been waging a manly fight with the cause of his death, consumption, and had lived abroad for several years, in the hope that change of climate might be beneficial. Jtt is worthy of note that, under the circumstances, he wrote such vivid ro mances, bright with life and laughter, full of movement and action, that no reader could possibly guess the truth. Like Robert Louis Stevenson, he stead ily put aside his own condition, and devoted himself to the very last to his chosen work. The sale of Mr. Stephens' books has already reached over the 400,000 mark, and they will delight readers of ro mantic fiction for years to come. AN ESTIMATE OF SIDNEY LANIER.Edward Mims has prepared a short biography of Sidpey Lanier that is of exceptional interest in that it places special emphasis upon the early years' of Lanier, the years of which least is known. The book is one, there fore, that will be read greedily by stu dents of American literature. Professor Mims has very properly rseserved his estimate of Lanier's poetry for his final chapter. There the reader, know ing the life of the student, confederate officer, lawyer, musician, university lec turer, poet and man of letters, is better able to "judge whether the estimate is impartial and correct. Professor Mims asks the question whether Lanier "succeeded in writing oetry that will stand the test of time. shows that the poet had "some of the necessary qualities of a poet" a sense of melody, ideas, a healthy mysticism. Yet he lacked in power of expression. This lack, the author ^it- tributes to want of time to revise. There were also temperamental defects lack of spontaneous utterance, a tend ency to indulge in fancies. Neverthe less, says the author, he sometimes rises above all his limitations "and does work that is absolutely unique, and original, and enduring. has done enough good work to entitle him to a place among the genuine poets of America.'' Professor Mims' estimate of Lanier, together with his revelations as to the poet's early life thru manuscripts and other material placed at his disposal by the Lanier family, makes his book one of peculiar value and interest. Houghton, Mifflin & Co., Boston. SI 90. -^"g^y?" OF NO IMPORTANCE.Two men were standing together on an east river ferryboat when one pointed out a third man with the remark: I can't recall his name at this mo ment, but he writes for a number of the magazines." His friend looked at the stranger with much interest. "Oh, one of our 'frenzied finance' captains, is he?" he asked. "No, he" "Writes up trusts and things, then!" "No "Oh, then he's a prize fighter or an, actorhe is rather husky-looking." "No, no! He's just a plain author writes stories." "O^h! the friend exclaimed, the look of interest suddenly dying out of his face.Harper's Weekly. -R5 "THE PROFESSOR'S LEGACY" is a German-English story by Mrs. Al fred Sidgwick. Professor Elsler is a distinguished scientista professor in a universityloft a widower with an only child, a little grl. His reputation at tracts a young Englishman who beeomes a student vundcr him and then a helper in his scientific work. The Englishman and the child become fast friends. There 4s a fool aunt, a sister-in-law to the professor,( a brilliant pianist and concert meister, and a goodly number of other people, all more or less inter esting. The action of the story is lively, 45 *& outcome doubtful but it comes rifffefc in the end and everybody is happy is the full attainment of desire'except the fool aunt, and she fares better than she should. A .pleasant story for a raiaX day, or a stormy night. W. R. K. Henry Hult & Oo., New York. ILM. Sketch of Joseph Jefferson by Francis Wilson.Joseph Jefferson, one of the best-loved American actors, is the sub ject of the leading paper to the February number of Scrlbner's Magazine by Francis Wilson, the well-known actor, who knew him for many years. These reminiscences are full of anecdote and story, giving Mr. Jefferson's opinions about the arts of acting and painting, and his own recollections of distinguished men in many vocations. The article tn this number deals particularly with Rip Van Winkle^its origin and development as a play, with amusing anecdotes about Mr. Jefferson and his experiences while playing it. There are also pleasant glimpses of Jefferson as a painter, and his views and preferences for various artists. The amazing success of "The House of Mirth" still continues, and the readers of it will be interested in Edith Whar ton's story In this number, entitled "Tho Hermit and the Wild Woman"a charm ing phantasy with a deep significance. The Inside history of the Chinese boy cott against American goods is" toTd in Thomas Millard's article on "The New China." These and other articles and stories make the number one worthy of special attention. Country Life in America for February contains as its leading feasture "After Tarpon with a Camera," by Julian A. Dimock, illustrated with twenty-one of his remarkable photographs. This tells of the thrilling sport of photographing a tarpon while he is making a leap of from nine to twelve feet. "The Boston Terrier," by Sherwin Hawley, tells us of a distinctly American breed that has reached a high standard of perfection his cost and his points of character. In "More Winter Flowers," by J. N. Gerard, we learn of plants that bloom out doors in the northern states from December to March without any protection whatever. Arthur Huntington Gleason in his "Rug Making Community," tells of the two sides of the arts and crafts mo\ement as it appears in a Maine village the prac tical and the astethicweaving and dye ing the rugs. "How I Built My Own Country House," by Julian Burroughs, tells of a little home on the Hudson that cost $1,760 and how the problems of building and decorating were sohed. These are only a few of the good things the number holds. Entertainment for February.Llppln cott's Magazine for February opens with a novelette by Jennette Lee. called "One Way of Love This is an interpretation of a man's life. When the man meets with a disappointment at the outlet of his career, the scales dip so far weighted by his grief, that it seems as if he must go under. But an older man's experience and advice save him. The real action of the story is placed in Chicago, where the man adopts newspaper work, and there he finds the woman who becomes his in spiration. Leading the shorter fiction of the month is "In the Strong Man's Bor- ders," by Frank Saville. a romance of the rescue of a girl from a fate worse than death. A paper of seasonable Inter est is on "Early Opera In America, by Ruis Rockwell Wilson and an agreeable Italian sketch. "An Umbrlan Idyl," Is by Anne Hollingsworth Wharton. This is a chapter from her forthcoming \oIume on foreign travel. LITERARY NOTES. "Mind-training" is a statement of a "practical system for developing self confidence, memory, mental concentration and character." It is by Victor G. Rocine and the Human Science school, 130 Dear born street, Chicago, is the publisher. "The True Doctrine of Prayer" is the title of a new book by Leander T. Cham berlain, president of the Evangelical Alli ance of the United States with a foreword by Dr. Huntington of Grace church, New York The look which has just been issued, has attracted a great deal of at tention among ministers for its rational, philosophical and scientific study of the subject of prayer. "Cranford. a Play," dramatized by Miss Marguerite Mermgton from Mrs. Garfcell's novel, was one of the successes of the holiday season. The play, by the way. was first brought out in the columns of a well-known woman's magazine in aft expurgated edition. Certain objectionable features, such as the scene in which the Cranford ladies indulge in brandled peaches, which were omitted in the chaste colmuns of the journal, are re- g. stored in the book. The n*w edition of Tennyson's Tn Memoriam." with th author's own not**, which will be published at once by Th J, Macmillan company, will excite great ht terest among students of the poet. The Macmillan company announce that the date of publication of Eden Phillpott's new novel. "The Portreeve" Is post poned from Jan 18 to Feb. 8 The un familiar word that serves a. the title, by the way. signifies the chief magistrate of a port or maritime town, *w I &t^> -s&CN* $%*Mqiii#Kt+iti*.