! REALM OF ROOKS f
BY PAUL PRY.
"Ihe Northerner.” by Norah Davis, Pub- ^
Ushed by Thf Century Co.. 1306.
•The Northerner” Is the first published
book by Miss Norah Davis, and is of
special Interest to people in this city
(from the ftot that Miss Davis made her
home here for some years. She was at
tached tb the federal court for the north
* Harriot of Alabama, in the position
erk. stationed here in Birmingham,
as the author quaintly expresses It.
it was in the courts of course, that
I met my book.” One of the strongest
fea.tii.res of Mias Davis' story Is her ex
ceptionally clever work, descriptive of
the lawyer and questions of law and the
‘The Northerner^’ 4s a strong cogent
piece of work; ably conceived and evolved
and most charmingly written. The author
(has written previous stories and articles
which have appeared in different maga
zines, but when it is considered that this
is her first published book, Miss Davis
is to be congratulated upon the unmis
takable talent that Is evident. In the
opening chapter she introduces the reader
to a moonlight scene in Dixie, sweetened
by the scent of June roses, and where we
first meet the two southern belles that
play such a prominent part in the suc
ceeding events of the story. The hero
is a northern capitalist, who purchases
a street railway and lighting plant in a
email Alabama town. Following is a
chapter from life as Miss Davis sees it.
The canvass is a broad one and the
strokes are masterly and strong, and
without any suggestion of uncertainty
Labor problems arise, the color ques
tion plays an unduly prominent part# and
•ectional prejudice is used to an unwar
rantable degree in securing the author’s
desired climax. Mob violence, lunching
and strikes are handled in a clever and
dramatic way by the author and the hu
man element, the double love stories are
sweet and tender and bekutiful.
But Miss Davis has taken the point of,
view of the southerner and distorted it
4n an unwarrantable manner to serve the
purposes of her story. The southern
reader recognizes at once the perversion
of his dearest traditions and native sen
timents, and the undue and unwarranted
emphasis which is laid upon southern
prejudice, while one cannot but deplore
the unjustness in offering such a picture
to the northern readers. Falls in made to
appear like a great big baby; though the
inten-tlon is that he shall only appear
as a martyr. If Falls is depicted to
prove to the northern capitalist that
when he comes south he needs something
else besides money, he has not been
drawn in vain. He prows conclusively,
even to the moat casual reader, that
he needed tact, business sagacity and a
certain amount of understanding of the
demands of one’s environment wherever
that may be.
The use of the incident of “Rose" as it
affected the love affairs of Fails and Hugh
is unworthy of Miss Davis.
We want clever, strong work, descrip
tive of southern life and conditions, true
and unequi vocable; but perverted and
untrue conditions and problems are un
'•The Awakening," by C. WUckliffe Yulee.
The Neale Publishing Co., 1906.
In the word “The Awakening" Mr.
Yulee .has given a story of Washington
life that ds above the average and is
exceedingly readable and entertaining. In
the last chapter the author says:
“Thus, the only palpable result of Mon
itresor’s seven months’ residence in Wash
ington was securing a beautiful and
charming American wife—a very common
place achievement. But, unknown to his
friends, a great deal more had happened.’’
All of which is entertaining and most in
terestingly described by the author. Mr.
Yulee is evidently thoroughly familiar
with Washington—'the city, its types, its
Institutions; and his point of view of dts
social life dn the “eighties of the nine
teenth century" is diverting.
The character work Is especially clever
and good, while the conversations are ex
ceptionally spirited and original. The
vivid plotures of almost every phase of
life at the capital—the smart set drawing
room. the lobbies, the Senate chamber,
with contrasting scenes in the manor
houses of old Maryland give the narrative
movement and charm. After all it Is a
love story, and in the words of the au
thor “let me confess that all I have writ
ten is Miontressor married a wife. Is It
Altogether "The Awakening ' is an ex
ceptionally good story, smoothly and even
ly told, crisp and dashing in style with
Ingenuity and originality In thought and
Incident that Is most acceptable.
'■The Black Spaniel," by Robert Hichens.
Frederick A. Stokes Co., 1905.
Robert Hichens has chosen unusual
themes and unique Helds for his literary
endeavors, thereby achieving In his work
In "The Garden of Allah,” as well as
bis latest work, “The Black Spaniel,” the
author, by these means, forces his con
ceptions Into the consciousness again and
again, and almost surrounds the reader
with his own atmosphere.
Few English authors have caught the
witchery of the east and presented It In
such palpitating beauty and reality as
Mr Hichens. In "The Garden of Allah"
he caught the spirit of the Sahara and
wrote a remarkable story, full of poetry
and beauty, pulsing with human life and
passion. In "The Black Spaniel" he has
taken a religious theme of the far east
and has woven it Into the noof of an Eng
lish story and made It seem very real,
natural and plausible. His basic point
Is the use of the Hindoo belief that the
soul of a man who has lived an unworthy
life at death enters into an animal and
must work upward. Upon this he builds
a very cutIous psychological superstruc
ture that Is moet remarkable. It baffles
the reader but compels and holds the at
tention to the last word, even against the
will. And so subtle Is his theory that
the reader finds himself unconsciously en
tertaining and weighing his postulates.
His theory that the English doctor, be
cause of his excessive sympathy in bis
profession must thereby be cruel to his
dog as a sort of safety valve for his in
herent cruelty is one of the most extra
ordinary theories ever conceived. Of
course, such an idfca is of the earth
earthly and only views things from the
human standpoint, bearing out entirely
“The Fortunes of the liandrays,” by
Vaughan Kester. McClure, Phillips &
“The Fortunes of the Landrays'’ por
trays a page of life as it might have
occurred to any family under similar con
ditions. The canvass Is a broad one and
presents a panorama more far-reaching
and inclusive than is ordinarily depict
ed in a piece of iflotlon. Yet so real are
the descriptions and so imbued with ac
tuality that they sometimes seam to the
reader to be biographical.
The story Includes the first fifty or
sixty years of the settlement and growth
of the Mississippi valley, and the charac
ters are participants In the most vital
and stirring incidents of our country’s
history. The picturesque period which de
scribes the rush of gold seekers across
the plains in ’49, the settlement of Utah
and the subsequent boom town periods is
well depicted. The character work Is ex
ceptionally fine, and the human interest
of the story 4s ably sustained in a love
story of great tenderness and pathos.
The late Henry Harland was as far
as possible from being a snob, but he
made a quiet claim to being as good as
the best of the English nobility. In fact,
as most of his closer intimates knew,
he Insisted that he had a right to sign
himself to be a dormant baronet of the
United Kingdom in direct descent from
a son of Admiral Sir Robert Harland,
who emigrated to America about 1770.
The family acquired large estates in
Connecticut, but when the baronetcy was
supposed to expire in 1848 they did not
claim it, for by the laws of the state of
Connecticut then existent, to have done
so would have meant a sacrifice of a
large proportion of their land. The Har
land claim to the baronetcy is now en
tirely extinct, for Mr. Harland himself
was an only child and he leaves no
Several bfjoks dealing with the much de
bated topic, of the Federal regulation of
railroad freight rates have already been
published, and Little, Brown & Co., who
brought out Judge Walter C. Noyes'
"American Railroad Rates,” announce an
other by Prof. Frank Parsons on ths
same subject for early publication. Of
those already issued The Outlook, New
York, says: "We know of no book which
will give the lay reader so clear and so
authoritative a statement of the funda
mental legal principles which must
govern in the determination of the pend
ing question concerning the government
regulation of railway rates as Judge
Clement Vaughn, the hero of a now
western story by A. B. Ward, entitled
“The Sage Brush Parson” is made to
undergo every one of the temptations
which beset the hardened sinners in his
flock In the Nevada mining town where
tlie scene of the story is laid. He is
tempted by drink, by the unlawful love
of a woman, by the desire to kill. In
the light of his experiences he learns how
flimsy a weapon mere eloquence must be
measured against the evil forces with'
which he has to deal. "The Sage Brush
Parson” will bo published by Little,
Brown & Co., January 27.
Maude Howe (Mrs. John Elliott) the
author of "Two In Italy” and "Roma
Beata” has sailed with her husband, John
Elliott, the artist, for Spain, where they
will spend the next two years.
RAN DOWN A FISH.
Feat of an Indiana Boy In Capturing a
From Field and Stream^
The lake was rather on the window
pane order, that beautiful, smooth sur
face, bending and cracking with metal
lic ring as the young Siwash glided swift
ly along. The very pebbles of the bottom
could be counted through the glassy ice
as the rays of the morning sun gleamed
through it and through the waters be
neath it. Soon the long form of a
basking sturgeon was seen. The great
fish lay motionless, not far from shore.
The Siwash skated over it. The sturgeon
moved off slowly, the Indian keeping
directly above. The fish gathered speed,
to escape the imminent threatening shad
ow. The pursuer skated swiftly along,
following every turn of the quarry. The
sturgeon now became panic stricken, and
the chase was on In earnest. Out to the
deeps, back to the shallows sped the
fish wildly, with every turn and curve and
angle that the Ingenuity of terror could
suggest. The Indian skated magnificent
ly and matched speed for speed, turn for
turn, angle for angle, with the fish.
Skater and swimmer were always in a
vertical line. For a fulll hour the chase
kept up, the sturgeon now noticeably
wearying, the Indian fresh as at the
Now the speed slackened, but the In
dian's gliding form was still always di
rectly above the fish. The sturgeon's
struggles became spasmodic. Now he
stopped, motionless, but for the quick
beating gills; now he darted like lightning
ten or a dozen yards. The Indian re
morsely dogged his victim. At last the
fish turned upon his side, exhausted. The
Indian cautiously sprawled flat upon the
thin ice and tapped It sharply; another
dart by the fish. Again the Indian lay
down and tapped the ice. The fish was
too exhausted to respond. Now the In
dian broke a small hole In the Ice and
plunged a long harpoon through the gills
of the surgeon. The blood Issued In a
red cloud, diffusing In the clear water;
the violent struggles of the fish became
weaker and weaker till it floated dead
benepth the ice. Then it was cut out,
and the skater dragged it away In tri
umph to the camp.
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Our New Millinery
Miss Annie Fanss, who
will have charge of our
new Millinery pepartment,
left yesterdav for New
York and Eastern points to
purchase tfie latest crea
tions in Millinery.
Miss Fariss’ long expe
rience in the Millinery trade
of Birmingham eminently
qualifies her to fill the Mil
linery wants of our many
Handsome Tailored Suits
... amd Coasts ...
Mr. Jos. E. Johnson
Desires to inform his
friends and the public gen
erally that, having acquired
an interest in the business
of the former Simpson
Curtright-Co„ the “Ready
to-Wear Store for Woman
kind, he will be glad to
have them call upon him
at his new place of busi
We beg to announce that
our Mr. Simpson leaves to
day for the Eastern mar
kets for the purchase of
new Spring wearing appa
rel for womankind.
At One-Half Price-Just to Celebrate!
BEGINNING TOMORROW THE FIRM NAME CHANGES, and to celebrate this event, and to emphasize
our policy of never carrying over any goods from season to season, we are going to close out every dol
lar’s worth of Ladies’ Misses’ and Children’s Tailored Suits and Coats at
JUST ONE HALF THEIR. REGULAR. PRICES
We are fully determined not to carry over a dollar’s worth of this season's goods. So here is your opportunity
to secure a brand new, up-to-date, stylish Suit or Coat for yourself or child for much less than the cost of
manufacturing them. Everyone knows the high-grade Tailored Suits and Coats for which this Ready-to-Wear
Store has been famous. And we make no reservations—every Suit and Coat in the store is in this sale.
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Every Ladies’, Misses’ and Child’s $10.00 Suit or Coat for.$ 5.00
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I WITH THE MAGAZINES;:
The Smart Set.
An exquisite portrait of Mrs. Potter
Palmer is the frontispiece of the Feb
ruary Smart Set. This new feature of
the magazine has met with universal
appreciation, and the publishers announce
that future issues ■will contain equally
fine portraits of beautiful and promi
"News and the Man," a novel of love,
Journalism and intrigue, by Jesse Lynch
Williams Is the leading piece of tiction.
Richard Le GalHenne and Irma Jerry
have collaborated in an essay which
they call "The Laurel of Gossip," where
in they discuss, with unusual clever
ness, the little scandal mongers who Infest
every society. The paper is delightfully
satirical, and will be much enjoyed. "Half
Gods and Gods.” by Emery Pottle. Is a
story of two sisters In a provincial town,
whose simple romance is told with skill.
John Regnault Ellyson. In "The Wolf
Prince," has written equally weird. "In
Bluebeards Closet," by Virginia Wood
ward Cloud, is one of this author s finely
wrought tales, and "A. Splendid Decad
ence," by G. Vere Tyler, will be read
by every woman. Slona Gale, Mabel Her
bert Umer, W. Carey Wonderly and Wil
liam C. de Mille are among the other
writers who contribute fiction.
Bliss Carman’s poem, "The Miracle," Is
a feature of this number. The well known
Canadian poet has done nothing better
for several years. Edith M. Thomas,
Llzette Woodworth Reese, Kate Jordan,
Beatrix Demarest Lolyd and Algernon
Tassln also oontrlbute verse, while Tom
Masson, Tom P. Morgan and Richard
Fechheimer supply the humor.
"The Story of Steel," illustrated with
flash-light photographs taken In the In
terior of a great steel mill, is the lead
er In The Technical World Magazine for
February. G. P. Blacklston. the au
thor Is a prominent iron and steel ex
pert.’ Without being technical, the arti
cle gives a correct and graphic picture
of the processes by which Iron is trans
formed Into steeL Few great industries
are so Important or so little understood.
A most fascinating and little known
part of the world Is described by Fritz
Morris In "The Water-Forest of the
Spree.” The Illustrations are from pho
tographs which show the quaint costumes
and strange manner of living of a unique
and pictures people.
It will be news to the majority to learn
that tea can be successfully grown In
the United States, and particularly, that
In North Carolina a private tea planta
tion has proved, commercially, extreme
ly profitable. With pen and camera.
Freeman Tilden tells the story of the
pioneer tea farm.
Of great possible value Is the announce
ment by Frank C. Perkins, the electrical
engineer, that Prof. C. Redard of Geneva,
Switzerland, has successfully used a blue
electric light as an anesthetic. Minor sur
gical operations have been performed on
patients under the influence of the blue
rays, without their suffering any pain.
Rarely has the "Romance of the Wild
Beast Trade” been presented In a more
striking way than by William G. FUz
Gerald, the famous traveler and author,
In this issue of the magazine. Mr. Fitz
Gerald has been successful in securing a
number of rare and interesting animal
photographs which are used in illustrating
George R. Metcalfe, M. E. writes en
tertainingly of the great work done by
engineers in bridging the vast falls of
the Zambesi river in the far Interior of
An important article is “Wonder Cities
of Electricity,” In which S. Morgan Bush
nell, the electrical engineer, paints a 1
picture of the development of hydro
electric plants, from which all the in
dustries of a great city may bo driven,
with an almost entire absence of smoke,
soot, dirt and noise.
Isaac N. Powell, chief clerk of the
Board of Election commlsisoners, Chica
go, contributes the result of his experi
ence and observation on the use of vot
ing machines in municipal and state elec
tions and is firm In his conviction that,
sooner or later, the paper ballot must
be abandoned—the sooner the better for
the honesty of elections.
Alton D. Adams points out the oppor- j
tunlties for developing water power along
certain parts of the St. Lawrence river—
the total power being much in excess
of that furnished by Niagara Falls.
A novel and striking point of view i
is that taken by Hollis W. Field, who i
writes on “Poison—Man’s Best Friend,”
and who declares that the presence of
active poisons In the animal and vege
table kingdoms have forced the rapid de
velopment of man’s shrewdness, ingenuity
and reasoning power.
The February “World’s Work” will con
tain the second of Henry Beach Need
ham’s articles on “The Senate—Of Spe
cial Interests.” It will contain an an
alysis of the pure food legislation. An
other notable article will be ’’The Life
Insurance Remedy,” by ”Q. P.,” whoso
remarkable series of articles on the in
surance machine have been widely quot
ed. The third notable article of this
Issue will be Eugene P. Lyle’s revela
tion of “Conditions In Haiti,” the fifth
of his series of first hand investiga
tions in the Caribbean. It was Mr. Lyle’s
article on Santo Domingo, published in
“The World Work,” that told for the
first time the actual state of affairs and
predicted the present revolution.
Tiie announcement is formally made by
Doubleday, Page & Co. that the first num
ber of their new magazine, “American
Farming,” will be the February issue, i
Among the experts whose aid has been !
enlisted and who will contribute to early ■
numbers are the following: J. A. Ben- 1
steel, of the Bureau of Coils, department
of agriculture; Charles W. Burkett, pro
fessor at the North Carolina college of
agricultue; E. V. Wilcox, editor of the
department of entomology and veterinary
science, department of agriculture; F. H.
Valentine, for many years well known as
an editor and author specializing on
poultry; John W. Spencer (“Uncle John,”)
of the Cornell university extension of
agriculture; S. W. Fletcher, professor
of horticulture in the University of Mich
igan; William J. Spillman, egrosto legist
of the department of agriculture; Overton
W. Price, assistant forester, bureau of
forestry, Washington; Frank Overton, M.
D.. a well known contributor to maga
zines on out-door topics; and Martha Van
Kensaelar, in charge of the Farmers
Wives Reading Course, Cornell.
Some idea of the scoiie of the maga
zine may be gained from the contents
of the ilrst number which include the
following: “The Peculiar Value of Dor
est Sheep," by E. W. Wilcox; “The Ideal
Farm Home and How to Have It," by
Anna Batsford Comstock; “The Success
ful and Northwestern Wheat Farmer,"
by J. A. Blethen; “Clearing Land with
Dynamite," by Edith Lorgin Fullerton;
“The New Method of Exact Fertilizing,"
by J. A. Ronsteeu; “First Principles of
Successful Farming," by William J. Spill
Pet Cat Appears on Stage With Miss
From the New York Tribune.
An Angora cat belonging to the mother
of Miss Blanche Bates found his way to
the stage of the Belasco theatre yester
day afternoon. Selim—for such Is the
cat's name—‘has long, silky white hair,
and as a general rule has good common
sense. As usual, the eat accompanied
Mrs. Bates and MIhs Bates to the Belasco
yesterday. Unlike her mother, Miss Bates
does not care for cats.
Selim made his debut In "The Girl of
tho Golden West." Unfortunately, his
name was not on the programme, and he
made his appearance at an inopportune
time, if he had made his entrance In tho
first act It would not have mattered so
much, because the scene In the Polka
saloon, whicn Is supposed to be warm and
comfortable. Early In tho second act.
when a furious blizzard is raging and the
cabin door Is swinging to and fro In the
terrible gale, Selim stepped out on the
stage and calmly looked at the audience,
unmindful of the raging elements. Miss
Bates did not know of Selim's presence
till he purred and rubbed against her.
Then, as she whispered to him to go
away, Selim strolled out Into the appall
ing tempest as if it were nothing at all,
SWALLOWED BY A MOUNTAIN.
Pack of Hounds and Fox Vanish In a
From the London Mail.
A singular mishap has occurred to the
Crellygaer (South Wales) foxhounds. While
the pack was in full cry on the moun
tain at New Tredegar nine of the best
hounds suddenly vanished together with
It was found that they had fallen down
a deep fissure on the mountain top, caused
about a year ago by a landslip. The
depth of the crevlee has never been fath
omed, but some idea of Its extent tnay
bo Judged from the fact that after the
disappearance of the dogs not a sound
was heard from them.
The animals have not been recovered,
and It has been found Impossible to de
scend the opening even with a rope.
A Record of Note.
From the Phialdelphla Record.
In the estimation of necrologists last
year was remarkable for the demise of
many eminent politicians without the for- i
znallty of burial. -
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