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??Holl null WlUK." I By Frederick Fanning Ayer. G. P. Putnam's Sons, of Now York und Lon? don. 52.00. Tho man who publishes a volume of, poetry nowadays occupies an unusual' position In the world of letters, for thin Is not a poetle age, and a maker and writer of voisu has a more com? plicated task than formerly to reach and to touch the heart of the worfd. Frederick Fanning Ayer ha.-: addresser! himself to his public, however, with a mastery of whatever subject ho makes his theme and a coulllor.ee In himself that goes far*toward awaken? ing responsive interest. His -poems are full of vigorous thought and beauty of expression, as 1h shown by ihese lines from a bit ?which its author calls "Kgohood." The lines say. "Once was one wise one, so ia told, Took to mastering his brave dog That know not a way to yield, to cog. Yet the master thought him overbold, So took to childing him. Took, too, to hiding him. Muzzled him to bring htm under, Practiced each prime stupid blunder Which makes for master and slave, Makes one plaster, t'other knave. Till he had him so weil in hanj As the sea lias strips of Sutiting sand, j All went well enough till (here came A need of dog-s<ul, need of the Maine Of love, which is power to do All the masterful lest of you "Without iiecd of profit or harm? There's life at Its superhuman charm? For one night came, the muster was down, Smothered In the clutch anel frown Of picaroons?each cry for help Died "On the. mask of dark? Ca.me there back Just the coward yelp Of the hound, never growl nor bark As ho slinked back of each pinaster, Tall tucked well between two legs Bent under him like broken pegs For fear?so he left his master Gagged and robbed of a last plaster." Tho "Woman Militant" has occupied the centre of the thought stage during the first years of the twentieth cen? tury. But Mr. Ayer t?lngs "The Man Militant." of whom he tays: i "You are my militant man To tight out a way To your now other day Of deeper Bight-light, loftier span." In another poem, "Old Darby." there Is a story told of two brothers, eme of Ignoble, the other of noble mind, the latter being thds described: "None feared him. none knew him who he was, Only Old Darby was hia name; Ills purpose to make common cause, With haVd-luck people?that way he came To bo known for his majesty pait He played, his mighty human heart." "Old Darby," for the sake of making Iho woman he loved happy, suve up everything that Vinn cofTimoTily hold dear tor a humble, but kindly life in Chclmsford woods. Here happiness and love sought and found him on an April day, fulfilling thu thought of the poet that? "Something in Nature makes for Bight, Keeps always perfect Beauty in sigiit. So help it along all your soul anil might;" i "in a Bell Tower" is the name of K poem embodying a" romance, that of a man who was a cripple and was car? ried into a bell tower by his desire, so that ho could rise above the lives of the earth men beneath him and tell his heart to the world In bei..- with out the pajn of being seen and Jeered at beanuso of Iiis Infirmity. A village girl camo to listen so truly to the music he rang ou:. that she knew each "tine ripple from tho lingers of a crip? ple," and climbed the tower to find and see the musician who? "Won her there To the upper air By his threnody of love Beyond her and above." "Moon Fields, or Man the God," is a I poerit of length and importance that demands close reading and thought. Several lines in it say: "From my uncle I learned the value of Right; From my Natalie "I learned the love of it; The twti together make a human Might, yet voov world gets scarce a snuff of it: Man. to be man, shall be himself. Neither Gbibelin nor Guelf, The whole of him, not part of him, Head and soul and pluck and heart of him." Woman Is made by Mr. Fanning to be a royal giver in a poem under the caption of "Bread On the Wat'.rs," tlie prelude to which is In these words: I "God knows a robin flutes for love of! song, Not thinking of the prize. Which, perhaps, may come ulong, Or may not. but keeps on fluting For the prizes in his song." Tho song of tho poet soars clear and high in "The Longings of sin Acolyte," some lines, of which say: "O for a wing to fly and be free. Free as a wind tickles among leaves, Free of these knuckle-gems, this maj? esty * Of pomp-light which so wholly be? reaves Brain of power to he thinking, Puts me to my knees to be shrinking As a newt shrivels in a strong storm? As if this gabata could keep me warm. This doctored draught of thought know a way Of dealing nie the light of day." The volume, which is finished by an index, covers 1,200 pages, the poet's In? clination and his pen taking a wide? rango of thought and subject. Fresh fancy, vigor and freedom of thought and directness of expression are distin? guishing characteristics of his verse making, in which also is dlsplavetl marked beauty of imagination and sen? timent'. Mr. Fanning, aside, from his literary pursuits, is a lawyer and successful man of business. He. belongs to the Massa? chusetts family of Iiis name, I? pres? ident of the Lowell and , And over Rail? road and head of the. groat. Ayer prop? erty interests in New York. It would seem that he has carried into the zest and enthusiasm of his labors as a poet the practical knowl? edge, of men and things that has made him u force to' reckon with in the American business woikl. lie might have been criticizing his own work in bo me of his verses. "Man or Book?" When he refers tu u girl gifted lo read i|^^yter D. 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Additional chapters in his hook ask and answer his conception of the ques? tion, "What Ie death?'', touch upon the occasion and purpose of the law of Moses, the effect of the life of Christ on the human race, Christ's second coming and the redeemed world. I The book is written earnestly and thoughtfully, and its thorough slncer- i ity will commend it to readers inter? ested in the many ethical points which i it discusses. A picture of Mr. Swope ! appears as a frontispiece to his work, which is attractively bound and well printed. "Wandering Gho?t?." I By the late Marlon Crawford. The 1 Machillian Company, of New York. i American readers, with whom Mr. ! Crawford was a favorite author, who i realized the great loss to tho literary world caused by his death, will turn J with eagerness to a. volume which re- j veals his versatile genius in a new role, i (is creating tales of mystery and welrdness, calculated to thrill the imagination and lead it captive. One of the stories has a Welsh set- I ting; the scenes of others are laid at. sea. in 1-ngland and in Ireland. They are characteristically strong a.nd full j of local color and vividness. Mr. Craw ford has not made his climaxes hing* upon a creaking board or a bit of hu? man drapery. He has written of the genuine supernatural, the real, thrill? ing, fascinating kind. Mr. Crawford died just a year ago at .Sorrento, in Italy. He. up to that, time, had been so continuously and prominently in the eye of the American public that it seems difficult to realize he produced as many as forty novels tind historical works since the ap? pearance of '"Mr. Isaacs," twenty-eight years ago. He was almost as great a favorite in Knglano as in America, and had a large following In Italy, Franco, Germany and other european coun? tries. ".Niiture'm Help to Health." i By John Warren Achorn, M. D, Mof 1 fat. Yard & Co.. of New York. 50c. not ! This little book takes up the case of J Chronic Invalids and gives the inltia i lory causes for broakoown as he? reditary weakness of constitution, poor moral training, lack of understanding ; as to physical and mental make-up. misuse of unearned or unaccustomed wealth and derangement of the diges? tive organs. To correct these troubles and pre? vent their uVcvelopment, nature re? quires, as the author indicates, that the proper development of the body in a growing child should be as much .?: matter of concern as the cultivation of its brain. Boys and girls, he says, j should recognize their individual limi? tations and should not engage in oc? cupation* for which they are physically j disqualified. I Dr. Achorn is. of course, a great .'-fj-voea te for out-of-door occupation, regarding which he says: "The clean? est kind of work und? r a roof is not to be compared with work in the < hen, even if the mechanics of this plan can be done under cover any day in the year. 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The outsider is real? ly safer in China just now than the natives, for pirates and magistrates both know that the foreigner has be? hind him an influence which is bound to be felt at Peking." Tho American colonies in the Orient are taken up by Dr. Hart in regard to Philippina conditions, insular gov? ernment and problems. In turntng to the British Oriental possessions, Dr. Hart writes: "England is the modern Kerne; we know it because brilliant es? sayists tell us so; because Great Bri? tain is the power most widely spread noon the earth's surface: because Eng? land, like Rome, lias conquered great civilized countries and built up native Institutions on a foundation of Eng? lish la w; .because where the Britisli di urn beats there is order, peuce and justice." Dr. Hart's well-known reputation gives to his book the stamp of au? thority and renders it most valuable, especially now when Eastern prob? et? the thousands of our sat? isfied patrons, come to us and you will as you should. 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Charles Scrib nc-r's Sons, of New York, through the Bell Book and Stationery Co., of Itich mond. $1.50 net. Tills book is beautifully Rotten out with Kreon and gilt covers and num? bers of tine color pictures among the illustrations. Chapters treat of Ravenna and By? zantine art, of the. architecture and sculpture of Venice from its llrst be? ginning, through the fifteenth to the eighteenth century; of Venetian paint? ings ami the schools, of Murano and | the Bellini, Giorglone, Tintoretto, and on down to the nlncteentli century; of the art Of Padua and Mantua; Verona. 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Edited by Robert Haven Schauder. Moffat, Yard & Co.. of New York. $1 net. In the introduction to this book, ap i pea ring with peculiar appropriateness I as the memorial month is near at i bond, there Is an extract from the I Illustrated American of .Iu.no 21. 1SI?0. i'.vhich says In part: "Memorial Day is sacred to the memory of the glorified ? lead, who consecrated themselves to their country, were beatified and can? onized as martyrs for the right. It is i well that. In the hurry and press of our t time?, when the higher soul within nr. ! is choked and stilled by the more sor i did cares of the. hour, wo should pause j for a period to dwell upon the tuem j ory of the Illustrious dead, who gave thrir lives for their country." I There are many beautiful poems in the book collection written by men North and South, East and West. Heb' I ry Timrod's hymn for Memorial Day ! in Magnolia Cemetery. Charleston, S. ? C. has this verse, which stands out i among others; '?In seeds of laurel in the earth The blossom of your fame is blown. And somewhere, waiting tor its birth. The shaft is in the stone." ! Will Henry Thomnson has a poem in tho collection. ?'The High Title at Gettysburg," and the last lines say: "Fold tin the banners! Smelt the guns! Love rules Her gentler purpose runs. A mighty mother turns in tears The pages of her battle years. Lamenting all her fallen sons." And Austin Dobson's "Ballad of He? roes" Is not left out, and it testifies of such tiiat: "While yet in tower or rot Your story stirs the pulse's play, And men forget the sordid lot ? The sordid eaves?of cities gray: J While yet they grow for homelier fray ? More strong from you. as leading plain Thal Lifo may go. if honor stay, T!i>' deeds you wrought are not in j vain." The editor, in his preface, sivys: "The I srde discrimination shown has been in selecting from all sources the most beautiful poeirv and the most clootiehi prose in this attempt to reveal, from various standpoints, the true spirit ami significance of the celebration. "A war anthology" is Included. MANY RICHMOND KLKS i;01N<; TO ATLANTIC CITY Richmond Lodge of icn<s Is arranging for' n large crowd, to attend the meeting or the grand lodge i-.i Atlantic City the .week of .July !?. The lodge expects to carry at loam ;<k>' members. Aside from thl* there art mavy citizens outside tho lod),'.- who hart repressed thoir Intention of -\ scompanj Iiis No. 15. The committee en arrangement* embraces some of the tnont active member? who are making all arrangements' for, a pleasant trip u> Ihtj big Scaxldo resort. 1'lw chairmen of the vririoun committees are; ? ifa'rr.v it. 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It has developed. Mrs. Armours loss will not be any larger than first reported when the story became public. .Securities worth St5,000, the theft of which has just come to light, were never sohl. The thief named their hiding place, and '.hey were recovered. Tims fur Mrs, Armour has recovered about 1120,000 in cash und securities. What the good.-, in storage. Jewelry, works of art, rugs and silverware, will bring is not known. It would appear from figures now available that Mrs. Armour will not lose more than $10,000 or $20,000. Friends of the woman who stole the securities recall thai the tlrst theft was committed within a few weeks after site had recovered fron? a severe case of typhoid fever. Her Illness was re? garded as dangerous, she being deli? rious much of the time she was 111. Mr*. Armour M alien n Statement. Mrs. Armour still refuses to permit any action to be laketi against the guilty person. Mrs. Armour last nigh! gave out for publication the following let tor regarding the theft: ?'To the public: ?'1 profoundly regret thai so much publicity has been given to an unfor? tunate matter connected with my prl vate affairs. I would have prevented it if 1 could have dorn; so. "The person involved has been try? ing: to make amends for past errors, and she and I are looKlug forward for her to a life of much usefulness and kindness in the future. She has done much good In the past; she can db much good in the future. These things should strongly speak for hei now. IJefeudu Erring One. "They who do not know the faults in the minds of others who have erred or the temptations presented, cannot safely judge them. "All laws, human and divine, com? mand not only that we should highly consider those who have erred, but to pivc. to the erring a chance to oblit? erate what have been mistakes in tin; past by good works in the future. "We should not seek their destruc? tion: we. should save thont. "Respectfully, * ''MARGARET K. ARMOUR.' Attorney X. H. Hard, who presented the. letter for Mrs. Armour, said it whs her desire that the matter be closed. Engng'emeut Anuottneed. [Special to The Times-Dispatch,] Laesburg, v'a.. April ft.? Mrs. Mary B. Latlmci'i of Hyattsvllle. Md.. has announced the engagement of her daughter, Laura Edith La timer, to j William Carroll Latham, of Hickory j Grove, Prince William county. Mr. Latham is prominent In business and I llnanelai circles in Prince William and I is a successful farmer. The wedding is announced to take place the latter part of April. One .\egro Shoot* .toother. [.Spocial to The Times-Dispatch. | Lacross, Vs., April 9.?Manuel Jones, a colored boy, about sixteen years of age. ?shot ami killed Eddie Brown, a colored boy, about the same age. The shooting occurred in Zeb Cole's store, in the presence of twen? ty-five or more colored people. The cause of the shooting is unknown. The criminal escaped and is still at large.