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Bookshelf and Inglerook THE DECLINE AND FALL OF THE CHRISTMAS CARD The day of the Christmas remem brance is approaching. This being true, it is natural that substitutes for the now obsolete Christmas card should be sought. Such substitutes the Sturgis & Walton company has wound and offers (at the small cost of 25 cents a volume) in the Remem brance Booklets, little books in parch ment and red-and-gold covers. The series includes eight volumes. 1. Popular Carols. 2. Ancient Carols. 3. Sayings of Dr. Johnson. 4. Thirty Sonnets. 5. Lyrics from Tennyson. 6. Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam. 7. Lyrics from Browning. 8. Sayings of Sydney Smith. New York: Sturgis & Walton. Wessels & Bissell Co. will publish immediately Stanley Portal Hyatt's "People of Position," which by compe tent critics has been pronounced a good, clean book irrespective of the opposition shown it abroad by large book distributors. It is undoubtedly 8 story written with a purpose; the author has the courage of his convic tions. If his criticism of our modern civilization is severe, its truth cannot be disputed. "People of Position." by Stanley Por tal Hyatt. New York-. Weasel* & Bissell company. "The Mercy of Fate," by Thomas McKean, will be published early in October by Wessels & Bissell company. As in his earlier book, "The Master Influence," it may bo said the author writes of his characters and their set ting With ease born of familiarity. "The Mercy of Fate" is a vivid and realistic story of a millionaire of hum ble origin, of imperfect rather than defective education, of uncouth rather than boorish manners—who enters the inner labyrinth of New York society. The mistake of his early youth pur sues his progress doggedly, and not withstanding the development of his character, the apparent success of his love affair and the consummation of his social ambitions, he is called upon to make retribution at the eleventh hour. How this is encompassed and what results from-it make a novel which will have many different points of interest for readers of various tem peraments. As a satire at once keen and kindly as the picture of a certain class of much advertised society—as the life story of a man of sigular complexity of character, "The Mercy of Fate" is a story to be reckoned with. "The Mercy of Fate." by Thomas McKean. New York: Wessels & Bis sell company. Absorbing Interest and eager curios ity are roused by an author who seems really a new star, worthy to be named with Robert Hichens and Flora Anne Steele—l. A. R. Wylle, whose stnry of India, "The Native Born." is big in plan, pictures iuely Imaginative, overladen with "the riches of the east," throbbng with emotion and with three or four really masterly scenes. The theme —the race question n India—is large and striking, and is there any name word richer in pic turesque connotation thin the wo"rt India? The author has st her se-e* with the lavish wealth and ca'-e ef Henry Irving. The pomp and myst - oism of Hindu worship, th ■ person'! veneration attaching to the rajah, the gay butterfly existence of the womn of the English station and the wait ing, ennuied life of the men; the. labyrinthine palaces the ruby-eyed gods, the deserted bungalows, th^ bor dering jungle, the sonorous names, the stories of former uprisings—all of fiese properties are used with imt;resive effect. The sharp juxtarosition of an ancient Orientalism with the cry of modern English fa^h'on prod-ices con ditions of life of undoubtnble fasci nation. Throughout the story the weaving together of the two strains— LOS ANGELES HERALD SUNDAY MAGAZINE Saxon and Indian—is consistently pur sued. In conception the plot is strong. The faithfulness of the Anglo-Indian at mosphere; the superb portrait of the young rajah, serene and majestic in his robes of white; Adam Nicholson, the ideal Englishman for Ind.'a; the transformation in the character of Beatrice; the thrill we always feel when we are reminded of Lucknow — all of these things-and they are many—place the reader deeply in the author's debt. For a first novel it is remarkable. Its appeal is genuine and on an or der that commands admiration. There is skill of workmanship. The social groups form and dissolve w th natur alness and grace; the shadowy, sin uous, dreadful figure of the old rajah reappears again and again with ter rible menace; always in the back ground the reader hears the mutter of the coming storm, so that antici pation seems always to p lnt the way to events still more absorbing. "The Native Born." By I. A. R. Wylie. Illustrated by John Newton Hbwitt. Indianapolis: The Bobbs-Mer rill Co. Miss Sylvia Pankhurst, whose "The Suffragette," the Sturgis & Walton company have in hand for publication this season, has sent her publishers a little resume of that book. In it she explains that the early portion of the volume is given to a very brief sum mary of the woman's movement in England. The bulk of it is an account of that movement from the very recent time when It became violent and mili tant to the present. Here .is a para graph from Miss pankhurst's sum mary: "Having dealt with the early history of the woman suffrage movement, the author comes down to modern times, and gives the reader an intimate In sight into the picturesque agitation of the suffragettes. An account Is given of the events which led up to the first militant outbreak and the manner of its organization. The aim of the author is always to let the reader see what was going on behind the scenes. In or der that the motives of those who have engineered the movement may be thor oughly understood. In the course of the story the protests at cabinet min isters' meetings, visits to their houses and receptions when they were present, the deputations and the by-election policy are explained. The writer is able to give descriptions of the treatment of the suffragette prisoners from her own experience. The hunger strike is also dealt with, and the reason for It, and its effect upon the women who were forcibly led is carefully described. An account is given of the various police court trials of the suffragettes, including the one at Bow street, which contains a full account of Miss Chris tabel pankhurst's brilliant cross-exam ination of the cabinet ministers. This part of the work is chiefly illustrated by the snapshot photographs which have been taken by press representa tives and others at the various "raids," processions, and demonstrations. One of the most striking of these is a photograph of Miss Chrlstabel Pank hurst signaling to the suffragette pris oners from a house overlooking the prison, whilst the companion photo graph shows the prisoners themselves waving their handkerchiefs In return from their cell windows." "The Suffragette." By Sylvia Pank hurst. New York: Sturgis & Walton. When I.ouis XV was a good young man in those days of happy innocence before I'omp.-idour, Dv Barry et al., had swam into hts ken. and before this Kilded royal youth had even dreamed of the varied joys of the Pare aux Cerfs, his pleasure-loving uncle, the Due d'Orleam, ruled France on his behalf, and encouraged the elegant world of which he was the chief figure to throw aside the constrained and decorous ways of Louis XIV, and to eat, drink and be merry, since the natural course of events would send them to a better world In a future not remote beyond all calculation. It is of this period of abandoned pleasure that the latest vol ume—lt will appear under the Sturgls it Walton company imprint —in the ser ies of translated memoirs, "The Court Series of French .Memoirs" —tells. We refer to "Secret Memoirs of the Re gency," by Charles Plnot Duclos. For the material at his book the author drew upon private and state papers, from accounts of eyewitnesses, and from his own observations. An inter esting book this—interesting in Itself and valuable to the historian for the light it throws on personages of distinc tion and events of the times. "Secret Memoirs of the Regency," ("Court Series of French Memoirs.") By Charles Pinot Duclos. New York: Sturgis & Walton. THE OCTOBER ATLANTIC The October Atlantic begins the serial publication of a new novel by John Galsworthy. For two years past the Atlantic has omitted the serial feature, but the dramatic movement and deli cate workmanship of the opening chap ters of "The Patricians" give cxi ellent reasons why the editors have broken their recent custom. Henry M. Whit ney, the most effective champion of Canadian reciprocity, contributes a paper on the necessity of a treaty of Close commercial relations with our northern neighbors. In "The Cheapen ing of Religion," James O. Fagan de votes the same powers of observation, which made him so effective a critic of railroad conditions, to a study of the problems faced by modern churches. Speculative papers of importance in the number include John G. Hibben's elo quent "The Philosophy of Opposition," a paper dealing with the opportunities of the average Individual, entifed "A Patent of Nobility," by Ada Cambridge. Pew people who have ever slipped from the giip of tuberculosis will read with out close interest Grace Herlihy's story of her own resurrection in "The Bene ficent Valley," while the bunde bear ing commuters of America will find comfort in Dallas Lore Sharp's divert ing paean in their praise. Prof. Ftelnsch'l "Intellectual Life in Japan," Carl Becker's "Detachment and the Writing of History," Mrs. Putnam's "The Lady of the Slave States," and a keen chapter in Gideon Well' s' Diary, devoated to "The Impeachment of the President," are among the more serlotM contributions of a number which 1 closes in happy fashion with Winifred Kirk land's merry recollections of "My Little Town." The poems in the number are con tributed by Henry van Dyke and Mrs. Bchuyler van Ronsseiaer, while "The Law and the Indian," hv Elliott Flower, and Harry Jamos Smith's "The Priv ilege" are numbered among the stories For solid grasp of facts of actual life and their portrayal at once faith ful and inspiring, "The Day of Souls," ' by Charles Tenney Jackson, is incom parably the most full-blooded and vig orous work of fiction published In a long, lonp time. As are many other great novels, this is primarily the story of one man's life. A life full of trouble and ac quainted with grief, yet knowing good deeds and blindly conscious always that somewhere the stars are shining. It Is a full life, too, and then Idle many men and women circle about it, or cross Its path. Influencing and be ing influenced: leading or being led; giving or taking, as In real human comedy. The reader's interest Is seized at the very outset of the story and not released until he has paid the toll of the last word, and yet the intention of the plot Is disclosed with great de liberation. The author has Invited the reader to take a long journey with him and so makes generous preparation at the outset. This Is as It should be. It is artistic, it creates a feeling of con fidence, of sureness; It gives a sense OCTOBER 16, 1910. of size and dignity. But only the few among the many who write can, ap parently, make these elaborate prep iirations and at the same time make them interesting. Charles Tenney Jackson is among the few. Once the preparation! are completed and the Journey begun, the reader finds himself not an onlooker but one of the trav elers, sharing the comforts and discom forts, the joys and sorrows, of his Im aginary companions; Imaginary, yet so real that for the hour they assume a living shape and are the familiars of our daily life. From this on the way is clearly marked, the plot unfolds itself with skillful assurance, though it is more a plot of character than of In cident There are incidents, inevitable and in plenty, but it is the effect of incident on character that interests us, rather than the incident Itself. On the first page we meet John Ar nold. No trumpet blasts announce his coming, but he takes the stage by right of personality—we know him without referring to our programs —and holds it till the curtain falls on the final tableau. During that time we have seen a soul stripped of its gauds and trappings. Its cheats and shams, its lies and deceits. We have seen it fight inch by inch to save its darling sins until finally, beaten and deserted. It stands alone, naked and ashamed, but unafraid. Then, with the ruins cleared away, a new life of lowly toil and humble service Is begun, but a life assured of its foundations and con fident of the ultimate beauty of its superstructure. Scarcely less interesting than Jack Arnold is the character of Nella Free. This girl has not always walked the straight and narrow, yet the reader understands and forgives and finally loves her. "The Day of Souls." By Charles Tennyson Jackson. Illustrated by Paul Meylan. Indianapolis: The Bobbs- Mcrrill company. Mi>-s Frances Baird, detective, figures in another book by R. W. Kauffman, and those readers who enjoyed the in itial introduction to this clever and energetic young woman will find tho second story, "My Heart and Stephanie," equally the mystery of a lost dispatch box, on the top a gold plate engraved with coat of arms, two cross crosslets over a chevron azure upon a field or with a lion rampant and the motto "Semper Llbertas." Stephanie, otherwise the Countess Routkovsky, beautiful as all well au thenticated mysterious ladies should b<\ leads not only the detective, Frances Baird, but a great number of men, some of them lovers, some friends, some enemies, but all perforce admirers, through the many chapters of tlie book with mckless abandon. Through Paris, that Mecca of the detective writers, in New York and Philadelphia, less pic turesque In the matter of cafes, street names and so forth, but standing for the respectable solid side of life, that race of heroine, detective, villains and friends continues. There Is sufficient shooting and midnight escapades of hair-raising danger to mark the climax of nearly every chapter. My Heart and Stephanie. By R. W. Kauffman. Boston: Ij. C. Page & Co.