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Very useful and handy books are to be
found in the "Library of Useful Stories,"
published by D. Appleton & Co., New
York. The latest addition to the series
13 "The Story of the Art of Music." by
Frederick J. Crowest. Mr. Crowest is
also the author of ,"The Great Tone
Poets." The present volume contains 180
pages and has a complete index, which
makes it handy for subsequent reference.
After a brief but instructive Introduction
concerning the history of music, the au
thor considers .' notation ; .then early har
mony," folk songs, troubadours and first
counterpoint. After this he takes up four-
The Art of Music.
Charles Felton Pidgin, the author of
"Quincy Adams Sawyer" and "Blenner
hassett," has In his latest novel,
"Stephen Holton," written a story with
a purpose. The hero. Stephen Holton, is
a young clergyman who lives in the
siums of Boston, and who- carries on a
crusade against intemperance and vice.
The novel Is, in particular, a protest
against the temptations which beset coun
try bred youths and maidens when
thrown upon ,, their own resources In a
large city. The scenes of the story
change from country to town, and in
habitants* of both . places furnish the
principal characters of. the book. The
novel is not high-class fiction. Still
its earnestness of purpose excuses some
of its more conspicuous defects. (Pub
lished by L. C. Page & Co., Boston.)
Stephen Holton.
The most" complete and up-to-dstte book
. of humor that we have seen for many a
day comes to us from the press of the J
S. Ogllvie Publishing Company, New
York,, price $1. ' This encyclopedia of fun
has been given the title of 'jThe Man in
the Streets Stories" and is a collection of
over six hundred humorous after-dinner
Man in the Streets Stories.
Another particularly happy narration
is wherein Mr. "Smith tells of the visit of
Richard Horn and his old friend to New
York and how they win their way into
the hearts of Oliver's friends among the
artists and musicians of ' the day. It
would hardly be f a^r to the . many readers
who will enjoy "The Fortunes of Oliver
Horn" to go into any, of the details that
might reveal the ultimate climax of the
author's story; to tell of the struggles of
the Inventor that so often seem to result
In nothlne but failure or of the long wait-
Mr. Smith does one of his cleverest bits
of work in that part of the book wherein
he relates the visit of Oliver to the New
England home of his adored Margaret;
that part where the chivalrous, warm
hearted Southerner, son of the cavaliers,
meets Silas Grant, the practical Northern
er, descendant of a long line of Puritan
ical ancestors. -
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Face had not only lost his smile — a marvelous
, ly happy one with the early nn upon j his
wrinkled countenance — but he had put on his
judgment cap of gray clouds and had begun
to thunder out his disapproval of everything
about him. Moose Hillock evidently heard the
challenge, for he was answering back In the
murky darkness. Soon a cold, raw wind,
which had been asleep In the hills for weeks, j
awoke with a snarl and started down the
gorge. Then the little leaves began -to quiver,
the big trees to. groan, In their anxiety,' not
knowing what the will of the wind would be,
and the merry little waves that had chased
each other all the morning over the sunny
shallows of the brook grew ashy pale as they
lool-ed up Into the angry face of / the Storm
God. and fled shivering to the shore.
A. C. McClurg & Co. of Chicago have
Just brought out a new and striking edi
tion of a story published some years ago
—one that has endured the fires of liter
ary criticism and public perusal until it
has now come to be regarded in the light
of a\ classic among ¦ books of Indian fic
tion. The book referred to Is "The Bridge
of the Gods," by F. H. Balch, a novel
founded on the legends of the Columbia
River "and the mystical "bridge of the
gods." In this story Mr. Balch has given
us iprobably the most truthful and real
istic picture of those great tribes that in
habited the Oregon country two centuries
ago that has ever been written. The motif
of the story , concerns itself with . the
tragic fate of a young minister who came
from < New' England to the wilds of the
forest and stream to convert the Indians.
The present edition, which is the seventh,
is of particular interest to us of the West,
inasmuch that - all J of the illustrations,
which add so much to the illumination of
tho .text, are the creations of a % talented
young Callfornian, L. Maynard Dlxon.
Mr. ! Dlxon has long been known as one
of the foremost . illustrators \ of the coast,
and his work has always been. most high
ly regarded. He Is a close student of life,
as Is shown by the realism with whjch he
endows his drawings. ' For the past two
years he has been making a special study
of Indian types," and has covered many a
weary mile on horseback and slept many
anight beneath the stars on the plains of
the great Southwest in his efforts to see
The Bridge of the Gods.
A history of English literature that Is to
be particularly commended for the use of
the general reader seeking a better ac
quaintance with the works of English
writers, both past and present, is one that
has been recently published ¦ by Charles
Scribner's Sons, New York. This book
represents the work of two assistant pro
fessors of: English literature In the Uni
versity of Chicago, William Vaughn
Moody and Robert Morss Lovett. The
book contains some five hundred pages
small space in which to cover so great a
opubject; but the authors have selected and
condensed their matter so weir* that this
work will be found very acceptable to the
student who would economize time in" his
studies and get the \iosfout of a little.
The clearness and simplicity of style Is
especially praiseworthy; as is also the
fact that the authors have seen fit to ed
vucate the reader more by. the plan of sug
gestion than by a statement of their own
personal opinions, j The first half of the
book, is devoted to the literature 1 of the
last two centuries, and much more to the
nineteenth century than to the eighteenth;
with. the. Idea of bringing forward most
prominently . that portion of the study of
greatest working importance to the stu
dent. As a hint for future study, a reading
guide or bibliography has been added to
the text. The price of the book* is $123.
History of English, Literature.
I . ¦ •'¦ • ,
ing of Margaret and Oliver before they
can overcome the double difficulty of fam
ily Prejudice and poverty.
"The Fortunes of Oliver Horn" is in
every sense of the word a great book, one
that can be read by all, youngr or old,
with a keen sense of enjoyment, unflag
ging interest and with the feeling on the
part of the reader that he has been bet
tered, by this intimate friendship with
persons of such sterling worth, as these '¦
whose characters Mr. * Smith has so ably
and forcefully depicted.
for himself and to study those pictur
esque types and customs that he is able
so proficiently to reproduce on his draw
ing paper. No better man could have
been selected to do justice to the Illus
trating of "The Bridge of the Gods." The
price of the book Is $1 50.
H. Hadley. The Saalfleld Publishing Compa
ny, Akron, Ohio. II 25.
Barnett. The Saalfleld Publishing Company,
Akron, Ohio. SI 25.
STUDY — By Frank Cramer. Tha Hoffman-
Edwards Company, San Francisco.
BY THE STAGE DOOR— By Ada Patterson
and Victory Bateman. The Graftoa Press,
New York.
POCO A POCO— By VT. F. Johnson. Th«
Saalfleld Publishing Company, Akron, Ohio.
$1 60.
THE CLIMAX— By Charles Felton Pldgla.
C M. Clark Publishing Company, Boston.
TOM TAD— By William Henry Venabl*.
Dodd, Mead & Co., New York, $1 60. *
TEMPORAL POWER— By Maria Corelll.
Dodd, Mead & Co., New York. $1 60.
ROB AND HIS GUN— By "WUliam Alexander
Linn. Charles Scrlbner"! Sons, N«w York. $1.
Ball Naylor. The Saalfleld Publishing Com
rany, Akron. Ohio. SI 60.
Anderson Norrls. J. S. Ogilvia Publishing
Company, New York. $1.
GLO-SAXON POEMS— Translated by J. Lau
lia Hall. Silver. Burdett & Co.. New Tork.
75 cents.
rrlce. Silver, Burdett & Co., New Tork. 60
HIS SON — Edited by Joseph B. Seabory. 811
¦ver, Burdett & Co., New Tork. 83 cents.
Books Received.
"Of course, like I would any other plee*
of my property that tried .to get away, or as
I would wring the neck of any man who
would help him " And the colonel looked
meaningly at the Vermonter and drained his
glass with a gulp.
Oliver in New Tork has a hard struggle
f cr livelihood, but h© stays with his up
hill task with dogged persistency. Chance
throws in his way as a friend one of the
artist set; one of the strugglers in the
vanguard of those who should eventual
ly place the arts at their proper height
In the civilization of the America to come.
Inclination keeps him among them, but
it is only after obtaining his mother's
consent that he takes up the study of
drawing as a side issul to trie actual re
quirement of making his own living.
The glimpses of artist life in New York
at this time that Mr. Smith •gives us are
particularly' charming and' prove espe
dallyftielightful, for we can read between
the lines the heartfelt expression of the
author's own early career In the world
of art ; \
Here it Is that Oliver meets Margaret
Grant, w.ho is to prove such a dominat
ing influence in the ultimate shaping of
bis career. She, like Oliver, Is struggling
against the wishes of one member of her
family, her father, to make for herself
a name among the artists of the day.
From New York the scene shifts to the
mountains of New England and there we
become even better acquainted with these
two young people as they while away the
happy hours in sketching and painting;
and we see the first seeds of congeniality
ripen into a real, perfect and lasting af
fection. Here we meet the Grant family
—all of them Just as characteristically
Northern in their customs and views as
the Horns are strikingly Southern.
It is in depicting the beauties of these
Northern mountains and valleys that the
artistic temperament of the author is
most' strongly in evidence. Here is a bit
of prose description that is as truly po
jetic in its construction and idea as the
soul of the muse herself could desire:
Our young enthusiast watched the Diaz of
a wood Interior turn slowly into a Corot, and
with a cry of delight was about to unstrap hia
own And MarcarefB sketching-kits, when the
sun wm suddenly blotted out by a heavy
cloud, and the Quick gloom of a mountain
storm chilling; the sunlit vista to a dull slate
gray settled over the forest. Oliver walked
over to; the brook for a better view of the
«ky, and came back bounding over the moss
covered logs as he ran. There w»s not a mo
ment to lose If they would escape being
drenched to the skin.
The outlook was really serious. Old Bald
"I can't say I do, Cobb,",, replied the colonel
slowly, stirring his toddy. "I never set foot
on jour soil but once, and so am* unfamiliar
with your ways." He never liked Cobb.
"He's so cursedly practical, and so proud of It,
too." he would often say; "and If you will
pardon me, sir — a .trifle underbred."
"When was that?" asked Cobb, looking
over the top of his paper.
"That was some years ago, when I chased
a wounded canvaeback "' across the Susque
hanna River, and had 'to go ashore to get
him; and I want to tell you, sir, that what
you call 'your, soil' was damned disagreeable
muck. I had to change my boots when I
got back to my home, and I've never worn
them since." And the Colonel crushed the
sugar in his glass with his spoon as savagely
es if each lump were the head of an enemy,
and raised the. mixture to his mouth.
Amos' s thin lips curled. | The high and lofty
airs of these patricians always exasperated
him. The shout of laughter that followed the
colonel's reply brought the color to his cheeks.
"Chased him like a runaway nigger, I sup
pose. Clayton, didn't you? And wrung his
neck when you got him " retorted Amos,
biting his lips. .
"That's Just what's the matter with most
of you Southerners, Judge," Interrupted Cobb,
his black eyes snapping. "You think more of
blood than you do of brains. "We rate a
man on Northern soil by what he doe's him
self, not what a bundle of bones In some
family burylng-ground did for him before he
was born. Don't you agree with me, Clay
Chief Justice In 1810, and his great-grand
father was "
The Illustrations on this
page are reproductions of the
clever drawings of Walter Ap
pleton Clark in F. Hopkinson
Smith's latest novel, f'The
Fortunes of Oliver Horn."
(Copyright, 1902. by Charles Scrib;
aer"s Sons.)
George "W. Perkins tells a story of an Irish
man, who, while walking- with his friend,
passed a Jewelry store where there were a. lot
of precious stones In the window.
•¦"Would you not like to have your pick?"
asked Pat
"Not me pick, but me shovel," said Mike,
a .>¦.;• .'•
All of the stories that we have read
are certainly far above the average of the
kind generally foisted upon the public as
.humor and the book taken in homeopathlo
doses for after dinner reading to the fam
ily or to your assembled friends will ba
found quite an addition to the library of
every well regulated household. Here fol
low two of the first prize stories that will
serve as a sample of both the quality and
quantity of the fun in each selection:
Presiding Justice. Van Brunt of the Appellate
Division of the Supreme Court la a man of rara
good humor, and yet withal a Judge who can
call an offending lawyer to account In a man
ner that he is not likely to forget. The Pre
siding Justice met his match, however. In a
young lawyer, who appeared before bis august
bench last week. .-v. . ¦.,
It was a simple cause that the younr lawyer
pleaded, but his heart was In It and he be
lieved that he was entitled to a reversal of tha
.verdict that had been rendered against him.
He was armed with all the authorities, and
he quoted from them copiously. The honorable
Justice yawned as he presented his case In this
elemental fashion.
"Pardon me," interrupted Justice Van Brunt
after a time, "but I would suggest that you get
down to the merits of your case." t
"Presently, your Honor, presently," respond
ed the young lawyer with forensic eloquence,
yet he continued with renewed earnestness to
expound the law as he saw It.
"Let me suggest to you," said Justice Van
Brunt. Interrupting again, "that you get down
to the merits of your case and take It for
granted that the Court Is familiar with tn« ele
mentary principles of law."
"No, your Honor, ho," declared the- young
lawyer, with absolute sincerity. "That was
tha mistake that I made when I argued this
case In the lower court."
The publishers have done their part In
making the present book attractive and
handy; for example, Chauncey M. Depew,
the klnsr of after-dinner-speakers, takes
an Interest In the work and has stamped
it with his approval by writing a well
turned introduction for the fun that fol
lows — no mean commendation in Itself.
To add to. the further convenience of the
volume there has been provided a double
index. For example, if you feel that, the
only humor that will appeal to your mood
is a railroad yarn, you hava but to turn
to the "r's" and under the head of "rail
road" you will find the numbers of the
stories devoted to that particular depart
ment of fun; or. In the second index, if
vou are convinced that you must read
some comic bits about Mark Twain or
General Miles, or in fact any other well
known person of the past or present his
tory, you can there find under the proper
letter the name and numbers all ready
for reference. If this double index
scheme is not a marvel of up-to-dateness
for the "convenient- propagation of fun It
would be hard to tell what is.
stories about prominent persons that
have previously appeared in the New
York Times. That Journal did a good
turn for the fun-loving' public when it be-,
gan to collect from here and there and
everywhere live stories of humor — pre
ferably those that had the name of soxna
well known person connected with the
anecdote to give it "human Interest."
The Times even offered prizes for tha
best stories of short, crisp, humor.
The Baker & Taylor Company an
nounces for publication In the early fall
"Reciprocity," by Professor J. Laurence
Laughlln. head of the department of
economics in the Chicago University, and
Professor H. Parker "Willis of "Washing
ton and Lee University: a "Life of Ul
rich Swingli." the Swiss patriot and re
former, by Samuel Simpson (net {1 23) ;
"Recollections of a Long Life, an Auto
biography," by Rev. Theodore L. Cuyler.
D.D. (net $1 50) ; "Help and Good Cheer,"
a gift book, by Rev. Theodore L. Cuyler,
D.D. (net Jl); "Valid Objections to So
called Christian Science," by Rev. An
drew F. Underhlll (cloth, net, 60 cents;
paper, net. 25 cents); the Rolfe Shakes
peare, in limp leather (single volumes,
net, 90 cents; forty volumes, boxed, net,
$38); and "Over the Black Coffee." com
piled by, Arthur Gray (net 75 cents, rift
edition, oozs leather, net, $1 50).
Among new editions to be brought out
by Little, Brown & Co. this fall are
the following: "Plutarch's Lives," Ox
ford edition in five volumes: "The Col
onel's Opera Cloak," by Christine C.
Brush, with illustrations; "Madame
D'A'rblay's Diary," two volumes, limited
to 600 copies; a new thirty-two voluma
edition of Charles Lever's works; "How
to Live," by Dr. Edward Everett Hale:
"Little "Women" and "An Old-Fashloned
Girl," Louisa M. Alcott's famous stories,
superbly illustrated; Hamerton's "Etch
ings and Etchers" and "The Intellectual
Life"; Helen Hunt Jackson's "Glimpses of
California"; "Hours with German Clas
sics," by Frederic Henry Hedge; a popu
lar Illustrated edition of "The Three Mus
keteers," by Dumas; and "Miss Bella
donna," by Caroline Ticknor, with addi
tional chapters.
The following Interesting: articles make
up the contents of Club Uf» for Septem
ber: "The California Outdoor Art
League," Klla C. B. Fassett; "The Treble
Clef Cltib"; "The California Historic
Landmarks League," Laura Brida
Powers; "Association Pioneer "Women of
California": "The Corona Club"; "Tha
Papyrus Club"; "California State Floral
Society"; "Pioneer Daughters": "The
Adelphlan Club, Alameda" ; "The Criterion
Club, Alameda": literary department;
"Romance of Kah-botin." "Casa Boneur*"
"The Alden Club"; "Traveling Picture
"Work"; ""What the Newspapers Say";
"Philharmonic Election"; 'Piano Re
citals"; "Pur» Olive Oil," Vincent C
Stopford, A. Brooke's thorough-going
study o$ Robert Browning Is soon to bo
published by Messrs. Thomas T. Crowell
& Co. Mr. Brooke's previous work on
Tennyson has shown his superior Insight
into the poetical animus of the last cen
tury and his ability to deal with tha
great companion poet of Tennyson. Tha
volume begins with a striking contrast
of these two writers, preparatory to a
consideration of Browning and his writ
ings in their varied aspects.
Miss Annie Douglas Sedgwlck, author
of "The Rescue," has written a new
story of a friendship between women,
called "A Deserted Temple." which is to
appear serially in The Century, with pic
tures by Miss Harding.'
literary Notes.
The situation of affairs North and South
at this time is very well brought out in
the following dialogue at the club be
tween Colonel Clayton, one of the "real
"old Southern gentlemen," and Cobb:
"You arc quite rlgrht. too. about his young
son (Oliver), who has Just left here. ¦ He ha»
all the qualities th*t so to make a rentlemarC
and many cf those which will make a Jurist.
He 1b cow studying law with my associate,
Judge Ellloott — a. profession ennobled by his
ancestors, elr, anil one for which what you
call his 'stuff.' but which we, sir, call his
•blood,* especially fits him. You Northern
men, I know, don't believe In blood. We do
down here. This young man comes of a
line of ancestors that have reflected great
credit on our State for more than a hundred
yeers, and he is bound to make his mark. His
grandfather on his mother's side was our
]F yon -wish to acquire some new
friendships, to make the close and
dear acquaintance of some beings of
the fiction •world whose memories will
be worth cherishing for years to
come, you must meet the people that P.
Hopkinson Smith has created In his latest
novel. "The Fortunes of Oliver Horn."
This book Is Mr. Smith's longest work,
and. If anything, his best.
F. Hopkinson Smith Is quite one of the
ir.cn of the age. Ho has not only an en
viable reputation as an engineer, but he
stands high as an artist, while as a writer
of fiction his name deserves to be placed
among those of the men of letters of
America. A peculiar and remarkable tal
ent is that which permits a man to be
so proficient in two such different
branches as engineering and art and
letters. •
This last book is from the press of
Charles Scribner'e Sons. This same house,
by the way, is just issuing a subscrip
tion edition of the complete "writings of
Mr. Smith that has been prepared under
the author's personal supervision and has
been illustrated In colors with drawings
by the author and other well-known
As In "Caleb West," the author drew
upon his experiences as an engineer and
as a builder of lighthouses — the famous
Eace Rock Light— now in "The Fortunes
cf "Oliver Horn," he turns to his early
career as an artist for the Inspiration of
his theme. In this story you might well
eay that there is no "plot," no "villain" —
nothing of the well-known claptrap prop
erties that are supposed to be necessarily
a part and parcel of modern fiction. And
yet every word leads you on to the next,
and it is with a sigh of real regret that
you lay the novel down as finished. The
character drawing all rings bo true, the
description of places and. customs, the
pictures of the life In the South before
the war, of the doings in the artist quar
ter of New Tork thirty-five years ago,
are all so vividly and artistically present
ed that "The Fortunes of Oliver Horn"
as a distinct literary effort of permanent
merit stands out clear and white against
the smoky background of the mass of so
called fiction that Is put before us In
these days of cheap bookmaking.
The first part of the book introduces us
to the Horn family and its delightful list
of acquaintances among the old Southern
aristocrats of the slavery days. In this
part of his work Mr. Smith gives us the
most finished picture of its kind that we
can recall. His scene for the opening
chapters in the life of that refreshing
hero, young Oliver Horn, is laid in Ken
nedy square in the late '50*s, supposedly
in Virginia, but as a matter of fact it is
said that Mr. Smith is drawing for us a
picture of Patrician Ealtlmore at that pe
Here we meet that dearest type of
Southerners of the old .school, Richard
Horn, the father of Oliver— "a composite
personality of strange contradictions, of
, pronounced accomplishments and yet of
i equally pronounced failures. And yet,
.\ v/ithal, a man so gracious in speech, so
in bearing, so helpful in counsel,
"jBo rational, human and lovable, that,
agree with him or not. as you pleased,
his vision would have lingered with you
Jor days." And here, too, we are intro
duced to Malachi, the good, the faithful—
'•"not Richord's slave, remember. Not bo
in^my pounds of human flesh and bone
and brains condemned to his service for
¦ I/fe; for Malachi was free to come and
go and had been so privileged since the
day the old Horn estate had been settled
tw«~r* years before, when Richard had
.,;.>, -i him his freedom with the other
- -<:s that fell to his lot; not that kind
or «» >rvltor at all, but his comrade, his
chum, his friend; the one man, black as
be was, in all the world who In laying
flown his life for him would cut have
counted it as gain."
Then Mrs. Horn, the embodiment of
true womanliness and motherhood, ready
for any sacrifice for husband or son, but
whose natural broadness of tnind had
been restricted by her Inherited beliefs "
in conventionalities and the necessity of
maintaining the customs of the old South
ern aristocracy-a woman of the narrow-
South before the war, when any occupa
tion other than the profession of the law
v.as deemed beneath the dignity of the
Bon of a long line of ancestors who had
all in turn been legal lights.
It is at Kennedy Square, too, that we
make the acquaintance of Amos Cobb,
Vermonter— a type of the North and the
man who acts a* a balance wheel In
steadyjng the falling fortunes of the
It is Oliver's ambition to become an ar
tist and against this desire Is arrayed no
mean force of obstacles. His mother dob
not approve; and this alone is an Insur
mountable hindrance to the loyal Oliver
brought up as he has been with all the
Southerner's love and respect of mater.
To make a man of her son, and, as she
thinks, to save him from himself, Mrs.
Horn sends him to New York to
make his own way In the' world.
Moreover, such a course is neces
sary, for the father's career as an in
- ventor has sorely diminished the Horn
stock of worldly goods and It seems that
on the efforts of the young son must de
pend the living of the Horn family when
old age shall come upon them.
Mrs. Horn, despite her inherited nar
rowness of vision, is a woman of the
best common sense and wise enough to
see merit In the advice of the shrewd
Northerner, Amos Cobb. He it Is that
interests himself in Oliver and after in
ducing the mother to give her beloved
son the opportunity of making a man of
himself, though the method be a harsh
one, give* the young man letters that en
able him to make his first start on the
sea of life. m \
teenth century music, rise of opera and
oratorio, the organ, early schools of
music, the madrigal, Roman and Protest
ant church music, opera and overture,
passion music. Bach and Handel, perfect
ed oratorio, symphony. Haydn. Mozart
and Beethoven, romantic art In opera and
symphony, growth of form and orchestra
tion, possible English school, opera—
Gluck to Verdi, modern German and Rus
sian music. The books In this series are
uniform in. price, 35 cents.
What the Book World in Doing
Elder and Shspard,
23$ Post Street, San Francisco.
they will find treasures piled high
upon the shelves. «•«•«.«.
CHILDREN, yov can com:
and s«c lor YOURSELVES.
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