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The San Francisco Sunday Call
"The Fighter"
By Albert I'aysnn Torhun<\ author of -Cairn
C«novor. Usili-rvBder," etc Published by
Prank I". I-ovell A: Co.. New York.
"Tho red haired man was fighting."
5e *rTV3 Mr. Tcrhunc in the opening
line of his novel; and variations of
that line tell the whole story of the
book, which Is more than a novel; it
is a finger post directing the eyes of
the world to the marvelous develop
ment of this country. No, not the,
"great American novel." That is a for
gotten controversy; but a picture of
the most vigorous side of our develop
ment. The author pitches his scene in
the growing town of Granite. Caleb
Conove", whom we met in an earlier
book as the "railroader," is the hero,
now known as the "Fighter." He has
become a small railroad magnate, this
"self-made man who glories In his
maker,** and now absolutely dominate*
the commercial life of his ' town. H^
ha? no book education, but he knows
human nature, at least male human
nature, through and through.
Early in the book we find this mil
lionaire living in a back room of his
office, quite as simply as he did when
he was a clerk. "• • * Conover had
had a room and bath fitted up for his
personal use. • • • Here he still
dwelt, now that success was his. The
inan qrhose wealth had already passed
tli*"- million mark and was rocketing
toward far higher figures was simpler
In his personal tastes and surround
ings than was the poorest brakeman
on his road. An iron cot bed, a painted
pine bureau with flawed mirror, an air
tight stove, a shelf with 14 books,
the deal table and two chairs formed
•"\u2666the sum of his living room furniture."
V.'];at were the 14 books on thy shelf?
Conover would laugh at the idea of i
".five foot book shelf"; his books would
need a foot and a half or less. The
man is hopelessly uneducated, but with
the marvelous gift of reading his fel
lowroan. Suddenly he becomes imbued
with the idea that social recognition
is # v.-orth striving for. He wants to
break into the "gold shirt" crowd, as he
calls them, and thinks his money will
take him there. He is nearly right.
For one reason or another every promi
3ient family in town is under a finan
cial obligation to him and they dare
not refuse his demands. For purposes
of Qction the author has slightly exag
gerated hi social blunders, his uncouth
ntss and his seeming lack of conscience.
One of the most remarkable scenes in
the book describes an evening at the
ultra fashionable Arareek country club.
At the -height of the festivities a
drunken old man comes running out
among the guests, pursued by club
servants. They explain that he is a
tramp taken In for extra work and has
been caught stealing. The drunken
man. explains in a maudlin way that he
1 fought in the civil war. that drink
I n:ade him steal, but that he was all
v light when he was sober; that he had
a rich son who didn't even know he
was alive; that he didn't know his
sou was alive till he struck Oranite;
that his name is Saul Conover. His
babblings electrify the company, \u25a0who
ar«? none too friendly toward Conover
anyway, and they are glad and appalled
£t the revelations. One friend starts
Tr> speak, hoping to save the situation,
\u25a0 but "The Fighter" Interrupts him:
"Hold on : You mean well an'
... I thank you. But I think this is where
. I do the talking, an' not you. • • *
T!".:<t man doubled up on the floor there
lc my father — I didn't know till five
. minutes ago that he was still alive.
.'."• •• • My father was a risin'. hard
vorkin' man. He come of decent peo
ple. • • • When the civil war broke
.out he went to the front. There he
learned to starve*, to loaf, to forget his
business tralnln'. • • • There's
•wiiere he learned to drink, too. When
men have to go supperless to bed on
. the wet ground after an a!l day march
-. a ."-wig of whisky's a blessir.'. It's a
blessin*. too. when It dulls the mem'ry
of the comrade at your side that wan
Llowed to pieces by a shell or ripped
opor. by a bay'net. Can you blame the
soldiers if they let the whisky bless
'em so often that it gets to be a habit?
• • • After the war • • • he
coirie back like a good many thousand
others, none the better for a four year
course in shiftlessness, booze an' no
r<"g'lar work. The folks who'd cheered
him when he went to fight for 'cm had
cheered away a lot of their spare
. patrl'tism by that time. There want
'enough of it left in Granite to give my
; father a fair start in the world again.
"Because he'd learned to drink, to
loaf, to be uneasy an' unreliable when
h*» worked, they forgot he'd picked up
tli<-'so tricks whilei he was defendfn*
their country. Heroes was a drug in
the market. If any of you fellers know
how it feels to get down to work the
day after your fortnight's vacation,
maybe you can understand what it
• meant to him to settle down to a job
after four years in the open."
Conover's speech goes on for several
pages. The magnetism — brute magr.et
l&m — which is impressed upon the
reader throughout the story is as dis
tinctly felt in this speech as though
the man himself were present. He
goes on to tftll of his father's business
— how he "fixed" the scales in the mer
cantile firm he was with and stole a
small rakeoff per day. "That was his
mistake. If he'd stole a million he'd
'a' been a big man in Granite." But he
. was discovered and sent jail and
horded with criminal wild beasts for
five years. What a fearful indictment
liis speech is against the prison — and it
Is all so seemingly true and reason
able. He closes his speech by saying:
"In short he's what s'clety an' a loving
paterna.l gov'ment has made him. An
—he's my father. God help him: An'
lite man who says I'm ashamed of him
lies!" and Conover helps the poor old
beast out of the room. The aftermath
of the speech is surprising, but the
reader's Interest in reading that part
of It must not be spoiled.
Conorer has for a ward Desiree Shev
lin, daughter of an old friend. She has
been brought up thinking she is rich.,
but her father left nothing and Caleb
Conover has given her everything she
has^ The development of this romance
is as fascinating and thrilling as any
reader could possibly desire. Desiree
knows what she wants, but Conover is
slow to discover bis sentiments, but
when he does the author treats us to a
love scene that has not been equaled
in modern fiction for many a long day.
There are a number of minor faults
in this novel, but as a whole it de-
L serves high praise. It has a rugged
jbess of style quite in keeping with
J ero and title and the story holds the
Interest to the end. Many more pas
pages are worth quoting, but lack of
ppace prevents. The book deserves
careful reading.
"The of Matka"
Ey I>av!d Starr Jordan. Published by Whit
nk»*r & Ray-Wlggin company, San Francisco.
Price $1.
The author has written a touching
story of a mother sea lion. As litera
ture it is a model of simple and direct
narrative; as a story of the beautiful
side of animal life it ranks with "Black
Beauty," while as a source of informa
tion on the life and habits of this won
derful animal it must inevitably stand
The book was written while the au
thor, then president of the Bering sea
commission, was on the Island of St.
Paul. Pribilof group, investigating the
habits of the sea lions. For this rea
son it is more accurate than most ani
mal stories, and underlying it is a hu
manizing power that gives the book a
decided ethical value.
In liis introduction to "The Story of
Matka" Prof. Ellwood P. Cubberly
says: '.'lt is a matter of congratula
tion that in response to a strong de
mand for the story it is now isssued at
a price within the limit of the public
school funds." The book was written
primarily for grown people, but when
its value for children was appreciated
Its reissue was demanded. The book
is beautifully illustrated by photo
graphs and numerous pen sketches.
"California Story Book"
Published by tlio Enelish club of the Univer
sity of California. Berkeley, Cal. :.r r;
No one will read "The California
Story Book" without immediately re
calling the book of Stanford stories
published something like a decade ago
by Will Irwin and Charles K. Field.
The difference in presentation to the
public of these two books is that Irwln
and Field made their first venture
into the literary world alone; the new
volume of California stories comes
forth with the indorsement and back
ing of the English club of the Univer
sity of California. Originally, the
stories were to have been compiled of
those written about college and the
product of the college days of the
authors. That idea had to be aban
doned and a short story contest was
opened by the club. Three stories in
the book are the result of this compe
tition; the others are selected from
the works of graduates who have made
places for themselves among the writ
ers of the day. Several of the con
tributions appeared originally in peri
odicals. Following an appreciation in
verse by Isabel Mcßeynolds Gray to
the mater, the place of honor is given
to a story, "The Passing of Cock-Eye
Blacklock," by the late Frank Norris,
who belonged to the class of '94. ~ It
5s remembered by those who followed
the short, brilliant career of this au
thor, and Its presence in this publica
tion adds an Important laurel to the
wreath these authors are laying before
their alma mater.
James Hopper's story. "The Idealist."
is In the collection. It Is one of those
football yarns that "Jimmy spins so
entertainingly. Here again the Eng
lish club adds a worth while name to
the literary roster of the state's col
Richard Walton Tully of the class of
'01 and Eleanor Gates of the same year,
his talented wife, are among the story
tellers. "Dick" being represented by
"All in the Play" and Mrs. Tully by
"The Spotted Dawg." both of which
have appeared before. As these tales
are well worth a second reading this
fact does not militate against their
value in the college story book. This
is true of all the republished contri
butions. They are the .work of exceed
ingly busy men and women who have
not the time to do original work for
such a publication, but who, in all
honor to the college, must be repre
Among the new stories by tho new
people that by Grace Torrey. "The Rec
ord Quarter," is conspicuously good,
both for Its gripping human lntereat
and for the exquisite charm of Its tell
ing. It is the story of an athletic
father who had a delicate "dig" for
a son. Mrs. Torrey has a distinct In
dividuality of style.
The other stories and their contribu
tors are: "Yesterday —a Toast," by
Sara Ashbury '10: "The History of
Chop Suey and Fan Tan." by Gurden
Edwards '07; "Phil," by Christina
Krysto '09; "Values," by Marguerite
Ogden '10; "Steve," by Francis Steel
'10; "Buck dv Spain," by Helen Duncan
Queen '07; "Bernice, Patrice and Clar
ice," by Elizabeth F. Young '10 and
"Billy-Zoo," by Abby L. Waterman '04.
They are all stories of merit and all
in all make a worthy record for the
University of California.
"By the Bay"
By I.ucia fctta Lorinjr (Smith). Published by
Paul Elder & Co., Sau Francisco.
Lucia Etta Loring (Smith) has col
lected some 60 pieces of occasional
verse, most of which has appeared In
the Sunset, Overland Monthly and
Once a Week. The verses are all lo
cally Inspired and some of them have
real merit. The author Is a real lover
of nature and In poems of that class
her best work is shown. She gives
play to a vivid and poetical imagina
tion in" "El Camino Real," which is
well worth remembering:
"The Royal Highway follows the shore
One d3y's length from each mission
door"; . \u25a0«
A phantom roadway, when day has
sped, .
For It echoes to the patient tread
Of gowned ones, who rest and pray.
Where moonlit ruins mark the way.
Their flitting shadows rest a while
'Neath crumbling arch devoid of tile."
While others at each new bronze, bell
Send back a peal that all is well. .
If you would tread this King's High
It's free to all:throughout the day,
But those who have a better right, .
The phantom* fathers, pass by night."
The frontispiece, "Copa deOro," Is
from a bas relief modeled by Bradetta
L. Smith. The, book:. Is artistically
printed and bound, and the edition is
!;-;:;Ud to -50 copies.
"History of the Great
American Fortunes"
Dj GnstaTus Myers. Volume 1.- Published by
Charles 11. Kerr & Co. Price $1.50.
Coming from the publishing house of
most of the socialistic literature of the
day and written by a well known so
cialist writer, it was to be expected
that this book would be filled with
prejudice, but the subject was of such
interest that much was expected from
it. The author Is so obsessed by his
subject that he can not distinguish any
longer between denunciation and fact.
The first volume Is divided into two
parts in the first of which. "Conditions
in Settlement and Colonial Times," lie
rewrites much early American history
from a socialist standpoint. He deals
in a somewhat cursory manner with
the fortunes of colonial times, including
that of Stephen Girard, the richest of
the shippers. The second part devotes
Itself principally to the Astor fortune
in New York' and the Marshall Field
fortune in Chicago. The author abuses
John Jacob Astor for his fur trading
with the Indians, and it may be there Is
some justice in this; but when he
accuses him of fraud in real estate the
denunciations are more serious. The
author is apparently quite as savage
over the holding of legitimately bought
property as he Is over that which he
says was dishonestly acquired by graft
with city officials through taxation.
He abuses the Astor family instead of
the system of government which per
mits such a state of affairs. If the
author wrote in a well balanced and
sane fashion he might impress his
readers, but his style is so vicious that
he overreaches himself and- entirely
misses his object. There are to be two
more volumes in the series.
"Do It to a Finish"
By Orison Swett Mairden. Published by Thom
as Y. Crowell & Co., New York. Price 30
The editor of Success is in his best
vein when writing upon such topics
as this. Furthermore, he is writing
upon a much needed text, in this day
of hurry and worry and half done
things. The newspapers nowadays are
so full of accounts of loss of life and
limb, not to mention loss of money;
through slipshod work or faulty plans,
that a note of vigorous warning such
as this is well worth heeding. Says
Doctor Marden: "The worst crimes
are not punishable by law. Careless
ness, slipshodness, lack of thorough
ness are crimes against self, against
humanity, that often do more harm
than the crimes that make the |per
petrator an outcast from society.
When a tiny flaw or the slightest de
fect may cost a precious life, care
lessness is as much a crime as delib
erate criminality." This booklet Is
especially directed to young men and
women. Its title would be a good
motto for each one of them to adopt.
It is a sermon on honest work and
thoroughness easily comparable with
that other little classic, "A Message to
Garcia." The publishers expect to find
prominent merchants ordering large
quantities of "Do It to a Finish" for
distribution among their employes, as
they have done -in the case of other
books by this sensible, forceful author.
"The Tocsin: A Drama of
the Renaissance"
By Esther Brown Tiffany. Published by Paul
Elder & Co., San Francisco. Price $2.
Making books In this the farthest of
all the western cities has not been ex
tensive enough to be "taken for
granted." The volumes that have been
born here are never examined without
bringing a feeling of commendable
pride—for they have been distinctly
worth while. The publishers seem to
have had a definite realization that
their handicraft must be better than
the best to command attention in a
land where the printing of books la a
business not easily measured. All of
which means that now comes Paul
Elder & Co. with an important and
beautiful addition to their publications
—"The Tocsin, a Drama of the Renais
sance," by Esther Brown Tiffany, a
daughter of one of Boston's prominent
Unitarian ministers, the late Francis
This volume from the craftsman's
standpoint Is an achievement. The text
Is printed on Italian handmade paper,
seemingly apropos of the story it tells.
The binding is of Fabriano board. A
frontispiece .In .photogravure after
Michael Angolo's "The Dream of Life"
enriches the book.
This time the author has "come out
of the east." For the most part the
San Francisco publishers have handled
only the work of local people, but why
should that be so when they have so
much that is good and.of good taste to
give? , ..-'->
"The , Tocsin" takes the reader to
Florence in 1586—the time of Fran
cisco de Medici, when the terrors of
the plague tested the souls of men and
women—those of the state and those
of the church. The plot carries them
out of the Castle delle Torre, outside
of the city of Plstola, at the foot of
the Apennines, w/hlther they fled from
the suffering; the dead and dying for
very fear of their own lives. The
drama (In four/acts) js developed 'with
a fine sense of dramatic values. | From:
the riotous pleasures in Florence the
reader is taken through the flight, the
intricacies of subplots:and finally: on
to the hour of repentance and regen
eration. The .last scene finds the ab
bot, who had been afraid,, taking the
cross and leading those who had fol
lowed him ,to Florence .to "de
serted posts, to glorious pain, to death,
to life everlasting." -Throughout the
dialogue holds the reader.
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"Le Meunier d'Anglbault," first > pub
lished In 1845, is a story: by George
Sand. It belongs to the second period
of her literary activity, when* her in
terest had been "attracted to social
studies. In this edition, in French the
dogmatic portions have been omitted
by the editor, J.-W.Kuhne, and the
pretty Idyl has been disentangled with
out altering the original text. :; The
theme is; the: inheritance: of a worn
out and mismanaged;estate by, a young
wldow,; its rehabilitation iwith - the-as
aistance :of a neighboring land i owner,
a.nd;the attachment which results.- The
text-contains much; dialogue adding to
the, liveliness of the plot. A Notes and a
vocabulary make it-suitable for school
use. . (Tho . American book company,
New York. 40 cents.) ' \u25a0" ;
"The Marvelous Year"
Introduction by Edwin Markbam. Drawings
by Gertrude Huebsch. Published by B. W.
Huebsch, New York. Price $1.25.
The year 1909 was prolific of cen
tennials and it remained for an anony
mous author to gather the materials
of, the subjects of the celebrations to
gether and make a memorial volume.
The book as it stands presents a se
ries of condensed biographies of- 14
remarkable personalities, 13 men and
I woman, all but three of whom were
born in 1809.
Calvin, was born in 1509 and Doctor
Johnson In 1709, while Haydn's death
occurred in ISO 9. How remarkable the
rear was! Literature was represented
by Poe, Tennyson, Johnson, Holmes,
Gogol and Edward Fitzgerald; music
DyHaydn, Chopin, Mendelssohn; science
>y Darwin; the stage by Fanny Kemble;
statesmanship by Lincoln and Glad
stone, and theology by Calvin.
Of this wonderful array of talent,
Mendelssohn was the first to go, dying
in his thirty-eighth year, and Glad
stone •was the last, being spared for 89
years. Each sketch is preceded by a
Jrawlng of the subject done by Ger
trude 'Huebsch. She has selected little
known pictures from which to make
lier drawings and some are quite un
familiar, notably those of Lincoln and
Holmes, and are not likely to be pop
ular. The work of the artist is good,
but her selection of pictures from
which to make her drawings are not
the best.
Edwin Markham's Introduction is
valueless. It is a "mushy" sort of
panegyric quite uncalled for and not
it all Interesting. The author's work,
though anonymous, can quite afford to
stand upon Its own merits, and the
Markham introduction detracts from
the book.
The volume is artistically printed
and bound and is one of the best gift
books seen this season.
Brief Reviews of New Books
"Emily Fox Seton" ia a new edition
in one volume of two of Mrs. Frances
Hodg-son Burnett's stories. The first
six chapters are "The Making: of a
Marchioness," and the last 18 "The
Methods of Lady Walderhurst." The
two together form a complete and con
nected story of English life, no better
and no worse than hundreds more of
its same middle class quality. A poor,
well born girl with every known good
quality becomes companion and friend
to a wise old woman, who ought to
have a common -name, for she appears
in every well regulated English novel.
The good young girl wins the hand and
fortune of the marquis of Walderhurst
and then has a long, hard struggle to
clear her. path of enemies and to hold
fast the title and inheritance. The
same old situation, same old troubles,
same old everything, make the novel
mediocre to a degree and quite un
worthy its able and distinguished au
thor. (Frederick A. Stokes company,
New York.)
• • ;\u25a0-'•\u25a0.
To most persons Hebrew Is a dead
language. It is known of course that
Jews speak the language, but the gen
eral impression is that all they have to
read is the bible, the talmud and the
commentaries. It is known, too. that
in various corruptions it continues in
Yiddish writings, but It will surprise
the general public to learn that a vig
orous literature written In • pure He
brew is in existence. Its history has
been written by Dr. Nahum Slouschz in
"The Renascence of Hebrew Litera
ture," 1743-1885, and translated from
the French by Henrietta Szold. The
author traces the revival of Jewish let
ters in Italy, Germany, Poland,. Galicia
and Lithuania and shows how they de
veloped wholly unknown to the outside
world along the same lines that, other
literatures have followed. There are_
poets, novelists, essayists that Jews,
alone know of. •' (The .Jewish Publica
tion Society of America, Philadelphia.)
"':,\u25a0•'- \u2666 ••: • '
"Socialism for Students" Is what
its title" indicates. It is written , by
Joseph E. , Cohen ; and published by
Charles H. Kerr & Co., the co-operative,
socialist publishers of Chicago. The
chapters in the International-
Socialist Review from July, to Novem
ber last year, and the author has at
tempted to teach only orthodox social
ism. The book will serve as an outline
to the study of socialism,- for a, very
complete list of books upon the subject
is appended and all are j now \u25a0; easily
obtainable. The author quotes freely
from many of. the books, but what he
writes himself is clear and concise.
(50 cents.)
Lamb's : "Selected Essays of Elia" is
the most recent addition to the Gateway
series of English. texts for college en
trance requirements, -'it Is, edited by
John F. Genung and contains 15 of
"The Fighter/ by Edward Payson Terhune
f'The Story of Matka," by David Starr Jordan"
"California Story Book" \ ' >:
'"By the^Bay," by Lucia rEtta JLoring (Smithf.
' "History of the Great American J Fortunes," by Gustavus
, r '. ; Meyers ;'-... ..\u25a0:...,. \u0084-; \ .\u25a0\u25a0' ', \ -..; . . ;
"Do It to a Finish," by Orison Swett Marden
; '"The Tocsin: A Drama of the Renaissance," by Esther
/'"The Marvelous Year"
' ''The Rough Rider, and Other Poems," by Bliss Carman
"A Night Out," by Edward Peple
\-\ "Sailors' Knots," by W. W. Jacobs
"The Rough Rider and r
Other Poems"
.By.Bllss Carman. Published by Mitchell Ken
nerly, • New York. Price $1. ?\
Theodore Roosevelt's fine aggressive
Americanism is responsible for Bliss
Carman singing, In heroic verses, sev
eral long songs that make, him some
thing of. a. poet",laureate for; the na
tion. They are in a new volume called
"The Rough Rider and Other Poems."
Flexibly bound, the kind to put in your
pocket when starting for a walk In the
large wide spaces . that seem to be
settings for the verses.
While the "strenuous" former presi
dent to , whom the book Is dedicated
stands as the American type, the first
poem only tells of him. Other heroes
named and unnamed have been inspira
tion to Carman for his American songs.
There is no.need to answer Carman's
question when lie says: .. • - '_ . _
Who is the hardy figure
Of Tirile fighting strata, ,
With Talor and conviction
In heart and band and brain?
Sprung from our old ideals
To serve our later needs.
He Is tho modern Roundhead.
The man who.rides and reads.
Nor when he writes:
Let no one think to wheedle,
To buy, coerce, nor cheat
The man who loves the open,
. The man who known the street.
Back in 1675 Carman" goes for the
Puritan Incident that inspires "The
Spirit in Arms." "The Puritan-Captain"
is a tribute to sturdy Americanism and
"A New England Thanksgiving" gives
in Carman's pictureful verse something
of the conditions, that have influenced
the type. The significance of Memorial
day is told and in "St. Michael's Star" is
a hymn for Labor day, making another
tribute to American manhood. In the
poem, "At the Making of Man," Carman
opens the great horizon for mankind,
also life's responsibilities, in the fol
, The world shall be his prorince,
The princedom of hla skill;
Tlip tides shall wear his harness.
The winds obey, his will;
Till neither flood, nor fire, nor frost
Shall work to do him ill.
.A creature fit to carry
' The pure creative fire.
Whatever truth inform him.
Whatever good inspire.
He shall make lovely in all thins*
To the end of his desire.
There are war songs and a tribute
to "The Golden West" that every Cali
fornia^ will have a sense of Droprietor-
ship in. and finally "The Gate of Peace."
which Is fine in scope and masterful in
Lamb's best essays, including those on
"Poor Relations," "Old China," "Grace
Before Meat," and tne celebrated
"Dissertations on Roast Pig." The ap
pended notes serve to promote the
student's interest in the essay itself,
and in what the author has at heart,
rather than In mere dry and dead de
tails of grammar or philology or his
tory. They will therefore inspire the
wish to know more of this delightful
essayist and his work. The introduc
tion treats of Lamb's life,- interest and
personal traits, with special reference
to their relation to his writings.
(American book company, New York.
40 cents.) .
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Horace H." Cumming's . "Nature
Study for Lower Grammar Grades"
chooses those subjects which naturally
fall within the school environment..
These are presented to the scholars
through their own investigations and
experiments, the text being in the
form of questions depending upon the
knowledge already accumulated, or
upon the scholars' power of observa
tion. Earth, air, water, \ fire, plants,
animals, " birds, insects, minerals and
many other subjects are interestingly
and helpfully discussed, so that the
pupil gains an intimate understand
ing and appreciation of the world of
nature. By means of simple experi
ments under the guidance of a teacher
the connection of a subject with the
practical activities of life is estab
lished. ;The lessons are general in
character and applicable to any part
of the country. (American book com
pany, New York. 60 cents.) ".
• " . • - •
Edna M. McKinley has arranged a
notebook and study outline for Roman
history which combines the topical and
library methods of studying history.
There Is a skeleton outline of topics,
blank spaces in which the student
writes the more "important subjects,
and other brief notes. Special topics
for collateral: reading are inserted in
proper Full lists of books in
this connection are given, and nine out
line maps to be filled in and N numerous
spaces for -drawings and plans to be
made by the pupil after consulting the
books mentioned. (American book com
pany, New York. 25 cents.)
\u25a0 \u25a0 . • . * •
Ella Wheeler Wilcox has worked her
travel : experiences into a book, "Sail
ing Sunny Seas." She visited Jamaica,
Haiti, Porto Rico, Dominica; Honolulu,
Santo Domingo, St. Thomas, Mar
tinique, Trinidad and the West Indies.
The various chapters and articles are
in prose and verse and the book is
illustrated by reproductions of* copy
righted photographs,': many of which
show us the author. The author's style
Is too well known to require comment.
The book is .well printed and bound.
\u25a0\u25a0<\V. B. Conkey company, Chicago.
$1.50.) :-,>. -'
"A Night Out"
By Edward. Peple. Published by Moff«t, Yard
4 Co.. New York. Price 60 cents.
Omar Ben Sufl was a cat, but he was
no ordinary cat. Hla pedigree could
be traced directly back to Padisha Zlm
Yukl Yowsi Zind, the purest Persian
strain, and , he lived in a poor little
$80,000 cottage In the suburbs. His
\u25a0woman owner employed a French maid
for Omar and allowed him to play In a
poor little $30,000 back yard when he
was not being given mortifying scented
baths or having lavender bows tied
about his neck. Poor Omar never
knew the joys of killing; he had never
heard of a mouse. The maid "fed him
from Dresden china on minute par
ticles of flaked fish and raw sirloin
with a dessert of pasteurized cream."
Omar didn't know it, but he was
dying of ennui and one day as he sat
in the sun he was astonished to see a
disreputable cat, a vulgar guttersnipe,
climb upon the wall. The cat was very
friepdly but very tough. He had a frog
# ln his mouth, which he proceeded to
kill and gave a bit to Omar. The new
comer, who confided that his name was
Ringtalled Pete, told Omar of the joys
of the outside world and finally made
an appointment for a nocturnal ramble
to see the town. Omar was there to
see and they had a wonderful night
out, the most exciting moment of which
comes when Ash Can Sam, the bully of
the alley, appears on the scene.
One must laugh at the adventures of
the cats. They are so well and so
naturally told. The book is decidedly
Gossip of Books and Writers
What was the best selling book 50
years ago? In these day 3of record
breaking sales, and these sales almost
exclusively among novels, the answer
to this question involves contrast. In
1855, according to documents on file
in the Harper publishing houee, Edward
Everett wrote to Lord Macaulay of the
latter's "History of England": "No book
has ever had such a sale In the United
States except the bible, and one or
two schoolbooks."
•« • "
It is a singular coincidence that two
of the most important books of the
year are by old men. and each Is pub
lished on its author's birthday. "It
Never Can Happen Again." by William
de Morgan, was published on his seven
tieth birthday and "The Retrospection
of an Active Life." by John Bigelow,
appeared on his ninety-second birth
W. W. Jacobs, whose new book of
shore stories, "Sailors' Knots." has
just been published, continues to hold
hla own as the foremost living humor
ist. Only the other day a correspond
ent wrote to the English publishers an
Interesting letter in the course of which
she explained that Jacobs' stories were
first brought to her notice by a busi
nessman out west, who was suffering
from what she called "Jacobs mania."
This admirer of the humorist, she says,
devours everything, that Jacobs writes
as soon as it appears and even pays a
man to make researches in the British
museum library In case there are any
early stories which he may have
He Is a highly successful business
man, and works hard, but whenever he
feels iinusually fatigued he takes a
dose of Jacobs and is himself again.
• • •
E. W. Hornung and Sir Arthur Co
nan Doyle are brothers In law and
some years ago a proposition was made
by a publisher that they collaborate on
a book in which the ingenuity and dare
deviltry of Raffles as an enemy of con
ventional society be pitted against the
science of deduction as practiced by
Sherlock Holmes. Needless to say, the
suggestion came to nothing, as it would
be obviously impossible to yoke two
heroes in this way without giving one
or both over to burlesque, and of course
neither Doyle or Hornung could give
consent to this.
• ' • \u25a0 •
Apropos of the state of Maine's pe
tition to congress for an appropriation
to raise the battleship Maine in Havana
harbor, it Js interesting to read what
Rear Admiral F. E. Chadwick, a mem
ber of the commission appointed by
congress In IS9S to determine the cause
of the battleship's destruction, has to
say about the work of the commission
in his book, "The Relations of the
United States- with Spain — Diplomacy,"
which has Just been published. Ad
miral Chadwick want to Cuba believ
ing that the explosion had been caused
by interior forces, and one other mem
ber of the board shared this belief.
After careful Investigation, however,
both men became firmly convinced that
the explosion was caused by a mine
or torpedo outside the ship.
« -' • ' • •
Now that Marie Corelli's likeness
has been exploited far and wide, Eden
Phlllpotts remains distinguished and
unique among authors in refusing to
give out his picture for publication.
•• ' •
Ernest Thompson-Seton In his new
book, "Life Histories of Northern Ani
mals," which has Ju3t been published,
contends that there are suffragettes
even among the elks of the papitl herd.
Mr. Seton. says: "The Individual in that,
herd who. can impress . on. the others
that he Is the .wise one — the safe one to
follow — -eventually becomes the leader.
Numberless observations show that this
wise one is'not the big bull, but almost
invariably an elderly female. The big
bull ", might drive them, but net lead
them- ; She?. is the one that has lm
presse'd. the -others with the Idea . that
she Is safe to follow— that she will lead
Into no foot traps; that | she ;knows the
best- pastures' and best ways 'to them;
'that 'she* has learned the salt licks and
the watering places that are safe and
opehtto ': all \u25a0; around; that her eyes and
ears are ;keen. and that she will take
good' care of herself and incidentally of
the band. 'This female leadership 1
"Sailors' Knots"
By W. W. Jacobs, aathor of "Many Ctrgv**."
etc. Published by Charles S*ribner's» Sons,
New York. Price $I.3<X
Patriotic Americana may think it la
stretching a point to name W. W.
Jacobs the "Mark Twain" of England.
We are accustomed to thinking and
saying that Mark Twain Is In a clas3
by himself, and so he is —In this coun
try. W. W. Jacobs has been amusing
the public for a long time now. Ha
was so young when he made his great
hit with "Many Cargoes" that he was
called the young English humorist,
and the "young" has clung to him
quite as firmly as the "humorist." His
humor is young and as fresh today &a
In this collection of a dozen tales
we meet again Bob Pretty, trying as
always to evade the law and lay up
supplies for a rainy day at no expense
to himself. Here, too, we find Sam
Small, Ginger Dick and Peter Russett
giving each other the double cross <ln
the same old way. Fet they are aa
welcome as they were In the first
stories and readers will vote that tha
stories which tell of their doings are
perhaps the best In the book. "Peter's
Pence" and "Self-Help" are two of
these and aura to be prime favorites.
The "Head of the Family", la the tale
of a pompous «nd bullying man who is
taught a lesson. "Double Dealing" la
the most characteristic example of tha
author's humor In the book, full of
twists for which he Is justly famous.
One tale In the book shows a new
side of this author's genius, quite as
surprising as tt is Interesting. It la
"The Toll House" and Is weird and fan
tastic. Knowing the author, the reader
is expecting a humorous ending to the
uncanny and ghostly tale when it sud
denly ends In tragedy. It Is a tale of
four young men spending a night in
a haunted house, and If any one can
read it without thrills he has strong
Mr. Jacobs is singularly happy In his
selection of titles, not only for his
stories individually but collectively In
book form. "Many Cargoes," "Odd
Craft," "Short Cruises," and now "Sail
ors' Knots." "Wisely, too, he keeps th»
same Illustrator, Will Owen, whose pic
tures now are a necessary part of
every Jacobs story.
common to almost. If not all. horned
Quiller-Couch. author of *Tru»
Tilda." "The Mayor of Troy," etc.. !.•
best known on this side of the water ava
a writer of stories, but in England he
is thought of more as an essayist and
critic and as a poet. In his home town
of Fowey he takes a most enthusiastic
interest in all that goes on about him.
He helps train the school children for
the Christmas pantomime. Ha is jus
tice of the peace, rear admiral of the
yacht club and a leading spirit In the
mercantile association and the Troy
town band. He plays cricket and fre
quently kicks off the ball at Important
football games. His popularity Is
summed up by one of his Cornish
neighbors. "They'm many of us could
tell you that Mr. Quiller-Couch la the
only gent in Fowey."
• • •
Will Irwln. popular for his short
stories, has written a, novel which tha
Century company will Issue in March.
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle has declined
to referee the Jeffries-Johnson fight.
It would be amusing to have Bernard
Shaw Invited. His letter of refusal
would be worth reading.
In a letter to Henry T. Flnck. au
thor of "Success in Music and How It
Is Won," Jean de Reszke says: **I have
read your book. 'Success in Music and
How It Is Won,* with deep emotion.
All my life as an artist has passed be
fore my eyes, and ray thoughts have
been carried back to my dear com
rades, and to the battles won at the
cost of so much labor, perseverance
and self-denial. May the story of my
efforts and of the efforts of my illus
trious fellow workers serve as a guide
and an incentive for all young people
who would enter the theatrical profes
sion! Tour book shows them the path
to fame, and I wish them success with
all my heart."
It 13 occasionally, interesting to see
ourselves as others see us. The fol
lowing brief review waa clipped from
the London Spectator:
Partners of Providence, by Charles D.
Stewart (Duckworth & Co.). This, we
Imagine, is simply an Issue in England
of an American novel.published In 1907.
Perhaps ,lt may be new to English
readers, to whom, however. It makes
no great appeal. It is written In a
shocking dialect, scarcely to be recog
nized as founded on the English lan
guage, and in a. style admirably suited
to the tastes of those who follow "beef
steak and onions" with "Ice cream"—
as one of the persons of the story
claims to have done —but not to those
of likings more refined.
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Mrs. R. S. Garnett. author of "Tha In
famous John Friend," is a daughter In
law of the late Dr. Richard Garnett.
She is also a descendant of William
Roscoe, historian of the Medici, and a
niece of R. H. Hutton. late editor of
the Spectator. Her novel Is a romance
founded on Napoleon's projected In
vasion of England.
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