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BOOK PAGE OF THE SUNDAY CALL "THE KINGDOM OF SLENDER SWORDS" By H :\u25a0::-..\u25a0 Krminio Hive* <Mrs. I'ost Whffier) by tbe Bolibs-Merrill company, lD<l!anapolis k It were a shame to hunt for flaws In so interesting a story as "The King dom of Slender Swords," a story which holds one with the tense excitement \u25a0 .-.-..-..\u25a0 \u25a0 which will not allow one to lay it aside until the last line is finished;. and yet there are little flaws of writ- Ing # that American readers will perhaps notice. The author gives one the feel ing of having written the story with the same extravagant haste with which, it Mill be read and of having failed to polish it. It is more modern than today, which is saying a great deal, for Jr. a crisis she uses an aeroplane, not for a toy or spectacular show, as we have seen it in this country, but as a means of saving a position of terrible danger to several nations. There are two heroines, really, in this book — Barbara Fairfax, an Ameri can girl, and Haru, a Japanese lady in ivaiting to Barbara. Haru is the daughter of a Samurai, and the family \u25a0-\u25a0-•\u25a0\u25a0.\u25a0\u25a0•\u25a0\u25a0: -•\u25a0\u25a0 \u25a0\u25a0 - "\u25a0> of noble blood and breeding has come to i lie end of Its resources. Haru speaks a little quaint English and so is induced by the American ambassa cor to come and act as companion and teacher of Japanese to Car!>ara, who is <>n a long visit to his daughter, Pa- We see Barbara first on board the Tonyo Maru with her uncle. Bishop Randolph, who for years has been sta tioned in Japan, whither he is now re turning from a six months' vacation in America. There was some mystery in the Fairfax family, but the bishop carefully keeps it concealed from Bar bara's questionings. Her mother had carried in Japan, and after a year re * turned to America. Then she died and I the baby Barbara was brought up by an aunt. When she was grown she was told that her father also had died In Japan. As the big steamer draws nearer and nearer to land Barbara Is Brief Reviews of New Books me i-rice ot tne itancno is a novel founded on the play of the same name by Henry E. Smith. The scene is the west, where two coilegemen have gone In search of health. They are models of manliness. The author attempts to Bhow that the world in general is in error in looking on the American In dian as a savag-e. If properly treated they are as froodhearted as white. men. The heroine is a western girl, daughter of ,a ranchman, and a pretty romance is woven about her. The book is dis tinctly moral in tone and teaching-. <J. S. Osrllvie publishing company, New VnrU t^ \ "Intercollegiate Debates" is a volume containing all the questions discussed last year in Intercollegiate debates. Tho report of each debate comprises a synopsis of all the speeches, affirmative and negative: which side won. and a list of the best references — and many reports have a pynopsis of the rebut tal Fpeeches, making a valuable man ual for th« debater. The reports were in all cases prepared by the debaters themselves. . Paul M. Pearson, pro fppsor of public eppaking-. Swarthmore rollpjrp, edits the volume. (Hinds. Noble & Eldredge, N>w York. $1.50.) "American Beer" in the title of a mod rst looking T>ook written by G. Tho mann of New York. Th*> book is not in tended for the prohibitionists, for It spraks in the highest (crms of the brewers of America and one almost fools that they are patriots and bone factors of the human race — because of heer — and not in spite of it. Much of the book Is very interesting, for it STives a history of beer in this country and a description of its manufacture. There are 11 chapters in this eulogy on beer and all are well written^ (United States brewers' association, N»-\v York.) "La Petite Princ*iFS»*." by Jeanne Mai ret. is edited by Edith Healy for b»-Kinn< rs in French. It is simple in style and interesting in Bubject mat ter. It is a French variant of ••Little J.<>!\<] Kaumk-roy" with a 15ttl*> girl as lierorine instead of a boy. Follov.-irm each ohuptor aro conversational ques tions in French basftd on its contents, :is well as Encriiph e.wrciscs for trans lation into Trench. No notes are ap l^nded to the text, as the complete \<vabulary s«ipp!los all needed assist nnce In translation. (American book ffimnanv. Now York. 25 cents. J BOOKS REVIEWED "The Kingdom of Slender Swords," by Hallie Erminie Rives (Mrs. Post Wheeler). "Evolutionary Socialism," by Edward Bernstein. "Lincoln's Legacy of Inspiration," by Frederick Trevor Hill. "The Trial of Christ," by John Brayshaw Kaye. "The Dcamgog," by William Richard Hereford. "Lady Mechante or^ Life as It Should Be," by Gelett Burgess , author of "Saten Sanderson," etc. Published more ard more enthusiastic until she suddenly sees a big white American yricht named the Barbara. She knows the yacht; it is the property of Austin Ware, a millionaire American, in love with Barbara. From the moment of arrival the ex citement begins. "Duke" Daunt, the ambassador's secretary, proves to be the hero of Barbara's dreams, though neither of them is aware of it at first. They fall promptly in love and have two or three most unusual adventures. J>hilip AVarc, a ne'er do well, brother of Austin Ware, forms a mysterious friendship for a Doctor Bersonin, a real man of mystery, a scientist who has devoted years to the study of high explosives. His success in his study makes an important part of the plot, for he plans to destroy one or two of the visiting: battleships in the harbor, which will precipitate a war between Japan and a friendly nation. Inci dentally it will demoralize the stock markets of the world, a fact which he has taken into consideration before hand, and planned a big coup. Ber sonin, after his discovery of the un canny explosive, makes a couple of ex periments to prove its value, and then unfolds his plan to Philip, who is de pendent upon his brother's generosity for all ho enjoys. When Austin dis covers the very irregular life which Phil 13 leading he quarrels with him, so Phil is all the more ready and anx ious to help Bersonin and be the cats paw for the criminal conspirator. The unfolding of the plot and the lovely Haru's part in it are breathlessly exciting. It is woven and interwoven with the love affair of Barbara and Daunt, and Daunt in his aeroplane finally saves the situation. There is a phonograph incident which sounds pretty far fetched. The dying ramblings of a nearly murdered man are recorded on an overturned instrument, which had been set In a garden to catch some expected samisen playing, but it makes a tense situation even more dramatic, and all readers will not be so critical. The author's descriptions of the country, customs, life and entertain ments are beautiful 'and written with an appreciative hand. One fears at first that she has used up all the superla tives in the language, but she does not need them later in the book. The story tells iteslf. Baron X. Makimo, who has been suc cessively Japanese minister to Italy, minister to Austria and minister of ed ucation, writer a warm word of praise of the book in the form of a foreword. He says: "I am most agreeably im pressed with the remarkable insight into, and the just appreciation of, the Japanese spirit displayed by the au thor." The book contains several interesting illustrations in color by Ai B. Wenzell and is well printed and bound. "Triune Development — The Road to Self Mastery" is a small volume by Anna Jenness Miller. It is replete with the philosophy of living that takes into account the domination of mind over matter. Specifically: "Triune belief holds that laws are designed to set men free, not to handicap them. • • • It re gards suffering as the growing pains of formative experience.'*- (Published by the Triune order. New York city.) • • .•-\u25a0. The "History of New York Ship yards," by John H. Morrison, author of "History of American Steam Naviga tion," has far more than a local inter est, bc-cause the early records of build ing boats in and for New York are those of American building as well. The first craft built in this country was the Virginia, which slid from the cradle to the vvaters at the mouth of the Kenne bec river. Maine. Several rare illustra tions add to the value of this book. (Published by William F. Sametz & Co., New York.) •. • • "Easy German Stories" Is the title of a collection of eight short, fanciful tales of' great charm and freshness which haVo not heretofore been edited for American schools. They are by C. E. P.les and edited by Ernest H. Bier mann, instructor of German, Indiana university. These tales partake of the charm of Grimm's "Marchen," and are told sinjply and daintily, contain no difficulties of style and form attractive elementary reading matter. In addition to helpful footnotes and a complete vocabulary, sets of oral and written ex ercises afford simple practice on the cor.structions found in the text. (Amer ican book company, ..New York. 35 cents.) • • • Edward R. Robbinr' "Plane Trigo nometry" is intended for high schools and course preparatory courses. It is illustrated in the usual manner, but the diagrams are more than usually clear cut and elucidating. No special tables are furnished, though the chap ter on lojrarithms explains the use of tables in general. The work is re markably concise, all extraneous mat ter being excluded. Due emphasis is given to the theoretical'as well as to the practical application of the sci ence. The number of examples, both concrete and abstract, is far In excess of those in other books on the subject. < American book company, New York. 60 cents.) UNA H. H. COOL "Evolutionary Socialism" By Edward Bernstein, Published by B. W. Huebsch. New York." Price $1. In its way the publication of this volume is quite as Important as the completion of Marx's great work "Das Kapital" in Its English rendering. Most socialists have heard of it and become familiar with the word "Bern steinlsm." but comparatively few havo yet had an opportunity to read It. For many years Edward Bernstein was the trusted friend and confidant of Frledrich Engels, and as editor of the .Lozialdemokrat during the era of Bismarck's repression laws he stood high in the estimation of the German movement. Therefore, when he pub lished a book expressing his dissent from some of the conclusions of Marx and Engels, and more especially from the so called "Marxism" of some of their expositors, quite a sensation was caused. The capitalist press, of course, hailed the revisionist movement as a sure and certain sign of dissolution of the socialist movement, and the tri umph of their enemies did not tend to make the German comrades tolerant or kindly toward Bernstein. Here are the main facts concerning the development of the Bernsteinian controversy: In October. 1898, Bern stein wrote from his London exile a letter to the German social democratic congress, assembled at Stuttgart, set ting forth his view that certain revi sions should be made in the theoretical statement, of the party's position, and at Hanover, a year, later three and a half days were devoted to a discussion of the volume before us and ended with a resolution which expressed a rejection of tho views set forth. A ma jority vote is not always decisive, how ever, and there were soon ' manifest abundant signs that Bernstein had a large following in the party. /: \^ : Bernstein's cry is always. "Back to the facts!" You can not answer him by saying that Marx said thus and so. He is like Liebknecht, in that he will not acknowledge Marx as a pope, but per sists in asking, "Is it true? Does it agree with the facts?" Believing as thoroughly as Marx himself that the objective of capitalist production is the surplus value ex tracted from the labor of the workers and admitting the class struggle which results therefrom, he disagrees with Marx as to the exact manner in which the surplus value is derived. This is only Important in an academic sense; it has no practical importance at all; but when he claims that Marx was mis taken in. his prediction that the small property holder tends»to become extinct, and asserts that this class is actually increasing, practical consequences of the highest importance are involved. If he is: right then much socialist propaganda is wrong and a revision of tactics becomes Imperative, So, too, with the concentration of capital. . Was Marx mistaken? If -so it is Important that socialists do not perversely re peat his mistakes on- account;, of a mistaken sense of loyalty to MaVx/ ; ... Whatever our opinions may. be as to the questions raised by Bernstein, his book is of importance, and this. English translation should be welcomed by stu dents of socialism, and by every social ist who | desires to see the movement freed from the dangers of a narrow dogmatism, , which Marx detested" and feared. '•--.- "Why I wrote 'The White Prophet,' ". by Hall Came. has just been; given to the public, although the pamphlet is designated l as having been .privately, printed for the author. :It Is a reply to the adverse criticism of this .work and is made by Came because he says: "It not merely concerned itself; with questions of the literary j character, of his work, but hasibeen a medium for grave \u25a0 charges of personal w misconduct — of detaining one's country, inflaming sedition, outraging, the sanctities of re ligion and panderinglo the appetite for indecency." This defense is good reading -after "The- White Prophet.".; (Publisher, Collier & Co., 2' Tudor street, London, E. C.) ' / "Flower Legends, and Stories" isi.the title; of a little volume Iby Mrs. W.S. Chandler of San Francisco, a well known member of \u25a0 the' California "States Floral society. (Published' by the author.)'v " "Lincoln's Legacy j)f Inspiration" By Frederick Trevor Hill. \u25a0 Published by Fred crick Stokes & Co., New York. I Last year, 'between February land 7, there appeared.. -in Cthe Times in New York seven .essays ;-on Lincoln. They formed the basis of a prize competition among the*' school chil dren of New York and vicinity in honor of the' hundredth anniver sary of Lincoln's birth. By the terms of the contest each competitor was re quired to write a composition grounded exclusively on these essays. Fully ten thousand compositions based upon them rwere submitted- to the Times by the students in the -public and private schools in New York. city alone. The author, Frederick Trevor Hill, is well known ;In ; Lincolniana by his "Lincoln the Lawyer," and these essays. will add much to his name and fame,. The titles follow: "For the Disheartened in Life's -Handicap," "For the Untal ented Majority," "For Those Who Grope in the Dust of Defeat." "For Those "Who Strive for Ideals in Their Work," "For Those Who Make the LoneJy Fight for Principle," "For Pub lic Servants and Private Citizens," "For Men of Common Mold." . The last. paragraph in the book shows its purpose which has been so ably ac complished by the author: "It is neither Lincoln, the president— nor Lincoln the master of men — nor Lincoln .the savior of the state, who is winning the] hearts of more and more Americans- each year. All that history could tell lof the president was told many years ago. It Is Lincoln the man who is in spiring his fellows today — the man within touch of all the" lowly of heart. This is he who. of all; Americans is cleaving his impress-upon eternity." The book- is a dainty little publica tion containing a frontispiece of "The Boy -Lincoln" done , by. -Eastman John son, the original of which hangs. In Berea college. The book is well worthy of : the - place it is sura to \u25a0 occupy in "Nature In English Poetry," by Myra Reynolds, has just | appeared in its sec ond edition, "the first. having been long outfof print. •'; Two ] new chapters, :; one on "Painting" and: one: op -"Gardening,'! have been added to the original -text; also ; some' Interesting illustrations from old-prints. , The. author says'; of this- standard text : and reference book: "In/no case: has further .study, made it necessary , to. modify any of the gen eral conclusions on" 1 the basis of the earlier? work.- More : intensive work' in the'different realms has happily but re inforced these; .conclusions.'/-^..(Pub lishers,' 1 the University, of Chicago press. Price.,12.70, postpaid.) '. . r "The Trial of Christ" By John Brayshaw Ka.ve. Published by Sher man French & Co., Boston. Trice $1. John Brayshaw-Kaye has written a dramatic poem in blank verse which, though rather florid in places, shows much ability onthe part of the author. Thejjoem itself is reverent in tone and is-- divided .into seven parts, which tell of .the seven stages from the betrayal to the crucifixion, but it is very un likely that the orthodox will ever ,read more than the author's very remark able,-preface. In this he says that he has approached his "subject from the standpoint of a lawyer, not that of the preacher or the theologian, yet in a spirit of absolute reverence • *"• " The author goes on to say that he will give a portrayal; of the character and the motives of Judas Iscariot, the traitor, whom, he believes, "had no de sire or thought of bringing about the crucifixion, or any other corporal pun ishment of his master, but', sought partly for his own ambitious ends to place Christ in a position where he must assert his supernatural power for his own safety and the perpetuity of his -teaching's, and by so doing con found and over-whelm his enemies and detractors and thus establish right in the headquarters of the temple hier archy the collusiveness of Christ's claim as the messiah * * * " Judas was to better himself, of course, and make his own position se cure, but it all failed. The author thiuks' that Judas' punishment by all the ages which have come after" him is the rankest injustice, much of it without the slightest reason in fact and all of it contrary to Christ's teach ings. That Judas was a thief the author does not believe and disproves it by the quotations from the bible and many plain arguments. The preface is ' a powerful argument and the author's earnestness and total lack of Irrever ence makes it very Interesting. Some of the poem is good, but the author's prose Is much stronger. "The Demagog" By William Rieliard Hereford. Published by Henry Holt ife Co.. New York. Price $1.50. Whether or no William Richard Here ford was attempting some portraits in his new novel, "The Demagog," it Is next to impossible to read it and not picture instantly a certain man with tremendous political ambition, the owner of a string 1 of 31 newspapers in 22 cities of the United States. The Demagog uses his yellow paper to fur ther his political ambitions and' makes a desperate fight to secure the nomina tion for presidency. His chief opponent is the district attorney of New York, O'Malley, who alone, can not be bought. While most of the events- of recent political history are, with only slight adjustment, inserted in the story, plenty of melodramatic fiction is, woven in for good measure. Men may enjoy reading some of this book, but few. women will care for it. The , author, _ we are in formed, has had wide newspaper ex perience, which '- Is remarkable In view of .the sort", of pictures The gives his readers^ of .newspaper life and doings. The reporters exhibit none of the cyni cism which Is. the almost invariable re sult of much experience, and one finds them in this* story frank,' enthusiastic youngsters, ready to work their fingers to the bone for glory! .The editorial writer- is a dreaming, unworldly and simple soul who believes absolutely in the! "boss." .-' \u25a0_\u25a0\u25a0- \u0084 \u25a0 '-\u25a0 \u25a0-, .; \u25a0:. \u25a0'\u25a0 Itisrather fun. to trace the resem blances of -the principal;- characters to their- well known prototypes, but One feels that the -author 'has not made nearly as much as he; could of the strong points.^ v •; . The bookiisinot above the average in workmanship ;andi peters out to a very tame and disappointing climax. Having had a few, fine political novels like "The Honorable Peter Stirling," we are'" a critical > public , now,, and this book is not ; up to the mark. ?\u25a0.':'\u25a0 "The Law of .the Range," by Wayne Groves. Barrows,; is 'a tale of the cow boys'^ west. ! The' story _! is ; good, , but the telling is commonplace. ",, The ; action is so "brisk, \u25a0/-however, \u25a0'the'' reader :'can al most: forget , the manner of going. There are several good" illustrations' by John Goss.%- (C. M. Clark . publishing com pany,: Boston.) ' "LADY MECHANTE OR LIFE AS IT SHOULD BE" By Ge>tt B«nr»»«. lllmtnitwl by the author. Published by tbe. Frederick A. Stuke com pany, New York. Price, $1.50. Wbat^ -would Gelett Burgess do If he did; not have himself for copy? His insistent personality, his captious views on life and people color everything h« \u25a0writes, and the fact was never more apparent than in "Lady Mechante." his latest work. This book relates epi sodes in the life of what he calls a. "naughty nonpareille,". and is, accord ing to this author, " a farce in filigree." Roulhao Braghampton, the "walking peanut," the hero — or rather one of the "leading men" in this .farce, Is none other than Burgess. He may not have had .all the experiences of Roulhac, but not only would he have had the capacity for them,, but the. desire as well, had opportunity offered. Bur gess^ is nothing if he is not unusual, both in and out of his books. He is even faithful enough to give Roulhac his San Francisco setting in the old house on Russian hill Burgess occu pied when he was in San Francisco. But this is all anticipating "Lady Mechante," who, the author claims, was a most "prodigious comet" *as he let her into this "impertinent tale" he presents-to the public. She insisted on her own adjectives, he says, and turned his sentences upside down. But Bur gess intimates that despite its eccen; triclties "Lady Mechante" may point a sermon for some "bigger fool" than himself. , This curious greeting and explanation come to the reader in an "advertise ment" that follows a long rambling let ter of dedication to Porter Garnet, who seems to have had some part in the ex periences that have gone to make up this quite remarkable book. This dedi cation is a sort of "Do you remember when' I tied a tin can on old Jones* dog's tail?" The taste of it Is ques tionable, but as the volume is not built on conventional lines anything Is ad missible. This fantastic dedication, however, comes near being a real for eigner. It serves, however, to give a rare picture of tho kind of man is Burgess, the man who wrote "Are You Lady Mechante makes her appearance to the reader as the widow of a burglar, one Leopold Gaillarde, and although she earned her title "Lady Mechante" oy a former marriage, she tires of the sort of society she can move in and promptly starts out on a career of "burgling," not so much intent upon what she can steal as to find a really interesting man. Her escapades are spectacular. She is a sort of female English Joa quin Muriata. He rode in and out of California towns when there was a re ward upon his head, but no one would molest him. "Lady Mechante" dashed about London in a green brougham and went and came all hours of the night in and out of men's houses, and'yet there was no one to cry "police." She was a fashion. Men rather waited, wondering who would be visited next by the beau tiful burglar. But there came a .day of reckoning and it brought her to San Francisco, where, with Roulhac Brag hampton, she cut up hypnotic pranks. She had to flee after sho had willed 1,000 men In night shirts out for a pa rade. This she did because night shirts •were so much "funnier" than pajamas. Boston furnishes the next setting for "Lady Mechante," and the last Is in New York. The striking individuality of each city gives brilliant color for Burgess to handle. He puts it on in its purity; he uses no "medium." There seems to be really no satire for San Francisco, but Boston, with its fads and progressive monuments, is grist for Burgess' mill. The endless possibilities in New York, the city In which one can really be lost, serves well for a final setting. Almost every page wfll bring -the reader to a halt, either to take angry issue with the author or to bring in the latest dictionary to act as umpire in the game of words Burgess is always playing. Some words that challenge will be found, but most often they are marked rare or obsolete. Others will soon be discovered to be from Burgess' mint. He has been so successful in his verbal coinage that he is working the plant overtime. Then, too, he calls In the word factory of his friends. Will Irwin's "highbrow"- being given prom inence. Burgess knows the value of iteration and reiteration. Even his old "purple cow" takes a leap through one of the pages. Callfornians will' be grateful to him for ihe following tribute: "It was May in California! The rains were over and the sodden hills, chang ing from brown to vivid green, bloomed with wild flowers. The spring came galloping in from the south In tri umph, scattering violets and poppies, trilllum and- buttercups widecast. and the skies, leaden before, were frescoed In' living blue. The meadow lark was heard in the open and the odor of early roses came up on the breeze. . It was May in California!" There are many charmingly written bits, many excellent characterizations in this new -book, which is one of Bur gess', longest. In truth, he might have cut some of \u25a0 the satirical philosophy here and there, and helped his book. Lady Mechaute, although a burglar and a whimsical adventurer. Is the mouth piece: for every. possible kind of protest against existing conditions. Sometimes she "\ talks .'"f too much. . Everywhere the .reader finds. \u25a0 proof. <of Bur gess" love for alliteration, also the fact that he is given to overworking, pet words and expressions. In many ways^book 4, under, the cap tion* "The Cave Man," Is the best in the series. The ending, however, will make nine out of ten' women flare with an ger. In this- book Burgess talks through -Haulick Smagg,- the cave man, and .'Wrestling Brewster- Bradford,™ a colonial blue blood, "Boston born, but New York bred." Lady Mechaute used them both In her New York pranks. Smagg does all the muck rake talking and his name give 3 Burgess a new word. "Smagglsh." Burgess certainly has a "grouch" against reviewers. He uses Bradford to express his views, which are: "Reviewers! They're all prostituted to the advertising department of the papers. There' 3no such thing left as literary criticism. Why, I know a girl on the Boston Ledger who is a friend of the literary editor. She takes home six volumes a week. Two she reads her self; she gives one to her grandmother, one to her mother and one to the Irish cook. They tell her what they think about them, and she writes it down and turns it in. No, there's only one re viewer worth considering, and that's the little girl in Terre Haute who goes down to the book store and rummages the counter till .she finds a book with a pretty girl on the cover and illustra tions by Nusty. plenty of conversation, a happy ending — the little girl that takes it home with a box of caramels, pins a blanket over the 'transom of her door and sits up and reads until 3 o'clock and then talks about it next day. That's who I want to write for. There's a string of 'em from here to San Fran cisco, all reading the same book at the same time. I'd like to marry one of them and find out what they're like. Perhaps I could get an idea how to see more than 2,500 copies." All of which makes one wond«r If the cook did not get one of Burgess' books. All told. "Lady Mechaute" Is a dar ing, whimsical, elaborate social satire, heavily erudite in places, but on the whole well worth reading. Its very originality makes it conspicuous, and its rabid, unconventional utterances are sure to provoke discussion. The publishers of "Lady Mechaute" have done something good In book craft. The. volume is decorative enough for a holiday edition. The Frederick A. Stokes company harks back \u25a0 to old style bindings with interesting results. Because of the attention given to the production of "Lady Mechaute" the book is a pleasure to handle. It Is a comfort to the reader, who does not have to put a paper weight on each page to keep it open at a desired place. Gossip of Books and Writers Louis Joseph Vance, author of "The Brass Bowl," etc.. leaves New York this week for Bermuda, where he expects to remain for six weeks or more. While In Bermuda Mr. Vance expects to com plete hl3 work on a long novel entitled "No Man's Land," to be published In the autumn. -*.; • .;: i • -•• ;- •-\ Among the authors who have again been returned to parliament are C. F. G. Mastermar>. an under secretary In the cabinet- He is one of the big young men In present day English politics. When his book. "In Peril of Change," was brought out a year or two ago by B. W. Hmbsch It attracted wide notice and unusual praise. • • • J. Kelr Hardle is another re-elected member whose name Is on many title pages. Of his books, "India: Impres sions and Suggestions." lately issued here by B. W. Huebsqh. has created the greatest general interest. • • • Juliet Wilbor Thompkins is known in private life as Mrs. Pottle. A large part of her youth was spent in California, the scene of her early books. "Dr. Alen" and "Open House." The scene of her forthcoming book. "The Top of the Morning," Is laid In New York city. • • • William J. Locke has gone to the south of France on an automobile trip. He plans to visit Avignon. Aries and several other cities in that section of the country, after which he* intends prolonging his tour Into Spain. • • • Sydney Porter (O. Henry), who has been spending several months In Ashe vllle. N. C. expects to return to New York within a short time. • • • The first installment of "The Wild Olive" appears In the February number of Harper's magazine. It is by Basil King, whose novel. "The Inner Shrine." was published anonymously. Sidney McCall (Mary McNeill Fenol losa), author of "Truth Dexter," etc.. has put aside all work of fiction for the present In- order to edit and publish a work on art left in an almost complete manuscript by her husband, the late Prof. Ernest F. Fenollosa. • • • Paul Elder's holiday catalogue has these lines of counsel: . To cheere my Friendes. I wolde not give Colde. tongueles3 Thynges. but Bookea that live To utter Thoilghtea and Truths Divine, Or Mot toe Cards of falre Deslgne. For other Pleasures pall with Age. But naught survives Ye Lettered Pass; And -he who semleth Gifts. I wot, That speak in Print is unforgot!