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"The Glory of His Country"
By Frederick Landls. Published by Cbarlea Seribner's Soni, New York. Prtae $1.
:...;\u25a0 -\u25a0• Frederick L>andls has achieved an
:>rtistic success In this, his first book.
\-\tt is little more than a sketch, the
. :: r whole tale being little more than an
.Introduction to one big scene, and yet
vit would be exceedingly difficult to
\u25a0compress the little book into the limits
i-fojf a short story.
V / : : vThe time of the story is 40 years
: : ?if ter the civil war, and a charmingly
;;' vivid picture of life in "Happy ville."
a: small Tennessee town, is drawn. In
r.aji eccentric, half indefinite manner we
:.. are told of a canvass for a seat In
congress and the balloting and nomi
•V; eating are described in a manner which
'.we first find humorous and finally pa
ihetic. The love story is a real old
\u25a0'time, first sight affair, but is handled
. fn the daintiest, quaintest fashion. All
;.;.'t>;e characters and events, however,
;:.jte»d up to one old man whom the com
i'^fniinity consider half crazy.
"China and the Far East"
>• Edited by Georpr II. BSakesiee. Tabliihed liy
•:';- . Tfcom»s J. CrovreU i Co., New York.
\u25a0 ; Tric« $2.
' Every book devoted even remotely
tp the Chinese question attracts serious
attention from the people of tho Pa
icitic coast and when it proves as Inter
skiing and valuable as this one It de
i.fcerves more than a passing notice.
\ This book is not the work of any one
; ; jiian, but Is the result of a course of
..lectures delivered before Clark univer
sity and dealing: in the main with
: HHiina. although Korea and Japan are
necessarily involved 'In the discussion.
•. These lectures represent the observa
ti'iTis and Investigations of a score of
Ja authorities, both occidental and ori
ental. Th*-re are three very fine artl
; £Wm on Korea. "The Awakening," by
Tlon. Horace L. Allen, former United
i-t;ites minister: "The Japanese Admin
istration." by Prof. George T. I-adcl of
.Yale, author of "In Korea With Mar
.^utc Ito." and'Religious Conditions," by
Ilev. E. F. Hall. Dr. Kan-lchi Asakawa
describes "Japan's Relation to China,"
and tyro other pertinent chapters on
Japan appear, one of them, "Th« Japa
nese Army." being written by Major
£ben Swift. C S..A. V
Three- fourth* of the volume, how
ever, are devoted to China, showing
that nation's "Position Tn World Poli
tics," a theme most ably handled by
Dr. A. C. Coolidge, professor of history
at Harvard; trade relations, monetary
conditions, army, opium problem, learn
ing, missions, etc., each being written
by come professor or official best quali
fied to speak upon his especial theme.
The result is a volume of especial time
liness and importance, giving as it does
a group of expert opinions, separately
expressed, but forming as a whole a
remarkable consensus upon this king
dom of mysteries. America in common
with the rest of the world needs to
...know as much as possible about the
condition of affairs In the far east, since
this portion of the globe is destined to
play an important part in international
politics, but the Pacific coast feols. per
haps, a livelier interest, having for
years had to handle the problem of th«
"yellow peril." We may not agree with
all the expert opinions here gathered
together, but they can not fall to In
terest every student and readers gen
» i ii
"A Modern Chronicle," by Winston Churchill
"The Glory of His Country," by Frederick Landis
"The Crowds and the Veiled Woman," by Marian Cox
"China and the Far East," edited by George H. Blakeslee
"In the Shadow of God," by Guy Arthur Jamieson
"The Red House on Rowan Street," by Roman Doubleday
"Many Gods," by Cale Young Rice
"The Gist of Nietzsche," by Henry L. Mencken
He &ays himself that his head is full
of "April weather," and only the Influ
ence of the "Incomparable." his grand
daughter, keeps him balanced. This
old man's character is painted as so
sweetly unselfish, so self-sacrlflcing, so
entirely admirable, that it is hard to
believe that he is the villain of an
episode so dreadful relating to war
days that even the lover of the "In
comparable" trembles at the thought of
hearing it. The heart of the story is
in the climax, which is dramatic and
beautiful and entirely satisfying. It la
as artistic as it is clever, and the
author deserves the praise he is sure
to receive from all critics.
The reader who runs upon this book
by accident will feel much like Colum
bus in his surprise and delight and will
watch eagerly for more work from the
pen of so discriminating and character
istically American an author.
"In the Shadow of God"
By Ouy Arthur Jamicson. Published by R. F
Feano tc To., Not York. Price fl.
"In the Shadow of God" is a story
dominated by one man. Marvin Gar
ner, the hero. Is a son of the western
plains. His parents are deeply religious
people of the most orthodox type.
Once in Marvin's infancy he was ill
nigh unto death; the bishop came to
comfort the poor parents and prayed
fervently, "Father, spare the life of this
babe, and if it is thy will call him Into
thy holy ministry." The child's life was
spared and the mother dreamed always
that he would grow up and become a
The boy's taste is for art, and he
tries, in a crude, untrained way, to ex
press his feelings on canvas. He goes
to the city to study, receives no en
couragement and returns out of spir
its. At this time his mother tells him
of her wish and prayer. The boy, lov
ing her devotedly, decides to follow
her advice. He becomes a minister In
time and has charge of a small church
in a frontier town. He paints at odd
times for his own pleasure and it
proves his downfall. The picture, a
nude, is seen and a delegation of
bigoted, uneducated farmers wait upon
In the course of time he is asked to
leave for Immorality. A full picture of
Marvin's life is given at the same time,
showing all the temptations which have
been spread in his path and how suc
cessfully he has resisted them, making
the contrast to the decision reached by
the narrowminded Judges more forcible.
The experiences make him very bit
ter and In the end drive him abso
lutely away from religion. He curses
God and lives only for his art. Love
conies into his life and softens his
heart, but he does not go back to the
ministry. This fact will make the
orthodox condemn the book— it surely
places them in a most unpleasant light.
Such narrowness and cruelty are found
nowhere outside the Hiurch. s
The book is full of good ideas, but
is poorly written, the hand of the ama
teur showing through the work from
beginning to end; but it is written with
a purpose and may reach some whom
it will benefit.
UNA H. H. COOL
"A Modern Chronicle"
By Winston CliurcUlll, author of "The Crisis," etc. Published by the Mactnillan company. New York. Price $1.50.
It is not too much to say that Mr.
Churchill has done the most finished
work of his career In "A Modern Chron
icle," the latest novel f,rpm his versa
tile pen. It is a strong temptation to
call it the great Americal novel, for
no book of recent years has so fully
answered all the requirements of that
long watched for work. While it is a
great romance it Is als~o a typical pic
ture of American life and its many
careful character studies are all photo
graphic In their fidelity to the compli
cated American personality.
f "A. Modern Chronicle" tells the story
of the first 30 years in the life of Hon
ora Leffingwell and Is remarkable in
the completeness of detail arid reserve
of trivialities. It is almost incredible
that this lovely heroine can undergo
the experiences through which the
author takes her, and come out un
smlrched at the end. Yet It is feo.
Never does one escape her fascination,
and always she receives the love and
sympathy and admiration duo a. very
Honora is left an orphan while still
an infant in arms. She is taken to
the hearts and home of an uncle and
aunt and brought up by them as their
By Cale Young Rice. Published by Double
day. Page & Co., New York.
When you hear the pessimists of the
day bewailing the good old time when
real poets were abroad in the land and
we were not forced to read penny-a
liners, do not fail to quote to him
almost anything written by Cale Young
Rice, a real poet, writing today —and
all who have read him are. thankful.
This newest collection of his poems
shows that he has either been traveling
in the far east or at least interesting
himself in things oriental, and the
result goes to show how much moro a
poet sees in strange lands and peoples
than does the everyday layman. The
first poem in the book, "All's Well,"
is quoted entire, for It would mar its
beauty to omit a line:
The illimitable leaping of the sea,
The mouthing of his madness to tbe moon,
The teething of bis endless sorcery,
Hlii prophery no power can attune.
Swept <>rer me as, mi the sounding prow
Of a great ship that face-red into the stars,
I stood and felt the awe upoa my brow
Of death and destiny aud all that niurs.
The wind that blew from Cassiopeia cast
Wanly upon my ear a rune that rung;
The sailor in bU eyrie on the mast
Saug an "All's well" that to the spirit clung
Like a lost voice from some aerial rrulm '
Where ships sail on forever to no shore,
Where Time glvrs Immortality the helm,
And fades like a far phantom from life's door.
"And is all well, O Thou Unweariable
Launcher of worlds upon bewildered space,"
Rose in me, "All? or did Thy hund grow dull
Building this world that Ui-ars a piteous race?
O was it launched too suun or launched too late?
Or can it be a derelict that.drifts'
Beyond tby ken toward some reef of Fate
• On while Oblivion's sand forever shifts?"
The sea grew softer as I questioned —calm
Witli mystery that like an answer moved,
And from infinity there fell a balm,
The old peace that God is, tbo' all unproved.
The old 184*11 that tho" guifs sidereal stun
The soul, and knowledge drown within their
deep i i '
There is 110 world that wanders, no, not one
Of all the millions that lie does not keep.
In the prayer of "The Barren
Women" of Benares there is a sadness
which in the last verse is profound
Woe! there is naught but ashes
Now, and the weepers go, • \u25a0
Lone on tbe gbat they leave me, lone.
With but the River's flow.
Kali. I ask not Jewels •*\u25a0 '
Nor Justice, beauty nor shrift, j
But -for the lowest woman's right
"~ A child—tho' I die of the gift.
Is there a moro perfect" or more
typical poem descriptive of the Ameri
can character than "The Man of
Might"? It is complete' in the four
No moment drooped between his thoughts and
No morrow died between his dream and deed.
Within bin soul there was no fatal faction
That could.betray him in his hour of need.
The poem. "Typhoon," Is perhaps the
strongest In thj book. Mr. Rice im
parts a wildne*^ and a ruggedness In
some mysterious way, while using the
simplest of language. He has done so
much splendid work one can scarcely
praise him too highly. Open this book
anywhere and , something will'please:
love songs, songs of nature, beauty,
war, relig-ion, all are there, and each
and all worth- reading. .
own daughter. They are. middle class
people, living in St. Louis. Uncle Tom
is the cashier of a bank, has. held the
position more years than we know and
has such a reputation for honesty and
integrity that he has the respect of
the entire community.
Honora is a beauty to begin with
and loves her foster parents devotedly,
but she has a restless disposition. Only
the careful bringing up of these good
people has kept her out of trouble.
She has ambition for What she does
not know; she would enlarge her
sphere; If she were a man she would
do something. A maternal relative
offers to send her for a year to a fine
finishing school in New York, where
her own daughter goes, and Honora
is wild witiif delight. ''. She Accepts an
invitation ft? visit one' of her school
friends, and her real adventures be
The great art of the author is shown
in his impressing th 6 reader between
the lines with a sense of Honora's
goodnrss through all sorts of templa
Her social education is most inter
esting to follow. It takes us through
all grade** of society, the ultra con
"The Red House on
Br Itoman Poublcday. Published by Little,
. Brown & Co. . Muslim. I'rlce $1.50.
Any reader who enjoys a mystery
Btory will simply revel In "The Red
House on Rowan Street," by Roman
Doubleday, for It really mystifies, is
clean and wholesome throughout and
full of healthy excitement.
Hugh Burton is a self-sacrificing
young man, willing to cross half the
continent to plead with the lovely
young Leslie Underwood to reconsider
her refusal of Philip Overman, Bur
ton's friend. Overman is pining away
with a slow .fever, the result of Les
lie's treatment of him, and his frantic
mother begs Burton's help. When Bur
ton reaches High Ridge, the town
where the Underwoods live, he finds
himself at once in the midst of thrill
ing mystery. The paper of the day
contains this extraordinary announce
"To whom it may concern: Having
been informed that there Is a re
port abroad to the ; effect that, as a
masked highwayman, I robbed Ortqn
Selby on Crescent terrace last Friday
evening, I beg to state to my friends
and the public that the report is with
out foundation in fact. I never robbed
Mr. Selby or any one else, eithei* as a
masked highwayman or as an attend
ing physician, and I defy anybody and
everybody to prove anything to the^
contrary. Roger Underwood, M. D."
When Burton calls upon the Under
woods to deliver his messags he finds
an atmosphere of mystery quite In
keeping with the doctor's strange be
havior. But, he is at once so smitten
with the charm and beauty of Leslie
that, not only does he find it difficult
to plead Philip's case, but he instantly
takes sides with the Underwood fam
ily against" the town and immediately
begins operations to solve the mystery
of the strange persecutions which pur
sue the Underwood family. -
The author : succeeds admirably in
working up our sympathy and interest
to the breaking point, and when he
solves the riddle* at^ last our surprise
and delight is complete: . The book is
well illustrated by .William Kirkpat
rick, late of London, England, and is
excellently printed and bound. The
book is a sure cure for the blues and
that tired feeling. . .
"J"HB maid was dressed with scrupu-
I lous neatness; she was young and
pretty, but there was.an air of weary
sophistication about her. She appeared j
to have been' undejv acute nervous ten
sion. The woman >/ho conducted the
employment bureau looked at her crit
ically and asked:
"What 1 made you leave your last
place?" . .". ' ; \u25a0 'i ' '\: \u0084\u25a0\u25a0'.:' .. ; '
%' Was with; newly married people,"
servatlve, the "nouveau riche," the
smart fast set, ,- always climbing to
what poor Honora thinks is something
better. She is taken through mar
riage, divorce, another marriage, a
tragic widowhood and at last is left
in a safe and happy h/vrbor. .From
beginning to end the book is Honora;
she dominates every situation, every
page, and not for a moment would
we cut out one word of etuJy. of de
scription, of psychological insight In
this long story. It is long, longer per
haps, than Mr. Churchill's former nov
els; 524 pages of closely printed matter
is a long tale for these hurried days*
but we closa the book with regret and
There are pages, whole chapters of
bright conversation, but they are not
more interesting than the descriptive
portions. It is Mr. Churchill's most
profound work and places him in the
front rank of the novelists of the day.
The book mechanically deserves
praise; It is illustrated by J. H. Gardner
Soper, who has filled the text with
hundreds of little pencil sketches much
better than anything seen in the way
of book illustration for a very long
"The Gist of Nietzsche"
My Henry L. Slenokcu. Published by John W.
Luce & Co., boston.
"The Gist of. Nietzsche" is a thin
little book arranged by Henry L.
Mencken, who is already before the
public with "Tho Philosophy of Friel
rlch Nietzsche." He says in a brief
"There is no need at this late day to
offer excuses for a little book of stray
thoughts from Nietzsche. His prin
cipal ideas have been making groat
progress since his death, arid it is no
exaggeration to say that many of them
have found acceptance, at second hand,
among folk who have yet to become
aware of their author,' save as a vague
name. • • • In the following pagea
a few of Nietzsche's most' interesting
sayings are arranged under general
headings. They show, of course, noth
ing of his wonderfully acute processes
of ratiocination, but only his conclu
A biographical note follows, which
will he of value to students, and then
the quotation. Some of the headings
under which they are classed are "Mo
rality," "Castes," "Christianity,"""Mar
riage," "Parenthood," "Women," "Lib
erty," "Labor," "Progress," "Faith,"
"Patriotism," "Beauty," "Art," "Death,"
and many others.
The little book will be a pleasure
to Nietzsche lovers and students, for
the quotations have been selected by a
man who has given much time and
thought to his study of the great phi
losopher. The book Is artistically
bound and printed in fine large type.
"Caleb French." by Mary Imlay Taylor; Lit
tle, Brown &. Co., Boston.
"The Red House in Rowan Street," by Roman
Donbledny; Little, Brown & Co., Bostou.
"The Modern Chronicle," by Winston Churchill;
thp Mucinlllan company. "New York.
"The Crowds and the Veiled Woman," by
Marian Cox; Funk & Wagnalls company. New
York. , s . .
•'China and the Far Kant," by George II.
Elnfepslre: Thomas Y. Crowell, New York.
"The Fulfillment." by Alice P. Raphael; Stur
gis. Walton & Co., New York.
"The Eddy," by Clarence L. 1 Cullen; G. W.
Dlllngham company. New York.
"In Old Kentucky." "by Kdward Marshall and
Charles T: Daxey; G. W. Dllllngbam company,
New York. .
"The First Great Canadian." by Charles B.
Reed; A. C. McClurj & Co.. Chicago.
"Psycholojry," by Edward B. Wurman; A. C.
McClurg & Co., Chicago. -
"A Woman's Ioipres^rons 8f the Philippines,"
by Mary II. Fee: _A. C. McClnrjf & Co.. Chicapo.
"The Lifted Bandape." by Mary R. S. An
drews: Charles Scrlhner's Sons, New York.
"The Messenger." by Katharine II. Brown;
Charles Soribner's Sons. New York.
"The Fir aud the Palm." by Olive Briggs;
Charles Scrlbner's Sons, New York.
"PrlTllepe and Democracy In America," br F.
C. Howe; Charles .Scribner's Sons. New York.
".Mental and Spiritual Health." br A. T
SchofleM: R. F. Fenno & Co., New York'.
"The Shadow of Christine," by Erelyn C. H
Vivian; R..F. Fenno & Co., New York
was the answer, "and their everlasting
'darling.' 'treasure,' 'sweetness,' 'angel
pet', and "tootslewootsies* got on my
nerves so that I felt like jumping off
the roof." \u0084
"Oh." said the other, "I have a place
that will suit you perfectly. The peo
ple have been married for 12 years."
"Oh," replied tTie maid, throwing up
hor' hands, "that is too Jong. I want a
little peace and: quiet."
"The Crowds and the Veiled Woman"
"The Crowds and the Veiled Woman"
is the title of a romance by a new
author, "Marian Cox." We are told
that it is a romance of the intellect,
with a mystical symbolistic theme. It
is mystical, all right; so mystical that
it Is difficult to get hold of anything in
the whole book. The writer has tried
to fill her book with hit* of cleverness,
but they are dragged in by the heels
and are separated from each other by
dreary pages of scientific analysis,
which prove soporific, and this is*' re
ABOUT MARIAN COX
Marian Cox, author of "The Crowds and the Veiled Woman." Just
published by Funk & Wagnalls company, ha* 1 ' youth, beauty, wealth and
illustrious blood, but has chosen to wholly isolate her llf# in order to
devote herself to literature, this remarkable book being the first product
of her high aim and exceptional talents. She is an artist as well as a
writer and is a brilliant conversationist.
Through her ancestry she represents a union of the north, and the
south. On her mother's side she comes from one of -the most historic
and aristocratic families in Virginia. She is a descendant of Genera!
Adam Stephens of revolutionary fame: of William Carson, paymaster
in the colonial army: of the confederate general. Harvey Carson of
Winchester. Va.: of Nathaniel Williams, the Williams family being one
of the most powerful in the south, all Its women noted for their great
beauty throughout the south, and also related to the late Dr. Carson
Wells, the founder and president of Rounoke college.
On her father's side she belongs to a family of editors and statesmen;
her great-grandfather was Judge David J. Baker, the second United
States senator from Illinois; her uncle, the late consul at Buenos Aires,
E. L. Baker, at one time editor of the Springfield Journal and a brilliant
writer and poet; and she is a greatnlece of Supreme Court Judge Jewett
Baker, Chicago, 111., and of Colonel John Baker, general paymaster in
the United States army for 30 years.
"Europe, the Second Trail." is,, as
the name signifies, an account of a
second trip made by "A. Rollingstone"
(Charles Newton Hood), whose first
booklet was entitled "Europe on $4 a
Day." This book is quite, as valuable
as its predecessor, and is taken in the
same economical fashion, proving how
much one can see and how comfort
able, for a very little money. Few of
the places visited on the first trip are
touched on this' visit, and it has the
same duration. SO days. Both of these
booklets are valuable and highly rec
ommended. ' (Published by The Roll
ingstone Club. 50 Bell bldg., Medina.
N. Y. 50 cents.)
The Funk & Wagnalla Students"
Standard Dictionary is absolutely
"ideal" in its general perfection. It is
unquestionably- the best English dic
tionary, and answers every require
ment and more for the general use of
teachers, pupils, for the home, for office
use for businessmen,' and in fact for
nine out of ten readers it is all that is
necessary for a general reference book.
It is beautifully bound and easily han
dled. It is an edition de luxe, bound
like the Teachers' Bible 1n flexible
morocco, round corners and gilt edg«s.
(Funk & Wagnalls, New York. $».)
Ellery H. Clark, the author of
"Loaded Dice," is an athlete. He used
to be the champion all around amateur
athlete of America. In the summer of
1596 he competed in England. At one
meeting he managed to carry off seven
prizes. According to the American cus
tom, he carried his athletic clothes in
a suitcase. The Englishmen used small
handbags, and the suitcase struck them
as a curiosity. As Mr. Clark made trip
after trip up to the M. P.'s wife who
gave out the prizes, and returning, de
posited in the depths of the suitcase a
kitchen clock, a stiver watch, a pipe, a
set of salt cellars, two large -silver
bowls and on umbrella, one of the by
standers evidently thought he had
solved the reason for the peculiar selec
tion of luggage. . v .
"The bloomin' Yankee!" he ejaculated
with a kind of surprised disgust; "see
wot 'c carries 'round with "im to fetch
'em.'orae in." All to the great delight
of the crowd.
J "Prince Hagen," by. Upton Sinclair,
has been" done Into a book. It will be
remembered that It made its bow to
the public as a play, first produced in
San Francisco a year or more ago.' It
was not a success as a play, and is
even less entertaining as a book. One
gathers that the author himself lost
interest while writing it, for one con
tinally loses the thread of the story.
The author has tried that impossible
thing, the mixture of symbolism with
everyday, today life, and failed.
(Charles H. Kerr & Co., Chicago.)
peated so often during the reading of
the book that the story, if there is
one, is quite lost sight of. The book
Is very forced in style, though there
are descriptive bits now and then,
showing that the author possesses
ability, but It Is at present over
shadowed by pose. There la a weirti.
uncanny sort of love story hidden away
in the tale,, but altogether most un
satisfactory and not at all convinc
ing. (Funk & Wagnalls. New York.
Notes and Gossip
Arthur W. North is a Californian by
birth and the son of a California
pioneer. He took an early interest In
western history and he has prosecuted
his studies largely by means of his
travels, which have taken him over
most of his own country and a large
part of Mexico. He Is a keen advocate
of outdoor life and has done much work
in exploring out of the way' places
that have been closed to all but adven
turous travelers. His home is at pres
ent in Salt Lake City, where. he Is con
sulting attorney for the railroads.
Frederic C. Howe Is a graduate of
Allegheny college and Johns Hopkins
university. He has served as secretary
of the American Economic association,
and In 1894 he went to Cleveland, where
he Joined the law firm of the late Presi
dent Garfleld's sons, known as Garfleld
& Garfield. He was president of the
Municipal Traction company In Cleve
land and has served in various public
and semipublic capacities.
The Hon. Frederick E. Landlf. author
of "The Glory of His Country." was a
member of the fifty-eighth and flfty
ninth congresses. Just at present his
home constituents in Logansport, Ind..
are speculating; on the amount of auto
biographical material he has embodied
In his romance.
Francis E. Leupp, former United
States commissioner of Indian affairs,
has dedicated his book on "The Indian
Problem." "To Theodore Roosevelt, the
president whose unwavering confidence
and support enabled me to put into ap
plication most of the policies outlined
in the following pages."
It Is interesting that the editors of
the works of Charles and Maty Lamb
should be also brother and sister. Mr.
Ingpen has had. the collaboration In
much of his work of his talented sister.
Miss Ada M. Ingpen. who now brings
out a work of scholarship and taste,
"Women as Letter Writers."
Hartley B. Alexander, author of "Odes
on the Generations of'Jlan," which the
Baker & .Taylor company published
last spring, Is professor of philosophy
in the University of Nebraska and is
well known as an authority on mythol
Herbert W. Casson has^ Just received
a request from the Omsk exposition
committee for permission to translate
his book. "The Romance of the Reap
er," into the Russian language.
Myrtle Reed's '^Spinner In the Sun"
Jias been selected by the Moon society
for publication In raised letters for tha
benefit of the blind.
Anna Costantlnl. author of "Ragga."
a forthcoming novel. Is an American
girl, a Phlladelphlan by birth, who
married an Italian rount.
George Cary Eggleston has recov
ered from his late illness and was re
cently a visitor at the Authors" club.
Harriet T. Comstock has just com
pleted her novel. "Joyce of the North
Woods." Her last book was "Janet of