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BOOK PAGE OF THE SUNDAY CALL "Comfort Found in Good Old Books" f By-Pnorf? Hamlin Fitch. Published by P*nl Elder a Co., Sao Francisco. Price $1.50 net; by mail $1.58 net. . . ON the word of one of the moat thorough bookmen of the day, there is hope for that man who** academic education was neglected In his youth. That in Itself 1* a message of cheer to countless thousands of men and women who approach middle life despairing of any real culture because In youth the question of bread left scant time for the pursuit of knowl edge. It Is equally cheerful new* to the poorly taught and the drone who has aroused at last. "Culture can be built on the bare rudiments of educa tion, at which pedagogues and pedants will sneer," says George Hamlin Fitch In his "Comfort Found In Good Old Books," which is Just from the pre** of Paul Elder * Co. Though of the utmost Importance and Interest to "that great American public which yearn* for knowledge and culture, but does not know how to set about acquiring it" Mr. Fitch's essays were Inspired primarily by the wants of those who, like himself, needed a potent meed In their hour of sorrow. He found that -solace In books, and to others afflicted like as he, he offer* hi* key to the Inestimable treasury. Of the hard working, capable men who review the books of the day in the Sunday newspaper* —who must search through that whole flood from the oiled book presses for that about which their readers should know— has wider or higher fame than George Hamlin Fitch. What he writes of this new volume or that goes far In determining r- It* appraisal by critical minds. For more than 30 years Mr. Fitch has served the Chronicle as literary editor. As a mark of the critic* distinction, it . may be said that his pralae of a book Is seized upon by the publisher to ad vertise that book in New York. To his friends George Hamlin Fitch has long been a marvel In duality, they could not understand how the man who led a life of intense activity during long night hours in the telegraph room of a newspaper, his sensitive finger* held close upon the fluctuating pulse of the world, could be that same man who knew books as few men may ever know them because he spent not less than six hours of concentration In his library every day. One thing hi* friend* might understand—all who read his book will understand — that Is that the author of "Comfort Found In Good Old Book*" is marvelously human. The first chapter is a tribute to the boy who died, an only son, a splendid young man. loved alike In the college I and newspaper world. The whole rela tion between father and son. by virtue of circumstances that fostered a natu ral attraction, was "the relation of elder brother and younger brother." The first chapter is such a tribute as ' such a loss might Inspire from such a man. ■ i "I urge upon you who are now » wrapped warm in domestic life and love," says the author In telling how he contrived somewhat to assuage his .own grief, "to provide against the time when you may be cut oft in a day from the companionship that makes life precious. Take: heed and guard against the hour that finds you forlorn and un protected against death's malignant hand. Cultivate the great worthies of > literature, even If this mean neglect of the latest magazine or of the newest sensational romance. Be content to confess Ignorance of the ephemeral books that will be forgotten In a sin , gle half year, so that you may spend i your leisure hours in genial converse 1 with the great writers of all time. Doc •1 tor Eliot of Harvard recently aroused much discussion over his 'five feet of books.' Personally I would willingly dispense with two-thirds of the books he regards as indispensable. But the vital thing is that you have your own favorites— that are real and gen uine, each one brimful of the Inspira tion of a great soul. Keep these books on a shelf convenient for use and read them again and again until you have saturated your mind with their wis dom and their beauty. So may you come Into the true kingdom of culture. whose gates never swing open to the pedant or the bigot. So may you be armed' against the worst blows that fate may deal you In this world." The author is specific In his prescrip tion for the sorrowing. "No literary 1 "A Big Horse to Ride" % By _ B. Dewing. Published by The Mtc raillan company. New York. Price $1.50. Even in her early girlhood Rose Car son, the central figure of E. B. Dewing's new novel, "A Big Horse to Ride," had the theatrical Instinct When she ob tained her father's permission to study stage dancing with the definite purpose of ultimately going upon the stage, and was in consequence obliged to leave the fashionable boarding school where she had been fn attendance, she did not. slip out from the ranks of her school mates quietly, attracting as little at tention as possible, but boldly, declared ahe was leaving because she was going to be a dancer, and Invited her envious friends to attend a private rehearsal that afternoon. All through her life this same characteristic Is exhibited— the characteristic which enables her to turn the tables and make her position seem the desirable one. This ingenuity, this quality of being very much alive. Is one of the chief charms of the story ■which shows a little different phase to gr-^the reader of the ever Interesting Ufa ■^on the other side of the footlights. Unlike the heroine of the author's / earlier book, "Other People's Houses," who had metaphorically no house of > her own but was forced through nature and circumstance to live in those of Notes and Gossip of Books and Their Writers •John O- Knott offers a most readable volume of essays, entitled "Seekers . After Soul." The chapters or essays were not prepared with any idea of a book but for various purposes'; one of them to be read at "* Washington and Lee university a few years ago for the degree of doctor of philosophy.l/ In _ collecting the papers the author found that, "while stressing the salient doctrines of some of the men who had, in his estimation, influenced most the thought of the , world, he had- In every case selected a champion ! of soul as against matter." .He has chosen Job, Plato, Kant, Hegel and Browning to exploit and adds a chapter beside on "Persistence of Ideas, The Spirit in the Trend of Thought." The chapters are well written and will appeal to many. (Sherman, French & Co., Boston; $1.20.) ... , ...., ,;...'.->. » Delo Corydon* Grover, ! dean of Sclo college, has written a volume entitled "The Volition Element In » Knowledge and Belief; and other essays in philos ophy and religion." The fine introduc tion written by Francis J. McConnell D. D., president of De ; Pauw . univer sity, explains the, purpose 'of the ".book/ _ He says the volume< is %in / general "in line with the philosophic ' principles \of the late Dr. Borden P. Bowne." "Bowne possessed the power of;making, his followers think on their; own account, and he used to feel that his philosophy <_4 bad significance for all departments *vV*f Christian thinking and practice. The book; is : well : written, but is decidedly; heavy reading and is designed for' the special benefit of ministers. The essay skill," he says, "can bind up the broken' hearted; no beauty of phrase satisfy the soul that Is torn by grief. No. when our house Is In mourning we turn, to the bible firstthat fount of wis dom and comfort which never falls him who comes' to It with clean hands and a contrite heart It la the medi cine of life. And after it come the great books written by those who have walked through the valley of the shadow, yet have come out sweet and wholesome, with words of wisdom and counsel for the afflicted. One book through which beats the great heart of a man who has suffered yet grew strong under the lash of fate is worth more than a thousand books that teach no real lesson of life, that are as, broken cisterns holding no water, when the soul Is athlrst and cries out for re freshment." A general Idea of the contents of th* book may be gleaned from the titles of th* 15 chapter*, which are as follows: "Comfort In Good Old Books"; "The Greatest Book in the World— the Bible"; "Shakespeare Stands ; Next to the Bible"; "How to Read the Ancient Classics"; "The Arabian Nights and Other Classics": "The Confessions of St. Augustine"; "Don Quixote, One of the World's Great. Books"; "The Imitation of Christ;" "The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayam"; "The Divine Comedy by Dante"; "How to Get the Best Out of Books"; "Milton** 'Paradise Lost and Other Poems"; "Pilgrim** Progress, the Finest of All Alle gories": "Robinson Crusoe and Gul liver's Travels"; "Old Doctor John- ■_ , son and His Boswell." The essays are animated by an enthu siasm that rivets the reader's Interest They are not critical in the sense that one might anticipate from a literary critic; Instead, they are Informing and help the reader to understand the great book under discussion. The author* valuation Is always apparent, and his standards the reader Is able to siexe upon Intelligently as his own. Mr. •fitch lends to his reader his own per ception In a manner so simple yet so subtle that the reader may in another hour peruse the bo*ok discussed and come so naturally at its beauties and its treasures as to feel he must have found, them for himself. If he never reads the original at all. he still has profited Immeasurably. The author explains In advance that be discusses the books from De Quln cy's standpoint of the literature of power as distinguished from the litera ture of knowledge. By the "literature of power" De Qulncy meant "books filled with that emotional quality which lifts the reader of this- prosaic world into that spiritual life whose dwellers are forever young." The author goes somewhat Into the , general subject of dally reading, point ing out the Importance of spending one's leisure, even though it amount to but IS minutes a day. with the best author*. He shows how one may learn to read with great rapidity; how. at length, any good book may be read thoroughly In four hours. Concentra tion while reading enables one to read swiftly and yet to retain that which is read. He holds that one derives the most Joy in reading a book at top speed. . "Comfort Found in Good Old Books" Is beautifully printed from hand set type and Is Illustrated with 82 mounted pictures, many from rare prints. These Illustration* are reproduced by a new stipple process that gives them the ap pearance of fine old steel engravings. There Is a full bibliography of all the authors, giving the history of the va rious editions and other facts, and an index that is descriptive and very help ful to any reader. The book Is bound In flexible linen of convenient size to be slipped into the pocket. In every sense this volume of essays is a great book. • It will never be absent from the bookshelves of countless lov era of good books except when It is in their hands and under their eyes. It win carry balm to more broken and wounded hearts than" Its author ever can know. It will warm the hearts of men and women, almost without "number, perhaps, who had thought never to achieve that culture to which It points the unmistakable way. It la a great book, and, like so many great book*, it grew out of a. great and all but over whelming sorrow. RUFUS STEELE. » ,- - ,"'"'■> "**. other people, Rose Carson has a house which is not only her own but la too crowded for her own use. She la even regretting that there ha* been much which she has of necessity missed Just because her opportunities In certain ways have come together. "I am des tined," she says, "to have knocking at my door more* than any house will hold." Emily Steadman, the heroine of "Other People's Houses," was primarily an Invalid, and she came at life from that angle. Rose Carson is primarily a dancer with the perfect physique neces sitated by her profession. ; She has tremendous energies. and :.. strength, which she uses In the service of her life and her,art She has. too much— too much of everything. It is her task to tame herself to the measures in more common use;. the other woman had" too little, and the difference between.these two women is characteristic 'of the difference between the, two books. . But "A Big Horse to Ride" is a love story, In which the love of a good and strong man, as contrasted with the affection of a«,weaker character,i ulti mately conquers. ,In other words, the novel sounds the message of the twen tieth century, that at bottom and des pite the failures and ' mistake*' the ' heart of mankind la sound. which gives the book Its title Is by far the most serious and Important and will rouse interesting discussion among thinkers. (Sherman, French & Co., Boston; $1.20.) • ■ • • •'/-■-' ■ - /;. "The Continents and Their People" is the general title of a aeries of books, the first number of ; which is' "North America." It is a supplementary geography and Is designed by the au thors, James ■ Franklin -,"; Chamberlain and Arthur Henry Chamberlain,* to be a sort of combination history and geog raphy and to ' supplement and • enrich the textbooks on the subject The work has been thoroughly done and is writ ten In an entertaining manner and con tains numerous Illustrations which add greatly to the value of the work. (The Maemlllan company, / New " York; $5 cents.) ." "If I, return today to Dr. Alfred Russel Wallace's 'The World of Life,*" says William ' Archer, "it is because I can not resist the temptation of ex tracting from a work of science an' ad/" ; mirable page of literature/ >; It: occurs in • the' chapter } entitled ' 'Proofs 1of; an Organizing /Mind,' ;: In which Doctor Wallace arguea against those > thinkers who hold that everything' can -be 'ex plained In terms of matter/and motion.' In ; order to » illustrate the ' position of his adversaries, as he views it, Doctor Wallace has / invented ; what he ' calls *A fe Physiological Allegory' "of *'■ extra ordinary /neatness /and ingenuity. It ,would. I think, have delighted Voltaire and Swift" , "Three Flays" By Brteux. Preface by Bernard Shew. Pub llthed by Brentano'a, New York. Price $1.50. Bernard Shaw calls Brieux the French Ibsen, which prepares the reader for realism and plain speaking. This volume of plays Is the first/ work of this Frenchman's *to be' translated Into English, and if the squeamish feel ings Of the American public are to be considered this sample of his work will be all we are likely to have for quite a while. Not that the work Is to be condemned in any way; we find our selves quite won over by Shaw's preface to looking at the questions; which are discussed without ; flinching, but all of the great reading public will not, agree on this ; point and some old fashioned and very modest people may even agitate suppressing the book. , The three plays are "Maternity," translated by Mrs. Bernard Slaw; "The Three Daughters of M. Dupont," trans lated by; St John Hankln, and "Dam aged Goods," translated by John Pol-, lock. There Is also a new version of "Maternity," translated by John Pol lock. Bernard Shaw has done some of the finest and most serious* work of hla - life -In the preface of this book. He reviews dramatists and dramatic lit erature from Mollere to Brieux, with much mention of Zola and Ibsen, the two; great realists of .that period. He shows the slow step* of . progress in - this * art and :of the passing of the tragic catastrophe and the happy end ing. Ha say*: "Not: only 1* the tradition iof the catastrophe unsuitable to modern studies of life; the tradition of an end ing, happy or the reverse, 1* equally unworkable. The moment the dramat ist gives up accidents and catastro phes, and takes ; 'slices ;of life' as :■ his material he finds himself committed to I plays that have no endings. The cur-' tain no longer comes down on a hero ■lain or married; comes down when ■ Two Books About Talk "Speech Making," by Edwin Gordon Lawrence, is a book of -300 pages of explicit Instruction for the building and delivery of speeches. It helps you to arrange and express your thoughts consecutively and logically and teaches you how to influence the; minds of | oth ers. It Informs >, you '■ how; to ' gather; the materials for * the : making [of a ; speech, tells how to construct your; framework, how ito lay hold of /your, subject and move on to success as a speaker, It is written by a teacher and every speaker can learn something. from •it (A. S. Barnes <_ Co., New York; $1.25.) BOOKS RECEIVED • "The Price," Francis Lynde. Charles Scrlb ner't Sons, New: York. - , - Four volume! of Appleton't: Scientific Primers. Reynolds Green, New York. Four volumet of Robert Louis Stevenson," Syd ney Colvln. Charles Scrlbner't Sons,| New I York. "Btedecker's London and Its Environs," Karl Bacdecker. Charles Scrlbner't Sons, New York. "Who - Follow the : Flag," Henry £ Van Dyke. Charlet Scribuer's Sons, New York. ."The Good Old Dtyt.',' Clitrlet Wheeler Bell. A. C. McClorz company. Chicago. 11 liiV*|||lJ*'|||_ - 'Thorpe'*' Way." Morley Robert-. The C*a tury company, New York. ... --..• . "Uncle palnarro," - Alpbonte < Courland. Bren tano't, New York. . s ■ - 'The *. Blottooiy Bough," Shtemat O'Sheel. Shaemtt O'Sheel. • New York. ;■-.'.■ - "Th* * Purchtte Price," - Emerson Hough. Th* Bobbs-Merrlll company. Indianapolis. • "Ptrpttua." . Dion -s Clayton Cflthrop. John Lane company, ■ New York. .- >,- -. | Smm mm Doctrine of Evolution." Henry Edward Crtmpton. The Columbia University press, New York..,-. '. ■;■'.' - -■;. ,; ;, •■„,,,.■.. . ..., ;., "The Big league," Charlet <E. Van Loan. Small. Maynard & Co., Botton. .-"Eiiot, * "Sllat Mtrner." "Shakespeare* "*t*r chant of Venice." "Farewell Addrett and Bunker Hill Oration," Ooldtrolth't "Vicar of Wakefield " the audience has; Been enough of the life presented to It to draw the moral. * • ♦.. The man who faced France with a drama fulfilling all these condi tions was Brieux. He was as scientific, as conscientious, as unflinching as Zola without being In the least morbid. He was no more dependent on horrors than Mollere and a* cane in his temper. • .•'.••'■ - Shaw ha* some Interesting remark* to make about the censorship In France and England which make that pompous office rather laughable, the things taboo ;in '. England are not noticed .; in France and vice'versa. The ; government in France has be come agitated during the last decade because the population haa decreased. and this subject la mad* th* basis for the first of these plays, "Maternity." The. scorn which Brieux feels for the "respectable" married man who shun* the responsibilities of parenthood is shown in the second of the** ; plays, "The | Three Daughter* of M. Dupont." The evil* of the marriage system In France are shown in a manner to leave no < reader In. doubt as to th* ' author's meaning. The last play la, Shaw say*, the most unmentionable of all subjects. Though this play,"Damaged Good*," discusses certain diseases which we have been taught are not to be mentioned,* Shaw assures us It is false modesty. Mora than that, he says they should not only be discussed,- but should .be mentioned on the stage, 'as there they reach a larger proportion :of " the publlo , than by any other mean*. It 1* a question which will : raise muoh revolt, to be sure, : but In the meantime the play' Is here to read at ' least, ; in English, and Its horrors will make an Impression." The plays are all well written and the work/of-translation has been most faithfully ; accomplished. The first two have been ; performed in England, but the third has not yet seen the glare of the footlights. .' "The Business of Congress," by Sam uel W. McCall, M. C. from Massachu setts, Is a volume made up of eight lec tures delivered at Columbia university In 1908-1909./ The author has, accom plished his purpose admirably, which Is, he says, "to portray the Important pro cesses of legislation, avoiding, however, the | technicality essential In t a parlia mentary manual; to present the reasons "■"underlying them and to give a' study in government with congress as the cen tral ;: theme.", The 11 , chapters' form a very Interesting book written in a clear and/terse style. (Columbia University Press, Lemcke & Buechner, N. V., $1.50.) Coleridge's "Ancient Mariner,". Carlyle't "Essay on Burns." .. American book company, New York •• .'•The ,* Croat , , of; ■ Honor," Mary Ope-shaw! Small, Mayutrd & Co., Boston. -. "The % Garden; of .-< the Sun," Captain T. J Powers. Small. Maynard a Co., Boston > "What Happened at Oleuburg," Clifford How ard. - The Reiily a Brltton company, Chicago. ■'■' •' "The > Daring .Twin*.*'*" L. '■ Frank Btum. Th* Rellly _ Brltton company, Chicago, "The Mountain That Was God,'" John H. Wil liams. ■-,; 0. ;P. - Putnam, New York. ' "The. Rot* Door,". E»telle Biker. . Charlet H. Kerr company, Chicago. •-.■..-* "How ,: Capitalism Hat Hypnotised Society " W. Thurtton Brown. Chtrlet H. Kerr company Chicago. - .--..., " "The Social Evil," J. H. Greer. Charlet H Kerr company, Chicago. ,. ■-. 'When tbe Red Gods Call," ; Beatrice Grim thaw. Moffat, '.Yard 4 Co.,.New.York. * ■'Philistine and Genius," Boris Sldla. Moffat Ytrd & C 0.,. New York. .- ,• • ■..•■, -.--, . * - "The i University Militant.',* Charles' Ferguson. Mitchell Kennerley, New York. ;: "Anatol,'.'/Arthur • Scbnlttler. . Mitchell Ken nerley. New York. -:' ,- .-;..■' ■ - "A ■ History of th* United , Stttet." McLaugh lin and Van Tree.. P. Applet*, a Co., New York. -,->;' ■ . ' ' ' ;-..■'.;.-„•»..-■ "The Consul" By Richard Harding Davit. Publltned by Charles Scribner's Sons, New York.; Richard Harding Davis has come back to his own again with a pretty * little story of an old fashioned patriot who. In his 30 years of consular service, has outlived the honest ; times from which hi* first appointment dated and finds himself old and forgotten as consul in a fever stricken seaport of. Central America. Without friends In his home country, which his duties have kept him from * visiting for a quarter of - a century, he has been shifted from place to place, always to /a: less Important port » than the last, and only • the *; fact of his having been originally appointed by Abraham ' Lincoln has saved him frOm being dropped altogether to make room for some . worthless son of :a wealthy friend of some Influential poli tician. ..",.' ■;..;' Chance throw* *on his dreary little town the"'great. Senator " Hanley, and a party :of traveling companions, / who, during an enforced stay of a week, are charmed *> by the courtly manners I and old fashioned hospitality of Marshall the consul, who thinks that perhaps at last a , good i friend at Washington has been made. A British steamer appears, the party is about to i depart, ( and it is only, necessary to:present a clean bill of health: to Insure a speedy return to the;, United States for the stranded Brief Reviews of New Books „ ,■ .- is^, - ■ .... ,' . ::- . - ,-» - ■...'.::■-.:' ; The preference of many women writers for a male pseudonym is doubt less a survival of the old superstition that to engage in the task of author ship was "unwomanly." The / Bronte sisters set the fashion in appearing as Currer, Acton and Ellis Bell, respect ively. Their * example was > followed by George Eliot. S But, George is a name to which the distressed \ lady (novelist flies as _to a city of refuge. We have had George Egerton, George s Fleming, George j Paston, * and a' host' of ; ; others. Then, too, there have been John Oliver Hobbes,; Ralph Iron, Frank. Hamel and Frank Dan by. :On s'/ the other hand, /Oliver. Madox Hueffer. shares with the late William Sharp the distinction of a feminine dis guise, for he was ; known to ,the novel reading : public until ; quite recently, as Jane War die. X ,/v _HH_____HP-' r • • ' * -;": Some of the reviewers of , "The ;Grain of Dust" ;? have / spoken ;' of /It '•'" as",» "Mr. Phillips' last novel," and one or two have Intimated that he had not finished revising It at the time of T his ; death: Asa matter of fact/ however, L the novel was '; entirely completed r more than a year before its '. publication. *. Nor 'is 'The Grain";of- Dust" by any, means the last * novel / which - we b are ? to > have * from > the: 5- pen of ; Phillips^;/ The Appletons have a novel by him: In preparation : for issue next fall; and three other stories, BOOKS REVIEWED /'Comfort Found in Good Old Books," by George Hamlin Fitch. "A Big Horse to Ride" by E. B. Dewing. "The Consul," by Richard Harding Davis. "The Man Without a Face," by Albert Boissiere. "Three Plays," by Bricux. "The Cruise of the Snark," by Jack London. "The Cruise of the Shark" By Jtck London. Pnblithtd by The Mterall lan company, New York. Prlc* $2. One of the most adventurous voyages ever planned was that of Jack London's famous Snark, th* little craft In which he and Mr*. London set forth to sail around the world. / Misfortunes . over took ■ the Snark and .It lies a wreck in the south seas, but before Its voyage was-' ended It encountered adventures enough to place its name on th* roll of famous-ships. Mr. London has told the story of it in a fashion to bring out the excitement of the cruise, its tan and . exhilaration, as well ia* It* mo ments and days of breathless danger. - There are - some Interesting descrip tions of .south sea porta and one which clamors for quotation follows: "When the Snark Bailed along the windward coast of Mqlokai, on Its way to Honolulu, I looked St the chart/then pointed to a low lying peninsula backed by a tremendous cliff varying from two to four thousand feet In height and said: 'The pit of hell, the moat cursed place on earth.' I should have been shocked if at that moment I could have caught a vision of, myself a month later ashore in the most cursed place on earth and having a disgracefully good time along with 800 of the lepers, who were also having a good time." The author goes on to tell of the gay good times, particularly the fourth of July celebration, and then says: " • • the horrors of Molokal, as they have been painted in the past, do not exist '*.:. •.'-,." .Of course, leprosy Is leprosy and It Is a terrible thing; but so much that is lurid has been written about Molokal that, neither the lepers nor those who devote their lives to them have received a fair deal." The author and his party mingled with the lepers, and he speaks; of the little" danger of contagion providing simple precau •' • - ; X pleasure seekera Unfortunately, the party has visited • a neighboring town, which was under quarantine, and the consul refuses to affix his official signature to a false document, a thing which the great senator asks calmly, without a thought of : being refused. Old Marshall gently declines to be per suaded,- however, and things ; begin to happen. • Hanley finally says If the cable to Washington la working he will have the consul's little tin sign down before sunset, and old Marshallj la silent. v A few hours later he goes and bids fare well to < his guests on the American warship which: ha* entered the harbor. When he Is about to step Into his boat to . be rowed ashore - the . first * of the usual consular salute of seven guna booms out. in spite of his mute pro test to his old friend, the American ad miral ; he stands at salute until the seventh, /and then turns, when an eighth gun roar*/ then a ninth, a tenth and up to the thirteen gun* of a min ister's .' salute. - The old - man turn* to his smiling friend with tears In hi* eyes/and then the truth Is told. The cable ' had worked all right, and Its return -message, had brought from Washington an appointment as minister plenipotentiary to the Hague. It is a very touching little story, told in the author's.very beat Style. the, manuscripts of which had been written., as were all of Phillips' books, nine times/are to appear within a year or two. All of these forthcoming books had been finished a considerable * time before Phillips' death. The last, thing upon which he was at work was a nov elette, of which he wrote thl last words a", few hours before he was; ahot. It is perhaps a unique instance of a literary man ; dying -.* without - leaving any unfinished work. :..'-/••—/ ■ • • - • - .-'- •-' % • Mrs. Russell Codman. author of that popular new novel, "An Ardent Ameri can," Is a daughter of.Dr. James Mason Crafts, ■ formerly president) of I the * Boa ton institute of technology and a noted .chemist Her husband Is Russell Stur* gis Codman, a well; known Boston phi lanthropist and a member of the Somer set. Harvard Travelers', Appalachian Mountain, Tennis and Racquet dubs A sister,; Mrs. Gordon! Bell, Is well known In Lenox and New York social circles. * /'.-;•■;•:'■ •';'- '."•'.,-;■ .. An /admirer of ■ goodj pictures aat turning over tome of the work of Ar thur Rackham, the English ' Illustrator who drawa Wagnerian ; myths or Alice in __ Wonderland pictures ; with equal richness and vigor. /'What a swing what a dash they have!" exclaimed the admirer. /"Yes.-/ said / the man who knew about artists, "and Rackham used to be an Insurance ; agent." - CONDUCTED BY UNA H. H. COOL tlon* of cleanliness are followed. The whole chapter Is of the greatest Interest, showing, too, that Mr. London thoroughly investigated conditions on this leper Island. Perhaps the most remarkable fish story yet is one narrated by Jack Lon don In "Stone Fishing of Bora Bora.*' Describing this curiou* custom, Mr. London says: > "Stone Ashing is in reality a fish drive similar in principle to a rabbit drive or cattle drive. • • ♦. it does not mat ter If the water 1* a hundred feet deep, the men working on the surface drive the fl«h Just th* same. This is the way It Is done: The canoes form in line 100 to 200 feet apart - In the bow of each canoe a man wields a stone several p.unds in weight, which Is attached to a short rope. He smites the water with the stone, pulls up the atone and goes or* smiting. In the stern of each canoe another man paddles, driving the canoe ahead and at the same time keeping in thi formation. The line of canoes ad vances to meet a second line a mils o» two away, th* ends of the lines hur rjlng together to form a circle, the far edge of which la the shore. The cl'-cle contracts upon the shore, where tbe women, standing in a long row out Into the sea, form a fence of legs which serves to break any rushes of the fran tic, fish. At ; the right moment when the circle is sufficiently small a canoe dashes from the shore, dropping over board a long screen of cocoanut leaves, a»d encircling the circle, thus reinforc ing the palisade of legs. The fishing Is always done Inside the reef in the goon." "Mr. London adds that while the nature of the fishing is more that of an outing festival than of a prosaic food getting task, it is nevertheless a most successful method, thousands of fl*h of all sizes from minnows to sharks boiling up and upon the sand of the beach. '.--,:• The Illustrations, one of which is on almost every page, are from photo graphs taken by the author or by mem ber* of the small crew. "The Man Without a Face" By Albert Boissiere. Translated by Florence ("reeve-Jones. Published by '"■. W. Dllllni* ham & Co., New York. Price $1.25. Here's a book that would fool almost any one. "The Man Without a Face. ' grewsome, thrilling, horrible, trans lated from the French, better still; visions of the cleverly grewsome and 1 horrible arise; the book must be worth while to have warranted the trouble of translation. A glance at the chap ter headings causes pleasant antici pations of mysteries piling one upon another to reach unexpected solutions at the end, Take these for example: "A Crime, The Murder of Lucy Well," "The Man in Cell 13," "What They Mean by Changing Shoulders." "28. 2R. 2S. D." Add a well bound book, well printed on good paper, and one is. Justified in expecting an hour of pleasant ; shudders. But that la as far as you get; the only shudder that materializes Is at the thought of daring to publish anything so monstrously stupid at this late date. A story written In the style of the author of "Nick Carter" or some other • "dime novel" Of our youthful days, only a little less consistent (I), with a multiplication of senseless situations which lead; to nothing and motiveless mysteries which the author forgets to explain, with other mysteries which are lamely worked out to flat and un profitable ending*, la translated Into English uniformly bad and often un grammatlcal. The responsible parties, of course, know all this, and the volume is doubt less made like the razors In the poem, not to be used, but to be sold, and that only to the greenest and moat un sophisticated. —• —i To Remember Miss Alcott A movement has been started to pur chase and maintain as a permanent me morial to Louisa M. Alcott the "Orchard House" in Concord. Mass., where Miss Alcott wrote "Little Women" and many of her other stories. The house Is almost unchanged In its general features, but Is now unoccupied and In great need of repairs. Its deso late condition is a pathetic sight to every one who has loved Louisa Alcott'* stories and the characters she created. These stories and characters have given many hours of pleasure and had a great and .wholesome Influence ,on almost every girl who has lived in the last 40j years, and It Is believed that the tens of thousands of readers of -."Little Women" the country over will be Inter ested to contribute, even . a small amount, toward the preservation of this Alcott home. The house and sufficient land about : it can be bought and put-In order for ; 18,000.* If ; this sum can be raised • the house will, be ■' repaired and placed; In the charge of a permanent organization which will maintain it as an Alcott me morial. The Concord woman's club appeals to all lover* of Miss Alcott to help by con tributions, large or small. Contribution* may be sent; to Henry ' F. Smith' Jr., Middlesex Institutloa for Savings, Con cord, Mass. There Is said to be a very surprising situation ;, exploited In a book called "The Price," by Gertie de S. Wentworth James, /which Mitchell Kennerley will publish within a few days. Mrs. Went worth is very popular In London as a writer of "smart" novels, and her book la dedicated to Claude Graham-White. Comfort _____________e*s__i______________H Found in Good Old Books .By George ,'; Hamlin Fitch, Re view Editor of the S. F. Chron icle. Illustrated. $1.50 net; by mail $1.58. Send for descriptive circular. PAUL ELDER & CO., Publishers, .; 239 Grant Aye., San Francisco.