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The San Francisco Sunday Call
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.)
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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
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; 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
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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.
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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
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