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NOTES
The Saint of Our City
'("Everybody's St. Francis," by Francis Egan)
IT has fallen to the lot of Maurice
Francis Egan, the United States min
ister to Denmark, to write for the
general reader a life of St. Francis of
Assiel. Strictly speaking. "Everybody's
St Francis" (Century company) is not
a life. There is no attempt in it to
review the saints career In its entire
ty, but rather to touch upon those epi
sodes which have become fixed in his
tory, and those which bear a con
structive relation to Christianity and
the ministration of charity.
There has long been a need of such
a book as this about St. Francis —a
book at once sympathetic and charming
and handled with address, scholarly au
thority and with the human appeal of
simplicity. Of what the average reader
Ik likely to want, it has as much about
Sfc. Francis as will be found in any
"Lives of the Saints," and it pre
sented In a more attractive manner.
The attractiveness of the book is due
in a very considerable measure to the
wholly delightful illustrations by M.
Boutet de Monvel, a modern master of
masters. Ten of the 20 Illustrations
are printed with exquisite delicacy in
colors.
The divisions of Mr. Egan's work are
four in number. The first is "The Youth
of St Francis of Assisi," and after deal
ing with Italy at the time of St. Francis
and with some phases of the psychology
of the middle ages, the author tells of
the eariy years of the wealthy and
pleasure loving Francis Bernardone.
Follows the dawning of the spiritual in
the soul of the youth, his renunciation
and his embracing of poverty. The sec
ond division takes up "The Beginning of
the New Life." Herein we read of his
first preaching and of his first converts,
who were to be the founders of the
great Franciscan order. Next comes an
account of various happenings, and
finally the story of the conversation of
Francis with the wolf of Gubbio, which,
says the author, may be "a sublimated
version of his Interview with the
haughty patricians of Assisi and their
former slave*, the plebeians."
He adds: "It is certain that the chil
dren and the simple hearted prefer to
believe that the wolf was a real wolf;
the children and the simple hearted are
nearer to God than most of us." The
great love of Francis for the birds and
his influence over them Is told, as are
many other miraculous anecdotes. Con
siderable space Is given to an account
of her who afterward became Santa
Clara, without which the story of St.
Francis would be as incomplete as his
yife would have been without her.
The final division of Mr. Egan's work
is called -St. Francis and the People."
An Operatic Novel
('•The Soul of a Tenor," by W. J. Henderson)
READERS of W. J. Henderson's mu
sical criticism in the New York
Sun are aware in the first place
that he is a writer of distinction and
that he is particularly impatient of the
shams of art. In "The Soul of a Tenor"
(Henry Holt & Co.; $1.35). his first
novel, although he has written many
books on music, several boys' tales, and
a work on navigation, these two qual
ities are manifest.
The story would be interesting if for
no other reason than that it takes the
reader into the operatic milieu, which
is a strange world, yet one which the
author knows intimately and spreads
before us in a variety of phases. Life
behind the scenes can always be served
up attractively by a clever writer, but
Mr. Henderson does more than that.
He gives us not a glimpse of operatic
life based upon such superficial obser
vation as might be made by an outside
writer in que*t of local color, but a
study based upon an association of
many years. He makes the whole
operatic "game" an Integral part of his
novel. The reader of "The Soul of a
Tenor" will learn agreeably while fol
lowing the thread of the story a great
deal about opera and not a little about
music. He will learn about the ways
of composers and of artists, he will
learn about rehearsals, stagecraft, sing
ing, interpretation and criticism. Very
particularly will he learn about tern-
Poems by T. R.'s Sister
("The Call to Brotherhood," by Corinne R. Robinson)
THERE is always a certain dignity
about a book of serious verse which
contains nothing that offends good
taste. Certain poems of Corinne Roose
velt Robinson, collected under the title
of "The Call to Brotherhood and Other
Poems" (Scribner's), is such a book and
possesses just this negative virtue. The
person looking for poetic distinction
will not find it here. There are occa
sional figures and phrases that have
grace and that J.int at beauty, and there
are many lines and even a few passages
that have a certain force. But these
salient points afiove the poet's normal
commonplaceness merely sustain the
average of mediocrity by compensating
for the downward pull that is exer
cised by the not infrequent lapses into
ineptitude.
One looks in vain for any sustained
excellence. The passage in the book
having the most even quality Is the
first six lines of a twelve line poem
called "June." They are:
The frail (elicit; of April hours
Ha* yielded to the prescient Joy of May
in turn, has laid her fragrant flowers
I pan the altar of this perfect day.
The .-pring with lavish hand fcve* IseMM spilled.
An ardent arolyte to June fulfilled.
There is nothing remarkable about
these lines, but it is impossible to find
in the book a collocation of six others
equally good. The lines that immedi
ately follow destroy the poem, which,
had it been allowed to end with these
six lines, might lay claim to a certain
prettiness.
Certain poems dealing with the T!
tanlc disaster call for some considera
tion. These poems bear evidence of the
fart that the inevitable thing has hap
pened; that is, Mrs. Robinson has been
caught latterly—as every poet must be
caught sooner or later—by the influ
ences whirh have been sweeping poetry,
slowly for a generation, rapidly for a
decade, toward a rational Idiomatic re
lation to modern life. The following
BOOK REVIEWS
It contains information gathered from
many sources and dealing with a vari
ety of episodes in the saint's life.
Viewed as a whole the life of St.
Francis had a threefold purpose—piety,
poverty, poetry. Concerning the last of
these, it should be remembered that his
mother, Madonna Pica, was from Pro
vence and taught her son the poetry of
her country, which was then the fashion
in Italy. It was in the language of
Provence that he composed those
"Poems of Love of Our Lord," which he
sang to the birds. Later Francis be
came the first Italian poet, writing in
the speech of Umbrla, "Without the
poetry of Francis as his example," says
Mr. Egan, "without the taste for the
Italian songs Francis created, Dante
might have written in Latin and
Ariosto, too. What, then, would have
become of the Italianate beauties of
Spenser and young Milton?"
'Everybody's St. Francis" should re
ceive a widespread welcome. It ought
to be particularly well received in San
Francisco, where there are a number
of persons who do not know as much
about St. Francis as they should.
peraments. Many scenes are laid in
the Metropolitan opera house in New
York, although Mr. Henderson assures
in a prefatory note that no incident or
character is taken from real life.
Leander Barrett of Pittsburg achieves
fame and a wife. He is in love with
both. Under the stage, name of Baronl
he is hailed as the greatest tenor of the
day. But he is not a great tenor, be
cause he has only a beautiful voice and
a wonderfully perfect technique, both
of which he uses solely for self glorifi
cation and without artistic sincerity.
He is the natural product of the hybrid
art form called opera, which, like some
glowing plant, bearing exquisite and
many colored flowers, draws sustenance
from the manure of commercialism and
strikes its roots into the earth where
the worms of deceit fatten upon them.
His calling as an opera singer teaches
him. as It has taught so many others,
that effectiveness Is more Important
than art. His wife learns this to her
disillusionment. But as she emerges
from illusion Leander enters it. It
comes in the form of a contralto named
Nagy Bosanska. For her he leaves his
wife, and from her he learns to be an
artist. Having become undeceived as
to art, he becomes undeceived as to
love, and the story ends conventionally
and—effectively. Mr. Henderson has
essayed entertainment and expert tes
timony rather than philosophy, and
he has succeeded In writing one of the
best noveloid stories of recent years.
extract from "The Wireless Tower" will
show in what degree she has succeeded
with the newer manner:
Hark! to the S. O. S..
"Down we go. by the head-
Quick! we are in distress.
Hurry to aid," it said—
"Phillips' we must not stay.
Pome, there is no more time."
Ye! does the Wireless play,
Beating its rhythmic rhyme,—
•I'own wi> go. by the head,"
Splutter—and dot—and dash-
Darkness; peace to tha Dead!
Silenced the dauntless flash. t
The poems abound with such minor
and minute blemishes as "ambient air,"
"arid waste," "high emprise" and such
irregularly derived and meaning
less phrases as "full fathom deep."
.Mrs. Robinson's volume merely adds
to the output of second and third class
poetry. Now second and third class
poetry is distinctly a higher order of
literature than second and third class
fiction, but there is much less excuse
for publishing it—much less reason for
its existence. While the lower orders
of fiction serve a purpose by entertain
ing a vast audience made up of pec
sons with little or no knowledge or
taste in literature, indifferent poetry
fulfills no function whatever except
that of persona! expression. Persons
of literary tastes are not, and no one
should be, interested In poor poetry. It
is useful for varying the monotony of
magazines and Its makers should be
encouraged by magazines, poetry so
cieties and the like because the Im
pulse to write poetry Is commendable
and one never knows when a person
with the Impulse will produce some
thing worth while When this happens
it is time to publish a book, not before.
Poetry becomes worthy of considera
tion as art only when it rises above
the dead level of magazine mediocrity.
There are many grades of excellence
in this upper division to which contri
butions are so few and far between.
PORTER GARNETT
All the Necessary
Thrills
("The Net," by Rex Beach)
REX BEACH has written a good story
in "The Net" (Harper's; $1.30). Th«
element of excitement is abundant,
ly present in the 6tory. It is this ele
ment which has become of such para
mount Importance In popular fiction
that the publishers, in announcing Mr.
Beach's new book, declare quite simply
that the plot is furnished with "all the
necessary thrills." Assuming this to b*S
a recommendation, the reviewer can tes
tify to the tf\ith of the statement. "Tha
Net" will be found to be a thrilling
story.
Norvln Blake, an American, Journeys
to Sicily to attend the wedding of his
friend, Cpunt Martel Savigno, and Mar
gherita Gininl. The sinister and unseen
operations of the Mafia are thrust for
ward and Martel's life is threatened.
Blake is irresistibly attracted by his
frieHd's fiancee and falls In love with
her. The complication thus set up is in
creased instead of lessened when on the
eve of his wedding Martel and his over
seer are ambushed and killed. Blake,
who was in their company, is unhurt
and allowed to depart. The bereaved
Margherita and the overseer's daughter
determine to dedicate their lives to the
task of avenging the dead. Blake re
turns to America, and circumstances en
sue which result in his losing sight
completely of the woman he loves.
Several years elapse. The scene is
changed to New Orleans and the reader
is taken Into the midst of the police
operations of an American city. Blake
is sure that the murderer of Martel is in
New Orleans, and works for his appre
hension while co-operating with the
chief of police in the suppression of the
Mafia. There is a certain amount of de
tective skill displayed in the incidents
leading to the capture of the culprit,
but the defeating of plots and the detec
tion of crime would not have progressed
If it had not been that a series of mys
terious letters, signed "One Who
Knows," kept the authorities warned
and posted. Despite these warnings,
however, the chief of police is killed
and the community is more than ever
aroused against the Mafiusl.
Elake Is not so occupied with his
detective work but that he finds time
to fall a victim to the charms of Miss
Warren, a spirited girl whose amus
ing brother, Bernie, is also an amateur
detective. Of course Margherita Ginini
re-enters and the reader is made to
wonder which.of the two women Blake
will finally marry. Margherita is still
in search of the chief mafluso, one Bel
isario Cardl, who instigated the mur
der of Martel. The Incidents of this
pursuit and many other developments
must be left for the reader to learn
from the last and most Interesting
part of the story. The building up of
the story toward the higher tensity of
the final scenes is achieved in the ex
pert manner of the professional writer
of thrillers at its best.
It is unusual to find in such stories
of adventure as "The Net" a hero who
Is not heroic in all circumstances. Nor
vin Blake behaves very much like an
ordinary, nonfictlonal human being
when he is overpowered by the band
of Sicilian cutthroats and sees his two
companions brutally murdered before
his eyes; in other words, he is literally
"scared" to within an Inch of his life.
Later on he redeems himself, of course,
and in a later perilous encounter ac
quits himself after the most approved
heroic fashion. This latter conflict is
the most intensely dramatic episode in
the book, and it is handled in such a
manner that the last thrill of excite
ment is wrung from the situation.
From this episode the story progresses
to others that do not permit the inter
est to flag for a moment until the end
of the book is reached. It may be
gathered from this that "The Net" is
Just the kind of a story that many
readers are looking for.
Notes and Gossip
POETRY WANTED
T. Fisher Unwtn, the publisher, of 1
Adelphi terrace, London, writes:
"In the course of the last few years
I have had the pleasure of publishing
a number of volumes of verse by poets
whose inspiration is drawn from their
experiences of the wild and remote life
on the distant frontiers of civilization.
Among the most notable of these vol
umes have been 'Songs of a Sourdough'
and 'Ballads of a Cheechako,' by the
young Canadian poet, Robert W. Ser
vice, the 'Cowboy Songs' collected by
John A. Lomax in the west, and many
others. I have now determined to issue
these works in uniform volumes, as the
nucleus of a series called 'Songs From
Overseas,' But I do not Intend to con
fine the series to these volumes. My
object la to bring together as much as
possible of the good poetry that has
been written and is still being written
by pioneers of civilization.
"With this end In view, I appeal to all
writers of English verse in every part
of the world to send me their work,
whether In manuscript or already pub
lished outside the United Kingdom, with
a view to publication.
"I should like to add that I am at all
times delighted to consider manuscripts
of all kinds, from fiction to memoirs, or
books of travel, or records of the ordi
nary routine of everyday life in distant
places, which are of interest to English
readers.
* * *
Doubleday, Page & Co. announce the
publication of "Chasing the Blues," by
R. L. Goldberg. A book of cartoons
and text by the cartoonist whose work
In the New York Evening Mail, Phil
adelphia Inquirer, San Francisco Call,
San Antonio Express and others has
made his series. "Thay All Look Good,"
"Foolish Questions," "Ancient History
In Modern Picture Frames," etc., al
most the standard for the up to the
minute slang.
* * #
An unusual compliment is paid Mrs.
Dorothy Canfield Fisher, whose "A
Montessori Mother" has just been Is
sued by Henry Holt and company. Dr.
Maria Montessori has bespoken the
right to have It translated and pub
lished in Italian under her personal
direction and for the benefit of Italian
mothers.
* # *
It is not every account of George
Borrow which will satisfy. Mr. Thomas
tells us the story of the man and his
books with much charm In his "George
Borrow," recently published by E. P.
Dutton & Co.
* * *
"Lincoln's Own Stories," by Anthony
Gross, has been published by the Har
pers. The numerous anecdotes told of
Lincoln and by Lincoln that have long
been current were carefully winnowed
and verified by Mr. Gross. This col
lection—the result of his enthusiastic
study of the subject—contains the best
of the stories of Lincoln's boyhood, of
his law practice, of his earlier political
activities/and of his years in the White
House
BRIEF NOTICES
I
"With Carrlngton on the Beseman
Road," by Joseph Mills Hanson.
"Patience. Perseverance, Endurance,
Possibility, Purpose, Endeavor,"
compiled by Grace Browne
Strand.
"The Launch Boys' Adventures In
Northern Water*," by Edward S.
Ellis.
"The Face in Air," by George L.
Knapp.
"Serena and Samaotha," by Rosa
Kellen Hallett.
"Barry Wyna," by George Barton.
The conquest of the great plains of
the west is a subject rich with both
romance and history. Joseph Mills
Hanson has written another book
for boys dealing with phases of this
interesting subject. It is called "With
Carrington on the Boseman Road," and
although cast in readable story form,
It draws copiously from the records of
the great western movement and many
of the men who took part in it appear.
The book will make young readers
familiar with some of the most sig
nificant side lights of American his
tory. Published by A. C. McClurg & Co.
Price $1.50.
* # *
Grace Browne Strand has added two
new volumes to her series of classified
quotations. The books deal respec
tively with "Patience, Perseverance,
Endurance" and "Possibility, Purpose,
Endeavor." The number of quotations
under these various heads is greater
than will be found In any of the more
comprehensive dictionaries, and rap
resent a wide range of sources. The
subjects are such as to make the little
volumes appropriate for holiday gifts.
They are published by A. C. McClurg &
Co. The price of each volume is 50
cents.
* * #
"The Launch Boys* Adventures in
'Northern Waters," by Edward S. Ellis
(John C. Winston company; 60 cents)
In addition to the fascination of the
launch cruise, which every normal boy
should feel, deals with adventures of
various kinds, some of which call for
detective ability. The plot will be fol
lowed with Interest especially by boys
who know the water.
A story by George L. Knapp called
"The Face in Air" (John Lane; $1.00)
is as insubstantial as its name. Its
only excuse for existence is a factor of
mystery which turns Out to ba a puerile
invention without fancy, to say nothing
of imagination. Tha plan of the story
is an exemplification of the way in
which a story should not be written.
Nine-tenths of the tale is a detailed
and dull account of what%is contained
In a summary at tha beginning. The
only essential fact that Is not revealed
in the summary comes to light in the
last pages and turns out then to he
an absurdity.
* # #
A book entitled "Serena and Sarnan
tha," and written by Rosa Kellen Hal
lett, is a Rhode Island character study
in which the contrasting types of Mrs.
Podd and Mrs. Wells are made to serve
as vehicles for their own peculiar and
diverting kind of humor. There are a
number of other distinctive types por
trayed In these sketches, which ap
peared originally in the Youth's Com
panion. Published by Sherman, French
& Co. Price $1.25.
* # *
"Barry Wynn." by George Barton
(Small, Maynard & Co.; $1.20) is a new
departure in books for boys. It is the
story of a page boy in the United
States congress, and shows the young
hero in the midst of events and scenes
that have to do with the workings of
the national government. The book
contains facts about the capital of our
country which should have both inter
est and value for young American read
ers.
The Naked Man
("As He Was Born," by Tom Gallon)
rr his latest novel. "As He Was Born"
(George H. Doran company; $1.20)
Tom Gallon begins by placing his
hero in an extraordinary predicament.
The author does not actually begin
with the episode in question, but most
of what precedes it Is superfluous.
Felix Delaney, after offending his
single, rich kinsman, finds himself im
poverished and desperate. He is, how
ever, apprised of the death of his uncle
and learns that the will, under which
he is the heir, imposes a peculiar con
dition. By its provisions he is to enter
the town that was his late uncle's resi
dence under cover of night and stripped
stark naked. He 1b to remain in the
town for one month, during which time
he must offer no compensation for as
sistance. The scheme is startling to
say the least and one gets the feeling
at first that the author can successfully
assume the Chestertonian method. One
feels, too, that the only thing that
holds him back, the only thing that
keeps him remote from the Chesterton
level, as far as the mere story Is con
cerned, is his carelessness in narration
and dialogue. Everything runs along
smoothly and humorously, when of a
sudden a perfectly banal phrase ob-
SHORTER REVIEWS
An Uplift Story
"The Seer," by Perley Poore Sheehan
(Moffat, Yard & Co.; $1.20) is the story
of a revivalist of extraordinary per
sonal magnetism and an optimistic
outlook which he successfully Imparts
to others. The activities of the "Pro
fessor"—tie acquired the title by giving
lessons on the flute—are partly In a
southern town and partly in New York.
His earnest, practical application of an
optimistic philosophy, his faith in
human nature gain him power and
fame, which he employs for the good of
others. He accomplishes much and, in
the end, earns his reward in a strange
manner. "The Seer" is intended to be
a story of moral uplift and it serves its
purpose completely.
# # #
Selection From Efugene Field
The late Eugene Field is represented
in one of his gentlest moods in this
holiday volume entitled "Christmas
Tales and Christmas Verse" (Scribner's;
$1 50). The book contains six of Field's
stories and seven of his poems dealing
with Christmas. His art is thus
brought to us once more in its most
becoming dress—the dress of childlike
simplicity. The book is embellished
with many pleasantly fanciful illustra
tions by Florence Storer and is printed
in the best style that is consistent
with the popular task in book making.
It is in every sense suitable to the
holidays.
# • #
Recent Mexico
"A Mexican Journey," by E. H. Bllch
feldt (Thomas Y. Crowell, $2), has the
merit of being up to Sate and of being
the work of a writer who has lived in
Mexico for three years and has traveled
extensively about the country. Many
readers will also regard the extremely
simple and unllterary manner of the
author*as a merit, but some will be in
clined to think that it is too much like
the third reader. The book contains a
great deal of interesting observation and
information, which, taken in conjunc
tion with the fact that it deals with the
events of the moment (the present rev
olution and the policies of Madero)
make it just such a work as many will
turn to with eagerness.
Mr. Blichfeldt says that Madero, "be
ing something of a spiritualist, declares
that he is under direct guidance of
Benito Juarez himself." In his conclu
sions regarding the revolution, the
author says: "Whatever the outcome,
be assured that there Is a general and
sincere longing among the people for
the guarantees of liberty, a genuine re
spect for law and a full consciousness
of the necessity for order and individual
submission to the sovereign will." The
work is Illustrated with scenes and por
traits and is furnished with an outline
map.
# * #
Winning and Well Written
Weymer Mills, who wrote "Carolina of
Courtlandt Street," and who now
writes "The Old Loves" <*Dodd, Mead
& Co.; $1.00), has a touch of that which
is rare and fine. This little book reads
delightfully. Its style is delicate and
distinguished and will give, of Itself,
almost a thrill of pleasure to some
BOOKS RECEIVED
"The Elected Mother," by Maria T. Davies;
Bobbs-Merrill company, Indianapolis.
"The Tlmelock," by Charles E. Walk; A. C.
McClurg & Co.. Chicago.
"The Unknown Quantity." by Henry Van
Dyke; Charles Scribner's Sons. New York.
"The Sampo," by James Baldwin; Charles
Scribner's Sons, New York.
"Sclentilic Sprague," by Francis Lynde; Charles
Scribner's Sons, New York.
"New Trails in Mexico," by Carl Lumboltz;
Charles Scribner's Sons. New York.
"The Business of Being a Woman." by Ida M.
Tarbell; Macmillan company, New York.
"The Heroine In Bronae," by James Lane Al
len; Macmillan company. New York.
"The Americans in Panama." by William R.
Scott; Statler Publishing company. New York.
"Studies In Psychology and Intemperance." by
G. E. Partridge; Sturgis & Walton company.
New York.
"The Young Fisherman." by Hugh Pendexter;
Small. Maynard & Cc. Boston.
"Floor Games," by H. G. Wells; Small, May
nard & Co.. Boston.
"The Lire Doll in Wonderland." by J. S.
Gatca; Bobbs-Merrill company. Indianapolis.
"The Four Men," by Hilarre Belloc; Bobbs-
Merrill company. Indianapolis.
"The Wonderful Bed." by Gertrude Kneyels;
Bcbbs-Merrill company, Indianapolis.
"Old Time Young Tom." by Robert J. Bur
delte; Bobbs-Merrill company. Indianapolis.
"A Valiant Woman." by M. F., Thomas Y.
Crowell company. New Yori.
"A Political Primer," by Bessie Beatty: Whlt
nker, Ray & Wiggin company. San Francisco.
"On Emerson's Other Essays," by Maurice
Maeterlinck; Dodd, Moad'ft Co.. New York.
"Prayers for Little Men and Women," by John
Martin; Harper & Brothers. New York.
* "Essentials of French." by Victor C. Francoig;
Anericau Book company. New York.
"A Builder of Ships." by Charles M. Sheldon;
Hodder & Stoughton. New York.
"Just Boy." by Paul West; George H. Doran
company. New York.
"The American Mediterranean." by Stephen
Bonsai; Moffat, Yard & Co., New York.
MEKTS
trudes itself. Still one thinks that
in spite of these signs of either haste
or carelessness, the tendencies of the
plot are such as to promise a striking
story. Felix, having shed his clothing,
encounters first of all a strange,
dreamy girl, who has stolen out of the
orphan asylum where she lives to walk
in the moonlight of the early morning
hours. Upon catching a glimpse of
the naked Felix in the wood she takes
him for a river god and proffers her
assistance.
This situation is certainly a promis
ing beginning, but if the atory has been
careless in the telling up to this point,
it now becomes careless in construc
tion. There is nothing in the working
out of the plot that begins to do Justice
to this initial situation. The author
seems to have given the story its head,
and it runs downhill steadily. One
might say, without too much of an
effort, that the touches of humor dur
ing this descent are not Infrequent, and
certain characterizations are almost
good enough to merit favorable com
ment; but such statements are prompt
ed, after all, more by a desire to give
the author a square deal than by any
imperative quality in the tale.
readers. There is neither faltering
nor fumbling and underneath this gar
ment of art there is a story told with a
perfectly balanced suggestion of verity
and an appeal that is never aggressive.
Childhood plays through the pages and
from them love now trembles with
tenderness, now burns with passion.
The story ranges—without too wide
or too impetuous a sweep—from humor
to idealism. It also contains force
restrained by art. The book has ex
ceptional qualities and little chance—
one regpets to think—of pleasing the
public. The reader wearied with popu
lar fiction, however, will be warmed by
"The Old Loves."
* * *
Illusions of Marriage
"The Illusions of Mr. and Mrs. Bres
singham," by Gerard Bendell (John
Lane; $1.25), is an amusing story with
what may be called a good purpose.
It gives an interesting picture of the
London social life in which Arthur
Bressingham and his wife, Margaret, ..
move, but from which in spite of its
attractions they are unable to extract
real happiness. Paris proves the turn
ing point in their marital career and
when they return to England it is to
lead a different life In which they learn
for the first time what they really are
to one another. There is a thread mo
tive of Offenbach's music running
through the story, and like other
"smart" English novels this one con
tains frequent allusions to the things
of the theater and of art. ,
# # ■
Arctic Heroism
As writer and lecturer General A. W.
Greely is peculiarly fitted to produce
such a book in his chosen subject as
that which has recently come from his
pen. It is entitled "True Tales of Arctic
Heroism" (Scribner's; $1.50) and fur
nishes the reader with an unusual and
interesting group of tales of the north,
based upon actual occurrences.
The volume will recall in part the
geographic evolution of North America
and of its adjacent isles and contains
records of the deeds of daring, the de
votion to duty and the self-abnegation
which have so often Illumined the stir
ring annals of exploration in arctic
America. It will make the best klnt:
of reading for boys who have begun
to grow up, but it is not by any means
designed for youthful readers only.
Among the more notable names of ex
plorers whose exploits are described
are Franklin and McClintock of Eng
land, Kane of America, Rae of Scotland
and Mylius-Erichsen of Denmark. Less
known to the world are the names
Bronlund, Egerton and Rawson, Holm,
Hegemann, Jarvis and Berthoif, Kalu
tunah, Parr, Petitot, Pirn, Richardson,
Ross, Schwatka and Gilda, Sonntag,
Staffe, Tyson and Woon, whose deeds
appear in General Greely's book. Sev
eral of these names—particularly those
of Schwatka of the United States army
and Jarvis of the revenue service—r
will be familiar to San Franciscans.
So called "true tales" are not al
ways such, but General Greely vouches
for the truth of all that ia contained
In his volume, which is a sufficient
guarantee of their genuineness. The
book is as interesting as it is un
usual.
"The Garden of Dreams." by Clarice V. Mc-
Cauley; A. C. McClurg & Co.. Chicago.
'A Wall of Men." by Margaret H. McCarter;
A. C. McClurg & Co.. Chicago.
"The Enchanted Buito." by Charles F. Lum
wis; A. C. McClurg & Co., Chicago.
"My Tropic Isle," by E. J. Banfleld; Outing
Publishing company. New York.
"Gleams," by Edwin Bjorkman; Mitchell-Ken
nerley company. New York.
"In Other Words." by Franklin P. Adams;
Doubleday, Page & Co., New York.
"Brotherly House." by Grace 8. Richmond;
Doubleday, Page & Co.. New York.
'The Mother Book," by Margaret E. Sanater;
A. C. McClurg & Co.. Chicago.
"Motor Jonrneys." by Louise C. Hale; A. C.
McClurg & Co., Chicago.
"A Book of Winter Sports." by 3. C. Dier;
Macmillan company. New York.
"The Cat," by Agnes Repplier; Sturgis & Wal
ton company. New York.
"The Man Who Came Back." by John F Wil
son; & Walton company. New Totl".
"SWp and the Sleepless," by Joseph Collins,
Sturgis & Walton company. New York.
"The Signs of the Times," by William Jen
nings Bryan; Fuuk & Wagnalia company. New
York.
"The Misfortune of a World Without Pain."
by Newell D. Hillis; Funk & Wagnalls company.
New York.
"The Conservation of Womanhood and Child
hood." by Theodore Roosevelt; Funk & Wagnalls
company. New York.
"The Call of Jesus to Joy." by William E.
Griftis; Funk & Wagnalls company. New York.
"The Latent Energies in Life," by Charles R.
Brown; Funk & Wagnalls company. New York.
"Hygiene for the Worker," by W. H. Tollman
and A W. Guthrie; American Book company
New York. "^
"Language Lessons for the Little People," by
John Morrow; American Book company. New
York.
"Through South America." by Harry Van
Dyke; Thomas Y. Crowell company. New York.
"Cobb's Anatomy," by Irwin S. Cobb: George
11. Doraa company, New York.
"Back Home," by Irwin S. Cobb; George H.
Doraa company, New York.

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