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gncccss ''Hush Wynne" Has Hail nnd
V.ljj Impartial Civil War His
tories Wanted One of Barns'
Publications Peary's liooU on
lilt. Polar -Expedition.
Correspondence The St. Paul Globe.
NEW YORK, Feb. 17.— Aside from
the txtraordinary popularity of "Quo!
Vadis," nothing in contemporary lit
erature has been more remarkable in
this country than the vogue of books
relating to the Revolution. The cen
tennial of 1876 did great things in many
directions; but none of these direc
tiens were literary. They were mainly
artistic, and artistic in an Oriental
sense. It was to that celebration that
we owed the interest taken in the art
of China and Japan — a rather curious
outcome of a celebration that was dis
tinctly local and patriotic. It was |
long after 1876 that Americans began j
to take special interest in their own j
history. When the patriotic societies!
had been formed — the Sons of the Rev- I
clution, the Daughters of the Revolu- !
tion, the Colonial Dames and all tho |
others— then the minds of men and
women turned to the war which wrest- |
ed from England what might have I
been the fairest jewel in the imperial!
crown. Pi rsons joining any of those j
och ties found it necessary, in quali- j
fying for membership, to study the j
war and the colonial period. Thus was j
created an appetite for literature of
all ECrts throwing light on the period. {
Whatever merit a story like Dr. j
Mitchi U's "Hugh Wynne" may have as j
literature, pure and simple, its splen- j
did suc< ess in sales can be accredited
to no other cause than the theme it I
n« ,i!s with—the Revolutionary war.!
Some 50.000 conies of the bcok hava j
bi • n .-■> d already, and it is not yet ?ix |
months old. Meanwhile, other stories
of ti,.- Earn, period, books for boys on j
the Revolution; magazine articles like!
tin- one II nry Cabot Lodge is now en
gaged in; the books of John Fiske and |
innumerable lectures on the Revolution
have exemplified still further this de- i
maud for knowledge of that era when j
on Amtrican soil was acted an Iliad j
which, as yet, no Homer has sung.
Some weeks ago I listened in Cooper j
union to an illustrated lecture on the j
Revolution, delivered to an audience of ;
2,600 v. orkingmen, and, however beau- j
tiful the pictures were, and however
Interesting the lecturer's words, the
most striking thing of the evening wa_
the wrapt attention of the listeners in
their recognition of pictures before they
had been explained to them; their en
thusiasm at sight of Faneuil hall or
Independence hall, at portraits of Paul
Revere. Lafayette or Washington.
Curiously enough, along with this
Revolutionary literary development, j
has come a new phase of interest in the |
Civil war. Most school histories of that |
conflict have been written by Northern
men. They have naturally been col
ored with Northern sympathies and
very naturally also they have been
disliked in the South. As, practically,
all the books published in this country
are published in Northern cities, the
South has been at a hopeless disadvan
tage, and the result has been that
Southern writers have at last come for
ward with books of their own in which
equally strong sympathies were shown
with the side which lost. Hence has
arisen a demand for books which can
satisfy both sections. It is recognized
by the saner minds on both sides that
the time has come when such books
ought to be written and should be ac
cepted. The patriotism and devotion
of Lincoln can be acknowledged by the
South, and the valor and integrity of
Lee by the North. Joel Chandler Harris
has come forward with a suggestion
that John Flske. a New England man
by birth and education alike, could
-■write the book needed. Ex-Gov. Cham
berlain, of South Carolina, says Carl
Schurz could write it. Whoever it may
be that shall write the book satisfac
tory to both, it is obvious that the way
is opening for some one to do it— that
the time is ripening, and that the man
alone Is wanting.
The clays of Robert Burns is a cen
tury behind us; in a very few years all
bcotchmen and many others will b»
celebrating the hundredth anniversa-y
Quo Vadis, 53c. Quo Vadis, 53c.
™Li £ * C ° UP ! ed Wlth the fact that our stock is h -»-<"ed by
™£!Dv OW,n l. ,h0 d,fference b£twe «n * COOK BOOK and a DIC
TIONARY, enables us to sell immense quantities of books without
engaging "prominent business men to spread the news " Mopf
Get Our Prices Before Buying, Then
Buy Where You Can Buy Cheapest.
Books in AH Departments of Literature at
New Books, Old Books. Rar« Books, Fine Bindings, Fiction, Travel
Essays, History, Religious Books, Etc.
2,500 1,000 I 3^0"5
Volumes at I Volumes at Volumes at
*Oo I | 150 I 250
1,000 5,000 2,000
Volumes at Volumes atl Vo. Hmes at
350 j 50c I 60c to $i
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of his death. And yet it Is only this
month that some letters which passed
between Burrs and one of his publish
ers, George Thomson, have been made
public. Thomson was a publisher of
songs, and applied to Burns for copy,
but he seems never to have paid him
at all adequately. In one instance
Thomson sent him $5 for six songs —
compensation which, in its absurd
smallness, surpasses what Hawthorne
got for some of the "Twice Told Tales"
— $3 each. One of Burns' letters gives
a fine example of Burns' independent
spirit. He was writing of money mat
ters and said: "Burns' character for
generosity of sentiment and independ
ence of mind will. I tr^st, long outlive
any of his wants which the cold unfeel
ing ore can supply." Burns returns from
his writings were always miserably
small. Only three weeks ago there was
sold in Edinburgh a copy of the Kil
marnock edition of his "Poems Chiefly
in the Scottish Dialect." The first
volume he ever published, and now one
of the scarcest volumes in modern
literature. It brought rather more than
$2.800 — a sum in excess of all that Burns
ever received for all his writings — a
sum, moreover, which In his lifetime
might have made him independent.
Strange indeed have been the re
wards which literature has won for
some of her greatest sons — and has not
won. When we think of the princely
sums that writers have earned in our
day, the Hall Caines, the Kiplings, dv
Maurier and Sienkiewicz, it is
startling to think of the im
mortal Burns and his immortal
poverty, or of Milton selling "Paradise
I.< st*' for a £10 note. In our day a n.gro
poet, Paul L. Dunbar, does better than
Burns or Milton did. Little more than
a year has passed since Dunbar's
"Lyre's of Lowly Life" came out, and
already more than 5,000 copies have
been sold. Dunbar is certainly the best
lead poet of the year. In England one
of the magazines, following a French
custom, has just "crowned" a certain
volume of verse by Stephen Phillips,
and the paper chronicles as a great suc
cess, the sale of 500 copies, with an
other edition of 700 on the year. But
lure is the colored man whom nobody
has crowned, boasting his 5,000 copies.
But it is not poetry, nor is it such,
that win the greatest pecuniary re
wards in literature. It is the man who
preforms some great feat, usually in
exploration, but sometimes in other
fields, that gnin the greatest — provided
he writes a book. It was this fact that
made Gen. Grant a most successful
writer from a pecuniary point of view,
and that made Stanley another and
Nansen a third. The returns Nansen
pained are well known to have made
him quite independent in life. Whether
ar.y success at all compared to Nan
sen's will come to Lieut. Peary from
the bcok he has almost ready, may be
doubted and even denied; and yet it is
no small sum that he will gain.
But I fancy that among all books of
the memoir class none will have a
wider reading this spring than Eliza
beth Cady Stanton's volume of which
I wrote last week. Whatever ridicule
may have descended upon the woman's
rights movement twenty or thirty
years ago, one finds little of it extant
now, and to more than any other cause
this is due to Mrs. Stanton. She, from
the first, gave the movement character,
dignity and grace. Here was a woman
— In the highest American sense — well
born, well educated, at home in po
lite society, welcome everywhere, a
mother of many children, a devoted
wife, an ornament alike to society and
her sex. Twenty-five years ago, when
I was a student in an American col
lege, one morning ln a lecture room
there appeared in one of the front
seats, to which she had been escorted
by the president of the college, a wom
an with white hair; with a round, cheer
ful, radiant face; beautifully clad, with
a carriage all grace and gentleness, to
whom every boy in that crowded
room would gladly have made respect
ful obeisance. She had a son in that
class room, a boy whom we all loved,
who was the peer of our best, and the
woman was Elizabeth Cady Stanton.
One quotation I must give from Mrs.
Stanton's book, at the risk of making
this letter too long. A rough sort of
man, with small stature, crooked legs
and ungainly habit, once said to her
ln a superior way: "Don't you think
the best thing a woman can do Is to
perform well her part In the role of
wife and mother? My wife has present
ed me with eight beautiful children;
is not this a better life work than that
of exercising the right of suffrage?"
Mrs. Stanton scanned the small man
from head to foot, and then said de
liberately: "I have met few men in
my life who were worth being repeat
ed eight times."
— Francis *W. Halsey.
'-Picturesque Sicily," a Great bat
Little Known Land— A Runaway
Russian Prince in London— —A
Book of Raiubles In the Days of
tlie Caveman Celebrated Trials.
A more exact title it would be hard
to find for a collection of Brander Mat
thews' short sketches than the happy
one which both names and describes
the delightful bits brought together in
his last volume. Reading "Outlines in
Local Color" is like turning -over an
artist's portfolio. Prof. Matthews has
dene for New York what a painter
sometimes does for his favorite city.
Color notes, exact and direct, of fa
miliar spots or passing effects of light
and shade, displaying the whole force
of his technical skill, but disclaiming
all intention of picture-making, are
what the artist offers confidently to his
fellow craftsmen and apologetically, if
at all, to the rest of the world. Prof.
Matthews is more fortunate in being
sure of appreciation for his word color
notes from an audience made up of
many besides his fellow writers ; for
this much more advanced is the field
of letteis than of art.
He who comes to the "Outlines in
Local Color" expecting to find stories
of the usual type will pronounce them
as pointless as possible, and, indeed,
one must admit that manner, ln Prof.
Matthews' sketches, is more important
than matter, and this makes stronger
the comparison to an artist's portfolio.
One is always glad to meet Miss
Mailenspuyk again, and the first sketch
of this collection brings her back with
all her caustic but optimistic clever
ness. The dear old New York spinster
gives, while society folk come and go at
a fashionable afternoon tea. her opinion
of the modern press to a delightful girl
who writes for the Dial. In startling
contrast to the background of this
sketch is the scene of the next, the
saloon of a local politician; the motifs
of the two do not diverge so far, how
ever, for the bitterness of wage-earn
ing is common between the girl of good
family, who sacrifices her refinement
to the necessities of yellow journalism,
and the broken-down, heart-sick Irish
man, who can find no work to do. "A
Glimpse of the Under World" is a pic
ture of a Madison avenue kitchen dur
ing a dinner party. "The Vigil
of McDowell Sutro" is a night study
of New York with its drifting, hopeless,
homeless population; but In "The
Watches of the Night" is a more subtle
breath of desolation and loneliness.
It is a night study, too, but this time in
the luxurious chamber of a millionaire.
In brighter colors are the love stories
told In "A Wall Street Wooing," "A
Spring Flood In Broadway," "The
Rehearsal of the New Play," and the
horse show picture, aptly called "Men
and Women and Horses." As has been
said, none of these studies fills the mis
sion of the popular fragment of fiction
called the short story. But why should
it? It has a reason quite as legitimate
for its existence that is well summed
up by these lines from the Spectator,
which Prof. Matthews aptly uses:
"When I came to my chamber, I writ
down these minutes, but was at a loss
what instruction I should propose to
my readers from the enumeration of
so many insignificant matters and oc
currences; and I thought it of great
use, if they could learn with me to
keep their minds open to gratification
and ready to receive lt from anything
it meets with."
("Outlines In Local Color," by Brander
Matthews. Harper & Bros., New York
sl.2s. For sale by the St. Paul Book and
Stationery company.)
It ls only after we begin to realize
how much there ia to be known about
Sicily, its history, its literature, its art
and its archaeology, that we begin to
measure the vastness of our previous
lack of information.
If "to know Europe one must know
Italy," and if, as Goethe says, "Italy
without Sicily leaves no image on the
soul; Sicily is the key to all," then ls
our grasp of European history and art
but weak, and the fault is not alto
gether ours, for but few travelers tarry
ln Sicily, and written accounts of the
island are as scarce as they are de
sirable. Mr. William Agnew Paton the
author of "Picturesque Sicily," says
ln his preface that of American books
on modern Sicily there are none of
English books there is a plentiful lack
and, even in these days of magazines
and newspapers, but little information
concerning the mysterious country
finds its way into the public prints of
Europe or the United States. Never
theless, Sicily presents to historians
and archaeologists a field the more
tempting that it has been so little
tilled, and a new world to travelers
who delight in the romantic and the
picturesque. Despite the fact that we
are all familiar with the ruins of the
famous Greek temples in Sicily, we will
find it difficult to realize that there are
more such Greek ruins in the island of
Sicily than are to be found in the
Peloponnesus, or in all Greece besides
Mr. Paton sums up this phase of
Sicily's importance: "It has been well
said that Sicily is the archaeological
museum of Europe; for in Sicily are to
be seen the caves of the cliff dwellers
fragments of cyclopean structures
reared by prehistoric builders; founda
tions of walls laid by Phoenicians and
Carthaginians; temples, theaters and
fortresses of Greek construction
bridges, aqueducts and amphitheaters
erected by Roman engineers; remains
ot edifice* built by Byzantine archi-
tccts; mosques and towers of Saracenic
origin; while of Norman churches, cas
tles, palaces, who can tell the number
or describe their magnificence?"
The fields of history and sociology In
Sicily are aa wide and varied as that
of archaeology. This island has been
the constant ground for every people's
battles, as well as her own, and the
history of Sicily, as her archaeology
indicates, ls the history of the subjec
tion of race by race elsewhere un
paralleled for rapidity. Its peculiar his
tory makes the study of its sociology
unusually interesting. In an appendix
are treated "La Mafia," "Brigandage"
and "The Sicilian Question." The last
ls an able and instructive handling of
a subject of great Importance to Italy,
but poorly understood by the outside
("Picturesque Sicily," by William Agne.w
Paton. Harper & Bros., New York; $2.
For sale by the -St. Paul Book and Sta
tionery company.) :
"Secretary- to Bayne, M. P.," by "W.
Pett Ridge, is one of those modern
romances that make free with the
identity of various royal personages.
Having wearied of the dead and gone
princes, whose far-away deeds may be,
twisted with Impunity, with fiction in
the proportions of the author's liking,
the later day romancer invents or kid
naps a modern, up to date scion of roy
alty, and, regardless of his prlncely
dlgnlty, forces him Into the complicat
ed plot of a romantic novel. The
Russian eagle of the cover design
promises a plot of this character, and
the promise is fulfilled. In the first
chapter a tall and boyish youth intrff
duces himself awkwardy enough: "My
name is Prince ," he says to a
group of ladies he has befriended, and
the ladies therewith call him "Mr.
Prince," and the story begins. This
young gentleman goes to England to j
test life as lesser mortals test it, and,
incidentally, of course, to be in the
same city with a fair Russian maiden.
He becomes "Secretary to Bayne, M.
P." The nihilists become interested in
this secretary to Rayne, M. P.. and
plan his destruction by the methods
most in favor with this class of so
ciety. Many adventures follow, and
some all but prove fatal to both hero
and story. At last Olga Nltroff, the
Russian girl, succeeds in saving his
life, and he is finally Inveigled back to
his own principality, where the reader
leaves him happily married to the girl
who saved him from the plots of the
nihilists. Another romance of a less
sanguinary character runs parallel to
this tale, and the actors in the second
cast have no claim to royalty, but are
just poor and happy newspaper peo
("Secretary to Bayne. M. P.." by W. P»tt
Ridge. Harper & Bros., New York; (I.S.
For Bale by the St. Paul Bcok and Sta
tionery company.)
Mr. Charles M. Skinner is one who
goes direct to nature for wisdom and
comfort. Her first lesson is one taught
so well in no other school: "Calm— no
useless emotion or action for its own
sake; this teaches security and repose."
Economy— "the adaptation of means to
an end without waste of energy, ma
terial or time;" constancy— "each force,
each element, holding to its purpose"
evolution — "everything working to
wards the death of the unfit and the
establishment of higher, more self-suf
ficing forms;" these are some of the
other lectures she gives in her world
wide class room. The title of Mr Skin
ner's story of ramblings in the world
is "With Feet to the Earth;" the
springy sod, the trees and live things
of field or woods, whether bird or but
terfly, or only stray humans, are his
dramatis personae, and, as his love for
the "red gods" is devout and unassum
ing, what he has to say in their service Is
acceptable to their other followers
"The man who has sky in his eye has
sunlight deeper in, and the green things
of the earth make fertile tracts in his
("With Feet to the Earth." by Charles
»_.i S J- i ? I l. r * i* B - Lippiacott company.
Philadelphia; $1.75. For sale by tha St!
•Paul Book and Stationery company.)
Mr. Stanley Waterloo writes "The
Story of Ab," the history of "a man of
the Age of Stone, who lived so long
ago that we cannot closely fix the date,
and who loved and fought well." "The
Story of Ab" is an archaeological ro
mance, if such a combination of terms
is permissible Mr. Waterloo has spent
some time on the study of the Stone
Age, and believes, contrary to the opin
ion of scientific teachers of the sub
ject, that the gap that is supposed to
divide the paleolithic from the neolith
ic man does not exist. The transition
from one form of development to the
other he pictures in the life of one
man, the inventor of the bow and ar
row and the polisher of weapons and
utensils. This Ab is an Interesting
creature and his primitive times are
worth reading about. Considering how
frequently fiction is added to archaeol
ogy by the scientists, it is only just
that once in a while a novelist should
be allowed to add archaeology to his
fiction, and while the result is not abso
lutely stirring as fiction nor exactly
convincing as science, it affords a fair
amount of both pleasure and instruc
tion. At all events it makes the man
of the Stone Age seem a little more
closely related to ourselves.
("The Story of Ab; a Tale of the Time
of the Cave Men." by Stanley Waterloo
sl.2s. Way & Williams, Chicago.)
Mr. Henry Lauren Clinton, whose
prominent position among New York
lawyers has brought him into contrast
with nearly all the famous criminal
cases tried In New York for many
years past, has Written the history of
the "Celebrated Trials" in which he
has taken part. The trials include the
Cunningham-Bendell murder, one of
the most stirring trials that has taken
place in America; and the Tweed and
Hall trials— the oujtgrowths of political
feuds— and many others. The book is
largely autobiographical and has the >
Almost Any Book You Desire at FIFTY CENTS.
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the week at Fifty Cents Each. THE GREATEST PRICE REDUCTION
ST. PAUL HAS EVER KNOWN. The table groans beneath the weight of late
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books of fiction, travel, history, art, music, essays, belles lettres, etc. The bulk of
the "Porter Books" are on thi 50-cent table. Thousands of Books on 25c
and 35c Tab.es, worth up to $1.25.
If you want a single Book for an idle hour.
If you think of beginning a library.
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prising as it does the original Porter Bankrupt Stock, of which not one volume has
been sold except at retail over the counters of our store.
Don't wait for further reductions.
Th_* bottom has dropped out of prices already.
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dinary prices. We mention below a few titles, showing price reductions on over
1,000 volumes of fine editions.
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exquisite binding, slip covers, photogravure illustrations, beau- \ B
tiful paper, type and press-work; selling regularly at $6.00. A____F ©
This sale, per set , ,
The list of titles is rapidly growing less. At present it includes.: Astoria, Wash
ington Irving, St. Elmo, Augusta J. Evans, Lorna Doone, R. D. Black.
Porter's Our Porter's Our
Price was Price is p rice Wfta Price (s
My Confidences— Frederick Locker Westminster— Walter Besant, 130 illus-
Lampson $5.00 $2.50 trations 53.00 $1.50
Lucille— Edition de luxe, with facsimile Schools and Masters of Sculpture — Rad
water color illustrations by Made- cl.fTe 3.00 150
line Lemaire 5.00 3.00 The Diary of Master William Silence-
Some Oid-Time Beauties— After Por- A Study of Shakespeare and Eliza
traits by the English Masters — Com- bethan Sport 4.00 200
meat by T. J. Willing 3.00 1.50 Epit'nalainion — Edmund Soencer, illus-
Popular Astronomy — Neweome 2.50 1.25 trated de luxe edition bound in vel-
Lew Wallace's Boyhood of Christ — Su- lt*m, Japanese hand-m.de paper 7.50 3.75
pertfly illustrated 3.50 1.75 Deephaven — Sarah Ortne Jcvett, superb
Venetian Painters — Bcrenson, with il- illustrated edition 2.50 125
lustrations, edi'.ion de luxe 5.00 2.50 Pioneers of Science in America— Illus-
Men, Women and Manners in Colonial trated with Portraits 4.00 2.00
Times — Fisher, two volumes, half- The Beauties of Shakespeare — Dodd, 2
Morocco 6.00 3.00 vols., haif Morocco, photogravure
English Illustrations — "The Sixties" — illustrations 4.50 225
Gleeson White, fully illustrated.su- Madame Chrysantheme— Pierre Loti,
perb edition de luxe 12.00 6.00 fully illustrated, half Morocco 2.00 I.CO
Political Life of Gladstone— lllustrated The Prose Dramas of Heurik Ibsen —
from "Punch" 5.00 2.50 Two volumes 2.50 1.50
Key to North American Birds — Elliott Beautiful four volume edition of the
Coves, revised edition 7.50 3.75 Choice Works of George Sand 14 00 7.00
Audubon and His Journals— M. R. Au- Molicre— 4 volumes, haif Morocco 6.00 3.00
dubon, 2 volumes 7.50 3.75 Year Book of English ana American
Forgotten Isles— Preston and Vuilticr, Authors— 2 vols., colored illusl 3.00 1.50
fully illustrated 450 2.25 Secret Societies of Alt Ages and Coim-
The Paget Papers — Diplomatic Records tries — Keckethorn, 2 vols 10.C0 5.00
of the Napoleonic Era, two volumes, Superbly Illustrated Edition The Bat
photogravure illustrations ..10.00 5.00 tic of the Frogs and Mice — Jane Bar-
People and Politics of the Far East— low 3.00 '1 00
Henry Norman 4.00 2. C0 London — Besant, uniform with West-
Life of Andrew Jackson — James Par- minster 3.00 150
ton, 3 volumes 7.50 3.75 Edniond and Jules de Goneaut — Letters
Influence of Sea Power Upon the French and Leaves From Their Journals— 2
Revolution, Etc. — Cap . Mahan, two vols., Buckram, portraits 3.00 1.50
volumes 6.00 3.00 Leaves From Juliana Horatia Swing's
The Journal of Sir Walter Scott— Two "Canada Home," colored illustrations 3.00 1.50
volumes, portraits 7.50 3.75 The Persian Letters 3.C0 2-00
Last Days of Pompeii— Superb illus- Charlecote, or the Trial of William
trated edition 250 1.25 Shakespeare— John Boyd Thacher;
Love Letters of a Violinist — Eric Mac- limited edition, 350 copies; this No. 85 5.00 3.50
kay, half Morocco 5.00 2.50 Sporting Pilgrimage— Caspar W. Whit-
Across France in a Caravan, illustrated 6.00 3.00 ney, fully illustrated 3.50 200
Remember, we purchased the entire stock of the E. W. Porter Co., and we alone have had
it for sale. Not one book of the Porter stock on sale elsewhere.
interest that results from an intimate
professional knowledge of the trials
recorded The work will be highly
prized by lawyers, for whom it is prob
ably intended, though the untechnical
narrative style and the interest still
felt in some of the trials will gain un
professional readers for the book.
("Celebrated Trials." by Henry .?«««»
Clinton. Harper & Bros New York $2.60.
For sale by the St. Paul Book and Sta
tionery company.)
Mr. George's last book. "The Science of
Political Economy." will be published about
the middle of February, having been some
what delayed because of the great care
which haa been put upon the reading of the
proofs. It was Mr. George's ambition to have
this book "letter perfect." and his desires
have been faithfully carried out by his son,
who has charge of carrying the book through
the press.
Mr. "Whigham's long-expected volume on
"How to Play Golf" is now ready. Mr. Whig
ham has qualifications for writing a book
other than his position as amateur cham
pion for two successive years. He ls by pro
fession a literary worker. He was sent out
by Oxford university to give university ex
tension lectures on history and llteratur.
through the Western states. Since he haa
made himself a permanent resident of Amer
ica he has had a position as lecturer at Lake
Forest university, and ls now dramatic critic
for the Chicago Tribune. Those who remem
ber Mr. Whigham's article on golf ln Scrlb
ner's will know how admirably clear ha Ls
on his subject.
"When I first saw Mr. Lincoln," says Rev.
J. B. Thomas. D. D., ln The Youth's Compan
ion for February 10th, "he was sitting on
a dry-goods box at night, in one of the vil
lage stores, his long legs dangling down ln
front. He was holding a tallow candle ln one
hand, and in the other a copy of the New
York Weekly Tribune, from which he was
reading to the bystanders. The ungainly
form, the drowsy eye. the sallow, rugged and
rather gloomy features contrasted strongly
and unprepossesslngly with the alert figure
and sparkling, buoyant and symmetrical
countenance of his contemporary (Douglas),
already recognized as hla rivs.." Dr.
Thomas' recollections of the two men are
fresh, and make them stand out vividly be
fore the reader.
"The Capt*. •_ Government" by the t
money power ls the subject of a striking and
forceful article by John Jay Chapman, which
opens the February Atlantic. Mr. Chapman
finds this to be but a chapter ln the hl3tory
of commerce, the result of the growth of
wealth and the concentration of capital dur
ing the last quarter century. Tbe3e enormous
aggregations of wealth arising from new
conditions and require new laws Inevitably
strive to their utmost to control the legis
lation which they seek.
Mrs. Harriet Prescott SpofTord will trlng out
a small volume this spring with Herbert S.
Stone _. Co., of Chicago. The title of the
book ls "Priscllla's Love Story."
"The Londoners" ls the title of Robert
Hichcns' new satirical novel, to be out this
spring with Herbert S. Stone & Co.. of Chi
From the Publishers:
Little, Brown & Co., Boston— Hi. t-rlcal ro
mances, "The Brigand" and "Blanche do
Beaulleu," by Alexandre Dumas, $1.50;
"Sylvandire," by Alexandre Dumas $1 50
Houghton, Mifflin & Co., Boston— Riversile
Literature series, "Poems and Tales " by
Edgar Allan Poo, 40 cents.
. r - ana, > , _ IcNal, ' r & Co., Chicago— "The
Judges," by Ella XV. Peattle, $1.
Western News Company, Chicago— "Can A
Man Live Forever," by J. Emlle Hl_. 5J
Terrence Duffy, San Francisco Cal.— 'The
Language of Light," by Terrence Duffy.
Splendid Alaskan Word Painting by
the Poet of tbe Sierras.
Joaquin Miller, in his last letter from the
Yukon, does tho following brilliant word
"This morning was still, so sublimely, elo
quently still. Not a breath to break the
restful whiteness under foot and right and
left up the steep mountains. Even the gr a'
raven forgot to wing wearily up the rivi-r
and drop his one lorn croak, like another
lun_j> of ice down upon U3 as be had done
at each early .-inn- for days and days.
"Th«i st_,_r_ fj-.i i__rangely brilliant and
bl.jer.ed largo: than ever. They s^ra -j
larger, broader, brisht/'jer than any we ha J
yet seen. I began tc feir tor my eyes, a
dread of snow bllndneaa. But closer ob
servation showed that they shone through
a vast black circle of un-txir eby.y that lay
before and entrely about us; an oiec.ric b-lt
of northern lights turned to inky b'ackness
This vast circle glittered and s iutil'ated as
if the hand of some mighty lapiilnry h.:d
its surface to his wheel.
"The stars seemed many times my.gn fird.
Their fire opened like fork, ot Osmt — Oie_r i
were spired like a cathedral-they wera
glittering cathedrals of gold. But th. v
were gone even a.. I looked-like all this In
describable and ever changeful and sate r
o^ l^ 01 north , ern "Sh& and <U,Kn.__' r
and it was morning on the Yukon A
mighty mountain peak of snow suddenly
blossom<?d as a rose, such a sort •■
roar rose and too. __a if the infinite tha
!n P h.£d 3tai " 3, heW the P ' Mshnd ™» P«*k
'^t 1 J h _! T all of u *nber ebony remained
fhf H^- n^ thl3 hl , d the tlnl,d BUr > wUh Just
the tint of rose along the southmost rim of
fl m £ er - T , hen the rlm of r <* a <* suddenly
Hashed and run the entire circuit of ebony
the rose resting on the blackness and blad
ing and melting each into each where they
met a3 one note of melody melts into an
"But tho shy and fearful sun was not idle
Behind this wall of blackness it had busily
forged a mighty rim of gold, and this wa«
suddenly thrown entirely around us nnd above
the rlm of rose, and above all this lay a still
deeper rlm of rose of red. a ruby red .nd
this melted into and blended with the high
and bounded world of blue where rode thi
great white moon, lorn acd lone. She wa.
white as the snow under foot at first, but
soon she rode down to the ruin- rrd and sh«
too, was ruby red. Then she slid down to
the rim of gold, and she, too, was then gar
mented with gold— then the rose. And O,
that rosy, rosy moon! At last she broke the
rlm of blackness that rested on the earth
but here, like the stars, she was only bigger,'
broader, more beautiful in all her bla'-k "sur
roundings than ever before. But all da)
long we saw nothing of the sun, save in mo
ments when on the loftiest \>< u!;.i of snow.
From this day forth an. forever shall I have
at least some conception of the Jasper wall*
that gild the New Jerusalem."
Now You Will Go.
The Soo line makes the following ph
nal rates: North Paelfie coast, $20; Klondike,
$.0; New York, $17: Boston, $19; other points
In proportion. Apply Soo line ticket office,
'.:.• > Robert street.
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