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BOOKS OF THE MONTH OF MAY.
BOORS ON WAR TOPICS NEW ONES IN PRESS— OLD ONES IN DEMAND A IAH <>f Military nooks of various CliiMsoH Nclbiiii'b Life Vwni" Xarratcil ('apt. Mil linn's Hook on the War of 1819 A Krinnrk aV,v Full in l*ri<*o.s at a Lauilon Sale Fashions That Change. Correspondence The St. Paul Globe. NEW YORK, May 13.— Unless this var with Spain comes to an end speed ily, we may look for few hooks of large general interest from any of the great houses. More and more do I hear re ports of the serious decline in demand lor books which treat neither of naval nor of military topics, neither of Spain nor of Cuba. But the publishers must continue to do business. This kind of trade, like many other kinds, must go on in one way or another, else disaster will follow. One of the best known names in the trade said to me not many months ago: "A publisher is like a man who has hold of the tail of a bear; he mv.-a hold on, or go to destruction." And co we find that among the new venture-- — those few which publishers flare to make — are books that relate to war or to heroes of war. An Ameri can publisher has been found for Lord Charles Beresford's biography of Nel son, and this, notwithstanding the fact that Capt Mohan's life of Nelson — one of the ablest pieces of biographical writing produced in this country in twenty years— was brought out only about one year ago; notwithstanding also the fact that Mr. Loughlin, about the same time, published a life of Nel son. I cannot fancy Lord Charles Bereeford writing an epoch-making Look on Nelson. Capt. Mahan did that piece of work, and did it all too well. Couper has done it well also. Surely, •with these classics, there was no im mediate demand for a new book. But Lord Charles has undertaken it, and, as Lord Charles is a rear admiral in the BrttfßD navy, his work is certain of Bale in England. But will Americans want It? -Most likely they will, for Kelson now, with Dewey's victory be fore us, is very much in evidence. Capt. Mahan has recently returned to this country from Italy, where he vas engaged on another book in which he ■\. as to ret forth the influence which eca power has exerted in the history cf modern Europe and America. He has been called to Washington. For the time !>• leg his literary labor must cease. Hie new undertaking, I believe, relates to the war between this coun try and England In ISI2. Certain it is that in that record the United States have .sor.i :hing very much to thMr < •:•• dit as a sea power. Dewey's victory Is not our Brst great success on the sea. John Paul Jones made a record for us more than a century ago with his Bon Homme Richard, and England was his foe. Commodores Perry, Bainbridgc and McDonough are other names that recall American naval glories that will not die. And there was Decatur and the fight he waged for free commerce in the Mediterranean— that fight wen by him against he Barbary corsairs, whom em perors ftnd kings alike, whom popes urd mirals for several centuries had :n vain Bought to crush. But these are not the only war books in ]:r<-..-i>. ct Reading a long list of an counceteents a few days ago, I noted also that a life of Saladin was in prep aration; that a popular edition in paper covers, wr.s about ready of Richard Harding Davis' "Cuba in War Times," find that a new edition bad been called for of a romance of future warfare, that was first published two or threo years ai;<>, when I imagine that its suc cess we* limited. But thosa were "pip- Ing tin-.c? of peace," and times ro^ have- changes'. Hence we may hear^^ moxe pronounced success for this book, •which is called "The Final War; an Historical Romance of the Near Fu ture." Eut with new war books in prepara tion there continues to be a large sale for many old ones. I have already sent to The Glnlie lists of books on the navy and books on Spain and Cuba. It is time that readers hsd a list restricted to matters purely military. Cuba is to lie Invaded now— at the very hour lam writing United States soldiers may be almost ready to disembark from steam - 11 transports to tread the soil that once was Spain's, hut can nevermore be hers. The war therefore that remains may be largely military rather than naval — ihe Cape Verde fleet is shy of vs — and hence the list I will now give. First will be named several books relating to heroes of military warfare — all Amer icans and nearly all m&n who were eminent in that colossal war which was fought within our own territory and of ■which so many of us stiil possess vivid recollections: Great Commanders Series. Edited by Oen. James Grant Wilson. 12mo. $1.50. Each illustrate;'. Gi n. Taylor. By Maj. Gen. O. O. Howard. Oen. Jackson. By James Parton. Con. Groene. By Capt. Francis V. Greene. Gen. Johnston. Lly Robert W. Hughe.-. Ger>. Thomss. By Henry Cop pee. Gm. Scott. By Gen. Marcus J. Wright. Gen. Washing. on. By Gen. Bradley T. Johnson. G»n. L:>e. By Gen. Fitzh;:«?h L..».-. c,cn. Hancork. By G-<n. Francis A. Walker. Gen. Sheridan. By Gen. Henry E. Davits. Gen. Sherman. By Gen. M. F. Force. (Appleton.) IkObon B, Lea and the Southern Confed <-nil v. 1887-1870. By Alexander White. Illustrated. (Putnarns.) $1.50. Stonewall Jackson. A Military Biography. By John Kstcn Cooke. Pers.ma! Reminis cences. By Rev. J. William Jones. .Maps and portraits. . c vo. $3. (Appleton.) llemorln of Gen. William T. Sherman. By Himself. Two volumes. T^ $3. (Apple ton.) Life « f Gen. Albert Sidney Johnston. By his SOB, Col. William Preston Johnston. Sro. Maps. $:">. (Appleton.) Personal Reminiscences. Anecdotes and Let ters cf Gen. Robert E. Lee. By Rev. J. William Jones. Bvo. $3. (Appleton.) The Sherman Letters. Correspondence be tween General and Senator Sherman from ISS7 to 1.-01. Edited by Rachel Sherman Thorndikc. Portraits, svo. (Scribner.) f;2. The Lire of Maj. Gen. George H. Thomas. Dy Thomas P. Van Home. Svo. Por trait and maps. (Scribner.) $3. Among bonks that d;al with the his tories of wars, apart from sketches of ir.ii; virtual lives, these may b? named: Battles of the American Revolution. By li.nry H. Harrington. Illustrated. Svo. (I'.arnes.) .«5. Pictorial Field Book of the Revolution. By Benson J. Losslng. 2 vols. (Harper.) $14. Campaigns of the Civil War. Contributed by prominent generals and civilians on both sides. 52 vols. (Scribners.) Per vol.. $1. Battles and Leaders of the Civil War. By I'nion and Confederate Officers. (Cen tury Company). Fiutior. has been properly represent ed in the war literature of the past tevt years. Here are some of the most Fuceestful rooks in. their class: Betwern the Lines. A Story of the War. By Char'.cs King. Illustrated by Gilbert Gaul. Svo. (Harper.) $1.25. Cadet Days. A Story of West Point. By Charles King. Illustrated. Svo. (Har per.) |1.25. A Soldier of Manhattan. And Hia Adven tures at Ticonderoga and Quebec. By J. A. Altsheler. 12mo. (Appleton.) $1. The Sun of Saratoga. A Romance of Bur goyne's Surrender. By Joseph A. Alt sheler. 12mo. (Appleton) $1. In Defiance of the King. A Romanes of the American Revolution. By Chauneey C. Hotchkiss. 12mo. (Appleton.) $1. The Red Badge of Courage. An Episode of the American Civil War. By Stephen, Crane. 12mo. (Appleton.) $1. The Little Regiment. And Other Episodes of the American Civil War. By Stephen Crane. 12mo. (Appleton.) $1. Tho Seats cf the Mighty. Being the Me moir of Capt. Robert Moray, sometime an officer in the Virginia Regiment, and afterward of Amherst's Regiment. By Gilbert Parker. lL'nio, Illustrated. (Appleton.) $1.50. Southern SoMler Stories. By G. C. Eggle ston. Illustrated. 12mo. (Macmillan.) A War Time Wooing. By Charles King. Illustrated. Svo. (Harper.) $1. In Blue Uniform. An Array Novel. By Georgo I. Putnam. Umo. (Scribners.) Last week I said something about the unsatisfactory result of a recent sale of scarce books at auction. The cause of those low prios was the war; no one has questioned this. And we may safe ly assume that, with the return of peace and prosperous times, prices for seught-for rare boo-kswill again resume their old level. But it is not war which has caused the declin-es just reported from London. Some fifteenth century books just sold at auction show an t-ven greater decline than the books sold here. Many of them had been purchased within the past three or four years at prices which had ap praisers to fix upon the whole collec tion a valuation of $150,000. But they have now been disposed of at some thing under $30,000. Tha truth is that fashion in book co!lecting is changing. For fifteenth century books there is no longer the demand that once exl3ttd. Specimens of early printing and first editions of Greek and Latin classics no longer tempt the collector to the same extent that other books tempt him. In first editions he cares more for Eng lish authors than for Roman, more for American authors than for Greek. This explains why a New Testament manu script of the fourteenth century, that had been valued at $225, when put up at auction was knocked down for $50. It also explains why a copy of the Klllmarnock Burns has brought more than $2,700, and why Americana stead ily rise in price, tvtn in war times. Sales of books at auction have com monly been regarded as an institution of comparatively recent times. The present auction has been thought to have seen the beginning of them. But the fact is otherwise. It is more than 200 years since the first sale of the kind was held in London, and almost as long since the first sale was held in Boston. In New York the beginnings are much later. But it is in New York rather than in Boston that the most important sales have taken place. As New York has fully supplanted Boston as a publishing center, so has it taken the lead — a very long lead — as an auc tion center for books. Boston, in all her book history, has witnessed the sale of only thirty-six books that fetched $200 or more, whereas New York has been the scene of the sales of 275 books bringing that sum or more. Viewed in another way, as for exam ple, from thi^ point of view of totals realized for collections sold, the results would be equally striking to their showing of the supreme place New York holds. The recent auction of the Seventh — regiment of New York— distinctively the show regiment of the metropolis — has called down upon the heads of their soldiers very general criticism. But it looks now as inough the regi ment might find a way to go to the war. after all. Critics of the action of the regiment have been looking into the conduct of the same organization in IS6I, and, among other things, have brought to light some letters written by Theodore Winthrop, who went out wiih it. Winthrop was one of the eaiHest martyrs of tho war, and widely was his death lamented, for the man was a hero in high life, an author who not only could write of brave deeds, but could perform them himself. Writ ing from Washington, Winthrop said: "The Seventh, with careful secrecy, re it said, hss as yet but little stomach for real service. They would fight well enough, but half the men in it fancy themselves Hannibals, and fit to lead armies, not to march in the ranks. They have the faults and the merits of volunteeis. and sigh for their home comforts quite too much, though with plenty of good material." Readers cf The Globe must already have heard of Morgan Robertson. Prob ably they have read his sea tales in McClure's, and perhaps are getting in Use with that rather large company which has been captivated by his vol ume called "Spun Yarns." A short lime ago I had the pleasure of meeting this virile writer, whoie tales are tales of things he has seen and known. A short, strongly built, manly man is Morgan Robertson — unassuming as are most men cf character and force, alto gether a man whom you understand at once as one who could write nothing except with his whole heart. Mr. Rob ertson is the son of a lake skippsr, and when he was only sixteen years old he shipped for Shanghai. For eight year 3 he followed the sea, and the things ha saw will be found in "Spun Yarns." — Francis W. Halsey. A I'JsmaiTk Retort. From the Pittshurg Dispatch. Men who find It hard to acquire foreign languages may take a little comfort in tho following Bismarck story: Prince Bismarck was pressed by a certain American official to recommend his son for a diplomatic n; ace . "He is a very remarkable fellow." said the proud father. "He speaks seven lan guages." "Indeed!" said Bismarck, who has not a hieh opinion of linguistic acquirements, "What a wonderful head waiter he would make!" Sunday Trains to Camo Ramsey. The Great Northern will run trains Sun day rrom union depots. St. Paul and Minne apolis, into the fair grounds. The only quick ar.d comfortable rcute. First train at 11 s.. m. Last train returning in the evening I after guard mount. The Vnaal Sterns. From tho New York Evening Journal. Burgling Bill— We've made a mistake Jimmy! Dis fellov/'s a poor man! Jeweled Jimmy— How'd ye git on? Burgling Bill— He's got seventeen chil dren ! I mistrusted suthin' when I saw ther raft of dogs out m ther yard. Refreshing^ THE ST. PAUL GLOBE SUNDAY MAY 15. 1898. LITERATURE OF TODAY "AN OPEN BOAT: A TALE AFT ER THE FACT" Mr. Stephen Crane Contribute* Out of His Own Experience to lit erature- •■llli i' loo ma In Miulu tures"— — "The Lion of Jaulntv" and OtherH Notes of Interest to Book Liners. Mr. Stephen Crane does great things greatly and mean things meanly, and his method in either case is identical, and just there is the rub. The reader, held in the unrelenting grasp of Mr. Crane's visualizing power, comes to re sent bitterly the use of the same re vealing adjectives, the same hurtling, direct sentences — in short, the peculiar style that stamps everything he writes with the color of "The Red Badge of Courage"— in the painting of a lesser picture. The race in "The Wise Men," a fragment from his last published book, may be worth the graphic — or rather photographic treatment it receives from Stephen Crane, but its presence cheap ens "Death and the Child," another sketch in the same volume. Having read "The Wise Men" with enjoyment, it becomes one's unwelcome duty to completely forget it in order to enjoy rightly "Death and the Child" or the yet greater sketch that gives its name to the book — "The Open Boat." Had Mr. Stephen Crane never published "The Red Badge of Courage" he would never have written "The Open Boat," for it was his strange war story that sent him as war correspondent to Cuba, and that incidentally led him to the wreck which gave him the power to write this re markable sketch. "The Red Badge" gave him prestige and indirectly "The Open Boat," and so for a second time we are in its debt, for "The Open Boat," mere sketch though it is in size and treatment, is the greatest thing Stephen Crane has done and almost deserves a place in the classics. It is a bit of romantic realism of which only Mr. Crane is the master, and the experience that bought it was cheap at the price of two days and a night in a boat with death. Wa have been shipwrecked any num ber of times' in literature and escaped in an open boat with more than one hero of biography or fiction, and have been duly impressed with the possibili ties of the situation, but this is some thing entiie'.y different. At the first reading it x has no literary qualities, good or bad — no more literary qualities than would two nights and a day sp.nt in a ten-foot dinghy on the open sea with a hurt captain, a cook and an oiler for companions. This description seems to the reader as the forgotten lines of the "Soldier cf tha Legion" seemed to the correspondent in the dinghy — "It is no longer merely a pic ture of a few throws in the breas; of a poet, meanwhile drinking tea and warming his feet at the grate; it is an actuality." Whatever qualities of a master Stephen Crane may lack, he has . the visualizing power in an unprece dented degree. The crilic may amuss j himself with the quaintness cf Mr Crane's adjectives, but at the same timft it's very like jeering at 500-pound torpedoes. "The Open Boat, a Tale Intended to Be After the Fact: Being the Experience of Four Men From the Sunk Steamer 'Commodore,' " is the introduction given to sixty pages oi visualised emo tions, emotions so forceful that they annihilate everything but themselves. A boat has never teemed £.s small, nor the waves as vast and gray, the nisht as interminable, nor the tell of rowing as terrible, the helplessness of courage and effort so complete, fear so devour ing and endurance sr> inevitable as in these sixty passes. The trivial the ir consequent, the grot sque, the common place are a part of the whole that in tensifies eveiy shadow, and the &üb:le ty of the ihing reminds one of a curd- I ling painting by Hogarth. It is, I think ! the best that the startling author of the [ grewsome "3'aak Riders." and the dis- J turbing "Red Badge of Courage" has | done. Other men have txperienced j shipwreck; ho has dissected It. And to I some purpose, for the good of men. For I himself he has gained— I "The faith of men that ha 1 brothered men By more than the easy breath, And the eyes o' men that ha' TCid wi" men In the open books of death." Better work than the rest of the book cont&ins is to be looked for from Mr Crane, if he takes the lesson to heart! "The Open Boat ar.d O;her Tales of Ad venture" by Stephen Cfaae. I,'oublediy <k McClure Co.. New York; $1.00 Fo^ sale by the St. Paul Book and Stationery company. 1 HeirJoDins in Miniatures." "To gather together some interesting and representative American minia tures, and to accompany them with a brief record of the individuals whom they represent, was the first intention of the author of this volume. In the course of her researches and while in correspondence with families owning precious heirlooms in miniatures, so much of interest was brought to light with regard to early American painters that the book has grown into a chron icle of the saying and doing of the artists, as well as of those whom they portrayed. For this divergence from her original design the writer feeis that she need make no apoiogy, in view of the interest that belongs to the reminis cences and anecdotes which have been brought to light, our early artists be ing meTi of attractive personality whose histories are inseparably con nected with their country's progress in the arts and sciences, as well as with her colonial and her Revolution ary life." The book itself, aptly named Heirlooms in Miniatures," is in all ro spects its own justification. Its inter est is threefold for either artist or amateur. The gossipy details of social happenings of a century ago lose none of their vitality because the gallants and dames about whose "portraits in little" those memories cluster are dead and gone these many years. Gossip a century old may not be as dangerous as that born an hour ago, yet It is almost as fascinating. The artists of this period have not been brought be fore Americans with the persistency that is their artistic due, as well as our patriotic tribute, and Mrs. Wharton ha 3 done well to give them such prominence in her book. But to the lover of pic tures the reproductions of the minia tures themselves are the real treasure of the volume. The temptation comes upon one to mention individually the most charming of these small portraits but the list would swell into a catalogue and no good purpose be served by its publication. The work of two artists however, has such a haunting power that it simply demands attention — Ed ward Greene Malbone, whose exquisite painting of Mrs. Alexander Bleecker is the colored frontispiece of the vol ume, and only one of a score of exquisite portraits painted with wonderful per ception of beauty and character, and Edward Miles, whose Russian prin cesses and unfinished miniature are enough diverse in character to show the artist's great scope. A comprehensive chapter on minia ture painting, including a very con densed history of the art and some thing of its technique, Is contributed to the volume by Emily Drayton Taylor. "Heirlooms in Miniatures," by Annie Hol lingsworth Wharton. J. B. Lippincott Company, Philadelphia. $2.50. For sale by the St. Paul Book and Stationery com pany. S Maurus Jokai Again. Mr. R. Nisbet Bain has translated Jokal's "Janlesarok vegnapjai ("The Last Days of the Janissaries") and called it by a new name that he thinks both more romantic and suggestive, "The Lion of Janina." Maurus Jokai wrote "Janiesarok Vegnapjai" nearly a half century ago when his power is said to have been" the greatest. The subject was one with great dra matic possibiytie.% and Jokai was one to avail himself of them all. The tell ing of the story Is just lightly touched with satire, a touch that relieves it of some of its natural gruesomeness, but, even so, it remains terrible enough to the reader. ''The Last Days of the Janissaries" is the story of the jeal ousy, insubordination and treachery and final downfall of that remarkable body of Turkish soldiers, for so long devoted to tne' Turkish throne. But the hero of *ttie romance is Ali Tepe lanti, "The LJbn of Janina," a surpass ingly cruel, crafty and terrible man, whose wicked life and heroic death are naturally a favorite subject for ro mance -writers. > There is considerable passion and 'blood in the 295 pages of "The Lion of Japina," but what does one expect else^n a story of Turkey and Greece? "The Lion of Janina," by Maurus Jokai. Harper & Bros., New York. $1.2.>. For sale by the St. Paul Book and Stationery company. A French Background. "At the Sign of the Silver Crescent" has a French castle for a background and a typical (?) Ameifcan artist for a hero. The French castle is the ruined heritage of a very old and noble fam ily, and its last lord has gathered Into his personality all the refinement and 'helpless dignity of the race. His daughter, cold, calculating, beautiful and ambitious, is forced by the condi tion of things social in France to aell herself to a newly-created baron of Jewish blood, her name balancing his wealth. Embittered by her failure to gain high station as well as wealth, she determines to assert her liberty of action at all events. The Story is a familiar one and a favorite With those who consider Parisian society, and it cannot be asserted that the treatment of it in the present book is of -the char acter to renew its freshness. "At the Sign of the Silver Crescent," by Helen Choate Prince. Hou-ghton, Mif flln & Co. $1.25. For sale by the St. Paul Book and Stationery company. Literary Criticism. Mr. Charles Johnson, in his "Ele ments of Literary Criticism," starts off with the admission that "the real value of literature lies in the fact that it is a source of pleasure, and it is most to be desired that we enjoy it un consciously, as the Scotch enjoy the poems of Robert -Burns, without any thought of elements or qualities or rea sons." And the statement that follows this assertion is ; equally true, that this "is possible only where an entire com munity is possessed of a love for poetry that has grown up among them, with which all have been familiar from ear liest childhood. -We have very little folk poetry and have Inherited a vast literature which we have not produc ed. Study and reflection add greatly to our appreciation of this." Mr. Johnson writes for learners, and his treatment of the subject is appro priately simple and direct. The ele ments of literary criticism he divides into seven parts for convenience of consideration; "Unity," "The Power of Drawing Character," "The Writer's Philosophy," "The Musical Word-Pow er," "The P&rasal Power/- "The De scriptive P<M%Sr" and "the Emotional Power." . The divisions are abitrary of course, but express concisely Mr. John son's spJUi't pf criticis^i. "Element of *CriUcim." by Charles P. Johnson. Harper & Eros. New York.- fI.OO. For sale by the St Paul Book and Stationery company. Tho article cf greatest interest in the May Studio is a "A Swedish Painter and Etcher: Andres Zoru." Zoru is one of the uniqua figures in the European art world of today and his work is worthy of the high place accorded it from almost his first appearance. A man not confined to one mode of expres sion, his genius seems broader in its spirit than most modern artists. Zoru is a painter of great virility and originality. As an etcher ho is startlingly forceful and uncon ventional, indeed, in this art, he seems to have created a style distinctly his own. He is the creator of the "mighty line," a line imitated by Gibson in his pen and ink work. Zoru is also a wood carver, who works in the spirit of the middle age crafts men. A powerful example of his genius in this direction is the small bust of his grandmother, exhibited at the Columbian ex position. Bronze and marble, also furnish this Swedish artist with means of expression, and lately, as another proof of his versatil ity, he haa wrought a geld ring of ex quisite design, and thus entered tho field of industrial art. The Studio for May is full of many ether things worthy of placej in the best art paper of the day, but space forbids a more detailed account of its r!chcs. Th-j newspaper paragrarih&rs have jumped at the photograph of Richard Harding Davis in his war kit. which appsared in this column on April 23— have juropod at it ■ iij.-e a gouty senator at a bill," as the !atn 1,0.1. .S-i!erti use! to put It. They have all had s;mctli;ii3 to say about it. "No one thould mi3j it, ' exclaims the Spr!ngfie;d Republican. "'EI Capitan 1 is -<i Sunday school suu intendom bcaide him. If he ware cut un into small pieces he would turmoil the insur gents with arms -and equipment lor a whale I wir.tr. A (aavas shooting- jacket., bristling j wUa cartridges ar.U cpmposed priaciiv.Uy c.i pockets is the imposing basis of me composi tion, and a pair of toy ojara jdas.sos and a j huge revolver which* »ags him down violent ly to the left, help to r-omplt? the pio q c It may be ungracious to criticWo Mich a work of art. but it would- be interesting to j know how Mr. Davis proposes to extract Ittat I revolver from under hi 3 armpit. And those , high shooting-boot*!- We hope that he has j some easy carpet slippers In his 'man's' , charge. The Cuban «!imate Is very warm i However, the reioubtible reporter looks for midable enough, and we make no doubt that there wi : l be a terrific inkshed when he leaches the front." i It is "some.iing inspiring," declares ihe | I'oston Herald — which announces by the w. j y that it is to share Air. Davis' 'reports wi'h the London Tinws and the New York He- i aJd. V "He is armed to the tips of his fingars so ' to speak, whh all the equipment nzvassars ; for taking a broad survoy of the sc ■•;»s of i battle, for jottting down his imprr.s3i- ns o£ ! the same on the spot, and for defending i himself against any armed fo 3 wno" may ! chance to cross his path in search of troi-b'e j In his canvas shooting-Jacket and his un j boots, he is a picture of an intrepid wr cor; -; respondent who is in for a long siege."— The Capt. Mahan. in his latest book, "The In terest of America in Sea Power," says o: Cuba: "Regarded as a base of naval oper, ations, as a source of supplies to a fleet. Cuba presents a condition wholly unique among the islands of the Caribbean and the Gulf of Mexico, to both of which it, and it alone of all the archipelago, belongs. It is unique in its size, which should render it largely self-supporting, either by Us own products or by the accumulation of foreign necessaries which naturally obtains in a large and prosperous maritime community; and it is unique in that such supplies can be conveyed from one point to the other, ac cording to the needß of a fleet, by interior lines, not exposed to risks of maritime cap ture. The extent of the coast line, the numerous harbors, and the many directions from which apprttach ian be made, minimize the danger or tstal blockade to which all islands are subject. Surh conditions are in themselves advantageous, but they are espe cially so to a naVy interior to its adversary, for they convey the poorer — subject, of course, to conditions of skill— of shifting operations from side to si<2s, and finding a refuge and supplies in eitfcsr fiirjeiior.." Thia is from the chapter. "S*--'eg:c l"->;Uure3 of tho Gulf of Mexico ard-«*h?-^*.'!i i i?»bean Sea." Other chapters on •p^ecar'YSniss for Naval War- fare," "Anglo-American Alliance," etc., are equally pertinent to the present interest in all things pertaining to the army and navy. "In view of the projected Edinburgh I memorial to Robert Louis Stevenson," writes \ C, of New Albany, Iwl., "It nrau to Je worth while to recall that when tV riv.r Oise 'bereaved him of his boat' and loft him clinging to a tree in the water, he rays ("An Inland Voyage"): 'Death himself had me by the heels, • • • and still I held on to ray paddle. • • • On my tomb. If evor T have one, I mean to get Lhose words in scribed: He clung to his paddle.' " Nothing more typical of the man's character and career could be graved uroi" his monument. —The Critic. The May Magazine Number of The Outloik has on Its cover a fine portrait of Commodore Dewey, and nearly twenty pages, are de voted to a historical account of the war and to editorial comment thereon. Tho arMcle on "The Parks and the People," '>y Samuel Parsons Jr., rx-superlntendant of *he New York parks, is accompanied by numerous charming pictures, now first prinv.'U. of scenes In Central park, Prospect park and Mornlngside park. Tbe fiction for the num ber Is also distinctively of a seasonable char acter; the author is Maria Loulie Pool, and the title is "In Sappin' Time." It may alno be specially noted that tho month's install ment of Dr. Edward Everett Hale's "James Russell Lowell and His Friends" contains some beautiful photographs, made tvt ln e Outlook, of Elmwood in the early spring. Other features of this magazine number are: An article on "Mr. Stedman as a Poet, ' with a full-page portrait; an article by Clif ton Johnson on "Englibh Inns," illustrated by photographs taken by the author; an article on "The New Polychrome Bible," by Prof. Francis Brown, of Union seminary; an article on "Municipal Water Works," by Mr. M. N. Baker, of "The Engineering News;" a readable paper by Mr. Charles M. Skinner on "Animal L:f?;" and several other light sketches, poems and articles, be sides the usual reviews, news departments and editorials. ($3 a year. The Outlook Company, 287 Fourth avenue, New York.) And still they come! A new translation of the quatrains of Omar Khayyam is appear ing under the auspices of the Villon society, "now first completely done into English verse, from the Persian, in accordance with the original forms." This, says The Dally Chronicle, is the work of Mr. John Payne, who translated the "Arabian Nights" for the pociety. He contributes an introduction. — The Critic. Under the caption of "The Situation in Cuba," the North American Review for May presents two remarkably important and time ly articles, viz.: "Our Work and Observa tions in Cuba," from the pen of Clara Bar ton, president cl tho American National Red Cross, and "The Insurgent Government in Cuba," by Horatio S. Rubens, counsel of the American delegation of the Cuban Revolu tionary party. Mrs. Penaell has gathered together her chapters on crossing the Alps on a bicycle, and they will be published in London by Mr. T. Fisher Uiiwin, with illustrations by Mr. Pennell.— The Critic. Mr. Crockett's new story, "The Silver Skull," will commence In the August Pall Mall Magazine. It la a tale of adventure in Italy in the first quarter at the century. The chapter on "Preparedness for Naval War" in Capt. Mayan's latest book, "The Interest of America in Sea Poyer, Preseat and Future," Is particularly -pertinent juat now, and is being read with the greatest interest. "Undergraduate Life at Vassar" is descrlb.d In the June Scribner's by Miss Margaret Sherwood, a graduate who is familiar with the life not only at Vassar, but at other wo— en's colleges. Orson Lowell has made i s?rl?s of original drawings to Illustrate the article. The drawings for the Wellealey, Vassar, and Smith articles are being exhibited in succes sion at those colleges. Howard Pyle tas made for the June Scribner's a dramatic painting of the storm ing of the historic Chew house in German town. The incident pictured was de^icrlbtd to Mr. Pyle by one of the Chew family. Miss M>a.ry Wilkins" novel. "Madelon," has been dramatized by the. Hen. -Stephen Coleridge.— The Critic. Herbert E. Ilamblen ("Fred B. Williams"), whose stirring "Adventures of a Freight En gineer" lately appeared in a popular maga zine, har. written a thrilling railroad story for the Youtn's Companion for the week of May 19. Mr. Hamblen served for years as a ship's engineer, some of his experiences being re corded In his book "On Maay Saas." That he also knows something of the life cf a loco motive engineer is shown in the strong story he has written for the Companion. Harper's Magazine for July will have an article on "A Century o? Cuban Diplomacy," by Albert Bushnell Hart, professor of history at Harvard university. The leaders of thouglit in our colleges have often been accused of straining the judicial and non-partisan atti tude to the extreme of fostering un-Ameri oan feeling, but in the present case, though Prcf. Hart is judicial and historical through out, such an imputation would not hold. He concludes that our attitude has been charao tej^jsed by a forbearance and a lack cf terri torial ambition rare in international ralations. To the May number of the North American Review (he Rrv Lym-n Abb tt, D. D., c ntrlb utes an important paper, entitled "The Basis of an. Anglo-American Understanding," where in he discusses the commercial, political and moral advantages cf an alliance between Great Britain and the United States. In the nick of time to catch the aroused In terest in things naval. Little Brown & Co., Boston, bring out in this country the first two volumes of "A History of the Royal Navy," a sumptuous work in five volumes. Mr. W. L. Clowes is at the helm, and has such able bodied writers to aid him as Sir Clements Markham. Oapt. A. T. Mahan, Theodore Roosevelt, etc. On Our Book Table. From the St. Paul Book and Stati<-TO=Tv Company: ' * HARFEiR & BROS.— "A Boy I Knew, tni Four Dogs," by Laurence Hutton. $1,25; "The Gods of Our Fathers," by Herman I Stern. $1.50. Popular edition "Farthest North," by Dr. Fridtjof Nansen $3 MACMILL.AX & CO.— "The D-volponient of the Child," by Nathan Oppenheim. $LSS "Decline end Fail cf the Rcm-sfi Em; ire " vols. IV. and V., edited by Edward Gibbon $2 a volume. D. AFPLETON & CO.— "The Standard Hear er," by S. R. Crockett. CHARLES H. KERR & CO.— "Evolutionary Politics," by Walter Thomas M,113. z; cents. "The Secret of tha Rotii3c-h:ids " by Mary E. Hobart. 10 cents LITTLE, BROWN & CO.— "Hassan- A Fellah," by Henry Gillman. $2. "Th' King's Henchman," edited by William Henry Johnson. $1.50. FOP.D-S, HOWARD & HULBERT— "Chri3t In the Daily World," by NGrman Fox. 50 cents. TEMPLE PUBLISHING COMPANY—"Vibra tion in the Law of Life," by W. H. W 1! --iams. $1.25. Why is it that nearly all aged persons are thin? And yet, when you think of it, what could you expect? Three score years of wear and tear are enough to make the digestion weak. Yet the body must be fed. In Scott's Emulsion, the work is all done; that is, the oil in it is digested, all ready to be taken into the blood. The body rests, while the oil feeds and nour ishes, and the hypophos phitcs makes the nerves steady and strong. 50c and |i.oo, all druggists. SCOTT & BOWNE, Chemist., Ntw York. WE'RE A NATION OF CLERKS WHAT MARTIN MOREIS THINKS OF YANKEES Queer Misinformation qe(l In<<> . "TmiiNatliintic Triiil.-i" Our "Best and Brl^li i <-st Men as a Whole Are Our Regnlar Polltl ciaiiHi' "HoneMt American R«wt. j>aiK*rw Do Not Iflxlst." Correspondence The St. Paul Globe. BOSTON. May 12.— "The Yankees are a nation of clerks; they know of no en trance Into life but the tradesman's, and firmly believe that there la no ad mission to heaven except on business." These kindly words come from "Trans atlantic Traits," a new book by Martin Morris, the son of that rather grotesque creation of sovereign power, a life-peer, and they come at the especially happy moment when the Yankees, under which name Mr. Morris groups all the people of all the states, are showing no small indifference to trade and are pre paring to fight for a principle. Pos sibly, foreseeing that his remark might not be received with pure delight, he explains that "Americans understand nothing but gross adulation and flat tery, and that criticism or discrimina tion, however (sic) slight and super ficial, is Invariably regarded as rude and unwarrantable." These two statements are mated with a third, hardly less amazing, that "there is not in the United States a better, brighter, or more honest body of men as a whole than the regular politicians," and that "they are the best class of citizens the republic has produced up to this," and that the business men and millionaires who do not go into politics "are dull men." "Good business men are dull and greedy;" those of a better class are "like honest American newspapers — they do not exist," says Mr. Morris. Perhaps it is unnecessary to explain that his theory of the American poli tician was bestowed upon him by cer tain New York exemplars, and that he is one of those Irishmen aJways fer vently desirious of being mistaken for Englishmen, and accustomed to regard themselves as irresistible. His convic tion seems to have been rudely shocked, for he has no good words for the Amer ican girl, and finds the behavior of her countrymen in her presence is "servile." "No one else can talK," he saye, "be cause she never stops." Possibly these girls, whom he met, used th 3 means put into their hands by God and nature to protect themselves asains.it hearing too manjfr of his opin ions, buit upon the whole his American girl would be a very good companion for the American soldier reoently de scribed by his countryman, John M. Robertson, as more anxious to shoot down his unarmed fellow citizens in a street brawl than to meet a foreign enemy. Max O'Rell was not alway* amiable, but the sham Irishman was civility itself compared to these real travelers in the United States. "Paul Kruger and his Times," by F. Reginald Statham, to be published by the L. C. Page company, about May 20, is even more favorable to the p_rssi clent of the South African republic than Poulteney Bigelow's papers in Harper's Magazine. It is a political, and not a personal history, although it incidental ly mentions that Mr. Kruger's present wife is the niece of his first spouse, and that he has sixteen children and 104 other descendants. The author finds Mr. Brice's "Impressions," a mischiev ous book, and looks upon Cecil Rhodes as a plotter of wonderous and malig nant skill. To an impartial Observer-' it seems as if Mr. Kruger were no more- flerupttkitw- •vrneir-eant-p'Tdinsr for ■< the rights of hl^ peorl; than Mr. Rhodes when working for his stockholders, but the world is led by sentiment, and property calling itself home and coun try will always seem a more worthy ob ject of devotion than property which is .merely a money-maker, and the roush, untutored president seems a fin er figure than the shiewd, astute finan cier with .his easily assumed courtly manners, and his tireless energy. Mr. Statham is quite sure that Great Brit ain has not only been systematically deceived in the matter of the South -African mines, but also in regard to political issues, and his view of the Jameson raid is entirely Dutch Boer. That he is right on the former point nobo-dy can doubt who reads the Satur day Review and se^s the deliberate mis-leading art of its financial columns, but there are many English influences not Rhodesian in South Africa. The L. C. Page company will is;?ue some of its fiction a'most immediately, first of all "in Kings' Houses," by Mrs. Julia C. R. Dorr, of whom exc-llent obituary notices were published last autumn, somewhat to her surprise: "Mere Folly," by Mrs. Marie Louise Pool, a novel just issued in Lppin cott's Magazine, and two of her bcoks formerly issued by Metsrs. Stone & Kimball; "In a Dyke Shanty," and "Boss end Other Dogs." "Res.; a Char lilte," by Marshall Siunders. and "Thj Making of a Saint," by Mr. W. Somer set Mangham, will appear. Later can 1 "Omar, the Tert Maker," by Mr. Na than Haskell Dole; "The R-ad to Paris," by Mr. R. N. Stephens, and "The Reju venation of Miss Semaphore," by Hal Godfrey. "Bijli, the Dancer," by James Blythe Paitten; "Cross Trails," by Victor Waite, and ' To Arms," illus trated, by Mr. H. C. Rewards, will f.l low in rapid succession. In the fall will come "The French Court and Society" and "The Court of the Tuileries," by Charlotte Lady Jark pon, both in two volumes. These arc gift books in two volumes, and com plete a set of the five works of the au thor, three of which have bee-n Issued j in former years. A new library edition of Fitzgerald's "Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam" will include all three of the Fitzgerald versions in one cover, and will have a photogravure portrait of Fitzgerald, and will be urnerwlss illus trated with photogravures from orlg- I inal drawings. The American edition of I Edward Heron-Allen's translation of Omar will be published by the Pajre company. This edition is a facsimile of the Persian manuscript in th'i Bod leian, with a transcription into modern Persian characters, and is to be bound in Oriental fashion. Even if one do not read Persian, and it is said (hit there are persons in Chelsea and Read ing who do not, it will be pleasant to look at the original, for the characters are extremely picturesque. A new edi tion of "The Blessed Damozel," giving We refer to statements made by us as to strictly high quality of instruments sold h^rs at su:h low prices. No other house in the Northwest can offer you a choice of such well known and everywhere recognized high-grade Pianos as Sieinway, Knabe, Kranicii & Bach, Ludwig, Ivers & Pond, Kreil, "not to mention others less expensive. They are guaranteed to be the best value for the money. We earnestly request a visit to our ware roouis, so that you may see with your own eyes. Seeing is believing-. Come in any day. Expert tuning and repairing- done. 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Fifth and St. Peter Sts. the original text as it appeared In "The Germ" and Introduced and edited by Mr. W. M. Rossctti, will have eaoh stanza enclosed in a border by Mr. W. R. McDonnell, and will have- for its protispiece a reproduction of Rosaetti's study of the "Damozel's" head in his well-known picture. "Angelsin Art," by Mrs. Clara Ers klne Clement Waters, and "Love Ideala in Art," by Miss Mary E. Potter, two volumes with illustrations after mas terpieces; "Old Yale. Her Triumphs and Traditions," by Mr. Walter Camp and Mr. Lewis S. Welch, the first of th>e American University Series ;" Old Wcrld Memories," by Edward Lowe Temple; "The Poetry of Rest," by Mrs. Kate Steanw Page, and a new and unabridg ed edition of "Tom Jonts" must be added to books already announced. Now this list includes nearly twice as many books as this house issued last season. The Atlantic Monthly is a fair ther mometer of the state of the Boston mind, and the June number will con tain an editorial summary of the Cu ban question not adapted especially for Spanish reading 1 , and also a paper un the "Naval Situation." by Prof. Ira N. Hollis. These two papers will be fol lowed by "The Montanians," by Mr. Roll in Lynde Harte, an animated piece of historical writing; a paper by Mr. P'rederick Burk on "Normal Schools and the Training of Teachers;" an article by Mr. D. S. Sanford, of the- Brookline high school, on "High School Extension," and a remarkable paper by I'rof. C. Hanford Henderson, amiably proposing: to revolutionize education, substituting gymnastics, music, manual training, free-hand drawing, and lan guages for the three "Its" and the thirty-three various follies of the mod ern curriculum. It looks very Gr<_ek in outline. The Atlantic office, with tbe young-est man absent on his tour of coast cuard duty with the cadets; an other a war veteran, wi h C-jbin litera ture and Maine testi-nony piled in amiV mountains on his desk, and with lively discussion of war matters afoot, sug gests about the aime kind of apariry that prevailed in 1861. — Stiphensrn Browne. STIIIWATEE. BTILLAVATER, Mlnr.. May H.— The hear ing ef the ea«e of Ijindeke. Warner A 3ctar raei<-r vs. Mi'LatiKhlin & Kilty was rojmm-d ■ : n the district court tcdny. mri ir will psob ably take another cay to finish thn MM Mrs. D. L. Burling:', am west In ;_'t Taul totfay to b? prr<<ent at the b-dslrin of hr father. W. H. KelW, who !s »-Ti->u->ly ill Mr. Kollcy is a bookkeeper lir the F.rat N'a ticral bauir, and is one of the rarly rrs: dfiits cf St. Paul. Rock Wilson has bcu rec lv.d a* the pris on frcm Murray county, to serve t'nrr • ;. . ir-. and one month for grend !a'orny in the fl.st degree. Wilson's crlmt- w?« the theft of forty-five bushels cf flax .seed frctn an c e valor. A number of Stillwatir people went t3 Camp Raracey today to say go^d-bye to Miem bers of Comra.iy K. cf the Thirteenih Mln uescta vr.lurtt-erK. who arf ti !e%vo thli r-v««ninj? fnr San FTvvc'a.-o. •* • v_/- iiicr 'pi' !\ tr^t 1 fii'v f f two ago and receiv.d 'njurks which wiU :nri pacitato hip.) f->r romp time. Tim flrFhi^K ara&on opens to-norrow. and a number of flihing partlP3 Isft hero this . ven tDff f->r neighfwrinK lskea. J. P. BaaMtl and family leave the coming week for Cedar FalU. lo . where Mr. Mas sett, has leasrrt a !rr*r hotel. The Norwegian residents of Stiilwator will celebrate the nnniverFary i f Korwuy't li: --drpendenre with (xorii«;,..; i n Itoj & LinO bloom'E hall n^xt Tuesday cvrnius;. M.'v IT. A. J. Lan;mtT3 left this nnrnin? fcr Poss ton. Minn., to supertn'CEd thp l.rlr:; ng In of Lnr-.m?:-; i?ros. & Nelson's drlv.v Mrs. H. C. Robertson cntettUn< \ the Toaag Married Ladles' Euchre club Krlilny .ut.-r --noon, and prtzri? were wen by Mrr A V. Dop. Mrs. C. W. Merry and Mr;. If. A i ■- son. K. W. Teanpfo, of niuo Karth Cliy. Minn.. Is a guest, of Warden \Vt)lf ( p. Mr.s. Susie Ktrn and M;s. .10, j".] Wuir on tc-rtninpd a Dumber of friends ,-• tho liomo of Mrs. Verona Rhlner. n<.°.r i'.i;> ciiy. TMS day evening. Arr'org the gurc's wen Mr. snl Mr?. Richard Wo fsberg. of Bt. PtnL The Social circle wa» entcrtslnri by Mrs. Charles F?rsrnrr Wednpsdav afternoon. Tho Knlghta rt rythtai will (rive n -Unco in their hall in the Jassoy block en i"r:!.iy ev^iirc r>f ppxt wr«k. R. W. McGarry i'-s returned from .i trip to Shell Lake arA ethor Wisconsin poilK . Mry.. John Gilder pnteruintd the 1,.|:, ' Aid Society of the Pint Prrshyterltn Church Thursday afternoon. Mr. and Mrs. W. 11. GaOwtfl and s,,n ! f; this evorlng on a trip to Lesllp. Mirh. Mrs. Yon Vorhrs a r il Hi; -hard-on, f St. Paul, nnd Hit M-\vr, of ft rcnla . R'j^nf a part of tho week wi-ih Mrs. I. V Torino George Millajd and O;ia MaOtß? hw* X r> t.o Aboiine. Tex. They will mc'.tc i>n rx'-n'! i tour of the South before roturr-r.^r lMf»e. Abe Ilohrhaeh bas gone to Indiana on a short business trip. Mis-jo^ Berlhnn and Minnie Joteam aro sprncUng a few dajfl with 'Tiie.tVs in Minne apolis.