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A Dictionary of English Literature, ble ruin of the speculator, and the corby M. Croben, is published in the rupt practices of those labor leaders pretty little Miniature Reference Li- who originate and terminate strikes brary (E. P. Dutton & Co.). The work at the convenience of employers are of selection and compression in prepar- the principal subjects as to which the ing this tiny handbook is surprisingly author desires to disturb the prevailing well done.
American self-complacency. He writes
with sufficient force to effect his object Two volumes of Mark Pattison's
as far as ordinary readers are conEssays appear in the New Universal
cerned, and produces an interesting Library (E. P. Dutton & Co.). They
book. A. C. McClurg & Co. are upon historical, literary and religious subjects, and are thoughtful
The last Victorian war and the conand somewhat recondite. It is a pity
templation of English society in the that the exigencies of space made it
reign of the first of the Coburgs seem necessary to present them, in this edi
to have changed Miss Marie Corelli's tion, with a page which exacts so much
early ambition to blend the literary of the reader's eyesight.
traits of Ouida and the author of "The "The Millers and Their New Home,"
Prince of the House of David" into a by Mrs. Clara Dillingham Pierson, is
genuine desire to correct evil practices the fourth volume of the series in and to neutralize or destroy evil influwhich the adventures and experiences
ences, and her later novels are missionof the three little Miller children are ary efforts. Her newest book, "Holy described. The author has learned the Orders," although by far too despondway to the hearts of children through
ent in tone, inasmuch as it entirely the best possible school, the care of
overlooks the great improvement in children in her own home; and she the drinking habits of Englishmen writes accordingly with a naturalness,
since King George's glorious days, is a simplicity and interest which appeal powerful ally for the leaders of the strongly to young readers. The little total abstinence movement, and book is prettily illustrated. E. P. Dut- such will doubtless be duly valued. tou & Co.
The hero is an Anglican clergyman,
and it is through his sermons, given at Mr. Arthur J. Eddy's "Ganton & length, that Miss Corelli sends her Co." is a study of Chicago morals and message to her readers. They altermanners of such a temper as would nate with melodramatic incidents, one have infuriated the Windy City in the of which, an evil woman's fatal balloon days when “The Cliff Dwellers" was voyage, is undeniably original and well written, although when compared imagined. As a story, the novel has with a certain recent notorious compo- merit, although it is often verbose; and sition it seems moderate. The king of the social and political lessons of the packers and his sons; the entire which it is the vehicle will not be in. subordination of the men constituting effectual although destructive of its arthe machinery of a modern industry; tistic value. To this any reader of inthe behavior of women intent upon be- sight will perceive that the author is ing conspicuous in public places and profoundly indifferent, and he will lay at private entertainments, the inevita- the book aside trusting that it will in
some measure accomplish her purpose. Rives's "bibliognoste, bibliographe, bibFrederick A. Stokes Company.
liomane, bibliophile, and bibliotaphe,"
and added bibliologue, and bibliotacte, Although Rev. M. R. J. Campbell's and also bibliolyte, a destroyer of religious opinions, or rather his denials books. For himself, Burton preferred of religious opinion have
the name of book-hunter, and divided greatly disturbed Americans, still, as bis class into private prowlers and aucevery English aberration of thought, tion-haunters, and in the four sections. scientific, literary or religious, inva- of his book he described the book-hunt. riably finds a reflection, less or more er's "Nature" and "Functions," "His. distorted, in American thought, it is Club," and "Book Club Literature." hardly to be supposed that the present Now the man to whom books are subject of popular discussion in Eng- more than his fellow creatures necesland will be an exception. As a Con- sarily stands somewhat apart from gregationalist, Mr. Campbell occupies them, is in their eyes, eccentric, odd, a position of less importance in his "queer," he manifests his peculiar own country than might be his in the taste, and a book about him must "United States; but the secular newspa- abound in matter amusing to the averpers have given him so much notoriety age commonplace mind. He may be that any reader dependent entirely learned, wise, a master of style, or a upon them for knowledge might well man of the world, or a miracle of posuppose that both the English church litical wisdom, but stories of his relaand the English creed were in danger tion to books bring a smile to all faces. of destruction and extinction. Those Even to himself he is matter for mirth who find this prospect disagreeable when he reflects upon his extravamay discover its fallaciousness by read
gances, although shrewdly conscious ing Mr. Hakling Egerton's two papers that true literature and the diffusion of "Liberal Theology” and “The Ground literature are deeply indebted to him of Faith," now brought together in one for producing those financial conditions volume, to which the former paper in which money circulates freely in gives the title. To summarize either the trade. He sees himself much as Mr. Campbell's body of unbelief or Mr. others see him, but respects himself Egerton's learned technical essays, is thoroughly. Burton wrote the delightto risk adding one more element of ful English of that last century period error to a conflict already abounding in preceding the days in which critics in. misconception, but from the latter one nocent of classical learning corrupted may drag the suggestion of meeting the popular mind with theories as to those intent on discussing “Campbell- the superiority of twenty-nine sucism" with a lofty "Don't you think it is cessive monosyllables to the most slightly tainted with Hegelian ideas?” melodious and rhythmical array of That will disperse their battalions into polysyllables and declared thenithin air. Persons really pained and selves to be the prophets of simdisturbed by Mr. Campbell will find re- plicity. Yo word is too good for lief in Mr. Egerton's confident, and him and no care in arrangement is too. argued argument. The Macmillan Co. trivial, and, not only his anecdotes but
their wording remains long in the John Hill Burton's “The Book mind, and this book which now appears Hunter"
written for all those in the "London Library" at an agreefriends of books whose names he enum- ably reduced price is a treasure to theerates, following Disraeli, who fol. lover of good words and good stories lowed Rives, and Peignot, who accepted E. P. Dutton & Co.
No. 3354 October 17, 1908.
NINETEENTH CENTURY AND AFTER 131
CORNHILL MAGAZINE 140 Hardy-on-the-Hill. Chapter III. By M. E. Francis (Mrs. Francis Blundell) (To be continued)
TIMES 149 The Turkish Revolution, By Alfred de Bilinski (late Turkish Chargé d'Affaires in Washington.) (Concluded.)
NINETEENTH CENTURY AND AFTER 154 A Difference of Fifteen Years. By Rosamund Langbridge
LONDON MAGAZINE 161 Sixty Years in the Wilderness : Some Passages by the Way.
By Henry W. Lucy. (To be continued.) CORNHILL MAGAZINE 165 Fair Play for Japan. By W. T. R. Preston NATIONAL REVIEW 178 The Pleasures of Re-Reading.
SPEOTATOR 185 Fifty Years of Evolution.
A PAGE OF VERSE
X. XI. XII.
Starlight Distilleth. By Herbert Trench
NATION 130 In Time of Mourning. By A. T.
ACADEMY 130 A Welsh Lyric After “ Ceiriog." By Alfred Perceval Graves
ATHENÆUM 130 BOOKS AND AUTHORS
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You live in deeds, not in our vain re
grets, And life at most is for a little while! The Academy.
Tree by tree filleth,
What do they sigh at? Field by field thrilleth,
Low comes the fiat: “Let him that willett,
Cease from his riot. Starlight distilleth;
Do thou be quiet! Night the tremendous
Grasps thee and veils thee, Slow thy stupendous
Intelligence fails thee.
I, the star-crowded,
Outsoar and outsink thee; No more care-clouded
Need'st thou bethink thee! Let my priniordial
Stupor that seizes Cure, with the cordial
For all thy diseases . . Tree by tree. thrilleth
What do they sigh at?
Man no more willeth,
Herbert Trench. Th Sativu.
A WELSH LYRIC AFTER
(Air, “Hobed o Hilion.") When I was a sheep-boy in Hafod-y
Rhyd. In hayfield and cornfield my flock
chewed the cud; While blissfully dreaming at noon we
would lie Under ash-tree or beech-tree, my collie
Nothing I view now,
Nothing I do now,
Fresh from the rays
Those long summer days.
desire Was for cutting and carving before the
red fire, While Nesta's four needles, my moth
er's flax wheel, Kept time to the cadence our voices
No new affection
Dulls that recollection;
Home to that hearth,
And warmest on earth.
of the West With springtime, sweet springtime, flut
ter home to their nest; But Cymru's poor exiles a lifetime may
roam, And only in fancy fly back to their
Woes in black bevy
Turn our hearts heavy,
Smiling in sight,
Alfred Perceval Graves.
IN TIMIC OF MOURNING.
If you might break the silence of the
tomb, You would not crave an increase of
my tears, Nor bid me draw the curtains of my
room Nor count once more the tale of van
The love of lost ones breathes in our
desires. It is not hidden in the cloistered
heart, There to be quenched by Time's con
suming fires When we have wept and played the
If I march forward when the dark
besets, You, watching from your prison
house, will smile,
WOMEN AND THE SUFFRAGE: A REPLY.
In the July number of this Review, one, for it may be safely presumed Lady Lovat quotes various writers, an- that these theories reveal more of the cient and modern, in support of her mental calibre and nature of the theoskilful defence of what she calls the rist than of the unfortunate human beold-fashioned side of the Women's ings who, since the world began, Suffrage question. And indeed she have been ceaselessly vivisected, has a wide range of choice, for prob- with varying degrees of success, ably there have been more theories ad- by everybody who is trying to be vanced on this and kindred subjects intellectual. Thus, when Solomon than on any other in the world. To says that women's value is above judge from folklore sayings and prov- rubies, whilst the Kaffirs decree erbs alone, women seem to have been a wife is worth ten cows, we are not the victims from the earliest times of so much struck with the truth or wisthe first crude efforts of the savage in- dom of either pronouncement as with telligence to make a large generaliza- the difference of the point of view betion out of a small and very narrow tween Solomon and the Kaffirs. And experience, and of the fatal facility when we hear that some Eastern nathat first enabled people to conceive of tions believe women to have no souls, a great multitude of various human whilst a council of the Church decided beings as one simple abstract person- by a small majority that they may ality, governed by easily attainable me- really hope for a humble share of chanical laws and called “Woman." man's privilege of immortality, "Woman" in the abstract has indeed woman may perhaps be pardoned if been the “Aunt Sally" of the world's she thinks less of her own no doubt childhood, pelted by many missiles. remote chances of salvation, than of
And age does not seem to stale the that precious and enlightening sense infinite variety of this exercise of the of humor that seems to have been de. imagination. Since the days of Solo- nied to so many learned and law-makmon's Proverbs to those of Ruskin's ing assemblies of men. Souls are not Sesame and Lilies these generalizations thought so important in this generahave been and still are the stock in tion, and we are allowed to possess trade of imaginative writers. Time them in peace; but when some men has brought one change, however. In say women have inferior brain capacity, old days the subject was considered a we can always comfort ourselves with simple one, and certain well-worn max- the thought that so little do they beims were thought sufficient to meet all lieve this that they find it necessary to needs. Now everybody who is any- protect themselves legally and artifibody is bound to have a different inter- cially from women's competition. As pretation of "Woman" and her place in Mill said long ago, you do not have to the scheme of things. Thus to those make laws to prevent people without who take such speculation and theoriz- muscles being blacksmiths. The peoing seriously, the world is full of con- ple who want to restrict women befusion and contradiction on this sub- cause they are inferior mentally are ject. But to anyone who is interested really those who believe no such comin the growth of thought and under- fortable doctrine, but are, in simple standing among individuals or nations, English, afraid of their competition. the interest is mainly a psychological Just in
way " the