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Buried treasure and a North Ameri- but thoroughly revised. Many American Indian are subjects of which one can readers will be delighted to own hardly thinks in conjunction, but Mr. this beautiful edition of the ancient Charles Major has given their associa- Christian classic, with its exquisite tion an air of probability in "Uncle miniatures and illuminated borders Tom-Andy-Bill," and has added bears, and its attractive typography. not of the unspeakable variety, cud. dled by mamma's darling boy, but real The fifth volume of The Works of bears with good stout claws, and he
James Buchanan (J. B. Lippincott has made twelve excellent stories of Co.) covers the years 1841-1844, and is two boy pioneers. The narrator is one mostly filled with Mr. Buchanan's of those boys grown into a beautiful speeches upon pending measures in the old age, and in Mr. F. Van E. Ivory's Senate. There are also letters upon good illustrations, he and his circle of public questions written to friends or hearers dispute the reader's interest critics; and interspersed with the with the bears and the treasure. The graver writings are bits of personal Macmillan Co.
correspondence which give a more in.
timate view of Buchanan's personality, The "Chronicles of England, France as for example notes to his niece, Miss and Spain" which that vivacious and Lane, in which he expresses satisfacentertaining historian, Sir John Frois- tion with her behavior at school and sart, wrote five and a half centuries gives grave directions about trifling ago, more or less, are published this matters. Altogether this compilation year in a new and condensed version, serves to make more alive both the in a volume of beguiling attractive
man and his times. ness, by E. P. Dutton & Co. Twelve
The sixth volume of the Helen quaint illustrations in color by Her
Grant series shows the young heroine bert Cole add to the beauty of the
amusing herself with post graduate book. Readers to whom Sir John is
work, with such occasional interruphardly more than a name, if they hap
tions as a visit to West Point or a little pen upon this charming book, will find
journey to New York, and serious talks themselves drawn on from one dra
with some of her former college commatic chapter to another until they are
panions. Places in many educational more thrilled than by any latter-day
institutions are offered to her and the historical romances.
discussion of their faults and merits is
valuable to any girl who intends to E. P. Dutton & Co. are the Ameri
teach. The next volume, “Helen Grant, can publishers of the new and sumptu
Teacher," will show how she herself ous edition of the “Confessions of St.
has profited by it, and may also sbow Augustine" which was the subject of
what fate brings to her and to the rethe article, "Heart of Fire," reprinted
maining lover of those whose destiny in the last issue of The Living Age
seemed to lie in her hands in the earfrom The Nation. This edition fol
lier volumes. Lothrop, Lee & Shepard lows the text of Dr. Pusey which, in
Co. turn, was based upon the translation made more than two hundred and fifty The usual bewildering variety of years ago by the Rev. W. Watts, D.D., Christmas cards, tags and labels comes this year from E. P. Dutton & Co. solid food, and the nervous control of They are of every form and style, some response to changing order, the three sufficiently beautiful to make a suitable chief agents by which the faculties of Christmas present by themselves, and the animal are evolved, and thus gives others well adapted to enclosure with his readers an ally for their observaChristmas gifts and letters. Among tion and experience, and an aid in orthe prettiest of them are half a dozen ganizing their knowledge of animal or more, conveying Christmas wishes life. The chapters on the senses, the and greetings in poems written by colors of animals, and the welfare of the Mary C. Low. Well adapted also to race are especially interesting, and the Christinas uses are a number of beauti- chapter entitled "The Life Histories fully decorated wall-cards, conveying of Insects," with its stories of bees, sentiments of friendship or religion. wasps, and ants, will be found espeAmong the most attractive of these are cially useful by teachers trying to lead "Sympathy," "Our Burden Bearer," children to take a general view of their "Pleasant Thoughts,” “Prayer," "Slum- own knowledge and to perceive the reber Song," "Jesus Loves Me," "En- lation of each fragment to the others deavor," "Character," "Action," "Lend and to the whole. Very good illustraa Hand," "Life," and "Life's Roses." tions are provided for use not for orna
ment, but many of them are portraits The heads of two panthers grin at of beautiful creatures. The Macmilone another across the cover of Miss lan Co. Anne Warner's "The Panther," and the entire figure of the creature appears Miss Florence Converse has mingled upon the cover of the bo in an atti- much knowledge in he "The House tude to haunt one's slumbers, and of Prayer," the story of a child whose within is an allegory printed on pages mother, going away for a visit, bade with a symbolic border in violet, and him to remember to say his prayers, a very good allegory. To tell its ac- much to his dismay as he felt himself tual subject is to forestall the reader's unable to say them without her. The pleasure in discovering what is the real next day he discovered a tiny rock name of the pretty, kittenish thing that chapel in the wood guarded by an grows with every thought and glance angel who was extremely kind to him; bestowed upon it, and having pursued and for his further consolation bis its frightened victim for days and grandfather, who was writing a book nights, at last, long leagues away from about prayers, showed him some espehome and love, tears out her heart, and cially beautiful Litanies. Between leaves her dead. The impressive pic- these two instructors, he learns many tures by Mr. Paul K. M. Thomas are interesting things about religious matperfectly in harmony with the text and ters and their connection with every scarcely less impressive. Small, May- day affairs, and a friend of his grandnard & Co.
father's, an ambassador, instructs him
in the ways of strange folk, and grad“Animal Life." Mr. F. W. Gamble's ually he comes to understand some of small treatise on adaptations and in- the great Christian mysteries. The nate causes of the various forms is a story, although exquisitely told, is remarkable study of the magic of life. hardly adapted for children as young The author proceeds in the develop- as the small hero, but rather is it for ment of his subject by considering in those who are older. It is a beautiful turn, movement, the acquisition of little tale and its writing, its picture
of the heart of a little child, is the fin- seventy half-tone illustrations by Arest literary work that Miss Converse thur Dixon; upon “Our Own Story has accomplished. E. P. Dutton Book," a volume of verses and stories & Co.
for little folks by various writers, fully
illustrated; upon the “Old Farm Story Mr. Alexander MacDonald is a new Box" which contains four pretty books favorite with American boys, but as by Virginia Bennett; upon the "Little he has the good British trick of writing Mother Stories," a group of half a dozen in the English language fathers and or more bright little illustrated books mothers are sure to buy his books until about pets and toys; and upon “The he comes to be an old favorite, and the Book of Donkeys," "The Motor Car excellent quality of his stories prom- Model Book" and a multitude of other ises him continued favor with the boys. gaily illustrated books for the very In "The White Trail” his hero is a little folk. For older young people, young engineer in Alaska in the hope the Duttons publish some attractive of finding an opportunity to use booklets, with colored illustrations prewonderful invention of his older senting such old favorites as Gray's brother, and befriended by two mid- Elegy, Longfellow's Building of the dle-aged Scottish travellers of great ex- Ship and The Legend Beautiful and perience and courage. By the hero's Tennyson's The May Queen. ingenuity be, his friends and their party make their way through the Mr. Clifton Johnson's "Highways and Chilkoot Pass, and it is he who leads Byways of the Pacific Coast” is illusthem back from Dawson City when trated with a great number of photocompelled by scarcity of food to make graphs of the excellent quality taken the appalling journey in winter. The in San Francisco, but they are surhero is not too young to be possible, for passed in vividness by the text, which Mr. MacDonald himself celebrated his is far more graphic than anything nineteenth birthday in Chilkoot Pass, which he has hitherto written. The and his wonderful dog, Dave, is drawn natives seem to have resolved to show from life, and is the same splendid him the most interesting side of their creature that Mr. London described in lives, and if necessary to make it more "The Call of the Wild."
interesting by cleverly added touches, ups have no better Alaskan story than and the reaction upon him is surprisMr. MacDonald here gives to the boys. ing. His chronicle begins with the H. M. Caldwell Co.
Grand Canon of Arizona and the Mex
ican border and proceeds Northward Purchasers of Christmas books for to the Canadian border with a personal children feel a tranquil assurance when story for almost every page, and all they come upon the imprint of E. P. transcribed without a touch of the conDutton & Co. knowing that it stands ventional California dialect. Upon the for excellence of text and beauty of ty. whole there is no better book for readpography and illustration. This year, ers indifferent to coast statistics, and they will find it upon two different edi- not sympathizing very deeply with tions of that perennial classic, Charles coast ideals; for Mr. Johnson cares Kingsley's “Water Babies," both rich nought for anything but material matquartos, one decorated with ten or ters, and the honest native is not distwelve delicate illustrations in color by posed to discourse of his soul or even Margaret W. Tarrant, and the other of his mind to a passing stranger with illustrated with six color plates and & camera. In this and in many other
things he is so like a New England vinced himself of the erroneous charrustic that in many chapters the at- acter of the descriptions of the savage mosphere is that of upper Vermont. in Cooper and similar writers, and in The Macmillan Co.
the works of travellers unable to con
ceive of racial life as resting on bases During the last five of the ten years not familiar to them, and he set himof Mr. Bliss Perry's occupancy of the self to collect the products of infantile Atlantic editorial chair he has opened crafts and industries. Many anthrothe January number with a Toastmas- pologists have attempted the same ter address, as he designates it, an arti- work for a single tribe or group of cle in which he freely discusses the tribes, or for one craft practised in magazine, its contributors, its contents, many tribes, but no work hitherto pubits subscribers, its contemners and its lished has been so wide in its scope, admirers. These papers are written or has been interesting to so many with a breadth of criticism inclusive of classes of investigators. Objects for many topics, and embody so much in- personal adornment; patterns of tatstruction in the editorial craft, and so tooing, objects inscribed with the sign many hints in regard to authorship language; signal drums; funeral obthat every editorial room should be de- servances; masks and secret societies, fended by a small stack of them ranged bows and other arms; fire stocks, and beside its door with the insinuating other things produced in the earliest motto, "Take one" for the swift subdu- ages; stone axes and iron money are a ing of Young-Author-Not-Afraid-of-Any- few of the objects in his collection, and thing-except-Silence. These articles 415 of them are pictured in the text.
new volume ark Street The work is necessary to all anthropolPapers," addresses for the centenaries ogists and ethnologists. J. B. Lippinof Longfellow and Hawthorne follow cott Co. these papers, and then comes the essay, so easy to make laudatory, so difficult In her "Pelleas and Ettarre," Miss to write at all, published immediately Zona Gale portrayed an ideal pair of after the death of Aldrich; and then, married lovers exquisite in tact and in"Whittier for To-day,” exhibiting the sight, sympathetic and well-bred and, good Friend as the poet of peace. Last telling stories of their relations is placed an account of the work done with their friends, made pictures of for the Atlantic by Mr. F. H. Under- which one could but say that with wood, a story familiar to hundreds of such colors they could not be otherwise Bostonians yet living, but strange to than beautiful. One might almost thousands of Atlantic readers. The fancy that she had been challenged to ten papers make a rare little volume. substitute the crude dyes of the woodHoughton, Mifflin Co.
land and the vegetable garden for the
clear brilliancy of powdered crystal "The Childhood of Men," of Profes- and glowing earth, and told that with sor Leo Frobenius, finds its subjects in such a palette she could paint only ugliall races and in all centuries, and its ness, for in her “Friendship Village" author has explained that he was led she describes one of those towns in to write it by observing the specimens which not only the acts and words, of many primitive races gathered in the but the thoughts, the very soul of each Berlin Zoological Gardens where he dweller are matters for discussion in passed much time during his youth. the market place, and by the hearth, Watching these simple folk, he con- a town to be made absurd and hateful by almost any writer with a sense of uncommonly large number of unbackhumor or with any sensitiveness; and neyed plays hold the New York stage, she shows that its apparent faults may and to be able to shape popular opinion be only the effect of loving, kindly in- iu regard to them. Small, Maynard terest, and the twenty tales of which & Co. it is the scene are as at active as the dainty stories of her former book. In his new novel, “The Diva's To say that this is Christian art in Ruby," Mr. Crawford continues and literature is not too much; it is the les apparently concludes the life story beson of St. Peter's net carried into every gun in "Primadonna," and carried on day life, and beside the result the work by “Fair Margaret.” As in its predeof authors always aware of their su- cessors, the chief interest lies in the periority to simple untaught goodness changes of partners brought about in seems very poor stuff. The Macmil. extraordinary and unforeseen ways. lan Co.
The civilized persons in the story, Mar
garet Donne, the primadonna; Rufus That Mr. Walter Prichard Eaton is Van Torp, millionaire; Logotheti, no longer the dramatic critic of the Greek financier; Lady Maud, daughter New York paper to which he contribu- of an English Earl whose husband has ted the criticisms contained in his recently been dispersed into space by "The American Stage of To-day" is a bomb, and Mrs. Rushmore the elsufficient evidence that his judgment derly American widow who matronas therein expressed is fearless and izes Margaret are old acquaintances, unbiassed, and worth reading for that but the moving spring of the tale is quality, had it no other recommenda- Baraka, a beautiful Tartar girl. For tion. But, as Mr. Eaton possesses a love of a stranger sojourning among rich vocabulary and a gift for making her tribe, she shows him the way to happy phrases; as he distinguishes be- their hidden ruby mine, and when, in tween the essentials of the various dra- spite of this incomparable gift of matic schools and insists that they knowledge he departs with his booty, shall not be blended in the making or in leaving her, as he thinks, to perish in the production of any one play; as he solitude, she follows him, paying her heartily detests that form of vulgariza- way with rubies as soon as she comes tion, which calls itself "strong," and to the homes of men, and caring for that other which prides itself on "giy.. nothing except to find him and to pering human interest" to a classic theme; suade him to marry her. Meantime, as he has a keen eye for the actual the great rubies begin to make misabsurdity of nuch contemporary pre- chief as is the way of gems and jewels sentation of immense wickedness, both since the days of the Pharaohs, and in literature and in the drama, he there is robbery and disagreement and would be worth reading if he merely lovers' quarrels, and from the confuproduced advertisements for “the man- sion two wedded pairs go forth in agement." Some of his papers criti- peace. Their names are not to be dicise the stage and dramatists in gen- vulged here because all the interest of eral, but some one play is the subject the story centres upon them, except of most of them, and from the whole that dwelling in the subtle changes iu book one derives an adequate concep. Margaret's character which cannot be tion of what is doing on the American said to improve. Perhaps there may stage of to-day. It is Mr. Eaton's good be a sequel after all. The Macmil. fortune to write at a moment when an lan Co.