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SINGING STARS.

"What sawest thou Orion, thou hunter of the star-lands, On that night star-sown and azure when thou cam'st in

splendor sweeping, And amid thy starry brethren from the near lands and the

far lands All the night above a stable on the earth thy watch wert

keeping?"

“Oh, I saw the stable surely, and the young child and the

Mother, And the placid beasts still gazing with their mild eyes full

of loving, And I saw the trembling radiance of the Star, my lordliest

brother, Light the earth and all the heavens as he kept his guard

unmoving

“There were kings that came from Eastward with their ivory,

spice and sendal, With gold fillets in their dark hair, and gold broidered robes

and stately, And the shepherds gazing starward, over yonder bill did wend

all, And the silly sheep went meekly, and the wise dog marvelled

greatly.

“Oh, we knew, we stars, the stable held our King, His glory

shaded, That His baby hands were poising all the spheres and con

stellations; Berenice shook her hair down like a shower of star-dust

braided, And Arcturus, pale as silver, bent his brows in adorations.

"The stars sang together, sang their love-songs with the

angels, With the Cherubim and Seraphim their shrilly trumpets

blended. They have never sung together since that night of great

evangels, And the young Child in the manger, and the time of bondage ended."

Katharine Tynan.

BOOKS AND AUTHORS.

The Houghton Mifflin Co. publish Mr. James Oliver Curwood has Mr. William S. Bigelow's lecture on chosen the forgotten Mormon settle“Buddhism and In ortality" which ment Beaver Island, Lake Michi. was delivered this year on the ex- gan, as the scene of his “The Courage tremely elastic Ingersoll foundation at of Captain Plum" and has indulged Harvard University. It presents a himself in no small quantity of melosuccinct and on the whole clear out- dramatic adventure while justifying line of the view of Buddhism touching the title. His vessel is robbed by Morthe great question of human immor- non pirates, and in seeking redress he tality.

encounters the Mormon “King,"

Strang, the typical priestly autocrat of One of the most noteworthy additions fiction with myrmidons, as unscruto Everyman's Library (E. P. Dutton pulous and as blood thirsty an assem& Co.) is a new translation of Goethe's blage as any heathen land could proFaust, the work of Mr. A. G. Latham, duce. Assisted by a disaffected memwho accompanies it with an Introduc- ber of the “King's" council, he carries tion, and supplements it with adequate off a girl intended to be the monarch's notes. The translation is facile and bride, and has the general good luck fuent, and true alike to the spirit and of the old-fashioned hero. The belthe letter of the original. The lyrical ligerent passages are very well done, parts are especially good.

and also the description of the death

prepared for traitors to the king, and Mr. Albert Kinross's "Joan of Ga- although the love story is less successrioch” is a detective story with the de- ful, the story deserves attention on actectives omitted, the hero supplying count of the novelty of its their place, and very narrowly escap- Bobbs, Merrill Co. ing the occupancy of that of victim to the villain, who proves to be a villain Ruskin's "The Crown of Wild only because he also is a lover. Joan Olives" and "Cestus of Aglaia"; Emerand the husband to whom she sells son's "Nature," "The Conduct of Life" herself to save the mercantile honor and other essays; Hazlitt's delightful of her family apparently vanish from "Table Talk";

Matthew

Arnold's the face of the earth, and the search "Poems," including those written be. which her betrothed lover makes for tween 1840 and 1866 together with her when he returns from the South "Thyrsis," which was published in African war takes him to the Baltic 1867; Charlotte M. Yonge's "The Book Provinces where he sees a side of Rus- of Golden Deeds," a volume of perensian affairs strange to Europeans and nial inspiration for young readers, to Americans. The savage nature of ranging, as it does, over nearly three the peasant and the courage of the thousand years in its quest for heroic Germano-Russian noble are strikingly and self-sacrificing acts; Ville-Harset forth, and also the unscrupulous- douin's and DeJoinville's "Chronicles ness of the true Slav. This is one of of the Crusades"; the fifth and sixth the best of the recent Russian novels volumes of Richard Hakluyt's quaint written by Englishmen, perhaps the and stirring history of “The Principal best taking into account the originality Navigations, Voyages, Traffiques and of its scene. The Macmillan Co. Discoveries of the English Nation"

scene.

made by sea or overland to the remote self improvement. For home grown and farthest distant quarters of the lucrative rant and foolishness he has earth; Kinglake's "Eothen"; and no mercy and feels no call to kneel at Burke's "Speeches and Letters op the confessionals of Mr. Sinclair or Mr. American Affairs” are included among London, but to such well-meaning forthe latest volumes in Everyman's Li- eigners as err from innocence he is civil, brary. E. P. Dutton & Co.

and in these particulars he differs most

agreeably from many ostentatiously "The Man from Home,” the play by "American” writers. In his closing Mr. Booth Tarkington and Mr. Harry chapter, “Signs of Progress," he boldly Leon Wilsen, performed for a year in

sets forth the subtle but undeniable Chicago, and some months in New indications that the American grows York, is now published as a book, and more punctiliously honest both in priwill be found highly amusing by any vate affairs and in public business, and one in search of attacks on the mer- that the number of profitable crimes of cenary Englishman in search of a wife, individuals and corporations against provided he is able to believe that the the state, and of corporations against West still produces the sort of Ameri- the individual steadily diminishes. can who embodies all the national vir- The Macmillan (o. tues and is capable of washing himself in a public street. Types only rea- A professor, a banker, and a gentlesonable on the stage always seem man of leisure are the three persons overdrawn when presented through the who join in the discussion forming medium of a book, and it is necessary Mr. G. Lowes Dickinson's latest book, when judging this printed play to note "Justice and Liberty." The usefulthat the exaggerations are fairly well ness of the form is doubtful, and it is balanced, and that there is no inconsis- to be feared that it will repel some tency of conduct to be detected in the readers, but it is to be noted that it is personages. The great truth that a the professor who has the last serious Missouri person must be "shown,” first word, and that it is confident and enunciated by Miss Robins, is many hopeful. The book advances a scheme times repeated in this story and "sand by which the world might be changed, in his gear box” is suggested as a sub- it expresses confidence in the little stitute for "wheels in his head," the flame of idealism and love that flickers modern version of "a bee in his bon- in so many movements, and so many net." Harper & Brothers.

bodies of men, and it protests against

considering the present conditions unIn his time, Mr. John Graham Brooks der which society exists as immutable has castigated such of his erring coun- principles. Inasmuch as the author trymen as needed reproof for gross sins is master both of the art of logical in politics, finance or manners, and he statement, and of the art of condensahas no sensitiveness in regard to those tion, this is a most inadequate attempt criticisms from foreigners which he has to place some of his results before the collected in “As Others See Us." Cap- reader, but those who are accustomed tain Basil Hall, Captain Marryat, Dick- to speak regretfully of the days when ens, Mrs. Trollope, Miss Martineau, there were giants will do well to comcannot wound him, and De Tocqueville pare this book with Mill on Liberty. and Mr. Bryce do not make him con- They may, perhaps, perceive that this ceited; he takes all as the wise man is the day of giants. Mr. Dickinson is takes personal criticism, as an aid to to deliver the next Ingersoll lecture at

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Harvard, and reading this book will Curtin spared no pains in perfecting constitute a fair introduction to his his work, making many journeys to method of thought and argument. The Russia while engaged upon it, and colMcClure Co.

lecting material from original sources.

Nearly half the book is occupied by the From sources old and new, from history of Russia prior to the Mongol writers well known and little known invasion, some acquaintance with the Mr. Burton Egbert Stevenson has troubles of the country being necessary drawn the material for a most interest- to account for the success of the hosing anthology, “Poems of American tile horde. The latter part of the volHistory," which fills seven hundred two

ume is one long record of turbulence, column pages.

He has grouped this hitherto unwritten in English, and in material in five general divisions: The every way horrible to read. A modern Colonial Period; The Revolution; The war, in spite of the higher potency of Period of Growth; The Civil War; and weapons, is peace itself compared to The Period of Expansion. These gen- those which the Mongols waged coneral divisions are sub-divided into chap- tipuously, and between battles the inters of convenient length. Not all of dividual Mongol freely assassinated his these poems are poems, in the high- private enemies. Nevertheless, there est sense, and not all of them are veri- are certain Russian provinces, certain table history; for allowance must be towns wbich cannot be understood made, on the one hand, for the literary without knowledge of the Mongol occuineptitude of contemporary narrators pation, and the whole empire cannot and ballad writers, and on the other be understood until one perceives how hand, for the imagination of later writ- widely varying are its people. The ers who sacrificed something of histori- book is necessary in all reference li. cal veritude to the exigencies of verse. braries and all future historians of RusBut, taken together, they supplement sia will profit by its author's labors. admirably the formal work of the his- Little, Brown & Co. torian and may well be read by students, young or old, in connection with It is the unkind habit of Mr. W. H. histories of the several periods. The Mallock to seize upon a novelty in the compiler has also rendered a service material for fiction, and to use it so to the reader by stringing the poems supremely well that it is henceforth upon a slender thread of historical nar- valueless to weaker writers, and his rative. This is modestly printed in new book, "An Immortal Soul," is an small type, and is sufficient to give example of his proclivity. The herothe poems a setting and a certain con- ine, the "immortal soul,” is apparently tinuity. Altogether, we have here a beyond the reach of church or of scihappy idea happily executed. The ence, having two temperaments, one Houghton Mifflin Co.

body, and a memory conscious of noth

ing but the temperament in possession. "The Mongols in Russia," the com- Her immediate family and her physi. panion volume of the late Jeremiah cian conspire to conceal her infirmity, Curtin's "The Mongols," was finished pretending that the refined, gentle Nest and had undergone its last revision has a sister, and that as the two do some little time before its author's not agree they are always kept apart, death, and, in reading it, there is none and the behavior of the supposed sister of the melancholy dissatisfaction is quite sufficient to disperse Nest's lov. caused by a work left incomplete. Mr. ers and friends, to whom a swearing, horsey young person, addicted to mak- monarch's most vicious plan and then ing love to every man whom she sees is leaves him even as he has to leave his not agreeable. It is necessary at last lady, Sir Godfrey Weston's daughter, to tell the truth to a clergyman whose for whose sake he has served for years love for Nest makes him willing to on the continent and has transformed break bis voluntary vow of celibacy,

a rude bumpkin into an officer of some but his Christian confidence in the renown. His consolation for the loss resources of the church to meet what of both his ideals is happiness with a he regards as a case of demoniacal pos- wise and gentle Puritan and the resession yields to the discovery that in spect of the honest men on both sides. her lower condition the girl has mar- There is something too much of the ried and is a mother. After this it marionette in the behavior of all the seems unlikely that any sentimental- personages, even to the foreign seryist will try to make a heroine with a ants who furnish the humor for the double self the centre of a pretty tale. tale, but a performance of marionettes Mr. Mallock makes no comment, and may be very amusing to the spectators the minor personages, a group of as- and there is many a laugh and many a sorted modern types, do not understand surprise between the rise and fall of the condition of affairs, and do not the mimic curtain on Colonel Greatdiscuss it. The reader will, however, heart. Bobbs Merrill Co. hardly be at a loss for comment of his own for the book provokes it. Har- The American clergyman of today per & Brothers.

must feel a wider sympathy with the

Apostles than he who ministered to Cromwell, Fairfax, Ireton, Fleet- previous generations, and had only to wood, all the Puritan generals dear to think of their spiritual wants, for the reader of old historical novels, now any one of his hearers may come with King Charles and Rupert to aid, to him any day to demand help for a appear in Mr. H. G. Bailey's romance, generally ailing body, or for trouble of “Colonel Greatheart,” but, for once, almost any sort, and very nobly have the honor lies entirely with the Puri- the ministers responded to the new tans, and the best of the cavaliers ends call. In Chicago the demand for asby beating his sword into a plough: sistance of this species has been very share rather than continue to fight great, and Bishop Fallows, like a well against them. Of the comparatively known Boston pastor, has written a few novelists who have taken this book for the instruction of those who view of the Puritan generals as a body seek the help of the Church in their nearly all have contented themselves physical and temporal troubles. It is with allotting a certain number entitled "Health and Happiness," or, of correct principles to both sides “Religious Therapeutics and Right Livin the contest between King and ing," and the first edition, although Parliament, but Mr. Bailey is not of large, was so swiftly bought in Chithese. Charles in his pages is a cow- cago, that it is the second which first ardly, attitudinizing, prevaricating ty- comes to the East. Like all other rant, and at heart an assassin, a creat- Church "movements” in this field, that ure for whom no soldier of even mod- guided by Bishop Fallows insists upon erate fastidiousness could fight. The the value of the physician's work, and Colonel Greatheart, whose

is accepts medicine and all its cognate Jeremiah Stow, living for honor, gove sciences, but it asserts that all that is erned entirely by honor, thwarts the valuable in the New Thought and

name

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