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Half a century with Judges and Lawyers. By Joseph
A. Willard. 16mo, pp. 371. Boston: Houghton, Mifflin & Co. $1.25.
A volume of reminiscences of the Massachusetts bar, by the clerk of the Superior Court. Mr. Willard has made allusions to a great number of lawyers and judges by name, but in some instances, through "a just regard for the feelings of those living," he refrains from the mention of names. To the members of the Massachusetts legal fraternity his anecdotes will have a peculiar interest. The People's Life of William Ewart Gladstone. 16mo,
pp. 182. New York: Cassell Publishing Company. 75 cents.
A convenient short biography of England's “Grand Old Man." For so condensed a sketch a very, fair proportion has been observed in the narrative, which is almost wholly devoted to Mr. Gladstone's public career. The portraits and other illustrations, while not of superior excellence, are suited to a popular work of this kind. Most of the great Commoner's great contemporaries are represented. Forty Years in South China : The Life of Rev. John Van
Nest Talmage, D.D. By Rev. John Gerardus Fagg. 12mo,pp. 301. New York: A.D.F.Randolph & Co. $1.25.
Dr. John Van Nest Talmage, a brother of Thomas De Witt Talmage, was a missionary of the American Reformed (Dutch) Church in China from 1847 to 1889. His life was a laborious and useful one, and its record will interest those concerned with the details of a modern missionary existence. Mr. Fagg's book contains thirty pages of memorial notices by various people and a sermon by Thomas De Witt Talmage commemorative of his father. The main portion of the work is based largely upon the missionary's letters and diaries. The dozen illustrations show something of Chinese scenery and Chinese life.
Spirit," "The Administration of the Spirit," etc., etc. These
Arthur T. Pierson, D.D. 12mo, pp. 214. New York:
In this book Dr. Pierson writes of “The Elements and Secrets of Power," "The Power of a Presiding Purpose,” “ The Use and Abuse of Books," "The Genius of Industry," "The Ethics of Amusement," and "The Inspiration cf Ideals." These familiar topics are presented in a definite, stimulating way, with a deep moral conviction of the worth of life. The precepts are enforced by many apt anecdotes and quotations. The book is an excellent one to place in the hands of young people. Heavenly Trade Winds. By Rev. Louis Albert Banks,
D.D. 12ino, pp. 351. Cincinnati : Cranston & Curts. $1.25.
This volume contains twenty-two sermons recently preached in the Hanson Place Methodist Episcopal Church, Brooklyn. They exhibit the same qualities-vigor, clear utterance, apt anecdote, practical application, religious faith, etc., noted in an earlier volume of Mr. Banks' sermons mentioned in the REVIEW a few months ago. He Being Dead Yet Speaketh, and Other Sermons. By the
late Alexander Gardiner Mercer, D.D. 12mo, pp. 327. New York: Anson D. F. Randolph & Co. $1.50.
The thirty-six sermons of this volume are quiet, simple and of practical religious application. They are distinctly Christian in tone; spiritual far more than theological or even Biblical. They evidence a calm faith in the great truths of the Gospel teaching, interpreted by individual experience. Lamps of the Temple: Choice Examples of the Eloquence
of the Modern Pulpit. Compiled by Thomas W. Handford. 12mo, pp. 374. Chicago: Laird & Lee. 50 cents.
A compilation of brief representative extracts from men of prominence in the English and American pulpit-Spurgeon, Theodore Parker, Edward Everett Hale, Rabbi Hirsh. Theo dore Cuyler, Bishop Newman, Cardinal Manning, and many others. There are several fair portraits.
RELIGION AND ETHICS. The Psalmist and the Scientist; or, Modern Value of the
Religious Sentiment. By George Matheson, M.A., D.D. 12mo, pp. 332. New York: Anson D. F. Randolph & Co. $1.75.
This is the third edition of a worthy, intelligent contribu. tion to that extensive literature which endeavors to discover the relation of religion to the great ideas of modern science. The author examines the Book of Psalms not as an authority, but because of its typical value-as the “repository of the religious sentiment in its largest and most comprehensive form." The views of the Psalmist upon the existence of God, on the “Origin of Life," "Human Insignificance," "Ground of Religious Confidence," "Principle of Survival," "Sin," “Optimism," etc., are compared with the dominant scientific conceptions of our day regarding these subjects. The conclusion is reached that the missionary interest of religion is the same as the missionary interest of science; and that the study of the laws of Nature will prove identical with the study of the laws of God." The “religion” which Dr. Matheson considers is that instinctive human one which lies below any creed or any particular religious institution. The thought of the book moves upon a high plane and the language is clear. Doctor Judas : A Portrayal of the Opium Habit. By
William Rosser Cobbe. 12mo, pp. 320. Chicago : S.
Mr. Cobbe opens his first chapter with the statement, “In. exorable duty, and that alone, has urged the writer to the painful task of recording the terrible story of a nine years' slavery to opium." He describes in an impressive way the physical and mental effects of the use of the drug in his own experience, and criticises De Quincey's “Confessions of an English Opium Eater" as showing much untrustworthy coloring. Mr. Cobbe relates the details of some dreams horrible indeed to the dreamer but nevertheless entertaining to the undrugged reader. The book is of serious import as a contribution to practical moral reform, but its style is such as to give it, to some extent, the character of a work in belles-lettres. The Ministry of the Spirit. By A. J. Gordon, D.D.
12mo, pp. 225. Philadelphia : American Baptist Publication Society. $1.
Dr. Gordon conceives of the third person of the Trinity as having a special“ ministry in time," beginning with the New Testament Pentecost and continuing in the history of the Christian Church since that event. He considers, rather as a student of the Bible than as a theologian, such topics as * The Naming of the Spirit," “ The Communion of tho
ESSAYS, CRITICISM AND BELLES-LETTRES. American Literature. By Mildred Cabell Watkins.
32mo, pp. 224. New York: American Book Company. 35 cents.
This little volume belongs to the well-known series of “Literature Primers." The author has written in a simple, familiar style suitable for quite young readers, and one of her objects has been to furnish a text-book for pupils in our elementary schools. Her account of our literature is free from burdensome details and dates; considerable attention is given to biographical matters, and the criticisms are clear and brief. The mature student may be sorry to see that all the literary activity of our people from the settlement of Plymouth to the rise of the “Knickerbocker School" has been passed over in twenty pages. Anne Bradstreet, Freneau. Franklin, Barlow, Jonathan Edwards and other early writers are of course mentioned, but the author has taken the usual view that our real literature began only with the present century. She has accepted the spirit of Richardson's history rather than that of Tyler's. The Federalist is given slight attention, and Paine's " Age of Reason" is said to be "now regarded as low and vulgar and without influence." There is no mention of Alexander Wilson, of Joseph Dennie and The Portfolio. But of our standard novelists, poets, essayists, historians, orators and critics, a fair account is given in an interesting way, and “summaries" at the close of chapters give dates, lists of works, and brief representative extracts. The dialect writers in various parts of the country who OCcupy so much attention to-day receive notice. It must be said that this primer follows the conventional conceptions of our literature ; yet it is a carefully prepared little manual and will undoubtedly be found highly useful in the schoolroom if supplemented by the teacher's own knowledge and opinions. Latin Poetry. By R. Y. Tyrrell. 12mo, pp. 346. Boston:
Houghton, Mifflin & Co. $1.50.
In 1893 Professor Tyrrell, of the University of Dublin, gave the third course of lectures on the Percy Turnbull Memorial foundation at Johns Hopkins University, and after some revision sends them out in book form. In the first chapter They deal with typical characters in humble circumstances and are told largely in dialect, after the manner of the short realistic stories of New England furnished us so abundantly during the past decade. The longest piece-" The Withrow Water Right "tells of the pitiable, unrequited love of an uneducated country girl for a young civil engineer whom fate brings into her life. The other sketches are also mostly grave in tone, though there is an infusion of humor. The author has devoted herself closely to the study of human character, and has painted the background of nature with somewhat less distinctness than many writers of “local fiction." Her work is of high grade and makes genuinely entertaining reading.
The Woman Who Did. By Grant Allen. 16mo, pp. 223.
Boston : Roberts Brothers. $1.
This is a late issue in the" Keynote Series" and, like other volumes we have noted in that series, is distinctly modern in tone. Mr. Allen tells the tragical history of a young and highly cultured English woman who is a victim-or a martyr, if one prefers-to the idea that marriage is a relic of barbaric slavery. The final blow comes to "The Woman Who Did" when her daughter, whom she hoped would be an apostle of the free faith, bitterly denounces both the idea and its results and her mother. Suicide is the last act of the drama. To many readers the heroine will appear to be a puppet in the hands of a theorizing author, but the book merits notice as another addition to studies of the modern woman. Though Mr. Allen's own opinion is that Hermina Barton was a "stainless soul,” her family and friends did not so reason. This obstinacy of English Philistinism gives Mr. Allen unpleasant feelings, and opportunity for such observations here and there as “ blank pessimism is the one creed possible for all save fools." The story is told with great clearness and directness. It has passed through several editions,
a rapid survey of the entire course of Latin poetry is taken ;
Century. By F. M. Warren. 12.no, pp. 373. New
During the past decade or so English criticism has been active in examination of the origin and development of the various forms of fiction. Mr. F. M. Warren, who holds a professorship in Western Reserve University (Cleveland), sends out a book which is intended in part to serve as introduction to Körting's "History of the French Novel in the Seventeenth Century." After an introduction of twenty pages he devotes two chapters to the ancient Greek novel and its influence. He then considers the romances of chivalry, paying detailed attention to "Amadis of Gaul" and its sequels, "The Italian Pastoral," "Montemayor's Diana," "The Picaresco Novel in Spain," and "Other Kinds of Spanish Novels." The English novel and the Chinese novel are also given brief examination. Mr. Warren has made his study in the spirit of a thorough scholarship. The easy, natural style and much of the matter in the book, however, will attract a good many readers who are not specialists in the history of literary developments. There are references to numerous authorities, but no com. plete bibliography. The Book-Bills of Narcissus. By Richard Le Gallienne.
12mo, pp. 173. New York : G. P. Putnam's Sons. $1.
Of late Mr. Le Gallienne has attained an enviable position as writer of a refined and original English prose. The "BookBills of Narcissus" has passed to a third edition, revised and with one new chapter. In “The Religion of a Literary Man" Mr. Le Gallienne gave the reader his views upon present-day pessimism, world weariness, atheism, etc., in the bookish realm: in this work upon “Narcissus " he describes the love affairs-idyllic and serious-the books which have helped, the traits of mind and habits of life of a supposed young poet friend of the author. These chapters are written in a remarkably easy and genial style, reflective, leisurely, remote from the turmoil of our industrious days. The lover of pure, trans. parent English devoted to companionable ideas can scarcely fail to find this little book enjoyable. Meditations in Motley. By Walter Blackburn Harte.
16mo, pp. 224. Boston : Arena Publishing Company.
The first of Mr. Harte's six papers—"On Certain Satisfactions of Prejudice "-is reprinted from the Arena. The subjects of the others are “Jacobitism in Boston," "Critics and Criticism," " Some Masks and Faces of Literature,” “The Fascination of New Books" and "A Rhapsody on Music." Mr. Harte is a journalist of experience, who appears in the essay writing world, however, with rather severe denunciation of our typical modern newspaper He says something, in an original, spicy, occasionally whimsical yet withal sensible manner, about the relations of literature and our industrial civilization to a free, sane, intellectual life. There is considerable suggestive thought in his quiet essays. Five Lectures on Shakespeare. By Bernhard Ten Brink.
16mo, pp. 248. New York: Henry Holt & Co. $1.25.
These lectures by the distinguished German student of our English literature are popular in nature and do not enter into any very detailed questions of scholarship or criticism. Shakespeare is given an exceedingly high rank, but he is not made a divinity. The subjects considered are “The Poet and the Man," in which Professor Ten Brink stamps the Bacon heresy as a "mere curiosity, a morbid phenomenon of the time," "The Chronology of Shakespeare's Works" and Shakespeare as “ Dramatist," "Comic Poet” and “Tragic Writer." In this translation the language is remarkably clear and simple.
Castle Rackrent, and the Absentee. By Maria Edge
worth. 12mo, pp. 432. New York: Macmillan & Co. $1.25.
To these two famous pieces of Edgeworthian literature Anne Thackeray Ritchie has contributed an introduction in her usual charming style Among other things it describes a personal visit to Edgeworthstown. A few terms and idiomatic phrases of " Castle Rackrent" are given comment in an ap. pendix of twelve pages. The two stories are attractively illustrated by forty photo-engravings, many of them full-page, after drawings by Chris Hammond.
A Son of Hagar. By Hall Caine. 12mo, pp. 354. New
York: R. F. Fenno & Co. $1.
This is a reissue of one of Mr. Caine's earliest works, first published nearly a decade ago. While naturally not of the high grade of his recent novels, it is worth reading in itself and will interest those who desire to trace the author's literary development. The title suggests the social position of one of the principal characters. Mr. Caine's aim in another character was to " penetrate into the soul of a bad man and lay bare the processes by which he is tempted to his fall.” The scenes are laid partly in the darker regions of London and partly among the Cumberland Mountains. Particular effort is made to present in true colors something of the life of the Cumberland peasantry. This story of love, crime, mystery and moral conquest is illustrated by a portrait of the author and by ten full-page half-tones printed in blue ink. A Man of Mark. By Anthony Hope. 32mo, pp. 231.
New York: Henry Holt & Co. 75 cents.
Jack O'Doon. A Novel. By Maria Beale. 32mo, pp.
277. New York: Henry Holt & Co. 75 cents.
Both of these stories are given a place in the “Buckram Series," of which several issues have already been noticed in the REVIEW. Mr. Hope has certainly wielded a versatile pen during the past twelvemonth. In "A Man of Mark” he relates the amatory and political experiences of a young Englishman in a very small" South American republic which Mr. Hope names "Aureataland." This tiny state was presided over by a native of Virginia. The financial crises and the frequent revolutionary upheavals of the “ golden land" are described in a breezy, humorous manner; the whole story has an atmosphere of fantastic unreality. It is written in very easy English. "Jack O'Doon" is a tale of an entirely different character, dramatic and tragical. The scenes are laid in a little community on the North Carolina coast. The principal characters are the simple-hearted sea captain's daughter, “Mercy Blessington," and her two lovers, a young city artist and the humble sailor “Jack O'Doon." The heroic sailor sacrifices his life to save his rival, whom Mercy ac cepts, "feeling that she had strength to do for him all that Jack had done for her." The attractive local coloring of the story is carefully painted.
FICTION. Stories of the Foot-Hills. By Margaret Collier Graham.
16mo, pp. 262. Boston: Houghton, Mifflin & Co. $1.25. · Seven stories of present-day life in rural California are brought together in this volume; the first one occupying more than one hundred pages, the others being much shorter.
Gallia. By Ménie Muriel Dowie. Paper, 12mo, pp. 313.
Philadelphia: J. B. Lippincott Company. 50 cents.
A Woman of Impulse. By Justin Huntly McCarthy.
Paper, 12mo, pp. 314. New York: G. P. Putnam's
P'tit Matinic' and Other Monotones. By George Whar
ton Edwards. 32mo, pp. 140. New York: The Century Company. $1.25.
A dainty, minute volume in the same general style as Mr. Edwards' "Thumb-Nail Sketches." About half the pages contain descriptions of the scenery and quaint characters of a small Atlantic Coast island. These are followed by a pathetic bit concerning the life of a New York artist and a brief story of European experience. The numerous drawings and decorations by the author and the covers in leather and gold give the book a very artistic appearance. The Devil's Playground. A Story of the Wild Northwest
By John Mackie. 32mo, pp. 246. New York: Frederick A. Stokes Company. 75 cents.
Mr. Mackie presents the familiar trio of wife, husband and lover, but his story is cleanly written and closes without deplorable or artificially tragical events. The scenes are laid in the Canadian Northwest and the natural features and life of that remote region are well described. The “round-up," the blizzard, the prairie-fire, the mounted police, the half-breed scout and the danger of famine are employed by Mr. Mackie to heighten the interest of his chapters. There are several pleasing illustrations. Miss Cherry Blossom, of Tokyo. By John Luther Long.
12mo, pp. 364. Philadelphia: J. B. Lippincott Co. $1.25.
The heroine of this novel is a modern young Japanese woman, daughter of a cabinet minister of the im ernment, who pursued a part of her educational career in the United States. Mr. Long presents her as a passionate, charming creature, speaking a pretty broken English. The varying but finally successful fortunes of her love for a young Ameri. can secretary of legation constitute the main interest of the story. Aside from “Miss Cherry Blossom," the Japanese element is not especially prominent, though all the scenes are in Tokyo. The book is clad in a way Japanese cover.
A Book of Elizabethan Lyrics. Selected and Edited by
Felix E. Schelling. 12mo, pp. 396. Boston : Ginn &
Professor Schelling holds the chair of English literature in the University of Pennsylvania. This " Book of Elizabethan Lyrics" prepared by him is issued in the “Athenæum Press Series,” of which several volumes have been already noticed in the REVIEW. Professor Schelling's collection covers the period from 1576 to 1625, and he has selected material from the poetical miscellanies, masques and song-books of the time, as well as from the works of individual writers. The poems are dated and placed, usually, in their chronological order. The intro duction devotes thirty pages to “The Elizabethan Lyric," and about the same space to “Elizabethan Lyrical Measures." There are nearly ninety pages of notes, explanatory and biographical, and three indexes, one of which partially serves the functions of a bibliography. Like other volumes in this series, Professor Schelling's work is primarily of value to the student, but serviceable also to many careful "general readers." The Student's Chaucer : Being a Complete Edition of his
Works. Edited by the Rev. Walter W. Skeat. Octavo, pp. 903. New York : Macmillan & Co. $1.75.
This is a condensed version of the great Oxford Edition of Chaucer which was recently completed. Besides the entire text of Chaucer's verse and prose it contains brief introductory notice of the poet's life and character, of grammar, metre, versification and pronunciation, etc., and a glossarial index of one hundred and fifty pages. The print is necessarily fine, but it is clear, and the binding is neat and serviceable. Professor Skeat's editorial ability needs no comment.
The Sons of Ham. A Tale of the New South. By Louis Pen
dleton. 12mo, pp. 328. Boston: Roberts Brothers. $1.50,
Readers of current fiction will remember that Louis Pendleton is the author of "The Wedding Garment" and other works. His new book is “hopefully inscribed to the African Colonization Societies of the future," and relates largely to the problems of race adjustment in the “New South." The scenes are laid in a small representative Georgia town. Various local types, including several of the negro persuasion, are portrayed, and exciting incidents of murder, race war and lynching are introduced. The book is worth
as a study of Southern village life in the eighties. The story in itself is perhaps somewhat less interesting. Grimm's Fairy Tales. New edition revised. Octavo, pp.
406. New York : Cassell Publishing Company. $2.50.
In this edition the old favorites of fairyland literature are made doubly attractive by more than one hundred orig. inal full-page and lesser illustrations by Harry S. Watson. The cover of the book is gay in an appropriate design. This is a good volume to add to the children's library.
Lyrics of the Lariat: Poems with Notes. By Nathan
Kirk Griggs. 16mo, pp. 266. New York : Fleming
Mr. Griggs' title suggests such subjects as he has versified in his longer poems— The Cowboy," "Maverick Joe," "The Blizzard," "The Prairie Dog," "The Cowboy Preacher," etc. Of these he has written in unstilted metres and in the free and easy, even slangy, phraseology of the plains. Many of the shorter poems, however, are religious in nature, or lyrics of love, childhood and memory, and though not without some merit, are essentially conventional in tone. The verses are freely furnished with small illustrations. In Woods and Fields. By Augusta Larned. 16mo, pp.
157. New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons. $1.
As the title suggests, a large majority of the poems in this collection are upon cut-door subjects. The first poem is an “Invocation" to Theocritus, and something of the pastoral spirit of the ancient Greek poet obtains in these pages. The versification is graceful and clear-cut. The volume is a very pleasant addition to our lighter lyrical poetry of nature. Philoctetes, and Other Poems and Sonnets. By J. E.
Nesmith. 16mo, pp. 111. Boston: Houghton, Mifflin & Co.
The longest poem in this collection is upon the classical theme" Philoctetes at Lemnos " and is written in rhyming couplets. The sonnets number about sixty and are mostly of a moral nature using the adjective in the broad sense. A few poems are descriptive of natural scenery. Mr. Nesmith's verse is not of a popular cast, but it evidences a thoughtful, cultured mind, appreciative of the severer voices of the muse.
Three and Twenty. By Jennie M. Drinkwater. 12mo,
pp. 354. Boston: A. I. Bradley & Co.
Another of Miss Drinkwater's wholesome stories especially appropriate for the girls' library or the family circle. The heroine is an original Maine country maiden who becomes a successful editor in New York City. The several characters are distinctly drawn and their history told in a natural way. The vicissitudes of a true love are related and the story closes with a long.deferred but happy wedding. Red Rose and Tiger Lily ; or, In a Wider World. By L.
F. Meade. 12mo, pp. 284. New York : Cassell Publishivg Co. $1.50.
An attractive story for girls, which deals with family life on English country estates. The moral tone is excellent. There are eight illustrations, and the cover is a cheerful one. The Lone Inn. A Mystery. By Fergus Hume. 32mo,
pp. 195. New York: Cassell Publishing Co. 50 cents.
A complicated and thrilling English tale of the detective story species, with a love affair and a supposed murder as the central threads. It ought to satisfy those numerous readers who enjoy fiction of this character.
Pictures in Verse. By George Lansing Raymond, L.H.D.
Octavo, pp. 44. New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons. 75 cents.
Fourteen short poems, all simple, some light, others of graver tone. Professor Raymond's title would suggest that the subjects are apt for pictorial treatment, and they have been given twenty illustrations by Maud Stumm, seven of these being full.page.
Old Ace, and Other Poems. By Fred Emerson Brooks. in the colony and secondary education in the State were pre16mo, pp. 214. New York: Cassell Publishing Com
pared by Basil Sollers. pany. $1.
Deutsche Gedichte. Selected with Notes and an IntroA collection of short poems in easy metres and upon
duction by Camillo von Klenze, Ph.D. 16mo, pp. 344. popular subjects, of patriotic, humorous, pathetic or descript New York: Henry Holt & Co. 90 cents. ive nature. A number are written in dialect. Much of Mr. Brooks' verse has an attractive swing and might be found
A selection of the best and most characteristic German serviceable for public recitation. His muse is a good-natured literary ballads and lyrics since the dawn of the classical one, unpretentious and content to dwell among the common, period," prepared for students who read German with some homely affairs of everyday life and people. A portrait of the
ease. The arrangement has been so made as to exhibit the author is given.
growth of German literature during the last two hundred
years, and also the development of the individual poets repreVerses Viridescent. By Timothy and Charles J. Barrett.
sented. The index of "Authors and Poems" contains the
names of about fifty writers, including Bürger, Eichendorff. Paper, octavo, pp. 99. Orange, N. J. Published by
Geibel, Lenau, Rückert and Uhland, besides the great trio the Authors.
Goethe, Schiller and Heine. There is also an index to the first lines of the poems. Nearly fifty pages are devoted to notes,
mainly of a literary nature. There are several fair portraits TRAVEL,
and as frontispiece the Goethe-Schiller statue at Weimar is A Satchel Guide for the Vacation Tourist in Europe.
shown. Revised for 1895. 16mo, pp. 307. Boston: Houghton, Scientific German Reader. By George Theodore DipMiffin & Co.
pold, Ph.D. 12mo, pp. 322. Boston : Ginn & Co. A careful revision for 1895 of a volume which has been . $1. published annually since 1873. It describes one continuous route through Ireland, Scotland, England, Belgium, Holland,
The selections of this volume are intended to familiarize Germany, Switzerland, France, Austria and Italy. The Brit
the student with "the order of words, the vocabulary and ish Isles and Italy are given extended attention. The book is
technical terms that are most frequently found in German intended for such travelers as can spend but a few months in
scientific works." The subjects are chemistry, physics, Europe, and especially such as wish to make the trip as
the steam engine, geology, geometry, mineralogy, anthrocheaply as possible. The pedestrian tourist has been kept in
pology, the thermometer and the compass. About sixty mind. There are five good maps, a thorough index and tabu
pages of notes are given, and a number of exercises for trans. lar matter appropriate in such a work. In size and shape the
lation from English to German. Some simple illustrations volume is a convenient one.
are included. Rhodesia of To-day: A Description of the Present Con- Les Historiens Français du XIXme Siècle. By C. Fon.
dition and Prospects of Matabeleland and Mashona taine, B.L., L.D. 12mo, pp. 384. New York: William land. By E. F. Knight. 12mo, pp. 151. New York:
R. Jenkins. $1.25. Longmans, Green & Co. $1.
This volume is a continuation of the series begun by Mr. Knight was recently correspondent for the London
Professor Fontaine in 1889 with "Les Poètes Francais du Times from the territory of the British South Africa Com
XIXe siècle" and followed by a volume upon “prose pany. He has prepared this little book upon the basis of a.
writers." Professor Fontaine has arranged short selections considerable personal survey of Matabeleland and Mashona
from French historians of this century eminent for style as land, for readers desiring accurate practical information re
well as matter-Lamartine, H. Martin, Guizot, Michelet,
Thiers and others-in such manner as to present pictures of garding those regions which are just now attracting so many immigrants from the British Isles and America. Pis chapters
French history from 1643 to the assassination of Carnot. A are upon Native Laborers," "The Climate," "Grazing and
considerable number of notes are placed at the bottom of the Agriculture," "Emigration to Matabeleland." “ The British
pages. South Africa Company's Mining Law," "The Chartered Company's Goldfields," Communication" and " Administration."
Simples Notions de Français. By Paul Bercy. Octavo, While fostering no Utopian hopes Mr. Knight's opinion of pp. 105. New York: William R. Jenkins. 75 cents. the section he describes is an encouraging one. A sketch-map is furnished.
A primer which seeks by means of large pictures and sim
ple accompanying text to familiarize little children with French Travels in Three Continents. By J. M. Buckley, LL.D. pronunciation and other first elements of the spoken language. Octavo, pp. 632. New York: Hunt & Eaton. $3.50.
The volume includes a considerable number of appropriate
songs, with both words and music. Dr. Buckley is wholly justified in assuming that there is room for another book of travel dealing with the lands he has Lectures Faciles pour L'Etude du Français. By Paul visited within a few years in Europe, Asia and Africa. Not every one who travels should be encouraged to tell his experi
Bercy. 12mo, pp. 256. New York: William R. Jenences in books, but the reading public would sustain a real loss kins. $1. if it were deprived of such a record as Dr. Buckley has made for us of his journeying in foreign parts. A ready wit, a pene.
This volume completes the course in French begun by trating vision, and the power to make others see with him,
“Le Français Pratique." It contains short, simply told stolearn with him, and laugh with him, combine to render Dr.
ries by modern authors, each followed by grammatical notes Buckley an exceptionally attractive descriptive writer. His and rules in French. A list of the irregular verbs with their knowledge of history, as well as of the world of to-day, makes principal parts is given, and a model of each conjugation. his book a cyclopædia in its way. Each chapter is suitably illustrated
La Conversation des Enfants. By Charles P. DuCroquet.
12mo, pp. 152. New York: William R. Jenkins. EDUCATION.
75 cents. History of Education in Maryland. By Bernard C. Prepared for American children who do not know any
French. Each of the eighty lessons centres about a model senSteiner. Paper, octavo, pp. 331. Washington : Gove
tence and contains a vocabulary for memorizing. A number ernment Printing Office.
of short stories and poems are included. The U. S. Bureau of Education has at last reached Mary.
Preliminary French Drill. By " Veteran." 12mo, pp. land in its series of educational histories, and much ing material has been exploited by Dr. Steiner and bis col 68. New York: William R. Jenkins. 50 cents. laborators. The chapter on extinct colleges contains a dis
The arrangement of this text-book is based upon the spetinct contribution to the story of the educational under takings of early American Methodism ; for it gives a detailed account
cific recommendations of the "Committee of Ten" of the of the first and second Methodist colleges to be founded in the
National Educational Association. country or, indeed, in the world. These were Cokesbury (1787-96) and Asbury (1816-30). Among the living institutions
L'Art d'Intéresser en Classe. By Victor F. Bernard. of Maryland. Johns Hopkins University, a remarkable in. Paper, 12mo, pp. 30. New York: William R. Jen. stance of rapid growth in recent times, is treated by Presi. dent Gilman, and the co-operative method is largely followed
kins. 30 cents. in dealing with the other universities, colleges, and secondary
Contains thirty-one brief " Contes," “ Fables" and " Anschools, sketches of the institutions being generally furnished ecdotes," followed by the one-act "fantaisie," "La Lettre by officers or others interested. The chapters on education Chargée," by Labiche.
College Requirements in English. Entrance Examina
tions. By Rev. Arthur Wentworth Eaton, B.A. Second Series. 12mo, pp. 104. Boston: Ginn & Co.
Contains entrance examination papers in English for 1893 and 1894 at Amherst, Columbia, Princeton, Bryn Mawr, Yale, Harvard, Williams and a few other institutions, with some correlative matter. Elementary Lessons in Electricity and Magnetism. By
Silvanus P. Thompson. 12mo, pp. 643. New York :
The first edition of this work by a British professor of physics appeared in 1881. The new edition is revised and is brought up to date in matters both of practice and of theory. The text is clearly written and is furnished with many small illustrations. A thorough index, a large number of problems and exercises, and magnetic charts for England and the United States, prepared for the epoch 1900 A.D., add to the usefulness of the volume. State Education for the People in America, Europe, India
and Australia, with Papers on the Education of Women, Technical Instruction, and Payment by Results. Octavo, pp. 184. Syracuse : C. W. Bardeen. $1.25.
A reprint of articles which appeared several years since in England. The papers are useful as affording materials for a comparative study of public education under the various civilized governments of the world. Memorial Volume of the Commencement Week of 1894
University of Pennsylvania. Octavo, pp. 84. Boston:
Ginn & Co. $1.10. Kleine Geschichten. By Richard von Volkman (Richard
Leander) and others. With Vocabulary and Notes by Dr. Wilhelm Bernhard. 12mo, pp. 90 Boston : D. C. Heath & Co. 31 cents.
Four very easy stories furnished with vocabulary and notes, such that a grammar may be unnecessary.
twenty-two plates showing weather-maps (of the United States and amount of rainfall before and after the conditions of each map. The work is written in a style free from diff. cult technical terms, and does not deal, to any considerable extent, with theory. Tenth, Eleventh and Twefth Annual Reports of the
Bureau of Ethnology to the Secretary of tbe Smithsonian Institution, 1888–1891. By J. W. Powell, Director. Octavo, pp. 852, 600, 790. Washington : Government Printing Office.
Routine official reports occupy a very small space in these large volumes. The first volume contains a paper of more than seven hundred pages upon the “Picture Writing of the American Indians." The second volume contains extensive studies of the Sia, a Pueblo Indian tribe, of the Hudson Bay Eskimo, and of the cults of the various tribes of the Sioux family. The last volume is almost entirely devoted to a record of mound explorations in numerous States of the Union. The very valuable matter in these papers is logically arranged, indexed and very freely illustrated. Even the citi. zen who knows next to nothing of ethnology as a science must note with pride the extensive work done in that field under the direction of the Smithsonian Institution.
Frederick Starr. 12mo, pp. 269. New York: D.
This translation from the French of De Quatrefages is the second issue in the “Anthropological Series," the initial volume of which, Dr. Mason's “ Woman's Share in Primitive Culture," was noticed in the REVIEW some months ago. The publishers have announced the titles of four other volumes in preparation. De Quatrefage's treatise is a scientific exami. nation of the distribution and the physical, linguistic, intellectual, social and religious characteristics of the Old World pygmies. The author (who died in 1892) was very conservative, believed in the great antiquity of the human race, and never accepted the theories of evolution. This conservative tendency is discovered in his efforts to show that the pygmies are of a higher intellectual and moral order than some writers have asserted ; that they offer no support to the hope of find ing a "missing link.” Much of the information in the book is of interest to a non-scientific reader, the closing chapter upon "The Religious Beliefs of the Hottentots and the Bushmen" being perhaps the most attractive portion. The text is furnished with thirty-one illustrations, several of them being portraits of pygmies. An extensive list of references to literāture on the subject is given.
REFERENCE AND MISCELLANEOUS. Dictionary of Scientific Illustrations and Symbols: Moral
Truths Mirrored in Scientific Facts. By a Barrister of the Honorable Society of the Inner Temple. 12mo, pp. 420. New York: Wilbur B. Ketcham. $2.
This book has been prepared to meet the needs of writers and public speakers who wish to illustrate some moral truth by reference to a scientific fact. The topics are arranged alphabetically from “ Abjectness caused by dependency" to * Young life, The need for." The scope of the book may be better understood by noting a few more of the subjects considered : “Blessings in Unexpected Places," "The Democratic Principle," "Unconscious Disseminations," " Love for Extremes," ** Knowledge as a Saving Power, “Types of Matrimonial Life," " Absurdity of Passion,” “Might of the Puny," "The Unscrupulous Money-Getter," * Dormant Vitality," etc. To these and several hundred other topics a paragraph of a few lines or a full page is devoted, stating some scientific fact available for purposes of illustration, symbol or analogy and frequently making a suggestive comment thereon. Two thorough indexes enable one to use the book with ease and rapidity. The binding and typography are satisfactory. The Book of the Fair. By Hubert Howe Bancroft. Two
vols., folio, pp. 1,000. Chicago and San Francisco : The Bancroft Company.
Considerable literature that originated in the last World's Fair has been noticed in the REVIEW OF REVIEWS. We commended Mr. Bancroft's extensive undertaking, “The Book of the Fair." as it appeared in successive parts. The whole work is now completed and bound in two handsome folio volumes. The value of Mr. Bancroft's achievement as a well proportioned. pleasantly-written summary of the material side of the great exposition is indisputable. It is a record of facts so forcible and clear that the reader who required comment on their significance would be dull indeed. After six chapters of an introductory nature reviewing the great international fairs of the past, the evolution of the Columbian Exposition and the city which was its hostess, etc., Mr. Bancroft gives extended account of the exhibits in each of the departments of the general display and reasonable mention of the attractions of the state and foreign exhibits and of the Midway Plaisance. The second volume closes with chapters upon “ The World's Congress Auxiliary," "Results, Awards and Incidents," and a few pages devoted to the California Mid-winter Exposition. The ** Book of the Fair” is enlivened by illustrations numbering many hundreds and showing, in addition to the individual displays in the various departments, portraits of persons prominently connected with the exposition, exteriors and interiors of the buildings, details of grounds, statuary, etc. The mechanical execution of these two volumes is of high excellence. They will remain for decades in all probability as the most satisfactory popular review of the progress of mankind in all the departments of civilized life" as manifested at Chicago in 1893. Conklin's Handy Manual of Useful Information, and
World's Atlas. Revised edition for 1895. 32mo, pp. 507. Chicago : Laird & Lee. 25 cents.
Meteorology : Weather, and the Methods of Forecasting.
By Thomas Russell. Octavo, pp. 300. New York:
The author of this treatise is an engineer in the service of our national Government. The main object of his volume is to explain the use of the “ weather-map" in predicting atmospheric conditions ; but the preface states that a general view is taken of “all the knowledge relating to the air commonly known as the science of meteorology." There are chapters upon “The Air," "Meteorological Instruments," "Temperature and Pressure," "Evaporation, Clouds, Rain and Snow," "Winds, Thunderstorins and Tornadoes, "' "Optical Appearances,” “Weather-Maps," "Weather Predictions, " - Rivers and Floods” and “River-Stage Predictions." The text is explained by a number of illustrations and by