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sounded heartily again. “There he is, a All you need is a li:tle coffee," said little stiff and pretty well smouched up she, “and that lady's been warming it with cinders, but safe and sound !"

ready for you-oh, Pete, folks have been The man whom Thorne and the minis so kind to me!" ter we re supporting, and whom they gently “And me, too,” cried Pete. “Nellie, it pu-hed into the vacant chair (promptly was the old man himself helped me off supplied by the stout lady), was indeed so and paid my fare ; and he's going to covered with cinders and sleet that had give me a letter to the Kansas City pecfrozen on him that he discovered hardly ple. You put down so's we kin pay a feature; he could scarcely move his him back. Nelle, there's lots of kind stiff legs, and his head sagged on his thin p ople in the world, after all." shoulder. Yet, at the voice, he straigh: " Fo'ks are kind enough is they only ened himself, feebly shook off his suf- know," Nelle answered. porters, muttering, “I kin walk all right!” Thorne caught the words as he passed, and weakly tried to smile.

and repeated ihem to his friend. His wife looked up at him. “Oh my! “Well, I think you have done your Pete!" said she.

duty by your partner this time," said the " I'm jest too dirty to set down in these minister. nice chairs,” he apologized; “don't you “Poor parlner!" said Thorne, musingly. touch me, Nellie !" .

“ Labor is getting pretty much all we But his wife laid his head recklessly on make in our business, yet look at him; her shoulder, and motioned for the coffee and if I were getting a little more he'd to be handed to her.

be all right. Poor partner !”

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light; the crafty woodsman, her father, who has

in him the elements of the poet-philosopher, [The books mention d under this head and under that of Books Received include all received by The

united with the Yankee thrift which makes him Outlook during the week ending April 16. This weekly see all the opportunities for gain ; the wom-out report of current literature will be supplemented by family of wealth, whose last scions have nothing fuller reviews of the more important works.]

left but their social positions and nerves, whose NOVELS AND TALES

lives are brought into close touch with a boy The country hotel has perhaps never before who is as untrammeled by moral restraint as been the starting-point of a novel containing the wild things in his native woods; and the artist masterly rieces of character-drawing. It required whose chance appearance on a summer evening the genius of Mr. W. D. Ilowells to put the sum at a farm-house about to be deserted by its ownmer hotel into a novel in such a way as to suggest ers puts an idea into a womau's head- who bealmost every passion that moves men and wo. comes also, in spite of his effort to escape, the men, and to typify in the hotel's evolution from friend who must appear at every crisis in the life a farm-house to a fashionable mountain resort of the family whose flight to the West he unconthe evolution of character of those who controlled sciously stops. There are also two or three Boston its destiny. The wite and mother toiling hope families who have heard of the world of barbarians lessly on, year after year, on a rocky farm, un who live outside of their circie and commit crin.es conscious of the ambition and strength within ber, against “good form." These are necessary to give until the arrival of an artist looking for subjects means to introduce the boy from the woods to the reveals to her the salvation tbat is to be found world of social standards. Strongest o: all is the in the summer boarder," is one of the most New England woman fighting poverty, disease, and interesting characters. That is the beginning, death, but bringing out of it all ambition, spotless but the end is, to quote a neighbor, a “run integrity, and desire to give her son the opportuninaysonce” hotel, “ and you ride up to the office ties that a touch with the world shows her men must through a double row of columrs under a kind have to succeed, who dits defeated of her main purof portico." This is accomplished through the pose because the inheritance she transmitted from aid of a fire--a fair analogy of the evolution of her father to her son makes it impossible for him the character of the owner of the “runnaysonce" to be what she would have him ; while the moral hotel. There are many types of character in strength she gives him saves him from being what

The Landlord of the Lion's Head Inn: the girl his grandfather was. “The Landlord of the Lion's whose character makes one think of a pure white Head Inn"

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literary world, but it is as good a piece of work as strong yet delicate imaginative faculty, and writMr. Howells has ever done. The character-draw ten with distinct charm of style. It is well now ing of the wonen is finer, surer, and more com

and then to have a little clear idealism to set prehensive than is usual with Mr. Howells's wo against the somewhat turgid jealism of contemmen. (Harper & Brothers, New York.)

porary fiction. (Houghton, Mifflin & Co., Bos. Miss Beatrice Harraden's new novel, Hilda ton.) Strafjord, is a gentle and quiet story of life on a Mr. Edmund P. Dole, the Assis'ant Attorneyfruit-ranch in Southern California. All the char General of Hawaii and author of an excellent acters are of English birth, and the longing for book called “ Talks about Law," makes clever "home" of the young men, counteracted by am use of his legal knowledge in his novel The Standbition, duty, and love of outdoo: life, is contrasted By in following the imaginary ins and outs of a with the passionate discon ent of a young Eng. great legal struggle bet reen prohibitionists and lish wife, who in the end breaks her husband's liquor-dealers in a New England village which heart and helps end his life by her lack of appre has long been under the control of a brewer (by ciation of his efforts to make her happy in sur far the best character in the book) who is rich, roundings to her unint-resting and repellent. generous, a good citizen in most ways, but an There is really no other plot, and in every way the

unscrupulous and determined leader of the antistory is a slight one, but written wi h refinement prohibition forces. The history of the struggle and care. (Dodd. Mead & Co., New York.)— is told with decided vigor ayd raciness. This is From the same publishers copes Mr. Paul Leices. much the best attempt we have ever seen to ter Ford's The Great K. & A. Train Robbery, carry on propagation of prohibition principles in an exceedingly lively and amusing tale of Western

the form of fiction. The element of romance in railroad adventure -somewhat improbable in a found in the love story of the daughter of the few details, but spiri ed and original.

brewer and a young prohibition leader and editor, Mr. Robert Hichens's Flames is the most am the hero of the book, and the “Stand-By” of all bitious work of fiction yet written by the a thor that is sound and true. (The Century Company, of "The Green Carnation." Occultism,“ sug New York.) - Saint Eva, by Amelia Pain (wife gestion," soul-transference (or what in old tim. s of the well-known English writer of clever short would have b?en called simply magic) are us.d to sketches, Barry Pain), is slow to arouse the readintroduce a study of vice in London. Toe at er's interest, sad in its development, and tragic mosphere of the book is “ degenerate " and un

in its end. The character of the heroine, Eva, is pleasing, though it does not sem to have been brought out with skill, and the book is free from written with a positively bad purpose. That the vulgarity or obtrusive faults of any kind. (Harper author has ability is certain. If he would write a & Brothers, New York.)-Mrs. Burton Harrison plain, straightforward story of life and characier, has gathered several studies of New York society we believe that he could make an honored place life, with two or three stories of a different kind, for himself among Engiish novelists. But he is

into a volume called The Merry Muid of Arcady, taken up with " tendency" theories and morbid His Lordship, and Other Stories. The first and studies of the morally diseased side of modern

last of these (the latter a burlesque but amusing life. He often sars keen and even brilliant skerch of a wife seeking English lordling in things; bis men and women (apart from their

America) give the double title to the book, and dealing with the supernatural) talk and act like are decidedly the best included in the volume, real human beings : he knows London thor which, by the way, is an odd and rather unhandy oughly; he has the knack of "keeping the inter specimen of book-making. (Lamson, Wolffe & est up;" but we leave the book with the feeling Co., Boston.) that we have been in bad company and with a

Tracked by a Tattoo, by Fergus Hume, is an instrong desire for fresh air. (H. S. S:one & Co., genious detective story with absolutely no literary Chicago )

merit. Mr. Hume follows Mr. Conan Doyle's The Day of His Youth, by Alice Brown, is a

footsteps in this kind of literature-at a distance, book quite out of the ordinary. It tells the story

(F. Warne & Co., New York.) --Much better of a boy brought up in the woods by his father in style and execution is Max Pemberton's Chrisa man of culture, taste, and feeling, who leaves tine of the Hills, a tale of Dalmatia and the the world of society upon the death of the wife

Adriatic islands, of fierce passion and strange and mother. The youth never sees a woman

tragedy. (Dodd, Mead & Co., New York.) until he has come to manhood, and then, natu The possibility of a wife of strong womanly naraily, falls in love with the first he sees, wooes her

ture developing in her husband character, purpose, with ardor and purity of passion, follows her into and love is clearly shown in an Inheritance, by the conventional world, in the end is jilted by

Harriet Prescott Spofford. (Charles Scribner's ber, and returns to the forest only to bury his Sons, New York.) The story is laid in a mountain father, whose summons hom he had ignored in

town in Massachusetts. The principal characters the intensity of his grief. This is the barest are a doctor and his wife. The latter discovers outline of what is really

poetic fancy worked during the honeymoon that she had been married out with originality, bearing every mark of a

for her money, and that her husband drank to

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excess. To save her husband from himself, to do Mr. F. Frankfort Moore attempted a very diffithe work he had left undone, is the purpose of a cult and dangerous thing in The Jessamy Bride. life lived wholly within itself. A family with an He set out to reproduce a group of the bestancestry, homestead, portraits, heirlooms, and an known men and women of the last century—the inheritance of insanity form the accessories lo a group which centered around Dr. Johnson, which plot which reveals the inconsistencies in charac included Burke, Reynolds, Goldsmith, and two ters moral because shielded from temptation. or three famous actresses, Goldsmith's " Jessamy

Chronicles of a Kentucky Settlement, by Mr. Bride” being, of course, as the title of the book William Courtney Watts (G. P. Putnam's Sons, indicates, the central figure. Mr. Moore has at: New York), will probably prove interesting in tempted to imitate the conversation of some of local color to some Kentuckians, but to the rest the best-known talkers in the bistory of English of the world we fear that it will consist only of literature. He has not been in every case entirely four hundred and ninety pages of commonplacc- successful, and yet his story is, on the whole, a ness, rela‘ed in a style so stil:ed as to be humor distinct and charming success. His portraiture ous if one is not obliged to read the entire book. of Johnson is not very effective, but he succeeds

- Iu Golden Shackles, by "Alien" (Dodd, Mead admirably with Garrick and with the “Jessamy & Co., New York), tells of a reinarkable father, Bride." The atmosphere of the story is delightwho cripples his small son. In bitterness of ful, and one forgets its defects in its freshness of spirit he decides that it will be a relief to discover sentiment and sweetness of tone. (Herbert S. gold, and disappears with a smaller daughter. Stone & Co., Chicago.) The career of the latter in a miners' camp is sketched in no very attractive style, but it is easy

RELIGIOUS AND THEOLOGICAL to see that the author means well enough. The

The Self-Pronouncing Sunday-School Teacher'. book is an exception to many published nowa Combination Bible, which bears the imprint of the days in that it is entirely moral.

National Publishing Company (239 Levant Street, Mrs. Schuyler Van Rensselaer is a woman of Philadelphia), shows the changes, additions, and such general ability and such excellent training oniissions made by the revisers in King James's with her pen that one is not surprised to find her Version, thus presenting at a glance the differdeserting the field of the cathedral and of art for

ences between the two versions. It also confiction. Nor is one surprised, in looking at the tains helps of all kinds to the study of the Bible, four short stories contained in the little volume

a concordance, maps, and a subject index. The One Man Who Was Content (The Century Com text follows that of the Oxford Bible. The book pany, New York), to discover that she has

is printed from an unusually large, clear type,

is brought freshness of feeling, vividness of descrip bound with flexible covers, and appears to be in tion, and a thorough knowledge of the life with

every way a very satisfactory piece of book-makwhich she deals.

ing. Its advantages to the student and teacher Mrs. Amelia E. Barr is at her best when she

are obvious. deals in any way with seafaring people; the in

Dr. Newman Smyth's Place of Death in Evolustinct for the sea is evidently in Mrs. Bari's tion (Charles Scribner's Sons, New York) is rebiood; her imagination is inspired by it, her served for later notice. The second edition of poetic sense vivified, and her descriptive power Archbishop Ireland's The Church and Modern stimulated by contact with the sea in any form. Society has appeared. (D. H. McBride & Co., Her latest story, Prisoners of Conscience, appeals Chicago.)— - A memoir of the late John Hopkins to the two instincts which are strongest in her Morison has just been published by Messrs. nature-the love of the sea and the instinct for Houghton, Miffin & Co., Boston, and is an interreligicn. It is a story of exceptional power, and esting biography, not only to the friends of the late it deals with a motive which Mrs. Barr thoroughly Dr. Morison, to all those who live in Milton, Mass., understands. Her people are the Shetland fisher and to Unitarians generally, but to those who folk, brought up in the strictest kind of Calvin. would read about the quiet, normal development ism, and believing in it literally and with absolute, of Christian civilization in New England from unquestioning faith. Mrs. Barr works out the

the beginning of this century to the present time. destiny of three people under the awful cloud of

-Mrs. A. D. T. Whitney, well known as the a fatalistic faith, and she shows how, in the end, a author of many books for girls, has now pubhigher and finer type of Christianity prevails over lished a book which she dedicates to her grandthe lower, harder, and narrower type which has

The title is The Open Mystery,

Reading made conscience, not a force that guides, but one of the Mosaic Story. (Houghton, Mifflin & Co., that binds and imprisons. If the story has a Boston.) Mrs. Whitney believes, with all other fault, it is to be found in the absence of shading; Christians, that there is something in this old it is almost too powerful; the strain is at times story beyond all question of mere outward form too great. In originality, freshness of feeling, or order or authorship. This something has and genuine literary force, Mrs. Barr has written been given into the souls of men who have been nothing better. (The Century Company, New thus received into the fellowship of the mystery York.)

which was from the beginning, and yet was not a

sons.

hiding against all finding, but only a safe-covering edge, although it receives some correction of exufor a sure, continual bringing forth.” In this berance of feeling in the preface. Exuberance spirit Mrs. Whitney relates the early Old Testa of feeling is now, however, so uncommon among ment stories, and earnestly seeks to strike through writers of purely literary themes that it is quite the surface at the truth and unity which lie pardonable, not to say distinctly enjoyable. The below. The House of Dreams (Dodd, Mead & book deals with Lodge, Webster, Herrick, CraCo., New York), by an anonymous author, is one shaw, Cowley, Otway, and a few minor writers, in of those books of which we have not too many. Mr. Gosse's well-known style—a style which It is dreamful, of course, but its dreams are of never conveys the impression of spontaneity, but that graphic sort which live with us in the day. which is generally clear, informative, and satistime as well as in the night-time, of that sort factory. Moreover, Mr. Gosse understands his which bring not only spiritual comfort, strength, field thoroughly; he is an indefatigable, although and rest in hours of meditation, but go with us he has not always been an entirely accurate, in the other hours of activity or endurance and student. His work shows in all essential details, make character.

however, great care, trained intelligence, and

sound taste. (Dodd, Mead & Co., New York.) HISTORY AND BIOGRAPHY Captain A. T. Mahan's The Life of Nelson

To the Temple Classics have been added the

second volume of Sir Thomas Malory's Le Morte really rounds out and is the logical development

Darthur, and the first volume of Florio's translaof his two great works on “ The Influence of Sea

tion of the Essayes of Montaigne. It was a Power.” It is safe to say that no recent work of

happy thought on the part of the editor of this biography has been more eagerly looked forward

series to reprint this notable Elizabethan translato, and in England the book has already been

tion of one of the classics in the world's literagreeted with enthusiasm as masterly and com

ture. (The Macmillan Company, New York.) prehensive. We shall, of course, review it at

Mark Twain is better known as a humorist and some length at an early da'e. (Little, Brown &

a story-teller than as an essayist, but his publishCo., Boston.)

ess, Messrs. Ilarper & Brothers, have put together We reserve for later notice the Life and Letters

eight of his essays under the title How to Tell a of Benjamin Jowett, by Messrs Evelyn Abbott

Story and Other Essays, and included them in the and Lewis Campbell. (E. P. Lotton & Co., New

very interesting series of American Essays which York.)

they are now giving to the public. These essays TRAVEL, ETC.

are, as one might anticipate, of a somewhat misMr. Richard Harding Davis has put into book cellaneous character, so far as subjects are conform some of the newspaper letters written on

cerned, and yet they are not without their literary bis recent visit to Cuba, and has added there'o

atmosphere and references. “ How to Tell a information about the situation in Cuba sug

Story," “ In Defense of Harriet Shelley," and gested by many questions asked him since his

“ Fenimore Cooper's Literary Offenses,” show the retum. He is a warm advocate of interference

student of literature as well as the original writer by the United States solely on the ground of and humorist; but the priva'e history of the humanity, and he cites the reports of our con

Jumping Frog story takes us into the field which suls in Cuba to sustain his charges of wanton Mark Twain has made peculiarly his own. Two cruelty by the Spanish authorities. We agree

essays are devoted to M. Paul Bourget, about with Mr. Davis that the United States should be

whom and to whom Mr. Clemens has some inthoroughly informed of the facts before interfer

teresting and suggestive things to say. ence, and we earnestly hope that our pre .ent Again this week Messrs. Ginn & Co., of BosState Department will not only obtain full, accu.

ton, send us another of their valuable publicarate, and impartial knowledge, but that it will lay tions, on the cover of which they have thought it before the country. (R. H. Russell, New

well to put the name of the editor, but not that York.)

of the author. The publication is a reprint, with Sketch's Awheel in Modern Iberia is a fairly notes, of La Pierre de Touche-a comedy by Émile readable record of a bicycle trip through Spain Augier in collaboration with Jules Sandeau. The made two years ago by a husband and wife

name of the editor, however, Dr. Harper, of William H. and Fanny B. Workman. This is a Princeton University, deserves prominent enough wheeling trip not often taken, because of the

place, since his introduction to the play is one of badness of Spanish roads. The authors had an

the best essays on the modern French drama opportunity to see many places not often visited

which we have read. No one else has so clearly by tourists, and to see the people near at hand drawn the dis.inction between the plays of dramand under familiar conditions. (G. P. Putnam's

atists like Alexander Dumas fils and those of an Sons, New York.)

Émile Augier. From the first, we have plays

about life as one suspects it; from the latter, as The third edition of Mr. Edmund Gosse's one sees it; with the first, comedy is a reflection Saxnleenth Century Studies does not receive any of the balf-world merely; with the latter, a reflecimportant addition in the way of positive knowl.

tion of the whole world.

LITERATURE

great value.

OUT-OF-DOORS

THE FINE ARTS

seemed unfair. There are women, womanly woMr. George Iles is the general editor of the ad men, who ask for the balloc in a si irit of deep mirablv annotated lists of the American Library unselfishness; they believe it would improve the Association (Boston). The Association now pub. condition of wage earning women, and give the Jishes in an attractive volume a Bibliography of poor man's home a larger share in the decisions Fine Art. Mr. Russell Sturgis has charge of of the Government. They advocate woman's the departments of painting, sculpture, architec- suffrage while they shrink from the personal reture, decoration, and illustration, and Mr. Henrysponsibili:y it imposes. All the “manly women," Edward Krebbiel edits that of music. We to quote Dr. Parkhurst, are not found on one side note some regrettable omissions ; for instance, of this question, nor all the womanly women on justice is not done to all the works of John the other. On the subject of college education Addington Symonds and Walter Pater; but these for womer, Dr. Parkhurst should study more omissions are rare exceptions. The descriptive. closely the history of the higher education of critical, and comparative notes are excellent, and women, of women's colleges, and co-educational the volume is sure to be of

We are

institutions of learning. He seems to have alplad to learn that an appendix may shortly be

lowed preconceived opinions to control his judg. issued by Mr. Iles to his “Readers' Guide to

ment after some investigation into the subject Economic, Social, and Political Science."

The Talks to Young Men " is a most valuable

book; every man, young or old, will gain a new The authcr of Nature in a City Pard, Mr.

purpose, perceive a new revelation of the place he Charles M. Skinner, seems to be a happy com.

should fill in the world, and God's purpose in bination of John Burroughs, Charles Dudley

creating bim. Dr. Parkhurst knows man, his Warner, and H.C. Bunner, and he has succeeded

strength and his weakness. The author of these

“ Talks" is too earnest and sincere a man to have in producing a book which would reflect credit on the collaboration of those skilled picturers of

approached the subjects he treats of in these nature and life. With his John Burroughs pen

books in other than a reverent spirit. Where he he writes of the flowers, plants, insects, and sky what he has written; where he has only partial

knows whereof he speaks, the world is better for effects that may be studied and enjoyed in a city knowledge his touch is uncertain. back yard ; then be cips into the Warner ink.

Mr. F. G. Aflalo is the editor of The Literary stand and gives us occasional descriptions of “that McGonigle Boy,” with a running comment

Year-Book, 1897. (Dodd, Mead & Co., New York.)

It is a pity that American authors, publishers, of modern philosophy from the urban point of view; and he introduces a Jersey peddler and

and booksellers are not represent:d to a larger other peripatetic street characters with all the

extent in this publication. Nor does the volume gayety and precision of Mr. Bunner. It is de.

meet all the requirements of a comprehensive cidedly a book for city lovers of country life to

work of reference in British lit-rany matters. So

far as it go:s, nevertheless, the book seems well iead. (The Century Company, New York.)

done, and the various tables and directories are EDUCATIONAL

rot too dry reading, for sandwiched among them Miss Mary R. Alling-Aber's An Experiment in

are some good portraits and biographical sketches. Education (Harper & Brothers, New York) is an account of certain methods of teaching children

Literary Notes which were tested in a private school in Boston, and later in a public school at Englewood, III. -One of the chapters of General Wilson's They were made in the hope of discovering how new biography of Grant may be said to have far the traditional methods of teaching children been written by the great commander, for it are responsible for the defects of mental life consists of a series of most valuable war letters which come to the surface later. The volume is adaressed during that period by the General to a very suggestive contribution to current educa his friend, the Hon. E. B. Washburne, then a tional literature.

member of Congress from Illinois, and later MISCELLANEOUS

American Minister to France. The new volume, The Talks to Young Man and the Talks to which will appear early in May, is the twelfth of Young Women, by the R-v. Charles H. Parkhurst, Appletons' Great Commander Series, which appeared in 1896 in the “ Ladies' Home --The “ Journal of Germanic Philology” has Journal ” have been pubiished in two n-at vol. just been added to the list of American periodiumes by the Century Company, New York. The cals. The editor is Professor G. E. Karsten, of “ Talks to Young Women" aroused some feeling, the University of Indiana, and he has associated when published, on account of Dr. Parkhurst's with hiniself as co-editors the following specialposition on the woman's suffrage question; ists: For the department of Germanic grammar, many women who oppose the extension of the Professor G. A. Hench, of Michigan; for Eng. franchise resented the position taken by Dr. Jish, Professor A. S. Cook, of Yale; for German Parkhurst. His analysis of the women who ad literature, Professor H. S. White, of Cornell; for vocate the extension of the suffrage to women the European interests, Professor George Holz,

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