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AN author is apt to think that a critic instruction of every youth, whether miss
is slow if he lets a month go by be or master; it is a mirror that will not fore reviewing his book. Imagine, then, flatter them nor lead them into error; it what the author of “The Looking-Glass displays the follies and improper pursuits for the Mind” must think of me if he of youthful breasts, points out the danreads this notice, for it was published by gerous paths they sometimes tread, and D. Appleton & Co. at 443 and 445 Broad - clears the way to the Temple of Honor way in 1863. I cannot plead lack of time and Fame.” or pressure of other work, but must let the There is no form of literature so wholly omission go without apology. Still I was innocuous and so mawkishly insipid as too young at the time to have done it jus- the French goody-goody tale for the tice; indeed I doubt if anything but the young, and we can well believe that these reading of the entire book can do justice tales are all from the French. There is to it.
not a page that is not brimful of unconIn the preface the translator-for the scious humor, but it would be hard to find book is translated from the French of M. a single whimsical expression by intent in Berquin-says, “ The stories here col the whole book. lected are of the most interesting kind, In "Anabella's Journey to Market” the since virtue is constantly represented as very first thing that we learn is that the fountain of happiness and vice as the Nothing can be more natural and pleassource of every evil. Nothing extravagant ing than to see young children fond of or romantic will be found in these tales, their parents. The birds of the air and neither enchanted castles nor supernatural even the wild inhabitants of the forest, agents, but such scenes are exhibited as love, and are beloved by their young procome within the reach of the observation geny." of young people in common life; the Then we begin to follow the fortunes of whole being made familiar by an innocent the little Anabella, who goes to market turn of thought and expression, and ap with her mother, but on the way there plied to describe their amusements, their stops for a moment to look at“ a little pursuits and their necessities.
chaise drawn by six dogs," and thus loses “As a useful and instructive Pocket sight of her mother. Looking-Glass, we recommend it for the “Here my little readers,” says the vir
tuous pill dispenser, “let me pause for a moment to give you
advice. When you walk abroad with your parents or servants, never look much about you, unless you have hold of their hand, or some part of their apparel ... since from such neglect many fatal accidents have happened. But to proceed
THE COVETOL'S BOY
When little Anabella realized that she was lost, the “afflictions of her little heart began.” She called aloud: “Mamma ! Mamma !” but no mamma answered.
Now we are treated to a picture of the apathy of the crowd, some of whom emu Glass for the Mind” was eventually to be lated the example of the priest and Levite found on sale there. of Holy Writ, while some actually laughed In due time Anabella found her mother, at the disconsolate Anabella. Here the who bought all of the old woman's eggs at “ Happy Child's Mentor and Guide” says: a price that considerably bettered current “Such, my little pupils, is the conduct of quotations in the egg market, nor did most people," which is pessimistic in the Anabella ever forget her kind though poor extreme.
benefactress, but often visited her. However, a poor old woman who hap I wish that the limitations of space did pens to be carrying eggs to market, un not prevent my giving excerpts from sevdertakes to find the child's mother, and eral of the stories. For instance, attend
to the simple story of the sin of vanity :
“A plain white frock had hitherto been the only dress of Caroline; silver buckles in her red morocco shoes; and her ebon hair, which had never felt the torturing iron, flowed upop her shoulders in graceful ringlets, now and then disturbed by the gentle wind.
“Being one day in company with some little girls, who, though no older than herself, were dressed in all the empty parade of fashion, the glare and glitter of those fine clothes raised in her heart a de
sire she had never before felt. Anabella walks along with the friendly “ As soon as she got home, My dear soul who tells her pretty stories, and in mamma,' said she, I have this afternoon quires concerning her literary tastes, hop seen Miss Flippant and her two sisters, ing that the child is not fond of fairy whom you very well know. The eldest is stories. “But when Anabella told her not older than myself, and yet they were that her books were all bought at the cor all dressed in the most elegant manner. ner of St. Paul's Churchyard, she seemed Their parents must certainly have great perfectly satisfied.”
pleasure in seeing them so finely dressed; We may be sure that “The Looking and, as they are not richer than you, do,
my dear mamma, let me have a fine silk delight only in the praises of malt.” slip, embroidered shoes like theirs, and let Bella is naturally pained, and, when he my hair be dressed by Mr. Frizzle, who is commits depredations upon his trees with said to be a very capital man in his pro- his pruning-knife, owing to his muddled fession !!”
head, she foresees the end. Subsequent paragraphs detail the mis. He went from bad to worse, until at erable plight in which this youthful slave last he sold all his tools, and spent the of fashion found herself. And there is so
money with Guzzle. much more that is good to quote, but I That settled it as far as Bella was conmust content myself with adding one of cerned. She happened to have a six the shortest, which is entitled “The His- months' infant in the house—one “ which tory of Jonathan the Gardener.”
received its nourishment from her breast." This Jonathan, an honest and industri- That evening, when Jonathan came ous man with a faculty for forcing large home "drunk and swearing at his wife," fruits, is early in the tale married to Bella, he asked her for something to eat. Bella “who was both prudent and handsome.” handed him a knife and put before him a
After his marriage things prospered large basket covered with her apron ; more than ever with him, and all would Jonathan in a pet pulled away the apron; have gone well if a gardener with the un- and beheld his sleeping babe ! pleasant name of Guzzle, had not settled “Eat that,” said Bella, with withering near them. This man, instead of garden- sarcasm, "for I have nothing else to give ing, “spent his time from morning to you.
you do not devour it, famine and night in an ale house."
misery will in a short time." Jonathan was so taken by the “ merry Needless to say that Jonathan went and thoughtless humor of Guzzle," that without his supper, swore off, and soon he “ fell into the same ruinous error.” started a new orchard, where he used his We are not told whether the author re- pruning-knife with a gardener's discretion, gards humor as a ruinous error or not, and the end of that family was happiness. but, from his steady abstinence himself, « Thus was an innocent infant the cause he probably frowned upon it.
of reformation in a deluded father.” “At first Jonathan only went now The cuts, some of which are here reproand then to drink with him, and to talk duced, are of a piece with the text, and are about gardening; but he very soon be- more decorous than decorative. gan to drop the subject of plants, and
Charles Battell Loomis.
THE LITERARY NEWS IN ENGLAND
THE end of the season always forms a
been astute in confining his output mainly point in the progress of the year to books dealing with the political side of where we can mark time; and far removed South Africa. Mr. Fitzpatrick's essay, as Society—with the big S, which suggests “ The Transvaal from Within,” was the Park and an endless succession of great success, and another volume, “The smart frocks—may be from anything in- Rise and Fall of Krugerism,” made a hit. tellectual, the end of the season serves to
Mr. Heinemann has also issued
“ The remind us forcibly of the poverty of the South Africa Conspiracy,” by Mr. F. W. book world and the complete failure of Bell. The manuscript was one of the few the playhouses. In fact, the effects of the belongings of the author rescued from the war are now beginning to be felt with steamer Mexican, which was run into off some force. It is many years since busi- Cape Town. ness has been so bad, telling especially on And yet, despite the dullness of the advertisement revenues; and in the mat- days, we have had a new publisher in the ter of luxuries, such as books, the shop- person of Mr. Brimley Johnson, who bekeepers have wry faces. One firm of pub- gan his career with “ Two Stage Plays," lishers has been unable to meet its credit- by Lucy Snowe, which is evidently a ors with twenty shillings in the pound, pseudonym borrowed from the Brontës. while other houses have scarcely ventured Mr. Brimley Johnson has done some good to do more than supply books for the critical work, and knows a good book passing hour. Even this has been largely when he sees it; but the publication of overdone, so that war books are a drug in belles-lettres, pure and simple, does not, as the market, and the publishers are now a rule, bring much beyond kudos to a pubturning to the crisis in China with all sorts lisher. Mr. Johnson has started, like most of wares to allure customers. Indeed, of the younger men, in the West. nothing has been so marked in the book Several biographies are announced, world than the ease with which books on among which the most interesting is Mr. matters of topical interest are rushed out, Morley's “ Cromwell,” which the Macreminding one of the dead days of pamph- millans will issue in the autumn. Mr. A. leteering
W. Pollard, who is assisting him in preEvery one of the besieged cities in South paring the sketch for book form, is an OxAfrica has had two and sometimes three
He is an assistant in the Libook historians, and the campaigns car- brary of the British Museum, where Mr. ried on for their relief have been even Morley, who is one of the trustees, has more minutely described. By the time been an assiduous reader of late in connecthis letter appears most of the correspond- tion with his forthcoming life of Mr. ents will have returned home, and unless Gladstone. Mr. Pollard has done some the publishers grow chary, the congestion good work in Chauceriana. Another of war literature will be more acute. One librarian at work on a biography (the of the more recent war books is a history“Life of Tolstoi ") is Mr. Hagbert Wright of the siege of Mafeking, written by Mr. of the London Library in St. James's J. Angus Hamilton, who is a stepson of Square. He is the brother of Professor Mr. A. W. Pinero, and who went out on Wright, the pathologist at Netley, who has behalf of the Times. Mr. Heinemann has had much to do in introducing the enteric anti-toxine for our troops in South Africa. of the D'Urbervilles,” which is scarcely a A life of the late Field-Marshall Sir Don- book for the crowd, is going into that ald Stewart, who died quite recently, and form. Miss Corelli, who met with an acwas buried on the day his Indian suc- cident the other week when out driving, cessor, Sir George White, reached Eng- is reported to have received £5,000 on land from Ladysmith, may also be ex. account of the royalty for her new novel, pected in the autumn. One of Sir Don- “ The Master Christian," while Mr. Hall ald's sons has gone to China with some Caine has got £1,500 for the serial rights of our Indian troops. The second has of “The Eternal City," which will appear been fighting in Kumasi. A third inter- in Pearson's new magazine for women, esting biography of a modern will be that Miss Corelli made some good friends at of the late Professor Gordon Blaikie, Stratford-on-Avon recently when she met whose son, Mr. Walter Blaikie, is identi- the members of “ The Whitefriar's Club,” fied with the great printing firm of Con- a body of very staid Bohemians who have stable in Edinburgh. It is announced that since visited Mr. George Meredith at Boxthe Blacks are to incorporate “Men and hill. Mr. J. M. Barrie is gradually beWomen of the Time” in their ingenious coming more interested in playwriting “ Who's Who?” having acquired the copy- than in novels, much to the regret of some right from the Routledges. The rumor of his early friends. He has finished two that Mr. Winston Spencer-Churchill is to new plays-one for the Haymarket-and write his father's life has attracted much is engaged on a third. A new writer of attention.
fiction has come forth in the shape of Mr. Mrs. Craigie has not made the success Oliver Onions. His " Compleat Bachelor” one anticipated with “Robert Orange," has been issued by Mr. Murray, who is the sequel to “The School for Saints.'' venturing fiction to a much greater extent That the latter romance should have been than he was wont. published in a sixpenny form argues for The rumored intention of Ibsen to visit its popularity, and is encouraging in view Orkney and Shetland in the autumn of the great sales of novels absolutely de- should draw attention to the charm of void of brains; but Mrs. Craigie has taken Ultima Thule. The islands remain most herself a little too seriously in “ Robert markedly Scandinavian in their characterOrange,” which bears the marks of a la- istics to this day, and Ibsen, who has boriousness which is not always enliven- Scots blood in his veins, is said to have ing. She is at her best when she is flip- several relatives there. The Shetlanders pant. She has written a new play which still speak of the people on the mainland will be produced early in the new year at across the Pentland Frith as “foreigners." the Haymarket Theatre. She has been They have an interesting literature of spending part of the summer with her their own and are represented in London father at Steephill Castle, in the Isle of by the Viking Society, which includes Wight, which has been the temporary Danes and Norwegians as well. One of home of the late Empress of Austria and the most distinguished literary writers the ex-Queen of Naples. Miss Helen from Orkney is Sir George Robertson, Mathers, the author of “ Comin' Thro' who made his mark with a book on the the Rye,” used to visit the Castle in “ Defence of Chitral," where he was se
verely wounded. The sixpenny reissue of modern novels M. Brunetière is going to spend a holihas again begun to boom, for even “Tess day in Scotland with a view to studying