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those in Africa, have been sacrificed be- from End to End, a more recent work, yond repair. According to this account are full of the rarefied atmosphere that Russia has outplayed England in every very few of us will ever care or dare to stage of the Chinese game, and while os- breathe except in print. Sir William tensibly sharing the spoils has kept Conway's volume will be found invaluable everything worth having.
to anyone who wishes to see much of In some parts of rural China the popu- Alpine work in a short time, even if he does lation numbers a thousand to the square not care about the thousand-mile tramp mile. This is in strong contrast to the over snowy peaks that the author recomcountry explored by the Belgian antarctic mends as a reasonable summer outing. expedition under the direction of Adrien That even this jaunt has some uncomfortde Gerlache, and described for American able moments may be supposed from the readers by Dr. Frederick A. Cook, the fact that Sir William took with him two surgeon of the party in a number of maga- veteran alpine guides and two guides zine articles now gathered into a sumptuous whom he had employed in the Himalayas. volume with lots of interesting illustra- The volume is full of fine photographs, tions. Dr. Cook found thousands of square but greatly lacks a good map. Major miles without a human being. His story Waddell's story is of mountains compared is a fascinating one and admirably told. to which Mount Blanc is a foot-hill, for After reading this account of thirteen while that giant of the Alps rises to the months during which their vessel was held height of 15,700 feet, the king of the helpless among giant ice-floes, when the Himalayas towers to nearly twice that antarctic night of months came on and height (29,000 feet), and it is by no means death appeared among the little party, certain that Mt. Everest is the king. one cannot but wonder more and more at There are at least a thousand peaks in the the spirit which helps men to face such Himalayas, according to the most recent horrors. Parts of the narrative are estimate, that exceed 20,000 feet in height. grewsome as a ghost story. The fact that Some of the pictures are enough to make it is true makes it still more impressive. one dizzy, yet they are no fancy sketches, The results of the expedition are of im- but reproductions from photographs. mense interest to geographical science. Beside an interesting story of mountain
To the average reader the wonders work there is an abundance of information achieved by the mountain climbers are no concerning the people of this part of the less fascinating than those achieved by world, told in a pleasant, easy fashion. the endurance of the men who face years
A book of mountaineering of even more of isolation in the eternal ice of the arctic importance, because it covers ground but regions, and the handsome reprint by the little known, and records an achievement Lippincotts of two volumes of mountain that deserves to be as famous in climbadventure by veteran climbers, Major ing annals as Whymper's conquest of Waddell's Among the Himalayas, which the Matterhorn, is Fitz Gerald's account first appeared in England a few years ago, of the first ascent of Aconcagua, the and Sir Willam Martin Conway's The Alps highest peak in America, and long looked THROUGH THE FIRST ANTARCTIC NIGHT. By Frederick
upon by noted travelers, from Humboldt A. Cook. Doubleday & McClure Co., 8vo, $5.
down, as inaccessible. Before Fitz Gerald By Major L. A. Waddell organized his party the only man who Lippincott & Co., 8vo, $2.00.
THE HIGHEST ANDES. By E. A. Fitz Gerald. Charles Conway. Lippincott & Co., 8vo, $2.00.
AMONG THE HIMALAYAS.
THE ALPS FROY END TO END. By Sir William Martin
Scribner's Sons, 8vo, $6.00.
had seriously attempted the task was Dr. quired seven months' work and resulted Güssfeldt, a German, who published the in the conquest of the two greatest peaks story of his failure in 1884, and whose of the Andes, Aconcagua, and Tupungato, description of the stupendous difficulties as well as an exploration of the surroundin the way led to preparations of un- ing country. The story is admirably common thoroughness. Thus Fitz Gerald told in a sumptuous volume filled with took with him a dozen persons, including superb photographs. Mr. Fitz Gerald is a famous Alpine guide, Mattias Zurbrig- so interesting and so modest that every gen, and five Swiss porters inured to work reader will regret his personal failure to at high altitudes. The expedition re- attain the summit upon which Zurbrig
gen planted his ice-axe in January, 1897. power of speech and with human preThe struggle he made against weakness, judices and passions, the more their talk sickness, and cold was nothing less than resembles that of people the more extraorheroic, and his account leaves the reader dinary and effective it is likely to be, as breathless.
coming from the bear, the moose, the fox, The name of William Cotton Oswell the beaver and the other forest dwellers carries one from frozen mountain peaks to who may be supposed to meet from time the torrid heat of the African jungle.
to time to discuss their neighbors, to critiTwo handsome volumes contain all that
cize or ridicule their common enemy, man, the most indefatigable reader will care to and to talk over a variety of interesting know about this traveller and explorer matters, from politics to the latest ideas whose cervices to science have been re- in traps. The greatest difficulty which peatedly recognized by learned societies. any writer who attempts such a task is Oswell's African explorations began in likely to meet with is to forget that his 1844 and lasted less than a dozen years in
talkers are animals, and not people. In a all, in which time, however, he found it book called “Mooswa of the Boundaries," possible to make a number of important
Mr. Fraser has succeeded so well that one discoveries and to be of an inestimable ser
is almost inclined to think that his characvice to Livingston. This elaborate me- ters walked on two legs before he transmoir shows him to have been an uncom
formed them, adding to the talk and monly manly, modest gentleman. Some
behavior of each such peculiarities as may of his hunting tales are enough to make seem proper. Our Indians and the white Nimrod turn in his grave, if he has one.
woodsmen and trappers, who from their Think of running into a herd of four hun- intimate association with wild animals, dred elephants! It is a pity that the come to know them as daily friends or illustrations given are too fanciful to be enemies, naturally invest them with human of interest; but Oswell's day was before attributes; and for this reason we have to that of the field camera.
go to the woodsman for the most telling Going still further back and crossing stories of this kind. This is what Mr. the ocean, we have a big book by Charles
Fraser has done. For year after year he Moore in which the explorers are the in
has listened, over the smouldering camptrepid men who, nearly three hundred
fire, to the tales told by famous trappers, years ago, took their lives into their white and copper-colored, of the cunning, hands and plunged into the wilderness to
the wisdom the wickedness and the virtues find the great lakes about which the In- of the animals they have known. Having dians boasted, and the China seas that
absorbed the stories from one point of were thought to be not far beyond them.
view, the author lets the animals repeat The story of Cartier, Champlain, Mar- them from their standpoint. There is quette, Cadillac and their brethren, Eng- admirable character-drawing here, beginlish, French and American, is an old one, ning with Mooswa, the Moose, a good deal but ever new when told as pleasantly as of wit, and, best of all, an atmosphere that it is told here.
suggests the great woods and the lakes, If we are to invest animals with the where peace reigns. Mr. Arthur Heming
has drawn pictures which illustrate the
By W. Edward Oswell. text brilliantly, and also finely charac-
THE NORTHWEST UNDER THREE FLAGS. By Charles MOOSWA AND OTHERS OF THE BOUNDARIES. By W. A.
Fraser. Charles Scribner's Sons, 12mno, $1 50.
WILLIAM COTTON OSWELL.
terize each of the animals, from big Gentlemen in Touraine.” Mr. Johnson's Mooswa to the little spitting, screeching dainty volume deals with artist haunts in lynx, caught in a snare, and dying before various parts of France, giving much his comrades' eyes.
space to Millet's home at Barbizon, and to After books in which men risk their various villages, famous and otherwise, lives at every page it is perhaps a rest wherein the author found delight. His to turn to the eminently peaceful themes sketches of the French peasants are full chosen by Mr. Clifton Johnson in "Along of feeling for the lights and shadows of a French Byways," a capital series of most picturesque corner of the world. papers, and Mr. Richard Sudbury's “Two Mr. Sudbury builds a rather pretentious
ALONG FRENCH BYWAYS. By Clifton Johnson. Macmillan Co., 18mo, $2.25.
Two GENTLEMEN IN TOURAINE. By Richard Sudbury. Stone & Co., 12mo, $3.50.
and cumbrous scaffolding upon which to so near a tiger when she fired that his mount as lecturer on the beauties of the blood sprinkled her rifle as he bounded famous châteaux of Touraine-Chambord, past. What she saw of society in India Blois, Amboise, Chenonceau—among the she found extremely dull and ridiculously best known, and might have given us formal. The natives and their English more details about these noble monu furnished her with more amusement. ments themselves. The photographs are Here is a curiosity in the way of a letter admirable.
from a subordinate seeking promotion: The author of A Sportswoman in India “ Most Respected and Benevolent Sir: not only did a vast deal of hunting, killing As a calf seeks earnestly its mother when boars, tigers, snakes and bears, of which strayed in the forest, so we seek for you. achievements she gives a spirited and As your honour attain a high position highly interesting account, but she studied now, I humbly beg that my case for prothe people and the geography of India to motion be considered,” etc., etc. While excellent purpose. The book, however, is some of the photographs of buildings are primarily a hunting tale and no one who excellent, the hunting episodes should loves a spice of danger will be dis- have been allowed to go without the imposappointed. Miss Savory seems to have sible pictures supposed to represent them. been in the thick of every fray; she was
A SPORTSWOMAN IN INDIA. By Isabel Savory. Lippinbowled over by wild boars, and she stood
cott & Co., 8vo, $4.50.