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patriot. At twenty, having finished with and Grizel," might justly be charged with distinction his course at the Jesuit college omitting the novel that is coming to find in Manila, he completed his education at place as the first production of the year. Madrid, Berlin and Vienna. The remain- Whether or not it is Mr. Barrie's own first ing fourteen years—he was shot in 1896 as production is quite another question, one a traitor, despite the protest of Gen. that it is as yet not worth while to ask Blanco, governor-general of the Philip- because it is futile. In the general dispines at the time of his arrest-crowded cussion it is interesting to note that the with travel and study in Europe and book seems to appeal far more to men America, were devoted to constant but than to women. The subtlety of vain appeals to Spanish public opinion Tommy's relations to Grizel in his final for justice for his country. Never an ad- effort by a loveless marriage to undo what vocate of independence, he returned had been done, and the more or less Manila to assist in allaying disaffection tragic failure of that effort through his and righting wrongs, only to be banished final taking-off, create a situation which despite a promise of protection. Released sex-wise finds masculine more than femiafter four years of confinement, he was nine appreciation. Is it because the marseized while on his way to serve as an riage of self-sacrifice and disappointment army surgeon in Cuba, brought back and is so much oftener the anticipated experishot, a romantic love affair ending ence of woman? marriage the night before his death. An Another book, written like Barrie's Eagle Flight written out of such experi- with the art that waits, is Mrs. Steel's ences could not fail of vividness and in- “ The Hosts of the Lord,” her latest tale tensity.
of India. The reader, familiar with reAnother book of the far-away life is sults but not with processes, can hardly Mr. Lloyd Osbourne's first independent understand how a writer can by patient venture, “ The Queen Versus Billy," a persistence of restraint have plot, charcollection of South Sea stories. Of his acter and scene so perfectly in mind that equipment for picturing folk whose very page will follow page without erasure or existence is hardly thought of, one need correction. “And if I do slip,” Mrs. but remember his long and close associa- Steel once said, “I rewrite the whole tion with Stevenson and his own love of page.” To get close to the life of India roving in the track of the sailor and the she for three months lived by herself in occasional trader. Coming out from under the Mussulman quarter of a Punjab the shadow of a great name, Mr. Osbourne town, doing her own work and, nativehas made good his title to recognition as like, sleeping on the roof under the stars. himself a story-teller who knows his art. Out of an experience thus perfected come In its genuineness no less than in its the slowly evolved pictures of race confreshness his work closely recalls that of tacts and contrasts that in fidelity to a Mr. Charles F. Lummis, in his new Mexi- mysterious and elusive type and environcan and South American stories.
ment have been pronounced unique by Any glance at current fiction, however the most competent criticism. hurried, that should overlook “ Tommy To say that M. Bourget brings to the
THE QUEEN VS. BILLY, AND OTHER STORIES. By Lloyd Osbourne. Charles Scribner's Sons, 12mo, $1.50.
TOMMY AND GRIZEL. By James M. Barrie. Charles Scribner's Sons, 12mo, $1.50.
THE HOSTS OF THE LORD. By Flora Annie Steel. The Macmillan Co., $1.50.
DOMESTIC DRAMAS. By Paul Bourget. Translated by William Merchant. Charles Scribner's Sons, 12mo, $1.50. - The
drama of domestic life sureness of touch The dashing tale of love and adventure, and felicity of phrase ("the poet-aspi- with the vice-regal court in Dublin for the rant, now an artisan of prose mean- scene during the vice-royalty of the duke ing a journalist) to match keen psy- of Rutland in the closing years of the chology and searching philosophy is, eighteenth century, could find no happier of course, to describe Bourget. Yet artificer than Mr. Hinkson, so well known whether one turns to the opening story, for his clever Irish stories. The gallants the emotional drama of the conversion of and beauties in “The King's Deputy ” an agnostic physician, or follows the fairly march before the reader's eyes, so more commonplace career of a bourgeois swift in action is the story. Parisian family, or studies the phases of Miss Seawell's latest romance, child life, grouped in a collection of short House of Egremont,” finds suggestion of stories at the end, the reader is impressed mention in Mr. Hinkson's tale as a sketch by the impossibility of dropping out one may suggest a picture. The plot centres of these qualities and preserving the in the St. Germains court life of James, unique charm. If these qualities could the banished Stuart, at the end of the be in any degree dissociated, one from the seventeenth century. It was a time of others, it would be the last of Bourget great dramatic possibility, crowded with
A like French delicacy of art, perfec- thrill of incident and futility of daring, to tion in mating thought with phrase, that which the story gives powerful expression. characterizes the work of Mr. Henry B. Of chapters of great intensity, the most Fuller, reveals a temperament so much intense is that which tells in simple phrase more naturally in harmony with the finer how a boyish Jesuit faced the hangman environment abroad, that his Chicago be- who draws and quarters, and the dreadlonging is realized only by an effort. It ful mob applauding the butchery, with is hard, therefore, considering him by as gallant Christian a bravery as ever nationality an American, to place him at marked the end of chivalrous cavalier. his best, whether in the role of patriot- On the romantic and historical sides ically fighting Philistinism-as when he
the story is thoroughly satisfying, for arraigned the associated architecture of it is told with vividness, picturesqueChicago as growing “more hideous and
ness and charm. It is a story one more preposterous” every year—or in the might look for from a native of Virrôle in which he is most evidently him- ginia. Where else do Jacobin traditions, self, the teller of the story that most ap- though transplanted, still seem to linger peals to his sympathetic interest. Such with a like sense of fitness ? a story is his latest, a Sicilian romance, “The Last Refugee,” both in its bright
A Romance of the Last Century. coloring and its sombre shading.
By H. A. Hinkson. A. C. McClurg & Co., $1.25.
THE HOUSE OF EGREMONT. A novel By Molly Elliott A Sicilian Romance. By Henry Seawell. Illustrated by C. M. Relyea. Charles ScribB. Fuller. Houghton, Mifflin & Co., $1.50.
ner's Sons, 12mo, $1.50.
THE KING'S DEPUTY.
THE LAST REFUGE.
beauty of illustration equals, yet does thusiasm for his own favorite spots and is not outshine, the excellent value of the text. indulgent to your catholic curiosity If, in some instances, the pictures are without patronizing you.
He begins showered upon the pages so profusely as with a chapter in which he describes quite to absorb the attention for a while, “The Governmental Machine,” and with as in the case of Mr. Richard Whiteing's a large and tastefully gilded “phil“ Paris of To-day" (The Century Co.), osophic pill,” prepares his reader's intelthe light touch, the informing narrative ligence to appreciate the panorama which and the nimble wit of the writer are lost he is presently to show. He declares sight of only for a time; the book is that “the French are really the most charming as a whole, and except for the serious and purposeful folk in the worldweight of the tall, handsome octavo, to a great, sad race, too, with a pessimistic browse among its pages is a continual de- bitter for the subflavor of their national light. To explore Paris is usually gayety, as it is the subflavor of their counted good fun enough in the ab- absinthe. .. Our Gauls are a gloomy stract; to have Mr. Whiteing for commis- and a brooding swarm, ever haunted with sionaire is better luck than usually falls the fear of being left behind in the race to the average traveler. He knows his of life, their clear, keen intellect marred
ing, the slave of tradition, a thing that moves from precedent to precedent, but with restraint instead of freedom for its aim. The first Napoleon was the inventor of it. ... It is a Chinese bureaucracy in completeness, with the difference that it is in thorough repair. As a piece of clockwork it is one of the greatest of human inventions. ... This, as I have said, was Napoleon's gift to France, and the wiser sort, who dread her moods and their own, esteem it above all his victories. Law and police form an integral part of the machine, enduring, unchanging, in their hierarchal condition a solid bulwark against the vagaries of the popular spirit.”
With such an understanding of France Copyright, 1900, by The Century Co.
and its people, conveyed to his readers (Author of "Paris of To-Day."']
with simple directness and the charm of
the philosopher who sees all sides of his and thwarted by wretched nerves. It is subject, Mr. Whiteing proceeds to show the artistic temperament with its pen- the various aspects of his Paris, and the alty. . . . In point of fact, the men here glory of them. Paris of the Faubourgs are the women, and the women the men. and of the Boulevards, fashionable Paris The quiet, laborious, cool-headed house- and the Paris of the artists, with a lingerwife runs France. The secret of the ing glance at Parisian pastimes, are the malady is nature's; the secret of the cure general landmarks of his book. Skilful is the people's own. There is none other and polished in style, not too explanatory 80 ploddingly, so remorselessly indus- of what one may be supposed to know, trious. After every outbreak France the text, which has appeared serially in picks up the pieces; ... the fatal war the Century, must at once command even was an attack of nerves. The Jew-bait- a wider audience. In all details of manuing is another. . . . and the awful 'af- facture, save for the heavy glazed paper faire' Dreyfus] is a third on the same (which is, of course, an unavoidable blemlines. . .. They know perfectly well ish in so copiously illustrated a volume) what is the matter with them, and for the book is beyond criticism. Mr. Casttheir straight-jacket they have invented aigne's illustrations represent the best that the administrative machine. ... It is can be done in this field. the permanent civil service, the govern- Another imposing volume is “More ment-in a word, the great automatic Famous Homes of Great Britain, and contrivance that keeps them going in Their Stories," which is, as its title indinational housekeeping while they are on cates, a supplementary work to one issued the rampage. Nowhere else, except per- last year by Messrs. G. P. Putnam's Sons, haps in Germany, is there anything like who send us the present book. The numit for efficiency of a kind. It is every
ber of Americans who will be interested in thing that they are not-stable, unchang- such books as this one and its predecessor