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NEW HOLIDAY BOOKS, AND FINE EDITIONS OF OLD

FAVORITES

O lack, this year, of volumes whose way about, but he does not require en

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

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

its pages

RICHARD WHITEING

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

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

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is growing larger every year. Twelve of home of the Sackville family since the the most stately of the old English coun- time of Queen Elizabeth. It is a vast try houses are described, in several in- treasure house of works of art, and one stances by their present owners, and hun- of the most interesting houses in the dreds of photographs of their beauties, world. Rufford Abbey, in Nottinghamindoors and out, accompany the text. shire, near Sherwood Forest, is the home The volume is edited by Mr. A. H. of Lord Savile, who writes the sketch. Malan, who writes several of the sketches, This house contains, besides many other and Lord Frederick Hamilton contributes wonders, the finest collection of tapestry a preface. Lord Sackville writes of his in England. Cotohele, Levens and Compancient home of Knole, perhaps the finest ton Wingates are examples of manor example still in existence of a' monastic houses ; Glamis and Naworth are feudal building adapted to domestic use; the castles, built originally for defense, but greater part of the present house was pro- gradually converted into residences; and bably built by Thomas Bourchier, Arch- Bickling, Longleat and Wilton are stately bishop of Canterbury, before the middle of palaces built early in the sixteenth cen. the fifteenth century, though there are tury, when it was considered proper for a portions whose architecture seems to indi- great nobleman to surround himself with cate an earlier origin; the first record of some degree of magnificence. The dethe occupancy of Knole is to be found in scriptive articles are necessarily brief, but the reign of King John, when it belonged of the keenest interest to all who find to William Mareschal, Earl of Pembroke. sympathetic pleasure in the idea of a It is situated in Kent, and has been the beautiful family home enriched by the

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Little, Brown & Co.

From "Old Landmarks and Historic Personages of Boston."

WINTER SCENE ON BOSTON NECK, FIFTY YEARS AGO

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