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Then, with ruthless rout and wassail,

tion concerning that city, which, in the Night and day they sacked the town; Staved the bins its cellars boasted,

minds of its own inhabitants at least, Port and Lisbon, tier on tier;

comes nearer to the ideal of a continuQuaffed to heart's content, and toasted Harry Morgan the Buccaneer.

ing city" here than any other. But Mr.

Longfellow, while he still lived near Bos“Stripped the church and monastery, ton, observed the march of alteration and

Racked the prior for his gold,
With the traders' wives made merry,

the tooth of time:
Lipped the young and mocked the old,
Diced for hapless señoritas

“ All things must change
(Sire and brother bound anear)—

To something new, to something strange-
Juanas, Lolas, Manuelitas

Nothing that is can pause or stay;
Cursing Morgan the Buccaneer!”

and so, in this year of grace 1900, Mr. Peacefuller chronicles are those of Mr. Drake has found it good to put forth a Samuel Adams Drake. “Old Landmarks new edition of what was at the time a and Historic Personages of Boston ” (Lit- complete compendiam, and has enlarged tle, Brown & Co.) was issued years ago it with much new literary material and a and found an instant welcome as a pains- quantity of additional pictures. “Boston taking and inclusive treasury of informa- to-day,” says Mr. Drake, “is hardly more

like the Boston of fifty years ago than a new growth resembles that which has replaced the original forest after fire has swept over it. It then had a good deal of the Indian-summer atmosphere of the past.' What it will be like fifty years, hence no man can say. In a hundred, of the old city perhaps not one stone will be left upon another. In truth, such surprising physical transformation has been brought about, even within the last thirty years, by the great fire, the leveling of Fort Hill, the filling up of the Back Bay, the extension of Washington Street and the improvements incidental to the building of the Subway, strongly emphasizes the fact that

in the very nature of From With Both Armies," Copyright, 1900, by Charles Scribner's Sons.

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ing can be, permanent save the written niteness and full details of historic matrecord. Like every great city, Boston is ters, documentary and illustrative, it is forever outgrowing its old garments, and probably because there is so scant room in must be patched and pieced accordingly." a single volume for sketches, however

In the series of books on American brief, of a score of towns each of which Historic Towns,” edited by Mr. Lyman T. might make a book by itself. The picPowell (Putnam's), appears this autumn a tures of modern buildings, in the present volume on “ Historic Towns of the South- volume, justify their presence, probably, ern States," which includes illustrated but one could wish for such ample details sketches of Baltimore, Frederick Town, of older scenes as, for instance, Dr. Fiske Washington, Richmond, Charleston, New pours so lavishly into his chronicle of Old Orleans, Annapolis, Williamsburg and a Virginia. But where so much has been dozen others, prepared by various writers done well, it is not gracious to criticise specially fitted through residence or spe- sins of omission. cial knowledge for the work. Two previ- In her “ Dames and Daughters of Coloously issued volumes in this series dealt nial Days” (T. Y. Crowell & Co.) Miss respectively with the historic towns of the Geraldine Brooks—who is the daughter of Middle States and of New England. The that tireless writer of historical books for plan of the work is excellent, and if its young Americans, Mr. Elbridge S. Brooks execution has been something less in defi- -has tried to make such selections from

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the list of women famous in our earlier righteously held a glory by her descendhistory as shall best illustrate the various ants—Miss Brooks devotes the types of woman, periods of development ceeding sketches to Mme. Frances Mary and sections of the country. Beginning Jacqueline La Tour, of Nova Scotia, who with Anne Hutchinson, of Boston-whose “held the fort" so gallantly against Charis the almost sinister distinction of having nisé; Margaret Brent, the woman ruler of founded the first woman's club in America, Maryland; Mme. Sarah Knight, of Bosin 1636, and who was cast out of the ton, the famous traveller of colonial times; church as a seditious and dangerous per Eliza Lucas, of Charleston; Martha Washson, albeit that harsh judgment is now ington; Abigail Adams; Elizabeth Schuy

ler of Albany, who became the wife of Alexander Hamilton, and Sarah Wister and Deborah Norris, two Quaker Friends of Philadelphia, in 1776. Their stories are told with much spirit, and their portraits are made from originals whenever possible.

A book made up from the gathered records of a single family is “Colonial Days and Ways" (The Century Co.), by Helen Elvertson Smith. The Smith homestead at Sharon, Conn., which was built in 1765, contained thou sands of family letters, covering a period of nearly two hundred years, and she has constructed, mainly from this source, the family life during the seventeenth and eigh

teenth centuries, From " The Widow Lerouge."

Charles Scribner's Sons.

mainly in New Eng

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Copyright, 1900, by R. H. Russell. TONY WELLER (From the drawing in color by William Nicholson.)

land. Intermarriage with Dutch and the Smith family went into the churchHuguenot families in New York has pro there were several parsons who lived and vided the author with interesting chap- labored and died, and whose works now ters describing early conditions in New do follow them in Miss Smith's entertainRochelle and in the manor houses upon ing pages. the Hudson; and her account of the trials New editions of James T. Fields's “ Yes. and triumphs of New England ancestors terdays with Authors” and of Henry fill many pages. It appears that part of James's “Little Tour in France come

from Messrs. Houghton, Mifflin & Co. all just in his present manner-why, perThe “Yesterdays ” is lavishly illustrated haps it is the present manner which suffers with photogravure portraits, autograph in some instances. The cathedral at Tours, letters, etc., including the interesting pic- the château of Amboise against the great ture of Fields, Hawthorne and Ticknor, pile of woolly clouds, and the splendid all in silk hats of enormous size, and that stretch of the river at Blois-nobody need matchless picture of the young Dickens ask anything better than those—and nowith a great shock of dark hair falling in body does. masses over his temples, like Mrs. Brown Another pilgrimage-a pious one and a ing's curls. The portraits of Thackeray, literary—has been made by Marion Harof Lowell, of Mrs. Jameson and Miss Mit- land in her series of “Literary Hearthford are as beautifully reproduced as stones.” Hannah More and John Knox though with the etcher's tool. The story are the saints at whose shrines she has worof the “Little Tour in France” is as deli- shipped, and she has retold their stories cate reading now as it was twenty years with her accustomed skill. The volumes are ago, and if Mr. Pennell's pictures are not illustrated with photographs. (Putnams.)

Mr. Edward Robins has written two entertaining books upon “Twelve Great Actors” and “Twelve Great Actresses" (Putnams). The first begins with the name of David Garrick and ends with that of Lester Wallack; the second has Anne Bracegirdle at the beginning, and the curtain falls on Ristori. The sketches are pleasantly written and the portraits are, in the main, very good. In the mass of literature of the stage these handsomely printed volumes should find and hold a place in popular regard.

The modern picture book, pure and simple, for adult readers, has come to its favor within a comparatively few years. We have already seen several portfolio-volumes of Mr. Gibson's drawings, and this year he gives us, through Mr. R. H. Russell, another collection called “ Americans which is fully up to his own standard of distinction. Several of the scraps of literature attached to these drawings are as good as the drawings themselves, which is saying a good deal; for instance, the moral

reflections of the oldish husband who From "Twelve Great Actresses."

catches his wife's big boy cousin kiss[From the painting by G. H. Harlow.]

ing her; and again, the reply of the

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G. P. Putnam's Sons.

SARAH SIDDONS AS LADY MACBETH

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