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men of his stamp ever existed, yet he is probable enough.
The important expedition of General
Sullivan into the interior of New York more in the nature of a background than State, in 1979, has been much neglected in the most of the stories. After so much by writers on the Revolution. It is deblood-letting on shore, it is a relief to get scribed in the form of a story by William a breath of fresh sea air, and this comes Elliot Griffis, D.D., in “The Pathfinders in W. 0. Stoddard's “The Noank's Log," of the Revolution ” (W. A. Wilde Co.). issued by the Lothrop Publishing Com- A history of the war from beginning to pany. But there is some bloodshed too, end is offered in “Heroes of Our Revolufor this again is a story of the Revolution. tion,” by T. W. Hall (Stokes).
)It is a It is bright and breezy. The character plain and straightforward statement of of Captain Luke Watts will be a surprise incidents and causes.
It is not necessary to many readers, as it is little known that to tell what “Scouting for Washington "
is about. The title itself tells. The boy hero comes to New York to get information about Clinton, and he also has some adventures with Sumter and Tarleton. The book is by John P. True, and is published by Little, Brown & Co. Two books, one of the North and one of the South, tell something of those who watched while the fathers and the brothers and the lovers fought. They are “ Three Colonial Maids,” by Julia McNair Wright (Pilgrim Press), and "A Daughter of Freedom," by Amy E. Blanchard (W. A. Wilde Co.).
of a period a few years later is “The Godson of Lafayette," by Elbridge S. Brooks, published by the W. A. Wilde From "The Golliwogg's Polar Adventures."
Copyright, 1900, by Longmans, Green & Co. Co. Its historical peg is the machinations of the Rev. Eleazer Williams, who posed as the lost son of Louis XVI. A neglected, for Atlanta,” by Byron A. Dunn (A. C. though not forgotten war of the United McClurg & Co.), a story of Sherman's States—that against Tripoli, is the sub- campaign. ject of James Otis's “ With Preble at Tri- “The Cruise of the Pretty Polly” is a poli” (W. A. Wilde Co.), and it therefore vigorous sea story, in W. Clark Russell's has the advantage of dealing with some well-known style, and it has spirited illusof the most fascinating achievements of trations by G. E. Robertson. (Lippinthe American navy. In yet another war cott.) is found the background for “ Battling “The Brethren of the Coast," by Kirk
Munroe (Scribners), is a pirate story of the old-fashioned sort, as to the exciting nature of its incidents, though the honey-andfeathers sentimentality which used to accompany a pirate story in the days of Sylvanus Cobb is gratefully conspicuous by its absence.
The incidents are placed 80 close that they rattle together, and there is not a dull page in the volume. There are illustrations by Rufus F. Zogbaum.
Mr. Munroe also contributes to the collection “Under the Great Bear” (Doubleday, Page & Co.). This is a story of adventure in
Labrador, whither the hero goes From “ Urchins of the Sea.”—Copyright, 1900, by Longmans, Green
to search for mineral wealth, followed by the good wishes of a
generous guardian and the evil schemes of the Flatboats” is different from Mr. an ungrateful classmate. The incidents Munroe's work. Yet this, too, is a book are in picturesque variety and many of of boys' adventures. It is written by them are highly improbable, but the hero George Cary Eggleston and is issued by wins the sympathy of the reader, and if the Lothrop Publishing Company. The the reader happens to be a boy, he will author desires to interest boys and no not want to leave off till he knows the doubt he will be rewarded with success, end, after he knows the beginning. The but he feels like telling them a few little pictures are by Howard Giles.
things worth remembering at the same The Mississippi Valley is not more dif- time. This is a worthy motive, no doubt, ferent from Labrador than “ The Last of but now and then the book becomes too
baldly didactic. Nevertheless, there is abundant action and the author tells a story oftener than he gives a lesson. The prettiest thing about the book is the affectionate way in which the author always writes of the boy whom he calls Ed Lowry, and it needs only moderate skill as a guesser to learn that this boy is his brother, Dr. Edward Eggleston.
Another cargo of boys floated on the St. Law. rence and studied topography and history. The account of the affair is to be found in “ The HouseBoat on the St. Lawrence," by Everett T. Tomlinson (Lee & Shepard). And, speaking of boats, there is “The Prairie Schooner," by William E. Barton (W. A. Wilde Co.), though perhaps it ought rather to be classed among the war stories, for it tells of the Black Hawk War and
of the days when Chicago Froin “In the Days of Alfred the Great."-Copyright, 1900, by Lee & Shepard.
was a village. There are yet more adventures, with
another large change of venue, in “Gold that one or two printed it before Mr. Seeking on the Dalton Trail,” by Arthur Russell. The reason put forth for this R. Thompson (Little, Brown & Co.), and edition is the new drawings and decorathere are hunting and fishing stories. tions by Louis and Frederick Rhead. Back again in Kentucky is the scene of There are many of them and some show a another out-door story, though a very good quality of imagination, but they are different one from the others, “ Ginsey
Ginsey for the most part too conventional to Kreider," by Huldah Herrick (Pilgrim fit the freedom and simplicity of the text. Press), which puts the case of the moun- Some of us who have been grown up taineers of that State as plainly before the for a good while used to be delighted reader as it has probably ever been put. when we were children with the stories of
Now the writers of the books of ad- the forests that were written for us by venture can like it or not, as they please, Paul Du Chaillu. And here is a new book but there is one book to be had which is of his about animals, chiefly as to their worth all of them put together, and a good preying habits. It is called “ The World deal more.
It is “The Life and Strange of the Great Forest.” Two kinds of aniSurprising Adventures of Robinson Cru- mal stories are popular—those which tell soe, of York, Mariner," by Daniel Defoe. how the beasts conduct themselves as The present edition is published by R. H. beasts, and those in which they conduct Russell & Co., but it is understood that themselves like men. This book is somethe book was offered to two or three pub- what of both sorts, for there is no doubt lishers before it was accepted by any, and that the beasts are real ones, and yet the pretty gathering of tales, and it contains several of the sort that one often wants to know, but does not know just where to find. The most successful teller of animal stories since “The Second Jungle Book," Ernest
” Seton-Thompson, is represented by “The Wild Animal Play” (Doubleday, Page & Co.). It is rather a masque than a play, for the animals merely introduce themselves and tell of their own deaths and dance, the Angel of the Wild Things kills the Sportsman, Molly Cottontail is crowned Queen of the Forest, and that is all. The illustrations are charming.
It is a doubtful classification to put “More Bunny Stories,” by John Howard Jewett (Frederick A. Stokes Co.), among the animal books. Nobody would ever know that the characters were supposed to be animals, if the author did not say so. There are
a few stories that
suggest those of Uncle Remus, From “In the Hands of Redcoats." Houghton, Miffin & Co.
but they lack the charm of the
dialect. author makes them tell a good deal of “The Black Gown," by Ruth Hall their own stories. He frankly declares (Houghton, Mifflin
Mifflin & Co.), is
& Co.), is a wellthat he believes animals have language, written and attractive story of the Dutch or, at least, ways of making themselves days in Albany. But if it is rightly understood to one another. The book called a children's book, then it is for has many pictures by C. R. Knight and those children who are not destined to reJ. M. Gleeson. (Charles Scribner's Sons.) main so much longer. And this last re
Two books could scarcely be more differ- mark would apply equally to “Helen ent than this of M. Du Chaillu and Abbie Benton, College Woman," by Adelaide L. Farwell Brown's “ The Book of Saints Rouse (A. I. Bradley & Co.). For the and Friendly Beasts” (Houghton, Mifflin older girls, too, is another book issued by & Co.). Few things that could be classi- the same publishers, “The Story of Defied have been left uncollected, but it was light," by Evelyn Raymond. The title is still a clever thought to collect the stories an unfortunate one, for the word “Deof friendships between saints and animals. light” in it is deceptive. It means no The result is certainly an uncommonly more than that the heroine's name is De