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THE BOOK BUYER is published on the first of every month. Subscription price, $1.50 per year.
Subscriptions are received by all booksellers.
Subscribers in ordering change of address must

give the old as well as the new address. Bound copies of Volumes IV, V, VI, VII, VIII, IX, X, XI, XII, and XIII, $2.00 each. Volumes XIV, XV, XVI, XVII,

XT III, XIX and XX, $1.50. Covers for binding, 50 cts. each. Bound volume sent on receipt of $1.00 and all the num. bers in good condition. Postage prepaid. Volumes I, II, and III out of print. Charles SCRIBNER's Sons, New YORK.


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at work, Mrs. Wharton, the author of emancipation, but rather limitation, Lin“The Touchstone” and “The Greater coln contending merely that slavery Inclination,” has found a new field far should not be extended beyond the States removed from that which she has been cul- then occupied, and not, as his opponents tivating-court and country life in North- often stated in the campaign, advocating ern Italy in the eighteenth century. Her "negro equality," emancipation and citinovel, to which she has given the striking zenship. It was because his position was title, “ The Valley of Decision,” portrays constantly misstated by his opponents manners and customs, characters and that Lincoln collected all the newspaper events, and the general spectacular pag clippings, giving, as he states, “the subeantry of the place and period.

stance of all I have ever said about' negro

equality.” These clippings Lincoln What promises to be a valuable contri- pasted in a little book, addin notes in bution to the political literature of the manuscript to explain the time and occaperiod just preceding the Civil War, as sion of each speech, and also addressing a well as a most interesting relic of the long letter to his friend and closest supgreat emancipator of the slaves, is a forth- porter, Captain James H. Brown, to whom coming volume from the press of McClure, the book was given. Lincoln prepared Phillips & Company, entitled “ Abraham the book as a defense of his principles, Lincoln : His Book.” It is the only book because such a defence was needed. that Lincoln ever had a hand in making, Captain Brown treasured up the Linand it will be published in facsimile. coln book, carried it and used it in the

The story of how Lincoln came to pre- campaign of 1860, and on his death, eight pare this unique little volume involves a years later, the work passed to his sons, recital of his views on slavery, and a state- William and Benjamin Brown, of Grove ment of the political conditions then oper- Park, Illinois, by whom it is still owned. ating in the middle-west. Lincoln was, It is a fortunate arrangement which perat the time, candidate for United States mits of its reproduction. It is a “human Senator, and his opponent was Stephen A.

document” of no little interest. Copyright, 1900, by CHARLES SCRIBNER's Sons. All rights reserved

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Another recent Wall Street book to be commended-more accurately & manual than Mr. Clews's—is a little handbook called “ The A-B-C of Wall Street," written by Mr. Samuel Armstrong Nelson of the Evening Sun, for years a newspaper writer and conversant with all the Wall Street news which never gets into the newspapers.

Mr. Joseph A. Altsheler was born in southern Kentucky, near the close of the Civil War, and was educated in the common schools there and at Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tenn.

Since leaving school, his life has been spent in journalism, first on the Louisville Courier-Journal, where he began as reporter, passing through various grades, as dramatic critic, assistant city editor, city editor, commercial editor and editorial writer, serving in the last capacity for four years with Henry Watterson. For five years of that time he was also a regular writer for the New York Sun. He then came to New York and obtained work on the World, where he has been ever since. Several years ago he took

charge of the tri-weekly edition of the By courtesy of Messrs. Cassell & Com- World, which place he now occupies. pany, we reproduce for the first time the Mr. Altsheler began to write fiction portrait of Miss Laurence Alma-Tadema, several years ago entirely by chance. He by the Hon. John Collier. Miss Alma- thought that the edition of the paper Tadema, it will be remembered, is the which he edited needed a serial and, not daughter of the Dutch R. A., Alma- being able to obtain any otherwise which Tadema, an artist herself, and a clever he thought suitable he concluded to try his writer. Her “Wings of Icarus" is a delicate own hand, and wrote for it a boy's story bit of romance, told mostly by letters, and of adventure, which seemed to take well. revealing frequent touches of brilliancy. This created a desire to write something


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of a higher type. He then wrote several and youth were spent on a farm in northshort stories which were accepted and ern Vermont, and his first work off the printed in various magazines, and after- farm was as a teacher. His first newsward a colonial novel called “ A Knight paper work was done as the local corresof New York," which was offered to one pondent for the country papers published of the magazines. Meanwhile in 1897 he in the county where he lived. wrote a Revolutionary romance called Mr. Thrasher came to Boston in 1892, “The Sun of Saratoga ” which was offered in the employ of a publishing house with to D. Appleton & Co. and accepted. The whom he remained for two years. His colonial story was then withdrawn from work since then has been that of a newsthe magazine office, revised and enlarged paper and magazine writer, except for a considerably, rechristened "A Soldier of year and a half when he was assistant suManhattan " and offered also to the Ap- perintendent of the Farm School, on pletons, who accepted and published it. Thompson's Island, in Boston Harbor, one He has published since “ A Herald of the of the oldest and most successful schools West," a romance of 1812, a small novel of the kind in the United States. He has called “ The Last Rebel,” based on memo- always taken a special interest in philanries of the Civil War, and the new book thropic educational work and has written " In Circling Camps,” which is reviewed widely for publication in regard to it. on another page by Mr. F. C. Mortimer. Five years ago, while Mr. Thrasher was

a member of the staff of one of the BosMr. Max Bennett Thrasher is a native ton dailies, he went to Tuskegee, Ala., at of Westmoreland, N. H. His boyhood the request of Mr. Booker T. Washing

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