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WILLIAM ELLIOT GRIFFIS
ton, to report that year's session of the Tuskegee Negro Conference. What he saw of the South at that time, and of the work being done there for the education of the negro, interested Mr. Thrasher so much that since then he has devoted a large portion of his time to a study of this field, giving especial attention to the methods and work of Tuskegee Institute, and to their results.
Mr. Thrasher's new book, about Tuskegee, is more than a mere description of the work of a great school. It has all the interest of a vivid story of picturesque Southern life and conditions, giving as it does an account of Mr. Booker Washington's life, a history of the struggling but happy early years of the school, an explanation of the ways in which the institute does its work to-day, and a broad review of the results of Tuskegee Institute, in the work which its graduates and students are doing to extend its influence.
This is Mr. Griffis's first venture in a With three grand-uncles in the Revolu- sustained fictitious narrative, though he tionary War, one on the Board of War, and
has written many short stories and is a builder of some of the first war vessels widely known by his volumes relating to in our United States Navy, one a Colonel
the Far East. His “Corea, the Hermit in the Pennsylvania artillery, and one
Nation,” has been a standard work for Washington's aide at the battle of Prince
years, and his “Religions of Japan ” is
« The ton, and his own grandfather a militiaman, equally accurate and valuable. with plenty of family legend and story
American in Holland,” published. last
A new about the Hessians and Washington's year, is a record of recent travel.
edition of the Corean book was recently camps and armies, Mr. Griffis's inheritances from the Revolution are rich and published, containing much new matter. varied.
It was just when most impressed by Francis La Flesche, who was born befacts like these that he was invited by tween thirty-five and forty years ago, was Messrs. W. A. Wilde & Co., of Boston, to early sent to an Indian Mission school write a series of books on “ The Romance established in 1857 by the Presbyterian of American History." The first to ap Church on the eastern boundary of the pear was “ The Romance of Discovery," Omaha Reservation and there made rapid the later volumes were The Romance of progress. His mother was a full-blood American Colonization” and “The Ro Omaha, descended from a long line of men mance of Conquest.” The latest venture noted for their ability and leadership. is in the form of a novel, entitled “The His father was equally well born, of Ponka Pathfinders of the American Revolution.” descent and was the head chief of his
amusement, and were accidentally discovered by friends, who urged their publication in book form.
FRANCIS LA FLESCHE
Anthony Hope has just finished reading the proofs of his new novel, “ Quisanté," which is to be published early in September. This novel is mainly concerned with the fortunes of Alexander Quisanté, a man of foreign extraction whose brilliant abilities gain him a prominent position in English political life, and of Lady May Gaston, a girl of high birth, who, against the wishes of all her friends, becomes his wife. His character and hers, their history, the imperious alternative with which he was faced, how he met it, and the ultimate issue of his choice, form the chief subject of a story which presents many phases of social and political life in
England, and especially in London, at the tribe. Late in the seventies young La present day. Flesche attracted the attention of Senator Kirkwood, of Iowa, during a Congressional Cyrus Townsend Brady's “Recollecinvestigation of some Indian matters. tions of a Missionary in the Great West,” The lad's fearless rectitude on that occa which is announced for publication this sion fixed him in the Senator's memory; fall, presents a lively picture of the daily a short time after, when Senator Kirk- life of the missionary in the Far West ten wood became Secretary of the Interior, he or fifteen years ago. They are filled with wrote to young La Flesche to ascertain anecdote and seasoned with humor, his fitness for a Government clerkship, though they illustrate the serious aspect and, being favorably impressed by the of the missionary's work as well. lad's letters, offered him a position in the Indian Bureau, where he has been ever The first collection of Edwin Marksince, having won several promotions for ham’s verse since the publication of “The efficiency. Besides his literary studies, Man . With the Hoe,” will be published pursued during his evenings at home, La early next month by McClure, Phillips & Flesche has taken a course of law at the Co. Those who have looked on Mr. National University Law School of Wash Markham's career as somewhat meteoric ington, and, after graduating, he studied do not stop to consider the fact that he and obtained the Master Degree. For his has been writing poetry for the past thirty valuable and original contributions to eth years. Literary fame came slower to nology he was elected a Fellow in the Markham than to most writers, though American Association for the Advance- competent judges who had seen his poems ment of Science. Most of the sketches in Scribner's and elsewhere years ago procontained in “The Middle Five” were nounced him a poet of extraordinary written by Mr. La Flesche for his own power and quality. The general recogni
tion of his abilities has not come to Mr. He is a graduate of St. Lawrence UniverMarkham too late in life to prevent solid sity, and was for some time a reporter and enjoyment of a well-deserved fame. He staff writer, first for the Brooklyn Times, is still under fifty years of age.
and later for the New York World. He
founded the Bacheller Syndicate, and inMr. Nelson Lloyd, the author of “The troduced to the great American public Chronic Loafer,” is a graduate of Pennsyl- many famous writers, including Anthony vania State College and his first literary Hope, Stephen Crane and Dr. Conan work was the writing of plays for produc- Doyle. Mr. Bacheller is also the author tion by the Dramatic Club of that college. of many bits of dialect verse, rural and After graduating he became a reporter for otherwise, that have been copied far and the New York Evening Sun, and he is now wide. The success of “Eben Holden the city editor of that paper. Encouraged promises even greater popularity for his by the success of “The Chronic Loafer," future work in prose. which is about to go into a third edition, he is at present hard at work upon a long Mr. Arthur Henry's first novel, “A novel, the scene of which will again be Princess of Arcady,” which is an idyllic Pennsylvania, his native State, and will piece of prose akin to “Paul and Vircover a much broader field than that used ginia,” will be published at an early date in writing his first book.
by Messrs. Doubleday, Page & Company.
Mr. Henry, who was born at Peccatonica, Mr. Irving Bacheller, who is now about Ill., is about thirty years of age. As a boy forty-five years of age, was born and bred he was not strong and, it being necessary in the “North Country," where the scene for him to live out of doors, he never reof “ Eben Holden,” his first novel, is laid. ceived any regular schooling, his early
years being spent in going from one farm to another in search of health, and finally living for some time on a ranch in the far west. He probably inherits his taste for literature from his mother, who wrote for the magazines at the time when the “ Ladies' Repository” was one of the more important monthlies. Mr. Henry is another graduate from the school of journalism, having served for some time as a reporter for the Chicago Herald and later in the capacity of city editor with the Toledo Blade.
MR. ARTHUR HENRY
Messrs. Small, Maynard & Company will publish in September a new novel by Miss Emma Rayner, author of "Free to Serve” and “In Castle and Colony," which may be confidently expected to exceed in popularity these books, each of which enjoyed a large sale. The new book is not a historical romance, but is a vivid picture of life in the Kentucky mountains, the time of action being about 1875. The plot of the book is, as the scene would indicate, full of stirring inci- Indiana, and for several terms while teachdents, and the characters are admirably ing he prepared himself at the same time drawn with the skill and power which
for college. He entered Harvard in 1889 readers of Miss Rayner's earlier books
and later graduated from that institution. have learned to expect of her pen.
He was for one term an assistant in English at Harvard University, and thereafter
went as instructor in English to the UniMr. William Vaughn Moody is publish-versity of Chicago, which position he now ing this fall, through Messrs. Small, May- holds.
holds. He has traveled both in Italy and nard & Co., of Boston, a poetic drama en- in England, and it was while upon a walktitled “The Masque of Judgment.” Mr. ing trip through the dolmite country of Moody is, perhaps, best known at present southeastern Tyrol that the conception of as the writer of many remarkable short “ The Masque of Judgment" came to him. poems. The latest of these, “ An Ode in That was in 1897 that it was begun. He Time of Hesitation," and a poem entitled took the matter up again while in New “Good Friday Night” appeared in recent York in 1899, continued working at it numbers of the Atlantic Monthly. Mr. while in London in the same year, and Moody was born in July, 1869, at Spencer, finished it this spring in Boston.
His Ind., and was brought up in the town of latest work is a prose play entitled “ The New Albany, on the Ohio River. On the Faith Healer,” recently completed; the death of his father, at seventeen, he began scene of this drama is laid in Missouri and teaching in a district school in Southern the action is based on a recent occurrence. The Daughters of the Confederacy have recently erected at Norfolk, Va., a monument to the memory of Father Abraham J. Ryan, who will be remembered as the Laureate of the Lost Cause. His “ Conquered Banner,” “Sentinel Songs," “ The Sword of Lee,” and other battle poems are among the most effective of those which the Civil War incited on either side, and compare favorably with the work of Henry Howard Brownell. His war songs had at one time a vogue in the North as well as the South, and they are still read. In the homes of the South, especially, volumes of his verses are everywhere to be found.
A volume of fifty cartoons by Homer Davenport, illustrating the economic problem of the day, is announced for immediate publication by Messrs. Small, Maynard & Company, under the title of Miss Howard Weeden, whose“ Bandana “ The Dollar or the Man?" This book, Ballads," published last year by the which is said to “picture the struggle be- Doubleday & McClure Co., is so popular, is tween the Democracy and Plutocracy,”
a resident of Huntsville, Alabama. Her is edited with an introductory chapter on
home is one of those delightful old South“The Problem, the Cartoon, and the Art- ern houses whose great halls and spacious ist," by Horace L. Traubell, the editor of rooms are crowded with the associations the Conservative. At the present time it
of a lifetime and the memories of her is likely to be an effective campaign docu
forbears. Messrs. Doubleday, Page & ment-amusing if not convincing.
Co. will publish this fall a new book of
twenty-four “ Songs of the Old Scuth,” During the fall months Messrs. Hough- with as many pictures of the “old-time" ton, Mifflin & Co., of Boston, will bring negro from Miss Weeden's pen. There out a definitive edition in seven volumes is probably no author or artist to-day of the works of Col. Thomas Wentworth who preserves better the sentiment, the Higginson. These volumes will include humor and the feeling of the plantation all of Colonel Higginson's work that he darkey. considers most worthy of preservation, and will cover his contribution to perma- An interesting little volume, probably nent American literature. It will be the
the first of Chinese authorship published known as the Riverside Edition, and will in this country, bears the date of 1887, include three portraits of the author ; one and the imprint of the Lothrop Company from a recent photograph ; one from a of Boston, who are now making a new reproduction of an old-time daguerreotype edition of the book. It is entitled “ When of the author as Colonel of the first South I Was A Boy in China,” and embodies the Carolina Volunteers, and the third an in- recollections of Yan Phou Lee, who was one teresting portrait taken in his youth. of the first young men sent to this country