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NEAR MR. SMURTHWAYT,- The autumn rush of
new books has fairly commenced. For the wise
publisher, taking time by the forelock, has already issued, in order to escape the deluge of distinctively "gift-book literature," a fair proportion of what is most valuable in his season's announcements. Just now there is more than a chance of a good book getting some share of attention; later, all but the most important have to take their turn. But in the following list of “ volumes most in demand” the first two books, at least, are hardly likely to be beaten, from the point of view of sales, this side of Christmas :
Sir George Tressady. By Mrs. Humphry Ward. 6s.
the Midian Episode of the French Revolution. By Félix Gras. 3s. 6d.
Armenia and its Sorrows. By W. J. Wintle. ls. Songs of Travel and Other Verses. By Robert Louis Stevenson. 58.
Victoria, Her Life and Reign: an Illustrated Biography of the Queen. By A. E. Knight. 33. . You will have read “Sir George Tressady” (Smith and Elder, 6s.) in its unrevised form (for since its serial publication Mrs. Humphry Ward has made considerable alteration) as it appeared in the Century, so I need waste no time in referring to it here. Nor need I dilate at length on Miss Corelli's new story « The Murder of Delicia" (Skeffington, 5s.), which, like its more recent forerunners, has not been sent out to the press-so that you will be able to attack it with appetite unsated with the suggested detail of a hundred reviews. That this policy has not saved Miss Corelli from her critics is evidenced, however, by a recent article on “Our Lady of Pars” in the Saturday. “The Reds of the Midi," by 1. Félix Gras, deserves the success it has gained. I sent it you, with some comment, last month. Mr. Wintle's “Armenia and Its Sorrows" (Melrose, ls.)
is not by any means the only book that the crisis 111 has called forth, as you will see when I come to describe
the other contents of your box, but it is the cheapest li and handiest, and as it contains a number of illusstrations and a good map, its popularity is well-earned.
The author's attempt has been “to present a concise Pia account of the Armenians and their recent sufferings." que The next book. “ Songs of Travel and Other Verses) - Chatto, 5s.), brings a thrill to the lover of literature i that is not likely to be often equalled before the end of
the century. Certainly it contains passages that I, for
Do you remember--can we e'er forget ?
I have since then contended and rejoiced ;
Of discontent and rapture and despair ? Mr. Knight's “Victoria, Her Life and Reign,” you had from me a month ago. It would make a particularly opportune prize in your village school.
Now to attract your attention at once to two volumes, so small that they may not be noticed, but large with temperament and interest. Who is there who has forgotten “The Sunless Heart,” that bitter-sweet firstfruit of the talent of a young Scottish authoress, and the evidence which it afforded of power, originality and intensity of feeling? and intensity
You will therefore be glad to receive Miss Johnstone's second book, “ The Douce Family," which Mr. Fisher Unwin has just published in his Century Library (1s. 6d.). I do not suppose you will like the theme, although it is one that seems to have some attraction for women writers nowadays. We have had novels enough in which the brilliant and clever hero is enslaved by some wanton whose physical charms constitute her sole capital. In “ The Douce Family" the plot is the same, but the rôles are reversed. It is the woman who has the brains and the man the physique. But since Queen Titania loved ass-hea led Bottom, there was never such an inversion of the fitness of things as the sacrifice by the winsome but wilful Winona at the shrine of such a stupid, vulgar, selfish brute as John Douce. It is a sad story, and the saddest thing about it is that Edith Johnstone should have written it. There is no radiance in “ The Douce Family” to cast a gleam of light over a Suniess Heart.
Mr. Coulson Kerpahan is developing into a veritable Fidei Defensor. In his latest little book “ The Child, the Wise Man, and the Devil” (Bowden, ls.), we have a quaint, vivid and striking presentation of the desolation, moral, social and human, which would follow if God wiped out, as a child wipes out an unworked sum fron a slate, all that the great name of Jesus means and has meant for humanity. I will not spoil your pleasure in reading Mr. Kernahau's finely conceived vision, but merely commend to you one sentence headed “The Child a Soldier of the Cross.” The little child in the arms of Jesus has, says Mr. Kernahan, “struck deadlier blows at the enemies of the Cross than all the arguments of all the theologians. That child is the most powerful foe whom the armies of unbelief have to fear."
As I suggested just now, there have been quite a number of books owing their appearance to the gangrene in the near East. The largest and the most valuable is " Turkey and the Armenian Atrocities” (Unwin, 10s. 6d.), the work of a young American missionary, the Rev. Edwin M. Bliss, who has treated his subject with knowledge and ability, Miss Willard commends his work in a brief introduction, and there are several illustrations of a novel character, and a good map. With somewhat different object appears the anonymous “ Historical Sketch of Armenia and the Armenians in Ancient and Modern Times, with Special Reference to the Present Crisis” (Stock, 5s.); but a book which will interest far more readers in the movement for the relief of the Armenians is Miss Edna Lyall's “The Autobiography of a Truth” (Longmans, Is.), a tale built on the plan of her “ Autobiography of a Slander," published nearly two years ago. All the profits that are made by the sale of this story are to be devoted to the Armenian cause, so, though it is rather sentimental than powerful, it deserves success.
There is no really serious or original history in the parcel, although you will find Mrs. Hawtrey's “ Outline History of Germany" (Longmans, 3s. 61.), and Mr. F. H. Cliffe's “ Manual of Italian Literature” (Macqueen, 6s.), useful; while Mr. Tighe Hopkins's sensational “ Kilmainhami Memories: the Story of the Greatest Political Crime of the Century” (Ward and Lock, 1s.), with its interesting illustrations and its fresh information about No. 1 and his fellow-conspirators, could not appear more opportunely. To the series devoted to By-Ways of Bible History has been added the late William Knight's “ The Arch of Titus and the Spoils of the Empire” (R. T. S., 2s. 6d.); and · Mr. W. J. Gordon's “ The Story of Our Railways” (R. T. S., Is. 6d.), is of its kind a remarkably able, comprehensive, and well-illustrated volume. The only English biography is Mr. W. J. Wintle's “ The Story of Florence Nightingale, the Heroineiof the Crimea” (S. S. U., 1s.); but, although I do not often send you French books, I must make an exception now and then, and one of these exceptions you will find in your parcel. It is “Le Cardinal Manning," by Francis de Pressensé (Perrin, 3 fr. 50 c.). An English translation is to appear shortly, but you had better read the charmingly limpid French of the author. M. de Pressensé is the son of the famous Protestant pastor, and this book about our Cardinal is not so much a literary as a religious event. It consists of three hundred pages, one-third of which are devoted to a preface, in which the author, with exquisite candour, sets forth his conviction as to what he considers the collapse of the Protestant defence against unbelief. While it could offer an infallible guide in the shape of the printed Word of God, as an alternative to the Infallible Church, it survived. But as the authority of the written Word crumbles before the assaults of the higher criticism, Protestants are beginning to see their position untenable and are falling back on the citadels. You will not agree with him, neither do I, for Rome appears to be no citadel, but a fortress long ago swept by the guns of the enemy. But that does not matter. The important thing to note is, that M. de Pressensé says he believes it; and, although he does not definitely execute his retreat, he has virtually given the signal for the abandonment. of the position which his father so brilliantly defended. In his “Sketch of the Cardinal” he reprints the two articles which he contributed to the Revue des Deux Mondes shortly after the appearance of Purcell's book. They are a veritable out burst of devout delight over the character of Manning, mingled with a cry of horror that such a saint should have had such a biographer as Mr. Purcell.
“ The New Charter : à Discussion of the Rights of Men and the Rights of Animals” (Bell, 2s.), is the only volume of a social and political kind I have to send. Issued under the auspices of the Humanitarian League, it contains six addresses by men as dissimilar as Mr. Frederic Harrison, Mr. G. W. Foote, of the Freethinker, and Mr. J. C. Kenworthy.
In art there is the third and final volume of the translation of Professor Muther's “ History of Moderu
Painting” (Henry, 18s. 6d. net), which deals more particularly with “The Painters of Life," and "The New Idealists,” and with the most recent developments of modern art. The small reproductions of well-known paintings by each master are admirably executed, and will be extremely useful as reminders of their arrangement and composition. The publishers deserve congratulation on so successful a termination of so valuable a task. Then you will find a rather sumptuous volume, edited by Mr. Lawrence Housman, himself a draughtsman of renown, and entitled “Arthur Boyd Houghton : a Selection from his Work in Black and White" (Paul, 15s, net), a book of extreme interest and value to those who fancy themselves on a knowledge of the history and capabilities of illustration. It would be well indeed if some of our modern black and white artists would study Houghton's drawings—most of which are here printed from the original wood-blocks.
To the Warwick Library, the two preceding volumes of which I have already sent you, has been added a useful collection of “ English Essays” (Blackie, 3s. 6d.), selected and edited by Mr. J. H. Lobban, whose introduction, a good piece of work, extends over some sixty pages. The scheme has excluded “professedly critical papers,” but room has been found for many examples besides those of Bacon, Cowley, Defoe, Steele, Swift, and Hazlitt-the names that are most prominent.
There are plenty of works of travel and topographical interest. The largest, Mr. Ling Roth's “ The Natives of Sarawak and British North Borneo” (Truslove, 50s. net) is in two big volumes, is “ based chiefly on the MSS. ot the late Hugh Brooke Low, Sarawak Government," and contains a rather irrelevant preface by Mr. Andrew Lang. Anthropologically the value of this work cannot be overestimated: as Mr. Lang remarks, it is a mine from which everybody can draw, in accordance with his needs"; and its usefulness is largely increased by its hundreds of illustrations-reproductions of photographs and of native art, for the most part. Coming nearer home, we have Dr. David Murray's “ An Archaeological Survey of the United Kingdom" (Maclehose, Glasgow, ls.), a reprint of an address delivered at Glasgow with the object of attracting attention to the necessity for the preservation and protection of our ancient monuments. One would have thought that English and Americans between them have said all that was worth saying about Stratford-on-Avon, and its connection with Shakespeare, but “there is always room on the top," and Mr. and Mrs. Snowden Ward's “Shakespeare's Town and Times” (Dawbarn, 78. 6d. net.) is a delightful volume which more than justifies its existence. The authors' aim has been to state plain fact, both with pen and camera, and as a result their letterpress is readable and valuable, and their illustrations, all reproduced from photographs in the most admirable manner, help to give the untravelled reader a better idea of the environment in which the poet lived than anything of the kind I have seen. . Two books there are on Paris--one, historical and archæological simply, is Mr. Walter F. Lonergan's “ Historic Churches of Paris ” (Downey, 21s.), whose chief value lies in illustrations by Mr B. S. Le Fanu ; and the other, a great deal more modern, Mr. Stuart Henry's“ Paris Days and Evenings” (Unwin, 7s. 6d.), a collection of short papers, evidently the work of an American very much at home in Paris, on different phases of life and art in the French capital. It is a thoroughly readable volume, aud one that helps to a better appreciation of the Parisian temperament to-day. And I send you new editions of thrce of Baedeker's Handbooks –“ Paris and Environs, with Routes from London to Paris" (Dulau, 6s.), “ London and its Environs" (6s.), and “ The Rhine from Rotterdam to Constance” (75.)—all of which seem to have been considerably improved.
Three or four interesting theological and religious books will provide you with a sufficiency of reading for wet Sabbaths. Mr. Stopford Brooke's “The Old Testament and Modern Life" (Isbister, 6s.) is a collection of short discourses, which, taking the stories of the Old Testament for their basis, read into them a lesson for humanity to-day. Count Tolstoi's “ The Gospel in Brief” (Scott, 23. 6d.) is described as “a deliberate and careful endeavour to simplify, summarise, and emphasise” all that the author of " Anna Karenina” has before said as to “Jesus and His teaching." The Rev. Francis Bourdillon's “ The Voice of the People: Some Proverbs and Common Sayings examined and applied, with Special Reference to Practical Life” (R.T.S., 2s.) sufficiently explains itself.
I have in months past sent you more than one book on flowers by Mr. Edward Step. He must be a versatile writer, for to-day I send a volume similar in size entitled "By the Deep Sea: a Popular Introduction to the Wild Life of the British Shores ” (Jarrold, 5s.). It is a well-illustrated and a practical manual. I thought it well to enclose the Rev. George Henslow's "How to Study Wild Flowers” (R.T.S. 25. éd.), with Dr. Renlow's "The Human Eye and Its Auxiliary Organs Anatomically Represented, with Explanatory Text” (Philip, 2s. 6d. net), a new edition, with a paper on “ Eyesight” by Mr. John Browning. Miss Florence Stacpoole's “Everyday Ailments and How to Treat Them” (Scott, 6d.) strikes me as a most useful little brochure. And you will also find a new edition of Dr. Gregory's “ Animal Magnetism; or Mesmerism and its Phenomena” (Redway, 6s, net).
I have made a selection of the best of recent new editions to send you this month. First is the new volume of the series of Illustrated Standard Novels Captain Marryat's “The King's Own” (Macmillan, 3s. 6d.), with an introduction by Mr. David Hannay and . a number of clever illustrations by Mr. F. HI. Townsend.
This series remains still one of the cheapest and most attractive in the market - in spite of a series on identical lines which a new firm," betraying thereby lamentable lack of originality, have lately commenced to issue. There has recently, by the way, been quite a boom in Marryat as there has been a boom in Peacock. Messrs. Routledge are issuing a serviceable edition, under the direction of Mr. W. L. Courtney, and Messrs. J. M. Dent have just published two new volumes in their edition_“Poor Jack” and “ The King's Own” (3s. 6d. each, net.). This last is under the editorship of Mr. Brimley Johnson, is well illustrated, and is certainly Well produced externally. It is likely to be the standard e lition of a series of novels which, as long as boys care at all for stirring yarns, will never lack readers. I don't know whether it is to Mr. Clement Shorter, the editor of the Illustrated London News, that we owe the excellent idea of a series of Nineteenth Century Classics, but anyhow he is the editor of the series, with which an excellent start has been made with Carlyle's “ Sartor Resartus," with an introduction by Professor Dowden, his "On Heroes and Hero-Worship," with an introduction by Mr. Gosse, and Matthew Arnold's “ Alaric at Rome and other Poems,” with an introduction by Dr. Garnett (Ward and Lock, 2s, 6d. each). Each
volume contains a portrait of its author in photogravure, and the whole appearance is such that, at the price, I can honestly say the series has not been approached for all round excellence. Many of the poems of Arthur Hugh Clough are just out of copyright, and Mr. Ernest Rhys has seized the opportunity to edit “The Bothie, and Other Poems” (Scott, 1s.) for the Canterbury Poets. I need not point out to you how beautiful and thoughtful a poem “ The Bothie” is. How fine, for instance, is that description of the water and the bathing in the third canto! But this little volume does not contain the immortal “New Decalogue." A new edition, with numerous improvements, has appeared of Mr. J. G. Bartholomew's “Handy Reference Atlas of the World” (Walker, 7s.6d.), for years the most convenient book of its class; the whole of Dumas's “ Monte Cristo " has appeared in one well printed and illustrated volume (Scott, 3s. 6d.); and “The Best Plays of Sir John Vanbrugh” (Unwin, 3s. 6d.) have been issued in the Mermaid Series of Old Dramatists, under the editorship of Mr. A. E. H. Swaen. Finally I must mention the parts (Dent, 2s. 6d. each, net) of the new edition of Spenser's “Faerie Queene," which Mr. Fairfax-Muckley is “illustrating and decorating”in a manner extremely charming. When completed this will certainly be one of the most beautiful books that have been published. Mr. Fairfax-Muckley's work is finely decorative, and lacking entirely the morbid note which has gone so far to spoil recent works of this class.
I do not know whether you will hail Mr. Horace Pease, whose “ White-Faced Priest and other Northumbrian Episodes" (Gay, 3s. 6d.), I send you, as the “Ian Maclaren” of Northumberland. But I am sure you will enjoy the racy Northumbrian stories which Mr. Pease has written largely in the expressive vernacular of Tyneside. Northumberland has long waited its novelist, and there is some reason to believe that it has found him in Mr. Pease, whose previous volumes, “ Borderland Studies" and “ The Mark o’the De'il," light up with many a flash of sympathetic genius the almost unexplored regions of Northumbrian life. As an old Northumbrian I recognise the true note of my native county, and although you will not feel as much at home in the dialect, you will not find it so difficult as the Scotch of Drumtochty. And there are other novels-a new story of regulation length by “Iota," the author of “The Yellow Aster," entitled for some reason not entirely easy to understand, “A Quaker Grandmother” (Hutchinson, 6s.), but thoroughly readable; and a new novel by Miss F. F. Montrésor, “False Coin or True” (Hutchinson, 3s. 6d.). To the Keynotes Series has been added “Day-Books” (Lane, 3s. 6d. net), by Miss Mabel E. Wotton; to the Daffodil Library, « The Kaffir Circus: South Africa Stories of To-day" (Jarrold, ls.), by Miss Donovan; and to the Leisure Library a new novel of some length by Miss Nora Vynne—“The Story of a Fool and his Folly” (Hutchinson, 25.), which will certainly do something to further a reputation deservedly considerable already. One of those new authors whose progress one feels at once one will have every cause to watch, has appeared in Miss Edith Hamlet, whose "A Touch of Sorrow" (Dent, 4s. 6d, net) has attracted a deal of attention, and the ubiquitous Mr. Pett Ridge has issued another collection of his short stories and dialogues, under the title of “ An Important Man and Others” (Ward and Lock, 1s.). Finally, there is a new volume in Professor Saintsbury's edition of the novels of Balzac-" The Country Parson ” (Dent, 3s. 6d. net).
26. Born December, 1895. Ireland. 27. „ September, 1895. London.
,, July, 1836. Berke. 29. July, 1896. London. 30. March, 1896. London, S.E.
March, 1896. Father suffering from reverse ir
November, 1895. London, S.E. 33. September, 1895. Birmingham. 31 * , March, 1884. London. Mother a widow in reduced
circumstances. 35. July, 1896, Scotland.
August, 1895. London, W. Fat' er a widower. 37.* September, 1896. London. Father a widower.
M HE babies offerei for adoption now much exceed 1 in number those desirous of adopting children, con
sequently the babies have to wait their turn, and must be on our list longer than at first, when the balance was on the other side. As the object of my work in attempting this department is to be the medium of finding children for foster-parents who are without children, yet feel the desire to fill up the blank in their hearts and homes by adopting as their own some of the homeless among the little ones, the work, from the foster-parents' point of view (which is the point of view of the Baby Exchange), does not suffer from the preponderance of the children.
I wish now to state explicitly that no help can be given from the Baby Exchange to those foster-parents who wish for a premium or other payments with the children. A number of letters come with such requests. From this date, no such letters will be noticed, but at once consigned to the waste-paper basket.
The mother of two little boys, respectively eight and five years of age, would be glad to have them adopted. Owing to the death of her husband she is left in very poor pecuniary circumstances. The two boys are goodlooking and intelligent; they are grandsons of one of Her Majesty's Indian Judges.
A curate in the country has written suggesting the possibility of holiday adoptions—that is to say, the adoption of a boy or girl during holiday time. He says:-“This would somewhat relieve the dreariness of many lives, and I cannot help fancying that some widow. mother in straitened circumstances might be glad to accept such small offer of assistance.”
The following is the usual monthly list of babies off-red for adoption :
GIRLS.- Place and date of birth. (All illegitimate except those marked with an asterisk.) 1.* Born May, 1894. Hampshire. Mother alive, will give
up all claims. Father deserted his family.
December, 1895. Glasgow.
1896. Chelsea, London. 10.
January, 1896. London, 11.
1896. Monmouthshire. 12. November, 1895. London. 13. April, 1896. Sunderland.
September, 1895. Hull. 15. June, 1895. Lancashire.
October, 1895. London. 18.* December, 1893. London. 19. , September, 1895. London.
,, April, 1896. Brighton. 21. April, 1896. Yeovil. 22. May, 1896. London. 23. June, 1890. South Shields. 21. June, 1896. London. 25.* Four little girls from ten to four. Father met with
reverses in business.
BOYS.-Place and date of birth. 1.* Born Gloucestershire, April, 1895. Mother dead. Father
alive but poor. Will give up all claim.
September, 1895. Near London.
, five. Worcestershire. 11.* 11.* , five. Bath. Mother a widow. 12.* Born December, 1895. Glasgow. Father a widower. 13. „ January, 1896. Banbury. Twins. 14. , June, 1895. London. 15.* „ October, 1895. Liverpool. This is the child of a
Jewess whose husband has deserted her. She
would like it to be adopted by Christians. ,, February, 1896. Manchester. 17. ., January, 1895. Essex. 18.
February, 1896. London.
June, 1891. London. 20. April, 1896. Burton-on-Trent. 21. December, 1895. London, E.
April, 1896. London, N.
October, 1895. London, N.W.
gono wrong. , 1892. Essex. 29. December, 1894. London, W.
,, 1894. Surrey. 31. February, 1896. Isle of Wight,
December, 1895. London. 33. ,, April, 1896. London, W. 31.
June, 1890. Worcester. 35. July, 1895. London, S.W. 36.*
July, 1896. Cheshire.
April, 1896. Near London. 38. April, 1896. Cheshire. 39. July, 1896. Surrey, 40. December, 1893. London, W. 11.* . June, 1895. London, Y.
June, 1893. London, N. 43. August, 1896. London, S.W. 44. , August, 1891. London, S.W. 1.5.* Two boys, four and scven. Mother a widow, 16.* Börn April, 1895. Mother a widow.
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Abbreviations of Magazine Tilles used in this Index, which is limited to the following periodicals.
N. Sc. Natural Science.
Naut. M, Nautical Magazine. 4.A.P.S. Annals of the American Academy of Fr. L. Freck Leslie's Popular Monthly.
N. E. M. New England Magazine,
N, I. R. New Ireland Review.
New R. New Review.
New W. New Wor!d.
N. C. Nineteenth Century.
N. A. K. North American Review.
P.E. F. Palestine Exploration Fund
P. M. M. Pall Mall Magazine.
P. M. Pearson's Magazine.
Phil. R. Philosophical Review,
P. L. Poet-Lore. .
P. R. R. Presbyterian and Reformed Review.
P. M. Q. Primitive Methodist Quarterly Review, B. Borderland. Ir. E. R. Irish Ecclesiastical Record.
Psy. R. Proceedings of the Society for Psychical Cal. R. Calcutta Review, Ir. M. Irish Monthly
Prog. R. Progressive Review.
Psychol R. Psychological Review.
Q.J.Econ. Quarterly Journal of Economics.
Q. R. Quarterly Review.
J. R. A. S. Jourual of the Royal Agricultural Society. Q. Quiver.
Reliquary and Illustrated Archæologist Char. R. Charities Review. J. R. U. Journal of the Royal Unitel Service
Review of Reviews (America).
Sc. G. Science Gossip.
Sc. P. Science Progress.
Scots. Scots Magazine.
Scot. G.M. Scottish Geographical Magazino. Coscoop. Cosmopolis.
Scot. R. Scottish Review.
Scrib. Scribner's Magazine.
Str. Strand Magazine,
Sun. H. Sunday at Home. D.R. Dublin Review.
Sun. M. Sunday Magazine.
T. B. Temple Bar.
T. M. Temple Magazine.
U.S. N. United Service Magazine.
W.R. Westminster Review,
W. M. Windsor Magazine,
W, A. Woman at Home.
Y. M. Young Man.
Acrubats : The Training of Child Acrobats, by S. L. Beususan,
Notes on Ashanti, by Major C. Barter, Scot G M, Sept.
William Wallace, GJ, Sept.
Life on an East Anglian Farm, by J. F. Fraser, W M , Sept.
Antony, St., of Padua, Rev. T. A. Finlay on, Ir M, Oct.
Burns, John, on, N C, Oct.
Jnsigcet Article on, CR, Oct.
tion, I'nited Service Magazine):