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I suppose, Mr. Demetrius C. Boulger's “The Life of Gordon " (Unwin; two vols., 21s.). Mr. Boulger makes special claim to providing much new material, and he certainly reopens many old questions--that crucial one, for instance, of where lies the responsibility for Gordon's death. Dr. Archibald Forbes's “ Camps, Quarters, and Casual Places ” (Macmillan, 7s, 6d.) is just such another collection of the veteran war-correspondent's reminiscences of great events and great men as that I sent you a year or so ago with such hearty commendation. That trick of picturesque description, of writing so as to interest, learnt by Dr. Forbes on many a battle-ground, he has not forgotten, and the present volume holds the excitement of a score of ordinary novels; and, of course, its historical value is by no means slight. A trained observer and a ready thinker, what Dr. Forbes saw he remembered, and the evidence of an eye-witness of such scenes as those that stand out as the turning points of the Franco-German war are often worth far more than the considered facts of the arm-chair historian. Mr. Stanley Roamer's “ Cardinal Manning as presented in his Own Letters and Notes” (Stock, 5s.) is an endeavour to belittle the great Cardinal by use of the material thrust before the public by Mr. Purcell's indiscretion. And then there is “ The Lives of the Brethren of the Order of Preachers, 1206–1259” (Mawson, Newcastle-onTyne), done into English from the original thirteenth century manuscripts by Father John Placid Conway, which I send you more as a naïve literary and religious curiosity than anything else. These old legends and narratives of the miracles of St. Dominic and his first followers are interesting and entertaining to a very high degree.
Not perhaps to you personally, but to many readers who take special interest in literary matters, Mr. Clement K. Shorter's “Charlotte Brontë and her Circle” (Hodder, 7s. 6d.) will be the most welcome book of the month In the first place it clears up once and for all the controversy which has gathered round the story of the marriage of the authoress of “ Jane Eyre," and puts an end to much of that "gossip about Harriet” so distasteful to all those to whom the name and fame of Charlotte Brontë are dear. And then it reveals clearly and finally the personality of this most gifted of three gifted sisters. Mr. Shorter has done his work with admirable discretion, and fortune has enabled him to offer to the admirers of Charlotte Brontë a very large number of new letters, almost all of which are of the very first importance. The interest of Mr. Charles Whibley's “ A Book of Scoundrels” (Heinemaun, 7s.6d.) is literary too, in spite of the fact that it deals entirely with the lives and achievements of certain more or less famous housebreakers and highwaymen of the past. “There are other manifestations of greatness than to relieve suffering or to wreck an empire," says Mr. Whibley in his introduction, and forthwith falls to chronicling, in precious language, curiously suited to the subject, the exploits of sach perverted "great men” as Jonathan Wild and Jack Shepherd, Cartouche and Deacon Brodie, “ Gentleman Harry” and Charles Peace. The book is something of a literary curiosity.
Of political books Mr. G. W. Steevens's “ Naval Policy, with Some Accounts of the Warships of the Principal Powers” (Methuen, 6s.) is both the most valuable and the most important. Mr. Steevens is no mere bookmaker; he writes with authority: in the first place, he is the fellow of an Oxford college; he was, to use an Irishism, one of Mr. Cust's right hands on the Pall Jall, and he is now in America as the special correspondent of
the Daily Mail. But his book is not pretentious: he makes no claim to the presentation of new facts, but merely to the collation and arrangement of those which have always been accessible to the public. His final chapter, “ Are we ready for war?” is, of course, the real text of his discourse. "We are most unready," he answers. “We have not the ships; we have not the men; we have not the guns"; and he adduces his reasons for his conviction, and indicates the course by which, in his opinion, our naval salvation is to be secured. A more or less valuable work, but one suffering from the inevitable defects which follow on its being made up of the work of many different men, is “ The Civilisation of Our Day: a Series of Original Essays on Some of its More Important Phases at the Close of the Nineteenth Century” (Low, 16s. net.), edited by Mr. James Samuelson. Divided into four sections“ The Utilization of Natural Products," “Social and Economic Progress," “ Educational Progress,” and “ Intellectual and Religious Progress"-it is the work entirely of “experts," including Sir Hugh Gilzean-Reid, who writes on “The Press," Dr. Richard Garnett on “ Free Libraries and Museums," and Professor Max Müller on “ The Dawn of Reason in Religion.” Mrs. Mona Caird's “Beyond the Pale: an Appeal on Behalf of the Victims of Vivisection” (W. Reeves, 6d.) is almost a pamphlet.
In art, Mr. Ford M. Hueffer's “ Ford Madox Brown: & Record of His Life and Work” (Longmans, 42s.) comes at a time when all the world is going to see the Arts and Crafts Exhibition, and paying particular attention to the room almost entirely devoted to Madox Brown's pictures and cartoons. It is a very fine volume, beautifully illustrated both with process pictures and photogravure plates, and it is, of course, of historical interest in adding still more to our knowledge of the foundation and early progress of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. Such a book is worthy of its subject, and both combine to make it well worth the apparently somewhat high price asked for it. But, of course, the reproductions of Madox Brown's best known paintings could not be executed on such a scale and with such excellence, in a cheaper volume. “A Text-Book of the History of Sculpture” (Longmans, 6s.) is the joint work of Dr. Allan Marquand and Dr. Arthur L. Frotheringham, Jr., perhaps the greatest authorities on their subject. A book like this would be of little use without illustrations, and here they are both numerous and excellent, really illustrating the authors' argument.
The peculiar interest of the translation from the German of Dr. William Hirsch's “ Genius and Degeneration” (Heinemann, 17s. net) lies in the fact that the author has gone over practically the same ground as Dr. Nordau in “Degeneration," and comes to an almost diametrically opposite conclusion. Rather more scientific in his method of treatment than the alarmist author of “ Conventional Lies of Our Civilisation, it is encouraging to find Dr. Hirsch, after going thoroughly into the questions of art and insanity, and the psychology of genius, declaring that in bis opinion “mankind is not in a black plague of degeneration.'”. One of the Bodley Head series, the Arcady Library, has just had a notable addition in the shape of Mr. John Buchan's “ Scholar Gipsies” (Lane, 5s. net.), a book very much after the heart of the lover of literature, such a collection of essays, in fact, as one may put side by side with the productions of Robert Louis Stevenson in the same genie. “The baggage of a vagrant in life and letters," Mr. Buchan calls his voluine,-"a few pictures
of character and nature, pieces of sentiment torn from (Longmans, 6s.) is Mr. Anthony Hope's latest contributheir setting, a fragment of criticism, some.moralisings tion-a collection of romantic tales, with Osra, a Princess of little worth.” Mr. James L. Ford's “The Literary of Zenda, as their central figure. Mr. Basil Thomson in Shop and Other Tales” (Lane, 3s. 6d. net) is made up of one his “A Court Intrigue” (Heinemann, 6s.) has caught long essay on certain light subjects of American literary something of Mr. Hope's early manner, and he can write interest, and some short tales well worth reading. well-SO well and convincingly that the “sell” of the Particularly this is a book that will help the English- end was not welcome to this reader. Mr. Thomson places man to an appreciation of the American's outlook on his fantastic court in Brittany-a rare place for strange letters, and to the difference that in this respect happenings, as other writers, Mr. R. W. Chambers among lies between the States and England. « Vignettes : the number, could testify. Mr. H. Rider Haggard has a Miniature Journal of Whim and Sentiment" (Lane, produced Arrowsmith's Christmas Annual this year25, 6d. net), is a fresh indication of Mr. Hubert Cracken- South African story entitled “The Wizard” (Arrowthorpe's remarkable talent. Not of any absolute smith, Bristol, ls.); and another sensational work importance in itself, it should be read by the novice is Mr. Guy Boothby's “ Dr. Nikola” (Ward and in letters, for in Mr. Crackenthorpe's experiments one Lock, 58.), the true story of the lurid gentleman can learn something of the difficulties of the artist in who has gazed at us from every hoarding. The words.
Rev. W. J. Dawson's “ The Story of Hannah" (Hodder, Half a dozen important new editions help to swell s.) is another long essay in fiction by a writer whom your parcel, and of these the second volume of Professor you will know better as a preacher and popular critic J. B. Bury's reprint of Gibbon's “ Decline and Fall of than as a novelist; while « Ugly Idol” (Lane, 3s. 6d. the Roman Empire” (Methuen, 6s.) will perhaps benet), by Mr. Claud Nicholson, is the latest volume of the the most welcome. No better edition can be looked Keynotes Series -and a very characteristic volume too. for: Professor Bury's learning is prodigious, and Mr. Marion Crawford has produced another long novel outwardly and inwardly the volume is one of the under the title of “Taquisara" (Macmillan, 2 vols., 12s.); most creditable pieces of bookmaking that we have while another and even more important Anghicised produced. Another very handsome new edition is that American novelist, Mr. Henry James, has given us in of Boswell's “Life of Johnson” (Constable, 12s. net), “ The Other House” (Heinemann, 2 vols. 10s. net) one edited in six small volumes, beautifully printed and of his longest and at the same time most successful neatly bound, by Mr. Augustine Birrell, who, in his notes studies in psychological narrative. “Simplicity” (Lane, and introduction, says everything that the ordinary 2s, net), by Mr. A. T. G. Price, is a curious little story, reader will find it useful to know. It is a reprint very more or less with the same motive as “The Heavenly much after the book-lover's heart, and will long remain Twins.” It forms the latest volume of Pierrot's Library. the best both for the general reader and the scholar. Mr. You remember “ Tales of Mean Streets ?” The author Birrell, too, is the editor of the new and popular edition, of that volume, Mr. Arthur Morrison, has just issued a in two volumes, of " The Poetical Works of Robert long story, “A Child of the Jago" (Methuen, 6s.), dealBrowning," of which the first volume (Smith and Elder, ing with an even lower stratum than he discovered before 7s. 6d.) has just appeared. He adds a few brief to an astonished public. Never, I should think, was notes and gives a short introduction to every poem. Anthere a book dealing with so thoroughly brutalised Edinburgh edition has just started of " The Life and a set of characters, and never certainly a book, with Works of Lord Macaulay." The first volume-a demy such a scene, on which so much artistic care has 8ro.--begins “ The History of England” (Longmans, 6s.), been lavished. The place of the story is a network and the whole of his works are to appear in ten similar of alleys, at the back of Shoreditch High Street; its monthly volumes. A slighter reprint is that of "Aucas- people a set of ruffians, male and female, who never sin and Nicolete” (Nutt, 1s.) “done into English” by think of making a penny except by means which would Mr. Andrew Lang, a little book long out of print and place them within the reach of the law-if ever its valuable. Two new editions addressed not so much to representatives cared to penetrate to the recesses of the the fastidious lover of books as to the multitude are those Jago. One can only hope that the whole place is a figure of Dumas's “The Count of Monte Cristo” (Warne, of Mr. Morrison's imagination; but he has presented his 25.), and the Victoria edition of “ The Works of Shake- story with such skill and art that the reader has no epeare” (Warne, 2s.6d.)—both volumes of surprising choice but to be convinced. “ Maggie: a Child of the excellence and cheapness.
Streets" (Heinemann, 23.), is a story, only one degree The fiction I have to send you this month is varied less brutal than “A Child of the Jago," of a New York in kind, but of unusually excellent quality. William slum, by Mr. Stephen Crane, the youthful author of Morris's last book, published but a few days before his “The Red Badge of Courage.” “Man" (Dent, ls. 6d. net), death, “ The Well at the World's End: a Tale” (Long- by Miss Lilian Quiller-Couch, is a clever collection of mans, 2 vols., 24s.), will certainly take rank among short stories, each of which deals with a distinct mood of a the very finest prose works from his pen, or from the man's life. And two collections of short stories that you pen of any writer at the end of this century. It has the must by no means miss reading are “ Below the Salt” true spirit of the old romances—that delicate but very (Heinemann, 6s.), by Mr. C. E. Raimond, who wrote real charm that Morris alone perhaps knew how to “George Maudeville's Husband;" and "Some Whins of recapture. Mr. J. M. Barrie's “ Sentimental Tommy: Fate” (Lane, 2s. 6d. net), by Miss Ménie Muriel Dowie the Story of his Boyhood” (Cassell, 6s.), deserves all the (Mrs. Henry Norman), the “Girl in the Carpathians," success of his last book, “ The Little Minister"; and one of the pioneers of the new feminine moveand yet it is one of Mr. Barrie's misfortunes that ment. Her “Gallia" you read, and didn't like, I believe. it is so long since that story appeared that the These stories are reprinted from the pages of the Yellow public may have found other (and less worthy) Book. gods. His rivals have shown a less scrupulous regard The publication of Mr. John Davidson's "New Ballads for their art, and book has succeeded book with the (Lane, 4s. 6d. net) has been the poetical event of the seasons' regularity. “The Heart of Princess Osra” month. One poem, "A New Ballad of Tannhäuser," is
an attempt at “laying the ghost of an unwholesome idea that still haunts the world—the idea of the inherent impurity of nature," by sending Tannhäuser back from Rome, with the assent of the Deity, to the mountain of the Queen of Love:
**No; here,' she said, we stay, until
The Golden Age shall come again.'” This is hardly an emendation that will find favour with “ the general," but still there is nothing in the volume likely to shock his readers as did “A Ballad of a Nun.” The finest poem is “A Woman and Her Son," which, whether the author agree or not, can be taken, I think, as putting, as clearly as the limits of its form will permit, Mr. Davidson's own sturdy pessimistic outlook That his outlook is pessimistic almost every page bears witness-unwillingly pessimistic, perhaps, for Mr. Davidson writes as a man who has had the futility, what he calls “ this farce of fate,” irresistibly borne in upon him. But his conviction leaves him no less vigorous and convinced of the duty of humanity. In other words, Mr. Davidson is both poet and thinker; each quality fits the other as a glove; we have in him a poet who is in touch with the age, however much, and sadly, his
belief may have been shaken. Miss Winifred Lucas's “ Units” (Lane, 3s. 6d. net), dedicated to Mrs. Meynell, shows plentiful signs of that poet's influence. It is a beautiful little volume, not so much musical as thoughtful--almost too packed with thought to be easy to read. Miss Lucas is hardly likely to be allowed to remain in that deep obscurity which is the fate of most minor poets. “ English Epithalamies ” (Lane, 3s. 6d. net) is the first volume of the new series of Bodley Head Anthologies. It is a delightful collection of nuptial songs from all our literature.
And finally, two or three miscellaneous books. Mr. Stanley de Brath's “ The Foundations of Success: a Plea for Rational Education” (Philip, 2s. 6d.), is addressed particularly to those who are dissatisfied with the present system. Mr. E. A. Brayley Hodgetts's “Round about Armenia : the Record of a Journey across the Balkans, through Turkey, the Caucasus, and Persia in 1895” (Low, 6s.), is the work of a man thoroughly at one with the Armenian committees. The volume contains a good map of Armenia and the surrounding country. “Premature Burial and How it May be Prevented” (Sonnenschein, 55.), by Mr. William Tebb and Col. E. Perry Vollum, M.D., describes itself sufficiently.
THE BABY EXCHANGE.
THE babies offered 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.
The following is the usual monthly list of babies offered for adoption:
GIRLS.--Place and date of birth. (All illegitimate except those markel with an asterisk.) 1.* Born May, 1894. Hampshire. Mother alive, will give
up all claims. Father deserted his family,
September, 1895. London.
„ June, 1896. London. 18.* Four little girls from ten to four. Father met with
reverses in business. 19. Born December, 1895. Ireland. 20. September, 1895. London.
July, 1896. Berks.
September, 1895. Birmingham,
ci si tinc cornos Giga
BOYS.-Place and date of birth.
1893. Near London.
January, 1896. Near London.
five. Bath. Mother a widow. 10.* Born December, 1895. Glasgow. Father a widower.
, January, 1896. Banbury. Twins.
April, 1896. Burton-on-Trent.
December, 1895. London.
July, 1895. London, S.W.
,, April, 1896. Cheshire.
, July, 1896. Surrey.
,, June, 1895. London, N.
, August, 1891. London, S.W.
[For Complete Index to the Contents of November Magazines, see the “Monthly Index to Periodicals." Price 1d.)
Abbreviations of Magazine Titles used in this Index, which is limited to the following periodicals. A. C. Q. American Catholic Quarterly Review. F. R. Fortnightiy Review.
N. Sc. Natural Science. A.A. P.S. Annals of the American Academy of F.
Naut... Nautical Magazine
V. E. M. New England Magazine
N. I. R. New Ireland Review.
New R. New Review.
New W. New World.
N. C. Nineteenth century.
V. A. R. North Arnericau Revier.
P.E. F. Palestine Exploration Fun
P. M. M. Pall Mall Magazine,
L.M. Pearson's Magazine,
Pbil. R. Philosophical Reriuw.
P. L. Poet-Lore.
P. R. R. Presbyterian and Reformel Revier.
P. M. Q. Primitive Metbodist Quarterly Reties, Can. M. Canadian Magazine. Ir. M. Irish Monthly
Psy. R. Proceedings of the Society for Isyesina
Prog. R. Progressive Review,
Psychol R. Psychological Review.
P. H. Pulpit Herald and Altruistic Revier. C. J. Chambers's Journal.
J. R. A. S. Jourual of the Royal Agricultural Society. Q.J.Econ, Quarterly Journal of Economics.
J. R.C.I. Journal of the Royal Colonial Institute. Q. R. Quarterly Review,
Rel. Reliquary and Illustratel Arcbæus
R. R. A. Review of Reviews (America).
St. N. St. Nicholas.
Se. G. Science Gossip.
Sc, P. Science Progress.
Scots. Scots Magazine.
Scot. G.M. Scottish Geographical Magazine
Scot. R. Scottish Review.
Scrib. Scribner's Magazine.
Strand Magazine, Econ. R Economic Review.
Sun. H. Sunday at Home.
Sun, M, Sunday Magazine,
T. B. Temple Bar.
T. M. Temple Magazine.
U.S, M, United Service Magazine
W.R. Westminster Review.
W. M. Windsor Magazine.
W . H. Woman at Home.
Y. R. Yale Review,
Y. M. Young Man.
V.W. Young Woman.
Armies (see also Contents of Journal of the Royal United Seroice institsi 304,
United Service Magazines):
Yorke, G J, Oct.
New Views about Mars, ER, Oct.
Harnessing the Stars, by Alfred T. Story, PM, Xov.
The Olympic Games of 1896, Pierre de Coubertin on. CM. Vor.
Africa (see also Egypt and the Soudan, Egyptology):
The Crisis in Rhodesia, by Miss E. M. Clerke, DR. Oct.
Coffee-Planting in British Central Africa, by H. D. Ferd, CJ, Nov.
The War of Independence ended, by Miss C. M. Yonge, MP, Nor.
With Burgoyne at Saratoga, Mac, Nov.
The Gentleman in American Fiction, by J. L. Allen, Bkman A, Oct.
International Law and Arbitration, by Lori Russell of Killowen, F, Oct.
Arbitration in Labour Disputes, see uuter Labour.
Dr. F. Nansen, by Herbert Ward, EI, Nov.
My First Night in the Snow, by Dr. Narsen, Bad M, Nov.
Bacteriology: The Hum in Bacillus, by Walter Raleigh, New R. Nur,
Quarterly Reviev, Clergyman's Magazine, Expositor, Expository Nikh
Homiletic Review, Primitive Methodist Quarterly Rerier, &c.):.
Competencyprus Convention. I: Cheon. Bawless Fen
Bible and Biblical Criticism-continued.
Colemau, A, Oct.
Cuckoos, W. H. Gibson on, Harp, Nov.
Bird Migration in Great Britain and Ireland, H. F. Witherby on, K. Nov.
The Books I can reach without rising, by S. R. Crockett, Bkman, Oct.
The New England Primer, P. L. Ford on, Bkman A, Oct.
Unsigned Article on, Ch Q, Oct.
Calcutta, se under India.
Teneriffe, by Mary Cholmundeley, MP, Nov.
Catholic World, Dublin Review, Irish Ecclesiastical Record, Month, et .): The Papal Conclaves, Q R, Oct. The Papal Encyclical, by H. Yooll, PM Q, Oct. Freemasonry and the Roman Church, by C. Kegan Paul, C, Nov.
Catholic Mystics of the Middle Ages, ER, Oct.
The Old Religion of China, Alicia B. Little on, Sun M, Nov.
PRR, Oct. Church and Christianity (see also Missious, and Contents of Church Quarterly
Review, &c.): The Molern - Wall of Partition” in the Cburches, by A. M. Mackay,
The Church and the Unionist Party, by “A Layman," Nat R. Nov.
Church Endowments, by F. Minton, WR, Xos.
The Poor Man's Club, by Harry Furniss, PM, Nov.
American Feileration of Women's Clubs, Eng W R, Oct.
The Functions of a Governor-General, by Sir Charles H. Tupper, Nat R. Nov. Condition of the People (see also Labour, Housing of the Working Classes,
Clubs, Pauperism and the Poor Law, Population, Mexicancy, etc.):
Tovley, Mrs.S.A., W H, Nov.
The Economic aspects of the Birycle, by A. Shadwell, Nat R, Nov.
East London, see under Condition of the People.
Crit R, Oct.
Reviews, Hand and Eye, Parents' Review): The Education Question, by J. R. Diggle, Nat R, Nov. Prispects of Education in England, by Sir Johı E. Gorst, N AR, Oct. The Voluntary Schools, by Sir John Gorst, N C, Nor. Public School Products; Symposium, New R, Nov. In Defence of Boarding Schools, hy “Sir Guyou," Free R, Nov. Women Students at Oxford, by Kent Carr, Ata, Oct. The Jews' Free School, Bell Laue, Spitalfields, by S. L. Bensusan, W M,
The Conquest of the Soudan, Major A. Griffiths on, F R. Nov.
A Visit to the Northern Sudan, by J. Theodore B pt, GJ, Oct.
Nov. Electoral, see Woman Suffrage. Electricity, see Contents of Engineering Magazine. Eugineering, see Contents of Cassier's Magazine and Engineering Magazine, English History, see American History, Gunpowder Plot, Indian Mutiny,
Cromwell (0 iver), James I., Nelson (Lord), Trafalgar (Battle of
Wellington. (Duke of), etc.; and Contents of English Historical Review. Ethics, see Contents of International Journal of Ethics. Eton, by E. M. Green, Sun M. Nov. Eulogy, J. D. Ancirew on, Man Q, Oct. Euphrates River, see under Asia Minor. Euripides: Does Browning's " Alkestis” interpret Euripides Fairly? by Dr.
Philip S. Moxon, P L, Sept. Farmer's Life, CJ, Nov. Faure, Félix, Marie A. Belloc on, PM, Nov. Fiction : Historical Novels Past and Present, Mazarin on, Bkman, Oct. The Contentiousness of Moderu Novel Writers, by Agues Repplier, N AR,
O t. Fife, see under Scotland. Finance (see also Income Tax, Local Government, Protection and Fair Trade,
Australia, and Contents of Bankers' Magazine, Board of Trade Journal,
Investors' Review): The Prospects of International Bimetallism, by G. Keith Marischal, W R ,
Nov. The Best Currency, by A. W. Tourgée, NAR, Oct. Silver - A Money Metal, by J. T. Morgan, A, Oct. The Surprise Rise in the Bank Rate, by R. Ewen, WR, Nov. Money and lovestments, CR, Nov. English Chartered Companies, LQR, Oct. The Story of Chartered Companies, CJ, Nov. « Made in Germany and the Critics, by E. E. Williams, New R. Nov. Accountancy and Its Future, CJ, Nov. Windfalls and Uuclaimed Money, CJ, Nov. Findlay, John Ritchie, Dr. Donald Macleod on, G W. Nov. Finland: Women's Meetings, by Barovess Gripeuberg, Eng WR, Oct. Fire:
The Origin of Fire, by A. Maciror, G M, Nov.
Fires, by J. Stephen, EI, Nov. Fishing :
Border Fish Pouchers, by P. Anderson Graham, New R, Nov.
Killing a Maroma, by “ Weathergage," GM, Nori
The Study of Folk-Lore, by L. J. Vance, F, Oct.
Diabolical Folk-Lore, R. Bruce Boswell ou, G M, Nov. Fool: Bread, Condiments, and Fruits, by C. D. Wilson, Lipp, Nov. Foreign Policy (see also Armenia, Cyprus Conventiou, Turkey, Russia,
France): England and the Continental Alliances, by F. de Presseusé, NC, Nov.