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"THE CURTAIN RISES ON MARY, THE PEASANT MOTHER, WATCHING OVER HER BABE" See article "The Night of Wonders"

THE BOOKMAN

A Magazine of Literature and Life

DECEMBER, 1905

CHRONICLE AND COMMENT

The posthumously published book of Oscar Wilde (to be reviewed in the next issue) has led to a revival of interest in that brilliant though erratic personage. Some of his cleverly paradoxical sayings are being repeated, among them one which may have appeared in print before; but which, as it is new to us, may be new to many of our readers also. Wilde was one day present while a number of his friends were considering the literary merits of George Meredith and Browning. Wilde took no part in the discussion until, after a while, he was asked for his opinion.

doubtful if Kipling has anywhere ever surpassed the paragraph in which he describes how the passengers on the Night Mail see far below the outlines of the hospital airship, carrying its load of tuberculosis patients northward to a sanitarium near the Pole and hear, borne to their ears by the wind, the quavering voices uplifted in thanksgiving: O ye winds of the Lord. Bless ye the Lord. Praise Him and magnify Him forever!

"Ah, yes," said he, with a blandly judicial air. "There is Meredith. Now Meredith, you know, is a prose Browning, and so is Browning!"

Oscar Wilde on Browning.

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We want every one of our readers to see the following letter from Mr. C. N. Williamson, joint author "The of The Lightning ConLightning ductor, to which allusion Conductor." was made in some paragraphs of the October BOOKMAN. This letter will be of distinct interest to every one of the thousands of Americans who have read and discussed the book in question. We wish to apologise to Mr. and Mrs. Williamson for anything appearing in the pages of THE BOOKMAN which may have produced a false impression regarding this interesting work.

CHÂLET DES PINS, CAP MARTIN (A.-M.), FRANCE, October 12, 1905. GENTLEMEN: We have always thought so highly of THE BOOKMAN, and have been so pleased with one or two kindly notices of our work which have appeared in its pages, that it was doubly amazing to find in the October

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