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the well-ordered and methodical nature of Mr. Churchill's Muse, last year at this time we ventured the prediction that about the early summer of 1906 Mr. Churchill would publish a new novel of five or six hundred pages and that it would instantly be in great demand. The announcement of Coniston for publication this autumn did not disturb us in the least, and the latest reports bear out our conviction that the book will be ready for circulation about the time expected. Dr. Watson and Mr. James Lane Allen seem to have grown weary of story spinning, and nothing that Sienkiewicz has done since Quo Vadis seems to threaten an American popularity of any magnitude.

liam Ashe held first place until July, when
it was superseded by Sandy. In August,
Sandy again led, while Mrs. Ward's
novel was passed by Robert Hichens's
The Garden of Allah, which had been
third in July, and which was destined to
be first in September and October. In
both of these last-named months Sandy
was second. In November, Rose o' the
River took the lead, closely followed by
Nedra, while The Garden of Allah dropped
to fifth place.
to fifth place. Curiously, the two leading
novels of December, 1905, were by Mrs.
Thurston and Mr. McCutcheon, who
were the authors of the books that had
been first and second in the lists for the
final month of 1904.

JANUARY

First place in the list of the best selling
books in the January issue of last year
was held by The Masquerader, which
had displaced Mr. McCutcheon's Beverly
of Graustark, the leader for the conclud-
ing month of 1904. Mrs. Thurston's
book was credited with two hundred and
fifty-nine points, while Beverly was sec-
ond with one hundred and eighty-one.
Trailing behind the leaders were The Sea
Wolf, The Prodigal Son, The Affair at
the Inn, and The Undercurrent. The
Masquerader was again first in Febru-
ary, but Beverly was forced down to
third place by the appearance of Ralph
Connor's The Prospector, although but
four points separated the two books.
The Sea Wolf and The Affair at the
Inn were, respectively, fourth and fifth,
with Miss Michelson's In the Bishop's 4. Beverly of Graustark.
Carriage sixth. In March The Masque-
rader was still leading, with Thomas
Dixon's The Clansman second, and The
Prospector and Beverly of Graustark
third and fourth. The April list showed
The Clansman in first place by the nar-
row margin of six points over The Mas-
querader, with The Prospector a poor
third and Beverly way down in fifth
place. The Clansman's lead was, how-
ever, of brief duration, for the May lists
saw The Marriage of William Ashe first
by well over one hundred points. Mr.
Dixon's book was second. The Masque-
rader fourth, while the other contestants
in March and April had dropped entirely
out of the race. The Marriage of Wil-

I. The Masquerader
2. The Clansman:.
3. The Prospector.

5. The Sea Wolf....

6. The Man on the Box..

1. The Masquerader
2. Beverly of Graustark.
3. The Sea Wolf....

4. The Prodigal Son..

5. The Affair at the Inn.

6. The Undercurrent

FEBRUARY

1. The Masquerader
2. The Prospector

3. Beverly of Graustark.
4. The Sea Wolf....

5. The Prodigal Son...
6. In the Bishop's Carriage.

MARCH

APRIL

1. The Clansman
2. The Masquerader
3. The Prospector

4. The Millionaire Baby.
5. Beverly of Graustark.
6. The Man on the Box.

MAY

1. The Marriage of William Ashe......
2. The Clansman

3. The Return of Sherlock Holmes..
4. The Masquerader

5. The Princess Passes.

6. The Man on the Box...

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