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plies. That is exactly the kind of book caped, and were at the relief of Ladythat it is.

smith. All the peace societies in the world will It is not because he has exhausted the have their hands full for a considerable resources of the wars of old that Mr. time to cure boys of their fondness for war Henty has taken up the stories of the stories. There was never any sign of its wars of to-day. His former sources have dying out, but just now it is stimulated not failed him. “In the Irish Brigade" by the martial activity of the Anglo-Saxon tells of the adventures of a young Irish race. G. A. Henty offers three books officer in the wars of Flanders and Spain, about three wars

this year, all issued by Charles Scribner's Sons. Nobody can deny that Mr. Henty is a prolific writer, but one can really get through a good deal of writing if one gives one's whole mind to it. It is likely that many a reviewer who. cracks his little jokes on the bulk of Mr. Henty's production writes three times as much himself. In introducing “With Buller in Natal,” the author admits that the time for writing the whole story of the war impartially is not yet, but he serves notice on his readers that he means to deal with the main army next year. In this book he tells of the adventures of some boys who fought against the Boers. It is pretty severely pro-British, but it is a story and not a history, and a story must take sides. Everybody is for the King while reading “ Woodstock.” The boys in this story saw the most of the fighting of Buller's army, were From The Noank's Log."

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their best impressions of English history from Shakespeare ? And so there are more historical lights to be found in “ Out with Garibaldi," in which Mr. Henty tells of the invasion of the Sicilies, a chapter whereof the bare recital of the facts reads like a romance. As usual the hero is a boy of sixteen, and, as usual, he passes through many dangers and triumphs and is left merry and happy at the end of the book. Mr. Henty has seldom had better material to work with than in this book and he has seldom used it to better purpose.

Edward Stratemeyer, in “Between Boer and Briton” (Lee & Shepard), has had no such compunctions as Mr. Henty about treating of the whole war. The book covers the time from the beginning of

the war to the fall of From "The Fifer Boy of the Burton Siege."

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erable time before the when young men of his country were war, and relates other than military adobliged to go abroad to find a king to ventures of its two leading characters, an whom they could give their swords. American and an English boy. The war has all the stir of those swashbuckling is rather the background of the story than times and the movement of Mr. Henty's its central feature. own style of story-telling. There is some- If there was any special daring in Mr. thing more than story in these books too, Stratemeyer's attempt to cover the whole for many a vivid bit of history stands out field of the Boer War in one story, there in their pages. Most vivid pictures of is yet more in Elbridge S. Brooks's “With history come from stories and plays, and Lawton and Roberts" (Lothrop Publishnot from mere chronicles. Have not ing Co.), for in this the effort is boldly thousands of intelligent persons gained made to cover both the Boer and the



Philippine wars. The hero of this story, almost always made a prisoner sooner or an American boy, and his English friend later, and so, going back from the latest hasten through adventures in the Philip- war of the United States to the earliest, pines and then hurry away to South we find this to be the case in two books Africa for more of them, and of course by Everett T. Tomlinson, “In the Hands they do not fail to find an abundance. of the Redcoats" (Houghton, Miffin & The book may form the connecting link Co.), and “A Prisoner in Buff” (Ameribetween the year's stories of the two wars. can Baptist Publishing Co.). Both of

This connecting link being passed, the these deal with the days of the American Philippine struggle comes into unob- Revolution. The scene of the former is structed view in “ Aguinaldo's Hostage,' chiefly in New Jersey, and the imprisonby H. Irving Hancock (Lee & Shepard). ment is on board the prison ship Jersey, The story is typical of its class. The boy while the latter is a story of days immehero being in the Philippines, incurs the diately following the battle of Long displeasure of the villain by refusing to Island, with New York as the scene of be dishonest, is the victim of a plot captivity. whereby he is held in captivity by the There is a bit of variety in the way of Filipinos, discovers and frustrates a love story in "The Fifer-Boy of the scheme against the Americans, and re- Boston Siege,” by Edward A. Rand, pubceives the congratulations of the General. lished by A. I. Bradley. There is the war

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men of his stamp ever existed, yet he is probable enough.

The important expedition of General

Sullivan into the interior of New York more in the nature of a background than State, in 1979, has been much neglected in the most of the stories. After so much by writers on the Revolution. It is deblood-letting on shore, it is a relief to get scribed in the form of a story by William a breath of fresh sea air, and this comes Elliot Griffis, D.D., in “The Pathfinders in W. 0. Stoddard's “The Noank's Log," of the Revolution ” (W. A. Wilde Co.). issued by the Lothrop Publishing Com- A history of the war from beginning to pany. But there is some bloodshed too, end is offered in “Heroes of Our Revolufor this again is a story of the Revolution. tion,” by T. W. Hall (Stokes).

)It is a It is bright and breezy. The character plain and straightforward statement of of Captain Luke Watts will be a surprise incidents and causes.

It is not necessary to many readers, as it is little known that to tell what “Scouting for Washington "



is about. The title itself tells. The boy hero comes to New York to get information about Clinton, and he also has some adventures with Sumter and Tarleton. The book is by John P. True, and is published by Little, Brown & Co. Two books, one of the North and one of the South, tell something of those who watched while the fathers and the brothers and the lovers fought. They are “ Three Colonial Maids," by Julia McNair Wright (Pilgrim Press), and "A Daughter of Freedom," by Amy E. Blanchard (W. A. Wilde Co.).

Of a period a few years later is “The Godson of Lafayette," by Elbridge S. Brooks, published by the W. A. Wilde From "The Golliwogg's Polar Adventures."

Copyright, 1900, by Longmans, Green & Co. Co. Its historical peg is the machinations of the Rev. Eleazer Williams, who posed as the lost son of Louis XVI. A neglected, for Atlanta," by Byron A. Dunn (A. C. though not forgotten war of the United McClurg & Co.), a story of Sherman's States—that against Tripoli, is the sub- campaign. ject of James Otis's “ With Preble at Tri- “The Cruise of the Pretty Polly” is a poli” (W. A. Wilde Co.), and it therefore vigorous sea story, in W. Clark Russell's has the advantage of dealing with some well-known style, and it has spirited illusof the most fascinating achievements of trations by G. E. Robertson. (Lippinthe American navy. In yet another war cott.) is found the background for “Battling “The Brethren of the Coast," by Kirk

Munroe (Scribners), is a pirate story of the old-fashioned sort, as to the exciting nature of its incidents, though the honey-andfeathers sentimentality which used to accompany a pirate story in the days of Sylvanus Cobb is gratefully conspicuous by its absence.

The incidents are placed 80 close that they rattle together, and there is not a dull page in the volume. There are illustrations by Rufus F. Zogbaum.

Mr. Munroe also contributes to the collection “ Under the Great Bear” (Doubleday, Page & Co.). This is a story of adventure in

Labrador, whither the hero goes From “Urchins of the Sea."—Copyright, 1900, by Longmans, Green

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