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Another recent Wall Street book to be commended-more accurately & manual than Mr. Clews's—is a little handbook called “ The A-B-C of Wall Street," written by Mr. Samuel Armstrong Nelson of the Evening Sun, for years a newspaper writer and conversant with all the Wall Street news which never gets into the newspapers.

Mr. Joseph A. Altsheler was born in southern Kentucky, near the close of the Civil War, and was educated in the common schools there and at Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tenn.

Since leaving school, his life has been spent in journalism, first on the Louisville Courier-Journal, where he began as reporter, passing through various grades, as dramatic critic, assistant city editor, city editor, commercial editor and editorial writer, serving in the last capacity for four years with Henry Watterson. For five years of that time he was also a regular writer for the New York Sun. He then came to New York and obtained work on the World, where he has been ever since. Several years ago he took

charge of the tri-weekly edition of the By courtesy of Messrs. Cassell & Com- World, which place he now occupies. pany, we reproduce for the first time the Mr. Altsheler began to write fiction portrait of Miss Laurence Alma-Tadema, several years ago entirely by chance. He by the Hon. John Collier. Miss Alma- thought that the edition of the paper Tadema, it will be remembered, is the which he edited needed a serial and, not daughter of the Dutch R. A., Alma- being able to obtain any otherwise which Tadema, an artist herself, and a clever he thought suitable he concluded to try his writer. Her “Wings of Icarus" is a delicate own hand, and wrote for it a boy's story bit of romance, told mostly by letters, and of adventure, which seemed to take well. revealing frequent touches of brilliancy. This created a desire to write something

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of a higher type. He then wrote several and youth were spent on a farm in northshort stories which were accepted and ern Vermont, and his first work off the printed in various magazines, and after- farm was as a teacher. His first newsward a colonial novel called “ A Knight paper work was done as the local corresof New York," which was offered to one pondent for the country papers published of the magazines. Meanwhile in 1897 he in the county where he lived. wrote a Revolutionary romance called Mr. Thrasher came to Boston in 1892, “The Sun of Saratoga ” which was offered in the employ of a publishing house with to D. Appleton & Co. and accepted. The whom he remained for two years. His colonial story was then withdrawn from work since then has been that of a newsthe magazine office, revised and enlarged paper and magazine writer, except for a considerably, rechristened "A Soldier of year and a half when he was assistant suManhattan " and offered also to the Ap- perintendent of the Farm School, on pletons, who accepted and published it. Thompson's Island, in Boston Harbor, one He has published since “ A Herald of the of the oldest and most successful schools West," a romance of 1812, a small novel of the kind in the United States. He has called “ The Last Rebel,” based on memo- always taken a special interest in philanries of the Civil War, and the new book thropic educational work and has written " In Circling Camps,” which is reviewed widely for publication in regard to it. on another page by Mr. F. C. Mortimer. Five years ago, while Mr. Thrasher was

a member of the staff of one of the BosMr. Max Bennett Thrasher is a native ton dailies, he went to Tuskegee, Ala., at of Westmoreland, N. H. His boyhood the request of Mr. Booker T. Washing

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ton, to report that year's session of the Tuskegee Negro Conference. What he saw of the South at that time, and of the work being done there for the education of the negro, interested Mr. Thrasher so much that since then he has devoted a large portion of his time to a study of this field, giving especial attention to the methods and work of Tuskegee Institute, and to their results.

Mr. Thrasher's new book, about Tuskegee, is more than a mere description of the work of a great school. It has all the interest of a vivid story of picturesque Southern life and conditions, giving as it does an account of Mr. Booker Washington's life, a history of the struggling but happy early years of the school, an explanation of the ways in which the institute does its work to-day, and a broad review of the results of Tuskegee Institute, in the work which its graduates and students are doing to extend its influence.

This is Mr. Griffis's first venture in a With three grand-uncles in the Revolu- sustained fictitious narrative, though he tionary War, one on the Board of War, and has written many short stories and is a builder of some of the first war vessels widely known by his volumes relating to in our United States Navy, one a Colonel

the Far East. His “Corea, the Hermit in the Pennsylvania artillery, and one

Nation," has been a standard work for Washington's aide at the battle of Prince- years, and his “Religions of Japan" is

“ The ton, and his own grandfather a militiaman, equally accurate and valuable. with plenty of family legend and story

American in Holland," published last about the Hessians and Washington's year, is a record of recent travel.

edition of the Corean book was recently camps and armies, Mr. Griffis's inheritances from the Revolution are rich and published, containing much new matter. varied.

It was just when most impressed by Francis La Flesche, who was born befacts like these that he was invited by tween thirty-five and forty years ago, was Messrs. W. A. Wilde & Co., of Boston, to early sent to an Indian Mission school write a series of books on “ The Romance established in 1857 by the Presbyterian of American History.” The first to ap- Church on the eastern boundary of the pear was “ The Romance of Discovery,” Omaha Reservation and there made rapid the later volumes were “ The Romance of progress. His mother was a full-blood American Colonization” and “ The Ro- Omaha, descended from a long line of men mance of Conquest.” The latest venture noted for their ability and leadership. is in the form of a novel, entitled “The His father was equally well born, of Ponka Pathfinders of the American Revolution.” descent and was the head chief of his

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Anthony Hope has just finished reading the proofs of his new novel, “ Quisanté," which is to be published early in September. This novel is mainly concerned with the fortunes of Alexander Quisanté, a man of foreign extraction whose brilliant abilities gain him a prominent position in English political life, and of Lady May Gaston, a girl of high birth, who, against the wishes of all her friends, becomes his wife. His character and hers, their history, the imperious alternative with which he was faced, how he met it, and the ultimate issue of his choice, form the chief subject of a story which presents many phases of social and political life in

England, and especially in London, at the tribe. Late in the seventies young La present day. Flesche attracted the attention of Senator Kirkwood, of Iowa, during a Congressional Cyrus Townsend Brady's “Recollec

“ investigation of some Indian matters. tions of a Missionary in the Great West," The lad's fearless rectitude on that occa- which is announced for publication this sion fixed him in the Senator's memory; fall, presents a lively picture of the daily a short time after, when Senator Kirk- life of the missionary in the Far West ten wood became Secretary of the Interior, he or fifteen years ago. They are filled with wrote to young La Flesche to ascertain anecdote and seasoned with humor, his fitness for a Government clerkship, though they illustrate the serious aspect and, being favorably impressed by the of the missionary's work as well. lad's letters, offered him a position in the Indian Bureau, where he has been ever The first collection of Edwin Marksince, having won several promotions for ham’s verse since the publication of “ The efficiency. Besides his literary studies, Man . With the Hoe,” will be published pursued during his evenings at home, La early next month by McClure, Phillips & Flesche has taken a course of law at the Co. Those who have looked on Mr. National University Law School of Wash- Markham's career as somewhat meteoric ington, and, after graduating, he studied do not stop to consider the fact that he and obtained the Master Degree. For his has been writing poetry for the past thirty valuable and original contributions to eth- years. Literary fame came slower to nology he was elected a Fellow in the Markham than to most writers, though American Association for the Advance competent judges who had seen his poems ment of Science. Most of the sketches in Scribner's and elsewhere years ago procontained in “The Middle Five” were nounced him a poet of extraordinary written by Mr. La Flesche for his own power and quality. The general recogni

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tion of his abilities has not come to Mr. He is a graduate of St. Lawrence UniverMarkham too late in life to prevent solid sity, and was for some time a reporter and enjoyment of a well-deserved fame. He staff writer, first for the Brooklyn Times, is still under fifty years of age.

and later for the New York World. He

founded the Bacheller Syndicate, and inMr. Nelson Lloyd, the author of “ The troduced to the great American public Chronic Loafer," is a graduate of Pennsyl- many famous writers, including Anthony vania State College and his first literary Hope, Stephen Crane and Dr. Conan work was the writing of plays for produc- Doyle. Mr. Bacheller is also the author tion by the Dramatic Club of that college. of many bits of dialect verse, rural and After graduating he became a reporter for otherwise, that have been copied far and the New York Evening Sun, and he is now wide. The success of “Eben Holden” the city editor of that paper. Encouraged promises even greater popularity for his by the success of “The Chronic Loafer,” future work in prose. which is about to go into a third edition, he is at present hard at work upon a long Mr. Arthur Henry's first novel, “A novel, the scene of which will again be Princess of Arcady,” which is an idyllic Pennsylvania, his native State, and will piece of prose akin to “Paul and Vircover a much broader field than that used ginia,” will be published at an early date in writing his first book.

by Messrs. Doubleday, Page & Company.

Mr. Henry, who was born at Peccatonica, Mr. Irving Bacheller, who is now about Ill., is about thirty years of age. As a boy forty-five years of age, was born and bred he was not strong and, it being necessary in the “ North Country," where the scene for him to live out of doors, he never reof “Eben Holden,” his first novel, is laid. ceived any regular schooling, his early

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