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of friends. There are few writers of our day who could utilize such a plan as this without allowing the book to become either dull or essayish; but Dr. Mitchell carries out his plan with force, and the constantly occurring original turns and surprises keep the interest of the reader on the alert.
Domestic Dramas. By Paul Bourget. Translated by William Marchant. Charles Scribner's Sons, New York. 5x73⁄4 in. 363 pages. $1.50. The author's social essays are always welcome and always have value. Those contained in the present volume are less elaborate and less analytical than some previously published, but perhaps they come closer than M. Bourget's strictly critical work to common human life and human troubles. They are in their expression essentially French in sentiment and form.
Droll Doings. Illustrations by Harry B. Neilson. Verses by the Cockiolly Bird. Charles Scribner's Sons, New York. 9x12 in. 63 pages. $2. A book of humorous intention, for the most part successfully carried out both in the text and the illustration.
Education and the Philosophical Ideal. By
Horatio W. Dresser. G. P. Putnam's Sons, New York. 5x7 in. 255 pages. $1.25. This volume stands in close relation to its predecessors. It is a series of educational suggestions toward the realization of the ideal life. It derives much from the author's own experience in an education of a quite unconventional sort. His idea of waiting to learn things till the time is ripe to learn them to creative purpose, though this may put Latin off till one is twenty-two, or attaching one's self to the church till the age of ripe discrimination is reached, may be taken as good for those who are "misfits," not for people in general. Much more generally one may agree with him that the educational danger is of a one-sidedly intellectual training, while the educational need is to insist that spirit shall be first and form secondary-the great lesson of life being in self-adjustment to the immanent Spirit of the universe. The most neglected branches of education undoubtedly are self-knowledge and self-control. He who best masters these is, as Mr. Dresser contends, the truly practical man, the man of inward resources for fit activity. To realize these educational ideals requires a new type of teachers, and especially of parents. These hints will serve to indicate the course of thought here taken. Mr. Dresser reproduces the Boston transcendentalism of sixty years ago, with the modifications it has received from the theory of evolution and the new psychology. His main thesis is that "life itself is educational; that the individual possesses instincts which, if freely followed, lead the way to fullest self-expression and the service of humanity."
Elementary English Composition. By Fred. Newton Scott and Joseph Villiers Denney. Allyn & Bacon, Boston. 5x74 in. 241 pages. Soc. Elementary History of the United States. By Allen C. Thomas, A.M. D. C. Heath & Co., Boston. 5x7 in. 343 pages. 60c.
We have been particularly impressed by the judicious selection of the illustrations accom
panying the text. The personal interest attaching to the celebrated characters of the history is properly recognized, and a large part of the book is of a biographical character. Due prominence is also given to the social conditions of former times in points of contrast with the present. The book is intended for pupils of the earlier grammar grades. English Classics. Star Series. Tennyson's
Princess," 35c.; Goldsmith's "Vicar of Wakefield," 35c.; "The Merchant of Venice," 35c.; Coleridge's "Rime of the Ancient Mariner," 35c.; Burke's "Speech on Conciliation with America," 35c.; George Eliot's "Silas Marner," 35c.: Scott's "Ivanhoe.' 50c.; Cooper's "Last of the Mohicans," 50c.; "Macbeth," 35c.; Milton's "L'Allegro," "Il Penseroso," Comus and Lycidas," 35c. The Globe School Book Co., New York. 44×71⁄2 in.
This series is based on the commendable plan of presenting to young people and students well printed and illustrated editions of standard English books at a moderate price. Each of the volumes is edited by a man or woman prominent in educational matters, and each has an adequate introduction and biographical
Eliot Memorial (The): Sketches Historical and Biographical of the Eliot Church and Society, Boston. By A. C. Thompson. The Pilgrim Press, Boston. 7x9 in. 503 pages.
English Flower Garden and Home Grounds (The). By W. Robinson. Illustrated. (Eighth Edition.) Charles Scribner's Sons, New York. 6x9 in. 892 pages. $6.
A welcome addition to the reference library. It is arranged partly in chapters and partly in alphabetic or cyclopædic form. The first part of the book tells of various forms of flowergardens, and the pictures give a good idea of many existing English gardens of the choicest and most tasteful kinds. The chapters treat the subject both in broad outline and in minute detail, and the book, as a whole, may fairly be called exhaustive. Mr. Robinson is the author of that charming book, "The Wild Garden," which is known by many naturelovers.
Forbidden Paths in the Land of Og. By the Otherwise Man. Illustrated. The Fleming H. Revell Co., New York. 5x7 in. 258 pages. $1.25. A vacation trip by three missionaries, good fellows all, through the trans-Jordanic region of ancient Bashan, where Og reigned in Moses's time, is the subject of this entertaining book. The track taken is rich in localities of historic and Biblical interest, for which, and for the characteristics and conditions of its
people, these tourists have an open eye, and the ability to tell the story well of how they fared and what they saw.
Four Evangelists (The). Edited by Rachel
A work reserved for later notice.
After finishing this volume the reader queries whether the text were not written as an attempt to explain the pictures. If so, the effort was hardly successful. The pictures are clever.
Golden Legend (The). As Englished by William Caxton. Vol. VI. The Macmillan Co., New York. 4x6 in. 274 pages. 50c.
Gold-Seeking on the Dalton Trail. By Arthur R. Thompson. Illustrated. Little, Brown & Co., Boston. 54x814 in. 352 pages. $1.50. Two New England boys, accompanied by their father and uncle, undertake a trip through Alaska, the northwest gold region, and into the Klondike. The tone of the story is that of personal experience. The reader gets an intimate account of long trips on snowshoes, the fording of rivers, and journeys over wild mountains, and is also told how to detect gold grains when come upon in unlooked-for places. Greek History. By Prof. Heinrich Swoboda.
Translated by Lionel D. Barnett, M.A. (The Temple Primers.) The Macmillan Co., New York. 334x6 in. 168 pages. 40c.
In the concise statements of this booklet the latest learning as to the prehistoric and earlier historic period of Greece finds adequate expression. An appendix outlining Greek history from the time of the Roman conquest until now adds a desirable feature seldom found in elementary books on this subject. Head of a Hundred in the Colony of Virginia, 1622 (The). By Maud Wilder Goodwin. Illustrated. Little, Brown & Co., Boston. 5x8 in. 221 pages. $1.50.
A new edition in holiday dress of Mrs. Goodwin's carefully written and admirable story of colonial days and ways in Virginia. This volume is tastefully printed, contains five full-page pictures, and a frontispiece in color. Heroes of Our Revolution. By T. W. Hall. Illustrated by W. B. Gilbert. The Frederick A. Stokes Co., New York. 5x7 in. 317 pages. $1.25. This book begins by pointing out to boys and girls the various historic causes which lay back of the "Stamp Act," "Taxation Without Representation," and other familiar watchwords which led on to the Revolution. Then it acquaints them with the personal story of the various men prominent in the war between the Colonies and England. The style is clear and simple, the narrative concise and interesting.
House-Boat on the St. Lawrence (The). By Everett T. Tomlinson. Illustrated. Lee & Shepard, Boston. 434×7 in. $1.50.
A story to delight the heart of the average boy. Mr. Tomlinson has the gift of the born raconteur. With the beautiful and historic river for a background, charming landing places, and divers games for a setting, and the deeds of the famous old French hero and adventurer Frontenac, for inspiration, what boy could help being entertained while following the group of young people with whom the author makes them acquainted?
Improvement of Perfection (The). By Will
iam E. Barton, D.D. United Society of Christian Endeavor, Boston. 42x64 in. 64 pages.
In Defense of the Flag. By Elbridge S. Brooks. Illustrated. The Lothrop Publishing Co., Boston. 5x7 in. 356 pages. $1.25.
The hero is the son of an American Consul in Spain at the breaking out of the SpanishAmerican war. By a series of natural events be finds himself on board one of Admiral Cervera's ships as it leaves Cape Verde, and
in the fight at Santiago. Two spirited American girls also play parts in the story. The feelings of the Spanish populace, and also the better sense of certain well-informed Spaniards, are depicted in picturesque manner.
In Hostile Red: A Romance of the Monmouth Campaign. By J. A. Altsheler. Doubleday. Page & Co., New York. 5x8 in. 340 pages. $1.50. A lively tale of the Revolution, telling the adventures of two gay young American officers who captured the uniforms and assumed the personality of two newly arrived British officers, and enjoyed themselves very much within the enemy's lines in Philadelphia.
Inner Life (The). By Bishop John H. Vincent. United Society of Christian Endeavor, Boston. 42x64 in. 72 pages.
Institutional Work for the Country Church. Compiled by Rev. Charles E. Hayward. Free Press Association, Burlington, Vt. 434×7 in. 149 pages. 50c.
The problems of the country church are here discussed from the point of view found in Vermont. The difficulties from sectarianism, blind conservatism, social stagnation, etc., are reckoned up, and the way out of them exhibited. Granting the contention that the main point is in the leadership of a competent minister, it seems to us that Mr. R. L. Hartt's articles in The Outlook last winter on "The Regeneration of Rural New England" pointed out the real difficulty attaching to this, viz., how to keep the right man when obtained. Such a sort of social settlement as he recommended seems most promising for thisthough not regarded with favor in the book before us. We think, however, that Mr. Hartt was right in saying that the solution of the problem "is personal rather than institutional; it is institutional only that it may become personal."
In the King's Service. By Captain F. S. Brereton, R.A.M.C. Illustrated. Charles Scribner's Sons, New York. 5x7 in. 352 pages. $1.50. Captain Brereton is no partisan. He merely pictures historic facts which no partisan can blink. The story deals with an English royalist and his son, who, dispossessed of their estates in favor of a Cromwellian favorite. cross over to Ireland to take refuge with a kinsman. The invasion of Ireland follows speedily. We see town after town fighting heroically for king and country, often betrayed by English residents within, capitulating only when starvation threatened the people, always asking for honorable quarter, which Cromwell always promised-and always broke faith! Once within the walls, every man, woman, and child was butchered in cold blood in town after town. Even the dazed creatures who knelt for mercy were despatched by bayonet or shot.
In the Midst of Alarms. By Robert Barr.
A new edition revised by the author.
This depicts the life of a white boy among the
roamed the Western plains and Indians lived by hunting them, when their flesh served as food, their skins for clothes, and the hide for houses. There are courage, daring, and adventure enough between cover and cover to delight the heart of any boy.
Jones the Mysterious. By Charles Edwardes. Illustrated. Charles Scribner's Sons, New York. 5x74 in. 207 pages. 75c.
The story of a little English boy sent from India to be educated in England. A Hindu servant who accompanies him-and adores him-uses occult "power" to make the lad invisible at times of danger or injustice from those about him. The story has humor and insight into child life. It is queer, clever, and well told.
Just to Help.
By Amos R. Wells. United Society of Christian Endeavor, Boston. 434x74 in. 45 pages.
Kinkaid Venture (The). By Kate W. Hamilton. The Pilgrim Press, Boston. 5x7 in. 293 pages. $1.25.
A family of young people left by themselves and without money establish their home in a Western village. Through pluck and loyalty they triumph over obstacles, and prove the blessings that need for exertion and effort confers.
Knickerbocker's History of New York.
Washington Irving, Vol. I. (Cassell's National Library.) Cassell & Co., New York. 3x5 in. 192 pages. Paper-bound, 10c.
Loom of Life (The) and If Christ Were a Guest in Our Home. By Rev. F. N. Peloubet, D.D. United Society of Christian Endeavor, Boston. 444x64 in. 64 pages.
Lorna Doone. By R. D. Blackmore. With a Special Introduction by the Author. Illustrated. Harper & Bros., New York. 51x81g in. 560 pages. The notable thing about this new edition is the illustration, chiefly from photographs by Mr. Clifton Johnson. Many of these are of positive beauty, and the scenes are chosen fitly to bring to the eye the wonderful Devonshire country described in the romance. It is a pity that such a badly drawn picture as that representing the boy Jan by the side of the stream should be allowed a place with the admirable photographs of which we have spoken. In type and general form the edition is commendable. The cover design is, to our taste, over
Merry Little Visit with Auntie (A). By Mary
D. Brine. Illustrated American Tract Society.
Mother Goose for Grown-Ups. By Guy Wet
more Carryl. Illustrations by Peter Newell and Gustave Verbeck. Harper & Bros., New York. 6x9 in. 116 pages, $1.50.
A skillful adaptation of the morals and much of the manner of Mother Goose for older readers, with humorous illustrations in the key of the text.
Minor Writings of Charles Dickens (The).
By Frederic G. Kitton. A. C. Armstrong & Son,
Nan's Chicopee Children. By Myra Sawyer
Nella, the Heart of the Army. By Philip
This story enters a plea towards solving that
Illustrated. Charles Scribner's Sons, New York.
This is a story of girl life at Newnham Col-
New Wonderland (A). By L. Frank Baum.
Stories for small children of the ways of Phun-
Northern Georgia Sketches. By Will N. Har-
For each of these volumes the poor whites of
Numbers and Losses in the Civil War in
An elaborate investigation yielding hardly commensurate results.
Official Proceedings of the Twelfth Repub
lican National Convention, Philadelphia, June 19, 20, and 21, 1900. Press of Dunlap Printing Co., Philadelphia. 6x9in. pages. $1.50,
Philip Desmond. By Cora S. Day. American Tract Society, New York. 5×71⁄2 in. 68 pages. 25c.
Prairie Schooner (The). By William E. Barton. Illustrated. The W. A. Wilde Co., Boston. 5x74 in. 382 pages. $1.50.
It was in the Indian outbreak dignified with the title of the Black Hawk War that Abraham Lincoln had an early taste of military experience, and he figures in Dr. Barton's story together with Jefferson Davis, also a participant in that affair. The "prairie schooner" was the picturesque name popularly given to the emigrant wagons that traversed those level seas of grass. This attractive title introduces a story no less attractive of the settling of northern Illinois by emigrants from New England. A story of love and a story of hatred are interlaced; the enterprise and hardihood, the privations, pleasures, and perils of the pioneers are sketched with the graphic touch of a filial hand, and with large dramatic interest at the critical turns of affairs. Barton is one of the few clergymen who succeed in fiction-writing. In his hands history is treated with accuracy, and colored with the warm tint of real and vigorous life. Preachers and Preaching: Lectures Delivered
Old Fires and Profitable Ghosts. By A. T. Quiller-Couch. Charles Scribner's Sons, New York. 5x74 in. 384 pages. $1.50.
A series of ghost stories, or studies of persons
Old Landmarks and Historic Personages of
Old Lanterns for Present Paths.
E. Clark, D.D. United Society of Christian Endeavor, Boston. 5x7 pages. 45 pages.
Oliver Cromwell. By John Morley, M.P. Illustrated. The Century Co., New York. 52×81⁄2 in. 486 pages. $3.50.
Reserved for notice hereafter.
Other Man's Country (The). By Herbert
Welsh. The J. B. Lippincott Co., Philadelphia. 5x7 in. 257 pages. $1.
A discussion of the Philippine question by one who in the preface thus states his point of view: "There is one sheaf of fine wheat outranking them all, to which all must make obeisance it is the law of our duty towards our neighbor. In the Christian sense the Filipino is now our neighbor; and it is our duty to treat him, not as one from whom we seek to realize a selfish profit, but as a man whose rights of every kind we are bound to respect, and whose welfare, in due subordination to the law of our own being, we must first consider." It need hardly be said that The Outlook entirely agrees with Mr. Welsh's point of view. The question for this country is what is its duty toward the Filipino as "our neighbor." Our judgment as to the facts, and consequently our judgment as to our duty in view of those facts, differs radically from Mr. Welsh's. In our judgment, the official reports of the Commissioners who have been sent out to represent the United States, and to ascertain the facts and report them back to the people of the United States, are far more trustworthy than the reports of individual officers and reporters, on which to a very considerable extent Mr. Welsh bases his arguments. In short, with the highest respect for Mr. Welsh's moral purpose, we regard his book as belonging to journalism rather than to literature; and as in its nature ephemeral, because so largely based upon ephemeral
Phebe, Her Profession: A Sequel to Teddy,
before the Maine Ministers' Institute at Cobb
Among many good books of recent date on this general subject the present volume ranks high in merit. It raises the question whether better effect is achieved by a course of lectures given by a single expert, or a course like this in which seven lecturers participate. That two of the nine lectures are devoted to exposi tory preaching seems to us significant of tha change from former views which was to b expected from the general revival of Bible study. If there be not a betterment in the average of preaching, corresponding to the multiplication of stimulating and instructive books for preachers, there must be some pro vision for circulating them among the many whose purse is short. Especially will this b the case with books designed, like this, par ticularly for those who are "somewhat isolated from church centers and ministerial associa tions."
Psalms of David (The). By Louis Rhead Introductory Study by Newell Dwight Hillis. Illu trated. The Fleming H. Revell Co., New Yor 71x104 in. 284 pages. $2.50.
A brilliant bit of writing is Dr. Hillis's inspir
Queen Charlotte's Maidens. By Sarah Tytle
love could enter even a sequestered spot like this. Incidentally we catch glimpses of several notabilities of that day. The volume is quaint and full of old-time leisurely charm.
Rafnaland. By William Huntington Wilson. Illustrated. Harper & Bros., New York. 5x71⁄2 in. 352 pages. $1.50.
Here is a story as novel in plot as it is romantic in the filling in. The author connects it with the disappearance in a balloon of John Heath Howard, of Kentucky, on a Derby Day in 1887, after which he was never again seen. Several years later, some Eskimos visiting a remote strip of land found the wrecked car of a balloon which contained the dead bodies of a young man and a girl, together with some written papers. From these the author purports to have constructed his story. Howard, waking up after wreck and unconsciousness, finds himself in a land which later computation shows him is beyond the North Pole. The people there are descendants of a forgotten band of Vikings. They still preserve their ancient life and the full worship of Odin and Thor. The imaginary social atmosphere of such a people is admirably well sustained. Physical prowess in personal combat is their cult, and fair play their highest ideal. The incidents move swiftly, and culminate in Howard and his bride-the king's daughtermaking their escape in the balloon.
Ramona. By Helen Hunt Jackson. With
an Introduction by Susan Coolidge. Illustrated by Henry Sandham. Little, Brown & Co., Boston. 5x84 in. 2 vols. $6.
A number of old books in new form appear this year in time for the holiday trade, and chief among these works is "Ramona." Its author died more than sixteen years ago, and, as no record of her exists beyond two or three brief and inadequate biographical studies, the informative and sympathetic introduction written by Susan Coolidge is indeed welcome, as are the notes which Mr. Sandham publishes concerning his genuinely illustrative illustrations. Such helps to the enjoyment of a very notable novel, when furnished by those who knew its author well, generally bear with them the atmosphere of that author's personality and individuality and are keenly appreciated. In addition, the many admirers of "Ramona' will be glad to have a favorite romance in a new and delightful dress.
Rival Boy Sportsmen. By W. Gordon Parker.
Illustrated by the Author. Lee & Shepard, Boston. 5x 7 in. 363 pages. $1.25.
This gives glowing accounts and spirited pictures of outdoor boy life. It shows how Grant Burton, the hero of some of the author's previous stories, organized a club and made himself leader in a series of friendly contests in amateur sports.
Road to Nowhere (The). By Livingston B.
Morse. Illustrated. Harper & Bros., New York. 5x7 in. 236 pages. $1.50.
This story is dedicated to Alice in Wonderland, and it suggests that well-beloved child as Jack and Kitty search for the Island of Flowers, helped by the wonderful talking animals along the way, and learn in Cloud Land that to be "rattled" means to be afraid
of rats, and that "it is only a very foolish person who can't talk wisely about things which he doesn't understand," and many other things new and important.
Robinson Crusoe. By Daniel Defoe. Illustrated by the brothers Louis and Frederick Rhead. R. H. Russell, New York. 6x9 in. 363 pages. A very attractive edition of this classic, printed from a large, clear type with many full-page illustrations, and a number of small pictures introduced into the text, the whole very happily expressing the atmosphere of the narrative.
Royal Navy (The). Vol. V. By William Laird Clowes. (Assisted by Sir Clements Markham, Captain A. T. Mahan, Theodore Roosevelt, and Others.) Illustrated. Little, Brown & Co., Boston. 7x 10 in. 623 pages. $6.50.
This fine quarto volume, with its many photogravures and scores of lesser illustrations, is the fifth of the six which will make up a work truly monumental in scope and elaborate and careful in execution; we hope to speak at some length of the work when completed. The present volume covers the extremely important period of the great British naval struggle with Napoleon I. from 1803 up to 1815. The history of the war between the United States and Great Britain is not included, from lack of space; it has been written by Governor Roosevelt, and will occupy the first place in the final volume. The interest in the present volume centers, of course, about England's greatest naval victory, Trafalgar.
Rue with a Difference. By Rosa Nouchette Carey. J. B. Lippincott Company, Philadelphia. 5x7 in. 428 pages. $1.25.
A love story told in Miss Carey's well-known style. The plot is well constructed, the interest long-drawn-out and sufficiently involved to suit the typical novel-reader. Ophelia's famous words, "You may wear your rue with a difference," give the keynote to situations too complex to be even outlined in a brief notice. St. Nicholas Book of Plays and Operettas. The Century Co., New York. 5x7 in. 231 pages. $1.
A collection of the most popular shadow-plays and operettas which have appeared in "St. Nicholas" during the last twenty-five years, including the famous "Ballad of Mary Jane." Scouting for Washington. By John Preston
True. Illustrated by Clyde O. De Land. Little, Brown & Co., Boston. 5x7 in. 311 pages. $1.50. Another story of the struggling days of our Nation's birth. It is told with skill. Sermons on the International Sunday-School
Lessons for 1901. By the Monday Club. The Pilgrim Press, Boston. 5x7 in. 444 pages. $1.25. This series has long so commended itself to Sunday-school teachers as to require here only the observation that in the present volume it keeps well up to its mark.
Sketch Book (The). By Washington Irving.
The Macmillan Co., New York. (Pocket English
The first volume in a series of pocket classics, presenting the masterpieces of American literature in a very convenient and tasteful form, with an introduction, biographical and critical, and notes.