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spasm of misdirected patriotism which world. No part of the exhibition is more prompted her to dash herself against impressive than that of the Dutch East Turkish artillery served by German offi- Indies. cers. She spent $200,000 at Paris, and Most wonderful of all the evolutions her Byzantine pavilion of teakwood, iron, which the Exposition enabled us in menand ceramics will be re-erected at Athens tal vision to survey was that of man himas a permanent museum.

self. Jewish legend and fairy tale, which Instead of the old days of mighty em- Jesus, the greatest of the higher critics, pires, the Turkish dominating vast areas so persistently challenged, masks the simin Europe and western Asia, the Spanish ple assertion of Scripture. The facts, so ruling so much of America, the Chinese long hidden, distorted, masquerading surrounded by a fringe of nations in east- under rabbinical and mediæval theology, ern Asia, behold now three shivering are slowly but surely coming to light and skeletons, sick men in the fear of death. line and order. For ages have we been This vast change has been wrought in blinded to the facts and to the right interabout fifty years! Spain has shrunk into pretation of the statement that God made her former shell. Turkey is but a name, man out of the dust of the earth. The albeit the agony of dying may be long first human representative, as evolved in continued. China, like a cooling center the dogmatic consciousness, was a superof the nebular hypothesis, has shrunk in nal being of incredible powers and perali her dimensions. She has lost her fections. Science has been the servant satellites, Korea, Manchuria, Tonking. of revelation in helping us to scrape away At Paris we greet a whole cycle of new the whitewash of scholasticism and see nations freed from the Turk, the Spaniard, the simple truth. Sprung " from the dust and Manchu. We hail new giants, Ameri- of the earth," pathetic is the story of our can, Russian, British, German, Japanese, ancestors’age-long education, as museums, and wonder whether they, too, are to enter trophies, and the reports of travelers in and to complete, like Babylon, the cycle every land and age reveal it. In such an which Isaiah depicted in his fourteenth Exposition we trace his patient mastery chapter. Even the kaleidoscope of Africa of the forces of nature, his rise out of shows new changes and combinations. It dumb brutehood into the moral consciousis like opening a revised atlas to attend ness that makes man, his martyrdom for this meeting-place of nations. Here on the sake of knowledge, and his slow rea grand scale is shown the evolution of sponse to and advance in that training past politics which become present history. which, under his Infinite Friend, produces Russia and France are one as allies. Brit- a Joseph Henry or a William Gladstone. ain is grandly alone. Germany at last I confess I took more interest in the gyphas land abroad, and a navy at sea. Japan sum image standing in the Sumatra House is a world-power. The varied exhibits than I did in the garish figure, overdressed of Russia, Asiatic and European, of and overdecorated, perched on the Porte Great Britain both home and colonial, of Monumental. Amid flags and streamers the United States, and of Germany, show by day and many-colored lights by night, easily which are the nations leading in this symbolical female raised aloft looked vastness and variety of area ruled, in to me, for all the world, like a doll innumbers governed, and in material wealth; side the bits of blue and red glass stuck while brave little Holland shows by her into the gypsum State House (with a own exhibits and by those of the South penny candle to give the glory) of nursery African republics (now engulfed, as Jonah days. Such a Paris, though so elevated, was, but still undigested) how she, though was to me plaster of Paris, and nothing so small, is a mother of nations. By her impressive array of temples, pavilions, The Sumatra House is rich in Buddhisand native bungalows, Netherland proves tic imagery, and exquisitely carved enthat she is second only to Great Britain blems of that calm which comes from as a colonizer. In that Insulinde, or self-conquest and the extinction of all India of the Islands, she governs, by earthly passions—the goal of the Buddhher wisdom rather than nysical force, ist believer, as summed up in the word thirty-three million souls of the Malay Nirvana, The wonderful þas-reliefs tell

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not only of that Oriental history at which even genus its owner belonged, and thus
the Westerner in his ignorance sneers, from the scrap recreate to the imagina-
but also show a keen love of beauty and tion the whole animal, so Dr. Du Bois,
passionate susceptibility to the glory of the comparative anatomist and discoverer,
form. Within stands what some of the having the upper half of a skull, has
thoughtful would call at least a suggestion shown us how its owner, one of our for-
of the missing link in the divine chain of bears, may or must have looked. We
evolution between earth and brain, between can even accept this as a fair portrait of
nerves and spirit—the Pithecanthropus an ancestor, whether of primeval garden
Erectus. This counterfeit in gypsum of or forest, and still be none the less chil-
the ape-man, or man-ape, shows a smooth- dren of faith. Yet it is no wonder that
skinned, or at least not a wholly hairy, the elegantly dressed “ Anglaises " ex-
creature, with something arboreal, or, in claimed Shocking!" and the gay Parisians
plain English, a stick, in his hand. With “How ugly!" Yet, if anything is certain,
that scientific use of imagination com- it is that beauty, whether male or female,
mended by Professor Tyndall, the image, in every race is but the fruit of a long
or rather its form, has been dictated process—the consummate white flower of
by that fragment of skull which Dr. Du perduring evolution.
Bois found in Sumatra. As Cuvier It is said that nowadays “men love
could, without shaking the foundations texts, but hate sermons." The Exposi-
of orthodoxy, tell from a bone or the tion preached to me, in every one of my
fragment of a fossil to what order and seven visits, " the steady gain of man."

Books of the Week

This report of current literature is supplemented by fuller reviews of such books as in the judgment of the editors are of special importance to our readers. The absence of comment in this department in many cases indicates that extended review will be made at a later date. Any of these books will be sent by the publishers of The Outlook, postpaid, to any address on receipt of the published price. Almost as Good as a Boy. By Amanda M. of the household that when it was sold he

Douglas. Illustrated. Lee & Shepard, Boston. could not let it go, but gets inside and goes
5xit, in. 375 pages. $1.25.

away with it.
American Slave Trade (The). By John R.
Spears. Illustrated. Charles Scribner's Sons, New

Boston Boys of 1775; or, When We Besieged
York, 512X8, in. 232 pages. $2.50.

Boston. By James Otis. Illustrated. Dana Estes The horrors of the slave-passage, the brutality

& Co., Boston. 513x8 in. 112 pages. 75c. of the slave-trade, the cold-blooded villainy of

Two boys are sent from the Continental army traffic in flesh and blood, are here portrayed besieging Boston into the city as spies-danby a calm recital of facts that needs no rhetoric

gerous work for men, and still more dangerous nor any exaggeration to heighten the effect.

for boys, since one of them cannot keep his Mr. Spears has marshaled his facts from

temper at the remarks of a Tory acquaintance, authentic records and official reports. His

and they escape with difficulty to their own book is the first complete, popular narrative lines again, without the accomplishment of of a chapter in American commerce which we their mission. of the Northern States as well as of the section Brenda, Her School and Her Club. By Helen that held slaves might well wish forgotten; Leah Reed. Illustrated. Little, Brown & Co., but the record needs to be preserved and Boston. 59,X73. in. 320 pages. $1.50. made emphatic as a world-lesson of the ease A very natural story of a group of schoolwith which individual men without heart or girls. conscience can be found to trample on the

Church Folks. Bylan Maclaren" (Dr. John rights of the weak when once bad laws or non-enforcement of law opens the possibility

Watson). Doubleday, Page & Co., New York.

5x7 in, 20 pages. $1.25 of cruelty and oppression.

This volume of observations in brief by a Bimbi : Stories for Children. By Louise de judicious note-taker is in Dr. Watson's best

la Ramée. Illustrated. Ginn & Co., Boston. 48,x7 vein of genial humor, with many a shaft of
in. 239 pages.

wit well barbed for proper targets.
There is an unusual quaintness and charm in
these children's stories, especially in " The

Colonial Days and Ways : As Gathered from

Family Papers. By Helen Evertson Smith. Dec Nürnberg Stove,” which tells of a little Ger

orations by 'T. Guernsey Moore. The Century Co., man lad who cared so much for the great New York. 517482 in. 7 pages porcelain stove that was the presiding genius Reserved for notice later.

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Consequences. By Egerton Castle. The western Pennsylvania ; the period, that of the

Frederick A. Stokes Co., New York. 5x734 in. 417 sinking of the first petroleum wells, the outpages. $1.50.

flow of the mighty yield, and the boom which One suspects this of being early and immature followed. It has the interest which attaches work. It is in no way worthy of the author

to a field newly opened to fiction. The story of “The Pride of Jennico."

itself is vivid, dramatic, realistic, and in the Cricket on the Hearth (The), and A Christmas

picturing of its character contrasts somewhat Carol. By Charles Dickens. Illustrated. G. P. Put- repulsive in its ruggedness.

nani's Sons, New York. 594X734 in. $2 each. Of all Christmas stories these are the most

Doris and Her Dog Rodney. By Lily F.

Wesselhoeft. Illustrated. Little, Brown & Co., spontaneous and delightful. Appropriate dec- Boston. 5x71/2 in. 338 pages. $1.50. oration, and drawings of genuine feeling and

There is nothing in this book to appeal to the good technique, make this edition attractive

intellect or the imagination of a child. for holiday purposes.

Dream Fox Story Book (The). By Mabel Dames and Daughters of Colonial Days. By Osgood Wright. Illustrated. The Macmillan Co.,

Geraldine Brooks. Illustrated. Thomas Y. Crowell New York. 534X71/4 in. 251 pages. $1.50.

& Co., New York. 512X8 in. 284 pages. $1.50. Even quainter, queerer, and jollier than Mrs. The author makes no attempt to crowd be. Wright's “ Tommy-Anne and the Three tween the covers of one book all the colonial

Hearts.” How Billy Button (a boy full of ladies whose stories may be found worth tell- boyishness and sturdy impulsiveness) met the ing. Eclectic as well as selective, she confines Dream Fox, and how together they found the herself to ten women whom she considers the most remarkable, comical, and lively advenmost representative of their respective States

tures, makes up a topsy-turvy tale of surprises, and periods. These are Martha Washington, one which is most fítly illustrated by Mr. of Virginia, Margaret Brent, of Maryland, Herford. Eliza Lucas, of the Carolinas, Sally Wister and Deborah Norris, of Pennsylvania, Betsey

Faith for To-Day (A). By R. J. Campbell, B.A. Schuyler, of New York, Anne Hutchinson,

Thomas Whittaker, New York. 5x7 in. 353 pages.

$1.50. Abigail Adams, and Madam Sarah Knight, Since Frederic W. Robertson's voice was of Massachusetts, also Madame La Tour, of stilled by his early death nearly half a century Acadia. Miss Brooks has done her work remarkably well. The historic atmosphere, what attracted more interest than the author of

ago, no preacher in a Brighton pulpit has might be called the color of thought, of the these sermons. They present a marked differperiods and States, is admirably caught and ence to Robertson's sermons. They do not conveyed. The strength of character, the real

touch the deeper chords of religious feeling as power, of some of these women of the olden

did his. They deal with the profoundest questime make puerile the claims of some of the tions of theology; a speculative, philosophic so-called new women of the present. Mar- character predominates. The attractiveness garet Brent, of Maryland, anticipated and

of such discourses in popular and oral rather acted out in her own person two hundred than literary form is evidence that theological years ago all the “rights” claimed by the

interest is not declining among plain people, most advanced of her sex to-day. In the gray

at least among English Congregationalists, daybreak of the Boston of two hundred and

Mr. Campbell's theology is of the so-called fifty years ago, Anne Hutchinson, in her lonely

liberal orthodox type. grandeur, stands out a monument of intellectual and religious liberty. And as noble

Filibusters (The). By Cutcliffe Hyne. The Abigail Adams-also of the old Bay State

Frederick A. Stokes Co., New York. 5x7', in. 326

pages. $1.50. looms up from these pages, we cannot but A rattling, "devil-may-care" tale of a South recall a remark said to have been made by one American revolution. None of the characters of her descendants of the present day, when have any principles to speak of, and they fight somebody congratulated him on his family like buccaneers. The hero escapes being record— Why, my dear sir, the ablest man shot, roasted alive, and boiled in a sugarmy family ever produced was my great-great- kettle, all in one chapter. The plot is excitgrandmother, Abigail.”

ing, the literary execution just tolerable, the Daniel O'Connell. By Robert Dunlop, M.A.

moral tone brutalizing. Illustrated. G. P. Putnam's Sons, New York. 5x784 Godson of Lafayette (The). By Elbridge S. in, 393 pages. $1.50.

Brooks. Illustrated. W. A. Wilde Co., Boston. A welcome addition to the popular “ Heroes 5x734 in. 333 p ages. $1.50. of the Nations” series. The romantic, brilliant A story for boys, told in a manner to hold character of the idolized Irish leader is clev- their attention and dealing with an exceptional erly caught; and the story of his life as here and little understood phase of American histold is picturesque with continually interesting tory; namely, the strategy of the Rev. Eleazer side-lights on men, manners, and politics. As Williams, missionary to the Indians, who was a piece of biographical writing the book de possessed with the belief that he was the serves high commendation.

"lost Dauphin ” of France, son of Louis XVI. Dr. Dale. By Marion Harland and Albert

and Marie Antoinette, and direct heir to the Payson Terhune. Dodd, Mead & Co., New York.

French throne. With this personage the boy, 5x53. in. 408 pages. $1.50.

Joseph Lafayette Harvey, meets, becomes In this story the author is assisted by her fascinated, and for a while does his bid

It is one of the strongest works from ding. This was in the days when Jackson was her pen. The scene is laid in the oil-lands of President and Webster at the height of his

son.

The ap

power, and Black Hawk was making trouble that the total impression is rather one of gloom for the Government. With these and all the than of power. In Miss Silberrad's former other notabilities of the time “ Joe Harvey" story, “ The Enchanter," the ghoulish and becomes acquainted, and carries the reader devilish element introduced among charming with him in a series of remarkable adventures pictures of English country life was as if which lay bare some strange bits of American Frankenstein's monster were to figure in the history.

placid pages of "Cranford.” Here the disHelps for Ambitious Girls. By William Drvs

cordant note is less jarring and yet there is a dale. Illustrated. Thomas Y. Crowell & Co., New

dissonance. Doctor Jim, however, is a charYork. 5x8 in. 505 pages. $1.50.

acter worth having, and one only wishes he The American woman may sometimes feel had been thrown into a stronger light. The surfeited with advice, but it were well if all author's knowledge of the London under-world the advice were as sensible as that contained of poverty and vice is evident. in these chapters on various trades and occu- Lane that Had No Turning (The). By Gilbert pations for women, such as Photography, Parker. Doubleday, Page & Co., New York. 51,4%8 Agriculture and Floriculture, Dentistry and

in. 359 pages. $1.50. Medicine, and the demands and opportunities A group of short stories dealing with characof each. The frontispiece is a photograph of

ters with whom Mr. Parker is most familiar, the President of Wellesley College, and the and whom he sketches with almost uniailing book contains portraits of women prominent skill: the old seigneur of Lower Canada and in other fields.

the old habitant are drawn again in these pages,

not only with vividness but with charming Henry Fielding: A Memoir. By Austin Dob- sympathy. Mr. Parker succeeds in conveying

son. (Revised Edition.) Dodd, Mead & Co., New York. `414x7 in. 315 pages. $1.25.

the fragrance of spirit of the old French life A new and very attractive edition, revised expressed in its sense of honor, its conception and enlarged by the author, of an admirable of gallantry, and its religious devotion. The biography.

longest story, which gives its name to the book.

is extremely well told; the shorter stories are, Hidden Servants and Other Very Old Stories almost without exception, pervaded by that

(The). By Francesca Alexander. Little, Brown & Co., Boston. 524X784 in. 234 pages. $1.50.

picturesqueness which is Mr. Parker's most The superb print of this volume reminds us

striking characteristic. almost of some mediæval missal.

Last Refuge (The). By Henry B. Fuller. pearance of the book is thus in accord with Houghton Mifflin & Co. Boston. 5*8 in. 284

pages. $1.50. the spirit of an age which produced a Saint

A story the scene of which is laid in southern Bernard, a Saint Louis, a Dante, and a Giotto

Italy, and in the manner, half fanciful, of Mr. -an age which built the great cathedrals.

Fuller's earlier tales. A group of people who, The Gothic Age was par excellence the age of faith. From old and curious Italian books

for one reason or another, have not found life and from constant intercourse with the coun

to their minds and are making one final effort

to get from it what they anticipated at the try people, many of whose legends and tradítions had never been written down, the

beginning, are moved by a common impulse

to seek Sicily as the ultimate refuge of those author of “ The Story of Ida” has compiled

who have not found in life the beauty they this collection of stories, and then turned them into rhyme, in order to make them vivid and looked, or in experience the joy and comfort

crave, in work the satisfaction for which they compréhensible to youngest hearers. Her which it promised; but the story centers about poetry exactly matches the naïve simplicity, and finds its most characteristic figure in a spontaneity, and directness with which the Franciscan's “ Fioretti ” were written and the

man of forty who selects a younger man to go

with bim in order that he may revive the fresh. Madonnas of Angelico painted.

ness, the vividness, and the joy of youth " How to Play;" " How to Study;" “ How to through his eyes. The story is very delight

Work." By Amos R. Wells. (The “ How" Series.) fully conceived and delicately wrought out, L'nited Society of Christian Endeavor, Chicago. 48 x 714 in. 756. each.

with charming bits of landscape in Mr. Fuller's In this trinity of little volumes, which supple

sensitive style. ment one another, the United Society of Chris. L'Aiglon: A Play in Six Acts. By Edmond tian Endeavor seems to have really hit a mark

Rostand. Adapted into English by Louis X. Parker,
R. H. Russell, New York. 51, in

pages. often aimed at but generally missed---namely, $1.50. the combining of the didactic with the inter- The play by the author of "Cyrano de Beresting. How to make study engaging, work gerac" in which Sarah Bernhardt and her a pleasure, and play a personal possession, company have made an overwhelming success and not a mere thing of proxy, is here set in Paris, while an American company with forth in a manner that can hardly fail of Miss Maude Adams in the part of the Duc de pleasing any young person who may open these Reichstadt is now rendering the drama in this little books.

city. The "eaglet," weakling son of Napoleon Lady of Dreams (The). By Una L. Silberrad. and Marie Louise, hardly had in actual tv the

Doubleday. Page & Co., New York. 5x8 in. 418 imperial ambition and yearning to break the pages. $1.50.

gilded chains of luxury with which he is cred. Genuine refinement of style and delicacy of ited in M. Rostand's conception. That con. literary touch are to be found here, as well as ception, however, is instinct with dramatic life real creative power. But the shadows of mania, and force. The situations are asinishingly innocent homicide, and suicide are so dark strong and the surprises quick and sharp.

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Probably the critical verdict will find here less Mr. Dooley's Philosophy. Illustrated by Willtrue poetry and humor than in “ Cyrano,” yet iam Nicholson, E. W. Kemble, and F. Opper. R. H. there are passages which even under the test

Russell, New York. 5x74/4 in. 263 pages. $1.50. of quiet home reading move and arouse the very few crises happen in American history imagination, and this despite the truth that

which do not develop a humorist-a man who, the spectacular and theatrical elements are

behind the mask of comedy, has the gift of often exaggerated. That such a play can be

natural insight and of incisive comment. Mr. enacted in Paris week after week without the Dooley was one of the compensations for the slightest danger of fanning the “ Napoleonic Spanish-American war. His manner of apidea” into a political flame illustrates the proach is distinctly Celtic, but his vision has great change which thirty years has wrought the straightness and his wisdom the directness in France.

which, perhaps with some self-sufficiency, we

are in the habit of calling American. In this Letters of Thomas Edward Brown. Edited volume the Chicago philosopher deals with

by Sidney T. Irwin. 2 vols. E. P. Dutton & Co., New York. 5x784 in. $4.

such questions as marriage, the servant-girl Two volumes of delightful letters, which go ·

problem, China, the Exposition, alcohol as far to disapprove the statement that the art of food, and other subjects as vitally

unrelated letter-writing, like that of conversation, has

to one another. The humor sometimes drags,

and is by no means always of the best quality; perished. Mr. Brown's verse fills a large volume, much of which has a great deal of charm,

but a great deal of it is genuine, and there is and some of which has lasting value. But he

an underlying common sense in the volume

which gives it some importance as a contemhas left nothing so interesting as this collection of letters, at once intimate, familiar, and

porary human document. reserved, with the reserve of a man of taste

Mooswa and Others of the Boundaries. By

W. A. Fraser. Illustrated. Charles Scribner's and dignity. A scholar, a clergyman, a Manx- Sons, New York. 54/4X8 in. 260 pages. $2. man, a poet, and a wit, with a genius for

A handsomely illustrated volume, in which friendship, Mr. Brown had the background of the inhabitants of the forest-bird and beasta true letter-writer ; and these volumes are the meet in conclave, tell their own stories, display record of a life which had many interests, of a

their own codes of honor, together with their mind which had many resources, and of a attitudes and sentiments towards man. It is nature rarely gifted in the art of expression. sympathetically done, and with a latent sense The letters are breezy, informal, personal

, of humor which warms it to a gentle human touched with literature, appreciative of scen- heat from beginning to end. ery, and altogether delightful.

Onesimus: Christ's Freedman. By Charles Life of Christ (The): A Poem. By the Rev.

Edward Corwin. The Fleming H. Revell Co., New Samuel Wesley. Revised by Thomas Coke, LL.D.

York. 434 x 714 in. 332 pages. $1.25. Edited by Edward T. Roe, LL.B. Illustrated.

Onesimus, the slave whom St. Paul sent back Union Book Co., Chicago. 612x10 in. 516 pages. to his master, used to be much heard of fifty This work by the father of John Wesley was years ago in the mouths of apologists for the published under royal patronage two centuries Fugitive Slave Law. His possibilities as maago. Having gone out of print, it was repub- terial for a much more commendable kind of lished a century later by Dr. Thomas Coke, fiction one never imagined till Mr. Corwin the first Methodist bishop in America. Two revealed them. It is a work of decided merit, years ago it was rediscovered by the present not only in the plot and its working out, but editor, and now reappears in an elegant form also in the skill with which the author has with twenty full-page illustrations. The edi- availed himself of the meager Biblical mate. tor's laudatory estimate of it is too high. The rial. In matters of technique some blemishes world recognizes a distinction, which he does need the retouching which a good classicist not, between poetry and verse. He has done might give; e.g., the Proconsul's proclamation well, however, to preserve this memorial of is not in Roman style, and obol, not "oblos," the piety and literary ingenuity of a man to is the correct term for a certain coin. Taking whom the entire Church owes much.

his cue from St. Paul's allusion in the Epistle Lincoln at Work : Sketches from Life. By

to Philemon to the incongruity between the William 0. Stoddard. Illustrated. United Society

name and the character of Onesimus, Mr. of Christian Endeavor, Boston, 434X74/4 in. 173 Corwin depicts the slave as a desperate fellow, pages. 75c.

whose dream of freedom is realized at length A sheaf of anecdotes connected with the life in conversion to Christ. This, however, is of the “martyred President” both before and but part of the general conflict between hea. after his election, told by one who seems to thenism and Christianity,

which is graphically have been ever at his elbow, so to speak. delineated from the notices of St. Paul's work These stories may not be new to all who open at Ephesus, as related in Acts xix. this volume, but they can hear a good deal of Oxford Two-Versions Bible : Being the Auretelling. They help to show us Lincoln's thorised Version with the Differences of the Redaily life and habits of thought as if reflected vised Version Printed in the Margins. Oxford from a looking-glass.

University Press (American Branch), New York.

519x8 in. 1,373 pages. $7.50. Life and Song By Anna R. Henderson. This is, as the Bishop of Gloucester says in

Charles Wells Moulton, Buffalo. 5x8 in. 113 pages. his Preface, “a convenient and carefully Life of Henry George. By Henry George, Jr. arranged combination" of the old and the new

Doubleday & McClure Co., New York, 544x8 in. Versions. The marginal references are added, 634 pages. $1.50.

which until now no combination of the two Reserved for notice later on.

Versions has supplied. The handsome copy

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