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perusal It will certainly sell in Canada, especially among the better class of readers, and will considerably enhance Dr. Barry's reputation.

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with plenty of good situations in it, and a gradually increasing interest until it reaches a climax at the end. The character-painting is well done, and the various scenes are set before the reader without long or wearisome descriptions. Moreover, the quaint DR. GOSS'S REDEMPTION OF DAVID and simple English in which the story is told, is correct to date, and in this the book is decidedly superior to many of the socalled historical novels with which the market is flooded, and in which the language of to-day is freely mixed with that of a couple of centuries ago.

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Beyond the Hills of Dream," by W. Wilfred Campbell. Morang & Co. have brought out a dainty edition of this, Mr. Campbell's last book of poems, which has received so much praise from discerning critics. The volume contains the poem "England," which Miss Jessie Alexander, the famous elocutionist, has brought into such deservedly prominent notice. It also comprises "The Mother," that remarkable piece of verse which, on its first appearance in a Chicago newspaper, at once attracted the world's attention. The Canadian edition is produced at the price of $1.00. The work sells freely in the United States at $1.25, where the publishers are Houghton, Mifflin & Co., of Boston.

The forthcoming novel, by R. & K. M. Lizars, which has been for some time on the tapis, will be published in England by . Greening & Co. It was originally announced under the title of "Committed to His Charge," but as there were English difficulties in the way of this appellation being used, it will appear as "Dulcissima Sweeting, a Canadian Chronicle." The work will be appreciated by all who enjoy keen wit, overflowing humor, and dialogue of a natural sort. The portrayal of village character is uncommonly well done, and we predict that some of the personages, being thoroughly typical, will have more than a temporary celebrity. The book will be produced in cloth only, at $1.00.

THE PUBLISHERS' SYNDICATE

BOOKS.

Dr. Wm. Barry's new novel, "Arden Massiter," has just been issued by The Publishers' Syndicate, Limited, 51 Yonge St., Toronto. Dr. Barry is well known in this country, as well as in England, by his two former works, "The New Antigone," and "The Two Standards," and has a worthy reputation as a delightful writer of English. As a study of the social under-currents of Italian life, "Arden Massiter" is of permanent value, while as a work of fiction it provides a charming entertainment in its

Many a thoughtful reader will be puzzled over just how to estimate Charles Frederic Goss's novel, "The Redemption of David Corson," $1.50. Those who are held by narrative that moves quickly, that is well stored with surprise, and is enlivened with a continual shifting of scenes, will find the book absorbing and self-sustaining.

It is hardly fair to any work of fiction to reveal its plot for the purpose of reviewing it. It may be said, however, that "The Redemption of David Corson" is what is now known as a novel with a purpose. This is likely to be agreed to generally, even though it might be difficult to find two readers who would agree as to exactly what that essential purpose is. Although it is dramatic even to being stagey and spectacular at times; although it deals with passion in its most violent forms, to say nothing of subterfuge, cheatery, and much that is repellent to refinement and nobility, yet it is a book of sharp and dazzling contrasts, and is, in its main drift of purpose, Christian and spiritual. It is replete with sensation, suspense, and surprise, yet a good deal of it is given over to sentimental description and reflection.

In short, it is the story of the fall and rise of a man, but the character-painting of that man, the hero, is less distinctively original and graphic than that of the quack doctor who dragged him down to the depths of infamy. This latter character is as vividly portrayed as he is disagreeable.

The essential theme of the book seems to be the power of the gospel message to illumine the darkened soul. The hero himself becomes in later years, after his fall, a new convert, through the power of his own words held in trust for him, as it were, by others who first received them from him. Of course, there are other points and minor motifs throughout. The book is, indeed, almost too full of such focal or germinal points. But, notwithstanding the vice which it depicts, the author is to be praised for steering clear of those forms of lust and lasciviousness which so many novelists and dramatists of this day are fond of employing as instruments of plot. The heroine, a beautiful gipsy woman, is simple, strong, and pure. There is a parabolic aspect of the story which is likely to provoke thought. The fall of the Quaker hero from his heights of mystic spiritual insight to the pit of the would-be murderer opens the way for his

victorious struggle upward again to a sound, sweet and healthful redemption through the vitalizing power of the living and eternal Word. "The Redemption of David Corson," by Dr. Chas. F. Goss, having only been published seven weeks, is already in its 6th edition in the United States. George J. McLeod has a Canadian edition in press.

THE HISTORICAL NOVEL.

It is refreshing in these days to find an author who has sufficient discernment to see that right under his very nose lie, ready to his hand, all the properties necessary to the construction of an historical novel of romantic adventure. We say "in these days" because most of our storywriters seem to be going back to early England for their romantic atmosphere, or to France of the Louises for their adventurous incident. Or, if these are not sufficiently remote, they build up a paste-board ruritania in which to have their duels in the dark and their rides in the rain. And so we say it is refreshing to find that Mr. Henry Scott Clark, in his first published novel, "The Legionaries," (George J. McLeod) has set his scene in Indiana, Ohio and Kentucky; has used the great civil war as a back-ground, and has made of Morgan's historic raid a thrilling and a dashing incident. He found right here at home, and within the memory of man, stirring facts of history on which to hang a novel that fairly "The bristles with romantic adventure. Legionaries" is of interest to every American, to everyone, in fact, that enjoys a rattling good story; and it demonstrates, as

does no other modern novel that we recall, the possibilities of the civil war as a rich field for the historical novel of adventure.

WILLIAM BRIGGS' NEW BOOKS.

A new music book by L. O. Excell, "Make His Praise Glorious," is announced for early issue by William Briggs. The same publisher has in the press also a collection of sacred songs, entitled "Melodies of Salvation," compiled by Rev. Hugh E. Smith, and has secured for the Canadian market the latest book of the Echo Music Company, "White Lilies."

Among the newer writers, Robert Nelson Stephens has won wide popularity. His specialty is historical romances, in which field he has scarcely a peer. A new story from his pen," Philip Winwood," will be published in a Canadian edition this month by William Briggs.

"Black and White "remarks of Frederick W. Hayes' new historical novel, "A Kent Squire": "There is in it about three

times as much interesting matter as the average novel contains. Ambrose Gwynett is a fascinating figure, the best type of gentleman adventurer. His life at one time was a series of hairbreadth escapes from the kind attentions of his enemy, the Abbe Gaulter. The same Gaulter was as finished a blackguard as was ever employed by statesmen to do their dirty work. The famous and infamous Duke of Marlborough comes into the plot of "A Kent Squire," and shows himself in an unlovely light; Louis XIV., Madame de Maintenon, and many other well-known personages of the period are introduced. This story is undoubtedly one of the strongest of the year, and, indeed, one of the best since "A Gentleman of France," which it resembles in rapidity of movement and the picturesqueness of its plot. The illustrations are by the author himself, and show him equally happy with brush or pen. They are very fine. William Briggs has published the Canadian edition.

The critics will have some good things to say of Jas. A. Wickersham's "Enoch Willoughby," the scene of which is placed in the Middle Western States. The characters are said to be drawn with sympathy, knowledge and humor. The book is one of the excellent list of spring publications announced by William Briggs.

In a review from an advance copy of Dr. Rand's" Treasury of Canadian Verse," in the "Canadian Baptist," Rev. Charles A. Eaton observes: "This volume reveals the breadth and scope of Canadian life and thought. We are no longer an isolated and provincial people. We are a part of the great humanity. We are making world history and have vision and sympathy for the larger purposes of the good God whose over-ruling Providence we hasten to acknowledge. Coming as it does so opportunely, when the thought of the Empire is turned towards Canada, and our people are feeling the thrill of a new sense of Imperial nationhood, the Treasury of Canadian Verse' will be read by thousands who otherwise would have failed to recognize its message, and it will by this means become a contributing factor in the building and cementing of that mighty Empire in whose well-being we believe lies the hope and destiny of mankind."

The Canadian publisher, William Briggs, announces the " Treasury "to be placed on the market about the 15th of May, and states that an unusually large number of advance orders await its issue.

Canada is pre-eminently a land of trees. Save on the broad, open stretches of the

western prairies, the horizon everwhere is bounded by the fringe of forest, while maples and elms, oak and poplar and bush line the great highways and dot our fertile fields. And yet the average man knows but comparatively little of the trees, possibly because no popular work on the subject has been published. The supply of this want has now been provided in a volume entitled A Guide to the Trees," by Alice Louns. berry, with illustrations by Mrs. Ellis Rowan -a work in style and appearance much like the "Guide to the Wild Flowers," by the same ladies, which had such a remarkable sale last year. William Briggs has the Canadian market.

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William Briggs has added to his Canadian copyright edition of the "Pansy" books a new story, "By Way of the Wilderness," in which Mrs. Alden has, as in the case of "John Remington, Martyr," collaborated with Mrs. C. M. Livingstone.

A work on " Plymouthism and the Modern Churches," by Rev. Alex. Miller, of Kintail, is being published by William Briggs. The same publisher has issued a pamphlet by Rev. John Morrison, of London, on "Home Ownership versus Rented Houses," published by request of the Ministerial Association of that city.

A volume of selected lectures and sermons of the late Rev. John E. Lanceley is being published by William Briggs. Rev. Dr. Joseph Parker, pastor of the City Temple, London-an intimate friend for years—— contributes an Introduction, and Rev. Chancellor Burwash a Biographical Sketch. Mr. Lanceley was one of the most popular preachers and lecturers in his Church, a keen, humorous, incisive speaker, noted for his originality and sparkling ready wit.

William Briggs will publish this month a volume of talks and tales for boys, with the title "A Manly Boy," by the noted American preacher and author, Rev. Louis Albert Banks, D.D. The chapters of the book originally was delivered to the Y.M.C.A., of Cleveland, Ohio.

The present month will see the issue of Dr. Bryce's "The Remarkable History of the Hudson's Bay Company." This is without doubt the most important contribution to our historical literature since the completion of Dr. Kingsford's "History of Canada." A residence of nearly thirty years in Winnipeg, with extensive travel throughout the Northwest, was in itself a good equipment for such an undertaking, to which must be added a thorough examination of the Company's records in England

and Canada, and a mass of valuable material supplied by the officials of the Company, and last, but not least, the ability to write good history, proved by his previous ventures in this important field of literary endeavor. Dr. Bryce's History will be a substantial demy 8vo, with 32 full-page illustrations and maps. William Briggs is the Canadian publisher.

A second edition of "My Escape From the Boers," the narrative of the adventures of a Canadian medical missionary, Dr. F. J. Livingston, in Swaziland last October, has been printed and is now being sold.

William Briggs is selling a popular biography of Field Marshal Lord Roberts, by Horace G. Groser, the first of a shilling series being issued by Andrew Melrose, the London publisher.

New stories by Marie Corelli and Anthony Hope are to be published this year. Wm. Briggs has been fortunate enough to secure both for the Canadian market.

The publication of a representative volume of the poems of the late Alexander McLachlan should give to that gifted poet his proper place among the poets of AngloSaxondom. The volume comprises 424 pages. The first part is devoted to poems of a general character, after which the following classification is made: Songs and Ballads-Nature Poems-Canadian Idyls— Idyls of the Pioneers-Scottish PortraitsMiscellaneous; with a few prose selections at the close. Rev. Dr. Dewart writes an Introductory Essay; Dr. Alex. Hamilton supplies a Biographical Sketch, and Mr.. David Boyle gives a Glossary of the broad Scots. Several pages of interesting Notes, prepared by Dr. Hamilton, and an Index of first lines are features that will please the reader. Two portraits of the poet and views of his farm residence in Amaranth township embellish the volume.

Book Motes.

An important book deal has recently been consummated, whereby The Publishers' Syn. dicate, Limited, 51 Yonge St., Toronto, become the sole Canadian agents for the wellknown religious and other publications of Messrs. T. & T. Clark, of Edinburgh. This agency has in the past been held by the Fleming H. Revell Company, of Toronto. The new arrangement will be advantageous not only to the parties concerned but to Canadian readers generally, who will thus be enabled to procure conveniently the many choice works issued by this old established house.

Among their most recent ventures is a series entitled "The World's Epoch-Makers" in 28 volumes, the first of which is now being placed on the Canadian market by The Publishers' Syndicate. The series will constitute, when complete, a valuable conspectus of the origin and progress of the most prominent movements that have taken place in the development of bumanity from Buddha to the present day. The various subjects have been placed in the hands of writers who have made a special study of them, and the important nature of the series may readily be conceived.

The first volume, which is now being issued, is by A. D. Innes, M.A. (Oxon.), London, on "Cranmer and the English Reformation." Following it, will shortly be ready, "Wesley and Methodism," by F. J. Snell, M.A. (Oxon.); “Buddha and Buddhism," by Arthur Lillie, M.A., London; and "Luther and the German Reformation," by Professor T. M. Lindsay, D.D., F. C. College, Glasgow.

An interesting incident of the series, in a Canadian's view, is the fact that one of the volumes will be written by Prof. Wm. Clark, LL.D., D.C.L. of Trinity College, Toronto, who will have for his subject "Pascal and the Port Royalists."

"A Ridiculous Courting and other stories of French Canada," by G. M. Fairchild, jr., has been published in a neat cloth volume by R. R. Donnelly & Son, Chicago. Price, $1.00.

Mr. J. A. Hobson in his book, "The War in South Africa" (Appleton's, $1.50), presents a new reason for the distrust in which the Boers have held the "Outlanders " while behaving in a friendly, manly way to British soldiers when not fighting them. Mr. Hobson gives facts and figures for his contention that there are fifteen thousand Jews in Johannesburg for the most part Russians and Germans, who have become naturalized British subjects by short residences in England. He says that practically all the great financial, mining, liquor and gambling interests are in their hands. In a chapter on the question "For whom are we fighting?" he brings out the important bearing of this fact on the situation.

"Christians in Khaki, cameos of Christian work among the soldiers, fresh from the front," by Jesse Page, is a volume of 100 pages just published by Marshall Brothers, Paternoster Row, London, at 1s. 6d. It is neatly bound in cloth, with the Union Jack in colors stampel on the cover. As its title indicates, it is a record of Christian work among the soldiers in South Africa. It is an exceedingly interesting and instructive narrative.

The Musson Book Company, Toronto, has published a Canadian edition of "The Light of Scarthey," by Egerton Castle, author of "The Pride of Jennico," which proved so popular recently. "The Light of Scarthey" is a fine story. It is a readable book, from first to last. Its plot, its characters, its background, each has been selected with a sure eye for picturesque effect, and as the love of the hero covers two generations, being rekindled by the daughter of the woman who first awakened it, so do the adventures range from the royalist struggle in the Vendee to the close of the Napoleonic era. It is a book of episodes worked into a continuous narrative, but the effect is cumulative; the light is ever thrown upon the two central figures. Cloth, $1.25; paper, 75 cents.

The wonderful story of the avenging of the destruction of the Huguenot settlement in Florida by de Gourgues has been well utilized for fiction by Sheppard Stevens in her new book, "The Sword of Justice." Somewhat after the manner of Evangeline the book presents to the reader two lovers who are separated by the terrible events, and after many adventures are finally brought together. The tale is told with fervor, the author having manifestly had the purpose to show the triumph of the good, and has written with a spirit that infects the reader by its brilliancy, holding the attention to every paragraph in the book. A Canadian edition of this capital story has been published by the Musson Book Company, Toronto. Cloth, $1.25; paper, 75 cents.

Rand, McNally & Co., Chicago and New York, have published an elaborate work by Mr. S. H. M. Byers, former United States Consul-General to Italy and Switzerland. It is entitled "Twenty Years in Europe," and is a profusely illustrated volume of personal reminiscences and anecdotes of the

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of distinguished Americans and Europeans, generals, princes, statesmen, artists and others with whom Mr. Byers was thrown in contact during a residence of twenty years abroad. He had served with General Sherman during the civil war, and an intimate friendship had resulted. In this volume Mr. Byers not only gives many charming pictures of the General and his family, but reproduces more than twenty unpublished letters written by Sherman. The illustrations include numerous portraits and photographs, as well as many original autograph drawings, by well known artists now published for the first time.

Several popular copyright novels, hitherto published at $1.00 and $1.25, will be issued immediately in Rand, McNally &

Co.'s New Oriental Library, a 25-cent series made up wholly of copyrighted works. Among these will be: "A Married Man," by Frances Aymar Matthews; "A Yankee from the West," by Opie Read; "Gemma," by Alexander McArthur; and "The Sinner," by Rita (Mrs. E. J. G. Humphreys).

A. T. Chapman, bookseller, 2407 St. Catherine street, Montreal, has been appointed exclusive Canadian agent for Baedeker's Guide Books. Canada, 1900 edition ($1.50), is certainly the most complete, accurate and up-to-date guide to Canada ever published, and will sell equally well to tourists as a guide book and to Canadians as a handy book of reference. Write for circulars and discounts.

Book Reviews.

"Twentieth Century Knighthood," by Louis Albert Banks, D.D. 12mo., cloth. Price, 75 cents. New York and London : Funk & Wagnalls Company.

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Chivalry has been a word to conjure with for some hundreds of years," says Louis Albert Banks, D.D., in beginning this new volume of talks to young men. Then in a striking, and at the same time practical, way he proceeds to derive high ideals for present-day character from the noblest features of ancient knighthood. The titles of some of the talks well suggest the scope and practical helpfulness of the book: "The "The Courage of Christian Knighthood," Simplicity of the True Knight," "The Beauty of Knightly Generosity," "The Loyalty of a Noble Soul," "The White Life of Pure Manhood," "The Knightly Reverence of Lofty Character," 66 Truth and Honor the Spurs of Knighthood," "Compassion the Glory of the Strong," "Hardihood the Safeguard of Virtue," 'Temperance the Flower of Modern Knighthood." The book is tastefully bound in red cloth with black and gold side-stamps and sells for the moderate sum of 75 cents.

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"A Mental Index of the Bible and a Cosmic Use of Association," by Rev. S. C. Thompson. 12mo., cloth, 300 pages. Price, $1.50. New York and London : Funk & Wagnalls Company.

For those who have not a lifelong familiarity with the Bible contents, and wish to escape some of the distraction caused by handling a cumbersome concordance, it is a great advantage to have in mind a simple index with which chapters, passages, and the language of texts can be naturally associated and readily found. This mental classification is made possible by a study of this helpful book. Besides this ease of ready reference, it serves to keep alive a conscious

ness of the general and particular contents of the entire Bible. The work constitutes a complete memory system, prepared specially to help in the remembering and appreciation of the Bible's contents. The funda. mental principle of all reliable memory systems, that natural memory depends upon the association of ideas, has been applied to the Bible. The practical application of this idea is that a verse, text, incident, name, or chapter which may not be easily remembered, must be associated in the mind with something easily remembered. The author has arranged simple rules and directions which, if studied, are sure to greatly increase the helpfulness and usefulness of the Bible.

"Thro' Fire to Fortune," by Mrs. Alexander, author of "The Wooing O't," "Brown V.C.," etc. Toronto: The Musson Book Co. Cloth, $1.25. Paper, 50 cents.

The time-worn adage "There's nothing new under the sun," is both proved and disproved by this fine book. The old story of "crosses to bear," "hard rows to hoe" and "thorny paths to travel," in a new and charming dress.

Written by a lady whose knowledge is ample for the demands of the subject, about the troubles and final success of a homeless, friendless girl, it is easily a book for girls.

Cora Leigh was apprenticed to and lived with a milliner who abused and ill-treated her. Upon her return one night after spending the evening with a friend, she was horrified to find the millinery establishment in flames. The house was completely ruined. Her father, a debauchee; her step-mother, a virago, and her former means of livelihood swept away by the flames-the girl conceived the idea of allowing her old self to die also-to permit friends and relatives to believe that she too had perished, and then to begin life anew.

She then applied to a registry office, and when almost in despair is taken as companion to a Mrs. Bligh, a retired actress of considerable shrewdness but of crotchety disposition and eccentric manner.

Mrs. Bligh soon noticed in her companion considerable talent, and after months of hard study, followed by years of patient endeavor, she becomes the charming young actress, Miss Fitzalan, as we must hereafter call her. By dint of persistent effort, more than ordinary ability, and a natural grace quite her own, which is the most important essential for stage life, she slowly mounted the ladder of fame.

The reader is given a glimpse into the "off-the stage" lives of actors of various degrees who make a suitable background for the purpose of exhibiting the amiable qualities of the heroine. The necessary villain comes forward in the person of a rich

adventurer from the South African diamond fields. But his coarse love is requited with loathing, and a very thrilling and not the least interesting chapter details the attempt to abduct the now famous actress, and recounts her subsequent escape.

To those who read this delightful story it will be an incentive to cultivate a calm, gentle, dignified manner, and having chosen the correct course to hold to it at all odds.

"The War to Date," by Arthur H, Scaife. 372 pages, 12mo., illustrated; cloth, $1.25. T. Fisher Unwin, London, England.

This book is the outcome of a suggestion made to the author that amidst the numberless publications on the subject of the South African War, a welcome might conceivably await just one more, which should enable the reader with a minimum of intellectual effort to form a connected idea of the causes which led up to the terrible struggle, now raging in South Africa, and the effects it has so far produced. The author is an old war correspondent, and knows just how to produce a popular, reliable book. A series of appendices give added value to the book; they include "A Diary of the War," "Brief biographies of British and Boer officers and politicians in South Africa," and "List of officers killed, wounded or missing."

SOPHIA.

Following up the success which he attained in "The Castle Inn," Mr. Stanley J. Weyman has laid the scene of his new romance, "Sophia," in the England of George II.

This is a novel of character as well as of plot. Sophia, a rich prize in the matrimonial market, is beset by intrguing suitors and harassed by scheming relatives, but, in spite of all, discovers the man of her choice where she least expected to find him, and grows under our very eyes from a sentimental girl into a woman of ready wit and noble nature.

The spirit of adventure, however, is not wholly absent, for the heroine has still to be rescued from evil hands and her pursuers punished. But though the story moves as swiftly as in the earlier novels, and does not lack for excitement, the main interest is of a different sort, and one likely to gain Mr. Weyman new readers without depriving him of his old following.

It always increases the interest felt in a book if there is anything in it to provoke discussion. So with Sophia; her right to the heroineship has been questioned, some critics asserting that Mr. Weyman erred in not calling the novel in honor of Lady Betty, whom they believe to be the more deserving character. We advise you to read this

most interesting story and decide for yourself. The Copp, Clark Company, Limited, Toronto.

FÉO; A ROMANCE.

Some stories are hard to follow because of the story-teller's demand for personal attention. You are compelled to pause so often to take breath, after the author's various tricks in the telling, that the scheme of plot is confused, and sometimes altogether lost.

In " Féo," Max Pemberton has told a capital story, and told it so artistically that the end is reached before you take time to consider the writer a most skilful one, whose chief aim has evidently been not to win praise for himself, but entertainment for his readers.

The story has chiefly to do with a gifted Vienesse opera singer, Féo de Berthier, poor, but of noble lineage, who, in the opening chapter, is living in a London flat with only her father for protection, a selfish and none too scrupulous man. Father and daughter had been forced to leave Vienna by the Archduke Frederick, whose son, Prince Jerome, a youth passionately fond of music, had become ardently attached to Féo, which sentiment was met with a fair equivalent in the heart of the singer. But the Archduke had other plans for the future of the young prince, and many and great were the obstacles placed in the way of a consummation of the lovers' happy calculations; in fact every means that could be devised by agents of the Archduke was brought to bear towards their defeat. Even Georges de Berthier, through his greedy love of gold, became a powerful instrument in the humiliation of his daughter.

Bnt against a background of much villainy, Féo's soul of honor shone to the last, and when at a crisis, after an inward battle with self, she resolved to renounce her love for Jerome, believing it to be the best for him, she became heroic. Jerome proved her equal in heroism, a manly, flesh and blood prince throughout, yet with a high moral code.

A young Englishman, Leslie Drummond, plays an important part in the story, and his staunch friendship Féo could not have well done without. Many of the principal scenes are laid in Paris, the descriptive bits of that wonderful city making graphic wordpictures. Toronto: The Copp, Clark Co.

Trade Motes.

The firm of Barber & Ellis Company, Limited, Toronto, is the oldest, largest, and best known envelope manufacturing concern in the Dominion. The fact that the goods are

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those of the Barber & Ellis Co. is a guarantee that they are the best goods that money and skill can produce, and it is these characteristics that have made this firm's name so widely and favorably known. The printing, lithographing and stationery trade in Canada has long since learned to look to this company for useful and new ideas in their respective lines, and anything turned out by this old-established house is sure of making its way upon its own merits. Among the numerous papers turned out by

this firm none are better known than their celebrated goods in ledger, linen and bond. Conspicuous among social note-papers are their new creations, "Portia," " Nebula," "Blue," "Old English Wedgewood," "Oxford Vellum," and 66 Original Parchment Vellum," which already have enormous sales. Their famous Invoice Tag Envelope and Perfection Clasp Mailing Envelope are favorites in the mercantile world, and, from an economical standpoint, deservedly so. Their other specialties, beside the most approved notepapers, and envelopes, are typewriter papers, papeteries, wedding cards, and wedding stationery, etc. Peerless quality and lowest quotations to the trade make a constantly increasing demand for the Barber & Ellis goods.

Periodicals.

The publishers of the "Cornhill Magazine" have adopted a capital idea in pasting

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"contents" slip on the front cover of each month's issue. The slip is 3 x 5 inches. Only the left hand edge is pasted, so that the slip can readily be removed without injuring the cover.

Among the twelve striking papers in the May "Forum " may be singled out for special mention Mr. Clark's article on "British Policy toward the Boers"; "The Constitution and the Flag," by Hon. Charles Denby, late United States Minister to China; Uncle Sam's Legacy of Slaves," by Henry O. Dwight; "The Approaching Presidential Campaign," by Henry Litchfield West; "The Hay-Pauncefoote Treaty,' by Henry Wade Rogers, of Northwestern University, Illinois ; "The United States and the Future of China," by Hon. William Woodville Rockhill, the well-known writer and diplomat, late Assistant Secretary of State; and "Journalism in Japan," by T. T. Nakagawa, Secretary of the Japanese Legation at Rome.

Booksellers throughout Canada should sell

double the usual quantity of the "Canadian Magazine" for May. Let them suggest that every patriotic Canadian should buy a copy of the May issue to send abroad to some friend in the United States or Europe. There are illustrations of nearly every beauty spot in Canada: the Pacific Coast, the British Columbia Forest, the Rocky Mountains, Georgian Bay Archipelago, the Muskoka Lakes, Lake Temiskaming, Niagara Falls, the Thousand Islands, the Ottawa Valley, the St. John River, Prince Edward Island and Maritime Province scenes— a hundred illustrations in all. In addition there are two splendid stories by Charles G. D. Roberts and Virna Sheard, as well as several important articles. 25 cents, with very liberal discount to the trade.

"The International Monthly " for May (25 cents) is an important number. It contains a valuable and easily read essay on "Decorative Art" by Russell Sturgis ; an equally valuable but more technical article by Prof. Lodge, of Liverpool, an eminent physicist, developing a new theory of matter; and the usual shorter and lighter essays upon topics of timely interest. Prof. Jacoby presents a readable article on "Astronomical Photography," and Dr. Roosa

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