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the militia not preventing them, and Wingfield was liberated from the stocks. The two stood up together, in perfect love and in the acceptance of their relation by the grandmother and by all the great men of the colony:

"It was all many years ago, but never hath my love for her dimmed, and it shall live after Jamestown is again in ashes, when the seabirds are calling over the sunset waste, when the reeds are tall in the gardens, when even the tombs are crumbling and maybe hers and mine among them, when sea-gates are down and the waters washing over the sites of the homes of the cavaliers. For I have learned that the blazon of love is the only one which holds good forever through all the wilderness of history; and the path of love is the only one which those who come after us can safely follow unto the end of the world.'-Literary Review, Boston.

ELLEN THORNEYCROFT FOWLER.

The hold which Miss Ellen Thorney croft Fowler has obtained on the reading world is illustrated and evidenced by the numerous favourable reviews of her work which have been written by the best critics. Many will recognize the hand of the author of the following remarks which recently appeared in the Montreal Star :

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In "The Farringdons" we find the same bright wit and epigrammatic style that characterized Miss Fowler's earlier stories. But, while we miss none of the brilliancy of Concerning Isabel Carnaby," we find in "The Farringdons" a deeper note, a richer humour, and a more tender grace in the interpretation of life in its many phases. A marked feature of this book is the author's convincing and sympathetic presentment of the religious faith of the Methodists of the Black Country, who brought "the infinite into the region of the homely and commonplace, and saw nothing incongruous in angels ascending and descending Jacob's ladder- -an old oak staircase covered with a red carpet, neatly fastened down by brass rods." Caleb Bateson, in his childlike faith, towers far above the "dilletante." Alan Tremaine, to whom "Christianity is but a wornout shackle." Many are the paths that lead to Christ, and Elizabeth, the heroine, whose early religious training cannot stand the assault of Alan's "6 higher criticism," finds, while listening to the Bishop of Manchester, that "religion is no string of dogmas, but just Christ's calling us by name.' The Methodist matrons will delight many readers. The theory of the lugubrious Mrs. Hankey, who considered that looking on the bright side of life was but "tempting Providence," appeared to be that "as long as Providence saw that you were miserable, that power was comfortable about you, and let you alone; but if Providence discovered you could bear more sorrow than you were bearing, you were at once supplied with that little more. Naturally, therefore, her object was to convince Providence that her cup of misery was full." In worthy Mrs. Bateson's views, the connection between bodily and spiritual condition was never to be ignored. Indulgence in pork threw her Caleb into the slough of despond, and "Bateson," said she, "I'd be ashamed to go troubling the Lord with a prayer, when a pinch of carbo

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nate of soda would set things straight again." She was of opinion that "when men begin to doubt the inspiration of the Scriptures, they will be all the better for a dose of dandelion tea; but when they go on to deny the existence of a God, there is nothing for it but camomile. It's all liver." One of the greatest charms of this entertaining book is its clever nonsense-mere badinage, perhaps which makes it infinitely amusing. Space forbids any quotations, bnt the reader will thoroughly enjoy chapter xiv., entitled "On the River." The creative force of Miss Fowler is devoted to de

picting the mental, spiritual and emotional life of her heroine, Elizabeth Farringdon. In direct contrast to the complexity of her strong personality, are the simplicity and strength of Christopher Thornley's character. Elizabeth's quickness of perception was so affected by her imagination that she attributed to persons qualities that they never possessed.

The power of reading character by mere intuition, upon which she so prided herself, had in reality no existence, and her selfconfidence brought the impulsive girl into many a difficult pass. Happy as is the ending of the story, Elizabeth recognizes the irrevocableness of her own actions. "What we have done, we have done, and what we have left undone, we have left undone; and there is no blotting out the story of past years. We may write new stories,

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Elizabeth is by no means a flawless character, for the reason that she is very human. The plot of the story shows some weakness in construction, and at times there seems to be a straining after effective expression. Instances of this might readily be quoted, but the pleasure we have received from the whole novel checks any petty adverse criticism. The book to our taste is far more enjoyable than the many historical romances that we have lately been obliged to read.

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The Canadian Bookseller

VOL. XIII.]

THE

AND LIBRARY JOURNAL.

TORONTO, AUGUST, 1900.

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Canadian Bookseller another Bill which might create friction in

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Work is progressing very rapidly on the new publishing house of the Publishers' Syndicate, at 7 and 9 King Street East, Toronto. The upper floors have been finished, and the new Miehle presses of the Company put into position. The decorations of the ground floor are now being proceeded with, and will be completed by the end of this month, when the entire business of the Company will be moved in. No expense is being spared in the finishing, and the store will certainly be, when occupied, not only the largest but by all odds the finest book store in Canada.

MR. BALFOUR ON COPYRIGHT.

In answering Sir Richard Jebb, who asked recently if Her Majesty's Government would consider the expediency of introducing legislation on the lines of the Copyright Bill twice passed by the House of Lords, Mr. Arthur J. Balfour said he was very reluctant to give a pledge at the end of a Session about what would fall on another Session, and that reluctance increased in this case as the Government had no information at present as to how a Bill which so greatly affected the Colonies was viewed in the Colonies.

such an important colony as Canada. Better still-pass a Bill for the United Kingdom, and let the self-governing Colonies legislate on copyright for themselves. They will do the right thing by British authors. That is assured. And the Canadian Government might do something in the way of securing the views of Canadian publishers and copyright experts. It is not right that those interested in this question should have to travel to Ottawa at their own expense, as they have done so often in the past, and ask as a special favor to be allowed to place their views before the Government. This question should be thrashed out at the expense of the Government. It is really a constitutional point that has to be settled. But the publishing and cognate interests can furnish many valuable reasons why the fight for the constitutional point should be pressed to a finish.

ABOUT BOOK PRICES.

The booksellers in Philadelphia must love John Wanamaker about as much as a certain gentleman of satanic proclivities is said to love holy water. Wanamaker advertises most $1.50 novels at $1.10; most 50 cents editions at 33 cents. In a recent advertisement he says: "More books are retailed over the counters at Wanamaker's than in any other house between the oceans. Books are handled at Wanamaker's just as any other merchandise is handled-bought for the least that taking biggest lots and knowing how makes possible, sold as near bed-rock as may be."

That is the modern method of the up-todate department store. Cut on some lines and make up on others. Developments in the John Eaton failure in Toronto a few years ago showed the people what department store bargains are too often like. But unfortunately books is a line in which prices can be "cut," and thus used as an advertisement. The publishers make prices; but what does that matter to merchant princes of the department store class. But the worst effect of this cutting of prices is on the morals of the buying classes. Take Book News, published by John Wanamaker, for July. On one page Lippincott's advertise Marie Corelli's "Boy," "sold by all

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booksellers, or sent post paid," price $1.50. But some pages further over, under "Wanamaker Prices," the same book is offered for $1.10; by mail, $1.24. Every Philadelphian who reads that offer might well get the idea that Lippincott's and the booksellers are humbugs and frauds to want to charge $1.50 for a book which the philanthropic Mr. Wanamaker will give him for $1.10. It may be business, but it is demoralizing. The discount question is one of the first that should be grappled with by the new American Publishers' Association.

If the publishers must sell to department stores, then let the books be published at net prices with closer discounts, so that the department stores shall not get too much credit for cheap selling. If a book can be sold for $1.10, it never was worth $1.50. Publishers should be the first to recognize this fact and protect in some way their legitimate customers the booksellers. Canadians are interested in this matter, because the same discount question is worrying the Canadian trade.

New Books.

GEORGE N. MORANG'S BOOKS.

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Henryk Sienkiewicz has made too great a name in fiction for his works to be disregarded by any intelligent purveyor of literature, and his last success, "The Knights of the Cross," which is now completed in two volumes, fully bears out the general estimate of his extraordinary powers as a novelist. It is thrillingly dramatic, full of strange local colour and very faithful to its period, besides having that sense of the mysterious and weird that throbs in the Polish heart and infects alike their music and literature. The low price at which this work is issued to the public-it is presented in two handsome volumes at one dollar per volume--should cause a lively sale when the merits of the book are considered. There are numbers of so-called historical novels on the market which belie their name. "The Knights of the Cross" is really historical, and, reading it, one gets a fair impression of the knightly old times in which the scene is cast.

Baden-Powell's "Sport in War," which will be issued by Morang & Co. in the immediate future, is a collection of short stories

which everybody will like to have who feels enthusiastic about the heroic defender of Mafeking. They narrate stirring sporting experiences in Africa and India, and range from fox-hunting to peg-sticking, "the sport of rajahs." They are illustrated by nineteen capital illustrations from the pencil of this most versatile author, who seems equally at home before the bomb-shells of the enemy, before the easel of the painter or before the footlights. The drawings alone will sell the book, did it not have the support of the gallant general's name. The book will be produced in cloth only, with an ornamental design combining a portrait of Baden-Powell with an appropriate horseshoe decoration. The price will be $1.25.

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Morang & Co. will put Colonel Denison's Soldiering in Canada" on the Canadian market early in September. It is decidedly the best book that has ever been issued on the subject of the Canadian Militia, besides containing many reminiscences that cannot fail to arouse interest and discussion on the part of Canadians- particularly those who know and appreciate the characteristic straightforwardness and uncompromising patriotism of the author. "Soldiering in Canada" will be a handsome volume, with a fine photogravure of "the Colonel" and eight half-tone illustrations of great interest, including portraits of Lord Wolseley and Sir Henry Havelock-Allan from photographs taken thirty years ago when they were in Canada. The book will have a handsome cover-design, and the price will be $2.00.

If booksellers are not doing a good trade in "The Farringdons," they should look to their methods, for the work is an attractive one, and one also which it is a credit to a bookseller to supply. While at the farthest possible remove from decadent realism it is by no means prosy and dull. In fact, the author gives us some peeps into London society that could only have been written by one familiar with the drawing rooms and duchesses of Mayfair. The book has had a remarkable success since its introduction to this country.

"AS SEEN BY ME."

Morang & Co., Toronto, have just issued Lilian Bell's clever book, “As Seen By Me, and it is one which may well make a bid for public favor. It describes the brilliant author's experiences during two years of travel, and her entertaining remarks on London, Paris, St. Petersburg, Constantinople, Cairo, the Nile, Greece, Naples, Rome, etc., are decidedly worth reading. The work is no mere tiresome guide-book. In her preface Miss Bell says: "The frank

conceit of the title of this book will, I hope, not prejudice my friends against it, and will serve not only to excuse my being my own Boswell, but will fasten the blame of all inaccuracies, if such there be, upon the offender-myself. This is not a continucus narrative of a continuous journey, but covers two years of travel over some thirty thousand miles, and presents peoples and things, not as you saw them, perhaps, or as they really are, but only As Seen By Me.'" Throughout the book the author gives us frank and free comments as to what she

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Among the most remarkable books recently published is one from the pen of Victor Hugo, the greatest French writer of the present century, who died in 1885. It is doubtful whether any French author has ever gained such a hold-out affection of Englishmen as Hugo, while his great virility and unique power of description have been the wonder of thousands. The present volume, is of even more than ordinary interest. Its title is " The Memoirs of Victor Hugo," and it has a preface by his literary executor, Paul Meurice. It includes a number of diary notes which more than any other published writings of the famous. Frenchman reveal his own personality, bearing as they do the imprint of his impressions concerning the incidents and scenes described. Besides these there are a number of sketches in Hugo's well-known style. The book will be welcomed all over Canada, and should have a large sale. It is published by The Publishers' Syndicate, Limited, 51 Yonge Street, Toronto, at $2.50.

Another recent book of much interest is "Paris as Described by Great Writers," edited and arranged by Esther Singleton.

A Canadian edition of this book has been issued by the Publishers' Syndicate, Toronto. Miss Singleton is already known to Canadian readers as the clever author of "Turrets, Towers, and Temples," "Great Pictures Described by Great Writers," which also have been put on the Canadian market by The Publishers' Syndicate. Her pres

ent effort is even more ambitious than her former works.

The re-appearance before the public eye of the anarchist with his mad hate of power (in others) renders very interesting at the present time Dr. Barry's picture of the

brotherhood, and the reason it flourishes so exceedingly in Italy, in his latest book, "Arden Massiter," published by the Publishers' Syndicate, Toronto. Dr. Barry, who knows Italy as he knows his own land indeed he is writing a history of the Papal monarchy now), shows us "houses vile and mean, windows without glass, floors of polluted earth, chimneys yawning to the sky, with a few embers gasping out their last breath. And men, women and children, spectres in their rags or their nakedness, hungry, chill, fever-bitten, listless, dying by slow famine." Pictures such as this and of the oppression too often apparent, make us sympathise with the sufferers, but that anyone should slay a king who will only be replaced does not insure a cessation of the troubles.

WILLIAM BRIGGS' PUBLICATIONS.

Mr. Barlow Cumberland has prepared the matter for a new and considerably enlarged edition of his "Story of the Union Jack,' which will shortly be published with the better title of "The History of the Union Jack." Mr. Cumberland has added to the book a large amount of valuable historical information, and is also inserting some twenty-five new engravings. We are glad to know that a new edition of the book has been so soon demanded. It certainly is deserving of a large sale. Nowhere else can be found so much interesting information concerning the flag of which we are proud-but ignorant.

A new book by Dean Farrar entitled “The Life of Lives" is among the important issues of the month. For twenty-six years

Dr. Farrar's "Life of Christ" has been before the public, and has had an enormous sale. It has been translated into many languages (there are two Russian translations) and has been circulated the world round. The new book was written as a supplementary work, which, to quote the author, "deals not so much with the incidents of that matchless life as with subjects of high importance which the gospels suggest, and designed to deepen the faith and brighten the hope in Christ of all who read it." The volume is a substantial one of 444 pages, and sells at $1.50.

A "Handbook on Chemistry," by J. A. Giffin, B.A., of the St. Catharines Collegiate Institute, and designed for the use of teachers and senior students, is in press for early issue.

Rev. Calvin Goodspeed, M.A., D.D., Professor in Systematic Theology in McMaster University, Toronto, and one of the most scholarly ministers in the Baptist Church in Canada, has in the press an important work

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"The Girl at the Halfway House," by E. Hough, is the story of a halfway house situated in the western plains in the early years of the land boom which followed the American civil war. The author is at home on the plains and combines the vivid description of an eyewitness and early pioneer with a polished literary style. His "Epic of the West," as the book has been very fittingly styled by critics who have read the manuscript, illustrates very strikingly the free play of primitive forces in the opening of a new country and the picturesque days of early western life, now rapidly disappearing. For freshness, vividness and absorbing interest it cannot be excelled and is a romance that will certainly win popularity with Canadian readers.

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"Boy," by Marie Corelli, was assured of a warm welcome, and it is not surprising to learn that the first large Canadian edition should be exhausted very shortly after publication, and that 50,000 copies have been sold in the United States within a month. The second Canadian edition is now ready and is already sold, and a third edition is being prepared to follow in a few days. The title "Boy" would indicate a departure from the lines of her previous works. has departed from her ways of scorn and has produced a sketch that is wonderfully natural, very true, very touching, and full of charm. But as in all her books the story interest is not the only feature, and in "Boy she discusses the important problem of present-day civilization in her own inimitable manner. Her success in this line cannot better be expressed than in the words of the Boston "Courier": "Boy is one of the most wonderful delineations of mental development that has ever been published."

"Deacon Bradbury," by Edwin Asa Dix, is one of the books by a new writer that has at once leaped into prominence. The first Canadian edition was exhausted a few days after publication, and the sale continues steadily. It has also run into six editions in a few months in the United States. The author has explored a new field, and his character sketch of the Deacon is so admirable that many of the leading literary journals compare him to the famous David Harum. The Deacon's character is grand

by the very force of its truthfulness and simplicity. It is a book that will provoke discussion.

"Robert Orange," a sequel to "The School for Saints," by John Oliver Hobbes, (Mrs. Craigie) is the novel of the season in England. Half the literary world are said to be discussing it at tea tables and the other half are writing about it. After the hearty reception accorded the "School for Saints" this was naturally expected, and in "Robert Orange" Mrs. Craigie's great lit erary attainments and fund of humor are more in evidence than ever. The "Scotsman" in writing of "Robert Orange" says: "Whoever knows the prior work of John Oliver Hobbes must approach this book with a peculiar interest, drawn from the announcement that it carries on a prior novel from the same hand, but the most pertinent remark under this head is that the present sale is artistically complete in itself, all smooth and round, as Horace says, and can stand on its own merits."

"Winefred" is a new book from the prolific pen of S. Baring Gould. Few writers of the day are so well and favorably known as S. Baring Gould, and having read ad

vance sheets of his new book, "Winefred,” we predict that it will add to his high reputation. His books are always interesting because life-like and are distinctly elevating in tone. Winefred is a heroine that will rank with his "Red Spider" which proved so popular a few years ago.

"A Daughter of Witches," by Joanna E. Wood, will be published in September. "Miss Wood is known as a clever contributor to some of our leading magazines, and this story ran very successfully in the "Canadian Magazine." Her characters are lifelike and well sustained. Temperance, Tribbey and Sally are particularly good. Miss Wood is a Canadian writer with a brilliant future.

Book Motes.

Egerton Castle's next work is to be called "The Secret Orchard, a novel of contemporary life." It has lain, half finished, among his papers a long time, but will be ready for press this summer. As it is to appear first as a serial, its publication in book form cannot take place before next spring.

"The

Sir Walter Besant's new novel Fourth Generation" is to be published almost immediately. The book is a romance of modern days, the motif of which is the apparent injustice contained in the visitation of the father's sins upon the children. The "child" of the fourth generation discovers facts that have been carefully concealed from him with reference to his own family history, and like the Prophet Ezekiel, he refuses to believe in the inheritance of punishment for sins committed by others. The book is based on a theme of vital importance and of the most solemn significance to humanity, and the developments of the story should not fail to be of the highest interest to all thoughtful readers. Sir Walter's admirers will doubtless follow his working out of this important problem with avidity.

Anthony Hope has just finished reading the proofs of his new novel " "Quisanté," which is to be published early in September.

"My Afterdream," by Julian West, the hero of the late Mr. Edward Bellamy's "Looking Backward," which purports to be a sequel to that work, has been published by Mr. Fisher Unwin, London.

Mr. Fisher Unwin, London, has published a new edition of Professor R. R. Douglas's book on "China" which was written for the "Story of the Nations' series. This history has been brought thoroughly up to date by

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