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been until recently chiefly known to a wide circle both here and in Europe, the bent of his studies for years has been towards serious historical work. The great success of his "Ave Roma Immortalis " has encouraged him in this field, and the book he is now writing will treat of the history of Southern Italy and Sicily, under the different rulers who have held sway by turns in that enchanted country, from the first Greek settlers down to the accession of the house of Aragon. Many authors have written of one phase or another of this romantic story, but none has until now given a consecutive narrative which may be followed alike by the student and the general reader, while the closing chapter, on the mysterious organization known as the Mafia, is full of information which has been only recently accessible, even in Italy, and unknown outside of it.

"England's Enemies: A Warning," by J. Garnier, is an analysis of the underlying motives and agencies which have led up to the present South African war, and called forth the remarkable storm of hatred against Great Britain on the part of the continental nations. A collection of facts and testimonies bearing on the subject have been carefully verified by the author. It shows up the weakness and hypocrisy of the Boers and their allies better probably than any pamphlet yet published.

The South African war has created so much activity in military circles as to cause the Government to issue a "Militia List of the Dominion of Canada," which is pub lished quarterly at 15 cents a copy. Adress: Samuel E. Dawson, Queen's Printer, Ottawa.

The chief figure in W. Pett-Ridge's new novel, "A Breaker of Laws," is a sharp and smart young Cockney who has become a burglar and is introduced in the first chapter in the middle of a successful robbery. He loves sincerely an innocent and pleasing young servant girl, and after marrying her reforms and becomes a workman. His subsequent relapse into criminal habits is not due to pressure of poverty or to pressure applied by his former comrades, but comes chiefly from what may be called his professional love of the business-in other words, he is unable to resist the pleasure of committing a clever stroke of crime which presents itself to him, notwithstanding his genuine affection for his wife and child, who know nothing of his wrong-doing to the last page of the book. Hereditary criminal tendency also acts upon him, more or less. His wife believes him to be dead when he is in fact in prison, and upon his release, rather than tell her the story (as he had intended to do) and thus

spoil her future life, he goes away to South America, a broken and probably a dying man. This character has strength, and is carried throughout with consistency and interest.

The story will be published this month by The Macmillan Company.

Another of the late popular novels to attract the eye of the dramatist is "Baldoon," by Le Roy Hooker, and arrangements have been made with the publishers, Rand, McNally & Co., by the author and Mr. Philip Gillette to prepare the story for the stage. While not originally intended for dramatization, the book has been found to contain so many strong situations and so much unique material peculiarly adapted to reproduction that it has been thought desirable by the publishers to have it dramatized.


The books issued this fall by Rand, McNally & Co. will be unusually attractive both in the letterpress and in the bindings, while the cover designs for the copyright books and special two-volume sets will exceed in artistic finish and effect anything hitherto attempted. Besides the Atlantic Library, the recently added series bound in maroon silk-ribbed cloth, and containing nearly 220 titles, this house will publish a complete edition each of the works of Sir Bulwer Lytton & Sir Walter Scott, fully illustrated, with specially designed These books are printed from new plates on a fine quality of paper, with deckle edge and gilt tops. No expense has been spared in preparing these sets, and their handsome appearance make them especially adapted for private as well as public libraries. A special two-volume set of Ingraham's "Prince of the House of David " has also been prepared and in its plates, presswork and binding will appeal to every lover of good book-making. An ornate cover design and twenty-six illustrations, including a frontispiece of the author, reproduced from a rare daguerreotype, will add to the attractions of the set. Another attractive volume will be a special holiday edition of "Kingsley's Water Babies," which will have an ornate cover in blue and gold, nearly one hundred text illustrations and eight full page half-tones. The new Junior Library, with its carefully selected titles from the best authors, its black and white and colored illustrations, and covers in colors, promises to attract the youthful mind and stimulate healthful reading.


The "Monthly Review" is a new highclass venture which John Murray, the London publisher, is to place on the market

this month. The price is to be 2s. 6d. a month, a figure which will ensure it a limited circulation amongst the wealthier and educated classes.

The "Canadian Magazine" for October contains the first two chapters of W. A. Fraser's animal story, "Mooswa." Mr. Fraser has taken the Canadian animals inhabiting the Northwest, and made them tell their story of life from their own point of view. The publishers of "The Canadian " are to be congratulated on securing the Canadian serial rights of this magnificent tale for old and young. They are also to be congratulated on their two premium pictures now offered to new subscribers. Sainples have been sent to dealers. Any one who has been overlooked may get them by sending a post card.

"The International Monthly" for September has the following articles : "The Expansion of Russia: Problems of the East and Problems of the Far East," by Alfred Rambaud, Senator of France, Member of the Institute, author of "History of Russia." The Tendency in Trade Unionism, by Adna F. Weber, Albany; The Use of Bacteria in Our Food Products, by H. W. Conn, Wesleyan Univ.; The American School of Historians, by Albert Bushnell Hart, Harvard Univ.; The Conflict in China, by Edmund Buckley, University of Chicago. Published by The Macmillan Co., New York.

"The Canadian Magazine" has shown great enterprise in securing W. A. Fraser's new story, "Mooswa of the Boundaries." In the October number this new story will commence and will run for several months. Mr. Fraser studied the animal life of the Canadian North-West during five or six


He has embodied his observations in a charming animal story in which Mooswa, the Moose; Umisk, the Beaver; Carcajou, the Wolverine; the Black Fox; the Red Widow; the Whisky-Jack and others play the leading parts. New York and London critics believe this story is the best of its kind that has ever been produced, surpassing even the famous Jungle Stories which made Mr. Kipling famous. Every boy, and indeed every father and mother, will enjoy reading this most interesting series of tales. Each of the tales is independent in itself, but all deal with the same community of animals who talk, joke, laugh and work together in a most interesting manner. The October number will contain several other valuable contributions. Principal Grant will describe the industrial

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development of Northern Ontario about Sault Ste. Marie. C. W. Nash, author of several works on Canadian birds, will contribute an article on "Swans, Geese and Marsh Ducks," the first of two articles on "The Wild Fowl of Ontario." Professor Pelham Edgar will analyze recent criticisms of Canadian Poetry. Arthur H. U. Colquhoun will write of “ Eight General Elections," and M. E. Nichols of the chances of the two great parties in the approaching general elections. R. L. Richardson, M.P., will continue his articles on Government Ownership of Railways. There will be several short stories as usual.


Mr. Hugh C. MacLean, the well-known publisher, who for many years has been active in the management of the MacLean trade publications, founded by his brother, Lieut.Col. J. B. MacLean, and himself, has decided to begin the publication of a new Canadian magazine for ladies, which will, it is expected, become the standard Canadian publication in its department. "The Ladies' Magazine" will, it is understood, be issued almost immediately, and to its production Mr. MacLean will bring his long and ripe experience as a publisher.

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Literary Motes.

That a textbook may be made attractive to the eye as well as the mind of scholars, is proven by a new and admirable work, entitled "Elementary and English Composition," by Frederick H. Sykes, Ph.D. While intended chiefly for use in Public and High Sɔhools, many outside the schools would do well to avail themselves of this undoubted aid to correct forms of expression. The cover is most artistic in color and design. The interior mechanism is excellent, and worthy of the Copp, Clark Co., who are the publishers.

Mr. Unwin will shortly issue the fourth number of his reproductions from the Paris Salon of 1900. These selections of the best

pictures of the year, with full descriptive letterpress, give a splendid idea of modern French Art to those who have not seen the original paintings.

Several American critics were so impatient to review "Robert Orange" that they did not wait for the publication of the American edition of this latest novel by John Oliver Hobbes.

The New York "Tribune" is authority for the statement that there is much talk in London about the author and about a cer

tain plagiarism, which the work is said to contain; but this alleged plagiarism, if not a clever trap set by the author, at any rate turns out to be another instance of the remarkable thoroughness and polish that Mrs. Craigie gives to her work.

Laird & Lee, Chicago, have just published Laird & Lee's "Diary and Time Saver," for 1901, a handy little volume of general information tables and statistics with a blank diary for every day of the year, in small enough shape to fit the vest pocket.

A British editor has been printing a "symposium" of the "favorite quotations" of distinguished literary men of the times. A part of this "feast of reason, flow of soul," was the following:

"Robert Barr sends some lines that have before to-day stirred up the courage and 'grit' in the heart of many a man who was beginning to think he saw nothing but 'Failure,' writ large, before him—

"One who never turned his back, but marched breast forward,

Never doubted clouds would break, Never dreamed, though right were worsted, wrong would triumph,

Held ye that fall to rise, are baffled to fight better,

Sleep to wake.'--Robert Browning.


"But Mr. Barr can never be serious in a letter, whatever he may be in his quotation. He has long been celebrated as one of the wittiest letter-writers of the day. However short his note may be, it is long enough to afford him an opening for some little touch of the 'humouresque.' In the present instance he writes: The above is my favourite quotation. Whenever you want something helpful, you know, look up the writings of the talented R. B.'s-Robert Burns, Robert Browning, Robert Buchanan, Robert Bruce, or

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The Publishers' Syndicate Limited, of Toronto, has just taken possession of its new building at 7 and 9 King Street east, which will undoubtedly take rank as the finest premises of its kind in the Dominion. A brief description of the interior will serve in part to convey an idea of its extent and completeness.

The new building will contain a retail book and stationery department surpassing anything of the kind in Canada, and fully equalling the finest stores of Boston, New York or London. The two great plate glass windows will be used for display purposes, one containing books and the other stationery. The Syndicate is the sole agent in Canada for the celebrated English firm of John Dickinson & Co., and will carry a range of fine stationery such as has never been attempted here. The entrance is floored with mosaic work, bearing the company name, and the two great doors, of quartered white oak, are finished with oval plate glass panels and beaten brass of a truly magnificent quality. Inside, the retail store is being fitted up in a new style, having nothing of the appearance of a shop, but rather of an old-fashioned and charming library.

On the east side of the ground floor is placed the accountant's department, and farther back the office of the manager of the printing and advertising departments. These offices are divided off by railings of polished oak of artistic design, with double swing doors and fittings of oak, presenting a neat and business-like appearance. The south end of the ground floor is devoted to the private office of the general manager of the company and the board-room, both of which are finished in the quartered oak that prevails throughout the store.

A wide and easy staircase of polished oak leads to the first floor of the building, where are situated the wholesale and subscription departments of the cempany. Here will be displayed the wholesale stock, the large and

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well-lighted basement, 100 x 30 feet being devoted to the reserve stock. The front portion of the first floor is set apart for the subscription business, and contains a fine private office for the manager of that depart ment and office quarters for his staff.

On the second floor is situated the composing and press-room of the company. This is a new department, which had its inception last spring, when the Syndicate bought the printing plant and business of Messrs. Rowsell & Hutchison. Since that time the printing department has rapidly grown. A new Miehle press of the very latest pattern was recently installed, and another will be shortly added, thus forming

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Above the printing department and on the top floor of the building is the bindery. This department is also new, but is a natural adjunct to the printing business. The Syndicate is at present putting its new bindery in order, and intends to make it one of the most complete in Canada.

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The trade will notice that books starred* are Canadian copyrights, and that the importation of such books into Canada is forbidden. Publishers are requested to forward a copy of each new book as issued to ensure accurate entry in this list.

"The Black Terror" ; a romance of Russia. By John K. Leys. 340 pages, 12mo, cloth, $1.25; paper, 75 cents. Published by Langton & Hall, Toronto.

"Church Folks; being practical studies in congregational life." By Ian Maclaren. (Dr. John Watson). 206 pages, 12mo, cloth, $1.25. Published by Langton & Hall, Toronto.

*"A Daughter of Witches"; a romance. By Joanna E. Wood. 342 pages, 12mo, cloth, $1.00; paper, 50 cents. Published by W. J. Gage Co., Toronto.

"A Dream of a Throne; the story of a Mexican revolt." By Charles Fleming Embree. 464 pages, 12mo, cloth, $1.25; paper, 75 cents. Published by The Musson Book Co., Toronto.


"The Isle of Unrest." By Henry Seton Merriman. 344 pages, 12mo, cloth, $1.25; paper, 75 cents. Published by William Briggs, Toronto.

"Life's Trivial Round." By Rosa Nonchette Carey. 288 pages, 12mo, cloth, $1.00; paper 50 cents. Published by The Musson Book Co., Toronto.

"The Little Bible; The story of God's chosen people written anew for children." By J. W. MacKail. 288 pages, 12mo, cloth, $1.25. Published by Langton & Hall, To


"A Man of His Age." By Hamilton Drummond. 304 pages, 12mo, cloth, $1.25; paper, 75 cents. Published by George J. McLeod, Toronto.

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"In Bohemia and Other Studies for Poems is the title of a volume of verse by a Canadian lady, Mrs. T. Sterry Hunt, of Montreal, announced for early issue by Wm. Briggs. Mrs. Hunt has been an occasional contributor to current periodical literature over the pen-name of "Canadienne," and is a writer of graceful verse. Her book will be a contribution of real worth to the not inconsiderable body of native verse.

Rev. Calvin Goodspeed, D.D., Professor of Systematic Theology in McMaster University, has in course of publication by William Briggs a work entitled "Messiah's Second Advent: a Study in Eschatology."

Readers of "Harper's Magazine" are following with an intensity of interest, not often roused to such pitch, Mrs. Humphrey Ward's story "Eleanor." Not since "Trilby" has any serial story proved so popular with readers of the Magazine. It is a love story of an entirely new sort and unquestionably is Mrs. Ward's greatest work. "Eleanor" will be published about the 20th of this month by William Briggs, in paper at 75 cents; in cloth at $1.25, and in two volumes, enclosed in box, at $3.00 net.

Of late years there has been evidenced a growing interest in the Canadian heroine of the War of 1812-14-Laura Secord. Α fund has been started with the object of erecting a monument to the memory of this brave woman. An impetus to this will be given by the publication-promised at an early date of "The Story of Laura Secord and Other Canadian Reminiscenes," by Mrs. Currie, the wife of Hon. J. G. Currie, of St. Catharines. The volume will contain many interesting engravings, and will be published by William Briggs. It will be a valuable contribution to the literature of the

"Thro' Fire to Fortune." By Mrs.
Alexander. 320 pages, 12mo, cloth, $1.00; Niagara district.
paper, 50 cents. Published by The Musson
Book Co., Toronto.

"Under the Great Bear." By Kirke Munroe. 314 pages, 12mo, cloth, $1.25. Published by Langton & Hall, Toronto.

"Alice of Old Vincennes " is the title of an historical novel that promises to outsell the most popular of the many strong stories that have recently come from American pens. The author, Mr. Maurice Thompson,


one of the editorial staff of the New York Independent," is not unknown as a writer of popular fiction, but in "Alice of Old Vincennes" he has not only surpassed his previous efforts, but has given to American literature a book typical of the best tradiions of the people. We will not be surprised if this story finds more readers than any historical tale written for years. Wm. Briggs will issue a Canadian edition in a few days.

Mrs. M. A. Bonnell, of Bobcaygeon, has written a book of new nursery rhymes, which she has entitled "Mother Goose's Bicycle Tour," and which will be published by William Briggs in time for the holiday trade. The rhymes are partly in French and partly in English, the latter predominating.

The object of the author in this was to make the book helpful to students, old or young, who are endeavoring to master the French language. From the literary standpoint the rhymes exhibit clever workmanship. The volume will be embellished with a fine series of pen-and-ink drawings and will have a very attractive cover design in colors. The trade will find eager purchasers of the "Mother Goose Bicycle Tour" at the Christmas time.

"The Master Christian " is the mosttalked-of ook of the month, and in Canada and probably in England and the United States too, is the best selling ook as well. The book has provoked a storm of criticism, much of which undoubtedly is aimed at the author rather than at her book, for Marie Corelli has not many friends among the critics, and indeed affects to hold these holders of the literary balances in contempt. But among thinking people, notwithstanding the critics, the book has made a profound impression. We venture to say it will be found that no book of fiction published in years has made so marked an impression on the great body of thoughtful readers as "The Master Christian." The reviewer of the London (Eng.) "Methodist Times" advises "all who are interested in the religious and social problems of the day to read this strenuous book," and goes on to remark : "It will be an intellectual and spiritual tonic to many who of late have felt inclined to lose heart when contemplating the apparently inextricable tangle of human affairs, and the apparent failure of Christianity to purge the world of evil. The Master Christian' is a powerful sermon for the times and deserves to be widely read by members of all Christian communions."

The Rev. John Maclean, Ph.D., whose works on the Indians of Canada have been widely circulated, has in the press of Wm.

Briggs a work entitled "The Making of a Christian."

Miss Sara Mickle, who collaborated with Miss FitzGibbon on the "Cabot Calendar," and a later one entitled "Historic Days," has prepared one for 1901 to illustrate the growth of the British Empire in the reign of Queen Victoria, and which she has entitled "In Her Days." There are 14 pages in all, the 12 calendar pages each being devoted to a separate part of the Empire. The Calendar is a beautiful work of art. It is being supplied to the trade by William Briggs.


More than once W. A. Fraser has been called the Canadian Kipling. This probably arose from the fact that Mr. Fraser writes Indian stories-that is, stories of the far East. He lived there nine years, and speaks the language: he saw the life as few writers of this generation have seen it ; and finally, there is the indorsement of Kipling himself, who said at a club luncheon one day, in answer to a question about India : Suppose you ask Fraser, there he has been all over India."


Our more intimate acquaintance with this new writer comes from his admirable stories of that almost unknown region called the Great Northwest of Canada. Here again he has his facts at first hand, for he has been through it all. Every year for six years he has traversed the wilderness, lived with the trappers, and gone far beyond railroads and houses.

Mr. Fraser is a born cosmopolitan of Scotch ancestry and American environment. His father lived in Nova Scotia and built ships there. When his son was quite young he died, and the boy was brought to the United States by his uncle, a wealthy merchant of New York. Young Fraser received his education in a Boston public school, and afterwards at the high school in Westchester, in the State of New York.

When fourteen he was taken by his uncle to Ontario.

In the studies of his youth young Fraser was particularly apt in literature and art. This went so far that arrangements were made (but never consummated) that he should enter the studio of a famous sculptor in New York City. The disposition, however, was there, and later, for several years, he devoted himself to drawing and painting and was represented in various art exhibits.

Until he was twenty-one years of age he remained in Canada, where he turned to the more practical profession of mining engineering, and was sent by an important company to India. For nine years he remained in that wonderful country, camping in some of its remote parts, even as far as the bound

aries of Afghanistan. He saw the native life in all its interesting phases and details.

Then his work took him to other sections.

His sister's death in Boston, in 1889, brought him back to this side of the world, and he remained for a year. While here he was married to Miss Barber, of Toronto. Mrs. Fraser accompanied her husband to India on his second trip, in 1890. While they were at Simla a charity fair was being held, and the gipsy who was telling fortunes in the grotto was a lovely girl with beautiful blue eyes and of vivacious manFraser went in to find out his destiny and the gipsy told him that he was intended for art, and predicted great things for him. This prediction he wrote in his note-book. The gipsy personator was Miss Kipling, the sister of the famous writer.


In these years Mr. Fraser had written several articles on mining, sport and art, sending them to papers without expecting or receiving pay. In 1891 Mr. and Mrs.

Fraser returned to Canada and Mr. Fraser took up his mining work again, going into the wilderness in behalf of the companies which employed him. But exposure in India had brought on rheumatism and the doctors sent him to the springs in Europe.

One day, in 1894, he exclaimed to his wife "By Jove, I will go crazy if I don't get something to do. Bring me paper and pencil and I'll write a story."

She did so, and he wrote the story. Then he sent it to the "Detroit Free Press," and in due course received a check for three dollars. Then he wrote another article, for which he received five dollars. This encouraged him to do better, and for the next he arose to the climax of eight dollars-"the three greatest checks I ever received," he declares.

Every summer for six years Mr. Fraser has spent in the Northwest, far off in the wilderness, where the only roof is the tent or the trees. Among the trappers he lived day after day, and he got to know them, their habits and their traditions, heard from them their stories of Nature, and saw and learned the habits of the wild animals.

Mr. Fraser is a rapid worker, a thousand words an hour being his average. This, however, is not the form in which the material reaches the public, for he revises again and again.

Dealers will do well to look out for "Mooswa" in book form, which William Briggs, Toronto, has just published. It will undoubtedly be the most popular holiday book of the year.

The Bobcaygeon Independent wants pianos included in the census, as being the real evidence of a people's prosperity. Not a bad idea, Brother Smith.

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