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One of the books likely to be heard of this winter is the "Mantle of Elijah," by Israel Zangwill, which will be issued in November. Mr. Zangwill made his debut as a novelist about 1888, and he has not, like so many other clever writers, exhausted his fertility by over-production, but has retained his freshness and vigor by judicious pauses of rest. His new book gives a powerful picture of some phases of English political and social life as it appears today, and is sure to arouse a certain amount of discussion, and is equally certain to be adapted for the stage later on.

When Joseph Conrad set out to write "Lord Jim" for "Blackwood's Magazine," only a short story was projected, but the plot has worked out so rich that the "Sketch" that began has grown into the full-fledged novel that is. Conrad's fine gift for presenting the sea in all its changing mystery and subtle fascination is not excelled by any living writer of sea-stories. This young hero is as stalwart and as admirable as Kingsley's Amyas Leigh. The hour and the man come face to facethe effect is given with the master-touch of a second Stevenson.

"Stringtown on the Pike," by John Uri Lloyd, is a new story abounding in incidents, curious and unique. The tragic events of New Year's Eve, 1863, hold the reader spellbound. It is like the "Girl at the Half-way House," a true tale of stirring events based upon actual experience. There is a most dramatic death scene; there is a touching trial in a Kentucky court, where strange evidence is suddenly introduced. Old Cupe and the Corn Bug will not soon be forgotten. The story is a masterpiece of dialect.

Hamilton Drummond never made a better hit than the title of his last chapter in "A King's 's Pawn," for "the greatest thing upon earth" is to give a life for a life. The wonderful link of friendship and devotion that binds Marcel to Blaise de Bernauld runs like a golden thread through this romance of the 16th century. The Rat's Hole and Chateau Lignac, Teresa Saumarez and Claire de Lignac are given on the author's canvas so vividly that one can never forget them. The very atmosphere of the period is faithfully rendered; and in Henry of Navarre we see the hero of Ivry, and, perhaps the greatest French king.

The cowboy of the West has always been an interesting subject for artists and novelists, and there is still a charm in the strong, free life of the ranches. "The Girl at the

Half-way House" is not so much a romance by an expert cow-puncher who can write a graphic and polished style, as it is an idealized picture of actual life. The story is intensely true to life and carries with it the very fragrance of the prairies. No one has ever caught the spirit and tone of that pioneer life on the Western plains better than Mr. Hough has done in his two books. Literary skill and actual experience have enabled him to produce books that have power to charm the reader, also give him accurate knowledge of facts.

Imitations of style are easier than imitations of thought and inspiration, and very few writers have succeeded along that line. Bret Harte's burlesque of Disraeli's style and plots was amusing, but Mrs. Craigie's counterfeit of Lord Beaconsfield in "Robert Orange" might easily pass for genuine. The book continues to sell because it has more than the interest of plot and circumstance. Behind these lie the subtler elements in the mystery of life, the joy of hope and the stern sadness of partial disappointment.

"Robert Orange" is a story of psychological interest. The three women who love Robert form a well-contrasted group, and their destinies are as various as their sentiments and personal attractions.

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"The Wonderful Wizard of Oz," by L. Frank Baum, with pictures by W. W. Denslow (the creators of Father Goose: His Book). This book is peculiarly novel and unique. In size it is about 9x7 inches, with 275 pages. The binding is of cloth of a peculiar light green, stamped with a grotesque design in dark green and red. The pictures surpass anything of the kind hitherto attempted. There are twenty-four full-page illustrations, inserts on enamel paper, in many colors, and 150 text illustrations printed in six different colors, in accordance with a color plan set forth in the story. Mr. Denslow has shown surprising fertility of invention and his pictures and decorations "set a pace" which will embarrass other artists to follow. Some of the effects are decidedly original and the color-scheme adds greatly to the book.

The principal character in "The Wonderful Wizard” is a little girl named Dorothy, who with her dog, Toto, is carried by a cyclone from Kansas to the strange and beautiful land of Oz. Here she decides to visit the Emerald City to ask its ruler, the Wonderful Wizard Oz, to send her back home again. On the way she meets a Scarecrow, who is in search of brains, a Tin Woodman, who wishes a heart, and a Cowardly Lion, whose one desire is to possess courage.

The little party encounters many dangers and marvellous adventures on the way, but reach the Emerald City in safety, their success being due to the thoughtfulness of the Scarecrow, the tender care of the Tin Woodman and the fearlessness of the Cowardly Lion.

Delightful humor, rare philosophy, and beautiful pictures combine to ensure a large and steady sale for this book.

Booksellers should write to Mr. McLeod for circulars and terms.

Like the bloom on the grape, the joys of childhood come but once in life, and then vanish away forever. For that reason the joys of childhood are so many sacred rights for which their seniors should carefully provide.

The child wants play, and has as good a right thereto as he has to food. And the child wants to play intellectually, as well as bodily. How refreshing to see him, after laboring through the necessary but dry tasks of the ordinary school book, as he sits down to some amusing story-book, well illustrated! How he devours the story! How he shouts in glee over some amusing picture! And he will return to it again and again, and many times, revelling in its funny ideas and in its pictorial pleasantries. In "The Bandit Mouse and Other Stories," Mr. Frisbie has earned a place among those

who are recognized as gifted ministers to the child mind. His funny stories of the Robber Mice, of The Paddle Feet, including quaint Uncle Peter Pelican, of The Kangaroo, etc., told in verse which he modestly says "is not all classical," but which is better than classical for children, are well adapted first to amuse, and then to impart a good moral lesson, which is not at all in the text, but in the situation described. One scarcely knows which most to admire in the two contributors to this delightful book, the artist in words or the artist with the pencil. Certainly "Bart" is an artist in his line. He has succeeded in depicting in mice and other inferior beings the emotions of men placed in analogous situations. His pictures serve, beyond most that we have seen, to give illumination and point to the moral, and to adorn the tale to which they are more than accessory.

Taking the book as a whole, one has the feeling that every child in the land should have access to it, both as a mental recreation and as a source of pleasant instruction.

The Bandit Mouse and Other Tales. By W. A. Frisbie and Bart. Illustrated. Boards, cloth back. Price, $1.25. Rand, McNally & Co., Publishers, Chicago and New York. Geo. J. McLeod, Toronto.

"With Ring of Shield," by the new Canadian author, Knox Magee, is an interesting historical story. It is a tale of court life and adventure, told in the first person by a knight of the time of Richard III., long after his battles and intrigues are over. Sir Walter introduces his friend Sir Frederick, two charining ladies of the court, Lord Hastings, Richard and others, and after receiving a little love token, he and his friends start off for the wars. The real action begins in the march to Scotland and the taking of Berwick, in which Sir Walter and his friend play an important part, and afterwards have the honor of carrying the good news back to Windsor.

A tournament and a court ball afford opportunity for some pretty scenes, though all the time the intrigues of Gloucester slowly develop. The death of King Edward at the ball offers Richard his chance, and starts him on his bloody course to the throne. The real story, meanwhile, centres about mincr personages. Sir William Catesby plots against Sir Walter, causes him to be imprisoned in the Tower, abducts his lady love, and seems to carry all before him. Sir Walter, however, escapes from the Tower, fights his way against a score of men, and finally brings his enemy to judgment on the field of battle. The book closes with the famous battle of Bosworth Field, where King Richard is at last run to earth, and made to pay the penalty of his murderous courses.

"The Village School." The whole forms a most attractive souvenir to send to friends both in Canada and abroad. Price in strong envelope, for mailing, thirty-five cents.

The tournament and the fight of Sir Wal-style bridge;" "Chateau Richer, Que.,' ter against his score of foes are thrilling scenes, while the love-making is of the pretty, graceful sort that wins the reader. The other scenes are very well pictured and hold the interest from beginning to end. The style is purposely archaic, generally simple, pointed and forceful.

The period of time covered by the story is
a little longer than that of Shakespeare's
play, Richard the Third. The story of the
play is practically all in the book (a slight
difference to be mentioned later), but the
plot is centred elsewhere. The prolonged
incidents are different, and other people are
led into the confidence of the reader. It is
the story of the fortunes of another set of
people, albeit those fortunes rose and fell
with the fortunes of the royal house. Queen
Elizabeth, the two little princes, Richard,
Buckingham, Stanley, Hastings, Sir William
Catesby, Lord Rivers and others all appear
in the story, as they do in the great play,
but Lady Hazel, Sir Frederick, Lady Mary,
and Sir Walter are new and most agreeable
acquaintances. The abduction and rescue
of Lady Hazel are more momentous than
the sorrows of the Queen herself.

The author differs from the Shakesperian
story in that he causes but one of the young
princes to be killed immediately in the
Tower, while the other escapes to France,
and there, after a time, is lost.
12mo, cloth, illustrated, $1.25; paper, 75


As a Canadian novelist, Gilbert Parker has made a name in the literary world of which he may well be proud, and the announcement of his new book, "The Lane that Had no Turning," which is published by George N. Morang & Co., will be received with great interest by the trade and the public. The new volume consists of twenty short stories and six "Parables of a Province." All the characters, scenes, and stories are located in Quebec, and these narrations of habitant life are deeply interesting-what there is of dialect being admirably rendered. The work is dedicated to the Rt. Hon. Sir Wilfrid Laurier, to whom the author pays a high tribute of praise as the man who, more than any one else, has devoted himself to the work of welding the two Canadian nationalities into one harmonious whole. The book was advertised by the publishers in the early editions of their Autumn List under the name of "Born with a Golden Spoon." Dr. Parker, in his preface, explains that this was the title by which he originally intended his book to be known. It was, however, subsequently altered.

S. R. Crockett is too well known as a popular author to need much booming, and his new book, "The Stickit Minister's Wooing," is sure to have a large sale. It consists of a number of Scotch stories that will appeal to a very large and influential section of the book-buying public, Pathos and humour are here side by side, while the story element is strong and fascinating.

Col. George T. Denison's " Soldiering in Canada " has been a popular book from the start, and it has created considerable interest in military circles. Many men who seldom buy books purchase this at sight. The reason is that it is an outspoken record of a forty years' connection with the Canadian Militia, in the course of which the inside history of many a movement is clearly set down.

The Toronto Art League is a group of artists who began to study together several years ago, and did much good artistic work. Some of them were ambitious young men who in course of time sought wider fields of work, and drifted to New York, Chicago, and other cities, where they became engaged in important organizations as illustrators and designers. But they did not forget their starting-point, and a calendar which they produced during one of their first years of association has been kept on from year to year, and has formed a bond of union between them. The issue for 1901 will be the ninth yearly issue of this interesting collection of sketches. It has a cover printed in three colours from the design of R. Weir Crouch, of New York, and the theme of the inner pages is the Canadian Village, among the scenes portrayed The Publishers' Syndicate, Limited, 7 being "Monday Morning at the Mill," and 9 King St. East, Toronto, have recently "The Village Printing Office," "The Vil- issued several books of great interest to lage Railway Station," "A French-Cana- theologians and students of theology. As dian Village Church," "The Village Post agents in Canada for Messrs. T. & T. Clark, Office," "A Church Social," "The Cider the great Edinburgh publishers, they have Press," "The Inn Yard," 66 Village of St. just received the Kerr Scholarship Lectures Antoine, Que. ; " "Village of Weston," for 1900. The volume is entitled " Apos"Village of Lambton, showing a typical old-tolic Teaching and Christ's Teaching," and


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History. While designed primarily for supplementary reading in schools, they will be welcomed by Canadians generally as affording short, pithy articles on Canada, its people and government. Issued quarterly at 10 cents a copy.

Cheiro, the celebrated palmist, whose fame is world-wide, predicted the attempted assassination of the Shah of Persia four days before the event occurred. Cheiro was one of those whom the Shah honored with a decoration. Cheiro is the author of "The Language of the Hand," the 12th edition of which has just been issued, and "Guide to the Hand," both of which are published by Rand, McNally & Co., Chicago and New York.

Rand, McNally & Co. now have ready "With Malice Toward None," a fascinating novel by Olive Beatrice Muir. It is a story of the stage and its people. Miss Muir has an extensive knowledge of the inside workings of the mimic world and uses it to advantage. The characters are clear-cut and powerfully drawn, and are so realistic that it is not difficult to imagine that they have their prototypes in real life. As an exponent of life on the stage as it really is, this book is intense in its realism. Price, $1.25.

"Protection and Progress," by John P. Young. Cloth, 12mo. Price, $1.25. Rand, McNally & Co., publishers, Chicago and New York.

Here is an indispensable book for the statesman, the politician and the thoughtful citizen everywhere.

Beginning with the first attempt at protection in England, made in 1264 by Simon de Montford during the Baron's war, Mr. Young traces the conflict of protective legislation with free trade opposition down to the prevailing business conditions in the United States in the closing years of the nineteenth century.

In a masterly and convincing way he arrays the logic of indisputable facts and figures in support of the proposition that no permanent business misfortune can hinder the career of a nation which steadfastly adheres to a policy of self-sufficiency. "The development," says the author, "of a protectionist country with manifold resources results in the accumulation of vastly greater stores of wealth than could possibly be gathered in a dependent country, and, when created, the wealth of a protectionist nation is practically invulnerable. The great manufacturing plants of a country of the magnitude of the United States are subject to certain economic vicissitudes, but they can never be brought to a standstill by a block

ade. The iron and steel mills, the textile factories, and all the great staple industries of this country would flourish if the seas were alive with the craft of enemies. No fear of empty granaries or apprehension of a cotton famine would conspire to prevent the assertion of national dignity. And while no American statesman would court a war with a foreign nation or nations which would interrupt external commerce, there is none who would feel it incumbent to submit to national insult to save the whole of our ocean-borne commerce.


The following is an extract taken from W. A. Fraser's great story, "Mooswa," and will give the reader a taste of the author's wonderful descriptive powers. Silver Fox had been caught in a trap, and the bighearted Moose, in order to keep Francois the Trapper away until the Fox could make his escape, approached the shack in the morning, and of course Francois, forgetting everything but the Bull Moose, started in pursuit. By arrangement, the Blue Wolf with his pack were to meet the tired Moose at the Pelican Portage :

"The dusk was beginning to settle down as Mooswa struck straight for Pelican Portage, though it was only four o'clock in the afternoon. Would Blue Wolf be there to turn back the pursuer ? If by any chance his comrade missed, what a weary struggle he would have next day with the bloodthirsty Breed ever on his trail. As Mooswa neared the Portage, a low whimpering note caught his ear. Then another answered close by; and another, and another joined in, until the woods rang with a fierce chorus -it was the Wolf-pack's Call of the Killing :


Wh-i-m-m-p! Wh-i-m-m-p! buh-h! bu-h-h! buh-h-h! O-0-0-0-h-h! O-0-0o-h-h! Bl-o-o-d!! Bl-0-0-0-0-d!!!" That was the Wolf cry, sounding like silvery music in the ears of the tired Moose. "Hungry, every one of them!" he muttered. "If Francois stumbles, or sleeps, or forgets the Man-look for a minute, Rof's pack will slay him." Then he coughed arthmatically, and Blue Wolf bounded into the open, shaking his shaggy coat.

"Safe passage, Brothers, for Mooswa," he growled, with authority, "also no killing for the Hunt-man, for the hunt is of our doing."

"Francois heard the Wolf-call too, and a chill struck his heart. Night was coming on, he was alone in the woods, and in front of him a pack of hungry wolves. Turning, he glided swiftly over the back trail.

"Ihe Kill-Call, Brothers," cried Rof, his sharp eyes seeing this movement of the flee

ing Breed. Once again the death-bells of the forest, the Blood Song of Blue Wolf, rang out: "W-a-h-h-h! W-a-h-h-h! Curh-h-h! Yap yap!! yap !!! which is the snarl fastening of teeth in flesh, the gurring choke of blood in the throat, and the satisfied note of victory.

"The hunter became the hunted, and into his throat crept the wild unreasoning terror that Mooswa and every other living animal had known because of his desire for their lives. What would avail a rifle in the night against Blue Wolf's hungry brethren ? True, he could climb a tree-but only to freeze the starlit sky would send down a steel-pointed frost that would soon bring on a death-sleep, and tumble him to the yellow fangs of the gray watchers.

"Mile on mile the half-breed fled, nursing his strength with a woodman's instinct. How useless, too, seemed the flight; those swift-rushing, merciless wolves would overtake him as soon as the shadows had deepened into the night. He had his buffalo knife, and when they pressed him too close, could build a fire; that might save him— it was a bare possibility.

"With the thirst for Mooswa's blood upon him, his eager straining after the fleeing animal had been exhilaration; desire had nourished his stomach, and anticipated victory kept his throat moist; now the death-fear turned the night wind to a hot fire-blast; his lungs pumped and hammered for a cooling lotion; his heart pounded at the bone ribs with a warning note for rest. The thews, that had snapped with strong elasticity in the morning, now tugged and pulled with the ache of depression; going, he had chosen his path over the white carpet, coolly measuring the lie of each twig and brush and stump; now he travelled as one in a thicket. Small skeleton spruce-shoots stripped of their bark by hungry wapoos, and dried until every twig was like a lance, reached out and caught at his snow-shoes; drooping spruce boughs, low swinging with their weight of snow, caused him to double under or circle in his race against Blue Wolf's pack.

"All nature, animate and inanimate, was fighting for his life, eager for his blood. Even a sharp half-dead limb, sticking out from a tamarack cut him in the face, and sucked a few drops of the hot fluid. Startled into ejaculation, Francois panted huskily: 'Holy Mudder, sabe me dis time. I give to de good Pere Lacombe de big offerin' for de mission.' And all the time swinging along with far-reaching strides.

"Memory pictures of animals that had stood helplessly at bay before his merciless gun flashed through his mind. Once a Moose-mother had fronted him to defend her two calves-the big almond eyes of the

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The Pan-American Exposition, Buffalo, May 1st to November 1st, 1901, will surpass all former enterprises in six important features: (1) In elaborate and beautiful electric lighting effects, using over 200,000 lamps; (2) in the splendor of its hydraulic and fountain effects, a stately canal over a mile long encircling the buildings and all courts having water features of unparalleled beauty; (3) in exquisite horticultural and floral embellishments, a wall of foliage surrounding the Exposition, rare plants and brilliant flowers adorning the grounds; (4) in original statuary and plastic ornamentation-more than 125 large groups of American sculpture; (5) in the richness of its color decorations, all buildings to be tinted in beautiful and harmonious shades; (6) in the magnificence of its court settings, the court area being much larger than at any former exposition, producing vistas of exceptional grandeur. Cost of preparing Exposition, buildings and grounds, including Midway, about $10,000,000. Purposes

-to celebrate achievements of the Western

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By Rev. Robert J. Drummond, B. D. The Kerr Scholarship
Lectures for 1900. Cloth, $3.25.


By Arthur Lillie, author of "Buddhism in Christendom," etc.
Fourth of the T. & T. Clark Series of "The World's Epoch-
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Edited by Prof. Frank K. Sanders, Ph.D. and Prof. Chas. F.
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hemisphere during 100 years; to promote trade among Pan-American countries; to present a great object lesson showing progress of the Western world to date. All the leading Pan-American countries will participate. Site-350 acres in northern part of Buffalo ; 20 minutes' ride from centre of city; electric railways on three sides; 26 steam railways have access to Exposition station.


The first Webster's " Unabridged largely a condensation into one volume of Dr. Webster's edition of 1828-was produced in 1847 under the editorship of Prof. Chauncey A. Goodrich, who died in 1860. The next revision was that of 1864 under the supervision of Dr. Noah Porter with whom were associated many leading scholars. In 1879 and 1884 various supplements were added to this work.

In 1890 the famous "International" was completed after ten years of arduous labor by a large corps of competent scholars under the leadership of Dr. Noah Porter, of Yale University. It immediately met with a flattering reception, and, notwithstanding all competition, its sale has constantly increased from year to year.

The new edition of Webster's International Dictionary, just published by G. & C. Merriam Co., Springfield, Mass., brings Webster again abreast of the growth of the language and again confirms it in its position as the one great standard authority. A decade has passed since the International was first published and the years have been full of changes and growth in life and

knowledge and achievement; changes that have been reflected in the language and that must now be registered in the dictionary.

A supplement of additional words has therefore been added to the International to include the thousands of new words that have come into literary use, the old words that have changed their meanings, the obsolete words that have been revived.

In addition to keeping the dictionary abreast of the times, its typographical excellence has been preserved by the making of an entirely new set of plates for the whole book. Into them have been incorporated certain changes and additions necessitated by the advance in knowledge.

The new edition of Webster, therefore, retains all the excellencies of the International, emphasized and multiplied, all its accuracy and convenience with added fulness and authority, so that it is, as before, the best practical working dictionary of the English language.


There are probably no people in the world of whom so much is expected as of those who constitute the ancient and honorable fraternity of book clerks. No matter how young or inexperienced he may be, a bookseller is commonly regarded by the general public as a walking encyclopædia of literary information. One customer expects him to rehearse the plots of a dozen novels, while others request him to deliver technical discourses on the relative merits of works on bridge construction, entomology, or electric lighting. If he is unable

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