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to impart the information desired he loses caste at once. It will usually be found that this obliging individual is more sinned against than sinning; but sometimes his fall from grace is as humorous as it is violent. The following anecdote is told of a staunch admirer of Mark Twain: "A lady one day entered the leading bookstore of Hartford, Conn., and enquired for Taine's 'English Literature.' The shopkeeper replied that he had never written such a book. But are you quite sure?' queried the lady. Absolutely certain,' replied the bookman; 'for I've read every line he has published, from The Jumping Frog' upwards."

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This story suggests some others which perhaps are not generally known :

At a Chicago bookstore some years ago a customer asked for a book entitled "Lame as a Rouble." The clerk, perplexed, approached the walking encyclopædia of the store to learn the name of the author, the publisher, and the price of the book. The person appealed to, who, by the way, considered himself as infallible in the matter of book titles, scratched his head, looked at the ceiling and looked at the floor.

"Lame as a Rouble," he repeated. "The title is familiar enough. Let me see."

It got the better of his memory, and at last he condescended to consult the catalogues. These yielded no light in the matter, however, and he began to grow skeptical.

"A rouble is a Russian coin," said he ; "but who ever heard of a rouble being lame ?"

A few minutes later he approached the


"You don't recollect the name of the author?" he asked.

"No," said the man; then he hesitated. "Yes, yes," he continued quickly. "It was a man named Hugo."

An expression of disgust crept over the face of the mortified clerk, as he sighed, "Les Miserables."

That it is possible for the meek book clerk to attempt to be humorous at times is instanced by the following episode which, four or five years ago, occurred at Scribner's:

For several years C. S. Cutter had charge of the educational department of Charles Scribner's Sons. Mr. Cutter having been ordained as a minister, however, relinquished his position in the bookstore to assume charge of a mission on Fulton Street, and was succeeded by a young college graduate named Lord.

One afternoon, soon after the change was effected, an elderly lady entered and enquired of one of the salesmen if Mr. Cutter was in.

"Mr. Cutter has left us, madam," replied the clerk.

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the lady.

"Well, madam, Mr. Cutter went to serve the Lord, and the Lord came to take Cutter's place," returned the clerk.

These three inquiries were recently made of a clerk in a Cleveland bookstore : Customer No. 1 inquired for "The Rime of the Ancient Mary Anna;" customer No. 2 floored the clerk by calling for a copy of the "Last of the Mollikins," while customer No. 3 finished the entire farce by asking for "The Nightingale Flower" ("When Knighthood was in Flower.")







Interest Tables, at 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10 per cent. per annum, by Napoleon Matte 5th edition. Price, $3.00. Three Per Cent. Interest Tables, by the same author. On fine toned paper and strongly bound. Price, $3.00. Interest Tables and Book of Days combined, at 3, 3. 5, 52, 6, 7 and 8 per cent per annum, by Charles M. t. Hughes. Price, $5.00.

Savings Bank Interest Tables, at 22, 3 and 3% per cent. (each on separate card), on the basis of one month being 1-12th part of a year, by Charles M. C. Hughes. Price, $1.00.

Hughes' Interest Tables, at 6 and 7 per cent. per annum (on the basis of 365 days to the year), at one, two, three and four months and days of grace. For use in discounting and renewing promissory notes, by Charles M. C. Hughes. On folded card. Price, $1.00. Hughes' Supplementary Interest Tables, comprising a Special Interest Table for Daily Balances, showing interest for one thousand days on any amount from $1 to $10,000, or from £1 to £10,000, at 4% to 3% inclusive. Also a table showing interest for one thousand days at 5%, by means of which (in connection with Comparative Tables) interest for one thousand days can be obtained at any rate from %% to 10% inclusive, and Comparative Interest Tables, &c., by Charles M. C. Hughes. Price $2.00 nett. Robinsonian Interest Tables, at from 1 to 12 per cent., from 14 to 6 per cent., advancing by 4s, from 6 to 728 by 2s, and 8 to 12 by whole. Price, $5.00. Letts's Interest Time Tables, containing 366 openings, showing the number of days between one day and every other day of the year. Cloth, price, $3.00.

Buchan's Sterling Exchange Tables, advancing by 8ths and 16ths, with other useful tables. 2nd Edition. Price, $4.00.

Buchan's Sterling Equivalents and Exchange Tables. Price, $4.00.

Oates' Sterling Exchange Tables, from 2 of 1 per cent. to 122 per cent., advancing by 8ths. Price, $2.00. Lesueur's Sterling Exchange Tables, by 16th and 8ths. French Exchange and other useful tables, Price, $3.00. Robinsonian Sterling Exchange Tables, ascending by 4 cents from $4.75 to $4.95 to the stg. Price, $2.50. Conversion Tables of French Exchange, by Joseph M. Price and Chas. E. Anderson. Price, $5.50. Tables of French Exchange, by Joseph M. Price. Price, $3,50.

Tables of German Exchange, showing the value of marks and pfenniges in dollars and cents and vice versa. Price, $5.50.

Martin's Equation Tables, for averaging, etc., Accounts. Price, $2.50.

The Anglo-French Calculator, converting French Money, Weights, Measures, etc., into English standard, and vice versa. Price, 40 cents. Ladd's Discount Book, with more than 100,000 computations. Price, indexed, $3.50; double indexed, $4.50. Hayes' Fast Express Wages Tables, for calculating wages by the hour, day or month. Price, $5.75Henderson's Percentage Hand Book, of Profits, Commissions, Discounts, etc., in Sterling money. Price,

45 cents.

Register of Insurance Expirations, 4to size. Price, 50 cents.

Stock or Bond Values, of 3, 32, 4, 42, 5, 52, 6, 7, 8 and 10 per cent. Stocks, by Joseph M. Price. Price, Pocket Edition, $5.50.

Stock Investors' Handy-Book of Rates, showing what rate of income is derivable from investments in Stock, paying any rate of dividend, from 3 to 16 per cent., when bought at any price from 50 to 300. Price,

50 cents.

Equivalent Quotations, New York into Canada, advancing by cents, less brokerages, and other tables. Price, $1.50.





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It is a delicate matter to approach a bookseller and ask him to sell Canadian-made books simply because they are Canadian made. The bookseller has got to pay rent and other expenses, and make a living for himself besides. But when Canadian-made books can be handled at a living profit, the bookseller should then take a pleasure in selling them; nay, he should consider it a matter of duty to do so. A glance through our pages will show that Canadian publishers are now turning out a very fine line of books suitable for presents, which the trade can handle at a fair profit. Make a good display of these books and they will sell. Keep them to the front and show themrecommend them to your customers with confidence. Don't wait till a customer asks for a book and then have to say you can get it in a day or two. Get a hustle on now, and carry a good line of these books in stock for immediate delivery.

"The Knights of the Cross," by Sienkiewicz, the Polish writer, is a remarkably powerful and interesting story, full of life and vigor, and replete with exciting epi


sodes. But to English readers it has the same defect as the other Polish novels of the author, in that it retains the spelling of the names of the characters as originally written. The educated English reader finds it somewhat of a task to pronounce some of these names; to the ordinary reader, the majority of the names are simply unpronounceable. If this does not injure the sale of the books, it certainly detracts from the pleasure of reading them. We are no advocate of phonetic spelling generally; but here is an instance where it could be introduced with decided advantage. Zbyshko is the name of the hero--and a fine character he is, too--but it would be infinitely preferable to print it Jishko-if it is so pronounced-and then the average English reader would have the satisfaction of saying something instead of skipping the word entirely, as he does at present. The writer has heard of several cases in which the book has been thrown aside in disgust-not at the story, but because so many of the names as printed are unpronounceable. Perhaps Mr. Curton, the clever translator, will think of this point in his next book.

The council of the Ontario Historical Society, at a meeting in Toronto recently, decided to memorialise the Postmaster-General to so amend the postal regulations as to encourage the circulation of British rather than of United States magazines and newspapers in Canada, on account of the too often anti-British tone of the U.S. journals. That resolution may be all right in theory, but it will never work out in practice. Canadians do not buy the U.S. journals because of their anti-British articles. They buy them because they give good value for the n oney, are bright and up-todate in every way, and are more easily procurable than the British journals. Such of them as the newsdealers handle, are handled because they are freely offered with the privilege of returning unsold copies. Newsdealers would just as soon handle British journals; but how few of these offer any inducement to the trade. Let the people demand the British journals, and the newsdealers will be only too glad to supply them. The people are the ones to whom the Ontario Historical Society must appeal, and not the Postmaster-General. Take the

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Woolley case in Toronto a few weeks ago. Mr. Woolley is part owner of a paper which has a considerable circulation in Canada, but which has contained some most rabid anti-British articles. Yet this gentleman has the effrontery to come to Canada to lecture to Canadians on what not to drink. Such a man going from Canada to the United States would be run out of town in short order. We don't want any mob law in Canada; but Canadians ought to have more sense than to invite such gentlemen to lecture in Canada; and more than that, they should leave his paper severely alone. That is the key-note for the Ontario Historical Society: Canadians, refuse your support to U.S. journals that are grossly anti-British in tone.

The Commissioner of Patents at Ottawa should make the printers of the Canadian Patent Record hustle a little more. The United States Patent Record is issued promptly every week, so that the average citizen can keep posted up-to-date on U.S. Patents. The Canadian Patent Record, on the contrary, is always six weeks to two months late. For instance, the issue dated August 31, 1900, is distributed on Nov. 9, 1900. Surely this state of affairs can be remedied. It is too absurd to be allowed to continue. Canada is rich enough to enable the Commissioner of Patents to press for a larger staff, so as to ensure prompt issue.

New Books.


A fine edition of "Robinson Crusoe," that world-renowned classic, is a desideratum that commends itself to the progressive bookseller. The "Bookman Classics" edition of the work fills every requirement of the case at the price of $1.50. The other works available in this series are "The Sentimental Journey" and "The Scarlet Letter."

Colonel Denison's book of reminiscences under the attractive title of " Soldiering in Canada" has had a good sale during the past month. The way in which this handsome two-dollar book has been taken up by the trade and the public is not at all surprising. "Soldiering in Canada" is the live

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liest and most interesting book of autobiography that has been written in recent years. It tells the story of the Canadian militia during the past forty years with a straightforwardness and vigor that are as admirable as they are rare. Moreover, it is a repertoire of good stories and bright narratives. It is eminently a readable book from start to finish. Written by one of the best known men in Canada, it is sure to have a large sale. The value of the work may be inferred from the fact that Messrs. Macmillan & Co., of London, have introduced the work in England, where it is attracting much notice.

"Committed to His Charge" is the striking title of the new novel of Canadian life, written by Misses R. and K. M. Lizars, which Morang has just published. The authors are already favorably known by their previous works, which include "In the Days of the Canada Company," "The Humors of '37," etc. Descended from an old Scottish house, the Lizars sisters were born in Canada, and, it is evident from their books, have looked on Canadian life with keen and comprehensive eyes. In portraying the various characters that go to make up the population of a country town, they have manifested a tendency towards a hu morous treatment of the subject that is enjoyable. The work is bound in cloth only, and sells for $1.00.


Much public interest is naturally excited in the fact that the veteran novelist, Miss M. E. Braddon, has written another book.

"Lady Audley's Secret" and "Aurora Floyd "--stories that have had many millions of readers-were published thirtyeight years ago, and since that time Miss Braddon's name has become a household word as the writer of a large number of stories. Her practised hand has now been employed on a novel that will no doubt rival in popularity any book that has recently been introduced to the reading world. The title, "The Infidel," is a striking one. It is a most interesting story, told with all Miss Braddon's well-known ability and excellent descriptive skill, and yet devoid of sensationalism. Since the publication of the Canadian edition a few weeks ago, the sale has been large and encouraging.

Lovers of Eugene Field, that prince of humorists and child lovers, will be delighted to hear that a charming book of his, entitled "Lullaby Land," has just been brought out in a Canadian copyright edition. It is beautifully printed and decorated, and makes a charming gift-book, while the low price of $1.25 places it within the reach of everybody.

Morang & Co. report quite a rush for Grace Gallatin Seton Thompson's "A Woman Tenderfoot." The author is the wife of Ernest Seton-Thompson, the well-known artist author of "Wild Animals I Have Known," a book, by the way, which sells right along. Mrs. Seton-Thompson was welcomed in Toronto last year as the wife of a native, and for the magnetism of her own bright personality. Now that her book, "A Woman Tenderfoot," is issued, the public will welcome her as an author of special individuality and piquancy. The book contains 150 very fine illustrations, and is turned out in a thoroughly artistic way. There is no doubt it will be one of the prominent successes of the season as a gift-book. The retail price is $2.00.

Morang & Co. have published "The Stickit Minister's Wooing," a series of tales by S. R. Crockett, who first captured the public with his "Stickit Minister." This new book of tales will appeal strongly to the Scotch element of our population.


William Briggs, Toronto, has ready a number of books of a distinctively high grade, and some of them will be among the "record sales" books.

The late Dr. Rand had prepared the material for a new volume of his own verse, when death suddenly intervened to cut short his literary activities. Fortunately the MS. was left complete, even to the detailed instructions to the printer. We are glad to hear that William Briggs now has the book in the press, and will issue it early in December.

The volume contains a fine lyrical poem of seventy-eight stanzas, entitled "SongWaves," which gives its title to the book, and which will probably be regarded as the finest long poem that has yet been written in Canada. In addition to this are included a number of poems written by Dr. Rand subsequent to the publication of his "At Minas Basin and Other Poems." Among these we notice "The Whitethroat," an exquisite little lyric that forms a fitting opening to the " Treasury of Canadian Verse" where it appears anonymously.

A portrait of the author, from an admirable oil painting by J. W. L. Forster, will appear as a frontispiece to the book.

The second edition of Barlow Cumberland's "History of the Union Jack" is now ready. It contains nearly a hundred pages more than the first, and many additional engravings. Mr. Cumberland has not merely used the flag as a text for a history of Britain's wars, but from first to last has kept his work what its title purports it to be, a history of the flag itself, its origin and its significance. It is a book that should find its way into every school library in the Dominion. It will make a capital Xmas gift for Canadian boys.

Rev. Dr. Mackay, of Woodstock, has written another Zorra book-this time a series of biographical and anecdotal sketches of some of the more famous sons of that fine old township, and entitled "Zorra Boys Abroad." The most of these sketches were published in the Montreal "Witness." Canada's sons have won honors the world over, and the story of their success makes pleasant reading.

"Alice of Old Vincennes," a new historical novel by Maurice Thompson, will be one of the leading novels of the year. It is being boomed in fine style; money has been spent lavishly in advertising it, and it has at once

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In Miss Laut's "Lords of the North,' just published in a Canadian edition by William Briggs, there are given vividly realistic descriptions of life in the Northwest in the days of the feud between the rival fur-trading companies at the beginning of the present century. Many of the scenes are picturesque and romantic; many of the incidents exciting to a degree. Readers, both old and young, will read this book with delight.

"Eleanor" is the title of Mrs. Humphry Ward's new story, the Canadian edition of which has just been published by William Briggs. It promises to be one of the most popular of this year's popular books. Many of the leading daily papers and literary journals have devoted columns to reviewing it. "Eleanor" is generally acknowledged to be Mrs. Ward's masterpiece; that is to say, it stands upon a literary eminence approached by few.


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"The Mantle of Elijah' is by I. Zangwill, the famous author of "The Master," etc. It will be specially interesting, as it is a political novel, and follows so closely on a unique period in our history when, within forty-eight hours, the electorate of a whole continent have declared their wills at the polls. The author's experience as journalist, novelist and lecturer have gifted him with prophetic powers to such a degree that he has been accused of plagiarizing history in regard to the South African War. The fact is, however, that history has plagiarized Zangwill, this new novel having been conceived and worked out as it now stands long before the Empire was involved in the Boer imbroglio.

"Stringtown on the Pike," by John Uri Lloyd, ought to prove popular. Stringtown is the modern Florence, situated on the most famous pike in Kentucky. It is the author's birthplace, and he has given much of his life work to a simple yet powerful description of the times of his boyhood days.

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"Sons of the Morning" is by Eden Phillpotts, the author of "The Children of the Mist." Eden Phillpotts has established a literary reputation second to none among contemporary writers. It is not surprising, therefore, that the critics eagerly looked forward to his new story, and that it has met with such a hearty reception on both sides of the Atlantic. Its high moral tone, and the absence of any definite moral gives it a power over the mind like that of some of Shakespeare's plays.

"The Footsteps of a Throne," Max Pemberton's now romance, treats of Russia, a land where the Press censor has left its customs darker even than Africa to the outside world. The author has intimate knowledge of his subject, and explains the curious workings of Russian social and political intrigue.

"Lord Jim" is by Joseph Conrad, the author of "The Nigger of the Narcissus," etc. The author is a Master in the Merchant Service, and in "Lord Jim" he writes with all the vivid power of an eyewitness. No contemporary writer can equal him in portraying the mystery and fascination of the sea.

"The Girl at the Half-way House," by E. Hough, has gone into the second edition in both Canada and the United States. This "Epic of the West" deserves great popularity, for nothing has been written on the opening of the West to excel this romance. The author is at home on the Plains, and the graphic vigor of this tale will appeal to all Canadian readers.

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Stringtown on the Pike By John Uri Lloyd.


Paper, 75c. Cloth, $1.25. The greatest character sketch published this year.

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Sons of the Morning By Eden Phillpotts. Paper, 75c. Cloth, $1.50. The Pall Mall Gazette says: "Good from cover to cover and . . . not a word too long." Lord Jim

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By Hamilton Drummond. Paper, 75c. Cloth, $1.25. A Daughter of Witches By Joanna E. Wood. Paper, 50c. Cloth, $1.00. The Gateless Barrier By Lucas Malet. Paper, 75c. Cloth, $1.25.

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books of the day in Great Britain. Not to have read it is to confess to being "out of the movement." It has already gone into its 4th edition in the United States.

"A King's Pawn," by Hamilton Drummond, is a splendid historical romance of the days of the famous King Henry of Navarre.

"A Daughter of Witches," by Joanna E, Wood, the gifted Canadian author, who is well known as a contributor to leading magazines.

"The Gateless Barrier," by Lucas Malet (Chas. Kingsley's daughter), is a masterly and graceful handling of the supernatural in fiction.


A large number of high-class books have recently been issued by the Publishers' Syndicate, Limited, 7 and 9 King Street East, Toronto. The reputation of this house for fine productions has spread continually, and it is now recognized as the source of supply for many of the most delightful of current publications, and of the most perfect editions of standard works. The Christmas list of the syndicate is both artistic and interesting. In it is found a new book, "Wonders of Nature," by Esther Singleton, which contains descriptions by many famous writers of the greatest and most celebrated natural aspects of the world. It will undoubtedly prove a popular Christmas book. Other recent books by Miss Singleton which are on the Syndicate list are "Paris, as Seen and Described by Famous Writers," "Great Pictures Described by Great Writers," and "Turrets, Towers, and Temples," all of which are selling rapidly.

"The Wedding Day in Literature and Art" is another volume of collective writings which will rank high among the gift books of this season. It is by C. F. Carter, and is beautifully illustrated in halftones. It contains a delightful series of extracts from great writers on this interest. ing topic, while the illustrations are reproductions of famous paintings on the same subject.

George Iles' work, "Flame, Electricity, and the Camera," has proved the most popular book of science recently issued. It is vividly written, admirably illustrated in colors and half-tones, and is altogether a fascinating as well as a valuable work.

Miss Ethel Turner, who is recognized in England as the successor of Louisa M. Alcott, has just issued a new book for girls,

entitled "Three Little Maids." It is being issued in Canada for the Christmas trade by The Publishers' Syndicate, and will be one of the most popular young girls' books of the season. It is well illustrated, is humorous, yet pathetic, and contains a delightful and inspiring story.

Two splendid boys' books are also included in this excellent list. One is "The Boys' Book of Inventions," by Ray Stannard Baker, which in a short period has had an almost unprecedented success. It tells about all the great inventions of modern science simply, yet so thoroughly, and it is interesting as well as instructive. It has hundreds of illustrations. The other, which is just now issued, is "The Boys' Book of Explorations," by Tudor Jenks. It describes the journeys of the world's great explorers, and is as thrilling as any tale of fiction, while its educational value can readily be appreciated. It also is fully illustrated in half-tones.

The Syndicate list closes with the "CanaIdian Wild-Life Calendar for 1901." This is in every respect an original and exclusive publication, and is the finest art calendar ever put forth in this country. It contains six plates and a heavy etched cover, 14 by 21 inches, and each from original drawings by famous Canadian artists, executed specially for this work. The plates are printed in various colours, and each one is a work of art in itself. This calendar has a special merit which will commend itself to the lover of the artistic.

Book Motes.

"Eben Holden," by Irving Bacheller, is a book of sheer, honest merit, one of the best of the year. It has the spell which holds the reader fast, and its humor, character drawing, sympathetic touches in describing nature, and serene philosophy of life are destined to earn for it great popularity. The Canadian edition is issued by the Poole Publishing Company, Toronto. Paper, 75c.; cloth, $1.25.

"The Life of Henry George," by his son, Henry George, jr., has been published by the Poole Publishing Co., Toronto. With his unusual advantages, the biographer of the author of "Progress and Poverty " tells simply yet graphically the remarkable story of Henry George's life and early struggles and many later triumphs. It is a strong, dignified, impressive and authentic record of one of the most extraordinary men of this century, and will secure a favourable reception from his many admirers, as well as from students of political economy generally. It is a work that should be in

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