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she has kept all the sparkle and pathos that constituted their real merit. I always welcome a new Broughton novel, and I trust the day is far away when that pleasure will be denied to me. "Foes in Law" is the title of Miss Broughton's new book, and I am waiting to read it with as much interest as we were all waiting a short time since to read election returns.

New Books.

W. J. GAGE & CO.'S LIST.

Mr. Zangwill's "Mantle of Elijah," which has caused so much discussion, is now published. The book has just been completed as a serial in "Harper's Magazine," but Mr. Zang will has revised his work, and thus delayed the publication of the Canadian edition.

Those who read his "Master," "Dreamers of the Ghetto," etc., will recognize him as a writer of great force, and one whose books are easily distinguished from the great crowd. In his former works he treated of the Hebraic character, but in his "Mantle of Elijah" he has made a new departure, and presents English political and social life of the day so vividly that he has been accused of plagiarizing history in connection with the developments that caused the Transvaal war. History, however, may be said to have plagiarized Zangwill, for the novel was worked out two years before the Boer war.

The London "Athenæum," in a lengthy review of the book, says :-"His new book contains cleverness of a very varied kind. Traits of fine imagination, of high spiritual feeling, keen observation of the actual, and a singular sense of discrimination in character and dialogue jostle each other. He has a tcommand a fund of epigrammatic utterances, but, unlike the general run of such sayings, they are not mere interpolations put in for their own sake. They spring from the substance and sentiment of his

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This is but one of many complimentary reviews, and the press unites in proclaiming this as Mr. Zangwill's most vigorous and powerful work. The narrative is rich in theatric climaxes, and will be staged later. Issued in a handsome cloth edition, with

(ILLUSTRATED.) Cloth, $1.50.

The most powerful and dramatic novel ever written by the author of "The Master." 27th 1,000.

many full-page illustrations by Louis Loeb, Stringtown on the Pike

it makes an ideal holiday gift.

John Uri Lloyd may well be proud of his success, for he has won distinction not only as a chemist of world-wide fame, but his first venture in fiction, "Stringtown-onthe-Pike," has met with immediate and immense success. The book has been on the market a month, and is already in its 27th 1,000.

For an unknown novelist to achieve this phenomenal success his book must, indeed, be a great work, and of "Stringtown" this can certainly be said.

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he plot of the story is laid in Kentucky, Stringtown" being the modern Florence on the most famous pike in the Blue Grass Region. It is the author's birthplace, and he has brooded long and patiently over his characters that give so much of reality and life to the book. Although fiction, it is the fiction of fact, and so well has Mr. Lloyd wrought that one is convinced he has transferred a picture of real life to his pages. The book is a strikingly original handling of a theme not often treated of in fiction. Mr. Lloyd has the rare accomplishment of creating character, and such characters as live in the memory, for they stand out clearly from his pages. The many illustrations, engraved from photographs taken by Mrs. Lloyd, enhance the value of this wonderful book.

Another book that is having a great demand is Max Pemberton's "Footsteps of a Throne." The "N. Y. Times'" Saturday Review announces that a special cable despatch states this is one of the most successful novels of the London season. The advance sales amounted to 10,000 copies. No one probably is better fitted to give us a romance of modern Russia, for Mr. Pemberton is thoroughly at home there. He sheds light on some peculiar Russian oustoms, and has woven a thrilling tale of ad

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venture that holds one with breathless interest from start to finish.

"Lord Jim" certainly deserves great success, for Joseph Conrod here gives us an intensely human story, and in weaving his plot he displays a most profound psychological insight. Growing from a short story to a full-fledged novel-and such a novel-it is an illustration of the way in which the true artist masters the workman. The lead ing English journals devote much attention to the book, and pay it many high tributes. The London "Academy" says: "All done with a poetical, romantic, halfwistful air, for which we go in vain to any other English writer. . . . He is at once a reader's and a novelist's delight."

"The Girl at the Half-way House," by E. Hough, should not be overlooked. Not only is it a fascinating novel, but it is a book of exceptional vitality, a series of swift-changing kaleidoscopic pictures of one of the most interesting phases of the opening of the Great West. It is an ideal book, at once instructive and entertaining.

"More Fables," by George Ade. Probably no author of the present generation has achieved so firm a place in American letters in so short a time as Mr. George Ade. His first book, "Artie," was instantly recognized as a humorous work of exceptional merit, and his name was coupled with those of Twain, Ward, Nye and the other American humorists.

His next productions were "Pink Marsh," "Doc' Horne," and "Fables in Slang," and each is as different from the other as can be.

"Fables in Slang" has been read by everybody, and "More Fables" will be welcomed by all who enjoy wholesome fun which is free from bitterness and vulgarity. The advanced orders for the book give evidence that it will have even a larger sale than "Fables in Slang." Geo. J. McLeod, Toronto. Illustrated, 16mo, cloth, 75c.

PUBLISHERS' SYNDICATE BOOKS.

For the Christmas trade of 1900, The Publishers' Syndicate have a list of artistic and interesting books. Miss Esther Singleton, whose name is becoming very widely known, has sent out another work, entitled "Wonders of Nature," containing accounts of the greatest and grandest natural aspects of the world, as described by famous writers. Like its predecessors, it is beautifully bound, and is admirably illustrated with many half-tones. It will, without doubt, be a favorite. Miss Singleton's other books are "Paris, as Seen and Described by Famous Writers," "Great Pictures Described by Great Writers," and "Turrets, Towers

and Temples," all of which have been published within the past year, the first named being of very recent issue. All these books are in the Christmas list of The Publishers' Syndicate.

No boys' book in years past has exceeded in interest "The Boys' Book of Inventions," by Ray Stannard Baker. Its fascination has been almost unlimited to boys, while its influence has been healthy and good. It opened the vistas of modern science to the eager eyes of youth, and told in graphic manner of what human ingenuity has done for the human race. This book is on the Christmas list of The Publishers' Syndicate, and beside it is a companion book by Tudor Jenks, entitled "The Boys' Book of Explorations," which promises to have an equal success. Both these books, it can be truely said, should be in the hands

MARY E. WILKINS.

is told by a poor relation of Mr. Mostyn, taken into the house as governess and housekeeper, who gradually wins the affection and confidence of each member of the family. Her style of writing is aggravating at times, but the story will be excellent for passing a winter's night or two. The children are natural and attractive, and Aunt Faith, sister of Mr. Mostyn, is a character from life. She must have been a trial in her cottage visiting. The chief points of the book centre around the change brought about in the household by Mr. Mostyn's second marriage and the love-story of his eldest daughter, a thoroughly charming girl. The many readers of "Rosa N. Carey " will certainly not find this work unattractive, and it makes a very nice presentation book for young ladies. Cloth, decorated, $1.25; paper edition, 75 cents.

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Another book which has come under our notice is a beautiful holiday edition of "Christie Johnstone." It is one of the best this year, as far as "getting up" is concerned, with the exception of the cover, which might have been a better color. It has many full-page engravings, the frontispiece being one of Christie herself. It is done up in a box, and should appeal to all who admire good books, as it is a credit

to the publishers. Gilt top and gold stamped on back and front. Price $1.50 net.

By later mail we have received a copy of the book, "Four Frenchwomen," by Austin Dobson. It deals chiefly with the lives of those persecuted heroines, Mademoiselle de Corday, Madame Roland, the Princess de Lambelle, and Madame de Gentis. This book is similar in every respect to "Christie Johnstone," with the

of every boy in the land, if such a thing exception that in this book they are steel were possible.

Another new book issued for Christmas by The Publishers' Syndicate is "Three Little Maids," by Ethel Turner, who has taken the place in English literature formerly occupied by Miss Louisa M. Alcott. No girls' book of recent years has touched so strong a chord of human sympathy as this fine work, and the thousands who in in past years revelled in the delicate humor and touching sentiment of "Little Women' and "Little Men," will find in it a delightful and absorbing companion.

"Life's Trivial Round," by Rosa N. Carey. As the title implies, we have some scenes from the life of an English country family. They form a striking contrast and relief from the exciting incidents and extraordinary adventures which are heaped up in many of the novels of the day. The story

engravings, of which there are eleven full page. For an Xmas gift to a lady there is no more suitable book in print at present, and it will assuredly have a large sale.

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"The Heart's Highway," by Mary E. Wilkins. Mistress Mary Cavendish had a tabby petticoat of a crimson color, and a crimson satin bodice shining over her arms and shoulders like the plumage of a bird, and down her back streamed her curls, shining like gold under her gauze love-hood." This young lady certainly lends charm to the opening of Miss Wilkins's first venture in the field of historical romance, nor does the rest of the story belie this auspicious beginning. The novel is designedly more subjective than most members of its class, but the development of personality is at no expense of movement or interest, the scene being laid just after Bacon's Rebellion, and

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a dramatic incident being the destruction of the young tobacco crop to elude the Navigation Act. Illustrated, paper binding, 75c.; cloth, decorated, $1.50.

"A Dream of a Throne," by Chas. Fleming Embree. The story of a Mexican revolt. The Kingston "Whig" of Saturday, Nov. 10th, says:- "A strong novel, well written, and full of the exciting incidents of the story of a Mexican revolt, is 'A Dream of a Throne,' by Charles Fleming Embree. The powerful influence of the monastery is felt all through the story, and it is only at the close of the book that the skein of mysteries is disentangled. The military encounters are pictured with much dramatic force, and an important figure is that of the wild Spanish girl, Pepa, who rides to battle at the head of the army, and who is the cause of the tragic destruction which meets them in the end. It is a long story, 464 pages, but so intensely interesting that it commands an attentive reading once it is begun." Cloth, decorated, $1.25; paper,

75 cents.

AGNES C. LAUT.

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The publication of "Lords of the North" in New York and Toronto (the Canadian edition bearing the imprint of William Briggs)-a novel of great brilliancy and power-brings into the small but gifted group of Canadian novelists a new and striking personality. Miss Agnes C. Laut, young though she i, has already won an enviable reputation as a journalist. She began newspaper life as editorial writer on the "Manitoba Free Press.' Three years ago she left Winnipeg for New York, where the winter was spent writing for the New York "Sun," "Post," and newspaper syndicates. The next summer found Miss Laut in Quebec, reporting the International Conference for the New York Evening Post," New York "Review of Reviews," and Montreal Herald." Thence she proceeded to the Treaty Shore of Newfoundland and Labrador, writing a series of articles which appeared in the New York "Herald" and "Post," the Montreal "Herald," and London "Westminster Review." Last winter Miss Laut spent in New York, and the past summer on the Pacific coast, camping and exploring in the Rocky Mountains, articles from her pen appearing in the Graphic,' Sir George Newne's "Traveller," and other London and New York papers. While in Winnipeg, and during these frequent trips, the material embodied in "Lords of the North," was gathered. The extraordinary strength of the story, its vivid pictures of the wild, adventurous life of voyageurs and trappers, with enough

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Fatal Success," "Lovers and Landscape," "Fishing in Books," 66 Talkability," etc. The same love of nature, the same human interest that gave "Little Rivers" its charm, enlivens Mr. Van Dyke's chatty pages when he weaves his delicate romances and philosophizes about fishing and "other uncertain things." Illustrated, 8vo, $2.00.

"Little Rivers," by the author of "Fisherman's Luck," is too well known to need any comment in this limited space, but it is got up very attractively, uniform with the above-mentioned book and the two make very acceptable Christmas gifts.

M. F. Mansfield, New York City, announces the first volume of "Stevensoniana," made up from fragmentary pieces by and about R. L. Stevenson, with portraits, facsimiles and other material not easily accessible. The edition of 1,000 copies of "The Book of Omar and Rubaiyat" is now on the market, and it will not be reprinted, The De Luxe edition of Tennyson's "In Memoriam" has also been sold within 150 copies, and there will be no more except 500 for England only.

Charles Scribner's Sons have in preparation two new volumes of prose and verse by Eugene Field, entitled "Sharps and Flats," made up of gleanings from Field s famous column of that name in the "Chicago Record.'

The selection is made by Slason Thompson, a Chicago newspaper man, who assisted Field eleven years ago in the publication of his previous books of verse and prose.

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What Leading Canadian Newspapers say of this Thoroughly Interesting Book.

"HOW DEPARTMENT STORES ARE CARRIED ON."

OW Department Stores Are Carried On" is a subject to which the callous public, willing enough to profit by the success of that how," give little thought. Their establishment and increasing popularity, however, must excite a desire for enlightenment in some, who will find it in the little work of Mr. W. B Phillips, just published under the above-named title by Messrs. G. M. Rose & Sons, Toronto. Its claim to notice rests on the fact that its author is an ex-director of an extensive mercantile house of this description, and writes in his pleasant, lucid manner from practical experience and observation. He covers the entire ground of the working system of the departmental store-probably common in principle to all, and differing only in minor detailsand discovers an admirable illustration of Ruskin's doctrine of co-operation and life. Not that Mr. Phillips enters into a discussion of the economic problem raised by such institutions, but that he presents to the mind so clearly the picture of a body of units, differentiated in kind, but working in perfect accord towards a common goal. Introducing his theme, he says: "Whether they (departmental stores) promote and build up the best interests of the people and

and the letterpress all that could be desired. Under the head of advertising, Mr. Phillips agrees with the statement that the time to advertise is all the time. It is the fundamental thing, the corner-stone. The newspaper column, he states, is the merchant's platform, the pulpit from which he speaks to the public. Of what use, he asks, is it to have merchandise to sell if the people are not told about it, and told about it regularly? Keeping everlastingly at it. Hammering away day after day. Spasmodic advertising won't do. One might as well expect to close the store one day and open it the next.-Daily World, Vancouver.

Business is becoming every day more of a science; even shop-keeping has its textbooks. A nicely-bound volume has appeared with the title "How Departmental Stores

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country at large, or are detrimental to them, Got

is a question on which intelligent opinion is largely divided. The fact remains a plain, indisputable fact that they do exist; that they have had a tremendous growth in recent years, both in Europe and America ; that organizations of this character, beginning a few years ago, have developed into the largest and most successful mercantile institutions in the world. . ." One of the great underlying principles of the department store is "cash"; another, to get the best goods and sell at the lowest prices; a third, to keep constantly in view the aim to serve the public well. After the reader has explored every part of the huge machine under the author's guidance-the system of management, advertising, buying goods, care of stock, exchange, checking, parcelling, delivery, mailing, bookkeeping, cataloguing, etc.-one consistently seeks the motive power, the dynamo by which all is mightily driven. That Mr. Phillips does not undertake to explain-it is the genius of trade.— Toronto Globe.

The publishers claim this to be the only work of its kind ever issued. The writer is a practical man, and his book should prove of value to every merchant. Though dealing with departmental stores, its value to those in a small way lies in the fact that the general principles and system of management are, or should be, the same with both the village store and the large city establishments. Nothing appears to be omitted, and a special recommendation of this little work is its conciseness. It is strongly bound,

BUSINESS MEN
YOUNG MEN

Who wish to succeed in
business should read the
new book

"How Department Stores Are Carried On"

by W. B. Phillips, exDirector T. Eaton Co.

The Toronto Globe says: "He covers the entire ground

of the working system of the departmental store.' The Montreal Herald says: "Its chapters are intensely interesting and they abound with useful information."

Anyone who is wide awake for new ideas can't read this book 10 minutes without getting value for his money.

The

G. M. Rose &

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Are Carried On," by W. B. Phillips, formerly a director of one of the largest of these stores in Canada. Its ideas and recommendations are based upon practical experience and knowledge of all the details of system. The man who has thought out the first book of its kind ever issued, and has filled 140 pages, every one of which has sound information, deserves a creditable place in book annals, and should have an important influence upon commercial establishments. The publishers are G. M. Rose & Sons Co., Toronto.-Daily Whig, Kingston.

"How Department Stores are Carried On," by W. B. Phillips. Toronto: G. M. Rose & Sons Co. The extraordinary growth of department stores is one of the most remarkable of modern business developments. The writer of this book, who has been con

nected with the management of such a business for years, and has visited department stores in this country and the States, and looked into their methods, describes practically all the details of how such a store is run. It is a book intended for business men, dealing comprehensively with the o ganization system, and management of retailing on a large scale. -Manitoba Free Press, Winnipeg.

In a small volume of 140 pages Mr. W. B. Phillips, ex-director of one of the largest institutions of the kind in Canada, tells "How Departmental Stores Are Carried On." This is no theoretical treatise, but an epitome of practical experience, the result of the author's identification with the policy adopted, and with all the detail of the system. When it becomes known this little book will be to every salesman and saleswoman, and to all who are engaged in the building up of these great modern mercantile establishments, what rules are to the grammarian and what military regulations are to the soldier. It explains the why and the wherefore of everything. It is the only book of the kind ever issued. Its chapters are intensley interesting, and they abound with useful information.

The public who buy goods from departmental stores will find this book useful, for a perusal of its pages will speedily teach them to discriminate between the establishments that are conducted properly and those that are managed by slipshod methods. The storekeeping of these establishments, which have in most cases grown to greatness from small beginnings, rests upon certain welldefined principles, and not upon chanoe sensations or experiments. The author makes no attempt to show why departmental stores exist and flourish, although that, too, would have been interesting, nor does he deal with the history of any. The history of the ideal departmental store has yet to be written. In discussing general principles he shows that care underlies everything-buy for cash and selling for cash. The first aim is to get the best and choicest goods direct from the makers, and the second to secure the lowest

prices, thus enlarging the purchasing power of every dollar. "A departmental store is different from the ordinary store by being big enough to deal in almost everything that the people need, handling merchandise of every class that goes well together, for all sorts of people, providing the means of doing everything quickly, easily, cheaply."

Everyone recognizes the importance of enabling shopping to be done under the most favorable circumstances, but the system means a good deal more than giving courteous and agreeable service under all conditions. While the store space is divided up into little stores or departments under different heads who are given every possible leeway in the buying of goods and manage

ment of stocks, yet each head is made directly responsible for everything in connection with his part of the business. Each department is charged with the goods bought and the expense of selling, and credited with the sales made. Each section pays its proper hare of all the general expenses, such as delivering goods, lighting, heating, elevator service, fixtures, rent, etc. The system employed enables the head of the business to always know the true condition of each section. The chapter on advertising should be read by all. Someone has said "The time to advertise is all time," and among business organizations none more thoroughly recognize and strictly adhere to this statement than department stores. "Nowhere else," says the author, "is the science, the art, of advertising more intelligently understood, appreciated and applied. Advertising is recognized as the pulse of the business, the great vitalizing force. . . . Many methods are made use of to present and keep the business before the public, but pre-eminently the best and most satisfactory is the newspaper." (Toronto: The G. M. Rose Company; price $1.)-Montreal Herald.

A GREAT BOOK.

In her "Woman's Kingdom" page of the Mail and Empire, Kit, in a recent issue, pays the following fine tribute to Mr. Fraser and his book :

No book that has come out during the past year is as great in its way-as "Mooswa," by W. A. Fraser. I say "in its way "--meaning that it is, first of all, great insomuch as it deals with Canada, her great fur-bearing inhabitants, her magnificent forests and streams; all the sweet wild life of her; great, secondly, in its construction, its simplicity, its strength. Great, last of all,

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in its grace of language, its admirable interpretations of what humans might well imagine to be the moods and

the conversation of those whom we are so apt to call the "dumb" beasts. It has become the fashion to call Fraser the "Canadian Kipling." It has been hinted that Fraser has tried more than once to copy Kipling. As though in all the world it were not given to many men to see through the same strong spectacles! Fraser wrote what I daresay you would call Kipling stories, before Kipling had made his mark. It would be more

reasonable to call Kipling an English Fraser-if there could be any but a Scotch Fraser-than it is to call Fraser a Canadian Kipling. The two men, so far apart, see things with the This same clear, strong vision. "Mooswa" is in no sense a Jungle Book. And more, it, treating as it does of great beasts and birds and oddities of nature in our own grand North land, is free from the slaughter and at times the coarreness of the Jungle Books. Once I remember comparing in these pages the tropics with the sweet North countries. The tropics where when you tramped through the brush and long grasses, striking them with quick steps, there arose a subtle, sickly, hot odour, as of fresh spilt blood. The North country, with its pines, its exquisite, tender spring flowers, the retiring hepatica and violet ; with its wonderful singing birds, its delicate greenery, its glorious foliage, and, at the

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back of it all, its vigorous strength-this is the contrast between Kipling and Fraser. They look at things much alike, but there is this subtle difference, that while the Englishman is strong and virile, he at times vergesmore than verges on a coarseness and brutality which, true to nature and human life as it may be, is unnecessarily forced upon us. This offence is never committed by Fraser. "Mooswa" can be read by the most refined woman in Canada to her little child, and the little child will benefit by it. There is a chapter at the last that fairly "fetched" me. I have rarely read anything so tender, so true, so wonderful as the way Fraser links human and-I dislike the word-"brute " life in that last glorious chapter. It certainly appeals to me. I told the gray dog of it, and the grand imperial cat, whom (I won't say which) we call Bagheera, of it, and they both said in their wise way, "It is true; it is good." Can you not recognize the good in this work of a Canadian author, who has always striven to give of his best to his Mother Country?

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Decidedly the prettiest song and picturebook for children we have yet seen is GrantSchaffer's "Pretty Picture Songs for Little Folks," a reduced reproduction of a page of which we have from the Canadian publisher, William Briggs. It is "a perfect gem of artistic illustration and printing. The wise and witty fancies of the artist are carried out with most loving detail, and wedded to the charming musical setting of "Hickory, Dickory, Dock," "Henny Penny, and Dicky Daddles," "The Piggies Who Went to Sea," and a lot of other quaint songs that will delight small boys and girls. It will be answerable, this music book, for many a merry

hour.

Bowen-Merrill Company announces that Maurice Thompson's story of American life, "Alice in Old Vincennes," is now selling at the rate of 3,500 copies a day. Canada has taken up over 10,000 copies, and a fortnight after publication 40,000 copies of the book had been sold. A month after publication it had scored a sale of 70,000 copies.

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