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JOHN STUART THOMSON.

Mr. J. Stuart Thomson is one of the group of distinctive Canadian poets, which includes Roberts, Carman, Campbell, Sherman and the two Scotts. His "Estabelle and Other Verse," published last year, found high favor with English and American as well as Canadian critics. The

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Edinburgh Scotsman" remarked upon Mr. Thomson's work as "characterized by a rich sensuousness of fancy akin to that of Keats." The New York "Home Journal" observed that his verse is "particularly distinguished by a delicacy of portraiture as well as a strength of line."

Mr. Thomson was born and educated in Montreal. He is of Scotch parentage on his father's side, and on his mother's comes of old U.E. Loyalist stock. Some six years ago he left McGill University to accept an important position with the great Plant system of steamships, railroads and hotels, with headquarters in New York. He is now assistant to President Plant and Manager of the Plant S.S. interests. Into all his work he carries the same vigor and enthusiasm that marked his course at the University. His enthusiasms are business, letters, patriotism and travel. Residence in the United States has not in any sense cooled his love for his native Canada, and he keeps in touch with affairs and men in the home land.

A new volume of verse by Mr. Thomson, entitled "A Day's Song," has just been published by William Briggs. The graceful imagery, delicacy of fancy and classical flavor that marked his previous work is accentuated in this more recent product of his muse.

"Town Topics," New York City, has issued the December number of "Tales from Town Topics," another of their successful quarterlies of selections of the brightest and cleverest stories and verses that have appeared in "Town Topics."

A. C. McClurg & Co., Chicago, will publish early in December "The Last Years of the Nineteenth Century," by Mrs. E. W. Latimer, a book intended to bring up to date each of the author's six "Nineteenth Century" histories.

James Pott & Co. have prepared an edition of one hundred copies of Cook's "Old Touraine." This edition is printed on Old Stratford Antique paper, with the photogravures on Japanese paper. The binding is vellum, richly decorated in gold.

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A little booklet of patriotic poems, entitled "Echoes of Empire," dedicated to the Canadian contingents, and written by Mrs. Geo. W. Yarker, of this city, is to be published on the 13th of this month. Some of the poems have appeared in the public press, and all are of a quality to please the lover of good verse. A fine poem of welcome to the returning soldiers, just written, forms an appropriate close. The booklet is being published by William Briggs, in neat style, with cover design in three colors. It will sell at 30 cents, and should have a popular sale this Christmas.

"In the Alamo." A novel. By Opie Read. Cloth. 12mo. Price, $1.25. Rand, McNally & Co., Publishers, Chicago and New York.

Mr. Read has touched his highest point in this book, which is saying much of the author of "A Yankee From the West," and "The Waters of Caney Fork."

The real strength of the book is in the psychological element, wherein the author depicts the effect of the "Grand Passion" on a wholesome middle-aged man of the world. Lucian Howardson, a southerner of the above description, and an ex-congressman for the state of Texas, is in the midst of an exciting canvass for a seat in the national Senate. Fate introduces him

to Miss Zaleme Acklin, who proves to be a heroine of a new but thoroughly captivating type. Howardson, little by little, surrenders to her fascinations. All unknown to him, Zaleme is under the restraint of a pledge which forbids her to love Howardson, much as her heart silently pleads for such indulgence.

Out of this situation the author, using all sorts of quaint, amusing and pathetic characters as accessories, makes a story of singular interest. It grips the reader in the opening chapter and never lets go of him until it reaches the final triumph of love over everything. For, at the moment when Howardson's political affair is at its crisis, and his presence is vital to success, a telegram from Zaleme that she is free and that he may come to her, takes him to her side at the cost of losing his seat in the Senate.

Mr. Read has again and again and many times proved his power to interest lovers of romance, but "In the Alamo" excels any other work of his in humor, pathos and the portrayal of a dignified, all-conquering love when it assumes absolute mon

archy over a mature and stronghearted man.

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The first 250 copies of "The Book of Omar and Rubaiyat," presented by M. F. Mansfield, were sold before publication, and the remainder of the 1,000 copies is now on the market. The book will not be reprinted. It is a volume of miscellany, literary and pictorial.

Dodd, Mead & Co., the publishers of "Dr. Dale," the new novel by Marian Harland and Albert Payson Terhune, announce the issue of a third edition within a month of the date of publication. The story is one of the few instances of a book having been written by a mother and her son.

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Russian criminal tribunals of last spring, a story as dreadful and tragic as any in the annals of crime. It is in blank verse, and follows the facts accurately from beginning to end. There are also several odes, notably those on the liberation of Crete and the triumph of freedom in Cuba, and an "Apologia, which may perhaps attract attention. The volume is considered by its author likely to be his last. The book is being printed by the Merrymount Press.

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The instant success of Miss Laut's historical romance, "Lords of the North," is one of the most gratifying incidents of the year. Another Canadian writer has entered the select circle of the world's successful writers. This, Miss Laut's first attempt at a continued story, was written in the odd hours of leisure in an exceedingly busy life. With more leisure she undoubtedly will produce better work. It rouses speculation whether or not THE GREAT CANADIAN NOVEL is to come from the pen of a woman. There are many to claim" Lords of the North" as the best Canadian story yet written. At any rate, it has won immediate favor.

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houses and fancy goods dealers. There was an unusually large sale of toys, which, from reports, evidently greatly exceeded former years.

The book trade this Christmas has been enormously large. There has never been such a demand for books to give as Christmas presents as there seems to have been this year, and we are glad to say the demand was for the better class of books and fine bindings.

The publishers of Canada can congratulate themselves on the success that has crowned their efforts to please the reading public during the year 1900.

A CHANCE FOR CANADIAN TALENT.

With a view of encouraging the development of a literary spirit in Canada, "The Ladies' Magazine," Toronto, is offering cash prizes for the best short stories by Canadian writers. The competition is well planned, and further particulars are given in the January number of the Magazine. A photographic competition is also announced, and cash prizes offered.

BIG MONEY IN BIBLES.

YOUNG MEN WHO DO NOT GENERALLY READ THE SCRIPTURES ARE BUYING THEM.

A scheme for the raking in of the shekels of the credulous investor has been winded by Crown Attorney Curry. It may be that the enterprising operators will pursue their business unmolested, for the prospectus is a model of condensed truth-they give all they promise, perhaps more. Here is the alluring advertisement which has been published in several newspapers in eastern Canada. The business address of the company, whose headquarters appears to be in Toronto, was withheld by the Crown Attorney :-

"On receipt of one dollar we will send, securely sealed, bound book of 400 pages, full of good things; every sport should have one. The most wonderful book ever written; French and English translation. Prohibited in some. Write for one."

On two occasions Crown Attorney Curry caused applications to be made for this sensational bargain. In each case the applicant received a very good edition of the

The business seems to be carried on by correspondence only. They will tell you at the office if you apply in person that the manager is out, but to leave the cash and the book will be forwarded immediately by mail. In this way the manager denies himself the satisfaction of witnessing the unspotted joy of the applicant when he receives his money's worth.

Crown Attorney Curry sees no way of getting after the vendors of the good book. Their original method of reaching the sinful heart of the sport violates no statute, and so the missionary work at one dollar per head will in all probability continue.-Toronto Evening Telegram.

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The strong, joyous sunshine of presentday Christianity, which dissipated the mists of religious bigotry and narrowness that even so late as the middle of the century enveloped the world, has, unfortunately, exposed all the weaknesses, the intolerance and rigorous hardness of those devout old round-heads whose self-sacrificing purity of life formed the very foundation of the modern Christian Church. Their earnestness, their devotion to principle-which is, after all, whatever one's light may be, the chief thing -is lost sight of; only the narrowness cf vision engendered by the theology of the day, is brought to light. The father of Frank R. Stockton, although a layman, was in the eyes of to-day an unreasoning bigot, because in the New England town in which he lived, he preferred to sit all the long summer in the sun, rather than to remain cool on his own verandah, which chanced to be shaded by the walls of a theatre. As a matter of fact, despite his circumscribed vision, the elder Stockton was performing the very service for the Church of God for which an Eternal Providence designed him. Our present civil liberty is the direct offspring of tyranny, and was not accomplished without he free use of the rack and thumb-screw

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We have relegated racks and thumb-screws to the British Musuem, but we dare not deny that they were something more than mere instruments for inflicting physical torture. Religious liberty, quite as much as civil liberty, is the product of intolerance. In "A Woman of Yesterday," which has just been issued by the Musson Book Co., Toronto. Mrs. Caroline A. Masson has made a sympathetic study of the evolution of present-day religion from the strict orthodoxy of the middle of the century. The story of Anna Mallason is that of a young girl born in the middle of the century, and growing up to womanhood in the straightest orthodoxy of that time, who undergoes the transition in religious life and thought which the last fifty years has brought. The gradual change in the point of view is carefully worked out; and the altruism of the earlier period ap. pears to suffer for a time, only to take a new and nobler shape. The intensity of conviction and the unreserved self-devotion engendered by the old conceptions is put in strong contrast with their belittling narrowness. The types of character thus produced are familiar and fine, with all the defects of their qualities. The story is strong and fascinating throughout and comes at an opportune time-the anniversary of the birth of Christianity.

"A Woman of Yesterday," by Caroline A. Mason. Toronto: The Musson Book Co., publishers. Cloth, $1.25.

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The Brooklyn "Eagle" paid the following fine tribute to Miss Laut's "Lords of the North" :-

When Gilbert Parker created "Pierre and His People," and followed this with other delightful sketches, the scenes of which were laid in that mysteriously fascinating region vaguely located as the Great Northwest, many of his admirers anticipated that at some future time he would write a great novel dealing with life in a region which fairly breathes romance. They were doomed to disappointment. The grandeur of these solitudes in which lives were lived, in which Nature formed men, and in which the natural man walked close to God or wrestled more or less successfully with Satanalways, however, recognizing him as Satan, and never attempting to persuade himself that his opponent was an angel of light-these magnificent backgrounds for works which should be at once virile, true to nature and to artistic evolution, and of permanent value as historical side-lights, as well as standards of literary excellence; these glorious environments were forsaken for the more

superficially splendid trappings of life in the vice-regal courts of old Quebec, and later for the more artificial and complex conditions of life in modern England.

Within the past week there has been published in New York a novel by another Canadian writer which may fairly be regarded as the embodiment of all that his admirers would have been glad to welcome as the crowning effort of one whose study of Hudson Bay Company history, and of conditions of life in the Northwest as they exist to-day, and as they existed in those other days when the men of this vast territory were more primitive, and manners a word unknown, has to be recognized.

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Lords of the North," by A. C. Laut, is not only a strong novel worthy to take high place among the literary offerings of the year, and to claim one of the highest places among those recent works of fiction which have been written around historical events, but its strength is thrown into relief by the charming delicacy of sentiment and of expression which shows upon every page. The philosophy of the book is clothed in imagery, which is as convincing as it is chaste. The dialogue is vividly natural;

the principal characters introduced by the author are distinctly and satisfyingly real.

There is a touch of nature which polishes and perfects the technique of the writer's art in the main conception of the romance. Adventures are sought by a true knight-errant, not that he may gain fame or fortune, but that he may restore happiness to a friend. This object is accomplished, and in the course of its accomplishment, a new interest is created, and the hero discovers that which is to be his own greatest happiness. Which may not be realism, but which is most charming and healthy romance.

In telling the story of how Rufus Gillespie set out to recover from the clutches of Le Grand Diable, the wife and child of his friend, Eric Hamilton, and how by so doing he became a witness of the culminating catastrophy of that great rivalry between the Hudson Bay Company and La Compagnie du Nord-Ouest, how he became an intimate of Father Holland (an historical type, if not an historical personage) and a suitor for the hand of Frances Sutherland, the author has extracted the very essence of history as it relates to the struggle of the "Lords of the North," the very motive causes and likewise the very practical methods of the pioneer priests, and the very breath of freedom and high spirits which were and are the heritage of those born in the northlands.

Dramatic situations do not follow so closely one upon another but that the reader is given time to take breath, and when they do occur they come naturally and inevitably, and do not call for a reversion of every rule of logic and every dictate of common sense as preliminary to their acceptance. Life in the open is depicted with a master hand. The invigorating atmosphere becomes the atmosphere in which the reader lives, giving zest to his enjoyment of descriptions which are painted with a delicacy of detail which is only equalled by the breadth of the general treatment.

To the roll of these Canadian writers whose work has been so much in evidence during the past two years, a roll on which are inscribed the names of Fraser, Maclennan, "Ralph Connor," Lily Dougall, Chas. G. D. Roberts and Gilbert Parker, must be added that of A. C. Laut, whose work shows promise of great things yet to come from Canada. Even now it must be admitted that the new writer has established a claim to be recognized as one of the most successful debutantes of a year which has witnessed many presentations of new workers in the literary field.

A popular gift-book in the holiday trade this year was Dr. Rand's "Treasury of Canadian Verse." The publisher was delighted with the wide demand for the book, and

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MORANG & CO.'S BOOKS.

The great rush for the book by Conan Doyle, "The Great Boer War," evidences not only the interest of people in the events that have been taking place in South Africa, but the high place that has been attained by Doyle as a writer who will keep faith with his public. There is a model solidity about the doctor that has given people confidence in him, and, whether he writes a description of a lover's quarrel, or a war in South Africa, the public are ready to read it. The demand for the book has been greater during the past week than the publishers have been able to meet, but another edition has just been put on the market. As a saleable book this work, at $1.50, is excellent stock. It is gotten up in capital style with an attractive binding, while the five well-executed maps which go with it, add greatly to its usefulness as a clear record of the war.

All the internal evidence supports this theory. The writer is supposed to be a young woman 22 years of age, her lover half a year younger-merely boy and girl. Yet never since Romeo and Juliet were boy and girl so mature. The letters are not only a record of supreme devotion, but they are immensely clever; too finished in style, too subtle, too rich and ripe in literary and artistic judgments for it to be at all probable that they were penned by so young a hand. Although but one side of the correspondence is given, there are sufficient quotations from the man, enough light is thrown upon his mind and character, to show that he, no less than she, is wholly free from the crudity of youth. Moreover, what is untold, as well as what is told, is artistically contrived to stimulate curiosity, and to open a wide field for conjecture. In short, the letters are "too good to be true," although the air of reality is most skilfully achieved and preserved throughout the vol

ume.

The letters are emphatically letters,
not essays. There is always the unknown
other side; allusions to things which only
the lover understands, fine bits of literary
and artistic criticism tossed upon the page
with a light hand, then brushed aside for
the great theme of love; little glints of fun
ers the story darkens; a pretty dallying
with trifles-every where suggestions; noth-
ing told "tout au long."

As a romance, the book possesses the rare
charm of making every reader his own
novel writer. The most slender skeleton of
a plot is vouchsafed, upon which endless
conjectures and solutions may be hung. If
there were such a thing as a school for
writers, it would be interesting to give “An
Englishwoman's Love-Letters" as a theme,
and to see what a variety of compositions
would result, in how many different ways
the mysteries would be cleared up.
or a

Morang & Co. have secured the Canadian rights of that much-discussed book, "An Englishwoman's Love-Letters," and their edition is certainly worthy of the reputation of the firm. The price is $1.50, and the sale in England has been very great. Are the letters genuine or fictitious? If fictitious, were they written by a man woman? If so, who is that extraordinarily fine writer? These are some of the questions that have been occurring. The preface, or, as it is called, the "explanation," of these remarkable letters clearly implies that they were written by a real woman to a real man, and published after the death of both the actors in the romance. If this be true, one can scarcely pardon such a revelation, even under the veil of anonymity, and any criticism of the letters themselves would be a desecration of the holy of holies of a woman's heart. In spite, however, of the fact that a preface is the author's confidential word with his reader, it is so often employed to give an air of truth to the fiction that follows that we cannot help regarding this" explanation as constructed to heighten the illusion of the letters themselves, and believing the whole to be a work of the imagination.

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caused that fiat of separation to come like
a bolt out of a clear sky from the lover's
own hand? Was his implacable mother the
"dea ex machina," and was her subsequent
overture of peace but the easy kindness of
the triumphant? Was there some hereditary
blight upon the woman's life which she did
not know, and which would have made
marriage with her a crime? Or, since the
world's best-loved women have always had
natures of withdrawal and of receptivity,
rather than of passionate surrender, did
this woman love too well for her own good?
"Men are tyrants. Never let your husband
know that you are wholly at his mercy,"
wrote once a wise woman: but the writer
of these letters lays herself at her lover's
feet; she is abject in her submission, abso-
lute in an utter abandonment of devotion.
She could not even gather together her
self-respect when her love was spurned.

Did the man weary, as men will, of this too easy entrance into his kingdom? Did he put his crown from off his head in the longing for new worlds to conquer ? Nothing is told. The cause of the ultimate tragedy is left to the reader's conjecture.

The "explanation" says of these lovers, that "to the memory of neither of them does any blame belong." But we cannot admit that love is governed by other laws than those of ordinary ethics, and, taken at its face value, the action of the man is one of cowardly cruelty; the character of the woman, while singularly noble and beautiful, is wanting in fortitude and selfcontrol.

On the whole it looks likely that this is a book that will have a continuous sale for many months.

In obtaining the sole Canadian market for the "Monthly Review," the very excellent magazine brought out in October last by the well-known publishing house of Jno. Murray, of London, Eng., Morang & Co. have secured the control of what is, all

things considered, the best monthly maga zine now published in any country, and in determining to make the price $5.00 per annum, and 50 cents per number, instead of $7.00 per annum and 60 cents per number, as it is in the United States and England, they have made a concession which will be appreciated by the Canadian public.

Col. Denison's "Soldiering in Canada," has proved itself a good seller, and it is continually receiving high commendations from those who buy and read it. Those of the trade who have made a specialty of it among military men have found it answer their purpose, and have found that it is a book with which a steady trade can be done.

PUBLISHERS' SYNDICATE'S BOOKS.

The recent Christmas trade was notable for the large proportion of fine editions placed before the Canadian public, and in this respect The Publishers' Syndicate, Limited, of Toronto, was foremost in the field of Canadian publishers. This enterprising house is making a specialty of the higher grades of books, and during the past year has placed a number of very fine works on the market. During the coming season it may be expected to surpass its previous attempts in this regard, and booksellers who wish to be up to date should not fail to secure its catalogues and circulars as issued.

Among the pronounced successes of the present winter is, undoubtedly, "Three Little Maids," issued in this country by The Publishers' Syndicate. Ethel Turner, its

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