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English literature, once so eminently filled by Louisa M. Alcott, and her books are being read with interest and delight throughout the English-speaking world. "Three Little Maids" is truly a charming book, and equally attractive to the young and the old alike. It's tone is healthy, while it contains an absorbing narrative, full of pathos, and lighted with touches of exquisite humor and wit. Each month increases the demand for it, and it will live for a long time as one of the daintiest and pleasing stories of its kind.

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"Flame, Electricity and the Camera has made a name for George Iles, its author, that will stand him in good stead. It is pronounced the best popular book of science issued in the past year, and is meeting with very large sales. Sir William Van Horne, writing recently to the author, said, "I find it difficult to lay down the book even at the imperative call of business." John Fiske, the eminent historian, writes, " It is one of the most fascinating books that I have seen in the last ten years." A second edition of this successful work has just been issued by The Publishers' Syndicate, Limited, Toronto.

Among books for boys there are two which stand out most prominently to-day -Ray Stannard Baker's "Boys' Book of Inventions," and Tudor Jenks' "Boys' Book of Explorations." No two boys' books published to-day have so perfectly united interest with instruction. The first deals with the great inventions of recent times, the telephone, the airship, the Roentgen ray, the automobile, liquid air, and others, and by countless pictures brings a perfect idea of these great innovations to the mind of the boyish reader; while the second tells in an equally fascinating manner of the famous explorers of the world, their voyages, their adventures and their discoveries. These books can be most strongly recommended, and will be warmly welcomed wherever shown. Both these books are issued by The Publishers' Syndicate, Limited, Toronto.

There are a few copies left of the "Canadian Wild Life Calendar for 1901," issued by The Publishers' Syndicate. Any who have not secured a copy should do so at

once.

Irving Bacheller's "Eben Holden" is said to have been the second best-selling book in the United States last month.

M. Zola is about to begin the serial publication of the second work in the group of novels known as "The Four Evangelists." This is the story of Mark, and is entitled "Travail."

Book Motes.

"Is There a God for Man to Know?" By James Carmichael, D.D., D.C.L., Dean of Montreal. Toronto: The Church of England Publishing Company.

This is a small volume on a great subject that must ever be of vital interest. We

I could have wished that one who writes so ably and so conclusively had given us a larger book. However, we must be content for the present with what is given, as the author says "his one object in presenting so wide a subject within the limits of so small a volume, is that of gaining readers amongst those who, possessed of little time for study, are constantly hearing that it is an intellectual impossibility to realize anything in connection with the existence and Being of God."

The learned Dean, in marshalling his facts in favor of the Being of God, groups them together under the following heads: 1st. Facts that go to prove that the religious idea is a universal idea. This argument is called "The General Consent of Mankind to the Religious Idea.” 2nd. Facts relating to the origination of things, fairly called "The Argument from Origination." 3rd. Facts relating to the order which is characteristic of nature, called "Argument from Object and Intention." 4th. Facts relating to the moral feelings observable in man, called "The Moral Argument."

In the discussion of these various positions assumed, the author has consulted and drawn forth information from scores of the greatest writers of the day.

Of the theory of evolution as the origin of man, the Dean says: "If we adopt the theory of evolutionists, the first man becomes a trying puzzle. The law of evolution could not give us a perfect man, so mentally endowed as to be able to gather around him those weapons of defence and protection which would have made him strong to resist the physically stronger. He must have been a lonely, solitary creature, surrounded by deadly foes in the animal world, and with climate and opportunities of obtaining food suited to his new conditions all against him."

In summing up the various arguments in proof of the Divine Being, Dr. Carmichael says: "The consent of mankind to the religious idea postulates the existence of a Divine Being or Beings; the argument from origination teaches that this Being must be one possessed of mind, will and power; the argument from object and order proves that this Being is a magnificent intelligence, and the argument derived from our sense of responsibility, that He is just and true and good."

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In "Mother Goose's Bicycle Tour," the author, who modestly conceals her identity under the initials "M. S. G.," has served up familiar nursery rhymes, with some original ones, in novel style. French words and phrases are introduced into the rhymes. A carefully prepared glossary translates all of these and gives the pronunciation. The book is therefore a very useful aid to students of French. The illustrations are the work of a German artist, and are humorous and exceedingly attractive. A handsome cover design in gold and colors gives an elegant finish to a very pleasing book.

Dr. Bryce's "History of the Hudson's Bay Company" has proved one of the best selling books of the year. A second edition has already been called for. No doubt Miss Laut's Hudson's Bay story will further stimulate the demand for this first adequate history of the great fur-trading corporations.

Dr. Maclean is coming in for congratulatory words on his recently published book, "The Making of a Christian." The work has been classed with Drummond's books and the writings of Newell Dwight Hillis.

Rev. Dr. Cornish has ready for the press Vol. II of his "Cyclopedia of Methodism in Canada." The first volume was issued in 1881, and covered the history of the church from its earliest beginnings down to the year 1880. The second brings the record down to date.

Miss Currie's "Story of Laura Secord and Canadian Reminiscences," presents not only the most complete story of the heroine of the war of 1812, but several most interesting chapters of local history. The illustrations are reproductions in half-tone of several

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Mr. Thomas Allen, for years a popular and successful traveller for the Methodist Book and Publishing House, with which concern he has been identified since coming to the city twelve years ago, has left the house to enter the publishing business with Mr. George J. McLeod. Mr. Allen's leaving was made the occasion of the presentation to him by his fellow employees of a handsome gold watch chain and locket. The members of the new firm are young men of more than ordinary ability and enterprise, and no doubt will win their share in the remarkable growth of the publishing business in Toronto.

Many people are skeptical of the existence of a white race in the heart of Africa, but the fact is no longer open to doubt. Mr. Fisher Unwin will publish an important work by Anthony Wilkin, entitled "Among the Berbers of Aigeria," which records and illustrates the wanderings of two anthropologists among the two great Berber tribes of modern Algeria. The great white race of Africa is no myth but a living reality.

In 1887 the Poet Laureate wrote as follows: "It seems to me that in South Africa loyal men and women of English blood are greatly needed. The advantage of sending thither those who cannot gain bread and meat for their children in this country, however hard they work, is so great that I shall be glad to know that the Government are taking active steps to organize a wide system of judicious colonization."

One thousand dollars is offered by the American Sunday School Union in prizes for the best book on the topic, "How is Man to be Saved; or, God's Way of Salvation." There is a first prize of $600 and a second one of $400. The books should be of a practical and popular sort, in length from 40,000 to 70,000 words, typewritten, signed with a private mark, and sent to the American Sunday School Union, 1122 Chestnut street, Philadelphia, before November 1, 1901.

The employees of the Methodist Book Room have a flourishing employees' Benefit Society, with 117 senior and 20 junior members. Last year they paid out $371 in sick benefits. The annual meeting was held on Tuesday evening, Jan. 8th, in the Board Room of Wesley Buildings. The following officers were elected: President, L. Cuttell; Vice-President, D. Randall; SecretaryTreasurer, Henry Balson; Auditors, W. T. Slater, W. Sheahan; Directors, R. Self, A. Savage, J. McClelland, John Miln, W. Fogarty, W. Cope.

Owing to the success of the paper which she read before the French Alpine Club at the Paris Exhibition, Mrs. Bullock Workman readily consented to read another on her travels and mountaineering exploits in India to those Parisians whom she succeeded in interesting before. In spite of the fact that the paper had to be read in French it was most enthusiastically received by a very large and brilliant audience. Mrs. Workman is as skilful with her pen as she is clever at lecturing, and her beautifullyillustrated book, "In the Ice World of the Himalaya," which deals with those same subjects which so delighted her French auditors has called forth much admiration from the English press.

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"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 country at large, or are detrimental to them, 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 estab lishments. Nothing appears to be omitted, and a special recommendation of this little work is its conciseness. It is strongly bound,

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.

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Are Carried On," by W. B. Phillips, former❘ly 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 organization 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 infor

mation.

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 chance 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 of selling, and credited with the expense sales made. Each section pays its proper share 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.

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TRADING KIPLING CHECKS.

"The last time I was North," said a New Orleans banker to a reporter of the New Orleans Times-Democrat I heard a Kipling story which I don't think has ever been in print. It was told me by a gentleman who used to have a place in Vermont, not far from Kipling's old summer home, and who is at present assistant cashier in one of the big New York banks.

"He said that during the last year of Kipling's residence in Vermont he became alarmed at the growing expenses of the establishment and decided to keep a strict eye on the output. Accordingly he opened an account at a bank in a nearby town--I for get now which-and paid all the household bills with personal checks. Many of them. were very small, ranging in amount from fifty cents to $5, and the shrewd Yankee storekeepers of the neighborhood soon discovered that they could get more for them from autograph fiends than they could from the paying teller. That was particularly the case when they attached a duplicate memoranda of the account. For example, a bill against Mr. Kipling for five pounds of cheese, accompanied by an autograph check for $1.25, was a souvenir that commanded a fancy price.

"The consequence was that a number of the checks never found their way to the bank, and the author was greatly perplexed. He would send in his book once a month to be balanced, and it would invariably come back showing more to his credit than was indicated by the stubs.

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a case of bottled beer framed and hanging in the study of a collector. That exposed the nefarious traffic, and the creator of Mulvaney was speechless with wrath and indignation. The first thing he did when he got home was to burn his checkbook, and after that he insisted on paying all his bills in the coin of the realm."

Nobody who is anxious to be well informed should miss getting Conan Doyle's great book, "The Great Boer War." Doyle is a great writer, and he has been in South Africa, where he worked in the army hospitals as a surgeon. The book has five coloured maps.

Booksellers will be interested in learning of the change in the Firm of Geo. J. McLeod, Publisher. Mr. Thomas Allen, late of the Methodist Book Room and Publishing House, filling the position as head traveller for the last eight years, has joined hands with Mr. McLeod in the publishing business. The new firm will be styled McLeod & Allen, Publishers and Publishers' Representatives, and their business will be carried on at the old address, 5 King Street West, for the present. The trade who know these young men will expect good things from

them.

Bad habits, like bad health, are more contagious than good. There is a bad habit among English publishers which is being

too frequently copied by their American fellows.

This is the habit of issuing books and periodicals with uncut pages. An uncut book or an uncut periodical is practically an unfinished bit of work. The binder simply transfers to the reader the task which it is his duty to perform. Now, the reader pays for a thoroughly completed job. No deduction is made from the retail price to compensate him for doing what should not have been left undone by the binder.

Moreover, the binder has tools at his command which enable him to do the work far more expeditiously and infinitely better than the reader. An ordinary reader may not find even the ordinary penknife ready to hand. He-if it be a he-must frequently avail himself of the toothpick of commerce or, in the last extremity, the forefinger with which he was dowered at birth, in order to get at the contents of his purchase. Sheif it be a she-is just a little better equipped, inasmuch as hairpins and brooches are sure to be contained among the arcana of her toilette.

But toothpick and hairpin, not to speak of the abomination of the forefinger, are destructive to the symmetry of a book or a periodical.

It is not right that publishers should exact from readers the ruin of the property which they sell them when an infinitesimal expenditure of time and money on their part would deliver that property finished and perfected into the reader's hands.N.Y. World.

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BOOKS AND AUTHORS.

Lothrop Publishing Company announce that 103,132 copies of "Eben Holden "were sold in twenty-eight consecutive business days.

Brentano's are the sole publishers in the United States of "L'Aiglon" in French under a United States copyright. They have fixed and established the retail prices of this work at $1.50 in cloth and $1 in paper. These are net prices. Brentano's expect that the full retail price will be asked and maintained.

Discussion of the authorship of "An Englishwoman's Love Letters" still rages unsatisfied. In London a lady has advanced an ingenious clue:" About thirty years ago," she writes, "a small booklet of poems appeared, written by Elizabeth Cross, the sister-in-law of George Eliot. Shortly after their publication the poems were withdrawn from circulation, and all outstanding copies attainable bought up. To any reader whose memory goes back for thirty years, the sim

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told in those poems, and that related in the • Englishwoman's Love Letters,' must be apparent; there is the same poetical feeling, the same passion, and the same purity. If this is the case, and both letters and poems were written by the same hand, as seems probable, surely it is strong evidence that the dread spectre of insanity in the family was the cause of the girl's life tragedy, especially when the sad mental collapse of Mr. Cross, on his honeymoon at Venice is remem ered."

H. M. Ca'dwell Company, Boston, will publish immediately "Blue Grass Baliads," by William Lightfoot Visscher, a collection of Southern verse, a large proportion of which is in dialect. The author origina ly published an edition of 250 copies in Nov., 1900, at the particular request of his intimate friends. The immediate popularity of the work induced Colonel Visscher to publish this second and less expensive edition.

A manual for young mothers, by Genevieve Tucker, M.D., entitled “Mother, Baby and Nursery," which Mr. Fisher Unwin

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