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No men have had more work during the war than the Secretary of State for War and the Commander-in-Chief, and yet they both found time to thank Rev. E. J. Hardy for his new book "Mr. Thomas Atkins." Lord Wolseley has always protested against the impertinence cf calling the "gallant private" "Tommy Atkins;" so the respect which Rev. Mr. Hardy puts into the title " Mr. Thomas Atkins" must have been appreciated by him. The book, which is full of bright stories, is published in England by Fisher Unwin, London, at six shillings, and in America by F. A. Stokes, New York, at $1.50.

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Also in the Colonial Library, “The Purple Robe." By Joseph Hocking, author of "The Scarlet Woman," &c. Mr. Hocking writes always from the Christian standpoint, but he is a man who thinks, who keeps abreast of the times, and who looks the questions of the day fully and fearlessly in the face. "The Purple Robe" is a novel with a purpose, and is likely to arouse considerable controversy in religious circles. The brilliant success the author's "Scarlet Woman" has recently attained should ensure a ready welcome for his new book.



By a Mere Man. 12mo, cloth, 206 pages.Price $1.00. New York and London : Funk & Wagnalls Company.

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This book will greatly please all kinds of people. Husbands and brothers who are fond of criticising their wives and sisters will welcome this champion of their cause. With satisfaction they will hand this book to their companions of the "weaker sex and advise them to " read, mark, and inwardly digest" its contents. On the other hand there are women almost without number who feel thoroughly competent to meet and vanquish all the mere men who may dare to criticise them. These women will welcome this new attack upon their strongholds if for no other reason than that they will be afforded another chance for an easy victory. They will fly to the defence and put the enemy to route-if they can. "A Mere Man" sets forth, among other "blunders of women," "Women's Ignorance of the Value of Money," "The Management of Servants," "The Mistakes of The 'Missus,' " The Management of Children," "Misuse of Kitchen Utensils," "The Love of Dirt," The Purchase of a Chop," Waste of Food," Feeding of Children," "The Folly of Flowers and Bric-a-brac," and last, but not least, "Things in General."

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Book Reviews.

"A Man's Woman." By Frank Norris. The Musson Book Co., Toronto; cloth $1.25, paper 75c.

Mr. Norris will certainly add to his reputation by this book. It is realism, but not the realism of the gutter, which so many have recently described. The story opens with a vivid picture of the sufferings of a party of Arctic explorers. Then we are taken to New York and introduced to the heroine, Lloyd Searight, a wealthy young lady who has founded a Nurses' Agency and works there herself as one of the rank and file. We find out presently that her affections are set on one of the explorers, and the story centres round her love for him, her devotion to her profession, and her attitude after marriage towards a new Arctic expedition by her husband. It is a powerful anlysis of motive and character, and hurries one on with unflagging interest. In some places, however, we had qualms as to whether the actions of the characters were what we should expect. But if they were not logical, we know that most people are not logical in life. We would gladly have dispensed with an account of a rather unpleasant operation at which Lloyd Searight assists, and too much is made of the contagious character of ty hpoid, Apart from these minor points, we interested in the study of Ward Bennett, the Arctic leader, and also in the handling of his devoted follower, Adler. Several of the situations are very dramatic and it seems to us one of the strongest stories of contemporary life we have lately read. But we would hardly recommend it to people with nerves or invalids. To show the force of Mr. Norris' way of writing we quote the following passage :—



Stronger, more insistent, was the blind, unreasoned impulse that set their faces to the southward : To get forward, to get forward.' Answering the resistless influence of their leader-that indomitable man of iron whom no fortune could break or bend, and who imposed his will upon them as it were a yoke of steel-this idea became for them a sort of obsession. Forward, if it were only a yard; if it were only a foot. Forward over the heart-breaking rubble ice; forward against the biting, shrieking wind; forward in the face of the blinding snow; forward through the brittle crusts and icy water; forward although every step was an agony, though the haul-rope cut like a dull knife, though their clothes were sheets of ice. Blinded, panting, bruised, bleeding and exhausted, dogs and men, animals all, the expedition struggled forward."

Trade Notes.

Nothing better ilustrates the growth and and progress of Toronto than some of the Queen City's old mercantile firms. The Barber & Ellis Co. possess a reputation from Halifax to Vancouver-a splendid reputation, second to none, in the wholesale stationery trade. No papers are more sought for in the Canadian mercantile world than their famous white smooth finished writings and their celebrated goods in "Bonds,' handled by all enterprising dealers.

Every care is taken that the Barber & Ellis goods shall be strictly up-to-date.

Their wedding cards and stationery are well known to be as fashionable as the imported, yet of course they can be retailed at a much lower figure.

The new lines in society stationery of the Barber & Ellis Co. need only to be seen to be appreciated by the trade. Their Oxford vellum and original parchment vellum bid fair to become as ready sellers as their well-known original English Wedgewood and their popular French crepon.


An example of quick publishing is given by the issue of Miss Glasgow's "Voice of the People," the novel of recent Virginian life. The manuscript left the hands of the author in Richmond, Va., late in February. It was read and accepted by her publishers in New York, Doubleday, Page & Co., and put into type; advance copies were made for the publishers' salesmen and sent to them as far west as Omaha early in March; nearly the whole country was canvassed by them, and orders were placed with the booksellers; copies were sent to England for copyright and simultaneous publication there; advance copies were sent to the press, and the book—after every step in careful publication had been taken-was distributed and published the first week in April.

An important addition to the literature of labor and capital will be made by the immediate publication of Mr. Henry D. Lloyd's "A Country Without Strikes," which is a study, made on the spot, of the successful working of the Compulsory Arbitration law of New Zealand. The book, which is in the press by Doubleday, Page & Co., will contain an introduction by Hon. William Pember Reeves, the author of the law.

Mr. Lloyd made a long visit to New Zealand and made a personal study of the workings of the law. His explanation of it from such a study is both vivid and accurate.

The publishers of "Nature's Garden," the new book on wild flowers by Neltje Blanchan, the author of "Bird Neighbors," have encountered a peculiar difficulty on account of the uncommon number of "inserts." One thousand copies are put through the bindery at a time, but the binding consumes so much time that all orders could not be promptly filled. It is necessary in every 1,000 copies to insert by hand 80,000 plates containing the pictures of the flowers. The difficulty of rapid manufacture is made plain by such a statement.

Readers who have become interested in the dog-hero of "Bob, Son of Battle," will

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To read a book and wish there was more of it is a high tribute to the author's ability to entertain. And that is the compliment the reader will pay to Frank Norris' "A Man's Woman."-Detroit Free Press.

By FRANK NORRIS, author of "Blix

A MAN'S WOMAN McTeague," "Moran of the Lady

Letty," etc.

"Mr. Norris has arrived," said Mr. W. D. Howells, the other day; and the critics all agree that his work must be reckoned with in any consideration of the literary field. This new story (which has for a heroine a girl decidedly out of the ordinary run of fiction) is most dramatic, containing some tremendous pictures of the daring of the men who are trying to reach the Pole-indeed Arctic exploration is the theme upon which the whole tale hangs. But it is at the same time essentially a woman's book, and the story works itself out in the solution of a difficulty that is continually presented in real life-the wife's attitude in relation to her husband when both have well-defined careers.

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be interested to know that the publishers have a portrait of Bob, which will appear on the front cover of the new edition of the book. New editions continue to be called for.

Messrs. D. Appleton & Company announce for immediate publication "The Last Lady of Mulberry," a story of Italian New York, by Henry Wilton Thomas, with many illustrations by Emil Polak; "Garthowen," a Welsh story by Allen Raine; "The Immortal Garland," a novel of American life, by Anna Robeson Brown; "Bird Studies with a Camera," by Frank M. Chapman, elaborately illustrated by the author; "Diana Tempest," by Mary Cholmondeley, author of "Red Pottage," new edition, with portrait and biographical sketch; "The Lunatic at Large," a romance by J. Storer Clouston; "A History of Russian Literature," by K. Waliszewski, a new volume in Appleton's Literatures of the World Series, edited by Edmund Gosse; and a new ediConcerning Isabel Carnaby," by tion of " Ellen Thorneycroft Fowler, with portrait and biographical sketch.

"The Farringdons" is the title chosen by Miss Ellen Thorneycroft Fowler for her new novel, which is to be published immediately by D. Appleton & Company. It is said by those who have seen the manuscript that the new book represents a distinct advance in interest and force upon even "Concerning Isabel Carnaby," and "A Double Thread." The scene of "The Farringdons" is understood to be laid partly in the Black Country, England, and partly in London, and the contrasts of types are said to be most vividly expressed. The book is described as characterized by brilliancy and humor, and also by the close and sympathetic observation of a Nonconformist life and thought, which has been a feature of Miss Fowler's work. The interest expressed in the forthcoming work of this successful writer seems to be exceptional.

Morang & Co. have the Canadian rights.

Rand, McNally & Company, Chicago and New York, announce the publication about April 20, of a new novel, entitled " Bishop Pendle," by Fergus Hume, author of "The Mystery of a Hansom Cab," etc. Mr. Hume is widely known as a master of stirring, ingenius plot that first misleads, and then surprises the reader, and of vigorous, picturesque English. In "Bishop Pendle," while there is no falling off in plot and style, there is a welcome and marvelous broadening out in the cast of characters, representing an unusually wide range of typical men and women. Mr. Hume's treatment of the peculiarly exclusive, ecclesiastical society in a small cathedral city, is quite worthy of Anthony Trollope, and his principal character, Bishop Pendle, is the equal of Trollope's best bishop. The Rev. Mr. Cargrim, the Bishop's poor, but most unworthy, protege and chaplain, is a meaner Uriah Heep. Mrs. Pansey is the embodiment of all shrewdness, and yields almost unlimited amusement. Mr. Hume's gypsies are genuinesuch as George Borrow would have made them not the ignorant caricatures so often portrayed by writers too lazy to study their subject. The story is rich in all the elements of worthy fiction-in characterization, exciting adventure, suggestions of the mar

velous, wit, humor, pathos, and just enough of tragedy to make it dramatic.

"Dorothy Marlow," by A. W. Marchmont, the successful and well-known author of "By Right of Sword," and "A Dash for a Throne," will be issued during April by Rand, McNally & Company, Chicago and New York. In this, his latest novel, Mr. Marchmont maintains his high standard of constructive work, keen analysis of psychological and ethical conditions, impressive characterization and felicitous English. The story hinges on a dangerous heritage, in the form of three valuable crown jewels, which came into the possession of a young woman in a most peculiar manner, and which led to a series of startling adventures. It is much when a book of fiction is wholesome in its moral tone; it is more when, added to this, the author has the

happy art of arranging the material of his story in proper sequence, and of telling it impressive. All these desirable qualities in literary forms that are clear, terse and appear in Mr. Marchmont's book, and will commend it to a numerous class of readers.

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"Beyond the Hills of Dream ; poems : $1. George N. Morang Co., Toronto.

Canadian Bookseller by W. Wilfred Campbell. 138 pages, cloth

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Inquiry among a few of the leading booksellers gives the following as the best selling of the recent novels, in the order given: 1. "To Have and to Hold" (Morang.) 2. "Three Men on Wheels" (Copp, Clark.) 3. The Farringdons" (Morang.) 4. "The Black Wolf's Breed" (McLeod.) 5. "Joan of the Sword Hand" (Copp, Clark.)

6. "The Green Flag" (Morang.)
7. "David Harum" (Briggs.)
8. "Richard Carvel" (Copp, Clark.)

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"The Green Flag and Other Stories " by A. Conan Doyle. 348 pages, 12mo, cloth $1.25, paper 75 cents. George N. Morang Co., Toronto.

"Three Men on Wheels" by Jerome K. Jerome. 12mo, 300 pages, cloth $1.50, paper, 75c. Copp, Clark Co., Toronto. "Canadian copyright."


The mechanical work on the Canadianmade books now being put on the market, is something that Canadians may well be proud of. It is to the credit of Canadian printers and bookbinders that they have the mechanical facilities and the skilled work

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men to turn out such excellent books. The latest productions of the leading Canadian publishers are highly creditable from a manufacturing stand point. In this respect they compare most favorably with the work turned out by the United States and British publishers. Canada is developing in every way, but in no way is the development more marked than in the production of books-and this in spite of the manifest disadvantages under which Canadian publishers have labored. Such facts speak volumes for the enterprise and business acumen of Canadian publishers. Give them a just copyright law, and the development will be infinitely greater.

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'My Geoff," published by F. V. White & Co., London. He got his bookseller to order this book. After waiting six weeks the book arrived, but he was much disgusted to find it was the same story he had already read, published by Lippincott's of Philadelphia, under the title of "The Experiences of a Lady-Help." As" My Geoff " was first published in England, it appears the American publishers must have thought their title more appropriate, but it is hard on readers.

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George N. Morang & Co. have had a most encouraging reception for their Canadian edition of Miss Ellen Thorneycroft Fowler's latest success, "The Farringdons." The "Pall Mall Gazette " says of this book: "Her new novel leaves no room for doubt


that her powers are considerable; she has given here a most artistic finish to her work. The dialogue is as bright and witty as ever. "The Farringdons' is an engrossing and singularly diverting book, its cleverness is often amazing. Her previous work showed us that Miss Fowler had arrived; The Farringdons' convinces us that she has come to stay." This unmistakable praise is echoed also by "Literature," which remarks concerning the new book : "" "The Farringdons' appears to us to mark a real artistic advance in the writer. Elizabeth Farringdon is certainly Miss Fowler's chef d'œuvre. We know few characters in recent fiction so consistent and so human. The book will be highly praised, and it thorough

not." The definiteness of these two people, who know their own minds, it appears, is distressing to the superfine critic of the "Sphere." Neither does he think the heroine was justified in speaking of an acquaintance as follows:

"If I were as stout as Lady Silverhampton," said Elizabeth, thoughtfully, "I should either cut myself up into building lots or else let my. self out into market-gardens; I should never go about whole, should you?"



But this critic concludes by saying, "reason as one will, The Farringdons' will sell by tens of thousands." We should think so, indeed. Miss Fowler's "Double Thread " reached the 50,000 mark in a few weeks after it was published, and in England 20,000 of "The Farringdons" had been sold by the end of April. The fact is, it is a book that appeals to all who can appreciate mother-wit and genuine humour, and, above all, to everybody who has had any experience of religious manifestations in various sorts of people. The dry-hearted agnostic may not be able to see much in it, but to healthy and normal people it will be found to be a great refreshment. We shall be surprised if it does not reach a very large sale in this country.

The continued large sale of "To Have and to Hold" is naturally exciting much attention. The book is, in fact, sweeping the country here much as it is now sweeping the United States. The last figures announced are 210,000, which, considering the short time it has been before the public, are enough to stamp it as having qualities in it that are far above the average. 'I here ly deserves it. We have not for a long eral eagerness to read Miss Johnston's new is something rather impressive in the gen


time read a book so fresh, so sincere, so truly humorous; a book which enthrals the reader by its wit and by its vivid realization of character."

This is very high praise, but it is not higher than the book deserves. That all critics do not see it in exactly this light is natural, and there are some who see it in exactly an opposite light. For instance, "C. K. S.," in the " Sphere," calls Miss Fowler harsh and intolerant. He can't see any fun in Mrs. Bateson and Mrs. Hankey, two of the principal characters, because one of them says:

"There's no denying that husbands is trou blesome, Mrs. Hunkey, and sons is worse; but all the same 1 stand up for 'em both, and I wish Miss Elizabeth had got one of the one and half a dozen of the other."

This critic objects also to such words as the following, uttered by two of the characters. Elizabeth, the heroine of the story, has a suitor who is of an agnostic tendency, and he says, "I will not marry a woman who believes in the old faith," and she replies, "I will not marry a man who does

story. During the months in which it was appearing serially in the "Atlantic Monthly" readers grew more enthusiastic with each new instalment, talked of it with infectious admiration, and waited impatiently for the next chapters. The air was full of it, booksellers talked thousands as freely as scores of ordinary new books, so that before its publication, more than 45,000 copies had been ordered. Critics have vied with one another in their commendations of it. An editorial in the "Boston Herald" remarked: "When Miss Johnston wrote her first story, Prisoners of Hope,' we ventured the opinion that a new writer of fiction of the first importance had appeared in American literature. Her second book more than sustains the promise she then gave. It is better than its predecessor. It has all the merits of that work and there is evidence in it of ripened talent. Its most attractive feature to the general reader will be its thrilling interest of narrative. In this respect it surpasses all the novels that have preceded it in acquiring popularity."

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The New York "Times Saturday Review" observes : "There is nothing but unstinted praise for a book of qualities as unique as they are admirable. Original in plot, thrilling in its situations, strong and sweet in its character-drawing, vital with noble emotion, perfect in style, To Have and To Hold' compels a breathless interest from its first page to its last, and is remembered as one remembers an uplifting vision of the mountains or the salt breath of the sea."


"The English in Africa," by Hon. David Mills, cannot for a moment be classed with the numerous books of mushroom growth that have been the result of the war in South Africa. Many of these works have been of hurried production. The work of Mr. Mills is the growth of years, and as a matter of fact was begun long before the outbreak of the present conflict with the Boers. Its scope includes the British protectorate of Egypt, the history of the Soudan, and all the colonization schemes east and west, north and south. The writer has had access to Government documents, from which he has extracted information obtainable in no other way. Moreover, the spirit in which the book is written is calm and judicial, and though it makes a tremendous indictment against the Boers, it does so on grounds which are irrefragably proved as the author proceeds with his task. The work is well printed, has an attractive cover, and is furnished with a map which is very instructive. A large number of this work should be sold in Canada where the author is respected for his public spirit, his wide information and reading, and his excellent judgment. The work is published at the price of $1.50.

"My Lady and Allan Darke," by Chas. Donnel Gibson. The revival of interest in this novel shows that "good wine needs no bush "-in other words, that a good article advertises itself. "My Lady and Allan Darke" is a story that engrosses the reader from start to finish. There is nothing mawkish or of the "problem" order about it. It is a straightforward, manly romance,

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