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effort, has been, as he says, to deal with facts. The other paper is by Hon. David J. Hill, Assistant Secretary of State, and is entitled "The War and the Extension of Civilization." Mr. Hill approaches his subject from a new standpoint, and claims that the terms "imand "expansion" do not meet perialism the case. A more fitting phrase, he considers, to designate the aims and achievements of the nation is the "extension of civilization;" for it expresses the motive and controlling principle of the war and of the treaty, by which, when ratified, it is to be concluded. Hon. Charles Denby contributes to the same number some further arguments Why the Treaty should be ratified."


The "Writer" for February opens with two practical articles entitled "On Writing Fun" and "A Writer's Tool-chests." In the department headed "Writers of the Day" personal information is given about L. C. Bradford, Annie Eliza Brand, Abel Farewell Brown, Alice Learned Bunner, Madge Sutherland Clarke, Clara Dixon Cowell, Helen A. Hawley, Florence Hotchkiss, Gertrude Evans King, Julie M. Lippman, Lafayette McLaws, Geraldine Merrick, Edwin T. Reed, Evaleen Stein, and Susan Hartley Swett, all recent contributors to leading magazines. The price of "The Writer" is ten cents a number, or one dollar a year. It is published by the Writer Publishing Company, P. O. Box 1905,



(From The Globe, Feb. 25, 1899.)

One would have thought that the views of Hall Caine, Sir Martin Conway and other well-known British authors, as published in the English papers, would have done away forever with the idea that Canadians were piratical in their tendencies so far as literary property was concerned. Unfortunately, such an educated gentleman as the editor of Literature still seems to have such an idea. In an editorial in a recent issue of his journal he makes certain statements which require some attention. He says:" At present a United States author can secure protection in Canada by printing in Great Britain, or in any part of the British dominions." That is true, but it is not the whole truth. As a matter of fact, the United States author can and does obtain protection in Canada by printing his work in the United States, sending a few copies to London, and publishing his book simultaneously in the United States and the United Kingdom. On the other hand, the Canadian author can obtain protection in the United States only by printing his work in the United States. Is not such a one-sided arrangement most unjust and unfair to Canadians? Again, the editor of Literature "The trouble, it is well known, arises because the men who propose to profit by the annexation of literary property are also the proprietors of the great Canadian newspapers." This will surely raise a smile at the expense of the editor in question from the proprietors of the great Cana


dian newspapers. There is not a word of truth in such a statement. Is it not really too bad to have the editor of a leading literary journal thus misrepresent Canadian affairs?

Let it not be supposed that Canadians have secured their present copyright privileges without agitation. On the contrary, the struggle to secure them has been a long and bitter one. The Imperial Act of 1842 granted copyright throughout the British dominions to any work first published in the United Kingdom. In the course of time it was discovered that a work first published in a British color y did not enjoy copyright in the United Kingdom but only in the colony where first published. This, of course, was most unfair to the colonists; but great bodies move slowly, and it was not

until 186, forty-four years after the passing of the original act that the claims of the colonists were recognized and the Imperial act amended, placing first publication in a colony on the same footing as first publication in the United Kingdom. Other points in this connection cannot be touched on here, owing to lack of space.

Let our fellow-subjects in the United Kingdom understand that Canadians desire

fair treatment to all. Canadians do not desire the gratuitous services of foreign authors, as insinuated by the editor of Literature. While, as Canadians, we insist on the right to make our own copyright act, we are quite in favor of an Imperial copyright act as long as our interests are protected. The new copyright bill introduced by Lord Herschell into the British House of Lords last year is a good illustration of how the interests of Canadians are not protected.

The first section of Lord Herschell's bill reads as follows:

The author of an original literary or artistic work first published in any part of her Majesty's dominions, or first published simultaneously therein and elsewhere, shall have copyright in his work throughout her Majesty's dominions, whether he is or is not a British subject.”

Contrast this proposed law with the present law. Under the present Imperial law, first publication of a work in the United Kingdom secures copyright for the work throughout her Majesty's dominions.

But in order to secure both Imperial and United States copyright, the publishers of the United States have to publish first in the United States and first in the United Kingdom. It is presumed that simultaneous publication in each country is equivalent to first publication in each country.

Lord Herschell's new bill makes this point more definite. He proposes in effect that first or simultaneous publication in any part of her Majesty's dominions shall secure copyright for the work throughout her Majesty's dominions.

Another point is worthy of consideration. At the present time the Imperial act is not quite clear as to who may secure copyright in the United Kingdom. It is certain that a British subject, and probably that an alien, is entitled to copyright. The United Kingdom has an international copyright convention with France and other countries. The United Kingdom is also a member of the Berne Copyright Convention. The United States has steadily refused to enter into an international copyright convention with the United Kingdom. Nor will the United States enter the Berne Convention.

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In this section the word "produced would mean printing and binding, or otherwise producing the work in question.

With some such amendment as this to the first section, and some attention to minor sections, we should have a true Imperial act without sacrificing Canadian interests. Of course, there is always the possibility of the Canadian Parliament passing a Canadian copyright act to protect Canadian interests, no matter what bill the Imperial Parliament may pass, for which let us be thankful. It is doubtful, however, if any better solution of the difficulty can be offered than that embodied in the agreement between the Canadian Copyright Association and Mr. Hall Caine, or a bill based on that agreement. In reality there should be no more friction between Imperial and Canadian interests over this copyright question than there is over banking, patent and other questions.

RICHARD T. LANCEFIELD. Public Library, Hamilton, Feb. 20, '99.

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"Red books-that is to say, books in red covers," was his reply.

And he proceeded to explain : “Of course, there are a few people who know about books, and insist on having the book they want without reference to the color of the binding; but the great mass of our customers judge by appearances. Drab books and gray books and brown books they won't have anything to do with; green books will pass; blue books sell a shade better; but red books always find a market. You can have no idea, unless you're in the trade, what a difference it makes to a book to be bound in red."


A correspondent of " 'Literature," published by Harper & Brothers, culls the following interesting literary news from the pages of the New York City Directory:

Reference to the New York City Directory for 1898 and 1899 discloses the interesting fact that there is at present but one Andrew Lang dwelling in the metropolis, and he, singularly enough, is set down as a "polisher." On the other hand there are two Thomas Hardys, one of them in dry goods and the other a "cleaner"; seven George Moores, who are gifted apparently as firemen, musicians, clerks and bricklayers; and twelve William Watsons, whose talents range from night-watching through brokerage to sign-painting. It is interesting to note, too, in this connection that New York has one Shakspere, however badly off she may be in the matter of original playwrights; no Thackerays; two Dickenses; and twenty-one Byrons, all engaged in pursuits other than poetry, although one of them is a gilder.


"In the reading-room of the Bibliothèque Nationale, as in that of most large public libraries, the behavior of readers is the subject of censure from time to time," says "Literature," published by Harper & Brothers. "One grievance is that they keep their seats with their hats, and wander

away to amuse themselves elsewhere, with absolute sans-gêne; another is that readers whose desks are uncomfortably crowded with their books use their neighbors' desks as hat stands without asking leave. Such a practice is obviously unworthy of philosophers, and inconsistent with the traditions of the politest people in the world; and one can only wonder that, if persisted in in the face of protest, it does not sometimes result in damage to the hat. Among brutal Anglo-Saxons it would be liable to do so. On the other hand, the absence of any complaint of readers who surreptitiously munch sandwiches over large paper editions, or who fall asleep and are caught snoring over their labors, may indicate that, in certain of the 'minor morals,' the advantage is with the French."


An enthusiastic book lover once upon a time, we are told, cancelled his engagement to a most estimable lady because she had marked a borrowed book. He took the high moral ground that "a person capable of such an act of piracy could not be loyal to any constitutional estate." He might perhaps have gone further and argued that such an offensive intrusion of her opinions boded no good for the future peace of the domestic circle. A friend may not borrow our garments and alter them to suit his physical peculiarities, and then return them to us unrebuked-and yet our books come back to our homes so charged with the per

sonality of the borrower that we have an uncomfortable sense of invading privacy when we turn the pages. It is not our book any longer-that alien volume that emphasizes what we prefer to slight, and calls attention in black lines to the very points we would ignore, and at best chatters mental confidences in which we have no interest. The law declares that our property shall not be wantonly defaced and the offender go free, but there is no redress for the interlarded volume with its adjectives and exclamation points or queries.

To remedy evils of this kind Richard de Bury founded a library at Durham College in the university of Oxford during the fourteenth century. He organized a most elaborate system of lending books, and, while acting as librarian, was assisted by a corps of bookbinders, for he held that the proper care of covers was an important item for the reader to learn. From time to time he burst into awful rages at the careless folk who then as now had no conscience in the matter of book-handling. In more vigorous Saxon than now obtains he sketched the following portrait, which, allowing for the changes in men and manners which five centuries have brought, applies with equal force to a certain class of borrowers to-day. He writes: "You will perhaps see a stiffnecked youth lounging sluggishly in his study while the frost pinches him in winter time. For such a one I would substitute a cobbler's apron in the place of his book. He has a nail like a giant's, perfumed with a stinking odor, with which he points out

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Mr. William Laird Clowes, in his introduction to the third volume of the "History of the Royal Navy" (Little, Brown & Co.), gives expression to the following generous sentiment:

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M. Demolins became famous one week after publication of his book. Within two months it had attained its fifth edition, and the strange thing is that, while it contained at once an accusation and a confession which must have deeply wounded French sensibilities, the arrangement, painful as it was, seems to have provoked no anger.

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