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Doubleday, Page & Co., though still a young publishing house, has rapidly developed its business, because of its good fortune in bringing out new authors. Among them are Frank Norris, whose "Pit" is now the best selling book in the United States; Miss Ellen Glasgow, who has achieved her greatest success with "The Voice of the People" and "The Battleground '; Allen French, the author of "The Colonials," and Thomas Dixon, jr., whose "Leopard's Spots" has gone beyond 100,000 copies before the end of its first year. In addition to these are such writers as Booker T. Washington and Helen Keller.

They now present another new authorMiss Martha W. Austin, whose first novel, "Veronica" show a literary quality of an unusual sort. It is the quiet story of a woman's love, and has charmed all who have read it by the delicacy of its subject and by its unusual style.

"The Booklovers' Magazine" for April, the fourth number of what promises to be a deservedly popular publication, contains two articles of interest and importance by Canadians. One is by F. A. Acland, who writes from London, England, about "Oxford and the Rhodes Scholarships." The article is brightly written, and well furnished with interesting information, beside being illustrated with colored plates of Oxford dignitaries in academic dress. The other is by John A. Ewan, Toronto, and in it are pack ed, arranged and interpreted facts and prospects regarding "Transcontinental Railway Projects of Canada." Other articles, longer and shorter and of considerable variety, make up an excellent number.

It has been said, "More cruelty to ani-. mals comes through thoughtlessness and indifference than through real malice." This is essentially true, and were our young people to read many books of such a character as Mrs. Patterson's "Pussy Meow," it would surely be but a short time before all cruelty to animals would disappear. The publishers, Musson Book Co., Toronto, report that the sales of the book are steadily increasing, and it would seem that it is soon to gain a well deserved popularity, which can result only in general good.

Various papers in the course of their reviews of "Ann Arbor Tales," by Karl Edwin Harriman, which George W. Jacobs & Company, of Philadelphia, recently published, and which is having a really remarkable sale, discredit the story entitled "The Day of the Game," in which is found a motif of unusual force. The chief character, a young man, is known to his collegiate associates as John Adams, while in reality his name is John Adamowski, and he is the son of a Polish moulder. It may be interesting to note that in the law department of the University of Michigan last year were three boys whose names in the catalogue were nothing like the names in the directories of their home cities. All were Poles. Perhaps more than any other foreigner in this country does the Pole do all in his power to make himself through and through an American. In Detroit, for instance, where there is a

large Polish colony, there are innumerable Smiths and Browns and Adamses who were not so born, but rather, with quite unpronounceable names. The story, by the way, illustrates a phase of popular education that has never before been touched upon and shows how, by the very education that was supposed would build it up, the character of a young man of foreign parentage was really undermined.

Professor Goldwin Smith is bringing out through the American Unitarian Association a small but significant book called "The Founder of Christendom," which is remarkable as a clear, concise, and masterful presentation of the character and mission of the Founder of Christianity. Without religious bias, with unprejudiced interpretation of facts, by a calm logic that does not suffer shipwreck on a sunken theological reef, the author, known on two continents for his scholarly attainments, presents to us a view of the Man of Galilee that wins by the charm of his simple, human, and rational appeal. Here we see a man of commanding nobility stripped of ecclesiastical glamour, a leader who leads through the power of unselfish consecration to a great work, as drawn by one who, in sympathy with his intense humanity, looks upon the Nazarene as the highest type yet achieved by the race. It is not too much to say that in brief compass one cannot find a more sane, helpful, and really inspiring interpretatian of a life so potent throughout the centuries.

Mr. Fisher Unwin is about to recommence the publication of volumes in his famous "Pseudonym Library," a series which has been the cradle of many reputations, and which has numbered among its contributors such writers as "John Oliver Hobbes," "Lanoe Falconer," "Olive Schreiner," W. B. Yeats, and "Vernon Lee." He has been fortunate enough to secure as the first of his new Pseudonyms a little novel which he believes the public will recognise as a really remarkable piece of work, and one well worthy of the traditions of the series. It is entitled "As a Tree Falls," and the author is "L. Parry Truscott," whose first story, "The Poet and Penelope," won golden opinions from the critics. Unlike this earlier work, which was a comedy of manners, "As a Tree Falls" is a little tragedy of low life. The characters belong to a world which some folks would call sordid, but the author brings out the pathos of the inner life lying beneath the grey surface, and the little book is a psychological study of real depth and significance.

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Mr. Stockton had this novel written at the time when he took up "Kate Bonnet," but decided to defer publication until " Kate Bonnet" had been issued in serial form, and had afterward run its course as a bound volume. It will be remembered that Mr. Stockton died only a few weeks after" Kate Bonnet" appeared. He had, however, so far completed the work on "The Captain's Tollgate" as to make it ready for submission to his publishers.

The Messrs. Appleton will bring the book out with a memoir of Mr. Stockton, written by Mrs. Stockton. It will also have a frontispiece portrait of the author, and some views of Mr. Stockton's home in West Virginia. Claymont is a stately mansion of a former generation intimately associated with the Washington family, Mr. Stockton's farm having been at one time the property of George Washington.

Leo. Tolstoy, author of "Resurrection," has just placed in the hands of the Editor of "The Free Age Press for publication two new articles of deep interest-they are entitled, "The Overthrow of Hell and its Restoration"-a dramatic dialogue between Beelzebub and his angels, and "An Appeal to the Clergy of all Countries." They will be issued in a few days at the nominal price of One Penny by the publisher of "The Free Age Press," Paternoster Row.


Why should grown-up folks have a monopoly of lists of "best books?" "St. Nicholas,' the well-known children's magazine, has been inviting the opinion of its readers upon the best books for children under 10 years of age, and awarded the prize to the child who sent in this list :

"Alice in Wonderland "-Lewis Carroll. "A Child's Garden of Verses "-Robert Louis Stevenson.

"The Birds' Christmas Carol"-Kate Douglas Wiggin.

"Greek Heroes"-Charles Kingsley. "Hans Brinker "--Mary Mapes Dodge.


King of Golden River"-John Ruskin. "Little Lord Fauntleroy "- Frances Hodgson Burnett.

"The Prince and the Pauper "-Mark Twain.

"Water Babies"-Charles Kingsley. "The Wonder Book "-Nathaniel Hawthorne.

"St. Nicholas" publishes another list, showing in the order of preference, the ten most popular books. as they appear in the multitude of replies sent in for the competition:

"Little Lord Fauntleroy "- Frances Hodgson Burnet.

"Alice in Wonderland"-Lewis Carroll. "The Wonder Book"-Nathaniel Hawthorne.

"The Birds' Christmas Carol"-Kate Douglas Wiggin.

"Wild Animals I Have Known "-Ernest Thompson Seaton. "Water Babies -Charles Kingsley. "The Jungle Books"-Rudyard Kipling. "Black Beauty "—Anna Sewell. "Nights with Uncle Remus"-Joel Chandler Harris.

"A Child's Garden of Verses "-Robert Louis Stevenson.

The "Lamp" (formerly the "Book Buy

er") finds the first list a good one, but the second "far more interesting." "The difference," it says, “is just this: the first list is the one 'St. Nicholas' thinks is the best of all those submitted, while the second list represents the opinions of the children themselves."


The newest of magazines is announced with an evidence of cheerfulness in its pages which speaks well for the spirit of the venture. "The Red Book" is its name, Chicago the place of publication, the editor Trumbull White, who is widely known as a traveling correspondent in many lands, and as a writer of historical and biographical works. "The Red Book" in the first number sets itself a high standard of excellence to maintain, with stories by Morgan Robertson, Elizabeth Phipps Train, W. A. Fraser, General Charles King, Cy Warman and René Bache, leading a distinctly enticing table of contents. The names of such authors prove that business as well as editorial resourcefulness must be behind the enterprise. We shall watch for "The Red Book" with interest.


Two newspaper sellers were charged at Lambeth with obtaining 1d. from John Othen by crying false news. The prosecutor, a solicitor, residing at Champion-grove, Camberwell, stated that between eight and half-past on a Monday night the two defendants were in Champion-grove, close to his residence. He heard them shouting, "Horrible Murder at Denmark-hill: Shocking Mutilation!" He purchased a paper for 1d. They continued to shout, and he went out again and purchased a second paper. In an obscure corner he found a little paragraph relating to an accident at Denmark-hill. He went to Camberwell police station and made a complaint. A constable accompanied him in a cab, and they caught the prisoners up at East Dulwich. Mr. Hopkins ordered each to pay a fine of 20s. or go to prison for fourteen days.


The Smart Set Publishing Company, 452 Fifth Avenue, New York, is about to branch ont in the publishing business, making specialty of high-class copyright books, attractively illustrated and bound in cloth. They will bring out on the 15th inst., "Perkins the Fakeer," a travesty on reincarnation, by Edward Van Zile, with photogravure illustrations by Hy. Meyer. This will be followed, on the 22nd inst., by a story entitled "Miss Sylvester's Marriage," by Cecil Charles, with illustrations in photogravure by W. Sherman Potts. In May they will publish "The Puritan Witch," a romantic love story of the days of Puritan New England, with illustrations by P. R. Andibert; "The Fighting Chance," by Gertrude Lynch, a story of modern times, dealing with prominent public characters in Washington, with illustrations by Bayard Jones; also, "The Vulgarians," by Edgar Fawcett, describing the adventures of a newly-rich trio from the West who gained admission to New York society, with illustrations by Archie Gunn.

Mr. David McKay, of Philadelphia, has purchased the entire American business of

George Routledge and Sons, Ltd., including stock, sheets, plates and accounts. also secured the American market for the

He has


"Handicraft Series," twenty-one volumes, COMMERCIAL WORKS

and of the Technical Instruction Series," five volumes, published by Cassell and Co. Mr. McKay has now absorbed the business of five publishing houses, all of them of considerable importance in their day, namely, E. Claxton and Co., Charles De Silver and Sons, H. C. Watts and Co., Edward Meeks, and now that of George Routledge and Sons.

By the acquisition of the plates of these concerns Mr. McKay has been able to build up a list that is as strong in the direction of technical and text books as it is in the line of standard and miscellaneous literature.


"The sale of several hundred thousand (say, from 100,000 to 600,000) copies of several novels," says the editor of The World's Work' in the issue for April, "is every day commented on as something extraordinary. If a book have qualities that commend it to 100,000 persons, these same qualities would commend it to twice "or thrice or six or eight times as many-if the publishers and booksellers had machinery to find them.

"For the machinery they have is the bookstores, and a very small proportion of the population lives within reach of book stores. Comparatively few new books are sent by mail. There is apparently no practical way to make book stores as numerous as grocery stores. Bookselling does not naturally ally itself to grocery selling, and books alone do not yield a large enough income in many small towns and villages to reward energetic shopkeepers.

"The book agent is yet the best distributor of books. But, as a rule, he does not

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Interest Tables and Book of Days combined, at 3, 3, 4, 5, 5, 6, 7 and 8 per cent. per annum, by Charles M. C. Hughes. Price, $5.00.

Savings Bank Interest Tables, at 24, 3 and 34 per cent. (each on separate card), on the basis of one month being 1-12th part of a year, by Charles M. C. Hughes. Price, $1.00.

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distribute new books. There is a single .MORTON, PHILLIPS & CO.

publisher in New York who sells, through agents, more sets of books every year than any publisher sells of any new novel. For the American home is yet by no means filled with books. Few, outside the cities and larger towns, have as many books as they wish or can afford. The market is practically unlimited, if it could be reached, and the art of bookselling is yet probably in its unorganized infancy.

"In proof of such an opinion, consider the circulation of the most popular magazines, for they are distributed, as books cannot be, at a cheap rate of postage. One periodical has reached the sale of more than a million copies a month. It has no quality of popularity that certain books do not or might not have. The chief difference is the advantage that the periodical has in its method of distribution.

"If the subject is rightly understood, then, the wonder is not that certain novels reach editions of 100,000 copies or 300,000 or 400,000, but that they do not reach even larger editions, as they will in the future."


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News, and Colored Papers.

Young Husband: "Don't you think, dar- Book, News, and ling, that it would spoil the curtains if I should smoke?" Young Wife: "You are the best and most considerate husband that ever lived, dear; of course it would." Young Husband: "Well then, you'd better take them down."


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A bargain counter is a feature that every stationer might profitably introduce into his store The idea coming originally probably from the dry-goods store, has been adopted by some stationers sometime since and has been developed by them into a fixture from which they would be loath to part.

Goods offered at even a slightly lower than normal price have an attraction that a certain large and important class of trade find it difficult to restrain themselves from buying. In this fact lies the success of the bargain counter. Rightly attended to such a counter will almost take the place of a salesman and, especially during dull seasons, will be a source of revenue, the size of which will be surprising until it has been grown accustomed to.

The bargain counter ought, of course, to be given a prominent place, preferably some location near the entrance where it is not in the way but is yet conspicuous enough to attract the attention of everyone coming into the store. It should be filled generously with really useful or attractive goods, but the quantity and variety ought not to be too large, because too many articles shown at once would not allow individual bargains to stand out and make the impression they should. Moreover, a surplus of goods at one time would be apt to give the counter an appearance of a cheap catch-all which the buyer had rather es

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The display ought never to be allowed to become too depleted, but ought to be brightened up by the addition of new goods at least once a day. Then, too, the character

of the goods ought to be changed more or less frequently. For instance, if the counter is run on the single-price plan, which is a very good one, 10 cent goods ought to be displayed one week and the following ones these ought to be changed for 15 cent, 20 cent or 25 cent goods. Stamp trays, paper knives, paper weights, erasers, pencils, paste pots, seals and a variety of small goods can be furnished at these prices. After the idea has once been taken up it will be found that many additional suggestions will offer themselves.-The American Stationer.


Much depends upon how a man starts in business whether he succeeds or fails. Let

him be ever so well equipped with knowledge and goods, if he opens up in a neighborhood that has no use for his services or his wares the chances are nine to ten that he will be obliged to pull up his stakes and, sooner or later, to move. So, too, a man who starts out in business for himself, especially if it be the book business, should have a sufficient capital to conduct his business comfortably and safely, be it large or small, or he will be seriously handicapped from the very start.

A business man, especially if he is obliged to operate in a small way, should do all the business possible to be done with the means at hand; but he should not overreach or spread out to such a degree as would make his business unsafe. Unless he understands thoroughly the principles of financing, and can see ahead clearly where certain operaations with borrowed capital are likely to lead, he might better curb his ambition to force the development of his business, and guard his purchases and sales closely so that he will not get beyond his depth. He should above all things manage his affairs so that he may be able to meet his obligations promptly when they fall due. If he could anticipate them, and discount every bill, that would add something to his working capital; but the next best thing is to earn a reputation for prompt payments,

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and reputation of this sort is the best kind of capital a small dealer can have.

The business man who makes promptness his rule is generally the one who succeeds. Not only is he able to buy at better terms than the man who is never on time, but he will be apt to insist upon promptness in his customers; while the laggard in business matters is apt to trust out his goods injudi. ciously, and so burn his candle at both ends. It may not always be convenient to meet every obligation at maturity, but it will pay better in the end to make every sacrifice humanly possible rather than to get into the habit of begging for extension of time. In many cases it is unnecessary and simply a result of poor housekeeping.-Publisher's Weekly.


Is the drummer "a host" in himself? Is he so invincible that he can sell goodsas many as the next man-without the aid of printers' ink?

Here is a field for investigation and thought by this important factor in the commercial world-the man who comes face to face with the customers of the house.

My experience has taught me that the traveling salesman can use advertising to good advantage to himself and to his house.

Some men are afraid that the advertising of the house will take their place. This is not true. It will never supplant the drummer to any great extent, but, like electricity, it can be harnessed and made a powerful assistant to him, blazing the way into new territory and populating the fertile fields. left behind him.

Any man with a pleasing personality and a good idea of business can sell goods; but too many drummers are satisfied to sell all they can unaided, during the selling season, then warm a chair the rest of the time, ruminating on the profits they have made, or hope to make. But there is another class of wide-awake drummers who are just realizing the great possibilities of advertising as an aid to individual work.

It used to be the custom of travelling representatives to come in off the road, open up their desks, and then go to sleep until it was time to start again. It is still true of the majority.

While they are hibernating other houses are driving an entering wedge into firms which the sleepy drummer considers his individual property. This wedge is advertising, first assistant to the drummer.

General trade paper advertising by the house helps the drummer more than any other factor. Direct advertising, reaching individuals, also helps. The goods are known before the drummer gets there. If it is an old house it serves to keep in mind the name and goods of the firm which advertises. If it reaches a new house the way

is paved for a sale, even if a demand for the goods isn't already created by such advertising. There is another way which is necessary to the success of the ambitious drummer. That is to advertise himself direct to the customer.

Personally, I have found that the best supplementary work added to the general advertising of the house is to use the time spent off the road in sending out to my regular and prospective customers a series of personal letters. Such letters enable a salesman to keep in touch with his customers and inevitably bring results. Of course, there must be some inducement of some kind to save this matter from the waste basket. This is an individual study, but the principle is there.

It does not harm, and very likely does much good, to let your customers know you have them in mind constantly; if you remember them this way be sure they are not · going to forget you-you don't give them a chance.

A great many traveling men need a little more ginger. Some of them need more business. They are in a rut, and the rut is so deep, and they are so satisfied with their own way of doing things, that they cannot see over the edge of the rut to find out what their rivals are doing. Let them look into tha advertising question a bit.-Don M. Morris in Apparel Gazette.

THE LATEST IN TALLY CARDS. The very newest thing in tally cards is a line of Perfumed Cards, handsome round cards with daintily embossed and tinted rococo edges, and embossed on each card the flower whose perfume the card bears. Rose, Heliotrope, Violet, Carnation and Clover Blossom are so far in the line. The cards are perfumed by a unique and original process, making them a lasting souvenir. Not being satisfied with this achievement, the same firm has brought out a line called Modern Books, consisting of a reproduction looking for all the world like a book, bearing on the front a picture burlesquing the title of some modern book, as for instance" Mrs. Wiggs of the Cabbage Patch,' The Crisis," "Letters of a Self-Made Merchant to His Son," ," "The Mississippi Bubble," "Women Who Toil," "David Harum," "Lovey Mary," and many others. The designer of these burlesques is certainly versatile and has produced many quaint ideas and odd conceits. A beautiful new material called "Onyx," cut in many new and odd shapes and stamped from steel dies, is included in this line, as is also a new line of girls' heads known as "The Good Luck Series."


The public is constantly demanding new original ideas in the line of Tally Cards and Dinner Cards, and it does not pay any dealer to carry a heavy stock of old or rehashed ideas. By handling the goods in this line made by The Chas. H. Elliot Co., of Philadelphia, dealers get first crack at original ideas. The Elliot Company have constantly in stock hundreds of thousands of Tally and Dinner Cards and fill orders promptly. They issue an illustrated catalogue describing their products.

HURD'S NEW PAPETERIES. One of the events of the season is the opening of Hurd's new fall and holiday line of papeteries, and as these are now handsomely

displayed in the spacious sample room at 425-427 Broome Street, New York, the season may be said to be in full swing. The line as a whole is both brilliant and satisfactory; and, difficult as it may be to believe, shows an advance over last year's productions. Rare taste and richness are the prevailing characteristics of the boxes, which comprise the greatest imaginable range in shapes and sizes, with an equal variety of decorative treatment to match. This harmony of size, shape, design and decorative treatment is one of the Hurd characteristics, and together with the acknowledged quality of their paper sufficiently accounts for the commanding position in the trade occupied by this firm.

A great increase in the number of samples shown especially in the more moderate priced grades, is seen and an increase is also noted in those a step higher. In the rich special boxes intended chiefly for the Holiday trade there are many beautiful and substantial creations which are bound to appeal to the most refined taste. Some really rich boxes are covered with the choicest imported fancy papers, others with tapestry and carved leather, while still others are constructed of richly polished mahogany and oak and of burnt wood in artistic designs.

As to the paper itself the famous Crane and Hurd fabric effects are very much in evidence. They are demanded by the public who like their appearance and their writing qualities, and the variety is so great that all tastes may be suited. The line contains, however, fine specimens of all other desirable finishes, and customers can practically have what they want.


A volume of charming verse bearing the above title has just been placed on the market; in Boston by Richard G. Badger, in Toronto by William Briggs. Another Canadian poet is revealed, and a notable addition to the company of singers who have given our country distinction by their work in this branch of literature. The title page bears the name of Katherine H. McDonald Jackson, the wife of W. Fred Jackson, Esq., of Brockville. The following is a fair sample of Mrs. Jackson's work :—

"THE RETURN OF SUMMER." Down through the shimmering, shining aisles of Spring

Young Summer comes to earth, new gifts to bring.

Beneath her feet blue violets blow
And where she lightly passes,
The daffodils all golden glow
Among the new green grasses.

She touches with her finger-tips
The tufted clumps of clover;
And straight the bee rich honey sip3
From blossoms brimming over.

She smiles upon the poppy-beds,
Where sunbeams rest from playing,
And painted beauties raise their heads:
Fair lights-o'-love gone straying.

She gazes with her gentian eyes
Upon the budding hedges,
Where brambles, climbing towards the skies,
Are flaunting ragged edges.

The sweet Syringa, stooping low,
Her floating hair caresses.

All perfumed are its blooms of snow
By contact with her tresses.

Her trailing robes of turquoise-green
Are fringed with lilies golden;

While daisies nestle 'neath their sheen,
And whisper love-themes olden.

But to the Rose a kiss she gives
And on her breast it blooms and lives.
Thus each fair June we hail this flower's birth
And know that Summer dwells again on earth.

The latter part of the book consists of a number of exquisite poems for childhood entitled "Sleepy-Time Songs," from which we venture to quote the following:"The moon hung low in a silver sky Swinging by ropes of gold; Ready to bear to the Sleep-land fair The charge of the Dustman old.

She clasped two wee ones with ruffled curls
Which the rippling breezes fanned,

As the joyous crew through the bright night flew
At a touch from the Dustman's hand.

Higher and higher the golden swing
Rose till it reached the skies,
Where the stars at play, in the Milky Way,
Twinkled with laughing eyes.

Hide-and-go-seek was the game they played
Mid clouds of a foamy white,
Where rainbows grew out of drops of dew
Distilled by the sunbeams bright.

A gay little wind came fluttering past,
Winging its way to the sea;

It had left its nest in the shimmering west
For a romp on the ocean free.

It laughed as it gently touched the swing
Which rested so high in air;

And its pinions light blew the soft curls bright
Of the wee ones' tangled hair.

All night the moon watched over the two
As the hours went floating by,

Till a soft pink flush made the foam-clouds blush
High in the silver sky.

Then back to earth flew the golden swing,
Through the Sleep-land's shining lane;

And the Dustman smiled as he kissed each child
And carried them home again."


"The Southerners," by Cyrus Townsend Brady. The characters in this vigorous love story are all natives of the South, whom fate has arrayed against each other. The scenes are for the most laid in and off Mobile during the Civil War, which has estranged the hero and heroine. The description of the naval battle on Mobile Bay is a brilliant piece of writing. The plot of the story is exciting, and the action is rapid. Copp, Clark Co., Toronto.

"The Golden Kingdom," by Andrew Balfour," is an account of the quest for the same as described in the remarkable narrative of Dr. Henry Mortimer, contained in the manuscript found in the boards of a Boer Bible during the late war, and edited with a Prefatory note. It may safely be said that for breathless interest this story has rarely been equalled. Copp, Clark Co., Toronto.

"The Mystery of Murray Davenport," by Robert Neilson Stephens. The author of "Captain Ravenshaw," in his latest novel, has made a radical departure from the themes of his previous successes. Turning from past days and distant scenes he has taken up American Life of to-day as his new field, therein proving himself equally if not more capable. Original in its conception, striking in its psychological interest, perplexing in its love problem, "The Mystery of Murray Davenport" promises to be the most vital and absorbing of all Mr. Stephens' novels. Copp, Clark Co., Toronto.

"A Comedy of Conscience," by S. Weir Mitchell. A clever story based on an amusing episode in the life of a charming Phila

delphian lady, Miss Serena Vernon. This lady unwittingly becomes possessor of a valuable diamond ring. The question is: What should she do with it? The illustrations are by Henry Hutt. Copp, Clark Co., Toronto.

"The Gold Wolf," by Max Pemberton. This book begins by introducing us to a millionaire whose passion for money and the excitement of making it is wrecking his health and costing him his happiness into the bargain. The hero's wife is murdered, and the hero himself is all but charged with the deed. Out of this situation Mr. Pemberton weaves a diverting fabric. It will be one of the handsomest of the Copp, Clark Company's spring books, and will have 26 striking illustrations.

"The Wilful Way," by Herbert Compton. In Professor Le Bluff and his amazing spouse, Mr. Compton has created an amusing pair of characters. The story of this reckless gambler against fate never falters for a moment, but leads the reader merrily and excitedly on from sensation to sen sation. Mr. Compton is the author of The Inimitable Mrs. Massingham." Copp, Clark Co., Toronto.


"Connie Burt," by Guy Boothby. Guy Boothby's readers will be pleased to know that a new book by him, entitled “Connie Burt," will be published this month by the Copp, Clark Co. It tells of the adventures of a young English aristocrat in Australia. "Black Shadows," by G. Manville Fenn. This is a romance of the Franco-German war full of melodramatic incidents, woven into a simple plot with a skill that bespeaks the old craftsman. It is distinctly a book to keep the reader who takes it up well awake from start to finish. Clark Co., Toronto.



"All on the Irish Shore," by Martin Ross and E. E. Somerville. The last book by these writers, entitled "The Experiences of an Irish R. M.," created quite a sensation. It is likely that the new book will prove equally popular. Copp, Clark Co., Toronto. "Silk and Steel," by H. A. Hinkson. general style this book continually recalls "The Three Musketeers." It is a lively tale, full of "go," and should prove doubly popular as a historical romance with novel readers, and as an adventure book for boys. Copp, Clark Co., Toronto.

New Books.

Life and Letters of Edgar Allan Poe.

By James A. Harrison, Professor in the University of Virginia. Extra illustrated with portraits, scenes and fac-similes. Two volumes, 12mo., gilt top. Per set, cloth, net $2.50; half-calf, net $5.00. Thomas Y. Crowell & Co., New York.

This is the first time that the "Life and Letters of Poe" have been accessible to the public. The announcement alone will arouse more than usual interest, for there is no other writer in all American literature about whom so much mystery has clung so long and so persistently. Poe's whole life was a romance, beginning in a semi-obscurity, and ending in cloud. Many biographies have been written about him, but never before has a volume of his letters been collected.

Prof. Harrison, the author of the present Biography, is the editor of the " Virginia Edition" of Poe's Works which created so

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great a stir among the critics and reviewers last year, as establishing for the first time an accurate text of Poe's writings. Prof. Harrison is singularly equipped for this work of editor and biographer. As George Cary Eggleston says: "There is no man living who could do this work so well." He is at the University of Virginia, Poe's Alma Mater, and he has devoted the last fifteen years to the collecting of new material. Additional light has been thrown upon Poe's career during the last decade, by magazine articles and letters, all of which have been made use of in this latest and fullest of Poe's biographies.

This volume of letters merits distinction, as has been stated, because of the fact that it is the only collection available. These epistles are by Poe and his friends, and throw a flood of light not alone on Poe and his personality, but also on the period with its other interesting figures, such as Dickens, Irving, Longfellow, Willis, Simms, Lowell, Greeley, Miss Barrett, and Godey.

The "Life and Letters," when perused side by side, will present a clearer picture of Poe and his work than has ever before been presented. The volumes are profusely illustrated with portraits, fac-similes of letters and scenes. They are handsomely bound.

A Detached Pirate.

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One of the new spring novels said to contain unusual entertaining qualities is Helen Milecete's A Detached Pirate," which Little, Brown & Co. have just published. The heroine of the story is Guy Vandeleur, the divorced wife of an English army officer, and after her arrival at Halifax from London, she becomes a great social favorite. The heroine tells the story herself in a bright, frank manner, and as the military set in which she moves is a lively one, the reader's interest is never permitted to wane. Anticipating a wide demand for this clever society novel, the publishers have illustrated it with five plates in color, by I. H. Caliga, the frontispiece of the heroine being a par ticularly striking and artistic picture. The author of "Detached Pirate," Helen Milecetet, is the author of "A Girl of the North" She is a Canadian by birth and a resident


of Halifax. She has written for Lippincot's, the "Smart Set," and other magazines, but this novel is said to mark a distinct advance in comparison with her previous work.

A Puritan Witch.

By Marvin Dana. Cloth, illustrated, $1.25. The Smart Set Publishing Co., New York.

Since "The Scarlet Letter" one can think of no novel dealing with witchcraft days, worthy to be placed beside that classic. When a certain period in history has been selected by a great novelist and made the background of a wonderful story that will live for many generations, it would seem nothing short of sacrilege for another writer to come forward with the same scenic equipment, even though he has a vastly different tale to tell and vastly different characters to launch forth in his drama. One takes up "A Puritan Witch," by Marvin Dana, with, perhaps, some such feeling; but that feeling is dissipated after a reading of only one or two chapters. Here is a story so strong, so noble, so sincere, so thoroughly picturesque, that one marvels why more authors since Hawthorne have not utilized the splendid color of the gruesome time he wrote of. No doubt, there is a reason for this neglect. Few writers can be equal to the task of following in the very steps of a genius. Mr. Dana had a story of infinite power and pathos to tell of the old Puritan days, and he could not help telling it. This is obvious in every line-the utter inevitableness of it all; and one is aware of the dark shadow that hangs over the head of the heroine, even before that shadow descends. Apart from the absorbing story, told with rare sympathy, Mr. Dana gives many beautiful love passages, and, while the tragedy enveloping the lives of these simple Puritans is, perforce, dominant, the novel proceeds to a happy ending. It is a story not soon forgotten, and the interest never flags. As a Holmes, or At the Cross Roads.

By Annie Fellows Johnston. The Musson Book Co., Limited, Toronto.

A bright and interesting record of the say

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