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ings of a typical country store's Parliament; wherein the Politics, Philosophies and Moralizings of the "Members are grouped about the cheery personality of Asa Holmes, an aged retired miller whose eulogy is best summed up in the sentence: "He left behind him the philosophy of a cheerful optimist and the example of a sweet simple life, unswerving in its loyalty to duty and to truth." An optimism that stands out in marked contrast to the pessimism of Bud Hines, a background character in the story. The scene being laid in America, the discussions are therefore from the viewpoint of the countrymen of that great land; yet the book contains much that is descriptive of similar conditions in our own country, and is well worth slipping into the pocket of the traveller desiring holiday reading.

Perkins, the Fakeer.

By Edward S. Van Zile. Cloth. Illustrated, $1.00. The Smart Set Publishing Co., New York.

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With "Perkins, the Fakeer," Mr. Edward S. Van Zile, who has long been known to the reading public through several excellent novels, adds a decidedly unique contribution to modern literature. Nothing so startingly bizarre and original has recently come to a reviewer's table; in fact, this book, which includes "When Reginald Was Caroline," "How Chopin Came to Remsen," and "Clarissa's Troublesome Baby," all woven together by the magie thread of the marvelous Mr. Perkins, stands in so absolutely distinct a place that it is difficult to put a tag upon it, as it were. One cannot merely say, Here is a witty tale, worthy to be classed with the best we have in humorous fiction," or, "Here is the weirdest story since Poe;" for "Perkins, the Fakeer," is more than witty and more than weird, while it combines both these qualities and many more. One is almost tempted to cry exultingly: "At last here is something new!" And how much, to the tired reader, something new must mean! Mr. Van Zile, from the very first page to the last, causes the most languid to "sit up," and brings a laugh, surely, with every sentence. In this hour of the wearisome socalled "historical novel," it is a relief indeed to come to know the fascinating Mr. Perkins and to follow the uproarious course of pranks which he plays upon his unsuspecting friends. To reveal here just what he does would be unfair; but if one wishes really to be amused-and who does not?-he has but to make the acquaintance of "Perkins, the Fakeer." The author has made a place quite distinctly his own, far from the common roads of the average writer.

Mr. Claghorn's Daughter.

By Hilary Trent. Cloth, $1.00. J. S. Ogilvie Publishing Co., New York.

A story designed to exhibit the evil consequences of a blind adherence to an impossible religious standard. A woman, trained to be an agnostic but of strong religious instincts, becomes the wife of a professional theologian and partisan of that venerable Confession of Faith which, though held aloft as the Standard of a great church, is actually repudiated by many of its professed followers. Natalie Claghorn has no conception of this attitude. She assumes the absolute sincerity of her husband and, with the humility of a conscientious woman who has

found when too late that she is mismated, strives to accept doctrines which he with partisan ardor declares to be the Living Truth. To her, conscious of the wrong she does in looking lingeringly back upon memories of a lost and now forbidden love, it becomes a supreme duty to sacrifice, even reasoning powers to loyalty to her husband and her husband's creed. She will believe in eternal damnation if she must, and if she cannot compass that, will at least not doubt her husband's sincerity. But with that resolve, it is borne in upon her that the believer in hell has no right to bring into the world children destined to possible eternal misery. Hence, marital complications with tragic results. It is a daring book with no glozing of hard facts, but with reverential treatment of religion as distinguished from dogma, and skilful handling of matters which relieve it of the taint of "suggestiveness." The plot is complicated but not entangled, and of absorbing interest. There is excellent characterization and plenty of humor. By some it will be called immoral, others will pronounce it moral in a high degree. Though the story has its sombre side, it ends pleasantly with wedding bells.

The Captain.

By Churchill Williams. Four illustrations by Arthur I. Keller. Dark red cloth, decorative cover, rough edges. Price $1.50. Lothrop Publishing Company, Boston.

In this novel Mr. Churchill Williams seems to have repeated his success with his story of city politics, "J. Devlin-Boss." The present story is an able romance dealing with life on the eve of the Civil War and during it. Most of the people come from south of Mason-Dixon's line, and we see the struggle from their standpoint and sympathize with their difficulties in taking sides for or against the Union. The great figure of the Captain, who will be at once recognized as General Grant dominates the story, and offers the finest portrait of that unique leader to be found in American fiction. The political events leading up to the great struggle and the battle scenes themselves are drawn in a masterful way.

Blind Children.

A Book of Poems. By Israel Zangwill. Cloth, 136 pages. Price, $1.20, net. Funk & Wagnalls Company, New York.

The essentially poetic character of Mr. Zangwill's genius has been recognized by the critics in his prose writings. Hamlin Garland, in a character sketch of Zangwill appeared three years ago in "The Conservative Review," says in this connection: "The larger part and perhaps the finer part of his work is done sub-consciously, as his imagination lays hold of material deeply buried beneath his personal experiences and acquirements." This is true poetic insight, and the present volume, the first book of poems which Mr. Zangwill has published, supports the truth of the criticism in a remarkable manner. The material of the collection is largely personal, the spirit is imaginative, and the message which reaches his readers, sub-conscious in its revelation. The poem which gives title to the book is an illustration of these charasteristics. The poet relates a personal experience, by no means singular, illumines it with a fancy most natural, and communicates his mood to the reader in the simplest and most direct

manner. Yet, or rather, therefore, the glimpse of the true thing in nature which Zang will seeks to reveal will, like the "Tears, Idle Tears" of Tennyson, haunt the lover of poetry to the end of his days.

Truth Dexter.

By Sidney McCall. Popular Edition. With frontispiece by Jessie Wilcox Smith. 12mo. Cloth. Price, 75 cents. Little, Brown, & Co., Boston.

Truth Dexter has been one of the favorite novels of the day since its publication-50,000 having already been sold--and this popular edition, with frontispiece by Jessie Wilcox Smith, has been prepared to give it a larger audience. Truth Dexter, the central character, has been termed "the most lovable heroine in modern fiction." Other typical press comments include the following:A novel truly great-Literary Era. It stirs the heart.-Louisville Courier Journal. Strong, and pure, and true.--Booklovers' Library. As refreshing as a May morning. -Denver Republican. Exceptionally clever and brilliant.-Brooklyn Times. A fine, sweet, and strong romance.-N.Y. World.

Happiness.

"The Gentle Act of Making Happy," by G. H. Morrison (the Fleming H. Revell Company), is a small book of sixty pages, which contains five short chapters, or discourses, admirably written and full of thought and character. Mr. Morrison's subjects are: The Gentle Art of Making Happy, The Deep Significance of the Usual, The Sweet Doctrine of the Second Mile, The Illuminative Power of the Immediate Action, and the Evil Philosophy of the Clean Stall. The following is an extract from the chapter on Immediate Action, which illustrates the good qualities of the book: "When a man delays to act in the hope of balancing every argument clearly; when a woman hesitates to do her duty till she has perplexed her heart with infinite thought about it, the chances are, in this conflicting world where the purest and wisest never see things clearly, and where every choice is cradled in contradictions, the chances are that the power of strong action will disappear like a stream in the sand-that is, the man who hesitates is lost. I beseech you to remember that life is a great venture. We are here to walk by faith, and not by sight. It is not the man who speculates and dreams and doubts, it is the man who acts, trusting in God, who finds the perplexities of life passing like a mist. And I have no doubt God meant it so."

The Master of Warlock.

By George Cary Eggleston. Illustrated by C. D. Williams. The Musɛon Book Co., Toronto.

The talented author of "Dorothy South" presents us with another volume, which in scene and plot, as well as the general get up of the book, is a fitting companion to that interesting story. Again, those wishing to freshen up their memory of the facts of the great struggle between the North and the South, and the part Virginia played therein, have the opportunity to do so in the reading of this romance. That all hereditary quarrels may terminate as happily as that in which Agatha Ronald and the Master of Warlock, the two principal characters, were involved, will, we believe, be the sincere wish of every right-minded reader.

Literary Motes.

The accuracy and the intense realism in the descriptions of places and scenes in "Barbara, a Woman of the West," by John H. Whitson, published by Little, Brown & Co., is sufficiently accounted for by the fact that these impressions were not obtained by the author at second hand. He has lived on the plains, where his father is at present engaged in the cattle business, and is as familiar with the mountains and the mining camps of Colorado as if he were a native of that state, instead of Indiana. Few better descriptions of the Rocky Mountain country, as it is seen in sunshine and in storm, can be found than those in this book. "Barbara," as a name for the heroine of a novel seems to have met with unusual favor lately, but few writers have a better reason for so naming the chief character in their work than Mr. Whitson. The name of his only sister

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"Barbara," and she was a Western woman. It is understood, however, that the novel is in no sense biographical, as has been alleged.

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Mrs. Frank R. Stockton has prepared for "The Captain's Toll Gate," Mr. Stockton's posthumous novel which the Appletons will publish about June 1, a memorial sketch in which she says: "In regard to the present story, The Captain's Toll Gate,' although it is now after his death first published, it was all written and, completed by himself. No other hand has been allowed to add to or to take from it. Mr. Stockton had so strong a feeling upon the literary ethics involved in such matters that he once refused to complete a book which a popular and brilliant author, whose style was thought to resemble his own, had left unfinished. Mr. Stockton regarded the proposed act in the light of a sacrilege. The book, he said, should be published as the author left it. Knowing this fact readers of the present volume may feel assured that no one has been permitted to tamper with it. Although the last book by Mr. Stockton to be published, it is not the last that he wrote. He had completed 'The Captain's Toll Gate,' and was considering its publication, when he was asked to write another novel dealing with the Buccaneers. He had already produced a book entitled 'Buccaneers and Pirates of our Coasts.' The idea of writing a novel while the incidents were fresh in his mind pleased him, and he put aside The Captain's Toll Gate' as the other book, 'Kate Bonnet,' was wanted soon, and he did not wish the two works to conflict in publication."

The late Brooke Foss Westcott, sometime Lord Bishop of Durham, was distinguished for half a dozen different things. Eleven years ago he was asked by the miners and also the owners to mediate between them during a strike in the coal fields, which had assumed alarming proportions and had involved enormous loss and distress. He performed his task to the great satisfaction of both sides. Although a reduction of ten per cent. was made in wages, thousands of workmen gathered near Auckland Castle and cheered him until they were hoarse.

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Life and Letters," by his son Arthur Westcott, just published by The Macmillan Company in two handsome volumes, tells the story of a singularly earnest and energetic and reverent English churchman. The bib

liography of his writings is fairly appalling, the mere titles occupying some seven pages. He is known specially among theologians as an authority and a voluminous writer upon the biblical writings of St. John. He was distinguished for wide and deep learning, for his very studious nature, and for his broad churchmanship. It is certainly a most unusual thing that a man devoted from before his Cambridge days, which began in 1844, to his death a couple of years ago, entirely as a student and a cleric, should take such stalwart part in a great strike. He was greatly beloved everywhere. The Macmillan Company; Toronto, G. N. Morang.

The Macmillan Company; Toronto, G. N. Morang & Co., have just published a new volume in the American Sportsman's Library-" "The Water Fowl Family." Mr. L. C. Sanford, who has written most of the book, devotes nearly all his attention to duck-shooting and shore bird-shooting, but he has one long chapter on goose-shooting here and in Canada, another on rail-shooting, and a brief one on the swans. Mr. T. S. Van Dyke, one of the best known sportsmen in this country, contributes chapters relating to the Pacific coast birds. The book promises to win friends by the variety of its adventure and anecdote, and by the liveliness and breeziness of Mr. Sanford's prose. There are more pictures than in the previous volumes of the Sportman's Library.

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A new and complete edition of the works of Charles Dickens, with nearly 700 illustrations by Cruikshank, Phiz," &c. In twenty-two volumes, crown 8vo. Each volume can be obtained separately.

The volumes, which are set in large type, are being printed at the Oxford University Press on good opaque paper. Twelve of the books, comprising the longer works, with an average length of 904 pages, have been priced at 2s. net each in cloth; while the ten shorter volumes, averaging 430 pages, will be procurable at 18. 6d. net each in cloth. Bound in paste grain leather, gilt top, the books will cost 3s. 6d. net and 3s. net. Published by Chapman & Hall, Ltd., London.

Rudyard Kipling has cabled his publishers, Doubleday, Page & Co., that the title for his new volume of poems will be "The Five Nations," and that the volume will contain among the poems appearing in periodicals since the publication of "The Seven Seas," twenty-five entirely new poems that have not been published in any form. Perhaps many of these would have been cabled, word for word, to this country for publication in the newspapers and magazines, but that Mr. Kipling is determined to keep them for the book.

That historical novels have not lost their vogue is apparent from an examination of the spring list of fiction. Upwards of forty titles fall under this head, there being romances of the old world, stories of good old Colonial days, Revolutionary War stories, novels which have the War of 1812 for a historical background, and romances of the Civil War. Some, like Wm. R. A. Wilson's "A Rose of Normandy," concern both hemispheres-France and Canada in the time of Louis XIV. The War of 1812, however, appears to be almost slighted, but one romance representing that important event

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"Love Thrives in War," by Mary Catherine Crowley, whose "A Daughter of New France and "The Heroine of the Strait," have made her name a familiar one with readers of historical fiction.

The Macmillan Company will soon publish an uncommon volume of stories of Jewish life in a German town a generation ago. These "Idylls of the Gass" are said to have real charm, literary delicacy, and human sympathy, together with a little gentle humor. So far as these attributes go, they rival the best work of Israel Zangwill or Abraham Cahan. They do not equal Zangwill's tales in robustness; but they are of fine quality. Martha Wolfenstein gives her readers an opportunity to realize the common life and the innermost feelings of the people in the Judengasse (Jewsstreet) in a modern German town. The volume is really a single tale consisting in a succession of episodes: its chief personages being Maryam, a typical mother in Israel, and her grandson, Shimmele, known in the Gass as Brocurle (little scholar) whose grandmother regards him as "a wonder child." Around this interesting pair gather all the poverty, humanity, courage and quaintness which make up the daily life of the orthodox present day Jew.

Professor Richard T. Ely has written a monograph on "The Evolution of Industrial Society," which will come from the press'about June 1. This volume is designed to be used as a text-book in classes in sociology and political economy, as well as for the general reader. That is, it is intended to fill the need of a sound and comprehensive volume of a handy size to be obtained at a price within the reach of everyone. The author treats his subject from its general historical point of view, as well as from the standpoint of the student of particular modern developments. The position in which we find ourselves to-day

contains so many vexed problems that a work like this, which gives in a handy form the means for arriving at some sound economic views, can hardly fail to be of very general value. Just now we need most of all more knowledge of the laws underlying the marvelous modern growth of industrial society. We can get along for the present with less theorizing on social and economic questions. Professor Ely has undertaken to furnish just that kind of knowledge. George N. Morang & Co., Limited. Toronto.

A. C. McClurg & Co., of Chicago, are having more success than the average publisher in producing works that succeed with the reading world. Among the tumultuous torrent of tempestuous and uneasy books it is a pleasure to come upon a quiet, unperturbed series of sound and equable essays, such as "A.C.M." has written in "The Reflections of a Lonely Man" For all the solitariness of idea in the title, the contents bring up the old saw, "Never less alone than when alone," for the writer has found good companionship in books, in matters that he knows are really none of his business and in his trusty pipe, and has needed no others worth discussing. The work is done by a resident of one of the Chicago suburbs, well and gracefully. It bespeaks an admiration, invited involuntarily, for the suburban habit that is not always accorded it by those who have no peremptory trains to catch and find themselves disturbed by those who have-it may be that it proves that the suburban resident is seen at his best in his native lair. There are some political reflections that are soundly conservative and display less thought than the writer himself seems to fancy-that is, they are of the conventionally conservative type. But there is a love for pure science that is an abundant recompense, and the book will fully repay those who enjoy a quiet and dignified style not devoid of humor, with considerable modernity and entire good faith.

William R. A. Wilson, author of "A Rose of Normandy," one of Geo. N. Morang & Co.'s spring novels, is a native of Central Illinois, having been born a dozen miles from the site of La Salle's "Fort CreveCoeur" described in the book. He is of Scotch-Irish descent. Mr. Wilson was educated at Williams College, where he was one of the editors of the college periodical. He afterwards entered the College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University, and received his degree. After some years of hospital practice he settled in his old home, Peoria, Ill., where he practised successfully. He was married in 1897 to Miss Barnes, of Louisville. Over-work resulted in ill-health, and during convalescence he wrote "A Rose of Normandy." Mr. Wilson is now a resident of New York City, combining business with literary work, having abandoned his profession because of delicate health. He has travelled extensively in America and Europe, and he has been a frequent contributor to the magazines. A curious instance of authors' minds working along the same channels in selection of titles is found in the case of "A Rose of Normandy." Three years ago, when writing the book, the author selected three possible titles. One was " With Cross and Sword." A book appeared entitled "With Cross and

Crucifix." The next title chosen was "Many Waters." Before the book was finished announcement was made of a volume with that title by Robert Shackleton. This left "A Rose of Normandy" remaining of the original three. This was copyrighted, removing the danger of it, too, being preempted.

Though a dog-a glorious creature, a cross between a St. Bernard and a Scotch shepherd dog-is the central figure of Mr. Jack London's latest story, the human interest in "The Call of the Wild" is very strong. The theme of the story is partly the bringing out of the splendid qualities of this dog through the hardest and roughest kind of work and through almost limitless suffering. From being a petted house dog, a sated aristocrat, the pet of Judge Miller's family in Southern California, he suddenly finds himself flung into the fierce struggle for life among Klondike sledge dogs, and forced to draw a heavy sledge forty miles a day, on little food. This is a book which every man with red blood in his veins will enjoy. Klondike types are portrayed with relentless yet picturesque realism, by the writer, who knows best "the toil of trace and trail." George N. Morang & Company, Limited, Toronto.

"The Works of Matthew Arnold" are to be issued by the Macmillan Company in de luxe form, uniform with the editions de luxe of Tennyson, Kingsley, FitzGerald and Pater, which the same publishers have brought out within the last two years. Arnold's complete writings are to be comprised in fifteen volumes, the first of which will appear in June, while the others will follow at intervals of a month. The concluding volume will contain a complete bibliography of Matthew Arnold's writings. The edition wil be strictly limited to five hundred copies for England, five hundred for the United States, and twenty-five for presentation. George N. Morang & Company, Limited, Toronto.

"In the Guardianship of God" is the title of the new book by Mrs. Flora Annie Steel, which is just appearing from the Macmillan press. Mrs. Steel rose to fame almost at a bound on the publication of her Indian novel, "On the Face of the Waters;" she strengthened her hold upon the public with her next book, "The Hosts of the Lord." Her new book is a volume of short stories of Indian life named after the first one, and they have, to a large degree, the quality of strength and of unusualness. They are less sprightly and vivacious than Kipling's Anglo-Indian tales, but they leave upon the reader the impression that they reflect with greater accuracy the native life. They are vivid, strong, striking and rather gruesome tales, as all stories true to the native life of India of the present day must be. Aside from these qualities they are marked chiefly by impressiveness and by quiet, intense, unfailing power. Beside the title story, the volume contains the following tales: "A Bad-character Suit," "Fire and Ice," "The Shahbash Wallah," "The Most Nailing Bad Shot in Creation," "The Reformer's Wife," "The Squaring of the Gods," "The Keeper of the Pass," "The Perfume of the Rose," "Little Henry and his Bearer," "The Hall of Audience," "In a Fog," "Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh," "Surabhi," "On the Old

Salt Road," "The Dollmaker" and "The Skeleton Tree."

McClure, Phillips & Co. will publish shortly Arthur Stanwood Pier's novel, "The Triumph," the interest of which lies in a young doctor's victory over his own self-a victory which wins him eventually the love of which he thinks the very victory itself has robbed him. The environment of the story is extremely picturesque, the scene being laid in Western Pennsylvania, amid the oil fields. They have nearly ready a novel, the title of which will be announced later, that gives an adequate picture of congressional, diplomatic and social life in Washington, not only from the outside, but from the inside also. It is said to reveal the true inwardness of the methods of politics as practised at the capital, and to reveal with an astonishing frankness the practices of the great American bosses, as they show themselves by their effect in the federal legislative halls. The purely social side of Washington in its many aspects occupies a good share of the book.

Doubleday, Page & Co. have just ready "How to Make School Gardens," by H. D. Hemenway. There is a strong movement in this country to found all nature work on this study, as in Russia and other European countries, where no school can receive State aid unless it has a garden attached. The author is an authority and director of the Hartford School of Horticulture, and he covered all sides of the work from spring to autumn, and even greenhouse growing and grafting.

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" is a plot such as Robert Louis Stevenson would have loved to have handled. The "mystery" remains a mystery almost to the close of the story. This, combined with careful studies of the conditions of New York life, makes this book the most vital and absorbing of all of Mr. Stephens' novels, and will add not a little to his reputation. (The Copp, Clark Company, Limited: Cloth, $1.25; paper, 75 cents.)

Mrs. Katherine C. Thurston, whose novel "The Circle," has been so popular in both England and America, was born in the south of Ireland. She spent most of her life there up to the time of her marriage. Since then she has lived in England and has grown to consider it her home, although she has never quite lost the sentiment for her own country that dwells so lastingly with every Irish man and woman. It was only three years ago that literary work was first suggested to Mrs. Thurston by her husband, and after twelve months or so of somewhat laborious attempts she sent up her first finished story and was lucky enough to have it accepted. Mrs. Thurston commenced "The Circle" in September, 1901, and completed it in the spring of last

year. A second Canadian edition is now ready. (The Copp, Clark Company, Limited. Cloth, $1.25; paper, 75 cents.)

Mr. Arthur T. Quiller Couch's new book, Hetty Wesley," promises to be one of the more striking among the autumn novels. This is practically a life of Wesley, put into the form of fiction, and it is likely to prove a human document of considerable importance and remarkable of its kind. It will be published in October by the Macmillan Company.

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TRADE NOTES.

The apt subject of an address at a recent meeting of one of the trade associations "It is easier to keep up than to catch up." This is a homely saying, but it contains in its unpretentious phraseology the germ of all progress. We would advise every stationer to make it the subject of a long meditation and see whether it does not reveal to him at least to some extent the secret of whatever is unsatisfactory in his business. "It is easier to keep up than to catch up." This great truth should be printed in big type, framed in gold and prominently displayed in every store and business institution in the land. And not as a suggestion to employees or to young people alone. Unfortunately there are hundreds of dealers-not all old men, either--who can never abandon the methods they adopted at the start of their career and who cling to them even when they see from everyday experience that methods must be adapted to changing conditions, with the alternative of failure if this is not done. Said the speaker who selected this apt subject: "This country is full of live, active and energetic men who are pushing on in the world and will soon drive out those who continue to follow the methods of the past."-Geyer's Stationer.

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The origin of copyright, as a recognized form of property, according to Edouard Guet in the "Nouvelle Revue," had its origin in France, which to this day recognizes copyright in a more ample manner than any other country. As early as 1452 a canon of Mons obtained from the mayor of Paris a bonus of 111 fr. 60 c. in recognition of his exclusive right to print a Mystère de la Nativité, de la Passion et de la Résurrection." This is forty years earlier than the case hitherto quoted as the first recorded instance, circa 1491, when Venice gave to Peter of Ravenna the exclusive right to print and sell his "Phoenix," Germany followed France in granting privileges to authors and printers in 1501 and England in 1518, though laws protecting absolutly authors in their rights were enacted much later.

Nothing that Doubleday, Page & Co. have done with their superb magazine, Country Life in America," has been more practical and useful than the big 66 "Vacation Num. ber" which they have just brought out, It may safely be recommended to any one who may be undecided or who wants to know more about successful vacations, about acquatic sports, camping, canoeing, cruising, driving, fishing, houseboats, riding, mountain-climbing, wheeling, as well as vegetable and flower gardening, or travelling by land or sea. A new feature of this handsome magazine is a Traveller's Cal

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endar," which is to tell each month of the places most attractive to the country-lover, and information for reaching these places will be furnished by a new and well worked out plan.

A. C. McClurg & Co. announce a collection of the drawings of that delightful humorist, John T. McCutcheon, who draws the daily cartoons in the Chicago "RecordHerald." George Ade has supplied a characteristic and satisfactory introduction to these pictures of political and everyday life of the present hour. The house has also just issued "The Ward of King Canute," by Ottilie A. Liljencrantz, whose "Thrall of Leif the Lucky" has met with so much appreciation; "The Souls of Black Folk," by W. E. Burghardt Dubois, a colored man who has been graduated from Fiske University, from Harvard and from the University of Berlin; and "The Reflections of a Lonely Man," by a subtile thinker who conceals his identity under the initials "A. C. M."

There is little to be said concerning the best-sellers this month, inasmuch as the

popularity of "Lady Rose's Daughter" and "Lovey Mary" is about the only feature worth noticing. Mrs. Wiggs, too, continues to keep pace with her successor, while the newest things on the list are "The Filigree Ball" and "Under the Rose."

Miscellany" presents next to no variety, "The Simple Life," "The Letters of a SelfMade Merchant" and "American Diplo macy in the Orient " being the most important names. The additions to the list are "The Story of My Life," by Helen Keller, and "The Letters of Mlle. de Lespinasse."

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EVERYBODY'S MAGAZINE.

You will rarely see as interesting a table of contents as that of the June number of Everybody's Magazine." Beginning with the full-page frontispiece of Thomas Wallace Russell, who has taken Parnell's place as leader in the fight for Ireland's freedom, and ending with "some additional remarks" by Simeon Ford, with his quaint and irresistible humor, the magazine is brim-full of bright, snappy entertaining work by good writers, some of them well known, others who are sure to be. "Then Ireland Will Be Free," by Frederick James Gregg, makes romance of Ireland's long struggle for liberty, and at the same time reduces to simplicity the much discussed home rule question. Justus Miles Forman, in "The Needle of the Damned," weaves a difficult choice into a somewhat strenuous love-story. Intimate Portraits as usual are exclusive and introduce you to people whom you very much wish to know. "The Wooing of AhTé" continues the Indian Idyl begun in the May number. "The Marquis and Miss Sally" is a Western story by O. Henry; we need not say it is clever, since it is by O. Henry. "Twice Born," by Edmund Russell, is a description of childhood in India,

which conjures up the dreamy atmosphere of the East. In "A Dakota Romance," M. W. Law, while telling a strong love-story, manages to paint a convincing picture of emigrant life on the Western prairie. James L. Ford is at his best in "The Coming Queen of Comedy." Lillian Pettingill concludes "Toilers of the Home," making many interesting statements about the lives and thoughts of servant girls. Read "Significant Autobiographies" if you would know how it feels to be lifted from a small Western town into Congress and out again. In "The Imperturbable Moores" Will Payne has written one of the finest character studies that has ever appeared in any magazine. Herman Whitaker, in "The Wheel of the Potter," gives us a stirring tale of the Northwest. The four "Little Stories of Real Life" in this number are above the average. Mary Stewart Cutting's "Glad Tidings" is "With the an exceptionally good story. Procession" is full of information, interest and a great many bright things. Don't

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THE JUNE "SMART SET." The June number of "The Smart Set " opens with an novelette by James Branch Cabell, entitled "The Husbands' Comedy.' The story is strikingly distinctive, and as clever as fiction may be. It is full of humor that is delicious; but, too, there is very genuine human feeling in these pages, and an underlying pathos. The merit of “The Husbands' Comedy" is completed by the literary grace which marks the author's style.

Among the sixteen short stories of the number, the most important are, "The Diary of Dewdrop," an exquisite idyl of Japan, by Onoto Watanna; "The Artful Arabella," an ingenious and intimate narrative of an episode at a house party, by Margaret Vinton Hamilton, and "A Man, a Horse and a Girl," a strong story of the plains, by Molly Elliot Seawell. A high standard of excellence, as well as of variety, is attained in the other stories of the number, among the contributors being Lady Colin Campbell, Robert C. V. Meyers, Zoe Anderson-Norris, Richard D. Ware, Juliet Wilbor Tompkins and Ethel Sigsbee Small.

The verse maintains that merit which has won for "The Smart Set " its literary prestige. The poets of the number include Edgar Fawcett, Victor Plarr, Frank Dempster Sherman, Charlotte Becker, William Hamilton Hayne, Elsa Barker, Theodosia Garrison, Clinton Scollard, Minna Irving, Frank Roe Batchelder, and a dozen others.

The humor throughout is of the best; and there is, too, an essay, "The Passing of the Aristocrat," by Elizabeth Duer, which is of unusual interest.

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and "Professional Beauty" tales; a story of long distance hypnotism and Indian witchcraft by W. A. Fraser, and other contributions equally interesting, by General Charles King, Cy Warman, René Bache, Izola L. Forrester, W. R. Lighton, Elizabeth Robinson, J. H. Donnelly and half a dozen more. "The Red Book" is exclusively a short story magazine. The stories are all good, the illustrations excellent, and the cover one of the most striking of the season. The mag

azine's advertising pages show marked evidence of initial prosperity, and altogether the entire appearance of the periodical is distinctly creditable to its publishers and its editor, Trumbull White, who is widely known in the newspaper world, where the larger part of his literary experience has been gained.

CANADIAN BOOKNOTES.

This is a well conducted monthly bulletin of the new books published by the Copp, Clark Company. It is bright, newsy and concise. Booksellers should not fail to have a supply on hand. Those who wish to see Canadian Booknotes or the Copp, Clark Company's price list, or have communications to send or enquiries to make should address the editor at 64 and 66 Front Street West, Toronto.

ONE OF THE PIONEERS "You say," said the judge, taking a hand in the examination of the witness himself, "you knew the defendent fifty years ago ?" I did, your honor," answered the witness. "I was in business in the same village where he lived."

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"What business were you following?" "I was running a department store." "A department store fifty years ago? Do you expect the court to believe that?" "That's what it was, your honor. I sold dry goods, groceries, hats and caps, boots and shoes, clothing, confectionery, drugs and medicines, books, jewellery, stationery, wall paper, furniture, coffins, agricultural implements, hardware, crockery, glassware, tobacco, lumber, fresh meat and whiskey, and had the post office in one corner of the building. There isn't anything new about department stores nowadays, your honor, except the elevators and the floor walkers with side whiskers."

TRADE IN A MUSSULMAN BOOK

SHOP.

"Oh, East is East, and West is West," says Mr. Kipling. This seemingly applies with special force to business matters, in which Orientals have little to learn, if the following is a fair sample of their modus operandi.

A Mussulman is forbidden to sell a copy of the Koran, and therefore a foreigner who desires to purchase the sacred book must proceed as follows: Go into the book store, having on your face as pious an expression as possible, and say to the proprietor:

"I shall consider myself eternally indebted to you if you will present me with a copy of the Koran."

"As I am a devout believer," the proprietor will answer, "I think it my duty to assist any unbeliever who desires to instruct himself in our law. Moreover, you seem to be a serious man, and I am convinced that it is not vain curiosity which prompts you to

obtain a copy of the Koran, but a sincere desire to study our religion. Therefore I am willing to make you a present of this copy, though I value it highly, for I paid a good price for it."

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You will then put the book in your pocket, and a minute or two later the proprietor will say, I shall consider myself eternally your debtor if you will make me a present of," naming a certain sum. If you think the price too high you may bargain with him, but you must take care not to make the slightest allusion to the copy of the Koran in your pocket, for in disposing of it the proprietor has clearly broken the law, and it would not be good policy for you to remind him of that fact.

THRIFT.

Every man who saves money is called mean and stingy by the loafers on the street corners and pointed out with reproach by the men who idle away their time. In order to get ahead a man must save, must spend less than he makes, and, above all things, he must work. Don't be ashamed of having any one say that you are "close." Attend to your own business, and you are all right. The men who criticise the thrifty really pay them a big compliment. It is the tribute sloth pays industry.-Nortonville News.

SEE OTHER STORES.

Let

A prominent merchant who, from small beginnings, built up a succesful retail business, gave this advice to his brother dealers: "Spend a day or so in visiting a few stores outside of your own town. Inspect them critically, although not offensively. every detail strike your eye. Note the arrangement of the goods on the shelves, the manner in which the clerks take down and replace them, the general neatness of the store, the window display; note especially if the merchant is allowing any space to be

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Interest Tables and Book of Days combined, at 3, 31, 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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wasted that in your opinion he could profit- MORTON, PHILLIPS & CO.

ably utilize; then,, having thus schooled yourself a little on criticism, go home and apply the same spirit, only in a more strenuous manner, to your own store."

If the store visited belongs to a prospering dealer in your own line, it would be well also to note the lines of goods kept, methods of advertising, treatment of customers, etc., in order that you may accurately inform yourself as to the why and wherefore of his profitable patrorage. The greatest study of the merchant is his brother merchants. The big department stores watch one another with an incessant and jealous watchfulness; it will pay the lesser ones to do likewise. The dealer who wishes to succeed nowadays cannot afford to disregard the doings of competitorstheir goods, methods or patronage.

Keep pushing ever upward,

Work with smile and not with frown, It takes a live fish to go up stream, Any dead one can float down.

NOTICE.

PUBLISHERS, MONTREAL

Wm. Barber & Bros.

Paper

Makers

Georgetown,
Ontario.

The Annual Meeting of the shareholders Book, News, and Colored of the Hunter, Rose Co., Limited, will be held at the company's offices, Temple Building, Toronto, on Friday, June 12th, 1903, at 4 o'clock p.m.

GEO. M. ROSE,

Secretary.

Papers.

JOHN R. BARBER.

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