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COPP, CLARK CO.'S BOOK NEWS.

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Mrs. Augusta Evans Wilson, the author of "A Speckled Bird" (which The Copp, Clark Company, Limited, bring out in paper covers this month), is a woman of remarkably attractive personality. Well on in middle life she remains unusually fascinating to all ages of friends and visitors. is of medium height, graceful, with the unmistakable highbred air, which denotes her gentle birth and breeding. She is a delightful, vivacious and unaffected conversa. tionalist. Mrs. Wilson is an especially popular woman in Mobile, the beautiful old Southern city on the Gulf coast. She bas never had any children, but her warm, loving heart has surrounded her step-children and their families with a true, loyal affection and with the sweetest and sunniest influences.

Here is the novelist's picture of Eglah, the heroine in "A Speckled Bird": "Under delicate level brows, her large dark eyes-chataigne in some lights, almost black at times were set rather far apart in an oval face, whose exquisitely clear, pure pallor was stained only by the healthy, rich red of slender lips that had a treacherous trick of quivering when any strong emotion stirred the deeps of her heart. Her form and features had been adjudged beautiful, and some great-grandmother of the far South had dowered her with a peculiar grace of movement. Only one gift had been withheld from her birthright; she was absolutely devoid of personal magnetism, and her habitual cold indifference approached haughtiness that the world resented." (Cloth, $1.25; paper, 75 cents).

"A Prince of Sinners," by E. Phillips Oppenheim, the well-known English novelist, is announced for early publication. In this story "A Prince of Sinners" is the title applied to Lord Arranmore, who, on returning to England after an absence of twenty misspent years, finds his manly son, King ston Brooks, unforgiving and determined to work out his career, instead of assuming his title and taking his seat in the House of Lords. (The Copp, Clark Company, Limited; cloth, $1.25; paper, 75 cents).

A reprint of "Earth's Enigmas," by Chas. G. D. Roberts, with the addition of three new stories, and ten illustrations by Chas. Livingstone Bull, is announced. This is Mr. Roberts' first volume of fiction, published in 1892, and out of print for several years. The added matter is largely made up of stories of nature and animal life as in the case of "The Kindred of the Wild." (The Copp, Clark Company, Limited; illustrated, cloth, $1.25).

That much-abused word" charming " can be conscientiously applied to Mr. Charles G. D. Roberts' work. His diction is elegant in the old-fashioned sense of the word. The atmosphere into which he leads one is as pure and sweet and fresh as the heart of his bewitching little heroine. It has been adequately said that his work "comes like a cooling breeze into a heated literature." Mr. Roberts approaches nearer the tragic in his new novel, "Barbara Ladd," which The Copp, Clark Company, Limited, publish in paper covers this month, than in any of his former works of fiction, but, as in "A Sister to Evangeline," he just escapes it. It is of revolutionary times and opens with an exquisite description of the unfolding of a Connecticut morning. The story of true love is told deftly and prettily. A dash of humor is

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Mistress Mehitable, Barbara's aunt. The COMMERCIAL WORKS

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book ends, as it should, most satisfactorily, for Mr. Roberts believes that all fair dreams come true at last for those who have the key to the inner mysteries." (Illustrated in tints; cloth, $1.25; paper, 75 cents).

Mr. Crawford's novels of Italy are always his best; one breathes in them its very life. "Cecilia" (brought out this month in paper covers), his latest story of modern Rome, fulfils this expectation. It is about a charming Italian girl who has received an unusual education in philosophy and who unconsciously acquired a habit of hypnotising herself. In

one of these trance-dreame she saw the man with whom she was to fall in love. This is the foundation of the story. It is fascinatingly worked out, and, it is unnecessary to say, the work of a literary artist. (The Copp, Clark Company, Limited; cloth, $1.25; paper, 75 cents).

The Copp, Clark Company, Limited, publish this season "The Unnamed," by Wm. Le Queux, and "O'er Moor and Fen," by Joseph Hocking. (Each, cloth, $1.25; paper, 75 cents).

"The Adventures of Harry Revel" is the title of Mr. A. T. Quiller-Couch's new novel announced for early publication. It is a story for plot and mystery in the author's most individual manner, the crime in the background, with its accompanying evolutions, revealing itself through the innocent mind of a boy who happens into the complication at crucial moments. The scene is laid on the coast of England many years ago, and the picture of childhood shown against a background of intrigue is one of peculiar reality and charm. Mr. Wm. Alden, of "The New York Times'" Saturday Review, says: Mr. Quller-Couch is the literary brother, or, at least, the cousin of Stevenson, and his new book should be placed on the shelf with Treasure Island.'" (The Copp, Clark Company, Limited; cloth, $1.25; paper, 75 cents).

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The second volume of the " Pipes of Pan" series, from the pen of Mr. Bliss Carman, is now ready. It is entitled "From the Green Book of the Bards." We quote from it below "The Enchantress," a lyric of exquisite fancy and delicacy of phrasing:—

Have you not seen a witch to-day

Go dancing through the misty woods,
Her mad young beauty hid beneath
A tattered gown of crimson buds?

She glinted through the alder-swamp,
And loitered by the willow stream,
Then vanished down the wood-road dim,
With bare brown throat and eyes a-dream.

The wild white cherry is her flower,

Her bird the flame-white oriole ;
She comes with freedom and with peace,
And glad temerities of soul.

Her lover is the great Blue Ghost,

Who broods upon the world at noon, And woes her wonder to his will

At setting of the frail new moon.

Interest Tables, at 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10 per cent. per annum, by Napoleon Matte. 5th edition. Price, $3.00.

Three Per Cent. Interest Tables, by the same author. On fine toned paper and strongly bound. Price, $3.00.

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 2, 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.

Hughes' Interest Tables, at 6 and 7 per cent. per annum (on the basis of 365 days to the year), at 1, 2, 3 and 4 months and days of grace. For use in discounting and renewing promissory notes, by Charles M. C. Hughes. On folded card. Price, $1. Hughes' Supplementary Interest Tables, comprising a Special Interest Table for Daily Balances, showing interest for one thousand days on any amount from $1 to $10,000, or from £1 to £10,000, at per cent. to 3 per cent. inclusive. Also a table showing interest for one thousand days at 5 per cent., by means of which (in connection with Comparative Tables) interest for one thousand days can be obtained at any rate from

per cent. to 10 per cent. inclusive, and Comparative Interest Tables, etc., by Charles M. C. Hughes. Price, $2.00 net.

Buchan's Sterling Exchange Tables, advancing by 8ths and 16ths, with other useful tables. 2nd edition. Price, $4.00.

Buchan's Sterling Equivalents and Exchange Tables. Price, $4.00.

Canadian Customs Tariff, revised to date, with list of Ports, Foreign Tables, Extracts from the Customs Act, etc, Fcap. 8vo, limp cloth, 50 cents.

MORTON, PHILLIPS & CO.

PUBLISHERS, MONTREAL

Wm. Barber & Bros.

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Georgetown,
Ontario.

(The Copp, Clark Company, Limited; cloth, Book, News, and Colored green and gold, fancy end papers, $1.00).

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"Aw, gwan! Phwat do yez t'ink Oi am -a contortionist?"-"Judge."

Papers.

JOHN R. BARBER.

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UNITED STATES AND CANADA. Professor Goldwin Smith appears greatly agitated lest Canada should secure a Copyright Law that would put us on an equality with the United States, when dealing with authors. If the solidity of the Empire were to depend upon the Professor, we fear the Empire would have to get along without Canada, as he so admires the United States he would likely hand us over to them body and soul.

Should all authors act as Professor Smith does, publishing in Canada would soon be a thing of the past. In the case of his work, "The Empire," he refused a Canadian publishing house the right to print a Canadian edition, selling this right to Macmillan & Co., of New York, by whom the Canadian market was supplied. We have other Canadians who sell our market to foreigners. Miss Teskey sold the Canadian rights of "Where the Maple Sugar Grows" to Fennos, of New York, and the Musson Book Co., Limited, bought and brought into Canada over 5,000 copies of the American edition. The Presbyterian Church take a technical advantage of our law. They secure a Canadian copyright by printing a few hundred copies of their Hymnal

of dollars worth of Hymnals. Surely we have some right to complain. Then comes the British author, selling out Canadian rights to the United States publisher, and refusing to deal with the Canadian, except through the foreign publisher, a notable case being that of Mrs. Humphry Ward, who sells these rights in "Lady Rose's Daughter," along with those of the United States, to the Harpers, of New York, who in turn sell the Canadian copyright to the Poole-Stewart Co., and receive $2,750.00 for the same, no doubt making a handsome profit over and above the amount they paid Mrs. Ward. But no one should complain; these authors claim divine rights, and Canada should continue to pay tribute to the United States.

We desire no advantage over the author, but we do object to the authors taking an unfair advantage of us, which we claim they do in selling the Canadian market to foreigners. We fail to see that the author has ever written anything that entitles him to more consideration from us than that given to the inventor of the Bell telephone, who must manufacture his patent in Canada, or else it becomes public property, but still he asks far more.

Hall Caine and Gilbert Parker are notable exceptions to the rule. Both these gentlemen make arrangements with Canadian publishers, and the books produced in Canada are equal, if not superior, to the American editions.

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ent Gorrie, had Rt. Hon. R. B. Haldane, K.C., M.P., and Messrs. Scrutton and Biron, all eminent copyright counsel, with two juniors, arrayed against him.

This was an appeal to the Privy Council by Henry Graves & Company, of London, England, from a decision of the Ontario Court of Appeals, refusing to enjoin the defendant, George T. Gorrie, of Toronto, from publishing copies of the famous picture, "What We Have We'll Hold," of which Graves & Company have the English copyright.

The action was first tried by the late Judge Rose, who decided in favor of the defendant's right to publish the picture. This decision was upheld by the Divisional Court, and subsequently by the Court of Appeal. The plaintiff's contention was that the Imperial Artistic Copyright Act, under which the picture had been registered by them, extended to the colonies. The defendants denied this. The whole case depended upon the meaning of the words used in the Imperial Act, "Ihe dominions of the Crown and our Canadian courts construed them to mean, in this instance only, the British Islands.

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A VICTORY FOR CANADA. TORONTO EXPERTS DISCUSS THE JUDGMENT OF THE PRIVY COUNCIL.

Mr. John Ross Robertson, the former president of the Canadian Copyright Association, and possibly the best authority on the subject in Canada, when interviewed by "The News" this morning, said: "You may say that it is in my opinion a genuine victory for Canada, and bears out the contention I have always held with regard to artistic copyrights. At the same time I do not regard the Canadian Copyright law as perfect. It needs revision all along the line. This decision, I think, should lead to regulations whereby the rights of the artist would be safeguarded, especially against having his work travestied by cheap and vulgar reproductions. The original mistake made by Canada was in entering into the Berne Convention. It was one of Sir John A. Macdonald's errors, and was done by Order-in-Council without consulting a single Canadian interest. As a matter of fact, Canadian copyright lost its best friend when Sir John Thompson died. He knew more about copyright than all other Canadian Cabinet Ministers that have sat since Confederation put together.

MR. DAN A. ROSE SPEAKS.

Mr. Dan A. Rose, vice-president of the Canadian Copyright Association, said: "The decision is a decided victory for Canada. It bears out the contention of the late Sir John Thompson and the late Hon. David Mills.

The result will be the introduction of new copyright legislation in Canada, and I have no doubt it will be a general act, dealing both with art and literary productions, such as the Hall Caine bill suggested The Canadian Copyright Association, in subscribing funds to fight this case, stated clearly that they had no desire to see art works reproduced here, without proper compensation to the artist, and that if he did not desire to reproduce himself, provision would be made that he should be paid a royalty by any person to whom a license was granted to produce the picture."

MR. MORANG SPEAKS.

Mr George N. Morang remarked that the decision was just what he expected it would be. The court had interpreted the Act according to the strict letter of the law. He did not think the decision would have any very important effect on Canadian copyright. The copyrights for art work in Canada were comparatively few. The decision, he believed, would not affect copyrights for literary productions, which were covered by by a separate Act, making specific provision as regards the Imperial jurisdiction of the Act. If the copyright bill at present pending in the Imperial Parliament ever becomes law, Imperial copyrights for both artistic and literary productions would be placed upon exactly the same footing.

DR. DENTON WAS HOPEFUL.

Mr. J. Herbert Denton, the defendant's counsel in the case, in a letter to Mr. James Pearson, barrister, of Toronto, writing before the decision was announced, says:

"They had its counsel on the other side, all copyright experts, and their leader was R. B. Haldane, K.C., M.P., who you will probably remember is one of the Liberal leaders in England. He made a clever and most vigorous argument, but he has such a hill to climb that I doubt if he can get over it. I was all alone, so that if I win--and I expect to do it-it will be quite a feather in my cap."-The News.

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EARLY HISTORY OF ENGRAVING. The origin of the word "engrave 'is from the English word grave," and signifies "to dig, to cut a trench. Engraving is different from all other kinds of artistic work, as the graver or burin is pushed along and cuts out a shaving of metal. A plough is the same kind of tool, but it is pulled along. Tubal-cain was called a whetter of tools,

The Egyptians engraved their monoliths and cut gems in intaglio for sealing their writings, as one could see on the large number of rings engraved for sealing. These were cut with a diamond or other hard stone in the form of a graver, and used as the cameo cutter cuts the soft pearl and other shells.

Engraving was much used for inscription and other light and careful work. Aaron's mitre was engraved by an engraver.

The Egyptians cut grounds away for enameling and filled the trenches with enamel, which they fired to fix. The Greeks, improving on the Egyptians, found out a niello for filling in the furrowed lines made by the graver. Niello only means black, and our door-plates and stall boards are the cheap form of niello.

Glaucos, of Chios, engraved niellos in 617 B.C.

Niello is a mixture of lead, sulphur and silver, powdered to fill in and heated to fix, then stoned off.

Wood engraving was practised by the Chinese and the Venetian traders brought the art to Venice, where books were engraved in blocks and printed, till letters engraved separately were invented. Wood engraving was the reverse of metal engraving, for in wood the lines were left up and a damp paper laid upon the surface of the inked tops of the woodcut, whereas copper-plate prints were obtained by the filling of the cuts or trenches with ink, and then, after cleaning the surface, placing the dampened paper on to the plate and passing them together under a roller with heavy pressure till the paper was forced into the engraving, so when the paper was taken off only the inked lines appeared.

Copper-plate engraving was discovered in 1460, by Finnigueira, a goldsmith, of Florence, who, while taking a sulphur casting of some niello he was making, noticed that the charcoal dust that he had polished the plate with had come out on the sulphur, and the idea occurred to him that it would save time to take impressions of work done on paper. Succeeding beyond all thought, he showed the prints to some artists, Baldini and Botticelli, and they made improvements. Schingaurrer, the German, took it up with wonderful results. Then followed Albert Durer; then Marcantonio, under the guidance of Raphael, executed some wonderful engravings; but as cutting with the engraver was found to be slow, etching or biting with acid was invented in 1530.

Aquatint or etching on a grained ground was invented by St. Non, a Frenchman, in 1662. Mezzotint was discovered by Prince Rupert in 1649. One morning, seeing a soldier's gun rusted with the night air, and observing as the soldier tried to clean off the rust that the rust formed a frosted or dark ground, and being an artist and an etcher, it occurred to him that if a plate was blacked all over and the light parts and half-tints scraped away, a beautiful soft and graduated tone could be obtained. He set about making an engraving on these methods, and being helped by other engravers, at length produced the lovely mezzotints of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.

The One Woman, by the author of Leopard's Spots.

WILLIAM BRIGGS BOOK NEWS..

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The Canadian edition of Miss Corelli's new story, Peace and Power," will be placed on the market by William Briggs early in September. The English publishers regard the story as "an exceptionally good one." No living writer of her sex, despite the cavil of the critics, enjoys the popularity of Marie Corelli. Her books sell, and this is what the book-dealer wants.

Mr. Hickman has scored splendidly in his first essay in the field of fiction. "The Sacrifice of the Shannon" has pleased the critics, generally speaking, and, better still, has found favor with the public. In the structure of the story there are some defects, but as a picture of life among the sea going folks of our Atlantic ports it is eminently successful, and it has in it elements of life, vigor, picturesqueness and dramatic strength that command and hold attention.

Mr.

Hickman has created a market for any further ventures he may make in the line of fiction.

Prof. Dean's text-book on "Canadian Dairying," copiously illustrated with plans, etc., will be issued on or about the 2nd of September. It will sell at a dollar. It will be of the greatest value to butter-makers and cheese-makers in the factory or on the farm. The extent of the dairying industry in Canada may be judged from the fact that last year we exported nearly twenty millions of dollars' worth of cheese and nearly six million dollars' worth of butter.

Mr. John Innes, whose work has been attracting considerable attention of late, is executing for Mrs. Carr- Harris's book, "The White Chief of the Ottawa,' a series of seven full-page illustrations. The book gives in very attractive form the story of the settlement of Ottawa. Among the historical personages introduced (in addition to the White Chief himself, the late Philemon Wright), are Mackenzie, the traveller; Hon. Louis Joseph Papineau, Sir John Franklin, the Arctic explorer; Colonel By, founder of Bytown; Mackay, MacTaggart, and others whose names are writ large in the early records of the Ottawa district.

The first volume of Mr. Morgan's sumptuous work on "Types of Canadian Women, Past and Present" (William Briggs), will be ready for the market the first week in September. It contains more than 350 fine half-tone portraits, printed on superior plate-paper, and beneath each a concise biographical sketch. The work is a monument to the prodigious industry and skill in research possessed to so remarkable a degree by Mr. Morgan, whose contributions to Canadian biography entitle him to the honor of knighthood.

A temperance story, entitled “The Old Orchard," from the pen of an Ontario clergyman, who writes over the pen-name of Mack Cloie,' will be issued in September by William Briggs.

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A volume of addresses, entitled "Misunderstood," by Evangelist H. D. Kennedy, is in the press of William Briggs, and will be published early next month.

Mrs. Eva Rose Tork's story, "The White Letter," (William Briggs), will be published early in September.

William Briggs has placed on the market a useful volume entitled "Home Building and Furnishing." It is in reality a combined new edition of Wm. L. Price's "Model Houses for Little Money" and W. M. Johnson's "Inside of 100 Homes." It is finely illustrated with diagrams and plans, and

exterior and interior views of houses in halftone-altogether a very attractive as well as useful book.

An interesting book being handled by William Briggs is "The Romance of Modern Invention," by Archibald Williams, with numerous illustrations.

Pastor Wagner's new book, "The Better Way," contains the following pathetic dedication to his child, who died some five years since: " My child, I began this book by your bed of pain and in my lonely walks on the mountain. Many a time I interrupted the writing to go and do for you one of those innumerable little services at once so sad and so sweet; and, away from you, in the Alpine pathways, in the high pastures and solitary midlands, my aching heart was filled with your image. To you then I dedicate these pages. May they be offered

you not as sad tokens of what no longer is, but as an eternal pledge between our inseparable souls, and as an act of homage, that I would were purer and fuller of consolation, rendered from the midst of a transitory world to that which never dies."

A volume of verse entitled "Sea Murmurs and Woodland Songs," by Mrs. I. N. Faulkner, of Hammond Vale, N.B., and said to comprise work of good quality, will be published early during the coming autumn by William Briggs.

Readers of the Montreal "Gazette" are familiar with the series of critical and historical essays appearing weekly under the heading "At Dodsley's." It is proposed, in response to repeated suggestions, to publish a volume of these papers. Some of these will criticize, from the British point of view, the panegyrical and hysterical method of writing America revolutionary history. Others will deal with like characteristics in modern English historians and biographers. There will also be a number of biographical essays containing personal anecdotes and reminiscences historical in their bearing. Subscriptions for this volume ($1.50) are being received at the Gazette office.

The New Cook Book. By Ladies of Toronto.

New Books.

A Dog of the Klondike.

There is vogue in novels, as there is in everything else in which mankind has the opportunity to make a choice. The "animal story," as it has come to be called, has had many exemplars Rudyard Kipling began it, and many an imitator has followed him at distance, greater or less. There have been animal stories as good as anything that Kipling, with all his invention, his intimate knowledge of his subjects, and his riotous imagination, ever put forth. Kipling never wrote an animal tale that could compare with "Bob, Son of Battle." Therein Alfred Ollivant, a helpless cripple in body, but a master in mind, gave the world a story that will live.

Down in California, there is a young man, Jack London by name, who has written noteworthily. He is an adventurer as well as a story-teller. He fought his way through the Yukon in search of rainbow gold. He was a "thorough miner," that is, he went through all the privations that the man with pan and rock knows. Like thousands of others, Jack London "came out," as the men of the Yukon have it, poorer than he went in, so far as lucre went. But he has a sensitive mind, retentive memory, and a matchless imagination. His tales of the Yukon have been read by thousands. They were about men, especially men of a rather objectionable type. Now, in "The Call of the Wild" (Toronto: George N. Morang & Co.) Jack London has written the life of a dog; a dog not even of gentle birth, because his sire was a St. Bernard and his dam a collie. But Buck-that is the dog-hero's name was "all there," as the miners say, even though he had no pedigree. Born on a California ranch; stolen by an Italian farmhand; sold to miners "going North"; beaten and half-killed in the work of gaining an education, as a train dog, Buck finally appears as the champion draft canine, fighter and friend of the miner in the sub

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Arctics. Jack London tells of Homeric fights between Buck and other dogs; between Buck and men, between Buck and wolves, moose and "huskies." The story, as Tod now perhaps forgotten - would say, is "velly bluggy." It is full of fights that would have sent the whole of the S.P.C.A. into hysterics. The wonder is how Buck weathered it all; but he did. The author, however, does not give the reader one constant succession of dog, man and other animal fights. Three-quarters through his story he does some really fine imaginative work.

Read The One Woman. How Paris Amuses Itself.

F. Berkeley Smith. The Funk & Wagnalls Co. $1.50.

No book of the year thus far offers more real entertainment for the vacation season than "How Paris Amuses Itself," by F. Berkeley Smith, author of "The Real Latin Quarter." It affords a delightful review of the pleasures of the gay city for those who have visited it in the past, and makes them acquainted with many scenes and experiences which doubtless they missed. On the other hand, it supplies to those who have not been so fortunate as to visit the French capital something very different from a guide book, and something which makes the frolicsome life and glittering sights very real. For many it will take the place of a visit to Paris; for many others it will add to the zest with which they are planning for a visit there. The author has such a way of putting real, live people into his book that the reader is actually talking and laughing with them, and even making love to some of them before he knows it. He can sit in his easy chair and visit with a delightful guide and comrade all the places where fun reigns in Paris, all the little nooks of jollity known only to the initiated. The author gives us the freedom of the city. We visit the theatres and cabarets and fetes, foraines and boulevards and gardens, and cafés, and circuses. All the frolicsome life and amusements of Paris pass in review before us until we feel almost a part of the gay ensemble. The author has reproduced

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in this book, with an enthusiastic pen, a facile brush, a quick photo lens, and a merry spirit, the sparkle, the color, the throb of this great kingdom of fun and love. A number of noted French artists, including Galaniz, Sancha, Cardona, Sunyer, Michael, Perenet, Pezilla and others, have helped the author with pictures for the book. There are in all 135 illustrations, of which six are in colors, 16 full-page halftone inserts, 58 full-page text drawings, and 55 half-page and smaller text drawings.

At the Time Appointed.

A. Maynard Barbour. The J. B. Lippincott Co. $1.50.

It has been for years considered remarkable, even wonderful that the two foremost living American writers of detective mystery novels are women, Anna Katharine Green and Lawrence L. Lynch (Elizabeth Murdoch Vandeventer), but the wonder becomes amazement when one realizes that the recently added name, A. Maynard Barbour, making a great trio in this field, also represents a woman. Her newest novel, "At the Time Appointed," promises to exceed in popularity the enchaining detective story, "That Mainwaring Affair," by the same author, which has passed through eight editions. The writer piques interest with a situation at once novel and apparently simple of explanation, but which baffles every effort to solve until the story draws to a close.

The One Woman, by the author of Leopard's Spots.

The Adventures of Harry Revel.

By "Q." Charles Scribner's Sons, $1.50. Harry Revel is a foundling and his adventures are strange. He is, perhaps, eight years old when we first know him, and he is only fourteen when he leaves us with scarcely a word of farewell. In four of the intervening years he has seen wonders and done wonders, while his stark-naked race through the night, by water and land, over hills and through briars, from the lugger "Glad Tidings" to the home of Isabel Brooks, is something new in fiction. We are to see

more of Harry Revel.

There is a distinct promise, towards the close, of further adventures. We have no doubt that in some book, as yet unwritten, he will turn out to be of blood as noble and pure as that of another famous foundling of picturesque fiction, Marryat's Japhet Newlands, and every man reader of this book will want that other.

Some of the other personages in this new story are entertaining enough to make one desire to meet them again, especially Benjamin Jope, the sailor man, who engineered that wonderful funeral for his shipmate Bill; Mr. Jack Rogers, J.P., blind Major Brooks seeking consolation for the sorrows and disappointments of his life in Virgil; Trapp, the chimney sweep, and his estimable wife and the Pengelleys. "The Adventures of Harry Revel" is a story far out of the common in every way, and is made doubly charming by the humor which crops out often, yet is ever quiet and delightful.

Adventures of Harry Revel.

The experiences of Harry, a little foundling lad, who lived in the time when England was opposing Napoleon, are chronicled by Mr. A. T. Quiller-Couch, in his latest output "The Adventures of Harry Revel." Every morning Harry was made to stand at the window while the matron of the foundling hospital, Miss Plinlimmon, whose room he shared, dressed. And every morning a soldier came out of the fort and blew his bugle to the air of Revelly, so that when the time came for Harry to go out into the world and take a surname good Miss Plinlimmon called him Revel, because she always thought of him when she heard the air of Revelly. Harry was adopted by a chimney sweep and soon after became complicated in a mystery. Then his adventures, which take us to Spain and back again, begin. We are introduced to many strange and witty characters, and a tragic touch is added by the love story of Isabel Brooks and Archibald Plinlimmon. No living novelist approaches so near the inventive genius aud style of Robert Louis Stevenson as Mr. Quiller-Couch. His new book is full of incident and interest. It is an ideal story for a summer day (The Copp, Clark Company, Limited; cloth, $1.25; paper, 75 cents).

"Earth's Enigmas."

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In "Earth's Enigmas" (Mr. C. G D. Roberts' new book) there is a wider range of subject than in The Kindred of the Wild." There are half a dozen conventional stories of lumber camp and "backwoods" life and character, two or three sketches that border on allegory and several fanciful stories in which the human and the supernatural are blended. Perhaps the best of the latter is the dreamy, pathetic story of "The Perdu."

"The Perdu lay perpetually asleep, along beside a steep bank clothed with white birches and balsam poplars.... Everything watched and waited. The meadow was a sea of sun mysteriously imprisoned in the green meshes of the grass tops. At wide intervals arose some lonely alder bushes, thick-banked with clematis. Far off, on the slope of a low bordering hill, the red doors of a barn glowed rubylike in the transfiguring sun. At times, though seldom, a blue heron winged over the level. At times a huge black-and-yellow bee hummed past leaving a trail of faint sound that seemed to linger like a perfume. At times the land

scape, that was so changeless, would seem to waver a little, to shift confusedly like things seen through running water. And all the while the meadow scents and the many-colored butterflies rose straight up on the moveless air, and brooded and dropped back into their dwellings. Yet in all this stillness there was no invitation to sleep. It was a stillness rather that summoned the senses to keep watch, half apprehensively, at the doorways of perception."

(The Copp, Clark Company, Limited; cloth only, $1.25).

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By L. B. Walford. The heroine of this story is a girl of fine character, yet very human withal in her loyalty and inexperienced bewilderment; the adventuress is a dainty bit of femininity, a brave little social struggler, a mixture of good and not very black evil, a real product of present-day cosmopolitanism, which allows money to buy so many things, in an old-fashioned circle as well as in London, in Hamburg and on the Riviera. Average well-bred people these, with everything to make them contented. Sunshine prevails in their lives and it colors the mood of the reader who follows their adventures. (The Copp, Clark Company, Limited; paper, 75 cents; cloth, $1.00).

The New Cook Book. By Ladies of Toronto.

"Barbara Ladd' is a most delightful book," writes Prof. Horning, "full of that sympathy for and knowledge of animal life that Roberts knows so thoroughly, full of that love of nature in all its moods which he knows how to express so beautifully, which altogether makes such a splendid setting for a wildling girl character who is part and parcel of the scene and withal a genuine woman. Barbara and Robert, Dr. John and Dr. Jim, Aunt Hitty and Mistress Debby, all are skilfully drawn, and mark a distinct advance in Roberts' art. To me the charm of the book is wonderful." (The Copp, Clark Company, Limited; cloth, $1.25; paper, 75 cents).

"A Prince of Sinners."

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A wicked, world-weary Marquis, two ladies of quality, an unacknowledged son, and a wealthy and vulgar middle class English family, form the principal dramatis person of Mr. E. Phillips Oppenheim's new novel, A Prince of Sinners," just published by the Copp, Clark Company, Toronto. The incident deals with an election campaign and a philanthrophic movement in East London, and the situation turns upon the state of the Marquis of Arraumore's soul. He is believed by Lady Caroom, the woman he once loved and who still loves him, to be entirely cynical and heartless, and his unacknowledged son, Kingston Brooks, repudiates the relationship in the fury of his moral indignation against the man who deserted his mother. No one perceives but the gentle reader that the Marquis was putting up a big bluff on the world as protection to the incurable wounds that life had dealt him. The plot is an ingenious one, the portraiture natural, the action smooth and the dialogue highly characteristic. Each figure expresses his own individuality. The two strongest people in the story are Lady Caroom and Mary Scott. The latter is

rather a striking character. One likes her the better for the sudden flare of repressed passion for Brooks, and admires the desperate pride that bids her reject his offer of marriage, dictated by other sentiments than love. Yet one feels from the outset that these two young people are destined for each other in spite of the charming Sybil. There is unity in the narrative and well sustained interest leading up to the climax. The Bullsome family provide the touch of humor and represent English philistinism that still dearly loves a lord. The cleverest thing in the book is the natural relationship drawn between the Marquis and his son. It was so inevitable that Brooks should be what he was.

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"Pride of Race," by the late B. L. Fayeon, author of "The Sacred Nugget," "Great Porter Square," and other well-known novels, has produced in this, his latest novel, a social study, which is original and interesting. The plot revolves around the marriage of the daughter of an English peer of illustrious decent to the son of a Jew, who has risen to great wealth. The father is ignorant of the love of books, but with far-sighted belief in the benefits of knowledge, is determined that his only son shall have learning. The old man, Moses Mendoza, is a rather cleverly drawn character. The kindness he does to a young lad of his own race is returned when least expected, in the opportunity to win a fortune, and with the financial ability of his race Mendoza does not fail to take advantage of it, not for his own sake, but for his son Raphael, who gives promise of unusual intellectual powers. It is this son who weds the daughter of a peer. False counsellors come between her and her husband, and they separate, but in the end come together again. The story as a whole is really fine, being full of interest, and depicting racial traits of the Jewish people with fidelity. Cloth, $1.25; paper, 75c.

We are the special Canadian agents for Fred. T. Hodgson's new copyrighted works. Amongst his many works are: "The Carpenters' and Builders' Standard Library," which includes "Modern Carpentry and Joinery," "Handrailing and Stair Building," "Steel Square," Part I. and II. These sets are made up of such practical information that every bookseller should not be without them. They would make a valuable addition to the Christmas stock, and will prove ready sellers. The books have been accepted by the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners as the best and most practical works on carpentry and building published in the world. Sold in sets or single volume at $1 per volume.

Read The One Woman.

"The Silent Maid," by Frederic W. Pangborn, is a book not likely to have any rivals in the field for one or two seasons, at least, wherefore it is worth while to examine it somewhat closely. It is fortunate in a frontispiece in which Mr. Frank T. Merrill has delineated a maiden with a mysterious face fulfilling the description of the text. Baron Rabenhorst finds a maiden singing in the forest, singing strains that soothe and rest, comfort and charm, and laughing the laugh of a care-free child. She can speak

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