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By Catherine C. Thurston, is one of the new books which readers are recommending to one another. The heroine is a young, beautiful and gifted Russian girl, the daughter of the keeper of a curio shop in East London. The book is written from a fresh point of view and in a dramatic style. A second edition is being made ready to supply the large demand. The Copp, Clark Company, Limited; cloth, $1.25, paper, 75


A Garden of Lies.

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When the first chapter of Mr. Forman's (Tonew romance, "A Garden of Lies ronto McLeod & Allen), discovers to us a beautiful Princess in distress, associated with the accession to the throne of a sup

posititious principality in central Europe, we are inclined to sigh and anathematize the originator of this alluring genre in fiction.

But it turns out that Mr. Forman has a really new and interesting version of the Princess and the principality, so we give heed once more to descriptions of desperate situations and frustrated villainy, and marvellous sword play, and mad lovemaking. Mr. Forman does it all exceedingly well and keeps up the pace to the close without slacking. The Princess is an American girl who was thrown from her carriage on her wedding day, receiving injuries which affected her memory and made it necessary for her husband to become acquainted with her again. She was taken for treatment to Paris, but before the wooing recommenced her husband fell heir to a throne and was imperatively called to patriotic duty. One reasonably wonders why Eleanor could not join him since she was so anxious to meet her husband, but, of course, that would upset the plot. Consequently she is wooed by the wrong man, the hero, and the complications invited occur. The title is derived from the old French garden in which the friends of the distracted lady produce a husband on demand.

The Red House.


The reading public knows by this time how many different kinds of stories there are which may be described as novels. "The Red House" (William Tyrrel & Company, Toronto; Harper & Brothers, New York), is one of them; although some people who expect a good deal in the way of construction from a novel would hardly call it one.

The book is written by " E. Nesbit " (Mrs. Bland), and appeared originally as a serial in Harper's Bazar, where it attracted much favorable attention. "The Red House is a pretty story, well-written and attractive in every way. It relates the interesting but not exciting experiences of a young married couple, who move from a small house to a large one, which has been left them by an uncle. Their income having received no addition, difficulties naturally follow, but of a very minor type. The husband is a writer, the wife an artist, and their

earnings increase steadily under the encouragement of the country mansion. There is a charming friend who gives them a great deal of good advice, and contributes a lovestory of her own to the interest of the book. So that the reader who is in search of an agreeable story with a happy ending, will find himself pleased with "The Red House." The Bastables, children from Mrs. Bland's earlier and very popular stories, are brought into "The Red House," merely for the pleasure of writing about them again, since there seems to be no other reason for their appearance.

Talks to Boys and Girls.

By Rev. Sydney Strong. Toronto: Fleming H. Revell Company.

These addresses or talks, as the author calls them, are divided into three chief divisions.

1. Kite Talks.

2. Random Talks.

3. The Life I Ought to Live.

The plan followed in them all is somewhat similar to taking an ordinary amusement or event and using it to develop a moral lesson.

Sunday School Teachers and those who

have to teach or preach to young people will find many useful hints and illustrations.

The Trail of the Grand Seigneur.

By Olin L. Lyman. Drawings in color by Davis and Angell. Cloth, $1.25. McLeod & Allen, Toronto.

A story, the scene of which is laid in Canada with the war of 1812 for a background.

The lover of nature will, in the first paragraph, find his heart's desire; the student of character will find ample material to prove or disprove his theories; the dramatist will find his stage ready set, with all its accessories and peopled with men of action and women of rare grace and beauty.

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"The Trail of the Grand Seigneur takes hold in a manner simply irresistible. In all, it is a story for Canadians.

Under the Rose.

By Frederick S. Isham. Illustrations in six colors by Howard Chandler Christy. Cloth, $1.25. McLeod & Allen, Toronto.


In "Under the Rose" the plot is unique -the style graceful and clever. The whole. story is pervaded by a spirit of sunshine and good humor, and the ending is a happy In putting this title on his new book Mr. Isham says to the reader : "Now this is just between you and me. I am going to tell you a secret and I want you to keep it to yourself." There is only one way, and it is an entertaining one, to find out what is "Under the Rose." Read it.

Mr. Christy's pictures mark a distinct step forward in illustrating art.

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A romantic love story by Marvin Dana. This romance deals with witchcraft in the Puritan days of New England and abounds in both action and sentiment.

The movement is rapid, the feeling is true, the characters are alive, the plot is ingenious and distinctive, while the literary quality of the work is admirable. All in all, the novel is one of absorbing interest and merits an unusual success. The illustrations are from drawings by P. R. Audibert, in photogravures. Crown 8vo. Cloth, $1.25. The Smart Set Publishing Co., New York.

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book has in previous ventures given abundant proof of literary ability and aptitude for biographical and historical research. He has had pre-eminent success as a historian of thought, and it is in that phase of character that his "Unitarianism in America " will be most appreciated. There are admirable chapters on the "English Sources of American Unitarianism "The Liberal Side of Puritanism," "The Growth of Democracy in the Churches," and, even better than these one on the "Silent Advance of Liberalism." Even the chapter on "The Period of Controversy," has an ounce of controversial matter to a pound of different stuff. The chapter on the American Unitarian Association is a just tribute to the fount from which the book proceeds. Equally good is that on "The Denominational Awakening" (1865) of which Dr. H. W. Bellows was the life and soul, and for him there is a generous meed of praise. There are effective chapters on the beautiful work of the ministry at large, the Sunday School Society, and the Women's National Alliance. There is no more honorable chapter than that on "Unitarian Philanthropy." That on "Unitarians and Reform" is, perhaps, too genial in its estimate of the antislavery temper of the body. It is a large claim that is made in "Unitarianism and Literature," and still one that does not overstate the fact which culminates in the splendid galaxy of Unitarian historians and poets.

Perkins, the Fakeer.

An amusing travesty on reincarnation by Edward S. Van Zile.

The story is a most original one, dealing with modern characters under the spell of an East India Mahatma, a Yankee who, having spent fifty years in India, has returned to this country and uses his powers in an alarming, as well as an amusing, manner. The illustrations are from drawings by Hy. Mayer, in photogravures. Illustrated, 8vo. Cloth, $1.00. The Smart Set Publishing Co., New York.

The Sheep Stealers.

By Mrs. Arthur Jacob, a novel which has been issued recently by the Copp, Clark Company, of Toronto, is a book which has attracted much favorable attention in England. The scene of the story is laid in Wales, and Mrs. Jacob deals with her characters and plot in a fresh and interesting manner. The chief character of the book is a tragic one, but the catastrophe in which he partly involves himself, one made possible by his temperament, is quite in-. evitable. There is a secondary story of really wonderful beauty in "The Sheep Stealers," which describes the relations existing between Mary Vaughan and George Williams, the tender loyalty of which go far to make up for the reader's unwilling interest in Isoline Ridgeway, an extreme example of the type of woman who can be touched only by her own advantage.

Soo Thah.

A tale of the Karens, by Alonzo Bunker. Toronto Fleming, Revell Co.

The last few years have awakened, as never before, the world to the fact that one of the great forces to be reckoned with in modern history is that enthusiastic missionary spirit which is being aroused throughout the

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whole Christian Church. Men who have not before taken it into account are beginning to do so, and they often ask what fruits can it show? The book before us is useful in that it shows, in one part of the field at least, some of the fruits of missionary work and effort.

The scene is placed in that part of the King's dominions known as British Burma, and Soo Thah is one of the Karens. Two generations of mission work have gone on among them, and the results are plainly manifest. From a superstitious, downtrodden race we can trace their emergence into a free, enlightened people, loyal to the Empire and rapidly growing in all that is best in civilization. "In Soo Thah himself we can see the child of superstition step by step emerge, develop, expand and rise to such moral altitude as moves us with new appreciation of the obvious Gospel."

The Master of Warlock.


By Geo. Cary Eggleston. Boston: Lothrop Pub. Co. Toronto: Musson Book Co. Readers of Mr. Eggleston's "Dorothy South" will gladly welcome this last work of his pen, "The Master of Warlock." Like Dorothy South," it is a story whose principal characters are Virginians, and dealing as it does with the early years of the civil war takes an essentially Southern view of things, yet with no trace of party rancour or bitterness. The heroine is as whimsical as a spoiled and petted young woman can be, and yet under the stress of suffering she developes a courage and a spirit of selfsacrifice, such as the world still wonders at in the case of many a Southern woman at that awful period. The two chief male characters--Baillie Pegram, the Master of Warlock, and Marshall Pollard, his friendare types of many in those days who, realizing from the very first that defeat was inevitable, were ready to fight to the last ditch for the principle of State's Rights.

An interesting sketch is given of Gen. Stuart, the chivalric cavalry leader of the confederacy. On the whole, the story is not as strong a one as "Dorothy South," but

will be read with interest by all who admire Mr. Eggleston's fidelity and delicacy in the portrayal of Virginian life and character.

Dwellers in the Mist.

By Norman Maclean. Toronto: Fleming, H. Revell Company.

This is a collection of sketches of those

hardy dwellers in the Islands of the Mist— the Hebrides. In it are depicted their simple lives marked by the rugged, narrow conscientiousness which is a distinguishing feature of this people. The minister, William Macleod, whose strong sense of duty led him to devote a life so full of promise to the service of these simple folk, is sketched with a loving hand, and we follow him with interest and sympathy till, brokenhearted just as there seemed better things in view, he died. The whole of the sketches show deep sympathy and insight into the lives and characters of these strange dwellers in the Hebrides, whose rugged honesty and real piety we learn to admire while we shrink from their intense narrowness and puritanism.

Mr. Maclean's work in this book makes one wish for some more of the products of his pen.


A volume of poems by Frederick George Scott, with illustrations by Mr. F. S. Coburn, will be published this year in London.

The second volume of Dr. Cornish's "Cyclopedia of Methodism in Canada," which will appear about the 15th of May, begins with the year 1881 and carries up to the present year. It not only gives the records of Methodism in all the Provinces of the Dominion, but includes also Newfoundland, Bermuda, Japan and China, in all of which the Canadian Methodist Church is represented. Dr. Cornish, as the official statistician of his church, is well equipped for the compilation of this useful and comprehensive record of the progress of that body.

Helen Keller's autobiography, "The Story of My Life" (William Briggs, $1.50), with its interesting illustrations, forms a volume that cannot fail to have a wide sale. It is a wonderful record of achievement in the face of physical disabilities. The patient effort of the blind and deaf girl is almost paralleled by the skill and ingenuity of her teacher, Miss Sullivan.


A series of illustrations has been made for Rev. John McDougall's forthcoming volume, "In

the Days of the Red

River Settlement." One of these shown in this number represents the author addressing an assemblage of Indians at the time of the outbreak of the first Riel insurrection, when, but for the efforts of the Hudson's Bay Company and the missionaries, the Indian tribes would have joined the revolt with disastrous consequences. This new book of Mr. McDougall's covers the years 1868 to 1872 and gives a great deal of interesting and valuable information relating to the conditions prevailing among Indians and settlers at the time of the Riel rebellion and the great epidemic of smallpox that decimated the tribes about that time.

A new story by the always popular author, Amelia E. Barr, will be published shortly, with the title "Thyra Varrick." William Briggs has the Canadian market.

"His Friend the Enemy" is the title of an attractive story by William Wallace Cooke, shortly to be issued by William Briggs.

William Briggs has the Canadian market for "Banner of Blue," a new story by S. R. Crockett. This house first introduced Mr. Crockett to the Canadian public by publishing his "Stickit Minister" and "The Raiders."

A book that is finding ready sale is Pastor Wagner's "The Simple Life." There is something that appeals to the reader in the restful gospel it preaches that makes the book peculiarly attractive. The literary style, too, is exceptionally good.


Readers of "The Pit," by Frank Norris, I will be interested to know that the book has scored a real success in England. Nearly every important paper in the kingdom has reviewed it favorably. The London "Daily Mail" says: "Mr. Norris handled large themes as easily as did M. Zola. . . . He is, indeed, a dull reader who, having begun to read "The Pit," can put it down."

"The Woman Who Toils," by Mrs. John Van Vorst and Marie Van Vorst, just published in this country by Geo. N. Morang & Co., is sure to create intense interest, and have a wide circle of readers. It contains the experiences of two ladies, both trained writers, who set about to discover by actual

experience the conditions of "The Woman Who Toils." In a Pittsburg pickle factory, in a mill town of New York, among the clothing makers of Chicago, in a Lynn shoe factory, in Southern cotton mills in these diverse surroundings the facts about the workingwoman are given from the standpoint of a more fortunate fellow-woman.

The publishers (Morang & Co.) report the following sales throughout America of several of their leading novels: "The Eternal City," 325,000; "The Virginian," 190,000; "Audrey," 170,000; "The Hound of the Baskervilles," 84,000; "Lives of the Hunted," 80,000.

It is evident from the already large sale of "A Woman's Hardy Garden," by Mrs. Helena Rutherfurd Ely, which, by the way, is now in its third printing, that it has fulfilled the author's real purpose successfully. It is also obvious that there has been a serious need for just such a book on gardening as the one Mrs. Ely has given us.. In it the author tells us how to prepare the soil; lay out the garden and borders; bed and plant the seeds, arrange for a constant succession of flowers from April to November. The illustrations by Professor Chandler add greatly to its value, both from a serviceable and artistic standpoint.

The Macmillan Company have in preparation a series of little novels by eminent

novelists which will be known as "Little Novel Series by Favourite Authors." There are four titles already announced and others are to follow. The volumes which will be ready some time during the spring are: "Man Overboard," by F. Marion Crawford; "Mr. Keegan's Elopement," by Winston Churchill; "Mrs. Pendelton's Four-inHand," by Gertrude Atherton ; "Philosophy Four," by Owen Wister. Each little volume will be handsomely bound in a decorated cloth cover, illustrated with photogravures and frontispiece. Each volume will also contain a biography of the author in the back.

The first edition of "Roderick Taliaferro," by George Cran Cook, was entirely exhausted on the first day of publication. As an unusually large sale of this book had been anticipated by its publishers, the first edition was by no means a small one, but much larger than is usually made of a new work of fiction. A prominent and one of the most recognized literary critics of New York is quoted as having said: "Roderick Taliaferro" is, in my opinion, the most thrilling adventure story, written in a style that is commendable to all lovers of good English, that I have read for years." It is believed, partly from the popular satisfaction the novel has already given and partly from the opinions of the critics, that "Roderick Taliaferro" will be a novel of to-day and many years hence. Its qualities are

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The Ward of King

of King Canute


By Ottilie A. Liljencrantz, author of "The Thrall of Leif the Lucky."

(With 6 full-page illustrations in color and other decorations by the Kinneys.)

Few young writers have been so exceptionally successful as Miss Liljencranz in obtaining the elusive quality called "atmosphere." It is the one absolute essential in a romantic novel, and it was the presence of this quality that made her first book, The Thrall of Leif the Lucky," so successful. This new book is a romance of the Danish Conquest of England, with pictures by the artists who made the famous illustrations for "The Thrall." $(1.50.)


By Felix Dahn, author of "A Captive of the Roman Eagles." Translated by Mary J. Safford. The second volume in the great German author's trio of historical romances, based on the early struggles between Germany and Rome. The third volume is in preparation. ($1.50.)

A Selection from the Best English Essays


By Sherwin Cody.

Uniform with Mr. Cody's "A Selection from the World's Greatest Short Stories."

What Mr. Cody did so successfully for the short story in his earlier book he aims to do in this volume for the masterpieces of English style. "The Greatest Short Stories has now been adopted by twelve large universities and over twenty smaller institutions. ($1.00 net.)

The Souls of Black Folk

By William Burghardt DuBois.

An extraordinarily vital and interesting book by an able advocate of his race's spiritual rights. Mr. DuBois is a graduate of Harvard University and a professor in the University of Atlanta, and himself a man of great culture, he has always contended for the spiritual uplifting of the negro as opposed to Mr. Booker Washington's practical and material theories. He is for right and justice to his people; Mr. Washington for policy and expediency. Altogether the book is a human document quite unlike anything that has appeared in years. ($1.20 net.)

Reflections of a Lonely Man

By A. C. M."

A delightfully entertaining and original little volume, in which humor and philosophy are judiciously mingled, and distinguished by an unusual lightness of touch. ($1.00 net.)

Cartoons by McCutcheon

With an Introduction by George Ade.

When Prince Henry was covering this country, the Chicago Record-Herald followed his movements with a series of cartoons that would have made the artist famous had he not been so already. The originals now hang in the Prince's palace, at Kiel, but their reproductions and seventy-five or eighty others, political, humorous and always delightful, will be found in this portfolio. ($1.25 net.)

The Law of Mental Medicine

By Thomson J. Hudson, LL. D., author of "The Law of Psychic Phenomena," etc. Nearly sixty thousand copies of Dr. Hudson's previous book have now been sold, and his new book, which deals in a bold and original way with a subject which is attracting universal attention, will prove an even greater success. ($1.20 net).

An Index to Poetry and Recitations


This will undoubtedly prove to be one of the most useful reference books ever published. Over 300 standard and popular collections have been indexed, comprising nearly thirty thousand titles, arranged alphabetically under three heads-titles, authors, and first lines. ($5.00 net.)


sterling and many in number. It is a story of the Maximilian Empire; the hero (Taliaferro) is an unreconstructed gentleman who, after the defeat of the South in the Civil Wár, enters the famous Imperial Army of Maximilian, and after the emperor's execution (1857) is upon several occasions threaten d with death, has many hairbreadth escapes. The book may be said to be historical; however, the history involved only serves as a curtain whereupon brilliant and passionate love scenes are flashed. Taliaferro, who is a very gallant warrior, wins the love of a beautiful Mexican girl, and thereby the enmity of a powerful rival, also in the army. The latter, by his influence and by the power of his rank, forces the American from the city, but he returns as a bull fighter in one of the most exciting scenes in the book, which is full of adventure and fighting. The story is at all times intensely interesting, and after reading it one is convinced that Mr. Cook has mastered the situations and his people with the art that distinguishes the good novelist from the poor one.


A new edition in paper covers of Sir Gil. bert Parker's entertaining series of Egypt, entitled "Donovan Pasha," has been published this month.

James Weber Linn, the author of "The Chameleon," to be published on April 17th by the Copp, Clark Company, is an enthusiastic westerner. "I was born in the West-that is, in Illinois," he says, “and I have always remained there; I am not at all bigoted; I believe that there are far better places for a man to grow up in, only they have not as yet been discovered." He admits to two hobbies: the teaching of secondary school English, and general college athletics, "In the ten seasons which I have passed at the University I have never missed a single football game of any importance, and the unkindest criticism I ever received on 'The Chameleon' was from a man who declared I did not know the rules that govern the game."

The Copp, Clark Co. published, on April 3rd," Conjuror's House," by Stewart Edward White, author of "The Blazed Trail." In his new book Mr. White is not only a poet of the forests, as in his past successes, but also a teller of a love tale. In a little post of the Hudson's Bay Company, cut off from civilization by five hundred miles of trackless pine wilderness, Mr. White works out a ringing romance full of splendid emotional climaxes and with adventurous happenings in plenty.

Elliott Flower, whose "Policeman Flynn" attested his acquaintance with certain characteristic aspects of the American city, has written a novel of municipal politics, entitled "The Spoilsmen," which should interest many readers especially at a time like this, and in a world of politics like this. As a wide-awake, brilliant political story it has few equals. The love interest centres round a society girl of high ideals who inspires a wealthy young man to enter the local campaign. "The Spoilsmen" will be published by the Copp, Clark Company, Limited, on April 10th.

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"Mr. Munchausen; an Account of Some of His Recent Adventures," by John Kendrick Bangs (Toronto: The Harold Wilson Co.) hardly needs commendation from any


On the paper wrapper the book is described as "The funniest fancies Mr. Bangs ever wrote, and the funniest pictures Mr. Newell ever drew." Both claims being warranted, the book is, of course, to the greatest degree entertaining. Its scope is indicated by this inscription, "Mr. Munchausen, being a true account of some of the recent adventures beyond the Styx of the late Husronymie Friedrich, sometime Baron Munchausen of Bodenwader, as originally reported for the Sunday editor of "The Gehenna Gazette,' by its special interviewer, the late Mr. Ananias, formerly of Jerusalem, and now first transcribed from the columns of that journal." Mr. Bangs is to be highly complimented upon his resuscitation of the worthy Baron and upon the pleasant things he says and the pleasant way he says 'em, while Mr. Peter Newell has certainly given us some quaint, happily appropriate and high-art illustrations.

Bret Harte was often asked to write his autobiography, and it is said that the idea had taken possession of his mind in his later years but not a line of it did he write. It would have been worth reading, for the author knew most of the interesting people of his time. There is an amusing story told by J. L. Toole of a luncheon with Harte: "After a greeting from my host, he said, 'Let me introduce you to the Duke of St. Albans.' 'Oh! yes,' I said with a smile, and shook hands with the gentleman who was assuming that character, as I thought. Then he introduced me to Sir George Trevelyan, and I had hardly shaken hands with him when my host said, 'I would like to introduce you to Count Bismarck.' 'Oh! yes,' I said, bowing to the newcomer; how many more of you are there? Where is Von Moltke, for instance?' Bret Harte

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Alas for the celebrities who entreat and command that no biographies of them shall be written! Poor Thackeray's request was obeyed for a few years, and then flatly disregarded, even his own daughter published as "introductions" what was in truth a biography. And now one of Thackeray's contemporaries who asked that she should not be subject to a biography, is to be treated in the same way. This is Mrs. Gaskell, whose novels are about to be reissued by a London firm. The memoir is coming out in connection with this issue. Mrs. Gaskell's books have given pleasure to so many readers that it would seem she had fully earned the right to have her wishes respected.

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Kipling frowned at the little man. "A bookseller," he said, "and you don't read your own books."

The other, much enraged, retorted hotly: "If I were a druggist would you expect me to take my own drugs ?"

One of Miss Keller's particular admirers is Mark Twain, who says the two most interesting characters of the nineteenth century are Napoleon and Helen Keller. There is an amusing story told of one of Mr. Clemens' visits to the wonderful blind and deaf girl, not included in the very successful autobiography, "The Story of My Life," published the other day by Doubleday, Page & Co.

Miss Sullivan speaks by the manual alphabet, and Miss Keller reads by laying her hand upon her teacher's. As a rule, both use the right hand, but sometimes when that is inconvenient, one or the other substitutes the left hand.

Not long ago Miss Sullivan began talking with her left hand, and Mark Twain

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