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William Briggs has just placed on the market a new story by Kate Douglas Wiggin (Mr Riggs), entitled Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm. It has won instant popularity in the United States, and promises to distinctly enhance the reputation of the author. The children of The Birds' Christmas Carol-her most popular bookhave endeared Kate Douglas Wiggin to thousands the world over. This charming story has been translated into Japanese, French, German and Swedish, and has also been put into type raised for the blind. Timothy's Quest and Polly Oliver's Problem also have enjoyed wide


Author of "Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm."

popularity, and been translated into several foreign languages. Rudyard Kipling considers Polly Oliver the most delightful heroine in English fiction. Mrs. Riggs' maiden name is Kate Douglas Smith. She was born in Philadelphia, but was brought up in a quiet and secluded hamlet in Maine. Afterwards she removed to California, where she founded the first free kindergarten school west of the Rocky Mountains. Shortly after this she was united in marriage to Charles Bradley Wiggin, a talented young lawyer. Removing to New York in 1888, Mr. Wiggin soon afterward died. The brilliant authoress then threw herself with energy into the kindergarten movement in the city, and to further this work was induced to give public readings from her own works, and at this was most successful. Since her marriage to Mr. George Christopher Riggs, in 1895, Mrs. Riggs has spent

much time abroad, and has become closely associated with the British Isles, out of which associations have come in succession those delightful books, Penelope's English Experiences, Penelope's Progress and Penelope's Irish Experiences. An English author is said to have remarked that if Mrs. Riggs was not to write an Irish Penelope, the people of the Emerald Isle would for once have a real grievance.

THE JEWEL OF SEVEN STARS. BY BRAM STOKER, author of "Dracula." Ornamented cloth, $1.50. (Toronto: The Book Supply Company, Limited.) This is a story of close and thrilling interest. It deals with an Egyptian mystery which involves a group of Londoners, including a beautiful girl-Margaret, the daughter of the wealthy Egyptologist who discovers the mysterious Jewel of Seven Stars in a carefully hidden sarcophagus in Egypt. The tomb bears the mummied remains of a Queen buried centuries ago, whose secret plans for her own resurrection are discovered by the scholar's investigations. He resolves to follow out her evident ideas, as shown in all the strange arrangement of her tomb, by making a stupendous experiment to call her back to life. When the story opens he has been found wounded in his room, where he has collected strange mummies and Egyptian curios and where there is a perpetual odor of the relics. His frightened daughter sends for Malcolm Ross, a barrister, who already loves her, and it is he who tells the story of the subsequent remarkable events. A detective is sent for to solve the mystery, but is baffled. After four days the scholar revives, and proceeds immediately with further steps in Great Experiment, which involves the future fate of all who have the courage to help him. Mystery on mystery develops, and sinister wonders awe the little company who are going to a lonely castle in Cornwall to try to call the Queen to life. Margaret, who resembles the dead Queen, suddenly exhibits moods of aloofness, and at times speaks as if she knew the Queen's soul. The barrister is alternately happy or afraid as Margaret's personality seems to change under his very eyes. All preparations are finally made, and they reach the lonesome scene of the Experiment. The denouement is most astonishing.

THE DAUGHTER OF THE DAWN. By R. HODDER. With twelve full page illustrations by Harold Piffard. Cloth, $1.50.

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This is a powerful story of adventure and mystery, its scene New England. In sustained interest and novel plot, it recalls Ridger Haggard's King Solomon's Mines and She, but the reader will find an added interest due to the apparent reality with which the author succeeds in investing the sensational incidents of his plot.


A KEYSTONE OF EMPIRE. By the author of The Martyrdom of an Empress. Illustrated from private portraits and drawings. Ornamented cloth, gilt top, $2.25 net.

(Toronto: The Book Supply Company, Limited.) When The Martyrdom of an Empress was pubished a few years ago, it created a sensation on both sides of the Atlantic which has seldom been equalled. The unknown author has since then recounted her varied experiences as courtier and commoner-once the companion of princes and princesses, and now a citizen of the United

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States in the two books which followed, The Tribulations of a Princess and A Doffed Coronet. In a Keystone of Empire the author has returned to the scenes of her first important work. It is the story of the life of the present Emperor, Francis Joseph of Austria as The MarEmtyrdom of an press was the biography of his consort, the late Empress Elizabeth. Thus the new work constitutes a companion volume to the latter, completing it, in fact, with its portrayal of the Emperor. It presents the doyen of Old World monarchs in a singularly fascinating light, and explains the character. and public acts of the Emperor as seen in his long and checkered career through the recital of illuminating

facts furnished by the private records and

valiant heart quail, surrounded by members of his family who made his path a thorny one, especially his clever and imperious mother, the far-famed Archduchess Sophia, who, it will be remembered was largely responsible for the unhappy connubial relations of Francis Joseph and his consort. It will be seen at a glance that such a subject of biography could not but be alive with thrilling interest; that situated as the author was so near the throne, countless opportunities for observing personal characteristics and incidents, and learning of secret mat


personal reminiscences to an extent that could never be approximated by history. The reader may be reminded that the author was an intimate friend of the Emperor and Empress, as well as an actor, in many of the scenes which she has reported with that graphic power and vivid characterization which gave The Martyrdom of an Empress the value of a personal memory.

In A Keystone of Empire the author has followed the life of the Emperor from his earliest babyhood to his lonely old age, now so courageously and nobly endured. Francis Joseph has lived through stirring and troublous times, beset by difficulties that would have made a less

ters that never reached the public ear or entered the scheme of history were extraordinary indeed. The pages teem with anecdotes and recollections of the royal family and their circle, which are always of keen interest, and which are sometimes startling in their revelation of facts that have hither

to been withheld. The author tells us that Napoleon III. said of Francis Joseph that he was the only monarch in Europe that returned to his capital after defeat, disaster, and loss of territory, and was welcomed by his people not only with unimpaired loyalty, but even with devotion, affection and enthusiasm. During the fifty-five long years of his reign he has been called "The Good, "The Just," "The Noble, "The

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Keystone of Empire, which, she claims, is the fittest title. A Keystone of Empire is neither history nor biography in the strictest sense, but rather a blend of both conveyed to the reader in a personal narrative which, in many of its chapters, reads like an historical romance, and in others has the effect of a series of sparkling memoirs. It is seldom that we are permitted to look upon the unveiled countenance of kings and princes; to know the emotions which stir exalted personages, and the motives which actuate the conduct of monarchs, to see them stripped of the ceremonial pomp and appanage of royalty, and appear to us as men of like passions as ourselves.

This is what the author of The Martyrdom of an Empress and A Keystone of Empire has done, and it speaks well for her homage and hero-worship that, in spite of the disclosure, the Emperor of Austria and his late consort suffer nothing by it, but have been brought closer within our sympathy and admiration.

THE DELIVERANCE. By ELLEN GLASGOW, author of The Battle Ground, The Voice of the People. Cloth, $1.50.

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It will be good news to novel readers that Miss Sllen Glasgow's new book is now on the market. It is a story of the Virginia tobacco region, and is written with that delicacy of touch and psychological instinct which marked this author's former books, The Battle Ground and The Voice of the People; while at the same time it displays a marked gain in workmanship, showing that Miss Glasgow, unlike some writers, has profited by her experience in novel writing. The story centres round the fortunes of two families, the Blakes and Fletchers. The former an old Virginia family, who for over 200 years had reigned supreme in that district, and the latter a family which had risen on the misfortunes of the Blakes to wealth. The Blakes, like many other of the old families, had been extravagant, and the Civil War put the finishing touch to their prosperity. Old Mr. Blake died, leaving his family ruined, everything was sold up, and they had to accept from their relative, Mr. Tucker, a shelter on his small and poor farm. Mrs. Blake, who was ill at the time of her husband's death, became blind, and Cynthia, the eldest child, formed the resolve that she should never know of the change in their fortunes. And unflinchingly she kept to her resolve for more than twenty years, sacrificing herself and her brother and sister unsparingly till her mother died still fancying herself surrounded by her numerous slaves and former luxuries. This eldest daughter is one of the best drawn characters in the book. Lila, the younger daughter, is also the object of much of her brother's and sister's care, till finally she becomes the wife of Jim Weatherby, a young farmer of the district, a match which Cynthia thinks decidedly below her. Christopher, the hero of the story, has been taken from his study at the age of ten to become the mainstay of the house, and to grow up physically a giant, but uneducated, and his mind warped with one great passion, namely, to have revenge upon the author of their poverty, "Bill" Fletcher. This man had been an overseer for old Mr. Blake, and had taken advantage of his employer's neglect to rob him, and finally become possessor of his estate. He is a brutal character, and becomes more brutal and grasping as time goes on, till at last he is murdered by his grandson Will. There is at first one redeeming feature in his character, and that is the desire that his grandchildren may be superior to himself, but even that desire he loses before the end comes. Maria Fletcher, the heroine of the book, despite adverse influences and tendencies, develops into a noble character, and at last conquers the hate of Christopher for the

Fletchers, and becomes his fiancee. Will, her brother, degenerates into a worthless drunkard, and it is part of the revenge that Christopher takes on his grandfather that he encourages him in the first steps on his downward course, which ends in his murdering his grandfather, a murder which Christopher as part of his penance assumes responsibility for and accepts imprisonment rather than denounce him.

The whole story depicts graphically the stages of Christopher's growth in character, and we follow him step by step in his hate for the Fletcher family until we

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THE STONE OF DESTINY. By KATHERINE MACKAY. Ornamented cloth, uncut edges, gilt top, $1.25. (Toronto: The Book Supply Company, Limited.)

A romance, portraying the love of a man of highminded, altruistic views for a beautiful woman of shallow nature, whose love for him is superficial and trivial. He wishes to marry her in spite of her own half-reluctance, for she feels that they are not equally mated. He dominates, and marries her. In several years he finds she cannot really share a life of serious purposes like his, and they drift rapidly apart, despite the common link in their two little children. The man eventually saves his wife from erring, and lifts her up by his own moral strength. He then becomes the moral vindication of his own gentle and good mother, who has sinned in her youth and has nobly retrieved herself by a life of unselfish devotion to her son and all her fellow men and

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This most thrilling and interesting romance will prove a ready seller, it being the best of the author's productions.


women. The romance is founded in allegory, but, outside of that, it is in itself a readable and clever story of love and destiny.


By CHARLES WALDO HASKINS, late Dean of the New York University, School of Commerce, Accounts and Finance. Edited by Frederick A. Cleveland, Ph.D., Wharton School of Finance and Commerce, University of Pennsylvania. Cloth, stamped in gold, $2.00 net.

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The late Charles Waldo Haskins, author of this book, is the expert accountant who, with Elijah W. Sells, was appointed under the Joint Commission of the Fiftythird Congress to revise the accounting system of the United States government. Their work was a success, and Mr. Haskins was, therefore, universally recognized as an expert authority on accountancy. In this volume are given his clear and practical views of the nature and value of accountancy and business education generally. Mr. Haskins' book is a plea for a recognition of business training as a profession, to be classed with the liberal professions. He points out that neither accountancy, finance, nor business administration are sufficiently or adequately taught in schools or colleges. Mr. Haskins gives an interesting history of accountancy in earliest times, showing how it was developed among ancient peoples, and in what respect it was held by the Chald

æans, Phoenicians, and others. The book is practical throughout, and its teaching is based on expert and absolutely up-to-date methods. There is an introduction and a biographical sketch of the author.


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One of the most remarkable studies of character which has been written of late years. Yarborough begins his career in English politics by stealing the draft of a treaty from the opposition. In other ways, also, he proves himself to be a wholly unscrupulous and unattractive character. tractive character. His methods, however, bring him power, and gradually through the development of the story we watch the growth of his character as it is affected by the importance of the interests under his charge. It is as though the one great virtue of patriotism which he possesses in large measure was able to burn out of him the petty traits. The love interest of the story is a powerful one. Yarborough fails to get the woman he loves, and marries for wealth and position. Next to his own character, the picture of his proud little son holds the reader's attention fascinated. This little lad is the soul of honor, and the climax is really a terrible one when he learns of some of the early political misdeeds of the father he loves and honors. It is a story of strange power and intense interest.

THE INTERFERENCE OF PATRICIA. By LILIAN BELL, author of "A Book of Girls." With a frontispiece from drawing by Frank T. Merrill. Cloth, decorative cover, $1.00.

(Toronto: The Book Supply Company, Limited.) This story adds not a little to the author's reputation as a teller of clever tales. It is of the social life of to-day in Denver-that city of gold and ozone-and deals of that burg's peculiarities with a keen and flash


ing satire. The character of the heroine, Patricia, will hold the reader by its power and brilliancy. Impetuous, capricious and wayward, with a dominating personality and spirit, she is at first a careless girl, then develops into a loyal and loving woman, whose interference saves the honor of both her father and lover. The love theme is in the author's best vein, the character sketches of the magnates of Denver are amusing and trenchant, and the episodes of the plot are convincing, sincere and impressive.

FOUR-IN-HAND. By GERALDINE ANTHONY. Frontispiece. Cloth, $1.50.

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Miss Anthony, in this clever story, has taken a phase of New York society life, and treated it with originality of conception and a brilliancy of dialogue that make her book unique. The fashionable club life of

the ultra-rich set of New Yorkers has never been more faithfully depicted. The author knows her subject, and her characters are strongly individualized, while the artificial world of which they form a part is emphasized by an underlying element of suffering and disappointment. Yet it is not a feeling of depression, by any means, that this story leaves upon the mind of the reader, but one of stimulated interest in a sparkling exhibition of humanity.


THE CAPTAIN'S WIFE. By W. CLARK RUSSELL, author of "The Wreck of the Grosvenor," Etc. Cloth, decorative cover, $1.50.

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The customary epithets applied to nautical fiction. are quite incommensurate with the excellence of Mr. Clark Russell's narrative powers, and these are thoroughly at their best in The Captain's Wife. The Captain's Wife is the story of a voyage, and its romantic interest hinges on the stratagem of the captain's newly wedded wife in order to accompany him on his expedition for the salvage of a valuable wreck. The reader gets a vivid share of the animation of such a journey and all the varied pleasures of a first long sea trip. The plot thickens so gradually that a less competent novelist would be in danger of letting the reader's attention slip. But the climax of Benson's conspiracy to remove the captain and carry off the wife, to whom his lawless passion aspires, is invested with the keenest excitement.

THE MAKING OF A JOURNALIST. By JULIAN RALPH. Illustrated. Ornamented cloth, uncut

edges, gilt top, $1.25 net.

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The late Julian Ralph was, with one or two exceptions, the most distinguished journalist in America. There is, therefore, much of more than usual interest in his autobiography, The Making of a Journalist, recently published. Mr. Ralph discusses A Nose for News, The Mysterious Sixth Sense, The Dangers of War Reporting, The Power of a Reporter, and other topics which have to do with journalism in a manner that will be deeply interesting to the general public, as well as to men and women in the profession.

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Illustrated. Cloth, $1.25 net.

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An entertaining book for newspaper men and also for readers of newspapers is E. L. Shuman's Practical Journalism. Mr. Shuman knows his subject from A to Z, and he has written of modern progress in newspapermaking with an authority that is very convincing. He gives an admirable insight into the inner workings of metropolitan newspaper offices, though he does not confine himself to this special field. Beginners and wouldbe newspaper men will find the book is invaluable. Ex

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