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Twelve years have passed since the death of the great London preacher, Charles H. Spurgeon, and still the weekly publications of his sermons appear as during the preacher's lifetime. The British publishers announce further that they have MSS. of unpublished sermons sufficient to supply the weekly issue for some years to come. 1904 is the jubilee of the publication. What a record for one man! For fifty years not a week has passed without the appearance of his printed sermon in what is known as The Tabernacle Pulpit. The American publishers, Fleming H. Revell Company, issue a topical and textual list of all these sermons, which they supply gratis on application, together with a list of all Mr. Spurgeon's works.


Author of "Thyra Varrick," etc.

Among books relating to the present war in the Far East is Archer Butler Hulbert's romance, The Queen of Quelparte, a story of how Russia, by intrigue and deceit, conquered Korea in 1897 in order to have something to throw over to Japan to keep her from precipitating war over the announcement of the lease of Port Arthur. Mr. Hulbert went to the Far East in 1897 as a representative of several American newspapers, and located in Seoul, Korea, then, as now, the pivot in Eastern politics. He gained close and intimate knowledge of Russian politics and of Korean life. This knowledge he has incorporated in his romantic novel, The Queen of Quelparte, published by Little, Brown & Company, Boston.

Dr. G. Campbell Morgan, who is now dividing his time between New York, Philadelphia, Atlanta and Chicago, will visit California in March, and spend that month here. During the last year Dr. Morgan has had several pressing invitations to return to England, but which so far he has declined. The Revell Company re

port that The Crises of the Christ-by far the most thorough and scholarly book Dr. Morgan has writtenhas reached a second edition. To an unusual degree this popular teacher and evangelist has won the confidence of both the thoughtful and emotional religious elements of this country-if one may be permitted to make such a distinction. It is probably due to the fact that he combines great depth of heart with clear thinking, a union as powerful as it is rare.

Robert Neilson Stephens, author of An Enemy to the King, has written to his publishers, Messrs. L. C. Page & Company, that he expects to send them very soon the completed manuscript of his new book, The Bright Face of Danger, sequel to An Enemy to the King. With this book, Mr. Stephens returns to his first love, the romantic novel, and delves again into that treasure house of song and story, the France of Henry IV. He has followed in the footsteps of the great Dumas, and in The Bright Face of Danger has done what the Master of Romance did in Twenty Years After. Mr. Stephens' style is always dramatic, and his publishers are confident that this new book will duplicate the success of An Enemy to the King, which is now in its fiftieth thousand, and whose dramatization afforded Mr. Sothern one of his most popular plays.

Among the important announcements of spring publications must be reckoned some forthcoming titles in th list of Messrs. Thomas Y. Crowell & Co.: A Bachelor in Arcady, a delightful idyllic romance by Halliwell Sutcliffe, author of Mistress Barbara; The Life of Dean Farrar, the authorized biography of this noted theologian and writer, by his son, Reginald Farrar; Ruskin Relics, a series of important and interesting Ruskiniana by that author's friend and official biographer, W. G. Collingwood; Minute Marvels of Nature, by John J. Ward, a thoroughly unique illustrated work dealing for the first. time with the marvels of minute life which are revealed only by the microscope; and Shakespeare's Merchant of Venice, edited by Charlotte Porter and Helen A. Clarke, the fourth play of the popular reprints, from the famous First Folio of 1623.

Dr. Morgan is busily engaged on a new edition of his Canadian Men and Women of the Time. This indispensable aid to the journalist and the man of affairs was first published in 1898, and soon found its way to every part of the globe. Hon. David Glass, K.C., said: "When abroad I found 'Morgan' everywhere, even in Tokio." A lady who was in England at the coronation wrote to a friend: "We found Mr. Morgan's books everywhere-even with his namesake, J. Pirepont Morgan, and with Andrew Carnegie. The Duke of Argyle possesses two copies of the Canadian Men and Women of the Time, one in his regular office and one in his private den. The Princess Louise keeps one for her private use, while King Edward himself, we are informed, had a 'Morgan' near at hand, as his Royal mother also had, for consultation at the proper moment. All the clubs also had it."

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Three volumes of Canadian verse which should be in every Public Library-and as like as not are not in half nor quarter of them-are The Poetical Works of Alexander McLachlan, Charles Mair's Tecumseh and Other Poems and Arichibald Lampman's poems. McLachlan and Lampman both have lain for years in the embrace of mother earth, of whom both were affectionate children and sang many sweet and tender songs in her praise. These published volumes contain perhaps all that will live of their work; and both should live while we have a literature. Mr. Mair is still living, filling a useful position in the service of the Immigration Department at Lethbridge, N.W.T.; but it is doubtful if he will prepare another volume for publication. With the new edition of Tecumseh he included what part of the contents of his previous volume, Dreamland and Other Poems, he cared to preserve. In his preface to the book Mr. Mair observes: "Our romantic Canadian story is a mine of character and incident for the poet and novelist, framed, too, in a matchless environment; and the Canadian author who seeks inspiration there is helping to create for a young people that decisive test of its intellectual faculties, an original and distinctive literature -a literature liberal in its range, but, in its highest forms, springing in a large measure from the soil, and 'tasting of the wood.' Any work of this kind, therefore, is on the right path, and, though of slender pretensions otherwise, may possess the merits of suggestiveness and sincerity. For his own part, the writer may say, with regard to the book now in hand, that its coloring, at any rate, is due to a lifetime's observation of those primitive inter-racial and formative influences which, together with a time-honored polity, are the source of the Canadian tradition."







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Henry Harland's new story, My Friend Prospero (New York, McClure, Phillips & Co.; Toronto, William Briggs) is a distinct improvement upon his last essay in fiction, The Lady Paramount, and promises as great popularity as his earlier story, The Cardinal's Snuff box. The scene is laid in Italy and mostly concerns a young Englishman of noble family, a fair young Austrian princess, a demure little Italian maid, Amunziat (a delightful addition to the company of juveniles in literature), and the Lady Blanchemain, who proves a

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Miss Agnes C. Laut, whose special field of work is the west-the "great lone land" of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries-has compiled a new volume that promises exceptionally good reading. It is entitled Pathfinders of the West, and takes up dramatic sketches of that romantic region, beginning where Parkman left off. Among the picturesque personalities dealt with are Radisson and Groseillers, whose adventures furnish a story more thrilling even than La Salle's, and touching both American and Canadian life; the Verendryes, father and son, the first traders to push clear across the continent to the Rockies, half their party massacred by the Sioux while crossing Minnesota; Hearne and Mackenzie, the two great fur trade explorers of the far northHearne the first white man to penetrate inland from Georgian Bay, and Mackenzie the first to down to the Arctic and across the northern Rockies to the Pacific; and Lewis and Clark, who first made official exploration of the country stretching from the Missouri to the Pacific, doing for that region what Mackenzie had done for

the far north. These sketches will appeal both historically and to the adventure-loving youth, as all the matter is new and all dramatic.

Kitty Costello, the last novel written by the late Mrs. Alexander, was published by Mr. Fisher Unwin in January. The story tells the experiences of a well-born

Irish, girl, who is suddenly plunged, somewhere about

the "forties," into commercial circles in a busy English port. The chief interest of the book l'es in its portrayal of the contrast between the Irish temperament and the English-a contrast with which Mrs. Alexander, herself an Irishwoman-was peculiarly qualified to deal. The story, indeed, though it must not be considered autobiographical, is to a great extent the outcome of the author's own early reminiscences. The volume will contain a brief memoir of Mrs. Alexander by her friend, Miss Iza Duffus Hardy, and a few verses which were found among Mrs. Alexander's papers, and are an interesting expression of her outlook towards life.

The lover of the woods, the fisherman and the hunter as well as the reader concerned in the study of ethnology, will all find much that is interesting in the Sketches of Indian Life about to be published by William Briggs. The author, Rev. F. Frost, an Anglican clergyman, has spent thirty years in missionary work among the Indians at Garden River and on the Nepigon. He writes in a homely, matter-of-fact fashion, with no pretention to literary niceties in style, but he has something worth while to tell gathered from the experiences of a score and a half of years. There are fishing and hunting stories galore, perilous adventures crossing frozen lakes in blinding snowstorm, travelling through trackless forests, trapping and lumbering with the Indians, excursions to remote localities, and most interesting descriptions of the customs and daily life of the people among whom this devoted missionary has labored. Several fine illustrations will appear in the book, which will sell at a dollar.

A book for boys that has not had a sale commensurate with its merits is Mr. F. C. T. O'Hara's Snapshots from Boy Life. The chapters which compose the book were originally contributed to the Baltimore Herald when Mr. O'Hara (who now is private secretary to Sir Richard Cartwright) was a member of the editorial staff. These were so well received by the readers of the paper that the author was induced to prepare a volume for publication. It is written in an easy, natural style, and is filled from cover to cover with good sense and wise counsel, conveyed in that cheery spirit of comradeship so attractive to the young. The nature of the contents may be judged from such chapter heads as the following: "Value of Reading," "Cultivating the Memory," " "Value of a Good Name," "Self Dependence," "Advantages of Knowing a Trade," "Brains versus Industry," "Be Happy," etc. The book is handsomely gotten up with illustrated initials, and sells at 75 cents. Dealers should recommend it to their customers who have boys of their own.

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Canadian Press Association Forty-Sixth Annual Meeting Held in Toronto

On Thursday and Friday, the 4th and 5th of February, the forty-sixth annual meeting of the Canadian Press Association was held in the Board of Trade rooms, Toronto. Notwithstanding the irregular train service the meeting was one of the most successful in the history of the Association.

Mr. J. F. Ellis, President of the Board of Trade, in a brief speech welcomed the members and the representatives of a greatly esteemed profession in Canada.

The report of the Executive Committee, presented by the Secretary-Treasurer, Mr. J. T. Clark, showe.i that the membership of the Association was the largest in


its history. During the year 232 took out certificates, as compared with 213 the previous year. The total receipts for the year were $906.91, including $62.81 balance from last year. Expenditures amounted to $652.40, leaving a handsome balance of $254.51 for next year.


A marked change in its programme was made this year by the Association. In former years a number of papers were prepared for the annual meeting by such members as could be prevailed upon to do so, and after the reading of these, a short discussion usually took place. This year a number of subjects suggested by members of the Association were put on the paper, the idea being that there should be a general discussion. The experience fully justified the change. Members flung themselves into the debate on the questions which came up without delay, and the amount of light which they were able to throw from their experience on the prob

lems advanced for solution was recognized by several speakers as of value.

In addition to a number of questions of a purely, business or technical nature, the Association dealt with such questions as an Imperial circulation of the Canadian papers, Canadian Associated Press cables, the libe: laws, the need of a duty on United States newspapers and periodicals, the publication of folk-lore and local history in country weekly papers, Provincial Press Associations and a central executive, and the moral responsibility of newspapers for what appears in their advertising col



Mr. H. J. Pettypiece, of the Forest Free Press, in his presidential address commented on the gratification the members of the Press Association felt on the reduction made early in the year by Sir William Mulock, Postmaster-General, on postage on newspapers going to other parts of the British Empire. The Press Association had been agitating for years for such a reduction, and could take a certain degree of credit for the happy result, which would no doubt have a good effect on Imperial relations.

Death had been active during the year. The grim reaper had struck three names from the honorary list, and four from the active list.

The honorary members were Dr. E. H. Dewart, President of the Association in 1888; James Innes, President in 1877, and James Shannon, President in 1878. The active members were Andrew Pattullo, President in 1890-91; A. F. Pirie, President in 1893; J. A. Tucker, and George Young.

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The President urged upon the members of the association the propriety of constantly upholding the dignity of our profession. "Ours is as noble a calling,' he said, "as that of the priest who ministers to the religious needs of the people, or the professor who ministers to their intellectual needs, or of the medica man who trims the flickering lamp of life. . . To a great extent it rests with us to soften the asperities of party strife, to keep both political parties true to the best ideals of each, and to influence all classes of citizens to uphold that which is best for the moral, intellectual and material welfare of the fast developing nation."


President-Mr. J. A. Cooper, Toronto.
First Vice-President-A. McNee, Windsor.
Second Vice-Presilent-A. H. U. Colquhoun,


Secretary-Treasurer-J. T. Clark, Toronto.

Assistant Secretary-Treasurer-J. R. Bone, Toronto.

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