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A committee was then appointed to make the necessary suggestions, as mentioned in the report.

On Monday, the 15th, the committee met at the Board of Trade, Mr. W. J. Gage in the chair. After a lengthy discussion, the following was suggested as an amendment to the Monkswell Bill :

In the case of a Legislature of any British possession if the following circumstances occur, that is to say :

If a book has been first lawfully published in any other part of Her Majesty's Dominions, and it is proved to the satisfaction of an officer appointed by the Government of such possession to receive such proofs that the owner of the copyright has lawfully granted either a license to import for sale in such British possession, or a license to reproduce therein by any process an edition or editions of any such book designed for sale only in such British possession, it shall be lawful for the Legislature of such possession, by Act or Ordinance, to prohibit on such terms as to such Legislature shall seem proper the importation, except with the written consent of the licensee unto such possession of any copies of such book printed elsewhere, except under such license as aforesaid.

And any such Legislature desiring to prohibit such importation in the case of the granting of one class of license may do so without extending a similar or any protection in the case of the granting of the other class of license.

And such Legislature may further limit a time within which a license of the class proposed to be protected by such Legislature shall be granted by the owner of the copyright, failing which such license may be granted by such officer as shall be designated by such Legislature for that purpose on such terms as to payment of royalty to the author and otherwise as to such Legislature shall seem meet.

Where a license has been granted under this section for any British possession, any copy of the book produced subject to such license shall, if found in any other part of Her Majesty's Dominions, be deemed a pirated copy, and be treated accordingly.

On Tuesday, the 16th, the Employing Printers' and Bookbinders' Association had a large and representative meeting at the Queen's Hotel, when the action of the Board of Trade was endorsed, and the speakers all expressed themselves strongly in favor of urging upon the Dominion Government the necessity of introducing a copyright bill at the very earliest possible moment.

The leaves of books, like old friends, should never be turned down.

NOTICE.

In the next and following issues we purpose printing a list of the best five selling books in Canada, under the head of the different cities of the Dominion. We also intend to devote a column to "Books Want

ed," which is for the use of subscribers free of charge. Lists to be in publisher's hand on or before the 1st of each month, as hereafter the magazine will appear on the 15th day of the month instead of the last.

New Books.

MORANG & CO.'S BOOKS.

"An Englishwoman's Love-Letters" has had such a phenomenal success since its first publication in cloth that it is not surprising that, on the publishers bringing out an edition in paper, it has taken, as it were, a new lease of life. The enquiry has been very brisk. Undoubtedly the mystery that surrounded the origin of this book led to a great deal of interest being aroused in it on its first publication. It is not yet decisively announced who wrote the book, and the variety of opinions concerning its authorship is very amusing. There is also a considerable variety of opinion with regard to its contents, but that people are reading it goes without saying. Both the cloth edition at $1.50, and the paper at 75c., are very good examples of book making.

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Napoleon the Last Phase," by Lord Rosebery is a sufficiently important book to attract the notice of the best customers of our booksellers, and by "best" we mean the most discerning. Great as has been the mass of Napoleonic literature during the last ten years, there is no work that has reached a higher mark of merit than Lord Rosebery's excellent description of the last days of Napoleon. He has felt himself free to criticise the doings of his countrymen to. wards Napoleon, and the book bears all the marks of sincere research. It has excited great interest in England, and since its publication in Canada the sale has been very good. It is the sort of book whose vogue is not merely temporary.

"The Monthly Review" is making converts and subscribers in a very encouraging way, and illustrating the proverbial saying that "there is always room at the top." Those who have seen the magazine are anxious to possess it, while the enquiries about it are numerous. For the benefit of those who have not come across this remarkable magazine, we may say that in its getup, in the excellence of its articles, and even in its paper and type, it is worthy of the quotation which has been used in advertising it, "The best Magazine in the world." The table of contents for March is unusually attractive; it includes a great poem by George Meredith, entitled "A Reading of Life," which is said to be the most remark

able poem that has been issued in England during the last decade. Poultney Bigelow has a fine article on "The Evolution of the Boer," which illustrates the fairness of the Review, and shows that it is not bound to any particular school of politics or any particular phase of writer. The serial, by Anthony Hope, "Tristram of Blent," continues to be interesting, and, as is usual with this author, to excite the curiosity of those who read it. A timely article also is that of J. A. Fuller-Maitland on Giuseppe Verdi, which will be very interesting to all musical people, while Mr. R. A. Streatfield has an interesting article on "Two Poets of the New Century."

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Among all the books that have been issued about the Boer war, Conan Doyle s very interesting volume, "The Great Boer War," maintains an assured place in public favor. Its sincerity, the brilliancy of its descriptions, and its great fairness, both to the Boers and to their antagonists, give it a claim on the reader, while the five fine maps which accompany it enable him to take an intelligent view of the engagements and circumstances described. With regard to all books on the war it may be said that a narrative written so hurriedly, as was necessary for immediate publication, is liable to occasional error; in the case of Conan Doyle's book, however, those errors are unimportant, and it may be said that after a comparatively slight revision it will take its place as one of the most remarkable examples of the literature that has been brought forth by the great contest in South Africa. At $1.50 this is a remarkably cheap book.

Morang & Company are getting out a fine line of Educational Books, and their "A Modern Phonic Primer," at 12c., is a marvel of cheapness, seeing that it contains very numerous colored illustrations in a very respectable style of art, that the paper and typography are excellent, and that very good care has been exercised in the progressive lessons it contains. Favorable criticisms of this book for young beginners have been received from teachers in all parts of the country, and it bids fair to take its place as the premier Primer of to-day.

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novel. The book holds promise of a great success for the authors, who should take high rank among those writers of novels whose appeal is made to the readers who can appreciate humor that is not horse play, and pathos that is not morbid."

A revival of interest has taken place in Alfred Russell Wallace's important book "The Wonderful Century." This masterly resumé of what has been done and what has failed to get done during the past one hundred years is felt to be one of the most useful guides to the general reader. With this, and Stead's "The United States of Europe," McLaughlin's "History of the American Nation," and Roberts' "A History of Canada," an industrious reader might procure enough information to make him a tolerable specimen of intelligence.

"LORDS OF THE NORTH."

The "Christian Nation," of New York, pays the following fine tribute to Miss Laut's "Lords of the North" :

Of making books there is no end. One is sometimes sorry of this, but a good cure for such sorrow is to read "Lords of the North," by Miss A. C. Laut. The author's ostensible purpose is to record some of the thrilling events which characterized the historic war between the great Hudson's Bay Company and the Nor'-Westers. However, between her interest in the love-making of Rufus Gillespie for Frances Sutherland, and Eric Hamilton's hunt for his stolen bride, and her desire to show her esteem and affection for good Father Holland, and her unsuppressed desire to punish certain bad Indians, the story of the fight between the two famous commercial companies comes to be incidental-a peg to hang her story on. And a delightful story it is--in many ways the sweetest love story we have ever read, and free from the roistering drinking scenes which to our mind mar the otherwise great story of "To Have and To Hold," yet it is enlivened with all of the adventure of that book. Like that book, and "Janice Meredith," it is a distinctly historical novel, in which are introduced characters that were famous throughout the great North country, the Red River district. But we have no hesitation in pronouncing it a better book than either "Janice Meredith" or "Richard Carvel," and in the respect already noted more acceptable than Have and To Hold," yet in the style it lacks its cohesiveness of events and consequent continuity of interest. To say so much as this, however, we realize is high praise, and with this criticism off our mind, we are free to add that "Lords of the North" can be read profitably by every man or woman who

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loves to read of life in ruder times and amidst nature's myriad charms of mountain and woodland-of love that bears all and dares all for the sake of love, and that is at last crowned with the richest reward which the Lord of love can bestow-of rugged honesty and womanly tenderness such as Father Holland shows, a character quite as strongly drawn as that of "Peter Sparrow."

There are many scenes in "Lords of the North" where the author's knowledge of the heart impresses itself on the reader in a delightfully surprising sort of way. Where Rufus and Frances take their first walk together, she shows the sonsie Scotch lassie to perfection as she says: "If-if-you'll keep one end of the plaid for yourself I'll take the other." The incident recalls. Burns' "Come Under My Plaidie."

"Come under my plaidie, an' sit doon beside

me,

There's room in 't, dear lassie, believe me, for twa."

She has come disguised into camp and Rufus had caught her rather roughly by the arm. She turned to Father Holland and said: "I'd thank you, sir, to call off your mastiff." That was before their walk, and the epithet had stuck in Rufus' mind like a barbed hook. Rufus is telling the story. They had walked a good ways through the woods in quietness, and she was lagging a step behind. "I slackened speed, so did she. Then a voice so low and soft and golden it might have melted a heart of stone-but what is a heart of stone compared to the wounded pride of a young man? said: 'Do you know, I think I rather like mastiffs?""

THE PUBLISHERS' SYNDICATE
BOOKS.

The Publishers' Syndicate, Limited, of Toronto, is just now issuing a very remarkable novel of Lower Canadian life. It is by F. Clifford Smith, of Montreal, and is entitled "A Daughter of Patricians." Mr. Clifford Smith is by no means unknown to the reading public, for both by his previous novel, "A Lover in Homespun," and by numerous clever short stories he has already acquired an enviable reputation. Hence his new novel, of which announcements have from time to time appeared, has been awaited with more than usual interest.

"A Daughter of Patricians " is not only a well-written tale, but one which has been the occasion of a singular coincidence. The author, who is a well-known journalist, became aware of the curious marriage law of Quebec, which forbids the marriage of Roman Catholics by Protestant clergymen. Seeing in it the basis of a romantic plot, he studied it carefully, following the authorities to their sources and obtaining a com

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plete knowledge of the law on the subject. On this fabric he built his plot, and the result is shown in a novel whose vivid character interest is almost equalled by the complexity and fascination of the problem upon which it is founded.

Now comes in the coincidence. After "A Daughter of Patricians had gone to press arose the now famous Delpit marriage case, and the whole question of Quebec marriage law came under public view. It is a singular fact that the contentions in the Delpit case are exactly those raised in "A Daughter of Patricians." This fact lends to Clifford Smith's novel a special interest, which is enhanced by the merits of the work itself. As a novel the book is admirable-well told, with strong situations and several finely-drawn characters. These elements, when taken along with the interest attaching to the main theme of the work, will combine to render it one of the foremost books of the present season.

The second Canadian edition of "Monsieur Beaucaire," that bright story by Booth Tarkington, is now ready at the Publishers' Syndicate, Limited, Toronto, and the Syndicate can now fill back orders which have been delayed owing to the book being temporarily out of print. The sale of this book in the United States is now reported to have reached 90,000, and the demand still keeps up. The book is a

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EUGENE FIELD'S TRIBUNE PRIMER.

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THE LATE MAURICE THOMPSON.

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Hoosier Mosaics, Sylvan Secrets and Bird Notes, Poems. In 1887 Witchery of Archery was written, and his first novel, A Tallapasse Girl, in 1881. His other works were Stories of the Cherokee Hills, Ethics of Literary Art, Toxophelus in Arcadia, His Second Campaign, A Love Extremes,* A Foot Knight of Folly, The Ocala Boy, The King of Honey Island, Songs of Fair Weather, Byways and Bard's Notes, The Story of Louisiana, My Winter Garden, Sweetheart Manette, and Alice of Old Vincennes.

Book Motes.

William Briggs reports a growing demand for the "Self and Sex Series." The latest issue in the series is "What a Man of 45 Ought to Know." A new volume "What a Young Wife Ought to Know."

A new story by "Pansy" (Mrs. Alden), entitled "Pauline," is to be issued on the 6th of May.

A new story by Miss A. C. Laut, whose "Lords of the North" is one of the most popular books of the present time, will be published next autumn. The title is not yet announced, but we understood Miss Laut again has chosen a Canadian theme for her story.

Dr. Thos. O'Hagan, the well-known poet and essayist, will publish within the next month a volume of historical and literary essays, including those on "Canadian Literature" and "The Women Writers of Canada," which have already been published as magazine articles. The volume will be of real value to those wanting information about Canadian writers.

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Miss Marshall Saunders, author of "Beautiful Joe" and other popular books, was in this city for a few days recently on her way home to Halifax from a sojourn of some months in California.

Dr. Marcus Dods, the distinguished Biblical scholar, refers as follows in the "British Weekly" to the work on "Christian Theology," written by Rev. Dr. Burwash, Chancellor of Victoria College, this city : "It must be owned that one opens a newlypublished system of theology with a grudge and a prejudice against it. Can anything new be said? Have we not already samples of every kind from every point of view? Yet, as one reads on, Dr. Burwash commends himself as a highly intelligent writer, disarms our reluctance, and wins our attention and approval. He is a quiet and

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unostentatious thinker, who ever and anon unconsciously reveals his knowledge and his thought, and drops the occasional remark that shows he has penetrated deeper than some of his predecessors. The Methodists may be congratulated on having so interesting and thoughtful a teacher of theology."

A second edition of Dr. Mackay's "Zorra Boys at Home and Abroad" has just been issued, containing an additional sketch, that of A. B. Davidson, Esq., Principal of the Norwood High School.

The autobiography of Booker T. Washington, D.D., founder and principal of the famous Tuskegu Normal and Industrial Institute, has just been published with the title"Up from Slavery." The story of this distinguished negro-perhaps the most remarkable man his race has yet producedas told by himself, is one of absorbing interest. It illustrates the old adage that "Truth

is stranger than fiction." The progress

from the slave boy of the early sixties to that momentous hour when, at the great Atlanta Exposition, the colored orator held spellbound a vast audience representing the intelligence and culture of the South is one that history not often can parallel. The Boston "Transcript" at the time remarked: "The speech of Booker T. Washington at the Atlanta Exposition, this week, seems to have dwarfed all the other proceedings and the Exposition itself. The sensation that it caused in the press has never been equalled." William Briggs has placed the book on the Canadian market.

A new volume in the splendid Nature books issued by Doubleday, Page & Co., this time a “Mushroom Book,” has been placed on the market by William Briggs. The text matter is supplied by Miss Nina L. Marshall. As with the previous volumes, the illustrations are a marked feature. There are exhibited 24 full-page plates in the natural colors, 24 black and white plates and 100 text-illustrations. The price is $3.00.

In " Ralph Marlowe" Dr. James Ball Naylor has given the reading public a story of fascinating interest, full of the quaint humor and simple pathos of Ohio country life. Rich in exhilarating but not impossi ble adventures, sparkling in its bright witticisms, droll incidents and novel situations, it has in it the elements that gives popularity. "Ralph Marlowe" makes a good complement to "David Harum" and " Eben Holden "-a trio hard to beat.

Wm. Farquhar Payson, in "John Vytal," has written of a period in early colonial his

tory that has not been touched upon to any extent by other writers. He has placed the scene in Raleigh's ill-fa ed colony on the Is'and of Roanoke, off the coast of Old Virginia. That colony, it will be remembered, disappeared mysteriously. The historians have been puzzled to account for this, but Mr. Payson has a theory of his own advanced in this story that he offers as a solution of the problem. "John Vytal" will be one of the strongest books of the year.

A new story by Miss Fowler, entitled "Fuel for Fire," is announced for early issue by William Briggs. Miss Fowler sustains well in her newer work the reputation won by her first brilliant effort, "Isabel Carnaby."

The important announcement is made by William Briggs that he will shortly publish a Canadian edition of a new story by Irving Bacheller, author of "Eben Holden." The public will undoubtedly be in a state of expectancy as to whether the new story will measure up to "Eben Holden." A strong compliment is paid to the latter by Edmund Clarence Stedmen, when he declares that "If, in the far future, our successors wish to know what were the real life and atmosphere in which the country folk that saved this nation grew, loved, wrought and had their being, they must go back to such true and zestful and poetic tales of fiction as 'Snowbound' and 'Eben Holden.""

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Harrison Robertson's new novel, "The Inlander," is a dramatic story of love and jealonsy with the scene laid in Louisville, Ky. The hero is a chivalric Southerner, whose high sense of honor and jealous disposition supply the motive for a plot ingenious and powerful.

A revival in literature is Maurice Thompson's "King of Honey Island." Originally published ten years ago, the wonderful success of Mr. Thompson's late "Alice of Old Vincennes," led to a new edition of the firstnamed story, and a demand for it at the rate of a thousand copies per day. William Briggs has arranged to publish a Canadian edition this month.

"Lest We Forget," by Joseph Hocking; "The Eternal Quest," by James Steuart; "Understudies," by Mary E. Wilkins; "Martin Brock," by Morgan Bates; and "Souls of Passage," by Amelia Barr, are among the many excellent books in William Briggs' spring list.

One of the most delightful stories written in years is Eden Phillpott's "The Good Red Earth." Like "Lorna Doone" it is a

story of Devonshire, and in its tone and atmosphere, the clear delineation of its characters, and the exquisite love-making of hero and heroine it suggests comparison with Blackmore's matchless idyl of English life. In the sleek and unctuous pedlar-preacher, Alpheus Newte, a new character is added to literature. Brilliant character-sketching, dramatic situations, keen humor, delicious love-making and the most exquisite descriptive passages abound. Indeed, one may safely predict that in the race for popularity this year, which promises to be lively enough in all truth, "The Good Red Earth" will be well up among the leaders, if it does not lead the field.

Book Reviews.

"Sweetheart Manette," by the author of "Alice of Old Vincennes" is a charming story, charmingly told. The plot is extremely light, the scene being laid among the French Creoles in Louisiana, at a pretty hamlet called Bay St. Louis, which Austin Hatch, a rich young Bostonian, had run across by accident while cruising in southern waters in his yacht "Sweet Sister" for the benefit of the health of his friend, Roland Woodville, a novelist, made cynical by the world's ill-treatment of his work.

The chief charm of Bay St. Louis, greater even than the orange groves and picturesque inhabitants, is Manette Pembroke, a descendant of an ol English family, long domiciled in Virginia. She is indeed the charmin, flowerlike personality the author repre ents her to be, not intellectual, it is true, but possessing a quick intelligence and a womanly intuition, and withal such an unaffected charm of manner that everyone with whom she comes in contact, both men and women, are at her feet.

Of the other characters, Mrs. Wambly, the Kalamazoo storekeeper, and Robert J. Starnes, of Colorado, are masterpieces of characterization. Big is the word which most accurately describes Starnes, big of frame and of heart, big in his unselfishness, and in the conception of his schemes. He is a man who, as he himself expresses it, "is boss wherever he goes."

Garcin, the Creole, and the youth Vaudreuil are fairly well depicted, but the characters of Hatch and Woodville seem to be beyond the author's depth.

"Sweetheart Manette," though not so pretentious as "Alice of Old Vincennes," is much more artistically drawn. In "Alice of Old Vincennes" the author's patriotic views run a vay with his judgment-there can be no good in an enemy-while in "Manette," owing to the choice of subject, this error is avoided.

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Literary Motes.

Mr. Sydney H. Preston, who for many years has been on the staff of the Toronto Model School as musical master, has had two short stories published in "Scribner's Magazine." They are humorous and descriptive. Mr. Preston has a book ready and it will be published about May 1st by Scribners. The title is "The Abandoned Farmer." Mr. Preston spends most of his time on a small fruit farm at Clarkson, a small village just outside of Toronto, and hence his knowledge of rural life is obtained at first-hand. His book will be eagerly awaited by the large number of persons who are always deeply interested in the advent of new Canadian writers.

T. Y. Crowell & Co. claim that fiction is not the only form of literature that finds ready purchasers. They refer to their marvellous success with the works of Ralph Waldo Trine, whose "In Tune with the Infinite," has reached its 37th thousand. Mr. Trine's first book, "What All the World's a Seeking," was an instantaneous success, and the practical, hopeful thoughts of this young native of Mount Morris, Ill., are eagerly looked for. The Crowells have issued a new edition from new plates, with much additional matter, of his three "life booklets" "Character Building Thought Power," "Every Living Creature," and "The Greatest Thing Ever Known." They also announce "Juletty," a story of old Kentucky, by Lucy Cleaver McElroy, a native of Kentucky, married to a farmer, and herself a happy, enthusiastic farm woman.

"The Lion's Brood" is a new novel by Duffield Osborne announced for early spring publication by Doubleday, Page & Co. "The Lion's Brood," it will be remembered' was the sons of the old Carthagenian leader,

Hamilcar, who as children were sworn enemies of Rome. Hannibal took his oath on the altar at nine, and became leader of the Carthagenian armies at twenty-eight, afterward to be, perhaps, the greatest general of all times. The story is of love and romance, in which the author takes advantage of the most dramatic incidents attending the famous Italian campaign of Hannibal.

We are accustomed to think of the earnings of writers as much more vast in these later days than they were a generation ago, and, indeed, this is probably true of the unexpected successes of comparatively unknown writers; but our literary forebears of acknowledged standing were by no means badly treated if Thackeray's experience with Sir George Murray Smith, the first proprietor of the "Cornhill Magazine," may be taken as at all typical.

The latter relates how, for a twelve-part serial, to be published in the magazine at its beginning, he offered the novelist three hundred and fifty pounds a month, with a division of the profits of the resulting book. Twenty-one thousand dollars for the serial rights of a story is probably more than any living writer can command, even when those rights are sold both in England and America.

A little later George Eliot received seven thousand pounds for "Romola," the largest price ever paid for a novel by the "Cornhill Magazine." Tennyson declined an offer of five thousand pounds for a set of poems to equal in length "The Idyls of the King."

W. A. Fraser has a new animal-story ready. It is entitled "The Outcasts"-an old buffalo and a wolf-dog. Those who have read it declare that it is a wonderful piece of work. It will be published in the "Saturday Evening Post" serially and by Scribners in book form. Arthur Heming, the Canadian artist, is illustrating it. The story is shorter than "Mooswa," containing only 21,000 words. The Canadian publisher has not yet been chosen. Another New York house will shortly bring out a volume of Mr. Fraser's short stories, for summer reading. "Mooswa" will be published in England in the autumn. Mr. Fraser is working hard at his home in Georgetown. In the summer he may go to the New England States, to live over again some of the days of his boyhood, and to get local color for his next novel which will deal with the people of that district.

Even the wisest publishers sometimes make mistakes. Not long ago, so it is currently reported, a certain firm ordered from Mr. H. G. Wells a novel. Mr. Wells' reputation had been made on very excellent stories, the Jules Verneish titles of which are a fair indication of their general character. He wrote a novel of another kind-a faithful, keen study of certain very real and very modern characters. It was called "Love and Mr. Lewisham "

When the men who had ordered the novel read the manuscript they were deeply pained, but they concluded to forfeit two thousand dollars rather than publish it. The author then sent it to another publisher, who brought it out. It has proved the most successful of Mr. Wells' novels.

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