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ready sale is "Tom Moore," by B. Sayre, which was noticed in last month's number of the "Bookseller.'

"Dorothy South," by George Cary Eggleston, a charming love story of the years just preceding the civil war in Virginia, should also meet with a large sale.

A special boxed edition of Ellen Glas gow's two novels "The Voice of the People" and "The Battleground," illustrated, merits attention.

Three little books by Eugene Field, "The Little Book of Tribune Verse,' "The Tribune Primer," "Nonsense for Old an Young,' are dainty specimens of the bookmaker's art.

This firm's collection of prayer and hymn books and other church requisites gives ample choice to those who desire them either as gifts or prizes.

Speaking of church supplies reminds us that the Musson Book Co. has secured the contract for three years of publishing the 'Teachers' Assistant" and "Institute Leaflet" so largely used in the Anglican Sunday Schools of the Dominion. 1 bis contract calls for the issue of 224,000 copies per issue.

The prices of books noticed above are here given:

"Where the Sugar Maple Grows," Miss Teskey, illustrated, bound in burnt leather, $2.00.

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The Hoosier Schoolmaster," by Dr. Eggleston, illustrated, $1.00.

"Over the Black Coffee," bound in burnt leather, illustrated, $1.50.

"Tom Moore," by Burt Sayre, illustrated, $1.00.

"Voice of People," ""The Battle Ground," by Ellen Glasgow, $1.50 each. "Little Book of Tribune Verse," $1.50. "The Tribune Primer," 50c. "Nonsense for Old and Young."

Literary Motes.

It has been the commonly accepted opinion that the sales of the famous l'auchnitz editions were very large. This opinion seems to be erroneous. Baron l'auchnitz, the publisher, has made public figures which show that the circulation is very much smaller than supposed. A sale of 3,000 copies of a work is considered good, while a circulation of 10,000 has been obtained in six out of 800 cases in the last ten years. It is evident that our publishers may still be able to give the Baron some pointers on how to "boom" the sale of books.

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The new and enlarged edition of "Webster's International Dictionary" Webster again abreast of the growth of the language, and again confirms it in its position as the One Great Standard Authority. A decade has passed since the International was first published, and the years have been full of changes and growth in life, knowledge, and achievement; changes that have been reflected in the language and that must now be registered in the dictionary. To meet this growth the publishers have again brought the International fully up to date by adding 25,000 new words that have come into literary use, the old words that have changed their meaning. the obsolete words that have been revived. This Sup

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plement has been prepared under the direct supervision of Dr. W. T. Harris, United States Commissioner of Education, who has been assisted by a large corps of eminent specialists. The typographical excellence has been preserved by the making of an entirely new set of plates for the whole book. The new edition of Webster, therefore, retains all the excellencies of the International, emphasized and multiplied, all its accuracy and convenience, with added fulness and authority, so that it is, as before, the Best Practical Working Dictionary of the English Language.

"The Khan," whose jingles are known from Atlantic to Pacific, has never written any better verses than "he Men of the Northern Zone,' a poem full of the faith and fire of the patriot. The verses are issued in booklet form as a holiday souvenir by Robert Duncan & Co., Hamilton, with drawings by Mr. J. S. Gordon, a well-known Canadian illustrator. The first verse will give the flavor of the whole poem:

Oh, we are the men of the Northern Zone,
Shall a bit be placed in our mouth?

If ever a Northman lost his throne,
Did the conqueror come from the South?
Nay, nay-and the answer blent
In chorus is southward sent:

"Since when has a Southerner's conquering steel

Hewed out in the North a throne? Since when has a Southerner placed his heel On the men of the Northern Zone?"

The whole production is distinctly creditable to all concerned-alike to poet, artist and printers. It should "take" with the Canadian public.

Kipling's "Just So Stories" are exceedingly delightful and clever. Their style is inimitably quaint. The drawings by the author are unique, and as a new revelation of the genius of this remarkable man, perhaps outrank the text in interest. If Kipling had never been able to sell a line of verse or a page of prose, he could doubtless have made a good living as a pen-and-ink

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artist in another direction. The "Just So Stories," though ostensibly written for children, will be more fully appreciated by grown-ups. The Canadian edition is brought out by Morang.

The Toronto "Globe," of recent date, in reference to the recent important arrangement with The Outlook Company says: "Messrs. Morang & Company, of Toronto, have been fortunate in securing the excluCompany, of New York. sive agency in Canada for The Outlook The beautiful publications from this celebrated house are widely known among lovers of fine editions. Each book is a gem of art. The type, letterpress, paper and binding go to make mechanical perfection. The arrangement with Morang & Co. takes effect at once, and among the notable publications from this source is "The Tragedy of Pelee," by Geo. Keunan, who spent several weeks in Martinique exploring the devastated island and taking photographs. This is the best historic record obtainable of the remarkable events at Martinique, besides being a thrilling narrative, graphically illustrated."

"Stella Frigelius" is the title of the new novel by Rider Haggard. It is reported that its subject marks a new departure for the author. Its first appearance will be in the character of a serial. Mr. Stanley Weyman's new novel is also to be published first as a serial. Its title is "The Loug Night"-one that suggests the Arctic regions, though it probably means something pleasantly fantastic, in the fashion of the author's moon story.

Miss Beulah Marie Dix, author of "The Making of Christopher Ferringham," has a new book in the press, "A Little Captive Lad." The times are Cromwellian, and the captive lad is a cavalier, full of the selfish greed and pride of his cast. The plot develops round the child's relations to his Puritan relatives It is well told, with plenty of action, admirably illustrated with eight full-page illustrations by Will Gréfé.

"Dogtown." by Mabel Osgood Wright, is a book for all dog lovers of ten years old and upwards, and most especially charming to those girls who first knew Mrs Wright's

Tommy-Anne" five years ago, for they will find that she has grown with them. The book has in it other old acquaintances, but is at the same time a wholly independdent story. Profusely illustrated from photographs by the author.

Ella Higginson has a story in press for immediate publication, called "Mariella of Out West.' The heroine is an intelligent daughter of crude, hard-handed parents, and the plot hangs on the conflict of ideals brought about by her culture in sordid surroundings. The tale of her love for a man of very different social standing is told with keen insight and realistic wit.

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Another important book is "The Blazed Trail." by Stewart Edward White. The weary reviewers claim new sensations, new thrills, when reading this novel. In "Thorpe, the Landlooker," and his "Fighting Forty" lumberjacks, Mr. White has depicted the most living and picturesque types of the pioneer since the early works of Bret Harte. The fierce warfare of the rival lumber camps is tempered by an idyllic love story.

Owen Wister's novel, "The Virginian," has been for several months past the best

se ling book in America, and its sales show no signs of decreasing, notwithstanding many new novels which have appeared.

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Danny,' the new book by Alfred Ollivant, will be eagerly sought after by all who read his previous work. "Bob, Son of Battle," at once became a classic. This new story is in a very different vein, though the dog is stil the central character; the main figures are the grim old Laird, the last of the "stark Heriots," his fascinating child-wife, and Danny, "gray knight" and idol of the mistress as well as of the retainers. It is an exceedingly moving tale.

Those who made the acquaintance of Mrs. Murray in "The Man from Glengarry " will be delighted to hear more of her in Ralph Connor s latest book, “Glengarry School Days" (Fleming H. Revell Company). And those who do not know her will find a treat in store for them. "Glengarry School Days" is ready this week, and has been placed on sale at all book stores.

William Wallace Denslow's latest picture book, “Denslow's Night before Christmas," has outsold any other juvenile on the market for the present holiday season, even as did his "Father Goose," (written by Baum) and published in 1900, and "Denslow's Mother Goose" of last year, both of which ran far ahead of everything else in the way of children's illustrated literature.

Anna Katharine Green's "The Leavenworth Case," a lawyer's story, is a book to which we wish to draw your attention. It

is in four books, and full of startling climaxes from first to last. The 475 pages are interspersed with handsome engravings, the letterpress is excellent, and in all it is a most readable book, written with a dash and spirit seldom seen in the modern woman novel writer. Poole Stewart Pub. Co., Toronto. Cloth $1.25, paper 75c.

Under the title "Life in Canada,” a book will be shortly issued from the press of William Briggs, which sings in the most emphatic way the praises of Ontario as on the whole the best place in the world to increase in health wealth and happiness. The writer is Mr. Thomas Conant, of Oshawa, who has long been known as a shrewd commenter on Canadian men and manners. Descended from an old U.E. Loyalist family, Mr Conant's book will contain many interesting pieces of information with regard to the early settlement of this Province. The war of 1812-13 and the "revolution" of 1837 both come in for notice, and no doubt some statements will be made in the volume which will awaken criticism on the part of a certain school of historians. The latter part of the book will contain the author's observations on current Canadian life. He is a much traveled man, and is able to compare Ontario with other countries; but his conviction is that in every particular Ontario stands at the top.

Miss Wetherald's new book of verse "Tangled in Stars" has found such favor with the American public that her publisher (Richard G. Badger, Boston) has requested from her another volume of poems. The

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reviewers have spoken in the highest terms of Miss Wetherald's work. In a review in the "Globe" Mr. McEvoy speaks of the book as "dainty in conception and workmanship, artistic, musical; a small and beautifully cut goblet of poetic wine, well refined, and very refreshing to the appreciative palate.... In their sphere these poems," he continues, are to our thinking among the finest ever produced by a woman writer. They might, indeed, be the poetic recreations of a richly endowed man turning from graver tasks to find relief in verse."

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As was anticipated, Lorimer's "Letters from a Self-made Merchant to his Son having extraordinary popularity. The publisher is sending out from fifty to a hundred copies every day. The book promises to be the most popular of the fall's output.

No more attractive little gift book for the approaching season could be imagined than the booklet entitled "Canadian Singers and their Songs," prepared primarily for the Ladies' Aid Society of Broadway Methodist Tabernacle, of this city, and placed on general sale by William Briggs. The idea is unique. It presents twenty fine half-tone portraits of as many Canadian poets, and on the page facing each portrait is presented a reproduction in fac-simile of a poem in the author's own writing. Among the contributors to the volume we notice Mrs. Blewett, William Wilfred Campbell, Dr. Drummond, Pauline Johnson, Charles Mair, Chas. G. D. Roberts, Frederick George Scott, Prof. Goldwin Smith, Miss Wetherald, and other well-known writers of verse. The booklet will be placed on the market

the second week in December. It will be attractively bound, with the title embossed in gold, and will sell at the popular price of 25c. For the convenience of the trade and purchasers each copy will be enclosed in a heavy manilla envelope ready to address and stamp in order to send by mail.

William Briggs has been exceedingly fortunate in securing a list of strong sellers this autumn. Among the books that are having more than ordinary popularity are "The Two Vanrevels," "Stillman Gott," and Fuel of Fire." Evidently the trade have no difficulty in finding purchasers for these. 66 Mrs. Wiggs" also keeps up a splendid run of popularity.

The Canadian edition of Miss Laut's new book, "The Story of the Trapper," is now in the press, and will be ready about the 10th of December.

Ralph Connor's new story, "Glengarry School Days," is meeting with instant popularity. The publishers, the Westminster Company, disposed of the first edition of 10,000 to William Briggs and the Revell Company, each taking 5,000 copies. Mr. Briggs reports receiving advance orders taking up almost the entire number of his initial purchase.

A volume memorial of the late Dr. E. W. Dadson, a prominent divine of the Baptist Church in Canada, has been prepared, and is now in course of publication by William Briggs. The editing committee consists of Profs. Farmer and Cross, of McMaster University, and the Rev. S. S. Bates. The book is divided into three parts, the first

biographical, the second giving selections from Dr. Dadson's writings, and the third consisting of representative sermons and addresses. It is intended that the proceeds of sales shall be devoted to the establishment of a Dadson Scholarship in McMaster University.

G. W. Dillingham Company announce the fourth edition of "A Speckled Bird," running it into the 125th thousand; a second edition of "Denslow's Night Before Christmas," making the 30th thousand, and a third edition of Grace Duffy Boylan's, "The Kiss of Glory." Much interest is manifested in Leyendecker's beautiful frontispiece illustration of "The Kiss of Glory," which is being reproduced for a poster.

Among the six popular novels of 1902 selected by "The London Academy," and published in its annual "Fiction Supplement," are "The Intrusions of Peggy," by Anthony Hope, and Gilbert Parker's "The Right of Way." Then come eight "popular and praiseworthy novels," in which list are found "The Vultures," by H. S. Merriman, and "The Adventures of M. d'Haricot," by J. Storer Clouston. "The Academy" says that Mr. Clouston's book " claim kinship to the Pickwick Papers.'"

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MR. MAIR'S "TECUMSEH." The November number of "The British Empire Review" gives a page and a half to a review of the second edition of Mair's "Tecumseh," and published last year by Wm. Briggs. The reviewer, Mr. T. F. Hobson, is a frequent contributor to this jour nal, and a critic whose estimate of a book is

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of decided value. Mr. Hobson precedes his references with the following:-"There has been of late years a very varied and remarkable production of poetical works of genuine merit in Canada, works of considerable literary interest, and noteworthy also in a very high degree, because their spirit and tone are formed and profoundly influenced by surroundings and scenery different in every way from those which influence us modern Englishmen. The fundamental note struck in the volume now under review is one of close and warm sympathy with Nature in all her varying moods, and poem after poem therein may be read, in which it will be seen how much the character of Canadian writers (and, we imagine, of Canadian men and women generally) has been influenced in its development by their strange and fascina'ing environment.

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Then, too, the Canadians are a young

people to all intents and purposes-though derived from two of the oldest of European stocks-and every reader of this book will notice with pleasure and admiration its strong and restless youthfulness, its abundant energy for the present, and its virile and hopeful trust in the future of the Canadian nation-of the Canadian nation, be it noted, not as an absolutely independent and self-sufficient people, but as a component part of our great Empire.

"The present writer has been much struck in reading these poems by the apparent familiarity of certain pieces in either metre or expression or thought, and was somewhat puzzled to account for this. On consideration it will, we think, be found that there is much of Mr. Mair's poetry which is throughout inspired by the spirit and influence of certain familiar pieces by the greatest writers of the greatest age of English literature.

One cannot for a moment say that he either imitates or adapts; but, as the writers of that age were nearer to nature than we, and as they had greater hopes for a boundless and unexplored future than we, so, too, the Canadian of to-day is far more than we-the child of natural impulse, and looks to the future with greater national and individual hopes than most of us dare to entertain."

Of the drama which forms the main part of the book, he remarks:-"As an acting drama the poem can, perhaps, hardly be criticised (probably Mr. Mair would not demand that it should be criticised from this point of view), but as a poem it contains a great many noteworthy and striking passages of true poetical merit. And it is most interesting as a collection of vigorous character sketches, portraying for us not only the genuine loyalists of the day and the newly-independent American of a century since, but, above all, the aboriginal Indian, with his savage instincts and his gross superstitions, but also with all his natural nobleness of character, his generosity, bravery and purity of life. The loveinterest of this so-called drama is subordinate and sketchy, though the tender and self-sacrificing nature of the Indian maiden is attractively drawn in Iena. But the two central characters of Brock and Tecumseh stand out as completely finished studies, and hold us by their great vigor and individuality. We venture to think that the Indian at his best will be better understood and appreciated after a perusal of the speeches of Tecumseh and his brother, the Prophet, in Mr. Mair's poem, than through the study of many works of statistics. In many cases, so we are told, the speeches of Tecumseh are versified adaptations of the preserved fragments of his actual utterances. 'Tecumseh' is a memorable poem. The author has shown true power in his drawing and contrast of characters; his subject is interesting as dealing with a, to us little known but vital important, historical episode, and in very many places the verse rises to a high level of merit."

The review closes with the following contributed to "The Pines," one of the poems contained in the miscellaneous part of the volume. "The Pines" will be warmly appreciated by all who have seen and admired those grand forest trees in the fulness of their collective and individual strength, and probably nowhere can this be better seen than in Canada. Every verse in the song which the poet makes the splendid old trees sing is good, and we regret to give but one as a sample:

Cold Winter, who filches the flying leaf,
And steals the floweret's sheen,
Can injure us not, nor work us grief,
Nor make our tops le-s green.
And Spring, who awakens his sleeping train,
By meadow, and hill, and lea,
Brings no new life to our old domain,
Unfading, stern and free.

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MR BARRIES SYMPATHIES.

AN INTERESTING ENGLISH CRITICISM OF THE AUTHOR OF "THE LITTLE WHITE BIRD."

"The author who would attempt to imitate him would be a foolish fellow," says the London Academy and Literature' in the course of a review of Mr. Barrie's 'The Little White Bird.' "For Mr. Barrie has rare gifts that are not to be simulated. First and foremost he has humor, the real kind of humor that bubbles from the narrative without any apparent effort--the humor of the artistic temperament's other self, that, mildly amused, mildly contemptuous, watches its master s moods.

"But Mr. Barrie knows perfectly well that he is an incurable sentimentalist, but he cannot help it any more than he can help mocking at himself for being one. Also he has pathos, comprehension of the minds of children, including that elder child, the artist, and perfect sympathy with all simple and unspoilt natures, whether they are women, boys or dogs."

AUTHORS AT WORK.

Mr. Anthony Hope, who is very much in the puplic eye again through the success of his clever novel "The Intrusions of Peggy," has evidently no desire to make a secret of his literary methods. Here is his record of a day's work. "Let us suppose," he says, "that I am bidden to write a short story. I arrive at my working-den at 9.45, and read my letters. The rest of the day is much as follows:

10. Put on writing-coat; find a hole in the elbow.

10.03. Light pipe, and sit down in large arm chair by the fire.

10.15. Who the deuce can write a story on a beastly day like this? (It was quite nice weather, really-that's the artistic temperament.)

10 45. I must think about that confounded story. Besides, I don't believe she meant anything after all.

11.15. I wish the-these-people hadn't asked me to write for their-paper!

11.45. Hullo! Will that do? 12. Hang it, that's no use!

12.30. I suppose if I happened to have a head instead of a turnip I could write that story.

12.40. Yes! No! By Jove, yes! Where's that pen? Oh, where the-? All right, here it is! Now then. (Scribble.)

1. Lunch! Good, I believe its going. 1.30. Now I'll just knock it off. (Scrib. ble.)

2.15. Well, I don't quite see my way toOh yes, I do! Good! That's not so bad. 3 One, two, three-three hundred words. a page. Well, I've put that in in good time anyhow! Where's that pipe?

3.15. I think I'll fetch 'em. Pitched in passion, by Jove!

3 40. Oh, I say, look here! I've only got about 1,200 words, and I want 2,000. What the deuc shall I do?

3.50. I must pad it, you know. She mustn't take him yet, that's all.

4. She can't take more than a page accepting the fool, though; it's absurd, you know.

4 15. Oh, confound it!

4.45. Now let's see-two, four, six, seven. Good, I'm in the straight now!

5. Thank Heaven, that's done! Now I suppose I must read the thing over. I know it's awful rot. Well, that's their lookout, they've bought it.

5.03 It's not so bad, though, after all. 5.11. I rather like that. I don't know, but it seems rather original.

5 15. H'm. I've read worse stories than this.

5.20. No, I'm hanged if I touch a word of it! It's not half bad.

5.25. Pretty smart ending!

5.30. Well, if there are a dozen men in England who can write a better story than that, I should like to see 'em, that's all!

5.35. Puff, puff, puff, puff! Well, I sha'n't touch a pen again to-day.

"There it is 'How a Story is Written. By One Who Has Done It.' That remark about the dozen men in England' represents a momentary phase of feeling, not a reasoned opinion."

In answer to a request to tell his readers how he worked, Mr. J. M. Barrie, whose new book, "The Little White Bird," has just been published, wrote the following on a crumpled piece of paper that had evidently once contained tobacco:

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