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"The Woman Who Toils," by Mr. John Van Vorst and Marie Van Vorst 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 working-woman are given from the standpoint of a more fortunate fellow woman. is all cleverly written. The truth is told in simple, faithful manner; with some grim


vital question of woman's industrial prob;


Dr. Parkhurst, of New York, gave utterance to the following (after reading "The Woman Who Toils "):


As so-called civilization advances the size of families diminishes."

"Home was once a little republic; now it is a place for eating and sleeping."

"Then the children were at home except on a special occasion; now it takes a special occasion to bring them home."

"With the advancement of women in industrial fields many become only men of the feminine gender."

Houghton, Mifflin & Company send the welcome news that readers will have their accustomed volume of short stories by Bret Harte this spring. Mr. Harte's literary executors found material enough for one more book, which will be published in April under the title of "Trent's Trust." It will contain seven stories, in which some of the author's favorite characters appear.

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The new letters of Mrs. Carlyle which are soon to appear, were annotated by her husband. It is long since we have seen a reference to that half sad, half ludicrous" story told by Dickens concerning this lady and that other clever and sharp-tongued personage, Mrs. Iroctor. The two went to breakfast with Rogers one morning in those days not long before he died, when the old poet was somewhat wandering and dreamy. Both dames were 66 excessively talkative, very quick and clever, and bent on entertaining him. When Mrs. Carlyle had flashed and shone before him for about three-quarters of an hour on one subject, he turned his poor old eyes on Mrs. Proctor, and pointing to the brilliant discourser with his poor old finger, said (indignantly): "Who is she? Upon this, Mrs. Proctor, cutting in, delivered (it is her own story) a neat oration on the life and writings of Carlyle, and enlightened him in the happiest and airiest manner, all of which is heard, starting in the dreariest silence, and then said (indignantly as before): "And who are you?"


The danger of writing your autograph in your new bock of poems and giving it to your friend is that the friend may, in your own lifetime, send the signed book to the auctioneer's and receive more money for it than you got for the whole edition of your poetry. Such an incident we find recorded in the London press, the poet in question being still in the prime of life. His poetry, evidently, is not "important" enough to please the multitude, but his handwriting on a flyleaf in one of his own books is accounted valuable by collectors. Few poets, we fear, have sufficient philosophy to view such an incident calmly.

Every fowl of high or low degree will have his day, some of them on March 18, when part one of the "Poultry Book" (Doubleday, Page & Company), is to be put on the market This ample work, by Harrison Weir, F.R.H.S., and many United States specialists, under the editorship of Prof. W. G. Johnson and George O. Brown, will be the first adequate and exhaustive practical manual on poultry. It will cover every branch of poultry-raising, from incubation or hatching to marketing, with special treatment on nearly a hundred distinct varieties of chickens, besides ducks, geese, swans, turkeys, peacocks, guinea fowls, pigeons and fancy game fowls. The work is made interesting for the general reader by proverbs, chapters on customs, Easter eggs, omens and superstitions, anecdotes, medicinal properties and the like. There will be eighteen parts, each containing sixty-four pages. The illustrations, many of them in full color, will number about 300.

McClure, Phillips & Co. will publish about the last week in March a new novel under the title of "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 the teller of a love tale. It is the story of a young free trader who, trespassing on the land of the Hudson's Bay Company, being caught, and being sentenced to death, braves the power of the

Company and wins the love of the fair Virginia, daughter of the Company's factor and commander of the "Conjuror's House" post. As a background is the delightful life of the voyagers.

The Bobbs Merrill Company have secured the latest book by Anna Katherine Green (Mrs Rohlfs), which they will issue on Mar. 25th under the title "" The Filigree Ball." This is the first detective story on the list of Bobbs-Merrill Company, and it is said the author of "The Leavenworth Case" has written it with all her old cunning and command of mystery.

Mr. Kipling sails from Capetown, South Africa, for England, in the latter part of March, and his publishers, Doubleday, Page & Co., are authorized to say that his new volume of poems will be ready for publication before the end of the year.

It is estimated that Mrs. Humphry Ward I will receive over $150,000 as her share of the profits on the rights to "Lady Rose's Daughter."

Another popular edition of the works of Charles Dickens is announced. Messrs Chapman & Hall and Mr. Henry Frowde, the joint publishers of the "Oxford India Paper Dickens," are co-operating in the production of a new, complete, and fully illustrated edition, to be known as "The Fireside Dickens."

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some imaginary characters
which scarcely can be analyzed on account
of the personal feelings of the public. It has
been a rule for a long time that one of the
family should not be discussed, not when the
others are there; and a few characters of
fiction seem to belong to the family-not
Shakespeare's characters, nor the characters
of a penny-a-liner, but someone not too
bright and good for daily food- invented on
the spur of the moment by a writer not so
very much above the average-such as Mrs.
Wiggs of the Cabbage Patch. Why has
Mrs Wiggs appealed so to the heart of the
people? Why are we still buying the little
book which tells about her, although it was

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Who can tell? But one of the reasons must be that Mrs. Wiggs has been recognized by a thousand or so of people as the long-lost friend they have always wanted, and never could see as often as they knew would be good for them. The cold, matter of-fact reason, probably, is that Mrs. Wiggs is a cheerful person, who has a habit of presenting a shoulder for the world to weep upon, with a couple of delightfully put sentences, which assure us that we are a very g od kind of people after all, and quite certain to be happy in the end. In any case as far as Mrs. Wiggs is concerned, the public is justified in its affection. It is therefore a pleasure to announce the publication of a second book by Miss Hegan-or, rather, as she should now be called, Alice Hegan Ricethe title of which is "Lovey Mary," a story of about the same length as “Mrs. Wiggs of the Cabbage Patch,' which has been appearing in "The Century as a serial, and is now published by "The Century" Company in the States and by William Briggs in Canada.


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"Lovey Mary" is a book of joyous incident; but incidents even without a plot have been a very good thing since the days of Robinson Crusoe. There is a dedication to Mr. Rice in harmony with the spirit of things happening as they ought to which prevails in The Cabbage Patch stories; and a number of illustrations, by Florence. Scovel Shinn, of delightful, if a little eccentric, humor, which reminds one vaguely in a small way of the humor of Dickens' illustrator. Lovey Mary," at the beginning, is the inmate of an orphan asylum who runs away with an infant she had set her heart on. Incidentally the infant manages to preserve his independence throughout the story, no matter how deeply evolved by obligation, a pursuit in which, we are happy to say, he has many successful competitors still in the world. At the end of Chapter II. "Lovey Mary" reaches the Cabbage Patch. One could hardly expect her to live with Mrs. Wiggs, but she lives with Miss Hazy, and that does as well. Mrs. Wiggs is the authority; she makes the sun to shine. The only thing left to do for those who need a little more of Mrs. Wiggs' encouragement is to read the book. Lovey Mary" is not what critics would call a work of art. It is only a story, but a very pretty one; the kind that could not be written without a happy ending. "No, 'tis not so deep as a well, nor so wide as a church door; but 'tis enough, 'twill serve.” Mercutio must be so accustomed by this time to misapplications of his words that another little one will not matter.



Henry H. Dean, Professor of Dairy Husbandry at Ontario Agricultural College, whose text-book on "Canadian Dairying" is announced for early issue by William Briggs, was born in 1865, in Waterloo county, Ont. When he was four years old his parents removed to Burford township, in Ithe county of Brant, and near the village of Harley, where his father owned and conducted a large dairy farm. He remained on the farm with his parents until the autumn of 1886, when a desire for a more complete education than that afforded by the public school, which was the only institution of learning he had attended up to that time, caused him to enter

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his class. He returned to the farm, where pressure of work prevented his completing the entire course until a year and a-half later. At this time he made a specialty of dairying under Professor Robertson, who then occupied the position of Professor of Dairy Husbandry. Six months after graduating from the dairy course he was offered and accepted the position of Professor of Dairy Husbandry, Professor Robertson having resigned. When Professor Dean assumed control of the Dairy Department, the equipment in that branch of instruction was very meagre and inferior. Only a small herd of cows was kept in 1901, when his duties began. Since that time the dairy building has been enlarged and a new one erected. Prior to the time Professcr Dean was in charge of the Dairy Department, lec tures were given on dairying, although the classes received no practical work. Now both lectures and practical work are a part of the curriculum, in order that the art, as well as the theory, of dairying may be acquired. The department is now fully equip. ped with modern machinery, and a coterie of trained and practical instructors give the necessary instruction. In addition to his duties as instructor, Mr. Dean superintends all of the experimental work done in the Dairy Department. The reports on file give this in full. The experiments made and the principles enunciated by him have had a marked influence on the dairy industry of Ontario. Outside of the regular college work, Prof. Dean has been very active in promoting dairy interests, particularly the travelling dairy, farmers' institutes, dairy association meetings, dairy conferences, etc., in all of which he has taken a prominent part. He has made several visits into the States, attending Dairy Conventions, visiting experiment stations, etc., and has been honored with two invitations to the annual meeting of the Vermout Dairy Association. In 1895 he visited the leading dairy countries of Europe and came home thoroughly equipped for his work in Canada. judge of cheese and butter at the leading fairs in Canada, Prof. Dean bas given excellent satisfaction, and his lectures during last summer on dairy topics in the Province of Prince Edward Island have greatly assisted the dairy industry of that locality.

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"The Socialist and the Prince." A novel of California life, by Mrs. Fremont Older. Cloth, $1.50. William Briggs, Toronto

The scenes and action are in the days of the anti-Chinese labor agitation. Paul Stryne, leader of the workingmen, and Ruspoli, an Italian prince, are rivals for the hand of Theodosia Peyton, the daughter of a millionaire. Swayed now by the courtly grace and subtle class sympathy of the prince, now by the masterful will and altruistic purpose of the socialist, the impressionable girl, in a mood which overpowers her for the time, betroths herself first to one and then to the other. There are many situations of dramatic power, from the love scenes to the street riots, and from the altruist's lofty orations to the jealous lover's duel with Prince Ruspoli. Social conditions are strongly contrasted, and the interest is intense throughout.

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