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Devoted to the Interests of the Book, Stationery and Fancy Goods Trades of Canada.

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Important Work of Fiction to be Issued
During September


Tom Moore



Theodore Burt Sayre

This is a charming romance by the author of "Two
Summer Girls and I."

It is founded on the play which was produced with so
much success during last winter at the Herald Square
Theatre, New York, and throughout the country, with
Andrew Mack in the title role.

Mr. Sayre makes his hero a rollicking, charming
Irishman, who wins the hearts of all his readers by
his humor and genial qualities. One special feature
of the book is the charming illustrations. They are
half-tone engravings made from photographs of the
play and are exceedingly dainty.

12mo, Cloth, Illustrated, $1.50 12mo, Paper, Illustrated, .75

The Musson Book Co.







ondly, your educationists have not a clear enough idea of the distinction that

Canadian Bookseller should be made between primary and sec

Published at Temple Building,

Per Annum, in Advance.

To Canada and United States,

Single Numbers, Ten Cents.



Great Britain and Countries within the Postal
Five Shillings Sterling
Single Numbers, Sixpence,


All business communications, money orders, or remittances should be addressed,

The Canadian Bookseller,

Temple Building, Toronto, Ont.

All books for review, and letters for the Editor, should be addressed,

Editor, Canadian Bookseller,
Temple Building, Toronto.


During the past summer Canada has been favored by a visit from some of the leading educationists of England. They travelled extensively and carefully observed all the leading features of the various educational systems in the different Provinces. Any criticisms they might make as the result of their observations certainly deserve consideration coming as they do from men who have devoted their lives to practical teaching. At present in Ontario there seems to be a very widespread feeling of dissatisfaction with the results of our much-boastedof educational system. In view of this it may be of interest to quote the words of one of these visitors, the Rev. B. H. Fry, Principal of Berkhampstead School, whose views seem to be shared by most of the other visitors:

"As an educationist, three criticisms in particular might be made. First of all, in your system of education you are trying to make everything too practical. There seems to be too great a desire to only use such branches as will enable one to make money. If you wish to form a real nation, you must do more than this, do something for the children of the country that will later on in life enable them to enjoy life. Sec

ondary education. Here a boy is allowed to go on to the age of fifteen or sixteen before he is prepared for the university work, and my experience has been that in most cases it is then too late. Children should be taken at eleven or twelve years, and when this is done they pass the qualifying examinations with far better results. You seem to calculate from age when you would achieve much better results if you were to calculate from mental ability. And thirdly, there is the religious question that is still causing a great deal of trouble in Manitoba and British Columbia. An attempt has been made to eliminate religion, and at the same time an effort is being made to teach ethics. Ethics without religion do not amount to a row of pins. I will not say what religion it should be, but it should be some religion. Without it, practical education is impossible."

One of the staff of the New York "Evering Post" recently took a trip through the chief book stores of that city, and reports that the outlook is decidedly encouraging for the trade. All indications point to a most successful season. Publishers and dealers are both optimistic, and the energies of salesmen are taxed to meet the wants of customers. One of the most striking features of the trade, and one which we hope is becoming noticeable in Canada also, is that though as usual fiction is in greatest demand, yet it is fiction of a distinctly higher class than was asked for two or three years ago. "A few years ago," as one dealer says, "work like Edith Wharton's 'Valley of Decision,' would have found practically no sale. Now it is in its 25th thousand."

The fiction that seems to have the leading sales include "The Fortunes of Oliver Horn," by F. Hopkinson Smith; "The Vultures," by H. S. Merriman; "The Wooing of Wistaria;" and " Captain Macklin," by Richard Harding Davis.

Apart from fiction the greatest call appears to be for biography, some of the works surprising the dealers by their ready sale.

The present is a fiction-reading age. The great mass of readers read scarcely anything else. Publishers, librarians and all who observe the reading habits of the time unite in bearing witness to this fact.

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Surely then there is food for thought here,

on the part of all who wish for the betterment of the race, as to how far the novel writers of to-day are realizing the responsibility that rests on them of providing what is wholesome, nourishing and helpful. How many of the books that are coming forth in myriads each year can be classed under any of these heads? It is with almost a sense of hopelessness that one has to confess that the great mass of novels to-day is neither instructive nor wholesome. We do not want mere love stories, and yet, do not most novels of to-day end with the marriage bells? What our writers to-day want is a stronger grasp upon the realities of everyday life. To most, life is at best a struggle, and the writer who helps is the one who realizes that, and realizing enters into the struggle of the everyday worker and lifts that struggle to a higher level by displaying the nobler elements that enter into it, and showing how from out the din and strife of battle a nobler, truer manhood may be evolved.

New Books.

"Mind, Power, and Privileges," by Albert B. Olston. 12mo., 400 pages, Thomas Y. $1.50 net. Postage 15 cents. Crowell & Co., New York. During the past decade great and growing interest has been shown in regard to phenomena dealing with the occult. An active investigation has been made, although the investigators have had to run the gauntlet of misunderstanding by probing into things strange and unusual; and the results obtained have proved of immense value because of the light thrown on the latent powers of the mind, and the intimate relation shown to exist between the mind and the body.

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Many things which have hitherto puzzled the credulous are now explained on a purely scientific basis. Dreams, trances, hypnotism, mesmerism, telepathy, "Christian and "mental" science, and other manifestations may be clearly defined when once a correct basis of reasoning is obtained. That basis may be found in the well-proven fact that the mind is a dual organism made up of our conscious mentality and an inner region which may be called subconscious.

The region of the subconscious presents not only activities of the keenest interest, but powers and possibilities which either redound to man's profit or result in much harm. Each man's personality must depend upon his knowledge of the laws of the


For the first time in the history of science the great possibilities of the mind are revealed, and intelligent answers are forth


The Alexander Engraving Company


coming to such practical questions as : "What are the creative and curative powers of the mind?" "What can the mind do, of good or ill, for the body?" "What effect have moods and temperaments upon health?" "How can one explain such phenomena as thought-transference and suggestion?" "In short, what are the mind's powers and privileges?"

It was to answer such important questions as the above that "Mind Power and Privileges" was written, presenting, perhaps, the most able and complete discussion of mental phenomena ever prepared. It defends no cult, but is written in the spirit of unprejudiced, scholarly research. The author has sought to keep his language within the comprehension of the laity, and to define the provinces of the mind. In every chapter and page of his work he seeks to build his reader into a stronger individuality by revealing to him the laws of his being and his powerful latent possibilities.

It will thus be seen that Mr. Olston has laid his work along the most sensible and practical lines. A study of the book will justify his efforts. It contains chapters-among others on the Mind, Conscious and Subjective; Telepathy; Suggestion; AutoSuggestion; Mind and Body (the influence of the one upon the other); Practical Application; Physical Culture (from the creative standpoint of the mind); Personal

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"The steadfast purpose of this book has been to inspire man with a zeal for the development and culture of the mind; to realize how intimate a relation exists between the mind and the body; to emphasize this relation by showing how each reacts upon the other; to strengthen the individuality until it builds a formidable barrier between itself and disease.

"We would have men live in a thoughtworld of cheer, purity and confidence, ever shunning their antitheses as they would outward expressions of extremest vice and

crime. We would have them know the powers and privileges of the mind; to grasp and wield those powers to their highest and purest profit; to come into the full realization that the mind is the high heritage from God, that it is destined to survive the short years of this life, and that its noblest activities in this sphere are those of Service and Love."


"Aladdin O'Brien," by Gouverneur Morris. 12mo, 298 pages, $1.25. New York: The Century Co. "Aladdin O'Brien " is the lovable, rollicking hero of Mr. Morris's latest romance. Humor and pathos play hide-an'-seek through the pages of this love story with its quaint characters and strong, well conceived situations.

It is the old story of two men in love with the same girl, but it is told in the delightfully original style that is distinctive of this promising young writer.

The climax occurs during a famous battle of the Civil War-an intense, moving, and highly novel situation.

The captivating little spitfire of a rebel lass who comes to taunt and remains to nurse the wounded Aladdin, and the three colossal brothers of the heroine-somehow suggestive of the trio in "Trilby," because of their light-hearted recklessness-are characters that are real creations, to whom the reader will warm from the first.

A good old-fashioned ending follows the storm and stress of a story of decided human interest,


Topsys and Turvys," by Peter Newell. 36 colored illustrations, $1.00 net. Postage 11 cents. New York: The Century Co. In 1893 and 1894 Mr. Newell issued two. illustrated" Topsy and Turvy" books. They were extremely successful, and both have been for a long time out of print. In response to a real demand, the publishers have put together the best pictures from the two volumes, and have issued them in attractive form for the holiday season of 1902.

"Topsys and Turvys" is a picture-book of a unique character. Hold the book in one position for one picture; invert it, and behold another one appears. On the cover is a view of the four little maidens who "have been to town to purchase postagestamps; " turn the picture around, and one sees them "much alarmed to know their actions watched by tramps"-or sees, rather, the little maidens transformed into the heads of four tramps peering over a fence. Each picture in the book contains some clever surprise.

"The East of To-day and To-Morrow," by Henry Codman Potter, D.D., LL.D., Bishop of New York. The Century Co., New York.

Bishop Potter is so well known as one of the most prominent men in the United States that any work coming from his pen is sure to attract wide attention. In this work he gives the results of his late visit to Japan, China, India, Hawaii and the Philippines It is deeply interesting, as the observations of an acute observer of the present condition of affairs in these regions and of the tendencies which are working out their "to-morrow." In regard to China the Bishop notes how Western influences are gradually inserting themselves, and

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