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MOVE UPWARD. Kate Upson Clark.


The above new titles justify their place in our widely popular and inspiring "What is Worth While" series.

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to short, practical, earnest and interesting booklets in attractive dress-inexpensive and yet just the thing for gift purposes-and now numbers 140 volumes.

Economics of Forestry

By BERNARD E. FERNOW, late Chief Division of Forestry, U. S. Department of Agriculture, now Director New York State College of Forestry. 12mo, $1.50 net (postage, 15 cents).

The author treats forestry from its broadest and most important aspect, giving to the student of economics an authoritative work on this timely topic.

The Coming City

By RICHARD T. ELY, Ph.D., LL.D., author of "Socialism and Social Reform," etc. 16mo, cloth, 60 cents net (postage, 8 cents).

A small book concerned with the vital problem of municipal government as applied to the growing demands of the twentiethcentury city. More than half of our population is soon to be housed within the cities, and the question of the right administration of their affairs is of moment to every thoughtful citizen.

The Poetry of Robert Browning

By STOPFORD A. BROOKE, author of "Tennyson." 12mo, $1.50 net (postage 15 cents).

This study of the life and genius of Browning comes from a highly capable source. Mr. Brooke's previous work on Tennyson has shown his superior insight into the poetic animus of the times, and, therefore, his fitness for a similar book on the great companion poet of Tennyson-the one who alone challenges his supremacy in the Victorian era. The volume begins with an interesting contrast of the two writers, preparatory to a consideration of Browning and an interpretation of his spirit through his poems. It will prove of great utility to the Browning student, and a noteworthy addition to critical literature.

Mind Power and Privileges

By ALBERT B. OLSTON. 12mo, $1.50 net (postage, 15 cents).

A book of peculiar and timely interest, endeavoring to locate the inner or "subconscious mind, and discussing hypnotism, telepathy, Christian Science, and kindred topics in a psychological but popular way.

Word Coinage

By LEON MEAD. 18mo, 45 cents net (postage, 5 cents). (Handy Information Series).

A suggestive and helpful study of new words, phrases, slang, and the various accretions of a live language. Will be found a useful supplement to the lexicon.

The Golden Hour Series

Eleven new stories. 8vo. Illustrated.


THE CHILD AND THE TREE. Bessie Kenyon Ulrich.

THE I CAN SCHOOL. Eva A. Madden.

Each book, net, 50 cents. (Postage, 8 cents).

A LITTLE DUSKY HERO. Harriet T. Comstock.
MASTER FRISKY. Clarence W. Hawkes.
MISS DE PEYSTER'S BOY. Etheldred B. Barry.
MOLLY. Barbara Yechton.

THE WONDER SHIP. Sophie Swett.

This entire series is made up of new stories by leading authors and will interest children from the ages of seven to sixteen.

A Daughter of the Sea

By AMY LE FEUVRE, author of "Probable Sons."
Illustrated by Piffard. 12mo, $1.50

This gifted author here takes us to a rock-bound coast of England and introduces us to a heroine as untamed as a sea-gull, but who proves the good angel of a life-saving station. A wholesome story of religious tone.

The Upper Currents

By the REV. J. R. MILLER, D.D. 16mo, plain edges,. 65 cents net; cloth, gilt top, 85 cents net (postage, 8 cents).

Full of cheerful philosophy and words of inspiration. Straightforward lessons intended to incite to braver, stronger, truer life.

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In this age of business "hustle" and competition it seems that the average bookseller is neglecting a great opportunity for attracting trade. For instance, how many bookstores have a comfortable place where one can examine the books before purchasing? Usually this has to be done while standing at the counter or shelves. A small section of the store cosily fitted up with comfortable chairs, etc, well lighted and attractive, would probably lead to much larger sales than are made at present. Booksellers might learn a lesson in this respect from some of our leading cigar merchants as to the value of a comfortable and at

tractive lounging or writing room. Just at the present season this is a great want. The average person would often like to give books as Xmas presents, but he does not know just what books to give ; he can't examine them enough to judge while standing by the book counter, jostled here and there, and feeling all the while that he must hurry and get out of the way; and so in many cases he goes and buys some useless trinket, or something else, whereas if he had been able to go in and examine a few books in com


fort, and not feeling he was in the way, the bookseller would have got the profit, and likely would have gained besides fresh custom. It is these little attentions to the purchaser's comfort and convenience that often bring in great returns.

The annual flood of books for the Xmas season is now at full height, and this year it seems to have risen higher than ever, judging by the advertisements and the counters of the book stores. One feature is very encouraging, and that is that the demand seems to be for a better class of book, not merely in binding, but also in quality and tone. This certainly is as it should be. If our boasted educational system is not elevating the tone of literary taste, is not awakening a desire for literature that is good, it certainly is making a most lamentable failure.

The past year has been a remarkable one in many respects, and in none more so than the tremendous business activity which has been every where manifested. All countries nearly have had their share in this industrial prosperity, but few of them to so great an extent as this Dominion of ours. From all parts of Canada reports come as to the great revival of business which has marked the year. Trade returns are going up by leaps and bounds, and all over the land the feeling of confidence in the country's future prosperity is most noticeable. The great growth of the Northwest has already called forth a project for a new transcontinental railway, and fresh schemes for development are being daily announced A slight indication of the business activity going on is afforded by the announcement that the customs returns from Toronto customs for November are in excess of last November by over $50,000.

In the special line to which we belong the returns show an increase of about 50% over previous years. It is interesting in this connection to note the trade returns from the United States on books and printed matter in so far as they touch ourselves and the motherland.

For the month of September, 1902, the United States imported from Canada books, etc., to value of $7,622, as compared with $5,577 for the corresponding month last year. For the first nine months of this year she imported $72,261 as against $62,235 for

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same period in 1901. Her exports to Canada amounted to $18,312 for September, an increase over the same month of 1901 of nearly $50,000. For the nine months her exports totaled $1,070,099, compared with $880,442 for same period in 1901. These returns show a balance of trade in favour of the United States of nearly $1,000,000. It certainly seems as if this balance ought to be lessened As regards Great Britain, the returns show that the United States imported from her during the nine months of 1902 goods to the value of $1,662,338, while for the same period she exported $840,402 worth of books and printed matter.


By the death of Frank Norris the ranks of novel writers lose one of their most promising members. Born in Chicago in 1870 he early entered journalistic work, and in 1896-7, when editor of the San Francisco "Wave," published his first novel " McTeague." In 1898 he was Cuban war correspondent for "McClure's Magazine." It was about this time that he published his "A Man's Woman," a novel which marked him as an author of great promise. In 1900 he accepted the place of "reader" for Doubleday, Page & Co. While here he began to write his "trilogy" on the grain problem, two of which have already appeared, and added largely to his repute. These two are "The Octopus" and " he Pit." The third was, it is said, to deal with a coal famine in Russia. The two books published created a sensation, and it is to be much regretted that the third of the series was not completed. He was taken ill with appendicitis, and died after an operation in San Francisco, on Oct. 25th.


Messrs. Morang & Company, of Toronto, have been fortunate in securing the exclusive agency in Canada for the Outlook Company of New York. 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 George Kennan, 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.




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"Four Little Indians, or How Carroll Got Even," by Ella Mary Coates. Illustrated by Will Hart Robinson. 12mo., net 80 cents. Henry T. Coates & Co., publishers, Philadelphia.

This is not, after all, a story about real Indians, but a tale of the doings of a family of frolicksome children whose lively imaginations lead them into all sorts of adventurous vicissitudes in their simulated redskin character. Miss Coates writes about children as they are, and her little folk will be found healthy, normal little people who sometimes, in the exuberance of youthful spirits, do the things they ought not to do, but whom one cannot help finding attractive. They are flesh-and-blood little creatures, as they ought to be; and juvenile readers will recognize their kind.


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Children are always interested in the doings of other children when these are realistically and naturally set forth, and many a young reader will find friends in "Carroll, "Bob," " Billy" and "Peggy," will follow the recital of their pranks with interest, and will sympathize with them in the difficulties into which their heedlessness sometimes landed them.

"Four Little Indians" is a jolly, natural little book; it has a good tone, and incidentally presents some hints to children for their amusement in leisure hours.


"Mrs. Tree," by Laura E. Richards. Illustrated by Frank T. Merrill. Tall 16mo., bound in newest style, cartridge-paper sides, cloth back, gilt top, handsome cover design, uniform with "Geoffrey Strong." Estes & Co., Boston, Mass. 75 cents. "Mrs. Tree" is a short novel, as fresh, wholesome and fascinating as anything Mrs. Richards has yet written. It is a companion volume to "Geoffrey Strong," and some of the same characters are introduced, but it is not properly a sequel, since it nowhere presupposes a knowledge of the former book.

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And Mrs. Tree !-Mrs. Tree the inimitpeared in fiction for many years. able! No more original character has apShe amuses us, baffles us, and wins our hearts from her entrance in the first chapter to her exit in the last. Although over ninety, with "an amazing reticulation of wrinkles, netted fine and close as a brown veil," she is erect, keen-minded, fond of fun, sharptongued, and warm hearted.

There are also some younger characters in the story who lend a charming atmosphere of youth and romance.

This is not one of the ephemeral books of summer fiction. It is a story to read, lend, laugh and cry over, live with and love. There is all of the New England coast in it, all of the life-provincial yet strong and noble--which marks our fast-fading Puritan traditions.

As to its mechanical makeup, the book is a delight to the eye and hand. It makes a beautiful gift, and is bound substantially enough for the library shelf.

If you are looking for an ideal story for summer vacation or the holidays, read "Mrs. Tree."

F. Marion Crawford's new novel, "Cecilia," is one of his most entertaining books. The scenes are laid in Rome-a Rome of the cosmopolitan present-in which the exclusive stateliness of the native nobility is giving way to freer manners imported by the foreign visitor. It is a romance of wonderful power with a plot so strange and new that only his first and most popular work, "Mr. Isaacs," approached it.

"Mollie and the Unwiseman," by John Kendrick Bangs. Illustrated with 60 drawings, by Albert Levering and Clare Victor Dwiggins. Sq. 12mo., net $1.00. Henry T. Coates & Co., publishers, Philadelphia.

Mr. Bangs has taken a recognized posi

tion in American literature, which cannot but be strengthened by this, his latest, book. "Mollie and the Unwiseman" will inevitably suggest "Alice in Wonderland," although there are, after all, very few superficial points of resemblance; but the touch of genius which marks each work is akin, and the subtle yet conspicuous humor which rollics through the pages of both, is alike in quality while dealing with different material and in a different way.

"The Unwiseman" is a new creation in literature, and one who ought to live. The charming absurdity and back-handedness of his fertile brain will not only capture the juvenile reader for whom the work is written, but appeals irresistibly to the older generation as well. However, the book is for children and ought to attain a wide popularity among that most critical class. The humor of both the dialogue and the situaiton is so perfectly obvious that even its subtlety will no doubt strike home to the youthful mind as it did with Lewis Carroll's famous productions. What child-boy or girl-of any age will fail to follow, with keen interest, the doings and sayings of Mollie, of the Unwiseman, and, perhaps, above all, of the incomparable Whistlebinkie? Mr. Bangs has struck a new vein. The volume is illustrated by eight full-page drawings, by Albert Levering, and more than fifty textual illustrations from the facile pencil of Clare Victor Dwiggins. Both of these artists seem to have caught the spirit of the text, and their rendering of its cleverness is a notable performance.

J. M. Barrie's new book, "The Little White Bird" (Copp, Clark Company), marks something of a departure in his writing. It is a story of love, but not the love of a lover and his lass, or a mother for her son. It is the epic of the crusty old bachelor, and the love that is celebrated is the swelling tide of affection that dwells within him for the children that might have been his, and that have never come into being. The old bachelor, in this case, has no family ties of his own, and the current, diverted from its natural course, overflows first in the direction of David's father and mother. This is in the early days while they are still lovers, and he pleases himself by playing the part of invisible guardian over them and the new household they soon set up. It is his whim to remain unknown, and the young wife is not allowed to have speech with him, but she reads his heart at a distance, and humors all his whimsical ways. David is the little white bird of Kensington Gardens, and when he arrives, a close intimacy between the two begins at a very early stage. The old fellow loves the boy with an affection half fatherly, half motherly, and all woven in with tender day-dreams. David in his kicking, cooing babyhood; David in his perambulator in Kensington Gardens; and David at a little later period in close companionship with his middle-aged friend, revealing to the latter's charmed vision the wondering vistas of a child's opening mind, are pretty pictures, indeed. Barrie's characteristic humor plays through them all, and lights up with gay touches the whimsies and floating fancies of the romantic old boy.

"Denslow's Night before Christmas" is a charming revival of the quaint old story of the visit of St. Nicholas, and it is issued in

beautiful covers by the G. W. Dillingham Co. It has been received with much enthusiasm everywhere, as parents wish their children to see in this new and fascinating dress the poem which delighted their own childhood. But, while Mr. Denslow has given up most of his time of late to the sympathetic picturing of books for little folks, he is well known as one of the best illustrators on the principal papers in all the large cities in America, and his covers and illustrations have formed the pictorial merit of some of the most popular novels.

The Poole Stewart Publishing Co. (Ltd.) have issued a new edition of Mark Twain's masterpiece, "Tom Sawyer." This is a handsome work of over 300 pages, with sixty-three new illustrations by D. F. Thompson, and the latest portrait of the author. Tom Sawyer" is a book of which no one ever tires, and the rising generation will devour it with as much pleasure as did we and some of our fathers before us.

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"The Little Organist of St. Jerome" begins and gives its title to a collection of short stories by Mrs. Annie L. Jack, of Chateauguay Basin, P.Q., well-known as a contributor to the magazines. The book is now in the press, and will be issued before Christmas by William Briggs.

Mr. Morgan is rapidly pushing to completion an important work entitled "Types of Canadian Women, Past and Present." The first volume is now in the press (William Briggs), and is expected to be ready in January. It will present portraits and biographical sketches of some three hundred and fifty women, and will be followed later by a second volume, fully as large. The labor involved in the compilation of a work such as this is enormous, and no one but Mr. Morgan could or would ever have undertaken it. He has a positive genuis for research, and has done inestimable service to Canad in the preparation of such works as "Biographies of Celebrated Canadians," "Canadian Men and Women of the Time," and the present sumptuous publication. This latest work will be a revelation to most people of the extraordinary number of charming Canadian women who have left their native country to preside over stately homes in other lands. It was the Earl of E gin who remarked, "The ladies of Canada have an unrivalled character for beauty and cleverness throughout the world." Mr. Morgan has given full recognition to the women who have won distinction in art and literature and science. Many of the portraits shown in his work are rare and valuable, and have been secured only after long and patient search. The engravings for the work are all being made in Toronto, and with the printing and binding will illustrate the advancement of the art of bookmaking in Canada.

"The Taskmasters,' by George K. Turner. 12mo. Pp. 312. New York: McClure, Phillips & Co.

As a first novel there is much to commend in "The Taskmasters,' by George K. Turner, although it is true that many of the errors of a maiden effort creep in, and the book as a whole has the ring of immaturity. There might have been a great deal less talk, so to speak; Mr. Turner ambles along slowly and garrulously at times, and there is a


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lack of grasp and concentration to the story. There are too many unimportant Irishmen who seem to have nothing whatever to do with the story except to talk with a brogue and distract the reader's mind.

Mr. Turner has a certain amount of rugged strength in his work, however. He knows the affairs of the little town he describes, and, while the plot is hackneyed and somewhat time-honored, its setting is carefully and minutely wrought. The character of young John Meyhew resembles too strongly that of Peter Stirling to be strictly original, but this likeness may not have been in the author s mind. The politics of a small town, the bossism and party corruption that steal in, even where the issues are as insignificant as they are in Ellington, are brought plainly to the surface.

"By Order of the Prophet," by Alfred H. Henry. Cloth. 402 pp., $1.25. Fleming H. Revell Company, Toronto

There is no more absorbing study than that of the various grotesque forms into which the religious mind of men has been led, and of these grotesque forms not the least is the great Mormon movement which led to the founding of Salt Lake City. In this book Mr. Henry tells the story of a young Englishwoman, who, following the love of her heart, has fallen under the blighting influence of this system The story is true to historical fact and holds the interest The of the reader from beginning to end various stages of the movement are well depicted and the characters well drawn.

"My Dogs in the Northland," by Eger

ton R. Young. Cloth, $1.00. Fleming H. Revell Company.

281 pp.

Animal stories have attained a great popularity and the demand for them seems in no way diminishing. In this book Egerton R. Young, for many years a Methodist missionary in the Canadian Northwest, tells entertainingly his experiences with these "friends of man." The boy who is fond of dogs (and what boy is not?), and the man who, after all, is but a boy grown up, will find entertainment here. He will also learn something of the kind of work the faithful missionary of whatever creed he may be has to do in these bleak regions of the north. And I think he will also reach the conclu sion that in dealing with men as well as with dogs it is sound common sense not sentimentality that is needed.

Calendar for 1903. The Toronto Art League. 50c. Toronto-The Musson Book Company.

For those who wish to send a calendar that is distinctively Canadian to their friends abroad, nothing can be more appropriate than a copy of this Calendar issued by the Toronto Art League. The views are of Canadian towns and cities, and are well designed and executed. The whole conception is admirable, and we confidently bespeak for it a large sale.

"The Coming City," by Richard T. Ely, Ph.D., LL.D. Cloth 60c. net, 110 pp. Thomas Y. Crowell & Co., New York.

This book should be in the library of every Mayor and Reeve in the Dominion of Canada. It points out what has been done

in the past in the way of civic reform, and indicates what still remains to be done.

Changes are gradual, therefore one must take "long views."

The 20th century city will embrace more than half the population of the country.

The statistics given are not confined to America. For instance, we are told of England that the urban population is about three-quarters the population of the country. Of Germany, the urban population is about half the population of the country. Of France, that the rural population has declined, but that the population of Paris is five times greater now than it was 100 years ago.

The reasons for increases in city population are fully stated. Some of these are:1. Farm machinery decreases numbers needed in rural districts.

2. Improved transportation.

3. Express and postal improvements prevent growth of retail commerce in smaller centres.

Talking of municipal reforms, he says the rallying cries of the 19th century municipal reform movement were:

(1) A municipal administration on purely business principles.

(2) Municipal government is business, not politics.

(3) Business men are the natural and inevitable directors of local affairs.

(4) Reform requires the absolute separation of municipal government from the affairs of the state and nation.

(5) National parties for national issues, municipal parties for municipal affairs. Occasionally a lighter vein obtains.


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"The Spirit of the Ghetto," by Hutchins Hapgood. Illustrated, cloth $1.35 net, 311 pp. Funk & Wagnalls Co., New York.

The book is full of interesting information regarding the Jewish inhabitants of the celebrated East Side, Jewish Quarter of New York. That there is much poverty and misery to be found there hardly required demonstration, these facts are so appar ent and well known. The writer turns rather to the inner life of these " peculiar people," and reports sympathetically on their lives, character and pursuits. The changes taking place in the lives of young Jews are well drawn. He grows to look upon the ceremonial life at home as rather ridiculous. English becomes his habitual tongue, and Yiddish is forgotten. He regards his parents who speak no English as greenhorns." The boy contributes very early to the support of the family, and there is a tendency, therefore, for the father to respect the son. The stories "She Got Her Prize," "Where is She," "Put Off Again," The Bride Weeps," are well worth reading.



The subject "The Jews," is of such general interest no apology is needed for additional writing. When our ancestors were barbarians, Solomon was making silver as the stores in the streets of Jerusalem, the Jews were worshipping the "Lord of


Hosts" and weaving into the woof of human history those imperishable gems of poesy and philosophy which the world's wisest say transcend the genius of mortal man, and must, perforce, be the gracious gift of God.


1 his firm is showing some special lines to meet the wants of the Christmas trade. To begin with they are showing a specially prepared edition of their great success of the year, Miss Teskey's "Where the Sugar Maple Grows." This is beautifully bound. in burnt leather, and makes by its attractive appearance, as well as the real merit of the book, a most pleasing book for a Christmas gift. Miss Teskey is still receiving messages of appreciation from all quarters. Another book which is very timely is a new issue of the famous "Hoosier Schoolmaster," whose gifted author, Dr. Eggleston, died a short time ago. It is illustrated by F. Opper and Starkweather, and should be in the possession of all admirers of the late author's works.

A novelty in the shape of Christmas books is one issued by the Baker & Taylor Company, entitled "Over the Black Coffee " It is bound in burnt leather and enclosed in a little canvas sack with an attractive label on the outside. It is a collection of receipts for the use of coffee, and also of anecdotes compiled by Arthur Gray. The illustrations are done by Mr. G. W. Hood, and the book seems destined to be one of the season's best novelties. The Musson Book Co. have secured the exclusive sale for Canada.

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