new sentence throughout the body of the
thing purloined. As the bureau dealt in
everything from anniversary poetry to syn-
dicated political addresses, the field for its
predatory activities was practically unlimited.
A short story could be made by transplanting
a De Maupassant peasant to a New England
farm, or the interjection of a Kipling recruit
into an Arizona mining-camp. The old-time
action was jealously preserved in the trans-
formation, the only alterations being those
essential to a change of climate and condi-
tions and, presto, one had a new tale as
bright and glittering as a freshly minted
The bureau had a Menu Page, too, made
up by a very lean and hungry-looking old
gentleman who lunched sparingly on a sand-
wich each noon, and a Religious Thought
Page, edited by a very stout individual who
kept a brandy-flask standing beside his ink-
bottle. A profitable branch of its business
was the preparation of obituaries of eminent
men still living, and it is on record that one
editor had made it his cheerful practice to
submit these touching studies to the different
gentlemen whom they most intimately con-
cerned, naively asking if anything further
remained to be said. What the bureau fat-
tened on, however, was the uncopyrighted in
general, and for all such morsels it watched
with hawk-like intensity. An English novel
or any less substantial publication which came
to it unprotected by the arm of the law was
pounced on at once, rapaciously and gleefully.
It was renamed, abridged or expanded as the
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case might require, and in less time than it
took the original author to indite his first
chapter, it was on the market as a new and
thrilling serial, "secured by special arrange-
The bureau, among other things, paid par-
ticular attention to the wants of the farmer,
and issued a Dairy Page, edited by an elderly
maiden lady who made Brooklyn her home
and beheld a cow not more than once a year.
The expert who edited the Agricultural Page,
it might be added, had prepared himself for
such tasks by many years' labor as an insur-
ance agent. The bureau also boasted of a
professional poet, who ran strongly to pa-
triotism, but as his rhymes were manufac-
tured for the convenience of the rather undis-
ciiminating bucolic editor and later on for
the delectation of the bucolic reader, his Gems
in Verse usually went unchallenged.
Midsummer in the bureau always saw the
staff in the midst of their Christmas literature,
which, like its other anniversary material, was
made up into pages, with a generous sprink-
ling of highly appropriate pictures of snow
scenes and swinging bells and smiling Santa
Clauses. Year after year these same pictures
were taken down from their dusty shelves,
and then year after year were duly stored
away again for another season's use. Sum-
mer fiction, in the same way, was always man-
ufactured during the winter months, by writ-
ers crouching forlornly over cheerless little
gas-heaters. The bureau possessed a couple
of "hands" surprisingly expert at this novel-
ette work, who labored with the assistance of
the back numbers of the less prominent mag-
azines, and seemed possessed of the pleasing
thought that what the world most loved was
an old friend in new clothes. (Appleton.
$1.50.) From "The Silver Poppy."
EDWARD EGGLESTON'S LITERARY ART.
Edward Eggleston knew the ruder side of
the Hoosier life and character all the better
for the reason that in his childhood and youth
he had been "in it but not of it." He had
seen it in perspective. He always had some-
thing better in his own home and associa-
tions, by which to measure the rudeness that
showed itself all about him.
The peculiarities of the Hoosier dialect in-
terested him chiefly because of their wide de-
parture from the good English which alone
he heard at home. When he wrote "The
Hoosier Schoolmaster" he was in his early
thirties, and had for years been a dweller in
great cities. But his memory of the life, the
character and the dialect that had so in-
tensely interested him in his boyhood was
vivid and accurate in an extreme degree, and
so effectively did he present them in literature
that "The Hoosier Schoolmaster," after being
serially published in many periodicals, out-
sold any novel of its time in book form, and
in new editions it continues to sell better to-
day than most new books do. It attracted at-
tention abroad also. It was translated into
French and published in a noted French pe-
riodical. It v;as translated into German, the
translator using what we call "Pennsylvania
Dutch" in lieu of the Hoosier dialect. Con-
cerning the French translation, the Rev.
Washington Gladden wrote in the Inde-
pendent that he had not yet seen it, but was
eager for a sight of it for the reason that he
strongly desired to know the classic French
form of "Gee WhilHcky Crickets !"
In making eflfective literary use of the Hoo-
sier life, character and dialect, Edward Eg-
gleston was as truly the pioneer as Bret
Harte was in doing the like for the mining
camps. It is in every way proper, therefore,
that I call him 'The First of the Hoosiers."
(Drexel Biddle. $1.20.) From George Gary
Eggleston's "First of the Hoosiers."
THE BOSTON PUBLIC LIBRARY.
"And times," I said, "I sit oh one of the
window-seats of the stairway of the Public
Library. And I look at the walls. A French-
man with a marvellous fancy and great skill
in his finger-ends has worked on those walls.
He painted there the emblems of all the
world's great material things of all ages. And
over them he painted a thin gray veil of those
things that are not material, that come from
no age, that are with us, around us, above us
as they were with the children of Israel,
with the dwellers in Pompeii, with the fair
cities of Greece and the inhabitants thereof.
"I have looked at the paintings and I have
been dazzled and transported. What is there
not upon those walls?
"I have seen the struggling of the chrys-
alis-soul and its bursting into light; I have
seen the divinity that doth some time hedge
th? earth; I have looked at a conception of
Poetry and I have heard the thin rhythmic
sounds of shawms and stringed instruments;
and I have heard low, voluptuous music from
within the temple human voices like sweet
jesamine; I have seen the fascinating idolatry
of pagans and I have seen, pale in the even-
ing by the light of a star, the wooden figure
of the cross ; I have leaned over the edge of a
chasm and beheld the things of old the army
of Hannibal before Carthage the Norsemen
going down to the sea in ships the futile
savage fighting of Goths and Vandals; I have
seen science and art within the walled cities,
and I have seen frail little lambs gamboling
by the side of the brook; I have seen night-
shades lowering over occult works, and I have
seen bees flying heavy-laden to their hives on
a fine summer's morning; I have heard a lute
played where a tiny cataract leaps, and the
pipes of Pan mingled with the bubbling notes
of a robin in mint-meadows; I have seen
pages and pages of printed lines that reach
from world's end to world's end ; I have seen
profound words written centuries ago in inks
of many colois; I have seen and been over-
whelmed by the marvels of scientific things
bristling with the accurate kind of knowledge
that I shall never know; withal I have seen
the complete serenity of the world's face, as
shown by the brush of the Frenchman
"What is there not upon those wonderful
walls!" (Stone. %i.SO.) From "My Friend
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lie f iternrt} Mtm,
CtUrtk jWantftli Btbub) of Current Eitnrature,
ED/TED r.Y A. H LEYPOLD7.
THE COMING BOOKS.
The publishers after a busy and secretive
summer have now confided to the reading
public that upwards of 1500 new books are to
be ready this fall. We more and more ad-
mire the courage of the publishers. We are
a nation of readers, but considering the great
amount of money we spend on other articles
we buy very few books. The libraries take a
giant slice of the production, and there are a few
readers who only read their own books, and
their own books only. But the average reader
who prides himself on keeping abreast of the
newest literature, does so generally at the
expense of others. He reads a library book
or a friend's book or a borrowed book nine
times out of ten. He will tell you, or she
more often will tell you books are so dear.
"What's the good of buying a book that is no
good to you as soon as it is read through?"
What's the good of a theatre ticket, or a box
of Huyler's candy, or a supper, or a glass of
soda water, or a carriage ride, or a trip to a
seaside resort for the evening when it is over?
You have not even the book to show for it,
and you have spent the price of many, many
It is strange that it has become so generally
the practice to borrow all reading matter. It
certainly shows a great lack of culture, and
even more it shows a great lack of the true
love of books.
Reading with the average public means
novel reading and borrowed books ! It must
be confessed the bulk of the new books turned
out are really not worth buying, and they
would not be published if the public were
properly educated to know its literary wants
and to supply them in permanent shape.
Some excellent biographies will be ready this
fall, and this class of books above almost all
others should be bought and kept. Great
statesmen and great artists are to have au-
thoritative and final words spoken of them.
Important people have died and much is be-
ing written about them. Important people
are nearing death, and there will be much
written upon Spencer, Tolstoi, Swinburne and
others who have shaped the thought of all
who think to-day. The great profit of the
booktrade is in the reprints of 'old books that
have survived the first popularity and bave
first been crowned as "standards," then lifted
a little higher and made "classics." These best
books of best authors are gotten up in many,
many styles. Every one should make place,
no matter how small his little "flat," to have
a shelf of these immortal classics.
We should like to make everybody want to
own books, and then show them how very
cheap very acceptable editions are now
made. "If you want a thing bad enough,
you'll get it" is an old saying. Make up your
minds to make Christmas presents of books,
and study your friends' tastes and supply
them from the generous lot prepared by the
publishers for the season of 1903-04.
Unless some legal phase of the matter not
yet observable can be brought out Frau Co-
sina Wagner's plan to stop the performance
of "Parsifal" in America cannot be carried
out. The ruling of Washington copyright
authorities bars out Frau Wagner.
The facts as given by the Library of Con-
gress authorities, interviewed by the New
York Herald, are as follows :
Wagner owned the rights of performance
in Germany, but disposed of the music pub-
lishing rights to B. Schotte, a German pub-
lisher. Thus "Parsifal" was divided into
performance rights and rights of publication.
Then a great mistake was made ; the copy-
right was not taken out in America for either
performance or music publication. It at once
became public property here.
Another error followed. Schotte framed an
agreement with each buyr of the score by
which the latter, individually, agreed not to
use the score for publication. But no clause
was inserted forbidding its transfer to any
one else for performance, so a S'Ccond party
possessing the score is not bound by the orig-
The rights to the score in English were
sold, it appears upon investigation, to the late
Carl Rosa, and John P. Jackson wrote the
English libretto for it. Jackson, an American,
endeavored to copyright in Washington, both
the original work and the libretto, when the
decision was given by the Washington au-
thorities that while Jackson's own libretto
would be protected, Wagner's score would
not be copyrighted.
This appears to effectually dispose of Frau
Wagner's alleged legal claims, for a similar
copyright covers Jackson's English libretto
of "Lohengrin," "Siegfried" and other Wag-
nerian works, yet no one pretends for a mo-
ment that stage performances of those scores
cannot be given because of the libretto pro-
tection. Authorities at the Library of Con-
gress, interviewed by the Herald, fail to see
where Frau Wagner can obtain redress, even
if she pushes the suit, unless the joint claims
of the Wagner family and Schotte, with the
reported ownership of the King of Bavaria
in the original score, may have a legal phase
which has not heretofore figured in the case.
But even this is not seriously considered, ex-
cept on the grounds of alleged sentiment,
which does not count in law.
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0urDtj) of Current CUerature.
fajy Order through your bookseller. "There is no worthier or surer pledge of the intelligence
mnd the purity of any community than their general purchase of books ; nor is there any one who does
more to further the attainment and possession of these qualities than a good bookseller." Prof. Dunn.
ART. MUSIC. DRAMA.
Botticelli, Sandro. The work of Botticelli;
with an article on Botticelli by R. Davey,
and list of the principal works and where
located. Warne. 4, (Newnes' ar,t lib.)
hf. vellum, $1.25.
Chambers, Edmund Kerchever. The me-
dijeval stage. Oxford Univ. Press. 2 v.,
^ Describes the various forms of dramatic
art that were characteristic of the Middle
Ages in four books, namely, Ministrelsy, Folk
drama, Religious drama, and The interlude.
Scott, Frank Jessup. Portraitures of Julius
Caesar : a monograph. Longmans, pors.
8, $5 net.
A study of the portraitures of Julius Caesar
in marble bronze, included in the great col-
lections of Europe, England and the United
States. More than thirty plates illustrate the
text, representing coins, various busts and
statue of Julius Caesar, profiles, etc. The
study is preceded by an introductory giving
aata of judgment of portraits; also a brief of
Wotton, Sir H. The elements of architec-
ture ; collected by Henry Wotton, Kt., from
the best authors and examples. Longmans.
16, $3.50 net. [350 copies.]
Reprinted from the first impression printed
at London in 1624 by John Bill, with the ad-
dition of the dedication to Prince Charles
and a note which have been taken from the
original draughts, in the copy presented by
the author to the Prince and now preserved
in the British Museum. The ornaments in
this edition were designed by Herbert P.
Home for S. T. Prideaux.
BIOGRAPHY, CORRESPONDENCE, ETC.
Apperley, C. J., ["Nimrod," pseud.] Me-
moirs of the life of the late John Mytton,
Esq.. of Halston, Shropshire, formerly M.P.
for Shrewsbury, high sheriff for the coun-
ties of Salop and Merioneth and major of
the North Shropshire Yeomanry cavalry ;
with notices of his hunting, shooting, driv-
ing, racing, eccentric and extravagant ex-
ploits, by Nimrod ; il. by H. Atken and T.
J. Rawlins. New ed. Appleton. 16, $1.50.
This issue is founded on the second edi-
tion printed by Rudolph Ackermann in 1837,
with considerable additions from the New
Cartwright, Julia, [Mrs. H. Ady.] Beatrice
d'Este, Duchess of Mi!an, 1457-1497: a
study of the Renaissance. Dutton. il. 8,
"The present work is devoted to the history
of Beatrice. Duchess of Milan, who, as the
wife of Lodovico Sforza, re'gned during six
years over the most splendid court of Italy.
The charm of her personality, the important
part which she played in political life at a
critical moment of Italian history, her love
of music and poetry, and the fine taste which
she inherited, in common with every princess
of the house of Este, all help to make Beatrice
singularly attractive, while the interest which
she inspires is deepened by the pathos of her
sudden and early death." Preface. Beatrice
was the younger sister of Isabella d'Este,
Marchioness of Mantua.
Chamberlain, Arthur B. Thomas Gains-
borough. Dutton. 16, (Popular lib. of
art.) 75 c. net.
Sketches the career chiefly in its artistic
development of the great English artist,
Thomas Gainsborough, born in 1727. The
little book is richly illustrated with reproduc-
tions of his best works.
Dexter, Franklin Bowditch. Biographical
sketches of the graduates of Yale College;
with annals of the college history, v. 3,
May, 1763-July, 1778. Holt. 8, $5 net.
Leo xiii., [Vincenzo Gioacchino Pecci,] Pope.
Pope Leo xiils sketch of the pontiff's life,
apostolical and encyclical letters, mode of
electing the successor, long roll of bishops
and popes. Office of The Brooklyn Daily
Eagle. 4, pap., 15 c.
Morris, C, ed. Famous orators of the world
and their best orations. Winston. 8,
$2.50; hf. mor., $3.25.
O'Reilly, Monsignor Bernard. Authorized
and official life of Leo xiii. Introd. by
Cardinal Gibbons. Winston. 8, $2.50 net-
Patterson, Annie W. Schumann. Dutton.
12, (Master musicians.) $1.25.
The writer believes that Schumann's claims
upon the public for recognition as a musician
are so great that the man is little known to
us. In presenting his personality, she has
sought, by a careful and thorough analysis of
his essays and correspondence, to comply with
the wish of his late distinguished wife that
the man himself should be allowed speech
through his writings, and especially his let-
ters. Frequent references have been made to
the published and unpublished letters of Rob-
Stoddard, Francis Hovey. The life and let-
ters of Charles Butler. Scribner. 8, $3
The biography of a well-known New
Yorker, who was born in 1802, and almost
rounded out the century. He was connected
with many educational, religious and charit-
able institutions of New York City. The
story of his home life gives a pleasant glimpse
of old New York hospitality.
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OESSRIPTION, GECfiRAPHY, TRAVEL, ETC.
Blair, Emma Helen, and Robertson, Ja.
Alex., eds. The Philippine Islands, 1493-
1893 ; tr. from the originals, ed. and annot.
by Emma Helen Blair and Ja. Alex. Rob-
ertson; with historical introd. and addi-
tional notes by E. Gaylord Bourne. In
55 V. Arthur H. Clark, il. por. maps, 8,
ea., $4 net.
Covers history through the Spanish- Ameri-
Chittenden, Hiram Martin. The Yellow-
stone National Park: historical and de-
scriptive. 4th ed., rev. and enl. Rob.
Clarke Co. il. maps, 12, $1.50.
The present edition is a revision of the en-
tire \vork. The first part, which is historical,
contains much new material on the early his-
tory of the park ; with many additions to the
geographical names and a new account of the
Nez Perce campaign, 1877. The second part
which is descriptive is greatly enlarged in the
chapters on topography, geology, thermal
springs, fauna and flora, roadways and their
administration. The tour of the Park has
been entirely recast to conform to the com-
pleted road system which opened up new sec-
tions of the Park. The illustrations are near-
ly all original.
Hardwick, a. Arkell. An ivory trader in
North Kenia: the record of an expedition
through Kikuyu to Galla-Land in East
Equatorial Africa; with an account of the
Rendili and Burkeniji tribes. 23 il. from
photographs. Longmans. 8, $5.
Besides giving an account of two little-
known African tribes, whose origin is as yet
wrapped in mystery, the author tells of the
trials and difficulties to be encountered in the
endeavor to obtain that rapidly vanishing
Home, Gordon. What to see in England: a
guide to palaces of historic interest, natural
beauty or literary association. Macmillan.
12, $2 net.
Krausz, Sigmund. Towards the rising sun :
a story of travel and adventure ; personal
observations in the classical Orient ; inter-
esting scenes and types mostly from photo-
graphs by the author. Laird & Lee. 12,
The route which the author followed be-
gins at Constantinople, leads to the classic
shores of Asia Minor, Greece and Egypt, and
extends from there through the Red Sea to
beautiful Ceylon, Calcutta and overland
through Central India to Bombay. He not
only describes all he sees in a scholarly way,
but gives many amusing incidents of travel.
Penfield, F. Courtland. Present-day Egypt ;
il. by Paul Philippoteaux and R. Talbot
Kelly, and from photographs ; rev. and enl.-
ed. Century, pors. maps, 8, $2.50.
DOMESTIC AND SOCIAL.
Terhune, Mrs. Mary Virginia Hawes.
["Marion Harland," pseud.] Marion Har-
land's complete cook book. Bobbs-Merrill
A practical manua! of cookery and house-
keeping, containing thousands of carefully
proved recipes prepared for the housewife,
not for the chef and many chapters on the
care and management of the home. In ad-
dition to the recipes, the book contains ex-
haustive chapters on every kindred branch of
housekeeping, such as table arrangement and
decoration, serving, carving, marketing, the
care and preservation of food material, the
linen closet, the nursery, etc. A feature of
this book is the series of familiar talks to the
housewife which preface each subject.
Three hundred and sixty-five dinner dishes :
a dinner dish for every day in the year;
selected from "Table Talk," "Good House-
keeping." "The Boston Cooking School
Cook Book," and others. Jacobs. 16,
40 c. net.
Made on the same plan as "365 breakfast
dishes," "365 luncheon dishes," etc. The
recipe is given for some especially nice dish
soup, fish, meat, poultry or dessert for each
day of the year.
About, Edmond. The king of the moun-
tains; tr., with a critical introduction, by
Andrew Lang. Appleton. 12. (A century
of French romance, Parisian ed., v. 14.)
per v., from $5 to $50.
Bell, Lilian, [now Mrs. Arthur Hoyt
Bogue.] The interference of Patricia; with
a frontispiece by Frank T. Merrill. Page.
Patricia is the daughter of the "boss" of
Denver. She is "honest and fearless and
good," and is further described by a young
man as "riding like Buffalo Bill and talking
like a cowboy." Her love story is full of
surprises. And her assault upon Denver so-
ciety most daring.
Brown, Anna Robeson. The millionaire's
son ; il. by Arthur E. Becher. Estes. 12,
The story of a young man's bitter struggle
to choose between the material advantages of
Vvealth, questionably obtained and ostenta-
tiously spent, and the higher claims of
thought and social service. The book is a
study in temperament and heredity, and a
satire on social conditions in America.
Cherbuliez, Victor. Samuel Brohl & Com-
pany ; from the French ; with a critical
introd. by Booth Tarkington. Appleton.
12, (A century of French romance, Pa-
risian ed., V. 15.) per v., from $5 to $50.
Clark, C. Heber, ["Max Adeler," pseud.]
In Happy Hollow ; il. by Clare Victor
Dwiggins and Herman Rountree. Coates.
An amusing story of life in a little southern
town called "Happy Hollow." The story is
told by a teacher in Dr. Bulfinch's Academy
who boards with two of the characters of the
book. Colonel Bantam and Mrs. Bantam.
Clover, S. Travers. On special assignment :
being the further adventures of Paul
Travers ; showing how he succeeded as a
newspaper reporter; il. by H. G. Laskey.
Lothrop. 12, $1 net.
A novel of journalistic life. The hero's
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adventures include an experience with the
Moqui Snake Dancers in Arizona, the cap-
ture and killing of Sitting Bull, and a cam-
paign of stock men against cattle rustlers in
Elizabeth's children. Lane. 12, $1.50.
This work is not announced as coming
from Elinor Glyn, the author of "The visits
of Elizabeth," although the publishers say "it
is in direct descent" from that work. Eliza-
beth is here represented as having married a
Frenchman, her three quaint little French
boys being the heroes of the story. They are
on a visit in England, to an old friend Hugh
in his bachelor place in the country, where
they have a lively time, and take a hand in
Hugh's love affairs.
Erckmann, Emile. Brigadier Frederick and
The dean's watch; tr., with a critical in-
trod., by Richard Burton. Appleton. 12,
(A century of French romance, Parisian
ed., v. II.) per v., from $5 to $50.
Green, Evelyn Everett. Works. New is-
sue. Union Press. 6 v., 12, 40 c.
Contents: Dare Lorimer's heritage, 388 p.;