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drink. The book is one that should find hosts of earnest readers, for
its admonitions are sadly needed, not in the country alone, but in the
city, where, if better ideas of diet prevail, people have yet as a
rule a long way to go before they attain the path of wisdom. Meanwhile
it remains true, as Mrs. Campbell makes Dr Scarborough declare, that
the cabbage soup and black bread of the poorest French peasants are
really better suited to the sustenance of healthy life than the
"messes" that pass for food in many parts of rural New England. - _The

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A Story.


_Author of "Prisoners of Poverty," "Mrs. Herndon's Income," "Miss
Melinda's Opportunity," "The What-to-do Club," etc._

16mo, cloth, price, $1.00; paper, 50 cents.

This story is on the scale of a cabinet picture. It presents
interesting figures, natural situations, and warm colors. Written in a
quiet key, it is yet moving, and the letter from Bolton describing the
fortunate sale of Roger's painting of "The Factory Bell" sends a tear
of sympathetic joy to the reader's eye. Roger Berkeley was a young
American art student in Paris, called home by the mortal sickness of
his mother, and detained at home by the spendthriftness of his father
and the embarrassment that had overtaken the family affairs through
the latter cause. A concealed mortgage on the old homestead, the
mysterious disappearance of a package of bonds intended for Roger's
student use, and the paralytic incapacity of the father to give the
information which his conscience prompted him to give, have a share in
the development of the story. Roger is obliged for the time to abandon
his art work, and takes a situation in a mill; and this trying
diversion from his purpose is his "probation." How he profits by this
loss is shown in the result. The mill-life gives Mrs. Campbell
opportunity to express herself characteristically in behalf of
down-trodden "labor." The whole story is simple, natural, sweet, and
tender; and the figures of Connie, poor little cripple, and Miss
Medora Flint, angular and snappish domestic, lend picturesqueness to
its group of characters. - _Literary World_.

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16mo. Cloth, price, $1.00; paper covers, 50 cents.

"Mrs. Helen Campbell has written 'Miss Melinda's Opportunity' with a
definite purpose in view, and this purpose will reveal itself to the
eyes of all of its philanthropic readers. The true aim of the story is
to make life more real and pleasant to the young girls who spend the
greater part of the day toiling in the busy stores of New York. Just
as in the 'What-to-do Club' the social level of village life was
lifted several grades higher, so are the little friendly circles of
shop-girls made to enlarge and form clubs in 'Miss Melinda's
Opportunity.'" - _Boston Herald._

"'Miss Melinda's Opportunity,' a story by Helen Campbell, is in a
somewhat lighter vein than are the earlier books of this clever
author; but it is none the less interesting and none the less
realistic. The plot is unpretentious, and deals with the simplest and
most conventional of themes; but the character-drawing is uncommonly
strong, especially that of Miss Melinda, which is a remarkably
vigorous and interesting transcript from real life, and highly
finished to the slightest details. There is much quiet humor in the
book, and it is handled with skill and reserve. Those who have been
attracted to Mrs. Campbell's other works will welcome the latest of
them with pleasure and satisfaction." - _Saturday Gazette._

"The best book that Helen Campbell has yet produced is her latest
story, 'Miss Melinda's Opportunity,' which is especially strong in
character-drawing, and its life sketches are realistic and full of
vigor, with a rich vein of humor running through them. Miss Melinda is
a dear lady of middle life, who has finally found her opportunity to
do a great amount of good with her ample pecuniary means by helping
those who have the disposition to help themselves. The story of how
some bright and energetic girls who had gone to New York to earn their
living put a portion of their earnings into a common treasury, and
provided themselves with a comfortable home and good fare for a very
small sum per week, is not only of lively interest, but furnishes
hints for other girls in similar circumstances that may prove of great
value. An unpretentious but well-sustained plot runs through the book,
with a happy ending, in which Miss Melinda figures as the angel that
she is." - _Home Journal._

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16mo. Cloth. Price $1.50.

"'The What-to-do Club' is an unpretending story. It introduces us to a
dozen or more village girls of varying ranks. One has had superior
opportunities; another exceptional training; two or three have been
'away to school;' some are farmers' daughters; there is a teacher, two
or three poor self-supporters, - in fact, about such an assemblage as
any town between New York and Chicago might give us. But while there
is a large enough company to furnish a delightful coterie, there is
absolutely no social life among them.... Town and country need more
improving, enthusiastic work to redeem them from barrenness and
indolence. Our girls need a chance to do independent work, to study
practical business, to fill their minds with other thoughts than the
petty doings of neighbors. A What-to-do Club is one step toward higher
village life. It is one step toward disinfecting a neighborhood of the
poisonous gossip which floats like a pestilence around localities
which ought to furnish the most desirable homes in our
country.'" - _The Chautauquan._

"'The What-to-do Club' is a delightful story for girls, especially for
New England girls, by Helen Campbell. The heroine of the story is
Sybil Waite, the beautiful, resolute, and devoted daughter of a
broken-down but highly educated Vermont lawyer. The story shows how
much it is possible for a well-trained and determined young woman to
accomplish when she sets out to earn her own living, or help others.
Sybil begins with odd jobs of carpentering, and becomes an artist so
woodwork. She is first jeered at, then admired, respected, and finally
loved by a worthy man. The book closes pleasantly with John claiming
Sybil as his own. The labors of Sybil and her friends and of the New
Jersey 'Busy Bodies,' which are said to be actual facts, ought to
encourage many young women to more successful competition in the
battles of life.'" - _Golden Rule._

"In the form of a story, this book suggests ways in which young women
may make money at home, with practical directions for so doing.
Stories with a moral are not usually interesting, but this one is an
exception to the rule. The narrative is lively, the incidents probable
and amusing, the characters well-drawn, and the dialects various and
characteristic. Mrs. Campbell is a natural storyteller, and has the
gift of making a tale interesting. Even the recipes for pickles and
preserves, evaporating fruits, raising poultry, and keeping bees, are
made poetic and invested with a certain ideal glamour, and we are
thrilled and absorbed by an array of figures of receipts and
expenditures, equally with the changeful incidents of flirtation,
courtship, and matrimony. Fun and pathos, sense and sentiment, are
mingled throughout, and the combination has resulted in one of the
brightest stories of the season." - _Woman's Journal._

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"Confirmed novel-readers who have regarded fiction as created for
amusement and luxury alone, lay down this book with a new and serious
purpose in life. The social scientist reads it, and finds the solution
of many a tangled problem; the philanthropist finds in it direction
and counsel. A novel written with a purpose, of which never for an
instant does the author lose sight, it is yet absorbing in its
interest. It reveals the narrow motives and the intrinsic selfishness
of certain grades of social life; the corruption of business methods;
the 'false, fairy gold,' of fashionable charities, and 'advanced'
thought. Margaret Wentworth is a typical New England girl, reflective,
absorbed, full of passionate and repressed intensity under a quiet and
apparently cold exterior. The events that group themselves about her
life are the natural result of such a character brought into contact
with real life. The book cannot be too widely read." - _Boston

"If the 'What-to-do Club' was clever, this is decidedly more so. It is
a powerful story, and is evidently written in some degree, we cannot
quite say how great a degree, from fact. The personages of the story
are very well drawn, - indeed, 'Amanda Briggs' is as good as anything
American fiction has produced. We fancy we could pencil on the margin
the real names of at least half the characters. It is a book for the
wealthy to read that they may know something that is required of them,
because it does not ignore the difficulties in their way, and
especially does not overlook the differences which social standing
puts between class and class. It is a deeply interesting story
considered as mere fiction, one of the best which has lately appeared.
We hope the authoress will go on in a path where she has shown herself
so capable." - _The Churchman._

"In Mrs. Campbell's novel we have a work that is not to be judged by
ordinary standards. The story holds the reader's interest by its
realistic pictures of the local life around us, by its constant and
progressive action, and by the striking dramatic quality of scenes and
incidents, described in a style clear, connected, and harmonious. The
novel-reader who is not taken up and made to share the author's
enthusiasm before getting half-way through the book must possess a
taste satiated and depraved by indulgence in exciting and sensational
fiction. The earnestness of the author's presentation of essentially
great purposes lends intensity to her narrative. Succeeding as she
does in impressing us strongly with her convictions, there is nothing
of dogmatism in their preaching. But the suggestiveness of every
chapter is backed by pictures of real life." - _New York World._

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The author writes earnestly and warmly, but without prejudice, and her
volume is an eloquent plea for the amelioration of the evils with
which she deals. In the present importance into which the labor
question generally has loomed, this volume is a timely and valuable
contribution to its literature, and merits wide reading and careful
thought. - _Saturday Evening Gazette._

She has given us a most effective picture of the condition of New York
working-women, because she has brought to the study of the subject not
only great care but uncommon aptitude. She has made a close personal
investigation, extending apparently over a long time; she has had the
penetration to search many queer and dark corners which are not often
thought of by similar explorers; and we suspect that, unlike too many
philanthropists, she has the faculty of winning confidence and
extracting the truth. She is sympathetic, but not a sentimentalist;
she appreciates exactness in facts and figures; she can see both sides
of a question, and she has abundant common sense. - _New York Tribune._

Helen Campbell's "Prisoners of Poverty" is a striking example of the
trite phrase that "truth is stranger than fiction." It is a series of
pictures of the lives of women wage-workers in New York, based on the
minutest personal inquiry and observation. No work of fiction has ever
presented more startling pictures, and, indeed, if they occurred in a
novel would at once be stamped as a figment of the brain....
Altogether, Mrs. Campbell's book is a notable contribution to the
labor literature of the day, and will undoubtedly enlist sympathy for
the cause of the oppressed working-women whose stories do their own
pleading. - _Springfield Union._

It is good to see a new book by Helen Campbell. She has written
several for the cause of working-women, and now comes her latest and
best work, called "Prisoners of Poverty," on women wage-workers and
their lives. It is compiled from a series of papers written for the
Sunday edition of a New York paper. The author is well qualified to
write on these topics, having personally investigated the horrible
situation of a vast army of working-women in New York, - a reflection
of the same conditions that exist in all large cities.

It is glad tidings to hear that at last a voice is raised for the
woman side of these great labor questions that are seething below the
surface calm of society. And it is well that one so eloquent and
sympathetic as Helen Campbell has spoken in behalf of the victims and
against the horrors, the injustices, and the crimes that have forced
them into conditions of living - if it can be called living - that are
worse than death. It is painful to read of these terrors that exist so
near our doors, but none the less necessary, for no person of mind or
heart can thrust this knowledge aside. It is the first step towards a
solution of the labor complications, some of which have assumed foul
shapes and colossal proportions, through ignorance, weakness, and
wickedness. - _Hartford Times._

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Transcriber's Notes for e-book:

In this book, spelling is inconsistent, but is generally left as found in
the original scans used for transcription. Some of the most common
inconsistencies are noted below. If you are using this book for research,
please verify any spelling or punctuation with another source.

Spelling variants:
omelet(te), omlet
cocoanut, cocoa-nut
dishcloth, dish-cloth
forcemeat, force-meat
oilcloth, oil-cloth
popovers, pop-overs
schoolgirls, school-girls
storeroom, store-room
underdone, under-done
underwear, under-wear

Obvious typos corrected:
identital for identical
cacoa-nut for cocoa-nut

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