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THE DIAL 



(y? Semi-Montbly Journal of 



Literary Criticism, Discussion, and Information 



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VOLUME XL. 
January 1 to June 16, 1906 



CHICAGO 

THE DIAL COMPANY, PUBLISHERS 

1906 



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INDEX TO VOLUME XL. 

PAGB 

Academic Welfare 31 

Actor's Memories of a Fellow Actor Percy F. Bicknell 316 

Alabama ix War-Time asd After . James Wilford Gamer .... 150 

Americax Diplomacy, Meaning and Influence of . . Frederic Austin Ogg .... 190 

American Men of Letters, Two W. E. Simonds 119 

American University, Three Decades of the . F. B. B. HeUems 289 

Apostle of Clear Thinking, An Percy F. Bicknell 285 

Carlyle's Biographer, A Biography of Percy F. Bicknell 80 

Celtic Literatltre Charles Leonard Moore . . . 185 

Christianity, The Basis of T. D. A. CockereU 323 

Churchill, Lord Randolph E. D. Adams 385 

City, The. as Democracy's Hope Charles Ziieblin 230 

Commercial Traveller in the Land of Pizabbo . Thomas H. Macbride .... 322 

Continental Literature, A Year of 34 

Earth's History, New Theories of the H. Foster Bain 384 

Education, A New History of Edward 0. Sisson 116 

England, An Oxford History of St. George L. Sioussai .... 122 

English King, Two Views of a Great Laurence M. Larson 291 

English Naturalists, The Doyen of T. D. A. CockereU 11 

European Diplo^iacy in its Beginnings David Y. Thomas 9 

Fiction, Recent William Morton Payne 15,158,262,364: 

Fiction, The Cardinal Virtues of 221 

Field Libraries Melvil Dewey 75 

France, Monarchy or Republic in Henry E. Bourne 295 

French Dramatists, The Greatest of H. C Chatfield- Taylor . . . . 192 

French Literatltie, Studies in Arthur G. Canjield 13 

Garden Blooms and Ways Sara Andrew Shafer .... 359 

Gardeners, The Greatest of Modern Thomas H. Macbride .... 47 

Goethe Biography, A Definitive Lewis A. Rhoades 85 

Government Docltients 283 

Greek Tragic Stage, A Philosophical Radical on the F. B. R. Hellems 389 

Ibsen, Henrik 351 

Ibsen Intime 379 

Immigration Problem, Studies of the Frederic Austin Ogg .... 257 

Immortality, What Is ? T. D. A. CockereU 228 

Irish Patriot, Autobiography of an Percy F. Bicknell 37 

Irish Story-Teller, A Rollicking Percy F. BickneU 382 

Jackson, Andrew, to Andrew Johnson Edwin E. Sparks 229 

Japan's Ancient Religion William Elliot Griffis .... 255 

Japanese Architecture and Allied Arts Frederick W. Gookin .... 192 

Lamb's Latest Biographer Percy F. Bicknell 6 

Lastdscape Art, Modern, The Founder of ... . Walter Cranston Lamed . . . 256 

Life-Saving as a Military Science WiUiam Elliott Griffis .... 388 

Mastery, The Masterliness of Charles H. Cooper 254 

Military Criticism of the Late W.ut William Elliot Griffis .... 194 

Novel at the Bar, The 141 

Novels, Notes on New 18 

Orient, Re-shaping of the Frederic Austin Ogg .... 317 

Pagan World, The Old Untroubled F B. R. Hellems 196 

Poet for Poets, A 3 

Poetry, Contemporary, Notes on Martha Hale Shackford . . . 249 

Poetry, Recent American WiUiam Morton Payne .... 125 

Poetry, Recent English WiUiam Morton Payne .... 325 

Point of Departure, A 109 

Precepts for the Young, and Reflections for the Old T D. A. CockereU 151 

Pre-Raphaelitism from a New Angle Edith Kellogg Dunton .... 113 

Provence: Its History, Art, ant> Literature . . . Josiah Renick Smith .... 39 

Railway-Rate Discussion, Some Cltirent H. Parker WiUis 82 



IV. 



INDEX 



Reading, Indiscriminate, The Delights of ... . Percy F. Bicknell Ill 

Reason in Religion and in Art A. K. Rogers 87 

Reynolds, Sir Joshua, and his Work Charles Henry Hart .... 225 

St. Lawrence, Discoverer of the Lawrence J. Burpee 260 

Sandwich Island Souvenirs Percy F. Bicknell 223 

Schiller, A Re-valuation of . Starr Willard Cutting .... 41 

School, The Library in the 73 

Sea Power and the War of 1812 Anna Heloise Abel 45 

Shakespeare, Two Recent Books on Charles H. A. Wager .... 89 

Shakespearean Table-Talk Edward E. Hale, Jr 148 

Slavery and Its Aftermath W. E. Burghardt Du Bois . . . 294 

Social Science, Partisans and Historians in . . . Charles Richmond Henderson . 296 

Sociological Theory, Main Currents in Frank W. Blackmar .... 146 

Sportsman-Naturalist, Tales of a Charles Atwood Kofoid . . . 356 

Teaching Profession, The 313 

Thoreau and his Critics Gilbert P. Coleman 352 

Travels by Sea and Land H. E. Coblentz 360 

Travellers in Many Lands H. E. Coblentz 232 

Tree Book, The American Bohnmil Shimek 358 

Victorian Celebrities, A Girl's Impressions of . . Percy F. Bicknell 188 

Walpole Letters, Old and New H.W. Boynton 320 

Whitman, The Real and the Ideal Percy F. Bicknell 144 

Announcements of Spring Books, 1906 204 

One Hundred Novels for Summer Reading, A Descriptive List of 368 

Briefs on New Books 20, 48, 92, 128, 156, 197, 236, 264, 298, 330, 391 

Briefer Mention 24, 52, 96, 160, 202, 239, 333 

Notes 24, 52, 97, 132, 161, 203, 239, 268, 302, 334, 367, 395 

Topics in Leading Periodicals 25, 98, 161, 240, 303 

Lists of New Books 25, 53, 99, 133, 162, 211, 241, 269, 304, 335, 371, 396 



AUTHORS AND TITLES 

PAGE 

Abbott, G.F. Through India with the Prince 362 

Adams, George Burton. Political History of England, 1066- 

1216 122 

Ady, Julia Cartwright. Raphael 160 

Aldis, Janet. Madame Geoffrin and her Salon 236 

Aldrich, Richard. Guide to the Ring of the Nibelung 97 

Aldrich, Thomas Bailey. Songs and Sonnets, Riverside 

Press edition 394 

Alexander, Mrs. Francis. II Libro D'Oro 132 

American Catalog, The, 1900-4 96 

Andrews, Arthur Lynn. Specimens of Discourse 98 

Arms, M. W. Carducci's " Poems of Italy " 359 

Armstrong, Walter. Sir Joshua Reynolds, popular edition 225 
Armstrong, Walter. The Peel Collection and the Dutch 

School of Painting 128 

Arthur, Richard. Ten Thousand Miles in a Yacht 361 

Ashley, W. J. Progress of the German Working Classes... 297 

Aston, W.G. Shinto, the Way of the Gods 255 

Atkinson, F. W. The Philippine Islands 48 

Avery, Elroy M. History of the United States, Vol II 331 

Bagot, Richard. The Passport 19 

Baker, Franklin T., and Carpenter, G«orge R. Language 

Readers 303 

Barine, ArvMe. Louis XIV. and La Grande Mademoiselle 96 

Bastian, H. Charlton. Nature and Origin of Living Matter 392 
Batchelor, John. Ainu -English -Japanese Dictionary, 

second edition 303 

Bayne, Charles J. Perdita 127 

Baxter, James Phinney. Memoir of Jacques Cartier 260 

Beach, Rex E. The Spoilers 364 

Beach, Seth Curtis. Daughters of the Puritans 160 

Beavan, Arthur H. Pishes I Have Known 302 

Beecher, Henry Ward. Sermon Briefs 161 



OF BOOKS REVIEWED 

FAOB 

Benson, E.F. The Angel of Pain 264 

Benton, Joel. Persons and Places 50 

Bemheimer, Charles S. The Russian Jew in the United 

States 259 

Bernstein, Herman. Contrite Hearts 20 

Bielschowsky, Albert. Life of Goethe, trans, by William A. 

Cooper. Vol. 1 85 

Bigelow, Melville. Centralization and the Law 333 

Bindloss, Harold. Alton of Somasco 364 

Binns, Henry B. Life of Walt Whitman 144 

Birrell, Augustine. Andrew Marvell 51 

Birrell, Augustine. In the Name of the Bodleian 159 

Blackmar, Frank W. Elements of Sociology 202 

Boas, Mrs. F. S. With Milton and the Cavaliers 94 

Borrow, George. Romano Lavo-Lil, new edition 23 

Boulton, William B. Sir Joshua Reynolds 225 

Bourne, Henry E. A History of Mediaeval and Modem 

Europe 24 

Bradley, A. G. In the March and Borderland of Wales. . 237 

Brady, Cyrus Townsend. The Patriots 263 

Brandes, Georg. Main Currents in Nineteenth Century 

Literature. Vol. VI 157 

Braun, WilhelmA. Types of Wei tschmerz in German Poetry 24 

Brooke, Stopford. On Ten Plays of Shakespeare 148 

Brown, Horatio F. In and around Venice 268 

Brown, WUliam Horace. The Glory Seekers 393 

Buley, E. C. Australian Life in Town and Country 197 

CampbeU, Wilfred. Poems, collected edition 128 

" Carbery, Ethna." The Four Winds of Eirinn 329 

Carpenter, George R. Model English Prose 161 

Carpenter, J. Estlin. James Martineau 22 

Cams, Paul. Friedrich Schiller 24 

Castle, Agnes and Egerton. If Youth But Knew ! 364 



INDEX 



PAOK 

Cawein. Madiaon J. The Vale of Tempe 126 

"Caxton Thin Paper Classics " 97. 239, 367 

Chamberlin, Thomas C and Salisbuir. Rollin D. Qeology, 

Vols. II. and HI 384 

Chambers. Alfred B. Standard Webster Pocket Dictionary 239 

Chamblin, Jean. Lady Bobs, her Brother, and 1 20 

Charlton. John. Speeches and Addresses 53 

Cheney. John Vance. Inancroral Addresses, Johnson to 

Roosevelt 133 

Churchill. Winston S. Life of Lord Randolph Churchill. . . 385 
Clement, Ernest W. Handbook of Modem Japan, revised 

edition 24 

Coit, Stanton. Mill's " The Subjection of Women " 239 

Coleridge. Ernest H. Byron's Poems, one-volume edition 240 

Collins, J. Churton. Matthew Arnold's " Merope " 203 

Collins, Vamum L. Ravagres of the British and Hessians 

in 1776-7 396 

Cook, Theodore Andrea. Old Provence 39 

Coudert, Frederic R. Addresses 51 

Cox. Isaac J. Journeys of La Salle 203 

Cram, Ralph Adams. Impressions of Japanese Architecture 192 

Crockett, S. R. Fishers of Men 264 

Crockett. S. R. The Cherry Ribband 153 

Crosby. Ernest. Garrison, the Non-Resistant 95 

Crosby, Oscar Terry. Tibet and Turkestan 234 

Crothers, Samuel M . The Pardoner's Wallet 22 

Davies, David Ffran^rcon. Sin^ring of the Future 131 

Davis, Norah. The Northerner 16 

Dawson, W. J. Makers of English Fiction 51 

Decharme, Paul. Euripides and the Spirit of his Dramas. . 389 

De Guerville. A. B. New Egrypt 235 

Devine. Edward T. Efficiency and Relief 298 

Dickinson, Edward. Study of the History of Music 23 

Dickinson, G. Lowes. The Greek View of Life 196 

Dickson. Richard Watson. Last Poems 328 

Dix, Beulah Marie. The Fair Maid of Graystones 155 

Dix, Morgan. History of Trinity Parish, Vol. Ill 198 

Downey. Edmund. Charles Lever 382 

Egan. Maurice F. The Ghost Ln Hamlet 296 

Elliot. Daniel Giraud. Check List of Manmials 133 

Ellis, Elizabeth. Barbara Winslow, Rebel 155 

Elson. Henry William. School History of the United States 203 

Elson. Louis C. Music Dictionary 333 

Eltzbacher. O. Modem Germany 333 

Elzas. Bamett A. Jews of South Carolina 392 

" English Catalogue of Books for 1905 " 302 

Eytinge. Rose, Memories of 96 

Farmer, James E. Versailles and the Court under Loois 

XIV 50 

Fitch. Clyde. The Girl with the Green Eyes 98 

Flammarion. Camille. Thunder and Lightning 331 

Fleming. Walter L. Civil War and Reconstruction in 

Alabama 150 

Ford. Worthington C. Journals of the Continental Con- 
gress 202. 334. 396 

Foster. George Burman. Finality of the Christian Religion 324 

Fowles, George M. Down in Porto Rico 363 

Friswell. Laura Hain. In the Sixties and Seventies 188 

Fry. Roger. Sir Joshua Reynolds's Discourses 225 

Gapon. Father. Story of My Life 395 

Gasiorowski. Waclaw. Napoleon's Love Story 153 

Geil. William Edgar. A Yankee in Pigmy Land 233 

George. Henry. Jr. The Menace of Privil^e 297 

GifFord. Augusta H. Italy, her People and their Story 156 

Gilder. Richard Watson. In the Heights 125 

Oilman. Daniel C. The Launching of a University 289 

Givler. Robert Chenault. Poems 127 

Gladden. Washington. Christianity and Socialism 238 

Gladden. Washington. The New Idolatry 131 

Glasgow. EUen. The Wheel of Life 156 

Gore-Booth. Eva. The Three Resurrections and the Tri- 
umph of Maeve 329 

Gosse, Edmund. French Profiles 13 

Grosse. Edmund. Sir Thomas Browne 237 

" Gray. Maxwell." The Great Refusal 155 

Greenslet. Ferris. James Russell Lowell 119 



PAOB 

Greensheilds, E. B. Landscape Painting and Modem Dutch 

Artists 300 

Grinnell. William M. Social Theories and Social Facts. . . 297 

Guerber. H. A. How to Prepare for Europe 394 

Haggard. Rider. Ayesha 20 

Haile, Martin. Queen Mary of Modena 332 

Haines, Henry S. Restrictive Railway Legislation 82 

Hale, Louis Closser. A Motor Car Divorce 386 

Hall, Prescott F. Immigration and its Effects upon the 

United Stotea 257 

Halsey, Francis W. Mrs. Rowson's " Charlotte Temple " . . 52 

Hanotaux. Gabriel. Contemporary France. Vol. U 295 

Harding. Samuel B. Essentials in Medieval and Modem 

History 24 

Hardy. Thomas. The Dynasts, part second 325 

Harper. Samuel. Russian Reader 334 

Hart, Jerome. A Levantine Log Book 234 

Harvie-Brown, J. A. Travels of a Naturalist in Northern 

Europe 363 

Harwood, W. S. New Creations in Plant Life 47 

Hasluck, Paul N. Book of Photography 98 

Havell, E. B. Benares, the Holy City 361 

Heilprin, Angelo and Louis. Lippincott's Gazetteer, revised 

edition 97 

Helen, W. H. Aspects of Balzac 52 

Heller, Otto. Studies in Modem German Literature 367 

Henderson. T. Sturge. Constable. 256 

Henry, Arthur. Lodgings in Town 19 

Herbert, Charles W. Poems of the Seen and the Unseen . . . 328 

Herrick. Christine T. Lewis Carroll Birthday Book 98 

Hill, David J. History of European Diplomacy, Vol. 1 9 

HiU, George Birkbeck. Johnson's " Lives of the Poets ".. . 203 

" Hobbes. John Oliver." The Flute of Pan 18 

Hoffding. Harald. Problems of Philosophy 160 

Holder. Charles Frederick. Life in the Open 356 

Holder. Charles Frederick. Log of a Sea Angler 356 

Holland. Robert Afton. The Commonwealth of Man 297 

Holman-Hunt, William. Pre-Raphaelitism and the Pre- 
Raphaelite Brotherhood 113 

Holt, Henry. " Calmire " and " Sturmsee," new editions. . 289 

Hooper. Charles E. The Country House 200 

Hopkins. Herbert M. The Mayor of Warwick 365 

Hough. Emerson. Heart's Desire 155 

Howe. Frederic C. The City, the Hoi)e of Democracy 230 

Hudson, W. H. The Purple Land, new edition 24 

Hughes. Rupert. Zal 20 

Hulbert. Archer B. Washington and the West 93 

Hume. John F. The Abolitionists 333 

Hume. Martin. The Wives of Henry the Eighth 293 

Humphrey. Seth K. The Indian Dispossessed 21 

Hunt. Bampton. Green Room Book 396 

Hunt. William. Political History of England. 1760-1801 122 

Hunt. William, and Poole, R. L. Political History of 

England 122 

Hutton. Edward. Cities of Umbria 199 

Hutton. Richard Holt. Brief Literary Criticisms 302 

Jackson. Charles T. Loser's Luck 17 

Jacobs.W.W. Captains AU 19 

Jefferies. Richard. "Amaryllis at the Fair" and "After 

London." Dutton's reprints 302 

Jenks. Tudor. In the Days of Scott 334 

Jones, Samuel L. Letters of Labor and Love 129 

Kelley. Florence. Ethical Gains through Legislation 23 

Kenyon. Frederic G. Robert Browning and Alfred Domett 395 

King, Henry Churchill. Rational Living 151 

King. W. L. Mackenzie. The Secret of Heroism 301 

Konkle. Burton A. Life and Speeches of Thomas Williams 229 

Krausz. Sigmund. Practical AutomobUe Dictionary 303 

Kuhnemann. Eugen. Schiller 41 

Lane. Martha A. L., and Hill, Mabel. American History 

in Literature 239 

Lane, Mrs. John. The Champagne Standard 200 

Lang. Andrew. New Collected Rhymes 327 

Lang. Andrew. Oxford, illustrated edition 24 

Lang. Andrew. Sir Walter Scott 394 

Lang. Andrew. The Secret of the Totem 265 



VI. 



INDEX 



PAGE 

Lankester, E. Eay. Extinct Animals 238 

Le Roy, James A. Philippine Life in Town and Country. . 198 

Legge, Arthur E. J. The Ford 154 

Leonard, John W. Who's Who in America, 1906 159 

Liljencrantz, Ottilie A. Randvar the Songsmith 366 

Lincoln, Jeanie Gould. The Javelin of Fate 18 

" Liquor Problem, The: A Summary of Investigations con- 
ducted by the Committee of Fifty, 1893-1903 " 203 

Lodge, George Cabot. The Great Adventure 126 

London, Jack. War of the Classes 297 

Long, Augustus W. American Poems, 1776-1900 396 

Lottridge, Silas A. Animal Snapshots and How Made 94 

Lounsbery, G. Constant. Love's Testament 329 

Lucas, E. V. Life of Charles Lamb 6 

Ludlow, James M. Sir Raoul 16 

Lyman, Henry M. Hawaiian Yesterdays 223 

Lynde, Francis. The Quickening 262 

' ' Maartens, Maarten." The Healers 264 

McDermid, William A. Songs of the University of Chicago 303 

Macdonald, Ronald. The Sea Maid 263 

Mahan, A. T. Sea Power and its Relations to the War of 1812 45 
Maitland, J. A. Fuller. Grove's " Dictionary of Music and 

Musicians," Vol. II 267 

Major, Charles. Yolanda 19 

Margoliouth, D. S. Works of Flavius Josephus 396 

" Mark Twain's Library of Humor " 98, 268, 334, 396 

Marks, Mary A. M. The Tree of Knowledge 329 

Marston, Edward. Fishing for Pleasure and Catching It. . 396 

Marvin, Frederic Rowland. The Companionship of Books 95 

Masterman, C. F. G. In Peril of Change 391 

Mathews, Robert V. Child of the Stars 20 

Maxwell, W. B. Vivien 154 

Mayer, Alfred G. Sea-shore Life 238 

Mead, Edwin D. Dodge's "War Inconsistent with the 

Religion of Christ " 269 

Mead, Lucia A. Patriotism and the New Internationalism 367 

Meakin, Budgett. Model Factories and Villages 159 

Medlicott, Mary. Abbreviations Used in Book Catalogues 97 

Meredith, George, Works of, " Pocket edition " 367 

Merejkowski, Dmitri. Peter and Alexis 153 

Merriam, George S. The Negro and the Nation 294 

Michelson, Miriam. A Yellow Journalist 20 

Mifflin, Lloyd. Sonnets, collected edition 125 

Milford, H. S. Cowper's Poems, Oxford edition 96 

Mill, Hugh R. The Siege of the South Pole 360 

Millar, A. H. Mary Queen of Scots 266 

Miller, Joaquin. The Building of the City Beautiful 300 

Mims, Edwin. Sidney Lanier 119 

Minchin, Harry C. Simples from Sir Thomas Browne's 

Garden 34 

Mitchell, S. Weir. Pearl 239 

Mitton, G. E. Jane Austen and her Times 158 

Monroe, Paul. Text-Book in the History of Education 116 

Moore, George. The Lake 263 

Moore, John Bassett. American Diplomacy 190 

Morris, Sir Lewis. The New Rambler 92 

Muller, P. Max. Life and Religion 152 

Murray, A. H. Hallam. The High-Road of Empire 235 

" Musician's Library " 133 

''National Educational Association Proceedings," Meeting 

of 1905 97 

Naylor, James Ball. The Kentuckian 365 

Nevin, Blanche. Great-Grandma's Looking-Glass 203 

Newcomb, Simon. Compendiimi of Spherical Astronomy. . 396 

Newman, Ernest. Musical Studies 160 

" Newnes' Art Library " 160 

Nicholson, Meredith. The House of a Thousand Candles. . 155 

Noyes, Ella. The Casentino and its Story 131 

Noyes, Walter Chadwick. American Railroad Rates 82 

Nugent, Meredith. New Games and Amusements 52 

O'Brien, William. Recollections 37 

Ochlenschlager's "Axel and Valberg," trans, by Frederick 

S. Kolbe 367 

" Old South Leaflets " 97 

Oppenheim, E. Phillips. A Maker of History 154 

Osier, William. Counsels and Ideals 93 



PAGE 

Ostwald, Wilhelm. Individuality and Immortality 228 

" Oxford Poets " 96 

Page, Curtis H. Chief American Poets 96 

Page, N. Clifford. Twenty Songs by Stephen C. Foster. ... 334 

Painter, F. V. N. Great Pedagogical Essays 203 

Pais, Ettore. Ancient Legends of Roman History 201 

Palmer, Frederick. Lucy of the Stars 366 

Palmer, George H. Works of George Herbert 129 

Parker, William B., and Viles, Jonas. Letters and Ad- 
dresses of Thomas Jefferson 97 

Parrish, Randall. A Sword of the Old Frontier 16 

Parrish, Randall. Historic Illinois 94 

Passmore, T. H. In Further Ardenne 234 

Paul, Herbert. History of Modem England, Vol. IV 95 

Paul, Herbert. Life of Froude 80 

Pepper, Charles M . Panama to Patagonia 322 

Peters, Madison C. The Jews in America 260 

Pfleiderer, Otto. Christian Origins 323 

Phelps, Albert. Louisiana 157 

Phillips, L. March. In the Desert 233 

Phillips, Stephen. Nero 326 

Phillpotts, Eden. The Portreeve 364 

" Photograms of the Year, 1905 " 97 

Piatt, Isaac H. Bacon Cryptograms in Shakespeare 90 

Pollard, A. F. Henry VIII 291 

Potter, Margaret. The Genius 366 

Prince, Morton. The Dissociation of a Personality 266 

" Princess Priscilla's Fortnight " 18 

Prothero, Rowland E. Letters of Richard Ford 266 

Prout, Ebenezer. Songs and Airs by Handel 133 

Putnam, James J. Memoir of Dr. James Jackson 130 

Quayle, William A. The Prairie and the Sea 238 

Quick, Herbert. Double Trouble 263 

Ranck, George W. The Bivouac of the Dead and its Author 98 

Rawling, C.G. The Great Plateau 235 

Reed, John C. The Brothers' War 92 

Reid, Forrest. The Garden God 267 

Repplier, Agnes. In our Convent Days 51 

Rhys, Ernest. Everyman's Library 393 

Richman, Irving E. Rhode Island 132 

Rickett, Leonard A. Poems of Love and Nature 328 

Robertson, Morgan. Land Ho 19 

Robins, Edward. William T. Sherman 239 

Robinson, James H. Readings in European History 333 

Robinson, Tracy and Lucy. Selections from the Poetry of 

John Payne 326 

Rogers, Julia E. The Tree Book 358 

Roosevelt, Theodore. Outdoor Pastimes of an American 

Hunter 49 

Ross, Janet. Florentine Palaces and their Stories 160 

Rothschild, Alonzo. Lincoln, Master of Men 254 

" Royal Academy Pictures, 1905 " 202 

Runkle, Bertha. The Truth about Tolna 367 

St. Maur, Kate V. A Self-Supporting Home 130 

St. Pierre's " Paul et Virginie," Riverside Press edition 394 

Sainte-Beuve's " Portraits of the Eighteenth Century," 

trans, by Katharine Wormeley and George B. Ives 130 

Salter, Emma G. Franciscan Legends in Italian Art 199 

Sampson, John. Poetical Works of Blake 160 

Sanborn, Mary F. Lynette and the Congressman 16 

Sands, H. Hayden. The Valley of Dreams 126 

Santayana, George. The Life of Reason 87, 300 

Scarritt, Winthrop E. Three Men in a Motor Car 363 

Schillings, C. G. Flashlights in the Jungle, trans, by Fred- 
erick Whyte 232 

Schouler, James. Americans of 1776 299 

Schuyler, Montgomery, Jr. Bibliography of the Sanskrit 

Drama 396 

Scott, Duncan C. New World Lyrics and Ballads 127 

Seaman, Louis L. The Real Triumph of Japan 388 

Sedgwick, Henry Dwight. Short History of Italy 156 

Selincourt, Basil de. Giotto 158 

Selous, Edmund. The Bird Watcher in the Shetlands 198 

Sewell, Cornelius V. V. Common-Sense Gardens 360 

Shaler, Nathaniel. Man and the Earth 132 

Shand, Alexander I. Days of the Past 237 



INDEX 



Vll. 



PAOX 

Sharpley, Hugo. A Realist of the ..Egean 367 

Shelton. Louise. The Seasons in a Flower-Garden 360 

Sherman, Frank D., and Scollard. Clinton. A Southern 

Flight 127 

Sherwood, Margaret. The Coming of the Tide 19 

Shuckburgh, E. S. iJreece, from the Coming of the Hellenes 

to A. D. U 332 

Sidgwick, Mrs. Alfred. The Professor's Legacy 18 

Sienkiewicz. Henryk. On the Field of Glory 153 

Sieper, Ernst. Longfellow's "Evangeline" 132 

Sinclair, Upton. The Jungle 262 

Sinclair, William A. The Aftermath of Slavery 294 

Singer, H. W. Drawings of Von Menzel 202 

Singleton. Esther. Holland 302 

Skae. Hilda T. Mary Queen of Scots 266 

Slater, Joseph. Book-Prices Current, 1905 97 

Slater, J. Herbert. How to Collect Books 24 

Small, Albion W. General Sociology 146 

Smiley, James B. Manual of American Literature 303 

Smith, Gold win. Irish History and the Irish Question 330 

SoUas, W. J. The Age of the Earth 300 

Spargo. John. The Bitter Cry of the Children 298 

Sparks. Edwin £. Incidents Attending Johnston's Cap- 
tivity 24 

Spears, John R. Admiral Farragnt 51 

" Spirit of the Age Series " 303 

Stanwood, Edward. James G. Blaine 49 

Stephen, Sir Leslie. Thomas Hobbes 157 

Stephenson, Henry T. Shakespeare's London 89 

Stickney, Trumbull. Poems 125 

Stokes, Hugh. Etchings of Charles Meryon 202 

Street, George E. Mount Desert 268 

Strong, Josiah, Tolman, W. H., and Bliss, W. D. P. Social 

Progress. 1906 396 

" Supplementary Papers of the American School of Classical 

Studies in Rome," Vol. 1 239 

Suttner, Baroness von. Ground Arms, new edition 53. 161 

Swiggett, Glen L. MUton's "Ode on the Morning of 

Christ's Nativity " 133 

Swinburne, A. C. Tragedies, new library edition 330 

Symons, Arthur. Spiritual Adventures 201 

Tarkington, Booth. The Conquest of Canaan 155 

Taylor, H. C. Agricultural Elconomics 298 

Tennyson's "In Memoriam," "Golden Treasury" edition 133 

Thayer, Harvey W. Laurence Sterne in Germany 24 

Thomdike, Lynn. Place of Magic in the Intellectual His- 
tory of Europe 133 

Tolstoy, Leo. Christianity and Patriotism 97 



PASS 

Tout. T. F. Political History of England. 1216-1377 122 

Toynbee, Mrs. Paget. Letters of Horace Walpole 320 

Traubel, Horace. With Walt Whitman in Camden 144 

Trent, William P. Greatness in Literature 23 

Trollope, Henry M. Life of Moliere 192 

Underhill, Evelyn. Miracles of Our Lady Saint Mary 367 

Vance, Louis Joseph. The Private War 365 

Van Dyke. Henry. Essays in Application 20 

Van Vorst, Marie. Miss Desmond 19 

Vaughn, John. Wild Flowers of Selbome 359 

Vedder, Henry C. Balthasar Hubmaier 267 

Wallace. Alfred Russel. My Life 11 

"War in the Far East, The" 194 

"Ward, A. B." The Sage Brush Parson 282 

Ward. H. Snowden. The Canterbury Pilgrimages 268 

Wardman, Ervin. The Princess Olga 366 

Warner, Beverly. Famous Introductions to Shakespeare's 

Plays 332 

Watson, Edward W. Old Lamps and New 127 

Watson. H. B. Marriott. Twisted Eglantine 17 

Watson, William. Poems, collected edition 24 

Wauchope, George A. Lamb's " Essays of Elia " 334 

Weale, B. L. Putnam. The Re-Shaping of the Far East 317 

Wells, H.G. A Modem Utopia 296 

WeUs. H. G. Kipps 17 

Wertheimer, Edward de. The Duke of Reichstadt 21 

Weyman, Stanley J. Starvecrow Farm 17 

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A POET FOR POETS 3 

COMMUNICATION 5 

The Principles of Book Advertising. George 
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EUROPEAN DIPLOilACY IN ITS BEGINNINGS. 

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A POET FOB POETS. 



" Liberty, melody, passion, fate, nature, love, 
and fame are the seven chords which the poet's 
hand, from its first almost boyhood touch upon 
the l\Te, has swept now for two score years with 
music that has been blown through the world." 
Thfese words strike the key-note of Professor 
Woodberry's appreciation of Mr. Swinburne's 
poetry — a book in form, an essay in dimensions, 
and a nugget of pure gold in critical quality. 
We are indebted to Mr. Woodberry for many 
precious earlier gifts — for much noble verse of 
his own and for much finely-tempered discourse 
upon the verse of other men — but to no piece of 
his writing more than to this, in which the poet 
speaks of the poet straight to the heart of all 
who love poetry. 

We started to read Mr. Woodberry's essay 
with some misgivings. He has been charged with 
defective sympathies, with putting too much of 
the New England conscience into his judgment 
of Poe, for example, and of other writers in 
whose temperament the puritan spirit has no 
part. We are not sure that this charge is jus- 
tified, but the plaintiffs at least have a case. 
Remembering the utter failiu-e of LoweU to do 
anything like justice to the poet of " Atalanta," 
we feared lest his latest successor might exhibit 
the same sort of spiritual blindness. On the 
other hand, there stootl Mr. Woodberry's record 
as a lover of SheUey, and to share the inspiration 
of SheUey is to have the franchise of the poetic 
kingdom of heaven. We recalled, moreover, cer- 
tain of Mr. Woodberry's earlier poems which 
distinctly showed the mark of the Swinbumian 
influence. 

Considered thus in its a priori aspect, the 
question of what the critic would have to say 
about the greatest of living poets seemed a little 
doubtful, but wliatever misgivings we may have 
felt were soon disjielled. The words set at the 
head of this article were alone sufficient for 
that pm-pose, and they were foimd to be supple- 
mented by many others which left no doubt 
concerning the writer's sympathies. Such words, 
for example, are these : " Strength is dominant 
in his genius : the things of strength are in his 
verse ; it is English genius and English strength. 



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racial in lyric power, in free intellect, in bold 
speech, — none more so — and English also in its 
poetic scholarly tradition." And besides these 
general appraisements, there are such specific 
dicta as the following : " The stream of his rev- 
olutionary song is unmatched in volume, splen- 
dour, and force ; it has flowed life-long, and 
still wells ; it is blended of many loves of per- 
sons and histories and memories, of time and of 
eternity ; it is a great passion, great in personal 
intensity, great in its human outreaching and 
uplifting aspiration, great in sincerity." " He 
achieves the most genuine appearance of belief 
in the gods that has fallen to the fortune of any 
English poet, perhaps of any poet in any niod- 
ern literature." " Such poetry [as 'Tristram '] 
brings back that early world in which old 
Triton blew his wreathed horn, and not in a 
vision only, but as the everlasting life of nature 
and man." 

In view of the grotesque misconception of 
Mr. Swinburne's poetry that is still current 
with a large section of the public, the critic who 
deals honestly and intelligently with him is 
under bonds, as it were, to cast his gauntlet 
boldly in the face of ignorance and prejudice. 
This Mr. Woodberry does without hesitation. 
"He is a very thoughtfid poet" is his simple 
but adequate correction of the stupid notion 
that the author of " Hertha " and " The Last 
Oracle " is a poet of sound without sense. Those 
who condenm the poet for exaggeration, whether 
in praise of Hugo or censure of Louis Napoleon, 
will do weU to weigh the coimter-opinion that his 
study of Hugo belongs to " a treasure of intui- 
tive criticism such as no other English poet has 
left," and the characterization of the " Dirae " 
as " curses to rejoice the heart," which " mark 
their victims indelibly for heU." Mr. Wood- 
berry says with entire truth that criticism of 
this poet hitherto " has never been adequate, 
just, or intelligent." " The truth about him is 
the exact opposite of what has been widely and 
popularly thought ; weakness, affectation, exotic 
foreignness, the traits of aestheticism in the 
debased sense of that word, are far from him ; 
he is strong, he is English, bred with an Euro- 
pean mind it is true like SheUey, like Gray and 
Milton, but in his own genius and temperament 
and the paths of his flight charged with the 
strength of England." 

Such statements as these clear the air won- 
derfidly. They are mspired criticism ; and Mr. 
Swinburne has been the victim of so much crit- 
icism (if it deserve the name) of the dull and 
uninspired sort tliat its drone still lingers in our 



ears. Sound and fury, debased sensualism, 
vacuity of thovight — these are honestly sup- 
posed by many well-meaning jjcople to be the 
essential attributes of his work. Soimd and 
fury, and we think of the severe and tempered 
style of " Mary Stuart "; debased sensualism, 
and we recall the austere idealism of " The Pil- 
gruns "; vacuity of thought, and we wonder- 
ingly repeat the deep gnomic utterances of 
" Hertha " and " The Last Oracle " ! But of 
course the people who use these glib plu-ases 
are either imacquainted with the poet's reaUy 
significant work, or they are to be reckoned 
among the imf ortunates who are impervious to 
the appeal of pure poetry. This latter class is 
a larger one than is commonly suspected, for 
there are great numbers of readers everywhere 
who think and say that they love poetry, when 
what really attracts and impresses them is some 
adventitious quality that has little to do with 
poetical character. The comfortable conserva- 
tism of a Wordsworth, the domestic sentunent- 
ality of a Tennyson, the cryptic moralizing of a 
Browning, bring to the works of these poets a 
host of admiring readers who mistake for aes- 
thetic satisfaction the delight with which they 
greet the echo of their own sentiments or prej- 
udices. 

We are not saying that these three are not 
gi'eat poets, for that they unquestionably are ; 
but we are asserting with much confidence that 
they woidd be no less great as poets were their 
writings divested of nearly everything that 
makes an appeal to nine-tenths of their atbnir- 
ers. They would lose their popidarity, no doubt, 
and become merely poets for poets, and for the 
small minority of those others who, without pos- 
sessing for themselves the creative facidty, are 
still of the elect whose spirits are finely touched 
to fine issues, and whose ciunulative verdict 
determines the final rank of every poet in the 
hierarchy. Landor is one of the greatest En- 
glish poets despite his failure to win popular 
applause ; Mr. Swinburne is one of the great 
English poets despite all the efforts of the 
" homy-eyed " to prove that he is not by their 
damnable iteration of catchpenny phrases. Mr. 
Woodberry, himself a poet of distinction, sees 
this fact cleai'ly enough, and gives abundant 
reasons for the faith that is in him. It is a fact, 
moreover, that has already been seen by nearly 
all the competent critics of the present genera- 
tion, which is equivalent to saying that the only 
contemporary judgment which will count in the 
\dtimate reckoning has already ranged itseK 
upon the side of those who have, through good 



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and ill report, acclaimed Mr. Swdnbume's 
genius, and found his work to exhibit, in very 
high degree, the qualities of artistic expression, 
of intellectual stimulus, and of ethical inspira- 
tion. To quote Mr. Woodberry's simple clos- 
ing words, " there are, in the wide world, here 
and there a few — a nmnber that will increase 
ever with passing generations, and is even now 
perhaps manyf old greater than the poet knows 
— in whose hearts his poetry is lodged with 
power." 



COMMUNICA TION. 



THE PRINCIPLES OF BOOK ADVERTISING. 
(To the Editor of The Dial.) 

The questiou of the advertising of books has recently 
become one of interest, through discussion in the liter- 
ary journals, and the opinions and experiences made 
public have been of considerable value. The Dlax has 
expressed itself soimdly on the subject, especially in 
the issue of December 1. 

It occurs to me that the consideration of the general 
question of the proper methods to be followed in the 
advertising of books has not been placed upon a foun- 
dation as broad as it may profitably be placed. The 
Dial asks this question: " Do the principles that apply 
to the advertising of shoes apply also to the advertising 
of books? " If the question had been, Are the methods 
that are foimd effective in the advertising of shoes 
adequate for the advertising of books? there would be 
no groimd for an argument dissenting from the proposi- 
tions laid down in The Dial article; or, at least, the 
intelligent reader would have recognized the logical 
force of the concliLsions drawn from such a premise. 
But the principles that xmderlie advertising apply with 
equal force to all advertising, whether of shoes or of 
books. It is because the discussion of advertising does 
not, in this case and usiuilly, consider principles that 
confusion often residts. The student of advertising 
recognizes the fact that it is the confusion of principles 
with methods that leads to nearly all the differences of 
opinion existing with respect to advertising, is at the 
bottom of mixch of the futile discussion, and is respon- 
sible for the differing views expressed by those who 
have recently written upon the subject. The failure to 
discriminate between principles and methods accounts 
also for a majority of the failures in advertising, and 
for a large proportion of the improfitable margins 
recognized as the residt of even what are known to be 
on the whole successfiU campaigns. 

While it is an old shibboleth of advertisers that there 
are no well-defined principles underlying advertising, 
considered scientifically, it is beginning to be recognized 
that that shibboleth is merely an expression of ignor- 
ance rather than a demonstrable proposition. It is 
quite true that as yet there has been no definitive and 
authoritative formulation of the principles that tmder- 
lie advertising, but there is steadily accumidating a 
mass of material which will soon make such formula- 
tion possible. To those students of the question who 
have carefully followed the work of the psychologists 
in several of the American, English, German, and 



French imiversities, it is already evident that enough 
has been uncovered relative to the workings of the 
human mind to form a basis for at least an intelligent 
discussion of what those principles are, and to indicate 
with some degree of certainty the chief lines upon 
which a fundamental credo of advertising must be con- 
structed. 

It is in the nature of a fascinating recreation to ex- 
amine the work of the professors of psychology, for the 
purpose of discovering therein those habits and tenden- 
cies of the mind that may be appealed to by adver- 
tising, and which may be relied upon to come into some 
degree of activity when the sympathetic suggestion 
arouses them. As it would be too long a process care- 
fully to indicate what has been established bearing upon 
this advertising problem, in this brief note, may I be 
allowed to affirm that the work of the psychologists, as 
revealed in the printed reports of several vmiversities 
and in their writings, suggests to me that all advertising 
depends for its power upon three broad qualities, which 
may be defined as attraction, suggestion, and assertion. 
The quality of attraction must arrest the eye of a reader 
who may not be conscious of any desire to read the 
advertisement; the quality of suggestion must come 
into play the instant the eye is arrested, and carry the 
reader's attention along the line of sequence to the 
assertion, which is the final vital element of the adver- 
tisement — the argument and appeal which furnishes to 
the reader the purchasing motive. The effective adver- 
tisement must attract the eye, suggest something by its 
most obvious printed expression, and assert the full force 
of its argimient by that to which its attractive and sug- 
gestive elements induce attention. 

This progressive influence of the advertisement has 
been pretty well established by the experiments and in- 
vestigations of the psychologists. It is easy to conceive 
that there are many members going to the composition 
of each of these elements. That of attraction, for ex- 
ample, involves some most interesting new facts that 
have been recently discovered in optics; or, more ex- 
actly, in relation to the action and capacity of the eye 
in the act of reading. Certain forms of type are more 
willingly noted by the eye than other forms. A cer- 
tain nimiber of printed letters is taken cognizance of at 
one " fixation " of the eye — one glance, or without a 
movement to bring other groups into focus. Lines 
within certain definite limits of length are easily read, 
while those that are longer subject the eye to a strain 
that it resents. The form of the advertisement, con- 
sidered as an object intended to please and attract, 
must be in accord with the artistic principles of compo- 
sition — balance, proportion, harmony, color, etc. The 
psychological elements of the two remaining qualities 
of the advertisement — suggestion and assertion — are 
more complex and varied, and would require much space 
to state them. They are of more final importance than 
those psychological elements I have named as being 
inherent in the advertising quality of attraction, and 
therefore may make a more emphatic appeal for the 
attention of the student. 

I think it will appear evident to any one who gives 
the matter thought that the principles affecting adver- 
tising are universal in their application, equally oper- 
ative in shoe advertising and book advertising. The 
methods of applying these principles differ. It is too 
often the fact that no attention is given to the prin- 
ciples, and none too much to the methods. The trouble 
with much current book advertising is that it seeks to 



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[Jan. 1, 



appeal to people who are not interested in books. The 
merchandising of books is a problem by itself. Once a 
year — at the holiday season - — books are sold as mer- 
chandise. The stress of the requirements of the season 
drives many people to the book-counter, where they 
buy books for presents, with little thought or concern 
for the literary contents. At other times books are sold 
as literature, and there is nothing to justify advertising- 
attempts to sell them on other gromids. How to reach 
the small proportion of book-buyers existing in the 
mass of the people, is the problem the publisher has to 
consider. It is a question of method, not of principle. 

I think that it must be admitted that the relative 
proportion of book-buyers has steadily increased since 
progressive publishers began the policy of advertising 
in mediiuns having general circulations, such as the 
better class of newspapers. It is certam that there are 
potential book-buyers, many of them, among newspaper 
readers. It is not my belief that the publishers who 
have done good general advertising have suffered there- 
for. In looking the field over, without special prepara- 
tion, it seems apparent that nearly all of the large 
publishing houses — those supposed to be financially 
strong, and successful with their books — are liberal 
users of advertising space in the better newspapers. 

The reason for the inefficiency of book advertising, 
if it is more inefficient than other advertising, does not 
seem to me to lie in the choice of mediums so much as 
in the methods employed ui preparing the advertising. 
The great bvdk of book advertising appeals only to 
such resolute buyers as are determined to seek out 
books to minister to their developed and acknowledged 
literary appetites. It is not calculated either to create 
a literary taste or to arouse a dormant literary appetite. 
And, after all, the object of book advertising is to pro- 
mote the sale of books, not merely to notify book lovers 
where they can obtain satisfaction. Gforgj. French. 

Boston, Mass., December 20, 1905. 



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literature " is cause for no small congratulation. 
Mr. Edward V. Lucas's eleven hundred octavo 
pages, with their many portraits and other illus- 
trations, give not only an elaborate life of Lamb, 
but an almost equally detailed account of his 
alter ego, Mary Lamb, and very full sketches 
of the friends with whom he talked and walked, 
drank a convivial glass, and cracked a harmless 
joke. 

That the biography is constructed after the 
most modern methods, as compared with Tal- 
fourd's, Barry Cornwall's, and aU previous 
lives of Lamb, its very length and general 
appearance sufficiently indicate. The care and 
skill with which references to persons and places 
have been hunted down, and all available sources 
of information explored, become increasingly 
manifest as one turns the pages and notes the 
frequency and fidness of quoted matter. In a 
final and authoritative life, to accompany the 
same author's scholarly edition of Lamb's works, 
this is as it shovdd be, although the man of little 
leisure might prefer a shorter, more fluently 
narrative treatment of the theme, with fewer 
insertions of autobiogTaphic matter from the 
easily accessible Letters and Essays. In other 
words, as Mr. Lucas lias shown himself to be 
the ideal editor and annotator in his recently- 
published seven- volume edition of Lamb's works^ 
so here he demonstrates his unequalled qualifica- 
tions as a compiler of all discoverable material 
bearing on the life-history of his chosen author. 
The method adopted was the best for the pur- 
pose in view; and as the chief charm of aU 
previous accounts of the inimitable Elia has 
been due to the more or less of seK-portrayal 
introduced into their pages, so here again the 
chapters that most delight are those wherein 
Lamb himself lias been allowed, with least of 
editorial assistance, to tell his own story. To 
Mary Lamb also, to Crabb Kobinson, Leigh 
Hunt, the Cowden Clarkes, Hazlitt, Coleridge, 
De Quincey, N. P. WiUis, John WUson, and 
countless other contemporaries of Lamb, we ai-e 
made debtors for a touch here and a stroke 
there toward the completion of the fidl-length 
portrait. Letters hitherto imavailable for such 
uses have been drawn upon for still further 

* The Life op Charles Lamb. By E. V. Lucas. In two 
volumes. Illustrated. New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons. 



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finLshing touches to this careful likeness, and 
the final uupi*ession is one of unsurpassable com- 
pleteness. Not that other and shorter studies, 
like those of Canon Ainger and Mr. Percy Fitz- 
gerald. vnH henceforth be superfluous ; but the 
prosecution of research can hardly be carried 
beyond the point now reached, nor is it likely 
to be attempted. 

Without too much poking about in the gene- 
alogical dustbins, the biographer introduces us 
briefly and plea-santlj- to honest John Lamb 
and his little fanuly at No. 2 Cro\s-n Office Row, 
and to the excellent Samuel Salt. Bencher of 
the Inner Temple, to whom the elder Lamb 
acted as assistant and servant. All that relates 
to Charles Lamb's education at Christ's Hos- 
pital is of course faithfully reproduced from the 
Letters and the Essays, with additional inform- 
ation from various sources. To show with what 
painstaking devotion to detad the biographer 
has executed his task, let us call attention to the 
table (an en\'iably long one) of holidays which 
the blue-coat boys enjoyed a century and a 
quarter ago, and which ]VIr. Lucas sets down in 
chronological order to give the reader a realiz- 
ing sense of the frequency with which our little 
pupd from the Temple must have trotted back 
and forth 'tvs-ixt parent and pedagogue. Sun- 
dry bits of information, even as to the hebdom- 
adal bill of fare and the hours of bedgoing and 
uprising, ai-e gleaned from Coleridge and Leigh 
Hunt, themselves likewise wearers of the blue 
coat. Another noteworthy Christ's-Hospitaller 
was Charles Valentine Le Grice, a vnt and 
punster dear to Lamb's heart, who at Tal- 
fourd's request wrote out some reminiscences of 
his famous schooKeUow. A passage from his 
pen is worth requoting here as recalling some 
of the jjecvdiar circmnstances that helped to de- 
termine Charles Lamb's character. 

" Lamb was an amiable, gentle boy, very sensible 
and keenly observing, indulged by his schoolfellows and 
by his master on account of his infirmity of speech. His 
countenance was mild ; his complexion clear brown, with 
an expression which might lead you to think that he 
was of Jewish descent. His eyes were not each of the 
same colour, one was hazel, the other had specks of 
grey in the iris, mingled as we see red spots in the 
blood-stone. His step was plantigrade, which made his 
walk slow and peculiar, adding to the staid appearance 
of his figure. I never heard his name mentioned with- 
out the addition of Charles, although, as there was no 
other boy of the name of Lamb, the addition was un- 
necessary; but there was an implied kindness in it, and 
it was a proof that his gentle maimers excited that 
kindness. His delicate frame and his difficulty- of ut- 
terance, which was increased by agitation, unfitted him 
for joining in any boisterous sport. The description which 
he gives, in his ' Recollections of Christ's Hospital,' of 



the habits and feelings of the schoolboy, is a true one 
in general, but is more particularly a delineation of him- 
self — the feelings were all in his own heart — the por- 
trait was his own: ' While others were all fire and play, 
he stole along with all the self -concentration of a young 
monk.' These habits and feelings were awakened and 
cherished in him by peculiar circumstances: he had 
been bom and bred in the Inner Temple; and his pa- 
rents continued to reside there while he was at school, 
so that he passed from cloister to cloister, and this was 
all the change his young mind ever knew." 

On the subject of Lamb's romantic passion 

for " Alice W " Mr. Luca.s offers the fol- 

lo^^ing: 

" To come back to Lamb, whom we left on February 
8, 1792, laying down his pen in the Examiner's office 
at the South-Sea House for the last time and returning 
home with his earnings. Whether or not he had heard 
of the opening for him at the East India House, I can- 
not say; but he did not enter that company's employ 
until April oth, two months later. To this we come 
shortly. At the present moment there is a more roman- 
tic topic for consideration, for my impression is that Lamb 
filled part at least of the interval by visiting his grand- 
mother, and at the same time began to cherish affection 
for the girl whom he afterward called Alice W — , but 
who is thought to have been Ann Simmons of Blenheims, 
near Blakesware. My reasons for believing this to be 
the case are, (1) that on April 5, 1792, he passed into 
harness from which he never escaped, except for annua l 
holidays — at first, probably, very brief ones — or single 
days when he could not have reached Widford; and (2) 
that Mrs. Field died in August, 1792, thus closing 
Blakesware to her grandchildren. We have no knowl- 
edge of any other friends with whom Lamb could have 
stayed after her death, while it is hardly likely that so 
yoimg a clerk could have afforded to stay at Mr. Clem- 
itson's inn at Widford, except very occasionally." 

A phase of Lamb's inner self that is seldom 
dwelt upon has to do with his religious or more 
properly his theological beliefs, so far as he had 
any fixed belief. In later life, as his biographer 
remarks, his religion ceased to be articulate and 
became merged in conduct ; " but in his twenty- 
first year his interest in Priestley and his L^ni- 
tarian and fatalistic creed was intense," writes 
Mr. Lucas ; and still further : "To the end, I 
think, although this point is a little vague. Lamb 
remained nominally a Lnitarian, a profession of 
faith to which probably he was first led by his 
Aimt Hetty (a constant attendant at the Essex 
Street chapel) , and in which he was fortified by 
Coleridge." In one of Lamb's earlier letters to 
Coleridge he writes : •• I have seen Priestley. I 
love to see his name repeated in your writings. 
I love and honour him almost profanely." 

The tragical event of Lamb's young manhood 
receives of course fidl treatment. But in spite 
of calamity and grief one must push on and fid- 
fill one's destiny ; and Lamb's destiny, as we 
are assured, was to \*Tite. In the November fol- 
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interest in writing had revived, and he sent to 
Coleridge the fragments of verse that he wished 
to have printed with his friend's poems and dedi- 
cated to his sister. Thenceforward he turned 
more and more to authorship for solace. As to 
the adoption of the famous and often mispro- 
notmced pseudonym, a letter from Lamb to John 
Taylor the publisher, written in July, 1821, con- 
tains the following pertinent passage : 

" Having a brother now there [at the South-Sea 
House] , and doubtuig how he might relish certain de- 
scriptions in it [the essay on the South-Sea House] , I 
clapt down the name of Elia to it, which passed ofP 
pretty well, for Elia himself added the function of an 
author to that of a scrivener, like myself. ... I went 
the other day (not having seen him for a year) to laugh 
over with him at my usurpation of his name, and fomid 
him, alas! no more than a name, for he died of con- 
sumption eleven months ago, and I knew not of it. So 
the name has fairly devolved to me, I think; and 'tis 
all he has left me." 

In the adoption of a pseudonym Mr. Lucas 
finds a possible explanation of " the difference 
between the comparative thinness of Lamb's 
pre-Elian writings and the Elian richness and 
colour." For, he adds, " there are some writers 
(paradoxical though it seems) who can never 
express themselves so freely as when, adopting 
a dramatic standpoint, they affect to be some 
one else." And a similarity in this respect is 
traced between Goldsmith and Lamb. In both 
writers the innocent imposture served to fortify 
a feeble courage and overcome a natural diffi- 
dence. Before dropping this subject, it is inter- 
esting to note a remark once made by Lamb 
himself, that "Elia" forms an anagram of "a lie." 

Among matters of not the first importance, 
the whole story of Coleridge's quarrel with 
Lloyd, in which Lamb was somewhat involved, 
and which has already been related in Mr. 
Lucas's "Charles Lamb and the Lloyds," is 
rather tiresomely repeated here. Yet it need 
not be regarded as a total waste of printer's ink, 
so sweetly unquarrelsome by natural tempera- 
ment does Lamb appear through it all. Even 
Scotchmen, with whom he professes to entertain 
" imperfect sympathies," he cannot roundly vitu- 
perate when he tries. Contrast Carlyle's \m- 
fortunate characterization of Lamb, harshly 
abusive and opulent in epithet, with these gentle 
strictures from Elia's pen on Carlyle's country- 
men: 

" I have been trying all my life to like Scotchmen, 
and am obliged to desist from the experiment in despair. 
They cannot like me — and, in truth, I never knew one 
of that nation who attempted to do it. . . . The bram 
of a true Caledonian (if I am not mistaken) is consti- 
tuted upon quite a different plan. His Minerva is born 
in panoply. You are never admitted to see his ideas in 



their growth — if, indeed, they do grow, and are not 
rather put together upon pruiciples of clockwork. You 
never catch his mmd in an imdress. He never hints or 
suggests anything, but imlades his stock of ideas in per- 
fect order and completeness. . . . His imderstanding is 
always at its meridian — you never see the first dawn, 
the early streaks. — He has no faltermgs of self- 
suspicion." 

From some recollections of Lamb by Mr. 
J. Fuller-Robinson, published forty years ago 
in "The Guardian," we quote the following as 
given in Mr. Lucas's pages : 

" I was admitted into a small and pleasantly shaded 
parlour. The modest room was himg romid with fine 
engravings by Hogarth, in dark frames. Books and 
magazines were scattered on the table, and on the old- 
fashioned window-seat. I chatted awhile with Miss 
Lamb — a meek, intelligent, very pleasant, and rather 
deaf, elderly lady. . . . ' Elia ' came in soon after — a 
short, thin man. His dress was black — a capacious 
coat, knee-breeches, and gaiters, and he wore a white 
neck-handkerchief. His head was remarkably fine, and 
his dark and shaggy hair and eyebrows, heated face, and 
very piercing jet-black eyes gave to liis appearance a 
singularly wild and striking expression. The sketch of 
him in Eraser's Magazine gives a true idea of his figure, 
but no portrait, I am sure, coidd do justice to his 
splendid coimtenance. He grasped me cordially by the 
hand, sat down, and taking a bottle from a cupboard 
behind him, mixed some rum-and-water. On another 
occasion, his sister objected to this operation, and he 
refrained. Presently after, he said, ' May I have a little 
drop now, only a leetle drop ? ' ' No, be a good boy.' 
At last he prevailed, and took his draught." 

And so on, with much more that is well worth 
picturing out before one's mind's eye. 

Like so many of liis comitrymen. Lamb won 
popularity in America before he had become 
popidar in England. His " Essays of Elia " had 
little vogue among English readers until long 
after the writer's death, whereas in America, as 
Mr. Lucas says, they so pleased the public on 
their first appearance here in 1828 that the pub- 
lishers, Carey, Lea and Carey, of Philadelphia, 
hastened to issue a second series of their own 
compiling, wherein they generously included, 
along with selections from Lamb, three essays 
from the pens of Allan Cunningham and Barry 
Cornwall. N. P. Willis, in talking with Lamb 
in 1834, found that this American success had 
gratified the English essayist not a little, and 
that he was well pleased with the Second Series, 
despite the error in its compilation. 

The modest and judicious suppression of self 
which Mr. Lucas has exercised in the accom- 
plishment of his task is deserving of praise. 
The fitting word is supplied at need, but he 
has wisely refrained from emulatmg those long- 
winded orators who make their introduction of 
a \asiting celebrity the occasion for seK-display. 
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of Lamb," ''Lamb's Commonplace Books," 
" Lamb's Books." and •• John Lamb's ' Poet- 
ical Pieces,' " are full of interest ; but of equal 
value viith anv of these, and more valuable than 
the last, woidd have been a Lamb bibliography, 
especially since neither the preface nor the body 
of the book makes perfectly clear exactly what 
and how much new material has been dra\*Ti 
upon in the present work. 

A few slight eiTors of execution, amid so much 
excellence of design, may be noted for correc- 
tion in a second edition. "The late Mrs. Coe, 
bom Elizaljeth Himt of Widford." and '• Mrs. 
Augustus DeMorgan, bom Sophia Frend," 
atti-act attention as examples of extraordinary 
parental pre\'ision. Uncertainty as to sex. if no 
other reason, commonly acts as a hindrance to 
the pre-natal christening of offspring. " Few 
journalists but he " grates on the grammatical 
ear. The first page of Appendix II. tells us 
that " the best of all Lamb's commonplace books 
has been printed — the Specimens of English 
Dramatic Poets ' ; but the very next page de- 
clares on the other hand that " the best of Lamb's 
commonplace books Ls the large-paper copy of 
Holcrofts Travels." A curious instance of mis- 
eopjTng or misprinting, whereby the exact oppo- 
site of the intended sense is conveyed, occurs 
in a passage from a letter to Wordsworth de- 
scriptive of the guileless and lovable George 
Dyer. " But with envy, they [the gods] excited 
curiosity also. " is what we read. The original 
letter, as edited by W. Carew Hazlitt, has 
*' excided " instead of " excited." Other slips 
are met \^'ith, probably mere typographical 
errors for the most part. The index to this 
work is unusually exhaustive, filling fifty-eight 
closely-printed double-column pages, and the 
illustrations are of more than passing interest. 
Percy F. Bicknell. 



EuROPEAX Diplomacy ix its 
BEGrvxryGS.* 



The raison d'etre of Dr. Hill's "History 
of Diplomacy,*' as given by the author in his 
preface, is that, although special questions and 
particular periods of diplomatic history have 
been ably presentetl, no general history of Eu- 
ropean diplomacy exists in any language. At 
the outset the author was confronted with two 
practical problems of no small moment. The 

•a History of Diplomacy ix the iNTEBXATioNAr Dbvbl- 
OPMBNT OF EuKOPE. By David Jayne Hill, LL.D. Volnine I., 
The Struggle for Universal Empire. Xew York : Longmana, 
Green, & Co. 



first arose out of the vast field of research pre- 
sented by the archives now at the command of 
the investigator. The second was to determine 
the proper point of departure. Dr. Hill cannot 
accept the Peace of AVestphalia as the starting 
point of diplomacy, but rather it must be re- 
garded as the result of long preparation. 

Accepting this view. Dr. Hill begins his story 
with a description of the organization of Europe 
under the old Roman Empire. The system of 
government is described at some length because 
it furnished the model for the organization of 
the church, which was the next power to aim at 
universality. Even amid all the confusion of 
the Barbarian invasions this idea of universal 
empire never lost its hold upon the imagination 
of thinking men. The significance of the so- 
caUed fall of the empire (476 A. D.) lies in this, 
" that it serves to fix in the mind the substitution 
of local and racial authority in western Europe 
in place of the waning influence of universal 
imperial rule." It separates the period of the 
old Empire from that long period of change and 
effort to secure order through the organization 
of the Barbarian kingdoms, the revived Empire, 
feudalism, the influence of the church, which 
finally resulted in the great national states of 
modem times. 

One of the most interesting studies in Euro- 
pean history is the birth of the modem states 
and their realization of nationality through a 
slow and painful process. The idea of universal 
empire had so dominated the world that the new 
idea had a desperate fight for existence. The 
old idea did not perish in a day, with the fall 
of Rome ; for some time longer the West felt 
itscK a part of the Empire which centered about 
Byzantium. To be outside the Empire was to 
be outside the pale of civilization. With such 
unity there could be no real field for diplomacy. 
But gradually the feeling of real unit}* became 
less strong. The East looked down upon the 
West as barbarian, and religious differences be- 
came more and more accentuated. The head- 
ship of Rome in religion was now asserted, and 
the Pope claimed the supremacy for himseK 
over all the orthodox West, and at times even 
asserted it over the Arian heretics of the East. 

But even this claim was not put forth in its 
entirety all at once. It arose somewhat gradu- 
ally from the actual condition of things. For a 
time the Pope remained at least the nominal 
subject of the eastern Empire, but soon became 
the only effective authority in Italy. Finally, 
when Leo III. put his ban upon image worship 
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lion. Papal diplomacy now had its birth in the 
policy of Gregory II., who wished neither to 
destroy the Lombard power, when Liutprand 
was seeking to unite Italy in one kingdom, nor 
to annihilate the influence of the Emperor, but 
rather to increase his own prestige by playing 
off the one against the other. As the interest 
and power of the eastern Emperor decreased in 
the west a substitute had to be provided to check 
the Lombards, and this Gregory III. found in 
Pepin, King of the Franks. This marks the 
first instance of interference in Italian affairs by 
a northern j^rince, — a practice followed there- 
after for centuries, to the detriment of both 
nations. The Pope was seeking to establish his 
own temporal rule in Italy, and in so doing in- 
augurated a policy wliich was a strong barrier to 
national growth. It was not until more than 
half a century after the last of the phantom 
emperors that Germany and Italy realized na- 
tional unity. 

The usurpation of the imperial chair by a 
woman, Irene, gave a fitting opportunity to 
revive the empire in the west. Disorder had 
become chronic in Italy. In the hope of secur- 
ing a power capable of curing this, the Pope 
crowned Charlemagne on Christmas day, 800, 
and invested him with the diadem of the Caesars, 
only it was now the " Holy Roman Empire." 
But herein were sown the seeds of a long and 
bitter contest, — the struggle for supremacy be- 
tween the Empire and the Papacy. Should the 
Popes be allowed to make and unmake tem- 
poral riders, or shoidd they be subject to the civil 
power ? Along with this went the great ques- 
tion as to whether the world empire should live 
again, or whether great states shoidd develop 
along national lines. 

One thing which boded weU for the growth 
of nationalities was the custom of dividing king- 
doms by inheritance, like so much real estate. 
After the death of Charlemagne his great em- 
pire was divided up. After a contest among 
his heirs, diplomacy was called into play, and 
an arrangement effected at Verdim which Dr. 
Hill thinks " the most important international 
document ever written " in its influence upon 
European history. On the west was a territory 
of tolerable geographic and ethnic imity which 
was soon to develop into the powerful state of 
France ; on the east the territory of the later 
Germany. In between, the kingdom of the 
Emperor Lothaire stretched from HoUand to 
Rome, possessing neither ethnic nor geographic 
unity. Upon the death of Lothaire his imcles 
of the east and west di\'ided up his inheritance 



and began to court the favor of the Pope for 
the imperial dignity. 

It is not to be presumed that Rome was an 
indifferent spectator to these struggles. Even 
her own citizens were divided, some contending 
for the civic freedom of the city, others for the 
supremacy of the Pope, and still others for the 
supremacy of the Emperor. As a result, Italy 
was the scene of disorder after the coronation of 
Charles the Bold. There the conflict of author- 
ity was sharpest. The whole story of Italian 
politics was smnmed up in an epigTam by the 
Bishop of Cremona, — " The Italians always 
wish to have two masters, in order to hold each 
of them in check by the other." In attempting 
to follow this principle for the conservation of 
its o^vn power, the papacy sometimes gained, but 
often fell a victim to the general anarchy. 

Passing over the greater part of this struggle, 
it is interesting to come to the appearance of 
Venice on the scene as practically marking the 
birth of modem diplomacy. There, in May, 
11 7 7, met " the first European congress in which 
independent civic conunimities had ever freely 
represented their own rights in the presence of 
princes — the prototype of the great interna- 
tional congresses of a later time." Venice was 
careful to select men of eminent qualification to 
represent her interests, to instruct them in the 
arts of diplomacy, and consequently soon be- 
came " the school and touchstone of ambassa- 
dors." Secrecy and urbanity were the cardinal 
principles of Venetian diplomacy, and this sys- 
tem was soon to be put in practice by all the 
Italian states, the numerous city-states so het- 
erogeneous in character and inspired by motives 
so diverse. Each city within itself was the seat 
of intrigue, owing to the mutually hostile ele- 
ments of tradesmen, artisans, the official aris- 
tocracy, and the feudal nobles whose swords 
threatened the population in the streets. The 
espionage and intrigue of partisans within the 
city were extended to the relations with neigh- 
boring cities. " To know the intentions of one's 
neighbor, to defeat his hostile designs, to form 
alliances with his enemies, to steal away his 
friends, and to prevent his union with others, 
became matters of the highest public interest. 
Less costly than war, diplomacy now, in large 
measure, superseded it with plot and counter- 
plot." And when these failed, the foreigner was 
called in to increase the general complication. 

Out of this system was born the conception 
of " equilibrium " as a necessity of defense. The 
transitory alliances and counter-alliances of the 
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" prototype and epitome of what all Europe was 
soon to become upon a g^rander scale." The 
natural correlate of all this would have been a 
code of public law to reg^ulate the intercourse of 
these states with each other, but such a thing 
was not vet possible. The moral sense did not 
demand it. but its birth was witnessed on the 
sea, where the demands of commerce made it 
imperative. The customs of the sea were re- 
duced to ^vriting in the " Tables of Amalfi," 
which later gave place to the " Consolato de 
]Mare*' — the "first example of law international 
among the nations of Europe." 

Such in its larger outlines is the story Dr. 
Hill has told in his first voltune. In reality it 
contains a great deal of matter which has only 
a very remote connection with diplomacy. If 
it were really new, it might be justified as neces- 
sary to a proper understanding of the main 
theme, but a great deal of it is not new. and 
indee<l may be found in the ordinary text-books 
on European history. Despite the formidable 
array of sources and authorities cited at the end 
of each chapter, the work does not impress one 
as making any really noteworthy contribution to 
historical knowledge. It is valuable, however, 
for bringing into one view the larger facts of 
the period treated, and emphasizing their influ- 
ence upon the gro^^-th of national states. Much 
may be expected of the succeeding volvmies, 
which will deal with a period when diplomacy 
was coming into its own. 

David Y. Thomas. 



The Dotex of Exglish Xaturax-ists. * 



The Victorian age, whatever its shortcomings, 
will always be remembered for the brilliancy of 
its scientific achievements. ^NTiat the twentieth 
centiuy* may have in store for us. it is too early 
to predict ; but it is difficult to believe that any- 
thing \^-ill be accomplished more important for 
intellectual progi-ess than the establishment of 
the doctrine of evolution on a scientific basis. 
This great work is justly credited to Darwin, 
but with his name must always be linked that 
of Wallace, who independently thought out the 
theory on which Dar\s-in's work is based. 

Dr. Wallace occupies a unique position among 
scientific men. Bom in 1823, he has not only 
\N-itnessed great changes in scientific opinion, 
but has had a large share in bringing them 
alx)ut. Living most of his life in comparative 

•My Life. A Record of Events and Opinions. By Alfred 
Rossel Wallace. In two TOlames. Dlostrated. New York: 
Dodd. Mead &. Co. 



isolation, and never being tied down as many 
men are by professional or official custom and 
etiquette, he has always been recognized as an 
independent. Orthodoxy is not peculiar to the 
church ; it is a tendency common to all organi- 
zations, and in a large measure necessary for 
their continuance. At the same time, it is a 
perpetual obstacle to progress, and the hetero- 
dox are the true prophets of the dawn. Dr. 
Wallace has lived to see part of his once hetero- 
dox opinions become orthodox, while others are 
still rejected by the majority as unworthy of 
consideration. Consequently, to the ordinary 
" well-behaved " scientist, he seems to be a sort 
of double personality, a mixture of genius and 
absurdity. 

In the case of any man of great intellectual 
power, it is not to be expected that all his opin- 
ions will be justified by subsequent knowledge. 
Darwin was undoubtedly in error in respect to 
certain matters ; and presumably the same will 
have to be said of Wallace. But this should 
not blind us for a moment to the immense 
service performed, or should we hastily assume 
that the opinion of the day is correct. I recall 
a little matter which well illustrates Dr. Wal- 
lace's power of reasoning, and at the same time 
the shortsightedness of naturalists. Some fif- 
teen years ago there was in preparation a new 
edition of " Island Life," in which Dr. Wallace 
discussed the animals of the British Islands, 
and argued that there ought to be some species 
and varieties peculiar to Britain. Lists of sup- 
posed peculiar forms were prepared, but zoolo- 
gists and botanists were alike skeptical. Some 
were " probably not distinct," others " would 
certainly be found on the continent." The 
general attitude was one of incredulity or even 
contempt. Since that time, however, particular 
groups have been studied much more carefully 
than ever before (follo\*'ing the methods intro- 
duced by certain American naturalists), and 
although it is true that some of the kinds for- 
merly listed must be stricken out, a whole series 
of insular forms has been detected among the 
mammals, which were supposed to be *• perfectiy 
known " ! Only last year, even, a very distinct 
new species of mouse was recorded. Dr. Wal- 
lace has thus been justified beyond his expecta- 
tions, and when the same careful methods are 
applied to the whole of the British fauna and 
flora, the results \*'ill no doubt be such as would 
make the orthodox nineteenth-century natural- 
ist stare. 

I refer to this matter, because I have some 
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how facts which are perfectly evident when 
brought to light, may remain undiscovered be- 
neath our very noses. 

Probably the most objectionable of Dr. Wal- 
lace's opinions, in the eyes of orthodox science, 
are those relative to spirtualism. Without 
knowing anything particular about the matter, 
most people will exhaust their language of abuse 
upon this subject. Those scientific men who 
reject the whole body of evidence are proclaimed 
as sound of mind, though their methods of re- 
search may have been such as woidd be called 
ridicidous if applied to any other subject. Those 
who become convinced that there is something 
not explained by known " laws of nature " are 
held to have " a screw loose somewhere," though 
they may be known masters in research, such as 
Crookes, Oliver Lodge, William James, and 
Wallace. It is perfectly evident, and thor- 
oughly recognized by all those who have given 
much attention to the matter, that the laws gov- 
erning spiritual existence cannot at present be 
defined. It is held that the " supernatural " is 
as " natural " as anything else, but it is con- 
fessedly difficidt to comprehend. Some day, 
perhaps, there wiU arise a Darwin of spiritual- 
ism, who wiU put the whole subject on an intel- 
ligible basis ; and then it will be seen that we 
were groping in the dark before like the pre- 
Darwinian evolutionists. 

It will be clear to the reader that the life of 
such a man as Wallace cannot fail to be of sur- 
passing interest. Like Herbert Spencer, he has 
chosen to present it to us in considerable detail, 
and with absolute frankness. In it, we trace the 
development of generalizations from apparently 
trivial beginnings, and are presented with a pic- 
ture of past times, which seem now so remote as 
to be almost prehistoric. There is a good deal 
of matter in the book which does not strike one 
as being particularly valuable or important ; 
but on the other hand, the variety of subjects 
discussed, and the wide human interests of the 
author, cause it to appeal to a far larger circle 
than the usual biography of a man engaged in 
the investigation of technical matters. The 
splendid courage and honesty exhibited cannot 
fail to be inspiring, even to those who do not 
agree with the views advocated. They teach a 
lesson which is sorely needed by the present 
generation, with its altogether too slavish sub- 
servience to the powers that be. It is interest- 
ing to find that with aU this, there went a shy- 
ness and timidity in the presence of others, 
which was never quite overcome. In discuss- 
ing certain humiliating and Ul-suited pvmish- 



ments of childhood, attention is called to the 
right of each individual to have his personality 
respected, even in blame. It is remarked that 
this is far better recognized in China and Japan 
than with us. 

" With them this principle is taught from childhood, 
and pervades every class of society, while with us it 
was oidy recognized by the higher classes, and by them 
rarely extended to uiferiors or to children. The feeling 
that demands this recognition is certainly strong in 
many children, and those who have suffered imder the 
failure of their elders to respect it, can well appreciate 
the agony of shame endured by the more civilized 
Eastern peoples, whose feelings are so often outraged 
by the total absence of all respect shown them by their 
European masters or conquerors. In thus recognizing 
the sanctity of this deepest of human feelmgs these peo- 
ple manifest a truer phase of civilization than we have 
attained to. Even savages often surpass us in this 
respect." (Vol. 1, p. 62.) 

The author's travels in South America and the 
Malay Archipelago are not described at great 
length, because he long ago published books 
about them. The best part of his South Ameri- 
can collection was lost through the burning of 
the ship on the homeward voyage, of which a 
graphic account is given. Only some drawings 
of palms and fishes were saved ; the latter have 
recently been examined by a specialist, and it 
turns out that many of the species have never 
been obtained again to this day. A short chap- 
ter is devoted to the memory of H. E. Wallace, 
a brother of Dr. Wallace, who went out to Brazil 
to assist him in his work, and died of yellow 
fever at Para. Herbert Wallace was not a nat- 
uralist, but was very fond of writing verse, and 
several of his productions are printed. In one 
of them we fuid the lines : 

" For here upon the Amazon 
The dread mosquito bites — 
Inflames the blood with fever," etc. 

At that time, of course, it was wholly unknown 
that the mosquito carried the germ of yellow 
fever ; but these lines seem curiously prophetic. 

The journey to the Malay region was more 
successftd from every point of view. The mate- 
rials obtained were enormous, including almost 
inmunerable new species. Some of the insects 
have not been described yet, from the lack of 
specialists to study them. 

Although Darwin and Wallace might have 
been considered rivals, the fact that they had 
independently worked out the same theory never 
led to anything but warm friendship between 
them. Each always tried to give the f idlest 
credit to the other, and Wallace called his book 
on the theory of evolution " Darwinism." Stress 
has sometimes been laid on the fact that Wallace 
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these are discussed fully in the Life, but it is 
shown that they were insignificant in compari- 
son with the great and fundamental agreement. 
Darwin's last letter to Dr. Wallace is given, 
and the latter adds this interesting comment : 

" This letter is to me, perhaps, the most interesting 
I eyer received from Darwin, since it shows that it was 
only the engrossing interests of his scientific and liter- 
ary work, performed under the drawback of almost 
constant ill-health, that prevented him from taking a 
more active part in the discussion of those social and 
political questions that so deeply affect the lives and 
happiness of the great bulk of the people. It is a great 
satisfaction that his last letter to me, written within 
nine months of his death, and terminating a correspond- 
ence which had extended over a quarter of a century, 
should be so cordial, so sympathetic, and broad-minded." 
(Vol. 2, p. 15.) 

In 1886-7 Dr. Wallace ^^sited America, 
travelling from the Atlantic to the Pacific. He 
gives a fiUl accovmt of his experiences, with many 
observations on matters biological and sociologi- 
cal. I should like to quote his conclusions at 
some length, but it is impossible in a short no- 
tice. While enthusiastically admiring the gran- 
deur and beauty of the Kocky Movmtains, the 
Calif omian Sierras, and other regions, and fully 
appreciating the good qualities of America and 
Americans, he deplores the spread of sordid com- 
mercialism, and the way in which man has in so 
many places destroyed the beauty of nature. 
The same is true in England, he says : " Both 
countries are creating ugliness, both are de- 
stroying beauty ; but in America it is done on a 
larger scale and with a more hideous monotony " 
(p. 193.) 

The book is well illustrated ; but one cannot 
help wishing that instead of some of the plates 
which have little to do with the narrative, or 
little intrinsic value, we could have been favoretl 
with portraits of some of the great naturalists 
with whom the author was associated. — such, 
for instance, as Bates and Spruce. 

T. D. A. COCKERELL. 



STrrWES IX Frexc H Literatltue.* 

The agreeable and informing essays that 
make up Mr. Gosse's recent volume of •• French 
Profiles "" are not new. Most of them have 
appeared in print before, and some of them date 
back nearly twenty years. But readers of Mr. 
Gosse's other books and those who had the 
pleasure of reading these essays on their first ap- 
pearance will not be disposed to complain that 

•Fbench Profiles. By Edmund Gosse. New York : Dodd, 
Mead & Co. 



they are now rescued from their hiding places in 
magazines and reviews and given a more access- 
ible abiding place in a book, as befits their em- 
inently companionable nature. In subject they 
range aU the way from the "• Portuguese Let- 
ters," — those passionate outpourings of devotion 
and indignant reproach vnth which, from her 
convent at Beja, the abandoned " Mariana in the 
South " pursued the receding footsteps of the 
conquering and inconstant Marquis de Chamilly, 
and which came from the press almast at the same 
moment with the Tartttffe of Moliere. — to the 
poetic novelties of the year 1904 : and in scope 
from the fvdl length silhouette, like the studies of 
Alfred de Vigny, Mademoiselle Aisse, Alphonse 
Daudet, Barbey d'Atirevilly, and Ferdinand 
Fabre, to the few swift strokes with which a 
feature or an expression is caught and fixed, as in 
the pages devoted to Mallarme, Albert Samain, 
M. Emile Verhaeren. and M. Paul Fort, or to 
recent books of M. Paid Bourget, M. Pierre 
Loti, M. Henri de Regnier, and M. Anatole 
France. Not the least welcome is the sketch that 
informs us about the modest (in every sense) 
beginnings of one of the newest immortals, M. 
Rene Bazin ; and not the least interesting is the 
study of the short stories of Zola, in which Mr. 
Gosse discovers that deep spring of idealism 
that put on strange disguises in the novels of the 
Rougon-Macquart series, but asserted itself so 
clearly in his last works. 

In spite of this wide variety of theme and com- 
plete lack of sequence and connection bet^^een 
the papers, the residting book does not lack a 
certain kind of unity. This results partly from 
the imfailing qualities of Mr. Gosse's style : and 
partly from the point of riew from which the sub- 
ject is uniformly regarded, which is the " incom- 
plete and indirect " point of view of " one who 
paints a face in profile." If the task essayed is 
thus a modest and restricted one, it is not on that 
accoimt easy. The two blocks of stumbling are 
clearly indicated in the preface when Mr. Gosse 
thus defines his purpose : 

«♦ I have tried to preserve that attitude of sympathy, 
of general comprehension, for the lack of which some 
English criticism of foreign authors has been valueless, 
because proceeding from a point of view so far out of 
focus as to make its whole presentation false; and yet 
I have remembered that it is a foreigner that takes the 
portrait, and that it is for a foreign audience, not for a 
native one. 

" What I have sought in every case to do is to give 
an impression of the figure before me which shall be in 
general harmony with the tradition of French criticism, 
but at the same time to preserve that independence 
which is the right of a foreign observer, and to illus- 
trate the peculiarities of my subject by references to 
English poetry and prose. " 



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It goes without saying that the programme 
thus traced is admirably realized. Few men of 
English speech could bring to its accomplish- 
ment so happy a gift of characterization, so 
engaging a style, so much intelligence and 
sympathy, so large a stock of precise informal 
tion, so extended an outlook over the long and 
wide expanse of modem literature. To what 
other, indeed, coidd a committee of discrimina- 
ting French critics have turned so confidently 
with the invitation to address the Societe des 
Conferences of Paris on " The Influence of 
France upon English Poetry"? We shoidd be 
very ungracious indeed were we to lament that 
the profiles are not something different, and that 
if we have made already a first-hand acquaint- 
ance with the subjects whom he introduces he 
does not lead us much further into their intimacy, 
or thi'ow upon the intricacies and obscurities of 
their message, if such there be, a more searching 
illumination. We are glad to take them grate- 
fidly as they are, and to feel that in their kind 
they could hardly be better. Never have the fea- 
tures and expressions of the familiar faces that 
pass in procession before us been caught more 
nicely or fixed on canvas more dexterously. And 
even when those of whom Mr. Gosse discourses 
are old axjquaintances, we shall get something 
more than an aesthetic pleasure from his compan- 
ionship. We can hardly listen half an hour to his 
well-informed talk without receiving manifold in- 
struction. There are even two or three positive 
additions to the sum of knowledge. Thus, in 
the study of de Vigny, our knowledge of the 
extent and promptitude of his response to En- 
glish influences is enlarged at several points ; 
and in the paper on the " Portuguese Letters " 
much exact information, drawn from conceal- 
ment in the papers of a provincial society, is 
turned to account for establishing the source and 
original sequence of these letters. 

In view of all this it wiU not detract appre- 
ciably from the interest of the general reader 
who is likely to take up such a volume at all 
that almost every page betrays the professional 
bias of the man of letters and of the historian 
of literature. The men and works observed are 
viewed in their historical connections, as mo- 
ments in a changing and developing theory and 
praxjtice of poetic art. That is inevitable, of 
course, when Mr. Gosse is dealing with poets 
like M. Henri de Regnier, Stephane Mallarme, 
or M. Paid Fort, who have been much pre- 
occupied with the teclmique of their art. But 
when speaking of de Vigny also he is much in- 
terested in the question of his artistic originality 



and his relations to the main literary influences 
of the time. It is as a historian of literature that 
he insists, with rather too much emphasis, we 
suspect, on the immediate and great influence of 
the "• Portuguese Letters " on prose style, both 
in England and in France. It is as a historian 
again that, by way of preface to his sympathetic 
sketch of M. Rene Bazin, he comments with 
much shrewdness on the " curious condition of 
the French novel " at the particidar moment in 
question. It is preeminently as the historian of 
English literature that he appears in the address 
on " The Influence of France ujx)n English 
Poetry " which here sees the light for the first 
time in its original English form. Within the 
brief limits of such an address no attempt is 
made, of course, to enimierate all the debts that 
English poetry owes to France. Mr. Gosse 
rather tries to distinguish broadly between two 
different ways in which English literature has 
borrowed from its neighbor, and the more con- 
spicuous residts in each kind. 

These two kinds of borrowing are, the one 
superficial, the other material ; the one of 
" color," the other of " substance." The sub- 
stantial borrowing is that exemplified by the 
drama of the Restoration ; imitation is gross and 
slavish, and individuality has been resigned. This 
is the sign of an unliealthy condition. " These 
are cases where an exliausted literature, in ex- 
treme decay, is kept alive by borrowing its very 
body and essence from a foreign source." On 
the other hand the times when a literature takes 
on a color from a foreign source are likely to be 
moments of health and vigor. This second man- 
ner of influence Mr. Gosse illustrates by the ex- 
ample of the Roman de la Rose and the part 
of the French poets in forming the talent of 
Chaucer, and again by Pope. The address is 
suggestive, especially of questions. We find our- 
selves wondering if literature is really conceived 
of as a living organism, imposing itself upon 
the series of individuals that seem to produce it, 
which would be to out-Brimetiere M. Brune- 
tiere's evolving literary species. Or is this 
impression but one of those illusions that the 
insufficiency of hmnan speech is constantly 
creating for us? Does Mr. Gosse mean any- 
thing more, after all, than that your small 
talent imitates crudely and slavishly, and your 
great talent originally and creatively, whether 
the models be imported or domestic ? 

Suggestive as the address is, it is not the part 
of the book that will be most enjoyed, even by 
those who may have a kind of professional in- 
terest in literary history. It is perhaps when 



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Mr. Gosse is least erudite and draws upon his 
store of personal reminiscences of men he has 
known in the body that he is most charming. 
The brief, fugitive glimpse of Verlaine is deli- 
cious, and from this a quotation must be taken. 

" It was all excessively amusing [he has been dining 
with a mixed company of lyrical sjTnbolists at a res- 
tatirant of the Latin Quarter], but deep down in my 
consciousness, tolling like a little bell, there continued 
to sound the words, ' We have not seen Verlaine.' I 
was losing all hope, and we were descending the Boide- 
vard, our faces set for home, when two more poets, a 
male and a female, most amiably hurried to meet as 
with the intoxicating news that Verlaine had been seen 
to dart into a little place called the Caf^ SoleU d'Or. 
Thither we accordingly hied, buoyed up by hope, tuod 
our party, now containing a dozen persons (all poets), 
rushed into an almost empty drinking-shop. But no 
Verlaine was to be seen. M. Mor^as then collected ns 
round a table, and fresh grenadines were ordered. 

" Where I sat, by the elbow of M. Mor&«, I was op- 
posite an open door, absolutely dark, leading down, by 
oblique stairs, to a cellar. As I idly watched this square 
of blackness I suddenly saw some ghostly shape flutter- 
ing at the bottom of it. It took the form of a strange 
bald head, bobbing close to the ground. Although it 
was BO dim and vague, an idea crossed my mind. Not 
daring to speak, I touched M. Mor^as, and so drew his 
attention to it. ' Pas un mot, pas un geste. Monsieur! ' 
he whispered, and then, instructed in the guile of his 
race, insidious Danaum, the eminent author of Let Can- 
tUmes. rose, making a vague detour towards the street, 
and then plunged at the cellar door. There was a pro- 
longed scuffle and a rolling down stairs; then M. Mo- 
r&s reapjKjared, triumphant; behind him something 
flopped up out of the darkness like an owl, — a timid 
shambling figure m a soft black hat, with jerking hands, 
and it peeped with intention to disappear again. But 
there were cries of ' Venez done, Maitre,' and by-and- 
by Verlaine was persuaded to emerge definitely and to 
git by me." 

All in all. Mr. Gosse's " French Profiles " 
is a volume to strengthen the present entente 
cordiale l>etween English and French by con- 
tributing towards mutual understanding and 
appreciation. One or two e\adences that oxir 
historian's memorj^ is not infallible (as the 
apparent oversight of Otway's " Titus and 
Berenice," p. 353). or that, felicitous as his 
phrase is, he can absent him from felicity on 
occasion (e, g. " a surprising narrative is welL, 
though extremely leisurely, told." p. 105), do 
not matter. Akthte G. Caxfield. 



Becext Fiction.* 



Two important educational books now in preparation 
by Messrs. Houghton, Mifflin & Co. are a volume of 
" Selections from Newman," edited by Dr. Maurice 
Egan, of the Catholic University of Washington; and 
an edition of Bacon's Essays, with introduction and 
notes by Ikliss Mary Augusta Seott, Professor of En- 
glish Language and Lit.erature, Smith College. Dr. 
Egan has recently been decorated by King Leopold of 
Belgium " for distinguished literary merit." 



*'The House of Mirth " appears to be the novel of 
the season in the sense that it is the novel that has 
occasioned the most discussion of a serious sort. It 
is a work which has enlisted the matured powers of 
a writer whose performance is always distinguished, 
and whose coupling of psychological insight with the 
gift of expression is probably not surpassed by any 
other woman novelist of our time. It is a story 
elaborated in every detail to a high degree of refine- 
ment, and evidently a product of the artistic eon- 
science. Having paid this deserved tribute to tte 
finer characteristics, we are bound to add that it is 
deficient in interest. The reason is not far to se^ 
There is no section of American society — or of society 
anywhere, for that matter — so absolutely devoid of 
appeal to the sympathies of normally-constituted 
intelligences as the vain and vulgar element that 
disports itself in our larger citi€«5 as the only society 
worth considering, this pretension being based upon 
wealth alone, with its natural accompaniment of self- 
seeking display and frivolity. A novelist of areb> 
angehcal powers could not make interesting M 
sorr>' a phase of hiunanity as this, and because Mrs. 
Wharton has described for us this tj-pe and this 
alone, we turn her pages impatiently, and look in 
vain for relief from their emptiness. What she can 
do with real material she has evidenced in "The 
Valley of Decision," a book that we admire heartily 
enough to permit ns the severity with which we are 
appraising the content, as distinguished from the 
form, of the faeesent work. What justification may 
be offered for the book as a portrayal of any sort of 
human life is found in the plt^ of ite satiric intent 
— of its character as an American " Vanity Fair," — 
but this will not take us verj' far. The pungent 
wickedness of Becky Sharp gives her a reasonable 
excuse for being, but we cannot find in Lily Bart 
the positive qualities for either good or evil that 
make it worth while to follow her fortunes through 
five hundred and more pages of print- When she 

*Thb House of Mibth. By Editli Wtaartcm. New Tock: 
Ch&rles Scribner'B So>ns. 

The Nobthebjter. By Norah Davis. 'Sew York : The Oes- 
taiT Co. 

Ltnktte akd the GoNGKimBiCAsr. By Mary Farley Bao- 
bom. Boston : Little, Brown. & Oo. 

Bib EAorx. A Tale of the Theft of an Empire. By James M. 
Lodlow. New York : The Fleming H. B^vell Co. 

A SwoKD OF THE Ou> PsoisTiKR. A Tale of Fort CSurtoes 
and Detroit. By BAndaU Parrish. Chicago: A. C.MoClnrg&Oo. 

Losers" LrcK. By Charles Tenney Jackson. New York: 
Henry Holt & Co. 

Twisted EcLAjmirE. By H. B. Marriott Watson. New 
York : D. Appleton & Oo. 

Stakvbcbow Fakm. By Stanley J. Weyman. New York: 
Longmans, Green, & Oo. 

Kipps. The Story of a Simple Soul. By H. G. WeUs. New 
York : Charles Scribner's Sons. 

The Princess Pbjscilla'b Fobtkight. By the author at 
"Elizabeth and her German Garden." New Toxk: Cbaites 
Scribner's Sons. 

The Flfte of Pan. By John Oliver Hobbee. New York: 
D. Appleton & Co. 

The Pbofesbob's Lbgact. By Mrs. Alfred Bidfwick. New 
York : Henry Holt A Oo. 



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has come to the end of her tether, the moral of her 
story is embodied in an impressive paragi'aph. 

" It was no longer, however, from the vision of material 
poverty that she turned with the greatest shrinking. She 
had a sense of deeper impoverishment — of an inner desti- 
tution compared to which outer conditions dwindled into 
insignificance. It was indeed miserable to be poor — to look 
forward to a shabby, anxious middle-age, leading by dreary 
degrees of economy and self-denial to gradual absorption in 
the dingy communal existence of the boarding-house. But 
there was something more miserable still — it was the clutch 
of solitude at her heart, the sense of being swept like a stray 
uprooted growth down the heedless current of the years. 
That was the feeling which possessed her now — the feeling 
of being something rootless and ephemeral, mere spin-drift of 
the whirling surface of existence, without anything to which 
the poor little tentacles of self could cling before the awful 
flood submei^ed them. And as she looked back she saw 
that there had never been a time when she had had any real 
relation to life. Her parents too had been rootless, blown 
hither and thither on every wind of fashion, without any 
personal existence to shelter them from its shifting gusts. 
She herself had g^wn up without any one spot of earth 
being dearer to her than another : there was no centre of 
early pieties, of grave endearing traditions, to which her 
heart could revert and from which it could draw strength 
for itself and tenderness for others." 

This is SO fine and true that it reconciles us in part 
to the complex of empty talk and petty intrigue and 
ignoble aim through which, as through a desert 
waste, we have toiled to reach it. But the question 
remains persistent whether it was worth while to 
describe at such length and with such infinite pains 
the career of any woman of whom it must be said 
in the end that she had never had any real relation 
to life. We are much inclined to doubt that it was 
worth while — for a writer of Mrs. Wharton's ex- 
ceptional gifts. 

"The Northerner," by Miss Norah Davis, is a 
novel of the new South struggling with the old, of 
the modern infusion of enterprise into the shiftless- 
ness of the past, of the conflict between rational ideas 
and crusted prejudice. The protagonist of this con- 
flict is a northern capitalist settled in Alabama as the 
owner and manager of the street railway and light- 
ing plant of a small town. His ways are not the 
ways of the natives, and he incurs their hatred. This 
leads to such unpleasant consequences as social os- 
tracism, underhanded conspiracy to ruin his business, 
and the actual wrecking of his establishment. The 
situation becomes so strained that only the precau- 
tions of his two or three friends save him from a 
summary disposal at the hands of the mob. The 
negro problem, and the iri-ational temper of the pop- 
ulace in any question that concerns a negro, figure 
largely in the story, and prepare the way for a lynch- 
ing scene that is described with ghastly picturesque- 
ness. The author seems to have gained a singularly 
subtle insight into the southern way of regarding the 
color question, but leaves it hardly less a mystery 
than before to the analytic intelligence. The book 
has a softer side, also, and embodies a charming love- 
story, in which the hero comes out as successfully as 
his failiu-e is complete in other respects. It is an un- 
usually strong book, with an unusually strong man 
for its central character. 



Just a love story — and a particularly nice one — 
is what we have in " Lynette and the Congressman," 
by Miss Mary Farley Sanborn. Lynette is a young 
woman who lives with her mother in a Washington 
boarding-house, and is employed in one of the gov- 
ernment departments. She is a Virginian, and not 
the least of her cliarms is her soft and appealing 
southern speech, which is so reproduced in the text 
as to make its delicious accent sound in ovu' ears. 
The congi'essman is from Michigan, and is a wid- 
ower with two half-grown boys. He is besieged in 
the citadel of his affections by a pettish and opulent 
beauty who has distinctly vixenish characteristics, 
and his acts sometimes verge upon indiscretion. But 
his love for Lynette is the real thing, and saves him 
from the assaults of her designing rival. We do not 
quite like Lynette's daring experiment, which leads 
her, under an assumed name, to enter her rival's 
service as a maid, in order that she may find out 
whether the former is really deserving of the con- 
gressman's regard. The situation is, however, deftly 
managed, and not as unpleasant as it would seem from 
this description. 

The Rev. James M. Ludlow, who achieved a brilliant 
success with " The Captain of the Janizaries " about 
twenty years ago, and who has since been moderately 
successfvd with certain historical romances upon bib- 
lical themes, is to be congratulated upon his return 
to a subject similar in type to that of his first and best 
book. His new romance, " Sir Raoul," is a story of 
the Fom-th Crusade, and of its diversion, through 
Venetian intrigue, from its primary object to the raid 
upon Constantinople, which resulted in the brief res- 
toration of the Emperor Alexius, the temporary union 
of the Greek and Roman churches, and the estab- 
lishment of the Latin Empire of the East under 
Baldwin. Here is material enough and to spare ; 
the richness of the material, in fact, is responsible for 
the chief fault of the book, which huddles one event 
upon another to confusing effect. Mr. Ludlow's hero 
is a youthful knight of the Black Forest, who suffers 
disgrace early in his career, and is given out for dead, 
but who in reality remains very much alive, and par- 
ticipates, under an assmned name, in the exciting 
happenings with which the romance is concerned. 
The interest is sustained at a high pitch throughout, 
and the author's knowledge of his subject seems to 
embrace both the broad historical issues of the period 
and a diversity of cm*ious matters of detail respect- 
ing such things as chivalry, topography, and the 
secret ways of Venice and Constantinople. A neat 
and pointed style provides the story with an added 
element of attractiveness. 

Mr. Randall Parrish has given us a spirited ro- 
mance of Fort Chartres and Detroit in the days of 
the conspiracy of Pontiac, when Frenchmen were 
stiU clinging to a forlorn hope in their Mississippi 
valley outposts, and dreaming that a change in the 
political kaleidoscope might yet restore to them the 
dominion that had been lost forever when Wolfe had 
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Sword of the Old Frontier " is the title of this work, 
which describes a perilous journey from the Ohio 
River through the wilderness to Detroit, the hero 
being entrusted with the care of a young woman, 
who spurns hini at first, as all haughty and well- 
conducted heroines are expected to do, and graciously 
yields in the end. which we are all the time comfort- 
ably assured is inevitable. The story is strictiy con- 
ventional in t^'pe, but the type is one that has justi- 
fied its right to exist, which is the chief matter. 

" Losers' Luck," by ISIr. Charles Tenney Jackson? 
is a storj' of " the questionable enterprises of a yachts 
man, a princess, and certain filibusters in Central 
America." The yachtsman, a reckless American 
millionaire, with a trio of his friends, is kidnapped in 
the harbor of San Francisco by the princess and the 
filibusters. The yacht and its legitimate proprietors 
are hurried to the coast of Central America, the un- 
willing captives warming up to the enterprise as their 
indignation cools. This fact is to be accounted for 
by the winsome charm of the princess and the dare- 
devil characteristics of the yachtsman. They are 
soon plunged into the thick of a revolutionary upris- 
ing, and some very prett)- scrimmages ensue. The 
revolution is a failure, and the heroine for whose 
beaux t/eitx the yachtsman has committed himself to 
the dangerous enterprise, has the bad taste to prefer 
a Spanish to an American lover, which leaves the 
yachtsman disconsolate. Nevertheless, his last re- 
mark is to the effect that he would like to do it all 
over again. This lively book may be described as 
a blend of Bret Harte and Mr. Richard Harding 
Davis, and the mixture is commendable. 

"Twisted Eglantine." by ^Ir. H. B. Marriott 
Watson, is an English novel of the days of the 
Regency. A rustic beautj', who has character as 
well as charm, is the heroine, and her favor is 
assiduously sought by two persons — one an impet- 
uous young soldier, her associate from childhood, 
the other an accomplished rake and dandy of the 
court. For a time the latter seems to prevail and 
when he succeeds in enticing the girl to London, 
and dazzling her with the spectacle of fashionable 
society, the hopes of her soldier lover are at low 
ebb. But when the ■villainous intentions of Sir Piers 
are disclosed, and when at the call of the harassed 
damseL Faversham deserts from the army in Flan- 
ders and hastens to her rescue, the situation is 
changed, and the conventional romantic ending is 
assured. Despite his selfishness and his cjTiicism, 
Sir Piers is presented to us as so attractive a figure 
that we are almost sorry for his discomfiture. He 
puts his rival so neatiy in the wrong whenever the 
two men come into conflict, that we cannot blame 
Barbara from being tempted by his blandishments. 
Whatever the author may think of him in the char- 
acter of the moralist, there is no doubt that he fav- 
ors him in the character of the artist. And we are 
not abusing the word artist in this connection, for 
Mr. Marriott Watson has never given us a fiiier 
character-study than this of Sir Piers. It is hardly 



necessarj' to say also, for those who are to any 
degree acquainted with his work, that the book has 
a distinction of style which sets it far above the 
level of most books of its class. 

Another novel of about the same period is ]Mr. 
WejTuan's " Starvecrow Farm," which stands in 
sharp contrast to the sort of historical romance 
which we associate with his name. Here the her- 
oine elopes with the villain in the first chapter, but 
the villain is a very low scoundrel indeed, and his 
victim is soon undeceived. Soon abandoned by him, 
she has a variety of distressing experiences, which 
include a sojourn in jail, and a hairbreadth escape 
from a gang of cutthroats. Captain Clyne, who loves 
her after a fashion, and who saves her from the 
consequences of her imprudence, is by no means a 
hero of the romantic type, but is so vast an improve- 
ment upon the fellow who had so nearly been the 
cause of her undoing, that she accepts him grate- 
fully in the end, after the usual measure of misun- 
derstanding. This is by no means the best of Mr. 
Weyman's novels, but it has a considerable interest 
nevertheless. 

The appalling vulgarity of English lower-class 
society, its absolute aloofness from everything that 
gives a spiritual meaning to life, its utter imper- 
viousness to ideas of any kind, are the impressions 
that chiefly remain after reading " Kipps." Mr. 
Wells describes the hero of this realistic narrative 
as " a simple soul," but the description is inadequate, 
for he is represented as an esprit bomS beyond our 
powers of credulity, if we are to regard him as 
being in any way of a normal type. For experi 
ence will knock even the meanest of normal natures 
into some sort of conformity with a new environ- 
ment, but Kipps, born in povert}% and unexpectedly 
raised to affluence, shows no adaptability' whatever, 
and proves incapable of sloughing off even the 
externals of the habit that has been fashioned for 
him by his instincts and his surroundings. Per- 
sistence of essential character under changed con- 
ditions is undoubtedly one of the deepest lessons of 
psychology-, but average human nature is capable 
of a good deal of transformation to superficial seem- 
ing. Kipps, the draper's assistant, however, when 
he becomes Kipps the opulent, courted by society, 
remains a shop-boy no less in manner than in soul, 
and this despite his most resolute determination to 
acquire the ways of the class into which he has been 
suddenly elevated. This serves the author's pur- 
pose of humorous exaggeration, but it is not good 
science, and science is supposed to be Mr. Wells's 
trump suit. Nevertheless, the story of Kipps and 
his social mishaps is fascinating because of its merci- 
less analysis of the irredeemably vulgar type of 
mind, because of its truthfulness of sordid detail, 
and because of its satirical side-lights upon the fads 
and follies of the age. We cannot easily forget, for 
example, such a characterization as that of one of 
the minor figures, the young man "who had been 
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bility he was the Non-Moral Overman referred to 
by that writer." We are quite prepared, after this, 
to expect the eventual crash in the finances of 
Kipps, who has rashly placed his property under the 
management of the young man thus neatly described. 
The book offers many such bits of entertainment as 
this, besides displajang an almost Dickens-like gift 
for the portrayal of eccentric traits and types of 
character. 

The author of " Elizabeth and her German Gar- 
den " has given us, in "' The Princess Priscilla's 
Fortnight," the most charming extravaganza imag- 
inable. The Princess Priscilla, it seems, is a demure 
young thing who conforms outwardly to the life of 
the Grand Ducal court of Lothen-Kunitz, to the 
manner whereof she is born, but privately enter- 
tains her own views of things. Under the insidious 
influences of her tutor, the Hofbibliothekar, an 
impossible idealist of grandfatherly age, she has 
learned to despise the worldly advantages of her 
lot, and to yearn for the simple life. The crisis is 
reached when a marriage is planned for her with a 
prince whom she does not know. She informs her 
astonished tutor that in flight must be her salvation, 
and that he is to be her accomplice and companion. 
This innocent soul, ti"ansformed perforce into a con- 
spirator, plans their secret departure, and, good luck 
aiding them, the strangely-assorted pair of adven- 
turers make their way to England, and bury them- 
selves in a country village, where they obtain a 
rose-embowered cottage. They take with them 
Annalise, reckless of the possible consequences. 
This menial seems a properly subdued and inoffen- 
sive person, but she has capabilities, and their devel- 
opment leads to the undoing of her mistress. But 
this is to anticipate. Settled in the village, Pris- 
cDla proceeds to demoralize its inhabitants by means 
of what the scientific philanthropists call indiscrim- 
inate charity. She invites the neighborhood chil- 
dren to Sunday parties, feeding their sinful bodies 
and imperilling their immortal souls. She employs 
help at unheard-of wages. She ruins the character 
of the model pauper of the village — a bedridden 
old woman — by gifts of five-pound notes and bot- 
tles of rum. She causes both the son of the vicar 
and the son of the great lady of the parish to fall 
wildly in love with her (she can't help that, poor 
thing I ) and thereby stormUy agitates the breasts of 
their respective mothers. It is all one bright dream 
of realized ideals until the money gives out, when 
clouds encompass the scene. Then Annalise be- 
comes obstreperous, reveals the whereabouts of the 
truants, and the prince appears to bear away his 
betrothed. It is a lovely story, and the fortnight 
which it describes is all too brief for om* enjoyment, 
although it proves quite sufficient to cure the prin- 
cess of her vagrant fancies, and to reconcile her to 
the existence upon which she had impulsively turned 
her back. 

"The Flute of Pan," which is the latest of the 
inventions of that accomplished woman of letters, 



"John Oliver Hobbes," is also about a piincess, and is 
quite as fantastic a tale, in its way, as the one pre- 
viously under discussion. This princess, however, 
does not desert her principality", but, finding it threat- 
ened by armed invasion, imports a husband to com- 
mand her forces, and share with her the cares of state. 
He is an eccenti'ic Englishman of title and wealth, 
who has renounced the world of vanity, and is engaged 
in the pursuit of art. She finds him in his lodgings 
at Venice, and bends him, not altogether unwillingly, 
to her pm-pose, he, however, making the condition 
that when order shall be restored to the agitated realm, 
she shall abdicate, and retui-n to share his humble 
life as an artist in Venice. The subsequent narrar 
tive is occupied, not so much with warlike adventure 
as with the private misunderstandings which keep 
the two at cross-purposes for a long time. Briefly 
stated, each suspects the other of an illicit entangle- 
ment. When these dark suspicions are cleared away, 
and when the enemy is defeated, the princess car- 
ries out her part of the bargain in good faith, but in 
the end new difficidties arise which compel her and 
her consort to take up once more the burden of rule. 
The whole story is told in the vein of comedy, and 
is but a trifling performance. For the explanation 
of the symbolical title, we must refer readers to the 
book itself. 

A pleasing story of love, misunderstanding, and 
reconciliation is told by Mrs. Alfred Sidgwick in 
"The Professor's Legacy." The professor is an 
eminent German authority on corals, and the legacy 
is his daughter, whom he leaves to the care of an 
Englishman of mature years, who has collaborated 
with him in the work which he does not live to com- 
plete. The Englishman offers marriage to the girl, 
as the simplest means of taking care of her, and she 
accepts, despite a girlish infatuation for a German 
musician. The scene then changes from Fichten- 
stadt to a country estate in England, but relations 
between husband and wife remain strained, he not 
seeing that she has really come to care for him, and 
she not discovering the genuine love concealed be- 
neath his cold exterior. This device keeps the story 
going until it has attained the requisite length, when 
the mutual misunderstandings are cleared away. 
The story is, as we said at the beginning, a pleas- 
ant one, embodying no very deep passion or subtle 
analysis of character, but nevertheless an agreeable 
composition of nicely-adjusted parts. 

William Morton Payxe. 



Notes ox Xeav Novels. 



" The Javelin of Fate," by Miss Jeanie Gould Lin- 
coln, is distinguished from the mass of current fiction 
by the technical skill with which it presents a plot that 
has in itself real movement and vitality. It is a Civil 
War story, its action centering in that hot-bed of rebel- 
lion, Baltimore. But it begins twenty years before the 
war, in a little moimtain cabin in Virginia, where a dis- 
tracted yoiuig mother deserts her cliild amid the pro- 



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phetic imprecations of the old niainmy in whose care she 
leaves it. For years she escapes the nemesis of fate, 
but throughout her brilliant career there is one motive 
behind her social activities and political intrigues — the 
wish to punish the man who spoUed her youth and 
robbed her of the capacity for happiness. At last her 
opportunity arrives, but old instincts and old affections 
assert themselves. She forgives the man and goes to 
find her child. Then the javelin strikes her. This is 
the main thread of the narrative, which is skilfully inter- 
woven with others less sombre. (Houghton, MifBin & 
Co.) 

In " Miss Desmond " (Macmillan) ^larie Van Vorst 
has made a long stride toward the writing of significant 
fiction. She has evolved a situation that Mr. Henry 
James would revel in; and without resorting to Mr. 
James's familiar method, she has brilliantly suggested, 
if she has not always developed, its subtleties. Her 
heroine, Miss Desmond, is a middle-aged recluse, a 
Bostonian Puritan, who has sacrificed her youth to an 
exacting old mother and has just awakened to the con- 
viction that she has never really lived. In this mood 
of tentative, half-frightened dissatisfaction and longing 
she is suddenly sumnaoned to chaperon a niece, — ^the 
sophisticated but unspoiled daughter of a thoroughly 
disreputable sister, — on a Swiss tour. A week later 
the object of the sister's latest love-affair comes by 
chance to their hotel. He finds in Miss Desmond the 
bodily appearance of the woman he had left in disgust, 
united to a spiritual beauty that he is in a mood to 
appreciate by contrast. The development of the theme 
is dramatic, though at times a little unsure; and the 
characterization is uncommonly delicate and significant. 

" The Passport " (Harper), by Mr. Richard Bagot, is 
a rather slow-moving story of love and intrigue, in an 
Italian setting. A parish priest with a mysterious past 
is the ruling character. He has an interest, dating back 
to the time when he was a canon at Rome, in the young 
hero and heroine; and he finally manages to convince 
the girl's step-mother that young Rossano and not the 
gambling Belgian baron, d'Antin, is the more suitable 
husband for her charge. The baron has a coadjutor in 
the person of the Abbd Roux, as great a scoundrel as 
himself, but not so clever. Peasant revolts add an ele- 
ment of variety to the plots and counter-plots of the 
villains. Mr. Bagot's style is clever and finished, and 
one wonders a little why his book does not make more 
of an impression. It may be safely recommended as a 
good story, likely to carry the reader pleasantly to the 
end of its four hundred closely-printed pages; but it 
lacks a definite, clear-cut motive that should give it 
force and value. 

Mr. W. W. Jacobs's latest book, "Captains All" 
(Scribner), is named after the first story in a collection 
of tales, only three of which are really nautical. But 
any disappointment that the reader may experience on 
this score is soon forgotten in his enjoyment of the au- 
thor's humor. Mr. Jacobs makes the doings and say- 
ings of a certain type of English low-life irresistibly 
funny in the telling. His sailors ashore, his constables, 
night-watchmen, small shop-keepers, pigeon-shooters, 
and their wives and friends, are delightful studies, de- 
picted vrith the same penetration and the same joyous 
appreciation of the comedy of life that distinguish all 
Mr. Jacobs's work. It is hard to pick out any stories 
deserving of special mention, for the workmanship is 
very even ; but certainly none are better than " The 
Constable's Move," which teUs how Policeman Evans's 



worst enemy unwittingly got him made a sergeant; and 
" The White Cat," the story of a strange legacy that 
brought as much trouble on its various owners as the 
proverbial white elephant. 

" Land Ho " (Haiper) is the title chosen for a collee- 
tion of Mr. Morgan Robertson's sea stories. In several of 
these are told the adventures of Scotty, an original old 
fellow forced by circumstances to be deck-hand on a 
freight barge in New York harbor, but leading a life 
full of interest and excitement none the less. The sea, 
8S Scotty and the rest of Mr. Robertson's heroes know 
it, is a hard mistress, exacting a heavy toll of labor and 
sorrow and making little return; and as a whole Mr. 
Robertson's book does not make cheerful reading. A 
strange case of souonambulism is the theme of " The 
Cook and the Captain "; " The Lobster " and his friends 
are only amateur sailors, and a few stories at the end 
of the book have no connection with the sea or its folk. 
It is a pity that Mr. Robertson does not occasionally 
choose to exploit a thoroughly pleasant theme. His 
style is powerful, but his insight is always exercised on 
gruesome situations. 

Mr. Charles Major's new romance " Yoluida " (Mae- 
millan) resembles " When Knighthood Was in Flower " 
more than it does any of this author's other books. 
There is a piquant and spirited heroine who braves 
everything for the man she loves, and the hero is satis- 
factory enough, though distinctly subordinate in the 
reader's interest, as was Brandon. The love affair leads 
the pair through many extraordinary perils and dilem- 
mas, but in the end the prince marries the princess ex- 
actly as their parents had planned, though the step is 
by no means taken out of deference to parental wishes. 
For some imexplainable reason Mr. Major has chosen 
to have the story related by Count Maximilian's tutor — 
a method which has its disadvantages when a passion- 
ate, and let us hope a private, love-scene is to be con- 
fided to the reader. In spite of this mistake, however, 
Mr. Major has written another good story, which his 
public will be glad to welcome. 

Miss Margaret Sherwood's new novel, " The Coming 
of the Tide " (Houghton, Mifflin & Co.), has much of 
the choice pastoral quality of her earlier book, " Daphne." 
This latter tale was so charming that it helped to set a 
fashion in fiction-writing; and perhaps it is only the 
host of perfunctory imitations that have come between 
to dull our appetites that makes " The Coming of the 
Tide " seem a little commonplace by comparison. It 
tells the story of a summer on the Maine coast, whither 
the heroine, a Southern girl, goes to forget a great sor- 
row. The plot, which is very simple, involves a study 
in heredity. The hero, a dreamy philosopher, is mor- 
bidly conscious of his inheritance of ancestral traits and 
ancestral quarrels. But the girl from Virginia makes 
him feel the joy of living, and understand the song of the 
tides. The charm of the book lies largely in Miss Sher- 
wood's delicate humor, delightful fancy, and carefully 
finished, but never coldly classic, style. 

Like all of Mr. Arthur Henry's stories, " Lodgings in 
Town " (A. S. Barnes & Co.) is more fact than fiction. 
It tells how the author came to New York with a clean 
collar, eight dollars, and a poem, what he found in the 
city to hold his interest, and how he finally chose the 
obscurity of a mountain farm, in preference to material 
advancement in town. Much of the interest of the story 
springs from the keen analysis of New York's peculiari- 
ties, as Mr. Henry, fresh from a strenuous career in the 
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book is its philosophy. If a man works not for money 
or for himself, but, " searching events for the soul of 
them," takes imaffected pleasure in what he can do for 
other men, he can be happy anywhere — and most easily 
perhaps in a Baxter Street tenement. The intimate, 
straightforward, and lively style in which Mr. Henry 
writes, and his large and convincing optimism, make a 
strong appeal to the reader's sympathy. 

The success scored by " In the Bishop's Carriage " 
lends special interest to Miss Miriam Michelson's new 
novel, "A Yellow Journalist" (Appleton). Like its 
predecessor this is a novel with a heroine ; and the new 
heroine, Rhoda Massey, has a strong individuality — 
a pluck, perseverance, and a certain feminine charm be- 
neath her masculine energy — that suggests Nancy, 
minus the curious moral .attitude that made Nancy so 
unique. Rhoda finds newspaper work as intoxicating as 
most girls do cotillons, and thinks of nothing but pleas- 
ing her chief and "scooping" her rivals. Reporting 
in San Francisco seems to furnish an abimdance of sen- 
sations, but the reader is not surprised when Rhoda 
gives it all up to marry the reporter that she had always 
secretly admired, though professionally they were at 
swords' points. 

After these many years Mr. Rider Haggard has writ- 
ten a sequel, or rather a continuation, of " She." It is 
called " Ayesha " (Doubleday, Page & Co.), and is the 
story of the further adventures of Mr. Holly, tlie real 
author of " She," and Leo Vincey in the momitains of 
Tibet, whither they went to seek the wonderful Spirit of 
the Mountain. This time the token of verity which 
Mr. Holly sends with his manuscript is the sceptre with 
which Ayesha was wont to rule the shadows in her 
moimtain temple. The story opens with an account of 
a vision in which the lovely Ayesha tells her mortal 
lover how to return to her. The adventures of the trav- 
ellers are of no ordinary kind. Seven years of awful 
hardship are dismissed in a brief paragraph, and only 
the last crucial moments of the search are detailed. It 
will be interesting to see how the new " She " strikes 
twentieth century tastes. 

Mr. Rupert Hughes, the author of " American Com- 
posers " and " The Love- Affairs of Great Musicians," 
has turned his insight into the emotional make-up of the 
musician to account by writing a novel. He calls it 
" Zal," which is a Polish word signifying the hopeless 
homesickness of the exile. The hero is a Polish musi- 
cian, named Ladislav, who wins a slow recognition and 
then an overwhelming success in America. But it is 
his love affair with a rich American girl, rather than his 
concert career, that engrosses the reader's attention. 
As a study of the artistic temperament " Zal " is very 
interesting, but Mr. Hughes makes a mistake in forcing 
his hero to choose between saving his mother or his 
sweetheart from drowning. Such an episode cannot be 
satisfactorily handled in fiction. Otherwise, particularly 
for a first novel, " Zal " shows very good workmanship. 
(Century Co.) 

" Lady Bobs, her Brother, and I " (Putnam) is already 
familiar to readers of " The Critic," where it appeared 
serially. Miss Jean Chamblin has followed a passing 
fashion in using the letter form for her story, and in 
supplementing plot interest with animated accounts of 
life and scenery m the Azores. Her protagonist is a 
yovmg actress, who, being tired and so impressed with 
the futility of her dramatic efforts, goes off to rest in a 
far corner of the earth and finds there most of the people 
she has particularly wished to get away from — includ- 



ing the inevitable lover. It is a pity that Miss Chamblin 
has felt it necessary to resort to meaningless slang and 
cheap humor in order to enliven her heroine's letters. 
In these days there is surely no good reason why an 
actress should not be represented as a cultured woman, 
exercising good taste in the choice of a vocabulary as 
in other matters. 

" Child of the Stars " is the mystical title of a some- 
what mystical tale by Mr. Robert Valentine Mathews. 
The narrative altogether lacks miity, but at certain 
points it has decided charm in spite of its annoying in- 
consecutiveness. At first it purports to be the avitobi- 
ography of a man who began his life as a foundling in 
a Jesuit orphanage. Riimiing away one day, not because 
of unhappiness but merely to explore the neighborhood, 
he foimd a little girl playing by the river. After this 
the story is more hers than his, and the title is the name 
of a famous pictm-e which her faithless husband painted. 
The picture, again, is in no sense the pivotal point of 
the story. Mr. Mathews has some mteresting material 
at his command, but he must either learn plot construc- 
tion or else avoid altogether the novel form. His 
" ChUd of the Stars " is a confusing hybrid, — neither 
novel nor simple narration. (Edwin C. Hill Co.) 

Mr. Herman Bernstein, already known as the author 
of several novels of Jewish life, in " Contrite Hearts " 
(A. Wessels Co.) presents still another picture of the 
simple yet picturesque manners of his people in Russia 
and New York. Mr. Bernstein's tale is sincere and 
quite devoid of artifice. It tells the story of two Jewish 
girls, the apostate daughters of Israel Lampert, cantor 
and reader of the law in his village. Both gii-ls love 
Gentiles and are cast out from their father's house. 
They go singly to New York, meet there by chance, and 
in the end renounce the new thought that is distiirbing 
their people's ancient beliefs, and become reconciled to 
their old father. The story has a curious mterest, as an 
interpretation, from the inside, of a theory of life utterly 
foreign to the average reader's ideas. 



Briefs ox Kew Books. 



A book of aood Holding that life is the test of thought, 
sense and not thought the test of life, Dr. Henry 

sound ideals. yg^j^ Dykg puts forth a volume of 
"Essays in Application" (Scribner), being ideas 
and ideals tested by experience and removed from 
the domain of theory to that of fact. On an early 
page he refers feelingly to " those hours of despond- 
ency and disappointment when the grasshopper and 
the critic become a burden." Nothing that is to be 
said of his book by the present critic will in the least 
intensify the gloom of those despondent hours ; for 
the essays are all excellent, both in substance and in 
form. The writer stands with both feet planted on 
the solid earth, while his " dome of thought " reaches, 
not into the clouds, but beyond them. In other words, 
practical good sense and lofty idealism are happily 
married in his pages. Wise counsel is offered on 
education, religion, literature, — its production and 
its consumption, — the simple life, and many other 
matters of universal interest. In his general reflec- 
tions on the progress of the world, he is optimistic, 
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never gets anywhere," he declares. •• It is a poor 
wagon that sets out with creaking and groaning." 
His definition of literature recalls Matthew Arnold's. 
" Lit€ratm-e," writes the later essayist, " is made up 
of those writings which translate the inner mean- 
ings of nature and life, in language of distinction 
and charm, touched with the personality of the au- 
thor, into artistic forms of permanent interest." 
Three e^-U tendencies he finds in our modern world 
against which the spirit of Christianity embodied in 
a worthy literature can do much to guard us. These 
are the growing idolatry of military glory, the grow- 
ing idolatry of wealth, and the growing spirit of 
frivolity. The last-named tendency gives occasion 
for mildly rebuking a brilliant contemporary British 
essayist, much given to paradox, who will need no 
more particular designation. Touching on educar 
tion. Dr. van Ih^ke deprecates the term '* finished 
scholar," which to him has a mortuary soxmd, like 
an epitaph. The right education teaches to see 
clearly, to imagine vividly, to think independently, 
and to win nobly. Terse and striking phraseology 
is not wanting in these suggestive chapters. The 
whirl of fashion shows us the '* busy emptiness of 
life at top speed." Would-be art connoisseurs "go 
into raptures over a crooked-necked Madonna after 
they have looked into their catalogues and discovered 
that it was painted by Botticelli." This, in Car- 
lylesque language, is " the veriest simian mimicry 
of artistic enthusiasm, a thing laughable to gods 
and men." A book so admirably combining enter- 
tainment and edification is not published every day, 
or every month. 

The blot on ^^ ''The Indian Dispossessed" (Little, 
our national Brown &. Co.). Mr. Seth K. Humphrey 
etcutcheon. describes the treatment by the United 
States government during the last three decades of 
the Reservation, or peaceful, Indian. The book con- 
sists principally of extracts from the reports of Indian 
agents and the Commissioner of Indian Affairs, con- 
nected by a thread of narrative. It is the old and famil- 
iar story of the ruthless occupation of Indian country 
by white men who recognize no right as belonging to 
the original owner. The Introduction briefly traces 
the steps by which the Indian was pushed back 
from the frontier, until finally there was no longer a 
frontier and he was then placed on the Reservation. 
The account of the treatment of the Reservation 
Indians is from the Indian point of view, and gives 
only one side of the question at issue ; but there is no 
doubt that, according to the reports of its own officials, 
the government has been guilty of criminal negligence 
and gross injustice in its ti-eatment of the peaceful 
red man. The author selects for discussion the cases 
of the Umadillas, Flat Heads, Nez Perces, Poncas, 
and the Mission Indians of California. The history 
of the four first-named is the same : a treaty- is made 
with the United States securing to the Indians good 
reservations ; then come the white settlers who want 
the Indian lands: next the government, influenced 
by the politicians, forces the Indians to less desirable 



land, or to the Indian Territory — ** the grave of the 
Northern Indian"; and then follows the gradual 
extinction of the tribe. The treatment of the civ- 
ilized Mission Indians seems to have been the worst 
of all. They had good homes, were peaceful and 
good citizens, yet the government would admit to 
them no rights at aU. — or, in the language of the 
Senate Committee, " the Indian had no usufructuary 
or other rights therein which were in any manner to 
be respected"; and .the whites took their lands and 
homes. One of the final chapters describes the late 
method of dividing the spoils taken from the Indian. 
As long as there was a frontier the rule was, '* first 
come, first served." Next, when reservations sur- 
rounded by settled territory are thrown open, the 
government fixes the day and hour, and thousands 
of home-seekers line up to race for homes, — as was 
done at the opening of the Cherokee Strip. Finally, 
the government makes use of the lottery, as in the 
case of the Rosebud Reservation, to divide out the 
prizes, — a method condemned as Ulegal by the 
national postal laws. The author disavows any in- 
tention of claiming that all men are equal or should 
be given equal pri\Tleges ; but he maintains, how- 
ever, that '• no man has a place or fair chance to 
exist under the government of the United States 
who has not a part in it." From the government, 
influenced by politicians, the author expects little 
consideration for the woes of the Indian. The 
proper way to secure relief is, he says, to " instill in 
the public mind a deep persistent distrust of the 
National Congress." 

The ton of "^^^ personality' and career of the son 

Napoleon and of Napoleon and Marie Louise have 
Afarie LouUe. always attracted interest both histor- 
ically and as a matter of curiosity. A new study of 
his position and importance is now offered in a vol- 
ume by Eklward de Wertheimer, entitled " The Duke 
of Reichstadt" (John Lane Co.), presented in a 
pretty binding decorated with the Napoleonic bee, 
and containing a nxmiber of excellent portraits. The 
volume is essentially an historical study, not a mere 
collection of gossip and rumor : for the author has 
made a careful search of many archives, understands 
thoroughly the historical setting, and is more con- 
cerned to give an account of the diplomatic intrigues 
centering about the Duke and his mother than to pre- 
sent a striking personal characterization. One learns, 
indeed, very little about the qualities and ideas of 
Reichstadt himself, for necessarily his ideas were of 
much less contemporaneous importance than were 
the ideas of such men as Metternich and TaUej-rand 
as to what should be done with him. It is difficult 
to realize to-day that he really had so much impor- 
tance, and that courts and cabinets were agitated for 
fear of movements and conspiracies to place him 
upon the throne of France. The plans solemnly 
proposed (when he was but seven years old) that he 
should be forced into monastic life, or precluded 
from ever marrying, in order forever to cut off the 
Napoleonic heritage, seem absurd to-day ; yet to the 



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statesmen of that time his existence, even in the 
secluded circle in which he moved at Vienna, was 
a matter for constant surveillance. * Mr. de Wert- 
heimer traces the principal events, and narrates these 
diplomatic manceuvrings, from the time of his hero's 
hirth in 1811 through the twenty-one years of his 
life. Naturally, the central figure of the story is 
Metternich, — the man whose patriotic statecraft is 
responsible for whatever seems heartless in the treat- 
ment of Reichstadt and of Marie Louise. The lat- 
ter is in no sense excused by the author for her 
conduct toward Napoleon, or in her later relations 
with Neipperg, — unless to portray her as a woman 
without imagination, or any perception of great prin- 
ciples, is an excuse. But personalities have little 
place in the author's method. His work is not in- 
tended for the merely curious, but it is of real his- 
torical value. 

Our hearts do not leap up when we 
i^v^£:ios. behold a halo on the title-page. So 

says the entertaining author of " The 
Pardoner's "Wallet " (Houghton, Mifflin & Co.), and 
therefore he will perhaps not thank a reviewer for 
designating him as the Rev. Dr. Crothers, especially 
as he has studiously shorn his name bare of all titles, 
sacred or profane, on his own title-page. But when 
the book-appraiser proceeds to balance this possible 
disservice by reminding the pm'chasing public, should 
it need any such reminder, that the author of the 
book in question is also the author of " The Gentle 
Reader," — a fact also excluded from the title-page, — 
possibly the Pardoner will grant the offender an in- 
dulgence from his well-filled wallet. Of these eleven 
essays, three, if we mistake not, have already ap- 
peared in "The Atlantic"; the rest appear to be 
new. We find here, as in the author's earlier vol- 
ume, a succession of pleasing fancies and humorous 
conceits, steadied with a due ballast of sober thought 
and moral purpose. Common sense, alert observa- 
tion, a varied experience of life in divers longitudes 
of our broad land, gentle satire, delicate humor, all 
tastefully adorned with a sufficient garnish of liter- 
ary allusion, quotation, and anecdote, — combine to 
produce a book that stimulates while it amuses, and 
promotes thought at the same time that it drives away 
dull care. The title finds its appropriateness in the 
fact that most of the chapters deal with faults and 
foibles that are not inexcusable, although open to 
friendly criticism. The essay that affords the purest 
intellectual delight is the jeu d'esprit entitled " How 
to Know the Fallacies," wherein " Scholasticus " is 
represented as yielding so far to modern educational 
methods as to throw his treatise on logical fallacies 
into the form of a series of lessons in botany. " Let 
MS go out in the sunshine into the pleasant field of 
thought," says the botanist-logician. " There we see 
the arguments — valid and otherwise — as they are 
growing. You will notice that every argument has 
three essential parts. First is the root, called by the 
old logicians in their crabbed language the Major 
Premise. Growing quite naturally out of this is the 



stem, called the Minor Premise ; and crowning that 
is the flower, with its seed-vessels which contain the 
jjotentialities of future arguments, — this is called the 
Conclusion." A genial first-personalism (unkind the 
critic who should call it egoism) pervades the book 
and admits one quite intimately into the writer's 
confidence — or at least seems to do so. Finally, 
Dr. Crothers, to use the language of a brother divine, 
belongs to that best class of essayists who " clarify 
life by gentle illumination and lambent humor." 



Among the greatest of the leaders of 
ofij^uari^s. English thought in the nineteenth 

century, and the greatest of all in 
the Unitarian denomination, was James Martineau. 
It is fitting, therefore, that the centennial of his birth 
should be marked by the publication of an elaborate 
study of his life and work, prepared by Mr. J, Estlin 
Carpenter, an old pupil of Martineau and for many 
years his co-worker in Manchester College, and pub- 
lished by the American Unitarian Association. The 
book is really a model of what a work of this kind 
should be. Fully to understand the achievements 
of a thinker we must know the conditions of thought 
which surround him and his effect upon those condi- 
tions. Martineau's life covered nearly the entire 
century (1805-1900), and his biographer furnishes 
from time to time graphic and illuminating sum- 
maries of the intellectual movements of those years. 
One of the best of these is the fourth chapter, 
devoted to " Religion and Philosophy in England, 
1805-1832." In this, the poets are shown to have 
played a prominent part, — Wordsworth, who "led 
the way in the revolt against the mechanical inter- 
pretation of the world"; Shelley, who "prophesied the 
regeneration to be wrought out only by faithfulness 
and love"; Byron, in " Cain," "with sterner defiance 
hm'ling his protest against the prevailing theology." 
With the year 1832, another new era was at hand, 
with Carlyle, Tennyson, Browning, and John Henry 
Newman as its prophets. " Through the medley of 
conflicting cries in science, philosophy, and Biblical 
criticism, James Martineau slowly realized the task 
to which he was called : — to vindicate the great 
conception which he defined as ' the perennial In- 
dwelling of God in Man in the Universe.' " How 
he wrought on this great life-work ; how, gradually 
abandoning the language of the older generation, he 
denounced the method of interpretation in which 
he had been brought up ; how he was rebuked for 
destroying all external authority, and how he replied 
by pointing to an authority from within, resting on 
the nature, scope, powers, and source of reason, — 
tjiese are the great events in the life-history of this 
great and original thinker. Closing the volume, we 
agree with the biographer, that "among the English 
theologians of the nineteenth century none had cov- 
ered so wide a range ; none possessed so varied a 
knowledge ; none had more completely blended the 
highest efforts of speculation with graces of char- 
acter and the trusts of a lowly heart." 



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Professor Edward Dickinson, of 
ti^atlSt^iu. OberlinCoUege has written a work 

called "The Study of the History of 
Music" (Scribner) which we take pleasure in com- 
mending. It offers a straightforward and scholarly 
treatment of the subject, and is based upon the 
author's practice as a lecturer in the institution with 
which he is connected. There are fortj'-three chap- 
ters and a bibliography of works accessible in En- 
glish. Besides this general list of authorities, each 
chapter has valuable bibliographical notes upon its 
special subject-matter. "We quote the following pas- 
sage from the introduction : 

" The basis of the true study of the history and meanii^ 
of any art is not the reading of books abont -works of art, but 
the direct first-hand examination of the works themsel'ves. 
This dogma needs to be incessantly hammered into the heads 
of amateur students of music. If this book encourag«d any- 
one to substitute critics and historians for the actual compo- 
sitions of the masters, then the author's intention would be 
grossly perverted and his hopes disappointed. The first aim 
of the music lover should be to make himself acquainted with 
the largest |)ossible number of the best musical compositions."' 

Concerning this saying we would say that it is true, 
every word of it, but that such a warning is perhaps 
less needed in the case of music than in the case of 
any other art. Our observation has been that most 
young students of music neglect the history of the 
art altogether, and merely learn to " play pieces." 
Of the place of those compositions in the history of 
music, of their aesthetic and ethical content, and of 
the significance of their composers, few amateur 
musicians have any notion whatever. A book that 
aims to remedy this defect deserves a warm wel- 
come, and need hardly fear that it will incline the 
balance of the student's attention in the wrong di- 
rection. "We have often urged that music should be 
studied in the way in which poetry is studied, which 
of course does not mean that poetry should be neg- 
lected for the sake of books about poetry, but that 
acquaintance with no poem is adequate that does not 
include acquaintance with its place and function in 
literary history. 

Some ethical -^ those who know the active part 
gain* through taken by Mrs. Florence Kelley in 
legitiation. ^jj^ crusa'de against child labor, ovei^ 

work, and unsanitary conditions, will appreciate the 
value of a book from her pen which attempts to 
estimate the present value of "Ethical Grains through 
Legislation" (MacmUlan), and which endeavors 
to suggest some of the many ways in which these 
already acquired gains may be increased many fold. 
The chief feature in the desired increase is the edu- 
cation of the employing, employed, and purchasing 
public in the rules which govern wholesome and_ 
honest labor, which tend to increase the public 
wealth, to strengthen the public health, and to 
strengthen the weaker members of the body politic. 
A discussion of these rules is the chief feature of 
Mrs. Kelley 's book, which is divided into seven sig- 
nificant parts: "The Right to Childhood." "The 
ChUd, the State, and the Nation," "The Right to 
Leisure," "Judicial Interpretations of the Right to 



Leisure," "The Right of Women to the Ballot,*' 
"The Rights of Purchasers," "The Rights of Pur- 
chasers and the Courts." To these the author has 
added five appendices, containing decisions of various 
courts in eases having an important bearing on the 
subject, or some part of it. Most of the material in 
the book, on the subjects of child-labor, compulsory 
education, and the dangerous trades, has been pub- 
lished before in one form or another, and is known 
in detail, or at least in part, to all who are interested 
in social reform. It is well, however, to have the 
matter formulated and united into one common prob- 
lem of the right to labor and to leisure, as it is in 
nature. Mrs. Kelley's book is, by the conditions of 
its subject, tentative. Its chief value lies in its sug- 
gestions for future improvement. 

_, ^ A volume styled " Greatness in Litr 

Pleasant paper* , A i -r» <-l 

on lUerarv eratuTC and Other Papers ( Crowell) 

theme*. consists of eight literary addresses 

prepared for various academic occasions by Professor 
"William P. Trent, and now collected for permanent 
preservation. The writer tells us that he does not 
call these papers " essays," because that term " con- 
notes to my mind a discursive charm which, per- 
haps, I could not impart to any composition." This 
statement is too modest by exactiy half, for, although 
the papers are discursive, they are undeniably 
charming, and none the less so because each one of 
them pursues a definite line of thought. Some of 
the subjects with which they deal are the question 
of literary greatness, the teaching and study of liter- 
ture, the relation of criticism to faith and of literature 
to science, and the love of poetry. Upon all these 
subjects the author has excellent things to say, and 
the manner of his discourse is both persuasive and 
engaging. His remarks upon the study of literature, 
in particular, should be taken to heart by the too 
large class of our teachers who still make literature 
a thing of terror to their students ; or, if not of 
terror, of desiccated substance and unattractive ex- 
position. "We hope that his example will induce 
others " to doubt the value of strenuous examinations 
and to appreciate more and more the necessity of 
trying to inculcate in students some of the high 
moral and spiritual truths taught by great writers, 
and to impart to them a taste for reading, a love of 
the best literature." 



The Romany 
Word-Book. 



We do not know how many of the 
readers of " Lavengro " at the present 
day have an interest in the gjl)sy 
cult in which George Borrow was an adept. For 
ourselves, the verj- sound of Romany has a sort of 
fascination which we readily pronounce in normal 
moments to be without much ground. There will 
probably be others who will be glad to see this re- 
print of the "Romano Lavo-LiL, or Word-Book of 
the English Gypsy's Language" (Putnam). The 
original, although not a raritj% is not easily found ; 
and the present issue is an excellent substitute. 
When we consider the testimony of Borrow and 



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Leland to the appreciation on the part of the gypsy 
of a knowledge of the Romany tongue, we can 
easily see the value of such an introduction as this 
hook affords to the gypsy world. It is not, however, 
merely or chiefly a word-hook. It contains songs 
and stories in Romany and English, an account of 
various gypsy places of resort, and much other such 
material. Altogether it is an entertaining book, full 
of the spirit that makes " Lavengro " so attractive, 
and with a hit more of a serious definite character. 



BRIEFER MENTION. 



The John Lane Co. publish a two-volume edition of 
" The Poems of William Watson," with an introduc- 
tion by Mr. J. A. Spender. The collection omits some 
of the poems mcluded in previous volumes, makes fre- 
quent alterations in the others, and includes a consider- 
able number of new pieces. It constitutes, for the 
present at least, a definitive edition of Mr. Watson's 
work. 

A new edition of Mr. Andrew Lang's impressions of 
Oxford, with fifty illustrations by various hands, is im- 
ported by the J. B. Lippincott Company. Mr. Lang 
is such a loving interpreter of Oxford, knows the city 
so well in all its moods, and invests his studies with so 
much color and so much human interest as well, that 
his papers are no doubt extremely difficult to illustrate 
suitably. The sketches in the present edition are repro- 
duced from the etchings and drawings of nearly a dozen 
diiferent artists. Some are delightfid interpretations 
of Oxford life and scenery; others hardly deserve a 
place beside Mr. Lang's text. On the whole they add 
something, though not so much as they easily might, 
to the reader's enjoyment. 

Possibly book collectors, like poets, are bom rather 
than made, yet the innate love of books may be culti- 
tivated, or at least stimulated, by a knowledge of 
the technique of book-making. There is ample justi- 
fication, therefore, for Mr. J. Herbert Slater's " How 
to Collect Books " (Maemillan), which contains most 
informing chapters on manuscripts, paper, printing and 
printers, title-pages and colophons, book-binding and 
the famous binders, collectors and their famous collec- 
tions, book auctions, sales, and catalogues ; with admir- 
able illustrations, and a cover design copied from the 
bindings in the famous Demetrio Canevari library of 
Genoa. This volume will be foimd to contain a feast 
of good things for every book collector. 

With the publication of Dr. Samuel Bannister 
Harding's " Essentials in Mediaeval and Modern His- 
tory," the American Book Co. complete their series of 
" Essentials in History," the four volumes providing 
the full course of four years' work now given in all high 
schools of the better sort. The entire series is admir- 
ably plaimed and executed, and may be adopted in full 
confidence that no better set of books for the piurpose is 
now available. We note also in this connection the 
publication, by Messrs. Longmans, Green, & Co., of 
" A History of Mediaeval and Modern Europe," by Pro- 
fessor Henry E. Bourne, which is also a work em- 
bodying the best scholarship and the most progressive 
pedagogical ideals. Between the two books here men- 
tioned there is little to choose, and either is an immense 
improvement over anything to be had ten years ago. 



IN'OTES. 



Mr. Winston Spencer Churchill's biography of his 
father, the late Lord Randolph Churchill, will be pub- 
lished by the Maemillan Co. early in the present mouth. 

A new book from the pen of Mr. Henry Wallace 
Phillips, author of " Red Saimders," will be published 
this month by the Grafton Press. The new story is 
entitled "Mr. Scraggs," and is the personal account of 
incidents in the strenuous life of one of Red Saunders's 
friends. 

"Incidents Attending the Capture, Detention, and 
Ransom of Charles Johnston of Virginia," reprinted 
from the original edition of 1827, with editorial matter 
by Professor Edwin Erie Sparks, is published by the 
Burrows Brothers Co. in their series of " Narratives 
of Indian Captivities." 

Messrs. A. C. McClurg & Co. publish a revised edi- 
tion of " A Handbook of Modern Japan," by Mr. Ernest 
W. Clement. In its present form, this valuable work is 
brought thoroughly down to date by the addition of a 
chapter on the recently-ended war with Russia. There 
are two maps and many pictures. 

Messrs.' E. P. Dutton & Co. publish a new edition 
of " The Purple Land," by Mr. W. H. Hudson. This 
charming narrative of life in South America is now 
twenty years old, but it has never had one-tenth of the 
readers it deserves, a defect which the present edition 
may help to remedy. 

"The English Dialect Grammar," by Dr. Joseph 
Wright, is published by Mr. Henry Frowde at the 
Oxford University Press. The work is half Phonology 
and Accidence, and half Index. It includes all the 
dialects of England, Scotland, Ireland, Wales, the 
Shetlands, and the Orkneys. 

The recent death of John Bartlett, the former Bos- 
ton publisher, but better known as the compiler of 
Bartlett's " Familiar Quotations," has brought out the 
statement from his publishers that nearly a quarter of 
a million copies of tliis work have been sold since the 
first edition was published in 1855. 

Two interesting numbers of the " Cohunbia Univer- 
sity Germanic Studies " now at hand give us " Laurence 
Sterne in Germany," by Dr. Harvey Waterman Thayer, 
and " Types of Weltschmerz in German Poetry," by Dr. 
Wilhelm Alfred Braun. Holderlin, Lenau, and Heine 
are the poets selected for treatment in the last-named 
monograph. 

"Friedrich Schiller: A Sketch of his Life and an 
Appreciation of his Poetry," by Dr. Paid Cams, is an 
illustrated volume partly reprinted from " The Open 
Court," and now published from the office of that 
periodical. It is a book of popidar character, and very 
interesting in its presentation of the subject, to say 
nothing of the many illustrations. 

Mr. Ernest W. Clement, well known for his books 
on Japan, and especially his " Handbook of Modern 
Japan," has been appointed Acting Interpreter of the 
United States Legation at Toyko. Mr. Clement has 
the confidence of the Japanese government as few 
Americans have, chiefly the result of a long residence 
in Japan, and an exceptional understanding of the 
Japanese mind and habit of thought. Messrs. A. C. 
McChirg & Co. amioimce that they will issue next year 
a new edition of HUdreth's " Japan, Old and New," 
revised to date by Mr. Clement, with an interesting 
introduction by Dr. William Elliot Griffis. 



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Topics in Leadixg Periodicax.s. 

January. 1906. 

American Diplomacy. Francis C. Lowell. AtlaiUie. 

Balkans. Turkey vs. Europe in the. Reviexc of Review*. 

Caddis- Worm, The Xet-Making. H. C. McCook. Harper. 

Canadian Progress, Year of. J. P. Gerrie. Review of Reviews 

Carnegie International Art Exhibition. The. World Today. 

Catalytic Chemical Processes. R. K. Duncan. Harper. 

Chicago Faces, Impressions from. L. H. B. Knox. AUantie. 

China, Awakening of. W. A. P. Martin. World'* Work. 

China. The Xew. Adachi Kinnosuke. Forum. 

Chinese Boycott. The. John W. Foster. Atlantic. 

Chinese Press of Today. A. R. Colquhonn. North Ameriean. 

Colombia, Remaking of. E. H. Mason. World Today. 

Cotton Growers, The. Arthur W. Page. World'* Work. 

Engineer Corps in the Navy, Plea for an. North A merican. 

England's Unemployed. Agnes C. Lant. Review of Review*. 

Esperanto : the Universal Language. A. Schinz. Atlantic. 

Europe, Premiers of. O. D. Skelton. World Today. 

Far East, Am. Democracy in. John Foreman. No. Ameriean. 

Farming as a Business Enterprise. Review of Review*. 

Football,— Shall It Be Ended or Mended » Review of Review*. 

Football. Taming. Shailer Mathews. World Today. 

Franklin in France. John Hay. Century. 

Franklin's Trials as a Benrfactor. Emma Repplier. Lippineott. 

Ghost in Fiction, The. T. R. Sullivan. Atlantic. 

Hungarian Emigration Law. Louis de L§vay. North Ameriean. 

Indian Music of South America. C. J. Post. Harper. 

Indian's Yoke. The. Frances C. Sparhawk. North Ameriean. 

Insurance Millions. Irresponsible. World's Work. 

Insurance, State, New Zealand. W. P. Reeves. No. Ameriean. 

Irving, Henry. An Impression of. E. S. Xadal. Scribner. 

Japan. Financial, after the War. Baron Shibusawa. JForutn. 

Japan, Leaders of. Mary C. Fraser. World'* Work. 

Labor Union. Reforming a. V. E. Soares. World Today. 

Legislation. Special. Samuel P. Orth. Atlantic. 

Liberals. Victory of the. W. T. Stead. Review of Review*. 

Lucin Cut-Off. The. Oscar K. Davis. Century. 

Mexico. City of. Legends of the. T. A. Janvier. •^arp«-. 

Mexico's Great Finance Minister. Rafael Reyes. No. Amer. 

Morality. Our Anxious. Maurice Maeterlinck. Atlantic. 

Northwest. The Great. Cyrus Northrop. World Today. 

Paris. Americanization of. A. H. Ford. World Today. 

Politics. Honest, Great Victory for. W. MacVeagh. No. Amer. 

Porto Rico Industrial Progress. Beekman Winthi op. JVb.^m«r. 

Porto Rico, Our Experience in. World's Work. 

Powers, The, and the Settlement. T. F. MiUard. Scribner. 

Preface. The. Edward K. Broadus. Atlantic. 

Quay, Fall of. I. M. Marcosson. WorlcVs Work. 

Railway Rates and Industrial Progress. S. Spencer. Century. 

Rate-Making by Congressional Committee. North American. 

Russia's Economic Future. Wolf von Schierbrand. JTorum. 

Scientific Research Organization. Simon Newcomb. No. Amer. 

Sea Voyagers of the North. A. C. Laut. Harper. 

Senate. The— of Special Interests. World's Work. 

South America, What People Read in. Review of Review*. 

Southwestward March. The. French Strother. World's Work. 

State, Redeveloping an Old. Review of Review*. 

Strikes and Lockouts of 1905. V.S. Yarros. Review of Review*. 

Surplus, a— Is it a Menace or Security ? Lippineott. 

Taft Commission, Outcome of the. J.A. LeRoy. World Today. 

Telephone, The Far-Flung. Ralph Bergengren. World Today. 

Territories, Last of the. M. G. Cunniff. World'* Work. 

Trusts. Plan for Regulating. J. F. Cronan. North Ameriean. 

Tsar. The Real. W. T. Stead. World Today. 

University Presidency, The. Andrew S. Draper. Atlantic. 

Wapita. The, and his Antlers. E. Thompson Seton. Scribner. 

Winter Bouquet, A. Frank French. Century. 



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RecoUections. By William O'Brien, M.P. With photo- 
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Co. $3.50 net. 

Portraits of the Eighteenth Century, Historic and Lit- 
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Wormeley ; with critical introduction by Edmond Scherer. 
In 2 vols.. Ulus.. large Svo, gilt tops, uncut. G. P. Putnam's 
Sons. Per vol.. $2.50 net. 



Julian the Apostate. By Gaetano Negri; trans, from the 

second Italian edition by the Duchess Litta-Visconti-Arese ; 

with introduction by Professor Pasquale VUlarL In 2 vols., 

illus. in photogravure, etc, large Svo, gilt tops, uncut. 

Charles Scribner's Sons, $5. net. 
The L>ife of Sir Henry Vane, the Yoimger; with a History 

of the Events of his Time. By WUliam W. Ireland. Illus.. 

Svo, uncut, pp. 513. Edinburgh : Oliver & Boyd. 
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of cidture and handing it on with undiminished 
brilliance to those that come after. In the 
aggregate, the efifect produced upon the intel- 
lectual ideals and activities of the race by the 
influences that find origin and support in Uni- 
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significance to any conditions that seriously 
affect the acaxleniic welfare. The gathering- 
clouds betoken tliat the storm is likely to break 
most centrally over the discussion of the rela- 
tions of furtherance or hindrance that have come 
to exist between the administrative provisions 
for maintaining the life of Universities and the 
miderlying purposes for which Universities ex- 
ist. On so broad a question it doubtless behooves 
one to be content with moderate sympathy of 
aim and to be reconciled to some differences in 
measures. The response of mingled approval 
and dissent that woidd go out to any worthy 
pronoimcement anent this issue, woidd probably 
not have been sufficiently disturbing to ex- 
change silence for speech ; but when a singvdarly 
specious and unwholesome utterance upon the 
subject of the University Presidency finds place 
in a company where all places are honorable, 
we confess to a reaction of protest that will out. 
The catchword under which "The Atlantic 
Monthly " — usually a reliable fount of good 
sense, graceful statement, and eidightening 
ideals — heralds this untimely message, is itself 
irritating. " Why professors shoidd teach and 
not acbninistrate " has a suspicious sound ; and 
it is not unexpected to find that the real issue 
thus evasively presented is whether the Uni- 
versity Professor is to be a helpless hireling 
who cannot call his soid his own, or whether he 
is to be an independent scholar whose needs are 
properly met and whose services are fitly 
esteemed ; whether he is to find at hand, or 
himself aid to develop, an environment in which 
the acatlemic spirit can live and have a being, 
or whether he must be sadly content to expend 
his life-efforts under conditions needlessly un- 
favorable to the fruitage of what it lies in him 
to bear. It is the ever-vital question of what 
shall be first and what last, or even second. 
Compromise cannot always be in one direction 
without the complete surrender of one interest ; 
and fairy godmothers cannot be counted upon to 
intervene to restore CindereUas to their proper 
station. The practical man of affairs has a 
pecidiar prejudice in favor of holding a con- 
trolling interest ; and the real question at issue 
is how far those who best appreciate the needs 
of academic welfare shall be entrusted with the 
means of converting their knowledge into power. 
The view set forth with Philistine imconcern 
for its justice or its significance is that profes- 
sors are rather an imruly lot, troubled with ill- 
assorted notions of their own, that make them 
perversely insensitive to the categorical impera- 
tive of inspired legislation, or the divine vica- 



rage of favored millionaires. In some cases they 
have been known to refuse pottage even when 
offered upon a silver platter. Such blindness 
to the real interests of the University argues 
congenital defect in the clan as a whole. And 
when it comes to such a pass that Facidties 
protest against what they choose to call the de- 
moralizing influences of gate-receipts and gTand- 
stands, wiKidly negligent of the fact that this 
is the readiest way in which the University can 
get its name in the papers, it is certainly high 
time that the professor shall be kept busy teach- 
ing, while some wiser man, who can properly 
understand what the people want, shall direct 
the affairs of state. 

The academic " boss " is frankly advocated 
as the proper head for a University in a demo- 
cratic land. Foreign exemplars in which Facul- 
ties so largely control their own affairs, are all 
misleading, because in the first place in their 
ignorance these benighted institutions have not 
discovered the simple efficacy of the " win-at-any- 
cost" one-man power, and because in this country 
the man who buys a ticket has the right to dictate 
how his Shakespeare shall be performed. Might 
is not only right ; but the highest truth lies in 
the recognition of the special providence that 
reigns over our brave and free domain by which 
the mere gift of power always brings with it 
the highest measure of wisdom. If a Univer- 
sity cannot be conducted upon business prin- 
ciples by business men, it defies the national 
gods and must await its doom. Yet it seems at 
least a plausible position that the concerns of a 
University are as individual as any other enter- 
prise, and that some sympathetic insight into 
the purposes and amis of such an institution is 
a prerequisite for participating in its atlminis- 
tration. This central moment of the situation, 
this supreme directive principle, the autocratic 
policy does not wholly ignore ; but it regards it as 
a secondary requirement, an easily-gained accom- 
plishment, that may be learned when occasion 
offers, or better, may be determined by a popular 
referendum. The annual Freshman crop will 
tell you whether the University is filling its 
mission. AU that is needed to send the busy 
hum of cidture abroad in the land is the " push " 
of some clever manager of the University de- 
partment store, sharp enough to observe which 
counters are crowded, and where the popidar 
salesmen are to be found, and to seciire their 
services for the least pay and the maximum sub- 
servience. Great is the reward of residts ! and 
to him to whom students are not given, let his 
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salary of the professor of scientific horseshoeing, 
and take away fi'om the professor of Greek what 
little he hath ! 

But in all seriousness, there is reallj' sonie- 
thing to be said for the autocratic President ; 
but it can be acceptably said only by one who 
has an underlying sympathetic insight into the 
real needs of the academic life and who is pro- 
foundly regretfid. if he chance to be a Univer- 
sity President, that he cannot more abundantly 
supply the conditions that he knows shoidd ex- 
ist, and to the realization of which his efforts are 
consistently directed. So long as he advocates 
the gagging of the profeasor and then jeers at 
him for his helplessness, the insxdt that he adds to 
injujy but emphasizes his imfitness for academic 
administration. The ti-aits of the individual 
that in this ^^ew ai*e set forth as desirable for 
academic leadership are radically incompatible 
with the kinds of residts that are held out as the 
desirable ends of his afbninLstration. W ith these 
ideals we have but modest disagreement. They 
are worthy ideals in part, but are expressetl wath 
that v^agueness of form and fervor of utterance 
that is deemed the projjer tone to assume when 
the gallery is in attendance. It is that per- 
fectly conventional and custom-sanctioned lofti- 
ness of sentiment that the man of the street in 
the language of the sti*eet describes as finding 
expression through the uniLSual channel of his 
headgear. The effect of the whole is at once 
nidlified when the insensibility to the real con- 
cerns of academic life appears so conspicuously 
between the lines. 

Like^vise is there much to be said in defense 
of the present caste of the University' Presi- 
dency. The powers which that official has come 
to exercise are in part the issue of circumstances 
that are regrettable but ine\'itable in so new a 
cidture as ours. There is much to conunend, 
and moi-e freely . to excuse in the manner in 
which the office has been filled, and in the dic- 
tatorial aspect that it has assumed in our 
educational development. But to glorifj^ these 
shortcomings of our immatiuity. and to derive 
a model for the future from the misfortunes of 
the past, is whoUy to misread the evolutionary 
lesson. Those who have both an interest in and 
a knowledge of academic concerns will be the 
fii-st to acknowletlge the honor that is due to 
the President and to exjjress appreciation of his 
actual services. But this tribute is brought to 
the man who makes the best of his opportun- 
ities, who does not confuse might with right, or 
the feasible with the desirable. Worthy and 
practical compromise soils no man's hands : but 



when the birthright is bartered for servility, 
and the sacrifice of ideals is the price of material 
advance, the spirit of corruption is astir and is 
none the less vicious for being cleverly or loftily 
disguised. As a matter of fact, it is simply im- 
possible that the interests of the cultural life 
should be safeguarded by any others than those 
whose lives are devoted to such pursuit. ThLs 
does not mean that leadership and organization 
and practical measures shall not find due place; 
but it does mean that Boai-ds of Trustees can- 
not decide what ends Universities are to accom- 
plish, and then engage expert agents to carry 
out their decisions. 

The proper relation of Trustees, Faculty, 
and President is too large and too technical a 
question to be here tliscussed. Our concern Ls 
with the dignity of the academic life and the 
furtherance of academic welfare. Administra- 
tive measures can do much to make or mar the 
conditions under which the academic life is to 
be livetl. At present there is grave danger that 
what little honor and reward is left to this 
career will be lost to the next generation through 
the s})ec-tacle of the harsh adversities that beset 
the undaunted or misguided enthusiasts that 
still gather in the quadrangle. The most seri- 
ous menace lies in that spirit of dependent ac- 
countability that dominates the professorial 
career in an American institution, and to which 
Mr. Pritchett has calle<l timely attention. The 
academic peace came as a heritage to the pa.st 
but not to the present generation ; the academic 
freedom, not mainly of professional speech, but 
the pursuit of life with reasonable freedom from 
hari-assing restraint, is rapidly declining. No 
single influence is more intimately responsible 
for the decline than the unsuitable natiire of 
University administration, that appears con- 
spicuously in the inconsiderate autocracy in 
which the President may legally indulge. The 
benevolent despot may justify means by ends ; 
but the more likely issue that has actually oc- 
curi-etl is the sacrifice of the professor to the 
demands for material advance imder presidential 
ambition for results that shall dazzle the crowd. 
It must likewise be admitted that the entire 
range of influences that shape etlucational opin- 
ion has cobpei-ated to bring to the Presidency 
the ti>-pe of individual that mildly or aggressively 
assumes the role that it is his due and duty to 
assume, if the text of the '• Atlantic '* article is 
to prevail. In this very circmiistance lies the 
weakness and misfortime of the iLSual pi*ovisions 
for academic administration. That these issues 
have natiirallv resulted from the hurrietl deve 1- 



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opment of our cultural progress, we entirely 
agree. But the further conclusion that the 
wi'iter draws, that these things are right because 
they are so, is an open bid for a fooFs paradise. 
The equipment of knowledge, sensibilities, and 
interest that makes a man an educator is not 
that displayed in a business meeting of the 
Trustees, or in the pompous appearance before 
intimidated teachers ; it is so imrelated to these 
that it must be the rarest chance to find a man 
of ripe educational endowment both able and 
willing to give so much of his energies to matters 
only incidentally belonging to his true metier. 
And the hopeful solution for present difficulties 
lies in the very spirit in which the really worthy 
University President takes up his work, and as 
well in the further fact that more and more 
generally is fitness for such high office appraised 
with reference to such intrinsically academic 
qualities. Just how significant this brighter 
light along the horizon may be, and how cer- 
tainly it heralds the dispersal of the clouds, 
those given to meteorological prophecy may 
decide. 

Doubtless all this seems a needlessly severe 
arraignment of what is obviously a well-inten- 
tioned effort. As a sporadic indication of one 
man's view of which way the wind is blowing 
and of how we should trim our sails to take 
advantage thereof, it deserves no more consid- 
eration than attaches to the opinion thus ex- 
pressed. But reputations are not such simple 
affairs ; and the sponsorship of the " Atlantic" 
places these pages in the public eye with the 
jwestige of representing a conmiendable aspect 
of intellectual ideals. It is this phase of the 
situation that has dispelled a very natural im- 
pulse to hold our peace, and without seizmg 
the controversial pen to await a fitting oppor- 
tunity to replace what is regarded as a false 
ideal by a worthier one. If this seems unfair 
to the editorial liability of the " Atlantic," let 
it be recalled tliat it has ever been the lot of 
Atlas to bear the burden of the world upon his 
shoulders, and that the editorial, like the pro- 
fessorial, responsibility is great. 



A BUNDLE of " Simples from Sir Thomas Browne's 
Garden," gathered by Mr. Harry Christopher Minchin, 
is an appropriate publication of the tercentenary year 
of Browne's birth. All of the anthor's books are rep- 
resented in the selections, and the volume can hardly 
fail to accomplish its compiler's purpose of suggesting 
" to even a few readers some conception of the spiritual 
depth, mental hmiinosity, and moral sweetness which 
were united in the personality of Sir Thomas Browne." 
Mr. B. II. Blackwell, of Oxford, publishes the book. 



YEAR OF CONTINENTAL 
LITERATURE. — I. 



The annual reports upon Continental literature, 
hitherto collected in a single issue of "The Athe- 
naeum," are now presented upon a new plan, being 
published one at a time in separate numbers of that 
periodical. Reports from Germany, Russia, and 
Spain have thus far appeared in the current series, 
and these we now summarize for the benefit of 
American readers. 

Dr. Ernst Heilborn, who writes of German liter- 
atiu'e, confines his attention to criticism, poetry, the 
drama, and the novel. He puts criticism first be- 
cause he thinks that it " stands at the present mo- 
ment on a higher level than purely creative work. 
Its authors display a more vigorous and pronounced 
personality, it is more individual in expression, and 
its style has more colour." The works of three 
Berlin critics are chosen for discussion, Herr Paid 
Goldmann's "Aus dem Dramatischen Irrgarten," 
Herr Alfred Kerr's " Das Neue Drama," and Herr 
Felix Poppenberg's " Bibelots." " From the obscure 
and eddying dance of shadows these three literary 
personalities step forth and stand before us clear 
and firm in outline." Herr Goldmann stands for 
specifically French ideals, and urges " the necessity 
of returning to a definite and apjiroved stage- 
technique." He is also " the sworn foe of naturalism 
in its German development, and is possessed by an 
ardent desire for gi>andeur, passionate action, colour, 
and form." Herr Kerr is also " rooted in roman- 
ticism," and his influence has been "largely instru- 
mental in dethroning naturalism." Herr Poppen- 
berg also "consciously set his affections on roman- 
ticism from the very first, and has always been the 
opponent of realism with its lack of colour." This 
similarity of attitude on the part of all three toward 
the chief literary controversy of the day is certainly 
remarkable, and shows us that the romantic cause is 
by no means in so desperate a case as some of its 
foes would have us believe. In verse, nothing very 
important is chronicled. There are the collected 
poems of Otto Erich Hartleben, who has just died, 
the " Reigen Schoner Frauen " of Herr Otto Hauser, 
" Die Vier Jahreszeiten " of Herr Frank Wedekind, 
and the " Galgenlieder " of Herr Chi'istian Morgen- 
stern. The two books last named belong to the 
category of fantastic or gi-otesque art. The litera- 
ture of the drama is notable for its reshaping of 
borrowed material. Herr Beer-Hofmann's tragedy, 
" Der Graf von Charolais," is a free adaptation of 
Massinger's " The Fatal Dowry "; Herr von Hof- 
mannsthal's "Das Gerettete Venedig" is likewise 
founded on Otway's " Venice Preserved," while 
even Herr Hauptmann's new dream-play, "Elga," 
takes its subject from one of Grillparzer's tales. 

"This is the story of a Polish countess who plays her 
husband false with the comrade of her youth. We see the 
count tormented by doubts and fears ; his suspicion becomes 
a certainty, and he confronts his wife with her paramour in 
the very spot where they have sinned. The latter confesses 
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her husband peremptorily, by which she can save her life : 
she must kill with her own hand the child that has been be- 
gotten in adultery. At the moment, however, when she is 
actoallv preparing for this inb nman deed, her husband strikes 
her down. For this subject, full of horrors as it is, Haupt- 
mann has chosen the form of a " dream-play "; it is presented 
in a series of visions seen by a Glerman knight who has taken 
refuge in the Polish cloister." 

Other plays are •* Die Bauerin," by Frau Clara 
Viebig; "Die MorgenrSte" (the story of Lola 
Montez in Munich), by Herr Josef Ruederer; 
"Biederleute," by Herr Robert Misch; ''Die Sieb- 
zehnjahrigen," by Herr Max Dreyer; " Xebenein- 
ander." by Herr Georg Hirschfeld; "Maskerade," 
by Herr Ludwig Fulda"; and "'Im Grilnen Baum 
ztir NachtigaU," the last work of Hartleben. A 
curious trick of this writer and some others, show- 
ing to what straits a straining for novelty may cany 
writers, is thus described : 

" Their method is to employ a strictly realistic treatment 
in the earlier acts of a drama, and so obtain a comic effect in 
the portrayal of laughable characters and surroundings, and 
then, when the original comedy begins to drag, to transform 
it on a sudden into tragedy. Anything more inartistic than 
this it would be hard to conceive, for every tragic effect 
should be led up to by causes inherent in the theme proposed." 

Turning to fiction, we find interesting notes upon a 
number of books, but no description of anj-thing 
highly important, Herr Hans Miiller's " Buch der 
Abenteuer" "•makes an attempt to revive the old 
Italian tale in the manner of Boccaecio." Frau 
Riccarda Huch's '• Seif enblasen " again shows that 
talented writer to be "a genuine and original roman- 
ticist." Herr Otto Hauser's " Lucidor der Ungliick- 
liche" embodies Goethe's ideal that "we should 
fashion life itself into a work of art." Herr Lud- 
wig Thoma's " Andrea.s Yost " describes a little Ba- 
varian community with notable vigor and descrip- 
tive talent. Herr Jakob Wassermann's "Alexander 
in Babylon " is a brUliant piece of historical romance 
which does not, however, realize the full significance 
of its theme. Dr. HeUborn's general comment on 
the year's output is put in a sentence of admirable 
truth that might, indeed, be applied to many other 
coimtries besides Germany. 

" If I had to characterize the literature of the past year in 
s few words. I should say that far too many literary fashions, 
which lead only to confusion, are followed, and there is a 
consequent lack of that naiveti which by the simplest means 
can shape an inner, personal experience into a work of art." 

Mr. Valerii Briusov, who writes from Russia, 
begins his report as follows : 

" It is impossible to say that literary life in Russia has 
been develoj»ed in orthodox fashion during the last twelve 
months. The attention of all society has been so much 
occupied by the war with Japan and the revolutionary move- 
ment in the country, that readers were not likely to be in- 
fluenced by purely literary developments. On the other 
hand, current events have had their influence on literature, 
if we take that expression in its widest sense." 

Among the effects of this influence may be noted 
many translations of works upon political subjects, 
and the greater freedom of discussion resulting from 
a relaxed censorship of the press. Russian publicists 
call this new breath of freedom the " Spring," and 
it has brought into free circulation such formerly 



contraband books as the works of Herzen, Tseher- 
nishevski, and the poet Og^riev. The most impor- 
tant event in contemporary literature has been the 
completion of Itlr. Merezhkovski's " Peter and 
Alexis," the concluding section of the great " Christ 
and Antichrist " trilogj'. 

" In the whole work the author exhibits a vast labour, 
which shows his great erudition. In his talent he is rather 
an essayist than a poet. The chapters devoted to the char- 
acterization of the great Russian emperor are magnificent — 
a wonderful, and at the same time portentous, portraiture of 
the giant Tsar. The remaining chapters furnish living pic- 
tures of various sides of Russian life at the beginning of the 
eighteenth century. The language of the novel is condensed, 
carefully elaborated, and shows a good style. But Merezh- 
kovski has not produced an artistic whole. He has not 
brought into complete form the material which he has col- 
lected ; he has been prevented by his desire to show that 
Peter destroyed the Russian Church. The novel is not a 
shapely, well-proportioned statue, conceived by one artistic 
survey, but a museum of curiosities and mosaics." 

Mr. Andrev's '' The Red Laughter " is a tale deal- 
ing with "the terrors of war and the madness of 
the masses." It is a psychological study rather than 
an epic picture. Mr. Sologub has surpassed him- 
self in a book of " daintj* little parables, recalling the 
fables of the East or the tales of Andersen." In 
" The Return," by Mr. A. Bieli, 

" The strict continuity of our life is mingled with the illogi- 
cality of dreams, and is turned into a disconnected and mon- 
strous chaos ; the conditions of time and space are, as it were, 
obliterated, and dizziness seizes the reader, as at the beg^inning 
of an earthquake." 

"The Duel," a novel by Mr. I. Kuprin, is "a tale of 
military life, representing the emptiness and petti- 
ness of the lives of Russian officers." A few short 
stories and a play by " Maxim Gorky " have not 
been particularly successful, and the influence of this 
writer seems to be declining. An extraordinary 
example of the closet drama is " Tantalus," by Mr. 
Ivanov. which, in the opinion of our critic, the an- 
cients would certainly have crowned. Lyrical verse 
is exemplified by the new volumes of Mr. Balmont, 
Mr. Block, and Mr. Dobruliobov. 

Don Rafael Altamira, writing of Spanish lit- 
erature, gives a lengthy list, as usual, of works in 
the fields of serious scholarship. Among these we 
note the varied literature of the Don Quixote ter- 
centenary, including an important address by Senor 
Menendez y Pelayo, and a posthumous essay by 
Juan Valera. and many other books of Cervantes 
criticism, biography, philology, and bibliography. 
So much space is taken up by this enumeration that 
little is left for the miscellaneous output of the year. 
In fiction, there is " La Quimera," by Sefiora Baz^n ; 
" La Bodega," by SeiSor Ib^fiez ; " Aurora Roja," by 
Senor Baroja ; and three new volimies of "Episodios 
Nacionales." by Sefior Grald<5s. In the drama, there 
are new plays by Senor Echegaray and Sefior 
Graldds, but " the leading names among the drama- 
tists are those of the brothers Quintero and of the 
Catalan Iglesias." Castilian poetry has recently un- 
dergone a grave loss in the death of Gabriel y Gakin, 
a '• young poet whose verses express the very essence 
of the Castilian country-side." 



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COMMUNICA TION. 



MR. SWINBURNE'S POETRY. 
(To the Editor of Thk Dial.) 

The editorial article in yoiir last number, entitled 
"A Poet for Poets," suggests several interesting 
questions. As I have no especial knowledge of Mr. 
Swinburne's work, I shall not attempt to answer these 
questions, but I should be glad of an opportunity to 
submit some of them to you and to your readers. 

You assert in effect that Mr. Swinburne's poetry is 
still grotesquely misvmderstood by a " large section of 
the public," and yoii imply that this misunderstanding 
is due "to ignorance and prejudice." You complain 
that he is misjudged because " sound and fury, debased 
sensualism, and vacuity of thought are honestly sup- 
posed by many well-meaning people to be essential 
attributes of his work." You seek to refute such a view 
by referring these " well-meaning people " to certain 
poems, which in your opinion show severity of style, or 
idealism, or depth of thought; and you conclude that 
those who disagree with you have either never read 
Swinburne's significant work, or that, having read it, 
they are impervious to the appeal of pure poetry. 

Now I may not entirely agree with these " well- 
meaning people," but I confess that my sympathies go 
out towards them. Let us state their case a little more 
moderately, and I believe a little more correctly, and 
then ask ourselves if it has not at least an element of 
truth. 

Take their contention that Mr. Swinburne's poetry 
as a whole is lacking in depth, power, and originality of 
thought. It is not a convincing answer to this charge 
to be referred to two poems, which occupy possibly 
eighteen pages out of the eighteen hundred or two 
thousand printed pages of the complete edition of Mr. 
Swinburne's poems. Whether these particular poems 
exhibit depth of thought or not, is beside the mark. In 
actual fact it happens that one of the two examples is 
a poor one, — for there is nothing either new or profoimd 
in the chief thought of "Hertha." The leading idea 
in this poem had been already used by Emerson in his 
" Brahma," and m places Swinburne follows Emerson 
with surprising closeness. If you contend that " Her- 
tha" is a fine poem, we agree with you most fully; but 
if you point to it as a contribution to thought, we reply 
that it is no more a contribution to thought than Her- 
rick's injunction " Gather ye rosebuds while ye may " 
is an original contribution to philosophy. Agam, if 
" well-meaning people " complain of an unwholesome, 
feverish, and morbid atmosphere in Mr. Swinburne's 
so-called love poems, it does not satisfy them to be told 
tliat in one short poem of a different class, " The Pil- 
grims," there is " austere idealism." The opposition 
may, I think, properly ask, in what poem or poems has 
Mr. Swinburne written of love not as a delirious pagan 
but as a high-minded gentleman, as Dante Avrote of it 
in the "Vita Nuova," or Shakespeare in Sonnet CXVI., 
as Wordsworth wrote of it at. rare moments, or Brown- 
ing, or Tennyson, or Burns ? 

Permit me to make one suggestion in conclusion. 
There is a very simple way of meeting the charge that 
Mr. Swinburne's poetry is greater in mamier than in 
matter, in melody and in verbal cumiing than in any 
solid substratum of thought. I have seen in more than 
one recent criticism the unsupported assertion that Mr. 



Swinburne was a profoimd thuiker; what I should like 
to see would be some specific statement of the exact na^ 
ture of his contribution to thought. What answer does he 
give to the eternal riddles of the World-Sphinx ? Is it 
a thoughtful, a cheering, or a wholesome answer ? What 
is the natui-e of the " etliical inspiration " we are said to 
receive from his poetry ? He is known as the poet of 
Liberty, — what has he contributed to the world's thought 
on the complex question of human freedom ? Has he 
added one jot of sober thought to the lyric rhapsodies of 
Shelley, or to the blind revolt of Byron ? Has he ever 
approached the wisdom of Coleridge's treatment of this 
subject in the latter's ode on "France "? Has he, in 
brief, shown himself prof ounder than the lightest-brained 
enthusiast or the traditional Irishman who is always 
" agin the government " ? 

I believe that an answer to these questions would be 
a real help to many. It would help them to judge of 
the justice of Mr. Coventry Patmore's declaration that 
in reading Mr. S%vinburne's poetry it is " impossible not 
to feel that there has been some disproportion between 
his power of saying things and the things he has to say." 
I should like to see these and kindred questions dis- 
cussed temperately and without recrimination; and I 
should like the discussion to be based on the quality 
and character of Mr. Swinbm-ne's poetry us a whole; 
remembering, on the one hand, that it is easy to imder- 
value his great gifts, and that, on the other, it is easy, 
— as Mr. Saintsbury warns us, — to be betrayed into an 
" micritical admiration " of his work. 

Henry S. Pancoast. 

Hartford, Conn., Jan. 11, 1906, 

[We print this communication, although it seems 
to do no more than repeat the shallow objections 
that have been voiced ad nauseam by many other 
unsympathetic critics. The points it makes are so 
worn that they have become blunt. To say with 
Professor Woodberry that Mr. Swinburne is "a 
very thoughtful poet " is the exact truth, but it does 
not mean that he is a poet who has made serious 
original contributions to thought. What poet may 
be named who has done such a thing ? It is not the 
poet's business to frame formal, philosophies. But 
we believe that Mr. SAvinburne's work as a whole is 
as weighty, from the intellectual point of view, as 
that of any of his contemporaries. That is, it shows 
him to have thought clearly and steadily upon quite 
as many subjects, and to have as definite a body of 
opinions, as the best of them. Whether his answer 
to the "eternal riddles" is a "cheering" one or not 
is beside the mark. It is also beside the mark to 
censure him for not having aj^proached a given sub- 
ject in exactly the temper of some other poet with 
whom the critic is more in sympathy. It would be 
easy enough to give the lists of poems and passages 
which our correspondent calls for, if oiu- present 
space permitted. In naming one or two poems as 
typical, we by no means implied that there were not 
others of equal significance. And we regi'et to notice 
the evidences of unconscious prejudice ("delirious 
pagan," " lightest-brained enthusiast," " traditional 
Irishman " ) that bear out the writer's admission 
that he has " no especial knowledge of Mr. Swin- 
burne's work." — Edr.] 



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^t gtfo gooks. 



Autobiography of ax Irish Patriot.* 

Quickness of wit, readiness of resource, 
buoyancy of disposition, love of fun, warmth 
of heart, courage in the face of really appalling 
danger, fortitude in the most trying adversity, 
loyalty to friends, generosity to enemies, and 
above all an ardent love of coimtry, — these 
and other qualities more or less characteristic 
of the impulsive, indomitable Iiishman are re- 
vealed in the seK-portraiture, or "Recollections," 
of Mr. WiUiam O'Brien, M.P. With a Celtic 
unwillingness to take over-much thought for the 
morrow, he spends his money as fast as he earns 
it, as he frankly teUs us, but scrupidously avoids 
debt, and keeps no bank account because there 
is nothing to account for. In the words of 
Horace, A^dth whose verses he shows himself 
not unfamiliar, he would doubtless say: 

" Prudens f utori temporis exitum 
Caliginosa nocte prerait deus, 
Ridetque si mortalis ultra 
Fas trepidat." 

And, in agi'eement with the same poet, he woidd 
consistently add the wholesome caution, " Quod 
adest memento componere aequus." 

Although these interesting memoirs were 
completed but six months ago, they bring the 
writer's record down only to 1883, thus leav- 
ing for future publication — or at least such 
a consimmiation is to be hoped for — all the 
stirring events of a fierce political and parlia- 
mentary struggle since that date, including the 
imprisonment of 1890, during which was writ- 
ten the popvdar story " When We were Boys." 
Leaving out of account the vexed question of 
Home Ride for Ireland, the rights or wrongs 
of Irish tenants and landlords, and all such 
matters of politics as are likely to excite in the 
reader more or less warmth of opposition or 
agreement, one cannot but pronoimce the book 
a hmiian document of imusual interest. Many 
of its details, to be sure, are such as a reader of 
no deep sjTupathies on either side of the great 
Irish question will omit ; and many others are 
of a nature that makes a personal acquaintance 
with the Emerald Isle necessaiy to their \a^nd 
realization and keen enjopuent. But enough 
remains of lively adventure, of hardship bravely 
borne, and of danger cheei-fidly faced, to make 
the record stimulating and thoroughly entertain- 
ing. Perhaps a brief outline of Mr. O'Brien's 

•Recollections. By William O'Brien, M.P. Illustrated. 
New York: The Macmillan Co. 



eventfid life will help to the better appreciation 
of his book. 

He is stUl what many, in defiance of Dr. 
Osier, will call comparatively yoimg, having 
been bom in 1852. MaUow, Cork County, is 
his birthplace ; there and in its vicinity his 
youth was passed ; and it was this town that 
first sent him to Parliament, in 1883. Both 
father and mother, as well as two brothers and 
a sister, died in his early manhood, and the 
young man was left dependent on such mental 
equipment as a rather brief attendance at 
Cloyne Diocesan CoUege and Queen's College, 
Cork, together with much miscellaneous read- 
ing, hatl enabled him to secure. The account 
he gives of his earliest schoolmaster, whom he 
calls " Attda," and of this tyrant's "• heavy box 
bludgeon delicately called 'the slapper,'" re- 
minds one of George MacDonald's vivid picture 
of Murdoch Malison, known to his trembling 
subjects as " Murder " Malison, and his dreaded 
taws. The literary impulse had early asserted 
itself in our author, and he took to journalism 
as a duck to water. Reporter on the " Cork 
Daily Herald," contributor to the " Freeman's 
Journal," editor of " United Ireland " and of 
" The Irish People," he brought an imtiring 
pen to the service of his country, and paid 
for his patriotism by more than two years of 
imprisonment, first and la.st. Indeed, he was 
prosecuted no fewer than nine times for politi- 
cal offenses. In 1898 he started a new agra^ 
rian movement and foimded the " United Irish 
League." Of his books, besides the one already 
named, the best-known are " Irish Ideas " and 
" A Queen of Men." He has been in Parlia^ 
ment intermittently since 1883, being now, if we 
are not mistaken. Nationalist member for Cork. 

To gain an idea of the stem training to 
which the yoimg patriot-author was subjected, 
take the following picture of faimly disaster. 
The \\Titer was twenty-six at the time to which 
these records of sickness and death and poverty 
refer : 

" I stretched myself on the sofa in the sitting-room, 
the only room in the house where there was not some- 
. body dpng or dead, and tried to sleep. One familiar 
cough was now missing from the chorus. The others 
still from time to time broke through the sUence of the 
house of death, but not in any especially alarming way, 
and my mother had mercifully fallen into a deep sleep 
after her long watchings. About two hours afterwards I 
was awakened from a half-sleep by a particidariy violent 
explosion of coughing from the room where my younger 
brother was Ipng. The coughing cidminated in au awfid 
hollow sigh, which sounds as distinctly in my memory 
now, more than a quarter of a centurj- after, as it did on 
that dreadfiU night. Then there came a silence, more 
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have given anything to hear the well-known cough again. 
... It was too late to give my mother any consolation 
by awakening her, and there was always the fear of the 
effect on my poor sister, whose cough alone now broke 
the stillness, save for an occasional attack of my own. I 
sat on the bed in the dark, with the dead, until the day- 
light, which it seemed never would come, and then, as 
I heard my mother move, went in to warn her not to 
frighten my sister. From that hour the overwhelming 
sadness of human life has never quitted me. If my hair 
had not grown white, when I looked in the glass, it was 
certainly another man, and a sad one, I saw there." 

As was to be expected, frequent glimpses of 
Parnell are given in Mr. O'Brien's pages, in 
addition to the frontispiece portrait of the man 
with which the book is provided. A bon mot of 
Pamell's is quoted as characteristic of his hmnor. 
*' Ireland," he declared, " is too small a country 
for a rebellion. There is not enough room to 
run away." He added that " Wasliington saved 
America by running away. If he had been 
fighting in Ireland, he woidd have been brought 
to surrender in six weeks. Nowadays, with the 
railways, England could sweep the country from 
Cork to Donegal in six days." Here are a few 
passages from Mr. O'Brien's note-book : 

"Nov. l^th [1878]. Routed out at seven this morn- 
ing to go to Tralee with Parnell and his fiery cross. 
Joined him in the same carriage from Mallow, and had 
three hours' astonishingly confidential chat. Coldish 
reception in Tralee, but no colder than public feeling 
everywhere about everything just now. . . . 

" Nov. IQth. Parnell addressed a rough-and-tumble 
meeting, half farmers, half Fenians, with several tipsy 
interrupters and a preliminary alarm that the floor was 
giving way. He spoke imder cruel difficulties, but fired 
them all before he sat down. . . . 

"Nov. nth. Returned by night-mail, and had end- 
less delightful glimpses of P. and of the real man. . . . 
He has captured me, heart and soul, and is bound to go 
on capturing. A sweet seriousness au fond, any amount 
of nervous courage, a delicate reserve, without the 
smallest suspicion of hauteur; strangest of all, humoiir; 
above everything else, simplicity; as quietly at home 
with the girls in Mallow as with his turbulent audience 
in Tralee. We exchanged no end of confidences. As 
romantic as Lord Edward, but not to be shaken from 
prosier methods. In any case a man one coidd suffer 
with proudly." 

Mr. O'Brien's early investigation of the Irish 
landlord system made him painfully familiar 
with the sufferings of the peasantry. 

"What, perhaps, was the most hatefid discovery of 
all was that the poorer the land and the meeker the 
tenant, the more merciless was his rent, and the more 
diabolical the oppression practised upon him. In the 
richer parts of the country, the system bred special 
evils of its own; but the Tipperary peasant living on a 
generous soil often paid little more than half the sum 
per acre that was extorted from the small holder of 
Mayo for the acre or two of similar quality which might 
be found, like an oasis, amidst the rocks and swamps 
which made up the rest of his holding. ... A more 
cruel circumstance still, the poor western, evicted from 



the fertile lands which abound in Connaught, was more 
heavily rented per acre for the miserable motmtain 
patch to which he was banished than the big grazier or 
gombeen-man, in whose interest he was driven from 
his own fields, was asked to pay for tliem. The poorer 
landlords held the poorest parts of the country, and the 
rents were fixed not according to the poverty of the 
land or of the tenants who reclaimed it, but according 
to the necessities of the landlord, who did nothmg for 
the land except to rack-rent and mortage it." 

Amid such descriptions of hardship, in which 
the book almost of necessity abounds, it is a 
welcome relief to meet with the following refer- 
ence to present better conditions, even though 
the paragraph is relegated to the subordinate 
position of a footnote : 

" Life has given me few happier reflections than that 
Clare Island, which I thus saw for the first time under 
all the terrors of hunger and squalid landlord oppres- 
sion, is now, owing to a train of circumstances of pecu- 
liar satisfaction to the writer, a happy commxmity of 
peasant proprietors, free forever from the shadow of 
famine, landlordism, gmiboat, or sheriff. I had the 
happiness of seeing the steamer, in which the agent and 
sheriff used to invade the island for rent, rotting to 
pieces on the beach near Mallow Cottage [the author's 
home] , its occupation and that of the sheriff-agent be- 
ing gone." 

In a chapter entitled " A Newspaper's Fight 
for Life," the author tells of his editing " United 
Ireland " from his cell in Kilmainham Jail. An 
extract will give a hint of the pecvdiar situation. 

" It seems never once to have occurred to the Chief 
Secretary that the enemy against whom he was wildly 
flinging about his warrants was all the time doing his 
work from his own jail. My brother-prisoners included 
representatives from every county in the soutli, east, 
and west of Ireland. They were all allowed to receive 
their local newspapers. . . . My plan was to collect 
from each of the suspects his own local paper, together 
with their private letters, received by subterranean 
agencies, giving particulars not otherwise attainable. 
In this way my cell was converted into an information 
bureau, from which I was able weekly to dispatch many 
columns of exciting details, and many columns more of 
pungent comments, so that the paper, amidst all the 
crash and chaos m its editorial rooms, its printing staff, 
and its machinery room, became a more formidable foe, 
and the object of a stronger public interest than ever. 
. . . The Ladies' Land League gave Forster an addi- 
tional grudge against their body, by drafting a body of 
sweet girl graduates into United Ireland office to take 
the place of the outlawed men; and most unselfishly 
and valiantly, for several months, they kept its accounts, 
and supplied some of its most piquant writings, and 
foUed the police raiders by a thousand mgenioiis fem- 
inine devices for circulating the paper." 

Then follows the story of the newspaper's wan- 
dering existence, under government interdict, 
appearing now from a London press, a little 
later from one in Liverpool, then emerging 
serenely in Glasgow, next in Manchester, and 
even for a while being printed in Paris — all 
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The closing chapter brings Mr. O'Brien's his- 
tory do^Ti to his election as member for Mallow. 
" The figures," he writes, " were : O'Brien 161, 
Naish 89 ; which was for Mallow a majority 
more stupefying than one of thousands would be 
in a modem London constituency," Of course 
the scene in Mallow, on the announcement of 
this glorious issue, was pandemonium let loose ; 
and it wa.s late at night before the "■ chairing " 
of the successfid candidate through the town 
was over. 

Mr. O'Brien's book takes rank with IVIr. 
Justin McCarthy's politico-autobiographic re- 
miniscences. While its scope is narrower, its 
viridness is more intense. The author at times 
writes, as it were, with his very heart "s blood ; 
and thus writing he cannot fail to command a 
rea^^- Percy F. Bicknell. 



Proven CE: Its Histort, Art, axd 

lilTERATURE.* 



The unfailing charm which exhales from the 
]VIidi of France has never appealetl in vain to sen- 
sitive imaginations. The Province of Rome is but 
dimly ajjprehended of the schoolboy mind, reluc- 
tantly f oUo\\'ing the campaigns of Caesar ; to it, 
jIVIassilia is little more than a feminine noun, and 
Rhodanus a rapid river that had to be crossed 
by boat or bridge. But shoidd the boy. in 
maturer years, be so fortunate as to visit Pro- 
vence, he sees it steeped in the light of history 
which is half romance, of metliaeval song which 
has found its re-incamation in the nineteenth 
century, of arcliitectural monmnents conser\Tng 
the best traditions of Greece and Rome, and of 
a popular pride and hospitality which makes the 
traveller welcome and leaves him well-informed. 

Aside from the guide-books and other specific 
works of reference, the accounts in English of 
Provencal history, literature, and art have been 
neither very numerous nor comprehensive. Pro- 
fessor Justin H. Smith's " The Troubadours at 
Home," a scholai'ly work, was more nearly con- 
cerned \^'ith the literary annals of Provence than 
with its architecture or its political history ; and 
Mr. Thomas A. Janvier's delightful papers 
struck too personal and intimate a note to be 
wide-rancTngf. These two volumes of ^Ir. Cook's 
" Old Provence," however, attempt to acquaint 
us with the main events of about fifteen hun- 
dred years of history in a territory stretching 

* Old Provesce. By Theodore Andrea Cook. M.A.. F.S. A. 
In two volomes. Ulustrated. New York: Charles Sciibner's 
Sons. 



from Carcassonne to the Riviera. The author's 
admirable handling of the life and history of the 
chateaux of the Loire in his former book " Old 
Touraine " was a sufficient guaranty that Pro- 
vencal themes would be treated with scholarship 
and sympathy. As he reminds us in the pref- 
ace, the history of Old Provence has necessitated 
a somewhat different treatment, — 
" Only because I hare had towns to deal with instead of 
castles, and because I have had far more space to cover, 
both in territory and in time, than was involved in 
describing the chateaux in the districts of Tours and of 
Blois. The Seine seems full of commerce and of gov- 
ernment ; the Loire still mirrors the pleasure-palaces of 
the Valois court upon its golden stream ; but the valley 
of the Rhone has been the highway of the nations, the 
path of conquerors, the battle-field of the invader, and 
its boatmen still call one bank ' Empire ' and the other 
♦ Kingdom ' ; though the names have long ago lost all 
sigfnificance in relation either to the east or to the west- 
em shore." 

The whole of the first volume is devoted to 
the period covering the ancient history of 
Provence, and including the occupancy of the 
Phoenicians, Greeks, and Romans, who have 
left traces on the soil of Southeastern France 
that are as remarkable, if not so numerous, as 
those to Ix- found in Southern Italy. Readers 
who oj)en the book unprepared by special study 
will be surprised, as they turn the pages and 
look at the many illustrations, by the abundant 
proofs of the consideration which this fair prov- 
ince enjoyed in the' days of imperial Rome. We 
follow Mr. Cook with deepening interest from 
town to town, studving the stately monuments 
which mark the victories of Marius and Caesar 
and the more peaceful glories of Augustus and 
his successors. Among these, especial attention 
is given to the beautifid " pyramidal " memorial 
and arch at St. Remy, and the more imposing 
but less pleasing arch at Orange, The theatres 
of Orange and Aries, built by Greek architects 
or under Greek influence, are finely contrasted 
with the great amphitheatres at Nimes and 
Aries, which, only less capacious than the Colos- 
seum at Rome, were devoted to the same bloody 
purposes. Of the few remains of Greek sculp- 
ture in Provence, !Mr, Cook discusses with most 
detail the two statues of Aphrodite known as 
the Venus of Aries and the Venus of Nimes. 
To the former he gives ardent adhesion, and 
even makes her the subject of a poem in the 
Sapphic manner, prefixed to his first chapter. 

The last material trace of Greek life in Pro- 
vence is the beautifid temple at Nimes, absurdly 
called the " ]VIaison Carree." As an architect 
(Mr. Cook is an F.S.A.), the author dwells with 
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this little structure, "the greatest treasure of 
classic architecture north of the Alps "; and 
carefully explains for lay readers those various 
refinements and subtle irregtdarities which gave 
vitality to the best Greek architecture, and the 
absence of which leaves its modem imitations 
dead. He is probably right, therefore, in his con- 
clusion that " this temple at Nimes was ordered 
by Romans who had definite ideas about the 
plan they considered appropriate, but it was set 
up by an architect of the Augustan age who 
knew how to give the best effect to his work." 
Of strictly Roman works, we are called upon 
to admire, above arches and amphitheatres, the 
superb aqueduct near Nimes known as the Pont 
du Gard, which Mr. Cook calls the finest Roman 
aqueduct, not only of Provence, but of the 
world. He adds : 

" The three tiers of arches, as Fergiisson points out, 
produce the same effect as an entablature and cornice 
upon a long range of columns, with the additional and 
stupendous feature that the whole structure spreads out 
wider and wider as it rises in height from its founda- 
tion. The full beauty of the work is therefore only 
appreciable from a little distance down the valley, 
where the slopmg hills above the stream add their sup- 
porting Imes to a picture which combines the majesty 
of nature with the daring skill of man. From here you 
realize how the Romans converted a merely utilitarian 
structure into an architectural screen of unrivalled 
beauty without the introduction of a single ornament 
or a single useless feature. . . . By such buildings as 
this did the Romans acqiure the constructive skill and 
magnificence of proportion which enabled them fear- 
lessly to plan buildings so vast in size, and to vaxdt 
spaces so huge, that the impress of their maker's power 
has lasted while the rock on which they built them has 
endured." 

If we have lingered on the architectural por- 
tions of the first volume, it is because they are 
distinctly the most attractive. Mr. Cook has 
felt it his duty to give much historical matter, 
from Hannibal to Augustus, that can be found 
in the books, and might have been condensed 
with no loss of interest and some gain in clear- 
ness. Taken as a whole, however, the volmne is 
a valuable contribution to the literature of the 
subject; and being separately indexed, it may 
profitably be used by itseM, without reference 
to the second volmne ; to which we must now 
devote a few words. 

It treats of medisBval Provence down to its 
absorption into France in the year 1481 ; and 
contains an interesting chapter on the three 
great fortresses of the South, — Les Baux, Car- 
cassonne, and Aigues Mortes. The reason for 
including Carcassonne, which is not strictly 
within the geographical limits of Provence, is 
that "its most heroic history is inextricably 



associated with the horrors of the Albigensian 
crusade " (of which Mr. Cook proceeds to give 
us a lengthy account) ; and also, that " no ex- 
cuse is needed for reminding the traveller in 
Provence that he is within reach of the most 
magnificent fortress in Europe, which has been 
held in turn by Visigoth, Frank, and French- 
man, and is now restored, by a very miracle of 
tasteful knowledge, to all the primitive splendor 
of its rugged beauty, its isolated strength, its 
marvellously complex architecture." 

Avignon and its Popes, who divided with 
Rome the homage of Christendom during the 
fourteenth century, are given a fvdl and com- 
prehensive chapter ; and it is only a pity that 
Mr. Cook found himseK compelled, for lack of 
space as he says, to cut short his description of 
beautiful VUleneuve. We could have better 
spared a Pope or two in order to have justice 
done to this fascinating old town, separated 
from Avignon only by " the blue rushing of the 
arrowy Rhone." 

Mr. Cook does fidl justice to Provencal lit- 
erature and to its modern revival in the Feli- 
bres ; and quotes plentifully from Mistral, 
Aubanel, Roiunanille, and the rest, generally 
with subjoined translations. From the " gay 
science " he selects and tells the stories of Clem- 
ence and of Aucassin and NicoUete. Good King 
Rene and his court close the picture ; " as an 
honest politician, his material successes were 
not so great as those obtained by more unscru- 
pulous players in the game of kings. His claim 
upon posterity lies rather upon artistic and intel- 
lectual gromids ; upon the serenity he showed 
in evil fortune ; the dignity with which he faced 
defeat ; the constancy with which he died, at 
Aix, July 10, 1480, still in possession of his 
titles of inheritance and knowing that he pos- 
sessed them for the good of France." 

We gladly go with Mr. Cook on a little jour- 
ney to the beautiful valley of Vaucluse, inunor- 
talized by its memories of 

" Lovely Laura in her light green dress, 
And faithful Petrarch gloriously crowned." 

He contends, against received accounts, that 
Laura did not meet Petrarch first in a church 
at Avignon, that she never married, and that 
she died of a chill instead of the plague. 

The book is weU printed ; though an obvious 
slip on page 17 of volume II, makes " favoured" 
out of " fevered." More than a guide-book, and 
less, it is one of those aids to travel which, like 
Mr. Crawford's " Rulers of the South," should 
lie by the side of Baedeker in even the smallest 
steamer trunk. Josiah Renick Smith. 



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41 



A RE-VALrATIOX OF SCHLLLER.* 



During the year just closed, the hundi-edth 
anniversary of the death of Friedrich Schiller 
brought an almost embarrassing wealth of 
portraits, biographies, estimates, and apprecia- 
tions of the great German dramatist, forming 
an eloquent international expression of his far- 
reaching influence as man and poet. While 
the majority of these publications are mainly 
re-statements, in var^-ing form, of a sort of 
standard judgment as to the poet's position in 
literature. Professor Kiihnemann's book merits 
attention as a genuine attempt to contribute to 
a re-valuation of Schiller for our own time. He 
sets himself a definite task of interpretation, 
unmixed with attempts to solve any questions 
of chronological detail, derivation, or literary 
relationship. Xot that he ignores such matters, 
as unworthy of consideration ; but he assumes 
that all such questions. haATng any vital signifi- 
cance for his work, have alreacly been satis- 
factorily answered. This elimination of much 
i^rele^'ant discussion greatly simplifies and in- 
tensifies the total impression of the book. 

The central feature that unifies the author's 
discussion is the prevailing attention focused 
from first to last upon Schiller the dramatist. 
Professor Kiihneman recognizes, more clearly 
than do most critics, the essential peculiarity' of 
the poet's genius. Even in the lyrics of the 
Anthology of 1782, the occasional use of dia- 
logue, as in Hektors Abschied^ reveals the 
antithetical and dramatic trend of SchiUer's 
mind. The same capacity for perceiving ideas 
and relations spatially, and in conflict with 
each other, made for Schiller the ballad-year, 
1798, so signally successfid. For the ballad is 
at its best when saturated with the spirit of the 
drama. SchUler's studies ia the fields of history 
and philosophy were consciously undertaken as 
a means to supply the dramatist with a solid 
substratrmi of definite knowledge. He saw in 
his own ignorance of life, present and past, the 
cause of a ratlical weakness of all his early 
dramas. These were almost exclusively the 
product of an exceptionally ^-i^^d imagination 
nourished by its own fancies. Instead of taking: 
his cue longer from the spider, which spins her 
web out of her own body, Schiller began to 
imitate the bee, which makes honey out of the 
raw material furnished by the most widely 
divergent flowers imaginable. The History 
of the Thirty Years" War, the History of the 

•ScHiLLEB. Von Engen Kuhnemann. Munchen: C. H. 
Becksche Verlags-Buchhandlang. 



Revolt of the Netherlands, and other minor 
historical works, were merely the by-products 
of a mind that recognized in the drama its task 
of prime importance. The remarkable fascina- 
tion exerted upon the reader by these secondary 
works of Schiller's pen is due to his wonderful 
power of distinct visualization and to the imagi- 
nation of the bom dramatist, that transforms 
the epic past into the dramatic present. 

Professor Kiihnemann's clear perception of 
these facts leads him to a method of presentation 
that is equally just to the poet and attractive to 
the reader. The salient features of Schiller's 
outer life-experience are given simply and ade- 
quately in a sequence dictated by the course of 
the poet's dramatic career. The central sub- 
ject of the first hvmdred pages of the book is 
Schiller's earliest drama, Z)^ie R'duher. All 
the suggestive discussion devoted to the poet's 
family, childhood, and school and academy ex- 
perience, is so shaped and timed as to stand in 
vital relation to the later consideration of the 
play. In the school compositions, philosophical 
and scientific, as also in the letters of the young 
poet, our author finds proof of an innate mental 
tendency to proceed from large generalizations 
to their concrete application. This was doubt- 
less strengthened by the whole trend of the 
Karlsschule toward philosophical speculation 
and didacticism, in place of scientific experimen- 
tation and the development of individuality in 
the learner. It accepts as final truth a tradi- 
tional system of ethics, and behind this an 
equally traditional philosophy of the world. As 
a kind of reaction against the prevailing doc- 
trine of his teachers, we may regard Schiller's 
over-emphasis on the material and the sensual, 
as the impelling force in human life, shown in 
his medical dissertations. In this he anticipates 
the cynicism of Franz Moor in the R'duher. 

The Hduber is the most striking illustration 
conceivable of the tendency of the poet to proceed 
mentally from the abstract to the concrete. All 
efforts to portray human society and to reflect 
the world of reality are strictly subordinated to 
the tragic conflict between human will and the 
moral law of the universe. SchiUer saw this 
conflict in large outline, without confusion of 
detail ; and he succeeded, in spite of his igno- 
rance of dramatic technique and of real life, in 
giving us an impressive picture of his vision. 
Franz Moor, the blasphemous scoffer and de- 
nier, and Karl, the incensed and presumptuous 
reformer, who arrogates to himself the office 
of Providence, each meet characteristic defeat 
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things. God is thus vindicated, and is, as Pro- 
fessor Kiihnemann says, the real hero of the 
play. The Titanic revolt and its dreadful 
consequences are conceived by Schiller with 
such vividness and intensity as to render the 
R'duher, in spite of a plot of inconsistencies, 
contradictions, and absurdities, the most re- 
markable first attempt of any dramatist in the 
world's history. The sins of the time, the va- 
garies in its philosophy of life, its social and 
political crimes, are, as our author points out, 
the objects upon which Scluller turns the 
searchlight of his various characters. Unlike 
Shakespeare and Hebbel, who portray the psy- 
chological steps by which an individual deviates 
from the narrow course that alone insures hap- 
piness and continued existence, Schiller sees 
men in masses and imiversalizes their relation to 
the fixed laws of the universe as he conceives it. 

Professor Kiihnemann presents a close and 
suggestive analysis of the play, and continues 
with adequate attention to its inner and outer 
history and to its literary congeners among the 
poet's predecessors and contemporaries. In 
approximately two hundred pages, he then fol- 
lows the development of Schiller's art, from 
his flight from the Karlsschule to his first 
residence in Weimar. Three dramas are the 
central subject of this part of the work. The 
author's sketch of the distressing and cheering 
elements of the poet's life in Stuttgart, Oggers- 
heim, Bauerbach, Mannheim, Leipzig, and 
Dresden, prefaces his consideration of Fiesko, 
Kabale und Liehe^ and Don Carlos. Due 
weight is given to the mfluence of persecution, 
disappointment, ill-health, friendship, love, and 
popidar success, upon shaping the mind and 
work of the dramatist. 

Fiesko was conceived almost simultaneously 
with Die R'duber^ and hence is the fruit of a 
similar psychological process. Yet our critic 
calls attention to several striking differences 
between these works. Die Rduher deals with 
contemporary life, and is nevertheless, in point 
of landscape, society, and individual portraits, 
almost wholly a work of the free imagination. 
Fiesko is based upon the life of the past ; and 
yet in it the poet has taken conscious pains to 
present a convincing picture of reality. The 
spirit of protest, so potent a factor in the texture 
of the li'duher, yields here to an elaborate por- 
trayal of society and the world. To match the 
gigantic protest embodied m the fantastic rob- 
bers and their symbolic day of judgment, Fiesko 
presents the idea of republican freedom. A 
coup d'etat takes the place of the day of judg- 



ment, mth a corresponding drop in pitch and 
intensity. 

While Karl Moor's outraged sense of right 
and justice is the mainspring of his action, 
Fiesko'' s love of freedom is so largely mingled 
with mere passion for glory and worldly ambi- 
tion as to render him almost unworthy of tragic 
pity. The action of the Rduher is pushed to 
a point where the moral order of the universe 
stands revealed triumphant in the opposite poles 
of humanity, represented by the brothers Moor. 
Thus the disturbed equilibrium is restored. 
The fall of Fiesko, and the continuance of the 
old regime iinder Andreas Doria, offer by com- 
parison but a feeble solution of the problem. A 
reason for this deterioration. Professor Kiihne- 
mann finds in Schiller's fatuous belief that a 
realistic picture of a conspirac;/, prompted by 
love of republican freedom, must necessarily be 
quite as significant as the imaginative picture of 
the Rduher. 

Professor Kiilmemann emphasizes the success 
of the poet in giving to the motley forms and 
tendencies of his picture of social life imity and 
the semblance of reality. But he also shows the 
vmnaturally political bias of all these representa- 
tives of republican freedom. " They feel and 
act not as natural but as political human be- 
ings." They are too often but incarnations of 
an abstract idea. Schiller does not yet succeed 
in creating convincing characters, capable of 
acting like real men and women of flesh and 
blood, and also of embodying his poetic inten- 
tion. He too frequently permits them to sub- 
stitute for the views and expressions natural to 
them either their author's conunent upon them 
or high-keyed declamation of the abstract ideas 
of their creator. 

Schiller's next drama, Kahale und Liehe, 
illustrates his power of discerning the sources 
of his previous success and failure, and of apply- 
ing this knowledge to a new problem. After his 
doubtfid experiment with Genoese history, he 
returned, in his third venture, to his own con- 
temporaneous country. German society as then 
constituted, with its class distinctions and class 
prejudices, and with its clash of class with class, 
is the source of the tragedy in this work. The 
conflict between the natural right of a man to 
love according to the promptings of his own 
heart, on the one hand, and the world of social 
convention and prescription on the other, is the 
occasion of the action. So we have here, as in 
the Rduher, a mighty spirit of protest, justified 
by notorioiis social abuses. As our critic says, if 
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the lead of the heart in love is admitted, then 
the society he depicts stands convicted of crime. 
Professor Kuhnemann praises the choice of sub- 
ject, the effective introduction, with its realistic 
picture of the Miller family, the compact and 
well-balanced structure of the drama, and the 
full-rounded and dignified characters of Luise 
and Ferdinand in the second half of the action. 
But he clearly sees the weaknesses of the play. 
Preponderance of theatrical instinct over clear 
poetic vision occasionally produces exigencies of 
the intrigue quite incompatible with the character 
of the men and women involved. The intrigue, 
by remaining in the foregroimd, deploying its 
ugliness, and precipitating the conflict during 
the first half of the action, condemns Luise and 
Ferdinand to passive roles, in which they fail to 
show any personality whatever. Moreover the 
persons of the inti-igue are a pliant coxcomb and 
two munitigated scoimdrels. The running satire 
of the poet through their words makes clear that 
they are deliberately Avithout conscience, ruth- 
less, and wicked. They might be otherwise, if 
they would. Hence they do not belong to the 
world of real men, whose virtues and vices are 
the necessary product of the natural law of their 
being. We miss, therefore, in their conflict with 
the children of light, that element of the inev- 
itable inseparable from the highest form of trag- 
edy. The whole remains rather a lyric cry of 
intense indignation against wanton oppression. 

In his interesting sketch of the position of 
Schiller's Kahale und Liehe in the history of 
occidental middle-class drama, from Richardson 
through Rousseau, Lessing, etc., to Hebbel, 
Ibsen, and Gerliard Hauptmann, our author 
emphasizes the unique relation of Hebbel to 
Schiller. The tragic element of middle-class 
life, as conceived by Schiller, is not inherent in 
the life of the class as such, but hinges rather 
upon the accidental and temjjoral relation of 
class to class in the society and state of his own 
day ; whereas Hebbel shows, in his Maria Mag- 
dalena (1844), that the narrow relations of 
middle-class life produce ine\'itably a narrow- 
horizoned and strait-laced ethical consciousness 
and sense of honor, which is at once the highest 
spiritual manifestation of this range of hmnan 
life, and, by its stem severity of judgment, the 
source of intense tragic conflicts. 

What Professor Kiihnemann says of Don 
Carlos — of its genesis, its original conception 
and the completed work, the three dramas 
within the cU-ama, the Eboli scenes, and the 
catastrophe — is all well worth while. We can 
mention here but two points of his discussion. 



In Don Carlos^ Schiller succeeds for the first 
time in dramatizing history. He sees the con- 
fiict between the cause of hmnanity and the 
Spanish Inquisition in the serene confidence of 
his new belief in the invincible power of good 
over evil. He no longer protests as a social 
pessiniLst. He acknowledges the necess^uy of 
reckoning with historical conditions and their 
upholders, as inevitable facts of life. They 
may be bad; in that case they can and must 
eventually be changed. They may not yield 
without many a tragic sacrifice of the hopes, 
aspu-ations, and lives of good men. And this 
fills the beholder not with the spirit of revolt, 
but with compassion and tragic pity. Save for 
a few lapses into his old manner, Schiller draws 
the representatives of the Inquisition with as- 
impartial a distribution of light and shadow as 
he does the Prince and Posa. They are all live 
men — some of them even great men. This is 
striking proof of the increasing ripeness of the 
poet's views of life and art. 

Our author takes exception to a widespread 
current view that does Schiller a double injus- 
tice. This is the identification of Don Carlos 
with the liigh-water mark of the poet's dramatic 
art, and a misconception of that humanity which 
is here the object of his enthusiasm and his 
pathos. For, great as is the superiority of this 
drama over the earlier group of his tragedies, 
the gidf that separates Don Carlos from the 
creations of his fidl maturity is still greater. 
And the humanity which is the especial care 
and inspii-ation of the Prince and his friend is 
no mere abstraction, as is commonly supposed. 
It means the power and originality of the per- 
sonal life, that maintains itself and is operative 
against all beniunbing and deadening forms and 
traditions. It means the right to one's self, the 
freedom of the children of God in their creative 
enjoyment of the fulness of existence. 

Professor Kiihnemann devotes about two 
hundi-ed pages to the period between Schiller's 
first residence in Weimar and the completion 
of Wallenstein, and the remainder of the book 
(something over a hundred pages) to the closing 
years of the poet's life. The well-known outer 
facts of his experience in Weimar and Jena, his 
love, friendships, and domestic life, his studies in 
history, philosophy, and the Greek drama, his 
professorship, his journalistic activity, his his- 
torical essays and philosophical poems, and his 
ballads, receive adequate attention in a natural 
sequence that is chiefly chronological. In an 
important sense, all these elements stand in a 
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reflected in his later dramas. Through the 
study of history, philosophy, and the Greek 
stage, he came into touch with the master-mind 
of Goethe and made possible that give-and-take 
friendship which proved so stimidating and help- 
fid to both men. The earnest effort of SchiUer 
to define to himself the difference between the 
natural working of his own mind and that of 
Goethe proved the occasion not only of the fh'st 
real introduction of the friends to each other, 
but also of suggestive critical studies, em- 
bodied in the essay of 1795, upon Naive und 
/Sentimentalische Dichtung. Schiller's obli- 
gation to Goethe is generally emphasized by the 
critics ; they sometimes overlook, or at any rate 
fail to mention, the great obligation of Goethe 
to Schiller during the eleven years of their joint 
activity. Professor Kiihnemann is explicit upon 
both points. He says that Schiller was brought 
by Goethe into a new relation to things, — a 
new relation to reality, — and that Goethe was 
enlightened by Schiller as to the wealth of his 
own ideas. Goethe's service consisted simply 
in meeting Schiller familiarly and giving him a 
chance to comprehend and appropriate his habit 
of looking at things objectively and securing 
concrete mental pictures of the world and of 
human life. Schiller stimulated Goethe to re- 
newed poetic activity, called his attention to 
omissions of argument or to theses that needed 
more carefid elucidation, and made him aware 
of the unnoticed bearing of some earlier thought. 
And to the spur of Schiller's encouragement and 
constructive criticism we owe the completion of 
the First Part of Faust. 

Wallenstein marks the beginning of a new 
period of dramatic activity in Schiller. It is 
essentially different from all of the poet's earlier 
tragedies and from all previous productions 
of German literature. Professor Kiihnemann 
speaks at length of the wealth of intellectual and 
emotional experience that immediately preceded 
and accompanied the genesis of this work. He 
mentions the various interruptions and changes 
of plan, many of which are reflected in the 
drama itself, and in Schiller's correspondence 
from January 12, 1791, to March 17, 1799. 
He emphasizes the fundamental difficulties in- 
herent in the material — the embarrassing wealth 
of facts to be communicated ; the various inde- 
pendent political plans of Illo, Questenberg, 
Oktavio, Buttler, and many others, to be coordi- 
nated ; a morally reprehensible undertaking of 
political ambition to be rendered imposing and 
attractive, in spite of its physical fadure through 
WaUenstein's own clumsiness. And, most for- 



midable of all, perhaps, for Schiller's art was 
the cold intellectuality, the hard-lined calcula- 
ting nature, of Wallenstein himself. All the 
heroes of Schiller's previous dramas are idealists 
of one sort and another. In Wallenstein he 
recognizes the realist, a representative of a class 
to which the world belongs. This man must 
never appear really noble, and in no act of the 
play really great or full of dignity. Under the 
stress of necessity, he must try with shrewdness 
to hold his ground, but always without sacri- 
ficing himseK for the sake of lofty ideas. To 
effect the tragic shock, and awaken tragic pity 
through such a character, was the new task for 
Schiller's art. His complaint to Goethe, in the 
letter of November 28, 1796, that destiny, in 
the proper sense of the word, still had too little, 
and WaUenstein's own error too much, to do 
with his misfortune, has often been misunder- 
stood. Critics have quoted it to supjwrt weird 
theories as to Schiller's idea of destiny. What 
he evidently meant, as Professor Kiihnemann 
shows, was the need of substituting for the 
accidental clumsiness of the individual man 
the lofty, inner, unavoidable necessity of a life 
governed by fixed laws. Schdler's aim in this 
drama is to present, in place of the splendor of 
eloquent details, a convincing picture of human 
life ; and in place of self -intoxication in soaring 
rhetoric, the tonic of simple concrete truth. His 
method is based consciously upon observation of 
Sophocles's King (Edipus. He himseK calls it 
the method of tragic analysis. It consists in 
confining the visible action of the tragedy to an 
unfolding of the consequences of previous acts 
and occurrences. 

In Wallenstein s Lager we have sharply 
individualized groups of characteristic soldiery, 
suggesting, in aU its fulness of life, color, and 
movement, the army. These jolly or quarrel- 
some, gambling, dancing, flirting, and carousing 
soldiers and hangers-on all appear in the per- 
spective of the mass to which they belong. 
The order of their appearance is chosen with 
consmnmate skiU, so as to give the semblance 
of reality. For the whole motley army of poly- 
glot troops, the as yet invisible commander-in- 
chief is the vicegerent of God on earth. Against 
their enthusiasm for him not even the fanatical 
preaching of the dull servants of the church is 
of any avail. It is a vivid genre picture, rival- 
ing the best work of the old Dutch masters, 
and furnisliing striking proof of the poet's new 
skiU in objective delineation and in the dramatic 
use of masses of men. His success in this latter 
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in all his earlier plays, under the discipline of in- 
tensive study of the Greeks and of Shakespeare. 
Schiller lays especial stress, in his study of 
Wallenstein, upon the elements of history that 
mouldetl the man. In this, as Professor Kiihne- 
mann urges, he differs radically from Shake- 
speare. The British poet would have focused 
attention throughout upon the demoniac nature 
of Wallenstein's mind, — upon the tragedy of 
unbridled, self-<lestructive ambition to rule. The 
surroundings of the man would have remained 
the xmaccented syllable. Schiller presents sym- 
bolically, through the general's associates, that 
historical en^4ronment under the influence of 
which Wallenstein's temperament, self-confi- 
dence, ambition, and superstition succumb to 
temptation. Illo, Isolani, Buttler, and Oktavio 
Piccolomini. each sharply individualized and 
pro^^ded \^'ith his o\^ti philosophy of life, are 
chief among these associates. Each of them is 
in a sense a creature of the commander, em- 
bodying in characteristic fashion the demoniac 
principle of WaUenstein's mind. Hence the hero 
of the tragedy is a sort of composite total of all 
these indi\'iduals. He is an organic part of that 
body of relations and influences, dominated by 
inmiutable laws, that is the destiny of man. 
His belief in astrology is the S}Tnbol of his o\*ti 
implicit confidence in the absolute necessity of 
things. But it is also a defect in his own nature, 
blinding him to the approach of his impending 
doom, that is plainly visible to everyone else. 
In this he resembles King (Edipus ; but while 
the Greeks conceivetl Destiny as a wholly super- 
human, inscrutable necessity, before which gods 
and men must bow, Schiller regards it as the 
unchanging regularity of the laws of life ^sithout 
and within the uidi\'idual. Max and Thekla 
are the only idealists in the drama. They are 
bound to WaUenstein by ties of blood and 
affection. They reflect his emotional life, as the 
others reflect his iateUect and his ambition. In 
their uinocence and disinterestedness, they sym- 
bolize the Beautiful in human life. Schiller's 
view as to the rightful place of the Beautiful 
and of Art in life, already expressetl in his phil- 
osophical \NTitings, is hei-e dramatized. They 
are also a mirror in which the repulsive selfish- 
ness and faithlessness of the others, and the 
shadow of the approaching Nemesis, are seen. 
The transformation of their idyU into an elegy 
is part of the tragic catastrophe that over- 
whelms Wallenstein. But Schiller remained an 
idealist to the end of his life, and does not here 
imply, as Professor Kiihnemann seems to think, 
that Max and Thekla have no place in the 



world. What he does seem to imply is that a 
world of hard-lined realism and selfish stri^-ing, 
like that of Wallenstein and his circle, whose 
one-sidedness excludes and crushes the idealists 
and the beautiful in life, is eo ipso a world of 
tragic catastrophes. 

We must pass over a wealth of suggestive 
and helpful discussion offered by our author 
in connection with this tragedy, and with the 
dramas of Maria Stuart, Die Jungfrau von 
Orleans, Die Braxit von Messina^ Wilhelm 
Tell, and with the important Demetrius frag- 
ment. The main feature of it all consists in 
tracing through these diverse materials and 
forms the substance of Schiller's later concep- 
tion of human life, destiny, and dramatic style. 
From cover to cover, the book is fascinatingly 
\^'ritten. The author's style is simple, flexible, 
and strong, but slightly marred by a few unne- 
cessary repetitions and infelicities of expression, 
that can easily be removed in a second edition. 
Its warm appreciation of the peculiarity of 
Schiller's genius and intelligent insight into the 
essentials of good literature, ancient and mod- 
em, render it a worthy companion-piece to the 
same author's Herder, and one of the most illu- 
minating and suggestive books yet written upon 
the greatest German dramatist. 

Stake Willard Cutting. 



Sea Power ajtd thge "Wak of 1812. 



Captain Mahan's notable series of naval his- 
tories is now complete; and if anything were 
needed to establish his position in the foremost 
rank of historical writers, his latest contribution 
to that series — " Sea Power in its Relations to 
the War of 1812*' — would fully supply the 
demand. Like the companion volxmies of " The 
Influence of Sea Power upon History " and 
" The Influence of Sea Power upon the French 
Revolution and Empire," this cro\^Tiing labor is 
characterized by great philosophic insight and 
masterly arrangement of details, but it far sur- 
passes its predecessors in its abundant evidences 
of independent and painstaking investigation. 
Access has been had, as the preface intimates 
and the footnotes show, to the public records of 
Great Britain, Canada, and the United States, to 
the published correspondence of various promi- 
nent men of the period, and to the unpublished 
private papers of Lord Castlereagh. Such a 

*Ska Powek is its Relations to the Wak of 1812. By 
Captain A. T. Mahan. In two volames. Illustrated. Boston: 
Little. Brown, &, Co. 



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mustering of original and contemporary sources 
is a sufficient guarantee of inestimable worth, 
especially when an historian of our author's 
tyjpe — judicious, conscientious, and withal ac- 
curate — has had the handling of them. 

The second war with Great Britain occupied 
less than three years; yet Captain Mahan, pos- 
sibly because he is dealing with the history of 
his own country or because he is treading upon 
very familiar ground, has given it a propor- 
tionately larger amount of space than he gave 
his earlier themes. Precisely two-thirds of the 
first volume, or fourteen chapters of the entire 
work, are devoted to a discussion of the com- 
mercial complications that underlay the strug- 
gle, one chapter to a description of the theatre 
of operations and to a general criticism of the 
insufficiency of American resources, twelve 
chapters to the war itself, and a single chapter 
to a much abbreviated and rather superficial 
account of the peace negotiations. The material, 
except in the case of minor though contributory 
details, is not new, indeed much of it was sum- 
marized by Captain Mahan himself in a series of 
articles — advance sheets, so to speak — that 
appeared two years ago in " Scribner's Maga- 
zine "; but the presentation of it is so logical, so 
fascinatingly clear and unprejudiced, that the mi- 
pression conveyed is one of striking originality. 

The opening pages of the book have, in gxeat 
degree, the nature and scope of an introduction. 
They point out pre-revolutionary experiences 
and conditions as determining causes of later 
events, and in this they are extremely interest- 
ing. British thought with respect to maritime 
development presented, from Cromwell's time 
down, a continuity that greatly impressed public 
opinion. A course of action long and successfully 
persisted in must perforce be right and just. 
Consequently the national consciousness never 
once swerved from the idea that the navy was the 
bxdwark of imperial power, and that, as it was 
recruited from the mercantile marine, the growth 
of the carrying trade must be a first considera- 
tion. The thirteen colonies had already shown 
commercial aptitude ; in the northeast they had 
developed shipping industries ; and now having 
obtained political independence, they were likely 
to prove formidable competitors in the naviga- 
tion of the world. It was necessary to curtail 
their opportunities. It was also necessary to 
fill in the gap that their revolution had made in 
the empire by developing the resources of other 
transatlantic dominions, particularly of Canada 
and the West Indies, whither the Tories whom 
loyalty had made exiles and to whom the home 



government felt somewhat indebted had found a 
refuge. Naturally enough, all measures having 
these things for their object were regarded with 
suspicion by the new republic. The provincial- 
ism that had formed a misconception of the pur- 
pose of the navigation laws was predisposed to 
designate the taking away of privileges enjoyed 
as colonists as a gross subversion of justice. 

Especial praise is due the author for that 
part of his book which deals with the more 
inunediate causes of the War of 1812 ; for there 
he has with his accustomed impartiality placed 
the policy and conduct of Great Britain in 
proper perspective. This is a really strong point, 
a feature most distinctive. Other ^vriters have 
usually regarded the irritating events of the 
period as instances of a lingering tyranny on 
the part of the mother country; but Captain 
Mahan has viewed them in their larger aspect, 
— namely, in their relation to the Napoleonic 
wars. His treatment of the subject of Impress- 
ment is liighly conmiendable, due weight being 
given to the many extenuating circumstances. 
Great Britain, the constant force of the succes- 
sive coalitions, was engaged in a life and death 
struggle with despotism. Her navy was her 
great, and alm6st her only, resource ; but the 
service in it was necessarily long and arduous 
and the pay was small. Desertions were ruin- 
ously frequent ; for across the Atlantic was a 
new country with all the economic advantages 
of a new country. British sailors, even before 
the Revolution, had manned its ships and knew 
of its facilities. Furthermore, there an easy 
naturalization system prevailed which was con- 
trary to all recognized principles of national 
allegiance. Nowhere, except in that infant com- 
mmiity, eager for settlers, had it yet been 
acknowledged that the power of expatriation 
resides in the individual. Great Britain claimed 
the right to apprehend her own deserters ; but 
she never did claim the right to impress Ameri- 
can seamen. Cases of mistaken identity were, 
however, very nvmierous, owing to the fact that 
the people of the two countries, one in origin, 
were not yet distinguishable from each other by 
peculiarities of dress, speech, or mamiers. Brit- 
ish officers, moreover, greatly annoyed by a dis- 
graceful traffic in fraudident certificates of 
citizenship, were not inclined to take any great 
precautions against errors. 

In his strictures upon Jefferson's policy of 
economy, seeming partiality for the French, and 
impotent measures of retaliation for national in- 
sidts, Captain Mahan has been justly severe. 
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engrossed in money-making, too much divided 
by conflicting sectional interests, and too much 
conti-olled by a peace-lo^nng president to take 
any chances in war. Great Britain adopted with 
impimity such measures as woidd counteract 
the e^-il effects of the Continental System, even 
though well aware that they woidd react dis- 
astrously upon neutrals. The only neutral of 
any consequence was the United States, and she 
was scarcely worth considering ; for Jefferson's 
gunboat system had effectually prevented the 
growth of a regular na\y. She might protest, 
but her protests were bound to be mere bluster. 
The wonder to us now is, that she could have 
so steadily drifted towards war and have made 
absolutely no preparation for it. Her embargo 
and non-intercourse laws failed of their object 
and operated against herself. Nothing could 
have been more to the purpose of Napoleon 
than the American declaration of war in 1812. 
Craft and subtlety had done their work. The 
pity of it aU was that the United States, griev- 
ously injured by both France and Great Britain, 
went to war with the wrong party. She, the 
exponent of liberty, had — let us hope uninten- 
tionally — played completely into the hands of 
the arch-<lespot. Napoleon, whose pretended 
revocation of the obnoxious decrees and con- 
temptible ante-dating to avoid a too glaring ex- 
posure of fraud and duplicity are all graphically 
narratetl by Captain Mahan. 

It has been traditional in American history 
to consider the War of 1812 as a signal success 
for the aggrieved party. Opinions to the con- 
trary, although held by all first-class historians 
and supported by the best of evidence, have 
never reached the masses. There was no organ- 
ized warfare on the ocean, but the brilliancy of 
that on the Great Lakes and of single ship 
actions at sea has almost obscvired the real dis- 
asters on land. Upon the history- of hostilities 
proper. Captain Mahan has probably said the 
last word. No one but a man rich in profes- 
sional experience could so ably deal with naval 
exploits. His criticisms of the army equipment 
are all well-substantiated, and his narrative 
bears close comparison with Napier's " Peninsu- 
lar War." The sustained effort is, perhaps, not 
so great, but there is the same skill in dealing 
with technicalities, the same dramatic power in 
description. The whole is excellent reading. 

It is unfortunate that the final chapter of this 
really scholarly work is not in itself an impor- 
tant contribution to historical knowledge. We 
had every reason to expect considerable new 
light upon the negotiations at Ghent, and are 



disappointed that neither here nor in the October 
number of the "American Historical Review" 
has Captain Mahan told us much more than we 
already knew about the influence upon them 
of European conditions. That it was great, we, 
although destitute of documentary evidence, feel 
pretty well assured. In no other way can we 
adequately explain Great Britain's change of 
front. The United States had practically ac- 
complished little by the war. The one thing 
she had set out to do she had failed in ; and 
Great Britain, relieved from embarrassment by 
the downfall of Napoleon, was at first inclined 
to exact a humiliating peace. To what extent 
the attitude of the other Allied Powers or the 
transactions of the Congress of Vienna com- 
pelled concessions is matter for conjecture. 

In point of literary merit, Captain Mahan's 
latest extended production needs little comment. 
An occasional awkward or incomplete sentence 
occurs, but we notice this fact only because we 
dislike to see even so slight a blemish upon a 
style so nearly perfect. The index to the two 
volumes is not so good as it might be, but the 
table of contents is remarkably full. The dia- 
grams and maps are very instructive; the illus- 
trations, lx)th half-tones and gravures, though 
few in nimiber, are in keeping with the general 
high character of the work; and the half-tone 
portraits are all copies of authentic likenesses, 
some of them from paintings by Gilbert Stuart. 
AxNA Heloise Abel. 



The Greatest of Moderx Gardexeks.* 

In " New Creations in Plant Life " Mr. W. S. 
Harwood gives us a very complete account of the 
life and work of Mr. Luther Burbank, the famous 
gardener and experimenter of Santa Rosa. Mr. 
Buibank, like many other things in California, 
has siiffered from excess of newspaper publicity 
— suffered in all ways, in person, reputation, and 
estate. The volume before us should in this 
respect bring relief : it is sufficiently fvdl, toler- 
ably well written, authentic, and prepared under 
the direction of the gardener himseK. 

For Mr. Burbank the claim has been often 
made that he is the most remarkable gardener 
that has ever lived. A simple statement of his 
accomplishments would seem fairly to justify the 
claim. He has given to the orchards of Cali- 
fornia some twenty different varieties of plums 
alone, several apples, improved blackberries. 



*Nbw Cbeations in Plant Life. By W. S. Harwood. 
trated. New York : The Macmillan Co. 



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raspberries, etc., besides several fruits which 
are to be reckoned wholly new, as the priinus- 
berry, formed by uniting the raspberry and 
the blackberry; the pltuncot, a combination of 
apricot and plum ; and the pomato, resultant 
from the union of the potato and tomato plants. 
Mr. Harwood's praise of these things, and his 
eulogy of their creator, will strike some readers 
as excessive, and raise the suspicion that he also 
is a Calif ornian. It should be remembered, 
also, that Mr. Burbank's triumphs are in kind 
hardly to be reckoned as new ; they are exactly 
in line with the work of all gardeners in all the 
centuries. Shakespeare teaches Perdita to 

"marry 
A gentler scion to the wildest stock, 
And make conceive a bark of baser kind 
By bud of nobler race." 

And Pliny tells us how, two thousand years 
ago, men " in Grenada began to graft plvuns on 
apples, and these brought forth plxmis called 
apple-plums ; also others called almond-plums." 
Peach trees have been known on occasion to bear 
apricots, and apricot trees to bear peaches ; and 
this without anybody's suggestion. In fact, 
whence come all our cultivated grains and 
fruits ? Do these not represent the wise selec- 
tion and careful culture of scores of unknown 
gardeners all down along our ancestral way? 
Mr. Burbank's methods are not new, and to 
all the gardeners of the past is he indebted 
for the materials on which he has wrought his 
shining work. The diiference lies chiefly in the 
fact that our latest artist has carried his work so 
much further, and into imexpected fields ; that he 
experiments so much more widely, and on such 
a tremendous scale. Darwin called all this sort 
of work artificial, as opposed to natural, selec- 
tion ; Mr. Burbank simply applies artificial selec- 
tion to hundreds of thousands of plants at one 
time, and then, by grafting, goes on to attain 
results much more speedily than has hitherto 
been done. 

Mr. Burbank's work has been of the highest 
economic importance ; he has contributed largely 
to the wealth of his adopted State. But a great 
deal of his experimentation has had no com- 
mercial end in view ; he has been, in so far, a 
true investigator, seeking a better knowledge of 
the wondrous processes of the natural world. 
Much of his work, accordmgly, has scientific 
value. His successes and failures alike confirm 
or confute our accepted biologic theories. Does 
DeVries argue that species take origin in muta- 
tions, sudden departures from some supposed 
established type? — Mr. Burbank will show him a 
thousand strange variations, nnitations, effected 



by cross-breeding ; do the supporters of Mendel 
affirm the law of probabilities in the outcome of 
a cross? — the Santa Rosa gardens seem to show 
an indiscriminate breaking up of all established 
characteristics of either species, as if in reversion 
to all the indefinite variations of the long history 
of the past. 

In the conduct of his experiments during 
these later years, Mr. Burbank has largely 
consumed his own resources accumulated during 
long service as a professional nurseryman. For- 
tunately, however, for both science and hor- 
ticulture, the Carnegie Foundation for the 
promotion of research has lately come to his 
assistance, and experimentation may now go 
forward unhindered by embarrassment of any 
financial sort. 

Mr. Harwood is evidently not a man of sci- 
ence, but his book, filled with apt and beautiful 
illustrations, will present to the general reader 
a reasonably clear conception of Mr. Burbank's 
title to fame. Here one may read of spmeless 
cacti and pitless prunes, of never-fading flowers, 
and trees that rise in stature like those that 
grow in dreams. The volume is handsomely 
printed, and typographical and other errata are 
unusuaUy few. Thomas H. Macbride. 



Briefs on New Books. 



„,.,, ,, Readers of Philippine literatiu'e have 

still another , , , . .^ , 

volume about doubtless anticipated a piece oi au- 
tfie Phiiippiiies. thoritative work in Professor F. W. 
Atkinson's book "The Philippine Islands" (Ginn 
& Co.). Mr. Atkinson has had the best of oppor- 
tunities for observation. He was the fii'st General 
Superintendent of Education in the Phllij)pines; 
and in the performance of his duties he was called 
upon to travel in almost every part of the Ai'chipel- 
ago. In this way he was enabled to observe actual 
conditions at first-hand, while through his official 
position he was brought into direct contact with 
many Anerican officers and native leaders who 
knew of what they spoke. Mr. Atkinson's book, 
however, covers ground already made familiar by 
the reports of the Philippine Commission, whUe it 
fails to touch upon those problems which are to-day 
central in the islands. Of a total of 412 pages, the 
author devotes about 100 to ancient Philippine his- 
tory and geography. Some 22 pages are then given 
to the history of the period 1896-1905, but of these 
only about four pages (eliminating illustrations, and 
counting only actual type ) describe matters relating 
to the American occupation. About 200 pages are 
occupied with climate, questions of public health, 
racial peculiarities, religion, etc., after which there 
are 35 pages of routine description of our govern- 



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ment. The remainder of the book — about 40 pages 
— deals with Education. This latter section is by 
far the most valuable portion of the work, for here 
the writer has apparently felt at libertj' to speak 
with somewhat less restraint than elsewhere, and to 
give expression to his own views. It is not an en- 
tirely hopeful outlook that he presents. He admits 
the lack of efficient native teachers, practically 
concetles that the American teachers who were 
first engaged were selected under conditions which 
made it hard to get the best results, and grants that 
industrial education has not been advanced to the 
point that insular interests require. However, he 
defends the policy of introducing English as a lan- 
g^nage of instruction- and maintains that the natives 
are anxious to learn it although the reasons assigned 
are chiefly the desire to hold office and to acquire 
the social position resulting from its use. In addi- 
tion, he favors the introduction of the language as 
a means of terminating the intellectual isolation of 
the Philippines. The book as a whole, especially 
in its earlier portions, gives the impression of having 
often been read before, and follows with minute 
care the official view at almost every point Even 
the illustrations are the stock photographs which 
appear in all Philippine reports. IVIr. Atkinson, how- 
ever, is not whoUy able to maintain the optimistic 
attitude. In his conclusion, he points out that the 
civil government is still retarded by ladronism, 
while economic conditions have been greatly im- 
paired and '' unexpected weakness of character " 
among some of the administrative officers has been 
a drawback to political confidence and advance- 
ment. In spite of all this. Mr. Atkinson maintains 
in his closing paragraph that *' the outlook is bright 
for the Filipinos." though on what the observation 
is based does not fully appear from the book itself. 

There are few men whose life-story 
presents more of striking contraste 
and of the elements that lend interest 
to the telling than does that of James G. Blaine ; and 
it very appropriately opens the new series of "Ameri- 
can Statesmen" (Houghton. Miffin & Co.). The au- 
thor, Mr. Edward Stanwood. who had already won 
recognition for his editorial and historical work, does 
not approach his work as an academic task : he 
frankly states that he was an intimat* personal friend 
of ^Ir. Blaine, and that he writes as one who believed 
in him and followed him. But he has shown so 
evident a desire to be fair in his discussion of the 
various bitter controversies that were waged around 
his chief, that we foUow him with interest and in 
the main with acceptance of his positions. It may 
not be out of place to say that the writer of this 
notice was one of those who left his party rather 
than vote for Mr. Blaine, believing him to be an 
unfit man for the presidency ; but that he is now con- 
vinced that !Mr. Blaine was charged with far more 
than he should have been charged with, and that 
the worst that can fairly be said of him is that his 
conduct in the financial transactions laid to him was 



A famotu 

Sepublican 

ttatetman. 



indelicate rather than dishonorable, while his life as 
a whole was actuated by real public spirit. The 
author takes up Mr. Blaine's public life from his 
assimiption of the editorship of the " Kennebec 
Journal " in 1854, at the age of twenty-four, and 
follows it through its various phases, local and 
national. But two other Americans have won such 
hearty personal allegiance to themselves and their 
fortimes as did Mr. Blaine, and been the objects of 
such personal devotion. The " Plumed Knight," as 
he was called by his enthusiastic followers, was for 
some fifteen years perhaps the foremost leader of the 
Republican party. He was a political leader of un- 
rivalled skill in attack and defense, a real statesman 
in some of his conceptions, a forcible speaker and a 
remarkable debater. He has in addition left behind 
him one historical work of great value. With all his 
successes, there were failures as great ; with his re- 
markable popularity, he encountered opposition such 
as almost no other public man has met. His career 
is well termed dramatic in its nature and develop- 
ment, and the present biographer has brought out 
skilfully its dramatic elements. Perhaps Mr. Blaine's 
largest title to lasting fame lies in his work as Secre- 
tarj' of State. He led the way from the tradition^ 
policy of isolation toward a new position of the 
United States in the affairs of the world, — an im- 
perialist before the imperialism of these later days 
was even thought of. At that time his policy was 
criticised by the average conservative citizen as 
dangerous, though we have now actually gone much 
further in the direction that Mr. Blaine merely 
dreamed of ; but he was the pioneer in the change, 
and in this and other ways he influenced the general 
tendency of the political thought of his countrymen. 

"When a President of the United 
States presents for public inspection 
a book written by himself, the read- 
ing world may be expected to open it with keen 
curiosity, whatever the subject which it treats. 
President Roosevelt's latest work, "Outdoor Pas- 
times of an American Hunter " ( Scribner ) is mainly 
a compilation of magazine articles and monographs 
which have appeared from time to time upon one 
of his favorite topics, American wild game and the 
pursuit and study thereof. Of the eleven chapters 
that make up the book, two — "A Colorado Bear- 
Hunt " and " Wolf-Coursing " — relate his experi- 
ences upon his outing last Sprihg ; the one entitled 
"With the Cougar Hoimds " details his adventures 
during his previous Colorado hunting-trip, in 1901 ; 
" Wilderness Reserves " is devoted largely to the 
Yellowstone outing. These four chapters are com- 
paratively new : the concluding chapter, " At Home," 
is quite so. The other chapters, aside from the one 
entitled '* Books on Big Game," have been in circu- 
lation some time as monographs upon the deer fam- 
ily, but have been considerably revised for the 
purposes of the present volume. Mr. Roosevelt's 
style is, as usual, practical and prosaic, almost un- 
imaginative. But the volume is well-nigh cyclo- 



Pretident 
Rootevelt 
at a hunter. 



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psedic upon the ground it covers. The author 
gathers large stores of information, and does not 
jump at conclusions. He is scrupulous as to the 
accuracy of the smallest details, paying as much at- 
tention to ascertaining the correct name of the tiniest 
bird that flits before him as to following the trail of 
the bear or cougar. In giving details of the actual 
chase and killing of the mountain lion, he includes 
much interesting matter regarding the habits of this 
animal and of the bob-cat, the character of the 
country hunted over, and the animal and plant life 
found there. Frequently throughout the book, and 
especially in his chapter upon the Yellowstone Park, 
Mr. Roosevelt emphasizes the need for more national 
reserves, wherein nature shall be protected and the 
extermination of animal life prevented ; he urges 
forcefully that the Grand Canyon of the Colorado 
be made a national park. The chapter upon '"'Books 
on Big Game " wUl be foimd valuable to both the 
sportsman and the bibliophile. In the final chapter, 
"At Home," the President gives a genial account 
of the out-door life of himself and family at Saga- 
more Hill, their excursions and their pets, and the 
wild creatures of Long Island. The volume is pro- 
fusely illustrated from photographs, and is dedicated 
to the veteran naturalist, John Burroughs. 

Pictures of There are few places of historic in- 

eourt life under terest which demand so much of the 
Louts XIV. visitor as Versailles. Many travel- 

lers are disappointed at seeing there nothing but an 
endless succession of rooms and miles of historical 
paintings. They are unable to look at the chateau 
and the park as the magnificent if somewhat tar- 
nished frame of a vanished picture, the court and 
government of the old Bourbon monarchy. Bae- 
deker, in a few paragraphs, cannot set them right. 
To such persons, Mr. James Eugene Farmer's 
"Versailles and the Court under Louis XIV." 
(The Century Co.) offers an opportunity of really 
understanding the place. The book wiU be of even 
greater interest to many who already know Ver- 
sailles, but wish to recall in detail the figures that 
once peopled these empty rooms and corridors. The 
book is arranged conveniently. The first two parts 
describe the chateau and the park, giving the his- 
tory and the use of the principal apartments and 
promenades. The description is enlivened by anec- 
dotes of the incidents which rendered each spot 
famous. The mixture of information and of enter- 
taining gossip is uniformly judicious, and as one 
passes from room to room, instead of feeling an in- 
creasing sense of weariness, one's cm-iosity is piqued, 
and one wanders on further and further. In the 
third and fourth parts are described the king and 
the principal personages of his court. "Here, as in 
the earlier portions of the volume, Mr. Farmer has 
enriched his descriptions with long passages from 
Saint Simon or from other writers of memoirs. 
The translations of Saint Simon are so well chosen 
that for the ordinary reader they will serve the 
double purpose of informing him about Louis XIV, 



and of showing this incomparable writer to the best 
advantage, — that is to say, at Versailles, among 
the persons he commented upon with such delight- 
ful though occasionally damaging frankness. Prob- 
ably the most striking part of the whole picture is 
the mechanism of court life and the wonderful eti- 
quette which made it run smoothly. Altogether, 
this is an entertaining and instructive book, although 
devoid of pretension to profound interpretations of 
the Age of Louis XIV. 

Ripe and mellow are the chapters 
AZZiZtT «f M^- J««l S^^^ton's "Persons and 

Places," issued in a small illustrated 
volume by the Broadway Publishing Co. His 
reminiscences are chiefly of the Augustan age of 
American literature. Concord and a few of the 
Concord writers receive most prominent mention, 
and it is plain that the hermit of Walden is a prime 
favorite of his. One is much surprised to learn that, 
with all his admiration for Emerson, whom he early 
met in person, and for other New England celebrities, 
Mr. Benton had never until two years ago set foot 
in eastern Massachusetts. Besides memories of a 
talk with Emerson, whom the author as a youth 
drove thirty miles to hear lecture, the book gives 
recollections of Horace Greeley, Matthew Arnold, 
C. N. Bovee, and P. T. Barnum, and also chapters 
on Thoreau, Bryant, and " Some American Hu- 
morists " of half a century ago. Bostonians will be 
pleased with the compliment paid to Boston man- 
ners, on the street and in the street cars. The 
critical essay on Bryant's poetry animadverts gently 
on the predominant " sepulchral " element therein ; 
but in calling Bryant's style "ponderous " the author 
has perhaps not chosen the best word. Serious, 
often solemn, and even mortuary, it certainly is, but 
too exquisitely finished and musical -to be exactly 
ponderous. A couplet from Tennyson's " Vision of 
Sin " is given as " Every minute dies a man, every 
minute one is born," which the essayist incidentally 
calls "an extreme understatement of the actual fact." 
The true reading, with " moment " for " minute," is 
not open to this criticism. Writing largely of things 
a part of which he was and nearly all of which he 
saw, Mr. Benton can by no means be accused of 
producing merely the echo of an echo. 

.,, . Amonjj the eminent lawyers who 

Addresses from . ° , ^ ^p 

a lawyer's during the past half-century have 

busy life. honored the bar of New York City 

by their sterling character and public spirit, few 
have deserved greater respect than the late Frederic 
Ren^ Coudert, a volume of whose addresses have just 
been offered to the public by the Messrs. Putnam's 
Sons. Mr. Coudert's way was to do the duty before 
him, and this did not bring it in his scope to lay the 
foundations for a place in literature that would last 
after his work in the flesh was done. His addresses 
were only occasional incidents in a very busy and 
very useful life, — twenty-one in number dm'ing a 
period of over a quarter of a century ; and five of 



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these were delivered in a single year, 1873, in a 
course before the Catholic Union. We could wisli, 
then, that the introductory note, signed P. F. ( Paul 
Fuller, we presume) had been expanded into some- 
thing like an adequate biography. Mr. Coudert 
was a man of broad and deep ciUture, thoroughly 
acquainted with the literatm'e of France, Spain, and 
Germany, and possessing a lucid, graceful, and effec- 
tive English style. It will be remembered that he 
was employed as counsel for the United States in the 
Belu'ing Sea Arbitration, and also in the Venezuela 
Boundary controversy. He was honored, too, with 
the offer of a position on the bench of the Supreme 
Court, but declined the honor. One finds in his 
addresses constant evidence of his charming per- 
sonality, of which we are told in the introductory 
note, '' His was indeed a blithesome spii'it, ever 
hovering a little above the dulness of our common 
traffic ; a kindly heart, ever a little aloof from the 
bitterness of daily strife, \newing the failings of his 
fellows through the softening haze of an enduring 
sympathy." 

A ivrist of ^^ ^ Marvell, the conscientious and 

the Enaiish assiduous member for Hull, rather 

Commonwealth. ^^^^ ^\^^ p^gt of the Commonwealth, 

of whom we think after reading Mr. Birrell's 
life of that woi-thy in the '"English Men of Let- 
ters" series (Macmillan). Letters are quoted at 
length, written by this faithful representative to 
his constituents, and very little is said of the poetry 
upon which his reputation rests. It is not as if his 
literary work were the du-ect outcome of his politi- 
cal, for his lyrics, his best work, were written before 
he entered the Commons. It is only with reference 
to his satires that his political work is important ; 
but in this book Marvell's politics are treated as of 
gi'eater import than his poetry. Some rather gen- 
eral criticism is given in the opening and closing 
chapters, and the reader is then referred to the ex- 
cellent and cheap edition in '"The Muses' Library" 
for the poems themselves ; but no serious apprecia- 
tion is attempted, either in relation to Marvell's work 
considered absolutely or with reference to his con- 
temporaries. It woiUd have been worth while to 
treat MarveU with one eye upon the fantastic fol- 
lowers of Donne and the other upon the pure lyr- 
ists of the period. In other words, we should have 
been very glad to have Mr. Birrell's views on the 
poetry of MarveU, even if they were merely jier- 
sonal. The series to which the volume belongs is as 
much critical as biographical, and Marvell is known 
to us to-dav more as a lyrist than as the Member 

for Hull. " 

Miss Agnes Repplier has departed 
in a convent from her accustomed field of essay- 
writing long enough to produce a 
book of charming autobiographical tales, called " In 
our Convent Days" (Houghton, Mifflin & Co.). It 
is needless to say that these tales, slight as they are 
in form and matter, woiUd hardly have succeeded 
in making Miss Repplier 's name mean what it does 



in American literatm-e if they had come earlier in 
her career. But, Miss Repplier being known as she 
is, and for what she is, the stories of " Marriage 
Vows," "The Game of Love," "In Reti-eat," and 
" Reverend Mother's Feast," suggesting some of the 
early influences which have led to the creation of 
some of our best essays, are of a peculiar and per- 
sonal interest. From their subject, they invite com- 
parison with Miss Elizabeth Jordan's "Tales of a 
Convent"; but MLss Jordan's stories are more gen- 
erally himian, and better stories, ^er se, — although 
there is no one of them superior in poetic charm to 
the accoimt of the Archbishop's visit as described in 
"Un Congfe sans Cloche." '* In Our Convent Days " 
gains in interest from the fact that besides the real 
Agnes the book contains the experiences of a real 
Elizabeth, now well known as Mrs. Elizabeth Robins 

Pennell. 

A„ A^^i^^^ Among the early volumes of a new 

An American • • i i -i » • r^ • • 

admiral of series entitled the "American Crisis 

the Civil War. Biographies " ( Philadelphia : Jacobs 
& Co.), we find a life of Admiral Farragut, writ- 
ten by Mr. John R. Spears. This series of war- 
hero biographies is announced as impartial because 
Southern subjects have been assigned to Southern 
writers and Northern subjects to Northern writers. 
A life of Farragut is scarcely a fair test of this sup- 
* posed preventive against sectional bias ; but it gives 
the author opportunity to describe the services of the 
distinguished American admiral in a fair and ra- 
tional manner. Facts, well authenticated, occupy the 
space that is usually given to mere eulogy in small 
biographies. Equally praiseworthy is the avoidance 
of discussion of naval controversies. Farragut's ac- 
tion in taking possession of New Orleans by force, 
his futile expedition up the Mississippi, and the 
dramatic passing of the forts on Mobile Bay, are 
described without attempts at criticism or justifica- 
tion. Numerous maps and plans of battles illustrate 
the text. The author contributes, as he says, one 
unknown chapter to history, in that upon the war 
upon the West India pirates between 1819 and 1823. 
He finds that these pirate ships, which have been 
supposed to be French, were in reality predatory 
vessels fitted out in the United States and England 
to prey upon Spanish commerce under the flags of 
Spanish-American insurgents. In its entirety, this 
biogi-aphy of four hundred pages may be classed 
among the best books of its kind. 

Entertaining ^^® ^^^- ^' J* Dawson is the author 
chapters on of a remarkably readable and intel- 

yreatnoveiitts. ligg^t account of "The Makers of 
English Fiction," published by the Fleming H. 
ReveU Co. In a series of twenty chapters he dis- 
cusses the chief English novelists, from Defoe to 
Stevenson, adding a few remarks upon American 
novelists, a brief essay on *' Religion in Fiction," 
and a concluding survey of the whole subject. 
The discussion is trenchant, the style pithy, and 
the judgment pronounced is usually temperate and 
sound. An occasional statement may strike us as 



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a rhetorical exaggeration, but in the main the criti- 
cism is intelligent and compact. The book is quite 
as much a history of English fiction (with certain 
lacunae ) as it is a series of studies of individual writers, 
for the author is careful to indicate connecting links, 
and to follow the development of tendencies. The 
discussion does substantial justice to such authors 
as George Eliot and Mr. Thomas Hardy, which is a 
pretty fair test of the balance of a critic of Mr. 
Dawson's profession. We like particularly well the 
chapters on Kingsley, Reade, and Mr. Meredith, 
and wish that we might also have had a chapter on 
Bulwer, who is certainly deserving of one. 

Illustrations ^^^^ers of the ComMie humaine wiU 
of the methods find in Mr. Helm's '' Aspects of Bal- 
0/ Balzac. ^ac " (James Pott & Co.) the occasion 

for recalling pleasantly many of the figures that ani- 
mate its pages. The grouping of the familiar per- 
sons and events in new combinations cannot fail to 
suggest some interesting reflections. Mr. Helm has 
evidently had long and intimate acquaintance with 
Balzac's people, and when general questions touch- 
ing the great novelist's work and art present them- 
selves to him, his memory provides him at once 
with a series of pertinent illustrations. Mr. Helm's 
method furnishes us with a number of unpretentious 
chats, that commend themselves by intelligence and* 
discrimination, and move in the middle region of 
appreciation between fanatical zeal and grudging 
recognition. 



BRIEFER MENTION. 



Wouderfid doings with soap-bubbles, tops, and kites 
are described by Mr. Meredith Nugent in his " New 
Games and Amusements," published by Messrs. Double- 
day, Page & Co. If a boy could really do all these 
things by following the directions given, he might pose 
as a veritable wizard among his fellows. But our own 
boyish recollections prompt us to anticipate for him a 
fair proportion of failures. However, the book is dis- 
tinctly novel in the suggestions offered, and is thus a 
pleasuig departure from its type, for most books of this 
sort are a rehash of their predecessors, and are filled 
with the time-worn tricks that a modern boy would 
scorn to occupy his time with. 

Mr. Francis W. Halsey has done a real service to lit- 
erature in reprinting the first American edition (1794) 
of "Charlotte Temple: A Tale of Truth," by Mrs. 
Susanna Haswell Rowson. This moving tale of senti- 
ment has probably had more readers than any other 
work of fiction ever printed in this comitry ; it is still 
reprinted in cheap form, and the editor has collected 
over a hundred editions. This constant reprinting has 
resulted in a corruption of the text so great that Mr. 
Halsey has found, by actual count, 1265 errors in the 
best current edition. The work belongs to American 
literature, both because its scene is laid in this country, 
and because the author lived in Massachusetts for eight 
years of her early life, and then, retiu-ning later, was 
an actress and a teacher for her last thirty years or 
more. Mr. Halsey has given liis edition a very thorougli 
equipment of historical aud bibliographical matter. 



Notes. 

A new biography of Walt Wliitman, written by an 
Englishman, Mr. Henry Bryan Binns, will be published 
shortly by Messrs. E. P. Dutton & Co. 

Mr. J. Churton CoUins's » Studies m Poetry and 
Criticism," one of the most important critical works of 
the season, will be published at an early date by the 
Macmillan Co. 

In a recent number of " Tlie Sphere," Mr. Richard 
Whiteing has an interesting personal account of the 
late William Sharp, in which he sets at rest all doubts 
concerning Sharp's identity with the much-discussed 
" Fiona Macleod." 

Three notable books of biography to be published by 
Messrs. Harper & Brothers during the present year are 
the Memoirs of Sir Henry Irving, the Autobiography 
of General Lew Wallace, and a volume of Recollections 
of George du Maimer. 

Henry Harland, the autlior of a mnnber of popidar 
novels, died last month in Italy, at the age of forty- 
four. He was born in St. Petersburg, educated in 
America and Italy, and domiciled for the most part in 
England. Several of his earlier stories appeared under 
the pseudonym of " Sidney Luska." 

It is proposed to publish a volume containing a selec- 
tion from the letters of Jolm Brown, author of " Rab 
and his Friends." The editor will be obliged if friends 
who have letters from Dr. Brown will give him an 
opportvmity of reading them in order to judge of their 
siutability for inclusion in the proposed volume. All 
communications should be addressed to the writer's 
son, Mr. John Brown, 7 Greenhill Place, Eduiburgh. 

A new novel by Henryk Sienkiewicz, his first book of 
consequence since the year 1900, will be published this 
month by Messrs. Little, Brown, & Co. " On the Field 
of Glory " is its title, and the scenes are laid in Poland 
just before the Turkish invasion of 1682-3. As usual, 
Mr. Jeremiah Curtin is the translator. Two other nov- 
els to be issued during the month by the same firm are 
Mr. E. Phillips Oppenheim's " A Maker of History " 
and A. B. Ward's » The Sage Brush Parson." 

" Hawaiian Yesterdays " is the title of an illustrated 
volume amioimced for Spring publication by Messrs. 
A. C. McClurg & Co. The author is Dr. Henry M. 
Lyman, a distmguished surgeon of Chicago, whose 
father, David B. Lyman, was a well-known missionary 
in the Hawaiian Islands in the early half of the past 
centiu-y. Tlie book is a straightforward account of 
what a boy saw of life there in those early days, and 
prominent personages he came in contact with. 

The following are the latest French and German texts 
for school use: Messrs. Henry Holt & Co. publish 
Goethe's " Iphigenie auf Tauris," edited by Dr. Max 
Winkler; Hebbel's " Herodes und Mariamne," edited by 
Dr. Edward Stockton Meyer ; Herr Sudermami's 
"Teja," edited by Mr. Herbert C. Sanborn; aud Herr 
Heyse's " Die Blinden," edited by Professors W. H. 
Carruth and E. F. Engel. Messrs. D. C. Heath & Co. 
publish a volume of " Deutsclie Reden," mostly political 
in theme, edited by Dr. Rudolf Tombo and his son. 
From the Messrs. Holt we have also " A French Read- 
er," edited by Dr. A. Rambeau; and " Les Oberle," 
by M. Rend Bazin, edited by Mr. Charles W. Cabeen. 
Mr. William R. Jenkins publishes " Choses de France," 
a book for reading and conversation, by M. C. Fontaine; 
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The recent award of the Nobel prize of 840,000 to 
the Baroness Bertha von Suttner for her famous peace 
novel, " Die WafFen Nieder," has so renewed popidar 
interest in the book that Messrs. McClurg & Co. will 
publish at once a new edition of their English transla- 
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lesson taught by this impressive argument against war 
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American audience. 

Messrs. Morang & Co., of Toronto, send us the 
" Speeches and Addresses, Political, Literary, and Re- 
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years a member of the Canadian Parliament. They 
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American in theme: Abraham Lincoln, George Wash- 
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WILLIAM BAIN'ET HAKPEB. 

The death of President Harper, of the University of 
Chicago, on the tenth of this month, came too late to 
permit of our giving it the attention which would natur- 
ally be called for by the scholarly accomplishments and 
the public services of the g^reat educator. Under the 
circumstances, a few brief remarks must take the place 
of the more extensive treatment that we would gladly 
have accorded to his distinguished career. 

The work of organization done by President Harper 
during the comparatively brief period of his official life 
is too patent to need any comment. He created a great 
imiversity system, in some respects the most compre- 
hensive in the entire country, kept it in working order, 
provided for its progressive development as the means 
became available, and left it as the lasting monument 
of his tireless energy and his arduous devotion to its 
cause. His personality inspired the confidence which 
placed large sums of money at his command, sums 
which were not solicited by him, as he frequently took 
pains to declare, but which were offered freely by 
friends of the institution. The principal, although by 
no means the only, source of this support was of such a 
nature as to expose both the institution and its executive 
head to a great deal of Ul-mannered criticism from the 
public press, and the burden thus unjustly laid upon 
President Harper's shoulders was heavier than most 
people realized. That he bore it patiently and uncom- 
plainingly, even when it far exceeded the bounds per- 
missible in legitimate discussion, offers one of the finest 
illustrations of his eharacter. 

Another illustration is offered by the cordial relations 
which he maintained with his colleagues. Given a 
giant's power by the confidence of his board of trustees, 
he knew how tyrannous it woidd be to use that power 
like a giant, and thus saved a situation which, as may be 
seen in the example of certain other institutions and 
executives, might easily have become critical. The 



conditions of his office made him the embodiment of that 
one-man power which is to-day the chief menace of our 
university life, but pride and arrogant self-seeking were 
so alien to his nature that he did not exercise the power 
in an offensive way. He never took the attitude of a 
superior being, but deferred readily to the opinions of 
his colleagues, and did not think of embarking upon any 
important new policy without first gaining the support 
of the faculty. His example in this respect might pro- 
fitably be imitated in other quarters. 

Besides the adverse criticisms already alluded to, 
attacks of another kind were constantly made upon him, 
and were met with the same admirable equanimity. The 
dreadful mistake of gi^-ing to the University, by means 
of its charter, a sectarian label, was so minimized in its 
consequences by the President's broadness of view as to 
bring no practical impairment to the efficiency of the 
institution. Yet for this he suffered a persistent on- 
slaught from the sectarian bigotry which thought it 
intolerable that freedom of opinion should characterize 
the life of a school thus designated by a" theological 
trade-mark. But no fact is more evident to those who 
have known the University intimately than that it has 
always stood unswervingly in letter and in spirit for the 
highest ideal of academic freedom. No theological test 
was ever applied to teacher or student ; no disability was 
ever laid upon either by reason of private opinion or 
public utterance. 

It would not be proper to close even so brief a char- 
acterization as the present without saying a word about 
President Harper's last year. During that year he was 
under sentence of death, and almost constantly the 
victim of severe physical suffering. Yet this condition, 
which would have disheartened most men, and weak- 
ened the spirit of their labors, served only to arouse 
him to a renewed determination to accomplish all that 
might humanly be accomplished before the light failed. 
He continued tranquilly at his appointed tasks, and 
illustrated throughout his remaining days the truth of 
Spinoza's noble saying: " Homo liber de nulla re minus 
quam de morte cogitat." He thus vindicated the free- 
dom of his own spirit as he had before championed the 
spirit of academic freedom. Few men have been so 
tried, and far fewer have so well borne the test. It is 
safe to say that whoever watched his brave struggle 
with the ancient enemy of mankind came to feel, what- 
ever had been felt before, a redoubled admiration for 
the qualities of essential manhood that were then for 
the first time fullv revealed. 



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William T. Sherman. By Edward Robins. With portrait. 
12mo, gilt top. pp. 352. "American Crisis Biographies." 
George W. Jacobs & Co. $1.25 net. 

HISTORY. 
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Nation Builders. By Edfrar Mayhew Bacon and Andrew 
Carpenter Wheeler. 12mo, pp. 196. Eaton & Mains. $1. 

GENERAL LITERATURE. 
7oungr Germany. By George Brandes. Large 8vo, gilt top, 

uncut, pp. 411. "Main Currents in Nineteenth Century 

Literature." Macmillan Co. 
Wordsworth's Idterary Criticism. Edited by Nowell C. 

Smith. 16mo, gilt top, pp. 260. Oxford University Press. 

90 eta. net. 
Poems and Extracts chosen by William Wordsworth for an 

Album Presented to Lady Mary Lowther, Christmas, 1819. 

With portrait, 16mo, gilt top, pp. 106. Oxford University 

Press. 90 cts. net. 
The Place of Hagic In the Intellectual History of Eu- 
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Columbia University Press. Paper. 
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Hinds, Noble & Eldredge. $1. 

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Lives of the Engrlish Poets. By Samuel Johnson, LL.D. ; 
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M.A. In 3 vols., large 8vo, gilt tops, uncut. Oxford Univer- 
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The Poetical Works of William Blake. Edited by John 
Sampson. With facsimiles, 8vo, uncut, pp. 384. Oxford Uni- 
versity Press. $3.50 net. 

Letters of Horace Walpole, Fourth Earl of Orford. Edited 
by Mrs. Paget Toynbee. Vol XVI., Tables and Indices. 
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Letters and Addresses of Thomas Jefferson. Edited by 
William B. Parker and Jonas Viles. 12mo, pp. 323. New 
York : Unit Book Publishing Co. 56 cts. net. 

The Lyrical Poems of William Blake. Text by John 
Sampson; introduction by Walter Raleigh. With fron- 
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90 cts. net. 

Hilton's Ode on the Morning- of Christ's Nativity. With 
introduction by Glen Levin Swiggett. 16mo, uncut, pp. 32. 
The University Press of Sewanee, Tenn. $2. 

Longrfellow's Evangeline. Edited by Ernst Sieper. 8vo, 
uncut, pp. 177. "Englische Textbibliothek." Heidelberg: 
Carl Winter's Universitatsbuchhandlung. Paper. 

BOOKS OF VERSE. 
Songs in a Sun-Garden. By Coletta Ryan. 12mo, gilt top, 

uncut, pp. 101. Herbert B. Turner & Co. $1. 
The Book of the Singing Winds. By Sara Hamilton 

Birchall. 24mo, uncut, pp. 46. Boston: Alfred Bartlett. 

Paper. 
Smile and Sing, and Other Verses. By Annie Marie Bliss. 

12mo, pp. 27. A. M. Bliss Publishing Co. 50 cts. 

FICTION. 
The Storm Signal. By Gustave Frederick Mertins. Illus., 

12mo, pp. 425. Bobbs-Merrill Co. $1.50. 
Mr. Scraggs. By Henry Wallace Phillips. Hlus., 12mo, uncut, 

pp. 188. Grafton Press. $1.25. 

RELIGION AND THEOLOGY. 

The Relations of Faith and Life. By Rt. Rev. A. C. A. 

Hall, D.D. 12rao, pp. 89. Longmans, Green & Co. $1. net. 
The Failure of the " Higher Criticism " of the Bible. 

By Emil Reich. 8vo, gilt top, uncut, pp. 203. Jennings & 

Graham. $1. net. 
Half Century Messages to Pastors and People. By D. W. C. 

Huntington, D.D. 16mo, pp. 213. Jennings & Graham. $1. 
Christianity in Modem Japan. By Ernest W. Clement. 

Illus., 12mo, pp. 205. American Baptist Publication Society. 
Teachers' Guide to the International Sunday School Lessons 

for 1906. By Martha Tarbell, Ph.D. Illus., large 8vo, pp. 637. 

Bobbs-Merrill Co. 
Studies in the Old Testament. By Charles Herbert Morgan 

and Thomas Eddy Taylor. 8vo, pp. 217. Jennings & Graham. 

75 cts. 
The Life of Christ. By the Very Rev. Alexander Stewart. D.D. 

With frontispiece, 24mo, pp. 124. J. B. Lippincott Co. 

35 cts. net. 



The Missionary Interpretation of History. By Richard T. 
Stevenson, Ph.D. 16mo, pp. 105. Jennings & Graham. 

35 cts. net. 
The Methodist Year Book, 1906. Edited by Stephen V. R. 
Ford. Illus., 12nio, pp. 216. Eaton & Mains. Paper, 25 cts. net. 

NATURE. 
Animal Snapshots, and How Made. By Silas A. Lottridge. 

12mo, pp. 338. Henry Holt & Co. $1.75 net. 
The Prairie and the Sea. By William A. Quayle. Illus., 

large 8vo, gilt top. pp. 343. Jennings & Graham. $2. net. 
Ferns, and How to Grow Them. By G. A. Woolson. Illus., 

12mo, pp. 156. " The Garden Library." Doubleday, Page & 

Co. $l.net. 

EDUCATION. 

National Educational Association: Journal of Proceedings 
and Addresses of the Forty-Fourth Annual Meeting, 1905. 
8vo, pp. 968. Published by the Association. 

National Educational Association. Reports of the Com- 
mittees on Salaries, Tenure, and Pensions, on Industrial 
Education in Schools for Rural Communities, and on Tax- 
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by the Association. Paper. 

Great Pedagogical Essays: Plato to Spencer. Edited by 
F. V. N. Painter, A.M. 12mo, pp. 426. American Book Co. 
$1.25. 

Caesar's Gallic and Civil Wars. Edited by Maurice W. 
Mather. Ph.D. 12mo, pp. 549. American Book Co. $1.25. 

Thackeray's Henry Esmond. Edited by Hamilton Byron 
Moore. With portrait, 16mo, pp. 586. Ginn & Co. 60 cts. 

First Year in Algebra. By Frederick H. Somerville. 12mo, 
pp. 208. American Book Co. 60 cts. 

Elementary Physical Science, for Grammar Schools. By 
John F. Woodhull, Ph.D. Illus., 12mo, pp. 109. American 
Book Co. 40 cts. 

MISCELLANEOUS. 
The Constitutional Decisions of John Marshall. Edited 

by Joseph P. Cotton. Jr. In 2 vols., with photogravure 

portraits, large 8vo, gUt tops, uncut. G. P. Putnam's Sons. 

$10. net. 
The Dissociation of a Personality: A Biographical Study 

in Abnormal Psychology. By Morton Prince, M.D. 8vo, 

pp. 569. Longmans, Green & Co. $2.80 net. 
King Leopold II.: His Rule in Belgium and the Congo. By 

John de Courcy MacDonnell. Illus., large 8vo, gilt top, 

pp. 391. Cassell & Co. $6.25 net. 
A Decade of Civic Development. By Charles Zueblin. 

Illus., 12mo, pp. 188. University of Chicago Press. $1.25 net. 
Centralization and the Law: Scientific Legal Education, 

an Illustration. With introduction by Melville M. Bigelow. 

12mo, pp. 2%. Little, Brown & Co. $1.50 net. 
Inaugural Addresses of the Presidents of the United States, 

from Johnson to Roosevelt. Edited by John Vance Cheney. 

With photogravure portrait, 16mo, gilt top, uncut, pp. 125. 

Chicago : The Lakeside Press. 
Studies in Moro History, Law, and Religion. By Nageeb 

M. Saleeby. Illus., large 8vo, pp. 107. Manila: Bureau of 

Public Printing. Paper. 
War Inconsistent with the Religion of Jesus Christ. 

By David Low Dodge; introduction by Edwin D. Mead. 

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Romantic episodes in the history of Illinois. — 
Milton and his contemporaries. — Records of a 
photographer-naturalist. — English men and meas- 
ures from 1876 to 1885. ^A contribution to the Gar- 
rison anniversary. — Comments on things and places, 
books and men. — A lively study of " La Grande 
Mademoiselle." 

BRIEFER MENTION 96 

NOTES 97 

TOPICS IN LEADING PERIODICALS .... 98 

LIST OF NT:W BOOKS 99 



THE LIBRARY IN THE SCHOOL. 



The effort to bring public libraries into coop- 
erative relations with public schools, which had 
its tentative beginnings about a quarter of a cen- 
tury ago, has since that time steadily progressed 
until the work of the teacher has gained numer- 
ous points of contact with the work of the libra- 
rian, and both schools and libraries have been 
benefited by the work. In many places, teachers 
are given special facilities for obtaining the books 
they need in their classrooms, and pupils are en- 
couraged to become card-holders at the libraries. 
Sometimes delivery stations are established in 
the schools themselves ; while in the libraries, 
special rooms are invitingly fitted up for the use 
of children, and special attendants provided to 
meet their peculiar needs. 

This is the briefest kind of summary of an 
extension of library activity that has accom- 
plished many good results, and may be expected 
to accomplish many more. But no amount of 
effort of this description can absolve the school 
from the duty of having a library of its own, 
and of enlisting library intelligence to put the 
books to their proper use. Now schools do not. 
»as a rule, perform their duty in this respect, and 
their failure to perform it constitutes one of the 
most obvious present defects in their manage- 
ment. It is the purpose of the present article 
to indicate in rotigh outline what the schools 
ought to do, and what the friends of public 
education ought to insist upon until the needed 
reforms are secured. What we shall say will 
apply mainly to schools of higher grade, because 
elementary schools cannot do very much in this 
direction. They can encourage a taste for read- 
ing good books of the juvenile class, and can see 
that such are made obtainable : they can also 
give children some elementary instruction in the 
use of books for study. For these purposes a 
few works of reference and a carefully-chosen 
circulating library shovdd suffice. But when 
the high-school years are reached, a far more 
thorough-going plan should be adopted. A 
general idea of what that plan should be, and 
some notion of its points of application to the 
ordinary high-school course of study, will be 
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A concrete example will serve to indicate our 
point of view. We have just now in mind one 
of the largest and newest high schools in one of 
our largest cities. It is a school occupying half 
of a city block, and costing upwards of a quar- 
ter of a million dollars. It is a school providing 
an extensive variety of courses in mathematics, 
natural science, ancient and modern languages, 
history and literature, besides the courses in those 
so-called " commercial " subjects with which so 
many of our schools have been equipped of late 
years by way of a concession to the demand for 
what is hastily assumed to be a " practical " 
form of education. Now a full third of the 
space of the school — practically one whole floor 
out of the three — is set apart for the labora- 
tories in which are taught the courses in physi- 
ography, biology, physics, and chemistry. One 
small room constitutes the library, a room that 
will accommodate about thirty students at a 
time, and will hold barely twenty-five himdred 
volumes ! Nor does this school offer a very ex- 
ceptional case. Many other high schools of its 
kind are in existence, or are now being built 
upon the same lopsided plan, and it is time to 
make an energetic protest in behaK of the 
cultural subjects and the proper provision for 
their pursuit. 

School authorities have become so used to this 
state of thmgs that they do not stop to think how 
absurd it is. Roughly speaking, we may say 
that the work of a typical high school falls into 
five classes, approximately equal in the amount 
of attention they receive. One of these five 
classes is the natural science group, another is 
the foreign language group, another is the his- 
tory group, and another is the English language 
and literature group. The fifth group is a mis- 
cellaneous assemblage to which everything else 
may be relegated. Now the all-important thing 
to be noted is that the library must be the labora- 
tory of two entire groups besides parts of others, 
or of fully one-half of the entire work done by 
students of the school. Yet in the tyjDical case 
we have outlined, the natural science group alone 
has something like twenty times the laboratory 
space assigned (in the library room) to the far 
larger group of the studies wliich are best called 
humanities. The disproportion between bread 
and sack in Falstaff's tavern score is the only 
parallel worthy of the occasion. 

We woidd not be taken as grudging in any 
way the most liberal provision of appliances for 
the teaching of science. In the endeavor to 
rescue education from the grasp of text-book rou- 
tine, scientific studies presented the first phase 



of the difficulty to be attacked, because their 
need of such rescue was the most urgent. To 
teach physics and chemistry from books alone, 
or with the aid of a few demonstrations by the 
mstructor, was a farcical proceeding, and it is an 
undoubted gain to have substituted therefor a 
more rational method. But that difficidty has 
been coped with, and now hardly exists. The 
urgent problem of the present is to provide the 
means for teaching history and literature by the 
direct use of their materials ; that is, to substi- 
tute the easy use of many books for the hard 
memorizing of one. Our schools are only just 
beginning to grapple with this problem, and its 
solution will not be reached untd the same meas- 
ure of facilities is afforded in this group of 
studies as it has long been taken for granted must 
be afforded in the scientific gi-oups. In other 
words, the teaching of history and literatirre 
must be carried on in a weU-equipped library, 
with constant use of the authorities, with the 
setting of tasks that cannot be performed with- 
out the student's own correlation of many printed 
sources of information, and with the kind of in- 
telligent guidance that can alone be given by 
the instructor who is himseK familiar with the 
methods and materials of historical and literary 
investigations. 

To bring about this desired result a school 
must have a library in which at least one-half 
of the class-work in history and literature may 
be done. The library must be large enough to 
acconunodate aU the classes that need to use it, 
which means that the space it occupies should 
be approximately equal to the space now occu- 
pied by the combined laboratories. It must be 
provided with many books, and often with many 
copies of the same book, wliich is quite as neces- 
sary a tiling to do as to provide many microscopes 
for students of biology and many balances for 
students of chemistry. And it must have a gen- 
erous appropriation for its maintamance, which 
means that the total sum annually available for 
school supplies ought to be apportioned about 
equally between library and laboratories. It is 
a matter of the barest justice that as much 
money should be spent upon books as upon 
biological supplies and chemical glassware and 
reagents. We believe that the most important 
thing now to be done for the improvement of our 
secondary education is to develop the human- 
istic studies upon the lines here suggested, and 
to make of the library the chief centre of the 
school's activity. 

A school can do nothing more valuable than 
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handling of books. The watchword of the last 
generation was an appeal to get away from 
hooks and into direct contact with things. This 
was justifiable in so far as it meant the getting 
away from text-books, and into contact with 
the real materials of knowledge, and the ap- 
peal has been fully vindicated in the case of 
the scientific subjects. Now in the case of 
history and literature, it must be remembered, 
the books themselves are the things — not the 
student's own text-book, which may here be 
as much of an obstacle or a nvdsance as it was in 
the other case, but the books that are used for 
investigation, for comparison, for criticism, and 
for the training of judgment and logical facidty. 
There is no respect in which work done with 
books in this sense may not prove as effective 
for the ultimate purposes of education as work 
done ^ith the microscope and the balance. We 
regard this as an imderstatement of the truth, 
and would not hesitate to make a much larger 
claim. 

Furthermore, when we consider how much the 
education that is continued after schooltime is 
over depends upon the right use of books, we 
can hardly be too emphatic in asserting that 
something of that use should be learned in the 
school. Yet almost nothing of the sort really is 
learned. The average student in a high school 
does not know the difference between a table of 
contents and an index, does not know what a con- 
cordance is, does not know how to find what he 
wants in an encyclopaedia, does not even know 
that a dictionary has many other uses besides that 
of supplying definitions. Still more pitiful is 
his naive assumption that a book is a book, and 
that what book it is does not paiiicularly mat- 
ter. It is the commonest of all experiences to 
hear a student say that he has got a given state- 
ment from a book, and to find him quite inca- 
pable of naming the book. That the source 
of his information, as long as that information 
is printed somewhere, should be of any conse- 
quence, is quite surprising to him, and still more 
the suggestion that it is also his duty to have 
some sort of an opinion concerning the value 
and credibility of the authority he thus blindly 
quotes. If the school library . and the instruction 
given in connection with it, shovdd do no more 
than impress these two elementary principles 
upon the minds of the whole student body, it 
woiJd go far towards accovmting for itself as an 
educational means. That it may, and shoidd, do 
much more than this is the proposition that we 
have sought to maintain, and we do not see how 
its essential reasonableness may be gainsaid. 



FIELD LIBR ARIES. 

Every civilized nation has learned that education 
pays on the material side as well as on the higher 
plane. No wise statesman dares neglect it. Our free 
schools reach the remotest hamlet. Indeed, distri- 
bution of schools has been overdone, and like other 
states New York finds that many of its 11,000 
school districts could wisely be consolidated ; for it 
would often be cheaper to transport the children 
from two or more of the weakest districts to a better 
school, than to attempt to support so many different 
buildings and teachers. Whatever the method, no 
intelligent man denies that every home must be 
reached with educational facifities. 

This education is for the young, in school, and 
for a limited course. It is of priceless importance, 
and well worth the many mUlions paid for it yearly. 
But there is another means of education quite as 
important, not for the young alone but for all, to be 
had at home instead of in school, and lasting not 
for a short course but through life. For this the 
term •• home education " has wisely been chosen to 
differentiate it from school education, which is 
obtained not at home but in regular teaching insti- 
tutions. The problems of home education are com- 
paratively new. There is great lack both of men 
and money for its work. We must choose from many 
possible plans those that will give the best practical 
results from limited resources. In a comprehensive 
view of home education we find five distinct factors : 
libraries, museums, clubs, extension teaching, and 
tests and credentials. Of these any competent stu- 
dent is sure to find fibraries easily the most important, 
efl&cient, and economical, and the natiuul centre for 
the other four agencies. The growing recognition 
of this fact is shown by more than a hundred new 
laws concerning fibraries passed in America, and 
402 gifts, made from private resources, aggregating 
816,000.000, in a single recent year. There has 
been nothing in educational history equal to this 
modern bbrarj' movement. It has the most support 
and the least opposition, the most Uberal grants by 
taxpayers, the most generous gifts from philanthro- 
pists. We are astounded to find how much has been 
done for this side of education, but more astounded 
when we study deeper to see how fittle of what is 
needed has as yet been accomplished. We spend 
fabulous sums each year and are proud of oiu- sta- 
tistics, but we reach only a small proportion of those 
who most need help. Any observer who looks below 
the surface finds many houses in both city and coun- 
try where no good books are bought or read. Some 
people read nothing ; some only newspapers, and 
these often the poorest rather than the best ; some 
read magazines, good, poor, or indifferent ; but the 
number of book readers is pathetically small. There 
are some whole villages where not half a dozen of 
the best books find their way. There are coUegjes 
where the amount of the best reading outside the 
prescribed text-books is startfingly restricted. Stu- 
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duties, and as a result are graduated and sent out 
to swell the army of non-readers, though the reading 
habit would have been worth to them more than all 
the learning of their college text-books. 

We have learned that in education as in farming 
new soil gives the largest crops. A given amount 
of effort does double good when spent on the young 
rather than on adults. Profiting by this knowledge, 
we give more attention than ever before to the 
needs of children. Special rooms, and librarians 
naturally fitted and trained for assisting children, 
are being added to the best libraries. Home libra- 
ries reaching little groups "with books and a friend " 
are sowing good seed, but there is not more than one 
where a thousand are needed. The wise farmer who 
has more land than he can work properly looks 
over his territory and selects for first attention that 
which promises best returns. As we look over the 
library field ripe for the harvest on every side, we 
find the greatest need at present in the rural sec- 
tions. A little over haK of our people live in the 
country. They have a larger margin of leisure, 
fewer distractions, and fewer opportunities to get 
the best reading. They read more slowly and care- 
fully, and get more good from books tha^i their high- 
pressure city cousins, whose crowded lives leave little 
time for intellectual digestion. These facts are un- 
questioned, and one would think that philanthropists 
wishing to do the greatest good with a given sum of 
money would look to the country, rather than to the 
town where large numbers in a small territory make 
it easy to support public libraries. One might fairly 
expect that more than half the gifts for books and 
libraries would go to that half of the people who by 
common consent have most leism'e for reading and 
fewest opportunities to get books ; but instead of hav- 
ing their pro rata share, which woidd have been 
about 52 per cent., an analysis of the 402 gifts of a 
recent year aggregating $16,000,000 shows less 
than one per cent, devoted to this rural reading. 
The explanation is doubtless that attention has never 
been properly called to the facts, and that the solu- 
tion is not obvious. A rich man who wishes to im- 
prove the reading of his fellows can build a library 
or stock it with books in a city, but he hardly knows 
how to reach rural homes even if he understands 
their pressing needs. 

As a partial solution of the problem, we started 
our New York State system of travelling books, 
pictures, and collections, in 1892. Remarkable re- 
sults have been secured, and the system, still growing 
rapidly, has been gradually but generally accepted 
as a permanent factor in education. A community 
which is too small, or which thinks itself too smaU, 
to own and support a public library may thus feel 
free to accept, for a small fee for transportation, 
a hundred of the choicest books for six months. 
Novelty has then worn off. A library, like a res- 
ervoir, becomes stagnant, and the interest of readers 
can be maintained only by adding new books at 
frequent intervals, or by changing the entire libra- 
ries in the travelling system. Thus the same books 



move on from point to point till they are actually 
worn out in service, giving larger returns for each 
doUar invested than has ever been found possible 
in any other field. This method, one of the most 
valuable in modern librarianship, does the greatest 
good at moderate cost. 

It is easy to devise ways of doing good, but most 
of them cost too much to be practicable. It is easy 
to devise inexpensive plans, but most of them are 
not effective. To secure efficiency at low cost is 
the great problem in all educational, religious, or 
philanthropic work. You may compel your horse 
to go to the water, but he will drink only if he 
wishes it. The best library, either jjermanent or 
travelling, is of little use to the man who will not 
read. It is well worth all it costs to supply books 
to those who are hungry for them, but we must not 
neglect the underlying problem of creating the appe- 
tite. Our system is not a complete success until it 
reaches most of the people for whom it was planned. 
The inexorable law of circulation, which applies to 
a community as much as to the blood, has taught us 
that we cannot safely ignore the submerged tenth. 
Five Points filth may beget Fifth Avenue fever. 
Their folly may cause our funeral. If there is a 
cancer in the foot the poison will circulate to the 
heart and brain. A town is not safe because it has 
sewer mains through every street if the residents 
fail to connect their houses with them. Schoolhouses 
and teachers do not educate if the children stay 
away. Boards of health may compel reckless citi- 
zens to connect their houses with the sewer system, 
truant officers may enforce compulsory education 
laws, but statutes cannot help us in our equally press- 
ing need of inducing people to read the best books. 

As in war and manufacturing, it is the man behind 
the machine or method that determines its efficiency. 
Much good is done by making books readily avail- 
able. The taste of readers improves by reading 
even without guidance, but the best results demand 
that behind the library's books there shall be an 
earnest human soul, whose chief concern is to make 
other lives better and more useful, tlirough the influ- 
ence best exerted by good reading. The visitor in 
our little home libraries who meets once a week with 
the children, to give needed help ; the reference libra- 
rian, now so prominent a factor in the best libraries ; 
and the children's librarian, one of the best of the 
new special workers, — these are all practical recog- 
nitions of the fact that no magnificence of buildings, 
wealth of resourses and endowments, excellence of 
catalogues and indexes, or liberality of hours and 
rules, can ever take the place of the trained expert 
who is at heart the reader's sympathetic friend. 
Such a helper may change the whole course of a life 
by giving the experimental reader confidence and 
stimulating interest at the first short interview. The 
man or boy who has been spending his evenings 
lounging about the country store or saloon and 
doubtfully tries the experiment of going to the 
library instead, should be handled with as much 
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as easily frightened away. He needs a sympathetic 
helping hand across the stepping-stones of an un- 
tried stream. The range of books is vast. The new 
reader needs not only books, but a friend. A coun- 
try boy, who has never seen the city, dropped at 
night in the Grand Central station of New York may 
have skill and self-reliance enough to find his way 
safely, but he is infinitely better off if a friend meets 
him. In our best large libraries the reference and 
children's librarians perform these functions, for the 
constituency is large enough to justify the expense. 
How are we to give at practical cost similar help to 
these scattered readers in rural homes who need it 
even more? Obviously no one small community 
can afford to pay for the whole time of a competent 
guide to books and reading. 

The itinerant principle offers a solution. The 
travelling book must be supplemented by the trav- 
elling librarian, who can give a day or two each 
week or month to the locality too small to afford his 
entire time. The economic principle is sound. Hun- 
dreds of thousands of commercial travellers prove 
that business men find the itinerant principle the 
cheapest and best way to get their wares into com- 
munities too small to support a permanent store or 
agent. The missionary who has seven stations to 
each of which he gives one day a week, the judge 
who moves from point to point to hold his court, the 
orchestra or company who give only one or more 
entei-tainments in places too small to support a per- 
manent organization, illustrate the universal appli- 
cation of the principle which we must adopt in order 
to get best results at least cost. 

The commercial traveller does his best work only 
when he can carry Ms samples with him. People 
need object lessons. The travelling librarian must 
have with him a considerable collection of books 
for his house-to-house and individual work. He can 
do much good by gathering those interested in 
schoolhouses or churches for an evening talk, stimu- 
lating interest and good resolutions and giving help- 
ful suggestions ; but when he sits down with the 
family or an individual to talk about personal read- 
ing he must have open before him some of the books 
for which he is trying to create an appetite. As 
these are too heavy to carry about by hand, we must 
have a book wagon with horses or motor, holding 
perhaps a thousand volumes carefully selected for 
this peculiar work. With this equipment the man 
or woman with a genius for the work has a rare 
opportunity for usefidness. If it suggests the re- 
ligious colporteur distributing books and tracts, we 
must remember that only religious and educational 
work has ever moved deeply the human heart to 
missionary effort, and the work of which we are 
talking belongs clearly to this class. The book 
wagon would have its regular route, repeating its 
visit at intervals of perhaps two or more weeks. 
This book missionary would come to know his 
constituency as a pastor knows his people. He 
would learn natural abilities and tastes, and would 
become skilful in developing latent interests and 



leading promising readers steadily on to higher and 
better things. K on any trip he did not have in 
his wagon just the book wanted, he could record the 
need and bring the book next time from the central 
library from which his routes would radiate. He 
would invite his readers to visit the central library 
whenever they went to town and to feel free to ask 
for help in person or by letter. 

All would know that there was no commercial 
interest behind the work, and would feel confidence 
in asking gxiidance when they wished to buy books 
of their own. A book owned is much better than a 
book loaned. If the travelling librarian can in- 
duce his readers to apply their money to buying 
good books he will have done an educational work 
of incalculable value. To assist in this, endowments 
or gifts should pay necessary expenses of adminis- 
tration, so that any reader may have brought to him 
at wholesale cost any book among those it is espe- 
cially desirable to distribute. It is pathetic to see 
how books manufactured simply to sell are scattered 
through rural homes. People impressed with the 
value of good reading give their hard-earned money 
to clever agents who charge them high prices for 
books which ought to go to the paper-mill and not 
on the book shelf. The best way to cure this evil 
is not by declaiming against it, but by giving people 
the best books at cost instead of these poor books at 
high prices. The distribution of trash will stop as 
soon as it is unprofitable, for it is done only from 
pecuniary motives. 

No one who fully appreciates the great influence 
of books and reading can doubt that the money 
required to equip such a book wagon and to pay 
the salary of such a travelling librarian would 
yield very large educational dividends. The wagon, 
horses, and harness would cost about SIOOO, and 
the thousand suitable volumes would cost as much 
more. If as many books were in the hands of readers 
as in the wagon, so that while changing the books 
from house to house the wagon continued substan- 
tially full, the stock would be perhaps two thousand 
volumes. This investment would mean about $3000, 
besides the salary and travelling expenses. This 
latter item would be small, for farmhouses would 
compete with each other for the privilege of keep- 
ing the wagon over night and having extra op- 
portunity to examine its resources. A man worth 
S3000 a year could use his time to good advantage 
in this way. There are men of real ability so deeply 
interested in the work that they would do it for much 
less if necessary. Age, experience, and other elements 
would determine the necessary salary, but it would be 
perhaps a moderate estimate to allow S3000 for the 
equipment of the wagon and S2000 a year for salary 
and expenses. When I first proposed this new work 
some five years ago the term " field libraries " 
seemed well suited to desig^te the idea. Admirable 
opportunities, with cooperation and needed super- 
vision, await the first gifts for launching this very 
practical enlargement of the itinerant principle. 

Melvil Dewey. 



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COMMUNICA TIONS. 



SOME BIBLIOGRAPHIC NEEDS AND 

POSSIBILITIES. 

(To the Editor of The Dial.) 

When Lawyer Pleydell compared Dominie Samp- 
son's mind to a pawnbroker's shop stowed with all 
kinds of goods, which, however, were piled in utter 
confusion, he supplied a simile that is not altogether 
inapplicable to the world's store of knowledge at the 
present day. There is this distinction, however, that 
the latter case is not hopeless, for an effective remedy 
lies close at hand. During past centuries, various at- 
tempts have been made, more or less successfully, to 
classify all literature imder specific as well as general 
heads. It may well be asked if the science of bibli- 
ography did not exist, at least in crude form, long be- 
fore the invention of the printing press, for we are told 
that the clay tablets recently discovered in the library 
of the palace of Assur-bani-pal, at Nineveh, were duly 
arranged in accordance with the subjects to which they 
related. 

Bibliographers of the past, like pioneers, have assisted 
in the advance of civilization, but of the modern bibli- 
ographer and skilful prospector increased demands are 
made, for it suffices not that they should submit merely 
a skeleton outline of things examined. Many pertinent 
notes must accompany their respective reports, because 
upon their accuracy and comprehensiveness rests the 
subsequent investment of valuable time and precious 
energies. Even Prescott's " Conquest of Mexico," not- 
withstanding the original researches made by its accom- 
plished aiithor, would possess much less charm except 
for the labors of his predecessors in the same field. 

The bibliographer, however, is likely also to be a 
bibliophile, and the loves of the latter may sometimes 
conflict with the most useful work of the former. The 
American point of view, being essentially practical, in- 
sists that he was right who said: "The only useful 
knowledge is the knowledge that is of use." Logically, 
therefore, the most useful knowledge is the knowledge 
that is of most tise. The Library of Congress, in its 
bibliographic and other departments, obviously takes 
this view of the matter, and endeavors to supply the 
people's wants and to anticipate their needs. Consider, 
for example, the timeliness of one of its recent issues, 
a " List of References on Primary Elections." Here is 
a good illustration of what can be accomplished, bibli- 
ographically, by a watchful observation of the trend of 
public affairs. 

The State Library School at Albany, and some other 
similar institutions, make the presentation of an original 
bibliography compulsory as a condition of graduation. 
Some of these compilations find their way into print, and 
others are preserved in manuscript form. The com- 
pilation of special bibliographies of subjects of vital and 
current interest or permanent usefulness, seems really 
to constitute one of the most important phases of the 
work yet to be performed. There is now an imcomited 
number of such monographs in print, and the list is being 
augmented daily. To centralize this work, to establish 
a kind of bibliographic clearing-house, in America, is 
the step, a very essential one, that is most naturally 
next in order. How soon this step can be taken depends 
wholly upon the generosity of intelligent, representative 
citizens having the requisite means. 

It is problematical how much longer the Smithsonian 



Institution can consent to act as a regional bureau, in the 
collection and preparation of material for the " Inter- 
national Catalogue of Scientific Literature " published 
by the Royal Society of London, for the International 
Council. The time will come, and that, perhaps, quickly, 
when it will be absolutely necessary to establish an 
American bureau of bibliography upon which will at 
once devolve many important tasks. Among needed 
imdertakings that have been suggested are an interna^ 
tional catalogue of technological literature, which would 
prove of great interest and use in the United States, 
and a new bibliography of bibliographies. The latter, 
one of the projects informally considered by the Bibli- 
ographical Society of America as stated in a very 
interesting note by President Lane, should prove to be 
the crowning work of bibliography, a veritable index to 
indexes, a kind of starting point for all serious investi- 
gations thenceforth. The general summing up of 
knowledge and the saving of time that such an index 
woidd insure, are elements too important to escape the 
attention of thinking people. 

In 1904, there appeared from the George Washington 
University of Washington, D. C, an announcement by 
President Needham of the proposed establishment of a 
department of bibliography and library science, as soon 
as negotiations could be completed having in view an 
endowment of two hmidred thousand dollars, with 
which to start the work. This evident appreciation of 
the value of bibliographic research in the United States 
wUl not pass unheeded. The large libraries of many 
American cities offer a wonderful field for study, but 
what can compete with the facilities that are so accessi- 
ble at our national capital? Students residing in the 
city of Washington would have advantages not else- 
where obtainable. The George Washington University 
has by its proposition given a typical example of the 
spirit of modern American imiversity management. 
Conformable to that spirit, one may safely expect pro- 
ductive work, consisting of many invaluable contribu- 
tions to bibliography, to issue from the collective labors 
of the department when inaugurated. There is no 
question about the potential energy of a great body of 
enthusiastic students, and of their positive power under 
guidance. They will quickly seize the opportunity thus 
afforded for the performance of useful work, in the 
natural course of study, and the ultimate results will 
imdoubtedly be far beyond present estimation. Whether 
or not other educational institutions will add biblio- 
graphic research to their curriculum remains to be seen. 
The field, which is extremely comprehensive, might 
very wisely be approached inter-collegiately. It cannot 
be thus approached too soon. The existence of a cen- 
tral bureau of bibliography woidd facilitate inter- 
commmiication between investigators and the exchange 
of data relating to monographs wanted or in prepara- 
tion; all which would redound to the advancement of 
knowledge and good citizenship. 

The subject of cooperative cataloguing has proved to 
be of widespread interest, in evidence of which fact 
one needs only considt the pamphlet, issued by the 
Library of Congress, entitled " Bibliography of Co- 
operative Cataloguing," by Messrs. Torstein Jahi" and 
Adam Julius Strohm. An examination of this valuable 
collection, comprising 366 titles, is a necessary prelude 
to any serious study of the problem, which, as intimated 
above, is not without a solution. The difficidty is not so 
much to find a solution that will answer requirements 
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severally suggested, and finally to put the whole scheme 
into operation. Unrestricted cooperative cataloguing 
and universal or international bibliography are subjects 
that must necessarily be very closely related. It ap- 
pears to the writer that among the chief works, perhaps 
the chief work, to be undertaken by a central bureau of 
bibliography, woxdd be the compilation of a new bibli- 
ography of bibliographies, as mentioned above. To 
avoid frequent revision, it should be supplemented 
periodically by notices of additional bibliographies pub- 
lished subsequently or which may have been overiooked 
in previous collections. This problem, from an English 
standpoint, seems very nearly to have been solved by 
Courtney's " Register of National Bibliography," re- 
cently published. 

Bibliographies need not be, and ought not to be, con- 
fined to works in the compiler's mother-tongue. At 
least a fair working knowledge of other modem lan- 
guages is possessed by many who consult such works, 
and it may be observed in passing that the acquisition 
of an ability to comprehend printed German, French, 
Latin, Spanish, or Italian, offers no insurmountable 
obstacles to the American student, if he is blessed with 
any leisure moments to devote to such fascinating 
study. 

Pure science is naturally one of the most attractive 
fields of bibliographic research; while science, in its 
broadest meaning, well-nigh covers the entire realm of 
knowledge, including history. There is much that can 
be done in the collection of authorities on the local his- 
tory of American states, territories, counties, cities, and 
towns. These subjects of growing importance and 
interest merit the close attention of individual inves- 
tigators, of whose monographs, deposited in local 
libraries, facsimiles should be transmitted to the Library 
of Cong^ss for the benefit of a wider circle of students. 
These facsimiles might consist of ordinary (typewritten) 
carbon copies, though the " black print," or " vandyke," 
process furnishes a means of duplicating original manu- 
scripts very cheaply and acceptably. The publication 
of a bulletin by the Library of Congress (proposed in 
the "Library Journal," 30: 858) to report special bib- 
liographies needed or in preparation, woidd bring inves- 
tigators in touch with each other. It would do more, 
for such a bulletin would form a practical basis for 
cooperation. Eugexe Fairfield McPike. 

Chicago, January 20, 1906. 



MR. SWIXBLTiNE AS "A LO^T: POET." 
(To the Editor of The Dlvl. i 

The communication of Professor Pancoast, published 
in The Dial of January 16, commands the respect of 
all who know how eminently he is qualified to discuss 
a question of comparative poetics, and it is to be hoped 
that the points which he raises against Air. Swinburne's 
matter, as opposed to his manner, may be met temper- 
ately and without recrimination, as he suggests. 

Meanwhile, it seems to me that Professor Pancoast's 
argument is weakened by reference to Emerson, Words- 
worth, and Browning. Mr. Swinburne is essentially and 
avowedly " a love poet," and it is because of his supreme 
mastery of verbal melody that he excels all others in the 
virid and compact expression of erotic emotion. Now, 
while I have profound reverence for the names of both 
Emerson and Wordsworth, I should like to remark that 
if there could be anything funnier than Emerson's essay 
on love it would be an erotic poem by Wordsworth. But 



when did Wordsworth ever write a love poem ? Pro- 
fessor Pancoast speaks of his doing so "at rare mo- 
ments." Will he not tell us when these moments were ? 

The reference to Browning strikes me as imfortunate 
becaiLse Professor Pancoast cites him as one who writes 
of love as a " high-minded gentleman," and not (like 
]^Ir. Swinburne) as " a delirious pagan." Surely if a 
breaking down of conventions is to be taken into the 
count. Browning can give Mr. Swinburne aces and 
spades, for he not only makes love the supreme law of 
life, but brands as sin the usually accepted ethical rules 
established for its control {vide "The Statue and the 
Bust"). 

It is hardly fair to confuse the sex motive, avowedly 
at the basis of the work of both Browning and Mr. 
Swinburne, with that lofty intellectual passion which 
characterizes the poetry of some of the other writers 
whom Professor Pancoast names. Neither does it seem 
quite fair to refer to some of the most exquisite pieces 
of metrical idealism in the language as " so-called love 
P***™^- Francis Howard Whxiams. 

Philadelphia^ January IS, 1906. 



Is the February number of " The Printing Art " Mr. 
Lindsay Swift has some well-considered remarks on the 
"Atrocities of Color Supplements " (as issued by our Sim- 
day newspapers) which deserve a much wider and more 
general audience than the constituency of the excellent 
periodical in which they appear. Mr. Swift's arraign- 
ment of this distinctively American nuisance is based on 
both ethical and artistic grounds. We should like to 
quote the entire article, but can find room only for a 
small portion. " It is impossible to describe the vul- 
garity and insanity of their drawing and coloring; and it 
cannot be that the editors, who must be men of some 
ability, however devoid of scruples, approve of their 
own mischievous work. Even the newest of the rich dis- 
play some personal taste in their belongings and adorn- 
ments, and even editors may have artistic consciences. 
Their answer to criticism against their methods inva- 
riably is: The public will and therefore must have what 
it wants. I am not so sure about that. The public 
visits beautiful museums and libraries and seems to enjoy 
them; it goes to churches where good music may be 
heard; it will support a decent play and condemn a 
nasty one. But it can be debauched and can have its 
dawning sensibilities for art or anything else that is 
worth while blighted; and there is no debauchery or 
blight, outside the domain of obvious immorality, more 
deadening to the public than this continually thrusting 
everything that is sordid, vulgar, and belittling before 
its uncultured but curious eyes. ... It would not be 
so bad if these wretched perversions of so innocent and 
helpful a relish to life as the comic reached only persons 
of mature life. Even readers whose time is so valueless 
that they can afford to waste more than a glance at a 
Sunday paper must realize how worthless pictures of 
this sort really are. It is the children who suffer, for 
they absorb unconsciously the unsavory quality of such 
efforts to amuse, and are thus the involuntary victims 
of voluntary and responsible corruptionists. At a time 
when this country is seriously trying to implant a knowl- 
edge of and stimulate a taste for better tlungs, artistic 
and aesthetic, through exhibitions in museums, libraries, 
and even in Sunday schools, it is not a little disheart- 
ening to realize that every step in this direction gets a 
weekly setback through these colored atrocities." 



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C^^ ittto g00Ks. 



A Biography of Carl,yl,e's 
Biographer.* 



" II n'y a rien qui s'arrange aussi facilement 
que les faits," says Talleyrand, and, curiously 
enough, the remark is quoted with approval by 
Froude. Whether it is also a favorite quota- 
tion of his biographer, Mr. Herbert Paul, is a 
matter of conjecture. Without asserting that 
his Life of Froude exemplifies the facility of 
arranging facts to the best advantage, it is cer- 
tainly true that the book is highly eulogistic ; 
but what good biography is not ? If the biogra- 
pher is not in hearty sympathy with his subject, 
what zest can the reader bring to the perusal of 
his book? And surely Froude has been bit- 
terly enough and often enough assailed as a 
wilful perverter of facts to deserve a handsome 
presentation of the case by counsel for the de- 
fence. As a Lincoln's Inn barrister and a lit- 
terateur of proved ability, Mr. Paul appears to 
be exactly the man for the task to which he has 
put his hand. It is true, he claims to have had 
no personal acquaintance with the historian; 
near the end of his book he describes his " one 
and only experience of Froude and his ways," 
which was confined to the overhearing of an 
after-dinner talk ; but he may be all the more 
trustworthy in his account of the man for not 
having experienced more intimately the charm 
that so many of Froude's friends found in the 
historian's personality. 

Three of the eleven chapters into which the 
author divides his book are especially note- 
worthy. In his first he presents a picture of the 
motherless boy's harsh upbringing that will be 
new to most readers. In his fifth he gives a de- 
tailed and amusing account of Freeman's fren- 
zied assaults on his commendably unretaliatory 
brother historian, which it is hard to read with- 
out taking sides against the aggressor and his 
" ferocious pedantry," as Matthew Arnold hap- 
pily styled it. His eighth chapter deals with 
the relations between Froude and Carlyle, and 
reviews briefly, and without violating good taste, 
the alleged indiscretions of Carlyle's biographer. 
Of course Froude is vigorously defended, and 
even the most hostile reader cannot but be im- 
pressed with the difficulties and embarrassments 
that beset the unfortimate literary executor. 
Other chapters, perhaps equally interesting, 
describe Froude's student life at Oxford, his 

* The Life of Froude. By Herbert Paul. With portraits. 
New York : Charles Scribner's Sons. 



twenty years of labor on his History, his visit 
to this country and his lectures here on Ireland, 
his South African experiences, and his Oxford 
professorship, to which he was appointed as 
Freeman's successor. 

Turning back now to the first chapter, we 
find the author acknowledging himself, both as 
writer and as reader, no friend to genealogical 
details. So far so good ; but his contention that 
" few indeed are the families which contain more 
than one remarkable figure " might easily be 
met by a very respectable array of refutatory 
instances. Blood will tell, to some extent. How- 
ever, Froude's ancestry needs no apologies, 
although one may gladly enough begin with the 
subject proper of the book. Besides losing his 
mother (Margaret Spedding) in early childhood, 
and having an unsympathetic father in the Arch- 
deacon of Totnes, little Anthony was subjected 
to a peculiar discipline at the hands of his older 
brother Hurrell, whom nevertheless he wor- 
shipped as " a born leader of men." The fol- 
lowing passage has a certain significance : 

" Conceiving that the chiM wanted spirit, Hurrell once 
took him up by the heels, and stirred with his head the 
mud at the bottom of a stream. Another time he threw 
him into deep water out of a boat to make him manly. 
But he was not stitisfied by inspiring physical terror. 
Invoking the aid of the praeternatural, he taught his 
brother that the hollow behmd the house was haunted 
by a monstrous and malevolent phantom, to which, in the 
plentitude of his imagination, he gave the name of Pen- 
ingre. Gradually the child discovered that Peningre 
was an illusion, and began to suspect that other ideas of 
Hurrell's might be illusions too. Superstition is the 
parent of scepticism from the cradle to the grave. At 
the same time his own facvdty of invention was rather 
stimulated than repressed. He was encouraged in tell- 
ing, as children will, imaginative stories of things which 
never occurred." 

The ill usage and want of sympathy experi- 
enced by the boy as pupU at Westminster, and 
also in the succeeding three years of home life, 
until his entrance at Oxford, might well have 
had a permanent and blighting influence on 
his character. 

"Unhappily, in spite of the head master's remon- 
strances, Froude's father, who had spent a great deal 
of money on his other sons' education, insisted on placing 
him in college, which was then far too rough for a 
boy of his age and strength. On account of what he 
had read, rather than what he liad learnt, at Buckfast- 
leigh, he took a very high place, and was put with boys 
far older than himself. The fagging was excessively 
severe. The bullying was gross and unchecked. The 
sanitary accommodation was abominable. The language 
of the dormitory was indecent and profane. Froude, 
whose health prevented him from the effective use of 
nature's weapons, was woke by the hot points of cigars 
burning holes in his face, made drimk by being forced 
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was also more than half starved, because the big fellows 
had the pick of the joints at dinner, and left the small 
fellows little besides the bone. . . . Public schools had 
not yet felt the influence of Arnold and of the reform- 
ing spirit. Head masters considered domestic details 
beneath them, and parents, if they felt any responsibility 
at ail, persuaded themselves that boys were all the bet- 
ter for roughing it as a preparation for the discipline of 
the world- The case of Fronde, however, was a pecu- 
liarly bad one. He was suffering from hernia, and the 
treatment might well have killed him." 

Mr. Paul's admiration of Froude as historian 
is enthusiastic. " He was not a chronicler," he 
admits, " but an artist, a moralist, and a man of 
genius." And further, ''A paste-pot, a pair of 
scissors, the mechanical precision of a copying 
clerk, are all usefid in their way ; hut they no 
more make an historian than a cowl makes a 
monk." With a relish that it is difficult for the 
reader not to share, the biographer points out 
some rather surprising errors in Freeman's ac- 
rimonious criticism of the man whom he chose 
so bitterly to revile under the shelter of anon- 
ymity. The style of his criticism Ls familiar 
to readers of the Review in which it appeared 
as the successive volumes of Froude's History 
were published. Freeman's professing of no ill- 
will, "only a strong sense of amusement in 
bowling down one thing after another," re- 
ceives a curious comment in the marginal notes 
to his copy of the work criticised. It may 
furnish amusement to quote a few of these from 
Mr. Paul's pages. " Beast I " is one entry, 
" Bah ! " another. " May I live to embowel 
James Anthony Froude ! " is a third fervent 
interjection. " Froude is certainly the molest 
brute that ever wrote a book," is still another 
mode of expressing' this " strong sense of amuse- 
ment. " Such revelations of temjjer hardly 
betoken the dispassionate calm of authoritative 
criticism. The whole story of this paper warfare 
— a warfare in which, except for Froude's late- 
appearing and admirably temperate rejoinder 
entitled " A few words on Mr. Freeman," the 
hostilities were almost all on one side — serves 
to illustrate anew how weak is the cause that 
consents to employ the aid of sarcasm, innuendo, 
superciliousness, or even the milder forms of 
imperfect courtesy and half-candor that lie so 
perilously ready to the hand of critic or editor. 
The disingenuousness that may lurk even in the 
apparently innocent " we fear," or " we hope," or 
" we trust," of one who argues for victory more 
than for truth, is a matter of daily illustration. 

It has long been charged against Froude that 
in writing his History he made but the most 
cursory examination of valuable papers placed 
at his disposal at Hatfield. Perhaps the follow- 



ing letter to Lady Salisbury will be illuminating : 

" If Lord Salisbury has not repented of his kind 
promise to me, I shall in a few weeks be in a condition 
to avail myself of it, and I write to ask you whether 
about the beginning of next month I may be permitted 
to examine the papers at Hatfield. I am unwilling to 
trouble Lord Salisbury more than necessary. I have 
therefore examined every other collection within my 
reach first, that I might know clearly what I wanted. 
Obliged as I am to confine myself for the present to 
the first ten years of Elizabeth's reign, there will not be 
much which I shall have to examine there, the great 
bidk of Lord Burleigh's papers for that time being in 
the Record Office — but if I can be allowed a few days* 
work, I believe I can turn them to good account." 

Furthermore, to those who allege that Froude 
wrote without sufficient preliminary reading of 
authorities, Mr. Paid declares that he " neg- 
lected no source of information, and spared 
himself no pains in pursuit of it. At the 
Record Office, in the British Museum, at Hat- 
field, among the priceless archives preserved in 
the Spanish village of Simancas, he toiled with 
unquenchable ardour and unrelenting assiduity. 
Nine-tenths of his authorities were in manu- 
script. They were in five languages. They 
filled nine hundred volumes." The hand- 
writing, too, was often well-nigh illegible. All 
of Froude's voluminous transcripts from the 
Simancas papers he is said to have deposited in 
the British Museum, as a sort of public check 
on his own fidelity in dealing with the sources 
of his narrative. 

The chapter entitied •• Froude and Carlyle " 
reveals a decidedly tangled state of affairs as 
existing after Carlyle's death, in the matter of 
his piles of papers and his probable desire as 
to their ultimate disposition. Pathetic is poor 
Froude's plaint in a letter to ]Max MiiUer, in the 
midst of all his troubles as literary executor. 
" What have I done," he asks, " that I should 
be in such a strait ? But I am sixty-four years 
old, and I shall soon be beyond it ^." Unless 
we hold the stem doctrine of James Mill, that 
only acts and not motives are proper subjects 
for judgment, it is impossible to refuse some 
measure of condonation to a well-intentioned 
offender. To know all is to pardon all, and 
when we once recognize in Froude the streak of 
literary freakishness that was peculiar to his 
genius, it is scarcely in human nature to be 
severe with him — except that one must always 
censure anything that looks like wilful perver- 
sion of truth, or weak surrender to prejudice. 
The romancer gets the better of the historian 
in his case ; he has, in short, the defects of his 
qualities, and without those defects he would not 
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of readers, or produced a biography that, with 
all its favdts, has a fascination approaching even 
that of Boswell's masterpiece. Yet this mnst 
not be taken as a whitewashing of Froude, or as 
excusing lenity on a biogi'apher's part toward 
notorious swervings from the straight line of 
truth. 

Attempting to refute a familiar charge against 
Carlyle, Mr. Paul writes : " Nothing annoyed 
Carlyle more than to be told that he confounded 
might with right. He declared that, on the 
contrary, he had never said, and would never 
say, a word for power which was not founded 
on justice." This is rather amusing. Of course 
Carlyle was annoyed. What man of sense and 
humanity would consciously uphold the mon- 
strous doctrine that might makes right ? Nev- 
ertheless a predisposition to discover right 
pretty uniformly on the side of might may be 
so ingrained in a man's nature that he cannot 
suspect its presence any more than he can look 
into his own eyes. As Martineau long ago well 
expressed it, for Carlyle, " as for so many gifted 
and ungifted men, the force which will not be 
stopped by any restraint on its way to great 
achievement, — the genius which claims to be 
its own law, and will confess nothing diviner 
than itseK, — have an irresistible fascination. 
His eye, overlooking the landscape of humanity, 
always runs up to the brilliant peaks of power : 
not, indeed, without a glance of love and pity 
into many a retreat of quiet goodness that lies 
safe beneath their shelter ; but shoidd the sud- 
den lightning, or the seasonal melting of the 
world's ice-barriers, bring down a ruin on that 
green and feeble life, his voice, after one faint 
cry of pathos, joins in with the thimder and 
shouts with the triumph of the avalanche. Ever 
watching the strife of the great forces of the 
universe, he, no doubt, sides on the whole 
against the Titans with the gods : but if the 
Titans make a happy fling, and send home a 
mountain or two to the very beard of Zeus, he 
gets delighted with the game on any terms and 
cries, ' Bravo ! ' " 

If lives of men of letters are, to many read- 
ers, too often but dreary reading, it is a com- 
plaint that cannot be brought against Mr. Paul's 
life of Froude. Whether it be that his sym- 
pathy with his subject has imparted to him 
something of Froude's own consummate art as 
a literary craftsman, certain it is that he has 
produced a very readable account of one whom 
Sir John Skelton enthusiastically described as 
" the most interesting man I have ever known." 

Percy F. Bicknell. 



Some Current Railway-Rate 

DlS CTTSSI OX.* 

The railroad-rate question is apparently faring 
distinctly better than did the monetary problem 
in one respect at least. This is that the atten- 
tion of careful investigators as well as of the 
general public was attracted to the subject prior 
to the time when it became an acute public 
issue. Enough had already been written, before 
the problem of government control of railway- 
rates became prominent in the public mind, to 
provide a body of material upon which investi- 
gators could fall back, and to furnish, what was 
even more important, a fund of experience in 
the inquiry indicating the points at which fm*- 
ther study and analysis was desirable. It has 
thus been possible, when the necessity came, for 
trained investigators to continue the preparation 
of information as to railway rates for use by 
legislators and by the public. On the other 
hand, it remains true that much of the study 
that has been devoted to the railroad problem, 
during the past few years, lias either rim along 
special lines or has been hidden in public docu- 
ments and court decisions. A real service both 
to the semi-technical world and to the general 
public, therefore, is performed by those who are 
prepared to gather up the results thus made 
ready for assunilation. 

Since President Hadley's book on American 
raih'oad transportation, fragmentary and incom- 
plete as it was, which attracted so much atten- 
tion some years ago, there has been relatively 
little in the way of comprehensive study of this 
question. The appearance of a group of studies, 
chief among which may be mentioned Professor 
Johnson's valuable book of a year or two ago, 
was the beginning of a series of volumes which 
have now provided a body of literature for the 
enlightenment of that part of the reading public 
which wishes to inform itself upon serious ques- 
tions of current import. Merely to give a list 
of the titles of the books that shoidd be included 
in the group here described would be a consid- 
erable task ; but the publication within a few 
weeks of one another of books as usefid as 
Professor Meyers's " Government Regtdation of 
Railway Rates," Judge Noyes's " American 
Railroad Rates " and Mr. Haines's " Restric- 
tive Railway Legislation " is itself notable. 
Here we liave three voliunes, one by an 
academic student of the question, one by a 
jurist and railway president, and one by a civil 

♦American Railroad Rates. By Walter Chad wick Noyes. 
Boston: Little, Brown, & Co. 

Restrictive Railway Legislation. By Henry S. Haines. 
New York : The Macmillan Co. 



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engineer and practical railroad manager. It is 
interesting to note that in certain respects these 
volumes, while they do not cover the same 
ground, come to similar conclusions. Professor 
Meyers's book, already very fully discussed else- 
where, need not be further considered here. It 
stands in a somewhat different class from the 
two companion volumes, both because of its 
broader scope, the smaller practical experience 
of its author, and his greater dogmatism. The 
work of Judge Xoyes and ^Ir. Haines represents 
the ideas of the sane and conservative railway 
men of the eoimtry. As such, these two vol- 
umes are entitled to exceptionally close study 
not only because they embody the residt of actual 
experience, but because they evidently voice the 
ideas of those who know how legislation woidd 
affect a great industry. 

Of the two books, the broader, as the title 
denotes, is that of Air. Haines, the more inten- 
sive and special is that of Judge Noyes. Both, 
however, have their main centre of interest, at 
least at the present time, in the question of how 
far government control of railroad-rates can be 
reaUy successfid. 

Judge Noyes gives a lengthy and most care- 
ful study of the way in which rates grow up, of 
their limitations, and of the questions relating to 
classification and changes in rates. He points 
out clearly what conditions give rise to discrimi- 
nation, and analyzes the effect of the so-called 
'•basing point "' system and similar plans. Just 
here, it is interesting to note Judge Noyes's 
general conclusion, vs-ith regard to discrimina- 
tion, that the state of affairs existing in 1898, 
when the Interstate Commerce Commission re- 
ported that a large part of the railroad business 
was done upon illegal rates, has now come to 
an end. Personal discrimination, thinks Judge 
Xoyes, is now practically over. He admits the 
continued existence of discrimination between 
localities, but believes that it is inevitable that 
some such differential rates shall exist. They 
restdt from the application of the "principle of 
value" in rate-making. The same ser^-ice may 
have a different value when rendered to different 
localities. When competition makes local dis- 
criminations necessary, they are justified by the 
value principle. As for discriminations between 
commodities, this is a problem of classification, 
and involves no hardship if what the author con- 
siders proper principles in rate-making are care- 
fully applied. The conditions that have brought 
about the present more satisfactory state of 
affairs as to personal discriminations, which, 
says the author, "are opposed to aU good busi- 



ness principles and are whoUy indefensible and 
vicious" are, according to Judge Noyes, four 
in number : (1) prosperity, (2) the Elkins law, 
(3) railroad consolidation, and (4) a belated 
realization of the injurious effect of discrimina- 
tions. Evidently the author did not have in 
mind the existence of the pass system, when 
these words were written, but referred only to 
freights. It may be observed that his opinions,^ 
as thus stated, are in substantial accord with 
those of the public officials in Washington who 
are charged with the duty of enforcing the rail- 
way legislation of the country. Continuing, he 
traces the effect of competition and combination, 
and shows how far rates vary and how far they 
are influenced by changes in equipment. 

3ilr. Haines naturally looks at the railroad 
question from the standpoint of an engineer 
and business man rather than from that of a 
lawyer or student. His chapters on railroad 
finance and railroad construction are enlighten- 
ing. He traces with some care the nature of 
the railroad charters that have been granted 
and the character of the restrictions by which it 
has been sought to regulate and control the 
growth of the great raUroad net of the United 
States. In this connection, it may be observed 
that two of the most important things connected 
with the growth of the railroad system have not 
been the subjects of much if any restrictive regu- 
lation or legislation. One of these two points is 
the gauge of the roads, which, says Mr. Haines, 
was made uniform by the railways, at their own 
instance, and at very substantial cost, while the 
other is the matter of route. The author's 
chapters on railroad operation and on railroad 
traffic are less satisfactory than those already 
referred to, yet they furnish a good and clear 
review of these topics. In revie\*Tng the growth 
of a system of rate-making, Mr. Haines adopts 
a historical method in part. In part, his treat- 
ment is analytical ; but, like Judge Noyes, he 
r^fards rates as the result of practical competi- 
tion. The rate-maker, he says, " does not origi- 
nate or create rates." In practice his rates are 
determined, as to reasonableness, by what the 
traffic will bear, and, where competition exists, 
by rival bidding for the busiaess. Discrimina- 
tion between places is regarded by Mr. Haines, 
and also by Judge Noyes, as to some extent a 
necessary incident. At times, it may become 
unjust or unreasonable, — primarily when more 
is chargetl for the short haul than for the long one 
in the same direction. Regulation of rates is 
first considered from a historical standpoint by 
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regulation of rates through pooling associations ; 
then one on the work of State railroad commis- 
sions, and then a chapter on pending legislation 
affecting interstate commerce. In Chapter XI. 
is given a theoretical discussion of " State con- 
trol of corporations engaged in a public service," 
and lastly a final treatment embodying some 
" Conclusions." The chapter in which Mr. 
Haines parallels Judge Noyes's discussion to 
some extent is that which deals with pending 
legislation. 

As already noted, the main present interest 
in both Mr. Haines's and Judge Noyes's work 
is in what they have to say of the present efforts 
at State control of rates and their theoretical 
bearing. In a careful constitutional discussion, 
Judge Noyes, as it seems to us, demonstrates 
the following ideas : The power of Congress and 
of the State legislatures is limited by the com- 
merce clause of the federal constitution and by 
the fourteenth amendment. The making of 
rates by law is purely a legislative function. 
The legislature may act either directly or through 
a commission or other administrative body. 
Three limitations, however, of special character 
apply in the case of Congress : (1) the division 
of the function of government into three depart- 
ments, (2) the fifth amendment, and (3) the 
provision against port preferences. The division 
of functions indicates that there must be no 
confusion of legislative, executive, and judicial 
functions, resulting from any act that Congress 
may pass. The fifth amendment provides that 
no private property shall be taken, without due 
process of law or without just compensation. 
The provision against port preferences makes it 
plain that no preference to the ports of any one 
State, resulting from the acts of Congress, will 
be held constitutional. The ultimate real test 
of the constitutionality of a law-made rate is, 
however, whether such rates are confiscatory. 
As a result of his reasoning along these lines, 
and of his application of them to existing legis- 
lation. Judge Noyes reaches the conclusion that 
existing remedies for unreasonable charges are 
ineffectual as far as they go, and do not go far 
enough ; while because of his view that the 
adjudication of the reasonableness of a rate is 
a judicial fimction, of the further opinion that 
judicial and legislative functions cannot be com- 
bined, and of the view that judicial functions 
can be exercised only by judges holding their 
offices during good behavior, he is led to think 
that most of our pending legislation, including 
the recent Esch-Townsend bUl, is impossible. 
The greater number of the measures now pro- 



posed require the exercise of judicial functions 
by the Interstate Conunerce Commission and the 
exercise of non-judicial functions by the courts. 
Judge Noyes's suggestion for legislation is the 
establishment of a special interstate commerce 
court which should ascertain whether or not a 
given rate is or is not unreasonable. In case a 
given rate were found unreasonable, this fact 
should be certified to the Interstate Commerce 
Commission, which shoidd then, on the basis of 
the papers in the case and without further 
hearing, make a maximum rate to take the 
place of the unreasonable rate. This new rate 
should remain in force for a specified time. 

While Mr. Haines does not go into any such 
complete analysis, or recommend any such de- 
tailed plan as does Judge Noyes, there is noth- 
ing in his treatment that is not in accordance 
with the latter's views. He does not believe in 
any quasi-judicial commission, nor does he seem- 
ingly believe that any general power for rate-mak- 
ing should be granted the Interstate Commerce 
Commission mider existing conditions. Should 
a rate-making power be accorded to it, however, 
" it shoidd be in fact a court of first instance," 
says Mr. Haines. It should act solely on com- 
plaints. It should never prosecute of its own 
motion. It should be strictly impartial. In this 
view of the case. Mr. Haines has evidently in 
mind somewhat the same thought as has Judge 
Noyes, — the creation of a real railroad court. 
He does not carry the idea further, and suggest 
the delegation of the rate-making function to 
some conunission as a separate and independent 
administrative body charged with the revision 
of given rates. But it is evident that this is an 
idea which — granting the interference of gov- 
ernment in rate-making as unavoidable — would 
be in harmony with the general tenor of his 
thought. These ideas as to railroad rate con- 
trol, therefore, with the reasoning which leads 
thereto, and with the abundant supply of in- 
formation upon allied topics which is provided 
in both books, are the chief contributions made 
to the pending discussion by two of the most 
careful of recent thinkers on railroad questions. 
H. Parker Willis. 



Of special interest in connection with the Franklin 
bicentennial anniversary this year is the annomicement 
from Messrs. Houghton, Mifflin & Co. that they have 
in preparation a notable limited edition of Franklin's 
Autobiography, to be printed under the direction of Mr. 
Bruce Rogers, and illustrated with famous portraits in 
photogravure. In style and excellence of typography 
and manufacture, the volume will resemble the edition 
of Cavendish's Life of Cardinal Wolsey recently issued 
by this house. 



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I 



A Defen^itive Goethe Biography.* 

Ten years ago German scholars published sev- 
eral notable biographies of Goethe, and others 
have since appeared. The single volume by 
Eichard M. Meyer, for example, is a preisge- 
Jcronte Arbeit, brief and at times trenchant in 
its critical estimates, a book for the student 
rather than the general reader. The needs of 
the latter were especially met in the two vol- 
umes by Heinemann, a readable and attractive 
account of the ix>et's life, environment, and 
works, and particularly valuable for the numer- 
ous pictures of places and people. Both these 
biographies appeared in the same year with the 
first volmne, and with the other works alluded 
to preceded the second volmne of Bielschow- 
sky's Goethe sein Leben und seine Werke. 
Each of these various works has merits of its 
own, but none has taken the place that Biel- 
schowsky's may fairly claim. Its importance, 
as the best biography of the poet that has 
appeared, is so generally acknowledged that a 
translation has been called for, and this is now 
supplied by Professor William A. Cooper of 
Stanford University. The English-reading pub- 
lic is thus papng to the lamented German 
scholar the compliment that the Germans paid 
many years ago to Mr. Lewes's " Life and 
Times of Goethe," and as their translation of 
that book was long their most popular a<?count 
of the poet's life, so Bielschowsky's book, by 
reason of its fuller and more accurate informa- 
tion, will now take the place in our libraries that 
Mr. Lewes's held so long. 

Bielschowsky based his work upon the rich 
material made accessible by the opening of the 
Goethe archives and b}- recent philological in- 
vestigation ; but as he designed it for the use 
of the \Nddest circles, he felt that the choice and 
selection of material was imperative. As he 
remarks in the preface to the first volmne, 
only details disclose the man and the poet, and 
the surest safeguard against error in the proper 
understanding of his works is afforded by ap- 
proaching them in relation to his life. This idea 
was further confirmed by his \aew of Goethe's 
character as t}"pically presenting an intensified 
picture of humanity. He therefore entered into 
a detailed study of the circumstances and influ- 
ences that formed the poet's character and con- 
trolled his career. He studied carefully all 
sources and exploited all new material ; but he 

•The Life of Goethe. By Albert Bielschowsky, Ph.D. 
Authorized translation from the German by WUliam A. Cooper, 
A.M. Volume I., 1749-1788., From Birth to the Return from 
Italy. Illustrated. New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons. 



wisely excluded from his text, and relegated to 
notes, all critical discussion of the statements 
made. His original intention was to make of 
these notes a continuous scientific discussion of 
the facts upon which his narrative is based, but 
considerations of space prevented this ; and, as 
they stand, the notes sometimes amplify, and 
sometimes merely state authorities, regarding 
mooted points. 

It must be evident, even to the casual reader, 
that Bielschowsky possessed unusual penetration 
and acumen in psychological analysis. He de- 
velops his story much as a good novelist might, 
and so reveals the growth of the poet's character 
in its various phases. In his critical estimates 
he uniformly leads up to the circumstances un- 
der which the work in question was produced ; 
and, in the case of the more important, he fol- 
lows this with a lucid and extremely sympathetic 
outline of its content. This is done in a way 
to hold the interest of the reader and to empha- 
size the central thought, and is followed by 
judicious criticism, either favorable or unfavor- 
able as the case may be. The treatment of 
Werther affords an admirable illustration. 
Goethe's experiences at Wetzlar, related in a 
previous chapter, prepare the way for an ac- 
count of his Lotte cult, of which the story is a 
poetic reflection. After outlining the plot, em- 
phasis is placed upon the point, so often unap- 
preciated, that everything in the story flows 
naturally from the character of the hero. The 
author further remarks the wealth of life de- 
picted, the firm though brief delineation of the 
various subordinate characters, and the wonder- 
ful naturalness and warmth that characterizes 
it, and concludes with an account of the effect 
of the story upon Goethe's contemporaries. 
Especially noteworthy in this whole treatment 
is the fact that the biographer makes his reader 
not simply comprehend but feel, as perfectly 
natural, the effect that Goethe's book produced ; 
he does not simply understand the situation, — 
he sympathizes with it. 

Bielschowsky's treatment of Goethe's atti- 
tude toward the War of Liberation is charac- 
teristic of the sympathetic and yet judicial way 
in which he deals with the poet's career. He 
makes clear the reasons why Goethe failed to 
respond to the enthusiasm against Napoleon by 
indicating his just appreciation of the political 
reforms brought about under French domina- 
tion, and the slight danger that he felt of any 
real loss of the essentially German spirit in 
education and literature. He also points out 
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Austrian supremacy that would result from the 
overthrow of the French, — "an emancipation 
not from the yoke of the foreigners but from 
one foreign yoke," as he expressed it. " And 
yet," so the author concludes, "the experienced 
Goethe was wrong." He imderestimated the 
power of national feeling, and did not appreciate 
that the German spirit must always be alien to 
the French, and hence under their tutelage 
could not but faiL in the full development of its 
inner individuality. Political reasons based 
upon the position of the Duchy of Weimar also 
had weight in determining Goethe's conduct 
and, to some extent, his sympathies, so that his 
contemporaries were neither surprised, nor did 
they expect him to act differently. They also 
realized the permanent value of his work and 
its power as a national force ; there is, further, 
no lack of evidence that Goethe's attitude was 
not the result of indifference. Thus Biel- 
schowsky presents the poet's position and the 
influences that determined it, neither entirely 
commending nor wholly censuring, but stating 
it in the light of contemporary conditions, 
rather than from the standpoint of the special 
pleader holding a brief for or against the poet. 
The chapter on Goethe's Lyrics is one of the 
most valuable and suggestive in the work. The 
poet attributed much of his power to the influ- 
ence of Spinoza, whose conception of God, in- 
carnate in the world, involved the idea of the 
divine in all objects as necessary parts of the 
whole, but as more or less fidly manifested, in 
proportion as the object is moi'e or less com- 
pletely essential and enduring. But the essen- 
tial and permanent in Goethe was, Bielschowslcy 
argues, his nature as a poet, while that which 
was accidental and temporary found expression 
in the man of the world and of affairs. The 
poet saw as with "annointed eye" the ultimate 
truth in the contradictions and confusions of 
human life, while the man was often distracted 
and went astray. But it was in this very con- 
fusion and error that the poet often found the 
material that he treated as typical and symbolic, 
and thereby, as he said, corrected his conception 
of things. A long chapter on the various 
groups of lyrics foUows, tracing each poem, as 
far as possible, to the incident or experience 
that called it forth. Space forbids any detailed 
analysis ; rather the question suggests itseK 
whether the briUiant rhetorical discussion just 
outlined applies only to the poet's method. 
May it not suggest an explanation of the strange 
contradictions that the story of his life affords, — 
his calm serenity and generous nobility, his 



fickle passion and intense personal selfishness. 
Bielschowsky certainly does not think of it in 
this relation. He neither glosses faults nor faUs 
to teU the pain they caused. His attitude is in 
general one of cordial affection, that may dis- 
approve but is ready to forgive, but he offers 
no explanation of that subtle dual personality 
that any student of the poet must feel. 

The chapter on Faust also deserves special 
mention, but this is only partially the work of 
Bielschowsky. At the time of his death he had 
completed the account of the genesis of the 
poem ; the balance of the chapter was written 
by his friend, Professor Ziegler of Strassburg. 
In this portion the pages dealing with the clas- 
sical Walpurgisnacht and with Homunculus 
are especially to be commended. In their brief 
outline and frank censure of those elements in 
these scenes that are wholly without any real or 
fancied connection with Faust, far better ser- 
vice is rendered toward the proper miderstand- 
ing of the poem than in any attempt to justify 
or explain them. Common sense and poetic 
insight are happily blended, and without any 
attempt to make out a symbolism that it is more 
than doubtful the poet ever imagined. 

Professor Cooper's translation is, in general, 
a very satisfactory piece of work. He renders 
paragraph by paragraph, indeed sentence by sen- 
tence, excepting in one or two instances men- 
tioned in his preface. The language is usually 
well-chosen, and renders the thought, and in 
some degree the style, of the original. Occa- 
sionally a phrase or sentence smacks somewhat 
of the class-room, and a less literal rendering 
would have made the meaning clearer. For ex- 
ample, the phrase " becomes absorbed with her 
[Frau von Stein] in the bony structure of man," 
is an awkward way of saying " studied care- 
fidly the structure of the human skeleton." 
So " the irridescence of Merk's nature " (^Das 
Schillernde) hardly conveys to the English 
reader the idea of versatility which the context 
shows to be the author's thought. " The cor- 
roded [durchgeheizf] sons of the twentieth cen- 
tury" is literal and meaningless ; so also " the 
lapidary personality of Orange " is hardly clear. 
Other instances, especially in the literal render- 
ing of figurative language, might be cited. It is 
also to be regretted that the page headings of 
the original have not been preserved ; they cer- 
tainly facilitate the use of the book as a work 
of reference. On the whole, however, the few 
trifling faults, imnoticed except by the critic in 
quest of such material, are so far outweighed by 
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hardly fair to mention them. It is sincerely 
to be hoped that the concluding volumes — the 
translation is to be in three rather than the two 
of the original — may not be long delayed. 
Lewis A. JRhoades. 



Keasox ry Religiox a>d ix Art.* 

Professor Santayana's two notable books on 
" The Life of Reason," which recently appeared, 
have been followed up promptly by two addi- 
tional volimies in the same series, which deal 
respectively vv-ith "• Reason in Religion " and 
'■'■ Reason in Ai't." This leaves impublished only 
the final volume, on " Reason in Science." Of 
the two latest volxmies, the one on " Reason in 
Religion " has the greater speculative interest, 
since it is in the problems of religion that the 
opposition cidminates between the general philo- 
sophical conception which Professor Santayana 
represents, and that which more commonly 
passes current. As readers of the earlier books 
will recall, " The Life of Reason " is constituted 
by that realm of ideal values in experience 
which, springing from the soil of the natural im- 
pulses and passions, has for its task the bringing 
of these to a seK-conscious and harmonious ex- 
pression. It is no part of its business to leave us 
with an accovmt of what reality is beyond our 
experience ; rather, its sole function is the praxj- 
tical one of miderstanding and accepting and 
using the situation in which a moi-tal may find 
himself. This, of couree, is valid equally of the 
religious exjjerience. For the author, therefore, 
religion is frankly conceived as poetry. It is a 
symbolic rendering of the moral experience, 
which has its value by reason of its power to 
vitalize the mind and transmit by way of par- 
ables the lessons of life. Accordingly^, as be- 
tween religions there is a difference only of better 
and worse, never of true and false. It is the 
root defect in religion — the tendency to forget 
that it is poetry, to arrogate to itself literal 
truth, and lay claim to be an objective state- 
ment of fact. In this way the myth, which was 
but a symbol substituted for empirical descrip- 
tions, becomes an idol substituted for ideal val- 
ues ; instead of a representation of experience 
as it shoidd be, it becomes a pretended infor- 
mation about experience or reality elsewhere. 
This always tends to confuse intelligence and 
dislocate sentiment. The essential harm of it is 
that by persuading man that the world really 

• The Life of Reason. By (Jeorge Santayana. New vol- 
umes: Reason in Religion, and Reason in Art. New York: 
Charles Scribner's Sons. 



is such as his rather arbitrary idealization has 
painted it, the true value of the ideal is lost. 
Moral harmonies are not given, they have to be 
made ; and the curse of superstition is that it 
justifies and protracts their absence by pro- 
claiming their invisible presence. Thus God, 
for practical religion, stands only for that which 
makes for the Good. A theodicy which attempts 
to extend the divine to the entire world, and to 
prove that whatever is is good, breaks down the 
very distinction which gives goodness and the 
divine their hvmMn meaning, and reduces every- 
thing to the dead level of an unmoral naturalism 
or pantheism. The whole difficulty again lies 
in the supposed need of turning a practical 
moral ideal into an accovmt of the objective 
constitution of the universe. It is chimerical 
to expect the rest of the world to be determined 
by that moral significance which by its very 
nature is in terms of particular himian interests. 
" The attempt to subserve the natural order 
xmder the moral is like attempts to establish a 
government of the parent by the child — some- 
thing: children are not averse to." So that 
religion ought to be for each man, not a literal 
accoimt of what is or has happened, but the 
imaginative expression of those ideals which are 
most vital to his own nature. Each man may 
have his own loves, but the object in each case 
is different. So it is, or should be, in religion. 
Literal truth is as irrelevant, as it is irrelevant 
to an artist's pleasure to be warned that the 
beauty he expresses has no objective existence. 
There is little space to consider the more par- 
ticular treatment from this general standpoint 
of religion in its historical expressions, though 
this contains much interesting matter. The 
earlier chapters take up the more primitive as- 
pects of the religious experience, such as magic, 
sacrifice, prayer, and mythology. Interesting 
also is the historical appreciation of Hebraism 
and of Christianity. The author's natural sym- 
pathy is ^nth the Greek rather than the Hebraic 
type of mind. Paganism seems to him nearer 
than Hebraism to the Life of Reason, from the 
fact that its myths are more transparent and its 
temper less fanatical ; and it is probable that 
there are elements in the Hebrew religion 
which he fails in consequence to give their just 
emphasis. It certainly is a question whether 
the religious position of the historical Jesus 
has the quite derivative and incidental signifi- 
cance which his generalizations — following a 
popidar interpretation — assign to it. Fully 
adequate or not, however, the analysis is acute 
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ing. The characterization of the Protestant ele- 
ment in Christianity is particularly happy, in its 
opposition to the Oriental strain of unworldliness 
and asceticism with which it has entered into un- 
stable combination. Professor Santayana's vision 
is keen for the weaknesses of the Protestant and 
Teutonic temper, — its emphasis on the supreme 
importance of success and prosperity, its con- 
ventional conceptions of duty and earnest ma- 
terialism, its cheerful optimism, its regard for 
profitable enterprise and practical ambition as a 
sort of moral vocation, its tendency to mistake 
vitality, both in itself and in the luiiverse, for 
spiritual life. " The point is to accomplish 
something, no matter particularly what ; so that 
the Protestant shows on this ground some re- 
spect even for an artist when he has once 
achieved success." In the later chapters there 
follows an instructive analysis of the main as- 
pects of the religious life — piety or loyalty to 
the necessary conditions of life, spirituality or 
devotion to ideal ends, and charity ; and in con- 
clusion there is a discussion of the ideal in- 
terpretation of immortality. The chapter on 
" Spirituality and its Corruptions " — fanaticism 
and mysticism, namely — may be recommended 
as a particularly good expression of that whole 
temperamental attitude toward life which is 
summed up in " The Life of Reason." 

"Reason in Art" lends itself especially to 
quotation, and I can perhaps not do better than 
to put together as nearly as possible in the 
writer's own words some of the points which 
are particidarly characteristic. There are two 
main aspects to the book. On the one hand, it 
takes up the arts in particular, and, tracing 
them back to a purely automatic and spontane- 
ous expressiveness, without ideal value, it tries to 
show how they come to take on more and more an 
ideal and rational significance. The most no- 
table thing about the treatment, however, is less 
its suggestions in detail toward an historical 
understanding of the arts tlian the general crit- 
ical attitude which underlies the volume as a 
whole. It woidd be hard to point to a more 
searching criticism of the irrationalities that 
enter into the artistic and aesthetic side of ex- 
perience, or a more effective dealing with the 
conmion fallacies by which these irrationalities 
are not merely overlooked but are exalted into 
essential conditions of art and beauty. Starting 
from the definition of art as that element in the 
Life of Reason which consists in modifying its 
environment the better to attain its end, the 
book is a sustained argument against the view 
which would loosen the fine arts from this fun- 



damental connection with rational and — in the 
end — social and moral experience. The rose's 
grace can more easily be plucked from its petals 
than the beauty of art from its subject, reasons, 
and use. The fine arts are butter to man's 
daily bread ; there is no conceiving or creating 
them except as they spring out of social exi- 
gencies. Irresponsibility in the artist, the rest- 
ing content with the mere mystic glow of a per- 
sonal experience, must be fatal to a true and 
adequate art. To be bewitched is not to be 
saved, though all the magicians and aesthetes in 
the world should pronounce it so. The sponta- 
neous is the worst of tyrants, for it exercises a 
needless and fruitless tyranny in the guise of 
duty and inspiration. The earth's bowels are 
full of all sorts of rumblings ; which of the 
oracles drawn thence is true can be judged only 
by the light of day. If an artist's inspiration 
has been happy, it has been so because his work 
can sweeten or ennoble the mind, and because 
its total effect will be beneficent. Art being a 
part of life, the criticism of art is a part of 
morals. No personal talent avails to rescue an 
art from labored insignificance when it has no 
steadying function in the moral world, and must 
waver between caprice and convention. 

In form, then, art represents that which 
shoiUd be the goal of life — experience harmon- 
ized, seK-justifying, the revelation of an intrin- 
sic value. Beauty gives men the best hint of 
ultimate good which their experience as yet can 
offer. Its defect lies in the fact that hitherto 
it has been content with its minor harmonies, 
and, immersed in them, has failed of any large 
grasp on reality as a whole. And so long as it 
needs to be a dream, it can never cease to be a 
disappointment. Its facile cruelty, its narcotic 
abstraction, can never sweeten the evils we re- 
turn to at home ; it can liberate half the mind 
only by leaving the other half in abeyance. In 
the mere artist, too, there is always something 
that falls short of the gentleman and that de- 
feats the man. The poet, at home in the me- 
divmi, is, in the world he tries to render, apt to 
be a child and a stranger. Poetic apprehen- 
sion is a makeshift in so far as its cognitive 
worth is concerned ; it is exactly in this respect 
what myth is to science. The poetic way of 
idealizing reality is dull, bungling, and impure ; 
a better acquaintance with things renders such 
flatteries ridicidous. 

A consequence of this is that a large part of 
our art is artificial and simply made to be ex- 
hibited ; it is therefore gratuitous and sophisti- 
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with it is affectation. A living art does not 
produce curiosities to be collected, but spiritual 
necessities to be diffused. What we call mu- 
seums — mausoleums, rather, in which a dead 
art heaps up its remains — are those the places 
where the Muses intended to dwell ? An artist 
may visit a museimi, but only a pedant can live 
there. But there is possible an art more ade- 
quate to the Life of Reason. Such an art must 
be an achievement, not an indulgence. It will 
rise above the incidental dreams and immature 
idealizations of poetry as it now is, to a new 
and clarified poetry which, while having the 
power of prose to see things as they are and the 
courage to describe them ingenuously, shall also 
idealize in the true way, by selecting from this 
reality what is pertinent to lUtimate interests 
and can speak eloquently to the soul. Art, as 
mankind has hitherto practised it, too much 
resembles an opiate or a stimulant. It is a dream 
in which we lose ourselves by ignoring most of 
our interests, and from which we awake into a 
world in which that lost episode plays no further 
part and leaves no heirs. Life and history are 
not thereby rendered better in their principle, 
but a mere ideal is extracted out of them and 
presented for our delectation in some cheap 
material, like words or marble. The only 
precious materials are flesh and blood. The 
moments snatched for art have been generally 
interludes in life, and its products parasites in 
nature. To exalt fine art into a truly ideal 
activity, we shoidd have to knit it more closely 
with other rational functions, so that to beautify 
things might render them more usefid, and to 
represent them most imaginatively might be to 
see them in their tinith. To gloat on rhythms 
and declamations, to live last in imaginary pas- 
sions and histrionic woes, is an unmanly life, 
cut off from practical dominion and from ra- 
tional happiness. A lovely dream is an excel- 
lent thing in itself, but it leaves the world no 
less a chaos, and makes it by contrast seem even 
darker than it did. That beauty which should 
have been an inevitable smile on the face of 
society, an overflow of genuine happiness and 
power, has to be imported, stimidated artificially, 
and applied from without ; so that art becomes 
a sickly ornament for an ugly existence. True 
art is simply an adequate industry ; it arises 
when industry is carried out to the satisfaction 
of aU hmnan demands, even of those incidental 
sensuous demands which we call aesthetic, and 
which a brutal industry in its haste may despise 
or ignore. To distinguish and create beauty 
would then be no art relegated to a few ab- 



stracted spirits playing with casual fancies ; it 
would be a habit inseparable from practical 
efficiency. All operations, all affairs, would 
then be viewed in the light of ultimate interests 
and in their deep relation to hmnan good. The 
arts would thus recover their Homeric glory ; 
touching human fate as they clearly woidd, they 
would borrow something of its grandeur and 
pathos, and yet the interest that worked in 
them woidd be warm, since it wovdd remain 
unmistakably animal and sincere. 

A. K. ROGEES. 



Two Recext Books on Shakespeare.* 

However disastrous the triumph of Baconian- 
ism may prove to all Shakespearian biography 
and to much Shakespeariaji criticism, it will 
not cause such books as Professor Stephenson's 
on " Shakespeare's London " to depreciate in 
value. The London of " Shake-speare," the 
pseudonymous playwright, is also the London 
of '' Shaksper, the Stratford actor-manager." 
Wherefore, it behooves the scholar who would 
make a permanent contribution to the subject 
to be wise in time, and if he cannot yet go with 
the Baconians, at any rate not to exclude him- 
self from a share in their triumph. Professor 
Stephenson, however, has not been as wise as 
this ; while the substance of his book will be 
equally valuable, whichever way the future may 
decide the question, he himself gives too many 
indications of orthodoxy not to be liable to perse- 
cution when the heretics have their turn. And, 
to say the truth, the orthodox may look for 
scant quarter in that great day, for they have 
given none. 

We coiUd wish that Professor Stephenson's 
book might commend itself as certainly to the 
lover of good letters as to the lover of history. 
Its style is hardly worthy of its theme. While 
we are far from wishing to be captious, we can- 
not praise the following sentences as likely to 
do honor to American academic culture : " The 
plan familiar to us, from Bacon's essay Of 
Building, was followed by many of the Eli^- 
bethan bvulders, though lack of means to buUd, 
and room for the double court, in the London 
houses, often led to a considerable alteration" 
(p. 14) ; "A pair of draw-strings working oppo- 
site the small of the back enabled one to tighten 
or loosen his doublet at will " (p. 37). Such 

'Shakespbasb's LomxiN. By Henry Thew Stephenson. New 
York : Henry Holt & Co. 

Bacon Cbtptooraxs ik Shakespeabe. By Isaac Hull Piatt. 
Boston : Small. Maynard & Co. 



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sentences are by no means unconunon ; nor is 
a " false concord " absolutely unknown. The 
Shakespearian reminiscence in "a monument 
that age cannot wither" (p. 285), hardly pro- 
tects the expression from criticism ; and the am- 
biguity of the sentence quoted below, even in its 
context, is likely to give pause to the most alert 
of readers. Speaking of the fall of water be- 
neath London Bridge at certain hours, and of 
its effect on river traffic, the author says : " If, 
in the journey, it was necessary to cross the 
bridge at mid-tide, the passenger had to land 
and wait" (p. 63). To such slips, of course, 
any writer is liable ; but they ought not to occur 
in a work connected with the study of Shake- 
speare. It is too often forgotten that literary 
themes involve stylistic obligations. The proof- 
reading, for the most part, is satisfactory, though 
the first comma in the following clause conceals 
a well-known Elizabethan idiom : "whether 
wheat be good, cheap, or dear" (p. 132). The 
spelling of Spenser with a c (p. 243) seems 
to have escaped both proof-reader and author. 
The index, as is usually the case, is not com- 
plete, and the usefulness of the book is thereby 
materially diminished. 

We have f oimd no miportant errors in mat- 
ters of fact. "The despicable pedant from 
Scotland" (p. 178) is perhaps too severe a 
characterization of James the First, and it is 
certainly an exaggeration to say that Camden "s 
Britannia " to this day is the starting point of 
all study of ancient Britain " (p. 122) ; at least, 
John Ricliard Green did not think so. The 
author, undeterred by Mr. Sidney Lee, asserts 
that " in 1598 WiUiam Shakespeare was living 
in the parish" of St. Helen's (p. 205). 

The work is, of course, foimded on Stow's 
" Survey of London," of which the first edi- 
tion appeared in 1598 ; and naturally the most 
interesting parts of it are the quotations from 
Stow and other contemporary chroniclers. But 
Professor Stephenson has brought together a 
large amount of material scattered in modern 
works and reprints (p. v.), and has illustrated it 
by frequent quotation from Elizabethan drama- 
tists. We could perhaps have spared some of 
his facts, many of which are neither important 
nor relevant, for the sake of a larger number 
of illustrative passages from the plays, " The 
Shoemaker's Holiday" and " The Knight of the 
Burning Pestle," for example, are mines of in- 
teresting allusion that coidd have been worked 
to advantage. We must not, of course, find 
faidt with Professor Stephenson for not doing 
what he did not undertake to do, but we are per- 



suaded that his accounts of Elizabethan places 
and customs wovdd have been more vivid and 
interesting if confirmed by constant reference 
to dramatic literature. As it is, his book will 
render intelligible many an obscure allusion. 

It will not, however, give its readers a clear 
or a unified picture of Elizabethan London. 
We can fancy such a picture, a composition, not 
a catalogue, sufficiently detailed to have reality, 
and so vivified and harmonized by the construc- 
tive imagination as to leave upon the reader's 
mind much the same impression as the pictur- 
esque old city must itself have left on all who 
had eyes to see it. This, perhaps, will be the 
delightfid residt of such work as Professor Ste- 
phenson's. Meantime, we may be content with 
the glimpses that he gives us of rural London, 
and its " fair hedge-rows of elm trees, with 
bridges and easy stiles to pass over into the 
pleasant fields, very commodious for citizens 
therein to walk, shoot, and otherwise to recreate 
and refresh their dull spirits in the sweet and 
wholesome air" (Stow); the cottages in the 
suburbs " for poor bedrid people,"' who lay " in 
their bed within their window, which was toward 
the street, open so low that every man might 
see them, a clean linen cloth lying in their win- 
dow, and a pair of beads, to show that there lay 
a bedrid body, unable but to pray only," ap- 
pealing to the charity of the devout ; the fires 
burning in the city streets thrice a week to 
cleanse the air polluted by the refuse of the 
" kennels " ; and the bell of St. Sepulchre's toll- 
ing for the execution of criminals, while the bell- 
man read, as the malefactors passed the church, 
"All good people pray heartily imto God for 
these poor sinners who are now going to their 
death for whom the great bell doth toll." In 
the chapter on the theatres, the author makes 
the interesting suggestion that the hut above 
the stage, which figures in several contemporary 
prints, contained the machinery that operated 
the traverse (pp. 320, 323). 

The book is illustrated with many interesting 
and unusual prints, plans, and maps. Alto 
gether, it is a usefid addition to the library of 
the student of the Elizabethan drama. 

It is quite true, as Mr. Isaac Hull Piatt re- 
marks in his " Bacon Cryptograms in Shake- 
speare," that while the " Shaksperians " are in 
possession, they are not in undisturbed posses- 
sion. Mr. Piatt's little book is the latest at- 
tempt to create such a disturbance. And at the 
outset we feel botmd to say that while we do not 
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agree with him that the '* Shaksperians " who 
have taken part in the controversy have rather 
often confounded ridicule and refutation. Im- 
plications of asininity and idiocy no doubt "• im- 
part a gusto," as Charles Lamb woidd say, to 
the pages of the •' Saturday Review," but they 
are not war. We would not, therefore, lay our- 
selves open to the charge of failing to approach 
'• Bacon Cryptograms *' in a spirit of becoming 
seriousness. 

The book consists of eight more or less con- 
nected papers, the most important of which are 
" The Bacon Cryptograms in Love's Labours 
Lost," which deals with the Latin of Act V., 
Scene I., " The Bacon Cryptograms in the 
Shake-speai-e Quartos,"" and •• The Testimony 
of the First Folio." ^Ir. Piatt's tone is emi- 
nently moderate. " I \*'ish distinctly to deny," he 
says, '' that what I am about to present proves 
Bacon's authorship of the Plays. WTiat I do 
claim, and I think in reason, is that they seem to 
constitute grounds for a very strong suspicion 
that he was in some manner concerned in their 
production or associated with them " (p. 2). 

The argiunents presented are so detailed 
that it is impossible to do them justice in a 
brief summary. Roughly it may be said that 
Mr. Piatt resolves the nonsense word " honori- 
ficabditudinatibus " (L.L.L., 5. 1. 44) into 
"^ Hi ludL tuiti sibi, Fr. Bacono nati,^ which 
may be translated, ' These plays, originating 
with FrancLs Bacon, are protected for them- 
selves,' or ' entrusted to themselves,' " of which 
it is doubtful whether the Latin or the English 
is more cryptic : that he finds the name Bacon in 
the headpieces of the quartos of The Taming of 
a Shrew, The First Part of the Contention, and 
Richard 11. ; and that Jonson's connection with 
the First Folio and his relations with Bacon and 
" Shaksper, the actor-manager," " seem to bring 
Bacon pretty close to, at least, an editorial asso- 
ciation with the Folio." It must be admitted 
that in dealing with the last of these points he 
has taken a neat vengeance on Mr. Churton 
Collins, whose paper on •• The Bacon-Shake- 
speare Mania " in his " Studies in Shakespeare " 
must be cheerless reading to all Baconians. Mr. 
Collins rashly asserts that •• there is not a par- 
ticle of evidence that Jonson gave the smallest 
assistance to Bacon in translating any of his 
works into Latin" (p. 352); and adds in 
a footnote, referring to Archbishop Temson's 
Baconiana, "the only translator named is 
Herbert.*' i^Ir. Piatt shows that a few pages 
further on, Tenison says. " The Latin transla- 
tion of them was a work performed by divers 



hands ; by those of Doctor Hacket. . . . Mr. 
Benjamin Johnson (the learned and judicious 
poet), and some others. . . ." 

We have already intimated that we do not 
find Mr. Piatt's reasoning cogent or his posi- 
tions tenable. Yet it woidd not be profitable 
to imdertake a refutation here. As he truly 
says, " the argument for the Baconian author- 
ship depends upon a vast mass of circumstantia 
evidence. It is not a chain, but a bundle of rods. 
Whether Jupiter can break it or not, remains to 
be seen ; but to pull out one or two of the weak- 
est of the rods from the bimdle and triumphantly 
proclaim their weakness does not materially 
affect the strength of the case " (p. 101). But 
supposing one rod after another is withdrawn 
from the bimdle, here and there, by this student 
or that, and neatly broken ? In any given dis- 
cussion, we may admit that the body of testi- 
mony in favor of the Baconian authorship is not 
invalidated ; but when all the important argu- 
ments have been severally demolished, as we 
believe they have been, the case collapses. This, 
of course, assimies that the Baconians have 
irrefragable evidence enough to put the Shake- 
spearians on the defensive, which we are far from 
admitting. Let us take a rod or two at random. 
Mr. Piatt quotes Davies's sonnet to Bacon, the 
last lines of which are, — 

" My Muse thus notes thy worth in every line ! 
With yncke which thus she sugars ; so. to shine," 

and comments, " The allusion in the last line, 
... to Shake-speare's ' sugared sonnets among 
his pri%'ate friends' seems very obvious " (p. 28). 
To which we reply, only to a convinced Baconian. 
The name Bacon, that he discovers in the head- 
pieces of certain quartos, is, we assert, visible 
only to the eye of faith. The discovery of a 
Bacon cryptogram at the beginning and end 
of Lucrece is — we try to '• deliver all with 
charity '" — absurd. His interpretation of the 
Latin of " Love's Labour's Lost" is incoherent 
and unintelligible, and of the nonsense word 
still more nonsensical. His notion that the 
Lucy caricatures (he seems to be unaware that 
2 Henry IV. contains one of the best) were 
suggested to the playwright by the Stratford 
actor-manager from his own experience, is, to 
put it mildly, fantastic. He believes the address 
" To the Great Variety of Readers," in the 
First Folio, to be by Bacon, partly because it is 
" tophea^y with legal phrases "; but he forgets 
that legal phraseology is a literary convention 
of the period, as the sonneteers bear witness. 
He cites the passage, dear to the Baconian heart, 
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that he "performed that in our tongue which 
may be compared or preferred either to insolent 
Greece or haughty Rome," and reminds us that 
in the First Folio lines Jonson applies almost 
the same words to the author of the plays. But 
Jonson in both passages is imitating Seneca ; 
the original contains the words insolenti Grce- 
ciae, and it is surely not remarkable that a 
scholar should apply to different persons an in- 
teresting literary allusion, especially when it con- 
tains a sonorous phrase into the bargain. Mr. 
Piatt exclaims, we believe in jest : " Think of 
it — the author of Hamlet allowing his daugh- 
ters to be brought up without being taught to 
write ! That fact alone is sufficient to put Mr. 
William Shaksper out of court." If inatten- 
tion to the education of one's daughters is to be 
regarded as a test of the authenticity of one's 
works, " Paradise Lost " must no longer be at- 
tributed to that very neglectfvJ parent, John 
Milton, but to the " syndicate of which Elwood 
was president," referred to by Mr. Churton Col- 
lins ("Studies in Shakespeare," p. 333). 

Such are some of the rods, and such their 
frangibility. The Shakespearians may breathe 
a sigh of relief, and resimie their immemorial 
repose. Mr. Piatt, at any rate, cannot break 
their sleep. Charles H. A. Wager. 



Bbibfs on New Books. 



The negro ^^' John C. Reed of Atlanta, for- 

influencein marly a Confederate soldier and a 

our history. member of the Ku Klux Klan, is the 

author of an interesting volume called "The Broth- 
ers' War" (Little, Brown, & Co.). The book is 
not an account of the Civil War, but a philosophical 
explanation of the differences between North and 
South during the nineteenth century, — a treatise 
on the negro influence in American history. Mr. 
Reed writes in the best of temper, out of the fulness 
of personal knowledge on some subjects and in 
curious ignorance on others. In his introduction he 
tells the South that it must recognize that slavery 
had to be destroyed because it stood in the way of 
national unity, and that it must now allow free and 
calm discussion of the race question ; on the other 
hand, the North, he says, must acknowledge that 
slavery was mainly a good to the blacks and an 
evU to the whites ; that the negroes of great ability 
are not fair representatives of their race but are 
tinctured with white blood ; that the Ku Klux Klan 
did a great work in saving the South from Afri- 
canization ; and, finally, that the piu-ity and sin- 
cerity of the Southern ante-bellmn leaders must be 
conceded. Some of the topics treated are : Slavery 
as a disruptive force, and as a social and economic 



institution ; the struggle between free and slave 
labor ; the nationalization of the North and of the 
South, which practically resulted in two nations under 
one government ; abolitionists and " fire-eaters " ; 
Calhoun, Webster, Davis, Toombs, and "Uncle 
Tom's Cabin "; and the race question. In the long 
strife between North and South the writer's opinion 
is that both sides were right, but he has small regard 
for the moral convictions of abolitionists and the 
principles of " fire-eaters," whom he considers natu- 
ral phenomena. The "powers unseen" — that is, 
natural forces, or evolution, — fought on the side of 
the North and gave to that section the victory. Mr. 
Reed, by personal observation and long experience 
in the Black Belt, was well acquainted with slavery, 
and is an authority on the present condition of the 
blacks ; but while he asserts the great advantages 
of free over slave labor, he seems not to understand 
the real economic evil at the basis of slavery ; nor 
does he explain exactly how slavery injured the 
Southern whites, though he states that it was an evil 
to the whites. In fact, like some other Black Belt 
writers, he seems to lose sight of the fact that the 
South had free as well as slave labor, that most of 
the whites were non-slaveholders, and that mainly 
upon this class fell the evils of the system. Speak- 
ing only of the mass of the blacks, he compares 
their condition under slavery with their present 
situation under the crop-lien, convict-lease system, 
and peonage, and decides that their later state is 
the worse. Though weak in his knowledge of the 
statistics and economics of slavery, he sees that it is 
better for the whites that the system was destroyed. 
Mr. Reed states that in Georgia he has observed that 
the negro is losing ground in shops and mines, on 
the farm, and as a servant, and he believes that the 
race cannot stand against the competition of the 
white. The small upper class of negroes who have 
won their economic freedom is left out of considera- 
tion. The book is valuable because it is written by 
one who is familiar with much that he writes about ; 
but there are many who will hardly agree with some 
of the conclusions presented. 

Convenient volumes that one can take 
to the fire, and that are cut up into 
short chapters that stimulate without 
taxing the brain, are always attractive to the book- 
lover. Sir Lewis Morris, hitherto known to readers 
as a poet, now offers a collection of twenty-eight 
short papers and addresses, which he collectively 
entitles "The New Rambler" (Longmans). "He 
will," he says in his preface, referring to himself 
in the third person, " be well content should his 
.attempts in prose meet with a measure of the suc- 
cess awarded to those which he has only heretofore 
made in verse." Merely noting by the way the curi- 
ous misplacing of " only " in this sentence, we pass 
on to the body of the book, which contains some 
very good reading. Especially commendable are his 
remarks on " The Place of Poetry in Education." 
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for whist, — " Young man, you are preparing for 
yourself a miserable old age," — he thinks might 
also be addressed to the young person insensible 
to the charms of poetry. His denial that poetry 
requires to be clothed in metrical form, and his asser- 
tion that " much of Mr. Ruskin's Stones of Venice, 
or Modern Painters, and almost the whole of Mr. 
Carlyle's History of the French Revolution, is un- 
mixed and fine poetry," will not pass unchallenged ; 
nor will his opinion that Milton and Spenser were 
unfortunate in the choice of a theme for their great 
poems. What he says, in his strictures on current 
criticism of poetry, about a " conspiracy of silence " 
among critics, is a familiar cry ; yet who but a dis- 
appointed poet would say it is not also a foolish and 
groundless complaint ? Sir Lewis Morris, however, 
is far from being an unsuccessful poet, for he tells 
VIS on another page that his '' Epic of Hades " " ran 
through three editions of 1000 copies each in its 
first year, and thence went steadily onward, till in 
the present year it has reached its fiftieth thousand 
or more"; and tliat "great lawyers not a few, the 
whole world, in fact, of cultivated people, and last, 
not least, my friend and master. Lord Tennyson, 
hastened to acknowledge the merit of the somewhat 
audacious new writer." Once upon a time, as Sir 
Lewis will doubtless remember, an author who com- 
plained of this diabolical " conspiracy of silence " 
was advised to join the conspiracy. One whose 
books of poetry sell to the extent of Sir Lewis's 
surely need not hesitate to follow the advice. Ap- 
preciative and somewhat extended mention is made 
of Mr. Charles Leonard Moore's half-serioiis, half- 
whimsical essay entitled "A Competitive Examina- 
tion of Poets," which appeared in The Dial some 
years ago. Sir Lewis, as some will recall, has labored 
long in the cause of public education in Wales, be- 
sides producing rapidly-selling volumes of verse ; 
and his experience of life and acquaintance with 
literature make his reflections and reminiscences and 
counsels well worth reading. 

Washin!,ton " Washington and the West " ( Cen- 

as explorer and tury Co. ) is the title of a volume 
expansionist. embracing Washington's Diary kept 
during his western journey in September, 1784, 
together with an Introduction and an explanatory 
essay by Mr. Archer Butler Hulbert, author of 
"Historic Highways." In 1783, before resigning 
from the army, Washington wrote a friend : " I 
shall not rest contented till I have explored the 
Western Country and traversed those lines . . . which 
have given bounds to a new Empire." Already, 
between 1748 and 1783, he had made five trips to 
various parts of the western country. This last and 
longest journey, through western Maryland, western 
Pennsylvania, and northwestern Virginia, was un- 
dertaken in September, 1784, for two purposes : 
Washington wanted, first, to look after the extensive 
tracts of western lands belonging to him, which 
squatters were settling upon and speculators were 
offering for sale in Europe ; and, second, as he had 



stated, " to obtain information of the nearest and 
best communication between the Eastern and West- 
ern waters, and to facilitate as much as lay in my 
power the island navigation of the Potomac." The 
Diary is almost entirely a study of the western 
highway problem. Washington's belief was that 
" there is nothing which binds one country or one 
state to another but interest "; and this " cement of 
interest" was needed to attach to the East the rap- 
idly growing West, whose people "stand as it were 
on a pivot, and the touch of a feather would almost 
incline them either way." It was necessary, for 
political as well as commercial reasons, that the 
West be opened up to the East, and not be left to 
cast its lot politically and commercially with the 
Spaniards of the South or the British of Canada. 
And as a good Virginian, Washington was con- 
vinced that the proper route from the East to the 
West lay through Virginia. The Diary shows that 
on this western trip he sought for and obtained 
detailed information about every river and creek and 
valley that could possibly be used for purposes of com- 
merce. After careful investigation, he concluded 
that an all- Virginia route to the West was not 
practicable ; but that Maryland, which was willing, 
and Pennsylvania, which was unwilling, must also 
assist in the undertaking and share the benefits with 
Virginia. Mr. Hulbert's part has been to edit care- 
fully the Diary, which has not before been published 
as a whole, and to add a careful essay on the 
" Awakening of the West," which is, so to speak, a 
translation of the Diary into modern narrative, with 
explanations of the text. Washington's spelling of 
proper names was phonetic and eccentric, and for 
the general reader Mr. Hulbert has performed 
genuine service in explaining the crabbed text and 
the picturesque orthography. According to him, 
the great value of the Diary is to throw a side-light 
upon the Washington who was "First in Peace," — 
the daring explorer, the shrewd clear-headed busi- 
ness man, the " first commercial American." whose 
influence upon American expansion and upon the 
policy of internal improvements was so profound, — 
"the greatest man in America had there been no 
Revolutionary War." 

_- ^ , The soldier on parade should have 

jyi: Osier *^ 

in pithy his nerves under such control that 

paragraphs. ^ spider might Spin its web over his 
face without causing so much as the twitching of a 
muscle. This perfect self-command, in small wor- 
ries as in larger anxieties and dangers, is repeatedly 
and emphatically enjoined upon the physician by 
Dr. William Osier in his " Aequanimitas," and else- 
where. From his numerous addresses and printed 
papers a handy volume of " Counsels and Ideals " 
(Houghton, Mifflin & Co.) has been compiled, with 
the author's consent and cooperation, by Dr. C. N. B. 
Camac. From the days of Sir Thomas Browne, to 
go no further back, our polite literature has been en- 
riched with the productions of physician-authors, the 
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a certain natural inter-relationship, or consanguinity. 
To this noble line of wielders of both pen and scal- 
pel, to whom Dr. Osier more than once refers with 
professional pride, his own name has ab-eady been 
added by the reading public. His claiming of Keats 
as one of the physician-poets may at first produce a 
slight interrogative uplift of eyebrows ; but it ap- 
pears that the author of " Endymion " was in fact a 
licensed surgeon, however completely one may have 
forgotten his brief term of hospital practice. What 
most impresses one on examining this selection from 
forty-seven of the author's fugitive pieces is not only 
the professional and practical wisdom displayed, and 
the breadth of view revealed, but also the wide read- 
ing in writers not commonly held to be a necessary 
part of a doctor's library. Even a careless turning 
of the leaves of " Counsels and Ideals " brings to 
light many apt allusions to and quotations from 
Plato, Aristotle, St. Paul, Shakespeare, Milton, 
Bunyan, Sterne, Oscar Wilde, Lowell, George Eliot, 
and numerous others. Of especial interest to young 
physicians, this book also attracts the general reader 
by reason of its fine literary quality, to say nothing of 
the sound substance to which this quality serves as 
a sauce. An instructive commentary on a certain 
pet theory of the author's is furnished by the dates 
at which the forty-seven cited addresses and essays 
were delivered or published. Only one is dated ear- 
lier than 1890, while fifteen belong to the years 
1900-1905. Take 1849 as a subtrahend, and be- 
hold the result ! 

Romantic When a successful historical novelist 

episodes in turns historian in the sober sense, we 

Illinois hutory. ^^^ ^^^^^ ^^^^ ^ readable book. 

When he has for his subject so significant a region 
as the State of Illinois, we may count also upon a 
remarkable degree of interest. This is the case of 
Mr. Randall Parrish, whose " Historic Illinois : The 
Romance of the Early Days," has recently been pub- 
lished by Messrs. A. C. McClurg & Co. It remains 
to be added that the author has made use of a wide 
range of good authorities, and has not allowed imag- 
ination (save as far as picturesque effect is concerned) 
to get the better of fact. It is his bold but not ai> 
parently exaggerated contention that no State of the 
Union surpasses Illinois in the romantic incidents 
of early days. These are full of color, action, and ad- 
venture, for above these peaceful plains and woods 
once waved the flags of four contending nations, 
while men of the white race and the red strove 
continually for mastery. A few of Mr. Parrish's 
subjects may be mentioned to illustrate the richness 
of his field. There are the mound-builders, the Fort 
Dearborn massacre, and the Black Hawk War. There 
are the explorations and adventm'es of Marquette, 
La Salle, and Tonty. There are the stories of the 
Spanish invasion, of Clark's expedition, and of the 
Mormon expulsion. There are the narratives of lead- 
mining, border outlawry, and the struggle against 
slavery. And there are special chapters upon such 
subjects as the story of the capital, notable border 



characters, and old steamboat days. There are also 
many illustrations. Altogether the book is highly 
attractive, and wUl be found particularly useful in 
the schools, every one of which shoidd be provided 
with a copy. 

Mrs. Boas's "With Milton and the 
Milton and his Cavaliers " (James Pott & Co. ) is not 

contemporaries. , .^ n • i -i 

an instructive or a well-written book. 
It is a compilation of familiar facts concerning 
seventeenth century notables, made in accordance 
with the theory that "we must follow the lives of 
those of Milton's time who helped to make En- 
gland what he knew it " in order that we may have 
" some faint appreciation of the difticulties in which 
his lot was cast, and to which perhaps he owed the 
clearest insight poet has ever shown into the won- 
derful dealings of the Creator, and 'man's first 
disobedience.' " The papers, however, are not con- 
nected in any way, and therefore fail to suggest 
the unified view of the period, at which Mrs. Boas 
aims. The style is rambling and inconsequent, the 
paragraphing eccentric, and the author's critical and 
interpretative comments feeble. The following is 
her remark on the style of Sir Thomas Browne : " He 
was a most industrious writer throughout his long 
life, and his works well repay careful study. . . . 
His style has a charm of its own, and one which left 
its mark upon the prose of the time at which he 
wrote." The author has not even the doubtful merit 
of a good strong prejudice on either side of the great 
seventeenth century struggle. The Latin dedication 
to the memory of Professor York Powell, however, 
is charming. We are grateful, too, for the follow- 
ing passage on the child's vision of the world, from 
Traherne's "Centuries of Meditation": 

"The com was orient and immortal wheat which never 
should be reaped nor was ever sown. I thought it had stood 
from everlasting to everlasting. The dust and stones of the 
street were as precious as gold : the gates were at first the end 
of the world. The green trees when I saw them first through 
one of the gates transported and ravished me ; their sweetness 
and unusual beauty made my heart to leap, and almost mad 
with eestacy, they were such strange and wonderful things. 
. . . Boys and girls tumbling in the street were moving jewels : 
I knew not that they were bom or should die. . . . The 
city seemed to stand in Eden or to be built in Heaven. The 
streets were mine, the temple was mine, the people were mine, 
their clothes and gold and silver were mine, as much as their 
sparkling eyes, fair skins, and ruddy faces. The skies were 
mine, and so were the sun and moon and stars, and all the 
world was mine ; and I the only spectator and enjoyer of it." 



„ . , No nature book has been writtten for 

Records of a . c i i • • 

photographer- a long time SO comfortable in its gen- 
naturaiist. ^^^\ ^^ne as Mr. Silas A. Lottridge's 

"Animal Snapshots and How Made" (Holt). It 
occasions no misgivings about the author's accm-acy, 
"and causes even the ordinary reader little embar- 
rassment at his own ignorance. Lovers of nature- 
sensations may call the book commonplace, and so 
in a sense it is, for the animals it presents in text and 
pictures are those with which every farmer's boy is 
familiar — woodchuck, musk-rat, squirrel, fox, and 
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There are no thrilling tales, except as the tragedies 
of all out-door life are thrilling to readers who have 
sympathies. The author does not even make as 
much as he might out of his heroic struggles for 
photographs of the shyer creatures ; indeed the obvi- 
ous faiJt of the book is that it does not emphasize 
the method of securing pictures enough to justify 
its title. But the very familiarity of the subjects 
endears them, and the author's modesty is refresh- 
ing. The only danger is that the reader, taking 
comfort in much that he already knows, will miss the 
rarer quality of certain passages. There is plenty 
of implicit poetry in some of the descriptions, such 
as that of a tryst with the gray squirrels at dawn, 
when "there is a regular tattoo of sounds on the 
forest floor, caused by tiny showers of dew shaken 
from the leaves, as the squirrels leap from the end 
of one slender branch to another." And as for 
originality, nothing more need be said than that Mr. 
Lottridge placed a microphone in the wall of his 
bluebird box, and attached a telephone to it, so 
that he heard all the family conversations during 
the nesting season. The photographs are all enjoy- 
able, while a few of them — that of a muskrat swim- 
ming, of a woodcock on her nest, and of a chicken- 
hawk •* at attention " — are triumphs of the art. 

„ ... The fourth volume of 'Mi. Herbert 

English men r -»«^ i t-> 

and measures Paul s '' History of Modern En- 
fromi876tois85. gland" (Macmillan) covers the ten 
years from 1876 to 1885. As in the preceding 
volumes (previously reviewed in The Dial) the 
author's method is that of strict chronological nar- 
rative, basetl on a study of Parliamentary Papers 
and of the few biographies and memoirs so far 
available. His work is everywhere compact, but 
his terse and vigorous stj'le gives emphasis to what 
might otherwise easily read like a mere summary 
of political events. In the present volume also, Mr. 
Paul evidently feels himself much more familiar 
with the conditions he is studying and much more 
free to give a personal judgment upon the policies 
adopted or upon the acts of parliamentary leaders. 
He is himself a Liberal in politics and has been a 
Member of Parliament, so that his criticisms must 
necessarily be read with allowance for his point of 
view. Yet he is free in his criticisms of both par- 
ties, and his intimate knowledge of the inner work- 
ings of political life, and his personal acquaintance 

' with the men he is describing, render such criticisms 
well worth while in themselves. In general he is 
inclined to attack the policies of the Tory partj-, 
and to criticise his own party simply on the ground 
of errors in political manoeuvring. As this history 
approaches the present time and becomes more per- 

. tinent to present-day conditions, it assumes a livelier 
tone, and many little-known but illuminative anec- 
dotes of men are introduced that serve to render the 
history itself much more attractive. Disraeli's 
flippant yet piercing phrases, Gladstone's ponderous 
oratorical effects, or Bright's clear-cut analyses of 
conditions, all help to leave an impress of the men 



themselves. The fifth and concluding volume of 
Mr. Paul's work, approaching still nearer to the 
present time, should be of yet greater interest to 
those who wish an understanding of contemporary 

English politics. 

A contribution '^^ WiUiam Lloyd Garrison centen- 
to the Garrison nial anniversary has elicited from the 
anniversary. pg^ ^f Mr. Ernest Crosby a little vol- 
ume entitled "Garrison the Non-Resistant," which 
comes from the Public Publishing Company of Chi- 
cago. Considering the history of the past few years, 
it is a fact of hopeful significance that such a char- 
acter as that of Garrison has received so generous 
and widespread recog^tion as the hundredth anni- 
versary of his birth has called forth. There are 
many who assert, and who doubtless honestly be- 
lieve, that Garrison was a drag rather than a help 
to the anti-slavery cause, for the reason that his 
methods were not generally adopted, and because 
the actual freeing of the slaves came about as an 
incident of a policy to which he was ardently op- 
posed. Those who go below the surface know the 
shallowness of such a view. Just such an agitation 
as Garrison led was absolutely essential to that re- 
vulsion of public opinion without which the freedom 
of the slave, by any method whatever, was an utter 
impossibility. We cannot agree with Mr. Crosby 
in his criticism of Gfarrison for not throwing las 
talents as a reformer into the cause of labor in its 
conflict with capital. Freedom or slavery was a 
clean-cut question of right and wrong ; there were 
good and bad people on both sides, but one side was 
essentially right in what it asked and the other 
essentially wrong. No such clearly definable issue 
has as yet appeared in the struggle between capi- 
talists and laborers. Also, while we agree with Mr. 
Crosby in his ardent opposition to war, we can 
hardly assent to his view that G^arrison's abolition- 
ism was a mere incident in his career as a non- 
resistant. Apart from these possible flaws, however, 
Mr. Crosby has written a wholesome book for the 
times, and we hope that it will have a wide reading. 

Comments on -^ Volume of 320 pages in which there 
things and places, axe thirty-eight essays or articles on 
books and men. ^^^^^^^ ^ ^j^iy different and un- 

related as "The Tannery at Mondoa" and "The 
Religious Significance of Precious Stones " presents 
some difficulties to the reviewer which are not re- 
concilable to the usual critical standards. The 
final chapter, " Chips from a Literary Workshop," 
adds fifty different topics commented upon in short 
paragraphs ; and all of this material goes to make 
up the latest published work of Mr. Frederic Row- 
land Marvin, "The Companionship of Books, and 
Other Papers" (Putnam). The author has here 
collected articles, essays, notes and scraps, often- 
times mere parag^phs or sentences about various 
things, — books, places, and men. Some of the longer 
articles have been published in magazines ; others 
are here printed for the first time. To judge of 
the whole as literature is out of the question. To 



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read it as the note-book of a man well-read and 
broadly interested in a vast niunber of things, lit- 
erary and otherwise, is the best method of approach. 
Mr. Marvin has covered a large field in his choice 
of subjects, and they sound well as titles, but are 
often disappointing in their imfolding. He fails to 
realize an ideal in the chapter on " The Companion- 
ship of Books," but he is tender and sympathetic 
over the tomb of Heloise and Abelard and the story 
of Paolo and Francesca. He is perhaps at his best 
when musing over the qualities of an old friend or 
some obscure hero. He becomes lugubrious when 
lingering in graveyards or writing about "The 
Modern View of Death" or "Dust to Dust," etc., 
etc. Mr. Marvin recalls to our minds a number 
of forgotten themes in a pleasant way, and says a 
great many good and wise things in a plain and 
simple manner. There is in his writings a little of 
the preacher and a little of the teacher and a good 
deal of the philosopher, but less of the literary man 
than one might expect to find in such a volume. 

A lively study ^ fortunate choice of subject and a 
of " La Grande decided skUl in presenting it places 
Mademoiselle:' ^jae. ArvMe Barine's " Louis XIV. 
and La Grande Mademoiselle" (Putnam) in quite 
a different class from the perfunctory and colorless 
studies of the heroines of the old French regime 
which are turned out in large numbers at every 
publishing season. It would perhaps be more diffi- 
cult to write a dull book about " La Grande Made- 
moiselle " than a brilliant one. But Mme. Barine 
has made her heroine's strange personality so vivid 
and individual, and has entered so thoroughly into 
the spirit of her mad vagaries and misgmded im- 
pulses, that the narrative has all the vivacity of 
fiction, though at the same time its historical care 
and accuracy are evident at every turn. This vol- 
imie takes up the career of Mile, de Montpensier 
where the same author's previous study, "The 
Youth of La Grande Mademoiselle" dropped it, 
just at the close of the Fronde. MUe. de Montpen- 
sier never lost the ideals of her youth and accepted 
the new regime of absolute monarchy and abased 
nobility only after a life-time's hopeless struggle. 
Next to depicting her heroine, Mme. Barine has 
been interested in making intelligible the enigmat- 
ical personality of the young king, so different from 
the old man of Saint-Simon's "M^moires," and in 
showing how he imposed his ideas of kingship, 
which were Spanish rather than French, upon his 
generation. Altogether, she has written a delightful 
study of a fascinating epoch. The translation, which 
is anonymous, is easy and unaffected. There are 
thirty illustrations from contemporaneous sources. 

Rose Eytinge was in the hey-day of 
her popularity during the "palmy 
days " of the American drama, — the 
days of Edwin Booth, Lester Wallack, E. L. Daven- 
port, and Augustin Daly, of all of whom she was the 
associate and personal friend. She entered the pro- 



An American 
actress of 
the old school. 



fession when a mere girl ; success followed so fast 
that in a few years she was playing with Booth, of 
whom she has several pleasant personal anecdotes 
to relate in her entertaining autobiography, " The 
Memories of Rose Eytinge" (Stokes). The most 
interesting portions of the book deal with the larger 
professional career of Miss Eytinge, when she be- 
came one of the best known of our women players ; 
with her official residence in Cairo, as the wife of 
the American representative, George H. Butler ; 
with her return to the stage as a member of 
the famous Union Square Company — her " Rose 
Michel " days ; with her triiunphs in London, where 
she became acquainted with Charles Dickens, Wilkie 
Collins, Edmund Yates, Robert Buchanan, Mrs. 
Gladstone, and others as well known. The book 
abounds in interesting bits of reminiscence, anec- 
dotes, and incidents of public characters, with side- 
lights on theii" idiosyncrasies, — forming the naive 
chronicles and observations of over half a century. 



BRIEFER MENTION. 



Two new volumes in the attractive " Oxford Poets," 
published by Mr. Henry Frowde, are the " Complete 
Poetical Works of William Cowper," edited by Mr. 
H. S. Milford, and a reprint of the three-volume edi- 
tion of Browning's poems issued in 1863, with " Pau- 
line " and two short fugitive pieces added. Especially 
welcome is the Cowijer volume, which includes every 
poem of his hitherto printed except the translations of 
Homer and " Adamo," with full and careful editorial 
apparatus. These well-printed and inexpensive edi- 
tions of the poets deserve high praise. 

" The American Catalog " (sic) now sent us from the 
office of "The Publishers' Weekly," covers the five 
years 1900-4 inclusive, and is a thick volume of about 
fifteen himdred pages, each year being paged sepa- 
rately. It differs from the other volume of the same 
title in giving f idl title entries with annotations, instead 
of condensed titles. It is practically a reprint, sys- 
tematized into one alphabet for each year, from the 
weekly record of "The Publishers' Weekly," and is, of 
coxu-se, a work of mdispensable importance to librarians, 
editors, and booksellers. The publishers plan to issue a 
similar volume at the end of each five-year period. 

" The Chief American Poets," edited by Mr. Curtis 
Hidden Page, and published by Messrs. Houghton, 
Mifflin & Co., is a companion volume to the same edi- 
tor's " British Poets of the Nineteenth Century." It 
aims to provide not an anthology, but a corpus of the 
best work of the nine poets included, who are Bryant, 
Poe, Emerson, Longfellow, Whittier, Holmes, Lowell, 
Whitman, and Lanier. Since the volume has over seven 
himdred two-columned closely-printed pages, it is not 
impossible to give a fairly adequate representation of 
this number of poets. The work of the editor includes an 
introduction, footnotes, indexes, biographical sketches, 
and bibliographies. Each bibliography has four sections : 
editions, biography and reminiscences, criticism, and 
tributes in verse. The number of references here given 
is sufficient for a fairly complete study of each of the 
poets concerned, and it is particularly for this feature 
of the volume that we are grateful. 



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Lippincott's " Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer, or 
Greographical Dictionary of the World " has been for 
many years one of the works of reference absolutely 
indispensable to every school, library, and home, not 
merely because it has had no riyal, but also because it 
has been, in its successive editions, a work of such 
thorough execution ^d admirable plan as to leave no 
room for adverse criticism. A work of this sort, of 
course, must be revised at intervals, and the book in 
question has now been given a very complete revision 
at the hands of Messrs. Angelo and Louis HeUprin. It 
is printed in new type from cover to cover just half a 
century from the appearance of its first edition. There 
are upwards of two thousand two-columned pages. 

No better idea of the great advances made of late 
in the field of artistic photography could be gained than 
from the volume called " Photograms of the Year," 
published by Messrs. Tennant & Ward, New York. 
This is a collection of reproductions and criticisms of 
typical photographic pictures of the year just closed, 
compiled by the staff of the English " Photographic 
Monthly," assisted by A. C. R. Carter. There are re- 
ports from France, Germany, Denmark, Canada, Wid 
Spain, besides a general retrospect of " ITie Work of 
the Year " and detailed accoimts of the two great Eng- 
lish exhibitions of 1905. More than one himdred and 
fifty representative photographs, finely reproduced and 
printed, illiLstrate the pages of this interesting volume. 

The annual volume of proceedings of the National 
Educational Association, reporting the Asbury Park 
meeting of last July, has now been published, and will 
be foimd to contain a series of discussions, quite as im- 
portant as usual, of most of the educational topics of 
timely Interest. Even more valuable, in some respects, 
are the three special reports, separately printed, that 
accompany the main volume. The subjects of these 
reports are industrial education in rural schools, taxa- 
tion in its relation to education, and the present condi- 
tions of salary, tenure, and pension, under which the 
teachers of the United States are performing their 
poorly-rewarded labors. These reports ought to serve 
as the basis of an early improvement in the professional 
status of the teacher, and of a widened sense of respon- 
sibility in the matter of taxation. 

Particular interest attaches to the new volume of 
English " Book-Prices Ctirrent " (London: Elliot Stock) 
because of the unusual number of rare and valuable 
books which have been sold at auction during the sea- 
son of 1905. Some sixty-nine works, most of them in sin- 
gle volumes, brought their owners over £24,000. Fust 
iind Schaeffer's Psalter of 1459, the Countess of Pem- 
broke's " Au Tonie," dated 1595, Caxton's " Book called 
Caton," and twenty-one Shakespeariana were among 
the great prizes of the year. Another item of unusual 
mterest to collectors is the catalogue, running to ninety 
pages, of the library of the late Mr. John Scott, of Largs, 
Ayrshire, whose volumes of English history, because 
of their extreme rarity, have an interest for the biblio- 
phile quite out of proportion to their market value. 
This new volimie of " Book Prices Current " has, like 
its predecessors, been very carefully compiled and fully 
indexed. The subject index which formerly stood at 
the beginning of the work has been united with the 
general index, and the whole now appears in one alpha- 
bet at the end. On the whole, bibliophiles will find the 
new volume more than ordinarily interesting and useful ; 
while to booksellers and librarians it is, of course, an 
ndispensable working tool. 



XOTES . 

Dr. C. T. Winchester, Professor of English Literature 
at Wesleyan University, has written a popular Life of 
John Wesley which the Macmillan Co. will presently 
issue. 

" Napoleon and his Tunes " is the title of the new 
volume in " The Cambridge Modem History." It 
will probably be completed in time for issue during 
March. 

" Tarry at Home Travels " is the title of a new book 
by Dr. Edward Everett Hale announced by the Macmil- 
lan Co. for Spring publication. The volume will be fully 
illustrated from portraits, old prints, and photographs. 

" A Guide to the Ring of the Nibelung," by Mr. 
Richard Aldrich, is published by the Oliver Ditson Co. 
There are numerous illustrations in musical notation, 
and the book furnishes a very helpful aid to the study 
of Wagner's great tetralogy. 

" The Plays and Poems of Christopher Marlowe " 
and " The Miscellaneous Works of Groldsmith " make 
up the contents of the latest volumes in the ever- 
welcome " Caxton Thin Paper Series," imported by 
Messrs. Charles Scribner's Sons. 

Dr. Stopford Brooke's new volume of criticism, which 
he is now preparing, will probably be entitled "The 
Poetic Movement in Ireland." The book will contain 
appreciations of Matthew Arnold, Dante Gabriel Ro- 
setti, Clough, and WiUiam Morris. 

The Open Court Publishing Co. send us a pamphlet 
containing Count Tolstoy's essay on " Christianity and 
Patriotism," accompanied by extracts from certain others 
of his essays, the whole translated by various hands, and 
provided with an epilogue by Dr. Paul Cams. 

An explanatory list of " Abbreviations Used in Book 
Catalogues " has been compiled by Mary Medlicott of 
the Springfield City Library, and is published by the 
Boston Book Co. Many others besides librarians will 
find this modest pamphlet of much usefulness. 

A timely addition to the " Old South Leaflets " is 
made in " Franklin's Boyhood in Boston," a selection 
from the opening pages of the Autobiography. At the 
end of the pamphlet are printed the provisions relating 
to Boston in Franklin's will and a few helpful notes. 

We have just received from the Government Printing 
Office a " List of the Benjamin Franklin Papers in the 
Library of Congress," compiled by Mr. Worthington 
C. Ford, also the annual report of the Librarian, Mr. 
Herbert Putnam, for the year ending with last Jime. 

A careful examination of an interesting but hitherto 
rather neglected subject is promised by the Baker & 
Taylor Co. in a volume entitled "The Country Town, 
a Study of Rural Evolution." The author is Mr. Wil- 
bur L. Anderson, and an introduction is contributed by 
Dr. Josiah Strong. 

Mr. Frederic Harrison has completed a drama on 
which he has been engaged since the publication of his 
Byzantine romance, " Theophano." It is not a dramar- 
tized version of that tale, but rather a tragedy founded 
on the same incidents. The play will not be published 
until it has appeared on the stage. 

The " Letters and Addresses of Thomas Jefferson " 
is the ninth volume in the series of reprints issued by 
the Unit Book Publishing Co. It is edited by Messrs. 
William B. Parker and Jonas Viles, and gives us nearly 
three hundred pages of carefully-selected text, besides 
the notes. Similar volumes of Washington, Adams, 



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Franklin, and Hamilton, are mentioned as being in prep- 
ai-ation. These books are a positive boon for teachers 
of history in our schools. 

Herr Julius WolfP's rhymed narrative of " The Wild 
Huntsman," first published thirty years ago, has foiuid 
a skilful translator in Mr. Ralph Davidson, and a sym- 
pathetic illustrator in Mr. Woldeniar Friedrich, the 
combined product now making an English book pub- 
lished by the Messrs. Putnam. 

" The Book of Photography, Practical, Theoretic, 
and Applied," edited by Mr. Paul N. Hasluck, is pub- 
lished by Messrs. Cassell & Co. It is a big book of 
some eight hundred pages, encyclopaedic in scope, and 
abimdantly illustrated. It will prove a veritable boon 
to amateur and professional photographers alike. 

A pretty " Lewis Carroll Birthday Book " has been 
compiled by Mrs. Christine Terhune Herrick and is 
published by the A. Wessels Co. There are alternate 
blank pages throughout the volume, with selections 
from Dodgson's inspired nonsense for each day in the 
year, and several of Teimiel's drawings. 

" The Bivouac of the Dead and Its Author," by Mr. 
George W. Ranck, is a small book published at the 
Grafton Press. While we are by no means certam that 
the poem in question is " the greatest martial elegy in 
existence," it is important enough to deserve this treat- 
ment, and the accompanying commemoration of Theo- 
dore O'Hara, its author. 

" Specimens of Discourse," edited by Dr. Arthur 
Lynn Andrews, is a new volume of the " English 
Readings " published by Messrs. Henry Holt & Co. 
The contents are of a nature to illustrate the four fun- 
damental types of composition, and are consequently of a 
very miscellaneous character. The book is intended for 
students in high schools and the early years of college. 

Some time this month the Harpers wUl publish the 
first volume of a series to be called " The Mark Twain 
Library of Humor." It is the aim of the editor to in- 
clude not only representative selections from the works 
of the recognized f xm-makers, but to give full and right- 
ful place to those writers who while working in a wider 
field, have yet given expression to the purest humor. 
The first volume will be called " Men and Things." 

Mr. Clyde Fitch's play, "The Girl with the Green 
Eyes," is published in book form by the Macmillan 
Co., with due reservation of the rights of performance. 
While far from being a distinguished illustration of the 
literary drama, the play reads very well — possibly 
better than it sovmds when acted. And we always 
welcome the appearance of acting plays in a form that 
permits of their being read at all. 

After several years' preparation, Messrs. Henry Holt 
& Co. will shortly begin the publication of an important 
series of books dealing with contemporary political, 
economic, and social questions, to be called " American 
Public Problems." The first volume is entitled " Im- 
migration and its Effect upon the United States," and 
is the work of Dr. Prescott F. Hall, for many years 
secretary of the Immigration Restriction League. 
Neither this nor the volumes to follow are designed to 
preseht any particular theory or to uphold any especial 
doctrine. Each will contain a complete history of the 
question treated, in its political and legislative aspects ; 
with all the available facts pertinent to it, and a careful 
and impartial discussion of the policies advocated. The 
series is under the general editorial direction of Mr. 
Ralph Curtis Ringwalt, of the New York bar. 



Topics in IjEAdino Periodicals. 

February, 1906. 

Architecture, Domestic, Some Recent Designs in. Studio. 
Arctic, Two Years in the. Anthony Fiala. McClure. 
Army as a Career. Lloyd Buchanan. WorWs Work. 
Art Books, Significant. Royal Cortissos. Atlantic. 
Barrier, The Last. Charles G. D. Roberts. Harper. 
California's Fruit Crops, Saving. W. S. Harwood. Century. 
Ceramic Work of Burslem Art School. E. N. Scott. Studio. 
China, The New. Thomas F. Millard. Scribner. 
Christian Endeavor Movement. H. B. F. Macf arland. No . A mer. 
Christianity in Japan, Future of. J. L. Deering. World Today. 
City's Fight for Beauty, A. Henry Schott. Woi-ld's Work. 
Comet, What is a ? William H. Pickering. Harper. 
Constitution, Written, Elasticity of. Hannis Taylor. No.Amer. 
Damrosch, Frank. E. N. Vallandigham. World's Work. 
Electoral Corruptjon in England. Arthur Pottow. No. Amer. 
Eliana: the Latest Windfall, William C. Hazlitt. Atlantic. 
English Art Club, The New. E. Douglas Shields. World Today. 
Erie Canal and Freight Rebates. C. H. Quinn. World Today. 
" Essex, The Gentleman from." Lincoln Steffens. McClure. 
Europe, Diplomatic, Masters of. World's Work. 
Exploration. N. S. Shaler. Atlantic. 

French Presidency and American. Munroe Smith. Rev. of Revs. 
Galveston's New Sea-Wall. W. Watson Davis. Rev. of Reviews. 
Georgia, A Great Citizen of. Albert Shaw. Revieiv of Reviews. 
Germany, How Science Helps Industry in. Review of Reviews. 
Government as a Home-Maker. Hamilton Wright. irorJd Today. 
Gulf Ports, Development of our. Review of Revieivs. 
Hankey, William Lee, Art of. A. Lys Baldry. Studio. 
Harper, President. John H. Finley. Review of Reviews. 
Hayti, Future of. Eugene P. Lyle, Jr. World's Work. 
" Ik Marvel," Charm of. Annie Russell Marble. Atlantic. 
Imperialist, First American. W. S. Rossiter. North Americaii. 
Impressionist Painters, Reminiscences of. George Moore. Scrib. 
Industrial Securities as Investments. C. A. Conant. Atlantic. 
Japan since the War. Mary C. Eraser. World's Work. 
Japan's " Elder Statesman." W. Elliot Griffiis. North American. 
Jefferson, Joseph, at Work and Play. Francis Wilson. Scrib. 
Kansas Land Fraud Investigation. World Today. 
Keats, Portraits of. William Sharp. Century. 
Lesser Virtues, The. Anonymous. Lippincott. 
Life Insurance Remedy, The. World's Work. 
Life, The Riddle of. H. Chariton Bastian. World Today. 
Mexico, The Year in. Frederic R. Guernsey. Atlantic. 
Miniatures, Recent Vienna Exhibition of. Studio. 
Moose, The, and his Antlers. Ernest Thompson Seton. Scribner. 
National Academy of Design Exhibition. -Studio. 
National Portraiture Gallery. William Walton. Scribner. 
Negro, Joys of Being a. Edward E. Wilson. Atlantic. 
New York Revisited. Henry James. Harper. 
Nola. Feast of Lilies at. W. G. Fitz-Gerald. World Today. \ 
Opera in America, Early Days of. Rufus R. Wilson, Lippincott. 
Parental Schools, Our. Mary R. Gray. World Today. 
Photography, Marvels of. H. W. Lanier. World's Work. 
Pianists Now and Then. W, J. Henderson. Atlantic. 
Poetry, English— What it Owes to Young People. No. American. 
Pure Food BUI and Senate. H. B. Needham. World's Work. 
Railroads, President and the. Charles A. Prouty. Century. 
Ranch, The 101. M. G. Cunniff. World's Work. 
Representation, Congress Can Reduce. No. American. 
Richardson, Fred, Some Pen Drawings by. Studio. 
River, Toilers of the. Thornton Oakley. Harper. 
Robinson, Sir John Charles, Etchings of. A. M. Hind. Studio. 
Senate, The United States. William Everett. Atlantic. 
Senatorial Courtesy, Salvation by. World Today. 
Severn, Joseph, A Reminiscence of. R. W. G. Century. 
Shakespeare's Julius Caesar. Harold Hodge. Harper. 
Sinai, The Egyptians in. W. M. Flinders-Petrie. Harper. 
Society of Western Artists Exhibition. Studio. 
South's Amazing Progress, The. R. H. Edmonds. Rev. of Revs. 
Speech, Schoolmastering the. T. R. Loxmsbury. Harper. 
State, Building a, by Organized Effort. Review of Reviews. 
Telephone Movement, The. Jesse W. Weik. Atlantic. 
Texas, Southwest, Growth of. Revietv of Revieivs. 
Theatre Francais, The. H, C. Chatfield-Taylor. World Today. 
Tito, Ettore, Paintings of. Ludwig Brosch. Studio. 
Trolley Car as a Social Factor. K. E. Harriman. WorldlToday. 
Trust Company Reserves. George W. Young. No. American. 
Turgot, Statesmanship of. Andrew D. White. Atlantic. 
Umbrian Idyl, An. Anne H. Wharton. Lippincott. 
United States a Parsimonious Employer. North American. 
Villas of the Venetians. George F. Fernald. Scribner. 
War, Is the United States Prepared for? North American. 
Workingmen's Insurance. C.R.Henderson. World Today. 



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IL.IST OF Xeav Books. 

[The following list, containing 78 tides, includes books 
received btf The Diai. since its last tssue.] 

BIOGRAPHY AND KEICINISCBNCES. 

A Life of Walt Whitman. By Henry Bryan Binns. Hlos. in 
photogravure, etc.. large 8to. grilt top, uncut, pp. 369. E. P. 
Durton & Co. $3. net. 

Furtlier Memoirs of the Whig Party, 1807-1821. With 
some miscellaneous reminiscences. By Henry Kichard Vas- 
sall, third Lord Holland ; edited by Lord Stavordale. With 
photogravure portraits, large 8vo. gilt top, uncut, pp. 420. 
E. P. Button & Co. to. net. 

Edvard Grrieg. By H. T. Finck. Illus.. 12mo, gilt top, uncut, 
pp. 130. ■■ Living Masters of Music." John Lane Co. $1. net. 

John Fiske. By Thomas Sergeant Perry. With photogravure 
portrait. 24mo. gilt top, uncut, pp. 106. " Beacon Biog- 
raphies." Small. Maynard & Co. 75 cts. net. 

Lord George Bentinck: A Political Biography. By B. 
Disraeli. New edition ; with introduction by Charles Whib- 
ley. 8vo, gut top, uncut, pp. 385. E. P. Dutton & Co. $2. net, 

HISTORY. 

The Jews of South Carolina, from the Earliest Times to the 
Present Day. By Bamett A. Elzas. M.D. Large 8vo. gilt top, 
xmcut, pp. 352. Press of J. B. Lippincott Co. |6. net. 

The Federalist System, 1789-1801. By John Spencer Bassett, 
Ph.D. With maps. 8vo. gilt top, uncut, pp. 327. " The 
American Xation." Harper & Brothers. $2. net. 

Somerset House. Past and Present, By Raymond Needham 
and Alexander Webster. Illus. in photogravure, etc., large 
8vo, gilt top. imcut. pp. 344. E. P. Dutton & Co. $3.50 net. 

Carthage of the Phoenicians in the Light of Modem Exca- 
vation. By Mabel Moore. Illus. in color, etc., 12mo, tmcut, 
pp. 184. E. P. Dutton & Co. $1.50 net. 

A History of the Friends in America. By Allen C. Thomas, 
.A.M.. and Richard Henry Thomas, M,D. Fourth edition, 
thoroughly revised and enlarged. 12mo, pp. 246. John C. 
Winston Co, 

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A POINT OF DE PARTURE. 

^Ir. Lang once remarked, in his airy way, 
tliat the man who really cares for books reads 
them all. This, we believe, was said a propos 
of .some discussion or other about the '* hundred 
best books," or alwut '• courses of reading," or 
about •' the pursuit of literature as a means of 
cidture." The theme has many names and guises, 
but in all of them it remains the same old theme. 
The anxious inquirer, when he seeks counsel of 
the pimdits as to how he may save the literary 



soul within him (assuming that he has such an 
organ), is given lists of books, that he by no 
means wants to read, and well-worn tags, dated 
from Bacon to Ruskin, upon the philosophy of 
the subject. Despairing of these abstract instruc- 
tions, he suppresses his budding aspirations, and 
falls stolidly back upon the diet of hiLsks so 
freely, and in some aspects so alluringly, set 
before him by the public prints of the day. 

The young man or woman who has been the 
victim of systematic literary instruction in the 
schools is in little better case. He has been 
supplietl with critical standards, but they con- 
stitute to him no more than a barren f ormidary ; 
he has read the history of literature, which may 
have stored his memory with names and titles, 
but has not enriched him with spiritual gifts. 
Stretched upon the Procrustean bed of literary 
study, his members have lost their freedom of 
action, or have been ruthlessly lopped off because 
they did not fit the structure. The annals of 
dead and alien periods have been displayed 
before a mind quivering with ^'ital imprdses, and 
his interest in the poets has been suppressed by 
the historical and philological pedantries which 
their proper study entails, as he is given to 
understand it. That literature might yet become 
for him the very bread of life is the last thought 
with which he lays aside the books which have 
presented it to him in so unsympathetic and 
repellant a fashion. 

What may be done to save the soul thus so 
nearly lost? The question is one of the most 
serious ones possible, and whoever succeeds in 
finding the right answer to it is sure of both 
appreciation and gratitude. Probably the first 
delusion to be dismissed is that any one answer, 
or even any hundred answers, will prove ade- 
quate. The matter is one for individual diag- 
nosis and prescription, not for the application 
of general rides. Or rather, this delusion, rightly 
viewed, is the synthesis of all the special delu- 
sions that take the form of book-lists, and study- 
courses, and cidture-sy stems. As for !Mr. Lang's 
easy dictum, that is obWously a counsel of per- 
fection for the few, a petitio principii for the 
many. The problem is not how to deal with 
those who tndy care for books — they may 
safely l>e left to their own explorations — but 
how to help those who might learn to care for 
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anee. And it must frankly be admitted that a 
considerable fraction of those upon whom the 
experiment may be made will be found finally 
incapable of anything like a genuine love for 
literature, even when we frame a highly catholic 
definition of that expression. This atrophy of 
facidty is, however, in many cases more apparent 
than real, and it behooves us all to do what we 
can to promote the activity of the function when 
its failure is the result of either early abuse or 
lack of opportunity. 

We make no claim of profundity for such 
suggestions as we have to offer for the suitable 
treatment of these patients, and shall be quite 
satisfied if our remarks rescue a few young 
people here and there from the malpractice under 
which they have suffered hitherto. The heart 
of every person of sensibility goes out toward 
the many unfortimates who, under the impres- 
sion that they are acquiring cvdture, and that 
the value of the acquisition must be proportional 
to the painf ulness of the effort, are to-day toiling 
with artificially-planned courses of reading, or 
plodding through such formidable works as 
Grote's " History of Greece " and Carlyle's 
"Frederick the Great" and Ruskin's "Modern 
Painters " — to say nothing of such works as 
the " Mahabharata " and the " Kalevala " and 
the " Niebelungenlied," which choice exotics 
invariably blossom in the " gay parterre " of 
every conspectus of the world's best literature 
as recommended for earnest minds. Something- 
better than this, surely, it is within the jwwer 
of ordinary intelligence to conunend and urge ; 
the case calls for homely simples far more than 
it does for the ransacking of the pharmacopoeia 
in search of strange remedies. 

Our notion is, briefly, that interest and sym- 
pathy form the basis of all good advice about 
reading. Even so admirable a treatise as that 
of Mr. Frederic Harrison upon " The Choice 
of Books " will not do much for the mind untu- 
tored and astray. Far more may be done by 
some simple suggestion, in the line of an interest 
already existing, made by some person with a 
sympathetic insight into the workings of the 
inquirer's mind. This is the method by which 
library workers are to-day throughout the coun- 
try stimidating young readers, and unobtrusively 
leading them into the pleasant paths of literature. 
This is the method which teachers in the schools 
shoidd employ, and doubtless would employ, 
were it not for the paralyzing restrictions im- 
posed upon them by courses of study and lists 
of books for required reading. The framers of 
these deadly devices wiU have much to answer 



for when they are called to accoimt for their 
misdeeds before the bar of judgment. 

The pliilosophical basis of this method is of 
the simplest, and persuasion rather than force is 
its watchword. It assumes that everyone who 
has read at all has developed some special inter- 
ests, and that these interests may be deepened 
by judicious counsel. It should not be difficidt 
to divert by degrees the mind that has found 
pleasure in the tinsel and pinchbeck of " When 
Knighthood Was in Flower " to the sterling joys 
provided by Scott, or the mind that has foimd 
satisfaction in the cheap buffoonery of " David 
Harum" to the immortal art of Dickens. Taking 
the existent interest as the point of departure, and 
always working upward upon the line of least 
resistance, more may be aceomplished than is 
readily imagined, far more, certainly, than may 
be accomplished by viewing the subject of the ex- 
periment de haut en has, and expecting his tastes 
to conform immediately to standards that are to 
be achieved only after extensive reading and the 
exercise of much discriminating judgment. 

If something be asked for a little more com- 
prehensive than this process of replacing a poor 
novel by a better one, we offer for our final sug- 
gestion the following device. Take as the point 
of departure some book of the highest character 
that it is safe to choose, and one selected because 
it has the twofold merit of appealing to an 
already established interest of the reader and of 
tending to awaken broader interests of an allied 
nature. Then map out a plan of further read- 
ing for the express purpose of fortifying these 
dawning new interests, until by insensible de- 
gi'ees a new and widened horizon shall be found 
to have replaced the old contracted one. Many 
works of historical fiction, for example, are rich 
in these radiating interests, and might be made 
nuclei for a growth of culture that shoidd be at 
once painless and profitable. " Westward Ho I " 
" The Cloister and the Hearth," and " Henry 
Esmond" may be given as illustrations. Or, 
if it be safe to venture upon something more 
serious than a novel as the point of departure, 
how effective a use might be made of such a book 
as Trelawney's memorials of Byron and SheUey, 
or one of Mr. Morley's studies of the French 
philosophers, or a volume of Symonds's history 
of the Italian renaissance ! What vistas each of 
these books imfolds to an active mind, and what 
rich pastures does it open to cidtivation ! And 
how easy it would be, in pursuit of this plan, 
under skilful guidance, to acquire almost without 
knowing it a fruitfid acquaintance with one of the 
most significant periods in the life of mankind ! 



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THE DELIGHTS OF INDISCRIMINATE 
READING. 



A choice instance of a mind edacious of all human 
knowledge is found in Dr. John Brown's uncle by 
marriage. Mi". Robert Johnston, an elder in the 
church of his brother-in-law and Dr, Brown's father, 
the Rev. John Brown, and a merchant and " por- 
tioner " in the little Lanarkshii-e village of Biggar 
— as we learn from the author of " Rab and his 
Friends." This Johnston, as is related at some 
length in the first volume of " Spare Hours." not 
only intermeddled fearlessly with all knowledge, but 
made himself master of more learning, definite and 
exhaustive, in various departments, than do many 
univei'sitj' scholars in their own chosen specialties. 
*• Mathematics, astronomy, and especially what may 
be called selenology or the doctrine of the moon, and 
the higher geometr\- and physics ; Hebrew, Sanscrit, 
Greek, and Latin, to the veriest rigors of prosody 
and metre: Spanish and Italian. German, French, 
and any odd language that came in his way: all 
these he knew more or less thoroughly," writes his 
admii-ing nephew, " and acquired them in the most 
leisurely, easy, cool sort of way, as if he grazed and 
browsed perpetually in the field of letters, rather 
than made f onnal meals, or gathered for any ulterior 
purpose his fruit*, his roots, and his nuts — he espe- 
cially liketl mental nuts — much less bought them 
from anyone."' Every personage in Homer, great or 
small, heroic or comic, he knew as well as he knew 
the \Tllage doctor or shoemaker : and he made it a 
matter of conscience to read the Homeric poems 
through once every foiu- years. Tacitus, Suetonius. 
Plutarch, Plautus, Lucian, and nobody knows how 
many other classical and past-classical authors, he 
was familiar with, together with such modems as 
Boccaccio. Cervantes (whose •• Don " he knew almost 
by heart ). Addison, Swift, Fielding. Groldsmith, 
Walter Scott, down even to Miss Austen, Miss 
Edgewoitli. and Miss Ferrier. 

But not with the characters of history and fiction 
alone was this >'illage shop-keeper on intimate terms. 
All the minutest personal gossip of the parish, one is 
partly grieved and pai'tly amused to relate, was rel- 
ished and assimilated by him. Poachers and ne'er- 
do-wells appealed to his sympathies, while on the 
other liand no one could more keenly enjoy a learned 
doctrinal discussion with the jiarish minister. " This 
singular man," continues the chronicler, ''came to the 
manse every Friday evening for many years, and he 
and my father discussetl everj-thing and everybody ; 
— - beginning with tough, strong head work — a bout 
at wrestling, be it Caesar's Bridge, the Epistles of 
Phalaris, . . . the Catholic question, or the great 
roots of Chiistian faith ; ending with the latest joke 
in the town or the West Raic, the last effusion of 
Affleck, taUor and poet, the last blimder of -£sop the 
apothecary, and the last repartee of the village fool, 
with the week's Edinburgh and Glasgow news by 
their respective carriers ; the whole little life, sad and 



humorous — who had been bom, and who was dying 
or dead, married or about to be, for the past eight 
days." This ** firm and close-grained mind," indepen- 
dent of all authority except reason and truth, quick 
to detect weakness, fallacy, or unfairness, and ever 
insistent upon accuracy and clear thinking, served as 
a sort of whetstone on which the minister sharpened 
his wits at these weekly sittings. Of the bodily 
aspect of this interesting man one is glad to be told 
something. Short and round, homely and florid, 
he was thought by his nephew to bear a probable 
resemblance to Socrates. Careless in his dress, he 
habitually carried his hands in his pockets, was a 
great smoker, and indulged in much more than the 
Napoleonic allowance of sleep. He had a large, full 
skull, a humorous twinkle in his cold blue eye, a soft 
low voice, great power of quiet but effective sarcasm, 
and large capacity of listening to and enjoying other 
men's talk, however small. It will readily be in- 
ferred that he was unplagued by the itch of author- 
ship. Like the cactus in the desert, always plump, 
always taking in the dew of heaven, he cared little 
to give it out Nevertheless, from first to last, many 
magazine articles and a few pamphlets, dealing with 
questions of the day, dropped from his pen : but such 
a man. as his nephew says, is never best in a book : 
he Is always greater than his work. 

There comes to mind another and much earlier 
devourer of all sorts of then-existent book-learning, 
but one possessed of far less pith and character, 
independent judgment and power of observation, 
than our canny Scotchman. MarsUio Ficino, the 
Florentine, contemporarj' with Cosimo de' Medici, 
and placed by him over the Platonic Academy 
which the nobleman had founded not long before, 
distinguished himself by his ardent pursuit of all 
knowledge, but especially of that qxiintessence of all 
knowledge which we call philosophy. Though a 
Canon of St Lorenzo and the avowed champion of 
Christian philosophy, he is said to have kept a lamp 
burning before Plato's bust and it is certain that he 
produced a Latin translation of Plato's works that 
is still held in high esteem. Extending his studies 
over the entire field of ancient literature, as Pro- 
fessor Villari tells us, Ficino eagerly devoured the 
works of every sage of antiquity. Aristotelians, 
Platonists, Alexandrians, all were read by him with 
untiring zeal. He sought out the remains of Con- 
fucius and Zoroaster — and be it noted that this was 
in the middle of the fifteenth century, when such a 
search was something far different from what it is 
now in the twentieth. Leaping from one age to 
another, from this philosophic system to that, he 
welcomed all learning as grist to his mill. Not only 
did he become a living dictionary of ancient phi- 
losophy, so that his works are practically an ency- 
clopaedia of the philosophic doctrines known up to 
his time, but he was also versed in natural science, 
so far as such knowledge was then obtainable, and 
had received from his father some training in med- 
icine. He is especially interesting, however, as the 
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aroused throughout Europe by the discovery of the 
literary treasures of antiquity. There is enough 
that is likable in him, as portrayed in Professor 
VUlari's work on Savonarola, to make us forgive 
the incm-able pedantry of the man. For pedant 
he certainly was, so stuffed with ill-digested learning 
that he had lost the power of independent thought 
and was never content until he coidd make his 
ideas, if he had any, square with Plato, or with 
Aristotle, or even with some ancient skeptic or 
materialist. And so we leave him, sadly deficient in 
native faculty, but possessed of an admirable thirst 
for knowledge. 

StiU another choice spirit, to whom nothing human 
was devoid of interest, is that genial hypochondriac 
who, to cure himself of melancholy, wrote one of 
the most fascinating, as it is one of the most fan- 
tastic, works of literature. Of the author of ''The 
Anatomy of Melancholy" far too little is known. 
But there is in the '* Athenae Oxonienses " a quaint 
characterization of the man that is worth much. 
" He was," says Wood, as quoted in the " Dictionary 
of National Biography," "an exact mathematician, 
a curious calculator of nativities, a general read 
scholar, a thorough-paced philologist, and one that 
understood the surveying of lands well. As he was 
by many accounted a severe student, a devourer of 
authors, a melancholy and humorous person, so by 
others who knew him well a person of great hon- 
esty, plain dealing and charity. I have heard some 
of the antients of Christ Church often say that his 
company was very merry, facete and juvenile, and 
no man of his time did surpass him for his ready 
and dexterous interlarding his common discourse 
among them with verses from the poets or sentences 
from classical authors." Bishop Kennet, quoted also 
in the " Dictionary," says of Burton that " in an 
interval of vapours" he was wont to be extremely 
cheerful, after which he would fall into such a state 
of despondency that he could only get relief by going 
to the bridge-foot at Oxford and hearing the barge- 
men swear at one another, " at whic^h he woidd set 
his hands to his sides and laugh most profusely"; 
which will perhaps recall to some the passage in 
Burton's preface relating a similar practice attrib- 
uted to Democritus. Burton died at or very near 
the time he had foretold some years before in cal- 
culating his nativity. Wood records a report, cur- 
rent among the students, that he had " sent up his 
soul to heaven thro' a noose about his neck," in order 
not to falsify his calculation. Beneath his bust in 
Christ Church Cathedral, where he was buried, is 
this curious epitaph, composed by himself : " Paucis 
notus, paucioribus ignotus, hie jacet Democritus 
Junior, cui vitam dedit et mortem Melancholia." 

To the eager devourer of all knowledge, the charm 
of this incomprehensible universe of ours is in one 
important respect much like the charm of a living 
person : it lies largely in what is below the surface 
and only approximately and doubtfully attainable 
by shrewd conjecture. In a human being it is 
found in those reserves of personality that constitute 



so large a fraction of true manhood and woman- 
hood. Should the cosmic scheme ever be so im- 
modest as to lay bare its secret to our gaze, we 
should be literally shocked to death. Thus the fasci- 
nation that lures to the pursuit of ultimate truth is the 
fascination of the unattainable. With the enlarge- 
ment of one's sphere of knowledge, the surface pre- 
sented to the encompassing Unknowable, to use Hei*- 
bei-t Spencer's tigm'e, is correspondingly increased ; 
whereby one's sense of awe and mystery and won- 
der is by so much deepened and intensified. And 
although the further one progresses in knowledge, 
the more profound l)ecomes one's conviction of 
ignorance, nevertheless there is a wholesome satis- 
faction in learning how little we really know. To 
attain at last to something like a clear and compre- 
hensive sm'vey of the variety and profundity of our 
ignorance, is well worth the price of a lifetime spent 
in study. To master the domain of human knowl- 
edge (to say nothing now of ultimate truth) is no 
longer possible. All the gi-eater, therefore, our envy 
in contemplating those bygone dabblers in all then- 
existent branches of learning. They came nearer 
to the attainment of universal knowledge, so called, 
than will ever again be possible. Yet there is com- 
fort in the thought that the literatxu-e of power, the 
sum total of things warmly and humanly interesting 
and significant, does not gi*ow nearly so rapidly as 
the field of science and its unliterary literature. 
That the true hunger for knowledge is notably in- 
satiable, is of course easy to explain. Pjach added 
shred of information draws into view a tangled wel) 
of countless desirable acquisitions, so that the appetite 
grows with feeding. The domain of possible con- 
quest increases to the learner's vision when once he 
is seized and swept away by the passion for research, 
in a geometrical progi'ession whose constant factor 
is large. 

It may be, finally, as we are often enough assured 
by good men, that this impossibility of satisfying 
the intellectual appetite is providential, and that the 
chief function of the insatiate craving for all knowl- 
edge is to point us at last to the exercise of other 
and higher faculties which shall in the end l)ring 
the peace that passeth understanding. 

Percy F. Bicknell. 



COMMUNICA TION. 



A FINAL WORD ABOUT MR. SWINBURNE AS 

"A LOVE POET." 

(To the Editor of The Dial.) 

When I ventured to ask some questions in your col- 
umns about Mr. Swinburne's poetry, I had no intention 
of enternig into any discussion which they might possi- 
bly provoke. But the very courteous comnuuiicatiou of 
Mr. Francis Howard Williams, published in The Dial 
of February 1, seems to demand a response. 

As Mr. Williams himself intimates, his coinmunica- 
tiou does not deal with the main question, but with a 
side issue — or rather with several side issues. It is 
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Swinburne's love-poems. Not only does Mr. Williams 
consider Mr. Swinburne "essentially and avowedly a 
love-poet," but he claims " that he excels all others in 
the vi^-id and compact expression of erotic emotion." 
Passing over this statement without comment, I will try 
to answer Mr. Williams's questions, and in so doing I 
trust that I may make my position more clear. 

Mr. Williams objects to my referring to certain love- 
poems of Mr. Swinburne's as " so-called love-poems." 
This raises too long a question for a short letter. The 
word "love" as we commonly use it is xmdoubtedly 
broad and elastic enough to include those poems in the 
first series of " Poems and Ballads " which I had in 
mind. Tliere are many kinds of love and many classes 
of lovers. Speaking broadly, these poems are properly 
" called " love-poems, but (as I intended to suggest) 
they deal with love only, or chiefly, as a thing of the 
senses. In a familiar sonnet (CX^^.), to which I have 
already referred, Shakespeare speaks of love as " the 
marriage of true minds." This is incomplete, but noble. 
In another sonnet (CXXIX.) he lays bare another and 
a very different kind of emotion ; he does not call this 
love, but gives it another and a baser name. In one 
comprehensive line he describes this emotion as " the 
expense of spirit in a waste of shame." Poems which 
sympathetically portray such an " expense of spirit " 
are " called " love-poems, but, in my judgment, their 
place is not with the true love-poems of the literature, 
which deal with a gift which is half di\Tne in its nobler 
and more truly beautifid aspects. Is there not a basis 
of truth in the story of Tannhauser, as Wagner pre- 
sents it ? The poet of Venusberg is deprived of his 
place among the Troubadours, the true poets of love. 
The poet of " Laus Veneris " shows us human passion 
in its earthly and least exalted form, — passion, with its 
inevitable successors, satiety, world-weariness, and de- 
spair. Whether such poems are true love-poems, or 
whether they profane the name of love, is a matter of 
opinion and definition. 

A few minor points remain to be noticed. I did not 
say or imply that Emerson did, or could, write love- 
poetry. To that charge I plead not guilty. Mr. Williams 
asks : " ^Vhen did Wordsworth ever write a love- 
poem ? " I referred, of course, to the little group of 
poems, which are sometimes spoken of as the " Lucy " 
poems (" She dwelt beside untrodden ways," " Three 
years she grew," etc.), and to the poem beginning " She 
was a phantom of delight." These masterpieces need 
neither praise nor justification, but it may be interesting 
to note that Professor F. B. Gummere, in his little book 
on " Poetics " places them among the most representa- 
tive love-lyrics of the literature. 

I am sorry to be obliged to differ so often from Mr. 
WUliams, but I cannot agree with him about Browning. 
I feel that the poet of that great apostrophe " O Lyric 
Love," the poet who wrote " By the Fireside," " One 
Word More," and " Love among the Ruins " (to give 
only a few examples), ranks with the true love-poets of 
the literature. He is the poet of love in its noblest 
aspect as " the greatest good i' the world." Even if 
" The Statue and the Bust " were an exception to this, 
the other poems woidd remain, but I do not regard it 
as an exception. The poem has puzzled many readers, 
and it is |)erhaps somewhat ambigiious, but I am con- 
strained to say that in this instance I think Mr. Williams 
has failed to understand Browning's meaning. 

Henry S. Paxcoast. 
Hartford, Conn.. Feb. 8, 1906. 



Cb ieto gooks. 



Pre-Raphaelitism from a Xew Axgle.* 



It is impossible to escape a certain feeling of 
disappointment io connection with Mr. Holman- 
Himt's long-awaited account of the Pre-Raphael- 
ite movement. Other chroniclers have pictured 
this as a dramatic, impassioned revolt. They 
have dwelt upon its splendid enthusiasms and 
generous hero-worship, its light-hearted gaiety 
and its spontaneous humor. Their lively me- 
moii*s have been full of clever anecdotes and 
entei-taining personalities. The Pre-Raphaelite 
painters have been invariably treatetl not merely 
as artists and poets but as men, — eccentric at 
times and irresponsible, ^^^th more energy in 
imdertaking a new project than patience and 
training for finishing it, but full, nevertheless, 
of the joy of living and of working, and of that 
many-sided responsiveness to the best things that 
is the characteristic spirit of the amateur, in 
the true sense of that misused term. And so 
interest in the Pre-Raphaelite movement has 
come to depend less upon approval of its poetic 
or pictorial expression than upon appreciation 
of the remarkable personality of the artists. 
But Mr. Holman-Himt's idea is that we have 
j alreatly had far more of this sort of thing than 
is good for us ; that in the effort to render the 
movement fascinating and dramatic its real pur- 
pose has l)een lost sight of, and that in the 
maze of anecdote and personality dates have 
been distorted, followers have been confused 
with leaders, and truth has been outraged. His 
purpose, then, is to write a historj' that shall 
be accurate, exact, and uupersonal, that shall 
show in plain prose how the Pre-Raphaelite 
painters worked among other English painters 
of their day, that shall explain what was their 
theoiy of art, what each Brother contributed to 
the movement, and how the critics and the pub- 
lic received his work. In particular the author 
wishes to correct certain dominant errors in the 
popular view of the movement. The book, 
therefore, has quite a different scope and inter- 
est from those with which its title challenges 
comparison. Both Mr. Holman-Hunt's author- 
ship and his peculiar imderstanding of Pre- 
Raphaelitism lead to a heavy emphasis upon his 
own work. But he does not ^^ish the book to 
be considered as autobiography merely. He 
clearly aims at getting a hearing with the peo- 

• Pke-Baphaeutism axd the Prb-Raphaelitb Bbothkk- 
HOOD. By William Holman-Hunt. In two volomes. Illustrated. 
New York: The Blacmillan Co. 



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pie who have preferred Rossetti's work to his 
own and who have regarded Madox Brown as 
the chief source of Rossetti's initial inspiration, 
— who have accordingly been interested in 
the Pre-Raphaelite movement, without, as Mr. 
Holman-Hunt thinks, in the least understand- 
ing it. 

Of course the whole controversy hinges, like 
most controversies, upon the definition of the 
terms. Mr. Holman-Hunt means one thing by 
Pre-Raphaelitism ; and William Rossetti, Mrs. 
Bume- Jones, and the general reader mean quite 
another. According to Mr. Holman-Hunt, he 
originated, and he and his life-long friend 
Millais talked over and agreed to battle to- 
gether for, the Pre-Raphaelite theory. This 
theory seems to have been simply the accurate 
and careful rendering of natural objects. Hol- 
man-Hunt carried it to its furthest point when 
he went to Syria, subjecting himself to imtold 
discomfort and a good deal of danger in order 
to paint sacred subjects in their proper environ- 
ment. But he worked out aU his backgrounds 
" with the eye on the object." He took long 
walks over the moors with a lantern to study 
the right effects for " The Light of the World," 
and even painted a large part of the picture by 
lamp-light, out-of-doors, in the damp chill of 
autunm. The original, unalloyed Pre-Raphael- 
ite idea, as Mr. Holman-Hunt uses the term, 
does not seem to have gone deeper than the 
method of getting one's data. It left the imagi- 
nation untouched, and therefore could not affect 
the imderlying conception of the pamting. 
His picture of " The Scape-Goat," with its ob- 
vious beauties and obvious limitations, perhaps 
embodies the theory more fully, because more 
baldly, than any other one painting ; and an 
attempt to realize how Rossetti might have 
treated the same theme will set the ideals of the 
two painters in illuminating contrast. 

But when, in 1847, Rossetti left Madox 
Brown in despair at the dulness of forever paint- 
ing pickle-jars and came to Holman-Hvmt's studio 
to work under his direction, the Pre-Raphaelite 
idea, which liad not yet received its name, was 
largely in the air. Rossetti received it with his 
accustomed enthusiasm, — even Mr. Holman- 
Hunt admits that he had a genius for feeling 
and propagating enthusiasm, — and threw liim- 
self with eager abandon into the organization of 
a formal crusade against the conventional stand- 
ards and tyrannous Philistinism of the Royal 
Academy. 

It seems little short of amazing, considering 
the temperamental obstacles, that Hobnan-Himt 



and Rossetti should ever have been drawn to- 
wards one another, or even imagined that they 
could pull together. From Holman-Hiuit's point 
of view the Brotherhood was a disastrous failure. 
Rossetti was from the first utterly oblivious of 
his obligations to it. He confused minute ren- 
dermg of nature with mediae valism, which Millais 
and Holman-Hunt abhorred. As soon as he had 
raised a storm of opprobrium with his first 
" P. R. B." picture, which, contrary to agi*ee- 
ment, he exhibited in advance of Millais's and 
Holman-Hunt's, he coolly withdrew from the 
fray and never again exhibited at the Academy. 
But he did not stop with sins of omission. The 
rancorous criticisms of the Academy, put forth 
often anonymously by himself and his friends,^ 
did them no harm, but greatly injured Holman- 
Hunt and Millais, whose idea had apparently 
been to conduct a peaceful, conciliatory cam- 
paign. Worst of all, Rossetti's showy painting^ 
and great power of influencing younger men 
misled Ruskin into naming him the leader of the 
movement, a designation that Rossetti accepted 
complacently. As a matter of fact, Rossetti's 
" Arch-Pre-Raphaelitism " as his friends laugh- 
ingly named it, was merely arch-heresy in Hol- 
man-Hunt's eyes, and since Millais eventually 
abandoned the gospel that he had professed sO' 
ardently, Holman-Hunt alone continued to paint 
after the true Pre-Raphaelite manner. 

While we are glad to do justice to Mr. Hol- 
man-Hunt, and interested in comparing his point 
of view with those of other historians, we can- 
not willingly consent to his high-handed substi- 
tution of one stage of the movement for the 
whole story. A Pre-Raphaelite school tliat leaves 
out Rossetti and accords merely a casual men- 
tion to William Morris and Bume-Jones i» 
indeed shorn of its glory. What Mr. Holman- 
Hunt's history fails to allow for is the personal 
equation and its marvellous power of developing 
a situation. William Rossetti was one of the 
seven original Brothers. A comparison of his 
statement of the aims of the organization with 
Holman-Hunt's will show that even at first there 
were different interpretations. It is impossible 
to imagine Dante Gabriel Rossetti and Holman- 
Hxmt understanding the simplest statement in 
precisely the same way, and as the new ideas 
were sown abroad largely through Rossetti's 
magic influence, they were necessarily modified 
in the process, — glorified or distorted accor- 
ding to the point of view. It never seems to 
occur to Mr. Holman-Hmit that his conception 
of Pre-Raphaelitism makes it immeasurably less 
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That the strongest proof of the virility and power 
of the movement was the way it grew to include 
new thoughts and adapted itself to new person- 
alities is to him inconceivable. He regards an 
idea as a static thing ; to give it life is to destroy 
its unity, and you must accordingly rename it 
at every stage. 

Holnian-Himt's hostility to fiossetti is inev- 
itable, but there seems to be no better reason 
than jealousy for the former's determined belit- 
tlement of Ford ^Vladox Brown. It is always 
difficidt to settle claims of priority; and it is 
of small consequence, since both worked inde- 
pendently, whether Holman-Hunt or Brown 
first arrived at Pre-Raphaelite conclusions. 
But Holman-Hunt is unwilling to give Madpx 
Brown any credit for originality. He insists 
upon reducing him to the himible rank of fol- 
lower, declaring that when the Brotherhood was 
organized he was not Pre-Raphaelite, that he 
was never officially asked to join the Brother- 
hood, and that his instruction contributed very 
little, if anj'thing, towards Rossetti's develop- 
ment. Even if these contentions are fully justi- 
fied, we shoidd like Holman-Himt better if he 
had shown more generosity towards a rival. 

But it is high time to turn from the contro- 
versial to the narrative interest of the book. 
Holman-Hunt tells his story well, in a style 
more earnest than lively, and with a memory 
for detail that is trvdy marvellous. The Sj'rian 
journeys, fidl of strange adventures and imique 
experiences, furnish some delightfid chapters. 
One of the greatest of the many difficidties 
incident upon the ignorance and superstition 
of the natives was the finding of trustworthy 
models. He tells an amusing story of a shop- 
keeper whose promise he secured to sit for a 
figure in the great Temple picture. The Jew 
failed to appear, and Holman-Hunt's interpreter 
explainetl his scruple thus : 

" Well, YOU know the merchant's name is Daoud 
Levi. On the Day of Judgment the Archangel Michael 
will be standing at the gate of heaven, and the names 
of all faithful children of Abraham will be called out. 
. . . When Daoud's name is called, if there were a 
picture of him, it might be that the likeness would 
arrive first, and this might be passed in, and the name 
struck off the roll ; and when he arrived to demand ad- 
mittance he might be told that Daoud Levi has already 
entered in, and that he must be a pretender." 

Holman-Himt managed to keep a serious face 
while he inquired whether baptizing the por- 
trait with a Christian name would help matters 
any. The Jew thought it would : so, after the 
first few strokes. Hunt sprinkled the likeness 
with water and declared its name to be Jack 



Robinson. After some alterations had been 
made the Jew feared that the baptized likeness 
had been destroyed, and insisted upon a re- 
christening. Needless to say, before the artist 
was through with him he proved to be as great 
a rascal as he was sophistical a reasoner. 

There are vivid reminiscences of Thackeray, 
Tennyson, the Brownings, and the Carlyles. 
Tennyson particidarly attracted Holman-Himt, 
and the poet seemed to have treated him with 
unwonted consideration. He gives a lively ac- 
coimt of a walking trip through Cornwall, on 
which Tennyson, Palgrave, and Val Prinsep 
were his associates. With his fixed dread of 
being lionized, the poet begged his companions, 
who were all much younger than he, not on any 
accoimt to call him by his surname. Palgrave 
paid no heed to this injunction diiring the day, 
but as he followed the poet about the cliffs he 
was continually shouting "• Tennyson " at the top 
of his Ivmgs. At the inn, however, he ostenta- 
tiously referred to bim as " the old gentleman." 
Tennyson objected to this designation, and 
Palgrave retorted that it was absurd to assume 
that his name would be noticed. Each time the 
discussion was renewed Tennyson showed more 
temper, imtil finally there was an open rupture 
and Tennyson retired to his room to pack. 

" When the poet had gone Palgrave said to us, 
« You 've no idea of the perpetual worry he causes me.' 
Val ejaculated, ' Did you say that he caused you ? ' 
« Yes,' he returned. ' The last words that Mrs. Tennyson 
said to me on leaving were that I must promise her 
faithfully that I would never on any accoimt let Ten- 
nyson out of my sight for a minute, because with his 
short-sight, in the neighborhood of the cliffs or on the 
beach of the sea, he might be in the g^atest danger if 
left alone. I 'm ever thinking of my promise, and he 
continually trying to elude me; if I turn my head one 
minute, on looking back I find him gone, and when I call 
out for him he studiously avoids answering.' ' But you 
call him by his name ? ' we pleaded for the poet. ' Of 
course I do, for I find that his fear of being discovered 
gives me the best chance of making him avow himself.'" 

A few moments later Tennyson appeared to 
apologize for the " bickerings " and to explain 
how Palgrave's voice, " like a bee in a bottle," 
had interfered with his opportunities for peace- 
ful revery. And next day he persisted in start- 
ing home, accompanied by the faithful Palgrave, 
and arguing violently, as they drove off, against 
the need of Mrs. Tennyson's caution. All of 
which goes to show that Rossetti was not the 
only genius who tried his friends' forbearance to 
the breaking point. 

There are a great many good stories and 
illuminating bits of criticism in the book which 
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must suffice. The great charm of the narrative 
lies in the connected and undetachable story of 
Hohnan-Hunt's career, with its fine concentra- 
tion, its brave, conscientious pursuit of an ideal, 
and its gi-eat achievement in spite of heavy odds. 
If we yield one kind of admiration to Rossetti 
and the circle of yovmg enthusiasts that he 
gathered about him, we cannot but grant another 
sort to Mr. Holman-Hunt. Where the others 
rushed gaily over obstacles, he labored with 
dogged perseverence to overcome them. Though 
his range of sympathy was smaller, he was scru- 
pidous in the discharge of every obligation. If 
his inspiration was less exalted and less bril- 
liant than theirs, he pursued it with an industry 
that they could not achieve and an indomitable 
courage that they could not better. Best of all 
he has kept his temper in the face of much 
provocation to lose it ; his attitude toward the 
Academy, toward the critics, and toward Rossetti 
is admirably dignified. Few men, therefore, 
have had more promising material for an auto- 
biography, and there are no dull pages in the 
two thick volumes, though at times the narrative 
moves rather slowly, and the long conversations 
of by-gone years are a little stilted and colorless 
in repetition. 

The illustrations in photogTavure and half- 
tone are nmnerous enough to reproduce all 
Holman-Himt's important works and a great 
mass of sketches and studies. There are also 
several portraits of the artist, and a large num- 
ber of pictures by his contemporaries, which 
are referred to in the text by way of showing 
the widespread influence of the true Pre- 
Raphaelite motive, as Holman-Hunt interpreted 

^*- Edith Kellogg Dunton. 



A New History of Educatiox.* 



It can hardly be said that we have too many 
histories of education, or that we yet have suit- 
able text-books on the subject. The subject 
itself is comparatively new, and awaits satisfac- 
tory treatment both for general reading and for 
the classroom. Professor Monroe's new book 
gives great promise, at first glance, of being a 
nearer approach to the desired text-book than 
any previous one : it is, as the author notes in 
the preface, several times as large as most of 
those now in use, and all will agree that these 
latter are quite too scanty ; it is published by a 
firm whose imprint is a guarantee of at least 



*A Text-Book in the History of Education. 
Monroe. New York : The Macmillan Co. 



By Paul 



some marked excellence ; and its external make- 
up is all that could be asked. A general survey 
reveals at once two great virtues : a broad and 
yet sane and definite conception of the subject, 
and a rich body of material, in general well 
chosen. The writer has hit a happy mean 
between the narrow ideal of a " history of peda- 
gogy " on the one hand, and such a general and 
subjective view as that of Thomas Davidson in 
his little " History of Education " on the other. 
The discussion everywhere recognizes the fact 
that education is an integral part of the whole 
development of humanity in history, and yet 
does not forget that it is dealing with education 
and not with the whole progress of thought 
and life. 

There are, however, some omissions and some 
faults in proportion. We are surprised to 
find an extensive treatment of such a remote 
topic as Chinese education, and not a word upon 
the more relevant subject of Hebrew education ; 
with the educational theories and practice of the 
Chinese our history lias had no contact or inter- 
action, while with the Hebrew there are many 
points of relation. Again, it would seem that 
to give the Middle Ages 126 pages and the 
Renaissance and Reformation only 90 is con- 
ceding too much to mere length of time instead 
of taking into account real historical significance. 
Vittorino da Feltre, John Sturm, and Melanch- 
thon are disposed of in an average of two pages 
each, — surely a scant recognition of their place 
in the work of actual education. 

The chapter-headings contain some question- 
able terms. Oriental education is set down as 
" recapitidation "; is it not rather simply repe- 
tition or reproduction of type ? Indeed, it is 
hard to see why the sub-title of primitive edu- 
cation, " non-progressive adjustment," does not 
fit Oriental education quite as well. Greek edu- 
cation is called '' education as progressive adjust- 
ment "; but did not Greece distinctly fail to 
adjust her education to new conditions and so 
succumb to national decay ? Plato's pedagog- 
ical vision had no realization in actual Greek 
education, and we can by no means assert that 
its realization woidd have proved to be a pro- 
gressive adjustment. Locke serves as repre- 
sentative of the disciplinary conception of edu- 
cation, but in the process seems to us to suffer 
a certain narrowing and distortion, only par- 
tially corrected by admissions that he also rep- 
resents realism and naturalism. 

Closer examination reveals much that is 
excellent. We may mention particularly the 
treatment of Realism, which is broad and illu- 



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minafing in the highest degree. In the pages 
on Rousseau and in the entire treatment of 
Herbart the author succeeds in giving in con- 
densed form and clear outline the essential con- 
tributions made by the two men to educational 
doctrine. Indeed, the whole book gives proof 
of the broadest and richest acquaintance with 
the field ; the great mass of material is in general 
handled in such a way as to show that ample 
knowledge of the subject which is the requisite 
of the scholar and the teacher. 

Thus the selection of material and the general 
treatment deserve high commendation. They 
are such as go to the make-up of the ideal text- 
book of the subject : and this fact makes it the 
more to be regretted that the book suffers from 
some serious favdts, which greatly lessen its 
value both for the general reader and for the 
student. All these faidts seem to be the result 
of one thing, — haste. It is as though the au- 
thor had with aU due pains and care gathered 
his material and framed his plan, and then, 
urged by some sudden impulse, thrown the 
book together and rushed it through the press. 
The power and equipment which parts of the 
work show, to say nothing of other work of the 
same author, forbid us to think that the book 
might not have been of far higher excellence in 
its final form. As it is. there are flaws and 
errors on almost every page which sadly mar 
the quality of the book. 

The least important of these defects are petty 
errors, not exactly typographical, for they covdd 
by no means be charged to the printer, but 
rather such points as might easily be due to 
incompetent proof-reading ; as for example mis- 
spelled words, especially proper names, — '• Vit- 
terino da Feltra " (pp. 398, 399), " Scotus 
Erigina " (p. 278), •• Furstenschiden " (p. 389) ; 
''ephoebi'* for "epheboi"' (p. 75); and such 
slips of the pen as the statement that Alexander 
of Hales was the author of the " Summa 
Theologiae " (p. 305), while on a preceding 
page it is correctly ascribed to Thomas Aquinas. 
With such minor errors may be classed the fre- 
quent omission of important references. Long 
citations on pages 366 and 525 are not even ac- 
companied by the name of the work from which 
they are taken ; Aristotle's •• Poetics "' is simply 
referred to as " another work " (p. 155). Defi- 
nite citation of chapter or page is the exception. 
It should not be forgotten that a text-book of this 
sort shoiJd be framed for the hand of the teacher 
as well as that of the student, and the critical 
and literary apparatus pro\'ided accordingly. 

We are not a little surprised to find the 



words " Ye shall know the truth, and the truth 
shall make you free " ascribed to an " Apostle " 
(p. 140 ) ; does our national ignorance of the 
Bible affect even university professors ? On page 
75 the terms " Iren " and " MeUiren " are con- 
fused, although both have been defined on a 
preceding page in a quotation from Plutarch. 

But these points are insignificant compared 
with other and more serious errors. We are 
told that Plato, in the " Republic," '• rejects all 
the Homeric poems" (p. 136), and ''would 
eliminate the use of the poets altogether " (p. 95). 
The re\'iewer can find no such declarations 
in the •• Republic," but finds on the contrary 
that Plato says distinctly, after rejecting the 
" pantomimic poet," " we ourselves will make 
use of the more severe and unattractive poet " 
(Rep. 398 A. B.). Is it not seriously incorrect 
to charge the Greeks with an " Oriental attitude 
toward womankind " (p. 95 ) ? The author as- 
sumes •• the absence of all thought of the gods 
or of the future life as having to do with either 
motive for or outcome of conduct in this life." 
Surely a moment's thought would have brought 
to mind Minos and Rhadamanthus, and the 
tenth lxx)k of the " Republic," and numberless 
distinct and emphatic expressions in Greek myth 
and epic and drama and philosophy, which 
would show the assiuuption to be utterly false ; 
indeed it is hard to see how such a phrase could 
have been coined even in the greatest haste and 
heedlessness. A similar misconception as to the 
religious life of the Greeks is found on page 750, 
where their education is said to have excluded 
all recognition of supernatural or religious ele- 
ment. The very reading books of the Greek 
boy. Homer and Hesoid, were full of just those 
elements : and Plato's chief objection to parts 
of these poems is that their theology is untrue 
and that they are in consequence dangerous in 
the extreme. Moreover the whole life of the 
Greek, boy and man, was hedged about by the 
religious and supernatural element ; in school 
and out, the child was constantly under its in- 
fluence. Was it not largely the break-down in 
the religious element which brought about the 
educational crisis in the days of Aristophanes 
and Socrates, and the subsequent decay of 
Greek life ? 

We are told that Francis Bacon " wrote 
nothing directly on education " (p. 468) ; as a 
matter of fact there are several considerable 
passages upon education in the " Advancement 
of Learning." 

On page 732 we find the statement, concern- 
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in all the schools." The past tense makes the 
sentence quite indefinite, but it is nevertheless 
misleaJding, in view of the fact that religious 
instruction was abolished in the government 
schools about 1882, and a moral and civic in- 
struction put in its place. The account of the 
situation in England, though apparently brought 
down to 1903, ignores the Act of 1902, prob- 
ably by far the most important educational 
measure in the history of English schools up to 
the present time. Since that Act went into force 
it is no longer true that " these two systems of 
State or board schools and Church or voluntary 
schools remain side by side " (p. 734). 

On the question of religious education the 
book is pecidiarly unfortimate. We are told 
on page 59 that " our schools to-day must elimi- 
nate the religious element "; is this not simply 
repeating a conunon misapprehension, that be- 
cause the public school must be unsectarian it 
must also be non religious ? At least the state- 
ment involves the prejudgment of a great ques- 
tion, and can only be defended by an exceed- 
ingly narrow definition of the phrase " religious 
element." It is quite in accordance with this 
that we find Rousseau's famous " Confession of 
Faith of a Savoyard Vicar " dismissed with the 
words " we can devote no attention to it here, 
since it is aside from our main interest " 
(p. 565). Nevertheless we are told that the 
question of religious education is a problem of 
very great impoi-tance (p. 750); and we cannot 
but wonder why it should be so completely 
excluded from the book. On the same page we 
read that " Little or no attempt at solution is 
being made and little interest aroused. ' ' Is there 
then no Catholic Church in America, bending 
every energy to this very task ? And if the 
Catholic activities are out of the range of the 
author's attention, he might at least have men- 
tioned the Religious Education Association, 
org-anized in 1902, and numbering in 1904 
about 2000 members, very many of whom are 
educational leaders. 

It is surprising to find Plato's doctrine of 
the education of women held up as the type 
toward which the twentieth century is striving 
(pp. 140, 141). "The differences lie in the 
difference of character, not in the difference of 
sex — a man and a woman — hence should have 
the same education." Is it not rather true that 
modern doctrine admits fuUy the differences of 
sex, and the consequent differences of educa- 
tion ? Even co-education is very far from mean- 
ing identical training, to say nothing of identical 
function in life, — a part of Plato's chimerical 



scheme for the training of women which Pro- 
fessor Monroe woidd seem by implication also 
to approve. 

The style of the book must be dealt with 
briefly. Evidences that the author is no incom- 
petent writer are abundant ; many chapters, 
especially those already mentioned with com- 
mendation in the earlier part of this review, are 
clear and quite sufficiently polished ; but large 
portions of the work are marred in style appar- 
ently by the same haste that has played such 
havoc with the accuracy. Vagueness, obscurity, 
and ambiguity are frequent. There is often 
confusion in the summary of doctrine, as for 
example the treatment of Rousseau on pages 
553-560. The title of this section is " Three- 
fold Meaning of Nature in the Emile"; the 
three meanings are all there, but in such form 
that the student woidd have great difficiilty in 
apprehending them ; in fact only one who knew 
them in advance could well feel sure that he had 
detected them. The account of Comenius's 
school system (pp. 492 f), which might be made 
so perfectly clear, is seriously clouded by lack 
of clear progress and carefid use of terms. 

There are many minor defects of form, of 
which a few specimens may be given. " Locke 
is the founder of the naturalistic movement in 
education, for in many respects, as he freely 
acknowledges, Rousseau is indebted to him " 
(p. 522). Who freely acknowledges ? Gram- 
mar and fact seem here to be at odds. There 
is a frequent unfortunate use of the phrase 
" as with," — thus, " Locke, as with Rousseau, 
ostensibly supplanted authority by reason " 
(p. 523). Not infrequently sentences are found 
which are not rhetorically coherent, as for exam- 
ple : " As the most important of all English 
writers on the subject of education, or at least 
as ranking with Ascham and Spencer, the main 
thoughts of Locke's treatise deserve presenta- 
tion " (pp. 513, 514). There are many of these 
blemishes, some obscure, some ambiguous, some 
merely awkward ; their frequency confirms the 
belief that great haste is the occasion of these 
faidts also. 

It is cause for genuine regret that a piece of 
work so well begun and with such great possi- 
bilities should be thus disfigured and damaged 
by a multitude of errors and blemishes, some 
indeed of importance, but most of them petty in 
themselves, and all avoidable by more care in 
writing, revising, and proof-reading. But with 
all its f axdts the book is probably the best thing 
available for college classes in the liistory of edu- 
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can do much to correct the errors. We can only 
hope for an early second edition, rigorously 
^e^^sed, and in parts rewritten. 

Edward O. Sisson. 



Two AMERICAX MEX of liEXTERS.* 



Lowell and Lanier : the names chime pleas- 
antly, and with some significance, thus linked. 
At least two admirable studies recently pub- 
lished — among the most notable offerings of a 
year imusually rich in biographical literature — 
impress the reader with a definite feeling that 
this elder bard of New England, with his clear 
ideality of vision, and this later southern min- 
strel, with his fine perception of the spiritual 
sense of life, are closely akin in the lyric brother- 
hood. We will not push the parallel. The 
differences and discrepancies are palpable in the 
achievement of the younger poet whose fanej' 
had liardly begun its second flight ; Lanier's 
singing stopped in the poet's fortieth year, just 
ten years before the life of Lowell cl(»ed at the 
full age of seventy. 

Mr. Greenslet's study of Lowell is admirably 
matle. The material at hand, including the 
recently-augmented edition of the poet's letters, 
must have been almost embarrassing in its ful- 
ness to one whose purpose was to present \*dthin 
the space of a single volume a comprehensive 
view of the life of Lowell and a consistent inter- 
pretation of his work. However that may be, 
the result is a compact record of this many- 
sided life and a really judicial discussion of the 
poet's place in literatiure — the first essentially 
critical biography of Lowell yet attempted. 

Our gleaning from the volume must be 
meagre. !Mr. Greenslet's survey does not add 
materially to the vital facts of Lowell's life as 
ah-eady familiar. There was, to begin with, the 
auspicious environment of Elmwootl — the 
stately colonial mansion set in a '' bowery lone- 
liness " which drew the bluebirds and the orioles 
and the robins, — where the love of outtloor life 
was bred : and indoors there were books, — his 
clergyman-father's well-selected library, \^'ithin 
and among which he browsed knowingly : as a 
child he was read to sleep from •' The Faerie 
Queene," and rehearsed its adventurous episodes 
to his playmates. Then came the four years of 
the Harvai-d student, coloretl by a few whimsi- 
cal breaches of academic decorum, of which 

•James Busskix Lowell. His Life and Work. By Ferris 
Greenslet. Illustrated. Boston : Hoxighton, Mifflin & Co. 

Sidney Lakiek. By Edwin Mims. Illustrated. Boston: 
Houghton, Mifflin & Co. 



more is said, perhaps, than of the fact that in 
his own independent v^'ay the youth was reading 
omnivorously in all the rich pastures (if one may 
in this connection so mix the metaphor) of the 
world's literature. For three years he nerve- 
lessly pursued the law. At last he began to 
find himself, and, in 1843, elected literature. 

Lowells verse received its first potent impulse 
in his love for Maria White ; but definite inspi- 
ration came, with the development of his demo- 
cratic instincts and his ardent humanitarianism, 
in the early forties. Temperance reform, then 
woman suffrage, finally the anti-slaverj' move- 
ment, enlisted his fervent support. In that 
epoch of stormy debate he did not withhold his 
voice. The spirit which shaped some of his most 
characteristic work was already evoked. His 
ringing utterance was heard in poems like the 
" Stanzas on Freedom," and the sonnet to 
Wendell Phillips, both of which belong to 1843. 
"The Present Crisis," that superb climax of 
lyric eloquence, came in 1845. The year 1848 
is designated by the biographer as Lowell's 
annus mirabilis. It saw the publication of the 
second series of the " Poems '' and the comple- 
tion of " The Fable for Critics," the '• Biglow 
Papers,'' and the "Vision of Sir Launfal"; 
these besides niunerous articles and poems con- 
tributed to the magazines. 

For Lowell the satirist, Mr. Grreenslet has 
unqualified praise. 

" Little as he liked to be reminded of it in his later 
years, Lowell was the author of the ♦ Biglow Papers,' 
and it is as the author of the ' Biglow Papers ' that he 
is likely to be longest remembered. ... In variety, 
unction, quotability, ethical earnestness, humor, wit, 
fun, even in pure poetry and pathos, they stand quite 
by themselves in American literature. Criticism can- 
not touch them." 

Oftener than we are apt to remember, these 
years of Lowell's early manhood were in^'aded 
by sorrow. In 1847 the Lowells lost their little 
daughter Blanche, scarce a twelvemonth old ; 
three years later. Rose, their third child, died in 
infancy. The intimate personal expression of 
the poet's grief is given in the affecting lyrics : 
" She Came and Went," " The Changeling," 
and "The First Snowfall." In 1850 the 
poets mother, — from whom he had inherited 
the strong mystical tendency so clearly felt in 
his serious work as a whole, — died ; her in- 
tensely imaginative mind had become disordered 
in 1842, and for several years she had been an 
inmate of an asylum. The cloud had rested 
heavily over the household, but bitterness was 
still in store. In 1852, while enjoying their first 
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in the death of Walter, their little son, as they 
were passing the winter in Rome. Meanwhile 
Mrs. Lowell's health had been declining, and 
soon after the return home, in 1853, the poet 
buried the wife of his youth. His burden of 
grief is felt in '' Palinode," " After the Burial," 
and " The Dead House." " Something broke 
my life in two," he said later, " and I cannot 
piece it together again." 

Of the history conveyed in the later chapters 
of this work we have not space to speak. The 
biogi'apher has given a vivacious record of the 
multiform activity which so distinguishes this 
useful representative of letters, this cultured 
servant of democracy in public life. 

Mr. Greenslet's critical estimate of Lowell's 
work in verse and prose is conservative and 
altogether judicious. Of the thi'ee himdred 
poems included in the final edition of the works, 
less than fifty, he believes, " possess any vivid 
poetical life." Among the traits which give 
distinction to Lowell's best poetry, he empha- 
sizes : " the utter and fervent sincerity of the 
moods expressed in it"; "the amount of mind 
that lay back of it" — he finds in Lowell more 
of the Shakespearian mind than in any other 
American poet ; and " the consistent ideality 
which was both root and branch of his abound- 
ing intellectual life." These qualities, together 
with a keen, sensuous love of nature, Lowell 
had ; the indispensable gift of poetic style he 
had, also, — " but intermittently ; it is shown 
multitudinously in lines and passages, rarely 
through entire poems." For the " Conunemo- 
ration Ode " and the " Agassiz," the critic ex- 
presses natural and imqualified admiration ; it 
is, however, to the " Biglow Papers," vitalized 
by the fluent and irrepressible wit of the satirist, 
that he recurs oftenest, and with a final word 
of highest praise. In speaking of Lowell's 
prose, " savory " is the apt word with which Mr. 
Greenslet describes his style. In the best prose 
of the essayist, he finds a union of vitality and 
antiquarianism which imparts one of the chief 
charms to his diction. " Side by side with sub- 
tilely allusive phrases that tlirill the ripe reader 
with gleaming memories of old and far-oif au- 
thors will be found some breezy vocable of the 
street that strikes a sudden gust of fresh air 
across the page." It is as a critic of literature, 
Mr. Greenslet thinks, that Lowell's fame will 
probably be most enduring, at least that his 
work as a critic of literature " wiU last in greater 
bulk than anything else of his." If his criticism 
is not always temperate, not always judicious, or 
minutely accurate in scholarship, "it is, none 



the less, richer in humor, metaphor, gusto, — in 
short, in genius, — than any other critical writ- 
ing that America has protluced ; and it is not far 
surpassed in these qualities by anythmg in the 
language." With a glowing tribute to Lowell's 
potent influence in the cause of cidture and of 
conscience while alive, his biogi'apher prophesies 
the enduring potency of this many-sided talent 
suffused throughout the works of " the first true 
American man of Letters." 

In the stormy battle years of 1861-5, when 
Lowell, already secure in the fame of his early 
verse, was flashing Northern sentiment into the 
sharp and stinging lines of the second " Biglow 
Papers," Sidney Lanier was fighting as a pri- 
vate soldier under the flag of the Confederacy. 
Born in Macon, Georgia, in 1842, he had just 
completed his college course in Oglethorpe and 
had been called to a position as tutor in that 
institution, when the war broke. Lanier flung 
himself into the struggle with the same ardor 
that sent Paul Hamilton Hayne, George W. 
Cable, Maurice Thompson, and the poet Timrod 
to the support of the Southern cause. Sidney 
Lanier and his brother, Clifford, — two slender 
gray-eyed youths, inseparable in their service of 
danger and hardship — extracted all the romance 
which their experience provided. In 1863, they 
were on scout duty along the James ; Lanier 
wrote later with enthusiasm of his army life : 

" We had a flute and a guitar, good horses, a beauti- 
ful country, splendid residences inhabited by friends 
who loved us, and plenty of hair-breadth escapes from 
the roving bands of Federals. Clifl:' and I never cease 
to talk of the beautiful women, the serenades, the 
moonlight dashes on the beach of fair Burwell's Bay 
and the spirited brushes of our little force with the 
enemy." 

Poor Lanier — it is almost all there — his whole 
brief story I the brushes with the enemy, the 
hair-breadth escapes, the music and the romance, 
the boyish enthusiasm, the pluck, the heroism — 
and complaint, never ! The pathos, also, in that 
brief life of achievement, which began when 
the war closed, — that note, too, was struck 
in these prophetic years. In '64 the brothers 
were transferred to Wilmington, and placed as 
signal officers upon the blockade-runners. Here 
Sidney Lanier was captured and for five months 
was confined in the Federal prison at Camp 
Lookout ; it well-nigh became his tomb. With 
emaciated frame and shattered physique the 
young soldier went home, like so many other 
youthfrd veterans, south and north, to fight for 
life in the coming years. With Lanier the 
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was twenty-three years old, unsettled as to his 
future, and under the shadow of those '• raven 
days " of the desolated and demoralized South. 
" Our hearths are gone out and our hearts are 
broken " — he plaintively sang ; yet he turned 
the plaint into a song of cheer ; still he found 
the romance. In 1867 he was married to Miss 
Mary Day, of Macon, and the poems of his 
wooing-time and of his wedded life are as tender 
and sweet as the lyrics Lowell sang to Maria 
^\Tiite. For five years Lanier tried to follow 
the law, and then, in 1873, he gave hiuLself to 
art. He went to Baltimore, alone — except for 
his flute. Lanier's flute is as famous as Lanier ; 
it is a part of his personality". Its mellow notes 
had cheered the soldier and his comrades by 
camp-fire and in prison : it had been softly 
played in many a surreptitious serenade ; but it 
was more \Nddely known than this, for Lanier 
was a musician of remarkable power, and he was 
called by many the finest flute-player in America, 
if not in the world. Lanier's musical genius is 
almost the chief element in his story. So far 
as he covdd trace his ancestry it disclosed this 
talent in its possession : in the Restoration period 
thei*e were five Laniei*s in England who were 
musicians ; in Charles I.'s time Nicholas Lanier 
was painted by Van Dyke, and ^\Tote music for 
the masques of Jonson and for the lyrics of Her- 
rick ; the father of this Nicholas was a musician 
in the household of Queen Elizabeth : thus Sid- 
ney Lanier came natiirally by his gift. In Balti- 
more, Lanier's flute secured him a jx>sition in 
the Peabody Orchestra, and furnished the means 
of living for sevei^al years. Theodore Thomas 
is said to have been on the point of making the 
artist first flute-player in his orchestra, when 
Lanier's health finally failed and he was com- 
jjelled to give up the struggle. 

But Sidney Lanier foimd also in Baltimore 
his fii"st opportunit}" to gratify what had been 
the ambition of the years since his college course 
— the opportunity to study literature and the 
scientific principles of verse. The unfulfilled 
dream of his youth had been a systematic course 
in the German universities ; this was not to be 
realized, but in the richly-equipped Peabody 
Libraiy of Baltimoi-e he found his university. 
Never was there a more assiduous student. 
Especially did he devote himseK to the field of 
Old English i^oetiy. Soon there were uiAata- 
tions to lecture, and in the city he came to have 
an established reputation as a fascinating lec- 
turer on English literature. In 1875 he first 
won i-ecognition as a poet by the publication of 
"• Com "' in " Lippincott's Magazine "; and four 



months later his more successful poem " The 
Symphony " appeared in the same magazine. 
His new friendship with Bayard Taylor pro- 
duced the in\'itation to write the words for the 
Centennial Cantata. The first collection of his 
poems was published in 1877. 

Lanier's story is less familiar to the general 
reader than is that of Lowell, and it is so com- 
pelling that we have been betrayed into these 
details. The real pathos of it may best be sug- 
gested by two quotations from his letters to his 
friend and fellow-poet, Hayne. Writing in the 
early seventies, he says : 

" I have not put pen to paper in a literary way in a 
long time. How I thirst to do so, — how I long to sing 
a thousand various songs that oppress me unsimg — is 
unexpressible. Yet the mere work that brings me 
bread gives me no time." 

Again, when the tale of his life was almost told, 
under date of November 19, 1880, he writes : 

" For six months past a ghastly fever has taken pos- 
session of me each day at about 12 m., and holding my 
head imder the siu^ace of indescribable distress for the 
next twentj- hours, subsiding only enough each morning 
to let me get on my working harness, but never inter- 
mitting. ... I have myself been disposed to think it 
arose purely from the bitterness of having to spend my 
time in making academic lectures and boys' books 
[the series of " The Boy's King Arthiu-," " The Boy's 
Froissart," etc.] — pot-boilers all — when a thousand 
songs are singing in my heart that will certainly kill 
me if I do not utter them soon." 

Yet the poet extractetl the joy of life, as he 
toiled, singing, with his "Tampa Robins" — 

'■ If that I hate wild winter's spite — 
The gibbet trees, the world in white, 
The sky but gfray wind o'er a grave — 
Why should I ache, the season's slave? 
I 'U sing from the top of the orange-tree 
Gramercy, icinter^s tyranny." 

Thus, too, through the last suffering years of 
his illness and weakness he went patiently, 
blithely : singing the song of his " Stimip-Cup " 
— his lx)ld challenge to Death : 

■■ David to thy distillage went, 
Keats, and Gotama excellent, 
Omar Khayyam, and Chaucer bright, 
And Shakespeare for a king-delight. 

" Then. Time, let not a drop be spilt : 
Hand me the cup whene'er thou wilt ; 
'Tis thy rich stirmp-cup to me ; 
1 11 drink it down right smilingly." 

In i-apid succession he ^vrote three wonderful 
poems, each a masterpiece : " The Revenge of 
Hamish,"' *' How Love looked for Hell," and 
"The Marshes of Glynn." In 1879 the poet was 
appointed to a lectureship in the Johns Hopkins 
University. The fruit of this professional con- 
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which is characterized by scientific precision 
or minutely accurate scholarship ; nevertheless 
" The Science of English Verse " and " The 
English Novel " are recognized as indispensable 
to the student of English literature to-day. In 
the winter of 1880-1 Lanier gave up the pam- 
fid struggle ; withdrawing from the University, 
he went for relief to the pine lands in the 
mountains of North Carolina. Here, Septem- 
ber 7, 1881, he passed away. 

This is the mere outline of the heroic life, the 
story of which has now been told by Mr. Mims. 
The characteristics of this interesting volume 
are its picturesqueness, its simplicity, its fulness 
of detail and its dispassionate discussion of 
Lanier's claims to a permanent place among our 
American poets of fame. Not the least valuable 
of its features is the intelligent and sympathetic 
presentation of the South's condition at the 
close of the war. To the general student of 
American literature, this phase of the work is 
most illuminating in relation to the recent lit- 
erary development of the South, as well as in 
the narrower relation of its influence upon the 
intellectual growth of Sidney Lanier. Mr. 
Mims's work represents the first complete bio- 
graphy of this southern poet. It is something 
of a distinction to have served as the first inter- 
preter of a character so fine and rare ; it is a 
gi'eat distinction to have performed the honor- 
able service so well. 

Lowell and Lanier : they met once, in 1875. 
Lanier was in Boston visiting Charlotte Cush- 
man, his very dear friend, then ill at the Parker 
House. Two delightful afternoons were spent 
with Longfellow and Lowell. Of this visit the 
latter afterward wrote : 

" He was not only a man of genius with a rai-e gift 
for the happy word, but had in him qualities that won 
affection and commanded respect. I had the pleasiu-e 
of seeing him but once, when he called on me ' in more 
gladsome days,' at Elm wood, but the image of his shin- 
ing presence is among the friendliest in my memory." 

LoweU and Lanier : they were somewhat alike 
in their ideality, their sincerity, their intellectu- 
ality, in the deep spiritual vision which has 
glimpses of things beyond the knowledge of the 
world ; they were not unlike in their poetic tone. 
Lanier was hardly more than thirty-nine at his 
death; what might he not have done had he 
been given ten years longer to live and sing ! 
StiU he had written the poems which we have 
named; he had written "The Song of the 
Chattahooche," the "Psalm of the West," 
" Sunrise "--and " The Marshes of Glynn." 

W. E. SiMONDS. 



An Oxford History or England.* 

In Great Britain, as upon the continent and 
in our own coimtry, the cooperative method of 
writmg history is in favor. The " Cambridge 
Modern History " now in the midst of its course 
is, of English works, the most distinguished one 
of this character ; but several have already been 
carried through, and more are promised shortly. 
Among those which are just making their ap- 
pearance, none will be regarded by students with 
greater interest than the "Political History of 
England," which is to be published, in twelve 
volumes, under the editorship of the Reverend 
William Hunt and Mr. Reginald Lane Poole. 
These names assui-e for the series warm appre- 
ciation in the world of scholarship, for Dr. 
Hmit, now President of the Royal Historical 
Society, has recently been associated with the 
Dean of Winchester in editing the best history 
of the English Church that has yet appeared ; 
while Mr. Poole, who, since Gardiner's death, 
has been sole editor of the " English Historical 
Review," has himself done much in other ways 
for the growth of historical and cartographical 
science. 

If the names of the editors are likely to in- 
spire confidence, no less can be said of the au- 
thors of the twelve volmnes. Had another title 
been sought for the work, this might well have 
been "The Oxford English History"; for not 
only the editors, but all except two of the thir- 
teen authors (one of the volumes is written by 
two men) either are now or have been coim^ected 
with Oxford University. The two exceptions 
are Mr. Thomas Hodgkin, who will write of 
England before the Norman Conquest, and Mr. 
George Burton Adams, Professor of History in 
Yale University, whose book carries the narra- 
tive from the Conquest to the end of the reigii 
of John. 

This limitation to a few authors gives each the 
opportimity for treatment of an extended period, 
and residts in solid volimies of nearly five hun- 
dred pages, instead of many individual chapters, 
as in the " Cambridge Modern History," or a 
large number of small treatises, as in " The 
American Nation." There are no illustrations 
other than a few maps, carefully prepared for 
their historical significance. An especially 

* A Political History of England. Edited by Rev. William 
Hunt, M.A., and Reginald L. Poole, M.A. Vol. II., From the 
Norman Conquest to the Death of John (1066-1216), by George 
Burton Adams. Vol. III., From the Accession of Henry III. 
to the Death of Edward III. (1216-1377). by T. F. Tout, M.A. 
Vol. X., From the Accession of George III. to the Close of 
Pitt's First Administration (1760-1801). by William Hunt. M.A. 
New York : Longmans, Green & Co. 



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praiseworthy feature is the thorough biblio- 
graphical apparatus appended to each volume. 

The etlitors have done their work silently. 
Thus far the volumes appear i^-ithout individual 
prefaces, and one finds no " etlitors' introduc- 
tions " beyond a two-page statement of the pur- 
pose of the work as a whole. The process of 
*' linkin g " is left to the reader, who, miassisted 
by editorial finger-posts, may find the good 
things for himself. In this respect the three 
volumes which we have now to review seem to 
us to have suffered no loss. 

These volumes are the second, third, and 
tenth of the series ; and together they amount 
to more than tliirteen himdred pages of text. It 
is evident that within the limits of a brief review, 
criticism of detail must give place to general 
suggestions. In Professor Adams's book, we 
find the period 1066-1216 handled with the 
calm judgment which the author's former writ- 
ingfs in this and kindred fields have led us to 
expect ; and we comment on this the more, by 
reason of the eonti'oversial tone which has per- 
vaded much that others have written upon the 
same topic. The reigns of the Norman and 
earlier Plantagenet kings present to the student 
many problems which even England's wealth of 
historical sources has not yet made perfectly 
clear. Much of the recent work has been rather 
destructively critical, and the reflection of this 
in Professor Adams's lx)ok leaves the reader 
with a certain feeling of negation. William, 
we are told, did not regard aU the land of the 
English as rightlv confiscate. That the manors 
of the feudal barons were scattered about in 
different parts of England must not be attrib- 
uted to a conscious intention thereby to weaken 
their power. The traditional view of the mak- 
ing of the New Forest is open to question. The 
oath at Salisburj', again, was not a very novel 
performance. These negative opinions might 
leave the student sorrowing for his departed 
faith, did not Professor Adams supply occasional 
passages upon the constitutional changes and 
social development of the period — such as the 
discussion of feudalism (pp. 14-23) or that of 
ecclesiastical affairs (pp. 38-50) — so sugges- 
tive and stiinxdating as to make one regret the 
great emphasis laid upon political history to the 
hurt of other fields. Taken as a whole, the work 
of Professor Adams covers a difficult period of 
English history with a combination of unity and 
depth that neither Sir James Ramsay nor Miss 
Norgate has completely attained. 

With the struggle over the Charter and with 
the death of John, Professor Adams leaves the 



story. It is taken up by Professor Tout, to 
whom the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries 
are familiar groiuid. This volume carries the 
narrative down to 1377, and, like the preced- 
ing one, leaves England in an age of transition, 
— the age of Froissart, of Wyclif, and of 
Chaucer. During this long and eventful time, 
but four kings ruled in England, Henry III. 
and the three Edwards, and son succeeded 
father. Two of them were great, though in very 
different ways, and with very different results 
for their land. But under all four the growth 
of England's sturdy national life went on. In 
this volimie, as in that which preceded it, we 
cannot but regret the entire subordination of 
everything to politics, which we do not believe 
to make all of history. Here only a part of the 
fourth chapter and the entire last chapter are 
devoted to those deeper changes in town and 
country, in Church and University, in law and 
art, which after all is said are what to-day inter- 
est us in mediaeval life. But with this limita- 
tion — and such it seems to be — we must not 
quarrel, for it is an intended characteristic of 
the whole series. 

From the middle ages to the reign of George 
HI. constitutes a sudden and difficult leap, and 
perhaps this fact is sufficient to account for 
the feeling of relative disappointment that we 
get from reading the tenth volume, the work of 
the editor. Dr. Hunt, which extends over the 
years 1760-1801. It seems hard for modem 
English historians who write of the eighteenth 
century to suppress their own political senti- 
ments. K Mr. Trevelyan, for example, has 
given us a Whiggish history of England, here is 
a good Tory antidote. Not that Dr. Hunt's work 
is unscientific or intentionally partisan, — on the 
contrar}- there is evidence that the writer has 
striven to be just throughout. His proclivities 
appear, however, in the descriptive adjectives 
and epithets applied to men and measures, — 
Home Tooke, for example, is always labelled, — 
as well as in the larger discussions and inter- 
pellations of events. The younger Pitt is very 
properly his hero, and King Greorge himself 
appears as a greater man than in most accounts 
of the reign. On the other hand, the Whigs in 
general, and Charles James Fox in particular, 
are handled with an acerbity which contrasts 
amusingly with the over-sympathetic estimate 
of Mr. Trevelyan. 

For revolutions Dr. Hunt has no love. Speak- 
ing of the younger Pitt he says : 

" In later days [he] altogether abandoned a liberal 
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is infinitely more important than liberal measures, the 
preservation of its constitutional and social life from 
the danger of revolution " (p. 283). 

This may be regarded as typical of Dr. Hunt's 
attitude. What he says of the French Rev- 
olution would indicate that he took rather a 
narrow view of the real meaning of that mighty 
struggle. Ireland fares little better. But, while 
it would be of interest to examine Dr. Hunt's 
general account of the close of the eighteenth 
century, we feel that it is more important to 
discuss briefly his attitude in respect to our own 
controversy with the mother-country. This 
attitude is strikingly like that of Chalmers, and 
is presented in a summary which the author 
gives on pages 141—142. 

"The spirit which imderlay it can be traced with 
growing distinctness since 1690 ; it was a spirit of inde- 
pendence, puritan in religion and republican in politics, 
impatient of control, self-assertive, and disposed to 
opposition. It was irritated by restraints on industry 
and commerce, and found opportmiities for expression 
ill a system which gave the colonies representative 
assemblies while it withheld rights of self-government. 
... It is to be remembered that England's colonial 
policy was then, as it is now, the most liberal in the 
world. American discontent existed before the reign 
of George III.; it was kept in check by the fear of 
French invasion. It was when that fear was removed 
that England began to enforce the restraints on com- 
merce. This change in policy fell most heavily on the 
New England provinces, where Whig tendencies were 
strongest, and specially on Massachusetts. A small and 
violent party in the province famied the flame of dis- 
content, and the attempts at taxation, which added to 
the grievances of the colonists, afforded a respectable 
cry to the fomenters of resistance. Their wish was 
aided by the apprehension aroused in the minds of their 
fellow countrymen, by the increase in the part played 
by the prerogative and by the predominance of the 
Tories in England. While men in other provinces, as 
Patrick Henry in Virginia, worked in sympathy with 
Samuel Adams and his associates, the revolution was at 
its outset engineered at Boston, and was immediately 
determined by the quarrel between Great Britain and 
Massachusetts. In the events which led to the Revo- 
lution the British government appears to have shown a 
shortsighted insistence on legal rights and a contemptu- 
ous disregard of the sentiments and opinions of the 
colonists ; the revolutionists generally a turbulent, inso- 
lent, and unreasonable temper." 

With the narrative of the bare events of the 
Revolution we have little faidt to find, but Dr. 
Hunt's interpretation of these, and his grasp 
of colonial conditions, seem to us not entirely 
satisfying. Let us take for example his descrip- 
tion of the colonies found on page 54. 

"Though Puritanism as a religious force was well nigh 
extinct in the Xew England provinces, it affected the 
temper of the people : they set a high value on speech 
making and fine words, and were litigious and obsti- 
nate ; lawyers were plentif id among them and had much 
influence." 



Dr. Hunt fails to mention that the legal pro- 
fession, in New York, Pennsylvania, Maryland, 
and Virginia, was of longer training and of 
greater reputation : indeed his references to the 
middle and southern colonies is in general unsat- 
isfactory. Again the author goes on to say : 

" Their [the colonies'] constitutions differed in vari- 
ous points; in some the governor was appointed by the 
crown, in others by the proprietary. All alike enjoyed 
a large measure of personal and political freedom ; the 
had the form and substance of the British Constitution : 
they had representative assemblies in which they taxed 
themselves for their domestic purposes, chose most of 
their own magistrates, and paid them all; and it was 
seldom that their legislation was interfered with except 
with respect to commerce." 

Such general statements are hazardous. In the 
proprietary provinces, in 1760, the governors, 
although nominated indeed by the proprietors, 
were subject to the approval and control of the 
crown. In Rhode Island and Connecticut, on 
the contrary, the governors were elected, and 
not appointed at all. As to the choosing of mag- 
istrates, the statement in the text would have, 
in the case of some colonies, e. g. Maryland, to 
undergo serious limitation. If customs officers 
are to be included, not all magistrates were paid 
by the assemblies, and if the last clause be 
literally true, surely such important exceptions 
as the vetoes and prohibitory legislation of En- 
gland as to paper money, land-banks, and tobacco 
currency shoidd at least be mentioned. 

In this one respect like Mr. Lecky', Dr. Hunt 
emphasizes the conunercial system as the chief 
source of colonial irritation. His account of tliat 
system, however, is somewliat loose. There was 
no Navigation Act of 1657 (p. 55). It should 
be explained why hefore 1733 trade with the 
French West Indies was "^contraband " (j). 56). 

We have ventured thus far into detail not 
because Dr. Himt's conclusions are necessarily 
erroneous, but because it seems that they are 
rather dogmatic. Against mmor errors of fact 
or of exaggeration we are glad to set the general 
accuracy of the narrative, and the very fair- 
minded judgment of Washington's career, and 
the calm acceptance of the justice of Andre's 
execution. Finally, with reference to Dr. Hunt's 
general estimate of our rebellion, we feel that 
the chief deficiency again residts from the 
concentration of attention upon the legal and 
political sides of the struggle. Revolutionary 
politics, in very truth, were not always savory : 
it is only on the deeper grounds of social and 
economic development that the real imderstand- 
ing wUl some day be reached. 

St. George L. Sioussat. 



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Recext American Poetry.* 



The poetical work of Mr. Lloyd Mifflin is always 
serious and deserving of respectful attention. Dur- 
ing the last ten or twelve years it has been put forth 
in a series of small volumes that students of Ameri- 
can literature have learned to greet with welcome 
and appreciation. By reason of being so scattered, 
his work has failed of its full effect, and has made 
something less of an impression than it should. It 
is f)articularly in the sonnet that Mr. Mifflin has 
worked, and now that he has brought together no 
less than three hundred and fifty of his sonnets into 
a single stately volume, it is possible to get a clearer 
and more comprehensive view of his total achieve- 
ment tlian has hitherto been vouchsafed. This book 
of sonnets is assm*edly a worthy memorial of the 
poet's many yeai-s of endeavor. The sonnets are 
highly finished, and in the orthodox form, except 
for an intentional departure in one or two special 
cases, for which artistic justification is not lacking. 
Their range is wide, their diction is noble, and their 
idealism is of the finer sort. Their excellence, 
moreover, is so even that it is peculiarly difficult to 
make a representative selection. "With much hesita- 
tion, we reproduce '• The Victor." which is at least as 
fine as any. although no finer tlian a score of others. 

" I am the Shadow. — I whose brooding wings 

Are gray with £eons. I depopulate 

The world : and all yon peopled stars await 

My ravenous scythe. Through ehamel dust of kings 
I come, spuming the scepters. Though the stings 

Of adders still are mine, I bear no hate. 

But am beneficent. Minion of Fate, 

I am the mausoleum of all things. 
Stem and implacable sovereign of the dead. 

But friend to him down-trampled in the strife. 

I, shrouded, cryptic, through the darkness go 
Silent for ever : yet it hath been said 

I lift the portals leading unto Life. . . . 

And thou, at last, — it may be thou shalt know." 

It might be urged that the arresting thought, the 
memorable phrase, rarely occurs in Mr. Mifflin's 
work ; it might also be urged that he does not always 
escape the temptation of fluency, that his ornament 
is often purely rhetorical and that he resorts too 

•CoixECTED So>-KETS OF LtoYD MiFFUs. Rerlsed bj the 
author. Xew York : Henry Frowde. 

The Poems of Tbcmbcix Stickxby. Boston: Houghton, 
Mifflin & Co. 

Ix THE Heights. By Richard Watson Gilder. New York: 
The Century Co. 

The Vale of Tempe. By Madison J. Cawein. New York: 
E. P. Dutton & Co. 

The Great AD\-Ej«TrRE. By George Cabot Lod^re. Boston: 
Houghton. Mifflin & Co. 

The V.alley of Dreams. By H. Hayden Sands. Boston: 
Alfred Bartlett. 

Old La30>s and New. and Other Verse. By Edward Willard 
Watson. M.D. Philadelphia: H. W. Fisher & Co. 

Perdita. and Other Poems. By Charles J. Bayne. Atlanta : 
Cole Book Co. 

Poems. By Robert Chenault Givler. Published by the author. 

A SorTHERN Flight. By Frank Dempster Sherman and Clin- 
ton Scollard. Clinton. N. Y. : George William Browning. 

New World Lyrics and Ballads. By Duncan Campbell 
Scott. Toronto : Morang & Co. 

The Collected Poems of Wilfred Campbell. New York: 
Fleming H. Revell Co. 



much to conventional imagery. We do not press 
these points, because taken altogether they merely 
prove that Mr. Mifflin does not quite do what only 
the supreme masters of the sonnet have done. There 
can be no doubt, in the presence of this collection, 
that he has given proof of a true poetic gift, and made 
a considerable contribution to American literature. 

The late Joseph Trumbull Stickney was born in 
1874, was graduated from Harvard in 1895, and 
died in 1904. He won high universitj' honors, at 
Cambridge and afterwards at the French University, 
and during the last year of his life was an instructor 
at Harvard. Most of his manhood and much of 
his childhood was spent abroad. These facts are 
gleaned from the Biographical Note with which his 
literary executors have prefaced the volimie of his 
collected "Poems." The contents of this volume 
include a reprint of the " Dramatic Verses " pub- 
lished in 1902, some incomplete dramatic studies, 
a considerable collection of " Later Lyrics," besides 
sections of " Juvenilia " and " Fragments." They 
represent practically the whole poetical achievement 
of a man who was both a brilliant scholar and a 
promising poet a poet whose work fairly justifies 
his being reckoned among "the inheritors of unful- 
filled renown." Promise rather than fulfillment is 
the mark of this work as a whole, for it reveals 
Stickney as stUl groping for a distinctive manner 
rather than as having reached a definitive expression 
of his powers. Reviewing his first volume, we were 
compelled to speak of its "jarring staccato," its 
" far-fetched epithets," and •• its endeavor to be im- 
pressive at the cost of clear thinking and verbal 
restraint." The " Later Ljnics " now first printed 
show us the process of fermentation still at work, 
but serve also to deepen our sense of the poet's pos- 
sibilities. Such a sonnet as this on " Mt. Ida " is no 
mean performance, and may be taken as illustrating 
the highest level of his attainment. 

" I long desired to see. I now have seen. 
Yonder the heavenly everlasting bride 
Draws the white shadows to her virgin side, 
Ida, whom long ago God made his Queen. 
The daylight weakens to a fearful sheen ; 
The mountains slumber seaward sanctified, 
And cloudy shafts of bluish vapour hide 
The places where a sky and world have been. 
O Ida, snowy bride that God espoused 
Unto that day that never wholly is. 
Whiten thou the horizon of my eyes. 
That when the momentary sea aroused 
Flows up in earthquake, still thou mayest rise 
Sacred above the quivering Cyclades." 

This is the first of a g^oup of three sonnets inscribed 
to the sacred mountain, and the other two move upon 
the same serene height of imag^ative vision. 

Mr. Gilder's verse exhibits something of the heroic 
optimism of his own " Singer of Joy." 

" He sang the rose, he praised its fragant breath ; 
(Alas, he saw the gnawing worm beneath.) 
He sang of summer and the flowing grass ; 
(He knew that all the beauty quick would pass.) 
He said the world was good and skies were fair ; 
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Immortally he sang pure friendship's flame ; 

(Yet had he seen it shrivel to a name.) 

And, ah, he praised true love, with golden speech ; 

(What though it was a star he could not reach.) 

His songs in every soul the hero woke ; 

(He in the shadows waited the last stroke.) 

He was the singer of the joyous art ; 

(Down to the grave he bore a broken heart.)" 

Mr. Gilder draws morals from nature no less than 
from human life, as the following stanzas attest : 

" The clouds upon the mountains rest ; 
A gloom is on the autumn day ; 
But down the valley, in the west, 

The sudden sunlight breaks its way, — 
A light lies on the farther hills. 

" Forget thy sorrow, heart of mine ! 

Though shadows fall and fades the leaf. 
Somewhere is joy, though 'tis not thine ; 
The power that sent can heal thy griei ; 
And light lies on the farther hills. 

" Thou wouldst not with the world be one 

If ne'er thou knewest hurt and wrong ; 

Take comfort, though the darkened sun 

Never again bring gleam or song, — 

The light lies on the farther hills." 

The majority of Mr. Gilder's new poems are occa- 
sional, and few know as well as he how to find the 
fitting word or the felicitous phrase with which to 
celebrate a friend, or a cause, or a memory. His 
tributes to Joseph Jefferson and John Wesley are 
models of this kind of composition. 

" The Vale of Tempe " is, according to a list of 
titles printed at the back of the book, Mr. Cawein's 
sixteenth volume of verse. If he should live long 
enough, there may some time be a sixtieth. " All 
Art 's over long," he remarks in the motto supplied 
for the present collection, yet we cannot help feeling 
that literature is the richer for these new poems, 
albeit they strike notes long familiar to his readers. 
Of our present-day ministrants at nature's shrine, 
he is perhaps the most unceasing and ardent in his 
devotions, and inexhaustible is the store of poetic 
fancy that he consecrates to the object of his wor- 
ship. We quote the lyric called " Revealment." 

" A sense of sadness in the golden air, 
A pensiveness, that has no part in care, 

As if the Season, by some woodland pool. 
Braiding the early blossoms in her hair, 
Seeing her loveliness reflected there, 

Had sighed to find herself so beautiful. 

" A breathlessness, a feeling as of fear, 
Holy and dim as of a mystery near. 

As if the World about us listening went. 
With lifted finger, and hand-hollowed ear. 
Hearkening a music that we cannot hear. 

Haunting the quickening earth and firmament. 

" A prescience of the soul that has no name, 
Expectancy that is both wild and tame, 

As if the Earth, from out its azure ring 

Of heavens, looked to see, as white as flame, — 
As Perseus once to chained Andromeda came,- — 

The swift, divine revealment of the Spring," 

The volume contains many other poems as exquisite 
as this ; indeed, the most surprising thing about Mr. 



Cawein's work is the even excellence which charac- 
terizes so great a quantity of matter. 

" The Great Adventure " is a volume of sonnets 
by Mr. George Cabot Lodge. His themes are the 
major triad of Life, Love, and Death. The third 
section is particularly dedicated to the memory of 
Trumbull Stickney, and includes the following son- 
net, which we quote, not as one of the best, but as 
the one which explains the title of the collection : 

" He said : ' We are the Great Adventurers, 
This is the Great Adventure : thus to be 
Alive and, on the universal sea 
Of being, lone yet dauntless mariners. 

In the rapt outlook of astronomers 

To rise thro' constellated gyres of thought ; 
To fall with shattered pinions, overwrought 
With flight, like unrecorded Lueif ers : — 

Thus to receive identity, and thus 

Return at last to the dark element, — 
This is the Great Adventure ! ' All of us, 

Who saw his dead, deep-visioned eyes, could see, 
After the Great Adventure, inmianent, 
Splendid and strange, the Great Discovery I " 

We also quote the sonnet that comes next, as illus- 
trative of the poet's occasional habit of experiment- 
ing in tetrameters. 

" Above his heart the rose is red. 

The rose above his head is white, 

The crocus glows with golden light. 

The Spring returns, and he is dead ! 
We hark in vain to hear his tread. 

We reach to clasp his hand in vain ; 

Tho' life and love return again 

We can no more be comforted. 
With tearless eyes we keep steadfast 

His vigil we were sworn to keep : 

But, when he left us, and at last 
We saw him pass beyond the Door, 

And knew he could return no more. 

We wept aloud as children weep." 

High praise must be given to the thoughtful and 
imaginative qualities of Mr. Lodge's verse ; he is a 
poet who is visibly gi'owing with each new volume 
he puts forth, and who may be expected to go far. 

"The Valley of Dreams," by Mr. H. Hayden 
Sands, is a volume of lyrics possessing much medi- 
tative charm and a considerable degi-ee of technical 
excellence. A representative poem is the following : 

" Why shed the bitter tears of Death 

For that which cannot be ; 
Why long to linger in the breaflh 

Of brief Mortality. 
A brighter Star shall light the Night — 
A gladder ending crowns the Fight. 

" Should we lament the fading rose ? 

The rose shall once more bloom. 
The smiling flower that upgrows 

Around To-morrow's tomb. 
Though unperceived unto our eyes 
Fairer shall bloom to other skies. 

" And when at last we two shall pass 

Into the great Unknown, 
And coming flowers through the grass 

Their deathless seed have sown. 
We, too, shall see a brighter day. 
Brighter than all long passed away." 



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We note an occasional tendency to resort to eccen- 
tricities of diction, of which the following are illus- 
trations : 

" With kisses sweet she tended it, 
And 'neath its fragrant boon. 
Within her wild hair bended it 
And sangeth to the moon." 

" What a joyous life is yours ! 

What a life of thoughtless hours ! 
Winging on your pleasant tours, 

Through Midsummer's fragrant bowers." 

" From her tresses all woven and spangled, 

With those drops the night mignonettes wear, 
I caught from the odor which tangled, 

My heart as a rose in her hair, 
The attollent Love that was there, — 
That Pain of all Pains that was there." 

The last example is rather cheap Poe, the second 
turns liberty to license in the matter of pronunciar 
tion, and of the first we can do no better than repeat 
a memorable dictum, and say : " This will never do." 
Nevertheless, Mr. Sands is no little of a poet, and 
we have read his verses with pleasure. Their form of 
publication is of a nature to delight the bookish sense. 
" Old Lamps and New " is a volume of lyrics and 
sonnets by Dr. Edward WUlard Watson. They are 
love songs for the most part, and the mingled joy and 
poignancy of belated love is their characteristic theme. 

" The long g^y shadows creep and closer fall, 
The cool night winds across the meadows call ; 
High in the pallid sky the wan, white moon 
Swims slowly in the silence over all — 
Ah, Love, you weep that night must come so soon. 

" The sweetness of thy love steals over me ; 
Life never gave me love till I loved thee, 
Now, at the eve ; I missed thee all the noon ; 
So short they seem, the hours that yet may be — 
Ah, Love, you weep that night must come so soon. 

'' My arms are close around thee, and they press 
Unto my heart thy perfect loveliness ; 
Shall I scorn Fortune's dear belated boon ? 
Because the hours are few is joy the less ? — 
Yet still you weep that death must come so soon." 

A pretty fancy, but no particular depth of emo- 
tion, characterizes Mr. Bayne's volume of verse. 
"Afloat" is a pleasing example. 

" Ah I could we ever drift and dream 

In these cool coverts of repose, 
The world, like yonder restless stream 

Which vainly sparkles as it flows, 
Would leave beneath thy sweet control 
The calmed Propontis of my sonl. 



" Still, if in this enchanted sphere 

No longer we may drift and dream, 
'Tis ours at least to wake and steer, 

'Tis ours to leave the restless stream, 
And twine from roses of to-day 
A garland for some happier May." 

Sometimes, as in "There are other eyes in Spain," 
we have society verse pure and simple. 

" There are other eyes in Spain, — 
Dark and dazzling eyes, Crncita, 

Rosebud lips which wait the rain 
Like the harvest for Demeter. 

Do not distance with disdain : 

There are other eyes in Spain." 



Mr. Robert Chenault Givler is the author of a 
volume of -'Poems," printed upon bufE paper, and 
bearing no evidence of its place of origin. The 
contents are given over to musings and raptures, 
silvery moonlight and gentle melancholy, abstract 
questionings and meditations upon nature, life, love, 
and eternity. We quote these striking lines upon 
the " Violoncello ": 

'* What hand first formed thee, Wind-harp of the soul ? 
Not that of man ; this scroll, these curves and strings 
Are faded memories of immortal things 
Our spirits saw ere Time began to roll 
His fretful stream 'twixt both eternities. 

" What sound is that, which floats upon the breeze 
Like a lost star searching the cave of night 
For hiding place, to soothe its virgin light 
Li the soft sobbing of the forest wind ? 
The tremulous sound grows softer than the dew 
That slips between the leaves, and sweeter stall 
Than sound of pebbles toyed by midnight rill." 

These lines are undoubtedly poetry, and they rep- 
resent only a fair average of the author's gift of 
expression. 

" A Southern Flight " is a small volume of ten- 
der and gfraceful lyrics, the joint production of two 
singers whose note is always clear and pure. Mr. 
Frank Dempster Sherman signs " At Dusk." 

" The air is filled with scent of musk 

Blown from the garden's court of bloom, 
Where rests the rose within her room 
And dreams her fragrance in the dusk. 

'' Above, attended by the stars, 

The full moon rises, round and white, — 
A boat in the blue Nile of night 
Drifting amid the nenuphars." 

" And now the whippoorwill who knows 
A lyric ecstasy divine 
Begins his song. Ah ! sweetheart mine. 
What shall love's answer be, my Rose ? " 

Mr. Clinton Scollard is the other poet, and he it is 
who thus sings "At Twilight": 

" A little shallow silver urn, 

High in the west the new moon hnng ; 
Amid the palms a fountain flung 
Its snowy floss, and there, above. 
With its impassioned unconcern, 

A hidden bird discoursed of love. 

" I felt your hand upon my arm 
Flutter as doth a thrush's wing, 
Then tighten. Sweet, how small a thing 
Draws kindred spirits heart to heart ! 
More was that hour's elusive charm 
To US than eloquence or art." 

Mr. Duncan Campbell Scott's " New World Lyrics 
and Ballads " includes several pieces in somewhat 
ruder measures than are acceptable to a sensitive 
ear, but contains also a few poems as good as any 
that the author has previously published. We are 
particularly impressed with the truth and high spir- 
itual beauty of " The House of the Broken-Hearted." 

" It is dark to the outwsird seeming, 
Wherever its walls may rise, 
Where the meadows are a-dreaming, 
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Where at ebb the great world lies, 

Dim as a sea uncharted, 
Round the house of sorrow, 

The house of the broken-hearted. 

" It is dark in the midst of the city, 

^Vhere the world flows deep and strong, 
Where the coldest thing is pity, 

Where the heart wears out ere long. 

Where the plow -share of wrath and of wrong 

Trenches a ragged fuiTow, 
Round the house of the broken-hearted. 
The house of sorrow. 

" But while the world goes unheeding 
The tenant that holds the lease, 
Or fancies him grieving and pleading 
For the thing which it calls peace, 
There has come what shall never cease 

Till there shall come no morrow 
To the house of the broken-hearted 
The house of sorrow. 

" There is peace no pleasure can jeopard, 
It is so sure and deep. 
And there, in the guise of a shepherd, 
Grod doth him keep ; 
He leads His beloved sheep 

To fold when the day is departed. 
In the house of sorrow. 

The house of the broken-hearted." 

If we might make further quotations, they should 
be of " A Nest of Hepaticas." 

" O Passion of the coming of the spring ! 
When the light love has captured everytliing. 
When all the winter of the year's dry prose 
Is rhymed to rapture, rhythmed to the rose." 

Or of the " Night Hymns on Lake Nepigon ": 

" Sing Ave the sacred ancient hymns of the churches. 
Chanted first in old-world nooks of the desert, 
While in the wild, pellucid Nepigon reaches 
Hunted the savage. 

" Now have the ages met in the Northern midnight. 
And on the lonely, loon-haunted Nepigon reaches 
Rises the hymn of triumph and courage and comfort, 
Adeste Fideles." 

The Canadian poets certainly hold their own with 
our minstrels on this side of the border. As we 
opened the present review with the collected verse 
of one of our own most serious singers, so we will 
close it with " The Collected Poems of Wilfred 
Campbell," a poet whose inspiration is both strong 
and sustained. We set no particular store by the 
fact that an American Maecenas has purchased an 
edition of this volume for distribution among the 
various libraries of his foundation. It is a fact useful 
for advertising purposes, just as President Roose- 
velt's recent laudation of " The Children of the 
Night " was useful, but in neither case does the dis- 
tinction have any critical weight, for it might just 
as easily have fallen to some far less meritorious 
work. But Mr. Campbell's poetry, quite independ- 
ently of this sort of uncritical patronage, deserves 
serious consideration, and the volume of it, now 
brought together, is surprisingly large. It is classi- 
fied in eight divisions, of which the first, called 
" Elemental and Human Verse," comes perhaps the 
nearest to exhibiting the predominant notes of the 



whole. In other words, nature and the soul of man 
are the lofty themes which inspire the poet through- 
out. But the natm'e of Mr. Campbell's interpreta- 
tion is not the conventionalized and sophisticated 
affair of the bookish poet ; it is the universal mother 
conceived of in her elemental and passionate char- 
acters, sung of in strains of intimate sympathy and 
rapturous communion. And his conception of the 
soul of man is that of " man the hoper, man the 
dreamer, the eternal child of delight and despair 
whose ideals are ever a lifetime ahead of his greatest 
accomplishments, who is the hero of nature and the 
darling of the ages. Because of this, true poetry 
will always be to him a language, speaking to him 
from the highest levels of his being, and a sort of 
translation from a more divine tongue emanating 
from the mystery and will of God." These words 
are taken from the dignified confession of poetical 
faith with which the collection is prefaced. Trans- 
lated into verse a few pages further on, the thought 
thus takes form : 

" Earth's dream of poetry will never die. 
It lingers while we linger, base or true — 
A part of all this being. Life may change. 
Old customs wither, creeds become as nought, 
Like autumn husks in rainwinds ; men may kill 
All memory of the greatness of the past, 
Kingdoms may melt, republics wane and die. 
New dreams arise and shake this jaded world ; 
But that rare sjjirit of song will breathe and live 
While beauty, sorrow, greatness hold for men 
A kinship with the eternal ; until all 
That earth holds noble wastes and fades away." 

The greater part of the work now collected has 
made a previous appearance in other forms, and we 
have more than once paid tribute to its sincerity and 
beauty. Besides this lyrical work, Mr. Campbell 
has to his account eight poetical dramas, which he 
promises to collect for us into a companion volume. 
William Morton Payne. 



Briefs on N^eav Books. 



A coruribuiion ^he " Portfolio " monogi-aphs, one 
to the study of of the most valuable series on artistic 
DutcJi paintinu. subjects in English, has recently, 
after several years' interregnum, given us matter for 
congratulation in the publication of Sir Walter Arm- 
strong's volume on " The Peel Collection and the 
Dutch School of Painting" (Dutton). The purpose 
of the author, one of the most discriminating of art 
critics, is to refute that premature judgment of 
Ruskin which is quoted from the opening pages of 
his " Modern Painters " to the effect that " most 
pictures of the Dutch School, except always those 
of Rubens, Van Dyke, and Rembrandt, are ostenta- 
tious exhibitions of the artist's power of speech, the 
clear and vigorous elocution of useless and senseless 
words." Sir Walter doubts if this be true, and 
shows convincingly that the great Dutch painters 
speak " the same language as the gi'eat Italians of 
the sixteenth century or the great Athenians of 



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.4 practical 
believer in the 
Golden Rule. 



twenty centuries before." Although the book nomi- 
nally deals only with the pictures in the Peel Col- 
lection, it is reaUy a monograph on the whole Dutch 
School. In his treatment of the painters of still life, 
of landscape, and of portraits, the author makes 
clear who are the greatest masters in each gi'oup and 
gives his reasons for their rank. Ajiiong artists of 
the present day om* critic will find ready sympathy 
for all that he says in regard to the slight impor- 
tance of subject as compared with the supreme 
imi)ortance of style, of artistic worth. The chief 
difference between the Dutch and Italian artists, so 
Sir Walter argues, lies in their choice of subject. 
The landscapes and the models which these painters 
of the North portray are inferior in beauty to those 
which naturally served as material for the artists of 
the South. Yet no ai-t has ever been condemned j 
for the humbleness of its subject-matter. Among 
the many interesting points in this book are the 
author's illustrations of the famUiar idea that a work 
of art is the interpretation of natm'e through the 
tempei-ament of the artist. He makes another good 
point in what he says about the focus of a painting, 
— the size and character of the brush-strokes in 
relation to the size of the painting and to the dis- 
tance proper to a correct view. Since this is not a 
histoiy of j)ainting. but a critical monograph, the 
author is perfectly justified in omitting discussion of 
certain important painters, as Hals and Rembrandt, 
who are not represented in the Peel Collection. 
The volume is perhaps the best contribution to the 
critical study of Dutch painting since the publication 
of "Les JSIaitres d' Autrefois" (1875). It will 
enhance the appreciation of these great painters. It 
is something new in the literature of art. Its criti- 
cism is fresh and stimulating. It is a book which 
eveiy lover of the Dutch School should possess, in 
order to read and re-read. 



In his Introduction to the " Letters 
of Labor and Love," by the late 
Mayor Jones of Toledo, Mr. Brand 
Whitlock has said, better than can the re\4ewer, 
those things the reviewer would wish to say. And 
after a careful reading of these letters, written by 
" Golden Rule " Jones to his working-men, one feels 
that they must appeal to every fair-minded reader, 
as they do to Mr. Whitlock, as the simple and 
spontaneous expression of the beliefs of a spiritxud- 
minded yet singularly practical man, with a gen- 
erous and abiding faith in his fellow-men. The 
predominant idea of the book is that of libert}'. 
There is scarcely a letter in which the writer does 
not recur to the thought of greater liberty and 
equality among men. The story of Mayor Jones's 
life is well known, — how he rose, as the result of 
an invention of his own, from the position of a 
humble worker in the oil-fields to a place of wealth 
and authority : how he educated himself in no mean 
manner ; how he put in practice the beliefs that he j 
formulated ; how his life so won upon the people I 
that he was elected to office again and again, over j 



the heatls of party candidates ; and how in his death 
he was mourned as many greater men are not. It 
was this living out and living up to his beliefs that 
won such results ; he was no mere theoidst, and hav- 
ing decided for himself what was the cause of much 
of the unhappiness in the world, he did his utmost 
to overcome this unhappiness by what he considered 
just and fair treatment of the working-man. These 
letters show plainly what were his principles of 
action : in one particularly ( •• Politics," written the 
next day after election, in 1900), he states his jwlit- 
ical belief in no imcertain terms. 

" I am for a social and political order that will be true in 
every detail to the idea of Elquality, that all men are created 
equal. I am for a social system that will grant to every 
baby bom on the planet equality of opportunity with every 
other baby. I am against a system that destroys a few by 
making them inordinately rich, while it destroys many by 
making them inordinately poor. I am for peace, for har- 
mony, for heaven ; I am against war and hat« and helL I am 
against government by force anywhere, and for government 
by consent everywhere. . . . My only hope, and all of my 
hope, is in the patriotism of the people, the love of man for 
man ; I have no hope in any kind of partyism." 

A man who believed these things so strongly, who 
acted them out in his daily life to the best of his 
power and opportunity, who refused a nomination 
to Congress because he would not be bound by any 
party expectations or party ties ; and who did his 
best to spread his ideas because he was convinced 
they were right, would always be sure of a following. 
As the most forcible and significant utterances of 
such a man, these letters should find a ready wel- 
come not only among his admirers but also among 
all who are interested in the deeper problems of 
societj-. (Bobbs-MerrUl Co. ) 

A monumental ''J^^^e are few to whom this book 
edition of will seem worth while," writes Pro- 

Georye Herbert, fgssor George Herbert Palmer in the 
preface to his three-volume edition of the English 
works of George Herbert (Houghton, Mifflin & 
Co. ) . "'It embodies long labor, spent on a minor 
poet, and will probably never be read entire by any- 
one. But that is a reason for its existence. Lavish- 
ness is its aim. The book is a box of spikenard, 
poured in unappeasable love over one who has 
attended my life." The result of this great labor of 
love is probably the most minute and exhaustive 
edition of an English minor poet that has ever been 
published. Nearly one-half of the first volume is 
filled by a series of Introductory Essays dealing 
with matters essential to a general understanding of 
Herbert's poetrj- ; such as the great events of his 
time, his life and character, the type of his religious 
verse, his style and technique. Most important of 
all is the essay explaining and justifying the 'man- 
ner in which Professor Palmer has arranged and 
grouped the poems. Chronology and subject-matter 
resolve them into twelve significant groups, to each 
of which special prefaces are furnished. Professor 
Pabner's essays are terse, direct, and pithy, felicitous 
in their combination of tii'eless scholarly research 
and infectious enthusiasm. The notes to the poems 



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are voluminous, but a simple classification makes 
selection among them easy. They include explana- 
tions of the text, cross-references to similar passages 
in Herbert or his contemporaries, and the most illu- 
minating comments and illustrations that have been 
proposed by previous editors. The illustrations 
" attempt to exhibit whatever portions of Herbert's 
visible world have survived the centm-ies." They 
show his homes, the churches with which he was con- 
nected, his portraits, — including what was probably 
the original of them all, not hitherto published, — and 
many interesting facsimiles of his manuscripts and 
printed works. The prose writings are included partly 
for their intrinsic interest, but more for the light they 
throw ujwn the man and the poems, upon which it 
is Professor Palmer's great wish to concentrate 
attention. Type, paper, and binding are of the finest 
quality, so that no pains have been spared to make 
the new edition as notable in mechanical features 
as it is rich in scholarship and in inspiration. It 
will be long before the edition is superseded as a 
final effort to reconstnict the personality and inter- 
pret the vital message of George Herbert. 

Expe^-iences v^ith I" ^x-s. Kate V. St. Maur's "A Self- 
a self-supporting supporting Home" (Macmillan), we 
country home. find, not a book for the mere nature- 
lover, and certainly not one for or by the theoretical 
farmer, but one in which the author has endeavored 
to set down such results of her experiences as will 
help others who wish to make an attempt as earnest 
if not as extended as her own. She was moved to 
try to make a dream come true, and by means of 
advertising she obtained a farm of twelve acres, not 
far from the city, containing a number of old build- 
ings and a small orchard. Her endeavor was to 
make this rented place support itself ; and beginning 
with six setting hens, she gradually added ducks, 
guinea-hens, and rabbits, until the place became a 
veritable stock-farm, while at the same time the gar- 
den supplied the table, and the family savings soon 
purchased a cow. After the first year and a half 
she found herself able to bank the sum previously 
spent in living expenses. The chief thing is that, 
instead of experiencing discomfort and privations, 
the family lived in greater comfort and happiness 
than before. As might be expected, the book in 
which such experiences and triumphs are unfolded 
is quite different from the ordinary garden books, 
although it contains seasonable advice about the 
vegetable and fruit garden, the mushroom bed, the 
care and feeding of poultry, ducks, geese, guinea- 
hens, rabbits, the cow, pigeons, the family horse, 
bees, turkeys, pheasants, choice cats, and pigs. The 
author's directions are simple and untechnical, and 
generally clear, for she has borne in mind her own 
unfortunate experiences in consulting expert refer- 
ence-books. There are also many suggestions and 
time-saving and labor-saving devices that only a 
woman would think of ; so that, while the volume 
contains information useful for any amateur, it is 
preeminently of value to the woman who wishes to 



undertake a small farm or to make an individual 
income by means of one or more of the pursuits 
described. Its arrangement is good, gi'ouping under 
each month the work and preparations esjjecially 
suited to the period, and summing up the author's 
ten-years' experience in the way most likely to be 
helpful to the reader. She writes with that tem- 
pered enthusiasm that is apt to be convincing ; and 
although she takes her subject seriously, she allows 
herself occasional touches of humor. There are 
many illustrations from photograplis, and a detailed 
table of contents, but no index. 



More of The Messrs. Putnam's Sons, who 

Sainte-Beuve's 11.171111 1. , . 1 

"Portraits" ^^^^ ^^"^ brought out a two-volume 
in English. selection from Sainte-Beuve's work 

entitled " Portraits of the Seventeenth Century," 
have done a further service to English readers by 
publishing in translation two uniform volumes of 
his "Portraits of the Eighteenth Century." Miss 
Katharine Wormeley, whose supple and finished ren- 
dering of Sainte-Beuve's delightfidly spontaneous 
style commended itself to readers of the other series, 
has translated the " Portraits " contained in the first 
of the new volumes, and Mr. George Burnham Ives 
has done very acceptable work in the second. As 
before, the studies have been chosen with a view to 
representing the best of both the historic and the 
literary criticism of Sainte-Beuve. There have 
been slight omissions of passages lacking in present 
interest, and where several essays upon one person 
exist they have been combined, omitting repeti- 
tions. The volumes are illustrated with portraits, 
and handsomely bound in buckram. M. Edmond 
Scherer's appreciation of Sainte-Beuve, written in 
October, 1869, at the time of the latter's death, 
forms an illuminating introduction to the first vol- 
ume. At a time when criticism has become a business 
rather than a vocation, it is worth while to recall 
M. Scherer's account of Sainte-Beuve's aims and 
methods, — of the slow but sm-e development of his 
critical bent, — and we must inevitably wonder, with 
him, whether " the royalty of letters is not fated to 
pass away like the other royalties," or whether out of 
the " general mediocrity " of English criticism there 
wiU ever arise another Sainte-Beuve. Meanwhile 
for delicacy, good taste, profundity of research, and 
brilliancy of finish, his work remains unique, and 
well deserves the tribute of adequate translation and 
sumptuous publication now being rendered it. 

A Netv England ^"^ cannot read such a book as Dr. 
physician of James Jackson Putnam's Memoir 
the old school, ^f -Qv. James Jackson (Houghton, 
Mifflin «fc Co.) without more than a passing regret 
for the days of the old-fashioned family physician. 
How cui'ious now-a-days to read that Stephen Hig- 
ginson engaged the young Dr. Jackson "to make 
daily visits to his wife and children, sick or well," — 
a plan which the present generation recognizes as 
Chinese rather than American. But Dr. Jackson 
was a man worthy of such responsibility, and soon 



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"made himself a trusted counsellor of the house- 
hold in all matters, a part which he was destined 
to play eventually for many families of the town." 
No wonder that the ''town" of Boston flourished, 
when such eminent talent guided the everyday 
affairs of its citizens I How gracious a character 
this office of counseUor-at-large developed in Dr. 
Jackson himself the present Memoir most readahly 
sets fortli. Dr. Holmes — his cousin of a younger 
generation — not only describes him in the two 
poems " A Portrait " and '• The Morning Visit," 
but says of him, " I have seen many noted British 
and French and American practitioners, but I never 
saw the man so altogether admu-able at the bedside 
of the sick as Dr. James Jackson." As able in 
adminLstration and in teaching as in practice, Dr. 
Jackson was one of the founders of the Massar 
chusetts General Hospital, and the first to occupy 
the chair of clinical medicine in the Harvard Med- 
ical School. Dr. Putnam's Memoir is in many 
respects an ideal biography, not oidy because it 
presents a most attractive character satisfactorily, 
but because it makes the background of people and 
places, from which that character emerged, just 
clear enough. About one third of the volimie is de- 
voted to Dr. Jackson's ancestors and brothers, a pro- 
portion not too large in \new of the important part 
they played in the early history of Massachusetts. 

The idolatry ^' ^^hii^&toi Gladdeu's latest book 
of wealth " The New Idolatry" ( McClure, Phil- 

in A mertca . jjpg ^ Qq^ ) is "■ a volume of discussions 
in protest against the commercializing of government, 
of education, and of religion ; against the growing 
tendency in Church and State to worship power and 
forget the interests of justice and freedom : against 
the dethronement of Grod and the enthronement 
of Mammon." The author's ideas are elaborated 
tmder such headings as "Tainted Money," "Shall 
Dl-gotten Gains be Sought for Christian Purposes ? " 
'•Standard Oil and the Christian Missions," "The 
Ethics of Luxurious Expenditure," etc. Those who 
know Dr. Gladdeu's way of dealing with great ques- 
tions of social morality will not expect, on finishing 
this book, to be left in any doubt as to his meaning 
or his position, so lucid and trenchant is the style, 
so fearless and uncompromising the spirit of the 
man. His present message, however needed, is not 
a new one. For many years past, from his pulpit 
and church-tower study in the city of Columbus, his 
ringing words have sped through the land, and have 
fought a good fight. The second paper, " Tainted 
Money," as he quietly reminds his readers, was pub- 
lished' in -: The Outlook " in November, 1895. The 
one on " Rights and Duties " was a Commencement 
address delivered at the University of Michigan in 
1902. Another, on "The New Centurj' and the 
New Nation," bears date of 1900. Most of them 
his parishioners have, sooner or later, heard as ser- 
mons; and they can testify to the profound impres- 
sion made by these utterances, when moulded into 
oral form by a rich, persuasive voice, and weighted 



and driven home by the compulsion of thorough 
conviction. On February 11 Dr. Gladden was sev- 
enty- years yoimg ; but through many years or few he 
will not cease to bear spoken and written witness to 
the truth as he sees it and lives it. 



Authoroative ^^- ^^^<^ Ffrangcou Davies's trea- 
ehaptert on tise ou " The Singing of the Future " 

the vocal art. ( j^i^ L^ue Co.) is a direct and 
serious appeal to the English-speaking singer. The 
author argues that voice and the singing instinct — 
regarded from the physical point of view — are 
comparatively scarce; but that they are plentiful 
enough, if men gave greater heed to their psychic 
powers, to supply us with a larger number of lasting 
and suggestive types of singers than we now possess. 
The singing instinct is more general, and musical 
ability more latently plentiful, than many of us 
imagine, — as witness the behavior of an audience 
under the influence of a Reeves or a Joachim. And 
the germ being there, the step between appreciation 
and performance is not insurmountable. Given a 
fairly keen sense of pitch and rhythm, — in other 
words, modest musical intuition and cap>acity for 
work, — and singing becomes a mere matter of 
practical development, under the guidance of lin- 
guistic and imaginative thought. The strongest 
recommendation which Mr. Davies makes as the ideal 
of the singer is to strive for mastery over all tj'pes of 
human expression, with verisimilitude as the guiding 
principle. This implies that voice culture cannot be 
regarded as something apart from general culture : 
and the singer who woidd satisfy the highest demands 
of his profession should not confine his study within 
the bounds of the art to which he is primarily devoted. 
The artist should not beguile his audience with lovely 
and sensuous tone merely because the power happens 
to be within his natural gifts, — he should not ovei^ 
awe with physical prowess to the detriment of lin- 
guistic purity. One notices the touch of sincerity 
in Mr. Davies's work, and his chapters on " Tone," 
" Breathing," and " Style " may be profitably read 
by musicians as well as singers. 



Romance and ^he person of sensibiUty who could 
hutorv of an remain umnoved by the picturesque 
Italian valley, chama, the historic association, the 
artistic treasures, and the religious history of the 
Casentino. would doubtless be hard to find. But 
harder still to discover is the pen that could do 
justice to that poetic valley. Miss EUa Noyes, in 
her book called "The Casentino and its Story" 
(Dutton) is not lacking in the enthusiasm that all 
but the insensate must feel — an enthusiasm that 
has letl her to make most careful exploration, patient 
investigation, and loving exposition of the scenes and 
memories of the favored region. Unfortunately, this 
enthusiasm, and the luxury of indulging a very lively 
historic imagination, have betrayed the author into 
generalizations and theories that a scientific analysis 
of history will not always justify ; and her descrip- 
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somewhat from their descriptive value. To cover in 
a vohime of 323 pages one of the most pictm-esque 
valleys of Italy, which is at the same time a great 
religious centre both 2)ast and present, the scene of a 
part of the exile of Italy's greatest poet as well as 
the former home of some of the most important 
families in Tuscan Middle Age history, is no light 
task. Perhaps we should not be surprised that the 
charcoal-burners, who are among the chief charms 
of the modern Casentino, are dismissed with only 
casual mention in two places in the text. In view 
of the difficulty of portraying the Casentino ade- 
quately in words, one is grateful to find the pen so 
artistically supplemented by the brush. Miss Dora 
Noyes's illustrations, twenty-five in color and twenty- 
four line, really are illustrations, for they give an 
accurate idea of the country ; but they are also much 
more than mere illustrations, for they have poetic 
feeling and imagination, and they add materially to 
the charm of the volume. 



Shall the earth ^ S^^at deal has been written in 
be kept still regard to man's duty toward the 
habitable f futm'e State and the citizens thereof. 

The rights of the child, the rights of the commu- 
nity, the rights of art, have all been discussed, with 
reference not only to the needs of the present gen- 
eration but of those to come. The factor' that is 
least considered is the earth itself, and our obliga- 
tions toward a proper husbanding of its resources. 
Nothing in law or economics can have a more impor- 
tant bearing on the welfare of posterity than mate- 
rial conditions, the soil, the sea, the mines, from 
which are drawn in various ways most of the power 
and subsistence necessary to the life of man. Yet 
the duty that one generation owes to another in the 
matter of the proper fertilization of agi"icultm*al 
lands, the preservation of forests, economical meth- 
ods of mining, careful regard for the life-habits of 
fishes and game, is seldom urged. This duty is the 
theme of Professor Nathaniel Shaler's latest book, 
which he calls " Man and the Earth " ( Fox, Duf- 
field & Co.). It is impossible to support theories as 
to future conditions of land and sea by statistics, 
because of the varying processes governing these 
conditions. But Professor Shaler, with his wide 
knowledge of natural sciences, is in the best possible 
position to draw conclusions from existing states. 
As a result, he has written an interesting little book, 
which will repay reading, and which, it is to be 
hoped, will result in directing attention to the vital 
subject of which it treats. 



The history of ^^^ history of our smallest common- 
our smallest wealth has been a stormy one, owing 
commonwealth, largely to the peculiar ideas of its 
founders and the circumstances of its founding. 
Rhode Island was the refuge of those New England 
men and women who were so extreme in their views 
and positions that they were driven out of the other 
colonies. It was largely a collection of idealists, 
cranks, and enthusiasts ; and the policy of the com- 



monwealth that grew out of the combination was 
necessarily individualistic. From the days of Roger 
Williams down to recent times, separatism has been 
a marked characteristic of the little state. The 
result of this has been a history full of internal strife 
and of opijosition to national tendencies. There was 
much that was selfish and mean in these struggles, 
so that the state was a thorn in the side of the states- 
men who were building up the nation. But Rhode 
Island history has also its glories, the gi'eatest being 
its consistent policy of religious toleration when the 
world was intolerant. This history has been written 
anew by Mr. Irving E. Richman for the "American 
Commonwealths " series (Houghton, Mifflin & Co. ). 
While the book is loaded with names unimportant to 
the general reader, still the main points of the his- 
tory are clearly brought out, and the volume is a 
compact and useful summary. 

" n Libro D'Oro of those whose 
Legends of the Names are Written in the Lamb's 

Italian saints. -n ■, e t 'i- it • i • • t i- 

xJook 01 Liiie IS the curious title oi 
a curious piece of translation from the Italian, done 
by Mrs. Francis Alexander. It consists of a mass 
of miracle stories and sacred legends written by the 
fathers of the Church and published in Italy in 
the sixteenth, seventeenth, and eighteenth centuries. 
The collection is made up from four som-ces : " Selec- 
tions from the Lives of the Holy Fathers, together 
with the Spiritual Field," dated Venice, 1623 ; 
" Selections from the Lives of the Saints and Beati 
of Tuscany," Florence, 1627 ; " Selections from the 
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and " Flowers of Sanctity," Venice, 1726. The 
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" The Life of Christ," by Dr. Alexander Stewart, is 
a new vohune in the " Temple Series of Bible Hand- 
books," published by the Messrs. Lippiucott. 

A monograph " On the Limits of Descriptive Writ- 
ing apropos of Lessmg's Laocoon," by Professor Frank 
Egbert Bryant, is a recent pamphlet publication of the 
Ann Arbor Press. 

In the " Englische Textbibliothek (Heidelberg : 
Winter), we have an edition of Longfellow's " Evan- 
geline," edited by Dr. Ernst Sieper. The editorial appa- 
ratus is very full, and includes a valuable " Geschichte 
der Englischen Hexameters." 

Four new volumes in the " English Classics " of 
Messrs. Longmans, Green, & Co. are the followuig r 
Irving's " Sketch Book," edited by Professor Brauder 
Matthews and Mr. Armour Caldwell ; Mrs. Gaskell's 
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Franklin's " Autobiography," edited by Professor 
William B. Cairns ; and " Select Poems of Robert 
BrowTiing," edited by Mr. Pereival Chubb. 

" The Place of Magic in the Intellectual History of 
Europe," by Dr. Lynn Thomdike, is an interesting 
monograph in the historical series of Columbia Uni- 
versity publications. 

" Milton's Ode on the Morning of Christ's Nativity," 
with an introduction by Dr. Glen Levin Swiggett, is a 
very pretty booklet published in a limited edition at 
the University Press of Sewanee, Tennessee. 

" A Check List of Mammals of the North American 
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prepared by Dr. Daniel Giraud Elliot, is a recent publi- 
cation of the Field Columbian Museum. It is a work 
of over seven hundred pages, recording upwards of 
thirteen himdred species. 

" Studies in Moro History, Law, and Religion," by 
Mr. Najeeb M. Saleeby, is a pamphlet publication of 
the L'nited States Ethnological Survey printed at Ma- 
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Bataks of Palawan," by Mr. Edward Y. Miller. 

" Inaugural Addresses of the Presidents of the United 
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side Classics." The preceding volume, it will be re- 
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Washington to Lincoln. 

Two new volumes in the Astronomical Series of 
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1066 double and multiple stars. For the first-named 
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that is of most interest to our readers is that in which 
Professor C. W. Wallace prints and discusses certain 
" Newly-Discovered Shakespeare Documents." The 
documents are three in number, and of a legal character. 
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THE NOVEL AT THE BAR 141 

COMMUNICATION 143 

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THE NOVE L AT THE BAR. 

Mr. Richard Bagot, an English novelist of 
conscientious industry and creditable perform- 
ance, has made the February " Nineteenth Cen- 
tury ' the vehicle of certain reflections upon the 
present condition of literary criticism as it affects 
the \*Titer of fiction. He finds that condition to 
be extremely unsatisfactory, and makes tenta- 
tive suggestion of a corrective for its obvious 
shortcomings. Since the conditions he describes 
obtain quite as noticeably on this side of the 
water as on the other, his article shoidd prove 
equally interesting to both American and En- 
glish readers. 

He calls attention, to b^in with, to the con- 
tradictory character of the reviewing of current 
fiction. It is quite common for a novel to run 
the whole gamut of criticism from highest praise 
to severest censure, when in all probability the 
book is just an ordinary ephemeral production, 
deserving of neither extreme, but simply calling 
for a few words of classification and illustrative 
comment. Sometimes, as in a case cited from 
his own recent experience, the novelist has the 
malicious satisfaction of finding both kinds of 
estimates in different issues of the same journal. 
Thus, even if he pins his faith to some particular 
organ of literary opinion, his confidence is liable 
to be shaken by the rudest of shocks. And in 
any case, ''the perplexed novelist is liable to 
read in one leading organ that he has WTitten 
a work which places him in the front rank of 
living wTiters of fiction, and in another that he 
is ignorant of the very rudiments of the art of 
novel-writing." It is a hard problem. The nov- 
elist himself may lay to his soul the flattering 
unction of the laudatory judgment, although he 
will hardly do so without some misgi\Tngs, but 
the reader in search of light will not know what 
to think. 

Another very evident defect in the reviewing 
of fiction is that the criticism so often comes 
from persons having no familiarity with the 
subject-matter of the work criticised. " A novel 
dealing, we will say, with foreign life is reviewed 
perhaps by a critic who has no knowledge of 
the people and the country in which the scene 



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of the book in question is laid. How, it may be 
asked, is such a critic to be a sound and reliable 
guide either to author or public ? " How, indeed ! 
And to what confusion worse confounded are 
we led when a novelist describes some phase of 
life with which he lias himself no intimate ac- 
quaintance, and his work is then reviewed by a 
critic whose knowledge of the subject is even 
more superficial ! The " society " novel offers the 
most obvious example of this condition of things. 
Some portrayal of smart life is described by the 
reviewers as a brilliant social satire or as a new 
"Vanity Fair," and the writers of such books 
" are supposed by the outside public to know 
intimately that society of which they write with 
such assurance." " But how many critics are 
there," asks Mr. Bagot, " who can boldly tell the 
distinguished author that he, or she, has made 
well-bred people say, do, and think things en- 
tirely foreign to their nature and caste tradi- 
tions?" 

That such defects as have above been indi- 
cated, and many others as glaring, characterize 
most current criticism of fiction, is a fact too 
apparent to need demonstration. And the rea- 
sons are equally apparent. To make a truly 
intelligent estimate of even a novel requires 
ability of a sort so rare and valuable as to be at 
the command of very few newspapers or other 
periodicals, it also demands an amount of space 
that cannot possibly be devoted to any single 
book of the class that numbers its thousands 
yearly. The problem set the average reviewer 
of the average novel is simply this : What is 
the most profitable employment I may make of 
the two hours and the two hundred words which 
are all I can give to this book ? A personal im- 
pression, a bit of description or classification, an 
indication of some salient feature, and a word or 
two about the workmanship are all that may be 
attempted imder the narrow conditions imposed. 
Reviewing done subject to those limitations wiU 
have weight in proportion to the ability and 
knowledge of the reviewer — and the brief para- 
graph may often be surprisingly weighty — but 
of course it will be anything but adequate to the 
claims of any book that really calls for serious 
consideration. 

Mr. Bagot, taking his cue from French prac- 
tices, from the positive fact of French official 
criticism and the negative fact that the French 
press does not, as a rule, attempt to review the 
whole output of current fiction, ventures a sug- 
gestion which, while it offers great difficulties 
on the practical side, is at least interesting and 
worthy of consideration. " What if the entire 



press," he asks, " should agree to ignore all 
works of fiction sent in for review which did not 
bring with them to the editorial offices a guar- 
antee that they liad duly passed an initial stage 
of examination, and had been declared worthy of 
the notice of the journalistic critic ? And what 
if the circvdating libraries declined to subscribe 
to any but works of fiction thus ImUmarked? 
It might, I think, reasonably be supposed that 
some such purifying process as this would tend 
considerably to reduce the flood of undesirable 
matter ; that it woidd diminish the work of the 
reviewer ; and that the art of the novelist and 
the taste and literary discernment of the novel- 
reading public would gradually be raised." 
Having made this suggestion, Mr. Bagot pro- 
ceeds to enlarge upon the benefits, to both 
authors and readers, that might follow in the 
train of its adoption. He develops the argu- 
ment with caution, but with a very evident 
prepossession in favor of some such method 
as a means of stemming the flood of worthless 
fiction and of giving the novelist himself a 
kind of comisel of which he often stands in 
dire need. 

We can imagine the outcry of the amateur 
novelist, and of the professional sensation- 
monger, at any such suggestion of a " trust " in 
literary criticism. And the question of quis 
custodiet custodes could be very effectively 
raised by such a proposal. Originality, and 
even genius, might possibly for a time be sup- 
pressed by the operation of such a plan, but we 
cannot believe that in the long run it would 
not work more good than harm. The difficidty, 
of course, would lie in the constitution of the 
tribunal organized for this judicial sifting of 
the tares from the wheat. To accept the re- 
sponsibilities of a lihadamanthus in this matter 
wovdd be to accept a thankless task, and one 
certain to entail much discomfort upon the in- 
cumbent. The rage of the rejected woidd be 
anything but celestial, and would be declared 
in a manner both personal and pointed. Mr. 
Bagot appreciates the difficidty of the problem, 
and it is with no little diffidence that he pro- 
poses his press-constituted academy. But the 
experiment is not beyond the range of possibil- 
ity, and the library profession is already looking 
for some way of trying it. Certainly the long- 
suffering public, now misled by so many blind 
guides, deserves to have its interests protected 
by the critical guild more effectively than they 
are at present protected, and no suggestion 
aiming at so praiseworthy an end should fail of 
being examined with due deliberation. 



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COMMUNICA TION. 



LATE DISCUSSIONS OF THE WAR OF 1812. 
(To the Editor of The Dial.) 
In reading the re\'iew of Captain Mahan's "Sea 
Power and the War of 1812," in a recent number of 
The Dial, I notice what seems to me the omission of 
an important fact, and one that is none too prominently 
brought out in the book itself. There is, however, some 
discussion of it in the book, and it seems to me that it 
should have had a place in the re\'iew. It is the fact 
of the chief cause tliat led Great Britain to make such 
favorable tenus with us in ending the war. 

Tliat our land forces, in spite of the almost marvellous 
incapacity of the commanding generals and the blimder- 
ing and short-sightedness of the Washington government 
(and of Jefferson previously), finally did some fairly good 
work, is true ; and certainly our n&vj, considering how it 
was neglected at the start, was splendidly efficient. But 
when all of tliis is considered there is still not enough to 
account for the residt — for the readiness with which 
Great Britain made peace. It will of course be borne in 
mind that her gi-eat defeat at New Orleans — the defeat 
that riuned her most promising plan — was not known 
when she so readily entered into the arrangements for 
peace. Then what was the cause? It was not the 
problem of Xapoleon, — he was defeated ; and though 
England's expenses for the recent wars were heavy, her 
opportimity was good for getting a large part of it back 
from iLS. Russia, our friend, was certainly not in shape 
to go to war with the first sea power in the world to 
help us. There was just as certainly no other power to 
attempt it, even had there been another as friendly. 

But if Great Britain coidd hope to recoup herself 
from our lands and goods, was she in military shape to 
go on ? She was at the height of her military power. 
Wellington's veterans were out of the Peninsula, other 
forces had been organized, and there was sufficient money 
in the war-chest for immediate purposes. And on the 
sea Great Britain stood as she had never stood before, 
and probably never will stand again. She mmibered 
her war-ci-aft by the himdreds, and after the French 
shadow had been lifted she had more than two himdred 
vessels to send to our coasts. We had four large 
frigates, and not a sliip larger, and had mustered just 
seventeen fighting vessels at the beginning of the war. 
Before the negotiations at Ghent the larger number of 
our stronger vessels were taken or blockaded in port. 
Of our four large frigates, the " Constitution" alone kept 
the seas. True, as Captain Mahan points out, and your 
reviewer does not, before our little navy was so nearly 
crushed it had struck heavj^ financial blows at the enemy. 
This, indeed, wath the possible exception of the \'ictorj- 
on Lake Champlain, was its most formidable and telling 
work. It was the "work that Great Britain most seriously ■ 
felt. Her \idnerable point was not her body, but her 
pocket. Porter, in the little " Essex," before he was 
captured, did more to harm the enemy and to help our 
cause than aU oiir brilliant single-ship actions put to- 
gether. He practically destroyed the Biitish whaling 
interests in the Pacific. 

And now we are prepared to answer the question: — 
What led Great Britain to consent to peace-terms so 
favorable to us ? The answer is : it was the work of our 
privateers. Even Captain Mahan, who natiirally has 
a relatively high regard for the regular ser^-ice, and is 
not inclined to place a great value upon an irregular 



one, in part admits this. He says: "From September 
30, 1813, ... to the corresponding date in 1814, there 
were captured by American cruisers 639 vessels, chiefly 
merchantmen; a number that had increased to over 
a thousand when the war ended the following winter." 
He further goes on to estimate that fully 424 of these 
prizes were taken in foreign seas. He says, however, that 
we had lost more vessels relatively by capture than the 
enemy ; but he then goes on to say : " Her cruisers [i. e., 
the U. S. cruisers] were causing exaggerated anxiety 
concerning the intercourse between Great Britain and 
Ireland, which, though certainly molested, was not 
seriously interrupted." It will be observed that he does 
not minimize the effect that even an exaggerated fear 
might have in influencing the course of the enemy so 
alarmed. By the word " cruisers " is of course to be 
understood chiefly privateers. The small number of 
vessels in our regular navy has already been spoken of. 
But it has been said that all sorts of food-stuffs went 
up greatly in price in this country after the additional 
British war-ships came over, so that we were in fully as 
great straits as English subjects in this regard, and 
that therefore Great Britain had still an advantage. 
We only need to look at this statement for a moment to 
see where the truth lies. We had a great and prolific 
territory from which to obtain all necessary foods ; Eng- 
land had to import a great deal of what she used, and 
the wages and other incomes of those who must pur- 
chase were very low. At that time the whole of England, 
if divided equally amongst the people, would have given 
but a very few acres to each person — probably not more 
than five or six ; yet several great noblemen owned as 
many as ten to twenty thousand acres each, and a con- 
siderable part of this was not under ciUtivation. In this 
comitry we had hardly settled or cultivated beyond our 
mere borders, and there was laud by the million acres to 
be had almost for nothing. 

But let us glance for a moment at some actual figures 
of prices in England about this time. I quote from 
" The American Merchant Marine," though the figures 
have been published elsewhere. The work mentioned 
says : " In Jime 1813 the British people were paying the 
famine prices of 358 a barrel for flour, .338 for beef, 
and -336 for pork, while lumber cost S72 per thousand. 
It was this economic distress, more than our brilliant 
victories in a dozen naval duels, that brought Great 
Britain at last to terms." Here we have the story. 

Then shall we not still feel pride in our work in the 
War of 1812 ? W^e fought for our rights, we fought 
hard, and we won in the only way that we could have 
won. And be it remembered that these privateers 
whose work was so effective were not semi-pirates, like 
some that had been sent to sea by other countries : they 
sailed imder regiUar letters of marque; they were ex- 
pected to observe all the rules of civilized warfare, and 
did observe them ; and, finally, they often met and over- 
came vessels supposedly larger and stronger than them- 
selves, including some regular naval vessels. 

There is somewhat of a tendency (perhaps the result 
in part of reaction) to belittle our work in the War of 
1812. It is aided, doubtless, by some books now in use 
in our schools and colleges that give wholly the British 
side of the contest; the writer is prepared to quote 
chapter and verse in support of this statement. Let us 
not allow the pendiUum to swing too far the other way ; 
let us try to keep within the limits of truth. 

F. H. COSTELLO. 

Bangor, Maine, February 21, 1906. 



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The Real, axd the Ideal, Whitman.* 



It is fourteen years since Walt Whitman died, 
and no full and formal biogi-aphy of him has yet 
appeared, unless we regard as such Mr. Henry 
Bryan Binns's recently-issued work, which mod- 
estly disclaims all pretensions to being either a 
definitive biogi-aphy or a critical study. The 
author, an Englishman, rightly looks to America 
to produce the final and complete life of this 
eminently American poet. Mr. Horace Traubel's 
memoirs of Whitman, " With Walt Whitman 
in Camden," extend over a period of less than 
four months, and obviously make no claim to 
anything like biographical completeness. They 
give us, in a good-sized octavo volume, rough 
notes of talks with Whitman, as thrown on paper 
from day to day, together with many letters of 
the period, or of an earlier time, addressed to 
Whitman. The whole book, unstudied and 
unpolished, conveys a realistic impression of the 
poet and the man, such as only a devoted Bos- 
well is able to give. 

Mr. Traubel is well styled by Mr. Binns 
" the old poet's spiritual son." Knowing and 
loving Whitman longer than he could distinctly 
remember, it was he who held Whitman's hand 
in his own when the old man drew his last breath 
in the little house in Mickle Street, Camden. 
He was named in the poet's will as one of his 
literary executors ; he was active in organizing 
the Walt Whitman Fellowship, of which he is 
secretary ; and it is probably his pen and voice, 
more than any other man's, that have kept 
Whitman's memory green durmg the last four- 
teen years. Coming from such a source, and 
written almost in the poet's very presence, Mr. 
Traubel's book appeals vividly to lovers of 
Whitman, and even the indifferent or scornful 
will find matter of quaint and curious interest 
in its pages. 

A book like Mr. Traubel's is not of the kind 
that lends itself readily to criticism. It is very 
part of the poet himself, and to criticise it would 
be to criticise Whitman, which is not the 
reviewer's purpose. A few illustrative passages 
will be given in aU their vmstudied mformality, 
and then the rea<ler will be left to seek a more 
intimate acquaintance with the book, or not, as 
he may feel inclined. Much of the talk and 

* With Walt Whitman in Camden ( March 28, — July 14, 1888). 
By Horace Traubel. Illustrated. Boston: Small, Maynard & Co. 

A Life of Walt Whitman. By Henry Bryan Binns. Illus- 
trated. New York : E. P. Button & Co. 



many of the letters revert, almost of necessity, 
to the old theme of the Whitmanism of Whit- 
man, and, in particular, to the " priapism," as 
Emerson once rather harshly called it, of certain 
passages in his poems. To the familiar defense, 
and the only defense, — the alleged harmlessness 
of all things to those who are themselves inno- 
cent, — most of us must sorrowfully shake our 
heads and acknowledge our inability to make 
adequate reply. In lialting and contrite accents 
we can only confess tliat such a state of blame- 
lessness is more tlian we can attain unto ; or, 
rather, it is a paradisaic condition from which 
we have long ago fallen. Sin, no more tlian 
disease, wUl be vanquished by denjdng its exist- 
ence. Not that Whitman makes any such denial 
in words ; it is his whole attitude that impresses 
one as a sort of bold-faced refusal to see aught 
but glad sunshine and smiling fields where 
others take anxious note of threatening thunder- 
clouds on the distant horizon and detect treach- 
erous quagmires beneath the fair appearance of 
flowery verdure. The very first page of Mr. Trau- 
bel's book shows us Whitman's determmation to 
find in nature only what he sets out to find. 

"W. handed me a leaf from The Christian Union 
containing an article by Hunger on Personal Purity, in 
which this is said : ' Do not suffer yourself to be caught 
by the Walt Whitman fallacy that all nature and all 
processes of nature are sacred and may therefore be 
talked about. Walt Whitman is not a true poet in this 
respect, or he would have scanned nature more accu- 
rately. Nature is silent and shy where he is loud and 
bold.' ' Now,' W. quietly remarked, ' Hunger is all 
right, but he is also all wrong. If Hunger had written 
Leaves of Grass that's what nature would have written 
through Hunger. But nature was writing through 
Walt Whitman. And that is where nature got herself 
into trouble.' And after a quiet little laugh he pushed 
his foi-efinger among some papers on the table and 
pulled oiit a black-ribbed envelope which he readied 
to me. . . ." 

Much of the conversation reported is trivial 
to all but ardent Whitmanites. Others are at 
liberty to skip, and will do so — whole pages at 
a time. It is not of great importance to most 
of us to be told that Whitman said, " Repeat 
that, Horace," or " Go over tliat again, Horace," 
or " I don't quite catch on," or " How 's that? " 
Needlessly faithful is the reporter in reproducing 
Whitman's little j)rofanities and vidgarities ; 
after a few samples the reader might well take 
the rest for granted. Putting aU this down in 
cold clear type has the effect of showing us 
Whitman in a false perspective. The printed 
page seems in some way to emphasize imduly 
what in the rapid give and take of informal talk 
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cally from the lips. Yet for those to whom 
" the real Walt Whitman " cannot be too real, 
this excess of unattractive detail may be no 
excess at all. 

A Whitman pronoimcement on Matthew 
Arnold ought to be rather rich reading ; for 
two poets more unlike each other could hardly 
be imagined. Here is a part of a conversation 
between master and disciple soon after Arnold's 
death : 

" Whitman adds as to Arnold : ' He will not be 
missed. There is no gap, as with the going of men 
like Carlyle, Emerson, Tennyson. My Arnold piece 
did not appear in Tuesday's Herald. I wonder if the 
editor was a little in doubt about it ? It appeared 
to-day, however. The Herald has a higher opinion of 
Arnold than I have. I discussed Arnold in effect — 
throughout in such words — as one of the dudes of liter- 
ature. Does not Leaves of Grass provide a place even 
for Arnold ? Certainly, certainly: Leaves of Grass has 
room for everybody: if it did not make room for all it 
would not make room for one.' " 

Readers wdll note in the foregoing — for ex- 
ample, " throughout " for " though not " — Mr. 
Traubel's self-acknowledged carelessness as an 
editor ; but we gladly fall in with his himior 
and jjass the matter by as of small importance. 
A lack of sympathy equal to that between 
Whitman and Arnold might have been looked 
for between Whitman and John Addington Sy- 
monds. Yet the latter was an early and ardent 
admirer of the American poet. The subjoined 
passages are from a letter written by Symonds 
in 1872 in reply to one from Whitman. 

" Youi' letter gave me the keenest pleasure I have 
felt for a long time. I had not exactly expected to 
hear from you. Yet I felt that if you liked my poem 
you would write. So I was beginning to dread that I 
had struck some quite wrong chord — that perhaps I 
had seemed to you to have arrogantly confoimded your 
own fine thought and pure feeling with the baser metal 
of my own nature. AVhat you say has reassured me 
and has solaced me nearly as much as if I had seen the 
face and touched the hand of you — my Master ! . . . 
I have pored for continuous hours over the pages of 
Calamus (as I used to pore over the pages of Plato), 
longing to hear you speak, buruing for a revelation of 
your more developed meaning, panting to ask — ■ is this 
what you woxdd indicate ? — are then the free men of 
your land really so pure and loving and noble and gen- 
erous and sincere ? Most of all did I desire to hear 
from yoiu" own lips — or from your pen — some story 
of athletic friendship from which to learn the truth. 
Yet I dared not address you or dreamed that the 
thought of a student could abide the incAritable shafts 
of your searching intuition. Shall I ever be permitted 
to question you aud learn from you ? " 

Finally, a few lines showing the warmth 
of affection existing between " Walt " and 
" Horace " may serve to close this review of 
Mr. Traubel's volmne. 



"W. was very affectionate in his manner to-night. 
♦ Come here, Horace,' he said. I went over. He took 
my hand. ' I feel somehow as if you had consecrated 
yourself to me. That entails something on my part: I 
feel somehow as if I was consecrated to you. Well — 
we will work out the rest of my life-job together: it 
won't be for long: anyway, we'll work it out together, 
for short or long, eh ? ' He took my face between his 
hands and drew me to him and kissed me. Nothing 
more was then said. I went back to my chair and we 
sat in silence for some time." 

Of Mr. Binns's more formal treatment of the 
same theme much might be said, and most of it 
commendatory. A little too obvious, perhaps, 
is the author's effort to establish friendly rela- 
tions with his American readers and to give him- 
seK an air of familiarity with American history 
and American ways. The very dedication of his 
book, " To my mother, and to her mother, the 
Republic," is an advance bid for our good- 
will. AH the carefully-studied accompaniment 
of political and historical matter that runs 
through the book is somewhat suggestive of 
cram, and is not at all necessary to the complete- 
ness of the biography. It irks the reader to 
have the Wilmot Proviso thrust on his notice, 
or the split in the Democratic party narrated 
as a contributing cause of Lincoln's election. 
Whitman's anti-slavery attitude and his warm 
patriotism can be understood without these 
excursions into American history. The pride 
of recently-acquired learning — or, we might 
say, the imeasiness of ill-digested erudition — 
seems to betray itself in this parade of irrelevant 
matter. 

Mr. Binns ascribes much of Whitman's best 
development, and his attainment to the " power 
of seK-abandonment," to the influence of that 
unknown Southern woman with whom the poet 
had intimate relations for a few months in his 
early manhood. The whole affair is, and prob- 
ably always will be, shrouded in mystery ; but 
the ascription of any such benign and fructify- 
ing influence to an illicit connection of this sort 
is what one might have expected rather from a 
writer on the other side of the Channel than 
from an Englishman. The experience, whatever 
its exact nature, the author thinks to have been 
instrxunental in breaking down some barrier. 
" Strong before in his seK-control," writes Mr. 
Binns, " he is stronger still now that he has won 
the power of self-abandonment. Unconsciously 
he had always been holding himself back ; at 
last he has let himself go. And to let oneself 
go is to discover oneseK. Some men can never 
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emancipation. Whitman was." All this invites 
discussion, psychological and ethical. In some 
sort it brings up once more the old conflict be- 
tween Hellenism and Hebraism, or, as Mr. Hugh 
Black styles it, between culture and restraint. 
The danger seems to lie in our failing to distin- 
guish between the masterful facility that comes 
of perfect self-control and the comiterfeit ease 
that is the cheap and tinsel product of unre- 
straint. 

The author loves Whitman whole-heartedly, 
and the picture he presents is sympathetically 
drawn. Both in biographical detail and in criti- 
cal comment the book is an excellent piece of 
work, perhaps the fullest and best study of the 
poet's life and writings that has yet appeared. 
It is written in a pleasing and scholarly style, 
and every page bears marks of painstaking re- 
search. Two passages only can find space here 
for quotation. The first shall be an amusing 
and characteristic anecdote, which is probably 
new to most readers. 

" It is related that once in a Brooklyn church he 
failed to remove his soft hi'oad-brinnned hat, and entered 
the building with his head thus covered, looking for all 
the world like some Quaker of the olden time. The 
offending article was roughly knocked off by the verger. 
Walt picked it up, twisted it into a sort of scourge, 
seized the astonished official by the collar — he always 
detested officials — tromiced him with it, clapped it on 
his head again, and so, abruptly and coolly, left the 
church." 

This may recall a line from the " Leaves," — "I 
have hated tyrants, argued not concerning God, 
had patience and indulgence toward the people, 
taken off my hat to nothing known or unknown." 
The second selection is of a critical, interpreta- 
tive sort, comparing Whitman as a j)rophet (by 
no means as a man of letters) with Carlyle. 

" With Whitman, Carlyle recognised the underlying 
moral purpose of the universe, and the organic miity or 
solidarity of mankind; but being himself a Calvinistic 
Jacobin of irritable nerves, these convictions filled him, 
not with a joyful wonder and faith, but with contempt 
and despair. He never saw humanity as the body of a 
Divine and Godlike soul; and though he was continu- 
ally calling men to duty and repentance, he did so from 
inward necessity rather than with any anticipation of 
success. For he felt himself to be a Voice crying in the 
wilderness. Whitman worshipped the hero as truly as 
did Carlyle ; but then he saw the heroic in the heart of 
our common humanity, where Carlyle missed it; hence 
his appeal was one of confidence, not despair." 

The two books, the American's and the En- 
glishman's, may well be read together, the former 
filling in with minute and realistic detail the 
more largely-sketched and more liighly-idealized 
portrait presented by the latter. 

Percy F. Bicknell. 



Main Currents in Socioi^OGicAii 
Theory.* 



To get the force of Professor Small's book 
on "•' General Sociology" it is necessary to con- 
sider that originally it was an outline or syl- 
labus of a course of lectures delivered to the 
graduate students of the University of Chicago. 
Such a course of study, with modem University 
methods, usually leaves a large room for sup- 
l^lementary work. Hence, wliile we are not 
willing to admit the frank acknowledgment of 
the author that " in form it is rough, fragment- 
ary, and unsystematic," the book is somewhat 
unproj^ortional from the standpoint of a scien- 
tific treatise. However, as the author admits, 
it is not a treatise, but a critical analysis of the 
development and present status of sociology. 
It is a conspectus of sociology or a comparative 
study of sociological thought. Its purpose is to 
show what sociology is and what it is not, and 
while it does not build a scientific system of 
sociology it indicates broad lines of construction 
or synthesis of the same. The book is critical 
rather than constructive. While the author 
does not attempt to construct a system of sociol- 
ogy, he indirectly points out the way for others 
and indicates upon what foundation they must 
build. In reference to the various phases of 
development of sociology by different individ- 
uals, Professor Small lias shown that the dif- 
ferences of sociologists are more apparent than 
real on account of the various points of view 
and various methods of attack, and that they 
are all working on the same sociology with con- 



verging lines of thoiiaiit. 



Thi'ouo-h the great 



mass of contributions to the science, pseudo and 
real, he finds a constant line of development 
from the earliest authors to the present time. 
With tliis object in view he has brought out 
the knowledge necessary for the foundation of 
sociology in the various attempts that have been 
made to construct a science. It is a masterly 
array of material and forces and, in most parts, 
an arraignment of these before the critic's bar 
of justice. " Our thesis," says the author, "is 
that the central line in the path of methodo- 
logical progress, from Spencer to Ratzenhofer, 
is marked by gradual shiftings of effort from 
analogical representation of social structures to 
real analysis of social processes." In other 
words, the stress is now being laid on fimction 
where formerly it was laid upon structure. 
In the first chapter, on " The Subject Matter 

* General Sociology. An Exposition of the Main Develop- 
ment of Sociological Theory from Spencer to Ratzenhofer. By 
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of Sociology," the author asserts that it is a 
process of human association, and then he 
proceeds to show that sociology attempts to 
interpret the whole process of human associa- 
tion. He asserts that facts of human associa- 
tion are not sufficient data for a science, but 
that " the whence, the how, the why, and the 
whither, of processes are essential to sociology." 
The relations, meaning, and valuations of facts 
other than the facts themselves represent the 
subject matter of sociology as well as of other 
sciences. It is the passing of knowledge over 
into power that makes a real science. It is the 
advancement of the knowletlge of what occxirred 
to a knowledjre of the meaning of what occurred. 
In addition to the establishment of the science 
of processes, the sociologist shoidd formulate a 
programme for the promotion of more and more 
rational social processes. 

In the following chapter, under the title of 
"Definition of Sociology," Professor Small gives 
the ordinary definitions, each of which bases the 
science on the association of men. He says that 
sociology is a unified view of human life and a 
l)ody of guiding principles for the conduct of 
life. He shows through analysis how this ap- 
pears, and adds that "• sociology is an attempt 
so to visualize and so to interpret the whole of 
human experience that will reveal the last dis- 
coverable grounds ujwn which to base con- 
clusions alx)ut the rational conduct of life," 
and finally closes the chapter vnth the more ac- 
curate and inclusive definition : " Sociologr is 
the science of the social process." Here again 
he emphasizes the study of the activities of 
sociology. Of all the phases of society function 
is the real essence of sociology. 

In Chapter III. Professor Small presents the 
*' ImpiUse of Sociology," in which he points out 
briefly its reasons to be one of the sciences. 
It is an attempt to show that the driving power 
of society arises in a philanthropic effort to 
make the world better, and that sociology is the 
scientific regulating power. This is followed 
in subsequent chapters by an historical survey 
of sociology'. This survey, as the anther points 
out, is necessarily meagre. However, sufficient 
is given for the support of his main thesis. 

Cher one-half of the main body of the book 
is taken up with a remarkable comparative 
analysis of Spencer. Schaeffle, and Ratzenhofer. 
It would be impossible for the reviewer to foUow 
this extende<l and masterh- analysis. The object 
is to show that Spencer considered society as 
composed of differently arranged parts in which 
he emphasized structure ; that Schaeffle, while 



accepting this, goes a step further and represents 
society composed of parts working together to 
achieve results, that he emphasized function or 
action of society ; and Ratzenhofer considers 
society as a process of adjustment by conflict and 
subsequently by cooperation between associated 
individuals. Professor Small is very keen in 
analysis, and while his analytical researches in 
the past have been of great service to students 
of the science, the value of the comparative study 
of these three great founders of sociology cannot 
be overestimated as a service to students. It is 
a demonstration of the main line of evolution 
of sociology. 

While the incompleteness of Spencer's method 
is made apparent, as a foundation of sociology 
his system is as essential as the foundation of a 
building to its superstructure. Where form and 
structure are made the essential framework of 
the system Spencer implies that they are brought 
about by social activities. However, Spencer 
represents the first step in the analysis of human 
association. Schaeffle, by emphasizing function 
and seeking the ultimate causes of structure, has 
taken the second step. But Professor Small 
points out the limitations of each by saying that 
Spencer " tended to seek the meaning of social 
structure in structure ; so Schaeffle 's limits are 
indicated by his tendency to see the meaning of 
social function in function rather than in casual 
and consequent conditions in the persons func- 
tioning." That is, structure and fimction are 
ends in themselves, which is contrary to Pro- 
fessor Small's interpretation of sociology. Fol- 
lowing the analysis of these two authors, he asks 
these four questions : '* First, what are the 
essentials of human association ? Second, how 
do these essentials change their manifestations 
from time to time ? Third, by virtue of what 
influences do these variations occur? Fourth, 
what social aims are reasonable in view of these 
conclusions from experience ? " And he uses the 
analysis of Ratzenhofer to show how these ques- 
tions may be answered. The analysis of social 
processes after Ratzenhofer is the most exact of 
any system yet presented. It includes the es- 
sential featui-es of Ratzenhofers " Sociologische 
Erkenntnis " and also his '• Wesen und Zweck 
der Politik." Ratzenhofer clearly represents 
the three steps in the development of sociology, 
and points out how structure occurs through 
fimction. He shows the causes of social activity, 
and in this demonstrates clearly the needs of 
social analysis. 

The remainder of the work, while still review- 
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a constructive nature than the first part. A dis- 
cussion of the psychical, ethical, and technical 
makes up the outline of the remainder of the 
book. The most noticeable feature of this part 
of sociology, which is more nearly Professor 
Small's view of the science, represents its real- 
istic nature. Society is a real thing made up of 
the elements of everyday jjractice, and in its 
study we should follow human interests and 
human society wherever they lead. First must 
be considered the interests of the individual 
and his relation to the complete society. This 
should be followed by the relations of groups 
to one another and general social structure and 
f miction. 

As a book on general sociology this is a valu- 
able contribution to the literature on the subject. 
While the interpretation of himian experience is 
sufficiently emphasized, sufficient stress is not 
laid upon the evolution of human society as a 
means of arriving at a correct estimate of the 
present structure and activities. The processes 
through which society is made are alternate dif- 
ferentiation and integration. While it is true 
that Professor Small says we cannot explain 
society as it is by comparing it with a society of 
savages, the course of evolution through differ- 
entiation and integration gives a basis of under- 
standing which cannot be obtained in any better 
way. The scientist orients his subject by remov- 
ing complex or interfering forces. His point of 
departure must be a simple element or condi- 
tion. Social evolution gives the student this 
point of departure. 

Perhaps some fault might be found with the 
book on account of the voluminous nature of the 
discussion and the unevenness of its make-up. 
But the vigor of the author and his familiarity 
with the content and method of sociological wi-it- 
ings, his numerous illustrations, as well as his 
masterly analysis, make up for any lack of con- 
densation of material. It is not a book for be- 
ginners but for students of maturity of mind 
and acquired sociological knowledge. To such 
it will prove of great value, and in general is an 
impetus to the development of the science of 
sociology. It helps the student to realize the 
great advancement sociology has made in recent 
years, and what a stupenduous task is before 
scholars before it is reduced to scientific pro- 
portions. As Professor Small has pointed out 
what sociology is, and what it is not, and indi- 
cated what it should be, we trust he will go on 
in his studies and write a treatise on the subject. 

Frank W. Blackmar. 



Shakespearean TabLiE-Talk.* 



Perhaps it is wrong to call this ripe conmaent 
on Shakespeare by the name of Table-Talk. 
There is certainly nothing desultory, idle, ram- 
bling about it. Bnt other names do not suggest 
the quality of it. If we say " lectures " we think 
of some celebrity addressing a cultivated audi- 
ence gathered for a little titillation of literary 
recollection, or perhaps some learned professor 
giving the results of private studies while stu- 
dents toiled behind with note-books. If we say 
" studies " we think of conunentaries and dis- 
sertations, sources and texts. If we say " essays " 
we may mean anything from the most eccentric 
fancies about Shakespeare to an exliibition of 
universal scholarship. Here is nothing of all 
this. In this book we have a man who has read 
Shakespeare long and deeply and who now talks 
to us of typical plays. It is not talk at the 
dinner-table, precisely, for he has his book in 
hand, and at times will read half a page or a 
couple of lines. What name can we give it ? In 
its intention it is something like a great actor's 
presentation of his conception of Shakespeare's 
creations. 

As may have been already suggested, this book 
is more or less like Hazlitt's " Characters of 
Shakespere's Plays "; more, at least, than most 
of the recent weU-known books of criticism. Mr. 
Dowden studied the gTowth of Shakespeare's 
conceptions and their realization in dramatic 
form. Mr. Moidton studied the sj^ecial dramatic 
art of some lyrical plays. Mr. Barrett Wendell 
was taken up with the artistic temperament of 
Shakespeare, and sought to make us see that in 
all his work. Mr. Mabie gave a general account 
of the man against a background of Elizabethan 
life. Mr. Brand es gathered together the scholar- 
ship of the time and formed his own theories 
and conclusions. Mr. Sidney Lee got at every- 
thing that would give substantiation to any fact 
in Shakespeare's life. Mr. Stopford Brooke does 
none of these things, save here and there. He 
runs through each play, giving some general 
comment, interpreting each character, following 
out the dramatic development, presenting the 
prevailing ideas. He gives us not a study of 
the plays or a study of Shakespeare based upon 
the plays, but a picture of his own mind as he 
reviews the plays. That is what Hazlitt did, 
though in making the comparison, it is scant 
justice to Mr. Stopford Brooke to say that he 
seems to have thought over his subject with a 



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view to this particular book, much more carefully 
than Hazlitt could ever have thought over his 
lectures. 

The thing about Hazlitt that most impressed 
that devoted lover of Shakespeare. John Keats, 
was his "' depth of taste.'" Keats probably 
meant by that expression that exactly the right 
thing impressed Hazlitt alx)ut each character or 
play of Shakespeare. That does not impress me 
so much in Hazlitt's book as the fact that what- 
ever did impress him, impressed him so strongly. 
The book is almost as interesting in the view it 
gives of Hazlitt as in its \'iew of Shakespeare. 
Read for instance the beginning of the essay on 
*' Hamlet ": what a remarkable production to be 
set do^vn almost extempore. Hazlitt's power of 
thought in his power of expression was so remark- 
able that one of the chief interests in his criti- 
cism is that it gives one such an idea of what 
art may be to an indi^-idual. That is, in fact, 
Hazlitt's strong point as a critic : not his taste, as 
Keats thought, or his power as a " specidator " 
as Blackwood said, althoug^h both of those things 
are apparent in his book on Shakespeare. He 
is himseK so wonderfully impressed by literature, 
in this case by Shakespeare, that one gets up 
from a reading of his work with almost a new 
conception of literature as an element in life. 

Such is not ^Ir. Stopford Brooke's especial 
power. I am much more impressed by his '' depth 
of taste " than by Hazlitt's. Like Hazlitt he 
commonly speaks of the events of the plays, of 
the characters, as though they were events or 
characters in real life. He analyzes motives, 
explains utterance, calls attention to beauties of 
speech or thought.* But where his mind leaves 
the plays, it reverts to Shakespeare and his pur- 
poses. Hazlitt's mind reverted to himself as 
to the reader in general : Mr. Stopford Brooke 
thinks of the wT-iter. I shall admit, in passing, 
a greater interest in Hazlitt's method. We nat- 
urally talk of a play or a book as though it were 
a piece of real life ; there is often much to 
explain or describe. But where the critic goes 
beyond that, I like better to have him give us 
an idea of the effect of it all upon himself, than 
to have him tell us of the art of the dramatist. 
Literature is really of importance to us only as 
it affects us : otherwise it is history or science. 
These things are each excellent, but they are not 
rightly followed by literary methods. If a man 

•There is. of course, a danger here. Consider the pagres 
written • though not in this book I on Hamlet's madness. There 
is really no such question: the only possible question is. Did 
Shakespeare conceive of him as mad ? which is a very different 
thing, and to be decided on grounds very different from those 
often aU^ed. 



will show us what a vital factor Shakespeare is 
or has been in his thinking and being, he will 
be talking of something of which he knows. If 
he tell us of how Shakespeare created these plays 
and characters that may be so vital a force to us, 
he may be talking of something he knows, but 
it is more likely that it is something he only 
guesses about. And whether he know or guess, 
the matter is of historic or scientific importance, 
not of poetic. But it is to be said that the 
main point of Mr. Stopford Brooke's book is not 
here. He is content, as a nde, to interpret the 
play, the character, the passage in hand, and it 
is only here and there that he goes back to the 
author. 

As to the kind of comment, we have gener- 
ally to begin with, a few words about the play. 
" ZVIidsummer Night's Dream " represents the 
temper of Shakespeare's soid in earlier years ; 
" The Merchant of Venice " is matle up out of 
such and such materials in earlier literature. 
Then generally comes an interpretation of the 
action, then comment on the character. Or some- 
times instead of these last being carefully taken 
up, we have a discussion of two or three topics 
of chief interest, as with " Coriolanus " where 
the author deals with " (1) Shakespeare's treat- 
ment of the political question in Rome ; (2) the 
character and fate of Coriolanus; (3) Corio- 
lanus and his mother." WTiat is said on these 
matters is generally, in its intention, perfectly 
simple. It may be well to quote a passage. 

" Opposed to him in character, but his friend, is 
Mercutio; wit's scintilating star, thrilling with life to 
his finger-tips, not caring for women save as the toys 
of an hour, ready to tackle, on the instant, any woman, 
young or old; brave, audacious, going swiftly to his 
point, keepittg no thought within him but flinging it at 
once into his speech ; ' he will speak more in a minute than 
he will stand to in a month ' ; quick in choler, ready to 
attempt the moon and puU the sun down, loose of 
speech, mocking old and young out of the racing of his 
blood — the gay ruffles of Italy, such as Shakespere 
often met in London, such as many of the Italian novels 
enclose and paint."* 

Some impatient scholars may possibly put 
this aside, with an inquiry for something new 
in the book, something beside a re-statement of 
the material of the play. A nvunber of little 
matters, more or less new, may be noted, as for 
instance : that Shakespeare had a feeling of true 
sympathy for the common people (pp. 7, 223); 
that in " Romeo and Juliet " he was thinking 
of "■ the long suffering justice who punishes 
quarrels which injure the state" (p. 35, cf. 

* It should be added that this is only the gist of aereral 
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pp. 64-68); that Mercutio was not too brilliant 
for Shakespeare to keep alive (p. 44) ; that 
Shylock was a hot-blooded, passionate, resolute, 
dignified man of sixty (p. 152); that Jacques 
is not a cynic, or even bitter (p. 172); that 
Prospero is the last of the great mediaeval en- 
chanters (p. 286); and naturally many more 
such views. 

But it is not to be said that the value of the 
book depends upon its new discoveries or its 
new views, or on the new standpoint or the new 
spirit in which the critic regards the plays. In 
just this fact itseK lies its great value. Here is 
a critic who turns on no new light, who oifers 
no new theory, who proclaims no discovery, 
who presents no new conception. What, then, 
does he add to Shakespearean scholarship or 
Shakespearean criticism. Perhaps Mr. Stopford 
Brooke woidd be satisfied if he were generallj^ 
esteemed to have added nothing at all. For it 
is clear that what he wants is not to make more 
criticism or more scholarship, but to make his 
readers see that there is more in Shakespeare 
than they supposed. He puts aside critical 
apparatus and scholarly theory, and is content 
simply with the plays. Perhaps he wrote this 
book not in a great library, not even in a well- 
provided study, but — it may be — out-doors 
with notliing but the plays and pencil and 
paper. He certainly might have done so. 

The professional critic or Shakespearean 
scholar is a little at sea with such treatment. 
He has not much to say : there is not much 
to discuss or raise a dust about. Of course 
you can disagree anywhere. I open at random 
and pretty soon read " Orlando and Rosalind ! 
could anyone desire to have more charming, 
more sunshiny companions than these two en- 
chanting persons ? To live with them is to live 
with moral beauty, but it is not a beauty which 
the pharisaic moralist will like at all." I sup- 
pose I may be something of a pharisaic moralist 
myself, for I never had any such feeling about 
Rosalind and Orlando as Mr. Stopford Brooke 
has ; so I might dissent from that dictimi as 
from many others in the book. 

But agreement or disagi'eement in particulars 
is not the point. To make us see more in 
Shakespeare, that is the writer's desire. A bold 
midertaking, one will say, after a century of 
devoted Sliakespearean study, scholarship, crit- 
icism, appreciation. But in all that century 
there have been few books so single-minded as 
this. 

Edward E. Hale, Jr. 



Alabama i> W ar-Timk and After.* 



For a long time the South was largely a 
neglected field to the historical student. Re- 
cent years, however, have seen a marked devel- 
opment of interest in the study of the history 
of tliis part of the comitry, as is evidenced by 
the increased activity of historical societies and 
the establislmient of state departments for the 
preservation and publication of historical rec- 
ords in several southern states. In several 
northern universities distinct courses in south- 
ern history are now being given, and in other 
respects it is beginning to receive the attention 
which lias long been bestowed upon the history 
of the northern states. Recently a number of 
excellent monographs on particidar periods of 
southern liistory have appeared ; and it is prob- 
ably no exaggeration to say that the liistory of 
no other state has been so well wi-itten up as has 
the early period of South Carolina. 

In " Civil War and Reconstruction in Ala- 
bama," a volume of over 800 pages, by Pro- 
fessor Walter L. Fleming, we have the most 
comprehensive and valuable work of the kind 
that has yet been written. It shows evidence 
of intimate knowledge based on wide research, 
is fair and judicial yet sympathetic in tone, and 
is altogether a most interesting jjicture of life 
in a southern state dui'uig and munediately fol- 
lowing the Civil War. As a proper backgToimd 
for the study of the Ci^il War and Reconstruc- 
tion period, the author has described the society 
and institutions that were destroyed by the war. 
The population of the state, its industries, the 
develojjment of secession sentiment, the disrup- 
tion of the religious denominations, the eman- 
cipation sentiment in northern Alabama, are 
some of the topics discussed. Then follows the 
story of secession, the preparation for the com- 
mg struggle, military operations on Alabama 
soil, the problems of conscription and exemp- 
tion, and the peace movement. In northern 
Alabama, a region unconnected with the rest of 
the state by railroads and geogTapliically a part 
of Tennessee, the people were largely opposed 
to the war ; and this locality became a nest of 
" tories," deserters, and '' mossbacks " from all 
over the South, and they caused the State and 
Confederate authorities no little trouble. Be- 
sides their opposition to the war, they com- 
mitted outrages on both Confederate and Union 
sympathizers and terrorized the coimtry gener- 



* Civil War and Reconstruction in Alabama. 
L. Fleming, Ph.D. New York: The Macmillan Co. 



By Walter 



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all}'. For a time there was talk among them 
of sece<ling from Alabama, and, together ydth. 
the counties of East Tennessee, forming a new 
state vdth the name of Nick-a-Jaok. 

Particularly instructive and fascinating is 
Professor Fleming's account of social and eco- 
nomic conditions during the ^^-ar : new industries 
created by the necessities of the war, blockade 
running and trading through the lines, the con- 
duct of the slaves, educational activity, the 
struggles of the newspapers to keep going, life 
on the farm, the hardships and destitution of 
the families left behind, etc. The condition of 
the state at the close of the war, with its deserted 
and neglected farms, paralysis of business, 
wTecked railroads, poverty-stricken people, law- 
lessness and disorder, with demoralizetl negroes 
roaming about the country testing their new 
freedom and refusing to work, — these make a 
pictui'e which no one can now study without 
profound sympathy. The reorganization of the 
state in accordance with the Johnson plan of 
Reconstruction, the overthrow of this plan by 
Congress, the military regime, and the activity 
of the Freedmen's Bureau, are de^*ribe<l with 
detail. The author's judgment with regard to 
the Freedmens Bureau is that it tlid little good 
and in many cases did much harm. The sub- 
ordinate agents in Alabama, he says, were mostly 
broken-<lown men who had failed at other under- 
takings, preachers with strong prejudices, and 
the •• dregs of a musteretl-out army." The insti- 
tution in Alabama, he declares, was entirely 
unnecessary. Cotton was worth fifty cents a 
pound, and the extraordinary demand for labor 
guaranteed good treatment for the laborers. 
A^^latever suffering the blacks endured was 
mainly due to their congregation in the tov^ns 
and to their own shiftlessness. Through a gen- 
erous disti-ibution of government rations they 
soon came to entertain the l>elief that it was the 
duty of " Uncle Sam " to support them whether 
they worked or not. Finally, imscrupulous and 
designing officials took advantage of their posi- 
tion to make a jwlitical machine of the Bureau, 
and instances were not lacking where they de- 
frauded the credidous blacks by selling them 
painted sticks which, they were told, entitletl them 
to forty acres of land of their o\sti selection. 

An interesting feature of Mr. Fleming's work 
is an elaborate account of the various orders 
and leagues which played an important part in 
the life of the state during the Reconstruction 
period. The most notable of these were the 
Union League, organized among the negroes by 
northern white men, and which became a potent 



political machine, and the Ku Klux Klan, organ- 
ized among the southern whites for maintaining 
order, but which eventually degenerated into an 
organization of persecution and murder. Inter- 
esting and unique is the author's description of 
the effects of the Reconstruction policy upon 
the educational and religious life of the people. 
The State University was " ratlicalized " and 
practically broken up, and in many cases negro 
churches were disrupted by differences of politi- 
cal opinion among the members. 

Alabama was more fortunate than some of her 
southern sisters, — notably ^lississippi, Louisi- 
ana, and South Carolina, — in escaping from the 
worst evils of negro and •• Carpet-bag " nde ; but 
even as it was, no true American can read the 
story \s'ithout a sense of shame and humiliation. 
There was not an honest white man living in 
the state during Reconstruction, saj'S Professor 
Fleming, nor a man, woman, or child, descende<l 
from such a person, who did not then suffer, 
or does not still suffer, from the direct results 
of " Carpet-bag " financiering. 

James Wilford Garner. 



Precepts for the Yoijxg, axd 
ref1.ectiox.s for the old.* 



President King's new book could be described 
as an inspiring guide to rational living, or a col- 
lection of amiable platitudes, according to the 
point of view. It should be read especially by 
the young, for even the moderately old have not 
only heard the story before but, alas ! they are 
little able to profit by it, if they have neglected 
its teachings hitherto. Listen to this : 

" Our intellectual as well as our moral day of grace 
is limited. It is of no use to rebel at the facts, it is 
folly unspeakable to ignore them. We are becoming 
bundles of habits. With every young person one must, 
therefore, continually urge: Are you willing to retain 
just the personal habits you have now? You cannot 
too quickly change them if you wish to make thorough 
work. From your early morning toilet, through the 
care of your clothing and the order of your room, table 
manners, breathing, tone of voice, manner of talking, 
prommciation, gesture, motion, address, study, to your 
Ten.- way of sleeping at night — all your habits are 
setting like plaster of Paris. Do you wish them to set 
as they are? " (p. 62). 

Excellent and jjertinent advice this — for the 
young : but what about the poor old dogs who 

• Batiojtal Living. Some Practical Inferences from Modem 
Psychology. By Henry Churchill King. New York : The Mac- 
millan Co. 

Life and Reijgiox. An Aftermath from the Writings of the 
Right Honorable Professor F. Max MuUer. [Edited] by his wife. 
New York : Doableday, Page &, Co. 



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have learned about all the tricks they will ever 
know ? They know, too well, their own frailties 
and inabilities ; it is with them no longer a 
question of what they may become, but of what 
they can do with such wits and strength as they 
possess, in this wicked world. 

" Clear and definite thinking, moreover, moves di- 
rectly and imhesitatingly toward its goal, and for that 
very i-eason seems to be a distinct help to decisive action. 
For all purposeful action involves the use of definite 
means to definite ends. Definiteness in thinking, thus, 
seems to be directly connected with decision in action, 
and vagueness of thinking with indecision and weak- 
ness " (p. 121). 

Yes, indeed, poor old brain of mine ! You and 
I have found that out these many years ago, 
but liave found, also, that it is not always easy 
to see in a fog. Circumstances are sometimes 
too much, do what we will. But for the yoimg, 
could there be more admirable counsel ? Think 
straight and hard, and rely upon your own wits ! 
Resolve to become, and you will become, to a 
considerable extent ! The day is yoimg, and 
the possibilities are great ! ( How fortunate it 
is, that a new generation walks upon the stage 
every little while ! ) 

All things considered, we must believe that 
President King's book will carry a real and 
valuable message to those for whom it was in- 
tended ; and if it seems to some barren of new 
thought, and not especially distinguished in 
style, these impressions should not be held to 
condemn it ; for they represent, as it were, only 
the back view of the edifice. 

" Life and Religion " is a volume of extracts 
from the writings of the late Professor Max 
Miiller, selected and arranged by liis wife. It 
is not a controversial work, and slioidd not be 
treated as such ; rather, it is as though the 
veteran humanist and philologist invited the 
reader to sit with him by the fireside, and there 
confided to him the thoughts and aspirations 
which had guided his path during a long and 
successful life. Who woidd refuse such an 
invitation ? Who would listen with other than 
deferential, if not reverential, attention ? Pos- 
sibly, on grounds of philosophy or science, or 
from the standpoint of our own religion, some 
of the professor's ideas may be wrong ; but 
what of that ? His star served well to make his 
wagon go, and that to good purpose, and is 
entitled to our regard, if only for its past per- 
formance. This very thought, indeed, is one of 
those most cherished by Max Muller himself, 
in relation to other peoples. HimseK a true 



Christian, he had become too intimate with the 
thoughts of other peoples, past and present, not 
to regard their aspirations with sympathy and 
appreciation. " True Christianity, I mean the 
religion of Christ, seems to me to become more 
and more exalted the more we know and the 
more we appreciate the treasures of truth hidden 
in the despised religions of the world " (p. 24). 

The first impression of the book is perhaps a 
little disappointing ; because, from its necessa- 
rily disjointed nature one does not instantly 
perceive the uniting thread. If a man is heard 
making statements about the Himalaya Moun- 
tains, or the Arctic regions, we are likely to 
give him scant attention, until some remark or 
expression betrays the fact that he has been 
there himself. So it is with Max Miiller : many 
of his paragraphs sound much like the empty 
professions of those who have learned such things 
by rote ; but one does not read far mthout find- 
ing that the author speaks whereof he knows. 

" Everyone carries a grave of lost hope in his 
soul, but he covers it over with cold marble, or 
with green boughs. On sad days one likes 
to go alone to this God's acre of the soul, and 
weep there, but only in order to return full of 
comfort and hope to those who are left to us " 
(p. 205). Ah yes I good friend. 

No doubt the most significant message of the 
book is contained in its interpretation of Chris- 
tianity. Max Miiller believed himself to be a 
Christian in the fullest sense, and to me it seems 
that he was wholly justified. Yet the orthodox, 
so-called, will be horrified to read : 

" When we think of the exalted character of Christ's 
teaching, may we not ask ourselves once more, What 
would He have said if He had seen the fabulous stories 
of His birth and childhood, or if He had thought that 
His Divine character would ever be made to depend on 
the historical truth of the Evangeha In/antice ? " (p. 27). 

" If Jesixs was not God, was He, they ask, a mere 
man ? A mere man ? Is there anything among the 
works of God, anything next to God, more wonderfid, 
more awfid, more holy than man ? Much rather should 
we ask, Was then Jesus a mere God ? . . . A God is 
less than man. True Christianity does not degrade the 
Godhead, it exalts manhood, by bringing it back near 
to God " (p. 34). 

" Then it is said. Is not Christ God ? Yes, He is, but 
in His own sense, not in the Jewish nor in the Greek 
sense, nor in the sense which so many Christians attach 
to that article of their faith. . Christ's teaching is that 
we are God, that there is in us something divine — that 
we are nothing if we are not that. . . . Let us bestow 
all praise and glory on Christ as the best son of God. 
. . . Christ never calls Himself the Father, He speaks 
of His Father with love, but always with humility and 
reverence " (p. 21). 

T. D. A. COCKERELL. 



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Recext Fictiox.* 



The grandiose trilogy of '* Christ and Antichrist," 
as conceived in the teeming fancy of IVIr, Dmitri 
Merejkowski, is now completed with the publication 
of '' Peter and Alexis." This work is possibly richer 
in material than either of its predecessors, but its 
construction is so hopelessly chaotic as to preclude 
any serious claim to consideration as a work of art. 
What we have is a formless aggregation of curious 
facts and pedantries Ulustrative of St. Petersburg in 
the early eighteenth century, of the barbarism of a 
people reluctantly tm-ned toward civilization by the 
masterful Tsar, and of sti-ange mediaeval supersti- 
tions mingled with wild religious vagaries. The fig^e 
of Peter is dominant throughout, but it is a figure 
of traits so contradictory that it assumes no definite 
outline in our imagination. As far as it may be 
exhibited by a single quotation, it appears in this 
passage : " At six in the morning he began to dress. 
Pulling on his stockings he noticed a hole ; he sat 
down, got a needle and a ball of wool, and began 
darning. Ruminating about a road to India in the 
footsteps of Alexander of Macedonia, he darned his 
stockings." Contrasted with the fiery and brutal 
energy of Peter, we have the futility and degeneracy 
of his weakling son, a maudlin character utterly 
unequal to the responsibilities laid upon him. The 
action culminates with the terrific scene of torture 
in which the life of Alexis is sacrificed to his father's 
insensate rage. We say action, but of a truth 
there is little action of any connected sort in the 
work viewed as a whole ; the treatment is episodical 
and disjointed throughout. The author's immense 
display of learning and his untamed vigor of de- 
scription are made devoid of artistic effect by the 
almost total absence of restraint and correlation. 
The result is absolutely bewildering. As in the pre- 
ceding sections of this trilogy, the antithesis is plain 

• Peter axd Alexis. The Romance of Peter the Great. By 
Dmitri Merejkowski. New York : G. P. Putnam's Sons. 

On the Field of Glory. An Historical Novel of the Time of 
King John Sobieski. By Henryk Sienkiewicz. Translated by 
Jeremiah Curtin. Boston: Little, Brown, & Co. 

Napoleon's Love Story. A Historical Romance. By Waclaw 
Gasiorowski. Translated by the Count de Soissons. New York : 
E. P. Button & Co. 

The Cherry Ribband. By S. B. Crockett. New York: A. S. 
Barnes & Co. 

A Maker of History. By E. Phillips Oppenheim. Boston: 
Little, Brown, & Co. 

The Ford. By Arthur E.J. Leg&e. New York: John Lane Co. 

My Friend the Chauffeur. By C. N. and A. M. Williamson. 
New York: McClure, Phillips & Co. 

Vivien. By W. B. Maxwell. New York: D. Appleton & Co. 

The Great Refusal. By Maxwell Gray. New York: D. 
Appleton & Co. 

The Conquest of Canaan. By Booth Tarkington. New 
York : Harper & Brothers. 

The House of a Thousand Candles. By Meredith Nichol- 
son. Indianapolis : The Bobbs-Merrill Co. 

Heart's Desire. By Emerson Hough. New York: The Mao- 
millan Co. 

The Fair Maid of Graystones. By Benlah Marie Dix. New 
York : The MacmiUan Co. 

BARB.ARA WiNSLow, REBEL. By Elizabeth Ellis. New York : 
Dodd, Mead & Co. 

The Wheel of Life. By Ellen Glasgow. New York : Dou- 
bleday. Page & Co. 



enough. Peter is the embodiment of Antichrist in 
the eyes of the horror-stricken orthodoxy which he 
80 recklessly defies. So in " The Death of the Gods " 
Julian was Antichrist to the primitive church, and 
in *' The Forerunner " Leonardo da Vinci was Anti- 
christ to the mediseval church. But is it the author's 
wish to enlist our sympathies on Peter's side as he 
enlisted them on the side of the apostate and the 
artist ? If this be the case, he has failed as signally 
as he succeeded in the earlier volumes. Viewing 
the trilogy as a whole, we must say that '• The Fore- 
runner " is immeasurably finer than either of the 
other parts. Not merely is it wrought of metal more 
attractive, but in the manner of its workmanship it 
also excels. 

"On the Field of Glory," by Mr. Henryk Sien- 
kiewicz, breaks a silence of several years, during 
which the distinguished Polish romancer has been 
resting upon his well-earned laurels. It is a book 
of about the dimensions of "The Knights of the 
Cross," and deals with the period of John Sobieski 
and the anxious years of the impending Turkish 
invasion. We confess to some disappointment upon 
finding that the great victory of Sobieski is only 
foreshadowed in this narrative, instead of being 
presentetl to us with the magnificent descriptive 
power that the author knows how to apply to such 
situations ; but perhaps he is keeping that theme in 
reserve for a supreme effort. It is surely manifest 
destiny that he, and no other, should deal with it. 
The title of the present romance is thus a misnomer, 
for the book ends before any of its characters have 
reached "the field of glory," although they spend 
much of their time in talking about it. In other 
words, although the story has this baekground of 
patriotic expectancy, it is in reality a story of private 
interest, a love-story of freshness and charm, a story 
of strange manners and exciting adventures. 

Some of the younger Polish critics, it seems, have 
been charging the Sienkiewicz school of fiction with 
sterility, whereupon the leader of that school has 
pointed to certain of his colleagues by way of refu- 
tation, and particularly to Mr. Gasiorowski, whose 
quality we may now appraise in '• Napoleon's Love 
Story," just translated into English. The author 
is a yoimg man, and this romance is chiefly remark- 
able for its length, caused by a remorseless sp i n nin g 
out of dialogue and elaboration of descriptive detail, 
but it may, nevertheless, be read (or skimmed over) 
with a fair degree of satisfaction. Its theme is 
the episode of Napoleon's visit to Warsaw in 1807, 
and his resulting romantic attachment to Madame 
Walewska. The character of the heroine is depicted 
for us with much subtlety, while her imperial lover is 
the same familiar figure with which we have become 
acquainted in other works of romantic invention. 

Mr. Crockett is a most indefatigable producer of 
novels. His latest, " The Cherry Ribband," is of a 
piece with its predecessors ; at least with those of its 
predecessors which find the author upon his native 
heath — or in his native kail-yard or among his 
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of the Covenant. It has an abundance of sturing 
adventure, of duelling, fighting, and romance. The 
strong figiu-e of Claverhouse appears upon the scene 
from time to time, but plays no very conspicuous 
part in the action. Mr. Crockett is as good as ever 
in his characterization of eccentric Scotch types. 
The book deserves well of the reader, albeit it is 
little more than a replica of earlier ones. 

The Dogger Bank incident has been ingeniously 
utilized by Mr. E. Phillips Oppenheim for his latest 
Active invention, "A Maker of History." It seems 
that this was, after all, a deliberate attempt to force 
England into war with Russia. A secret treaty had 
been concluded between the Tsar and the Kaiser 
whereby the invasion of England was imminent. But 
it so happened that a young Englishman, an innocent 
tourist, was a witness of the meeting between the 
two monarchs, which was brought about by the con- 
junction of two imperial trains, at a secluded point 
of the railway. Not only was the young English- 
man there in hiding, but he became jjossessed of a 
page of the treaty itself, which was blown out of the 
window of the carriage in which the momentous 
agreement was drawn up. As he could not read 
German, he knew nothing of its significance, but 
simply tucked it into his pocket. Afterwards he went 
to Paris, talked innocently but indiscreetly about his 
adventure, and was promptly kidnapped. His sister 
went in search of him, and was also kidnapped. No 
harm was done them, but they remained in the 
custody of the French Secret Service in order that 
the German Secret Service might not get hold of 
them. Next comes an English baronet, who sees 
a photograph of the girl, falls in love with it, and 
assumes the role of amateur detective. AU the par- 
ties concerned have adventures of the most surpris- 
ing description, until the need for secrecy no longer 
exists, because the French government has check- 
mated Russia and Germany in their sinister game. 
Those who know Mr. Oppenheim's methods as a 
novelist will hardly need to be informed that this 
stirring story is told with neatness and despatch. 

"The Ford," by Mr. Arthur E. J. Legge, is a 
quiet story of English life, illustrating the relations 
between two families — one of aristocratic and an- 
cient lineage, the other the social outcome of that 
well-known product, Harrold's Household Soap. The 
parvenu becomes the neighbor of the lord, and a 
ford across the stream which flows by their estates 
provides a convenient subject of dispute. It is a 
Montague and Capulet affair, but turns out happily 
in a way, although the most sympathetic character 
in the novel is drowned while crossing the ford, and 
we shall never feel quite sure that the heroine ought 
not to have married him instead of the scion of the 
enemy's stock. The book is simple and genuine, and 
its style has the touch of poetic distinction to be 
expected of a writer who has also won the laurels of 
a singer of songs. 

The trick of making an interesting novel out of 
the incidents that make up the life of a party of 
tourists is not as simple as it seems. Since the effoi'ts 



of William Black in this dhection, we can think of 
no others who have been quite as successful as Mr. 
and Mrs. Williamson. And the fact that their trav- 
ellers have for a vehicle the modern motor-car instead 
of the antiquated phaeton gives to their narratives 
the needed touch of timeliness. " My Friend the 
Chauffem" " tells how an English baronet and an 
Irish peer (in prospect) personally conduct a party 
of three female Americans through northern Italy 
and into Dalmatia, harassed all the time by the atten- 
tions of an Austrian prince, who is the villain of the 
piece. (We wonder why it is that Austrian princes 
make such satisfactory villains.) The climax is 
reached in Montenegro, when the villain lures the 
heroine into a deserted house, and would force her 
consent to a marriage. The marriage that really 
comes off is a diff'erent sort of affair, in which the 
impoverished scion of the Irish nobility figiu'es as 
the leading man. A second marriage in prospect as 
the book closes is that of the baronet with the enfant 
terrible of the tale, who it seems is not a child at 
all, but a maiden of seventeen, masquerading in short 
clothes and long braids to oblige her mother, relict 
of Simon P. Kidder, of Denver, U. S. A. This mother 
has sentimental leanings toward the prince, despite 
whose villainy she turns a willing ear to his protes- 
tations. A peculiar feature of the story is that it is 
told, in tiu'n, by each of the five persons making up 
the party in the motor-car. The attendant prince 
alone has no chance to describe matters from his 
point of view, which is rather a pity. 

The name of " W. B. Maxwell " is non-committal 
as to sex, but " Vivien " is a woman's novel. It is, 
moreover, one of the best novels that we have read 
for a long time, by a writer of either sex. Its ele- 
ments are familiar enough — the neglected girl, the 
dreary years at a cheap boarding-school, the heart- 
breaking task of earning a living in a London shop, 
the consequent privation, misery, and iUness, the 
inevitable persecution by the wealthy libertine, and 
the eventual rescue by the j)rince of her dreams. 
But despite the hackneyed nature of its plot, as thus 
revealed in skeleton, the work has both originality 
and distinction. The interest is so varied, the nar- 
rative so broadly humanized, the delineation of char- 
acter so true and fine, that oiu" attention is com- 
pletely absorbed from first to last. The spirits of 
tenderness and pity brood over it, and the recurrent 
note of forgiveness, however seemingly dark the sin, 
adds a divine touch to the work. And a very serious 
work it is, although animated in its movement, a 
work that sounds the depths of the human mystery, 
and confronts the reader with the darkest riddles of 
life. Having these qualities, it is matter for satis- 
faction that the story is told upon a generous scale 
— there are more than six hundred pages — and 
gives us comprehensive studies of character and situ- 
ation rather than the glimpses afforded by the im- 
pressionist. Such a novel is like an oasis in the 
desert to the weary reviewer, and rewai'ds him for 
much toiling through the arid wastes of popular 
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A singularly charming and appealing book is 
^'The Great Refusal," by the novelist who calls 
herself " Maxwell Gray." It assumes, to be sure, 
something too much of the character of a sociological 
tract in the closing chapters, and is based upon over- 
wrought sentiment rather than upon any practical 
form of idealism, but is nevertheless so fine in motive 
and so graceful ia diction that criticism is measure- 
ably disarmed. The " great refusal " is made by the 
hero, who renounces wealth and position to become 
a common workingman, and eventually embarks in 
a socialistic venture liaving for its object the estab- 
lishment of a Utopian commonwealth in Africa. 
These are not his only sacrifices, for love also is 
cast aside, and it is not imtil the end of much suf- 
fering that his early passion is replaced by one fixed 
upon far surer foimdations. The characterization is 
excellent, alike of the two women, the devoted hero, 
and his masterful father, whose money seems to 
the son too tainted for legitimate enjoyment. Nor 
is the hero in any sense depicted for us as a prig 
or a weakling, but rather as a genial, athletic, and 
altogether wholesome specimen of the best English 
manhood. The style of the novel, also, is natural as 
to dialogue, and charmingly allusive as to description. 

" The Conquest of Canaan " is a thoroughly read- 
able book, made so by its genial description of vil- 
lage types of character, and enough of a story to 
make the chapters hang together. Canaan is in 
Indiana, and it is conquered by the town ne'er-do- 
weU, who seems to have in him aU the makings of 
a vagabond ; but who instead develops strength and 
determination. This transfoi-mation of an outcast 
into a leading citizen is sketched with considerable 
skill, and incidental himior is not lacking. A very 
pretty love story adds warmth and romantic color- 
ing to this the latest of Mr. Tarkington's pleasant 
inventions. 

" The House of a Thousand Candles " is a house 
of mystery situated somewhere in the depths of 
Indiana. It has secret panels and subterranean pas- 
sages, and the departed owner is reputed to have 
concealed vast treasures somewhere within it. This 
makes it an object of burglarious enterprise on the 
part of the surrounding jwpidation, and the coming 
of the new owner, to whom the house with all its 
contents has been left, is by no means a popular 
happening. This owner is a young man of roving 
disposition, to whom the propeiiy has been left 
under singular conditions, one of which is that he 
shall make it his residence, and not leave it for a 
full year. Since his life is attempted on the very first 
day of his arrival, the prospect is at least exciting. 
But he proves game, and sets about solving the mys- 
tery for himself. Presently, an interesting romance 
develops, the other pei*son concerned being an in- 
mate of a neighboring school for girls. Startling 
episodes occiu* in swift succession, the machinations 
of all the villains are thwarted, the romance comes 
to a happy conclusion, and in the end we have the 
gi'eatest surprise of all, which it would be heartless 
of us to reveal. 



Mr. Hough's " Heart's Desire " is a book some- 
thing like Mr. Wister's "The Virginian," and quite 
as much or as little of a story. Heart's Desire is a 
remote mountain settlement of the southwest, hav- 
ing for its population one doctor, two lawyers, a few 
cowboys and miners, and no women. Its entire cir- 
culating medium amounts to about three hundred 
dollars, which frequently changes hands, and now 
and then, by the fortunes of the game, is temporarily 
collected in the pockets of some one citizen. The 
story begins with the advent of the first woman, and 
in subsequent chapters are chronicled the beginnings 
of litigation, art, music, and other accessories of civ- 
ilization. Presently a corporation comes with a rail- 
road in its gift, and what continuity' of interest the 
story has centres about the project. The book has 
both sentiment and humor, both after the fashion 
long ago set by Bret Harte, and makes a brave pre- 
tence at showing that a free life under these primi- 
tive conditions is much better worth having than the 
trammelled existence of more settled communities. 
The argument is stifficiently pei-suasive to compel 
temporary assent, and that is all the story needs for 
its sympathetic enjoyment. There can be no doubt 
that it is enjoyable, and that Mr. Hough has sur- 
passed his best previous efforts for our entertainment. 

Miss Beulah Dix is an accomplished artificer of 
historical romance, and has worked successfully in 
the material offered by seventeenth-century England 
and America, by puritans in Massachusetts, and by 
the conflict of roundhead with cavalier. It is to the 
latter phase of her acti^aty that " The Fair Maid of 
Graystones " belongs, and the book turns out to be 
a very pretty story indeed. Besieged Colchester has 
just fallen into the hands of the parliamentary army, 
and one of the consequences is that Jack Hethering- 
ton becomes a royalist prisoner. Then follows a sur- 
prising series of adventures for this engaging hero, 
brought about by the fact that he is taken for a cousin 
of the same name, and thereby becomes responsible 
for many villainies laid to the charge of that unwor- 
thy person. How he clears himself from this tangle 
it is the business of the novelist to unfold, and she 
does it without straining our sensibilities more than 
is strictly necessary for the purposes of a full-grown 
romance. The historical substratimi of the tale is of 
the thinnest, and chiefly takes the form of a conven- 
tional reflection of the manners and speech of the time. 

" Barbara Winslow, Rebel," by Miss Elizabeth 
Ellis, is another historical romance with an English 
setting, its scene being laid just after the defeat of 
Monmouth at Sedgemoor. Here we have a fascina- 
ting heroine, aiTested for harboring rebels, and a 
victim of Jeffrey and the Bloody Circuit. Sentenced 
to a brutal punishment, she is saved by one of the 
king's officers, who thereby becomes himself a rebel, 
and the two take flight together. They are clearly 
in love with one another to any eyes but their own, 
but the inevitable misundei'standing supervenes, 
holding them at arm's length through the requisite 
nmnber of chapters. Barbara is a young woman of 
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heart, and her soldier lover has the complementary 
\drtues that the situation requires. The story has 
heen told, essentially, a hundred times before in as 
many different guises, but it usually makes a pretty 
one, and in this case no complaint may be made of 
it for lack of interest or excitement. 

We are not altogether satisfied that Miss Glasgow 
should again have deserted her native heath (if a 
Virginia plantation may be thus designated) for 
the allurements of the metropolis and its so-called 
" society." As we said of " The House of Mirth," it 
is next to impossible to make a story of human interest 
out of the vapid and insolent life of the idle rich, and 
even the delicate art of Mrs. Wharton was balked in 
the effort. Now Miss Glasgow's art, although pos- 
sibly stronger, is less delicate, and by so much she 
has been even less successful than the writer with 
whose latest work "The Wheel of Life " is brought 
into inevitable comparison. We may say in behalf 
of the newer novel that it offers us at least one 
fine character in the person of its hero, who is in 
" society " but not of it, and another of strong but 
elusive charm in the person of the woman poet 
whose apparition haxmts many of the pages. But 
as compared with " The Deliverance," for example, 
this work is an inferior production. 

William Morton Payne. 



Briefs ois^ New Books. 



"Lone mother ^he peninsula to which the name of 
of dead Italy has been given for long ages 

empires." presents some of the most compli- 

cated problems in historical geography of all the 
continent of Em-ope. Consolidated under the Roman 
rule in the early half of the third century, B. C., the 
peninsula was visited and pillaged by almost all of 
the barbarians in the early Chi'istian centuries. The 
Ostrogoths occupied it in the fifth century, A. D., 
imtil Justinian obtained possession and reestablished 
the Roman Empire there. It became an exarchate 
of the Byzantine Empire about the middle of the 
sixth century, and a few years later the Lombards 
wrested it from the Empire. By the Treaty of Verdun, 
in 843, it was separated from the Western Empire, 
and in the tenth century it was united to Germany in 
the empire then formed. The Papal State then es- 
tablished proved a bar to complete Italian nationality 
until very recent times, and from that time until the 
nineteenth century jwilyarchy existed in Italy. From 
the tenth to the thirteenth century, feudal principal- 
ities and republics were established ; and most of the 
republics were transformed into principalities before 
the end of the Middle Ages. In the fifteenth century, 
Milan, Florence, the Papal State, the oligarchic Re- 
public of Venice, and the Kingdom of Naples, formed 
a pentarchy. The Normans conquered the southern 
part of the peninsula and established the Kingdom of 
the Two Sicilies. France and Spain at times had 
possessions in Italy, and a large portion was once 



incorporated into Austria. For three centuries the 
potentates of Europe were accustomed to ask, " What 
action shall we take in Italy ? " During the greater 
part of the eighteenth century, Italy was at the dis- 
posal of Europe, f m-nishing a country wherein conven- 
ient principalities were found for throneless princes. 
In twenty-one years, Sicily changed masters four 
times ; Parma, three times in seventeen years. Napo- 
leon I. created a kingdom in Northern Italy. In 1815 
the peninsula was again divided among pi-inces, and 
was dominated over by Austria. Not until 1860 
was the kingdom of Italy finally established by 
Victor Emmanuel, King of Piedmont. Ten years 
later, the State of the Church disappeared from the 
map of Italy, and "United Italy" was perfected. 
Dxiring the polyarchy, Italy was the cradle of the 
Renaissance in art, in letters, in diplomatic institu- 
tions, in banking, and in commerce. It would appear 
an- extraordinarily ambitious undertaking to write 
the history of such a country and its people in a sin- 
gle volume ; yet Mrs. Augusta Hale Gifford, in her 
" Italy, her People and their Story " (Lothrop Pub- 
lishing Company), has not only furnished a worthy 
companion volume to her deservedly popvUar "Ger- 
many, her People and their Story," but has suc- 
ceeded in giving a readable account of the people 
who have occupied the peninsula from Roman times 
down to the present day, thi'oughout all the vicissi- 
tudes of their political goverment, — a peoi^le who 
have been distinguished in the fields of art, letters, 
music, and government. Very naturally, the first part 
of the work (about 400 pages ) is largely drawn from 
Gibbon's " Decline and Fall," and brings the history 
down to the time of Theodoric. A single chapter 
of the second part serves for the course of history 
from Theodoric to Charlemagne, more than five cen- 
turies. Nine chapters serve for the interesting but 
complicated history of the country to the Napoleonic 
era. From 1792 to the present time, the most 
interesting period, diu-ing which time the " Italian 
Question " was continually before the world, the 
history is given with considerable attention to de- 
tails, and altogether the volume is of exceptional 
value both from its historical accuracy and its pop- 
ular style. — Mr. Henry Dwight Sedgwick, in his 
" Short History of Italy" (Houghton, Mifflin & Co. ), 
has not undertaken such an ambitious task as Mrs. 
Gifford's. He takes up the history in the year 476 
and closes with the last year of the nineteenth cen- 
tury. He has a good sense of proportion, and good 
ideas of historical perspective ; he writes in a vivid 
style, and possesses a keen sense of hmnor which 
contributes not a little to the entertaining quality of 
his book. Altogether, his volume, by no means as 
small as its name might indicate, is entitled to a 
place in the front rank of " short histories." A 
chronological table of the Popes and Emperors, a 
genealogical table of the Medici, a skeleton table of 
the Kings of the Two Sicilies, and an admirably 
selected list of books for general reading, give Mr. 
Sedgwick's volume permanent value as a book of 
reference. 



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The foremoxt In writing of a man whose thorough- 
fZddcon''^'' going egoism was tempered by none 
to Hume. too benevolent a spirit, and whose 

chief claim to influence upon contemporary English 
thought was his power to arouse opposition, it is per- 
haps not unnatural that the biographer's tone should 
contain a note of defense. Sir Leslie Stephen, who 
has written a life of Thomas Hobbes for the '* En- 
glish Men of Letters " series (Macmillan), evidently 
felt that his subject was in need of appreciation, 
and that the reading public ought to become better 
a«iuainted with ••the most conspicuous English 
thinker in the whole period between Bacon and 
Hume." Hobbes belonged distinctly to the period 
in which he lived, and is indeed a product of it. Out 
of its spirit of scientific investigation grew his ma- 
terialism ; out of the disturbed political situation in 
England grew his famous theory of sovereignty as 
embodied in •• The Leviathan "; and out of these 
conditions, added to the struggle between Church and 
State, grew his somewhat strange conception of mo- 
rality. His present biographer tells us that he had 
•'formed and begun to execute a remarkable plan. 
He intended, like a sound logician, to lay down the 
first principles of scientific inquiry, to apply them to 
what we should now call psychology, setting forth 
the laws of human nature, and finally to foimd upon 
this basis a science corresponding to modern soci- 
olog}'." His point of view is essentially scientific ; 
the method of Euclid impressed and influenced him 
greatly, as did also the fact that the one universal 
phenomenon is motion. Since he developed all liis 
conclusions from '•undeniable first principles" (as 
he called them), we are tempted to look forward 
and arbitrarily class him Avith the later continental 
rationalists. His actual physical speculations, admits 
his biographer, can liave no interest except as speci- 
mens of eai'ly guessing, and his theology is practi- 
cally of no value. But his political theory is by no 
means so easily disposed of, and stands out, even 
to-day, coherent and logical. Sir Leslie Stephen has 
sunuuai'ized it with care and precision, and has dis- 
cussed it with interest. 



Literary Ger- With the publication of " Young Ger- 
^tiu^"ear?v many" ( Macmillan ) , the sixth volmue 

19th century. of the •'Main Currents in Nineteenth 
Century Literature," by Dr. Georg Brandes, the task 
of presenting that great critical work to English 
readers is completed. The task has been long- 
delayed, and its full accomplishment is a noteworthy 
event. Although the average age of the six volumes 
is upwards of thirty years, their vitality- has suffered 
little impau-ment with the lapse of tune, and we may 
read them to-day with almost the zest with which 
we made their acquaintance in the seventies. The 
period of this concluding volume of the work lies 
between the Congress of Vienna and the gi'eat rev- 
olutionary yeai"s of the mid-century. Heine is the 
central figure in this act of the literary di-ama, 
while among the lesser performers are Borne, Hegel, 
Menzel, Immermann, Gutzkow, and Freiligrath. " It 



is a mighty panorama, this, which the study of the 
feelings and thoughts of Germany, first oppositionist, 
then revolutionary', between 1815 and 1848, unrolls 
to our view." And it grows ever in interest, up to 
the culminating scene of 1848, when " a long shud- 
der (of pain and at the same time of relief) passed 
through the whole of Germany. It was as if a win- 
dow had been opened, and air had reached the lungs 
of Europe." This year of •' great spiritual signifi- 
cance " is in literatui'e •' the red line of sepai-ation 
that divides our century and marks the beginning 
of a new era." It is difficult to keep within bounds 
our admiration for the energj'. the insight, and the 
profound philosophical basis of this master-work of 
criticism. A single preg^nt sentence may be quoted 
from the final chapter : •' Between the years 1830 and 
1840 something has been happening qtdetly, deep 
down in men's minds — Goethe's poetry and Goethe's 
philosophy of life, at first championed exclusively 
by enthusiastic women, have been steadily gaining 
influence over the cultivated, making them proof 
against theological impressions but receptive to all 
great hiunan ideas. The cult of Goethe leads by 
degrees, even in the case of women, to the cult of 
political liberty and social reform." The impact 
of this work upon the alert minds to which it came 
in the seventies, both as an inspiration and as a 
trumpet-call to renewed spiritual endeavor, may best 
be illusti*ated by what Dr. Ibsen wrote the author 
just after the appearance of the first volume. " I 
must tm-n to what has lately been constantly in my 
thoughts, and has even disturbed my sleep. I have 
read yoiu" Lectures. No more dangerous book could 
fall into the hands of a pregnant poet. It is one of 
those works which place a yawning gulf between 
yesterday and to-day. After I had been in Italy, 
I could not understand how I had been able to exist 
before I had been there. In twenty years, one will 
not be able to comprehend how spiritual existence 
at home was possible before these lectm-es. . . . Your 
book is not a history of literature according to the 
old ideas, nor is it a history of civilization. I will 
not trouble to find a name for what it really is. It 
reminds me of the gold-fields of California when 
they were first discovered, which either made nul- 
lionares of men or ruined them." 

, . . " Louisiana, a Record of Expansion " 

Louutana at , .ii-ii ••!_ 

anAmei-ican IS the title of the latest issue in the 

commonueaUh. uggful •' American Commonwealths " 
series (Houghton, Mifflin & Co.). The author, Mr. 
Albert Phelps, a native of New Orleans, has based 
his entii-e narrative upon a close study of the origi- 
nal sources of Louisiana history, and the result is a 
very good aecount of the position that Louisiana has 
occupied in the history of American settlement and 
the expansion of American institutions. It is worthy 
of note that throughout the work two important points 
are emphasized : the significance of the Mississippi 
Valley in the history of American development ; and 
the effect of negro slavery and its aftermath upon 
political and social problems. In developing the im- 



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portance of Louisiana as the key to the Mississippi 
basin, Mr. Phelps gives a full and interesting descrii> 
tion of the French and the Spanish domination over 
the lower Mississippi Valley, the continual pressure 
of the Anglo-Americans against the southwestern 
frontier, and the final annexation and absorption of 
the territory into the Union. The absolute neces- 
sity, political, commercial, and geographical, of the 
possession of the Mississipj)i valley to the states of 
the North is shown to have been one of the fatal 
causes of weakness to the Confederacy. On slavery 
and the problems growing out of it, especially as com- 
plicated by Louisiana conditions, the author writes 
with full knowledge and keen insight. The institu- 
tion of negro slavery and its effects are traced from 
colonial times to the jwesent day. Like others 
who have studied the race-question thoroughly, Mr. 
Phelps has come to the conclusion that there " never 
was a negro problem," but that the mulatto is the 
really important factor in the so-called race problem, 
the black negro seldom or never being troublesome 
unless made so temporarily by white or mulatto 
leaders. As to the future of the negro, the author 
thinks that it is by no means assured ; the negro finds 
it increasingly difficult to compete with the better 
equipped white man in the struggle for existence. 
A fact set forth in this account, not generally known, 
is that the Spanish rule over Louisiana was much 
better than that of France, and better than the early 
American administration in the territory. Seldom 
remembered, also, is the fact that in the American 
Revolution material assistance was given by Louisi- 
ana to the revolting colonies. Other phases of state 
history to which some attention is devoted are the 
gradual fusion of nationalities after the annexation, 
the Burr intrigue and the War of 1812, the troubles 
leading to secession, the Civil War period, the Butler 
regime in New Orleans, and the Reconstruction of 
the state from 1862 to 1876. The account of the 
Reconstruction, though brief, is the first satisfactory 
treatment of that tumultuous epoch in Louisiana 
history. Particularly useful is the examination and 
evaluation of the testimony taken by the various com- 
mittees of Congress that investigated conditions in 
that unhapi^y state between 1866 and 1876, during 
the reign of the mulatto and the " carpet-bagger." 
The book closes with a short sm-vey of present con- 
ditions in the commonwealth. 



Aaoodvopuiar ^ ^}^^ ^^ ^'''^^O' ^J Mr. Basil de 
introduction to Selincourt, is a recent addition to that 
the art of Giotto, admirable series, "The Library of 
Art" (imported by Scribner ). Its author, in follow- 
ing the older traditional views, stands at variance 
with such modern critics as Perkins and Berenson. 
This fact is evident in his remarks on the Roman 
school of painters of the thirteenth and fourteenth 
centuries and its relation to Giotto, as well as in his 
treatment of the chronology of the master's works. 
His arguments are not always the soundest, nor is his 
criticism as discriminating as it might be. Moreover, 
his treatment of the whole subject lacks thoroughness. 



The frescoes in the transept of the lower church at 
Assisi, which have been ascribed to Giotto by some of 
the best authorities, he puts aside as not genuine, with- 
out adequate discussion. He ignores not only the 
little panels in Munich, which have been seriously as- 
cribed to the gi'eat Florentine, but also the " Presen- 
tation " of Mrs. Gardner's collection in Boston, and 
the Giotto-like frescoes in San Antonio at Padua. 
Added to this he casts suspicion upon the genuine- 
ness of Giotto's altar-piece in the Louvi'e, without 
giving adequate reasons for such doubt. It would seem 
that the author lacks the trained eye and mind of the 
connoisseur, since he bases his conclusions upon the 
content of the pictures rather than upon that which 
forms the true basis of discriminating criticism — the 
details of technique and of style. Yet after all has 
been said, this is, within its limitations, a good book. 
Mr. De Selincourt very jjroperly gives most space to 
his description of Giotto's panels in the sacristy of St. 
Peters, and of his great frescoes at Assisi, at Flor- 
ence, and at Padua. His comments upon Ruskin's 
criticism of the Paduan frescoes are excellent. He 
loves his subject, and his enthusiasm, which is prop- 
erly tempered, is just what is needed to inspire the 
i-eader with a desire to know more of the great Flor- 
entine and his art. The j)rominence which the author 
gives to the subject-matter of the pictures, together 
with the literary flavor of much of his writing, makes 
his book an excellent popular introduction to the art 
of Giotto. So used, the text, accompanied as it is 
with many excellent illustrations, should prove of 
much value to beginners in the study of art, and may 
serve them better than would many a more scientific 
but less enthusiastic work. 



„ ,.,,.- , Miss G. E. Mitton's volume on " Jane 

Kntihsh life and i i rn- u / n 

wavK in Jane Austeu and her Times ( Putnam ) 
Austen's time. jg another attempt to piece out the 
very uneventful story of INIiss Austen's life with 
an account of her eighteenth-century environment. 
The few facts of her life have all been told many 
times before, and her friends and the places she 
visited have all been fully described. So Miss 
Mitton goes still further afield, making Jane Austen 
simply a good excuse for a rambling, discursive, 
but not uninteresting account of the manners and 
customs of her day. This survey, she argues, will 
be of especial value inasnmch as Miss Austen her- 
self, in her novels and her letters alike, makes so 
few references to the great events or the ephemeral 
interests that environed her. So Miss Mitton tells 
us how Jane travelled, and how she might have 
travelled if she had ventiu-ed on to the Continent, 
what she studied at school, how clergymen like her 
father were regarded, what people ate in those days 
and what they wore, how they managed the serv- 
ant question, and how they escaped paying postage. 
Her contemporary authors get a chapter ; so does 
the British navy, apropos of her two brothers' con- 
nection with it. We are told how Jane and her 
heroines liked Bath, what adventures they had at 
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seen in her visits to London. " Society and Love- 
making " is the title of a chapter describing the 
balls and routs of the time, telling of the exag- 
gerated head-dresses of the ladies, the gloves they 
saved so carefully for the minuet, and the money 
they lost at cards. It ends with a circumstantial 
account of all Jane's love affairs, viewed in the light 
of the theories of love which her novels seem to 
enunciate. There are copious extracts from the 
novels and from Jane's letters, as well as from the 
standard biographies. But if the present work does 
not attain to, or claim, much orig^inality, it is a clever 
and readable compilation, with something about it 
of the sprightly freshness of Miss Austen's own work. 
Twenty illustrations reproduce portraits of the Aus- 
ten family and some of their friends, and scenes of 
contemporary life as some of the eighteenth century 
artists have depicted it. 



More of 
Mr. BirrelVg 
ettays. 



Mr. Augustine Birrell's latest volume, 
" In the Name of the Bodleian " 
(Scribner), is characteristically full of 
•quaint fancies, brilliant sallies of wit and hvunor, 
keenly-calculated judgments of men and things, and 
an erudition that pointedly avoids beaten highways to 
<5ull its treasures from odd nooks and dusty corners. 
Mr. Birrell is a book-worm, but he rides his hobby 
s<S gaUy, with such a vivid appreciation of all the 
more human relations of life, that others besides 
book-worms find hiin suggestive and sympathetic. 
The title-essay, a delightful account of the foimda- 
tion and history of the great Oxford library, has for 
its occasion the financial straits of that institution. 
The paper on " First Editions " is a sensible and 
amusing comment on the controversy between the 
collector and the man who scoffs at him ; and " Bos- 
well as Biographer " is an analysis of Macaulay's 
and Carlyle's respective estimates of " Bozzy," unin- 
spired by the publication of any more modem opin- 
ion. But generally the point of departure is a new 
book or a new edition. In " Hannah More Once 
More " Mr. BirreU seizes the opportimity afforded 
him by the publication of Marion Harland's biogra- 
phy to make an engaging apology for that other 
essay in which he rudely related how he buried Miss 
More's works, in nineteen calf-bound volumes, in his 
garden. A laudatory life of Tom Paine, by Mr. 
Moncure D. Conway, leads to a vigorous analysis 
of Paine's peculiar genius, and the republication of 
Matthew Ai-nold's " Friendship's Garland " to a 
trenchant description of " Our Great Middle Class." 
The subjects are of a more special interest, the treat- 
ment correspondingly slighter and more casual, than 
in the " Obiter Dicta " ; but the new volmne has its 
full share of the fine flavor imparted by Mr. Birrell 
to everything he touches. 

Improving the ^^- ^udgett Meakin is the author of 
workingman's a book on " Model Factories and Vil- 
»urroundinrjs. j^ges " ( A. Wessels Co. ) , which con- 
tains an immense amount of information, both inter- 
esting and instructive, m regard to the progress made 



during the past century in matters referring to the 
welfare of the laborer and artisan. Even to those 
best acquainted with the efforts that are being made 
for better conditions of labor and of housing, much 
of Mr. Meakin's material will be entirely new, re- 
markable, and encouraging. Especially interesting 
is the well-supported statement that the merchants 
and manufacturers who have led the movement for 
industrial betterment have done so as business men 
and not as philanthropists, and the corollary that 
improved living and working opportunities have been 
the cause and not the result of increased business 
success. Mr. Meakin's book is divided into two parts, 
the first section dealing largely with the elementary 
efforts made by manufacturers whose buildings were 
situated in the centres of cities toward ameliorating 
the conditions of light, air, sanitation, dining facili- 
ties, and recreation ; and with the efforts, more inher- 
ently successful, of those who had recognized the 
underlying principle that cheap land, away from the 
heart of the city, in a district that might be suitably 
surrounded by the homes of the workingmen, was 
the essential for real improvement. The mmiber and 
importance of the factories in America, England, and 
on the Continent that have taken advantage of im- 
proved traffic facilities to avail themselves of country 
sites will be only less surprising than the photographs 
shown to illustrate the combined beauty and economy 
which is the result. The second half of Mi'. Meakin's 
book deals with " Industrial Housing," and is prac- 
tically a supplement to the first part, since it illus- 
trates the success which manufacturers have had, in 
their various and varied schemes, toward surround- 
ing their workshops with ideal villages. The whole 
book is strongly indicative of the trend toward 
cooperation that modern industry is taking. 

A dictionary ^^ ^® honest, as Hamlet remarks, is 
of famous to be one man out of ten thousand. 

American. ^o be famous in the United States 

was of the same degree .of rarity a few years ago, 
when the first issue of "Who 's Who in America" 
appeared. One out of five thousand is the present 
ratio, which should stiU be reasonably satisfactory 
to the one. In other words, the eight thousand bi- 
ographies of the first edition have become sixteen 
thousand in the fourth, now at hand from the house 
of Messrs. A. N. Marquis & Co. This volume, like 
its predecessors, has been compiled and edited by 
Mr. John W. Leonard. A new feature is provided 
by the inclusion of brief references to those men- 
tioned in the earlier issues, who have since died. 
There are more than two thousand closely-printed 
pages in the present volume. We have exhausted 
our vocabulary in testifying to the usefulness of this 
work in connection with the earlier editions, and will 
only repeat the simple statement that it is invaluable. 
We particularly commend to the attention of judi- 
cious readers the preface, which is a highly enter- 
taining essay. We may read therein, for example, 
of the clannish individual who submitted the name» 
of thirty-three of his relations as suitable for inclu- 



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sion, of the female "grafter" who offered (for a 
consideration) to secure recognition for unsuspected 
genius, and of the unpublished poet whose " blank 
(not to say blank ety-blank) verse" about Lincoln 
was offered in evidence that the writer belonged 
among the immortals. For these, and other delightful 
matters, we thank Mr. Leonard, aside from his ser- 
vices in providing the harassed editor with an indis- 
pensable book of reference. 

o . . A collection of brief biographical 
Some American -i-ii. 

women of a sketches, characterized by a real in- 

bv-goneday. terest of subj ect-matter and a pleas- 
antly unconventional manner of treatment, is Mr. 
Seth Curtis Beach's " Daughters of the Puritans " 
(American Unitarian Association ) . Catherine Maria 
Sedgwick, Mary Lowell Ware, Lydia Maria Child, 
Dorothea Lynde Dix, Margaret Fuller, Harriet 
Beecher Stowe, and Louisa M. Alcott are the par- 
ticular women about whom Mr. Beach has chosen to 
write. Of nearly every one of them an authoritative 
biography or memoir of some sort has been written, 
and one purpose of these essays is to call attention 
to the more elaborate studies and to stimulate interest 
in them. One of the interesting disclosures of these 
sketches, which are studies of personality rather than 
more formal and studied biography, is the picture 
of the early nineteenth century which they inciden- 
tally convey. Life was very simple in those far-off 
days, and literature, too, was simple and unsophis- 
ticated ; but neither life nor literature ever lacked 
serious inspiration. Nearly every author was also a 
reformer, with a pet cause to write for and to work 
for in other ways. Probably few of Mr. Beach's 
readers will care to read a book about each of the 
seven women with whom he deals ; but there is not 
one in the list about whom good Americans should 
be willing to remain in complete ignorance. 



BRIEFER MENTION. 



Mr. Ernest Newman's volume of " Musical Studies" 
(John Lane Co.) is made up largely of critical essays 
previously printed in the leading American musical and 
literary journals. The six chapters in the hook are de- 
voted to " Berlioz, Romantic and Classic," " Faust in 
Music," " Programme Music," " Herbert Spencer and 
the Origin of Music," " Maeterlinck and Music," and 
"■ Richard Strauss and the Music of the Future." Mr. 
Newman^s groupings of principles and motives are on a 
broad and comprehensive scale, and are free from the 
ambiguity that mars so many works on musical criticism. 

Professor Harald Hoffding's " The Problems of Phil- 
osophy " (Macmillan) is not an abridgment of the au- 
thor's philosophical theories, hut rather a defence of the 
four problems that he holds to be the basis of philo- 
sophical thought, namely : The problem of the nature of 
consciousness (the psychological problem), the problem 
of the validity of knowledge (the logical problem), the 
problem of the nature of being (the cosmological prob- 
lem), and the problem of value (the moral and religious 
problem). While Professor Hoffding is one of the most 
thoughtful and learned scholars in his particular branch 



of knowledge, he is not, even in his " History of Modern 
Philosophy," distinctly lucid and simple. And in this 
new volume, an abstract discussion of abstract princi- 
ples, his style carries him beyond the possibility of ac- 
companiment by the layman. But since the book is, in 
the nature of the case, intended for philosophers and 
teachers of philosophy, its usefulness will not be much 
impaired by its abstruseness. 

A little manual dealing with the life and art of Ra- 
phael has been prepared for the use of art students by 
Mrs. Julia Cartwright Ady, and is issued as the four- 
teenth volume of the " Popular Library of Art " (But- 
ton). Mrs. Ady is accustomed to the preparation of far 
more elaborate studies than this, but she uses the smaller 
space at her command with muoh discrimination, writ- 
ing what is, withm its limited compass, a singidarly 
complete account of the character and development of 
Raphael's work. She is of course thoroughly familiar 
with modern critical opinion, and as iar as it goes her 
work is exact and scholarly. Fifty reproductions of the 
artist's work illustrate the volume. 

Mr. John Sampson has edited for the Oxford Univer- 
sity Press (Henry Frowde) "The Poetical Works of 
William Blake." This is " a new and verbatim text from 
the manuscript, engraved, and letter press originals," 
and includes, by way of apparatus, both variorum read- 
ings and bibliographical material. The text of Blake has 
been so overlain with the emendations of (not always 
judicious) editors that its restoration was highly desir- 
able, and this Mr. Sampson has scrupulously done for 
us. Pimctuatiou is all that this editor has ventured to 
add to Blake's originals, and this could hardly have been 
omitted. We cannot be too gratefid for this beautiful 
and scholarly edition of the great mystic. 

Poetry, romance, art, architecture, history of wars^ 
between individuals, factions, and races, — all these play 
their part in Mrs. Janet Ross's " Florentine Palaces and 
their Stories " (Dutton). Mrs. Ross has every qualifi- 
cation for writing a book of this kind. Herself a resident 
of Florence for thirty-five years, and an associate of its 
best citizens, familar with all their traditions and customs,, 
and moreover a diligent student of their archives, she 
has compiled a book which takes precedence of any other 
in the same field. The number of palaces described is 
seventy-six. A very complete index renders the mass of 
tradition available for ready reference, and the illustra- 
tions from drawings by Miss Adelaide Marchi help to 
make up an exceedingly attractive volume. 

Seven new volumes have recently been added to the 
well-known " Newnes' Art Library " (Wame). These 
are boimd uniformly with the rest of the series, in boards 
with cloth back, gilt lettered. Each volume contains a 
frontispiece in photogravure, about sixty full-page half- 
tone plates, and a brief textual comment. A number 
of the half-tones in the volume on Rossetti are made 
more effective by being moimted on rough grey mats. 
Mr. Ernest Radford furnishes the text for this volume, 
and Mr. Malcolm Bell writes of Titian, Mr. P. G. 
Konody of Filippino Lippi, Mrs. Arthur Bell of Tinto- 
retto, Mr. Ars^ne Alexandre of Puvis de Chavannes, 
Mr. Henry Miles of " The Later Work of Titian," and 
Mr. J. Ernest Phythian of " The Pre-Raphaelite Bro- 
therhood." These introductory sketches are largely bio- 
graphical, except the last-named, which is an exposition 
of the motives and relative positions of Madox Brown, 
Holman-Himt, Millais, and Rossetti. Beginners in art 
study will especially appreciate this very attractive series. 



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Notes. 



" Sermon Briefs," by Henry Ward Beecher, is pub- 
lished at the Pilgrim Press, New York. It consists of 
transcriptions from Beecher's manuscript notes made for 
sermons preached during the years 1864-5. 

Attention having been newly recalled to " Die Waf- 
fen Nieder," the historical romance of the Baroness von 
Suttner, by the recent award of the Nobel peace prize, 
Messrs. A. C. McClurg & Co. now republish their trans- 
lation of the work, as made by Mrs. Alice Asbury 
Abbott many years ago. This version is entitled " Ground 
Arms," which is both idiomatic and exact. 

"Model English Prose," compiled by Pi-ofessor 
George R. Carpenter, and published by the Macmillan 
Co., is a volume of selections for the use of secondai-y 
schools. The selections are not only representative of 
their authors and periods, but are also extremely inter- 
esting on their o\^'n accomit, and it is seldom that we 
are offered a school-book which so completely deserves 
to be described as good reading. 

The EngUsh " Who 's Who " for 1906, published by 
the Macmillan Co., calls for about the same sort of 
comment as previous issues. ITiere are many new 
biographies, and the selection of American names is as 
capricious as ever. Removal of many tables to the 
companion " Who 's Who Year Book " has kept the work 
within practicable dimensions, although the biographies 
now fill nearly two thousand pages. 

Encouraged by the success which attended the publi- 
cation in the original of Xavier de Maistre's "Voyage 
autour de ma Chambre " in the series of Riverside Press 
Editions, Messrs. Houghton, Mifflin & Co. will shortly 
bring out Bemardin de Saint-Pierre's " Paul et Virginie " 
in the French text of the original first edition. The new 
edition will be set in type of the Didot style, imported 
from Paris, and is to be embellished with reproductions 
of the engAvings in the first French edition. These 
illustrations are not facsimiles, but have been reengraved 
on wood by M. Lamont Brown. The edition is limited 
to 280 numbered copies. 

An important publishing transfer recently effected was 
that whereby Messrs. A. S. Barnes & Co. took over the 
periodical and book business of the United Educational 
Company, formerly E. L. Kellogg & Co. and E. O. 
Vaile. The periodicals include the well-known " Teach- 
er's Magazine," a practical assistant and representative 
of teachers in the primarj-, intermediate, and grammar 
grades throughout the country, published monthly with 
illustrations; "The School Journal," a weekly journal 
presenting new movements in education with special 
reference to intermediate and secondary schools ; " Our 
Times," a weekly journal of current events, for general 
readers, and also adapted for practical school use; and 
" Educational Foundation," a monthly magazine of peda- 
gogy. These periodicals, it will be seen, cover the en- 
tire work from the primary to the end of the secondary 
schools. The large and important list of pedagogical 
books, teachers' helps, supplementary books, and school 
entertainments includes " The Teacher's Library," a se- 
ries of practical professional books for teachers, contain- 
ing over twenty volumes; "The Teacher's Month by 
Month Books," for primary grades; and the "Annual 
School Directories," fifteen in number, founded by 
E. O. VaUe. It is understood that the plans of Messrs. 
Barnes & Co. include many important impravements 
and developments of both the periodicals and the book 
list along approved edxicational lines. 



Topics in IjEAding Periodicai^s. 

March, 1906. 

Agriculture, Scientific. Countess of Warwick. No. American. 
Albright Gallery of Buffalo. Frank Fowler. Seribner. 
Antelope's Protection of Its Young. H. H. Cross. Century. 
Arab Bandits, A Night's Bide with. C. W. Furlong. Harper. 
Art in the Street. Sylvester Baxter. Century. 
Artists, Western, Society of. J. S. Dickerson. World To-day. 
Athletics, Amateur, Commercializing of. World To-day. 
Athletics, What England Can Teach Us in. Rev. of Review*. 
Automobiles for Everybody. H. B. Haines. World's Work. 
Automobilist, Rights of the. John Farson. World To-day. 
Average Man, The, and his Money. World's Wwk. 
Baker, Captain, of Jamaica. E. P. Lyle, Jr. World To-day. 
Birds that Nest in Colonies. W. L. Finley. World To-day. 
Boston. Henry James. North American. 
British Free Trade. Alfred Mosely. Review of Reviews. 
British West Indies, Future of. W. P. Livingstone. No. Amer. 
Buccaneers I Have Known. Lloyd Buchanan. Lippincott. 
Chain Gang — Shall it Go » G. H. Clarke. World To-day. 
Children's Court in American City Life. Review of Reviews. 
China and the Far East. H. P. Judson. World To-day. 
Chinese Boycott, Reason for. C. Chaille-Long. World To-day. 
Chinese Special Mission, The. J. W. Jenks. Rev. of Revieus. 
Colorado Glacier, A. Junius Henderson. Harper. 
Commercial MachiaveUianism. Ida M. Tarbell. McClure. 
Consular Service, Proposed Reorganization of the. No. Amer. 
Denmark, Late King of. Edwin Bjorkman. Rev. of Reviews. 
Earth, Measuring the. Edward Marshall. World To-day. 
Filipino Labor Supply. Greorge H. Guy. Review of Reviews. 
Fletcherism, Growth of. I. F. Marcosson. M'wld's Work. 
France, Anatole. Bradford Torrey. Atlantic. 
Geneva, University of. Charles F. Thwing. Harper. 
German Army, The. William G. FitzGerald. World's Work. 
German Emperor, The. A. Maurice Low. Atlantic. 
Gtermany and U. S., Commercial Relations between. No. Amer. 
Girl's Industrial School of Indianapolis. World To-day. 
Hay, John, .K Friendship with. J. B. Bishop. Century. 
Ibex-Shooting in Baltisan. J. C. Grew. Harper. 
Immigration, Sane Regulation of. Review of Reviews. 
Ingelow, Jean, Recollections of. G. B. Stuart. Lippincott. 
Ireland, Deserted. Plmnmer F. Jones. World To-day. 
Jefferson and " The Rivals." Francis WUson. Seribner. 
Kentucky Cardinal, Ways of the. Jennie Brooks. Harper. 
Labor, Some Equivocal Rights of. George W. Alger. Atlantic. 
Le Braz, Anatole. CarroU Diuiham. Review of Reviews. 
Liberal Policy, The. H. Campbell-Bannerman. World To-day. 
Life Insurance Corruption. "Q. P." World's Work. 
Lincoln Farm, The. Review of Reviews. 
Lincoln, Some Impressions of. E. S. Nadal. Seribner. 
Looking Backward. Clara Morris. McClure. 
Man and Beast. Samuel H. Brory. Atlantic. 
Mani Bible, The Long-Lost. M. Bloomfield. Harper. 
Money Stringency, Cause of the. A. B. Hepburn. No. American. 
Moros, Preparing Our, for Government. R. L. Bullard. A tlantic. 
Navy, Oxu". An American Citizen. North American. 
New York Custom-House, The. Charles De Kay. Century. 
New York Revisited. Henry James. Harper. 
Orange-Growing in California. Bertha M. Smith. World's Work. 
Paris, Housing of Large Families in. Review of Reviews. 
Pittsburg and Erie Barge Canal. W.F. McClure. World To-day. 
Plays, Publication of. Brander Matthews. North American. 
Public Schools, A Lesson for the. Adele M. Shaw. Wm-ld's Work. 
Railroad Freight Rates — A Sidelight. Review of Reviews. 
Railroad, The President and the. Cy Warman. World To-day. 
Red Man's Last Roll-Call. C.M.Harvey. Atlantic. 
Religion, Significant Books of. George Hodges. Atlantic. 
Road, The Flowing. Henry Norman. Seribner. 
Ronmania, The Jews in. Carmen Sylva. Century. 
Round-up, A Day with the. N. C. Wyeth. Seribner. 
Rural Free Delivery, A Rural View of. North Amei-ican. 
Sahara, Three Unarmed Men Cross the. Review of Reviews. 
Shakespeare and the Plastic Stage. John Corbin. Atlantic. 
Shipping Legislation, Pending. W.E.Humphrey. No. Amer. 
Shop-Girl, The. Mary R. Cranston. World To-day. 
Sicily, the Garden of the Sun. William Sharp. Century. 
Soldiers, Pay of Our. Capt. E. Anderson. Review of Reviews. 
Steam Engine's New Rival. F. A. Wilder. World To-day. 
Steel Rail, Anatomy of a. H. C. Boynton, Harper. 
Texas and the Texans. M. G. Cunniff. World's Work. 
Tuberculosis among the Sioux Indians. Review of Reviews. 
Tm^ot, Statesmanship of . Andrew D. White. Atlantic. 
Walpole, Letters of. Gamaliel Bradford, Jr. Atlantic. 
War, Is the United States Prepared for ? North American. 
Wealth, Love of, and Public Service. F. W. Taussig. Atlantic. 
Western Camps, In. Bishop E. Talbot. Harper. 



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THE DAWN OF A TOMORROW 

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THE PRISONER OF THE DAY-DREAMER 

ORNITH FARM Being the FuII Narrative of "The stolen 

By FRANCES POWELL, author of "The House on Story" 

the Hudson." By JESSE LYNCH WILLIAMS 

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the most remarkable conditions, near New York. The ^ ^^^ ^^^ ^as a newspaper man of action. The love 

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make a startling and yet convincing story. original climax. - , >. 

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The entertaining adventures of an original small boy and "y *^ ^ W AKMAPs 

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plot of the stories. insight and feeling. 

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THE APOSTOLIC AGE IN THE LIGHT OF 
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By JAMES HARDY ROPES 
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THE REFORMATION PAUL JONES 

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By FRIEDRICH PAULSEN 
Translated by Frakk Thilly and W. W. Elwang 
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LIST OF SPRING BOOKS 

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FICTION 



THE MAYOR OF WARWICK By Hkbbkbt M. Hopkins. 

A brilliant novel of contemporary American life. With frontispiece, in color, by Henry Hutt. $1.50. 

THE EVASION By ExroKinA Bbooks Fbothingham. 

A powerful portrayal of society life of to-day, by the author of " The Turn of the Road." $1.50. 

BETWEEN TWO MASTERS By Gamaxikl Bbai>fobd, Jb. 

A vivid and dramatic novel dealing with the twentieth century strugsrle between Ood and Mammon. $1.50. 

THE COURT OF LOVE By Alice Bkown. 

As light as a bubble, irresistible in its comedy, and laughable in its absurd situations and entanglements of modem Ufe. 

THE CLAMMER By William J. Hopkiss. 

A delicate, half-whimsical love story of a witty recluse living by the sea. $1.25. 

A LITTLE SISTER OF DESTINY By Gblett Bubgkss. 

Unusual adventures of an iQdet>endent and attractive New York girl. 

THE SPIRIT OF THE PINES By Mabgabkt Mobse. 

" A bit of delicat« and attractive writing." — Chicago ReeordrHerald. $1.00. 

CALM IRE: Man and Natube. By Henbt Holt. 

A widely discussed novel hitherto published anonymously. (Sixth edition, revised.) $1.50. 

STURMSEE: Man and Man. By Henbt Holt. 

A brilliant piece of fiction instinct with originality and charm. ( Third edition, revised.) $1.50. 



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THE LOG OF A SEA ANGLER By Chables F. Holdeb. 

Exciting adventure with the big game fishes of America. $1.50 net. Postpaid, $1.63. 

CATTLE BRANDS By Andt Adams. 

Cowboy yams, by the author of " The Log of a Cowboy." etc. $1.50. 

IN THE MARCH AND BORDERLAND OF WALES By A. G. Bbadley. 

Delightful rambles through picturesque England. Fully illustrated. $3.00 net. Postpaid, $3.23. 



ESSAYS 



WHAT IS RELIGION? By Henby S. Pbitchett. 

Five \-igorous, broad-minded addresses to studoits by the President of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. 
$1X)0 net. Postpaid, $1.07. 

THE COLLEGE MAN AND THE COLLEGE WOMAN By William De Witt Hyde. 

Clear-sighted essays by the President of Bowdoin College on American college life, methods, and ideals. $1.50 net. 
Postpaid. $1.61. 

INDIVIDUALITY AND LMMORTALITY By Wilhelm Ostwald. 

Professor Ostwald, of Leipzig, presents the views of the modem science of physical chemistry, as concerns the 
future life. 75 cents net. Postpaid, 82 cents. 

MORAL OVERSTRAIN By Geobge W. Algeb. 

Direct essays dealing with the existence and treatment of " graft " in modem business and politics. 



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LINCOLN: MASTER OF MEN By Alonzo Rothschild. 

A keen and brtUiant study emphasizing the keynote of Lincoln's character — his mastery over different types of 
men as well as over himself. With portraits. $3J)0 net. Postage extra. 

WAR GOVERNxHENT : FEDERAL AND STATE By Willl»ji B. Wkkdek. 

A critical study, using Massachusetts, New York, Pennsylvania, and Indiana as examples. 

AMERICAN LITERARY MASTERS By Leon H. Vikcekt. 

Compact, authoritative studies of nineteen American authors. $2.00 net. Postpaid, $2.12. 

THE SUBCONSCIOUS By Joseph Jastbow. 

A distinctive contribution to an interesting phase of descriptive psychology. 

BIRD AND BOUGH By John Bubboughs. 

The first collected edition of Mr. Burroughs's poems of nature. 

THE PERSONALITY OF JESUS By Chables H. Babbows. 

A stimulating and helpful study based on the four Grospels. 

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A. C. McCLURG & CQ.'S SPRING LIST 

Nicanor, Teller of Tales 

By C. Bryson Taylor. With five plates in full color and decorations in tint 
by the Kinneys. Large i2mo, $1.50. 

Well-planned, well-written, and carried out in a broad heroic style, " Nicanor" has the true romantic qualty, 
and the publishers have no hesitation in saying that in strength and interest it is equal, if not superior, to any 
of their previous successes of this especial kind. The action occurs in Britain at the time when the Saxons 
were beginning their inroads u|)on the Romans, and this period has furnished splendid opportunities for bold 
and picturesque treatment by the author and the illustrators. The pictures and decorations by the Kinneys 
are far superior to any of their previous work. 

For the Soul of Rafael 

By Marah Ellis Ryan. With unusual photographic illustrations and decora- 
tions in tint. Large i2mo, $1.50. 

This new book by the author of " Told in the Hills" is certain to have an immediate success. It is a glowing 
and picturesque romance of Old California, with a marked dramatic quality. The characters are all of the 
fine aristocratic Spanish type, at a period when Americans were regarded as godless invaders. It will be 
found a story of strong passions and a splendid renunciation. 

Dick Pentreath 

By Katharine Tynan, author of "The Dear Irish Girl," "Julia," etc. With 
four illustrations in pen-and-ink by George Alfred Williams. Large i2mo, I1.25. 

This new English story has more popular qualities than any of Miss Tynan's many successful novels. She can 
always be counted on for a delightful expression of humor and sentiment which few writers in her field can equal. 

Literature of Libraries 

17th and 1 8th Centuries. Edited by Henry W. Kent, Librarian of the Grolier 
Club, and John Cotton Dana, Librarian of the Newark Public Library. Sold 
only in sets. Regular edition, limited to 250 sets, $12.00 net. Large paper edition^ 
limited to 25 sets, $25.00 net. 

Vol. I. «« Concerning the Duties and Qualifications of a Librarian." Vol. II. "The Reformed Library 
Keeper." A series of six reprints of rare and out-of-print works on libraries and their management. The pri- 
mary object of the series is to bring within the reach of persons interested, and especially of librarians, the early 
authorities on these subjects. The volumes in this series will be beautifully printed at the Merrymount Press. 

The Ghost in Hamlet 

And Other Essays in Comparative Literature. By Dr. Maurice Francis Egan. 
i6mo, $1.00 net. 

As professor of English at the Catholic University of Washington, Dr. Egan is well known both as a 
thorough scholar and a charming writer. The other titles are: Some Phases of Shakespearean Interpretation^ 
Some Pedagogical Uses of Shakespeare; Lyrism in Shakespeare's Comedies; A Definition of Literature; The 
Ebb and Flow of Romance; The Greatest of Shakespeare's Contemporaries; Imitators of Shakespeare; The 
Puzzle of Hamlet. 

Old Tales from Rome 

By Alice Zimmern, author of " Old Tales from Greece." Fully illustrated. 
i2mo, $1.25. 

a popular presentation of some of the famous myths and legends. The book is divided into three parts, the 
first being given to "The W^anderings of ^neas," the second to "Early Days of Rome," and the third to 



" The Transformation. 



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Panama to Patagonia 

The Isthmian Canal and the West Coast Countries of South America. By 
Charles M. Pepper, author of " To-morrow in Cuba." With new maps and 
numerous illustrations. Large 8vo, $2.50 net. 

The author is a distinguished newspaper man who has travelled extensively, especially in the Latin- American 
republics, and who is a member of the Permanent Pan-American Railway Committee. His book aims to 
point out to the American commercial world the enormous advantages coming to this country from South 
America through the construction of the Panama Canal. 

The Glory Seekers 

The Romance of Would-Be Founders of Empire in the Early Days of the South- 
west. By William Horace Brown. Illustrated. Square 8vo, $1.50 net. 

These are tales of the daring adventurers who became notorious as the leaders of filibustering expediuons into 
the region which now forms the State of Texas. The author, William Horace Brown, knows his subject 
and endeavors to present a truthful account, with the statement that "justice and patriotism were not always 
the prompters of their actions." There is no question but that their exploits were dramatic and picturesque, 
and the narrative of them is not only instructive, but makes highly entertaining reading. 

Hawaiian Yesterdays 

By Dr. Henry M. Lyman. With numerous illustrations from photographs. 
Large 8vo, $2.00 net. 

A delightfully written account of what a boy saw of life in the Islands in the early '40's. The author was a 
distinguished Chicago physician, whose father was a well-known missionary in Hawaii. His book is a most 
pertinent description of early conditions in a part of the world in which Americans are becoming more and 
more interested. 

Future Life 

In the Light of Ancient Wisdom and Modern Science. By Louis ELBfe. With 
a portrait. i2mo, $1.20 net. 

This is the authorized translation of the famous book which has been creating so wide a stir in scientific and 
religious circles throughout France, under the title "La Vie Future." It will be received with widespread 
interest here, and will arouse very general discussion. The subject is one which is engaging not only scientists, 
but laymen, in ever-increasing numbers. This volume offers for the first time a complete presentation of all 
the available evidence hitherto to be found only in the most scattered and inaccessible forms. 

Remenyi, Musician and Man 

An Appreciation. By Gwendolyn Kelley and George P. Upton. With 
portraits. 8vo, $1.75 net. 

Miss Kelley was an intimate friend and devoted admirer of the famous Hungarian wizard of the violin, and 
he intrusted to her a number of biographical documents. To these have been added others contributed at 
her solicitation by his personal friends and members of his family, also some of his characteristic letters and 
literary sketches, the whole forming a volume of uncommon charm and a valuable work of reference. 

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PROBLEM Author of ' ' The City for the People.' * etc. 

This book reveals the facts in regard to railway favoritism and unjust discrimination. 12mo, cloth. $1.50 net. 

THE FIGHT FOR CANADA By Major william wood. 

Major Wood places the entire campaign of the fight for Canada on a new historical footing. With portraits, colored 
maps, and bibliography. 8vo, cloth. $2.50 net. 

THE ECONOMY OF HAPPINESS By jamis mackaye. 

The present work seeks to transfer the foundation of economics from wealth to happiness ; thus substituting utilita- 
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of public polity. Small 8vo, cloth. $2.50 net. 

TRTT TIP TO HATF \VATTPPCiC; By JANET McKENZIE HILL, 

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THUNDER AND LIGHTNING Af.L?^i^oplfLt^fo^,T.I^: 

An exceedingly entertaining book by the g^at French astronomer. Illustrated. 12mo, cloth. $1 .25 net. 

PETRARCH'S ''TRIUMPHS." Special Limited Issue. Translated by henry boyd. 

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THE GAME OF BRIDGE By fisher amis. 

A popular treatise on " bridge," to which have been added the laws of the game. lOmo, cloth. $ 1 .00 net. 

PRACTICAL ROWING WITH SCULL 

AND SWEEP By ARTHUR W. STEVENS. 

An invaluable handbook on rowing ; with chapters on " The EfiPects of Training," by Eugene A. Darling, M.D. 
With diagram and 16 illustrations. 16mo, cloth. $ 1 .00 net. 

THE BOOK OF DANIEL AND MODERN 

CRITICISM By Rev. CHARLES H. H. WRIGHT, D.D, 

A series of lectures in which Daniel and his Prophecies are considered in relation to Modem Criticism. 

8vo, cloth. $2.50 net. 

CENTRALIZATION AND THE LAW By melvh^le m. bigelow, and others. 

Six lectures delivered at the Boston University Law School as part of the plan of legal extension now on foot there. 

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FICTION 
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'-'-"-"^ Author of A Girl of Virginia," etc. 

The story of a young married Virginia girl at the outbreak of the Civil War. 12mo, cloth. $1.50. 

SANDPEEP * By SARA e. boggs. 

A charming story of the Maine coast. Illastrated by May Bartlett. 12mo, cloth. $ 1 .50. 

KENELM'S DESIRE By hughes Cornell. 

A strong, vital, human romance with the hero an Alaska Indian. 12mo, cloth. $1.50. 



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FICTION— Continued 
ON THE FIELD OF GLORY ^^ T^'^^^^^'SS^?- 

Author of Quo Vadis," etc 
Aathorized translation from the Polish by Jeremiah Cartin. 

" Other novels seem jniceless, and otiber heroes bloodless, after reading ' On the Field of Glory.' " — The Independatt, 
New York. 12mo, cloth. $1.50. Third Printing. 

A MAKER OF HISTORY . ^; VT^ ^r"^^^- 

Author of The Master Mmnmer," etc. 
" By far the best work of this deyer author." — Chicago Daily News. 

Dlnstrated. 12mo, doth. $1.50. Third Printing. 

THE SAGE BRUSH PARSON By a, b. ward. 

A story of a Nevada mining camp irith a hero " whose fortones and adventnres hold one's unflagging interest," says 
The Nation. 12mo, cloth. $1.50. Fifth Printing. 

MATH OP ATHT?MQ By LAFAYETTE McLAWS. 

lyxr^L LJ \jr n. X r:i IZ/l-N a Author of " when the Land Was Young," etc 

A highly romantic novel dealing with Lord Byron's career in Greece. Illustrated by Harry C. Edwards. 

12mo, cloth. $1.50. 

HEARTS AND CREEDS Author of -On'the Firing Line." etc 

A romance of Quebec, dealing with the marriage of a Protestant girl with a Catholic. Illustrated by Alice Barber 
Stephens. 12mo, doth. $1.50. 

TWF WTRPT TAPPTTPQ By ARTHUR STRINGER. 

^ '^^ VVlIVll, LIXrrCjXKO Author of "The silver Poppy," etc 

A remarkable story in which the hero and heroine become by force of circamstanoes associated with the pool-room 
wiretapper. Illustrated by Arthur William Brown. 12mo, cloth. $1.50. 

THE DISTRICT ATTORNEY A..,,.,of-^,^?S^l"^ 

A story of American political life of the present day. 12mo, cloth. $1 .50. 

THE WOLF AT SUSAN'S DOOR Authfr^of^^a^?"^' 

Another inimitable three-part Susan degg story to which has been added " Mra. Lathrop's Love Affair." With 
frontispiece. 12mo, cloth. $1.00. 

TRUTH DEXTER— Illustrated Edition Author of -^c^BrJJSIf the Gods." 

With a series of eight striking and sympathetic pictures in tint by Alice Barber Stephens. 12mo, cloth. $1.50. 

OLD WASHINGTON By harrutt prescott spofford 

Delightful stories of the National Capital just after the doae of the Civil War. With frontispiece by George Alfred 
Williams. 12mo, cloth. $1.50. 

A MILLIONAIRE OF YESTERDAY 

THE MAN AND HIS KINGDOM By k phhjjps oppenhedl 

New editions of two of Mr. Oppenheim's earlier successes. Each is fully illustrated. 12mo, doth. Each, $1.50. 

POPULAR EDITIONS OF RECENT FICTION i2mo,cioth. Each, 75 cents. 

PAXNTED SHADOWS, By Richakd Lb Galsjxss^ THE SIEGE OF YOLT^ By Fkancbs Chaklbs. 

THE VIKING'S SKLTX, By Johk R. Cakuwg. HASSAN, A FELLAH, By Hxnby Guamax. 

SARAH TULDON, By Obme Aghus. THE WOLVERINE, By Axekbt L. Lawkkkcb. 

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JFiction 



WHAT HAPPENED 
TO PAM 



By BETTINA VON HUTTEN, author of " Pam," " Our 
Lady of the Beeches," " He and Hecuba." Illustrations 
by B. Martin Justice. 12mo, cloth, $1.50 



COWARDICE COURT 



By GEORGE BARB McCUTCHEON, author of «Grau- 
stark," "Beverly of Graustark," « Nedra," « The Day of the 
Dog," etc. With illustrations in color by Harrison Fisher, 
and decorations by T. B. Hapgood. 12mo, cloth, $1.25 



BARBARA WINSLOW, 
REBEL 



By ELIZABETH ELLIS. 

" A frankly romantic story, buoyant, eventful, and in matters of 
love exactly what the heart could desire." — New York Sun. 
Full-page illustrations and decorations by John Rae. 

12mo, cloth, SI. 50 



THE PATRIOTS 



By CYRUS TOWNSEND BRADY, author of « The South- 
erners," " For Love or Country," " My Lady's Slipper," etc. 
With illustrations, in two colors, by Walter H. Everett. 

12mo, cloth, $1.60 



A MOTOR CAR 
DIVORCE 



A LAME DOG'S 
DIARY 



THE HILL 



THE SCHOLAR'S 
DAUGHTER 



By LOUISE CLOSSER HALE. This clever story has 
been running serially in The Bookman. With 36 illustra- 
tions, 10 of which are in color, by Walter Hale. 

12mo, cloth, $1,50 



By S. MacNAUGHTAN, author of « The Fortune of Chris- 
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By HORACE VACHELL, author of "John Charity," 
« Brothers," etc. 12ino, cloth, $1.50 



By BEATRICE HARRADEN, author of " Ships that Pass 
in the Night," " The Fowler," " Katherine Fensham," etc. 
With illustrations and decorations, and printed in two colors. 

12mo, cloth, $1.50 



THE GIRL WITH THE 
BLUE SAILOR 



By BURTON EGBERT STEVENSON, author of " The 
Holladay Case," " The Marathon Mystery," etc. Illustra- 
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THE VICAR OF 
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CELTIC LITE RATURE. 

For twenty-five centuries the stage of our so-called 
civilized -world was occupied by two great groups of 
actors : Greek and Syrian they were, protagonists 
and antagonists, with chorus and semi-chorus from 
surrounding tribes. They grew up side by side, 
they made their entrances separately, but soon they 
clashed and contended and wrought out the drama 
and spectacle of life. Occasionally they were swept 



aside by invading hordes — by Northern barbarism 
orMoslem culture, — but they soon regained their place 
in the centre of the stage, and to this day they are 
the dominant powers in our thought Meanwhile 
what went on behind the scenes? 

It was not until toward the close of the eighteenth 
century that the existence of vast poems and mighty 
systems of thought in India were revealed to the 
European world. Even to-day these great reservoirs 
of reason and imagination are hardly accessible to 
the student ; and they have not begun to flow over 
and fertilize the fields of modem thought- The 
intuitive profundity of many conceptions in Hindoo 
philosophy surpasses the reasoned deductions of Greek 
or German metaphysic And the closing scenes 
of the Mahabharata, at least, have a spiritual and 
ethical significance not equalled by any European 
poem. 

About the same time the Teutonic race "found 
itself" in the great myths of the Niebelungenlied 
and the Icelandic Sagas. And simultaneously the 
Celtic genius rose on the horizon, and spoke in a 
voice that thriUed Europe. MacPherson's Ossian, 
vague and confused as it is — full of interpolations 
which show the influence of Shakespeare and the 
classics, — has yet in it the fundamental characteris- 
tics of primitive and original literature. 

It must be remembered, however, that one branch 
of the Celtic myth tree had blossomed and bour- 
geoned long before, — had in fact become almost the 
main stem of English literature. The Arthurian 
legend was twice a changeling, for, born in compara- 
tive simplicity or poverty in Wales, it was transported 
to France and decked with borrowed trappings of 
chivalry and Christianity. Then it was brought back 
by Malory, redacted by him, shorn of something of 
its over-blown glory, and made into the typical En- 
glish epic story. Milton indulged the dream of using 
the legend as the subject of his life-work, and it is 
perhaps a pity he did not finally choose it rather than 
the more high flying and difficult theme he under- 
took. At his hands we might have had something 
of the mystery and magic, the wild paganism, the 
primitive interpretation of nature and humanity, 
that is in the original Welsh legends. As it is we 
had to wait for Tennyson to make more prim and 
proper and conventional the already prim and proper 
and conventional version of Malory. For all the 
redactors of the Arthurian story have dealt as 
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with his Irish ones. They transformed nature myths 
into chivahic romances and religious poems. While 
on one hand they deepened and hxmianized the 
legends, on another they wiped out all that was most 
characteristic of the Celtic nature. 

The originals, however, remained, and it is hardly 
too much to say that their resuscitation and recogni- 
tion have been the great literary find of the past fifty 
years. The Welsh cycle of legends and poetical 
relics came earliest into notice, and it is on these that 
the criticism of Renan and Arnold is mainly founded. 
Matthew Arnold's essay on Celtic Literature is almost 
the best critical treatise in the language, and it is 
certainly the most curious tour de force of criticism 
which exists anywhere. Apparently he knew only 
a few words of Welsh, had examined only a few 
relics of Welsh literature, and was in absolute igno- 
rance of the great mass of Irish poetry. Yet by a 
divination of genius which seems almost uncanny, 
he defined and described the Celtic genius as no one 
else has ever succeeded in doing. Perhaps with the 
instinct of an artist for effect, he forced the note of 
difference, of uniqueness, in Celtic literature further 
than there is warrant for doing. It is difficult to 
believe that the main characteristics that he found 
in this literature have not existed in other litera- 
tures and in all ages. " Melancholy," " Titanism " 
surely there is something of these qualities in the 
Bible and the Greek Tragedians, in Dante, Job, and 
Jeremiah. Prometheus, Orestes and (Edipus, the 
people of the Inferno, — these figures certainly 
express the emotions of pessimism and revolt in a 
larger sense than Llywarch Hgn or Taliesin. And 
from the Iberian rather than from the Celtic race 
rose the arch-rebel, Don Juan. In style, too, it is 
pretty hard to differentiate the Celtic natural magic, 
which Arnold discovered, from the charm of expres- 
sion in Sappho and Catullus. And the romantic inter- 
pretation of nature in the Celtic poetry ! Really there 
are fine things of this kind in the Bacchae of Euri- 
pides and in the wilder and weu-der scenes of Virgil. 
Human gifts seem to be a pretty constant quantity, 
and one hesitates to believe that an entirely new set 
of talents came in with the Celts. 

However, as this may be, the qualities which 
Arnold found in the Celtic genius are qualities of 
style — of personality. If one who has hardly more 
claim to scholarship in these matters may presume to 
judge, these qualities pertain rather to Welsh than 
to Irish literatm*e. The Irish legends are the much 
larger body of important work ; they are destined, 
I think, to have a greater future than the Welsh, 
but they are epic and impersonal. They are in many 
respects badly written. They have neither the sense 
of style which the best Welsh fragments possess, 



nor the form and proportion which the best Welsh 
stories display. 

Very probably this lack of fineness of phrase and 
form was not so evident in the original Irish poems. 
Dr. Douglas Hyde has told us of the poet culture 
which went on in Ireland during that country's great 
period. There was a Druidic and Bardic organiza- 
tion, which must have included a large percentage 
of the population of the state, supported at the cost of 
the state. There were colleges where the bards were 
trained and disciplined in the conception and execu- 
tion of poetry. There was an amazing list of model 
compositions which the students had to memorize, 
and there was a marvellously intricate system of 
versification which they had to master. If these 
accounts are facts, no race ever invented such a hot- 
house method for the production of literature. And 
from the hints and glimpses we have, it is probable 
that the«Irish bards did develop an almost unequalled 
technique in writing. Only their technique seems to 
have been mainly concerned with the music of syllar 
hies, whereas the Welsh poets cared more for the 
pictures in words. The difference obtains yet, if we 
may consider the English poets as the descendants 
of the Welsh bards. But the original productions of 
the Irish poets are gone. What we have is their 
work reduced to writing by monkish scribes after 
centuries of merely oral existence. The music would 
be the first thing to go out of the poems under these 
conditions. Of some of the epic legends there are a 
number of recensions extant. And these read as if 
the scribes had still other versions to choose from, 
and were so anxious not to lose anything good that 
they, as it were, superimposed one upon another. 
In the descriptions we have adjectives seven deep 
heralding the arrival of the nouns, and the same 
idea is repeated over and over again in slightly dif- 
ferent form. This excess of particularity and vivid- 
ness has almost the same effect as MacPherson's 
vague monotony, and leaves the figures and stories 
confused. 

If the Irish legends are inferior to the Welsh in 
mystic depth, in glimpse and gleam of revelation, 
they are also inferior to the Icelandic Sagas in world- 
wide significance, in the power of imagination which 
grasps the beginning and end of creation and seeks 
to explain everything between. The Irish gods and 
their doings are about what a child might imagine. 
There was no theology in the primitive Irishman's 
head. He was all for this world, and if he thought 
of the hereafter he conceived it merely as a place 
where there were improved opportunities for eating, 
drinking, fighting, and the making of love. He was 
absolutely healthy and cheerful. He had a romantic 
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to him — splendid attire, wine, song. Poetry has 
probably never been so much honored as by him. 
"With a high sense of personal honor, he submitted to 
one singular superstition — a sort of taboo — called 
geasa. He thought that no honest man could object 
to having his head cut off in single combat if the 
play was fair. TVTiat, then, is the great value of the 
Irish epics ? It consists, I think, in the clear and 
undistorted splendor with which absolutely natural 
humanitj' is bodied forth. Does not the description 
I have given recall the Homeric world and the Ho- 
meric view of life ? 

Homer is indeed the name that leaps to our 
lips as we move about among the large humanities 
of the Irish epics. This is not because their heroes 
are half gods and perform deeds which put even 
the Greek Herakles or Achilles to the blush. These 
wonders detract rather than add to the vitality of 
the figures. But this vitality is so rich, so abounding, 
that in spite of extravagance or mediocrity of style, 
in spite of bad narrative form, a whole world of 
beings, splendid, magnificent, and real, rises to us 
from in the Irish legends. Essentially, taking the 
whole round of his career, Cuchulain is a finer figure 
than Achilles. The whole train of his mates and 
rivals, Fergus, Ferdiad, Conor, Meve, are tremendous 
triimiphs of projection. The love stories of Naoise 
and D^rrdre, of Diarmait and Grainne, rank with 
the most perfect in the world. For if the men of 
the Irish legends recall the men of Homer, the 
women have much of the qualitj- of Shakespeare's 
heroines. The gayety, the charm, the constancy, 
the pathos of Rosalind and Imogen are at least im- 
plicit in them. And the world in which these figures 
are set, a world of joyous intercourse in splendid 
palaces, of out-door life in field and forest, a world 
of banquet and sport and war, might be set against 
the world of either the Greek or English poet. 

What are we to do with this treasure trove of 
Celtic literature? Shall we take Walt Whitman's 
invitation and " cross out the immensely overpaid ac- 
count of Troy, Ulysses wanderings," and turn to this 
new material for themes and inspiration ? Or must 
we accept the fragmentary and amorphous Welsh 
and Irish poems as final and sacred works of art? 
Renan said sadly, ''We Celts will never build our 
Parthenon — marble is not for tis," but he claimed 
for his race the thrilling, penetrating cry which 
shakes and inspires the world. I speak under the 
protection of Renan's name when I say that Celtic 
literature has produced no great work. Its most 
powerful and effective production, the Arthurian 
legend, owes only its germ and origin to Celtic 
genius; it was biult up by many hands in many 
lands. Ireland is the home of the Fairy folk, the 



Aes Sidhe, yet no Celtic work can compare with 
Shakespeare's fairy comedy. Wild Wales, both the 
real land and its mirrored image in song, overflows 
with glamour, but what Welsh poem equals Cole- 
ridge's ''Christabel" in undefinable depths of magic 
meaning? Unconquered courage, stormy despair 
are in the Scotch Ossian, yet these qualities are 
carried to far greater heights in Milton and Byron. 
The Celtic charm of expression is keen and vivid, 
but Wordsworth and Keats outmatch it beyond com- 
pare. If we accept Arnold's view that many of the 
finest qualities of English poetry entered it from 
Celtic sources we must decide that the Celtic genius 
is a fecundating pollen, powerful when blown abroad 
but almost inert when it remains at home. 

In fact the Celtic mind would seem to be either 
too fine and frail, or too extravagant and florid, to 
create perfect works of art. It either has not the 
strength to build them at all or it overloads them 
until they break down. The relics of Celtic poetry 
rise before us somewhat like the circle at Stone- 
henge. This is not a qxiarry, for the sign of a mighty 
conception, the marks of human labor are there ; it 
is not a ruin, for it is buHt of materials too indes- 
tructible for decay. Or perhaps a better image of 
Celtic antiquity would be Milton's description of 
the animal creation, when all the beasts were strug- 
gling from the ground — " the lion pawing to get 
free its hinder parts." Half vital, half encumbered 
and embarrassed by the matter of which they are 
made, the Celtic legends start out into the world of 
art Neither the Heroic Cycle of Ulster, nor the 
legends of Finn, nor "The Four Branches of the 
Mabinogi," can, in their old shape, hope to become 
world poems. The Celtic gen'us which wrought 
them had nearly all the poetic gifts, except the gift 
to look before and after, to group each part in refer- 
ence to the whole. 

Therefore this magnificent poetic material lies 
open to the piracy of the poets of the world. It lacks 
the defense which the greatest poetry possesses of 
being done better than any new hand can possibly 
achieve. Contemporary critics wiU probably say 
that the modern poet had best busy himself with the 
modern world. Contemporary critics probably told 
Homer and Virgjil and Milton this same thing. If 
contemporary critics had had their way the world 
would never have seen any noble or serious poetry. 
For in the main such poetry requires g^eat themes 
and figures, and dim backgrounds to project them 
against. Such subjects are difficult to find, almost 
impossible to invent ; but the Celtic genius has given 
us by the basketful themes unsurpassed in literature, 
as yet only slightly wrought by art. 

Chakles Leonabd Moore. 



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attractive in their characters. The bright daugh- 
ter of a gifted father, she enjoyed unusual op- 
portxmities for meeting and mingling with the 
illustrious of her own time and country, as well 
as with some foreign notables, and she appears 
to have made good use of these opportunities. 

The writer's name will recall that of her father, 
James Hain Friswell, the once popidar but now 
little read author of the very successful essays 
on " The Gentle Life," and of numerous miscel- 
laneous works besides. Her own " Gingerbread 
Maiden and other Stories," published in her 
teens, and her memoir of her father — to name 
no other of her writings — show her to be sealed 
of the tribe of authors. The references she has 
introduced to her own personal appearance, and 
to her extraordinary resemblance to Marie An- 
toinette, incline one to surmise that, besides in- 
heriting her father's literary tastes, she was also, 
in her physical endowment, matre pulchrajilia 
pulchrior. " I have tried," she pleads apologet- 
ically in her closing paragraph, " to keep from 
intruding too much upon my readers, but I fear 
I have not altogether succeeded ; therefore I 
would remind them, and my critics, that aU rem- 
iniscences are bound to be leaves from the lives 

•In the Sixties and Seventies. Impressions of Literary 
People and Others. By Laura Hain Friswell. Boston: Herbert 
B. Turner & Co. 



of the writers, and, however one may wish to 
avoid egotism, it is not possible in a book of this 
kmd." 

Admirable, though often amusing, is the writ- 
er's championship, early and late and at all times, 
of the cause of literary folk. Bom and bred in 
a literary atmosphere, that atmosphere was to 
her, even as a child, the breath of life, and she 
could brook no disparagement of authors. Of 
the poet Gerald Massey, whose two little girls 
were her schoolmates, and of his invalid wife, 
she writes : 

" Mrs. Massey was very delicate, and it was said the 
poet did all his own housekeeping, and even bought his 
children's clothes. This seemed to the schoolgirls not 
a man's business, and the elder girls did not scruple to 
laugh and jeer, which hurt his daughters' feelings, mak- 
ing the elder indignant, and the younger cry : and I, who 
hated such behaviour, and would not have literary people 
laughed at on any acconnt, stoutly maintained that to 
do the housekeeping and to buy clothes was peculiar to 
poets, and therefore quite right. As I was looked upon 
as an authority on literary manners, if not matters, the 
chaff ceased." 

Our author's detailed reports of long conver- 
sations equal some of Madame Adam's amazing 
achievements in this department of autobiog- 
raphy. After some pages of dialogue about an 
expected call from Mr. Swinburne, the narra- 
tive proceeds as follows : 

"A little man walked straight into the room; his head, 
which was crowned by a quantity of auburn hair, was 
held high, his eyes stared straight in front of him, and 
he was evidently quite unconscious that he was not alone 
in the room. My mother walked forward and held out 
her hand. He started, and dropped his hat ; my gover- 
ness went forward and picked it up ; he almost snatched 
it from her. . . . Mr. Swinburne sat down on the edge 
of a chair. He bent slightly forward, his arms resting 
on his knees, his hat balanced between his fingers, and 
he kept swinging it backwards and forwards, just as I 
had seen Mr. Toole do in a farce; he dropped it and 
picked it up several times. I think he was about twenty- 
nine or thirty years old at this time — not more than 
five feet six in height, and he had that peculiar pallor 
which goes with auburn hair; and this paleness was 
heightened by study, enthusiasm, and the fierce, rebel- 
lious spirit which seemed to animate that fragile body, 
and which glows and burns in his writings. My mother 

and Miss W did all they could to put him at ease, 

and I sat and repented that I had ever wished to see 
him, for I pitied him intensely, he seemed so very ner- 
vous. . • . My father now appeared, and by his conver- 
sational powers and tact soon set Mr. Swinburne quite 
at his ease. He ceased to fidget, and talked of Coleridge 
and other poets in a most interesting manner — to hear 
him and my father was an intellectual treat." 

Interesting memories are given of Toole and 
Irving and other actors. The author has much 
of Charles Lamb's fondness for the old plays and 
the old heroes of the footlights. With Irving 
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the point of maJdng criticisms and advising 
changes in some of his plays. Two passages 
relating to this lamented genius may well find 
space for insertion here. 

" My mother, and indeed all of us, often used to point 
out little details that had been overlooked. I remember 
one in The Bells, which my mother told Mr. Irving on 
the first night, when he returned to our house to supper. 
People who have seen the play may remember that the 
first scene is a small iim, in the depths of the country, 
and that there is supposed to have been a deep fall of 
snow — in fact, it is still snowing. 'ITie innkeeper, ' Mat- 
thias ' (Irving), walked in, on that first night, in ordinary 
black boots, with no snow upon them. My mother spoke 
of it, and afterwards ' Matthias ' wore high black boots, 
and stood on the mat while the snow was brushed off 
them. Remarks were made in the papers as to Mr. 
Irving's attention to the minutest details, and this was 
cited as an instance." 

"We had been waiting for « Bob Gasset,' and now he 
came, but looked so different I could scarcely believe he 
was the same man. Mr. Irving was then under thirty, 
had a pale, serious, intellectual face, and long, rather 
wavy, black hair, and was as different from his make- 
up as Bob Gasset as can well be imagined. We all got 
into a cab and drove home, Irving coming in to supper. 
My father talked about the play, and said how much he 
liked it; but the actor talked very little; he gave me 
the idea of being melancholy, I thought he was tired. 
I did not know then that sUence and seeming lassitude 
were habitual to him ; but so it was, for, though I saw 
him often for four or five years, I do not think I ever 
saw him cheerful, let alone hilarious. His face, voice, 
figure, proclaimed the tragedian — and yet how well he 
can play comedy every one knows who has seen him as 
' Jingle.' That night he quite annoyed me, for when 
we came into the dining-room he suddenly put up his 
eye-glasses, and, after a caref xd scrutiny of my face, said, 
more to himself than to my father and mother: 'Very 
pretty — extraordinary likeness to Marie Antoinette.' 
I became crimson ; but Irving was not in the least per- 
turbed. I might have been a picture, from the cool way 
in which he looked at me, and I have never been able to 
determine whether he knew he spoke aloud." 

A rather melancholy picture of Du Maurier, 
sitting sadly in the twilight of increasing blind- 
ness, is presented in the following, which evi- 
dently refers to a period later than the seventies. 

" I went and found the artist sitting alone and seem- 
ingly rather dull. He told me he was almost blind ; and 
he spoke of my father's early death, of his hard work, 
his philanthropy and his Christianity. He talked of his 
own work, and seemed afraid he should not be able to 
keep on drawing much longer for Punch. ' You think 
I can see you,' he said; 'but though I know you are 
quite near me, you are in a grey mist, and I cannot dis- 
tinguish your features.' . . . He talked of the old days 
in Great Russell Street, and said ' that then was his hap- 
piest time, and those were the palmy days of Punch'. . . . 
He had not at this time written Trilby. I never saw 
him after that book came out." 

A glimpse of Dickens, whose " Old Curiosity 
Shop ' the author says she almost knew by heart, 
will here be welcome. 

« My father was very fond of taking me out and about 



with him, so that at a very early age I became acquainted 
with authors, publishers, and printers. On one occasion 
we were walking down Welling^n Street, Strand, and 
just passing the office of Household Words, when a han- 
som cab stopped, and out stepped a gaily dressed gen- 
tleman ; his bright green waistcoat, vivid scarlet tie, 
and pale lavender trousers would have been noticed by 
any one, but the size of the nosegay in his buttonhole 
riveted my attention, for it was a regular flower garden. 
My father stopped and introduced me, and I, who had 
only seen engravings of the Maclise portrait, and a very 
handsome head in my mother's photograph album, wa& 
astonished to find myself shaking hands with the great 
novelist, Charles Dickens. His manner was so exceed- 
^S^y pleasant and kind to a young nobody like me that 
I was very much taken with him; and I was moreover 
very anxious to like the man who had created Dick 
Swiveller and the Marchioness, and Little Nell and her 
grandfather." 

No preface is required to the following real- 
istic description of Tennyson. The scene is laid 
in the Charing Cross Station. 

" A train drew up, and out of it stepped a gentleman. 
My father said something which I did not catch, and 
going up to him stopped and shook hands. The gentle- 
man would have been tall, but his shoulders seemed 
somewhat bent; his hair was long, so was his beard; he 
wore an ugly Inverness cape and a large slouch hat ; he 
looked like a bandit in a melodrama, and I thought him 
some poor actor who had come out in some of the stage 
properties. As he talked to my father I was conscious 
of his looking very often at me; at last he said: ' So this 
is yotir daughter — you must be proud of such a daugh- 
ter.' My father smiled, and replied: 'I could wish her 
to be stronger.' ' Is she delicate ? ' exclaimed Tennyson. 
• Why, when I saw you coming she reminded me of the 
Goddess of the Mom — she quite brightens up this dull 
and dreary place,' and he looked with disgust round the 
station, which I had always liked. ' She looks the incar- 
nation of youth and health,' he added." 

The writer indulges in a curious lamentation 
over what would seem to be the exceptionally 
fortunate circumstances of her upbringing. She 
says, " I think now it was rather hard on us 
youngsters to always have so many clever and 
brilliant people roimd us ; we always seemed to 
be kept at attention." Readers of her book will 
not echo her regret. As a record of " Impres- 
sions of Literary People and Others," it is 
vivid, rapid, thoroughly entertaining and seldom, 
frivolous, and, despite occasional carelessness — 
such carelessness as one expects in a lady who 
is dashing off her reminiscences about as they 
occur to her, — generally well written. But as 
the writer takes occasion to regret the modem 
decline in literary style and grammatical correct- 
ness among our host of " amateur " authors, she 
may pardon a reviewer for calling attention to a 
few slips in her own pages. The split infinitive 
in the last quotation we pass over as likely to 
offend none but that terror of us all, the purist. 
But " I put up with it like a good sister should 



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contains a vulgarism truly surprising in this par- 
ticular sister. Of Disraeli and his wife we read 
that " they mutually loved each other"; and in 
another place, " Then we settled down to talk 
of the people we had mutually known." On 
another page the writer speaks of playing " a 
Lieder of Mendelssohn's." The London Plague 
she makes break out in 1664, a year too soon. 
Last, and least, " yodle " she spells " joddle," 
and for " waltz " she writes " valse." All these 
are small matters, introduced here largely in 
the hope of pleasing the author by proving to 
her how thoroughly her excellent chapters have 
been conned even by the reviewer, who, as we 
all know, is perfectly qualified to judge of any 
book by its weight, odor, and superficial aspect. 
Percy F. Bicknell. 



The Meaxing and Influence of 
American Diplomacy.* 



Many readers of " Harper's Magazine " 
during the past year or two have followed with 
rather unusual interest a series of articles con- 
tributed by Professor John Bassett Moore, of 
Columbia University, on the significant aspects 
of American diplomatic history and practice. 
They, in common with a larger public, will be 
glad to know that these studies, after the ap- 
proved fashion in such cases, have been brought 
together in book form, and that by a consider- 
able amount of revision and amplification they 
have been made even more suggestive and illum- 
inating than as first published. The primary 
object of the work, in the words of the author, 
is " to give, not a chronological narrative of 
international transactions, but rather an ex- 
position of the principles by which they were 
guided, in order that the distinctive purposes of 
American diplomacy may be understood and 
its meaning and influence appreciated." A 
thoroughgoing and comprehensive history of 
American diplomacy would be a most welcome 
acquisition, especially if it came from the hand 
of such a master in the field as is Professor 
Moore ; but apparently for such a piece of work 
we have yet a good while to wait. In lieu of it 
the next best thing, and perhaps for the reading 
public a really more useful thing, is such a vol- 
ume as that now under review. Li this we have 
at least a very readable presentation of the prin- 
ciples and spirit underlying the dealings with 

* American Diplomacy, its Spirit and Achievements. By 
John Bassett Moore, LL.D. Illustrated. New York : Harper & 
Brothers. 



foreign powers, even though with only enough 
historical detail to afford a fair background for 
interpretation. 

The point of view from which Professor 
Moore has approached his subject is set forth 
explicitly in his prefatory note when he affirms 
that " nothing could be more erroneous than the 
supposition that the United States has, as the 
result of certain changes in its habits, suddenly 
become, within the past few years, a ' world- 
power.' " The United States is declared to have 
been " always in the fullest and highest sense 
a world-power." There is nothing essentially 
novel, of course, in the assertion, and yet in 
these times it calls for all the emphasis that 
Professor Moore has placed upon it. Six or 
seven years ago, amidst the excitement incident 
to war, conquest, and expansion, it became the 
custom to picture the United States as breaking 
forth with startling suddenness from her tradi- 
tional isolation and making a highly dramatic, 
not to say sensational, debut as a world power. 
Afterwards, however, when we became able once 
more to reflect sanely upon our international 
position, we discovered that never since we have 
constituted an independent nation have we been 
anything else than a world-power, and that our 
present status (whether for better or for worse) 
differs from that of ten or of fifty years ago 
merely in degree rather than in kind. In an 
essay published as long ago as 1899 Professor 
Albert Bushnell Hart drove home the fact that 
historically the United States has never been an 
isolated power, and now Professor Moore builds 
his whole argument on the thesis ; in truth if one 
cares to trace the earlier development of the idea 
he will fuid it stated perfectly by Trescot in his 
treatise on the diplomacy of the American Rev- 
olution, written more than half a century ago. 

In his opening chapter Professor Moore gives 
us a succinct account of the beginnings of our 
diplomatic history. After laying down the prop- 
osition that the advent of the United States into 
the family of nations was the most important 
event of the past two hundred years, he describes 
graphically the difficulties and embarrassments 
which the young power was called upon to face 
before it had won its way to an honorable inter- 
national standing. The sketch contains nothing 
that is new, but as a convenient summary it is 
distinctly worth while. The method of the suc- 
ceeding nine chapters is topical rather than chro- 
nological. The first subject taken up is " The 
System of Neutrality." The years of the Con- 
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period of our early national history, but the ex- 
pression might be applied with almost equal 
propriety to the years between 1791 and 1796 
during which American independence was totter- 
ing vmder the impact of European turmoil. As 
Professor Moore points out, the perils which the 
nation encountered at this time were greater than 
the old Confederation could have withstood, and 
were a very severe test of the efficacy of the new 
Constitution. The temptations to wander from 
the straight and narrow path of neutrality were 
all but overpowering. Almost alone among the 
statesmen of the time Washington kept a level 
head, and it was his decisive action more than 
anything else that warded off the danger. Pro- 
fessor Moore's accoimt of the Genet mission, 
while very brief, is illuminating. Of Genet him- 
self it is remarked that he " has been the subject 
of much unmerited obloquy ; in circumstances 
exceptionally trying his conduct was ill-advised, 
but not malevolent." 

After an interesting chapter on the contribu- 
tions of the United States toward establishing the 
freedom of the seas, — especially with respect 
to the Mediterranean pirates, the impressment 
of seamen, the right of search, the African slave- 
trade, and the free navigation of sounds, straits, 
and other water channels, — we find a useful 
sketch of the fisheries questions which represents 
a chapter added since the serial publication of 
the studies. And of course there is a chapter 
on the much-discussed, if not over- worked, Mon- 
roe Doctrine. For the most part this chapter 
is of necessity a rehearsal of facts already well 
known, but it contains also some general obser- 
vations and conclusions which, coming from such 
a man as Professor Moore, are worthy of the 
most thoughtfid attention on the part of our 
people. Says the writer: 

"A tendency is often exhibited to attach decisive 
importance to particular phrases in President Monroe's 
message of 1823, or to the special circumstances in 
which it originated, as if they furnished a definitive test 
of what shotUd be done and what should be omitted un- 
der all contingencies. The verbal literalist would, on 
the one hand, make the United States an involuntary 
party to all controversies between European and Ameri- 
can governments, in order that the latter may not be 
• oppressed ' ; while the historical literalist would, on the 
other hand, treat Monroe's declaration as obsolete, since 
the conditions to which they specially referred no 
longer exist. But when we consider the mutations in the 
world's affairs, these modes of reasoning must be con- 
fessed to be highly unsatisfactory. The * Monroe Doc- 
trine' has in reality become a convenient title by which is 
denoted a principle that doubtless would have been 
wrought out if the message of 1823 had never been writ- 
ten — the principle of the limitation of European power 



and influence in the Western hemisphere. . . . The 
Monroe Doctrine ... is now generally recognized as a 
principle of American policy. To its explicit acceptance 
by Great Britain and Germany there may be added the 
declaration which was spread by unanimous consent upon 
the minutes of The Hague Conference, and which was 
permitted to be annexed to the signature of the American 
delegates to the convention for the peaceful adjustment 
of international disputes, that nothing therein contained 
should be so construed as to require the United States * to 
depart from its traditional policy of not entering upon, 
interfering with, or entangling itself in, the political 
questions or internal administration of any foreign state,' 
or to relinquish ' its traditional attitude toward purely 
American questions.' " 

The three topics of expatriation, international 
arbitration, and territorial expansion are taken 
up in order and traced rapidly through the whole 
course of our national history. And finally 
there is the closing chapter on " Influence and 
Conditions," in many ways the most valuable in 
the book. Here Professor Moore attempts an 
estimate (which he would be the first to recog- 
nize as only partial) of American diplomacy in 
respect to its influence upon civilization at large 
and particularly upon the methods and condi- 
tions of intercourse among states. He finds 
that this influence has been at least three-fold. 
In the first place, the diplomacy of the United 
States has fostered political, commercial, and 
maritime liberty; in the second place, it has 
emphasized the principle of legality in the con- 
duct of international affairs ; and lastly, it has 
promidgated ideals of honesty, good-faith, sim- 
plicity, and directness which foreign offices and 
diplomats have always been much too prone to 
ignore. To the general assertion with which 
the volume closes, to the effect that American 
diplomacy has been identified with the cause of 
freedom and justice, many individual exceptions 
might easily be taken ; yet that it is true in all 
essential respects no one at all acquainted with 
the subject woxdd undertake to deny. 

Professor Moore's task in this book has been 
to search out the things which the United States 
has stood for in the realm of international poli- 
tics and to make an exposition of them in the 
light of briefly enumerated facts. This under- 
t^dng he has accomplished with signal success. 
One may question his assignments of space or of 
historical importance to one topic or another, or 
his judgments of men and events, though to the 
reviewer these seem on the whole to be admir- 
able ; but there are practically no misstatements 
of fact, and of affirmations of opinions which do 
not grow out of the most careful thought there 
are none at aU. Frederic Austin Ogg. 



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JAPANESE Architecture and 
Allied Arts.* 



The reader who takes up Mr. Ralph Adams 
Cram's " Impressions of Japanese Architecture 
and the Allied Arts " is likely to lay it down 
again with a sigh of regret that there is not 
more of it, albeit thick j^aper, wide margins, and 
the sixty f lUl-page illustrations swell its propor- 
tions to a good-sized voliune. Four of the ten 
chapters were written for architectural period- 
icals ; one is a paper that was read before the 
Boston Society of Arts and Crafts. Necessarily, 
they deal chiefly with generalities, and there is 
some repetition, or rather reiteration, of the same 
ideas. This reiteration does not, however, de- 
tract from the charm of the book, and the ideas 
thus reinforced are sound and are cogently 
expressed. It is evident that Mr. Cram has 
studied his subject with painstaking care, keeping 
the larger relations ever in mind ; and the 
essays that make up this volume are thoughtful 
and discriminating. He tells us that we must 
consider the art of Old Japan, and particidarly 
the religious architecture, as the Aasible expres- 
sion of the ancient civilization of China and 
Japan, which from the seventh to the twelfth 
centuries was the highest civilization then exist- 
ing in the world. But, as he says, — 

" From the standpoint of the casual traveller, even of 
the architect, Japanese architecture is at first abso- 
lutely baffling; it is like Japanese music, so utterly for- 
eign, so radically different in its genesis, so aloof in its 
moods and motives from the standards of the West, that 
for a long time it is a wonder merely, a curiosity, a toy 
perhaps, or a sport of nature, not a serious product of 
the human mind, a priceless contribution to the history 
of the world. Partly by inheritance, partly by educa- 
tion, we have been qualified for thinking in one way, 
and in one way only. From Athens through Rome, 
Byzantium, the Auvergne, Normandy, the He de France, 
to Yorkshire and Somerset, there is running an easily 
traceable thread of unbroken continuity of architectural 
tradition; but from Athens tlirough Ionia, Persia, Hin- 
dustan, China, and Korea, to Japan, while the line is 
equally continuous, it is through lands aloof and barred, 
and by ways that are blind and bewildering. We can 
think forward in the terms of the West, we can hardly 
think backward in the terms of the mysterious East. 
Yet when the revolution is accomplished and the rebel- 
lious mind is bent to the unfamiliar course, this strange 
architecture comes to show itself in its true light. It is 
more nearly Greek than any other, for it is the perfect- 
ing of a single, simple, and primitive mass by almost 
infinite refinements of line and proportion." 

This is a significant utterance, not only from 
the novelty of the view put forth, — no other 
author having ventured an appreciation of Jap- 

* Impressions op Japanese Architecture and the Alued 
Arts. By Ralph Adams Cram. Illustrated. New York: The 
Baker & Taylor Co. 



anese architecture at its true worth, — but be- 
cause it is the view that must prevail when that 
architecture is more widely studied. StUl, as the 
Philistine in matters of art is not easily turned 
from his traditional notions, Mr. Cram's conten- 
tion would be more convincing were more of 
the details filled in. These, let it be hoped, will 
some day be forthcoming. Meanwhile, there is 
reason to be grateful for a competent and illum- 
inating summary of the historical development 
of the art, and some account of the more impor- 
tant buildings that have been preserved from 
ancient times. 

All of the book is not given over to architec- 
ture. The chapter on "The Genius of Japan- 
ese Art" is a clear and forcible presentation of 
fundamental truths ; the " Note on Japanese 
Sculpture" affords an excellent introduction to 
a much neglected subject; and very charming 
is the chapter on " Temple Grardens." In speak- 
ing of "The Minor Arts" there are lapses here 
and there into such extravagant phrase as " that 
from the very first whatever had been made by 
any workman had been beautiful." Would it 
were so ! Strict regard for truth, however, com- 
pels the admission that not all Japanese work- 
men are artists. With little that Mr. Cram says 
is there occasion to quarrel. His spelling of 
"kakimono " (whatever that may mean) instead 
of " kakemono " will not pass muster. The color 
print by Yeizan, not "of Yeizan" as he puts it, 
is well characterized as "not a masterpiece." 
But when he asserts that " it says as much, per- 
haps all we can ever understand, of the pictorial 
art of Japan," the statement may be challenged 
squarely. The qualities he proceeds to comment 
upon are for the most part wanting in the print 
he takes as a text, and of which a half-tone re- 
production is given. The other illustrations are 
from photographs, selected with excellent judg- 
ment, but they might have been better reproduced 
and printed. Frederick W. Gookin. 



The Greatest of French Dramatists.* 



So little has been written in English about 
Moliere that admirers of le grand comique, as 
Frenchmen call their genius of comedy, will 
hail Mr. Henry M. TroUope's biography as a 
commendable attempt to add a necessary work 
to a meagre literature. To quote Mr. Andrew 
Lang's article in the Encyclopaedia Britannica 
on this great Frenchman, " The English biog- 

* The Life op Moliere. By Henry M. Trollope. With 
portraits. New York: E. P. Dutton & Ck). 



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raphies of Moliere are few and as a rule abso- 
lutely untrustworthy." Considering that in the 
literature of the modem drama Moliere stands, 
after Shakespeare, in the foremost place, and 
that in the literature of France his is the greatest 
name, this dearth of English works about him 
becomes indeed remarkable. 

No point need be raised as to the timeliness 
of Mr. TroUope's book. The questions for con- 
sideration are its accuracy, construction, and 
charm. In the case of the first of these qual- 
ities only praise may be given. The author 
has examined all French authorities, both orig- 
inal and commentative, so thoroughly that the 
most captious critic woidd find it difficidt to 
gainsay his knowledge of the topic upon which 
he writes. 

The earlier jjeriod of Moliere's life is veiled, 
to a great extent, in mystery ; yet it is a matter 
of small moment whether he left Paris with a 
band of strolling players in the autumn of 1645 
or the spring of 1646 ; or just when he joined 
forces with a provincial actor named Dufresne. 
The points of human interest are that Moliere, 
the son of a weU-to-do upholsterer to the king, 
preferred the stage to a shop-ridden life, and 
that after failure in Paris as an actor and im- 
prisonment for debt he had the courage, upon 
his release from gaol, to flee to the provinces 
and f oUow the calling of a strolling player for 
thirteen years rather than return to his father's 
shop. Nor does it matter whether " L'Etourdi " 
was first produced at Lyons in 1653 or 1655. 
The fact which interests posterity is that an 
itinerant actor, who had previously written only 
rough canevas — or frameworks of plays — sud- 
denly turned his pen to verse and wrote a five- 
act comedy that electrified a Lyons audience 
and acclaimed the birth of a new kin g. 

O 

The one contested point in Moliere's life of 
prime importance to biographers is the parent- 
age of his wife, Armande Bejart. Though pre- 
sented, in her marriage certificate and various 
other docimients of the period, as the legitimate 
daughter of Joseph Bejart and Marie Herve, 
still the calumnies heaped upon Moliere by jeal- 
ous rivals have made the majority of his biog- 
raphers persist in believing his wife to be the 
illegitimate daughter of Madeleine Bejart, an 
actress whom he loved in his youth. Volumes 
have been written upon this subject, and the 
end is not yet. To Mr. TroUope's credit, be it 
said, he takes a judicial view of the case, adjudg- 
ing Armande Bejart, in accordance with xmre- 
futed documentary evidence, to be legitimate. 
Possibly their national jurisprudence has led so 



many Frenchmen to believe the charges brought 
against her legitimacy ; according to French 
law she is guilty because not proved innocent, 
whereas an Anglo-Saxon judge would dismiss 
the charge against her because of insufficient 
testimony. 

Throughout his book Mr. Trollope shows 
painstaking and accurate scholarship. M. Paul 
Lacroix's " Bibliographic Molieresque " con- 
tains perhaps a himdred and fifty titles of books 
and articles relating to Moliere's life or the his- 
tory of his troupe ; yet La Grange, Vinot, Gri- 
marest, Bruzen de la Martiniere, Tallemant des 
Reaux, De Vize, Loret, Boulanger de Chalussay, 
Brossette, and the anonymous author of a pam- 
phlet entitled " La Fameuse Comedienne " are 
the authors from whom all modem biographers 
have drawn their material. When a few his- 
torical sidelights, such as Chappuzeau and the 
Brothers Parfaict, are added, together with the 
documentary discoveries of Beffara, Jal, and 
Soulie, a fairly complete repository of knowl- 
edge upon the subject has been catalogued. The 
work of these and many lesser authorities Mr. 
Trollope has thoroughly digested. 

Although there have been many modem bio- 
graphers of Moliere since Taschereau, the first 
of them, Mr. TroUope is justified in selecting 
MM. Despois and Mesnard as his literary guides. 
Having their superb definitive edition of Moli- 
ere's works at hand, and the numbers of the 
Molieriste magazine, so ably edited by the dis- 
tinguished archivist of the Theatre Fran^ais, M. 
Georges Monval, he need look no further for 
accuracy of information. It is not hyper-praise 
to say that he alone, of aU English-speaking 
writers upon Moliere, has thoroughly mastered 
his subject ; yet one is compelled to qualify this 
approval by adding that he has presented his 
knowledge in a manner far from commendable 
as regards construction and charm. 

In considering the matter of construction, it 
should be borne in mind that Mr. TroUope's 
book is intended for English readers ; therefore, 
an intimate knowledge of French should not be 
required, else it may be asked why the book 
exists at aU ? A reader able to comprehend the 
many French extracts, in both verse and prose, 
which adorn its pages must be sufficiently versed 
in the language of Moliere to consult French 
biographies, far more charmingly and quite as 
accurately written as Mr. TroUope's bulky work. 
It is admittedly difficult to translate French verse 
into English, yet even an abortive attempt would 
have given the general reader a clearer idea of 
Moliere's diction than Mr. TroUope has done by 



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confronting him with Alexandrine strophes in a 
foreign language, the meaning of which it is 
necessary to understand in order to grasp the 
author's comments. 

In the arrangement of his material Mr. Trol- 
lope shows a decided lack of orderliness. Being 
thoroughly imbued with his subject-matter, he 
continually presupposes a like knowledge on the 
reader's part. Particularly is this true of Chapter 
VIII., devoted to Moliere's ideas of comedy and 
a comparison between Shakespeare and Moliere. 
Heretofore, the reader has been made acquainted 
with but four of the poet's plays ; yet Mr. Trol- 
lope proceeds to discuss technically the poet's 
methods of work throughout the entire range of 
his thirty-four comedies. This chapter, with the 
single exception of the introductory view of 
French comedy before Moliere, by far the most 
thoughtful in the book, should have been placed 
in conclusion. Its resume of Moliere's work is 
not mtelligible to one unfamiliar with his plays ; 
its discussion of Shakespeare and Moliere is out 
of place at the moment, if not altogether so, on 
the principle that comparisons are likely to prove 
odious. Certainly there are many critics willing 
to cede Shakespeare the foremost place in the 
drama who will stoutly contest Mr. Trollope's 
assertion that he is the Frenchman's superior 
in comedy. 

In viewing the construction of Mr. Trollope's 
book one is reminded of a dingy attic heaped 
with a pile of dusty books upon an admira- 
ble subject. A scholar with the time and in- 
clination to ferret out knowledge wiU find it 
there, but the general reader will prefer a corner 
in a cosy library beside a shelf of weU-selected 
volumes. In other words, a book less volumi- 
nous, but more entertaining, than Mr. Trollope's 
would find a much wider field. 

In charm, as weU as in construction, this 
biography leaves much to be desired. Moliere's 
early struggles, his wanderings as a stroUing 
player, his triumph at court and strange inti- 
macy with Louis XIV., the assaults of his ene- 
mies, the heartlessness of his wife, his friendship 
with such men as BoUeau and La Fontaine, his 
tragic death and burial, make his life-story one 
of strong human interest, demanding skiU as a 
word painter in the telling. This is a quality 
in which Mr. TroUope is singularly deficient. 
His style is so cumbersome, his language so ver- 
bose, that he wearies when he should charm. 
Take, for instance, this extract in which he en- 
deavors to describe the character of the people 
Madame de RambouiUet invited to the assem- 
blies in her famous Blue Room : 



" Ladies must be known to the hostess, or known well 
by her intimate friends, and they must be of good birth, 
before the invitation would be given. If a gentleman 
had pleasant maimers and could talk well, and espe- 
cially if he was in any way distinguished, he might gain 
admittance inside her doors." 

Aside from its archaism, this description, like 
many others in Mr. TroUope's book, is tauto- 
logical. All he has told us in these fifty-three 
words might have been expressed far more 
clearly in sixteen by saying: "The hostess in- 
vited only well-born women ; men were admitted 
within her doors by cleverness or charm." 

In speaking of comedy the author argues that 
" a sort of magnetic influence is at work, carry- 
ing with it delight or boredom, and the infection 
is caught." The same is true of other forms of 
literature ; for the magnetic influence in both in- 
stances is artistic ability. Mr. Trollope's erudi- 
tion is praiseworthy to a degree ; yet his manner 
of imparting it is ponderous. 

H. C. Chatfield-Taylor. 



MiiiiTAitY Criticism of the Late Wak.* 



The tendencies of advancing civilization are 
all against the settlement of international ques- 
tions by force of arms. The energies of humanity 
are now for peace rather than for war. Never- 
theless, a conflict at arms will always have fasci- 
nation for the intellect of man, because the play 
of forces is so great, the theatre so vast, the 
human interest so compelling, and the influences 
so far-reaching, that, despite those aspects from 
which humanity would avert its gaze, the trained 
mind will love to dweU upon the elements in the 
problem and long to foretell the outcome. Every 
man is more or less of a prophet, and those out- 
side the game are even more eager to foretell 
the outcome than the players themselves. 

When diplomacy dropped its pen, in Febru- 
ary, 1904, and war imsheathed the sword, it was 
positively comical to listen to the vaticinations 
of so-called experts at Washington, Berlin, and 
Paris. Mighty generals and admirals, versed in 
the dogmatics of Occidental ballistics and har- 
dened in the orthodoxy of their schools, forthwith 
proceeded to tell exactly what would happen. 
The old story of believing in things because they 
were big, was repeated. It was the usual routine 
of ready-made philosophy without a knowledge 
of new facts, and of prediction without any basis 
of history. Yet, all the way through, it was a 
game of the unknown. Of Russia, tradition had 

• The Wak in the Fab East. By the Military Correspondent 
of " The Times." Illustrated. New York: E. P. Dutton & C3o. 



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made much. It was supposed that our knowl- 
edge of Czartlom was tolerably complete ; but 
with the whole body of Occidental conceit and 
ignorance of Oriental Asia set rock-fast in the 
ideas of '' white-manism," it was an article of 
faith that Japan must be defeated in spite of 
some initial successes. Nevertheless, those of the 
noble five thousand who between 1868 and 1900, 
in the early days of Japan's awakening, had 
served as schoolmasters, technicists, or instruc- 
tors in any line of Japan's multifarious activities, 
had no fears. They did not " prophesy " very 
much ; they did not " predict "; they simply told 
what they saw. They knew what Meckel and 
Douglas had taught Oyama and Togo. They 
knew, too, that it was not " yesterday " when the 
Japanese began to leam. They recalled that the 
Dutch at Deshima, from 1630 to 1868, had fer- 
tilized the Japanese intellect during all the time 
of her so-called seclusion, and that long before 
Perry had come to Japan there were awakened 
spirits and alert reformers. These from 1868 
have controlled the palace and the mind of the 
god that dwells therein. The seeing ones knew 
also that however diligent or brilliant were the 
teachers, the pupils were even more so. They 
felt, moreover, that the Japanese realized that 
this was a fight for food, for growth, for life. 
They were persuaded also that the spirit of the 
Samurai and " the virtues of the Emperor " had, 
after thirty-five years of public-school training, 
been transfused into the common people. So, 
with the military system that was German in its 
thoroughness and Yamato in its spirit, the Ja- 
panese, after fifty years of historic propaedeutic 
and ten years of special preparation, rushed with 
eagerness to the fray. No David ever went 
more assuredly to victory than the Japanese. 
Nevertheless, however much or in whomsoever 
or whatsoever they trusted, they kept their Shi- 
mose powder dry. 

Now we have a critical estimate of the detailed 
operations of the war, written by the capable 
military correspondent of the London " Times." 
Let no one buy this book thinking that he is 
going to get a consecutive narrative, or a picto- 
rial presentation of the various conflicts. No ; 
this book is magnificent, but it is hot a story. 
Let us look at it outwardly, and then appraise 
its inward contents. Take it for what some may 
think it to be, and it wiU yield disappointment 
and even wrath. Head it for what it purports 
to express and actually is, and it will be foimd 
to have hardly a peer in its class of literature, 
and probably will have no equal or successor 
for many years. 



Through some 700 pages, with a few illustra^ 
tations of the leading promoters of or actors 
in the great drama, and what is virtually a 
complete portfolio of maps and plans up to the 
Mukden operations, with a diary of the war, an 
order of battle of the Russian forces, with only 
a paragraph on the Japanese system, a conspec- 
tus of the fleets in February and in May of 
1905, and a capital index, we have chiefly 
crticism, criticism, criticism. Day by day as 
the correspondent saw the situation, as repre- 
sented by one railroad, two fleets, two armies, so 
many sabres, bayonets, and guns, with a knowl- 
edge of the power of both the Russian and the 
Japanese stomach to consume rations and of the 
ability of hosts of war-locusts to devastate the 
land, we have pictures in words and diagrams of 
what is more like a game of chess than a series 
of events and episodes. 

Here is an array of mathematical units rather 
than of human beings. There is no blood on 
these pages ; one hears no cry of the wounded, 
and looks into no ghastly battle-trenches. We 
find rather a cold-blooded and for the most part 
accurate account of collisions of opposing forces. 
He who wishes to leam the science of modem 
war must read this book. One word tells the 
story, — training. One word dominates the situ- 
ation, — science. One word links initiative with 
consummation in the chain of success, — art. 
The Japanese have never let up for an instant 
during the past decade. They wrested the secrets 
of power from the West, a whole generation ago, 
and then with a faculty for adaptation amounting 
to genius they made the art, which comes from 
a mastered science and as expressed in training, 
tell at every point. Continuous victories, a hun- 
dred thousand prisoners against two thousand, 
the conquest of disease and wounds in the hos- 
pital even more than supremacy over the enemy 
in battle, and, grandest of all, seK-conquest at 
the treaty council, all show the superiority of 
the Japanese. 

It is needless to go into the details of this book. 
The author dwells on the outlook for either side 
when the war broke out, and outlines all the 
movements until his fiftieth chapter winds up 
the long dithyramb (we call it so, for aU glory is 
ascribed to the Mikado) of continuous success 
with the appropriate " Nunc Dimittis." Just 
how the Russian camel could not get through 
the eye of the Siberian needle is the negative 
proposition herein fxdly explained. But lest the 
reader might think the " Times" critic has no 
descriptive power, let us quote from the author's 
view of the blue- water battle of mid- August: 



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" When at last the giants [the battleships] came out 
and gave battle, the other classes of warships resumed 
at once the very secondary place which they legitimately 
hold in fleet action. The Russian cruisers fled and scat- 
tered. ... It was superior gunnery and rapid accurate 
fire that decided the day. Those three twelve-inch 
shells that struck the Tsarevitch, within a few minutes 
of each other, wrecked the Russian line of battle. 
The flag-ship was no longer under control, and, worse 
of all, the death of Admiral Vithoft deprived the line 
of guidance. The supremacy of the gun, and of the 
heaviest gun most of all, becomes overwhelmingly 
manifest." 

No notice of this book would be just that 
leaves out high praise of the forty maps and 
battle plans by Mr. Percy Fisher. While critical 
knowledge of the country traversed and fought 
over will illuminate the masses of red and blue 
which seem to move over the brown spaces rep- 
resenting hills and the white representing plains, 
with the black threads standing for rivers, yet 
these diagrams are superb from the point of 
view of one who knows the difficulty of making 
a good battle-plan. The maps are all that 
could be desired. For its special purpose, this 
book is of unique value. 

William Elliot Griffis. 



The Old, Uxtroubled Pagan World.* 

Under the title "The Greek View of Life" 
Mr. G. Lowes Dickinson has put forth a sym- 
pathetic interpretation for which he deserves the 
thanks of all readers who believe in the desira- 
bility of an historical basis for the pursuit of the 
things that are more excellent. " The following 
pages are intended to serve as a general introduc- 
tion to Greek literature and thought, for those 
primarily who do not know Greek" is the open- 
ing of a modest preface to a well-balanced and 
well- written book from the hands of a competent 
author. It is true that Mr. Dickinson is an 
avowed philhellene, who believes that Greek cul- 
ture " is still, as it has been in the past, the most 
valuable element of a liberal education," and 
has been both acclaimed and derided as an apos- 
tle of the neo-Paganism about which we have 
heard so much of late. It is to him that Mr. 
Gilbert Chesterton devotes his essay on " Pagan- 
ism" — perhaps the most meteoric flight of 
brilliant pertness in the "Heretics" volume, — 
speaking of him as " the most pregnant and 
provocative of recent writers on this and similar 
subjects," and arraigning him as the mislead- 
ing advocate of a return to a misunderstood 

•The Gbeek View of Life. By G. Lowes Dickinson, M.A. 
New York : McClure, Phillips & Co. 



Paganism. In the present work, however, Mr. 
Dickinson must appear to a fair critic not as a 
partisan but as a sane and able interpreter with 
a pardonable dash of enthusiasm. 

The book has five chapters, — (I.) The Greek 
View of Keligion, (H.) The Greek View of the 
State, (III.) The Greek View of the Individual, 
(IV.) The Greek View of Art, (V.) Conclu- 
sion. Each chapter has its divisions carefully 
planned and succinctly treated, and concludes 
with a usefid summary. In this way the author 
touches most topics of importance. But one 
omission is immediately noticed and regretted : 
there is no adequate or consecutive presentation 
of the Greek love of knowledge. This formed 
the subject of the third, I think, of Dr. Butcher's 
recent Harvard lectures; and readers of The 
Dial wiU recaU also Mr. Percy F. BickneU's 
article on "The Greek Love of Detail" (Oct. 
16, 1905). "The Greeks are ever children," 
said Herodotus, — anticipating Dr. Stanley 
Hall's declaration that the Greeks represent the 
"eternally adolescent," but wording it rather 
better, — and they went about with the open 
eyes of bright children questioning everything 
and everybody merely for the sake of knowing ; 
and many of their questions are still on our lips. 
However, Mr. Dickinson doubtless felt the limi- 
tations of space, and on the whole has used his 
two hundred and thirty-three pages admirably. 

The world to which the author invites our 
attention is the "old, untroubled, pagan world 
of beauty," and herein he manifests the same 
spirit with which he pleaded so winningly for the 
substance against the shadow in his remarkable 
" Letters of a Chinese Official," who, by the way, 
has many strange points of resemblance to an 
Athenian gentleman. In this world, if we may 
trust our interpreter, harmony was the truth of 
all existence ; the claims of the State, of art, 
of religion, and of the individual with his human 
cravings, claims which clash and clang in such 
disheartening discord to-day, were more nearly 
harmonized in ancient Greece than in the history 
of any other land. That the harmony was in- 
complete even in that golden age our author is 
too intelligent to deny and too honest to dis- 
semble. One finds now and then a Greek coin 
on which a glorious obverse is joined to an un- 
sightly reverse, and Mr. Dickinson in displaying 
the latter exhibits an honesty that wins at once 
our respect and our confidence. In the sec- 
tions, for instance, dealing with the Greek view 
of woman he does not blink the fact that the 
attitude of the Periclean or the Demosthenic age 
is strikingly suggestive of Japan in its less at- 



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tractive phases. Again, in the paragraphs on 
the Greek view of the State his devotion to his 
land of charm does not prevent him from giv- 
ing an adequate treatment of the faction and 
anarchy so rampant in Greek politics. Orange 
and Green in Ireland's most pugnacious days 
were doves of peace compared to Democrat and 
Aristocrat in many cities of Greece. What 
Athens represents to him is sho^vn by this sen- 
tence : " All the beauty, all the grace, all the 
joy of Greece ; all that chains the desire of man- 
kind, with a yearning that is never stilled, to 
that one golden moment in the past, whose fair 
and balanced interplay of perfect flesh and 
sold no later gains of thought can compensate, 
centres about that bright and stately city of 
romance, the home of Pericles and all the 
arts, whence from generation to generation has 
streamed upon ages less illustrious an influence 
at once the sanest and the most inspired of all 
that have shaped the secular history of the 
world." And yet in the same section he teUs 
us that " this democracy dissolved into an an- 
archy of individuals, drawn deeper and deeper, 
in pursuit of mean and egotistic ends, into po- 
litical fraud and commercial chicanery." Hon- 
esty of presentation could go no further. 

The sentence quoted above in laudation of 
Athens will serve as an illustration of the " par- 
donable dash of enthusiasm " in our author. 
Only once or twice does this enthusiasm draw 
near the borderland of extravagance ; but even 
the warmest admirer of Greek plastic art will 
read the following passage slowly before yielding 
his approval : " Their mere household crockery, 
their common pots and pans, are cast in shapes 
so exquisitely graceful, and painted in designs 
so atlmirably drawn and composed, that any one 
of them has a higher artistic value than the whole 
contents of the Royal Academy ; and the little 
clay figures they used as we do china ornaments 
put to shame the most ambitious efforts of mod- 
em sculpture. Who, for example, would not 
rather look at a Tanagra statuette than at the 
equestrian statue of the Duke of Wellington ? " 
But after all, has not William Morris stood 
champion for the lesser crafts, for the beauty of 
the web, the cup, or the knife, telling us how all 
the arts hang together, and summoning us to 
f oUow the goddess to the kitchen as well as to the 
art gallery ? That the Greeks " were artists 
through and through, quite apart from any the- 
ories they may have held," we are not allowed 
to forget at any point in the chapter on Art, in 
which the sections dealing with the Greek iden- 
tification of the aesthetic and ethical points of 



view and with music and the dance will be f oimd 
particularly fruitful for the reader not thoroughly 
at home in Greek life and thought. 

It is really difficult to take leave of our Cam- 
bridge essayist, and one would like to speak of 
many things, — of his style, for instance, now 
and then deepening to the genuine Tyrian hue, 
but never patchy ; of his quiet literary appreci- 
ation ; of his little touch of rather lovable pes- 
simism as he dwells on his theme with the 
thought that "no perfection of life delivers 
from death"; of his realization that the Greek 
view of death and a future life breathes but 
little consolation. " The fear of age and death 
is the shadow of the love of life ; and on no peo- 
ple has it fallen with more horror than on the 
Greeks. The tenderest of their songs of love 
close with a sob, and it is an autumn wind that 
rustles in their bowers of spring." These and 
many other topics insist on presenting them- 
selves ; but they must be left for the many 
readers that this excellent book deserves to find. 
" The Greek View of Life" ought to stimidate 
a real interest in a period that invariably fasci- 
nates our eyes if we we will turn them but once 
to " the fairest and happiest halting-place in the 
secular march of men." 

The material book presents a pleasing appear- 
ance, and is of convenient size. The printed page 
is legible, and there is comparative freedom 
from typographical slips, although on page 122 
the substitution of as for at is very irritating, 
particularly in a third edition. In these days 
of " eye-mindedness "and the constant purveying 
thereto, Mr. Dickinson and his publishers are 
to be commended for resisting the temptation 
to improve his little work with illustrations. 
F. B. R. Hellems. 



Brtefs ox N'ew Books. 

It must seem strange to the general 
Auitraiiaand reader to find volumes on Australia 
the Philippines, ^jj^ t^g Philippine Islands included 
in the "Asiatic Neighbors" series ( Putnam), even 
though the native stock of the Philippines is Ma- 
layan, the typical brown man of the Asiatic seas and 
their confines. Australia has been an English colony 
since 1788, and the Philippines were Spanish colo- 
nial possessions for more than three centimes before 
becoming subject to American influence. Both have 
been more closely related to Europe than to Asia, 
though nearer to Asiatic than to European coasts. 
However, one ought not to be captious about the 
series in which such admirable books as the present 
ones are included. In "Australian Life in Town 
and Coimtry," Mr. E. C. Buley, an Australian by 



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[March 16, 



birth as well as by other ties, exhibits Australia as a 
continent, not only in the extent of its territory (three 
million square miles >, but in comprising a number 
of states, with a goodly amount of mutual jealousy, 
though united under a Federal Constitution ; having 
several important cities, though its entire population 
is little more than half that of the city of London ; 
maintaining relations with England somewhat re- 
moved from the conventional love for "the dear old 
Mother Country"; and having some aspirations after 
national life, fostered by the "Australian Natives' 
Association." He does not recognize Botany Bay or 
the penal settlement as having influenced the life and 
development of the continent. A convict settlement 
was no part of the plan of the early advocates of colo- 
nization in Australia, though the 26th of January, 
the date when Captain Phillip landed, in 1788, at 
Port Jackson with the first load of convicts, is now 
annually observed by Australians as ''Anniversary 
Day." The real development of Australia began 
with Captain John MacArthur, who, with sure in- 
stinct in agricultural and pastoral matters, seems to 
have grasped the possibilities of the Australian con- 
tinent immediately upon his arrival. The pastoral 
industry which he introduced led to exploration and 
the development of various branches of agriculture. 
Gold was discovered in 1851 ; but the greatest factor 
in the development of the resources of the country 
was the experiment in the ocean carriage of perish- 
able produce, by which in one year Australia sold 
one hundred millions worth of pr