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among the Boers, Police of Japan, Worms There are twelve large coloured illus- and its Jewish Legends, Russian Nomads, trations in the bound volume of the Boy's Doctor Adrian, a story of Old Holland, Own Annual for 1896. Besides these etc. What religious topics are discussed there are several hundred smaller illus- are of universal interest. trations, and as these are mostly by the
Canada should produce its own literaleading artists, the fact is the more note- ture of the kinds represented by these worthy. Among the contributors are: four annuals, but until it does, these EngJ. Macdonald Oxley, G. A. Henty, Clive lish books are the best substitutes. Holland, George Manville Fenn, Principal John Adams, Arthur Lee Knight, An important book by a Canadian Dr. Gordon Stables, Edward Roper, and a author is almost ready. It will bear the score of others whose writings are well- title, “Studies in Acts.” The first part known to Canadian readers. The stories will consist of a series of essays, in which and articles are selected, of course, with special attention is given to the organizaa view to having them specially attractive tion and growth of the first church ; to to boys, and at the same time instructive. its historic environment, social, political, No better volume could be put into the and religious ; to the Jewish-Gentile conhands of a Canadian youth, and that troversy and its influence upon the Canadians appreciate it is shown by the church; to the majestic life and work of fact that those sold here are bound by the Apostle Paul; and to the history of Warwick Bros. & Rutter, Toronto, who the Holy Spirit in the church. By adoptare sole agents for the publishers. ing the form of the essay, the writer, the
The Girl's Own Annual, The Leisure Rev. W. J, Lhamon is freed on the one Hour and The Sunday at Home, are also hand from the routine of the commentaissued by this firm in a special Canadian tor, and on the other from the convenedition. The Girl's Own Annual is just tionalisms of the sermonizer. The second as praiseworthy as The Boy's Own, the part of the work will consist of select illustrations being fully as artistic, and comments from the most scholarly sources decidedly more delicate. The reading upon the most critical and interesting matter is well up to the standard of portions of the book of Acts. The author attractiveness and wholesomeness which considers this book the key-book to the has been exhibited in the previous sixteen New Testament, as having been written issues, and it is especially important in in the first century, as being the work of a this free-and-easy age that parents should great and very accurate historian, and as be careful of the literature wbich their being an impregnable defence of the Chris
tian faith. The reading matter in The Leisure Hour The book will appear in December, is much heavier, and of a more intellec- from the house of The Christian Publishtual calibre, than in the two previous vol. ing Co., in St. Louis, Mo. umes. Yet it is decidedly interesting, whether one is seeking for information or pleasure. Some of the contributions are Mr. Wilfred T. Grenfell gives us an in
Under the title “Vikings of To-Day,"* very valuable.
While The Sunday at Home is more teresting account of Labrador and its religious in tone, a great many of its people, and also of the efforts made by the articles are secular; e. g., Gipsy Encamp- *“ Vikings of To-Day," by Wilfred T. Grenfell, M.R. ments in London, Fiji and its People, Life Toronto : Fleming H. Revell Co.
C.8.E., L.R.C.P. Cloth, $1.25. New York, Chicago and
council of the Mission to Deep Sea Fisher- book entitled “Canadian Independence," men, during the past three years, to by James Douglas, a native-born Canuck, brighten the lives of those sturdy toilers but a resident of the United States. This of the sea on that desolate coast. The book should not be lost sight of, as it prebook is dedicated to her Royal Highness sents a series of very plausible arguments the Duchess of York, who has graciously in opposition to annexation to the United taken an interest in the work. The pre- States. The argument cannot be said to face is written by Frederick Treves, F.R. be exhaustive, but it is certainly suggesC.S., Surgeon to the London Hospital, and tive and worthy of attention. The book chairman of the hospital committee of the should have a place in the library of Mission.
every Canadian citizen. There are a great number of beautiful illustrations from original photographs, “Leaves from Juliana Horatia Ewing's and these add much to the reader's en- Canada Home'" is the rather formidable joyment of the book. Mr. Grenfell is title of a book* by Elizabeth S. Tucker, thoroughly familiar with this subject, of Fredericton, N.B. This is a collection having been sent out by the Mission to of recollections and reminiscences of a Deep Sea Fishermen in charge of the two years' stay of Major and Mrs. Ewing Labrador expedition, and for the past in Fredericton. Major Ewing was in the three years he has been labouring nobly 22nd, stationed at the capital of New there.
Brunswick in 1867 and 1868, but was
perhaps more famous as a musical comCanadians must always regard with poser than as a soldier, being author of reverence the halo of romantic glory
many compositions, among them the thrown by Longfellow over the Land of beautiful hymn entitled “ Jerusalem, the Evangeline. To Nova Scotians, especial- Golden," which has sometimes been wrong ly, the word “ Evangeline” has a sacred ly credited to his uncle, Bishop Ewing. ness which demands respect, and Roberts, Mrs. Ewing was a noted English storyCarman, Rand and a number of other writer, and a most amiable and lovely writers have founded much of their des
These two were close friends of cription and romance on the historical the late Bishop of Fredericton, John associations which cling about the dis- Medley, and at the end of Miss Tucker's trict where lived this national heroine.
beautiful book is inserted a letter written In Wolfville, N.S., lives an author who in 1885 by the venerable Bishop to Mahas endeavoured to write a story into jor Ewing, sympathizing with him after which some of this historical romance the passing away of his wife. might be woven ; but“A Modern Evan
This volume is illustrated from many geline "* is a lamentable failure. Mrs. photographs and from drawings by the auHarris lacks the artist's power of painting thor, together with eight facsimiles of Mrs. a rich scene or depicting a striking figure, Ewing's Canadian water-colour drawings. and the philosopher's power of analyzing All are printed on heavy quarto leaves, human character and human emotions. and add much to the grace and beauty of Her story is filled with personages, places a very valuable book. It should find a and movement, but because she lacks ready sale in Canada during the holiday the technique of the true litterateur, her novel is barren, insipid and colourless.
Victor Coffin, assistant Professor of The question of Canada's future is al. European History in the University of ways a live one, and one which is always, Wisconsin, has written a volume on “The for various reasons, presenting itself for
Province of Quebec and the Early Amerfresh consideration. Some two years ago,
ican Revolution,” which is really a treatise there was published in New Yorkť a
on the Quebec Act of 1774. Prof. Coffin
throws some new light on that Act, its *A Modern Evangeline, by Carrie J. Harris, author of raison d'être and its immediate and re"Mr. Perkins of Nova Scotia," etc. Windsor, N.S.: J. J. Anslow. Paper, 120 pp.
It is too important + Canadian Independence, Annexation and British Im. perial Federation, by James Douglas. New York :
4to, cloth, 145 pp. ; 44 illusPutnam's Sons. Questions of the Day Series,
• Boston: trations.
to be briefly noticed in this department, writes, perhaps, the most charming story and will receive separate treatment later. in the book, “Made of Ether.” William
Bleasdell Cameron, Annie McQueen, EdA number of Canadian book-lovers in mund E. Sheppard and others, contribute Quebee, with M. Raoul Renault at their stories, and Lieut.-Col. George T. Denison head, are publishing in that city Le Cour writes on the Battle of Queenston Heights rier du Livre, a small monthly magazine and the
death of Brock. The illustrations devoted to current literature. In the
In the are by G. A. Reid, Arthur H. H. Heming, October issue (No. 6) there are articles J. E. Laughlin, C. H. Kahrs and others. entitled , Edwin Tross ; Les publications relatives a l'Amerique ; Le Marquis de Levis; Petite Bibliologie Instructive
We do not seem to be weary yet of (Paper III); Echos et Nouvelles ; and stories of Scottish life and character, for Bibliographie. M. Renault is a son of
“Heather from the Brae,"* a series of the late M. Eugene Renault, who for Scottish character sketches by David years edited Le Courrier du Canada.
Lyall, has met with a warm reception.
Perhaps we relish these fresh, pure sketches The success of W. H. Withrow's “ Va- of the life and character of a simple people leria, the Martyr of the Catacombs ; a because we have been so over-burdened Tale of Early Christian Life in Rome,” is with books which picture the sins and indicated by the fact that a fifth Canadian wickednesses of modern society. This reedition of three thousand copies has just turn to what is pure and elevating in the been printed. It has also been repub. prose fiction of the time is surely a most lished in London and New York. It is
hopeful sign. neatly bound and well illustrated, and David Lyall has a style of his own, and throws much light on the early Roman shows himself capable of depicting in a Church to which St. Paul ministered, charmingly realistic and sympathetic abounding in elements of heroism, pathos manner, the life and habits of these simple and tragedy.
Scottish folk. “The Land o' the Leal,”
by the same author, will appear shortly, It is announced that a new edition of and there is even a hint of another Mrs. Macleod's “ Carols of Canada" will
“ Scots Folk in London.” soon appear.
This Prince Edward Island poetess is too little known in Western Ca
Two juvenile books, "Teddy's Button "+ nada. Her work is marked by an intense
and “Probable Sons," I both by the author patriotism, a strong loyalty, a broad conception of the importance of true living, of “Eric's Good News," have been issued and a musical style. Measured by mod by the Fleming H, Revell Co. They are ern standards, she is lacking in technique; attractively bound and just the thing for
Christmas presents. yet the modern fads in poetry are hardly safe guides, and their hollowness cannot but bring them into contempt.
Dean Farrar, in compliance with a
The longest poem in Mrs. Macleod's volume is request from the editor of The Young Man, “The Siege of Quebec,” and it is worthy ed in book form under the title of “The
has written a series of papers, now publishof a permanent place in our literature.
Young Man Master of Himself.”S His object in writing these is to help young
men who are starting out in life, by giving Saturday Night's Christmas number them the benefit of his own experience, contains good features, although perhaps and, as he says in the introduction, he has the chief interest will attach to the coloured
* Heather from the Brae, by David Lyall. Cloth, 75 cents. premium plate, the Battle of Queenston New York, Chicago, Toronto: Fleming H. Revell Co. Heights. The Marquis of Lorne contri
†"Teddy's Button," by the author of Eric's Good News. butes a story “The Amber Drop.” Angus "Probable Sons," by the author of Eric's Good News.
Cloth, 50 cents each. Evan Abbot's story,
New York, Chicago, Toronto: “The Cry of the Fleming H. Revell Co. Loon," opens in the Canadian north and $ The Young Man Master of Himself, by the Rev. F. W. ends in London. Miss Kathleen Sullivan Farrar, D.O., F.R.S.; cloth, 50 cents. New York, Chic.
ago, Toronto: Fleming H. Revell Co.
A CHRISTMAS NUMBER.
stated in the simplest, and most straight- the faculty of giving this acquired knowforward manner, the advice which seemed ledge in charming form and sequence. to him most likely to be truly helpful to There is no attempt at giving a chronothem.” Under the various headings- logical or detailed biography of each of “ The Young Man in the Home,” “The these great authors, but a simple enYoung Man in Business," "The Young deavour to present a brief view of the Man in the Church,” and “ Young Men inner life of each, as illustrated by epiand Marriage ”-the subject is very sodes, letters and private doings. The thoroughly treated and the book ought to volume is an exceedingly important addiprove truly helpful.
tion to the literary history of the century. Mrs. Wiggin's story “Marm Lisa,'*
A collection of short stories by such which was concluded in the November well known writers as S. R. Crockett, Atlantic, has been published in book form. Harold Frederick, Gilbert Parker, “Q,” It is the pathetic history of a poor half
and W. Clark Russell, comes to us under witted girl who, a child herself, has en
the title of " Tales of our Coast."* trusted to her care an incorrigible pair of They are all tales of the sea and full of twins. By her faithful care of these she adventure, but varied in style, as might wins for herself the name of "Marm be expected from the names of the authLisa.” As the author describes her, ors, each having succeeded in giving his “Her mother thought she would be an imbecile, the Grubbs treated her as one, his name.
own peculiar touch to the story bearing
It would be difficult to state and nobody cared to find out what she
which is the best story, as each author really was or could be.” But, fortunately has, of course, his own admirers, but Mr. for Lisa, she comes under the notice of Crockett's “Smugglers of the Clone" kind friends, and the story follows the de- tale of the Galloway seaboard, and “Roll velopment, under their care, of Lisa's Call of the Reef,” by “Q,” will, perhaps, be clouded brain and overworked body, un
most generally admired. til, at last, she proves herself a heroine. The story illustrates what wonders may be accomplished by loving kindness, and
The United States Bureau of Educaalso the author's remarkable insight into tion has just issued a valuable pamphlet child life.
entitled “ Education and Patho-social
Studies.” The first chapter deals with Students of poetry are always inter- the nature, means and progress of crimested in such sketches of their favourite inological studies, and the results of a authors, as will enable them to understand special case. The second gives an account the view-points from which those authors of some recent psychological, criminologilooked out upon the world, the kind of cal and demographical congresses in lives they lived, and the persons and times Europe. The third is entitled “Social with which they were associated. An Pathology and Education.”
Doctors, appeal to this interest is made by Annie economists, lawyers, and those interested Fields, in her “Authors and Friends,” in the study of civilized man and his just published. The book is divided into present social conditions, will find much eight parts of unequal length, and the in this work to interest and instruct. headings of these parts are as follow : The information is told in a clear, lucid Longfellow; Glimpses of Emerson ; Oliver manner, and all the facts are carefully Wendell Holmes, Personal Recollections arranged. and Unpublished Letters ; Days with Mrs. Stowe ; Celia Thaxter; Whittier : Notes The subject of man's origin, mission of his Life and his Friendships ; Tenny. and destiny has occupied the attention of son ; Lady Tennyson. The author has had scholars in all ages, and in all countries, special opportunities of knowing how and among Christian nations. Especially these persons lived and worked, and has during the last two centuries, great at
*Marm Lisa, by Kate Douglas Wiggin. Cloth, $1.00. * Tales of Our Coast, by S. R. Crockett, Gilbert Parker, Boston and New York: Houghton, Mittlin & Co.
Harold Frederick, “Q," and W. Clark Russell. Illustrated Authors and Friends, by Annie Fields.
by Frank Brangwyn. Cloth, $1.25. New York: Dodd, New York: Houghton, Mifflin & Co. Cloth, 355 pp.
Mead & Co.
tempts have been made either to justify, this author has given us.* He has exexplain, or destroy the Mosaic account of hausted his theme of western military creation. During the whole of the cen- life, and has not the brilliancy either of tury, up to the present time, naturalistic, description or plot to make up for this and materialistic, scientific scepticism has sameness of character and incident in his gained ground. In the eighteenth cen- books. The chief characteristics of this tury its chief exponents were Hume, in volume would seem to be its bright cloth England ; Voltaire, in France ; and Paine, cover and its wonderful list of errata. in America; in the present century, Hæckel, Romanes, and Spencer have been working towards the same end. On
One of the most readable novels of the the other hand, the late Sir Daniel Wil- year is “A Puritan's Wife,” by Max son, Sir William Dawson, Mr. Balfour, Pemberton, † author of "The Little HugeMr. Gladstone, Professor Dana, and Bru- not.” It is a love-story of a man who netière bave endeavoured to preserve the
was one of Cromwell's Ironsides, and for faith in the ancient doctrines. Prof.
a fugitive during nearly the Luther Tracy Townsend has just pub- whole of the reign of Charles II. Hugh lished “Evolution or Creation, "* which Peters and the beautiful Marjory are two the learned writer hopes will be found to characters whom one may take to one's be an “exposition and illustration of the heart and love. Their constancy and sublime truths of the Christian religion.” self-sacrificing affection in the face of much The book is a calm and masterly treat that would blanche the bravest are imment of the whole subject, and is certain- pressive and touching. The author writes ly a trenchant, if not successful, attack simply and gracefully in an old-fashioned on rationalism. He believes implicitly in style. He neveröstrains after effect, and supernaturalism and in a literal expla- the easy progress of the story is delightnation of the Mosaic teachings. Perhaps
ful. It must add much to his reputation. his most formidable chapter is that on “ The Ice Age and the Mosaic Week," in Autobiographies, as a rule, are tame and which he shows that the pre-glacial wearisome, but Elizabeth Stuart Phelps' species of animal life are extinct with a “Chapters from a Life ”I are bright and few exceptions, that vegetable life of entertaining. The chaste binding and that period has also mainly disappeared, the beautiful illustrations make the book and that during that age the world was a such as the friends of this widely-read vast and silent burial-ground. He then author will appreciate. And she is wideproceeds to argue that the seven or ten ly-read, “The Gates Ajar" being now in thousand years that have elapsed since its seventy-eighth thousand, and “Bethat period are not sufficient to have pro- yond the Gates " in its thirtieth thousand; duced, by an evolutionary growth, our and she has published twenty-three books present flora and fauna.
Hence, these besides. She opens her book with a desmust have been created; and, if so, then cription of, her Andover home and someit is just as possible that they were cre- thing about her scholarly ancestors, goes ated in one day as in a thousand years, on to describe the environment of people and the Mosaic account may be taken in and things in which she has lived, her its literal significance.
early successes, and the origin of her best The book is logical and the whole argu- ideas. Then she tells of some of the great ment well-arranged. Whatever one's
who have made little Andover opinions may be, it must be conceded that famous, and of the famous men of letters the author has founded his own beliefs in with whom she has been personally acgood reasoning
quainted-Longfellow, Whittier, Holmes,
Phillips Brooks, Mrs. Stowe, etc. It is "A Garrison Tangle,” by Captain somewhat noteworthy that this book Charles King, author of “ Fort Frayne," should appear about the same time as “An Army Wife," " Trumpeter Fred," etc., is the one book too many,” which Tennyson Neely. Toronto : The Toronto News Co.
* A Garrison Tangle, by Charles King, New York : F. * Evolution or Creation, by Prof. Townsend. New York,
† New York : Dodd, Mead & Co. Cloth, $1 25. Chicago and Toronto: Fleming H. Revell Co. Cloth, 318 Boston and New York: Houghton, Mifflin & Co.
Cloth; illustrated ; 278 pp., $1.50.