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department, or school system as with this our railroad men more reliable. It solves Association,” declared former Mayor
Mayor many of our commercial problems." It Rhett, of Charleston, in discussing the solves these problems by the simple prowork of the Y. M. C. A. in that city. The cess of making men of its members. That is cashier of a bank in the West writes this: the whole end and aim of the Y.M.C.A. It “We have many things in our city in is seeking to save that which may be lost. It which we take a just pride, but we con- is trying to conserve the manhood of Amersider the railroad Y. M. C. A. our gross ica. It is succeeding because it has placed asset, for it has made our town better and manhood conservation on a business basis.
SERVING AMERICAN SAILORS IN RIO JANEIRO DURING THE BATTLESHIP FLEET'S CRUISE AROUND THE WORLD IN 1908, BY HELPING THEM FIND THEIR
WAY ABOUT AND BY SAFEGUARDING THEIR AMUSEMENTS
ARTHUR W. PAGE R. GEORGE P. BRETT, the well known to lovers of the best literature: “I head of the American pub- should consider myself disgraced if I had lishing house, The Mac- written a book which in these days had sold millan Co., closed a recent one hundred thousand copies.” article
Such remarks are upon “Book Pub
as common in literlishing and Its Pres
ary circles as fulent Tendencies”
some eulogies of with these words:
these same bestNovels of merit and
sellers are common value, representing
in the book reviews, honest work and the
but the public has real convictions of
no very definite intheir authors, still from
formation of what time to time make
books sell 100,000 their appearance, but it is seldom
copies. As a rule it indeed that one of these finds
has no accurate reits way into the ranks
cord of the authors of the “six best-sell
whom it has brought ers." Their appeal is
into disgrace with to that part of the
the critics by so lavpublic which still dis
ishly buying their criminates in its read
books. ing, a smaller percent
Between January age of the whole, I
1, 1910, and Janufear, at present, than
ary 1, 1913, there in any recent period of our history. One is
were published new remindedof the remark
books of fiction by of one of our best
Copyright by Haeseler thirteen authors that critics, himself an MR. WINSTON CHURCHILL
sold as many as 100,author of many books
000 copies in the
several other names as well. Mr. George Barr McCutcheon, if his last book did not quite reach the 100,000 mark, has written books in the past that did, and undoubtedly will in the future. Mr. Vaughan Kester's "Prodigal Judge” and the books of Mr. Basil King (generally recognized as the anonymous author of “The Inner Shrine," "The Street Called Straight,” and “The Wild Olive”) sold within a few thousands of the round figure taken arbitrarily for the standard of this article. Nor does this exhaust the list of writers whose books belong in this
MRS. KATE LANGLEY BOSHER
AUTHOR OF "MARY CARY”
class. But at least it is a definite record of one particular period and has the one merit of being founded on concrete facts of the success of those who have best succeeded in pleasing the public's taste in the last three years. And it is about such a list of authors of 100,000-selling books as any average three years would produce.
These thirteen authors, divided as equally as may be between men and women, are fair samples of the successful writers of fiction. They are not of a single type.
MRS. GENE STRATTON-PORTER
AUTHOR OF "THE HARVESTER"
They are as different and they come from as different environments as successful railroad men, or Presidents of the United States, or any other successful people. They live all over the United States, from Cornish, N. H., to Southern California, and two of them live outside our boundaries — the Reverend Charles W. Gordon (Ralph Connor) in Winnipeg, British Columbia, and Mrs. Barclay in England. Only one of the thirteen, Mrs. Gene Stratton-Porter, was born or lives in Indiana, usually hailed the mother of authors as Virginia is of Presidents.
"MYRTLE REED" AUTHOR OF “A WEAVER OF DREAMS"
Their formal education also varies. Some of them had very little of it. They are self - made authors as so many of our business leaders are self-made men. Mrs. McCullough (Myrtle Reed) attended the West Division High School in Chicago. Mr. Robert W. Chambers was a student in the Julien Academy in Paris, Mr. Winston Churchill graduated from the United States Naval Academy, at Annapolis. None of these schools is particularly adapted to the training of American nov
MRS. FLORENCE L. BARCLAY AUTHOR OF "THE FOLLOWING OF THE STAR"