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Mother, with her hands in her lap, “as caldrons in her nose and the cheerful they all tell me, that you are the great sound of coffee grinding in her ears. est cook in Bruges.”
Inch by inch she has fought to enlarge “I do not know, Mother. I always this kingdom of hers, until now it is pleased Benoist. He admitted--in the within an ace of including the province end—that I stood to his third wife as of bread-making. That won, she will the belfry over the city. .."
have but one hope to live for: that some “ And if of Bruges, then of the world,” day she may graciously be allowed to said the Mother, firmly. “ It is a pity preside over the nuns' own kitchen. I not to use your talents. In moderation, do not myself think there is much Marie, there is no harm. Coffee, now, chance of this, unless she outlives the and gruel for the old women—you might present Mother Superior and the next try. The Sisters, no; but the lace- proves a dame less careful in sweeping makers, yes. You shall go into the the Sisters' path clear of every cobweb breakfast kitchen and you shall boil the of temptation. But whether she attains eggs, the potatoes, and all; and give her desire or not, she lives now in thanks to God that He has restored you dreams of that far, good time, forgetful to your former use."
of her fame, ignorant of the curiosity of She was thankful—is thankful—to be her own life, growing old serenely, glad harbored safe as last among copper
of heart in that God has granted her in saucepans, with the steamy smells of the this world her place by the pot on the fire.
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Emanuel Burden. By Hilaire Belloc.
Charles Scribner's Sons, New York. 5x8 in. 312 ga, in the novel, which is a rather unusually
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A brilliantly written satire dealing with the Cabbages and Kings. By 0. Henry. Mc- speculative methods fostered, or at least
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movement in England ; presenting a Pure burlesque, but lively, ingenious, and
trast between solid old English methods and slangily humorous. South American intrigue,
the “booming" methods of the later day. Yankee resource, the colossal iinpudence of Mr. Belloc treats his subject with the greatthe American “fakir," and the romance of unusual love complications, are all worked
est gravity, and no small part of the humor
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uninteresting details of family life are furCalendar of Omar Khayyam: Being Ex- nished, and insignificant pedigrees traced
cerpts from the Quatrains of the Poet of back as if they led to royal sources. An Naishapur as Translated by Edward FitzgerNow set to Pictures by Blanche McManus.
Englishman would appreciate the satire L.C. Page & Co., Boston, 412*11* in. 28 pages. much more than an American, because of
more intimate knowledge of the conditions A long, effectively made calendar for the with which it deals ; but the story is suffiyear, a special feature of which is the pres. ciently distinct in its satirical outlines to entation of selections from the Rubaiyát, make the purpose of the author clear to an
American reader and to give the story, for from disease, famine, and exposure, the disan American, interest.
content expressed in open mutiny, the patriotEnglish Church History. Four Lectures by
ism that bore all uncomplainingly, treacher. the Rev. Alfred Plummer, M.A., D.D. Charles
ous actions side by side with heroic deeds. Scribner's Sons, New York, 5x8 in. 179 pages. In its present form it should command a $1, net.
wide audience, its value to the modern stuFaiths and Folklore: A Dictionary of Na
dent being increased by the intelligent annotional Beliefs, Superstitions, and Popular Cus
tations of its present editor. toms, Past and Current, with their Classical and Foreign Analogues Described and llius- Hermann und Dorothea. By Goethe. Edtrated. By W. Carew Hazlitt. In 2 vols. Charles ited by Philip Schuyler Allen. Ginn & Co., Boston.
Scribner's Sons, New York, 01/4*9 in. $6, net. 4'2X634 in. 237 pages. 60c. (Postage, Sc.) This is really a new edition of Brand and
India. By Colonel Sir Thomas Hungerford Ellis's “ Popular Antiquities of Great Brit
Holdich, K.C.M.G., K.C.I.E., C.B., R.E. Illusain,” but it is now for the first time alpha- trated. D. Appleton & Co., New York. 6x912 in. betically arranged—an immense improve- 375 pages. $2.50, net. ment-and has also been enlarged and The author does wisely to avoid statistics improved. The title, as given above, suffi
and details in describing the geographical ciently indicates the classes of topics treated. configurations of India. After a survey of The work is a rarely quaint storehouse of Early India, he proceeds to a study of the legend, allusion, antiquarian information, and geography of the frontiers bordering Balubygone usages.
chistan and Afghanistan; he describes Kash
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line Kohisaal. (40c.) Clayton F. Summy Co., about the people, the political geography, Chicago.
the agriculture, revenues, railways, minerals, Heath's Memoirs of the American War: and climate, and he puts India before us as
Reprinted from the Original Edition of 1798. we will not find it elsewhere. The work Introduction and Notes by Rufus Rockwell Wilson. The A. Wessels Co., New York. 512X814 in.
is amply indexed, and is provided with a 435 pages. $2.50, net.
wealth of maps and diagrams which have This is the third and decidedly the most
the authority of the Survey of India to supimportant of the “Source Books of Ameri
port them. Sır Thomas Holdich was forcan History,” thus far issued under the direc- merly the Superintendent of that Survey. tion of Rufus Rockwell Wilson. General
His volume has the ring of authority on Heath's memoirs, which were originally pub
every page. It is equally valuable for steady lished in 1798, and, so far as we are aware,
reading or as a book of reference. have hitherto been reprinted only in a Instructive Pieces for the Piano. By Hublimited edition, are of direct value to the bard William Harris, Caprice (40c.), Elves' Frolic student of the War of the Revolution, con- (40c.). Clayton F. Summy Co., Chicago, Ill. stituting a first-hand account of many of the Judith of Bethulsa. By Thomas Bailey operations connected therewith, and assist- Aldrich. Houghton, Miffin & Co., Boston. 5x8 ing to an appreciation of the men and condi- in. 98 pages. $1, net. tions of the period. The author served as Reserved for later notice. a Major-General in the American army Mediæval Art: From the Peace of the throughout the long conflict, his military Church to the Eve of the Renaissance, 312activity dating from the battle of Concord, 1350. By W. R. Lethaby. Illustrated. Charles
Scribner's Sons, New York. 512X8 in. 315 pages. where he took part in the harrying of the
$2, net. retreating British, and terminating only with
The title of this book seems a misnomer. the dissolution of the army in 1783. Mr. Wilson gathers from the pages of his journal
While architecture was emphatically the art that he was “a soldier better fitted for mus
of mediæval times, yet "art" comprised also
other departments, to which Mr. Lethaby ter service and barrack duty than for active
pays little attention. His survey begins command in the field,” but this estimate hardly conveys a fair idea of the brave and
with “the peace of the Church” in 312, and
continues to 1350, a date which marked the patriotic New England officer. It is true
decline of “Frenchness" in Gothic archithat as the result of a futile demonstration
tecture. He has much to tell us about the against New York in 1777 he was temporarily removed from field service, yet we
ages of Constantine and Justinian, of Byfind him two years later in command of the journeys with us to Constantinople, through
zantine, Romanesque, and Gothic art. He troops on the Hudson, and afterward em
Italy, France, Germany, England, Belgiuni, ployed to hold. Clinton in check while Spain, and Switzerland. His book is crowded Washington hurried his forces to Yorktown, a commission the commander-in-chief would
with illustrations, yet there is not one too
many. He shows us, what cannot be too scarcely have intrusted to one fit only for
often emphasized, that unity in diversity "muster service and barrack duty.” Whatever success attended his efforts, General
may be found throughout the thousand years Heath appears to have been diligent in per- entirely organic period.
of mediæval art, which thus really form an formance, not without resource, sympathetic, and observant. His journal mirrors with Myself, Duty, and Destiny, by the Great commendable fidelity the gloom as well as
Teachers of Mankind. Lafayette Charles Loomis.
The Loomis Fund, Washington, D. C. 5'2X9 in. the grandeur of the struggle, the sufferings
Narratives of the Career of Hernando de that entire satisfaction is to had from it
Soto in the Conquest of Florida (1530–1542) as either. If, in the present volume, we are Told by a Gentleman of Elvas, by Luya Hernandez de Biedma, and by Rodrigo Ranjel.
not taught much as to Gainsborough's techEdited by Edward Gaylord Bourne. In 2 vols. nique, we do gain a good picture of GainsIllustrated. A. S. Barnes & Co., New York. borough's age and of its degradation in 41/4*7 in. $2, net.
taste; of Gainsborough's famiiy; of the faThe three most important contemporary narratives relating to the expedition of De painter's career); of Gainsborough's land
mous Bath period (the turning point in the Soto have been edited and translated by
scape work and its relations to Constable's; Professor E. G. Bourne, of Yale, in order to
of the London life, the King's favor, the place them within the reach of every one
Acadamy, and, finally, the noble passing. interested in the early history of our coun- Of the great triumvirate of English portry. The classical history of the Gentleman of Elvas, and the Relation of the Conquest Romney-working at the same time, Gains
trait painters-Reynolds, Gainsborough, and of Florida by De Biedma, have been sup
borough was not only the most brilliant artist plemented for the first time by Professor
in, but was also the founder of, the English Bourne's translation of the minutely detailed
landscape school. journal of Ranjel, De Soto's secretary. The first two are in the translation of Bucking. Tragedie of Julius Cæsar (The). By William ham Smith. Although Hakluyt had made a Shakespeare. (First Folio Edition.) "Thomas Y. translation of the Gentleman of Elvas, a
Crowell & Co., New York. 50c., net. more modern rendering was thought better Travels of Marco Polo (The), the Venetian. for the purpose. The volumes will be re- The Translation of Marsden, Revised by Thomas garded as a valuable and convenient addition
Wright, F.S.A. (The Caxton Thin Paper
Classics.) Charles Scribner's Sons, New York. to both history and literature.
4x62 in. 461 pages. $1.25, net. Nibelungen (The): Translated into Rhymed
A recent addition to the Caxton Classics, English Verse by George Henry Needler. Henry bound in flexible leather, artistically printed, Holt & Co., New York. 5x792 in. 349 pages. and a delight to the eye.
The Travels $1.75, net.
are presented with a revision of Marsden's A version in English in which the original
and Wright's notes; and a series of maps, a meters are preserved; carefully and faith
list of some contemporaneous events, and a fully done; with two elaborate introductions
complete index have been added. covering the Saga, its history, development, and various forms; and the later Lied, its Verrocchio. By Maud Cruttwell. Illushistory, development, various forms, and the
trated. Charles Scribner's Sons, New York. editions through which it has passed ; a very
59/2X8 in. 264 pages. $2, net. satisfactory piece of work.
To her biographies of Mantegna and the
Robbias our author now presents one of On Holy Scripture and Criticism : Addresses Verrocchio, perhaps the least known and
and Sermons. By Herbert Edward Ryle, D.D. appreciated of fifteenth-century masters. The Macmillan Co., New York. 5x734 in.
Inferior to Donatello and Leonardo in impages. $1.25. Addresses on the Bible delivered on various
agination, he was inferior to none in mere occasions make up the contents of this vol
technical ability. The great statue of the The Bishop of Winchester believes
Colleoni is not only Verrocchio's masterthat the modern, scientific study of the Bible,
work, but one of the half-dozen greatest so far from injuring the Bible, will increase
equestrian pieces of all time. It is the emits value by making the truth more access
bodiment of superb virile power; it is cerible. Nothing of the polemical is discern
tainly not the work of “un esprit limité et ible in what he writes. None of these lec
un caractère bourgeois," as Müntz once tures pretends to contribute new knowledge
called Verrocchio. That his contemporaries on the subject of Biblical Criticism ; but all
realized Verrocchio's worth, if some moderns of them undertake to lead people to see that
do not, is evident from the fact that no one reverence for the Christian Scriptures is
save Donatello exercised such a powerful compatible with the spirit that welcomes the
and prolonged influence on Florentine art. most painstaking scrutiny of their origin and
But even the contemporaries were nature.
affected by Verrocchio's particular innova
tions than by his general aim. The biog. Pebbles and Pearls: A Collection of Poems rapher brings out these distinctions with in Patches. By Cleland Kernestaffe. The Broad
much clearness. She leaves us with an imway Publishing Co., New York. 5x71/2 in. 198
pression not to be gained by other reading Rebels of the New South. By Walter Mar
of the exaltation of the Verrocchio ideal. ion Raymond. Charles H. Kerr & Co., Chicago.
Only by his thorough knowledge of anatomy 544x8 in. 294 pages. $1.
and of technique could the artist portray, Thomas Gainsborough, R.A. By A. E.
whether by chisel or brush, the human form Fletcher. Illustrated. Charles Scribner's Sons,
in its full strength and beauty, the freedom New York. 5x71/2 in. 234 pages. $1.25, net. of its movement and the subtle expression Mr. Fletcher's is the latest of the rapidly of its emotion. The biographer and critic increasing number of Gainsborough biogra- renders an equally important service in dis. phies. His is a good biography, but not a criminating between Verrocchio's own work remarkable book of criticism. For that one and those far feebler achievements of his will seek Sir Walter Armstrong's book; not followers sometimes attributed to him,
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he Fall of Port Arthur..
By the Rt. Rev. James H. Van Buren
The Austrian Cabinet Crisis..
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