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We have delayed reviewing “ A Story From that she has the dual character, The hero is an Pullmantowntoo long to be able to give it the artist, and of course is engaged to paint the porassent it seeks and that it might have attained trait of both of the heroine. He is a bit puzzled until recently. It is a story justifying the Pull- by the similarity in some ways, but though he man Strike by showing the cruel conditions of promptly falls in love with both, no hint of the life that prevailed in the great center of car-build- identity of his sitters comes to him, any more ing. Truly there were reasons for discontent, if than to the young woman herself. There is but the statements of the book and many other cor- one denouement possible to such a story, the roborating sources are trustworthy. There are frivolous, passionate heroine grows jealous of reasons, and good reasons for discontent with the serious, high-minded one, meets her in a dim present conditions all over the world. But that passageway, and stabs to the heart-herself, by they were not intolerably worse at Pullmantown a glancing blow from a mirror. It does not than elsewhere is proven by the outcome of strike the reader that Mr. Paine handles his mathe strike, by the fact that a considerable number terial better than a very great number of our of Pullman's workmen emigrated to another place story writers, and the book leaves rather a bad and sought there to make their skilled labor taste in the mouth. available for their own benefit, that the move

It would take a very unoccupied mind to get up ment was a wretched failure, and that contribu

much interest in Naval Cadet Carlyle's Glovet for tions were sought to take these workpeople

the story has little to commend it. It relates the back to Pullmantown."

adventures of the beautiful but impoverished It has been a grave question at the Post Office

daughter of an old Virginian family, and makes Department what to do with the great avalanche

her pass through a kaleidoscopic variety of of cheap novels published in “libraries," so

fortunes, always just missing the good things of called, and sent through the mails as second-class

life. She contracts a secret marriage with an matter. That they had no real right to the pound Annapolis cadet, and almost immediately is made rates, that their whole tendency was demoraliz

a widow. This marriage never comes up to bother ing, was painfully apparent. But since there

her till at the end of the tale, where she has been has been found no way to restrict publishers' adopted by a wealthy aunt and is in love with a rates to legitimate periodicals, the more reputable distinguished statesman. Then because she book publishers have been forced into the field hears him condemn secret marriages and hers is of cheap books issued regularly and haying a about to be revealed, she commits suicide. There yearly subscription price as a “library.” One is no charm of style or health of moral tone to of the list of these series will be Macmillan's redeem this grewsome plot. Novelists' Library, to judge by the two numbers

Lectures Faciles Pour L'Etude du Français. By Paul yet to hand. Marcella and Sant 'llario’ have both Berry, author of “Livre des Enfants" La Lauge

Française," “Le Français Pratique, etc. etc. been reviewed in these columns, and it is not

cloth. 256 pages. $1.00. New York: William R. Jenkins necessary to do more than mention the edition. This work has been prepared as a completion In the paper form nothing could be better. To

of the new and progressive method for teaching be sure Marcella two volumes crowded into one French as begun in “Le Français Pratique.” makes the type rather trying, but it is clear and The book contains short, interesting, carefully will not trouble good eyesight. If we must have

chosen, and simply told stories, by modern "libraries," -and it seems we must-it is well authors. Each story is followed by grammatical that we have good ones like this to make up for notes and rules. Where the most difficult the masses of trash,

phrases occur, they have been translated into Mr. Paine calls his latest romance a hypnotic

English, and at the end of the book a complete story. It is the tale of a feminine “Doctor Jekyl

mo

list of the irregular verbs in use and a model of and Mr. Hyde.” A serious young woman,

each conjugation is to be found. crossed in love, or otherwise made weary of her Partir á Tiempo Comedia en un acto. Por Don Mariano

José de Larra. Edited and annotated by Alexander W. own society, seeks to be hypnotized into a frivo- Herdler, Instructor in Princeton University. 12nio paper. lous society woman, and it is so thoroughly done

No. 2 Teatro Espanol, 35 cts.

William R.

Jenkins. L A Story From Pullmantown. By Nico Bech-Meyer.

Don José de Larra's works are marked by an Chicago : Chas. H. Kerr & Co: 1894.

Sant 'Ilario. By Marion Crawford. Macmillan's elevated style, acuteness of observation, vivid
Novelists' Library. New York: 1895. For sale in San
Francisco by Doxey.

imagination, and rare skill in characterization. Marcella. By Mrs. Humphrey Ward. Ibid.

4 Naval Cadet Carlyle's Glove. By Iona Ashley Gordon. 3 The Mystery of Evelyn Delorme. By Albert Bigelow New York: J. Selwin Tait & Sons: 1892 Paine. Boston: Arena Publishing Company: 1894: Francisco by The Popular Book Store. $ 50.

New York:

For sale in San

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Rounsevelle Wildman, the editor- and we sus pect his hand in the management of the OVERLAND MONTHLY, is making of that great Pacific Coast Monthly one of the most delightful magazines of the age-while retaining its unique Western flavor, yet in the beauty of illustration and ability of its articles it need not fear comparison with any periodical the East has proproduced. To-Day, March, 1895.

Miss Ellen Beach Yaw the prima donna has just closed a contract for an European tour on a guarantee of one thousand dollars a night. The fair Californian has set the New York critics wild and they are loud in their praise of her bird like notes and her range in register. An account of Miss Yaw appeared in the April number of the OVERLAND detailing the new divas powers.

Other Books Received.

The publishing firm of Brentano's will inaug. urate during the first week in July a series entitled “Modern Life Library,” the editor of which is Mr. Henri Pène du Bois, one of the staff of the New York Times, who has been connected with that newspaper for a long time in the capacity of editor of the literary and foreign news. The initial volume of this series will be Le Mariage de Chiffon,” by “Gyp,” and which as translated by Mr. Du Bois will be known as “A Gallic Girl."

The “Modern Life Library” will embrace the popular novels adapted to Mr. Du Bois' idea, without regard to the original tongue in which they are written. Italian, Spanish, German, French, Hungarian, Dutch and Flemish authors will be drawn upon as contributors.

Mr. Du Bois will edit all of the volumes, choosing at the same time translators best used to turning into English original works entrusted to them.

It is reported that the Memoirs of General James Longstreet, the war-horse of the Confederacy, who was the earliest of the Southerners to become reconciled to the Union, are now ready for the press and will be published by the J. B. Lippincott Company immediately. They are said to reveal many new phases of the Confederate cause.

The San Francisco Nation comes to us filling its particular field to a nicety.

The showing made in behalf of the Catholic schools and colleges in this State in the last number, (all original matter) was certainly to the credit of this exponent of the Catholic faith. Mr. Henry Geralde is in charge of the editorial department and his masterly use of the English language makes the Nation remarkable for its purity of diction and style. To the experience of a journalistic career on two continents Mr. Geralde joins the inborn graciousness of the gentil homme of the old school.

James and Patomas. By Gerard Foukes. Washington, D. C: Government Printing Office: 1894.

Siowan Tribes of the East. By James Mooney. Ibid.

Chinook Texts. By Frank Boas. Ibid. Canons of the Colorado. By J. W. Powell. Meadville, Pa.: Flood & Vincent: 1895 $10.

Pudd’n Head Wilson. By Mark Twain. Hartford: American Pub. Co.: 1895.

Dr. Gray's Quest. By F. H. Underwood. Boston: Lee & Shepherd. 1895.

Jimmy Boy. By Sophie May. Ibid. 1895.

Common Land Buds of_New England. By W. A. Wilcox. Ibid.

1894 Across India. By Oliver Optic. Ibid. 1895.

The Naulahka. By Kipling & Balestier. New York and London: Macm llan & Co.: 1895. Price 50 cts.

Annals of the Parish. B Thos. Galt. Ibid. 1895. $1.25.

The Prisoner of Zenba. By Anthony Hope. W. G. Henry Holt & Co.: 1895: For sale by Doxey, 75 cts.

Dishonesty and Caste. BEthel Davis. Boston: Home Science Pub. Co.: 1895. 60 cts.

Money. By Eli Perkins Chicago: Chas. Kass & Co.: 1895.

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CACTUS.

(ARIZONA.)

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HOU outcast of the dainty floral bands,

Whose blood-red plumes and yellow banners gay

Burn like a fire upon the levels gray,— Thou Bedouin of the barren desert sands, Whose pied burnous makes glad these weary lands,

Thy nomad tents are on the plains alway,

Thy straggling squadrons ready for the fray.
Barbarian, thy savage Ishmael hands
Are raised against all men, outright and bold,

Thy sharp spines couching, like a lance in rest,
To careless seek a friend's or foeman's breast;

Yet, with thy blooms that hold the sun shut in,
Thou strivest, as with wealth of spendthrift gold,
To buy the love thou wouldst not stoop to win.

Grace MacGowan Cooke.

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