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he has succeeded, for one can easily imagine that admirers on this side of the water. Lippincott they are just such incidents as might take place has brought out a new' and large edition of one under the eye of a watchful minister at the time. of Daudet's best known and most generally read French History seems to be an inexhaustible novels Fromont Funior and Risler Senior. It field for both the French and English novelists, has been translated with great care by Edward and Mr. Weyman has made a place for himself Vizetelly and illustrated with eighty-eight wood in it that puts him beside Dumas and Doyle. engravings from original drawings by George The book is well illustrated with half tones of Roux. In every respect the edition is the most wash drawings.

perfect and praiseworthy that has appeared in

English.
Doctor Gray's Quest.

The story is too well known to need reviewing

and is one that will be read by generation after IF ONE were inclined to criticize Doctor Under- generation. It is a classic. wood's last novel it would be done in a kindly spirit and with full knowledge that its brilliant

Dumas's Two Dianas, 3 author was beyond the reach of both advice and praise. He died a few months after the book

DIANE DE POITIERS possesses a fascination appeared. Doctor Gray's Quest follows the line

for the reader of French history during the reign of thought and description used by Henry Ward

of Henri II. that is too real to be overlooked. No Beecher in his charming novel, “Norwood."

historian can ignore her influence on events, and The scene is laid in a New England town in the

Dumas has recognized in her and her court maearly part of the century and the characters,

terial for one of his most brilliant romances. The with the exception of the Kenmore family and

period of French history between the years 1540 their friends, are Yankees.

and 1574, covering as it did the epoch of the ReThe harsh stern religion of the village mag

formation and the driving of the English out of nate, Winterton, the keen good-natured humor

Calais, is filled with enough heroic incident and and unswerving loyalty of Ezekiel Collins, the

figures to please the most fastidious historical practical common sense and justice of Esquire

novel reader. In The Two Dranas Dumas has White, the shrewdness and self-possession of

made use of fewer imaginary characters and Mercy Starkweather, and the single-mindedness

scenes than in almost any other of his historical of James Gray, combined with the individuality

romances. The historical characters introduced and quaintness of the inhabitants of Little Ca

and made to live are the great Guises, Catherine naan, are pictured with a powerful brush and

De Medici, Constable Anne De Montmorency, form a group of characters that become living

Prince de Condé, Coligny, and the leaders of friends. The author is best at description. His

the Reformation John Calvin, La Renaudie, love passages are not so well done. One takes

Theodore de Bèze, Ambroise Pare- besides but little interest in the final outcome of James

Henri II. and his brood of young kings. Gray and Flora Kenmore's affair. It is a trifle

Almost this same period, closing with the insipid. Mercy Starkweather is by far the most

massacre of St. Bartholomew, is covered by Balinteresting and most strongly drawn character

zac in his “Catherine de Medici,” and it is interin the book. One finds himself wondering as

esting to note wherein the two great novelists to her after life in France, as he lays down the

diverge and agree in their estimates of the charbook. Anything might happen to her. She is

acters of the time. Dumas treats Catherine of the stuff of which great actresses and famous

with scant courtesy and glorifies Le Balafre queens are made.

Guise, while Balzac apologizes for Catherine's

acts and lays the blame for the persecution Daudet's Fromont Junior and Risler of the Huguenots and the death of the young Senior.

king François II. on the Guises. Du has paints

a charming picture of Mary Stuart and enlists A NEW edition of Daudet's works is always all the reader's sympathies in her behalf, while welcomed by a big reading public in America. Balzac considers her a character too weak for No French writer living has a larger number of serious thought. The theater of The two Dianas

Doctor Gray's Quest. By Francis H. Underwood. Bos. is much broader than that of Catherine de ton: Lee and Shepard: 1875. $1.75.

Medici," as it deals with the field as well as with 9 Fromont Junior and Risler Senior. By Alphonse Dau- 3 The Two Diapas. By Alexandre Dumas. Three vols. det. Philadelphia: J. B. Lippincott Company: 1895. Boston:t Little, Brown and Company: 1894.

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The Little Huguenot.'

the court. The defense of St. Quentin and the storming of Calais are two of the most thrilling scenes in the story. While the love passages between the hero of the story, the young Count de Montgomery, and Diane de Poitiers's daughter, the other Diane, are charming. The real interest from first to last is the story of the intrigues that grew and flourished about the throne. There is not a dull page in the narrative from beginning to end.

The three volumes are illustrated and handsomely bound, uniform with the entire editions of Dumas's novels by the same publishing house.

The Little Huguenot is a sweet little story of a semi-historical character. It depicts an episode in the licentious court of Louis, "the well be loved” of France, in which a Jesuit priest saves the honor of a Huguenot widow. The book is brightly written and the scenes are graphically painted. It can be read in an hour, and will do the reader no harm. It is said to have had a big sale, and has no doubt pleased nine readers out of ten even if it has not benefited them. The edition contains a portrait of the author.

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Houghton, Mifflin & Co's Riverside Litera- Mr. Eric Mackay, concerning whom the amusture Series is the result of a wish on the part of ing mistake was lately made in The Bookman of the publishers to issue in a cheap form for school calling him Miss Marie Corelli's son, rather than use the most interesting and instructive master- her brother, has just issued a new volume of pieces of such writers as Longfellow, Whittier, poems. “ The Love Letters of a Violinist,” his Holmes, Lowell, Hawthorne, etc.

former book attained a tremendous sale both in In order that the reader may be brought into England and America. Mr. Mackay has poputhe closest possible contact with the author, each larity, which is a rare thing nowadays for a masterpiece is given as it was written, unaltered writer of verse. A Song of the Sea, My Lady and unabridged, and the notes, while sufficiently of Dreams, and Other Poems" is the title of the helpful, are not so voluminous that the reader's new volume, which is to be issued by Stone & mind is occupied with the editor rather than with Kimball. the author.

The numbers already issued have been extensively used for the study of Language, for THE Commercial Traveler, the organ of the the study of Literature, for Supplementary Read- Pacific Coast Commercial Travelers' Association, ing, and as substitutes for the graded Readers. comes to us this month under the editorship of In whatever way they may be used, the principal D. M. Frazer a well known newspaper man of benefit to be derived from them will be the for- the city. mation of a taste in the reader for the best and The editorials are lucid and clean cut, and the most enduring literature; this taste the pupil will advice to Commercial Travelers to unite for their carry with him when he leaves school, and it own protection and that of the firms they reprewill remain through life a powerful means of

The Little Huguenot. By Max Pemberton, New York; self-education.

Dodd, Mead & Company: 1895. 750.

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sent is good. Mr. Barr, the proprietor, gives the P. C. C. T. A. an organ of which they should be proud.

The Electrical Journal changes its name with the September number, the third issue, to the Fournal of Electricity. It is one of the best technical papers coming to the Reviewer's table and contains much valuable knowledge for the student as well as the practical electrician. The different departments are well edited and the journal under the management of Mr. George P. Low has from the start secured an enviable advertising patronage.

The Land of Sunshine, Los Angeles's charming little magazine, improves in interest with each number. Mr. Charles F. Lummis has given it the atmosphere and flavor of Southern California, which in itself is enough to make it a favorlite wherever it goes. Its pictures are superb and its reading matter bright, breezy, and up to date. May it wax fat and grow strong, if only to prove that California enjoys literature above the Durrant Case type. This Coast will support half a dozen magazines when it has had half a dozen magazines to make it aware that all the good things do not come from the Atlantic Coast.

THE Echo, from Chicago, is one of the best exponents of “decadent” art and typography published.. Percival Pollard has a crisp, bright style of writing. The remarkable proof reading may be an intentional feature, if so, it is a success. The posters issued from the Ecbo press are some of the best we have seen. No poster ex. hibition or collection is complete without them.

Other Books Received.

CHARLES HOWARD SHINN has written for Messrs. D. Appleton & Company – soon to be published —- “The Story of the Mine.' It is the second volume of “The Story of the West Series," of which each number is intended to present a picture peculiar and characteristic of the country beyond the Missouri River. However the writers who have been chosen to depict the Indian, the trapper, the soldier, the explorer, and the railroad builder, may handle their subjects, the readers of Mr. Shinn's many brilliant contributions to the OVERLAND will have perfect confidence that the Mine and the Miner will receive a practical and sympathetic treatment in his hands, and will look forward with pleasure to the appearance of his work.

Lively Plays for Live People. By Thomas Stewart Denison. Chicago: T. S. Denison: 1895.

Autocrat of the Breakfast Table. By Oliver Wendell Holmes. Boston: Houghton, Mifflin & Co. 50 cents.

Twice-Told-Tales. By Nathaniel Hawthorne Boston: Houghton, Mifflin & Co. 60 cents.

Stenotypy. By Rev. D. A. Quinn. Provi: dence, R. 1.: 1895.

Report on Total Eclipse of Sun observed at Mina Bronces, Chile. By J. M. Schaeberle. Publications of the Lick Observatory.

God Forsaken. By Frederic Breton. G. P. Putnam's Sons: New York: 1895.

The Two Brothers. By Honoré de Balzac. Roberts Brothers.

The Old Maid's Club. By I. Zangwill. Love ell, Coryell & Co.: New York,

On the Point. By Nathan Haskell Dole. Joseph Knight & Co.: Boston: 1895.

Malay Sketches. By Fra k Swettenham. Macmillan & Co.: N. Y. For ale in San Francisco by Doxey. $ 2.00.

Mr. Isaacs. By F. Marion Crawford. Mac millan: New York: 1895. Doxey, $.50.

The Panglima Muda is a romance of Malaya by Rounsevelle Wildman, editor of the “OVERLAND MONTHLY,” in which journal it appeared as a serial. We read it at the time, and with great pleasure and much profit. Mr. Wildman spent some years in the Malayan Archipelago and in the land in which the scenes of this romantic story are laid. The book takes one into a life of which the many know but little, and lets us in to view the civilization of some of the strangest and most romantic people of the earth. The story is graceful, scholarly, witty, and graphic. Sacramento, Cal., Record-Union.

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AN IDEA suggests itself as one stands down to the present methods of trade, before that vast monument to the com steel-steamships, Bon Marchés, and Emmerce of the 20th Century on Market porium Buildings? Dugouts and wamStreet, San Francisco, -The Emporium. pum would furnish vistas of history that Passers may not have given the subject would cause the sight-seer more fully to a thought as they hurried back and forth realize that commerce as well as the day after day as this building neared sciences have influenced the developcompletion,- for this is the day of great ment of the human race. The study of buildings, but this Emporium building the stars and the study of the almighty is the greatest of its kind on earth. The dollar and what it represents have idea that suggests itself is, -- Would it marched hand in hand down this vista of not be interesting to place in the heart the ages, until their humble origin of this structure

the climax of the ar and first steps have been forgotten. chitect's skill - a museum, showing by There is a world of history and a world models or object lessons the development

of human achievements mixed with the of commerce in its many branches from mortar and iron in one of these wonderthe first dawning of primitive barter ful marts. The products from the utterVOL. xxvi.-36.

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most parts of the earth meet within the ebb. The commercial spirit had to seek stone and iron walls, and make of it for itself places of security, and these a museum of modern manufactures could only be found in municipally gora that outrivals the dreams of Cleopatra, erned towns which were capable of deand is within itself a miniature World's fending themselves. For mutual protec- . Fair. It all represents a chapter in the tion such towns formed themselves into romance of history, as the introduction leagues, and the productive arts and manof the silver coin, doing away with the ufacturing industries flourished under the long lines of camels that carried on their system. Such was the origin of the swaying backs the barter between Egypt Hanseatic League, which, founded in 1241, and Chaldea, represents another.

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In the ancient world the two important burg until it included eighty-five imporconditions for the extension of interna- tant towns. What Venice was in the tional traffic — transport facilities and Mediterranean, the towns of Holland were security -- were conspicuously wanting. in the northern seas.

On the collapse of the Roman Empire The next stage of development reached the ancient seats of industry and com- by commerce was marked by the discove merce were undergoing the process of ery of the mariner's compass The Cape decay, and civilization began to show of Good Hope was doubled India, the symptoms of moving northward. Dur. Spice Islands, and China, vere visited, ing the feudal ages Europe afforded little and a new world was discovered. encouragement for the extension of trade At last the great final thange was and international commerce was at a low effected by the utilization of team power

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