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“The Dwelling Houses of Charleston, South Carolina." Its preparation must have been a labor of love, for every page bears testimony to the intimate knowledge and painstaking research of the authors. The opening chapters review briefly the early history of the city, beginning with the first settlement in 1670, at which time and for a century after, it was known as Charles Town, and describing the earliest buildings. Then follow chapters describing and picturing houses of the pre-Revolutionary period, and of the last century, the most characteristic houses of each period and of each style of architecture being chosen, and interior as well as exterior views presented. Of the 128 illustrations, some are from photographs, some from old prints and engravings, but the most delicate and charming of all are from drawings by Alice R. Huger Smith.

Down at the heart of the great reading public there remains forever a love of fairy tales; no story has been so often repeated or with such unvary. ing success as Cinderella's. Every season sees it emerge triumphant from the press, the situation, the nationality changed: but Cinderella and her Prince nevertheless. Alice Hegan Rice has added a truly American thrill to this romance in "Calvary Alley": Cinderella throws the Princ3 over and marries the honest workingman. who has ever loved her. Mrs. Rice has gained a profound understanding of the poor, of the merry-hearted poor In this Chronicle of Nance Malloy, who opens the first chapter, a barelegged, torn-frocked, very dirty little girl, throwing mud at The Prince Mac whose father owns the great shop where she later works--and helping Dan Lewis, the son of an outcast woman, in his battle; who passes through experiences as a stage-dancer, mill-worker, trained nurse; until she ends by promising to "wait" for Dan;

the author shows her customary skill in bringing out the lovely side of ugliness. The minor characters are the best and Mrs. Snawdor, the stepmother of Nance, is the equal of the redoubtable and never-to-baforgotten Mrs. Wiggs. The Century Co.

The scene of J. C. Snaith's new novel, “The Coming,” is an English village, and its central figure is a carpenter approaching thirty, considered by the vicar, "a free-thinker, a socialist, and a generally undesirable person,” thought by the squire to be a genius, and believed by his mother

—the widow of a soldier who died many months before the child's birthto be a second Messiah. The growing exasperation of the vicar at the healing powers ascribed by some of his parishioners to John Smith, and at the vaguely pacifist movement of which he is the center, culminates in an effort to have him committed as a dangerous lunatic. In this he meets opposition from the local doctora warm-hearted Irishman, and from the squire-a man of keen intellect, but half-paralyzed now as a result of shellshock at Gallipoli —but he is successful at last, and John Smith is sent, at the squire's expense, to the best private asylum available. There his mystical personality gives him an ascendency even more remarkable than in his native village, and attendants and doctors admit his unusual power; to the squire, brought laboriously to visit him he restores the use of his limbs; and he writes a play which is produced in several languages and wins the Nobel peace prize. Worn out with fasting and prayer, he dies just as the prize is to be presented. D. Appleton & Co.

More than half a century after his tragic death, the figure of Abraham Lincoln stands by itself in American history, and every study of his life and character, from whatever point of view, enhances the respect in which

not his own country only, but the whole world, holds him. The latest contribution to Lincoln literature is Alonzo Rothschild's “Honest Abe.” (Houghton Mifflin Co.). This book is described by the author as a study of integrity based on the early life of Lincoln. As such, it supplements Mr. Rothschild's earlier volume “Lincoln: Master of Men” which was a study of his career as President. The present volume carries the story of Lincoln's life from his boyhood to his

election to Congress, and it chiefly

emphasizes the unflinching honesty and unselfishness which marked every stage of his professional career. The chapter on “Dollars and Cents” is especially illuminating in its collection of such incidents as the Scott case, when Lincoln gave back half of the stipulated fee, because the case had been won in less time than was anticipated, and by this highly unprofessional conduct incurred the censure of the judge, and a fine imposed by the local bar association. Lovers of Lincoln will read every page of this memoir with interest, because it covers the least familiar passages of Lincoln's life, and is the fruit of eager and sympathetic study, pursued for more than twenty years, down to the author's sudden death, in September, 1915, soon after the last paragraph was written. An affectionate memoir of the author, by his son, John Rothschild, follows the chapters on Lincoln, and a list of authorities cited, notes, and an index complete the book. A portrait of Lincoln, from an old daguerreotype, and a portrait of Mr. Rothschild illustrate the volume.

Travel on foot through little known and dangerous countries seems to be an obsession with Harry A. Franck, author of “Vagabonding Down the Andes” (The Century Co.). In earlier volumes he has told the story of “A

Vagabond Journey Around the World,” of tramps through Mexico, Guatemala and Honduras, and of four months afoot in Spain; and, when he planned the journey recorded in the present volume, he intended only to follow the old military highway of the Incas from Quito to Cuzco, and to devote not more than eight months to the enterprise. But the passion for vagabond travel possessed him, and he spent four full years in covering, not merely the ancient Inca Empire, but all the ten republics and three colonies of South America. Of course, he took his camera with him, and the fruit of his wanderings is a substantial and extremely attractive volume of more than six hundred pages, illustrated with one hundred and seventysix photographs and a map. He endured many hardships, of which he writes modestly; passed unharmed through the fringes of revolutions and war; lived on intimate terms with the natives; and became familiar with Latin-American habits, conditions and aspirations, studied at close quarters, all the way from Panama to Buenos Aires. He has a most engaging way of describing his experiences, without the faintest suggestion of superiority or condescension, with abundant, yet not too much detail; and with unfailing cheerfulness and humor. There are no dull pages. The reader follows the story of his wanderings with unflagging pleasure, with much the same sensation as if he were listening to the travel-story of a friend, and turning over his snap-shots of the regions traversed and the people met upon his way. The book will not only yield immediate pleasure to all who turn its pages, but it is of permanent value as the freshest, most intimate and most comprehensive description of countries and people whose future is likely to be more and more closely linked with our own.

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EicHoL. SIE } No. 3833 December 22, 1917 {FROM BEGINNING

EIGHTH SERIES

VOL. VIII

FROM BEGINNING
VOL. OOXOV

CONTENTS
I. Advance America! By Shane Leslie . DUBLIN REVIEW 707
II. Admiral Sims. By Henry Leach . . Chambers's Journal 713
III. John-a-Dreams. By Katharine Tynan.

Chapter IX. The Returned Traveler.
Chapter X. Young Terence. (To be
continued) .

. . 718 IV. The Peril of Underground Germanism.

By W. Morris Colles NINETEENTH CENTURY AND AFTER 729 V. Two Permanent Causes of Industrial

Unrest. By W. A. Spooner CHURCH QUARTERLY Review 736 VI. Mummy. By Guy Fleming . . . . . . . 745 VII. The Americans in France

. TIMES 747 VIII. The War to End War

London Post 751 IX. Superior Persons

SATURDAY REVIEW 753 X. Six-and-a-Penny-Halfpenny. By R. C.

Lehmann . . . . . . . . Punch 755 XI. Russia and Retribution . .

SATURDAY Review 756 XII. The Navy and the Offensive . MANCHESTER GUARDIAN 759

WARTIME FINANCE XIII. Parliament and Finance.

ECONOMIST 761 XIV. America's Task

. LONDON Post 764

A PAGE OF VERSE XV. The Voices . . . . . Blackwood's Magazine 706 XVI. The Island of Dreams. By Gertrude Pitt. . . Bookman 706 BOOKS AND AUTHORS .

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