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entitled “House Cleaning," "The Vege- Valley.” As with so much of his table Self," "A Sabbatical Year," earlier fiction, the scenes are laid in "The Final Packing" are particularly the Kentucky mountains, among the charming, one for the love of home coke-ovens, in the two-roomed logwhich it inspires, another for its sense cabins, behind the moonshiners' still, of restfulness and still another for its at the mission-school, or in the openhumor and the last for the message of air meeting house with blossoming rhohope that, in one way or another, all dodendrons for its walls, and against the world is awaiting. Moments of this primitive background these little pause from the strife of the world and dramas of love, hate, jealousy, fora return to common things are so giveness and self-devotion make an essential to sanity that many will emotional appeal quite out of proturn with eagerness and delight to portion to their length. Two of the "Familiar Ways," written with the stories—"The Goddess of Happy Valsame delicacy of touch and charm of ley” and “The Hope of the Big style shown by Miss Sherwood in her Sandy"-follow eager adventurers inother books. Little, Brown & Co. to the world of cities, and test the
strength of their loyalty to the Valley; If the world doesn't gather up the the two strongly-contrasted types of sunshine along its way, doesn't leap capable women who divide responto its best and happiest ideals, the sibility for the mission-school appear blame cannot be laid to the door of in "The Marquise of Queensberry' Orison Swett Marden; he has been and "The Compact of Christopher”; preaching the golden gospel for, lo, “The Angel from Viper" is a whimsical these many years. His latest book, study of boy nature; “The Courtship "How to Get What You Want" is of Allaphair" and "The Battle Prayer teeming with the same cheerful ser- of Parson Small" are amusing characmonizing. Beside the essay that gives ter sketches"; “The Lord's Own Level" the title, there are ten others; "Playing treats the most difficult problem of the Glad Game," "Discouragement a human relationship with delicacy and Disease," "The Force That Moves power; and “His Last Christmas Gift," Mountains" and, after a group of in spite of its sadness, is one of the best similar topics, a deeply reverential Christmas stories ever written. Charles one on "How to Find God." Mr. Scribner's Sons. Marden's English has the old buoyancy and resonance; but his grammar Sarah N. Cleghorn, who has made has decidedly improved in his late herself well known as a lyric poet with volumes. His English was never so a profound appreciation of nature and nearly correct. A smiling picture of a wistful comprehension of the gentler himself prefaces the volume. Thomas phases of love, has attempted in Y. Crowell Co.
“Portraits and Protests" (Henry
Holt & Co.) a rougher task, a sterner John Fox Jr. has a rare gift for choice of subjects. In the center of seeing the romance in real life and the volume she offers a short collection making others see it with him. His of verses under the title "Of Country sympathy is balanced by a sense of Places and the Simple Heart"—this is humor, and his optimism restrained by the Sarah N. Cleghorn one knows, practical good sense, and one may singing beside her frozen rivers of laugh and cry unashamed, over the Vermont, and the only change is in a stories in his latest volume, “In Happy clearer comprehension of life, a sweeter melody. But the "protests" are and the shabby household of the strong. One on "The Survival of the Warings, whose mistress buys "quanFittest” trumpets her disdain of man's tities of little books to teach people philosophy:
how to live, how to develop the will,
how to create a memory, and power "The unfit die: the fit both live and thrive.'
through repose" is an amusing conAlas, who say so?—they who do
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Virginia, Its People and Customs," her heel
which the J. B. Lippincott Co. pubFell heavier on the prostrate common
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book is not a history, in the ordinary, So Booth of Lincoln thought: and so
conventional sense; rather it is a the High Priest let Barabbas live and Jesus die.
painstaking compilation of the mate
rials of history, the fruit, as the author It is a delight to yield one's self so explains, of explorations among colocompletely to the story-teller's spell nial county records, old newspaper as one may when reading Phyllis files, collections of family papers, Bottome's "The Second Fiddle.” The old pamphlets, ancient books long out opening chapters find Stella Waring- of print, and old magazines of local one of the three daughters of an en- history. The author was the first to thusiastic Egyptologist to whom a undertake these researches-in which precarious two hundred pounds a her husband, William G. Stanard, year seems a sufficient income-in.a Secretary of the Virginia Historical secretarial position in a London town Society and Editor of the Virginia hall; Marian Young, a girl of assured Magazine of History and Biography social position, beauty, and a marked was able to give valuable assistancetalent for getting what she sets her and she has taken her data at first heart on, betrothed to Sir Julian hand from original manuscripts or Verny, a high-spirited young explorer printed copies found in ancient pubjust back from the Arctic Circle; lications. The result is a book far and Sir Julian on the point of offering more vivid and personal than an his services to the War Department ordinary history could be, because it as secret agent. One guesses from the depicts the sufferings, hardships and title what the outcome will be, but it is disappointments of the early colonists, reached through devious ways, and not as viewed across the centuries, after unexpected obstacles. Miss Bot- but as they seemed to those who tome does not belong to the school of experienced them. The value and artists who can work only in neutral the charm of the book are enhanced by tints, and she allows us the satisfac- nearly one hundred illustrationstion of cordial likes and dislikes. The portraits, views of quaint old houses, intense feeling which dominates the copies of old engravings, and pictures relations of the leading characters, of antique furniture and decorations. among whom must be counted Julian's The book is rich in personal and family mother, Lady Verny-is relieved by details, to which a full Index furnishes light comedy among the lesser figures, a key.
The longing for beauty, for oppor- to her Château de Villiers, sixty miles tunity, for an unknown realm where northeast of Paris, after the great aspiration may be gratified, is the key retreat, when she found it pillaged to the title of Winston Churchill's and polluted in every conceivable latest novel, “The Dwelling Place of way by the German officers who had Light." In both plot and background occupied it; and they will welcome there is a strong suggestion of the and read with intense interest her great Lawrence strike, and its leading second book, "My Home in the Field characters are Claude Ditmar, manager of Mercy" (George H. Doran Co.), of a huge mill property and Janet in which she describes the transformaBumpus, one of his stenographers. tion of the château into a hospital, in The Bumpuses are of old New England which she and her attendants minisstock, though Janet's father-lacking tered to scores of sick and wounded energy and initiative to fill such a French soldiers. There was no form place in the world as the forbears of service or manual labor in which over whose genealogies he broods, she did not share, and all that she did is now a gatekeeper at one of the for the men under her care met with a mills, and his family live on a street quick and grateful response. Her almost given over to foreigners. Janet experiences were the most interesting herself is of the self-reliant, individuals because her wards were all of the istic type, with an innate fastidiousness peasant class, and she was brought and refinement which supply the place more nearly to the heart of the French of education. In striking contrast is people through the opportunity which her sister Lise, a cheap, showy girl, she had to study the men of whom whose experiences are constantly run- she writes: "In all the long dreary ning parallel to Janet's along a lower months during which hundreds of level. The seething life of the great these humble, uncouth peasants who city is pictured in painstaking detail, ranged from eighteen to fifty years of and the chapters on the strike are all age, came and went from my home; the more effective, perhaps, because mid their sufferings and joys, I never the writer does not bestow his sym- heard a vulgar oath, an unkind word, pathy definitely on either side. Indeed, and yet I knew that with us they felt his attitude from beginning to end is they were under no restraint." Neither singularly non-committal and if the did she hear any boastful recital of story has a "purpose,” not every personal experience, for, although reader will discover it. Less discus- many of them wore medals of honor, sion will be roused by this book than they never spoke of what they had by some of its predecessors, but Mr. done or seen. They were always lightChurchill has written nothing of more hearted, always ready to sing at every sustained and varied interest. The opportunity, always confident of ultipictures of Andover-thinly disguised mate victory for their country. Madas Silliston-and of the eccentric but ame Huard individualizes them with charming author who buys one of its piquant personal details. Her narrative old houses and restores it by his own reaches a climax of interest in the closcarpentry, will give special pleasure ing chapters, in which she describes her to many. The Macmillan Co.
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