« VorigeDoorgaan »
iname from the little coasting craft in mates of the Ecole Normale—the frank which the gay party of traveling com- outpourings of an ardent, fearless mind panions skirted the northern shores of on the political and philosophical probthe Mediterranean, stopping at one lems of his day-but these are diversiport or another as the caprice prompt- fied by light, bantering, affectionate ed. All this region is so much more notes to his mother and sisters, which familiar now to readers as well as tour- reveal the domestic side of his nature ists than it was when the "Impres- with the same freedom. The translasions” first appeared that Miss Worme- tion, by Mrs. R. L. Devonshire, is a ley has omitted most of the descriptive very satisfactory one. writing, and the result is really a sequence of delightful stories, told in A pleasant narrative style, delightDumas' inimitable style, with Capri, ful bits of description, dialogue glancSyracuse, Messina or Palermo for a ing brightly from one to another of background. Little, Brown & Co. the problems of the day, caustic satire
of current fads, and a picturesque The knack of finding incidents just grouping of striking igures against big enough for short stories which
a New England background-all these served Stanley Weyman so well in his
are matters of course in Arlo Bates's "Memoirs of a Minister of France"
novels. But his fiction has been to many readers still the most enter
weak in that human interest without taining of all his books-appears again
which the most ingenious plot fails of in the volume which Longmans, Green
its purpose. The characters have not .& Co. have just published, “In Kings'
been real, and the reader has not Byways.” Most of these clever stories
really cared what became of them. In have Henry of Navarre for their cen
this respect “The Diary of a Saint” is tral figure, though three or four belong decidedly superior to any of its predeto a later period, and they reflect the
cessors. Ruth Privet-daughter to the many moods of their versatile hero
old Judge, and Lady Bountiful for the with a lightness and ease particularly
community-high-spirited and indepleasing in these days of severe and
pendent, yet keenly sensitive to the strenuous fiction.
niceties of conduct and character,Of rare autobiographic interest is the compels the reader's liking at the “Life and Letters of H. Taine," which very outset, and he follows the passE. P. Dutton & Co. publish. It covers ing of her love from one to the other 'but twenty-four years—his childhood, of the two men who come to woo her his education at the Ecole Normale, his with a sympathy that becomes abfailure to pass for the Philosophy Agre. sorbing toward the close. The most gation, his work in provincial professor
delicate social problems are bound up ships, hampered by the unfriendly su- with Ruth Privet's personal perplexipervision which at last forced his ties, and the writer's treatment of g'esignation, and his return to Paris for them is at once decorous and searchindependent study-stopping short thus ing, although his climax seems an of the time when the earliest of his evasion. Houghton, Miffin & Co. publications appeared. But periods of preparation have a significance of their The names of Charles Godfrey Le. own, and these letters give really fas- land and John Dyneley Prince as joint cinating glimpses of the evolution of authors of the metrical translations their writer's thought. By far the from the Algonkin which Funk & larger number are addressed to inti. Wagnalls publish, guarantee the im
portance of the collection to the stu- ple and earnest presentation of "Ways: dent of folk-lore, but it has qualities, of Well Doing" by Humphrey J. Destoo, which make it of rare attractive- mond; and Thedor Storm's sad but exness to the general reader. "Kuloskap quisite story "Immensée” in a transthe Master," the hero of the epic lation by Bertha M. Schimmelfennig. which gives its title to the volume, is to the Algonkins "Lord of Beasts and As soon as it was known that Mr. Men," and the legends which center in Carnegie had made Mr. John Morley him have a narrative interest which a a present of the late Lord Acton's child might enjoy, while maturer minds magnificent library, it anticiwill be as much fascinated by the pated that Mr. Morley would take an shrewdness and humor which enliven early opportunity to pass the noble them as by their recurring resem- gift on to some institution which was blances to the better-known legends of able properly to house it and to make old-world origin. They have all been a wise use of it. Mr. Morley has jus. collected at first-hand-many of them tified these expectations by making a from among the Passamaquoddy Ind- free gift of the library to the Univerians-under conditions which are de- sity of Cambridge. In a letter adscribed in the preface. A glossary dressed to the Duke of Devonshire, adds to the philological value of the the Chancellor of the University, Mr. book, while the illustrations-original, Morley admits that for a time he by F. Berkeley Smith, or traced after "played with the fancy” of retaining Indian designs by Mr. Leland himself the library for his own use and delec-increase both its popular and its sci- tation, but he soon came to the conentific interest.
clusion that such a collection
more fit for a public and undying inThis season's additions to the attrac- stitution than for an individual, or tive booklets which T. Y. Crowell & the library itself Mr. Morley writes: Co. publish in the “Worth While Se
The library has none of the treasries" include two volumes in which
ures that are the glory of Chatsworth. college presidents address good advice Nor is it one of those noble and misto college students,-President Thwing cellaneous accumulations that have of Western Reserve indicating briefly been gathered by the chances of time what he would do “If I were a College of old foundation. It was collected by
and taste in colleges and other places Student," and President Hyde of Bow
Lord Acton to be the material for a doin discussing “The Cardinal Vir history of Liberty, the emancipation tues”, wisdom, justice, courage, tem. of Conscience from Power, and the perance and the rest; two volumes of gradual substitution of Freedom for a more distinctly devotional type by Force in the government of men. the Rev. J. R. Miller, “In Perfect
That guiding object gives to these
sixty or seventy thousand volumes a Peace" and "To-day and To-morrow,"
unity that I would fain preserve by the latter of which is prettily illustra
placing them where they can be kept ted; two stories of religious experi- intact and in some degree apart. ence among seamen, under the title "Light Ho, Sir" by Frank T. Bullen; Of rare interest among books of a selection of "Daily Maxims from travel is “The Path to Rome," by HilAmiel's Journal" the editor of which, aire Belloc, best known to American Orline Gates, has chosen a bit of readers through his striking biographiAmiel's subtle and illuminative philos. cal studies, “Danton," and "Robespiophy for each day of the year; a sim. erre." Beginning his whimsical "pik grimage" at Toul in Lorraine, he dis- ideal full-page portrait of its heroine. regards the regular routes altogether, John Lane. and guides himself with map and compass along the straightest path prac- The essays, eighteen in all, which ticable, up the valley of the Moselle, are grouped in John Burroughs's “Litover the Ballon d'Alsace, across Swit- erary Values" (Houghton, Mifflin & zerland, and over the Alps onto the Co.) have a different range, as the title Lombard plain, until, just north of indicates, from the papers with which Milan, he “finds that he has marched Mr. Burroughs is chiefly associated. 378 miles, and breaks the last and We are used to Mr. Burroughs, obsery. dearest of his vows to take luxury in ing and reporting upon the work of the rolling wheels." To the description Nature, watching the seasons, spying of experiences in themselves quite out upon the birds and walking through of the common, M. Belloc brings fields and woods with alert and kindly shrewd observation quick sympathy, a eyes; but here we have him reflecting wide knowledge of life and books, fa- upon books, upon poets, philosophers cility of allusion, an exuberance of wit, and essayists, upon the whole inner and a style by turns colloquial, epi- world of thought and feeling, upon litgrammatic and eloquent, but never erary standards,
things forced, and never for a moment dull. which last and the things which pass Writing of meal-times, ritual service, away in literature. But he is the same the German temperament, middle-class charming companion and thoughtful manners, window architecture, the trend observer in these as in the other fields: of scientific thought, bridge-building, and the volume is a welcome addition industrial art, “the Faith," the modern to the literature of sympathetic and novel, tourists' economies or the Italian discriminating criticism. lakes, he is equally spontaneous, stimulating, piquant and irresistible. There never was a better book for Charming little sketches from his own beguiling young readers to the reading pencil make his pages more fascinating of history than Charles Dickens's "A still. The book is really one of a thou. Child's History of England." With sand. Longmans, Green & Co.
what vivacity it is written, with what
; abounding spirits, with what shrewdThose readers to whom the narrative ness, and humor and zest. It combines is always the chief interest in either the fascination of a romance with the poetry or prose, will enjoy “Heroines engaging individuality of a father's of Poetry,” in which Constance Eliza- familiar talk with his children. This beth Maud, author of "Wagner's He. season witnesses the presentation of roes” and “Wagner's Heroines," re-tells the book in the most delightful guise, the stories of Elaine, Lamia, the Prin- in a stout volume, attractively printed, cess, Minnehaha and some half dozen with gaily decorated covers, and emmore in a style which they will' find bellished with nearly or quite a hunsimpler than Mallory's, Keats's, Ten- dred illustrations. These are the work nyson's or even Longfellow's. No of Patten Wilson. Some of them are doubt such outlines have their use, es- full-page and
are scattered pecially for young readers, bald and through the text. Quaint, vigorous forbidding as they seem to those who and full of character, they are a delove the romances in their original light to the eye, and well repay close form. Each of them is prefaced by an study. E. P. Dutton & Co.
Think of him where 'mid change and
tempest, THE CIVIL SERVANT-INDIA, AFRICA, Hazard and plague, alone, he stands. Toe COLONIEB.
Spirit of England, cheer him, guard:
him; Gentlemen, charge your glasses:
Proudly with pride of his work reward glasses
himFlushing with welcome, brim to
Sower of right in your broad brown.
lands. Who to the end of your Britains bear
L. P. eth
Order of life,
IN THE SIERRAS.
The day pours down
Out of the great bowl of the blazing
It fills the valleys up, and overflows
A stray syllabic tinkle
(Some milking-cow browsing alone
along the thin dry grass) Linked to a life and death of prose. Passes unanswered, Prose, for it is not his to conquer; And sinks into the silence and the
Prose, for he hath no crown to gain; slumber But to a large and larger labor
of the untenanted day. Following years his life enchain; Drudgery-dull dead-weight-his bur- But when the bowl is empty-when den,
Earth turns her shoulder on the masFrailty, early age, his guerdon;
The hills draw a faint breath, and a
waft comes Grave where few of his land have Along the valleys lain.
Comes, quivering up the aromatic Yet he is this. When your child
Heavily sweet with stirring the hot Swirl to a war, he makes it peace;
leaves. When to a thousand thousand cometh
Panic of death, he bids it cease; Then the moon's brow breaks slowly
Like an amber cloud but purer;
Ring to the chirrup of crickets: Men of the hordes ye hold in lease. Then all is still-the moon Honor him, honor him, then, that hear Walking the silent piney ridges, me;
Overburdened with light. Honor of yours is in his hands.