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April 23, the anniversary alike of the birth and death of the poet.
"Dave Porter's Return to School," by Edward Stratemeyer, is the third volume of the Dave Porter books for boys, and carries his young hero from his adventures in the South Seas back to school, where he experiences the full delights of boyish sports. Lothrop, Lee & Shepard Co.
Messrs. Routledge, "recognizing the general desire on the part of the trade and the public to give a fair trial to the experiment of reducing the original published price of new copyright novels," are about to enter the field with a series of books to be published not merely at half-a-crown net, but at halfa-crown "ordinary," which means, of course, that the books will be subject to the usual discount. Each work will be produced in all respects of type, paper, and binding equal to the ordinary six-shilling novel. The first four volumes will be ready this month.
"The Diamond Key and How the Railway Heroes Won It," by Alvah Milton Kerr is a series of twelve stories of railway adventure and heroism, strung together on a slender thread of continuous narrative, and deriving unity from their connection with the running of a single railway line in the mountain regions of the far west, and from being crowned with the reward of the same badge of honor, a "diamond key." Some of the stories have been published separately in the magazines and have attracted attention as among the most graphic and stirring of their kind. Lothrop, Lee & Shepard Co.
The second of Fogazzaro's trilogy of novels, of which "The Saint" was the completion has been published by Messrs. Hodder and Stoughton. "The Man of the World," as the English version is called, deals with the earlier life
of Piero Maironi. Young and rich, he is burdened with an insane wife. He is about to succumb to the influence of a beautiful freethinker, who is also unhappily married, when he is reclaimed by his dying wife, who recovers her reason on the point of death. His revulsion of feeling decides him to devote his life to the cause which earned him his saintly reputation in the subsequent years of his career.
Two small volumes of more than ordinary interest are published by T. Y. Crowell & Co. in the dainty typography of the Merrymount Press. One is "Christ's Secret of Happiness," by Dr. Lyman Abbott, a series of eleven brief discourses, in which a twentieth-century application is made of the beatitudes of Christ. The other is "The Greatest Fact in Modern History" which contains the admirable and patriotic address which Ambassador Reid delivered before Cambridge University last year on "The Rise of the United States." Mr. Reid's subject was chosen for him by the university authorities and he treated it with candor, discrimination and a due sense of historic proportion.
In Miss Anna Chapin Ray's "Ackroyd of the Faculty" the hero has every good and perfect gift except pedigree and polish, but because those are lacking to him the daughter of his brother professor, a Brahmin of the true Holmes species, despises him. To begin a novel with despising a man brings the wisest of heroines to loving him before the tale is ended and the last page foretells happiness for all the characters except one who has had the good fortune to die almost in the act of repentance for wrong doing. The author has mastered the secret of adding sufficient moral interest to a tale of every day life to give it a certain gravity and force without darkening its pleasant
atmosphere, and the story has individ- betical arrangement guides the reader uality and brilliancy. Little, Brown & at once to what he wishes to know and Co.
saves him the trouble of picking it out
for himself from pages of general de The “Kölnische Zeitung" states that scription. Not the least attraction of a rare Chinese manuscript, brought some the book is the illustrations, of which years ago from Pekin, has been discov
there are nearly two hundred and fifty. ered in Copenhagen. It is a transla
E. P. Dutton & Co. tion of the book on anatomy by Pierre Dionis, and contains many copies of Mr. Bertram Dobell writes to The anatomical drawings from the works of Athenæum, with pardonable exultation, Thomas Bartholin, the famous Danish of a recent literary discovery, as folanatomist of the seventeenth century. lows: It originated in the request made by the
Most of your readers, I suppose, will Emperor Khangbi (1662-1722) to be glad to know that I have recently French priest, by name Perennin, in discovered a very remarkable manu1677, that he would translate a Euro- script copy of Sir Philip Sidney's "Ar
cadia." It is a volume of 226 folios, or pean book on anatomy into Chinese in
It contains a complete copy order to introduce Western medical sci
of the "Arcadia" in five "Bookes or ence into China. Perennin selected Di
Actes," and also "Dyvers and Sondry onis's and Bartholin's works, and the Sonetts." Although there must have Emperor gave him a staff of twenty been a number of manuscript copies of assistants who took five years in pro
the book in existence soon after it was ducing the manuscript. Only three
written, no other copy save that which
is before me appears to be now extant. copies were made for the private use of
This alone would make it uniquely inthe Emperor.
teresting; but its value does not lie only
in its rarity. It is not merely an "ArThat expert traveller and charming
cadia"; it is, I believe, the “Arcadia." writer, Mr. Douglas Sladen, is the It differs greatly from the printed texts. author of a unique guidebook to “Sicily
It contains much matter wbich is not the New Winter Resort" which con
to be found in the latter, while it omits
much that appears in them. It gives tains everything which the visitor to
us five new poems, and many fresh that picturesque island needs to know
readings in the known poems. Among about its scenery, its monuments and
the “Dyvers and Sondry Sonetts" there its people. The plan of construction is is also an unknown poem. I have not unusual. There are first certain gen. yet been able to study the manuscript eral chapters upon the scenery, climate sufficiently to be able to see the exact and people, the gardens and the
relation which it bears to the printed
copies; but I have found a good many churches, and the conditions of travel
indications which point to its being Sir and motoring. Then, under the head.
Philip Sidney's first draft of the work. ing “Things Sicilian" arranged after
But whether it is this, or whether it is the fashion of an encyclopædia, there a recast of the first form of the roare hundreds of paragraphs of informa- mance, it is without doubt a most retion, presented by topics, first relating
markable "find.” Short of the discovto the whole island, and then, again
ery of a Shakespearean manuscript it
is hard to imagine a more valuable with an alphabetical arrangement, to
treasure trove of its kind. Two things particular cities. Finally, there is a
are plain-firstly, that it should find a complete road-guide to all the towns
place in one of our great public librawhich are easily accessible by any ries; and secondly, that it should be means of communication. This alpha- printed with as little delay as possible.
No. 3277 April 27, 1907.
1. Canada, England and the States. By Goldwin Smith
CONTEMPORARY REVIEW 195
Food and Fable. By Walter Richards.
The Enemy's Camp. Chapters V. and VI. (To be continued)
The American Woman,
English Oral Tradition. By G. Monroe Royce
MACMILLAN'S MAGAZINE 235
A Milanese Mystery. By Charles Edwardes. (Conclusion)
A PAGE OF VERSE
April. By Wilfrid L. Randell
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APRIL. Strephon, wayward, debonair,
In the long ago Made him two sweet songs aud rare,
Then, that none should know, One of lusty laughter hid
By the silent meadow-meres, And in darkest forest-aisles
One of tears.
THE LIKENESS Wheu I came forth this moru I saw
Quite twenty cloudlets in the air; And then I saw a flock of sheep, Which told me how those clouds came
That flock of sheep, on that green
grass, Well might it lie so still and proud! Its likeness had been drawu in heaven,
On a blue sky, in silvery cloud.
Maiden April, light of heart,
Came one primrose-dawn,
Dryad, bird and filun,
Eke of lovers' sorrow,
I gazed me up, I gazed me down,
was, 'Twas a long way from justice done To such white wool, such sparkling grass.
William H. Davies.
Ever since those golden years
When the world was glad,
April's smiles are sad:
Whispers she a secret boon-"Joy, O Heart-for Fairy May Cometh soon!"
Wilfrid L. Randell. The Pall Mall Magazine.
THE SONG OF THE BOY. Oh! The joy of being alive! To be sound of body and brain, With pulses that leap to strive, And muscles that crave the difficult
feat, To battle with wind and rain, To struggle with snow and sleet, In the tumbling surf to meet That strongest foe of man, the sea. To feel her tug at the feet, And buffet the face with a heavy hand; And measure strength with her brain
less strength, And in spite of her might, to stand Or leap or swim at the will's command, Oh! Life is sweet!
Justin Ster 18.
A SONG IN THE HEART.
Thou dost hear the ocean's tale
PARTING. Not in thine absence, nor when face
To face, thy love means most to me, But in the short-lived parting-space,
The cadence of felicity.
Lest the great, insistent sea-
Arthur E. Waite.
So music's meaning first is known,
Not while the bird sings all day long. But when the last faint-falling tone Divides the silence from the song.
CANADA, ENGLAND AND THE STATES.
Less than one hundred and forty declined, so that little or nothing is years ago there might be seen posted heard of it in the mustering of forces up in England a proclamation of the for presidential elections. Privy Council in which the Province The great bond and symbol of peace, of Ontario called "the town.” the neutrality of the lakes, secured by After the passing of the Treaty of the exclusion of ships of war, has been Washington, a speaker at a meeting faithfully observed on both sides. AD in one of the most intelligent of Eng alarm of American infraction lish cities congratulated a Canadian raised some years ago, but proved on the passing of the treaty, saying groundless. On that occasion that he "hoped, now the Alabama fervid Canadians proposed to introduce question was settled, there would be British gunboats into the Lakes. They nothing to divide England and Canada were thinking only of the lower lakes, from each other." At that time, edu- as of course was Wellington when he cated people in England were still penned his dispatch. They forgot Like found believing that Canadians were Superior, where the Pacific Railway red. Englishmen know far more about might be easily raided and the DominCanada
The opening of the ion cut in two by an American flotilla marvellous North-West has done much issuing from Duluth. to attract their attention. A British In attempting a forecast several statesman, however, can still tell us things must be taken into account. that Great Britain has only one mili- One is the state of American institutary frontier, that of Northern India. tions, which shows the truth of Ba
That there is not a single annexa- con's saying that what man does not tionist in Canada Englishmen are con- change for the better, Time, the great stantly being told. It is true in this innovator, will be changing for the sense, that nobody either in Canada
In the United States Time has or the United States is now talking or been concentrating power in the Senthinking of that question. Nor does ate, while the Senate, in which the it seem likely that anybody either in smaller States have equal representaCanada or in the United States will tion with the greatest, has become a be talking or thinking about it for conclave of special interests with no some years to come. No octogenarian policy but "stand-pat," and incapable has any practical interest in it. The of forming or pursuing any great deidea that the people of the United sign. Nor can we yet tell what effect States have any design against Cana- the Panama Canal, if it succeeds, or dian independence may be entirely dis- extended relations with Mexico, may missed. The present writer has for have in drawing the United States nearly forty years conversed with southwards. The awakening of Japan, Americans of all classes and parties probably with China in her train, and without hearing anything of the kind her apparent tendency to get a footor encountering any appearance of hos- ing on the Pacific Coast, are also to be tility to Canada. The Irish quarrel considered in casting the horoscope of was embraced by American politicians the future. for the sake of the Irish vote, the im- The movement at present on foot portance of which has of late greatly and apparently gaining strength is