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Yesterday, in the train, on the way to most identically as I do with mine. Mentone, I found myself seated next (What a little world it is!) But the to a very decent fellow, a chauffeur curious thing is that so far from being from Glasgow, on his way to a new denied any stimulant by her doctor she employer. Gradually we got into con- has actually been advised by him to take versation, and I found him, like my- a dry Sauterne called Carbonnieux self, although otherwise a strong man, with every meal. As I said, she is a a martyr to defective alimentation, cousin of my wife's, which brings her which, I need hardly say, he called by case very near my own. Surely I another name. Notwithstanding, he might venture to try a similar treatwas continually nipping at a flask, con- ment? Awaiting your reply, taining, as I ascertained, neat brandy I am, yours sincerely, - which is, he says, the only thing that
Hector Maldeinar. he can take with safety. Now it seems to me that if he (a man very similar
VI. to myself in physique) can take neat brandy with impunity if not profit, I
Hôtel Superbe, Nice, April 3. should run no risk in taking some di- Dear Phillimore,--I do not wish to do luted with mineral water: say the ad- anything unfriendly, as I am sure you mirable St. Galmier or Eau d'Evian, will agree, but the advisability of havwhich one can get here so easily. ing a medical man on the premises is Pray let me know-it possible by wire. urged upon me by Mrs. Maldemar, and, Yours sincerely,
uuwilling as I am to leave you, I have Hector Maldemar, . at length consented. (You know what
it is when one's wife insists.) The V.
physician in question is a most capable
man, highly spoken of here, and since Hôtel Superbe, Nice, April 2. he lives here and understands the cliDear Phillimore,-) was pained to mate, and as I am no better, I am disread your wire. Things are getting posed to give him a trial. I thought very bad with me. I write now to tell you ought to know this, but feel sure you that a cousin of my wife's has it will make no difference to our old just arrived here on a visit, and I am and cordial relations. astonished and deeply interested to Yours always sincerely, find that she suffers with her liver al
Hector Maldemar. Punch.
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An Italian study of the “Life and the title discourses learnedly of foods. Works of Robert and Elizabeth Bar- their history and value; of liquors and rett Browning," by the Countessa Zam- condiments, of table jests and superstipini-Salazar, has just been published. tions, of such other topics as might inThe author was at one time editor of terest those who have dined well, for the extinct “Italian Review.".
the thirty-two papers in the volume
were written to amuse a little group "Dining and its Amenities" is a title of friends who met to dine. It is an suggestive of the behavior book, but agreeable volume of trifling, to be read the “Lover of Good Cheer" who uses slowly, and to be read many times, and
kept upon the shelf with the authors to whom one goes not to find new amusement but to renew the memory of amusement past. Redman Com. pany.
than the ordinary unthinking playgver to whose ears his work is familiar. This is one of those commentaries which once seen, become indispensable. The Macmillan Company.
A surfeit of any dialect is possible; even in Lowell an occasional bit of pure English is welcome, but a surfeit of such dialect as Mr. Norman Duncan bestows on the Newfoundland salt who is the foster father of the hero in his novel of “The Cruise of the Shining Light,” comes very early in the book. Even if its matter were simple and straightforward, the dialect would give it an air of complication, but being elaborately mysterious, both in the narrative and in the conversational passages, the book is really difficult reading. When at last the mystery is disclosed, and the story is seen as a whole, the dialect becomes endurable in retrospect, but only the patient will read as far as that disclosure, and in this imperfect world patient folk are scarce. Harper & Brothers.
In each of the fourteen stories which make up his volume of "Ghetto Comedies,” Mr. Zangwill shows, as was to have been expected, his intimate knowledge of his subject. His characters are not idealized in the least. On the contrary, the sardonic irony with which he often treats them is some. times disappointing to the reader, who would fain have felt his sympathies stirred to the end, in spite of the title's warning, and is met, instead, by an anti-climax. But the whole impression made by the book is so strong that one lays it down with little disposition to criticize a method which has erred, if at all, on the side of can. dor. Especially noticeable are “The Bearer of Burdens," a study of the maternal passion; "The Red Mark," a delightful sketch of London schoolchildren, during a vaccination-panic: and “Holy Wedlock," the serious and moving picture of the courtship of an old man of seventy-five and a dame ten years his senior. The volume is one to be owned as well as read. The Macmillan Co.
Of all recent biographies written in English, there is but one, Professor Palmer's George Herbert, so provocative of keen envy as Professor Raleigh's "Shakespeare," and, as with that work, one's envy is a triple cord; envy of the work itself, of the subject, and of the author's evident joy in his work. The book belongs to that “English Men of Letters" Series for which Mr. John Morley has found so many adinirable writers, and consequently its length is settled by an arbitrary standard, but Professor Raleigh has so distributed his matter that its arrangement is in no sense mechanical of aspect. His longest chapter, that called “Story and Character," is almost purely critical, scarcely less so than that on “Books and Poetry." With this work, a reader other. wise ignorant of Shakespeare is better equipped to appreciate him justly,
In "The New Chronicles of Rebecca," Kate Douglas Wiggin does not carry forward the story of the quaint young girl who made such a host of friends on her first appearance, but goes back and tills in with more detail the earlier narrative. We meet again the original characters-Aunt Jane and Aunt Miranda, Jerry Cobb, the stage-driver. the Simpson family, Emma Jane and the chore-boy Abijah, and Mr. Aladdin-but new ones equally sprightly and original are introduced. There is no figure in either volume more distinct and appealing than that of the ble piece of work, giving its author great prominence, possibly pre-eminence among American women who write verse, The Macmillan Company.
Miss Sara King Wiley's “The Coming of Philibert” is a play, written for the closet rather than the stage and therefore destitute both of the detail necessary to explain character to the unthinking, and of the artificial stimuli demanded by the flagging attention (f the groundlings. Its plot is simplicity itself, its action being merely that produced by the Artacian King's determination that, on the very eve of his coronation, the twin brother from his birth concealed by their father, shall be brought to court. Philibert, reared simply, but instructed in all knightliness, creates confusion and consternation among the courtiers and ministers by every word and act, but in his better truth and loyalty opens to his brother the only road by which he can be redeemed from the depravity ingrained in his nature by court breeding, and the little tragedy has a gleam of light at its close. The play is dedicated to the President in a few verses quoted from the description of Philibert himself as it is given by two characters who have dispassionately studied him, and it is improbable that he will receive any finer literary compliment for many a day, for Philibert is a creation, and the play, although somewhat shadowy as to its female characters, is a strong and no
It is the current controversy over the "Virgin Birth” which has led to the preparation of Professor Alexander V. G. Allen's volume on “Freedom in the Church," Stated with admirable clearness, and strengthened by copious quotations from authorities patristic, mediæval and modern, Professor Al len's points are, briefly, these: there is a certain undogmatic character in the formularies of the Anglican church which has been one of its greatest charms for thoughtful minds; it is it misapprehension that the Church enforces upon her clergy an oath to believe and recite the Apostles' Creed with some authoritative sense attached to each phrase, under penalty of incurring the stigma of dishonesty and perjury; accusations of dishonesty, if brought must be brought equally against clergy and laity; not the truth but the sense of the Creed is at issue in the present discussion: history shows that the purpose of the Creed was to assert not the unique and miraculous character of Christ's birth, but its human reality; the sensitiveness now felt has its root in a divergence of view regarding the Incarnation although the silences of St. John and St. Paul would seem to imply that belief in the Virgin Birth is not essential to belief in the Incarnation; the vow which the Church imposes on her clergy to be “diligent in reading of the Holy Scriptures, and in such studies as help to the knowledge of the same," makes progress possible. The Jac. millan Company.
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The Soul of the Black
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