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the humor of the whole treatment is from relying for merit on its local color whimsical and telling. Jonathan bim- or diction, however. The author really self is skilfully characterized by his gets at the heart of things, the vital quiet remarks, and the author herself moments of life. “The Stepmother" has made no mean self-revelation. The and “The Only Son of His Mother" are book is worth reading and re-reading full of real human passion and sympaafield. Houghton Mifflin Co.
thy. The author does not need to
"crave the indulgence of the public for A most readable book on the most
one writing in a foreign language.” abstruse of all subjects, metaphysical
The gratitude is on the other side of philosophy, written by Bertrand Rus
the balance. Houghton Mifflin Comsell and named, “The Problems of
pany. Philosophy” is published in the "Home University Library" (Henry Holt &
What better ingredients for a mysCo.). The author writes on the level
tery story could there be than those of the ordinary reader and every point
which go to make up “The Bandbox," in his profound argument is illustrated
by Louis Joseph Vance? Not only are from the simplest details of life. The
there duplicate bandboxes which apfirst chapter, for instance, takes up that well-worn example concerning the
pear and disappear bewilderingly in
the fates of the book's chief characters, reality of a table and infuses new life
but a case of continually mistaken ideninto it from all the forces of art and
tity adds greatly to the confusion. A science in their most modern expres
rising playwright, a temperamental actsion. The book is constructive in pur
ress, another young lady, refined and pose and studies reality, matter, ideal
unobtrusive, a whimsical humorist who ism, induction, knowledge, universals,
proves something of a hero, and a real and intuitive knowledge. There is not
villain, are the principal actors of the an obscure word or phrase from cover
swiftly moving plot. London, a great to cover.
steamship, New York, and a lone island "Tales of a Greek Island” by Julia
off the Connecticut shore form the D. Dragoumis is unusual for two rea
background for strange adventures. A sons; the freshness of its material and
pearl necklace of immense value proves the skill with which the short stories
"the direful spring are told. There are nine of them, re
Of woes unnumbered.” markably even in interest. The author is a Greek lady, devoted to her With a deft hand and quick humor the island of Poros, so thoroughly under
author weaves and unweaves the web standing the life and aims of the peas- whose unravelling the reader seems ants that one is reminded of the Rou- compelled to follow in a single readmanian lady who gave us "The Bard of
ing. Mr. Vance has the knack of the Dimbovitza,” though in this case writing a mystery story as it should be none of the material is folk song or written, with a touch light but sure. story. The tales are all of modern Little, Brown & Company. life on the island. In particular the author seems to have enjoyed doing the John Kendrick Bangs' “Echoes of descriptions of the country. An Ameri. Cheer" (Sherman, French & Co.) is can reader will perhaps enjoy most the well described by its title, for the verse beautiful diction and the charming which it contains is wholly simple, unphrasing of the every-day speech of the affected and light-hearted. From cover Greek peasant. The collection is far to cover of this slender volume there is
no tragic or passionate note, nothing he lays his foundations sure; then goes that is strained or artificial. There to Athens and Rome; sweeps breathes through the verses faith in through the schools of the Middle Ages; humanity and faith also in things un- and slips in a chapter of that lessseen; the spirit which prompts them is studied side-line, Eastern architecture. sunny and the purpose behind them is He is surprisingly full of detail through helpful. Here, for example, is a bit all the Romanesque and Gothic periods, of jovial yet true philosophy, “Where considering his limited space; but disthe Fun Comes In."
misses the Renaissance briefly, for
"on the whole it has proved arid and To hev all things ain't suited to my mind,
sterile." He adds an important chapFer, as I go my way, I seem to find ter on modern art, laughing at the That half the fun o'life is wantin' "picturesque" revivals of the grand old things,
styles, and pleading for simple strucAnd t'other half is gittin' em, by Jings!"
tural lines in all our great endeavors. And here is a fragment of a longer J. J. Findlay's "The School" is a rampoem, "The Use of Life."
pantly modern, but absorbing, book.
The author is an iconoclast and his is He'd never heard of Socrates;
about the most radical book admitted He'd never heard of Irving; He loved the mediocrities
into this series. The three Rs, so wor. Much more than the deserving- shipped down the generations and so But when the frost was in the air he badly drilled into the present, occupy knew the fox's hole;
for him only “the third place" as The haunt of deer and beaver, and the
"empty of content." He advocates woodchuck and the mole; And he could joy in arching trees,
the drilling of trades, a very large numIn Heavens blue, or starlit,
ber apparently, into all the children in And in the cold, crisp autumn breeze the school, the production of well
That paints the country scarlet. known dramas for æsthetic culture, And here is a cheerful invitation,
the teaching of music to a degree now "A Call":
unknown, the increase of the recreation
time, and the extension of the elective O come, let's all be Poets!
system to boys and girls of twelve What though we cannot rhyme? 'Tis easy when we know it's
years. The style of the book is as Just singing all the time;
vital as its argument. “Canada" by A. Just sounding on the tabor
G. Bradley is a study of the British DoGod places in our hearts,
minion. Starting with the geography of And taking to our neighbor
the land, the author slips easily into The message He imparts.
the history; then takes up, one by one,
“The Maritime Provinces," "The PralHenry Holt and Co. certainly are to rie Provinces," and "British Columbia." be congratulated on the excellence of
An enthusiast on his subject, the authat series of little books which they thor is candid concerning the defects of are pouring out in their "Home Univer- his beloved land. He admits that it sity Library." Not yet has any vol- is cold, that huge cities are few. Very ume proved dull or unenlightening. enlightening is his elucidation of Cana. W. H. Lathaby takes up an important da's slow growth and sudden revival subject and handles it scientifically in in these last decades. His outlook at "Architecture." Beginning in the far the end is most hopeful. His figures ages of Egypt, Babylonia and Greece, hear out bis propbecy.
No. 3550 July 20, 1912
1. How to Postpone an Anglo-German War. By Cecil Battine.
FORTNIGHTLY REVIEW 131 II. Revelations of Industrial Life. By H. W. Hobart.
ENGLISH REVIEW 138 Ill. Fortuna Chance. Chapter XXVI. Ha Neil Sassenach. Chapter
XXVII. Bishoped Porridge. By James Prior. (To be continued.) 147 IV. The Gothic Ideal. By Lisle March Phillipps.
CONTEMPORARY REVIEW 160 V. John Milton, Journalist. By J. B. Williams.
OXFORD AND CAMBRIDGE REVIEW 169 VI. Sanderson's Venus. I and II. By St. John Lucas. (To be concluded)
BLACK Wood's MAGAZINE 177 VII. The Melancholy of Paris. By Henry James Forman.
SATURDAY REVIEW 184 VIII. An Apostle of Honesty.
Punca 187 IX. The Spurious Muse. By Wilfrid L. Randell.
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HOW TO POSTPONE AN ANGLO-GERMAN WAR.
A war postponed is often a war pre- with bitter jealousy, and is only awaitvented, therefore the new chapter in ing the favorable opportunity to sweep Anglo-German relations inaugurated his mercantile marine off the by the mission of Baron Marschall von Even when the official relations of the Bieberstein to London may lead both two Governments are friendly, tbe two nations to discover how to live along peoples continue to snarl at one anside one another in peace.
The pres- other; and, in Germany at any rate, ent writer is a warm admirer of the this state of things forms an irresistsystem of government for which Ger- ible temptation to the ruling powers. many is distinguished in Europe, and It is so easy to use anti-Englislı sentiunlike most of the patriots who warn ment in the struggle to promote patheir countrymen of the German peril, triotic enthusiasm, to maintain the taxhe would regard the downfall of the ation necessary for the armaments of German Army and Empire as a great the Empire, and generally to combat misfortune to Europe and to the Brit- the Socialist propaganda. If in Eng. ish people. If the German Empire is land there are fewer appeals to pasonce again broken up into small States, sion, yet there is far more profound igthe result to England will be the re- norance of international politics und moval of the rival whose concurrence of the pressure of force in the sphere at present saves her from utter leth- of international rivalry. Even memargy and decadence, and the substi- bers of Parliament and Ministers are tution after an interval of years, dur- woefully ignorant of history, strategy, ing which English power would stead- and the elementary conditions of the ily decrease, of a new rival on the game they are playing on their coun: western shores of Europe. That rival try's behalf. For some time past the might be France once again, or it solution of the difficulty lay ready in might be some new military and naval our hands. Every five years that soPower whose capital is not even sus- lution becomes more difficult to realize. pected at present. Lisbon, Amster- If England and Germany were paired dam, and Stockholm have each been off in a rivalry which either did not the metropolis of an aggressive empire concern the rest of the world, or conin the past. The one thing certain is cerned it but indirectly, the problem that wherever wealth is owned by of the relations between the two might. weakness, an enterprising enemy is iest Empires on earth would be difficult generated to execute the justice of his. enough; but as it is, this problem is tory and fate.
singularly complicated by the state of Great difficulties beset the Ministers Continental Europe. France has who seek to improve British relations never acquiesced in the relative inwith Germany. The feud, with its feriority to which she was reduced by newspaper polemics, has gone
the war of 1870, and recent disputes enough to create a widespread suspi- have at once awakened her patriotic cion in both countries. The average pride and her anxious concern for the Englishman cannot understand why future. While the French population Germany should want a fleet except remains almost stationary, the Cerman for evil purposes; the average German increases by 800,000 each year, and is persuaded that England regards the promises to exceed this ratio in the material prosperity of the Fatherland near future. In another generation