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started a series of books at Is. 3d. net; I need not mention who he is, except to say that that publisher has done many strange things. Now what is Is. 3d.? If a publisher would bring out a series at Is. 4d. and sell to the trade at a shilling, that would be a good thing, because a shilling is a respectable sum to handle as compared with ninepence.

"After accomplishing so much there is still much more for us to do. We must have some uniform scale at which public and free libraries are to be supplied. It seems a monstrous thing that when a free library is started the order for the books should not be divided among the local booksellers who contribute to the rates of the locality, but that the orders should go to some distant town, because some bookseller was following the suicidal policy of selling at the lowest margin of profit. This must cease, and our Council will endeavor to bring about a satisfactory solution.

"... Then I have an idea to form a Number Two branch of the Society for assistants. The assistants of to-day are the booksellers of to-morrow, but what are we doing for them? Are we increasing their love of books? I do not think the man who reads over-night the books he has to sell the next day is likely to become a good salesman. He is apt to be inclined to give the customer a synopsis. But I do say, always read the preface. Preface-reading is very advantageous to a bookseller, and I would recommend it to the assistant. I would also have an examination for assistants concerning their knowledge of the various editions, etc."

Mr. Stott was followed by Messrs. Stanley Phillips, J. V. Whitaker, Calder Turner, Edward and J. Dodd, who responded briefly to the other toasts, all of which were suitably acknowledged by the chairman, and then the evening's proceedings closed.

"CHEAP BOOKS FOR THE PEOPLE." THE following from the N. Y. Evangelist will be found interesting as the expression of an old bookmaker, and a presentation of the subject from a new point of view:

Recently a new and strenuous effort has been made by authors and publishers to secure the passage of an International Copyright law, and there is little doubt that there has been a growing public interest in the subject. It was confidently expected that such a bill would be passed by the present Congress, but again, by a few votes, it failed in the Lower House. This was accomplished by the advocates of "a cheap literature for the people."

There is little or no evidence that Christian people, as a class, have taken any special interest in the subject, and vet I venture the assertion that in some respects no more important question-important in its relation to morals and religion has come before the public for many years. A few of your older readers will recall the movement in England, years ago, to establish publication societies to provide suitable reading for the people. For this purpose the London Religious Tract Society, the Society for the Promotion of Christian Knowledge, and other similar institutions, were founded. In this country the American Tract Society, Sunday School Union, and various denominational publishing Boards, were subsequently organized. Good men and women freely contributed large sums of

money for the purchase of books for gratuitous distribution. While in England this is still going on, here, in a large degree, such work has ceased; and, on the other hand, thousands of presses are incessantly at work upon a literature for the people," a larger portion of which, if it be not positively evil, is of a character that cannot but seriously weaken the moral and social fibre of the reader.

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I incline to the opinion that few patriots and Christians are aware of the amount of this kind of literature actually consumed by the 'people." It is the one intellectual staple of their daily life, easily obtainable in a certain class of story papers, and in the cheap reprints of all the bad or unwholesome products of the second-rate English. Continental and American writers. Religiously, morally, socially. it is mainly either weak, sensational or positively bad. Sold at a price which places it within the reach of even the poorer classes, boys and girls, young men and young women, feed upon it for the excitement it produces. And with what result? A weakening of the moral character; dissatisfaction with the dull routine of their own common life; false views of religion; loose notions of morality, which may finally run into an abandonment of all religious truth, or the open or secret violation of the divine commandments.

But the evil is not wholly confined to the messenger-boy and the mechanic, and the shop or factory girl. This pernicious stuff also finds its way into Christian families everywhere. I remember when Bulwer published his earlier novels, that they were shut out of many a household because of their supposed "immoral tone." If they were bad, they were as “ Hyperion to a Satyr," compared with that which may now be found in the hands of multitudes of Christian people. The age of materialism is also the age of fiction, so-called. The strain on life is heavy, and relief is often sought in the novel. This might well be, if the novel had a good purpose (as indeed many a one has), and nerved to higher and better aims in the conduct of life; but alas! it is too often more likely to drag the reader down than lift him to a higher, restful plane.

A friend of mine, the pastor of a mission church in a great city, told me that he had to keep an eye on this "cheap literature," so lavishly provided for "the people," that he might warn nis congregation of the dangers and perils which lay around and in so much of it. We were quite agreed in the opinion that in this peculiar "literature" the noxious seeds of a practical infidelity were too often to be found, and that this product of an ever active press was silently but steadily working out results of which the Church seemed ignorant, even while these were often telling against its own spiritual life.

I do not claim that an International Copyright law would cure this evil; but I do hold that inasmuch as such a law would tend to develop a better literature of our own, and limit, by an advance in the price, and also prevent the multiplying of competing editions of every weak or bad foreign novel, the evil might be lessened. None the less, however, do I believe that this cry, in an age of extravagance, of "cheap books for the people," is one of the supreme humbugs of the day. Under it vast numbers of the well-to-do class have lost all appreciation or reverence for a book, and have grown out of a former need-the useful household library-even while providing, and oftentimes luxuriously, for every want but the in

tellectual. On the other hand the country has been flooded with the veriest trash, that leads up to nothing more than an insatiable demand for something still more trashy, feeble or vile.

I would that I might do something to bring home to every thoughtful reader his or her personal relation to this whole question. To such I would say, keep an eye upon the books that are now brought into your own household; see to it that you provide the right kind of reading for yourself and your children; and ask if it might not be well for you to throw your influence, as far as possible, in favor of an International Copyright law and "better books for the people."

SALE OF ROBERT CARTER & BROS.'

PLATES.

CORRECTIONS AND ADDITIONAL SALES. A. L. O. E. Braid of Cords, Children's Tabernacle, Wanderer in Africa, Children's Treasury. Falsely Accused. Bags of Gold, Christian's Mirror.-J. D. Williams, 50 E. 14th St., N. Y. BENJAMIN, E. B. Brightside.-Hurst & Co., 122 Nassau St., N. Y.

THE SMALLEST BOOK IN THE WORLD.

THE London Pall Mall Gazette thinks that the smallest book in the world is a volume now in the Salford Royal Borough Library and Museum. It says: "The work in question, which differs from the rest in the essential point that while, like them, de jure a book, it is also de facto a manuscript-consists of 100 leaves of the finest rice paper, octagonal in shape, and measuring from side to side half an inch, stitched together and covered in silk. Nothing can exceed the lightness, delicacy and softness of the material or the neatness of the penmanship. This dainty little morsel of calligraphy, which at the first glance precisely resembles, in its glass prison, a very tiny butterfly of some uncommon kind, is very probably unique in the Western world. How it escaped imminent destruction is not the least wonderful feature of its history, for it was looted at Ghanzi, in India, by a private soldier during the mutiny, but it has been safe in the possession of the Salford Library for many years. The work has not been translated, but is officially defined, on the authority of an Indian scholar, to be an example of the "Kathas, or Sacred Recitations of (the) Mahrattas Brahmans," and it is

BRIDGES, C. Christian Ministry.—R. Worthing-written, without blot or alteration, in the Mah

ton Co., New York.

rattas character, in glossy black ink, with a brilliant margin of vermilion to every page, which is also

BUTLER, W. A. Sermons, History of Ancient numbered. Possibly the acme of biblical miPhilosophy.-Hurst & Co.

CHALMERS, Thomas. Sermons, 2 v., Astronomical Discourses, Romans.-Hurst & Co. CHARLESWORTH, M. L. Last Command.-Hurst & Co.

DICK, J. Acts, Lectures on Theology.-Hurst
& Co.

FLETCHER, Alex. Family Devotions.--Hurst &
Co.

GIBERNE, Agnes. Father Aldur.- Estes
Lauriat, Boston.

nuteness is reached in this beautiful little work of art, which, for the present at any rate, may claim to be the smallest book,' as well as 'the least collective manuscript in the world.'"

"THE CLEMENCEAU CASE" IN COURT. WILLIAM FLERON, through his attorney, A. H. Hummel, obtained an order on the 20th inst. from Judge Wallace, in the United States Circuit Court &of New York, to compel Walter Pollard, of the Pollard Publishing Company, and Frederick Lyster, to show cause why an injunction should not be granted to prevent their publishing The Clemenceau Case." Mr. Fleron alleges that he translated and adapted "L'Affaire Clemenceau," by Alexander Dumas, under the title of "The Clemenceau Case." and copyrighted both book and title. Mr. Pollard, however, it is charged, has published a translation of the book made by Mr. Lyster, and also called "The Clemenceau Čase."

Howe, J. Works.-Hurst & Co.
KEY to Assembly's Shorter Catechism.-Pres-
byterian Committee of Pub., Richmond, Va.
LEIGHTON, Bishop. Works.-Hurst & Co.
MCCHEYNE, R. M. Life, Letters and Sermons.
-Hurst & Co.
McCOSH, James. Logic, Gospel Sermons.-
Charles Scribner's Sons, New York.

MACDUFF, John R. Gates of Prayer and Praise.
--Fleming H. Revell, Chicago and N. Y.

Brighter than the Sun-American Tract So- A TESTIMONAL TO WALT WHITMAN. ciety, N. Y.

MACDUFF, John R. Palms of Elim.
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MCGHEE, R. J. Ephesians.-Hurst & Co.
MARSH, Miss. Captain Vicars, English Hearts

and Hands.-Hurst & Co.

MOFFAT, R. Life and Labors in Southern Africa.-R. Worthington Co.

NEWTON, A. L.

Hurst & Co.

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A TESTIMONIAL to Walt Whitman was given at Horticultural Hall, Philadelphia, on the evening of the 21st inst. Over a thousand people were tion by Col. Robert G. Ingersoll, entitled "Let The feature of the evening was an orapresent. Us Put Wreaths on the Brows of the Living."

The poet sat in his wheel-chair on the stage immediately back of Col. Ingersoll, and at the conclusion of the oration he rolled himself forward and in a feeble voice tendered his thanks to the audience and to Col. Ingersoll, finishing his remarks by exclaiming, "Hail and farewell! Hail and farewell!" The scene was very impressive.

AN Irish book canvasser has been soliciting orders in northern New Hampshire for the following interesting books: "The World's Cyclone" (The World's Cyclopædia), "The Reversible Bible" (The Revised Bible), and "Stanley's Explosions in Africa" (Stanley's Explorations in Africa).

OBITUARY.

GEORGE M. BAKER.

FEW names honored in the book trade are known to so large and widespread an outside public as the name of George M. Baker, who died on Sunday, October 19, at Barnstable, Mass., where he went in the spring to regain strength and health. Few of the thousands upon thousands of young and old who have been entertained at private, club and church theatricals by plays written or prepared solely for amateur talent by George M. Baker will ever know that this difficult branch of literature was only a favorite occupation for the leisure hours of a busy, active publisher and bookseller. Few of the trade, comparatively,have realized that the valuable assistant and right-hand literary man of the firm of Lee & Shepard for twenty-eight years was identical with the George M. Baker whose dramas have proved so profitable an addition to the bookseller's stock.

Mr. Baker was born in Portland, Me., July 2, 1832. During his early life his father removed to Boston, where he became a well known printer, and where his son naturally drifted into the publishing trade, entering the house of B. B. Muzzey & Co. From there he went to Tappan, Whittemore & Mason, and a few yeays later to Sanborn, Carter & Bazan. In 1857 he started in the book-business on his own account, as a member of the firm of Mayhew & Baker, which survived at 208 Washington Street, until 1860, when Mr. Baker retired from this partnership to set up in business in Cornhill as stationer. In 1862 Mr. Baker attached himself to the house of Lee & Shepard, and until a year ago continued his successful work, which was always fully appreciated by this loyal old firm. During those years almost every manuscript submitted to the house was read and judged by Mr. Baker, and almost every manuscript put into print at his recommendation has proved the value of his literary insight and practical knowledge of the public for which he catered. A year ago last spring Mr. Baker was attacked by the illness which, although almost conquered at times by care and the rest from work secured by his retirement from the house of Lee & Shepard, has never been wholly cured. During the first months of this illness the press spoke often of Mr. Baker, and brought home to the public the many pleasant hours he had furnished by his plays for amateurs. The PUBLISHERS' WEEKLY for March 1, 1890, reprinted an article from the Boston Herald, giving the details of his success as a writer and the remarkable proportions his work had reached. Until six years ago Lee & Shepard published Mr. Baker's plays, but then disposed of that right to the firm of which the author's brother, W. H. Baker, is the head. Lee & Shepard, however, still publish his bound volumes, his juvenile books, and his dialect readings.

In 1850 Mr. Baker was a member of the Aurora Dramatic Club, where his pronounced dramatic talent soon made him invaluable. He realized the impossibility of turning plays written for the professional stage to good account among amateurs, and finding almost nothing provided for a growing demand, he tried to supply the want himself. His success was immediate, and he has had few competitors in his peculiar field for thirty years. During that time he has accomplished the feat of writing seventy-nine plays, all of which have been written solely with a view to amateur acting, and many of them with a special

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view to special needs. Among the latter are nine plays requiring only female characters, and several written only for male characters. Thousands of people to whom the word theatre means almost everything bad, and who would not cross the threshold of a theatre's doors, have been cheered and entertained by George M. Baker's plays. Some actors now on the professional stage gained their first knowledge of their art at the rehearsals of his own plays conducted by Mr. Baker. The most notable examples are W. J. Le Moyne and Fanny Davenport.

Mr. Baker in 1858 was married to Miss E. M. Bowles, of Boston, who, with two daughters and a son survives him.

ROBERT M. STREBEIGH, who was for years connected with the business department of the New York Tribune, died suddenly on the 16th inst. He was born in Williamsport, Penn., March 7, 1826, and came to New York in 1843. As a boy he entered the business office of the Tribune, McElrath, the business manager. Mr. Strebeigh which was then in charge of his uncle, Thomas filled in succession every position in the department. In 1865 he resigned, and sold most of the stock which he had acquired in the paper. was then associated for five years with George H. Leavitt in the book trade sales, but retired in 1870.

He

SAMUEL H. SIEG, once a prominent bookseller and stationer in Philadelphia, died recently in Chicago. In 1876 he went to Chicago and became associated with Culver, Page & Hoyne (now the John Morris Company), with whom he continued until the time of his death.

SIR RICHARD FRANCIS BURTON, the well-known African explorer and Oriental scholar, died in Trieste on Monday, October 20. Captain Burton was born in Galway in 1821. He joined the Indian army and served eighteen years, and afterward distinguished himself in the Crimean War. In 1856 he made his exploration of the central lake region of Africa. In 1860 he visited this country. His works in a literary way are very translation of "The Arabian Nights" in ten volnumerous, the most important of them being his umes, which were nearly twenty-five years in publishing. Other publications are "A Pilgrimage to El Medina and Mecca," City of the Saints," Explorations of the Highlands of Brazil," "Un""Camoëns: his life and his explored Palestine," Lusiads,"" The Book of the Sword," etc.

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I HAVE looked in vain for a notice of the death of Jacob Wells, who was born in England in 1828 and came to this country while young, and who entered the employ of Pratt, Woodford & Co. about 1848 as an artist in map drawing. Mr. Wells designed the maps for Olney's Atlas, as well as those of the Quarto Geography, and was for many years connected with this house and its successor. He was also employed at different times by Harper & Brothers, D. Appleton & Co., and Ivison, Phinney & Co., in like capacity, and up to a short time before his death was engaged by the Century Company upon the maps illustrating the war records published in its magazine. As a map artist he stood high in his profession, and his acquaintance among the leading publishers was extensive. He died very suddenly of heart failure at Westerly, R. I., on September 15.-Olney, in The American Stationer, October 16.

NOTES ON AUTHORS. THE New York Sun will begin November 9th, the first serial story Mr. Kipling has written thus far. It is entitled "The Light That Failed."

The Critic has authority to state that Mrs. Burton Harrison is the author of "The Anglomaniacs." Mrs. Harrison will be remembered as the author of "Bar Harbor Days,"" Old-Fashioned Fairy Book," "Bric-à-Brac Stories," etc.

JEROME K. JEROME, the English author and playwright, is said to be only 30 years of age, and

was for two years on the stage. He then became a schoolmaster and later a reporter. Finally he became a writer of humorous books and popular plays.

CHARLES HOWARD SHINN, author of "Mining Camps," and for. many years editor of The Overland Monthly, has been appointed director of experimental agricultural and horticultural stations in California. He is an expert in horticulture, and in this office he can do much to aid farmers and fruit-growers.

GENERAL BOOTH, Commander-in-chief of the Salvation Army, has just issued in London a vol

ume entitled "In Darkest England, and the Way Out." The work is devoted to a scheme for the relief of poverty, ignorance and vice in what General Booth calls the "submerged tenth of the population." He proposes to found cities and colonies for the hungry and homeless of London, who will be given work, etc., and helped to independence.

PROFESSOR EDWARD ARBER, of Birmingham, has, by the publication of the fifth or index vol. ume, at last completed a notable work, being "A List of 837 London Publishers, 1553-1640 A.D.," which includes the name of every one who entered a book at Stationers' Hall during that period, together with the names of eighty other persons who avowedly published in those years one or more works in the metropolis without registering the same at the Hall.

IT is generally known that the lieutenants of Mr. H. M. Stanley were prohibited by their agreements from publishing any account of their travels until six months after the issue of their leader's book. The term has now almost expired, and it is therefore expected that several books by these companions will appear-some of a highly interesting nature, detailing various aspects of the expedition. Next to the account of Mr. Jephson, under the title of "Emin Pacha, and the Rebellion at the Equator," already announced, the most interest will attach to the Diary and Letters of the late Major Barttelot, which are being prepared for publication by R. Bentley & Son, London, and in which will be described one of the darkest episodes in connection with the expedition.

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JOURNALISTIC NOTES.

MARION HARLAND has become editor-in-chief of the Housekeeper's Weekly, published by Henry Ferris, Sixth and Arch Streets, Philadelphia.

The Critic of October 25 presents the names of the "Twenty Immortelles " elected by popular ballot as the writers who best represent the cultivated American womanhood of to-day. Mrs. Stowe's name heads the list.

PERSONS Who are interested in the various governmental reforms in Japan which have been so

rapidly instituted during the last twenty years will be attracted by "The Fate of a Japanese ReAtlantic. It is a sketch of the life and death of former," by Percival Lowell, in the November Mori Arinori, who was at one time the Japanese Chargé-d'Affaires at Washington, and later Japanese Minister to England. His untimely end at the hands of a half-crazed sympathizer with the old order of things is an example of the usual fate of the over-zealous reformer in all lands.

NOTES ON CATALOGUES.

"READING FOR THE YOUNG" went out of print

directly it made its appearance. A second edition is under way, and will be ready at once.

THE UNITED STATES BOOK COMPANY have just ready a complete catalogue of their publications. It is bound uniform with the "Publishers' Trade List Annual," and will be sent free to all subscribers to the latter, as a supplement. (110 p. 8°, cl.)

IN our notice in last week's issue of M. Hoepli's Catalogue of the issues of Giolito, owing to a typographical error, we were made to speak of the Giolitis instead of the Giolitos, or, more properly, the Gioliti. Also, it is Salvatore Bongi who has in preparation a life of the Gioliti, not the fabulous personage that sprung from the printer's case.

Catalogues of New and Second-hand Books.E. Dufossé, 27 Rue Guénegand, Paris, Americana. (7th ser., No. 4, 1493 titles.)-John Galway, 17 Garrick St., London, scarce and valuable books. (No. 4. 342 titles, 6d.)-Luzac & Co., 46 Great Russell St., London, Monthly list of Oriental literature. (September, No. 7, 16 p. 16°.) -U. Maggs, 159 Church St., London, miscellaneous. (No. 91, 1446 titles.)

LITERARY AND TRADE NOTES.

D. APPLETON & Co. will publish Colonel Richard Malcolm Johnson's new novel, "Widow Guthrie," referred to in our last week's issue.

WM. BEVERLY HARISON, 6 Clinton Place, N. Y., is ready to supply the trade with a school edition of Anna Sewell's "Black Beauty-the autobiography of a horse."

THE first volume of Mrs. Davis' memoirs of Jefferson Davis is about ready for publication by the Belford Company. It is said that over 45,000 subscribers have been secured in advance of publication.

H. L. GREEN, Buffalo, N. Y., has recently published a volume of "Reminiscences" by Lucy N. Colman, prominent in the anti-slavery movement and a confidante of John Brown of Ossawatomie.

THE PATRIOTIC PUBLISHING Co., Chicago, have published a volume entitled "Rev. Calvin Fairbank During Anti-Slavery Times," describing the adventures and trials of an enthusiastic worker in the anti-slavery cause.

JAMES T. WHITE & Co., N. Y., have in preparation a "National Cyclopædia of American Biography," edited by James R. Gilmore ("Edmund Kirke"). The work, which will be in six volumes, will confine itself to the United States.

THOMAS WHITTAKER has nearly ready "Veni Creator: thoughts on the person and work of the Holy Spirit," by H. C. G. Moule; and also a new edition of Bishop Meade's work on the "Bible and the Classics," with a prefatory note explaining its reissue.

MR. F. GUTEKUNST, Philadelphia, has published a large panel portrait of George William Curtis -a fine example of the photographic art; together with a smaller portrait (a phototype), a little more full-face, possessing the advantages of handy size and permanence.

JORDAN BROS., Philadelphia, will publish next month" Confessions of a Nun," by Sister Agatha, said to deal with live questions of the hour in fearless manner, a book for which they have already large advance orders. It will be published bound in paper as well as in cloth.

IN the suit of the Indiana School-Book Company against the school trustees of the city of Frankfort, for damages for refusing to put in use the books which the company furnished under its contract with the State, the case has been dismissed at the cost of defendants, who agreed to use the books as required by law.

THE CATHOLIC PUBLICATION SOCIETY Co., N. Y., will soon have ready" Anecdotes of Cardinal Newman, told by those who knew him," which will contain a mass of fresh and curious biographical facts, together with portraits of the Cardinal and engravings of the places with which he is associated. The book will be issued as a companion volume to "Sayings of Cardinal Newman," recently published by the same firm.

JOHN WILEY & SONS have in preparation "Memorabilia of Rev. Dr. Cheever and His Wife, Elizabeth Wetmore Cheever," written in prose and verse. The late pastor of the church of the Puritans, Union Square, New York City, was a zealous advocate of temperance and a fearless opponent of slavery during his ministry from 1846 to 1867, years in which physical as well as moral courage was heavily drawn upon in defending such principles.

C. W. BARDEEN announces that he has purchased from the International Publishing Co. all rights, title and interest in "Knott's Ready Reference Law Manual," including copyright, books

and sheets on hand, and on sale accounts, and that he will hereafter publish the work as one of the School Bulletin Publications; also that he has in press Prussian Schools through American Eyes," by James Russell Parsons, Jr., late United States Consul to Aachen, Germany.

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IN an article discussing the comparative popularity of American authors, the publishers of E. P. Roe's books, Messrs. Dodd, Mead & Co., are reported as saying that, in their experience, next to the extraordinary sale of those tales comes

that of the stories of Mrs. Amelia E. Barr. Mrs. Barr's Century story, "Friend Olivia," will be printed in book form soon, and is expected to exceed her former stories in popularity. Good judges who have read her "She Loved a Sailor" believe that it has the strongest story interest of It will be published in The any of her serials. Christian Union, beginning October 30, and will run through about five months. It treats events in New York City during the great bank struggle of Jackson's Administration.

A PUBLISHER recently said to a reporter of the New York Sun that the Chautauquan Circle in in this country is largely responsible for the present marvellous interest in Latin and Latin literature. At no time within fifty years have so many text-books, commentaries and translations been turned from the press. The tendency of the colleges to make Latin and Greek optional studies, instead of allaying this interest, seems to have excited ambition among budding scholars all over the country to master the dead languages. Since the first American translation of Virgil a year or two ago, the publishers' woods are full of Ms. Virgils, Horaces, Ovids and Lucretiuses. At least two other schools, besides Ann Arbor University and Washington Seminary, are planning the production of classic comedies.

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CHARLES WELLS MOULTON, Buffalo, N. Y., has just ready" Shakespeare: the man and his mind," by W. Clarke Robinson, Professor of English Language in Kenyon College; "Odd Spell Verses," by Hon. H. W. Holley; and "Seaside Songs and Woodland Whispers," poems by Oscar E. Young. He has in press Harp of Hesper,' songs and poems by Mary E. Butters; "Guesses at the Beautiful, and other sold by subscriptions; three volumes of poems poems," by John Richard Realf, which will be Songs of the by Isaac R. Baxley, entitled Prophet, and other poems; Spirit," "The Temple of Alanthur" and "The " and "The Witch of En-dor, and other poems," by Francis S. Saltus. He is also making preparation to bring out 'Songs by the Wayside," by O. R. Bellamy; "Sea Moss," by Dr. Lucy Creemer Peckham ; 'Wytch Elm," by M. Swafford, with portrait of the author; "Vacation Verses," by Alice M. Dowd; and " Magnolia Leaves," by Mrs. B. C. Rude. Attention is also called to the second

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edition of the second volume of "The Magazine of Poetry," containing 113 biographical sketches and 73 portraits.

A CURIOUS illustration of generous appreciation on the part of a firm of London publishers towards a volume of American verse is found in the following paragraph from the New York Sun: The Messrs. Howe & Co., of London, found on a bookstall an American book of anonymous verses, which they reprinted under the title of Pirated Poems.' The English reprint has run into the twelfth thousand, and the publishers express a desire to become acquainted with the author, and to share with him the profits arising from the sale of the book. The poems are witty, philosophical, graceful and altogether delightful. We congratulate the Messrs. Howe & Co. upon their good taste, and are pleased to be able to inform them that the author whom their unurged magnanimity has prompted them to seek is Mr. Edward S. Martin, of Rochester, in this State." Mr. Martin, we may add, is a Harvard man, who wrote his first verses for the

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