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it. Still, the main figures are striking : Joyeux

SOME RECENT BOOKS OF TRAVEL.* the imaginative, and his three coadjutors, the scientist, the priest, the poet. These last are As in this age more people travel, and travel not presented with a firm enough conception more often, and to more distant places, books of character to vitalize them everywhere, but of travel must correspondingly increase. But they serve what is perhaps their chief purpose, the more be-travelled our sphere the less be– to carry us to the end of the first and long

comes the opportunity for a really new book est act and give us the idea that is to be devel- dealing with the previously unknown and telloped. The imagination has its ideal, which is

ing of strange men and beasts. All the books to be realized in love and at the point of reali- in our present group treat of parts of the earth zation vanishes away. Rosalys dies and Joyeux more or less familiar from the writings of preis, for the time, led away by witch will o' the

vious travellers; yet these books have all of wisps. But in the last act he revives his old. them a certain raison d'être, - either in the time love ; Rosalys rises for a brief half hour, personality of the writer, the timeliness of the

, and when she again passes away he goes with subject, or the general utility of the whole ber.

work. Presumably Mr. Moore had not definitely Mr. G. W. James's hand-book to that wonin mind more than to create certain passionate derful region, " In and around the Grand figures and to embody a poetic feeling. Im

“ plicit in such presentation is, however, an idea,

Canyon,” comes largely under the last head.

“A canyon," says the author, or perhaps we should not call it more than a

“ Is not a deep, narrow, gloomy gorge, into which the sentiment. Our attention is aroused and held

sun fails to shine even at midday. It is, in reality, a by the ideas that gather in our minds around series of canyons one within and below the other. Picthis figure of the imaginative man and his effort ture one canyon, a thousand feet deep and ten or twelve to give form to his imaginings, his strivings less in width and a thousand feet deeper than number

miles across; below this, another canyon, but two miles with the impossible, bis deception at the hands

one; then still another, two thousand feet deeper and of vulgar cheats. But whither does all tend ?

But whither does all tend ? | four miles narrower, followed by yet another, deeper Mr. Moore does not seem to have his problem still and more miles narrower, until the inner gorge of clearly in mind. At least we find no real granite is reached, through which the roaring river solution.

flows, and you will have a better idea than ever before." But no play should be judged as an allegory This describes the Grand Canyon, but many unless it be frankly conceived as such. This canyons are by Mr. James's own account nar- . play is not: it presents to us romantic figures,

row and gloomy. After a general description which do something to arouse ideas in our

of the Colorado region and some historical mind as all figures must. But it is better chapters, Mr. James takes up the Grand Canmerely to take the people as people and to lose yon and its tributaries in detail

. He regards oneself in the story of emotion and exaltation, the Bridal Veil Falls in the Havasu as the and to be content with an adumbration here • Most exquisitely beautiful waterfall in the world. and there of the wider meaning beyond. We * IN AND AROUND THE GRAND CANYON, By George do not, ourselves, fully appreciate the full pur

Wharton James. Illustrated. Boston: Little, Brown, & Co. port of the third act. But the poetry of the


Eleroy Curtis. Illustrated. Chicago: H. S. Stone & Co. first act especially, and of the last, carried us A SUMMER JOURNEY TO BRAZIL. By Alice R. Humphrey. well along over whatever did not make its Illustrated. New York: Bonnell, Silver & Co. appeal.


Illustrated. Boston: Dana Estes & Co. To write a play and in verse is rather a The PEARL OF THE Orient. By G. Waldo Browne. Illusdaring thing — although now there are a num- trated. Boston: Dana Estes & Co. ber to keep one in countenance — but Mr.


Bates. Illustrated. New York: The Macmillan Co. Moore has come well through all dangers with

AMONG THE BERBERS. By Anthony Wilkin. Illustrated. his venture. EDWARD E. HALE, JR.

New York: Cassell & Co., Ltd.

St. KILDA. By Norman Heathcote. Illustrated. New York : Longmans, Green, & Co.


THE WORLD. By Christine Collbran. Illustrated. Chicago : Henry V.," as lately produced with marked success, is

Rand, McNally & Co. published in a most attractively.printed volume by

FALAISE, THE Town OF THE CONQUEROR. By Anna Messrs. McClure, Phillips & Co. An Introduction by Bowman Dodd. Illustrated. Boston: Little, Brown, & Co. Mr. Mansfield, some notes on the heraldry of the play, FORBIDDEN PATHS IN THE LAND OF OG. Illustrated. and two photogravure illustrations, are included.

Chicago: Fleming H. Revell Co.

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There is nothing in the Yosemite that, for rich delicacy Bahia, Petropolis Sanctos, and Sao Paolo. of beauty and rare combination of charms, can equal it.

The author has some sharp criticism for the On the left and right are towering cliffs, two thousand feet high, of red sandstone. At your feet is rich green

U. S. consular service at Sanctos, and her grass, and a delicate gauzy growth, as fine as asparagus chapter on this subject ends with this quotagrass, which covers the ground with fairy-like lace and tion from a letter written by an American in makes a carpet fit for a · Midsummer Night's Dream' Sao Paolo, dated July 6, 1900: dance. Above, just on the edge of the fall, are several trees, rich with their new dress of spring leaves, with

“What does our government mean by sending out

an Italian Priest as Consul to Santos? If he were only the red mountains and azure sky, as richly blue as that of the Mediterranean. Now, with such a back

a priest who had practically withdrawn from active

functions, it would not be so bad; but this one makes ground, enjoy the fall - Wa-Hath-peek-ha-ha.”

it bis first duty to visit the newspapers and declare that Mr. James gives some account of the Havasu- he will not allow the duties of the consulate to interfere pai Indians in the canyon district, and an in- with his higher ecclesiastical functions, and as a proof tensely interesting narrative is given of Mr.' of this, he left the duties of the office yesterday and Bass's experiences in attempting to reach these

came up to say a thirtieth day Mass for the soul of a Indians. The work is to be recommended to

person connected with the · Diario Popular,' and had it

advertised far and near." the general reader and to the tourist. The

As far as it goes the book is a useful and readquotations are extensive, and the illustrations

able sketch, and contains a number of appenare numerous and excellent.

dices of value. Mr. W. E. Curtis has collected his South American letters to the Chicago

Under the title “ The Paradise of the Pa

« Record into a volume which he entitles - Between the

cific” Mr. G. Waldo Browne gives us a short Andes and the Ocean," describing all the west

general account of the Hawaiian Islands. The ern countries from Panama to Patagonia. Mr.

volume includes a description of the islands, a Curtis gives quite a full account of the Panama

résumé of their history, with special chapters Canal.

on the religious history, and an account of the " The advocates of the Panama canal lay great stress present status. The condition of the Japanese upon the fact that it has a good harbor at either end,

and Chinese bave particular mention. capable of receiving the largest ships, while the Nica- “ The Japanese appear to be the disturbing factor in ragua canal has none, and the two that must be built the islands at present. There are many educated and present serious engineering difficulties; that a good intelligent Japanese on the islands, who are prominent railroad is now in operation along the entire route of in business and have thrifty homes, but the class most the Panama canal, while one will have to be constructed largely drawn hither is ignorant, impetuous, and hard in Nicaragua; that the supreme difficulties of the Pan- to control. If industrious they are ambitious, and, seeama route have already been developed and overcome, ing better than the Chinese the real inwardness of their while those of the Nicaragua route are unknown; that situation, are dissatisfied with it, waiting, watching for nothing of an experimental character is proposed on the the opportunity to strike a blow at the power which atPanama canal, while several projects in the Nicaragua tempts to hold them in check. There is too much of scheme involve elements of novelty that are without the Yankee about them to be held long in surveillance, precedent; that the length of the Panama canal is only and, with their high percentage of population, what the forty-six miles, while that of Nicaragua is four times as outcome is to be is hard to forecast, though probably great; that there are no volcanos on the isthmus, while no cause for serious alarm." there are several in Nicaragua; that earthquakes are The book is popular in tone and profusely practically unknown here, while in Nicaragua they are frequent; that the concession from the government of

illustrated. Columbia for the Panama canal is complete and satis- A companion volume to the book just noticed factory and there is only one nation to deal with, while

bears the rather fanciful title “ The Pearl of two nations must be consulted in everything that involves the Nicaragua canal, and the concessions are

the Orient.” It is a brief compilation of matcomplicated with conditions that are likely to prove ter relating to the Philippine Islands, and while embarrassing.”

popular in tone is fairly accurate on matters of There is some historical matter in Mr. Curtis's fact. There are chapters on the geography book, but the main topic treated is the indus- and history of the islands, on the animals, on trial, social, and political life of the people. the resources, and the volume closes with a The volume forms, on the whole, a very read. chapter on “ America in the Orient.” The able description of the Western South America bola or native knife is thus described : of to-day. There are a number of illustrations

“ The most common type used in warfare is between and a fair index, but no map.

two and three feet in length, including the handle, and "A Summer Journey to Brazil," by Miss

has a wide, thick blade edged like a guillotine. When Alice R. Humphrey, is a brief and pleasant is a formidable instrument of death, which is capable

wielded by a fanatic Philippino in the heat of battle, it record of a trip to Rio Janeiro, Pernambuco, of cutting a human head clear from its seat at a single

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blow, split the body from shoulder to hip, or cleave the from the Atlantic to the Red Sea and the Hauran from skull in twain. At the call to charge, these native troops Crete to Timbuctoo and the Soudan, there are still to discard all other weapons and spring to the wild attack be found among them the vestiges of the arts and hand to hand, wielding the bola with terrible effect.” sciences, of the spirit of conquest, of the capacity for The illustrations are profuse and well-printed. self-government, which, if developed, would make them

again a great nation." In Miss Christine Collbran's account of " An

The book is of interest and value as giving American Girl's Trip to the Orient and around the World” we have the fresh impressions of

us some acquaintance with this little-known

race. The illustrations are exceptionally fine. a young person conveyed pleasantly enough in a very familiar epistolary style. One amusing

A pleasant account of that most remote of incident the author thus describes :

the British Isles, St. Kilda, is prepared by Mr. " While out walking I met a sort of procession,

Norman Heathcote. This last of the sea-girt marching down one of the streets of Yokohama, which Hebrides ” is famed in Britain for its uncouth amused me immensely. It consisted of fifteen or twenty natives and for its multitude of sea-birds. The men carrying long poles with white banners fastened to

author presents a brief history of St. Kilda, them, or with a mock rooster perched on the top, followed by a brass band of about eight instruments, play followed by chapters on the island as it is to-day, ing, or rather trying to play, Marching through boating and climbing experiences, the birds, Georgia.' Each man seemed to be playing just as he

and the St. Kilda of the future." A curious felt, and their laudable endeavors to express their dif- habit of the Fulmar Petrel is thus described": ferent moods in different keys was not all that could be desired from a musical point of view. Apparently,

“On the approach of an enemy, the fulmar squirts

oil at him in self-defense. I suppose the operation is it did not matter in the least if he were a few notes too high, or too low, or if he were playing faster or slower

of use to them against some of their foes; and though than the rest; so taking it altogether, I was only just

it does not avail them against the St. Kildan fowler,

it is on record that one gallant fulmar succeeded in able to recognize our good old campaigners' song. The

killing a man by this same process. It was not in St. Japanese, themselves, seemed to be enjoying it thor

Kilda, and it was some time ago. The said man, being oughly, if we may judge by the crowds that followed in the wake of this comical band."

unacquainted with this little babit of the petrel tribe,

was so astonished at receiving a stream of nasty-smelling The bulk of the book is given to Japan and oil in his face that he fell off the ladder, by means of Korea, other countries receiving but very which he bad obtained access to the nest, and was

killed. My experience is, that it is a very poor sort of

weapon, as the range is so short. I doubt if the stream “ Among the Berbers of Algeria,” by Mr. of oil will carry more than a couple of feet on the level." Anthony Wilkin, is “a popular record of a

The illustrations are good, and the author's journey undertaken with scientific objects.'

map is probably the best yet made. These objects were of an archæological and anthropological nature, the special purpose

Miss Katharine Lee Bates's “ Spanish Highbeing “to trace if possible their (the Berbers')

ways and Byways” is the vivacious account connection with the most ancient races of

of a tour along the regular routes, the only Egypt by the methods of anthropology, by col

· Byway” being a trip through the Basque lections of pottery, of designs, of physical provinces

. The author's impression of the measurements, and by observation of their Spaniard is that he is not only not lazy, as everyday occupations, and of the monuments

often reputed, but intensely active. She gives of their ancestors.” This object the author

a graphic picture of a Spanish Carnival. achieved. The Berbers, unconquered by Roman

“Squeaking and gibbering, the maskers, unrebuked,

took all manner of saucy liberties. A stately old genor Arab, but at length subjugated by the tleman rose from his cushion in a crested carriage to French, are divided into two tribes, the Chawia observe how gallantly a bevy of ladies were beating off and Kabylia, both of which were visited by with a bail of confetti and bonbons an imploring cavour author. He finds the Berber has many

alier who ran by their wheels, and when he would have

resumed his seat he found himself dandled on the good traits.

knees of a grinning Chinaman. Sometimes a swarm " Whether in the olive-clad mountains of Kabylia of maskers would beset a favorite carriage, climbing or the terraces of their Aurasian fastnesses they are up beside the coachman and snatching his reins, standwhite men and in general act like white men. Among ing on the steps and throwing kisses, lying along the them the virtues of honesty, hospitality, and good- back and twitting the proudest beauty in the ear or nature are conspicuous. It is not their misfortune making love to the haughtiest. This all-licensed masker, alone that the lowlands know them no more; not their with his monstrous disguise and affected squeal, may misfortune only that Mohammedanism has debarred be a duke or a doorkeeper. Carnival is democracy." them from entering, as they would otherwise have en

The book contains a pleasant chapter on the tered, on the path of European progress and liberality: it is the misfortune of the whole civilized world. De- gypsies, and one of some length on the Choral scendants of a mighty race whose culture once spread games of Spanish children, a disquisition which

meager notice.

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should be of interest to the pædologist. The

WAR AND POLITICS IN SOUTH AFRICA.* illustrations are good, but there is neither map nor index.

The wish is father to the thought in nearly all

recent books which treat of the war in South Africa. An enthusiastic, vivacious description of Falaise and its environs by an intimate friend

Two of the group before us are from American

hands, and attempt to give both sides of the quesand observer, may be found in Mrs. Anna

tions involved. Several, from English pens, are Bowmon Dodd's volume entitled “Falaise, the

interested only in disclosing what their authors saw. Town of the Conqueror.” The effect of Nor- The rest are more or less partial to Great Britain, mandy landscape is thus described :

reflecting the attitude to be expected when war ex“Little by little, the subtle and satisfying charm of cites a nation. this Normandy landscape was producing an effect not The pamphlet from M. Edmond Desmolins, auwholly new — to me, at least. So penetrating have I

thor of “Anglo-Saxon Superiority," entitled "Boers felt this charm to be, that in just such Normandy or English: Who Are in the Right?” is an arguscenes, and just such warm, balmy days, I have had

ment against the rights of a weaker people to nathat rarest of human sensations,- - a satisfied, completed sense of perfect enjoyment. The man or woman who

tional existence, with such qualification as can be loves nature, sanely, can be made more entirely con

given that unpleasant theme by statements such as tent, I believe, in the rich inland parts of this marvelous

this : “These great nations must understand that Normandy province than in any other country."

their preëminence is based solely on the fact that The author visited the Falaise Fair in a char. they are, for the time being, the most worthy to à-banc, and in brisk style she narrates the

exercise it," – a complete confusion, it will be

noted, of might and right. scenes there witnessed. A large portion of the volume concerns the history of the city. is a small document prepared by the Imperial South

“ The British Case Against the Boer Republics” We have rarely seen better photographic illus- African Association, chief agent of the Johannestrations than those which adorn this book. burg mine owners in their campaign of misrepresen

“Forbidden Paths in the Land of Og” is tation, which was sent by the Bureau of Education the narrative of a trip by three missionaries

to the teachers of the United States during the past

summer. into the region beyond Jordan. Their expe

It is a brief, giving page and volume of dition was to the west and north of the Sea of

British official documents, intended to supply the Galilee and included visits to Golan, Gadara,

British sympathizer with justification for the exterMizpah, and Jerash. Of the latter place,


Edmond Desmolins. New York: Imported by Charles Scribwhere are found the ruins of the ancient and

ner's Sons. magnificent Gerasa, the account is quite full THE BRITISH CASE AGAINST THE BOER REPUBLICS. and interesting.

Anonymous. London: The Imperial South African A880

ciation. “ A Greek theatre of the ancient type forms a capital

ON THE EVE OF THE WAR. By Evelyn Cecil, M.P. New camping-place for modern travellers. Historically it

York: Imported by Charles Scribner's Sons. awakens myriad thoughts of regal splendor and Chris

SOUTH AFRICA, PAST AND PRESENT. By Violet R. Marktian martyrdom. Practically it lends itself to the real ham. New York : Imported by Charles Scribner's Sons. necessities of the tourists in affording shade and shelter, In South AFRICA WITH BULLER. By George Clarke semi-seclusion, and excellent stabling for the ani- Musgrave. Boston: Little, Brown, & Co. mals. Incongruous as this may sound, - a grand THE RELIEF OF LADYSMITH. By John Black Atkins. theatre reduced to the level of tourists' conveniences, Boston: L. C. Page & Co. yet so it was. Camp was pitched in the midst of the BESEIGED BY THE BOERS. By E. Oliver Ashe, M.D. New open arena. Round about on three sides rose the semi- York: Doubleday, Page & Co. circle of stone benches, in sixteen tiers, one above LONDON TO LADYSMITH VIA PRETORIA. By Winston another, capable of seating three or four thousand

Spencer Churchill. New York: Longmans, Green, & Co. spectators."

Lan HAMILTON'S MARCH. By Winston Spencer Churchill.

New York: Longnians, Green, & Co. The book is full of Biblical allusions, and

The Boers in War. By Howard C. Hillegas. New York: should be of especial use to Bible students. D. Appleton & Co. HIRAM M. STANLEY.

With Both ARMIES IN SOUTH AFRICA. By Richard Harding Davis. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons.

LESSONS OF THE WAR. By Spencer Wilkinson, Phila

delphia: J. B. Lippincott Co. MR. W. GARRETT HORDER'S “ Treasury of American THE GREAT BOER WAR. By A. Conan Doyle. New Sacred Song” is reissued, in an enlarged edition, by York: McClure, Phillips & Co. Mr. Henry Frowde. Something like thirty new poems THE WAR OFFICE, THE ARMY, AND THE EMPIRE. By are included, but the price of the volume has been re- H. 0. Arnold-Forster, M.P. New York : Cassell & Co., Ltd. duced. The editor gives a broad meaning to the word The Rise and Fall OF KRUGERISM. By John Scoble “sacred,” and this admirable book is far more than a and H. R. Abercrombie. New York: Frederick A. Stokes Co. mere collection of bymns. In fact, hymns are rather THE SETTLEMENT AFTER THE WAR IN SOUTH AFRICA. far to seek in these pages.

By M. J. Farrelly, LL.D. New York: The Macmillan Co.

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which deals with the British side entirely. Some do

mination of the South African Republics. It is Hamilton's March,” form a continuous narrative of purely ex parte, and makes no other pretension. the author's numerous adventures and narrow es

Mr. Evelyn Cecil is a nephew of the Marquis capes, from the beginning of the war to the capture of Salisbury and a member of parliament. He of Pretoria. The inclusion of the diary of Lieutenarrived at Cape Town less than a month before the ant Frankland, an officer in the unfortunate Dublin war broke out, and stayed in South Africa for Fusileers, carries on the tale of the prisoners at three months and a half afterward. The opening

The opening Pretoria from the time of Mr. Churchill's escape words of his book, “If England fights she will until his return to that city with the British column. create for herself a sullen dependency among the It is not necessary here to praise Mr. Churchill's Datch in South Africa,” spoken to the author upon methods of presenting his facts. He is writing in his arrival at the Cape, seem to be most nearly the field and his letters appear in a London paper prophetic of any of the statements in the volume, before they are printed in book form; but it is

doubtful if any revision or care could give them remarks on the administration of Rhodesia are the air of reality they now convey. worth reading, as evidence that the Transvaal was Mr. Howard C. Hillegas is an American who has brought to bay for doing the very things which the been attached to the Republican side in the South Chartered Company did in a much more extortion. African struggle. His account of “The Boers in ate degree.

War” pays a high tribute to the men who compose Just such another book as the foregoing, mak- the burgher armies, and the manner in which they ing necessary allowances for sex and education, go about their battles. He bears witness to the is Miss Violet R. Markham's "South Africa, Past smallness of the force which they have been able and Present." The larger part of the work, how- to put in the field, such forces never exceeding ever, is a rewriting of the history of the land, with thirty thousand men at any time, and his descripa chapter on " Industrial Johannesburg" supplied tion of what might be called the “ elective system by the author's brother, Mr. Arthur Markham. of fighting makes it still more surprising that their The portly volume requires no extended notice at successes should have been what they are. Though this time, containing as it does the usual record of his sympathies are evidently with the Dutch, Mr. mismanagement and race hatred, fostered by mu- Hillegas is wholly free from rancor, as was evitual misunderstandings and thoughtless oppor- denced in his former book. tanism.

The psychological study of a man changing his One of the best of the books resulting from the war mind adds to the value of Mr. Richard Harding in Cuba was written by Captain George Clarke Mus- Davis's “ With Both Armies in South Africa.” It grave, whose new volume, “ In South Africa with is evident from the narrative that Mr. Davis bad Buller,” contains a vivid account of that doughty been so thoroughly persuaded the burghers were warrior's advances and retreats. It is a violently as black as the British had painted them that his partisan work, addressed to Americans in a par- discovery of the exaggeration caused a total overticular sense, even to the point of quoting Mr. John throw of all his pre-judgments, leaving him as Hays Hammond, a paid attorney of the Johannes violently partisan as before, though on the other burg mine owners, as an authority, along with a side. His testimony that the Englishman is a bad number of other Americans with foreign names loser can be matched by an abundance of examples who wish to see England reduce taxation. The collected from exclusively British sources since the book makes no pretension to literary graces, but its outbreak of hostilities, and the hearty dislike his narrative of the fighting can hardly fail to interest. frankness has caused in Great Britain is some wit

Another former Cuban correspondent is Mr. ness to the accuracy of his comment. John Black Atkins, whose letters to the Manchester Mr. Spencer Wilkinson's volume of “Lessons of “Guardian” have been collected, so far as they are the War” is merely a reprint of his weekly reviews pertinent, into a volume entitled “The Relief of in “The London Letter," and carry the story of Ladysmith.” The story of the repeated attempts the war no further than the relief of Ladysmith. to bear succor to the people of that sadly beleagured His statement that no power will intervene unless and gallant little town is told in Mr. Atkins's best it is prepared for war still awaits complete demonstyle, with great good humor, though with a full stration. Another similar volume will contain more setting forth of the difficulties met and surmounted. and riper decisions.

Dr. E. Oliver Ashe was a surgeon in the hospital Even the preface by the Earl of Rosebery does at Kimberly during the siege, and his “ Besieged not save Mr. H. O. Arnold-Forster's “ The War by the Boers” is a picturesque account of events in Office, the Army, and the Empire " from being too that monopolistic town for several months, mottled sanguine a work in its belief that strictures on the with paragraphs that reflect the deadly dullness of blunders of those who control the machinery of the the long isolation. Dr. Ashe's vivid pages tell a

will result in reform. Similar rumors story worth telling, and tell it well.

have been heard in the United States ever since The two books of Mr. Winston Spencer Churchill, Grant found himself powerless to redeem his spe“London to Ladysmith via Pretoria" and " Ian cific pledges to Sherman in behalf of the War

British army

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