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but grandfather lost his property ture.” Then she said nothing more. and my father was unfortunate and Spring came early, long before everything was changed. You may grandma was able to do any planput these things away, Sybil. 1

ning about farm work.

She was shall

want any of them. gradually forced to the conviction Folks think a good deal of old that her days of activity and inthings nowadays. Some city peo

Some city peo- dependence were over. ple were here last summer and "I'll have to give up," she conwanted to buy my old spinning ceded, as Sybil helped her to her wheel. They would have opened rocking chair by her favorite win

. their eyes over these. They are all dow where she had a view of the for you when I'm gone. I used to newly planted fields and the cattle look them over and imagine what browsing in the pastures, the garI might have been," said grandma, den with its promise of good things with a sigh. "I'll always wea and its wealth of early bloom. best clothes when I come to see "Blessed girl," murmured grandyou, and I guess you'll not feel ma as she bade Sybil good-bye and ashamed of me. I've been intending watched her with dim eyes until to tell you to write to your father she disappeared at the bend of the that I don't need that five hundred road. dollars. There wasn't much Then rousing herself, she reached damage as I expected and the crops for her work bag, fervently exturned out well,--so you can have claiming. "Thank the Lord! I can the bow window and new furni- knit.”

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Books As I See Them

By KATE SANBORN

One's memory needs to be stirred by a could even in mature years lift and hold fresh study, or a new view of a Country's out at arm's length a heavy axe by the Hero. We all feel we know all there is extreme end of the handle. to be known about Abraham Lincoln, don't He naturally looked down upon little we?

men; he spoke of Douglas as the "least But Alonzo Rothschild's word-painting man" he had ever seen. of him as a "Master of Men” brings him

He was

amused at the profusion of so vividly before the mental vision, takes wraps worn by the feeble A. H. Stephens such a hold on the reader, that I feel as of Georgia. As the wearer finally emerged, if I had never fully appreciated the special Lincoln remarked to the Secretary of power that caused all associated with him State, “Seward, that is the largest shuckto yield at last to his superior strength, ing for so small a nubbin' that I ever saw." both of muscle and of mind: it is a book Yet he appreciated sincerely the great, litwith but one aim from the start; the au

tle man.

Whenever he met a very tall thor never once wanders from his theme.

man he always insisted on knowing which The first chapter "A Sampson of the was the taller. Sumner alone firmly reBackwoods” opens with these words: “The fused to stand up with him back to back spirit of mastery moved Abraham Lincoln to be measured. Sumner, he said, was “his at an early age.” And the closing para: idea of a Bishop.” graph fitly ends the story: "Lincoln was But now we come to the real thing; the not beyond the pale of human harm. In measuring of mental strength with Dougless than six months from the day of his las and smaller political opponents: only triumph, the man before whom lea 'ers, to conquer them all. One opponent acgreat and small, had gone down in un- knowledged that he knew more than all broken succession, went down himself be- the candidates put together. fore the only thing that ever wholly mas- After a verbal encounter with showy, tered him—an assassin's bullet."

dressy, sarcastic Colonel Dick Taylor, he As a boy, he soundly thrashed any who said, "I was a poor boy, and had only one attacked him, one or a crowd; no matter pair of breeches to my back and they were what the fight was about; a bitter quarrel buckskin. Buckskin, when wet and dried or a taunting jest at his appearance; no by the sun, will shrink; and my breeches matter to the homely-as-a-hedge-fence,

kept shrinking until they left several inches lanky, uncouth giant, who dressed no bet- of my legs bare; and whilst I was growing ter than a scarecrow in a cornfield but who taller they were becoming shorter, and so with his preternaturally long arms and much tighter that they left a blue streak legs had so great an advantage that he around my legs that can be seen to this could easily "lick” every antagonist.

day.” Tavlor had called him an "aristoHe studied as he scrappel, with all his crat!” Thus he took down one more! might and soon got beyond his teachers. And so with them all! See Douglas, his What a precious relic, if it could have old rival and fierce opponent step grabeen preserved, would be the blade of the

ciously forward at the Inauguration and wooden fire-shovel, in lieu of slate, where hold the new silk hat which the Victor his examples were laboriously scraped off disliked to lay on the rough board floor. by means of a drawing-knife, after they

Seward, for

time felt himself had been transferred to his carefully called upon to save his country from diseconomized exercise-book.

i uption and ruin; he patronized and adSuch prodigious strength! He had no

vised Lincoln who took it good naturedly, need in boyish pranks to stealthily rob a and soon we find Seward writing to his hen house; for unaided he could quietly wife, “Executive skill and vigor are rare pick up and walk away with a chicken

qualities. The President is the best of us.” house that weighed fully six hundred The curbing of Stanton was more turbupounds.

lent. Stanton ridiculed him in his acrid He is said to have once lifted a box of way as a "long, lank creature wearing a stones weighing a thousand pounds, and dirty linen duster for a coat, on the back

some

of which the perspiration had splotched wide stains that resembled a map of the continent;" and Lincoln heard him inquiring, “Where did that long-arme i creature come from, and what can he expect to do in this case ?"

The same man, turned away from Lincoln's deathbed, shaken with grief, saying, “There lies the most perfect ruler of men the world has ever seen."

Chase was a vexing problem, till placed on the supreme bench; Fremont had to be dropped; McClellan always timid, whining, dilatory, was another trial. I recollect that it was the youngest daughter of Judge Chase, who on passing General McClellan, who was leaning gracefully over the back of a chair at a reception, said: "Ah, General, behind your entrenchments, as sual."

Such men, controlling the situation, themselves self-controlled, are rare. Washington, Franklin, Lincoln, stand out grandly; each alone. One college professor has found out that Franklin's famous maxims

not his; all borrowed from many

We thank him just the same for collecting them; maxim is a synonym for quotation. Does any one suppose that Solomon created all those Proverbs? Houghton and Mifflin publish Rothschild's impressive book on Lincoln as “Master of Men.” Price, $3.00.

and their lack of education he considered partly the fault of the Church which was more interested in the rich and how earnest he was to endeavor to change this injustice. As a boy so was the student, the teacher, the Bishop, the Primate of all England. “His earnestness, his immense industry, his frank and hearty nianner, his sincerity and singleness of purpose, were the same and always the devoted, loving respectful son to his remarkable mother.”

As Headmaster of Rugby, he was tlie model educator, in the prime of life, full of enthusiasm and devotion to his boys. It was a puzzle, at first, to see him enter for evening prayers, carrying his own candlestick, instead of being preceeded by a bowing butler, but all felt his natural dignity and the era of hero-worship soon set in. Here was a great man, a brilliant scholar, who could run a hundred yards, climb a tree, jump a brook, or win at a game with any of them. One anxious mother begged her son not to be led astray from the true faith and he replied “Dear Mother: Temple's all right; but if he turns Mahometan, all the school will turn too."

He succeeded in modifying the rigor of the Rugby game, prefacing his edict with these words “Englishmen have a natural right to grumble, and so have English boys. I give you leave to grumble at all I am going to do.” And a rousing cheer burst from the five hundred boys.

The two volumes are full of the grandest material but this is not the place for an extended notice. Macmillan and Company

Price $9.00.

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The late Archbishop Temple, “F. Cantuar,” wished that no Life of hini should appear; but seven distinguished clerical friends have furnished a panoramic estimate of his always upward career, which is vastly more valuable than a formal Memoir from one writer.

There are two great types of Leaders : the man with heart on fire, head in the clouds, and brain disturbed by dreams of Reforms, for which the world is not ready: the other self-forgetting, overworked, the uplifter of humanity; Temple was essentially of the later class.

Like Lincoln, he struggled bravely with actual poverty in childhood and youth; like him was plain in his ways, never ashamed of labor; like him brusque, yet tender hearted; like him, a man of the people and for the people; like him blessed with a keen sense of humor.

His sister says, “I remember him in our square pew in church, when our choir with fiddles and various instruments were playing the Hallelujah Chorus He covered his face in his hands, and finally slid down on to the ground to cover his laughter."

We first see Temple as an Undergraduate, then as Fellow and Tutor of Balliol. The unhappy condition of the poor

Another book naturally places itself just here: "Memories of Great Schoolmaster, Dr. Henry A. Coit," by James P. Conover, an old Saint Paul's boy. For Dr Coit deserves a place by Temple as a guide and educator of boys. He had a grandly practical preparation for his life-work teacher, missionary, priest and at twentysix was made the first rector of St. Paul's school at Concord, New Hampshire. This he made the American Rugby and the scholars paid the same affectionate tributes to him as were given to Temple. Such an ali pervading influence; “The Doctor was so much present every boy got a share of him." A student said to a mother visiting the school, “I never saw the Doctor lose his temper; he never scolds, and he writes to all the old fellows."

Two of his remarks show his spirit. "It is never necessary for a man to fall in order to be strong." Garfield once said to him, “I see, Dr. Coit, that you have the faculty of impressing yourself tipon your

boys;" to which Coit replied, "I have an- weary waste of Fiction! Why is it that other Image in my mind which I hope to we waste so many hours of this pitifully impress."

brief life in poring over the character and His example and influence never lost its actions of creatures we should walk a mile hold upon the Alumni. At his funeral, a to avoid ? "Powerful but unpleasant” as stormy, winter day, the chapel was crowded Hamilton Mabie says of one of the most by the old boys and impressive meeting highly praised, would apply to many more. were held in many of our great cities by And books full of inspiration and help are the mourning graduates to honor this waiting for our earnest attention. “Servant of God and Leader of Men.'' How fleeting the impressions made by Houghton and Mifflin. Price $1.50.

even the highest style of novel. Who can recall an important thought from even

Mrs. Humphrey's earlier novels long Recollection of Joseph Jefferson by his

drawn out? And, Why does Henry James friend and companion actor must be lov

find readers and admirers? I would as ingly alluded to. Francis Wilson who just lieve listen to the moonings and maundernow is making his audience smile from his ings of the acknowledged insane. Writing unfitness to take a priestly role, was an

the life of his dear friend Story, he used intimate friend, associated with him in the

simple Saxon, and was his better self. remarkable all-star cast of "The Rivals.:' I cannot see the benefit to author or pubSheridan, by the way, considered “The lisher in a two column review of a new Rivals” a poor play and wished he had novel, relating in detail, the entire plot and never written it. So poorly do geniuses leaving nothing to be sought out. So mine judge of their own work! We get from

shall be brief and to the point. this volume little that is new; it is simply the informal tribute of a familiar friend of a dear old man; and we again see him Miss Runkle's second novel, “The Truth as an artist, a fisherman, a faithful friend; About Tolna," is very unlike the first and the most beloved American actor!

is a first rate summer book with which Ilis dramatic career covered a period of to entertain yourself in a lazy hour and seventy years. Wilson wishes that Jeffer- then lend the story to a friend. The only son might have passed away upon the unatural character is Denys Alden, who stage; appropriately beautiful, if in the caused all the excitement. sieep scene of Rip Van Winkle he had one I have always wondere 1 if Mrs. Runkle, night never waked. But he died on the Bertha's wonderfully learned mother, was day Shakespeare was born: Shakespeare not a silent partner in the first great sucwho was Jefferson's Bible. He said many cess? History is her speciality and what pithy things; as "Vagueness is not to be young girl who had been devoted to art mistaken for suggestion;" "Acting is more for several years could have possessed such a gift than an art;" “Art is the actor's accurate and familiar knowledge of the sweetheart;" "I like to be alone when I time and persons she described ? It seemed paint, but have no objection to a great

almost a miracle. But probably this is a many people when I act.” Scribners. most absurd imagining ! Price $2.00.

In “Old Washington," by Harriet Prescott Spofford, we have a delightful series of stories concerning the struggles and experiences of refined Southern women at the Capitol, just after the Civil War, and each one seemd to me more charming, than the one just read until at the end "A Little Old Woman" and "The Colonel's Christmas," I was sure were the best of all. Little, Brown and Company. Price $1.50.

Four worth while books from Henry Holt and Company: Immigration and Its Effects Upon the United States; American Public Problem Series, by Prescott F. Hall, Secretary of the Immigration Restriction League. The effect of these immigrants upon the United States, viewed in its political, social and economic aspects is discussed. Price $1.65:

The Negro and the Nation, by George S. Merriam. A witty and scholarly study of the Negro question, interpreting the facts of political history with special reference to present-day problems. Price $1.75.

Dare I speak of novels in general, as I see them?

By the press notices, each one seems to be the best seller and the finest work of the author; or one praises his special favorite as an oasis in the present dreary,

Problems of Babyhood. by Rachel Kent Fitz, A.M. and George Wells Fitz, M.D.

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That the desert should blossom like the possibilities are better determined private rose was the dream of a prophet-poet, but enterprise will join in the undertaking and it is coming true. One desert is already what is already accomplished will be seen blossoming in a most wonderful manner, to be but the beginning of a new era of and the example thus established is to agricultural progress.

Much of the work push far into the future the time feared thus far has been in a semi-tropical region by the Malthrisians when the earth will where great and frequent crops are realfail to produce crops to feed its population. ized but in time even "sterile New EngWithin the last quarter century scientific land” will feel the magic touch, and much irrigation has reclaimed from "The Great waste land will become productive. Here American Desert” of the old geographies drainage and irrigation will go hand in an area equal to that of the state of Mass- hand, and the maintenance of thousands of achusetts, and made the worthless land acres of morass that an insignificant millworth a hundred and fifty million dollars privilege may be preserved will be seen to for agricultural purposes. About ninety be criminally wasteful, while the streams millions has been expended in the work, will be led along the barren hillsides, until and it is an investment worth much more the productive area will be largely into the nation and to the world at large creased The work is waiting, and the that the same amount spent on fortresses advantage is apparent. Little by little it and war ships. And the work is as yet will be accomplished. hardly begun. Government contributions were necessary at the start, and are still desirable, but as practical conditions and London philanthropists are discussing the

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