The Sunday Oregonian. (Portland, Ore.) 1881-current, October 21, 1906, PART THREE, Page 37, Image 37

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    THE SUNDAY OREGOXIAN, PORTLAND, OCTOBER 21, 1906.
"Happy is the man who finds in himself and his
books his best society. Books are always at
one's beck and call. - Friends are not."-seiected.
iJiiisBfif
rrinueaa Maritza, by Percy Brebner. Illus
trated by Harrlion Fleher. T. J. McBrlde
& Won, Now York City.
A girl's first bfau. or the advent of the
premier bnby in a family, urouse the
iennre.t feelings and so ousht the
coming of a publisher's first novel. This
Is true of "The Prlnress Maritza" just
Issued by T. J. Me Bride & Srtil. At
traclivfly hound, witli a cover in green,
red and white, printed in a type marked
by its clearness, and a 'story pulsing with
love and war of the.Zenda quality, but
filled with real men and women whom
It is a pleasure to know. the book is
eminently readable and will be hailed as
an of the sueiesses of the season.
The aetion starts like the -crack of a
whip and Is followed by intrigue after
Intrigue and with a plot of weblike
iiuallty until the only resource left to the
leader Is to pursue this entertaining and
interest compelling story to the i-lose.
IJke Anthony Hope's "Prisoner of
Zenda," Mi Brebmer's novel tells of self
sHcrifiee. patriotism and . renunciation of
I'Mish motive. In "Zep.da" Rassendyl
ultimately parts from the Princess Flavia
after the Englishman ha? succeeded in
bringing the king or Zenda to his own
asain. Rut Captain Desmond Bllerey and
his Princess Maritza safely escape to
western Europe after their operA oouffe
revolution fails wlnre they live happily
ever after. The mythical country named
In the romance is Waltaria, the pre
tender to the throne of which Is the
Princess Marltza. Although the geogra
phical location Is not mentioned since
the kingdom Is a petty one.? In central
Kurnpe an.l more or less under the thumb
of Russia, it is presumed that Wallaria
Is meant to be a place somewhere in the
Balkan peninsula.
Chapter one besins in Knglnnd where
Captain Desmond soldier of fortune
make's the acquaintance of a breezy
nchool girl, the latter of course being the
princess In disguise. Here Is her picture
and she must have been altogether lovely
to look upon:
Her loose hair streaming In the wind was
the color of burnished copper, rich as a
golden Autumn tint in the glow of an eve
ning sun. Her eyes were dark, yet of a
changeful color, as full of secrets as a deep
pool In the hollow of a wood, quiet, silent
secrets which presently when the time camo
a lover ndgnt seek In understand, yet prom
Iftlng angry and tempestuous moods should
storms happen. Her lips, parted often as
though she were waiting for some one with
eager expectation, revealed an even row of
pearly teeth, and the pink Hush of health
and beauty aa In her cheeks.
Up to this time Desmond had had little
to do with women, but It is not surpris
ing to find him hasten to his destiny
otherwise. Wallaria where he accepted an
appointment as captain of horse under
the king of that country. Desmond finds
plot and counter plot in the process of
solution between rival partisans of the
TCInV of Wallaria and the Princess
Maritza. One of the daring conspirators
Is a beautiful woman, lite Countess
Mavrodtn. Oilier revolutionists are Baron
Potrescu and Monsieur De Kroilette. The
Princess Maritza secretly arrives In
Sturatzherg. the capital of Wallaria
where Desmond and she meet. Together
they ride to hilly country where Vasillci,
a brigand chief, seems to be holding an
army of cheerful bravos open to the high
est bidder. Fast and furious lighting fol
lows but in the revolution the troops of
the king are stronger, anil theDesmoml
Tllaiitza faction is worsted. The two chief
actors in the romance retire from it by
finding a home In Italy.
Mr. Frontier has Ihe merit of being
graphic without being dull. Instead of
telling the story himself he wisely makes
his characters tell it lor him. His novel
has the tramn of armed men and the
clash of sword against sword.
The Airship Ilrugnn, by William 3. Hop
kins. Illustrated by Ruth M. Halleek.
fl.S.Y loul!i'day. Tape & 'o.. New York
l lty. and the J. K. Gill Co., Portland.
Quite a leap in a new direction. Air
ships art sjMikon of here with as much
familiarity as rowboats are referred to
in other books, and the result is that
we have what is really 'a clean, home
like, entertaining story for young peo
ple. Three youngsters living in the
old New Knt l.i nd town of Durston
take an involuntary trip in an airship
owned by one of their fathers, and
their adventures are told in delightful
fashion. Additional humor Is supplied
by Timothy. n dog. Put Mulloy, an
Irish hostler, two knowing horses, and
a w hale.
The Face of t'la.v, by llurate A. Vai'hell.
Jl.IW. lodd. Mead & Co.. New York City.
and the J. K. Gill Co.. Portland.
Starting with a tine word picture of
stirring: realism concerning the hardy
men wno make up the sardine fleet
off Concarneau, France, this novel is
written vilh considerable emphasis
and power and will have attraction, for
women readers, especially those ac
quainted with the French runguage.
There Is just enough French In the
boott to make a plain American wonder
what It Is ail about.
The I.lon nnd the Mouse, by Charles Klein.
Illustrated by Stuart Travis. $l.M. G. W.
DiHinKham Co.. New York City and
tae J. K. Oill Co.. Portland.
A terrific arraignment of the money
pow er Represented by plutocracy, com
bining to tnake a novel as exciting and
fascinating as any In recent years.
Tnis story of New York's financial life
Is novelized from the play of that
came, wnich has been performed In
England and in this country, earning
enormous receipts. This Fall, four
theatrical companies will present "The
Lion and the Mouse" in different por
tions of America.
Money and corruption are here rep
resented In the person of John Burkett
Ryder, the reputed owner of 1000 mil
lions of dollars. Ryder, who is prob
ably a thin veneer for one Rockefeller,
ruins Ju.ige Rossmore and in turn Is
hrotignt to bay by the judge's daugnter.
Under the nom de plume of Shirley
Gri ene, she writes a novel of exposure
entitled "The American Octopus." The
finish is highly dramatic and it would
have been more so had it included a
picture of Ryder in Jail.
Mars and Its Mystery, by Edward 6. Morse.
Illustrated, t'-i. Little, Brown & Co., Bos
ton. Most treatises on astronomical phe
nomena confuse the general reader by
the superfluity of scientific terms only
understood by scientific men. Can we
wonder then that there is not more in
terest shown in a study of the heavens?
Mr. Morse's book is written with such
clearness of vision and simplicity of
language that his meaning can be clearly
understood by persons of ordinary edu
cation. At no time in recent years has
anyone . written a book which strikes a
more popular note on this highly de
batable subject. In support of his theo
ries Mr. Morse presents an array of facts
culled from a multitude of authors and
It is reassuring to read what he has
written.
Persuaded that there are other worlds
than our own, peopled by living beings,
Mr. Morse gives it as his deliberate opin
ion that Mara is inhabited by intelligent
activity, and that the white markings on
the planet probably represent canals, by
which melting snow caps are utilized to
furnish water for potable and. Irrigating
purposes. He argues that Mars, being a
much older world than ours, its waters
must have vanished by chemical combina
tion with the rocks and otherwise. With
Tyndall. Mr. Morse expresses the belief
that, with regard to distant suns, there Is
in space something besides our system on
which they shine.
If we are puzzled at the physical ap
pearance of Mars through our.telescopes,
what must the Martians think in examin
ing our earth? They will find on our
planet large yellow and reddish areas,
extensive greenish areas, and larger re
gions of various shades of blue, possibly
occupying three-fourths of . the earth's
surface. Unquestionably, the Martians,
being unfamiliar with oceans, could hard
ly believe that puch vast tracts of blue
could really be water. Mr. Morse writes
reverently on God's work of creation.
The Ifexroostructlon of Europe, by. Professor
Theodor Flathe, being the lllth volume
of "History of All Nations." edited by
Dr. John Henry Wright. Illustrated. Lea
Brothers & Co., Philadelphia. .
Briefly speaking, this volume is di
vided into two great parts the period of
the second empire in France and the cre
ation of United Germany. Of extraordi
nary interest, the hook is the last of four
lately contributed to the series by Theo
dore Flathe, the well-known German his
torian, and the reading is again marked
by high dramatic style. It is like a series
of glowing stage pictures, by a niastar
hand.
Two wars are specially described the
Crimean War. in which the splendid brav
ery of both British and Frencli are shown,
together with wretched mismanagement
as regards sanitary precautions and com
missariat: and the Franco-German War
of 7i when proud France bit the dust to
one Bismarck, he of Wood and iron. The
sensible condensation of historical fact is
one of the charms of the literary arrange
ment, and exceedingly creditable to Pro
fessor Flathe. His study of Bismarck is
close and discriminating, and much less
space is bestowed on events themselves
than on causes which led to those events
and the results which followed from them.
The whole history picture can be com
mended as a safe study nnd finely suited
to' the needs of those who wish to give
young students correct ideas as to the
process of European nation-making.
The present volume serves as a gentle
reminder that the series of "A History
of All Nations" is rapidly drawing to a
close. It is positively a stupendous- under
taking, and without a parallel In the pub
lishing business of this country during
the past decade. The books stand on so
high a literary plane that they will .be
recognized historical authorities by those
who come after us.
Harding of St. Timothy's, by Arthur Stan
wood Pier. Illustrated.. $1. 30. Hough
ton. Mifflin Co.. Boston, and th. J. K.
Gill Co.. Portland.
Just a "Tom Brown's Schooldays" has
set up a manly ideal for English boys,
so should "Harding of St. Timothy's"
perform the same office for American
young hopefuls. Clean, Invigorating- and
pulsing with life and healthy animal
spirits, the story is sure to have a large
following. Athletic sports, especially In
tercollegiate football, are attractively fea
tured. Snowbound, A Winter Idyl, by John Green
lecf Whittler. Illustrated. $2.50. Hough
ton. Mifflin ft Co.. Boston, and the J. K.
t;ill Co.. Portland.
With 20 full-page illustrations, draw
ings by Howard Pyle, John J. Ennek
ing and Edmund H. Garrett; decora
tions by Adrian J. Iorlo, handsomely
bound and printed on thick cream pa
per, this edition de luxe of Whittier's
great poem of nature-r-probably . the
greatest nature poem In the language
will commend itself to the cultured
taste of those wishing to find a typical
book-gift for a birthday anniversary
or the approaching Christmas season.
Every storied pag and picture of color
form a never-failing literary delight,
while the artists have surpassed them
selves. .It Is pleasing to know that the
demand" for this good old poem Is so
steadythat the publishers have been
encouraged to -prepare this illustrated
edition. The book easily leads among
the finer presentations of the seasons.
Then the familiar lines. Do you re
member tire opening?
The sun that brief December day
Rose cheerless over hills of gray.
And. darkly circled, gave at noon
A sadder light Than waning" moon.
A chill, no coat, however stout.
Of homespun 'stuff could quite shut out,
A hard, dull bitterness ofcold
That checked, mid-vein, the circling race
Of llfeblood In the sharpened face
The coming of the snow-storm told.
The Saint, by Antonio Fogazzario and trans
lated fromr the Italian by M. Agnettl
Prltchard. 3. P. Putnam's Sons, New
York City, and the J. K. Gill Co.. Port
land. It has been a matter of regret to all
lovers of the best tliat is in modern
Italy that such harsh critics should
measure .Italy's splendid literary
achievements by the degenerate books
of Gabriele d'Annunzio. People have
leoked for "good" Italian novels, only
to be told that these were locked up
in the' heart of the Italian language,
without translation into English.
But . here at last Is done hito English
one of the greatest novels of religion in
Italy ever written. It has been con
demned by the Congregation of the Index,
and able literary' critics have pronounced
It as having excited as bitter a contro
versy as did "John Inglesant" or Robert
Elsmere." Jesuits would have none of
it. yet Christian democrats have ac
cepted it as their gospel..
The novel tells about one pietro Mair
onl, a" man of the world, who "gets re
ligion" and is fired with a strange zeal
to sincerely worship God and help his
fellow men. As Benedetto, the lay
brother, he Is recognised as a holy man,
a saint. He preaches the supremacy of
conduct over aitual, and hence the storm
in religious waters.
From, Dream to Vision of Mfe, by Lilian
Whiting. ft. Little. Brown & Co., Boston.
For a great ' many years the friends of
Miss Lilian Whiting have accepted her
as a cultured literary woman and apostle
of a spiritual significance relating to the
life to come. The present volume finds
Its keynote in the question asked by the
Archbishop of Canterbury: "The life be
yondwhat Is it? What is its bearing on
these present working years?"
Miss Whiting, answers with peculiar
spiritual clairvoyance and says that the
change we call death Is simply the pro
cess by which the spiritual or ethereal
body disengages Itself from the tempo
rary physical covering and becomes
thereby an inhabitant of the ethereal
world, which Is as natural an environ
ment as is the physical world. She be
lieves that the signs of the times are for
a vast and potent increase of spiritual
manifestation, and that the time is not
far distant when conversational inter
course with those in the thereal world
will be as universally a matter of belief
as is now the fact of communication by.
means of telephone, cable and wireless
telegraphy. A book that makes you think.
The Second Violin, by Grace S. Richmond.
Illustrated. Zl.sn. Doubleday. Page &
Co.. New York City, and the J. K. Gill
Co.. Portland.
At first blush when you look at the
title the memory of a famous story,
"The First Violin," is recalled. But
this novel is quite different. It is a
wholesome, altogether delightful story
of family life with a home atmosphere
that reminds one of Miss Alcott's per
ennial tales. Who is "The Second Vio
lin?" Miss Charlotte Birch, who plays
that instrument in her own family or
chestra. The troubles of a young
housekeeper whose father and mother
are suddenly called away to New
Mexico, are told in a satisfying way
that will please all women and girls.
Dr. Andrew Churchill fits in well with
the other characters. In speaking to
his girl-wlfe he makes loving use of
Stevenson's memorable quotation:
Steel true and blade straight.
The great artificer
Made ray mate. '
American Hero Stories, by E a March Tap
pan. Ph. D. Illustrated. St. Houghton,
Mifflin & Co., Boston, and the J. K. Oill
Co., Portland.
To introduce in informal and friend
ly fashion some of the makers of
American history and to provide boys
and girls with a simple, broad founda
tion for the future study of history and
biography, Dr. Tappan sends out this
admirable historical story-book of 264
pages. In it aro given five accounts
of voyagers and explorers, ranghng
from Columbus to our own Lewis and
Clark; stories of five colonies of
marked dissimilarity Virginia Que
bec: Plymouth, New York and Phila
delphia; brief lives of four pioneers
of the 18th and 19th centuries; and 15
short stories of war times. One of the
pictures noticed is that of Sacajawea.
The book should attract parents, teach
ers and scholars. Miss Tappan has
charm as a historian for young folks.
i
The Man in the Case, by Elizabeth Stuart
Phelps. Illustrated by Henry J. Peck.
$1.00. Houghton. Mifflin & Co., Boston
and the J. K. Gill Co.. Portland.
"Llvin' is like cat's cradle." said Mary
Caroline. "It's quite interestln' long's
there ain't a man's hand a-holdin' of
the string. They're a passel of sp'iled
boys men folks." Thus begins a
charming story of quiet life in the
town of Mapleleaf. and. with a typical
New England tinge to it. The tale may
be described as one of mystery, human
devotion, and simple romance, affecting
a finely tiatured woman, who fought
gossips and incidentally the world,
coming out victor. The character draw
ing is strong and holds the reader's at
tention. One of the best books writ
ten out of a long list by this distin
guished authoress.
Step by Step, by Mrs. George Sheldon
rowns. Illustrated. $1.80. J. W. Dil
lingham Co., New York City, and the J.
K. Gill Co., Portland.
How much better is a well told story
in a book qpver which has the quality
of artistic beauty such as "Step by
Step." This cover is In blue and gold,
the design being original and marked
by fine taste. For years Mrs. Downs
has written stories under her nom
de plume of Mrs. Georgle Sheldon, -and
now- she makes public her own name.
"Step by Step" is a story of ideals,
principally affecting the destiny of a
$100,000 legacy belonging to Louis
Arnold, an almshouse waif, who haa
a most romantic history. The charac
ter shading is superb.
The Master Spirit, by Sir William Magnay.
Illustrated. $1.50. Little, Brown & Co.,
Boston.
Quite a dramatic, powerful story, con
cerning a dual personality in London so
ciety life. Its complicated "plot, replete
with mystery, has two principal actors
Paul Gastlneau and Goeffrey Herrlerd.
Gastineau. who it supposed to have been
killed in a railroad accident, is a lawyer
and statesman of great renown, and. for
reasons of his own, prefers to remain in
obscurity, a helpless cripple, and make
Herrlerd nis mouthpiece. What follows
is a spider-web plot of striking inter
est, with a surprising and exoitlng de
noument. A vein of love runs through
the romance.
Mr. Pickwick's Christmas, by Charles Dick
ens, with pictures by George Alfred Will
lams. $2. The Baker A Taylor Co., New
York City.' '.
Assertion is sometimes made that Dick
ens' best story of humor, the "Pickwick
Papers," as a book. Is bulky. But here
is a pleasingly illustrated presentation of
selections from . those very papers of
chapters dealing with the Pickwickian
Christmas at the Manor farm. The tales
of the -goblin who stole a sexton and the
famous sports on the ice are featured.
The quaint illustrations are remarkably
well done. Mr. Williams' introduction in
which he shows that Dickens did not care
altogether for the element of caricature Is
written with authority and critical sense.
The book appeals as a holiday gift.
Richard, the Brazen, by Cyrus Townsend
Brady and Edward Peple. Illustrated.
$1.50. Moffatt, Yard Co.. New York
City, and the J. K. Gill Co.. Portland.
Texas steers and New York finance
bottled and shaken up well before pre
sentation. Mr; Brady and Mr. Peple say
they have dedicated this little comedy
to each other, it is mirthful, and pulses
with interest and grip. Two finan
ciers, Jacob Rerwyck, of New York,
and "Bill" Williams, of Texas, are
parties in a finish feud with their
daughter and son respectively as prom
inent actors, the latter being unaware
of each other's identity. Richard the
Brazen, otherwise Richard Williams,
is worth knowing . both as a Texas
cowboy and a New- York society man.
The book sparkles with typical Ameri
can life, with catchy humor.
The Story of Scraggles, by George Wharto'n
James. Illustrated. $1. Little. Brown &
Co.. Boston.
Scraggles was the name of a crippled
song-sparrow, and the story of finding
and living with her' is told with touching,
soulful human interest because she made
better the lives of the humans around
her. Mr. James found the bird in the
street, and she perched on his foot and
nestled around his hands when he re
cently wrote his well-known book. "In
and Out of the Old Missions of Califor
nia." Up to the 75th page, Scraggles tells
her story in her own simple language and
then Mr. James finishes the tah?. Her
death is described with poetic beauty, and
all who love animals and their number
is legion will do well to drink of the in
spiration this little book gives.
Foibles of the Bar. By Henry S. Wilcox;
$1. The Legal Literature Company, Cni
cago. No, gentle reader, this isn't a record of
a thirst emporium, but a volume consist
ing of 17 chapters devoted to word pic
tures describing lawyers and scenes in
courts of law. Mistakes that have eeri
ously Interfered with the administration
of justice and qualifications essential to
the highest success at the bar are illus
trated by means of .parables told of
Billie Goodfellow, Peter Protest, Thomas
Doubt, gGrabhem & Fleecem, etc. The
book will interest the general reader as
well as the practicing lawyer by its'
shrewdness and penetrating, comment.
Mr. Wilcox is a Chicago lawyer. t
Brothers and Sisters, by AbbJe Farwell
Brown. Illustrated. $1. Houghton.
Mifflin & Co.. Boston, and the J. K. Gill
Co., Portland. (
Two littlec hildren, Kenneth and
Rose, are taken through some fifteen
episodes, the first being the finding of
a stray cat on Christmas Eve, and the
subsequent adventures of kitty. Three
chapters connected with April Fool's
Day afford no end of fun for young
readers. The Christmas story is an
excellent one for the holidays and will
help to make "Brothers and Sisters'' a
desirable gift.
Montlivet, by Alice Prescott Smith. $1.50.
Houghton. Mifflin ft Co., Boston, and the
J. K. GUI Co.. Portland.
Hurons, Chlppewas and other Indian
tribes with French adventurers keep
ing them company, and with the year
1695 as a period for illustration this
novel tells when France was mighty
in the Louisiana Valley and in Canada.
There are stirring Indian fights de
picted, somewhat after the Fenimore
Cooper style. The reading is strong
and color bola.
Scarlett of the Mounted, by Marguerite
Mortngton. Illustrated. $1.2o. Moffat,
Yard & Co., New York City, ana the J. K.
Gill Co.. Portland.
With plenty of dashing action and here
an there a brimstone "word to add em
phasis, this romance of the Canadian
Northwest in which Sergeant Scarlett, of
the Northwest mounted police is the cen
tral figure is marked toy Its-racy dialogue
and succession of humorous character
studies.
The Queen's Hostage, , by Harriet T. Com
stock. Illustrated. $1.50. Little. Brown
& Co.. Boston.
A hark-back to the time of Queen Eliz
abeth, of England, and Shakespeare, the
plot of the romance being centered on
young Lord Ronald Rathven, who is held
as a hostage for his father's loyalty. The
story has plenty of grip, action and his
torical sentiment, and is worth reading.
The fine illustrations are by Clyde O.
De Land.
The Diverting History of John Gilpin, en
graved by Robert Seaver. Illustrated. 75
cents. Houghton. Mifflin ft Co.. Boston,
and the J. K. Gill Co.. Portland.
Printed and bound in' the fashion of the
eld primers and illustrated on each page
with an original wool cut making a unique
copy of a famous poem. It is worth
a note that the original John Gilpin was
Mr. Beyer, a London llnendraper who
died 1791, aged nearly 100 years.
A Sheaf of Stories, by Susan Coolldge. Il
lustrated. $1.25. Little. Brown ft Co., Bos
ton. Eleven stories of home interest concern
ing little boys and girls who do things
worth writing about. The two best-told
tales are A Thanksgiving Pie" and
"General Trot and His Thanksgiving Din
ner." A cheerful, healthy moral note is
sounded.
Ready, the Reliable, by Lu F. Wesselhoeft.
Illustrated. $1.50. Little, Brown ft Co.,
Boston.
Ready was a stray bulldog that unex
pectedly found a home with the Stetsons
and then fell in love with the Stetson
children. Just the kind of a sound,
healthy story for young readers who need
to be taught to love dumb animals.
The Pursuit of Happiness, by George
Hodges. 75 cents. Doubleday, Page ft
Co.. New York City, and the J. K. Gill
Co.. Portland. x
Six helpful, practical talks couched in
plain language on happiness considered
from the viewpoints of determination,
regulation, proportion, vision, ministra
tion, and religion.
Miserere, by Mabel Wagnalls. Hlustrated. 40
cents. Funk ft Wagnalls, New Y'ork City.
The fascinating story of a beautiful
singer and a fleeting romance connect
ed with her ife. The God-like possi
bilities of tne human voice in song are
exemplified by one Giovanni Canova,
who dedicates his talents as a voice
collector.
A Borrowed Sister., by Eliza Orne White.
Illustrated by Katharine Pyle. $1. Hough
ton, Mifflin ft Co., Boston, and the J. K.
Gill Co.. Portland.
Mothers can have no fear in allowing
this wholesome story of a little girl's life
to be freely read In the family. Well
told and interesting.
Boy Blue and His Friends. By Etta Austin
Blalsdell and Mary Frances Blalsdell. Il
lustrated. Little. Brown ft Co.. Boston.
Little people from 6 to 8 years old will
delight in these stories of child life in
which the familiar characters of Mother
Goose reappear in new roles.
IN, LIBRARY AND WORKSHOP.
"Davenport and Hia Farm." by Robert
Ho'oart Davis, is the star article in the
Woman's Home Companion for November. It
tells the llfe-atory of Homer Davenport, Ore
gon's cartoonlat, and features his fondness for
Arab ctveda. a
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C. J. Bellamy's fairy book. "Th Wonder
Children." - will rove a delight to all call-
Leoncavallo Makes His Debut
. Composer of "I Pagliacci" Fails to Dazzle Critical New York. ,
Virginia Harried Appears in Sardou Drama.
NEW YORK. Oct. 15. (Special corres
pondence.) After long heraldlngs
Leoncavallo at last made his debut
In America at Carnegie Hall. This is a,
most interesting fact, and around it is a
most interesting condition.' Now, as a
matter of fact. Leoncavallo has not been
taken aright In New York, because New
York is New York, and because he is a
very great man. To explain what must
by this time seem paradoxical, it ltbe un
derstood that not all great man are ben
efitted by .being exploited as attractions
on the concert stage, when really they
shine In the grandeur of their compo
sition and in the very modesty of a great
artist, aeoncavallo wrote "I Pagliacci."
That stands for enough. Had he never
done anything else he still is master of
a great art. He has proven himself a
true musician and a capable one.
At the baton he is simple, unassuming
and devoid of tricks, but dignified always,
most winning. Indeed, through his great
seriousness and through a lack of all that
is theatrical. But Leoncavallo is badly
hampered with an orchestra which may
or may not be all right at.JLa Scala, but
which Is certainly anything but satis
factory in Carnegie Hall. All modern mu
sic needs beyond everything else an ab
solutely flawless intonation in the medium
of expression, because Intonation Is put
to the severest test since there Is much
that Is discordant, and In this it would
be better to know what is the composer's
intention and what the fault of intonation
on the part of the orchestra. Here was
perhaps the most serious drawback, for
no one can deny a very great ability on
the part of the composer, and there is no
fault to find witli Leoncavallo as con
ductor, but he was absolutely unable to
show results, because he had no medium
of expression.
In the company are some very capable
singers and others less so. Mme. Fer
rablnll Is really charming and most at
tractive. The same may be said of Mes
damee Rlzzlni and Calve, although their
talents lie in somewhat different direc
tions. Those things which affect us un
pleasantly are in a large measure foreign
mannerisms, and would it be kind to crit
icise them harshly because they are not
accustomed to our methods, nor we to
theirs? The eternal compliments which
passed between the singers and the Maes
tro grew tiresome and ridiculous, may we
not say. Everybody appreciated the fact
that all the credit, every particle of it,
was due Leoncavallo in his role of com
poser. We also knew just how much was
due the singers who interpreted well or
less satisfactorily his music. Long ago
we have been able to dispense with the
mock deference and courtesy which is cus
tomary between conductor and soloist,
not only here, but at all -concerts where
conductor and soloists shake hands and
pass compliments to Impress the public.
It always savors of something unpleasant,
but it remained for the company accom
panying Leoncavallo to make us realize
that it is all a sham.
The program is not what we are ac
customed to' and outside of the direct
Interest in the Leoncavallo music
there was little to attract a New York
audience. However, it is a first-class
road attraction and should be received
as such. The programmes were de
voted to excerpts of Leoncavallo's
operas, "Zaza," "Rolondo di Berlino,"
"Pagliacci" and "La Boheme" which,
by the way, must not be confounded
with Puccini's opera of the same name
and upon the same subject. Leonca
vallo's opera has never been given in
this country, while the Puccini work
has become part of the season's reper
tory. Roland of Berlin will be re
membered as the opera written by
Leoncavallo in collaboration with Em
peror William of Germany, and it must
be said that the struggle to Germanize
the modern Italian was rather thank
less at best. Leoncavallo has an in
teresting personality, but in appear
ance he is hardly attractive, being very
short and exceedingly heavy.
It is a singular coincidence that
Leoncavallo should be a guest within
our gates upon the occasion which
should be dear to the heart of every
Italian musician. There was a great
celebration Friday which served to
honor the memory not only of Verdi,
the great Italian composer, but also
of the 414th anniversary of the dis
covery of America. This was done by
the unveiling of a statue of Verdi,
which is the third great work of art
erected by the Italians of New Y'ork.
The one most prominently set is the
great column at Columbus Circle,
which Is so familiar a landmark as to
be overlooked entirely, but If one stops
to consider or to examine it will be
found of rare beauty. The second is
a statue of Garibaldi on Washington
Square, and on their march to unveil
the Verdi statue they stopped to place
garlands on the base of, the other two
equally dear to them.
The Verdi monument stands at Sher
man Square. at the Intersection of
Broadway and Seventy-second street,
and in the presence of 10.000 people
this piece of white Carrara marble was
unveiled. An orchestra and 150 voices
under direction of Arturo Vlgna, of the
Metropolitan Opera Company, gave se
lections from Verdi's works, and the
unveiling in Itself was unique in his
tory. Miss Gahrmann. granddaughter
of Chevalier Charles Barsotti, through
whose efforts the statue was made pos
sible, pujled a string which, released a
balloon, which as it shot up into the
air carried with it the veiling of red,
white and green which concealed the
dren, and especially to those fortunate enough
to be read to. "The Wonder Children" are
quite of the 20th century kind, but their ex
periences teach them to soe the fairies, giant,
goblins, etc., among which most children move.
.
The Technical "World magazine for October
is dedicated to -women in technical work and
has Quite a number of illustrated articles on
that subject.
"A Book of Mulc" will be the jtitle of the
new volume of Richard Watson Glider's verse
to be issued this Fall. It is to contain those
of Mr. Gilder's poems, published and unpub
lished, which relate to music either directly
or symbolically.
Ainelee's for November has a table of con
tents which exceed the exceptionally high
standard of this magaxlne. The contributors
include Baroness Orczy. Eleanor Hoyt Rrain
erd. H. B. Marriott-Wat son. Kate Jordan.
Margaret Sutton Brtecoe. Constance Smedley.
Francis Metcalfe, T.ady BroonTe, Sarah Guern
sey Bradley. Madeline Bridges, Curtis Hidden
Page, and other. m m m
McClure'a fcr October naturally arouses spe
cial interest this month becauee the same
number of the American magazine contains
considerable literary attractions, the work of
men and wbraen who used to be ehlning lights
in Mct'lare's. Lincoln tsteffene writes an ap
preciation of Judge Lindsey, of Denver, Colo.,
and George K. Turner discusses "Galveston;
A Business Corooi-ation."
Another magazine to enter the 15-cent class
is The Popular, which, as a. 10-center. has been
a pronounced success. Beginning with the De
cember issue. The Popular will be enlarged to
224 pages, the paper will be of a better
quality than before, and there are many
other improvemeita announced. In consequence,
the price will go up to 15 cents. It is a
healthy kind of fiction that you always get In
The Popular yarn of adventure with "some
thing doing" from the start.
.
G. P. Putnam's Sons have In press for early
publication , the authorized American edition
cf the first story in the Fogazzaro Trlloerr.
which ts referred to in the note on page 6.
This book, issued In Italy under the title ot
"Piccolo Mondo Antico," will be published In
the English and American editions undr the
title of "The Patriot." It will be followed
shortly by the authorized edition, of the sec
Mr
VIRGINIA HARNED, WHO IS FLAYING IN "THE LOVE LETTER.
statue. As the balloon soared upwards
12 doves were released and flew hlsrh
over the heads of the spectators. A
shower of roses and other flowers in
the Italian colors also dropped from
the balloon as it arose. There were
addresses by many prominent men, es
pecially in u.e presentation by Cheva
lier Charles Barsotti, and following the
unveiling President McGowan accept
ed the grift on behalf of the city.
The monument represents the com
poser standing, and carrying a cloak on
his left arm. The figure faces the
south.
The base of the statue is surrounded
by figures in white marble, represent
ing four of Verdi's grand operas. These
are 'Falstaff,' "Forza del Destino,"
"Aida" and "Othello. At the base of
the statue is this inscription:
"Erected by the Italian community
through the efforts of Chevalier Charles
Barsotti, editor of the Italian daily
newspaper, II Progreso Italo-Ameri-cano.".
Representing King Victor Emmanuel
of Italy was Rear-Admiral Call, who
arrived here recently on the cruiser
Fieremosca for the occasion. Other
prominent officials who participated in
the ceremonies were Chevalier Montag
na. Charge d" Affaires of the Italian
Embassy in Washington; Commander
Mazzinghl, of the cruiser Fieremosca:
President McGowan, of the Board of
Aldermen,-who accepted the statue on
behalf of the city; Chevalier Charles
Barsotti, president of the Verdi monu
ment committee; the Italian Consul
General, Count A. Raybaudy Massag
lia ; Frank P. Cambria, vice-president
of the Verdi Monument Association,
and representatives of Spain, France,
Russia, Germany and the Argentine
Republic.
Under the head of musical attrac
tions we have Just had the visit of
Tvette Gullbert, in conjunction with
Albert Chevalier, well known as the
music hall singer of Coster songs. This
combination is remarkable for charac
ter drawing in the language of song,
because of actual musical joys there
are few, neither being a singer of great
parts, but each delineating character
with startling effects. It is true that
no one living has surpassed Mme. Guil
bert In real art. There are details of
the most subtle nature where she
could give points to a Bernhardt or a
Duse. The only appearances in New
York occurred Saturday and Saturday
night at Carnegie Hall.
Virginia Harncd, very far from the
frail, ethereal-looking creature she was
a few years ago, returned to New York
audiences on Monday night in a trans
lation of a play by Sardou under the
title of "The Love Letter." Miss Har
ned is full of life and spirit, and she
wears her stunning gowns to perfec
tion. The translation was made by
ond story In the Trilogy, "Piccolo Mondo
Moderno," which will probably bear the ttt!
of "The Man of the World." "The Saint"
completes the literary scheme of the author.
Marion Crawford's new novel, "A Lady of
Rome," is announced for publication by the
Macmijlan Company. It in a siory of modern
Roma rt society, and is said to be the most
dramatic and powerful work Mr. Crawford
has done since he wrote "The Heart of
Rome." .
The Century Company has secured the Amer
ican rights to Richard Whitcing'e "Ring in
the New." which has been warmly commended
by the English critics. It Is another story
of how the other half lives, or tries to live,
in London, and resembles "The Long Day"
In that it pictures the struggles of an nn
ak tiled girl to earn her living In a large city.
Mrs. Frances Hodgson Burnett's new novel
.'"through the entire year. The story has the
piquant title or Tne Shuttle "ro Man
knew," says the author, "when the Shuttle
began its slow and heavy weaving from shore
to shore that it was held and guided by ihe
great hand of fate" and deal with different
phases of international marriage, the heroines
being girls of the finest American type whoee
fortunes carry them to "England. The, illus
trations are being made by Greiffenhage'n.
Winston Churchill's newest novel. "Conts
ton," was published June 2. With two
thirds of the month gone it stood second on
The Bookman's list of best selling book for
June, with only four points separating it from
"The Jungle," which headed the list In
July It lead all Its competitors by a large
margin, the number of points credited to the
three leading books by The Bookman being
respectively as follows: "Coniston," 33.;
"Lady Baltimore." 167: "The Jungle." 1B2.
Two months after Its publlca-tion "CoMston"
was in its fifth large edition, and selling at
a rate which if continued for a few weeks
longer will place it in advance of all Mr.
Churchill's other books in point of salee.
Bram Stoker's ''Personal Reminlscenses of
Henry Irving." just published, seems likely to
take its place as not only the most import
ant book of the year Jn theatrical literature,
but as one of the most important books ever
writen about an actor. Brara Stoker's quali
fications for the task he set himself are be
yond question, for he Is a trained and skill
f- s 1
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;v
Ferdinand Gottschalk. and it is not
easy to say whether the frivolity and
the flippancy of the play are due to his
translation or to the frothiness of the
play itself. The play hinges on a love
letter found by the husband of Flor
ence RevlUon which she had received
during a former matrimonial alliance.
Knowing her husband to be very Jeal
ous and loving him sincerely, her first
impulse is to disclaim all knowledge of
the letter, which fell between the .
shelves of a desk "that was bought at
a sale. This seems to satisfy him
well enough until her sist r refers to
the same desk as an heirloom in the
family. It is then the husband's faith
is shaken, and all sorts of complica
tions arise, during which the whole
party tries to convince him of the fact
that whatever may have occurred hap
pened while she was the first hus-.
band's wife, and the audience is car
ried with lightning speed through
iiiree acis, aurmg wm--n a hjishiiib uulq
13 II1C (J UJCt, L - I JfUlilUlU AO It lO tU
up for hopeless, the wife of the man
who is supposed to have written the
letter tells the distracted woman In a
sweetly insinuating manner that a,
package of her old letters to her hus
band has been found, and they are at
her disposal should she want them.
She does want them very much, for
they bear the date of the flirtation,
and the date is all that Is necessary
for a reconciliation. In a word, it 1
closer to farce than to comedy, but it
is worm wriu e.
The cast Is as follows:
Florence Rev! Hon Mies Hurned
Theodore Potard Albert Gran
Philippe Jobelln "W. J. Ferg-uson.
Oliver Loysel...- Percy L.yndal
Oscar Mirlval Sydney fitlrllnff.
Monsieur Gaiton Charles Qulnn.
Fabien Charles Colven
Concierge Raymond Cia.gr
Julian Max field, More
Waiter "William Goodwin.
Gilberte Xxyel ...... - ..Eleanor Morettl
Louise Mirival... Mary Stock-WflV
Mme. Bourgoln Lillian PaiRw
Adellne Mary Cecil
For many moons the question ha
been on many Hps whether LiUiam
Russell could remain queen of th
arena with music expunged from com
edy. This seems to have been an
swered in the minds of thos who have
seen the old-time favorite In "Bar
bara's Millions." It is more Iikely
however, that Miss Russell cannot be?
Judged, as the play Is not conducive
to anyone's success. Tt is said that It
is to be called off the boards very;
shortly. The cast is as follows.
Barbara Lillian RusselL
George ' H. Reeves Smith
Rene de Follevllle. . . .Ferdinand Gottschalk
Erne3t G. Harrison Hunter
Fernanda Catherine Count!
Mrs. Chi very Tucker Mattle Ferirusort
Blanche de Ferieux Irene Perry
Lesage Walter Craven,
Jean Krneat Elton
Arline Rosaline de Vaux
EMELIE F. BAUER.
ful writer, as well as the mas who was closer
to Irving, both in business and In friendship,
than anyone elee. How seriously Mr. Stoker
has taken his tak may be judged by these
words from his preface: "For nearly 30 years
I was an intimate frlejid of Irving; in certain,
ways the most Intimate friend xjf his life. I
knew him as well as It is given to any man
to know another. And this knowledge is fully
in my nvind, when I say that, so far as X
know, there Is not In this book a word of hi
inner life or his outer circumstances that he
would wlrh unsaid; no omission that he would
have liked filled."
The gubliMiers of "The Cheerful Cricket
nd Otriera," by Jeanette Marks, professor
of English literature at Mt. Holyoke Col
lege, believe that in this bright and beauti
ful volume they have the leading Juvenile of
the year. To the child loving pictures, the
bright colors of nature, and brief stories of
small creatures of everyday experience, like
the toad, the butterfly, the caterpillar, the
book will be a source of constant delight.
So the first number of Putnam's Monthly
and The Critic Is out a reissue of the mag
azine the publication of which was begun by
the late George P. Putnam in 1853. The
new number is remarkably Interesting, and
It has that quiet, cultured, literary stylo
that will surely appeal to all thinking peo
ple, even In these latter days of yellow mag.
azines. The new Putnam's can easily hold
its own with similar magazines published In
this country and Great Britain. Its change
cf dross is most welcome and will bring sv
'.trger circle of friends.
The initial number of Dress, a m&xttily epi
tome of the world's best fashions, and pub
lished in New York City, has been received.
In exquisite color engravings, reproductions
of photographs and drawings, fine pajr. up-to-date
printing and what Is best, after all,
literary qua 1 i neat ions, no other similar pub
lication in this country devoted to dress can
hope to surpass this artistic venture. Will H.
Low has designed a beautiful cover page, and
one picture of a young woman, otherwise fully
attired, but wearing a hood and with a veil
over her face. Is a charming specimen ot
printers' art that really is art. The beauty
of tMs work is so excellent .that H to un
usual. , .