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volume has a special attractiveness, and those who are unfortunate enough to have lived elsewhere will find it a perfect panorama of New England country life. The letter-press, too, is interesting. "Picturesque Berkshire" has been preceded by "Picturesque Franklin," "Pictu"Picturesque Hampshire," each of one volume, and Picturesque Hampden," two volumes. All of these books may be obtained in Boston of W. B. Clarke & Co., Washington street, or of George E. Littlefield, 67 Cornhill.

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THE BOOK OF THE FAIR. An historical and descriptive pres. entation of the world's science, art, and industry, as viewed through the Columbian Exposition at Chicago in 1893. By Hubert Howe Bancroft. Part X. 40 pp. Paper, $1.00. Chicago and San Francisco: The Bancroft Company. 1894.

In part ten of the Bancroft "Book of the Fair," chapter thirteen, describing and illustrating the Agricultural building at Chicago and its exhibits, is concluded, and chapter fourteen, devoted to the electrical exhibits, is begun. Besides the many smaller illustrations, there are six full-page half-tone pictures in the number, showing the grand basin and court of honor, the Columbus arch of the peristyle, the reaper exhibit in the Agricultural building, administration plaza on Chicago day, a view up the east lagoon, and the illumination of the court of honor.

W. H. H.

"COMMON SENSE" APPLIED TO WOMAN SUFFRAGE. By Mary Putnam-Jacobi, M. D. 236 pp. Cloth, $1.00. New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons. 1894.

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Dr. Jacobi's book, according to its sub-title, is "a statement of the reasons which justify the demand to extend the suffrage to women, with consideration of the arguments against such enfranchisement, and with special reference to the issues presented to the New York state convention of 1894." After an introductory chapter come sections entitled "Evolution of Status of Women Since 1848," "Imminence of Woman Suffrage," "Existing Political Situation," "Arguments of Opponents," "Alleged Inexperience of Women,' Public Measures in which Women May Be Interested," "The American Discovery Webster and Madison," and "The Existing Situation." An appendix gives the author's recent address before the New York constitutional convention.

W. H. H.

WITH THE WILD FLOWERS FROM PUSSY-WILLOW TO THISTLEDOWN. By E. M. Hardinge. 271 pp. Cloth, $1.00. New York: Baker & Taylor Company. 1894.

The great merit of this book of practical botany is that the flowers and plants mentioned in it are spoken of in a popular way, the fewest possible technical terms being used. As the author says in her preface: "When one has been compelled to learn that a rose belongs to the series Phænogams, class dicotyledons, subclass angiosperms, division polypetalous, and order Rosacea, it does not thereafter smell

quite so sweet-Shakespeare to the contrary notwithstanding." "The student," she adds,. "who has been compelled to learn that canescent means hoary, and that hypocrateriform means salver-shaped has been bothered to little purpose." With this in view, she has written a series of interesting papers on the wild flowers, taking them up in the order in which they appear from spring to fall, and speaking of them in terms which any one can understand. The information that she gives is accurate, and thebook ought to have wide popularity and sale.


W. H. H.

[All books sent to the editor of THE WRITER will be ac knowledged under this heading. They will receive such further notice as may be warranted by their importance to readers of the magazine.]

THE ISLAND OF NANTUCKET. What it was and what it is. With a correct map. Compiled by Edward K. Godfrey. 365 pp. Paper, 50 cents. Boston: Lee & Shepard. HIS WILL AND HERS. By Dora Russell. 314 pp. Paper, 50 cents. Chicago: Rand, McNally, & Co. 1894. THE ABBÉ CONSTANTIN. By Ludovic Halévy. Illustrated. 226 pp. Paper, 50 cents. Chicago: Rand, McNally, & Co. 1894.

ON A MEXICAN MUSTANG. By Alexander E. Sweet and J. Armoy Knox. Illustrated. 290 pp. Paper, 25 cents. Chicago: Rand, McNally, & Co. 1894.

THE DISAPPEARANCE OF MR. DERWENT, Bv Thomas Cobb. 263 pp. Paper, 50 cents. Chicago: F. T. Neely. 1894THE QUEEN OF ECUADOR. By R. M. Manley. 331 pp. Paper, 50 cents. New York: The H. W. Hagemann Publishing Company. 1894.


[Under this heading it is intended to describe any handy little contrivance that may be of use in any way to literary workers. Facts about home-made devices particularly are desired. Paid descriptions of patented articles will not be printed here on any terms; but this shall not hinder any one from letting others know gratuitously about any invention that is of more than ordinary value to literary workers. Readers of THE WRITER are urged to tell for the benefit of other readers what little schemes they may have devised or used to make their work easier or better. By a free exchange of personal experiences every one will be helped, and, no matter how simple a useful idea is, it is an advantage that every one should know about it. Generally, the simpler the device, the greateris its value.]

A Good Paste.-E. F. Phillips tells in the Photographic Times how to make a satisfactory paste, as follows: "Put two or three teaspoonfuls of water, as hot as you can hold (not dip) your fingers in, into a clean teacup; have a teacupful of boiling water ready, then put in a heaping teaspoonful of corn starch into the

The London Sketch prints this notice in a ecent issue: "To Authors and Others: It is articularly requested that no further poems or hort stories be sent to the Sketch, as the editor is a supply sufficient to last him well into the ventieth century."

Norman Gale is preparing an anthology based a very novel and remarkable principle. It to be a selection from the works of living tis under forty years of age.


writer in the Philadelphia Inquirer learns m an old account book belonging to Gran's Magazine that Edgar Allen Poe was $52 for his story, "The Gold Bug." uch has been printed lately of the remarkalection of miniature books belonging to rench collector, Georges Salomon. re than 700 such tiny volumes, the largsuring two inches by one and one-eighth and the smallest, a French edition of hemin de la Croix," which has 119 pages, alf an inch long by three-eighths of an le. All the books are exquisitely bound. "r Stoddard, the son of R. H. Stoddard, has had poems published in the Cos", the Independent, and other periodiung Mr. Stoddard has also written


Philadelphia Record says that Miss "pplier, who is now visiting London, ne quite a literary lion in that city. ang has given a dinner party in her ng the guests being Professor Max Mrs. Humphry Ward has also enterat an "at home," and has spent n her company.

resting to hear what Miss Beatrice lls of the publishers. "I had piles manuscripts," she says. "I wrote story for Blackwood's, and all of

back to me, though the editor a note, begging me to try again. I met Mrs. Lynn Linton and Mrs. Awood. They gave me the beneence and sympathetic criticism, tories began to get into print." Magazine for August has a porshington Gladden.

A new biography of the Brontës is being prepared under the joint collaboration of Clement Shorter, of the Illustrated London News and the English Illustrated Magazine, and Dr. Robertson Nicoll, of the Bookman and the British Weekly.

"Several writers of repute," says the Athenaum, "are paid at the rate of $60 a thousand words for their short stories, but no novelist, we believe, has received so much for his serial rights as the editors of the Pall Mall Magazine have paid George Meredith for Lord Ormont and His Aminta.' The price, it is said on the best authority, was $50 a thousand words."

Janet Buchanan, of Le Mars, Iowa, won the prize for the best short story offered by the Midland Monthly of Des Moines. There were eighty-four contestants.

Edith M. Arnold, author of "Platonics," published by Dodd, Mead, & Co., is a sister to Mrs. Humphry Ward.

Lloyd Osborne, the collaborator with Robert Louis Stevenson in "The Ebb-Tide," which has just come to a conclusion in McClure's Magazine, is the novelist's stepson. Mrs. Stevenson, who is also a writer of no little fame, was married first to Samuel Osborne, a Californian, from whom she obtained a divorce when her son Lloyd was a baby. Her second marriage is a very happy one, Stevenson being a devotedly kind husband and father.

The cost of each number of the Century before it goes to press is $10,000 for contribu tions and pictures alone. Frank H. Scott, president of the Century Company, made this statement in a public address at the dinner of the Quill Club May 8. In the same address he said that the Century published last year 396 articles by 324 different writers, a large part of whom had never before written for the magazine. He made this statement to show how unfounded is the belief that magazines a by cliques.

Harlan Page Halsey, bet

Sleuth," the weer of hat


THE FIRST ABOLITION JOURNALS. Samuel C. Williams. New England Magazine (28 c. ) for July.

WHITTIER'S RELIGION. With portrait. Rev. W. H. Savage. Arena (53 c.) for July.

IN DEFENCE OF HARRIET SHELLEY. -- I. Mark Twain. North American Review for July.

ALPHONSE DAUDET AT HOME. R. H. Sherard. McClure's Magazine (18 c.) for July.

LETTERS OF SIDNEY LANIER. — I. William R. Thayer. Atlantic Monthly (38 c.) for July.


Leslie Stephen. Reprinted

from National Review in Eclectic (48 c.) for July.

THE ESSAY CONSIDERED FROM AN ARTISTIC POINT OF VIEW. E. H. Lacon Watson. Reprinted from Westminster Review in Eclectic (48 c. ) for July.

DRAMATIC CRITICISM. W. L. Courtney. Reprinted from Contemporary Review in Eclectic (48 c.) for July.

A VISIT TO THE TENNYSONS IN 1839. Bartle Teeling. Reprinted from Blackwood's Magazine in Eclectic (48 c. ) for July.

TECHNIQUE OF Pen-process DRAWING. C. Ashleigh Snow. Wilson's Photographic Magazine (33 c.) for July.

NATURAL COLORS IN THE PRINTING PRESS. Macfarlane Anderson. Wilson's Photographic Magazine (33 c. ) for July. THOMAS WILLIAM PARSONS. Portrait. Century (38 c.) for July,

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MARY HARTWELL CATHERWOOD. With portrait. Mary Merton. Ladies' Home Journal (13 c.) for July. THE NEW YORK AUTHORS CLUB. Gilson Willetts. Godey's (13 c.) for July.

MISS MAIBELLE JUSTICE ("Paul Savage"). With portrait. Boston Ideas for June 17.

MRS. RUTH MCENERY STUART. Arthur Stedman. Augusta (Ga.) Chronicle for July 1.

E. L. GODKIN. Portrait. Town Topics for July 5. ERRORS OF AUTHORS. Reprinted from St. Louis GlobeDemocrat in Chicago Herald for July 7.

MARTHA MCCULLOCH WILLIAMS. New York Morning Journal for July 8.

JOHN STUART BLACKIE AT HOME. Arthur Warren. Boston Herald for July 8.

GEORGE DU MAURIER. Omaha World-Herald for July 8. BRYANT'S HOME AT CUMMINGTON. Springfield Union for July 10.

MRS. LYDIA HOYT FARMER. Manchester (N. H.) Mirror for July 11.

A WORD WITH THE AMATEUR WRITER. Paul Siegfolk. New York Home Journal for July 11.

A GOOD LITERARY STYLE. Mrs. Helen E. Starrett. cago Interior for July 12.

INA D. COOLBRITH. Chicago Post for July 14.
Barbour. Churchman for July 14.


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GEORGE R. GRAHAM. Philadelphia Telegraph for July 14. BRET HARTE. Edward Marshall. Galveston News for July 15.

GEORGE DU MAURIER. Kansas City Star for July 15.
MEN WHO MAKE JOKES. Chicago Post for July 16.

HELEN WATTERSON MOODY. Narcisse Jarvis. Portland (Me.) Argus for July 16.

HENRY GREVILLE. New York Home Journal for July 18. THE NOVELIST'S ART OF CHARACTERIZATION. H. H. Boyesen. Independent for July 19.

THRUMS AND BARRIE. Springfield (Mass.) Homestead for July 21.

A TALK WITH PAUL HEYSE. With portrait. Countess von Krockow. Outlook for July 21.

THE BRYANT CENTENNIAL. Arthur Stedman. Boston Herald for July 22.

STEVENSON IN SAMOA. Will M. Clemens. Philadelphia Times for July 22.

ON SOME METHODS OF SUPPRESSION AND MODIFICATION IN PICTORIAL PHOTOGRAPHY. Reprinted from the Studio in Photographic Times ( 18 c. ) for July 27.

WAGNER AS A WRITER. Gustav Kobbé. Outlook for July 28.

AMERICAN HUMOR. M. P. Pendleton. Outlook for July 28.


Dr. Frederic M. Bird is the new editor of Lippincott's Magazine.

The hundredth anniversary of the birth of William Cullen Bryant will be celebrated on the Hampshire hills, August 16. November 3 is the date of the poet's birth, but the earlier date was fixed in order to secure a better attendance.

The Californian Magazine is dead, the April number having been the last one published.

E. C. Allen & Co., of Augusta, Me., publishers of twelve papers, having together a circulation of more than 1,000,000 copies a month, announced in July that they would go out of business July 31. Since then the business has been sold to one of their employees.

Fred C. Laird and W. H. Lee, of Chicago, have dissolved their co-partnership, and W. H. Lee will continue the business alone, under the name of Laird & Lee.

The Photo-Electro Engraving Co., of Boston, has been combined with the Suffolk Engraving Co., and the consolidated establishment will have its office hereafter at 275 Washington


Publisher J. G. Cupples, of Boston, has associated himself with H. W. Patterson, and the firm name hereafter will be Cupples & Patterson. The new partner is a young man of means and executive ability.

Lorin F. Deland, husband of Mrs. Margaret Deland, has succeeded Dexter Smith as the editor of the Musical Record, Boston.

Mrs. Mary E. Blake ("M. E. B.") sailed for Europe with two of her children July 7.

Mrs. Mary J. Serrano, the translator, has sailed for France, and will remain abroad during the next three months. Her journey will take her to Rome, Florence, Paris, and Venice.

"Larry" Chittenden, the "poet ranchman," of Chittenden's ranch, Anson, Texas, sailed for Europe July 20, to be gone two months. Mr. Chittenden's trip is made in the interest of several Western newspapers and syndicates. His book, "Ranch Verses," which has run through two editions, will appear in a new third edition in the fall. Mr. Chittenden's Texas friends are urging him to accept a nomination for congress.

Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Bailey Aldrich are at their new cottage in Tenant's Harbor, Me., for the summer.

Thomas A. Janvier intends to take a trip to the other side, to be gone until autumn.

Professor Hjalmar Hjorth Boyesen is spending the summer at his cottage at Southamp

ton, L. I.

Henry Goelet McVicar is spending the summer on the Continent.

Professor McMaster is staying at Kennebunkport.

Edgar Stanton Maclay is in New York City finishing the proofs of Volume II. of his "History of the United States Navy."

Professor N. S. Shaler is at his country place on Martha's Vineyard.

Rudyard Kipling has settled for the summe r in Tisbury, Wiltshire, England.

Mrs. Frances Hodgson Burnett and Mrs. Louise Chandler Moulton are spending the summer in England. Mrs. Burnett has reopened her house in Portland place, and Mrs. Moulton has returned to the home she has made for herself during the dozen or so years of her summer residence in London.

J. M. Barrie is to marry Miss Mary Ansell, who played a part in his play, "Walker, London," at Toole's Theatre.

Kirk Munroe, the author of the "Mate" stories, and of "The Fur-Seal's Tooth," now running in Harper's Young People, recently arrived in New York for his annual sojourn in the North during the summer months. The winter and much of the spring and autumn he spends at Cocoanut Grove, on the Atlantic coast of southern Florida.

Professor James Ford Rhodes, the historian, is at Rye Beach, where he is engaged in completing the third volume of his history of the United States.

Miss Anne H. Wharton, of Philadelphia, is in Boston making researches and gathering material for a book, which will treat largely of colonial life.

Howard Pyle is staying in Ambassador Bayard's colonial mansion near Wilmington, Del. He usually spends his summers at his cottage at Rehoboth, below Cape Henlopen.

Julian Hawthorne, who went with his wife and seven children to Jamaica some months ago, writes back that he has concluded to pass the rest of his life there. He is located on a plantation near Kingston and growing orange and citron trees and coffee, and incidentally writing something which he hopes "will interest our great-grandchildren even.

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Tone-color has been defined as the quality of vowels and consonants which best adapt them to the vocal presentation of thought and emotion.

Langdon Elwyn Mitchell, author of "Sylvian, and Other Poems," and of a new book of poems published by Houghton, Mifflin, & Co., is a son of Dr. S. Weir Mitchell, of Philadelphia.

George W. Smalley, the London representative of the New York Tribune, in an interesting article in the August Harper's traces the origin of the modern newspaper correspondent, and illustrates his points with anecdotes based on personal experience.

New York is to have a new magazine, the purpose of which is to cater to the literary and alma mater news wants of college graduates. It will be edited by John Seymour Wood, of Yale, and Walter Camp will have charge of the athletic department.

The Bow-Knot Publishing Company, of Chicago, regarding the financial standing of which THE WRITER is not informed, offers $2,000 for the four best works of fiction sent to it before December 31, 1894, the prizes to be $1,000, $500, $300, and $200, respectively. The books must contain between 60,000 and 80,000 words, and will be judged on their merits, the author sending his name in a sealed envelope. The company will publish the successful books and allow the authors ten per cent. on the retail sales in addition to the prizes. Professor Albert Alberg, of London, Eng.; Miss Minna Irving, of Tarrytown, N. Y.; and Colonel Will L. Visscher, editor of the Morning Union, Tacoma, Wash., will be the judges.


The Southern Magazine, Louisville, Ky., is offering prizes for the best stories by strictly new writers. Under its definition a writer" is one who has not had work accepted by the Southern Magazine, the Century, Har

The subscription rate of the Fourth Estate (New York) will be $2 a year, instead of $1, beginning August 1.

Romance (New York) has reduced its price from twenty-five cents to ten cents a copy. The editor of Romance will not read any more manuscripts till after October 1.

Godey's Magazine has reduced its price from twenty-five cents a number to ten cents a number.

Miss Elsie S. Nordhoff, who has a story in the August Harper's, is a daughter of Charles Nordhoff, the correspondent.

Dr. Wolfred Nelson, whose "Five Years at Panama is the standard book relating to the isthmus, has been elected a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society of Great Britain.

Octave Uzanne has a fanciful story in Scribner's for August, entitled "The End of Books," and describing the impending condition of affairs when all books and newspapers will be

per's, the Cosmopolitan, Scribner's, Lippincott's, produced by phonographs instead of by type

or the Ladies' Home Journal. The prizes are: $50 in gold for the best story, $50 for the second best, and $25 for the third best. Manuscripts must be submitted before September 1. Writers will be interested in another contest by the same magazine, for "the best photograph by an amateur" which most fully answers certain special requirements. Applicants are sent a written sketch, and contestants are to "photograph some scene or action of this sketch" to represent the central idea of the story. This contest serves to show a demand which writers will do well to bear in mind. A practical knowledge of photography is constantly growing more valuable to the all-around writer, as well as to the specialist.

Comfort is renewing its old offer of $100 a month in prizes for the five best stories submit ́ted for each issue. They are graded in value, thus : First, $30; second, $25; third, $20; fourth, $15; fifth, $10. The contestant must be a paid-up subscriber, and must hand in two new subscriptions with each manuscript submitted. No manuscripts will be returned. Such competitive manuscripts are to be addressed: "Editor Nutshell Story Club, care Comfort, Augusta, Maine."

with the accompanying changes in the art of binding, editing, bookselling, etc. A number of letters written by James Russell Lowell to Poe in 1842-1844 are printed in the same number, together with a story," She and Journalism," by Harrison Robertson, one of the editors of the Louisville Courier-Journal.

The Review of Reviews for July has portraits of Sir Isaac Pitman, Professor William D. Whitney, Professor Henry Morley, and Edmund Yates.

The Quarterly Illustrator (New York) for July-September contains 362 illustrations by more than 150 well-known artists, whose names and addresses are indexed alphabetically. There are also eighteen portraits of American artists The and portraits of some foreign artists. letter-press is full of interest.

There have been various claimants of the celebrity of being "the first woman writer for the daily press." The latest of them is Mrs. Lynn Linton, the novelist, who says that when she was twenty-three years old she was on the staff of the London Morning Chronicle. Mrs. Linton has produced forty novels in the fortysix years of her literary career.

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