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rians to order the bound volumes and enter parent society. These local clubs publish oftheir subscriptions for their libraries, or by ficial organs and other papers, and greatly assist sending to the publishers the names of libraries in keeping the national association in a flourishwhere THE WRITER is not catalogued. As a ing condition. Franklin C. Johnson. magazine of practical information about authors BOONVILLE, N. Y. and the methods of authorship, THE WRITER ought to be in every public library, and ex

QUERIES. perience has shown that librarians are quick to

(Questions relating to literary work or literary topics will be order it when it has been recommended to them answered in this department. Questions must be brief, and or asked for by their readers. The publishers

of general interest. Questions on general topics should be

directed elsewhere.) do not hesitate to ask such favors of their readers, for the reason that from the beginning (1.) If an author, after copyrighting a novel, the main purpose of The Writer has been to

wishes to change the title, what must he do?

(2.) Does a short article have on the whole as be helpful to those to whose attention it should

good a chance with the monthlies at one season come, and so it may rightfully ask reciprocal as at another, or are there times to be avoided? help in extending its circulation and its useful- When is the best time to submit a serial ? How

long beforehand are magazines “made up" for

the coming year in detail ? THE NATIONAL AMATEUR PRESS [(1.) If it is desired to change the copy. ASSOCIATION.

righted title of a novel before the book is pub

lished, all the author need do is to copyright The National Amateur Press Association is the new title and proceed as if the earlier copy. a unique literary organization. The associa- right had not been secured. It is seldom adtion has quite a large membership of young visable to change the title of a book after its men and women who write merely for the publication, but if such a change is made, both pleasure it gives them and for the educational the new title and the old should be used on the value of the work. The editors and authors of title page, and the new title should be entered the

“N. A. P. A.” make writing a recreation for copyright, so that the copyright inscription rather than a vocation. With some other source

may read,
for instance,

Copyright, 1882 of income to make existence sure, they write and 1894, by John Smith." with their minds at ease, undistracted by any ( 2.) It does not matter, as a general thing, anxiety regarding cruel editors, for their pro- at what season of the year a manuscript, either ductions are sure of publication in some of the long or short, to be published serially or othervarious amateur magazines.

wise, is submitted to a magazine, excepting that The amateur writer is not a competitor of his a “timely" article must not be submitted so professional brother. In fact, many profes- late that the editor cannot by any possibility insional writers are members of the “ N. A. P. A," clude it in his forms. The main features of the and contribute to its literature.

March magazines — the leading magazines, that The “N. A. P. A.," as it now is, is a boon to is to say — are practically settled now ( Decemthe educated invalid, or the ennuyé, or the lazy

The January magazines are mostly littérateur. The literary empiric, the dabbler, printed, and the February magazines are practi. the indolent writer of society verse, finds much cally in type, with most of the illustrations amusement in the institution. But there are made. In each case there may be forms left also connected with the association many young open for late matter which must go in, and men and women who write for the amateur press which cannot be obtained far in advance, but for the practice it gives them. Many ambitious the casual contributor has no interest in such amateurs make the “N. A. P. A." a stepping- pages. Of course, the smaller the magazine, stone to professional literary work.

the later it can hold back its forms, and some There are, in many of the towns and cities of of the big periodicals, like the Forum, the America, local clubs that are off-shoots of the Review of Reviews, and the North American


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Review, which make it a point to discuss timely followed or preceded by the writer's signature. topics, print their final forms only shortly before The New York Herald even goes so far as to publication day. It is significant, however, that instruct its reporters to use “I” in unsigned although Dr. Holmes died October 7, the only news articles, so that instead of saying "When large November magazines which had a signed the Herald reporter called on Mr. Depew yesarticle regarding him were the Forum and the terday,” the Herald reporter would say, “When Review of Reviews. It was possible for The I called on Mr. Depew yesterday." It is WRITER to make its November issue a “Holmes questionable whether the use of "[" in such Memorial Number" because it does not go to unsigned articles is justifiable. In the case, press usually until the last day of the month. however, of a paper which has only one editor, - W. H. H.]

whose name appears at the top of the editorial What is the usual rule for the make-up of

column, "I" may properly be used in editorial a book ? Should the preface precede the table

articles, even though they are not signed. of contents, and where does the dedication W. H. H.] come?

L. 0. S. [ The usual order in the make-up of a book

THE SCRAP BASKET. is: Half-title, with reverse blank; full title with reverse blank, or with copyright notice on re

Can any reader of THE WRITER give me some verse; dedication, with reverse blank; preface;

information about the following poem, whether table of contents; list of illustrations; body of

it is a translation or original, if there are more the work; appendix; glossary; index. The

lines, and who the author is? copyright notice must appear either on the title

Off by the voiceless, viewless shore

My weary spirit evermore page or its reverse; generally it is printed on

Wanders where oft it went before, the reverse. None of the divisions mentioned

Searching for the pathway o'er, above should begin on a left-hand page. If a

Unto the gates and golden floor,

Looking, longing evermore.
list of errata is necessary, it may follow either
the list of illustrations or the index. - - W. H. H.]

Weary search, it cease's never,
Peering into mists that sever

This land from that, alas! forever.
What are the rules governing the use of the
editorial “we”?

Can none the silence ever break?

Will none recross the phantom lake, [The best modern practice is to use the

Or hither voyage ever take editorial as little as possible. Editorial

To bring from lands that Prophets spake

One messenger of all that make writers on a paper which has more than one

The silent armies of the dead? editor may properly use we" if the editorials

“Not one,” the answering silence said, are unsigned, since it is understood that each

In sullen, low, and deep refrain ; writer speaks not alone for himself, but for his

“Out from those mists of solemn main associates in the conduct of the paper. Even

Not one shall e'er come back again." in such cases, however, the best papers avoid I have quoted the lines from memory, so I the use of “we” as much as possible, prefer- may not have given them correctly. ring to say “ The Journal thinks” or “The

Olivia T. Closson.

WASHINGTON, D. C. Press believes," rather than “we believe" or

we think.” In the case of signed articles, Permit to say that I have read with a keen whether they are editorial or not, the editorial appreciation and delight, and perhaps with a “we” should never be used, and the writer jealous eye, the personal tributes to the late who uses the stilted "we" in speaking of him- Dr. O. W. Holmes in your last issue. 1 self in a letter submitting a manuscript to an would like to add, if I may, that to me he has editor may be sure beforehand that the manu- been a veritable sunbeam, the warmth and glow script will be rejected. The simple, direct, of which can never leave me. I am reminded of modest “I” should take the place of “we,” one thing he said, the principle of which seems or “ the writer," or any set phrase in any article to me to explain so much, to be of so great im

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portance to mankind, that I fain would call the but it cannot be made to justify saying “none,” attention of a world to it. I may not give when we mean “no other," though it be what the exact words, neither can I say in which of Dr. Holmes called “a Macaulay fower” of his works I found it, but it was something like style.

H. L. R., JR. this: If, in laying aside a vice or vicious habit,

WINCHESTER, Mass. one fails to put in its place some active prin

BOOK REVIEWS. ciple of good, the character will grow narrow, will deteriorate.

METHODS OF AUTHORS. By Dr. Hugo Erichsen. I cannot doubt his greatness, for he has

Cloth, $1.00. Boston: The Writer Publishing Company.

1894. awakened that love which is greatest of all;

Not only all who write, but all who read, are neither do I doubt that the secret of his great- interested to know how great authors have ness was the “childlike spirit,” his reverence achieved their work, to see them in the work. for everything good and sacred, and his noble

shop, so to speak, and to be informed about the

methods of production of the masterpieces of sympathy with his kind. These are things that

the world's literature. To those who read such cannot let his name perish. A. R. Graham. information it is interesting, because it heightens GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.

their enjoyment of the books they love; while

to those who write it is valuable, because it NEWSPAPER ENGLISH EDITED, gives them almost the only instruction available

in the literary art, and teaches them by example Mr. Greenhalge will remain Mr. Greenhalge will remain

how their own literary work may be lightened or at the State House. at the State House. The

improved. Dr. Erichsen has written both for people will declare their de. people will declare in no un- the reader and the writer in his attractive and sire to have him remain in no certain tones their desire to uncertain tones. -Lynn Daily have him remain.

entertaining book, and the writer will find it as instructive as the reader will find it fascinating.

Much of the material for the book has been There are no armed bodies There are no armed bodies

gathered directly from the authors themselves, of Kolbites coming to the of Kolbites coming to the capital and none is expected. capital and none are expected.

and the rest has been taken from authentic - Montgomery Despatch in

Not only American and English New York Sun.

writers, but the writers of France, Germany,

and other European writers, are included in the All doubts as to the wide- All doubts as to the wide

work. spread popularity of football

The information gathered is divided spread popularity of football were effectually set at rest were effectually set at rest

into chapters, entitled: Eccentricities in Comyesterday morning when the yesterday morning when the

position; Care in Literary Production; Speed Sun appeared with the results Sun appeared with the results of no less than of no fewer than 100 games

in Writing; 100 games

Influence Upon Writers of Time played on Thanksgiving day. I played on Thanksgiving day. and Place; Writing Under Difficulties; Aids -New York Sun.

to Inspiration; Favorite Habits of Work ;

Goethe, Dickens, Schiller, and Scott; Burning THE USE AND MISUSE OF WORDS. Midnight Oil; Literary Partnership; Ano

nymity in Authorship; System in Novel-writing; ( Brief, pointed, practical paragraphs discussing the use and

Traits of Musical Composers; The Hygiene of misuse of words and phrases will be printed in this department. Writing; and A Humorist's Regimen. There All readers of The Writer are invited to contribute to it. is hardly a page in the book that does not give Contributions are limited to 400 words; the briefer they are, the some useful suggestion to students of author. better.)

ship, and those who read it simply for enter.

tainment will find it full of fascinating interest. “None" for “No Other.” — The vigor with which the New York Sun repels any criticism of


William Edward Simonds. 240 pp. Cloth, $1.00. Boston: its English shows that it realizes the importance

D. C. Heath & Co. 1894. of correctness. When it says: “In no country

Professor Simonds has aimed to tell in out

line the story of the development of English in the world is the dictionary held in such es.

fiction, and to indicate the characteristics of teem as in the United States," it means, of

successive epochs in its growth. The first part course, in no other country. No doubt its of his book is made up of chapters on Old Eng. fighting editor will be down upon me with kicks lish Story-Tellers; The Romance at the Court and cuffs, reminding me of Macaulay, and

of Queen Elizabeth; The Rise of the Novel;

The Perfection of the Novel; Tendencies of pleading "usage,” but I decline in advance to

To-day; and Books for Reference and Reading. be thus extinguished. Usage covers many sins, These chapters fill ninety pages. The other



86 pp.

150 pages of the book are filled with typical book, and his admirable pictures, reproduced selections from English literature, followed by in this handsome holiday edition, are as full of an index.

fascinating interest as the story is itself — and VEST POCKET MANUAL OF PRINTING.

Leather, 75

there could be no higher praise. Pictures and cents. Chicago : The Inland Printer Co. 1894.

text together make one of the most charming Not only printers, but authors, editors, news

books imaginable, and one that will, no doubt, paper men, publishers, and all who have any.

be taken down as a welcome gift from countless thing to do with the printer's art, will find this

Christmas trees. little pocket manual a helpful and convenient

ROUND THE RED LAMP. By A. Conan Doyle. Second edireference book. It includes the essential rules tion. 307 pp. Cloth, $1.50. New York: D. Appleton &

Co. 1894 of punctuation and capitalization, some remarks on style, a corrected page of proof showing the Not all the admirers of Conan Doyle will right use of proof-reader's marks, rules for the agree with him that it is the province of fiction make-up of a book, information about the im- to treat of painful things as well as cheerful position and size of books, sizes of the un- ones. It may be true, as he says, that a tale trimmed leaf, the type standard, the number of which may startle the reader out of his usual words in a square inch of type, directions for grooves of thought, and shocks him into serisecuring copyright, a complete set of diagrams ousness, plays the part of the alterative and for the imposition of forms, and numerous tonic in medicine, bitter to the taste, but bracing tables, and hints and suggestions for printers in the result. Real life, however, contains so of much practical value. The book is of con- much that is bitter — and bracing, possibly venient size for the vest-pocket, where the owner that there is hardly need of fiction to fulfil the is likely to carry it for constant reference. purpose of “the alterative and the tonic." PRESSWORK. A practical hand-book for the use of pressmen

Humankind needs to be cheered and amused and their apprentices. By William J. Kelly. g6 pp. Cloth,

rather than shocked and depressed, as a rule, $1.50. Chicago: The Inland Printer Co. "1894.

and it may well be doubted, after all, whether Mr. Kelly is the superintendent of the web anything is gained by depicting the darker side color printing department of the New York of life with microscopic realism. There are World. What he does n't know about practi- only two or three stories in “ The Red Lamp,' cal printing is n't worth knowing, and he tells however, which the objector to morbid realism about all that he does know in this compactly- would have had left out of the collection. “His written book. It is a comprehensive treatise on First Operation” is one of these. “The Curse presswork of all kinds, describing the various of Eve” is perhaps another, and “ The Case of methods of making ready forms on cylinder and Lady Sannox” is the worst of all. It is difficult bed and platen presses, giving detailed directions to see what excuse there could be for its pubfor overlaying and underlaying, the prepara. lication, or what good could possibly result tion of tympans of all kinds, the treatment of from it. inks, the care of rollers, the selection of papers,

With this criticism made, so far as the rest of -everything, in short, that the modern press- the volume is concerned the critic has only to comman needs to know. The book is the result of mend. The chief characteristic of Dr. Doyle's thirty years' experience in active presswork, stories is their strength, and the next is the and as such it is invaluable to publishers and truthful vigor of their realism. Of these “ facts printers.

and fancies of medical life,” — the red lamp in THREE BOYS ON AN ELECTRICAL Boat. By John Trowbridge.

England being the usual sign of the general 215 pp. Cloth, $1.00. Boston: Houghton, Mifflin, & Co. practitioner, -- only one or two are weak in any 1894.

sense, and there is not one that is not interestIn the guise of a fascinating story of the ad- ing. In “A Medical Document” Dr. Doyle ventures of three boys, who enjoy a great many makes some amusing remarks about the uses interesting and exciting experiences, Professor of medicine in popular fiction, that is to say, of Trowbridge gives his readers a great deal of what the folk die of, or what diseases are made practical knowledge about the wonders of elec- most use of in novels. “Some," he says, “ are tricity. His book has all the absorbing inter- worn to pieces, and others, which are equally est of a live boys' story, and it has a practical common in real life, are never mentioned. value besides, which makes it a welcome addi- Typhoid is fairly frequent, but scarlet fever is tion to juvenile literature.

unknown. Heart disease is common, but then THE STORY OF A BAD Boy. By Thomas Bailey Aldrich.

heart disease, as we know it, is usually the Holiday edition, with illustrations by A. B. Frost. 286 pp. sequel of some foregoing disease, of which we Cloth, $2.00. Boston: Houghton, Mifflin, & Co. 1894.

never hear anything in the romance. Then At last Mr. Aldrich's delightful “Story of a there is the mysterious malady called brain Bad Boy" has been adequately illustrated. Mr. fever, which always attacks the heroine after a Frost has entered fully into the spirit of the crisis, but which is unknown under that name

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to the text-books. People when they are over- a book which was at my disposal only for a very excited in novels fall down in a fit. In a fairly limited time. It occurred to me that I might save large experience I have never known any one to do so in real life.

time and ensure accuracy by doing the copying The small complaints simply don't exist. Nobody ever gets shingles, required with my camera. Setting up the book or quinsy, or mumps in a novel. All the before the camera and focussing so that the diseases, too, belong to the upper part of the image on the ground glass was somewhat rebody. The novelist never strikes below the

duced, I found that I could get two pages of an belt." Fiction writers may get some useful hints from Dr. Doyle's suggestions.

octavo volume on a 5 x 8 plate and still have THE BOOK OF THE FAIR. An historical and descriptive pres

the print completely legible. In only a part entation of the world's science, art, and industry, as viewed of the short time at my disposal I made all through the Columbian Exposition at Chicago in 1893. By Hubert Howe Bancroft. Part XII. 40 pp. Paper, $1.00. the plates I wanted, developing them afterward Chicago and San Francisco: The Bancroft Company. 1894.

at my leisure. Bromide prints from them made Part XII. of the Bancroft Book of the Fair concludes the chapter relating to the depart

perfect copy for the compositor. For copying ment of horticulture and forestry, and begins

music, diagrams, pictures, letterpress in foreign the description of the department of mines, languages, shorthand notes, or technical prints mining, and metallurgy. The pictures are ex- of any kind, the camera is far more useful than ceedingly fine and interesting, equal in all re

What I want now is some kind of spects to expensive photographs, while the letterpress is satisfactory. The full page pic

paper that can be printed on directly through tures in this number include a view across the the lens, to save the necessity of developing a South canal, the administration plaza, a bird's- plate and printing from it afterward. It does not eye view of the exposition, the mining building,

matter if the copy is a negative and not a posinorth front, and a general view of the department of mining.

tive. For the purposes of the compositor it can

be made a positive by setting it up reversed THE AMERICAN ANNUAL OF PHOTOGRAPHY AND PHOTO. GRAPHIC TIMES ALMANAC FOR 1895. 438 pp. Paper, 50

against the light. If any reader of The New York : Scovill & Adams Co. 1894.

WRITER can suggest such a paper, I shall be The latest achievements in photography are

A. F. described and illustrated in this standard annual,

glad to hear from him.

Boston, Mass. the appearance of which is looked forward to from year to year by all photographers. The

Clipping with a Pin.- An editorial friend publishers say that the book now has reached a sale of more than 20,000 copies. Besides valu

showed me recently that it is about as easy to able calendars, formulas, tables, etc., and up-to- get a clipping from a newspaper with a pin as it date articles describing interesting photographic is with a pair of shears, - especially if the experiments, the volume has more than eighty pin is at hand and the shears are not. He fine illustrations, many of them full-page pic- scratched a line with a pin around a paragraph tures. Every photographer will want to have a

in a newspaper as he walked along the street, copy.

and in a moment more had torn it neatly out, BOOKS RECEIVED.

with the edges almost as straight as I could [AH books sent to the editor of The WRITER will be ac

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LITERARY ARTICLES IN PERIODICALS. How THANKFUL WAS BEWITCHED, By James K. Hosmer. Paper, 50 cents. New York: G. P. Putnam's

(The publisher of The WRITER will send to any address a Sons. 1894.

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on receipt of the amount given in parenthesis following the name New York: J. Ś. Ogilvie Publishing Co. 1894. - the amount being in each case the price of the periodical, FROM HEAVEN TO New York. By Isaac George Reed, Jr.

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