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Tristram ask her cousin to the funeral. Cecily Gainsborough, daughter of his mother's cousin, is the rightful claimant. He knows it, but does not mean to surrender. When he first sees her, down by the Pool, in the gloaming, she is so like his dead mother that he thinks it is Addie's ghost. His love for his mother and instantly aroused feeling for the beautiful girl work on him, and he deliberately, tho under cumulative strain of emotion, passes the whole thing over to her, and steps down and out, Mr. Nobody of Nowhere.

Cecily Gainsborough is as much of a Tristram as ever lived, and has fallen in love with him. She is in despair at ousting him. Pushing the " Tristram way" to the limit, she goes to his room in London and suggests his marrying her as a solution of the problem. He declines her proposal with indignation, and the flouted lady tells him “she will remember this if the occasion ever comes."

It comes, in a very different way from what either could have apprehended. Mr. Hawkins juggles once more with the mercurial Russian date, and Tristram of Blent is himself again, “unbeknownst " as such to Cecily. He marries her, still ignorant of the change, and tells her when they return to Blent on the evening of their wedding-day. There is a stormy scene when he confesses, the “Tristram ways” sharply conflicting. Lady Tristram finally “comes round," and all is as smooth as whipped cream. There is an entourage of other interesting persons contributory to the movement. Madame Zabriska, the Imp, is a dash of Tobasco. “Tristram of Blent" is a subjugating story, brilliant, absorbingly interesting, and happily ended.

the book is dedicated “ To Gertrude" in these words : “A memory of summer days, Woven from out our childish plays, A fantasy of light and shade, Here is the book that we have made. Princess, you know the history best. One half is yours, accept the rest : Lend me (beside the help you gave) Your name to grace the book we made.”

Knowing she was building her kingdom and its denizens out of the air, the author wisely draws prodigally on that inexhaustible element for this summer-day romance. The Princess Cynthia, en fante gælé d'un monde qu'elle gåla, is radiantly beautiful, sister to King Constantine of Romanza, and spends the greater part of the year in her own palace of Brambria, where she enjoys herself the livelong day with her ladies-inwaiting and her courtiers, keeping them busy in paying her compliments, and in fetching and carrying for her.

Near Brambria is the estate of the Arrancourts, between which noblest family and the Court there has been an icy chill since one of the Arrancourts had his head lopped off on a doubtful charge of treason five years before. The present head of the family is a beau chevalier of a boy, Sir Palemedes. One day, the Princess strays (in the first chap ter of the book) into the terrain of the Arrancourts and runs across this splendid youth. With the joyous exuberance which the author insinuated would be her note in the prefatory remarks quoted, she says of him : “If ever the purpose of heaven was inscribed on a face it was written here. A vision of noble deeds and aspirations to come was foreshadowed in physical beauty and strength. It was the personification of youth from which all might be hoped, all believed." verily-except the end !

You think you see the finish, and you retain that complacent conceit uutil the very last word. Even then, you glance with the sullenness of frustration to a possible sequel. The Princess sees that Sir Palemedes is summoned to Court, and he becomes her equerry, to attend her from six in the morning till six of eventide. And he does, without a chaperon in sight. What merry jaunts they have, what rides, what saunterings in the Queen's Pleasaunce, what lingerings in the woodlands, what sessions by the brimming stream. Palemedes falls as desperately in love as the reader could wish; but Cynthia seems to hang on the brink. She is so accustomed to see everything of the male persuasion succumb to her charms! And then, that awful blight to the unfettered joy of Royalty, a state alliance for reasons of polity, is her lot.

A the book thins to its last leaves you wonder how the author will smooth out the tangle. You will see by reading the book ; and it is far better that the author shoulder the full responsibility for her-surprise ! “The Princess Cynthia” is indeed " a fantasy of light and shade," but the latter is Stygian at the finish.

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gives an adequate picture of newspaper life. It is also a careful study of the development of a man's character as affected by the conditions under which he lives. It is a favorite trick of the writer of character studies to make heredity the dominant force ; the hero's native strength is so great that, while he may develop along certain lines, he subdues his environment, however unfavorable it may be. In “The Great God Success" environment is the dominant force. The slow undermining of Howard's character under the influence of too much success is a piece of work whose like one rarely finds in the novel of the moment. There are no hysterics ; the outward surface of the story moves as placidly as every-day life, and yet the book has a higher degree of dramatic interest than most of the books whose pages are stuffed with adventure of every kind.

No less well done is the gradual divergence of interest in the lives of Howard and his wife. When they married, she intended that his work should be theirs, and how it came about that it was not, how they drifted apart without friction, without misunderstanding, without even being aware of how fundamentally indifferent they had become one to the other, is a part of the story that the author has handled with wonderful restraint and delicacy.

The development of the character of Howard is marked by three phases. The first, where he learns his trade and works hard for the sake of doing his work well, where he is filled with all the noblest ambitions, where he has a dream of making something great of his life for the service of men. The second phase is where he works for Marian, first to secure a position that he may marry, and later to make more money for the habit of making money ; his ideals have unconsciously slipped away from him, in his struggle to make the paper what it is. But it is not until he has large vested interests that the real break with his former self comes, when, in the third phase, he sells himself twiceonce for money and once for position ; when he pays the price for fame which as a young man so revolted him.

The pseudonym John Graham is said to hide the name of a wellknown newspaper man, whose first novel this is. As the scene is laid in New York, various people have of course been identified with the characters of the book.

ANOTHER PRINCESS OF THE AIR. THE PRINCESS CYNTHIA. By Marguerite Bryant. Cloth, 8vo, 404 pp. Price, $1.20 net. Funk & Wagnalls Company. "WO prefatory remarks by the author of "The Princess Cynthia"

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vania train over the Southern Railway and Louisville & prepaid fifty cents extra. Prompt shipment

Nashville Railroad to New Orleans, 'reaches the latter and safe delivery guaranteed. Money back
The U. S. Playing Card Co., Dept 39, Cincinnati, U. S. A. point in 39 hours and 15 minutes, and using the Southern if not satisfied. DESCRIPTIVE BOOK-

Pacific out of New Orleans, gets into Los Angeles in LET FREE. SEND FOR IT.
WANTED—Active, educated men to represent another 57 hours just 96 hours and 15 minutes travel. J. R. BAKER & SONS CO., 49 Wayne St., Kendallville, Ind.

Cus in Eastern, Middle and South- The regular time by the Southern route is the efore just as ern States. Weekly salary or guarantee paid. Give age, ex. fast as that claimed by the Northern, and it traverses a

Write for price-list. perience and references. Dodd, Mead & Company, New York (ity. more desirable latitude for winter tourists.

H. H. Ballard, 327 Pittsfield, Mass,
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