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Mr. Grove rained the Idea that the festivals cf the Agonaila and of the tajpercalla. hrfith essentially civic in character aad fijrin, were " rural " feetlvals. for tamt,lc, And tn the chapter on tb Hltnal Iuce one really woaltr what grade of mind ilra. Grove fcuppo.H-a her public to poe . when the make4 an elaborate requert to be permitted to Ifad lla thi-jghl Into a channel which ."May be i,w to It," and thl rhanncl, or tunnel, lurna out to be " an endeavor to show that the SnC has been an acceattory to re-lltrlous rHvn from time Immemorial, and that In onr own day and even in Karon ritual dancea ailil exlat" It is amusing, 'too, to read In theypagea Kiven to the dances ,t round that "the ancUmt Polish national dances, o fre and Joyou. grew ea1 when the country waa partitioned," after having been told In the Introduction that we tnut K to oppressed and exiled iople aucb, an the Foles, th- Irish, the Isijues why the l!a:puesi? nd the Jewa f f jr ' true dancing, dancing frin pure lightness cf heart, Still, for a book for general reference, and of reaaunahle accuracy, Mr Grove' work is not w bad, anTth reader f.;e!i that It Is at least a good a lie could make It. The more practical t-baptera by "other writers" contain useful ufige!tionH and definition, the last of them the one on " B.i!ls: Hostesses and Guests." bcittg Homewhat In lha atyle of a superior sort of " Echavior Book." Jt is ilistlnctly a' mistake to invite more guts than tha rooms win hold. " Mo-verne&m. air, and graces which are effective on the stage, when execub'd "by wtll-trjilned. naturally graceful performers, are wholly out of place on the polished floor of the ballroom." and so on. There are a great many Illustrations, aome of thera original, and more of them taktn from old. ecgra-vinf-s and from photographs. Thfy .are to the eye very much, what the text ie to the mind. " ' ,.y TUAVELS IS f A311UAII PLACES. fcT OAK AND THORX. A Record of Knlih ta. Jiy Alice Uriiwa. ICmo. Nw-Vor: Hoaghfi.- Mifflin ic Co. i.3.V '' It ha become almost an aiom,of the book trade that books of travel' in ' lands grown familiar to most person can" Ht:llom hope to gt attention now. For one country, we fcave Knsland. which long since had become almost a closed land to writers. And yet now and thn we .have -xeen a bicycle trip seized upon as the oppor-, tuuity for. a book really worth reading. Goldaln Sndth,. moreover, has written to givd purpise of Oxford, and William Winter of literary and historic place. Only last year from lhl!adelphia' W" had a b-xik of the '" borrtes and haunt" ordtrr,- deaiiniir with Ens'.and;-. and cleverly was It done; done, moreover, with an unusual degree of knowledge and care. AH these books, from the.' publisher" point of view. Were suoceB-ful books, and yet they were exccjUans to a rule almost general now with publishers that there Is no longer a market for books descriptive of travel in England. The volume before u appears to offer another exception. It traverses ground not perhaps as familiar a are some "other parts of England, but Its claim to attention rests not upon thi fact so much as upon the greater' fact- that It Is written with fresh-nes and charm. . Whether the author deals, with Devon or Cornwall, whether with Cranford or the Bronte country, there is originality in what she writes, md that originality of a kind that gives pleasure. So long as writers can give new and genuine pleasure it really matters not what their themes may be. provided they ever have had human interest. It is not the theme that weighs for most in literary reckoning; it Is the-manner in 'which it is dealt wltii the way the story is told. Traveling in Devon, the present author picks up local legend of Drake and.Klnga-ley. Kins Arthur enters upon the ecene Jn Cornwall, where " his prowess Is chanted by mountain streamlets and lowland rushes whisper his narae." Cheshire calls to notice the creator of " Cranford," which Is "a book to be loved so long as there are smiles and Tears in this April world.. It Is iierhaps at Haworth that the author i inspired to write her bent passages even the Haworth which Is now sliorn o? much that existed in Charlotte's day. Only the old square tower at the church baa escaped rebuildUg. The parsonage has been remodeled, with only parts of the kitchen walls retained. The churchyard, however, bleak and populous," remains as It was, as doea Its neighbor, the iJiaek Hull Inn, where Brother i'ranweil spent evil hours. The . author writes most strikingly, perhaps, of the Haworth Moor, which goes billowing on like the fixed hcavings of an amethystine sea." it is no ejisy tak to reach its top. " Traverse hill and hollow, and there are still more . k:io!i. heather covered, and a new horizon liiie." Bleak as 1 the moor in" Bummer, far bleaker mu.t it be in Winter. And the Bront" girls spent j Winters in that soiitude. Says the author: ; One thu Ider fancy pleuires the spot, and ishuUiers agiin, remembering how Win- ler as well as Summer found three teieiM women here itnpri-oned In a hermitage they loved. Sales miifht be scowling and the heather a withered waste: indoors they must fit beneath th' thadow of their fa-.ther'a rigorous life and their brother's ruiu. Vet were they undaunted and clung to patience, fanning tne fire of imaVimtiion until their ch'oled hearts were warmer frvim the glow. Nay, happier than .that, they were still -fdarved and cold; but for us, for whom they unconsciously lived, they buiid-ed a gi-eat bonrtre. for they have stirred Us anew with that udhty lesson of the power of the spirit. . marvelous sway of the few endowed with the gift we call j -genius, that, thouan the inv.Jy fatr.ts ar.d ; personal happiness uies ana i stii'tiorn. ihey have yet the strength to build for themselves monuments more enduring thdn brass., which are a foreign ports la aii other Btrlving aouis. FICTieSt SEW A SO REPKIXTE1K MArillAjN. A Navel, liy. Mary K. WHkins. author of "A Htimolw Komuna." "Jane F1el4." a-c. Jiew-Vora: Harder tt Bnitbsra. fl.i. litween lhe?e.. charmintr Spring-green covers lie a atory that contains very little of the fresh loveliness of New-England wayside and the quaint humot; of New-England character'with which Miss WUkin ta ao familiar,' Alwayi given to arranging pht in which death and doom have strong parts given them, &he has in "Madelon" silent herself apon renderins Intense emotions and providing occasions for thetii. Sh doe not. erlderrily. believe, with the immortal iir. Crummies, that " there is only ona phenomenon, and that's a glrL" Her men a ad women vie with one another in ex fcibltirs their power of aelf-sacrttice anl their psychological peculianties, and she complicate the New-England will with traits handed doan from. a French and In-" dian ancestry. There ace " facea white as" death " and hard-set mouths " and ' biaz-Ing; eyes " In every chapter, and the reader who want to be soothed by his Summer readttitf may exclude " Madelon " from hi list. , - Mis Wllkius ha gained in unity of con-repil4 aince ' Femlroke," and she ha succeeded In breaking aomewhat the Iron consistency of her characters, with the re-sult of a RTeater effect of reality. Iot Gordon, who at the beginning haj a ely and reveogeful aspect, rises to genuine nobility through not impossible phas of passion. I'.urr Oonlon, f". i an example of the development of power and fidelity In u nature somewhat fickle and feebie at the outset by a gradual transformation more often met with In life than In. fiction. Madelon herself la a complex characrer to bandit and Mi Vilkln Insistence upon the force ut here-lliy fa:l to carry, eonvu-tion. We u-l?ect that her knowitlK" of French women and Indian thjuaws i not sufficiently f. ndiiar l gua,rd ber aga:st fa. lure w hen h tries to graft itieir :harav-tir".ic upon the t.., ,.r Ne -C". i ..;'.: j -n ;; ktu iJ eh knoirs her alphabet. Made-lor may stab and piu-c and (ant and biase thi jupil the whole 57T, pages, but She does nor make the reader believe in' her aa he believer in Margaret J.tean, ' Wbo al-W6 put on her Winter woolens when Th; Day came around, and ex eh-. g--d them for Kumni'r garments on Ma - Day, no mailer what the temperature ml; it tie. . " 1' rhaps the atrongect feature of the bock U t i.e masterly rendering of the thin, sharp atn osphere of village g''ip. chilling, re-mo -ieless, withering, in which so many rat: tal Jivea have perlshe!. The genres pic- ire, t'.m, such aa that of Hit: wedding cor. iany, iutve.power beyond the ordinary. All 'ho have seen similar gathering must rai Mlsa Wilkirs's adherence to the spirit as well aa .to the', detail of the seen Tin- men, boldirosr back firmly their best hro.'; u-ioth shoulders, marched pat in the creaking untiay shoes. Kefire S o'ci -k the line old rooms in 1'arson fair's iiou were lined with facea tlenmly expect .nt, an the.faes of sample ceuntry io:k are wont to be before the gnat rtte of 1 . and Jeath. ,.- Tl. woiaen sat with their tnjtted hsna fold 1 on their Silken U. th'irb.-st bno hes pinning Ueeorou!ly their fin wro; 4ht neckerchiefs, their Ik-sokis filled witi. rober knowielge and patient ingue esct The young girls aatiamong them very still, with the stiiluess of unrest, like bird- who alight only to fiy, tiwir soft chut s burning, their necks and arms osy through their hi'ea, their little idas: -d fingers .full of pulses, and tftetr heal tumult uous -and stfrre.i to imaaina-" tic-u uy tlie sweet surmise and ignorance of lo w. Tney -looked s;Uom at the youcs? men and the young men at Ihem as they Fat v lting Still there were who had learn In city echoola the S'iavities whicii cove; like clothe t.n prima) emotion tit life, itid they moved about (with fine ex-cban e.j of tine courtesies, w'f ie the others look.: i at them wondering. On- must regret the lrd re iiency of de-airip ions of nature a regret which the read, a of books do not oftn feel, "We eou!i certainly tare time f more such fclimjlea of the lovely face olj the outd jor worl l as this: "That year Siring seemed t. biak over the village in a day, like a greln flood. All at once peofjle's th-ouhts were I interrupted, and their ' eyes turned from l-elfish. joys or pains hvithe emernlil ftiah sun, bojgi f . fields and hillsides in f the' morning n,j the white, flutter of flowering 1 i past their windows like the fertal its of unexpected guest-." . Wilkina "loses no opportunity in Ion' to display her fondness for :hg netKllework." but she has aent plot singularly bare of the cunning gartn Mis " Ma "eurH out h. embn fullj lery, which she herself ca.a no sklll-o with- her pen. There i en little reside! the plot in thk la test look Of hers e have refrained from giving its ; but we hope that the next timo that outline Misa Vilkins shall " have " a plot. he ail! k4p It by her iotig enough to fashion or a garment of " !tyle " that ahall be ax thy of her. She need fear no ln--3 of scr ngth by the process.'; 'for strength does i a lie tn bare boneji.. . THE .N j VF.l Of CAJTAIN MAURTAT. EJitej it Brlnilcy Johnson. 1 oi. I., 1'eter Simple, . Vol. III,. Frank liiWmio-: or. The vvt om. cer. I BtKt in: Llt'l. lirsnrn & f,. fl.oo per volt lu tl! edition, which Is to oom- pris tlvetity-three ..volumes, .Marryat will be intri luced to a new generation of readers wi h all the care and taste that could be besl wed on literature of lasting value. Fields himself has not been better treated or D.I Foe. And, a a matter of fact, if we car jot quite agree after the lapse of years 4ith the Shepherd in the "Nocles Ambro.4i?me," that he who wrcte "Peter Simple I I a "Sea Fittldin," we certainly, in readl-.g again a. work once held by worthy pe:jo:is quite' unfit for reading, must confess J that "The Naval Officer" Is in many jltssages not far beneath De Foe. Thacke-4iy praise of "Jacob Faithful." and thl former popularity of the picaroso romacc l which led, perhaps, to an undue apprecklion of " Japbet in SearirhTof a Father," kve rather hurt than helped Marryat' fl-ne a a literary artist. IX iiot as a mere sl-ry teller. j As a 4:-t work of fiction, in spiVefof its obvious I aulta, moral and artistic, j V Frank li.liima;l or. The Naval Officer''! is re-markabij. To bw eure, it is largely auto-Mograpl;al that Is to nay, marft. actual aijyentuj s of Marryat and many persona he met it his naval career are described In It. He I.ilifimantljdented that the hero was a portnlt of himself, saying very justly that, if J e had eyer dived the kind of life Frank Mddmay lived he would not have bragged jabout it. Cyron's Don Juan d clearly tie jsrototype of i:r. Mildmay. and he ts a ry objectionable fellow, as much In hi 'firsts of moralizing in the face of dang t or after he bus escaped violent". -de: -Ih as In -bis cup or in bis. s-momrs.' jVet thows verj-. passage of moral i; il breaks into rehgiou sentiment are remiJlcrs of De Foe. whiie the illusion produced ln the reader's mind, the eense of actuality I imparted, make the larger iart of the b Idt not a bit inferior to some of the writ I gs of tfau author of " Robinson Crusoe." I Not all of tiie-ve are accounts of l" actual ex erliitices. The proceedings on tbat very roc, o Trinidad which has latifly been an i.jeel of intention between England and tragi! are purely imaginary.! The weakest art cf tlie book Is- that which treats of the rediscovery of Eugenia and the wool. of Emily, with the misunderstanding between Talbot : and Eugenia thrown li for sentimental good measure. . " Feter imtile" Is a more artfully constructed, more carefully written work. Feier e, rty simplicity is carried to the verjre of s iro Yet it i. ail pleasant rL-ad-Ing. and 1 ae account ot the adventure of Feter an. O linen in France 1 wonderfully vivu toue antl stirring. The bind ng, paper, and typography of the new edjiii. . are beyond cavil. Mr. Johnson's work as litor has been admirably done, and his i. -reductions are full of Information. The etched iilustrsitions are excellent, cspe Sally Mr. CriL'kraore'a portrait of Marry;, in 'Vol. I. AIT of the writings the Captu n signed, e.cilpiing two pamphlets on naval matters.!' his "Diary in America" and "Itattlini te Reefer." which mar written by Edward Howard, his associate ii the 4siitorsb!p of The Metro politan M.laxine, wiil be titclujled in this edition. THS W'KOtil MAX. A N..vU; Br tuirothea OerartL Lvew-Vora; U- Appleino A Cj. L An inger -us, well-developed plot, a keen sense of t le, pictureactue,- au-4 the gift of dramatic . rTertlvenes mark this cove I, which is r ther more stirring and less cf the teacup and dallying order than somn other boo by the. same author. Th scene i in Huns .try. Two young Aostrian officers, on f Engbsb ancestry, and a rich young war. an, upen whofe sensitive mind the teachln ;s of Tolstoi have made a deep imprexsion. are the principal personages. The duel iih which the proceeding begin may In a reminder t that which Mr, Winkle dil not fight with a ftre-eatin military pe son the night after Mr. Tup-man and A! r. Jingle went -to the assembly ball, bat It- consequence are more eerioua. Because be I has crippled Milnovlcs for life without ca-Ji. Radford work with a will to twfriend ililuovic and make hi ex- Utence haj y. Hut the fates are against hire. Milnod e is one of thow person with whom ever thing seems to go wrong. He la a brave It low. too, and h suffertt much. Eut the la ty prefer liadforl. . - . ht frl--i. Reuben Stiapmrt. IVslJ, Uesa Co. 1.25. New -York T!.: MB: e. the woik cf two writer? ' - ' '.' ..'-: r r tf . -. '.' :

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