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11 THE COURAXT LITERARY Sl'lTLIIMENT: DECEM15ER, UOt. POETRY AND THE DRAMA. -ONE BLANK" CF WINDSOR. REVELATIONS OK a'lITTLK WORX SHEEPSKIX VOLIME. Gambling JUST OUT supplies the njme ot the One (blank) of Windsor arraigned and executed at Hartford for a witch" the first known execution for witchcraft in New Ens-land.

I have found no mention elsewhere of this Alse Young." Alse Young: There is something pitifully, appealing in the very name. It is so far oft that frenzy of panic and perversity, that it is difficult tJ bring back with any emotional veracity the picture of that May day of 1647. There is painful irony in the very season: May, the month when the miracles oi the Spring have been performed to the benefaction of man! May, the powers of darkness that governed the long winter, and taunted man in understanding wss "What is ye seals of ye Spirit?" and the fifth. -Wheather ye witnesse of ye spirit be so clearc as to witness immediately by itself without respect of any work of Christ in man so constant as being once obtained a man doth never after question his state." Well enough for Mr. John Cotton and other giants of debate to wrestle with these problems: it orily kept their theological sinews in good condition.

But when one thinks of a Puritan infant striving on his little knees, to discover if haply, having once had it. he may have lost ye witnesse of ye Spirit, the questions take on a shade of pathos. Thus though the candlestick has been removed, Mr. Matthew Grant is evidence that it still concerned the founders of Connecticut to profit by the illumination an'! learr.iug of the accomplished and godly clergymen of the Hay. al): to under: xt is meant; he ir and Indict bUnd ns to ask what the meaning of the auvtee is from jast the wrong lady.

Anl tie author' of conveying ioeaeiit meaning, most serious ippeal. in vniiaesstd anl reticent speech, and with a joke to enforce, not mar it. is sien in what it is hoped will not quite its force, though Isoijod here. After he at.u Peyton art "the Englishman, with a sigh. -ed his ha' upon the table, rt moved his mono, le.

hnathed en its surface, and began to popish it. Then, suddenly, he snapped its frail, black cord and placed tic- in 1V ton's ban I. "Take that old fellow- it better at ad." Trinee laiward Putnam's Sons. New York and l.oa-don. S.

pt. )''). por l.y Walter alone have many tiiMn cii published und' oiher lilies, and rccentcr ones are aU-'d in this collodion. Acknowledgment is -a th" publishers of Harpers Weekly. The Arena.

Tile Bookman. The frith The Independent. Tin Outlook. Leslie-Weekly and Popular Monthly, Judge. The Criterion and The New Orleans UMBUXS wm LIFE IKSPAXCE I.UIDJS THE i i i i 10c, ALL NEWSSTANDS For wliem are ihose glances, languid pos- Hon, And that enrsHSc in the newest I iThft plural verb ts a s'ip hot let It pass 1 1 "Ay who can ten? ho stay loves seasons Who weiqh in a balance love's soft treasons'.

ho mend with snhtle sorcery The hearts love Lntaks with genii perjury: i "The Heart's Quest. Barton Oris'. G. P. Putnam's slops.

Sept. Waller Allen Rice has many praiseworthy anil succeeds in sot-ling some of ihetn in quite respeetahle vet sc. Appropriate to the season "The secret of true happiness in living Is not in hoardins dollars hut in giving. God five the millionaire, his turkey curving. While thousands of his fellow men are lie does not seem to he fond of other men's poems unless like the good Indian they, the men.

are dead. He approves Tennyson, Holmes. Whlttier, Browning and Whitman, tis he suggests in "The Editor i.i the Poet." tiu i ridicules Field, Itiley, iwho has "No ter. no rhythm, but strange how it takes Stanton. Koss and Carleton.

"Dear poet, there's money In writinc such fctuff." He seems lo have been on very familiar terms with Tennyson. "The lust of the lot (Stanton's) in his 4 1 ERA MAGAZINE Christmas fk 1904 Ai Illume Monthly wm Some twlllmr o( tre. It is aimoi-t as dimcnl: ie auy sort of description of Edward Pt pie's an in "The Prince it would be impossible to ieny or it. thanks Mr. Walter Lawrence "tor assistance in the construction el' the play on which this story is founded." We have had the novel an this is, for want i a Ihuoi- word a novelized drama.

That the author need to retain the man uf a play is evident from his giving it the Mib-tiile of "A Story of Three I'urtam and So rat Scenes." That he suereeun fully realizing such intent is manifest from the faet that the most obvious eminent of the reviewer would "haw well it would dramatize!" did not the history of its inv ption both and forbid. Whether "the love story, humor. and sentiment art" as the publisher's advertisement announees "ming'ed in just the right need not be defeiniitted: the exact adjustment of so Imponderable components not being re NOT TILL 1 ferable to an accepted standard and in this book par c-xeelloncc they are so instantly changing and delicately shaded, that tje one (iiialily Is more than in other books undistinguishahle from Hie others. The "humor, pathos and sent intent" however are all there, in "ihe love story." Histories, and of a ouality not to be questioned. There is more; there Is wit, rollicking fun, amusing, closely imitated and varied dialect, tragedy, slang; of three nations, puns.

Bohemian palaver of the stu tJn-: va'S j.terestiu Mrf'bt a aa Old Coanee-tlcat Tragedy Pathetic Incident witchcraft Days. (By Annie Eliot Trumbull.) There has come into my possession little old volume which with its shabby binding of worn sheepskin, promises to be one of the many didactic or or historical treatises ir. which material our -early printing presses did fo much abound. Instead, its contents are distinctly personal, and have an atmosphere of their own since they are in the crabbed, eccentric, but by no means entirely illegible writing of the former owner, Matthew Giant of Windsor, progenitor of many seen dan mt-rejor less distinguished, among whom, one at least, is sure of his place in the pantheon of heroes. The little book Is, in short, the manuscript diary of said Matthew Gram, resident from JS35 to 16S1 of the town of Windsor, Connecticut, subsequently teat of learning, and always home ihi rugged, patient and enlightened, if not lenient, virtues which have mad-3 New Bnsland.

One of the-emigration fiom Dorchester, Grant became Recorder, and to his painstaking diligence, local history owes much of its information regarding the village on the east bank of the Connecticut Jilver, part of one ol that not unimportant trinity of towns established through the rxodus from Massachusetts. Now, it East AVlndsor and has fallen into th? quiet ehadiness of elms and grassy streets and wide, fertile fields about which linger pungent memories connected with the brimstone clement of prominent theological sympathies, gave for the disorganizing and ubiquitous trolley car which flashes according to the laws of its pervasive orbit, East Windsor is now rather apart from the of communication and of com-uent. but in those earlier days, it throbbed with the pulses of an hour which was making a new people a people which reasoned high of fixed fate, free will and knowledge absolute, but also kept in mind the 18 properties of an Humbel Soule. as is witnessed! by the words of Mr. Thomas herein preserved.

For Matthew Grant and his- neighbors heard much good preaching and had time to think it over even as late as Monday morning, else there never could have been prepared such extensive notes as this volume contains of the sermons of godly divine, Thomas Hooker and jf Pastor Warham and other saintly men. They would be patient eyes which would decipher the closely written pages in order to glean such sheaves of Hooker's and Warham's wisdom as appear here under their own names, together with the stray fruitage of other "Extracts." Such eyes were those of the possessor of the Diary to whose patience, information and ingenuity the present writer owes all the knowledge derived from the "Table of Contents" which he prefixed. Not as notable as that memorable sermon upon the rights of a free people, but undoubtedly to edification are the addresses of Thomas' Hooker here reportedone delivered at Windsor. June 20th. 1647, to the notes of which is appended the statement, "Mr.

Hooker was buried 18 dayes after he preached this sermon." Another is a Thanksgiving sermon of October 4. 163S, and breathes in its text the proud confidence of the brave little settlement then only two years old: "Then Samuel took a etone 'nd set it between Mizpeh and Shen, and called the name of it Ebenezer saying, Hitherto hath the Lord helped. us." Matthew Grant was a conscientious scribe and had, as we have hinted, a. fine taste in theology: he preserves the utterances of Rev. John Warham on "the matter and form of a church" a subject of some political importance In of the Rev, Mr.

Rey-ner of Plymouth and' the Rev. T. Han-ford of Norwalk and by Mr. Thomas Rrookes, all in the firm if cryptic character which defies cursory examination. Indeed these are intended for no trivial, fond records to meet the eye the cursory.

Instead they were transcribed, for those who had a deep interest in ascertaining "Some Rules how we shall discover any Doctrine delivered, whether it be of God or no," nl who would prayerfully and thoughtfully consider the live principles implicit In the "Questions propounded by the Ministers of the Ray answers made to them by Mr. John Cotton," In 1607. The first of these searchlngs of the With Life Insurance Millions By Henry Shedd Beartisie) (Second Taper) J. J. BELL Author of "H're contribute a new story "Perry Parkin and Co." Best Fiction and Special Articles.

possibly true aa he asserted in an earllej verse? "Her name ia surely Porpliyrogene, And she's the dearest ever! Our hearts arc bound by fate's frail skein Oh pray it may not sever'." Though indeed that must havo been a past incident altogether; Porphyry Jana must have severed her claim or skein; for in the very next verse he said: "Fairest of Eve's countless daughters Here or gone before Heart and art and mind and music Has my Isadore!" It must be that Mr. Byram is susceptible and not wholly accountable for as roving propensity; it may seem indeedl true to him that: "Not the mighty clash of battlo Not. the graveyard's midnight hush K'cr can thrill men'o souls so deeply As love's holy virgin blush. Not Niagaras awful journey, Not aie anger of (ho sea. Not a thing "of earth, o'woman.

Stand beside the power of thee!" llr. Byram is not incapable of ingenious rhymes. "Bovs who were a trifle green Would walk right up with careless mien And poison tne. aesophagus Seeking a new sacophagus' might pass muster in the Ingoldsby legends. He is.

not destitute of a cense of meter as his first poem shows on shadows. iSfe.VO -1 These arc fine lines in "Then and "When forest nuts were falling with tho frost And sere October's brush had touched the wood With magic colors And I had come once more where as a boy I watched the dauntlesH mallard's steady flight." "Rural Practice" is a well sustained hit of verse, though iia opening lines ar the best "Jim has fell down on his leg I And broke it half lntoo-o He saws ter brine yer nurgln tools I And tix it P. P. Mr. Byram is no Granger to noble and i religious sentiments or to poetic aspira-itlons and conceptions, as Is scon in many of his lines, among others In "Tho Flood of Dreams." But In his expression of them they are apt to uppear hackneyed and commonplace.

It would be tho height of unklndness did not reviewers open Mr. Bryam's eyes to the appreciation that lie has much to learn of form, of life, of" fitness of words, of correct meter, to ta a poet. by William M. Byram. Rlch-nrd G.

Badger Boston. Tho Gorhain Press. Price tl.dt).) C. 11. O.

THE BEST SELLING BOOK IN THE UNITED STATES BEVERLY of GraustarK BY GEORGE BARS McCDTCBEON Author or Tsstie Cranoycrow," to. Tstf "Xtf yx rtf the bitterness of eatly Spting. had bcoo finally banished: May, when, if ever, the witchcraft of sun and scent and blossom has turned a barren New England into a wonder of beauty! May, when if ever, life is precious and eartn is dear, Alse Young was brought acioss fbblue, broad, benignant river, 'o lac executed for the sin of witchcraft for was it not written in the Capital L-iwcj that one should not suffer a witch to live. Really those days were not so destitute of color, so barren of all emotion, as they would have us believe, who tiiul in them only fasts, and long anl perverse renunciation. There human emotion enough in this sentence to make the shabby old record i-tul with the elements of tragedy, to paint a picture of fear and pain, of cruelty, and it ir.ust have been reinoi se.

It would be easy to speculate concerning Alse Young. Her name inevitably wears a suggestion of youth which is not the obvious one of the name itself: it certain, appealing, innocent rhythm. It may only have been that she bewivched some one's cow or pins into a virtuous good wife or bawling child, but. since we know i.o more than her name, it may be permitted us to guess that her death ennobled by something in (lie grand manner that she was loo fair to be safe from jealousy too young to have lost the magic of voice and laughter To minds such a victim, snatched from warmth and' color, may seem the sadder picture, but it is not so: for it has the swift brightness of one whom the gods love; it is not so heartbreaking as such a fate overtaking a friendless, helpless weak old woman, whose companions have left her behind them upon an unfriendly earth which has no room for her cowering figure: for whom a younger generation has become frightened persecutors: whose kin, if she has them, and grown even, bciote the accusation found her out, hostile, out, at the best indifferent, as to a creed outworn. What if a younger woman would have had longer to iive, more to renounce? If so, there were sure to be some compassionate hearts made rebellious, even in the crowd that watched her progress to the gallows.

It was an unhappy and a mad world that she was leaving, but in the going from it, thus prematurely, she may nay, she must have caught a glimpse of something that was not all black with bitterness. It is incredible that she should not have left behind her perfume of a regret. But the other picturethat of the old, wind-driven, shuddering, half childish, broken, un-pltied, dazed and shaken creature un-mourned, unmissed no, we cannot bea -that! Alse Young shall die, still fair, still youthful, still carrying some hearts with her, until there arises one to say -us nay on the strength of another record! And had Alse Young sat in the tabernacle, we wonder, and heard expounded any of the rules "how we shall discover any doctrine Melivered whether it be of God or before she must listen to the awful commentary upon their interpretation which overtook her ou that May morning? Had she basked in the sensuous beauty of the apostrophe "Thy lips are as a scarlet lane," a.ul had she even fancied perchance, that she had one or more of the "IS properties of a Humbel Soule." and so might hope for the leniency of a just God? Truly God was more merciful than man to this humbel soule. It is not to be dismissed as altogether fanciful If we believe that, when Matthew Grant copied the Church's covenant of Windsor, dated October 3.1, 1647. he permitted himself a sigh for the Alse Young who had not been permitted to live to see the, glories of the departing year, illuminating the thick woodlands of the Connecticut and veiling the stretches of the river in the of a purple haze.

even wjiile he strengthened himself with the tonic consolations of his creed. It would seem a marvellous panic, this that shook those rugged reasoners In Its iron grasp, and led to such insanity as this displayed towards Alse Young, did we not know that it was but the result of a normal confidence in human law, confirmed by a belief In the divine; the direct leg-icy of England, the unquestionable utterance of Church and State. Who wore they of East Windsor and Hartford to abolish the Mosaic dispensation, re-nfilrmed by the English church? Those misunderstandings nre over, but their consequences have dome-thing sentient still, one turns away from the hard knots of theological discussion, from the "Extracts" thai must be valuable since Ihey are worthy of being cherished, even from of the Canlieles, lo this still vivid entry of human pain, mil breathes sIkIi which Is the privilege of a later humanity, for the nurd fate of Alse Young. "one thai was a. woman, sir.

but leM her soul she's deai." ll TUT: f'tPST AMERICAN KING Oddly enough, in the midst of the pale colors of the sermonizing colors, vivid enough, then, perhaps, but grown somewhat pallid in the light of subsequent thooiogy there glows suddenly from the yellow pages, the warm imagery of the Canticles Ainsworth's version with a "Hap sodia." More oddly, it would seem, must it have thrilled through the pallor of the Puritan meeting-house and brightened with a of Oriental blooin the rugged framework of tie Puritan discourse. "With kisses of mouth let him kisse mi-. Because thy love than mine much better be. Bo, thou art fayre thou my dearest love, Lo, thou art fayre. thy eyes are as the dove." It is as far from the chill and the piother of pearl tints of the New England winter landscape as was Solomon in all his glory from the hymn writ of the early chnreh.

The Windsor Church convenant is also here, dated October 23. 1647, the clause of which 'Submission in the lord of ail our did not darken the knowledge of later communicants that they were unable to put a free construction upon "super-ious." There are notes of a sermon by E. II." probably the initials of Ephralm Huit, clergyman of Windsor, according to the suggestion of the "Table of Contents." But beyond the interest of these items and abridgements, more human, more tragic still vibrant with a forgotten anguish, the swift terror of a heart long quiet is another entry, not made on the decorous pages which memorize the saints, but scrawled on the inside of the cover, where it might be the sinner might escape detection. But the furtive note found a comprehending reader. Many speculations have clustered about the brief entry made by Win-throp in his history: "One (blank) of Windsor arraigned and executed at Hartford for a witch." Says Mr.

James Savage in his note upon this statement: "Nothing of this is found in the History of Connecticut by Dr. Trumbull, yet it is deserving of melancholy commemoration as the First instance of delusion in New England, too soon infectious. We may presume the unhappy woman was tried as well as ar-raigneVl before execution if the wretched ceremonies in such cases deserve the name of trial." Savage goes on to quote Benjamin Trumbull to the effect that "after the most careful researches, no indictment of any person for that crime nor any process relative to that affair can be found. "Perhaps." he adds, "there was sense enough early 'in the colony to destroy the record." If this be so, we get again that alarming realization of the indestructibility of the written word, for Matthew Grant, in the privacy of his own desk, thought it not amiss to jot down the name of the neighbor who knew too well the powers of evil. Who, then, was the "witch" with whose execution Connecticut stepped into the dark shadow of persecution? She has been called Mary Johnson, but no Mary Johnson has been.

Identified as this earliest victim. Whose is that pathetic figure shrinking in the twilight of that early record? We could t)tliik of her with no less kindly compassion could we give a name to the unhappy victim of the misread Word of God, who was led forth to a death stripped of dignity as of consolation: who, to an ignorance and credulity, brought from an old world and not yet sifted out by1 the enlightenment and experience of a new. yielded up her perhaps miserable but unforfeited life. Here Is the note which In all probability establishes the Identity of the One of Windsor, arraigned and executed as a witch. "May 26.47 Abe Young was hanged." and there follows the statement of tho laler executions of John Newbery and "Carlngton and his wife." To the copy of this observation is added by H.

"The first entry mm ITT By Maud Howe 7r TQf 1 No ml tin hit tavKf tk ma r.rxv I nii an i AM DEAD" AVhlle not attaining the highest flights of the muses there is no strain, no pain ful reminder of aras, and there is much pleasant and interet-ting verse. There is a tardy justice and much poetry in his Dame and Gemtnictihe neglected wife.) The hrief poem. "To a Poet," recognizes eloqiKntly the roughness of the road of Pa rnassus. "He greatly errs who hopes to win the bav Without a battle and without a sear. To walk among the ah bis way, Or lie hi slnih.

yet reach and seize a star. Oh youth ho knockest at flic gate of fame Long must thy wailing and thv watching be: Beside that gate with two-edged sword of ll.ime A shape stands guarding that, shall ehal-linge on tin Florida coast in Ponce de L. on has a weird and brilliant selling in ihe lines "And now the evening like a Bacchanal. In all ti splendor of her strtamlng hair, in all the Hush of madness jubilant. Arrayed in purple and in cloth of gold Bills in.

the snies her chalice crystalline And snlaslies aM the clouds wllh rosy Wines." I'Yrw'C in espousal of the cause of Ihe liownM n. Men too creditable to the poet's heart, not to make doubly regrettable the Indlcatvuts of synipai hy wd'h lawless and even murderous inteni in "The night to Work" and "Iiynainlte." Of course one with wit of the poet knows that there is a lienor and more effective way, which i not yet dosed tn freemen. l.y Walter Malone. Memphis. Paul Douglass 'o.

lin r( on (rc. It is difficult to say what one would like lo be able to say. arid hilleve, about the "volume of verses'' by Burton Grey (George Herbert Sass. of Chariest on. S3, Ills niode'd styling as verse what so many ambitious vwlters announce as poems and chul'f uges.

good ill, although he is not emu-clous of it his lines are fo clean and deep in sentiment, so Mnoiilh and polished, and his rendition of legend and romance so authentic, that one ,1 to a desire for something more ennobling and Inspiring, a touch more of 'Ire to kindle talent into genius. Ills "Parting of th. Wavs." "loan Melllsh" and "I'omp. ns Hinn'' ale quoted much In the South lie S'lc, evvfully ho beautiful and difficult nvasur" of which Swinburne's melody made so many admirers by his "Atalanta In Calydon." In the poem, for the wei.l is justified. "In Arcady," the child wanderer sees his reflections In a mirage (whether actual or "And then in the child came a wondrous And he H.

ini'd lo stand where a valley lay: Pair, than (hose famed fields Elvslan Or ihe I'm lunate Isles past the skints of Ihe day: And around and about him everywhere The ni.inllol glories of earlli and air Seeniel to have to a I'll!) fl'tlltlon And a form like his own form Wandered tie These ate lnc 'oni pcnsn tlou "Then spake (he eldesl. I'liu: ago lillle.l'h tills lll) ii. my hopes went down I walk iilcie -alone I shall hear Whato'ci my lather sends, or cross or I low 11. And us die spake an angel toiu hed llieir eyes, And a tlolv loll upon the three; And then w.iv sound harping upon hai I 'S. An tin uiKliI lied -and lb.

re was no i What os. lo be called Soclete Hows 1 1 litis author's pen. that in I lo IIH.v In double or complex i no' i tiiiihlieii iii "panes (le Vc to III. woman who had jilted him: inv nurd" have a rough air A el -otu. liiiur la.

of convent loimlltv. ('aid. .1 ji. mom. ni- wh.

it Ilatd t. (t ll. rb "l-lb ll -oil aruenlties, a your Sillon tour- iiglitcn Joiniiiv. al ion pile 1 will bring tin- lat And ill ('lice: I line a the sain, I i i Kroni "Thonius Nasi His re rlod and His Pictures," by Mr. Albert Blgelow Paine.

dios, poetry In verse and prose, the laij ter sometimes In hidden rhythm, "as when we linger beside a mound to drop a rose then pass along our way." The variety of moods and expression, lightening the way for so simple a plot, would In clumsier treatment produce a medley, a jumble, ut the worst, a muddle. It would not lie difllcult to regard the book as wonderful; anil, if that were the verdict, the wonder would he that the Introduction of so much variety should be made consistent with unity and a harmonious progress. The characters, the persons of the play, of. the story, stand out from the canvass distinct Individual, and however briefly described, real. There are two noblemen, one by law and title, both in fact, who amuse, interest, win love and profound respeel a "slavey" who might Rive points lo one of Dickens, an English combination butler, valet and clay-mixer for the sculptor, whose portrait would not look out of place as a pendant to Thackeray's Jeenis.

There is a little girl who to the I heart like the Eva In Tun. anl a broken woman who reminds us of Hood's Song of Ihe Phirl. Does all this sound like exaggeration, of burlesque, on which so closely burdens? It Is not nlven to the critic' to be wise, to look Into the future; and It would be to predict that Claudia, or Pucker's. Rnnlnn. Peyton or Jack.

Earl of Huntington. wj in other generations alongside, ihese other historical persons of fiction, to dictate to public opinion, that they ought. But when a comparatively new- writer can keep a critic alternately shaking with laughter and pulling his mllar button away from the lump In his IhroHt, he is entitled to i record of the he makes. It would be hardly possible to Justify any anticipation of a readers' pleasure by attempting to tell ihe salient features of Ihe story: and the style of the book depends on so much delicacy in the shading from one thought to another, that quotations can give onlv feeble notions of the value of the phrases when In their proper settings or as Huntington says "In another frame." After the hfth scene and the lnpoe of three years, In the interlude "the curtain lifts' The crowds we wisn them in ihelr graves come scrambling back. The last belated male who roveo, smkn In his seal refreshed and redolent of cloves "Puckers covered her month with both hands to supples her unholy glee.

Homo of which ooje, mil bciu-ccn her lingers." Dialects shift raploly: "Have an ordar for painting fr in a ili'iiilili. Kuingii! having an ordar from a ehuiihh." "I'm, yes Hi would In silll mote rummy (hough If yon h.ol li from a saloon." "(Or. lien paronii. Die all polished his inonmie, replaced a in hit tmhle eye, and regarded his friend critically." "Tell Mr. Suuly flaw better slli a In tne Htoekln' lirst.

Value If 'e don Ihe nut an' olio al.lttlln ll'Olll of Hie ie In llle loe. Good nlghf" "Villi ee," raj aiias "oid Gotteidamiiieiuog," nun a liioutli like an and eye that made an umlaut just nn ft." "Ven I tnag- d.n po ii I migs in a pan sotn r'rnin und ool, uml a arnioid. 1 piulH den on de Uar Mill ledH llelll pi ep.l 1.1 1 it lo liklnij a mlli'. Huggenicd iv ion If the ut nf ihe annua i uneqiiel lo -le demand upon of He It I-. In peyioii pe, i.IIioIiic-m ml line de.

Icuie Mibju-i, ihoiitii Hie lilinu.lec- of toiHlcMy and llatllnglon hax air. inly Hilvl.o-il lihu lo V-el peeliei'K and Pe Inn Ion hoi li.o a iv 71.. T. i v-: a( ihe preferred by our wader's lo Tenn's I.ockslay Hall." National Paean." Waller Allen nice. Bonon.

niehard G. Badger. The Gorham Press. I'M. An opportunity is offered by a poet to the right lady.

His signature is Wm. Milton Byram and, as his portrait (frontispiece I shows he is a very young and quite a nice looking man with a trim litle quite a reihted and Intellectual look and firm though good-humored mouth and jaw. lie dedicates his book of poems "to one woman whom the author has never met" "in the hope and belief thai the Providence will guide aright wanderers and finally cans her in slay for him there! he will not fall to meet her in that hollow What awaits Ihe one woman if she stays, may be conjectured from oilier lines In the poems, but perhaps more definitely than elsewhere in the "Honeymooning" railroad Journey described on the very last page; "The radiant maid knows joy supreme Bove lights her wondrous eye: They pledge for every rail (hy pass A kiss for every tie!" Mr. Byram gives color however to the suspicion that he is not treating the feminine contingent of the public fairly In leaving It supposition from the langirage of his dedication, that the competition is still open. He knows the name of Ihe dedicatee, and probably has her address.

He slugs a four-page poem to her, praising her grace, her forehead, eyes, her "long dark hair, almost black," her "divine" Hps, her nose, her chin, her Idealllv and her shoe; and repeat-, on three "Oh Miss Virginia Bvr.ui. Whom 1 have never I ll seek ill my llfe-day's nn is set -fori er I. The logical Inlerence from this would he lo tin cri'ect thai Ihe entiles ale closed and that Miss Heron la to have a lint such an Inference would be tiietii itiiie: it 's to be feared (hat Mr. tiyram tickle, or lias been; Anythlnit more hnmorona than the Knaan Ctefta- ulnrlen n-nnld he hard to And. Min Cleg's In an orlKlunl orenlloii," nym JIOAWKTTK f.ll.DKIt, Bilitor of "The rllle," of SUSAN CLEGG and Her Friend Mrs.

Lathrop "Anne has given us the rurc delight of a honk that Is extremely fumy," nay the Fhlliulolphln Ledger. With frontispiece. nnuen. l-'ino. iolinld.

The Wood Carver of 'Lympus "A story of unnsuul delicacy, feeling and optimism" siya the nook lover' 51' gazlne of thin unusual story of triumph over misfortune. SI. E. WAI-LiCR. authni of "A Daughter of the Rich." pages, $1 ROMA BEATA for he gi cri on, and in i hall'-doZ'-p lines down Hie same pas.

y. iind him Ihymnlug of "Mary "She Is a folic niaid -n (a r. Deep charming he sea With pure, deep cvrs and woiulinu hair nd a In art that tor nn Ah '( "lis swel tins lo be Wh. living aaoih, r. l-'or of a'l dear word- innyiii' cut KlVe The b.

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