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The New Zealand Mail from Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand • 11

Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand
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II Atigiisl £7 1896 tscnannnMi HALATION cw £081 lee Is 6d of all drawing room singers KT ftT THE SIGN THE Lfftl SELECTED VERSE CAPTAIN 03 (N NOTES LET THE WORLD KNOW 9 LITERARY NOTES LETTERS ON BOOKS (No 9) TO TEACH IMMORTALITY would rather beapo man in a garret with plenty of books than a king who did not lovo reading" Lord Macaulay An extraordinary communication has recently been made to the Paris Academic de Medicine by Dr Baraduc who affirms that he has succeeded in photographing thought and has shown numerous photo graphs in proof of his assertion The person whose thought is to be photographed enters a dark room places his hand on a photographic plate and thinks intently of the object the image of which he wishes to see produced It is stated by those who have examined Dr photograph that most of them are very cloudy bu that a few are comparatively distinct representing the persons and the outlines of things Next please The world will bow in servile zest To one who sways it with a frown 1 Toss up your head and flash your eye let the world know when down If lip would seek to stain The name you hold as crown By your own life refute the He let the world know when you're down By Joaquin Miller What if we all lay dead below Lay as the grass lies cold and dead In own holy shroud of snow With snow white stones at foot and head With all earth dead and shrouded white As clouds that cross the moon at night What if that infidel some night Could then raise up and see how dead How wholly dead and out of sight All things with snows sown foot and head And lost winds wailing up and down The emptied fields and emptied town? By Kate Marr The world is wide remember this Nor shrink from deep furrowed frown Woo fortune with your brightest smiles Don't let the world know when down It spoils your chance for future deeds To frame your face with dull crown Brace up and higher hold your head let the world know when down 201 Lambton Quay and 47 Cuba Street Wellington (n) irst leet by Louis Becke and Walter Jeffrey (Sydney: Angusand Robertson) Ii bare nr purse iir heart most sad Your life near crushed by crown Then mask them well with jest and song let'the world know when you're down Detroit ree Press AND JL A 1 I 39 Cuba street Wellington I think that grand old infidel Would rub his hands with fiendish glee And say I knew it knew it well I knevz that death was destiny I ate 1 drank I mocked at God Then as the grass was and the Ah me the grasses and the sod They are my preachers Hear them preach When they forget the shroud and God Lifts up these blades of grass to teach The resurrection Who shall say What infidel can speak as they The July number of the Australian Photographic Journal contains the latest photographic news from all parts of Australasia with the most recent European and American photographic information The illustrations three in number are very fine The first is a half tone process photo chrome picture which is the first attempt to execute this class of work in these colonies and the result obtained promises well for future efforts The second illustration gives the result of quite a different class of work It is generally supposed that it is most difficult to obtain good photographic results by artificial light This picture is a repro duction of a flashlight photograph taken with five penny tobacco pipes and should completely dispel this illusion There is also an interesting article on lashlight Photography The third illustration is a view of the Intercolonial Photographic Exhibition recently held in Melbourne These illustrations are certainly the best specimens of half tone work that I have seen produced in the colonies and the Australian workers are not far behind their confreres in the older parts of the world There are also articles on Univer sal Transparency Optical Lantern Work Rontgen Bay Photography in Sydney Photography in the Lecture Room and a paper on Photo topography by Mr Pietro Baricchi Government Astronomer Vic toria besides a host of other information which should prove useful to both amateur and professional Bt There is one captain that commands And never but to victory The counsel of thy heart it stands No man so faithful unto Though seven sentries watch the wall And all thy pulses leap at call He is thine ark and arsenal Thine armour and artillery Yea while the cloaked senses tramp At midnight with a deep well He lists the sapper? in the camp Beleaguering thy citadel Invisible he tries the guns And leaning the bastions Discerns the tented legions Earthwork and trench and parallel man in vain they creep and mine Thy ramp remains inviolate But if by folly or design Thou drive this friend to abdicate A broken pole a trodden keep The standard of thy soul shall weep And all her trophies lie a heap That owls and satyrs desecrate The Speaker Mr Louis stirring if somewhat brutal studies of South Sea Island life have gained for their author no small reputation not only in Australia (where as you will remember most of them ap peared in the Bulletin) but in England also Mr Becke has now with the aid of a collaborateur (Mr Walter Jeffreys) pro duced a longer and more ambitious work in his leet (n) which deals with the history of the earlier con vict settlements in Australia The authors have mingled fact and fiction Very cleverly and have written a very readable if some what uneven story which will be widely read especially in Australia or some of their facts they have gone to the Historical Records of New South Wales others are allegedly taken from notes furnished them by a Mr Dew who in the preface is stated to be a grandson of the Sergeant Dew who acts a very prominent part in the romance The earlier part of the story has the Old Country for its background and introduces a charming heroine Mary Broad who defies the law that she may share the fate of her lover a smuggler The story of the voyage of the irst leet with its human freight of desperate hardened criminals and others whose offences had been only trivial is well told but once at Botany Bay the interest deepens and there is quite a fascination in the description of the escape of Bryant and his fellow prisoners in a small boat in I which they make the perilous voyage to Timor in the Dutch Indies So much false sentiment has been expended as to the convicts who alone according to some writers were worthy of sympathy that the present story with its many new lights upon old history should tend to remove many erroneous impressions History in fiction is not always good read ing but although we prefer Mr Becke on the ground he has made his own he and his literary partner have undoubtedly written a clever almost a brilliant story There is a Defoe like strain in the low toned chastened realism of the story and Ser geant Dew its supposed narrator is a specially well drawn character The story is published as a volume of Mr isher Colonial Library and is very attractively got up in its olive green cover of ribbed cloth The copy I have read is sent me by Messrs Angus and Robertson Sydney but the book may be purchased at any good book shop in New Zealand Vanished (iv) is a very extraordinary story by an author Mr Percy Andreae whose name is unfamiliar to me at least I should certainly not advise Mr Andreae to take up his residence in Ger many or I fear the secret police would make life a burden to him for if ever there were Use majesty it is to be found in this sensational story of which under the thiil veiling of a very palpable pseudonym the great little Kaiser himself is the hero tn his preface the author admits that the Willibald of of his story is meant for the Emperor of Ger many the of for the Duke of Cumberland that is rance and so on and there is throughout his book a mixing of truth with fiction which makes the story very piquant How the is spirited away from his imperial palace and how the outward and visible sign of German unity being removed there is great political dis quietude how the private secre tary Dr Hofer is suspected of complicity in the plot and is imprisoned in the palace how the German sovereigns meet in Berlin to devise how best to secure the safety of the empire and how a shrewd old English diplomatist unravels the mys tery and is the means of restoring the temporarily missing ruler and puts every thing right you must read for yourself The plot is very ingeniously worked out but the weak point lies in the presumption that such a pompous personage as the would ever willingly submit to even a absence from his throne and his power The Paris Salon 1896 36 posted 4 The Academy Notes 1896 1 posted 13 Degeneration by Max Nordau 5 posted '56 Conventional Lies by Max Nordau 3 posted 34 The Chitral Campaign by Thomson with 59 illustrations plans and map 5 posted 56 Life and Letters of Oliver Wendell Holmes by John Moorse jun 2 vols illus trated 18 posted 19 Celebates by Geo Moore 36 posted 4 Esther Waters by George Moore 36 posted 4 Special colonial editions of New Books Paper covers 26 cloth 36 postage 4d extra Old Melbourne Memories by Rolf Boldre wood Denis a Study in Black and White by ield Wynnum by Hennessey Briseis by William Black The Two Marys by Mrs Oliphant Adam Son by Marion Crawford Novels in rench A large selection just to hand 36 each postage 4a extra The Vanished Emperor by Percy' Andreae A oes by Strain The Story of Andrew airfax by Joseph Hocking The Girl at by Thos Heney The Divinations of Kala Persad by Headon Hill The Seven Little Australians by Ethel Turner The amily at Misrule by Turner The Story of a Baby by Ethel Turner By Thrasna River by Shan Bullock The Dead Gallant by Outram Tristram The Crime of a Christmas Toy by Henry Herman Martin Hewitt Investigator by Arthur Morrison The Chronicles of Martin Hewitt by Arthur Morrison In Strange Company by Guy Boothby The Curse of Clement Waynflete by Bertram Mitford The Tale of Chloe by George Meredith The Windsor Magazine 3s per annum Posted lid Of the many Colonial Libraries now published Messrs is decidedly one of the best Besides fiction of an exceptionally high class the publishers give us in this series some of the newest works in biography history and general literature works published only in England in an expensive form Of such is known as those of leaders of con temporary thought tn 1858 he was appointed lecturer on English language and literature at College London and became a contributor to the Saturday Review and other High class periodicals He was a magnificent linguist and travelled much on the Continent an account of his journeyings in Poland with which country he was a deep sympathiser Causing quite a sensation when published in the Spectator in 1863 The next year he I tbbk a trip to Australia for the sake of his health and on his return home published the first volume of his History of England during the Early and Middle He also gave lectures at Manchester and Liverpool in favour of the higher education of women A visit to America where he met such men as Longfellow Agassiz Lowell Holmes and endell Philips followed and in 1869 his health again becoming bad he resolved to return to Australia and settle in the bush He arrived in South Australia in 1871 but in 1873 having found sheep farming an uncongenial pursuit he accepted a lectUr'oship on at Melbourne Uni versity In 1877 he drew up for the Vic torian Government a report on the best and most economical mode of con stituting free education in the colony and in the following year he entered the Legislative Assembly as member for Castlemaine his fellow member being Mr Patterson late Premier of Vic toria who died a year or two ago He was Minister for Education for some years and did excellent service in that capacity one Of his innovations being the establish ment of 200 State school scholarships entitling the holders to allowances suffi cient to defray the cost of their education at the higher grade schools and thus establishing a link between the primary schools and the University In 1893 owing to pecuniary losses he accepted the post of permanent secretary to the Agent office He died in May 1891 having a few days before his death revised his book Life and a work which has been warmly praised by the English and American press as a most valuable contribution to the literature of sociology An ardent Liberal all his life he tempered his democratic opinions by a caution and thoughtfulness not always dis played by colonial statesmen I have given an abstract of Professor career in order to show how wide and varied was his experience of life As to the Reviews and Critical which are now pub lished they include a great variety of subjects historical and literary studies predominating Written in a delightfully lucid style they are full of evidences of deep thought and of original theories The book is one to be dipped into more than steadily perused and it should have a cordial reception by all who appreciate high class literature the work of an excep tionally gifted man A fine photogravure portrait of the author forms the frontis piece and adds to the interest of the volume A corresponded steks what is the cause of halation and how' Can it be prevented Halation is a blurring cz? the1 image and encroachment of the high lights upon thA surrounding shadows or darker parts It fe1 bht too well known as the defect of photographing an interior in which a brilliantly HWed window appears It is? caused by reflection from the back of the plate The rays light are scattered by the particles of salts and obeying certain laws of reflection are reflected from the surface and back of the plate As to how it can be prevented there have beeii several remedies put forward anct author says bisis the most satisfactory When photographing interiors it has been rOebmmended to cover the window with some slightly opaque substance such as pale yellow or unbleached calico sd' to reduce the intensity of the light aii' again it has been recommended te cut shapes of black velvet and hang on wires in rrcht of the camera so Ro to elude the themselves from tho focussing screen removing them only a short period before the close of exposure When halation does exist in a negative the part affected can be reduced by rubbing a little Eau de Javelle or solution on with rhe tip of the finger or the dense deposit may be partially removed by care fully rubbing down with wash leather and methylated alcohol But I think the more sritisf actol way is to try and prevent halation: occurring I tried four ways 1st Ilford Empress plate with a black paper backing 2nd Ilford rapid with backing solution 3rd anti halation plate 4th No 3 backed Of this batch I have no hesitation in giving the preference to No 3 Halation did occur to a limited extent in No and 2 but for all ordinary purposes I think these will be found to give satisfactory results The room in which I conducted the experiment was a very brilliantly lighted one and the plates were put to a very severe test As to plates the difficulty about them is that there is such a small demand for them in New Zealand that very few dealers keep them Not only does this plate entirely prevent halation but it may be developed and fixed with the same ease in manipulation as an ordinary plate The precise system of the manufacture of this plate for which a patent has been applied it is obvious cannot st present be explained but in the main halation is prevented by means of a non actinic gelatinous medium which by the process employed is absolutely pre vented from combining with the emulsion with which the plate is coated To those however who prefer backing I would recommend a mixture of benzine 3oz Brunswick black loz It dries immedi ately it gives a rich yellow brown coating which is extremely non actinic it is suffici ently transparent to enable you to develop without removing it and it is easily cleaned off afterwards with an ordinary rag and whiting suMmer number THE ILLUSTRATED LONDON NEWS Contains a Powerful Story by I Zahgwili URIEL A Story by Mrs Hungerford ANXIOUS OLD by AfidreW Uliistrated by Cecil Aldin Robert Louis Last Sketch A WINTER WALK IN Illustrated by Macbeth Raeburn The proprietors of the Illustrated London News have made arrangements with the executors of Mr Robert Louis Stevenson publish this last fragment from his pen which will be found of singular interest With this number will be given a Magnifi cent Mezzotint engraving entitled By Sheridan Knowles And Eight Pages of Illustrations in Colours Wellington August 26 My Dear Robinson To the more cultured among Colonial and especially Australian readers the appearance in a cheap and handy edition (in Colonial Library) of a volume of Reviews and Critical Essays (i) by the late Professor Pearson at one time Minister of Education in Victoria should be very welcome Professor Pearson of whose career a most interesting memoir is contributed (as a preface to the esaays) by Professor Strong was in many ways a very remarkable man Born in 1830 the son of the Rev John Norman Pearson Principal of the Church Missionary College London he was educated at Rugby and at College London an institution at which such men as Thorold Rogers Charles Kingsley rederick Harrison Leslie Stephen and Professor awcett were at one time students Pearson went on to Oxford where he was one of the founders of the famous debating society the seven original members including George Goschen the present statesman and financier reemantle now Dean of Ripon Brodrick now Warden of Merton and others whose names are now very well (l) and Critical by the late Professor Pearson Colonial Library (Melbourne Geo Robertson and Co Wellington Whittaker Bros Those who love what Mr Andrew Lang has called the witching delights of good romance are being most liberally catered for nowadays Within but a very few weeks I have gossiped to you of Mr own Monk of Mr Court ship of Maurice and other stories which take us out of the common place world of money making and money losing into what for the reader at any rate is the happier if less practical realm of love making and adventure seeking and finding Here again in Mr Owen and (v) is another good rousing romance one which to quote the dedication appeals to such folk as prefer the glancing vistas of the free forest to tiie noxious growths of the social and appeals as you will agree after reading the book as I hope you will not unsuccessfully Mr Rhoscomyl a name which savours of the non de plume and is somewhat theatrical at takes for his period the Great Civil War albeit his background is Welsh and manages to lug in such historic personages as Charles the irst Charles the Martyr as I heard a Wel lington Anglican clergyman Jdub him recently and the gallant harem scarem Prince Rupert Most of the action of the story takes place in the neighbourhood of Conway and the author is so patriotic as to make the Taffies flavour his book all through Here and there he errs perhaps on the side of giving too much local colour being a trifle wearisome therewith the actual story lagging a little although he makes a fine show of a vivacity which finds its way through the archaic style of language affected by most of the characters I cannot truthfully say that I liked Mr Battlement and Tower so well as his first novel The Jewel of Ynys Galon which by the way has erroneously (in) of Admiral Lord by Clark Russell Colonial Library (Melbourne Geo Robertson and Go Wellington Whittaker Bros) (iv) Vanished Ly Percy Andreae Ward Lock and Colonial Library (Wellington and Baillie) (v) and by Owen Rhoscomyl Colonial Library (Melbourne Geo Robertson and Co Wei i ijngton Whittaker Bros) THE LONDON By Hilaire BellO'c'J Almighty God whose justice like a sun Shall coruscate along the floors of heaven Raising low perfecting undone Breaking the proud and making odd' things even The poor of Jesus Christ along the street In your rain sodden in your snows unshod They have not hearth nor rotf nor daily meat Nor even the bread of men Almighty God The poor of Jesus Christ whom no man hears Have called upon Your vengeance much too long Wipe out not tears but blood our eyes bleed tears Come smite our damned sophistries so strong That Thy rude hammer battering this rude Wrong Ring down the abyes of twice ten thousand yerfrs Mr Clarke Life of Admiral Lord Collingwood (in) which I have found even more interesting than some of uuil same inimitable sea stories Curiously enough only one biography of 4 i i nnntTn A uaaiq MAcvv ocaiucm auti urnuttnu (joniuiaxiuer jguhuo muu a had previously been published and this a evidences of a striving afte: memoir uy voiungwoou nephew was most meagre and unsatisfactory But if Col life as a snlviAnf a has had to wait a long time it gets full if Hope be has more in common with Mr taruy justice aone to it at last in this hue piece of work of Mr Clarke Russell's career is dealt with in great detail from his boyhood days at the old Grammar School of Hewcastle on Tyne for the Admiral was a sea faring folk say until the time whezl his body was reverently laid to rest by the side of Nelson in St Cathedral He was a noble fellow personally of an amiable and generous disposition a good husband and a loving father a truly religious man too in an age when many in his profession made boast of their evil lives a brave dignified rather proud and ever gallant British officer Ho had i but one gfeat prejudice characteristically I He hated the rench' with the hatred of a fanatic as well as that of a professional enemy The service ho did for his country may be gauged by he fact that he passed over 50 years in the Navy and of these 41 were spent away from home from 1793 till his death in 1S10 he was only one year in England! As Mr Russell says knows not where to look for the like of such an absence in naval The book has the advantage of being well illustrated from drawings by Mr rank rangy vn vVhosG reputation is now well established aS an artist of special merit in maritime studies It is beautifully printed on fine thick paper and its price is half a crown the cheapest half worth of good literature I have seen for some time By all means get and buy an extra copy for your nephew It is not exactly a book but to a young fellow merging into manhood it gives some fine lessons in duty pluck patriotism and true religion NEW "Ve have received from the Messrs Angus and Robertson of Sydney 1 the song The Daylight is for review The words are by Banjo Patterson the now famous author of Australian poetry The music by Goring i T'homas ia ell written in perfect har i mony ery pleasing the allegretto I sostenuto in six eight time being especially pretty The compass from 17 should be within the reach of every voice and the' I easy setting of the music will make the I song a welcome addition to the repertoires By SnapshotJ All readers tegtinng advice or opinion or? matters connected with the Art are invited to make use of this column: Communications should be written on one side of the paper only with as few words as necessary for pibpe" elucidation of the subject and ad dressed co NZ Mail Queries siifcrtAd' be brief but give full details ancY should be accompanied by samples of faults de where practicable will glad to receive samples of prints for criticise and notice been at" THE CAMERA COLUMN but it is a very readable story wiuif OWiJJL dlUvUU lu VVX11OJU 13 now again in undue devotion to to the local cclcrfr aforesaid and to the Zounds and and similar ir ry faithful a reproduction of the traditional jargon oi the historical romance Mr Rhoscomyl is' not a Stanley Weyman or an Anthony Haggard he is not as yet the same practised story tellef uhat these three have now proved themselves to Nevertheless he is distinctly readable and no uface of the New Woman or of Advanced Problems is there in him or this relief much thinks.

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