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The hero receives a cablegram while absent The Flight of Georgiana. By Robert Neilson in Europe, to the effect that his wealthy grand- Stephens. Illustrated. Cloth. Pp. 339. father has died leaving him his property on Price, $1.50. Boston: L. C. Page & Comcertain specific conditions. These he finds

pany. to embrace his remaining for one year in the old gentleman's palatial but partially-finished This is a spirited and fairly-well written home just outside an Indiana village. If he romantic love-story of the stirring days which leaves he forfeits the property. If he marries followed the battle of Culloden. The hero a certain lady within five years, he also loses is a Jacobite officer who is flying through the estate. A rascally lawyer who is entrusted England to take boat for France, believing with the will plots to undo the hero and is su this course to be safer than remaining in Scotcessful in luring him away from the home in land, where the followers of the Pretender time to destroy his claim to the property. The were being vigorously hunted down by the lawyer with a sheriff and a posse of deputies English troops. Quite a number of the foltries to eject the hero and his friends, only to lowers of the Pretender, however, have been provoke a savage battle in which blood flows recently hanged or beheaded in England, and on both sides. Then occur some most sur- the apprehension and conviction of well-known prising developments which it is safe to say Jacobites brought handsome rewards. Therehave been little surmised by the reader and fore even under ordinary circumstances the which change the entire situation.

trip would have been necessarily perilous. Persons who enjoy well-written mystery. But the hero, in true melodramatic fashion, tales will not be disappointed in The House is being pursued by a villain who has been of a Thousand Candles.

previously wounded by him in battle. He is

therefore in imminent danger of apprehension, Curly. A Tale of the Arizona Desert. By Roger which does not, however, prevent his tarrying

Pocock. Illustrated. Cloth. Pp. 320. Price, $1.50. Boston: Little, Brown & Company. English girl of whom he has become enamored.

There are several important characters beIN This story every prominent character sides the hero, heroine and villain who add to figures conspicuously in some part of the nar- the interest and complexity of the situations. ration as either a highwayman, robber, mur- The story contains less of the mock-heroics derer, cattle-thief, or a drunkard and gambler. and artificiality which are so prominent in The story, which is told by one Chalk-Eye, a most romances of this class, though it is by no partially-reformed cattle-lifter, is as rich in the means free from melodramatic and improbable slang and peculiar vernacular of the frontier episodes. as it is in hair-breadth escapes for the highwaymen, murderers and thieves with whom it deals. The only thing that can possibly The Thistles of Mount Cedar. By Ursula be said in its favor is that it presents a vivid Tannenforst. Illustrated. Cloth. Pp. 454. and doubtless truthful picture of one of the Price, $1.25. Philadelphia: The John C. most shameful phases of our frontier life-a Winston Company. phase which happily is rapidly disappearing. On the other hand, such books are in our judg- This is a story dealing with the lives of a ment necessarily evil in their influence over bevy of girls from twelve to sixteen years of the minds of the young and of all ill-balanced age, at a boarding-school. Their hopes, fears, or superemotional mentalities, filling them aspirations, joys and sorrows, their numerous with pictures of crime and bloodshed and low- pranks and the punishments that overtake ering their respect for human life and the high them as the aftermath of certain indiscretions, ethics upon which all orderly progress depends, are all set down in a manner that will doubtless and at the same time fostering a taste for read- interest the class of readers for whom the book ing that is as alien to good literature as it is to was written,-girls from twelve to sixteen sound morality. The fact that the story is years of age. told in a vivid and spirited manner and that The story is not marked by any special it is crowded with exciting and melodramatic strength and impresses us as being stilted and incidents only makes its potential influence artificial in treatment. The moral atmosfor harm all the greater.

phere, however, is excellent.

"IRST ARENA CLUB, DENVER, COLO- is the first of our series of papers which will be a

. M. FLORENCE JOHNSON, Secretary pro tem. The fundamental and overshadowing demand of the club meets on the fifth of the month at eight P. M., hour—the demand for the people to reassert themat the residence of Hon. T. B. STUART, 1228 Sher- selves and overthrow the most insidious and perman avenue, Denver. All friends of social progress nicious form of despotism-the despotism of corand civic righteousness are welcome at these meet- porate wealth operating through political bosses ings.

and party-machines. The Arena Club, New Orleans, 852 Camp street.

We regret to state that Hon. J. WARNER Mills' Mrs. J. M. FERGUSON, President.

paper on The Smelter-Trust and The Railways of

Colorado was not received in time to appear in this In this issue, in addition to our extended Editorial issue. survey of important events of the world from the view-point of progressive democracy, we publish a number of papers of the first importance to students

Our series of papers on Art, Education and the of social

, political and economic problems, chief Drama is represented in this issue by two notable among which we mention Professor FRANK PAR- contributions, one by the talented and scholarly Sons" The Railway Empire. This is one of the Mrs. F. Edwin

ELWELL, who opens the art papers clearest, most compact yet comprehensive discus

with an exceptionally thoughtful and informing sions of the great railway question that has appeared. discussion of the Principles of the Decorative

Art It is a contribution that no student of present-day Spirit of Japan in Comparison With Those of Westpublic questions can afford to overlook, dealing as

ern Countries. Mr. KENYON WEST, the well-known it does in a most luminous manner with the question

critic, essayist and novelist, opens our series of that is uppermost in our national Congress. Our

critical dramatic papers with a delightful appreciareaders will be pleased to know that this is the open

tion of RICHARD MANSFIELD and his work. Since ing contribution of five papers on the railways by the death of HENRY IRVING, Mr. MANSFIELD is Professor Parsons that will be a feature of The unquestionably the greatest histrionic artist in the ARENA during the ensuing year. No man in the English-speaking world; and Mr. West, by his long, English-speaking world is, we believe, so well equip admirably qualified

to pay a merited tribute to the

intimate and critical study of the actor's work is ped with facts gleaned from years of careful and from extended personal investigations through

actor and his work. out Europe and America as is Professor PARSONS to authoritatively discuss this question. These We invite special attention to the contribution by papers will be standard contributions cited as au- ARCHIBALD GRIMKE, A.M., on The Heart of the thorities for many years to come.

Race Question. It is the first part of a discussion

which will be continued in the February and March The splendid work being carried on by the na

issues. Mr. GRIMKE is one of the ablest thinkers tional government in reclaiming waste-lands and of his race, a graduate of Lincoln University and making the desert blossom as the rose, is vividly of the Harvard Law School. He has held with presented in this issue by our special correspon

credit several important public posts and is the dent Mr. FRANK VROOMAN, in the second paper

author of two admirable biographies, one dealing of his series on Uncle Sam's Romance With with the life of GARRISON and the other with that Science and the Soil. The paper is further illumi- of SUMNER. nated by the reproduction of a number of fine photographs taken by the government and presented We regret to say that a number of important arthrough the courtesy of the Reclamation Depart- ticles, some of which we had announced have been ment of the United States Geological Survey. unavoidably crowded out of this issue, but will ap

pear in the February ARENA

Prominent among President GEORGE McA. MILLER continues in these is a very fine sketch of the life and work of this issue his deeply thoughtful discussion of the the late Hon. SAMUEL M. JONES, of Toledo. This Economics of Moses. These papers will be followed paper we were compelled to carry over in order to by two contributions on the Economics of Jesus, make room for Professor Parson's contribution on the whole forming one of the most valuable contri- The Railway Empire, that being the question upperbutions to the present-day social and political fermost in the minds of the people at the present time ment. No thoughtful friend of the Christian re- when Congress is considering the question. A fine ligion should fail to read these papers.

portrait of Mayor Jones will accompany this paper,

and all friends of civic righteousness will appreciate The Initiative a Safeguard Against Class-Govern- the beautiful tribute that has been prepared for ment, by ELTWEED POMEROY, A.M., is a paper which THE ARENA by one of the most gifted writers of all friends of democracy should carefully read. It Ohio.

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HE CLOSING half of the nine- Impressionism. Psychology is replaced

ous and immutable fixations in the sphere tography; there is devolution here, and of consciousness; like all the other epochs, the devolution is from the actual to the it has been a period of flux and reflux, of artificial-mind, body, integument. ebb and flow, of mutation and transmu- Just as, in the physical world, to every tation. Any well-marked devolution in action corresponds a reaction, so may we the forms of literary art, in the ethical and seek the law of tidal ebb and flow in the philosophical expressions of human con- sphere of literary phenomena. Edmond sciousness, has been ckecked by counter Rostand arose in France with romance currents, setting contrariwise, towards as his watchword. Forthwith the French light, freedom, spirituality, truth.

world forsook Ibsenism and crowned him The keen psychologist, with his subtile with the laurels of genius. Stephen Philanalysis of the mind, the intellect, and lips in England, a shining apparition in a the human heart in all its intricate and gray world of naturalism, only accentudevious workings, first held the world's ated the swing of the pendulum away gaze for a space: his day is not yet done. from the pseudo-social and fundamentally He was succeeded by the Naturalist, the prevaricative drama of Pinero. A genbestial image-breaker intent upon the eration sated with honeyed sentiment, uglification of humanity-bare of arm, flabby opinions and pointless pruriency, merciless knife in hand, waiting to dissect sits up with renewed vigor to listen to the with surgical precision his human victim. provocative quips, the merciless wit, the Then came the dilettante poco-curantists, sovereign satire, of Bernard Shaw. Mauthe Japanese-like Impressionists, repro- rice Maeterlinck, at the very crest of the ducing with pastel effects of elusive sig- wave of reaction, marks the return from nificance the outermost and salient details the coarse and the artificial to the spiritual of life, with their suggestions of depths and the true. He turns from the realism and abysms of thought and feeling. Here of Hauptmann and Sudermann to the was change in literary art ideals; but was mysticism of Marcus Aurelius, Ruysit a progression or a retrogression ? Real- broeck, Novalis, and Thomas à Kempis; ism was followed by its bastard progeny, from the naturalism of Zola and D’AnNaturalism, to be followed in its turn by nunzio to the supernaturalism of Guy de Realism's remotest of artistic relations, Maupassant and Edgar Allan Poe.

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