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expectedly into the hands of a schol- win the consent of her father, a milarly, laborious man who has been for lionaire manufacturer of the Middle fifteen years trying to make his fortune West, to her marriage with a Russian in the Colonies, and enables him to count. Before the count can overtake come home and marry the woman who her, her fancy is caught by a young has been waiting for him. The plot Socialist potting plants in her father's follows the development of the lives so conservatories; they pass a thrilling suddenly reunited after so complete a day storm-bound together on an island separation, but romance of a different where "a dear compulsion weaves its order is brought into it by two young fairy meshes round their souls,” and wards who are staying in the house. she kisses him, "in the mood of anThe relation of a child to adopted pac- swered prayer.” A few chapters on, ents has seldom been treated with more she marries the count, and the rest of sincerity and pathos than in the chap- the book is devoted to her growing unter called “A Bolt from the Blue.” The happiness with him, her friendship for Macmillan Co.
a group of revolutionists on his estate,
her narrow escape from extreme perMany of the stories in Josephine sonal peril, and the re-appearance of Daskam Bacon's latest volume, “While “Walt." Solid paragraphs of SocialCaroline Was Growing” have appeared istic exposition mark the book as an atalready in the magazines, but they will tempt at a propaganda, and in spite of meet a cordial welcome in their present its crudeness it may be destined to form. ; Caroline is a spirited, venture- form opinions for some of its readers. some child, and her love for the open Frederick A. Stokes Co. road leads her to forgather with tramps, surprise house-breakers and
That the vagaries of modern “Yelpenetrate into private asylums, with
low Journalism" are not so modern as results unexpected but interesting. Oc
we are sometimes tempted to think is casionally Mrs. Bacon uses her to point
suggested by some one who quotes the a moral in a high-handed fashion which
following from Dickens's account of she would certainly resent if she real
the experiences of Martin Chuzzlewit ized it, as when in "A Pillar of So
with New York newspapers: ciety,” she discovers in the deserted cabin in the woods the young pair who Here's this morning's New York have run away, unmarried, to make
Sewer! cried one (newsboy). Here's their personal protest against an insti
this morning's New York Stabber! Here's tution which falls short of their ideals;
the New York Family Spy! Here's the
New York Private Listener! Here's the and is the means of bringing upon the
New York Peeper! Here's the New scene a shrewd old woman who con
York Plunderer! Here's the New York vinces them of their unwisdom and
Keyhole Reporter! Here's the New York fetches a neighboring minister without Rowdy Journal! Here's all the New more ado. But the stories are all read. York papers! Here's the full particuable, and marked by brilliant bits of lars of the patriotic loco-foco movedescription and character-drawing. ment yesterday, in which the whigs The Macmillan Co.
was so chawed up; and the last Alabama gouging case; and the inter
esting Arkansas dooel with Bowie The heroine of "The Chasm," by
knives; and all the political, commerGeorge Cram Cook, is a brilliant, beau
cial, and fashionable news. Here they tiful, young Vassar graduate, hurry- are! Here they are! Here's the paing home from a Continental tour to pers, here's the papers!
Some of those cries are not unlike "Diminutive Dramas" by Maurice Barthose that the twentieth century news- ing, whose “Dead Letters": will be reboy utters in New York and other membered by many readers with keen cities.
pleasure, Appearing first in the Lon
don Morning Post,” these delightful Mr. Frank Warren Hackett's “Rem- satires are now collected in book form, iniscences of the Geneva Tribunal" twenty-two in nụmber, of ten or twelve (Houghton Mifflin Company) is espe- pages each-just the right length to cially seasonable at a time when the read aloud, and then read another, and world's attention is being increasingly then another still, and then one more directed to arbitration as a means of before we stop. The arrangement is settling international disputes, and the charmingly careless of chronology, and Hague Tribunal stands at once
breakfast-table dispute between achievement and a prophecy of sane Henry VIII. and Catherine Parr, over judicature among the nations. For the color of Alexander-the-Great's the Geneva Tribunal did its work of horse, is followed by the parting scene peace long before such a tribunal as between Dido and Eneas, and then by that at The Hague had been dreamed a rehearsal of Macbeth in which Mr. of, and it was called upon to settle a Shakespeare is ordered to introduce dispute of most menacing character be- into Mr. Burbage's part a soliloquy of tween two of the greatest nations. thirty lines, if possible in rhyme, in any Only those who personally recall the case ending with a tag. Then comes, bitterness of the dispute over the Ala- with apologies to Mr. Maeterlinck, "The bama claims, and the keenness of the Blue Harlequin," one of the cleverest resentment felt in this country toward of all. “Caligula's Picnic," "Lucullus's England forty years ago, can fully Dinner-Party," "The Stoic's Daughter" realize all that was meant by the deci- and "Jason and Medea" show the sions of the Geneva Tribunal and their writer's skill in presenting current fads magnanimous acceptance by the de- in classic settings, seen to the very feated party to the litigation. Prob- best advantage in "After Euripides' ably no one now living is so well qual- 'Electra,” where a supper-party pass ified as Mr. Hackett to tell this story; judgment on the play in thoroughly upfor he was Caleb Cushing's secretary to-date fashion, among them the at the time, went with him to Geneva, woman who loves the story and loves and had intimate personal knowledge Clytemnestra's clothes,--that wonderof all the negotiations and of all the ful, dirty, wine-stained dress-and loves details of the presentation of the Amer- Socrates' little snub nose and adores ican case. He writes of them fully Mid-Athenian things, so quaint and and with due appreciation of their seri- charming, and has had a wonderful ousness, yet not without a lighter day, and feels as if it had all haptouch here and there. The book is an pened to her. In “Rosamond and ha portant contribution to the history Eleanor," modern palmistry is smartly or one of the most significant and far- set off, and modern electioneering in reaching incidents in American his- “The Member for Literature." But tory.
the drollest figure of all is "King Al
fred in the Neat-Herd's Hut," repeating A fascinating little volume that "a few little things, mere trifles, commust not be left in the living-room if posed in the marches during our the members of the household are to leisure hours." Houghton & Mifflin get to their work at the proper hours is Co.
CONTENTS 1. Reform or Revolution?
BLACKWOOD'S MAGAZINE 195 11. The Genius of Mr. Thackeray. By H. C. Biron
NATIONAL REVIEW 203 III. The Wild Heart. Chapters XIX. and XX. By M. E. Francis (Mrs. Francis Blundell). (To be continued)
TIMES 210 IV, Yorkshire Schools. By E, Hardy
DICKENSIAN 218 V. A Holiday in South Africa. By the Right Hon. Sir H. Mortimer Durand, G.C.M.G., K.C.8.1., K.C.I.E. (Concluded.)
220 VI. An Effect in Light and Shadow. By Norman Inner
CHAMBERS'S JOURNAL 231 VII. A Note on the Centenary of Horace Greeley. By A. St. John Adcock
BOOKMAN 237 VIII. The Altruists. By A. A. M.
PUNCA 240 IX. The Personal Equation in Literature.
NATION 242 X. Modern Men of the Stone Age.
TIMES 245 XI. Great Amateurs.
SPROTATOR 248 XII. On Weather Lore.
NATION 250 XIII. The Stolypin Coup d'Etat.
OUTLOOK 253 A PAQE OF VERSE XIV. The Mother's Prayer. By Dora Sigerson Shorter, NATION 194 XV. The Gift of Life. By E, N. .
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REFORM OR REVOLUTION?
The first session of the new Parlia- existed at all. The Reform Bill of ment was opened on the 6th of Febru- 1832 was really an amendment of the ary, and meagre as the King's speech Constitution, repairing the machinery might appear to be, its very brevity as we clean the works of a watch, but only brought into stronger relief the leaving its springs and wheels unone object to which it was practically touched. As the removal of any esdevoted. If we do not induge in any sential organ stops the watch, so the conventional expressions of alarm or removal of the Veto manifestly stops indignation at the prospect which lies the Constitution. The Parliament Bill before us, it is not because they would is no amendment. To call it by that be inadequate, but because they would name is an absurdity. be superfluous. In the midst of a com- Yet the fallacy invoked in this use mon calamity or common perll, of the word Constitution will no doubt men do not indulge in loud lamenta- be played for all it is worth in the tions. We must take the first para- coming struggle, in hopes of disguisgraph of the speech as it now stands, ing the real nature of the transaction with the Parliament Bill in our hands, embodied in the Government Bill. The and consider what it means, if passed Government say that they must fix the into law in its present shape, which power of the House of Lords before we are bound to suppose is what its reconstructing it. The Opposition anauthors intend. It may turn out that swer is, “No; we must see the whole this is not so, and that the Bill may scheme at once." In the Reform Bill ultimately be more or less modified. of 1884 Mr. Gladstone wanted to sepBut what we have to deal with at the arate the Extension of the Franchise present moment is the precise measure from the Redistribution of Seats, and which the speech from the Throne in- to take the former first. ."No," said vites us to accept. That is our first the Opposition; "that would leave the concern. On a later page we may con- redistribution of seats entirely at your sider what the chances are that the mercy. We must see the whole scheme Government may be willing to take at once." So now, too, if the Governsomething less.
ment abolish the Veto before the House We are told in the speech that a of Lords is reconstructed, they can immeasure will be proposed for "settling pose any reform they like on the Upthe relations between the two Houses, per Chamberor, if they like it better, and securing the more effective work- none at all. They hold out some kind ing of the Constitution." But these of shadowy suggestion that, at some relations have been settled for centu- remote period, the Veto may be reries; and the Parliament Bill, so far stored. Now what does this really from securing the effective working of mean? It means this: The Veto is to the Constitution, entirely ignores the be suspended-the gate is to be opened foundation on which it is based. The -for Home Rule, Welsh Disestablishlanguage used in the speech from the ment, Payment of Members, and a Throne requires us to believe that the whole string of revolutionary measBritish Constitution is not Government ures to pass through; and when that is by the three estates of the Realm, as done—the gate may possibly be closed it has existed for eight hundred years, again. Not that it ever would be. but something else which has never But suppose that it was—it would be