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MAZEL By Richard Fisguill. Herbert S. Stone & Co., Eldredge Court, Chicago, MCMII, cloth, 12mo, pp. 321.
"Mazel" is a story of life in the University of Virginia. The leading characters are a young French governess, a rich, aristocratic student; and a bachelor professor of fortynine. The professor, a countryman of the governess, once loved her mother, and now loves her. The student, too, loves her-madly. The professor acts as interpreter between the other two; and whether he shall honestly further his friend's interests or take advantage of his friend's ignorance to further his own, is the dilemma between the horns of which he finds himself early in the story. The ups and downs of these three furnish the material for the story. Grouped about the chief actors are the eccentric professors and the odd characters in their families that one finds in any long-settled college community.
The greatest value of the story depends upon its representing faithfully life in the University of Virginia. The picture, though characterized by the haziness of the learner rather than the distinctness of the artist, is yet distinct enough to give one some clear ideas about the University life. The college-bred man will find much that is interesting because it is familiar. But he will find in the suggested relation between students and professors and in the "atmosphere” of the book that which is the more interesting because it is unique. The extent to which these unique elements enter into the normal life of the institution determines the faithfulness of the picture.
The book is frankly humorous, with a well-conceived bit of satire here and there. The humor and satire are, it is true, crude and rollicking, suggesting too forcibly the college "Annual.” Occasionally, too, a description or an incident is not in the best taste. But these faults are of an undeveloped rather than a perverted judgment. That this development will come, one does not doubt when one notes the healthy, spontaneous life that abounds throughout the book.
GEORGE S. WILLS.
UNFETTERED. A novel. By Sutton E. Griggs. Nashville, Tenn.: Orion Pub. Co., 1902, pp. 276, 12 mo., cloth.
The book is illustrative of conditions, many of them, unhappily, true, and sensational, existing in the South just at the close of the Civil War. The author manifests a just appreciation of the anomalous state of society and in giving an account of occurrences, some of them horrible, seeks to do no injustice to any one on account of race, giving the conditions of the country and known prejudices, in extenuation. The author appreciates the unhappy conditions of his race in this country and all over the world and attributes to that condition the race feelings against the negro in the Northern as well as in the Southern States. He evidently has the good of his race at heart and shows no malice against the whites but rather appeals to their sense of magnanimity to aid in the uplifting of the negro. The book closes with what he calls Dorlan's plan which for its good sense, fairness and sympathy for the negro is well worthy of perusal by any one seeking truth on this subject.
Mr. Walter 1.. Fleming has reprinted, from the Gulf States Historical Magazine, his "Churches of Alabama during the Civil War and Reconstruction” (paper, pp. 25, Montgomery, Ala., 1902).
THE GULF STATES HISTORICAL MAGAZINE, September, 1902, Vol. 1, No. 2, pp. 81-168, bi-monthly, $3.00 yearly, so cents a copy, Montgomery, Ala.
Contents: 1. The Confederate submarine torpedo boat Hunley, by W. A. Alexander (10 pages, reprint from N. O. Picayune, June, 1902, exact date not given; writer assisted in construction, and manning of the boat for some time; gives dimensions and facts from memory); 2. Letters from John C. Calhoun to Charles Tait (13 pages, 7 letters, 18181821, touching his work as Secretary of War, Spain in Florida, European politics of which he seemed a close observer; but most significant his refusal at first to see symptoms of any sectional feeling, and yet within two years, with marvelous foresight he predicts what actually happened as to estrangement, secession and conflict); 3. The Churches of Alabama during the Civil War and reconstruction, by Walter L. Fleming (23 pages, careful, scholarly, based on printed sources, showing acts of sects as organizations); 4. Louisiana newspaper files in the Library of Congress (5 pages, from a Library publication); 5. The Fisher family, by Thomas M. Owen (5 pages, the Virginia Fishers of Shenandoah Valley, Germanic origin); 6. Documents (5 pages, 3 documents, Georgians in Confederate navy; letter of Gov. Sargent of Miss Territory, 1801 ; and Tenn. Yazoo Co., 1797); 7. minor topics (6 pages); 8. Notes and queries (2 pages); 9. Historical news (7 pages); 10. Book notes and reviews (9 pages, all sorts oi literature noticed, including historical periodicals).
The whole forms an excellent number, a promise of still better for subsequent issues.
November, 1902, Vol. 1, No. 3, pp. 169-237, bi-monthly, $3.00 yearly, 50 cents a copy, Montgomery, Ala.
Contents: 1. Necessity for a new life of Andrew Jackson, by A. S. Colyar (10 pages, substantially reprinted from Nashville American of several years ago, though not so stated; urges that Parton and Sumner were prejudiced (see p. 57, Vol. 4, of these Publications]); 2. Continuity of Constitutional government in Mexico, by C. Ousley (5 pp., essay only, really a sketch of Juarez); 3. Louisiana History in Government documents, by W. Beer (10 pp., reference to material in U. S. State paper series); 4. Assassination of Lincoln, by J. W. Inzer (5 pp., showing excitement of Confederate prisoners on Johnson's Island, considerable bitterness among them, “a large majority" thinking it was for good of South); 5. Florida historical documents (3 pp., choice of Tallahassee, letter to Lafayette, adoption of Flag in 1861); 6. Raphael Semmes in U. S. navy (2 pp., official record); 7. Bound newspaper files in Ga. University library (1 p., over 100 vols., no complete sets); 8. Ross family, by T. M. Owen (5 pp., genealogy); 9. Documents (3 pp., Calhoun letters, 1845, endorsing split in Methodist church; J. A. Campbell letter, 1861, defending his course; expulsion of J. G. Birney from a Society of Univ. of Ala.); 10. Editorial departments (22 pp., commendation almost indiscriminate).
THE VIRGINIA MAGAZINE OF HISTORY AND BIOGRAPHY, October, 1902, Vol. X, No. 2, pp. 113-224, quarterly, $5.00 yearly, $1.50 a copy, Richmond, Va.
Contents (summaries in parenthesis): 1. The Germans of the Valley (Concluded), by J. W. Wayland (18 pages, many names, statements, but no sources; sketches two typical men, John Kagey and J. P. G. Muhlenberg); 2. The Ferrar papers (8 pages, treasurer of Va. Co.; two selections from collection of material lately found in Cambridge, England, Order of Privy Council to him 1623, and letter of John Rolf, husband of Pocahontas, June 18, 1617): 3. Henry County-Continued (6 pp. records from 1776 onwards, payments); 4. An abridgement of the laws of Virginia - - Continued. (16 pages, touching marriages, militia, mills, naturalization, news, ordinaries, orphans, pardons, plant-cutting, prisons, public claims, runaways, servants, slaves, sheriffs); 5. The John Brown letters—Continued ( 14 pages, throw light on public feeling, several true predictions that Brown's death indicated crisis); 6. Some colonial letters (7 pages, family letters, chiefly women, Carter and Byrd families, 1760-1780; copies, incomplete, originals at “Oakland” destroyed by fire); 7. Pioneer days in Alleghany county, continued, by W. A. McAllister (4 pages, poor method, as no sources given, though based on something else) ; 8. Virginia militia in the Revolution continued (2 pages, record of payments, names, amts.); 9. Will of Wilson Cary, 1772 (4 pages); 10. List of tithables in Northampton county, Va., August, 1666, continued (3 pages of names only); II. Genealogy (11 pages, Brooke, Herndon, Cocke, Gray, Bowie, Robb, Lindsay, Minor, RoBards, Farrar families) ; 12. Notes and Queries (10 pages); 13. Book reviews (7 pages).
WILLIAM AND MARY COLLEGE QUARTERLY, October, 1902, Vol. XI, No. 2, pp. 79-148, $3.00 yearly, $1.00 a copy, Williamsburg, Va., L. G. Tyler, editor.
Contents: 1. Extracts from the records of Surry county (9 pp., in 17th century, nearly half a list of men subject to militia duty); 2. James City county land grants (4 pp., patents 1650-1660); 3. President Thomas Dawson's ordination as deacon (1 p., 1740); 4. Personal notices from "Virginia Gazette" (5 pp., chiefly marriages, deaths, advertisements, 1776-1777); 5. Journal of Col. James GordonContinued (14 pp., 1758-1759, chiefly family and neighborhood matters; capital for showing social life, but history of Journal not given); 6. Letters of William Sherwood (1}