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The printing and press work of this beautiful volume could hardly be outdone; the colored frontispiece gives us some conception of the wonderful colors of the Southwest; there are many illustrations typical of the region and the enthusiasm of the author is in keeping with the greatness of his subject.
REMINISCENCES, LETTERS, POETRY AND MISCELLANIES. By J. Staunton Moore. (Richmond, Va.: O. E. Flanhart Printing Company, 1903. O., pp. viii+785, port. of author, cloth.)
The author of this portly volume, impressed with the idea that “every man should leave some trace of his mind behind him, according to his capacity," has privately issued this volume for the pleasure of his children. It contains, as its title indicates, a great variety of papers. The reminiscences deal with the war and reconstruction and come down to recent times. The letters are those of the author, many of them written in war times from the front, dealing with the life of a soldier in camp, in battle and in prison. Others are later in date and treat on political topics, for the author, being a merchant who had made a competence in the grocery business in Richmond, was bitterly opposed to the free silver heresy, although, as he frankly confesses, he has no turn for politics and has met with defeat on each of the two occasions that he has been persuaded to seek public office. The miscellanies are made up principally of addresses delivered on set occasions. They cover a wide field, mostly biblical, and discuss subjects as widely different as the character of David and city administration. While a Democrat, he has many hard things to say of Jefferson and goes further in favor of Federal regulation of State affairs than most Democrats can relish. To the historical student the reminiscences, early letters and genealogical memoranda will be of most service; to the student of character those parts of the work in which the writer tells how by honesty, frugality and industry he rose from poverty to independence and to a position of honor in church and State.
THE GIANT OF THE BLUE RIDGE AND OTHER POEMS. By Mary Buckner Spiers. (Washington: The Neale Publishing Company, 1903. D., pp. 96, port. of author, cloth.)
The longest poem in this little volume is The Giant of the Blue Ridge, a tale of Ike Huck, a blacksmith, who rescues from death at the hands of her husband a beautiful and aristocratic woman charged with wantonness. The story is told in iambic tetrameter and pentameter. Abaddon is an eastern tale. The predominant note is the great human passion, but some of the shorter poems draw their inspiration from nature.
THE NAMELESS HERO AND OTHER POEMS. By James Blythe Anderson. (New York: A. Wessels Company, 1902. D., PP.73, cloth.) This volume of Missouri verse gives us an impressive idea of the horror of civil war. "The nameless Hero,” its principal poem, written mainly in iambic pentameter, tells the story of happenings in Palmyra, Mo., in 1862, when Gen. John McNeill was in charge of the Union troops. A Union spy and informer had been killed. Ten citizens of the town were condemned to death in retaliation. At the solicitation of the wife of one of the victims McNeill agreed to spare her husband, provided a substitute could be found. It is then the Nameless Hero appears and rescues the doomed man at the cost of his own life. There are other war poems, all showing the extreme Southern sympathies of the author.
A. C. McClurg & Co., of Chicago, have brought out a book, entitled ALABAMA SKETCHES, by Samuel Minturn Peck. The stories are short and abound in the racy dialect of the Southern negro. The author depicts, with rare taste and good literary discernment, Southern life as it existed at the close of the Civil War. A romance is woven into each sketch with much humor and pathos, and the scenes are all laid in the villages and towns of Alabama. The book will be found to be entertaining and enjoyable, and we heartily recommend it to those who desire to pass a few hours in light reading.
WILLIAM AND MARY COLLEGE QUARTERLY, April, 1903, Vol. II., No. 4, pp. 217-286, $3.00 yearly, $1.00 singl y, Williamsburg, Va.
Contents: 1. Journal of Col. James Gordon—continued (19 pp., 1761, daily incidents; almost as much religion as a Puritan journal of same time); 2. Letter book of Francis Jerdone-continued (6 pp., 1752-1754, chiefly business and law suits); 3. Sketch of Rev. Elisha Parmele, by R. A. Brock (1 p. 1755-1784, no sources given); 4. Letter of a servant to his master in Va., (1 p., 1642, says England "all in a combustion"); 5. Merchants and mills (2 pp., Robt. Carter letter book, 1770-1771, list of 23 mills, 31 merchants in Northern Neck); 6. Quakers (100 words, council order 1675, that “Conventicles ... be proceeded against,” in Va.); 7. Alexander family in England, by B. R. Wellford, Jr., (4 pp.); 8. Family Account of Mrs. Lucy Ann Page-concluded (8 pp.); 9. Munford Wills (4 pp., 1786, 1799); 10. Bible records of Russell, Reade, Harwood, Howard families (1 p.); II. Will of John Gregory, Jr. (2 pp., 1776); 12. Sussex County Marriage Bonds (2 pp., 44 items, 17541764); 13. James City county land grants-continued (6 pp., patents during the regal govt., list of 72, each showing name, date, no. acres, locality); 14. Gaskins family (4 pp.); 15. Some early marriages in Bedford county, Va. (2 pp., 1759-1800, reprinted from Louisville Courier-Journal, arranged by J. L. Miller); 16. Notes (4 pp., mostly genealogical).
THE WEST VIRGINIA HISTORICAL MAGAZINE, April, 1903, Vol. 3, No. 2, pp. 99-180, quarterly, $1.00 yearly, 25 cents singly, by W. Va. Hist. Soc., Charleston, W. Va.
Contents: 1. Jost Hite, the pioneer, by W. S. Laidely (17 pp., a German, landing in New York 1710, settling in Pa., then one of party to make first settlement west of Appalachians, in 1730; sketch of his land struggles, something of children, and of other settlers; no sources given, but apparently secondary ones used); 2. Elting and Shepherd families of Md, and Va., by S. G. Smyth (9 pp., apparently no sources shown except Weeks's Southern Quakers and Slavery); 3. Augusta Men in French and Indian War, by J. L. Miller (16 pp., nearly 800 names from original sources as Hening, Va. and Wis. Hist. Socs.; good scientific article); 4. Cresap and Logan, by M. Louise Stevenson (18 pp., a massing of the evidence to prove that Cresap was not responsible for the Logan family massacre; not judicial in tone, nor safe in inference, as we are positively told that Cresap could trace his ancestry to the pre-Norman period); 5. The National Road, by G. L. Cranmer (7 pp., narrative of construction, and description of the use; no sources); 6. Virginia Soldiers at Fort Pitt, 1783, by O. S. Decker (2 pp., pay roll, some 75 names, copied from Pa. Hist. Soc.); 7. Rev. John Clark Bayless, by Louella K. Poage (8 pp., 1819-1875; life of this teacher, preacher; too rhetorical, not scientific).
THE AMERICAN HISTORICAL MAGAZINE, April, 1903, Vol. VIII., No. 2, pp. 105-191, quarterly, $3.00 yearly, 85 cents singly, Nashville, Tenn.
Contents: 1. A dictionary of distinguished Tennesseeans, by A. V. Goodpasture (18 pp., about 600 names; only occupations, dates of birth and death given; valuable, but for such pioneer work it would have been much better to give references); 2. A Rebel Newspaper's War Story, by R. A. Halley (30 pp., a capital sketch of the life of the Memphis Appeal as it fled from place to place, Grenada, Jackson, Atlanta, Montgomery, but managing to appear pretty regularly, and finally returning to Memphis in Nov., 1865); 3. Sketch