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having been "crucified,”—so also might we upon such a sketch as that entitled “Of the Coming of John,”—but the moralizing would be as barren of any possible good a; was the incorporation of this story in the book.

Despite the cry of "negrophobist” already raised in some quarters to anticipate the suggestion, the fact remains that to one reared among the negroes of the South—to one who is living a life of daily contact and association with the masses of these people—to one who has enjoyed their confidences and listened to their recitals of grievand wrongs personal and peculiar to

to themselves,—to this

it is not "the souls of black folk” thus laid bare. Herein may the really thoughtful of those who consider America's "race problem" find food for sober reflection--for here may they learn, perhaps for the first time, that possibly already this problem is become “the problem of the color line.” Here also may hey read of life that is tragedy in itself,—tragedy that needs not the setting of the stage to evoke the pity of the human heart. To such as these this book suggests a moral upon its every page; by the many to whom "the problem" they so knowingly discuss presents but a single hue, it will be used to bolster up time worn theories of “the negro question.”

ALFRED HOLT STONE.

A GIRL OF VIRGINIA. By Lucy M. Thruston. Boston: Little, Brown & Company, 1902. D. pp. 5+306, cloth, $1.50.

To the college man who has not yet forgotten the days of his youth this book will recall many familiar scenes and characters. The story here told occurs in and around the University of Virginia. There is plenty of out door life, football, horseback riding, a fox hunt where the poor little beast is dumped out of a bag and given a short shrift for freedom, some boisterous raillery which students call fun and a little study when there is nothing else to do, a severe and dignified professor, absorbed in his books, leading a life apart from his fellows, impracticable, idealistic and absentminded, a student of law, a gentleman of the country, a few negroes and the professor's pretty daughter make up the principal characters. That Frances Holloway was a sweet and attractive girl there can be no doubt; that she was also a college flirt is just as clear as the solemn declaration of the author that she was not. If not a flirt she must have been a fool which is quite impossible; if not a flirt why the scene on the stair? Was that only sympathy for the hero of the gridiron or does the author think men are so stupid as to take pretty girls in their arms and kiss them when the latter are unwilling? If not a flirt why could Frances feel so keenly the chasm looming up between herself and Lawson and cry her eyes out at Christmas for him only to be in love with another at Easter? Gentle reader, have you never known the prototype of Frances in the college town? Have you never known the girl who had a new engagement every season and hardly had time to fall out with one lover before she was in with another ? Such was Frances Holloway and yet she was not a flirt ! The moral of the story, if it has one, is drawn from the evils of divorce.

A TAR-HEEL BARON. By Mabel Shippie Clarke Pelton (Philadelphia and London: J. B. Lippincott Co., 1903. D., Pp. 354, cloth, $1.50), with five illustrations by Edward Stratton Holloway. Second edition.

This is a story of the North Carolina mountains. The scenes are in and near Asheville and the characters are said to be based on what the author has seen in her residence among the Blue Ridge. They are mostly what are called for want of a better name mountain whites. There is the usual amount of moonshining and illicit distilling, while the marshal and Federal judge play no inconspicuous parts. These

characters talk in a language which is almost unintelligible and which the natives would never recognize. No native North Carolinian ever talked as these mountaineers are made to talk. For the real North Carolina dialect the author of this book is referred to Worthington's Broken Sword. The hero of the story is aself exiled German baron, Frederich von Rittenheim, the heroine a sweet North Carolina girl who rides horses to perfection and bewitches all who come under her influence. The story ends happily after a killing and a shocking denouement. The strong character is Henry Morgan, the country doctor.

JONATHAN FISH AND His NeigHBORS. By Hu Maxwell. The Acme Publishing Company, Morgantown, W. Va., 1902. O., cloth, pp. 110.

This little volume is made up of six stories, some of which are racy of the soil and mountains of West Virginia while others have another habitat or are general in character. There is no attempt at dialect but considerable success is attained in the portrayal of character. Jonathan Fish himself is a good example of the slow moving, careless, neverdo-well poor white who sympathized with the North in the Civil War but was driven into the armies of the South by the tyranny of the representatives of the government. This story furnishes a strong picture of parental affection and hope in an only son. "The deserter's child” is a touching story of winning success in spite of a lowly beginning; “First Impressions” is a psychological study in which the story of the man who went fishing on Sunday and suffered the pangs of hell for his sin will awake a responsive chord in the hearts of many a man who was fortunate enough to have pious training in his youth.

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22 pp., notes of Congressional Tashington, atmosphere of times); anklin's correspondents (24 pp., dates

Harton, Richard Oliver, "A. L.," "G. .t. Thomas Bromfield, William Frankseph Priestley, and David Barclay; all ubing public opinion on the war); 3. ary forces engaged in the War of the .vn (30 PP., list, compiled 1784 by Lieuzan, of English army, of British officers ved, a total of 771; also list of British,

Spanish and Dutch men-of-war captured ring that war); 4. A London tavern in dward Ward (1667-1731), reprinted from

kind of plebeian Spectator;" describes a at this garden); 5. Thomas Janney, procs, by Miles White, Jr. (26 pp. Janney uaker “minister;" genealogical biography ich records and other original sources;

tific); 6. Ship registers for the port sind. 1726-1775, continued (10 pp., names

and place of building, of masters, of Notes and queries (9 pp., Captures by

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Friends' meeting records; Taylor Bible records; T. Jefferson letter, 1801 ; Power of Attorney, 1782, as to prize money, ship Resolution; Abram Taylor letter, 1743); 8. Book rotices (half page, three books).

The METHODIST QUARTERLY Review, July, 1903, Vol. 52, No. 3, pp. 419-624, $2.00 yearly, 50 cents singly, Nashville, Tenn.

Contents: 1. Panama Canal treaty in its religious and ecclesiastical bearings, by Senator John T. Morgan (apparently from one of Morgan's numerous canal speeches, crowded with documents to show bad hygienic, financial, political and religious conditions ; disorder in past, will also be in future-pp. 419-453); 2. Why is Ireland disloyal? by Chancellor James H. Kirkland (because of "difference of race," "difference of religion,” “agrarian troubles," and 600 years of strife; historical sketch of English oppression, summary of late land laws which promise great good: pp. 454466); 3. The sisters of Jesus, by Bishop E. R. Hendrix (essay on love, referring to the women of New Testament, including the two physical sisters of Jesus traditionally named "Rachel” and “Esther”—Pp. 467-484); 4. Robert Burns, by Prof. W. A. Webb (stock study of life and works, many extracts but no references--pp. 485-497); 5. The book of Job and the revelation of the Messiah, by James C. Morris (taking issue with Hastings' Dictionary, thinks Messiah foreshadowed in prophets; especially in Job—pp. 498-506); 6. Use and value of the small college, by F. C. Woodward (compares with the big college to show that smaller one is "the fit training place for undergraduates," in character building, in discipline, in mental training, in expense, in social life, in religion—pp. 507-531); 7. Thomas Griffin, A. Boanerges of the Southwest, by Bishop Charles B. Galloway (born Sep. 24, 1787, died about 1850, Methodist preacher, chiefly extracts from autobiography which seems worthy of

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