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BONNY FIFTEEN

The sea wind waves the garland

Of olive in thy hair,
The sea wind, flown from far land
Of maiden fancies, where

All song shall be love's singing,

No love repentance bringing, A doubtful, dreamborn star land,

Devoid of death and care,

Thy brown feet press the shingle,

With fretful step and slow, Thy joys with tears commingle, Thy passions come and go.

To what high loves aspiring,

What prideful bliss desiring, Makes thy young blood to tingle,

And thy pale cheek aglow?

The light of play and laughter,

Is dead within thine eyes.
Thy childhood gone, and after,
What shall there be to prize ?

Shall evil hours fly fleeter ?

Shall stronger wine taste sweeter, Than that the maiden quaffed, or

Shall woman's craft devise

From hate a cause for loving,

One pang of bliss from pain,
Or, memory removing,
Make peace with peace again?

And sang you ne'er so loudly,

Nor stepped the dance more proudly, Shall not thy soul, reproving,

Thy cheek with teardrops stain ?

Fair dreams of that the world

Denies and childhood craves ! As ships with white sails furled Glide down the inland waves,

To storms and tall masts crashing,

And rocks, and breakers dashing, And battered dead men hurled

Ashore to sand-swept graves.

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We find before us for review this quarter to be called stories. They are rather de. several admirable collections of tales, a few scriptive and anecdotic sketches of the coun. English reprints, some dozen new American try folk of the Narragansett region. They novels, none of which are very notable, are conscientious studies, and show incidentand a few of which are altogether worthless, ally an educated hand, but either the rustics - a number of new editions of popular of that district several decades ago were far novels of the last few years, and some half- more uncouth and uninteresting than in dozen important translations.

other parts of New England, or else the fine of the worthless stories, we are sorry to insight and sympathy that Mrs. Cooke and say the most worthless bears a California im- Miss Jewett and others have brought to the print. It is called Winklebach's Hotel,1 and description of rural Connecticut and Massais a confused and inane attempt, ignorant, chusetts has here been wanting. To judge unintentionally vulgar, and unreadably dull. from these “South County people,” Roger Paradise” is a very different production as Williams's experiment in toleration did not

2 far as mere skill in writing is concerned, and work so well in building up a prevalent type of has occasionally some really bright points; religious character as the less liberal methods but it has also occasional vulgarities, and no of his neighbors; for a sad confusion of reason at all for existence. It seems in- squalid and impotent religious vagaries seems tended for a sort of burlesque on Chicago to take the place of the steadying force of and divorce. Then there are two sufficiently the “orthodox” church in most New Engweak tales, published in a “Fireside Series,” land stories. Free Joe® is also a collection of with ornate covers — Brother against Broth- local studies, this time all properly stories also. er ,3 a story of two brothers who took differ- Some if not all have been in print in periodent sides in the Civil War; and In Thrall- icals, and no author is better known than dom, 4 a "psychological study” of a young Mr. Harris among the half dozen Southerners

- or, more properly, a maiden fair who have caught the trick of the modern -- who was mesmerized into marrying the short tale, and appreciated the value of their wrong man. Both stories have very black home environment as “literary material,” and potent villains, very virtuous good peo- and are interpreting the life of planter and ple, and very volcanic passions, all depicted negro and “cracker” to an interested North. with much rhetoric.

He has a good method, makes a picturesque Among the collections of short stories, we story, and doubtless knows his subject ; more strain a point to name South County Neigh- than this he does not often attain in that line bors," for the studies therein contained have of writing, and of the five sketches in the presin but a few cases enough narrative quality ent volume, “Free Joe" is the only one that is

likely, by virtue of significant human truth or 1 Winklebach's Hotel, By A. M. Fleming. San

pathos, to cling in the reader's mind. We Francisco : The Bancroft Company. 1887. For sale in San Francisco by The Bancroft Company.

have another volume of his sketches, a fourth 2 Paradise. By Lloyd S. Bryce. New York: Funk edition of one published earlier, Mingo, and & Wagnalls. 1887.

other Sketches in Black and White,' to which 8 Brother against Brother. By John R. Musick. New York: J. S. Ogilvie & Co. 1887.

4 In Thralldom. By Leon Mead. New York : J. S. 6 Free Joe, and other Georgian Sketches. By Joel Ogilvie & Co. 1887.

Chandler Harris. New York : Charles Scribner's Sons. 6 South County Neighbors. By Esther Bernon Car- 1887. For sale in San Francisco by Samuel Carson & Co. penter. Boston : Roberts Brothers, 1887. For sale in 7 Mingo, and other Sketches in Black and White. By San Francisco by Samuel Carson & Co.

Joel Chandler Harris. Boston: Ticknor & Co. 1887.

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much the same praise with the same limitations applies; but the four sketches that make it up"Mingo," "At Teague Poteet's," "Blue Dave," and "A Piece of Land" are, we think, stronger than those in the latter volume.

"Octave Thanet" has no such name among the critics and no such wide circle of readers as the author of "Uncle Remus "; yet we cannot but consider the nine stories contained in Knitters in the Sun' as of decidedly higher literary quality than those in either of Mr. Harris's volumes noticed above. Four of them are also Southern. Indeed, her geographical range is rather unusual. "The Ogre of Ha Ha Bay" is Canadian and bright enough to stand reading a good many times over; "Half a Curse" is of Florida; Arkansas and South Carolina appear in three stories; and the rest are Western. Everywhere the writer has an easy and competent air of knowing her ground, and one is constrained to trust the truthfulness of her drawing; everywhere the thought and manner is not merely admirably well educated and well bred, but speaks of real mental power; and there is a good deal of simple and real human feeling, which bears no suspicion of stage effect.

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But the master of short story telling, if one does not desire a serious vein, is undoubt edly Frank Stockton. Nothing could be more inimitably and inexhaustibly delightful than the sheaf of "fanciful tales" collected under title of the first, The Bee-Man of Orn. The nine here included were printed originally as children's stories, but we are disposed to think that older people appreciate even better than children their demure and elusive humor, as they do that of "Alice's Adventures." The book is full of people who are entitled to become classic figures the BeeMan himself, the Languid Youth, the Very Imp, the Griffin and the Minor Canon, Old

Pipes, the Jolly-cum-pop, and the rest of the genial and plausibly impossible train. Mr. Stockton's sunny fancy has done more than to give a great many people pleasant halfhours from time to time; it has really added a distinct charm to literature, and, so far forth, to life

One more collection of tales remains this time translated from the German. It is called German Fantasies by French Firesides, and the title is explained to mean that the author a distinguished surgeon composed the tales in the evenings spent quartered in French houses while in attendance with the army during the Franco-Prussian War. The' tales are mostly of the parable sort, somewhat dreamy and involved, but very pretty, after the German fashion; some of them are the merest fancies, with a good many suggestions of Andersen. We should judge the translation to be especially good, though we cannot compare with the original.

1 Knitters in the Sun. By Octave Thanet. Boston: Houghton, Mifflin, & Co. 1887. For sale in San Francisco by Chilion Beach.

2 The Bee-Man of Orn, and other Fanciful Tales. By Frank Stockton. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons. 1887. For sale in San Francisco by Samuel Carson & Co.

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More True than Truthful,* Diane de Breteuille, Only a Coral Girl and Herr Paulus are all reprints from English stories; and the first-named is so exactly like a great many other English stories that it is difficult to find any comment to make on it. The story is of some babies "mixed up" during the Indian mutiny, and getting back to their due rank after proper tribulation and disturbance of the course of true love. Diane de Breteuille is a really pretty idyllic love story of the old-fashioned sort under modern conditions; and Only a Coral Girl has a certain touch of earnestness and sweetness in it that lifts it above the average of the weekly reprint. We see from the last named that

3 German Fantasies by French Firesides. By Richard Leander. Translated from the German by Pauline C. Lane. New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons. 1887. For

sale in Francisco by Samuel Carson & Co.

4 More True than Truthful. By Mr. Charles M. Clarke. New York: Harper & Brothers. 1887.

5 Diane de Breteuille. By Hubert E. H. Jerningham. New York: Harper & Brothers.

1887.

Only a Coral Girl. By Gertrude Forde. New York: Harper & Brothers. 1888.

7 Herr Paulus: His Rise, his Greatness, and his Fall. By Walter Besant. New York: Harper & Brothers. 1888.

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Harper & Brothers are issuing a new series of by some hundreds of thousands of people, as their “ Franklin Square Library” in more all Mr. Howells's stories are. It is just the manageable form, and with paper covers of a sort of thing, however, to be popular, and it serviceable dull blue color. Herr Paulus, deserves a good deal of its popularity. It came printed in the same form, is ingenious and between "One Summer” and “Guenn," strong, as was to be expected of Mr. Besant. and marks very well an intermediate stage It is a story of mesmerism and spiritualism, in growth between the crude yet noticeable but not of at all a fantastic order.

little summer novel, and the really strong and Elizabeth Stuart Phelps's two summer tragic study to which its author proved able stories, “An Old Maid's Paradise" and to rise. It is a girl's story, and girlish enough “ Burglars in Paradise,” both of which were in mood and thought to provoke an occareviewed in the OVERLAND at their first ap- sional smile ; yet there is enough strength and pearance, are re-issued by the publishers in tenderness in the young ardor to touch the cloth, with the joint title of Old Maids and reader sincerely, and an occasional real Burglars in Paradise. The earlier story is shrewdness that evidently records experience one of the pleasantest things Miss Phelps has of human nature. It was shrewd to tell a ever written; and the other has a good many man, “You all think a fresh complexion of the same qualities, though it has some of means purity of soul; often it means only the usual defects of an attempt to repeat a good digestion”: and a pretty trick of mansuccess.

ner that certain sympathetic folk have is A number of other successful novels of a neatly expressed when Miss Lennox hears few years past are re-issued by another firm Gertrude's statement of her age“ with a little in a "paper series” of convenient form, air of encouragement and approval. It agreeable appearance, and good type. Mr. seemed as if there were something praiseHowells's A Modern Instance is among these worthy in the mere fact of being nineteen.”

a book that reviewers and probably most Mingo, mentioned above, is in this se other readers somewhat resented when it first ries; and also Maurice Thompson's A Tallacame out, finding in it, in spite of Mr. How- hassee Girl," which with the two collections of ells's great power and charm, a decided tinge Mr. Harris's stories, and the Southern portion of unpleasantness. It seems to hold its own of “Knitters in the Sun,” makes planter, and with the public, however, for this is the negro, and cracker seem very frequent figures fourteenth edition; and to the present review- in the season's fiction. Mr. Thompson's er, who shared in the dislike mingled with book was what may be called “clever " admiration that the book at first excited, it though it and its success (it is in a seventh proves to have very permanent qualities of edition) by no means justify the author in interest and value. There is not much of assuming to know more about novels than Mr. Howells's work that will not stand a Mr. Howells. There was painstaking work good deal of re-reading and yield each time in it, pleasant local color, and a good deal of some new proof of sound insight and won- thought and intelligence; still it is not likely derful skill of workmanship.

to remain very deeply impressed on a readMiss Howard's second story, Aunt Serena er's memory. Mr. Howe's A Moonlight Boy,5 is in a twenty-fifth edition in the same paper is so recent that we should have taken it for series, but it was not read first as a serial

one of the new novels occasionally issued

in the series, but for the note on the title 1Old Maids and Burglars in Paradise. By Elizabeth Stuart Phelps. Boston: Houghton, Mifflin, & Co. 1887. page that it is a fourth edition. It does not For sale in San Francisco by Chilion Beach.

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seem to us a very worthy or interesting story, 2 A Modern Instance. By William D. Howells. Boston : Ticknor & Co. 1887. For sale in San Francisco 4 A Tallahassee Girl. By Maurice Thompson. Bosby Samuel Carson & Co.

ton: Ticknor & Co. 1887. 8 Aunt Serena. By Blanche Willis Howard. Boston: 5 A Moonlight Boy. By E. W. Howe. Boston: TickTicknor & Co. 1887.

nor & Co. 1888.

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