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Monsieur Paul Blouet Has Adopted

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Max O'EelI as hls nom de plume. The result of the popularlty of the works ol Max O'Hell is the most recent reputation of the sneer that no new wrlter can gain access to the publisers or the public without influential introductions or sensationnl advertising. Three years ago Monsieur Paul Blouët was an unkuown foreign teacher in St. Paul's school In London. During hls leieure hours he wrote in French a little book entitled "John Buil et sou Ile" and it was published in Paria without any usual advertisement. lts keen wit and caustic satire at once attracted the attention of the critica and the public; the book was. abused by the Paris corresponden ts of the lïiiglish pres?, thcn translated into English and the author awoke In the cloisters of St. Paul's to llnd himaelf f.imous. American reprints of "John Buil and his Island" have had a veri' large sale and won in response the general desire to see and beur an author who bas amuscd so cleverly. Monsieur Blouët,, who luis had some experience as a lecturer in England, will give a series of readings vvhile In America, the first to bedelivered in Chickering Hall in ÜTew York. Monsieur Blouët is a Frenchman by birtli and education, beIng born in Brittttny in 1848, and has lived eleven years in England. He was educated tor a soldier in Paria and obtained the degree of B. A , a prize at the Lorbonne, and the rank of Oillcer d'Academie before he formally entered the French army. He ciime of age just in lime io ngiu ior ins couniry against me Germán?, and be captured in Von Moltke's mousetrap at Sedan. After a brief imprisonment Le was released, and returned to the army to encounter liis own countrymen In the war of the Com muñe. A wound in the riijli t arm Incapacitated liim for further military service, and he retired upon a pension. Journallsm ofTered hini a means of increasins bis income, and lie went to London ns the correspondent of one of the smaller Paris newspapers. Energetic and acconiplished, he made many fiiends in Londou, and by tliem he was recommended for the appointinent of teaclier in St. Paul's school. Thus comfurtably eslabüshed, he married ai) English lady, and besan to study John Buil from the stnnd-point of bis owu hearth-stone. Besides the book which made his reputation, be has written "Drat the Boys," with recollections of bis pupila at St Paul's, "John Buli's Womankind," "The Dear Neighbors" and "The Land of the Moonseer," which bas been published by Harpcr's Weekly. In appearance Monsieur Blouët is a typical Frcnchman, tliirty-nine years of age, a brunette, with bright, fpurkliug eves and a lively, gíiging manner. lie hegnm lus lectures by apologizing for bis Frencli accent, but he speaks so clearly, precisely, and correctly tliat every worU can be anderstood, and the Frcnch accent ouly jrives splce to hia clrolleries. He judges England by a French standard ; but, altliouh not blind to her fault3, lie is very kind to her virtues, and says, with Voltaire, "If I could have cliosen my birthplace, I would llave chosen Engíand." A year ago he was persuaded to read h!s books iu public and a tour through EnglancJ, Scotlandand Ireland were both artiticially and financially successful. Max O'llell's latest vvork "Les filies de John Buil" is Deina; 8cattered like autumn leaves over Paris; eiglity thousand copies of the sook were sold there within three weeks of its appearance.


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