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Chuce Pukdy: The Story of a New York Boy. Uy Wm. O. Stoddiird. 12ino, clotli, 81Í pages, $(.25. Boston: D. Lothrop Compuuy. - For sale by Sheehan fc Co., Anu Arbor. A ncw story by the autlior of "DabKinzer'1 Is always welcome to boys and girls and to the puzzlcd parent is olten a direct solution ot the problem "Wliat shall I get?" In the story before us to which Mr. Stoddard bas given the odd title "Chuck Purdy," he bus presented au almost photographic reprodnetion of the New York boy of to-day - not the impossible creation that so manv writers tor the young have called the New Yoik boy, the creature of the street, the doek or the home of the so-called "rentlemaD," but a real, live, active, inquiriría, go-ahead New York boy, wlio ifoes to school and helps in his latlier's prrocerj' store and goes erabbinif in the llarlem, aml sci!.s iind studies umi stores his mimi with practical, helpful, odd and entertaininj,' studies of lite in the great metropolis that makes a boy of hltn. Not less interefting characters in tliis capital stoiy are Nelly Purdy and Fin llurris, and Mr. Oorrick the hard-worked groceryclerk, and Farmer Harris "up in Westcheeter," and Napoleon the horse and Billj' the goat and last but by no me ms least the doji Bub "whose true name was Ben." The f.ill season can produce no better-toned, mnnlier, cleaner or more entertaiuiDr book for the boys and fjirls than Mr. Stoildard's cluirmins; story of life amonf New York's middle cluss but most substaatial people. A man of truly heroic make was Dr. Samuel Gridley Howc, Whose Hfe-story s told hy liig daughter, Mrs. Florence Howe Hill, in the November Wide Awake; tlie nrticle takes its Ütlo, "A Modern Ilero," froni Whitter"s noble poem of wliich JJr. Howe was tlie subject; the article s accompanied by a portrait of this reat cliarupion of the blind and of all distressed souls, painted in hls young manhood, by Miss Jane Stuart, the daughter of Gilbert Stuart, tlie artist. "Golden Margaret," by James Purdy, an episode of the Civil War, s thc Inltial story of the number; further on appears a Southern dialect tale of great strength. "Luoy PeiTear,'' by llargaret Sldney, A Western story, "llow Torn Jnmped a Mine," is from the pen of M. E. S. ney. MiS3 K!sley Sewnru gives Part IL of a true ancestral war-romanee, " A Story of 1812," with Commodore Perrj for oue of its héroes. Mrs. Fiéaiont contribute3 the last of lier series, "The Will and the Way Storles." An excellent scliool-tale, "Herbert l'ender's Translatlons," la by Williaui B. Chtshnlm. Wide Awake Is $'A0 a j'ear. D. Lothrop Company, Publishers, Boston. The November Century W111 cnnlaln tiearly i Imntlred llnstrations, and Beveml of the most important serial features of the new volume are to begin iti tuat nnniber. Gen. Jolin BIkwell will open "The Gold Munters" papers with an account of the experienccs of the (irsi emigrant train to cross tho Rockies in 1S41, - seven years before the jrold iliscoverics. "An American in Thibet" will begin, and F. Hopkinson Smltb contrlbutes thn tirst chapters of his novelette, "Colonel Carter of Cnrtersvüle,1' trateel by Kcmble. Jolin Hay will describe "Tl)e White House In the Time of Lincoln," with many ncw anecdotes, and Mr. DcVinne will furnlsh a practical account of "The Prluting of the Century." Evidently the Detroit Times does not iutend to occupy a rear seat in the newspaper van. A few weeks ago it offered bicycles to boys and girlsfor subscriben?, and is stil 1 giving tbem away. To day it Is out ajrain, annouDcin# a Christen as jjlft to all lts readers. Evidently the end is not yet, tor such enterprise Is not e;isily checked. The gist consists of a bc.iujfpl Chri.-trnas supplement full of'charm ing colored and tone plot urea. They say it will excel anytbing lientofore uttempted in Michigan, and doubtless it will, for so far as ve kuow, tlicv liave kept ever promise made to the public. Full information can be obtaineri from the Times offlee in Detroit by al] wishing to accept tbeir generosity. "School Life in Kelation to Growth and Health" is the title of a piiper by Prof. Axel Key, of Stockholm, to be pnblislied in the November Popular Science Montbly. Prof. Key maintaius that the studies of children, as now ordcred, do not allow enongh time for rest and growth, and urjres a reform in this respect. 'The Logic of Free Trade and Protection" will be discussed by Arthur Kitson in the Popular Science Monthly for November. Mr. Kitson takes Mr. Blalne as authoritatlve exponent of protiction, and subjects the doctrine as stated by him to a seyere criticism, on the ground of not beiug a logical outcome of existing facts. The supplement to Harper's Weekly to be published October 15th will ramprise an illustrated article on the "Ibilians of New York," by George J. Manson. Tbis Is the fifth paper of i series on the "Foreirn Element in New York," whlch is belng published by the Weekly. "The Woman of the Period" is the title of an article- tbc first óf a serles- whlch Mary Lowe Dlcklnson will contribute to Harpei's Bazir to be publislied October 17th. Jliss Sarah Ome JeweU'a ix-xt story has been bought by The Ladies' Home Journal, and it will shortly begin in that magazine. Judge - What is the charge agalnst tliis man ? Oflicer - Cruelty to animal, your honor. He was blowing smoke in a hoise's face. Judge - I shall discharge him. Tliis court cannot have lts time taken up with any such trival affairs. Ofllcer - But, your honor, it was cignrette guaoke. Judge - Xinety day?. - Tent Haute Express.


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