an account of the trials and disappointments of an indomitable young Englishman, who has left home because he is ambitious, because he hates the drudgery of a Lancashire cotton mill, and because he has lost his heart to a young woman who seems hopelessly beyond his reach; and has emigrated to the great, free, unbroken region of the Canadian Northwest. There is a breath of strong, clean fresh air blowing through the early chapters of this book, a suggestion of wholesome, honest toil, and undaunted determination to wrest a victory from Nature, in spite of drought, and frost, and treacherous elements. But, intermingled with this straightforward chronicle of pioneer struggles, there is a misplaced and rather exasperating vein of melodrama—the sort of melodrama that properly belongs in Mr. Bindloss's other type of story and which is as much out of place in the present volume as a scarlet patch in a suit of grey clothes. Women, of course, we expect to find in the story; but the way in which two women in particular who had figured in his life in England continue unexpectedly to cross his trail in the mountainous wild of Canada, always turning up at the psychological moment to add new comp'ications to his difficulties, forms a tax upon our credulity which tends to discredit even that part of the story that is soberly and sincerely told.
The story deals with an intrigue to blow up the English squadron at Gibraltar by gaining access to the room where the electrical contact with the harbor mines is made, and on this background Mr. Biggers paints a picture of the scenes following the outbreak of the war which is full of interest.
A bright, quickly moving detective story telling of the adventures which befell a mysterious lady flying from Calais through France into Italy, closely pursued by detectives. Her own quick wits, aided by those of a gallant fellow passenger, give the two officers an unlooked-for and exciting "run for their money." One hardly realized till now the dramatic possibilities of a railway train, and what an opportunity for excitement may be afforded by a join railway station for two or more roads. it is a well-planned, logical detective story of the better sort, free from cheap sensationalism and improbability, developing surely and steadily by means of exciting situations to an unforseen and satisfactory ending.
The first of a trilogy of stories which are to be a study of the inner heart of thinking, feeling, suffering human beings. The scene of the first tale is laid in the forests of Kentucky. A married couple, the father and mother of four children, are introduced to the reader on Christmas Eve.
This stupendous subject the author has treated with her now well-known grasp and power. Pestilence-stricken Ascalon; Jerusalem in its dire plight between warring factions within and the besieging force of Romans without; the emotional conflict between old Israelitish beliefs and the new Christianity; a sense of thronging multitudinous life, of Jew and Persian and Roman, Pagan and Christian, soldier and lord; the canvas is vast and the colors dramatic.
A psychic tale in which a lovely woman, dead some fifteen years, tries most earnestly to deliver a message to a young man who is very modern and very much alive. Alone she seems unable to effect her purpose, although he is trying his utmost to understand, and she summons to her aid the shapes of the dead and the--presumably--astral forms of whom some are still alive. --New York Times