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will draw attention to his petty self. It is prove the fact that both have been to the the spirit of knocking, strong in death. pole. The only doubt thrown on the story

Mr. Bierce is a very clever man, and that either or both reached there has been no one may successfully deny that he is thrown on the subject by Peary himself as expert in the handling of English words Their accounts of the difficulties of the as Mr. Johnson, of ebon hue, is in the journey and their descriptions of condihandling of his fists. It must be remem- tions at the Big Nail could not be more bered that, publicly, these two worthies nearly alike had they copied notes of obbelong to the undesirable class. They are servations one from the other. both knockers, after their kind, and of it. In his “Shadow on the Dial," Bierce's After all, there is some question in the latest published aggregation of literary minds of the lay public as to what benefit junk, he shows his ability to the best pos- has been conferred upon mankind by the sible extent. He is clever, some of the achievement. It is doubtful if this benefit sketches approach the dignity of "works,” extends any farther than having stopped but he is not a great writer. Bile is the the usual foray on the pockets of rich men constitutional injunction that will forever for hundreds of thousands of dollars to debar Bierce from occupying a niche in outfit polar expeditions. The polar graft the chamber of the Immortals in litera- will from now on suffer and languish. ture.

There will be no more extensive trading

in fine furs, and the native will wait in Bierce came into my mind as I thought vain for expeditions bringing in fooi of Peary and Cook. For Bierce there is from the far-away. The Eskimo diet will an excuse in the fact that he does his now have a sameness that will be almost knocking for money just as the “candied nauseating. Seal oil and whale's blubber, friend?" of another journal does his clever unless relieved by an occasional can of satirical work for filthy lucre, too. The embalmed corn beef or entre mets of gumdays of Junius died with Junius! His like drops, will pall on the Polar palate. And is no more. We do not find the literary thus will Peary be avenged, for Cook's free-lance, but we do find the literary name will be execrated by the Polarians. frec-booter and grafter, such as Fraud Pate-de-fois-gras will be as scarce in LabElbertus, and the literary Hessian, such rador and New Foundland as hen's teeth. as Bierce and the small fry, swarming about his boot-tops.

In relation to the Bierce man and his Jealousy has been said to be the in- strictures on the American navy and the spiration of all human effort, and, of American gunner, it must be borne in course, envy is a close relation. Peary, mind that the vulgarian is a Britisher of it seems to me, is the condensed essence the frock-coat-adoring middle-class in of the fifty-seven different varieties of toadyism if not in fact. He has always jealousy and envy. The wife of him is a seemed to me the embodiment in human good second.

form of a nest-befouling bird. In other

days, he used to spume asthmatically at Peary is a bungler, and, from all out- his betters in a weekly record of transient ward and visible signs, Cook is a gentle- emanations a certain publisher, well man. Peary has said, not in so many

known for monumental moral unworth, words, but by inference and cablegram, refused to father. The owner of the polethat Cook is a liar. If he be : liar, I be- cat refused to take the responsibility for lieve him to be an exceedingly clever one, the cat's odor. and Peary has, by his bungling, played Coming down to facts, we find that the right into his hands. I cannot blame cry of “no colliers for the navy” has very Peary for being angry, but I do blame little foundation, and that, next to Enghim for his actions. He has placed the land, the United States has the largest burden of proof producing upon his own and most conveniently located coaling stashoulders. From all data heretofore pub- tions of any nation. As to colliers, we find lished, fair-minded men must admit that that, in case of a war on the seas, thouthe accounts given by the men tend to sands of vessels are available at a

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ment's notice, and that the coaling prob- make! I cannot recall any of the saints lem was the least of the difficulties that who were mustachioed, and, in this parfaced us in the Spanish-American war. ticular, it would be an innovation; Saint

Admiral Dewey is maligned, in this ar- Taft of Baguio and Manila! It sounds ticle, in an effort to take away some of the like the real thing. Taft's trip should be glory in the taking of Manila. The story an eye-opener for certain politicians and that Montojo's vessels were wrapped in for the great vested interests. Taft wants ropes is made up of whole cloth, or twine, to be “the man at the wheel,” and he is and is a lie ungarnished and stupid, and trying hard to be the people's man, but Bierce protects himself in malicious un- the people are in a hypercritical mood just veracity by saying that "all of the King's now, and Taft's entourage is not to the horses and all of the King's men” could public's liking. The public has had the not drag from him the name of the officer brass band for four years, and the leader giving him the information that Dewey kept time with the big stick. It rememsaid to Brumby that he might "fire at bers the strenuous Teddy, with a sigh! those ropes” whenever he got ready.

I was there. I have seen the ships of It would not be a bad idea to withhold Montojo. I have walked the decks of the judgment, but the public is ever hasty, and vessels awash and aground at Cavite. it may be that the popular verdict is alhave seen the restored ships. I know what ready written. In that case, it is too bad, a fleet of that kind could have done to as it may be that the suave, smooth-theDewey, reinforced by the Krupps of the corners-and-smile policy is the best, after Luneta battery, the fleet and the land all. It must not be forgotten, for an inforces of Spain, had they been commanded stant, that the executive is not to blame by Americans. Dewey, in command of for our miserable system of government. Montojo's ships, would have sunk the The Fathers of the Republic started out

F Olympia, the Raleigh and the other toy with a government based on the broadest American ships. The Luneta battery, in liberties, and gradually these liberties have charge of Chaffee or Lawton, would have taken the form of licenses and have later blown Dewey out of the water. Of course, developed into special privileges, which the Spanish war was not a real war, but bid fair to enslave each and every one of it might have been, and the Americans, us to the other, according to our capacity who so gallantly carried our flag to the for production. We have traveled far from Orient, had no foreknowledge of the in- the original idea when a Senator may accapacity of the Spanish commanders. knowledge, without fear of impeachment,

Mr. Bierce's malignant adverse critique that he bought his seat in that august of the American navy is simply a rechauf- body of financial Dodos, and when anfee of Reuterdahl, and the public has other of the same ilk may say with implaced its estimation on the Reuterdahl punity that the fixing of a tariff rate is brand of expert (?) opinion. It is broadly not a question of protection, but a matter hinted that Bierce's knowledge of the sea of trade and barter as a representative of was obtained as a mercenary in the war special business or other interests in cerof the Rebellion. Somebody tells tain sections of the country. When we Bierce was a sutler or cook or tuba player get back to the original idea that the lower in a regiment of foot. It is a safe bet House represents the people and the upthat Bierce's warmed-over article will not per the will of the Legislatures, and that create one-tenth the interest as that by the President is simply an executive to see the other Hessian, Reuterdahl.

that the will of the legislative bodies, en

acted as laws, is enforced, and that the The president has come and gone, and President, outside of the veto or by recomhis genial presence and graceful bows and mendation by message and in time of war, waves of the hand have left pleasant im- has no initiative lawfully, then we shall pressions in many a feminine heart. This have returned to the original concept. Our was the way he won the Philippines, and scheme of government is right, but we it is the women of the islands who would have wiped it out entirely, and have writcannonize him. What a fat saint he would ten clear across the page in red ink, “Spe



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cia! Privileges to all.” Special privileges individual in question for a public roast. is the rock on which all governments have It is true that Ballinger's connection with gone to pieces in ages past.

the Cunningham land cases is not a pleas

ant thing or a reassuring thing to look I would call the gentle reader's atten- upon, but that incident is not yet closed! tion to the pages of this issue of the The goods have not been delivered to CunOverland Monthly. I want you to com- ningham, et al. Memory tells us that the pare it with any magazine you may have Strenuous One made mistakes. It is not at hand, page for page, and article for ar- difficult to recall the stubborn adherenie ticle, and then give judgment. I believe to the fool policy pursued in Venezuela. that it is one of the best magazines of the There was no attempt to palliate the error, day. If you think so, too, tell your neigh- but events followed one the other so fast bor so, and swell our subscription list. We that the public mind was never allowed to are growing all the time, but we want to rest on the mistakes of Teddy long enough grow faster, and you can help us, if you to recognize them as such. If any man will. Boost the Overland Monthly. The needs a square deal it is William Howard best way to boost this magazine is to Taft. Let us give it to him. Let write to the advertiser and tell him you forget the tariff. saw his advertisement in the Overland

P. N. B. Monthly. That helps us and you, dear reader, too often forget this fact. Al

Fort Reno, Okla., August 30, 1909. ways mention the fact that you saw the ad. EDITOR OVERLAND MONTHLY. in the Overland Monthly.

There is a slight discrepancy of fact and Taft has come out square-toed and flat

statement in "The Subjugation of Black footed as being in favor of the Roosevelt

Kettle” in July Overland Monthly. It theories. He should be given every chance

was no fault of the narrator, as an error to show what can be done with those theo- was perpetuated in the record and made ries, without the brass band and the club.

to read that the soldiers were “shooting It may be that, in the end, he will accom

down without mercy;" "slaughtering: plish bigger and better things than ever

etc. The shooting of the women and childwere dreamt of by Roosevelt. Taft has ren was done, but by the twelve Osage Insaid that he is in favor of a ship subsidy.

dian scouts; this being uncommon He is also reported in favor of some sort

practice in Indian warfare. As to my reof sound money program, something dif- port to General Custer, the fact was that ferent from that now in vogue, and which

I said to him that the party of Indians 10 gives to those controlling the money sup

the south of us was being pursued by ply the power of levying taxes in a much Meyers' troops and that there were many larger sense than is granted the people's women and children with them. Custer government by the people. Mr. Taft is in ordered me to ride out to them and have favor of the reclamation theories of Mr. the women and children (squaws and papRoosevelt, and of that of the good citizens pooses) taken to some of the largest tewho desire that our coal lands, our waters pees, and the best for their accommodation and our forests be kept in the public do- in the village, and that when they were main and not given away, for a song. Mr.

thus located he would put a guard over Taft is on record as having said that he

them. is in favor of giving the Interstate Com

Otherwise the article is accurate in all missioners greater power than they now

respects, but in honor to good soldiers and possess. There are many ways of obtain

brave men, I should be obliged if you ing these not unmixed blessings for the

would make this correction, that the story people, and if Taft may have his way he may be flawless, for in all other respects it is at least entitled to our confidence until is one of the most critically correct stories we shall have seen some sign of incapacity.

of Indian warfare I have read, but then, It is true that his detractors point out

the Overland Monthly has had several of the fact that he handed a sop to a Senator

them lately. Very truly yours, when Roosevelt would have singled out the



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The Religion of a Democrat. society can attain ideal conditions, where

in desires and appetites are spontaneously HE LONGER a man lives, and regulated with no loss of happiness. For

the wider become his experi- one of the elements of sentiment is justice ences, the more he learns to love and the other an enlightened and educated

freedom. In the little book of sympathy. Mr. Zueblin, “The Religion of a Demo- Unfortunately, in a society where the crat," you can hear the far cry of the many absolutely control the individual, eagle, and soar with him through the up- small opportunity exists for the ethical u per atmosphere. Our petty notions about sentiment to develop.

sentiment to develop. Socialism, in other politics, church, party, sect, are left way words, is not the ideal state. However, below us. Mr. Zueblin would have men

Mr. Zueblin's book is invigorating, and free to develop themselves, and he would

one loves freedom more than ever after make them so by establishing all the nec- reading it. essary social conditions. He would free men from the control of fear—a control The Art of Selling Things. which is to-day, in its four prominent According to the latest available figures forms, the dominant controlling agency more than six million persons in this of society. We are governed by the fear country are engaged in selling things; of the living and the fear of the dead. We and of this vast army fully one million are governed by fear of retaliation, fear are commercial travelers. It would seem, of public opinion, of the law and of the therefore, that there is a large audience church. We must rise above all these for Mr. James H. Collins' entertaining not that we should throw off their control, little work entitled “Human Nature in but that the sentiment which moves us Selling Goods.” must be something higher than fear. The author's main contention is that

Mr. Zueblin's Democrat does not live the man with the best practical knowlunder a representative regime, but in one edge of human nature will make the most of direct individual action. The refer- successful salesman. He realizes that sevendum and initiative are his, and his era! varied types of man attain high sucdeputies are not his masters. Now this is cess; but he sees an under-lying similarclearly a state of socialism, and Mr. Zue- ity in their methods. blin has not shown us in his book how in- Mr. Collins is no mere theorist. On dividual freedom can co-exist with un- the contrary, he illustrates every point he bridled power of the whole society no mat- makes by anecdotes based on actual hapter how exercised. There appears to be penings. The scope of his little book is no taking into account of the ethical sen- unusually broad, and discusses the selling timent which normal society activity is of every imaginable commodity from life evolving out of our long regime of fear- insurance to fireproof safes. The general control. The ethical sentiment, which is reader will be amazed by the extent to the only moral control possible, already which the larger houses" have reduced displays itself at certain times and places; salesmanship to a science. and it is only through the adequate devel- "Human Nature in Selling Goods," by opment of this sentiment, the last in a James H. Collins: Henry Altemus Co., long series of evolving sentiments, that Philadelphia.

Mr. Edwin Balmer has written a most and she is the daughter of the commandcharming bit of fiction in “Waylaid by ant at Fort Nisqually, and who had as Wireless." Mr. Balmer is no novice, and mater an Indian woman of the Yakima he has already a big following in the tribe. The description of the events and world of readers. This new book has the the scenery of the early fifties is very infascination of newness in plot, and is teresting, but the book cannot be called really most up to date and cannot be a great one, nor can it be dubbed bad or beaten save by the enterprising novelist hadly done. The story is timely in one who will combine aviation with the wire- thing: it culminates in the Indian attack less means of transmitting messages and on Seattle, and also that, coming at the carry off his heroes and heroines through time of the Alaska Yukon Exposition, and

, the air instead of in a commonplace gun- containing as it does much information boat or fishing schooner.

that is not obtainable elsewhere without Mr. Balmer gives us charming bits of much research, it should command a sale travel, and for this alone the book is throughout the Northwest. worth while. There is wit, delicious and impenetrable mystery, and splendid de- Who is there that does not remember scriptive ability, and what more do you "The Lady of the Decoration ?" It was want? Is not this compound made of the Frances Little's first big seller, and it is parts that go to make a fine hammock

still going some. It has gone through companion or an extraordinary bracer for

thirty-three editions. But that's not the a sea voyage? There are three chief story in point. The fact is, that Frances characters, if I may be allowed three Little has written another book, and it is chiefs: Dunneston, the Englishman; Pres- one that would please the most confirmed ton, the young American engineer; and sybarite or the gleesome gigglety college Ethel Varis, a clever American girl. You girl. It is a delightful little thing, and should get acquainted with all three. it is most charmingly illustrated, and the They are a distinctly valuable addition to Century Company is the publisher. The your calling list among the bookish hero- drawings are by Genjiro Kataoka, and ines and heroes. Wireless, of course, plays they are fine examples of the modern an important part in unfolding the plot Japanese art. They are in soft colors, of the story.

and are agreeable to a degree. The book Small, Maynard & Company, Boston, is called “Little Sister Snow.” The story Massachusetts.

is a cameo, and the illustrations are opals.

If you would please anyone infinitely, There is the usual run of literature for then give them the story of Yuki San. the readers of all sizes and ages being produced at a rate that appals at this season It is a far cry from Yuki San to Dry of the year. It is the time when we begin

Farming, but it's dollars to doughnuts to think of the book as a release from al- that when the Snow Lady is as forgotten most any other gift during the holiday as her love for Merritt San, the book on season. The book is always a safe refuge, dry farming by William MacDonald will and it is a delightful task to select books, be held as one of the text books indispenaccording to the character of your victim. sable to the home of every farmer in the You buy the book and the recipient does West. Mr. MacDonald has gone into the the swearing. He or she can go through subject most exhaustively, and he has ilmental gymnasties trying to find out just lustrated the volume with special photowhat it was that prompted you to send graphs cleverly showing by camparison such an inane or ponderous thing as the fertility of soil on which seientifie present.

effort is expended, and that upon which

no effort has been made. This book is of Ada Woodruff Anderson has written a great value to all agriculturists, but much story that is not especially strong in "The more so the farmer of the semi-arid West. Strain of White." It is located in the The Century Company is the publisher. Puget Sound country, and there is the Mr. MacDonald is an old friend of Overusual Indian maiden, Francesca by name, land Monthly readers.


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