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publishers to works intrusted to them; for the matter of punctuation has been sadly neglected. These are minor faults, however, which the readers will be willing to overlook for the sake of the general interest of the story.

A Berkeley Year

THIS is a book of peculiar local interest at this time, which is signalized by a notable triumph in creative art-the comprehensive design for a system of buildings to be erected on the charming site of the University of California.

Between the attractive brown and gold covers of the book is a collection of short essays by Dr. Joseph Le Conte, Professor Edward L. Greene, Charles A. Keeler, Willis L. Jepson, and Professor C. B. Bradley, portraying Berkeley moods and aspects as presented by its hills and trees, its birds and flowers and byways. And interwoven closely with these descriptions is the story of man's existence in Berkeley, recounted along the line of history by Professor William Carey Jones, who, under the title, "They Looked Through the Golden Gate," gives us glimpses of the old-time Spanish voyagers, then describes the coming of the army of peaceful settlers, and the establishment, at length, of education's home on the Berkeley slopes.

Edward B. Payne contributes an article entitled "Lang Syne." To the older inhabitants it will prove full of sweet reminis cences of the "bucolic age of Berkeley which was then about as God and nature and the ploughings of a few ranchmen had made it."

Edwin Markham and Adeline Knapp contribute graceful bits of verse, and the latter part of the book is 'A Berkeley Bird and Wild-flower Calendar," original in idea, delicate in sentiment, and peculiarly appropriate to Berkeley, in that it gives a list of the principal birds and wild-flowers which come each successive month, together with their haunts; also the calendar contains fitting quotations, many of them from California authors who know and love best her varied phases of outdoor life, as John Vance Cheney, Ina Coolbrith, Edward Rowland Sill, Clarence Urmy, and John Muir.

A beautiful engraving, a reproduction of William Keith's painting, "A Memory of

Berkeley," forms the frontispiece, while each article has an initial letter in a graceful de sign suggestive of the context, these decora tions, as well as the cover design being the work of Louise Keeler.

A Berkeley Year breathes the spirit of thos who have studied and loved Berkeley, and who hold

Large visions of that coming day

When faith that sees, when hope that wills Shall bring man's best to dwell alway On Berkeley hills.

Briefer Notice

BLISS PERRY'S series of Little Master pieces is contained in three small volumes of characteristic selections from Lamb, Thack eray, and De Quincey. Readers of stand ard English literature will find here some of their favorite pages out of the works of the masters.

IN four small volumes-Studies of Grea Authors-Messrs. Doubleday & McClure pre sent a selection of the best critical and

biographical essays in Charles Dudley War ner's great "Library." These are concis and authoritative estimates and accounts o famous modern novelists, poets, philosophers historians, and essayists, and are written by such men as Leslie Stephen, W. E. H. Lacky Dr. Richard Garnett, Charles Dudley War ner, Charles Eliot Norton, Henry Van Dyke Henry James, and so on.

Books Received

From Doubleday & McClure Co., New York Blix. By Frank Norris.

A Modern Mercenary. By K. and Hesket Pritchard.

The Warner Classics. Vol. 1.-Philosopher and Scientists; Vol. 2.-Novelists; Vol. 3 -Poets; Vol. 4.-Historians and Essayists The Romancers. By Edmond Rostand translated by Mary Hendee.

We Win. By Herbert E. Hamblen.
The Barrys. By Shan F. Bullock.
Stalky & Co. By Rudyard Kipling.
The Little Classics. Three volumes o
Selected Essays from Charles Lamb
Thomas De Quincey, William M. Thack

eray.

From Macmillan Co., New York Little Novels of Italy. By Maurice Hewlet A Drama in Sunshine. By Horace Annesle Vachell.

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In the September OVERLAND MONTHLY the place of honor is given to an elaborate article by General N. P. Chipman on "Greater California and the Trade of the Orient," in which he brings out the factors that must one day make this Coast State an empire in wealth, population, and productiveness. Other noteworthy illustrated papers are: "Campaigning in the Philippines," by Pandia Ralli; a sketch of Folsom Prison, by P. B. Elderkin, and “A Summer Trip to Mount Adams,' by Louise Nash. A strong story is "Doña Dolores," by Kathryn Jarboe, the tragic climax of which recalls a real tragedy of San Francisco life.S. F. Chronicle, Sept. 3, 1899.

The Children's Home-Finding Society of California.

THE beneficent object of this society is to seek out orphans, homeless, neglected, and destitute children, and to place them by adoption or otherwise in well-to-do and worthy families. It does not establish orphanages, believing there is no proper substitute for the family in the edu cation of the race. It seeks only to maintain a temporary hotne to hold the children while awaiting transportation or replacement.

Its plan of organization embraces a State Board of Managers, a State Superintendent, District Superintendents, and Local Advisory Boards, composed of representative persons in the State.

The society is free from all sectarian, political, or race bias, all denominations and multitudes outside of any denominations most heartily uniting in this humane work. The State Board of Managers and Local Advisory Boards serve without pay. Only those devoting themselves wholly to the work of the society receive any salary. The society has local representation in all the principal cities of Northern California and Nevada. The headquarters for San Francisco are at 916 Market Street. The society receives no State aid, but depends entirely on the voluntary contributions of those interested in the work. The work of the society was begun in 1894, and incorporated, with the name at the heading of this article, in 1895. The society publishes a magazine, The Orphan's Cry, setting forth the methods, incidents, and needs of the work.

Bennington, Vt., September 17, 1899. Jas. Howard Bridge, Editor OVERLAND, Dear Sir:-Inclosed please find the price of my subscription to the OVERLAND for the year I have just finished and also the year coming. I can't help taking the OVERLAND, you see. It seems to bring with it the vigor of the West, and I appreciate what a good thing I am getting.

Very respectfully yours,

ROBERT B. PIKE.

The OVERLAND for October is an 'interesting number. One paper that attracts attention is "A City of Education" by Edward B. Payne. It is a description of the magnificent plans donated by Mrs. Phebe Hearst to the University of California and made by M. Bénard, a French architect. If California builds the University on these plans there will be nothing in America approaching it in magnificence. The article is accompanied by the first pictures we have seen of the details of the buildings, and they are marvels of beauty. There is also an illustrated paper on Chicago's new drainage canal, one of the great municipal works of the century. A novel feature is a picture from a photograph of a fish jam in California, showing thousands of fish crowded out of a shallow creek by the immense shoals which ascend it in the spring. No photograph like it was ever before published. Other articles are: Philippine Annexation Justified," by Irving M. Scott; "Ocean Tragedies of the Northwest Coast," by James G. McCurdy; "California in '49," by A. S. Marvin; Old Glory in the Land of the Oppressed," by Charles A. Hasson; "Our Ignorance Tested with a Tape Line," by Robert P. Lovell.-The Herald (Syracuse, N. Y.).

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as philanthropic as any other class of our citizens from revolutionary times to the present. He shows that they have fur nished their full share of men and money in every war in which the United States have been engaged. He calls attention to the fact that our multi-millionaires-the Van derbilts, Goulds, Astors, Havemeyers, Rock efellers, Mackays, Huntingtons, Armours Carnegies, Sloanes, Whitneys-are not Jews and yet these men control and possess mon than twenty-five per cent. of all the circulat ing wealth in the country. The trusts ar not in the hands of Jews. "If a Jew is a money-getter he does not hoard it. Th world is better by his humane use of it."-The Reasoner (San Luis Obispo, Cal.).

Akron, O., October 14, 1899. The OVERLAND, San Francisco, Gentlemen:-I have read several numbers of the OVERLAND and find it to be an Al publication. I therefore inclose you our draft on New York ($1.00) in payment for a year's subscription commencing with th November issue.

Respectfully,

WM. J. HEEPE.

No. 548 W. Market Street.

The October number of the OVERLAND contains a dainty little poem of Mrs. M. E. Dud ley, dedicated to a small child. A half-tone engraving of little Miss Hazel Hund. youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Fre llund is used to illustrate the poem. Th childish beauty of the wee maiden lend the selection a fitting touch.-Ventura (Cal Independent.

THE MOST ACCEPTABLE and inex pensive gift you can make your Easter friend is the OVERLAND MONTHLY Your friend will thank you every mont during the year 1900.

The OVERLAND for July describes and i lustrates a number of coast scenes, Moun Lyell, Mount Hamilton, a slope of Twi Peaks, etc. It has a preliminary sketch the Teachers' Association meeting in Lo Angeles, an excellent lot of short stories an poetry, and altogether is a very fine number The magazine is improving with every num ber.-Salt Lake Tribune.

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