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Copyright. 1SU2, by George Morris.
After these more pretentious heroes and
heroines, ke turns to a little child and
represents the thoughts of his heart with
the same faithful touch that in other
books has caused us to pause and say:
"Did I not at one time In my llfe'thln
these very thoughts?" -. -
"The Little White Bird" is a book for
the mothers of toddling little ones. For
the average reader it falls to hold the
charm of "The Little Minister" or "A
"Window in Thrums." The book shows
the lack of careful pruning and revision
bestowed on earlier works, as though
having the assured ear of the public, it
becomes possible to take liberties of
careless writing. The book lacks the
sharply cut clearness of Barrie's previ
ous work. The peculiarities of his style
Increase with age. In this book he al
lows his peculiar whimsicality full play.
His Barrieisms are thick on every page.
Underneath all this caprice is recog
nized the same warm heart that sees
the nobility of soul In a battered old
weaver, and the best side of all men's
natures instead of their worst qualities.
The vllllans are rare who stalk through
the books of J. M. Barrie. Even men
of doubtful character are represented
with "lovable traits. This touch of real
ism makes Barrie's characters seem of
flesh and blood, for In real life none are
wholly good or bad, but each a mixture
of the two.
It took Barrie four years to write
"Sentimental Tommy," and four more
years to write "Tommy and GrizeL" Is
the public to wait four more years for
the next Barrie book?
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before:. YOU BUY.
" MNurACTURED BY
Lincoln, Neb. "
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In time of battle it Is often found that
the deserters in the rear are men who
have left home to keep from supporting
a wife and family. General Grant re
signed his commission In the regular
army because his salary was Inadequate
for the support of his family. In this
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The sympathies of nearly every fire
man in this country are with Fire Chief
Edward Croker of New York, who is
waving a fight in the courts against his
deposition tejr Fire Commissioner Sturgto.
matter, he endured the censure of
friends. A friend said in speaking of
"We all at this time regarded Grant
as a failure."
But there was one who did not con
sider him a failure, for with his own
hands Grant built a home for his wife,
and often rode into St. Louis on top of
a load of wood to gain money for the
support of his family. At Mt. McGregor
a fortune-teller foretold the death of
Grant on a certain day. At four o'clock
the postman brought a letter contain
ing the first draft in payment for his
memoirs. Someone spoke of the fortune
teller's prophecy. "I had forgotten It,"
said Grant. "I have been thinking all
day of the future of my wife."
Through long days of suffering he
labored on his memoirs in order that,
after death, his wife might be raised
above want. It was a long hard battle,
but Grant won. For many long years
Mrs. Grant reaped the benefit of the
loving forethough of that faithful heart.
The Little White Bird.
Mrs. J. N. Barrie must have issued a
household edict that her husband shall
never immortalize her as a character of
his books. Years ago, a Scotch review
"Barrie is a man who would make
'copy' of his grandmother."
A few months after this criticism,
Barrie wrote "Margaret Ogilvy" for the
acknowledged purpose of preserving a
faithful portarit of his mother.
In his last book "The Little White
Bird" he has been obliged to resort to
many roundabout and tedious ruses in
order to keep his wife out of the book.
It would have been much easier could
he have pictured her .directly, and more
interesting to us who have a natural
curiosity in regard to the wives of celeb
rities. Tbe Little White Bird" is the char
acterization of a child. Barrie has de
scribed with faithfulness the heart of
the mischievous boy in "Sentimental
Tommy." the struggles and ambitions of
the man in "Tommy and Grlzel." In
The Little Minister .he. shows that he -well
understands the heart of a girL
TO VISIT WITH ROOSEVELT
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Bill Sewall, the famous old Maine guide, and warm friend of President
Roosevelt, has been Invited to visit the president at the White House. Mrs.
Sewall is Included In the invitation. The visit will be made In February
and the old couple are now the proudest pair in New York.