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Recent Fiction of Unusual Quality
"One of the very best books Dr. Mitchell has ever written. than Hugh Wynne.""-Boston Transcript.
By Dr. S. WEIR MITCHELL
"A work to be classed with the greatest fiction of the English language, a work that will last for all time as a brilliant picture of American life, manners and sentiments at a period that was one of the most important in the development of the country."-Bookseller, Newsdealer and Stationer.
"Easily the most notable literary adventure of the author-not excepting 'Hugh Wynne,' in which a kindred fine sense of national life and spirit is illustrated and exemplified."-Philadelphia North American.
Price $1.40 net, postage 12 cents
"An extraordinary book that will stand quite apart in the literature ofour day." -Vogue.
By JACK LONDON
"John Barleycorn' is one of the best things Jack London has done, a work of imagination, however autobiographical it may be."-Chicago Post. "Jack London has written many pieces, long and short, of engrossing fiction; but he has penned no imaginative tale more vital and gripping than this." -Rochester Democrat and Chronicle.
Pictures by Dunn. Price $1.30 net, postage 12 cents
Murder in Any Degree
By OWEN JOHNSON
Author of "Stover at Yale," etc.
"Nine entertaining stories-about-town; smartly done, occasionally witty, and unvaryingly 'wise.'"-Life.
Price $1.30 net, postage 11 cents
The Thirteenth Juror
By FREDERICK TREVOR HILL
Price $1.20 net, postage 10 cents
Come to third edition in England. Second edition in America
My Lady of the Chimney Corner
A Tale of Love and Poverty
By ALEXANDER IRVINE
Clement Shorter, in the London Sphere, says of it:
"It has the divine spark of genius. Never anywhere have I read so impressive a narrative.... I know nothing in any of the books by Irish, Scotch, or English writers of these later days that can for a moment compare in dignified pathos with this wonderful literary achievement. . . . Mr. Alexander Irvine has, if I am not mistaken, produced an undying classic." Price $1.20 net, postage 9 cents
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"This is surely one of the great books of American travel writing." -Philadelphia Record.
A Traveler at Forty
By THEODORE DREISER
"The reader feels as if he were Mr. Dreiser's inseparable companion and friend, as if he were touring Europe under his guidance, and as if, at every stage of the journey, he were communing with him upon life in all its multitudinous aspects, as it confronts a worldly and experienced man who is seeing for the first time a new world and a new people."-Boston Transcript. "It is a book to take up frequently and read a few chapters, for it will endure many readings. With the single exception of Price Collier's books, it is the best record of recent travel impressions."-San Francisco Chronicle. "A more striking book of this sort has not appeared probably since Hawthorne's travels."-Philadelphia Record.
Pictures by Glackens. Price $1.80 net, postage 14 cents
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A Close-range Study of the Panama Canal and Its Workers
Author of that unique and humorous book, “A Vagabond Journey Around the World" "The next best thing to a visit-if it isn't better. It gets under the surface of life on the Isthmus as no mere visitor can, and shows the work from the inside, not technically but vividly and humanly."
Many illustrations from snap-shots. Price $2.00 net, postage 12 cents
The Trade of the World
By JAMES DAVENPORT WHELPLEY
In which an authority and a widely traveled student of international economics and politics uses facts and figures to paint a picture of magnitude and appeal. A discussion of the larger commercial interests and tendencies of the great nations, which should be in the hands of every business man.
Price $2.00 net, postage 16 cents
The New Industrial Day
By WILLIAM C. REDFIELD
Here is a plea-by a man who knows-for greater intelligence in the industrial world, for the doing of right things in the right way, for more willingness to spend a dollar in order to gain two dollars. An authoritative and vitally interesting book for every citizen.
Price $1.25 net, postage 12 cents
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Publications of the Bureau of Social Hygiene
Prostitution in Europe
By ABRAHAM FLEXNER
The second volume in the series published for the Bureau of Social Hygiene by The Century Co.
Mr. Flexner's book is not only an authoritative presentation of European conditions and experiences touching prostitution-based upon several months' careful investigation in all the large European cities—it is also a philosophical discussion of European life. He deals largely, and without bias, with such phases of the problem as the extent and value of sex education, police regulation, segregation, medical examination, voluntary treatment through dispensaries, etc., clearing up much widespread misapprehension which prevails as to the policies pursued by European cities and their results.
Introduction by John D. Rockefeller, Jr., Chairman of the Bureau of Social Hygiene. Ten graphs and index. Octavo, 455 pages. Price $1.30 net, postage 12 cents
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Under the Federal Income Tax Law, what kind of income is taxable?
The net income of a taxable person shall include gains, profits, and income derived from salaries, wages, or compensation for personal service of whatever kind and in whatever form paid, or from professions, vocations, businesses, trade, commerce, or sales, or dealings in property, whether real or personal property, also from interest, rent, dividends, securities, or the transaction of any lawful business carried on for gain or profit, or gains or profits and income derived from any source whatever, including the income from, but not the value of, property acquired by gift, bequest, devise, or descent.
Proceeds of certain life-insurance policies are not included in the above.
Deductions are also made for
1. The necessary expenses actually paid in carrying on any business, not including personal, living, or family expenses;
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Ocean depths are measured by the use of a deep-sea sounding-machine, described by the Century Dictionary as follows: "The combination of mechanical contrivances by the aid of which soundings may be made to great depths, with a close approach to accuracy. This result has been attained by a combination of improvements displaying great ingenuity, in which the inventive genius of Sir William Thomson (Lord Kelvin) has been particularly conspicuous. The principal features of the most perfect sounding-machine are: (1) the sinker, which is a cannon-ball, through which passes a cylinder provided with a valve to collect and retain a specimen of the bottom, the cylinder being, by an ingenious mechanical arrangement, detached from the shot, which remains at the bottom; (2) the line, made of steel wire, weighing about 141⁄2 pounds to the nautical mile; (3) machinery for regulating the lowering of the sinker and for reeling in the wire with the cylinder attached in such a manner that the irregular strain due to the motion of the ship may be guarded against and the danger of breakage thus reduced to a minimum. In the deepest accurate sounding yet made the bottom was reached at the depth of 5269 fathoms. This sounding was made on the United States steamship 'Nero' in the vicinity of the island of Guam. The deepest sounding previously made in which a specimen of the bottom was brought up was that of the United States Coast Survey steamer 'Blake,' off Porto Rico, the depth there reached being 4561 fathoms."
A CAMPAIGN OF EDUCATION It is generally admitted that many a book which deserves to have at least ten thousand readers in an English-reading public such as ours, often reaches an edition of not more than two or three thousand. In order to correct this unfortunate state of affairs, twenty-three leading publishers contribute to the support of the Publishers' Coöperative Bureau, whose headquarters are at 39 West 32d Street, New York. A campaign of education, organized by the Bureau, includes a well-printed, convenient, monthly publication called "New Books," in which a few worthy books are described without commendatory adjectives. In this way the reader is apprised of the facts of the newest books, and is enabled to make his own decision in regard to their value. This readable publication, differing radically from the normal advertisement of books, is
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AN AID TO AMERICAN ARCHITECTURE
Outside of the architectural world little is known of the far-reaching educational work of the Society of Beaux-Arts Architects, which was incorporated in 1894. This Society makes it possible for an ambitious draftsman to receive, on payment of the nominal fee of two dollars a year, criticism from the most highly trained architects in America. The Society offers annually a "Paris prize," the winner of which is sent to Paris to study architecture for two years and a half. The grade of work done by the Society's pupils is so well recognized that the "Paris prize" winner is authorized by a decree of the French Minister of Public Instruction and Fine Arts to follow the lectures and take part in the competitions of the first class in the section of architecture, subject to the approval of the faculty of the École Nationale et Spéciale des Beaux-Arts.
A circular of information concerning the "Paris prize" is issued by the Committee on Education of the Society, whose headquarters are at 281 Fifth Avenue, New York.
EDITOR OR SUPERINTENDENT?
Whether Mrs. Ella Flagg Young remains at the head of Chicago Public Schools, or becomes permanently the Educational Editor of the Chicago "Tribune," her influence in the educational world will continue to be far-reaching. At the present writing she is again holding the highest public office occupied by a woman in the United States.
A BOOK ON CITY GOVERNMENT Both the student and the citizen can read with satisfaction "American City Government-A Survey of Newer Tendencies," by Professor Charles A. Beard, of Columbia University, which is published by The Century Co. at $2.00. The "Independent" says of this book:
"Devoting less than a third of the text to politics and governmental structure, the author discusses such questions as tenement-house reform, recreation, industrial training, care of the streets and public health; in other words, those social and economic functions which cities are now everywhere assuming and which touch the individual citizen much more closely than any political theories do. Continued on page 30