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Marshall Saunders
THERE was once a young French man who was studying the painter's art. Similar to the usual student of small stature and equally small means, he had an enormous ambition. He worked with a will, and yet in every sketch of casts, of moving figures, or of still life, his restless fingers always ran instinctively to the military.
Kate Douglas Wiggin
AS a postscript to a very amusing letter which Kate Douglas Wiggin had written to an inquisitive biographer, and which she had addressed to My dear Boswell, and playfully ended with Believe me, my dear Bozzy, Sincerely your Johnson (K. D. W.), her sister added the following :My sister was certainly a capable little person at a tender age, concocting delectable milk-toast, browning toothsome buckwheats, and generally making a very good Parent's Assistant.
Gertrude Atherton
TEN years ago the name of Gertrude Atherton had a remote place in American literature. What place does the name occupy today? It is really hard to say. One critic has boldly likened her to George Eliot; another has spoken of her as a literary experimenter on generally unfortunate subjects. Of one thing we are certain : the reading public takes a lively interest in her books.
John Oliver Hobbes
JOHN OLIVER HOBBES is the pseudonym of Mrs. Pearl Mary Teresa Craigie. It appeared first in 1891, in the Pseudonym Library, over the study entitled Some Emotions and a Moral. It is related that the first publisher to whom that story was offered accepted it on condition that the author find another title and make other lesser changes.
Lilian Bell (Mrs. Bogue)
LILIAN BELL (Mrs. Arthur Hoyt Bogue) may justly take pride in her originality and her enthusiasm. She is one of the most forceful figures in American literature. What she writes is as far from conventionality, as the sun is distant from the earth. She is young, anti, like every other original and enthusiastic person, she has her faults - faults technical as well as temperamental.
Ruth Mcenery Stuart
THE fact that a spirit of commercialism is creeping into the old Latin or Creole quarter of New Orleans was well exemplified by the sign that a small bootmaker, who had evidently been studying the up-to-date conversational advertisements in the daily papers, recently hung over his door. Translated literally, it read: Oh, my God ! Shoes half soled for fifty cents .
Anna Farquhar
I WAS twenty-two years old when I first went to Boston to visit the family of my father's eldest brother, Mr. John Allston, who at an early age there settled into business prosperity. Thus did a comparatively unknown writer, who passed by the name of Margaret Allston, introduce herself to the readers of the Ladies' Home Journal in a series of chapters called Her Boston Experiences.
Pauline Bradford Mackie
PAULINE BRADFORD MACKIE has distinguished herself as a writer of historical fiction, and for this her work is worthy of close consideration. Upon the question of the merit and demerits of the historical novel has been spilled a vast amount of good ink. It has been a bitter and long-drawn quarrel and much argument has been used to further the pet opinions of partisans of either side.
Mary Johnston
EARLY in 1898 the manuscript of a Virginian romance came to the Boston office of Houghton, Mifflin & Co. bearing a new name - Mary Johnston. In time the manuscript passed through the hands of half a dozen readers, who approved it unanimously, and it was published under the title of Prisoners of Hope.
Ellen Anderson G. Glasgow
THE majority of readers unconsciously associate every author who has been born and bred south of Mason and Dixon's line with the depiction of life and character of the Southern people. It was, consequently, rather startling when there appeared a Virginian who knew northern life - even metropolitan life - as intimately as those who had been bred to it.
Bertha Runkle
THE Helmet of Navarre was a remarkable book for many reasons, but the fact that its author was little over twenty years of age was not the most remarkable. Bryant had writtenThanatopsis before he had reached that age, and Elizabeth Stuart Phelps composed The Gates Ajar at nineteen.
How To Play
I HAD a dog once which, like all young dogs, knew how to play. On sight of me at the farthest distance, he would come flashing out, quivering in every eager muscle, and alive in every burnished hair of his ruddy coat. He tumbled over and over in his extravagance of joy till it almost seemed that the puppy's frantic revolutions had turned him into a globe of frisky fur.
Playing By Proxy
THAT a farce is much of our modern play ! Have you ever stopped to calculate how much of the sport of the American people is carried on by proxy ? A thousand men and boys gather in God's sunshine, surrounded by His inspiring air, with the blood in their veins and the muscles of their bodies begging for a rough-and-tumble game with the elements.
Games Of Solitaire
ALL games of cards are about equally inane, but one game caps the climax of absurdity, the game of solitaire. To sit down in a corner by one's self, and at the dictate of chance, with a modicum of skill, transfer bits of pasteboard from one heap to another-that is an idiotic occupation.
No One Will Play With Me
BELIEVE, therefore, in comradeship in sport, and I am a born foe to self-centred recreation. A game is to take a man out of himself, to get him away from his worries ; and the more of himself and the less of other people there is in it, the less recreative value will it have for him.
An Appetite For Play
IT is better to eat from compulsion than to starve to death, but food does very little good until we eat with an appetite. There is a time for all things, a time to work and a time to play, and the best time to play is when work is ended.
Drop Your Work
MANY bring into their recreation hours so many burdens from their working hours that their sport is only half sport. They try to play leap-frog with a bundle of unlearned lessons astride their back. Their tennis racket is weighted down with unanswered letters. Their bicycle joints are rusty with unmet engagements.
Fun That Fits
ONE slight factor in the high art of recreation consists in fitting the game to the man. Choose some sport in which you can excel, and get up a pride in your proficiency. If chess, my young carpenter, is your recreation, become a first-class chess-player. Buy your Staunton and study up, and be prepared to floor every champion in town.
Flabby Playing
ONE of life's most annoying and disheartening experiences is to try to amuse a listless, lackadaisical person, who says, when you ask him whether he would like to play some game, O, I don't care; and who says, when you ask him what he would like to play, O, I don't ca-are.
Overdoing It
Recreation loses all its value, and becomes instantly a discreation, as soon as a man or a woman ceases to be its master and becomes its slave. It is bad enough when what should be one's avocation practically supercedes his vocation ; but when his recreation supplants both vocation and avocation, alas for that life .
Candy, Clothes, And Conscience
NOW I can close my list of requirements for the best playing with a queer trio ; namely, these : No recreation can be a success that is not based upon sensible eating, sensible dressing, and a good conscience. No one can play when he has a headache or a toothache, dyspepsia or biliousness.
How To Keep Games Fresh
SUPPOSE you have all noticed those of you, that is, who are sensible enough to play games-that games are likely to wear out. Really it is we that wear out, our interest in them being lost. And if one knows how to keep his interest in his sports perennial, he has one of the most important secrets of sane and health-giving amusement.In the first place, don't make a hobby of any game.
A Recreation Schedule
PLAY should be planned for, as well as work. A man whose plans for the day leave out recreation is like a steam engine with the safety-valve omitted, except that the explosion of the steam engine is not likely to be so sad and calamitous as is the collapse of the man.
Play And The Play
I AM tired.Tired of a great many things, but especially tired of hearing and answering questions about the so-called doubtful amusements. Should a Christian play cards ? May not a Christian dance-just a little ? Won't you let us go to the theatre with a clear conscience, if we will be careful to select only proper plays ? Don't you see, young people, that such questions answer themselves .
Dancing As Recreation
IN my list of false amusements I must give a prominent place to the dance. All dancing, like all Gaul, is divided into three parts. One-third is a esthetic, one-third is physical exercise, one-third is sensual. As to the first, the enjoyment of fine music, of beautiful dresses, forms, and motions, they may all be had under better auspices than in the dance.
Cards and Other Games Of Chance
I WAS once off camping with a merry party of business men, most of them in professional life, and the majority of them ministers. We spent our evenings in many ways, but the favorite amusement was dominoes. We discovered in ourselves a surprising fondness for that exceedingly mild form of amusement, and after each day's fishing, swimming, and mountain-climbing, we went back to our twos and sixes.
Playing At Love
I CANNOT name all false sports, but only typical ones, and stop with them ; yet there is one more amusement, widely prevalent, about which I must say a word. Of all apologies for sport, the most mischievous is, I believe, flirting, playing at love.
Fun Alive And Fun Dead
IT was on a beach in New Jersey. A party of young people were romping in the surf. They whispered together, " Let's duck her ! " No sooner planned than done. Down went the luckless girl, held by the mischievous jokers, who rushed back, screaming with laughter, to the beach.
Outdoor Sports and Mental Games
NOW, after discussing some of the false sports, it is only fair that I should tell you what I think the true sports are. By way of preface to the list, let me make the obvious suggestion that for a man or woman of sedentary work, out-of-door sports should predominate, while those whose work brings into play the muscles and the lungs may rest satisfied with a larger proportion of mental games.
The Bicycle and Recreation
THE bicycle was hailed on its advent as furnishing the ideal exercise, equally, and without undue stress, developing all parts of the body ; while at the same time, by its delightful motion through swiftly varying scenes, it furnished a constant fascination to the mind.
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