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The Publishers' ideekly.

that distinction, but the bill, if it should become a law, would introduce a system equally

disastrous to the makers and to the users of F. LEYPOLDT, Bibliographical Editor. school-books. R. R. Bowker, General Editor.

We reprint, in this connection, the extract

from the Educational Weekly (Chicago) for the APRIL 26, 1879.

especial purpose of calling attention to the

popular view of school-book publishing which PUBLISHERS are requested to furnish title-page proofs and

is here not unfairly represented. (Since then, advance information of books forthcoming, both for entry in this journal has practically “taken it all the lists and for descriptive mention. An carly copy of back" in a second editorial article.) Much of each book published should be forwarded, to insure correct

what it says is so far from the mark as to be ness in the final entry. The trade are invited to send "Communications" to the

amusing, but the representation of public feeleditor on any topic of interest to the trade, and as to which ing and the remarks on the future of educational an interchange of opinion is desirable. Also, matter for publishing, under the present reckless system "Notes and Queries." Notes from librarians will also be

of agency expenditures, are scarcely exagger. gratefully received. In case of business changes, notification or card should be

ated. The educational publishers are themimmediately sent to this office for entry under “ Business selves responsible for the idea that the business Notes." New catalogues issued will also be mentioned is one of outrageous profits, by the abominawhen forwarded.

tions of the agency system. As a matter of

fact, taking the business together, it is probable Every man is a debtor to his profession, from that such expenditures last year absorbed the the which, as men do of course seek to receive entire profits of the school-book publishers. countenance and profit, so ought they of duty to

The current tendency to extreme and mistaken endeavor themselves by way of amends to be a

| legislation and the present public prejudice

can be met only by such steps on the part of help thereunto."-LORD BACON.

leading educational publishers as will bring

about a more sensible method of doing busiSTATE TEXT-BOOKS AGAIN. ness and so assure a future for this branch of The text-book bill, which we reprint in full the trade. elsewhere, passed the New York State Senate on Monday of this week with only three nega This is the age of improvements. The teletive votes. In commenting on this bill, passed phone being now an established institution, the with such extraordinary unanimity, the Evening next is the pneumatic tube for private express Post says:

service. Such a tube is now in process of con" While a frequent change of school text books struction along Printing House Square, New is an evil against which complaint is often

York, connecting the Herald, Staats Zeitung, justly made, it is questionable whether or not this bill furnishes the best remedy. In the first and the intermediate daily newspaper offices. place, it will entail great expense by requiring the introduction of an entirely new set of books in almost all parts of the state. The

As this is the season of removals, we would books in use are the result of great competition,

ask those in the trade who have moved or are and entirely new ones will run a great risk of being inferior to them. But, as the present

about to move to send us their new addresses, books are protected by copyright, the books with a view to making a reference-list. proposed would have to be prepared from original sources, unless the publishers of some of those now in use should obtain the contract, BOOKSELLERS' AND STATIONERS' and even with the supervision of the state

PROVIDENT ASSOCIATION. Superintendent there will be great danger that the books chosen will after trial be found un' At a meeting of the Board, held at 25 Bond satisfactory. We see no reason why the pro. : Street, Wednesday evening, April 24th, the folfessed object of this bill-stability—may not be lowing notification was ordered made : secured simply by providing that when the

OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY, , school authorities of a district have selected

NEW YORK, April 24, 1879. s their text-books these books shall not be A special meeting of this Association will be changed oftener than once in five years, and held at the Trade-Sale Rooms of Messrs. Geo. then only with the consent of the Superintend

A. Leavitt & Co., Clinton Hall, New York, on ent of Public Instruction.”

Thursday, May ist, 1879, at 8 p.m. This puts the sensible view of the case-and | The Constitution as amended by the Board the publishers' view as well as the public's-in of Trustees will be submitted to the Associaa nutshell. The possibility of capturing the

tion for final action thereon.

A full attendance of all the members is reentire state may be a fascinating temptation to spectfully requested. a school-book publisher, or to one ambitious of

J. F. VOGELius, Secretary.

BILL.

THE {NEW YORK STATE TEXT-BOOK mit a printed copy of his order to the trustee

or trustees of every school district, and the

board of education of every union free school The following is the New York text-book | district in the state, by sending sufficient copies bill, as reported by the Senate Committee. It to school commissioners, who shall transmit passed the Senate Monday, April 22d, with but them to the town clerks by whom they shall be

transmitted to the trustees and boards of educathree negative votes.

tion. After the expiration of the time designated SECTION 1. The comptroller, treasurer, and in the order of the superintendent, any trustee superintendent of public instruction of the or member of a board of education who shall State of New York are hereby authorized and i permit the habitual use in the school or schools directed as a board to advertise for proposals, under or partly under his charge, of any readand to enter into, let, and award a contract to ing book, speller, grammar, arithmetic, geograthe bidder, who, after giving good and suffi- phy, or history other than those directed to be cient bond, in the penal sum of not less than used by the order of the superintendent, without twenty-five thousand dollars, for the full and the special permission of the superintendent, faithful performance of such contract, shall shall thereby become liable to removal from offer and agree to sell to all persons within office, and it shall be the duty of the superinthis State at the lowest price at all times for a tendent to so remove such offending trustee or term of fifteen years the following text-books, member of a board of education. provided that such books shall not be sold at a Sec. 6. In case said contractor, his personal greater price than stated below: speller, not to representatives or assigns, shall at any time fail exceed fifteen cents; first reader, not to ex- to fulfil any of the terms of said contract on ceed ten cents; second reader, not to exceed his part to be observed, the entire penal sum twenty cents; third reader, not to exceed thirty thereof shall at once become due and owing to cents; fourth reader, not to exceed forty cents; the state, and it shall be the duty of the attorfirst grammar, not to exceed twenty-five cents; ney-general to cause suit to be instituted in the practical grammar, not to exceed fifty cents; name of the state, to enforce the liability on the first arithmetic, not to exceed twelve cents ; bond aforesaid of the principal and sureties second arithmetic, not to exceed twenty-five thereon ; and the board provided for by section cents ; third arithmetic, not to exceed' fifty 1 of this act are hereby empowered,' in case cents; first geography, not to exceed fifty cents; of such failure, to annul and set aside said consecond geography, not to exceed eighty cents; tract and to again, and with full power, force, book of history, not to exceed one dollar and and effect, advertise and award as provided for fifty cents.

by sections 1, 2, and 3 of this act. SEC. 2. Said contract shall also provide that SEC. 7. The inhabitants of any district, at an the books aforesaid shall be equal in size and annual or special meeting thereof, may authorize quality, as to matter and material, to the follow the trustee or trustees to purchase direct from ing text-books now in general use, to wit: The the contractor, for the use of the school or speller to Parker & Watson's national speller: schools of such district, sufficient of said books the first, second, third, and fourth readers, equal for all the pupils, and may vote a tax to pay for to Harvey's first, second, third, and fourth the same and for the transportation thereof. readers; the first and second grammars, equal

Sec. 8. But this act shall not be construed to to Clark's brief grammar, and Clark's practical prevent pupils who have advanced beyond the grammar; the three books of arithmetic, equal studies embraced in said books from using to Robinson's primary, intellectual, and practi- other books, and this act shall not be obligatory cal arithmetic; the two books of geography, upon boards of education acting under special equal to Cornell's primary and intermediate charters. geography; the one book of history, equal to Sec. 9. This act shall take effect immediately. Barnes' brief history. The quality in matter and material of said books shall be determined by the superintendent of public instruction.

A LIVELY VIEW OF STATE TEXTSec. 3. Said contract shall also provide that

BOOKS books shall be delivered to the express office

From the Educational Weekly (Chicago). or freight office in this State where the con- Ir may be said that it will be difficult for a tractor shall be doing business, packed and commission to compile these text-books, that directed at the prices named in the contract, the talent may be wanting in Illinois, and that and not exceeding those designated in the first the law would, through incapacity or disagreesection of this act, and that orders for books ment, be inoperative. Well, now, if there are from trustees of school districts shall be given three experienced teachers in Illinois who could preference as to time in filling orders, over not, during the next summer vacation, draft a orders of dealers or other persons.

better series of school-books than any, and betSec. 4. The text of all the books enumerated ter series than all of those now in use in Chicago, in such contract shall be subject, not oftener for instance, they would deserve to be kicked than once in each period of five years, to such across the big bridge and compelled to spend revision and alteration as the superintendent of the rest of their days in the deplorable state of public instruction shall direct.

Missouri. If enterprising publishers can do no Sec. 5. When a sufficient number of the text- better than this, is it not time for the state to books herein provided for are ready for sale, the take hold and lift us out of this slough of extrasuperintendent shall issue an order declaring ordinarily defective and exorbitantly expensive such text-books to be the regularly adopted text-books? text-books for the public schools of the State, It may be said that it is not good public policy and shall give such time as he shall deem proper to have the state compete with private enterprise, for the substitution of the books herein provided and that the publishers already in the field have for for the books then in use, and he shall trans. ' vested rights. The same line of argument

CHORUS

clerks,

would prevent penitentiary convicts from work- Toast : The American Branch and its

ing at any useful trade, and preclude the sup- Manager, Mr. Joseph L. Blamire." • pression of robbers on the highway.

MR. HENRY M. REED. School-book publishers have plucked the A noble record of twenty-five years devoted people long enough. The day of their almost

to the work of building up the agency of a total extinction is not so remote as they proudly house whose influence for good extends to-day imagine. How can they afford to buy legisla- throughout the length and breadth of the tures and city school-boards? How do they man- United States. age to support so many expensive agents ? How do they afford to pay such enormous sums

For he is a Routledgeman, for advertising? How does each firm manage

For he himself has said it ; to retire a set of partners every few years? The

And it's greatly to his credit sums represented by these measures should

That he is a Routledgeman, remain in the pockets of the people of the state,

That he is a Routledgeman.

For he might have been a Harper, and may so remain if Mr. Bower's bill becomes

A Scribner or a Carter, a law and its provisions are judiciously carried

Or perhaps an Apple-tan, out. Then, teachers of Illinois, in the name of

Or perhaps an Apple-tan.

But in spite of all temptations independence of publishers, of immunity from

To sell other publications, their bores of agents, and cheap and uniform

He remains a Routledgeman, text-books, let us "haste to the Bower.”

He remains a Routledgeman.

Toast : “ Our Guests".... MR. G. A. KUNDAHL, THE ROUTLEDGE SILVER CELEBRA

"Be merry, thou, with me to-day, TION.

And I'll be wise with thee to-morrow." It was just twenty-five years ago, April 2012, TOAST : The Travellers." 1854, that Mr. George Routledge, with Mr.

MR. JOHN A. McQUILLAN. Jos. L. Blamire, long known as the manager of the American branch house of Geo. Rout

“ Fetter not commerce! Let her be free as ledge & Sons, arrived in New York with the air, and, like the birds, she will lange the purpose of establishing this branch, which has whole creation, and return on the winged wings since attained such considerable proportions of heaven to bless, the earth with peace and Those connected with this establishment joined

plenty.”Patrick Henry. in doing honor to the occasion by a " silver

We're the travellers of the store, celebration,” which took the shape of a pleas

We wear clothes without a flaw, ant dinner at Sutherland's. Mr. Jos. L. Bla

At the best hotels we display our works, mire, as chairmata, and Mr. Henry M. Reed,

And we bother all the buyers, and the salesmen, and the the widely popular representative of the house And we bother all the buyers, and the salesmen, and the with the trade, as vice-chairman, were sup

clerks, ported by Messrs. George L. Beeston, Patrick

And especially the buyers,

Who call us awful liars,
Keenan, John A. McQuillan, John Moss,
Charles H. Pierson, James J. Potter, Henry
Richardson, Otto S:ucke, Marcus Woodle, as

Toast : The Home Department.the committee.

MR. JAMES J. POTTER. The rest of the story is told in the clever “When I see a merchant over-polite to his bill of fare, which we reproduce entire as a customers, begging them to taste a little brandy, capital " humor of the trade." It is Mr. Marcus and throwing half his goods on the counter, Woodle, we understand, who is responsible for thinks I, that man has an axe to grind.”— this trade“ Pinasore." He is certainly entitled Miner. to the nomination for poet laureate of the trade.

Orders are not what they seem, ""God bless us, every one,' said Tiny Tım.”--Dickens.

Some look nice and turn out mean. “Then fill the bowl-away with gloom!

Buyer comes into the store,

He's a bore and nothing more,
Our joys shall always last ;
For hope shall brighten days to come,

Frequentlee,

So he be.
And memory gild the past."-Moore.

Toast: " The Counting-House."

MR. CHARLES H. PIERSON.

Up! up! my friend, and quit your books, Toast : The House of George Routledge,

Or surely you'll grow double.

Up! up! my friend, and clear your looks ; London".... ...Mr. Joseph L. BLAMIRE. Why all this toil and trouble?"-Wordsworth.

“ The imprint of George Routledge & Sons is a guarantee of literary excellence and moral purity."--N. Y. Journal of Commerce.

They made me a Book-keeper--poor little Book-keeper,

Though I could never tell why; * As half in shade, and half in sun,

But still I'm a Book-keeper-dear little Book-keeper,
The world along its path advances,

Sweet little Book-keeper I.
May that side the sun's upon

I use ink and paper, and sometimes the scraper
Be all that e'er shall meet thy glances."- Moore.

To obliterate some ugly blot, “A good digestion to you all ; and once more, I shower a

Mistakes I make never-What?-Well, hardly ever, welcome on you ; welcome all."-Shakespeare.

So few they are readily forgot.

So drink to your Book-keeper-dear little Book-keeper,
CHORUS

Drink, drink, for I am mighty dry.
Oh! I'm the manager of the firm,

Look at your Book-keeper-good' little Book-keeper.
I've been here many a term,

Sweet little Book-keeper I.
I see that none his duty shirks,
“And we are his salesmen, and his porters, and his clerks, Toast : The Shipping Department.
And we are his salesmen, and his porters, and his clerks,

MR. JOHN Moss.
And his salesmen and his porters,
Whom he pays by the quarters,

“Orders are Heaven's first law."
And his clerks."

-Pope, converted.

And the clerks.

CHORUS.

“A dinner lubricates business."-Stowell.

PROGRAMME,

CHORUS.

CHORUS.

CHORUS.

CHORUS.

POSTAL MATTERS.
We ship the boxes through ;,

THE SENATE AND THE POSTMASTER-
And our gallant truck's a beauty-

GENERAL.
We're packers good and true,
And attentive to our duty.

The Senate has this week received from Post-
When the orders arrive, we look alive,

master-General Key a response to the resolution And pack the books all day. When there's no morning mail

, and the orders fail, by which, on motion of Mr. Voorhees, the week We've plenty of time to play.

previous, he was " directed to furnish his reason (N. B.---Look out for the Boss.)

for barring the Citizen Soldier, a newspaper pub

lished in Washington City, from transmission Toast : Post-Office Department."

through the mails at the same rates of postage MR. GEORGE L. BEESTON. accorded to other newspapers : and further, to

state why he admits to the mails at pound rates “ Letters speed intercourse from soul to soul, And waft large orders from Indus to the of the same class from like privilege, furnish

of postage one journal, and excludes another Pole." -Old Poet, adapted.

ing with this statement the names of such news“There were few things more impressive to papers as have heretofore enjoyed these rates him than a ship lying up against some lonely of postage but are now denied them through quay. . . . . Sometimes a distant sail, gliding recent rulings of his department.” The Postalong the edge of the ocean, would be another master-General, after quoting these terms of the theme of idle speculation."-Ruskin.

resolution, proceeds to say:

"In response thereto, I have the honor

to submit that, while it is competent for Kind fellers, I've important information,

that honorable body (the Senate) to call upSing hey the fearful teasers that you are ; A ship is coming from the English nation,

on this department for any information that I saw her as she came across the bar.

may be of service to the legislative branch A merry, merry steamer,

of the government in matters of legislation, A merry, merry steaner, A merry, merry steamer from afar ;

it is respectfully insisted that it is not within A ship is coming from the English nation,

the just province of the legislative branch I saw her as she came across the bar.

to direct an executive officer of the govTOAST : The Store-key-per.

ernment to furnish his reasons for the perMR. MARCUS WOODLE.

formance of a duty devolved upon him by law. I have taken the liberty, however, of supposing

that it was not the intention of the Senate to When I was a lad I served a term

direct me to furnish a reason for an adminisAs errand-boy to a publishing firm ; I stood on the ladder and I read all day,

trative act of this department, but rather to But that I did while the boss was away.

furnish such information relating to the subI read the books so frequentlee,

ject-matter of the resolution as will be of serThat now I am the keeper of the big store key. vice to that body in the enactment of such laws

as may be deemed expedient and necessary. Toast : The Ladies."

Entertaining this view of the object of the reso* Here's to the maiden of bashful fifteen,

lution, I have the honor to inform the Senate Here's to the widow of fifty; Here's to the flaunting, extravagant quean,

that the records of this department show that a Here's to the housewife that's thrifty.

paper published in the city of Washington, Let the toast pass,

styled the Citizen Soldier, was referred to this Drink to the lass, I'll warrant she'll prove an excuse for the glass." department by the postmaster at said

city, with -Sheridan

an inquiry as to the rate of postage properly chargeable thereon. Upon a reference of said

inquiry to the Assistant Attorney-General THE STANLEY COPYRIGHT SUITS.

for this department, it was held that said paper In most of the copyright suits brought by was a 'regular publication, designed primarily Harper & Bros. in the matter of Stanley's for advertising purposes,' within the meaning of “Through the Dark Continent," the cases have Section 15 of the Act of July 12th, 1876, and, been withdrawn on satistactory assurances that therefore, chargeable with postage at the rate the Canadian piracy would not thereafter be of one cent for each two ounces or fraction sold. Injunctions have been obtained against thereof. The opinion of the Assistant Attorneyother parties in the U. S. Circuit Courts for General was approved by me, and the postmasMassachusetts and Illinois, and in the Detroit ter advised accordingly. Subsequently, viz., case Judge Brown has rendered a decree

on the 25th of March, 1879, at the urgent rein the U. s. Circuit Court against D. P. quest of the proprietors of the paper in ques. Work, permitting Harper & Bros. to recover tion, the ruling in this case, together with the all profits that have arisen from the sale of the whole subject-matter of the proper construction work, and enjoining the defendant from pur- of said act, was referred to the Attorney-Genchasing or selling any more copies of the eral, where it is now pending, awaiting his Canadian edition.

consideration.

"Replying to the second branch of the Sen

ator's inquiry, I have the honor to say that no PERSONAL MENTION.

such discrimination as is intimated therein is Mr. Daldy, of Daldy, Isbister & Co., is in made by this department. The only knowlthis country.

edge which this department has of what publi

cations are transmitted in the mails at the rates MR. A. L. BANCROFT, of A. L. Bancroft & fixed by Section 5 of the Act of June 23d, 1874, Co., San Francisco, is coming East, and will and those prescribed by Secti'n 15 of the Act remain in New York until June ist. His head of July 12th, 1876, is that furnished by an occaquarters will be at D. Appleton & Co.'s, where sional reference by the postmaster at the office he will be pleased to see his friends.

of mailing in a doubtful case, and the ruling made by the department thereon. Such cases,

BUSINESS NOTES. however, are isolated ones, the determination of the status of all publications offered for

Boston, Mass.-A. W. Lovering, the giftmailing, under the two acts referred to, rest

bookseller of Boston, has moved from his "arching, in the first instance, with the local postmas-way store," under the old Marlboro Hotel ter. Should the Senate desire the names of (which is being torn down), to No. 336 Washsuch publications as have been determined to ington Street, where pianos, gold watches, and be of the one class or the other, on an appeal other luxuries too numerous to mention are to this deparıment, they will be furnished upon daily given to his customers. an intimation of such a desire.

CLEVELAND, O.-Stephen E. Brooks and Ar“Very respectfully, D. M. KEY,

thur S. Brooks, late of Brooks, Schinkel &

Postmaster. General. Co., succeed S. E. Brooks in the stationery "To the President of the Senate."

business at the old stand, 117 Superior Street.

New York City.-F. W. Christern has rePUBLICATIONS FOR ADVERTISING PURPOSES. Place to a very handsome store at 180 Fifth

moved from his old quarters in University THE Attorney-General has affirmed the deci. Avenue. sion of the Assistant Attorney-General for the

NEW YORK CITY.- Ward & Drummond will Post-Office Department that regular publica- move in a few days to their new store, 116 tions designed primarily for advertising pur- Nassau Street. poses" cannot be sent through the mails at the rates charged legitimate newspapers. He

WilliamSPORT, PA.-Mr. A. D. Lundy sucholds that a paper may be originated and pub. ceeds to the well-known firm of Ayers & Lundy. lished for the dissemination of information of “Capt." J. J. Ayers, having grown old, retires a public character, have a legitimate list of from business altogether. subscribers, and yet be designed primarily for " advertising purposes” within the meaning of

LITERARY AND TRADE NOTES. the law; that the term relates to a paper the principal object of which is to advertise the

J. M. Srondart & Co. have nearly ready business of the owner. That a publication volume nine of their reprint of the “ Éncyclomay have all the characteristics of a legitimate pædia Britannica." newspaper entitled to the pound rates of post- WARD & DRUMMOND (successors to U. D. age, yet if it appears from the columns of the Ward) have just put to press the second edition paper itself or from other satisfactory evidence of the Star Book for Ministers," by Rev. E. T. that the primary or princi object of the paper | Hiscox, D.D. is to advertise the business of the editor or MR. F. W. CHRISTERN has received the proprietor, it falls within the class denominated third series of Alexander Dumas, Jr.'s, * regular publications designed primarily for ** Entr'Actes." This includes the famous advertising purposes."

“ Homme-femme" papers.

The interesting novel of Hassaurek, “Secret

of the Andes," meeting with great success, is AUTHORS AT WORK.

being translated into German, and will soon be George H. Gordon is preparing a history of published by Robert Clarke & Co. Pope's campaign.

Mr. Wm. BLAIKIE's new book, “How to Get

Strong. and How to Stay So,” is nearly ready MR. J. BRANDER MATTHEWS, the writer of at the Harpers', and a volume of "Recreations the article on “Molière, the Life and the in Astronomy,” by the Rev. H. W. Warren, Legend,” in Lippincott's for April, is at work on D.D., with illustrations, is in press. a full biography of the great French dramatist.

A NEW Cedarcroft edition of Bayard Taylor's Mrs. Wister is translating from the German novels, 5 vols. in box at $1.25 each, in a neat Marlitt's latest novel, entitled “In the Schil. cover of tinted board, with design in red and lingscourt.” The trade should bear this well black, is in preparation at G. P. Putnam's in mind, for Mrs. Wister's translations are Sons'-a happy idea for summer trade. among the best selling novels published.

LOCKWOOD BROOKS & Co. have in press a

metrical translation of Virgil's “Æneid,” by MR. GEORGE MEREDITH, an English writer, Lieut.-Gov. John D. Long, of Massachusetis, will bring out before long a new novel styled which has been read in manuscript by some " The Egoist, a Comedy in Narrative." The

very competent critics, whose verdict is exwork is in some degree an experiment, as it is ceedingly favorable. a deviation from our later realism, and its point of view is the comic, in the higher sense Zophiel," the poem referred to frequently in

LEE & SHEPARD will bring out in'a few days of the word, instead of the sentimental.

this column ; No. 6 of Geo. M. Baker's “ReadThe announcement is made of a new novel ing Club,” an excellent collection of short by Henry Gréville (Madame Durand), entitled stories, sketches, and poems; and a small book "Cité Ménard," and now being translated into on “Head Dress,” in which at least half or English, in Paris, under the title of " Menard mankind is interested. Alley," by Miss Helen Stanley, from the au- A NEW volume of sermons by Rev. M. J. thor's advance sheets. The purpose of this Savage, of Boston, is now in course of preparabook is said to be to represent the virtues of tion for early publication by Lockwood, Brooks the common people of France, as that of M. & Co. Mr. Savage is a thoughtful, radical Zola seems to be to represent their vices, and preacher, who has the habit (said not to be abfrom this point of view it bids fair to be an solutely universal) of saying in the pulpit just agreeable change.

what he thinks in his study,

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