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would prevent penitentiary convicts from working at any useful trade, and preclude the sup• pression of robbers on the highway.

School-book publishers have plucked the people long enough. The day of their almost total extinction is not so remote as they proudly imagine. How can they afford to buy legislatures and city school-boards? How do they manage to support so many expensive agents? How do they afford to pay such enormous sums for advertising? How does each firm manage 10 retire a set of partners every few years? The sums represented by these measures should remain in the pockets <f the people of the state, and may so remain if Mr. Bower's bill becomes a law and its provisions are judiciously carried out. Then, teachers of Illinois, in the name of independence of publishers, of immunity from their bores of agents, and cheap and uniform text-books, let us "haste to the Bower."

THE ROUTLEDGE SILVER CELEBRATION.

It was just twenty five years ago, April 20th, 1S54, that Mr. George Routledge, with Mr. Jos. L. Blamire, lung known as the manager of the American branch house of Geo. Routledge & Sons, arrived in New York with the purpose of establishing this branch, which has since attained such considerable proportions. Those connected with this establishment joined in doing honor to the occasion by a "silver celebration." which took the shape of a pleasant dinner at Sutherland's. Mr. Jos. L. Blamire, as chairmai., and Mr. Henry M. Reed, the widely popular representative of the house with the trade, as vice-chairman, were supported by Messrs. George L. Beeston, Patrick Keenan, John A. McQuillan, John Moss, Chatles H. Pierson, James J. Potter, Henry Richardson, Otto S;ucke, Marcus Woodle, as the committee.

The rest of the story is told in the clever bill of fare, which we reproduce entire as a capital " humor of the trade." It is Mr. Marcus Woodle. we understand, who is responsible for this trade " Pinafore." He is certainly entitled to the nomination for poet laureate of the trade.

"' God bless us, every one,' said Tiny Tim."—Dickens.

"Then fill the bowl—away with gloom!
Our joys shall always last;
For hope shall brighten days to come,
And memory gild the past."—Moore.

"A dinner lubricates business."—Stowell.
PROCRA MME.

Toast: "The House of George Rout ledge,

London" Mk. Joseph L. Blamirk.

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

"As half in *hade, and half in sun, The world along its path advances. May that side the sun's upon Be all that e'er shall meet thy glances."—Moore. "A good digestion to you all ; and once more, I shower a welcome on you ; welcome all.''Shakespeare.

CHORUS.

Oh! I'm the manager of the firm,
I've been here many a term,
^ I see that none his duty shirks,

1 And we are his salesmen, and his porters, and his clerks,
And we are his salesmen, and his porters, and his clerks,
And his salesmen and his porters.
Whom he pavs by the quarters,
And his clerks."

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"Be merry, thou, with me to-day.
And I'll be wise with thee to-morrow."

Toast: " The Travellers."

Mk. John A. Mcquillan. "Fetter not coftimerce! Let her be free as air, and, like the birds, she will tange the whole creation, and return on the winged wings of heaven to bless the earth with peace and plenty."—Pa/rich Henry.

We're the travellers of the store, We wear clothes without a flaw. At the best hotels we display our works, And we bother all the buyers, and the salesmen, and the

clerks. And we bother.all the buyers, and the salesmen, and the clerks,

And especially the buyers.
Who call us awful liars,
And the clerks.

Toast: " The Home Department."

Mr. James J. Potter. "When I see a merchant over-polite to his customers, begging them to lastea little brandy, and throwing half his goods on the counter, thinks I. that man has an axe to grind."— Miner.

CHORUS.

Orders are not what they seem,
Some look nice and turn out mean,
lluyer comes into the store.
He s a bore and nothing more,

Frequentlee,

So he be.

Toast: " The Counting-House."

Mr. Charles H. Pierson.

"Up! up! my friend, and quit your books,
Or surely you'll prow double.
Up! up! my friend, and clear your looks;

Why all this toil and trouble ?"—Wordsworth.

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

Though I could never tell why;
But still I'm a Book-keeper—dear little Book-keeper,

Sweet lit tie Book-keeper I.
I use ink and paper, and sometimes the scraper

To obliterate some ugly blot.
Mistakes I make never—What ?—Well, hardly ever,

So few they are readily forgot.
So drink to your Book-keeper—dear little Book-keeper.

Drink, drink, for I am mighty dry.
Look at your Book-keeper—good little Book-keeper.

Sweet little Book-keeper I.

TOAST: " The Shipping Department."

Mr. John Moss. "Orders are Heaven's first law."

Pope, converted.

. We ship the boxes through;

And our gallant truck's a beauty—
We're packers good and true,
And attentive to our duty.
When the orders arrive, we look alive,

And pack the books all day.
When there's no morning mail, and the orders fail,
We've plenty of time to play.

(N. B.—Look out for the Boss.)

Toast: "Post-Office Department."

Mr. George L. Beeston.

"Letters speed intercourse from soul to soul, And waft large orders from Indus to the Pole." —Old Poet, adapted.

"There were few things more impressive to him than a ship lying up against some lonely

quay Sometimes a distant sail, gliding

along the edge of the ocean, would be another theme of idle speculation."—Ruskin.

CHORUS.
Kind fellers, I've important information,

Sing hey the fearful teasers that you are;

A ship is coming from the English nation,

I saw her as slie came across the bar.

A merry, merry steamer,

A merry, merry steadier,

A merry, merry steamer from afar;

A ship is coming from the English nation,

I saw her as she came across the bar.

Toast: " The Store-key-per."

Mr. Marcus Woodle.

CHORUS.

When I was a lad 1 served a term
As errand-boy to a publishing firm;
I stood on the ladder and I read all day,
But that I did while the boss was away.

I read the books so frequentlee,

That now I am the keeper of the big store key.

Toast: "The Ladies."

"Here's to the maiden of bashful fifteen.
Here's to the widow of fifty;
Here's to the flaunting, extravagant quean,
Here's to the housewife that's thrifty.
Let the toast pass,
Drink to the lass,
I'll warrant she'll prove an excuse for the glass."
■—Sheridan.

THE STANLEY COPYRIGHT SUITS.

In most of the copyright suits brought by Harper & Bros, in the matter of Stanley's "Through the Dark Continent," the cases have been withdrawn on satislactory assurances that the Canadian piracy would not thereafter be sold. Injunctions have been obtained against other parties in the U. S. Circuit Courts for Massachusetts and Illinois, and in the Detroit case Judge Brown has rendered a decree in the U. S. Circuit Court against D. P. Work, permitting Harper & Bros, to recover all profits that have arisen from the sale of the work, and enjoining the defendant from purchasing or selling any more copies of the Canadian edition.

PERSONAL MENTION.

Mr. Daldy, of Daldy, Isbister & Co., is in this country.

Mr. A. L. Bancroft, of A. L. Bancroft & Co., San Francisco, is coming East, and will remain in New York until June ist. His headquarters will be at D. Appleton & Co.'s, where he will be pleased to see his friends.

POSTAL MATTERS.

THE SENATE AND THE POSTMASTERGENERAL.

The Senate has this week received from Post master-General Key a response to the resolution by which, on motion of Mr. Voorhres. the week previous,he was " directed to furnish his reason for barring the Citizen Soldier, A newspaper published in Washington City, from transmission through the mails at the same rates of postage accorded to other newspapers; and further, to state why he admits to the mails at pound rates of postage one journal, and excludes another of the same class from liloe privilege, furnishing with this statement the names of such newspapers as have heretofore enjoyed these rates of postage but are now denied them through recent rulings of his department." The Postmaster-General, after quoting these terms of the resolution, proceeds to say:

"In response thereto, I have the honor to submit that, while it is competent for that honorable body (the Senate) to call upon this department for any information that may be of service to the legislative branch of the government in matters of legislation, it is respectfully insisted that it is not within the just province of the legislative branch to direct an executive officer of the government to furnish his reasons for the performance 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 direct me to furnish a reason for an administrative act of this department, but rather to furnish such information relating to the subject-matter ol the resolution as will be of service to that body in the enactment of such laws as may be deemed expedient and necessary. Entertaining this view of the object of the resolution, I have the honor to inform the Senate that the records of this department 'how that a paper published in the city of Washington, styled the Citizen Soldier, was referred to this department by the postmaster at said city, with an inquiry as to the rate of postage properly chargeable thereon. Upon a reference of said inquiry to the Assistant Attorney-General for this department, it was held that said paper was a'regular publication, designed primarily for advertising purposes,' within the meaning of Section 15 of the Act of July 12th, 1S76, and. therefore, chargeable with postage at the rate of one cent for each two ounces or fraction thereof. The opinion of the Assistant AttorneyGeneral was approved by me, and the postmaster advised accordingly. Subsequently, viz., on the 25th of March. 1879, at the urgent request of the proprietors of the paper in question, the ruling in this case, together with the whole subject-matter of the proper construction of said act, was referred to the Attorney-General, where it is now pending, awaiting his consideration.

"Replying to the second branch of the Senator's inquiry, I have the honor to sav that no such' discrimination as is intimated therein is made by this department. The only knowledge which this department has of what publications are transmitted in the mails at the rates fixed by Section 5 of the Act of June 23d. 1874. and those prescribed by Secti >n 15 of the Act of July 12th, 1S76, is that fti'nished by an occasional reference by the postmaster at the office of mailing in a doubtful case, and the ruling made by the department thereon. Such cases, however, are isolated ones, the determination of the status of all publications offered for mailing, under the two acts referred to, resting, in the first instance, with the local postmaster. Should the Senate desire the names of such publications as have been determined to be of the one class or the other, on an appeal to this department, they will be furnished upon an intimation of such a desire.

"Very respectfully, D. M. Key,

Postmaster- General. 'To the President of the Senate."

PUBLICATIONS FOR ADVERTISING PURPOSES.

The Attorney-General has affirmed the decision of the Assistant Attorney-General for the Post-Office Department that " regular publications designed primarily for advertising purposes" cannot be sent through the mails at the rates charged legitimate newspapers. He holds that a paper may be originated and published for the dissemination of information of a public character, have a legitimate list of subscribers, and yet be designed primarily for "advertising purposes" within the meaning ol the law; that the term relates to a paper the principal object of which is to advertise the business of the owner. That a publication may have all the characteristics of a legitimate newspaper entitled to the pound rates of postage, yet if it appears from the columns ot the paper itself or from other satisfactory evidence that the primary or principal object of the paper is to advertise the business of the editor or proprietor, it falls within the class denominated "regular publications designed primarily for advertising purposes."

AUTHORS AT WORK.

George H. Gordon is preparing a history of Pope's campaign.

Mr. J. Brandf.r Matthews, the writer of the article on "Moliere, the Life and the Legend," in Lippincott's for April, is at work on a full biography of the great French dramatist.

Mrs. Wister is translating from the German Martin's latest novel, entitled "'.n the Schillingscourt." The trade should bear this well in mind, for Mrs. Wister's translations are among the best selling novels published.

Mr. George Meredith, an English writer, will bring out before long a new novel styled "The Egoist, a Comedy in Narrative." The work is in some degree an experiment, as it is a deviation from our later realism, and its point of view is the comic, in the higher sense of the word, instead of the sentimental.

The announcement is made of a new novel by Henry Greville (Madame Durand). entitled "Cite Menard," and now being translated into English, in Paris, under the title of " Menard Alley," by Miss Helen Stanley, from the author's advance sheets. The purpose of this book is said to be to represent the virtues of the common people of France, as that of M. Zola seems to be to represent their vices, and from this point of view it bids fair to be an agreeable change.

BUSINESS NOTES.

Boston, Mass.—A. W. Lovering, the giftbookseller of Boston, has moved from his "archway store," under the old Marlboro' Hotel (which is being torn down), to No. 336 Washington Street, where pianos, gold watches, and other luxuries too numerous to mention are daily given to his customers.

Cleveland, O.—Stephen E. Brooks and Arthur S. Brooks, late of Brooks, Schinkel & Co., succeed S. E. Brooks in the stationery business at the old stand, 117 Superior Street.

New York City.—F. W. Christern has removed from his old quarters in University Place to a very handsome store at 180 Fifth Avenue.

New York City.—Ward & Drummond will move in a few days to their new* store, 116 Nassau Street.

Williamsport, Pa.—Mr. A. D. Lundy succeeds to the well-known firm of Ayers & Lundy. "Capt." T- J. Ayers, having grown old, retires from business altogether.

LITERARY AND TRADE NOTES.

J. M. Stoddart & Co. have nearly ready volume nine of their reprint of the "Encyclopaedia Britannica."

Ward & Drummond (successors to U. D. Ward) have just put to press the second edition of the " Star Book for Ministers." by Rev. E. T. Hiscox, D.D.

Mr. F. W. Chkistern has received the third series of Alexander Dumas, Jr.'s, "Entr'Actes." This includes the famous "Homme-femme" papers.

The interesting novel of Hassaurek, " Secret of the Andes," meeting with great success, is being translated into German, and will soon be published by Robert Clarke & Co.

Mr. Wm. Blaikie's new book, " How to Get Strong, and How to Stay So," is nearly ready at the Harpers', and a volume of " Recreations in Astronomy," by the Rev. H. W. Warren, D.D., with illustrations, is in press.

A New Cedarcroft edition of Bayard Taylor's novels, 5 vols, in box at $1.25 each, in a neat cover of tinted board, with design in red and black, is in preparation at G. P. Putnam's Sons'—a happy idea for summer trade.

Lockwood Brooks & Co. have in press a metrical translation of Virgil's "vEneid," by Lieut. Gov. |ohn D. Long, of Massachusetts, which has been read in manuscript by some very competent critics, whose verdict is exceedingly favorable.

Lee & Shepard will bring out in a few days "Zuphiel," the poem referred to frequently in this column ; No. 6 of Geo. M. Baker's " Reading Club," an excellent collection of short stories, sketches, and poems; and a smnll book on "Head Dress," in which at least half 01 mankind is interested.

A New volume of sermons by Rev. M. J. Savage, of Boston, is now in course of preparation for early publication by Lockwood, Brooks iV. Co. Mr. Savage is a thoughtful, radical preacher, who has the habit (said not to be absolutely universal) of saying in the pulpit just what he thinks in his study.

"the Ghost of Redbrook,"a new novel, by the author of "The Clifton Picture," "The Lacy Diamonds," "Odd Trump,' etc., is announced by J. B. Lippincott & Co. His former works have been spoken of "as fresh, free, healthy, unconventional, and well written, and with a purity of style that is refreshing.

It is as well to be accurate even in small things, and we apologize to our readers for two errors carelessly allowed to slip into a recent issue. The letters of Arsene Houssaye were originally published by Mr. Gill, not by Mr. Lovell, and the English publishers of Stanley's "Through the Dark Continent" are of course ■not Longmans & Co., but the Low house.

D. Appleton & Co. are doing a good thing in putting into neat cloth binding, at a very low price, the more permanent issues of their popular Ni'-u Handy Volumes. The " Ruskin," to be presently published, will be issued in this style as well as in paper, and with it the already published " Carlvle," and the volumes on the Composers have been similarly treated.

A Translation of Prof. Haeckel's latest contribution to the scientific war now raging in ■Germany, "Free Science and Free Teaching," will be published by D. Appleton & Co. They have also in preparation his work on "The Evolution of Man : a Popular Exposition of the Principal Points of Human Ontogeny and Philogeny," with colored plates and numerous engravings on wood.

Mr. J. N. Ogilvie, for ten years with the National Temperance Society, is about to start, at No. 29 Rose Street, New York, the American Temperance Publishing House, and has already in press "The American Temperance Speaker, No. 1," and three lectures by John B. Gough. He will also keep in stock the temperance issues of other publishers and run a few miscellaneous lines.

D. LOTHROP & Co. have just issued "My Daughter Susan," one of "Pansy's" pleasant stories; and will shortly publish " Yensie Walton," a religious story, by Mrs. S. R. Graham •Clark; "Poor Papa," by Mary W. Porter; and "Six Months at Mrs. Prior's," by Emily Adams. These stories are all illustrated, and appeal to those who find entertainment and instruction in the books published by this house.

Macmii.i.an & Co. have just received the first part of one of the most important enterprises of scholarship of the day—in Skeat's " Etymological Dictionary." which appears in the Clarendon Press Series. This is the product of the most thorough learning and the most advanced scholarship, and will take rank as the standard book of reference. There will be four parts, at the moderate price of $2.50 each.

J. B. Lippincott & Co. will shortly reprint Rawlinson's great work on "The Five Great Monarchies of the Ancient World ;" and also the " Lusiad" by Camoens, translated by R. F. Duff, of which the Atheinrum spoke so highly. They have in press in addition "A Guide to the Popular Terms in Science and Art." by C. Bankes Brookes, and "Tales of Old-Thule," collected and copiousiy illustrated by J. Moyr Smith.

Messrs. Spon have in press a work on " The Electric Light in its Practical'Applications," by Dr. Paget Higgs; "A Collection of Decimal Tables ol Weights. Measures, etc.," to serve as

an appendix to Molesworth's " Pocket-book of Engineering Formultc;" a book "On Steel, its History, Manufacture, and Uses," by J. S. Jeans, Secretary of the British Iron and Steel Institute; and another on "Corliss Engines and Allied Steam Motors," by W. H. Uhland, translated by A. Tolhausen, C.E.

Among those who suffered in the destructive fire which occurred in Philadelphia on Sunday, April 6th, at Fourth and Rose streets, were Ignatius Kohler, German bookseller and importer, whose loss is estimated at $50,000, with about $25,000 insurance; Messrs. A. W. Stuart & Sons, booksellers and printers, loss $11,000, covered by insurance; and Messrs. Boericke & Tafel, the homoeopathic book publishers, who lost quite heavily on stock that was siored in that vicinity: The fire was the most severe thai has visited Philadelphia for a long time. The locality seems to be unfortunate, it being the third time within a few years that it has been burnt, and all were large fires.

Mr. Hknrv Kiddle, the well-known Superintendent of the New York City schools, has prepared a book, nearly ready at the Authors' Publishing Co.'s. which will be received as very extraordinary, coming from the source it does. This is a volume entitled " Spiritual Communications," and claiming to present " a revelation of the future life, illustrating and confirming the fundamental doctrines of the Christian faith," " affording a proof of the truth of Christ's mission and doctrnes more conclusive than has ever been given since the age of the Apostles." The author believes these to be authentic communications from the eternal world, a belief arising from his investigations into psychological phenomena.

An exceptionally interesting announcement is made by J. B. Lippincott & Co. in "The Reader's Handbook," by E. Cobham Brewer, LL. D., author of the " Dictionary of Phrase and Fable." Much criticism has been written upon the present tendency to abridge and condense; but what will the critics say when they take up "The Reader's Handbook" and find the stories of Homer's " IlliaJ" and "Odyssey," Virgil's "yEneid," Dante's " Divine Comedy," Milton's "Paradise Lost and Regained, "The Nibelungen Lied," the " Lusiad" of Camoens, with ihe story poems of Chaucer, Spenser, Tennyson, Longfellow, Scott, Byron, etc., etc., told in a few lines? The object of the work is to supply readers and speakers with a lucid but very brief account of such names as are used in al lusion and references, whether by poets or prose writers, to furnish those who consult it with the plot of popular dramas, the story of epic poems, and the outline of the weil-known tales. Who has not asked what such and such a book is about? and who would not be glad to have his question answered correctly in a few words? This gives the purpose of the work, and it will be a valuable assistant to the trade as well as to the public. It will be a i2mo of about 1000 pages.

Prof. Moses Coit Tyler, whose admirable "History of American Literature" has placed him among our leading writers, has just completed an elaborate and comprehensive " Manual of English Literature," which seems likely to supply a need long felt by advanced students in our colleges and high schools. The work is based on that of Prof. Henry Morley, of the Uni

versity of London, by arrangement with him, and is thus practically trie joint work of these two authors of distinction and practical teachers of long experience. Their book is intended to be broader in scope and more thorough in treatment than any other in existence ; it is particularly rich in its development of fields hitherto neglected, such as literature before Chaucer, and literature between Chaucer and Queen Elizabeth. It traces for the first time the inception and growth of the several great forms

of English literature, in prose and verse, from the seventh century down to the nineteenth; and in its divisionin to periods, in its numerous tables and charts of authors, and in its grouping of materials (subordinating the minor matter in smaller type) it presents an altogether new and original view of the whole subject. Messrs. Sheldon & Co. are to publish the work in very beautiful style early in June, ready for teachers and professors who are forming their plans for the next academic year.

BOOKS WANTED.

Robt. Clarke & Co., Cincinnati.
With Sheridan in Lee's Last Campaign.
S. S. Cox, Eight Years in Congress.

John P. Dks Forges, Baltimore, Md.
Benton's Abridgt. oi Debates in Congress Vol. 9 to end.
Utopia, by Sir Thomas More.

Contested Elections (Pub. Doc.). Washington, 1839.
Bledsoe's Southern Review, No. 41.
Aphra Behn's Plays. Reprint.

Jansen, Mcclurga Co., 117 & ixg State St., Chicago.
Hammond's Political History of New York.
Tomline's Refutation of Calvinism.
Whytc's View of the Calvinistic Controversy.

Wm. P. Raynor, 115 William St., N. Y.
Chapin's Primitive Church. Published by E. P. Judd.
B. Westermann & Co., 524 Broadway, N. Y.
Columbian Magazine, 1878.

T. Whittaker, 2 And 3 Bible House, N. Y. Robertson's Sermons, etc. 8 vols. Ticknor & Fields.

Chas. L. Woodward, 78 Nassau St., N. Y. Wayland's Life of Judson. 2 vols.

BOOKS FOR SALE.

A. D. F. Randolph & Co., 900 Broadway, N. Y. 30 volumes LittelPs Living A^e. Jan., 1865, to July, 1872,. inclusive. Half leather, sprinkled edges. $40.

BOOKS FOR SALE OR EXCHANGE.

AS. CLARK, 66 Nassau St., N. Y., dealer in second• hand school-books. Back numbers of 56,789 different periodicals for sale cheap.

COMPLETE sets of all the leading Magazines and Reviews, and back numbers of some three thousand different periodicals, for sale, cheap, at the American And Foreign Magazine Depot, 47 Dey Street, New York.

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