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Many citizens are finding tho value of the Free Public Library, where interesting literaturo on the chief countries and peoples affected by the war in Europe is available in attractivo and instructive form Mr W. B. M'Ewa.n', the chief librarian, who makes a point, of studying the demand of the public for books on topical questions, says that keen interest has beon shown by many of the numerous visitors to the library in books dealing with the general history and life of Continental peoples. There is also a, marked demand for standard books on the political and military aspects of the war, hut naturallv it'is not as great as tho demand for works dealing more with £Tie picturesque features of affected countries and the homely interests and activities of the different peoples. There is a good stock of varied "war literature" both in the lending and reference departments, and no one need hesitate to inquire as to tho titles of the books dealing with many phases of an all-absorbing subject. In response to an inquiry as to the most popular "war volumes," excluding thoso which deal with the technical phases of the conflict, Mr M'Ewan kindly supplied the following list, which shows the attention bestowed in times of peace on the fair countries now ravaged by war : —France.— Lending department: Headlum (Cecil), 'History of France'; George (W. L.), ' Franco in the 20th Century '; Jen-old (Laurence), 'The Real France'; Hugon (Cecile), ' Social Life in France in the 17th Century'; Guerard (Albert L.), 'French Civilisation in the 19th Century': Ollivier (Emile), ' The Franco-Prussian War and Its Hidden Causes'; •De Frata (C.), 'France from Within'; Barker (E. H.), ' Wayfaring in Franco,' ' France of the French'; Edwards (M. Betham), 'Home Lite in Franco ',- Lynch (Hannah), ' French Life in Town and Country.' Reference; Kitchin (G. W.), • A History of France,' 3 vols; Hanotaux (G.). -Contemporary France,' 4 vols ; Goncourt (Messieurs). ' Tho Color of Paris,' illustrated hy Yoshio Markino; Mackinder (H. J.), 'The Rhine, Its Valley and History.' —Russia.—■ Lending: Ncvinson (Henry W.), 'The Dawn of Russia '; Baring (Maurice), " Tho Russian People'; Skrine (F. H.), 'The Expansion of Russia'; Rappoport (A. S.), ' Home Life in Russia'; Graham (Stephen), ' Changing Russia '; Norman (Henry), 'All tho Russia*'; Williams (Harold W.), 'Russia of the Russians'; Brandes (Dr G.), ' Impressions of Russia.' Reference : Kluchevsky (V. O.), ' A History of Russia,' 3 vols ; Bcaulieu (Anatole L.), 'The Empire of the Tsars and the Russians,' 3 vols; Wallace (Sir Donald M.), 'Russia,' 2 vols. —Germany.— Lending: Rose (J. H), 'Germany in the 19th Century'; Ferris, (Geo. H.), 'Germany and the German Emperor ' ; Von Bulow (Prince B.), 'lmperial Germany'; Holland {A W.), 'Germany'; Tower (Charles), 'Germany of To-day'; Dawson (W. II.), 'lndustrial Germany'; Collier (Price), 'Germany aJid the Germans, from art American Point of View'; Berry M.). 'Germany of the Germans'; Wyb'e (I. A. It.), 'My German Year'; Sidgwick (Mrs A.), 'Home Life in Germany). Reference: Richard (Ernest), 'History of German Civilisation : A General Purvey'; Henderson (E. F.), 'A Short History of Germany '; ' Franco-German War, 1870-71,' translated frojn the German by Majorgeneral J. F. Maurice. —Belgium.— Lending: Boulger (Demetrius C), 'Belgian Life in Town and Country,' ' Belgium of the Belgians'; Griffis (Wm. C), ; Belgium : The Land of Ait.' In addition to there there- arc many other instructive volumes, including attractive works such as Stevenson's ' An Island Voyage,' which gives a' charming picture of the country that must have been drenched with blood in the early fctages of the war.

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WAR LITERATURE, Issue 15648, 12 November 1914

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WAR LITERATURE Issue 15648, 12 November 1914

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