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[Review of The Conjure Woman]

The Conjure Woman

Taken each by itself or as a whole, these stories from the pen of Mr. Charles W. Chesnutt are remarkably interesting. And they have an added interest as depicting the methods whereby the conjure workers terrorize the colored population of the South. They likewise exemplify the way in which constant association with that sort of thing works upon minds ordinarily beyond it, so that Mis' Annie finally borrows Uncle Julius' rabbit foot. We do not feel called to elect a choice from these stories, all being about equally good. As in some other books, the reader finds the hero in the villain–in old Julius McAdoo, schemer, hypocrite, and fancy liar, yet altogether fascinating. [Houghton, Mifflin & Co. $1.25.]