The Colonel's Dream. By Charles W. Chesnutt. New York: Doubleday, Page & Co. Cloth, $1.50.
Col. French is a southern man, an ex-soldier of the confederacy, who, after the war, went to New York and engaged in business. He succeeded in amassing a fortune, his chief stroke being the sale of his business to a trust. He is a widower with a small son. Winding up his affairs in New York, he returns to the scenes of his childhood and young manhood in the South, after a period of twenty-five years' absence. He finds, of course, that conditions are very different in the South from those he had become accustomed to in New York. How a transplanted and replanted son of the South views these conflicting conditions is illustrated in the thoughts and conduct of the Colonel. The story deals with both social and race conditions, fairly and without prejudice, and is told in a refreshingly natural and attractive style, but it is one that touches a sensitive cord in the heart.