That Charles W. Chestnut[sic], a negro, should write such a really readable novel as "The Colonel's Dream," touching more or less upon the race question in the south, and avoiding any intemperate or acrimonious reflections upon the past or present conditions of affairs in that region, is an example that might well be followed by his white brethren who have occasion to exploit the same field. Briefly told the story is that of a Colonel in the Confederate service, whose country having being devastated by the war, engaged in business in New York, eventually amassing a fortune. His wife having died, he returns to the south with the expectation of developing his old lands, but the changed condition of affairs and of the people who have taken the places of his old friends shatters his "dream." He becomes disgusted and returns to the north, where he settles permanently.
The Colonel's Dream. By Charles W. Chestnut[sic]. New York: Doubleday, Page & Co.