Ohio History Journal

296 Ohio Arch

296        Ohio Arch. and Hist. Society Publications.


This is a little volume just issued from the press, in which the author

recounts "A tale of the Mound Builders." The location of the events

of the story is mainly at Serpent Mound and Marietta, at which latter

place the author locates the capital or abiding place of the king of the

Mound Builders, whom he calls Oko. The story is not intricate, and is

simply and speedily told. It is an imaginative portrayal of the life and

character of the Mound Builders, whose king is Oko, husband of Queen

Gurda. There is a treacherous officer of the court known as Bodo,

who becomes the spy and accomplice of the race under King Inca, who

came from the south, attacked and vanquished the Mound Builders. The

author has, evidently, studied the chief pieces of literature concerning

the Mound Builders. He gives a vivid description of Serpent Mound

and the ceremony of worhsip supposed to have been their custom at

that place, one Gilgo acting as high priest. Mr. Dunn's book is rather

unique, in that it deals almost exclusively with that mysterious race

concerning which we really know very little. His book is calculated

to arouse an interest in the people of that vanished empire and stimulate

the inspection of their remaining works, and the study of such authors

as have dealt with this long-buried race. The book has some illustra-

tions, particularly two excellent ones of Serpent Mound, around which

the story revolves. The book is honored with an introduction by Prof.

J. P. MacLean, the distinguished scholar of American archaeology.






Dr. William J. Campbell, the wellknown bookseller of Phildelphia,

is writing an elaboratework on St. Memin portraits. It will be in eight

volumes with over eight hundred and thirty engraved portraits, all on

separate pages.

The basis of the book will be the famous "Collection" of 761

proofs, made by the artist himself, which has recently come into Dr. Camp-

bell's possession.

The Corcoran Gallery of Art and the Library of Congress, both of

which have extensive collections, are co-operating with the author, giving

him the free use of any portraits that they possess that are not in his own


Any of our readers who have information either biographical or

genealogical, about any portrait that St. Memin made, or any information

as to the present location of any original crayons, coppers or engravings,

will confer a favor on the author by communicating with him.

Due credit will be given in the book for all information received.

Dr. Campbell's address is 1218 Walnut street, Philadelphia.