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OWLER, Mrs. Martha Tracy, journalist, was born in Boston, Mass. Her name is familiar to the readers of the Boston "Herald" and other publications. A granddaughter of one of the most distinguished literary divines of New England, Rev. Joseph Tracy, she inherits intellectual tastes and a fondness for scholarly pursuits. MARTHA TRACY OWLER A woman of the century (page 563 crop).jpgMARTHA TRACY OWLER. When a child, it was her delight to clamber to an upper room in the house of her guardian and there amuse herself by the hour in writing stories, which showed a wonderful power of imagination. A foundation was laid for her present literary work by her experience as principal for two or three years of some of the large schools in and around Boston. Desirous of a wider field of action, where she could devote her talents to the labors of writing, she accepted a position on the Maiden, Mass., "Mirror," where tier contributions attracted the attention of the city editor of the Boston "Herald." Called to the staff of that journal, her powers of composition were fully brought into play, and she was soon recognised as a valuable auxiliary on the great daily. In the summer of 1890 she was sent by the paper on a European mission, and her description of the "Passion Play" and her letters from various parts of France, Great Britian and Ireland were widely read. She spent the year 1892 abroad in the interests of the "Herald," in Brittany, Alsace-Lorraine, Italy and the Scandinavian peninsula. She was accompanied to Europe by her only son, Charles, a boy of twelve years. Mrs. Owler is the author of an art biography soon to be published, which w ill show that she has talent in another field, that of art-criticism.