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Books: Authors: Publisher s ?Ne ws: Reviews: Comment
Life's Comedy Enacted in
Fiction of Fine Quality
By Willis Fletcher Johnson
"Sancta Simplicitas."
A Thing of Beauty and a Joy
Forever
SIMPLE SOrLF. By John Hantms? Tur?
ner, ??rao, rp. n 13. t'harlr? Scrlbner'a
Sons.
This book might he disposed of very
briefly?m -? single phrase. On the
other hand, columns might be written |
about it. There ia scarcely ;* thing iri
it that is not practically impossible?
whimsically, fantastically, ubsurdly im
possible?according to the utilitarian j
wisdom of this -world. There is not a I
thing in it that, is not delightful, de- j
licious ami indescribably precious, j
Not in mar.y & rear have wo read * ;
romance so r.lled on every pst?-'<< with
Irresistible humor, -with illuminating
i
philosophy, with human nature wear- ?
ir?g motley, yet as starkly revealed as ;
Adam in Eden. There is not an en- !
tirelv rational person in it, and yet
there is not one who is not true to life.
It is ai' extravagant, a tour de
force, about a duke and a shop girl
;md other interecting- personages in
Belgravia and in Bermondsey, con?
ceived in genius and brought forth
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girl to me a"n the future Duchess of I
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?hell of a guy a? a Duchess, and
announced it as her intention to
lavish her affection upon Henry
until the cows come home. Then
they went, away together to a cine?
matograph performance."
Or try it again, somewhere else:
Again, according to her quaint i
habit, she sent a mad little prayer
flying up to God. "0 God," ehe I
hreathed, "watch over me at dinner, ;
and see I do the right thine with
the knives and forks: and things." j
Only the very best of us can make i
a request like that and know that !
they will not laugh in heaven.
What, are you going to do with a
book like that? What did Keats do
when he read Chapman's "Homer?*
Well, read it, and read it again, and ?
keep it carefully for many future re
readings; and, please, be just a little
grateful to the present reviewer for '
directing your attention to one of the ;
authentic masterpieces of this year'3
fiction.
Patty Gets Married
But We May Hope That is Not
the End of the Story?
PATTV-FRint' By Carolyn Wcl!*. Illustrated V
B. i". CaswelL 12mo, rp. ?04. I'oJJ, Stead
& r
Somebody told us the other day that
Miss Wells, alias Mrs. Hough ton, had ?
written a hundred book?. That must .
mean about five a year since she got
out of kindergarten. And the beauty
of it is that after all that writing she
is just as young as when she started.
Wo mean, of course, in the spirit of i
her books. It would be impertinent to :
mention ape in any other sense. In the |
course of this century of books she has I
written in many different veins, but the :
invariable and universal charm, which
was in every one and yet was not alike
in any two, was and is the spontaneous,
buoyant spirit of youth. Do you re?
member her Lincoln Dodd. who speller!
bis name D-o-double d, with the lina] d
silent ? He was?well, several years '
ago. But his spirit is right here, in ?
Little Billee; and will be in somebody j
in every Look she ever writes. And)
if there were anything in the world :
more beautiful and more precious than j .
the spirit of youth, we should thank
5 ou for its name.
IVe have known Patty for some time. '
For this is the sixteenth volume of |
her chronicles. Think of it! Sixteen i
Patty books; each more winsome and [
delightful than any other! And now she
is actually, married. Sometimes that j
ends the romance, but we have what i
the non-literary call a "hunch" that t
it won't do so in the case of Patty Fair- '
field Farnsworth. Of course, there's i
that old saying .about
Chango the name aii'l not tho letter,
CUaiigo for Uie worse and not for the better.
Put that's a fool saying; where one
of Carolyn Wells's heroines is con?
cerned.
Connie Morgan Again.
CONNIE MOTIGAN WITH TOT MOUNTED. By ?
.Href?; B. TlendrjT. Illustrate?!. 12ino. pp. 28S. i
G P. Putnajn'fc Hons.
We have known Connie Morgan be- ;
fore, and we shall be glad to know him I
again, through Mr. Hendryx's recital, j
For he is a clean, brave lad, and his
adventures have the true ring. Some
of them are extraordinary, but they are j
not extravagant, and they are always
intensely human, which means inter- I
I esting and thrilling. This author knows !
: great lone lands of the Far Northwest j
! as few writers of the day know it, and
? he iias the gift of making his readers j
I know it, not as something looked on i
| from afar, but as a land in which they I
I live and move and have their being,
? at grips with the characters of his vivid
i tales, Young and old, nil who love ad
? venture in person or by proxy, and all
'who love brave manhood, must thor
: oughly enjoy this book.
Brave Boys at Sea
SKIPPER JOHN OF THE NIMBUS, v.; Raymond
McParlantl. Wiih frontliplec? in color by Anton
Otto Fischer. I'-'mo, pp. 204. The Macmilla:.
? C?jrcpany.
j You may regard this book from any
of three points of view. It is a tale of
adventure on sea and shore, chiefly on
1 sea. It is a picture of life, character
and conduct among "Down East" fish?
ermen. It is a study of an individual
character of singlar strength of soul,
mind and body, all three. From any
of these three points of view it is a
composition of exceptional merit, [f
wo were inclined to draw comparisons,
' we might say that it is to be bracketed
along with Kipling's "Captains Cour?
ageous." Certainly not since that,
memorable volume have we met with a
i "Down East" fishing story that more
favorably impressed us than this. There
is not a false noto in it. nor an uncer?
tain bit of drawing. It is in a sense a
boys' book, since it begins with the
boyhood of its hero and of the narrator
and extends only so far as their early
; manhood. But it will be as interesting
to men and women as to reader? in
, their teens.
West Virginian Boyhood
| THE MANSE AT BAJUIEN BOCKS. By Albert
Benjamin Cunningham, l?nio, pp. sol, Georg?
I II. lloran Company.
West Virginia is a comparatively
I fresh field for the fiction writer, and
! judging from the present essay it is
well worth cultivating. Mr. Cunning
| ham's book is not so much a romance
as it is a study of boy life and the
I domestic and social conditions which
| surrounded it. There is an air of veri
! similitude throughout, the characters
hit sufficiently human and vital to en-1
gage the reader's sympathetic interest,
?hi! the pimpln narrative is fluent and i
coherent.
-??
TarkingtorTs Best
Also One of the Best by Any
Contemporary Njovelist
T1TE MAGNIFICENT AMBBRSONS. By Booth ;
Tarklngton. Illii.urk.trd by Arthur NIIMmu i
Brown. l"mc. up. BIO. Doubleday. r?g? Co. j
If we Bay, as we unhesitatingly do, !
that this is the best work that Mr.;
Tarkington hap yet done, we do not
mean that its literary, craftsmanship is
superior to that displayed in other
volumes from his pen. " Beaucaire,"
"Penrod," "Seventeen" and others were i
perhaps us perfect in Conception and
elaboration, in style and finish. But
he has here essayed to treat a much
more important theme than in any of
those; and among books equally well
written, that which is on the greatest
subject, is the greatest?
In fact, 'Air. tarkington has in this
work selected perhaps the greatest of
all themes to which an American novel- j
ist can address himself. That is, the !
intimate life of the American people; j
not the selected few of the fashionable)
world, or of the slums, but the widely
typical, average American people, in :
the typical, average community, and in
Booth Tarkington
"The Magnificent Anibersons"; Doubleday,;
Page & C o '
that formative period which is of all ?
rr>os;t i nit. vesting and most significant. '
The complexity of the theme is be?
wildering. There must be ingenious
plot and fluent, entertaining narrative.
There must bo characteristic colloquy,
illumined with wit and humor. There
must be individual and collective, de?
lineation of character and psychologi?
cal analysis. There must be sociology,
economics, politics, sentiment. We.do
not say that every novel of American
life must contain all these elements',
but it is certain that the measure of
its greatness is determined by the ex?
tent and copiousness of its comprehen?
sion of them.
Now every one of the elements which
we have indicated is unobtrusively
conspicuous.to employ a logical
paradox.in "The Magnificent Am-:
bersons.*' That is to say, we are grate- '
fully aware of their presence, yet.
are not made to feel that any one of
them is injected just for the sake of
exploiting it, or that any one over?
shadow- any other. They are all there I
in perfect harmony, because they be?
long there; like the clothes on a well
dressed man, or the furniture and pict?
ures in a well furnished room. Ko
one is conspicuous above the others,
yet the absence of any ono would leave
a perceptible void, and every one seems
to be inseparably joined to every other
one and thus to form a congruous and
integral part, of a perfect whole. The
fidelity of the scenes, the vitality of
the action, the logical coherence of
all the parts and details are above
praise: and _ the reader reaches the
closing lines'with the grateful impres?
sion that both for realism and for
romance, for a photographic transcript
of actual life and for an unfettered
Right of imaginative fancy, this is one
of the classics of current American
literature.
;-ni?, iip.
Western Realism
MY ANTONIA. By Will* 8. CaUier.
41?. Hcughto.i MtffUn iTompar.r.
T ?rough the last few years wc have
been treated to "realism'' in its.many
forms, most of them brutal and gen?
erally prurient. The author of this lit?
tle book gives us a new form of the
realistic art. It is almost Russian in
ils simplicity, without the pathological
aspect which fo some minds all toe
frequently distorts the pages of the
Russian novelists. "My Antonia" ?b a
?story of the great Middle Western
; prairies. The life, of the settlers and
of the immigrants is given with that
i fascinating verisimilitude which can
be gained only by a first-hand knowl?
edge of the facts and localities which
? the author weaves into the story.
; There is a story, and yet the publishers
lof this charming tale have stretched
i the truth when they call it fiction. It
I is a section of life, lifted from life and
without ar.y fanciful dressing or apolo?
gies put between th? covers of a book.
Antonia'r life is not romantic; it is
no more well rounded or plotted than
yours or mine; perhaps not so well,
because her outlook was pitifully lim
; ited. The ending is wofully common?
place, just as life is commonplace, and
yet her story and that of her family is
always interesting, for it is true. One
obtains from it a real understanding
of what this country means to the
alien who comes here with trust and
hope, seeking the good living denied
him at home. There is no propaganda
:;; the b ?el. and "o prejudice
D EQU?REMENTS of space for the
Liberty Loan have reduced the
amount of white paper allowed Hie
New York Tribune by the govern?
ment to such an extent that the hall
Book Number will not be published.
The page of Book Reviews will
continue to appear on Saturdays.
Some Interesting People?
Book News and Miscellany
Henry Adams
A Psychological and Intellectual
Autobiography
Tin; EDUCATION OK IITA'RY ADAMS. An Au
toblograpby. <to. pp. tin. an), Tb? Haughton
Mlffllu Company.
American and English literature has
during the last year or two been en?
riched with a number of exceptionally
interesting and important'biographies
and autobiographies. There have also
been published some flotable works of
fiction simulating biography and deal?
ing particularly with the educational
development of their chief characters.
We snail not, we feel assured, be
deemed guilty of unfair or invidious
discrimination if we hail the present
stately and impressive volume as sec- I
ond t? no other in all the goodly com?
pany, if not, indeed, ranking primus
inter pare?. There are others equally ;
important from the historical point of i
J
Raymond McFarland
("Skipper John of tho NlmbU3" ; Tho Mao
rutllan Company).
view; other* rivalling this in that in- |
terest of incident ami narrative which j
fiction shares with history, and still |
others as keenly analytical of educa- i
tional processes. But we protest that >
we should be at a loss to name any
other work which in its single compass
so greatly excelled in all three respects.
It is obvious that a life covering in
its span the last two-thirds of the nine?
teenth and the first decade and more
of the twentieth century was in touch
with the most interesting period in all
the history of the.world. The life with
which we arc concerned was not, more?
over, passively vegetative. It was ex?
ceptionally active, alert, observant, ap?
preciative, sympathetic; one of which it
could be said with Terence that what?
ever concerned humanity concerned it.
Nor is it easy to imagine any other in
that period with more ample and opu?
lent opportunities of seeing and study?
ing thr.t which was best worth while in
the world. The grandson of one Presi?
dent and greatgrandson of another, he
was of the supreme hierarchy of Bos?
ton "Brahminism"?as the first page of
the book suggests?and was therefore
in touch with both the social distinc?
tion and the intellectual eminence of
perhaps the most splendid era in Amer?
ican social and intellectual history
The confidential secretary of his father
? while that father was American Min
I ister to England during our Civil War,
! he had an unsurpassed introduction to
? the greatest affairs of state and to the
! personality of some of the most inter
' (?.?tint,- people in the world.
A single passage will give sonic no
; tion of the extraordinary fascination of
? i hese nages. It was at Cambridge
. House?PalmerstonV?"fora thousand
I reasons the best .diplomatic house in
London":
; Tho small fry of the legations
; were admitted there, or tolerated,
? without a further effort to recognize
their existence; but they were
pleased, because rarely tolerated
anywhere else, and there they could
at least stand in a corner and,look
at a bishop, or even a duke. This
vas the social diversion of young
? Adams. No one new him?not even
l the lac-keys. The last Saturday
! evening he ever attended he gave
i his name, as usual, at the foot of
' the staircase, and was rather dis
; turbed to hear it shouted up as "Mr.
j Handrew Hadams!" He tried to cor
i rect it, and the footman shouted
j move loudly "Mr. Hanthony Adams!"
With some- temper ho repeated tho
| correction, and was finally announced
as "Mr. Halertander Hadams"; and
under this name made his bow for
the last time to Lord Palmcrston,
i who certainly knew no better.
I Ear down the staircase one heard
: Lord Pamerston's laugh, as he stood
! at the door receiving his guests,
; talking probably to'one of hi? hench?
men -Delane, Borthwick or Hayward
?who were sure to be near. The
j laugh was singular, mechanical,
i wooden, and did not seem to disturb
I his features. "Ha! Ha! Ha!" Each
\ was. a .slow, deliberate ejaculation,
: ar?d all were in the same tone, as
1 though he meant to say "Yes! Yes!
; Yes!" by way of assurance. It was a
' laugh of 1S10 and the Congress of
Vienna. Adams would have much
I liked to stop a moment and ask
I whether William Pitt and tho Duk?
| of Wellington had laughed so.
| Of the bewildering wealth of philo
| sophical observation and discussion
with which much of the book is taken
up it is impossible to speak in the
brier compass of this notice. That will
make it as much prised by the peda?
gogue and the metaphysician as the en
I tertaining incidents, the dramatic nar- !
I rative, the sparkling wit, the pervasive
I humor and the indescribably keen ]
I analysis of innumerable interesting
personalities will make it a veritable
? treasure house of joy to the general
I reader. We owe thanks to Senator |
i Lodge for his brief introduction, or
exolanatlon. and to the Massachusetts j
Historical Society for making avail?
able to the public one of the most en?
trancing books of the year and of the
century._
Beasts Almost Human:
Their Camouflage, Their Indus?
try and Their Habits
THE HUMAN SIDE OF ANIMALS, By Rojal ?
Dlxon. With two Illustrations l'i i-olor ?aid 38 In j
U?ek and while. Svo, pp. Ml, 252. Frederick '
A. Stokoa f'o.
It, is always possible to exaggerate ;
the doinga of animals, as, for example,
i the sayings of parrots. Yet there is
no question that some of them in their
ingenuity and their almost human in
' tefiigence and more than human in
' stinct, defy exaggeration. Mr. Dixon
has treated this fascinating subject
with more than ordinary' discretion and
j is not likely to be denounced as a
nature faker. He has observed much
of the ways of animals and has learned
much from others, and 'the great mass
of interesting matter thus obtained he
has moulded into fascinating form.
There is, perhaps, some incongruity
in speaking of the tricks and manners
of beauts as their human side, because ,
they very largely arc quite different
. from anything tha't human beings do.
Of course tiome of them immeasur?
ably surpass the utmost ekill of man. I
We can never hope to rival wild
creatures in their tenses of eight,
smell, hearing and touch, or in what
we may call the sense of direction and
locality. So their instinct seems to us j
to be something apart from the in- :
telligencc of man, in some, respects !
surpassing it and in others falling;
hopelessly below it. And this view is ;
confirmed by perusal of Mr. Dixon's
most entertaining book.
Boys and Dogs
rHfi DOGS OF BOTTOWX. By Wtliw A. Djer. I
lUuatrated. l?rco, vs>. 307. Henry pTolt & Co. \
This is a book about boys and about;
dogs, for boys and also for theirj
elders. Under the guise of fiction it
is really an elaborate treatise on dogs,!
their different breeds and their char
acteristics. Every lover of dogs will
find in it a vast deal of useful and
! practical information, while every boy :
who reads it, will or should be inspired
with bettor appreciation of his four-?
footed friends arid with a more hu?
mane regard for them. A brief index |
gives the reader ready reference to'
the more instructivo passages of the
book, and there is a compendious cata?
logue of tho various breeds of dogs
and their characters. - -
Book News and Notes
Concerning New Books and New
Editions '
"'Why We Went to War," by Chris?
tian Gauss, which is to be published
shortly by the Scribners, gives a de?
tailed history of the beginning of the
world war, based on an examination of
! the latest evidence, euch as the writ
; iugs of M?hion and Lichnowsky. Be
! ginning with the "fundamental antago
1 nism" between German and American
| thought, Professor Gauss goes on to
all those developments in the course
I of the war wihch culminated in out !
| participation. An appendix contains
all of the documents of the world war
necessary to a complete understanding
of it.
The Society for Promoting Christian
Knowledge, of London, has made ar?
rangements by which the more im?
portant of its recent books may be ob
traincd through the Macmillan Com?
pany. The society occupies a foremost
position among theological publishers
in England, and its works are certain
! to find many interested readers here.
I Among some of the important issues
i which are now obtainable here may be
I mentioned particularly "Christus Con
? solator" and "Christ and Sorrow," by
! IT. C. G. Moule, D. P., Bishop of Dur
! ham, and "God and tho World" and
"Christ and the Church," by Arthur
W. Robinson.
The John Lane. Coimp?ny is issuing
new edition? of Muriel Hine'a "The
Best in Life," Stephen Leacock's "Sun?
shine Sketches," W. J. Dawson's "The
War Eagle" and Lawrence J. Burpee's
"Among the Canadian Alps."
A. book that will help young folk to
? see with rare vividness other days, all
I the way from ancient Egypt to colonial
I Pennsylvania, is Anna Curtis Chand
! ler'a "Magic Pictures of Long Ago."
I illustrated from the treasures of the
! Metropolitan Museum of New York
j and other great collections as well as
j with photographs of some of the
i scenes or buildings that figure in these
?clear, straightforward tales, that have
; held groups of hundreds of children
j spellbound when their author told
! them at the Metropolitan Museum. A
i side issue, perhaps not thought of by
j the author, is that its young readers
j may find this book of great use in
helping them make costumes and some?
times scenery", too, for the tableaux
and playlets so dear? to youngsters.
The book is published bv Henry Holt
& Co.
Laurence La Tourette Dn'ggs has
written in "Heroes of Aviation," an?
nounced for early publication by Little,
; Brown &. Co.r the thrilling stories of
j the careers of the most famous Allied
aviators, together with chapters deal
| ing with the rapid development of
; aerial warfare. More absorbing than
i Jules Verne or any other imaginative
; writer could have produced are the
! vivid accounts of the battles in the air
j of world renowned fliers. The com
. p?ete story of the American Lafayette
?Escadrille, which included Kiftm Rock?
well, Norman Prince, James McCon
i r.ell, Victor Chapman, Bert Hall, Cap?
tain William Thaw and Major Lufbery,
Far Away and Long Ago
By A History of My Early Life
?\wur jw Unusual experiences in the spacious backgrounds
VW? O? 0f south America, the curious, romantic, sonie
HUDSON times sinister, personalities to te met in Buenos
..? < /-.??/?r Ayres of the '40s, all help to make this unique
/ ii thof <?' - ' *? r 1/6 rot . r
.... purnia among biographies. But its real fascination lies
Land," "Idle Pay* in
Patagonia," etc.
in the self-revelation which the famous naturalist
presents with a ra: : lineness and dignity. Its
restful atmosphere ib not the least of the book's
$2.50 net charms.
VoXr^'r E. P. DUTTON & COMPANY, %?$.?*???
is given in detail. Mr. Driggs, who
' lives In New York, was one of the tew
expert aviators before tho war. and he |
has studied thoroughly the science of
aerial warfare, so that he has become
one of the authoritative American writ?
ers on the subject. Ho is now visiting
tho battlefront for the third time.
On the High Trail
Deeds of an American Aviator ;
of the Lafayette Squadron
GO, GET 'EM! By William A. Wellman. II- I
lualrated. r.'rn<? pp. xlv, 284. Tlio Page j
Company.
We have had many thrilling and in?
forming' books about the exploits of
airmen in the war, of Guynemcr and ?
Richthofeii and other "aces," but wc j
are not sure that any of them out- :
ranks this wonderful volume in inter-j
est, while wc arc quite, sure that none
surpasses it in literary charm. Mr.
Wellman spent a year in the service,;
ranking us mar?chal des Iogi:j in the
Lafayette Flying Corps. He was, we ?
understand, the only American flying;
over Pershing's Rainbow Division in ;
its first big attack upon the Huns,
and there he did valiant service asi
commander of the lowest division of !
French flying 'planes. He was en- \
gaged in many conflicts, defensive and ;
offensive; he destroyed seven German j
airplanes and thus wort the Croix de ;
Guerre, and was finally shot down i
from a height of 5,'300 metres, receiv?
ing wounds which caused hi.-; honor?
able discharge.
Obviously, such a career gave ma?
terial for a noteworthy book, and he
has utilized it with brilliancy and
power. Note his account of the su?
preme service already referred to:
Wc all knew that the day was ap?
proaching but not that it was at
hand, until a quarter of an hour be?
fore the time when we were to go
up for our afternoon police work.
At 3:45 Captain Azire came up to ?
mo . . . and ?aid : "Wellman, t
at 4 o'clock there iti to be an attack
on the German lines, and the Ameri?
can troops are going to take part.
You arc to fly as leader of the low?
est patrol at 1,000 metres. I am
giving you eight other machines,
and your own second patrol will be
just above you. . . . These are ;
your orders: Under no conditions
will you allow an enemy's machine
to fly over the French and American
lines! If they attack, and your ma- !
chine gun Jams, ram your opponent'
You will start in five minutes." I
saluted and he turned quickly away. ]
Tn five minutes, then, he was lead?
ing his squadron through the skies:
High above the sky was the cloud?
less pale blue of early spring?al?
most the color of the uniform T
wore. In its mystical transparency
it faded away into an infinite which
made the littlo things of cloth, wood
and wire seem puny, insignificant.
Nevertheless, the void above my h d
was now almost back with them, fly?
ing in files and circling like flocks
of migratory birds, eight a thousand
metres over site, eight more another
thousand up, and so, up and up, until
T could seo the topmost group near?
ly three miles in altitude, mere black
specks against the blue.
^ Ho beging the book with the opinion
that '"Peace without victory,' or any
peace^ short of a complete and crush?
ing victory for America and her allies,
would spell a world catastrophe," and
he-ends it'with "We need, not hun
. Jreds, nor thousands, but tens of thou?
sands of airplanes, trained aviators
mid mechanicians at the front, and
need them there immediately. Wake
up, America, and stretch your wings,
the wings of Victory!"
Notes Chiefly Personal
About Interesting Doings in the
World of Letters
E. Phillips Oppenheim is engaged in
special war work for the Allies. Ho
i has written more than sixty novels.
i Philip Goodman will publish "Songs
I of the World War," by Edward S. Van
| Zile.
j James W. Foley, a newspaper man, is
; about to publish "Friendly Rhymes,"
! through E. P. Button & Co.
j Rudyard Kipling's "The Eyes of
j Asia" will be published this month by
| Doubleday, Page & Co.
j Will N. Harben's new novel, **The
I Hills of Refuge," is issuing front the
| pr?s ; of Harper & Broi.
Tommy Kehoc, author of "The Fight?
ing Mascot" iDodd, Mead ^ Co.), and
the youngest boy in the British army,
has been making Liberty Loan speeches
in large private schools in this city.
r President G. Stanley Hall of Clark
University has written an introduction
to Mrs. Alice Minnie Herts Heniger's
"The Kingdom of the Child," which E.
P. Button & Co. ate publishing.
Eugene do Scheckling, whose "Recol?
lections of a Russian Diplomat" is to
be published by tho Macmillan Com?
pany next week, was for many years in
the diplomatic service at Petrograd and
for some time secretary of the Russian
Embassy at Berlin.
"The First Time After." a chapter of
j Dorothy Canfield's "Home Fires in
I France" (Henry Holt & Co.), has been
I translated into French and put into a
volume of selections of modern prose,
j to be uled in French government high
j schools.
I Professor Whitehead, author of
"Dawson Black: Retail Merchant," pub?
lished by the Page Company, tells an
interesting story of his start in the
business world. He was born in Bir
I mingham, England, and did not leave
his native town until he read a small
advertisement calling for a clerk in a
hardware store in another part of Eng?
land. When he arrived there he found
a large number of applicants had lined
up. They were turned down in order.
and when his turn came he found that
he had lost a lot of his confidence,
j However, he answered the proprietor's
questions as best he could, and felt
that he was making a good impression
until he was anked: "At what hotel did
you register?" He thought fast and re?
membered that almost every English
town boasts a King George Hotel, so
he bravely replied: "At the King
George, sir." "Good," replied the em?
ployer, "ail tiie leading salesmen stop
| at that hotel. You can have the job i
j and start right away." His mistakes |
and struggles in this small store added
to experience gained in later years,
which fitted him for his position as
professor of business administration at
? Boston University, furnish much of
I the material for his new book.
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