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Ghosts ;Which Haunt Morley
Echoes of Many a Dead Master
Arc Heard in His "Mince Pie"
By Heywood Broun ?
u&im Pie" is the title of the most
"Mfhook of essays by Christopher
*?t hut "Lamb HasK" would tell
*fly;f tee nature of these little
?"Us..*. Morley is amazingly versa
*, in his imitativeness. When he
&? he is a little brother to Barrie;
f ?eAey he is a distant relative
tL&rt Louis Stevenson; he drinks ?
4 ^?Sh something of tho gusto of
^?tt?ton. and he walks like Robert
5 Holliday. . \
?^?e of the imitations are good, but
.?? are much too carefuly rehearsed.
flZu to us that a nice gift for writ
'Llfunpaired by the fact that Mor
,"? almost invariably observes things
trough other men's eyes. One can
.^tsce him with nis quill pen poised
^?Sru ho says to himself: "What
'"?id Charles Lamb have said about
^??i? Respect and enthusiasm for
i=ter?ry tradition are all very well
?ill they begin to develop into an
?j.!.trr Then it is about time for an
Sot to try and forget that anybody
le ever wrote anything and go out
!; his own without a compass.
?VorieV? Oxfords pinch a bit. "Oh,
to be in England now that April. May.
lune, July, August and the rest are
! there," is the way he7 would have it.
It was in Oxford, we fear, that he got
the notion that a mm should grow
emotional upon looking at a bottle of
ink and passionate in his praise of pipe
tobacco. Of course it must be shag
tobacco and very strong.
If one can pierce the Morley pose
there is not a little in his writing
which is excellent fun. In beginning the
essay, "A Japanese Bachelor," he
writes: "The first obligation of one
who lives by writing is to write what
editors will buy. In so doing, one
often laments that one cannot write
exactly what happens. Suppose I were
to try it?for once!" And then he goes
on and writes in a delightful straight?
forward fashion right out of his own
head. Likewise, the essay about Robert
Holliday called "Owd Bob," in spite of
a tendency to magnify the object many
times, is a record of personal observa?
tion which makes pleasant reading.
As a matter of fact, the essay itself
is a form which is in present danger.
If it is to survive new men must adapt
it for their own ends and not seek to
use it again as it was once employed
by all the good men who are dead.
u??rv' ??i
Amone the Harper books that are ;
?ine to press this week for reprints
C. ?The Captain of the Gray-Horse '
?LL??bY Hamlin Garland; "Princess
Kvs" by Mrs. Hays; "Options,"
?TSenry; "The Young Alaskans>
S Emerson Hough; "Sandsy's Pal," by
Liner Hunting, and "Christmas Every
nw^br William Dean Howells.
A Selected Library of
Best Editions of
Standard Authors
?at purchased intact in Eng?
land and v>ill be offered for
sale beginning January 2d.
Every volume is in a beautiful
Contemporary Binding
of unusual attractiveness and
bnTKancy. Single Volumes
tad Sets in contemporary
bindings arc now very scarce.
681 Fifth Avenue, New York
? HIGHEST fe-C CE 5 f ? |
?H}?2rwt ?fr"****8* Vag* * 1
?<*?*'? *U>; c*n get yeu ?ay M?k ?vat
[??? on say ?abject. Th? men UHrl
M tadtr ?tant. Whin in Enxlana call aa?
SWW.M? rax* books. 3AKJEA'* ORBA*
?HA MKJf. lota Bright St.. airalnrt??
SSL1" J??<*?- We ?peclally want th*
"Malt. H. T. 'Phon* 4S2?-4S2I John
Rupert Hughes's Novel
Rupert Hughes, known the country
over as a novelist, but whose most re?
cent book, "The Fairy Detective," is
anything but a novel, sent to Harper
& Bros, this week over half of the
manuscript of his next novel. Mr.
Hughes ha? come to believe in the
freedom which the longer form gives
the story-teller, and it is probable that
this new novel will be between 130,000
and 150,000 words in length. "The
Fairy Detective" was written for one
small person, but the Harpers brought
it out this fall as a published juvenile.
A good many of Mr. Hughes' writing
friends, as well as their children, have
been impressed with the unusual ap?
peal of the story, which combines the i
fairy element and a modern twist dis- I
tinctly American in its note.
? The Sunwise Turn
The Sunwise Turn announces the sale I
of the works of various modern writers, |
including Henry Adams, Robert Frost, i
Claudel, Sanburg and Morley, at their
new shop in the Yale Club. Paintings,
wood cuts, drawings and etchings by
various young artists may also be ob?
tained there. Their latest publications
include "Holy Night," a Christmas play
by H. Tausil, translated by Lady Speyer
and illustrated with Eric Gill wood
cuts, $1; and the strike-delayed study
in educational psychoanalysis, "The
Intellectuals and Wage-Workers," by
Herbert Ellsworth Cory, $2.
The weekly meetings of the organ?
ization will begin Tuesday, January 6,
when Alfred Kreymborg will continue
| the presentation of his dramatic mimes, '.
j which have even attracted the attention
of the hypercritical London Athenaeum.
January 14, a recital by Mr. Kreym?
borg under his pet slogan, "Little !
known Americans who will make Amer?
ica better known," will introduce the
youngest poets, who will in turn be
enabled to listen later to such artists
as Robert Frost, Carl Sandburg, Vachel
Lindsay, Lola Ridge, Dhan Gfepal Muk
erji. Witter Bynner, Gilbert Cannan,
Rollo Peters, Mowbray-Clarke, Dr.
Coomaraswamy, Giovannitti and others.
Discussions will follow the readings.
Season tickets for fifteen lectures,
; $12. Single lectures, $1. Details of
: lectures are posted on the Sunwise
! Turn bulletin board and announced in
j the papers. No further notices will be
sent except upon request.
New England Turnpikes ?
Frederic J. Wood. Marshal'* Jones Com?
pany, Boston.
A vast amount of historical and anti
' quarian information is contained in
; this exhaustive description of the New
: England turnpikes. The author has
\ spared no pains to make his study of :
? the subject accurate and complete to '
! the last detail. In addition to the main >
I theme of the work^the author inserts a
brief sketch of the origin of the turn
: pike in England and describes some of ;
; the more famous turnpikes which were
built in other states. The value of the
' book is still further enhanced by its
, numerous handsome illustrations, which
j give a charming representation of the
| New England countryside.
?ne?, Famous Producer, Impressed With Spectacle?Audience
"Held in Spell of Reverence, Realizing Import of
the Greatest of All Human Dramas"
fteooalber 29th, 1919.
?? Iaterohureh World Itoveraent. *
Alio? R? to express to your great organisation my admlratlo?
Me* porpese that has prompted your fina production of "The
?*??* at Kaaison Square Garden. Asido frowlte undoubted success
*Wttlo spectacle, with Its artistically devised scones, and
*i**?^ily handled story of The Hesslah, I ?aa especially Impressed
* *?*?! Eft* at *?
earnestness and sincerity vihlch seemed to Inspiro Its
??on the stance that even a raatter-of-faot Kew York audlenoo ?aa
* ?ooll of reverence, M If realising for the first timo the
"*** * the greatest of all hunan drama, enacted In Palestino -
Ma,***n centuries ago.
*? ? Presentation not merely for one ereed or one faith. It {
?safte aeaa a *
?^b and enjoyed by Jew end Oentllo, Cathollo and Protestant; ftfr
? Us lesson Is for humanity, and Its dramatlo appeal Is at
*? J"?"f? eyapatby Itself.
^ *** ltx**4?Ki*i tor* Uovement should have uadortakon to
?roat story; in it* r^f?.?^ form, and to do it In so
? fashion, l? the most bepeful.?sl?n of the universal good
^^ ?oneeforth ehureb and ?tac? ?U only ? ork in friendly
*? **?** ?? f*r * ?ondorfttl evening?
Siberia To-day
Captain Moore Not
favorably Impressed
SIBERIA TO-DAY. By Frederick F
Moore. D. Appleton & Co., New York.
Captain Moore spent six months in
Siberianas an intelligence officer of the
American Army. ?At the end of that
period his two outstanding impressions i
were chaos and dirt. He found the
Siberian people lazy, ignorant, unclean?
ly and sunk in a welter of political con?
fusion compared with which outright
anarchy might almost be considered
a state of order.
The city of Chita, where the author
was assigned to duty, offered an excel?
lent illustration of the conflicting In?
terests which prevented the conserva?
tive forces from forming a united front
against the Bolsheviki. The city was
ruled by the Cossack chieftain Semen
off, who defied Supreme Ruler Kolchak,
with the secret encouragement of ths
Japanese. Semenoff's rule, as Captain j
Mooro describes it, was largely main- '
tained by wholesale .shootings, varied !
by drunken orgies, in which the chief- !
tain and his officers participated.- I?
fact, a taste for alcohol seemed to be
the one bond which united Siberian.?
of all ranks, classes and factions.
Captain Moore, commenting bitterly
upon a suggestion that American aid
to Russia mifht be extended through j
the zemstvos or local governing bodies, '
observes that all the members of one j
zemstvo with whom he was personally :
acquainted were habitually drunk and
that the only way to cooperate with
them would be to buy them a bottle !
of vodka. He also tells the story of
an engineer who suddenly stopped a |
trans-Siberian express and refused to
proceed until he had obtained a bottle j
of the same fiery fluid.
The book is impressionistic, rather |
than historical; the author only in-1
cidentally mentions the political and
military events which took place dur?
ing his sojourn. He relates his ex?
periences with spirit and vividness;
but he evidently did not enjoy eating !
raw salmon roe, traveling on crowded j
trains where a pitched battle was the I
price of a seat and living In poorly j
heated rooms in a climate where the j
temperature often fell to fifty or sixty j
degrees below zero.
As a practical, hard-headed American
Captain Moore was not impressed by
the "idealistic" Russian temperament, j
He expresses his opinion on this sub- ?
ject as follows
"I read an article by a Russian
woman in this country who ascribes
this laziness of her countrymen to an
artistic temperament?they need a cer?
tain amount of dreaming, and their
spiritual condition is better than that
of the American, who is always too
busy to enjoy life and understand the
inner meanings of life. That may be
so, but I believe that the average
American working man who arrives at
his work punctually and quits with the
whistle gets as much of the 'inner
meanings of life' as the Russian who
reaches the factory an hour late, and
then wants to assassinate the owner of
the factory because the boss scolds the
Russian for bein? late. Maybe this
yearning for assassination is indicative
of understanding the inner meaning
of life."
Captain Moore censures the policy j
of the American government in send- |
ing troops to Siberia without adopt-1
ing any definite policy toward the vari- j
ous factions which were struggling for |
supremacy. He is convinced that this ;
action has made the united States dis- ?
liked and suspected by Bolsheviki and I
anti-Bolsheviki alike. His final recom- j
mendation is that we should intervene i
effectively, extend economic aid effec- !
tively or keep our hands off" the whole \
By Charlea W. Domvllle-Fife. Published
by J. B. LlppincoU Company, Philadel?
An exhaustive study of the work of
the submarine in the war.
By Russell Lord. Published by the At?
kinson Ptoss, Ithaca,
An intimate account of Battery F,
110th Fie d Artillery <Maryland Bat?
talion), "an outfit which will never ad?
mit that it won the war."
B21Ise Pumpelly Cabot. Published by
K. P. Putton & CO., New York.
A collection of prose and verse selec?
tions, written in a grandiose and pas?
sionate style. Some of them are in?
spired by the Grand Canon and by the
scenery of Arizona.
OTHER POEMS. By Joseph D. Mc
Manus. Published by the Charles Fran
<. is Press, New York.
A collection of mediocre poems? The
longest is a description of the glories
of New York City in verbified prose.
Thomas K. Holmes. Published by
George Sully ?fc Co.. New York.
A novel whoso scene is laid in the
great Northwest.
Florence Wtllinfrham Plckard. Pub?
lished by the Htratlord Company, Bos?
A Biblical tale of the Holy Land in
the time of the prophet Elijah.
Miscellaneous #
JOAN OF ARC. By Laura EJ. Richards.
Published by D. Appleton & Co.. New
A popular story of the life of the
French saint and heroine.
ttertord (George H. Doran Company. New York)
[T/te?-e {fAeref
An English Publisher's Views
Sir Ernest Hodder William Describes
British Readers' Likes and Dislikes
By Rebecca Drucker
Sir Ernest Hodder William, of the
English publishing house of Hodder &
Stoughton, the representatives in Lon?
don of George H. Doran & Co., has
arrived in this country with some inter?
esting information about the English
literary field.
He says it Is in the same phenome?
nally flourishing condition as is the
American market. The war seems to
have broken down the Englishman's
prejudice against reading, as a rather
disrespectful form of idling. Reading
was practically the only diversion left
people through London's dark days, and
the men returning from service have
brought back the reading habit acquired
through long waits in trenches and bil?
lets. In addition, a whole new book buy?
ing public has arisen, chiefly made up of
people whom the war ^.industries have
made prosperous.
These people, working men and
women, curiously enough, have stimu?
lated the sale of classics in cheap edi?
tions. The Everyman and similar libra?
ries of classics report a livelier sale of
Shakespeare, Thackeray, Dickens, Jane
Austen, the Brontes and other English
classics than ever before. The only Eng?
lish writer who does not share in the re?
vived interest is Carlyle. Whether it is
because of his Teutonic point of view,
or whether because his fashion of writ?
ing is not that of the present genera?
tion, he has been losing ground steadily.
Besides the classics this new public
buys certain kinds of two-shilling popu?
lar novels in great quantities. This sort
of novel is, in the literary scale, perhaps
a cut above Charles Garvice. Berta Ruck
and Ethel Dell, who wrote "The Way
of an Eagle," are the chief writers of
two-shilling best sellers. Our American
school of outdoor fiction, notably that of
Zane Gray, Rex Beach and Peter B,
Kyne, has a tremendous appeal for Eng?
lish readers. Harold Bell Wright has,
however, only a smnll sale in England.
The wave of spiritualism, which is an
English reaction from the war, ha.?
brought about a large body of fiction
dealing with communications from th?
spirit world and the life hereafter. Th?
two most conspicuously successful exam?
ples of this school ( which publisher.?
regard as a sort of freak fashion) an
the two latest books by Conan Doyle
"The Vital Message" and "The Nev.
Revelation." These have had a tremen
dous sale. A great number of othei
spiritualistic novels have been widel;
read, but these are considered to hav<
more lasting qualities than the others.
The reactions from the war are verj
pronounced in English literature, bu
there, as here, anything bearing direct!?
on the war?journalistic reports, per
sonal experiences, reminiscences, etc.?
are a drug upon the market. But th?
correspondence and memoirs of mei
prominent in the conduct of the war an
eagerly read. These meet with the live
liest interest, regarded as document
which have a permanent historical value
The books by General French and Ad
mirai Jellicoe are having a wide sale
Lord Fisher's memoirs, in the firs
three months of their appearance, soli
more than fifteen thousand copies at :
guinea a copy?and this in frugal Eng
land is an astonishing sale. But th
book for which literary and pol?tica
England is waiting, a-qulver with ex
citement, is that promised by Lady As
quith. Lady Asquith is an exceedingl;
frank woman, and she has let it b
known that she has had inscribed on th
flyleaf: "It is better to be hung for
sheep than a lamb." So that England i
holding its breath for the political an
social disclosures this book will contair
Neither now nor at any time durin
the war have any of the realistic wa
books met with any response in En?
land. The nearest England has com
to making best sellers of any wa
novels, with the exception of Wells'
"Mr. Britling Sees It Through" an
"Joan and Peter," was to accept, whole
heartedly, the spy romance of Joh
Buchan. ' Blasco Ibanez's "The Fou
Horsemen of the Apocalypse," whic
sold to the extent of a quarter of
million in this country, was not pub
lished in England until last Sprinj
and then the small edition of fou
thousand was absorbed very slowlj
Save for the "Four Horsemen," Ibane
is unknown to England. About twelv
of his books have been translated int
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English and have had a wide sale in
this country.
The renaissance in poetry, which was
confidently expected as a result of the
war, has, like most of the regenera?
tions looked for through the war,
not materialized, to judge crassly by
the sales reports. Rupert Brooke was
the one poet to touch a genuinely
popular chord with poetry. The rest of
the host of young poets who have arisen
| through the war, in spite of the whole?
hearted shoutings of reviewers, remain
intelligible only to that small literary
aristocracy which has always rallied
about poetry. Publishers, says Sir
William, still count themselves lucky
if they sell 300 copies of the work of
a highly-praised young poet. Masofield
has a large public, but his vogue was
established long before the war. The
great favorite of the English verse
, reading public is, however, Rudyard
' Kipling. A new edition of his collected
, verse, in three volumes, at a guinea
! a volume (about $15 for the set), has
; already had an astounding sale.
Sir William said he was amazed t?
find how great a stir Maugham's "Moon
and Sixpence" had caused in this coun?
try. In England it was favorably com?
mented upon and has had, on the whole,
an excellent sale, but it did not pro?
voke anything like the discussion that
, it did in this country. All of the con
. temporaneous English novelists, with
the possible exception of Mr. Wells,
have larger sales and a greater pres?
tige in this country, he says, than in
: their own. Arnold Bennett, who fol?
lows Wells closely in popularity in
?this country, falls far. behind him in
England. We are accustomed here to
think of Wells and Bennett, and Onions
! and Cannan and Compton Mackenzie
and Beresford and Swinnerton, as a
single group with a group tendency. But
, in England they are regarded entirely
as individuals with no influence on
'. one another.
Sir William denied .vigorously the
assertion of some one that D. H. Law?
rence is a potent force in modern Eng?
lish writing. The solid British reading
public is scarcely aware of D. H. Law?
rence, he says, and his effect has been
noticeable only on the younger and more
superficial writers. The dominating fig?
ures in the English literary field, in his
opinion and that of more conservative
' English critcs, are Frank Swinnerton,
whose novel, "Nocturne," was sponsored
by H. G. Wells, and J. C. Squires, the
literary critic of "The New Statesman."
Still, he was obliged to admit that
British literary opinion is a sluggish
'? thing and not to be counted upon for
any accuracy of judgment in its imme
[ di?te reactions. It deferred for more
; than forty years recognition of Samuel
Butler. There are a small group of
i writers whose audiences increase from
year to year?among them are Samuel
j Butler and W. H. Hudson, the naturalist.
The English railway bookstand is a
! great factor in facilitating the sale of
I books. It is usually as completely
j stocked as the best of our book shops,
Our American railway bookstands arc
i given over principally to periodicals
! Considering how scarce and inaccessible
i our book shops are, he finds it-.surpris
| ing that books sell as widely as*they do
"The Other Wise Man"
A striking presentation of Henry van
; Dyke's colorful word-picture, "The
| Other Wise Man," was given in Orange
j a few days ago. When Professor Al
, bert T. Davis stepped out on the stage
I of the Young Men's Christian Asso
! ciation of the Oranges to give a read
! ing of this favorite tale, the curtair
rose on a great oil painting, beside
which stood the characters of a living
tableau, posed as' though they had just
stepped out of the pages of "The Othei
Wise Man." Seven of these scenes
in all were shown, the paintings being
the work of Mr3. Arthur T. Davis, ol
! the Woman's Auxiliary. "The Othei
' Wise Man," which is published bj
j Harper & Brothers, has gone through
j lifty-five large printings.
About a Column
"J?rgen" and the Non-Reading Public :
James Branch Cabell is making a j
clean getaway with "J?rgen," quite j
the naughtiest book since George
Moore began ogling maidservants in
Mayo. How come? Dreiser had the
law hot after him for "The Genius"
and "Hagar Revelly" came close to
landing Daniel Carson Goodman in
Leavenworth, yet these volumes are
innocent compared with "J?rgen,"
which deftly and knowingly treats in
thinly veiled episodes of all the per?
versities, normalities and dam-fool?
ishness of sex. There is an under?
current of extreme sensuality through?
out the book, aiid once the trick of
transposing the';key is mastered one
can dip into this'tepid stream on every
page, Cabell has cleansed his bosom
of much perilous stuff?a little too
much, in fact, for "J?rgen" grows tire?
some toward the end?but he has said
everything about the mechanics of
rassion and said it prettily. He has
a gift of dulcet Engli.h prose but I
like better the men who say things
straight out and use gruff Anglo
Saxon monosyllables for the big facts
of nature that we are supposed to
It is curious how the non-reading
public discovered "J?rgen." A few
Hays after it appeared on the news?
stands a male vampire of the films who
once bought Stevenson's "Underwoods"
in the belief that it was a book of
verses hymning a typewriter, began
raying up and down Broadway: "Say,
kid, get a book called? 'J?rgen.' It
gets away with murder."
This sold the first edition- quickly.
How do they discover these things?
To Dunsany?Writer of Tales
I suspect you of having very large
Full of Geography,
; Bulging with Time,
| And Cricket Balls,
And the domestic schedules of Gods.
Ah, that ia a pocket!
That one, for dreams.
You dip your hands into it
And draw them forth
Shining like the colored walls of
But in your vest pocket,
The one over your heart,
The Land of Ard-ri,
And the green meadows about Tara.
"The Crimson Tide"
Much obliged for your comment
anent "The Crimson Tide." You have
almost rehabilitated a digestion de?
stroyed by the essay.
For Heaven's sake and mine, keep
after such fellows! Unguided, Mr.
|Chambers's ambition will lead him
quite astray, and what a shame to have
, b is precious perspicuity squandered
| vpon the trivialities of sociology.
You are already doing more than
; your share. An ounce more of effort
.on your part, and who knows but we
shall have him back "again in his na?
tive element of pink lingerie and
scented boudoirs. Imagine a bedroom
specialist of such parts reduced to his
present extremity! He forsakes the
voluptuous and must dwrell upon odors
?: .our fish?Just to save society. Pro
taet the state, if possible, but first re?
turn Robert Chambers to his atmos?
phere and preserve his true talent for
the ages. CRAIG HOUSE.
Our First Victory
[ ?rive up. I see that I can't piei*ce
your self-satisfaction. I will grant,
however, that you have courage.
Yes, But Our Goal is 1,000
.Most people are demi-semi anyway,
and Miss Deane fails to define her own
attitude sufficiently to be quite safe
in throwing stones, or bouquets, or
whatever it was she hurled in your
general direction. Without commit?
ting myself to any part of the road
and without any claim to being intel?
ligent, I want to tell you that for the
last three years I have been guided
in my choice of plays by your com?
ments. Only once have I been disap?
pointed in your judgment. My un?
official figures give you a batting
average of approximately .967, which
is good enough for me.
Not So Loud! He's Asleep
Are you reviewing books for The
Tribune or writing a biography of your
son, Heywood 3d?
Several times I have glanced over at
your column headed "Books," and much
to my surprise have been faced by a
recital of the doings of the third Hey?
wood. Of books there has been no men?
No doubt you have a very good
reason for this, but to my mind it is all
very stupid. Can you not enlighten me
1 as to this course on your part, as I ab?
solutely fail.to see the connection.
Mr. Hughes a Victim
Once more Rupert Hughes has been
! victimized to make a movie holiday.
; Mr. Hughes had just finished the task
i of supervising the movie production
I of "The Cup of Fury" and had sworn
? to take a rest from the screen for a
j while, when he was asked to preside at a
banquet of "contribs" to F. P. A.'s col
I umn in The New York Tribune. And
then he heard that they were going to
I movieize the procession of if. P. A.'s
! unsalaried slaves, with Rupert Hughes
'marshaling the parade!
? A New Wild West Story by the author of
? "The Owner of the Lazy D." 1
? BY 1
1 - i
In a swirling fog of golden dust, the stage coach dashes into S
town. Smash goes the axle?and "Lynch Lawyers" begins its open- M
ing scene. The spirit of the American Wild West is splendidly re- m
fleeted in this exciting tale of a cowboy, and holp-up agents, of a I
man falsely accused of murder, and of his charming daughter. gj
All who read "The Owner of the Lazy D " will enjoy reading ?
this story of ambush and encounter, of "fight and ride and fight M
again," by the same author. ? H
With frontispiece by Otto Anton Fischer H
$1.75 At all Booksellers |
LITTLE, BROWN & COMPANY, Publishers, Boston i
Spiritualism as Religion
Arthur Conan Doyle Upholds New Faith
With the Zeal of an Ardent Proselyte
Conan Doyl?. George H. Doran Com- i
pany, Naw York.
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is a most
enthusiastic believer In the reality of
psychic phenomena. In fact he sees in
spiritualism the stuff and basis of a
new religion. This new religion, as he
interprets it, accepts the general spirit
of the teachings of Christ, but rejects
the Old Testament elements of the
Bible and lays no stress upon the mys?
tical aspects of the Crucifixion.
Sir Arthur is convinced that a vivid
and credible picture of the world to
come is given in the spirit messages
which have already been received
through sympathetic media. Probably
the most famous of these messages is
contained in Sir Oliver Lodge's "Ray?
mond." Basing his ideas upon the rev
, elations from this source, Sir Arthur
i states his conception o? the future life
i of the disembodied soul as follows:
'There is action for the man of ac?
tion, intellectual work for the thinker,
artistic, literary, dramatic and relig?
ious for those whose God-given powers
lie that way. What we have both in
brain and character we carry over with
j us. No man is too old to learn, for
what he learns he keeps. There is no
j physical side to love and no child birth,
though there is close union between
those married people who really love
each other, and, generally, there is
deep, sympathetic friendship and com?
radeship between the sexes."
Sir Arthur interprets the miracles oi
the New Testament as extraordinarj
demonstrations of psychic power. Ii
the light of this theory his irritatior
at the opposition to spiritualism ex
pressed by the various Christiax
churches seems rather unreasonable
To admit that modern spiritualist
media share the miraculous powers ac?
corded to Christ and the Apostles
would imperil the edifice of belief upon
which every orthodox church rests.
Every age of history has its more or
less obscure and badly described in?
stances of spiritualist possession. Such
cases are probably more common iu
i Russia and Asia than in Western.
Europe and America; but no country
is devoid of them. With a great amount
of conflicting testimony from scientists
'of equal eminence it would be rash and
presumptous to pronounce a final ver?
dict either for or against the reality
of psychic phenomena. The nuraerou
cases of proved fraud in connection
with experiments in this field should
not prejudge the case; chemistry grew
j out of alchemy, and the false science
i of astrology gave birth to the trm
?science of astronomy. Psychical re
search is a legitimate and fascinating
subject of inquiry; and the conclusion-?
j of such skilled investigators as H> slop
and Carrington are entitled to respect?
ful consideration.
But to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle spirit?
ualism is not a debatable >cientin?
question: it is a religious creed, which
he champions with the zeal of an arden
proselyte. He will hear of no skepti
cism, no lukewarmness; any one who re
jects the new faith must be a bigoted
materialist, whose eyes are closed t<
vital and obvious truth. He claims th?
rights of established facts for th?orie
which are still in their infancy. Mi
Arthur's work is interesting as a frant?
and vigorous exposition of a persons'
theory; it will doubtless appeal to con
vinced believers in spiritualism; but 11
will scarcely move skeptics or win ovei
doubters. W. H. C.
Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh
Mr. Cram's Plea for Medievalism Not
Warranted in the Light of History
By Ralph Adams Crarn. Marshall
Jones Company, Boston.
In these three essays Mr. Cram
makes a vigorous attack upon the ex?
isting social order, but he attacks it
from a reactionary, not from a radical,
standpoint. He feels that the material
development of the world has been un?
accompanied by any corresponding
growth of spiritual idealism since the
Reformation. And he is convinced that
the only way of sulvation lies in a
frank reversion to medievalism, in a
revival of monasticism and an unre?
served acceptance of the dogmas of the
Catholic faith. The message of the
essays is practically summed up in the
following paragraph:
"I ask, then, a return, explicit and
uncompromising, to that philosophy of
life which was the crowning intellectual
glory of the great era of the Middle
Ages, when Christianity was fully op?
erative; to that philosophy which
supplemented, in unity and perfection,
that Catholic religion that had issue
in a righteous and beneficent so?
cial system, in a political estate marked
by justice and liberty, and in a great
, and incomparable plexus of all the arts
| that flowered at last in that Cathedral
I of Our Lady of Rheims. which its an
i tithesis, modern materialism, could
j only desecrate and destroys"
It is always easy to extol the past
? in comparison with the present. The
; defects of past ages are softened and
| obscured by the passage of time; only
1 their achievements are still seen in full
j perspective. On the other hand, an
: active, idealistic mind is almost cer
! tain to be more impressed by the
| shortcomings than by the virtues of
contemporary civilization. Modern
industrialism unquestionably has many
sins to answer for. Its failure ha?
perhaps been most complete from th?
?esthetic standpoint. A system that
places a premium upon making a li\
ing sometimes makes us forget how to
live. The classicaltperiod, the Middb'
Ages and the Renaissance, can all
teach us valuable lessons in the uses o
leisure, in the deep, quiet joys of re
flection, in the keen and ardent appre?
ciation of beauty.
But only a man desperately deter
j mined to prove a theory could speal?
of "a righteous and beneficent socia'
i system," of "a political estate mark?'?!
by justice and liberty," in connectioi
j with the Middle Ages. The social or
| der which prevailed almost everywhere
' tnroughout this period cond?mned th?
i great mass of the people to live in
! a state of hopeless serfdom, exposed to
| the tyranny and rapacity of every pett;
i robber baron. Outside of the Churc!.
i the was no acknowledgment of th<
': spiritual equality of man, no recogni
| tion of the dignity of human person
i ality. The political systems of th?
i Middle Ages fluctuated between des
! potism and anarchy, and the hapless
people were either oppressed by ba?i
laws or forced to live without the pro
I tection of any law whatever. A few
l magnificent cathedrals, a few stirrint
j ballads, a few tomes of acute scholar
! tic philosophy cannot atone for the in
j tellectual barenness ot\ the period, i?
! barrenness that can be directly tracen
I to its political and social background.
Freely admitting the faults of our own
j age and generation, any candid bistort
; cal observer must fee! that a return to
j medieval habits of thought and lif.
' would be as disastrous as it is imprac
! ticable. W. H. C.
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