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THE SUN, SATURDAY, APRIL 15, 1916.
SOME POPULAR AUTHORS AND THE WORK THEY ARE DOING , 14 ; MRS. WATTS'S MODESTY AND DELIGHTFUL PERSONALITY Her Caricatures to "Uphold the Best Traditions of This Country of Serious but Not Solemn Schoolma'ams." T WILLIAM !. .MCHOI,". 1 Mary 8. Watts Is a novelist In whom tho public la much Interested. Tills In. tsrest cones from her hooks solely, for yTT Ilttla la known about the perron lltr f the author of "Nathan llurke," "Van Clare" and 'The nuddcr." And persistent Inquiry discloses but few facta, for Mrs. Watta prefers r.itlicr to lt hr booka speak for themselves. Yet ah always greets the would be Inter rtewer cordially and gives lilm the lm praaslon that ahe la telling: lilm just what ha wants to know. The result Is that ho leaves her presence wholly charmed .with her manner, but when he comes to ana lyae hie notes he finds that Instead of harlnj the usuat material as to birth, education, special Interests and remark' able experienced of the kind In which eo many of. our popular writers Indulge, he haa Instead the record of an exceed ingly pleasant conversation on a va riety of general topics, a conversation Which Mrs. Watts has led away from herself as often as possible, hut which la characterized hy the wit and brill iancy which have made her books bo popular. Not very long ago a reporter put to lira. Watta the usual question: "What have you done? Tho public wants to knew. What strange or remarkable ad ventures have been yours?" Here was her reply. "I feel very highly complimented by the public Interest, but I'm afraid t can't Justify It. In fact your Inquiry for per sonal experience Is perhaps 4tself one of the most Interesting personal experiences I have had so far. The plain truth Is nobody ever had a duller time of It liv ing or a more commonplace life. And van If you have unusual ami funny things to tell, and I haven't. It Is a hnrd natter to talk about oneself. If you talk about yourself nil the time you end by boring people to death ; If you don't talk about yourself at all they look on you with a certain suspicion. The posi tion la difficult and made more so In the esse of an author by the fart that peo ple absolutely refuse to believe that one may write stories and yet be a perfectly ordinary person, not looking in the least like Marie Rashklrtscff or Amelle Hives, and not acting that way, either. "However, I will say that I was born (at a date which I refuse to divulge) In that Scioto Itlvcr country which I have attempted to describe In some of my writings. Of course, I began writing when I was a youngster and kept tt up In a desultory way until a few years ago, when I went at It In earnest. My ex periences were exactly those of every beginner. I wasn't like a lady who re. cently said to me, 'Did you have a hard time getting things accepted? Well, that Just shows. I always have said that I couldn't possibly bo a genius lie cause they alien;- take cver thing I write.' As I have never seen unvthltig she wrote I do not know whether this Is an accurate test of a genius or not. It's almost too simple. I might have told her that I still have trouble getting things accepted, which should certainly llnch the argument about genius, but It'a impossible to make people lielirve that. They think all I have to do Is to send in a story and gel a check by re. turn mall." It was at this point that a question waa put In as to what Mrs. Watts's first literary acceptance was. "The first I ever got Into print." she replied, "were two or three short stories. Every one enters by that door, I sup pose. Hut the fart is si short story is a tour do force with me: my style of writing Is not suited to them. And, in deed, 'they take a hltihci of study and skill, and much more vigorous Inspiration, than a long novel.' This I was told by u young lady here, upon my remarking on the difficulties I had With short stories, and as she writes short stories herself, she ought to know. These first of mine that appeared natu rally created some stir here where I am t known; everybody proceeded to thrust 'greatness upon mo to my Inlliille dis taste. Everybody except one person, Just Published, the Greatest T - t ' ' BBSBgSSBSBSBSBSst gUB-HilililililV KIl MUlNlat MAWDKKN FISKK, America's rt est aatrt.se. mn: . . .. "Frem keslaalng te en I found 'BIBHOLD THB WOMA1T gripping and thHIUnilr IntarawUns It ts SleturMS.se, rtvla and DRAMATIC Urourhtut." cum. momma a. nnraiiAM. of me unit mm Amy. an farmer Pellee Cinnlnlnir ( the Cltr f WawTerk. writes: . 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CortlHiiilt H0(, BOOKS All out or print books oipplled, matir n noil auuirci, write ma stating Oka wasted! 1 can set you any book evar a JSbS5 JS" Knsland call and Impact, IwmjK- ESS that Is; she drew me Into a coiner at a reception to say: 'Well, I've read your stm les, Mrs. Watts, and I do hope now that jou'vo written these good ones ou'rc not going to run down. You know alt the authors run down : there's So and So' -she named him 'Isn't It (iwful how he's run down? I said to Mr. K ' (her husband) "the other day, "Well, I do hope Mrs. Watts Isn't going to run down like nil the rest of them I "You might suppose a rising author would be somewhat dashed by opinions like the above. Hut there are com pensations. Not long since I went Into a little shop, an antiquity and curiosity place, to buy a gift which had to bn sent away, I had to ask for a pen and paper to write the address and make a memorandum of my own name and adrtre.-s for the dealer to let me know the express charges, and in the course of these transactions, says 1, wishing to be affable: 'What nice blot ters these are! One can't get them at the stationers they never have anything but great big sheets that you havj to out Into pieces.' Whereupon 1 observed sonic commotion In the rear of tho shop and presently the proprietor appeared. 'Airs. Watts. Isn't It?' 'Yes.' 'Well, now, Mrs. Watts, I Just want to say you take all of those blotters you want, and any time you're passing stop In and get blotters whenever you need them. An v body that does all the writing you do must need blotters!" "However, 1 grlcvo to say fhls gener ous gentleman has gone Into bank ruptcy since. The business of supplying blotters free as air to literary celebri ties was too much for him. The last person from whom I got a kind word was my dressmaker. She says she's going to read my novels, and I suppose she must be reading thun because she's put me off several times lately. She Inquired what time In the day I did my work, volunteering the Information that she did alt her deignlng In the evenings 'after the day's work Is all over, you know, 1 wouldn't feel my mind free to create If I was worrying about It nil during my fittings. Sometimes I design a little Sunday, too. tf 1 get an Idea. It's best If you get on Idea to go right ahead and develop It, don't you think so'." I told her that was exactly the way I worked, and we looked nt each other quite soulfully. Arcades amho!" in another occasion Mrs. Watts had seit rthing to say about the attitude of her acquaintances toward her since the success'of her novels. "There was a time when they met me with: "Well, writing anything now?' In a very light frivolous style and followed It up by asking me If I couldn't come over and play bridge to-morrow after noon? All that has been changed since the days of 'Nathan Iturke," 'Van Clevc' and tho others. Nowadays thev Inquire, to be sure. In the very same terms: 'Arc you writing anything now?" but as gravely as If It were 'Hid you suffer much at the last?" And If they refer tn bridge nt all it is to venture with a dis tressing difference: 'I suppose you never think of hrlilijrt' It 'has set me wonder ing whether It Isn't more painful to he taken seriously than to be laughed at. Another favorite form of address Is: 'Now you're not going to put inr In a story I just won't hare It. I'll never speak to you ngain!' There are also an astonishing number of persons win want to give ttu 'material.' only equalled by another astonishingly large number who want me tn tell them all about the tmxt story I am going to write 'I'm so Interested, you know. Mrs. Watts!' Another class can tell me exactly how I I did It' 'You v.tltc of course under an Immediate and strong Inspiration an I yi erioasterlnc impulse. Mrs, Watts. The i MMintatKoim quality of your style shows Unit,' one man said to me. 'All writers do. I have met a gloat many of them I mean tho high up writers like nurself. I and 1 have, observed their methods o' work closely. You feel this desire of ex I presslon you mut obey it you must sit down and write oh"' This gentleman himself conducts the advertising depart ment of a large soap company and I have no doubt ke knows whereof he Novel since "Quo Vadit BEHOLD THE WOMAN! Byf. EVERETT HARRfi 1 TfiEROAOTO- ENJOYAAET 'BABETTE By F. BERKELEY SMITH An Idyl of Tnurslnn and of llolieiiilaii Carl. The story of a man's re generation through love. Stl.tt.lS. All nnnKilnm. llllt'lll.Kll.W, r.uiK co. LOOK 1 1 IFORSIGNlJ "sPI " - v "l jj .-ill Mrs. Watts as She Is and Her speaks. I had to tell him that I dashed off one of my booka In only about eighteen months of grinding hard work, without a grain of Inspiration t far as I was aware; ho looked Incredulous. And It has since occurred to me that I might na well leave people with their fixed ideas about how literary work Is done; after all nothing 1 can say will change them. I ihave lately fallen in with another class who get me In a corner ami after first telling me that they have been engaged In literature themselves Inquire solemnly If I Intend to con tlnue In thin 'realistic' stylo of writ Ing and tf I don't think that my tendency is to see things In detail, whereas the great way is really to see them In tare masses and cumulative effects: don't I think that everybody begins with realism and ends In symbolism. &c. Tho way to answer these, highbrows Is the way recommended In I'roverbs, twenty-sixth chapter, fifth verse. Soon being attacked by the fast one 1 squared off and gave an extrordlnarlly high browed little lecture on the relative values of sym bolism and reilism. 1 didn't understa id a word 1 was saying, and neither did my uudlence. but they nil said It was so Inir, and they were ttry much struck by my views ! 'There is another very large class represented by a lady who said to me the other day: 'It must be very delight ful to you, Mrs. Watta, when you come Into a room of peopie like this to have cveryhody begin praising you and con gratulating you. You must enjoy that so much.' She was very sweet and sin cere and earnest: sho hadn't aoy notion of being satirical. Ami after all. sup tsjslng nobody noticed me at all. would I like that? I'm afraid not. Tho trouble Is one runs out of agreeable tilings to say In return. It's all very well to acknowledge a complimentary leferencc with 'Oh, I'm so glad you enjoyed It.' but after you have said that some few scores of times ou reallr.e from the expression on your hearers' facos that your conversation Is not tho series of epigrams they felt they had a right to expect. Somebody ought to get up a manual and vocabulary of easily memorized phrases for nuthois. boar In mind an anecdote about the And people who meet manors ougiu to Duke of Wellington, which you may or may not have heard, Somebody onco .... t ...., . . i I . i .. ,i -i. In Pall Mall In plain fear of crossing . g tho crowd nnd vehicles. So this gentleman went up and offered the old Duke his service as a pilot, wlllcli Well Ington was glad to accept, and when they had got across thanked him civilly. 'Sir, don't mention,' ys tho other, 'when I reach your tito I shall bn tell Ing my grandchildren that onco I helped tho Duke of Wellington across tho street'.' Whereupon the Iron Duke ire piled: 'Oh, don't be a damn fool!"' Shortly after tho appearance of "Tho Iluddcr," a now story of the career of .1 young girl of to-day, which is Just from tho press, a literary editor wrote to Mrs, Watts and asked her what she was most Interested In. explaining that he would like to publish nn article ex pressing her views, lty return mail he tecelved a photograph of tho rivoptlnn room In her homo and also a snapshot of a bit of her garden. Tho picturos wero accompanied hy this note: "I am enclosing some small photographs as re quested, Don't be surprised that they are still life studies: they represent some of the things that I am most Interested In, If that Is what you want. I have two of myself, but one of them seated at my desk with a deep expression looks like an understudy for Dr. Johnson, and tho other, peiehed on the porch rail ing with a strong sunlight directly In my eyes, gives the Impression that 1 am scowllngly enduring some extreme physi cal discomfort Just as If I wero sitting nn a tack, to be plain, I can't bring myself to send ou either one of them, especially when I remember tho news- HOW -DAVID GRAYSON" CAME INTO EXISTENCE Kver since the revelation of the fact that "David Orayson" Is none other than Hay Stannnrd Ilaker, editor, magazine writer and sociological Imcstlgator, per haps one of the questions most fre quently asked Is how did he ever come to adopt the pseudonym of David Clray- son, and how was the secret so success fully kept. The answer is simple and logical, but the growth of the David (Irayson legend thtougb the publication of "Adventures in Friendship, 1'lie Friendly Hoad" and "llempfield" makes perhaps ns interesting a bit of hitherto untold literary history as has been re vealed In many a year. A visitor re cently went to Amherst to Mr. Maker's homo to Hud out such of Ills history as he could. Naturally the Mist question was "How did David (irayson originate?" "David (Irayson catno to live." Mr. linker answered, "In the most logical way possible. It wns nt the time that wn were nil there together on the tinerlniii .'(iHoitni-. W. lb.it U Jshn H. rhllllp?, .Miss Tarbell, William Allen White, Fin. ley l'eter Dunne and myself, had Just taken It over, and wero treble to make a new kind of magazine, This was In 1901. Well, the cry went up for copy Kneh of tiM was to contribute all ho could to tho general fund. "Strange, Isn't It, how rarely one knows what Is Important and what Is not? At that time I was writing articles on many serious subjects the race ques tion In tho Houth, for example, and political and social conditions, whicii necessitated wide variety and a rather strenuous life. My home at the time was in a small town In Michigan. Theie I led about the same kind of life that I do here. "Naturally, I was very tired when I lot home from my trips. Tired not only physically but weary to death of the Insoluble oomplsxltr snd evil ot the 1 Own Caricatures of Herself. paper man's comment on the one you si ready have." Tho comment to which Mrs. Watts re-1 fers was made by a facetious editor, who i had received a picture of Mrs. Watte from j 'her publishers to be used In connection I with a review of one of her books. "Mrs. Watts Is not a handsome woman," so the editor wrote, "hut the portrait of her upholds the best traditions of this country of serious but not solemn school ma'ams." Unfortunately some enterprising clip ping bureau sent these remarks to Mrs. Watts, upon which she Immediately for warded them to her publishers, accom panying them by a good humored re minder of Hier hesitancy to give out her Picture for jmbllcntlon. and decorating the letter with innumerable catlcaturcs of herself, set off by this heading: "Kor tho special benefit of Macmlllan's edi tor. This Is what I get for my supine compliance, and I hopn jour dream will be ihnunted by theso." A few of thesj catlc.itures are here leproduced Mrs. Watts .says that appuontly part of the business of writing Is to know how j to t"jso as a w rlter, ami she confesses that she Is not very good at that. "When people wnnt to know If I write because 1 feel a ureal, strong, oveunss terlmr Impulse," rtie says. "I only stutter and look foolish not half so foolish as t feel, though. Tim pricier thing to do, I believe, would be to assume a profound n P varan oo, or to smilo subtly: It wou'd bo more In the role, mote convincing. In short. The public has so quaint a re gard for a person who gets himself Into print. It is so firmly persuaded thai he must bo different from the rest of the world, that it Is a sliain In iHs.iioItit II. Hut what Is there to do" Suppose, for instance. I were to go to work and say: 'My f i lends, I do not wilte because I feel a great, strong, overmastering Impulse; nor because, as lias also been hinted, my domestic life !a unhappy; nor to divert myself In III health, which Is nnother conjis'ture. I have never b'tm trouble d with Impulses of that lofty character, at any rate; my family and houehoI! are not half bad as people go; and I haven t nad a frlcK day In years! I wilte because 1 wilte; most of the '"P,"' ,0 ' furniture, for .",, ., , ' 1 " w ,0,M1I ,mlc1', ' , tho thine are touching one another nil ntmim! ilif. w.,n. of tho rooms, and nil ilw rum inr. "ealers and nntlque s.hii men letlre lo ""' ""i . now', on ineir offer thanks with tears of puio joy when the oee nn lomlng. I've just not h iHlHioKHe from it (inn it would be against vublic molality to men tion them by name- who sill 'tho most beautiful painted chairs and dusts and things, anil I am try li, to make up mv mind whether to go without a new- eve ning drcsH ami buy a ate leg table "Hody color. French gra. decoration soft blue and old ro. with delicate lines of black" or to wait a while and see how "The Rudder" vans out, ami then may be get the evening dress and the table both, I have a tiny little backyard gar den wheie there me a dozen lose bushes nnd some clumps of iris and coreopsis ami .snapdragon, and I think It's a ureal deal more fun to talk about Klllaineys and Insecticides and the itn-'ossl I, iitvnf getting a genuine Duncan Tl'hyfo table than to evehaiwo views about he Inllu- .... erne of Iu Iplibs on the modern drama or even to hear comments on "Nathan llurke" !' "I say, Huvpm-lng I should delhcr my nelf as above, what would people think" Why, they'd Just take It for another sort of pose! I don't know exactly what they want a writer to b like, and to ici tne iruin, i nun t mioiv w nit a writer wants the public to be like. If nobody took nuyorrsnn.il notice of ,. wo should be bltte.ly ,norlllled-we should be hopping mad, tn nay the , . ot It' Hut If they do take iieisonal no tice of us, then wo feel consrlntiw nnd restive. Its a problem!" social and industrial conditions of which I was trying to write. 1 shall never forget the nene of liberation and Joy I hail In getting into my old work clntliea and digging In my garden, or setting out fur long tramps In tho country roads or in the fields or woods, or In meeting and talking with farmers and other country people, nlio had 11 cool, sane mid often humorous outlook upon life. I do not , ,,nl ( cmM lmvo continued to live and work without this constant tenewal in the country. All of these things went down In my note books from day to da Just for the Joy of writing about such flesh and delightful adventures. At 111 best 1 think writing springs always from the Impulse to llvo over one's finest ex - perlenccs" Hero ho gave his visitor a searching glance, perhaps a bit doubtful ns to whether he would follow the meaning "You sec," he continued slowly, "I havo always felt that young authors, perhaps most authors, do not 'sketch' enough. An author or writer should 'sketch' Just CONCENTRATION By JULIA SETON, M.D. This is the only book written and published that actually tells you how 'to Concentrate. You will find it in every book shop, and it's a mighty big 50 cents worth. EDWARD i. CLODC, H Mis Araast, NtwTaek as an artist does. It Is a mistake to write only for publication. Tho writer should handle his talent as tho good farmer handles hla field. Too continu ous a production of crops will exhaust tho field or the writer's talent. Wo should now and then grow a crop and turn It under for fertilising purposes. "As I say, I had been writing these sketches of country life for a long time, and when the cry went up for copy I got , out my note books, put together a few of the sketches, gave them the title of "Adventures In Contentment" and turned them In under a nom de plume. The nom de plume was David Orayson. "That la what I meant a moment ago when I said that one never knows what Is of Importance. At the time I cer tainly felt that the articles and books I was writing under my own name were of far greater Importance than the David arayson writings. Hence the nom de plume. The success of tho Grayson books surprised me more than any one else, and still surprises me. "The only person In tho office who knew at the tlmo of tho Identity of David Orayson was John Phillips, and It was many months and even years before some of my most Intimate office associates found out. The first book was placed with Douhlcday, Page ft Co. through a secret contract with David Orayson and then Walter H. Page and I entered Into a second contract, confirm ing the David Grayson agreement. Mr. Pago was the only one of my publish ers to know for many years, but of course It leaked out In the Douhlcday, Tags & Co. organization bit by bit. It Is strange, though, how long and how completely the secret was kept, Isn't It? Ten years, this year!" Apparently the subject was closed. Mr. Ilaker turned again to his view Mff 'l a Ray Stannard Baker ("David Grayson.") where the early spring sun was Just setting In a brilliant glow over the western hills. "Shall me take a brisk walk?" he said. Hut the visitor was far from through with David Grayson's history. "Then David Grayson Is not typically New Kngland, as I thoughf He really had his origin in Michigan," "David Grayson was. and Is. a nrd. a reaction." he explained as he turned' in his home In Amherst he has his gar h!s back upon the ttlory of the sunset. I den, bis orchard, his rural friends and "So far as ths external picture of rural his hills to tramp In. And all his life llfo goes It Is pretty much as I have (except for a few years he has lled In seen It In the Northern and middle the country or In small country towns. Western States. , And really, he says, there Is no life like "As I saj the sketches were a re- I It for solid satisfaction. MYSTERY OF WRITER'S There Is no mystery about Miss fier- i amine Honner. the author of novels, plajs and m story stories that Apple- i , mihlMi and an Increasing number of people read. She lives In nn apart ment, one flight up, on the corner of Park avenue and Se enty-flfth street. There is a decided mjsterj', however, about Miss Manner's collaborator. "A scientific man," said the author I simply, as sho seated the caller In a, wicker chair and sat down, near her writing table, facing him. "I can't toll1 you his name. He wouldn't like it Ho furnishes the central Idea nnd I write tho story. "Ills name does not appear on the. bonks. He doesn't want It to. A sort of1 modesty, perhaps, combined with other motives. Possibly he feels that It would j not enhance his standing as a scientist ' "' " 'T, ''1'",P,1 ir, U I",' ,,P ' ,-mrr "f "',"b yarns that cou 1,1 1 ha f 'no professional standing among bis no professional Manning among learned colleagues. "An engineer? No. 1 can't venture to. toll vnu anything that might lead tn his ( Idontltleatlon with the stories, Hut it Is n fan that ho first came to me several, years ago with two such central Ideas as 1 have spoken of nnd offered them to me. 1 had never written a mystery . . , i ' ,;,,, i,. nr ,inin- n ' s,?,r,v"ni " ?, s "f . ."ni.ln't I ... "' " at. Pan 'V'H' the other. Takli K : the on e t M ap- Il.'.ll.'ll Ml 111'- ,....'.. ilini un have npcil eer since. Together we traced the action barn to its dp- gluiilngs. to the very starting points or what was to become a dramatic, evclt- Inc. bizarre occurrence. At tills point the scientist dropped out. At this point' lie always abandons to me the insK or visualizing the actors In the story and writing the story Itseir. "Doing a mystery story Is remarkably like doing n play. I say that because I've written half n doren plays, of which four have been sold an unusually high percentage of success, the managers tell me. In both play and mystery tale vnu follow mnut successfully Sardnu's method, Let me Illustrate It. A man conies home and finds his wife In the amis of her lover. Instead of shooting him or trying to kill both the outraged liusband does something totally unex pected, even something Inappropriate, Now. why did be do Just that extraor dinary thing? You have to trace the a,-tlon back from tho big, central moment to the beginning of the play or story. It may be some outivaid circum stance that compelled the man to act In that way and his peculiar action may me tho most surprising nnd suitable 1 consequences. Or the explanation may 1,0 purely psychological, Klther way It null,t bo convincing. And that means. I 1 mippose, that the author must live the part, -yes, the mystery story Is essentially 1 luchltectural. No amount of character delineation will cover up bad structure, That Is why tliem nro so many liuu mystery stories. The writers lion't take tlmo to build their framework properly, they nro too Impatient to spend some hours musing upon their people and their behavior. I'atlciKo! After all. It's not a question of that. You stand appalled at the wilting and rewriting of Dniilnticnu 111 IFI-.'I Mh. cllfltlteru of n htory, but when tho author is doing his 1 wink rightly he Is hardly conscious of the actual performance. He is not think ing of the effort of writing this line over or rhniiK'ng this phrase to another. He Is so much under the skins of his char aiteis that his work Is pure cieatlon," 1 Mis Honner expressed the opinion that the greatest worls In the way of mystery Btorlcs has been done by (liihorlaii, I'oe and (.'0111111 Doyle In his earlier pieces, sueli 11s "A Study in Scarlet" and "Ths Sign or the 'our " But ah added that action from ths strsnuoua llfs I was leading during the period of the In vcstlgatlons those stormy days on McClure's and later, as I have toul you. on the Xmerteon Mooasine. The akctches were written to express that reaction, that feeling of retreat and rcatfulness, that realisation of the truly worth while things in life that one feels In the countrjV "Then," his visitor asked, "the 'Ad ventures In Contentment 'Adventures In Friendship and so on are not actually the adventures of the author they are not a literal transcript of lifer "I suppose," answered Mr, Ilaker, "that every writer Is called upon to answer that question more frequently than any other. While many of Hie Inci dents and some of the characters are literal transcriptions, so literal In sev eral cases as to disclose the Identity of the author, for they wero written as I came In fresh from my work on my excursions and often I took my note book with me and wrote sitting on a rail fence or under ft tree the real object I had In view was never to report events literally, not to describe actual scenes and places, but to put down on paper a certain spirit or attitude toward life. The outer things do not much matter; It Is ths Inner birth wjilch counts, and there can be neither adven tures In contentment nor adventures in friendship, nor any friendly road, nor any nmuslve town of llempfield, unless we drive to those adventures the Inner spirit of contentment, friendship and Joy of living." Another of the questions to which Mr. Maker's visitor wanted to know the an swer was why he let the secret out at this time. His answer was that he per sonally had very little to do with It other than that It was becoming apparent to lilm that nn explanation was about due. "The secret," he said, "seemed to be leaking out In several places at once. So I simply let things take their course. Iteally It was leading me Into all kinds of complications and explanations. There have been a number of tmpoaters who have posed In different parts of the country as David Oraj-son, such for In stance as the young man who began using the nome In a Western town. When the reporters saw It on the hotel register and went to him with the ques tion aa to whether he was the author of 'Adventure In Contentment he ad mitted that he was. Later he gave author's readings, and his career was Interrupted only when some of my friends there telegraphed for Informa tion. Another man married during the time he was posing as the author of the David Grason Writings thereby haa a rather tragic tale. "Then there were perrons who have been subject to certain embarrassme nta .in aevnunt of the similarity of names. . There Is a lawyer In Atlanta, I under stand, who has no desire whatever to , be known as a writer, whose name Is David Grayson, and then there Is the writer named David Gray, who wrote me recently, enclosing a letter Intended for me and asking me what I would do If he began signing his stories Itay Stannard Hakerson' So all In alt. It Is perhaps Just as well that the secret Is out." So any ef the wonder that has been expressed at the difference between the work of Itay Stannard Ilaker and the work of David Grayson Is easily ex plained bv the fact that each was the product of Its own Individual side of the man's personality At the present time A MYSTERY COLLABORATOR Geraldine Bonner, author of "The Black Eagle Mystery." the tales of these writers really fall Into a special division of mjsterj stories, the m-iective stoiy i nere. a single great in- 1 telllgence solves the dark puzzle. She spoke with enthusiasm of the work of 1 .Mary Huberts Hlnehart. who has written jnjsiery siones 111:11 nie not detect e stoiles nnd that are not only splendidly constructed, In Miss Itonner's opinion, but also hate many humorous touches, always difficult to achieve In a narrative that Is generally dark, sombre or tragic at Its climax. Speaking of another American writer ot detective stories Miss Honner said "She has a wonderful mind for that sort of tiling and her plotting Is superbly done. Hut she cannot write, Her writ Ing and ehatncterlzatlon Is utterly banal Where she was wrong was In not using her gifts to weave the story and then getting ns a collaborator a writer of parts." Hubert l.ouls Stevenson's "The Wrecker" Is a capital mystery story, Miss Homier added. "In The Wrecker,'" she explained, "Iheie Is a lino mystery and when the cllnia does come it Is adequate to the reader's epectatlnns, Kvery fnrebod Ing of disaster Is exalted In the very moment of fulfilment. Stevenson oh served sarupuhnisly the cardinal prin ciple, that the reader must be satisfied. Them must bo no let down. The sense of nwe and mystery and Impending ills- THCROAO TO 7 EeNJOYMENT CALIBAN By PERCY MACKAYE The Shakespeare Tercentenary Maique, to ho perlormel out. 11. diHira In New ork as tho climax of the Hh:ikiictre celebration in May. AllbiMi-slnrn. I'aiitrZOcents. nr' CM '1 nr). Illuslrii'nl, ii(u:m.i:nv, r.ti.r. X III, LOOK FORSIGJIsC A ffsKVafe sw gSgSsSHsS 4 smm LW 'sSB IB- I tSSIWr1! You Know These People The other night you dined with Mrs. Pierce. Her huiband, Butler Pierce, works in your office. They re as nice, well-bred people as you' know. You chum with them every day and think that you see them through and through. But you don't not by a good deal; and you can't know them or begin to know them until you have read their real story. It is the brilliant new novel, out today, I Mr. and Mrs. CAMERON MACKENZIE Formerly Editor of Mm. Mary lUhrU Rkehart vel rssl aaa ttrsif, sad a hk for jn tt buss. Everywhere that books GEORGE S A 1 !-. t Dnrcni, witty A ! l!f. -i.L 1l Ammcan inc. wiui mi i mi: r 4. u i Wfi' ssssH wic unuicuicc yJi iuutu miiu '-. dramatic power of surprises for which Mr. McCutcheon is famous. DODD.MEAD & COMPANY, INC. To Celebrate Shakespeare's Birthday. April 23d, we will publish on Monday, April 17th, A BOOK FOR SHAKESPEARE PLAYS AND PAGEANTS By O. L. HATCHER, A Treasury of Elizabethan and Shakespearean Detail for Producer?, Ac tors. Artists and Students, deseribinc Elizabethan Life and Customs The Costumes, Sports, Buildings, Court Festivities, the StaRe and Drama, the Dances, the Songs and Music of the Period Profusely Illuitreted with nearly 20O I'nrtraiK unci IM,-turi. muvlv from eon temporary ourcw well m tho Mulc fur Urn i?ipnc and llanox. Pries Si. 00 net. At any BookMnre. il'.i.iJiir i:lra.) E. P. DUTTON & CO. ter must be gratified at the last snd not defeated and made rldleulous, "Joseph Conrad's 'Victory' l pretty nearly a mystery story nnd n koo'I one There Is a good deal, too, for the writer of mystery talc to learn from Ills no-l Chance.' In that book the narrator, Mario-, relate what he himoelf eaw, what wan told him, what some one told pome one else who told lilm, what he divines himself, what he thlnlis. So the tale Is revealed as It would he revealed to you and to me In actual life, fr.-iit-mentarlly. with something ahead ot the notion here, somettilnK explanatory re tarded there. The result Is that the thins; Is extraordinarily vivid and life llks and when the Intensely dramatic climax Is reached It goes beyond the strongest expectations tn height and power." Miss Bonner, who has spent much of her life In California, nnd whoe early stories dealt with California!! scenes. In cluding one, "The Kinlgrant Trail," which passed almost unnoticed In this count! y hut made a striking success d'etlnu In Kngland. Is at work now on n new novel with Callfornlnn settings. Slio has not abandoned mystery stories, hut, as sho says, she does not want to writa them exclusively. WHY LORD STRATHCONA WAS NOT MORE GENEROUS An amusing story of lVtd Strnthcona. whose biography hy Heekles Wlllson baa lecenlly been published by Houghton Mifflin Company, tells how he onco gave a five pound note to a beggar, who pre trnded to be ths son of the man who hail nrlven Strathcona (then Just young Donald Smltlii to the railway stathm when he left for Canada. Tho beegar came back a little later and was given mother rive pound note, but when he np.'ieaied the third time he went away empty handed, and Ixinl Strathconn ex", plained that patient generosity could go 110 further. "For, you see," he said, "no one drove me, to the railway station. I was only a poor boy then." HOLTS ANNOUNCE A BAEDEKER OF NEW YORK. Henry Holt & Co. announce an ini pnttant new series of guide books, For neatly three eais, under the gvpernl editorship of Mr, Fremont Itlder, the eill tor of the 'rfb.'i.iicM' Wrrkly, an entliely new series of guide IsioKs has been In '.ictlxe preparation, which will aim to do for the I'nltcd States In paitlcul.ir and America In general what Hacdeker has so Ions and so excellently done fur Ihi lope. They will bo guide books pure nnd sim ple, without illustrations other than maps and plans, but with eery scrap of authenticated Information which the tourist or sightseer may legitimately re quite. They will carry no advert is n nnd will follow In general tho Hacdeker fotniat. The first volume of the seiien, "Hitler's New York City," Is now- In juess and will be rtady for publication ery t-linrtly. 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