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Books and ie Book World of The Sun, October 26, 1919.
This Jacket's Lines
Spoil a Mystery
IF The Uan Who FeU Through tht
Earth were not a detective story and
therefore potentially mysterious it would
be called The Man Who Fell Through the
Sever. We have no hesitation about bar
ing the mystery in this seemingly baso
fashion, in view of the fact that the back
of the book's jacket bar3 it at once with
out aa apparent qualm. Perhaps the per
son who wrote the jacket calculated that
people read the book in regular order,
front of jacket first, contents of story
next and last of all those snappy revela
tory words on its caboose.
We are immoderately interested in the
sewer, and the funny thing abont it 13 that
tho police and master detectives set on the
mystery of Amos Cathy's disappearance
weren't not in the least. They questioned
pretty nearly everything about the
various characters connected with the
crime and their name was, as it usually is,
legion. They could question a lady's de
tached hat pin until they had detected her
temperament, color and disposition, even
to the fact that she was proud of her
teeth. But they never questioned a lead
ing characters falling through a manhole,
a sewer and several fathoms of the East
River without any permanent damage.
This is one of the little things that they
take for granted.
Nearly every one will agree that Miss
Wells's story is readable and amusing; but
it will not, by .any flight of- imagination,
be called good. Those mystery hounds
who prefer a bad detective story to a good
sfory of any other son will hrJl it as a
distinct contribution to the fall books. And
in this classification we' must put many of
our noblest and loftiest citizens. When
we consider how many weeks these patient
souls have to wait for any sort of pabulum
our hearts go out to them, as the popular
saying is, in their distress, and we feel
that a person who bears them in mind
"from year to year as Miss Wells does de
serves her rewards. All this isn't meant
in disparagement of dtttctive stories. The
implication i3 merely that They 51 an Who
IiU Through the Earth Qoes not depend
for its success upon its intrinsic merits.
C. M. G.
Major A. Hamilton Gibbs and His Book
THE MAX TYHO FELL TUBOUGH THE
EAETII. Bt Carolyn Wells. Georgo
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Major Gibbs, autHor of "Gun Fodder.
MAJOR A. HAMILTON GIBBS,
younger brother of Philip Gibbs,
is the author of a book entitled Gun
Fodder. Philip Gibbs in a preface says
that his young brother has voiced, not
simply the viewpoint of one officer who
for four years endured the hideous bore
dom and terrible realism of the firing
line, but the conviction of the majority
of all the Allied youth.
That this conviction is a bitter one
goes without saying and Philip Gibbs sees
in it the beginning of higher citizenship,
the germ of ideals which should go far
to solve the reconstruction problems of
mankind which, if drafted by this gen
eration, can only be realized by the next.
Major Gibbs was over hero writing
novels before the war; he reached Eng
land for a short holiday just a month
previous to the outbreak. The short holi
day developed into a four and a half
year adoption of an utterly new life faced
always with the possibility of sudden
death. He began by enlisting as a pri
vate in the Ninth Lancers wlpn the great
gray wave was rolling across Belgium,
The Ninth Lancers were cut to pieces
in the retreat from Hons and Trooper
Gibbs was one of a draft of men to go
and fill the gaps in their ranks. That
was in the early days of 1914, when the
war fever caught up every kind and
class of man and used them aa "gun fod
der" in the effort to stop that gray host.
For Trooper Gibbs it was democracy in
the raw. All the toughs and hoboes
shared the same blankets with him, stole
Ilia equipment and spare socks, shared
their cigarettes with him and showed
themselves to possess a courage, a kind
liness and a big heart ednesa beneath the
foul language and unwashed skin which
remained steadfast amid mud, blood and
death. They fought like tigers and died
like vikings, without knowing or caring
why. It was all in the game.
In time Trooper Gibbs received a com
mission and became Second Lieutenant in
the Field Artillery. After a course of
gunnery he found himself in Egypt,
daily expecting to go on to the Darda
nelles, whither half of the division to
which he was attached had gone already.
Instead, hi3 brigade embarked at Alex
andria and went to Greece, where they
were nearly interned on landing at Sa
lonica. This (difficulty was overcome,
however, and they went up into Serbia
with the French, dragging-their guns by
hand over mountains and down ravines,
through snow rift3 that were waist high
Then came the big smashup of Christ
mas 15 and the Allies were pushed off
the map of 8rbia. The Bulgr sat on
tho frontier and made rude faces while
tho Allies silently dug themselves in
around Salonica, their only base, and
waited nearly a year for the next big
attack. Lieut. Gibbs fell ill and was
sent home. Philip Gibbs met him and
told him that to go to Franco with a
field battery was equivalent to commit
ting suicide or courting murder. Thero
wa3 nothing to be done about it, how
ever, and after forming n battery ani
training it in Ireland in the opening
months of 1917 Lieut. Gibbs went over
seas once more and found himself in tint
Three months later he was promoted to
Captain and decorated with the Military
Cross. Very shortly afterward he wa3
given a battery the one he had formed
and trained and found himself a Major.
Then came the great Allied retreat of
March, 1918. On the opening day Major
Gibbs's battery was firing over open sights
at o range of 800' yards at the Germans
for a poriotl of five hours, during which
at one time the enemy were behind him.
He. got his guns away at midnight, spent
the next days in n continuous rearguard
action and eventually went into the de
fence of Amiens with the Anzaca and
tho French Colonials. There took place
tcrrifio fighting for three weeks, until
Ludendorff realized that ho could .iot
break, through and that he had shot his
In the final advance which broke ha
Hindenburg lino Mnjor Gibbs was. gassed.
mi i j " ai i. An aafuir iih i re
inis cnaea ins uymiug "" -
turned from convalescence to tho Intel
ligence Staff of General Headquarters,
from which he was detached to Alo liai
son officer" at French Grand Quartier
General. Tims he witnessed all the tri
umphal entries into Alsace - Lorraine,
where the Teutonic clement stood in tho
cheering crowd silent and sombre. He
saw the first liberated prisoners straggle
back over tlic Rhine, looking like rem
nants of men, starved and haggard, de
humanized almost. It was at this time
that in a German hotel in Metz Major
Gibbs was able to write Gun Fodder.
In addition to being a vivid personal
narrative with hero and there a touch of
the poetrv that characterizes his brother,
Philip Gibbs, it is the evolution of a
mind thrown out of its old channels and
worked upon by all the passions and
emotions of tho battlefield with its dif
ferent thought, action and environment.
It is by no means Major Gibbs's first
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