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Reviews of New Books
WAYS OK PEACE. Preface by Ed
ward W. Bok. New York; Charles
Scribner’s Sons.
THIS book presents twenty rep
resentatives peace plans out
of the hundreds submitted In
response to the American
peace award made by Edward
W. Bok. Among them is Mr. Lever
more's winning plan. In an introduc
tion to the volume Mr. Bok gives, in
his own way, the story of the origin
and projection of the award. He says
that it started with the American
people themselves. That his part in
the scheme was to supply a channel —
unpartisan and non-political—for the
expression of a deep and general dis
content that, since the war, so little
has been done to achieve and main
tain a real peace. Through this chan
nel of his own providing there flowed
a stream of opinions on this subject
-o varied in source, so increasing in
tolume, as to convince Mr. Bok that
th>! essential condition of productive
action was being fulfilled—that the
great body of people desiring peace
were thinking, seriously and unani
mously, in terms of peace. That con
dition was the necessary point of ac
tion. So the award was made. The
skeptic declared that the SIOO,OOO
was the actual point of departure.
And Mr. Bok readily grants that it
"as a high inducement, a natural and
logical response to his own theorv
that an idea must be set to drama of
one sort or another in order to get
its contacts well made and imme
diately influential in the desired di
rection. If serious and general
thinking were the fundamental pur
pose here the award is already a huge
success. “Only a beginning," Mr. Bok
asserts. “The American peace award
:s a first step." And the book in
hand offers students an opportunity
:o gather the substance and to sift
the values of this group of repre
sentative peace plans.
Olmstead. professor of history, cu
rator of the oriental museum. Uui
yersity of Illinois. New York:
' 'harles Scribner’s Sons.
Confident that the ancient Assyr
ians are worthy of a history separate
from that of the Babylonians, with
whom they are as a rule considered.
j’iui'. Olmstead here offers a quite
splendidly complete and convincing
proof of the soundness of this the
• ry. From original sources of in
formation, from actual contact with
the areas held by this ancient civ
ilization. from what he considers to
!•< the best of the derived means of
Information and corroboration, the
author has drawn the material for
this work. The true carrying point
of the old story is, however, the nar
rative power of the author under the
spur of what is to him a great theme.
Not that this projection, so abound
ing in enthusiasm, takes the place of
actual substance. Not at all. What
one wants to say Is that this wealth
of research, this richness of mate
rial, this fine historical outlook, this
new and completer vision of a theme
that is, today, actively significant,
becomes in every respect alive, dy
namic, pointed, through the particu
lar medium of its projection. One is
brought close to the quality of these
ancient people, to the character of
their achievements, to the extent and
duration of this influence, to the
bearing of their civilization -upon
subsequent civilizations, upon suc
ceeding centuries. In Us quality, as
a book of distinct beauty and dignity,
of rich illustrations, of general ex
cellence in every respect, this volume
stands as one of quite exceptional
value in addition to its intrinsic sub
stance an important contribution
to history itself.
Theodore Dreiser, author of “Sis
ter Carrie,” etc. New York: Boni
Liverigh t.
About thirty years ago, Theodore
Dreiser was walking the streets of New
York city, just as a little earlier he had
walked the streets of Chicago. In both
situations he was upon the same errahd.
-And, indeed, he has been upon that sin
gle errand ever since. In all this time
he has been hunting for himself and
for the plain truth of the innumerable
things about him. Trying to capture
the whole in Us essential truth, trying
to get it down on paper in a clear in
tegrity of reality, trying to put it across
to readers as the truth about the par
ticular thing in hand. “The Color of
a Great City” goes back to that year,
1894, or thereabout. It is a book of
moods—many moods—through each of
which Mr. Dreiser has drained some
passing bit of the great city s life. “The
Waterfront,” "The Car Yard," “Six
O'clock,” “The Pushcart Man,” “The
Man on the Bench” and other men of
hard lot. Occasionally the mood is a
poetic one, but more often than other
wise it is the prose mood of literal fact.
Within this thirty-year period real
changes have come to the texture of
the big city. Mr. Dreiser projects this
book for the sake of holding fast to
some of the vanishing aspects of that
(»arlier period. The book gives Dreiser
readers a chance to see that then, as
now, fidelity to fact was the great Je
hovah of Dreiser’s art.
itor-in-chief Charles Alexander
Rook. Pittsburgh: Compiled un
der the direction of the James O.
Jones Company. Published by the
Western Pennsylvania Biographi
cal Association.
A big and handsome volume of im
portant information —-dependable and
hereby made available for the use of
newspapers and libraries. The dou
ble purpose of the book is to give an
authoritative account of the indus
trial development of western Penn
sylvania and to present byway of
biographic sketches the men who
have made possible the phenomenal
matt-rial progress of this section. In
general substance it is the story of
coal, iron, steel, electricity, projected
into the successive stages of this in
ti ustriai growth. In particular, it is
the story of personal initiative, busi
ness acumen, industrial vision, public
spirit—these applied to the hundreds
if men whose stories are given here
in proof of their substantial service
to the great commonwealth. The book
is a model of condensation as. upon
its face, it appears also to have been
inspired by a clear aim toward
authentic statement. These two
factors stand in tribute to the com
pany of editors whose avowed pur
pose was to fit this monumental body
of knowledge to a definite aiid use
ful end.
MV FAIR LAI)V. By Louis Hemon,
author of “Maria Chapdelaine,
etc. Translated by-William Aspen
wall Bradley. New York; The
Macmillan Company.
| That which made "Maria Chap
delainc” a triumph to its author and
; source of deep joy to the reader is.
in full measure, here in this group of
‘ short stories by Louis Hemon The
dear seeing, the tender feeling, the
, sense of dramatic content, these m
lit word and companies of words
stand back of these stories as they
Mood back of that other one. My
• Fair Lady”—just two old men. meet
'iiig after many years, and drifting
I back in that clear reminiscence that
, ago so often commands. "That gar
den * * * and the sunlight! There
was always sunlight in those days,
j And the little Liette.. under the great
straw hat that shadowed her eyes.
"And when you «poke to her. to say
some of those childish things which
’are so extraordinarily important, you
' came quite close to her and bent a
trifle down and forward to get a good
look at her face deet !> this shade.”
Two old men, meeting »?ain, recall
ing the dead years bt eoying over
again the name of J .lette, filling these
empty years with the "poignant per
fume of youth,” seeing again the
• little girl with tender eyes who held
her court between the house and the
tall somber trees on the lawn mar
bled with sunlight.” That’s all. A
little handful of beautiful stories —
only seven or eight.
XING TOMMY, By George H. Bir
mingham, author of "The Great
Grandmother,” etc. Indianapolis:
The Bobbs-Merriil Company.
This is the story of Tommy, an
Irish, clergyman, who slipped over to
Berlin on some wholly un clerical
business of his own that centered,
primarily and privately, on tne van
falling value of the Gorman mark
i Out of his own safe parish and into
. Berlin, with its varied and variegated
unsafe-ties, the career of Tommy be
came so otherwise than the one to
which he had been foreordained and
ordained that, to follow him, becomes
a matter of dealing with new prin
cipalities and reigning prinrelets. No
one gives to readers more delicious
foolery than does George Birming
ham. No one is more at homo with
the plain human nature of the cloth
than is he, nor, indeed, with the
German outlook, past and present. A
nonsensical to-do, laughable from the
first pa#e to the last one. Doctors
would do well to prescribe this book
for nine-tenths of the illnesses under
their hands.
Glasgow, author of “Life and Gab
riella,” etc. Frontispiece by El
enore Plaisted Abbott. New York:
Doubleday, Page & Co.
It is an appealing realm to the
average—that middle ground between
the real and what we. In our short
sight, call the unreal, wherein plain
fact comes in contact with curious,
Intangible influences and effects. It
is within this zone that Miss Glas
gow sets this group of short stories.
One of the most interesting of these
is the story of a house in which, dur
ing the civil war, a young woman
concealed her lover, a Union soldier,
escaped from a southern prison. Sud
denly, overcome by her love for her
own cause, tho girl delivered the
young soldier to those in pursuit of
him. This act, certainly one of clear
treachery, even though induced by a
love greater than any personal love,
became a spirit, the spirit of that
house. Through the passing years
tnis spirit survived. In a, situation
quite different from the one that
gave it birth, the spirit takes pos
session of a wife who, under its domi
nation, betrays her husband in a mat
ter of vital business importance to
him. Just the old spirit of treachery
taking form and direction out
of the strength and persistence of its
original impulse. Interesting and in
terestingly projected, all of these
stories of the borderland.
THE LAST TIME. By Robert Hich
ens. author of “The Garden of Al
lah, etc. New York; George H.
Doran Company.
-A group of short stories of the fa
miliar Hichens pattern—pleasantly
engaging in a smooth and easy han
dling of situations picked off the top
<«f social Hfe. • The first one, “The
Last Time.” is a woman’s futile con
fession of having made death a fairly
acceptable escape for a husband from
his wife's jealousy. A commonplace,
theme, you see. The remorseful
woman in the role of admonition and
warning falls to register clearly. Too
big a fool, too selfish, too belated all
around to count for much. The sec
ond story hinges on that old letter
that went wrong—the love letter
that criss-crossed to the wrong wom
an, the one to whom the man is en
gaged. But it turns out all right,
for the man transfers his affections
to meet this mistake, turns his back
on what he supposed was his real
love, and faces promptly, eyes beam
ing true devotion, the lady whom he
has promised to marry. §h£ is the
right woman, for the indications are
that she can take care of him. En
gaging, in an easy unexacting way.
All of them are of this pleasant qual
ity, . reminding one, all over again,
that Robert Hichens' best work —the
most sympathetic, the most artfully
proj.ected, is the entirely unheralded
lomance, “The Call of the Blood.”
KIKE MOUNTAIN. By Norman Spring
er, author of "The Blood Ship.”
•New-Y-ork: G. Howard Watt.
A relief, certainly, to come upon a
novel that neither tries to uplift you
on the one hand, nor to drag you
through a gray mess of realism on
the other. The author merely says,
“Come on with Martin Blake —young
and romantic—who had the nerve to
break away from a dull office and go
a-sailing tho seas of the north after
troaure.” If you consent there will
be no doubt about your agreeing at
the last that no plain everyday im
agination could have pictured what
you had to do and to see. Tho hero
is a likable chap—one of those who
turn off heroic deeds, easylikc, in a
manner of captivation. Not extrava
gant in his ways, you know, so that
you are likely to laugh at him. Not
at all, that. You believe in him and
go along zestfully. And, beside Mar
tin, there is the bind captain, and
the “weeping bosun” and the "happy
hunchback” —much too bad about the
last one! And there is a girl. And
there are villains in pursuit and a lot
of things between the outset and the
treasure, between the outset and the
wedding. There is good writing here
as well as a good handling of sheer
Ruck, author of “His Official
Kinancee,” etc. New York; Dodd,
Mead & Co.
The Berta Ruck readers will be in
a hurry to meet this particular Berta
Ruck girl. These, byway of eighteen
earlier novels, know what this writer
can achieve with girls on the plain
years of decorous, maidenly waiting
for lovers and proposals. So, with
tho leap year privilege as the basis
of the situation, they, naturally, come
forward with big expectations in re
spect to the girl of this story. And
a very unreasonable person it will be
who, out of this amusing—and es
sentially sound—portrayal, finds any
lack of entertainment for an easy
and unexacting hour. Here, In shrewd
insight and a very clever wit, the au
thor makes use of that nice line that
the male lays down between a desire
to be pursued and the shocked revolt
that possesses him at the open and
logical outcome of that pursuit.
Troubles pile sky-high out of this
situation. But, under tho special provi
dence exercised by the popular au
thor, these melt and fade away be
fore the smooth and happy ending,
without which average readers turn
away in displeasure.
Bromfleld. New York: Frederick
A. Stokes Company.
This is the story of lovely Lily
Shane. A queer story—to get Into
print—so the mentors and monitors
will say, frowning. Yet its theme is
drawn from a fundamental fact of all
human existence. Everybody is a
stranger to everybody else, a stranger
to himself besides. No wife knows
her husband no husband his w'ife,
no parent his child, no Damon his
Pythias. Deception? Not at all. Just
each one living himself out, in secret
and more or leas deliberately. For
the purpose of good story and good
drama this author restricts the big
theme to Lily Shane and her friends
in a modern setting, partly American,
partly Parisian. A good sense of
picture and of story leads one along
here In an absorbed contact with the
inner facts of a few lives at least,
that center about the beautiful and
gracious, the sympathetic and intelli
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gent, the kindly and charming Lily
Shane. Both the story and Its title
serve to remind one that the wicked
do flourish like the green bay tree—
sometimes. Then one is off on a
wild-goose chase after the real es
sence of wickedness, and the special
quality of that green bay tree in its
Thompson Lutes. Indianapolis:
The Bobbs-Merrlll Company.
A book of etiquette, but with a
shade of difference that sets It off
from the common run of books on
good manners and correct deportment
byway of which one hopes to steer
at least a not disgraceful course
through the sea of social contacts. It
appears to be all here—just what to
do from weddings to funerals, and
all in between. What to do at high
teas and just teas. How to comport
oneself at functions, both formal and
less formal. In short, what to do in
every conceivable social demand. Now
the shade of difference existing here
rises out of tho fact that tho author
has sourced all of the various be
haviors, not so much upon tho arbi
trary rules, as upon a certain instinct
of kindness, an intuition of attitude
springing from a fine friendliness of
feeling. A useful book, certainly, to
have at hand for tho exigencies that
It covers.
LOUIp MAUDE. By Helen Sherman
Griffith, author of “The Virginia
Books,” etc. Illustrated by Hattie
Longstreet Price. Philadelphia:
The Penn Publishing Company.
COOKS. By Lucy G. Allen. Illus
trated from Photographs. Boston:
Little, Brown &. Co.
WHY. VIRGINIA! By Helen Sherman
Griffith, author of "The Letty
Books.” Illustrated hy Nora
Sweeney. Philadelphia: The Penn
Publishing Company.
By Edward L. Bernays. New York:
Boni and Liveright.
Ada Sterling, author of “A Belle
of the Fifties,” etc. New York
City; Aetco Publishing Company.
MASTER. By H. G. Wells. New
York: The Macmillan Company.
Hy Edwin Ford Piper. New York:
The Macmillan Company.
thur Michael Samuel, New York:
liarcourt Brace & Co.
W HAT IS MAN f Hy .1. Arthur Thom- j
son, M. A., Ll*. D. New York:
G. P. Putnam’s Sons.
About the Flowers In the Order 1
of Their Appearance In the Woods
and Kidds. Hy Frances Theodora {
Parsons, author of "How to Know i
the. Wild Flowers," etc. New York: !
.Charles Scribner's Sons.
A‘w arning TO WIVES. By Hester
E. Hosford. Boston; The Strat
ford Company.
FARMERS. By Herbert Quick. In
dianapolis: Tho Bobbs-Mcrrill
de Garmo and Leon Loyal Wins
low, with numerous illustratipns
from the Metropolitan Museum of
Art. New York: The Macmillan
WITH SIX IJ-IGSs Strange Adven- .
turn In Nature-'* Wonderland*. ;
By HaJlam HaVSkeswortb, author j
of “The Strange Adventures of a
Pebble," etc. New York: Charles j
Scribner’s Sons.
THE HOME ROAD. By Martha Has
kell Clark, introduction by Curtis
Hidden Page. New York: D. Ap
pleton & Co.
Harvey Wickham, author of “The
Clue of the Primrose Petal,” etc.
New York; Edward J. Clode.
Recent accessions at the Public Li
brary and lists of recommended read
ing will appear in this column each
Tales of Adventure for Older Boys.
Bullen. Cruise of the Cachalot. Kip
ling said of it, “I've never known
anything that equals it in deep
sea wonder and mystery.”
Doyle. White Company. A thrilling
story of that band of free lances
who for the fun of It fought for
the Black Prince and for "the land
whftre the Grey Goose flew.”
Fitzpatrick. Jock of the BushvelcA
A wonderful picture of life on th«A
veld and dangers from wild ani- 1
mals. Shows not only the courage |
and endurance of white men
thrown absolutely ’on their own j
resources, but also the courage j
and faithfulness of man's best |
friend, the dog. No one could j
know the dog Jock without liking j
him, gentleman that he was.
Hawes. Great Quest. The young
hero with his uncle goes to Africa
ostensibly to get a marvelous
treasure, but secretly the men who
have entangled them in the adven
ture mean to engage in quite an
other quest. The outwitting of
the villains makes one of the most
exciting yarns since Treasure '
Island. j
Hawes. Mutineers. Quick wits and
hard blows, dealt in the eternal
fight between honest men and
knaves, play their constant part in
this absorbing tale.
Hutchins. Sword of Liberty. Fasci
nating story of the American qnd
French revolutions with Lafayette
as the central figure and connect
ing link.
Kingsley. Westward Ho! "Westward
ho! with a rumbelow and hurrah
for the Spanish Main, O!”
Russell. Wreck of the Grosvcnor. A
mingling of realistic pictures of
life on board, of mutiny and of
the storms and beauty of the
Slenkiewicz. In Desert and Wilder
ness. The son and daughter of
officers of the Suez Canal Company
arc kidnapped by dervishes apd car
ried across the desert to the king
dom of the Mahdi, where they are
to be held as hostages. The story
of their long journey, heroic es
cape and final return to thelf
homes is full of exciting incident.
Snedeker. The Spartan. Sets forth
with vivid interest the story of
Aristodemos. who alone of the
“Three Hundred” came back from
Thermopylae and .was taunted
with being the “Coward of Ther
Stevenson. Black Arrow. What be
fell Richard Shelton with barons,
men-at-arms, and the outlaw band
of the "black arrow.”
White. Gold. Tells of California in
the days of the gold rush. Splen
did story of the hardships, strug
gles and adventures of the "forty
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