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THE PENSACQLA JOURNAL., MONDAY MORNING, DECEMBER 8, 1919.
CHATS Lord Brahma moves In mysterious ravs to work his ends, the devotees vf us: and in Sar0!ni Naidu. the iiindu poetess, we have an example ,f a child, born to sing, whose vocation KiS so strong within her that train Er could not thwart it. garojini Naidu, or more correctly Cavadu, was born in Hyderabad in ij-9 of an ancient and learned Brah ijin'family. which designed her for a icientific career and planned her edu ction accordingly. However, when at lie age of eleven she wrote a poem instead of solving an obdurate alge braic equation, this course wisely was itered and thenceforth her natural joetic instincts . were carefully nur tured. - . - From 1895 to 1S98 she studied in Eng land, where she was fortunate"' in meet ing many of the most eminent of the literati, among them , Gosse and, Sy jions, who admired the : girl's verse ir.d gave her useful criticism. When she returned home, her own resolution iaengthened by the : broader English rlew, she defied the vigorous opposi tion of her family and was married to Dr. Naidu, a suitor of wealth and tal nt but of inferior caste. ' From her father Sarojini inherited loftiness of endeavor and an insatiable Jesire for perfection. " Aghorenath Chittopadhyay was a worthy son of a long line of patrons from ages remote of Sanscrit learning, a great man and a treat dreamer, deep-visioned and gen rrous, with a soul filled, as Pater says of Leonardo da Vinci, with 'curiosity and the desire of beauty. : In her son net in salutation to my father's spirit re glimpse a splendid character. whom domestic incongeniality has and quite without consequence; and It xr&a Edmund Gosse who first ad- thrown upon himself; he is a hyper- Jonathan Makes a Wish is a powerful vised Mrs. Naidu to consign her early 'sensitive, and takes a perverse pleasure arraignment of elders who would deny Efforts to the fireand to be a genu- in indulging and studying his reactions, the child the chance to develop his own ine Indian poet of the Deccan. not a His friend, Father Collett. seeks to de- personality and force him into persuits clever macWne-made imitator of theVelop the spiritual side of the boy's for whidi temperamentally he is un English classics. This she did. as ( nature, with the view eventually, of suited, bravely as young de Maupassant when I brlnsrinir him to the nrlesthood. f - he watched Flaubert burning his im- J perfect but precious manuscripts, and stie set ner goal tne interpretation or her land to the English people. . How eminently well she .. has succeeded is seen in her three books of verse: The Golden Threshold (with an introduc tion by Arthur Symons), The Broken Wing, and The Bird of Time (with an introduction by Edmund Gosse), all of which are published by the John Lane Co. .,' .. -. :.- " ;,7 Mrs. Kaidu has profoundly the 'soul of an Asiatic, and she reveafs It-with all the skill , and grace of an English poet. She has studied her models to pood effect: here and there a rhythm or the turn of a phrase suggests Swinburne, Morris, Shelley or Tenny son; but she Is always uniquely her self, but she has achieved- a .degree of artistic perfection and a mastery of technique which would be remarkable in a poet to whom the language is na tive. I quote from Palanquin-Bearers: ; Lightly, O lightly we bear her along. She sways like a flower in the wind of our song; . , She skims a bird on the foam of a stream ' She floats a laugh on the lips of a dream - Gaily, O gaily we glide and we sing, "U'e bear h?r along like a pearl on a string. ' This Is Swlnburnian, to tie sure; but it i3 exquisitely beautiful and has a subtly charming music Mrs. Naidu is always exquisite,, and she . has the power to enter into the very spirit of her theme and, In a phrase, to conjure up an host of fleeting images. In Indian dancers, with its sensuous rhythms, for example: :- ; Xow silent, now singing and swaying and swinging, like blossoms that bend to the breezes or showers, Xow wantonly winding, they flash, now they falter, and, lingering, lan guish in radiant choir; Their Jewel-girt arms and warm, wav ering, lily-long fingers enchant through melodious hours, - - Eyes ravished with rapture, celestially panting, what passionate bos- soms aflaming with fire! There is scarcely a- poem without some special distinction. Leli is one of the finest modern lyrics, and there MSG'. WITH THE BOOKWORM by WILLIAM DRAKE are lines like Come, thou silver-breasted moonbeam of desire Or - ' And from, their pierced hearts, rich with pain , - ' - t !, which might not unworthily have fal len from Iram's soft lute or have been sung of IsrafeL Others' are: simple and sweet; some are' raulty, but these are infrequent and always redeemed by some, fine phrase or a delicate bit of imagery. .As Gosse, - says 'she spring from the very soul of India and her spirit is unsponled by contact with Western tcivilization. Still she sings her hymns to Buddha on his lotus throne, eazintr upon the life about her with eyes pe culiarly- innau; ana her poems are il7Z Jl .l tnf east wlth tb. I 7i2ZUWZ Tk roUS myfuclsm' ana enterprises lends a special interest to rn : lZ J? g, doW3itff , Ss, hu-(the new collection, of his plays. More of w divfine' from the long pageant Portmanteau Plays (Stewart & Kidd). ner past. y ' , . j which Js-edited with an introduction : - : " . by Edward Hale Bierstadt. Several years since, Louis Wilkin- The more one COmea to know of Mr. son ; astonished the public with his Walker the more is he etruck by T1' 7?. Buffoon. Later the: varied genius of the man. As appeared A Chaste Man. which finally producer he accomplished the impbssi established his claim to serious con- ble and I venture to say that many of siaerauon; and Jus newest book Brute his piays wW find places among our Gods (Alfred A. Knopf) will place him, permanent contributions to dramatic if . it be not an . egotism so early to literature. Of the three in the volume Judge, among the supreme creative wlth wh!,h. w. nrp, Imme,iiaiv r-. the crushing disillusionment of young love and the hopeless struggle of a sensitive young man against the brute forces of life. Alec Glaive is a lad Unfortunately - for Collett's designs, his niece Gillian visits in the neigh- borhood: and. although she is seven years- Alec's senior, a strong mutual attraction results. Following a break with his father. Alec goes to London, where Gillian is employed as a fern- inlst leader. She is charminc and broad-minded, but haunted bv a fear that the disparity in age would deaden Alec's love after the first heat of pas- sion had passed; and her continual references to this obstacle at last ac- complishes the result. His dream shattered, - Alec returns home; he confesses to Collett, who ac- Mr- ..Merwm nas always teen supe knowledges Gillian as an illegitimate rIor to the average of popular novel- daughter, and they two arrange to en- ter a monastery. At this last period, Alec resembles Huysmans; he has no deep religious feeling, but. loathing the . world for its submission to its brute paid homage; paid blindly, now. to those outraging brute forces their greatest tribute, their ultimate tribute. Mr. Wilkinson is especially success- ful with his rharaptera.. Karh Rtands out distinctly; Wilfred Vail, cousin to the Cyprian Strange of A Chaste Man; Stephen Glaive, with his malicious , The Harvest Home is the singular irony and -, egotistical narrowness; iy appropriate title given the collected cynical, commonplace Mervyn; Aunt poems ' of James . B. Kenyon (James Cathy, morose in her blighted happi- ness; poor little Frippy Clark, the sen-i timental Carlyon-Williams. The book by his numerous contributions to va is an achievement, and Alec "Glaive is rious magazines and by the several worthy to take his place beside the slender volumes of his verse former Richard Feverel of Meredith. y published; and it is with pleasure - that we see the waifs from his pen thus Another distinctive is Heritage (Do- gathered into a permanent form, ran), by V. Sackyille Wst. It is a For Dr. Kenyon is no mere verse tale of the Weald of Kent, 'where Eng- maker, but a genuine poet. By nnture lish is spoken broad and rude. as old he 18 Wordsworthian, loving the birds Caxton hath It. Malory, the narrator, and. trees and flowers and the breath is a student of life who, fleeing from oE sweet winds blowing across ripen business anxieties J.o a vacation on a ed fields. His verse-forms are the farm, chances upon an excellent sub- simplest. he finds inspiration in the ject for observation. . "same things that Herbert, Crashaw, In Ruth Pennistan is fused a dual and an hundred others sang; but he is hwitaee of veoman stoiiditv and Srin. a thoro craftsman and the " old-fash- ish passion, and she is torn continual Iy between these conflicting tempera ments. The English side of her nature loves Malory, but the southern is drawn by an influence almost hypnotic - to Rawdon VTestmacott. 'a Bedouin" in corduroy, with a thin, fierce face, the spontaneity, especially when he sings grace of an antelope, and the wildnfjss of the beauties of , nature. He is an of a hawk.' Ruth marries Rawdon, but early Victorian, born out of season, there was never love between them and the-unspoiled purity of his verse and at last lie deserts her freeing Comes as a welcome relief from the and, at last, ne aeserts ner, ire-ing elangoroug discords of the; modern- her for Malory. . 'J ists. Miss Doris Kenyon also is rep There is a ruggedness and strength resented by nine poems, all of which AIL N (EQDATTSo SUDTTSc, SCiDDSirSo FlIDD - Q - Shop Mow for G q 0 about Heritage that, in a peculiar wav. suggests Wuthering Heights, but the parallel way may not In kindness be wholly rustic and the picture- of the Kentish grange,, with its 'simple mo notony of life, authentic. Mr. West's name is unfamiliar to me, unless he be the British ambassador who made him. self disliked during Cleveland's admin istration, but this is a matter of no consequence. He handles his difficult materials with masterly precision: the outlines are large and rough, and the iinai effect more of a rudely-hewn statue than of a finished picture. His style is somewhat heavy, vand he is almost Jamesian in his complete de tachment and preoccupation with sub tle analysis; and he writes like an old man, world-weary, who seeks to ease his heart before he dies. The Vide success of Stuart Walker's cerned; .The Lady of the Weeping Wil- m many ways one of the finest bits of romantlc writing in the language. It is a masterpiece. The Very Naked Boy is a whimsical trifle, auite delierhtful It appears to me that The Passion ate Pilgrim (Bobbs-Merrill) is by much the best story Samuel Merwm has "written. The protagonist, . Henry Calverly, is a familiar figure, with nis genius, nis innate nonesny ana nis exasperating lacK-oi aecision ana sen- confidence. But he is human all too human, perhaps and Mr. Merwm merits praise for his courage in departing from the conventional ro- mantle type and unsparingly anaiyz- lrg a man wno is a man, wiw au nis faults ana virtues. 1313 ana m lne v- approacnes a oegree 01 greatness no nas a promising theme ana ior tmrry- eISnt cnapters, aeveiops it spiynumu, men mars tne eiiect oy iurcie ai. happy ending. Perhaps I lack Mr. -Merwms optimistic iuiui m me eventual triumph of right, but to me he ; seems above the crude expeaient 01 straining a conclusion 10 romanticism, i reel inai ne comu ub an artist if he chose. ; x. White & Co.) . T)r. Kenyons work is well known loned serenity and chaste simplicity of his verse Is most charming. 7 Altho there are 400 poems in this volume. Dr. Kenyon's inspiration seems never to have failed, and his worK is marKea Dy a rare ease ana i N G O T(UP W ls3 3E "3? 35S TET 3E3E 353 13 are surprisingly good and richly prom- j isuig. . 1 xeresimg ootn in itseit ana as an ' experiment in a new form. The book One of the most interesting recent Is a collection of twenty stories, all books is Short Stories from the Bal- very short, written in the sketchy mod kans (Marshall Jones Co.), a cdllec- ernist style. Miss .-. Reed, however, is tlon of thirteen typica modern stories different from most of her fellows be from the eleven foremost Czech, Mon-' cause there is something more in her tenegran, Rumanian, Serbian, Croatian, stories than colorful metaphores. Each and Hungarian writters. translated by Edna Worthley Underwood, ivelops with little touches and passing Each of these tales is distinctly in- strokes. They are the best things of dividual and beautifully written. The their kind I have ..seen since Turge book opens a literature all but un- nief fs prose pastels, known to-English-speaking readers and .The difficulty with most rebels from which, if this collection may be re- accepted forms is that, in their seek garded as representative, holds much after naturalistic effects, they car ta store for the adventurous trans- ry It to an extreme of nonsense. In la tor. It is to be desired that this Miss Reed's stories, however, the re book will have the success It deserves, volt is rationalized and, in giving us that thereby , Mrs. Underwood, whose really good tales in the new form, translations, are always remarkable, she has made a constructive step for may be encouraged to further efforts, ward. We are an odd race, with our de-J votlon to tradition and our sentimental way or venerating the great rigures or, our history. We refuse to consider our national heroes as human beings; we set them serene upon a pedestal in the Haii of Fame, thinking always 41 .JJ..-- 1 and forgetting the little weakness that made them men. ' This is the. fault of most "biog raphers; they present the ; man, not as he really was, but as hero-worshiping sentimentalists would have him. But every great man or small has evil and good impulses. Why, then, is not both sides of his nature presented? Why must "he be forced to wear : in death an halo of mawkish righteous ness which in life he would have scorned? ,- - Give me, rather than these impossi ble saints, a man with the, breath of life in him, like Benvenltd or Augus tine. The greatest modern biography is Frank Harris' Oscar Wilde, because the author is catholic in spirit and paints his subject as he was in ' life, in weakness as well as strength. . John Brown, Soldier of Fortune: A Critique (The Cornhill Co.). by Hill Peebles Wilson, is not the ideal biog raphy, but it does much to counteract the saccharine trend of other similar works. Mr. Wilson has made a pains taking study of the documents relating to Brown, and views him as a fanati cal adventurer, rather than as a martyr. The view is original, but a little, one-sided, unless the present con ception Is altogether in error. The book stands in Interesting contrast to Oswald Garrison Villard's John Brown (Houghton Miff In), the best of the biographies partisan to the hero of Harper's Ferry. Georges Duhamel, whose Civiliza tion was honored with the Prix Gon court, appears again in The New Book of Martyrs .(Doran) translated by Florence Simmons. I quote in part my review of this book in a recent Issue of The Dial: . . . There Is a simple, polg : nant realism in this collection of sketches of the parorama of pain and fortitude witnessed by a French military surgeon that goes far to compensate for the irritating style in which it is written. M. Dunhamel knows the tortured life . he portrays, and only those who have gazed upon the same suffer ing can realize how terribly real ; it is, this 'learning to live in Death's company, ; - : He has lived among: those braye men whose lips smile while their .j. eyes drip tears of anguish; he has trodden those gloomy corridors carpeted with pain, between the long rows Of cots laden with de- spair; and the stories he tells of . the sufferers these martyrs of a new age, .are not mere fictions: ,ihey are genuine, heartrending, tranches de lavie, of a life terrible to contemplate, told . with a rare simplicity and lighted by a splen did ssmpathy. They are a new Ave, Caesar, motriturl to salutant, Nietzsche says that suffering en nobles; and surely it is no com mon nobility to which their marty dom has raised these men. It is a spiritual exalatatlon that fills their souls and transcends the sordidity and the commonplaces of thfcir lives, and imparts to them a ' higher vision whih they feel withr in them even if they cannot under stand it. M. Duhamel has seen these things in the dying eyes of his countrymen, and he passes them on to us In The New Book of Martyrs. Futurist. Stories (Mitchell Kenner- 'LIS) Mj$ U T E NT II RE STOCK ley), by Margery Verner Reed, is ln- has a definite theme, which she de- .1 (GERMANS GET ... pTpATTTri XTfTPTT' IVluUIvUllij iiUllJ . tt ihj 4 government Heads Called on to Yield Immediately to Allied Demands on Protocol. Paris, Dec. 6. 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TO a new protocol, which will result in still further delay. - Paris, Dec. 6. The text of the reply to be' made to the allied and associated powers to the latest communication from Baron Kurt von Lersner, head of the German peace mission, ' regarding the original allied demand ". for the signing of the protocol putting the peace treaty into effect, submitted to Germany on November 1, was unani mously adopted by the supreme coun cil today. Premier Clemenceau pre sided over the session. -Baron von Lerner's communication which was received by-Premier Clem enceau Thursday declared the allies were misinformed regarding their corn- The management of the San Carlos announces limited classes in dancing in the .7' SAN CARLOS AUDITORIUM : Miss Gladys Tompkins, of Mobile, graduate in fancy, stage dancing of Alviene, and in ball room dances of Chalif, Duryea & Serova of New York, Private or-class lessons for ladies, gentlemen and chil dren, beginning Monday. " " For further information "phone Miss Tompkins at San Carlos Hotel,v No. 2080. . . .1 w DFJEDSu of EVERETT TRUE CON D O IamV ,T fi)ni II tnVi-t- - . i ' v w w 'A plaint that Germany was exceedliv ? tar the limit of military forces j.f-' mitted her under the treaty. Von L-is-ner declared the' government had n--1..-sought to conceal the fact that the ere- .' ation of detective police forces ui.d treaty. ' t, Germany added the German j.lcjtl--. civic guards would be necessary, a.r.d that the German government was yvb." pared to submit proofs to Gemu'I Colett, head of the entente con;n-ti;s sion of control in Berlin, that these ;. -ganizatlons were permissible unue: -,v potentiary was ready to- discuss question immediately with the ,t!:. i and was not seeking to avoid cavrsicjr out the treaty terms. 3