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The courier. (Lincoln, Neb.) 1894-1903, March 14, 1896, Image 6

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"Tke Red Badge of Courage" by
Stephen Crane is a story of a farm boy's
experience aa a private in the civil war.
The book of 231 pages tells of a few
month's experience of camp and drill
and of one battle Thirty-six pages of
camp life and one hundred and ninety
five that describe the battle, and its im
pression on a green soldier. Mr. Crane's
description of the battle-field bears the
same relation to the battle-field of ro
mance and imagination that the instan
taneous photograph of the horse in mo
tion" do to his representation on canvas
and in bronze. It is difficult -to believe
thisk not an old soldier's yarn, yet
Stephen Crane web only a small boy
when the civil war was over. The story
is a restoration from hints received from
real old soldiers. Max Nordau says that
the signs of degeneration are abnormal
acuteness of the senses. Mr. Crane
shows a morbid tenderness for color.
The Union army is a "blue demonstra
tion' when the blood begins to flow,
the private sees blue and red every
where. He sees men and considers them
only aa bits of color. He might be an
artist in the meadow with a bull try
ing to get the foreshortening right as he
charges him, so far as his sense of the
situation is concerned. The most of the
book is a description of the impressions
that the different stages of the battle
made upon a .private, a limited field
and not worth 195 pages of paper and
the time to read them. Mr. Crane k
diffuse after the manner of Howells. It
takes the genius of Goethe to make 195
pages of self-examination interesting.
It these drawers of fine points and
.hewers of character wkh an audience
made up of more than reviewers and
literary hacks they will learn to con
dense. It would be well to study com
poaitioQ of an artkt.- to learn how he
groups people in a landscape securing
variety as well as unity. A man must
prove hisaeelf interesting before he can
fiada paying number of people who
will listen to bow he felt when the guns
were turned towards him. But a few
.will listen through egotkm. They might
act so. feel so, think so on a battlefield
themselves. So they will read this book.
Subjectivity k a quality of the feminine
miad. An ideal soldier k D'Artagaaa,
solviBg all puzzles and differences with
hk sword. The tighter who stops to
consider the economic unwisdom of
war k in danger of having hk
skull cut open by a sword and his phil
osophy laid bare to an unreflecting
charge of soldiery, beside being of not
much use to hk country aa a warrior.
Those who like the windings of a psych
ological maze will like "The Bed Badge
of Courage." (H. W. Brown A Co).
"Napoleon, lover and husband," by
Frederic Masson, a translation from the
FreLch k a collection of testimony in
regard to Napoleon's family relations.
Anybody might collect the testimony,
no one but a man and a Frenchman
could conclude from it that Josephine's
reproaches were undeserved, that Na
pekoa loved only ber. The book shows
him not worse than those who sur
rounded bim. As emperor he might
have set an example)" but he was not
setting examples. Mr. Maason k an
unprejudiced critic, apparently hk
standards are not rocked by Napoleon's
code; be k all the more likely to tell the
truth of the man who k not a hero to
hka. Hk evidence shows theCoraican
f aithf nines to family, early benefactors
mad f needs that Napoleon kept through
out life. Hk remotest and poorest re
lation wen gives princely revenues, so
companion of hk childhood, however
uawerthy ever appealed to him in vain.
He had a kingdom at hand or in his
uad far every one of hk sisters and
brothers. Hk belief in the unity of
family was hk undoing. He never bus
pected hk Austrian father in law of
treason. When he married Marie Louise
he looked upon her father as indissolu
bly connected with him. His Corsican
heart would not allow him to believe
that a father would sacrifice his daugh
ter and hk grandson for hatred of some
one dse. There is something too much
of gallantry in the book but then that
is the name of it.
There k work enough for a minister
ial association in this place the devil
knowB. His horns were almost covered
when be suggested to the once united
association that the rain should' no
longer be allowed to fall on the Univer
salis minister's garden plot. When
Mr. Chapin was expelled froir the as
sociation Mr. Gregory and Mr. Hewitt
withdrew also not from pique but be
cause they could not belong to a body
which disobeyed so flagrantly one of
Christ's reiterated injunctic .s.
The real evils the association might
fight, if it were able to withdraw its at
tention from doctrinal nuestions and
the children who take the sugar from
the pantry shelves, are growing like
weeds under a tropical sun.
When I was a child I used to inquire
of the grown-up wisdom about me what
thn Scribes and Pharisees had done to
make Christ cry "Woe" unto them. I
could not find out that they had killed
any one or stolen or used bad language.
They were only hypocrites and made
long prayers with a professional quaver
and advocated the death penalty for
those who kept not the Mosaic law.
They were good citizens so far as looks
went and exhorting their neighbors to
break away from sin. It k absolutely cer
tain if any such people were alive today
their names would appear on the remon
strance to Chancellor MacLcan against
he use of the armory by the students
for any purpose but drill and athletics.
Not that it would be any of their busi
ness. The Pharisee's strong hold was
other people's business. Not that there
m no impending danger but this one.
There are municipal burdens that
might be lightened by a long and a
strong pull and a pull all together by
the ministers and those they influence.
The forces of evil things that every
sane mind admits to be evil are united.
They are almost as strong as the united
forces that ought to work against them.
Since the schism the old gentleman has
an easy time. Since the scrap began
hk parish has flourished and doubled
on hk hands and now that the remnant
k diverting itself with students hope, he
can lean back and rock. His parish will
grow without bis care. To be exact
though.it is not that the ministerial asso
ciation cares whether the students dance
or not.lt insists that it is wicked for
them to dance in the armory. The dis
tinction is unintelligible to one who has
not had a full theological course.
A "play agent in New York city has re
ceived the following letter:
"Aa I saw your advertisement that
you have plays to sell please let me no
what kind of plays you have and the
price of them, andwould you sent
them to a fellow and let him read them.
I will tell you what kind of plays I would
like to have, something that is very
deap that some one k dying it. the play,
and the other that k something rough
that lota of shooting and killing and
saveisg of lifrs k going on let me no at
once.' "8i Flunkard" that played here
two weeka ago k "the other kind of
play" the man wants.
a runaway train
Sometimes, through accident or neglect, control of a
train is lost and it speeds down the grade. It is so easy to
go down hill ; but the journey back is slow and hard. Have
you been climbing.np in strength, accumulating force? Or
have you been going the other way, losing ground?
of Cod-liver Oil and hypophosphites, checks the downward
course. It causes a halt ; then turns your face about, toward
the top of the hill. You cannot do anything without good
blood: Scott's Emulsion makes it Your tissues must have
the right kind of food : Scott's Emulsion furnishes it. Your
nervous system needs a tonic : Scott's Emulsion supplies it
You need a better appetite : Scott's Emulsion gives it You
have hard work ahead: Scott's Emulsion prepares you for it
sods. and $i a bottle. SCOTT & BOWNK, Chemists, New York,
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