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themselves back into the country far The dress rehearsal of the Actors' beyond where white men have been. Theatre production of "The Wild Every once in a while you'll come across Duck” was memorable, for although villages with the chief out to greet you the performance lacked speed (a fault in a derby. Mr. White took this opera since remedied), it was yet one of the hat along, all folded up in the top of a most impressive pieces of ensemble case, and when they made a camp for acting it has been my good fortune to the night, he would put on the hat. see in America. As for the play, acThen he would put it carelessly on a cording to his temperament any playchair, walk away, and returning after wright would either be inspired by it a while would sit on it with a plop. or driven to suicide. Theatrically, The natives would get quite excited the Dutch Treat Club Show was the and come up and motion that he had event of the year. Not that the crowd crushed the hat. Then White would was distinguished and noisy; it was. snap it back into shape, much to the David Belasco appeared in all his imamazement and delight of the natives. Presario impressivity. Meredith NichThey had never seen anything like it be- olson told me politely, “We must fore. I wish that I had met him before uphold the higher ideals of literature." he sailed. I should have liked to suggest One could but agree. The editors of that he introduce the crossword puzzle “The New Yorker”, their lean noses to Africa. (A Brazilian correspondent alive for gossip, prowled through the informs me that South America has halls. Tad Jones, the famous football succumbed.) Although the peak of man and coach, arose from the midst the craze has passed here, steady in- of a group of sporting writers that terest does not diminish, and “The cannot be equaled and met, with Cross Word Puzzle Magazine" flour- amusement, the author of "They ishes. In one of the new volumes Knew What They Wanted". N. C. called “Brain Tests”, which I found Wyeth, having been told that he was a particularly engaging, is an "accuracy direct descendant in art of Giotto, test”. Alas, it is to be avoided by all seemed pleased at the show. All this, persons with brains like my own! however, did not matter, in the light Ruth Hale writes an introduction for of two sketches, one by Marc Connelly The Complete Cross Word Puzzler", and the other by George S. Kaufman,

volume for puzzle constructors. and the acting abilities of that same The “Bible Cross-Word Puzzle Book”, Connelly and his fellow humorist, by Paul J. Hoh, pastor of a church at Robert Benchley. Benchley has alMt. Airy, Philadelphia, has many uses, ready taken to the stage, and it seems one of them being to test the real only a question of time until Connelly knowledge of the Bible on the part of does likewise. There is a quality those who claim to have read it through about Marc's acting which suggests several times.

Charles Chaplin. As for Mr. Kauf

man's sketch about the hotel fire, it Things theatrical have been so dan- was as good a piece of nonsense as I've gerous to write about this winter, that ever seen. The show was given before first night gossip has irked me con- the gentler sex this year at a special siderably. To attend a first night was performance, and was therefore quite likely to be an experience mixed with the most proper stag show one can censorship and other vicarious thrills. imagine.


Dr. Konstantin Issakovich has had quotes many reviews, among them one an odd idea and has believed in it from THE BOOKMAN which we take strenuously enough to publish a book pleasure in repeating: about it himself. The title of the

We were going to write quite a lengthy volume is “Your Life, Written by review of this inimitable little volume; but Yourself”. Dr. Issakovich tells you

the author has made such a thing practically

impossible by reprinting in the Introduction just what you should put into an

a collection of the comment and commendaautobiography, then furnishes a lot tions already bestowed upon his verse by of blank pages at the end upon which

the most eminent critics from Bill Nye to

the literary editor of “Munsey's". These the casual reader is urged to indulge comments so perfectly anticipate all we his autobiographical fancies. The should ourselves have said as to make it

needless for us to do more than subscribe earlier pages are devoted to a sample

to them as expressing our sentiments exof this type of narrative, in which actly. . Rufus Franklin tells his day-by-day

We trust that this fifth volume of his experiences. This is the sort of thing

verse may have many successors; and we

are pretty sure it will, for a little poem we that the Doctor would have you write: cull from page 28, is fraught with golden

promise for the future: The most important motive that operates over the field of human activities is service. “You may as well try to change the course Explain in your Book what you under

Of yonder sun stand by the spirit of social service — the

To north and south, basis of modern life, how you worked out As to try to subdue by criticism and what you gave to society. Explain

This heart of verse, why in your experiences through life –

Or close this mouth.” notwithstanding you had different interests in different spheres — in each of them was Nor should this paragraph pass unfound the spirit of social service. Write

noticed: how from childhood you used all the rights and acquiesced in all the obligations of a

As a frontispiece to his little volume, Mr. member of society, voluntarily. What

Coogler prints a tasteful, half-tone engraving you and your children will write may pos

of himself. He is a fine, manly-looking sibly bring about a more complete under

young fellow of some twenty-nine or thirty, standing of social service. Thus you write

with a broad, high forehead, earnest deepsocial history.

set eyes, prominent ears, and a small dark You remember your duties to your

mustache. He is dressed in a neat, wellfamily. You helped your mother in the

fitting suit of some dark shade. Of the household, your father in his business,

quality of Mr. Coogler's verse, we prefer your younger brothers and sisters in their education, your neighbor in creating order,

not to speak. As he says, his style and his in enforcing some law. These first duties

sentiments are his own; and who are we

that we should say them well or ill? and services are of great importance to a record of your life.

Just a couple of verses from that matchless lyric “A Mustacheless Bard":

“His whiskers didn't come, his mustache is From Georgia comes acquaintance

gone, with the famous poet J. Gordon And to-day he's standing ashore Coogler, a precious copy of whose im

Enjoying the breeze with a cleaned shaved

lip, mortal works was loaned me by a Relieved of the burden it bore. kindly Savannah matron, who promises

He's feeling so lonely, dull and forsaken, to set her husband's hunting dogs on me

The boys, they know him no more; if I do not return it. Have you never The girls are surprised, and speaking of him, seen the work of this bard, celebrated

Say, 'He's uglier than ever before."" by Don Marquis and others? It was published in 1897 at Columbia, South Ring Lardner has returned from Carolina, and copies are almost impos- Europe, having spent much time sible to obtain. In his preface the poet there with the F. Scott Fitzgeralds.


Mr. Lardner, tall, dark eyed, indefinite From the middle west to Vermont is of expression and manner, is a most a long leap; but it has been taken sucimpressive figure as he walks across cessfully by Lynn and Lois Montross, Forty Second Street at Fifth Avenue. authors together of the much talked of He pays no attention whatsoever to “Town and Gown", and separately of traffic; even the large policeman who refuses passage to smaller mortals like myself is dwarfed when the author of “How to Write Short Stories" ventures into the stream of buses and taxicabs. Fitzgerald is apparently enjoying the soft air of Italy and France. Not so, Dorothy Speare, who writes that her opera début and her invitation to sing before the Queen of Italy must both stand in abeyance, since she has been quite ill. W. E. Woodward and Homer Croy, however, both report from Europe that they are enjoying the best of wealth. Handwriting is difficult, and even though the author of "Bunk" has a perfectly legible chirography, I can't quite make out what the title of his new book is. I think he writes “Bread and Circuses” of the circus part I am sure; not so sure about the bread. Mr. Woodward, at any rate, is well

Lynn Montross and happy in Paris and, rumor says, also at work on a Life of Washington other works, including many short which removes some of the “bunk” stories. To be sure, they write short from the general impression of that stories together, too. Here are a colgreat and presumably human Ameri- laborative pair who have seized upon can figure. Ernest Boyd's good wife, the literary world with determination Madeleine, has sailed on the "Paris" and with a fine sense of perspective. for France, and on the same ship, Recently they visited New York, had a Britton Hadden, the editor of "Time". gay time, but soon went back to WoodThe Floyd Dells are to spend the stock, Vermont, where they have found summer abroad; in fact, I know of few hearty and amusing friends and the writing people who do not plan to do leisure to turn out stories, while they it this year in Vienna, Madrid, or near survey Killington and Pico, and admire the Bois. Does that mean that the the sun shining on the snow along the few who are left at home will be the Green Mountain ranges.

Lois Monones actually to get the work done? tross has a turn of phrase, a quiet and Perhaps it doesn't matter. Surely, a mouselike mischief as she surveys life, rest will do them all good; perhaps the that is easy to recognize in their joint color of the Continent will flare forth work. Lynn is steady, firm in his from future books.

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that should make him, ultimately, an A prize fight and Sherwood Anderson excellent portrayer of character. To- lecturing offered choice to me recently gether they make a team that should be at Indianapolis. I deliberated for hard to equal. I envy them many some time, then I ran across Mr. things; most of all, perhaps, the fact Anderson in Mr. Beach's attractive that they live within walking distance bookshop.

bookshop. Mr. Beach is a slim, intense of the loveliest valley in the world, just gentleman, who knows good books and north of Bridgewater-Four-Corners. how to sell them, who publishes a

monthly bulletin of much wisdom and

charm, and who wears a flowing black “Everybody's Cook Book” is quite

tie, apparently in memory of Elbert the most voluminous and attractive

Hubbard. Here was Mr. Anderson, book of its sort I have ever seen. It

looking a trifle more jovial than when is compiled from the records of the

I last saw him, wearing a rough brown School of Household Science and Arts

coat, a brown suit, brown spats, a wide of Pratt Institute by Isabel Ely Lord,

and very bright blue tie drawn through and contains 3,400 tested recipes.

a large ring studded, I think, with One interesting thing which I learned

garnets, or possibly rubies. This defrom this huge volume was that “dash, pinch, or speck” in a recipe is equiva- fast, could possibly compete in my af

cided me. No fight, no matter how lent to 1/4 saltspoon or 1/16 teaspoon.

fections with Mr. Anderson's neckwear. That will help! To this statement in

I found the author of "A Story Tellthe introduction I give hearty applause:

er's Story” in the main cheerful. PeoNo normal person enjoys eating, some

ple, he told me, had found this last work thing just because it is good for" him. less objectionable than his novels, and What he wants is food he likes, and the

he thought perhaps there was someplanner of meals has the task of making him like the thing she wants him to eat.

thing the matter with it. Perhaps he

was growing old and staid. Anderson I have often envied Grant Overton talks with effect; perhaps he inherits on more counts than one but princi- this trait from the father of whom he pally because he comes into the office writes so much. It is by no means a with tales of the most savory dishes conventional speech he gives, this disprepared for his lordship by Mrs. cussion of the modern writing moveOverton. And now I have found ment in America; but he makes his another wife to go down on the list points clearly and cleverly. With with Mrs. Overton and Mrs. Joseph most of them, I happen to disagree; Conrad. Lettie Gay, the young and but that is one of the chief reasons for more than attractive bride of Gerald going to lectures. In the course of the Carson, I learn is with the “Herald- evening Anderson made the statement, Tribune" Institute. Each day it is "Puritanism is practically whipped." her duty and privilege to take a cook- Now just what Stuart Pratt Sherman's ing lesson from a French, Armenian, answer to that would be, I don't Chinese, or other variety of chef, test know; but if Mr. Anderson's definition the food, eat it, and write a column of Puritanism is the same as mine, I about it in the newspaper. My friend think that the picture of Mr. Anderson Jerry is noticeably fattening under this and his band of modernists trying to diet. There is something to be said spank the lusty brat is an amusing but for courses in the domestic arts.

improbable one.

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