THE LIBRARY LANTERN
"Inside a good stout lantern hung its light"-Browning
Hamilton Smith Library, University of New Hampshire,
Durham, New Hampshire
WILLARD P. LEWIS, Librarian
"Entered as lecond-class matter October 10, 1927, at the post office at Durham, New Hampshire.
under the act of August 24, 1912."
Volume Four, Number One Monthly from October to June
"When I would know thee, Goodyere, my thought looks
Upon thy well-made choice of friends and books,
Then do I love thee, and behold thy ends
In making thy friends books, and thy books friends."
HAVE YOU READ
JOHN BROWN'S BODY, by Stephen Benet.
Its a new note in American poetry and a bold one. Its a story of the
Civil War in verse-and yet more than a story-a drama and an epic poem,
demanding recognition for the large canvas which it covers, for the ex-
quisite quality of some of the lyrics included, for its romance and color
and for the insistent onward march of events. From the slave ship to
Ford's Theatre it is interesting and one follows the characters and events
with an attention and excitement unusual in a book of verse. Not a great
book but a profoundly interesting and notable one.
THE SON OF MAN, by Emil Ludwig.
This is a realistic portrayal of the life of Jesus, the man, not the
Christ, following the changes thru his gentle obedient boyhood, his loving
cheerful youth, his virile, stern, accusatory manhood, and his final despair
at the apparent failure of his Messianic mission. Historical events are
convincingly told, the dramatic picture of John the Baptist throwing new
lights upon an old, old story. The modern presentation keeps the interest
alive thruout the book.
The author says "far from its being my purpose to shake the faith
which those who live in Christ have in the divinity of Christ, my aim,
rather, is to convince those who regard the personality of Jesus as arti-
ficially constructed, that He is a real and intensely human figure."
DESTINY BAY, by Donn Byrne.
This posthumous work shows an outstanding Irish novelist at his
best. Nine short stories of varying length, many of which previously
appeared in magazine form, are closely knit together by their characters
and locale. In a mountainous district on the north coast of Ireland, fre-
quented only by gypsies and the last of the Irish elk, one meets great-
framed, great-hearted men and beautiful, gently-bred women. Hospitable
manor houses, the thud of racing horses, a girlish voice singing "Believe
me, if all those endearing young charms," by candlelight-here is the
uW. ^, O. I
"True books have been written in all ages by their greatest men; by
great leaders, great statesmen, and great thinkers. These all at your
choice; and life is short. Will you jostle with the common crowd, for
entree here, and audience there, when all the while this eternal court is
open to you, with its society wide as the world, multitudinous as its days,
the chosen and the mighty of every place and time?"
-Ruskin in Seasame and Lilies.
A WORLD VIEW
THE STREAM OF HISTORY, by Geoffrey Parsons.
A survey of world history in one great sweep untainted by propa-
ganda, for Mr. Parsons has no axe to grind, and set forth in a truly
scientific manner. A book to read and enjoy, well written and unusually
well-proportioned in allotting space to various epochs and peoples.
THE STORY OF A PIGEON
GAY-NECK, by Dhan Gopal Mukerji.
In India "love and care have been showered on pigeons for centuries"
and Gay-Neck is the story of a pigeon in far away Calcutta. The beauti-
ful feathers on his throat account for his name. The first part of the
book tells about his early training and adventures while the remainder is
concerned with the part he played in the Great War. Much of the mysti-
cism of the East is woven into the story and the hunter, Chond, is an
unusual character. Altho the book was awarded the John Newbery medal
for 1927 it is more suitable for older children and grown-ups than for
the younger ones.
On July 1, 1928, Miss Mary Washburn resigned after four years of
very acceptable service and is now on the staff of the Manchester City
Library. Her place at the Reference Desk has been filled by the appoint-
ment of Miss Eleanor Bell a graduate of George Washington University
and the Columbia University School of Library Service.
Mr. Lewis has been appointed a trustee of the New Hampshire State
Library in Concord.
Miss Cushing was elected president of the New Hampshire Library
Association at the business meeting of the association in June.
RECENT ACCESSIONS OF INTEREST
B-B291-Bartlett-Log of Bob Bartlett.
613-C122-Cades-Any girl can be good looking.
816.3-D991-Dwight-Letters from Book Farm.
785.1-R961-Russell-American orchestra and Theodore Thomas.
917.8-R666-Robinson-Under turquoise skies.
133.6-S141-St. Hill-Book of the hand.
915.3-S438-Seabrook-Adventures in Arabia.
Fourteen volumes of the classics in the Loeb Library edition with both
original and translation were also added to the shelves during the summer.
The authors included were Demosthenes, Epictetus, Homer, Marcus Aure-
lius, Pliny, Plautus, Sallust, Seneca, Vergil.
The library has on exhibition the first edition of the Johnson diction-
ary the first and last volumes of the Murray Oxford Dictionary and a vol-
ume of the Webster New International Dictionary together with appropri-
ate comment and printed matter in honor of the completion of the Oxford
Dictionary and the centenary of the Webster. Included in the exhibit
is a letter from Mr. W. A. Craigie, one of the editors of the Oxford Diction-
ary, on the purpose of the dictionary.
In honor of the tercentenary of John Bunyan a special exhibit will be
held later. One of the recent accessions is the new life of Bunyan by
A DURHAM AUTHOR
TOLSTOI, a drama, by Henry Bailey Stevens.
Mr. Stevens has drawn a genuinely sympathetic and realistic picture
of the great Russian in a series of seven episodes in which he develops
the coming of doubt to Tolstoi, his dedication to a life of poverty, the pains
of readjustment to his family, and his final flight and death. The drama
is very readable and depicts faithfully both the record of his life and his
language and actions. The work is very timely coming as it does on the
occasion of the centenary of Tolstoi's birth.
NEW POSTAL RATES AFFECTING LIBRARIES
By a new regulation of the post office, library books when sent to
readers or to other libraries on loan to any point within the first, second
on third zone, or when returned by readers or libraries to the original
lending library are subject to a new rate of three cents for the first pound
or fraction and one cent for each additional pound.
HAVE YOU READ KEATS?
"What a man gives, be he poet, beggar or king, is always himself; and
the fascinating thing about Keats' imperishable gift is the torch-like
beauty of that glorious spirit which went flaming through the cluttered
world for a few brief years, leaving a cleared path for men's souls to
walk in. He saw straight and true in a perplexed and distracted age"-
"Beauty is truth, truth beauty-that is all
Ye know on earth, and all ye need to know."
"Did you tell your mother you were going to the library?
Naw, I didn't have to. She knows where we're going when we wash
"GOOD EVENING, MR. BONES"
"GENTLEMEN, BE SEATED," by Paskman and Spaeth.
This "parade of the old-time minstrels" will arouse in many readers
pleasant memories of the burnt cork circle when Primrose and West
Minstrels, White's Serenaders and other companies, "well-trained and
gorgeously costumed toured the country from coast to coast." The book
contains many of their jokes, songs of pathos and humor and brief sketches
of famous end men and interlocutors. It is also rich in illustrations but
the outstanding parts are the negro songs with words and music and a
complete working model for a minstrel show.
"Weel about and turn about and do jis' so.
Eb'ry time I weel about I jump Jim Crow."
"HOW DOES YOUR GARDEN GROW?"
ADVENTURES IN MY GARDEN AND ROCK GARDEN, by Louise
An excellent practical book which cannot fail to interest anyone who
has a plot of ground. The author's concern in gardening is to make thd
earth look its best, and she has specialized in old fashioned and native
flowering plants to get a natural effect that must be delightful.
Many of her plants she grew from seed, thus saving in.expense and
gaining in adventure. About one-third of the book is devoted to rock
plants and gives detailed descriptions of the appearance, suitability, soil
and treatment of a large number of readily available species grown suc-
cessfully in the author's own rock garden in Rockland County, New York.
"A STORY OR TWO"
BAMBI, by Felix Salten.
Bambi is the life story of a forest deer, an idyl of the wood, with'
just a touch of irony and beautifully written. Not a nature book nor yet
a juvenile, it is fiction with a rare touch of reality revealing the simple
ways of the wood folk and their reaction to the advent of man.
THE CHILDREN, by Edith Wharton.
Fancy to yourself a group of children of variously divorced and re-
mated parents living under the care of a sixteen year old sister and bound
together by their love for her and the fear of being separated, and their
relations to a foster uncle and unintentioned guardian whose friendship
for the sixteen year old sister and for an old flame are contrasted, and you
have the theme of one of Mrs. Wharton's better books in all its pathos and
SWAN SONG, by John Galsworthy.
It is 1926 and the Forsytes make their last appearance in this final
volume of the series. Fleur, that restless spirit of the new England tries
to find an outlet in canteen work, in a home for working girls and finally
in a renewed love affair with her cousin Jon. Old Soames vigilantly
watching over her, accomplishes his life's aim as he dies the victim of a