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 second-class matter October 10, 1927, at the post office at Durham, New Hampshire,
under the act of August 24, 1912."
Volume Four, Number Five
Monthly from October to June
"I believe in books; in the power of books to teach, the gift of books
to inspire, the efficacy of books to restore and give joy. I dedicate myself
today to my opportunities for helping my fellows to know and love good
books; to learn from books knowledge of themselves; to seek in books re-
freshment and laughter; to find in books spiritual springs of action and
OUTSTANDING BOOKS OF 1928
How many have
Beebe-Beneath Tropic Seas
Benet-John Brown's Body
Bradford-Life and I
Franck-Fringe of the Moslem World
Frost-West Running Brook
Hendrick-Training of an American,
Walter Hines Page
Lauder-Roamin' in the Gloamin'
Merz-Great American Band Wagon
Millay-Buck in the Snow
Overstreet-Book about Ourselves
Shaw-Intelligent Woman's Guide
Strachey-Elizabeth and Essex
Thomas-Raiders of the Deep
Gibbs-Age of Reason
McFee-Pilgrims of Adversity
Van Dine-Green Murder Case
Wilder-Bridge of San Luis Rey
Young-My Brother Jonathan
"The Princeton University Press Almanac says that any number of
copies of a book from one up may constitute an edition and the same applies
to impression. In other words when you see that a book has gone thru ten
editions, or has been reprinted fifteen times that may mean a great big sale
or possibly only a moderate one. As a rule-a rule which is honored just
as much in the breach as in the observance-a printing will consist of from
one thousand to two thousand copies." -Wilson Bulletin.
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NEW BOOKS WORTH READING
A-RAFTING ON THE MISSISSIP', by Charles Edward Russell.
Born beside the Mississippi, with an ancestry of rivermen, Mr. Russell
as a boy lost few opportunities to explore all the boats which came within
his reach. He combines his own personal recollections with those of the
foremost rivermen and the result is a very readable and entertaining ac-
count of log and timber rafting. He makes us feel the thrill of the boat
races, the skillful feats of the master pilots and the beauty of the great
FABULOUS NEW ORLEANS, by Lyle Saxon; illustrated by E. H. Suy-
This is a city of rare charm, color and romance, calling the visitor to
enjoy life as richly as do its inhabitants. Every street, every courtyard,
every balcony holds memories of French, Spanish and ante-bellum Ameri-
can glory, while the modern city is a tribute to engineering genius, sanita-
tion and progress. The author knows his New Orleans and has woven a
fascinating vari-colored tapestry of history, legends, tales of quadroon balls
and duelling oaks, actual experiences at voodoo rites, and the famous carni-
val of Mardi Gras.
THE MAGIC ISLAND, by William B. Seabrook.
A new picture of Haiti is shown in The Magic Island, including some
description of the island, a brief historical account, and the author's views
on American occupation. But its chief charm and claim to distinction is
the very real presentation of voodoo magic and superstition in all of its
weird horror which seems at times to affect the author himself. Appro-
priate illustrations add to the effect.
JOSEPH AND HIS BRETHREN, by H. W. Freeman.
The land, the land, always the land-the Geaiter brothers, overworked,
trodden under foot, cursed and despised by their father, turned off by the
worthless poacher who married their step-mother and lost the farm, yet
always return to the stubbly, stony farm from the lures of the outside world
and eventually buy it from the fruits of their own hard labor and present
it to their step-brother and his bride. This is a strikingly human, well-
written story of Suffolk farm life which inevitably reminds one of the epic
quality of Knut Hamsun and O. E. Rolvaag.
PEDER VICTORIOUS, by O. E. Rolvaag.
The land men till for their daily bread welds them to its own mould.
Beret Holm as in "Giants in the Earth" clings to her Norwegian faith,
traditions and mother tongue. Her sons are part of the new country in
which they labor. Peder, the youngest, torn between love for his mother
and love for his Irish sweetheart, in the end conciliates both thru the in-
evitable march of time and circumstances.
THE WANDERER, by Alain Fournier.
A poetic, emotional and tragic story of French rural life with a rare
atmosphere of adventure and mystery. Written just before the war and
now translated into English.
BACK-TRAILERS FROM THE MIDDLE BORDER, by Hamlin Garland.
An intimate journal of the family life, priceless legacy to the daugh-
ters, just a bit garrulous as he minutely describes the back-trailing of the
Garlands from the Middle Border to the city life of New York and thence
to London. The leisurely way in which the author saunters on, giving in-
timate details as if for his posterity alone, makes pleasant reading, and
with interesting notes on London and delightful illustrations by a daughter,
the book is attractive.
THE FOURTH MUSKETEER, by Jean Lucas-Dubreton.
The life of the author surrounded with all the charm, vivid imagina-
tion and humor of his books. Dumas was a person of remarkable power
and brilliant achievement overshadowed by a character lacking both humil-
ity and nobility.
MOSES, by Louis Untermeyer.
Mr. Untermeyer, without confining himself strictly to the biblical
narrative, presents the life story of Moses, the precocious child brought up
in the palace of Amenophis, who fled to Midian after killing the Egyptian.
Here he married Zipporah and became a shepherd until his return to Egypt
as the chief instigator of the Hebrew strike and the leader of the tribes in
their long desert wanderings in search of the Promised Land.
SCHUMANN-HEINK, by Mary Lawton.
This is presented and very cleverly as an autobiography, for Madame
Schumann-Heink has had a wealth of experiences and there appear the
vital as well as amusing incidents which went to the making of her career.
She tells of a benefit performance when she could afford to send for her
doubting parent, her father, to come and hear her. "Well, Father, how did
you like it? You did like it didn't you?" "Yes," he answers drawing him-
self up very stiff and trying to look severe. "Yes, of course, yes, Ernestine,
it is very beautiful-the voice-very beautiful, indeed, but for God's sake
promise me one thing, don't shout so much, don't sing so loud. Why I
could hear you above the orchestra."
ZOLA AND HIS TIME, by Matthew Josephson.
Zola came to Paris a young man with literary ambitions and after two
years of starving in the Latin Quarter, was glad to accept a menial posi-
tion. A clerkship at Hachette's publishing house enabled him to get his first
writings published and his powerful stories of the sordid side of Parisian
life made him a tremendous influence in both literature and politics. This
is the most extensive life of Zola and a vivid picture of writers of the time.
THE PIGTAIL OF AH LEE BEN LOO, with seventeen other laughable
tales and two hundred comical silhouettes by John Bennet.
Such a delightful laundryman whose pigtail was fifteen feet long was
Ah Lee Ben Loo who loved sweet Ting-a-Ling. Their romance was inter-
rupted by the jealous mandarin but Ting-a-Ling remained true to her Ah
Lee. Besides this rollicking poem of love in the East there are stories and
rhyming tales of adventure and fancy, illustrated with clever silhouettes to
enchant the youthful reader.
TREASURE OF CARCASSONNE, by A. Robida; illustrated by Dorothy
Cassagnol, a troubadour gardener of Carcassonne, conceives the idea
of digging for the famed treasure of the Visigoths in the depths of the
Great Well. How he found the bottles of wine and the bags of money in
spite of all the gossips who thought he was crazy, and lived happily ever
after with his dear Columbe and children makes a delightful tale for girls
Miss Helen G. Gushing who has been Catalog Librarian and First As-
sistant in the Library since September 1919, sails for France on February
16 to become cataloger at the American Library in Paris. She will be suc-
ceeded at New Hampshire by Miss J. Doris Dart, a graduate of McGill Uni-
versity and Pratt Institute Library School who has had several years ex-
perience as a cataloger on the staff of the Yale University Library as well
as in a large business library in New York.
In connection with the erection of the new chemistry building it is
especially timely to be able to announce that the library has secured a com-
plete set of Annalen der Chemie to add to the chemistry library. This is
one of the most important of all chemical research sets.
The plays of J. M. Barrie and John Galsworthy are now available in
one volume editions.
Recent accessions in Economics include:
Bishop-Outlines of American and foreign commerce-382-B622.
Cooper-Latin America-men and markets-330.98-C776.
Cross-Types of business enterprise-658-C951.
Dexter-The war debts, an American view-336-D527.
Ellingwood-Government and labor-338.9-E.46.
Fay-Great Britain from Adam Smith to the present-330.942-F282.
Hardman-American labor dynamics-331.1-H264.
Laidler-History of socialist thought-335-L185h.
Leland-Classified property tax in the United States-336.73-L538.
Simonds-American way to prosperity-330.973-S597.
Smith-Development of trust companies in the United States-332.14-
Waite-Economics of consumption-339.4-W145.
THE BOSWELL PAPERS
Perhaps the most notable event in publishing the history of English
Literature of recent years is the publication of The Letters of James Bos-
well by the printing-house of William Rudge. For years they were stored at
Malahide Castle in Ireland and only recently have been purchased by
Colonel William Isham. The present limited edition will sell for $900 for
the sixteen to eighteen volumes. Later a more popular priced edition will
be issued. It is expected that their revelations will change the history of
eighteenth century English literature.