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 Seven Monthly from October to June
"We get no good
By being ungenerous, even to a book,
And calculating profits . so much help
By so much reading. It is rather when
We gloriously forget ourselves, and plunge
Soul-forward, headlong, into a book's profound
Impassion'd for its beauty and salt of truth-
'Tis then we get the right good from a book."
AROUND THE WORLD AND BACK AGAIN
ON MEDITERRANEAN SHORES, by Emil Ludwig.
"On the visage of Genoa are graven for every stranger to read, the
signs of an adventurous past and a cautious present." From Genoa we go
to Capri where flowers are abundant and the Rainbow Caves bring forth
exclamations of wonder and delight. Palermo with its tomb of Frederick
the Great, Egypt and the Nile, the Sphinx and the tombs of the Pharoahs
come next. Stamboul, city of many religions, of sarcophagi of rare beauty,
Troy, of Homeric fame. Tarsus, City of the Kings, Damascus with its gar-
dens are visited. Palestine claims our interest with its growing Zionist
movement. Athens has its gay carnival and its new city built around the
relics of the old. And so back to Venice. The book is well illustrated.
THE WORLD ON ONE LEG, by Ellery Walter.
A man's book full of blood-curdling fights and hair-breadth escapes.
A convincing life story of a boy who on the death of his mother, ran away
from home and became pitifully handicapped by the worst kind of a game
leg. He traveled 45,000 miles on crutches, working his own way around
the world, and arriving back in Seattle with $16, one more than he started
with, and not yet of age!
THE HAMMER AND THE SCYTHE, Communist Russia enters the sec-
ond decade, by Anne O'Hare McCormick.
The Russians as one woman observes them, ten years after the Revo-
lution, in their poverty and dirt, seriousness and great sense of the indi-
vidual's importance to the state. Hurrying, furtive, the crowds of workers
in cotton blouses push through the cities exhibiting mental agitation with
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each physical movement. There is no bourgeoisie, all are workers, the
peasants the most important members of the Commune. One of the best
of recent books on Russia.
YOU CAN'T PRINT THAT, by George Seldes.
Murder will out and so will censored news, eventually, even from
Bolshevik Russia and Facist Italy. Seldes roamed both hemispheres from
post-Armistice Germany and the Foreign Legion in Africa to Mexico and
the Far East. Expelled from country after country his experiences were
of the most exciting kind and they lose none of the thrill in the telling.
Especially interesting is the comparison of the dictatorships in Italy,
Mexico and Russia.
THE DESERT ROAD TO TURKESTAN, by Owen Lattimore.
This modern Marco Polo set out in 1926 to retrace the ancient caravan
road across the interior of China. To the dangers of sand, snow and moun-
tain passes were added civil war and lawless tribes of nomads. His wife
was the first white woman to make the overland journey from Peking to
India. Intimate glimpses of the caravan dogs, camels, and the habits and
customs of the opium-smoking natives.
WINGED SANDALS, by Lucien Price.
European travels with fine illustrations and lively anecdotes, but much
more than that. The chapters on art, especially on music and musicians,
are fascinating even to one "not to the manor born." It is a book not to be
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AMERICAN LIBRARY ASSOCIATION.
The next annual meeting of the American Library Association will be
held in Washington, D. C., May 13-18.
NEW HAMPSHIRE SUMMER LIBRARY SCHOOL.
The tenth annual Summer Library School for New Hampshire li-
brarians will be held at the University of New Hampshire, July 15-26.
The chemistry section of the library has been greatly strengthened by
the addition of complete sets of the Annalen der Chemie and the Bioche-
mische Zeitschrift. More recently we have received a set of the original
series of the Publications of the Early English Text Society running from
the beginning to 1913. The volumes since that date will be added as funds
A noteworthy exhibit of Japanese prints adorns the wall of one of the
reading rooms loaned by Mr. J. C. Herring.
Lady Gough, distinguished blue-nose of England, wrote a book on
Etiquette in 1863, and on page 80 is this paragraph:
"The perfect hostess will see to it that the works of male and female
authors be properly separated on her bookshelves. Their proximity unless
they happen to be married should not be tolerated."
IMPORTANT BOOKS OF THE MONTH
HERMAN MELVILLE, by Lewis Mumford.
"The day of Herman Melville's vision is now in the beginning. It hangs
like a cloud over the horizon at dawn, and as the sun rises it will become
more radiant and more a part of the living day." Melville shares with
Whitman the distinction of having failed of recognition until years after
his death. Typee and Omoo are interesting and unusual works of travel
with fiction and romance worked in. But, 'tis on Moby Dick-the great
white whale-the symbolic tale of man's great spiritual adventure with
the world-that he rides to fame.
Mr. Mumford's unusually well-written volume gives not only the facts
of Melville's life and the background of the times but also excellent critical
estimates of his work.
STORY OF ENGINEERING IN AMERICA, by Chelsea Fraser.
The romance of pioneer engineering creeps into this interesting non-
technical history, almost between the lines. For the author is matter-of-
fact beyond reproach, and reveals the spirit behind the enthusiasm and
ability which has carried our American engineers to enviable success.
Excellent drawings supplement the text and the photographs are in
particular very much to the point.
WITCHCRAFT IN OLD AND NEW ENGLAND, by George Lyman
The witch-creed of the Anglo-Saxons was not imposed from above; it
was a folk-belief inherited in unbroken continuity from savage times. It
was founded on actual happenings and the persecution of witches followed
from a fear as logical as that through which we hunt criminals today. The
prodigious accumulation of cases and citations and the unbiased probing of
the author vindicates some of the blackest figures of the seventeenth cen-
tury and convicts others who would be pronounced enlightened upon super-
ficial examination. The record of New England is shown to be highly
creditable when considered as a whole and from the comparative point of
"One can learn as much about life from a thoughtful novel as from
biography or history or philosophy. Indeed all of these are dramatized in
the novel. Stevenson once said, 'The most influential books, and the truest
in their influence, are works of fiction. They do not pin the reader to a
dogma which he must afterwards discover to be inexact; they do not teach
him a lesson which he must afterwards unlearn. They repeat, they re-
arrange, they clarify the lessons of life . they show us the web of
experience, not as we can see it for ourselves, but with a singular change-
that monstrous, consuming ego of our being, for the nonce, struck out.' "
-Prof. Robert E. Rogers in "Creative Reading."
ACCIDENT, by Arnold Bennett.
Alan Frith-Walter and his daughter-in-law, Pearl, accidentally board
the same train for the continent. Pearl is running away from her husband
because he has gone "Labor." Jack boards the train at Aix-Les-Bains in
time for the accident. Mrs. Frith-Walter awaits her husband at Genoa and
is surprised to learn of the arrival of Jack and Pearl, and shocked that
they are staying at separate hotels. Affairs are untangled in the end-or
DODSWORTH, by Sinclair Lewis.
Another American type-retired but not old, rich but not fabulously
so, college graduate but not a scholar, a Good Fellow but not of the Boob-
oisie-towed over Europe by his charming, high-tensioned, self-dramatiz-
ing wife with social ambitions. Earnestly he seeks the true spirit of each
land despite the obstacles of travel, devotedly he bears with Fran's chang-
ing moods and flirtations, slowly he discovers his own soul and its living
EXPIATION, by "Elizabeth."
A sympathetic and skilfully woven tale of a gentle little woman who
wandered from the straight and narrow path and was found out by her
conventional relations. The letters' characters are wittily exposed in their
reactions to the situation, and the sinner learns to deal charitably with
FIRST LOVE, by E. M. Delafield.
Should one marry her first love? Ellie Carey found the question very
absorbing-at least to her family.
FOOTPRINTS, by Kay Cleaver Strahan.
Credible and moving story of murder in a closely-knit family group
with no possibility of an outside agency. Told in two series of letters and
solved by the participants.
ROME HAUL, by Walter D. Edmonds.
A fascinating story of life, labor and romance on the Erie Canal in
1850, as that historic waterway was beginning to lose its importance and
the "canawlers" were saying to each other: "Awful things, them rail-
roads, some say it'll kill the boating in time."
THIS STRANGE ADVENTURE, by Mary Roberts Rinehart.
The story of one woman and at the same time the spiritual story of all
women as mother, wife, neighbor, intimate friend and victim of circum-
stance as well as mistress of her own fate.