THE LIBRARY LANTERN
"Inside a good stout lantern hung its light"-Browning
Hamilton Smith Library, University of New Hampshire,
Durham, New Hampshire
WILLIAM W. SHIRLEY, 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 Five, Number Seven Monthly from October to June
THE GIFFORD LECTURE
THE SCIENCES AND PHILOSOPHY, by J. S. Haldane.
Haldane has attempted to develop an idea of reality which shall avoid
the difficulties of mechanism on the one hand and of vitalism on the other.
The following methods of interpretation are given in order of decreasing
abstractness or increasing concreteness and besides in order of their nearer
approach to reality; mathematical, physico-chemical, biological, psycho-
logical. Recent developments in physics and physiology are used effective-
ly. The discussion results in a philosophy that is inspiring and hopeful, too
much so, no doubt, to suit those who are evidently mechanistic. The work
is quite technical, and not especially easy reading, but it richly repays the
GRANDMOTHER BROWN'S HUNDRED YEARS, by Harriet Connor
This is the life story of a centenarian, dictated to her daughter-in-law,
which won the ATLANTIC MONTHLY'S $5,000 prize. It is the simple story
of a woman who did nothing extraordinary, but who typifies the thousands
of women who fought poverty, dirt, and disease, who brought forth their
children and tried to educate them, in the lonely West of the early nine-
teenth century. Her story, rescued from oblivion by the foresight of a
member of her large family, is one to stir the admiration and amazement
of our sophisticated contemporaries, who know nothing of what it means
to be dependent on empirical knowledge. Grandmother Brown had more
than the average share of both courage and occasions for laughter and
gaiety. When she died, there was broken in the words of Vice President
Dawes, "one of the last personal links between the heroic past in the West
and the present day of fine fulfilment and continued promise".
ALL SHALL WAX OLD
HEIRS, by Cornelia James Cannon.
A sweet story (appropriately bound in heliotrope) of New England,
written to show, apparently, that the old New England stock, worn out to
the extent of economic and biological sterility, is being replaced by foreign-
ers-in this case, Polanders-the real "Heirs" of the land.
The story is, perhaps amateurishly, divided into two parts. In the
first part, Marilla, the last of her family, takes a position in a country
school, teaching Polanders-and loving them, and marries the owner of
the mill. All this is conventional, even to the extent of horsehair trunks,
auction sales of antiques, and suns "setting in a glory of red and gold".
In the second part, Marilla, listless and despondent with longing for the
children she cannot have, in desperation goes on a trip to Europe. Mean-
while, Seth, her millowner husband, sees his mill failing-and is paralyzed
by poliomyelitis. Marilla returns with peasant weaving-patterns that will
save the mill. And all is well when we read her words: "Seth, my precious,
. . you'll be my child and lover too."
FURNITURE TREASURY, by Wallace Nutting.
These two large volumes contain 5,000 illustrations of objects dear to
the collector of antiques, covering the field indicated by the sub-title: "All
periods of American furniture, with some foreign examples in America,
also American hardware and household utensils." The descriptions are
very brief but the examples of each type are so numerous and the photo-
graphs so clear that verbal description is hardly necessary. Perhaps the
most surprising, if not the most beautiful item, is a chair with a fly-switch
over the sitter's head, operated by a pedal and evidently invented before
the days of window screens.
This book will be on exhibition for one month before being circulated.
CITY VS. VILLAGE
DOWN IN THE VALLEY, by H. W. Freeman.
When Everard Nulliver buys a tiny cottage in Lindmer in the Suf-
fold Valley, he little thinks that he will become so involved in the life of
the village as he so shortly finds himself. He attempts to get a divorce for
his housekeeper from her brutal husband, plays in the big quoit game with
Nayland, and falls in love with Ruthie Gathercole, and finds village life so
agreeable that he sells his business in Bury, then almost goes abroad to
forget Ruthie, but not quite.
THE NEW YORK TIMES
The Library is now subscribing for the bound volumes of the NEW
YORK TIMES. This special edition is printed on rag paper, which is sup-
posed to last for all time. The TIMES is so large now, that this means 24
bound volumes for one year.
Connected with the bound volumes, and making them more useful as
time passes is the NEW YORK TIMES INDEX. This index is issued monthly,
cumulated quarterly, and finally appears as an annual bound volume.
The only other New Hampshire library having this rag paper set is the
Baker Library at Dartmouth, so in time the set here will be much appre-
ciated by all in this part of the State.
THE FIRST IN THE TRILOGY
AUSTRALIA FELIX, by Henry Hendel Rishardson.
In the early days of the colonization of Australia, it was "Australia
Felix, blest, thrice-blest Australia!". Often true. Fortunes were made in
the Gold Rush overnight, and lost as quickly. The land had resources of
all kinds, but also dreary expanses of sun-baked desert, where the temper-
ature rarely went below 100 in Spring and Summer. This novel, the first
of the trilogy, of which ULTIMA THULE is the last, clearly shows both sides
of life in the old Australia. The story is centered around Richard Mahony,
an Irish doctor, who, at the beginning of the book, is a storekeeper in a
struggling gold-mining town. The novel deals with his rise to a prosperous
practice as a physician in Ballaret, and ends as he and his wife sail for
England, because of Mahony's dislike for the country and its inhabitants.
The author has developed Mahony's character admirably, and we can
easily detect the symptoms of unrest and instability that make the tragedy
of ULTIMA THULE inevitable.
QUENTIN ROOSEVELT'S BOYHOOD
THE WHITE HOUSE GANG, by Earle Looker.
The "Gang" was the unforseen outcome of President Roosevelt's
democratic decision to send his son, Quentin, to a public school. The chron-
icler of the strenuous activities of the favored few who belonged to this
group, was one of the members, and thoroughly enjoys telling of the
pranks and games which they played-with Quentin always in the lead.
The fair and considerate way in which their beloved TR dealt with matters
when they got out of bounds, will reveal another side of this unusual per-
sonality. The tale is much enlivened by illustrations of the gang in action.
ANOTHER GOOD MYSTERY
THE AMAZING WEB, by Harry Stephen Keeler.
Like THE VOICE OF THE SEVEN SPARROWS, this story is written for
those who like mystery, not gruesomeness. So many plots are interwoven
that the reader cannot stop until the book is finished, lest he be utterly
lost and have to start again. The book will be liked as well by those who
have a fondness for courtroom scenes.
"PRAISE ALL LIVING"
THE WOMAN OF ANDROS, by Thornton Wilder.
In part this novel is based on a comedy by Terence-THE ANDRIA.
"THE ANDRIA is a comedy of errors; THE WOMAN OF ANDROS an idyll com-
pounded of tragedy." The author has recast the whole play, omitting
what did not serve his purpose, and adding what he chose-making the
novel an original piece of work, rather than a copy. Greek life on the Is-
land of Brynos during the time when the "Holy Land was still preparing
for its precious burden" is the setting, with Chrisis, an hetaira from the
Island of Andros, the central figure. THE WOMAN OF ANDROS is simple,
delicate and imaginative-perhaps the best of the author's three books.
GOD WILLS IT!
THE CRUSADES; IRON MEN AND SAINTS, by Harold Lamb.
Harold Lamb continues to delve in the Orient, and this time he has
taken the Crusades, a field as yet somewhat free from modern writing.
We know so little about the causes of the Crusades, and the actual
processes of getting the men to the Holy Land, that this book is certain
of a cordial welcome. The book is full of pictures that remain in the mem-
ory, as the final end of the hosts of Peter the Hermit, but what we remem-
ber most is the calm before the Knights charge the Saracen cavalry,
followed at once by the stirring and grim moving into and through these
A HISTORY OF AMERICAN MAGAZINES 1741-1850, by Frank Luther
"This volume is intended as an introduction to the magazines of which
it treats, and an outline history of magazine development since 1850."-
American periodicals have long been in need of this book, since their
history is so closely allied to that of the Country in all fields. Mr. Mott is
preparing a second volume to carry the history to date with the following
divisions: "Period of the War 1860-65, the Post-War Period 1865-80, The
Period of Advertising Development 1880-1902 and the Muckraking Period
1902-15 to the Recent Period, since 1915."