THE LIBRARY LANTERN
Published monthly from October to June by the
Hamilton Smith Library, of the University
of New Hampshire
Entered as second-clnes matter October 10, 1927, at the post office at Durham. New Hampsahhr
under the act of August 24, 1912
Vol. 10 MAY, 1935 No. 8
THEY GET THEIR MAN
TEN THOUSAND PUBLIC ENEMIES, by Courtney Ryley Cooper.
All over the United States Special Agents of the Bureau of Investigation are
attacking the crime problem, collecting fingerprints, sifting clues, gathering bits
of unrelated information which often piece together to convict a criminal. This
inside story of how they work is written by a man thoroughly familiar with their
methods, as with the ways of criminals themselves, the inadequacies of the law,
and the hindrances to justice offered by corruptible politicians and public apathy or
sentimentality. One frequently hears the lament that this country needs a Scotland
Yard, but the officials of that admirable institution have had no experience in deal-
ing with the type of criminal operating in America. J. Edgar Hoover is building
up an institution which is adequate and which "gets its man" unerringly. The
work of a Special Agent is sometimes romantic if often dangerous. He is often
required to revert to a former occupation and pose as a horse-trader, mechanic,
dishwasher, or accountant in the hope of "getting the goods." One Agent got his
man through his ability to play Southern folk tunes on the fiddle.
Laws recently passed have enabled the Federal Bureau to take a much big-
ger part in tracking criminals. It works in cooperation with local police, but by
having men in all parts of the country it can pass on information very quickly and
have a trail taken uo where it is hottest. This is very necessary today when a
criminal can escape from Florida one day and rob a bank in Indiana the next, and
nurse his wounds in Chicago the day following. Here is a fascinating story of how
a band of real heroes, with the aid of modern science, are working to rid the coun-
try of its public enemies.
ADRIFT IN AMERICA
GRANDSONS, by Louis Adamic.
In fictionized form this is a study of the problems of assimilation of the chil-
dren of immigrants. 'Peter Gale, the sensitive, poetic grandson of an immigrant
from the author's native Slovenia, is trying to find his place in an America that
seems to him all speed and restlessness and superficiality. He is far enough from
his grandfather to have lost the devotion to the soil, the sense of having roots in
the past and of being a bearer of tradition, which give the old-world'native anchor-
age in a stormy world. He is hindered in the process of adjustment by a bootleg-
ger brother who gives him spending money and a new car every six months, and
by a cousin engaged in I.W.W. activities. The latter is the only one of the three
grandsons who has any idea what he wants-not only better working conditions
but a richer, more creative life. Peter and Andy, his bootlegger brother, are beset
with the same sense of loneliness, boredom, and frustration. Andy puts up a brazen
front with expensive clothes, big cars, and contempt for humanity. Peter tries to
adjust himself, but sometimes doubts his own reality: he is an idealist, a poet, a
shadow. None of the characters in the book are entirely real; it is rather a study
than a novel. But it is written most interestingly and the author puts his finger on
a very real problem in American life.
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A ROMANCE OF THE MAINE COAST
TIME OUT OF 1MIND, by Rachel Field.
Maine has furnished another novelist with rich material for a chronicle of
a great shipping family and its decline. The Fortunes, notable shipbuilders for
three generations, dwindled in the latter years of the nineteenth century to the
Major and his two children, Nathaniel and Clarissa. The Major's pride would not
let him see that sailing ships were doomed, or that his son was a musical genius,
not a shipbuilder. After his dominating power has almost killed Nat, sent on a
long sailing journey, and broken the family fortune, Nat and Clarissa escape to
Paris and a musical career. The plot is complicated and romantic but as told by
Kate Fernald, the housekeeper's daughter, and incidently, the heroine, it seems to
keep the vivid reality of Maine life. There are a number of unforgettable scenes
such as the torchlit launching of the Rainbow, last great ship of the family, and
the premier performance of Nat's "Ship Symphony."
FRANCIS THE FIRST, by Francis Hackett.
Francis the First came to the throne of France at the age of sixteen with a
clear title. Perhaps the easiest way to realize the richness of the period is to recall
some of the persons who were of the same epoch; Henry VIII, Rabelais, Calvin,
Erasmus, Loyola, Leonardo da Vinci, Luther. Francis was accustomed to admir-
ation and adulation. As a child, he was idolized by his mother; as a king, by all
the other women in France. He was a lovable, charming man, but he cost France
a great deal in bloodshed and land. In an unsuccessful invasion of Spain he was
taken cantIve at Pavia. He lost his health in middle age and when he died at the
age of fifty-three, he was ready for death. Francis tore down old fortresses and
replaced them with charming, elegant chateaux and it may definitely he said that
he opened France to the Renaissance and closed it to the 'Puritan Reformation.
HIackett has produced a much sounder work than he did in Henry VIII. He
doesn't repeat himself and he has the ability to place emphasis where it is needed.
AN EARTHLY PARADISE
PROVENCE, by Ford MAado.r Ford.
This book covers everything under the sun, with particular attention to gas-
tronomy, Mrs. Patrick Camnbell, Provencal poetry, and many other pleasant oc-
cupations and phenomena. How to find a good cafe, how to make bouillabaisse,
even perhaps how to end war,-there is much valuable advice on a variety of sub-
iects. But the hook is after all mainly about Provence, its history, its present state,
its attractions. The author finds it the fairest spot on earth, and perhaps after
reading this entertaining volume the reader will agree with him.
AN AUTHOR'S MOUTHPIECE
THE MAN ON THE BARGE. by M:axr Miller.
,Max : I I'. is by profession a journalist, but he is by inclination a philosoph-
er, a man who has observed and thought deeply about various types of people, and
who shows us what they really are like. The man on the barge is a college gradu-
ate who has taken this job both as a means of earning his living and also as a
means of escaping the much too obvious signs of the depression. Needless to say,
he doesn't esca-e; it follows him out into the harbor through his passengers, women
he describes. The stupid, arrogant people are shown in a ridiculous light. The
humble. the old and the defeated receive kind treatment. Outwardly, the man on
the barge is aloof, but his mind is a treasure. The bock has the same qualities of
quiet beauty, humor and imagination that have been found in the author's earlier
BUT YOU CAN'T
FORGET IF YOU CAN, by John Erskine.
The main point of Mr. Erskine's latest novel is that lovers are jealous of
each other's past. To prove his point he gives us the story of Lattimer Miorton,
prominent New York attorney, and Marguerite Laval, Fifth Avenue modiste. Mor-
ton, a widower with a son at Princeton, breaks off his liaison with Ruth Romain
and as a final gesture buys her a magnificent fur coat-the wrong coat as it hap-
nens. He falls in love with Marguerite and asks her to marry him. More exper-
ienced in love than he, Marguerite refuses, claiming that he would be jealous of
the other men in her life. She believes that she is immune from such feelings.
However, Morton kisses her into submission (and Mr. Erskine says he is a novice)
and they go to Palm Beach for their honeymoon. Bentoff appears to upset their
idyll and then Ruth has her turn. We are not going to tell you the outcome, but
hope you will find it more humorous than Mr. Erskine intended it to be, for he is
very much in earnest.
PRISON LIFE AS IT IS
I WAS CONDEMNED TO THE CHAIR, by Edward F. McGrath.
After the author had been condemned to die as a murderer, he sDent twenty
months in Sing Sing death house, was retrieved and sentenced to life imprison-
ment. The following fifteen years of his life were spent in Sing Sing, Dannemora
and Great Meadows Prisons, after which he was paroled. His book is interesting
in that he sent much time in important prisons during the early attempts at pri-
son reform. Although the book is written with an unusual intelligence and with an
evident wish to be honest and judicial, the author leaves no doubt in the minds of
his readers as to the incredible vileness and meanness of some of his fellow-inmates
PLAYS BY A POET
WrHEELS AND BUTTERFLIES, by W. B. Yeats.
Four pla-s, by one of the foremost Irish noets, which have all been played at
the \bbey Theater, Dublin. They are imaginative and poetic, one in fact being
little more than a song and dance for the dramatic music of George Antheil, uhb-
lished with the !lays. Another portrays the rean)earance of Swift at a seance held
in an eighteenth century house in Dublin which had belonged to friends of Stella.
Swift's uneasy spirit lingers there, unable to free itself from thoughts of Stella and
Vanessa. A long preface to this play shows that Swift haunts Mr. Yeats too and
"is always just round the next corner" of his thoughts and his hopes for Ireland.
OTHER RECENT PLAYS
PANIC. by Archibald Macleish.
A play in verse, with rhythm adapted to twentieth-century American speech,
using bankers, lawyers, radicals, and a cross-section of an American street crowd
RATY FROMl HEAVEN, by S. N. Behrman.
ST. HELENA, by Robert C. Sheriff.
With death staring him in the face, Napoleon does not lose hope,-at least
on the surface-dwring his last years at St. Helena.
THE PETRIFIED FOREST, by Robert Sherwood.
Preeminently American in tone-gangsters and the Arizona desert, offset by
Sgen*tle, cultured New England "gentleman of the road" with an English accent.
POINT VALAINE, by Noel Coward.
SHIPS. AND HOW THEY SAILED THE SEVEN SEAS, by Hendrik Willem
In the short space of three hundred odd pages liberally illustrated with his
own pictures, Mr. Van Loon reviews the history of shipping and navigation from
the days when the Polynesians used dug-outs and crude canoes, to the twentieth
century with its floating palaces. He states in his foreword that a sailor's life was
"a plain slice of hell-on-earth," and the facts bear him out. The inhuman treatment
of galley slaves, the barbarous practices connected with slave trading, the living
conditions of the sailors up to the beginning of this century, make one shudder.
After reading the thirteenth chapter we are impatient to try our hand at identify-
ing the various types of sailing vessels. Shipping has reached the peak of its
career and now that the impossible has happened and aeroplanes have conquered
the great oceans, Mr. Van Loon predicts that they will take the place of passenger
liners and warships, leaving freighters alone to carry heavy cargo. So, we are
grateful to the author for his memorial to the ships that have ploughed the briny
A DOCTOR IN NORTHERN BENGAL
IN A BENGAL JUNGLE, by John Symington.
A doctor in this country may have his exciting moments, but they are not
to be compared with the shudders and thrills that come to a doctor in the Duars.
Dr. Symington's sketches of his life while physician in a district of tea estates is
informative and packed with thrilling incidents. One day while answering a sick
call, the doctor had to cross three swollen streams on elephant back and in addition
was pursued by a rogue elephant. His only weapon was a knife belonging to the
mahout. The doctor does not recommend trotting on elephant back. Tigers, leop-
ards, wild cats, rats, wild peacock, and snakes, abound in these pages, not forgetting
the yellow wasps which stung the man who worked on Sunday. The crayon draw-
ings by 'Paul Porterfield blend well with the atmosphere of the book.
BACKWOODS AMERICA, by Charles M. Wilson.
Informal descriptions of "Too per cent Elizabethian Americans"-the Ozark
mountaineers of Arkansas and Missouri, their folk-lore, speech, humor, feuds,
moonshine liquor, etc. A delightful and illuminating book.
UNROLLING THE MIAP, by Leonard Outhzwaite.
The story of exploration from the earliest known attempts down to the first
Byrd Antarctic Expedition is told in an attractive volume. The maps are especially
interesting, showing as they do the state of knowledge at different times, the known
areas being represented in white and the unknown in black.
GARDEN FLOWERS IN COLOR, by G. A. Stevens.
Encyclopedic in arrangement, this book will stir your enthusiasm for gar-
dening if it is at all inclined to lag. Hundreds of marvellous color illustrations.
THE DELIGHTFUL DIVERSION, by Reginald Brewer.
Do you collect first editions, presentation or association copies, or books of
private presses? If you are a beginner or an expert The Delightful Diversion is a
fine book to own or to read. Points and prices are given for six hundred American
THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF JOHN HAYS HAMMOND.
Eighty years in the life of this eminent American mining engineer. Mr.
Hammond has traveled widely and deeply and has given us here eight hundred
pages of well written and interesting memoirs.