THE LIBRARY LANTERN
Published monthly from October to June by
Hamilton Smith Library, of the Univ O p
of New Hampshire -
Entered as second-class matter Octboer 10, 1927, at the post office aDr, New Hampshire, underr the
act of August 24, 1912.
Vol. 12 FEBRUARY, 1937 k No 5
A REAL DEMOCRAk .
DENMARK, THE COOPERATIVE WAY, by Frederic C. Howe.-
The cooperative movement in the Scandinavian countries has lately been re-
ceiving a lot of attention, and this book on Denmark piles up the evidence for the
social values inherent therein. While in some countries the cooperatives have re-
mained merely purchasing societies, in Denmark they are the basis of a political,
social, and educational movement which permeates the social structure from top
to bottom. By means of this movement and its concomitants, enlightened legis-
lation and universal education, the position of the farmers has been raised from
one of virtual serfdom in 1850 to that of a class dominant today in the economic
and political sphere.
Next to the cooperatives, the Folk High Schols are Denmark's most famous
institution. These schools are private and self supporting, except for a little state
aid, and enjoy absolute freedom of teaching and discussion. The average age of
students is twenty, but adults of all ages attend. Most of them come from and
return to the farms, having learned that intelligence and dignity are not incom-
patible with manual work. Hence there is a farm population equipped to take an
intelligent part in the affairs of the state.
PROFESSOR TO THE RESCUE
AN OLD HEART GOES A-JOURNEYING, by Hans Fallada.
Warning: Only for readers who still like fairy tales. This is a whimsical story
of Professor Kittguss who retires from his profession to devote himself to the
study of the Book of Revelation. He is summoned abruptly to rescue his god-
child, Rosemarie Thurke, from the clutches of the cruel and scheming Schliekers.
The innocent professor seems no match for the sly villain and his wife, and Rose-
marie gets more deeply involved as the story moves on, but eventually justice
prevails. The amusing episode of Farmer Tamm giving away his weight in pork
is .just one instance that sends you to the title page to make sure that the author
of Little Man, What Now? and The World Outside really wrote this tale. What
is more, he intimates that he intends to write a sequel.
FIRST AT THE NORTH POLE
PEARY, by William H. Hobbs.
Robert Edwin Peary is almost a local character; his forebears came from
Portsmouth, Newmarket and adjacent Maine towns; he lived some years in South
Portland and attended Bowdoin College. This new biography, carefully docu-
mented, is written with great care for detail in order to wipe out the last mis-
understandings over the Cook controversy. Dr. Hobbs, himself a scientist of
note, can judge Peary accurately and thus Peary emerges as the great scientist
and explorer he was.
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MISSIONARY TO CHINA
FIGHTING ANGEL, by Pearl S. Buck.
The author gave us a fine biography of her mother in The Exile. Now we
have the story of her father's life to complete the picture. Tall and thin, "Old
Teacher" lived and worked for the glory of God in the land of China, bestowing
upon his work the care and affection which most men give to their families. He
was a stranger to his children and it was only toward the close of his life that his
daughter came to know and understand her father. The native preachers Andrew
trained were devoted to him, but the other missionaries in the field resented his
ardor, and for his part Andrew had no patience with their ways. When he was an
old man he went to Korea to see for himself the situation there. He found that
there was plenty of work to be done, but he wrote, "Their souls seem scarcely worth
saving," and he hurried back to his beloved Chinese. Strangely enough, Carie who
loved the hilltops, lies buried among the teeming lowlands, and Andrew who was
happy among the crowds lies where Carie should have been. It is useless to con-
jecture, yet we wonder if Andrew's life would have followed the same pattern if
he had not overheard Mrs. Pettibrew's unguarded remark? His daughter does
not think so.
A CHANGING CHINA
YANG AND YIN, by Alice Tisdale Hobart.
The title of this story is taken from the yin yang symbol of Chinese philosophy
representing two forces, the active Yangg), and the passive (yin), which together
form the perfect balance in life. Peter Fraser, young missionary doctor in China,
filled with zeal concerning his work and his duty to humanity, represents the yang
force. The Chinese attitude of passivity and easy acceptance of death, or what-
ever may come, is the yin quality against which Peter fights consistently. Peter
marries Diana and they have three lovely children; life is kind to them for several
years. Unfortunately, the two older children die in an epidemic and Diana, who
no longer wishes to fight against disease and death, takes the surviving child to
America. Peter, left alone, becomes immersed in his work; he attempts to dis-
cover the cause of a disease but fails due to the lack of necessary equipment.
Because he cannot take an infected Chinese into America, he infects himself and
comes to this country where good laboratory equipment is available. Later Peter
and Diana return to a changed China which is adopting the worst and ignoring
the best of western ways. This book, one feels, is the result of many years of
study and observation.
AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF A SEPTUAGENARIAN
THE UNEXPECTED YEARS, by Laurence Housman.
Laurence Housman had the good fortune to be born in a large and most in-
teresting family. Early in life, he acquired a love of beauty and a sense of its
noliness. When he finished public school he went to art school, but his failure
during the first five or six years to get set in the right direction drove him more
persistently into writing as an alternative. He started his literary career by writ-
ing fairy tales and imaginary legends which he illustrated himself. Throughout
the book one finds gems of wisdom, humor and a story well-told. For example:
the incident of the unsuspected plagiarizing of one of Yone Noguchi's poems; the
story of an American dinner party where everyone talked about whether or not
Shakespeare wrote his plays, all making extravagant assertions without authority
behind them, and Mr. Housman's comment that "It was the sort of thing they
do better in America than here." One of the most humorous probably was the
story of his writing his own obituary-and getting paid for doing it.
TRADITIONAL OR MODERN?
INSIDE 100 HOMES, by Mary Fanton Roberts.
With this book of magnificent photographs we peep into the homes of Fannie
Hurst, Lawrence Tibbett, and others less known to those of us who don't visit
in Fifth Avenue. We call on residents of Connecticut, Virginia, Long Island,
even London and Florence, to see how people of wealth and taste have achieved
distinguished homes. Some have preferred the mode of the eighteenth century,
others, the Victorian, or Empire, or Leopold Stokowski's rustic simplicity. Some
have combined traditional and modern styles with great skill and happy results.
In addition to the homes displayed there are many photographs offered as sug-
gestions for decorating the home, and pictures of what's new in china, flat silver,
metals, and glass. There are brief discussions of modernism by several people.
Although the kind of home here displayed may be beyond the purse and even the
ambitions of most of us, we can nevertheless improve what we have by familiarity
with the best.
A NOVEL OF SOCIAL PROBLEMS
EGGS AND BAKER, by John Masefield.
The scene of Masefield's new novel is laid in a small English town in the
1870's. The lot of the poor worried few people in those days, and stirred to
action still fewer. Hence Robert Mansell, who ran a bakery and wrote articles
denouncing the proprietors of the slums, succeeded only in antagonizing his fellow
townsmen and ruining his business. He is drawn into a murder trial out of
sympathy for one of the defendants, whom no one else recognizes as too mentally
defective to commit the crime. Here again he fails, achieving only a sentence for
contempt of court. Masefield makes all his characters live, and the novel is an
effective comment on the pitiful weakness of one man's vision against the callous-
ness of society.
FROM LANCASHIRE TO INVERNESS
A WALK AFTER JOHN KEATS, by Nelson S. Bushnell.
In 1818, John Keats announced to his friends that he intended "to make a
pedestrian tour through the North of England, and part of Scotland-to make a
sort of Prologue to the Life I intend to pursue-that is to write, to study and to
see all Europe at the lowest expense." With Charles Brown as a walking com-
panion, Keats started from Lancaster on June 25, 1818, walked up the West
coast of England and Scotland to Fort William; from there, they crossed the
Lake country to Inverness, a distance of over six hundred miles walked in three
months. At Inverness, the poet became ill and had to abandon the rest of his
tour. Mr. Bushnell, more than one hundred years later, followed the same path
which Keats had trod and this book is Bushnell's journal, written from day to
day, interspersed with Keat's letters to various persons, lines from his poems, and
excerpts from Brown's journal.
A BOOK HUNTER'S HOLIDAY, by A. S. W. Rosenbach.
America's ace collector, Doctor R, is known the world over for the almost
fabulous prices he has paid for rare books and manuscripts; he has also acquired
valuable material for the probervial "song". Any person possessing the slightest
instinct of the collector will find a thrill on almost every page of this book;. in-
cidentally, within its pages will be found many interesting and amusing side-lights
NEW WAYS IN PHOTOGRAPHY, by Jacob Deschin.
The amateur will find this of great value to him as a means of bringing him
up-to-date in his methods. Written solely for the amateur and hobbyist.
DUO THROUGH CHINESE TURKISTAN
NEWS FROM TARTARY, by Peter Fleming.
Strange as it may seem to Fleming fans, on this thirty-five hundred miles trip
from Peking to Kashmir, Peter Fleming joined forces with a woman. They were
both determined to do the trip alone over different routes, but their plans were
destined to miscarry, and "Kini" proved an excellent companion. Chinese Turk-
istan is a hard country to get into and harder to leave-alive. In many places
Miss Maillart was the first white woman to penetrate into that forbidding territory.
This is the kind of travel book to enjoy in a comfortable armchair and you are
perfectly satisfied to let Mr. Fleming and "Kini" endure the hardships and ex-
citement, with no annoying urge to pack up and be off. The photographs are
splendid, but Mr. Fleming insists that "Kini's" are better, and we must wait until
her book is published to pass judgment.
HERE AND THERE
THE LONELY WAYFARING MAN, by Townsend Scudder.
"The present book attempts to give a portrait of Emerson through persons,
and a reading of his life by means of the attitude of his generation."
HANDBOOK OF JAPANESE ART, by Noritake Tsuda.
"For the average Westerner who wishes to gain superficial knowledge of the
art of Japan and to see 350 well chosen examples of it adequately reproduced, Mr.
Tsuda's Handbook will be of invaluable assistance."
ART FOR ART'S SAKE, by Albert Guerard.
NO LETTERS FOR THE DEAD, by Gale Wilhelm.
ENGLISH DOWNLAND, by H. J. Massingham.
A very interesting and well-written survey of England's chalk country. Su-
perbly illustrated from photographs.
MORE THAN BREAD: a book of poems, by Joseph Auslander.
AUTUMN IN THE VALLEY, by Mrs. Margaret Chanler.
THE OXFORD BOOK OF MODERN VERSE, chosen by W. B. Yeats.
THE NEW CARAVAN, ed. by Alfred Kreymborg, et al.
This fifth volume in a series, begun in 1927, is a collection of hitherto un-
published material representative of recent America.
FAR FOREST, by Francis Brett Young.
ST. JOAN OF ARC, by V. Sackville-West.
Contrary to general belief, there is a wealth of authentic source material about
Jean d'Arc; and almost in proportion to the amount of material are the number
of her biographers. This book is an interesting addition to the legend.
MODERN TITIAN, by John Wheeler-Bennett.
This is doubtless the most authoritative and most interesting life of von Hind-
enbrg yet to appear; Hindenberg's was a story which is both pitiful and tragic.
Primarily a study of the war and post-war years.
NOT SO DEEP AS A WELL, by Dorothy Parker.
Her collected poems, very modern, cynical, sentimental, cruel, romantic.
THE WIND BLOWS OVER, by Walter de la Mare.
There is a quality of sombre melancholy in these stories of human emotions,
stories which are hardly more than episodes.
SHADOWS LIKE MYSELF, by Countess de Chambrun.
DEATH IN THE DEEP SOUTH, by Ward Greene.
A murder, a trial, mob violence, yellow journalism, apparent manipulation of
justice to further ambitions of local politicians, race and regional prejudice-these
combine to make a moving story and one of considerable social significance.