THE LIBRARY LANTERN
Published monthly from October to Jue Ii /t'e 1
Hamilton Smith Library, of the I~hii'ersiy
9 of New Hampshire
Entered as second-class matter October 10. 1927, at the post office at Purlham New Hampshire,
act of August 24, 1912.
Vol. 16 DECEMBER, 1940 o. 3
HANDS THAT BUILT NEW HAMPSHIRE
Citizens of the state of New Hampshire may well be proud of the variety,
accomplishments and skill exhibited by the craftsmen both past and present, wlho
have worked in our midst. Until one has read this interesting and able presenta-
tion of the history and present status of the crafts in New I-Hampshire, it is quite
likely that one would not realize what has been accomplished as well as what is
being done at the present time.. This fascinating account of master builders,
cabinetmakers, glass blowers, potters, stonecutters, or workers in metal, as well.
as craftsmen and craftswomen in the arts associated with the home, produces a
keen appreciation of what can be done with limited facilities and self-developed
skill. The story of Granite State craftsmen is a record of achievements which
are a distinct contribution to the cultural as well as the material welfare of
The writing of this book was accomplished only after a large amount of re-
search had been done, and in which, incidentally, students of the University of
New Hampshire, both past and present, were engaged to a considerable extent.
There is an excellent bibliography for those who wish to pursue further some
aspects of the subject, as well as a carefully prepared index. The book was pub-
lished under the sponsorship of the Governor and Council of New Hampshire,
who are to be commended for their public-spirited interest in providing a record
of our craftsmen.
Reviewed by Philip Marston.
NEW HAMPSHIRE CHRISTMAS
Our harvest moon is gone, and our hunting season;
Dark rain turns silver in air, gray acres white;
Gnarled fir-wood feels the axe for the old reason,
And children dream of reindeer in the night.
Now, in the reindeer countries, no such folly
Survives. Kris Kringle dies without reprieve.
Brave shires that sang the ivy and the holly
Dare risk no peal of bells this Christmas Eve.
Christ coming now would find no friendly manger
In David's land; no oilf Ilr of myrrh.
Peace walks the earth a suspect and a stranger,
But in New Hampshire we may harbor her
A little longer, at least. Tell the old story
Of man's rejoicing, and keep the old good cheer;
Thank, for what mirth we have, the Power, the Glory -
And pray to do the same another year.
TWO GUIDES TO THE OTHERWHERE
MR. TOMPKINS IN WONDERLAND, by G. Gamow.
If you want a respite from the cares of the day here is an invitation into
a different universe, where curved space and quanta are as natural as gravity,
and a billiard ball is nothing so simple as you once believed. Follow Mr. Tomp-
kins :l.r..ui.ih his dreams and in the appendix read the lectures which inspired
them, then you will find that front page news isn't all that makes our world ex-
citing. Speaking scientifically, the author's technique consists in exaggerating
the constants which exist in physical laws, so that infinitesimal natural effects ap-
pear readily observable. Here's a chance to find out what curved space really
is! There are only 91 pages, with many charming illustrations, all simple enough
for those who have had elementary physics.
MATHEMATICS AND THE IMAGINATION, by Edward Kasner and
We always thought arithmetic was a pretty dull subject, but here are two
authors who prove that it isn't! For instance, we think of infinity as a very large
number, but there's a world of difference between it and a finite number even
as large as a googolplex. Numbers do the most interesting things when you
start playing with them with the aid of a book like this. We meet curved space
again from a different angle. In the chapter on topology our old friend the
pretzel appears, as well as some amusing problems to try on one's friends. Famous
problems and puzzles of all time are found in these pages, with proof of their
solution or impossibility. This book requires a little headwork, but is guar-
anteed to open the doors of the same Wonderland explored by our Mr. Tomp-
TRELAWNY, by Margaret Armstrong.
Is anything more engrossing than a rich, racy, romantic story about a pic-
turesque buccaneer who at one and the same time is an ardent fighter for liberty
(and anything else handy) and a staunch friend; a story which happens to be a
true biography? This is Trelawny the boy who at thirteen was shipped to
sea by unfeeling parents and who, through adventures rivaling Benvenuto Cellini's,
became one of the most astounding figures of the 1800's.
SOUTH OF YESTERDAY, by Gregory Mason.
Throughout this tale based on his explorations around the Caribbean Sea-
the American Mediterranean, Gregory Mason runs a golden thread of philosophy.
Archaelogy is recreative; the attempt of man to rediscover what he once knew
ages ago and has long since forgotten. Centuries ago the Mayan Indian had per-
fected a philosophy, a government, and a society for which barbaric Europeans are
The swashbuckling Spaniard arrived in his caravels in the early sixteenth
century, finding a highly-developed culture, and a skilled craftsmanship in gold
among the Taironas. Withdrawing from the shore before the invader, the Tai-
ronas established their civilization inland, still intact; but the greedy Spaniard
discovered in 1571 that the entire nation had completely disappeared. Gregory
Mason !..ll- the meager clues of this race by airplane, foot and spade. Tanta-
lizing wonders invite speculation; "how did the Toltecs build the Cholula pyra-
mid, which is three times bigger than that of Khufu, the largest in Egypt?" Why
were the Incas' tapestries finer than those of the Gobelins? A sage mixture of
tales of early conquerors and explorers, businesslike arrangements of contempo-
rary expeditions, with a first hand knowledge of the present-day Indian, makes
the reader an eager participant of the search for America's great cultures.
OUT OF THE NIGHT THAT TROUBLED HIM
YOU CAN'T GO HOME AGAIN, by Thomas Wolfe.
Wolfe's death deepens to personal and public tragedy as the turgid promises
of his early work give way before the artistic discipline suggested in his final gift
to American letters. Autobiographic, intensely emotional, studded with poetic
prose, memorable for description (remember the railroad journey in Of Time and
the River) You Can't Go Home Again sums up the turbulent philosophy of Wolfe
the man and Wolfe the artist backward we cannot go, we can't go home again.
Only in forward movement can we be found; we can save the America we love
and make the America we wish only by action.
Wolfe's -kiI.l use of scene enables him to create a series of dramatic peaks
which stand out starkly from the surrounding plains. But it is both strength and
weakness. He could use scene-but it seemed that scene could also use him. His
fascination for a technique he had mastered led him into the error of using it for
its sake alone and to demonstrate his virtuosity. He thought he had won through
to artistic objectivity in writing this book. That he made a stride forward is ap-
parent but it is also apparent that his books were collaborations between author
and his publishers rather than individual creations.
SCHOOLMASTER OF YESTERDAY, by Millard Fillmore Kennedy and
Alvin F. Harlow.
Here is a chronicle of three generations of Kennedys who taught in the
schools of Kentucky and Indiana. Grandfather Thomas Kennedy began his teach-
ing career in 1820, in Bourbon County, Kentucky, when he was twenty years old.
The log school had an earth floor, the roughest of benches and a paucity of books
almost unbelievable to our generation. In 1836, Thomas packed up his little
family and set out for the state of Indiana, hoping to leave behind him his taste
for corn liquor, but it took the affair of the hornet's nest to make him a teetotaler.
Ben Kennedy followed in his father's footsteps becoming a teacher at the
age of seventeen after two terms at Asbury University. Then Ben's son, Millard,
began to teach in 1883 at No. 10.
It is not only a family chronicle, but a record of the development of educa-
tion over a period of ninety-nine years, from the log cabin schools to our modern
buildings with their up-to-the-minute equipment.
COPPER COLORED SON
DUSK OF DAWN, by W. Burghardt DuBois.
This is "an autobiography of a race concept," with an insight into the entire
world attitude toward racial distinction. Mr. DuBois is a negro. He was born
just after the close of the Civil War. He grew up, the leader of his classmates,
in a small Massachusetts town. Through scholarship aid he attended Fisk Uni-
versity, received his Bachelor's and Master's degrees at Harvard, and finally
received his Doctor's at the University of Berlin. The German name of Burg-
hardt is his mother's. She was black, the name being adopted from a New Eng-
land family. DuBois, however, he received from a great grandfather, who was
While his own life is that of a successful man, who has found a great joy
in living, the story he tells is of a far from successful crusade. Never have the
true conditions and lack of opportunity for this suppressed race been so clearly
revealed, as in this book. As is consistent with the educated negro before white
people, the author is overly reserved. It is as if to say, "I would not give the
whites the slightest opportunity for ridicule. We are an intelligent and worthy
race." In this manner does the author present his problem. Is there an answer?
BOMBS OVER ENGLAND
ORDEAL, by Nevil Shute.
We have all read in the daily newspapers about the repeated bombing of
England, the resulting destruction and disease, and the horrible uncertainty. All
these everyday happenings form the background of the novel, Ordeal, exciting
story of Joan and Peter. Their home is bombed; their town virtually disappears.
They try to escape disease and death by living on their ancient yacht. Still sus-
pense and excitement follow them on their unusual trip. They are forced to sail
in submarine-infested waters. They have to make a raid in order to get milk for
their starving baby.
Ordeal makes us better realize what the English are going through now. It
is not only the story of Joan. Peter and their family; it is the story of all the Eng-
lish people today.
OLD AL'S KINGDOM
BIG RIVER TO CROSS, by Ben Lucien Burman.
Any author writing about the Mississippi must run the risk of having his
book compared with Mark Twain's Life on the Mississippi. Mr. Burman's book
needs no apology, for zhis book of fact and folk-lore about the great river is writ-
ten from a present-day standpoint. Mark Twain's classic was first published
nearly sixty years ago, but (lie river never seems to lose its fascination for suc-
ceeding generations of authors who feel its spell. You feel Mr. Burman's fasci-
nation in every line he writes here, whether about Old Al, the River King, smok-
ing his pipe, or about shantyboat people, the roustabouts, the river pilots and the
myriad folk who live near and on the river. The drawings by Alice Caddy are
particularly in keeping with the spirit of the book.
ACTRESS TO EMPRESS
BASILISSA; A Tale of the Empress Theodora, by John Masefield.
Did Masefield have an ulterior motive in his method of telling the story of
the Empress Theodora? We wonder. Theodora, the Byzantium actress, deserted
in Africa, seeks counsel of the Holy Father Timotheus; he sends her to Antioch
for further advice but here instead she finds herself robbed and stranded; she
picks up a few political gleanings which later prove helpful to the Emperor. Theo-
dora gets back to The City. There is no feeling whatever that The City is Byzan-
tium of Justinian's time; rather the Greens and the Blues might easily be two
parties in a recent election year. Through political intrigue Theodora arrives
at the top and although this is a fictionalized life of Theodora it is most plausable
ADVENTURE IN POST-WAR SPAIN
AND NO MAN'S WIT, by Rose Macaulay.
"The Sunne is :-. ,.- and the earth, and no man's wit
Can well direct him where to looke for it."
These lines by John Donne gave Rose Macaulay the title of her latest novel
which takes us to Spain in the summer of 1939. Here we find Dr. Kate Marlowe
accompanied by her family of English liberals, searching for her son, Guy, who
disappeared after the break-up of the International Brigade. Guy had been fght-
ing against Franco and was not content to give up that fight.
The visit of the English f u.il at the Spanish castle, home of Ramon, a school
friend of Guy's, brings forth much lively and amusing political discussion. Ramon
joins the searching party which includes the "novel-reading" Betsey; Hugh. an-
other "radical" son; Ernie, the man of the people; and lovely Ellen Green, Guy's
betrothed. As the group tours the country, it meets adventure, romance, mystery,