THE LIBRARY LANTERN
Published monthly from October to June by the
Hamilton Smith Library, of the University
of New Hampshire
Entered as second-class matter October 10, 1927, at the post office at Darham, New Hampshire, unde5i"h.
act of August 24, 1912.
Vol. 16 JUNE, 1941
History of The University of Ne a sre
IF Benjamin Thompson had come across a huge meteorite in
the midst of his Warner farm, he could not have been more
Astonished than he would be, if he were with us today, on
reading "History of the University of New Hampshire, 1866-
1941", the life story of the seed he planted which brought
forth fruit one hundred fold. It is all there, over 300 pages of
narrative and illustration, picturing for us the struggling little college of agricul-
ture of the past growing into the proud university of the present.
When this reviewer read the opening chapters -"The Land Grant College",
"The Formative Period", "The College in Hanover", "Benjamin Thompson's
Bequest"- he felt as though he were looking through a microscope, or through
the eyes of Lemuel Gulliver. But as succeeding chapters unfolded the story, told
so vividly, humorously and proudly by the two earlier historians, Dean Pettee
and Professor Scott, he saw Benjamin Thompson's little college of agriculture
become the university whose aim is to serve every citizen of the state.
The clear map of the campus and its buildings, the gracious "Preface" by the
chief editor, Professor Babcock, and the very pertinent "Foreword" by President
Engelhardt, introduce the reader to this splendid gift to "New Hampshire, Alma
Mater", on her seventy-fifth anniversary. The real purpose of the book is finely
expressed in the President's words: "We dedicate this volume to those citizens of
the past who, in the words of the first president, Asa D. Smith, 'builded better
than they knew'. We make this work available to you, old and young, of this
generation. May it be a challenge to maintain and to build this institution through-
out the years as a worthy symbol of democracy and as a true expression of your
,1 .0 Reviewed by Alfred E. Richards
"A MODEL TO START THE WORLD ANEW"
FINLAND FOREVER, by Hudson Strode.
There's an old adage about the people who say little getting the most done,
and we must agree wholeheartedly, albeit ruefully, when we consider Finland. In
less than two decades she created by simple patterns of daily living and thinking a
pure democracy. Confronted with nations trying to sell their ideas of government
by force, or, imposing those ideas by brutal strength, it is time to study the envi-
able social progress made by the Finns, as effortlessly as her runners take the
In Finland Forever, Hudson Strode is consciously trying to present a clear
picture of pre-war Finland; her land, its people, their beliefs, habits and her goal.
Reading this vivid description, we can understand the spirit that made a country
of the population of Missouri, fight a major war with a nation fifty times her
strength and possessing one-eighth of the world's land surface. The keynote of
this convincing book is aptly expressed in the quotation from Runeberg, which
prefaces it: "I saw a people who were able to do everything except betray their
ALONG REFUGEE ROAD
THEY WENT ON TOGETHER, by Robert Nathan.
They Went On Together reflects the impact of war on the minds of child-
ren. It is a simple story, beautifully told by Mr. Nathan "who excels in the direct
depiction of childhood, the spontaneous note of children talking, and the mean-
ing behind their unpracticed utterances."
Paul stuffed his pockets full with his various "treasures", and, with his mother
and sister, joined the hurrying horde of bewildered refugees. During one of the
bombings, Paul became separated from his family. So he and Sylvie, a lost girl,
went on their way together-there was nothing else to do.
They Went On Together is real. It strikes home, not only because childhood,
war, and fear are real, but so are love, courage, and perplexity. Dorothy Can-
field Fisher says that all America should read this book.
CALLING INSPECTOR SCHMIDT
HERE COMES THE CORPSE, by George Bagby.
Laughing at Aunt Harriet's fears, the wedding group sings "Here Comes the
Corpse" instead of "Here Comes the Bride". .. that is, until the corpses really be-
gin to appear. So Inspector Schmidt gets on the job. He tangles with the German
Bund; meets a magnificent "grande dame" and a colored family retainer with an
Oxford accent. He learns about parties preceding a formal wedding and the viol-
ence following a family funeral. Schmitty calmly wears his bedroom slippers,
even to the wedding, and produces a surprising culprit.
IN THIS OUR LIFE, by Ellen Glasgow.
Miss Glasgow has written a novel challenging the ideals and social attitudes
of the present generation. The unhappy lives of the members of the Timberlake
family are the means of presenting many outstanding present day social problems.
The Timberlakes are an example of modern unrest. In This Our Life is not
a gloomy story, for the plot carries the reader's attention through many detailed
descriptions of personalities which might otherwise be depressing. Such a collec-
tion of personalities living together as a family is certain to make interesting read-
ing. The most valuable point of the book is that the somewhat shocking actions of
the characters and their reasons for these actions make the reader compare his own
social standards with theirs. This thought provoking quality makes the novel a
rich source of conversation. After reading it, you will probably form your own
answer to the question, "What is the matter with the modern generation?"
SOULS TRIED BUT NOT WANTING
FLOTSAM, by Erich Maria Remarque.
A timely book on the problems resulting from man's deliberate savagery to
man has been written once again by Erich Maria Remarque. Flotsam deals
with those people who are shadows, ghosts and dead men in the eyes of society;
people without passports, subject to arrest and persecution simply for the crime
of existing. The theme of the book is further accentuated by the number of per-
sonalities shown briefly at a period of their existence. Creating unforgettable
characters with swift strokes, Remarque shows vividly the minutiae of refugee ex-
istence. How do they eat, live, pass through the no-man's-land between border
and border? Steiner, the man who dies for his convictions, is the symbol of the
calibre of many of these people. Rather than being unique in plot, the book stands
more as a factual record of a situation which exists; a situation that may be likened
to cancer in society. There is an ironic humor in many of the episodes, directed at
the kind of society causing such conditions; and also at the bureaucracy of misery
itself. Flotsam offers no solution to the problem; but the very human quality
of the characters makes us identify them with ourselves, and ponder over their
COUNTRIES IN MINIATURE
MANY A GREEN ISLE, by Glanville Smith.
Thanks to a Guggenheim Fellowship, the author spent a year visiting the
patchwork of islands known to us as the West Indies. Mr. Smith is enamoured of
islands and uses a calm, leisurely style of writing, stopping now and then to phil-
osophize when the mood strikes him, which is after all the only way to do it. Sep-
arating the Atlantic and the Caribbean, we find a veritable jigsaw puzzle of bits of
land belonging to Holland, Denmark, Sweden, England, United States, France,
Spain and one or two other countries. We have been hearing much of Martinique
lately and it was from the little town of Trois Islets that Josephine went forth to
become the wife of Napoleon and Empress of France. From Chapter One entitled
"Mrs. Niblick's Nutmegs" to the end of Chapter Twenty we are treated to a
kaleidoscopic view of scenes and people: low islands hugging the sea, or Dutch
Saba rising high above the glittering waters of the Caribbean.
KABLOONA, by Contran de Poncins.
Poncins, a Frenchman, felt a sudden urge; he applied at the house of the Ob-
late Fathers in the Rue de l'Assomption in Paris for passage on the private airplane
of the "Bishop of the Wind" to fly to the Glacial Ocean. For 20,000 miles with no
equipment, no definite plans, he traveled among the less known Canadian Eskimos.
For fifteen months he lived with, and, like these primitive people, there was no
pampering by himself or others! As an ethnologist his aim was as close an ap-
proach as possible to the Eskimo mind, way of life and mode of thought. The re-
sult was most satisfactory; pen and water color illustrations and a book full of
minute detail and description of the inner life of these people of the cold.
SOLDIER OF FORTUNE
CALL THE NEW WORLD, by John Jennings.
From 1814 to 1824; from Bladensburg to Baltimore, Haiti, Venezuela, Chile,
Peru, London, Washington and back to Peru; these are the times and places of
Call the New World. Of people we have Peter Brooke, from West Point, about to
enter active service, his court martial and subsequent adventures; Don Ramon and
his sister, Carlota of Caracas, Panchita and Judith. It is a story of war and love
and the diplomatic history of the South American struggle for independence.
FOR YOUR SUMMER READING
I WITNESS, by Norman Alley.
"Here is a famous photographer, brightly wooing public interest without a
single photograph! He does it successfully too. The story of Norman Alley's life
is certainly in itself a series of pictures, from personal incident to world-shaking
event. And in choosing to put it in words without benefit of camera he offers a
wide public a rousing tale..." From New York Times.
BEGIN HERE, by Dorothy Sayers.
This is a "statement of faith" by that British writer who dares to stare war in
the face and declare, "This is not the end, but the beginning." A new civilization
is beginning and it's up to the people of Britain to decide what it's nature will be.
The author looks back over the long course that man has come and pleads that we
do not lose, through fear and lack of faith in old ideals of decency and civilization,
all we have gained.
THE SHENANDOAH AND ITS BYWAYS, by William O. Stevens.
Mr. Stevens takes us through the historic and picturesque Great Valley of
Virginia, with visits to Winchester, Lexington, Charlottesville, and Natural
Bridge. Here is a treasure trove of Americana, of legends and history. Pen and
ink drawings by the author show us many of the natural curiosities and scenic
wonders of the Shenandoah.
AUTHOR IN TRANSIT, by Lancelot Hogben.
We have here the first hand story of the author's escape and journey from
Oslo, Norway to Aberdeen, Scotland. Such a trip is about one hour and a half by
airplane but this time Mr. Hogben was forced to journey 20,000 miles because of
the German blitzkrieg. His return to Britain was made by way of Russia, Siberia,
Japan, and the United States. It is a personal narrative of breathless moments and
of heartbreaking uncertainty both as to his own fortunes and the fortunes of war
for Britain and France.
ARSENIC AND OLD LACE, by Joseph Kesselring.
This is the thriller, now playing on Broadway, which has just been published
in book form. It's about two respectable old maids, Aunt Martha and Aunt Abby,
who have a yen for murder. Their famous wine was made of arsenic, strychnine,
and cyanide. To complicate the story we have an Irish cop, a lunatic who believes
himself to be one of Roosevelt's Rough Riders, a face lifter, the superintendent
of Happydale Insane Asylum, and oh, yes, a few sane people.
BLOOD, SWEAT, AND TEARS, by Winston S. Churchill.
Here are those unforgettable pronouncements on the progress of the war, the
defense of Britain, and democracy's fight for life which have rallied the English
people to their heroic stand. England's Prime Minister speaks for all those people
who are today engaged in the struggle to preserve freedom against barbaric tyran-
WHAT MAKES SAMMY RUN? by Budd Schulberg.
At one time we have all wondered of someone What makes him tick? Mr.
Schulberg tells us in his first novel what it is that makes Sammy tick. Sammy had
a genius for being a heel. He ran through New York's East Side, through the
newspaper ranks, and through Hollywood, leaving in his wake the wrecked
careers of his associates.