THE LIBRARY LANTERN
"Inside a good stout lantern hung its light"-Browning
Hamilton Smith Library, University of New Hampshire,
Durham, New Hampshire
WILLARD P. LEWIS, Librarian
"Entered as second-elass matter October 10, 1927, at the post office at Durham, New Hampshire,
under the act of August 24, 1912."
Volume Four, Number Six Monthly from October to June
"Those who journey into new lands often return from their explora-
tions improved in health and strength, but he would be a bad explorer and
doubtless would see little who was chiefly occupied in observing his physi-
cal gains. So it is in the realm of mind. Here, too, an adventure lures one.
Here is something to be enjoyed, not merely a discipline to be endured."
-Everett D. Martin.
BOOKS YOU WILL ENJOY READING
NIGHTS ABROAD, by Konrad Bercovici.
"One never sees a city as well in the daytime as in the night," and only
a man gifted with imaginative sympathy can feel and express the flavor of
London, the man's town, Venice, synthesis of the East, Amsterdam, city of
tulips and decayed fish, Vienna, where waltzes ring, and Havana, where
illusions are born. Celebrities and people of the streets jostle each other
to their national versions of current jazz tunes, while in the last chapter
memory strays back to student days "When Paris was mine."
THE OUTERMOST HOUSE, a year on the Great Beach of Cape Cod, by
Poetic, but more appealing than poetry. Full of beach lore, entrancing
to lovers of shore life, its glorious flights of swans and of butterflies, its
"rafts" of skunk coots, its phosphorescent sand fleas, its bell-like cry of
wild geese, its terrifying tempests, its wrecks, its coastguard life savers,-
all so real one can hardly bear to lay it down.
A DOG-PUNCHER ON THE YUKON, by Arthur T. Walden, with intro-
duction, by Walter C. O'Kane.
The Yukon of the nineties experienced by this veteran dog-sledge
trader, is described with vividness as if the author were retelling before
his blazing logs, these stories of the cold, the fearlessness of men, the
strength and endurance of the dogs, all mixed with a generous amount of
humor. Here is life in the elemental, making a story of "high adventure,
keenly sought and splendidly found."
The crowning adventure of Mr. Walden's life has come now when he
is accompanying Commander Byrd on his expedition to the Antarctic.
ANNE OF BRITTANY, by Helen J. Sanborn.
This delightful biography shows Anne as a peculiarly admirable child,
woman, wife, mother and ruler. She was twice Duchess of Brittany, twice
Queen of France, twice deeply concerned in wars with Italy, and through
it all one sees few flaws in her superb character. Glimpses of the country
form a picturesque background.
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BOOKS OF THE MONTH
THE AR1T OF THINKING, by Ernest Dimnet.
Do your brain-images follow in a consecutive, orderly procession, or
do they flit helter-skelter, hither and yon? are they beautiful or common-
place? do they mirror the great world or the trivialities of the day? In
any case, your thoughts will be livelier and more distinct after reading
this diverting, but profound book, The Art of Thinking, which is in reality
the art of living to the fullest degree.
MIDDLETOWN, a study in contemporary culture, by Robert J. and Helen
Not Middletown anywhere, but an actual, bewildered, bustling, com-
mercial middle-western city with its Rotary Club, Chamber of Commerce,
and Ku Klux Klan, with its churches, schools and homes, with its manu-
facturing industries and business houses, furnishes the subject of this
inquiry. The book has a unique value, as the result of the first serious
study of its kind developed in a thoroughly scientific and sociological man-
ner. As fact, it almost confirms the fiction of Sinclair Lewis, Dreiser and
Mencken. One sees at first hand the change from the little agricultural
community of the eighties, through an oil and gas boom, the development
of new industries, the delights and dangers of the new day, and the peculiar
community loyalty of a Chamber of Commerce which in the midst of a
"Buy it in Middletown campaign," orders the lumber for its new building
from out of town. And one wonders what contemporary culture really is
as the facts come out in this typical American community which is so busily
engaged in making a living, amusing, educating and developing its citizens.
The library has been exhibiting an interesting series of rare books,
beautiful book-bindings and engravings which have been loaned by Mr.
Grigaut. There has also been an exhibit of photographic reproductions
loaned by the Photo Era Magazine of Wolfeboro.
Mr. Robert Barrett of Cornish, N. H., has recently given the Library
a fund of $200 for the purchase of art and music books for general cir-
RECENT ACCESSIONS IN BOTANY AND BACTERIOLOGY.
Bonnier-Cours de botanique-580-B718.
Buchanan-Physiology of bacteria-589.95-B918p.
Buswell-Chemistry of water and sewage treatment-543.3-B982.
Burtt-Collection of herbarium and timber specimens-581.91-C187.
Eichinger-Die umkrautspflanzen des kalkarmen ackerbodens-631.4-
Gaumann-Vergleichende morphologie der pilze-589.2-G128.
Hottes-Book of shrubs-635.976-H834.
Jaccottet-Les champignons dans la nature-589.2-J18.
Jordan-General bacteriology; new edition-589.9-J82c.
Jordan and Falk-Newer knowledge bacteriology and immunology-589.95
Owens-Principles of plant pathology-581.2-097.
Paget-Pasteur and after Pasteur-B-P291p.
Marchal-Elements de pathologies veg6tal-581.2-M315.
Seaver-North American cup fungi-589.233-S442.
Timpe-Beitrage zur Kentniss des Panacheirung-581.1-T586.
Vogt-Die chemischen Pflanzen schutzmittel-632-V886.
A copy of the first book printed on corn-stalk paper has been received
by the library-Rommel's "Farm Products in Industry."
A TALE OR TWO
FOUR DUCKS ON A POND, by Ruth Sawyer.
Tad Mason, hating her farm home with its squalor and absence of
love, goes to college and falls in love with Danny Herron, an Irish lad who
teaches her against her will, that the land is good to those who feel its spell.
MAMBA'S DAUGHTERS, by Du Bose Heyward.
A meaty, satisfying novel rich in characterizations and incident.
Two parallel and interwoven stories against the slowly changing back-
ground of old Charleston in the first three decades of the twentieth century
-that of Mamba, a "wharf nigger" who sets out to become a "white folks
nigger" in order that her ill-fated daughter and gifted granddaughter may
be protected in future misfortunes, and on the other hand, the story of
Saint Wentworth, dreamy and impractical scion of a race of gentlefolk
who achieve self-discipline, romance and a responsible place in the Charles-
ton business world.
PENELOPE'S MAN, by John Erskine.
Stripped of Homeric glamor, Odysseus was just an ordinary man
who fell into the clutches of one woman after another, yet wouldn't have
missed a single episode. He stayed longest where they fed him well and
made him comfortable. Fate detained him ten years but his wife asked,
"What was her other name?"
It is interesting to note that the following volumes are the best sellers
in the Everyman's Library, in the order given:
1. Shakespeare, 2. Bible, 3. Everyman, and other miracle plays, 4.
David Copperfield, 5. Pepys' Diary, 6. The Golden Treasury, 7. Boswell's
Johnson, 8. Malory's Morte D'Arthur, 9. Burns' Songs and Poems, 10.
"The Love of Books the Golden Key
That opens the Enchanted Door."
OTHER BOOKS OF INTEREST
BELIEVE IT OR NOT!, by Robert L. Ripley.
The world is full of wonders and the greatest wonder is man. The
author searches for the strangest manifestations of Nature and Man, il-
lustrates them with successful cartoons, and is most flattered when the
reader exclaims "That can't be true!"
RAIDERS OF THE DEEP, by Lowell Thomas.
The author of Count Luckner, the sea devil, sought out the com-
manders of Germany's under-water fleet, the U-boats, and learned from
their own lips the thrilling adventures which these raiders of the deep
experienced during the Great War. Weddigen sank the Hogue, the Cressy,
and the Aboukir in one day. Arnauld de la Periere sank more than two
hundred ships during a brief career. The thirty odd tales recounted hold
plenty of thrills and show the courage and daring of the men who fought
under the sea.
WINTER WORDS, by Thomas Hardy.
Hardy was both a poet and novelist-a poet turned novelist to reach
his audience-a major figure in both fields. His latest and last book of
verse-quite up to the level of its predecessors-deals largely with the
field and problems of human relationships-containing much that is de-
spondent and some that is flippant-yet pervading all we find that strength
and vigor which were characteristic of the man.
BOOKS AND AUTHORS
Authors, booksellers, librarians and publishers are joining forces in
Massachusetts in an endeavor to have a new and much more satisfactory
censorship bill passed.
Elliott Holt, the son of Henry Holt, and formerly of that firm has
established a new firm under his own name. He will concentrate by pub-
lishing only one book a month.
Jonathan Cape, a well-known English publisher, has formed a new
partnership with an American, Harrison Smith, for the publication of
books in this country.
PUBLISHING AND BOOK-SELLING.
Courses in publishing and book-selling have been offered at Columbia
University in New York, in Philadelphia and elsewhere in this country.
At the University of Leipzig a chair of Publishing and Book-selling has
BOOKS PUBLISHED IN 1928.
Of the volumes published in 1928 in the United States, totaling 9,176
volumes, Macmillan's had the largest list-752. Other publishers followed
as given below:
Doubleday Doran-404; Grosset & Dunlap-286; Oxford Press-266;
Harper-245; Dutton-229; Houghton-222.