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April 30, 1922 - Image 15

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"Up Stream--An American Chronicle"
(A Review by G. D. E.) finally refused was directly due to himself in the New York Times. I Jew. Finally he secured a position
Four weeks ago, in the Book Review the sentiment against the Jewish shall not take up the dispute here. I in the Germanics department at Ohio
section of the New York Times, Bran- race. merely suggest that you read the State University, and for some -half
der Dathews, a good, simple old soul,; I-lere is where Brander Matthews Matthews article, if you have a atom- dozen years all went well enough.
comes in riding his indignant hobby ach strong enough, and guage the Pro- Then came the war and Lewisoh's in-
attacked Ludwig Lewisohn's autobi- horse. Either he was opposed to fessor's asininity for yourself. trepid tongue labelling some of the
ography, "Up Stream" (Boni & Live- Lewisohn on the grounds aforesaid, Lewisohn then tried to secure a p- imbecilities arising from the hysteria,
rigsht). It is not my intention here to or on those grounds refused to inter- sition in some other college but time he was brought to court or being a
take away the Professor's false teeti, jcede for hin. Now, with pains gnaw- after time he was turned down, gen- German and his sensitive spirit was
ceLuloid cerebrum, glass eyes and ing at his conscience, he tries to clear erally for the reason that he was a (Continued on Page 7)
crutches, nor the tin cup which the _
kind educational department of New
York state keeps filled, for I am'too
engrossed in discussing the book.
Sometime later, here or elsewhere, I
may chew the ears of the doddering
old fellow, but not now. Sufficient to
say for the present, I think, that
Matthew's criticism is the only un-
favorahle one which I have seen. Even
the weakly sarcastic moralist, Stuart
F. Sherman, praised the work.
Lewisohn's story is that of a child
immigrant being immersed in the swill
barrel of the Republic's culture be-
fore he had come within fifteen
years of the. age of reason. He had
good stuff in him, the culture of
the cultured class of Germany,
where he- was born, and. the
innate poetry that is the por-
tion of nearly every pure-blooded Jew,
but he emerged bearing all the out-
ward aspects of a sound and willing
church member, Congressman, adver-
tising man, real estate booster, or Ro-..
tary club member.
But the good stuff in him told. The"*
Melting Pot never got to the core of
the man, and it took only a few heavy
thumpings by our ¢itizenry 'of imbe-
riles to knock off the superficial
coatings which had dried and taken
hold of the epidermis. If they had
hut left him alone these coatings
might have become as much a part
of him s the vegetable matter on
the coat of the Hermit crab. They
might have exchanged particles of
iaaterial with the very bowels, heart,:, .
livef spleen, autonomic and central
nervous systems of the man, and turn-
ed him from artist to a voter, buyer
of furniture on the installment plan,
father of a passel of kids, newspaper1"
poet, or birch wielder at the district
school house.
But the yokelry had at him from the
start, first because of his Jewish
blood, and later because he had come
from Germany, whence, as all good
Americans know, nothing but evil can
come.
Lewisohn's ability with the pen soon 1C
woan him the prominency as the ,first /
southern town, and his delighted atti-
tude over, and enthusiastic- adven-W ih q AZ;"Of (m " n e,,
tures into, the classics o n With an Air of Smartness
made him well liked by various mem-
bers of the English department. Up
to this point all was more or less Smartness lurks in these new sports costumes. There are flannel suits of
oe tho>dim nd had dabbleednonynertes- orchid, cannon, and jade with ratine collars and chic bows of black.
tasy with the rites of the Catholic Straight line frocks of knitted material come in beige, orchid and blue
ednd Lewohn asignoreid.Cs forn and have fringed hems. Another style of knitted frock las a full plaited
seguently he became a little bitter, skirt of navy while the blouse is Bramley style in white with navy trim-
but yet so innocent was he that he
could not define the anti-Semitism mings. Prices range from $15.00 up.
back of the snub.
Still, when he went to New York
city to Columbia University in order
to make the Master's degree, he went
with eyes a little wider opened. When
he applie.d for a position on the teach-
ing staff they were opened wider yet,
and the skepticism that life in a big
city instills into a sensitive person,
prepared him in some small measure
for the disappointments to fo'low.
Lewisohn eventually found out that
the reason he was being "stalled" and

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