1 HE NIl.HIU AN DAILY PAGE SEVEN
Books and W riters olas Bessakaboff and Claude Bragdon. in scientific publications, would seem HEALING POWER OF BOOKS
A philosophy based on the fourth di- to cast suspicion upon the theory and
EXPERIENCES OF A VIOLINST mensional theory. Knopf. upon Dr. Abrams himself. Publica- Selected books aid in cures as
The Master-Mistress, by Rose tion of an article in such a magazine nothing else can do, reports Caroline
Edward Normanton Bilbie O'Neill. A book of verse by the well is considered the first step toward the Webster, librarian specialist in charge
Edward Normanton Bilbie's book known artist. Knopf. recognition of the theory which it ex- of hospital work of the United States
on "Experiences of a Violinist," writ- When Winter Comes to MHain Street, pounds. Dr. Abrams' one attempt to Public Health Service among wound-
ten, in isis own words, for "those who by Grant Overton. Intimate sketches have the theory' examined by the ed ex-service men, in making her an-
play the violin or who are interested with portraits of a number of modern Rockefeller institute recently, met nual report to the American Library
in it and its music" is partly an ac- authors, playwrights and poets, with a point-blank refusal. association.
count of the writer's musical life, his Doran. Sir James Barr the British physi- "They swing the pendulim from
own experiences of studying the vio- Germinie Lacerteux, by Edmond and cian who supports Abrams, cannot be the tendency to constant consider-
lin both abroad and in America and Jules de Goncourt. A story of the said to be among Britain's greatest ation of the physical condition of life
of teaching it in later years, together downfall of a good woman whose medical men. He appears to have to the more important condition-the
with his impressions of the many vio- great heart was more fatal to her hap- been more interested in politics than mental attitude," she stated.
lin artists he has heard, and partly a piness than the worst vices. Knopf. in medicine, and is certainly much "A refreshed mind can much more
treatise on advice to violin students. The Collected Novels and Stories of less important than Upton Sinclair, successfully meet the repeated pain of
l'r. Bilbie's purpose in writing this Guy de Maupassant, translated and in his excitement, would have us be- hemhorrage than one worn and tired
little book seems to be one of help edited by Ernest Boyd. Includes lieve. He is probably going the way with the dread of thinking of the next
and encouragement tq those who are many stories never before published. of Sir Oliver Lodge, A. Conan Doyle attack. Hence, the distinct thearpeu-
attempting the mastery of the violin. The first two volumes to be published and other men who, as Dr. Cabot puts tic value of the lightest fiction, plus
Evidences of the author's wide October 6. Knopf. it, "have just burned out a bearing, the other more worth-while things in
musical experience are seen in the Ascent, by Frances Rumsey. A that's all." their curative power"
chapter called "Hints to Young Play- soulless quest for experience. Boni &
ers," in which he very . adequately Liveright. -
points out definite ways of overcom- Babbit, by Sinclair Lewis. A new
ing difficulties in violin technique, novel by the author of."Main Street." +
and gives sound advice as to methods Harcourt Brace :& Co. - SG- D n' b
of practice, besides recommending Young People's Pride, by Stephen
lists of the best violin exercises and Vincent Benet. Another book by the ll fiBERTYsiL a te!!
solos with descriptions of each, and author of "The Beginning of Wisdom." a sIansis ssssH o
suggesting many books on violin play- Henry Holt.
ing, for the benefit of students of this Nana, by Emile Zola. Translated
art. This particular section of his from the French. A story of the S. & S. Alarm Clocks bring people around on time in the
book is extremely instructive, though theatrical underworld in Paris at the morning. They prevent starting the day wrong by starting
rather too technical to be of interest time of the Franco-Prussian War. To it right.
to others than those who have some be published October 6. Knopf. S $
knowledge of the violin and its prob- Spend $1.50, $2.50 or $5 getting a real S. & S. Alarm
lems. THE ABRAMS THEORY that is always accurate as a timepiece and reliable as a
As a whole, the entire account .morning warning. We guarantee them.
seems to me somewhat dry and lack- (Continued from Page One)
ing in vitality. The impressions hero Abrams has stated that the exam- SCHLANDERER & SEYFRIED
presented of the appearances and ination of the planets through a spec-
characteristics of such great violin troscope is radioanalysis. Such an JEWELERS
artists as Joachim, Sauret, Kreisler, examination, according to Prof. Heil- 113 East Liberty Street
Spalding and others are enlightening brunn has nothing to do with radio
to those. who understand all the tech- analysis. It is spectro analysis.
nicalities of actual violin playing, but Dozens of flagrant errors were point-
are somewhat monotonous and too de- ed out by the scientist during the few
failed to hold the attention of even moments he spent inspecting some of
students of the instrument for any the Abrams literature that I had
length of time. The manner of ap- brought with me. He saw little ex-
proach to each account of an artist re- cept coisedy in the theory.
minds one of a text book, at least, it To Dean Cabot one of Abrams'
undoubtedly would if it were not for theories was downright offensive.
the frequency of the singular pro- "Abrams' assertion," he declared,
nounto lend relief. However, in the "that every human being is infected Main
sene that they show a real apprecia- with syphilis, and his slogan, 'No I US .. iV ii
tion and understanding on the part of syphilis, no diseasel' would appear
a violinist for his brother musicians too silly to deserve comment if it
who have attained the peak of suc- were not so wicked. It is an unsup- Special Sunday
cees in their art, these short descrip- ported, unsupportable assertion in de-
tions, founded on conscientious ob- fiance of all known facts. n
servation, deserve commendation. "If, as Abrams maintains, the whole
In one of the chapters the author race without exception has syphilis-
digresses from his main channel in if everyone has it, how can it be ac-
giving us a short sketch of the life quired? Re-infection with this dis- open
and habits of the gypsy people, with ease is exceedingly rare. The first in- O e
little anecdotes about his own con- fection is an almost certain safe-~11 to 1
tact with them, especially mentioning guard against succeeding infections.11t 1
their love for music. There seems to And still it is most notoriously true
be, in 'this particular section, a freer that the disease can be acquired."
expression and a wider appeal in the Prof. Heilbrunn declared that the Dancing
treatment of these little known yet "outburst" of freak ideas which Ab-
fascinating people. rams has broadcast is not unusual. 6:00 to 7:30
"The vast niajority of flagrant scien-
Those who are at the beginning or tific errors are made by physicians.
in the midst of the study of the violin The 'sex determining machine,' and
will find parts of the book of assist- other contrivances equally as silly
ance in improving their playing, but were in the main, the products of-
for the general' public it is on the some physician in his dotage, or the
whole too technical. Except for the work of a downright swindler."
chapters on the author's life and the Both Dr. Cabot and Professor Heil-
gypsies, the book may be classed as brunn agreed that the fact that none
a reasonably adequate text book on of Dr. Abrams' articles have appeared
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