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October 28, 1923 - Image 17

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Autumn Interlude


Th71ie t iiinleriis rise o 11tr lite stvens and a ta itwould have-/
sro ( an ioi , ,.r dcoy s, the skirl of '. t ownv!i r r 1 arY fYrm:r, ..
_. r 2 .tt3:- f: t-tx at fcatr r , old
t lie ree~l <s a healthy rat ow su s vs fi~s timet, Who ctrclt Warily, just
against 'Lh.e strain of s--plit be oo, 1 the sy-line. Now, I-wo anlder,
aiti renof a soutwr 5 ti, u , k- ula I risk it? No, they're nearing
w aerin V of honkrs-al thete Samn's ibsh and the don't see him.
tave their individtal thrill, their on Suddenly lie cut into tiim viciouly,
partiur azest. Iut not one can com- fro i there he sits, and bluish smoke IU-1111.1'OW N0VEtTlFS away the cruins, he would have made
pare wta the poetry, the delicate ,p- hovers above the waving weeds for Here is an ad of the "Theta Book better what, even as it stands, is his
peal of turtle doves against the crim- an instant, as two more doves pitch to Shop" of Evanston, Ill.-the hombe tst and most thought-provoking
son west, above a td e-grown daof the earth. That was amost too easy. you will recollect, of Northwestern book.
clay. And so the brief time while the sun University:
Saii and I 'usualy arrive at the is still above the rii is filled with "Now for the long chill evening and TThere are diseases much older than
pond at half past five, when the sun short staits and quick shooting-the a pleasant book. Here are some of those of social organization, and they
is more than an hour and a half above doves etched briefly against the glow- our latest attract Dr. Roy 5L. Moodie quite as
the wavy prairie horison. The Idoes oing t;est and the twelve gauges echo- Fortune's Fool-.......Sabatin strongly as their modern parallels in-
have gleaned their daily pittance of ing up and down the draw. Sam feels Blind Bow-Wow ....Vechten" terest Mr. Norris or Upton Sinclair.
scattered wheat grains from the stub- lucky and waits for a couple to cross In The Antiquity of Disease (Univer-
ble fields and are arriving in small as they fly over him and, to my great The redoubtable Captain Traprock sity of Chicago Press, $1.50) Dr.
flocks of five and six or less, to quench enjoyment, he merely flicks off a pair has returned. In Sarah of the Saha- Moodies gives us the history of bod-
their thirst and dust themselves at the of tail feathers. Ie has razzed me ra (Putnam) he tells of his quest in ily disorders in animals for a period
edge of the little pond. We sneak considerably about my inexcusable the burning sands of Africa for a da- of several million years. Perhapsthe
down through the tail ragwceks, Sam miss and it does my heart good to hear mosel whose principal beauty seems ntost startling stateiient in the bak
to the west end, on the slope of the him swear as he flips out the wasted to be her unbelievable awkwardness. is that eighty thousand centuries ago
dam, and I to the concealment of shells. The hunt ends with little profit to eith- there was not such thing as disease.
scrubby bushes which grow beyond The sun soon dips out of sight, like er the hero or his beloved . . There were germs in plenty, but they
the bare dusty shore of the opposite an old man peering over his shoulder and provides opportunity for still an- were not harmful ones, and a Devon-
end. I am scarcely settled and have as he goes down a bill, and twilight other book by the famous captain of ian fish could have his sides torn open
barely had time to jam a couple of soon psevents accurate shooting. We the Kawa. One doubts, however, if without the slightest danger of infec-.
shells into the pump gun when Sam hurriedly gather the slain which have such an event is wholly desirable. The tion. In the Coal period, however,
calls, "Behind you!" I whirl and fallen too far from the blinds for Cruise of the Kawa was good and things changed, and have steadily been
score two clean misses on the brace quick recovery and perch on the dan funnyt My Northern Exposure was getting worse. Ancient ailments were
that dodge past me. Straight down to admire the big yellow moon ewhici pore than so-so; but Sara falls de- simple affairs, but as animals in-
toward the dam they hurtle and Sam is staring around the corner that hay- cidedly flat. It has flippancy that is creased in complexity their troubles
rises above the weeds. The double barn on yonder rise, but more espe- without humor, and exaggeration multiplied. Neurotoxis, caries, abs-
thud of his old choke-bored Parkercially to eat the dozen sandwiches that that has no grace of whimsy or of cesses of several sorts, spondylitis,-
reverberate down the draw, as the two Mother packed into my hunting cost depth. It reminds me of a McManus these and other diseases are shown by
crunaped bundles momentarily poise and to lap Sam's thermos bottle, We cartoon without the skill of MscManus the fossil dinosaurs, sea-lizards, and
and then drop, plummiet-wise, into the Dstalk of the chances of a cold snap, Dr. Traprock should rest his tate 0o elephants. Even the tost ancient of
still water, A few feathers float on which would surely drive the doves is eartier exploits, and write so store ape-sass was subject to intentions of
the hay-scented breeze. I disgusted- southward; of girls, automobiles, the for a while. the bone, and man of the glacial per-
ly eject the emply chili and sink merits of various loads and gauges, iod had numerous ailments. At the
back into my bushy blind. But not and smoke brown paper cigarettes, A small note informs the world that same time, he became something of a
for long. which somehos seem store appropri- W. L. George has taken second place surgeon and doctor, as Dr. Moodie
The next arrivals are six doves, ate nut here than tailor-made white in two short story contests held by shows. . . One of the most at-
bunched and flying directly over the ones. Then comes the walk across London newspapers. As Keith Pres- tractive features of this volume is its
pond, instead of first circling it. the pasture-the perfect moon is now ton remarks: "The moral seems to plain language. Dr. Moodie can use
They're young ones, no doubt, and showering the whole prairie with its be that Mr. George cannot yet write technical- jaw-breakers with the best,
they pay for their inexperience. Sam's beams-we'll drive slowly, going quite as badly as he wants to, but is but he knows how to write in every-
double accounts for only one of this home. getting mighty close." Mr. Preston day words when the occasion arises:
flock-he evidently didn't lead his first 'overlooks the George breakfast-chats, This is one such occasion, and he does
bird far enough, while I, with the ad- scattered broadcast by Mr. Hearst; admirably.
vantage of a pump gun, am able to had he submitted those the goal would
down three. That third shot was! have been easy. For those who would temper prac-
lucky. A quartering shot at a twist- tice with reading the University of
ing, frightened target-glad I'm using A greater puzzle than Mr. George, Chicago publishes another attractive
sixes, with three and a quarter diams is Charles G. Norris, whose novel scientific book. The Story of the
of Dupont to urge them on-don't be- Bread (E. P. Dutton & Co., $2.) I have Maize Plant ($1.75) by Paul Weather-

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justfinshedreaing.Mr.Norris wax, at present associate professor 'of
likes contrast and paradoxes. He will Botany at Indiana University. It is
tackle a mighty subject and label it an intimate biography of the plant
with a single word; he writes a big which most of us call by the homely
book, crammed with crumbs of de- name "corn"', and is quite unlike any
tail, and names it with a syllable. The other plant book I've seen. To Mr.
subject of Bread is the working wo- Weatherwax the corn or maize is a dis-
man of the business world-a theme' tinct organism, with problems of its
not wholly different from that of Sin- own to solve, a life of its own to live,
clair Lewis's The Job. The actual and a part of its own to play in the
story concerns a fast-aging music drama of organized existence. That
teacher in New York, and the struggle part is a big one, and has made nec-
of her daughters to maintain them- essary a great many changes in size,
selves, get a little pleasure from life, looks, and habit. Some of these the
and to marry with some degree of sa maize achieved for itself; most of
isfaction to themselves. There is!them it effected under the guidance
nothing very new about the problem, of plant breeders. This introduces a
yet it is none the less significant. Just new and mighty character into the
what chance in life has the woman story-a sort of deity or superior
who must put her days and nights into power not greatly different from the
the task of keeping herself tolera-j Jehovah of the early Jews. Like that
bly well fed and presentably dressed? Jehovah, the ruler of maize has been
What is the result of such training regulated by his servant, and, Mr.
when the woman gets married? And Weatherwax closes his book with a
what is the prospect opened up by the discussion of the way in which corn
dissolution of what our fathers and governed the culture of ancient man.
mothers called 'home'? These are big An interesting thing this: man takes
problems, and every suggestion is a a plant and makes it change to serve
welcome one. Mr. Norris makes no his needs, and forthwith modifies his
attempt to solve . . . he states own life to suit that of the plant.
the situation, and asks for thought as There are more complications in exist-
earnest as that which he himself has ence than are thought of in the phil-
given it. osophy of Mr. Bryan.
Perhaps this sincerity in a measure
accounts for the one defect of the America supposes herself to have
book, that of too much detail. Mr. created the short story, and for a
Norris knows his characters, and long time thought she perfected it as
wants us to know them. And so he well. This bubble has been punc-
gives a great deal of information that tured by the French and the Russians
is not wholly necessary, and makes in turn, and now come four Swedes
his book about a hundred pages too to add their thrusts into the delatad
long. Had he been willing to discard Ca1011 0 J V V t , E*-M
a little, to keep the loaf, but throw (Continued on age Soves

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