THE MICHIGAN DAY,,
A book that is vastly more exciting gotten the trials, the discoveries, the
and thrice as melodramatic as Hecht's experimentings of his youth. As
is THE MARRIAGE OF YUSSUF Frank Harris remarks in his portrait
KHAN, by Frank Heller (T. Y. Crow- of Upton' Sinclair, the young man has
ell). The publisher's cover advertis- some wisdom that ie lost with age,
ing proclaims it a "corking adventure and other wisdom that those of an
and detective story." Precisely so; older generation had not reached....
and like most "corking" stories, it, All this is by way of introduction
doesn't amount to much. There is an to the fact that we at last have some-
innocent and rather gullible hero who thing near the autobiography of a
might be taken right off the screen, a Ityoung man, who is as fresh in spirit as
properly awesome crook, and the very he is in years. The youth is Edwin
conventional adventuress who is beau- Justus Mayer; his book is called A
tiful, ambitions, and hails from U. S. PREFACE TO LIFE (Boni & Live-
A. Good vacation reading, perhaps, right, $2.50). Between the ages of
but by no means a good novel. ih,$.0.Btenteae f!
fifteen and twenty-five Mr. Mayer has
done much, thought much, and read
For a couple of summers past the much. He feels that he has achieved
Observer and Mrs. Observer have something in mental progress, and
loaded such of their possessions as that the process of achievement is
they could not do without upon their worth recording, and its results worth
backs and set out to see such of the analysing. From errand-boy in the
world as walking and "pick-ups" asement of an underwear factory
would take them to. Most of the to writer of at least some merit is no
country covered, as well as a great small space to traverse. And the writ-
deal more, is described in SEEING .r is worth being heard. Says Mr.
THE MIDDLE WEST, by Dr. John T. Mayer:
Faris (Lippincott). From Michigan "
to Minnesota, Nebraska, and ack to In this Preface to Life, I arrange,
Ohio Dr. Fans bas journeyed in one classify, bury and marvel. . . . I
whio dr. arohas pickin up aed pro-e write as a man committed to the ar-
way and another, picking up a pro-tstcie;bthendidatrt
digious amount of information as he tistic life; but the individual truth.
went. Would you know the origin of may very well be the universal truth.
the name 'Itasca,' or seek a picture. In a rough synthesis of what I desire,
of the churches that face Milwaukee's you would find included money, wom-
Publc Museum? Both are given ii ) n and fame-common enough goals
Dr. Faris., There are accounts of min- surely-but I believe that I can give
era in Michigan, cowboys in Oklahoma a better reason for my covetousness
rivers in Missouri. In a few place , , han most men simply because Ire-
the catalogue of facts becomes a lit live in my desires with more fervor
tle monotonous; in others Dr. Fais and skepticism and infinitely less sus-
achieves descriptions thatrare. eati- picion, than do the Stiff Collar Men
fl 'as well as accurate.es inter-in their desires. . . . Life is to me
ated In boostig a te mHddle ws t as what poetry was to Poe-a passion,
ested in boosting the middle west a not a profession."
a region for tourists, but his purpose
does not run away with his judgment Surely this is an honest introduc-
and turn his book into a mere Ameri- tion, and the book bears it out. Fer-
can adecker. vor, skepticism, and lack of suspicion
One thing at least is certain. If the stand out on every page. The sensi-
person who straps a pack on his back tive will accuse Mr. Mayer of egotism,
and takes the road, or his brother who for they will miss the doubt with
prefers to ramble in a Ilivver or a which he views every thought or ac-
Dodge would consult this book aswsNveli ,tid.4 The pessimist will scent optim-
as a road map his journey would be ism of the most blatant sort, just as
made much more profitable. There the idealist will find cynicism, and the
ate thousands of people who g suspicious trust. All this means sim-
through the middle west every sum- ply that Mr. Mayer is human in spite
mer, and perhaps two hundrd who of his books, and that he is honest be-
see It. For them SEEING THE MID- yond the power of most of us. e
DLE WEST will be a book of pleasaht thinks brilliantly and writes brilliant-
memories and familiar scenes; for ly, though not smoothly. Plainlyhe
the others it is a volume crammed is much more interested in saying
with fertile suggestions, and with in- something than In saying it In an or-
vitations. Why not get off the main derly manner. Of course, this is un-
roads now and then? fortunate, just as it Is unfortunate
that most of the author's mental revo.
Once upon a time-and that time lutions come from books while direct
not very long ago-folks seemed to contact with life leaves him uncertain.
take for granted the thesis that only, Yet one cannot demand everything,
an old man had any business writ- and Mr. Mayer gives much.
log an autobiography; that only In CARROLL LANE FENTON.
the lives and thoughts of the mature-
ly experienced were valuable things "Never were old injuries cancelled
to be found. They entirely forgot that by new benefits."-Machavell, from
the gray-beard is very apt to have for "Discources on Livy."
THE YEAR AFTER
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dubbed a coward. There were the earnest ones who resigned so dramatic-
ally from the Daily, and felt important for a while and foolish afterwards.
There were the volatile editors of The Tempest; one of them, like Jurgen,
sensing the unimportance of himself and everything, and howling the more
loudly that he might not really come to believe that which he vaguely
feared was true.-
And now football is once more with us, Yost and his boys occupy the
limelight and go through their little gestures, and no doubt someone will'
be kind enough to .prvide-scandal and accident to occupy the student mind
between now and the J-Hop. And we all go on entertaining our little il-
lusions of Importance, and wait patiently for the next step in the study of
the student nervous sytemthat is to follow upon the eloquent discussions
of That Mind of Yours and The Student Spine.
Meanwhile I trundle my disgruntled nerve-ends elsewhere and am no
doubt pursued by a reminder that the grapes are sour.
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