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PACE Six THE MICHIGAN DAILY SUNDAY, JANUARY 13, 923
ernor of the state, and having recei' d ners should be improved. In order
his A. B. degree from this university. that their manners might be improved
Lfes this genealogy detract fhaom his men and women wrote silly, preachi-
reputation as a thinker among chose fying volumes telling what good little F
who will look to foreigners for all boys and girls did and should do, and
great thoughts., I might mention that what punishments awaited those who
Mr. Jerome lived the last fifteen years departed from the proper and painful
of his life in Italy and there took ad- i path. Such was English literature
vantage of the first hand knowledge for children up to 1697-a sort of im-
of the setting of old Rome as it today , mature, underdone, and prodigiously
remains. The twelve lectures on "The stale Leviticus, in which all goodness I d r sr rh""r
ISe of Historical Material" which he was emroidered y "thou shalt nots. nthese dayswhen reformers of all Another sort of reforming, perhaps
eivered beforenh19 the asi The change for the hetter was ii- varieties and prejudicial colors are even more important than that which
emyf th pren work. h s tiated by a Frenchman, Charles Per- trying to meddle with every conceiv- Dr. Parkhurst occasionally concerned
Mr. Jerome died in'194, and it is of rault, who had conceived the idea of able human activity from eating to himself, forms the ,major interest of
further interest to local-readers thati writing fairy ales as -fairy tales reading and listening to' music, it is William J. Figl4nsg, authorof "The
Professor Wintr, p ~i s- inouhd he written, with the aid of his 'real delight to red"of one mem- Cave Man Within "Us" (, P. Dutton
elcal-Archaeology in this unversitv is -10-year-old son. The result was some- her of their group whose zeal is tem- Co.). M.'Fielding .is'a'psychoanalyst
responsible for the pubhliation -of the ne upn the earth; storiesfhemo able sot, who knows
volume; and 'a so-t t by iiiwilt actaly made to psiase and not im- pered by common sense. The story anatomy, medicine, ogeneratpsychol
Mr. Je provided aniendep'ivid n ewment of prove their raders; -stories intwh of his work is to be found in M y ,
-a' lectureshipi both -ina- the Ainemcan< the Children themselves ,were the e-' Forty Years in New York" _(Macmu- ogy. ansi a doeS or' ao other subjsets-
t m ros . -hi dretalestlthahdabeethinethe-la); the man is Dr.wCharles H. Park-that the foldwer of-PTed, 'ung, et.
Acade'my in Rome-and in the Univer-, roes, y al. needs to know and frequently
sity of Michigan, for the' purpose of air for centuries-were set down with hurst. doesn't. The- thesis of his book - is
advancing Roman- historical study skill and beauty '(Perrault wasa- a Mr. Parkhurst is principally famous that the uacosisciud mind, represent-
- -Newell Bebout i member of the French Academy), and as the man who put Tammany. on the. ng : grea share of mental heredity,
with the simplicity of a -child's imag- toboggan; certainly that -act was his 'is. a very important factor that gn-
ination, or a nurse's telling. 'Perrault greatest single reform. Anyone who erally is ignoredor abused. This he-
SCIENCE AND did.not, of course, immediately con wants to know what the-New York of reditary part of us H . Fiel-ing labels,
LANGUAGE vert the world; theories were just as 1890 was like can find good and short 'for convenience' sake, the Caveman;
strong and just as foolish in-700 as description in preiser's "Book About the purpose of hisbook is to describe
TUE -HUILANIZING -OF KNOWL. in 1923. His fairy tales were, fine, Myself"; the Observer can give evi-, the fellow and his ways, and suggest
EDGE, by Jame s rvey Iei sn. -but lessons must be taught and beauty that the New York of today is quite means by which his aid can be enlist-
George I. Doran Co., $1.0. (aper might exist only as handmaiden to a safe, presentable town, and that its ed in the -business of living. Per-
bound, $1.) m - , morality. And so there appeared crookedness and -crime seems mainly lips the Observer, whose chief busi-
There are plenty-of complaints, on books of what ostensibly were fairy of the sort which this world ordains nets in life is to find out about things
the-p ri o -ain tt e en,: hat. roM -tales, each one thinly coating some as respectable and deserving of high long and safely dead, has no right to
knowledge- is so bound up. in techni- one; two, or hat 'a dozen threadbare political and finascfal reward. The voice opinion upon subjects so far
olity as to be useless to -nine tenths morals. And along with the incor- responsibility for the change rests from his field. But then, being an
of educated-humanity. So-far as I am rigible reformer came 'the second- largely upon Mr. Parkhurst, though 'observer, he has a great liking for his
aware, however, Professor Robinson hand man, who made books for son 'the account of it fills but a small part own ideas, so great that he frequent-
by cutting down-those originally writ- of this story of his life. 1
is the first specialist to take these y I- hly and heatedly maintains them vastly
plaints seriously to heart and try to ten for his father. But even he was I However, the Observer does protest superior to the ideas of people both
do something for the general remedy- willing to allow some pictures- against the poor judgment of Dr. older and younger than himself.
ing of the matter. This book con- though duty or stupidity often induced Parkhurst in having an introduction Therefore he makes hold to assert
tain his plan of action and his basis him to portray funerals, hangings, by the late Chancellor Day of Syra- that to him "The Caveman Within Us"
for .it; both of them look extremely and such cheerful topics. cuse University. Here is a man who seems a very clear, accurate and help-
solid. Thexi came another reformation out writes a sane, rational book, miles ful book, presenting a subject about
In the first essay, Dr. Robinson ad. of France, and Rousseau headed a ahead of the things preachers usually which none too much is known in a
mits man's general indifference to whole generation of writers who tried produce-and then allows it to groan way it has not been presented before.
knowledge, aid -shows tliat the seeker to reverse the tables and make middlb- under an introduction written by a At the same time he admits .tht his
after truth is-nt -only, an exceptional age "the good servant of childhood, friend who rants about "preaching the' doctor would not take great -stock in
being, but often a positive fteak. In While probably very sound, the the- devil out into the open where his ug- jethe It opision or-the book,
the second; he shows, that for science cry nevertheless made for artficial- ly form could be seen." What tommy- and rmem-bering that the Doctor
tQ be 9f any Ia e at all, it must be (Continued on Page Seven) -rot! -grsduated from college before the
dehumanized to -some extent at least,
By "dehumanized" be~oe nt- meanr 1111tillt~lHlflIlllhdl ifflliiHillflliinftllililitlft13i11Ii11lfIN1i}IiIlllliltitilllHittIIIIHHI1t11i~ifHlti
dry', but rather 'unemotionator- un
prejudiced.' The -'dryness. is an nci
dentalandunnecessaryfatureOherIt's not a foolish question. If you
essays cover such subjects as tine -I' ooih q esin I
importance of sienti U discoveries -can now the chances_ are you will
the -present 'organized ppst don n edityaofom n w. Wyo
facts of all sorts that do not fit ina
with inherited ideas, and finallya.
proposal for writing of a sort that will - hah
combie both -ac uracy and interest ,
Dr. Robinson is (not Interested -In haeo -t hen? nSta osan sac
"popular scienceof the sort' that count. Save only a dollar each
fills pages of the Hearst dailies; what
he wants is the real thing, at once week. You can do that easily. Jan-
readable and reliable. The essay on
"The Democratization of Science" uary 1st, 1925, you'll have a nice
outlines the subjects and attributes ofb e
a whole series of books that would fill little balance of $52, and you won't
his requirements. The publishers saythd ige
That have started to work on the plan missthe money dur g the year.
a most promising assurance, but I
confess myself alarmed by a "group
of the ablest scientists in the United ce
States and abroad" who will do the erhaps you The
writing. Dr. Robinson may convert
publishers to popular science, but more the better. M ighty good train-
can he convert scientists to the useC-
of plain English? ing for you too. You'll watch it grow
with a great deal of enthusiasm,
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George H. Doran Company.

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