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Books and Writers


Mr. Lawrence
Discoves a New Land
Lawrence and X. L. Skinner,- New
York.. Thomas Seltzer. 1924. $2.00.
Those who feel that D. H: Lawrence
is a force to be counted in contem-
porary literature may have been wor-
ried at his apparent intention to sink
himself in the morass of abnarmal
psychology and theories unadorned.
They can rest for the time being: in
The Boy in the Bush he comes back
to the pale of art bringing fresh
strength and power.
From the standpoint of the nove-
list's art his two best books are The
White Peacock, his first, and the al=
most Classic Sons and Lovers. If the
first is less individual and the second
less subtle than his latter novels the3.
are, nevertheless, more synthesized, a
closer wedding of idea with the ex-
pression of experience than Aaron's
Rod or the recent Kangaroo. In the
present work he regains his ability
for welding theorizing to character
and ceases to make talking machines
of his people.
Last year Mr. Lawrence came West
in search of new ground on which to
place his feet. All that came out of
his contract with the United States
was the extraordinary Studies in
Classic American Literature. He went
farther west. What he sought he
turned up in Australia. There he
found a new country, a new people
and a new society. His attempt to
set himself in this fresh baekground
is implicit in Kangaroo. As a novel
this is less successful than as bio-
graphy. But in The Boy in the Bush
he gets his fingers under the edge oi1
what he wants.
The history of Australia presents
the phenomenon of a virgin land dis-
covered and developed within com-
paratively recent times. The situation
is therefore of the old civilization
meeting a new world. It is this fresh
experience that interests Lawrence.
He dramatizes his reaction to it in th(.
figure of a young boy, turning to
This is the, overlaying scheme that
colors the first of the book until
young Grant, after a year in the ab-
original bush, loses the extraneous
characteristics of an Englishman and
turns Australian. Early, however,
begins the more universal motif of
struggle between self and envirgn-
ment. Sex necessarily plays an im-
portant part in such a proposition
and especially with a man holding
such views as Mr. Lawrence is notor-
iously known to hold.
Yet, in spite of this, the book
should not bring down upon it thb
objection occasioned by his former
novels. The amorality of the im-
plicit philosophy is not at all unsuited
to the freedom of Australia twenty
years ago. Lawrence writes down,
the story of a new country beinb
forged by men who must necessarily
be inimical to old forms and usages,
who will inevitably seek new free-

0. H. Lawrence



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only a novel of the highest quality,
but that it is also a political docu-
ment of the first importance as estab-
this and that lishing a bond of understanding be-
tween France and England which will,
do much to promote better relations
- between the two countries.
DORAN announces for publication -
on this side three new books by THIS IS a fair sample of the tech-
Michael Arlen thus adding to The nical ability of one of the most ex-
Green Hat and These Charming traordinary women poets of today:
People, Piracy, The Romantic Lady, LETUE
! and The London Adventure. By 11. D.
j Nor skin nor hide nor fleece
ROBERT FROST makes his debut Shall cover you,
as an impresario of historical docu- Nor curtain of crimson nor fine
ments: Among this month's publica- Shelter of cedar-wood be over you,
tions of Lincoln MacVeagh-The Dial Nor the fir-tree
Press are two interesting items of Nor the pine.
Americana: Memoirs of the Notorious
Stephen Burroughs and the Journal of; Nor sight of whin nor gorse
Nicholas Creswell. Nor river-yew,
Burroughs' memoirs is a startling Nor fragrance of flowering bush,
revelation that Puritan New Eng- Nor wailing of reed-bird to waken
land produced as authentic a scamp you, ,
as Cellini and Cagliostro. This book, Nor of linnet,
Avhich was tremendously popular in Nor of thrush.I
America during the early part of the'
I 19th century, was called to the atten- ( Nor word nor touch nor sight
tion of its present publishers by Mr. Of lover, you
Robert Frost. Mr. Frost subse Shall long through the night but
quently wrote a pretace for the new for this:
edition, thereby making his public The roll of the full tidy to cover you
debut as a writer of prose. Without question,
The Journal of Nicholas Creswell, Without kiss.
which tells of the adventures of a FHogn "Heliodora"
young Englishman in America in[i
1774-76, is from a newly discovered N T E IN
Imanuscript. The book contains many AN INTE~RESTING understanding
manucrit. Te bok ontans anyis the new Dial Detective Library, of
revealing first-hand portraits of such ih new Da jetive brry, o
i Revolutionary figures as Georgewhich out byV Lincoln h acV been brougit
Washin gton, Thomas Jefferson and onhe Dial
LPress. The effort is an endeavor to
nIcn Lord Howe. - ctrtrfnm fh


finest work of the old masters, One is Walter de la Mare's 'Memo
Balzac, Dumas, Wilkie Collins, Dicke of a Midget' (Knopf), because of
ens, Gaboriau, including even that rare beauty-it is the most beaut
rare but now forgotten genius, Mon, piece of prose fiction of this centur
sieur Vidocq, of the Paris Bureau of
Surete, and the best of the earlier ACCORDING TO William B Ye
work of Anna Katharine Green, recent winner of The Noble Prize
Conan Doyle and Robert Louis Stev- Literature, Thomas Mann, the fam
enson. A unique feature of this German author, was his clo'sest (
series will be the introduction of the testant in the winning of this aw
" terran tanthaswmnyreaders,


note o s Herr Mann has many readers, i
sridnces from the note-books 01 famous novelist with his fixed pl
mous detectives. The volumes will in the world, and so in every way
eof a convenient size and format'mtewrd n oi vr a
andsomel rinti anlbormaa ed for such an honor," said Mr. Ye
cdmdey printed and bound, and ' Buddenbrooks" by Thomas Mann
iaced moderately. The first three , eared last Spring and in the com
olumes are edited by Joseph Lewis Spring ans t pub
'ench.= Spring Knopf plans to pub'
"Death in Venice," a volume of sh
er stories.
FANNY BUTCHER'S entertaining!

series of Confessions which run in
The Chicago Tribune has just number-
ed among its confessors Storm Jame-
son. the author of "The Pitiful Wife,"
published by Alfred Knopf. Miss
Jameson confesses that "There muss
be many books that I wish I had
written. I can think now of three.

the years since 1914 in a letter :
ing the election of Mr. LaFollette,
being "ten difficult years-the wo
period of heresy-hunting, witch-bu
ing, misrepresentation, violence, abi
and intolerance that this country Y
ever passed through."


Read The Daily "Classified" .Column



Subject, "The Everlasting Punishment"

Anne Douglas Sedgwick, recently
published by Houghton Mifflin Com-,


Dr. Dooltttle's Hobby
"Internationalism is humanity's
only hope, and it must be bred into
our children i It is to be truely sue
cessful," said Hugh Lofting, short
story writer and author of the "Doctor
Doolittle" stories for children, in an
interview after his lecture here last
Tuesday. Internationalism, by the
way, seems to be Mr. Lofting's pet
"The World War would have been
impossible if we would not have edu-
cated our children in race-hatreds,"I
the author contended. "Yet there is
no folklore in the world that does not
contain some amount of contempt for
at least one other race. It is the duty
of all educators to turn from this
narrow, bigoted nationalism and pre-
judice and teach the children of the
world the essentials of a larger na
"It is fantastic, ridiculous, absurd
that we should have great armies and
navies to destroy each other. Modern
militarism is bound to lead to anni-
hilation," Mr. Lofting believes.
But when he was asked what form
he would have his internationalism
take, Mr. Lofting seemed more or less
at sea and without any more definite
idea on the subject than that he be
lieves there should be established
some form of international board ox
tariffs (powers and duties unexplain-
ed), and that all the military forces
of the world should be disbanded and
replaced by an international police
IWhen the subject was changed and
Mr. Lofting was asked about thd
"silent language" of which he had

spoken in his lecture, the author VUVya ha be" mu,-bet se1er
seemed much surer of his ground.n, has become a best seller in
"Animals must have some sort o. England as well as in America. The s
general opinion of the English news,
language, their actions under different gnrloiino h nls es
sets of circumstances seem to prove papers has been that the book is not r
that," he said. ....I.._._ Y.
"Birds, for instance, are much bet- ties," the creator of "Doctor Doolittle" t
ter forecasters than are humans, and continued, "has also been using, for r
they are also better navigators," he generations, that language which 1 n
believes. "But they are not alone in have called 'silent.' And some day,
there inexplicable abilities for they when the radio is obsolete, we will
seem to be a part'of the heritage of probably have some sort of universal
the American Indian, who has an un- language without sound, for sound is
canny knack of forecasting weather a nuisance anyway."
and of finding his way home under any And fearing that his questions were
circumstances," Mr. Lofting stated. moving into the class with radio the
"And the Indian, with these abili- interviewer left.

present the ad ective storyfrmthe
beginning thus automatically tracing
ts chronological development. There
will be a definite historical value in
he idea as certainly the series whet
omplete-and it is proposed to issue
everal volumes each year-will be
unique and valuable to the general
eader and the student of literature
like. Three volumes will be issued
his fall beginning with Voltaire-what
eader knows that he once wrote a
model detective story?-covering the

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doms and customs.1
The story moves with a sort of epik
sweep including the whole land. It is
the tale of a new land's birth told in
the dramatis personae of a small'
group. I do not wish to imply that
anything like, say Growth and the
Soil, is attempted. The novel does
not vary from the usual vehicle for
Lawrence's peculiar individualistic
philosophy. It is this philosophy that
makes Lawrence an important figure
in present literature. The nature of
the age places the individual more
and more on the defensive which ac-
counts for the emphasis, in the past
two decades, on the individuals rela-
tion to his surroundings. Those
readers who have been interested
observers of Mr. Lawrence's endeav-'
ors to rationalize his own impuises1
through those of his people will dis-
cover that in the present book he
executes a very superior job.
It was W. L. George who pointed
out over six years ago that Lawrence


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maid off for a week end with a
smart suit case or bag or can
supply regulation military kit
bags which can be folded so as
to be conveniently carried in a
trunk when not in use. All are
of dependable quality and at at-
tractive prices.

made the mistake of making his
characters too individual. This defect
is not remedied in The Boy in the
Bush, but that is too much to ask.
It is a defect inherent in the man's
method, which is to cut deep into the
lives of his people. It may be that
the essentials he sounds seem not
to be universal because they are not
yet commonplace.
-Jno. Panurge.

HERE are seven dis-
tinct risks involved in
every check you draw
upon your bank. They are risks
as to date, signature, alteration,
filing, stop payments, sufficiency
of balance and uncollected funds.
The depositor hears some risks,
too, but they are slight compared
to the bank's.
The size of the account and
the amount of the check have
nothing to do with these risks. A
loss is as likely to result from a
small check as a large one. There,
is probably a greater danger from
small balances than larger ones.
Banks actually lose hundreds of
millions of dollars during the
course of a year for one or an-
other of these reasons.
Yet for assuming these risks
the bank receives not one penny
for its services except the interest
it is able to earn on the custom-
er's balance. When this is small
overhead charges, cost of station-
ery and book-keeping, and other
expenses, more than wipe out the
possible profit.

Contrary to public opinion,
these risks are not trifling. Each
check has potential possibilities
for loss. Care on the pai t of the
depositor may minimize them, but
danger still lingers in every pay-
Banks are rendering a distinct
public service in permitting checks
to be drawn against balances.
Without this service the business
of the country would be retarded
materially. It is a service they are
glad to perform gratuitously, but
when the number of small checks
drawn against small balances be-
comes the great proportion o all
transactidns, it becomes a serious
burden upon the banks. This
would be so if only the extra time
and expense were involved. Wher
it is considered the risks are pro-
portionally increased, proportion-
ally the burden becomes even
In subsequent articles in this
paper, additional relations of the
bank and the depositor will be
discussed. We urge you to watch
for them and read them.

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