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BOOKS OF THE WEEK

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Witch-Woman and Son. .
The Curse of the Wise Woman.
By Lord Dunsany. Longmans,
Green & Co. $2.00.
Story tellers are rare and, with
the sole exception of David Gar-
nett, there is no one so able as
Lord Dunsany in the narration of
a fanciful tale. In this book, os-
tensibly a romantic tale of Ireland,
the author weaves a sublimely
moving story of a witch-woman,
Mrs. Marlin, who dominates the
scene in which Charles Peridore
acts.
After the sudden escape of his
father, the victim of political in-
trigue, we find Charles hunting
upon the wild bogs of the country-
side in the company of the restless
Tom Marlin, son of the witch-
woman. A peat development com-
pany takes an option to exploit
the bog in a fuel manufacturing
W endeavor. It is in this particular
situation that the witch-woman
acts in a desperate effort to save
the country from the dispoiling
methods of the new enterprise.
The story concludes with a dra-
matic event of utmost intensity
and the countryside is again free
and immune from the schemes of
men.
Lord Dunsany secures effects of
sheerest beauty by his constant
use of detailed, natural imagery.
His style enables him to achieve
a great clarity even in the difficult
matter of the mysticism and su-
pernatural visions of the witch-
woman and her doomed son. The
effect upon the reader is instanta-
neous and lasting.
At the height of his literary

powers, Lord Dunsany presents
us once more with a novel which
is a splendid witness to the abil-
ities of a pen which has, for two
years, been strangely idle.
The Colonel's Children..
Worth Remembering. By Rhys
James. Longmans, Green and Co.
$2.00.
How far the adult has traveled
on the way of life since childhood
is always poignargtly brought
home to us whenever we read so
excellent a story as that of the
Colonel's children. There are
three of them, all under the care
of the most entertaining Mammy
there ever could be, and it is she
who provides the pathos and zest
in her lovingly abusive handling
of these refractory "chillun". The
locale might be any southern town
and the phrases of the youngsters
are largely composed of the rich,
picturesque language of the Negro.
The rampant, unconventional
nature of these impish terrors is
too much for the Colonel and it is
most amusing to see them making
excellent sport of his elevated,
stiff lectures on good behavior.
We are regretful when the host of
adventures ends, at long last, with
the children being sent away to
school.
Rhys James' use of the Negro
dialect is superb. His story has
tang and originality. It is a merry
tale in an unusual vein and never
loses the feeling for childhood or
its stormy fun. He returns us to
a land we had long lost and so re-
stores a hearty glow we had not
felt for so very long a time.

FAMILY REUNION! An impromptu reunion of the president of Prince-
ton University and his brother and mother was held at the Carnegie In-
stitute of Technology, when the former spoke in honor of that institu-
tion's founder. Left to right: Pres.. Dodds, Mrs. Dodds, and John W.
Dodds, of the University of Pittsburgh. International News Photo

HOUSE BILLS did not follow the downward trend of the depression, so fraternity men at the
University of Wisconsin used their wits and found a new source of revenue by establishing a
parking lot in their back yard. "Every little bit helps," the boys maintain, as they watch the
house bills drop.

A DEPRESSION SCHOOL OF COM-
MERCE has been established at the Moor-
head, Minn., State Teachers College by an
unemployed graduate. He teaches stu-
dents there typing and shorthand, and rents
typewriters on the side. Donald Bird is
founder, manager, and teaching staff of the
school.
ROUNDING END for a ten-year gain,
Halfback Mattox of the Washington and
Lee Generals, tried his best to stem the
Yale eleven, but to no avail, for the Elis
won, 14 to 0. The Virginians' invasion of
the northland brought little but a crush-
ing defeat. Internatinal News Photo

IT'S LIVELIER! And that's why they call it the "rabbit" football.
Coach Howard Berry, of Valley Forge Military Academy, is shown hold-
ing (at right) the football he has just designed, while at the left is an old
style football. The new ball is made of two pieces, and there are no hard
points on the ends, making its entire surface resilient.
International News Photo

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FOR THE FOOTBALL STADIUM-A smart raglan coat in
broadtail is appropriate at any late autumn sports event. The big
bow neck is a novelty, and the abbreviated little bonnet is unique.
Keystne View Photo

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