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A Pedestrian Route ...
Wine, Women and Waltz. By
David Ewen. Sears Publishing
Co., Inc. $3.00.
One might believe that with
the dual incentive of the biog-
raphy of Johann Strauss and its
background in the glamorous city
of Vienna, Mr. Ewen should
readily succeed in evolving a book
of brilliant and soft effect. But
the biographer, except for an ex-
cessive use of the hackneyed mod-
ern manner which uses the im-
agination and probable conversa-
tion of the persons and the period
portrayed to heighten the effect,
follows a pedestrian route and
barely catches the fleetness or
gayety of Viennese life in the
time of the Strats waltz masters.
Mr. Ewen begins with a compre-
hensive account of the rise to
fame of the elder Johann Straus.
His dry, even narration of the
shoddy home life of the musician
convinces us that the man who
was to be the father of the master
of light music was a hero only in
the midst of the turbulent cafe
life. To his wife, the elder Strauss
was an ungrateful husband with-
out regard for the care of his chil-
There is a pathetic truthfulness
in the account of the abandoned
wife's courageous efforts to secure
a musical education for her child,

Johann, who at an early age gives
excellent promise of becomin as
sure a musician as his *br dly
father. He has his triumph in
1844 when he succeeds in sway-
ing Vienna more than had his
father in his debut eighteen years
before. Son is like father in many
respects but he never forgets the
debt he owes to the self-sacrific-
ing mother who is at once the
most human and the most herioc
person in the biography. Mr.
Ewen presents the contemporary
life of the musician very factually;
he considers the European tours
of both the Strauss' and gives a
full account of t h e triumph
achieved by the younger Straus
in his American visit to Phila-
The biography never penetrates
but flows along at a regular, un-
accented rate. over the surface of
Vienesse life like the music of the
carefree fellows it portrays. Here
biography and character go hand
in hand without serious thought
or effect. The book is another
biography of a minor figure in
musical history; Mr. Ewen can-
not be expected to create a mas-
ter-piece for he lacks original ma-
terial, the Strauss' were not men
of musical stature, .the events in
their lives, with a few momentary
triumphs are not the material
upon which one can successfully
lose a serious biography.

BRIDE of 1858,
with her leg-o'-mut-
ton sleeves and bur-
densome skirt met
America's stately
bride of 1933 when
these two Midland
College co-eds took
part in a pageant of
BOOKS do not often
go together, but Jeff
Coleman, of the Uni-
versity of Alabama,
manages the campus
bookstore and cam-
pus athletics at one
and the same time.
U. T. P. . Photo




71eport a
3y prof etro (W Way
THE DELUGE: A -motion picture which comb
Biblical history and the twentieth. century in a fant4
yarn about a second deluge, this time precipitated u
New York. Peggy Shannon, Sidney Blackmer andI
Wilson are among the victims.
THE CURTAIN RISES: A hi hY romantic com
a la Cinderella. lean Arthur ofthe screen charmit
plays the common girl who triumphs on the Vienna st
Kenneth-Harlan s the matinee idol responsible for
success. You can cooly enjoy this unpretentious
without being brought out of your seat or blushing ui
your collar.
Donald. A humorous story of England with some.i
ous spots. A Scotchman tells what he thinks of the
comparable human absurdity of the Englilh temperan
if you are keen on England this book should be very
BOMBSHELL: An exhausting movie giving us the
side dope on Hollywood. Jean Harlow is the movie
and Lee Tracy again reverts to type and plays the !
blah publicity agent. The dialogue is padded and
kinds of phrases creep in as alien to Hollywood i
church hymn is to the Bowery.
TEN MINUTE ALIBI: A fast moving original mys
play which completely loses its audience in the last >
You are very likely to emerge from the theater still u
dering what happened to the clock and the matter of

together in the afternoon cos-
tume of the up-to-date co-ed to-
day. At the left is a frock com-
bined with a jacket to form a
dashing ensemble, while at the
right is a frock with a jacket
that is cut all in one piece.

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or check for 20 cents for each- pat-
tern and cost of mailing. Please in-
dicate pattern number and size on

KING'S ENGLISH will no longer be murdered by New York City "coppers," for they are now re-
to take a course to prepare them "to discourse creditably on matters of police activity." Above is
Pres. Frederick Robinson of City College of New York opening the school. Wide wa .Photo

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