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THE MICHIGAN DAILY

WORLD

OF

BOOKS

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AMilitaryExpert Takes A Look
At Guns In Europe's Arsenals

" ROPE IN ARMS, by Liddell Hart.
Random House, New York. 1937.
$2.50.

held, and skepticism regarding the
ability of either side to create a
break-through by mass assault. Since
General Franco is committed to a
policy of attack by the very nature
of his cause, this may be interpreted
as a cheering note in regard to the
Government's prospects, qualified, of
course, by the amount of Italian aid
the rebels receive in the immediate
future. As far as the ideology of the
conflict goes, Captain Hart fires an
aside volley at fascism, declaring that
in modern warfare superior tech-:
nical equipment plays so important
a role that "a nation as such may
be at the mercy of any gang of
physical and moral degenerates
which becomes possessed" of a su-
perior military weapon. He offers, as
a counter-possibility, the rather
shakily plausible chance of aggres-
sively inclined governments being so-
bered in their calculations by the un-
certainty of the outcome of any mod-
ern war because of this advance in
technical appliances.
In his analyses of the various in-
dividual armed forces of the conti-
nent, the author places his chief
stress on the power of the air arm
and the mechanization of ground
forces. He places the numerical first-
line air strength of Russia at 4,000
planes, far more thani the other lead-
ing powers, whom he credits with
only about 1,500 such planes apiece.
The U.S.S.R. also possesses the larg-
est army, of course, but Captain Hart
as usual tends to deprecate the worth
of great masses. The ppwerful So-
viet tank corps, however, as well as
the personnel of the Red Army, draws,
his admiration. As for the German
army, he credits it with good organ-
ization and commends its mechanized
divisions, but doubts that it will be
able to solve "the problems created
by a strong and thoroughly modern
defense," an obvious reference to the
French Maginot Line. He does not
regard so highly the army of Hitler's
ally, Mussolini, pointing to the pauc-
ity of tanks and the rigorously delib-
erate tactical methods. The French
army receives high praise, both for its
mechanical efficiency and the pro-
gressive outlook of its leaders, but
the typical slowness of the British
general staff in adopting large-scale
motorization is strongly deprecated.
He also urges recognition by his gov-
ernment of the need for intelligence
rather than traditional disciplined
obedience in the modern trained sol-
dier.
In his closing chapter, Captain
Hart examines a question of rather
more than academic interest: "Would
another war end civilization?" He
gives the impression, on the whole,
that it probably wouldn't, which,
after so impressive a review of the
means and methods of up-to-date
warfare, is indeed reassuring.
Another Hopwood
Novel
"The Stubborn Way," a novel by
Baxter T. Hathaway which won an
$800 major fiction award in the 1936
Hopwood contest, has been published
by Macmillan Co. and will be reviewed
in next Sunday's Daily.
Originally titled "The Little
World," the novel concerns itself with
the struggle of a young man working
in a paper mill to adjust himself and
discover his standard of values. It is
not a "proletarian" novel, however.
Hathaway's novel is 'the fourth
Hopwood winner to be published since
the contests were inaugurated. Mil-
dred Walker's "Fireweed," Hubert
Skidmore's "I Shall Lift Up Mine
Eyes," and Ruth Lininger Dobson's
"Straw in the Wind" were the others.

simple device of omitting from the
Ireland's FaSrite on scussedcollection numerous bitterly ironic
political verses in which he had at-
Here By Howard Mumford Jones :tdifferent from the gentle one
which characterizes his better-known
works. "In these poems he not only
The story of Tom Moore-Ireland's Bessie Dike, Tom's wife, is in Moore's Fodks. ad th spde nt only
called a spade a spade, but severalE
favorite poet-son and the work in- own writings, and Professor Jones other things as well," Professor Jones
volved in a biography of the poet told of discussing her on the assump- observed.
which he has finished formed the ssmn-ob erved.
subject of a talk by Prof. Howard tion that she was about 16 years oldj In The Harp That Once, he at-
Mumford Jones, now of the English when she wed Mcore's father, only tempted to combine the virtues of the
department of Harvard University to discover some time later through writing, Professor Jones said, frank-
and formerly professor of English a birth certificate in a parish church ly the admiring and the opposite,
here, last night in the League. at Plymouth, where Bessie was born which he described as the H. L.
"In his own time Tom Moore was aboard ship, that at the time of her Mencken school of biography.
one of the best known men alive," marriage she was actually a maidenly
Professor Jones said, "and a bio- 31. He immediately rewrote a whole , nrir Tr- t

gar Rice Burroughs. Published by
the author. $2.00.
BARBARY BREW, by Zeida Stewart
Charters. Stackpole Sons, New
York. $2.50.
THE DECREE, by Gertrude Crown-
field. J. B. Lippincott Co., Philadel-
phia. $2.00.
DOWN THE PROUD STREAM, by
Carl Fallas. Longmans, Green and Co.
$2.50.
LILY OF THE FIELD, by Blanche
Smith Ferguson. The Penn Publish-
ing Co. Philadelphia. $2.50.
THE BLACK ENVELOPE; MR.
PINKERTON AGAIN, by David
Frome. Farrar & Rinehart, New
York. $2.00.
LOOK AWAY,.DIXIELAND, by Leon
F. Harris and Frank Lee Beals,
Robert Speller Publishing Corp. $2.50.
POINT NOIR, by Celie Huggins.
Houghton, Mifflin Co., New York.
$2.50.

grapher is appalled by the tremendous
amount of material available. There
are manuscripts ir the Clements Li-
brary here, in the British Museum in
London, at the Huntingdon Library in
California, in the Irish National Li-
brary in Dublin and even as far away
as New Zealand. I didn't go to New,
Zealand," he added. He did, however,
go through every British periodical
published during Moore's career as a
poet, in search of uncollected poetry
as well as of contemporary criticism.
The chief secondary source for a
biographer of the author of "The
Harp That Once Through Tara's;
Halls," (the first four words of which
form the title for Professor Jones'
book) "Believe Me If &ii' Those En-
dearing Charms," and countless other
lyrics still on the lips of the singing
world after a century's passing, is
"an ugly eight-volume collection" of
Moore's memoirs edited by the Whig
political leader, Lord John Russell,
a friend of the poet, the speaker said.
Lord John's work is the only source
for the greater part of Moors's own
writing, since the original was burnedI
after the poet'shdeath.
All the information available about

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chapter of the book, rebuilding the
relations of the mother and son in the
light of the new information.
One of Tom's favorite boasts, in-
scribed in the preface to he collected
works of 1841, was that none of his
well-known satire ever hurt anyone's
feelings. In going through the current
publications of Moore's day, Professor
Jones discovered that Tom had fooled
the public for generations by the

KECENT IICTION
ARKANSAS TALES, by Bruce Brown.
The Cassoway Press, New Vernon,
N. J. $2.00.
JOHN, by Irene Baird. J. B. Lippin-
cott Co., Philadelphia. $2.00.
DEAD MAN'S TRAIL, by Hoffman-
Birney. The Penn Puolishing Co.,
Philadelphia. $2.00.
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