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arches For A Lost Dream Of Days
hen America Was Free .. .
nan follies and of shabbly compro- ing at his young son, Dinny, he thinks,
rnises which, in the end, managed to "This child will be here after me,
oe, somehow, more or less and iron- floig ihu nwig hr
ically, heroic." Thisrbrilliantly con-following, without knoning, where I
zeived character is the welding force have been before him. And he will
which unites the whole saga, and hurt himself and those whom he
:ridges the gap between the disillu- loves, just as I have; and some dayj
;ioned and morally exhausted Shelby he will come to the place where I am
ind his vigorously alert predecessors now. And maybe he will remember
Both symbolically and chronological- me then, and want to-." He makes
an effort to break through the wall
The exploits of the seafaring and that stands so implacably between
rontiering Parkers and Thralls are every man and someone he loves, and
emorable enough, and are related says: "Sit down, son. I . . . I'd kind
vith a vivid and thoroughgoing gusto, of like to talk to you." But the fel-
)ut it is in the story of John Thrall's lows are waiting, Dinny says, and hisI
,ersonal struggle from the little father watches him hurry away across
>rairie town where he undertakes to the grass.
dit and publish a liberal newspaper The solution for Shelby, which may
o a curiously gallant hospital death or, may not be satisfactory to the
hat the author develops the full pow- reader, depending on the quality of
r of his writing. Shelby loves his his imagination, is to break away
Ild man in the inarticulate way sons from the city and his sordid star-re-
lo love their fathers, and when the porter career to run a little country
ztter is gone, he thinks, in that clas- newspaper as his father did 50 years
ically futile way people have of earlier. It is a poetic and quite sat-
hinking about the dead, "He's gone isfactory conclusion, although pos-
away and I never had a chance to tell sibly not as lucid a clarification of the
him how much I-" And later, look- "dream" idea as it might have been.


His First Novel In
Years Pleasant,
Hardly Deep


Fowler. Random House, New
York. 1937. $2.50.
If you want something which will
reek with significance, you probably
would not appreciate Gene Fowler's
first novel in six years: Salute to Yes-
terday. However, if you desire a book
day However, if you desire a book
which will provide entertainment and
not involve your mind to too great an
extent, this effort should more than
Salute To Yesterday is really an ex-
cursion into the picturesque and now
obsolete scene that used to be the
Rocky Mountain sector in the days
when people rushed forth from the
so-called sane east to stake claims
in the area the government had op-
ened up. Fowler gives us the wild
and wooly west as they saw itchiefly
through the character of Captain
James Job Trolley.

the captain's discomfiture is his
daughter, Faustine, who, in the inter-
ests of science and chemistry, insists
on dyeing the captain's underwear aj
different hue every day. Trolley con-
siders this sufficient cause to disin-
herit her, although he is living on
her income.
But under all the covering of hi-
larity, there is a certain nostalgia
which forces the sympathy of the
reader for Trolley and all that he
stands for-the w older generation
which is being pushed out of the
scene by the younger and more busi-
ness-like modern set. After the last
page is read, the reader wonders if
he has been quite right in laughing
at the ridiculous antics of Trolley-
and if he has not offended-since the
worlds that Fowler creates are almost
too real for laughter.
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By Autobiography Of 'Rudolph' the first page. Fowler's Salute To
J Made up of a group of character
HE DID NOT DIE AT MAYERLING, nounced his right to the throne. His sketches and experiences of the pre-
- THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF liberal colleagues planned and ex- viously mentioned Captain Trolley,
'R,' written in collaboration with ecuted a fake suicide in order to al- description and the ability to create
lenry Lanier. J. B. Lippincott Co., low him to retire to private life with-impossible situations and prove them
?hiladelphia, 1937. $3.00. out being pointed at and harangued to be really possible, helps maintain
By ELLIOTT MARANISS the rest of his life. Baroness Vetsera Fowler has been att.emting to
The strange thing about history is icovered te pot and had to be write this novel for about six years,
that killed.explainsthesauthobut because of his insatiable interest
despite its great stress upon The consensus of historians is that in almost anything under the sun, in-
facts, dates and incidents it never the story is interesting but uncon- cluding prize fighters, wrestlers,
purports to be irrevocably definitive vincing. The claims made for it by newspapermen, .indigent actors, poli-
And complete, even in its treatment of the collaborator Henry Lanier and ticians, waifs and his incredible pets,
:ubjects about which no new evi- the publishers are of the s has had to forego this rollicking ca-
rousal until a few months ago.
fence or data have been uncovered possible nature. Lanier says in the The central character, Captain
or centuries. That, perhaps, is the introduction, "I believe this story James Job Trolley, whips the series
eason it has proven so fertile a field to be precise fact." The publishers of what, at first appear to be inconse-
or all sorts of writers to partake in, declare: "The narrator should know quentional sorties, into a semi-pur-
ruacks and fakes as well as serious l for he is Rudolph's secret son-now poseful story. The captain, who in-
tudents and men of intellectual re- a successful American man of prom- cidentally got his title not on the
pute. And that too, perhaps, is why inence. He has for his statementsh seas but on Cherry Creek which
t is difficult to summarily dismiss the documentary evidence that close patronizing during a torrential rain
le Did Not Die At Mayerling-The scrutiny has only emphasized as bona *s a lovable character of the dear old
lutobiography of "R," A Habsburg fide. His story makes one of theiaysvae.f
rho became an American, without, most astounding scoops of modern d inge
it least, a comparison with the most historical journalism." During his entire life, the captain
idely accepted historical version of The readei will probably do well, has feuded with Col. Anthony Steele,
.he tragedy that unfolded itself in the , however, to keep his tongue in his apman oimse wealth ho
imperial shooting lodge of Mayerling. ! captain accuses of killing his son.
cheek and await more convincing This is the only serious note to an
There seems to be a boom on May- evidence. otherwise riotous account of the cap-
rling at the moment among the ex- tan's lusty exploits and gallant de-
)onents of the lively arts. Maxwell fts whstycexryoith themte
\nderson's versified opus The Masque -Forthcoming Books- feats which carry with them the spirit
f Knsdaigwt h aesb of the old West in the locale of the
SKings dealing with the same sub- THnHNIG Ajew.
ect managed to last several months THE CHANGING A M E R I C A N nEspecially entertaining are the ac-
;n Broadway. More recently a French NEWSPAPER, by Herbert Brucker. counts of how the captain wins a Pul-
-iotion picture company produced Columbia University Press, New York. itzer journalism prize for writing a
:Iayfrling, with Charles Boyer cast BREAD AND CIRCUSES, by Willson three-page store about a blizzard
is the bewildered young Crown Whitman. Oxford Press, New which cut off the regular news sources
?rince Rudolph. And now the pub-I York. and necessitated filling the pages
ication of the autobiography of the THE ENEMY GODS, a novel by Oliv- with the captain's yarn; and of how
anonymous Mr. "R" who claims that er LaFarge. Houghton, Mifflin, and the captain spends the prize money
t was not Rudolph at all but an im- Co., New -York. to build an ill-fated replica of the old
>rovised substitute recruited from ENDS AND MEANS, by Aldous Hux- Civil War Monitor, on which he hadi
he Vienna morgue who was found ey. Harper's, New York. once sailed, for the annual Memorial
lead beside the body of the beautiful THE MERRY, MERRY MAIDENS, by Day parade which heretofore had
3aroness Marie Vetsera that bleak Helen Grace Carlisle. Harcourt, never contained any floats. At the
norning of Jan. 30, 1899, is likely to Brace, New York. crucial moment, the Monitor's salute
:eep . the ball rolling for quite a REHEARSAL IN OVIEDO, by Joseph to the governor back-fires and ignites
hile. It seems that princes and Peyre. Knight, New York. the captain's float.
ings aren't even allowed to die. AMERICA SOUTH, by Carleton I Aiding to the general confusion and
Mr. "R" claims that he is Ru- Beals. J. B. Lippincott Co., Phila-
lolph's legitimate son. He says that delphia.
le is now an American business man YOU HAVE SEEN THEIR FACES, by
.nd cannot, "for obvious reasons" re- Erskine Caldwell and MargaretID urin
eal his identity. His father, he says, Bourke-White. Viking Press, New
lisheartened because of his failureI York. t t o
o persuadethe emperor to liberalize rMYIRELAND, by Lord Dunsany. ta ir
he Austro-Hungarian empire, re- j Funk and Wagnalls Co., New York.

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