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SUNDAY, OCT. 9, 1938

THE MICHIGAN DAILY

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BOOKS

Mussolini's Foreign Policy
Penetratingly Summarized
"MUSSOLINI'S ROMAN EMPIRE" tocracy and corrupt press have bull-
by G. T. Garratt.:Penguin Books, Ltd., dozed the people into the belief that
London 1938 Sixpence. In America by a country which had 83,000 Commun-

Modern Verse
Is Featured By
'Book Room
Kimon Friar To Lecture
On Poetry Each Sunday
At NewCampus Shop

American Woman Gives
Smug Britons Going-Over

Henry cannot keep up with this high- soup, thin and dark and utterly sa-
powered chivalry . . . While the Eng- vourless, tastes as if it had been
lishmen are fleetly handing around drained out of the umbrella stand ,. .
tea or coffee or ashtrays. poor Henry It is possible to eat English piecrust
more often than not is poised in the whatever you may think at first. The
background looking well disposed but[English eat it. and when they stand
not very well organized." up and walk away, they are hardly
On food: "I wonder sometimes how bent over at all. It can be eaten but
they ever manage to praise it up long it does not come under the head of
enough to get a plate under it. "The sensual indulgence."

Modern Age Books, New York. 50c.r
By STAN M. SWINTON
G. T. Garratt,, Ethiopian corres-j
pondent for the Manchester Guardian
during the Abyssinian war and a re-
cent visitor to Spain, wrote "Musso-
lini's Roman Empire" in an attempt to
inform a British public which "refuses
to take Mussolini seriously" of the
terrible truth of fascism. And he suc-
ceeds in doing so-brilliantly, un-
usually well. In fact the volume is
to Italian foreign policy what the
Duchess of Athell's book was to
Spain.
The guilt of Italian victory in Ethio-
pia, says Garratt, rests upon Britian
and, especially, upon the shoulders of
Anthony Eden, the "dandy who lured
his country from its duty with soft
words." Garratt declares and, to the
mind of this critic, proves conclusive-
ly, that the British foreign office knew
long before the Ethiopian venture
what was going to happen and, in
traditional diplomatic style, had a
tri-partite agreement with France
and the aggressor as to how the spoils
would be divided. Deliberately lying
to the British public so that its hand
R would not be forced, refusing Ethio-
pia the right to bring arms through
the colonies, Britian's foreign office
aided and abeted the rape of a country
which was desperately striving to ab-
sorb the benefits and not the evils of
Western "civilization".
Spain-Fascist Battle Gro ind
And Spain? To the mind of a man
who has spent many months there
in relief work, a man who found that
it was much safer to take the red
cross from his wagon because it drew
more Fascist ,bombs than did an or-
dinary vehicle, the war is the latest,
step in the Facist policy of blackmail
which, if .successful, will give Il-Duce
not only his Roman lake, but also
minerals which will greatly enhance
his chances in the "coming world
war."
The details of Garratt's Spanish
report are commonplace: the bombed
cities, the strafed civilians, the re-
gularly elected constitutional govern-
men slowly dying of strangulation be-
cause the pro-fascistic British aris-
Il

ists to millions of Republicans has
suddenly become Bolshevist. Tracing
Italian interference back to the fa-
mous Hotel Quirinal de Roma do-
cument of March 31, 1934 he shows
how the Spanish people are being
whipped into submission by a fascist
invasion.
Comfortable Words Of Authority
And, finally, he declares: "the vast'
majority of Englishmen . . . tend to
accept the comfortable words of those
in authority. Democracy will fail and
deserve to fail unless those people in
Western Europe and America who still
have the free use of their intelligence
will insist on being told the truth by
their rulers, will throw those rulers
out of power when their government
wilfully and systematically deceives
them . . . England has left millions
of people in Europe and the Near
East bewildered and uncertain. This
feeling is shared by those who have
seen that the actual result of British
policy has been to disarm men fight-
ing for their country and their liberty,
and they have been able to trace the
effect of certain sinister influences on
the formation of that policy. The
exposure of these influences is the.
first step, towards a return to the de-
cent sanity for which our country was
once famous."
Blames Parlor Fascists
Mussolini's Roman Empire is a bril-
liant, thoroughly documented study
of Italian aggression. More than
any other contemporary author, Gar-
ratt blames the drawing room fascists
of Britain for the plight of the 'world.
Eden he sees as an opportunist, Cham-
berlain as a fascist sympathizer.
The book is at once a necessary text
for an understanding of the European
Situation,
Graduate Outing Club
Plans Hike To Mountain
Peach Mountain will be the destin-
ation of the first outing of the Grad-
uate Outing Club today where hiking
and a weiner roast will be held.
Members will meet at 3 p.m. at
the northwest corner of the new

WITH MALICE TOWARD SOME, by
Margaret Halsey. Simon and
Shuster, New York. $2.00.
By CARL PETERSEN
When Margaret Halsey published
With Malice Toward Some recently,

it conveys a startlingly clear impres-
sion and, in most cases, reduces the
reader to helpless laughter.
It is this tendency toward epigram-
matism which contributes to the
book's sogginess in parts. A forced
epigram is immeasurably worse than
no epigram at all. And Miss Halsey,
in the effort to maintain the scintil-

A new campus book shop featuring she returned with interest the casti-
modern literature and especially gations wnicn an ungenerous English-
poetry has been opened at 308 South woman, Mrs. Trollope by name, has
State St. Its proprietor is John Mal- heaped upon the American public in
colm Brinnin, formerly poetry editor a volume published in 1932 entitled
of Prespectives, and its title is The Domestic Manners of the Americans,
Book Room. a volume which gave rise to some
The new shop is totally devoid of doubt on the readers' part as to
text books, and furnished informally which Americans, red or white, were
for comfortable browsing. A rental li- under consideration.
brary will accomodate students who As the wife of a young Ph.D. who
wish to borrow books. A line of liter- went to England on an exchange pro-
ary periodicals including Transition, fessorship, Miss Halsey had ample
Twentieth Century Verse, Interna- opportunity to observe life as it is
tional Literature and others is avail- lived in a small English village. A
able. remarkable proficiency for satire and
A number of first editions of modern a rollicking sense of humor enables
works are also included in The Book her to lampoon, tellingly but good-
Room's shelves. The hours for the naturedly, the English "Ungentry."
shop are 10 a. m. to 12 noon, 1 to 6 British weather, food, conversation,
p. m. and 7:30 to 9 p.m. with the ex- character, clothes, all feel the whip-
ception of Saturday evening. lash of her satire which she wields
On Sunday evenings at 8 p.m. Ki- with amazing dexterity considering
mon Friar will deliver a series of lec- that this is her first work for publi-
tures on "Poetry, Its Technique and cation since her college days.
Appreciation." Mr. Friar was a Zona Her forte is the epigram. She knows
Gale Scholar for five years, and a keen ability to construct it so that
studied under George Pierce Baker__
at the Yale Graduate School of the
Drama. He has lectured extensively on
modern poetry and has been Play
Reader for the Detroit Federal
Theatre. The fee for the entire series
of about 14 lectures is $2:00.

lating pace of the first chapters of
the book, drags in cute sayings by
the heels to keep the reader amused.
Moreover, in certain sections of the
book, the subject matter is dull and'
no amount of verbal gymnastics will
enliven it. Miss Halsey is, it appears,
guilty of that shortcoming which
critics, of all persons, must avoid-
the tendency to exaggerate in order
to strengthen a point. But her exag-
gerations are, for the most part, so
intensely amusing that the charge
cannot be pressed too seriously against
her.
Her observations on British tem-
perament and customs, true or no, un-
deniably make amusing reading.
On manners: "Such leaping to feet,
such opening of doors, such lightning
flourishes with matches and cigar-
ettes-it is all so heroic, I never quite
get over the feeling that someone has
just shouted "To the Lifeboats!" Poor

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