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An English Youth Finds
MAUGHAMA Different World ..-

Cep . ._ __

erset Maugham. Doubleday, Doran
and Co. $2.50. Couirte;y Follett's
Book Store.'

Charley Mason's world was a small
one and a happy one before he went
to Paris alone for his Christmas holi-
By the end of the Yuletide, the bot-
tom had dropped out of Charley Ma-
son's small, happy world. Charley
had become educated.
This theme is by no means original
with Maugham. If I've read one, I've
read 20 books that start and end the
same way. It's what's in between
that counts, and Maugham's inbe-
tweens are refreshingly new and
startlingly real.
As a matter of fact, for the price
of one volume Maugham digs down
into his literary jeans and pulls forth
two stories, one, a murder mystery,
no less, interwoven with the story of
Charley Mason's awakening.
For when Charley went to Paris
with a yen for the night life he had
heard so much of, his old friend Si-
mon introduced him to the Princess
Olga, a Russian prostitute who's real
name was Lydia Berger. In the en-
suing days while Lydia lived with
Charley in his tiny hotel room she
took down her hair and told himl
piecemeal the story of her husband,
Robert, who had murdered for the
fun of it and for whose sins she felt
she was atoning.
All this, plus the great change that
had come about in the character of
his friend Simon, was how the other
half lived to Charley. With his fath-
er the treasurer of the Mason Estates
and his uncle a dignified M. P. Char-
ley had nurtured the strange idea that
all people who counted lived in Eng-
land's mansions, that the servants
and other less well-to-do members of
society he had come in contact with
were to be tolerated but not under-
stood and were really a separate spe-
cie quite apart from mankind. He was
surprised to find them human also.
Simon himself was Charley's great-
est surprise. Simon in school with
Charley was a quiet sort of a chap,
rather hard for the rest of the fel-
lows to get along with. An orphan,
Simon had been, for all practical
purposes, taken into the bosom of the
Mason family and had often con-
fessed to Charley that he was his
only real friend. Simon had found
Cambridge not to his liking and had
quit, taking a correspondenceship in
Paris for an English paper, a job
gained for him by Mr. Mason. Then
passed a number of years during
which the two school chums did not
see each other, ending in Charley's
Christmas visit.
Simon, meanwhile, had. become a
changed man. Never a leader in
school, he had a decided whole-world-
against-me complex. A leader he
wanted to be, a leader in the emanci-
pation of mankind. Realizing his lack
of p'ersonal charm he had decided;
tnat his only chance of becoming a
leader, or rather a dictator, was
through the use of terrorism and the

establishment of fear in the hearts
of his countrymen. HIis greatest li-
ability in purusing such a course he
kinew to be his own personal feelings
and studying the methods of the
leaders of the French and Russian
Revolutions, especially those of Dzer-
jinsky, he had studiously been fol-
lowing a course designed to devoid
himself of all emotions and make
himself able to live under any hard-
ships. He would not rest, he told
Charley, until he knew he could order
a firing squad to blow Charley's
brains out and think nothing of it.
Charley found him well on his way.
Simon and Lydia, and more so Ly-
dia's story, opened Charley's eyes to
a number of things he had never
dreamed of before. Maugham leaves
the question unanswered as to
whether his experiences did Charley
any good or whether he came, after
a few weeks, to look upon the holiday
rather as an unpleasant dream and
sank back to his original lethargical
mode of living.
(Continued from Page 4)

Imbued in Simon the reader will
find a peculiar philosophy. Simon
is not the young idealistic radical
type who hopes to wage war with
blood and iron if necessary against
existing political and economic con-
ditions in order to make the world a
better place for the average man,
especially the worker, to live. The
reader is convinced that Simon has
not the deplorable condition of the
lower class in mind in preparing for
his revolution. He has only his own
welfare in mind with the ambition of
being at the top of the heap when
the dust clears. Nor does Simon even
crave, as most of his type, to be known
as the leader and emancipator to his
followers; he would be the power be-
hind the commanding hand, the
brain that controls the dictator's
muscles. Once in power, men could
fall in line or go to hell as far as he

Home Country
Suits Prokosch
In Latest Book
America Is Rediscovered
By Author in 'Night
Of The Poor'
NIGHT OF THE POOR, by Frederic
Prokosch, Harper & Bros., New
Frederic Prokosch has come home.
Readers of Mr. Prokosch's earlierl
novels, The Asiatics and The Sevenl
Who Fled, will remember him as a
dealer in exoticisms, a writer with a
lush, poetic flavor to his style andl
an abiding interest in strange, Orien-
tal places and strange, abnormal
But Mr. Prokosch has decided that

RIVER RISING-Bu Hubert Skid-
more. Doubleday Doran and Co.,
Inc. Price $2. Courtesy the Hop-
wood Room.
York Allen wanted to be a doctor.
Ever since that night his mother and
father had died of pneumonia four
AStory Of Ten
News Writers
In Spanish War
Frank C. Hanighen. 285 pp. New
York: Robert M. McBride & Co.

be held Saturday, Dec. 2, from 9-12
p.m. in the ballroom of the Michigan
League. Admission is free to affili-
ate members on presentation of mem-
bership and identification cards.
Non-members may purchase tickets
at the Foundation office.
The Bibliophile section of the
Faculty Women's Club will meet
with Mrs. John H. Muyskens at the
Michigan League, Tuesday, Novem-
ber 28 at .2:30 p.m.
Michigan Dames: Art group will
meet at the home of Mrs. G. Carl
Huber, 1330 Hill, at eight, o'clock,
T'esday, November 28.
St. Andrew's Episcopal Church,
Sunday, 8 a.m Holy Communion; 11
a.m. Morning Prayer and sermon by
the Rev. Don V. Carey, rector of
Grace Episcopal Church, Grand Rap-
ids; 11 a.m. Junior Church; 11 a.m.
kindergarten, Harris Hall; 7 p.m.
Student meeting, Harris Hall. John
Mason Wells, professor of philosophy
and religion at Hillsdale will speak
on "Some Suggestions about the Or-
igins and Value of the Old Testa-
Disciples Guild (Church of Christ):
10:45 a.m. Morning worship. Rev.
Fred Cowin, minister;
12 noon, Students' Bible Class. H.
L. Pickerill, leader.
6:30 p.m. "The Guild Looks at It-
self and. Plans for the Future." A
round table' discussion led by Hoyt
Servis, president.

H. Skidmore, Hopwood Winner,
Writes Third Blue Ridge Novel

was concerned. As long as things he loves America, and the result is What happened to the correspon-
were different with himself respon- Night Of The Poor, which might dents in Spain during the recent
sible for the running of things, Si- well be subtitled America. Is Peachy. revolution is told by 10 of them in a
mon would be satisfied. For Mr. Prokosch, in his rediscovery group of chapters which, the editor
of America, has found, not only that points out, constitutes as much of a
it is beautiful, that it is democratic, book of "men against war" as of
that its citizens are, in the main, newspaper men's reminiscences about
good, that in it youth can come of 'it
A L BU L LET I N age freely, without let or hindrancei One might suppose that, released
ut also that it is as "exotic" (to from the inhibitions imposed by cen-
misuse the word) as any other coun- sorship, reporters would have taken
try in the world. better advantage of their material.
Graduate Bible Class. Prof. Leroy The Whitman Quotation But they appear to have believed that
ateCnovel begins, as it should, with facts of so sensational a nature need-
Waterman, teacher.r a quotation from a Walt, Whitman ed no arrangement for dramatic ef-
10:45, Morning Worship. Sermon poem. It ends, as it should, with fect.
Topic,"Deiverancd T e the following sentence: "He started The one outstanding exception -
12, Student Round Table Discus- down the straight white road to San and by far the most stirring part of
sion Toi "Wat" Can We lieve Felipe, 44 miles away." In between the book-is the article headed "Cor-
about Immortality?" is the saga of young Tom, who leaves respondent's Wife," by Lorna Wood,
6:15, Roger Williams Guild, 503 E. home to wander through the States, who is the only woman represented
Huron. is fascinated by American names, among the contributors. While the
Rev. William Genne of Michigan places, and people, has adventures, are reportingh
State College will report on the World falls in love, and, in the final chap- objectively. Mrs. Wood is translating
Christian Youth Conference in Am- 'ter, consumates his love, the incidents in terms of humanun-
sterdam, Holland. The reader of this review who derstanding. In reporting emotions,
thinks that he has detected a note she makes facts stand out at their
First Church of Christ, Scientist: of captiousness in the above para- full value. That there is not a stolid
Su a y, m in es ervice - graphs is quite correct. This should line in her story is due no less to her
Subjct:"Anien an Moern not, however, be taken to mean that!I timing.. than to the incidents she re-
cromancy, alias Mesmerism and Hyp- the reviewer wishes to derogate Mr. lates.
notism Denounced." :Prokosch's efforts, for they are praise- cThe thought of war turned her
Golden Text : Isaiah 8:19. worthy. It is. as heartening to see a cold with fright. "But then," she'
Sunday school at 11:45. young writer return to his homeland says, "so did a dentist's chair or a
as it is to see him stop writing about cockroach." It did not prevent her
First Methodist Church: Dr. C. W. himself. from accompanying her correspon-
Brashares will speak at 10:40 a.m. on Unfortunately Mr. Prokosch has dent husband to Barcelona a few
"Radicalism." not broken completely enough with days after their marriage.
his first two novels. Thus not only Her first aid raid experience in-
Stalker Hall: Student class at 9:45 his style but also his very attitude eluded surprise at the cold tide that
a.m. at Stalker Hall. Prof. Roy Swin- have not been adjusted properly, and crept up from her feet when the siren
ton of the Engineering School is the the result is that you see America not warning started. The electric lights
leader. Wesleyan Guild meeting at as your native country but as a weird dimmed and faded away. Street traf-
the church at 6 p.m. The service and withal rather spooky place which fic had stopped. A phonograph on
will be on the interpretation of the is charming, but still, don't you .the floor below was playing "Cheek
picture "Christ and the Rich Young know, my dear, so foreign-looking. to Cheek." Then silence until "All
Ruler." Fellowship hour and supper Hero Is Type One Clear" was sounded. This false alarm
following the meeting. As for the hero, young Tom, he is was succeeded in days to come by
in effect Type One. Novels about others that heralded destruction.
First Congregational Church: 10:45 young men are usually concerned Bombs from the air killed 80 women
a.m. Public worship. Prof. Preston W. either (One) with young men who and children who were standing in
Slosson will speak on "Platitude and feel or (Two) young men who think, line to buy food-fish that were
Paradox in Religion." Type One ordinarily has much the 'cheap after a raid because some of
6 p.m. Student Fellowship Supper,1 easier time of it, since Type One the bombs were almost sure to stun
followed by a talk on "Religions of (Stephen Dedalus, Eugene Gant, etc.) them when they exploded in the sea.
India" by Francesca Thivy of Ma- is usually artistic and therefore spiri- - The New York Times.
dras South Tneia.

habits of the people which form a
background for his story. River Ris-
ing is a true to life account of the
experiences of a schoolteacher and

years ago in their little old cabin in
the Blue Ridge Mountains-that ter-
rible night when York had run from
Owe to the other in frenzied horror,
sensing the worst and helpless in the
face of it-he had sacrificed every-
thing to prepare himself to attend
the medical school down the valley
where he might learn enough to come
back and help other Blue Ridge
And now York had been given a
chance to become a schoolmaster at
Cherry Valley lumber camp where
he could earn the rest of the money
he needed to put him through medi-
cal school. It was to be the culmina-
tion of those four years of drudgery
when he had harnessed himself to
the plow at his uncle's farm and
spent every spare moment reading
and rereading the two medical texts
he had picked up in the neighbor-
But the task ahead was not simple.
Cherry Valley had not had a school-
master in six years and the last one
had been attacked by a band of camp
ruffians, thrown into the river, and
stoned until he could be seen no
more. Moreover, the same gang had
recently burned the schoolhouse to
the ground.
Undaunted, York rebuilt the school,
cleaned up the molesters, and cleared
his name from a plot formulated by
logging thieves. It was spring when
the ice on the river had broken and
the lumbermen prepared the logs
to float downstream to the tune of
the call, "River Rising," that he fi-
nally triumphed over his obstacles
and with money in his pocket, trudged
jubilantly back home to waist for the
fall term at medical school to start.
This is the third -book. Skidmore
has published concerning the people
in the Blue Ridge Mountains. His
first, 1 Will Lift Up Mine Eyes,
brought the author a' major. fiction
award in the 1935 Hopwood Contest.
His second novel, These Silent Hills,
appeared last year.
The author, a native =of: the Bluej
Ridge country, is well versed' in the.

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services at 10:30 a.m. Rev. Steil- chest has thickened, it is covered succeeding his father, and reiterated
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boys." women of the southern mountains.
First Presbyterian Church: 10:45 ! r rkshwitsvr el
a.m. "Life-On What Terms?" will Mr. Prokosch writes very well. A -
be the subject of Dr. Lemon's sermon number of the passages, notably the
at the Morning Worship Service. Idescriptions of the scenery, are real-
at theMoWrn in Wrs hiSdenrvi ly quite lovely. But Night Of The'
6 p.m. Westminster Student Guild; Poor scarcely has enough solidity
will meet for a supper and fellowship and unity enoe tolmpyr
hour. Prof. Preston W. Slosson will and unity to enable one to compare
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Unitarian Church: 11 a.m. "If
Winter Comes," a pre-Christmas
sermon by Rev. Marley.
7:30 p.m. First of three round table
discussions on "Exploring ' Liberal
Religion," led by Rev. Marley.
Student Evangelical Chapel will
hold services in the Michigan League
on Sunday, Nov. 26, at 10:30 a.m. Dr.
G. Goris will speak on "The Sanctity
of Life." The evening service at 7:30
will also be in charge of Dr. Goris.
.pis topic will be "Why Pray?"
All students are invited to attend
these worship hours.
Reform. Services will be held at
,he Hillel Foundation this morning
at 11:00 a.m. The sermon will be
given by Dr. Isaac Rabinowitz, en-
titled "The People of the Book".

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