THE MICHIGAN DAILY MAGAZINE
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 1922
lying out? The path of evolution is considered myself fairly content, and
strewn with the most ghastly failures reasonably happy, to find that I have
and mistakes, and man himself is get- not been happy, that, on the other
otig ready to give up the struggle. hand, I have been extremely miser-
In this connection, the author is able because I have not constantly
T1 PAlLOi EGAT AMLS ' in a book which is well worth reading very much impressed with the divine meditated on my own unworthiness, on
Dy Arthur S. lildebrand 1 and which, to quote the old theatrical mission of man, man the superb pro- the "divine urgency," on the "victori-
advertisements, "will not bring a duct of Creation. This is a pleasant ous goodness," etc., etc. To me these
(A I i iew by R. 1. S.) blush to lhe cheek of the most deli- thought, but as a matter of fact, racial things are all rather vague; maybe I
"The Parlor Begat Amsi" (Harcourt Cate." racial old age is stealing upon us rap- have been sharply aware of all of
Brace) by Aritur S. Htitdcbrand 1 5 --_s.a idly; the score of useless, even harm- them without knowing it.
vary c'r edtab first intvi ti th' "A iL:.i ii EtHI T E I AT ful, vestigial organs within us are get- Dole intimates that joy, for instance,
"MBiy Street"-"Zi I" typ'. It euters Iy Charles F. Dole tg in their work, and the glory of the is an attribute of the superior mettle
" -Iitre fades to a dull drab. of man, of a great and guided creation
about ain arti-tically inclined youth ( l lew by H. C. I.) Dole laments the fact that the cur- producing the end-product, Man. The
and 1us usuc'itst aggle agai 3 itigion for ie .ewv Day' reit reiigion and the church did not author has a unique experience ahead
the r( rasnt of mit tlicts, n (u lit by tharles F. Dole, is one prevent the late war. Did anyone, in of him if he has never seen a dog
of the most disappointing books that his right mind, ever suppose that they laugh and shor joy as unrestrained as
tion aI Id routine. I l base ever read. The first chapter could? Over-population simply has to that of any infant or adult lomo
Amuos Endey, throuth some freak stlarts out bravely enough to deal a imeet with its antidote; why not war sapiens.
lnieI itar com o1ii, l delops a de -dly blow at the current religion, as well as by famine? But he gets Qn firm ground when
ta tti Sur- and I was immediately all attention, !So many incurable optimists have he says that the modern church does
r i ctiura t a s. 'there ioiing that the writer would succeed; told us that the world is getting better not know how to handle the problem
v i aIl cs v a ut the little puff of wind died out, that we may believe them someday. of the young people. I know of noth-
miiulc itt' e e'sit ttE i ot (uie leaving him still stranded on a stag- But I have just bought several articles ing more bungling than the violent
espatlt of expiiesini orinterritin t snant sea. of one of the local haberdashers, and and comparatively useless efforts of
Witi the sutort of a symiitts One should have known hetter than I fail to see any sign of this moral the church to attract and hold the
fricusi lie iiiigtit has e dcv ili tl tis to expect much, for in the preface, the progress. yotth of the laud. Let us give then
ir:itilse iiips itoi. /ts it is te ls not autitri tells that lie was for forty-five Scattered throughout the book are credit, however, for trying, and let us
get very far. Ile has a icouple of years a minister of the Gospel, and many excellent observations, and for hope that they will find a happy solu-
brightty colored loii a ffire, lie suf- his should have told the whole story. these I am grateful. The author does tion of the vexing problem.
ters from incipient aestheticsm, and iDle is so steeped in the current relig- not believe, for instance, that wealth The final chapter on "The Eternal
makes a feeble tan gesture But ion that lie is either unable or afraid tends to corrupt men any more than Life" might just as well have been left
he is cot strong cniout to stanid alone. to follow up his announced intention, poverty. I hav' never experienced out. Most of it is meaningless jargon,
At t w-eity-one? Ie relapses lio that and, after a little skirmishing, lie wealthnor extreme poverty, and it is and it gets us nowhere. Attempts have
nquestionig coufortiy ttat msarks seoends o a sort of sniping stillh musy unprejudiced opinion that'his ob- Ieen made before this to prove the
tchue sit iis 'has wooden bullets. servation has much truth in it. existence of a future life, and, one and
The tragey of Amos is tme tragedy It is sit course agreeable ho hear But is is rather distressing, after all all, they have failed., But Dole, like
of th1oussnls if sestlsetiesuhly and im- again that a person need not hue a of these years during which I have all other metaphysicians, has his pet
tellecruahly itirred souls so fid tie chuirchs muember to be a goad, mdh',ent
atmo-siosth ire of uc'uumsmuerrissl u'thle anit mumcnbiher of society. Dole should have
th' insisc upon scucrisy, 'infirm- asnn' further and advised us not to
ity, mlm higotry toro ri ssrn fits I' u. jin thT mssod rn tCurCuh.
This rtist u inevittluy tli bhth e 'Thme swhole hsook is filled with use-
agai t iis euisiriuuet. lie is re- lss 'umut sen eless theological arga-
gsr'-et smeho ' nil itr ' 'is ct- Iusees, vs hi sure j' st so much lead
suble, a srues' fellow'., us "util" p'ri=. t 'us t ier. 'Ths' Isogh hbe doctrin e ofrr dseo
the mutsy giltsuit the his 'sit Irsuckon hus-reulrstination I's een res'urrecs d, as
enough for a hurls: f l toi> ystmi Sing. uIte sat's thutit , IIour aets go to fill
mit lie a1'xiuIs lIists th its tcn, u steigi. 'To him law and order is
andt scul Ii;ui'i o surry iing after s remytv'htere, and a divine intellience
him uni usialy simsCed in 1r gimuc is msinfs' iin everything around us.
him luac ntolu) the tcurity aid ssvu- I swonster whether Dole is aware of
tion ufferel tuY it e nmslob idtes O thie tluhlinutnmers whic evolution has pro-
somnsut sm uihs. lls surremier compl'ted c cred? Can anybody imagine an in-
hi fulls into the salul continuous pur- telligent being directing the forces of i
form(ance of birth, s hsuol, love, usl- evoilutluin so as to produee a horned
ness, marriage, and proereation. sas'h, or a Stegosaurums? Or an intel- -..
Ths iheme is rather a vital one in ligunt creature equipping the great
present-day Ameries. Hildebrand hass hrish Elk with antlers so vast that
eomseived a typical 'ss and has re- after ctrugging some generations with
curled it, with some depth of under- them, the poor animals decided to
standimg and not a little literary still., quetion the wisdom of creation by
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