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ernor of the state, and having recei.',d ners should he improved. In order
his A. 1. degree from this isive-sity. that their manners might be improved
Les tthis genealogy detract titm his men and women wrote silly, preachi-
reputation as a thinker among those fying volumes telling what good little£
who will look to foreigners for all boys and girls did and should do, and l
great thoughts, I might mention that what punishments awaited those who
Mr. Jerome lived the last fifteen years departed from the proper and painful
of his life in Italy and there took ad- path. Such was English literature
vantage of the first hand knowledge for children up to 1697-a sort of im-
of the setting of old Rome as it loday mature, underdone, and prodigiously -
remains. The twelve lectures on "The stale Leviticus, in which all goodness *prh-
Use of Historical Material," which he was embroidered hy "thou shalt note. In these days when reformers of all. Another sort of reforming, perhaps
delivered before the American Acad- T varieties and prejudicial colors are' even more important than thatwhich
emy in Roms In 1912 form the ass The change for the hetter was in- ee oeipran hnta hc
of ie present work tiated by a Frenchman, Charles Per- trying to meddle with every coceiv- Dr. Parkhurst occasionally concerned
Mr. Jerome died in 1974, and It is of rault, who had conceived the idea of able human activity from eating to himself, forms the major interest of
firther Interest to local readers that writing fairy tales as fairy tales reading and listening to music, it is William J. Fielding, autho r of "The
Prof ssor Winter; professor in Cls- should he written, with theaid of his a real delight 'to read -of one mem- I Cave Man Within Us"- ( P. Dutton
sical Archaeology in this university,is 10-year-old son. The result was some- ber of their group whose zeal is tem-' Co.). Mr. Fielding isa psychoanalyst
responsible for' the publication of the thing new upon the earth; stories The story of the more capable sort, who' knows
vlm;and also that by his 'ilt actually made -to tlease and not i- °pered by cmmon sense,Te tr
volume; an'l ta b i il. ,, anatomy; snedicine, general psyihol-
prove their readers;. stories in which of his work is to be found in Mya. .
r. Jerome provided a edowmen the children themees were e he-, Forty Years in New York" (Macmi: ogy, and a doze r-eoother. subjects
a etrashp'bthis 'te mericanththatldethee follower of'eh®-ForFreud, inNewYongMaet.-
Acad nems in ome and in the -UA er- roes. Fairy tales that had been in the lan); the man is Dr. Charles H. Park- that the follower of Freud,Jung, et.
A yrsthn + .al. needs to -know and 'f'eqluently
sity of Michigan, for -the 'purpose of air for centuries were set down with hurst. doesn't. The thesis of his' book is
advancing Roman historical study. skill and beauty (Perrault was a Mr. Parkhurst is principally famous that the uncoas otis mind; represent-
-Newell. Bebout, . member of the French Academy), and as the man who put Tammany on theing -a great -share of mental heredity,
with the simplicity of a child's imag- toboggan; certainly that act was his is a v ry important factor that gen-
ination, or a nurse's telling. Perrault -greatest single reform. Anyone who orally is ignored or abused. This he-
SCIENCE AND did not,- of course, immediately con- wants 'to know what the New York of' reditary part of is Mn rFielding labels,
LANGUAGE vert the world; theories were just- as 290 was like can find good and short for convenience' sake, the Caveman;
_________________t______________ strong and just as foolish in 1700 as description in Dreiser's "Book About -the purpose of his book is to describe
TRE MUMANIZtNG OF KINOWL. in 1923, Mis fairy tales 'ere fine, Myself"; the Observer can give evi- teflo n i as n ugs
EDGE, by James Harvey Robuson. but lessons must be taught and beauty that the New York of today is quite y
,means by which his aid ca' e enlist-
George H. Doran Co., $10. (paper might exist only as handmaiden to a safe, presentable town, and that its ed in the business of living. Per-
bound, $1.) morality. And so there appeared crookedness and crime seems mainly baps the Observer, whose chief busi-
There are plenty of complaints. on books of what ostensibly were fairy of the sort which 'this world ordains ness in life is to find out about things
the part of scientists even; that most tales, each one thinly coating some as respectable anddeserving of high long and safely dead, has no right to
knowledge is so bound up in techni- one, two, or half a dozen threadbare political and finan at eward. The voice opinion upon subjects so far
calify as to u. uses to nine tenths morals. And along with the incor- responsibility for the change rests from his field. But then, beng an
of educated humanity. So far as I am rigibe reformer came the second- largely upon Mr. Parkhurst, though observer, he has a great liking for his
aware, however, Professor Robinson hand man, who made books for son the account of it fills but a small part own ideas, so great that he frequent-
is the first specialist to take these by cutting down those originally writ- of this story of his life. Ily and heatedly maintains them vastly
plaints seriously to heart and try to ten for his father. But even he was However, the Observer does protest superior to the ideas of people both
do something for the general remedy- willing to allow some pictures- against the poor judgment of Dr. older and younger than himself.
ing of the matter. This book con- though duty or stupidity often induced Parkhurst in having an introduction Therefore he makes bold to assert
tains his plan of action and his basis him to portray funerals, hangings, by the late Chancellor Day of Syra- "that to him "The Caveman Within Us"
for- it; both of them ook extremely and such cheerful topics. cuse University. Here is a man who seems a very clear, accurate and help-
solid. Then came another reformation out writes a sane, rational book, miles fu book, presenting a subject about
In the first essay, Dr. Robinson ad- - of France, and Rousseau headed a ahead of the things preachers usually which none too much is known in a
mits man's general indifference to whole generation of writers who tried produce-and then allows it to groan way it has-not been presented before.
knowledge, and shows that the seeker ; to reverse the tables and make middle- under an introduction written by a1 At the same time he admits that his
after truth is not only an exceptional age the good servant of childhood. friend who rants about "preaching the' doctor would not take great stock in
being, but often a positive freak. In {While probably very sound, the the- devil out into the open where his jg- either that opinion or the book.
the second, he shows that for science ory nevertheless made for artificial- tly form could be seen." What tommy- and remembering that the Doctor
to be of any value at all, it must be (Continued on Page Seven) rot! gradated from college .before the
dehumanized to some extent at least.-,
By "dehumanized" he does not mean :.tilfitIiII1flfiIfIllIlfllflltill~IlItIlHJ1lI1llfHiltiiitititiflft tltlfilltIllflItfllIlltIllitIiliifllg,glltll iifiit,,,i;ufi 1Sii,,,
'dry', but rather 'unemotional' or 'un-
prejudiced.' The dryness is an taci-
dent and unoecesry featureOthei 9 Could You It's not a foolish question. If you
essays cover such suhjecte as thei o l Y u
importance of scientific discoves riesh h e ~
the present organized opposition to U se $52 can now te ances are
facts of all sorts that do not fit in needi ayearfownot
with inherited ideas, and finally, iae t rom now. v ot
proposal for writing of a sort that will
combine both accuracy and interest h ve . en. start a sav gs aC-
Dr. Robinson is (not interested in
"popular science" of the sort that count. Save only a dollar each
fills pages of the Hearst dailies; what
he wants is the real thing, at once week. You can do that easily. Jan-
readable and reliable. The essay on
readble nd rliale. he esayuary 1st, 1925, you'll have a nice
"The Democratization of Science"-s 9a e
outlines the subjects and attributes of
a whole series of books that would filllttle balance of.$52, and you won't
his requirements. The publishers say
that have started to work on the plan; miss the money during the year.
a most promising assurance, but I
confess myself alarmed by a "group
of the ablest scientists in the UnitedPyaTh
States and abroad" who will do the
writing. Dr. Robinson may convert
publishers to popular science, but more the better. Mighty good train-
can he convert scientists to the use=-
fnngishing for you too. You'll watch it grow
THE HISTORY OF -ewith a great deal of enthusiasm,
CHILDREN'S BOOKS doubtless save more than you figure
A CEN'TRY OF CHILDREN'S on- ifyVou are in earnest.
HOOKS, by Florence V. Barryo.
George It. Doran Company.

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