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one with a book that is simply funny;
some must have art along with humor.
For such a person the Wallet of Rai
Lung, by Ernest Bramah (Geo. It. Dor- It is obvious that nations cannot ex-
an Co., $2.50) was written. The wit, ist as nations uner Christianity. In-
the keen satire of the Chinese philos- deed, not even a league of nations
opher and story teller attract the could then exist. But people are con-
reader no less than they did his brig- fused on this point and try to imagine
and captors, who payed him for a that some nations are Christian and
story by the gift of freedom. Never that at least the United States is. As
A.5,v, see { does Kai Lunn address an ordinary a matter of fact, the United States is
Who, in looking over the shelves of nal habits" throws an admirable light human being; the man either is an "iI- not a Christian nation and probably
Elostriousmadrno th eihhnvrwlbefoonofhe os
a bookstore, has not wondered as to on'the origins of astronomy. In the niandarin ni the cigbtb never will be; for one of she most
h mt of the publishers else text ihe lisinier is sewhat me grade and the royal Yellow", or "the cherished tenets of our common-
theenlotivelieetrs andi covetous minded Wang Yu,' wealth is the one which recognizes re-
print and sell books? How do they strained, though it is better than that descendant of no ancestors worth ligious freedon, and which grants to
look at writing, and at writers? What of some of the original "Outlines", to
mentioning, and the maker of exceed- the Taoist or the Buddhist or the Jew
are their real thioughts ahvas the say Ihe least. The division of knosel- - ie vrqiea uhrgti u oen
ware th oferingly illy-shaped clay pipes". Nor quite as mci right in our govern-
wares they offer? edge into elegies, turelyuion, og- are his stories mere stories; they are nent as a Christian.
In A Publishner' unit esien Mr. rapliies, isms, and onismies, is unique, the adventures of some noble youth, Yet this definition of Christianity is
Walter H. Page gives a clear picture and perhaps as valuable as some other record d by famous histora, uni c crow. Christianity is not mercly a
of the mind of one sort of publisher. divisions made with a great deal more adorned with the praise of genera- doctrine; but is a mode of living as
Mr. Page's house issue such works seriousness The satire, while blunt tions. Now and then the flowery lan- well. Pascal defines it admirably
as the Nature Library, The World's and inclined to stumble over its own guage gets a bit tiresome, but the when he says: "Submission is the
Work, and the books of 11rs. Gene toes, is not bad, and many of the deft- titles never. ' use of reason in which consists true
Stratton Porter, along with several nitions are excellent fun.
other things of distinetty higtier eta. It is very evident, however, that Kai Christianity". It is the religion of un-
Lung, Chinese story-teller and pos- selfishness, of submission, of univers-
As its head, Mr. Cage seemis to have A gift book that is even more sessor of a long pig-tail, is not wholly ality, of spirituality, of infinity, of
felt several grave responsibilities: he amusing than the Toogood Outline is orinental. Those who have bought oil 'good will toward all. But here again,
must make his business pay; he must Lemons and Poples, by Gertrude S. stock or invested their savings with our nation is not Christian.
get good (I. e. prohitile; authors: h Gertrude (Thomas Seltzer). It con- some life insurance company will rec- Nations are }wilt on the idea of re-
nmust practice courtey and honesty, sists of a serious-looking batch of ' ognize many familiar features in the sistance, finity, and selfishness. Great
and uphold the gods of his grand- drawin s of various types of people, Ling tAtter Death) Without huch nations as we generally think of them
fathers. He discourses lengthily on with appropriate captions. One imay I Risk Assembly and the tactics of its (Greece, Rome, England, France, and
good books and good writers, but it agree with the author when she says wealthy president. Others will find in the United States) have been built and
is very plain that what he considers "The faces are not caricatures, be- Lo Kuan Cmang a distinct likeness to saintained by material might. To ex-
good would not please Mr. HI. L cause they're not exaggerated. Many one William Shakespeare, particularly ' ist the United States had to control
Mencken-and probably not Mr. Hor- f of them are even greatly modified. in the passage beginning: the New England States, the South-
ace Liveright. Otherwise, how can find the human race funny enough just "Friends, Chinanmen, lalSourers who n States, and the Phillipines. Eng-
one account for silly books on eti- taken straight as it is, but if one gives are engaged in agricultural pursuits, land had to control Ireland and Scot-
quette, ts. Porter, nil line ple, for a too close representation of it the re- entrust to this person your acute and (Continued on Page Six)
courses in writing of the very sort sult is always apt to be mistaken for well-educated ears;
that Mr. Brillion Fagin condemned as caricature. So that's why I troubledi "He has merely come to assist Ir The- real likeness comes, however,
being destructive of what-little talent myself to make some modifications." depositing the body of Ko'ung in the in the behaviour of certain critics
students may possess? Clearly, de- 1ndoubtedly true; I shall carry the Family Temple, not for the purpose of and writers of "printed leaves which
spite all his protestations to the con- book with me on my next street-car making remarks about him of a grace. make a custom of warning persons
trary, Walter I. Page was a business trip to the Auditorium theatre, and ful and highly complimentary nature;.1 against being persuaded into buying
man fist, last, and all the time. -Which pick out the types. Mrs. Flint Ridge "The unremunerative actions of certain books." . . . But there is
is just what- one might expect. keeping her eye on friend husband which persons may have been guilty no such persuasion in this leaf; let
will be a cinch, as will- also be the wo- possess an exceedingly undesirable - Kai Lung be bought generously!
The most amusing thmg about The man who dogmatizes to the effect that amount of endurance:
Ouiline of Everything, by Hector B. all foreigners are immoral. As for the I "The successful and well-considered Such advice, too, might be given
Too"'od (Little, ,rBrown & Co., $2.50) ,"Merchant of Venice-III," there are almost invariably are involved in a di- concerning Luigi Pirandello's The
is. the pictures. The one, for example, three of him in hearing right now, rectly contrary course; e-Mat4ia Pascal (E. P. Dutton Co.,
which demonstrates the Chaldeans to "This person desires nothing more $.50). When Mattia Pascal, who had
be "an industrious people of noctuf- One cannot, of course, please every- than a like fate to await Ko'ung." 1ft -his home town for a short hut

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The Robertson Co. known -nevery large city as a man-
ufacturer of highest grade GOWNS, closed out to us this
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These eleg ant gowns-made in sizes 36 and 18-tthe very
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you'll find it here in this offering at a large saving to your
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You'll, of course, enjoy saving $10to $25 on your winter
gown purchase, but we must emphasize the desirabi ity of
an early selection for we don't want you to be disappointed.

profitable journey to Monte Carlo
awoke one morning to fnd his obitu-
ary printed in the newspapers, he de-
termined on a very interesting course.
Dead? Buried. Certainly, so far as
he was concerned. A cross on his
Sgrave -simplified matters .extremely.
Why not take-the gift of chance with
I gratitude?
Forthwith he become Anriano Meis,
possessor of a new life, a new ances-
try, a new birthplace. Things went
finely for a while, and then a difficulty
appeared; Ieis had no documents of
j any sort that proved a means of
identification, and he needed them
badly. From this beginning to the
final circumstances which forced him
I to reassume' his discarded name and
life, Mattat Pascal became increasing-
ly aware that death, .or qualified death,
is by no means the bappy state it is
generally cracked up to he.
Themee wit, pathos,ndrama, love,
philosophy in this story, yet it is by
no means of the labored sort called,
for lack. of more violent words, "high-
brow". Pirandello has written a
forceful, unique book, worthy of .its
place as initiator of "the new tendency
in Italian literature." The transla-
tion by Dr. Livingston is a creation of
While no such praise can be given
Croatan, by Mary Johnston (Little,
Brown & Co., $2.00), there is no doubt
that it will find plenty of favor. It is
the sort of book which Mr. Page would
hauve called "good-an interesting
plot, capably written, well rounded
with incident and action. Early Vir-
ginia furnishes the setting, rivalries
and Indian war the plot and action,
and Mrs. Johnston's experience the
ease in writing. Croatan, therefore,
ilenot a great book, will a pop-
ular one, and is less bad than most
which achieve that distinction.

7he JiiIs company


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