Fiction about Culper
A. riding health, Mills, to of was of died I Highlights From | I Latest Books I Revolutionary War Spy Gains Honor In 'Richard Pryne' George Washington had spies, and it is the story of one of these that Cyril Harris tells in his novel, " R i c h a r d Pryne" (Scribner's: S2.50). The hero is the fictional counterpart of the "Samuel Culper, Junior," secret agent in British- occupied New York, who figures prominently in Washington's correspondence. correspondence. It was not until 1930 --150 years after the Revolution-that Revolution-that the identity of this spy was revealed as Robert Townsend, of Oyster Bay. Consequently, there is little factual history concerning Townsend. Townsend. But Harris has more than made up for that lack by weaving weaving a realistic tale of Revolutionary Revolutionary times, and making his spy, Richard Pryne, not an adventurous, adventurous, daring patriot, but a calm quiet storekeeper, who uncovered his facts about British plans, forwarded forwarded them to Washington, and kept his mouth shut. There is plenty of excitement in Harris' novel, but the hero is not always the center of it. There is Angela, the English lady, whose assemblies were the source of valuable valuable tips. Officers, in well approved approved spy fashion, have a habit of disclosing more news than Js wise to pretty women. And there is Dan. Richard's messenger, who died with all the heroism of a Nathan Nathan Hale, and little of the glory. If Harris had written a "hunt the spy" mystery, instead of identifying identifying the secret agent at the beginning beginning of the story. Pryne would at her home at 323 S. Ninth st. from heart disease. Mrs. Mary Crown, 79, Jackson township native, died at the home of a daughter in Dennisqn. Mrs. F. ErHendricks, S. 14th st., underwent a major operation in city hospital. probably be the last man suspected. suspected. One of Pryne's notable coups is the capture of Major Andre, Andre, but his sister does the actual spying in this case. But the story contains far more than a mere chronicle of secret activities. It presents an excellent picture of life in 1775-1780, the thots, ambitions, ambitions, diversions, even the foods, of the times. By using a newspaper newspaper editor as a principal character, character, Harris introduces factual sidelights to increase interest and historical value. STORIES IN STAMPS In Peace and in War, Leipzig Has Its Fair l^OR seven centuries Leipzig, mÂ« * dustrial city of east-central Germany, has held an annual fair. The 1941 exposition is now in full swing, despite Germany's war, with 22 nations participating in 6222 exhibits. The fair was given special philatelic philatelic notice last year in an issue of four stamps. One of that issue, above, shows exposition buildings and midway. Italy has the largest foreign exhibit exhibit this year, with Soviet Russia's Russia's displays second. No American American companies are represented. War influence is reflected in toys, including airplanes which drop parachutists, and in civilian air raid protection equipment The German exhibits stress the new economic order Hitler hopes to establish. Leipzig is the center of Germany's Germany's publishing industry. One value of the 1940 Leipzig Fair stamp issue pictured Johannes Gutenberg, inventor of printing, and the Hall of Printing at the exposition. exposition.