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SUNDAY. PROVINCE, VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA. '3. Canadians In New York Publish New Books Wolfe and the Arties 1 I HaSdas -In Song SOS'CS OF THE COAST ERS By Conttanc LimUay Skinner I'ou'ardNVcC'fltm. Reviewed by RAHUL f.
DAT. THE Anthology of World Poetry recently published, gives valuable space In It American section to three poem native In feeling and es-presslon to British Columbia. These are three songs from the Haldas, that fast-diminishing Viking tribe of the Queen Charlotte Islands, whose unique culture and art has attracted the attention of scientist from ill over the world. The poem are the work of Cinstance Lindsay Skinner, whose understanding of the Indian, spirit and whose skillful and beautiful expression of It in poetical form have won for her a distinct place among the Interpreter of early America. This lately-collected volume contains' more songs of the British Columbia Indiana.
A native of Canada's Northwest. Miss Skinner, well known In Vancouver where she spent her early life, has authentic knowledge of the people of whom she writes, of their history, their legends, their art expression. The poet give the Idea behind her group of songs In the following words: "They are not translations nor adaptations of Indian poems, for I had made no study of Indian poetry when I began to write them. The succession of lyric presents. In primitive symbolism, the characters of an Imaginary community and the Interweaving of their This book, attractively bound In cover gay with totemlo symbols.
Is a 17134929 STATUTES. TREATIES AND DOCUMENTS OF THE CA.V-4. VI AS C0XSTITUT1OS'. 17tS by W. P.
fll. Km. nrdu Toronto: Or ford t'nivcr-sity Eras, 1930. Reviewed by f. II.
ftOWARn. IN 1918 Professor Kennedy of the University of Toronto published a collection of documents covering the period from 1759 to 1913, designed to (Mint and encourage the study of Canadian constitutional development. His collection Uicluded not only itatutes. instruction and proclama. tions.
but contemporary letters and speeches which helped to make the student realize the doubts that accompanied the evolution of Canadian self-government. His work quickly became the standard one, and found a sale not only la Canada, but In all pans of the EnglLsh-apesklng world, and even In the office of Euro pean governments. When a new edition was called for, Professor Kennedy utilized the opportunity to revise his selection in the light of criticism and suggestion, and with the help of new sources of material revealed during the past twelve years. The result la -the volume under review, which will put those Interested In Canadian constitutional history even more heavily in debt to this distinguished scholar. The new volume contains 215 documents, seventeen more than Its predecessor, but In addition baa made forty-one substitutions, Very properly the Influence of the Maritime, upon our political history Is recognized, with the Insertion at the beginning of a few documents which Illustrate the launching of representative government In Nova Scotia.
The new material which the Eugot and Baldwin papers released has been drawn upon to strengthen the section upon responsible government, and the section on Confederation has Old Egypt EGYPTIAN CIVILIZATION, ITS SUM 111 AN ORIGIN AND REAL CHRONOLOGY, AND SUM El AN ORIGIN OF EGYPTIAN HIEROGLYPHS By A. Wuddell, C.B., CLE. Lusae London, ItPTlrwed hy J. W. winson.
A LEARNED book by a very learned man who has written a dozen others on similar subjects. It will not be attractive to the readers of light literature, but those who are Interested In ancient civilizations and their origins will welcome the new light that Is here- revealed. Dr. Waddell has discovered the key to the most ancient hieroglyph known. These are Sumerlan tablets and seals found In the Indus Valley and Mesopotamia.
From these he Is able to Interpret Egyptian writing hitherto obscure, and to compare them with the Eastern findings, Egyptologists will be relieved to have these ancient marks deciphered, and the pre-dynastlc Pharoahs explained. Even less erudite readers will be interested In, the story, and will admire the scholarship' and laborious research which has uncovered so much. For It Is shown that son of the great Sargon, greatest of emperors, revolted against his father, took the ships from the Arabian Sea and sailed or rowed to the Red 8ea, founding the first Kingdom of Egypt, Thence he came to the Mediterranean and was the "Minos" of the Cretans. On the death of his younger brother, he came, back for his father's throne, and thus governed every country of the known world Dr. Waddell's revelations are very minute and exact.
This great king's last Joumey Is told, how he came over the Mediterranean round to the mines of Cornwall, where the Phoenicians were established, and called at "Erin," where he was stung to death by a hornet! Old Testament stories are-proved to have older origins and wider application than have been given them by commentators; etymologists are given ancient and hieroglyphic origins for many English words still In common use. Men have said "No" for negation for COOO years now. Through these long ages, "tusu1 for fight has changed 'slightly to "tussle." written tablet, nearly 4000 years before Christ, was a "dukh" It has since grown to a doc-umentl "Ma" then Is now "me," and our American Indians with their "shaman," wise man, would be surprised to know that this was the name given to the "under-klng-companlon" of the Eastern rulers. "Dun" was a mound, or hill; It Is retained In sand dune and the "Downs" of England, so named before the Danes or the Romans saw them. For this earliest of "Eden" civilization sent Its colonizing adventurers to "the tin-land country which lies beyond the upper sea, the sea being the Mediterranean, the tin-land.
Cornwall, and "Ould Oircland" Is truly as old, for then It was Uralne, or Erin, the "End of the Sunset Land." These are sparks of Interest which enlighten the book for the common man. The erudite will find in It much more to his advantage' PoolW Good-bye! By HENRY T. RUSSELL. NO matter how politely he tells Christopher Robin to stop A. Milne, famous play wright and the author of world famous verses for children, says ha "can't possibly stop" poor littlo Christopher from Itoing "Hoppity, lloppity, Hoppity, Hoppity Hopl" But what he is gtjing to.
do, ho says, is "forever and ever" to stop writ, int? poems and stories about him. The position aa it affects million of Milne readers all over the world is this: From now on Milne will write no more books for children. Instead ho intends to devote his time to writing plays and novels. Why he has determined not to write any more stories about the little boy who, in Milne'a famous poem, Vespers, thanks God for a "lovely day," says "Bless Daddy," and then whimsically adds, "God bless me," was explained by the poet in an exclusive inter, view. "I believe," ho said, "that one can't go on forever doing books like these, and do them better and better each time.
Well, one likes to hope that each book or play will be better than the last, even if it isn't, but in this case I know that I have done my best now, and that if I attempted to continue the series I would not do as well. Besides, Christopher Robin, the real one I mean, my ton, is now 0 years of aire. He is at boarding "school. The time is not far distant when he will want to be known not as 'poor little Christopher' of his father's book When We Were Very 'Young, but as C. R.
Milne, the author, the cricketer, or whatever' it may be." Milne's mention of cricket was made purposely. He hopes very much that some day the original of the Christopher Robin series will become a famous cricketer. Already, explained Milne, the boy spends most of his spare time play, ing the game which his father likes so much. "He gets on very well with them all," replied the poet when asked if the fact that Christopher Robin was so intimately connected with his father's poems did not influence his treatment at school by the other boys. "You see, he is, thank God, quite an unspoiled child.
If anything, I believe that many of the boys at school are rather interested at the idea of having him there. Once, in fact, after a cricket match, the) visiting team fron another school happened to hear that Christopher Robin was somewhere about. Immediately he was surrounded by the eleven, all anxious to have a look at him." Christopher Robin Is young Milne's real name, then explained his father, but, he continued, ever since he was able to speak, the boy has been called "Moon" at home. "When he was a baby he had great difficulty in pronouncing the family name. he would say mispronouncing and as he also liked to call himself we called him 'Billy or just plain 'Moon' he was, 'Moon' he is, 'Moon' he will remain to thosa who love him most." Books, hundreds of them, fill the study of the man who wrote Mr.
Pim Passes By, The Truth About Blayds, Make Believe, Winnie-the-Pooh, The House at Pooh Corner, and so many other well-known plays and books. He works on a comparatively small desk in a study, the type which one feels like describing as "the coziest imaginable." He smokes a pipe in the way which would make a child visitor have immediate confidence and expect a good tale to be told, too. In manner, he is as gentle as the style in which he writes his' stories. His eyes are 11a is timid. He uses his' deep voice softly.
Describing how he happened to write the first of his series of Christopher Robin poems, Milne explained that a woman once asked him to write some verses for a chil- jiren's magazine. This, he declared, he refused to, do. Then, "as usual, 1 immediately proceeded to write what I would have written if I had Raid yes." It was this very timidity which paved his way to fame as an author for children and which was responsible for one of the most famous books ever written for chil- dren, When We Were Very Young. Asked what his family thought of his decision to cease writing Christopher. Robin tales, Milne said DKRTKAM BROUKBIt.
THREK ex-Winnipcggers, now living in Now York, will have novels published in that city HiHiin th next few months. Martha th-tenso, former reporter on the VV in-nipi'g Kree Tress, who made name for hoi-elf with the prise novel, Wild and who has produced an average of. a novel a year since, will hava a new one out this fall railed The Waters Under the Earth. Douslas Durkin, who produced short. succession western rioveli while enguired as a professor with Manitoba University, will have in print before this article appears a novel called Mr.
(jumble Sits Up. quite unlike his former work. It is what be called a "philosophical fantasy," far from realistic in setting and humorous in tone, Louis Column, who, with his brother, Morris, was well known in Winnipeg newspaper circles several years ago, has a novel coming out next May. After leaving Winnipeg, ho did a good deal of tramping in the United States and sold some tramp stories to the American Mercury. More recently he has been living in New York, where both he and Morris, now a successful book designer, have been doing translations from the French and other writing.
THE (Ol.MAV BROTHERS. When I last visited the two Col-mans in New York, I had a chance fh read a number of short stories by Louis that wpre remarkable, but too brutally realistic for a magazine editor to touch. His novel, I believe, is also of the extremely realistic type. Born, in Winnipeg, of Swiss parentage, the two boys have turned their knowledge of French to good account, and nave filled in an occasional gap with translations. Louis also essayed some writing in the moving-picture field, but whether this ha come to anything I can not say.
Morris, after a lengthy period as press agent with the Denishawu dancers, learned practically all there is t) be known about book topography, and while with Seltzer, who was H. Lawrence's American publisher, produced such well-designed and unusual books as E. E. Gumming' Tulips and Chimneys, Nath-alia Crane's first, volume of poems (you will remember that she was a irir! of eleven at the time), and a iittln-known volume of poems called A Far Land, by Martha Ostenso, which contains some very charming" short verse and a few serious poems that make one wish she would occasionally turn her hand to poetry again. A NEW OSTENSO NOVEL.
The new Ostenso novel employs a devica very popular with modern fic-tionists. It is the story of family in which there are seven children, and a portion of the story is told from the point of view of each child. In other words, it consists of eight parts, the first written from the point of view of Canotta, the youngest, aged twelve, and the next six parts dealing with climaxes in the lives of the other six. The final part switches to Carlotta's point of view again, when she has reached the age of twenty-two. The device of writing: a novel from varying points of view is not newDickens, among many others, employed it nearly a rent.ury ago.
But the modem revival of this method of narrative received much impetus from Thornton Wilder' The Bridge of San Luis Rey, in which the lives of five victims of an accident are minutely and separately traced, frorm childhood to the moment of the catastrophe. RELATIVITY IN FICTION. Sorte time ago a young English writer produced a novel that was urn talked of at the time, although it did not achieve very wide popularity, in which the leading character was seen from the varying points of view of everybody around him his wife, his relatives, his associates. Martvr'i A tm Iff ways, The public was Interested In the composition, In the charm of the coloring and, above all; In the theme." Most of the officers depleted were, In reality, not near Wolfe at all, but were on the battlefield. Monrkton, who occupies a prominent place in the group, was lying badly wounded In another part of the field.
The kneeling surgeon has the face of a well-known army urgcon, Hobert Adair "(who In-rphed the famous poem, Robin Adair), but he was not even In America at the time. Nor, add Dr. Webster, was there a single Indian with the British forces, Woollet's engraving waa directly responsible for the appearance In France of one of the same size, purporting to represent the Death of Montcalm, the work of Clievtllon, after a painting by Watteau of Lille. This was even more fantastic than West's, as the French general Is placed upon a splendid cushioned tettee on the battlefield with a palm tree nearby. Here Is a sketch, culled from these pages, cf Wolfe: He wss talt (over six feet), thin and lanky, and had narrow sloping shoulders, though he held himself erect.
His gait Is said to -have been awkward. The head was undoubtedly the most striking part of hit anatomy. Viewed from the front, the face was thin, though the cheek bones were high and the complexion dull. The eyes were blue, mouth Arm. and general expression was pleasant.
In profile, the appearance was peculiar; the forehead sloped backward, the nose was long and slightly retrousse, and there waa a well-marked double chin. i hum mi, Minimum imm -tU-t WOLFE. The hair was aggressively red, though It was generally covered with a wig, the latter being frequently discarded during the last year of his life. Wolfe was a very delicate man, but ho triumphed over everything: In the Quebec campaign he suffered considerably from a distressing condition which makes all the more remarkable the fact that he kept up his courage and endurance amid difficult circumstances. This publication Is of special Interest to British Columbians, as the author lays emphasis upon the part which thei late Fred Wade, for several years agent-general for British Columbia to London, played In making possible this memorial at Greenwich.
"His Inspiring appeal was first made In the city of Winnipeg Jn 1908," he observes, "and it was owing to the Great War and its sequelae that the execution of his plan was long delayed, "Wade urged that the memorial should be erected In Greenwich In honor of Wolfe, whose home was there after bis boyhood years at Wes'terham, and whose remains rest In the Church of St. Alphage. He followed up this proposal by a personal campaign through Canada, collecting money for this purpose. At tht outbreak of war he had raised over $15,000, which was deposited In vsrlous banks drawing interest. Sir Edmund Walker of Toronto acting as co-trustee of the fund.
While residing In London, Mr. Wade began to consider plans for realizing his ambition. Unfortunately, befbro he could take any active steps, his life was brought to a sudden close." to have such a part to play. The author draws her little scenes very true to life and displays an exceptionally accurate Insight Into human El Goes Routh. The feeling for delineation of the Chicago soul that MacKlnlay Kantor showed a year or so ago In Diversey Is retained In El Goes South (Coward- McCsnn.
The esrller dealt largely with gangs and gangsters; the new one with everyday bourgeois life. Tito Troutwlne family becomes real at times alckenly real and when you close the book you feel that you have known them perhaps too Intimately. Kantor, only 24 years old, has a surprising perception. El Goes South won't be the best of his novels. WOLFE AS'D THE ARTISTS By Clarence Wcbitcr The Wjer-on Prttt, Reviewed by MKI.
KOMNSON. EVER since the Invention of the art of painting, each generation has beiuiathed to Its successors vivid and colorful reproductions on canvas of It famous soldiers. They have taken precedence In public Interest even of famous beauties; for natural man, deeplte all efforts to curb the tendency, Is a fighting animal, In this matter of counterfeit presentment, the most notable fcoldlrr of all time, Napoleon Bonaparte, must be accorded easy first place. Like Alexander, Hannibal and Caesar, be was a supreme genius In the art of war. Among famous soldiers of a great but lesser fame, few have claimed the attention of the artist and sculptor In larger measure than Wolfe, hero of Loulsbourg and Quebec and this despite that while Abrahams Height has all elements of the dramatic and picturesque, the hero of that battle was singularly unherolc In appearance.
The recent unveiling of the statue by the Canadian sculptor. R. Talt Mc-Kenzle, In Greenwich Park. London, to the memory of General Wolfe has once again centred Interest In historic Quebec. Among other results of this unveiling has been the publication by the Ryerson Press of a beautiful volume, Wolfe and the Artists, by Dr.
J. Clarence Webster of Shedlac, N. B. Dr. Webster Is the author of various publications and possessor of the most i sim i ve V4, hV GENERAL Interesting collection of Wolflana extant.
This book Is an analytical study of the best-known paintings, engravings and plastic works of art connected with Wolfe. The handsome colored frontispiece Is a reproduction of a picture of Wolfe discovered in England comparatively recently by Dr. Webeter himself, and painted after his return from Loulsbourg in 1758, the last important painting done of him from life. From the standpoint of the general reader, perhaps most Interest In this volume will attach to Benjamin West famous picture. The Death of Wolfe, a canvas which George III.
wished to purchase until he was dissuaded from doing so through some criticism by Sir Joshua Reynolds. In the history of British art, no other engraving has been widely appreciated or had such a salo as the line engraving which Woollct made from It and published In 1778. It shows the dying general In a reclining position, surrounded by his officers, with the striking figure of a kneeling red Indian In the foreground and a soldier bearing a captured flag running towards the group announcing victors'. "It Is, Indeed, amazing that this work of art should have schleved such publicity," observe Dr. Webster, "when one considers that It was an amalgam of historical Inaccuracies which could have furnished the critics with sum-cient ammunition to destroy the repu-tatlon of the artist and to make the picture the Joke of London.
That this was not the case Is explained In vsrlous LOVEJOY By Beatrice Burton Doubleday, boron Gundy. Reviewed by RHETA DRVDEN. AN old, Old story told In a most delightful style. The suthor has a very clever knsek of leaving tiresome details to the reader's Imagination, and throughout this story one Is pleasantly aware of this. There Is the discontented, ambitious, pleasure-loving wife and the hardworking, patient, stay-at-home husband.
Joy, happiness and contentment; then Jealousy, susplrion, discontentment, and finally disillusion. The wife leaves her baby and an embittered husband for the other man. Then fate Intervenes! The baby Is dying and the penitent mother returns, a "sadder and a wiser" woman. Our hearts go out to Steve, the other man, for he wti altogether too fine i JI Hi it V' 4 i MARTHA OSTENSO, uhot new book in called "The Waters Under the Earth." his servants, and so on being a villain in the eyes of some and a hero to others. This is importing "relativity" into fiction with a vengeance.
And just within the last few weeks a novel has appeared in New York called The Thirteenth Man, which the reviewers are hailing with delight as an interesting experiment. It opens with a murder and deals briefly with the man who committed it. There follows then a short life history of each of the twelve men who make up the jury selected to try him. The book closes with the trial and its outcome. The critics seem unanimous in their verdict that while this method of construction scarcely succeeds in making we normally think of as a novel, the brief biographies of the jurymen each a short in itself are successful to a remarkable degree, vividly observed and forcefully recorded.
PRF.nors WRITING POPULAR. While on the subject of American fiction, there is a parsing thought that has interested me a little lately, since reading Elizabeth Madox Roberts' The Great Meadow and Laughing Boy, by Oliver La Farge. These two books mark a new departure in American novel writing, being written in a very self-conscious fctyle with a decided concern for what is sometimes called "the unity of beautiful monotony." Whether this obvious flair for beautiful writing has been stimulated in these two writers by Thornton Wilder's success, or whether it goes back to an admiration for such a book, for instance, as Pater's Marius, the Epicurean, I can not say. It may not be derived from either, but it achieves the same kind of unity, the incidents carefully pressed down and rendered unexciting in order to maintain the slow, even, precious flow of the narrative. THR "THIRD" IN THE TRIANGLE.
What especially interested me, however, was the fact that the "third" character in both these novels the character next in importance to the two main characters is shadowy and unreal. In The Great this third character is Evan Muir, who marries Diony when her husband. Berk Jarvis, is believed to have been killed by Indians. Miss Roberts does not establish Muir strongly enough to make him feel like real flesh and Mood when, toward the end of the book, he becomes the third character in a strong triangular situation. And he-cause the third point of the triangle is weak, the situation does not grip as it otherwise might.
In Laughing Boy, the third charactev is George, the hite man, who stands tragically behind Slim Girl and Laughing boy ail through the book. It is a beautiful story of the love of these two Navajo Indians who marry early in the narrative and live a secluded life away from the tribe, because Slim Girl can rot bring herself to break ith George She wrecks their happiness because of a character the third point in the triangle who never conies to life, but remains snanowy and unappealing in the background. The defect may be due to "fine" writing in both cases, but ii is more iikeiy to result from a deficiency in strong characterization, the quality most in demand nowa-, days and prized above ail other vir tues in a novelist. THE POWER OF Frank II. ShntcElkin, Mathews Morrot Ltd.
Reviewed by It. K. THI8 the best collection of sea s'orles I have read for many a wstch. -There are eight tales and they are full of action. The author Is familiar with all phases of seafaring from the days of the square-rlRger to the modern crack Atlantic liner.
His characters are lifelike, and he Is evidently writing from first-hand obser-vatlon. The stories are crammed with adventure and the collection Is hlghlv recommended to those who love the sea. valuable addition to any library of books featuring Canada's primitive cultural life FAMOUS SHIPWRECKS Bj Capt. Frank E. SkawElkm, Marrot Lid.
Reviewed by V. KELLY. CAPTAIN FRANK E. SHAW, author of Knocking Around, On Great Waters, Haven of Desire and other works of the sea. has published Famous Ehlpwrecks, by Elkln, Mathews St Mar-rot an Intensely Interesting book, dealing with a series of great marine disasters.
Such wrecks as the Captain, Lusltanla. Victoria, Birkenhead, Titanic, Tayleur and a score of others are presented In vivid language and full de Captain Shaw, who wss bora to Hud- dersfteld In 1878, wanted to go to sea as soon as ha saw it. Hia parents decided for the medical profession, and he was articled to an old-fashioned practitioner. HI Imagination was stirred In hi youth by talking with the survivors of the Southport lifeboat tragedy and by reading Marry a tt and Michael Scott. At length hia parents relented, and he was apprenticed to a windjammer and made four trips around the world, helping to rescue a ship's crew off Cspe Horn In a screaming gale and seeing another ship take fire and bum out.
Before he waa 33 he had won his extra-master's ticket. He stayed at sea until he was making sufficient by writing to Justify coming ashore, and doing so, found himself established as a successful writer on sea topics, but continued to go on an annual voyage to maintain his contact with the sea. LYNDESAYBy John Connell Thomae Nelson Sons. Reviewed by RF.ECE H. HAGl'E.
NOT since the publication of Ernest Raymond's Tell England has a finer disquisition on the life of a British public school boy been presented than Is embodied In John Con-nell's novel. Lyndesay. In his Introduction to this work, Compton Mackenzie writes: "A book like this puts fresh heart Into those who have begun to dread lest the reaction against Vlctortsniem may not soon make England as hysterical as the United States. It would seem, glory be to God. that the stole Ideal Is not as near death as most of the war novels of th moment suggest.
The English public school has endured severe criticism during the last twenty years, but who, after reading Lyndesay wilt have the Imaginative boldness to outline a wiser education for the average boy? We may safely assume that Mr, Connell has not yet had time to Invest his school days with a false romance, and that being the case, we can certainly feel happy about the young people who are now coming along. The assurance It gives us that the breach which the war made In the life of youth has at last been filled up. seems to me the real value of thi book. Delightfully enough old-fashioned to be mentioned tn the same breath as Tom Brown's School Dsys, It Is aware of Freud, and aware, too, that Freud may possess In eternity not very much of Importance. I have read Lyndesay with profound Interest, and It has helped me to recover from the nauseating self-pity with which so much recent fiction ha been preoccupied, and has given me faith and pride In the generation which Is about to make Itself heard." Lyndessy la Mr.
Connell first book, and holds high promise that the author may, in future, make Important contributions to British literature. Mr. Connell describes Martin Lyndesay's five years of life In an English public school. Lyndesay, a thoroughly normal lad, falls to achieve greatness onvthe athletic field, to thrash the school bully, or. In fact, to behave In the orthodox fashion of the usual heroes of school stories.
He Is an essentially human, likeable boy, with the weaknesses snd faults of his generation, but an underlying strength which enables him to discriminate between right and wrong and follow rigidly the course which he has laid out lor himself. been considerably expanded. However, the chief additions are In the period since 1867. There will be found all the statutes which admitted Manitoba, British Columbia, Prince Edward Island and the prairie provinces to the Federation, the various amendment to the British North America Act and an excellent collection of document Illustrating the growth of autonomy, from Blake's minute on the position of the Governor-General to the letter of credence given to Mr. Masaey a Canadian minister at Washington.
The collection concludes with the report of the conference on the operation of Dominion legislation and merchant ship--ping legislation, 1939, and the Cove, r.ant of the League of Nations. The contrast In printing and appearance between the new and old volumes 1 a tribute to the advance made In publishing during the put twelve years, i 1 SHADOW OF WIXGSBy Putan Myra Gregory Th Troubador Press. Reviewed by CECIL NOBLE. IT has been said of Susan Myra Oregory that she Is of the true lineage of Sappho, which might be taken to mean that her work la Imitative or derivative In the literary sense. It means, rather, that she writes of the simple.
Immemorial, esoteric things wlch have changed but little. If at all, since the time of the "supreme head of song." In Shadow of Wings, we find the author displaying her peculiarly feminine grace, albeit with passion, melody and beauty. Scientists and religionists may agree Mint the elder gods ars gone, and it may be true. But so many everlasting things remain, starlight and trees, the sea, the moon, the first shy flowers of spring, the royal grieving of autumn, and human love with Its ecstasies. It sorrows and Its spiritual and physical endeavor.
The sweet, sd, Intolerable rroimstton of the brevity of our sojourn between the dawn and the evening of life It is from these that "Shadows of' Wings'' derive lta loveliness, its patlioa and It penetrating charm. It Is from three and other god-wrought symbols' that the Ineffable magic of the author not only captivates the heart but sclntllates the mind. While there are still leaves to whisper at the end of a day, music to rnnke men love or fight, star to demand communion and ears to recognize the sound of the wings of Eros, then the work of Susan Myra Gregory will ever command It readers. She makes Creece. the Greece of the ancient, a living thing, a realm peopled not by ghosts but by reincarnated Individuals, the shadows of whose wings, rather than suggesting ephfmeral Intangibility, are a telepliatle effort to establish a mutual companionship which Is almost of the flesh, Mr.
Clark Ashton Smith, the well-known literary epicure, has voiced these sentiments, and says: While there is still the red spark of Ants res above the summer fields at evening It seems Impossible that the gentleness, the wlstfulness and the poignancy of Susan Myra Gregory shall not always have their lovers." THE ROYAL NAVY By Geoffrey Parrntt Macnntlane ht Canada, Reviewed by RONALD KEXVV.V. HERE is a compact history of the senior service, the sure shield of the Empire, In a well-bound volume of 227 pages, well Illustrated ard with a competent Index. Mr. Par-ratt traces the rise of the British tiavy from the earliest days of longboats and galleys to the modern Rodney and Nelson. 'His competition between gun-power and armor Is lucidly followed, and we see the Introduction of steam and the slow disappearance of sail.
There are chapters on the modern navy and modern naval weapons and a concise description of the navy's part In the Great War. GIANTS' BREAD By Mary West-maeott Doubleday, Doran Gundy. i Reviewed by liEECE HAGl'E. THE name Mary Westmacott, we are told' by the, publishers of Giants Bread, hides the Identity of a writer who, under her own name, has written several books, each of which has passed the 30,000 mark In sales. The reason for the pseudonym In the of Giants' Bread Is that the author's previous stories have been of such an entirely different type -that she desired the new novel to be Judged absolutely on Its own merit, and not In the light of previous success.
The stand Is a courageous one, and might, In many Instances, result In loss of sales; but Giants' Bread Is a book which is eminently fitted to stand on Its own feet and far from needing a reputation behind It, should establish a reputation for the writer. The prologue describes ths first rendition of a musical composition entitled The Giant, by an unknown composer; While It Is generally Imagined that the giant as portrayed Is the mol-loch of machinery, In roallty It Is the pigmy flgue man. The Individualist who endures through stone and Iron, and who, though civilization crumble and die, fights his way through yet another glacial age to rise in a new civilization of which we do not dream. What goes to the making of Giant? Heredity shapes the Instrumentenvironment polishes snd rounds It off sex awakens It but what is its food? This the author endeavor to solve in the story of Vernon Deyre, whose early detestation of music changes as he reaches maturity to an overwhelming urge to produce something hitherto unknown and undreamed of in the way of music. The tale of Deyre Is tragic snd moving, and when his dream eventually comes true, it Is at the cost of the happiness of those who love blm and whom he loves best.
Koslta Forbes Home from East. Rcslta Forbes, traveller and novelist, whose novel. One Flesh, was published by Putnam's October has Just returned to her London home from fresh wanderings in the East, Alone, and vMth merely a suitcase for luggage, Miss Forbes crossed Persia by motor and visited the Druse warriors exiled In Irsq. One night her shelter was the cave of a holy man, who gave her a snake's head as, a luck charm. The next day her car fcas stuck In a muddy rivtr bed for five hours! pj uviwutiii' rr rjcr that especially Christopher Robin's mother was "sad because Pooh has gone." This, he said, is because it was Mrs, Milne who first made Pooh talk.
As for what Billy Moon himself thinks, only Bill could tell. "But I know he loves- the stories," added Milne, declaring that Moon undoubtedly regrets the decision very much "but more for Pooh's Eake than his own." of Marjorie I'icthaU, Miss Audrey A. Brown, daughter of Mr. and itlrs. Joseph M.
Brown and ns-tlve daughter of Nanalmo. has arranged to have the first volume of her poems published In Eastern Canada. The book is being held until the completion of her latest effort. Laodana, based on Homer's Siege of Troy, snd which authorities state will be the masterpiece of the volume. Miss Brown recently received a visit from Dr, Pellam Edgar, professor of philosophy and English of the Victoria University of To.
ronto. who stated that Miss Brown la a reincarnation of Marjorle Plckthall and a poetess with a future. Th sovsllied blogrsph-y ot Lauii Xil, the Western rtbst, by brillienf French sither. MArV.S3.lArJ.
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