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Service cannot stop
Hushed are the stars, whose power is
never spent; The hills are muteyet how they
speak of God! The appeal of Miss Babette Deutsch's second collection, "Honey Out of Rock," : is to the intellect rather than to the
The telephone, like the human heart, must repair itself while heart. Revealing a keen, educated mind
it works. The telephone system never rests, yet the ramifications and a sensitive spirit inclined to melan
of its wires, the reach of its cables and the terminals on its switchcholy musings, a cultivated taste for
boards must ever increase. Like an airplane that has started pomegranates, bergamot, and bloomy plums, and a patent cognizance of old
on a journey across the sea, the telephone must repair and extend ivory, mosaics, jades, lapis lazuli, tapes
itself while work is going on. tries, green bowls, and other colorful arti
To cut communication for a single moment would interrupt cles of virtu dear to the imagists, it is
the endless stream of calls and jeopardize the well-being and sure of being amply praised by responsi
safety of the community. The doctor or police must be called. ble critics. Wherefore I feel the freer to
Fire may break out. Numberless important business and social confess that it commands my esteem
arrangements must be made. without stirring my enthusiasm, that it
Even when a new exchange is built and put into use, service is leaves me not unappreciative, but cold. Aside from the merits of his work,
not interrupted. Conversations started through the old are cut
over and finished through the new, the talkers unconscious that there is something fine in the courage with which Alfred Noyes maps out wide
growth has taken place while the service continues. realms to conquer for the domain of
Since 1880 the Bell System has grown from 31 thousand to poetry. In the plan of his trilogy, "The
16 million stations, while talking was going on. In the last five Torch-Bearers," he has taken all science
years, additions costing a billion dollars have been made to the for his province. As the first volume of
system, without interrupting the service. the trilogy, “Watchers of the Sky," dealt with the great astronomers, so the sec
AMERICAN TELEPHONE AND TELEGRAPH COMPANY ond, "The Book of Earth," tells of the revealers of creation through evolution,
AND ASSOCIATED COMPANIES from Pythagoras and Aristotle down
BELL SYSTEM through Darwin and Huxley. A certain
One Policy, One System, Universal Service tendency toward literalness, a conscientious desire to get in all the facts, continue to lead Mr. Noyes into prolixities and anticlimaxes. He would be a better or more effective poet if he were some
FOUR VITAL SUBJECTS thing more of an editor. But his daring in
A condensed set of lealth rules-many of which THE HOLY SCRIPTURE
may be easily followed right in your own home. putting into blank verse even the meeting
or while traveling. You will find in this little LIFE
Hook a wealth of information about food elements at the British Association and the debate
and thei: relation to physical welfare. FAITH
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"Lunch" could not be achtertuin mare servean delen met intens the rivers herself, to him, casuallynand after Imagined,
author's own fervent belief definitely ex-
trasted are quaint Sponge Martin and his New every morning the creative Word wife, common as common can be, who Moves upon chaos. Yea, our God get drunk and go fishing together all grows young.
their elderly lives with faithful if vulgar Here, now, the eternal miracle is re- attachment. The idea shown reversely newed
seems to be that the more passion gets Now, and for ever, God makes heaven
away from the primitive, the more somand earth.
ber its victims become and the less It is a book that may be recommended spontaneous and the more respectable to both evolutionist and anti-evolution- their conduct. Granted; but what of it? ist; and one need not be ardent in either
the reader asks. A moralist might decamp to enjoy the many fine lines and
duce the value of restraint and respect such passages as those that portray that for the rights of society. Nothing is sweet old naturalist Linnæus.
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thor simply shows certain people and Chocolate Cake in Margaret Widdemer's new volume, certain things as he sees them. If the "Ballads and Lyrics,"' would suffice to
disclosure shocks us in its naturalistic show why the reading of her books is an expression, so much the worse for us. unqualified pleasure. Here is the fourth “That's how it was, anyway,” the author stanza:
seems to say, and Bruce declares, “What
a jumble, what a mixed, unaccountable There are lovely words: Peace, Regret, Delight,
thing life could be!” One is like a white image
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Soundly wrought, simple, serious, sini cere, this presentation of the life of an Ohio farmer in Civil War times is a novel to command the critic's immediate respect. Less immediately, perhaps, it may win the appreciation of the average careless and hasty novel reader, for Sam uel is a slow-minded, commonplace man. hero only in that he is capable of heroic toil, and neither is his love story prettified into an idyll nor his troubles emphasized into tragic gloom. A good and true book, of quiet but steadily increasing interest.
Essays and Criticism CHARLES DICKENS, AND OTHER VICTORI
ANS. By Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch. G. P. Putnam's Sons, New York. $3. The good Sir Arthur has given us another book, and a very fine book it is. These papers, with one exception, were given as the Edward VII Lectures in English Literature at Cambridge last year, and have been reprinted exactly as delivered-omitting only requests to the janitor to close the windows. Treating of Thackeray, Trollope, and such a strangely assorted pair as Disraeli and Mrs. Gaskell, the book is mainly, as the title suggests, concerned with Dickens, and Sir Arthur approaches the great Victorian with almost the enthusiasm of Chesterton on the same subject-tenpered, of course, with such reticence as becomes a Fellow of Jesus.
“Yet if it comes to the mere wonderwork of genius—the creation of men an! women on a page of paper, who ar actually more real to us than our dail: acquaintances, ... I do not see wha English writer we can choose to put sec, ond to Shakespeare save Charles Dick ens.” Here is a statement which will raise many eyebrows in the coming months, but one which we are scarcely fitted to deny, for, granting his origina premise, our own feelings would accep it utterly.
Furthermore, he goes a long way toward disarming those who do not see eye to eye with him by raising little objection to the critical brickbats which have been thrown at Charles Dickens
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"The opening chapter of 'Martin Chuz
។ zlewit,' which I suppose to be about the sorriest piece of writing ever perpetrated by a great English writer." "His plots are not merely stagey, melodramaticthey are seen to repeat themselves with an almost singular lack of invention." He also makes proper apology for most of "Oliver Twist” and Dickens's theatricality, after which he shows with a few quotations what the man could write, the man who created the strange, impossible, fantastic world of his novels, and filled it with a host of such deathless people as Pickwick, Micawber, the Marchioness, Sam Weller, Fagin, and Little Dorrit, and then supports his own opinions by citing Tolstoy, Chesterton, George Gissing, Swinburne, and Saintsbury.
To Thackeray he is not so kind. He finds him snobbish, over-inclined to preachiness, and occasionally cruel; but to his style and to the music of his prose he is more than fair. After offering a generous portion of the marvelous stuff to be found in "Vanity Fair,” he adds: "He was a great melancholy man, with his genius running in streaks, often in thin streaks about him, but always, when uttered, uttered in liquid lovely prose."
Of Quiller-Couch's own prose it would not be amiss to say a word. His is a style touched with an old-fashioned preciousness which is often amusing, and occasionally annoying, but it is a rhythmic style, and a distinguished style, which is refreshing to one grown weary of the carefully cultivated vulgarity which infests modern American critical writing. Although the prophet Samuel would seem to be a defender of one of the editors of the "American Mercury" when he says, “And it came to pass that night that the word of the Lord came unto Nathan” (2 Samuel vii. 4), we often find Mr. Nathan transmitting that word in a language sadly at variance with that of King James's commentators. Quiller-Couch, on the other hand, has traveled so long with the tall ships of
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