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DEI Americans yet realize how greatly Tour boys neell books. Do you know
that General Pershing,when he had been abroad but a few weeks, cabled urgently for books? More than that, this neeil has proved so vital that he has ordered that 500 tons of shipping spare al month be set aside for bookis uilone. Is your bor-your son, your brother, your friend-supplied with books? He will need them--badly! He will neeil them for the long journey overseas ; for the wearisome train journeys in France; in the hospital if he ever happens to be wounded ; anal, more than anywhere else, in the trenches, where boredom sickens the soul!
The American Library Association, acting on General Pershing's appeal, has issued a nation-wide call for books for soldier's
M ANY of my friends think that what IV I have done is quite remarkable. But
I know that any person with native intellivence can do the same. I relate my experience because it may be of help to readers of The Outlook, who--in their moments of introspection-may realize, as Llid hour narrowing and stunting is that insidious American disease, newspaper-itis:
Let me say in the beginning, that I have no prejudice against newspapers-I buy two each day, morning and evening. But I have learned to discriminate between neir's and gossip
A feir days ago tuenty-tuo fromilies uppre driven out of an apartment building by a fire inhich stated in the basement.
Tens of thousands of people read that item. Why? What did it benefit them to know about it? Could they ise that knowledge in their business? Could they use it in their social lives? Did it in any way broaden their outlook on life? No! It was read because the average American is suffering from “ newspaper-itis.” In the same newspaper I counted 170 separate news items just as unimportant as the above! And that is the kind of stuff with which we feed our brains every morning and evening! Is it any wonder that Europeaps are apunzel it the lack of culture in America ? Is it any wonder that they cull us "newspaper fiends".
books were small enough to carry in the pocket, and I had one with me always; sometimes when I went on trips for my firm, I lised to carry half a dozen with me.
Do not misunderstand me. I did not pore through anything uninteresting to gain an empty “ culture." I real because I was fascinated. I began to understand that the great books of the past are not called classics just because they appeal to a few pro fessors and high-brown,” but because they have charmed and inspired millions of plain men and women like myself. Ireaul because I could not tear myself awai. I began to see why present-ılay writers themselves call these greater men “masters.” I became imbued with ideals of life that had been a closed book. Great characters in novels, which were bywords to eilucated people, great poems and essais I had heard of but never read, became familiar to me.
In an amazingly short time I was a fairly well-read man. The range of my reading astonished even myself. I hail become thoroughly familiar with some of the best writings of all time, and I died this by save ing the minutes I used to spend in realing newspaper gossip.
work, and the following offer should help :
If you purchase 10 of onr Little Leather Library volumes and you can surely find among them ten that you have always wanted to read--we will give you in addition a Kit Box containing five books boud in a special “fabricated leather," which can be sent to someone in the army or navy. If you know no one to whom to send them, take them to your nearest library, which will forward them to the bors abroad.
Immediate action is advised, if you care to take advantage of this offer. We have quite a large mumber of Kit Boxes which will be donated in tliis way; but this offer is an unusual one, and are reserve the right to return the money of any person résponding to this notier, should this supply of bir Boxes be exhauster.
References, The Outlook or any other magazine in the United States or Canada. Little Leatlır Library, Dept. 87, H Eist 2: Street, New York.
i List of Titles, 30c each, Postpaid
N o one qnestions the value and service rendered
by newspapers. But a newspaper must be read
with an object in view. Usually all the real, vital news of the day can be read in a few minutes. This is proved by the fact that neurspaper editors summarize all the iniportant happen ings of the day in two or three columns of editorials!
For a great many years I, too, was a "newspaper slave." Every morning at the breakfast table I waded throngh my newspaper, On my way to work, at lunch und in the evening, newspapers occupied practically every spare moment I had. There wasn't a fire, a divorce, or an accident I didn't know all aluut. I could argne with any one about the clay's Okcurrences. But my conversation was inane, ind I soon beame looked upon as it plain male gossip. In busmess, too, I wils a nobody Hong my associates, because nuy power of thonglit wits continead to the insignitout (la currences which mean nothing.
n nothing. I realized vaguely what was the matter with my sulf. For years I was haunted with the thonght that I lacked education not necessarily a collere training, but the sort of knowledge that would broaden me mentally, that would make me it bigger man, that would enable me to listen understand ingis, talk interestingly and intelligently.
One evening, on my way home from work, a frieur who was seated besiile me, reached into his pochet and brought forth it little limp leather book. I myxli, its usual, was realing a newspaper. I had never thonglit of reading a book to and from work, because the ordinary book is too large ind Wieldy to carry around. Taskell my friend where Lep poured his little leather book, and he told me the name of the publishers.
m HE change in my life was marked, both from
a social and practical point of view. No longer
was I embarrassed in the company of my educated friends. I found I was its well re:ul as they. No longer clied I feel a secret embarrassment and wish myself miles off when they discussell subjects of which I had been ignorant. My opinions and ideas now sepied its clear-ent its theirs. I could express myself. I could talk about something else than tires, murders, incidents and titletattle. I no longer luud to preface by remarks with "I see by the pirpers." My social life wils revolutionized. More important, my imer life wils reyolutionized. I hiut struubled by chance into a world that was dark to me before, it world now opened up by the greatest nincs that perhaps have rver been on this earth. And I prospered in business, incidentally. Whenever I weet at man he listens to me because I have something to say.
I philosophize often about these books and their anthors. I look back and realize how much of this Great Show of lite I would have missed hul I not become acquainted with them. They present aspects of life far beyond the hundrum existence of most of us. They have opened my eyes they have openeil the eyes of juillions of men like up-to the tragerly and the glory of life, to its humor and to its pain, to its mystery-and to its meuing. I have broken my newspaper habit by substituting something worth while.-- M.B.S.
NOTE: The Little Leather Library is bound in genuine sheepskin. With each 10 buroko prchased, we will give Jirpa Soldier's Kit Box (ontaining five of our books bound in fabricated leather.“ Use coupon below. 1 Christmas Carol
31 Fairy Tales
11:18 Awiersen 2 Essays
32 Bab Ballails Kalph IV. Eman)
W's (illery 3 Barruck Rooin Bitllatels * Mother Goose Rhymes
34 Hiawatha 4 Without Benefit of 117 W'. Lonat llor
Clergy himin 3; Gosts Inrik Ibsen 5 Short Stories
36 lills of the king lol.I
11 L 1111.01 6 Tales from the rain 7 Hylls of the King. Vol?
liirid Land T.
1 01 7 Dr. Jekyll and MrHvile 38 Friendship, and Other Roolit Luis Stre0111
Essays 8 Fifty Best l'orms of
30 Sexualism for Million9 Fifty Best Poems of aire (i. Bern har America
40 Ou Giving to Church 10 Rubaiyat of Omar
i Berman Shein Khayyaul
41 Tluronyl the Looking 11 Haulet Shielpline
Glass Laris (urol 1 12 King Lear Shihejmarr 42 Memories of President 13 Macbeth Shillip
Lincoln 14 Merchant of Venice
Shakespeare 43 Otelle Shakti 13 Romeo and Juliet
44 As You Like It Shulexpulty 16 Julius Caesar
45 Midsumber Night's
Dream Shakespair 17 Somets Shiny 16 The Ancient Mariner 18 Riplau linhle Time 19 Sherlock Holmes Duyle li lises of Great Men 200 A Toll's Hose
Riipol W. Emin 48 Iufemia)
hente 21 The Juriers in tlie 49 S hes and Letters
Elmar Allan Por 50 A Dreun of John Bull 2: Ballad of Reading Gaol
31 Poems Bribert Burun 23 Prilleas and Melisande 52 Cumen
Pirosper Morrimpe 24 Speches anderesses » ('onfessions of all in
M IE name of the writer of this interesting and I eloquent confession will glinally be given upon
regiest. The publishers of the Little Learlier Library for that is the eclition he refers to have published these leather-bound masterpieces for men and women like him, so that they can read profitally in spare time. Fifteen mimes a day, usually spent reading newspaper gossip, will within a short time give any person a liberal education in literature. In publishing these works in such a form that they may be pily carried around, it remine peel has been tiller. This is shown by the fact that nearly tuo million of these little columes have been bought by the American public.
The sixty books, each one bound in leather, are published at a price within the reach of any puuse06 ad volunte, postpaid.
These handy little volues have also provedl ideali ultible for soldiers. They are carried in the pocked into the trenches, wliere the boys need
A Chili's Garden of .30 Penis traders Bonimin
39 Manu linna I'une phy
60 Tlie Lilst Days of a 30 (omtesse de Saint
Condemned Man Gernier HS
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TILiT was the beginning of a change that was a 1 veritable revolution in my life. In the evening
I wrote a letter, and by retur mail I receivedl a list of the small limp leather volumes in this edition. Many of the titles I recognized as ones Thad always wished to read. I sent for a few of the books ist once, and they were exactly what I wanted. From thut time on, instead of wasting my time in profit. lexy reading, I began to devote myself to these Kreut works. At liome-in the strert cars-overy where-- whenever I had a few spare muomenis, I trud a story, it poell, a plany, or an essay. The
Please send me, juntag poreil, the books checked abure, for which I Phelos ... .... It is understool that my money will be refunded if I am not completely sittistied.
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