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WEEKLY OUTLINE STUDY OF
ENTERTAINING THE CAMPS
BY AN AMERICAN WOMAN CURRENT HISTORY
A previous article by the same writer and under
the same title will be found in The Outlook for BY J. MADISON GATHANY, A.M.
February 20 last.-THE EDITORS.
It is natural that we should be eager to
do whatever we can for the boys in khaki ; Each week an Outline Study of Current History based on the preceding number of The Outlook will
but sometimes, when the patriotic zeal is be printed for the benefit of current events classes, debating clubs, teachers of history and of English, and the like, and for use in the home and by such individual readers as may desire suggestions in the serious
not accompanied by a sympathetic imagistudy of current history. -THE Edrrors.
nation, the beneficiary may pray to be de(Those who are using the weekly outline should
livered from his friends. A homesick lad is characteristics if he really wanted to? Disaot attempt to cover the whole of an outline in any
likely to want either an atmosphere like that one lesson or study, Assign for one lesson selected cuss, showing why or why not. 6. What
of his own home or else the exotic flavor questions, one or two propositions for discussion, and information about John Morley has Dr. only such words as are found in the material assigned. Abbott given in his “Knoll Paper"? undertake the great adventure so cheerily.
the expectation of which has helped him to Or distribute selected questions among different members of the class or group and have them 7. From what Dr. Abbott has written, what
In one family among my neighbors the son report their findings to all when assembled. Then is your opinion of Morley? How valuable
of the house was scandalized when one of have all discuss the questions together.] to society do you think Morley was? 8. Dr.
their guests at Sunday dinner made the I-INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS Abbott refers to “ the political movements
perfectly simple and natural request that he A. Topic: Russia Accepts Germany's Conof the day in which he [Morley) had a
be pernitted after the meal to repair to the ditions ; Peace After Victory; Kaiser, part.”. What were those political move kitchen where the pretty waitress was. PerPremier, and President.
ments ? Who and what were responsible mission was denied, but young Romeo was Reference : Pages 311, 312; editorial, pages for them? In what did they result? 9.
not discouraged, and this letter came “ To 317, 318. How many and what biographies have you
the girl that waits for Mrs. So-and-so. You Questions : read ? How much worth while is such
are the best ever. Are you keeping com1. Has The Outlook made it clear that reading ? 10. Some of the most interesting
pany with anybody?” He added his name Russia has accepted “hard peace condi
and valuable recent biographies are : tions"? Why?_2. What has The Outlook
and a few personal details, and this deli“Joseph H. Choate," by T. G. Strong
cious bit of identification : "If you don't said about the Ukraine and Finland ? 3. Tell
(Dodd, Mead); “ Abraham Lincoln," by bow Finland passed into the Empire of
know which soldier wrote this, it is the one Lord Charnwood (Holt); “ Herbert
Spen- that touched your hand under the dish Russia. What has been Finland's attitude cer,” by H. Elliot (Holt); “ Porfirio Diaz,
when you passed the potatoes." toward Russia since 1809? For what by D. Hannay (Holt); “ An Autobiogra
It is not always the limitations of the reasons? 4. Give an account of the national phy,” by T. Roosevelt (Macmillan); “The
hosts that makes the soldier's visit a qualimovement and the social struggle in Fin- Making of an American,” by J. Riis (Macland. 5. Give a short history of Finland's millan); “My Childhood” by Maxim
fied joy to the guest. Sometimes he has
limitations of his own. In another family relation to this war. 6. State the reasons Gorky (Century).
of our town there was all that could bo that lead The Outlook to its conclusion
asked to give a young man a good timea (page 312): “ It is on the western front Topic: New York's East Side as a Political kindly father and mother, a lively lad of a that the war will ultimately be won-and Barometer.
son, a pretty and clever young daughter, won for the cause of liberty and democ Reference : Pages 325-327.
and yet the guest seemed ill at ease and unracy.” Is The Outlook, in your opinion, Questions :
responsive. After an exhausting session at overconfident? Tell why. 7. State yery
1. What are the three stages of the po the table, when their choicest sallies were carefully the reasons why The Outlook litical development of the East Side ? as stones dropped into the mud, father, believes that President Wilson is not think 2. Much of this article is devoted to the mother, and brother beat a strategic retreat, ing of compromising with the Central political methods of Tammany Hall. Why
political methods of Tammany Hall. Why leaving the young lady to entertain the Powers (pages 317, 318). 8. What, accord has Tammany Hall been such a persistent defender of her country. As her ideas and ing to The Outlook, is the game of the and politically successful organization in her breath simultaneously expired, there Pan-Germanists? Why does it believe this New York politics ? 3. What valuable les was a pause, and he summoned his courage game a dangerous one? 9. What are the sons might anti-Tammany forces learn to this frank and honorable confession: possibilities in that game” as seen by The from Tammany? Why haven't they? “ 'Tain't no use—I tell ye, 'tain't no use. I Outlook in its interpretation of President 4. Tammany has been in existence since left a gal of my own at hum.” Wilson's speech of January 11, 1918? 1789. Who have been some of its “ chiefs”?
A nineteen-year-old cousin with no such 10. Do
you believe the President's experi- What is Tammany's present status ? 5. anchor to windward volunteered for naval ment with Count Czernin worth trying ? From Mr. Moskowitz's article it is evident service, and wrote back from a French Reasons. 11. Discuss “No common ground that immigrants “ignorant of our language, mine-sweeper to his adoring and abundant exists between Germany and her enemies." institutions, and laws” are mere tools in relatives that he was amply supplied with 12. Do you think Germany's treatment of the hands of corrupt politicians. Discuss all imaginable articles of personal wear Russia and other nations would justify ways by which such can become an element except hat-bands—of hat-bands, whatever arming the entire man power of China, of constant intellectual and political help the ship or service, he was in urgent need. Russia, Japan, the United States, and all to our democratic system. 6. The best book His mother wondered what he would do other civilized nations for a crushing mili on Tammany Hall is Myers's “ The History with them, but his father replied, with a tary defeat of Germany? Discuss. 13. Two of Tammany Hall" (Boni & Liveright). twinkle of the eye,“ He'll give them to the books well worth owning and careful read By all means read Grace Abbott's “The girls of course, just as he would here.” The ing are “Behind the German Veil,” by Immigrant and the Community”(Century). boy corroborated this, with the naive comJ. M. de Beaufort, and “Finland and the III—PROPOSITIONS FOR DISCUSSION ment, “ There are some awfully good-lookFinns," by Arthur Reade (Dodd, Mead). (These propositions are suggested directly or indi
ing Janes here, but they can't talk much.”. B. Topic: Joffre an Immortal ; Sir Cecil
rectly by the subject-matter of The Outlook, but
I told this story to a lad at our Soldiers' Spring-Rice; Recollections of John 1. It is harder to preserve liberty than to
Club. He colored ingenuously and said: Morley. secure it. 2. Germany's thought is alien to
“That's right. I got several of those things, Reference: Pages 313, 316, 317; 327,328. that of the United States.
so as to have them ready when I got to Questions :
but I've given them all to the 1. For what reasons has Marshal Joffre (All of the following words and expressions are
peaches here.” (I may add that I know the been elected to the French Academy? 2. found in The Outlook for February 27, 1918. Both peaches to whom the souvenirs went; they How many reasons can you give showing
before and after looking them up in the dictionary are members of the Girls' Friendly Society,
or elsewhere, give their meaning in your own words. that it is worth while for any country to The figures in parentheses refer to pages on which
and good acquaintances for any boy.) He make much of its leading men? 3. Does the words may be found.)
was very shy, but anxious to talk. "One of America bestow as much honor upon its Trotsky, military reaction, civil war the other boys at the table, in the intervals of distinguished men as do England and
as do England and (311), accession, gossip (312), hierarchy, lemon pie, was expressing his pleasure at the France ? Tell why. 4. What facts in the component, affinities, revolution (318); edi thought of seeing foreign countries. "What life of Sir Cecil Spring-Rice has The fice, crescent, (313), educator (316), politics, place do you most want to see?” I asked the Outlook mentioned? What characteristics intuition, hypothesis (327); highbrow, taboo shy boy. His face lighted up, and he said: of his has The Outlook called attention to ? constituents (325), industrial polity, hench “ My mother was born in the Old Country. 5. Could every individual possess these men, carte blanche, bonhomie, lingo (326). I'd like to see the town she came from. It
A hooklet suggesting methods of rising the Weekly Outline of Current History will be sent on application would be just great if I could get to see that!"
Good Roads to the
Our industrial and military mobilization has overwhelmed the railroads. Embargoes, a desperate expedient to relieve the glut, are incessant embarrassments to shippers. Even the Government cannot get its freight through. In some railroad yards the wrecking-derricks are used to get particular cars out of the jam by lifting them bodily from the side-tracks to the main-line. Switch-yards get so full that the main-lines are blocked by waiting trains. But in those sections where long level routes of good roads connect the cities, motor-trucks are accomplishing marvels of long distance transportation More and more New England is delivering to New York that way,
Special Service Department
“ Could lift it in the air to any height, crew,
passengers and cargo."
by JOHNAMES MITCHELL. A lover with a strange inheritance and an invention which breaks all records for speed in travel, play their part in a romance more startling than "Amos Judd,” “The Pines of Lory” or “The Villa Claudia,” etc.
THE SPRING DRIVE”
did Bulgaria go into the war
in with the Allies ?
On the edge of this new book season one
Constantine discuss this
war at a secret conference
These and many other questions that
generals of the trail of intrigue and
center of Europe.
IN THE HEART
By Demetra Vaka
Author of “Haremlik,” etc.
At all Bookstores
HOUGHTON MIFFLIN CO.
Boston and New York
rather quickened, by grim
reality. In the hands of the literary man
ruary. It has a suggestive idea in its very
With over 300 pages, 20 remarkable illustrations, and 22 amusing decorations by the author.
FREDERICK A. STOKES COMPANY
SPECIAL PUBLISHERS' NUMBERS April 3
May 1 October 2 November 6
December 4 Each of these issues of The Outlook will contain, in addition to the usual number of book reviews, a special article of timely interest on the general subject of books.
Special reprints of the publishers' announcements, the book reviews, and the article appearing in each of these pub. lishers' numbers, will be sent, coincident with their dates of publication, to a list of approximately nine hundred of the leading book dealers of the country, who in turn will be advised that additional reprints, bearing their own imprint, can be secured from The Outlook at cost price.
Copy for each of these special publishers' numbers should be in hand not later than two weeks prior to date of publication.
The “ Spring Drive" of Books (Continued) Fiction.” After citing the names of American novelists who have done memorable work, Professor Canby asks: “Is there finer workmanship in American painting or American music or American architecture than can be found in American novels by the reader willing to search and discriminate? A contemporary poet confessed that he would have rather written a certain sonnet (which accompanied the confession) than have built Brooklyn Bridge. One may doubt the special case, yet uphold the principle. Because a novel is meant to give pleasure, because it deals with imagination rather than with facts and appeals to the generality rather than to the merely literary man or the specialist, because, in short, a novel is a novel, and a modern American novel, is no excuse for priggish reserves in our praise or blame. If there is anything worth criticising irrcontemporary American literature, it is our fiction."
If fiction is, as we believe, truly an art, then it must have diverse modes of expression. The old battle between realist and romanticist had only one reasonable conclusion--that there was a place for each, and even a place for a combination of the two, the unities to the contrary notwithstanding. No one has expressed this better than De Maupassant, a marvelous short-story writer but a weak novelist. In a preface to one of his not very successful attempts at a novel he wrote:
WHILE spring still slumbers beneath winter's cloak there is ample
time to find pleasure and intellectual profit in the genial philosophy, the kindly humor, the stimulating fiction of the printed page. A catalog of THE ABINGDON PRESS will help you choose the most select of its recent publications. Here are a few of them.
THE MAYFLOWER PILGRIMS
By EDMUND JAMES CARPENTER DR. CARPENTER has given a popular and highly interesting account of early New England days. True to history, the rugged and heroic life of the Pilgrims takes new beauty and power under the author's skilful handling. In view of the Tercentenary of the landing of the Pilgrims, this volume is most timely
and will surely help to an understanding of the spirit and purpose of the sturdy pioneers to whom the nation owes so much. 12mo. Ilustrated. Cloth. 256 pages.
Net, $1.50, postpaid.
GIANT HOURS WITH POET-PREACHERS
By WILLIAM L. STINGER
Net, $1.00, postpaid.
Their Origin, Contents, and Signifcance
By FREDERICK CARL EISELEN
Net, $1.75, postpaid.
By JOHN WALKER POWELL
Net, $1.00, postpaid
The public is composed of numerous groups that
“ Make me sad ;'? "Make me dream ;'
; “Make me laugh;" Make me shiver;" "Make me weep;”
"Make me think."
Some chosen spirits alone ask of the artist : "Make something beautiful, in the form which suits you best, according to your temperament."
The artist essays, succeeds or fails. The critic ought to judge of the result only by the nature of the effort: he has no right to take account of tendencies.
Thus after the literary schools which have sought to give us a deformed, superhuman, poetic, tender, charming, or superb vision of life there has come a realistic, or naturalistic, school, which professes to show us the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth,
These different schools of art must be accepted with equal interest, and the works that they produce must be judged solely from the point of view of their artistic value, admitting a priori the general ideas which gave birth to them.
To deny the right of an author to compose a poetic work, or a realistic work, is to seek to force him to modify his temperament, to reject his originality, and not to allow him the eye and the intelligence which nature has bestowed on him.
THE OTHER SIDE OF THE HILL AND HOME AGAIN
By F. W. BOREHAM A most suggestible person is this Tasmanian essayist. To him every event and object is suggestive; wherever his glance strikes it ricochets to something else. For suggestive, original and striking ideas and putting of ideas there is nothing better than The Other Side of the Hill, 12mo. Cloth, 274 pages. Net, $1.25, postpaid.
OUR BACKDOOR NEIGHBORS
By FRANK C. PELLETT
Crown 8vo. Illustrated, 210 pages.
This is a true view of an art which has largely taken the place of the epic and the printed drama. Its cruder days in America have disappeared. If at the moment we have no effulgent geniuses, we have a great
THE NEW BOOKS wrights' playwright,” for the deftness of
their construction and the balance between deal of honest, conscientious effort to por This Department will include descriptive notes, with
action and dialogue are even more evident tray life, to study motive, to create charac · or without brief comments, about books received
than on the stage ters. To quote Professor Canby again,
by The Outlook. Many of the important books will “We cannot afford to patronize these have more extended and critical treatment later
Lost Naval Papers_(The). A Story of the
Secret Service. By Bennet Copplestone. E. P. novelists as our ancestors did.”
Dutton & Co., New York. $1.50. As the stir of this spring book season His Daughter. By Gouverneur Morris. Charles As the title indicates, these short stories blossoms out in announcements, reviews,and
Scribner's Sons, New York. $1.35.
tell of the tracing of spies who infested the teeming book-shelves, that most uncertain Social Plays of Arthur Wing Pinero (The): British naval service. In Dawson, the but most powerful of critics, Mr. General
The Second Mrs. Tanqueray ; The No
Scotland Yard spy-hunter, the author has
torious Mrs. Ebbsmith. Edited with a Reader, will find much to please his fancy
invented a worthy successor to Sherlock
General Introduction and a Critical Preface to and not a little also (we hope and, from
Each Play by Clayton Hamilton. E. P. Dutpresent indications, are, indeed, confident)
ton & Co., New York. $2.
Tree of Heaven (The). By May Sinclair. The that is worthy because its literary quality
In this volume of the handsome edition Macmillan Company, New York. $1.60. is abreast with its subject-matter. The of Pinero's plays the two dramas by which In literary workmanship Miss Sinclair's meretricious and the fashy pass quickly; he is best known to the public are pre new novel is on a high level. It has evibut of next year's ten thousand books many sented. In reading them one realizes why dently at once attracted the attention of will become literature and abide with us. Sir Arthur has often been called “ the play- those readers of fiction who distinguish
The New Books (Continued)
between the ephemeral and careless tale Contact!” is the Cry made to sell and the carefully wrought out that sends them droning up to the
novel of character and situation. The book roof of the world to face the wicked
is subtle in its study of the many individ
uals of the family seen at the beginning tut, tut, tut," of the machine-guns beneath the beautiful tree which
they love of the Hun flyers. Capt. Alan Bott call “ The Tree of Heaven." The theme (“Contact”) has written no technical which runs through the book is the inevitadescription of aeronautics but the
ble effect of the war upon the different tem
peraments of the children of this family,
The strange, individualistic character of
Michael, the poet, and the cheerfully unself-
ish nature of his brother Nicky are admi
rably contrasted, as are also those of their (CAPT. ALAN BOTT, M.C.) sister and other women in the book. Apart
from the inevitable war tragedies that folDP)
low there seems to be a note of depression
rather than of inspiration in the author's
life. This does not mean that
like to see a little more of courageous incen-
North Atlantic Coast Fisheries Arbitra-
tion at The Hague. By Elihu Root. Edited
Harvard University Press, Cambridge. $3.
Miscellaneous Addresses. By Elihu Root.
Collected and Edited by Robert Bacon and
James Brown Scott. The Harvard University
Press, Cambridge. $2.50.
of Elihu Root are in course of publication,
we are glad to say. Three volumes have 80
already appeared. Each volume contains
addresses and speeches relating to a genThe Long, Long Thoughts eral subject and a common purpose. One
of the two new volumes is made up of Mr. of a boy who sees in a commonplace Root's argument, with appropriate accomwood-patch wonderful things that panying papers, before the Hague Tribunal escape our older gaze are put down
in the North Atlantic Fisheries Case. The by James Lane Allen's sympathetic
other volume includes educational, histori
cal, and commemorative addresses, includpen in his latest book. Seldom has
ing Mr. Root's prophetic and stirring he written with such insight as he speeches in anticipation of and during the shows in
present war. "THE KENTUCKY WARBLER"
Short Aistory of Rome (A). By Guglielmo
Ferrero and Corrado Barbagallo. Vol. 1-The
Moparchy and the Republic from the Founda-
754 B.C.-44 B.C. G. P. Putnam's Sons, New
York. $1.90. 180
This book, Dr. Ferrero says, has been
written for the use of teachers and of adThey Met the
Met the War vanced students. Its leading ideas are those with spirits unafraid when it took
which he has developed in his well-known
work, “The Greatness and Decline of from this American father and mother
Rome :” among these, that history should their only boy. For all who are be regarded as organic, not as a recital of facing the realities of war this simple isolated facts. A pregnant sentence is this : little book will prove an unfailing
“We have held firmly to two cardinal prin
ciples : first, that in history we cannot inspiration.
hope to know everything; and, secondly, "THE FULL MEASURE OF
that what certainty there is diminishes as DEVOTION"
we descend from great events ... to the
Atlantic Classics. Second Series. The Atlantic
This new collection of brief from
the first volume, many pieces of sound
the good writing to be found in the always
By John Walker Powell. The Abingdon Press,
New York. $1.
Some Modern Novelists. Appreciations and
Wilson Follett. Henry Holt & Co., New York.
The Novelists of Yesterday here included
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ESSAYS AND CRITICISM