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within our acquaintance is the top of mechanics and so make the small park or community centre.” world over into consciousness'
Two more new volumes in the terms. To want this or that from Prese.lt Day Problem Series are:
each other instead of trying to get Our Progress Idea and the War, by all from nature is like squabbling George Roy Elliott and The Pro- over bits of flint when diamonds blem of the Unemployed, by W. S. for everybody are at hand. It is Williams.
baby quarrels in face of a possible
titanism. Not until this titanism, A very startling book is The Divine Adventure (The Gorham
this thorough pitting of intelli
gence against Press) written by Anna Bartram
the brute, is Bishop, descended from ancestors
thoroughly undertaken may the who took a very lively part in the
world be declared wanting. For Channing revolt
the world's whole play will only among
the Quakers. Their spirit has lived
then have been made." in their descendant, for Mrs. “ 'When I was a child I spoke as Bishop proves herself an uncom- a child, I felt as a child, I thought promising rebel in the world of as a child. Now that I am bethought and religion. The theme, come a man I put away childish of her book is: “Turning from the things:' and-as St. Paul could good earth, humanity-Oh fool not go on-perceive that mystery and blind!-wandered to the has no claim to be deified, that to skies," or as Mrs. Bishop says: conjure with it amounts to
“A recently acquired tool of the weakening of the moral fibre and understanding is the principle of a waste of humanity's time. For the economy of thought. This the terms of life wait on construing: insists that natural means of ex- attempts to wheedle them show no planation are to be used up before effect at all. any other can be called in. It "Fear, and the desire to crawl, do prescribes experiment and com- not gild into excellence. As huparison in lieu of impression and man dispositions their glory delogic as sponsors for fact.” parts, their successors in respect
attention arrive. And these the inclinaphysical equivalence only: pro- tion toward thought, courage, duction of a child is no more im- forthrightness-look efficient to portant to it than production of a make, not gods, but men.” rabbit; if the genius' heart gives “People are taught to-day that out he dies, while the idiot's cir- despotism cannot be benevolent: culation is good he lives.
because the event proves that men “If famines, earthquakes, floods, are strong and honest only when go on destroying consciousness they are in their own power. Deindiscriminately; if disease and pendence is itself emasculating. death ramp about; it is not the Not the treatment by a master, fault of nature that cannot, but of nor his quality, but the having a the human brain, that will not, master at all, is the crux. To be manage. If war's peculiarly effec- subject to the arbitrary, however tive waste reappears, it is because expressed, is to be a slave. intelligence fails to catch sight of “Now, as sharpened perception the struggle most set for man: the sees it, if despotism, slaveries, of struggle to put consciousness on any kind are to be discouraged
among men themselves, on earth desire from here to there; made where the tyrant has to stand with- the soul instead of the body the in reach of upsetting, how partic- thing to be gratified. And under ularly unwholesome is a tyranny its ministrations the soul inoked located inaccessibly beyond earth, more than ever the entity primiprotected by sacrosanctity, im
saw it, because now mense tabus, horribly penalized sworn to be endued with indelese majeste: a tyranny where the pendent living for all time. lord himself is inarticulate except “The affair
of salvation has been through some of his servants. curiously business-like. A body
If this valid description did not being ephemeral anyhow made a have the name of God in it men proper objec“ to damage or give would run from its dangers. But up in sacrifice: while the soul, able conjured by the unknown they to live and feel eternally-who yield their souls where they would might be urged to put that in fee? be most reluctant to follow: and Losing the body for another's sake undertake to have over them an seemed well done: it was just invisible monarch represented only advancing a day. But through by his self-constituted courtiers benefitting a fellow to risk hell? and proconsuls here below.” It was inconceivable that concern
“And leaders of the people, for another should go so far. though seeing the spectacle them- “The device of penance has given selves, are chary of illuminating it. the single approach to permitting Hush, their muteness on the sub- a man to hurt his soul in his neighject says, it is not good for the bor's behalf and pay later with his many to look at their gods' in ex
own smart. As a step toward tremis: the man in the street needs consummate altruism, penance a ruler somewhere: he can never be makes an engaging exception to fit for moral free citizenship: de- Christianity's emphasis on the mocracy of the spirit is a dream.” self.”
“This position neglects to realize “It all seems an immense libel two things. First, that what an on him, this creating him the Son individual can flourish on, the of God. A greater injury than race too may find sustaining. If his torturing death. For, fixed here and there a man is seen to there in the sky, helpless to influwalk finely, freed from dictation ence what might be done in his of any sovereign, and estimating name, he could only be altogether values with a single eye to the at the mercy of men conjuring development of his kind, the con- with his god-power as they chose. cept of an overlord is not necessary "And the ingredients of his role like air, though it may be required proceeded to assemble from hither as a drug is required by its users. and yon. There is polytheism in Men long accustomed to a stimu- it, of course: 'Father, Son and lant die if it is wrenched away. Holy Ghost:' with the Queen of Mrs. Bishop's comments con
Heaven following on. In the cerning Christianity will not fail sacrificial meaning given to his to receive a good deal of attention. crucifixion there shows a harking
"Like any system accepted by back to the savage idea of appeasthe majority the Christian plan is ing deity with human blood." The found to base on natural egoism. memorial rite of the Last Supper It merely shifted the fulfillment of achieves connection with a primi
tive notion of getting a man's possibly have been just as human strength through eating his flesh. as ourselves. Fetichism appears vividly in the insistence on the virtue in mere
A play dealing with the Young belief. There is, in effect,
Turk revolution is Within the gathered about him as divine,
Gates of Yildiz by Julien Brodé everything the sad young Hebrew
(The Gorham Press). The interest never thought of as he went about
is far from being entirely political, with the case of his God and the
for we see a really thrilling escape
from a harem. lowly on his heart.”
A new addition to Badger's A writer who has found religion American Dramatists Series is not a challenge, but an untold Wilderness Rose by Eve O. Co blessing is N. O. Ruggles, author of chran.
chran. It is a charming little An Old Wine in a New Bottle.
pageant play of life in colonial The religion he accepts, however, is New England. far from being the orthodox one.
Of particular interest to Poet
Lore readers is Elan Vital, a volume An intensely interesting drama
of poems by Helen Williston dealing with the evils of bigotted Brown. There is space to quote religion is The Sorceress by Sardou, only the title poem. (Badger's Contemporary Drama
ELAN VITAL tists Series). It receives an cellent translation from Charles If what the poets dream be really Weissert. The play, placed in true, the time of the Spanish Inquisition. That love and truth and beauty is no historical treatise, for the never die, interest centers not in the In And life is but a shadow and a hope quisition but in the supreme love Of a far shining, glad reality, between a Christian and a Moor. How joyfully I then would seek The play is particularly interesting
the truth! from the fact that Sardou very But, if the dream is just a splendid skillfully identifies hypnotism with lie, the traditional witchcraft. His And poets are blind leaders of the own power to reconstruct the past blind in a perfectly natural manner, Who, in their mad delusion think seems itself to bear some resemblance to witchcraft. Unlike most A glorious shining in the heavy writers of historical fiction and dark, drama, Sardou realized that the If this be true, I would, like people of by-gone times may them, be mad.
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Five Little Dramas
Along the Quays, For Ever and Ever, Where Shall We Go?
Listening, A Play in One Act
By JOHN REDHEAD FROOME, JR.
The Little Soldier Unknown
Poems from the French of LECONTE DE LISLE and from the
(Complete Contents on the Inside Cover)
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JULY-AUGUST, 1917 Fivo Little Dranas
Hoari Lavodan 385 Translated from the French of "Les Beaux Dimanches" by Sibyl Collar Holbrook Lavodan's Littlo Dramas
Sibyl Collar Holbrook 414 Listoning, A Play in Ono Aot
John Rodhead Froomo, Jr. 422 Ibron in His Maturity
Paul H. Grammann 432 Now Poets Jadgod by Old Standards
Clara F. Molntyro 445 Shafts From A Carib Bow, West Indian Impressions Richard Butler Glaonzor 456 Christmas Rosos
Lilian M. Anderson 460 Logends of tho American Indian
Edna Wahlert McCourt 470 The Littlo Soldier Unkpown
Ada Negri 476 Translated from the Italian by Rudolph Altrocchi In Ezoolsis
Looonto de Lisle 478 Translated from the French by Celia Louise Crittenton The Heart of Hialmar
Leconto de Lisle 479 Translated from the French by C'dia Louise Crittenton For the Monument of Leconte de Lisle
Pierre Loujs 481 Translated from the French by Celia Louise Crittenton The Haunting Road
Edith C. Batos 482 In Brittany
Paul Scott Mowrer 483 The Vagabond
Edith C. Bates 485 On Golgotha
J. S. Machar 485 Translated from the Bohemian by Otto Kałouc
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