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The Master of Them All

the supernatural. sonality and doubtless become a lama.
Barely, it is true, giving up his devilish contrivances and
but enough to villainous soft speech for the Om Mane
heighten immeas- Padme Om of some far and sainted la-
urably suspense massery.

Father Brown is fittingly
and interest. Child enough in wisdom and in guile, the father
creates no one Confessor of them all, clever criminal and
figure, neither a cleverer investigator together. And in

criminal nor detec- what rich and subtle English are his tive, who appears in all the stories. They triumphant solutions recorded. Take the are on the contrary individual and separ- opening paragraph of “The Sign of the ate, and the impression each makes is Broken Sword.perfectly incisive. Dealing with the char

The thousand arms of the forest were grey, acters of the underworld they produce them in the reader's mind as though they green-blue-like slate the stars were bleak and

and its million fingers silver. In a sky of dark had been flashed by the cinema upon a

brilliant like splintered ice. All that thickly screen before the eyes, such is the vivid

wooded and sparsely tenanted countryside was quality of the prose employed. As a stiff with a bitter and brittle frost. The black craftsman, Child is the superior of any hollows between the trunks of the trees looked of his companions in this field, with the like bottomless, black caverns of that Scanpossible exception of Rohmer or Post. dinavian hell, a hell of incalculable cold.

Our type, then, reaches with this latest Even the square stone tower of the church school, a versatility in mystery and crime

looked northern to the point of heathenry, as beyond the soberer phase of his appren

if it were some barbaric tower among the

sea rocks of Iceland. It was a queer night ticeship with Conan Doyle. And at the

for anyone to explore a churchyard. But on same time he acquires a polish in such

the other hand, perhaps it was worth exploring. inspired hands as G. K. Chesterton's that the other authors that we have Both churchyard and story are worth named have failed to give him. The a thousand explorations. The descriptales in “The Wisdom of Father Brown" tion of the one and the telling of the and “The Innocence of Father Brown” other are masterpieces, as indeed are, mark the apogee in English literature of taken as a whole, all the adventures of the story of mystery and its solution and this marvelous cleric. The mystery story they are written in the style of one of the has always remained and perhaps always greatest prose masters of to-day. "Chess will remain somewhat outside the circle terton's is a great, a curiously contradic- of serious literature, although there is no tory, inquisitive and profound intellect, good reason for its doing so save that and it follows logically enough that, great authors have but seldom turned equipped as he is, his stories of

their brains and pens to its creathis type will surpass any others

tion, but Chesterton has sucunless, perhaps, G. B. S. has in

ceeded single-handed in lifting a fit of levity written some and

it higher than it has been at hidden them away so that none

any other time in its history. save his literary executors, pro

There is no more serious nor yet viding he can persuade anyone

more fascinating literature toto act in such a capacity, may

day than these short stories, and find them. Father Brown, one

although they wrestle with no feels, would make a monkey-a dignified, weighty social problem nor do they chronsolemn and somewhat ridiculous monkey icle some notable romance they are worthy -out of Sherlock Holmes. He would in of a place in any library of worthwhile the magnificent simplicity of his method, books. reduce Craig Kennedy to tears. Fu Rose Macaulay, yet another author of Manchu would yield utterly to his per- genuine distinction, has contributed to

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the development of the type though in thralling. Possibly an appreciably lighter vein and with an “The Teeth of the easy and fugitive wit alien to the Amer- Tiger," the "Hollow ican authors and perhaps to the masculine Needle," and the mind in general, for not even Chesterton "Crystal Stopper” evinces it, though as it has been noted, show him at his inhis short stories are eminently serious. vincible best. Arsène "The Mystery at Geneva" is, one feels, Lupin is the French a charming satire on the League of Na Sherlock Holmes and tions primarily and an equally charming Craig Kennedy in one. He is an astonishlittle mystery without bloodshed or vio- ingly effective amalgam of all the famous lence into the bargain, but only into the investigators of the type, and it is earnbargain. Certainly it does not thrill, nor estly to be hoped that old age will never is it intended to do so. It is merely like steal upon him nor senescence mar those Arnold Bennett's “The Grand Babylon admirable mental and physical qualities. Hotel" a diverting piece of virtuosity. And so our type, grown cosmopolitan

It is in France that the type reverts to and not a little distinguished, stands in his original function of reducing the the group of companion fiction as proudly reader to a state of nerves. Gaboriau, and as worthy of attention as any there. the dean of the mystery story almost It must be remembered that a Prime from its beginning, wrote books of them Minister consorted with him, that Woodthat so beguiled a Prime Minister of row Wilson, a President of the United Great Britain that, save apparently when States, was very fain of his company and the House was in the throes of a vote of that such an organizer and executive as confidence, he was never without one. Herbert Hoover even now is avowedly his More recently, Gaston Leroux and Mau- friend. These comprise only the minimum rice Leblanc have created characters of his distinguished admirers. As to the thoroughly able to cope with most of their rest, the world is full of them. Passing and English or American compeers. Leroux repassing before bookstands and kiosks in achieved in Rouletabille an investigator New York and London and Paris, the pubreminiscent in his apparently harmless lics stop, scrutinize, hesitate a moment simplicity of the immortal priest of Ches- perhaps, but always buy. terton. "The Mystery of the Yellow "We dare you to read the first three Room" is a notable thriller, cleverly and pages”—and that dare is always taken. unextravagantly handled. But Rouletabille fades into obscurity in comparison

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The Circular Staircase. Mary Roberts Rinehart.

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The Strange Schemes of Randolph Mason. Melville

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THE WORLD'S WORKSHOP

So many of the interesting things in the making of a magazine and the publisbing of books never get past the editors' desks that we have decided to devote a few pages every montb to sharing some of them with our readers. These include an acquaintance with writers, letters from readers, and a miscellany of other things that may interest others as much as they interest us.—THE EDITORS.

N THE WORLD'S WORK for August romance. And since Ser Marco's travels appeared an article by Robert and in spite of a twentieth century Cloutman Dexter entitled “Fifty- and the incredible forces of modernity Fifty Americans.” Shortly after its China has preserved within herself all

appearance a veritable cloud of pro- the seeds of an ancient and fascinating tests appeared in our sky and they have, charm. The expedition recently conductmore or less intermittently, been appear- ed into her territories by Langdon Waring ever since. It has been our intention ner, Curator of the Fogg Museum of Fine for some time to present in these columns Art of Harvard University, in search of the other side of the question, as debated specimens of the more venerable phases by those of our correspondents who, of her art, adds a not inconsiderable chapthough resident in the United States, are ter to the travel chronicles of this vast of French-Canadian extraction. It is country. The World's Work for Februfrom these that obviously enough the pro- ary will publish the first chapter of Mr. tests have come. It has been suggested Warner's experiences and in addition by Charles E. Lalanne of New York that will contain photographs, secured upon we make some statement to the effect the roads, of cities and their artistic treasthat Mr. Dexter in his article was here ures visited. Langdon Warner, though and there addicted to gross exaggeration. of professorial and scholarly calibre, To do this would be contrary to our edi- writes with no hint of pedantry, and his torial policy, but we shall, however, and narrative is as well stocked with thrills as with great pleasure, publish a letter of with definite information. reasonable length setting forth the op

OSSO posite side of the question and indeed we solicit such a letter, that we may have

Within a twelvemonth searchers after the opportunity of equally representing interesting and curious bits of news were to our readers the pros and cons of an ex

delighted to find in the columns of newstremely interesting question.

papers all over the country, accounts of an expedition into hitherto unexplored

jungles of the Isthmus of Panama, an In 1275 that exceedingly clever and able expedition directed by R. O. Marsh young Venetian bachelor, Marco Polo, which returned with a party of White arrived within the precincts of Cathay, at Indians, five of them specimens apthat time and for a few centuries after- parently of an ethnological group until wards shrouded in a saffron and legendary this time undiscovered by men of science. cloud of mystery and strange Oriental An investigation of Mr. Marsh's Indians created a mixed impression of severe they wrench from the earth, rough and skepticism on the part of ethnological with a certain incrustation of honest dirt authorities and profound curiosity on the but sound prism beneath. part of the public. Since the investiga- These unique mining ventures appealed tion, however, the scientists have re- so strenuously to the eye and instinct of tracted their first statement of disbelief the photographer in Mr. Lavoy that he and the White Indians have been for the snapped them whenever opportunity premost part acknowledged to be members sented itself. of a people numbering a thousand or The World's Work of February will more individuals inhabiting the jungle publish a few of his results to which are and mountain fastnesses of Darien, appended the necessary explanatory capColombia. Mr. Marsh kept a diary of the tions. expedition and it will be the privilege

SSC of the WORLD'S WORK to record in early issues this truly remarkable voyage and, Another pictorial feature in the same though at the time of publication Mr. issue will be views of the National Capital Marsh will again have started upon an- as it is to-day and as it is planned for other argosy to Colombia, the articles to-morrow. The Washington that the will be fully illustrated with photographs British mastered without a struggle, and secured by him upon the scene of his first from whence Mr. and Mrs. Madison fled, significant findings.

leaving tea laid and book and sewing hard by, is represented by the photograph of

the charming Octagon House, between Some months ago Merle Lavoy, a whose walls was signed the Treaty of photographer-explorer, whose inclinations Ghent. lead him up and down and roundabout the longitudes and latitudes as ordinary souls tread sidewalks, turned up in Aus- In February Rollin Lynde Hartt's tralia. It came to his ears that in second article on prohibition will appear, Queensland there was gem-mining, not and Mark Sullivan will continue his artiorganized or highly efficient in method, cles on the day's politics. An interesting but run on the lines of purely individual and little known phase of the life of effort. Thither he went, first to the George Washington, with a history of that sapphire fields and then to the opal mines very remarkable man, his father, is conof Lightning Ridge and perceived a life tributed by Archer Butler Hulbert, auwhich, if hard, was idyllic in its simplicity thor of "The Making of the American and in its utter and blessed lack of com- Republic,” and additional features of plication, and if not always productive interest in early issues will include an in gems, strikingly so in genial experience article by Philip Snowden, British Chanof life.

cellor of the Exchequer in the Macdonald The miners of Queensland are under Ministry. orders from no one but themselves. They work when and as they please and dispose of their wares with a magnificent dis- One is too apt, in thinking of and disregard of business convention and the cussing bugs, unjustly to conclude that all red-tape beloved of some merchants. bugs are bad bugs. After a surprising The best claim in the district, they say, and quite sleepless night in the auberges of is the saloon, but in spite of this mild certain French provincial towns, this is a local jest the entire community is guarded conclusion remarkably easy to reach, and over by a solitary officer of police, and of course there are rose bugs too, and the crimes begotten of liquor or greed other kinds equally harmful. But when walk seldom abroad. The miners them- one takes the trouble to inquire, one finds selves are characters not unlike the stones that curiously enough there are many

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Russia's Latter Day Saint

varieties whose operations are distinctly the vote that even his opponents conceded
beneficent. Vernon Kellogg, a naturalist him. Though the title of Mr. Sullivan's
of sufficient distinction to need no in- article recalls faintly another title, one
troduction, writes in the next issue of the that a Napoleonic Marshal of France
WORLD's Work of both kinds, good and affixed, after the restoration, to his mem-
bad, and points out that immigration oirs and whose portent was “Looking
restrictions applying to bugs are quite as Towards St. Helena," there is no reason
necessary as those which apply to the to believe that a parallel might exist be-
westward faring peoples of southern tween the two warrior subjects.
Europe.

A writer for the World's Work re-

Chester H. Rowell will continue in the
cently mentioned the engineering achieve- next issue his series of articles on govern-
ment of the Woolworth Building in New

mental reforms that are sorely needed in
York City. Mr. Cass Gilbert, the archi-

the United States. French Strother will
tect, calls attention to the fact that we

contribute the third article of his series on
failed to give credit to consulting engi- eugenics intended as a sequel to the earlier
neers Mr. Gunvald Aus, Mr. Kort Berle, “The Cause of Crime.”
and Mr. F. S. Holtzman.

SO

Arnold Bennett is of course primarily
David F. Houston, ex-Secretary of the known to us as a novelist, and as such
Treasury, writes in this issue of the new

the creator of those sometimes depressing
democratic ownership of the great cor-

and sometimes invigorating characters
porations. His article traces the signif- who went their ways in the "Five Towns”
icant trend of the developing American

of monochromatic memory. In this issue
business principles as denoted by the of the World's Work, however, Mr.
passing of the small group ownership of

Bennett descants upon a subject that
large concerns and the advent of an has been furtively haunting the backs of
ownership dominated by thousands of

our minds since the rise, some ten years
stockholding workers.

ago, of that late colossal symbol, Nicholas
Lenine. Radicalism in Europe, though
the phrase sounds in some conservative

ears like the rumble of distant tumbrils,
In "Looking Back on La Follette" may be not what it seems to many people
Mark Sullivan reviews the most interest- in this country, whose values of life are
ing, if the most unsuccessful, campaign cast all in solidly cubistic guise, so that, as
of the recent Presidential race.

death may be all black, radicalism may be
calls the third party precedents and all red. Arnold Bennett, living at Eu-
points out why, as he judges, the veteran rope's front door, possesses greater facili-
Senator from Wisconsin failed to poll ties for gauging.

He re-

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