Image provided by: University of Oregon Libraries; Eugene, OR
About Oregon daily emerald. (Eugene, Or.) 1920-2012 | View Entire Issue (Feb. 7, 1925)
@i Library Browsings m
By Glen F. Burch
A “worm’s eye view” of the
world of books and magazines is
all that this column can hope to
give the reader. It’s success »r
failure will depend principally upon
its usefulness as a guide to the
average book-lover. In recognition
of the principle that all reading
must necessarily be a matter of
selection, only that portion of the
literary productions of the day
which the editors deem of prime
importance, can be dealt with each
The task is no simple one, the
enormity of the field of modern
literature is only too well known.
It will be the aim of the column
at all times, however, to endeavor
to approximate general interest, and
to widen the average student’s
acquaintance with books.
TEN ESSENTIAL BOOKS
To draw up a list of ten books
essential to a liberal education is a
task which anyone will find ex
ceedingly difficult. It is, however,
an exceedingly good test for one’s
powers of discrimination. A short
time ago fourteen members of the
faculty and an equal number of
students were asked to compile and
submit lists of this nature, in order
that an idea might be obtained as
to just what kind of books different
The result of this inquiry, while
in no way indicative of the aver
age campus opinion, proved to be
exceedingly interesting from a num
ber of points of view. Shakespeare’s
works were mentioned, /either in
part or “in toto” on 22 of the 27
lists. Seventeen included the Bible
as being essential to a liberal edu
cation. H. 6. Wells’ “Outline of
History” appeared quite prominent
ly on 10 lists. Aside from these
three outstanding preferences, the
names of the books ranged over a
wide field. One hundred and
twenty different titles appeared at
one time or another, most of them
The names of modern writers
which appeared more than once
were: H. G. Wells, John Gals
worthy, Knut Hamsun, Sinclair
Lewis, Havelock Ellis, Jacob Was
sermann, James Bryce, James Har
vey Bobinson, Ludwig Lewisohn".
An overwhelming number of
books submitted were of a fictional,
classical or historical nature, the
only notable exception, significantly
enough, being Darwin’s “Origin of
Plato’s works were mentioned on
seven lists, -while his great succes
sor and opponent, Aristotle, was
not included on one.
sandwiched in between the old
classicists and the modern writers,
fighting desperately for a showing,
were found the favorites of the past
century: Thackeray, Ijtugo, Dickens,
Eliot, Swift, Franklin and Scott;
those seven and no more.
A review was made of all the
lists, and a summary list compiled,
headed by the following 10 books:
Shakespeare’s works, the Bible,
Wells’ “Outline of History,” the
works of the three Greek trage
dians, Dante’s “Divine Comedy,”
Homer’s poems, Dickens’ works,
Milton’s “Paradise Lost,” and
Darwin’s “Origin of the Species.”
The unbalanced nature of prac
tically all the lists was probhbly
the most surprising result of the
review. Evidently the phrase “lib
eral education” puzzled• the minds
of those submitting lists; quite pos
sibly they confused the term “clas
sical” with “liberal,” an error
which tended to make the lists con
ventional in nature, rathes than
PARAGRAPH “BOOK REVIEWS”
PREJUDICES (Fourth Series), H.
L. Mencken. “It presents,” ac
cording to Stuart P. Sherman, “a
cross section of Mr. Mencken’s
mind envisaging a cross section
of the universe.”
• • •
IMPRESSIONS AND COMMENTS j
(Third Series), Havelock Ellis, j
In this book, the creator of the ;
“Dance of Life” writes as one ]
who has lived, and who is now '
engaged in restlessly sitting back
and observing the world about
, . .
THE PEASANTS, Vol. 1, AUTUMN, i
Ladislas St. Revmont. The plot !
savors something of Eugene |
O’Neil’s “Desire Under the j
Elms,” or of Artzybashev’s “The J
Savage,” but the superb style
with which it is written places
it among the truly great. It was j
awarded the Nobel prize for
Literature in 1924.
YOU GENTILES, Maurice Samuel.
A slightly new-slant on an old
problem; the Jew versus the ;
Gentile. “We are serious, you j
are not,” is the writer’s claim, I
and proceeds to build up an in- ;
terestiiftr defense for this asser
A STORY TELLER’S STORY,
Sherwood Anderson. Sinclair
Lewis says: “A book which real
ly discloses a human being be
comes important.” This book
does more than that; it discloses
by Walter De La Mare, is inter
esting reading, but more interest
ing from the standpoint of its
quaintly colored illustrations.
CONVERSATIONS IN EBURY
STREET, George Moore. “The
most subtly fascinating reflection
that English palates have been
invited to taste for some time.”
(“Books”). A beautifully written
introspective account of an Irish
man and his times.
* * *
QUAINT COMPANIONS, Leonard
Merrick. Something new on the
race problem. Regarded as the
best thing that Merrick has ever
written, and assuredly well worth
CONTEMPORARY FRENCH LIT
ERATURE, Rene LaLou. Over
five hundred prominent French
writers are reviewed in the book.
A number of critics are of the
opinion, however, that the work
loses much of its original vigor
and meaning through the transla
* * *
BARE SOULS, Gamaliel Bradford.
A number of intimate word pic
tures of great writers, including
Voltaire, Flaubert, Charles Lang,
John Keats, Gray, and others. An
exquisite piece of writing.
THE FAITH OF A LIBERAL,
Nicholas Butler. Not as ironical
as the title might presume it to
be. Stuart P. Sherman assures us
that it is a sincere piece of work
and contains a number of funda
WOODROW WILSON: THE MAN
AND HIS TIMES, William Allen
White. An absorbing biography
of a great man, done in a fairly
comprehensive manner. William
Hard in “Books,” however, warns
us to take parts of it with a
heavy sprinkling of salt.
THE OLD LADIES, Hugh Walpole.
A vivid, all-revealing' portrait of
three old women, of which Mary
Ross, writing in “Books,” says:
“The result is beautiful and mov
ing, and not calculated to increase
the complacency of youth.” Bet
ter read it.
(Continued next week)
Fred B. Smith Pleads
For World Peace in
Villard Hall Lecture
(Continued from page one)
a military brand in it, is the proof,
“Let it be a rule of war that not
the young men, but the old men go
to battle. The young fellows do
not make war; it is always the old
fellows whose emotions have be
come atrophied. Let us also not
have war except with the approval
of a national referendum—and let
only the women vote. Further
more, let us pass laws which will
prevent any man from making a
single dollar from the next war.
Then we will have solved the prob
lem,” he declared.
Yesterday noon Mr. Smith ad
dressed a luncheon gathering of the
members of the committee of 100
in the Y. M. C. A. hut. He con
gratulated them on their work and
spirit in furthering the ideal of ser
vice, and charged them to hold it
always before them. Paul, he told
them, was the greatest of the apos
tles because service was his ideal.
New Zealand Report Given
By Marie Bridges
An animated discussion was held
by the discussion group studying
Australia, which met at the Anchor
age yesterday noon. The subject,
of the discussion was the history
and racial characteristics of Aus
Because of its proximity to Aus
tralia, New Zealand was brought
into the discussion. .Marie Bridges
gave the report on New Zealand.
The meeting was well attended.
Miss Laurene .Taylor of the bot
any department will talk at the
next meeting of the group. Her
topic will be the social and indus
trial aspects of Australia.
SOPHOMORES AT NEW YORK
SPORTING WING COLLARS
New York College—Wing collars
are worn by men of the sophomore
class at the Washington Square
college of New York. The sopho
more women wear red rosettes.
AVERAGE HIGHER GRADES
University of Minnesota — A
higher average in grades is held
by unorganized students than by
fraternity and sorority students at
the University of Minnesota.
COLORADO AGGIES TABOO
ROUGH FRAT INITIATIONS
Colorado Agricultural College —
Unnecessary roughness in fraternity
initiations is^to be discontinued at
Colorado Agricultural college in the
interest of tli^ students’ studies and
to the people Of eugene:
what the people of anier
ica need is more women
with cotton stockings and
more men with life insur
RIALTO THEATRE — Junction City
If you’ve never
meal ever made!
COLLEGE SIDE INN
Schedule Arranged lor
Handball under the direction of
doughnut athletics opens next Mon
day. Fifteen teams are entered for
the fracas. The games will be
played in court number 3 in the
out-door annex of the men’s gym
nasium. The court will be marked
“Tournament Court,” and tourna
ment games will have immediate
preference over all other contests
with the exception of regular classes
in physical education.
The first round of the tournament
should be played off by Monday,
February 16. As play starts on
the ninth, this will give ample
time for the teams to meet.
Arrangements for the time of
scheduled games should be made by
the organizations and reported to
the office of the physical education
department. All matches should be
arranged and played ns soon as
possible in order to make way for
the second round, which will start
The team winning the first two
out of a possible three games shall
hold the place of winner and shall
stay in the competition. The tour
nament will be run on the straight
elimination basis and once a team
has been defeated in a series it will
have no further chance at the cham
pionship. The clause has been
added that any team may challenge
any other team either in or out of
the league, but the result will not
count in the percentage column.
The team captain should report
the result of their contest to the
man in charge of the office in the
men ’3 gymnasium immediately
after the contest has been played.
The rules of play will be posted
in a conspicuous place in the court.
There will be no referee on the
court at any time. In casa of a
dispute in the method of service
the alternative service will fee
Rain or shine, the following
teams are slated to meet in the
first round. Kappa Delta Phi vs.
Phi Delta Theta, Friendly Hall vs.
Chi Psi, Kappa Sigma vs. Sigma
Nil, Alpha Beta Chi vs. Beta Theta
Pi, Bachelordon vs. Phi Sigma Pi,
Oregon Club vs. Phi Gamma Delta,
Sigma Pi Tau vs. Psi Kappa, and
Sigma Alpha EjfSilon, bye.
SCHOOL OF CITIZENSHIP
Syracuse University — Syracuse
university has established a school
of citizenship and public affairs. It
will deal with problems of democ
racy and the citizen’s duty in a
CALL A .
Black & White Cab
WHY PAY MORE?
U. OF O.
INSIST ON A PURE MILK SUPPLY
Try our perfectly pasteurized milk and cream.
THE ONLY SAFE WAY
REID’S DAIRY, 842 PEARL
Cars Without Drivers for Rent
McLEANS AUTO RENTAL CO.
LOCATED FOR YOUR CONVENIENCE
CORNER 11th AND OAK
Open and Closed Models — Prices Very Reasonable
-Open Day and Night
DO NOT FORGET
, Friday and Saturday
from 6 to 8 p. m.
SAM SOBLE AND
ERNEST SEUTE, Prop.
778 WILLAMETTE STREET
Our reputation for
tender, fresh meat
is enviable. W e
handle only the finest cuts and our
methods of handling and keeping
meats assures you of perfect satis
Shop Here and Save
EUGENE PACKING COMPANY
Phone 38 or 39
SCHOLARSHIP TO BE BASIS
OF VERMONT CUT SYSTEM
University of Vermont—A uni
form cut system, whereby the num
ber of cuts allowed each student
will be based on scholarship stand
ing. is to be installed at the Uni
versity of Vermont.
Kappa Delta Phi announces the
pledging of Joe Neil from Ashland.
LOST—Fraternity pin belonging
to Gordon McDonald, Phi Kappa
Psi. Name on back. Call 1319.
SUNDAY, FEB. 8TH
The Noted Russian Tenor
Singing Russian and American Songs
at 7:45 and 9:30 p.m.
ONLY A FOUR MILE DRIVE AND STREET CAR
SERVICE EVERY HALF HOUR
To Pacify the Kicker
—Hazelnut Fruit Pudding
“The same old stuff,” grumble many house
members to themselves when they taste the Sun
day dessert at many a Greek letter boarding
house. Houseinanagers get criticized—and they
should if they do not keep on the jump for bet
ter menus, better desserts.
Solve this problem by serving a heaping dishful
of Hazelnut Fruit Pudding to every member of
your house for Sunday dessert. See the cheerful
expressions appear on their faces when they
taste the delicious richness of Oregon hazelnuts
blended with fresh fruits and pure ice cream.
Our special cost no more than stock ice cream.
Order now and see satisfaction rule supreme in
TWO Daughters of
Luxury in Love
With the Same Man—
8th and Ferry
—One a golden tigress tearing
out men’s hearts for the fas
cination. of the game.
—the other all sympathy and
—and what they do_ to a self
made millionaire who was an
all too human combination of
strength and weakness.
I CECIL B. [51 MULE’S
from the novel by Wallace Irwin
me Golden Bed'
* * / J&mie macpherson.
with ROD LA ROCQUK, LILLIAN RICH,
VERA REYNOLDS, IIENRY B. WALTHALL
WARNER BAXTER, JULIA FAYE,
at the organ
j MILDRED BALDWIN
in “OH. YOU TONY”