Oregon daily emerald. (Eugene, Or.) 1920-2012, October 23, 1935, Image 4

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'Honey in the Horn’
Brings Fame to Oregon,
Davis. Harpers and Brothers,,
New York, 1935. 380 pages. $2.50.
H. L. ‘'Hal" Davis’ lusty rogues
might well have been Mark Twain’s
legitimate journalistic offspring.
When Dorothy Canfield, Sinclair
Lewis, and Louis Bromfield told
Harpers that “Honey in the Horn”
was the 1935 Harpers $7500 prize
winner over 800 other manuscripts,
they turned the spotlight on a man
who brings something fresh, some
thing living, to contemporary lit
erature written in a style that made
another American called Clemens
Born in Oregon
This young chap, born October
18, 1896, at Yoncalla, Oregon, and
raised in this state, has turned over
his own back yard and found a gold
mine. With poetry as a remunera
tive hobby, Davis left his sheep
herding, his county assessing, and
cattle, to fight in France during
the war.
Back in Oregon, a jack-of-all
trades, he took careful and copious
notes on this state, left for Mexico
on a Guggenheim exchange schol
arship, and started his first novel
at the suggestion of Robinson Jef
fers and H. L. Mencken.
Wrote in Mexico
Down in a little mud hut on a
farm about a hundred miles from
Mexico City Davis brought some
YWCA Sponsors
Frosli Fireside
Set for Tonight
Mrs. Dmin of Corvallis
Will Be Guest Speaker
The first freshman fireside, spon
sored by the YWCA discussion
group, will be held this evening
from 7:30 until 9 p. m. at Gerlinger
hall. All freshman women on the
campus are invited to attend.
Mrs. Robert Dann of Corvallis,
will be the guest speaker. Her top
ic will be “Campus Loyalties.” A
musical program has also been ar
ranged for the evening, selections
being played by Joella Mayer and
Audrey Assen.
Sunday and Tuesday freshman
groups will act as hostesses for the
affair led by Marjorie Thayer and
Thelma Nelson. Arrangements are
headed by Euphemea Laraway who
is leader of the Monday group. Bet
ty Rebec, who is in charge of the
Wednesday discussion group, is in
charge of music and refreshments
are being handled by Thursday's
freshmen with Edith Luke in
History of Case
(Continued from Facie Tivo)
quirement a one-hour course in
Problems of War and Peace,
taugh by Victor P. Morris.
Through a double misunderstand
ing Connolly received the impres
sion it has been refused, while
Professor Spencer did not realize
that a rehearing was being re
During the week following Con
nelly received support from vari
ous groups. The Student Christian
council gave backing to his posi
tion on the substitute course. Its
resolution concluded, “Be is re
solved, that the Student Christian
council petition the faculty com
mittee on military education to
grant students the privilege to
substitute the course on Porblems
of War and Peace, for the course
in Military Science and Tactics.”
tuum it imi nut, unwvvn,
endorse the original petition as
presented by Connelly.
When it became known that the
faculty committee would entertain
a petition for rehearing, Connelly
again presented his application. It
was submitted yesterday, and
says, in part, "A course which is
educational and offers both sides
of nationalism and miliartism is j
Problems of War and Peace.<
and I have previously signified my j
approval of substituting this more!
patriotic lecture course for drill
to satisfy the faculty which be
lieves the student should have a
knowledge of war.''
On these grounds Connelly has
been granted a new hearing and
will appear before the committee
next Tuesday at 4 p. m. With these
facts at hand the campus may
better understand his position and
evaluate the outcome of that
robust characters to life while his
wife, a former University of Ore
gon student, ran the household on
money she made selling featured
articles in the United States.
Northward went the manuscript.
Southward came the announcement
of the. prize arriving at the Davis
home just as Dean Eric Allen of the
school of journalism and Mrs. Al
len dropped in on a visit. Their
cares over, the Davis family re
joiced. A fortune in Mexican money
but first a trip to England.
Amazing Story
No one cared particularly about
Clay Calvert, the boy who had
grown up in the midst of “fighting
and helling and squaw-rolling.” But
choosing Clay as his main charac
ter, H. L. Davis weaves round his
life a most amazing story of pioneer
life in Oregon in his “Honey in the
""So vital, so beautiful a story does
more to immortalize the Oregon
section of the country than millions
of chamber of commerce efforts.
Mr. Davis has painted his land
scape with an abundance of color,
and his character with humor, and
understanding that has marked
him as one of the really significant
younger novelists of the country.
The hop-pickers, the wagon trains,
the coast settlers, are depicted with
all of their hardships molded into a
story which is at once authentic and
Criticism Analyzed
Unfavorable criticism from cer
tain Oregon editors undoubtedly
lies in the same fear which prevents
people from having their ancestry
traced; namely, that they’re afraid
a horse thief will turn up some
place. Could such smallness be for
gotten, Oregonians would clasp the
book to their combined hearts, as
undoubtedly they will do in time.
In an autographed copy of his
book presented to Dean Eric Allen,
Mr. Davis says, “To Eric Allen,
Some Oregon people you may have
met—with cordial remembrances.
—H. L. Davis, August 7, 1935.
I, CLAUDIUS, by Robert Graves.,
Harrison Smith and Robert Haas,
1934, 494 pages.
Those v/ho like historical novels
and those who don't, those who en
joy a good story and those who
read only for style, those who ap
preciate tasty bites, and those who
maintain that bread is the staff of
life; all will be getting more than
their money’s worth when they read
Robert Graves’ “I, Claudius.”
Not one of its 494 pages contains
a dull spot. The prose style is vivid,
and Graves gives his readers the im
pression that he, at least, is en
joying every minute of it.
Frankness Noted
Written as an autobiography of
“Claudius the Idiot,” so named by
his family and friends, the novel
tells with naive frankness of the
daily insults to the deaf and stam
mering cripple. Even when he was
carried on the shoulders of his fel
low citizens, wearing a crown, and
being declared emperor of Rome he
remarks, “They say that I looked
like a criminal being hauled away to
execution.” One can scarcely imag
ine Mussolini or F.D.R. telling of
the same analogy of themselves.
, This is Roman history made very
much alive, and Claudius, as the
author presents him, is a person
well worth knowing.
B. Church.
* * *
Nash, New York, 1935, Simon &
Schuster. $2.00.
Take-offs on celebrated personag
es, whether high or low, impart a
spicy touch to this volume of typi
cal Nashian wit, “The Primrose
Path." Gertrude Stein is given a
resounding Bronx cheer, while Hit
ler is catalogued adequately and
completely in a four-line stanza.
“The Secret Town” is the one
poem wherein the author casts off
his jesting cynicism and indicates
his appreciation for those things
which others of the literary world
Now speaking of worldly things,
he says:
“The camel has a single hump,
The dromedary, two;
Or else the other way around.
Old Kill-Joy Van Martin
Bg John Miller
His name was Van Martin. His
official title, as it appeared on the
payroll, was Efficiency Expert. But
he was more generally known, by
all with whom he came in contact,
as “Old Kill-joy.” He was a big
man, physically. He looked down
on the ordinary six-footer, and the
scales placed his weight at a figure
something over 200 pounds. Yet he
was underweight in comparison
with his own opinion of his mental
On this occasion he was on his
way to the Sixth and Main branch
office to inspect the books, and he
was determined to show his author
ity by firing at least two of his un
lucky subordinates.
He entered the office with the
grandeur of a king. The resem
blance ended suddenly, however,
when he slipped on the newly pol
ished floors; and it was with great
difficulty and lack of grace that he
managed to retain his equilibrium.
Enraged by tlie commotion and gig
gling his entrance had aroused
among the stenographers, he be
came all the more determined to
find fault with every part of the
At first glance, he noticed a man,
sitting at an otherwise vacant desk,
smoking a cigar and reading the
sport section of the "Daily Blah."
Assuming his most official aid, he
walked up to the man with “fire"
in his eyes.
“What are you doing here?" he
"Nothin’.” (This without looking
“What do you usually do here?"
“Nothin’,” he again replied after
taking a long drag on his two-for
a-nickel cigar.
“Do you mean to sit here with
your bare face hanging out and tell
me that you never work around
“Well, you’re fired right now."
With that the man looked up with
some surprise and started toward
the cashier’s office.
"No, you don't have to go to the
cashier. I’ll pay you right now,
How much do you earn?"
"Thirty a week."
He dealt out three ten-dollar bills
from a shabby bill-fold. “Now
Very much pleased with himself
so far, Van Martin decided to find
out whom he had fired. He walked
up to the cashier's cage and in a
very matter-of-fact tone asked,
“who was that man that just went
out and what does he do here?"
“Why, he works in the store
across the street and was just wait
ing to go out to lunch with me."
Phone 330 OPTOMETRIST 14 West Eighth
I'm never sure. Are you ?
And there he goes, making light of
the pride of the camel clan; maybe
he has just had a 'lift' from a Camel
and finds he prefers Luckies after
Plays Detective
Playing detective like Sherlock
Holmes, Nash gives us “Strange
Cases,” one of a silver spoon which
became heir to an estate only there
wasn’t an estate ’cause the money
had been spent in silver polish.
“But ah! my pets,
You must not frets!”
(It becomes a habit after reading
the book!) It’s just Ogden Nash up
to his old tricks, stoutly maintain
ing “The Only Good Indian Is a
Dead Public Relations Counsellor.”
VEIN OF IRON by Ellen Glasgow,
New York, Harcourt-Brace, 1935,
462 pages, $2.50.
“Vein of Iron” is Ellen Glawgow’s
latest novel. It proves that an au
thor, in order to be writing worth
while books after many years of
writing, must have within her the
principles of growth. Too often
writers fail to keep growing, then
works grow tiresome, and they
themselves fade as writers. One in
teresting reason given for the fail
ure of novelists to stay in the field,
is that too many of them fail to
hold strongly and consistently to
one attitude about life.
Miss Glasgow in this realistic
novel of Virginians through the
years of war, depression, and
change, shows her interest in the
past and her ability to write of it,
while in the same book she brings
in the wisdom and significance of
the modern world.
Unusual Style
The book is an example of the
author’s ability not to write like
anyone else. Unlike most novelists
she treats important moments cas
ually while she emphasizes the triv
ial events. By means of the very
small details the characters are
more accurately portrayed and the
story advanced.
The “vein of iron” running
through the characters and holding
them together is courage. Some
times it is blind courage, often mis
guided, but always a strong force.
Miss Glasgow shows how through
three generations of characters, the
pioneer spirit of courage, the “vein
of iron” works out great triumphs
for these Virginians.
I. Miller.
* * *
ence Day, New York, Alfred A,
Knopf, 1932, pp. 83, x. $2.00.
He is a man of few words, this
Clarence Day. Though he at last
breaks the silence, it is with fewer
words than usual. Some may shun
small works as insignificant; but
‘‘God and My Father" will not soon
be forgotten for at least three rea
sons: It gives a painlessly informa
tive picture of late nineteenth cen
tury churches and churchgoing in
New York; it makes reflections on
the times that are of interest to
others besides the author; and it
presents inimitable characteriza
tions in a manner ironic, humane,
and more than blessed with wit. All
this takes less than one hundred
In “God and My Father,” the au
thor looks back upon his youth and
recounts his father’s relations with
his God. The senior Day accepted
churches as substantial old struc
tures, though he saw small excuse
for the pastors in most of them.
"Father and God had perfect con
fidence in each other—at least at
most moments."
Day treats his subject sincerely
(freshly frozen)
Makes our milkshakes
taste more delirious
than any you have had.
We feature
“Broiled'’ hamburgers.
llth Near Alder
Tommy Alder
and shows a genuinely sympathetic
understanding of his characters. He
has an easiness of style that is sat
isfying. The characterization of
Father is not wanting in wit. The
author worried over his father’s de
termination to remain “a Christian
of his own kind,” but decided “it
would probably be just another of
his fights. He and Satan.” We last
see this new son of the church, just
returned to the city after the bap
tismal service at a quiet country
church, take out his watch, shout
“Oh, Hell!", and race for his train.
M. Riopelle.
Janitor at Johnson
Scalded Severely
Charles B. Dennison, janitor of
Johnson hall, was scalded severely
Tuesday afternoon when a steam
pipe broke. First aid was adminis
tered immediately, and Mr. Denni
son was removed to his home where
he will remain for several days. His
condition, although painful, is not
Reading Catalog
Offered As Guide
To Students
For the student interested in
building his library on an intelli
gent plan, or for the student whose
aim is to be well-read, the Coop
offers “Good Reading,” a pamphlet
containing a thousand short re
views of new and old worthwhile
books. The collection is easy to use
being arranged in convenient group
ings, and the reviews are terse and
to the point.
Library Installs
Ethiopia Shelf
A special section, the Ethiopia
shelf, has been established in the
University library, as an aid for
background in the current Ethio
pian strife. Several new books have
been ordered, according to Miss
Rise, circulation librarian. Among
the present books are “Hell-Hole of
Creation,” by Nesbitt, and “Be
yond the Utmost Purple Rim,” by
Powell. Books may be borrowed for
a period of two days.
Lending Shelves
Will Be Popular
During ’35, ’36
500 Books Available
For Organizations
Some 500 books are available for
lending to living organizations on
the campus, Miss Rise, circulation
librarian, told a group of house li
brarians meeting in Gerlinger Tues
day afternoon. The newest fiction,
practical knowledge books, and in
fact, any book desired by a group
of students will be found on the
house collections shelf.
Lending shelves will be used more
extensively this year than last was
was indicated by the number of li
brarians present at the meeting.
Last year books were loaned to
some 30 organizations and it is ex
pected that this number will be ex
ceeded during 1935 and ’36.
University of Oregon is the third
college in the country to set aside
a major space in its library for
pleasure reading, and an organized
attempt to teach “reading for fun”
will be made by installing a brows
ing room in the new library, those
attending the meeting were told by
M. H. Douglass, head librarian.
Bids Open
(Continued from Page One)
approximately $30,000 from the
student building fund but because
of an increase in the government
gift from the original 30 per cent
to 45 per cent, this became un
necessary and the $25,000 saved
helped make possible the new
physical education building now
Law Passed 1931
The new infirmary, contem
plated for several years, was made
possible by a law passed in 1931
by the state legislature authoriz
ing an allotment of $50,000 for the
However this bill provided for
the rest of the sum needed to be
raised by gifts and when the op
portunity came to get the grant
from the government, it was nec
essary to have the law amended.
This was done during the last ses
sion and the grant was given.
Money Covers Equipment
Through a fortunate action by
the officers of the state hoard of
higher education, Oregon will re
ceive sufficient funds from PWA
not only to construct the building,
but to equip it completely even
down to sheets and pilolw cases.
The Oregon Mothers club is con
tributing $10,000 to the new build
ing and when this sum was added
by the board to the $50,000 already
provided by the state, the govern
ment grant—given on a percent
age basis—was enough to provide
complete equipment.
Will Be Three Stories
The new home of the University
health service, plans of which
Chancellor Hunter and University
authorities recently approved, will
probably be located on the corner
of 14th and University streets. It
will have three stories, at least
double the number of beds in the
old infirmary, and will be equipped
as well or better than any infirm
ary of its type on, the coast.
There will be no operating room,
however, since it is not the policy
of the health service to perform
major operations. The present plan
of sending all surgical cases to
down town hospitals will be con
Connelly Gets
(Continued from Page One)
pears to be that Connelly’s new
grounds for exemption, substituting
the War and Peace course for drill,
are the same grounds endorsed by
the council.
An interpretative review of the
case appears on the editorial page
of the Emerald today.
Rally Tonight
(Continued from Pane One)
Oregon State, and Gonzaga, with
two men returned from the injured
list, will field one of the strongest
teams on the coast.
Oregon, the under dog, will
match them in sheer power, ex
perts predicted. If spirit can help,
the rally committee, with student
cooperation, has planned a pro
gram to instill it in large doses.
New Location
863 Willamette St.
After the game,
after the dance,
after class,
drop in
The College Side
\\ here you 11 meet your friends—and encounter the best
food on the campus.
By Henriette Horok
Never mind the cracks, Chit
Chat marches on! A little of this,
and a bit of that, and an occasional
clump of dirt by your own an
nouncer. About books, authors,
publishers—stray bits of gossip
that come our way, and should come
out yours.
Among “the” books out this
week — “There’s Always Tomor
row,” by Marguerite Harrison. A
spicy autobiography of an Ameri
can lass who began as a Baltimore
debutante, and became a newspaper
correspondent and a spy. And no
sitting by the fireplace, with a rope
of pearls around her neck writer is
Marguerite! Seems that she can’t
coax the best out of her typewriter
without having a “shot or two”—
and one leads to another, another
and another. You know how it
goes! That’s when Marguerite be
gins to write. For further particu
lars about her, question S. Stephen
son Smith.
And speaking of S.S. Smith, his
just off the press, with a picture of
the handsome professor on the jack
et of the book, and everything!
One of many interesting tid-bits
we found so far, (page 127) is the
history of the word "chancellor,”
so dear to the hearts of all Oregon
ians! Going easy on the history of
the word, its meaning is derived
from "cancer,” “a crab,” and some
thing having to do with “cross
On your mark, children. Hapers
is going to tell you a story. The
governors of most of the states have
proclaimed November 1 as “Mark
Twain day,” and 30,000 of you are
going to pack into school auditor
iums and hear all about how Twain
got that way. To celebrate the oc
casion Harper’s is issuing “MARK
TWAIN’S NOTEBOOK,” a special
price at $10.
The grownups will honor the
celebrated humorist with a banquet
at New York’s classy Waldorf-As
toria hotel. For reservations, wire
Willyiam Lyon Phelps, (collect)
who will be toastmaster.
Attention, Oregon pioneer devo
tees! A little “HONEY IN THE
HORN” by H. L. Davis, whose wife
had faith in him, supported him
while he labored; so H. L. turned
around and wrote a Harpers prize
All “Top Hat” tunes, which will
be featured at the Sophomore In
formal Saturday night, are now
available at the Music Box, 39 E.
A late and snappy record by
Fred Astaire has just arrived also.
Be sure to come in anytime and
hear it.
novel. If you have a flair for writ
ing, the book is good for an editor
ial, or a letter to the editor at least.
To be sure, it starts out with a
nice poem.
"He met her in the lane and he laid
her on a board,
And he played her up a tune called
Sugar in the Gourd;
Sugar in the gourd, honey in the
Balance to your partners, honey
in the horn.”
I like Gertrude Stein.
New York City is considering
restricting the use of red motor
vehicles to the fire department.
Eugene’s Own Store
& Washburne
Merchandise of Merit Only
PHONE 2700
$640 worth of
to be sold for
A famous
book and stationery store
' closed it’s doors!
We bought every item!
We’ve priced everything
at a fraction of it’s
original worth!
3c - 5c - 13c - 25c
50c - 75c and up.
High priced items too!
Real values all!
Boxed Paper—Pound Paper
Photo Albums
Fountain Pens—Pencils
Gift Novelties
Tablets—Playing Cards
Suitable for Christinas Gifts.
We Rent
For Your Parties.
llth and Oak Phone 1824
Each Week
Asbury: The Barbary Coast
Atherton; California, an Intimate History
Strachey: Coming Struggle for Power
Hobart: Oil for the Lamps of China
Zweig: Marie Antoinette
Haggard: The Lame, the Halt and the Blind
Undset: Ida Elizabeth
Langdon-Davies: Man and His Universe
Hamsun: Growth of the Soil
Beard: Whither Mankind
Siringo: Riata and Spurs
Connelly: Green Pastures
Rascoe: Titans of Literature
Lalou: Contemporary French Literature