Collins, Francis A. The Air Man. 1917.
Century. $1.30                     629.17-C72
A very readable account of the aeroplane, htow
it is built, how it flies, how the engine works
and how to become a pilot. The book is accu-
rate but not too technical to be understood by
the general reader. Flying as an occupation,
specially in the service of the United States
government, is favorably considered.
Franck, Harry A. Vagabonding down the
Andes. 1917. Century. $4.00           918-F82
Mr. Franck, who is certainly by nature a
"tramp" in the best sense of the word, warns
us that this book is ''no tale of adventures''.
However that may be, his account of a tramp
down the ridge of the Andes to Buenos Aires,
is fully as interesting as any tale of adventure.
The author set forth to study and faithfully re-
port the ways of the common people. There are
many illustrations from photographs and a map
of the route followed.
Hale, Edward Everett, jr. Life and Letters
of Edward Everett Hale; 2 vols.          1917.
Little, Brown. $5.00               92-H161H
Holmes, John H. Life and Letters of Rob-
ert Collyer; 2 vols. 1917. Dodd, Mead.
$5.00                               92-C715H
These two notable biographies may well be
considered together, since the subjects were inti-
mate friends and both were Unitarian minisfers.
Edward Everett Hale, born in 1822 of a long
line of New England's finest scholars, was grad-
uated from Harvard at seventeen years of age.
Many years of hard work followed. His work
in the ministry gave him little time for writing,
but his "'Man Without a Country" is a classic
in our literature.
Robert Collyer, born of poor parents in a little
manufacturing town of England, went to work in
a mill when he was eight years old. His day's
work lasted from six o'clock in the morning till
eight o'clock at night, yet he found time for
self-education, because he loved books and read-
ing. He came to America, did notable work dur-
ing the Civil War, and for many years exerted
a wide influence as pastor of Unity Church in
Chicago and of the Church of the Messiah in
New York City.
Hazen, Charles D.      Alsace-Lorraine under
Gernan Rule. 1917. Holt. $1.25
The writer of this book is Professor of History
in Columbia University.  He gives us a brief,
accurate and interesting history, answering just
the questions which arise in the mind of the
person who wishes to know why German rule in
Alsace-Lorraine should cease. A short account
of the provinces before the German conquest is
followed by a concise and well-written review of
Germany's methods in dealing with a people who
have neither desired nor consented to Gertman-
Hearn, Lafcadio. Life and Literature. 1917.
Dodd, Mead. $3.50                    804-H43
This book is the third vohsme of lectures de-
livered by Hearn at the University of Tokyo, the
earlier volumes being entitled 'Interpretations
of Literature" and "Appreciations of Poetry''
The critical comment contained in ''Life and Lit-
erature" will appeal to all who are interested
either in Hearn or in literary criticism. The en-
deavor on Hearn's part to interpret for the

Japanese the life and literature of the West, re-
sits in a very lucid presentation of many phases
of his subject. The personality of the author is
a very interesting factor in any of Hearn's lit-
erary work.
Kellogg, Vernon L., and A. Englebert. The
Food Problem. 1917. Macmillan. $1.25
The authors of this book are members of the
United States Food Administration. All aspects
of the food situation are fully covered. Part one
is devoted to a very clear setting forth of what
the problem really is and the possible means of
its solution. Part two is a popular presentation
of the technology of food, the theory of nu-
trition, etc. There is a brief chapter on Patriot-
isn and Food.
Matthews, Brander. These Many Years.
1917. Scribner. $3.00                92-M438
A most delightful book is this autobiography
of Brander Matthews, professor of literature in
Columbia University and a critic and playwright
of note.  Born of sturdy New England stock,
destined by his father for the profession of
''millionaire", the boy Brander had every ad-
vantage of edacation and travel before the loss
of his father a fortune turned the young man's
ideas to literary pursuits. Some of the chapter
headings are : New York in the early seventies;
Parisian memories; Early London memories; and
a chapter of esp cial interest as coming from an
expert critic, onl the art of book-reviewing.
Morse, Edward S. Japan Day by Day.
1917. Houghton. $8.00              915.2-188
Professor Morse, some time director of the
Peabody Museum at Salem, Massachusetts, be-
came, in 1877, professor of zodlogy in the Uni.
versity of Tokio. The years during which Japan
was passing through a most interesting phase of
development were spent by the very observant
professor in close contact with the daily life of
the Japanese people. His book is redolent of the
atmosphere of old Japan. The quaint little peo-
ple, their customs, the psychology of a race so
different from our own, the gradual modification
of oriental ideas by western influence, are all
topics of absorbing interest.
Oberg, Erik, and F. D. Jones, eds. Machin-
ery's Encyclopedia; 7 vols. 1917. Indus-
trial Press. $36.00             Ref621.03-012
This is an important addition to the shelves
in the Reference Department. It is, as the title
page explains, "A work, of reference covering
practical mathematics and mechanics, machine
design, machine construction and operation, elec-
trical, gas, hydraulic and steam power machinery,
metallurgy and kindred subjects in the engineer-
ing field''. Over seventy collaborators contribute
signed articles, well illustrated and arranged in
alphabetical order. A convenient topical index
is provided.
Street, Julian   L.    American    Adventures.
1917. Century. $3.00                917.5-S91
Mr. Streat, the author of "Abroad at Home",
is a wide-awake traveler, with keen instincts and
a lively sense of humour. lie conducts his read-
er through most of the cities of the South, calling
attention to many matters which the casual tray-
eler might overlook and putting in a plea for a
better understanding of the South and its prob-
lems by the North. The illustrations are appro-
priate and interesting.