Ian Hay, as Major Ian Hay Beith is known to the literary world, will sail for this country some time in December. The next three weeks he will devote largely to lecturing and he undertakes to tell "the truth about authors." As he is a high official of the British Author's Society, he should be well qualified to tell the truth about them. Major Beith's next book is scheduled for publication in the spring.
According to Mr. Walter T. Spence, one of the best known of London dealers in rare books and whose "Forty Years in My Bookshop" was recently published by Houghton Mifflin Company, the forgery of autobiography is not so common a pursuit for the indigent and unscrupulous intelligensia as it was forty years ago. In those days such incidents as the following were not uncommon. "A workingman came into my shop with a book under his arm:--Hone's Everyday Book, 1839, with a good many MS. marginal notes signed or initialled "Charles Lamb." He said to me:
"I understand you buy Lamb autographs, guv'nor."
"Yes," I answered, and I examined the book. "Are these notes supposed to be written in this volume by Charles Lamb?" As I said it. I knew that I had the mastery of at least one of those little swindling affairs.
"Oh, yes," the man said, "the book came from a house close to where Lamb used to live at Edmonton."
I said, "Well, considering that Lamb died in 1834, five years before this book was published, how do you account for that?"
He answered: "Well, I dunno, guv'nor; perhaps it was another Charles Lamb." He was not in the least perturbed about it!
"The Judgment of the Storm," the first motion picture to be novelized, will be published by Doubleday, Page & Company on December 14. The setting of the story is an old Connecticut farm where big Dave drudges cheerfully from sun up to sun down to care for his mother, the all but heavenly twins light-hearted, golden-haired Mary and Bob who goes to college and spends the small surplus bank account with contemptuous carelessness. The story is concerned with the necessity of making a bitter decision and a sacrifice.