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Ralph D. Paine, whose new novel "Four Bells" has already gone into its fourth printing, has just returned from the Indian Ocean and the African Coast, where he played golf on some remote courses. One of his yarns concerns a country club at Nairobi. Among the trophies on the walls is a stuffed head of a zebra. It seems that a foursome, starting out after an early breakfast, encountered a lion on the third green, where it had just made its kill. One of the players went back to the clubhouse for a rifle, and potted the lion. The head of the zebra, upon which the lion had been feasting, was saved and mounted as a souvenir. Ralph Paine's comment, when the tale was told him at Mombasa, was that meeting a lion on the third green would have put him off his game at least two strokes a hole. The unemotional Englishmen who had to play the lion as-an extra hazard, of course resumed their match as if nothing had happened.

What are to be the political lines and issues in the presidential election of 1924? Professor Haynes's study of "Social Politics in the United States" enables the reader to see current political events in their proper perspective. Its publication by Houghton Mifflin Company at this time is especially opportune in view of its contents and aim. It will help to answer some of the questions asked by thoughtful observers, such as "Will there be a new party?" "What will the Progressive Bloc do in Congress?" "Why is agricultural relief so urgent and persistent?"

Booth Tarkington's--"Monsieur Beaucaire" has been revived in London and is now playing at the Strand Theatre with Gerald Lawrence in the title role. The play is especially well-received by old-timere with whom it has long been a favorite. Although this slight but exquisite story was published twenty-five years ago and has seen a complee revolution in literary styles, Mr. Tarkington's publishers, Doubleday, Page & Company, report that it continues to be one of the most popular of his books and seems to remain uninfluenced by time and literary fashions.

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