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and amusement in the opening story in the June ST. NICHOLAS. "Jimmy Dodd Plays Mixed Doubles" is the title, the author is Cornelius Boocock, and the illustrations are by Charles M. Relyea. Jimmy is paired with a woman who feels that in the difference in age between herself and her partner she has a grievance. Assuming that youth meant lack of skill, she nearly ruins the game. Jimmy plays good tennis in good form and with perfect manners until the crisis, and then there is a change of commanders. You will enjoy this story very much.

Julia is strong for truth, but lacking in tact. In "The Proper Mixture" she finds that to win friends and keep from causing unnecessary unhappiness, the two must be properly balanced. Donald Teague has made two delightful pictures for this story.

On the opposite page is a reproduction of one of three drawings George Varian has made for "Over the Precipice," a stirring adventure story by Louis Allen, which appears in the June ST. NICHOLAS.

Wilbur Conrad and his father, captain of a seagoing tug operating out of San Francisco, obtain permission to visit the Farallones. While the captain is engaged, Wilbur makes his way down one of the cliffs to get a cormorant egg.

"As the boy warily picked his way forward over the slimy rocks, where a misstep would send him hurtling to the foot of the cliff, murres and cormorants flew from their nest in alarm, crying shrilly and filling the air with a cloud of flapping wings. For a moment, the sudden upward rush of thousands of sea-fowl terrified Wilbur, who clung to the side of the cliff, undecided whether to push on or turn back. Finally, a commotion just ahead fixed his attention. Several cormorants had left their eggs unprotected, whereupon thieving sea-gulls swooped down upon the abandoned nests, snatched up the eggs, flew aloft, then dropped the eggs, thus smashing their thick shells on the rocks and feasting upon the contents.

"Wilbur realized at once that, if he was to secure one of the cormorant eggs, he must act quickly. The narrow shelf became narrower as he proceeded, forcing him to use the utmost care to avoid slipping. Just ahead of him, and not more than ten feet distant, a sea-gull alighted upon a

deserted cormorant nest. Impetuously, Wilbur tossed his staff at the intruder. The missile failed to hit the gull, but the clatter frightened the bird from the nest. Wilbur quickly rescued the sole egg. As he was putting the bulky egg in his pocket a flutter of white wings beat in his face. Frantically he tried to ward off the gull, which had resented the boy's intrusion; but in doing so, he lost his footing on the slimy rocks, plunging feet foremost."

We are sorry to leave you at that point in the story, but to tell more would spoil it; and besides, there is n't space.

In the June ST. NICHOLAS a new serial by Augusta Huiell Seaman, entitled "The Mystery at Number Six," will begin. To those who have enjoyed "The Crimson Patch," "The Boarded-up House," "The Dragon's Secret," etc., this will be welcome news. The illustrations for the serial are to be made by W. P. Couse, whose excellent drawings for "Ducking for Pirates" in the March ST. NICHOLAS will be remembered.

"The Blue Envelop," by Roy J. Snell, which began in the March number, closes in the June ST. NICHOLAS. This has been a stirring story of adventure in Alaska and Siberia, and the author has reserved the most thrilling and unusual experience for the final chapters.

A timely and interesting article in the June number is "The Great Balloon Flight," by R. H. Upson. Mr. Upson was captain of the American Balloon Team, which competed in last year's International Gordon Bennett Cup race, and in which he piloted the balloon, Aëro Club of America. His article in ST. NICHOLAS will appear when interest is high in the American National Balloon Race, which starts from Milwaukee on May 31. Readers of ST. NICHOLAS, through this graphic article, can more fully appreciate the experiences and thrills which will fall to the lot of these American pilots. Mr. Upson has been a balloon enthusiast for several years, and has participated in a number of national and international races, so he writes with an authority that will command the keen interest of all his readers.

Two other articles which are worthy of special mention are "Facing Two Deaths," and "A Flame That Will Burn Under Water." In the first, M. V. Simko tells how Peter Dunne helped to rescue the crew of the submarine S-48 when it

sank in Long Island Sound on its trial trip from Bridgeport, Connecticut. And in the description of the flame that will burn under water, Robert G. Skerrett tells how the S-48 was raised, and also how some other under-water engineering feats have been performed.

If you like cats, or even if you don't like them, you will enjoy the story by N. Margaret Campbell, "The Undoing of Morning Glory Adolphus." Assaying a large per cent. of humor, as the story does, it has been made all the more entertaining by some clever drawings from Harold Sichel's pen. With the June number, Mr. Sichel also makes his debut as a creator of ST. NICHOLAS Covers, and, we are glad to announce, follows with an excellent patriotic one for July.

ST. NICHOLAS readers who are also radio listeners will be glad to know that arrangements have been made with stations of the Westinghouse Electric and Manufacturing Company to broadcast some of the short stories appearing in the magazine. So those who listen in on the W. J. Z. or K D KA, or W B Z, will hear some of their favorite stories.

addicted to the ST. NICHOLAS habit, that I bought it at the news-stands-even after I was married. And when my first little daughter became old enough to enjoy looking at pictures I began subscribing again, in her name, and she still has quite a number of the bound volumes, in which her two little ones find much pleasure. As my children grew up, each of them has been a subscriber to ST. NICHOLAS in turn (there are four of them), the

"OVER THE PRECIPICE HE PLUNGED" Drawn by George Varian for "Over the Precipice" in the June St. Nicholas

Here is a letter from a judge in one of the Michigan courts that we feel ought to be broadcasted. It shows how the ST. NICHOLAS habit stays with a family. He says:

"I have just taken from the mail and opened your form letter to my son relative to your subscription proposition. My son is now away, but I am enclosing the sum mentioned, for which you may continue the subscription.

"It may possibly interest you to know that I am one of your earliest readers and subscribers. In fact, the first number of ST. NICHOLAS came to me on an unexpired subscription to 'Our Young Folks,' and 'The Schoolday Magazine,' the parents, as we might say, of ST. NICHOLAS. I was then a youngster living in the State of New York. I continued to 'take' ST. NICHOLAS for a number of years. When I came to Michigan I ceased as a regular subscriber, but had become so

youngest being the one whose subscription I am now renewing. And although they have all fluttered out of the home nest, I am glad of an excuse to keep ST. NICHOLAS coming."

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A letter from one of younger, but very devoted readers (she is nine) says: "I have just started taking you. This week when I got the first copy, I nearly had a fit, I was so pleased. I've been taking a children's magazine, but after five or six years it got too babyish for me, so I changed to you, and I'll tell you I certainly did. miss something, for there I was taking a mere baby paper when I could have been taking you."

ST. NICHOLAS has friends all over the world. The wife of an army officer in the Philippines recently wrote saying she thought "ST. NICHOLAS was in every American officer's home, whether in the Philippines, Germany, Hawaii, or the Canal Zone-that it was the one real link for the children with the folks at home." And a famous British explorer came into the editorial offices one day and said that, in ascending one of the mountains in Darjiling, he had come upon the home of an English missionary, and there on his readingtable was a copy of ST. NICHOLAS!

In a letter from the wife of a teacher among the Canadian Indians in which she sends us a two years' subscription to ST. NICHOLAS, she says: "I came across, by accident, a scrap of ST. NICHOLAS with just the address and a bit over-enough to show what it was like. I thought, 'Treasure trove! Just the thing!' My husband, two boys, and I shall pounce upon your magazine with joy."

AMERICAN GOLFER

PROBABLY few people who have enjoyed in this country during the approaching summer.

Craven's performance in the highly entertaining play "The First Year," or have heard of his great success, know that next to the theatre golf is the leading subject with the celebrated actor. Such, however, happens to be the case, and whenever weather conditions are favorable, Frank spends a good part of his leisure time on the golf course.

More than that, he is quite a good golfer toogood enough, in fact, to have reached the position of runner-up in the club championship last season of the Sound View Golf Club on Long Island, where he does most of his golfing. Having thus qualified Mr. Craven as a critic of standing both as to skill and interest in the game, we now want to submit an opinion by him on the series of articles lately completed in The American Golfer by

O. B. Keeler.

Says Mr. Craven, "I have read much on the subject of golf, but I believe that the series of articles by O. B. Keeler in your magazine, handled in the form of interviews with Stewart Maiden on the various faults, is at the same time the most interesting and instructive collection I have ever seen on the game."

We thoroughly appreciate this endorsement. As a matter of fact we take more than a little personal pride therein, because when Mr. Keeler submitted the first of these, we decided then and there that he had come upon something of distinct value and very much worth while to golfers.

Our appreciation, however, is all the more. genuine because Mr. Craven's endorsement strengthens our conviction as to certain articles in store for the future enjoyment of our readers. We refer now to several other articles by Mr. Keeler that we shall publish during the season just beginning.

No doubt many of our readers will recall a series from Mr. Keeler during 1921, "Studying the Styles of Champions." Since that series was finished, the fortunes of the game have added new possibilities to the list, and in addition to these newly acquired subjects, the current season's program will bring under observation other celebrated players, more especially J. H. Taylor, Alex Herd, George Duncan, and Abe Mitchell, famous British professionals, all of whom are to appear

We anticipate with pleasure additional articles by Mr. Keeler on the playing styles of these famous golfers. We are glad to commend them to the attention of our readers, because we have full confidence in Mr. Keeler's ability to analyze and present in a competent and at the same time highly interesting manner the predominating features as well as the little peculiarities that distinguish their several styles of play. Almost without exception these introduce their own little mannerisms into play, and strangely enough these mannerisms are at times at variance with generally accepted standards of technique.

In this connection we may add that we know of no one better equipped to consider and discuss the playing form or style of a golfer. For nearly a score of years Mr. Keeler has been following the game closely. In addition to observing various well-known players in action, he has made an exhaustive study of the theories of golf as expounded in the many treatises on the game. We venture the assertion that there is not another writer in the country so thoroughly intimate with the theories and tenets of the many star playersand they all have them.

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HE recent action of the United States Golf Association in restoring the stymie in singles match-play, also in barring steel-shafted clubs from tournament competition, is further evidence of the spirit of unrest in the matter of rules and regulations of the game. The problem of the stymie has been debated at considerable length and the undertaking of arriving at universal satisfaction appears practically hopeless. However, U. S. G. A. officials feel that a majority will support the organization in its latest stand.

The situation at present affords interesting possibilities. The fact that the Western Golf Association, next to the national association the most powerful golf. organization in the country, has declined to reinstate the stymie, and also to take action on steel-shafted clubs, leaves a situation which promises prolific discussion of the two subjects. The American Golfer joins its readers in keen anticipation of what the current season will develop along this line. Of course such development will be closely followed through in the columns of the magazine.

The CENTURION

A Review of Century Publications

JULY, 1922

THE CENTURION is published each month first as a 16-page insert in The Century
Magazine, and then is bound separately in a cover of its own and sent without charge
to anyone upon request. Address The Century Co., 353 Fourth Avenue, New York City.

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THE GREAT SECRET

By Maurice Maeterlinck

How shall we gather together all of the confusing, various evidences which the past
few years have given us of the reality of spiritualistic phenomena; how crystallize our
unordered impressions; get them into a body of thought which can be grasped-and
mark for ourselves the real advance of mental boundaries? Where shall we find a
mind that, controlled neither by scepticism nor credulity, will give us that backward
glance at old occult beliefs which we are beginning to suspect they merit? How shall
we, without wandering in morasses of fantasy, rediscover and reëstimate the truths
which were known to the seers of India, of Egypt, of Chaldea, of early Greece, of
Alexandria-by the gnostics, the neo-platonists, and even the alchemists of the
Middle Ages? Maurice Maeterlinck has turned his peculiar genius for making crystal
clear the most abstruse and difficult subjects to the task of gathering into one current
of thought-purified of appalling rubbish-the answers of all the ages to man's ul-
timate questioning. In "The Great Secret" (The Century Co.: cloth, $2.00; leather,
$3.00), he examines spiritual beliefs, relates them to modern knowledge, sums up
their significance. Below is part of a chapter in which he discusses some recently
demonstrated phenomena.

T remains for me to explain in what a curious and unexpected fashion a somewhat recent science has succeeded in recording, investigating, and analyzing some of these physical manifestations, and to inquire how far these observations increase the probabilities of the survival or the immortality of the identical personality, which after all may very well be the essential and imperishable portion of our ego.

I have just explained how far the investigation. of hypnotism and mediumship has enlarged the field of the subconscious. Hitherto, in accordance with the school to which the investigator belonged, the phenomena established have been attributed either to suggestion, or to a fluid of unknown nature, examination having as yet been confined to recording their amazing results. Matters were in this position, and the disputes be

tween the "suggestionists" and the “mesmerists” were threatening to become permanent, when about fifty years ago-to be exact, in 1866 and 1867-an Austrian scientist, Baron von Reichenbach, published his first papers on “odic emanations." Dr. Karl von Prel, a German scientist, completed Reichenbach's work, and, being gifted with a scientific mind of the first order, and intuitive powers which often amounted to genius, he was able to deduce all its consequences. These two writers have not yet had full justice done to them.

Reichenbach really discovered the universal vital fluid, which is none other than the Akahsa of the prehistoric religions, the Telesma of Hermes, the living fire of Zoroaster, the generative fire of Heraclitus, the astral light of the cabala,

the Alkahest of Paracelsus, the vital spirit of the occultists, and the vital force of St. Thomas. He called it "od," from a Sanskrit word whose meaning is "that which penetrates everywhere," and he saw in it quite correctly the extreme limit of our analysis of man, the point where the line of demarcation between soul and body disappears, so that it seems that the secret quintessence of man must be "odic."

I cannot, of course, describe in these pages the innumerable experiments of Reichenbach, von Prel, and de Rochas. It is enough to say that in principle the od is the magnetic or vital fluid which at every moment of our existence emanates from every part of our being in uninterrupted vibrations. In the normal state these emanations or effluvia, whose existence was suspected, thanks to the phenomena of hypnotism, are absolutely unknown to us and invisible. Reichenbach was the first to discover that "sensitives"-that is to say subjects in a state

into existence and disappear in the course of these manifestations, thereby giving us a very curious glimpse of the manner in which thought, spirit, or the creative fluid acts upon matter, concentrating and shaping it, and how it sets about the business of creating our own bodies.

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T has further been experimentally demonstrated that this odic or odylic fluid may be conveyed from place to place. Any material object may be filled with it. The object magnetized, into which the hypnotist has poured some portion of his vital energy, all possibility of suggestion being set aside, will always retain the same influence over the sensitive or medium; that is, the influence desired by the hypnotist. It will make the medium laugh or weep, shiver or perspire, dance or slumber, according to the purpose of the hypnotist when he emitted. the vital fluid. Moreover, the fluid appears to be indestructible. A marble pestle, magnetized and placed successively in hydrochloric, nitric, and sulphuric acids and subjected to the corrosive action of ammonia, loses nothing of its power. An iron bar heated to a white heat, resin melted and solidified in a different shape, water that has been boiled, paper burned and reduced to ashes, all retain their power. Further-to prove that the detection of this force is not dependent on human impressions-it has been shown that water which has been magnetized and then boiled causes the needle of a rheostat-an instrument for measuring electric currents to deviate through an angle of twenty degrees, just as it did before it was boiled. It would be interesting to know whether this vital force, thus imprisoned in a material object, can survive the hypnotist. I do not know whether any experiments have been made in respect of this detail.

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of hypnosis-could see these effluvia quite distinctly in the darkness. As a result of a very great number of experiments, from which every possibility of conscious or unconscious suggestion was conscientiously eliminated, he was able to prove that the strength and volume of these emanations varied in accordance with the emotions, the state of mind, or the health of those who produced them; that those proceeding from the right side of the body are always bluish in color, while those from the left side are a reddish yellow. He also states that similar emanations proceed not only from human beings, animals and plants, but even from minerals.

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Moreover it is almost certain, although the experimental proofs are in this case less complete and more difficult, on account of the scarcity of subjects, that it is the same odic or odylic force. that intervenes in the phenomena of materialization; notably in those produced by the celebrated Eusapia Paladino and by Madame Bisson, which latter are far more conclusive and far more strictly controlled by the medium. It probably draws, either from the medium or from the spectator, the plastic substance with whose help it fashions and organizes the tangible bodies which are called

We have . . . seen that this vital principle may be transferred to a given object, and there, despite all physical and chemical treatment of the object, it will maintain, indestructibly, the will of the hypnotist and the sensibility of the hypnotized subject. May we not at this point ask ourselves whether . . . this vital fluid does not survive the destruction of the body?

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