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bring suit. He demanded an incarceration in the calaboose of Papeete and fr. 50,000 for his "anguish."
Mr. O'Brien was in Papeete, Tahiti, at the time, verifying some data which was to be in his new volume, "Mystic Isles of the South Seas"; and the papers were duly served. Stories of the success of "White Shadows" had gotten across the seas, and everybody knew the distinguished author by sight. However, Mr. O'Brien did not wait for the trial. He did not care to be present when the case was called. It was later reported that he came away from Papeete in a huge case labelled: "With Care Dangerous." Last month, when in New York, he denied the strong-box story. But he did escape, coming away in the good ship Tofua, New Zealand to San Francisco; leaving behind, however, a lawyer with much French and little English to represent him when the case came on for trial.
To the following account of the esteemed maitre concerning the subsequent event, surely no hand would add one word, save that barbarian fist that would not hesitate to gild a lily or to paint
tions than before your leaving from Papeete. "Waiting further good news, I hope, from your devoted and the White Shadows in the South Seas I beg to believe me."
Followed, alas, three months later by another letter:
"I beg to acknowledge that we have had an ill luck about your affair against Winchester. The Tribunal of first instance guided by subjective considerations has esteemed Mr. Winchester had suffered him an injury an by a judgement of 18th instant has condemned you to pay him ten thousand francs, and has ordered that the judgment will be
"I am eager to inform you that your affair against Captain Winchester is for the time being stoped on account of the adversary's incorrect proceedings, about the form.
"I will wait until his proceedings all right. I think you are not in a hurry, for, according to the usual means you must make a profit by any mistake of your opponent.
"Besides, I will go up to the trial, in the main, trusting because your purpose is pure and clear. I will demonstrate that by the fictitious character of your personage, by the kind of public to whom your book applies, by your foreword.
"I suppose your health is in better condi
published at your charge in a newspaper of NewYork and Frisco.
"Unnecessary to tell you that I pleaded with all my heart as well the point of legal view as the literary. I think we will have a better luck in appearing.
"I have seen Mr.to whom I have given plenty explanations about this affair. I think, before criticising the first judgement, you must do appeal to the SUPERIOR COURT. "The fees will
"The expenses are growing because I will be oblige to attack on my turn and support
the principal fees of the applicant. "So that I will be obliged to you to cover me 800 Fr.
"The delay to do appeal are two months from the signification of the judgment. I think we have just time to introduce appeal if you answer me by return mail.
"I wait your orders.
"I have learned with satisfaction that you victoriously bore the surgeon's operation. I acutely wish you constitution may do the rest."
Mr. O'Brien's constitution, greatly refreshed by the devotion and literary style of his lawyer, will manage a depreciated exist
ence outside Tahiti the Blessed for a while. He has started on a two-year cruise in a yacht, Wisdom II, but when and if the Wisdom II stops at Papeete Mr. O'Brien will not be visible.
In the meantime if the alleged original of "Lying Bill" does not like his alleged "pickcher" in "White Shadows," what will he think of the full-length portrait of this same Lying Bill in the new book, "Mystic Isles of the South Seas"? It ought at the same rate to be worth a round sum.
IT RHYMES WITH "NIGHTIE" And-by-the-way: Tahiti is pronounced by its denizens with a broad a, mute h and long Italian i; which, when rapidly enunciated, amounts to "Tity"-rhyming accurately with nightie.
Professor Edward Alsworth Ross's "The Russian Bolshevik Revolution" is proving one of the most important books of the spring season.
The ten tremendous months of upheaval that came after the "ten days that shook the world," were months during which the various elements of the Russian nation and
their various theories of government strug gled for the power to express themselves in fact. It is this ten-month period-from the abdication of the Czar to the dispersion of the Constituent Assembly-which the narrative covers.
Professor Ross had the luck to be on a tour of Russia when the revolution was accomplished, during which journey he traveled many thousand miles to many parts of the former Empire. In addition to the firsthand material which he thus gathered, he has subsequently spent many months collecting and verifying material from Russian sources for this book.
This is an attempt to write a completely dispassionate book of verified and clearly organized facts; and it has been written in such vigorous, interesting and unacademic language as will assist the average intelligent human being to disentangle once and for all the disordered impressions into which either propaganda or prepossession has betrayed most of us.
"The Russian Bolshevik Revolution" is to be followed by another book by Professor Ross, to be entitled "The Russian Soviet
Republic," giving the history of the first years of Russia under the government set up by the Bolsheviki when they had emerged victors from the warfare of faction-from the fall of the Constituent Assembly onward.
A NEW ROAD TO HEALTH
A late May publication which we are glad to announce, is "Outwitting Our Nerves," by Dr. Josephine A. Jackson of Pasadena, California, and Helen M. Salisbury.
We are glad to announce it because we believe it applies to the service of life and health those principles laid down by Freud and his followers.
Psychoanalysis is not to be left to faddists on the one hand nor, on the other, only to the super-intellectual. There is much in it that can and should be added to our common human resources. Lecturers and study groups are spreading a knowledge of its fundamentals, and there are a number of more or less popular books explaining them in comparatively simple terms, that can be grasped by those without a physician's or psychologist's knowledge.
But this book is the first in its particular
field, in this country, at least. Its foundation idea is that the great storehouse of information about our mental processes which the psychoanalysts have gathered for us (just beginning to be used for work in therapy as striking as what the world once called "miracles") should be, so far as it may be, the full property of all the people. Its author has observed in the course of her practice that much of release and healthy, right reaction can be gained by even a slight knowledge of the foundation principles of psychoanalysis, and her belief grew that a sound, honest book which gives this to the general public should be serviceable and welcome.
Her book goes, however, far beyond a mere statement or popularization of psychoanalytic principles. It is the work of a doctor with an extensive practice in treating functional nervous disorders and contains many fascinating records of case histories.
The actual writing of the book was done by Miss Helen M. Salisbury, daughter of a physician, a graduate of Stanford University, and a devoted student of both normal and abnormal psychology who has worked and studied with Dr. Jackson. The style is readable and will be as attractive as it is clear to the general reader.