What One Man Thinks--David Gibson--Bobbs-Merrill 100th, Italian Neighborhood, Blumenfeld book

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nt be as a In to KiUSitn- com-1 Mc-Culloush of I by! (lis-! 111-; What One Man Thinks -By DAVID GIBSON Interest is the power by which wealth congests. The honesty of a newspaper can be judged by what it doesn't print. All these new tax measures, Federal and state, .propose soaking industry and merchandizing and to the reward of the Astors and their likes. . PROCESSION," (Macmillan) by R. D. B. (Ralph p. Blumenfeld), has the non-fiction place of honor m current book reviews. . . It is a series of 53 short sketches, his impressions of pub-lie characters in his 50 years of journalism including Lloyd George and Buffalo Bill. . . None of these are more than four pages, every line is interesting and the introduction is a literary work of art. Future history and biography of the past two generations will not be written without reference to this book for truthful impressions. Mr. Blumenfeld is an American who has lived and worked in England for mere than 40 years. Born and reared in Watertown. Wis., he came into newspaper work first as an Associated Press telegrapher, became next in editorial authority to James Gordon Bennett on the old New York Herald, went to London to first introduce American jour-nalism on Lord Northcliffe's Daily News and later as the editor of Ixrd Beaverbrock's Daily Express-now the larg-est daily circulation in the world. He is not a British subject, although the government granted him the right of suffrage by special dispensation. tho most influential men ! cf his time in Great Britain, Iondon Daily Express, his ability as a puoiic spcaKcr and I the confidence in which he is held by public men of all 1 parties. He has contributed much to the order of the most i orerly people of this earth. Century. THE Bobbs Merrill Company, Indianapolis, largest general book publishing house off the Atlantic coast, is getting ready for its 100th birthday. Indianapolis being my home town, I remember it in my early youth cs a retail book store Bowen, Stewart & Clark the only purveyor of good literature in the city that didn't deal in wall paper. Mr. Clark was the best retail book salesman that I ever knew. He boasted that he never took a new bock home with him and never read one all through, yet he knew every volume that he handled and could match everybody that came in the store with their wants in the way of a book. He did all his reading standing at a counter or before the shelves between customers. He once told me that l wasn't necessary to eat very much meat in order to classify its variety or Quality. He was the first man that I ever knew to take up bookbinding in an amateur way an art-craft in which many are even professionally rnHed but few are chosen, and in which the French are meet proficient. He had a small personal library cf his favorite volumes bound by his own hands in Lcvnnt and tree calf leather. The firm later became Bowen, Merrill & Co., Col. Merrill being from one of the intellectual families of Indiana all educators and professional men. His suppressed function was politics he was always a candidate for some office gave out unsharpened lead pencils in his electioneering rather than beer and cigars and, obviously, was always defcated. Within my memory the firm has been a large factor in the law book publishing business and is yet, but it came into the general book publishing business in this way: James Whitecmb Riley in the early 80's wrote a series of Hoosier dialect verses for the Indianapolis Journal. There came a state demand for the:;o and thev were collected in small book form under the title: "The 01' Swimmin' Hole and 'Leven Mere Poems," published by Geo. C. Hitt & Co. Mr. Hitt being the business manager of the Journal and Mr. Riley the company. The stock of these books were kept in a large wooden box under a desk in the Journal office where Mr. Rilev came each day to wrap and mail the orders. This became a personal burden to the Hoosier poet and the box of books was turned over to Bowen. Merrill & Co., that brought out a second edition together with other vr'vmcs rf yr joxs solcctod verse. Through the late Will Bobbs, whose name was later added to the firm, a list of authors, then little known, was developed and a long series of novels was published dealing with various romantic eras of history. These were widely advertised and' press agented and to natirnal sales. At the beginninsr of the centurv The Bobbs Merrill Co. purchased The Hollenbeck Press. Indianapolis, one of the then really fine print'ng plants of the central west, and entered the magazine field with a household monthly publication known as "Madam." This last venture proved costlv and onlv survived a few issues. Anyhow, The Bobbs Merrill Co. taught all general book publishers the direct sales value of advertising. Heal Neighbors. DEOPLE of different personal habits and family traditions imvc- luuneu Uie aiiicrent nations of the earth. When people of different nations emigrate to America they form colonics in cities or rural areas and preserve I their national traditions unto the third and fourth generation and to real neighbors. J This is being written in a parked car on West 65th I street, tievehnd about the center of quite a large Italian - neighborhood. , The houses are about 30 years old, probably not built bv their present occupants, but nearly all have bath rooms, central heating plants and are well kept up flower' beds, Iruit trees, grape arbors and vegetable gardens in the yards, and indicate individual ownership rather than tenantry. It is t o clock of a hot evening. All of the men are home I from work all have been in the bath tub their hair is ! still wet: all have cn their Sunday pants, absolutely clean white shirts and have had their suppers; the women wear itreshly washed and ironed dresses and all the children doubtless went through the cleaners before Father got heme. e e Most of these men. I am told, are in and around the food . industry, mostly fruit and vegetable, and many with whole-; sale and retail businesses of their own. ! Everybody is out in the open, on their porches, in their , yards-children playing games in the street or on vacant ; lots. In some of the alleyways are improvised benches with j elderly men seated on them, smoking pipes and talking : quietly. Two men are lending a large group of small children into a. ; huge truck going to take them for a ride. j Quite a gathering of middle-aged men are in one of the yard? i and around a young man who is dramatically reading to them out of a book evidently a talc of romance in the swashbucklng period of Italian history; for at intervals his audience applauds and even cheers. ' Another man, quite old, is in the center of another large group, i evidently telling a story, assuming various characters in a dialogue, ; gesticulating and walking back and forth a few paces. His audience ; is bending ove- and slapping their legs with laughter-poverty in th : youth of this old men no doubt deprived the world of a really great - ..... ..-.p, txn ui tue aiis. These are real folks. All, as to individual placer and persons, indl-cates work hard work! They are real neighbors. They can amuse and entertain each other free from complicating vanities. through his writing in the

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  2. 24 Aug 1935, Sat,
  3. Page 6

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