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DANIEL BOONE—John Bakeless—Morrow ($3.50).

"All true! Every word true! Not a lie in it!" So Daniel Boone used to crow about Kentucke, the famous Kentucky history which first printed his "autobiography." It was this alleged autobiography, the orotund work of a neighbor, Schoolmaster John Filson, that first spread Boone's fame as No. 1 U. S. frontiersman, started the boom in Boone legend. Just how many lies Boone's "autobiography" contained, biographers have been busy discovering ever since.

Last week, in the first definitive Boone biography, Editor-Biographer Bakeless appeared to have the story straight...

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