Books: Irish Hero

BALLOON—A Comedy in Four Acts— Padriac Colum—Macmillan ($2). Caspar rents his telescope in the Square (Act 1) in Megalapolis, a city much like Dublin. He deserts his trade to do a heroic thing: to go into the Hotel Daedalus, first to its Cafe (Act 2), then higher to its Hall of Palms (Act 3), then finally to its Roof Garden (Act 4). In all three places he asks this question: "Is a man born a hero or does he become a hero by doing heroic things?" In the Cafe, when a woman eyes him...

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