Books: Plausible Romance

THE TOWN OP TOMBAREL—William J. Locke—Dodd, Mead ($2.50).

Alcide Tombarel, artist, manque, aristocrat, judge of good wine, is the hero of Author William J. Locke's latest book. Tombarel, an artist who had not been able to make his hands behave, gave up art for surveying, then became Mayor of Creille, tiny mountain village in the Maritime Alps," not far from Nice. There he ruled supreme, a benevolent despot. Fontenay, an English painter, meets Mayor Tombarel, falls under the spell of his courteous, charm, becomes a frequent visitor, a fast friend. In the...

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