Books: Importance of Being Smith

THE RASH ACT—Ford Madox Ford—Long & Smith ($2.50).

It was a nice morning for a suicide. Henry Martin Aluin Smith was fed up with life, and he had everything figured out. He was tired of fighting his bouncing old Philistine of a father, candy tycoon of Springfield, Ohio; tired of trying unsuccessfully to get any more money out of him. He had been through the War, had been married and divorced. Last night he had spent his last spare sou. Not for any tragic reason but because there seemed to be nothing else to...

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