Books: Gold-Digger

THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF JOHN HAYS HAMMOND—Farrar & Rinehart ($5).

The name of John Hays Hammond means something to men-in-the-street of three continents, but probably not one in ten knows just what or why. Forty years ago Boer schoolboys, London clerks, Nevada miners knew the name well. For in 1896 John Hays Hammond, a prisoner under sentence of death in Pretoria Gaol, was a world headliner. From a news point of view, that was the apex of his career. But Convict Hammond has lived to tell a much lengthier, triumphantly anticlimactic tale. Last week...

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