Books: Down in a Coal Mine

THE STARS LOOK DOWN—A. J. Cronin —Little, Brown ($2.50). HORSE SHOE BOTTOMS—Tom Tippett—Harper ($2.50).

Wherever it was, man found a way to go down under the water, to upturn the sod of quiet pastoral lands, to split open the face of majestic hills, and dig out coal.

Last week two novels of coal-diggers' tragedies, one laid in England and one in Illinois, gave strong evidence of the fascination that the subterranean life exerts on the imaginations of men who spend their days above ground. Both books are packed with...

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