Books: Hard Case

EL JIMMY—Herbert Childs—Lippincott ($3).

Six thousand miles due south of Manhattan lies Punta Arenas, largest town in Patagonia, southernmost city in the world. Few tourists find their way there. Patagonia is a forbidding land of glacial mountains, dense forests and windswept plain, where women are scarce and the men are hard cases. Not because they wanted to avoid trippers but because the idea ex- cited them, Herbert Childs and his newly-married wife went to Patagonia on their honeymoon. She had been there before, had heard tales of an English settler far in the interior who...

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