Books: Village Blackstone

COUNTRY LAWYER—Bellamy Partridge —Whittlesey House ($2.75).

Bellamy Partridge's father never could mend a doorbell or regulate a clock. A can opener was a lifelong mystery to him; he never understood how a fountain pen worked. But he knew law, small boys and small-town folks. Back from the Civil War, he hung out his shingle in the village of Phelps, 30 miles from Rochester, N. Y. There he built up a big law practice, brought up a big covey of young Partridges (five boys, three girls). In this record of a life as quiet as a...

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