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FRéEMONT—THE WEST'S GREATEST ADVENTURER—Allan Nevins—Harpers (two vols. $10).

The Man. He might have been U. S. President during the Civil War, or built a fortune as big as the Rockefellers' or outshone Sam Houston, Dewey and Lindbergh as heroes. But ask the man-on-the-street today who John Charles Frémont was, and the answer will probably be: "The name sounds familiar, but I can't quite place him."

Thus almost lost to fame is the most exciting and excitable figure that ever trod the soil of North America. Frémont was, characteristically enough, born unconventionally in 1813. His mother was the wife of gouty Major John...

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