NON-FICTION: King Christophe

BLACK MAJESTY—John W. Vandercook —Harpers ($2.50).

The Man. Haiti is a hot island, of listless winds, of low and cloudy mountains. Most of the people who live there are black or brown or yellowish because of their African blood; this was true also some hundred years ago, but then, beside the 500,000 sweating black slaves and the 24,000 effete, lazy, clever yellow freedmen, there were 40,000 whites—French planters, who danced and tippled in the big houses and ruled the island. Some of them often gathered in the billiard room of the Hotel...

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