Books: With the Current

A STRETCH ON THE RIVER (242 pp.)—Richard Blssell—Little, Brown ($2.75).

Dick Bissell, 37, is now the manager of a clothing factory in Dubuque and a settled citizen, but for a while he had river fever as bad as Huck Finn ever did.

It came over him gradually. When he was packed off to Phillips Exeter Academy from his home near Catfish Creek in Iowa, he became coxswain of the crew when he graduated from Harvard in 1936 he shipped out on a Standard Oil tanker bound for South America. Finally he went to work as deck hand, mate and pilot on a succession...

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