Books: Solid Citizen

PORTRAIT OF AN AMERICAN (344 pp.)—Bascom N. Timmons—Holf ($5).

Longfellow never wrote it, but he owed the great-great-grandfather of Charles Gates Dawes a poem. On the night when Paul Revere "spread the alarm through every Middlesex village and farm" between Charlestown and Lexington, William Dawes was rousing the sleepy colonists between Boston and Concord. In recent American history, the Dawes name has been hitched to three things—a pipe, a plan and a peppery phrase. The pipe was a low, underslung affair that traveled the smoke along a 15-inch channel, the plan was a reparations agreement that helped put Germany on its...

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