NON-FICTION: North of 53

PLAIN TALES OP THE NORTH— Thierry Mallet—Putnam ($2). Captain Mallet is president of a fur company (Revillon Freres) whose flag, flapping at the masthead of a trading schooner, has been watched for and hailed by Indians and Eskimos on the headlands of Labrador and Hudson's Bay for two centuries. Besides traveling in Siberia and soldiering in France, Captain Mallet has visited these hardy trappers many times. Evidently he has found time for good reading on his trips, or maybe it is through his Gallic inheritance that he comes by the lucid, restrained prose...

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