Books: Band Wagon

THE GREAT AMERICAN BAND WAGON —Charles Merz — John Day ($3). Everybody come quick, jump aboard, see a lotta things you never saw before, forget you're a shoe clerk, play cowboy an' injun, make yourself a hero, have secret power —everybody's doing it, follow the crowd, you can't go wrong.

Thus, the spirit of contemporary U. S., according to Author Merz. In the 18th and 19th Centuries, the changing frontier provided a healthy outlet for this up-and-going urge. But today the frontier has disappeared, the Indians are in sideshows or oil fields, the cowboys...

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