Books: Couldn't lay claim

HAROLD THE WEBBED or THE YOUNG VIKINGS: Being Volume Two of the Life and Works of TRADER HORN—Alfred Aloysius Horn and Ethelreda Lewis—Simon and Schuster ($3.50).

A year ago it was expensively announced that an ancient peddler in South Africa had told a thrilling life story, and the announcement has since been repeated with excerpts and illustrations—"Trader Horn" heavily bearded, chugging a pipe; the same man, less bearded, dragging Cecil Rhodes from the jaws of a crocodile. Critics cavilled, questioned the veracity of many incidents, doubted this man had experienced them all. Whether...