Books: Father-Love

THE WATERS UNDER THE EARTH—Martha Ostenso — Dodd, Mead ($2.50).

Matt Welland had a wife and seven children. With the best will in the world he ruined the lives of all except the youngest. His instruments: hypocrisy, religion, love. But so cunningly does Martha Ostenso lay on her colors that in the completed portrait of this family there is not one figure you can hate wholeheartedly.

Matt was a printer by trade, a preacher by nature, a puritan by training. While he read the Bible, went to prayer meeting, wrote tracts, shut his eyes to...

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