The Rector and the Rogue

Short Reviews:

by W. A. Swanberg. Scribner’s, $4.95. The rogue was a practical joker who, in 1880, perpetrated a truly superb running gag on a solemn clergyman, an Irish saloon keeper, and half the innocent bystanders in New York City. Mr. Swanberg has reconstructed the affair amusingly, but has been unable to get much of a grip on the prankster’s character. The fellow remains dim, except for an odd resemblance to Baron Corvo; he liked choirboys and phony aristocratic ancestry.