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Further musings and words of wisdom by a French journalist and historian living the United States
Drilling for oil at sea, sometimes twenty miles offshore, has already attracted investments running into scores of millions in California, Texas, and Louisiana. But whether the tidelands oil should belong to the states or whether the Federal government should have paramount rights has provoked heated discussions throughout the Southwest as well as in Congress. A leading authority on oil and gas law, ROBERT E. HARDWICKE of Fort Worth, Texas, was Chief Counsel for the Petroleum Administration for War. In this paper he presents the case for states’ rights.
A noted paleontologist, ALFRED SHERWOOD ROMER, who graduated from Amherst College in 1917, is Director of the Museum of Comparative Zoology at Harvard University. A member of Phi Kappa Psi, he was head of the corporation which owned the chapter house at Amherst, and therefore the alumnus who stood most directly in the crossfire which developed between the local chapter and the national fraternity when the Amherst undergraduates pledged a Negro for membership in the fraternity. Here is what happened.
The fast muscular waters of the Rockies are the particular delight of JOHN HODGDON BRADLEY,author, geologist, and angler, who at the urging of the Atlantic now discloses his favorite haunts and bypaths to those who would like their first taste of Western mountain trout. Mr. Bradley graduated from Harvard in the class of 1921, took his Ph.D. at the University of Chicago in 1924. and since then has taught geology at Harvard, at Chapel Hill, in Montana, and at the University of Southern California.
Byron’s letters to Countess Guiccioli, held in private by her family for seventy-five rears, have now been released. Sympathetically edited by MARCHESA IRIS ORIGO,the letters and the day-to-day account of this extraordinary love affair will be published by Scribner’s in September under the title Byron: The Last Attachment. For permission to publish the letters, the Marchesa is indebted to Count Carlo Gamba and the Legal Personal Representative of Lord Byron’s estate. This is the final installment of the Atlantic’s abridgment.
One of the wisest heads now dealing with the problem of juvenile delinquency in Britain, BASIL HENRIQUES, C.B.E., J.P., served in the Tank Corps and was twice mentioned in dispatches in the First World War. He founded the Bernhard Baron St. George’s Jewish Settlement in London and is today Chairman of the East London Juvenile Court and an experienced dispenser of British justice.
One of the younger leaders of the Texas bar, DILLON ANDERSON is a veteran who served overseas at Headquarters USAFIME in Cairo and with the General Staff Corps in Washington. The originality and sharp penetration of his mind won him promotion from Major to Colonel and award of the Legion of Merit. In his spare time, he occasionally devotes himself to the short story, of which this is his first to appear in the Atlantic.
A trust officer for upwards of twenty rears, LYNN LLOYD has been surprised to discorer how few people of wealth or moderate means have taken the trouble to revise their wills or to reconsider the gifts for their children in the course of the past year when the marital deduction has made such an immense difference to the sizable estate. Mr. Lloyd is a resident of Chicago and the Vice-President of the Harris Trust and Savings Bank.
A native of Macedonia who became an American citizen in 1924, STOYAN CHRISTOWE covered the Balkans for the Chicago Daily News in 1927 and 1928 and utilized his knowledge of Eastern Europe when he served as Adviser on Balkan Affairs for our Military Intelligence in 1942-1944. Since the war, Mr. Christowe has been living at West Dover. Vermont, whence came his volume of American reminiscences, My American Pilgrimage, which was published in 1947 under the Atlantic-Little, Brown imprint.
In preparing The Bismarck Episode, from which this account is drawn, CAPTAIN RUSSELL GRENFELL, R.N., had the advantage of the personal testimony of almost every surviving officer who took a prominent part in the operations, as well as access to the captured German archives. As a result, many new and important facts have come to light. His narrative, which will be published by Macmillan next month, is unsparing in its judgment of both sides, and ranks as an important contribution to naval history.
A resident of Austin who taught until recently at the University of Texas, J. FRANK DOBIE is an authority on the folklore of the Southwest, He has edited some twenty volumes for the Texas Folklore Society and is the author of ten books, among them The Longhorns, Coronado’s Children, and Tongues of the Monte. A Texan in England grew out of his experience at Cambridge University, where he held the chair of American History in 1943-44; Voice of the Coyote has just been published by Little, Brown.
The Editor of Houghton Mifflin Company, PAUL BROOKShas earned a reputation for fair and sensitive dealing with their authors. As he points out, a contract for a book is one of the most individual of all documents; it must deal with the ponderable and the imponderable, and it must promise a loyalty without which the author-editor relationship is valueless.
EDWIN BATEMAN MORRIS was formerly associated with the Office of the Supervising Architect in the Federal government.
Author of the best-seller The Big Sky, A. B. GUTHRIE, JR., of Lexington, Kentucky, divides his time between writing and teaching.
JOHN W. VANDERCOOK is widely known as an author, world traveler, and radio commentator.