REHupa

The Robert E. Howard United Press Association.


REHupa is an amateur press association dedicated to the study of author Robert E. Howard. The purpose of this site is to provide a forum for members to present their work to the public, as well as to serve as a source of reliable information about the life and writings of REH.

REH Word of the Week: skein

Posted by Barbara Barrett on July 25th, 2011

noun

1. A length of thread or yarn wound in a loose long coil; something suggesting the coil of a skein; a complex tangle

[origin: ca. 1400; Middle English skeine, from Old French escaigne]

HOWARD’S USAGE:

For I was made from the dust and the dew,
The dawns, the dusk and the rain,
The snow and the grass and when I pass
I’ll fade to the dust again.

For I know that all of the platitudes
That we hear from birth to youth
Slink from the backs of the brazen facts,
The reign of talon and tooth.

From the ghostly gleam of a vagrant dream,
From the shade of a wheeling bat,
From a passion-haunted vision told
In the huts where the women sat,

I wove the skein of a Hell aflame—
And it passed from breath to breath—
And paradise beyond the skies
Against the day of my death.

[from “The Dust Dance (2, 'The sin and jest of the times')"; to read the complete poem see The Collected Poetry of Robert E. Howard, p. 135 and Shadows of Dreams, p. 55]

Posted in REH Poetry, Word of the Week |

REH Word of the Week: limn

Posted by Barbara Barrett on July 18th, 2011

adjective

1. outline in clear sharp detail

[origin: 1592; Middle English limnen to illuminate (a manuscript), probably back-formation from lymnour illuminator, alteration of lumenur, from Anglo-French aluminer, enluminer to illuminate, ultimately from Latin illuminare]

HOWARD’S USAGE:

Starlight gleams through the windows,
Night dew jewels the grass,
Winds creep through the sky-limned branches
Rustling the leaves as they pass.
Silent the buildings are sleeping,
White comes the moonlight soon;
Etched in soft fire the shadowy spire
Looming against the moon.

[from “The Campus at Midnight”; this is the complete poem as it appears in The Collected Poetry of Robert E. Howard, p. 328 and Night Images p. 89]

Posted in REH Poetry, Word of the Week |

REH Word of the Week: fawn

Posted by Barbara Barrett on July 11th, 2011

adjective

1. To exhibit affection or attempt to please; cringing; to seek favor or attention by flattery and obsequious behavior

[origin: Middle English faunen, from Old English fagnian, to rejoice, from fagen, fægen, glad]

HOWARD’S USAGE:

The stars come blinking in a dusky sky,
Like yellow eyes of lean Bubastes cats,
And dim and shadowy the restless bats
Against the creeping twilight wheel and fly.
Grey shadows mask the sands, the desert shrinks,
And so, unseen, seems still more grim and vast;
Against the starry eyes rears the feline Sphinx,
A leonine monster of sand-buried past.

A shadow ’mid dark ruins glides and creeps,
A thing from which the shuddering moonlight leaps;
Like witch-ridden winds from darkened hinterlands
A thousand light-footed shapes skirt the sands.
Skulls gripping monstrous dreams of naked feet
That moved in painted patterns at the feasts,
Of trumpeted rites that for such gods were meet,
Of fawning neophytes and scolding priests.

[from “The Cats of Anubis (1)”; to read the complete poem see The Collected Poetry of Robert E. Howard, p. 179 and Night Images, p. 15]

Posted in REH Poetry, Word of the Week |

REH Word of the Week: unwonted

Posted by Barbara Barrett on July 4th, 2011

adjective

1. not the usual custom or use; unlikely

[origin: ca. 15th century; Middle English, past participle of wonen, to be used to, dwell]

HOWARD’S USAGE:

They hanged John Farrel in the dawn amid the market-place;
At dusk came Adam Brand to him and spat upon his face.
“Ho neighbors all,” spake Adam Brand, “see ye John Farrel’s fate!
’Tis proven here a hempen noose is stronger than man’s hate!

For heard ye not John Farrel’s vow to be avenged on me
Come life or death? See how he hangs high on the gallows tree!”
Yet never a word the people spake, in fear and wild surprize—
For the grisly corpse raised up its head and stared with sightless eyes,

And with strange motions, slow and stiff, pointed at Adam Brand
And clambered down the gibbet tree, the noose within its hand.
With gaping mouth stood Adam Brand like a statue carved of stone,
Till the dead man laid a clammy hand hard on his shoulder-bone.

Then Adam shrieked like a soul in hell; the red blood left his face
And he reeled away in a drunken run through the screaming market-place;
And close behind, the dead man came with face like a mummy’s mask,
And the dead joints cracked and the stiff legs creaked with their unwonted task.

[from “Dead Man’s Hate”; to read the complete poem see The Collected Poetry of Robert E. Howard, p. 186 and Always Comes Evening, p. 24]

Posted in REH Poetry, Word of the Week |

REH Word of the Week: springbok

Posted by Barbara Barrett on June 27th, 2011

noun

1. a swift and graceful southern African gazelle noted for its habit of springing lightly and suddenly into the air

[origin: 1775; Afrikaans, from spring to jump + bok male goat]

HOWARD’S USAGE:

I sat without the doorway of my grass roofed hut
And watched the springbok graze,
The wildebeest come up from the east with a clash of antlers,
And a rattle of hoofs.
The crocodile smote the river with its tail and my heart
Laughed.
The birds flew over, the veldt birds, in long streams
From west to east.
And afar, afar, oh pulsing heart in my black body!And the night rose and the stars rose, great white
Spear points in the velvet black.
The flames beat up the night in the village and the
Tom-toms rumbled through the dusk.

[from “Untitled (‘A haunting cadence fills the night with fierce longing’)”; to read the complete poem see The Collected Poetry of Robert E. Howard, p. 340]

Posted in REH Poetry, Word of the Week |

Damballa is Here!

Posted by Damon Sasser on June 20th, 2011

Charles Saunders, lifelong Howard fan and author of the Imaro series, has a new pulp novel just out – here are the details:

From the heart of Africa to the streets of Harlem, a new hero is born sworn to support and protect Americans of all races and creeds; he is Damballa and he strikes from the shadows.  When the reigning black heavy weight boxing champion of the world agrees to defend his crown against a German fighter representing Hitler’s Nazis regime, the ring becomes the stage for a greater political contest. The Nazis’ agenda is to humble the American champion and prove the superiority of their pure-blood Aryan heritage. To achieve this end, they employ an unscrupulous scientist capable of transforming their warrior into a superhuman killing machine. Can the mysterious Damballa unravel their insidious plot before it is too late to save a brave and noble man? Airship 27 Productions and Cornerstone Book Publishers are proud to introduce pulpdom’s first ever 1930s African-American pulp hero as created by the acclaimed author, Charles Saunders. “Racism and sexism were a few of the ugly aspects of the pulps we’d all like to forget,” Editor Ron Fortier comments, “Minority groups based on race, sex and religion were ostracized and either ignored completely or denigrated in their outlandish portrayals. Since its creation, Airship 27 Productions has made it a goal to address these wrongs and help correct them within the context of providing top-notch action fiction to our readers. Damballa is a major step in that direction and we are truly excited about its release.” 

Praise for Damballa and writer Charles Saunders has already begun. “Having revolutionized the genre of epic fantasy with the creation of Imaro, a black warrior easily equal to such classic characters as Tarzan and Conan, Charles Saunders has done it again. This time he has created Damballa, a true hero in every sense of the word. Battling racism and evil in the 1930’s, Damballa is no pale imitation of The Shadow or The Avenger. In fact, after reading this excellent book, I think that they would be proud to consider him a brother in the ceaseless war against crime and injustice.” – Derrick Ferguson, author of “Dillon and the Voice of Odin”

Damballa by Charles Saunders features a cover by Charles Fetherolf, interior illustrations by Clayton Hinkle, with book design by award-winning artist Rob Davis.You can order Damballa here.

Posted in news, Popular Culture, Pulps |

REH Word of the Week: gossamer

Posted by Barbara Barrett on June 20th, 2011

adjective

1. extremely light, delicate, or tenuous

[origin: 14th century; Middle English gossomer, from gos goose + somer summer ]

HOWARD’S USAGE:

“I watched and saw strange shadows stray for fathoms down below;
Like shimmery, gossamer things of dreams I watched them come and go.
And then sometimes, like fairy chimes or a golden Chinese gong,
Strange music echoed across the sea like tones of a wordless song.

“Through the golden day as mazed I lay, like jade without a flaw,
The sea lay clear to my wondering eyes and strange were the sights I saw.
I gazed on wonders of ages gone as my boat went drifting o’er
Gem-set towers and strange sea flowers a-bloom on the ocean floor.

“Galleys of cities long forgot, dragon-ships and triremes;
Beneath the bows of my drifting boat they glided like hazy dreams.
Spires and castles swam into view, lost cities met my glance,
And ever the shadows swayed and fled like things of a deep sea dance.

[from “Buccaneer Treasure”; to read the complete poem see The Collected Poetry of Robert E. Howard, p. 204]

Posted in REH Poetry, Word of the Week |

The Howard Collector is back!

Posted by indy on June 15th, 2011

The erudite Mr. Paul Herman asked me to post this. Dennis McHaney surprised the audience at the Banquet on Friday night at Howard Days with this announcement. One of the coolest events at a Howard Days filled with cool events!

That’s right, after 28 years of quiet, THE HOWARD COLLECTOR, the first and greatest REH journal, has returned. Started by Glenn Lord in 1961, THC served as a venue for REH studies, and set the standard for REH periodicals. Collecting rare and previously unpublished REH stories, poems and letters, along with book reviews, and interesting historical information from REH’s friends and associates, THC was uniquely situated to provide the best of everything. Glenn acquired the famed Trunk of lost materials, and he served as the literary agent for the REH heirs for more than 30 years. Glenn also tracked down and visited with several of REH’s friends, and accordingly gaining access to even more material. AND finally, Glenn is the kind of person who crafts a book with class, subtlety, and care, to create a book without silly flash, just great meat on them bones.

THC ran for 18 issues, ending in 1973, as Glenn got too busy with the business of REH to deal with cranking out a fanzine. Those original 18 issues are now highly collectable, and contain all sorts of rare and interesting REH works and discussion. Go check them out on eBay, sometime, and see the prices these fetch.

Glenn has been retired from the world of REH for more than a decade now. But Dennis McHaney had the idea of seeing if Glenn would be interested in doing another issue in his spare time. A group of us chatted with Glenn, and he decided to do it. With the kind permission of Paradox, and the efforts of a few friends (including Rob Roehm), the latest issue is now available. A LOT of research and work went into trying to properly match fonts, styles, paper, etc. Contents include an introduction by Glenn Lord, a previously unpublished REH poem, a previously unpublished REH drawing, a previously unpublished Breck Elkins fragment, and the infamous first draft of “Black Canaan”, the one that REH said the editors “cut the guts out of”. The guts are back in. And finally some book reviews by the great Fred Blosser.

The print run is limited to 200 copies total. The book is a fat 52 pages, and sells for $20. As Glenn has better things to do, I’m handling the shipping. Shipping in the US is $3 First Class, $6 Priority. Insurance is $2. For non-US destinations, please contact me at piherman@yahoo.com. Checks or money orders can be sent to:

Paul Herman
PO Box 250526
Plano, TX 75025

or PayPal to godzilladude@sbcglobal.net. Profits go to Glenn.

Note this book was debuted and on sale for a couple hours in Cross Plains, and that sold about a third of them, without many folks even getting to see it. When they are gone they are gone.

Posted in Glenn Lord, REH Days |

REH Word of the Week: scupper

Posted by Barbara Barrett on June 13th, 2011

noun

1. an opening cut through the bulwarks of a ship so that water falling on deck may flow overboard

[origin: ca. 15th century; Middle English skopper- (in compounds), perhaps from Anglo-French escopoir, from escopir to spit out]

HOWARD’S USAGE:

Lash me two round shot hard to my ankles;
Over the rail let me slide to the deep;
I’ll never see Bristol; the crack of a pistol
Has weighted my eyelids wi’ coming o’ sleep.

The prize it was ours, its crew all a-lying
Face down in the scuppers and dead on the deck;
When spat! came the ball of the mate who lay dying,
Cheating the gallows, mayhap, o’ my neck.

You’ll take a new captain and share all the plunder
And sail for Tortuga or ever it’s morn,
And maybe you’ll drink for him that lies under
The tides that come creeping around from the Horn.

[from “A Dying Pirate Speaks of Treasure”; to read the complete poem see The Collected Poetry of Robert E. Howard, p. 477]

Posted in REH Poetry, Word of the Week |

News from Cross Plains, June

Posted by Rusty Burke on June 7th, 2011

Well, it appears that my attempt to celebrate the Cross Plains Centennial Year by posting news stories from old copies of the Review got sidetracked this spring. Given that I’m flying off to the “hometown of my heart” tomorrow for Howard Days, at which we will be celebrating “Howard History” as well as the Centennial, I thought a quick buzz through some June papers would be in order.

June 23, 1916

Cross Cut Items: Dr. Howard gave the young folks a party Saturday night all present report a nice time.

June 1, 1923

Gas Fire Takes Heavy Toll at Cross Cut; Man Severely Burned: Fire originating from gas breaking out between the 8 and 10 inch casing at the McDonough No. 5, of Crabb & McNeel and Tom Bryant, Saturday, completely destroyed the rig and tools and seriously burned James Hecht, tool dresser, working on the well.

Robert Howard, who has been in Brownwood High School, is back home after graduating.

Cleanup Campaign Gets Cooperation of Citizenship: The Clean-up campaign which is scheduled to start next Tuesday, is going to have the support of the citizenship. All are interested in the movement apparently, and many have so expressed themselves. The Mayor has issued proclamation that the business houses would close on Tuesday morning during the next two weeks, in order that all may take part in the work.

Atticus Webb, well known as “one of the leaders in the state against the liquor traffic,” was scheduled to speak at the Methodist Church on Sunday. The other churches were not holding services, so that everyone could go and hear Dr. Webb.

June 22, 1923

Dr. Howard, wife, and son returned Saturday from a two week trip to Marlin, Texas.

The Cross Plains Motor Co. was offering a Ford One-Ton truck body for $380.

June 7, 1929

Sad Death of Geo. B. Scott: George B. Scott, cashier at the First State Bank (later Citizens Bank, now Texas Heritage), was fishing with a friend in the Philpeco Country Club Lake, midway between Cross Plains and Rising Star, when the boat they were in capsized and Mr. Scott drowned. [Scott was the father of Jack Scott, known to REH fans as the long-time newspaperman who first reported the death of Robert E. Howard. Jack, who also served several terms as Cross Plains mayor, was a very good friend to the Howard community.]

Robert Howard is visiting relatives in Brownwood this week.

Dr. Howard who has moved to Spur visited with his family here past week end. [Dr. Howard's residence in Spur did not last very long.]

Dr. S.E. Shoultz, “Magnetic Masseur,” was offering free examinations at his office, first door south of the Piggly Wiggly store.

Lotief’s Dry Goods was offering “New Wash Frocks” for $1.95 and silk dresses from $4.95 to $6.95.

At the Howell theater in Coleman, you could see “The Barker,” starring Milton Sills, Dorothy Mackail, Betty Compson, and Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., Thursday through Saturday, and then an “All-Talking Super-Special,” “Strange Cargo,” a thrilling South Seas adventure, Monday and Tuesday.  Coming June 13-15, “Hearts in Dixie” (see Robert E Howard Goes to the Movies), and soon — Jolson’s “The Jazz Singer.”

June 14, 1929

Jack Scott was recently elected editor of the Brand, student newspaper at Simmons University in Abilene (now Hardin-Simmons).

Lewis T. Nordyke, of Cottonwood, was the editor-in-chief of the Grassburr, yearbook of John Tarleton Agricultural College in Stephenville. Nordyke went on to become a successful journalist and author. Anyone with an interest in life in Callahan County during Robert E. Howard’s era should read Nordyke’s Nubbin Ridge, a memoir of his life on the family farm near Cottonwood.

Several persons were arrested in the Cross Cut and Blake communities of Brown County for selling liquor, including a deputy sheriff.

June 21, 1929

Extension of Katy Branch to Abilene: From the time that officials of the Missouri, Kansas and Texas Railroad (MKT, or Katy) decided to run a spur line from DeLeon to Cross Plains, there had been interest in extending that line to Abilene. This is another lengthy article boosting the idea. Nothing ever came of it.

June 28, 1929

Cross Plains The City Where Dreams Come True

Editors Note: No better picture of the type of man and womanhood that first settled Cross Plains could probably be sketched from an artist’s pen than the following editorial clipped from the Cross Plains Review, February 24, 1911. It breathes of the spirit that prompted those sturdy pioneers of more than a score of years ago to match their strength and wits against adversities of this then inhabited West. It is published herein because of the encouragement that it should be to us to Carry On in times such as these.

If a thousand years are but as a watch in the night, the great heart of the ages has hardly throbbed a beat since the Indians left the Cross Plains country. Yesterday we had the cowboy, the coyote and long-horn cattle. Tick tock, goes the great clock, and we have the thriving railroad town, and a country thickly dotted with nice farm houses and people with happy and prosperous farmers. What a country of dreams we have. Not idle unreasonable dreams, but beautiful dreams come true. God said let there be light and there was light. He smiled and there was Cross Plains. [The article continues, but that's enough for you to get the gist of it.]

June 3, 1932

Norris Chambers was running a “Children’s Bedtime Story” series in the Review every week; this week’s offering was “The Paradise Beyond.” [Norris was the son of Solomon Chambers, one of Dr. Howard's best friends, and is well known to Howard fans as a font of information on REH and his family.]

In a listing of Professional services, Dr. I.M. Howard was “Giving Special Attention to Stomach and Intestinal Diseases.” He had an office over the Citizens State Bank (where the Staghorn Cafe is now).

The Liberty was showing Buck Jones in “The Fighting Sheriff.” Coming Monday and Tuesday, “Business and Pleasure,” with Will Rogers.

June 10, 1932

Norris Chambers’ offering this week in “Children’s Bedtime Story” was “The Razenian Genius,” Chapter IV, “Danger Threatens.”

June 17, 1932

Farrow Case Is Set Wednesday: Case of Walter Farrow, Cross Plains cafe man billed for murder in connection with the fatal shooting of Archie Davidson, 29, here Saturday night, will come up in district court at Baird Wednesday. Judge S.M. Long set his bond at $3,500. [REH fans should be familiar with this shooting. He mentioned it in a long list of shootings described in a letter to August Derleth, July 4, 1935: “And there was Arch Davidson, the last man killed in a fight in this town – he was warned to keep out of Walt Farrow’s place, but he kicked open the door and lurched in, in his bravado – and there he froze suddenly, with the knowledge of death on him, in the glare in Farrow’s eyes, in the sixshooter in Farrow’s lifted hand. Then the gun crashed and the bullet tore his brains out and hurled him headfirst out into the crowded street, where women shrieked suddenly to see that limp shape lying with the shattered head in a slowly widening pool of crimson.”]

Court of C.C. Rules Against Jerry Kent: Jerry Kent, Cross Plains youth who is under 40 year sentence for the slaying of his grand uncle, Bob Ensor, has again seen his dim ray of hope to evade “prison walls” fade starkly before him. The court of criminal appeals at Austin, which affirmed the case in May, Wednesday over-ruled the appealant’s motion for rehearing. [Another case mentioned by REH in the letter to Derleth: “I remember the last time I saw Bob Ensor – coming out into the road out of the hills where he had lived for more than fifty years, he and his wife in single file like Indians, and he tall and lean and dark and silent, with much of the Indian in him – a brave and dangerous man, quiet, decent, whose record as a deputy marshal was without a stain. A week later he was dead not far from where I saw him last – shot down from the brush in an old feud that had smoldered for thirty years.” Judging from the news accounts, I’m inclined to agree with Jack Scott’s assessment of Howard’s relating of these stories as “hyperbolic.”]

Queen of Sky Sails Over Cross Plains: The silvery sided dirigible Akron, mightiest airship aloft, sailed majestically past Cross Plains Sunday afternoon, shortly before seven o’clock. The elevation is said to have been approximately 5,400 feet. Hundreds of local people saw the giant dirigible, which remained in vision more than 20 minutes. Its speed was reported by the Associated Press to have been 50 miles an hour average. The ship was enroute to Lakehurst, NJ from San Francisco.

The ad for Smith Drug Store and Cross Plains Drug Store was headed “Just Selling Drugs.” “I ain’t mad at nobody,” it declared, “because I don’t meddle in other people’s affairs. I simply mind my own business — and that is to sell you the best Drugs, Toilet Articles and Sundries that money can buy.” You could get a 10 cent bar of Palmolive soap for only a nickel, or a four-ounce jug of imported olive oil for 29 cents.

Dr. and Mrs. I.M. Howard and Robert left the first of the week for Marlin. Dr. Howard will do special observation in the Marlin clinics, where he is accorded exceptional fraternal privileges.

June 24, 1932

Jury Out On Farrow Case: Excerpt: “Farrow appeared cool in the courtroom until he took the stand. he was nervous under the rapid fire questioning of the district attorney. He testified that he was so nervous and excited the night of the killing that he could not exactly remember things that happened in that connection.

“‘Archie had a wild look in his eye and I thought he was coming over the counter after me,’ Farrow stated.”

The jury’s verdict was not available at press time. (Farrow was convicted of “murder without malice” and given a three-year suspended sentence.)

In an article about the hiring of a new agriculture teacher for the high school is this: “Announcement was made to the board, while in session Monday night, by Superintendent Nat Williams that Cross Plains high school had regained state affiliation in fourth year English, a credit which was lost two years ago. Work done by Miss Enid Gwathmey and English students during the past school term received commendation from the state department.” [Enid Gwathmey was a cousin of Novalyne Price; she and Williams figure prominently in One Who Walked Alone.]

Norris Chambers’ “Children’s Bedtime Story” was “The Razenian Genius,” Chapter VII, “Loop the Loop.”

June 2, 1933

‘Wire Artist’ Here Saturday: Bunny Dryden Will Walk Wire 40 Feet In Sky Tomorrow: Bunny Dryden, theatrically called ‘The Great Lafayette,’ will walk across Main Street on a high wire, 40 feet above the pavement, here Saturday. His exhibition is being brought to Cross Plains by local merchants.

Norris Chambers took over the “Cross Cut” news column in the Review. He wrote “It remains to be seen whether we can successfully keep up this news column. It seems as if we have always done things backwards. We tried to write bed-time stories, and we turned out Gothic Romance without a particle of realism; we attempted to produce a few novels, they were only extended bed-time stories, so don’t be surprised if this column turns out to be a regularly kept DIARY instead of a chronicle.”

At the Liberty, you could see “Somewhere in Sonora,” starring John Wayne. Monday and Tuesday would bring Will Rogers in “Too Busy To Work.” Admission was 10 cents or 15 cents.

June 9, 1933

Highway 36 Is Now Designated To Here From Gulf Coast: Highway 36 from the Gulf Coast through Comanche has been designated to Cross Plains. [Unfortunately, my copy of this is difficult to read. But at the time, there was no Highway 36 coming into Cross Plains from the east (from Rising Star) and continuing on to Abilene (past the Howard House). This was the earliest news of the highway’s coming.]

The Liberty was showing “Speed Demon.” Monday and Tuesday would bring Warner Baxter in “Dangerously Yours,” with Zane Grey’s “Robber’s Roost,” starring George O’Brien, scheduled for the following Friday and Saturday.

At the Palace Theatre in Cisco, the feature on Sunday and Monday was “Peg O’ My Heart,” with Marion Davies, followed on Thursday and Friday by Maurice Chevalier in “A Bedtime Story.”

June 16, 1933

Highway 36 Looms As A Reality: Temporary surveys on highway 36, from the Gulf Coast through Cross Plains to Abilene, began Thursday morning and those familiar with the project informed the Review yesterday at noon that possibilities of the road actually being constructed were highly probable. A recent law passed by the federal government would pay for the road. The only obstacle facing local citizens is that of securing a 100 foot right of way from here to the Western portion of the county line.

Great Britain Publisher Asks Cross Plains Author For All Manuscripts

The writing of Robert E. Howard, of this place, have reached across the ocean, invading England with a storm of popularity.

One of Great Britain’s largest publishing concerns recently made request for his future works and even offered premiums on scores of articles and stories that had been published in this country.

Dennis Archer, Publisher (The Search Publishing Company) at London has asked the Cross Plains author to submit a collection of his stories formerly published in various magazines, with the view of bringing them out in book form. This company is incorporated under the Royal Charter of England and includes in its advertising catalogues the works of Anton de Bruyne, Michael Arlen, Brandon Fleming, Lord Dunsany and Countess of Warwick.

Robert Howard, who is the son of Dr. and Mrs. I.M. Howard, of this place, has been writing successfully and profitably for more than eight years. Stonestreet and Smith, publishers of no less than a dozen largest selling magazines on American newsstands, have printing his manuscripts as fast as they are turned out and are pressing him for more.

Almost every month he is featured by one of the publications on its cover page.

Despite the renown success with which the Cross Plains author has already met, the recent offer of the England publishing company is perhaps the bright spot in his career of letters and bids fair to win him international prominence.

It has been a tradition among writers for decades that the hardest publications ‘to crack’ — sell stories to — were those in England. Robert Howard’s recent success in this line and because of the fact that the Great Britain company solicited his articles places him in a class by himself. Other American novelists and freelance writers regard his recent achievement as accomplishing the impossible and will perhaps watch his career anxiously.

[Whew! What a dazzling feat of press agentry! The true story is somewhat more prosaic, and has a less glorious outcome -- Howard did send them a short story collection, they returned it saying that such collections weren’t going well at the moment but encouraging him to send a novel, which he did (The Hour of the Dragon), only to have the company go into receivership.]

The Liberty had “Robber’s Roost” with George O’Brien, to be followed on Monday and Tuesday by Janet Gaynor and Charles Farrell in “Tess of the Storm Country.”

Gaynor was also the lead in “Adorable,” at the Palace in Cisco.

June 23, 1933

Juakana Westerman and Jack Scott Are Wed Thursday Noon: [Jack and “Kanie” would be married for 67 years, until her death in 2000. Jack passed away three years later.]

The annual picnic this year would be the 50th anniversary event, and was scheduled for July 26.

At the Liberty: Buck Jones in “White Eagle.” Monday and Tuesday, “Second Hand Wife” with Sally Eilers and Ralph Bellamy.

That’s all there’s time for in this installment: gotta pack our bags for Cross Plains, where I hope we’ll see a bunch of you!

If you’d like to learn more about Cross Plains and its history, check out Ann Beeler’s delightful new book, Footsteps of Approaching Thousands. It’s available from the Cross Plains Public Library, which will be the beneficiary of all profits from the book.

 

 

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