2 JANUARY 1932, Page 32

DEEP EVENING. By Eugene Lohrke. (Cape. Ys. 6d.)— Only three

hours elapse from the moment when—" Going up- ward on the iron foremast ladder of the ' Glamorland ' Able Sea.. man James Morgan seemed to be disappearing slowly through a tunnel towards the stars," to the time when—" letting go his frozen grip on the mast, swaying a little and clumsy, Able Seaman Morgan jumped as far as he could into the sea." During those three hours, preceding the sinking of a great liner, the author describes the thoughts and emotions of a numl:er of doomed people before and after their realization of disaster. He carries us from crow's-nest to stoke-hole, introduces us to passengers and crew, and-makes us aware nf the peculiar quickening quality that is the life of a ship. Such a theme, in the hands of a dramatic writer, has tremend- ous possibilities, and Mr. Lohrke does not neglect one of these. Ile writes temperately, and with such restrained economy that the result is a beautiful and vivid piece of work that will repay many readings.