THE FAR DISTANT BUGLE by Loring MacKaye

THE FAR DISTANT BUGLE

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KIRKUS REVIEW

A melodramatic account of Joe Littlebee and his efforts to become a ""civilized man"" at a Western Army outpost in the 1860's. A convolution of plots makes for unsustained interest and completely submerges the small amount of good sense and truth. Joe, sent by the old scout, who had raised him, to the Army post, emerges with a set of morals and ethics made familiar by greeting cards and moving pictures the country over. Wooden pageantry, phony histrionics characterize the adventures among Indians, stage-coach robbers, a lost and found parent, hairbreadth Harry escapes, while the cliches, sound as they may be, -- of virtue is its own reward, crime does not pay, a boy's best friend is his mother -- are stressed. Compared to what has been done in this type of story -- this is unfortunate.

Pub Date: Sept. 8th, 1948
Publisher: Longmans, Green