It is with deep regret that we remove from its
accustomed place on page one of The Regional Review the name of
Samuel O. Smart, our gifted art editor. Readers within and without the
Service long have been familiar with the excellent cover designs and
other pictorial contributions that he has made, most of them the fruit
of personal labors carried out on so-called "private time." The high
quality of his efforts has brought many well deserved compliments which
it has been my pleasure to convey to him.
I can do no less now than to join with others who are
associated in producing The Review in expressing anew our
appreciation of his fine talents and of the gracious manner in which he
has shared them with us. Mr. Smart's resignation from his duties as
Assistant Landscape Architect was accepted with reluctance. I now want
above all to assure him of our best wishes for his success and happiness
in the private enterprise to which he has taken his versatile pen and
The Review became aware with some surprise
this month that it was about to complete a fourth volume. The four
books cannot be expanded to the awesome dimensions of Dr. Eliot's famous
five-foot shelf, but they do contain some 800 pages of widely varying
materials reproduced over a two-year period.
Recognizing that those pages represent a sizable
total of topics and wordage, this journal hopes fervently that it may
not be accused of elegant pretentions by appending a cumulative index of
its entire 24 numbers. The first three volumes were indexed with
apparent success. It now seems to be serviceable to libraries and to
readers who have preserved complete files to provide an assembled guide
which will spare the inconvenience of consulting four separate indices
in search of an author or article.
THE INVASION OF AMERICA
The Review has sought steadfastly to sidestep
a yawning pitfall which appears somehow to act as a magnetic attraction
to ensnare unwary editors. It is the temptation to indulge in trite
homilies and labored statements of the obvious with respect to the
conduct of life. It seems to be an unnecessary affectation now, however,
to ignore an occasion to give earnest thanks for the great good fortune
which makes us citizens of a land whose kindly soil is about to undergo
an invasion of a special American type. The first half of 1940 provides
good evidence that "Travel America year" will set unprecedented records
in park visitation. Reports from the field indicate a banner season for
the 159 units of the national park system.
While nearly a score of nations suffer the fearsome
agonies of war, the United States is faced at home with the prospect of
a gigantic pincer movement executed by our own recreational travelers.
The most hardened ingrate surely must count such a blessing.