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material!" said the padre, as he mopped his face. "These abominable houses of bamboo and dry leaves! We only saved ourselves, as the sailors say, on a plank." "Rather on a cane, Father," I said. Long after I had turned into my hard bed that night, I heard the friar crying from the window:

An Eventful Night. By Clara Parker. Doubleday & McClure Co., New York. 4x6 in. 152 pages. 50c.

A farcical little comedy of errors-too much of the knock-down-and-drag-out style of burlesque to be as funny as is intended.

"Take care, Captain! Don't abandon those embers. See that the watchmen don't fall asleep, and that the poor families are lodged!"

Books of the Week

This report of current literature is supplemented by fuller reviews of such books as in the judgment of the editors are of special importance to our readers. The absence of comment in this department in many cases indicates that extended review will be made at a later date. Any of these books will be sent by the publishers of The Outlook, postpaid, to any address on receipt of the published price.

Ascent Through Christ, The. By E. GriffithJones, B.A. James Pott & Co., New York. 5×8% in. 469 pages. $2.50.

The main effort of this work, in which the results of copious reading are digested by care ful thinking, is to harmonize the theological doctrine of the fall of man with evolutionary anthropology. As a pioneering "attempt to deal with the question of the Fall per se in its critical, psychological, and anthropological aspects," it is a work of some importance. To modern criticism the author wisely makes this necessary concession as to the narratives in Genesis, that an inspired history means "a story of events from a spiritual point of view," not "an infallible account of facts in their bare reality." He is quite right in holding what the records of degeneration prove-that there is no inherent improbability for the evolutionist in the notion of a fall. But a fallacy creeps in with the capitalizing of this word as a "Fall." The sin in Eden opened the door for similar yieldings to temptation by "the whole race," and then and there a "moral poison" mingled with the springs of human life. It is impossible to reconcile this idea of a corporate as distinct from an individual fall either with Genesis itself or with anthropology, the man of Eden certainly not being the ancestor of all races. The remainder of the volume treats of the Incarnation, including the atone ment, and the Resurrection, including the doctrine of the future life, from the evolutionary point of view. The author's treatment is admirable at many points, but it is hardly satis factory to a consistent evolutionist to represent the incarnation of the life of God in the world as an isolated event occurring at the Christian era, rather than as the greatest of many incarnations manifest in a historical process that is coeval with the existence of life on the earth. Nor does the evolutionary conception of the unity of life, both in its finite streams and its infinite fount, permit one to regard the prob

Six thousand inhabitants; and among them all but one arm, one heart, and one soul-the soul, the heart, and the arm of Fray Celestino.

lem of "the union of natures" in Christ as anything but obsolete. Mr. Griffith-Jones is a writer of the liberal-orthodox school. He has worked well away from the traditional theology in his conceptions of inspiration, atonement, and future retribution. His book takes a high rank in the literature of that school. It has a special interest of an autobiographical kind, as exhibiting the process of thought by which, amid serious intellectual difficulties, "the strenuous quest for a rehabilitated faith" won for him "an ampler and clearer outlook on both faith and life."

Autobiography of a Quack. By S. Weir Mitch

ell, M.D. (Illustrated.) The Century Co., New York. 4X7 in. 149 pages. $1.25. One almost regrets that Dr. Mitchell did not work out the idea of this book more fully. The baseness, shiftiness, and consciencelessness of an out-and-out quack and medical swindler offer countless opportunities for a man of Dr. Mitchell's special knowledge to weave into a drama of human passion and psychological problem. This brief novel excites interest and arouses feeling in a noteworthy way. Its value and exactness as a study of depravity is great, and as a bit of literary work it is thoroughly artistic. A curious little semi-medical tale, "The Case of George Dedlow," fills out the volume. Bewitched Fiddle, The, and Other Irish Tales.

By Seumas MacManus. Doubleday & McClure Co., New York. 4x6 in. 240 pages. 75c. Two of these Irish tales originally appeared in The Outlook. All are rich in racy Irish humor or pathos, and all indicate that the author has a warm heart for the kindly traits of his countrymen and for their genial folklore.

Boys and Men. By Richard Holbrook. Charles Scribner's Sons, New York. 5x7%1⁄2 in. 417 pages. $1.25. This is one of the best books in this series of stories of college life. The Yale undergradu ate atmosphere is fairly well reproduced; and college fun, college politics, college love-mak ing, and college ambitions are presented with a good deal of spirit and faithfulness. Old graduates will be amused at the evident continual recurrence in these later days of

precisely the types of college characters that prevailed in their own time-such, for instance, as Budson, the cheeky, self-important, selfprotuberant person, withal having a good heart and a generous spirit, the kind of man who is chaffed by everybody and by everybody tolerated and even mildly liked. The book may be criticised as not adequately showing the more serious side of college life, but, after all, it is a story and not a treatise. Charlemagne (Charles_the_Great). By H. W.

Cariess Davis, M.A. G. P. Putnam's Sons, New
York. 5x71⁄2 in. 338 pages. $1.50.

An addition to the long list of books belonging to "The Heroes of the Nations" series. The author chiefly devotes himself to bringing out the character of the first and greatest Western Emperor as it affected the political, institutional, and social development of his time. As a historical narrative also the book, though somewhat over-compressed, is reasonably full and satisfactory. The pictures of mediæval times, manners, and people are particularly good. Some space is given to the literary outgrowth of the day. The illustra tion is varied and artistically reproduced and printed.


public, and now has been minutely revised and considerably increased. It remains a thorough and satisfactory aid in what the author originally described as "aptness and variety of phraseology." Professor Seeley rightly says, “The exertion of clothing a thought in a completely new set of words increases both clearness of thought and mastery over words." In this mental exercise as well as in the practical work of composition, such a compendium of synonyms is a constant and indeed all but indispensable assistant.

Deacon Bradbury. By Edwin Asa Dix.

Century Co., New York. 5x71⁄2 in. 288 pages. $1.50. This is a strongly written story of New England folk, the central interest of which is in a family tragedy involving character rather than fortune or life. Outwardly the sky clears at last, but the eclipse of faith in God that is brought on by cruel trial does not pass off. For the sufferer under this eclipse the unlikeliest subject is selected-a veteran deacon of Puritan ancestry. This being so, the moral effect of the story might have been bettered by bringing him out of it by more convincing reasonings than those that are tried in vain. The individuality of the principal characters is well maintained with close fidelity to the Vermont type, though the technique in a point of Congregational church procedure is rather inaccurate. The story runs on with unfailing interest to its dénouement in the discovery that the mother's heart is wiser than the father's head. But in the family crisis the deacon's son, the cause of all the misery, is a psychological freak, and unaccountable on any known principles, ordinary or extraordinary." Debts of Honor. By Maurus Jokai. Double

day & McClure Co., New York. 44×7 in. 417
pages. $1.25.
A welcome addition to the list of authorized
translations issued by this firm of the stories
written by the marvelously versatile and al-
ways vivacious Hungarian novelist, dramatist,
poet, and politician. This romance is full of
incident, and the contrast between gypsy and
robber life on the one side, and Hungarian
higher-class manners on the other, gives the
book pungency.
Invention and imagination
make this one of the best of Jokai's hundred

Dictionary of English Synonymes. By Richard
Soule. New Edition, Revised and Enlarged by
George H. Howieson, LL.D. Little, Brown & Co.,
Boston. 54x8 in. 488 pages.
This work has been twenty years before the

Easter Visions: Selections from the Writings
of Rev. Charles A. Savage. By M. F. S. E. P.
Dutton & Co., New York. 434×7 in. 129 pages. $1.
Enoch Willoughby. By James A. Wicker-

sham. Charles Scribner's Sons, New York. 5x71⁄2
in. 356 pages. $1.50.

This is a series of chapters in the life of a family reputed "queer," and certainly peculiar people, who oscillate between Quakerism and Spiritualism, and finally become Spiritualists. It is merely a narrative, but rather interesting, the design of which seems to be an exhibition of the affinities between Quakerism and Spiritualism, despite a strongly marked antipathy on the Quaker side. Enoch is a strong and saintly character, and his sister-in-law, Lyddie, is pre-eminently such. The writer's sympathies with Spiritualism are strongly avowed at the end. The substratum of the book seems to be its implicit continuous protest against the common error of misjudging an individual because of the ill repute attached to the sect or party with which he is popularly classed. Kate Wetherill. By Jennette Lee. The

Century Co., New York. 4×7 in. 199 pages. $1.25. An undertone of pathos underlies this "comedy," and at the end prevails. The characters are true to life, and the author conveys a genuine reflection of the sorrow and weariness of constant petty trials, as well as of serious troubles. The author follows Dante's trifold division of the “ Commedia" in her subdivisions.

Kela Bai. By Charles Johnston. Doubleday

& McClure Co., New York. 4x61⁄2 in. 106 pages. $1. This reminds one of Mr. Kipling's "Plain Tales from the Hills," but it is told with greater refinement and delicacy of style than most of Mr. Kipling's Indian tales, if with a little less vigor. Decidedly in Mr. Johnston character, and one who writes with evident we have a new imaginative interpreter of native intimate knowledge as well as with literary skill. The titular heroine is an Indian woman of a shameful profession, and there are those to whom this fact will make the book one to be avoided; in a large sense we do not find it offensive or of ill intention.

Modern Spain, 1788-1898. By Martin A. S.

Hume. (Illustrated.) G. P. Putnam's Sons, New
York. 5X7 in. 574 pages. $1.50.

No more valuable volume has been published
in the extremely valuable "Story of the
Nations" series. The author, as editor of
the British Public Office, has had a fine train-
"The Calendars of Spanish State Papers" in
ing in the historical material which he has here
worked into a vivid and readable narrative.
He also, as he tells us in his introduction, has

Post-Millennial Advent, The. By the Rev. Alexander Hardie. (Second Edition.) Eaton & Mains, New York. 2x3 in. 74 pages. 25c. Problems in Ethics. By John Steinfort Kedney. G. P. Putnam's Sons, New York. 5x7% in. 252 pages. $1.50.

witnessed many of the stirring scenes recounted, from the revolution of 1868 up to the death of Alphonso XII, and for a much longer period than that included between these events has studied closely contemporaneous Spanish history in all its incidents. His style is easy and pleasant, and his sense of historic perspective just. We know of no other book which gives with anything like the adequateness and completeness here found the history of the political struggles and the innumerable ministerial crises which unhappy Spain has undergone. The narrative ends with the close of the war between Spain and the United States, and the author expresses a hope that as "Spain's greatness and Spain's ultimate misery arose from the same cause, namely, the extension of her interests and dominions beyond the power of control possessed by her own nation," so it may prove that the loss of those possessions may be to her a blessing in disguise, and end the long tale of her tribulations. Management and Diseases of the Dog. By John Woodroffe Hill. (Illustrated.) The Macmillan Co., New York. (Fifth Edition.) 5x8 in. 531 pages. $3.50. This is the fifth edition of a book which is well known to all dog-lovers as the standard work on canine pathology and surgery. It is exhaustively thorough and complete in its treatment of the subject, and is illustrated by many cuts.

New Race Diplomatist, A. By Jennie Bullard

Waterbury. (Illustrated) J. B. Lippincott Co., Philadelphia. 434x7 in. 367 pages. $1.50. This is a somewhat high-colored and highpitched story of action in France and America. Although it is sometimes over-written and overwrought, the author must be credited with decided fertility of invention; and the story-interest of the book is considerable.

Pen Drawing. By Charles D. Maginnis. (Illustrated.) The Bates & Guild Co., New York, 5x7 in. 121 pages.

A capital idea, this-that of instructing the young artist in questions of style, values, technique, decorative effects, and other points in pen drawing by referring directly to many reproduced drawings by Pennell, Gibson, Railton, Vierge, Raven Hill, and other masters of black and white. These drawings are used with great skill and intelligence to illustrate one by one the exact points under discussion. Personal Religious Life in the Ministry and in

Ministering Women. By F. D. Huntington, S.T.D., LL.D., L.H.D. Thomas Whittaker, New York. 5x7% in. 212 pages. 75c.

The six addresses presented under this title are of the heart-searching kind. Laying bare unconscious faults and exposing subtle temptations, they are helpful to self-knowledge, as stimulants to self-recollection and self-examination. The Church's need, says the Bishop, is a clergy who have renounced self in the three forms of self-indulgence, self-will, and self-promotion. Upon 66 an apostleship to intelligence and property," a "mission to the rich," as an overlooked part of woman's work in the Church, he lays an emphasis which recalls the saying of Dr. Nettleton, the revival preacher seventy years ago, about "the neglected rich."

Psychiasis: Healing through the Soul. By Charles H. Mann. Massachusetts New Church Union, Boston. 4×7 in. 158 pages. 35c.

Railway Control by Commissions. By Frank Hendrick. G. P. Putnam's Sons, New York. (Questions of the Day Series.) 5x7 in. 161 pages. $1. This volume is not strongly or even clearly written, but contains much serviceable information respecting the State control of railways in various European countries, and also in the United States. The author reaches the conclusion that the methods followed by the Massachusetts Railway Commission are the best that can be pursued. Unfortunately for him, his volume is published the very month in which the Massachusetts Commission report that local freight rates average forty per cent. less than the published tariffs, and the attorney of the Boston and Albany acknowledges that "no shipper knows what rate his rival is getting." The author's praise of the Massachusetts system seems belated, for the people of Massachusetts do not share his contentment with present conditions.

Sailing Alone Around the World. By Captain

Joshua Slocum. (Illustrated.) The Century Co., New York. 52x8 in. 294 pages. $2. Captain Slocum is a man of shrewd native wit, and has an individual and racy style. He tells us that his father was the sort of man who, if wrecked on a desert island, would find his way home if he had a jackknife and could find a tree. "Like father, like son "-Captain Joshua knows how to build a boat and how to sail one, and his story of the voyage of the Spray shows what can be done by one man who is handy with tools, knows navigation, and is not afraid. There are many pictures. St. Paul's Epistle to the Romans. By Charles

Gore, M.A., D.D. Vol. II. Charles Scribner's Sons,
New York. 4X7 in. $1.50.

The portion of the Epistle which Canon Gore expounds in this volume is freed by his treatment of it from the repellent aspect which it wears in some minds. "The recognition of the fact that God works universal ends through selected races and individuals is robbed of all that ministers to pride and narrowness in the elect, or to hopelessness and a sense of injus tice in the rest." To us Canon Gore is more successful as an expositor than as a critic. He attaches "no doubt" to the authorized version of Romans ix., 5, notwithstanding the marginal readings of the Revision. And it is ex tremely venturesome to attach to the word "faith" the sense of "creed" in such passages as Galatians i., 23, and Ephesians iv., 5. Slave, The. By Robert Hichens. Herbert S. Stone & Co., New York. 4% X7% in. 463 pages. $1.50.

This does not seem to us a wholesome or an inspiring story; that it is clever in certain ways cannot be denied. Mr. Hichens has much aptitude in fashioning a phrase which describes a character or epigrammatically sets off a satirical remark. He has, too, an intimate


knowledge of London social life, although workers, who will, we believe, receive and use the reader may complain that he shows too the suggestion with appreciative satisfaction. much of the fast and dissolute side of that life, It should be added that these lessons are and not enough of the kind and generous ele based on the simple truths of the four Gospels

, ment which may be found there as elsewhere. and so are entirely undenominational, and are Here, as in other of his books, he indulges his written with a charity and simplicity of spirit fancy for semi-intelligible mysticism-almost which will appeal to children. diabolism—and this part of the book contrasts War in South Africa, The. By J. A. Hobson. oddly with the realism of his descriptions of The Macmillan Co., New York. 512x9 in. 324 pages. modern life. The atmosphere of the whole is $2 morbid, and, despite frequent flashes of wit

, This is a book that deserves respectful conone rises from reading the novel dispirited. sideration even from those who, like The Smith College Stories. By Josephine Dodge

Outlook, do not agree with its conclusions. Daskam. Charles Scribner's Sons, New York sx7% well-known political economist of the modern

It merits respect, first, because its author, a These stories are in a lighter vein than their humanitarian schcol, is an authority on politpredecessor, “ Across the Campus," and pre

ico-social subjects, and has made a careful sent the mirthful aspect of things, when col- study on the ground of the racial conflict in lege girls are off duty and free for amusement. South Africa; and, second, because of the Their prevailing tone is that of jollity, with spirit of fairness which pervades his work of here and there a serious or pathetic strain. observation and his judicial balancing of evi. The writer's style is brisk and sparkling, cham- dence. Mr. Hobson, while he sorrowfully pagny, if we may coin the word, and she is believes his country to be in the wrong, neither sure of readers in all the colleges of either sex

eulogizes the Boers as a body of stainless, and both. We anticipate that such books, and prayerful Christian patriots, nor condemns similar ones from Harvard, Yale, and others, the English as a band of selfish, brutal landwill by and by tempt some psychologist to a grabbers. His general attitude seems to be fresh special study of the typical characteristics that there are definite grievances on both of the sexes in a comparative view. We doubt sides, which, however, might well have been if the peculiar altruism exhibited in Miss Das- allowed to settle themselves by the fight of kam's story of “A Case of Interference” time and the peaceful processes of political be paralleled except in a woman's college.

education and assimilation. The volume is

not only useful, it is very readable. Such an The Perry Pictures Lesson System for the

anecdote as the following will interest AmeriSunday-School. By the Rev. Edgar Gardner Murphy. The Perry Pictures Company, Malden,

can readers, and remind them of conditions Mass. Two Portfolios: Portfolio A, 52 lessons, $1; prevailing in communities somewhat nearer Porttolio B, 12 lessons, 30 cents.

home than South Africa: “ There was a wide The Rev. Edgar Gardner Murphy, rector of prevalence of pernicious bribery, which conSt. John's Church, Montgomery, Ala., has sisted in paying inspectors to neglect their devised an admirable use of the widely known duty, or to wink at breaches of the law. Here “Perry Pictures" for Sunday-schools--a use is an instance given me first hand by a mine which may be best described in his own manager. When the boiler inspector comes words:

round, this man says he hands him a £10 note One Sunday of each month, in our Sunday school, is in order to save trouble. The inspector takes called “The Rector's Sunday.". On that Sunday, I go into my school eight minutes before the close of the

it and does not stay to examine the boilers. session. I come prepared to talk tor five minutes on a

• But why do you pay him this money?" said particular topic, and am provided with a picture (on the I; 'surely your boilers will stand inspection?" basis of one copy to each member of the school) appro * Yes, the boilers are all right,' he replied, 'but priate to that topic. All of the pictures (for that Sunday) are alike, and each scholar and officer of the school is to

if he didn't get the money he would quite unbe given one of them. Before I begin to talk, I see that necessarily have every fire out for the day in the pictures are divided among the teachers, each teacher having enough for his or her own class. Then I speak to

order to inspect, and that would cost us nearer them as pointedly and as vividly as possible for just five £1,000 than £10.!” Thus it seems that some minutes on the one aspect of the one subject which I of the corruption in South Africa is not merely have in mind. For example, I may take the subject of Boer corruption, but Anglo-Boer corruption ! Christ the Teacher (beautifully illustrated by Zimmermann's, Christ and the Fishers."), and, if so, I tell them Woodworking for Beginners. By Charles G. some of the beautiful sayings of Jesus, showing them as Wheeler, B.S. (Illustrated.) G. P. Putnam's Sons, quickly and as distinctly as I can how wisely, how lov- New York. 51/4071/4 in. 551 pages. $3.50. ingly, how firmly, how tenderly, how patiently, he was the Teacher of the heart. Then I ask that the pictures,

No more agreeable occupation for unemployed instantly but carefully, shall be given to the scholars;

hours exists for those who have some capacity and the school is dismissed. This talk and this use of in handling tools than wood-working in its the picture on the Rector's Sunday have no necessary connection with the regular lesson of the school. My many forms. There has long been need of work is not a substitute for anything in the usual course. just such a practical, clearly written, and easily It is supplementary.

understood book of instruction as Mr. Wheeler Mr. Murphy has prepared two courses of has here supplied. The many cuts bring out "lesson talks” and pictures, one containing clearly to the eye precisely what the author twelve and the other fifty-two subjects, which describes. The work is an excellent one to have been issued in convenient portfolios by put in the hands of boys who will eagerly the publishers, and may be used, not only in study and apply its instructions. It will tell the school, but in the home. They form a them what tools are, and how to use them ; fresh and original kind of lesson help which how to handle raw material, and, from point we do not hesitate to commend warmly to to point, how to make articles of furniture, the attention of progressive Sunday-school boxes, boats, and even small houses.


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