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as also, and in a separate count, of the Hebrew words which come in for notice. Such an arrangement would have rendered the work more interesting to the intelligent reader, and would have been a saving of time. But there

is, even so, a good deal of information in the volume which will make it charming reading to all who would obtain an insight into the subject of Hebrew literature, ancient or modern.-B.


13. The Private Diary of Ananda Ranga Pillai, Dubâsh to Joseph Francois Dupleix, translated from the Tamil, by order of the Government of Madras, by SIR E. FREDERICK PRICE, K.C.S.I., assisted by K. RANGACHARI, B.A. Vol. I. Records of native life in French India in the time of Dupleix are none too common, and for this reason especially do we hail the appearance of this important and excellently edited book. It is the diary of Avanda Ranga Pillai, an inhabitant of Madras, who at an early age was taken by his father to Pondicherry in 1716, where he had influential connections, and there he spent the remainder of his life under the rule of the French. His relative Guruva Pillai embraced Christianity in France, whither he had gone on a mission to the Duke of Orleans for help to redress the unjust charges against his family, was made a chevalier of St. Michael and appointed Courtier," or chief native inhabitant of Pondicherry, and though he died when the diarist was young, he doubtless made his influence felt. The diarist himself was employed in 1726 by the Governor, M. Lenoir, and soon made head of the chief factory of Porto Novo, and in this capacity came under the notice of M. Dupleix, the new Governor, who, in 1747, raised him to the post of "Courtier," or "Chief Dubâsh," which he held, even after his patron's downfall, until 1756, when he was removed. He died a few years after, in 1761, just

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four days before Pondicherry surrendered to the English and the vision of French supremacy in India was over. Much that is interesting is chronicled in this diary, as well as the most trivial incidents. The writer had considerable influence over Dupleix, and throughout the book we have many notices of him, of Mme. Dupleix, her daughters, and her unseen power also. The religious liberality of both the Governor and his wife is shown by the account of their visit to the school at Bommaiya Pâlaiyam in December, 1744. In this voluminous book we might find many things to note had we space. In 1739 there is the hearsay report of Tahmasp Quli Khan's victories. In 1745 we notice that the Christian service was first held at Pondicherry without distinction of caste the priest of Karikal being the reformer -and that sumptuary laws were laid down for female converts which were not kindly received. In the last pages we find the account of a fracas in 1746, when a certain M. Coquet was ejected (with beating) from a Tamil house, and the wise Governor congratulated the ejectors, saying, "They have done well in making a thorough example of him." The diarist does not neglect to draw some sharp pen portraits of his confrères also, one of which we will quote, as it is instructive as to his estimate of a certain Bâlu Chetty and human nature.

The passage runs: "His ideas are not of a high class; and not having moved in the society of gentlemen, he is not well mannered. The low nature of his character is to be imputed to the fact that he was not born rich,"-A. F. S.


14. Historical and Modern Atlas of the British Empire, specially prepared for students by C. GRANT ROBERTSON, M.A., Oxon, Fellow of All Souls' College, Oxford, and J. G. BARTHOLOMEW, F.R.S.E., F.R.G.S. This is a handy and wellgot-up Atlas. It contains coloured maps showing comparative views of the countries of the British Empire,

British Isles and Europe, Asia, Africa, America (including Canada and the West Indies), and Oceania. There is also an admirable introduction on the relation geography has to history, a short gazetteer of the British Empire and possessions up to date. For example, under the Commonwealth of Australia there is the following description: "A Federation of the six Colonies-New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia, Queensland, Western Australia, and Tasmaniacreated by 63 and 64 Vict., c. 12, January 1, 1901, responsible federal self-government." Under British India there is the following description: "That port of the Indian Peninsula which is under British rule and influence, and includes districts under direct administration and the native States. It is divided into nine provinces and certain minor charges. 1600-1858 administered by the East India Company. In 1858 the Crown, by 21 and 22 Vict., c. 106, resumed its sovereign rights. The supreme executive and legislative power in India is vested in the Governor-General in Council, subject to the Secretary of State for India in Council, who is responsible to the Crown in Parliament. In 1876 the Crown of Great Britain took the title of Emperor of India." We give only another example : "Orkney and Shetland Islands, a group of islands to the north of Scotland; capital, Kirkwall; under Norwegian jores, 872-1231; nominally under the King of Norway, 1231-1471; annexed to Scotland since 1471."

To show that it is up to date, we give the following quotations: "Political Changes in 1905.-Dominion of Canada: The organization of ports of the North-Western Territories of Canada into two new provinces, as shown on Map No. 51, was inaugurated (September, 1905): Alberta (comprising the former Alberta and one-half of Athabasca), capital, Edmonton; Saskatchewan (Assimboia, Saskatchewan, and one-half of Athabasca), capital, Regina." "Empire of India. The provinces of Bengal, Central Provinces, and Assam have been rearranged and reconstructed, as shown on Map Nos. 34-35. The boundary between Bengal and the

Central Provinces has been readjusted, whilst Assam and the eastern portion of Bengal now form the new province of 'Eastern Bengal and Assam.' There are also interesting tables and lists giving the statistics of the British Empire and of possessions not now under the British Crown, as well as a bibliography of the British Empire, historical and modern. We strongly recommend this Atlas to our readers.



15. China and Religion, by E. H. PARKER, Professor of Chinese at the Victoria University of Manchester. This book seems to have for its leading note the suggestion that all religions are purely human institutions, the main double object of which has always been and is to account for the unknown, and to regulate the order of human life. The author nowhere states this formidable view as his own opinion, but the general trend of his arguments, as marshalled in facts cold and merciless, indicates that this must really be his view. For the rest, the twelve chapters are simply each in turn a historical retrospect of the twelve religions which have from time to time presented themselves for consideration to the Chinese mind; and, of course, it is for specialists in each department to decide for themselves how far this work has been faithfully and conscientiously performed by the author.

We are all more or less familiar with what has been said upon the subject of Taoism, Confucianism, and Buddhism -the san-kiao, or "three religions," of ancient and modern. Chinese parlance-but Nestorianism, Manicheism, Mussulmanism, Judaism, the Russian Church, and Shintōism, have not yet been described in popular language in such a way as to make their influence in China clear to the man in the street. The overpowering influence of Taoism upon many, if not upon all, of these later teachings is described in detail, and the whole of the Taoist classic is translated

word for word in an appendix, with check numbers added, enabling the reader to refer to all sentences of parallel meaning. A good deal has been written lately upon the subject of Japanese shintō and bushido, which latter “religion" is really of so modern a conception that no Japanese dictionaries even mention it by name, nor is there any trace of its existence under that name in any Chinese work, ancient or modern. In spite of the somewhat strained arguments of Baron Suyematsu, it is, in fact, as Mr. Aston has clearly shown it to be, a purely modern catchword, exploited for all it is worth, and turned (like our words efficiency," "free trade," " open door," "retaliation," etc.) to purely political uses.


A special point in Mr. Parker's work which may be viewed with some satisfaction is the copious index. This enables the reader to control facts and dates by back and counter references. It cannot be too often impressed upon authors that a good index is as essential to a "learned" book as a good railway guide is essential to commodious travelling. The dozen or so of photographs are in some cases quite interesting for instance, the picture of the Nestorian stone and the portrait of the Chinese priest, Father Hoang. As to the letterpress, Mr. Murray may be fairly congratulated upon his care and prudence. Throughout the whole book there is but one serious misprint, and that is the word legis for leges upon p. 67. Moreover, the paper is light, and the book may be easily held up to a lamp in one hand.

While Mr. Parker's study may be fairly described as interesting to all, and even absorbing to specialists, it can hardly be recommended to the lazy man for light reading ; indeed, all but specialists will, perhaps, have a difficulty in mastering more than one chapter at a sitting. On the other hand, the unmistakable facts are there, and the places whence the facts are derived are all given in a preliminary "Foreword," so that anyone can "verify his references" for himself, and the book is secure of a long life. The author

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