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tailors, servant-girls, factory operatives. Here is much material for reflec tion, vigorously put. Few but could profit by the reading. The wealthier know too little of the struggles of the poor. As is not unnatural, the coloring of the writer is not always correct, nor her deductions always sustained. Thus: "It appears to be a singular fact that those parties who are the most charitable, pay the smallest wages to persons in their employ." It does not appear" to us " a fact," although there are instances of the kind. For the wrongs of the factory girls and others like them, she vaguely sees, if not a perfect, yet the surest remedy in that forlorn hope, "woman's suffrage"; but contrives to forget, in her argument, the journeymen-tailors, news-boys, and boot blacks, to whom the suffrage is open as to others.
THE SERMONS OF HENRY WARD BEECHER. Third Series; September, 1839; March, 1870. New York: J. B. Ford & Co. Chicago: S. C. Griggs & Co.; Cobb Bros. Pp. 431. 8 vo.
This volume contains twenty-six sermons of the prince of popular preachers among us. In the preface we are told that those "expounding the divine nature and unfolding the higher forms of Christian experience predominate. The nature of Christ, the agency of the Holy Spirit, the doctrine of the Trinity, have special prominence." These subjects are treated, not in the dry, logical way of old-fashioned doctrinal sermons, but in the fresh, juicy style peculiar to the author. We do not find the grand, fundamental truths of our evangelical faith distinctly stated in the old formulas, but they are here, embodied in forms better adapted, probably, to impress the souls of the common people in this generation. Mr. Beecher's way of putting things is suggestive and quickening, but it lacks the depth and tone which are best adapted to take hold on the consciences of men for their radical, whole-souled conversion to God. Nearly all of the sermons are accompanied by the prayers offered in connection with their delivery. These are beautiful, rich and almost infinitely varied expressions of simple and sincere devotion.
THE LIBRARY OF POETRY AND SONG; Being Choice Selections from the Best Poets. With an Introduction by WILLIAM CULLEN BRYANT. New York: J. B. Ford & Co. Chicago: Moses Warren. Sold only by Subscription. Pp. 788. 8 vo.
A rare selection of English poetry, well named a "Library." A whole army of poets-more than four hundred-are made to contribute their richest spoils. Mr. Bryant furnishes an admirable, though condensed, critique upon the various schools of poetry, passing them in rapid historical review, from Chaucer to the present time. The whole collection has been subjected to his editorial revision, and while not absolutely responsible for its compilation and arrangement, he has "exercised a free hand both in excluding and adding matter." Its range is very wide, and its contents exceedingly rich. Few of the choicest minor English poems but are found here, together with extracts from the larger ones. Within the same compass-and the compass is said to be larger than that of any similar work
it is difficult to conceive of a more felicitous selection. Such a volume is to any reader a singular convenience, and to multitudes it is an inestimable blessing. It gathers up the best things in scores and scores of volumes which they could never hope to own; and that, too, not as fragments or “beauties," but for the most part as complete poems. What a saving of commonplace books, and relief from overhauling libraries. The owner of this one volume is in a position to form an intelligent acquaintance with, and judgment of, the whole body of English poets. The greatest failure in this and similar works, is in the field of religious poetry. Watts, Wesley, Cowper, White, Bonar, furnish better specimens than are here selected from them. But these can be found in other collections.
BEAUTIFYING COUNTRY HOMES. A Handbook of Landscape Gardening By J WEIDEMANN, Superintendent of the City Park, and of Cedar Hill Cemetery, Hartford, C. New York: Orange Judd & Co. Small folio, with numerous engravings, and 24 large colored plates. Price $15.
Some of the topics briefly and suggestively discussed, and profusely illustrated, in this volume are these: lawns; seeding down lawns and pastures; top-dressing lawns; drainage; roads and drives; walks; laying out curved lines for walks or roads; practical hints on grading; fences, walls and hedges; trees and shrubs; grouping, transplanting trees and shrubs; flower-garden; water; ornaments; rock-work; tools; improving new places economically; arbitrary calculation of cost; care and keeping of ornamental grounds; plans of improved places. This table of contents speaks for itself. And though the topics are briefly handled, they seem to us eminently satisfactory. They go directly to the point, and give the information that is needed. The elegant plates that accompany, present all the details of actually improved places, down even to the kind and location of the trees and shrubs. They furnish an excellent study. We are glad to see such books, and to see them circulated, especially in the newer regions of the country. A few dollars spent on such a volume will sometimes save a great deal of unwise expenditure, and many outrages upon good taste. Some very hideous places cost immense sums.
ON THE USE OF WINES, in Health and Disease. By FRANCIS R. AUSTIC, M. D., F. R. C. P, Editor of the London Practitioner, as-isted by the Editorial Staff. New York: J. S. Redfield; Chicago: Western News Company. Pp. 84. 12 mo.
This treatise is devoted exclusively to the subject of Wines. It aims "to show that the whole group of these beverages has common properties and uses that separate it from other alcoholic liquids, and further, that among wines themselves there are numerous differences of which many are probably not yet understood by the public or even by the majority of medical men." It is much the most distinct examination of the topic we have ever seen, considering separately the several constituents and their specific uses, viz: (1) the alcoholic parts; (2) the acids, malic, tartaric and acetic, together with some that are volatile; (3) the astringent quality, tartaric
acid; (4) the salts, chiefly tartrate of potash and of lime, besides chlorides of potassium and sodium, phosphate of lime, and traces of magnesia and silica, and (5) the compound ethers. The writer, however, not only maintains with Drs. Carpenter, Miller, Chambers, etc, the great value of wines in certain acute and chronic diseases specified, but justifies their dietetic uses in health, practically qualified by the remark that "there is no such clear time between health and disease as is assumed in common speech." While we can not concede the propriety or even the safety of their use by healthy persons in our day, we think that this treatise clearly shows that the whole subject must be treated with scientific care rather than with rhetorical vehemence. It also helps us to understand how in a malarious country among a laboring people, subject to a multitude of restraints unknown to us, and who had no distilled spirits, and in an age that knew nothing of our scores of tonics, stimulants, anodynes, cordials, and anæsthetics, wine could well be called a blessing, although even then it often turned a
WHY AND HOW THE CHINESE EMIGRATE. BY RUSSELL H. CONWELL. Boston: Lee & Shepard. Chicago: Cobb Bros., S. C. Griggs & Co., 18mo., pp. 283.
A little book written in an easy, popular style, very readable, and conveying much interesting information respecting the immigration which comes to our shores from the old world by traveling eastward. The oppression consequent on the perverted administration of a government wisely framed, and the miserable execution of an equitable code of laws, answers the "Why." The detai of the "Coolie trade," an the "contract system," answers the "How." The logical connections are not very carefully observed; but sketches and incidents are scattered all along which well illustrate particular features of the Chinese character and mode of life. The representations are adapted to relieve the fear that our country is to be rapidly inundated by the inflow of “heathen Chinee," or that any serious evil can proceed from according to those who do come the rights and privileges of citizens under our free constitution.
OUR FATHER'S HOUSE; or, the Unwritten Word. By Rev. DANIEL MARCH, D.D., author of "Night Scenes in the Bible." Zeigler, McCurdy & Co. Philadelphia, Cincinnati, Chicago, St. Louis and Springfield, Mass. Octavo. Illustrated.
God in Nature is the topic of this book. More than twenty sermons upon grass, tree and leaf; dew, rain, river and sea; rock, hill and mountain; birds and flowers; the rainbow, the storm and the stars. "The Night Scenes of the Bible" has had an immense sale, and this companion volume is likely to prove no less popular. The rhetoric is sometimes overwrought, and occasionally an illustration is far fetched; but the book, as a whole, is a marvel for fine word painting. There are some paragraphs which, for descriptive writing, can be hardly surpassed. We wish that there might have been more pungent point in the sermons. The Bible is poetic but also powerful. And of the Lord's house it is written: "Strength and Beauty are in His sanctuary."
THE WONDERS OF ACOUSTICS; OR THE PHENOMENA OF SOUND. From the French of RODOLPH RADAN. With Illustrations. New York: Chas. Scribner & Co. Chicago: Cobb Brothers. Pp. 267. 18 mo. LIGHT HOUSES AND LIGHT SHIPS. By W. H. D. ADAMS. With_Illustrations New York: Chas. Scribner & Co. Chicago: Cobb Brothers. Pp. 320. 18 mo.
WONDERS OF BODILY STRENGTH AND SKILL. From the French of GUILLARME DEpping. With numerous Illustrations. New York: Chas Scribner & Co. Chicago: W. G. Holmes.
Three more of the attractive Wonder Series, whereby Scribner and Company would beguile the boys from fiction to facts more wonderful than fiction. We wish them success in the enterprise.
CONANT FARM. By the Author of 'Squire Downing's Heirs, etc. Ledgeside Series. Pp. 345. 12 mo.
DOWN THE STEPS. By the same Author. Ledge-side Series. Pp. 409.
CHRISTIE ELWOOD AND HER FRIENDS. Pp. 270. 12 mo. $1.
Pp. 340. THE YOUNG POTATO ROASTERS AND THE BOY GUARDIAN. By C. E. BOWEN. Pp. 226. 16 mo. FREDDIE FIGHTING HIS WAY. BY SAY PUTNAM. Pp. 167. 16 mo. LITTLE PRIMROSE; OR, THE BELLS OF OLD EFFINGHAM. MARSHALL. Pp. 146. 16 mo.
The above volumes are from the prolific press of Robert Carter & Brothers, 530 Broadway, New York, and received through the agency of W. G. Holmes, 148 Lake st., Chicago. They are all excellent, and can safely be introduced into the family or the Sabbath schools. We have been in the habit, for more than thirty years, of reading carefully many of the books published by the Carters, and found them uniformly such as could be heartily commended. They seldom publish a dull book, never one that is baneful in its moral or religious influence. As a publisher of good books, no one has a more enviable reputation than Robert Carter.
PLANE AND PLANK; OR, THE MISHAPS OF A MECHANIC. BY OLIVER OPTIC. With 14 Illustrations. Boston: Lee & Shepard. New York: Lee, Shepard & Dillingham. Chicago: Cobb Brothers. Pp. 316. 12 mo. PRUDY KEEPING HOUSE. By SOPHIE MAY, Author of "Little Prudy Stories." Illustrated. Boston: Lee & Shepard. New York: Lee, Shepard & Dillingham. Chicago: Cobb Brothers. Pp. 192. 18 mo. THE HOUSE ON WHEELS, OR THE STOLEN CHILD. By MADAME DE STOLZ, Translated from the French, by Miss E. F. ADAMS; with twenty Illustrations from designs, by EMILIE BAYARD. Boston: Lee & Shepard. Chicago: Cobb Brothers, Pp. 304. 12mo.
LETTERS EVERYWHERE. Stories and Rhymes, for Children. With twentyeight Illustrations. Boston: Lee & Sliepard. Chicago: Cobb Brothers, Pp. 228. 12mo.
These tasteful and beautifully illustrated volumes, will delight multitudes of Juvenile readers. And although not of a class to call for special notice in a Review, we are glad of the opportunity to call attention
to the valuable series of books for the young, which the enterprising house of Lee & Shepard are publishing in large numbers. The literary taste, and Christian character of these publishers are a guarantee, that no worthless books will bear their imprint. They publish many valuable standard works, which we have had occasion to notice.
CORNELL'S PHYSICAL GEOGRAPHY. New York: D. Appleton & Co. Chicago: S. C. Griggs & Co. Pp. 104. 4 to.
A beautifully prepared school-book, so filled with valuable information and charming illustrations that one is prompted, in looking it over, to wish he could put himself back fifty years and begin school life now, with the aid of such modern improvements.
HOPEDALE TAVERN. 12 mo. Pp. 252. Nat. Temp. Soc'y. New York. 1870.
An admirable story, showing the sad effects of the opening of a Tavern in a country village.
RAY'S SEARCH. By HELEN C. PEARSON. 12 mo. Pp. 364. Nat. Tem. Soc'y. New York. 1870.
Like the other publications of this society, full of interest, and teaching impressively high moral truths.
NATIONAL TEMPERANCE ALMANAC, for 1871. Very tastefully illustrated, and full of important information concerning the Temperance Reform. 64 pp. Paper covers.
VICK'S ILLUSTRATED CATALOGUE AND FLORAL GUIDE, 1871. JAMES VICK, Rochester, New York. Price 10 cts.
We do our readers a valuable service in calling their attention to this Pamphlet of 100 pages, in which they will find a carefully prepared and reliable catalogue of almost every desirable flower and vegetable. It is illustrated with 300 engravings, and is just such a guide as most families need.
A Story of Adventure in the Wilds of Borneo. By Captain MAYNE REID. New York: Sheldon & Co. Chicago: Cobb Brothers. Pp. 237. 12 mo.