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more distinguished corps of lecturers brought times Aashes through his discussions and together than in this volume, in which the illuminates his work. In this tiny volume Message of Christ to the Individual Man, to there are many evidences of the fervor of his Human Society, to the Will, to the Scholar, to nature, of his poetic feeling, and of certain the Inner Life, and to the Family, is set forth sacred experiences in his own life which find by Professors A. V. G. Allen and F. G. Pea- no expression in words, but which contribute body, Dr. Munger and President Hyde, Dr. to the depth and richness of his thought. Henry van Dyke and Bishop Potter, succes. Dr. Huntington is especially happy in his use sively. And so, through the life of his devoted of the sonnet form; and there is a tonic disciple, perpetual effect in the University quality in these brief, condensed, and clearhas been given to the life of Harvard's greatest cut verses. They are notable for definitepreacher for the pointing of successive genera- ness, clearness, and sanity; and they have tions of students to the wellspring of life all the more of comfort and light in them divine in Jesus. (Houghton, Mifflin & Co., because they have their roots in dark experiBoston.)

ences. Dr. Huntington does not solve the Suggestions toward an Applied Science of problem of life easily, nor does he write Sociology, by Edward Payson Payson, is about it fluently. Its tragedy is open before more nearly a book on metaphysics than him; the object of its grief he has fe't himupon social science. The author attempts self. He writes, therefore, soberly and with to construct a theory of man's relation to a touch of pathos, and yet always with a the universe which is neither distinctly mate resolute and contagious faith. (The Marion rialistic nor distinctly spiritual. His general Press, Jamaica, N. Y.) view, however, is that the physical side of man's activities is the one to which society

NOVELS AND TALES can most helpfully address itself, and he T he latest volume in the biographical ediconsistently urges a comprehensive scheme tion of Thackeray's works contains The of public philanthropy by which all the sub- Christmas Books, and very appropriately merged and hampered children shall be pro- makes its appearance on the edge of the vided with sufficient food, clothing, and lodg- holidays. The introduction, which covers ing, and subjected in every way to such an the period from 1847 to 1855, is delightful environment as shall develop their powers. for its illustrations, which are full of the The book is more in line with German than Thackeray quality, and also for the informaAmerican radicalism, as American radicalism tion which it throws upon the occasions and stops short with public provision for the circumstances which suggested the writing of higher life of man, and—in the West espe- the different stories. (Harper & Brothers, cially-reduces to a minimum public pro- New York.) vision for material wants. (G. P. Putnam's M. Rostand's huge success with the play Sons, New York.)

"Cyrano de Bergerac" has naturally attracted

other writers to the subject. The novel by POEMS

Louis Gallet called Captain Satan; or, The Mrs. Trask's poem Under King Constan. Adventures of Cyrano de Bergerac, has the tine has passed into a fifth edition ; and in merit of not imitating the play at all closely, this latest form is a welcome addition to the while it differs from the actual history of the holiday books, although it comes at the very real Cyrano also quite as much if not more end of the procession. (G. P. Putnam's Sons, than does the play. It is a lively tale someNew York.)

thing after the Dumas type, and may be read Dr. W. R. Huntington's slender volume of with pleasure, although it has po approach to verse, A Sonnet and a Dream, may occasion greatness in any way. (R. F. Fenno & Co., some surprise in the minds of those who New York.) know him only as the eminently successful head of a great city parish, as an organizer

SCIENCE of unusual force, and as the most influential Professor William H. Chandler, of Lehigh debater in the Episcopal Church. Dr. Hunt University, has edited a three-volume work of ington is all these things and much more. reference, an epitome of universal knowledge, Behind his statesmanlike breadth of view called Chandler's Encyclopædia. Many emand his lucidity of mind there is a genuine nent scientists and writers have contributed poetic quality—a fervor of spirit which at and assisted. We believe that editor and publishers are right in holding that there is on the recent history and prospects of the a place for a moderate-sized, moderate-priced Congo State. Mr. Stanley repudiates with encyclopædia, which shall have a wide range some indignation the lately advanced idea in subject and shall aim at comprehensive that the Congo Free State is among the ness rather in the number of subjects treated "dying nations,” and advances many facts than in the length of the articles. If we were which go far to show that its future is bright. to criticise a work which has, on the whole, Captain Burrows's book is written in a manly been done excellently, it would be to the and simple way. It is fully illustrated from effect that the editor has sometimes carried photographs. (T. Y. Crowell & Co., New York.) this idea to an extreme; it would be possible

HISTORY AND BIOGRAPHY to eliminate some scores of unimportant titles and use the space gained to advantage in

In the volume called First Steps in the lengthening other articles. In the direction

History of Our Country the authors, Dr. W. of science it is particularly full and satisfac

A. Mowry and Mr. A. M. Mowry, have foltory. We have tested the book to some

lowed the original idea of telling the country's extent in the field of American biography

story in thirty-seven biographical narratives. and have not found it lacking. There are

Beginning with Columbus and ending with many good maps and hundreds of illustrations

Clara Barton and Thomas Edison, these -the latter unequal in quality. (Peter F.

simply told stories are decidedly of a char. Collier, New York.)

acter to interest the young scholar. (Silver, The American Woods. by Romeyn B. Burdett & Co., Boston.) Hough, is more than a text-book; it is, one

The Life of Charles Stewart Parnell, by may almost say, a portable cabinet as well.

B. Barry O'Brien, is a capital piece of work. With the explanatory and descriptive matter

The narrative is aglow with the author's are sent out neatly prepared cards containing

enthusiasm both for the leader and the cause, each three thinly cut specimen sections of the

but the warmth of this devotion does not at actual wood, cut transversely, radially, or

the critical point turn a wholesome biography

It is a satistangentially. These specimens are beautiful into an unwholesome eulogy. to the eve in themselves, and teach the essen- factory biography of a remarkable man, and tial facts about the wood-fiber better than

presents in vivid outline one of the most imcould any amount of printed text. The vol

portant chapters in modern: English history. ume, apart from the specimens, is compact that

(Harper & Brothers, New York.) with all possible scientific and industrial in

Books Received formation about the twenty-six varieties of American woods considered in this, which is

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R. H. RUSSELL, NEW YORK introduction which throws much needed light Tennyson, Alfred." idylls of the King.

The Religious World

Dr. Harper on Theological Seminaries dogmatic theology has produced confusion in No man in the country is better fitted to

the organization. One-third to one-half of the

time of the theological student is wasted in this speak on Theological Seminaries than Presi

vain effort to accommodate himself to the requiredent Harper, of Chicago University. He ments of the so-called departments, involving speaks as one who has been a seminary pros as one who has been a seminary pro- artificial distinctions which exhaust his patience

and his time. fessor, who all his life has been a specialist

A new order of things is demanded, and the in Biblical study, and who also is in close

indications seem to point to the introduction of

indications touch with the larger world of a great uni- this new order of things in the opening years of versity. Whether right or wrong, President the coming century; but meanwhile we are driftHarper expresses a conviction which is felt

ing, and precious time is being lost. I raise the

question whether our divinity school may not be by many people, and which seems to be gain

one of the pioneers in readjusting the work of ing ground. We have no sympathy with mere training men for the ministry to the new condidestructive criticism, but Dr. Harper is not tions which exist to-day. To do this will require destructive. His words are so important

courage and great skill. I do not have in mind

the question of creed or doctrine. My thought that we give them large space and advise a

relates exclusively to the form and method of careful reading. They are quoted from the work, the external situation which has developed, Chicago - Standard :"

and the eradication of what seems to me to be

the artificial method now employed in most of There is still another readjustment needed;

our divinity schools and the substitution of a and now I appreciate the fact that I am treading true univer

ethod. upon dangerous ground. I refer to the work of the theological faculty. In what I say, however, I have nothing in mind which is peculiar to the

A Church School work of our own divinity school. The organiza The Church of the Holy Communion in tion of instruction in the theological schools of New York has long since established its right all Christian denominations is practically of one to be considered one of the pioneer churches type. The variations are very slight. This type is that which has come from the New England

in philanthropic work. It also may claim to theological seminary. There is not time this be one of the first churches to apply the best evening to enter upon a specific criticism of this scientific knowledge to its work; to place all type of organization and arrangement of work.

k its teaching on the pedagogical foundation ;

its teachi It is sufficient to say that the environment in which it had its origin' has utterly changed, while to grade its work wherever teaching is done, the thing itself stands almost unchanged in a whether intellectual or manual; and perhaps hundred years. There is great unrest in the to this application of the best principles to minds, not only of practical men, but as well of

church work may be traced its great success those who view the matter from the point of view of scholarship, with respect to the present char

in all its secular work. Its sewing-school is acter of the theological seminaries of this country. now in its fourth year. The sessions of the There is just ground for the complaint, which is school are held on Saturday morning, and the now becoming general, that the whole question

teaching done covers the whole subject of of theological instruction, its tendencies and its methods, deserves a full and complete investi

sewing from the first stitches to the cutting gation.

and making of dresses. The school has also The theological seminaries are not in touch

made a connection that enables it to carry with the times. They do not meet the demands of the times. They are not preparing men for

on its work in connection with the near-by the ministry who are able to grapple with the working-girls' club under teachers from the situation in which the Christian Church to-day Teachers' College. In connection with this finds itself. These men are prepared, perhaps,

special department of sewing music has a to solve the problem of rural parishes, but they

prominent place. In the primary and interare for the most part unfitted to deal with the urban problems. The old and artificial distinction mediate departments of the sewing-school between Old Testament exegesis and New Testa- kindergarten songs are taught, and in the ment exegesis, ecclesiastical history and dogmat

advanced department at each session the

advanced departme ics, is one which cannot be maintained. The Old Testament student takes up no problem that

pupils are given the opportunity to hear the does not require of him the use of the New Tes- best music rendered by the best piano pertament, and the New Testament student cannot formers that can be secured. In the lower deal intelligently with a single subject who has

grades of the sewing-school each child connot considered that subject in all its details from the Old Testament point of view. The introduc

tributes the sum of one, two, three, or four tion of Biblical theology as distinguished from cents, according to the grade in which she is placed. In the embroidery course the a member of the choir in that churcb, and pupils give their services as teachers in the later of the choir of Dr. Cuyler's church, then other courses. In this way each is made located in Market Street. In 1857 he gave to feel that she is paying at least in part for up his business and began to devote himself what she receives. The school is in session entirely to missionary work in New York, at the Parish House, 49 West Twentieth under the direction of the Consistory of the Street, from ten to twelve. Visitors are cor- North Dutch Church. After that time he dially received.

gave himself entirely to city mission work

until old age compelled him to retire from A Church for Deaf-Mutes

active service. In the Fulton Street PrayerThere is no more beautiful Christian work Meeting he was a familiar figure, and in its than that among the deaf-mutes. In this success was always deeply interested. He line of service the Rev. Thomas Gallaudet, was a good example of what earnestness and D.D., is beyond doubt the foremost indi- devotion to a single object may do in the vidual in this country. On Monday, Decem- way of promoting the religious life of a great ber 27, Bishop Potter conducted the con- city. secration ceremonies of St. Ann's Church for Deaf-Mutes, in One Hundred and Forty Missionaries and Christian Unity eighth Street, near Amsterdam Avenue. Of The missionaries of the Christian Church this church Dr. Gallaudet is the rector. In are not only the pioneers of Christian work the audience there were about two hundred on the frontier of civilization, but many of deaf-mutes, and all that was said was trans- them are among the best scholars and the lated into their language for them. There ablest leaders in all those great movements was no singing, and the church has no place which have to do with the kingdom of God either for choir or organ. This new church throughout the world. In many ways these has been erected with the proceeds of St. facts have been proven. Missionaries, as a Ann's old church in Eighteenth Street. It rule, are not narrow men. Contact with unis a beautiful building, with a seating capacity Christian nations seems to enlarge their horiof about three hundred. Under the audi- zons and give them a truer perspective contorium is a large room intended for social cerning their own religion. The missionaries work. Other men in New York have wider in China have just issued a notable declarafame and others are in receipt of larger tion concerning Christian unity. The signsalaries, but it is doubtful if any minister in ers represent almost every Protestant denomiany denomination has ever been permitted nation and nearly every Christian nation. to do a more Christlike work than the ven- The inception of the declaration is said to erable rector of St. Ann's, who has so long belong to Dr. Griffith John, the great Engand so devotedly served those who are so lish Congregational missionary, and his name largely secluded from communication with heads the list. The apparent difference in the outside world.

religion due to the diversity of sects is always

an obstacle to Christian work, especially in Death of the Founder of the Fulton Street the foreign field. To meet, and, so far as Prayer-Meeting

possible, to counteract this influence, this For many years, we believe since the re- statement is issued. It is signed by ten markable revival of 1858, the Fulton Street Congregationalists, six Baptists, eighteen Prayer-Meeting has been one of the institu- Presbyterians, thirteen Methodists, thirteen tions of New York. In its way it has exerted Wesleyans, and one Anglican. The declaraan influence for good which can hardly be tion is as follows: estimated. It was started by Mr. Jeremiah We, the undersigned missionaries, desiring to C. Lamphier, who died of old age on Mon- express to the world our heartfelt unity in regard day, December 26. Mr. Lamphier has been to the essential points of our Christian religion, a very interesting figure in the religious life

and longing to fulfill the desire of our blessed

Saviour and Master, expressed in His prayer, of New York. At one time he was a tailor,

John xvii., verses 11, 20-23, that His disciples but that was in the days when the retail busi- should be one as He

should be one as He and the Father are one, ness of the city was in the region of Maiden hereby declare that in our united services, as well Lane His religious life began in the Brood as in our daily intercourse with each other, we

realize ourselves to be one in the Father and in way Tabernacle while the Rev. E. W. An

the Saviour. Christianity is not so much a sys. drews, D.D., was pastor. Mr. Lamphier was tem of doctrines as it is a new life, born of the

Spirit of God, a life of vital union with God this noble institution to the extent of one through the Saviour. All those who, by the grace thousand dollars each for two years. of God, have received this new life are living members of Christ's body, and are therefore one. CHRIST HIMSELF IS THE CENTER OF OUR UNION.

Evangelization in France We may still have different views and opinions The current number of the “ Huguenot on several minor questions of our religion, and Quarterly," published in the interests of the may follow different methods of Church policy and Christian work, as each one's conscience

evangelization of France, shows more work directs him, but yet we feel WE ARE ONE by the

done than is generally known. Through the Blood of Jesus, our only Saviour and Mediator, Christian Endeavor Societies, the Young and by His Spirit, who moves our hearts. We Men's Christian Associations, the various are like different battalions of one great army,

mission chapels and Reformed Churches, a fighting under one great Captain (i.e., our conmon Saviour and Master) for one great erd-the goodly scattering of the seed is being mare, proclamation and establishment of Christ's king and the prospect is brignt. The present dom throughout the world. IN CHRIST WE ARE

political crises have brought the Protestants ONE.

into grave peril, for the priests and UltraAn Opportunity to Help Atlanta

montane party have been trying to stir up Atlanta University is one of the most use

the politicians and the people against them.

“ This year President Faure traveled through ful institutions in all the South. It has a

the west of France. In each place the repnoble history, and its President and profes

resentative of the Reformed Church, being sors are working for humanity through it, in

presented to him, seized the opportunity to a way which must command the admiration of all who love their country and their fellow-men.

protest against the accusations brought forth We quote from a circular-letter recently sent

by the Church in the press, in lectures, and

in pamphlets. The protests received the out by the Executive Committee. In giving publicity to the detais of this appeal we are

approval of the President, who promised that

his government would enforce religious freemaking an exception which an intimate knowl

dom.” That such protests were deemed edge of the circumstances seems to us to

necessary shows the bitterness of the feeling, justify:

and indicates that a crisis may be nearer than At the recent public meeting in the Brick

we think. To offset it, however, is the report Church in New York, in the interest of Atlanta University, a gentleman was present who hap

from La Rochelle, the old Huguenot strongpened to be stopping in the city over Sunday and hold that was besieged and destroyed by had seen the announcement of the meeting in Richelieu. There the Catholic Bishop himthe paper. So interested was he in the exercises

self, in addressing the President, advocated

celf in addressing of the evening that, a few days later, he not only sent his check for $1,000, but offered in addition

tolerance, and predicted that it would be to become one of ten persons to give $1,000 a the law of the twentieth century. Whether year for two years. His desire was that the Trus- a demonstration is made against Protestants tees should plan to find contributors among those who, like himself, had not previously manifested

in the near future or not depends on which any special interest in the work of the University, one of these parties in the Church gets the so that the help thus secured might be in addi immediate control. Last year the Woman's tion to the regular income annually received. It Huguenot Auxiliary of New York contributed was to relieve this strain and bridge over a short over

over $2,500 to the work in France. period in which some more permanent endowment might develop, that he made this generous offer and gift. The plan is both desirable and

The “ British Weekly” practicable. It ought to be realized.

The two great religious weeklies of Great The names of the Executive Committee issu- Britain which represent Nonconformists are ing this appeal are: President Horace Bum- the “Christian World” and the “ British stead; George G. Bradford, of Boston; At Weekly.” The former has the larger circulawood Collins, of Hartford, Conn.; Daniel tion, and is much older. It is invaluable as Merriman, D.D., of Worcester, Mass.; the a religious newspaper. No event of imporRev. Joseph H. Twichell, of Hartford; tance in the ecclesiastical world often escapes Arthur C. Walworth, of Boston, and Dr. its search. The “ British Weekly” is more Charles Cuthbert Hall, of Union Theological literary, and makes a feature of its editorials Seminary, all of whom would be glad to re- and occasional contributions. The Christceive communications on the subject. Surely mas number is used by the editor as an there ought to be nine other men or women occasion for a partial review of what the in the United States able and willing to help paper has tried to do and what it has suc

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