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in the author's criticism of the Professor's arguments touching the subject which

gives the book its title. It forms an earnest and powerful chapter " —

Literary World.

**An answer to Professor Drummond, a work of some importance has just made
its appearance. It is certain that Mr. Wilson's able examinaticm of ' Natural Law
in the Spiritual World' will attract a good deal of attention and controversy."—
London Figaro.

"Mr. Wilson, with great vigour and intrepidity, criticises the Professor's con-
clusions. . . . The great question raised by Professor Drummond's work is
that of the relation of the natural law of the survival of the fittest to the doctrine of
election. His critic combats this conclusion with much acuteness and ability." —
Glasgo7u Herald.


DAVID KENNEDY, The Scottish Singer:

Renii)iisceiices of his Life a?id Work. By Marjory Kennedy.
his Colonial and Indian Tours. By David Kennedy, Juiit.
Demy 8vo, 480 pages, cloth extra, 7s. 6d. Post free.

"These unique musical tours were from time to time described by the chief
musician's son David in different books having reference to the Colonies, to India,
ind to the Cape. They have now found a graceful and appropriate ]-)reliminary
;hapter in the form of a memoir of David Kennedy himself. . . . The memoir

has been prepared by Miss Marjory Kennedy with much taste and iudpmrnf. and
will be read with interest, not only for the sake of her father's char .r%

and stories of early life, but as recallinij in various other ways \>k.. ..; uc«

associated with a family of rare gifts and graces." — Glasgow lieraU.

LIFE IN SHETLAND. V>y Juiix Russlll.

Crown 8vo, Cloth, 3s. 6d. Post free.

"Contains a great quantity of very interesting information al)out Si ' ad

its people. By a happy instinct, Mr. Russell has been led to write >st

things which he knows thoroughly — namely, his own doings and experience-.. . .
There follows the story of the strange minister at the 'second diet ' of a rrc^bytcry
meeting who wanted to propose a toast, but was informed by the horrific*! moderator
that 'God's people in that part of the country were not in the habit of rlrinking
toasts.' The rebuked stranger quietly rejoined that he 'had never Inrforc seen
God's people drink so much toddy." Much, both edifying and entertaining, might
be quoted from this unique volume, but enough may have been said to gain for it
the public attention it deserves. " — Scotsvian,

" We owe much to men like Mr. Russell, who, without any pretence, note down
what comes under their observation of an interesting nature regarding curious cus-
toms, habits of life, and folkdore, among the people with whom they come into
contact. . : . He is never entirely dull, and we prefer such volumes which
bring us into actual contact with a poor but unsophisticated people to many preten-
tious stories. We follow the minister as he goes out and in among the people,
suffering hardship, visiting, catechising, getting up a stock of fifty sermons, relating
odd anecdotes, and noting down peculiarities. We recommend this book to all
who are interesved in the subject. It makes luminous to us the obscure lives and
labours of an interesting people." — Pen and Pencil.

" An interesting and thoroughly realistic picture of life in Shetland is • "to

us in this volume by Mr. Russell, whose sojourn in those Northern islai :m

good opportunity of observing the place and the people. . . . Go<i<i rid

brief observations and remarks on the geolog}', natural histor)', and antis ;hc

islands, and the peculiar manners and customs of the people, ever and anon crop out
in the narrative. ... It contains, however, a faithfully accurate and ver>' relial)Ie
description of Ultima Tlmle. And as the reader closes the volume he will find that
he has made acquaintance at once with a singular countr)', and a pleasant gni,?.- to
its chief points of interest." — Aberdeen Free Press.

"A bright and entertainining volume, and a valuable volume withal, anent
Shetland and the Shetlanders. ... I know no book on Shetlan<l equal to
this of Mr. Russell's. Its style is pointed and racy ; the author • Hat

he knows and what he knows intimately. To put the matter in a it

a dull page in ' Three Years in Shetland,' from the title to the sent-
in which Mr. Russell expresses the wish that 'all good things i: ,
islanders among whom he spent three delightful years." — Bailte.

" A very readable book about a very interesting people. ... A>cci,
of course, enjoys altogether exceptional opportunities, and Mr. Russell .nrcms to
have made good use of them. He writes frankly about things as he found them.


wliich he is perhaps all the better able to do for his change to the position of an
outsider. " — Glasgow Herald.

*' It contains some of the best clerical stories— though not always of the most
dignified nature, nor such as will tend to exalt the cloth in the estimation of rude
and irreverent laics— that we have come across, and it gives very interesting, and
for the most part accurate, details of the everyday life of the people, "—^/^w
Courant and Courier.


LOCH C RERAN. Notes from the West

Highhvids. By W. Anderson Smith. Crown 8vo, cloth, 6s.

Post free.

" Readers of Mr. W. Anderson Smith's Benderloch will welcome from the same
pen a second instalment of notes of natural history in the Western Highlands en-
titled Loch Creran. . . . The influences of free moorland air and buoyant
water, of a spacious heaven and wide horizon, are with us, and give zest to the
study of fish and fowl and flower that are liberally displayed. Whether it is the
flight of a solitary bunting, or the habitat of the pipe-fish [SygnatJms), the progress
o^Myir in the refluent tide or a nested robin domiciled among strange perils, the
scenic suggestion cannot fail to persuade the senses. A large and distinctive por-
tion of Mr. Smith's book is devoted to the investigation of the rich spoil of the
dredger, as might be anticipated of so enthusiastic a student of fish culture, and
many of the most interesting pages describe excursions on the waters of Etive and
Creran and Benderloch, or among the rocky pools and stretches of sand exposed by
the ebbing sea. By sea or land, on the wild hills or among the flowers and insects
of his garden, Mr. Smith has ever something to say that is worth hearing, and he
says it with admirable clearness and force." — Saturday Review.

"These charming notes from the Western Highlands are truly fascinating.
Entering into the very spirit of the life and scenery by which he is surrounded,
Mr. Smith gives his readers the benefit of the vast and out-of-the-way stores of in-
formation he has gathered in all branches of natural history. Each month, as it
passes, has a chapter devoted to all its manifold changes and doings, and we get
many glimpses of charming excursions, not unmixed with clanger, when overtaken
by those sudden climatic changes to which that grand wild mountainous coast is
often exposed. An enthusiastic naturalist, the writer does not ride his hobby to
death, but, like a true lover of Nature, his sketches are bright and fresh, and full
of vivid descriptions, interspersed with many curious anecdotes and facts relating
to both the animal and vegetable kingdoms. No better or more instructive guide
to the fauna and flora of the Western Highlands could be had than Mr. Anderson
Smith's most pleasant book.'"' — Literary IVorld.

" They will be well rewarded who follow Mr. Anderson Smith along the sea-
shore, the hill -side, or the trouting stream ; they will find how much a quiet and
attentive eye can glean from a loving study of the denizens of earth, air, and water.
The book is provided with a good index, and those who have not leisure or
patience to read it through at a sitting may dip where they please. Like Mr.
Smith's dredge, they hardly ever fail to bring up something of interest." — Scotsjuan,

"Students of natural history who read Penderloch, by Mr, \V. A. SYr.ith. will
^[ive a cordial welcome to Loch Cretan, another and even more attr.i
the same observant author. With the exception, perhaps, of M.
living naturalist is gifted with a more picturesque manner of dc;

birds, beasts, and fishes than is Mr. Smith. . . . Then w;

entertaining instruction is gathered in these excursions ; a ro.i«l lo n
history is laid down by Mr. Smith, and the student follows it leisurely, .
charming bits of zoological lore here and there. One never knows a
day may bring forth when accompanying Mr. Smith on his rambles. . .
There is, indeed, no end to the curious things observed by Mr. Smith. lie teemt
only to sleep at home, lor, with his waterproof handy, he roams alxjut all d.T.
the open air, and comes home at night with a well filled note-lMM:)k. . .
wealth of interesting matter in this delightful volume is, however, t' ■
beyond our space, and we think we have collated enough to make all wl,
country, its sights and sounds, and health-giving breezes read the work itscif."'-
Diindee Advertiser.

** To those who are familiar with Mr. Anderson Smith's Penderl<xh^ no mtro-
duction or recommendation will be necessary on behalf of his new book, Ijxh
Creran. The work is, in fact, as the preface explains, simj^ly a continuation o(
the natural history sketches of which Bendcrloch is composed. . . . With
what a happy combination of vivacity and patience, insight and enthusiasm, Mr.
Anderson Smith scans the open pages of that great tome of nature. . . ,
Treasure-trove of this kind, along with notes of a more strictly scientific character,
is freely scattered through Mr. Anderson Smith's pages; and so it will have a
charm for every reader with healthy natural tastes." — Scottish Leader.

*' There are few books in the language more delightful than White's Stlhom
and in Mr. W^. Anderson Smith that earnest Hampshire naturalist has a di-
tinguished successor. His most recent volume is worthy of the author of Btn-
derloch, a book which, it may be hoped, is already familiar to our readers. . .
The variety of his researches on land and water prevent monotony. The author
has much to tell, and he explains what he has seen and done without waste of
words." — Illustrated London Neii'S.

"Mr. Anderson Smith's observations extend over 18S1-2, and refer >

the natural history of the district, but he deals also with other aspect.-. <
and his book is well worth reading." — Times.

"There can be no hesitation in assuring lovers of Nature that in to -. i.
they will find a work after their own heart. . . . The charm of the v> '.
before us is that it is not the hasty outcome of the bookmaker feverishly cngcr to
piece together into a volume odds and ends of information. There is an air of
leisureliness about Loch Creran. Month by month are given the 1
years' close intercourse with loch and sea, field and wood. The wm
enjoyed by those who share the writer's tastes and spirit, and not lo be ru*hcd l;.
the heedless." — Graphic.

" Every page has its charm, something at once to instruct the mind and to t
and amuse the fancy. It is not a book to be read through at one silting. '■
to dip into occasionally and to rumina'.e over in pleased contentment. 1
worth will be best appreciated by those taking a holiday in the countr)-,
all, at the seaside. And it will serve as a very efficient guide to jHrrsons
the study of natural history, directing them what and how to ol»scr^-e, M.\
capital story he gives illustrating the remarkab'e intelligence of the l^wcr ami.
Some of these border upon the marvellous. ''—Perthshire Constitutional and fournai.


*♦ Chatty and discursive, rather than elaborate, the interest in 'Loch Creran' is
s-cll maintained throui,'hout, and the book appeals to the general reader, by whom
t will doubtless be perused with greater pleasure than a more highly scientific
lisquisition."— /Vz// Mall Gazette.

" He is a charming companion. His descriptions are vivid and true to nature—
vhciher he makes us shiver and feel glad of the shelter of the house, as he tells us
»f winter's storms and fioods, or whether he fills our hearts with a longing for the
rashness and j^iadness of spring as he notes the signs of its advent on the shores of
x)ch Creran." — Glasgoia Herald.


Lectures on Kirk-Session and Presbytery Records. Second Series.
By Andrew Edgar, D.D. Demy 8vo, cloth, 7s. 6d. Post free.

"Antiquaries may welcome the minister of Mauchline as an elder brother of
heir craft. We have not seen the first series of lectures, but certainly these con-
ain much that is queer and quaint. Odd people, these Scotch folks ; but there is
L h(Miieliness and a reverence about them which we greatly value. Our author is
ividently of the Established Church, and knows most about the old customs of that
)ody, of which he writes with a twinkle in his eye which causes our eye to twinkle
ilso. The grim want of humour in some of the proceedings is about the same
hing as the presence of humour : you may laugh till yoti cry, and cry till you
augh ; between the tremendously solemn and the ridiculous there is but a step.
kVe have been so interested with the lectures that we must get the former volume.
A'hat limes those must have been when guests at a funeral began to meet at ten in
he morning, though the body might not be moved till three or four ! Five or six
lours ! How did they spin them out? No marvel that the Kirk-Session had to
lear charges of drunkenness. Such books as these are the best of history, leading
IS indeed into byways and lone paths which the general historian never traces." —

3. H. Spurgeon.

MY COLLEGE DAYS: The Atttobiography

of an Old Student. Edited by R. Menzies Fergusson, M.A.,
Author of " Rambles in the Far North," &c. 8vo, cloth, 5s.
Post free.

" Mr. Fergusson, either as author or as editor, has well earned our gratitude by
jiving us a volume which all may read with enjoyment and pleasure.
5pace and its limits will not allow us to dwell on many other points of interest to
)e found in this entertaining volume ; but we cannot pass without mentioning the
vorlhy dame who said, in praise of her preacher: 'There's ae thing aboot yon
nan— he's a grand roarer.' Nor must we forget the careful landlady who was
dways anxious to know if her student-lodger was as yet an unengaged man, or, to
ISC her own graphic phrase, was 'a bund sack set by.' . . ." — Literary JVorld.

"We own to a suspicion that in this instance Mr. Fergusson has been his own

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literary executor. Whether this be the case or not, he has no rcnv.n t., )^ ,.k ^

of the bequest. The sketches hnvc a pleasant j;race of litcrarv i

deal of power in description of character-sketching, while ihct ,

subtle under-strain of pawky humour, and he has brou^jht to.

manently on record a number of traditions of University life in 1

Andrews that are well worth preservation. . . . Our old stii''

of St. Andrews, where he took the theological course after

Edinburgh, are not less lively or interesting than those he - \

Alma Mater ; and his book is likely to take a fiace lK»th o; \,

enduring regard of many readers who have had similar .J

similar pleasures. A word of praise is due to the excellence ul iu ty|H/giauhy and

get-up." — Scottish Lecuier.

" We think the verdict will be that Mr. Fergusson has <lone well in \
this thoughtful book. It abounds in vigorf)us, and, in manv - -> -
delineations of University life ; it is sympathetic in its spirit and
especially when dealing with such subjects as the stage, so frcqu. i.;i> .i; «

author was a student of the Universities of Edinburgh, St. Andrews, an
his reminiscences of which are often humorous, and always inti i
the anecdotes recorded in this volume regarding the Edinbu'
exceedingly entertaining. . . . We venture to predict for thia autuL.ioi;raiih> .>
wide circulation." — Dundee Advertiser.

"The book is eminently readable, ver}' quiet for the most part, hut not wi*'
a few touches of gaiety and sprightly humour; and it betokens nu \\v.\r r '
together with a strong poetic tendency. The contents are almost en
to sketches of life at Scottish Universities, with some playful j)er-
which various Professors, some mentioned by name and others den*/'
are the objects in chief, although the peculiarities of certain lan.i. > ,.< > w.
province it is, or was, to let lodgings to students at Edinburgh or el>cwhcre. c
in for their share of more or less satirical delineation. But there is n- '
nothing bitter, nothing cynical in the mode of treatment. Two c!.
voted to a sketch, brief but graphic and sympathetic, of academic (. » r

the author went to sojourn and to study for two months." — Illustrated .

"This is a delightful book, calculated to afford much pleasurable
a quiet kind. It is written in a light sparkling style. . . . The .
an enjoyable one, and perhaps none will read it with greater relish th.i
fogies who see in it much of what they themselves passed through, and w!.
perusal, are led to recal, with mingled feelings, the aspirations, the frcsl.:
the frolic of their own College days." — Perthshire Constitutional.

" By those who have passed through the Universities it will be read with ron*}d<^-
able pleasure, affording as it does such happy reminiscences of ' '
their grave, plodding seriousness, or that more boisterous playful
posed to be the characteristic of students as a class. Those, again, m
outsiders, and have had no College days whatever, will be c!, f r !
here given of the doings of the students, and the customs a
pective Universities, the pen-portraits of the several profe
pressed regarding men and things, the poetry, original and
dred and one subjects here treated of by a man of observant i..n
lity of expression, besides a keen sense and appreciation of the h ;
— Stirling Observer.

" Many a 'varsity man, who has won his degree in the mode*! 'Jillle city, worn
and grey,' will welcome the appearance of Mr. K. M. Fergusson** CoiUgt Dmp,

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Redolent every page of it, of the class-room, and the wild Bohemianism of student
ife, and bristlini; with the 'classic' ditties which have so often made the halls of
)t. Salvator's resound, here is material for a mental revel in the past." — Northern

•* This series of autobiographical notes deserve recognition, if only because the
tyle is perfectly natural and perfectly good-natured. . . . The book contains
cveral capital anecdotes and some excellent verse." — London Figaro.

" But after all the charm of the volume lies in the whole life of a student which
5 presented to us, for his joys and his troubles, his amusements and his hard reading,
re here written of by one who has evidently experienced all. Scattered throughout
hese pages are numerous verses, some original, some well-known students' songs.
"he original verses are very good. . . ." — Stirling J otcrnal.

"The volume contains some very excellent poems which are worthy of finding,
nd doubtless will find, a place as verses to future songs. There is not a chapter in
lie book which is not thoroughly entertaining." — The Tribune.

"The 'Old Student' has to speak of Scotch Universities, Edinburgh, to wit, and
it. Andrews, while he gives some impressions, gained as an outsider, of Oxford.

. There is much that is interesting and entertaining, some good stories, and
enerally a pleasant picture of a happy and busy life." — Spectator.

"The writer is always entertaining and kindly, is wise in season, and also desipii
n loco, and tells some good stories — professors being naturally his chief subjects." —
""all Mall Gazette.

"It is, to say the least, eminently probable that Mr. Fergusson relates his own
xperiences in Edinburgh and St. Andrews. He does so in a sufficiently lively and
freshman ' style. . . . J\Ty College Days is, on the whole, as readable as any
•ook of the kind that has recently been published." — The Academy.

" Mr. R. Menzies Fergusson paints life as he thinks he saw it as a young man at
it. Andrews and Edinburgh, in My College Days. This ' autobiography of an old
tudent ' contains much interesting reminiscence, and Mr. Fergusson has perhaps
ot erred in introducing into his text specimens of the verse into which some of his
Caledonian student contemporaries were in the habit of dropping occasionally. Mr.
'ergusson's little book should find many a sympathetic reader among former alumni
f the .Scottish Universities, for he writes without affectation.' — Graphic.

' Seldom have we had more pleasure than in the perusal of these reminiscences of
College days. No one who has gone through the curriculum of a Scotch University
an fail to attest the fidelity with which his experience here finds expression. . .
An Old Student' was privileged to have more than one alma mater. He could
loast the fostering care of Edinburgh, of St. Andrews, and of Oxford, and of all
hese he has most pleasant reminiscences. Our author's experienres at Oxford will
spay perusal. The whole book, written in a most happy, though thoughtful and
ffectionate strain, must incite the most cordial sympathy of all whose student days
ave not been forgotten, while the general public will peruse it with responsive
earts and a regretful feeling that they have missed the experiences of which it
reals. ' — Brechin Advertiser.

' The minister of Logic, who made a decided hit with Rambles hi the Far North,
as attempted a very difficult bit of work in My College Days. This purports to be
lie MS. legacy of a College friend who died young after some experience of student
fe in Edinburgh, St. Andrews, and Oxford. The fiction will impose upon nobody,
Ithough it may shield the editor from some blame, for while there is mirth and


vigour and kindly reminiscence, there is also some very sharp critiritm, au'i much

reference to Academic dignitaries who arc still in the flesh, an !

inclined to sting when they lind some of their class jr. he, v.

bound in a book. . . . If certain Edinburgh di\ v^,

these pages, they will for once see themselves as the i^

amazed at the impudence of the rising generation. LvcrylxKly who

burgh will recognise the portrait of the preacher who is likened to

Thomson in one thing — 'There's ae thing alwut yon man, he's a ^;i .-r.'

The St. Andrews part is full and cleverly done, and will have a ch.u

alumni of the 'College of the scarlet gown,' because it contains a lar.

the songs, original and selected, with which the lobby of the Natural i j. !..><,.;.. hy

class-room was wont to resound." — Elgin Courant.

"The style is lively, and the descriptions of scenes of st- Mc

The account of the election of Rector at Edinburgh will d<r: .ny^

and the chapter dealing with landladies, their varieties and idiosyncraciei, is
humorous, " — Morning Post.

" To recent students of our two greatest Scottish Universities— EdinhurRh and
St. Andrews — My College Days is charged with intense interest, ih- '
humour and chatty discursiveness will render it attractive reading ■
initiated in academic mysteries and innocent of student frivolities. The 1.
Edinburgh student, in college and out of college, in the cla.ssroom, the .
society, the theatre,, and the church, is descriljed with untiring vivacity. . . .
Whether author or merely editor, Mr. Menzies Fergusson is to be sincerely con-
gratulated upon his success. Reminiscence is a species of literature not alwayt
instructive, not always even entertaining; in Mr. Fergusson's hands it l>-.\;.mci
both. " — Fifes hire Journal.

"We think the verdict of every impartial reader will be that Mr. F"crgu
done well in publishing this book. It abounds in vigorous, and. in many i:
mipressive descriptions of University life ; it is enlivened at judicious i:.
original verses, which evince lyrical power; its style is admirably ci:
clear ; it is sympathetic in its spirit and catholic in its tone, especially -.^
with such subjects as the stage and its modern exponents by narrow-m..
so frequently abused." — Ayr Observer.

"It is pleasantly written, is full of the fun of student life, full, too, of its hard-
ships, abounds with excellent stories, is very discriminating in profes>ional criticism,
while scattered throughout the racy pages are many snatches of jovial college songs
recorded nowhere else. . . . Altogether the volume is very readable, and nu
student, at all events, can find a dull page in it." — Kelso Chronicle.

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