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young man. The rings were not purchased. After the customer
had gone, one of the proprietors approacjied the clerk, and anmly
asked him ' why he did not say the rings were sixteen carats fine.'

* Because they were only fourteen carats,' was the reply. * But you
know that we always sell them for Sixteen carats,' said the mer-
chant. ' I did not know it,' replied the clerk, ' and I will not do it
for* any man.' ' Nonsense ! ' answered the jeweller, in a tone of
injurea innocence. * You mustn't be so scrupulous. Such trans-
actions are perfectly right, commercially speaking.' And yet this
merchant was, and is to-day, a deacon and a very active man in
one of the largest churches of Brooklyn.' The author well asks :

* Can anything more sadly illustrate the corruptions of traffic ? ' "

The following beautiful extract is frf m the chapter on marriage :

" No other event of your lives will be more important than your
marriage ; all I ^k you to remember is, that it is only an event of
life, and not the end of living. What I desire for you is, that you
may be fitted to live usefully and happily in any condition ; so that
if you shall be called to live in wedlock, you may be able to dis-
charge nobly all the duties of that relation, as well as all the other
duties that belong to the most fruitful and beautiful life ; and so
that Mf on the other hand, you shall be called to live singly, your
life in that condition may not be aimless and inconsequent, — a
melody broken off at its sweetest passage, — ^but a clear, sweet, com-
pleted strain, filling the hearts of all who hear it with hope and
thankfrdness."

The Translated PropJiet, By John M. Loweie, D. D., author of
" A Week with Jesus," Ac. Presbyterian Board of Publication :
Philadelphia.

The scenes in the life of Elijah are presented, in this book, with
vividness and accuracy. The volume is divided into nineteen



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chapters, each depicting a scene in the prophet's wond^rfiil experi-
ence. It is comprised in three hundred and twenty 12nio pages^
well printed, and every way oonvenient to the hand and the eye.
The style is well adapted to the subject ; clear, neat, compact and
readable. The Presbyterian Board, in publishing snch works, Ib
providing for the wants of the Christian public, and siq)p^yiQ j^
families and Sabbath-school libraries with a literature that is
greatly needed. It helps to banish the mass of enfeebling fiction
so abundant of late years, and fill the place with reading which is
improving while it holds the attention by its interest. Those who
are collecting books, either for Sabbath schools or their &milieSy
should not fidl to consult the catalogue of our Fresbyterian
brethren.

FamUia/r QuotaUone. By John Babtlett. Boston: little.
Brown ifc Co.

This is the fiifth edition of a work well-known and highly prized.
It is enhanced in value as It book of quotations by ^ being an at-
tempt to trace to their source passages and phrases in common
use," inasmuch as we feel a strong curiosity to know the authors of
the fine sayings whi(^ tickle the fimcy or awaken thought. Th,e
volume is crammed with the choicest thoughts of the best minds
in thd various walks of literature. It has been sometimes criti-
cized on account of its omissions ; but surely, no man would ever
attempt to compress all the wit, wisdom and beauty of quotable
literature into one duodecimo, however portly and solid. Take it
for whut it is, and it will be found a " feast of nectared sweets."
An index of more than one nundred and fifty pages makes it
available as a book of reference.

From Lbb & Sh&pabd, Boston.

The Pampas and Andes is the title of a book which describes a
^< thousand miles' wialk across South America and the Andes."
The author is Nathaniel H. Bishop, who, in 1854, when seventeen
years of age, started fi"om the town of Medford, on his voyages and
travels. He left home with forty-five dollars, shipped before the
mast in Boston, and sailed for the La Plata. Arriving there,
toughened by rough usage, he started across the. continent of South
America on foot. He describes the people, the £ice of dature, and
the animal creation. Being a natural philosopher, by nature, noth-
ing escaped his notice. After many adventures and hardships, he
reached the coast of Chili, where he shipped for home. He came,
as he went, a sailor before 'the mast \ doubled Cape Horn, and



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arrived safely in Boston, with fifty dollars in his* pocket. The
story of such a genius would find readers, even if poorly written ;
but Mr. Bishop writes as well as he journeyed, and has made a
very entertaining and instructive work.

CJhomging Baae tells what /* Edward Rice Learnt at School." It
will at once suggest to the reader, "Tom Brown," not because it is
an imitation, but because it occupies similar ground. It is from
the pen of Mr. William Everett, author of "On the Cam," and is
not inferior in interest to the admired works of Thomas Hughes.
Boys* life in school, when weU told, has a wonderful fascination for
boys ; and not for them only, but for girls, and old folks, and the
"dear middle-aged people." To all such this book is cordially
commended.

Tfie Cross and Crown Series is published by the same firm.
These handsome volumes are put up in a box, with these titles :
" Life's Morning," " Life's Quiet Hours," " Life's Evening." They
are among the finest specimens of printing firom the press of John
Wilson and Co., on beautifully tinted paper, and tasteftdly bound.
The matter is strictly reli^ous and devotionaL Such works carry
a blessing into all households wherever they are welcomed.

The Dotty IHmple Stories^ by Sophie May, are already familiar
friends to uncounted thousands of children. The little ones com-
ing forward, who have not yet made their acquaintance, are to be
congratulated on the pleasure in store for them. " Dotty Dimple
at Home," " Out West," and " At Her Grandmother's," is equally
bright and happy. The author is unsurpassed in her line, and we
trust she will keep on writing, while all the happy children rise up
and bless her.

We are glad to see that Messrs. Le^ and Shepard are supplying
the demand for such works as are noticed above. They are all
excellent in their kind, and while engaging the attention, they are
healthful in tone and spirit.

Three Hundred Yecurs Ago ; or. The Martyr of Brentwood. By
W. H. G. Kingston, E^q. Philadelphia: Lutheran Board of
Publication.

The story begins in 1565, when bloody Mary was queen of Eng-
land, and was using her power by pfutting to death those who re-
jected the errors of popery and loved the word of God. On the
26th of March, William Hunter, for his faith in Christ, was burned,
* near Brentwood. The effect on many minds was to lead them to
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such a Bweet and heroic spirit. The writer then takes up the story
of the Clayton iamily, showing how they suffered for their fidelity
to Christ, while the work of persecution went on, till the sudden
death of the queen, and the proclamation of Elizabeth, set multi-
tudes at liberty, who were in prison, ajv^aiting a cruel death at the
stake. The narrative is full of interest, and is quite instructdve in
regard to the early period of the reformation in England.

From the Presbyterian Board of Publication.

The publications of the Presbyterian Board are uniformly vidu-
able and sound. Among the more recent works are the following.

Ulrich Zunngle^ the Patriotic Reformer : A History, by Rev.
Wm. M. Blackburn, gives a very fair narrative of the Swiss re-
former's life, and a more favorable estimate of his relative merits,
than is found in the celebrated work of D'Aubigne. There has been
a disposition among Protestant writers to measure the other re-
formers by taking Luther as a standard; whereas Zwingle was
more scriptural in hb views on some important points, and was
less under the influence of prejudice. The story of Zwingle is •
replete with interest, from his birth in 1484, just seven weeks after
Luther was bom, to the day of his violent death on the field of
Bremgarten.

By a republication of James' Earnest JMtnistry^ with an Litro-
duction by Dr. J. B. Condit, the Board have rendered a good ser-
vice to the ministry and the church. To an American audience, .
an indispensable requisite in a public speaker is earnestness. There
must be a soul behind all his words, if they are to produce much
effect. Especially is earnestness demanded of a minister, because
of the universal conviction that the themes of the Bible are of
transcendent importance. We should be glad to* know that this
volume is in the hands of all the young ministers and theological
students in the land.

Work for aU and Ways of Workinyy by Rev. Charles P. Bush,
D. D., is another publication of the Presbyterian Board, and one
which ought to have a wide circulation. The " work to be done "
is among the " outside masses," who habitually " neglect the sanc-
tuary," or are " votaries of false religion."* The work of evangel-
izing this vast mass, scattered all over our country, in New Eng-
land as well as in the Middle States, the South and the West, is a
duty, and " the duty of all alike." This duty is pressed closeI)r
upon those members of the church who are able, but as yet unwil-
' ling to co-operate. It is a blessing to every one engaged in this



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work, as in this way his useftilness, and therefore his happiness, is
greatly enhanced. Different methods of working, by la;ynien and
Christian women, are suggested. The . work should be done, not
only in the family, the Sabbath school and the meeting, but by the
" wayside ; ^ and by " good books ^ as well as by voice and prayer.
The book is full of " encouragements to work," and illustrations of
the way to work successfully.

It is to be regretted that so many writers and speakers overstate
the amount of religious destitution in our land. This is done with-
out intent to mislead, but figures are caught up and given care-
lessly, which are wide of the truth. Any impression which is pro-
duced by exaggeration, is ^ure to be effaced, when the exact facts
come to be known. Some agents of religious societies fail to carrj^
the convictions of their hearers, because they indulge in wholesale
statements. Surely there is destitution enough without magnify-
ing it for the sake of effect. These remarks were suggested by
certain loose statements in the opening chapter,* showing the great-
ness of the work to be done. But in this regard, the author offends
less than the majority who write on such subjects, and* ought per-
haps to be commended for his comparative correctness. With this
caveat, we heartily commend the book to all who love to do good,
and to all who ought to be engaged in the good work of leading
their friends and fellow-men to the Saviour.

T?ie Do Good Library contains " Anna Hand," " Grandma Fos-
ter's Sunbeam," ".Little Patience," "Little Helper," "Little Dick
Positive," " Loitering Linus," " Maud's Two Homes," " Milly," and
" Stupid Sally." Each volume, of 72 pages, 12mo., has two illustra-
tions. Price, 18.00. This list of titles will give some idea of these
juvenile books. They are well printed, bound in red covers, and
put up neatly in a paper box. The children in any household would
find them an acquisition. It is pleasant to know that such works
are getting into thousands of Sabbath schools and tens of thousands
of families.

Next comes a " Series for Youth," in blue, red, green and gold, •
under the following titles: "The Governess and her Pupils,"
"Nelly's Neighbor and Other* Stories," "A Gathered Blossom,"
" Words of Truth and Love," by Dr. Plummer, " Only a Child,"
and " A Little Thing," by Nellie Grahame, each adorned by two
neat engravings.

The Promises of Ood^ considered in their Nature, Sources, Cer-
tainty, Freeness, Preciousness and Sanctifying Power, by Dr. E.
C. Wines, is well adapted to support the believer amid all the trying
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A Book about Boys: by A. R. Hopb, author of ** A Book about
Dominies." Boston : Roberts Brothers. 1869. pp. 247.

Another delightful book, from Scotland abont the management of
boy^ and the government of schools. We began this book in the
middle, and were struck with its resemblance, in many partacnlsn,
to the writings of another genial and boy-loving Scotehman, D^Arcy
W. Thompson. Turning to the preface, however, we found die
author acknowledged the resemblance, and accordingly were free
to accept his statement that " my manuscript was in the pubMei^
hands before the appearance of * Wayside Thoughts."* StilJ, the
book is no less welcome oi) account of its suggesting others. Hk
author is thoroughly imbued with the ^irit of his subject ^ h»
produced a profitable and interesting woik. Schoolmasters, and
indeed all lovers of boys, will return thanks to Roberts Brothen,
for this handsome reprint, and hope soon to see a cc^yofMr.
Hope's book " About Dominies."

What Answer? by Anna E. Dickinson. Boston: l^cknor and

Fields. 1868. pp.801.

Whoever omits reading this book because of unferorable neir»-
paper criticisms, will lose the reading of one of the best contriba-
tions to the cause of freedom that has, for a long time, appeared.
The book has real merit. Its vigor and fire are a fine contiast to
the unmeaning platitudes of piles of books lying on the shelyes of
any bookstore. We like this book because it is earnest and tnitb-
fiil, and boldly presents the cause of truth, honor and God, against
prejudice, ingratitude and caste.

lAttle Women; or Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy. By Louisi 3t
Alcott. Illustrated by May Alcott. Boston : Roberts Brothere.
pp.341.

This is a girPs book, and a charming one. It is remaikaUelor
its naturalness. The characters are real ones, and they talk in i
natural way. It is a delightful picture of a happy fiunily, made
happy by a sensible mother teaching her children how to haTC a
good time at home.

How to Conquer; or AUen Ware. pp. 297.

Tom and Sarah Need, pp. 251.

Jem Morrison, pp. 207. {

'Edna WtUis. pp. 144. .

Orace Bodies Legacy, pp. 108. (

By James S. Claxton. Philadelphia. . M

All good books, and safe for Christian people to put in the IsnSi

of their children. " How to Conquer " is a good temperance tale.



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Smoking and Drinking. By James Pabton. Boston: Ticknor
& Fields.

This little volome is made up of three of Parton's articles in the
Atlantic Monthly, entitled, "Does it Pay to Smoke P*^ "Will the
Coming Man drink Wine?" and "Inebriate Asylmns, and a Visit
to OneJ' They have been widely read in the Atlantic, and will
find new readers in this form. Parton is sure to get a hearing, and
w| are glad he writes in the interest of temperance and good
morals. Though he is one of those writers who make no appeal
to the moral sense, and seems to have no conscience, yet he may
be all the more influential with a certain class, in inducing them to
a)>andon bad habits. As 'usual, he takes pains to show his utter
scorn of Evaligelical religion, which, we submit, is quite useless,
unless as a pepper-corn tribute to prove his continued allowance to
the deviL

The Atlantic Almanac^ 1869. Edited by Donald G. Mitchbll.
Boston : Ticknor & Fields.

The only objection to this annual is, that it is too good. The
illustrations and the printing are in the best style, an^ the contents
are by some of our best writers. The editorship of Mr. Mitchell
is a guaranty that everything is in excellent taste. There are four
colored pictures of the seasons.

The C ongr egational Polity^ as taught in the Word of Gtod. By
Rev. Wm. H. Wildeb. Rochester: E. Darrow ifc Bro.

This is a littie pamphlet of twenty-four pages, by a thorough
Congregationalist, who has had great experience as a minister. It
is recommended by the Ontario, N. Y,, Association, before which
body it was read. It treats of churches, their organization, officers
and fellowship, and of councils. The' Bible is held to be the only
sufficient and infallible rule for the direction of the churches in
matters of fidth and practice. This is the true ground, and when
the church comes back to this conviction, it will be fotmd that the
Congregational way is the only scriptural system. Mr. Wilder
also holds that the "plenitude of power for government is lodged
with the brotherhood of the church." At the sanxe time he en-
forces the duty and advantage of the fellowship of the churches.
This little 'manual would be a great convenience to the lay mem-
bers of our churches, and we wish there were some means of giving *
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The Woodbine Series is from the prolific pen of Mrs. Madeline
Leslie, and published by A. F. Crraves, ComhilL One yolume of
the series is entitled, " The Governor's Pardon, or. The Bridge of
Sighs.'' The &ct8 related in it were gathered during visits made
to various prisons in different parts of the country, and are here
woven together with all the skill for which the author is so well
and fevorably known. The narrative is borne along by "a fenrid
style and a sustained interest to the close. The conclusion reached
is, not only that " The way of the transgressor is hard," but sisOt
that " Whoso confesseth and forsaketh his sins shall have mercy."

The JETun/kin Intellect. By Noah Pokteb, D. D. New York:
Charles Scribner & Co. For sale by Lee & Shepard.

This work will be welcomed by the thinking world. The autbor
has been, for many years. Professor of Moral Philosophy and Meta-
physics in Tale College, and probably no man in the country is
better qualified, by natural predilection and by long study, to write
satisfiictorily upon the subject of this volume. The main treatise
is preceded by an " Introduction upon Psychology and the Soul^** -
filling nearly sixty pages. We learn from the Preface, that the
work was prepared in the first place, as a text-book for colleges and
higher schools, and that it was designed also as a manual for more
advanced students of psychology and speculative philosophy. It
was hoped farther, that some of the many readers and thinkers
who wish to form intelligent opinions in respect to the nature and
limits of human knowledge, would give it a place in their libraries.
This hope will not be disappointed. There is a growing taste for
studies of this nature. Besides this, the writings' of the schools of
Comte and of Mill, have compelled this generation to search anew
and for themselves into the foundation of things. There is a
necessity, therefore, that all people of intelligence should become
somewhat familiar with works of the kind before us. I^ therefore,
a treatise on psychology and the human intellect is at all readable,
it will be read. And here we come to one of the special merits of
Professor Porter's volume. It treats of the profoundest -subjects in
an interesting manner. With a fulness of knowledge scarcely
second to that of Sir William Hamilton, and close, severe thinking,
there is a lucid order and beauty of style which fix the attention.

Publications of J. P. SkeUy ani Co.

Messrs Lothrop and Kemp, at 38 Comhill, keep the publications
of the above firm. Of these we have examined " Hugh Wynford,
or The Cousin's Revenge," "Ursula's Girlhood," "Charley Watson,



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the Drunkard's Little Son," « Grandma's Wardrobe," « The Little
Slate Picker." In style and illustrations they compare well with
the publications with which the booksellers are now supplying the
rising generation. Those who are looking for books for the young
may be assured that these volumes inculcate lessons of honesty,
temperance and piety in a pleasant and interesting way. The illus-
trations, in general, are better in execution than design. What
child, for example, cares to see the picture of a boy washing his
feet, or of a man holding a funnel under a spout ? This criticism
does not apply specially to the books under notice. A vast amount
of skill is wasted in making pictures of little worth.

T?ie Great Exhibition ; with Continental Sketches, Practical and
Humorous. By Howaud Patson Arnold, author of " European
Mosaic." New York : Hurd & Houghton. Boston : for sale by
Nichols ifc Noyes. pp.486. 1868.

Mr. Arnold, though a young attorney, is a traveller of some
celebrity, as well as a popular author. His spicy letters, specially
from Germany, in the "Boston Recorder," made him so generally
known that any book stamped with his name and style must find
hosts of readers, and all the more so for the fair type and elegant
appearance of Hurd & Houghton's books. The twenty-three
subjects treated here are just the ones to be made profitable and
attractive by this author's sketchy pen. They are such as these :
Transitory Horrors ; The Chinese in Paris ; Batty and the Beasts ;
Paris and the Muses; The Furka Pass and the Rhone Glacier;
Gentle Dullness at Dinner; Zermatt; Mount Blank; Autunm in
Piedmont, &c., i&c.

Letters from Eden ; or Reminiscences of Missionary Life in the
East. By Rev. C. H. Whebleb, Missionary in Eastern Turkey.
Boston : American Tract Society, 28 Comhill. pp. 432. 1868.

Literest in missionary work is likely to be excited and quickened
by such reading as this on the part of the young. There is here
much interesting recital of missionary experience and incidents,
and considerable information and some profitable speculation and
suggestions are given. The engravings aid in setting forth the
appearance, manners and customs of the Turks and other orientals.
Some of the subjects are : The Location of the Garden of Eden ;
Modes of Burial ; Ice Cave ; Mohammedanism ; Missionary Tours,
&C., &c.

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The Bilie Htde of Temperance. By Gbobgb Duffebld, D. D.
Scriptural Claims of Total Abstinenc. By Newman Hall, LL. B.
Andrew Doi$glass.
Temperance Tracts.

These four smallish books are issued by the National Temper-
ance Society and Publication House, Kew York, J. N. Steams,
Agent, 172 William Street, They should be in every library, and
the first two should be freely circulated in all Sabbath schoolfl.
We think Dr. Duffield's position, of a radical difference made in
the Scriptures between fermented and unfermented wine, cannot
be overthrown, and is highly important in these days. Temperance
Tracts are lively reading and full of facts, while Andrew Douglass
is a story of the sorrows of a family, caused by intemperance, which
will start the tears to any eyes that will peruse it.



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THE ROUND TABLE.

Thb Quaebbs, &c. Some points in ancient New England his-
tory have a new handling in literary circles. The JEdinburgk
XeviSu) has tried its hand on the Salem Witchcraft, — (albeit
blundering at the outset, in calling Salem " the chosen habitation of
the Pilgrim Fathers,") — apropos of last year's new edition of Mr.
tTpham's book on the subject, Mr. Lowell has done the same thing
in the Iforth Amerioan JReview, and Prof. Longfellow takes Witch-
craft and the Quakers as themes for his "New England Tragedies."
A little old fragment of a book is recalled to mind thereby, which
came by chance to our hand years ago— (the West sometimes floats
such waifc into sight) — ^which contains a collection of the dying
experience and words of Quakers, some of whom suffered grievous
persecutions. It is part of a 12mo volume of 208 pages, some leaves
lost in the middle and at the beginning, and the Preface imperfect
also. The story of James Pamel is first ^ven, then that of Mar-
maduke Stevenson and William Robinson, &c., &o. The Table of
Contents has fifty-seven names ; among them Gkorge Fox, William
Ledra, Mary Dyar, (of Rhode Island,) the wife and son of William
Penn, Ac, &c. A few pages of a similar volume, with Preface by
"Christopher Meidel," are bound with it. The word "Piett"
occurs at the bottom of each preface, evidently connected with
something on the next page (lost), and the book is probably John
Tomkins's "Piett pbomotbd in a collection of the Dying Sayings
of Quakers. 12mo. London, 1703." (Catal. Brit. Museum.)



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