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An Introduction to the Study of Society.
By ALBION W. SMALL, PH.D., Head Professor of Sociology in the University of Chicago, and GEORGE E. VINCENT, Vice-Chancellor of the Chautau. qua System of Education. New York: American Book Company. Toronto: William Briggs.
Long ago Pope said, “The proper study of mankind is man." With a larger meaning than that of the poet is this being realized every day. The great problem of the age is, not the scientific problem, nor even the religious nor the economic problem, but the social problem. This is being more and more discussed in the pulpit, on the platform and in the press. The Sunday-school Times even has a department for the sociological study of the Sunday-school lessons. Bishop Vincent has given it special prominence at Chautauqua and in the Itinerant Clubs of Methodist preachers. Most of the colleges have departments of sociology on their curricula. But the vol. une before us is the first text-book on the study of society that we know.
And a very admirably constructed textbook it is. The position of its authors, Prof. Small and Dr. Vincent, as instructors in this new science gives an authoritative value to the volume. The first book treats of the origin and scope of sociology, its relation to special social science and social reforms. The second book illustrates the evolution of organized society from its simplest elements, a single family on a farm, through the rural and village group to the fully developed town and city. This is illustrated with maps and diagrams and a chart showing the distribution of functions with their many bifurcations and ramifications in complex modern life.
By a stroke of genius, as we think, the three remaining books discuss the social anatomy, social physiology and pathology and social psychology of modern civilization. The book on social physiology and pathology is largely a discussion of morbid pathology, the characteristics of social disease, while the last book is on what may be called social therapeutics, the reconstruction of society in accordance with morality and law-on the eternal basis of the Ten Commandments and the Golden Rule.
The book is of fascinating interest and will be exceedingly helpful to this important study.
The Catholic Church in the Niagara Periinsula, 1686-1895. By DEAN HARRIS. Illustrated. Toronto : William Briggs. Octavo. Pp. 352. Price, $2.00.
It is an evidence of the growing popularity of the Methodist Publishing House and of the growing liberality of our Roman Catholic friends that a distinguished Catholic priest should choose for his publisher an uncompromisingly Protestant institution. This is as it should be. We are fellow-citizens of a common country. It is part of true loyalty and true Christianity to recognize one another as allies in the war against intemperance, infidelity and vice. infidelity and vice. It is w
It is wiser to promote peace and good-will than to foment strife and ill-will.
Dean Harris' ably-written volume is the most valuable contribution that we know upon the early history of the Niagara peninsula. He describes the heroic achievements of the French and English pioneers, the explorers and path-finders of empire, who laid broad and deep the foundations of the Canadian commonweal. He records the stirring adventures and severe privations of the early settlers.
“The true history of Canada,” says Goldwin Smith, “is written on the gravestones of the pilgrim fathers of the country.” To them the accomplished Dean renders a due meed of praise. Of course, he gives special prominence to the labours of the clergy of his own Church from the time of the pioneer missionary fathers to the present. The book is exceedingly well manufactured, is illustrated with excellent cuts of Indian relics, with copies of rare old engravings and with some handsome full-page plates. The Innuits of our Arctic Coast. By His HONOURJ.C.Schultz, LL.D., F.R.S.C., M.D., Lieut.-Governor of Manitoba.
In this admirable paper, read before the Royal Society of Canada, LieutenantGovernor Schultz gives an exceedingly interesting account of the little-known denizens of Canada, the Eskimo of our Arctic coast. These diminutive but hardy people have many admirable moral qualities, much physical courage, and show great ingenuity and skill in the construction of their dwellings, preparation of their clothing, and the capture of their food supplies. The monograph is of exceeding interest. Bishop Bompas, of Moosimee, has done much for the evangelization and religious training of the Canadian Innuits.
philosophy of Plato and Aristotle. The agents of Lorenzo il Magnifico swept the monasteries of the Levant for the precious MSS., the flotsam and jetsam of the ancient world, which
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FLORENCE, SHOWING THE ARNO AND BRIDGES.
Duomo to the right, Palazzo Vecchio in centre,
had drifted into these quiet retreats. flashing in the new-found light. The invention of a German me- From the rich soil of the Campagna chanic gave new wings to this were daily rescued fresh relics of rescued learning, and from the the past — lovely marble torsoes. presse; of Florence, Venice, and whose very fragments were at