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of the Methodist preacher's wife if she be a woman of keen perception with some vein of humour, as is conspicuously the case in the accomplished writer of these etchings. The hereditary talent of the Jeffers family is conspicuously shown in these clever sketches. This book, we predict, will be read with keenest zest in many a Methodist family. The preachers and their wives will especially enjoy it. Mr. Bengough's inimitable sketches bring out admirably the points of the story.
Lovell's Gazetteer of British North America.
8vo. Pp. 674. Montreal : Lovell & Son. Price, $4.00.
We are glad in this Dominion Day number of the METHODIST MAGAZINE to review such a thoroughly patriotic enterprise as Lovell's new “Gazetteer of British North America.” The first prerequisite to an intelligent patriotism is some acquaintance with the magnificent country which in the providence of God is our national inheritance. Comparatively few of us can traverse it from end to end, and none of us can by any possibility visit the nearly twelve thousand places described in this book.
The earlier edition of Lovell's “Gazetteer" we have used for years and found of exceeding value. This is much enlarged in size and scope and will be still more useful. Where we have tested it in some out-of-the-way places we have found it exceedingly accurate. It contains the latest and most authentic descriptions of over 8,900 cities, towns, villages and places in the provinces of Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Manitoba, British Columbia, the Northwest Territories and Newfoundland, and general information, drawn from official sources, as to the names, locality, extent, etc., of over 2,980 lakes and rivers.
A department of special value is the 120 pages of table of routes showing the proximity of the railroad stations and sea, lake and river ports, to the cities, towns, villages, etc., in the several provinces. As showing the development of Canada during the last fourteen years it may be stated that the “Gazetteer" contains the names of 1,400 more places, and 1,600 more lakes and rivers, than in the edition of 1881. The compilers believe that they have included absolutely every place in the country, large and small, which is dignified with a name. Etchings from a Parsonage Veranda. By Mrs. J. W. GRAHAM, illustrated by J. W. BENGOUGH. Toronto : William Briggs. Price, $1.00..
We heard a competent critic state that these graphic sketches are as good in their way as the world-famous ones of S. R. Crockett, author of “The Stickit Minister.” This is high praise, but we judge not too high. The Methodist preacher who keeps his eyes open has an incomparable opportunity for the study of life and character. Still more is this true
Songs of the Pines. By J. E. CALDWELL.
Toronto : William Briggs.
l'nder the admirable title “Songs of the Pines,” Mr. Caldwell brings out a volume of Canadian verse of more than ordinary merit. The themes are thoroughly Canadian, with descriptions of photographic fidelity, and studies of Canadian life and character. There is a sturdy patriotic ring about the poems. The longest is a story of fifty pages, of the Ottawa valley, and has exquisite touches of pathos and beauty. Introduction to the Study of the Gospel of
St. John, together with an Interlinear Literal Translation of the Greek Tesct of Stephens, 1550, with the Authorized Version Conveniently Presented in the Margin for Ready Reference. And with the Various Readings of the Editions of Elzerir, 1624, Griesbach, Lachmann, Tischendorf, Tregelles, Alford and Wordsscurth. By.J. P. MACLEAN, PH.D. Cincinnati : The Robert Clarke Company. Price, $1.50.
The Gospel of St. John is the great battle-ground of biblical critics. Many have boldly asserted that its claims are inferior to the Synoptic Gospels. Every lover of the Bible should be thoroughly informed upon all points connected with this Gospel. It is regarded by some learned critics as the key to the New Testament. No one can understand the Bible without a thorough knowledge of St. John's Gospel. It is the Gospel of Gospels. No writing combines greater simplicity with more profound depths. This introduction to its study is specially designed to meet every requirement of the devout believer in its authenticity. The Greek text, with its interlinear translation and various readings by learned critics, will prove valuable both to the scholar and to him who is not versed in the Greek language.
EARLY on Saturday morning our good ship glided into the magnificent harbour of Smyrna, the largest and most important city of Asia Minor. It occupies a most magnificent posi. tion, backed by an amphitheatre of mountains, its fertile plain covered with richest foliage. Its crowded shipping and splendid quay give the city quite a European character; but as we penetrate its interior and visit its suburbs, it becomes strikingly Oriental. Not at either Cairo or Constantinople is such a variety
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of tongues spoken; no less than seventeen different languages are in use. I saw signs in Turkish, Armenian, Hebrew, French, Italian and Eng. lish. The commerce of Smyrna is very extensive, chiefly cotton, figs and other fruit, silk, opium, liquors, sponges, Turkey carpets and rugs, leeches and attar of roses.
We visited the quaint Cathedral of St. Photinus, and the Armenian church, where the strange service of that ancient sect was in progress. The spacious church was situated in
a great court surrounded by ancient esque garb of the many races whom sculptured monuments, one of which we saw. Some of the Turkish was an English tomb, of date 1636, women were arrayed in most brilwith the inscription, “Here lyeth in- liant colours -- salmon-coloured or terred the body of Christian Moyer.” pink silk, with pink parasols and I noticed the names of “Polycarp " white yashmaks. One of my traveland “Homeros ” Streets. The crowd- ling companions said that they ed thoroughfares presented a very dressed so “loudly” that he could remarkable pageant; heavily bur- not hear the steam whistle of the dened camels, kowasses in gorgeous ship!
jackets with bag- I called to see the Rev. Mr. Mcgy trousers, and Lachlan, of Toronto, who went out a great red girdles, few years ago as a missionary to
Sardis. He had recently come to Smyrna, and had charge of a very admirable mission school. He was assisted by a very bright, intelligent lady, Miss Blakeley, a native of Smyrna, though of Boston parentage.
Throughout the East generally the windows are closely barred with iron, but here in the Armenian cemetery even the graves were simi. larly covered. Many of the houses, though bare and bald on the exterior, with few win
dows, and those SMYRNIOTE LADIES.
closely barred, had
lovely courts, where grew in richest in which were a perfect arsenal of profusion sub-tropical plants and weapons. The principal industry of flowers. In the evening the handa large number of the people seemed some Smyrniote ladies may be seen to be begging. They would pause in full dress standing at the doors. with outstretched hands, without a We visited a large Greek hospital word, when the porters stationed surrounding an open square, whose at the great stores would bestow a many rooms looked neat and clean, microscopic coin, or one of micro- although the air was laden with scopic value, on each.
that peculiar odour which seems I was impressed with the hand inseparable from such institutions. some Levantine men, and the fine, Among the patients was a sick clear-cut and classic features of the Canadian. Adjacent to the hospital women, as well as with the pictur- excavations were being made of the