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Another of his hymns is also civilization that criminology has familiar :
become an elaborate science, and “ Jesus, the very thought of Thee, yet it is to the credit of humanity With sweetness fills my breast,
that criminals are being treated, not But sweeter far Thy face to see,
with a fierce avengefulness, but in And in Thy prest nce rest."
the effort to reform and restore. But he had wider claims for the This is not a dry-as-dust treatise of lasting reverence of mankind. As
prisons and reformatories, but it is an eloquent preacher, a later chry
a philosophical study of the criminal sostom, he confronted kings with a
type, of the evolution of crime, its message from the King of kings, and criminal and psychological side, was for his time a great statesman; recidivation, etc.
criminal contagion, and hypnotism,
The book is an and a great social reformer and organizer. The following is Dr. important contribution towards the
science of crime and criminals. Storrs' summary of his character :
Ileretofore, the works upon this “In times of tumult and peril he branch of science have been in the followed those of the earlier day, who, through faith, subdued kipgdoms,
main such as only students would wrought righteousness, obtained pro.
appreciate ; but, while we have in mises, stopped the mouths of lions, in this work a scholarly treatment of the weakness was made strong, waxed val.
subject, as the result of years of exiant in fight, and tuined to flight the pert study and research, we have also armies of the aliens. Taking him for all a popular treatment by which the in all, he stands before us, I am sure, by subject is brought within the comno means the supreme philosopher of prehension of those who are not spehis time, or its most untiring acquisitive cialists. Dr. MacDonald's, we judge, scholar, but as noble an example as will take rank as the text book in that time offers, or any time, of the the English language on criminology. power which intensity of spiritual
His plans included special visits to force imparts to speech; of the power of that speech, as thus vitalized and institutions in England, Germany,
the principal prisons and charitable glorified, to control and exalt the souls of men. I think of him in his physical France, Belgium, Switzerland, Italy, frailty and his tender'humility, refusing
Austria, and America. office, and spurning all enticements of
two entire summers with criminals station, yet confronting kings, cardi. in the best institutions at Rochester, nals, and popes, ruling and inspiring Elmira, Auburn, and at other points. vast assemblies, raising armies, subdu- He was locked in cells with criminals ing rebellious minds and wills, sweeping in order to become more fully in fact the nations before him with his learned concerning them. impetuous and passionate discourse, The main work closes with some over which brooded eternal shadows, general practicable conclusions, which through which streamed celestial lights, and which shot to its purpose from a
are worthy of close attention. An soul full charged with heroic energy
extensive Bibliography of crime, of and I see, and I say, that the noblest the best books and articles, in the opportunity God gives to men is that several languages, follow. of testifying, with lips which He Him. Memorial Remains of the Rev. self has touched, to the glory of His character, to the majestic grace of His
Murray McCheyne, Minister of St. plans, to the work which men of a
Peter's Church, Dundee. By Rev. consecrated spirit may do for Him in
ANDREW BOXAR, D.D. Edinthe world!”
burgh: Anderson, Oliphant &
Ferrier. Toronto : Wm. Briggs. Criminology. By ARTHUR Mac- New ed. Pp., 648. Illustrated. DONALD. Large 12mo, cloth, 416
For two generations the name of PP., with Bibliography of Crime, etc., $2.00. New York, London, saintly consecration and of seraphic
McCheyne has been the synonym of and Toronto : Funk & Wagnalls zeal. Of him, as of another saint of Company.
God, it may be said, “He was a It is a sad comment on our modern burning and a shining light." Like
the pious Rutherford of an earlier while fairly illustrating the subject, generation, he is enshrined forever do not possess the artistic merit a in the hearts of those who knew the book of this sort should have. It is man, as one of the noblest incarna- not a mere book of travel, although tions of Christian manhood that the it is the result of wide journeying and world has ever seen.
close study of the sacred sites and In a life three years less than
It furnishes recent identific that of the Lord whom he loved and cations and other results of exploraserved, he accomplished great good tions of Bible lands, and it focuses and left a sacred influence that is upon the sacred page a world of fragrant in the world to-day. Dr. information derived from many Bonar gives an account of Mc
For Sunday-school teachCheyne's interesting mission to ers and preachers, it will be a very Palestine and the Jews, but leaves valuable help for the study and him to tell his own story in the comprehension of the Word of God. interesting letters and extracts from The classified indices of the subjects his journals which are given. We and texts are very complete. can easily imagine the intensity of spiritual interest with which he
Annals of the Disruption of 1843, visited the place made sacred evermore by the life and labours of our
with Extracts from the Narratires Lord. Although fifty years have
of the Ministers who left the Scottish
Establishment. By Rev. THOMAS passed since then, yet, in the sweet
Edinhymns which he wrote “by cool
Brown, D.D., F.R.S.C. Siloam's shady rill,” and “by the
burgh: Macniven & Wallace. deep blue waves of Galilee,"
Toronto: Wm. Briggs. Pp., 841. seem to feel the spell of his spirit This volume gives a full and breathing in the place to-day. A graphic account of one of the most selection of his poetical writings are important re'igious movements of given with portraits and fac-simile of modern times. Seldom has such an his writing. His biographer has act of self-sacrifice been exhibited recently passed the veil and joined as that of the five hundred Presbythe choir invisible. This volume terian ministers, who, at the comcontains, as Milton says, “the quint- mand of conscience, abandoned essence of a noble spirit.” It Is a their churches and manses, and like remarkably cheap book for its size Abraham, went forth, not knowing and excellence.
whither they went. It is a tale of
lofty heroism and of noble trust in Bible Lands Illustrated. A com
God. plete handbook of antiquities and
This story of the origin of a great modern life of all the sacred Church is well told, and admirable countries. By HENRY C. Fish, illustrations are given of the proD.D. Octavo, full gilt, pp. 920. cession down the high street, of the New York : A. S. Barnes & Co. signing of the deed of demission Toronto : William Briggs.
and of the first assembly ; “leaving This is an exceedingly well writ- the manse,” and many other touchten and useful book. It has sev- ing incidents. Excellent portraits are eral marked features of value. also given of Chalmers, Dr. CunningFirst, its comprehensiveness, em- ham, Hugh Miller, and other actors bracing Egypt, Palestine, Syria, in this great drama. Our friend, Persia, Asia Minor, Greece, Italy, Rev. Professor Wallace, of Victoria and other lands of Bible incident College, himself a son of the manse and story. It is also very copiously and son of one of the founders of illustrated, having 600 engravings the Free Church of Scotland in this and maps, 1,000 elucidated Scripture land, has kindly promised to pretexts, and 2,000 indexed subjects. pare for this magazine an article Some of the engravings, however, discussing this important movement.
WHAT EGYPT CAN TEACH US.
BY THE EDITOR.
It seems strange to hear the snort of the iron horse at Assouan, 800 miles up the Nile.. Yet there is a well-worked stretch of railway around the great cataract, and there will soon be unbroken connection all the way from the Mediterranean to far beyond Philæ. Our Canadian party, however, were too late for the daily train from Assouan, so we had to take donkeys for the six miles' ride through the desert. The popular idea of a desert is that it is a level and limitless stretch of barren sands. A glance at the picture on the following page will show that that is not correct. in many cases there are out-cropping rocks and ruin mounds.
The essential characteristic, however, is its sterility and desolation. Anything more desolate than the verdureless, hot and arid expanse is difficult to conceive. Notwithstanding, the air is so dry and clear that a sense of exhilaration is felt that goes far to overcome the feeling of heat and fatigue. We pass near Assouan, a dreary Arab cemetery utterly neglected and ruinous, many of whose crumbling brick tombs are over one thousand years old. The road passes through a savage defile bordered by granite rocks on either side, and strewn with flint shards and granite boulders in wildest confusion. As soon as we strike the river again, all is verdure and fertility. The shore is populous with native villages fairly swarming with children, even the youngest of whom, if they can say no other word, will lisp out “'sheesh,” and hold out their little hands and beg still more ardently with their beautiful dark eyes.
We embarked in a cumbrous river boat rowed by about a dozen coal-black Nubians, who seemed all the darker by contrast
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