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THE PEOPLE'S LIBRARIES OF BERLIN.
THEIR FOUNDER AND FRIEND. THE Daheim of July 14th contains a brief account of the origin of the People's Libraries of Berlin, by Arend Puchholtz. Berlin, however, would seem to be far behind London in its library movement, as the following notes from the Daheim will show.
When Friedrich von Raumer, the historian of the Hohenstaufen, was travelling in the United States, he happened to fall into conversation with some persons of the lower classes, and was surprised at the accurate knowledge of Plutarch which some of them displayed. Inferring from this that it was the public libraries and scientific lectures which did so much for the people, he made up his mind that he would set about founding sin ilar institutions for the masses of Berlin. So tradition says, at least. On the whole, his idea was well received, but Savigny, the famous jurist, who was the chief opponent of the scheme, declared the whole undertaking, and especially the participation of women in its benefits, to be a degradation to science.
Nothing daunted, Raumer first called into existence a Scientific Union, and organised lectures in the Singing Academy. The result was most gratifying; the most prominent representatives of German science became lecturers, and large audiences filled the Academy. The plan soon found imitators in many other German cities, and thereby an interest was awakened in scientific questions, and much useful knowledge was spread.
Raumer's next move was to establish libraries for the people, it being his idea that kn wledge should not be contined to school and university circles. In 1850 four libraries were started, and the next year twenty-three more followed. These libraries, though in close relationship with the public elementary schools, are carried on under the auspices of the Scientific Union. The books are stored in the school-houses, and the libraries are superintended by the school-rector and a representative of the Scientific Union.
Now, very naturally, the interests of the library demand emancipation from the school and the schoolmaster. The work has grown, and “ librarians” with more time at their disposal than is possible to the schoolrector, and buildings with more space for the storing of the books than is available in the school-house, are required if further progress is to be made. Moreover, the libraries need to be open all the week round, instead of three days, and reading-rooms are wanted; but there seems little prospect of any extension of the praiseworthy work while the income available amounts to not more than 36,000 Marks (£1,800).
The twenty-seven libraries already in existence contain over a hundred thousand volumes, and after the German classics, Ludwig Anzengruber, Berthold Auerbach, Felix Dahn, Georg Ebers, Theodor Fontane, Gustav Freytag, Paul Heyse, Gottfried Keller, Konrad Ferdinand Meyer, Wilhelm Raabe, Victor von Scheffel, and Friedrich Spielhagen are among the authors most read. Of the readers 70 to 80 per cent. would fall under literature and juvenile works; 10 per cent. read history, biography and travels; 5 per cent natural science, industrial and technical works.
JUNE 8, 1894, being the hundredth anniversary of the death of Gottfried August Bürger, many articles on the famous poet appear in the current German magazines, Bürger's “ Lenore" and "The Wild Huntsman," as translated or rather imitated by Sir Walter Scott, are almost
household words" with us.
SAINT SIMON, THE PIONEER OF SOCIALISM.
A VICTIM OF THE REVOLUTION. M. EMILE Faguet, in the Revue des Deux Mondes, devotes an article to a subject of which comparatively little is known in England: the birth of Socialism in France in the person of the gifted and slightly insane Saint Simon, who gathered about him a band of young meu, some of whom afterwards made their mark under Louis Philippe and the Empire. In his philanthropic ideas he was the precursor of Auguste Comte and Charles Fourier, and like them he leaned to spiritual theories of life, planning not only for the stomachs, but for the immaterial element in man. Henri de Saint Simon was a man of thirty when the French Revolution broke out; he had been well educated, he had d'Alembert among his tutors, and at eighteen he entered the army and served in the first American war. He was taken by the British and interned in Jamaica; being liberated in 1783, he travelled, and formed commercial schemes, one of which was the connecting of Madrid with the sea. At first ardent for the Revolution, he became its victim, and while imprisoned in the Luxembourg had a vision of “his ancestor Charlemagne,” which seems to have been the beginning of many other visions.
M. Faguet considers Saint Simon to be a rare example of incoherence in life, character, and detailed ideas, but with a fixed monomania. He always strongly desired one thing--namely, to establish in the world, or at least in Europe, at the very least in France, a new spiritual authority. He cannot get on without one, and does not admit that any thinker can do so. The old authority, that of the Church, he considered to have disappeared, or to be on the point of doing so, or at any rate to be morally condemned, and he searched about for a new one. He held that the Church had created the Monarchy; he did not love the Monarchy, but he had come to feel a much greater horror of the Revolution. And above all he detested lawyers. Of the Church he says that while insensibly moving with each successive age, it pretended to be immobile, and that Luther, in opposing the Church, set up a more immobile authority--that of a Book.
Tracing successive theories which indicated his own mental changes, he first imagined a collective government by savants, artists, and philosophers. Such was the theme of the “ Letters to an Inhabitant of Geneva," published in 1803. Fifteen years later he abandoned this theory, and wished to give over all authority to the Captains of Industry. His final and most remarkable work is his “New Christianity,” published in 1825. By that time he had built up a system of which the intellectual echo has not yet died away. Augustin Thierry and Auguste Comte were amongst his most helpful disciples. Michel Chevalier, Charton, Felicien David, and the famous Père Enfantin are among those of the Saint Simonians whose names are still familiar to the French and English world. Saint Simon died in May, 1825, but the theories which he created have survived in many new and in some fruitful shapes. M. Faguet ends by characterising him as a very valiant heart, a very original intelligence, a man of vigorous personality, whose intellectual achievement is destined to a long survival."
The musical world has scarcely finished commemorating the 300th anniversary of the death of Palestrina when we are reminded that the 14th of June was the 300th anniversary of the death of an equally famous composer of church music, Orlando di Lasso. Many of the German magazines give accounts of the life and work of the Italian musician, whose real name, however, was Roland de Lattre.
WHAT MIGHT BE DONE WITH LONDON PARKS.
BY THE EARL OF MEATH. An article by the Earl of Meath in the New Review upon “The Possibilities of Metropolitan Parks” may well suggest to Mr. Astor whether, before he becomes quite the most detested person in Ctreat Britain, he might not make a bold stroke for popularity by undertaking to spend say a quarter per cent. of his annual income in making some of the London parks brilliant with electric light every night. Not that Lord Meath mentions Mr. Astor; he only points out what enormous advantages would accrue from such a sensible and necessary step.
LIGHT OPEN SPACES WITH ELECTRICITY. He notes that the London County Council has decided to light the Victoria Embankment Gardens and the bridges leading to it. He advises them to light and keep open to a late hour all the small gardens in their possession. To encourage them he tells the following anecdote :
As Chairman of the Metropolitan Public Gardens Associatiop, I once tried the experiment of lighting an East-End square, and of throwing open of an evening to the public. The place was in consequence so crowded that it was difficult to move on the paths; but although no policeman, and only four caretakers were present, no damage was done, the greatest order was maintained, and the people themselves took care that no one walked upon the grass or flower beds. The British working-man may always be trusted to protect public property if appealed to in the right manner. Unfortunately, the funds of the Association did not permit of the continuance of the experiment.
MAKE PLAYGROUNDS FOR CHILDREN. But the electric lighting of parks is only one of Lord Meath's many capital suggestions, as may be seen from the following extracts from the rest of his paper :
Now that the London County Council spends £5,000 a year in providing music in the parks under its control, and has engaged the services of ninety-two bandsmen, four conductors, a librarian, and attendants, under control of a musical director, a demand will certainly arise on the part of the public for a similar expenditure to be incurred by the Government in the Royal enclosures.
It will be asked why the musical tastes of the people should be gratified in some parks and not in others? In like manner, the London County Council having recently established delightful playgrounds for children in its principal open spaces, the question will arise why the needs of the little ones should be more regarded by the Municipal authorities of London than by the Crown, and Parliament will be required to vote supplies for the erection and maintenance of small, well-sheltered playgrounds, fitted up with gymnastic apparatus, and placed under the supervision of respectable, able-bodied
shown itself in the creation of a small fort for the express amusement of successive generations of bands of juvenile defenders and assaulters. In Golden Park, San Francisco, a gigantic covered merry-go-round moved by steam, consisting of two or three rows of horses and carriages. is provided by the Park Commissioners for the use of the public.
CREATE ZOOLOGICAL GARDENS, In the same park are large enclosures in which wild buffaloes and deer may be seen grazing; there is also a neatly mown grassy slope on which peacocks sun themselves and display the glories of their plumage, and an immense aviary, in which several acres of woodland, filled with singing and other birds, are covered and enclosed with wire netting, the visitor being able to penetrate through tunnels of wire into the deep recesses of these song-laden glades. In Druid Hill Park, Baltimore, I have seen camels quietly feeding under the charge of their keepers, and in some Continental cities free zoological and botanical gardens are maintained for the instruction and enjoyment of the public at the cost of the municipalities. London possesses no free zoological garden, and only one free botanical garden, which is situated at Kew, a long distance from town. The Parks Committee of the London County Council has established an Animal and Bird-life Sub-Committee, which it is to be hoped, by introducing birds and animals as far as practicable into the London parks, will encourage an intelligent study of natural history amongst classes who have neither the time nor the money to visit the private gardens of our Botanical and Zoological Societies in Regent's Park.
BRAKES, GOAT-CARTS AND LAWN TENNIS. I cannot see why goat carriages for children should not be found in our London parks as well as in the Champs Elysées, and why well-appointed four-horse brakes should not run in summer from populous centres to distant parks and commons, or through Regent's and Hyde Parks, Constitution Hill, the Mall, the Embankment, and so back to the City. Such vehicles are to be found in some of the American parks, and are well patronised. They are the property of the Parks Commission, and are not run so much for profit as for the enjoyment of the people. There is a portion of Kensington Gardens at present little used, near the Magazine, which might, with slight expense, be made useful to lawn tennis players, and there is also a piece of ground in Hyde Park, not far from the Humane Society's building, which could be turned to a similar use, or made into an admirable playground for children, if it were fitted up with gymnastic apparatus.
There is within the Metropolis a lively demand for cricket and football grounds, which it is at the present impossible to meet. If on some days of the week Hyde Park were added to the list of those open spaces where games are permitted to be played, the dangerous congestion which at present exists would be materially relieved.
UTILISE THE RIVER. If a Continental nation possessed such a splendid road and river-way through the centre of its capital as we do in the Thames and its neighbouring embankments, bright, clean, two or three-decked steamers and little, fast steam launches, like those at Stockholm, would flash over the surface of the waters, bearing of a summer evening passengers from cafes or restaurants overhanging the banks to waterside concerts and illuminated gardens. It is all nonsense for people to say that our climate will not admit of evening open-air or semi-op 'nair entertainments of a public nature. The success which attended the summer evening entertainments given in successive years at the Horticultural Gardens at South Kensingto:1 before the necessities of the builder demanded their destruction, have amply disproved the truth of any such statement. The climate of London and of Paris in summer is after all not as dissimilar as many imagine, and what can be done in the one city can very well be accomplished in the other, especially if a little more protection from weather, by glass, be given in London to spectators and visitors at al fresco theatres, concerts, cafés, and restaurants.
In many particulars foreign parks surpass ours in the attractions which they offer to the public.
In Paris and in Berlin an arena has been prepared in which athletic exercises can be practised. In the Bois de Boulogne there is an enclosure overlooked by a covered stand, where spectators can sit and watch the deeds of prowess of athletes on concentric running and jumping grounds. If I remember aright the outside track is for bicyclists, next to that is one of turf for runners, then one inside again for hurdle jumpers, and in the centre are cat-gallows for high and pole jumping. In Berlin permanent obstacles, in the shape of banks and ditches, have been erected, and the military spirit of the nation has
A PROPHECY OF DOOM;
POST OFFICE INSURANCE.
Why IT HAS FAILED. BY SIR JULIUS VOGEL. In the Investors' Review the editor gives free rein to his In the Fortnightly Review Sir Julius Vogel contrasts vivid and sombre inagination. In an article dealing with the methods of the Post Office Insurance with those the monstrous discrimination on railway rates practised adopted by the Prudential and other companies. The by the South Western Railway Company between goods following is his summing up of the points which he has from over-sca and goods from Southampton, Mr. Wilson delivers himself as follows:
attempted to prove :
1st. That the failure of the Post Office Insurance system is Looking at these things from afar, merely as one of the people, the spectacle which presents itself to our mind herein is much
not caused by the limits within which it is restricted, but that, that of a nest of reptiles engaged in eating each other up.
on the contrary, it might, with the immense advantages it With all our devotion to the "interest of capital,” we, as a
possesses, be made a great success in the hands of an expenation, can look calmly on while the big serpent represented
rienced professional life insurance manager. by the capital of the London Docks is being first attenuated
2nd. That no reflection is designed on the ability of the Post by a process of starvation and then gulped down in the all
Office Savings Banks officers, but that it is impossible for a devouring “swallow" of those still bigger creeping things, the
Life Insurance Institution to be properly minaged unless in railway corporations. In the past the owners of land were
the charge of ail expert who devotes his whole attention to it. the great devourers of railway capital. They la'l a right
3rd. That no attempt should be made to increase the per
mitted limits of insurance, and that it would be desirable to royal time of it when our railways were a-bu lding and they had land to sell. Millions upon millions of capital
(a) To enable the funds to be invested in securities in capital the people found – were then pressed into their
which trustees are allowed to invest. hands. And now that capital is eating them up also in their turn; it hits grown to be a monster which
(6) To amend and make effective the provision (Subholds them in its grasp, which decrees that their land shall
Section 9, Section 5, of the Act of 1882) enabling Field no net return except by way of dividends on railway
the profits to be divided amongst insurants. stock. Soon these dividends will also, in their turn, dwindle
But, even failing this legislation, the institution can be made
successful. and disappear. What will the landlords do then? Not dio where they stand, we may be sure. The more the pressure of
4. That payments of premiums more frequently than once a their relentless foe increases, the more will they cry for yet
year should be permitted. lavther creature of evil omen to come to their lielp; they will
5. That persons desiring to insure should be able to obtain summon the dragon of Protectionism to master and devour the
information and assistance in filling up their forms. railway serpent now supreme in the pit, filled with ravening
6. That offices should be open in the evening, where such sind writhing “interests." We rather think, too, that they
information could be privately supplied to inquirers, and that will succeed. The last demon of all will arrive, and in some
small fees should be paid to the officers of the Post Office who respects we should not be sorry if it did. Only through a
rendered assistance, and possibly a consideration allowed to tremendous social upheaval and revolution, such as a restora
Savings Banks depositors; the object being to make the
details of the Government system well understood. tion of Protectionism in this country would produce, call we hope to see the present destructive war of self-interests brougit
7. That the tables should be reconsidered, revis_d, and added
to from time to time. to an end --smothered in another and still more all-devouring. But the coming of this dragon would mean good-bye to empire,
8. That fuller information should be afforded and returns to foreign trade supremacy, to all that we now swagger and
be regularly made. boast about. What matter, so as the “landed interest
9. That the periodical valuations should be published. saved! Rents might then for a time compensato it for lost railway dividonds, Uganda, India, and one or two other slices
Such Work must not be Crippled. of this fair carth.
The Chill's Guardian, the official organ of the National The only consolation, if it be one, is that other nations are in even a worse state than ourselves. Mr. Wilson
Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, has a devotes the first place in his Review to Carnot's assassina
brief review of its present position. The editor says:tion, which, stated briefly, is that, unless France abandons “ The Society was never so busy redressing the wrongs I'rotection, she must look out for something far more of the young-never had it so large a share of the terrible than anything that has yet befallen lier:-
confidence of the masses-never was it so successful in The lesson of the murder of President Carnot-this, and not
courts -never was it to so large a proportion able to deal international liate, though that, God wot, is bad enough, fed and encouraged as it is by the difficulty of procuring the
with cases satisfactorily without resort to courts-never means of existence, created by bad laws in most countries.
had it the good opinion of so large a number of Her M. Carnot was slain by a fanatic whose passionate hate had
Majesty's judges-never was it so respected in Parliabeen generated in the seething masses of discontent which
ment, yet never was it so poor, so unable to do justice to modern nations have created in part through their progress,
the children of the land whose cry comes to its ear as it but most of all by the selfish aspirations which those carried
is to-day. This arises from the disaster of last year. upward by it have studied to gratify. It is for the statesmen Through the calamity of rainless clouds, long and extenpithe nations most afflicted to work out a cure. Repression is sive strikes, and the general depression of trade, there 11o curt, vingeance as little. They must abandon the bribery was received from the whole of the area of its operations system of Government and endeavour to work for the libera less than the estimated income to a total of £10,000. By tion of all, rich and poor alike, from oppression. If they
curtailments and checking of operations the Society met cannot ch this, then may they hold themselves prepared for this condition of things by £4,000, leaving a deficiency of outbreaks of the spirit of revolution far more harrowing,
£6,000 to be met by the extra sympathy and generosity intimitely more destructive to established order, than the 18sassination of the amiable and upright man who a month
of those who are the friends of the hosts of suffering 150 was sacrified because he was the most conspicuous victim
children whose parents are not their friends. To strike the selected assassin could hope to reach. His real murderer
£6,000 off the expenditure of the Society would be to was loss the revolting fanatic who struck him than the band break up much of the machinery which has been conof ultra-Protectionists who are fast hurrying France into the structed with much labour and cost, and this, too, in the whirlwind of a new revolution.
poorest parts of the area over which it works."
A PLEA FOR MUNICIPAL PAWNSHOPS. SoyE HISTS FROM FRANCE.
ANOTHER subject to which the National Social Union MR. HENRY W. WOLFF, who is certainly one of the right profitably turn its attention and that of all its most indefatigable of men, has a paper on Co-operative branches is the improvement of the pawnshop. That is Credit in the Economic Review for August. Mr. Wolff has grasped the idea that, in the operation of credit, there
one of the institutions in which we are distinctly behind lies the most effective lever that society possesses for
the average level of civilisation. The poor man in raising the wage-earner to the level of the co-operative
almost every European country is better protected, producer. His papers upon People's Banks, and upon
and can raise money at a lower rate of interest than he the success of co operative undertakings based upon can in this home of freedom. Mr. Robert Donald, the co-operative credit upon the Continent, are full of writer on this subject, in the Contemporary, sets forth this suggestive help for those who are working in the social subject in a very striking light. Mr. Donald bas for some field in this country. Mr. Wolff's ideas seem to be those
time been agitating the subject in his excellent journal, which stand most in need of the helping hand which the
London. He has succeeded in inducing Lord Rosebery proposed National Social Union could give them. They are independent of party, their economic value is indisput
to issue a Foreign Office inquiry on the subject, and his able, experience has shown them to be a proved success,
hand is also visible in the resolution of the London and for i heir application they require the co-operation of
County Council to investigate the question with a view a multitude of persons scattered up and down the
to action. Mr. Donald says :country. Already, as he says in the Economic Review, Few perhaps are aware of the enormous part which the his scheme has met with a far readier and more sympa pawnshop plays in the life of the people. In no country in thetic reception than there seemed any reason to look for. the world is more pawning done. It is estimated that the In Ireland especially he has received cordial support, and pledges amount to ten per head of the population a year, which the Agricultural Banks' Association, formed for the
would give 400,000,000 annually. The average value of the diffusion of information concerning people's banks, has
pledges is about 4s., which would mean that the loans amount been overwhelmed with applications for information, both
to £20,000,000 a year. In all the poor and industrial quarters in Ireland and in this country :
of our great cities thousands of people take their Sunday clothing or other articles to the pawnshops every Monday
morning, and as regularly tinke them out every Saturday night. There is a general disposition to join hands and close ranks It is not surprising that the attention should have to ally production with supply and both with credit. France been turned to such a very widespread need in early has shown us the way in the alliance formally established times. Mr. Donald says: between its various branches of co-operative organisations, and the work of all-round union promises to be completed by the
A Bishop of London did start a pawnshop on charitable first International Co-operative Congress which is to meet in
principles, in connection with St. Paul's, in the reign of
Edward III., and granted loans without interest, but his London, some weeks hence, to inaugurate an international Co-operative Alliance, designed to insure to co-operators in all
txample was not followed. countries mutual support and mutual interchange of ideas and
From the church the business fell into the hands of the information. There has long been a talk of the desirableness
Jews or Lombards, and with them it has remained ever of such a union. And the proposition has been so cordially
since. The result is that the poor man has to pay ten, responded to in all quarters, that we may expect a gathering sometimes twenty, times as much interest upon his small of no little authority and influence, taking important business loans as his neighbour in France or Italy. The trade is in band. The union to be concluded is not to be a mere show regulated by an Act passed in 1872, which was framed union.
exclusively in the interests of the pawnbroker. Speaking CO-OPERATIVE PAINTERS.
of this Mr. Donald says:Mr. Wolff's suggestion that English co-operators would The Pawnbrokers' Act runs counter to the whole tendency do well to buy goods direct from foreign co-operators is of recent legislation. It protects the strong against the weak. worth considering. Mr. Wolff remarks that both in It is class legislation of the worst kind-ingeniously contrived co-operative production and credit England is far lehind to press most severely upon those who most need the advances the rest of the Continent:
which the pawnshop gives, and who are least able to bear the
burden which it inflicts. It amounts to the nationalisation of When, a few weeks ago, I attended the Chambre Consultative
usury, and is a blot on the Parliament which passed it, and of these associations, there were a round seventy of them. As
should not be allowed longer to disgrace the Statute Book. a specimen of what they do, let me state the case of one of the most prosperous of these bodies, Le Travail, an association of
Mr. Donald describes briefly the salient features of the painters--twenty-two in number, but often employing addi
various continental pawnshops, and proves conclusively tional hands in busy times—who do in the course of a year that something must be done if England is not to fall something like £20,000 or £22,000 worth of work. Thanks to the under the reproach of lagging far behind the rest of her stimulus imparted to head and hand by the sense of independ neighbours. ence and the knowledge that whatever is done will benefit the
Continental pawnshops, unlike ours, are all organised in the workers themselves, not only can the association allow its
interest of the borrowers and the community, and adapt themmembers one franc a day higher wages than nearly all other
selves to the needs of the people, while ours harmonise better employers, but it pays besides, at the close of the year, an
with the interests of the pawnbrokers. I think I have estaadditional penny per hour out of realised profits (which are
blished a strong case for municipal action, and have shown that shared in the same proportion by the non-members employed);
the control of pawnshops in the interest of the community it pays about fifty per cent. annually on the small shares in
woull be a legitimate, sound, safe, and profitable extension of the concern held by members, and it carries a sufficient con
collectivism. tribution every year to the General Pension Fund to secure to every member after twenty-five years' work a substantial
Not impossible, certainly, but attainable at present only pension, benefiting, in case of his death, his widow or his
very slowly and only here and there where the local conorphans on a somewhat reduced seale. And over and beyond ditions are exceptionally favourable. If we are to see this, the association can allow its members six per cent. interest it generally adopted, we must do something in the on all the savings they choose to deposit!
direction indicated in the preceding article.
RELIGION AND HUMAN EVOLUTION.
BY FRANCIS GALTON. In the National Review Mr. Francis Galton has a brief paper upon Mr. Benjamin Kidu's book. IIe says:-
Mr. Kidul basthedistinction of having compelled many readers to give scrivuse msideration to his arguments by submitting them with a remarkable carnestness, wealth of apposite phrases, and happy turns of expression. Let the ultimate verdict be what it may on the net value of his conclusious, his readers will have had the feeling, which is rare to most of us, of being forced to travel for a while out of their habitual lines of thought.
This is no ordinary achievement, and deserves to be praised encouragingly. Mr. Galton is not prepared to accept Mr. Kidd's views as to the need for the interposition of altruistic sentiments depending upon religion. But what is religion? says Mr. Galton. Mr. Kidd says that it is a form of belief providing an ultra-rational sanction for conduct by which the interests of the individual are subordinated to those of the evolution of his
But there are other definitions of religion :According to my own views of the main question, any guiding idea that takes passionate possession of the mind of a person or of a peo le, is an adequate adversary to purely selfish considerations, without being a “religion” in some generally accepted senses at all. Many of the ordinary emotions whicli intluence conduct admit of being excited to so high a pitch that the merely self-regarding feelings do not attempt to withstand them, but yield themselves uursistingly u be sacrificed to the furtherance of a cause.
Mr. Galton, placing himself in the position of an agnostie, proceeds to suggest what would be peculiarly profitable and proper for man to attempt :
One of the most prominent conditions to which life has been hitherto sulject, is the newly discovered law of the survival of the fittest, whose blind action results in the prigressive procluction of more and more vigorous animals. Any action that causes the breed or nature of man to become more vigorous than it was in former generations is therefore accordant with the process of the cosmos, or, if we cling to teleological ideas, we should say with its purpose.
It has now become a serious neerssity to better the breed of the human race. The average citizen is too base for the every day work of modern civilisation. Civilised man has become possessed of vaster powers than in old times for good or ill, but has made no corresponding advance in wits and goodness to enable him to direct his conduct rightly. It would not require much to raise the natural qualities of the nation high enough to render some few Utopian schemes feasible that are necessary failures nos.
Our agnostic preacher might go on to say that this terrible question of over-population and of the birth of children who will necessarily in a statistical sense) grow into feeble and worse than useless citizens must be summarily stopped, cost what it may. The nation is starved and crowded out of the conditions needed for healthy life by the pressure of a huge cuntingent of born weaklings and criminals. We of the living generation are disponsers of the natural gifts of our successors, and we should rise to the level of our high opportunities.
That is to say, the nation might devote its best energies to the self-imposed duty of carrying out, in its manifold details, the following general programme: (1) Of steadily raising the natural level of successive generations, morally, physically, and intellectually, by every reasonable means that could be suggesterd; (2) of keeping its numbers within appropriate limits; 3) of developing the health and vigour of the people. In short, to make every individual ethicient, both through nature and by nurture.
A passionate aspiration to improve the heritable powers of man to their utmust, sems to have all the requirements needed for the furtherance of human crolution, and to sutlice as the
basis of a national religion, in the sense of that word as defined by J. S. Mill, for, though it be without any ultra-rational sanction, it woull serve to “ direct the emotions and desires of a nation towards an ideal object, recognised as richly paramount over all selfish objects of desire."
To this Mr. Kidd appends a postscript in which he says that his argument must be taken as a whole, and that it would not be wise for him to state it over again. He says that he thinks the new religion proposed by Mr. Galton is a scientific impossibility. He is glad to think that Mr. Galton has been able to go so far with him as he has done.
A CHURCHMAN'S VIEW OF MR. KIDD's Book. The Church Quarterly Review is delighted with Mr. Kidd's book. It says :
We offer a most thankful welcome to the work of Mr. Kidd, who gives us reasons of hope; and these founded on emotional rhapsodies, but upon sound scientific argument. If he thinks better of our social future than other writers of the time, it is because he takes account of past facts which have obtained from evolutionists far slighter recognition than their importance deserves.
Discussing Mr. Kidd's assertion that Altruism must have ultra-rational sanction, the reviewer says:-
We hold that there is a rational sanction, but it takes account of the whole man, soul as well as body, conscience as well as desire, and seeks the satisfaction of the religious faculty as well as of the hunger for meat that perisheth. Mr. Kidd chooses to call these spiritual desires and powers “ ultrarational ” (evidently meaning what would ordinarily be called beyond reason). We prefer to call them rational in the highest sense of the word. But, at all events, we shall agree that they deal with the supernatural, and require a supernatural faith for their exercise.
The review concludes by commending Mr. Kidd's admirable volume to the readers, assuring them that it will well reward their study.
The Little Sisters of the Poor. In a brief notice of Mrs. Abel's book on the Little Sisters of the Poor, the Dublin Review thus summarises one of the most remarkable of religious and philanthropic movements of modern times. The Little Sisters of the Poor is an institution whichfounded less than fifty years ago by a young village curate with no resources save his stipend of £16 a year, assisted by two poor seamstresses and a peasant woman, has covered the whole earth with its branches, and taken its place among the most beneficent creations of Catholic faith. It has now 250 houses. of which twenty-nine are in the United Kingdom, and gives food and shelter to over 33,000 of the aged and indigent poor of both sexes. The name of the humble servant woman who was its first alms-gatherer is so closely interwoven with its early history that its sisters throughout Brittany are still known as “ Jeanne Jugans," and a Street in St. Servan is called after this lowliest of its inhabitants. Here in a wretched attic the Abbé Le Pailleur placed his two young novices with Jeanne as their matron, and hither, in October 1810, they brought the two old women who were the first pensioners of the Little Sisters of the Poor. During this time the two girls still pursued their calling as seamstresses, while Jeanne, by various forms of service, earned wages which also went into the common fund. With every extension of the undertaking fresh help was forthcoming for it, and thus it progressed from a garret to a basement, and then to a house built for it by the charity of the public. Now the Little Sister, with her basket or her cart, is a familiar figure in every large city, and the Abbé Le Pailleur has lived to see the great idea with which heaven inspired him realised to an extent that prophetic vision alone could have foreseen.