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Art. III. Andover THEOLOGICAL SEMinary.—John Milton Holmes, Andover
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We wish the UNDERGRADUATE all success. But we confess that we have had serious doubts as to whether it is advisable for those who are engaged in the important studies that are preparatory to professional and business life, to engage in so great an undertaking as this. We are confident that our doubts will be shared by multitudes among the friends Colleges. The hours of student life are golden hours, the full value of which no student can possibly understand till in after years he reaps the advantage of his close application to the course of study prescribed, or learns by bitter experience how great was the folly which led him to engage in outside employments, bowever fascinating at the moment. But we are glad to be informed, and take pleasure in making it known to our readers, that the Association contemplate employing a “General Secretary," who is to receive a salary and devote all his time to the management of the business connected with the publication of the Quarterly. This arrangement will effectually relieve the undergraduates themselves from the numberless demands upon their time, which must otherwise distract their attention from their proper studies.
We hope that this arrangement will be immediately made. We deemn it absolutely essential to the best interests of those who have shown, by what they have done in this number, that if they now for a few years apply themselves with equal zeal to regular study, they will soon be fitted for successful labor in far more important stations.
With such an arrangement for a “General Secretary” carried out, a very interesting Quarterly may be made, as we should hope, without interfering with those other more important interests of which we have spoken. The correspondence and communications of American students who are pursuing their studies in European Universities, Professional Schools, Special Schools, and Art Schools, will be a very attractive feature. The “News-Articles” from the different Colleges and Schools
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of this country, cannot fail to be interesting. And the freshness and vivacity of the discussion by young men of such questions as are of common interest to them, cannot fail to make the UNDERGRADUATE a popular periodical.
Foor FALLS ON THE BOUNDARRY OF ANOTHER WORLD.* _ This work is dirided into six books, entitled as follows:—Preliminary ; Certain Phases of Sleep; Disturbances popularly termed Hauntings; Appearances commonly called Apparitions; Indications of Personal Interferences ; The suggested Results. Some of these books consist chiefly of narratives of what are alleged to have been actual occurrences. These are exceedingly curious and interesting to all those who have a desire to dwell on the marvelous. This collection of narratives is very copious in its quantity and various in its quality. It labors under a single but most serious defect. The stories are not properly verified, and hence though in the mass they are very imposing from their number, yet when taken in detail they shrink into less formidable dimensions.
The theory of the author in the first and sixth book, so far as he has a theory, appears to be not yet fully elaborated. He has gathered some important suggestions from Isaac Taylor, Braid, Carpenter and others, but has brought to the scrutiny and judgment of their opinions a wisdom in no way superior to theirs. His position in respect to the Scriptures would seem to be, to count their testimony as valuable, so far as it vouches for the reality of spiritual apparitions, the separate existence of the soul; but to reject their authority altogether, when it speaks of their destiny or the principles by which that destiny is fixed. The volume is valuable for its narratives, and its adduction of materials which may be made the subject of induction by some competent philosopher.
A Look at Home.f—This is “a tale from the annals of the poor.” It brings to view a very important subject,—the condition of the Poor Houses in New England. The stories are founded on fact, and are written in a style that will attract the reader, and make him feel the force both of their humor and their logic. We have the poor with us alway. This may harden us, but cannot exonorate us from the duties which we owe to them. The selfishness, and meanness, and inhumanity, of which, as this book shows us, even the respectable poor may at last become victims, should draw out our sympathies for all whom old age or feeble health make dependent upon public charity.
Foot Falls on the Boundary of another World, with Narrative Illustrations. By Robert Dale Owen, formerly member of Congress, and American Minister to Naples. Philadelphia : J. B. Lippincott & Co. 1860. 12mo. pp. 528.
7 A Look at Home ; or Life in the Poor House of New England. By S, H. Elliott. New York. H. Dexter & Co., 113 Nassau street. 1860. 12mo. pp. 410.
Hits and Hints.* _Here are plenty of hard "hits” at our “ American whims,” and good “hints” for “home use.". The follies of the day are always fair game. Good natured ridicule, such as abounds in many parts of this book, will find, we doubt not, plenty of readers. Our countrymen have the reputation in the world of being “thin-skinned," as it is called, or very sensitive to criticism. There is, however, an obvious advantage in this, for it makes us, as a people, disposed to profit by the “hits” we receive, though rather unpalatable at the moment. But while we commend very many of the chapters in the book, and think they are calculated to do good, there are two or three, which, for the author's sake, we are sorry to see. We allude to those entitled “What of the Night ?"_“ Pilgrimism”—and “The religious creeds of New England.” It is enough to say that they are characterized by something of that spirit of disparagement of religious faith which render the lucubrations of the Professor at the Breakfast Table so objectionable. It is a very easy thing to raise a laugh on such subjects, and, by interweaving a little truth, make the most shallow criticisms wear a semblance of importance, but the attempt is itself at least prima facie evidence that the writer has gone beyond his depth, and has no just conception of what he is writing about.
Of the “ hints” for home use, some are very good. We take at random the first one, as an example.
“ How to make millionaires.-It may be done at very little expense. Everything thrown open to the public adds so much to each man's estate. The Boston public library has added fifty thousand volumes to the library of each citizen of Boston. There is not a poor man in Paris, who is not, in the best sense of the word, a millionaire. Be he rag-picker, laborer, student, invalid, clerk, or poor annuitant, he has still a hundred or more old estates, in and about Paris, that are worth their millions and tens of millions.
* Hits at American Whims, and Hints for Home Use. By FREDERIC W. Saw. YER. Boston: Walker, Wise & Co. 1860. 12mo. pp. 274.
He can go to the Academy, and listen to interesting lectures on the useful Arts; he can if he pleases wander into the Garden of Plants; *
* * He may enjoy the cool. ing shade of his Bois de Boulogne, a beautiful wood near Paris, twice as large as all Boston, full of ponds, lakes, flowers, statuary and fountains. * * *
* All these things are his, to use and enjoy without fee or reward. Everything dedicated to the public is so much added to the private fortune of those whose situation admits of their enjoying it. Does a city lay out a park, then Yr. Trott, the hand-cartman, who rejoices in just one room in an attic, has so many broad acres added to his domicil.
Is a library made free, then Mr. Trott's tenement is enlarged, he has a library room attached, where he may go and loll on his arm chair, and call for his book, and enjoy his property. Is a gallery of art added, - then Mr. Trott's tenement is enlarged again.
* * Mr. Trott is a lord in all but name.”
Life's MORNING.*—This is a very beautiful volume, printed on tinted paper, elegantly bound, and containing “words of counsel and encouragement for youthful Christians,” in prose and verse. It will serve admirably as a gift book.
SKETCHES FROM LIFE. Second Series.t-This is a book of some two hundred anecdotes, intended to illustrate the influence of Christianity in the different relations of life. They are selected from those which have been already published in the “ American Messenger," and form a collection which will be highly prized, we doubt not, in every family where there are youthful readers.
Haste to the Rescue.I-No book has been more popular among those who have been laboring practically for the spiritual good of the ignorant and degraded, than the well known book, published in England two or three years ago, entitled “English Hearts and English Hunds." It has prompted to many self-sacrificing labors, on the part of the wealthy and educated, in all parts of our own country, in behalf of the poor and the destitute. We have heard the inquiry made many times whether it was possible to accomplish the same kind of work as successfully in this country. This question we are not prepared to answer, but we are happy to inform all who were interested in the book of which
• Life's Morning; or, Counsels and Encouragements for Youthful Christians. Boston: J. E. Tilton & Co. 1860. 18mo. pp. 266.
+ Sketches from Life ; or, Illustrations of the Influence of Christianity. Second Edition. American Tract Society. 12mo. pp. 486. 1860.
Haste to the Rescue ; or, Work while it is Day. By Mrs. Charles W . New York: Robert Carter & Brothers. 1859. 18mo. pp. 224. VOL. XVIII.
we have spoken, that in this new book, Haste to the Rescue, there is an account of the results of the labors of another English lady, taken from her daily journal, who was incited by the story in “ English Hearts and English Hands” to commence similar efforts in her own neighborhood. Her sympathies were enlisted particularly for those who were suffering from the use of alcoholic drinks, and her success in reclaiming great numbers who were going down to the drunkard's grave, and then leading them to a knowledge of Christ, was quite remarkable. The preface to the book is written by the authoress of “English Hearts and English Hands."
The Missing Link.*—All who are interested in city charities should read this book. It is an account of what has been accomplished in London by female colporteurs, or “Bible women,” among that class who rank below the decent poor, and who swarm in the dark courts and alleys of such “dens" and "rookeries " as the Seven Dials, Spitalfields, Bethnal Green, and Shoreditch. The success which has been met with among these people, who are physically, morally, and spiritually unclean, is quite remarkable, and the report of it will be very encouraging to those who are seeking to do a similar work for the dark places of our own large cities.
The Scientific AMERICAN.—Hon. Judge Mason of Iowa, who made himself so popular with the inventors of the country while he held the office of Commissioner of Patents, has, we learn, associated himself with Messrs. Munn & Co., at the Scientific American Office, New York,
Tue American Almanac For 1860.-—The reputation of this Almanac is so well established, that it needs no word of commendation from us. For thirty-one years it has furnished an amount of astronomical, statistical, and miscellaneous information, which is to be obtained nowhere else within the same compass. The present volume, the first of the fourth series, has interesting papers upon Donati's comet of 1858; the Law of Storius; and the Aurora Borealis and Australis.
Lord Bacon's Works.—Messrs. Brown, Taggard, & Chase, of Boston, have in press the complete works of Lord Bacon, to be issued in superb style in twelve crown octavo volumes. They intend to make
* The Missing Link, or, Bible women in the homes of the London poor. New York: Robert Carter & Brothers. 12mo, pp. 302. 1859.
+ The American Almanac, and Repository of Useful Knowledge, for the year 1860. Boston: Crosby, Nichols & Co. pp. 392.