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Dr. Slosson's Noteworthy Contribution to
Popular Philosophical Literature The
Memoirs of St. Simon.
VA.'.^rt rr.nrnitT*?} or to i*?at f? ?Meti k
M I !-. 1' WltS ill m-uiIU
r : ItU - M B.i?_sr. !.??? 1 - - A
Pr. F'.ossor.'n ma.'or prophet? are
a? rr.ar.y as the Old Testsment
OS from whom he borrows the
lotion whtek hi g'^e? them, but
fv<- trt'.e of rone <if them to piare in
sntifle ????-- li likole to be
?-ged. There may be
* fer enrollment w-.th them.
That is matter for freedom of opir-rorn
i * ?ure'.y every ore of these is un
*urpa??ed if not unrivalled In his par
- ?: ?re ' .-?ellectual activity,'
ar.d achievement Their ?pheres. too, j
ire greatly varied, rar.ging from the
itTrms of spiritualism using that
?word in !??*. earlier and truer ?en?e and
ret its l-tter-de?. tochnieol and sec?
tarian meaning to that of utter me
terlaHsm. There couid thus scarcely
be a more Improesivi ?uggestron of the
va?t scope of twentreth-century phi?
losophy than this covspertu? of sil
great men and therr works afford?.
Vet the six belong to only two eoun
tfloo, though to four nationalities.
Maeterlinck we may regard aa the
extreme prophet of spiritualism. That
doe? rret irrp'.y that he preaches spir?
ituality in the religious sense. It does
run that perhaps above all men of
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tSAXJsi *___--*. J___- _-.___-> *_> _-_r?_aj______.
h!? time he inves's all rature ?*r1
'soul element; not otily man. bu
in their measure, animals, plan!
even what we term inanimate o
Berg?on -,.? ?-?.rrely less of a spi
1st; who begun a? a materiali?
Indeed a mechanist, hut has I
the supreme prophet of dualism,
by the French as the greatest p)
pher s r.ce Pescartes, and by Ge
as the greatest since Kant. Po
we may e?teerr. as the foromo?t n
metical a?tronomer of the age
here, since Emerson, he ranka a
major prophet of the beautiful.
wa? it who once hanteringly spo
the er.rha-t-.r.g beauties of conif
tions" Tnken seriously, in him
rare ?Jrould find a kindred and
genial aoul. With Keats he holds
Beautv is truth, truth beautv th
Ye know on earth, and all ye ner
albeit the beauty is not merely
which appeals to the sense?, hut
of science, even of abstruse mi
matics, appealing to pure intel
Metehnikoff, the prophet of cre?
genius, presents a striking contra?
these, yet no more than to the i
trlous man whose ?eie7:'ii*c discip!
???as ar.d wh-*se administrative
cessor he is. Pasteur was Gentile
vout Christian believer, and conse
tive Metehnikoff is Hebrew, at!
and radical. Nor, indeed, is his
philosophy less paradoxical, with
strange combination of orthobiosis
euthnr.asia. the desire for life lea
to an instinct for death. Ootwald,
'.be prophet of scientific symholisn
paradoxical. One of the foremos'
chemists, appreciating above most
the marvellous synthetic and eners
potentialities of that most marvel
of all material scierces, he se* his
against the conclusions which otl
reached and adopted, and proclai
as th? ripe fruitage of his roscare
tho "overthrow of seientirie mater
ism." Carlyle and James had bel
him employed mathematical formi
for the expression of philosoph
theories and principles, but no
has rivalled him in the wedding
science with romance, and in the
ployment "f the resources o? phy
tc demonsttste the truth.? < f trw
physics. Haeckel, finally, stands
supremo prophet of materialism
opposed to the spiritualism of Mnec
Hnek and Bergson, and of monism
opposed to the dualism of the lat
Yet his monism comprehends the ti
ity of the Good, the True and
Beautiful no less than does the v
different philosophy of Poincar?.
yond all others of these prophets,
not in all the world, he is dist
guiahed by his inexorable fu
against the Christian religion per
and by his opposing to what he dee
the bigotry of faith that which it
difficult in some cases to regard
other than the bigotry of science
No?*r, theae are the major prophets
the times whom Pr. Slosson has b?
studying, and upon whom he gives
these singularly sympathetic, illumin
ing and authoritative commentari
He writes with the facility and the I
gulling charm of one who produces
romance which deserves to be a "hi
seller." He atTords an insight into t
personality and the domesticity of ea
subject, as well as into his menl
nroceases, his works, his teachings a
his influence upon the world, so th
when we have finished reading his v<
ume we feel that we have personal
associated with and sat as discip!
at the feet of all the prophets ai
have all their bibliographies on the ti
of our tongues. He does this with i
Impartiality and a catholicity whi
might well leave the reader who d
not know him In doubt as to his ov
philosophical beliefs wondering wheth
Haeckel had been written upon by
disciple of Bergson, or Maeterlinck 1
a follower of Metehnikoff. We ca
Indeed, recall no more striking examp
of an author'a subordinating himself
the sympathetic, discriminating and a
curate exposition of a number of wid
ly differing and in some instances d:
metrically opposing subjects. And i
this, by no means least of his aehiev
ment?, in a single little dtiodecim
which may be lightly held In the hat
or conveniently carried In the pocke
to be read and studied consecutive
| or to be dipped into at random as o
' rasi?n may permit. Really, it is dif
I cult to recall a more aerviceahle ro?
tribotlon to popular philosophical lite
ature than that which Pr. Slosson hi
made in this volume.
An Excellent New Edition of
MEMOIT*? 07? TH? PCM PI SATXT-SIMO*
An Abrtda-ad Tranalattoi f>? Frarvia Arkarrie)
niiiiUttaiT au wi-ima. Im Vol 1 n?.
aM 0'r-i??a of Vanaillavi. isM-iroi." Tel 1
? Th? SI7??r Af? of Iic-ita XIV ? Ilrt>nlaJi'j'i.
This promisee to be the best edltlo
of Saint-Simon available in English, i
ita first two volumes, now at hand, ar
fairly representative of Mr. Arkwright'
Work as a whole, an assumption whit
can be safely made. It is, indeed, n
?light task to reduce to reasonable pro
portions the bulk of these Memoir?
which in the original run to some twen
ty-two sizable volumes, without loss o
valuable material. For Saint-Simoi
wrote like a gentleman of his perioci
He knew nothing of the art of letter.?
He lacked the sense of proportion
1 Though writing for posterity, he wouli
devote pages and pages to trivialities r
By HONOR? WILLSIE
"A ? r i p p i h ? story,
filled with thr ?pint of
the preat West, the out?
door life and very ten?
der romance. A hook to
talk ahout and to recom?
mend to your friends."?
AT AM. MOOKSROPS
I ? i I
interest only for the fleeting mom?
and often even only to himself, h
as likely as not, he would drop i
consciously in the midst of some si
and waste one of his cleverest ch
actoruation?. some observation of 1
utmost importance to the, Inter studi
of the ways of his time. A trair
style he had not, hut he had a natu
one. Often ungrammatical, wander:
aimlessly from his subject, he yet ho
us by his racy quality. He is coarse
occasion, with the coarseness of
period; he is not rirr/tvii'itf. fWeriSBfl
but, as Mr. Arkwright i
ther is Pep?.?, certainly not in fl
definitive edition of his Diet** which 1
late Andrew I.ang ]
"neat" ?straight is our word) foi pr
ent-day general ronsumpti?>n. Yet
Is the edition in which the great ?Irsr
is of g' ie to the si
Mr. Arkwright hns u^-ed drscreti
without killing the tnie spirit of 1
author. He edits, hut doe? nor and.
bowdlerise, and he certainly picks t
honrt out of the arid stretches a
gives it to us In all its rove ??
erness. Sr>int-Simon was narrow, prej
diced, unfair. If he was a loyal frie
ire was also a hitter enemv, and I
own career, with its many balked ai
bitlous, gave him plenty of fr>?-,(] f
violent dislikes. One cannot take hi
au Pted de la lettre historically, but
?p:te, no, herau?e of all his bias, t'
exaggerated importance which he ?
tached to small matters, his ever tea.
suspicions of the darkest plot? whe
probably none existed, he is the mo
human and the most fascinating of i
the great French diarist.? and they a
Saint-Simon is rapidly becoming oi
of those classics of whom evc-yhoi
speaks on occasion, but whom nobo?
reads any more. What those who thi
take him on trust lose of genuine i
terest and pleasure they may oscerts
by a cursory examination of tl
volume*?. They will be sure ?
the end, and to await the remainir
four with impatience. Mr. Arkwrigl
has done bis ?lirTicult work supreme
well. It remains to be said that th
edition is admirably illustrntcd wil
photogravures of the great men of tr
time, and with reproductions of coi
temporary prints. The ?lignified, sin
pie binding is worthy of any library.
AMERICA AND THE WAR
Conflicting Opinions North an
THF. rrt-ROFf.AN WAR OF 1914. It> ?S-SW, P
i ? - li-sul-i By John Will!?
Bureau. Pn 1> . .' C l?. IX D. l'un-., r
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AU.MAMA ANTE FX CONFUCTO KIROPFI
Tor MutlB ? Abrtt. Pun Ittin, P. R Vrr.grr.
'.-'.: ipil ?
Professor Rurgess is no doubt th
ablest, as he is the most distinguishei
of the native American champions c
Germany's cause in the world wa
This wel!-reason??d little book of hi
presents the German side in its hi(
torical and diplomatic light since th
foundation of the Empire. Partisa
h? is, but only b'cause he firmly b?
lk-ves in the justice of the cause h
advocates, and in the soundtiess of th
view of history on which his attitude i
based. According to him. Sir Edwar
Grey precipitated the war by diplo
matic backing and filling during th
last hours of the negotiations for th
preservation of peace; and he precipi
tatrd it m pursuance of his country'
traditional policy of destroying in tim
the power whose growing strengt!
might become a danger to British in
promacy. Once that power was Prance
to-day it is Germany; to-morrow it wil
be Russia, perhaps allied with Japar
when, Professor Rurgess believes, w
i may be forced into the quarrel b;
He draws an ingenious comparisoi
between, on the one hand, the service
rendered to this country by Germai
militarism from the days of Steuben t<
those of the Civil War, and, on thi
other, the lo?ses inflicted upon us b;
British nav-ih-m in the past. He givei
a good resume of what Germany ha!
achieved during forty years of peace
especiell** for the wellbeing of its work
ingnien; takes the German view oi
Relgran neutrality as nullified by se
ciet understandings and the resultani
presence there of French officers anc
troops several days before the war;
and he pronounces the current Anglo
American view of the Kaiser the "mon
umental caricature of biographical lit
Professor Burgess sppeals to Ameri?
can public opinion not to continue to
| think in a passion, but to weigh the
1 facts. That opinion, he says, has be?
gun by being radically wrong three
times within his personal recollection?
during the anti-Abolitionrst fury,
during the greenback delusion,
and during the free silver craie.
| "And now," he adds. "we have
had the anti-German craze for six
I months " It is, he hol.l?., entirely
againsf our true rnrcrc-ts as a world
state. The time has come for us to
think, m our turn, of the balance of
power, end Of the possible results to
us of its destruction bj the "united
triumph of the Autocrat of the Land
and the Autocrat of the Sea "
The little book is an oble piece of
? work, of interest and service even to
; those who radically disagree with its
Dr. Rarroetavena's hook ror.?ists of
partirles contribu?-d by him to the
; well-known Argentine newspaper, "hi
! Diario." Hi? arguments have a fa
: miliar sound; they merely repeat what
? has been ?aid over and over again in
. England, in France and in ?hi? coun?
try -f the causes of the war, of Ger
F. DUKE D* SA\NT= SIMON
(pkow'Kemoirs or tut. Duke pe ??L-mnt
[TJEL T?LWNIN , /5T.JOHN? iKVrrVL
(THL HONEY BL?"F?.-*hs*.NemllCo) (ALIcI tnd sFA?ILY* nstmiO?mCO.)
many'i dream of world power, and of
the Kaiser's personality. He is the
modern "Parius, Xerxes, Attila, Genghis
Kahn" the last, one thinks, a hitherto
unu?ed epithet. This Latin-American
author compares Germany with S'parta
and England with Athens*, he opines
that Latin America's cultural sympa?
thies should be w-.ih France, and that
tne cause of civilisation and democracy
' lies with the Allies. The author prints
?a number of letters sent bv pro-Ger
NEWS AND GOSSIP OF
BOOKS AND AUTHORS
General Joffre's African Campaigns?Our Military Un
preparedness Again?The American Negro and
Education Before Emancipation.
No announcement has yet been ma?
of nn American edition of the Engli:
translation of General Joffre's "M
March to Timbuctoo" (1S98-'94|, pul
liihed by fhatto & Windus. Erne
IHmnet furnishes a biographical intn
The April bulletin of the Seribn?
bonk store is entirely devoted to
bibliography of these subjects, now ?
much to the fore.
Frederic L. Huidekoper's "The Mil
tar-. Unpreparednesa of the I'nite
State?" (McBride. \ast ?fc Co.' is mo?
elled upon Uptons "Military Policy t
the 1'niteH States," the -tandard boo
of reference on its subject of an ear
ier day. Mr. Huidekoper has had a<
cess to the war office archives of Pan
I Vienna nn?l Petrograd and of our ow
War Department. He was among th
: very first to bring our military unpn
parednes? *o the nation's notice, in
./ine article which some years ag
attiacted widespread attention in arm
circles an?l at Washington.
"Insects and Man."
In his book on "Inser's and Man
' i Century Company'?, ('. A. inland say
that evi-rv year four insect
alone com."the' Cnited States $92,01
Cta, he goes on, control the del
i tinies of nations, render uninhabitahl
' some of the fairest parts of the earth
, hold up great engineering schemes, an
have caused the abandonment of world
I import-in* enterprises. Were the in
sect world not a house drilled agiiins
itself, the human race would he extinc
in live or six years. A? it is, a vas
number of our diseases are due to il
1 In no part of natural creation is humai
control so indispensable. In few mat
ters then can it be said that wide
spread knowledge is more important.
E. P. L'utton ft Co. announce ne**
\ editions of "Th? Little Mo'her Whc
Sits at Hon.e." bv Conntesi Hnr?-ynska;
"Who Bail! the Panama ('anal'''' bv W
L?on Pepperman; "Eat and Grow Thin,'
by Nance Thompson, and "Police Prac?
tice and Procedure," by ?"ornelius V
' t'ahalane. This company also an?
nounces s new and greatly revised edi?
tion of J. Ellis Barker's "Modern tier
The .merlcan Negro and Education
A historv of "The Education of the
Negro Prior to 1861," by C G
Woolson, Ph. D., will he published
early this month by the Putnam?
The book opens up a new chap?
ter in the history of the negrc
in America in revealing the persistent
| striving of the race after education
i from the earliest days of its bondage
here. The earlv education of negroes
; was largriv a religious effort, but many
; slaves were educated in order to in
: crease their efficiency. The Revolution,
! with its ideal of the rights of man,
, brought many educa'.ronai privileges,
which, however, were withdrawn in the
South, partly because of changing in
: dustrial conditions, but also on account
' of the ?.rowth of an insurrectionary
?pint. The author traces the struggles
i of the slaves who continu? d to acquire
knowledge in spite of opposition, and
| the development of education among
I the free negroes in the North.
The Putnams have ready a new edi?
tion of "Tabular Vie-vs of History,"
! which, originally compiled by George
I Palmer Putnam, has been continued to
date under the editorial supervision of
George Haven Putnam, the volume
contains a series of chronologies! ta?
bles presenting, in parallel columns, a
record of the more noteworthy events
in the history of the world from the
earlie.-f times down to the present day
Provision ha- been made in the present
edition for a comprehensive alphabet?
ical index of subjects, by means of
which can be located promptly any
event referred to in the body of the
book. The new edition also includes a
number of tables presenting the gene
? 4 of the more imnortant historic
families ?if Europe, which make clear
their family and dynastic relations to
Malter Crane's Animal Pictures.
One of the last books illustrated by
Walter Crane, who died the other day,
is A. C. Calmour's "Rumbo Rhymes,"
published by the Harpers. It is an ani?
mal book with only one human figure
;n it The satirical verse tells how
"the victims of the pot and pan went
for'h against the tyrant man." Pyle's
drawings of these insurgent animals
[ are in striking contrast to his familiar
Still Another Rook on California.
Clifton Johnson's la'r it Highways
and BywajTS hook, "Highways and Ry
1 ways of California," is just from the
of the Macmill.-in Company. It
contains chapters on California, Wash?
ington, Arizona, Oregon, Nevada, Idaho
and the Yosemite National Park, and
is illustrated with the usual excellence
of the srrii s to which it belongs.
' Paul Rohrbaih's New Rook.
The nuthor of "German World Poli?
cies," recently reviewed in these col
| umns, wrote -?hortlv before the war a
I book on "GermanyTi [eolation," whose
English tranalation bears fhe imprint
of A. C. McClurg ?i- Co. It is an exposi
1 tion of the economic causes of the
! struggle, which the author foresaw. In
; a supplementary chapter, written since
i its outbreak. Professor Rohrbach pre?
dicts that "with the resumption of
peace another decade will probably
i show Germany's foreign trade in the
1 lead of that of England."
Kan?? Francke on the War.
"A German-American's Confession of
Faith" i? th?* title chosen for Professor
Kuno Prancke's book on the war, an?
nounced for immediate publication by
B. w Bosbach.
Edgar l.ec Masters.
Edgar Eee Masters, the author of
? "Spoon River Anthology," a much dis?
cussed volume of verse, is a lawyer, at
present residing in Chicago. Horn in
1"''*7, he received his education at Knox
College, studied law in his father's
' office and was admitted to the bar in
1891. He is a member of the Chicago
and the Illinois State Rar associations,
and has contributed articles and es?
says on political and constitutional
, subjects to various periodicals and
Th? Mysticism of Music."
I'nder this title the Messrs. Putnam
have issTued a posthumous work by the
late R. Heber Newton, P. P.. a philo?
sophic treatise in which, according to
the pubh?hera' announcement, the au?
thor "considers music in its emotional
?s well as in its intellectual and sci?
entific phases. The study of the lawa
of music entered upon from these three
1 sides leads to a view of Its harmony
and inspiration and presents music as
I the highest symbol of cosmic truth and
i beautv in the Nirvana of the intellect
,' and the soul."
Marie Van Vorat.
Little, Rrown & Co. announce that
I "Rig Trematne," Marie Van Vorst's
? latest novel, and far and away her
i best one thus far, continu?e to aell
?well _ _
man Argentinians to "E! Piario," and
his replies thereto.
Mr. Abril is one of the editors of "La
Pemocracia," of San Juan, P. R. He
claim? the distinction of being the only
Latin-American newspaper man who
champions Germany's cau?e. He is not .
only a democrat, he is a socialist,!
who sees in Germany's paternalism,
which ha? aNo boon called "monarch?
ical socialism." the entering wedge of
his creed. To him French, English,
an and German militarisms are
much alike; it is culturally (using the
word in it? German senes) tha- he i
gives the preference to the F.mpire. '
England is to him an oligarchy exploit?
ing half the world for the benefit of the
few; France needs a rebirth through a
new downfall; and the 1'nited States is
a plutocracy. Mr. Abril has a sharp
pen anil wield? it well.
An Excellent American Refer?
TTIF7 AMT*RICAN TTAIl BOOR A It>ri?r?1 of
Kr?ni? ?vi, : Prefrru 1914 17 i.?! b? Frajirt?
?; WMnrare, H A . It s ?? ? . ? -iparaUoti
?I ? MIIM-Illsurj ' ^a"l r?rr'?---l j national
!?arnH aodatlas. Ire. pp. i?m, ??i: p App!?
ton 4c ( o.
Contemporary history being of all
th" most important for practical ob?
servation, and at the same time the
least fully written and -he most diffi?
cult to obtain, it follows that a good
Year Rook is one of the most useful
of works of reference. Complaint has
often been made that in this particu?
lar department of publication this
country lag.-) behind Europe, and for
this there has at timer; undoubtedly
been some ground. A number of Eng?
lish. Gorman and other European an?
nuals might be mentioned which are
simply indispensable throughout the ?
whole world, and with which America
has nothing to compare. On the other
hand, we have long had here some an?
nuals, some in the form of cyclopedias
and some of almanacs, of unrivalled
excellence in their special classes.
The present volume must go far
toward removing the last reproach |
which has been cast upon this coun?
try in this respect, for it provides a '
work which will successfully endure
comparison with any other of the kind
of which we have knowledge. It is a
Year Hook, not an almanac containing
merely routine statistics; nor a cyclo?
pedia with elaborate and exhaustive
treatises. Rut in a concise yet mar-1
velloualy comprehensive way it covers
the vast field between the two, the
tield which is, after all, of greatest im?
portance to the greatest number of
readers and students. It covers to a
notably satisfactory degree the whole
scope of human interests the diplo?
matic and political affairs of the world,
the nation, the states and the munici?
palities; law and jurisprudence, public
works and services, armies and navies,
business and finance, social and eco?
nomic problems, industries of all kindj,
science, literature, art, education, re?
ligion, and what not else.
We should doubt if any other work
of similar size enjoys the direction of
a more representative and authorita?
tive supervisory board than this, a
beard the roll of which reads like a
catalogue of leaders of American
thought and progress. Neither does
any other engage the services of a
larger staff of expert contributor.-.
The general plan of the work is ad?
mirable, with its division into thirty
three general topics, with numerous
subdivisions. The system of headings,
sub-headings, and cross-references is
perspicuous and effectual; the chrono?
logical and necrological tables are
comprehensive and discriminating, and
the bibliographies which are anpendcl
to many of the chapters are of ines?
timable value to those who wish to
pursue researches further than the
scope of this volume. Nor should we
overlook the copious analytical index
with which the book is provided. For
all of which, much thanks!
How to Construct Scenarios
for the Screen.
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We have books on how to write
short stories and plays; why not one
on how to write what Mr. Pimick
cleverly calls "photomimes," by anal
? ogy with pantomimes? We have sta?
tistics of the numbers of short sto?
ries and dramas written annually in
these United States; perhaps some
day soon some enterprising Sunday
editor will inform us of the amount
of photoplay writing now going on,
not only in this country, but the world
over, for this is an international m
duatry or should one call it an art?
That this book seems to fill a widely
felt need can hardly be doubted.
Mr Pimick holds that the tendency
? of this form of entertainment is in?
creasingly awav from the merely pic?
torial toward the dramatic. One can
only dip into his page? here and there
for nuggets of wisdom. On .he prin?
ciple that he is the best general who
makes the fewest mistakes, "he is the
best photoplaywnght who can disclose
an action with the least degree of mis?
understanding among the spectators."
That sounds reasonable. It is news to
us, however, that explanatory bulle
! tins between pictures are as inartistic
as are asides in the drama. The ideal
1 self-explanatory photoplay dispenses
with them Another rule: After the
photoplaywright has written his ace
i nario from beginning to end, he must
"reduce his plot backward from ef?
fect to cause"?a teat turned to amas
Ingly good purpose by Mr. Reirensteln
:n "On Trial."
We have learned to read plays; shall
we ever take to the reading of photo?
plays? One doubts it. Here is a
sample of what we would read:
John tell? Stella of his love for
Scene Orchard. Cnder apple
John and St?*lla seen strolling
at a distarre. They come hand in
hand to apple tree. Stella sits on
box under tree. John regr-f.-r- in
decision. Stella smiles encour?
agement John registers "Stella,
I love -,oU." Stella registers toy.
then suddenly is grave. John
"Will you be my wife?"
Back to scene.
Stella drops head on hands ''Fade
?Oto scene.; Same as i number of
courtroom scene with her on wit?
ness stand I, Ka'ie back into
John attempts to put arms
around Stella, but she pushes him
gently away. Registers she can?
not be his wife. Turns away from
him and then runs ?juickly off out
Mr. Dimirk is right; the short-story
writer and the dramatist cannot turn '
photoplay\vrip;hts overnight. His com?
parisons an?l contract s with dramatic
construction proper are ingenious and
helpful. In fact, his book is far from
uninteresting to the general reader.
And occasionally it is very entertain?
ing. _ ,
OF MAY MAGAZINES
"The North American Review"
?The Fishing Season?
This rs the hindredtn anniversary
number of the "North American." In
celebration of the event It prints a ,
reproduction of the cover of its rirst
:--?;?; Senator Lodge contributes an
article dealing with its career down to
the present day. Colonel Harvey of?
fers in his editorial comment a defence,
based upon international law, of the
government's course in this war. The
r.rtic'.e is throughout a direct, and con?
vincing answer to Colonel Roosevelt.
attacks. Norman Angel? writes of the
neutralization of the sea which must
come after the struggle, whoever is
is the victor. America, he holds, after
her experience during the war, will
not continue to acquiesce in the auto?
cratic powers contained in sea suprem?
acy. To-day, he says, it is England,
to-morrow it may be Japan in the Pa
cific, ;it war with China or Russia, in?
terfering r.t will with our commerce.
America, he concludes, must make it
plain that she will insist at the coming
peace congress for the principle of true
neutrality of the seas and of real in?
ternationalization of sea law. - Fran
ir'dge.a well-known English pub
takes a serious view of the
situation created in the Fer East by
Japan. He calls it a "menace." Ac?
cording to him. there is already evi
?li nee of some sort of a half formu?
lated understanding between that coun
1 trv and Germany, and he holds that a
Japanese-German alliance is possible in
the near future. Mr. Aldridge's explana
? tion 01 how the two powers can be of
use to each other hereafter deserves
; careful consideration. - In "A Power
1 fir! Substitute for War." Percy Mackaye j
proposes the dramatization of Peace, j
after the model of the Salvation Army's
dramatization of religion. He puts I
great faith in civic masques as means
toward this end. - There is an excellent ;
war poem by Mrs. Schuvler Van Rens- i
selaer. "With Malace Toward None";
Alfred Noyes celebrates the reign of
the old English "Lord of Misrule" in
swinging stanzas; Robert Underwood I
Johnson commemorates "The Corridors '
of Congress" and Joseph S. Auerbach
devotes his stanzas to the battle of I
Neuve Chapelle. Among the reprints
of notable articles in the "North Amer- ?
?can's" earlier issues, which are an in?
teresting feature of the Review during
its centenary year, mention must be
made of Motley's study of the novels ;
of Ralzac and Lowell's review of Dis?
raeli's "Tancred," both published in ?
It is the contrast between th? Paris
i of August, 1914, and the city of Febru
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lirand Trunk Pacific, the rival of the
Canadian Pacific, an?d gives the statis?
tics upon which the hope of success of
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"Scrihner's" has always made its ap?
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i year. If Dr. Henry van Dyke is absent
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