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The Ethics of Hegel, * by Professor Sterrett, one of the Ethical Series edited by Professor Sneath of our own university, is a translation of selections from the more important works of this great idealistic philosopher. Difficult as translation of the German philosophical vocabulary is, it is a problem that seems to have been very successfully solved by Professor Sterrett, though by making his translation severely literal he sometimes loses in clearness. A biographical sketch of Hegel precedes the work proper and also an introduction to his system, written in a more popular manner for those who are only casually interested in ethical thought. There is also a carefully constructed vocabulary of the author's abstract and technical terms. The book promises well for the rest of the series, which is to prepared especially for undergraduate work by experienced instructors in this branch of philosophical study.
In this little volume,t Professor Carhart has given us at once a convenient and thorough treatise on field work. He has confined himself chiefly to the treatment of railroad engineering, though much of his work—those portions, for example, in which he describes the use and adjustment of instruments and the methods employed when obstacles or the inacessibility of points introduce complications-is of value to all engineers. Railroad engineering he treats fully and ably, giving especial attention to the subject of curves, with separate chapters on construction and frogs and switches. At the end of the book are over a hundred pages devoted to tables, well arranged and well spaced, thus rendering easy the often confusing task of finding the desired numbers.
The book is clearly printed, on firm paper, with numerous illustrations, and is bound in black morocco, the whole forming a remarkably neat, attractive, and useful volume. It is intended primarily for young engineers and students of civil engineering and cannot but be of great service to them in their work.
J. D. w.
In this worki the myths are treated in a popular rather than scientific manner. The chief value of the book is in the number of its quotations from poets, ancient and modern, and its remarkably fine illustrations. The poetic extracts are, as a rule, well chosen. Lowell, however, did not write L'Allegro, as would appear from the quotation on page 79. If the study of the classics can be made interesting by connecting ancient and modern art and literature, as Mr. Guerber has done it, we will hear less of the “revolt against dead languages.”
*The Ethics of Hegel. By J. Macbride Sterrett. Boston : Ginn & Co.
Field Book for Civil Engineers. By Daniel Carhart, pp. 281. Boston : Ginn
Myths of Greece and Rome. By H. A. Guerber. New York: American
The former* of these distinctly religious works is of a devotional character and especially adapted for public services. We cannot see why the Med. itations should be used for general worship, for they are neither remarkable in spirit or diction. The poems included in the books are much more impressive, many being of a high order.
The Spiritual Lifet consists of six essays. The one on German Mysticism is especially interesting. Thomas à Kempis is rather summarily dismissed with a rather brief notice, but, on the whole, the subject is well treated. This book is out of the ordinary run of religious works and far above the average in its interest and literary character.
The latest additions to the College Series of Latin, authors by Professors Greenough and Peck, differs from other editions of Livy chiefly in the character of the notes, which are elaborate and critical but thoroughly adapted to the needs and capacity of the college student.
Professor Luquiens, in the belief that “a too prolonged diet of French fiction impairs the working powers of a student,” has prepared a volumes of selections from French scientific writings for use as reading matter. Beside their thorough adaptation to their purpose, the selections have an intrinsic value, as being both interesting and instructive, and they will doubtless be useful.
Inductive Greek Primer. By William R. Harper and Clarence F. Castle.
New York: American Book Company.
The Abbott. English Classics for Schools Series. New York: American
*Uplifts of Heart and Will. By James H. West. Boston: George H. Ellis.
| The Spiritual Life. By James H. West. Boston: George H. Ellis.
Livy-Books xxi. and xxii. Edited by J. B. Greenough and Tracy Peck.
Boston and London: Ginn & Co.
ŞPopular Science. Edited and annotated by Jules Luquiens. pp. 252.
Boston: Ginn and Company.
TO BE REVIEWED.
Noah Porter. A Memorial by Friends.
New York : Charles Scribner's Sons.
Edited by George S. Merriam.
Henry of Navarre. By P. F. Willert. New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons.
The Beginnings of the English Romantic Movement. By William Lyon Phelps.
Boston: Ginn & Company.
Aeneid VIII. Edited by John Tetlow. Boston: Ginn & Company.
The Story of Parthia.
By George S. Rawlinson. New York: G. P. EDITOR'S TABLE.
Did you ever think that "sermons in stones" meant a great deal more than the melody of a poetical figure? To me nothing in campus life and surrounding appeals more strongly with richness of suggestion and the magic of imagination, than the worn slabs that form the thresholds of the old Treasury building. Here is a “sermon in stone" which can claim a host of joint authors. It is a discourse that has all the features of a composite picture. With all its appealing force, not one man, but thousands have helped in its production, and no one can say that he wrought it out. That deep hollow has been worn in solid rock by the feet of those that have gone before-footsteps hurrying, lagging, restless, and slow with the calm pacing of contentment and comradeship. Every Yale man that has crossed those thresholds in those years that have past, left his autograph on the tablets of stone. You may not find it, but the trace was left, and in this composite of multitudinous memories, there is a shadowy history of academic life for many years. The stone steps of the old Brick Row tell the same mute tale, and in some ways they are the more interesting. But the Treasury stones do not bring back the memories of simply dormitory life alone. They are the record of the college in all the phases of its varied life. The dark tunnel through the building is a “King's Highway," and the grim financial decrees of the campus government have summoned every Yalensian up those heaven-aspiring stairs considerably more than once in his college life. I will not try to classify the imaginings which may be inspired by those deeply worn “monoliths," so to speak. It is a pleasing task which you ought to take up for yourself when the rain and sleet dance hard against the rattling window, and the blue incense to my Lady Nicotine is wreathing ceilingward. I give you only the text. There is the sermon for you to read, and you are sure to find therein a “food for reflection.”
We are all living in anticipation just now, while the pleasures of realization and retrospection will come only a few feeting weeks away. The foundation principles of this Republic will be in great danger for the next month. Monarchical institutions will make a brave showing, for throughout this broad land of ours, there will be scattered many hundred young men, each one of whom will be a “king" for the nonce ; king in the midst of his awe-stricken family. It is a good thing to be an object of hero-worship for the time, for abdication will be here soon, and the proud undergraduate whose realm is a barren campus will be an humble vassal. Graduation is the great regicide.
We congratulate the young ladies of Smith College on the literary and typographical excellence of their new monthly magazine. It ranks, even in this its infancy, with some far older rivals. The Editor, while looking over the Exchanges found the following musical “ Banquet Song" in the Dartmouth Lit, which seems a tribute apropos after speaking of The Smith Col. lege Monthly and its fair Editorial Board :
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And the foam of magic wiles.
Ere it passes !
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Till it flavored is. Then lift it.
Ere it passes !
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