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��THE POPULAR SCIENCE MONTHLY.

��seeks to determine the final result of relig- ious evolution. However k it is to be com- mended, or however deplored, the advanced mind of this generation is deeply engaged with the most radical religious questions; and it is fortunate, when, as in the present case, the contestants are men of earnest- ness, sincerity, and reverence, as well as of fearlessness, brilliancy, and power. To the readers of the " Monthly " nothing need be said in regard to the special merits of this controversy, except that they will find the volume convenient from the completeness of the views it presents.

Land -Laws op Mining Districts. By Charles Howard Shinn. Baltimore: N. Murray. Pp. 83. Price, 50 cents.

Mining - Camps. By Charles Howard Shinn. New York : Charles Scribner's Sons. Pp. 316. Price, $2.

These two works present the results of an investigation into the history of mining- camps, undertaken with a hope of giving the forms of social organization manifest in the early " districts " of the Sierras, Coast Range, and Rocky Mountains, their proper place in the story of institutional develop- ment on American soil. The work first named is one of the " Johns Hopkins Uni- j versity Series of Studies in Historical and j Political Science " ; and the editor of the se- j ries introduces it with the intimation that it is a "natural, though unconscious, continua- tion of Mr. Johnson's study of ' Rudiment- ary Society among Boys,' " which we have already noticed, " and that it might be called 4 Rudimentary Society among Men.' " The second work is of larger scope and more fully wrought out. Mr. Shinn has done a good work in elucidating some peculiar phe- nomena of social and political development. What his essays teach may be illustrated by quoting one of the passages in "Mining- Camps": "In every important particular the organizations of the typical mining- camps, which we have been considering, offer sharply-outlined contrasts. Camp-law has never been the enemy of time-tried and age-honored judicial system, but its friend and forerunner. Axe of pioneer and pick of miner have leveled the forests, and bro- ken down the ledges of rock, to. clear a place for the stately structures of a later civilization. Rude mountain courts, rude

��justice of miner-camps, truth reached by short cuts, decisions unclouded by the verbi- age of legal lexicons, a rough-hewed, sturdy system that protected property, suppressed crime, prevented anarchy such were the facts ; and on these frontier government rests its claims to recognition as other than mob-law, and better than passionate acci- dent."

" The Jukes " : A Study in Crime, Pauper- ism, Disease, and Heredity. By R. L. Dugdale. Fourth edition. New York : G. P. Putnam's Sons. Pp. 121. Price, $1.25.

This book embodies the substance of a famous paper, which, first published in the report of the Prison Association for 1877, has probably done more to promote the in- vestigation of methods for the reform of criminals and the prevention of crime than any other single document of the time. It is, as the editor, Mr. Round, says in the in- troduction, " known, read, and valued wher- ever the civilization of the world has ad- vanced far enough to be alarmed at the increase of crime, and to be concerned in reducing the criminal classes." It relates the story of a large family of criminals, prostitutes, and vagrants, which infested a group of counties in New York for two or three generations, all the descendants of a prostitute who was left to go her ways for evil unrestrained by any efforts to reclaim her. A new edition has been demanded in the interest of penal science. The original paper is supplemented with further studies of criminals, and an introduction insisting on the importance of the investigations by Mr. William M. F. Round, Secretary of the National Prison Association.

A Popular Exposition of Electricity. With Sketches of some of its Discover- ers. By the Rev. Martin S. Brennan. New York : D. Appleton & Co. Pp. 191. Price, 75 cents.

The object of this book is to make all familiar with the essential principles, at least, of the science of electricity ; a pur- pose which none of the learned and excel- lent treatises devoted to the subject, " but so illustrated with complex and intricate mechanical diagrams as to frighten away the timid and uninitiated," seem adapted to

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