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THE RELIGIONS OF CHINA. Leafucianism and Taoism described and compared with , mittee of that institution, and to the distinguished scholar by artianity. By James Legge, Professor of the Chinese whom they were given. Of the four lectures composing the Ligoni a plon: Hodder
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close and careful study for many years, the lecturer has made * an established fact, and can no more be frowned this subject peculiarly his own. Criticism is almost put out SD by a timid orthodoxy, than that of comparative of court, and it becomes us rather to listen respectfully to the frammar or comparative anatomy. At first the science utterances of the master. We have here a dispassionate ex523 viewed with suspicious jealousy by theologians of the position of that system, which has remained almost unchanged raiter sect; but obviously such suspicions were misplaced.
for over two thousand years; and is perfectly unique in the be adherents of Christianity should be the last to shrink
unchallenged sway it has held during that time over so large on the clearest light; for, however the disciple may fail in
a portion of the world's population. Moreover, its devotees acuice to reach the ideal standard, experience has shown can look back to its founder, as what they consider a perfect Lat the principles enunciated by Jesus of Nazareth, and embodiment of the principles he propounded. It would be Estrated in the life of the Great Teacher, only shine
rash indeed to refuse to acknowledge the lofty character of hizuter by comparison with other lights. From first to last
Confucius as a man; at the same time, as our author shows, och has been written on the religion of the Chinese-much
he was not altogether free from elements of human weakness. at 13 true, and not a little that is absolutely misleading.
Taoism, described by the lecturer as a “congeries of super10€ beliefs of so large a section of our fellow-creatures must
stitions," is not so easily dealt with ; the elements combining Lecessarily be an object of curiosity and interest to most
to make up the grotesque system, as we now find it, being so ople; and it is specially gratifying to have the voice of one
multifarious, and so intimately blended with the popular 100 can speak with authority on the subject. splence in China. the faculty of acute observation, and a
By a long
Broadly tracted study of the sacred and canonical books of the
press the subject within the compass of a lecture. abion, the translation of which he has for many years past
speaking, the author is doubtless correct, when he says :been giving to the public in a voluminous series, Professor on ne has for many years past I was begotten by Buddhism out of the old Chinese supersti.
tions." Viewing modern Taoism in its integrity, unlike edge is perhaps better entitled than any other man, to claim
Confucianism, it has no extended history; and, although it De right of speaking on the subject. fore us were delivered at the College of the Presbyterian
The lectures now
has had its luminaries in successive ages, it can point to na Vaarch of England, and are alike creditable to the com
recognized founder. It is not easy to see why this hono
should be attributed to Lao-tsze; for is is very questionable whether the “Old Philosopher" would have cared to asso- | “The more that a man possesses the Christian spirit, and ciate his memory with any of the Protean phases it has | is governed by Christian principle, the more anxious will be assumed in the past. So unlike are the speculations of the be to do justice to every other system of religion, and to hold Tao-te-king to practical Taoism, that Professor Legge has his own without taint or fetter of bigotry." There is nothing drawn an admissible distinction between the two; calling the in the volume rudely to irritate the susceptibilities of the one a "religion,” the othera “philosophy.” The last lecture is disciple of Confucius; and if harsher things are said of perhaps the most interesting, and gives a practical turn to the Taoism, there is apparently nothing conflicting with the other three. It points out the things in which Confucianism, strictest veracity. The Christian reader will not be disTaoism, and Christianity are at one; and draws a series of posed to complain of Professor Legge's tenacious attachment comparisons and contrasts between the three. Giving the to the old standards of orthodox faith. If the Presbymatured convictions of an experienced missionary, the terian College gives birth to such a volume every year, it lectures are of great value to intending missionary students is rendering a great service both to the religious and general for China; and they may be studied with advantage by public. It deserves an extensive circulation.--A, W. readers of every class. As the learned lecturer remarks:
RECENT LITERATURE OF THE SOUTHERN STATES. “The Army of Northern Virginia” is a Memorial Volume, with other matter.” As the edition is a limited one, those compiled by Rev. J. Wm. Jones, D.D., Secretary Southern desiring to secure copies should order at once. It is published Historical Society, author of "Personal Reminiscences of Lee,” by J. W. Randolph & English, Richmond, Va. etc., at the request of the Virginia Division Army of Northern "Housekeeping in Old Virginia " is a volume containing Virginia Association. It is a book of 318 pages, well got up, contributions from two liundred and fifty ladies in Virginia and and contains:-1. A report of the great Lee Memorial Meet her sister States, distinguished for their skill in the culinary ing in Richmond in November, 1870, with the addresses of art and other branches of domestic economy. Edited by General J. A. Early, President Jefferson Davis, Colonel C. S. Marion Cabell Tyree, and published by J. W. 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THE NUMISMATIC AND ANTIQUARIAN SOCIETY OF PHILADELPHIA. From the Report of this Society for the years 1878-9, 1 linguistics. May, Eli K. Price, an account of Baron Waldeck, printed this year, we find that the Society celebrated its a corresponding member of the Society, now living in Paris, twenty-first anniversary on New Year's Day, 1879, having at the advanced age of 102. June, Henry Phillips Jr., * on been founded Jan. 1, 1858. Since the publication of the first Cowries as a currency. October, John Macalister, Jr., an volume of its proceedings in the year 1867,-the following | Account of the Bush-hill mansion. November, Dr. D. G. papers have been read before it, those that have been printed Brinton, an Account of the recent discoveries of stone walls are marked with an asterisk. In 1867. March, Charles in Colorado and mounds in Dacotah. December, Charles Henry Hart, * on the Ancient Mounds of the West and
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January, Dr. Ashbel Woodward, * an Charles Henry Hart.* a Tribute to the memory of the late address on Wampum; Alfred B. Taylor, an Address on the William Willis, of Portland, honorary Vice-President of this tenth anniversary of the foundation of the Society. February, Society for the State of Maine, May, Charles Henry Hart, Henry Phillips, Jr., * a monograph on the Island of Cozumel, a Discourse on the life and services of Gulian C. Verplanck, March, Charles Henry Hart,* Memoir of Joseph R. Ingersoll. of New York. June, Dr. D. G. Brinton, on recent Lacustrine April, Dr. D. G. Brinton,* Recent Progress in American discoveries in Switzerland. October, Charles Henry Hart,* a Necrological notice of Richard Stockton Fields, an honorary | Henry Phillips, Jr., on the Method practised by the Aztecs in Vice-President of this Society for the State of New Jersey. | making obsidian knives. March, Charles Henry Hart,* on November, Eli K, Price, on the Remains of an Indian chief | the Life and times of Col. John Nixon. April and May, lately exhumed on the farm of Dr. G. B. Wood, near Camden, Isaac Myer, on the Glyptic art; November, William TrautNew Jersey. December, Charles Henry Hart, a Biographical wine, on the Construction of certain forms of American sketch of the late Edward Ballard, D.D., honorary Vice pottery; December, Dr. Brinton, on the late discoveries of Dr. President of the Society for the State of Maine. In 1871. Le Plongeon, at Chichen-Itza, in Yucatan. In 1878. January, Charles Henry Hart,* on Indian relics lately dis January. Vice-President Dr. Daniel G. Brinton delivered covered near Monongabela City, Pa. February, W. Grier the annual address, tracing the growth and progress of the Hibler, * on the Remains of a pre-historic race found on Society during twenty years, and exhibiting the beneficial Easter Island. March, Charles Henry Hart, * a Memoir of results that its labours had produced. February, the Grave the late George Ticknor, an honorary member of this Society. Creek tablet was discussed, under the light of all the recent April, Rev. Joseph A. Murray, of Carlisle, Pa., * on the first discoveries. March, Mr. Francis Jordan, Jr., read an essay American edition of the Bible. May, Henry Phillips, Jr.* ! on the first discoveries of coal in Pennsylvania, containing on Pre-historic remains lately found in the Ribbesdale caves, novel and valuable matter. April, Dr. C. C. Abbott, of England. November, Dr. D. G. Brinton, on a “bird-track" Trenton, corresponding member, read an important paper alphabet lately discovered in Ohio. December. Henry upon the traces of a people once occupying the valley of the Phillips, Jr.,* on a black-letter almanac for the year 1620. Delaware River, supposed to have preceded the later so. In 1873. February, Charles Piers,* on the Di Cesnola called Indians. May, Philip H. Law read an essay presentcollection of Cypriote antiquities. May, Henry Phillips, ing new views of the Origin of Feudalism, combating the Jr.,* on the Magic of the middle ages, as illustrated common opinion that it arose from the Germanic invasions of by the works of Albertus Magnus. December. Henry the Roman empire. June, William Trautwine read an ess:ly Phillips, Jr., on the Danish architecture of the middle ages. on the Ancient Pueblo Civilization. November, Isaac Myer In 1874. January, Eli K. Price, on the Results of some read a paper on the Asiatic Origin of the Names of the Days recent explorations in Northern Italy. February, Henry of the Week. In 1879. January, Dr. D. G. Brinton Phillips, Jr., on late discoveries of human remains at delivered an address upon the Symbolism of Colour among Pompeii. March, Dr. D. G. Brinton,* on an Alphabetically the North American Indians. February,* an account was lescribed stone lately found in Ohio. May, Charles Henry read of the Tanagra Figurines. March, Henry Phillips, Jr.,* Hart, apon the Paternity of Andrew Hamilton, of Pennsyl- read an account of the coins on exhibition at Memorial Hall, fania, as developed by the comparison of handwritings. being extracts from the paper which he had read before the October, Henry Phillips, Jr., * on the Origin and history of | American Philosophical Society. April, S.
S. K. Harzfeld * the coinage of money. November, Dr. D. G. Brinton,* on the read an essay upon the Falsifications of Ancient Coins. Manners and migrations of the most ancient races of May. Philip Howard Law read an essay upon the causes America. December, Horatio Hale, on Wampum and its which led to the English Revolution of 1640, taking new DES. In 1875. January, Dr. D. G. Brinton, on the Psycho ground, showing the fall of the authority of the Crown and logy of the North American Indians. February, Charles the loss of power of the landed aristocracy, owing to the Henry Hart,* on Americana in the library of John Carter facilities introduced for the alienation of real estate. Mr. Brown, of Providence, R. I. March, W. Grier Hibler, on Law gave a sketch of the history of slavery in England. At the Recent discovery of supposed war chariots near Rome. ! the same meeting, Dr. Brinton made a communication in June, Charles Henry Hart read an unpublished letter from | reference to some remarkable discoveries recently made in the Hon. George Bryan, of Pa., to Messrs. Hugh Williamson Guatemala, near the village of Cozumel Whualpa. * October, and John Ewing, in England, giving a contemporaneous | Henry Phillips, Jr., * read an essay upon the Worship of the account of the battle of Bunker Hill, to which he added notes Sun, as represented upon a coin of Constantine the Great. on Messrs. Bryan, Ewing, and Williamson. In 1876. November, Charles Henry Hart * read a communication upon January, Isaac Myer, on the Waterloo medal of Pistrucci. the Bones of Columbus, in which he referred to the familiar February, Henry Phillips, Jr., the first American expedition supposition that the Cathedral of Havana, in the Island of in search of the North Pole, being the voyage of the Argo Cuba, contained the remains of the discoverer of America, from Philadelphia in 1753-4. March, Dr. D. G. Brinton, on 4. March, Dr. D. G. Brinton, on but that recent investigations seem to have proven that this
but that the Rock dwellings in the cañons of the far West. April, is all an error, and that his remains were never taken to Henry Phillips, Jr.,* on the Falsification of coins; and also*. Havana. Columbus died at Valladolid, on the 20th of May, on King Mesa's pillar, now in the Louvre. June, Professor 1506, and his body was placed in the convent of San Francisco. S. 8. Haldeman, on a recent find of Indian relics at Seven years later his remains were taken to Seville and Chicquies, Pa.; Francis Jordan, Jr., a Description of an deposited in the Carthusian Monastery of Los Cuevas, and Indian stone mill found near the wind gap of the Blue i here, thirteen years later, was interred the body of his son, moantain ; Dr. D. G. Brinton,* on Recent explorations in the ¡Diego. Subsequently, in 1536, to carry out his oft-expressed Buell mounds of Florida. October, William Trautwine, on | wish, that he might rest in his beloved new-found-land, the the Moabite stone; Dr. D. G. Brinton, on Discoveries in a remains of both were removed and transferred to the maand near Grand Rapids, Michigan, embracing a skull , Cathedral of San Domingo, on the Island of Hispaniola. apparently older than the celebrated one from the Neander Dr. D. G. Brinton called to the attention of the Society the Ttal. Vorember, Dr. D. G. Brinton, on the alleged ancient alleged discovery of an ancient Mexican library, in the ruins mannscript known as the “ Vera Linda” Manuscript. of Xayi, near Chiapas. The writings were said to be on December, Henry Phillips, Jr.,* on a Pre-historic Pompeii. terra-cotta tablets, in a language not as yet accurately In 1877. January, Hon. Eli K. Price,* on the Loyalty of deciphered. December, Dr. Daniel G. Brinton * made an Chief Justice Chew, in 1776. February, Prof. Haldeman, on important communication upon the subject of the Aboriginal the Study of Heads in their Anthropological relations; | Mica mines of North Carolina.
COLORADO. In 1853 near Pike's Peak, when gold was first discovered in progress of Colorado, divides his book into 4 parts : the first Colorado, some two hundred pioneers founded half a dozen may be called a tourist's guide, the second is historical, the towns, which have since become important cities. Such third treats of the farming and pastoral industries, and the rapid progress has the Rocky Mountain State made since fourth of the mines and minerals of the State. From its tben in its production of the precious metals that it bids fair | great elevation above sea-level, Colorado is likely to become to rival the Golden state of the Pacific. California, in the near a sanitorium for many diseases; invalids suffering from fatore. As large portions of its lands require irrigation before pulmonary diseases, if they go there soon enough, will no they can be made available for agricultural purposes, it is to doubt find a congenial home. Mr. Fossett gives the assessed its mines that Colorado mast look for some years to come for
valuation of real and personal property in Colorado in 1878 and in its material development. It possesses in its “ Parks," as amounting to 13,000,000 dollars; this is exclusive of mining as its pastoral districts are called, an eligible area for grazing; property, which is exempt from taxation for eight years. The and when transit difficulties are overcome, stock-breeding agricultural productions of 1878 amounted to 3,515.000 dollars, may become a profitable industry. To those readers who though not more than one-fifth of the arable land of the want a compact, well-written, and reliable history of Colorado State was under cultivation. It possesses 1,218 miles of railand her resources, we would recommend Mr. Frank Fossett's way, 14 daily papers with weekly editions, 44 weekly papers, "Colorado; its Gold and Silver Mines, General Resources and a population of 190.000 souls. Down to the year 1870, and Attractions. It is a well-printed duodecimo volume of Colorado yielded gold to the value of 27,213,081 dollars ; 0 pages, illustrated with well-executed engravings and silver, 330.000 dollars ; copper, 40,000. And up to 1878, maps. The author, who is an authority on the history and it has yielded : gold 48,217, 150-76 dol.; silver, 25,811,760:48