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Essays and Letters, by Leo Tolstoy, and translated by Aylmer Maude, is one the "The World's Classics" Series published by Grant Richards, Leicester Square, London. It claims to be "The best and cheapest volume of Tolstoy's Essays that has appeared in his country." It contains twenty-six of Tolstoy's articles, and there are over 370 pages of closely printed matter.

Concerning Human Carnivorism, by Rev. J. Todd Ferrier; published by the Order of the Golden Age, Paignton; cloth bound. Of the many works published on the subject of Vegetarianism, this is one of the best we have seen. It does not approach the subject from a gustatory point of view, but deals with it almost exclusively from the ethical side. In support of his arguments the author refers to the dietetic practices of the early Christian Fathers, and quotes from their writings. He also quotes the statements of eminent scientists on the matter. The book will prove valuable to those who are prepared to discipline themselves in the matter of diet.

The Jewel and its Casket, by George Black, M.B., Edin., Torquay. This is an admirably written pamphlet on the subject of Food Reform. The writer is apt and happy in his frequent employment of smiles, and the subject-matter is interspersed with interesting anecdotes. He advises a non-flesh dietary both from the ethical and physiological standpoints. As a medical man of wide experience, his statements are worthy of notice.

Life, by Augusta Webster, published by Frances Riddell Henderson, 26, Paternoster Square, London. There are beautiful thoughts, poetically expressed, on nearly every page of this booklet, which consists of three addresses given at "The Higher Thought Center." The book deals with self-command and with the power of thought in everyday life, and puts some simple ethical interpretations into words which are generally associated with mysticism.

Out of the Heart, by R. Dimsdale Stocker; published by C. W. Daniel, 5, Water Lane, Ludgate Hill, London, E.C. Those of our readers who admire the poems of Mr. Stocker, which have appeared in The Light of Reason, will doubtless be pleased to have this neat little booklet of poems. Most of the pieces which we have published are here reprinted, while some of them are quite new. There is also inserted the prose article, "Man's Potential Perfection," which originally appeared in The Light of Reason, and at the end of the book there are two pages of short axiomatic sentences.

Emmanuel Swedenborg, and George Fox are two threepenny booklets by W. P. Swainson, and published by C. W. Daniel. They are Nos. 2 and 3 of the "Christian Mystics." The author enters thoroughly into his subject and manifests a deep insight into the character and mission of the men of whom he writes, and the booklets are well worthy a serious study.

The Promise of Life, or Revelation of Conditional Immortality, by J. F. B. Tingling, M.A., and published by Elliot Stock, 62, Paternoster Row, London, is, as its sub-title implies, a work in support of the doctrine of conditional immortality.

Christ in the Heart, by Mrs. Atkey, published by Elliot Stock. The author of My Change of Mind has given, in this booklet, help and guidance for those who have not yet found the indwelling Comforter. She has embodied in the little book quotations from George Fox, Madame Guyon, Johann Scheffer, Bishop Hall, and others.

An Emerson Treasury, selected by Albert Broadbent, published by Thomas Burleigh, London. Compiler and printer have both done their work well in this, the last, and best, addition to Mr. Broadbent's "Treasury" Series. The very pith of Emersonian though is here aptly and systematically arranged under various and suitable headings, including a few of Emerson's best poems. The "Foreword," written by Thomas Pole, is a delightful little essay on Emerson, which concludes with the following prophetic words: "If Emerson is not the most potent intellectual force of the New World, he seems to me to be the embodiment of its idealism, and the quickener of that spiritual renascence which to observant eyes is seen to be awakening East and West."

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James Allen was a little-known philosophical writer and poet. He is best recognized for his book, As a Man Thinketh. Allen wrote about complex subjects such as faith, destiny, love, patience, and religion but had the unique ability of explaining these subjects clearly and in a way that is easy to understand. He often wrote about cause and effect, sowing and reaping, as well as overcoming sadness, sorrow, and grief. For more information on the life of James Allen, click here.

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