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Consciousness and Matter, as Taught by the Yogis, by an Indian, published by the Author, and sold by J. Wooderson, 23, Oxford Street, London, W. This is a thoughtful little book, but it is almost entirely metaphysical, and we do not understand “an Indian" speaking of Dharma as “matter," and as “one of the elements of nature." According to our Sanskrit scholars, Dharma is Truth, the law of righteousness,

The Perfect Life, by A. C. Hingst, published at New York, is an earnest pamphlet of sixteen pages, the object of which is to inspire the reader with pure and noble aims.

Radia, or New Light on Old Truths, by Alec C. More, published by Elliot Stock, 62, Paternoster Row, London, E. C., is a volume of blank verse dealing with Christian Theology.

Christianity and Progress, by J. W. Petavel; published by Swan Sonnenschein and Co., Ltd., 25, High Street, Bloomsbury, London, W.C. The author of this book considers that Christian leaders, and reformers generally, have been “insincere" and “hypocritical" because they have ignored certain political measures which he considers are necessary for the good of the race. The work is almost entirely critical.

Lost in the Bottomless Pit, by Rev. J. Howard, Cashmere; published by the Merchant’s Publishing Co., Denver, Colorado. The title of this book does not give the slightest clue to its contents. The author claims that it is “An answer to Ernest Haeckel’s ‘The Riddle of the Universe ’." The “bottomless pit" is none other than illusion, ignorance. The book is certainly well-written, but it deals with the metaphysical and the marvelous (especially the marvelous) as distinguished from the facts of human experience.

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