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To the Editors of the Crimson:
Your correspondent of Tuesday recommends to those interested in the Boer war a book upon that subject by a popular writer of sensational fiction. Will you kindly allow me the opportunity of calling attention to a less advertised work upon the same subject by a distinguished Englishman, who is not only a literary man, but also a scholar. I refer to Mr. John A. Hobson, lecturer in the London School of Economics, and author of several well-known books upon economic theory and history, which are regularly used in our economic courses. Mr. Hobson's "The War in South Africa: its Causes and Effects," was written after a sojourn of several months in South Africa, and, in the opinion of many, represents the most dispassionate, as also the most penetrating consideration that the war has yet received.
If a ten cent book is wanted, I would advise, at least as a healthful antidote for the pamphlet suggested by your correspondent, the American edition of "Peace or War in South Africa," by A. M. S. Methuen, the senior member of the London publishing house of that name. Even Mr. Doyle himself pronounces this book "able and moderate." VERITAS.