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The North American Review.

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The leading paper in the May number of the North American Review, by Speaker Reed, on "Reforms Needed in the House," deals chiefly with the presentation of bills and economy of time. "Soap Bubbles of Socialism, by Professor Simon Newcomb, indirectly controverts Powderly and Bellamy theories with a sort of ingen uousness that reminds one that a horse chestnut may be proved a chestnut horse. "The Typical American," by Andrew Lang and Max O'Rell, is of the very frothiest substance. but the Lang half has a sparkle which the O'Rell one is totally without. "Audacity in Woman Novelises," by George Parsons Lathrop, is partly a reply to Mrs. Amelia E. Barr's "Corversational Immoralities" in the April number, and wholly an acknowledgement of woman's continually increasing position and power in fiction and the upon the whole salutary influence of that position. "The Hatred of England," by Goldwin Smith, rather exaggerates the extent of that hated which most of the readers of the Review doubtless find restricted to the ignorant masses. General Greely of the Signal Department, or as he is called, "Chief of the Weather Bureau," writes of the Mississippi Floods. Archdeacon Farrar in his paper, "A Few Words on Col. Ingersoll," calls that gentleman "a man of straw." Both Rev. Lyman Abbott in the April number, and Archdeacon Farrar in this, have considered the straw man worthy of their most vigorous poundings. "Why Cities are Mis governed," by Mr. Fassett of the New York Senate, argues that the wrong is always in wrong uses of money, and the remedy suggested is power given to Senate Committees to investigate all conditions of municipal administration and accounting. Under the head of "The Tariff on Trial," Sir Richard Cartwright writes of "Protection in Canada," and T. G. Shearman on "Some Questions Answered." The Notes and Comments include various minor features.

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