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and put in its place in the map. Tuaka should take the place of Tuaua as marked in the map, and also in the Index with the latitude and longitude which have been wrongly assigned to Tuaua. On the other hand, Tuaua should appear in the Index with latitude about 23° 5' and longitude about 115° 37′, and should be marked accordingly in the map with a cross attached to it.
These are all the errors of this class which have been detected in the three provinces taken at random for testing. They are not noted here for the purpose of fault-finding, but to show how few and slight they are. Perfection is impossible in this kind. of work, and slips like these can be corrected in another edition. One more serious omission should be noted. The Island of Hainan is omitted from the List of Stations, and none are marked on the map of the Island, so that it is made to appear as unoccupied territory. There is a well-known and effective Mission of the A. P. M., N., whose missionaries occupy Hoihow and one or two other centres. Hoihow at least should be named in the List and marked with the red cross in the map.
Some of these discrepancies and omissions are due not to any fault of the editor, but to imperfect information supplied by mission secretaries. It is to be hoped that all missionaries and secretaries will combine to supply such information as shall enable the editor to carry his admirable work still nearer to perfection in a future edition.
One or two suggestions for minor improvements may be offered. It is a defect that in looking up the name of a place in the Index one finds no ref
erence to the number of the map in which it will be found. Instead of this the name of the province is given, and unless one first commits to memory the corresponding numbers, this involves a further reference to the Key Map, or the List of Provinces before the proper map can be found. Space would be saved and more aid be given to the student by omitting these names of provinces from the Index and substituting in a bold type the number of the map in which each place is shown. Also the insertion of the letters N. and E. after each latitude and longitude, though in accordance with the practice of more general atlases, is here unnecessary. In China all latitudes are North and all longitudes are East, and the omission of these more than 13,000 unnecessary letters would both save printing and tend to clearness. At most, the Lat." and "Long." at the head of the columns is amply sufficient. Even that is not required if the reader remembers that every latitude is necessarily under 90° and that in China every longitude is over 90°, so that in an atlas of China no confusion is possible and no constantly repeated mark of distinction required.
Passing from these details one is struck with the great value of this atlas to any one who wishes to study seriously the problems of the Chinese empire. The Preface indicates what a large collection of maps and surveys has been laid under contribution, and it is safe to say that nowhere else can the student find present knowledge of Chinese topography so completely collated and set forth with such clearness and accuracy as in this atlas. All intelligent
students of political and commercial problems will find here a storehouse of the best information.
For students of the larger aspects of missions this atlas is indispensable. Along with the companion volume, "The Chinese Empire," it will be found to have done for China and its dependencies what has been done, so far as we know, for no other mission field. In impartial breadth of treatment, including the missions of all Protestant churches, with adequate knowledge and painstaking accuracy, these two volumes, and more especially the atlas, are unrivalled in missionary literature.
should be in the hands of every Committee or Board of Missions, in the library of every theological college, at home or in China, and accessible to the missionaries at every mission centre. study of these maps must stimulate every thoughtful mind to more intelligent prayer. Those sections which are fairly well sprinkled with the red crosses will call out thanksgiving and prayer on behalf of the missionaries and the Christian churches under their care, especially when it is remembered that each cross represents a centre round which cluster many out-stations too numerous to be marked on the maps. On the other hand, any one who looks at the map of Sinkiang with only three crosses, Tibet with none, Mongolia with only one (though according to the List there should be another at Patsebolong), and Manchuria with none north of the Sungari River (though the United Free Church has one at Hulan, just on the north bank, which has been omitted), must feel sadly how far we still come short and be stirred up to earnest prayer
that to these great regions of darkness the light may soon
Is it too much to hope that Mr. Marshall Broomhall, besides earning the lasting gratitude of all missionaries in China, may have the supreme satisfaction of seeing his fine atlas contributing to missionary efficiency in the delimitation of fields to prevent overlapping and in the effective occupation of districts which are still left destitute?
J. CAMPBELL GIBSON.
The Temples of the Orient and Their Message, in the light of Holy Scripture Dante's Vision and Bunyan's Allegory. Kegan Paul, Trench, Trübner & Co. London.
This is no ordinary book. It Ideals with one of the most important subjects of modern times -how to overcome evil with good. The Christians have one way, the non-Christians have another which down at bottom have much in common. It is another illustration of Professor Bruce's Providential Order of the World.
It is the essence of a whole library of the best modern books on the subject of which it treats. There are frequent quotations from Max Müller, Renouf, Sayce, George Smith, Hommel, Hilprecht, Ebers, Maspero, Peters, Haug, Uljfaloy, Jastrow, Griffis, Scidmore, Montifiore, The Encyclopedia Britannica, Jewish Cyclopedia, Bible Dictionary, Book of the Dead, Creation Tablet, Persian, Japanese authors, etc., etc.
The author is saturated with the Bible, Dante, Bunyan, Samuel Rutherford and others to whom there are references in abundance for comparison. Thus within a small compass of 400
odd pages we have an immense amount of most important facts compressed, the labour of years of study in many scores of volumes, already done for us, for which we cannot be too grateful. It shows that what some of us in our childhood thought was the monopoly of Christendom alone, is in some form shared to a very large extent by the whole non-Christian world, and showing also that before modern missionary zeal was kindled God had long ago touched the hearts of the devout in all lands by His infinite wisdom and love.
It is our privilege to follow in His footsteps with sympathy and love, remembering that our Lord did not break the bruised reed nor quench the smoking flax. Our Lord did not come to destroy but to fulfil.
The book has a clear map of ancient trade routes and has also in Chapter XI a valuable chronology showing the result of the latest excavations in Nipur and Egypt, beginning 6000 and 7000 B.C. and a very complete index of immense convenience for reference. Those missionaries who have no access to large libraries on this subject will find that this volume will save them an immense amount of time and money. J. R.
Bishop Hannington and the Story of the Uganda Mission. Prepared by W. Grinton Berry, M. A. F. H. Revell Co. Pp. 208.
This is a new telling of the dramatic story of the evolution of the Uganda Mission, all of which has taken place within the last thirty years. It is based upon the Life of Hannington, by Mr. Dawson, and Mullins' "Wonderful Story of Uganda", with details filled in from other
sources, bringing the narrative down to the close of 1907. The book is intended by its compendious form and its cheap price to bring within reach of the now large number of readers interested in modern missions the facts relating to this one, perhaps the most remarkable missionary development of a great missionary century. It ought to have a wide circulation.
Twenty Years in Persia: A Narrative of Life Under the Last Three Shahs. By John G. Wishard, M.A., D.D., Director of the American Presbyterian Hospital at Teheran. F. H. Revell Co. 1908. Pp. 349.
It is about thirteen years since the publication of Dr. Wilson's "Persian Life and Customs ", which was brimfull of interesting information about that remote empire. Dr. Wishard's book, in twenty chapters, gives a broad survey of the same field, covering all the important aspects of the national life, and is especially full in regard to the political events of the past three years which have brought Persia before the world as one of the Asiatic countries which is determined to be up-to-date, and have all the modern improvements, "Liberty" and a "Constitution" among them. It is easy to perceive from an outline like this what a mighty influence the leaven introduced by the American Board Mission in the thirties of the last century has become, what important advantages have been gained, and most important of all, how very much remains to be accomplished. The mission study classes who are surveying the earth with an intelligent and minute scrutiny will find in this volume a great deal of valuable material. In one of the early works about
China, published soon after the arrival of the British troops in 1860, the writer referred to some member of the British Legation who had had a previous appointment in Persia and who was struck with the resemblances between that country and China. The same idea recurs on reading this book, which gives us, whose home is the Flowery Land, an added interest in the descriptions and suggests possible and perhaps probable similarities in the coming development of country and people.
Twenty-first Inland Otago Tour (19071908), by Alexander Don.
This is a pathetic account of Mr. Don's annual tour to the hills and valleys of New Zealand, where there is still a dwindling number of Chinese gold miners, some of whom are too poor to return to China as they long to do. The 4,500 Chinese of 1886 are now only 2,500. Cause—exhaustion of the gold deposits. There does not seem much danger of too much Chinese immigration in New Zealand. The perils, the heat, etc., of this trip easily compare with our experiences in China. The distances travelled in fifty-five days were by rail, 1,254 miles; by coach and steamer, 345 miles; on foot, 543 miles. miles.
St. Luke's Hospital for Chinese. Forty-second year.
Dr. Boone, the veteran chief, is supported by Dr. W. H. Jefferys and Dr. A. W. Tucker, with staff of nurses and Chinese doctors. The financial support, notwithstanding hard times, is even better than ever. A handsome new four-storied building is now
going up on the opposite side of the road, to be a special eye hospital, with rooms for everything the medical heart can desire. A valued gift, this year, has been a fine modern ambulance. There were 448 opium poisonings and 1,825 accidents; two items which tell volumes. Grand total, 40, 127. Judging by the chaplain's report, much good seed has indeed been sown, but visible results are small.
Directory of Protestant Missionaries in China, Japan and Korea, for the year 1909. The Hongkong Daily Press Office. Presbyterian Mission Press, Shanghai. Price, 60 cents. Postpaid, 65 cents.
This convenient booklet, issued annually by the Hongkong Daily Press, and containing, first the Missions arranged in alphabetical order, followed by an alphabetical list of all the missionaries in China, Japan, and Korea, is indispensable to every missionary who wishes to know just who and how many are laboring in these countries.
We note that there are some two pages more in the list than last year, which would indicate an addition of some 130 names during the year.
Doctor Lee, by Marshall Broomhall, B.A., with Preface by Walter B. Sloan, Home Director of the China Inland Mission. Pp. 61. Photograph. Price 6d. nett.
In this brief booklet we have recorded with suitable enlargement the main points in the career and teaching of Y. L. Lee, the doctor who did so much good as an evangelist to Christians. The curious thing is that he thought himself such a failure in reaching the heathen
The following further account of meetings held by Mr. Goforth at Changtefu will, we feel sure, call forth the thanksgivings of our readers.
The first meeting was held on Saturday evening, November 7, when Mr. Slimmon, who had led the singing at the Weihui meetings, gave an account of what transpired there. It was Wednesday evening, however, that the complete breakdown came, and from that time forward the note was VICTORY." The morning meeting was opened with a hymn, prayer and another hymn. Then Mr. Fan, of the girls' school, came forward and asked to be allowed to say a few words. He then proceeded to tell how, when he reached the school grounds in the morning, he had heard a great sound of weeping. The Spirit's power had come upon the girls, and the sense of sin was overpowering them. He tried to commence work as usual, but the bell rang in vain. He went to report to the Principal,
and was advised to let the Spirit complete the work He had begun. This was done. With the conviction of sin came the desire to confess it, and until this was done, there was no peace of mind; so one and all confessed to one another and to their teachers and to God and asked for forgiveness.
giveness. Such was the story Mr. Fan had to tell. When he had finished, two other men came forward to the platform and made confession of sin; one of them with bitter cries breaking down, unable to proceed. An opportunity was then given for prayer, and thereupon ensued such a scene as never before had I seen. A man started to pray, had not said more than half a dozen words when another and another joined in, and in a moment the whole company was crying aloud to God for mercy. All the pent up emotions of a life time seemed to be pouring forth at that time. All the sins of the past were staring them in