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To Jerusalem Through the Lands of Islam

Among Jews, Christians and Moslems

By Madame Hyacinthe Loyson
Preface by Prince de Polignac

Pages viii, 375, cloth, gilt top, 8vo., profusely illustrated, $2.50


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HIS remarkable book, the work of one of the most remarkable women of our time, the joint work rather of a remarkable woman and a remarkable man,for Père Hyacinthe is joint-author of it from cover to cover though he is not the writer of it,—this remarkable book is beyond the skill of the reviewer. It would be easy to blame it. Men in a hurry for copy, or in a hate at Pere Hyacinthe, will fill their columns with quite plausible matter for blame, and salt it well with superiority. But when the most is said this is what it will come to, that Madame Hyacinthe Loyson remembers the words, "He that is not against us is on our part," and remembers that they are the words of her dear Lord. He who should say that she exalts the Koran above the Bible, that she sees only the good in Islam, only the evil in Christendom, gives himself into her hands. For she writes down what her own eyes have seen; and though she has many examples of Christian prejudice and many of Muslim charity to record, she never for one moment finds Muhammad standing in her thoughts beside Christ. All that it comes to in the end is this, that Christians are rarely true to Christ, Muslims are often much better than Muhammad.-Expository Times, London.

This is one of the handsomest books of oriental travel which we know. The book pays special attention to the religious conditions of the Copts, Jews and Moslems of the East. It presents a tremendous indictment of the liquor traffic in Malta and elsewhere. The white man's vices are the greatest obstruction to the mission work in the non-Christian world.—Methodist Magazine and Review. She has woven in much of general archæological and anthropological information.-Records of the Past. Mme. Loyson, despite her excessive iteration of rather explosive comments, is a woman who cannot help being interesting, so her descriptions of places and account of personal experiences in Egypt and Jerusalem and elsewhere are immensely interesting, and make the reader seem to see it all.-Chicago Evening Post.

Her notes of social visits give interesting pictures of Arab manners. The Arabs she pronounces "the best behaved and most forbearing people in the world," and not unlike "the best type of our New Englanders." She evidently moved in the best society, but even among the common people she noted points in which Christians might learn of Mohammedans. Polygamy, however, is noted as the black spot on the brow of Islam. Evidently the tour of the Loysons accomplished good. It were well if all missionaries were animated by their spirit. The volume is handsomely printed and illustrated.-The Outlook.

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The Representative Monument of the Old Order in Russia, that is Now Passing Away.

Frontispiece to The Open Court.


Devoted to the Science of Religion, the Religion of Science, and the Extension of the Religious Parliament Idea.

VOL. XX. (No. 1.)

JANUARY, 1906.

Copyright by The Open Court Publishing Company, 1906.

NO. 595




HE visit which I paid last summer to Russia greatly increased the deep sympathy which I have always felt for that grand country and its great peoples. I came home with a clearer and more precise idea of the real situation in that vast empire. As, during my sojourn there, I had spoken a good deal with the leaders of all the parties, with the supporters of the government as well as with the reformers, I was fully convinced, even before the stirring events now taking place in that unfortunate land, that the old state of things was irredeemably condemned.

I was in Moscow when the Czar issued his proclamation which convened the Douma and was present in the ancient cathedral of the Assumption when this important document was read. This was on August 20. Though the concessions accorded were notable, I received the decided impression that autocracy was too late, that the old Russia had abdicated and that a new Russia was born. I felt that a mighty volume, full of glorious pages, sadness and horrors, was closed for all time, before my very eyes; that this was indeed a historic date. On that day and for some days to come, the Czar still remained, as a matter of form, the Autocrat of all the Russias, but only as the King of England is King of France, or the Emperor of Austria is King of Jerusalem. While the holy music

*Joseph Reinach was private secretary to M. Gambetta, and is best known as the editor of the collected speeches of that great statesman. See Dictionnaire-Manuel-Illustré des écrivains et des littératures, s. v. "Gambetta." He enjoyed the confidence of his illustrious friend, and his own name ranks high in contemporary French politics. He has written books and essays on various historical and political as well as economic questions and is still a member of the Chamber of Deputies. Incidentally we will mention that he is one of three remarkable brothers, the other two being Salomon, the archaologist, and Theodore, the art critic.

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