Review of Reviews,  10 (1894), 211–23.

The Progress of the World



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    Reflects that it is 'Christendom that is perfecting its instruments of slaughter, building pneumatic guns which will hurl heavy charges of dynamite a couple of miles, and that is perfecting the Maxim flying machine, which is to extend the area of slaughter, already coterminous with earth and sea, to the air above' (212). Records that Oxford has 'welcomed the British Association to its ancient halls. Lord Salisbury, as Chancellor of the University and President for the year, delivered the inaugural, which, as is usual with him, had as its sub note the old refrain of the vanity of all things human [....] what do we know?—next to nothing, and we do not even know that;—is no doubt a good doctrine to preach to those wiseacres who are puffed up with their own conceit as with the east wind' (220). Comments that 'talking of Holiday Parliaments, has the time not fully come for reviving the Social Science Congress on a new, extended, and more practical scale? It was odd that it should have expired just when public interest in sociology began to be so widespread and intense' (220–21).

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