Review of Reviews,  12 (1895), 289–99.

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    Reports that the 'British Association met this year at Ipswich. Sir Douglas Galton, the President, delivered the inaugural address, which called for little remark', and the 'meeting, on the whole, was somewhat commonplace', although 'it was relieved by one or two papers of somewhat sensational interest' (297). These were an account of 'the cannibals of West Africa from a somewhat sympathetic point of view', which seemed to suggest that 'the cosmic forces which lead to the survival of the fittest would tell in favour of the cannibals of [a] tribe', and William M F Petrie's protest against 'the excessive zeal shown by some civilized people in thrusting their opinions down the throats of every race with whom they come in contact', which 'led to quite a demonstration against clothes' (297–98).

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