Review of Reviews,  3 (1891), 319–31.

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    Relates how the 'American people are beginning to look' at the issue of immigration 'from a scientific statistical point of view' (325). They are in 'the position of the owner of one of the finest stud farms in the world for the production of human beings' and do not want 'to spoil their breed of pedigree stock by allowing the introduction of the refuse of murder breeds of Southern Europe' (325–26). The 'English-speaking Republic' must not allow 'this murder strain into the blood of its citizens'. At the same time, however, the unlamented death of 'the Epicurean cynic' Napoleon J C P Bonaparte, who had 'not an iota' of his uncle's 'military talent' or 'political genius', 'reminds us of the limitations of the law of heredity'. (326) Also praises the 'energy and capacity of Mr. W. H. Preece, the chief electrician of the Post Office, who last month has opened telephonic communication between Paris and London' (330).

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