23 FEBRUARY 1895, Page 25

The Evolution of Tirom2n. By Eliza Burt Gamble. (G. P.

Putnam's Sons )—Miss Gamble tells us that twelve years ago she had come to the conclusion that "the female organisation is in no wise inferior to the male." This was satisfactory for the time, but a chance study of Darwin's "Descent of Man" lel her further on. "The female among all the orders of life, man included, represents a higher stage of development than man." The theologian and metaphysician might be satisfied to hold that "God made man first." But in this, as in other matters, they "didn't know everything down in Judee:' Miss Gamble is superior to foolish Hebrew superstitions. But what she had to show is, so to speak, how things went wrong. As a matter of fact, man is stronger than woman. How did this come about ? That she endeavours to explain. Will it be set right ? And how ? Put very briefly, by altruism overcoming egoism. We have not apace to summarise, much less to criticise, Miss Gamble's argu- ment. Let it suffice to say that, in respect of courage at least, she must be the equal, if not the superior, of any male creature living.