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Natural Rights. By David G. Ritchie. (Swan Sonnenschein and Co.)—Professor

Ritchie in this book goes deeply into what may be called the foundations of human life. He takes nothing for granted, and some conventions commonly accepted, of the " Natural Rights " order, fare hardly at his hands. The subject is necessarily abstruse, but the writer's style abounds with vigour, and the result is an eminently readable book. We cannot discuss a subject so large and difficult in these columns, but the book may be unhesitatingly commended to students.—With this may be mentioned Law in a Free State, by Wordsworth Donisthorpe (Macmillan). Mr. Donisthorpe's views as an Individualist are well known, and they are vigorously set forth in this volume.