16 NOVEMBER 1907, Page 8

Heroes of Pioneering. By Edgar Sanderson, M.A. (Seeley and Co.

5s.)—There are stories which cannot bo told too often, and Mr. Sanderson tells them well. We begin with Walter Raleigh, and the man who is rightly called the " real founder of Virginia," John Smith. Then follows the history of the French in Canada, with the names of Cartier and Champlain. Aftor this we have in succession the Pilgrim Fathers, Daniel Boone (the "pioneer in Kentucky"), Sir Stamford Raffies, Rajah Brooke, and not a few others. Most of Mr. Sanderson's heroes are naturally Anglo- Saxon, for these have, indeed, done most of the pioneering of the modern world. But, as has been seen, he is not exclusive ; he even gives a place of honour to Marshal Bugeaud, though it is commonly believed that his methods were not altogether in harmony with civilisation, not to say Christianity. We remember as we write a rhyme from Punch :— a Marshal Bugeaud, Marshal Bugeaud,, Canst thou doubt what course is right, With an Arab in a giotto, And the means to strike a light ?"

Together with this may be mentioned Heroes of Missionary Enterprise, by Claud Field, M.A. (same publishers, 5s.) Mr. Field, who has himself worked in the mission field, has a subject which gives him an overwhelming choice of matter. He divides it into what we may call "zones." "In Regions of Snow," "In Lands of the Sun," "In India and the East," and "In Isles of the Sea" are the titles of his four divisions, and though these aro, to a certain extent, cross-divisions, they serve the purpose of arranging the multitude of topics very well. What names there are in this roll of honour ! John Eliot, David Brainerd, Moffat, Livingstone, Schwartz, Judson, Krapf, Robert Clark (of the Punjab), Selwyn, Williams (of Erromanga), and last, but not by any means least, John Paton. And these are but a few out of a " great cloud of witnesses... If any parents still cherish the idea of "Sunday reading," here is the very book for them.