26 OCTOBER 1867, Page 23

The Ordinance of Levites. By James Suter. (W. P. Nimmo.)----

A quaint book, which is not likely to be read by any who do not wish to make fun of it. Mr. Suter suggests that one in every twenty of the population, rich or poor, should be singled out as a recipient of tithes, and should occupy the position assigned by the Mosaic Law to a mem- ber of the tribe of Levi. We cannot say what he expects to bring about by this separation of certain privileged individuals from the common herd, but he is very positive as to the results of such a scheme. Amongst other things, it seems, each Levite would have a vote, and would form one of a body of Conservative electors. The apparent reason for giving them this privilege is that the lot is commended in Scripture, while nothing is made to depend on votes or majorities. "Neither open voting, nor secret voting, misnamed ballot, is once spoken of. Secret voting is not in accordance with the words (John xviii., 37) To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness to the truth.' " This is a sufficient taste of Mr. Suter's quality.