28 AUGUST 1880, Page 3

We regret to observe the sudden death at Brussels, on

Wed- nesday, of Dr. W. B. Hodgson, Professor of Political Economy and Mercantile Law in the University of Edinburgh, and very far, indeed, from a dismal teacher of" the dismal science." He Was a man of very great ability, especially in the direction of popularising economical science,—of making it not only in- teresting but amusing. He was, too, a very hearty Liberal, a strenuous supporter of Mr. Gladstone in the canvas of Mid- lothian, and a very earnest opponent of vivisection, in a city where vivisection has many and powerful advocates. He was Chairman of the Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce, and was probably visiting Brussels in order to see the exhibition now open there. He will be much missed. Men who infuse life and vividness into political economy are probably even fewer than profound economists themselves.