It is a well known fact that many of the so-called denominational religious papers seem to think their duty finished when they furnish their readers with denominational news, or with matter bearing on strictly theological topics. On the other hand, the strictly secular paper too often deals with politics, or silly gossip, so nearly exclusively, as to almost nauseate those who wish to keep pace with general intelligence. As a general rule the subscribers to these papers have to subscribe to a pile of special journals if they would keep pace with the discoveries of the times in the highest departments of mental culture which bears on human progress. The Independent is a striking exception to the general rule. While it is to a certain extent denominational in its teaching, it extends its attentions to every branch of human intelligence, and its wonderful success has, no doubt, been owing to the fact that no cultivated person can take up the paper without becoming wiser and better before he lays it down.