By J. B. Harrison, Philadelphia. Published by the Indian Rights Association. This is one of the most common sense treatises on the Indian question we have ever read. The trouble with the Indian began by doing wrong for the sake of peace. But wrong when once sown, only produces wrong, and a crop of peace can never come from it. When the white man came to America, at least to Pennsylvania, he pretended to believe the Indians owned it, and made a mockery of buying it from them. But no man owns the ground by any natural right. His right comes from the consent of society, and society gives him that right only so long as he makes it productive, either in adding to the supplies for human wants, or by taxation. The Indian never did anything to make the land more valuable, and the mere running over it could no more make him an owner than that running over of by deers or rabbits made the land belong to them. Yet to this day the farce of buying land of the Indian has been continued, and we have suffered for the error.

In reading this book of Mr. Harrison, it is evident that law and reason must go together in the settlement of the Indian question. He shows what a vast amount of good the missionaries accomplished, and yet he admits that the hanging of thirty bad Indians did more for civilization in Minnesota than the preaching of thirty years. He shows, too, the great advantage which follows the forcing of the Indian to go to work and make the land more valuable, as a condition of his owning it. Immense good has followed this practice. In some cases after they had seemed to have become as good and as earnest cultivators as the white man, they were left to themselves. But when force was removed, they soon got back to lazy and shiftless habits.

On the whole this is an admirable book and we cordially recommend it to those interested in the Indian question.