National Geographic : 1905 Dec
Some Recent Opinions of Mr Ireland's Work The Publishers of THE IRELAND REPORT ON COLONIAL ADMINISTRATION IN THE FAR EAST (described on the opposite page) would call attention to the following very remarkable comments of the Press upon Mr Ireland's last published book, a volume of brief studies in the administration of tropical dependencies, entitled "THE FAR EASTERN TROPICS," which was published by Messrs Houghton, Mifflin & Co. in the spring of 1905. The Geographical Journal (London) [Organ of the Royal Geo graphicalSociety] The Times (N. Y.) The Standard (London) The Times (London) The Dial (Chicago, Ill.) The Springfield Republican Philadelphia Public Ledger The Outlook (London) The Morning Post (London) The Washington Post The Globe Democrat (St. Louis, Mo.) The Speaker (London) As only a limited " The author has a claim to a hearing if only on the score of his long and extensive investigations in the special field he has chosen ; but, as the reader soon discovt rs, this is by no means the sum of his qualifications. Mr Ireland's style is conspicuous for clarity of reasoning and expression, and his criticism is so eminently characterized by sound common sense and acute observation that he should carry conviction to the minds of his readers." " The clearest, sanest, best reasoned, and frankest investigation that has yet been made of American rule in the Philippines." "Mr Ireland brings to the consideration of American administration in the Philippine Islands a trained mind, special aptitude for analytical investi gation and critical observation, and a lucid pen with which to set down his many impressions and considered conclusions." "The book is a notable contribution to political literature. It is one of the few books, and they are all modern, which deal truthfully and with full knowledge with the realities of Colonial Administration." "The volume belongs to the best type of literature on Colonial Countries. There is every evidence of careful and painstaking study; and the book has the unusual merit of being, on the whole, definite and precise in its state ments." " The present rank that Mr Ireland has obtained as a specialist in this field is fully deserved, for he has spent fifteen years studying Tropical Colonization at close range, and he writes with notable clearness and understanding." "The quality of trained and conscientious work shows, even where its expression is limited to a few brief chapters. Mr Ireland has at once made a contribution to our store of knowledge and has stimulated our sense of re sponsibility as citizens of a 'World Power.' " " The book may be commended for its general accuracy, for its directnes", for the soundness of its method, and its arguments. Mr Ireland's very sound advice may be commended to all admin istrators in tropical places." " The volume is crammed with carefully digested facts . . .. it is admirably designed to stimulate interest in a mass of questions which are every day becoming of increasing importance." " Mr Ireland presents his facts in a clear and interesting manner, and is logical and convincing. He writes of the Islands not only with knowledge of them, but also with an intimat- knowledge of the United States; remarkable and unusually correct for an Eng lishman." "A forceful style and keen vision, enlivened by ready wit, make a subject that might seem dry in itself full of charm and interest in Mr Ireland's hands." " Mr Ireland's qualifications for his task were unique, and what ever expectations were forl'md of the author of the classical v lume on Tropical Colonization have been fully realized. The articles make one of the most valuable studies in comparative administra tion that we pos ess." edition of THE IRELAND REPORT will be printed, it is desirable that all who wish to secure a set should register their subscriptions at once. Full information will be forwarded on application to the Publishers. SMALL, MAYNARD & COMPANY, 55 Arrow St., Cambridge, Mass.