India, a stately and sonorous word! To the thoughtful scholar it suggests distance, vastness, wealth, scenic and historic charms, ancient art, barbaric wealth, as well as potential factors of national greatness. Sir Edwin Arnold has not unduly exalted the importance of a visit to India in any liberal education. No thinker can be an intellectual exile here. The student of language, history, ancient philosophy, or antique civilization finds a treasure house in the India of the past. She has been the nurse of useful arts, of subtle thought, and of epic verse. Fantastic mythologies, curious speculations, and occult sciences have here had their home. India has been the arena of chivalric deeds and of appalling tragedy, the battle ground of truth and error, the field of some of the most inspiring consquests of Christianity. But the India of the future is to be a nobler study still. We even now see a gradual unification of its many principalities and powers on a grander scale than that of Italy or Germany, with the gradual growth and supremacy of the English tongue and the surer domination of western science and Christian thought. These pages, therefore, posses a special attractiveness at the present timeâ€¦ Rev. Mr. Urwick some years since made a wide tour, beginning with Galle, formerly the starting point, and proceeding, as his itinerary indicates, northward and westward. His pages are full of instruction. He avails himself of the helpful materials of Fergusson, Hunter, and other authors. The whole is profusely illustrated by pen and pencil. Foot notes have been added. The volume is offered to the thousands of American readers, young and old, to whom the past and the future of this land of Romance presents a vivid and an imperishable charm.