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Fowke's Book Reviewed

Fowke's Book Reviewed.                143

which seem to be very real and very correct. This should also

be the case with the person who studies the earthworks of Ohio.

He should be so familiar with ancient Society as to make the

monuments speak and interpret the works and relics so that they

will be suggestive of the people who used them. A negative

criticism does not serve any good purpose. Every writer should

rise to a plane higher than the ordinary observer, and should

put into the works the very life that once existed.

The perfunctory examination of the works and relics by a

single irresponsible and unreliable person certainly is a very poor

foundation for a book of 760 pages - and when this is attended

with such negative evidence as may come from denying the testi-

mony of nearly all who have been in the field and have written

on the subject-it destroys confidence in the book itself but

confirms the testimony of preceding writers. The archaeological

history should be based on the testimony of previous writers and

explorers, and is in this respect, different from an archaeological

report. As it is, this socalled history tends to overthrow archae-

ology-but fails to establish history-and yet both must go

together if we are to have a complete record of the state, which

is so celebrated for the achievements of both the historic and

prehistoric people who have dwelt in it.








[Prof. Mac Lean is one of the Trustees of the Ohio State Archaeo-

logical and Historical Society and the author of several archaeological

and historical volumes, in both of which subjects he takes high rank.

He was for some years Curator and Librarian of the Western Reserve

Historical Society. The following article was in the form of a com-

munication to the Editor of the Quarterly.-E. O. R.]

I have made a very thorough examination of Fowke's Arch-

aeological History of Ohio and I am pained to say I never before

experienced so great a disappointment in a book. Without hes-

itation I pronounce it the most dogmatic, arrogant, intollerant,