Two Portuguese Communities in New England.

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      The article presents information about the book "Two Portuguese Communities in New England," by Donald R. Taft. Taft stresses the need of studies of the problems of special nationalities and writes that the Portuguese are worthy of study then as a group which complicates important social problems, as a neglected nationality, and as a people apparently differing somewhat in race as well as in mores. The discussion in the second chapter, which treats of racial composition, hinges around the problem of the degree of Negro blood that is mixed with the Mediterranean stock. Evidence is presented to show that there have been four injections of blood of this darker race and it is hinted that it may have been the darker elements that went to make up the population on the islands. The third chapter on the continental and island background is made up in considerable part of quotations from travelers and men of letters interspersed with statistics where they are available and, so tempered, the chapter has both interest and scientific value.