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Fifty Years of the Essex Institute.—Professor E. S. Morse has published a review of the condition of zoölogy fifty years ago and to-day, in connection with the growth of the Essex Institute, which has just completed its first half-century. The institute has always kept true to its name. It has been wholly for the benefit and in the interests of the county of Essex, in every corporate town of which but one public meetings have been held, to the number of two hundred in all; while the enthusiasm of its members has often led it beyond the limits of the county and of the State, into, in all, some sixty-eight "out-of-the-way places—little villages, cross-roads, and hamlets by the sea." To these places the society has induced the celebrated naturalists of the country to bring the results of their researches, and the latest and freshest fruits of science. Further evidence of its county character is found in the facts that its members are scattered over the county, and that it has aimed especially at forming a collection of the animals and plants of the county, and has such a collection, which is not excelled by any other of similar character. When the Institute was founded, there was not a single text-book of zöology in our schools; now, every high and classical school has its classes in zoölogy and botany, and every college its special professor. Then there was not a single popular periodical devoted to those sciences; now there are a number of illustrated weeklies and monthlies with a large circulation, the earliest of them, the "American Naturalist," having been founded under the auspices of the Institute; and even the newspapers keep pace with the progress of science, and publish special articles on scientific matters of interest. Then, the science of archaeology was not born; now it is "the most vigorous and aggressive of the sciences," and one of the Institute's men, Mr. Putnam, "is, for the first time, teaching the country the proper and only way of exploring the mysterious mounds of the West." The little society of a few men and a library of a hundred volumes has grown to be a powerful body of three hundred and forty members, with a library of thirty-eight thousand volumes.