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LITERARY NOTICES.

American Journal of Science" has appeared recently a paper by him on the Relation of the Uppermost Cretaceous Beds of the Eastern and Southern United States, and in "The American Geologist" another on The Foraminiferal Origin of Certain Cretaceous Lime-stones and the Sequence of Sediments in North American Cretaceous.

The little Hand-Book of Precious Stones, by M D. Rothschild (Putnam, $1), gives a brief sketch of the properties of each mineral used in jewelry. The specific descriptions are introduced by directions for recognizing and determining the characters by which the quality of precious stones is ascertained. A table of hardness and specific gravity is appended.

Three memoirs on Meteoric Iron, by George F. Kunz, relate respectively to a mass weighing 15½ ounces, which was found on Linnville Mountain, N. C. about 1882; a mass of 25·61 pounds weight, which was found in Laramie County, Wyoming, in January, 1887; and the Johnson County (Arkansas) mass, which fell in 1886, and is noteworthy as having been the largest mass ever actually seen to fall. It weighed 107½ pounds. Physical descriptions, chemical analyses, and photographic illustrations of the stones are given. Another paper by Mr. Kunz includes "Mineralogical Notes" on "Phenacite from Maine," "Quartz Pseudomorphs after Spodumene," "A Remarkable Variety of Transparent Oligoclase," "Apatite from near Yonkers, N. Y., "Cyanite from North Carolina," and an "Aragonite Pseudomorph."

A valuable contribution to the study of the structure of the crinoids is given in a paper entitled Discovery of the Ventral Structure of Taxocrinus and Haplocrinus, and Consequent Modifications in the Classification of the Crinoidea, by Charles Wachsmuth, of Burlington, Iowa, and Frank Springer, of Las Vegas, N. M. The descriptions are supplemented by excellent plate illustrations.




PUBLICATIONS RECEIVED.

Aekerman, A. A., U. S. N. Notes on the Management of Boats in the Surf. Pp. 14.

Bigelow, Prof. Frank H. The Solar Corona, discussed by Celestial Harmonics. Washington: Smithsonian Institution. Pp. 20, with Plate.

Billings, John S., M. D., and colaborers. The National Medical Dictionary. Philadelphia: Lea Brothers & Co. 2 vols. Pp. 731, 799. Leather. $14.

Bonham, J. M. Railway Secrecy and Trusts. New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons. Pp. 138.

Brace, C. Loring. The Unknown God; or, Inspiration among pre-Christian Races. New York; A. C. Armstrong & Son. Pp. 886. $2.50.

Brooklyn Ethical Association. Lectures and Discussions on Evolution. Boston: James H. West. Pp. 400. $2.

Byrnes, William, Editor. "Lock and Bell." Monthly. New York and Philadelphia. Pp. 24. 10 cents, $1 a year.

Cajori, Prof. Florian, New Orleans. History of Infinite Series. Pp. 22.

Calendars. The "Don't Forget It" Calendar, Daily Record, and Blotter. E. B. Treat, New York. Price, 15 cents. The Homer Lee Bank Note Company, Tribune Building, New York. "Milwaukee Herold."

Children's Aid Society, New York. Thirty-seventh Annual Report. Pp. 112.

Clarke, F. W. Meteorite Collection in the National Museum; Catalogue, Smithsonian Institution. Pp. 11. Relative Abundance of the Chemical Elements. Philosophical Society of Washington. Pp. 12.

Collins, F. H. Epitome of the Synthetic Philosophy. New York: D. Appleton & Co. Pp. 571.

Connecticut Pharmaceutical Association. Proceedings, 1S88.

Connor, Leartus, M. D., Detroit, Mich. The American Academy of Medicine, etc. Pp. 43.

Cornell University College of Agriculture, Experiment Station Bulletins, 13 and 14.

Davis, Eb. H. Second Reading Book. Philadelphia: J. B. Lippincott Company. Pp. 20S. 40 cents.

Dawson, N. H. R. Report of the Commissioner of Education for 1887-'88. Washington: Government Printing-Office. Pp. 1209.

Dulau & Co., London. Catalogue of Works on Chemistry and Physics. Pp. 126.

Fewkes, J. Walter. Zoological Excursions. I New Invertebrata from the Coast of California. Boston: The Author. Pp. 50, with Seven Plates.

Goodwin, W. W. Syntax of the Moods and Tenses of the Greek Verb Boston: Ginn & Co. Pp. 464. $1.50.

Green, H. L., Buffalo, N. T. The Bruno Monument. Plate.

Hale, E. M., M. D., Chicago. On Recent Advances in Cardiac Therapeutics. Pp. 8.

Haslam, George. Ecker's Anatomy of the Frog. Translation, with Notes and Additions. New York: Macmillan & Co. Pp. 449. $5.25.

Hensoldt, Dr. II., Columbia College, New York. Natural History in Elementary Schools. Pp. 19. A Naturalist's Rambles in Ceylon. Pp. 18.

Hornaday, W. T. The Extermination of the American Bison. Washington: Smithsonian Institution. Pp. 80, with Map.

Howland, George. Practical Hints for the Teachers of Public Schools. New York: D. Appleton & Co. Pp. 198.

Illinois, Statistics of Coal in, 1889. Springfield. Pp. 134.

Iowa Agricultural Experiment Station, Ames. Bulletin No. 7. containing Seven Papers. Pp. 42.

Iowa State Board of Health. Monthly Bulletins. December, 18S9, and January, 1890.

James, Joseph F., Washington. On "Laurentian" as applied to a Quaternary Terrane. Pp. 7.

Langley, S. P. Report of the Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, Washington. Pp. 84.

McCook, Henry C. American Spiders and their Spinning Work. Vol.1. Philadelphia: The Author. Academy of Natural Sciences. Pp. 372. $30 for three volumes.

Moorehead. W. K. Fort Ancient, the Great Prehistoric Earthwork of Warren County, Ohio. Cincinnati: Robert Clarke &, Co. Pp. 129.