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SCIENTIFIC LITERATURE.

be thought necessary! — that we ought not to hate England, and why; in the second — The Monroe Doctrine — Mr. Edward J. Phelps explains precisely what that doctrine is, and how it does not justify the vaporing which has recently filled our atmosphere; and in the third — Arbitration in International Disputes — Mr. Carl Schurz makes a powerful plea in favor of that principle which President Eliot makes the first among the five great American contributions to civilization.

 

The Home and School Atlas, by A. E. Frye, is intended as a reference book for both the student and the general reader. Its extension maps are well engraved and seem accurate. The relief maps, of which there is a full set, give one an unusually clear notion of topography. The differences in temperature, wind, rainfall, and agricultural products between various sections in the United States are also illustrated by means of maps. A useful pronouncing gazetteer and a list of "statistics of the world" add value to the volume. (Ginn, $1.15.)

 

The Oswego Method of Teaching Geography is the title of a little teachers' manual by A. W. Farnham. The method seems to consist in the main of suggestions to the teacher for interesting the children and expedients for making clear the chief elementary difficulties of the subject. Most of them seem such as any bright teacher would think of, and some are calculated rather to hinder than aid her work, as when, for instance, she is directed to explain the meaning of "down" by the phrase "in a descending direction," or "between" by "in the intermediate space of." The book, at the best, seems not a very necessary one. (Bardeen, 50 cents.)

 

A new edition of Bardeen's Common-School Law is at hand. The book is a valuable one for reference, the frequent reissues keeping it up to date. For this last edition the book has been entirely rewritten, some changes being made in the arrangement, and a new chapter on rules and regulations has been added. (Bardeen, $1.)

 

PUBLICATIONS RECEIVED.

Agricultural Experiment Stations. Cornell University Station: Suggestions for the Planting of Shrubbery. — Delaware College Station: Milk Sampling. Illinois University Station: Varieties of Apples. — Iowa College Station: Lamb Feeding; Steer and Heifer Beef, II; Old Process vs. New Process Linseed Meal; Notes on Injurious Insects: Fresh Cow vs. Stripper Butter. — Massachusetts College Station: The Crambidæ of North America. — New Jersey Stations: The Pernicious or San José Scale. — United States Department: Number and Value of Farm Animals of the United States and Animal Products, and the Principal Household Insects of the United States.

Angling. (The Out-of-Door Library.) New York: Charles Scribner's Sons. Pp. 305. $1.50.

Annuaire de l'Université Laval (Year-Book of Laval University), 1896–’97. Quebec: Augustin Coté & Co. Pp. 192.

Bailey, L. H. The Survival of the Unlike. New York and London: Macmillan & Co. Pp. 515. $2.

Binet, Alfred. Alterations of Personality. Translated by H. G. Baldwin, with Notes and a Preface by J. Mark Baldwin. New York: D. Appleton & Co. Pp. 356. $1.50.

Bödiker (President of the Imperial Assurance Office, Berlin). Le Comte de Chambrun et le Musée Social. Paris: Chamerot & Renouard. Pp. 16.

Bulletins, Catalogues, etc. American Chemical Society Directory of 1896. — Michigan Mining School Catalogue, 1894–’96. — Philadelphia Academy of Natural Sciences, Journal of Second series, Vol. X, Part IV, 1896, and Proceedings, Part II, April to August — Philadelphia Board of Education, Annual Report for 1895. — Railways, Statistics in the United States, 1895 Interstate Commerce Commission. — Scientific Alliance, The Sixth Annual Directory, 1896. — Smithsonian Institution Publications: New Species of North American Coleoptera of the Family Scarabæidæ; Observations on the Development and Migration of the Urticating Organs of Sea Nettles. Cnidaria; List of the Lepidoptera collected in East Africa, 1894. — United States Department of Labor, No. 6, September, 1896.

Cairns, T. A. A Manual of Qualitative Chemical Analysis. Third edition, revised and enlarged by Elwyn Waller. New York: Henry Holt & Co. Pp. 417.

Climatological Association of America. Transactions of, for the Year 1896. Pp. 293.

Conway, Moncure D. The Writings of Thomas Paine, Vol. IV. New York and London: G. P. Putnam's Sons. Pp. 521. $2.50.

Crockett, C. W. Elements of Plane and Spherical Trigonometry. New York: American Book Company. Pp., text, 152; tables, 103. $1.25.

Dana, Mrs. W. S. Plants and their Children. New York: American Book Company. Pp. 265. 65 cents.

Education, Report of the Commissioner of, 1893–’94. Pp. 2290.

Field Flowers. Eugene Field Monument Souvenir. Chicago: A. L. Swift & Co. $1.

Gerhard, William P. Theatre Fires and Panics: their Cause and Prevention. New York: John Wiley & Sons. London: Chapman & Hall. Pp. 175.

Halleck, R. P. The Education of the Central Nervous System. New York and London: Macmillan & Co. Pp. 258. $1.

Hertwig, Richard. General Principles of Zoology. Translated by G. W. Field. New York: Henry Holt & Co. Pp. 226.

Hirsch, Dr. William. Genius and Degeneration. New York: D. Appleton & Co. Pp. 330. $3.50