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THE POPULAR SCIENCE MONTHLY.

ments and utensils in use among these various tribes. The same remark holds good of the Esquimaux of Alaska.

The archeology of the old world has not been forgotten, and already, partly by gift and partly by purchase, considerable assemblages of specimens throwing light upon the ancient civilizations of southern Europe, Egypt and Asia Minor have been secured. The collection of reproductions of the famous Neapolitan bronzes, presented by Mr. Carnegie, duplicates for Pittsburgh the same series now in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. The collections annually obtained through the Pittsburgh Branch of the Egypt Exploration Fund constitute an ever-growing series of high valuable and important objects.

The development of the domestic and industrial arts in America from the first colonization to the present is illustrated by a series of

 

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Model of Conestoga Wagon, made by Wilson Banks and T. A. Mills.

 

collections to which additions are being rapidly made. The evolution of methods of transportation is shown by a long series of models constructed by Mr. Wilson Banks, Mr. T. A. Mills and others. This series is in part a reduplication of specimens now in the U. S. National Museum at Washington.

The end for which museums exist is not simply the acquisition and preservation of curious and instructive specimens. The great object which such an institution should ever keep in view is the diffusion of knowledge. The management of the Carnegie Museum has realized this from the very inception of its work. Care has been devoted to the proper arrangement, display and labeling of those parts of the collections placed on view. The late C Brown Goode once said in substance,