Popular Science Monthly/Volume 23/August 1883/Literary Notices
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Notes op Talks on Teaching. Given by Francis W. Parker, at the Martha's Vineyard Summer Institute, July 17 to August 19, 1882. Reported by Lelia E. Patridge. New York: E. L. Kellogg & Co.
The normal schools all over the land have for the past twenty-five years been sending out graduates whose mission it has been to replace the old rote-system of lesson-learning by methods better adapted to the minds of children. We commend this book to that great body of earnest teachers. It contains a series of twenty-five full, clear, and much-needed expositions of the principles that underlie primary and grammar school teaching. The first half of the volume is devoted to lectures, or "talks," as they are called, upon teaching children to read, to spell, and to write. There are nine further "talks" upon teaching composition, numbers, arithmetic, geography, and history. Then follow a chapter upon examinations, another upon school government, and another upon moral training.
It is said, by some of our leading teachers, that the noise about Colonel Parker and the "Quincy System" is largely due to the prominence of his trumpeters—the Adamses. And, no doubt, many willing learners will ask: "Is there really anything new in Colonel Parker's teaching? Have we not, for a generation, been using identical methods?" We reply that this book 560
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��tainly contains a great deal that we have not before seen in the literature of school- reform. Candid readers, familiar with cur- rent school ideals and practices, will see, we think, that Colonel Parker is working from a stand-point of his own, and that his view of the situation is not the generally recognized one.
The fashion of modern educational re- formers has been to exalt " method " above all other things. Normal pupils have been trained early and late in methods of teach- ing. To the acquirement of method they have given long practice, under sharp criti- cism. And the practical issue of all this drill has too often been a kind of teach- ing which has at once fallen to the level of dead routine. The method, mechani- cally acquired, has been mechanically ap- plied. Colonel Parker evidently sees this. With him methods are nothing without com- petent teachers ; and competent teachers evolve their own methods. The " talks " in this volume are mostly of the underlying psychological principles that should shape methods, and rarely of special practices. He reiterates his warning to teachers against imitation. Teaching, with him, is a vital intercourse between the mind of the teacher and the mind of the scholar. It is in his greater reliance upon the guidance of prin- ciples, and the personal activity of the teach- er, working on his own hook independently of anybody's method, that Colonel Parker's claim seems to us to consist.
He has unusual insight into mental phe- nomena, lie is a student of psychology, with an intuitive tendency to seek the causes of things. Further than this, he has strong sympathy with childhood, and these com- bined traits give originality to his work as a teacher. They make him a reformer of the reformers. He sees through the barren formulas and absurdities that have fre- quently replaced the old-fashioned school routine.
nis sense of the inanity of prevailing practices is often seen in these pages. For instance, in speaking of so-called analytical teaching, he gives the following familiar example of recitation in arithmetic:
Teacher. "If one apple costs three cents, what will four apples cost ? "
Child. "If one apple costs three cents,
��four apples will cost four times as many cents as one apple will cost. Therefore, four apples will cost four times three cents. Four times three cents are twelve cents. Therefore, if one apple costs three cents, four apples will cost twelve cents."
Colonel Parker adds : " I think I have not put in all the words that can be put into this complex and useless explanation. If the previous work has been correct, all the child needs to say is, ' twelve cents,' and go on performing a dozen examples, instead of agonizing over this one."
By " previous work " Colonel Parker means the early study of numbers, which should be " by bringing the mind to bear directly upon the relations of things. ... As well might we try to teach the facts in bot- any without plants, in zoology without ani- mals, form without form, and color without colors, as to teach number without numbers of objects. All primary ideas of numbers and their relations must be obtained imme- diately through the senses, and by their repeated limitations as numbers of things, as to how many. . . . From repeated tests, given by myself and by teachers under my supervision, the average child of five or six years of age does not know three when he enters the school-room. . . . Ability to count," says Colonel Parker, " must not be con- founded with the knowledge of numbers. Knowing a number is, first, knowing the equal numbers that make it up ; second, the equal parts of a number ; and, third, any two unequal numbers in a number and any two unequal numbers that make it up. This applies to numbers from one to twenty, and is learned by experiments with things. I have tried during the last eleven years to teach numbers to little folks, and I have never succeeded in teaching, nor have I seen ten really taught, during the first year. By using language without regard to what it expresses, fifty or one hundred may be taught ; i. e., the child, by unceasing drill, may repeat gibberish that seems to be knowledge to the casual observer. Ask him to verify his statement by showing the real relations among things, and you find he has been repeating an unknown language."
Colonel Parker's criticisms upon much that goes as object-teaching are equally trenchant and thorough-going. With him,
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��education is idea-growth. lie understands the conditions of this growth, and he knows that the first business of a teacher should be to learn these conditions. So far as we kuow, the subject of mental growth is not put on this footing in our training-schools, nor are our teachers tested by any such standard. But the circulation of such books as this will hasten the time when the teach- ers of children will be required to know something of the laws that govern their mental development.
An Address on the Fiftieth Anniversary of the Class of 1832, parts of which were read at a Class-Meeting at Union College, June 27, 1882. By Charles E. West. Brooklyn, N. Y. : Tremlett & Co.
This is a volume of unusual interest of its kind. There is of course much in it of local and personal import that will be chiefly prized by the parties in most intimate rela- tion with the scene of the history, but we have found even this portion of Dr. West's monograph very entertaining. We call at- tention to it here, however, on account of the admirably executed survey of scientific progress in its main departments which has taken place during the fifty years which have elapsed since the organization of the "class of '32." From his wide familiarity with the labors of scientific men, and his clear appreciation of the great drifts of mod- ern thought, Dr. West was well prepared to perform the duty that devolved upon him in sketching the great changes of the last half- century, and he has done it in a most able and attractive manner.
The Life of James Clerk Maxwell, with a Selection from his Correspondence and Occasional Writings, and a Sketch of his Contributions to Science. By Lewis Campbell, M. A., LL. D., and William Garnett, M. A. London : Macmillan & Co. Pp. 662. Price, $6.
No stronger individuality has appeared in recent English science than that illus- trated by the present biography. Clerk Maxwell was a man of undoubted genius, as a mathematical physicist among the very ablest, and withal original, versatile, and ec- centric. He had a strong sense of humor, and mixed wit, fun, pictures, and poetry, with much of his speculation in science. He was affectionate and interesting as well vol. xxiii. 36
��as adventuresome and refractory as a boy, and was always unconventional, quaint, and simple in his ways. He dipped deeply into logic and metaphysics when in college, and the tendency to subtile speculation is exem- plified in all his scientific works. His life furnished much material for the pen of the biographer, and the volume is graphic, spicy, and very readable. Much of it consists of his correspondence and previously unpub- lished notes, while the course of his mental development is well delineated, and the im- portance of his researches is clearly pre- sented. He had a very profound admira- tion for the genius of Faraday, and perhaps his own most important work consists in the mathematical development of physical ideas concerning the constitution of matter, the germs of which are found in the insight of the great electrician. Professor Maxwell's character is thus summed up by the writers of the present volume :
Great as was the range and depth of Maxwell's powers, that which is still more remarkable is the unity of his nature and of his life. This unity came not from circumstance, for there were breaks in his outward career, but from the native strength of the spirit that was in him. In the eyes of those who knew him best, the whole man gained in beauty year by year, as son, friend, lover, husband ; in sci- ence, in society, in religion ; whether buried in re- tirement or immersed in business, he is absolutely single-hearted. This is true of his mental as well as of his emotional being, for indeed they were in- separably blended. And the fixity of his devotion, both to persons and ideas, was compatible with all but universal sympathies and the most fearless open- ness of thought. . . . That marvelous interpene- tration of scientific industry, philosophic insight, poetic feeling and imagination, and overflowing hu- mor, was closely related to the profound sincerity which, after all is said, is the truest sign alike of his genius and of his inmost nature, and is most apt to make his life instructive beyond the limits of the scientific world.
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Poet, Littera- teur, Scientist. By William Sloane Kennedy. Boston : S. E. Cassino & Co. Pp. 356.
No doubt the rampage for personal gos- sip, displayed alike by our newspapers and magazines, is largely shared also by bio- graphical writers who enter upon the delin- eation of many lives before the life has ceased. As to the gossip, it is of course but an index of the public appetite, and, as to its untimeliness, that must be held as timely which is sufficiently wanted. That
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��we should have a virtual life of Holmes while he is yet among us and busy as ever, seems to us as far as possible from being objec- tionable.
And certainly no man ever had a greater temptation for working up a personal ca- reer to the edification of all contemporaries than the writer of this book. His mate- rials are abundant and attractive, to many they will be fresh, and to all entertaining. The account of the early life of Dr. Holmes we have found very pleasant and satisfac- tory, and the information about his various publications interesting; the eulogy is of course inevitable, and the criticism more or less passable. For Mr. Kennedy must also favor us with his estimates of the genius, performances, and opinions of the author he has taken in hand. But his judgments, if not very valuable, can not be much mis- leading, because everybody has read these fascinating books, and each one can make up his own mind as to their merits. On the whole, however, we confess ourselves much obliged to Mr. Kennedy for his agreeable volume.
Methods of Social Reform, and other Pa- pers. By W. Stanley Jevons, F. R. S. New York : Macmillan & Co. Pp. 383. Price, $3.
This volume consists of various articles contributed within the last few years by Dr. Jevons to the reviews on a variety of social subjects, and which have been collected by his wife for those who desire to possess them in a permanent form. It was the in- tention of Dr. Jevons to reissue them him- self, and before his untimely and lamented death he had already revised two of them, "Experimental Legislation and the Drink- Traffic," and "Amusements of the People." The remainder are reprinted just as they were originally written.
It is unnecessary to commend the work of this able writer. His several treatises on philosophical subjects are of excellent re- pute. But the present volume, while quite miscell;. leous in its topics, probably repre- sents his latest views on important practi- cal questions of a social character. They are marked by clearness and moderation, and will be found full of sober reflection upon questions too frequently treated by extrem-
��ists in visionaryand extravagant ways. Much of Dr. Jevons's criticism deals with the so- cial condition of things in England, and is designed to bear upon special practical re- forms, but the discussions are always car- ried on with reference to principles that are not without application in other countries.
Inquiries into Human Faculty and its De- velopment. By Francis Galton, F. R. S., author of " Hereditary Genius." New York : Macmillan & Co. Pp. 387. Price, 83.
Mr. Galton, as is very well known, has taken up the systematic study of human character from the most modern point of view, and, pursuing it in the light of the doctrine of evolution, has carried out a course of experimental inquiries ingenious in conception and fruitful of many new con- clusions. With his numerous papers con- tributed to learned societies and to the pe- riodical press, scientific readers are familiar ; these, which are of a varied character, he has now revised, extended, reduced to con- siderable unity of method, and published in the volume before us. Mr. Galton's re- searches are characterized by great subtilty of perception, a remarkable insight into the elements of human character, and a surpris- ing skill in pursuing his fertile suggestions to verification by experimental tests. He has done much, more indeed than any other investigator, to bring the elements of re- search respecting individual characteristics into quantitative and statistical form, so as to favor accuracy of inductions. If a more technical title had been admissible, the pres- ent work might have been called a treatise on anthropometry the measurement of the traits of human nature. It is through the bodily correlations of intellectual and emo- tional effects that this experimental method becomes possible, and all Mr. Galton's studies, although they deal largely with psychical phenomena, are made upon the basis of organic conditions and physical characteristics. The subject of composite portraiture, to which Mr. Galton has given much attention, and which, indeed, he has created as an important branch of investi- gation, is fully treated in this volume, the result of his latest methods being given and pictorially illustrated, while graphic and dia- grammatic resources are extended to other
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��subjects of inquiry. The book is most in- teresting throughout, full of novel and acute suggestions and practical conclusions of va- ried applicability. The chapters upon " Va- riety of Human Nature," " Anthropomor- phic Registers," "Mental Imagery," "En- thusiasm," " Influence of Man upon Race," " Early and Late Marriages," and " The History of Twins," may be mentioned as of especial interest, although the whole work richly deserves the critical attention of all the scientific students of human na- ture.
Wealth-Creation. By Augustus Mongre- die.\. With an Introduction, by Simon Sterne. New York : Cassell, Petter, Galpin & Co. Pp. 308. Price, 81.25.
The author is well known as a writer of unusual clearness on questions of political economy ; as a practical business man pos- sessing the happy faculty, which does not always exist in men engaged in trade, of considering these questions by reference to their fundamental principles, and in the light of a strictly correct reasoning. The predominant ideas of his work are that the abolition of war and the establishment of unrestricted freedom of trade are the es- sential conditions to the creation and even diffusion of the largest wealth and prosper- ity among nations. In Mr. Sterne's intro- duction is given a review of the history of tariff legislation in the United States, with facts showing that our manufacturing in- dustries and other interests have enjoyed the greatest degree of relative prosperity during the life of tariffs laid for revenue only ; that while from 1850 to 1860, with such a tariff, the capital invested in manu- factures and the product of the manufacto- ries doubled, from 18G0 to 1870, under the war tariff, they did no more ; and from 1870 to 18S0, under the same tariff, they in- creased only twenty-five per cent.
Alcoholic Inebriety, from a Medical Stand-point, with Cases from Clinical Records. By Joseph Parrish, M. D. Philadelphia : Blakiston, Son & Co. Pp. 185. Price, 1.25.
Dr. Parrish has performed an excellent and much-needed service in the preparation of this volume. That both the moral and political agencies have failed to do what
��was expected from them, in putting an end to the evils of intemperance, is now but too well known. Henceforth less sanguine ex- pectations must be entertained as to what can be really accomplished, and different means resorted to for the purpose chief among which will be the diffusion of sound scientific information in regard to the sub- ject of which this volume on alcoholic ine- briety is an example.
The point of view from which the work is written is thus stated by the author : " From the ordinary and popular outlook, inebriety corrupts a wide range of both public and private morals, and is so inter- woven with the affairs of life, both domes- tic and civil, that it is looked upon as the chief factor of crime, of insanity and many other diseases, and as a general disturber of all that should be cherished as valuable in the life of individuals and of the commu- nity. Efforts have been put forth to arrest its progress, if not to apply a radical rem- edy for its evils, to which the pulpit, the press, the platform, and the ballot, have all contributed a share of influence, till the land is covered with organizations having for their standard the doctrine of abstinence and prohibition. Taking half a century ago as a starting-point, the growth of the tem- perance sentiment of the country has been marvelous, and to-day, simply as a sentiment, it holds a prominent and commanding posi- tion ; and yet we are confronted with the discouraging statement that dram-drinking and drunkenness are on the increase."
" From another outlook, not so popular, because not so familiar, another view may be had, which, though more limited in its scope, is none the less important, because it reveals the causal beginnings from which flow the results that are recognized as in- toxication. As yet this new field has not been explored as it might have been, and as the gravity of the subject demand.-, notwithstanding it discloses the remote causes of inebriety, and indicates the re- medial course to be followed in dealing with it. This is doubtless partly due to the fact that the new line of research is, in a degree, technical and scientific, and the peo- ple are not disposed to go behind what they see in the inebriate and his surroundings, to attempt to penetrate tissues, and search
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��after forces with which they are not fa- miliar."
It has been the purpose of Dr. Parrish to treat the principles of his subject from the foregoing point of view as a physician interested first of all in the nature, causes, and treatment of disease. If alcoholism is a disease involving organic perversion and morbid physical action that has become chronic, it is of but little use either to ex- hort or pledge men against its effects, or even to invoke the law for the suppression of intemperance. Diseases must be treated in conformity with natural laws, and by men who understand what they are. Dr. Parrish takes up the subject of inebriety in its as- pects of vice and crime, and with reference to the various abnormal manifestations of conduct in inebriates. The subject of he- redity in alcoholic intemperance, and the relations of inebriety and insanity, with the questions of asylums for these classes, are considered. The chapters on " The Ine- briate's View," " How to deal with Inebri- ates," " The Psychology of Inebriety," and "The Effects of Different Alcohols," are practical discussions of the subject which ought to be widely disseminated. It should be stated that a large number of cases are cited in the work, illustrative of the phe- nomena and varied effects of intemperance, under its several aspects of vice, crime, and disease.
Catalogue of Publications of the Smith- sonian Institution, 1846 to 18S2. By William J. Rhees. Washington : Smith- sonian Institution. Pp. 328. The series of "Smithsonian Contribu- tions to Knowledge" was begun in 1848, and now comprises twenty-three volumes in 4to, with 119 articles. The "Smithso- nian Miscellaneous Collections," begun in 1802, embraces twenty-three volumes in 8vo, with 122 papers. The annual reports are represented by thirty-five volumes, which include much general matter of interest. Other series are the " Bulletins of the Na- tional Museum," of which twenty, aggregat- ing 3,103 pages, have been published; the " Proceedings of the National Museum," which are sent out by the sheetful of 16 pages, and are at present represented by four volumes of 2,221 pages; and the volume of the " Reports of the Bureau of Ethnology,"
��638 pages imperial 8vo. The whole number of publications is 478. The names of the articles and the names of the authors are given alphabetically in the catalogue. No copyright is taken out by the Institution on its works, but acknowledgment is expected to be made of the use of them. All works that are in print can be obtained at cost price ; and a price-list is printed in connec- tion with the catalogue.
The Leading Men of Japan. With an Historical Summary of the Empire. By Charles Lanman. Boston : D. Lothrop & Co. Pp. 421. Price, $2.
The first part of this volume is devoted to biographical sketches of modern Japa- nese statesmen, authors, and scholars, large- ly those who have contributed in a greater or less degree to the bringing about of the late reforms in the empire. The materials for the sketches are, of course, derived from native sources, and much of the matter appears to be also ; for it has a terseness, a richness, and a home flavor like those of the works of Japanese art that an American writer working up the sketches in his own way could never have given. All the more credit to Mr. Lanman for preserving this flavor, for it is one of the most attractive and delightful features of the book. In the second part are given excellent accounts, historical and descriptive, of the Japanese Empire, and of Corea so lately the for- bidden land ; to all of which is added a bibliography of works on Japan.
The Builder's Guide, and Estimator's Price-Book. By Frederick T. Hodgson. New York : The Industrial Publication Company. Pp. 331. Price, 2.
This work is chiefly intended to assist the builder or contractor in making esti- mates of the cost of work he is about to undertake, by bringing before him the de- tails he must look after, and their approxi- mate cost. It is also useful to the person about to employ a builder or contractor, or who intends to execute his own plans. It includes a compilation of the current prices of all kinds of building materials in their details, of worked materials, and of labor, with building rules, data, tables, and use- ful memoranda, and a glossary of archi- tectural and building terms.
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��First-Year Arithmetic-Teacher's Manual, and First- Year Text-Book. By James H. Hoose, A. M., Ph. D. Syracuse, New York: C. W. Bardeen. Pp. 156. Price, 35 cent*.
This work is based upon Pestalozzi's system of teaching elementary numbers, and is designed for pupils in the first grade, or first year of public schools. It appears to have grown out of work that was accom- plished by teachers with pupils of the grade for which it is designed, and to be in effect simply a transcription of the record of that work as kept by the teachers from day to day, for application to other classes. By it, it is claimed, pupils may lea r n to compute numbers with accuracy and readiness, with- out a slate; to express themselves with facility and intelligence in the forms of arithmetical language; and to think pa- tiently, vigorously, and accurately, and have a becoming confidence in their own powers.
Astronomy corrected. By H B. Phil- brook, Counselor-at-Law. New York : John Polhemus. Pp. 55. This little volume, says the author, " is respectfully submitted to the reading world, in order to remove the errors that have so long deluded mankind in reference to as- tronomical problems." These " errors " re- late to the creation and the causes of the motions of the solar system, to Laplace's nebular hypothesis, and Newton's gravita- tion. It is not new to have the law of gravitation assailed, nor is it entirely novel to have the portion in regulating the universe that has been assigned to it referred to the interstellar ether. Mr. Philbrook is, we be- lieve, the first to tell us precisely how the ether acts.
Lowest Forms of Water Animals. By N. d'Anvers. New York: G. P.Putnam's Sons. Pp. 59. Price, 50 cents.
This is one of the " Science Ladders " series of illustrated natural history readers, the special purpose of which is to teach the great laws of the animal kingdom in lan- guage simple enough to be intelligible to every child who can read. It teaches what an animal is and what protoplasm is, and describes the rhizopoda, sponges, infusoria, hydras, medusae, sea-anemones, coral, pol- yps, polyzoa, and " some tiny creatures with water-works."
��Compendium of the Tenth Census, June 1, 1880. Washington: Government .Print- ing-Office. Part I, pp. 924 ; Part II, pp. 817.
The scope of the census of 1880 was greatly enlarged, and its machinery was much changed from that under which the previous censuses were taken. The infor- mation collected by it has been much more extensive, more varied, and presumably more accurate than has been gathered for any other decade in the history of our coun- try. Opportunity was given to begin the inquiries in departments admitting such anticipation, several months before the first of June, and thus to give a more careful and exhaustive character to the investiga- tion ; and the work of making the enumer- ations was given to persons especially ap- pointed for it, and not to officers who al- ready had other duties. Except as to churches, libraries, and private schools, the statistics of which have been delayed in compilation, the tables embraced in the " Compendium " touch all the general class- es of statistics which will be embraced in a more detailed form in the more extended publication of the series of quarto volumes. Part I contains the statistics of population and agriculture ; Part II, those of manufac- tures ; power used in manufactures ; mining, railroads, steam-craft, canals, telegraphs, and telephones ; occupations ; fisheries ; for- eign parentage ; areas, dwellings, and fami- lies ; Alaska ; life-insurance ; fire and ma- rine insurance ; valuation and taxation ; public indebtedness ; newspapers and peri- odicals ; public schools ; illiteracy ; defec- tive, dependent, and delinquent classes ; and mortality.
Geological Survey of New Jersey. An- nual Report of the State Geologist for 1882. By George H. Cook. Camden, New Jersey: F. F. Patterson. Pp. 191, with Map.
The topographical survey has been con- tinued over 480 square miles, chiefly in the highland country of the northern part of the State. The whole area covered by this sur- vey up to the present time is 1,740 square miles. Progress is also reported of the United States Coast and Geodetic Survey, which, when completed, it is hoped in the next season, will cover 5,326 of the 7,576
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��square miles of the State. The report of " Geological Work in Progress " includes an extensive notice of the Eed Sandstone dis- trict with its trap ridges, which is a marked local feature, with accounts of the eruptive rocks of Sussex County, iron -mines and mining industries, plastic clays and their uses, and shore-changes. The plastic clays are worthy of especial attention, for they have been found capable of extensive appli- cation, particularly for furnishing terra-cotta building material and architectural orna- ments, and promise to become most im- portant elements in the resources of New Jersey. The " sea-side developments," or growth of summer resorts now in course of rapid expansion, are also noticed, with some account of climatic peculiarities and of agri- cultural development in Southern New Jer- sey. A chapter on drainage is illustrated with a convenient map of the water-sheds. The resources for water-supply and the character of the water are considered, wheth- er the supply is derived from lakes and riv- ers or wells, dug, driven, and bored ; and the water-supplies of the larger towns and several important wells are described. The map accompanying the report has been cor- rected up to date.
Annual Report of the Chief Signal-Offi- cer to the Secretary of War, for the Year 1880. Washington: Government Printing-Office. Pp. 1,120, with 119 Charts.
The organization and objects of the Sig- nal-Service department have been often set forth. Its chief purpose is to train a corps of officers competent to correspond by sig- nal and give speedy and effective service in times of war and in emergencies. For that purpose primarily the training-school is kept up at Fort Whipple, Virginia, where officers are drilled for Signal-Service work. Incident- ally, the service makes its value known in a variety of ways, and is the agency employed by the Government to secure the reports and forecasts of the weather. It had in operation, during the year of the present report, in the United States, 247 stations, and was receiving daily telegraphic reports from 189 stations in the United States and other countries. The net-work of its sta- tions extends to the Atlantic and Pacific coasts and over the intervening territory.
��"Sunset stations" have been established at a number of places, where meteorological indications are gathered from the appear- ances at sunset, and with the aid of the spectroscope ; and the officers at these sta- tions have acquired an accuracy in forecast- ing the local weather twenty-four hours in advance, the degree of which is represented by a maximum percentage of 89y\[ for the regions west of the Mississippi Valley, and 82j G for the region east of the eastern bounds of that valley. The report is filled with masses of detail and station reports.
The Jewelers' Circular and Horologi- cal Review, March, 1883. D. H. Hop- kinson, Editor and Proprietor. New York. Pp. 32-lxxxviii. Price, $2 a year.
A most pleasing and flattering illustra- tion of the prosperity and the artistic taste of the fraternity of jewelers and silver- smiths in the United States. The literary department comprises thirty-two of the fine- ly printed, large quarto pages, and is oc- cupied with articles of special interest to the fraternity and of general interest to many others ; among them we notice a part of a series on the elaboration of gold and silver, and a kind of " Notes and Queries," under the title of " Proceedings of the IIo- rological Club." The other pages are occu- pied with the cards of manufacturers and cuts of their designs, many of which, it is hardly necessary to say, are exceedingly handsome.
The Physiology of Protoplasmic Motion. By Th. W. Englemann, M. D., of the University of Utrecht. Translated by Charles S. Dolley, M. D. Rochester, N. Y. : Davis & Leyden. Pp. 40. Price, 50 cents.
Living protoplasm, says the author of this treatise, possesses, in many cases at least, as it appears to the assisted eye, the power of independent, rapid movement. The motion expresses itself in a change of form and arrangement of the protoplasmic mass, the volume of which apparently re- mains the same. It may also be produced artificially. The present paper records the results of continued, careful, and minute studies of the manifestations of protoplas- mic motion in its various forms.
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��Lectures delivered to the Employes of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Company. By Professor II. Newell Martin and Drs. Henry Sewell, Will- iam T. Sedgwick, and William K. Brooks, of Johns Hopkins University. Baltimore: Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Company. Pp. 98.
The Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Com- pany maintains two reading-rooms for the men in its employ, but it had been observed that only a part of those for whom the rooms were intended availed themselves of them. Professor Martin suggested to President Garrett that the men who were not readers might be induced to attend free popular scientific lectures, and proffered the ser- vices of himself and his biological col- leagues in the Johns Hopkins University. The lectures were delivered in February, 18S2, before audiences of twice as many deeply interested hearers as were expected. They were on " How Skulls and Backbones are built," by Professor Martin ; " How we move," by Dr. Sewall ; " Fermentation," by Dr. Sedgwick ; and " Some Curious Kinds of Animal Locomotion," by Dr. Brooks. They are popular in character and are published in their present form by the railroad com- pany for free distribution among the men who heard them, and among others in its employ who were not able to attend them.
The Unending Genesis ; or, Creation ever present. By H. M. Simmons. Chicago : The Colegrove Book Company. Pp. 111.
A pleasantly conceived and pleasant- tempered essay on the phenomena of nature in the light of the Biblical story of the creation, the purpose of which is to show that creation is not and is not to be a com- pleted process, but one that is ever recur- ring, the object of continual renewals, and still as fresh and living in its repetitions of to-day as when it first began to operate.
Proceedings of the Davenport Academy of Natural Sciences. Vol. Ill, Part III. 1879-1881. Davenport, Iowa: Published by the Academy. Pp. 130, with Four Plates.
The volume which is completed by the publication of this part contains a large number of contributions on subjects of ge- ography, geology, natural history, and an- tiquities, which speak well for the activity
��and intelligent zeal with which the members of the Academy perform their self-imposed work. Most of the papers record the re- sults of local investigations around Dav- enport, which seems to be situated in a district of much scientific interest. Other papers concern the larger field of investi- gations opened by our rapidly developing Western Territories. The whole of the third part of the volume is occupied with the me- morials and writings of the late youthful but devoted President of the Academy, Joseph Duncan Putnam, in whose death science evidently has suffered a great loss. Besides the memorial addresses and biographical sketches, its principal feature is the publi- cation in full of Mr. Putnam's notes on the Solpugidce a family between the scorpions and the spiders of North America.
Proposed Ordinance and Rules and Reg- ulations for Plumbing, House-Drain- age, etc., in the City of Philadelphia. As reported by the Committee of Twen- ty-one. Philadelphia : P. Blakiston, Son & Co. Pp. 13. Price, 20 cents.
The "Committee of Twenty-one" con- sisted of plumbers, architects, physicians, and citizens, interested in sanitary matters. The plumbers, as a body, submitted their suggestions, and the architects did the same. The committee, guided by these aids and their discussions, elaborated the ordinance which, in the shape in which it is here presented, constitutes a valuable epitome of the essentials of sanitary plumb- ing and engineering.
" Appalachia," April, 1883. Vol. Ill, No. 2. Appalachian Mountain Club. Bos- ton : W. B. Clarke & Carruth. Pp. 104. Price, 50 cents.
The present number of this interesting journal contains an article on " Mountain Ob- servatories," by Professor Pickering ; a pa- per by Mrs. John Tatlock, Jr., on the " Vari- ations of Barometric Measurements of Alti- tude with the Season " ; descriptive accounts, from explorations, of the Twin Mountain Range, the Blue Hills (of Norfolk County, Massachusetts), the Mountains of Eastern Cuba, and Roan Mountain, North Carolina ; reports of officers, and of the work of the Club ; and proceedings of meetings. In the course of the past three years, the
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��names of forty-seven mountains, of which no published accounts existed, while many of them were wholly unexplored, and sev- eral even unnamed, have appeared in the lists of the club. Of these there now re- main but thirteen of which no description has as yet appeared in " Appalachia."' Promi- nent features of the work described in the present number are the exploration of the Twin Mountains, the construction of new paths to the summits of Mounts Madison and Adams, the expedition up the Wild River Valley and the east branch of the Pcmigcwasset to the summit of Mount La- fayette, and more restricted but hardly less interesting investigations.
An Outline of Qualitative Analysis for Beginners. By John T. Stoddard, Ph. D., Professor of Chemistry in Smith College. A. G. Carley, Northampton, Mass. Pp. 54. Price, 75 cents.
Students in a well-equipped qualitative laboratory, who have the time of a compe- tent instructor at their disposal, need little help from a text-book. Some small book containing the tests by which the several bases and acids may be detected, and the succesive steps of the system of analysis which the instructor deems the best, is a ne- cessity. Professor Stoddard's book belongs to this class, and probably leaves more for the student to work out under the guidance of the instructor than any similar book yet published. Thus, no equations are given, it being a part of his method to require the student to write these, and to draw up ana- lytical tables for himself. He also requires the devising of new methods of separa- tion, thus introducing an element of original work.
The Advanced Question-Book. By Albert P. Soutiiwick. Syracuse, N. Y. : C. W. Bardeen. Pp. 360. Price, 1.50.
This work includes in one volume the " Dime " question-books on general litera- ture, general history, astronomy, mythology, rhetoric, botany, zoology, chemistry, geology, and physics, with complete answers, notes, queries, etc. While we should never think of using such books in recitation, or of en- couraging a teacher who used them there, we can conceive that they arc admirable as manuals for ready reference.
��Johns Hot-kins University Studies in His- torical and Political Science. Her- bert B. Adams, Editor. VI. Parish Institutions in Maryland. By Edward Ingle, A. B. Pp. 48. Price, 40 cents. VII. Old Maryland Manors. By John Johnson, A. B. Pp. 38. Price, 30 cents. Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University. Price of the series, $3 for twelve num- bers.
The idea of this series is to bring to- gether, in numbered monographs, kindred contributions to historical and political sci- ence, so that individual efforts may gain strength by combination, and become more useful as well as more accessible to stu- dents. The Studies will be published at monthly intervals, but not necessarily in separate form. The present essays relate to peculiar features in the political and social organization of the Maryland colony, quite different from those which distinguished the New England organization, a correct understanding of which may help to explain some things in the history and present con- dition of the State.
Van Loans Catskill Mountain Guide, 1888. Catskill, N. Y. : Walton Van Loan. Pp. 122, with Maps. 40 cents.
"The Medico-Legal Journal," Vol. I. No. 1. Published at 55 Broadway, N. Y. Pp. 115. $3 a year.
Woman's Medical College of Baltimore. An- nouncement and Catalogue. Baltimore. Pp. 12.
Small-pox and Vaccination. By Professor S. E. Chaille. New Orleans : New Orleans Auxiliary Sanitary Association. Pp. 23.
Record for the Sick-Eoom. Philadelphia: P. Blakiston, Son & Co. 25 cents.
The Upper University : A Syllabus of the Scheme and <>!' the Sources of its Revenue. By Thales Linds- ley. Pp. 25.
The Human Consciousness: A Syllabus of its Data and Inductions. By Thales Lind'sley. Pp. 17.
Relief of Local and State Taxation through Dis- tribution of the National Surplus. By Wharton Barker. Philadelphia : Edward Stern & Co. Pp. 28.
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Edison Electric - Light Company, Eighteenth Bulletin. Pp. 4(1.
Resuscitated: A Dream of Existence after Death, etc. Sacramento, Cal. : Lewis & Johnston. Pp. 128. "5 ceuts.
�� � A Revision of the Genus Clematis is of the United States. By Joseph B\ James. Cincinnati. Pp. 19.
Manifesto of the Communists. By Karl Marx and Frederick. Engels. New York: Schærr & Frantz. Pp. 28. 5 cents.
The American Trotting-Horse. By Professor William H. Brewer. Pp. 28.
The Evolution of the American Trotting-Horse. By William H. Brewer. Pp. 6.
The Natural Cure of Consumption, Constipation, Bright's Disease, Neuralgia, Rheumatism. Colds, Fevers, etc. By C. E. Page, M.D. New York: Fowler & Wells. Pp. 274. $1.
Relations of Micro-Organisms to Disease. By William T. Belfield, M.D. Chicago, 111.: W. T. Keener. Pp. 131.
Conflict in Nature and Life. New York: D. Appleton & Co. Pp. 483. $2.
Bacteria and the Germ Theory of Disease. By Dr. H. Gradle. Chicago. Ill.: W. T. Keener. Pp. 219.
A Treatise on Insanity in its Medical Relations. By William A. Hammond, M.D. New York: D. Appleton & Co. Pp. 767. $5.
Life and Language of William Cobbett, with his Grammar. By Robert Waters. New York: James W. Pratt. Pp. 272. $1.75.
A Tragedy in the Imperial Harem at Constantinople. By Leila-Hanoum. Translated from the French by General R. E. Colster. New York: W. S. Gottsberger. Pp. 299.
Atomic Creation and other Poems. By Cornelius P. Schermerhorn. New York. Pp. 200.
God Out and Man In. Replies to Robert G. Ingersoll. By W. H. Piatt, D.D., LL.D. Rochester, N.Y.: Steele & Avery. Pp. 320. $1.50.
Hand-Saws, their Use, Care, and Abuse. By Frederick T. Hodgson. New York: The Industrial Publication Company. Pp. 96. $1.
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Manual of Taxidermy. By C. J. Maynard. Boston: S. E. Cassino & Co. Pp. 111.
Report of the Chief Signal-Officer, 1881. Washington: Government Printing-Office. Pp. 1296, with 69 Charts.