Popular Science Monthly/Volume 29/July 1886/Literary Notices
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Upland and Meadow. A Poaetquissings Chronicle. By Charles C. Abbott, M.D. New York: Harper & Brothers. Pp. 397.
The readers of the "Monthly" already know much of Dr. Abbott as a naturalist and antiquary; for he has not unfrequently visited our pages, bringing with him contributions, the fruit of his researches among the gravels of the Delaware, and of his rambles along the streams and through the swamps that happen to be near Trenton. An unreflecting reader might think, from the fullness of Dr. Abbott's budgets of Nature-lore, and the variety of interest which they contain, that there must be rare qualities in those particular gravel-beds and swamps, but the thought would not be justified. Presumably they are very much like the gravel-beds and swamps that may be found anywhere else, and the rare quality is in the observer. Dr. Abbott has also rare gifts at description, and the faculty of making his reader conceive the scenes and the curiosities almost as if he were along with his guide and looking at them. These merits of observing power and of description are well exemplified in this volume, which delineates what appear to be about a round year's rambles, with observations of animals and plants, and other objects of scientific interest. Keen observer as Dr. Abbott is, he found those things in the observations and histories of the old men he met that made him sorry that he could see so little, or that he had not lived in times when New Jersey nature was richer; he invariably wished, when he had talked with them, that he had been his own grandfather! Then there were men of his own time who could teach him better than he knew what to see. "To realize what a wealth of animal and vegetable life is ever at hand for him who chooses to study it, let a specialist visit you for a few days. Do not have more than one at a time, or you may be bewildered by their enthusiasm. I have had them come in turn—botanists, conchologists, entomologists, microscopists, and even archæologists. What an array of names to strike terror to the breasts of the timid!—yet they were all human, and talked plain English, and, better than all, were both instructive and amusing." The botanist found a plant not previously known to grow in New Jersey; the conchologist a diminutive bivalve with an enormous name, and microscopic shells whose tongues he had to examine and count their teeth; the entomologist chased insects with the speed of an express train, and caught kinds before unseen; the microscopist dipped up a pint-jar of muddy water, and, examining its contents at leisure, announced new infusoria, novel forms of imperceptible life, and gave to them startling names. So Dr. Abbott, in turn, resolved to be a botanist, a conchologist, a student of insect-life, a microscopist, and an archaeologist. Even in winter, he finds Poaetquissings full of life; birds that are supposed to have gone away to the South chirping around and seemingly not troubled by the cold or by any lack of food; fishes under the ice; witch-hazels and chickweed and whitlow-grass and sassafras and alder and skunk-cabbage and dandelion blooming with the snow all around, and other flowers coming in as February and March advance. As the changing season proceeds, there are more birds and more flowers, fields of various adventure, in climbing trees to get "bird's- eye views," and experiments on birds with looking-glasses in different positions, and with ehromos of cats. Nest-building time affords subjects of interest that could not be exhausted in a whole life of observations; and, as the season warms up and passes into summer and then into autumn, and so on to the beginning of winter again, these objects multiply or hold their own, and the problem becomes one of how among so many to select the few that we can give proper at- tention to. Thus Dr. Abbott has always his eyes full. The plants and birds are with him all the time. Besides these, he keeps com- pany with squirrels and rabbits, toads, craw- fish, field-mice, and insects till, as we close the book with the moaning of the Oc- tober east wind in the sobbing pines, we are fully agreed with what he has told us in the beginning, that he has "seldom seen a half -acre that was not a 'Zoo,' which the study of a lifetime would fail to exhaust." The London " Academy "pronounces this vol- ume u the most delightful book of the kind which America has given us," and says that " it closely approaches White's ' Selborne.' " Higher praise than that it would be impos- sible to give, and it is deserved.
Flowers, Fruits, and Leaves. By Sir John Lubbock. London and New York: Macmillan & Co. Pp.147. Price, $1.25.
Mr. Ruskin has lately lamented a lack of books to teach him natural history. In speak- ing thus, he ignored some most excellent delineations of the natural world by putting them in a class of which he spoke with con- tempt, and overlooked others that he might have found. The three lectures embodied in this volume would be helpful to a man honestly making his search. They describe, in the engaging and thoughtful way which is characteristic of all of the author's writ- ing about his observations, what is going on in one department of Nature for the promo- tion of a particular purpose of its being, and which is visible to every one who will attentively look for it. They present the results of studies of those points in the form, structure, color, and economy of flow- ers, fruits, and leaves which appear adapted to secure the sound life of the plant and
the perpetuation of its species. In flowers, the most conspicuous feature is the adap- tation to attract insects and secure cross- fertilization by their agency; whereby the insects, in turn, by fertilizing the largest and most brilliant flowers, have contributed unconsciously, but effectually, to the beauty of our woods and fields." If seeds and fruits can not vie with flowers in the brilliance and color with which they decorate our gardens and fields, still they surely rival it would be impossible to excel them in the almost infinite variety of the problems they present to us, the ingenuity, the interest, and the charm of the beautiful contrivances which they offer for our study and admiration." Of leaves, it seems clear that the innumer- able differences between them have refer- ence, "not to any inherent tendency, but to the structure and organization, the habits and requirements of the plants. Of course, it may be that the present form has refer- ence, not to existing but to ancient condi- J tions, which render the problem all the more ! difficult. Nor do I at all intend to main- ' tain that every form of leaf is, or ever has j been, necessarily that best adapted to the i circumstances, but only that they are con- stantly tending to become so, just as water always tends to find its own level. But, however this may be, if my main argument is correct, it opens out a very wide and in- teresting field of study, for every one of the almost infinite forms of leaves must have some cause and explanation."
Popular Government. By Sir Henry Sum- ner Maine. New York: Henry Holt & Co. Pp. 261. Price, $2.75.
This work consists of four essays, in which the author, as he did in his "Ancient Law," undertakes to do away with the a priori theories conceiving a law and state of nature antecedent to all positive institutions, and a hypothetical system of rights and du- ties appropriate to the natural condition with which he believes the discussion of the sub- ject has been hampered, and to apply the historical method of inquiry to them. In the first essay, which is on the "Prospects of Popular Government," he assumes to show that, as a matter of fact, that system, since its reintroduction into the world, has proved itself to be extremely fragile. In the second essay, on the "Nature of De- mocracy," he gives reasons for thinking that, in the extreme form to which it tends, democracy is, of all kinds of government, by far the most difficult. In a third essay, on the "Age of Progress," he argues that the perpetual change which, as understood in modern times, progress appears to de- mand is not in harmony with the moral forces ruling human nature, and is apt, therefore, to lead to cruel disappointment or serious disaster. In the fourth essay, in which the Constitution of the United States is examined and analyzed, he aims to show that the birth of that law was in reality natural, from ordinary historical antece- dents; and that "its connection with wis- dom lay in the skill with which sagacious men, conscious that certain weaknesses which it had inherited would be aggravated by the new circumstances in which it would be placed, provided it with appliances cal- culated to minimize them or to neutralize them altogether." Its success, and the suc- cess of such American institutions as have succeeded, appear to him "to have arisen rather from skillfully applying the curb to popular impulses than from giving them the rein. While the British Constitution has been insensibly transforming itself into a popular government, surrounded on all sides by difficulties, the American Federal Consti- tution has proved that, nearly a century ago, several expedients were discovered by which some of those difficulties may be greatly mitigated, and some altogether over
Oceana; or, England and her Colonies. By James Anthony Froude. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons. Pp.396. Price, $2 50.
Mr. Froude's mind has been occupied for many years with questions concerning the destiny of England and her colonies. Are they to remain substantially united, in spirit, aim, enterprise, and political struct- ure, as they are now, each free to act for itself in its own concerns, but all combining for the propagation of Anglo-Saxon power and civilization, or are they destined to drop away from one another and become rivals? The question is one of great importance to Englishmen and to colonists, to us Ameri- vol. xxix. 27
cans as well as to them, and to all the world and all the friends of civilization and liberty. Many years ago, as a student of England's history, and believing in its fu- ture greatness, Mr. Froude imagined for himself the Oceana a general Anglo-Saxon corporation that might be. But, having no personal knowledge of the colonies, he could not make definite utterances, or form definite conceptions, concerning it; so he determined "to make a tour among them, to talk to their leading men, see their coun- tries and what they were doing there, learn their feelings," and correct his impressions of what could or could not be done. He was then prevented from prosecuting his journey farther than to the Cape of Good Hope, and was not permitted to complete his design for ten years. "But," he says, " I do not regret the delay. In the interval the colonies have shown more clearly than before that they are as much English as we are, and deny our right to part with them. At home the advocates of separation have been forced into silence, and the interest in the subject has grown into practical anx- iety. The union which so many of us now hope for may prove an illusion, after all. . . . However this may be, in the closing years of my own life I have secured for myself a delightful experience. I have traveled through lands where patriotism is not a sen- timent to be laughed at," but an active pas- sion, where " children grow who seem once more to understand what was meant by 4 merry England.' " The book includes ob- servations at sea, in the Cape Colony, in the several Australian colonies, New Zealand, and the United States, covering all the phases of the subject which was uppermost in the author's mind, besides many subjects not directly related to it. Of the United States, Mr. Froude expressses the opinion that "the problem of how to combine a number of self-governed communities into a single commonwealth, which now lies be- fore Englishmen who desire to see a federa- tion of the empire, has been solved, and solved' completely, in the American Union." In logical conclusion, "it is something to have seen with our own eyes that there are other Englands besides the old one, where the race is thriving with all its ancient char- acteristics," and, " let Fate do its worst, the family of Oceana is still growing, and will have a sovereign voice in the coming fort- unes of mankind."
The Adirondacks as a Health Resort. Edited and compiled by Joseph W. Stickler, M. D. New York: G. P. Put- nam's Sons. Pp. 198. Price, $1.
The purpose of this work is to show the benefit to be derived from a sojourn in the wilderness, in cases of pulmonary phthisis, acute and chronic bronchitis, asthma, hay- fever, and various nervous affections. The author regards it as a fact that climate plays a very important part in the treat- ment of certain morbid states of the system, particularly in catarrhal affections of the respiratory apparatus and various forms of nervous disease. He relates as of his own experience that he obtained immediate and permanent relief in bronchitis from a so- journ in the Adirondacks. He also met, while there, several invalids who, having been in a precarious state of health, had been similarly relieved during their sojourn. He accordingly requested various persons, who had tried a change of climate as a means of regaining health, to give him hon- est expressions of their experience while in the region of the Adirondacks. This book is compiled from their letters as they were sent to him.
What does History teach? By John Stuart Blackie. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons. Pp. 123. Price, 15 cents.
The substance of this book was delivered in two lectures before the Philosophical In- stitution of Edinburgh, the first of which related to the lessons taught for the state, and the second to those taught for the Church. In the former category is the teaching that the family is the basis of the state and society. From the history of the downfall of Greece is drawn the lesson of failure and disaster brought about by the want of unity between the several states; from the fate of the Roman Republic that of the evil engendered by the perpetual conflict between the aristocracy and democ- racy. From these lessons and other exam- ples, the author deduces a conclusion favor- able to the security afforded by the English system, as preferable to what a democracy
can offer; yet there may be an exceptional case in the United States, where "the ex- periment of a great democratic republic for the first time in the history of the world for Rome in its best times, as we have seen, was an aristocracy will be looked on by all lovers of their species with the most kindly curiosity and the most hopeful sympathy. Here we have the stout, self-reliant, sober- minded Anglo-Saxon stock, well trained in the process of the ages to the difficult art of self-government; here we have a Constitu- tion framed with the most cautious consid- eration, and with the most effective checks against the dangers of an overriding de- mocracy; here also a people as free from any imminent external danger as they have unlimited scope for internal progress. Under no circumstances could the experiment of self-government on a great scale have been made with a more promising start. No doubt they have a difficult and slippery problem to perform." To the Church are tausrht the lessons of avoiding controversv and of making religion practical.
Transactions of the Anthropological So- ciety of Washington. Vol. III. No- vember 6, 1883, to May 19, 1885. Wash- ington: Smithsonian Institution. Pp.
The number and scope of the papers printed in this volume, and the breadth of the discussions upon them, show the An- thropological Society to be an active body and earnestly interested in its work. A considerable number of the papers relate to American anthropology, a branch of the science to which this society may properly devote special attention, and for the study of which it has great advantages in the in- clusion among its members of so many per- sons who are or have been connected with the geological survey. Many of the papers and the discussions upon them relate direct- ly or indirectly to the mounds and the mound-builders, and frequently call up the question whether the mound-builders were identical with our Indians, or were of an earlier and superior race. Much may be found here to have been said on both sides of this subject. Among the other papers are some by Mr. Lester F. Ward from the mental side of anthropological study; an address by Mr. E. B. Tylor on " How the Problems of American Anthropology pre- sent themselves to the English Mind"; an essay by Mr. F. A. Seeley on " The Genesis of Inventions "; and a presidential address by J. W. Powell on "From Savagery to Barbarism."
Essays on Educational Reformers. By Robert Hebert Quick. Syracuse, N. Y.: C. W. Bardeen. Pp. 330. Price, 1.50.
The author takes for the motto of his essays the words of Dr. Arnold: "It is clear that, in whatever it is our duty to act, those matters also it is our duty to study." Being a teacher, he considers it his duty to study what has been done to advance the art of teaching, and this he does by study- ing the lives of those who have introduced new features into the work of teaching and examining their work. In the list are in- cluded the schools of the Jesuits, Roger Ascham, Montaigne, Ratich, Milton, Coine- nius, Locke, Rousseau, Basedow, Pestalozzi, Jacolot, and Herbert Spencer. While the author differs from Mr. Spencer in some of his conclusions, he agrees with him "that we are bound to inquire into the relative value of knowledges, and if we take, as I should willingly do, Mr. Spencer's test, and ask how does this or that knowledge influ- ence action (including in our inquiry its influence on mind and character, through which it bears upon action), I think we should banish from our schools much that has hitherto been taught in them." In a chapter of " Thoughts and Suggestions " a consideration of the ordinary methods of school-teaching leads to the conclusion that in subjects other than classics and mathe- matics they are very commonly a failure, and a failure the teaching "must remain until boys can be got to work with a will in other words, to feel an interest in the subjects taught." To this end, and to make the instruction serve its purpose, the effort should be made to teach things rather than words, and of things, not the dry de- tails of the outside, but those points which concern their essence.
The Late Mrs. Null. By Frank R. Stock- ton. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons. Pp. 437. Price, $1.50.
Mr. Stockton is the author of "Rudder Grange," a short story, or episode, of do-
mestic life, which has been commended in the " Monthly " as full of harmless though somewhat extravagant fun; and he is well known as the successful author of other sketches which furnish enjoyable though idle reading. In " The Late Mrs. Null" he attempts a more elaborate story, or "his first novel."
Hobbes. By George Croom Robertson. Edinburgh and London: William Black- wood & Sons. Pp. 240, with Portrait.
This is the tenth in the series of "Phil- osophical Classics for English Readers," by various authors, edited by Dr. William Knight, and has been preceded by volumes on Descartes, Butler, Berkeley, Fichte, Kant, Hamilton, Hegel, Leibnitz, and Vico. What- ever may be the merits of Hobbes's work, he has, as the author observes, left a broad mark in the history of the English mind. It is sought in this book to bring together all the previously known or now discover- able facts of his life, and to give some kind of fairly balanced representation of the whole range of his thought, instead of dwelling only upon those humanistic por- tions of it by which he has commonly been judged. The account of his " System " has been imbedded in the "Life," because, "more than of any other philosopher, it can be said of Hobbes that the key to a right understanding of his thought "is to be found in his personal circumstances and the events of his time." If a man's influence, the author observes in the concluding chap- ter of the book, and after having related the controversies he provoked, "is to be measured not least by the opposition that he arouses, we have already had proof that few thinkers have left a deeper trace upon their time than Hobbes." It was not only at home that he exerted influence or called forth strenuous hostility, but abroad as well. In England, so far as he has exerted an influence in philosophy proper, "it has been of the indirect kind wrought through psychological science. As psychology has a voice in the determination of ultimate philosophical notions that belongs to no other positive science, Hobbes has done more for philosophy by promoting the posi- tive investigation of mental functions than by the abstract definitions of his own ' First Philosophy,' acutely conceived as these always were; when the accidental features of Hobbes's ethico-political ideas due to time and circumstances and personal tempera- ments are discounted, it is not difficult to understand how it should have been philo- sophical results of the school of Bentham that first gave them effective currency "; and, finally, it should be said that, "with enemies and friends alike, Hobbes's power has been due not least to the rare excel- lence of his literary style."
Appalachia. March, 18S6. Pp. 10S. Price, 60 cents. Register of the Appala- chian Mountain Club, for 1886. Bos- ton: Appalachian Mountain Club. W. B. Clarke and Carruth. Pp. 40.
The Appalachian Mountain Club was organized in January, 1876, and reorgan- ized and chartered in April, 1878. Its ob- jects, as specified in the By-Laws, are to explore the mountains of New England and the adjacent regions, both for scientific and artistic purposes; and, in general, to culti- vate an interest in geographical studies. Its list of members has gradually grown, and now includes six hundred and ninety- three names of members of all classes. It is in relations of correspondence and ex- change of publications with seventeen American societies and surveys, and fifteen Alpine clubs, and fifteen geographical so- cieties abroad, besides single exchanges. Its periodical, "Appalachia," is usually pub- lished twice a year, four numbers consti- tuting a volume. From the official reports, published in "Appalachia," it appears that the club held thirteen meetings during 1884 nine regular, two special, and two field meetings the average attendance upon which was more than one hundred. The topographical department of the club is engaged upon a manuscript map of the White Mountains, on a scale of j^Juoi from data already collected by members. Besides official reports, and reports of the meetings of the club, which themselves embody some papers of interest, the present number of "Appalachia" contains special papers on " The Tripyramid Slides of 1885 "; " Earthquakes in New England "; "A Day in Flume Mountain and a Night in the Wil- derness "; " Middlesex Fells "; " Accurate Mountain Heights "; and "Mountain Me- teorology."
Bulletin of the United States Fish Com- mission. Vol. V, for 1885. Washing- ton: Government Printing-Office. Pp. 494.
While the present volume of the " Bul- letin " does not contain any long and elab- orate monographs on some special branch of fish-culture like those which have given unusual value to some of the previous vol- umes, it is filled with numerous brief arti- cles and extracts from correspondence, re- porting progress, or embodying informa- tion of practical value. Under the heading of "A Foreigner's Opinion of American Fish- Culture," Sir Lyon Playfair is quoted as say- ing: "There is an essential difference be- tween the mode of proceeding of the Gov- ernment of the United States and that of our own country in relation to fisheries. We have had commissions without end, on some of which I have served. Vast bodies of contradictory evidence have been ob- tained from fishermen, who, I agree with Huxley, know less about fish than the com- munity. Our commissions have led to little useful result. The American commissioners act in a different way. They put questions directly to Nature and not to fishermen. They possess scientific methods, and not those of ' rule of thumb.' They make sci- entific investigations into the habits, food, geographical distribution of fishes, and into the temperature of the seas and rivers in which they live or spawn. Practical aims and experiments are always kept in view."
The Order of Creation; The Conflict be- tween Genesis and Geology. New York: The "Truth-Seeker" Company. Pp. 178. Price, 75 cents.
This publication contains the articles by Mr. Gladstone and Professor Huxley which have already appeared in the "Monthly," together with Professor Max Miiller's and M. Reville's replies to those parts of Mr. Glad- stone's observations which bear upon what they have respectively said on the subject in controversy or upon theories to which they adhere; together with a reply by Mrs. E. Lynn Linton to a phrase used by Mr. Gladstone to convey his regret that some writers appear to him to rejoice at the thought that they have got rid of the belief in God. "Wonders of European Art. By Louis Viardot New York: Charles Scrib- ner's Sons. Pp. 335. Price, $1.
This volume is a translation of the sec- ond series of the "Merveilles de la Pein- ture," by M. Viardot, the first part of which has been already published as " Wonders of Italian Art " in Messrs. Scribner's series of "Wonders of Art and Archaeology," to which this selection also belongs. It em- braces notices of the Spanish, German, Flemish, Dutch, and French schools, in which M. Viardot has critically examined many thousands of the most celebrated paintings.
Elements of Universal History. By Pro- fessor H. M. Cottinger. Boston: Charles H. Whiting. Pp. 336. Price, $1.50.
This history is designed for higher in- stitutes in republics and for self-instruction. It presents the story in an easy, flowing style, adapted to attract and hold attention, and the matter is grouped in periods, at the close of each of which is a series of exer- cises and review questions. The author has failed to avail himself of the recent re- searches in extremely ancient history, with- out which no text-book even can now be considered complete, and the picture of Egypt and the Oriental monarchies, whose history is assuming definite form and im- portance, will be presented in erroneous colors.
Scriptures, Hebrew and Christian. Ar- ranged and edited for Young Readers. By Edward T. Bartlett and John P. Peters. New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons. Vol. I. Pp. 545. Price, $1.50.
The object of this work is to serve as an introduction to the study of the Bible. It is intended to be good for other than young readers; but the wants of that class have been especially had in view. The story is told in the words of the Bible, but with con- siderable condensation and rearrangement; the purpose having been to bring all that relates to a single event together, and to avoid repetitions. The compilers have en- deavored to utilize the best results of criti- cal scholarship; and the merit of what is called the " higher " criticism is recognized to an extent that might astonish some of the more obstinate sticklers for the old. The present volume contains the Hebrew story
from the creation to the exile. A second volume will bring the account down to the time of Christ, and a third volume will be made from the New Testament.
The Story of Chaldea. By Zenaide A. Ragozin. New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons. Pp. 381. Price, $1.50.
This history belongs to the " Story of the Nations " series, a series that is de- signed for the instruction of the young, and is also good for the old. The history of Chaldea has an interest of its own, because that nation competes with Egypt and China for the honor of being the most ancient na- tion of which any real historical record has come down to us. It has given us also the oldest positive authentic date in history 3800 b. c. for the date of the reign of Sar- gon I, as established in a record left by Nabonidus, the last king of Babylon. The present volume relates the history of this nation from the earliest times the times preceding the dim age of Sargon to the rise of Assyria, in which that other Sargon, mentioned by Isaiah, plays no unimportant part. The story itself is preceded by an in- troduction in which are given accounts of Mesopotamia and its mounds covering the ruins of ancient palaces and temples; Lay- ard and his work; the ruins; and the grand library of Assurbanipal at Nineveh, in which are found accounts of that even then extremely ancient period which forms the main subject of the book, to which ac- counts the books of the Old Testament af- ford the only parallel.
Did Reis invent a Speaking Telephone? Pp. 18. On Telephone Systems. Pp. 28. By Professor Amos E. Dolbear, College Hill, Mass.
In the first of these pamphlets, Profess- or Dolbear presents his own testimony and that of several other electricians and pro- fessors and students of physics of known reputation, based on their personal exami- nation and experiments, to the effect that Reis's telephone embodied with considera- ble success the principle of the transmitter. The second pamphlet contains a lecture de- livered before the Franklin Institute in De- cember, 1885, in which the various systems of telephone construction and manipulation are examined and compared. Notes on Certain Maya and Mexican Manuscripts. By Cyrus Thomas. Washington: Government Printing-Of- fice. Pp. 64, with Plates.
The manuscripts examined are the "Ta- bleau des Bacab," a plate of the "Borgian Codex," and a plate of the "Fejervary Co- dex," all of which are supposed to be cal- endars. The symbols of the cardinal points are then considered in detail. The object of the study is to deduce some clew as to the connection of the Mayas with the other peoples of their region. On this point the author concludes: "That all the Central American nations had calendars the same in principle as the Mexican, is well known. This of itself would indicate a common ori- gin not so very remote; but when we see two contiguous or neighboring peoples mak- ing use of the same conventional signs of a complicated nature down even to the most minute details, and that of a character not comprehensible by the commonalty, we have proof at least of a very intimate relation."
Railroad Terminal Facilities for Hand- ling Freights at the Port of New York. By Gratz Mordecai. New York: "Railroad Gazette." Pp. 68, with Maps.
Mr. Mordecai presents a detailed study of the present terminal facilities of all the railroads centering in New York, with de- scriptions and maps, for the purpose of preparing a way for the consideration of how they may be improved; or how con- solidated into a well-regulated and progress- ive combination; and he adds suggestions of some particular points in which improve- ment is desirable and feasible.
The Requisite and Qualifying Conditions of Artesian Wells. By Thomas C. Chamberlin. Washington: Government Printing-Office. Pp. 48, with Plate.
This is one of the papers of the United States Geological Survey. While the basal principles of artesian wells by which are meant only those that flow at the surface are simple, the real problems they present are complex. Success or failure is deter- mined by a combination of various condi- tions rather than by the application of sim- ple principles. It is the purpose of the paper;to- elucidate those conditions.
Report of the Commissioner of Education for 1883-84. Washington: Govern- ment Printing-Office. Pp. 1214.
The present report contains the usual fullness of special information concerning educational affairs in the United States, and general reports of those of other countries, down to June 30, 1884. The Commissioner remarks upon the improved character of the information brought to his office, and the growth of closer sympathy between the of- fice and those actively engaged in educa- tional work. It is observed that there has been no considerable improvement in meth- ods or progress of education in any quarter of the country during the year to which the aid of the office has not been invoked. Clearer views and more intelligent counsels are also observable with respect to the most critical problems that have been under con- sideration. The total enrollment of pupils in the public schools of the States and Ter- ritories is 10,738,192, and in the private schools, 606,51*7; in secondary and pre- paratory schools, 271,215; in 236 women's schools, 30,587; in 370 universities and col- leges (collegiate pupils), 32,767; in 255 normal schools, 60,063; in 221 business colleges, 44,074; in 354 Kindergartens, 17,- 002; in 92 schools of science, 14,769; in 146 theological schools, 5,290; in 47 law- schools, 2,686; in 145 schools of medicine, dentistry, and pharmacy, 15,300; in 31 training-schools for nurses, 579; in 59 schools for the deaf and dumb, 22,515; in 31 schools for the blind, 2,319.
A Manual of Mechanics. By T. M. Good- eve. New York: D. Appleton & Co. Pp. 228. Price, $1.
This manual is designed to be an ele- mentary text-book for students of applied mathematics. It consists of clear, con- densed statements of the principles and problems of mechanical science. Element- ary principles and definitions are given in an introductory chapter. The chapters that follow treat of "The Parallelogram of Forces "; " The Lever, Parallel Forces, and Couples "; " The Center of Gravity "; " The Conversion of Motion "; " The Principle of Work Friction "; "Simple Machines"; "The Laws of Falling Bodies Energy, Mo- tion in a Circle, the Pendulum "; " Elementary Mechanism "(including the crank 1 and connecting-rod, cams, the heart-wheel, escapements, ratchet - wheels, wheels in trains, the winch or crab, pulley-blocks, the steelyard, lifting - jack, etc.);"Truth of Surface, Strength of Materials, the Lathe "; and "Elementary Mechanics of Liquids and Gases."
Evolution. By Charles F. Deems, LL. D. New York: John W. Lovell Company. Pp. 108. Price, 20 cents.
The author a well-known minister whose training and mode of thought have been largely theological, professes that in his examination of the theory of evolution, of which this essay is a part of the fruit, he has endeavored to avoid all dogmatism and special pleading. "His aim has been to ascertain for himself just what is the post- ure of the hypothesis at this time, without much regard as to how it stood in the past, or any regard to its possible future, or any care for the effect which the result of his honest study might have on any scientific, philosophical, or theological opinion pre- viously held by him." He assumes that there is no religious reason for the accept- ance or rejection of evolution, and there are no valid sentimental objections to it; but the result of his investigation is the Scotch verdict, "not proven."
The Choice of Books, and other Literary Pieces. By Frederic Harrison. Lon- don and New York: Macmillan & Co. Pp. 447.
This volume consists of essays and lect- ures, written by the author at various times during the last twenty years, and which deal solely with books, art, and history, as dis- tinguished from politics, philosophy, or re- ligion; and which do not touch on any con- troversy except "the perennial problems presented to us by literature and the study of the past." About one third of the mat- ter is in print for the first time. We have been interested in the essay which gives the name to the volume, and find it pregnant with valuable lessons. The burden of it is, that in the present multiplication of books it is impossible to master a fraction of those which may be helpful to us; then why should we waste our time over reading of any other kind? A short review of all lit-
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