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POPULAR MISCELLANEOUS.

Catalogue of North American Musci. Arranged by Eugene A. Rau and A. B. Hervey, A.M. Taunton, Mass 1880. Pp. 52. 50 cents.

A Classification for the Natural Sciences. By C. A. Cutter. Pp. 4.

Two Papers on Academic Degrees: 1. On the Regulation and Control of the Degree-conferring Power; and, 2. On the Origin and Significancy of Academic Degrees. By Frederick A. P. Barnard, LL.D., etc. New York. 1880. Pp. 34.

Practical Uses of the Microscope: An Address by P. H. Ward. M. D., President of the American Society of Microscopists. Indianapolis. 1880. Pp. 17.

The Three Climates of Geology. By C. B. Warring, Ph.D. Pp. 36.

Change as a Mental Restorative. By J. Mortimer Granville. London: David Bogue. 1880. Pp. 32.

Ninth Report of the State Entomologist on the Noxious and Beneficial Insects of the State of Illinois. By Cyrus Thomas, Ph. D. Springfield. 1880. Pp. 142.

Sanitary Reform in Japan; A Lecture to the Students of the University of Tokio. By J. A. Ewing, B.Sc., P.R. S.E. Yokohama. 1880. Pp. 18.

The Providence Franklin Society: An Historical Address by the President, W. O. Brown, M.D. Providence. 1880. Pp. 50.

The Influence of Language on Thought. By Professor William D. Wilson, D.D., LL.D., etc., of Cornell University. 1879. Pp. 14.

The Anthracite Coal-Fields of Pennsylvania and their Exhaustion. By Ph. Sheafer, M.E. Read at the Saratoga Meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. 1879. Pp. 10.

Proceedings of the National Microscopical Congress and the American Society of Microscopists, held at Indianapolis, Ind. August 14, 1878. Indianapolis. 1880. Pp. 77.

Transactions of the Medical and Chirurgical Faculty of the State of Maryland. 82d Annual Session. Baltimore. 1880. Pp. 216.

Report made to the New Orleans Auxiliary Sanitary Association on the Construction and Management of Privies. New Orleans. 1880. Pp. 8.

Minutes of the Twenty-fourth and Twenty-fifth Annual Meetings of the State Medical Society of Kentucky. Louisville. 1880. Pp. 27.

Railway Reporter: A Monthly Journal devoted to the Interests of Railway Men. No. 53 Ninth Street, Pittsburgh, Pa. Pp. 20. Subscription price, $1.25 per year.

Advance copy of Vol. VII. of the Survey of the Fortieth Parallel. Being Memoirs of the Peabody Museum of Yale College. Vol. 1., Odontornithes: A Monograph on the Extinct Toothed Birds of North America. By Othniel Charles Marsh. New Haven. 1880. 4to, pp. 201, with Thirty-four Plates and Forty Woodcuts.

The Thousand Islands of the River St. Lawrence. Edited by Franklin B. Hough. Syracuse, N.Y.: Davis, Bardeen & Co. 1880. Pp. 307. $125.

The Microscopists' Annual for 1870. No. 1. New York Industrial Publication Co. 1880. Pp. 48. 25 cents.

The Book of Ensilage. By John M. Briley. Billerica, Mass.: Published by the author. 1880. Pp. 202.

The Historical Poetry of the Ancient Hebrews. Translated and critically examined. By Michael Heilprin. Vol. II. New York; D. Appleton & Co. 1880. Pp. 213. $2.

A Selection of Spiritual Songs, with Music for the Sunday-School. Selected and arranged by Rev. Charles S. Robinson. D.D. New York: Scribner & Co. 1880. Pp. 192. 50 cents.

First Annual Report of the Department of Statistics and Geology of the State of Indiana. Indianapolis, Ind. 1880. Pp. 514.

An Elementary Text-book of Botany. Translated from the German of Dr. Prantl. Translation revised by S. II. Vines, M.A., F.L.S., with 275 Illustrations. Philadelphia: J. B. Lippincott & Co. 1880. Pp. 332. $2.55.

Claims of a Protestant Episcopal Bishop to Apostolical Succession and Valid Orders disproved, with various Misstatements of Catholic Faith, and Numerous Charges against the Church and Holy See corrected and refuted. By Bishop S. V. Ryan. In Two Paris. Buffalo Catholic Publication Co. 1880. Pp. 277. $1.25.

The Obelisk and Freemasonry. By John A. Weisse, M.D. New York: J. W. Bouton, 1880. Pp. 178. $2.

Naso-Pharyngeal Catarrh. By Martin T. Coomes, M.D. Louisville: Bradley & Gilbert. 1880. Pp. 165. $1.

 

POPULAR MISCELLANY.

American Climate and Character.—Mr. C. Edward Young, of Hartford, Connecticut, has given in "The Sanitarian" a summary of the opinions which several distinguished European hygienists have expressed respecting the influence of our climate upon the temperament and civilization of the American people. Dr. Edward Reich, in his "Studien über die Volksseele," speaks of the great difference existing between the English and Americans, although they are of the same race, and ascribes it to the contrast of the climates. The air of America, he says, "is much too dry for the Anglo-Saxon race, in point of heat too excessive; from this results the exaggerated nervous activity, the excesses of the national character, and the mad chase after the material things of the world." Dr. Max von Pettenkofer has concluded, from the investigations he has made into the comparative loss of heat experienced by a person breathing dry air and one breathing damp air, that with the dry air more heat is lost and more created, and in consequence the circulation is quicker and more intense, life is more energetic, and there is no opportunity for the excessive accumulation of fat or flesh, or for the development of a phlegmatically nervous temperament. Hence, in our dry climate is laid the foundation of the nervousness which characterizes our people. Dr. Prosper de Pietro Santa, in his "Essai de Climatologie," makes essentially the same deduction. Dr. Büchner, author of "Mind and Matter," has remarked, in a series of