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LITERARY NOTICES.

subject," he adds, "as it appears to me, possesses a larger significance. Even the poems and romances it has suggested fail to render the still, sad music of humanity pervading the variations of the folk-tale itself." He regards the legend as a kind of a mirror, "wherein may be seen by reflection things that few eyes can look upon directly"—among them an aspect in which Christianity has appeared to believers of former generations. From the immediate subject he is led to a consideration of the character, condition, and probable destiny of the Jewish race and religion.

An Introduction to the Science of Comparative Mythology and Folk-lore. By the Rev. Sir George W. Cox, Bart., M. A., author of "Popular Romances of the Middle Ages," etc. New York: Henry Holt & Co. Pp. 380. Price, $1.75.

The purpose of this volume is to give a general view of the vast mass of popular traditions belonging to the Aryan nations of Asia and Europe, and of other tribes so far as the conditions of the subject may render necessary. Its starting-point, says the author, is the principle that "the popular traditions of no one Aryan people can be really understood except in their relations to those of other tribes and nations of the same family, and that the epical and dramatic literature of these races has been constructed from materials common to all branches of the Aryan stock, and furnished by popular sayings, stories, and tales, many of which have never had the good fortune to be more than the talk of nurses and children." An immense number of stories are condensed or referred to in illustration of these views.

 

 

PUBLICATIONS RECEIVED.

On the Temperature of Fresh-Water Lakes and Ponds. By Professor William Ripley Nichols. Boston: Press of W. H. Wheeler. 1881. Pp. 28.

Thomas Paine was Junius. Washington, D. C. 1881. Pp. 28.

Thoughts on the Psychical and Physical Forces Physiologically Distinguished. By A. H. Lanphear, M. D. From the "Transactions of the State Medical Society of Kansas." 1881. Pp. 21.

Primer of Logical Analysis for the Use of Composition Students. By Josiah Royce. San Francisco: A. L Bancroft & Co. 1881. Pp. 77.

The Stereoscope and Vision by Optic Divergence. By W. Le Conte Stevens. From the "American Journal of Science." November and December, 1881. Pp. 14. Illustrated.

On Wheatstone and Brewster's Theory of Binocular Perspective. By W. Le Conte Stevens, From the "Philosophical Magazine," December, 1881. Pp. 8. Illustrated.

Atlantic City as a Winter Health-Resort. By Boardman Reed, M. D. Philadelphia: Press of Allen Lane & Scott. Pp. 22.

Classification of the Dinosauria. By Professor O. C. Marsh. From "American Journal of Science." 1881. Pp. 6.

Circulars of Information of the Bureau of Education, No. 4. 1881. Education in France. Washington: Government Printing-Office. 1881. Pp. 114.

Address of the Hon. George B. Loring before the Cotton Convention in Atlanta. Washington: Government Printing-office. 1881. Pp. 35.

Annual Report of the Chief Signal Officer of the Army for the Year 1881. Washington. 1881. Pp. 86.

Materia Medica as a Science. By J. P. Dake, M. D. Philadelphia: Press of Sherman & Co. 1881. Pp. 25.

The Genesis and Distribution of Gold. By Professor J. S. Newberry. New York: Trow Printing Co. 1881. Pp. 14.

The Electrician: A Monthly Journal devoted to the Advancement and Diffusion of Electrical Science. Edited and published by Williams & Co., New York. Vol. I, No. 1. January, 1882. Pp. 16. 50 cents a year.

Garrison in Heaven: A Dream. By William Denton. Wellesley, Massachusetts: Denton Publishing Co. 1881. Pp. 45.

The Names of the Gods in the Kiche Myths, Central America. By D. G. Brinton, M. D. Philadelphia: McCalla & Stavely. 1881. Pp. 37.

Proceedings of the American Society of Microscopists. Fourth Annual Meeting, held at Columbus, Ohio, August 9, 1881. Buffalo: Press of Bigelow Brothers. 1881. Pp. 102. Illustrated.

The Areas of the United States: The Several States and Territories and their Counties. By Henry Gannett. "Extra Census Bulletin." Washington: Government Printing-Office. 1881. Pp. 20. With Map.

The Verbalist. By Alfred Ayres. New York: D. Appleton & Co. 1882. Pp. 220. $1.

The Opium-Habit and Alcoholism. By Dr. Frederick H. Hubbard. New York: A. S. Barnes & Co. Pp. 259. $2.

The Origin of Primitive Superstitions. By Rushton M. Dorman. Philadelphia: J. B. Lippincott & Co. 1881. Pp. 398. $3.

The Science of Mind. By John Bascom. New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons. 1881. Pp. 462. $2.

New System of Ventilation. By Henry A. Gouge. New York: D. Van Nostrand. 1881. Pp. 173. $2.

Documents relating 1 to the Colonial History of the State of New York. Vol. XIII. By B. Fernow, Keeper of the "Historical Records." Albany, New York: Weed, Parsons & Co. 1881. Pp. 617.

Suicide: Studies on its Philosophy, Cruises, and Prevention. By James J. O'Dea. M. D. New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons. 1882. Pp. 322. $1.75.

Contributions to North American Ethnology. Vol. IV. Houses and House-Life of the American Aborigines. By Lewis H. Morgan. Washington: Government Printing-Office. 1881. Pp. 281.

Report on the Geology and Resources of the Black Hills of Dakota. With Atlas. By Henry Newton. E. M., and Walter P. Jenney, E. M. Washington: Government Printing-Office. 1880. Pp. 566.