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that we are not surprised to find much new matter which has never before been fully presented in any systematic treatise, and, to those who wish to keep abreast with the times and with the latest views of geologists on all important questions, we can recommend a perusal of Professor Geikie's work, the value of which to the student is greatly enhanced by his copious references to authorities and works consulted.

Annals of the Astronomical Observatory of Harvard College. Volume XIII. Part I. Micrometric Measurements. Cambridge, Massachusetts: John Wilson & Son. Pp. 204.

The work tabulated in this volume was done with the equatorial telescope of fifteen inches aperture, from 1866 to the close of 1881, under the direction of Professors Winlock and Pickering, the successive directors of the observatory, and includes observations of double stars, nebula?, the satellites of Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and Mars, the asteroids, comets, and occultations. Micrometric determinations of position, except in the cases of small stars near the equator and in and near the nebula of Orion, the results of which have appeared in former volumes, have formed only a small part of the work done with the large telescope; and the present volume records chiefly the miscellaneous micrometric work that has been accumulated during the intervals of other investigations.

Quintus Claudius: A Romance of Imperial Rome. By Ernst Eckstein. From the German by Clara Bell. New York: William S. Gottsberger. 2 vols., pp. 313, 303. Price, $1.75.

This is an attempt to reproduce in a lifelike form, and with the interest of a romance, the manners and moods of a past age. With reference to the particular era selected, the period of imperial Rome at the close of the first century, the author observes that it bears, in its whole aspect, a stronger resemblance to the nineteenth century than perhaps any other epoch before the Reformation; and that hardly another period "has ever been equally full of the stirring conflict of purely human interest, and of dramatic contrasts in thought, feeling, and purpose." The numerous allusions to peculiar features of the time are explained in foot-notes.

Traits of Representative Men. By George W. Bungay. New York: Fowler & Wells. Pp. 286.

This, says the author, is not a book of biography, but of pen and pencil pictures of men of the time who have distinguished themselves in their respective callings, from which the young may derive lessons that will be of service to them. Among the thirty-five men whose biographies are given, with their portraits, politics, literature, the clergy, finance, and art are represented, but science not at all.


Authors and others, sending papers and monographs for notice, will please specify, for general information, where they can be procured.

The Manual Training School of Washington University, St. Louis, 1882-1863. C. M. Woodward, Secretary. Pp. 45.

Admission of Women to Universities. By W. Le Conte Stevens. New York: S. W. Green's Sons. Pp. 6.

The Foundation Principle of Education by the State. By Samuel Barnet. Boston: New England Publishing Company. Pp. 11.

Annual Report of the School Committee of the City of Gloucester, Massachusetts. M L. Hawley, Superintendent. Pp. 66.

Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station, Annual Report, 1882. S. W. Johnson, New Haven, Director. Pp. 114.

Zoölogical Society of Cincinnati, Annual Report, 1882. Frank J. Thompson, Superintendent. Pp. 16.

Pitcher Plants. By Joseph H. James. Pp. 11.

The Storage of Electricity. By Henry Greer, New York Agent, College of Electrical Engineering, 122 East Twenty-sixth Street. Pp. 64.

Buffalo Naturalists' Field Club Bulletin; Vol. I, Nos. 1 and 2. Buffalo, New York: George Wardwell. Pp. 48. Bi-monthly. $1 a year.

Nature of Electricity and Cosmie. By Raald Arentz. Hartford, Connecticut: Case, Lockwood & Brainard Co. Pp. 24.

Value of the "Nearctic" as one of the Primary Zoölogical Regions. By Professor Angelo Heilprin. Philadelphia. Pp. 20.

Observations of the Transit of Venus, 1882, at the Lick Observatory, Mount Hamilton. By Professsor David P. Todd, of Amherst College. Pp. 8.

State Museum of Natural History, and Completion of the Palæontology of New York. (Legislative Document) Albany. Pp. 28.

Alcohol a Factor of Human Progress. By William Sharpe, M. D. London: David Bogue; New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons. Pp. 14. Sixpence.

Esmarch, Antisepsis, and Bacillus. By William Hunt, M. D. Philadelphia. Pp. 22.

Scrofula and its Gland Diseases. By Frederick Treves. F.R.C.S. Philadelphia: Henry C. Lea's Son & Co. Pp. 77. 10 cents.

The Prevention of Insanity. By Nathan Allen, M. D., Lowell, Massachusetts. Pp. 23.

Vaccination: Its Fallacies and Evils. By Robert A. Gunn, M. D. New York: Nickles Publishing Company. Pp. 38, 25 cents.

From Zone to Zone. A Prize Poem. By Frank D. Y. Carpenter. Pp. 22.