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POPULAR SCIENCE MONTHLY.

Bulletins, Reports, and Proceedings. Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia: Nine sheets, 1898.—Astronomical and Physical Society of Toronto: Transactions for 1897, including Report. Pp. 160. $1.—British Columbia: Annual Report of the Minister of Mines for 1897. Pp. 196, with maps.—Iowa Health Bulletin. March, 1898 Pp. 16.Michigan Monthly Bulletin of Vital Statistics. March, 1898. Pp. 20.—Peabody Museum of American Archæology and Ethnology: Thirty-first Report. Pp. 16.—Scientific Alliance of New York: Report of the Building Committee. December 23, 1897. Pp. 10, with plates.—Society for Psychical Research: Proceedings. February, 1898. Pp. 375. 1 shilling.—Treasury Department, United States: Notice to Mariners. March, 1898. Pp. 13.

Clarke, R. Floyd. The Science of Law and Lawmaking. New York: The Macmillan Company. Pp. 473. $4.

Cones, Elliott. Report of the Floyd Memorial Association. Sioux City, Iowa. Pp. 58.

Davidson, Thomas. Rousseau and Education according to Nature (Great Educators Series). New York: Charles Scribner's Sons. Pp. 253. $1.

Field Columbian Museum, Chicago. Publications: No. 23. List of a Collection of Shells from the Gulf of Aden. By Dr. W. H. Dall. Pp. 8; No. 26. A Bibliography cf the Anthropology of Peru. By G. A. Dorsey. Pp. 141; No. 27. Lists of Species of Mammals, principally Rodents, obtained in Iowa, Wyoming, and other States. By D. G. Elliot. Pp. 16.

Hylan, J. P. The Fluctuation of Attention (Monograph Supplement to the Psychological Review). New York: The Macmillan Company. Pp. 78.

Missouri Botanical Garden. Ninth Annual Report of the Director. St. Louis. Pp. 160, with plates.

Oppenheim, Nathan. The Development of the Child. New York: The Macmillan Company. Pp. 296. $1.25.

Ores, Pig Iron, and Steel. Methods for Analysis. Easton, Pa.: Chemical Publishing Company. Pp. 133. $1.

Packard, Alphene S. A Text-Book of Entomology, including the Anatomy, Physiology, Embryology, and Metamorphosis of Insects. New York: The Macmillan Company. Pp. 729. $4.50.

Reprints. Bell, Alexander G.: The Question of Sign Language and the Utility of Signs in the Instruction of the Deaf. Two papers. Pp. 29; Method of Instructing the Deaf in the United States (Statistics). Pp. 4.—Bolton, Dr. H. Carrington: Iatro Chemistry in 1897. Pp. 11; Hysterical Chemistry. Pp. 14.—Gillette, C. P.: American Leaf-hoppers of the Subfamily Typhlocibinæ. Pp. 64.—Horsford, Cornelia: Dwellings of the Saga Time in Iceland, Greenland, and Vineland. Pp. 12.—Keyes, C. R.: Use of Local Names in Geology. Pp. 10.—Lumholtz, Carl, and Hrdlicka, Ales: Marked Human Bones from a Prehistoric Tarasco Indian Place in Michoacan, Mexico. Pp. 20, with plates.—Macdougal. Prof. D. T.: The Province and Problems of Plant Physiology. Pp. 12.—Sunderland, J. T.: Christian Missions in India. Pp. 21.—Wyman, Hal C.: Some Cases of Brain Surgery. Pp. 11.

Rollin, H. J. Yetta Ségal. New York: G. W. Dillingham & Co. Pp. 174. $1.50.

Royce, Josiah. Studies of Good and Evil. New York: D. Appleton and Company. Pp. 384. $1.50.

Seward, A. C. Fossil Plants for Students of Botany and Geology. New York: The Macmillan Company (Cambridge University Press, England). Vol. I. Pp. 452. $3.

Smith, Goldwin. Guesses at the Riddle of Existence, etc. New York: The Macmillan Company. Pp. 244. $1.25.

Strasburger, Dr. E.; Noll, Dr. Fritz; Schenck, Dr. H.; and Schimper, Dr. A. F. W. A TextBook of Botany. Translated from the German by H. C. Porter. New York: The Macmillan Company. Pp. 682. $4.50.

Willey, Freeman Otis. The Laborer and the Capitalist. New York: The Equitable Publishing Company, 14; Chambers Street. Pp. 311. $1.25.

 


Fragments of Science.

An Old-time Naturalist and his Guests.—A pleasing picture is given in Mrs. W. Pitt Bymes's Social Hours with Celebrities of the person and home of Charles Waterton, a famous English naturalist and traveler of the former part of the century, a picture of whom astride an alligator is one of the early recollections of the writer. He had constructed in his house, for the mystification of his visitors, an odd figure of the missing link; was distinguished by some harmless eccentricities and affectations, and had a wonderfully intimate knowledge of the habits and proclivities of different animals. By the aid of this trait he seemed to be able to entice within his domain any annual he wished. His method was simply to prepare an attractive and convenient lodging for them suited to their taste. It was soon discovered and taken possession of by those it was intended for. For the accommodation of the starlings on his place he had some holes bored in an old tower, when each was at once occupied and made a nesting place by a family of the birds. "Finding his scheme successful, he next created a couple of towers expressly for the accommodation of these interesting birds, securing them immunity from the inroads of vermin by building them on solid stone pedestals, and with excusable pride he used to show to his guests the successful results of his ingenious arrangement." Many other birds were induced in a similar way to make their home on his estate. Having a place for their reception, the owls flocked to it at once, and "he soon had owls of various species by contriving such abodes as each according to its special habits pre-