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question and the Christian answer, by Kemper Bocock (7 pp., that Christianity may have to swallow State socialism as the antidote against capitalism); 7. Two dramas, by G. B. Rose (4 pp., strongly condemns "Francisca da Rimini,” praises "Monna Vanna”); 8. Future of the Democratic party, by A. T. McNeal and W. E. Mikell (14 pp., predictions of the past not the future, amateurish tone for so big a subject); 9. Ten years of the Sewanee Review, by J. B. Hennemann (16 pp., appreciative history of this most creditable literary periodical venture of the South since the Civil War); 10. Reviews and notes (20 pp., with 31 pp. of general index).

THINGS AND THoughts, September-October, 1902 (Vol. II, No. 4, pp. 199-268, bi-monthly, $1.25 yearly, 25 cents a copy, Winchester, Va.) has a capital sketch of A. S. Johnston, by Gen. M. J. Wright, who considers Shiloh "the first great battle that had ever been fought on the American continent;" Rev. J. M. Hawley treats “life in the Old South” making one specially good point that it is "a baseless fiction" to claim essential differences in character between early settlers in New England and Virginia.

The Lost Cause for September, 1902 (pp. 18-30, 4to, monthly, $1.00 yearly, 10 cents a copy, Louisville, Ky.) announces that with the next issue will be begun the publication of "the name of every regiment and battalion of infantry, cavalry, artillery, including Indians and engineers, and field officers, from all the Southern States in the Confederate army, 1861-1865." No statement is made as to the sources for this list.

October, 1902 (Vol. VII, No. 3, pp., 33-46, monthly, $1.00 yearly, 10 cents a copy, Louisville, Ky.), contains a sketch of efforts to discover the original Great Seal of the Confederacy. So far these attempts have been of no avail, though the editorial statement is made that the Seal is still in existence to be brought to light at the proper time.

THE CONFEDERATE VETERAN (September, October and November, 1902, Vol. 10, Nos. 9-11, pp. 387-517, $1.00 yearly, 10 cents a copy, Nashville, Tenn.) contains in last issue a scheme for perpetuating the periodical by disposing of a half interest in it for 1,000 shares at ten dollars each, to be taken by friends of the publication, no one to have more than one share.

The AMERICAN MONTHLY MAGAZINE for October, 1902 (Vol. XXI, No. 4, pp. 273-346, $1.00 yearly, 10 cents a copy, organ D. A. R., Washington, D. C.) consists of four historical essays, and the doings of the organization, with four pages of Revolutionary records.

November, 1902, Vol. XXI, No. 5, pp. 353-432, illustrates the vitality of picturesque historical myths. In an article on Washington and Oregon we have a rehash of the Whitman legend, how that devoted man braved the hardships of a winter ride over the Rockies, and across the plains to the East in order to save that Pacific region to the United States. This little fairy tale has been smashed to pieces time and again, notably by Bourne, for Whitman had no more to do with fixing our boundary line in that section than he had to do with directing the course of the Mississippi-and yet this romance is restated with all of a little child's faith in Santa Claus. There is also an account of the ceremony of breaking ground for the Memorial Hall on October 11, 1902.

December, 1902 (Vol. XXI, No. 6, pp. 439-535) has a second account of the ceremony of breaking ground for the Hall. It adds substantially nothing to the November report, and no reason apparent for printing it except that the “Historian-General” may get her name in.

The American Historical Review prints among its documents in the October number a letter written by Lafayette to Dr. Samuel Cooper from Yorktown under date of October 26, 1781, in which he reviews the disastrous conclusion of Cornwallis's campaign. He compares the siege of Yorktown and of Charleston : "It is true there has been less gallantry on the part of the British (at Yorktown), and less sense on the part of this General displayed in the siege of Charlestown than in any siege that ever was made. But however our garrison of Charlestown was paid a very great compliment to when after so short a space Lord Cornwallis accepted the same terms.” The talents of Cornwallis he greatly admired, but "Sir Henry Clinton's repeated blunders have thrown the gallant Cornwallis in this disagreeable situation;" no man had ever helped him so well to deceive Lord Cornwallis "as the Commander-in-Chief of the British army."

There is also a letter written by Alexander H. Stephens on June 15, 1854, to Robert Sims Burch in which he discusses the annexation of Texas and slavery, the Nebraska bill, and the question of slavery in the territory acquired from Mexico.

An awkward arrangement for the reader is that of placing the title of an article in some issues on the second

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of cover instead of on the first along with the other titles. No warning is given and time is often wasted in search for a paper.

In the Review of Reviews for October, under the title “The South and her History," Mr. David Y. Thomas summarizes in a brief way what has been done in the South for the advancement of history and historical work. He deals mainly with State and corporate endeavor and mentions by name most of the journals devoted to history and kindred topics. Reference is made also to a few individual students but this list is very short and is not altogether typical

of the most creditable work that has been done in the last decade.

THE FLORIDA MAGAZINE in the October, November and December issues has the usual variety of light literature (Jacksonville, Fla., monthly, $1.00 yearly, 10 cents a copy). NOTES AND NEWS.

A STIMULUS FOR SOUTHERN HISTORICAL ASSOCIATIONS. - The Chicago Historical Society has recently made a most important addition to its historical treasures by the acquisition of some of the "original sources” for the early history of Illinois in the shape of a collection of the printed laws which were in force within its limits from the commencement of government under the ordinance of 1787 until the admission of the State in 1819. This collection comprises 17 volumes (only one missing), all of them being original contemporaneously printed editions.

Of them, five contain the laws of the "territory of the U. S. northwest of the river Ohio" from 1787 to 1800, the period during which Illinois was a part of it. Of these, the first two were printed in Philadelphia in 1792 and 1794, while the other three were printed in Cincinnati in 1796, 1798 and 1800. The one printed in Cincinnati in 1796 is the first book printed northwest of the Ohio river.

Of the laws of Indiana Territory (which included Illinois from 1800 to 1809) there are six volumes. Of these the first was printed at Frankfort, Ky., in 1802, and the others in Vincennes in 1804, 1805, 1806, 1807. and 1808. The 1804 volume is the first book printed in Indiana and west of Ohio; and the 1807, a book of 572 pages, being a complete revision of existing law, is the largest book that had been printed in the West.

The laws of Illinois Territory from 1809 to 1811 were not printed, at least no copies are known, and there is no other evidence that they were printed. The volume for 1812 like the first volumes for the Northwest and Indiana Territories was printed outside of the Territory (at Russellville, Ky.) and for the same reason, namely, that there had been 10 printing press as yet established within its limits.

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