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material not accessible to anyone else-mate attempt. The center-thought of the whole is rial of which he has made judicious use. The that the early chapters of Genesis of themselves purpose held in mind by Mr. Cabot can be form an allegory that contains within itself "a best stated in his own words: “My object in history of creation, of the pre-glacial man, of this book has been to offer to the readers and the Aryan race, and of the Asiatic deluge." friends of Emerson some further illustrations, “Great as is the value of this history," con some details of his outward and inner history tinues he, “ it has been preserved merely as a that may fill out and define more closely the vehicle in which to transmit a record of the image of him they already have, rather than first revelation made by the Deity to man to attempt a picture which should make him through the Aryan race; the duty laid upon known to strangers, or set him forth in due that race to promulgate it, their neglect of relation to his surroundings, or to the world at that duty, and their consequent removal by large.” And yet a careful perusal of the book God from the civilized world.” This theory will prove that this object not held in mind is ingeniously carried out, and one cannot but has been accomplished as well as the one that become interested in following it through step

The result is the story of a strong, sim. by step, no matter how widely he may dispute ple, pure life; of a man whose impress was either premises or conclusions. All possible laid upon his generation for all time; and aids that could be obtained in support of the a story, too, that gives all the facts as they theory have been sought out and carefully properly belong-shading nothing, withhold- used--geology, astronomy, history, and "the ing nothing and adding nothing that does not traits of human nature.” The book is of deep of right and justice there belong. Mr. Cabot's interest, whether as a study or pastime for the life of Emerson, we are sure, will become the student. It abounds in illustrations. standard, no matter how many others may appear.

*A HISTORY OF PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS.' By

Edward Stanwood. Published by Ticknor • PRE-GLACIAL MAN, AND THE ARYAN RACE:

& Co., Boston. A History Of CREATION, AND OF BIRTHPLACE AND WANDERINGS OF MAN IN

Not only as a hand-book of political reserCENTRAL ASIA, FROM B. C., 32, 500, TO B. C. ence, but as a complete record of National poli8,000, WITH A HISTORY OF THE ARYAN RACE, tics, this book must prove itself of great value, COMMENCING B. C. 15,000; THEIR RISE AND

and fill a place in the reference libraries that PROGRESS, AND THE PROMULGATION OF THE FIRST REVELATION; THEIR SPIRITUAL DE

no other one work of which we have knowl. CLINE, AND THE DESTRUCTION OF THE NA: edge can fill. While it prosesses to be " little TION, B. C., 4,705; THE INROAD OF THE more than a record of the circumstances of TURANIANS, AND THE SCATTERING OF THE

such elections, and of whatever had an appreREMNANTS OF THE RACE B. C., 4, 304, AS DECIPHERED FROM A VERY ANCIENT DOC

ciable influence upon the result of each elec. UMENT. ALSO AN EXPOSITION OF THE LAW tion,” it is in reality more, for it points the way GOVERNING THE FORMATION AND DURATION to many things not expressed or described, and OF THE GLACIAL PERIOD, AND A RECORD OF

gives the story of our great contests in an un. Its EFFECTS ON MAN, AND THE CONFIGURATION OF THE GLOBE. A CHAPTER ON THE

biased manner, and an unusual fairness of stateDELUGE, Its Causes, LOCALITY AND EX. ment, and with as great sullness as one would TENT; AND AN ACCOUNT OF THE OANNES wish in a work of its purpose. Great care and Myth.' By Lorenzo Burge. Published by good judgment have been exercised in the Lee & Shepard, Boston.

selection of material and the choice of author. We have given the above title and sub-title in ities. A full history of the electoral system is full, because a full description of the contents given, followed by the contest of each fourth of the book is given therein, with greater conden. year, up to the election of Garfield in 1880; sation than another than the author would dare with an appendix describing the conventions

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of 1884. Some of the chapter headings are as feels sure that it is correct. The style of Mr. follows: “Jefferson and Burr,” “ An Elec- Barrows is easy and graceful, modeled aster tion in War Time," " The Era of Good Feel- that of no one, and yet with a touch of Irving ings,” “The First Dark Horse, The Demo- in his descriptive passages. Each theme is crats Reunited," "The Kansas-Nebraska Con- treated as though it was the outcome of earnest test," " " The Last Struggle for Slavery,“ The study, and those who know the author's War Election,” “The Greeley Campaign," methods of research and verification need not “The Disputed Election,” etc. Many side be told that he has made himself master of his notes of information are scattered all the way subject before attempting to discuss it before through, making it one of the handiest and others. The book is not only instructive but most useful books the student of American pleasing and entertaining, not only to the history can possess.

student of history but to the general reader as

well. It throws new light upon the great west, • THE UNITED STATES OF YESTERDAY AND OF a region that is only, at last, coming to be ap

TO-MORROW.' By William Barrows, D. D., preciated and understood. author of • Twelve Nights in the Hunters' Camp,' Oregon: The Struggle for Posses- "A GIRDLE ROUND THE EARTH: HOME LETsion,' •The Indian's Side of the Indian

TERS FROM FOREIGN LANDS.' By D. N. Question,' etc. Published by Roberts Broth

Richardson. Published by A. C. McClurg ers: Boston. Received from Cobb, An. & Company, Chicago. drews & Co., Cleveland.

One never tires of circumnavigating this old We have already referred to Dr. Barrows' globe of ours, provided he be in good company qualities for work of this character, and little and has an experienced and able guide. In more need be added in connection with that

the trip above described, which has been repoint, except to say that in this new and produced for us in most attractive shape, both brightly written book he has kept up to the have been furnished and the beaten old path high level of his reputation and given us one takes on a new attraction. Mr. Richardson of the most charming books of the year. Its has not only the eye of an artist and soul of a purpose, to use his own words, is “to answer philosopher, who feels it his duty to learn all questions.” It was his opportunity some years he can concerning the people among whom he ago to reside for a number of years west of the is thrown, but also the pen of a trained literary Mississippi, and since then he has made many man, and can charmingly describe that which visits to that region, collecting information of falls under his observation. He was not coma varied character, which he is now sending pelled, after the manner of Puck, to girdle the forth for the edification and instruction of the earth in forty minutes, nor like Jules Verne's people. Some idea of the character and scope fanciful traveler, in eighty days, but had the of the work may be gained from the following full season of a year at his command. Leaving citation of several chapter headings: “How Chicago he rapidly passes through the new Large is the West ?” “Surprising Distances lands of the new west, gives us a most graphic in the United States ; “The Six Growths of description of life on board during the long days the United States; “ Ancient Chicago;” and nights in crossing the Pacific, lingers long “ Wild Life on the Border;” “ Pioneering in and with interest in Japan and China, opening Education ; “Lynch Law; “ The Railway many new views in those lands in which we System of the West ; “ The Empire of the all have so great interest because so little Future,” etc., etc. The topics under consid- known, carries us on to Java, Ceylon and eration, so varied in character and wide in thence to India, Arabia, Egypt, Palestine, range, have been so skillfully handled that Asia Minor, Constantinople, Roumania, they seem almost as one, and the information Austria, Italy, Rome, the Alps, Poland, conveyed is so stated and fortified that one Russia, Scandinavia, Paris, England and

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home. While many of the well-worn roads • Men, PLACES AND THINGS.' By William have been described, they are presented with

Mathews, LL.D., author of Words : Their

Use and Abuse,' •Oratory and Orators,' •Lit. a graphic freshness that makes them seem

erary Style, and Other Essays,' etc., etc. new, while scores and hundreds of incidents Published by S. C. Griggs & Company, Chi. and experiences altogether new are presented. cago. In these days when people are so deeply inter

The good work already performed by Profesested in learning how others live, that they

sor Mathews, in the series of books this wellmay learn how to live themselves, such books

known publishing house has given to the have a peculiar value. We are transplanted world, has created for him a wide circle of almost bodily to the scenes that are described,

readers who are sure to make a success of any so faithful

re Mr. Richardson's description publication he may send forth. In this volume of manners and social life and custom. His

of essays that find their subjects here, there book is bound to secure a hold upon the in

and everywhere, he has not only made sure of terest and attention of the people.

holding that circle already won but of increas

ing it in no small degree. The range of sub• BENJAMIN FRANKLIN AS A MAN OF LETTERS,' jects is wide, embracing descriptive papers

By John Bach McMaster of Wharton School,
University of Pennsylvania. In · American

upon Wirt, Bulwer, Dumas and Napoleon ; a Men of Letters Series,' edited by Charles chapter on “The Weaknesses of Great Men," Dudley Warner. Published by Houghton, with others upon “ The London Pulpit,” “The Mitilin & Co., Boston and New York.

House of Commons," “ Diaries," "Worry," This recent addition to a series already “ The Extremes of Dress,' “ The Tricks of famous and valuable treats the sage of the Types,” “What Shall We Read ?" and a large Revolution in a light in which he has seldom number of others needless to enumerate in this been viewed--that of a literary man as discon- connection. The style is vivid, entertaining nected from those varied achievements of phi. and characteristic of the author, abounding in losophy, diplomacy and statesmanship by anecdote ; while the book is without a dull which he has been best known. The result page from end to end. Many facts are adds not only to our admiration of this embodied that will be new to the majority. many sided man, but presents him in some po- Bright, refreshing and full of information, sitions and features altogether new, for modern • Men, Places and Things' is a fit companion research and analysis have changed somewhat to the books already sent from Professor Maththe outlines of even this familiar form. It is ews' pen--which is certainly high praise in any surprising to learn how much Franklin really sense of the word. wrote amid the various cares and labors of life, and how much of that which he did write has

· ARCHÆOLOGY OF Ohio.' By M. C. Read,

late of the geological survey of Ohio; trustee preserved a usefulness and freshness running of Ohio Archäological society in charge at far beyond the age in which he wrote. Those Philadelphia, 1876; and assistant commis. who have been readers of Mr. McMaster sioner at the Exposition at New Orleans in will understand the care, fairness and yet cour

1884-5, with an introduction by Judge C. C.

Baldwin. Published by the Western Reserve age with which his theme has been treated.

Historical society, Cleveland, Ohio. From He has sketched Franklin as he really was, the press of the Cleveland Leader, (The and not as someone else may have conceived book may be obtained of the Historical him to be. The series to which this volume

society. Price, $1.50.) belongs is one of the ablest and most entertain- Professor Read has grouped in this book a ing of modern contributions to the history of vast variety of useful and curious information literature, and abundantly justifies the great that labor, research and the patient study of success it has already achieved.

many men have produced upon the fascinatlack of him has prompted the desire for a Life

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ing subject of which he treats. As Judge of them all, and aided by the many cuts with Baldwin aptly says in his introduction : “The which it is illustrated, becomes of absorbing state is remarkable for the number and extent interest. Modern investigation has done much of its earthworks, no spot of equal size on the in the way of enlightenment as to the life and globe having so many and so extensive mon. labors of this ancient race, and the author uments of earth.” The fact that Pro- amply shows that he has informed himself as fessor Read has undertaken the prepara. to all that the age has discovered. To the tion of such a book, and that the Western student or reader who desires to compass the Reserve Historical society has placed upon it history of the world in moderate space, this such stamp of approval as is implied in its pub- series is recommended as furnishing all that is lication, declares all that need be said in sup. desired; and that, too, by the pens of men port of its exactness, truthfulness and general who have made lise studies of the themes they care in discussion. A large number of plates discuss. are presented, giving one as correct an idea of the relics secured from the past ages as could be

*LIFE OF JAMES RUSSELL LOWELL.' By E. E.

Brown, author of lives of Garfield, Grant, 0. gained from a personal examination of the

W. Holmes and others. Published by D. articles themselves. It is a timely book, in Lathrop Company, Boston. this year of centennial celebrations, and

This interesting sketch of the life of James presents the best and most complete statement

Russell Lowell, the poet, is not as full as it of the subject that has yet been made. It will

may in time be, as the time for a full biogbecome standard authority, and no student of

raphy, we hope, may leave between us and it archæology can do without it.

many years of active life for the man and poet.

But Lowell has had his career in sight of very • THE STORY OF ASSYRIA : From the Rise of

the Empire to the Fall of Ninevah : (con- few of his countrymen. We have got to call. tinued from the Story of Chaldea.') Bying him our greatest American poet, one of our Zenaide A. Ragozin, member of the Societe foremost American citizens, almost statesman Ethnologique of Paris, corresponding member of the Athenee Oriental of Paris; mem

- we have so little use for that word. And yet ber of the American Oriental society. (In how few of us have that speaking acquaintance The Story of the Nations series). Published with either his life or his work that marks the by G. P. Putnam's Sons, New York. ceived from the Burrows Bros. Co., Cleve: popular writer or man. The knowledge we land.

while the life is yet with us. The author hapNo more valuable series of historical works has been given to the public than this Story of pily draws from Mr. Lowell himself and his

friends not only his facts but largely the statethe Nations series that the Putnams are pub.

ment of them. The man appears in the book lishing, and which has been crowned with such

as he is in the active world. The book is all ample success. Commencing with man's first

the more welcome because of what it lacks. knowledge of his race, the record of each em

Mr. Lowell is one of the few American poets pire as it arose, extended its power, ruled and fell, has been told by the foremost historical they live, and will be honored by those who

who are appreciated by the generation in which writers of the day-not in outline or with

come after him. The style of the author is reference only to salient points, but thought- entertaining, and the book is readable as well fully, fully and with such degree of detail as

as valuable in a biographical sense. the knowledge now extant will permit. Chaldea, Carthage, ancient Egypt, Greece, Rome, Pamphlets and other minor publications reGermany and all the great peoples of the ceived: world are to be found in this series. The his- • The Pioneer Period of Western New York: tory of Assyria one of the most interesting being largely Reminiscences of the Struggles

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to Lay the Foundations of an Empire in the uable and able paper, read before the Histori. Wilderness; and of the Burning of Buffalo; cal and Political Science Association of the the Surrender of Fort Niagara ; the Flight of University of Toronto, on February 4, 1888.) the Inhabitants; with Many Incidents never Published by William Briggs, Toronto. before Published. With an Appendix contain

The four numbers of the Lomb Prize Essays, ing a Condensed Record of Important Events and Dates.' By Chipman. P. Turner (a native published by the American Public Health Asso

ciation of Concord, New Hampshire, as fol. resident from near the beginning). Published

lows: by Bigelow Brothers, Buffalo.

No, 1– Healthy Homes and Foods for the • Utah and Statehood: Objections Consid. Working Classes.' By Victor C. Vaughn, proered; Simple Facts Plainly Told; with a fessor in University of Michigan. Brief Synopsis of the State Constitution. By No. 2- The Sanitary Conditions and Neces. a Resident of Utah. New York: printed for sities of School-Houses and School-Life.' By the author by Hart & Von Arx.

D. F. Lincoln, M. D., of Boston.

No. 3—Disinfection and Individual Pro• The Founders of Ohio: Brief Sketches of

phylaxis Against Infectious Diseases.' the Forty-eight Pioneers, who, under Com. George M. Sternberg, M. D., major and surmand of General Rufus Putnam, Landed at the

geon, United States army. Mouth of the Muskingum River on the Seventh

No. 4—'The Preventable Causes of Dis. of April, 1788, and Commenced the First

ease, Injury and Death in American ManuWhite Settlement in the Northwest Territory.'

factories and Workshops, and the Best Means Published by Robert Clarke & Co., Cincinnati.

and Appliances for Preventing and Avoiding "A Brief Historical Sketch of Canadian

Them.' By George H. Ireland, Springfield,

Massachusetts. Banking and Currency; the Laws Relating Thereto Since Confederation, and a Compari- • Privateersmen of Newport.' By W. P. son with British and American Systems.' By Sheffield. (An address delivered before the W. J. Robertson, B. A., LL. B., examiner in Rhode Island Historical society, in Provi. political economy, Toronto university. (A val. dence, on February 7, 1882.) With notes.

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