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to look for a result. He is not allowed to waste his time on phenomena that have no necessary relation to the subject at hand, and he is not allowed to draw too general results from the data. The system of tabulation of results, as prepared by Mr. Chute, is one that will be of infinite value to the pupil in his after life.

Together with many practical suggestions to the teacher both in the prefix and appendix, as to the method of conducting the work as a whole, and also as to special laboratory operations, there will be found a quite comprehensive set of tables for reference. The list of well-known science teachers to whom Professor Chute refers as having "carefully read the work in proof, and aided very greatly in giving it its present degree of accuracy and completeness of treatment," furnishes no small recommendation of the worth of the book. With any well prepared textbook and Professor Chute's Practical Physics, a teacher ought to be well fitted to begin a year's work in laboratory physics. INSTITUTES OF ECONOMICS. A Textbook for College Classes. By E. Benjamin Andrews, D. D., LL. D., President of Brown University, late Professor of Economics and Finance in Cornell University. Boston: Silver, Burdett & Co. Pp. 228. Cloth. Introductory price, $1.30.

This manual of political economy for the classroom is on a plan thoroughly its own. Its chief peculiarities in point of method are: 1. The utmost brevity which can be made to consist with clearness; indispensable amplifications and illustrations beyond this being referred to notes. 2. Thorough and conspicuous analysis general and special, greatly aiding pupils both to master and retain the thought. 3. Encouragement to side reading; each paragraph being introduced by references to the best accessible authority upon its theme, in various languages. On all subjects of special importance the ablest convenient discussions are listed in notes. These references furnish practically a classified Cyclopædia of Economics, which even specialists in the science will prize. We know of nothing like it elsewhere in English. Its point of view is historical, though it maintains the existence of general economic laws, absolutely and universally valid. While the materials of the volume and the handling of them are primarily adapted to undergraduates in Universities and Colleges, its copious references to the best authorities, English and foreign, will give it great value for advanced students, while, on the other hand, its clearness and simplicity qualify it, through perhaps the omission of a few peculiarly severe sections, for successful use in high schools and academies.

EXERCISES IN LATIN PROSE COMPOSITION FOR SCHOOLS. By M. Grant Daniell, A. M., Principal of Chauncy Hall School, Boston. Part I. Based upon Cæsar's Gallic War. Books I.-IV. Boston and New York: Leach, Shewell & Sanborn. Pp. 102. Cloth. Price, 60 cents.

In preparing this book Professor Daniell has proceeded upon the belief that Latin Composition can best be taught in connection with the reading of Latin authors. Having used this method in his class work, he finds much saving of time and labor. All teachers of Latin will find this new book to embody much that is fresh, and the system must inevitably commend itself to all.

XENOPHON'S ANABASIS. Book I. IV. With an Introduction, Notes and Vocabulary. By Francis W. Kelsey, Ph. D., and Andrew C. Żenos, M. A. Boston: Allyn & Bacon. Pp. 160. Half leather.

In preparing this edition of Anabasis the authors have made use of Cobet's text with occasional variations well sustained by manuscript authority.

In the introduction is given, as preparatory to an intelligent study of the Anabasis, an outline of the Persian Empire, an account of the Expedition of Cyrus, a brief view of the Art of War as practiced by the Greeks at this time, and a succinct statement of the life and writings of Xenophon.

In the notes the references to standard Greek Grammars are quite numerous, particularly in those referring to the first two books.

TheHelps to the Study of Anabasis," "Idioms and Phrases," and "Vocabulary" will be found valuable and very full.

THE FIRST THREE BOOKS OF HOMER'S ILIAD, with Introduction, Commentary, and Vocabulary for the use of Schools. By Thomas D. Seymour, Hillhouse Professor of Greek in Yale College. Boston: Ginn & Co. Cloth. Price, $1.35.

In this edition of the first three books of the Iliad, Professor Seymour has used the text of Homeri Ilias edidit Guilielmus Driedorf: edito quinta correctior quam curavit C. Hentze.

In the introduction the author has discussed, 1st, Epic Poetry; 2d, Homeric Life; 3d, The Story of the Iliad; 4th, Homeric Style; 5th, Homeric Syntax; 6th, Homeric Dialect; 7th, Homeric Verse. The last three particularly are quite fully treated. The text of the Iliad is very plainly printed, and the whole book is well gotten up. The notes are full and judicious, and the vocabulary complete.

LES TROIS MOUSQUETAIRES. Par Alexandre Dumas. Edited and annotated for use in Colleges and Schools, by F. C. Sumichrast, Assistant Professor of French in Harvard University. Boston: Ginn & Co. Pp. 289. Cloth. Price, 80 cents.

A recent article by Andrew Lang, says of this distinguished French author, "That his works (his best works) should be even more widely circulated than they are; that the young should read them, and learn frankness, kindness and generosity should esteem the tender heart, and the gay, invincible wit; .that is what we desire."

In this edition of Les Trois Mousquetaires, Professor Sumichrast has given a condensation of the work, leaving the main features of the story, the brilliant descriptions, characteristic dialogues, etc., while the objectionable passages have been cut out, leaving the work one particularly adapted for use in high schools, academies, and colleges.

SHAKESPEARE'S TRAGEDY OF MACBETH. Edited with notes, by Homer B. Sprague, A. M., Ph. D., President of the University of North Dakota. Chicago: S. R. Winchell & Co. Pp. 237. Cloth, price 55 cents; paper, price 40 cents.

In editing this edition of Macbeth, President Sprague has in some points followed a new plan. His notes are arranged with a view of stimulating rather than making thought unnecessary. He has embodied etymological and critical research. He has given the opinions of the best critics on disputed points, and there are other points of excellence which the student and the general reader will appreciate.

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The plan of printing among the songs and hymns brief histories of the origin of some of the oldest and the most popular hymns, adds very much to the value of these books.

THE WAR OF INDEPENDENCE. By John Fiske. The Riverside Library for Young People. Vol. I. Boston: Houghton, Mifflin & Co. Pp. 196. Cloth. Price, 75 cents.

Messrs. Houghton, Mifflin & Co. have done an excellent thing for the youth of America in starting the publication of a series to comprise books which will last. The great subjects of History, Biography, Mechanics, Travel, Natural History, Adventure and kindred subjects will form the principal part of the library. Fiction will not be excluded, but it will not be the main feature of the library.

This volume, the first of the series, is a most excellent beginning, and, if by it the character of the Library as a whole can be judged, it is to be a most excellent series.

Mr. Fiske is well known as a careful and reliable writer of history, and he has added to this reputation by the admirable manner in which he has condensed and placed before the young readers of this book the facts, causes and results of the Revolution.

GEORGE WASHINGTON; an Historical Biography.

By Horace E. Scudder.

The Riverside Library for Young People. Vol. II. Boston: Mifflin & Co. Pp. 248. Cloth. Price, 75 cents. Having read Volume I. of this Library, there is little doubt that the young reader will not be satisfied till he has secured and read the second, which contains the life of Washington, so admirably fitted for the next place in this excellent series. The type, paper, illustrations and general make-up of the books are of good quality, and any youth will prize this Library.

JONATHAN EDWARDS. By Alexander V. G. Allen, D. D., Professor in the Episcopal Theological School, in Cambridge, Mass. "American Religious Leaders" series. Boston: Houghton, Mifflin & Co. Pp. 401. Cloth.

Price, $1.25.

The great historian, Bancroft, has said. “He that would know the workings of the New England mind in the middle of the last century must give his days and nights to the study of Jonathan Edwards."

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In this Life of Edwards, Professor Allen has endeavored to show the man as a theologian, a work not heretofore attempted, and in these pages we get a light which will abundantly help in perfecting our knowledge of the man of the times in which he lived, and of his great influence upon modern New England. The book is written with remarkable clearness, and it is plainly evident that the author has taken great pains to be perfectly fair, honest, and honorable in portraying the special, intellectual and moral power and weakness of the great polemic writer of the last century.

This series is in the same style as the American Statesmen, American Men of Letters, and American Commonwealth Series, and will, we believe, have as large a list of readers as have these three series.

EDWARDS'S HISTORICAL CARDS. Boston: Educational Publishing Company. Price per set, $1.00.

These cards cover a wide range of topics relating to American History. The cards are 34 x 5 inches, with questions upon the topical method, with references to book and page where the proper information can be obtained.

Teachers will find them useful, especially in breaking up the practice of committing to memory the text without lodging in the mind any corresponding idea of the facts.

SELECTIONS FROM WORDSWORTH. With Notes by A. J. George, M. A., editor of Wordsworth's Prelude. Boston: D. C. Heath & Co. Pp. 434. Cloth. It is evident that Mr. George has made a study of Wordsworth and his writings, for the selections are of a character which give an excellent study of the man. The notes are very full and arranged to show and explain not only what the author says, but to give an insight into the personality of Wordsworth, and bring out the man through his writings. The style of Wordsworth is shown to be his own, and “to be judged by canons applicable to him alone." SYLLABUS. English Literature and History. By A. J. George, A. M. Boston: D. C. Heath & Co. Pp. 24. Paper.

This little pamphlet is intended to further the spirit of literary and historical study. It has been used by the author in his work in literature in the Newton, Mass., High School, and will undoubtedly be found of much value to many other teachers of literature.

A GENERAL HISTORY FOR COLLEGES AND HIGH SCHOOLS. By P. V. N. Myers, A. M. Boston: Ginn & Co. Pp. 759. Half leather. Price, $1.50. This new general history is based upon the Ancient, and Mediæval, and Modern Histories by the same author. In treating of the period of the Reformation and the causes therefor, which have of late been the subject of so much controversy, Professor Myers seems in this book to have given no cause for complaint to any one.

The twenty colored maps are a great addition to the value of the book which is of itself an excellent one, full, accurate and reliable. In general make-up, it is all that could be desired.

LAW OF CHILDHOOD, AND OTHER PAPERS. By W. N. Hailmann, Superintendent of Schools, La Porte, Ind. Chicago: Alice B. Stockton & Co., 161 La Salle Street. Pp. 80. Leatherette.

The four papers forming the contents of this book are worthy to be read by every superintendent and teacher in the schools of America. They are both philosophical and practical. If our superintendents and teachers were more familiar with subjects such as those treated by Superintendent Hailmaun in these papers, we should have better teaching and more intelligent supervision. THE ESSENTIALS OF METHOD. A Discussion of the Essential Form of Right Methods in Teaching. By Charles De Garino, Ph. D. (Halle), Professor of Modern Languages, Illinois State Normal University, Normal, Ill. Boston: D. C. Heath & Co. Cloth. Pp. 119.

In this book Professor De Garmo has endeavored to show the proper methods of teaching. He has divided the theories of teaching into two classes. One class he compares to gardening, while the other class is, in his estimation, more nearly like architectural designing. He has bent his efforts toward the giving of the best manner of building up the mind of the pupil. It is a capital work.

SCHOOL HYGIENE OR THE LAWS OF HEALTH IN RELATION TO SCHOOL LIFE. By Arthur Newsholme, M. D., Medical Examiner of Pupil Teachers to the School Board of London, etc. Boston: D. C. Heath & Co. Pp. 143. Cloth.

Doctor Newsholme has here given very much valuable information, suggestion, and instruction in regard to this subject, of which many teachers and school officers know so little. The book should be carefully studied by every superintendent and committeeman, as well as by teachers. Much of it is from the English standpoint, but the author has evidently acquainted himself with the facts of America, as well as could be expected of an Englishman.

THE CHILDHOOD OF JESUS, AND OTHER SERMONS. By Adolphe Monod. Translated by Rev. J. H. Myers. Boston and Chicago Congregational Sunday-School and Publishing Society: Pp. 196. Paper, 40 cents; cloth, 75


Adolphe Monod, a Swiss Protestant minister, who died in 1856, was one of the most eminent preachers of his day. It was a happy thought of the translator to give us these sermons from the great preacher. Any sermons would have been welcome, but these are peculiarly so, since they are about children and to children, and take up the problem of their Christian training and development in such a way as to be a help both to them and to parents. Parents should read them to their children, and by reading them learn how to influence their children for good.

THE CHILD AND CHILD-NATURE. By The Baroness Marenhotty-Buelow, author of "Hand-work and Head-work." First American from the second London edition, with addition of an Index. Syracuse: C. W. Bardeen. Cloth. Price, $1.50.

It is undoubtedly true that the knowledge and understanding of Froebel and of his principles has not grown in proportion to the increase of kindergartens. It is necessary, in order to conduct any undertaking properly, to have, at the very least, a good knowledge of the principles upon which the work rests. In this book the author has endeavored to unfold and place before the reader the principles and practices by which a child can best be taught those things which during his early years he is fitted to grasp.

Primary teachers and grammar teachers, as well as kindergartners, will find very much of value to them in this book.

OUR WORLD READER. No. 1. First Lessons in Geography. By Mary L. Hall. Boston: Ginn & Co. Pp. 241. Cloth. Price, 60 cents.

In the twenty-nine lessons the child will form a very good general idea of the world, its divisions into land and water, the various forms of the land such as mountains, valleys, plains, hills, deserts, volcanoes, rivers, bays, capes, promontories, etc. He will have clearly defined the knowledge which in beginning geography the teacher finds hard to impart with the accuracy and clearness which is essential.

These lessons may be used with good results in the reading class for a term before the class begin the direct study of geography.

SERMONS ON THE INTERNATIONAL SUNDAY-SCHOOL LESSONS FOR 1890. By the Monday Club. Fifteenth Series. Congregational Sunday-School and Publishing Society. Price, $1.25.

This Annual has become well known, and ought to be read of all men -particularly those who have to do with teaching the Sunday-school iessons. The

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