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NOTES AND QUERIES. [9 th s. ix. MAY 31, 1902.

In it he states that "after a quarter of a qpntury, first of struggle, and then of growth during which the ideals of the founder and first directors of the College were never forgotten the time arrived for making the claim for recognition as a University. A clear account of the movement is given by Mr. Alderman Thompson in his history of the College a record inspired by his affection for it and devotion to its interests."

Other articles are ' The Case for a Federal Uni versity,' by Dr. Wilkins ; ' The Work of the Man- chester School of Chemists,' by Sir Henry Roscoe ; ' The Medical School and the Jubilee,' by the Pro- fessor of Anatomy, A. H. Young ; ' The Manchester Royal School of Medicine,' by Dr. Dreschfeld ; and ' Recollections of the Old College,' by Mr. Alderman Thompson. Prof. Dawkins relates ' The Story of the Boulder-Stone,' which stands on end by itself in the quadrangle: "It was found in 1888, in making a sewer in Oxford Road, opposite No. 226. It was met with in tunnelling through the sand, gravel, and clay, at a depth of twelve feet from the surface, and was presented by the Manchester Corporation to the College. It consists of a block of hard crystalline volcanic rock, called andesite, and weighs about

25 tons The groovings are the unmistakable

marks of ice, and were formed while it was at the bottom of a glacier, while the iron-stained crust is the equally unmistakable result of the decom- position of the surface before it was embedded in the ice, and before it formed a portion of the glacial drift of the Lancashire and Cheshire plains." Con- tributions signed by Edith Lang and Catherine Chisholm show the progress in the " Women's De- partment." The early reminiscences are somewhat amusing: "We never thought of entering Owens by the principal door, but always that to the right of the quad., and we were always ushered out of the History Theatre by the professor." A book could not be demanded from the library " in the hardened manner now usual." A voucher had to be filled up, and "a dear little rnaid-of-all-work,

aged about 13, went to the library with it it was

never suggested that she should be chaperoned." " The first two women had not even an umbrella stand to call their own, and had to go to lectures with dripping macintoshes, making little pools around them." Now in the Jubilee year a woman may enter practically every department of the College, and the "ancients" remind their younger sisters that the battle has been fought, and the science door has been opened by them : " We petitioned for the associateship -with all its privileges, we who dreamt of a 'settlement of Owens women,' and made tentative efforts in that direction at a Working Girls' Club, and, though you have gone far ahead of us in old paths and new, despise not your elder sisters." The number contains many portraits and views of the College buildings.

The Report of the Council shows how splendidly the financial portion of the work of the College has been conducted. The treasurer, Mr. Alder- man Thompson, may well be congratulated on the result. Under the Report of Public Health we find much to interest us. During the last official year four thousand six hundred and fifty-two official reports have been issued. Out of these typhoid and diphtheria exceeded three thousand.

Scottish Art and Letters has issued an interesting Coronation number. In order to make room for the

historical matter the serial fiction and other familiar features are for once postponed. Among the con- tents are ' The Last Four Scottish Coronations,' by Prof. Cooper ; ' The Crowning of the King ' ; ' In Praise of Follies,' by Sir George Douglas, &c. A great feature in the number is the portraits, which are numerous and excellent, some of them being in colours. The number itself contains portraits of James VI., Charles I., Charles II., Anne of Den- mark, Regent Mar, Archbishop Spottiswood, and Drummond of Hawthornden. In a portfolio are further likenesses of Charles I., Lord Chancellor Thirlestane, Marquis of Argyle, Regent Mar, Earl of Eglinton, Dr. John Craig, and the Marquis of Montrose, a curious combination, which tempts an irreverent joke concerning the Evil One's opinion of the Commandments. The book and portfolio should, however, be got and preserved. The cover has a bright-coloured picture of Anne of Denmark, after Van Somer. She can scarcely be regarded as Scotch. We should have expected to find Mary Stuart.

To their " Life and Light" books Messrs. Bell & Sons have added a pocket edition of Mrs Brown- ing's Aurora Leigh, with an introduction by Misses Charlotte Porter and Helen A. Clarke.

LADY RENOITF (46, Roland Gardens, S. W.) writes: " You would confer a great favour on me if you would kindly make it known in ' N. & Q.' that we should be glad to obtain on loan all letters received from my late husband, Sir Peter le Page Renouf, the first volume of whose collected works is about to appear under the editorship of Messrs. Naville, Maspero, and Ry lands. The letters might be sent to me at the above address, or to the Secretary of the Society for Biblical Archaeology, 37, Great Russell Street. They will, of course, conscientiously be returned."


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