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THE POPULAR SCIENCE MONTHLY.

Massachusetts State Agricultural Experiment Station, Sixth Annual Report of the Board of Control. Amherst. Pp, 264—Bulletin 28. On Commercial Fertilizers. Pp. 12.

Michigan, Agricultural College of. Report of the Weather Service Department and Rainfall Charts. Pp. 33.—Feeding Steers of Different Breeds. Pp. 29, with Plates.—Why not plant a Grove? Pp. 7.—Potatoes, Roots, Fertilizers, and Oats. Pp. 12.

Montgomery, D. H. The Leading Facts of French History. Boston: Ginn & Co. Pp. 321. $1.25.

New York. Report of the Commissioners of the State Reservation at Niagara for 1888. Pp. 112, with Plates.—Report of the Central Park Menagerie. Pp. 43.—University of the City of. Catalogue and Announcements. 1888-'89. Pp. 144.

Old South Leaflets. Washington's Inaugurals. Boston: D. C. Heath & Co. Pp. 12. 5 cents.

Parker, Francis W. How to study Geography. New York: D. Appleton & Co. Pp. 400. $1.50.

Perrin, B. Homer's Odyssey. Books I to IV, with Notes. Boston: Ginn & Co. Pp. 229. $1.40.

Pickering, Edward C. Henry Draper Memorial. Third Annual Report of the Photographic Study of Stellar Spectra. Pp. 8.—A Photographic Determination of the Brightness of the Stars. Pp. 214.

Potts, William. Evolution of Vegetable Life. Boston: The New Ideal Publishing Company. Pp. 28. 10 cents.

Powell. J. W., Director. Seventh Annual Report of the United States Geological Survey, 1885-'86. Washington: Government Printing-Office. Pp. 656, with Map and Plates.

Proctor, Richard Anthony. The Student's Atlas. London and New York: Longmans, Green & Co. Twelve Circular Maps. $1.50.

Rauch, John H., M.D. Water Supplies of Illinois and the Pollution of its Streams. Springfield, Ill. Pp. 81.

Raue, C. G., M.D. Psychology as a Natural Science applied to the Solution of Occult Psychic Phenomena. Philadelphia: Porter & Coates. Pp. 541. $3.50.

Raymond, Rossiter W. Evolution of Animal Life. Boston: The New Ideal Publishing Company. Pp. 22. 10 cents.

Rotch, A. Lawrence. Observations made at the Blue Hill Meteorological Observatory, Massachusetts, in 1887. Cambridge, Mass. John Wilson & Son. Pp. 141, with Plates.

Shufeldt, R. W. Osteology of Circus Hudsonius. Pp. 33.

Sonrel, A., and Jordan. David Starr. Six Species of North American Fresh-Water Fishes. Drawings and Explanation of Plates. Washington: Smithsonian Institution.

Townshend. Smith, M.D. Report of the Health Officer of the District of Columbia. 1888. Washington: Government Printing-Office. Pp. 178, with Charts.

Tuttle, Hudson. Studies in the Outlying Fields of Psychic Science. New York: M. L. Holbrook & Co. Pp. 252. $1.25.

Verschoyle. Rev. J.. Editor. The History of Ancient Civilization. New York: D. Appleton &, Co. Pp. 295. $1.75.

Ward, Lester F. Some Social and Economic Paradoxes. Washington. Pp. 12.—An Undescribed Vegetable Organism from the Fort Union Group of Montana. Pp. 4.—The Paleontologic History of the Genus Platanus. Pp. 4. with Five Plates.

Whitman, Dr. C. O.. Director. First Annual Report of the Marine Biological Laboratory, Wood's Holl, Massachusetts, for 1888 Pp. 44.

Willard, Frances E. Glimpses of Fifty Years. The Autobiography of an American Woman. Chicago: Woman's Temperance Publishing Association. Specimen pages.

Wiman. Erastus. The Greater Half of the Continent. New York. Pp. 80.

 

POPULAR MISCELLANY.

John Goldie.—This industrious botanist was born near Maybole in Ayrshire, March 21, 1793; died at Ayr, Ontario, Canada, where he had long resided, in June, 1886, in his ninety-fourth year. Mr. Goldie was educated as a gardener; and most Scotch gardeners in those days were botanists. From the Glasgow Botanic Garden, then in charge of Sir William Hooker, he came to America for botanical exploration in the year 1817. The interesting particulars of this expedition are here given in an abstract from his "Description of some New and Rare Plants discovered in Canada in the Year 1819," published in the "Edinburgh Philosophical Journal," vol. vi, April, 1822. "Having had for many years a great desire to visit North America, chiefly with a view to examine and collect some of its vegetable productions, I contrived in 1817 to obtain as much money as would just pay my passage there, leaving when this was done but a very small surplus." He sailed from Leith to Halifax, went to Quebec, whence he dispatched his collections of living roots and dried plants in a vessel bound for Greenock, "but never heard of them afterward." At Montreal he found Pursh, who advised him to explore the northwest country, and promised to obtain for him permission to accompany the traders going to that region the following spring. "I traveled on foot to Albany, thence proceeded by water to New York. , , . I explored the eastern part of New Jersey, a country which, though barren and little inhabited, yet presents many rarities to the botanist, and gave me more gratification than any part of America that I have seen. At a place called Quaker's Bridge I gathered some most interesting plants, and, having accumulated as large a load as my back would carry, I took my journey to Philadelphia"—thence to New York, whence a ship was about to sail to Scotland, "and, having again committed my treasures to the deep, I had again, as the first time, the disappointment of never obtaining any intelligence whatever of them. My finances being now extremely low and winter having commenced, I hardly knew what to do; but, after some delay, went up to the Mohawk River, where I found employment that season as schoolmaster"—thence in the spring