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An accurate knowledge of the theory and practical character of our Federal and State Constitutions is of the greatest importance to every citizen. They form the fundamental law which secures to us all rights of person and property. Every citizen participates, either directly or indirectly, in the administration of the governments which these Constitutions have instituted, and should have an accurate knowledge of the principles upon which they are founded.

COOK. SYNOPSIS OF CHESS OPENINGS. A Tabulated Analysis. By W. COOK. From the third English edition. Edited by J. W. MILLER, of the Cincinnati Commercial Gazette. 8vo. Cloth.

2.00 The American Supplement contains American Variations and Gambits, and also a review of Analytical Novelties that have been advanced in any part of the world during the last three years, Illustrative Games from recent International Chess Congresses and important matches, with Hints on Correspondence Games; also a list of the Chess Clubs of the United States and Canada, the Chess Code of the Chess Association of the United States in full, and a Sketch of the History of the New Orleans Club, which has over a thousand members.

The splendid stores of modern combina- the other hundred and one masters of tion are heaped up before us, giving the the modern board, to rejoice and instruct brilliancy of Morphy, the profundity of Steinitz, the massé shots of Anderssen, the sparkle of Zukertort, the inventions of Paulsen, and the all-around-the-board play of Mackenzie and Blackburne and Mason, and

the student. In future reports, as time and occasion may warrant, we shall bestow upon the special points of the book a more critical analysis.-G. Reichelm, in Philadelphia Times.




THE OLDEN TIME. A Monthly Publication, Devoted

to the Preservation of Documents and other Authentic Information in relation to the early Explorations and Settlement and Improvement of the Country around the Head of the Ohio. Edited by Neville B. Craig, Esq. (Originally published at Pittsburgh, in 1846-47.) 2 vols. 8vo. Cloth, $10.00. Sheep, 12 00

The index alone can convey an idea of the richness of this collection. Among many others, the following may be enumerated: Washington's journals of 1753, 1754, and 1770; Frederick Post's Journal, from Philadelphia to the Ohio, 1758; George Croghan's Journal, from Fort Pitt to Vincennes and Detroit, 1765; General Richard Butler's Journal, to the Falls of the Ohio, 1785; Arthur Lee's Journal, to the Northwestern Indians, 1785; a large number of valuable articles relating to the Indians, including details of many conferences and treaties; numerous articles concerning Braddock's Defeat, Lord Dunmore's War, the early settlement of Western Pennsylvania and the Northwestern Territory, etc. Two early books are. reprinted entire in its pages-Smith's "Account of General Bouquet's Expedition against the Ohio Indians in 1764," and "A Memorial, containing a summary view of facts, with their authorities, in answer to the observations sent by the English Ministry to the Courts of Europe. Translated from the French." Though there wero two editions of this latter work published, both in 1757-one in Philadelphia and one in New York-it is one of the rarest of American books, and is very valuable as giving the French

view of the situation in the West at that time.

Besides the above, the publication embraces numerous articles, giving facts of the most interesting character, from the private journals and personal reminiscences of many of those who acted prominent parts in early days, which will be of great value to the future historian of this region.

A full and accurate index has been prepared for this edition, which greatly enhances its value. The edition is a limited one.

CURRIE. PRINCIPLES AND PRACTICE OF COMMON SCHOOL EDUCATION. By JAMES CURRIE, A. M., Principal of the Church of Scotland Training College, Edinburgh, and author of many valuable educational books. 12mo.


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This work consists of three parts: I. A Manual of Principles, illustrating the Objects and Laws of Education in their connection with the Doctrines of Mental Science. II. A Manual of School Management, treating of Organization, Discipline, and the Art of Teaching. III. A Manual of Method, showing how the Art of Teaching is applied to all the branches which form part of Common School Education.

Space would fail us to give any thing like is not a page or section that he would want an adequate idea of the wide scope and com-left out. The views are comprehensive, the prehensive sweep of this work. While it arrangements orderly, and the analysis deserves to find a place in every school or college library, it is in itself a library of almost every thing that can be implied in the term School Education. The author's reputation in the educational world will secure his book a warm welcome among all those who have at heart the true theory and practice of education.-The Teacher, Philadelphia.

It is an excellent work and should be found in the hands of all our teachers. A thorough study of the treatise by all our instructors would increase the value of our schools twenty-five per cent in a short time. -The School Journal, New York.

This may seem a large book for the subjects treated, but the reader will conclude, after a search through its pages, that there

clear and distinctive. The views of the author are positive, but well matured, and are expressed in simple and terse language that keeps the discussion luminous throughout. The imprint of the patient and painstaking student, the adept in practical experience, and the able and self-conscious master of the subject, stands out in every sentence. Every educator is profoundly interested in the subject-matter of every page of the book, and is but little fitted for the teacher's art unless he has read and studied just such authors. However much he may have done this before, he will find a rich mine of new thought and suggestion here. It is a rare teacher's manual of itself. -Educational Courant, Louisville, Ky.

DAVIS. KENTUCKY FOSSIL CORALS. A Monograph of the Polypi

of the Silurian and Devonian Formations. type plates. 2 vols. 4to.


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This splendid monograph issued by the New Geological Survey of Kentucky describes and figures 900 specimens, representing 41 genera and 310 species, of which 7 genera and 168 species are new and hitherto undescribed. Vol. I. Text, with a Glossary of Technical Terms; over 700 pages, nearly ready. Part II. Plates, with classified index; ready.



Inaugural Dissertation presented on being proposed for membership to the American Ophthalmological Society, 1886.



Progressive Croquet is the old game with a new zest infused into it by the introduction of the progressive features which have given Progressive Euchre such unlimited popularity. This little work gives the whole theory and practice of the game. It opens with a word or two of Historic Review of Croquet, and follows with its Charms and Advantages; How to Give a Party; Invitations; All Take Partners; Score Sheets; The Send-Off; Prizes; Definitions of Terms Used; A Few Necessary Rules; Hints to the Hostess; and Pointers for Players.







This is an exceedingly interesting vol- of his speech shows how Napoleon bound ume. It is the personal recollections of to himself his fellow soldiers. He said: "I army life under the great dictator. The never took any oath of allegiance but that author, at the time he was induced to write of fidelity to Napoleon and his dynasty; that down these events, was 84 years old. His oath I have kept-I shall keep it. I never memory was dim as to current events, but uttered but one political exclamation, and those of his youth were vivid and clear. He it, I hope, will exhale itself with my dying was an enthusiastic admirer of Bonaparte. breath.' While the facts here told may preIn 1869, upon the 100th anniversary of the sent nothing new in history that is valuable, birth of Napoleon, he was called to Detroit they nevertheless have a point and piquancy by his enthusiastic countrymen to assist in and interest which will thoroughly interest celebrating the event. The closing sentence the reader.-Chicago Inter-Ocean.


A Series of Remin

PIONEER LIFE IN KENTUCKY. iscential Letters addressed to his Children. By DR. DANIEL DRAKE. Edited with Notes and a Biographical Sketch by his son, Hon. Charles D. Drake, of Missouri. 8vo. Cloth, $3.00. Large paper,

Dr. Drake was a man who, while he lived, was a large part of all literary and scientific progress in the West, and who left behind him a repute for public usefulness and private worth which his own section may well cherish with pride, and which we may all gladly recognize. The letters of Dr. Drake are not merely personal reminiscences, but faithful pictures of local manners and customs. We can not advise any to turn to them for the realization of romantic ideas of the pioneers; but they are very interesting reading and very instructive; they form part of our own history, which daily grows more remarkable and precious; and we most heartily commend the volume, not only to collectors of such material, but to the average reader, as something very apt for his entertainment and then for his use. The biographical sketch by Mr. Charles D. Drake is satisfactory, and the preface is a singularly sensible piece of writing.Atlantic Monthly.

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We have found these reminiscences unusually instructive and entertaining. Dr. Drake's pen-pictures of the early times in Kentucky, the hardships, trials, joys, and associations of pioneer life among the Indians aud forests are exquisitely drawn and truly colored. His memories of childhood; the journey from New Jersey across the Alleghenies, in road-wagons, to Old Red Stone Fort. where the family embarked in a flatboat for Mayslick, Kentucky; the long and tedious experience of the river, with exposure to the savages all along the banks; the scanty stores of provision on which to begin the new life in the wilderness; the manner of clearing the ground, cultivating corn, manufacturing various articles of domestic utility, spinning, weaving, fulling; the huskings, sugar-camps, wild-grape hunting; the thousand scenes and chores of backwoods life, are indeed the most enjoyable of pages for a winter evening by the fireside.-Methodist Recorder.


VINEYARD CULTURE IMPROVED AND CHEAPENED. By A. DU BREUIL, Professor of Viticulture and Arboriculture in the Royal School of Arts and Trades, in Paris. Translated by E. and C. Parker. With Notes and Adaptations to American Culture, by John A. Warder, author of "American Pomology." With 144 illustrations. 12mo. Cloth.

Every intelligent vine-grower must be profited by the perusal of such a book. Dr. Warder's annotations are often of considerable length, and appear to be exactly what such a work requires to suit it to the wants of an American reader.-Cultivator and Country Gentleman.


The book under notice is decidedly the best treatise on the subject that has yet been given to the public in an English dress. We heartily commend the work to vine-grow. ers especially, and to agriculturists generally.-Maryland Farmer.

DURRETT. JOHN FILSON, THE FIRST HISTORIAN OF KENTUCKY. An Account of his Life and Writings, prepared from Original Sources. By REUBEN T. DURRETT. 4to. Paper.


This is the first publication of the Filson Club, an association organized for the purpose of collecting and preserving original historical matter relating to the early history of the Central West, especially of Kentucky. It is a handsomely printed quarto, illustrated with a reproduction of a newly discovered portrait, a fac simile of a letter written by him, and a photolithographic fac simile of his original map of Kentucky, which was issued with his "History of Kentucke" in 1784, the existence of which has been denied by many and doubted by more.

Filson was one of the first three proprietors of the town site of Losantiville (now Cincinnati), and was killed by the Indians when he came to survey the location.

Before this publication all that was known about Filson might have been told upon one of its pages, but here we have an elaborate account of his life and writings, with alternate paragraphs of history and romance, poetry and anecdote, pathos and humor, which must prove entertaining not only to the historian, but to the general reader.

A very limited edition of this work has been printed, and but a small number is offered for sale.



for Children. By VIRGINIA GOODIN ELLARD. Lord. Sq. 12mo. Cloth.

The story is musical verse from a mother's heart. The questions the children ask about Santa Claus show well that the author has heard real children's wonderings about the patron saint of Christmas. The ilustrations are spirited in design and successful in pose.-Cincinnati Commercial.

It is destined to become standard in ju

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venile literature. The delicate poetic touch and artistic finish of many of Mrs. Ellard's verses can not be too highly commended. There are many passages which appeal to the strongest and tenderest sympathies which bind us to each other.-St. Louis Presbyterian.


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tional View of the Use of Brain Stimulants. By DR. Orpheus Everts. 8vo. Paper.


FAMILY EXPENSE BOOK. A printed Account Book, with appriate columns and printed headings for keeping a complete record of Family Expenses for each day, week, and month of the year, with an itemized statement of expenditures for the year. Also, a servant's ac count, showing name, date of engagement, and rate of wages, with dates and amounts of cash payments. 12mo. Cloth. 50

A book that is absolutely indispensable in every family. Bound in cloth, at the merely nominal price of fifty cents, it is attainable to all. There is no such incentive to a wise economy as the habit of exact accounts, of knowing where money goes to. The thoughtless spirit that "when it is spent it is


spent, and who cares how," is that spirit of waste and carelessness that leads its possessor into pecuniary trouble. Strict accounts are as necessary for the household as for the store or the manufactory.-Cincinnati Commercial.

PIONEER RECORD OF Ross COUNTY, OHIO. Pioneer Record and Reminiscences of the Early Settlers and Settlement of Ross County, Ohio. By ISAAC J. FINLEY and RUFUS PUTNAM. 8vo. Cloth.


An unpretending record of early life in Ross county, (which includes Chillicothe, the first capital of this state); the trials, hardships, and privations of the pioneers; their adventures as Indian-fighters and bearkillers, and the progress of the county to the present time. Each township is treated separately, with list of the early settlers, and sketches of the lives of the more prominent among them. Ancient works, natural curiosities, churches, schools, mills, and the material improvements generally, are noticed in detail.

FISHER. SERMONS ON THE LIFE OF CHRIST. By Rev. SAMUEL W. FISHER, D.D., LL.D., late of Cincinnati, and Utica, N. Y. Portrait. 12mo. Cloth. 2 00

FLETCHER. CHOLERA: Its Characteristics, History, Treatment, Geographical Distribution of different Epidemics, suitable Sanitary Preventions, etc. With Map and Microscopic Drawings. By WILLIAM B. FLETCHER, M.D. 8vo. Paper.

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FORCE. SOME EARLY NOTICES OF THE INDIANS OF OHIO. To what Race did the Mound Builders belong? By Hon. M. F. FORCE. 8vo. Paper.

The first of these papers groups together in chronological order the various notices of the Western tribes of Indians, from the discovery by Champlain, in 1609, of the Quatoghies, on the eastern shore of Lake Huron. In the second paper the author considers the Mound Builders to have been driven from their fortresses and their territory, and forced into the tract bordering on the Gulf of Mexico, where, mingled with the conquering tribes, they lost some of


their industries, but preserved some of their traits. He concludes that they were of the same race as tribes now living; that they were as civilized as the Pueblo Indians; that they flourished a thousand years ago, and earlier and later; and that in the tribes near the Gulf of Mexico were preserved some of their customs and some of their lineage till after the discovery of America by Columbus.-Magazine of American His tory.

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