National Geographic : 1907 May
354 THE NATIONAL GE Sheet. State. Greensburg ................... Pennsylvania Piseco Lake .................. .... New York Tupper Lake .................. ... New York New Bloomfield ............... Pennsylvania Thornton ..................... West Virginia Kirwin .......................... Wyoming New editions have also been printed of the following sheets: Sheet. State. Patuxent ............... Delaware-Maryland Burlington ......... Pennsylvania-New Jersey Pisgah ....... North Carolina-South Carolina The price of these atlas sheets is five cents each, or $3 a hundred. Payment should be made in cash or by postal money order, pay able to the Director of the U. S. Geological Survey, at Washington, D. C. Two Years Among New Guinea Cannibals By A. E . Pratt. Illustrated. Pp. 350. 6x9 inches. Philadelphia: J. B . Lippincott Co. 1906. This book is a fascinating narrative of a naturalist's sojourn among the aborigines of unexplored New Guinea, and reminds one very much of some of Du Chaillu's stories of ex ploration. The illustrations are exceptionally good. Some of the author's descriptions, how ever, have to be taken on faith; for instance, the story of the fishing net which is woven by spiders. According to Mr Pratt, the natives, when they want a fishing net, set up in the forest a bamboo pole, bent into an oval form. After a short while they return to find that the spiders have covered it with a web which is so tough that it makes a perfect fishing net. The book gives several illustrations of this fishing net and shows the natives dipping in the streams with them. It should be noted, how ever, that the illustrations are not from photo graphs. The Burton Holmes Lectures. By E. Burton Holmes. o1Vols. Pp. 4,000. 10 x 7/ inches. Illustrated. New York: McClure, Phillips & Co. Vol. I. Into Morocco; Fez; The Moorish Em pire. Vol. 2. Round about Paris; Paris Exposition, Iand2. Vol. 3 . Olympian Games; Grecian Journeys; The Wonders of Thessaly. Vol. 4. Cities of the Barbary Coast; Oases of the Algerian Sahara; Southern Spain. Vol. 5 . Hawaiian Islands; Edge of China; Manila. Vol. 6. Yellowstone National Park; Grand Canyon of Arizona; Moki Land. OGRAPHIC MAGAZINE Vol. 7. Through Europe with a Camera; Oberammergau; Cycling through Corsica. Vol. 8. Saint Petersburg; Moscow; The Trans-Siberian Railway. Vol. 9. Down the Amur; Peking, the For bidden City. Vol. o1. Seoul, Capital of Korea; Japan, the Country; Japan, the Cities. Burton Holmes, traveler and lecturer, gives much pleasure and a fund of interesting and instructive information in his "Travelogues," a work of ten volumes, which contains his prin cipal lectures. Three complete travelogues are published in each volume. To a great many who have not traveled extensively and to the large number who will be glad to renew their acquaintance with the out-of-the-way corners of the world this compiling of Burton Holmes' lectures will be most acceptable, for he demon strates in this travel library his ability to im part a vivid life-like description of what he has seen in his 250,000 miles of travel fully as well with the pen as he does in his talks from the rostrum. Realizing from a knowledge born of wide experience how much a picture conveys to the mind when a description is attempted, the author has left very little to be desired in this connection, the volumes having a total of 4,000 half-tone illustrations and 30 full-page colored plates, covering journeys through thirty differ ent cities and countries. There are a thousand views of natural scenery-the wonderful moun tains, gorges, canyons, and rivers of the world; about the same number of pictures of the great art and architectural treasures, ancient and modern; photographic reproductions of many wonderful engineering feats, with pictures of the most eminent men and women, rulers, pa triots, and artists, as well as the native types of nearly every race, each taken by one who, it seems, knew just what is needful to convey the most information to the stay at-home sight seer. Mr Holmes as a writer has a decidedly graphic style and a genius for vivifying his narrative. The reader seems to board the train or caravan and travel along in his company, roughing it a bit now and then as well as en joying the journey, finding and exploring curi ous out-of-the-way places and mingling with motley throngs in the bazar of an ancient and romantic Moorish city, or peradventure talking with a group of bearded Cossacks while en route over the Trans-Siberian Railway, as the case may be. The travelogues are splendidly bound, printed on very good paper, and are a most valuable addition to any library. J.O.I.