National Geographic : 1904 Jan
GEOGRAPHIC LITERATURE 55 as a story to the children. Photographs are exclusively used as a basis for the pictures of wild animals. Useful sug gestions are given at the end of each chapter. The author is to be especially congratulated on his choice of illustra tions. Each picture has some striking fact so vividly presented that the lesson is not forgotten. Some very handsome colored plates are given in the book. The publishers have done their part as well as the author. The work is hand somely printed, the type large, and the pictures clear and elegantly engraved. The Heart of Japan. By H. L. Brow nell. Illustrated. Pp. 309. 5 by 71 inches. New York: McClure, Phillips & Co. 1903. $1.50 net. Mr Brownell was for many years a teacher of English in the public schools of Japan. Most of the time he was stationed in towns away from the rail ways, where he lived with country people-the true Japanese, as he calls them. Many books have been written about the Japanese during the last few years, but the present one is distinct and fresh and gives a charming and en tirely different account of the lives of this bright and fascinating people. The reader sometimes wonders whether Mr Brownell is not emulating Munchausen, but all his stories are so well told that we must believe him. The opening chapter describes an enterprising farmer who dug a deep well on his fields, and then put in an American pump, consecrated it to a god, and then allowed all worshipers at this shrine free baths. The water which the many devotees zealously pumped meanwhile by a hidden conduit was led out to irrigate his fields, and kept them green and prosperous when all other fields were parched and ruined. Chapter V, "The Honorable Bath," describes another phase of Japanese country life. Every chapter in the book is almost equally well done, though, perhaps, the most interesting is "Diving Belles." This is an ac count of a peculiar seacoast village, where the women so outclass the men in diving for pearls that the men stay at home and keep house and do the cooking, etc., while their wives are swimming and diving for hours in the sea. BOOKS RECEIVED FOR REVIEW The Moon. By Wm. H. Pickering. With 100 full-page plates. Pp. xii + o18. ii by 12 inches. New York: Doubleday, Page &Co. 1903. $10.oo net. New Conceptions in Science. By Carl Snyder. Illustrated. Pp. 361. 5% by 8 inches. New York: Harper & Brothers. 1903. $2.00 net. Climbs and Explorations in the Cana dian Rockies. By H. E. N. Stutfield andJ. Norman Collie, F. R. S. Illus trated. Pp. 343. 6 by 9 inches. Lon don: Longmans, Green & Co. 1903. $4.00 net. A Handbook of Modern Japan. By Ernest W. Clement. Illustrated. Pp. 395. 5 by 71 inches. Chicago: A. C. McClurg & Co. 1903. $1.50. The Forest. By Stewart Edward White. Illustrated. Pp. 276. 6 by 9 inches. New York: The Outlook Company. 1903. $1.50 net. Handbook of Commercial Geography. By Geo. G. Chisholm. (Fourth cor rected edition.) Illustrated. Pp. xlvi + 639. 6 by 9 inches. New York and London : Longmans, Green & Co. 1903. $4.00 . Present Day Egypt. By Frederic Court land Penfield. Illustrated. Pp. 396. 52 by 8 inches. New York: The Century Co. 1903. $2.oo . The Russian Advance. By Albert J. Beveridge. Illustrated with maps. 6 by 82 inches. New York : Harper Brothers. 1903. $2.50 net.