National Geographic : 1901 Dec
GEOGRAPHIC are 435 colored maps, diagrams, and charts that present in graphic and terse form much information for which there would otherwise be no space. This is the third volume in the series of Tarr and McMurry's Geographies. The Great Deserts and Forests of North America. By Paul Fountain. Long mans, Green & Co. $3.75. The volume consists of a series of rambling but entertaining notes of the author's travels in the western United States, for the most part made some thirty years ago. The title is mislead ing, for the book is in no sense descrip tive of what its name implies. Australia-The Commonwealth and New Zealand. By Arthur W. Jose. New York: The Macmillan Co. $0.40. The author lived for seventeen years in the four colonies of eastern Australia, and speaks with an intimate knowledge of his subject. In this little volume of 150 pages he gives a summary of the exploration, development, and experi ments at self-government in the island continent and in New Zealand. In the Ice World of the Himalaya. By Fanny Bullock Workman and Wil liam Hunter Workman. With maps and illustrations. New York: Cas sell & Co. $4.00 . " In the Ice World of the Himalaya " is the modestly told story of record climb ing among the great peaks of the Hima laya. Mrs. Workman is the champion woman mountain-climber of the world, but speaks as modestly of reaching the summit of Koser Gunge, 21,000 feet, or Mount Bullock Workman, 19,450 feet, as though she were walking down Fifth Avenue. As the authors very truly re mark, mountain-climbing in the Hima laya is quite different from mountain eering in Switzerland and the Tyrol. Instead of hotels and villages within a few hours distance, and shelter-huts and LITERATURE 447 a corps of guides, the mountaineer in the Himalaya must march many days beyond even the last semi-civilized vil lage, and then fight his way up the mountain handicapped by coolies whom he must coax and bully along. A num ber of excellent pictures from photo graphs give a graphic idea of the great peaks. The Highlands of Asiatic Turkey. By Earl Percy, M. P. New York : Long mans, Green & Co. $3.75. Earl Percy gives the record of a jour ney in 1899 through Asia Minor from Constantinople to Busra, on the Persian Gulf. Two detail maps of the country are published. There is much informa tion in the volume, but presented in a somewhat heavy manner. There is the usual plaintive chapter appealing to the British Government to wake up and take a definite policy in western Asia. The Bureau of Forestry has published " Notes on the Red Cedar," by Charles Mohr (Bul. No. 31), and "Practical Forestry in the Southern Appalachians,' by Overton W. Price. The former con tains a map showing the present distri bution of red cedar in the United States. The densest growth of cedar is in Ten nessee, west Florida, and central Ala bama, while west of the ioist meridian there is none at all. Mr. Price explains the growing need of systematic forest management in the southern Appala chians, and makes a number of practical suggestions. The great industrial depression in Ger many, which has rendered idle more than one-fourth of her workingmen, is the subject of a special report by the U. S. consul general at Berlin, Frank H. Mason (Consular Reports, Novem ber 9, 1901, No. 1185). The Chinese protocol, signed September 7, 1901, is published in full in the Con sular Reports for November 5 (No. 1180).