National Geographic : 1899 Dec
GEOGRAPHIC MISCELLANEA tion of the southland, the " territory" of the Southern railway, its scenery, its soil, its people, its products, presented in so charming a way that it reads like a novel, and profusely illustrated with the finest of modern work. Considered simply as a piece of book-making, it is, in paper, print, and illustration, one of the finest specimens that the cen tury has brought forth. H. G. Hawaii and Its People. The Land of Rainbow and Palm. By A. S . Twombly. Boston: Silver, Burdett & Company. 1899. This book, an historical reader for young people, is a very readable ac count of the Hawaiian people, their legends, beliefs, and characteristics. It is divided into three parts, which deal, first, with the myths and folk lore of ancient Hawaii; second, with the transition period, beginning with Captain Cook's discovery of it; and, third, with modern Hawaii. Into it also is woven much of the descriptive and economic geography of the country, and the book has a number of good and attractive illustra tions. It is one of a series of supplementary readers published by the same firm, of which are Australia and the Islands of the Sea and Our Amer ican Neighbors. C.L.G. The Yosemite, Alaska, and the Yellowstone. By William H. Wiley and Sara King Wiley. 4to, pp. xix 4- 230, with 157 illustrations. London and New York: John Wiley & Sons. This book is an interesting narrative, somewhat in the form of a jour nal, of the trip made by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers to the San Francisco convention, in the spring of 1892. GEOGRAPHIC MISCELLANEA VESSELS drawing 25 feet of water can now enter Galveston harbor, and the foreign commerce of the port is rapidly increasing. WORK on the Simplon tunnel is being prosecuted with great energy, but its completion is not looked for before the summer of 1904. PROFESSOR WILHELM JOEST, who died some time ago during an expe dition among the South Sea islands, is reported to have left $75,000 to the Ethnological Museum in Berlin. The interest of the bequest is to be used for purchasing new collections and assisting scientific expeditions. DR F. A . Cook, surgeon and ethnologist of the Belgian Antarctic expe dition, in an article contributed to McClare's Magazine for November, en titled "Two Thousand Miles in the Antarctic Ice," gives an interesting account of the experiences of the party during their winter in the South Polar regions. THE Dismal Swamp canal was officially opened to traffic on October 14. The new waterway, which is 22 miles long, connects Chesapeake bay with Albemarle sound and enables light-draft shipping to avoid the much-dreaded Diamond shoals. It also opens up to improvement thou sands of acres of fertile land and a considerable area of good hardwood and pine timber.