National Geographic : 1899 Nov
GEOGRAPHIC LITERATURE gradual reclamation of the vast tracts of desert land. In other words, a great work has been begun and is nearing completion in what Mr Newell has aptly termed " The Annexation of the West." Mr Newell is the author of "Agriculture by Irrigation," " Hydrography of the United States," " The Public Lands of the United States," etc. As a successor to Mr Newell, the Society has been fortunate in securing the acceptance of the secretaryship by Mr Joseph Stanley-Brown. Mr Stanley-Brown needs no introduction to geographers. His long connection with the U. S. Geological Sur vey and with the Geological Society of America (of whose publi cations and proceedings he is the editor) have made him per sonally acquainted with the many geographers and diverse geographic interests of the country. G.H.G. GEOGRAPHIC LITERATURE Mexico and the United States: A Study of Subjects Affecting Their Political, Commercial, and Social Relations, Made with a View to Their Promo tion. By Matias Romero. Large 8vo, pp. xxxv + 759. New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons. 1898. This is an exceedingly full handbook of Mexico, prepared by the man of all men most competent to do so, the late minister to the United States. It contains accounts of the topography, climate, mining, fauna and flora, peoples and their social condition, industries and trade, government and laws. Chapters are devoted to the Mexican free zone and'to the work ings of the silver standard in Mexico. The work is invaluable as a ref erence book concerning our sister republic. H. G. Alaska: Its History and Resources, Gold-fields, Routes, and Scenery. By Miner Bruce. 8vo, pp. 237, with 53 illustrations and maps. Second edition, revised and enlarged. New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons. 1899. This is a popular compendium of information upon Alaska, written in a rather optimistic tone. It includes chapters upon history, topography, climate, agriculture, minerals and timber, fisheries, and other resources; the Eskimo and Indians; the work of the missionaries; the routes to the interior; the gold-fields, and closes with a chapter of suggestions to prospectors and a statement of the boundary dispute. The matter of the book is, for the most part, accurate, although in a region in which his tory is being made so rapidly it is extremely difficult to keep the printed page abreast of the fact. We might be disposed to take exception to the rather roseate view which the author appears to have regarding this pos session of ours, for, so far as can be seen, Alaska has little future after we have reaped the harvest which Nature has produced, after we have collected its furs, its fish, its gold, and its timber. H. G.