National Geographic : 1898 Apr
GEOGRAPHIC LITERATURE Map of Alaska, showing known Gold-bearingRocks, with Descriptive Text con tainingSketches of the Geography, Geology, Gold Depositsand Routes to the Gold Fields. U. S . Geological Survey. Pp. 44 . Washington. 1898. A Report to Congress on Agriculture in Alaska, including Reports by Walter H. Evans, Benton Killin, and Sheldon Jackson. U. S. Department of Agriculture, Office of Experiment Stations. Bulletin No. 48. Pp. iv + 36, with map and illustrations. Washington. 1898. Rand, McNally & Co.'s New 18 X 24 Map of Alaska, showing also British Columbia, with portions of Northwest Territories, etc. Chicago and New York : Rand, McNally & Company. 1897. Rand, McNally & Co.'s Official Map of Alaska, including The Klondike Dis trict and Adjacent Gold Fields, showing various routes to the mines. 24 X 36, cloth. Chicago and New York : Rand, McNally & Co. 1897. Golden Alaska. An Up-to-Date Guide. Klondike District. Yukon Valley. By Ernest Ingersoll. Pp. v + 160, with maps and illustrations. Chi cago and New York : Rand, McNally & Company. 1897. The Golden North. By C. R . Tuttle. Pp. x + 307, with maps. Chicago and New York : Rand, McNally & Company. 1897. Nothing could be more timely or, for their purpose, more valuable than the reports on Alaska recently published by the U. S . Geological Survey and the U. S . Department of Agriculture, the one on the mineral re sources of the Territory and the other on its agricultural capabilities. While there is still much awaiting demonstration in both these fields of investigation, enough is definitely known to prove of the utmost utility to those who are seeking their fortune in the new Eldorado. The prin cipal authors of both reports have rendered the readers of THE NATIONAL, GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE the service of summarizing the results of their in vestigations for this number, but the reports themselves should be care fully studied by all prospective visitors to the region described. The reputation of the well-known firm of Rand, McNally & Co. is fully maintained in their recent publications on Alaska and the Klondike. Their " 18 by 24 map" shows in considerable detail the whole of Alaska and the western portion of the Dominion of Canada, and notwithstand ing the small scale on which it is drawn, it is clear and distinct in every particular. The " official map," while twice the size of the foregoing, embraces a much smaller area, with the result that the different geo graphical features of the attractive region it represents stand out with a distinctness that leaves nothing to be desired. Mr Ernest Ingersoll's " Golden Alaska" contains much useful information for intending set tlers, but is hardly up to the author's usual standard in its literary style. Mr Tuttle's " The Golden North " is a somewhat more ambitious and more serious work and not so obviously designed to meet a merely tem porary want. While the two publications necessarily cover to some ex tent the same ground, each has its place, and the two books are really complementary to each other. J. H.