National Geographic : 1897 May
GEOGRAPHIC SERIALS The Foreign Commerce and Navigation of the United States for the year ending June 30, 1896. Prepared in the Bureau of Statistics, U. S. Treasury Department. Worthington C. Ford, Chief of Bureau. Vol. I, pp. I-cxLVII 4- 1-760; vol. n, pp. 761-1432. It is rarely that the bimonthly Bulletin of the Department of Labor fails to present some useful contribution to the literature of economic geography. Two articles in the March number are worthy of note in this connection: The Padrone System and Padrone Banks, by John Koren, and The Dutch Society for General Welfare, by Prof. J. Howard Gore, Ph. D., of the Columbian University. Nothing could better illustrate the extraordinary popularity of cycling than the publication for the express use of wheelmen of the attractive handbook and large-scale road maps of Westchester county, New York, recently issued by Rand, McNally & Co. While the easy accessibility to an immense population of the interesting and delightful region described will no doubt fully justify the publishers in their venture, the publication is none the less a notable one and worthy of high commendation. Henry Gannett, whose versatility of mind as a geographer, statistician, and diligent investigator in many other lines of scientific inquiry is con tinually enriching our technical literature, has compiled for the Annual Report of the Geological Survey an elaborate series of tables and diagrams relative to the variation of the compass. While the chief aim of the author has been to show the approximate, declination for the year 1900 at 22,000 different points in the United States, he gives us an interesting historical review of the secular variation and briefly notices the various other changes to which the magnetic declination is subject. The high standard of excellence that has characterized the publica tions of the Bureau of Statistics of the Treasury Department under Mr Worthington C. Ford is fully maintained in the Report on the Foreign Commerce and Navigation of the United States for the fiscal year 1895-'96 and in the new number of the Statistical Abstract. The latter is more comprehensive and correspondingly more valuable than ever before. In a country whose official statistical publications are as voluminous as those of the United States, such an abstract is indispensable, and the provision made by Congress for its publication should be such as to admit of a care_ ful analysis of such statistical data as may from time to time become available and of an absolutely accurate presentation of them in a sum marized form. J. H. GEOGRAPHIC SERIALS The Journal of the Royal Colonial Institute for April contains a valuable paper on "The Dairy Industry in the Colonies," by Mr Samuel Lowe. The Scottish GeographicalMagazine for April contains an excellent phys ical and political description of Ceylon by Mr L. B. Clarence and an his torical article treating of "The British in South America" by Colonel Howard Vincent.