National Geographic : 1897 May
GEOGRAPHIC SERIALS The GeographicalJournal for April contains several articles of interest, including " The First Crossing of Spitzbergen," by Sir W. Martin Con way; " Two Years' Travel in Uganda, Unyoro, and on the Upper Nile," by Lieutenant C. F. S. Vandeleur; "The Southern Borderlands of Af ghanistan," by Captain A. H. McMahon; "The Perso-Baluch Bound ary," by Colonel Holdich, and " The River Oder." The last article of the volume is by Professor A. W. Andrews on "The Teaching of Geog raphy in Relation to History." This article has a special interest to members of the National Geographic Society, inasmuch as it is in line with the course of afternoon lectures recently completed. The Journal of the Manchester Geographical Society, January-March, opens with an article entitled " The Mendi Country and Some of the Cus toms and Characteristics of its People," by Rev. William Vivian. This is a little known region between Sierra Leone and Liberia. Sir W. Max well contributes an article on the Results of the Ashanti Expedition in 1895-'96, which is supplemented by a description of the Niger River and Territories, by Major Hampden Jackson. The work of the Hausa Asso ciation is summarized by Rev. W. Robinson, in a paper read at the Liver pool meeting of the British Association and published here. The Botany and Zoology of Uganda and other parts of Equatorial Africa are the sub ject of papers by Rev. F. C. Smith, and the number concludes with an excellent article on Queensland, by General Sir Henry W. Norman. The Transactions of the Liverpool GeographicalSociety for the year 1896 include several interesting and valuable papers. The first, entitled " Rail ways in Africa," by Major Darwin, describes not only the existing lines of railway, but the lines of water communication and the railway routes needed in the future. Miss M. H. Kingsley writes on the "Ascent of Cameroons Peak and Travels in French Congo," the narrative of an in teresting journey. Mr Gray Hill writes the narrative of "A Journey to Petra," and Mr W. A . L . Fletcher of "A Journey Toward Llassa." Mr J. C . Ernest Parkes gives a short description of " The Man-Eating People of the Imperri," and Mr James Irvine furnishes a "Description of the Kingdom of Benin," written about the year 1630 and abridged from the folio edition of John Ogilby, published in 1670. The volume closes with a summary of the scientific results of Dr Nansen's North Polar Expedi tion, by Professor Mohn. The April Bulletin of the American GeographicalSociety is an exception ally interesting number. Mr Cosmos Mindeleff writes on "The Influence of Geographic Environment," discussing its application to the Pueblo In dians of New Mexico and Arizona. Dr George M. Dawson summarizes, in two and one-half pages, the "Geographical Work in Canada" in the year 1896. Professor R. S. Tarr continues his series of papers on " The Physical Geography of New York State." Mr James Douglas furnishes an historical article entitled "The Consolidation of the Iroquois Confed eracy," and Mr Francis C. Nicholas contributes a paper upon the " Eco nomic Importance of Geological and Physical Conditions in Tropical America." The Washington letter of Mr F. H . Newell contains an ad mirable summary of the situation regarding forest reserves. The " Rec ord of Geographical Progress" is exceptionally full, and this, with Map and Book Notices, closes the number.