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April 29.

- Col. Ezra J. Trull, a well-known citizen of Boston, died at his home in Charlestown at the age of 43. He served in the war with the Fourth Battalion of Rifles, the 13th Massachusetts Volunteers, and the 39th Regiment. At the close of the war he joined the 5th Regiment, of which he became colonel. In 1855 he was elected commander of the Ancient and Honorable Artillery. He was also commander of the Boston Light Infantry Veterans, and a member of the Loyal Legion. Col. Trull was also connected with various societies of civil, military, and masonic character. In civil office he served in the Boston Common Council in 1875, 1876, 1877, in the Massachusetts Senate in 1884 and 1885, and was a Director of Public Institutions.

May 1. - Chas. M. Shepard, professor at Amherst College, died at Charleston, S.C., at the age of 82.

May 3.

Hon. John Boynton Hill, for many years a leading lawyer in Bangor, Me., and more recently of Mason, N.H., died at Temple, N.H. Mr. Hill was born in Mason, Nov. 25, 1796, and was graduated at Harvard College in 1821. Among his classmates were Governor Kent of Maine, Charles W. Upham of Salem, Senator Barnwell of South Carolina, and Ralph Waldo Emerson.

May 4. - Rev. Francis A. Foxcroft, one of the oldest Episcopal clergymen in the State, died at Cambridge, Mass., at the age of 77.

May 7.

William R. Patten, of Winchester, a soldier in the Civil War, and later, Judge-Advocate, died in Concord. He was born in 1837.

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May 8. — Death of George W. Ray, a citizen and a manufacturer in Springfield, Mass.


IN Scriptures, Hebrew and Christian, the task has been undertaken of rendering the Bible narrative in a form which shall be convenient and readable for young readers. Such an idea does not wholly please us, for it does not seem possible to rewrite the sacred history without losing the spirit of the close translation from the Hebrew and Greek. There is an excuse for simplifying Bible stories for young children, but this work seems adapted only to those who must be mature enough to fully understand the reading of the Scriptures themselves. Yet, for those who can profitably employ such a book, this work could hardly be better. It is evidently prepared with great care. The first volume, which is at hand, contains the Hebrew story from Creation to the Exile, and for it one must commend the writers for their conscientious and painstaking work, which, without doubt, will prove to be of value to many.

HISTORY is a subject so vast and complex that it requires great skill to properly present even an outline of the whole in a single volume. Such compendiums have, however, been made, and have had a useful purpose. Professor Fisher is a man who has extensive qualifications for such a task, and he has given us a work? which should have a place in every public and private library, and be in the hands of every student. The whole subject, from the earliest to present times, is outlined in a manner which has rendered it readable and interesting, a rare quality for such a condensed work. We like the arrangement, which does not treat each country always by itself, but the whole plan of the book is, in general, chronological, by which the condition of different countries at any given period is readily compared. By the use of different types in printing, a notable convenience is afforded the reader. For instance, the general thread of narrative is carried on through the coarser type, while in another type one may read of contemporary literature, art, science, etc. In fact, the record of these subjects is one of the valuable features of the work. The typography is excellent, -a matter of special importance in such a book.


Scriptures, Hebrew and Christian. Arranged and edited for young readers as an introduction to the study of the Bible. By Edw. T. Bartlett, A.M., and John P. Peters, Ph.D. Vol. I, pp. 545. New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons.

2 Outlines of Universal History. Designed as a text-book and for private reading. By George Park Fisher, Professor in Yale College. pp. 674. New York : Ivison, Blakeman, Taylor & Co.


A CONCISE monograph, lately translated from the German, is interesting as an argument in favor of gas as against electricity for artificial lighting. The author is impressed with the fact that the triumphs of electric lighting have been overestimated, and that its healthful, legitimate development has been retarded by the hosts of speculators. Dr. Schilling quotes many statistics, from both European and American sources, to show that many of the claims for electric lighting are unfounded, and that gas has been the subject of numerous false assertions as to its danger, etc., simply to glorify the electric light. The author seems disposed to fairness, in general, but when, after admitting that the electric light has a future before it, he declares that “gas will remain in future, as it always has been, the universal means of illumination," he is at least injudicious. “ Universal ” and "always" are too broad; certainly, as far as the past is concerned, if not the future. Those who are interested in the subject will find it worth while to read this book. The translation has been carefully made, and it is clearly printed.

LYNN, Mass., has long been famous for its boots and shoes, but from a comfortably sized book* in hand, we are led to believe that the town has something interesting about it besides heels and soles. This volume is, according to, a series of sketches of the history of the town, well interspersed with anecdotes, most of them from the storehouse of the author's own memory.

Although he spent, as he declares, twenty years on the shoemaker's bench, he has not limited his knowledge to his trade. He has evidently been a keen observer; and his command of Anglo-Saxon, together with what may be called the genuine Yankee language, has enabled him to relate his stories and make his comments in a clear and vigorous style. It is, indeed, a very pleasant variation of the regulation town history; a volume of information and good-natured wit; such a book as we imagine every citizen and native of Lynn would delight to read.

8 The Present Condition of Electric Lighting. A report made at Munich, September 26, 1885, by N. H. Schilling, Ph.D. 55 pp. Boston: Cupples, Upham & Co.

4 Sketches of Lynn; or, The Changes of Fifty Years. By David N. Johnson. pp. 490. Lynn: Thomas P. Nichols, printer.



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ART, ARCHITECTURE. American Country Dwellings. Mrs. Schuyler van Rensselaer. - The Care of Pictures and Prints. P. G. Hamerton. 5. - Art in Brooklyn. Vari.

16. Ceilings and Walls. 7. H. Pollen. - An English Sculptor. Leander Scotl. · Art in Metal Work. Lewis F. Day. 22.– An American Gallery. Chas. De Kay. 22.

BIOGRAPHY, GENEALOGY. The Life of William Lloyd Garrison. Freeman M. Post, D.D. 3. — A Sturdy Christian. Henry J. van Dyke, Jr., D.D. 3. Edwin M. Stan

Don Piatt. 4. — Francis Galton. 5. — Horatio Seymour. Isaac S. Hartley, D.D. 6.- Personal Recollections of John D. Philbrick. Mrs. H. B. B. Lord. 8. Gen. Turner Ashby. A. E. Richards. 17. — Benjamin Disraeli. George Saintsbury.

– The Webster Family. Hon. Stephen M. Allen. 23. — Henry Barnard. John D. Philbrick.

23. CIVIL WAR. From the Peninsula to Antietam. Geo. B. McLellan. 1.- - McClellan at the Head of the Grand Army. Warren Lee Goss. 1. - The Battle of South Mountain, or Boonsboro'. Gen. D. H. Hill. Defence of Charleston, S.C. Gen. G. T. Beauregard. 4. — The Removal of McClellan. Shiloh. Gen. W. F. Smith. 6. - The Battle of Cross Keys. Alfred E. Lee. 6. – War Prisons and War Poetry. Jas. W. A. Wright. 17. -- Arkansas Past. Wm. 7. Oliphant. 17. — The War in Missouri. Richard H. Musser. 17.

DESCRIPTION, TRAVEL, ADVENTURE. The Flour Mills of Minneapolis. E. V. Smalley. 1. -- Lick Observatory. Taliesin Evans. - After Geronimo. III. Lieut. John Bigelow. 7. —The Last Voyage of the Surprise. 7. — Around the World on a Bicycle. VIII. Thomas Stevens. 7. — Three Weeks of Savage Life. — Maurice Thompson. 7. — A Blockade Runner under Fire. R. C. Coffin. 7.— A Lonely Vigil. T. C. Jones. 10. — How we went Trouting. W. S. Hutchinson. 10. - Memories of London. W. 7. Stillman. - English and American Railways. Wm. H. Rideing. 16. — The World's Great Bridges. Mrs. F. G. De Fontaine. 16. — The Women of Brazil. Frances A. de Magalhaes. 16. EDUCATION. Liberal Education in Germany. 7. H. Stuckenberg, D.D.

3. — History in American Colleges. Prof. H. B. Adams. 8. — Public Schools and Nervous Children. Elizabeth Cummings. 8. — Notable Features of the English System of Elementary Education. A. Tolman Smith. 8. — Improved Methods of Classical Instruction. Wm. E. Jillson. 8. — The Harvard Annex. M. C. Smith. 8. — Elective Studies in College. Prof. Isaac C. Dennett. 8. National Aid to Popular Education. R. B. Hayes. 16. — Trinity College, Hartford. Prof. Samuel Hart. 23.

History. Historical Colorado. Katherine Hodges. 6. - An Old House in New Orleans. Chas. Dimitry'. 6. — History of a Newspaper. P. L. Ford. 6. — March of ' the Spaniards across Illinois. E. G. Nlason. 6. — History in American Colleges. H. B. Adams. 8. — The Martial Experiences of the California Volunteers. Edward Carl

- The Virginia Cavaliers. K. M. Rowland. 17. — The Kentucky Resolutions of 1798-99. R. T. Durrett. 17. – New Bedford. Herbert L. Aldrich. 23.

LITERATURE. Hawthorne's Philosophy. Julian Hawthorne. 1.- The American Dramatist. Augustin Daly. 4. — The Evolution of Language. M. A. Hlovelacque. 5:— The Poetry of Thoreau. Joel Benton. 9. — Our Experience Meetings. Cora M. Potter and Ella Wheeler Wilcox. 9. — Dies Iræ. A New Translation. John S. Hagen. 10. — Wordsworth's Passion. Titus Munson Evan. 15. -The Novel of our Times. F. N. Zutsickie. 15. – War Poetry. 17.

MISCELLANEOUS. De Caudelle on the Production of Men of Science. IV. H. Lar. rabee. 5. — The Aryan Homestead. E. P. Evans. - The Marriage Question. Harrieti Prescott Spoffoss and Frances E. Willard. 16. — Judicial Falsifications of History. — Hon. Chas. Cowley. 23.

Politics, ECONOMICS, PUBLIC AFFAIRS. The Future of the Colored Race. Freder. ick Douglass. 4. Letter to Judge Thurman. Arthur Richmond. 4.- Our “ House of Lords.” 4. — Ship Building vs. Ship Owning. Capt. John Codman. 4. — States



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manship, Old and New. Gail Hamilton. 4.- Strikes and Arbitration. T. V. Pow-
derly. 4. — The Hours of Labor. Edward Atkinson. 4. — The Difficulties of Rail-
road Regulation. Arthur T. Hadley. 5. — An Economic Study of Mexico. II. Daviit
A. Wells. 4. - Prison Labor. Robt. Devlin. - Discussion of the Liquor Traffic.
G. A. Moore. - Weakness of the United States Government under the Articles of
Confederation. John Fiske. - The Present Position of Civil Service Reform.
Theolore Roosevelt. 15. - The Freedmen During the War. 0. 0. Howard. 15. —
National Aid to Popular Education. — R. B. Hayes. 16.

RECREATION, SPORTS. Ranch Life and Game Shooting in the West. III. Theodore
Roosevelt. 7.- The Stanley Show. Joseph Pennell. 7. — Trout Fishing in Maine.
7. R. Hitchcock. 7. — British Yachting. C.7. C. McAlister. 7.

RELIGION, MORALS. The Possibilities of Religious Reform in Italy. Wm. Chauncy
Langdon, D.D. 3. - Development of the Moral Faculty. James Sully. 5. — The
Seventh Petition. George Bancroft. 15. — Are Church Fairs Beneficial ? Mrs. H. W.
Beecher. 16.

SCIENCE, NATURAL History, DisCOVERY, INVENTIONS. The Problem of Crystalliza-
tion. Alfred Einhorn. 5. The Factors of Organic Evolution. II. Herbert Spencer.
5.-- Food Accessories and Digestion. Dr. 7. B. Yeo. 5. — Photographing the Heav.

Dr. H. Y. Klein. 5. – How Alcoholic Liquors are Made. Joseph Daruson.
5. — The Science of Flat-fish. 5. Must Life, Beginning Here, Necessarily End Here?
E. A. Clark. 10. — The Genesis of Bird Song. Maurice Thompson. 11.— Speech:
Its Mental and Physical Elements. M. Allen Starr. 15. — The Breeding of Fancy
Pigeons. E. S. Starr.



THEOLOGY, POLEMICS. Evolution and the Faith. T. T. Munger. 1.- Egyptian
Monotheism. C. Loring Bruce. 15.

1 The Century.
2 Harper's Monthly.
3 Andover Review.
4 North American Review.
5 Popular Science Monthly.
6 Magazine of Am. History.
7 Outing
8 Education.
9 Lippincott's Magazine.
10 Overland Monthly.
11 Atlantic Monthly.
12 New England Historical and Genealogical


13 Rhode Island Historical Magazine.
14 The Forum.
15 New Princeton Review.
1. The Brooklyn Magazine.
17 The Southern Bivouac.
18 The Citizen.
19 Political Science Quarterly.
20 Unitarian Review.
21 New Englander.
22 Magazine of Art.
23 New England Magasine.

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