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IN 1879 the Government of the Argentine Republic despatched an expedition to the southern confines of their territory for the suppression of the hordes of Indians that had for many years previously rendered the district of the Rio Negro unsafe to travellers and to settlers. Under the command of General Roca these marauding savages were successfully driven off to the south of the Rio Negro, and a new frontier, which they are not allowed to cross northwards, was established. General Roca (whose excellent example on this occasion it would be well if some of the Governments of Europe would follow) having invited a commission of scientific men to accompany his expedition, Dr. P. G. Lorentz and Mr. G. Niederlein were sent with him as botanical collectors, and Herr Schulz, Inspector of the Zoological Museum of Cordoba, as zoologist. The results of the last-mentioned naturalist's labours are contained in the volume now before us, which has been prepared by Dr. A. Doering, with the assistance of Dr. Berg, Dr. Holmberg, and D. Enrique Lynch Arribálzaga, and is highly creditable to the youthful Academy of Natural Sciences of Cordoba, to whom, it would appear, the task of working out the scientific collections was intrusted.

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