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    THE first edition of this book appeared in 1878, and the object of the compiler was to provide travellers with a hand-book from which they might learn the geological structure of every district in America intersected by railways. Many changes and additions have, of course, become necessary since 1878; and at the time of his death, in 1885, Dr. Macfarlane had made extensive preparations for a new edition. His work has been completed by his son, Mr. James R. Macfarlane, who has had the advantage of being aided by various competent contributors and advisers. The idea of the book is excellent, and has been carried out with great care and intelligence. It relates to the Dominion of Canada, as well as to the United States, and anyone travelling in these countries may find out at once, by turning to the proper page of this volume, the geological significance of phenomena that may happen to attract attention during the journey. The work ought to do much to encourage a liking for geology in the New World; and even professional geologists may find it useful for occasional reference.

    An American Geological Railway Guide.

    By James Macfarlane Second Edition. (New York: D. Appleton and Co., 1890.)

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