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    No one who has read any of Sir Samuel Baker's books of travel will need to be told that he has all the instincts and aptitudes which, under favourable conditions, make a man an eminent sportsman. He is, however, much more than a sportsman; as he himself says, he has never hunted without a keen sense of enjoyment in studying the habits of the animals pursued. In the present work he records some of the experiences he has had in various parts of the world, and students of natural history will find in his narrative much that cannot fail to interest them. The book is not, of course, in the strictest sense scientific; but it has points of contact with science, and these will make it as welcome to zoologists as it is sure to be, for other reasons, to general readers. Sir Samuel confines himself to wild animals which he himself has had opportunities of watching, so that all the incidents and scenes he brings before us have that kind of freshness and vividness which can belong only to descriptions that embody the results of direct personal observation. The work is admirably illustrated by reproductions of drawings, prepared by Mr. Dixon.

    Wild Beasts and their Ways.

    By Sir Samuel W. Baker Two Vols. (London: Macmillan and Co., 1890.)

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