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    A MELANCHOLY interest is attached to this little manual of health in the fact that its gifted author passed away on March 1. His posthumous work shows what a promising life was cut short, and will serve as a memorial to him. The idea that human beings confined in public buildings should have pure air at a suitable temperature supplied them, has only in recent years been taken seriously. It is notorious that in most churches there is no attempt at proper ventilation, and they are only excelled, as far as disregard for the laws of health go, by many Nonconformist chapels with galleries, and mission-rooms created by knocking two cottages into one. Dr. Jacob's manual should be consulted by those who are responsible for such buildings. Therein they will find described the general principles by which buildings are rendered healthy. The book should also be read by the householder, for he will learn from it how an ordinary dwelling-house ought to be ventilated and better, will find that it is an easy and not very costly business to make the average English house less stuffy and more healthy than it usually is. Indeed, all who desire in a popular form information on the subject of ventilation, should procure this book, while architects and builders would benefit the community by taking its lessons to mind.

    Notes on the Ventilation and Warming of Houses, Churches, Schools, and other Buildings.

    By the late Ernest H. Jacob (London: S.P.C.K., 1894.)

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