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    IT is notorious that examinations in elementary practical chemistry are frequently little more than tests of capacity for remembering analytical tables. This little book will serve the same purpose in botany that tables of analysis do in chemistry. In thirty-four pages the authors summarise the work required for the South Kensington (Elementary) and the Oxford and Cambridge Junior Local Examinations in Botany. Charts and definitions are given of sub-kingdoms,classes,orders,and floral whorls; of root, stem, leaf, inflorescence, and fruit. These,.with definitions of terms of cohesion and adhesion, enable the student to classify a plant' on the lines of the table of analysis with which the book concludes. We are afraid that the compilation will induce cramming for the examinations for which it is intended; but if this be avoided, and the charts are only used as supplementary to oral teaching and demonstration, they will help students to acquire a clear view of the relation and arrangement of the parts of a plant.

    Botanical Charts and Definitions.

    By Miss A. E. Brooke Miss A. C. Brooke. (London: G. Philip and Son, 1894.)

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