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"The Education of the Blind" will be be discussed in a series of Open Letters, beginning in the August Century. They are written by a blind man, and present what will be, to most readers, ¦ novel view of the subject. Mrs. Julia Ward Howe's portralt will be the frontispiece of the August Century, accompanying a note by herself eoncerning the origin of the "Buttlc Hymn of the Itepublic," appended to an article by Brander Matthews on "The Songs of the War.'' Mr. Matthews gives authoritatively the origin of several of the principal war-songs, Northand South, wlth the authorized text. We have just received one ot' the pretticst songs ever written, called " There's no one like Mother to me," by Charles A. Davies. For a nice home SQiig, in which both the words and niusic are so very prelty, it is hard to equal. lt can be played on the piano or organ, and will be sent to any address for only 11 2-cent stamps. Address the ptiblishere, J. C. Qroene t Co., 24 and 42 Arcade, (Jincinnati, O. The Quiver for August opens with a paper on "The Gospel in Paris," by the Kev. Win. lJurnet. We learn by thls paper that there is quite as rauch need of missionary work in the gay capital as among the South Sea Islanders. "Small Begiunings" form the subject of a paper by the Kev. Prof. Blaikie, a subject always interesting to the American reader. An interesting article describes with pen and pencil the "Rose Windows" in the fatnous cnthedrals of the oid world. "How Ood preserved the Bible1' is a letrned paper by tlie Dean of Canterbury. Ca&sell & Ci)., $1.50 a year. The principal feature of the "Lincoln Life" in the August Century will be the account of Lincoln's Cooper Institute speech, which was an important tkOUffh unintentional step in the direction of his Presidency. lint this installinent will aliso include accounts of Lincoln's Oliio speeches, John Brown's raid and Lincoln's view of it, and the Charleston Democratie Convention of 1860. The authors of the Life uses the letters MS. to show Dot only that they have quoted from original manuscript authority, hut also that the MS. quoted has not, to their knowledge, heretofore appeared in print. The foot-notes of this, as of other installments, ure dotted by this MS. sign, thus showing at a glance the original characttr of the work. Tlie opening article in the August number of Tlie Popular Science Montlily Is the second of tlie Hon. David A. Wells's papers on 'The Economie Disturbances since 1873." Ex-President A. I). White continúes iiis "New Chapters in the Warfare of Science," deallag with the middle-age eoclesiastical views respetttng meteorlogical phenomena; these are eharply eonirasted with tlie altuost universal modern view tlmt luw governs theni all. In "The Falls of the Aliisissippi," Mr. J. A. Keyesadvances a theory Ibat the upper clianm-l of that river has been excavated by the recession of a great cataract trom the lower end of the range of blufl's, of which the Falls of St. Anthony are a dinimished relie and representative. In the third paper of his "Astronomy with nn Opera-Glass," Mr. Serviss describes and illustrates pictorially what can be leen in the inoon and suu with that hantly little instrument. Mr. Henry L. Keynolds, Jr, in "The Metal Art of Aucient Mexico," inquires whetber the Aztecs, previous to the arrival of the Spaniards, worked in íí1i1 silvnr, copper, etc; and rinds the evidence adduced that they (lid, insuffleient. Mr. Chas. 8. Ashley offers a sharp argument against "Kducational Endowments." New York : D. Appleton & Company. $5 a year.


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