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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 62


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Russell, Robert.—Natal; The Land and its Story: A Geography and History for the use of Schools. 12mo. Pp. 265. Pieter-maritzburg. 1891. [Presented by the Author.]

The author is the Superintendent Inspector of Schools in Natal, and has prepared this outline of the geography and history of Natal by desire of the Council of Education of the Colony, in order to assist the young colonists to acquire a knowledge of their homo land, and to encourage them to take an intelligent interest in its welfare and progress. The work is divided into two parts: the first consisting of a general geographical description of the Colony, based on personal observation, and on the authority of those most competent to give information, chief among whom is the veteran physicist, Dr. Sutherland, while the second is devoted to the "story," drawn in its earlier chapters mainly from Mr. John Bird's exhaustive "Annals of Natal," and which has further had the advantage of being revised by Sir Theophilus Shepstonc. The work, which is well indexed, possesses a recent map of the Colony, and cannot fail to prove of value as forming the basis of a general work on the geography of the British Colonies for use in the schools of the United Kingdom.

Smith, Ronald.—The Great Gold Lands of South Africa: A Vacation run in Cape Colony, Natal, The Orange Free State, and the Transvaal. 12mo. Pp. viii.-296. London: Ward, Lock & Co. 1891. [Presented by the Publishers.]

The first four chapters of this work are devoted to an account of the voyage to the Cape, a subject which has continually appeared in similar works, and which consequently possesses no new feature. On arriving at Cape Town, the author proceeded through the Cape Colony, Natal, the Orange Free State, and the Transvaal, visiting the Diamond Mines and the Gold Fields, the scenes of the Boer war, the war in Zululand, and the country of the Swazies. In addition to an account of his own tour, the Author has embodied extracts from the works of various writers upon South Africa, together with the views and impressions of residents in the country. Two chapters on Mashonaland and Matabeleland, consist for the most part of extracts from the works of Mr. Thomas Baines, and newspaper articles. The book contains a map showing the Author's route, together with several illustrations.