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been given to maritime terms, and that with the assistance of Admiral Smyth's Sailor's Word Book, all nautical words and phrases have been thoroughly overhauled, and a great number of new terms and expressions added. This should give the work special value in the eyes of our readers, for there are, no doubt, many who in reading works on nautical subjects, in French or German, have often felt the utter uselessness of an ordinary dictionary to convey the meaning of some technical expression. Again, when in foreign ports captains probably often experience the want of being able to give expression in French or German to some requirement for which there is no provision in the ordinary dictionary.

One further word of praise we have for this work, viz., that it is admirably arranged. In many cases the bare word is supplemented by all its relating compounds, and the different modes in which it may be applied in phrases. This of course considerably enhances its value as a reference dictionary. Die Ertragsfähigkeit eines Schleswig-Holsteinischen Seeschiff-fahrt

Kanals. Erläutert auf Grund einer statistischen Bearbeitung des Sund-Verkehrs von H. Dahlström, &c., &c. Hamburgh :

L. Friederichsen & Co. 1879. BRIEFLY put, this is a pamphlet on "A Schleswig-Holstein shipcanal as a commercial speculation." The project of a canal to unite the North Sea with the Baltic is not a new one, in fact has been frequently mooted, but never with so much elaboration and with so many statistics as in the work before us. In the present instance it is proposed to carry the canal from St. Margarethen on the Elbe, to Kckernförde in the Baltic, and by the way of Rendsburg, as originally projected in 1865; thus the entire navi. gation of the Jutland peninsula would be saved, and the dangers of the Sound, Grounds, and Belts avoided. Constructed on the dimensions stated in the pamphlet such a canal would admit the passage of the largest vessels, and if the toll were reasonable it ought, taking into consideration the immense traffic through the Baltic, to pay a moderate dividend on the ouilay.

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WEATHER FORECAST FOR MAY, 1879.

THE CURRENTS OR TENDENCY OF THE AIR OVER THE BRITISH ISLANDS

FOR THE MONTH OF MAY, 1879.

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N. or E. or May

S. W. 1 8 h.a. to 3 h. fol. a. 12 7 N.N.W. 2 8a.

13 7 3 4

13 6 4 10 a. 5

12 6 N.N.E. 5 6 Om. to 6a. 10 6 N.E. 7

6 a.

8 6 8

4 8 E.N.E. 9

10 E. by S. 10

8a.

4 9 E.S.E. 11 10 m.

6 9 12 Noon to 7 a.

9 9 S.E. 13

8 a.

10 9 14

11 9 15 2 a. .8 a.

11 16 10 a.

10 17

10 a.

10 18

9 10 19

1 fol. m.

8 10 W.S.W. 20 4 a.

2

7 | 10
21
5 a.
5

5 | 11
5a.
5

2 11 23

6

0 12 W. by N. 24

8

3 11 W.N.W. 25

9

5 10 26 11

7 | 10 N.W. 27 6a.

fol. noon 10 8 28 6a.

11 8 29 1 fol. a.

6 N.N.W. 30 8a. 2

12 6 31 8a.

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NOTE.—San's gradients from the 1st to the 19th S. Westerly rising. They will hen probably make a retrograde movement, becoming N. Easterly, and causing Westerly winds during the remainder of the month.

REMARKS. 1. The Table indicates

Probable Winds.
Strong N. Westerly tendency from the 1st to the 3rd, Light, variable.
N. Easterly

5th

8th, S. Easterly. S. Easterly

9th

13th, N. Easterly. S. Westerly

14th 19th, S.Ely. to S.Wly. Westerly

20th 22nd, N. Westerly. N. Westerly

23rd 31st, Ditto.

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2. Moon going South from the 1st to the 8th. „ coming North

9th 22nd. „ going South , 23rd 31st. 3. Change from the Westerly to the Easterly Carrents about the 5th.

„ „ Easterly Westerly Carrents » 14th. 4. General Forecast :

1st to the 4th, Fine.
5th » 13th, Very stormy. Strong South-Easterly gale probable

about the 6th. Strong Easterly winds general
during this period, with snow or sleet. Severe
thunderstorms about the 9th. Thunderstorms

also probable about the 18th, 23rd, and 29th. 15th 22nd, Generally fine.

24th 31st, Changeable. Temperature comparatively low. As the conditions are nearly the same, a recurrence of the weather experienced during April may be expected, although of a somewhat milder type.

D. D.

DEATH OF PROFESSOR HEINRICH WILHELM DOVE.—We regret to have to record the death of Professor Dove. He was best known in this country by his meteorological investigations, especially those relating to the Law of Storms and the Distribution of Temperature over the Surface of the Globe ; but his numerous memoirs, written between the years 1827 and 1873, show that he was a careful observer and investigator in magnetism, electricity, optics, and other departments of physics. It was, however, as a meteorologist that he justly earned a European reputation ; to him our own Meteorological Office has, from time to time, been greatly indebted, and he was the most active promoter of the storm-signal department in Germany. As Professor and Lecturer at the Universities of Königsberg and Berlin, he was equally remarkable for the range and accuracy of his science, and for the lacidity with which he expounded his subjects. Born at Liegnitz in 1803, he died, full of honours, at Berlin, in the seventy-sixth year of his age.

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