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The Wisconsin alumni magazine
Volume 1, Number 3 (Dec. 1899)

News from the alumni,   pp. 127-138 ff.


Page 138


138                Wisconsin Alu.
sketch of the geological history of
Wisconsin and an extended descrip-
tion of areas and   quarries with
many illustrations of buildings built
of stone from the various quarries.
  The concluding part treats of the
composition and kinds of rock, and
of 'rock structures.
  The half tone plates are excellent,
the index complete, and the general
make-up so good as to be very
creditable to both author and survey.
ENGLISH COMMON LAW IN THE
    EARLY AMERICAN COLONIES,
    by Paul S. Reinsch, '92, '94 1,
    assistant professor of political
    science. Pp. 64.
  This is a doctor's thesis, submitted
in 1898, and now published as a
University bulletin, being Vol. 2, No.
4 of the Economics, Political Science
and History Series. The legal his-
tory of the New England, middle
and southern colonies is traced
separately, and the conclusion is
reached that "the process which we
may call the reception of the Eng-
lish common law by the colonies
was not so simple as the legal
theory would lead us to assume.
While their general legal concep-
tions were conditioned by, and their
terminology derived from, the com-
mon law, the early colonists were far
from applying it as a technical sys-
tem, they often ignored it or denied
its subsidiary force, and' they con-
sciously departed from many of its
most essential principles."
  The following    clipping   from
Science for August. 18, 1899, is self-
explanatory:
  "The extraordinarily difficult in-
vestigation of the relations of iron-
ore deposits in the Lake Superior
region, which was begun by Irving
and has been continued under Van
Hise, jis approaching a successful
mni Magazine.
completion. All of the great iron-
producing districts except two have
been carefully surveyed, and the
field work on these, the Vermilion
and Mesabe districts of northern
Minnesota, is' 'far advanced. The
seties of monographs which     set
forth the observations and cbnclu-
sions are a monument to the scieiptific
spirit and executive ability of their
authors. It is probably not too much
to claim for them a foremost place
in the  rank   of  great geologic
works. Very rarely has a problem
of equal magnitude and difficulty
been so elaborately studied and ade-
quately solved. The principles of
investigation developed   in   the
course of this work are a contribu-
tion to geologic methods and will
facilitate further researches of a
similar character. To name only
the latest of the resulting, publica-
tions, reference may be made to
monographs xxviii. and xxxvi., the
former entitled 'The    Marquette
iron-bearing district of Michigan,'
by C. R. Van Hise and W. S. Bay-
ley, and' the latter, 'The Crystal
Falls iron-bearing district of Michi-
gan,' by J. M. Clements and H. L.
Smythe, published also in condensed
form in the 19th Annual."
  Katherine Allen, '87, Ph. D. '98,
has an article in the last number of
Poet-Lore on " Lucretius the Poet,
and 'Lucretius,' Tennyson's poem."
  In the Spectator for October 14,
an appreciative review of the doc-
tor's -thesis of Katherine Allen, '87,
is given.
   Hobart S. Bird, '94, '96 1, gives an
 interesting account of his home in
 San Juan, Porto Rico, in the Milwau-
 kee Sentinel for October 22.
 Profs. Freeman and Reinsch have
 articles on the Boer war in the Mil-
 waukee Sentinel, October 22 and 29.
[December


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