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We could say much more, but the dinal Albrecht, the Elector-Archbishop foregoing is sufficient to show how of Mainz. All the characters are eminently practical and useful such a historical, and the book gives a very little work must be; and we are sure fair and readable account of the porthat, with its many and excellent tion of the Reformation history with illustrations, it will not fail to be ap- which it deals. It would be a good preciated by those who love the book for a Sunday-school library. honour of that Word 'which abideth The illustrations-portraits of some for ever.'

J. P. of the principal characters of the

story—are exceedingly well-executed. The Willow Pattern. By Rev. H.

Martin Luther, the Reformer of · FRIEND. T. Woolmer.-Charmingly Germany, is No.1 of the Tract Society's got up and profusely illustrated, and New Biographical Series. It contains gives much interesting information a wonderful amount of accurate concerning the social and religious information, is well-written, clearlylife of the Chinese, woven into the printed, and has a capital frontispiece, form of a story. We hope it may

all for one penny! fulfil the author's desire of awakening

Luther Anecdotes.Dr. Macaulay's increased Christian interest in China

interesting little compilation gives and her people.

good idea alike of the Reformer's

busy, earnest and merry moods. Bob. A True Story. By MARK GUY The literature of the Luther Com PEARSE. T. Woolmer.—This is a memoration has hardly been as most touching story, written as only large as we expected; but no doubt Mr. Pearse could write it. It is not many books previously published what would be called distinctly a will gain a wider circulation now. temperance tract, but temperance Sunday-school and other libraries workers—and not they only-would

should be well-stocked with books of do well to distribute it broadcast. this class. We may mention espe

cially Dr. Stoughton's delightful Luther and the Cardinal. A His. volume, Homes and Haunts of Luther, toric-Biographical Tale, given in Eng- and Mr. Banks' admirable little lish by JULIE SUTTER. Religious biography, Martin Luther, the Prophet Tract Society.

of Germany. Martin Luther, the Reformer of Germany. Religious Tract Society.

The Crèche Annual. (Twelfth Luther Anecdotes : Memorable

Year.) By MARIE HILTON. Morgan Sayings and Doings of Martin Luther.

and Scott. – Mrs. Hilton's Crèche and Gathered from his Books, Letters, and

the Orphan and Convalescent Homes History. By Dr. MACAULAY. Re

connected with it are still doing good ligious Tract Society.

work. This year's report tells of Luther and the Cardinal is an

steady progress and increasing symadaptation of a German work, and

pathy. We heartily commend this traces, in the form of a story, the

most interesting and useful work to struggle between Luther and Car

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PHASES OF THE MOON. Dec. 7th, First Quarter 11h. 46m. morn, Dec. 21st, Last Quarter 8h. 8m. morn. 14th, Full Moon

3h, 28m, morn. 29th, New Moon , lh. Om. aft,

Dec, 12th
4h: aft., Perigee

223,916 miles.
24th. 3h, aft., Apogee

Mean distance for the month

Dec, 1st

90,371,310 miles. 1884, Jan. 1st

90,143,990 Decrease of distance for the month

227,320 On the 22nd, at 4h. in the morning, Jupiter, though nearly five times the the Sun attains his greatest southern distance of Mars, is a much finer object. declination, 23deg. 27m. 7s., and the It will be in conjunction with the Moon astronomical winter quarter com- on the 17th, at 3h. in the morning. mences,

Saturn will be very near the Moon Mercury is an evening star, and to- on the 13th, at lh, in the morning. ward the end of the month sets more Seen from that point on the Earth's than an hour later than the Sun. surface where the Moon is then verti. Being more than its mean distance cal, the distance of the centres will be from the Earth, it will hardly be less than a degree. visible to the naked eye in the evening In many parts of the southern twilight. On the 20th it will be at its hemisphere the planet will be ocgreatest distance from the ecliptic, culted. On the 15th of this month the 7 degs. southward. It will be in con- extreme length of the outer ring will junction with the Moon on the morn- be 46 seconds, the breadth 20 seconds. ing of the 31st.

The Comet discovered by Mr. Venus is to the east of Mercury, and Brooks, at Phelps, N.Y., on September sets nearly an hour later. This planet 2nd, is identical with that which was will be in aphelion on the 12th, and discovered by Pons on the 20th of July, in conjunction with the Moon on the 1812. evening of the 31st. Seen in a From the observations made at that telescope the disc is still nearly round. time, Encke calculated an elliptic

Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn are visible orbit, the elements of which differ throughout the greater part of the very little from that wbich has been night. Saturn rises first, a little recently calculated by MM. Schulhof before sunset. Mars is about 15 degs. and Bossert. The former gives a eastward of Jupiter at the beginning periodic time of seventy years eight of the month, and 20 degs. toward months, the latter gives seventy-one the end. The apparent motion of years six months. The agreement is Mars changes from direct to retro- remarkable, considering the small arc grade on the 24th. It is very near of the orbit which is visible to us, On Regulus, and by watching it on suc- the former occasion it passed the cessive nights it will be seen to perihelion in 1812, September 15th, approach that star till the 24th, and 8h.

afternoon ; the approaching afterwards to recede. It will be in perihelion passage occurs on January conjunction with the Moon on the 18th. 26th, 1884, 7h, morn.


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