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THE

AMERICAN JOURNAL

OF

SCIENCE AND ARTS.

CONDUCTED BY

PROFESSORS B. SILLIMAN, B. SILLIMAN, Jr.,

AND

JAMES D. DANA,

IN CONNECTION WITH

PROF. ASA GRAY, OF CAMBRIDGE,
PROF. LOUIS AGASSIZ, OF CAMBRIDGE,
DR. WOLCOTT GIBBS, OF NEW YORK.

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CONTENTS OF VOLUME XXI.

NUMBER LXI.

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Chemistry and Physics.-On the direction of the vibrations of the ether in the case of

polarized light, 125.-On the constitution of the Mellonids, 128.-On fulminuric acid, a

new cyanic acid: Isocyanuric acid: On a new and advantageous mode of preparing

Aluminium, 129.-On the different methods of determining the strong or weak basic

properties of an oxyd, 130.-On quantitative determinations of sugar in urine: On a

new method of preparing Propylene: On the transformation of toluol into benzoic alco-

hol and into toluic acid: On amylic alcohol, 132.-Ultimate analysis of certain pure

Animal Oils, 133.

Botany.-Alphonse De Candolle: Géographie Botanique Raisonnée, ou Exposition des

Faits principaux et des Lois concernant la Distribution Géographique des Plantes de

l'époque actuelle: Flora Indica; being a Systematic account of the Plants of British

India, together with observations on the Structure and Affinities of their Natural Orders

and Genera, by J. D. HOOKER, M.D., and THOMAS THOMSON, M.D., &c. &c., 134.—

Bryologia Britannica, by WILLIAM WILSON, 137.

Astronomy.-New Planets: Elements of Comet 1855: Elements of Leucothea, (35,) 138.

Miscellaneous Intelligence.-Eruption of Mauna Loa, 139.-Earthquake at Japan: Coal

in China, 144.-On Raindrop marks, by J. WYMAN: New mode of Cleaning Diatoma-

ceous deposits, by J. W. BAILEY, 145.—Influence of light on the disengagement of car-

bonic acid by animals, 146.-Fall of Meteoric Stones: Rotascope of Prof. Walter R.

Johnson: Zeuglodon, 146.-The U. S. Naval Astronomical Expedition to the Southern

Hemisphere, 147.-Spherical Astronomy, by Prof. W. H. C. BARTLETT, LL.D.: Report

of the Superintendent of the Coast Survey, during the year 1854: Results of a Series of

Meteorological Observations in the state of New York, from 1826 to 1850, inclusive, 149.

-Wharton and Stillé on Medical Jurisprudence, 150.-Geological Survey of Missouri,

by G. C. SWALLOW: The Year-Book of Agriculture, etc., by DAVID A. WELLS, A.M. :

Esquisse Géologique du Canada, etc., by W. E. LOGAN, and T. STERRY HUNT, 151.—

Obituary.-Dr. T. Romeyn Beck, 152.

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