Latin American History [review-book]

1920 Geographical Review  
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more » ... out Early Journal Content at http://about.jstor.org/participate--jstor/individuals/early-journal--content. JSTOR is a digital library of academic journals, books, and primary source objects. JSTOR helps people discover, use, and build upon a wide range of content through a powerful research and teaching platform, and preserves this content for future generations. JSTOR is part of ITHAKA, a not--for--profit organization that also includes Ithaka S+R and Portico. For more information about JSTOR, please contact support@jstor.org. THE GEOGRAPHICAL REVIEW THE GEOGRAPHICAL REVIEW THE GEOGRAPHICAL REVIEW slender, gracious, decidedly alluring, owing to sports and to the independent life led since infancy. The eyes and the hair are superb, the color recalling that of the English; but, unfortunately, the teeth are often large and very frequently filled with gold." The American diseases are enumerated as tuberculosis; stomach trouble, induced by the use of ice water, spiced foods, sometimes by alcoholic liquors, the habit of midday meals, swift living, and constant attention to work; nervousness due to a noisy and exciting work; and appendicitis. These are given as types of estimates of the American. It is not desirable to judge the entire work by these, for in the descriptive parts of the text, and it is mostly that, the writers are not influenced so much by their own ideals of life and appear more at home in interpreting topography and climate than they do in dissertating on character. ROBERT M. BROWN TRAVELS IN ALASKA HUDSON STUCK. Voyages on the Yukon and Its Tributaries: A Narrative of Summer Travel in the Interior of Alaska. xvi and 397 pp.; maps, ills., index. Charles Scribner's Sons, New York, 1917. $4.50. 9 x 6 inches. Dr. Stuck is a Protestant Episcopal clergyman who has lived many years in Alaska. All he has written about that country is worth while because he is a keen observer who has traveled thousands of miles there, has studied the things he describes, and strives for accuracy in all he writes. He expresses regret that he lacks scientific geographical training; but he has qualities that make his books valuable to all readers who seek reliable accounts of Alaska. He is a keen observer, mixes common sense with all he writes, seeks nothing but the truth, and records what he sees in a way to hold attention and interest. Dr. Stuck traveled in his steam launch Polican along the Yukon River and its tributaries for ten summers, covering in that time about 30,000 miles and noting all the way the things that seemed to him most important, such as the regimen of the waterways, the forests, plains, flora, fauna, climatic conditions, mines and miners, settle ments, natives, and so on. We may consider this book as a fairly complete summary of Alaska, in most of its aspects. Only a few bits of the information the book contains can be mentioned here. Dawson, the capital of the Yukon Territory, is in process of steady decay because the placer diggings are exhausted and no quartz veins have yet been discovered to prolong its life. The town had extensive development; it contained many substantial buildings and attractive residences and gardens, but it will meet the fate that befalls most placer-mining towns after their alluvial gold is exhausted. Forty Mile, Circle City, and other famous placer regions are also nearly exhausted.
doi:10.2307/207714 fatcat:4lrdaz65t5edxngxe25dim6nba