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fpirituous liquors, for the perfons of the natives. Among the Negroes, a man's wealth confifts in the number of his family, whom he fells like fo many cattle, and often at an inferior price.
One page near the close of the volume estimates the number of inhabitants in the world and forecasts the probable population of the United States a century later. It supposes that the number will double every twenty years, and that therefore in 1900 we should be a nation of 160 millions.
In this forecast and in some other respects our author fails to hit the mark, but whatever the book's shortcomings, it was not dull, and it did admirable service in introducing an important study into the old-time schools.