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I AUSTRALIAN MUSEUM MAGAZINE.
The second isauo of "Tho Australian Museum Magazine" contains several features of great interest. Mr. Allan R. M'Culloch describes Lord ¿lowe Island with particular reference to ita.'avlfauua. A good deal has been heard lately' of the rat plague in tbo island, but few will have realised the e\tont of ifs Xa.vnge8. In particular the bird life, in which Lora ,Howe was once so rich, has suffered most grievously. In tivo years "this paradise of birds has become a wilderness, and tho quiet of death reigns where all was melody. One cannot see how the happy conditions are to be .estored. The very few birds remaining "are, unablo to breej3, being either destroyed upon 'their nests or driven from them by the
rats'and' their eggs eateri^Ono can^Bcarcely
imagino a greater calamity in the bird world than this tragedy AVhich has overtaken the avifauna of Lord Howe Island." Mr. Charles ?Hedley AvriteB of the depths of the sea, and dispels some popular fallacies on the subject, and Mr. J. R. Kinghorn's article on some laige non-venomous Australian snakes and their food i_ illustrated by some remarkable photo- graphs. The aim of this magasine (which ia one of the very few in the British Empire published under the auspices of a museum) is to supply scientifically accurato information in a manner free from technicalities and com- prehensible to the layman. If it maintains its present standard its success is fully as- sured. (Published by the Australian Museum.)