Dr. Boli’s Handy Field Guide to Handy Field Guides. The most comprehensive field manual of its type, this lavishly illustrated volume (including sixteen color plates) identifies all the major field guides currently in circulation. Armed with this book, you can easily and quickly distinguish field guides by publisher, subject, author, and date. Clear and simple enough for the newcomer to this fascinating hobby, but comprehensive enough to satisfy the most experienced field-guide watcher. 12mo, 548 pp., 16 plates.

On This Day in History.

ON THIS DAY in 1842, Samuel Morse sent an experimental message by telegraph from Washington, D. C., to Laurel, Md., over the still-uncompleted line to Baltimore. In reply he received a message offering patent medicines from Canada at a greatly reduced price.