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* OBJECTS AND CONTENTS OF ALL THE VOLUMES OF THE JOURNAL.

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* The Institute's object being to investigate, it must not be held

endorse the various views expressed at its Meetings.

PREFACE.

THE

\HE Twenty - second Volume of the Journal of the

Transactions of the VICTORIA INSTITUTE is now issued. It contains papers by the following authors :—The Rev. WILLIAM ARTHUR, on “Time and Space.” Professor Duns, D.D., F.R.S.E., on “ The Theory of Natural Selection and the Theory of Design,” which is followed by remarks thereon by the Rt. Hon. Lord GRIMTHORPE and others, and a short note from Mr. T. FRANCIS RIVERS, on certain experiments in regard to variations in plants showing that the nectarine is only a form or variety of the peach, and not a different species as some have stated, therefrom inferring an argument for the doctrine of the Transmutation of Species. Dr. J. FRASER, B.A., LL.D., F.R.S. (N.S.W.) on “The Aborigines of Australia; their ethnic position and relations," the author's long residence among the people in question has enabled him to show how entirely mistaken have been the popular views hitherto held in regard to them and their origin ; his paper is supported by several communications from others who have made the subject their study. Professor G. MASPERO gives the results of his investigations extending over many years, in a paper (accompanied by a map) “On the Geographical Names of the List of Thothmes III., which may be assigned to Judæa,"* which has been ably translated by that careful student of Egyptology, the Rev. H. G. TOMKINS ; it is followed by remarks by Professors A. H. SAYCE; Canon

* For M. Maspero's paper on those assignable to Galilee, see Vol. XX. of the “Transactions."

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