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source of employment are cut off, or maintenance
is rendered unusually difficult by the exorbitant
price of the necessaries of life. This last cause has
prevailed during this year to a degree almost be-
yond all former example, but, it is to be feared, not
beyond what may in future be expected as long as
public burdens and expenses are proceeding in an
unlimited increase.

With respect to the conduct of our publication,
we have little to remark in addition to the statements
given in our last preface. It has not been found
necessary to make any further alterations in the plan;
and we are happy in being able to verify, and even to
surpass, the expectations held forth of a future early
appearance of our annual volume.

CONTENTS.

CHAP. XIV.

CHAP. XV.

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