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From Equator t) Pole. By Eminent Travellers. (Isbisten.)— These "adventures

of recent discovery" are related by persons who quite deserve the title of "eminent" travellers. Mr. Joseph Thome,* puts us down on the shores of Lake Tanganyika, and tells us how he solved the problem of its outlet, or rather, for he does not claim priority of discovery (which really belongs to Mr. Hare, a missionary of Ujiji), convinced himself of the fact. It is pleasant to read the high praise which Mr. Thomson bestows on his native porters. Mr. W. W. Graham describes the ascent of the Himalayas. His highest elevation was the summit of Kabru, no less than 24,000 feet above the sea. There are yet greater heights to conquer ; so the mountaineering Alexanders need not begin to weep. It is interesting

to observe that Mr. Graham thinks that the rarefaction of the air

need present no obstacle to the victory over even the greatest heights. Finally, Captain Markham describes his experiences in the

Arctic Expedition of the 'Alert' and the Discovery,' especially the sledge journey, which reached as far as 83° 20' 26", or 399i miles from the North Pole.