PRACTICAL UP-TO-DATE PLUMBING. George B.
Clow. 264 pp. 7 1/2x5 inches, 250 illustrations.
Cloth, $1.50. Frederick J. Drake & Co., Chicago,
III. Plumbing is today a subject of much importance in every building, whether used as a residence, office or factory. It is essential that work of this kind be properly designed and installed; in fact, the regulations in many cities and towns are quite rigid in their requirements. In this book the subject is very completely presented, and the many kinds of fixtures and their uses are shown by means of numerous illustrations and suitable text. The apprentice who is learning the plumbing trade and the young journeyman, as well as the mechanic to whom such knowledge is desirable, will find this book very helpful.
MODERN AMERICAN LATHE PRACTICE. Oscar E. Perrigo, M. E. 444 pp. 9x6 inches, 314 illustrations. Cloth, $2.50. The Norman Henley Pub. Co., New York. The variety of attachments and movements to be found on the modern lathe, and with which the mechanic and the engineer must of necessity be familiar, give to the book its special value, as the contents relate almost entirely to descriptions of the more prominent makes of lathes. Very complete and illustrated descriptions of the various parts of the lathe, attachments, rapid change gear and tools are given, as well as some excellent directions for testing a lathe. There are also chapters on high speed, special and turret lathes together with an interesting history of their development.
HENLEY'S RECEIPTS, FORMULAS AND PROCESSES. Edited by Gardner D. Hiscox, M. E., 787 pp. 9x6 inches. Cloth, $3.00. The Norman Henley Pub. Co., New York. In compiling this book the editor has endeavored to meet the wants of the mechanic, manufacturer, artisan and the housewife. Much care has been taken in selecting the materials from reliable sources, and the editor has endeavored to discard anything of questionable merit. In connection with the matter, the particular application is given wherever possible, thus enabling the reader to select the formula best adapted to his needs. The matter is arranged alphabetically under general headings, under which are grouped all the information appertaining thereto. Numerous cross references are given to facilitate the finding of specific information, or that relating to any particular class. As a reference book for public libraries or for anyone engaged in general experimental work the book would be of much value.
MODERN HOT WATER HEATING STEAM AND GAS FITTING. William Donaldson. 244 pp. 7 1/2x5 inches. Cloth, $1.50. Frederick J. Drake & Co., Chicago, III. The owner of a building, whether it be a esidence or one of larger size, may find it to his interest to know something of the subject treated by" this book. Many a mechanic could make his home more comfortable during the winter months by installing a steam or hot water heating apparatus, and is only deterred from doing so by the lack of knowledge of details of the work. From this book can be obtained a working knowledge of modern systems and their proper installation, making it possible for an owner to determine whether work was being properly done, or for a mechanic to equip his own home at a very considerable saving in the cost. It is also a valuable bok for the apprentice or workman who desires a general knowledge o f this branch of work.
BEGINNING WOODWORK. Clinton S. Van Deusen, M. E. 99 pp. 6x9 inches, oblong. 10 illustrations by E. V. Lawrence. Cloth, $1.00. The Manual Arts Press, Peoria, III. This book is intended as a definite statement of steps that may be followed by a beginner in learning the fundamental principals of woodworking. This is accomplished by a number of specific examples, and from the experience gained in doing these the pupil should be able to accomplish without difficulty other work of which the examples given stand as types. The number of examples given is so small, however, that the beginner must seek other sources of information before his appetite for designs is likely to be satisfied. As a suggestion for future editions, an appendix of about a dozen designs with dimensions would be recommended as rounding out the book. The information given is clearly expressed and the illustrations are well done.