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life so that they represent the thought and activity of the whole tribe. Each place is accompanied by a descriptive label fully setting forth the mode of manufacture and the function of each specimen. There are also 600 photographs connected with this collection showing the aboriginal positions in using them.

From Dr. W. L. Abbott, the esteemed correspondent and benefactor of the Institution, the department has received, as a gift, from Eastern Turkestan 101 articles each accompanied by a descriptive label. These are of great value in this collection because they represent the industrial life of a region which is in touch with northern Asia, Hindostan, and the Mohammedan countries lying to the south and west.

The department is under obligation to the Honorable W. W. Rockhill, of the Department of State, for a gift of five articles collected among the modern Indians of Ecuador. Especial mention is made of this collection in order to call the attention of the Director to the continued courtesy of the Department of State with reference to the collection of material.

From Mrs. N. B. White a small collection of 19 articles was secured from Birmah by purchase. All objects from south-eastern Asia are very acceptable in our collection because we have no official relations with that area that enables us to gather the materials professionally.

Lieut. Winslow, of the United States Navy, contributes as a loan 8 articles from Samoa.

From Mr. Henry G. Bryant, the enthusiastic Ethnologist in Philadelphia, the department has received, as a gift, 5 articles collected among the northern Eskimo. As a matter of course every specimen from this extreme north is of great value for two reasons. In the first place,