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The Peabody Museum.

In one of the quietest corners of quiet old Cambridge, on shady Divinity avenue, stand the two wings of what some day will be the great Harvard University museum. The Peabody Museum, and, farther up the street the Agassiz Museum, popularly so called, have now been standing for many years. At the rear of each, additions are occasionally built on, until now any passerby can see that the ultimate design is to unite the two museums in one great building.

The Peabody Museum may be called the laboratory of a new science. There is a sense in which all our modern science is new, yet most of the sciences have been pursued with some success since the Middle Ages. The study of anthropology in its different branches, however, was scarcely thought of until this century. History was a record of wars and kings and public events. We are but just beginning to realize that there is no study so interesting as that of man, especially in his social developmentt.

Early in this century, some interest was manifested in discoveries of prehistoric human remains in Europe. In our own country, stone arrow heads turned up by the farmer's plough, and the pottery and other contents of the mysterious mounds in the Mississippi valleys awakened some curiosity. Collections were made; yet there was so little

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