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[121] which have been so skilfully displayed in the different rooms. Rather let us notice here the principles upon which the exhibits are arranged.

Objects are placed in the cases in strict geographical order and the modern is separated from the ancient. The labels give account of the date and circumstances of finding the different articles, and photographs of the regions to which they belong are near at hand. Anyone can go and study for himself in these carefully arranged rooms. If the articles on exhibition are not numerous enough, the reserve stores, also carefully arranged and labelled, may be examined by the student. The study of these relics has only begun. What we have is incompletely understood, and many gaps remain to be filled by future discoveries.

Go from room to room and from floor to floor, and see for yourself the suggestions as to mode of living and religion given by the long buried articles now opened to the light. Study the mound-builders and the cliff-dwellers and other early inhabitants of our land, through their handiwork now revealed. Examine their tools, their weapons, their pottery. Then look at the illustrations of modern Indian life — the clothing, tools, religious articles, domesticc utensils. How do the tribes differ from one another? What points of resemblance can be discovered between modern and ancient? Are there any indications of continuity of race? Can signs be found of their connection with any other tribes in other parts of the world?

Examine the foreign collections, ancient and lnodern, and draw your own conclusions. They may be crude; in many instances, probably, they will be incorrect, for vou have been making a hasty survey where long and patient study is required

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