A rich newsheet carries the reader through the year 1848 on the Continent, in Britain and America, by offering the important choice and representative items of history that occurred from January 1 to December 31. Mr. Postgate follows the year month by month, from the Ten-Hours' Act in January in England to The Gold Rush in December in California. His reports take up tragedies and frivolities, he carefuly follows the wave of revolutions on the Continent with the supplement of the English Chartists, and still gaily provides with tales of the ""silly season"". 1848 was the year of Disraeli's rise to leadership in the Tory party, the year that lost Sir John Franklin to the Arctic, the year that Metteruich was driven from Austria, the year that cholera advanced to the Continent, the year that Archbishop Affre sacrificed himself to stay the civil war in Paris. It was the year of the Vermont sea-serpent, of the Idrotobolic hat and other niceties. It was the year of the Vermont sea-serpent, of the Idrotobolic hat and other niceties. The reader could use a smattering of background to separate the concentration.