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The utility of a work like the present is so manifest as to need explanation nor apology. If possible, it would be desirable to pu Handbook of these countries annually, for the use as well of resid the River Plate, as of our friends in Europe and the United Unfortunately, the difficulties and outlay are far beyond any profit t editors can expect. In fact we lost money by our edition of 18 National and Provincial Governments failing to subscribe for a singl although we had the satisfaction of knowing that the work was pro of some good to our adopted country. In the improved and enlarge of the present Handbook there will be found very complete and d information of these countries, as we have spared neither lab expense to deserve the approval of the foreign community, which great object we always keep in view. It has been our particular s give an exact picture of foreign enterprise and industry in the River and the task was, indeed, an agreeable one. At the same time w labored to point out to readers in Europe the many advantages whic countries enjoy, to attract a larger tide of immigration. Nor must here to bear evidence to the liberal spirit of the institutions o

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Republics, and the kindly feeling and cordiality of all educated Argentines and Orientals. In fine, we have every hope that with an increase of population and industrial resources the River Plate will soon follow in the footsteps of its great model, the United States.

The conclusion of the Paraguayan War and commencement of President Sarmiento's administration is a most opportune time for the publication of the present work, in the hope of drawing increased attention to the River Plate. Under a progressive and peaceful administration we may look forward to widespread improvement, new enterprises, and an increase of trade and industry. Popular education also bids fair to make much headway, and no branch of knowledge is more important, nor more neglected in Buenos Ayres, than the study of the resources of the Argentine Republic! Let us hope that patriotic Argentines will join heart and hand with foreigners to advance this fine country.

Volume I. of the Handbook contains three sections, viz. : A., the Argentine Republic, its colonies, railways, history, public men, &c.; B., the City of Buenos Ayres, its buildings, institutions, and port; C., the Camps of Buenos Ayres, comprising the various partidos and every estancia in the province. Volume II. contains four sections: D., the thirteen Argentine Provinces; E., the Banda Oriental; F., Paraguay; and G., a complete Directory, official, foreign, and commercial, of Buenos Ayres and Montevideo, each apart. The maps of the Argentine Republic, Buenos Ayres city, and Montevideo, will be bound with the second volume.

In giving the Handbook now to the public we feel confident that it will meet with a good reception : whatever inaccuracies may have unavoidably crept in will be corrected in the next edition. We have to thank the numerous kind friei ds who contributed interesting information about their

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