horse, and of such animals. To man, then, and to man alone, is the per-
fect construction of the hand, as we see it, peculiarly adapted ; and it is to man alone with

his varied mental and physical requirements,
that, as Galen remarked, the Creator has given,
in lieu of every other natural weapon or organ

of defence, that exquisite and universally en- dowed instrument, THE HAND. We know, that as different orders of created beings have differently constructed extremities, so various races of men, even various nations
of the same race, show marked varieties of characteristic in the shapes of their hands. It
is my intention to carry the question farther