AS the difficulties connected with the Panama enterprise, from at least certain points of view, increase, its advocates dwell even more than hitherto upon the way in which like difficulties were overcome at Suez. Probably no more pointed or liberal recognition of these has appeared than one contained in a speech of Mr. Gladstone in the House of Commons, July 23, 1883.
THE middle of the eighteenth century is illustrated by a host of great names in science—English, French, German, and Italian— especially in the fields of chemistry, geology, and biology ; but this deepening and broadening of natural knowledge produced next to no immediate practical benefits.
CHANGES IN THE RELATIVE VALUES OF THE PRECIOUS METALS.
ECONOMIC DISTURBANCE SERIES, No. VI.
HON. DAVID A. WELLS
THE ECONOMIC DISTURBANCES RESULTING FROM RECENT CHANGES IN THE RELATIVE VALUES OF THE PRECIOUS METALS.—Notwithstanding the great attention that has been given to this subject in recent years—with its almost interminable resulting publications and public and private discussions—there is probably no other one economic or fiscal problem concerning which there is so little comprehension on the part of the general public, or so little agreement as to causes and results among those who have made it a matter of special investigation.*
YOUR American cinque-foils are to me a deeply interesting set of plants. Excuse, I beg of you, dear Mr. Reader, this abrupt beginning. I love a causerie: I love to button-hole my audience, as it were, and, sitting down with it mentally on a bowlder in the meadow, to discuss the matter in hand with it tête-à-tête, as if we two were old friends, which I trust, after all, may be really the truth with the public of “ The Popular Science Monthly ” on the present occasion.
HOME wise men of the press are saying that the Knights of Labor are like the Grangers. As the exact points of resemblance are not stated, the assertion serves merely to call up a recollection of the unique secret society, which, a dozen years ago, seemed far more powerful than ever the Knights of Labor were.
[MY father’s autobiographical recollections, given in the present chapter, were written for his children—and written without anythought that they would ever be published. To many this may seem an impossibility ; but those who knew my father will understand how it was not only possible but natural.
MODERN philosophers and psychologists have acknowledged in no equivocal terms the great debt which thought owes to language. They have unhesitatingly admitted that without language little progress could have been made in the development of the thinking powers and their product, knowledge.
IN the pursuit of my studies of the origins of alchemy and the metals of antiquity, I have had occasion to examine substances recovered from the Palace of Sargon at Khorsabad, and from the excavations made by M. de Sarzec at Tello, as they are preserved in the Museum of the Louvre.
DOUBTLESS you have all seen, during the last ten years, numerous references in newspapers, magazines, etc., to the necessity of forest-preservation. This plea, however, even in this country, is not as novel and of as recent date as may be imagined.
PERHAPS no question of the day is exercising a more important influence on the investments of the country than this question of receiverships, and certainly none is of more importance to the investor in corporation securities, whether it be in their stocks or bonds ; for, with the present readiness of our courts to appoint receivers on the slightest excuse, and to hold the properties indefinitely, no one can tell when his property may be taken out of his hands, nor, when so taken, how it will be administered.
THE most delightful of all Mr. Darwin’s works is the first he ever wrote. It is his “ Journal ” as the Naturalist of II. M. S. Beagle in her exploring voyage round the world from the beginning of 1832 to nearly the end of 1836. It was published in 1842, and a later edition appeared in 1845. Celebrated as this book once was, few probably read it now.
THERE are some curious things in regard to the way in which the human mind is affected by colors as well as the human sight. We are all familiar with what is termed color-blindness, and the unexpected results that sometimes attend it ; but color-sound is something which has received much less investigation.
WHEN Frederick the Great, June 22, 1740, wrote, “In this country every man must get to heaven his own way,” there were many sturdy Germans who were glad to embrace the opportunity to turn aside from the route to which the beliefs of their ancestors restricted them
SIR: Under the above title an article appeared in your October number, against the conclusions of which I beg to enter my most emphatic protest. I regard this article as the more dangerous in its practical effects (for it is likely to be much quoted), because, with what is not true to fact, there is intermingled much with which every biologist will agree.
THE “Journal of Commerce” of this city has been occupying itself lately with the question of the origin of the human race ; and, as the result of its studies and reflections, feels justified in pronouncing that “ the development theory is refuted by all human experience.”
IF the numerous school-books that appear in our time were all they ought to be, the education of the young, so far as books can aid it, would be amply provided for, but unfortunately such is not the case. In the mathematical and physical sciences, indeed, and in classical literature, there are many good text-books ; but in the sciences that treat of mind and society the works of real merit are comparatively few.
The Proposed Monument to Audubon.— At the recent meeting in New York of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the fact that the remains of the great naturalist Audubon lie in an obscure and little-visited portion of Trinity Cemetery, New York city, and that his tomb is unmarked by any distinguishing monument, was brought to the attention of the members.
A DISCUSSION and analysis published by Professor F. G. Novy, of Ann Arbor, Michigan, in the “ Pharmaceutische Rundschau,” go to show that the new anaesthetic, stenocarpine, or gleditschine, which has attracted considerable attention, is nothing but a mixture of cocaine and atropine.