A CONSTITUTIONAL provision of our Association stipulates that “It shall be the duty of the President to give an address at a General Session of the Association at the meeting following that over which he presided.” Happily for those of us who must in turn fulfill this duty the scientific foresight of our predecessors set no metes and bounds with respect to the subject-matter or the mode of treatment of the theme that might be chosen for such an address.
WE can imagine what would be the emotion of a college professor if the president of the institution were to shake him warmly by the hand and congratulate him upon the fact that, although he had been freely admitted for a year to the book-stack of the college library, he had not stolen so much as a single volume.
LATE on a February afternoon the passengers on a large Pacific Mail steamship sighted the Farallones and doubtless thought as the pilot came aboard that the long run across the broad ocean not always true to its name was safely over and danger past.
AMONG the foreign fishery industries on which Americans are dependent for a part of their food supply, few exceed in interest or importance the sardine industry of France. The value of the French sardines imported into the United States is about one million dollars annually, and the wholesome, palatable and convenient canned sardine is consumed in nearly every community.
THE LATE EPIDEMIC OF SMALLPOX IN THE UNITED STATES.
DR. JAMES NEVINS HYDE
THE adaptability of man to his environment is one of many generous provisions for his welfare. But it is a provision with conditions. The adaptation once secure, even a temporary failure of complete adjustment to the environment may be perilous.
TOTAL AREA OF LAND OF THE UNITED STATES DEVOTED TO MAIZE (INDIAN CORN), WHEAT AND OATS.
CROP OF 1900.
CROP OF 1900.
THE conditions of Europe in the present year compel attention to the food supply of what is called the civilized world. The principal supply of grain exported and a large part of the supply of meat are derived from the central United States, in the northern section of the Mississippi Valley.
THE discovery of an element always awakens interest ; for the total number of the known elements does not exceed seventy-five, and all the various forms of matter which exist on this globe are necessarily composed of these elements. An element, as is well known, is the ultimate constituent of a compound; and with only a limited number, Nature has provided us with that enormous wealth of minerals, of vegetables and of animals, all of which have as their constituents two or more of these elements.
IN the minds of most men the name of Adolf Erik Nordenskiöld is connected with the voyage of the Vega, and with that only. That is a good title to fame, for his circumnavigation of the Old World, the forcing of the northeast passage, attempted in vain for over three centuries, was an exploit worthy to rank with those of Vasco di Gama and Maghelhaëns.
‘THE PROCEEDINGS of the Paris Congress of 1900 on Methods of Testing Materials’ have just appeared in three large folio volumes. The first article by M. Ricour has for its title ‘The Molecular Constitution of Matter,’ but is largely devoted to the discussion of the laws of attraction and to the properties of the ether of space.
THE meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science held at Denver during the last week of August was of more than usual significance. For the first time in its history the Association met west of the banks of the Mississippi.
Academic Freedom Here and Abroad, 317. Academies, International Association of, 217. Academy, National, of Sciences, 217. Agricultural Experiment Station, Wisconsin, 222. American Association for the Advancement of Science, 218, 305; Denver Meeting, 506, 600.