THE centuries immediately following the disruption of the Roman empire witnessed the formation of the languages of southern Europe—Italian, Spanish, French—and the process of their building-up placed an almost insuperable barrier in the way of the advancement of learning.
THE question ‘whether life exists in any other worlds than our own’ is one in which very many persons feel an interest, and about which much has been said and written; but if the man of ordinary education has any ideas on the subject, they are generally mistaken; and even scientists are prone to regard it too exclusively in the light of their particular science, and thus to conceive and propagate fallacies which might be easily avoided.
IN the year 1802, by act of Congress, the United States Military Academy was established at West Point on the Hudson River. The experience of Washington during the war of the revolution with the militia of the several states and with raw volunteers was convincing as to the necessity for a permanent military establishment, and especially for the creation of a considerable body of officers sedulously trained in the art of war.
A LABORATORY FOR THE STUDY OF MARINE ZOOLOGY IN THE TROPICAL ATLANTIC.*
Dr. ALFRED GOLDSBOROUGH MAYER
MANY able naturalists have discussed the question of the advisability of establishing a marine biological laboratory for research within the West Indian region, and the advocacy of the idea by Huxley and Lancaster is a matter of recent memory.
IT has been generally accepted as unquestioned, by packers and fishermen, that the salmon of the Pacific (king salmon, red salmon, silver salmon, humpback salmon and dog salmon) all return to spawn to the very stream in which they were hatched.
It remains then to consider some of the questions connected with practical Hertzian wave telegraphy and the problem of the limitation of communication. These matters at the present moment very much occupy the public attention, and many conflicting opinions are expressed concerning them.
A LARGE proportion of the immigrants giving Russia as their birthplace crowd into the tenements of the east side of Ne~v York City and furnish operatives for the sweat shops and material for all the charitable organizations in the city. These immigrants are so prominently in the public eye that we hear a great deal about the alarming and deplorable increase in Russian immigration.
SOME years ago, in discussing the relations of scientific instruction to our industries, Huxley pointed out that we were in presence of a new ‘struggle for existence,’ a struggle wdrich, once commenced must go on until only the fittest survives.
MR. COOK ON EVOLUTION, CYTOLOGY, AND MENDEL’S LAWS.
To THE EDITOR: I have been much interested in the account given by Dr. A. F. A. King of the unusual aurora observed by him on the twenty-first of August at York Harbor, Maine (POPULAR SCIENCE MONTHLY, Vol. LXIIL, pp. 5G3-4), because I also observed it the same evening from a point near Baddeck, Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia.
SINCE 1.848 the College of the City of Xew York and its predecessor, the Free Academy, have carried forward an educational work the importance of which is scarcely appreciated. Yale and Princeton are household words, where the existence of the City College is unknown.