IT is at least a question whether the visitor to Ellis Island looks at the newly landed immigrant with eyes any more curious than those with which the immigrant looks at the visitor. The one sees the timidity, the surprise, the fear and the expectation of the new-comer.
SOME IMPRESSIONS OF THE FLORA OF GUIANA AND TRINIDAD
PROFESSOR DOUGLASS HOUGHTON CAMPBELL
TO most botanists in America a visit to the tropics is supposed to be a difficult and expensive undertaking, involving much special preparation and also a good many risks. The fact is, a trip to the West Indies is a very simple matter, and even a few weeks are sufficient to give one an excellent idea of the main features of a most interesting and characteristic tropical flora, and is no more expensive than a journey of equal duration in Europe.
PROFESSOR OF BOTANY AT THE UNIVERSITY OF GENEVA, SWITZERLAND
PEOPLES truly rich are those who cultivate cereals on a large scale. Scores of investigators in all civilized countries devote themselves unceasingly to a problem of great social significance, viz., the increase of the national wealth through progress in agriculture.
THE variability of animal bodies is a very evident fact. The individuals of every species show variety in color, form and size. Three types of variability have been discovered; fluctuating variation obeying the laws of chance, mutation appearing as sudden loss or gain of a color or other feature, and acquired characters gained by an individual in relation to its surroundings.
WITH respect to this most pathetic question of the sick-room, the good Doctor in “ Macbeth ” seems to have exhausted the medical possibilities of his time, in his answer, “ Therein the patient must minister to himself.” Moreover, had he tried, though never so devotedly, to remove from Lady Macbeth’s mind the “ thick-coming fancies that kept her from her rest,” he would have almost ignominiously failed, not only to “ cure her of that,” but equally to Pluck from memory a rooted sorrow, Raze out the written troubles of the brain, And with some sweet oblivious antidote Cleanse the stuff'd bosom of that perilous stuff Which weighs upon the heart; and all this, in spite of the dangerous gravity of the case, and his royal employer’s urgent need.
SOME sage has said “ A nation stands as high as its women.” In making up an estimate of China at a time when she is earnestly desiring recognition as a republic, it may not be out of place to consider the position of women with a view to judging the chances which the new government has for stability.
THE expression socialization of the college is here used not to indicate a process to be set going at some time in the future, but to denote a development which can be observed in the history of institutions of higher learning and which educational leaders as the conscious guides of evolution may now further, direct, and render consistent with itself.
MODERN SCIENTIFIC THOUGHT AND ITS INFLUENCE ON PHILOSOPHY
PROFESSOR HARRY BEAL TORREY
TO enter upon a discussion of the influence of modern scientific thought upon philosophy is to find one’s self beset by temptations to a discursiveness not possible within the given conditions of time and space. Under such pressure, one might be led easily into a consideration of relative values—efficacy of methods, seriousness of limitations, ultimate soundness of criteria, the final significance of present tendencies.
THE CLEVELAND MEETING OF THE AMEBIC AN ASSOCIATION FOB THE ADVANCEMENT OF SCIENCE
THE SEBEAD OF INFANTILE PARALYSIS
THE sixty-fourth meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the eleventh of the "convocation week" meetings, will be held in Cleveland from December 30 to January 4. Between twenty-five and thirty national scientific societies meet during the same week in affiliation with the association.