National Geographic : 1908 Dec
888 THE NATIONAL GE "The project would include the build ing of another special ship on the same general lines and in the light of the ex perience gained in building and using the Roosevelt, and the utilization of the methods and equipment evolved during my past seventeen years of Arctic work. It would not contemplate my personal association with the expedition in the field. "While it is too early now to make any definite statement, it is hoped that the Peary Arctic Club may lend its encour agement to the work. "This project, I am happy to state, has the approval of President Roosevelt. "At a subsequent session of the com mission it is hoped to offer a more de tailed presentation of the matter for such action or suggestions as the commission may see fit."' NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC SOCIETY. THE annual banquet of the National Geographic Society will be held on Tuesday evening, December 15, at 7.30 o'clock, in the large banquet hall of the New Willard Hotel, Washington. The dinner this year will be in honor of the United States Navy, and the guests of honor will include the Vice-President and Mrs Fairbanks, the Chief Justice of the United States, Mr Melville W. Fuller; the Secretary of the Navy and Mrs Newberry, the Attorney General, the Secretary of Agriculture, Admiral Robley D. Evans and Mrs Evans. The Society will also have as its guests dis tinguished representatives of foreign countries and of official circles. At the conclusion of the dinner there will be brief toasts by the Vice-President, by Mr Newberry, Admiral Evans, Miss Mabel Boardman, Secretary of the Red Cross, and Mr William E. Curtis. The event promises to be even more enjoy able than the banquets of 1906 and 1907. The subscription is $5.00 for each plate. Members have the privilege of bringing guests with them at the same price per plate. December II-"The Redemption of Ireland," by Mr William E. Curtis. No longer does the OGRAPHIC MAGAZINE Irishman in Ireland live on potatoes and peat. Illustrated. December i8-"Present Conditions in Tur key," by Dr Howard S. Bliss, President Syrian Protestant College, Beirut. January 4-"The Sierra Nevada," by Dr Grove Karl Gilbert. Illustrated. January 8-"A Digger's Work in Palestine," by Dr Frederick J. Bliss, author of "A Mound of Many Cities," "Excavations in Palestine," etc. Dr Bliss has been conducting important excavations in Palestine for 20 years. In one mound he found eight cities buried one under another. Illustrated. January 15-"The Non-Christian Tribes of the Philippine Islands," by Dr Frederick Starr, of the University of Chicago. January 22-"The Panama Canal and the Spanish Main," by Mrs Harriet Chalmers Adams, author of "Wonderful Sights in An dean Highlands," "Land of the Incas," etc., in the NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE. How 40,000 men are making the dirt fly at Panama; how they are cared for; their mess halls and amusements. With an excursion to the Span ish Main. Illustrated with lantern slides and moving pictures. January 29-"Abraham Lincoln-Boy and Man," by Mr W. W. Ellsworth, of the Century Co. The year 1909 is the centenary of Lin coln's birth. February 5-Major General A. W. Greely, U. S. Army, will address the National Geo graphic Society. The subject of this lecture will be announced later. Illustrated. February I2-"The Bird Islands of Our At lantic Coast," by Mr Frank M. Chapman, of the American Museum of Natural History. Il lustrated with lantern slides and moving pic tures of the pelicans and fish hawks. February 19-"Java-The Garden of the East," by Mr Henry G. Bryant. Mr Bryant, like the majority of travelers, describes this island as "the most beautiful and fascinating region in the world." Illustrated with lantern slides and moving pictures. February 26-"Aerial Locomotion," by Mr Wilbur Wright or Mr Orville Wright. March 12-"The Hunting Fields of Central Africa," by Mr Gardiner F. Williams, author of "The Diamond Mines of South Africa," and for 20 years general manager of the De Beers diamond mines at Kimberley. Illustrated with lantern slides and moving pictures. March 19-"Ruwenzori, the Snow Crowned Mountain of the Equator," by Prof. Edwin A. Fay, of the Tufts College, President American Alpine Club. March 25-"Brittany-The Land of the Sardine," by Dr Hugh M. Smith, Deputy Com missioner of the U. S. Bureau of Fisheries. April 2-"Homes for Millions-Reclaiming the Desert," by Mr C. J . Blanchard, of the U. S . Reclamation Service. Illustrated with lantern slides and moving pictures.