National Geographic : 1902 Nov
THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC SOCIETY During the season of 1902-1903 the National Geographic Society presents in Washington, D. C , three courses of meetings-Popular Lec tures, Technical Meetings, and Lenten Lec tures. These courses have been planned with great care to include those problems of a geo graphic character which are of special interest to the general public at the present time. Ar rangements have been made for addresses in the Popular Course on the geographic distribu tion and mining of hard and soft coal, Mr Peary's work in the Arctics during the last four years, the tragedy of Saint Pierre, Colom bia and the Isthmian Canal, the commercial expansion of Argentina, and the Macedonian question. The arrangements for the later part of the season are so far provisional as to permit the introduction of specially timely topics The interest shown last year in the Technical Meetings, which were planned for scientific men actively engaged in geographic work and for persons specially interested in such work, has led the Board to continue such meetings. The subject of the Afternoon, or Lenten, Course will be announced in a later program. REGULAR MEETINGS of the Society for the presentation of technical papers and discussion will be held on Friday evenings, at 8 o'clock, commencing November 7, and alternating with the Popular Lectures. As the new home of the Society will not be com pleted before January 15, 1903, these meetings will be held for the present in the Assembly Hall of the Cosmos Club The course has been planned to form a series on the geographic work of the great scientific bureaus of the gov ernment. Mr Richard U. Goode, Chairman of the Committee on Technical Meetings, an nounces the following program: November 7. -" Some of the Administrative and Industrial Problems of Porto Rico." Hon. Wm. F. Willoughby, Treasurer of Porto Rico. November 21.-" The work of the U. S. Coast and Geodetic Survey.' Hon. O . H. Tittmann, Superintendent of U. S . Coast and Geodetic Survey. December 5.- "The Work of the U. S. Weather Bureau." Dr Willis L. Moore, Chief of U. S. Weather Bureau. December 19. - " The U. S. Signal Corps." Gen. A. W . Greely, Chief Signal Officer, U.S.A. At later meetings the geographic work of the Hydrographic Office of the Navy Department, of the Experiment Stations of the Agricultural Department, of the Census Office, of the Naval Observatory, of the Geological Survey, and of the Library of Congress will be discussed. THE POPULAR COURSE will be delivered in the National Rifles Armory, G street between Ninth and Tenth streets northwest, on Friday evenings, at 8 o'clock, commencing November 14 and alternating with the Technical Meetings, which will be held in the Assembly Hall of Cosmos Club until the new home of the Society on Sixteenth and M streets is completed. The following dates have been definitely as signed: November 14.-" The Coal Resources of the United States." Dr David T. Day, Chief of Di vision of Mineral Resources, U. S . Geological Survey. (Illustrated.) November 29.* -" Explorations in the Arc tics, 1898-1902." Commander Robert E. Peary, U. S. N. (Illustrated.) December 12. - "Argentina-Present and Fu ture." E. L . Corthell, C. E. (Illustrated.) January 9.- " The Turk and His Rebellious Subjects." Mr William E. Curtis. (Illus trated.) January23.-" The Tragedy of Saint Pierre." Mr George Kennan. (Illustrated.) Provisional arrangements have also been made for lectures on Colombia and the Isth mian Canal; America Before the Advent of Man ; The Geographic Distribution of Insanity in the United States; Russia of Today (by Paul du Chaillu), and a lecture by Mr John Muir. The Lenten Course of five lectures will be de livered in Columbia Theater, F street, near Twelfth, at 4.20 o'clock, on Wednesday after noons of February II, 18, 25, and March 4, 11. The subject of this course and the speakers assigned for the special topics will be an nounced in a later program. * Please note that this lecture is Saturday evening.