National Geographic : 1901 Dec
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC SOCIETY PROCEEDINGS MEETINGS OF THE SOCIETY: November 1, 1901. -Vice-President McGee in the chair. A paper by Dr. Angelo Heilprin, of Phila delphia, advocating the establishment of a " National Geographic Institute " at Washing ton, was read by the Secretary. The paper was referred for consideration to a committee consisting of Wm. H . Dall, A. J. Henry, and R. U . Goode. Further notice of the paper will be made later. Gilbert H. Grosvenor, A. M., gave a brief ad dress on the " Geographic Societies of Europe and America," more particularly of those on the former continent. The Vice-President in an eloquent address explained why the study of geography appeals to the intellect and heart of men. November 15.- Vice-President McGee in the chair. Dr. Marcus Baker read a paper on "The Lost Boundary of Texas," an abstract of which appears on page 430 of this Magazine. LECTURES: November 8.-Vice-President MeGee in the chair. Dr. F. H. Wines, Assistant Director of the Census, opened the course of lectures pre sented by the Society this season by an ad dress on "The Twelfth Census." Further notice of this lecture will be made later. November 22. -Vice-President McGee in the chair. Mr. Herbert L. Bridgman, Vice-President of the Arctic Club, gave an illustrated address on " Peary's Work and Progress during the Past Two Years." Mr. Bridgman exhibited a map prepared by Peary as a result of his work in 1900, showing in detail the northern coast line of the Greenland Archipelago. The worn character of the north coast, similar in char acter to the north coast of Grant Land, on the other side of Robeson Channel, showed un mistakably that the northern sea was a vast ocean, probably extending to the Pole itself. The map will not be published until Mr. Peary returns to the United States. ANNOUNCEMENTS POPULAR LECTURES: December 6.-"The Interior of Borneo ; " Prof. A . C. Haddon, Oxford, England. The natives of Borneo were the object of study of an expedition dispatched to the island from England in 1898-1899. As leader of this expedition, Professor Haddon obtained much interesting information about the peoples and country of the little-known interior. December 20. -" The Trans-Siberian Rail way ;" Hon. E.J. Hill. As a member of important committees in the House of Representatives, Mr. Hill has taken a practical interest in the extension of Amer ican influence, and has just returned from the Orient over the Trans-Siberian Railway. His journey gave opportunities for observations of much interest, which will receive first an nouncement through the Society. January 3, 1902.-" The New Mexico; " Hon. John W. Foster, ex-Secretary of State. General Foster was United States minister to Mexico during the years 1873-1880, when the Republic was just starting on that phenomenal career of development which raised it to a prominent position among nations and placed its president among the world's great leaders. Twenty years later (in 1901) he revisited the country as its guest, and his observations and impressions will form the theme of his lecture. January 17. -"American Progress and Pros pects in the Philippines ; " Gen. A. W Greely, Chief Signal Officer, U. S . Army. General Greely has returned to America after an extended tour among the Philippine Islands. As an example of American progress in the Philippines, it may be stated that 6,000 miles of telegraph lines and cables have been put up in these islands by the U. S . Signal Corps in the three years since the capture of Manila. Telegraph and cable connections are now com plete between the northern coast of Luzon and Jolo, 1,000 miles to the south. MEETINGS OF THE SOCIETY: December 13,1901.-' 'The Northwest Bound ary ; " C. H. Sinclair, U. S. Coast and Geo detic Survey ; E. C. Barnard, U. S . Geological Survey; Bailey Willis, U. S. Geological Sur vey. December 27.- Holiday vacation. January 10, 1902.-Annual meeting, reports and elections.