National Geographic : 1900 Jan
CORRESPONDENCE The strong point of the present handbook is that it does not attempt to handle difficult scientific problems. It is adapted to every one's capacity, but it re quires that the pupil acquire habits of accurate observation and logical reason ing, instead of the inaccurate and illogical processes that so commonly prevail. We believe that it will exert a strong and beneficial influence in the grammar and high schools of the country. CLEVELAND ABRE. CORRESPONDENCE ROYAL SCOTTISHI GEOGRAPHIICAL SOCIETY, QUEEN STREET, EDINBURGH, November 30, 1899. The Editor, The National Geographic Magazine, Washington, D. C. DEAR SIR: In your November number, opposite page 449, you reproduce our map of northwest Canada and southwest Alaska, and this map is adduced as a proof that, "even after the Joint High Commission had been agreed upon, the best informed British cartographers had not become aware of any conflict ing claim," referring to the boundary between British territory and Alaska. First of all, I must admit that the map is very badly printed [in our Maga zine]. Nevertheless, if Mr Foster had examined it attentively he would have seen that the pink coloring, representing British territory, extends to the west of the line claimed by the United States; indeed, owing to bad printing, it extends over some of the islands belonging to the United States. Of course, the copy in the NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE does not show this, being in black and white only. We do not discuss at length political questions, but as shown by one or two notes (on page 488, volume xi), we are quite aware of the questions in dispute relating to the boundary and should not publish a map that was erroneous in this respect unless due, as in this case, to bad printing. Yours very truly, W. A. TAYLOR, Acting Editor, The Scottish GeographicalMagazine. THE Russian Government is making preparation for the construction of a new railway from southern European Russia to Turkestan. This will considerably shorten the route from the commercial centers of Russia to Central Asia. ON October 24 the government of General Castro announced to the represent atives of foreign nations its exercise of governmental functions throughout the Republic of Venezuela. It was recognized as a de facto government by Great Britain on November 18 and by the United States on November 21. THE first grain elevator ever constructed in the Netherlands has just been completed at Amsterdam by the municipal government. Its total capacity is from 16,000 to 18,000 metric tons, its maximum receiving capacity 440,920 pounds per hour, and its discharging capacity, on the harbor side, 220,460 pounds per hour.