National Geographic : 1899 Jul
GEOGRAPHIC MISCELLANEA large colleges throughout the country are especially invited, and transpor tation is to be furnished for at least one assistant free. The excursion ists are expected to gather at Laramie, Wyo., on July 19. COL. W . S. BRACKETT, of Peoria, Ill., a corresponding member of the National Geographic Society, has organized and equipped an expedi tion to determine the geologic and mineralogic features of the almost unknown region lying between Buffalo hump, in Idaho county, Idaho, and the Nez Perce pass, in the Bitter Root range. The party numbers twelve men, all experienced mountaineers, some of whom have been in that country since 1862. THE successful navigation of the vast and comparatively unknown in terior of South America by the U. S. gunboat Wilmington, which ascended over 2,100 miles up the Amazon and its tributaries and reached Yquitos, in Peru, within 400 miles of the Pacific ocean, is another instance of the power of "the navy as a motor in geographical and commercial progress," so ably described by G. W . Littlehales in the Bulletin of the American Geo graphicalSociety, No. 2, 1899. AT the anniversary meeting of the Royal Geographical Society held in London, June 4, the Founders' medal was conferred on Captain Binger for his explorations in 1887-1889 in the region included in the bend of the Niger, while another Frenchman, M. Foureau, received the Patrons' medal for his extensive travels in the Sahara during the past twelve years. Ambassador Joseph H. Choate presented to Sir John Murray the medal awarded him by the American Geographical Society. DR C. Willard Hayes and Mr A. P. Davis, the respective authors of " Physiography of the Nicaragua Canal Route " and " Nicaragua and the Isthmian Routes," which appear in this number of THE NATIONAL GEO GRAPHIC MAGAZINE, were detailed from the U. S . Geological Survey by the Secretary of the Interior for special duty on the Nicaragua Com mission. They accompanied the Commission in its investigations on the isthmus, Dr Hayes as the geologist and Mr Davis as the hydrogra pher of the party. ATTENTION should be drawn to the valuable series of reports prepared by the Bureau of Statistics of the Treasury Department and given free to any one asking for them. Recent reports include Commercial China in 1899, with a map (13 by 14 inches) showing treaty ports, ports of for eign control, railways, telegraphs, waterways, etc. ; Submarine and Land Telegraph Systems of the World, with map (14 by 21); Colonial Systems of the World, with map (13 by 21), and Foreign Commerce of Cuba, Porto Rico, Hawaii, the Philippines,'and Samoan islands. THE Duke of the Abruzzi, nephew of the King of Italy and an honorary member of the National Geographic Society, sailed from Christiania June 12, en route for the north polar regions. The outfit of the party has been divided into four sections, arranged in boxes of different colors, so that in an extremity the most important can be easily saved. The expedition consists of twenty-one persons, the second in command being Captain Cogni, who accompanied the Duke on his expedition to Mt St Elias in 1897, when that famous peak was ascended for the first time.