National Geographic : 1899 Jan
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC SOCIETY PRIZES same, and it is only a question of time when an absolute limit of speed will be imposed by this restriction of draught. The remedy is to be found in the deepening of channels and harbors and the improvement of docks. Liverpool is being improved beyond all other ports of the world, widening and deepening its docks to accommodate vessels up to 900 feet in length and to 90 feet beam and 36 feet draught. Improvements upon a smaller scale but still of considerable importance are either in progress or in contemplation at London, Hamburg, Antwerp, New York, Boston, Philadelphia, New Orleans, and Galveston, while the depth of the Suez canal has been increased from 26 feet 281 feet, and plans have been prepared for a further deepening to 30 feet, It will be seen from these brief references that Dr Corthell's paper contains a large amount of interesting information not hitherto accessible to the general reader, and in view of the growing recognition of the absolute interdependence of nations its present publication is most timely. J. H. NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC SOCIETY PRIZES FOR ESSAYS ON NORSE DISCOVERIES IN AMERICA The National Geographic Society offers two prizes for the best essays on Norse discoveries in America; these prizes to be awarded under the following conditions: 1. A first prize of $150 and a second prize of $75 are offered for the best and second best essays, respectively, relating to pre Columbian discoveries and settlements of the Norsemen on the mainland of North America and the location of the lands men tioned in the Icelandic Sagas. 2. Essays submitted in competition for these prizes should be typewritten in the English language, and should not exceed 6,000 words in length; they may be accompanied by maps and other illustrations used for the explanation of the text, but not for em bellishment. 3. Essays submitted in competition for the prizes should be signed by a pseudonym or number, and should bear no other indication of authorship, but each should be accompanied by a sealed envelope, marked with the same pseudonym or number, containing the name and address of the author. 4. The competition will close at 6 p. m., December 31, 1899.