National Geographic : 1898 Oct
PROPOSED COLLECTION OF FORESTRY STATISTICS At a special meeting of the National Geographic Society, held in the Lecture Hall of the Boston Society of Natural History, Boston, Massachusetts, August 25, 1898, Vice-President W J McGee in the chair, the following resolutions were adopted: Whereas, through the increasing consumption of forest products, the destruction of forests, and the vast extension of means of transportation, questions hitherto of restricted bearing are rapidly assuming grave in ternational importance; and Whereas the National Forest Association of Germany has undertaken to collect throughout the world forest information and statistics of com mercial importance: Resolved, That the National Geographic Society express its deep sense of the value to mankind of the work thus begun, and pledge its counte nance and support to the investigation; and Resolved, That a committee of three be appointed by the chair to com municate these resolutions to the National Forest Association of Germany, and to take such other steps as may be necessary to carry them into effect. In conformity with the resolution, the chair appointed Mr Gifford Pinchot, of Washington, chairman, and Messrs William H. Brewer, of New Haven, and Arnold Hague, of Washington, as a committee to take requisite action on behalf of the National Geographic Society. MISCELLANEA It has recently been ascertained that the British consumption of sugar (1,566,000 tons per annum) is almost equal to that of France, Germany, Austria, Holland, and Belgium combined. The import trade of Canada during the fiscal year 1897-1898, amounted to $140,305,950, an increase over the preceding year of $21,000,000. The exports had an aggregate value of $159,485,770, an increase of $25,482,000. A Danish expedition to explore the east coast of Greenland between the 66th and 70th degrees north latitude sailed from Copenhagen on Au gust 16, under Lieut. Amdrup. The ship, the Godthaab, has a complete scientific equipment and is provisioned for two years. The Duke of the Abruzzi (Prince Luigi of Savoy) has added to his achievements in mountaineering by a successful ascent of the Aiguille Sans Nom, an Alpine peak that has hitherto defied the efforts of the most intrepid and determined explorers. The daring feat was accom plished on August 16.