National Geographic : 1898 Mar
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC SOCIETY are valuable only when needed in description, and I have scru pulously avoided applying new names excepting where necessary for this purpose; but when once applied in this way they should not be put aside without a valid reason. But while I protest against this, I wish also to protest against geographic work which consists mainly in scattering names broadcast. Explorers often do little else than this. RALPH S. TARR. PROCEEDINGS OF THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC SOCIETY, SESSION 1897-'98 Special Meeting, February 7, 1898.- President A. Graham Bell in the chair. Mr G. K . Gilbert lectured on the Origin of the Physical Features of the United States. Regular Meeting, February11, 1898. -President A. Graham Bell in the chair. Mr Richard U. Goode gave an illustrated lecture on the Bitter Root Forest Reserve. At the conclusion of the lecture Hon James Gunn, M. C., of Idaho, gave a description of that state, its topography, products, agriculture, irrigation, minerals, and mining. Special Meeting, February14, 1898.- President A. Graham Bell in the chair. Hon. J . Phinney Baxter lectured on New England: the Home of the Pilgrims and Puritans. Special Meeting, February18, 1898. -President A. Graham Bell in the chair. Mr John M. Robertson gave an illustrated lecture on the Influ ence of Climate and Land Formation on Early Civilization and Politics. Special Meeting, February 21, 1898. -President A. Graham Bell in the chair. Professor Richard E. Dodge gave an illustrated lecture entitled "New York State: its Physical Geography." Regular Meeting, February 25, 1898.-President A. Graham Bell in the chair. Mr Henry Gannett gave an illustrated lecture on Lake Chelan. The fine portrait of Prof. Alexander Graham Bell, LL. D ., the distin guished president of the National Geographic Society and inventor of the Bell telephone, which forms the frontispiece to this number, constitutes a notable addition to the series of portraits of eminent men of science which have appeared in the NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE during the past two years.