National Geographic : 1898 Jan
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC SOCIETY Treasurer was read and accepted. Papers were read, with lantern illus trations, by Mr Arthur P. Davis on The Pollution of Potomac Water, its Sources and Extent, and on The Effects and Remedies, by Passed Assistant Surgeon E. K . Sprague, of the Marine Hospital Service. Special Meeting, November 26, 1897.-Mr W J McGee in the chair. Mr W. H. Holmes, of the National Museum, gave an illustrated lecture on The Ruined Cities of Yucatan. Regular Meeting, December3, 1897.- Mr W J McGee in the chair. Papers were read by Mr F. W. Hodge, of the Bureau of American Ethnology, on Acoma and the Enchanted Mesa, and by Dr Walter Hough on Indian Medicinal Plants of the Southwest. The first paper was illustrated by lantern slides. Special Meeting, December 10, 1897. -Vice-President Greely in the chair. Professor E. A. Grosvenor, of Amherst College, gave an illustrated lecture on The Greek and the Turk : the Product of Geographic Environment. ELECTIONS. -New members have been elected as follows: November 13. - C. F. Frederick Adam, S. M. Becker, R. G. Campbell, Dr O. F. Cook, Miss Amelia R. Charles, L. A . Coolidge, R. B. Dashiell, U. S . N., Assistant Naval Constructor David G. Fairchild, Edward M. Fowler, George R. Ide, Miss Mary E. O'Connor, Lieut. J. G. Ord, U. S . A., Hon. Ellis H. Roberts, Alfred G. Safford, John Sherman, Dr Andrew H. Smith, Mrs Sterling H. Smith, Walter T. Swingle, Mrs Horatio N. Taplin, Miss Marion Thatcher, Mrs Julia C. Townsend, Rev. D. C . Weston, D.D ., J. W . Witten, J. E. Woodman. November 24.-Mrs E. F. Adams, Albert Carry, Dr J. B. Gregg Custis, Hon. J. L. Davenport, Miss Adelaide Fuller, Mrs E. C . Hobson, Miss Annie E. Johnston, Rev. R. H. McKim, D.D ., John Meigs, Jr., Gen. J. K . Mizner, U. S. A ., Mrs W. H . Osborn, Mrs M. C . Peabody, J. A. Pitman, George W. Rouzer, Dr E. K . Sprague, S. Sugenheimer, Mrs Adelia L. S. Thombs, Miss Ellen A. Vinton, Sanford N. Whitwell. PORTUGUESE EAST AFRICA. A concession has been granted for the con struction of a railway from Beira to Tete, with the object of developing the Tete coal-fields. BRITISH CENTRAL AFRICA. The trade of Chinde, the port of British Central Africa, at the mouth of the Zambesi, is said to be increasing rap idly. Chinde is now in direct telegraphic communication with Zomba and Blantyre. TRANSVAAL. The Industrial Commission reports that during 1896 out of the 183 gold mines in the Transvaal 79 produced gold to the value of £8,603,821. The remaining 104 produced no gold, most of them being merely in process of development. Only 25 companies declared divi dends, the aggregate amount thus paid being £1,718,781.