National Geographic : 1897 Apr
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC SOCIETY E. Burney Young has an article entitled "The Colonial Producer." Part III contains an article by Sir Sidney Shippard on the Administration of Justice in South Africa, and one entitled " Cyprus and Its Possibilities," by Charles Christian. Part IV pictures the economic condition of Aus tralia at the present time, under the title "Studies in Australia in 1896," by Hon. T . A. Brassey. H. G. PROCEEDINGS OF THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC SOCIETY, SESSION 1896-'97 Special Meeting, March 15, 1897.- Third Monday afternoon illustrated lecture. Vice-President Greely in the chair. Rev. Thomas J. Shahan, LL. D., Professor in the Catholic University of America, lectured on Syria. Regular Meeting, March 19, 1897. -Vice-President Merriam in the chair. Mr Arthur P. Davis, of the U. S . Geological Survey, read a paper on " The Deserts of Southern Arizona and How They Are Redeemed by Irriga tion," illustrating his subject with lantern slides. Special Meeting, March 22, 1897.- Fourth Monday afternoon illustrated lecture. President Hubbard in the chair. Prof. Thomas Davidson, M. A., of Aberdeen, Scotland, lectured on Tyre and Sidon. Annual Reception, March25, 1897. -The Annual Reception of the Society was held at the Arlington Hotel, from 9 to 12 o'clock p. m . President Hubbard, with the ladies of the Reception Committee, received the mem bers and guests of the Society, to the number of 300. The Society was honored with the presence of the President of the United States and several members of the Cabinet. Special Meeting, March 26, 1897. -President Hubbard in the chair. Hon. John W. Foster read a paper on the Hawaiian islands. A number of maps were shown on the screen at the commencement of the lecture, and at its close Mr E. D. Preston, of the U. S. Coast and Geodetic Survey, exhibited a series of lantern-slide views of scenery in the islands. ELECTIONS.- New members have been elected as follows: March 19.-D, Q. Abbot, Mrs Emily E. Briggs, Paul Brockett, Rev. 8 . Bayard Dod, Prof. L . M. Drake, A. F. Dunnington, Miss C. L. Freethey, Prof. H. G. Hipp, S. B. Laird, Col. J. R. Lewis, U. S. A., George B. Magrath, V. F. Marsters, Miss Hester McNully, Miss Annie S. Peck, Dr Fred L. Ransome, Miss Olive R. Seward, J. C. Stanton, C. E . At a meeting of the Royal Geographical Society held in London on March 22 Dr Nansen expressed his conviction that a properly equipped expedition could now reach the Pole in a single summer. He stated, however, that from a scientific point of view the results of such an expe dition would be of far less value than those of some other explorations that might be undertaken in the less known parts of the Arctic regions.