National Geographic : 1897 Feb
MISCELLANEA Powell, U. S. A ., Albertus McCreary, H. D. Mirick, E. J . Shives, Ed ward A. Wright. February 11.- Col. C. J . Allen, U. S. A., M. W. Baldwin, Miss M. S. Booz, Hon. Chas. A. Boutelle, M. C., Oscar Fitz Clifford, James Fraser, E. B . Grandin, Edward Graves, Gen. John P. Hawkins, U. S. A ., Leander L. Hawkins, Mrs Mary A. Hepburn, Dr David J. Hill, J. Q. Kern, Frank M. Kurie, C. E ., F. A. Lester, Miss Julia C. Lindsley, Miss Harriet A. Luddington, Edgar A. Lynham, Mrs Mary K. Matthews, Mrs B. S. Mc Donald, F. W. Pettigrew, C. E., Warren W. Phelan, J. Q. Redway, F. R . G. S ., P. C. Riley, James Edgar Smith, Herbert G. Sqtiers, George B. Stark weather, Frank B. Taylor, Matthew Trimble, Thos. P. Woodward. MISCELLANEA The North American Review for February contains a valuable article by John Hays Hammond, from which the following items of interest are abstracted: From 1887 to 1895 the Transvaal produced gold to the value of $158,750,000, $144,000,000 of which came from the Witwatersrand dis trict. The central part of this district, 27 miles of reef, is expected to produce $3,000,000,000 of gold, of which two-thirds is in the central sec tion of 11.5 miles; its output for 1896 was $37,000,000, or about 16 per cent of that of the entire world. California produced up to January, 1897, $1,282,000,000 in gold, three-fourths being from placers. Kimberley has produced upwards of twelve tons of diamonds, representing a value of $400,000,000; the present annual production is about 2,500,000 carats, of the value of $20,000,000. A.W.G. The Rajputs and Brahmans of India are breaking down the barriers of caste and displaying in competition with the Anglo-Saxon race that bril liance and subtlety of intellect for which they are distinguished. Prof. Jagadis Chunder Bose, of the University of Calcutta, has excited the aston ishment and admiration of all Europe by his recent papers on the Deter mination of the Indices of Electric Refraction and of the Wave-lengths of Electric Radiation. The highest honors of the India Civil Service ex aminations for 1896 also fell to a Hindoo, who vanquished in a keen intel lectual encounter many candidates with distinguished academic careers. In England Prince Ranjitsinhji has taken high university honors, besides securing by the brilliancy of his play the very foremost place in the great national game of cricket. Several Indian barristers have won their way into the higher ranks of the legal profession in London, an Indian physi cian was recently elected to the staff of one of the London hospitals, and two highly educated Indian surveyors are working in British Central Africa. In November the University of Oxford conferred the degree of Doctor of Music upon Rtja Svi Sourindro Mohun Tajore, of Calcutta, the principal exponent of the theory of Indian music, who has for 31 years devoted his wealth and talents to the development of music among his countrymen. In this case, however, the recipient of the distinction was unwilling to lose caste, even temporarily, by crossing the ocean, and the degree was conferred in absentia. J. H.