National Geographic : 1897 Jan
GEOGRAPHIC NOTES issues. The December number contains an article by W. Eagle Clarke on Bird Migration in the British Isles. The most important article is one summarizing the work of M. V. L . Seroshevski on the Country of the Yakuts-i. e., northern Siberia. It is an admirably condensed descrip tion of a little-known region. The quarterly Bulletin of the American GeographicalSociety for October opens with an article by Prof. I. C. Russell, of the University of Michi gan, entitled "Mountaineering in Alaska," which is in substance an ac count of the author's last trip to the St Elias region. The bulletin also contains an article by Franz Boas on the Indians of British Columbia and on a Graphic History of the United States by Henry Gannett. Appalachia, the journal of the Appalachian Mountain Club, devotes a large part of its November number to Philip S. Abbot, one of its mem bers, whose lamented death in the Canadian Rockies was noticed in THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE for the same month. Other articles are entitled "Ascents near Saas, Switzerland," "Grand Canfon of the Tuo lumne," "Exploration of the Air," and "Notes on a recent Visit to Katahdin." H. G. GEOGRAPHIC NOTES NORTH AMERICA CANADA. Of the 21,341 immigrants who arrived in Canada last year, 14,197 declared their intention to settle in the Dominion. MExICo. The coffee crop of 1895 amounted to 24,100 tons, of which Oaxaca furnished 9,610, Veracruz 8,817, Chiapas 1,962, and Puebla 1,256 tons. These four states have doubled their production since 1892, and they contribute 90 per cent of the entire crop. The best Mexican coffee is a variety of mocha, and the second best, known as myrtle, is similar to java. Trees in full bearing yield on an average about 24 ounces of coffee per annum, but some run as high as 60 to 80 ounces. The methods of curing and the quality of the product are steadily improving. SOUTH AMERICA The ascent of Aconcagua, the highest summit of the Andes, is being attempted by a scientific expedition under the direction of Mr E. A . Fitz gerald, who recently returned from his explorations in the New Zealand alps. The exploring party are well equipped, the sum of £5,000 having been made available for the expedition. ARGENTINA. A recent report of the Argentine Census Bureau shows the de facto population of the republic on May 10, 1895, to have been 4,042,990, to which number an addition of 50,000 is made for persons temporarily absent from the country. This shows an average annual increase of 4.6 per cent since 1869. The city of Buenos Ayres contains 663,854 inhabi tants, of whom 345,393 are foreigners.