National Geographic : 1896 Dec
MISCELLANEA cents per pound for the voyage from Melbourne to London in cold storage. The butter shipments to London from this single colony last year were close on to 26,000,000 pounds, valued at $5,406,215. WEST AUSTRALIA. Intelligence has been received of the arrival at Fitz roy river, in the northern part of West Australia, on November 6, of the expedition which left Adelaide in May last for the exploration of the in terior of southern and western Australia. Two members of the party are missing and the survivors suffered great hardships and had to abandon their effects and scientific collection. POLAR REGIONS ANTARCTIC. July 15, 1897, is the day fixed for the starting of the Bel gian Antarctic expedition. The voyage is expected to be completed within two years, but a three-years' supply of provisions will be taken. The steamer, The Belgica, will go first to the east of Grahams Land in George IV sea, and then winter in Australia. The second year will be devoted to Victoria Land. The steamer will be well equipped for scien tific investigations as to marine specimens and submarine deposits. MISCELLANEA The resources and attractions of the far west could hardly be more in terestingly and at the same time more fairly set forth than is done in The Corn Belt, an illustrated monthly publication of the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad. The heated term from July 28 to August 17 last is stated by Prof. H . A. Hazen in the Monthly Weather Review for August to have covered a larger region and given abnormal heat on a greater number of consecutive days than ever before recorded. Always full of good things, thoroughly up to date, and for the most part admirably illustrated, Knowledge, published monthly in London, de serves to be better known in the United States than is indicated by its somewhat rare appearance in our libraries and newsrooms. Boletin del Instituto Geol6gico de Mexico, number 3, by Dr Carlos Sapper, is devoted to the geology and physical geography of Yucatan. It in cludes chapters on the agricultural and mineral production of the penin sula, and a valuable supplement containing meteorological tables nd the elevation of 363 principal points in the province described. Four hundred Illinois teachers attended the course of lectures on Physical Geography recently delivered at the University of Chicago by Professor Albert Perry Brigham, of Colgate University. The lectures were practically limited to the illustrative study of land forms, but the audience was led from definitions and elementary principles to the rela tion of physical geography to history and to industrial development in a manner that must have proved as delightful as it was instructive.