National Geographic : 1896 Oct
MIS CELLANEA state; in Kansas Professor Erasmus Haworth has been giving particular attention to the artesian conditions in the vicinity of the Meade County flowing wells, and in the Ohio valley Mr Frank Leverett has been continuing his study of water supply in connection with the examination of the glaciated area. About twenty-five short papers are now in preparation relating to the water supply in various parts of the United States or to the util ization of this in irrigation or for power or domestic purposes. F.H.N. MISCELLANEA The September number of the United States Consular Reports, to which admirable publication of the Department of State THE NATIONAL GEO GRAPHIC MAGAZINE is frequently indebted, contains valuable geographic articles on the Kongo Free State, Hangchow, and the Production of Coffee in Mexico. The library of the National Geographic Society has again been enriched through the munificence of the Hon. Gardiner G. Hubbard, president of the Society, who has presented to it an unbroken set of Nouvelles Annales des Voyages from its commencement in 1819 to 1865, inclusive. These 184 volumes cover the world's explorations for nearly half a century and constitute the most valuable geographic serial extant. The various subsidies granted by Congress for special fast mail service are of advantage to the public not merely in the acceleration of the mails, but also in the increased facilities the different railroad companies are enabled to offer in the transportation of passengers. Especially is this the case with the Southern railway, the subsidized mail trains of which system, running 100 miles or more without a stop, now reach the prin cipal points in the South in several hours' less time than has ever before been practicable. It is proposed to erect in London a terrestrial globe having a diameter of 84 feet and showing the earth's surface on a scale of about eight miles to the inch. Every geographical feature of importance will be shown and named. The United States, from east to west, will measure about 30 feet, and India, from east to west, about 23 feet, while London, drawn to scale, will cover a space rather larger than that of a silver half-dollar. Rarely has a project called forth a more remarkable manifestation of in terest and approval than this has evoked. Among the 350 men eminent in art, science, and literature who have given it their hearty support are Markham, Stanley, Geikie, Lockyer, Bryce, Lecky, Wallace, Flower, Crookes, Keltie, and many others equally well known on both sides of the Atlantic. The project should prove of the greatest educational value and it cannot be too highly commended.