National Geographic : 1896 Jun
GEOGRAPHIC NOTES expeditions to the Barren Grounds of northwest Canada, and the Cuth bert Peck grant to Mr Alfred Sharpe for his many journeys in British Central Africa. FRANCE. According to the recent census, the population of Paris is now 2,511,955, an increase of 87,250 in five years. The proposed ship canal between the bay of Biscay and the Mediter ranean is pronounced impracticable as a private enterprise, and the com missioners further report that it offers no such strategic or other advan tages as would justify its construction by the government. The activity and influence of the Societ6 de Gsographie de Paris are indicated by the fifteen medals and prizes just awarded as follows: 1. Great Gold Medal, Prince Henri d'Orlians, Exploration from gulf of Tonkin to gulf of Bengal; 2. Gold Medal, Captain G. Tout6e, Ex plorations through Dahomey and on the Niger; 3. Logerot Medal, Com mander Decoeuer, The Niger Mission; 4. FournierMedal, L. Rousselet, The New Dictionary of Universal Geography; 5. Malte-Brun Medal, E. (hantre, Ethnographical and archeological investigations in the Caucasus; 6. Dewez Medal, F. -J . Clozel, Explorations to the north of Upper Sangha; 7. Herbert-FournetMedal, A. Pavie, Explorations in Indo-China and his efforts to extend the power of France in the far East; 8. Bourbonnaud Medal, L. Lapicque, Voyage in the Persian gulf and study of the Negritos; 9. Duveyrier Medal, Commander Decazes, Investigations of French Congo and surveys north of Abiras; 10. Morot Medal, J. Renaud and C. Rollet. de L'Isle, Surveys in the Pai-tsi-long archipelago, Tonkin; 11. Montherot Medal, R. de Saint Arroman, Study of geographic enterprises of the Min ister of Public Instruction; 12. Grad Medal, A.- M . Gochet, Works on geographic instruction; 13. Huber Medal, F. -A . Forel, Work on lake Leman and on glaciers; 14. Janssen Medal, F. Foureau, Physical observa tions and explorations in the Sahara; 15. Jomard prize, H. Froidevaux, Memoirs of travel in French Guyanne. GERMANY. The final report of the census of the German Empire, taken December 2, 1895, shows a total population of 52,244,503, an increase of nearly three millions within five years. The traffic receipts of the North Sea and Baltic Ship Canal have so far been very disappointing. A traffic of 7,500,000 tons and receipts of nearly 5,000,000 marks per annum had been counted on, whereas the first eight months' receipts amounted to only 605,050 marks and represented a traffic of only 976,478 tons. ITALY. The population of Rome on December 31, 1895, is officially reported as 471,801, an increase of 35,621 since December 31, 1891. For some unexplained reason no enumeration was made of such of the inhab itants of the city as were without fixed abode, their number being assumed to be the same as at the census of 1891, viz., 28,765. The number having fixed abodes was 431,881 and the garrison 11,155. ASIA SIAM. The French authorities at Chentabun are making a road to Bat tambang and constructing a telegraph line.