National Geographic : 1896 Apr
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHICSOCIETY be the case along coasts of volcanic rocks. An excellent hachure-shaded contour map is given of each island, on a scale in some cases as large as 1:25000. The eighth part contains, besides a map of the whole group, brief descriptions of the climate, sea, anchorage, springs, flora, fauna, and population of the islands, as well as fuller accounts of the occupations of the people, their habits, customs, and commerce, with their means of intercommunication and accommodations for tourists. PROCEEDINGS OF THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC SOCIETY, SESSION 1895-'96 Special Meeting, February 28, 1896.-Vice-PresidentGreely in the chair. Mrs Fannie B. Ward read a narrative of Two Years' Travel in and about South America, illustrated by lantern-slides, mostly from original draw ings and photographs. Special Meeting, March 2, 1896.- Firstlecture of the course of seven illus trated Monday afternoon lectures descriptive of a trip to Alaska. Presi dent Hubbard in the chair. Mr W J McGee described the route from St. Paul, Minnesota, to Banff, Alberta, and Mr Bailey Willis an excursion to Mount Rainier, Washington. Both addresses were illustrated by lantern-slides. Regular Meeting, March 6, 1896.- Vice-President Merriam in the chair. Mr F. V. Coville read a paper, illustrated by lantern-slides, on the Adap tations of Plants to Desert Environment. The paper was discussed by Mr W J McGee, Surgeon-General George M. Sternberg, U. S . A ., Mr G. K. Gilbert, Dr C. Hart Merriam, and others. Special Meeting, March 9, 1896. - Second Monday afternoon lecture. President Hubbard in the chair. Prof. Charles E. Fay, of Tufts College, Massachusetts, delivered an address on the Glaciers, Peaks, and Canyons of the Canadian Rockies, illustrated by lantern-slides. Special Meeting, March 12, 1896.-Reception at the Arlington Hotel to the Venezuelan Boundary Commission. President Hubbard and a com mittee of ladies, headed by Mrs Richard Olney, received the Society's guests and presented to them upwards of 400 of the members of the So ciety and their friends. Special Meeting, March 13, 1896.- PresidentHubbard in the chair. Mr C. E. Borchgrevink, of Norway, addressed the Society, giving a graphic description of his voyage to the Antarctic continent, and exhibiting a number of lantern-slide reproductions of photographs. Special Meeting, March 16, 1896.-Third Monday afternoon lecture. President Hubbard in the chair. Mr James Fletcher, of Ottawa, Canada, described the trip from the Canadian National Park to the Pacific Coast, illustrating his address by means of lantern-slides and specimens of the flora and fauna of the region traversed.