National Geographic : 1896 Jan
2 INTRODUCTORY be the aim of the NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE to be American rather than cosmopolitan, and in an especial degree to be National. There is hardly a United States citizen whose name has become identified with Arctic exploration, with the Bering sea contro versy, or with the Alaska boundary dispute who is not an active member of the National Geographic Society and a contributor to the pages of its magazine. In the Army and Navy the Society is also well represented, and from the gallant and accomplished officers of those important branches of the service it receives from time to time much valuable information. The principal officers and experts of the different scientific bureaus of the Govern ment-the Geological Survey, the Coast and Geodetic Survey, the Smithsonian Institution, the National Museum, the Hydro graphic Office, the Naval Observatory, the Weather Bureau, the Bureau of American Ethnology, the Biological Division of the Department of Agriculture, and others-have always been among the most active members of the Society, and the great work that is being done by these several bureaus-a work that is at once the wonder and admiration of foreign scientists-will be regu larly discussed in the pages of the magazine by those who are in close touch with if not actually engaged in it. Turning from our own country to the sister republics of the two Americas, we find almost all of them connected with the Society in the persons of their diplomatic representatives, and through the cordial co6p eration of these gentlemen the magazine will receive from time to time the latest and most authentic geographic intelligence con cerning countries in which the people of the United States are now taking an exceedingly keen and friendly interest. That the magazine will not reach at a single bound the high standard at which those responsible for its management are aiming will scarcely be a disappointment either to its editors or its readers. The measure of its success, however, will not wholly depend upon the efforts of those conducting it. Nothing less than the generous support of that numerous class of the con munity which is interested in one or another of the different branches of geo graphic science will enable the National Geographic Society to make its magazine everything that it ought to be and properly equip it for the discharge of its function as THE MAGAZINE OF AMERICAN GEOGRAPHY. To possess a knowledge of the condi tions and possibilities of one's own country is surely no small part of an enlightened patriotism, and to the patriotic impulses of the American people no appeal was ever made in vain.
1895 Oct 31