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first class. He has done it and, most remarkable of all, he has done it without letting his fireside trav elers have a drink, a smoke, or a bicarbonate of soda." Solvent Society Sponsors Research In 1907, with the greatest satisfaction, I advised the Board that our receipts permitted the Society to begin annual grants for research, and I recom mended a subscription of $1,000 toward the cost of Comdr. Robert E. Peary's final assault on the North Pole. This was the first grant by the Society from its own resources for the express purpose of exploration. Since then the Society has sponsored more than 200 expeditions and research projects.* Compared to the $1,000,000 in research grants, public service funds, and educational subsidies authorized by our Board of Trustees in 1962, the aid to Peary may seem insignificant, but it was a vital first step. We had kept faith with the thou sands of loyal members who believed in our non profit objectives. In 1906, a remarkable amateur photographer, George Shiras, 3d, walked into my office with a box full of magnificent flashlight photographs of wild animals. Mr. Shiras, a former Congressman from *See "75 Years Exploring Earth, Sea, and Sky," by Melvin M. Payne, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC, January, 1963. 571 HARRIS & EWING I welcome Miss Earhart to Washington in June, 1932, for a presentation of the Special Gold Medal (page 582). She was the first woman so honored by the Society.