National Geographic : 1899 Apr
144 MAJOR JED HOTCHKISS Regular Meeting, January 13, 1899.-President Bell in the chair. The Rev. David Macrae, of Scotland, gave an illustrated lecture on the Na tional Characteristics of the English, Scotch, and Irish. Special Meeting, January 20, 1899.- President Bell in the chair. Mr Gifford Pinchot gave a lecture on the Protection and Administration of our Public Forests, illustrating his remarks by lantern slides showing the various forest reserves of the United States. Regular Meeting, January 27, 1899.- President Bell in the chair. Mr Arthur P. Davis, U. S. Geological Survey, gave an illustrated lecture on the Hydrography of Nicaragua. ELECTIONS.-New members have been elected as follows: December 16, 1898. -Amos Reed Buck, Miss Virginia Butler, General James A. Dumont, R. H . Duncan, E. W . Gould, Hon. J . L. Slayden, M C., Alonzo H. Stewart, Miss M. B. Warren. December 23, 1898.-Rev. Wilbur F. Crafts, Dr Basil H. Dutcher, Louis H. Perley, Prof. Frank J. Polley, Dr William L. Ralph, George T. Rob erts, Miss Lewanna Wilkins. January 3, 1899. - Dr C. Evelyn Gilbert, Henry Cleveland Perkins, Miss Margaret P. Smith. January 13, 1899. - Albert H. Bumstead, Miss M. R . Hays, A. J . Henry, Gust. Moser, Mr Tam Ye. January 27, 1899.-E . Eckfeld, Mrs Emily J. Harris, Mrs W. Keiller, Miss Estell Reel, Henry E. Sawyer, Mrs Fanny Bullock Workman. MAJOR JED HOTCHKISS Major Hotchkiss died at his residence in Staunton, Virginia, on Jan uary 17. He was prominent as a topqgrapher and mining geologist, his researches being mainly devoted to the development of the resources of the Virginias, in which work he has borne a very prominent part. During the Civil war he served as topographer upon the staffs of Generals Robert E. Lee and " Stonewall " Jackson, and prepared most of the maps with which these officers conducted their campaigns. The maps of Virginia, between the time of the Civil war and the re cent work of the United States Geological Survey in that state, were due almost entirely to Major Hotchkiss' work. On the death of William B. Rogers, leaving much of his work as State Geologist of Virginia unpub lished, Major Hotchkiss was selected by Mrs Rogers to prepare the results of her husband's work for publication. Major Hotchkiss has been a member of the National Geographic Society from its organization and has contributed largely to the success of its lecture courses and excursions. Many members will recall the delightful trip to Shendon, Virginia, on which occasion Major Hotchkiss was the host, and entertained the Society with true Virginia hospitality. The Society owes much to him. Personally and socially he was one of the most genial and lovable of men. His health had been failing for some time when he was attacked by meningitis, resulting in his sudden death. H. G.