National Geographic : 1897 May
MISCELLANEA lination in the United States, by the chairman, with maps and diagrams, followed by an address by Mr G. W. Littlehales on the Magnetic Com pass in Modern Navigation. Special Meeting, April 19, 1897.-Eighth Monday afternoon illustrated lecture. President Hubbard in the chair. Prof. Wm. H. Goodyear, of the Brooklyn Institute of Arts and Sciences, lectured on Venice and Genoa. Special Meeting, April 23, 1897. - President Hubbard in the chair. Dr T. C . Mendenhall, President of the Worcester Polytechnic Institute, lec tured, with lantern illustrations, on Weighing the Earth. Special Meeting, April 26, 1897.- Ninth, and last, Monday afternoon illustrated lecture. President Hubbard in the chair. Dr David J. Hill lectured on America. After the lecture a number of lantern illustrations of American scenery were thrown on the screen by Mr B. P. Murray. Regular Meeting, April 30, 1897.- PresidentHubbard in the chair. Hon. Martin A. Knapp, Commissioner of Interstate Commerce, read a paper, with lantern illustrations, on Some Geographic Effects of Modern Methods of Transportation. ELECTIONS.-March 26.-J . M. Boutwell, Pay-Inspector A. Burtis, U. S. N., Col. R. M . Calhoun, Lieut. G. B. Harber, U. S. N ., E. T. Parsons, Louis R. Peak, Powhatan Robertson, Hon. N . D. Sperry, Wallace Streator. April 9.- Capt. John Callahan, Rev. Asa S. Fiske, Miss L. N . Forrest, Lieut. F . M . Kemp, U. S. A ., Mrs Porter King, W. A. McFarland, Wm. A. McKenney, Dr Grace Roberts, Miss Grace C. Sheldon, Miss Mary A. Spencer, Julius Ulke, Jr. DEATHS. - Major Charles E. Bendire, U. S. A.; Rear-Admiral Richard W. Meade, U. S. N. MISCELLANEA The map of the United States published by the General Land Office in 1896 represented in broad lines the original territory of the United States and the several accessions made to it by purchase or otherwise. Among the mistakes perpetuated -by this map is that of representing " Oregon," i. e., the present states of Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and part of Mon tana, as a portion of the Louisiana purchase. This mistake is taken as a text by Colonel James O. Broadhead for a critical review entitled " The Louisiana Purchase; Extent of Territory Acquired by the Purchase," published by the Missouri Historical Society. Colonel Broadhead shows most conclusively that Louisiana extended on the northwest only to the limits of the Mississippi drainage basin. The conclusion is not a new one, but we are obliged to Colonel Broadhead for many new items of evidence. If anything were needed to settle the matter beyond peradventure, the proofs which he brings forward should be conclusive. H. G.