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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR.
a contact of a higher order than the first with its own [The Editor does not hold himself responsible for opinions singularity.
branch, may coincide with some other tangent at the
When both tangents at a flecnode coincide, expressed by his correspondents. Neither can he undertake
the resulting singularity is a tacnode; but the coincidence to return, or to correspond with the writers of, rejected
of two or more tangents at a multiple point, any of which manuscripts intended for this or any other part of NATURE.
possess this property, gives rise to a variety of peculiar No notice is taken of anonymous communications.)
singularities which do not appear to have been completely Average Number of Kinsfolk in each Degree.
It is also possible for a mixed singularity to be formed As Dr. Galton has completely misunderstood the point in more than one manner; in other words, it may possess of my last remark, I fear it will be necessary again to re
more than one penultimate form. Thus an oscnode may be open a discussion which I had thought was satisfactorily formed by the union of two cusps and two stationary tanclosed.
gents, and additional singularities of this character are My point is this: If we take a large number n of families
possessed by quintic and sextic curves. containing in the aggregate nd sons and nd daughters, and To call a cissoid or a cardioid a nodal curve appears to remove on an average one child of specified sex from each
me a glaring misuse of language, since both curves are family, we shall have a preponderance of the opposite sex
A. B. BASSET. in those that remain. The average numbers under this con- November 18. dition will be d and d-- 1, and not d-} and d– }, and this was how I was originally led to my first conclusion. If, however, we wish to test the question whether a girl
The Origin of Life. has the same average number of brothers as sisters, we are
No doubt “ Geologist " points out a literal flaw in my only concerned with families containing at least one girl, and
statement, but I thought it would be obvious that by the therefore families containing only boys must be left out of
potentiality of life," which would be destroyed by heat, acrount, as I stated. When these have been removed there
I meant potentiality of life, appearing within the time of will be a preponderance of girls in the families that are left.
the experiment. Given countless ages, then, on the evoluIt is this cause which enables us to reconcile the fact that,
tion hypothesis, the potentiality of life, as of the rest of while the probable total numbers of girls and boys in any nature as we know it, existed in the fluid mass of the unfamily may be equal, the probable numbers of brothers and
cooled earth, and I did not mean to say anything inconsistent sisters of a single individual of specified sex, say a girl, may with this. Nor, on the other hand, did I mean to say that still be equal. This may not be such a rigorous method as
by the heat applied the potentiality of life in the matter Dr. Galton employs, but it at least shows that the result
under test would be destroyed for all time. I meant is not necessarily opposed to what one would naturally infer potentiality of appearing within a given time, the time of from general considerations.
G. H. BRYAN.
the experiment, and I cannot help thinking this was the
natural sense of my words. Compound Singularities of Curves.
In asking me to explain the introduction of life or its
potentiality into this planet, “ Geologist " shows that he Tue compound singularities of algebraic curves may be has entirely mistaken the purport of my letter. My aim divided into three primary species. First, point singulari- was only logical, not constructive. If I could explain how tus, or multiple points, which are exclusively composed of life first appeared on the earth, I should probably be able nodes and cusps ; secondly, line singularities, which are
to suggest a more promising line of experiment than that exclusively composed of double and stationary tangents; hitherto followed, which I find myself unable to do. My thirdly, mixed singularities, which are composed of a com- sole object was to point out a logical error, as it seemed to bination of simple point and line singularities. Amongst me, in the view commonly taken by men of science of the compound line singularities may be mentioned (a) a double results of these experiments, an error, if my memory serves tangent which osculates a curve at one of its points of me, fully shared by Huxley-in admiration for whom, I contact, the constituents of which are one stationary hasten to say, I yield to no one. Huxley, if I remember and two ordinary double tangents; (B) a tangent having rightly, was so impressed with the strength of the evidence a contact of the fourth order with a curve, the constituents against the contemporary origination of life that he of which are three double and three stationary tangents. practically gave up the idea, and put the date back. In
The third species comprises the majority of compound this, I am venturing to suggest, he was illogical ; through singularities, and may be divided into the following sub- having overlooked the fact that in all the experiments the sidiary ones :
agent, which was used to destroy actual life and its germs, (1) Nodes and multiple points, any tangent at which has would probably be efficacious in destroying the potentiality a contact of a higher order than the first with its own of life in non-living matter on the point of assuming life, if branch, and does not touch the curve elsewhere. The
any such there were, and, consequently, the positive result flernode and bifiecnode are the most familiar examples of having artificially been made impossible, the negative result this species.
meant nothing, and should not be allowed to influence (2) Nodes, cusps, and multiple points, any tangent at opinion.
GEORGE HOOKHAM. which has a contact of the first or some higher order at some other point or points on the curve. For example, it is possible for each of the six nodal tangents of a trinodal
Change in Colour of Moss Agates. quintic to touch the curve elsewhere, and it can be shown The following observations may perhaps throw light on that the six points of contact lie on a conic.
the colour changes in moss agate and flint noted by Messrs. (3) Two or more nodes, cusps or multiple points may Whitton and Simmonds in your issues of November 10 have a common tangent. Thus the reciprocal of a biflec- and 17. Specimens of the flints from Bournemouth referred onde is a pair of cusps having a common cuspidal tangent, to by Mr. Simmonds were brought to this laboratory some whilst a septimic curve may possess a node and a rham- months ago, and, though they were not submitted to any baid cusp having a common tangent.
very searching examination, it was found that the colouring (4) Singularities of the tacnode and oscnode type. When matter could be removed on boiling a fragment with hydrothe number of constituent double points is unequal to chloric acid, while the solution gave well marked reactions n-1), where n is a positive integer, the singularity can- for iron and phosphoric acid. Now the compound not be a multiple point, but must be of the tacnode type ; Fe,(PO.),.8H,0, whether prepared in the laboratory or and since the constituents of a tacnode are two nodes and occurring as the mineral vivianite, is colourless when pure, Pau double tangents, every singularity of this species must but becomes oxidised to ferrosoferric orthophosphate, and contain double or stationary tangents, or both. When the turns blue, when exposed to the atmosphere. It seems probnumber of double points is equal to inín - 1), the singularity able, then, that the change of colour of these flints is due may be a multiple point, but when it contains line as well to a layer of vivianite which alters on exposure. as point singularities, it is of the same type as the oscnode, In considering the case of the agate penholder, it which is composed of three nodes and three double tangents. should be noted that such objects are but rarely made (3) A tangent at a node or a multiple point, which has of agate in its natural condition, it being the practice of
the manufacturers to colour the stone artificially by chemical between 14h. 45m. and 15h. 38m. The increase in frequency treatment. Thus a fine blue colour can be developed by of meteors of the dominant shower at this period was nice soaking the stone first in a solution of potassium ferro- due to improvement of seeing conditions. cyanide and then in a solution of a ferric salt. Now In the latter watch three shooting stars coming from exposure to the action of alkalies, or in some cases to direct 160° +481° were mapped. The radiant point of the Leonida sunlight, suffices to destroy the blue colouring matter, it of November 15, as determined from eight tracks, was at would seem probable that it is in this direction that an 151° + 20° The meteors were. swift, and mostly left explanation of the change observed by Mr. Whitton is to streaks. There was a decided tendency towards green ia be sought.
their colouring In conclusion, I may add that a very instructive series Below are particulars of some of the most interesting of specimens illustrative of the artificial colouring of agate Leonids, other than those mentioned above :is on exhibition in the mineral gallery of the British Museum (Natural History); A. HUTCHINSON.
November 15. The Mineralogical Laboratory, Cambridge, November 21.
Swift. Greenisb-yellow. from the conclusions that the zeuglodonts are not whales,
rected from 1° N. y Le nis 15 671 - 9. 64 -11
ri Very swist. White, tinged blue and that the ancestors of the whales are at present un- 15 26'101 +16% 88 +121 <S
Green-yellow. known. I trust “ R. L.” will pardon me for in turn dis- 15 38 172 +348 1794+378S-21
White, tinged green. Streak. senting from these assertions, and for agreeing entirely with Dr. Fraas. So long ago as 1900, in discussing the pelvic Sheffield, November 24.
ALPHONSO KING, girdle of Basilosaurus, I pointed out that the vestigial femur suggested that of a creodont, while later, in Science for March 11, I recorded my utter disbelief in any relation
Intelligence in Animals. ship between Basilosaurus and existing whales. Conse
HAVING recently seen in NATURE some accounts of the quently, while greatly pleased at the results of Dr. Fraas's
sagacity of cats, I trust that the following facts, for which study of the small zeuglodonts, I was not at all surprised. I can personally vouch, may also be interesting to your It seems to me that our knowledge of Eocene mammals is readers. really very small, and that it will be many years before we will be able to trace the line of descent of many existing anxious to gain admittance into the house, not only lifts
We have a cat, an ordinary tabby, which, when out ari forms with any degree of certainty. This is most
the weather-board of either our front or back hall-doors emphatically true of the whales, the ancestry of which is
three or four times in succession, thereby causing a loud still obscure. At the same time I have pointed out (Science,
knock each time, but has also instructed her young kitten March 11) that the Eocene deposits of the southern United
to perform the same seat. States contain remains of a large cetacean that is at pre
Both mother and daughter now regularly koock in this sent known to us 'by a few caudals alone. This form is
manner in order to be let in.
J. E. A, T. undescribed, because it seemed to me best to await the discovery of better material than caudals. So while the ancestors of whales are still unknown, we have a hint that My room opens by a door to a hall; when our fox-ferrier they may be discovered any day.
F. A. LUCAS.
wants to come into my room from the ball he scratches at Brooklyn Institute Museum, November 4.
my door. When he finds himself in the hall and wants to go out by another door to the garden or back-hall, he whines
for me, and, going out, I find him by the door he wants The Discovery of Argon.
opened. This--my leisure regrets—is of daily occurrence.
F. C. CONSTABLE. IN' reference to the slip indicated in the last issue of NATURE by Prof. G. H. Darwin, permit me to mention that
Wick Court, near Bristol, November 27. the slip was mine-not Mendeléeff's. In Mendeléeff's text it stands : " As to argon and its congeners--helium, neon, krypton and xenon--these simple gases discovered mainly
PATAGONIA. (preimuschestvenno) by Ramsay. - I am sorry to see HE dispute between the Argentine Republic that I had omitted the word mainly.'
In reality, my manuscript (which I enclose) contained, as you see, the words “discovered chiefly by Ramsay,
their Patagonian possessions threatened at one time
to result in a prolonged and sanguinary struggle. chiefly was not the proper word it was struck out, probably by myself, in the proof. THE TRANSLATOR.
Happily this misfortune was averted by the decision, honourable to both nations, to refer the differences that
had arisen to the arbitration of our Sovereign. A The Leonids, 1904.
British Commission was accordingly appointed to WATCHING was begun on November 14, when between examine the geographical features of the country and 18h. iom. and 18h. 4om., in a sky rapidly brightening with judge how far they could be reconciled with the terms approaching sunrise, one certain Leonid, of magnitude of the treaties the interpretation of which was in ques. excelling that of Sirius, shot from Cancer into Gemini. tion. As the head of this commission was chosen Sir
November 15,-Watch from 12h. 5m. to 12h. 4om., and Thomas Holdich, who had served his country as 14h. 5m. to 15h. 45m. The heavens were very clear at the boundary commissioner in the wild inaccessible lands I had just commenced looking out when a beautiful
that lie to the north and west of our Indian possessions, tailed Leonid, of mag. 3, shot from 851° +21° to 74° -2°. At 12h. 17m. thin, broken clouds began to pass over, the
and this selection was abundantly justified by the tact sky becoming completely covered at 12h. 40m. At 12h. 38m.
and skill with which a frontier more than 800 miles in a huge-headed Leonid, outrivalling Venus in brilliancy, was
length was traced in such a manner as to accomplish seen travelling behind small, broken clouds from 129° +351° the almost unprecedented feat of satisfying both to 107° + 43° in three-quarters of a second. The path here parties, given is probably a little too long. About 13h. 3om, the In the present volume Sir Thomas Holdich has sky began to clear again, and was pretty good by the time given us his impressions of the progressive republics of the commencement of the second watch.
There were of Chile and the Argentine, and of the scene of his many thin clouds, but the interspaces were large and very
1 - The Countries of the King's Award," By Sir Thamas Holdich clear. At 15h. 25m. the heavens became quite unclouded. K.C.M.G. Pp. xv+420. (London: Hurst and Blackett, Lid., 1904. In this last look-out' Leonids 'were more numerous, six being Price 16s. net.
labours in Patagonia-impressions all the more valu- It is, however, the pages that describe the author's able because they are those of a distinguished soldier experiences in Patagonia that will appeal most and man of science who has spent the greater part of strongly to the scientific reader. The international his life in the East, and whose principal achievements differences have borne at least some good fruit. 'In have been amongst the great mountain masses and the hope of finding evidence to support one view or plateaux of Central Asia, which find their only parallel the other the interior of Patagonia has been so in the Andes. Again and again he dwells on the like energetically explored that there are few countries of ness and on the contrasts between the new lands which there has been so rapid an increase of our geothat he was visiting and those with which he had long graphical knowledge in recent years. Comparatively been familiar.
little of the tract examined by Sir Thomas Holdich We have only space to quote one passage (p. 149) :- had been trodden by the foot of civilised man a dozen “One could not see the stiff rows of poplars streaking years before his visit." the stony slopes of the eastern Andes near Mendoza We follow with absorbing interest the author in his without being forcibly reminded of the Indian rapid journey through the varied scenery of the central frontiers; and the plains of Chile round about Santiago depression between the Andes on the one hand and might be the plains of Afghanistan round about Kabul. the pampas on the other—a fertile land of hill and Standing on the slopes of the hills near Kabul, where valley; with here and there great lakes that occupy Baber's tomb overlooks the Chardeh valley and the the deeper hollows and overflow, some to the Atlantic
flat range of the Hindu Kush fills up the western and others through deep breaks in the mountains to horizon, where interlacing lines of poplars chequer the Pacific. Everywhere there are evidences of iming the purple and yellow fields mark the course of portant changes in the still recent past-the shrinkage the irrigation channels, an impression once drifted in or complete disappearance of lakes, the diversion of upon my mind of a land of promise set in the midst the drainage from the Atlantic to the Pacific, and the of barren hills, specially designed to illustrate man's retrocession of the glaciers. ingenuity in making green things to grow where no Elsewhere we read of cruises amid the channels and green thing had been before. It was the wealth of inlets of the Pacific coast, which form the submerged the poplars and the willows which produced the im- continuations of the central valley of Chile, and of the pression, contrasted with the sterility of the mountains glens of the rivers that traverse the Andean chain. which formed their background and which were only Further inland these latter are filled with alluvium faintly visible through the summer haze, with just overgrown with impenetrable jungle. On this side, the glint of snowpatch here and there. The impression too, of the Andes there is evidence of recent changes, was reproduced with the first view of the plains stretch- for—as Darwin was the first to point out-high above ing from the foot hills of the Andes outwards to the the sea-level are raised beaches and deposits containPacific. For twenty-five years Time might have stood ing shells of forms that still live in the neighbouring still, and Chardeh, Maidan, and the road to Ghazni ocean. were all back again before me."
But although the axis of the Cordillera and the outer chain of islands appear to be rising from a position of Vice-Chancellor. Many occasions arise, however, when depression, the line of the great Chilian valley is prob- it is of importance to the universities concerned that ably still sinking, for near the head of the Gulf of statesmen, such as the Prime Minister, who is ChanPenas, and south of the isthmus of Ofqui, that con- cellor of Edinburgh, Mr. Chamberlain, who is Channects the peninsula of Taitao with the mainland, are cellor of Birmingham, Lord Rosebery, who is found forests so recently submerged as to render it Chancellor of London, and Lord Spencer, who is necessary to be cautious in steering amongst the tree Chancellor of Manchester, should represent their tops. Future generations of mankind, the author universities in Parliament or elsewhere, and such men thinks, may see the isthmus submerged beneath the have usually been elected not so much on account of ocean, above which it is even now but slightly raised. their own connection with the universities they pre
Part of this isthmus is occupied by Lake San Rafael, side over as of the eminent place they have taken in which is remarkable as the “ terminus of an enormous the State, and the weight which must on all occasions glacier that scatters huge icebergs about its waters. be attached to their considered opinions. Lord Kelvin
Is there any other glacier,” the author asks,“ de- has been connected with the University of Glasgow scending to sea level in latitude 47° either N. or S.? " since his early boyhood, he has spent his life within We know of none; but however that may be there are her walls, and he built up his enduring fame during several that reach the sea between this point and the the fifty-three years when he was professor of natural Straits of Magellan; and yet southern Patagonia is philosophy in the university. a land of luxuriant vegetation, at least on its western Lord Kelvin's father was a north of Ireland man, coasts. “ Forest was everywhere about us, dense, preparing for the ministry of the Presbyterian Church. shadowy, dark and generally dripping. The long lines in his day, and until the foundation of the Queen's of the higher sierra were thick with it up to the point Colleges in Ireland, Glasgow was the university to where the granite cliffs polished and smoothed by ice- which many north of Ireland men resorted, and Lord cap and glacier gave foothold to vegetation only on Kelvin's father
a distinguished student in their flat ledges. The little islets that seemed to chase Glasgow, gaining prizes in many classes more than one another through the streaky grey sea were rounded ninety years since. About eighty years ago he gave and packed with it." In the Ultima Esperanza dis- up his studies for the ministry and became professor trict in latitude 52° there are grazing grounds where of mathematics in the Belfast Academical Institution. the sheep fatten quickly on the tufted grass of the Eight years later-in 1832—he was elected to the country, and are left to find their own shelter, while chair of mathematics in Glasgow, which he filled for in the neighbouring woods the puma waits his oppor- sixteen years with eminent success. There were no tunity as he does in the tropical forests of Brazil, better text-books anywhere than those which he pubAnd over the whole country, mountains, valleys, and lished on the subjects of his chair, and the small pampas alike, blow untiringly the strenuous western number of his students who remember him can iyinds, for the most part in blustering gales that testify that they never met a clearer or better teacher succeed one another in quick succession. “ In of mathematics. Prof. James Thomson had a genius no country in the world,"
" remarks our author, for teaching other things besides mathematics, and “must weather' and climate be so differentiated as both Lord Kelvin and his elder brother, who was proin Patagonia. The weather is bad as bad can be fessor of engineering first in Belfast and afterwards --wild and boisterous, bursting into fury, breaking in Glasgow, owed the best of their education to their into sunshine, freezing the blood in one's veins with a father. Lord Kelvin was only twenty-two years old when biting blizzard, or suffocating the system with the the university had the courage to elect him to the still steady glare of a noonday sun, and it may do all chair of natural philosophy, on the strength of his this and more in the course of a few hours' interval; quite exceptional' brilliancy as a student first in but whether storming or shining, tearing one's tent Glasgow and afterwards in Cambridge. How he has to rags or bathing the landscape in sunshine, who can discharged the duties of his chair and how wide and describe the life-giving, purifying, sweetening, fruitful have been his conception of its duties is known strengthening effects of the climate.”
to the whole world of science. Such is Patagonia, a land that seems destined to On Tuesday, after Lord Kelvin had been formally nourish a hardy race woven of many strands, among installed as Chancellor of the University, he proceeded which the sturdy Welsh colonists of the 16th of to confer the following honorary degrees of LL.D. on October Valley, of whom the author has much to the recommendation of the Senate. tell us, will not be least important. To the man of Princess Louise (Duchess of Argyll), who was presiscience it is a land of striking illustrations of long dent of Queen Margaret College until the college established principles and of problems that will require was incorporated with the university in 1893. The many years of research to solve, for of the story of Marquess of Ailsa, who has taken a great interest in its making scarcely the first chapter- a chapter of naval architecture, and in its practical application to which Darwin wrote the opening pages—is yet
the building of yachts and other vessels." Dr. J. T. complete.
J. W. E Bottomley, F.R.S. ; Dr. James Donaldson, principal of
the University of St. Andrews; Admiral Sir John Charles Dalrymple Hay, G.C.B., F.R.S.; Dr. J. M.
Lang, principal of the University of Aberdeen; Mr. LORD KELVIN AND GLASGOW
G. Marconi; Mr. Andrew Graham Murray, M.P., L'VII'ERSITY.
Secretary for Scotland; the Hon. C. A. Parsons,
F.R.S.; and the Lord Provost of Glasgow, Sir John THE HE installation of Lord Kelvin as Chancellor of
l're Primrose, Bart. Glasgow University, which took place in the Bute Hall on Tuesday, is an event which has few,
After conferring these degrees Lord Kelvin delivered
an address, in the course of which he spoke as if, indeed, it has any, precedents in the recent annals
follow's :of our universities. The Chancellor is the head of the whole university, but in practice he is rarely present is indeed a distinguished honour. For me to be Chancellor
To be Chancellor of one of the universities of our country except on ceremonial occasions, and a great part of of this my beloved University of Glasgow is more than an the work which he has had to do officially is done for honour. I am a child of the University of Glasgow. him in Scotland, as it is at Oxford, Cambridge, lived in it sixty-seven years (1832 to 1899). But my vener. London, or in the newer English universities, by the lation for the ancient Scottish university, then practically
the university for Ulster, began earlier than that happy ago it had the first chemical students' laboratory. Sixty. part of my life. My father, born in County Down, was for five years ago it had the first professorship of engineering of tour years (1810 to 1814) a student of the University of the British Empire. Fifty years ago it had the first physical Glasgow, and in his Irish home, first as professor of mathe- students' laboratory-a deserted wine cellar of an old promatics in the newly-founded Royal Belfast Academical In- fessorial house, enlarged a few years later by the annexation stitution, his children were taught to venerate the Uni- of a deserted examination room. Thirty-four years ago, versity of Glasgow. One of my earliest memories of those when it migrated from its four hundred years old site off old Belfast days is of 1829, when the joyful intelligence the High Street of Glasgow to this brighter and airier hillcame that the Senate of the University of Glasgow had top, it acquired laboratories of physiology and zoology, too conferred the honorary degree of Doctor of Laws on my small and too meagrely equipped. And now every univerfather. Two years later came the announcement that the sity in the world has, or desires to have, laboratories of faculty of Glasgow College had elected him to the pro- human anatomy, of chemistry, of physics, of physiology, of fessorship of mathematics.
zoology. Within the last thirty years laboratories of engineerIn 1834, two years after my father was promoted from ing, of botany, and of public health have been added to some Belfast to the Glasgow professorship of mathematics, I of the universities of the British Empire, with highly benebecame a matriculated member of the University of Glasgow. ficent results for our country and the world. All these the To this day I look back to Prof. William Ramsay's lectures University of Glasgow now has. During the last fifty years on Roman antiquities and readings of Juvenal and Plautus our university has grown in material greatness and in workas more interesting than many a good stage play that I ing power to an extent that its most ardent well-wishers in have seen in the theatre. Happy it is for our university, the first half of the nineteenth century could scarcely have and happy for myself, that his name, and a kindred spirit, imagined possible. Two successive legislative commissions are with us still in my old friend and colleague, our senior (1858 and 1889) have re-formed its constitution and professor, George Ramsay. Greek, under Sir Daniel broadened its foundations, and added to its financial Sandford and Lushington, logic under Robert Buchanan, resources, and admitted women to its membership, with all moral philosophy under William Fleming, natural philo- the privileges of students and graduates. Splendidly liberal sophy and astronomy under John Pringle Nichol, chemistry subscriptions by the people of Glasgow and by a world-wide under Thomas Thomson (à very advanced teacher and in- public outside, backed by powerful aid from the National vestigator), natural history (zoology and geology) under Treasury, enabled the university, on leaving its ancient site, William Couper, were, as I can testify by my own experi- to enter into the grand group of buildings on Gilmorehill, ence, all made interesting and valuable to the students of in which it has happily lived ever since. A few years later Glasgow University in the 'thirties and 'forties of the nine
the generous gift of 45,00ol. by the late Marquis of Bute teenth century. Sandford, in teaching his junior class the built the hall called after his name, in which we are now Greek alphabet and a few characteristic Greek words, and At the same time the adjoining Randolph Hall and the Scottish pronunciation of Greek, gave ideas, and some- staircase were built by a portion of the legacy left to the thing touching on philology, to very young students, which university by the late Mr. Randolph. The Queen Margaret remains on their minds after the heavier grammar and College and grounds were presented to the university by syntax which followed have vanished from their know- Mrs. Elder, who also added largely to the endowment of the ledge. Logic, was delightfully unlike the Collegium engineering professorship, and founded the professorship of Logicum described by Goethe to the young German student naval architecture. Other generous donors have given an through the lips of Mephistopheles. Even the dry bones of engineering laboratory with lecture-rooms, and botanical predicate and syllogism were made by Prof. Buchanan very buildings, and great and much needed extensions in the lively for six weeks among the students of logic and rhetoric anatomical department. The Carnegie Trust and the prinin Glasgow College sixty-seven years ago ; and the delicious cipal's university equipment scheme are at present providwholastic gibberish of Barbara, Celarent” remains with ing two new buildings; one of these is for extensions in the them an amusing recollection. A happy and instructive medical school. The other, in which I naturally take the ülustration of the inductive logic was taken from Wells's **Theory of Dew," then twenty years old. My predecessor
most personal interest, is for the natural philosophy depart.
ment, including lecture-rooms and a physical laboratory, all in the natural philosophy chair, Dr. Meikleham, taught his designed and at present being realised under the able students reverence for the great French mathematicians,
direction of my successor in the natural philosophy chair, Legendre, Lagrange, Laplace. His immediate successor in Prof. Andrew Gray. the traching of the natural philosophy class, Dr. Nichol,
In the province of the humanities the working power of added Fresnel and Fourier to this list of scientific nobles ;
the university for instruction and research has been largely and by his own inspiring enthusiasm for the great French
augmented during the last fifty years by the foundation of school of mathematical physics, continually manifested in his experimental and theoretical teaching of the wave theory
new professorships, conveyancing, English language and
literature, Biblical criticism, clinical surgery, clinical of light and of practical astronomy, he largely promoted
medicine, history (in my opinion the most important of all in sientific study and thorough appreciation of science in the L'niversity of Glasgow. In this hall you see side by side
the literary department), pathology, political economy. In
mathematics and in the science of dead matter, professortwo memorial windows presented to the university to mark ships of naval architecture and geology ; lectureships of elecpermanently its admiration of three men of genius, John tricity, of physics, and of physical chemistry; and demonCaird, John Pringle Nichol, and his son, John Nichol, who lived in it, and worked for it and for the world, in the two
stratorships and official assistantships in all departments departments of activity for which universities exist, the
have most usefully extended the range of study, and largely humanities and science. As far back as 1818 to 1830
strengthened the working corps for research and instruction. Thomas Thomson, the first professor of chemistry in the
I venture to congratulate the city of Glasgow on having l'niversity of Glasgow, began the systematic teaching of
for her god-daughter a university so splendidly equipped and practical chemistry to students, and by aid of the faculty
so admirably provided with workers. of Glasgow College, which gave the site and the money for the building, realised a well equipped laboratory, which preceded. I believe, by some years Liebig's famous laboratory of Giessen, and was, I believe, the first of all the labor
ANNIVERSARY MEETING OF THE ROYAL atories in the world for chemical research and the practical
SOCIETY. instruction of university students in chemistry. That was HE report of the council of the Royal Society was at a time when an imperfectly informed public used to regard the University of Glasgow as a stagnant survival
presented at the anniversary meeting held yester. sentixvalism and to call its professors the Monks of the day, November 30, and the president, Sir William Molendinar!
Huggins, K.C.B., F.R.S., delivered the annual The university of Adam Smith, James Watt, and Thomas
address. Reid was never stagnant. For two centuries and a quarter
The council refers to the second general assembly of it has been very progressive. Nearly two centuries ago it the International Association of Academies last Whithad a laboratory of human anatomy. Seventy-five years suntide as one of the chief events of the year. At the