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zones, these being, in ascending order, the Nairn, Alves,
and Rosebrae beds. Reference was made to the affinity of Royal Dublin Society, March 21.-Sir Howard Grubb,
the Rosebrae fish-fauna with that of Dura Den, the yellow F.R.S., in the chair.-(a) The temperature of healthy dairy
sandstones of which locality constitute the highest member cattle, (b) the temperature of tuberculous cattle, not
of the Upper Old Red of Fifeshire. Dr. Traquair specially clinically affected : Prof. G. H. Wooldridge. The author
desired to acknowledge his great indebtedness to Mr. W. made 520 observations on 63 healthy dairy cattle which
Taylor, of Lhanbryde, without whose assistance in furnishwere subsequently submitted to the tuberculin test, and
ing material the paper could not have been prepared.—The failing to react were considered free from the disease.
constitution of complex salts, i., derivatives of the sesquiHis conclusions are that the temperature may vary between
oxides : A. T. Cameron. Retger's method of investi100°4 F. and 100°8 F., with an average mean temperature of 10104 F. Feeding Feeding 'caused an average rise of 0°.3 F. gating isomorphous mixtures was applied to the blue
chromoxalates of ammonium and potassium, and showed above the temperature of the same cattle at the same time on other days, but not feeding. In the afternoon,
that they had no definite composition, there being, there
fore, no conclusive reason for doubling the formulæ of between 4 and 5 o'clock, the average temperature was
these and similar compounds. The striking analogy 0°5 higher than at 8 a.m. Pregnant cows had an average
between the so-called double fluorides, chlorides, cyanides, temperature 0°.3 F. higher than the average of the other
&c., and the complex derivatives of dibasic acids was cattle in the same building. Tuberculous cattle numbering
pointed out. It was shown that to almost all such com74, apparently perfectly healthy, but subsequently reacting to tuberculin, were the subjects of 505 observations. These pounds, whether derived from monobasic or dibasic acids,
simple constitutions can be assigned by supposing the animals had a much wider range of variations. The
hydroxyl radicals of the metallic hydroxide to be replaced average was 101°:7 F. The lowest observed was 100°-4 F. and the highest 104°:3 F. The widest range of an in
by complex groups.-Theorems relating to a generalisation dividual was from 100°.7 F. to 104°3 F., with an average
of Bessel's function, ii. : Rev. F. H. Jackson. of 102°:2 F. (temperature taken 15 times).
Out of 137
March 6.-Lord M'Laren in the chair.--A study of three apparently healthy dairy cattle, 74 (54 per cent.) reacted to vegetarian diets : Drs. Noël Paton and J. C. Dunlop. tuberculin, thus emphasising the advisability of using that Of the three diets described, one was a totally insufficient agent in attempts to obtain a dairy free from tuberculosis.
diet of bananas, a second was a fairly typical vegetarian On the petrological examination of macadam : Prof. J.
diet showing the difficulty of avoiding an excess of sugary Joly, F.R.S. Various specimens of macadam used on food, and the third was the far from economical diet of a Scottish roads have been examined. The general results vegetarian glutton. These were compared with the diets of the investigation are to elucidate the characteristics of of the labouring classes in cities as illustrated by the these macadams, as well as apparent abnormalities of
author's own investigations in Edinburgh, and those of behaviour, and to demonstrate the value of petrological Rowntree, Alswater, and Lumsden respectively in York, methods in such cases. On the construction of fume- New York, and Dublin, and as regards rural districts by chambers with effective ventilation : Prof. W. N. Hartley,
Wilson Fox's report. It was shown that these normal F.R.S. The results of a series of experiments on ventil- diets more nearly approached the physiological standard ation and of practical experience with fume-chambers have
than the vegetarian diets studied.—A further contribution shown the conditions which are necessary for the removal
to the fresh-water plankton of the Scottish lochs : W. and of noxious fumes from a chemical laboratory with the G. S. West. The thirty-six lochs studied were in the greatest efficiency and the least possible trouble and
north-west Highlands. There
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Desmids, a fact attributed to the geological character of six months of the gas burnt, the air extracted, the differ
the country. The Protococcoideæ were not abundant, in ence between inside and outside temperatures, the baro
marked contrast to what occurs in Continental Europe. metric pressure, the direction of the wind and its strength. Diatoms were very abundant, and did not disappear in The direction and dimensions of the flues, and the relation
May and June. Myxophyceæ, again, were relatively few. of the passage of air up the flues to the cubic contents
The Swedish lakes alone approached the Scottish in the of the chambers, are stated. The average quantity of air
richness of the plankton. The Danish plankton was reexhausted per minute was 354 cubic feet per chamber of latively much poorer in Chlorophyceæ, especially Conju51 cubic feet, and on an average the air of each chamber
gates. This was to be attributed principally to the fact is completely changed every nine seconds. The small
that the geological formations are mostly of Tertiary age. height of the flues, being 25 feet, renders such a means
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a list of nearly fifty species of Rhizopods and Heliozoa out-buildings, such as school laboratories. Details are
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Rhizopoda had probably been derived from the shallow
margins of the lake or from the neighbouring peat bogs ; EDINBURGH.
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this paper the list of species given in the previous paper
by Penard was supplemented by a number of species Silurian sedimentary rocks in these isolated islands indicates a former much greater extension of land in the
observed by the Lake Survey, bringing the list of Loch area lying to the south-east of Cape Horn. The fossils
Ness Sarcodina up to sixty-six species. The difficulty of Pleurograptus and Discinocaris indicate their age as corre
accounting for the transmission of peculiar abyssal forms sponding to the Caradoc or Lower Llandovery, and the
from one deep lake to another was met by the suggestion structure of the rocks suggests that they belong to the
that the abyssal forms originate separately in each lake same series as the Silurian rocks of the Argentine.
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