of stars here and iffer utial $easare the the i s ty of as established, and bast mode of carry Durse of the autumn ?ireetor of the Paris to that in response the admirable star everal of the astro suggested that it ronomers of various to taking concerted complete map of the txrdingly to obtain the Royal Society" onfercuoe ; and as it 1 should be favourthat the conference d it would be neoes .Daomers who live in reply was requested.. Mouches's object to s of ter the recess, I ur Fellows specially eceiving their replies at undertne cireums in the name of the iggestion, explaining the understanding, ante with his intenbt attend the confer Mto the adoption M. Henry, but S open to discusad done to the Tecess, I obtained In these photohibited of the power ce of objects wholly a of the Ylelades was which cannot be seen ifference of power of 'ith the eye an object ere" with the plate, f light, feebleness of th of exposure, But my persons who have cation of the stars. who has sent us some tphs obtained by his i Cape Observatory, ovens of the southern i as to include the Durcbmusterang subsequently reduce mplete Argelander's Southern hemisphere. s nobly undertaken Lrs to anpertntending Pro before the wing regard to the the probability of a rtly held in =Paris to rnment Grant Come Royal society that take the subject into cted on this sugcesirope in the spring, xisulthimperaonally. ieen awarded to the her, Professor r Franz in thcoeticel optics i early tsars treated tlf a cantor y a~o, he fight. Fr~l had,with a celebrated laws of transverse vibrations, fnanaical theory which t t Nt+sarn,oR . „t s au , rn. V., ~y ruulp iuua4Vy tc t rsi..n. At the anniver dinner in the evening, Mr. FRAcci3 (IALT,orr, in returning honles for toast of " The Gold Madall£sts," said :-It is a on the occasions that the recipient of a Royal m .ld become egotistical and give so account of the influen that moulded his scientific r. I am g that I can do so briefly. To me, the first determining influence w a youtlltul spirit of adventure that goaded me c xgIore South Africa. I started in I850 with abundant raoral support from the Geographical Society,and succeeded, among other thin~s,in being the first to traverse Da nd, that country which has recently fallen under the protection of Germany, and where I saw enough of savage race.; to give me' materiAl to think about all the rest of my life, shortly after returning: home one of the gold medals of the Geographical Society was awarded to me. I was elected a member of their council and then their honorary secretary, in which capacity I energetically occupied myself in furthering new expttditions, in planning instrumental equipments, and devising arts or travel. It was a heyday Limo for ex pintoes. Almost Almost the whole of Central Africa and lust ralia wan unknown; historical Asiatic goo phy was litt lekno wnw adlarge lymisunderstoo d.Steamshi psa ndn ewmethods of sledgin gave hope of an unlimited range to Arctic dis covery. There was in every direction what Americans would call agreat " boom " of travel. For the part I had played in all this, I had the honour of be-in , elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in I . The ethnological aspects of geography now began to attract me more than the physical al ones. It was about this time that the fact dawn on scientific men that the key to the origin of soiet.y among civilized nations and to many of their unexplained customs was to be found in the habits of contemporary barbarians. I u1~3 you, as a specialist in heredity, that I am not speaking without reason when I say that qualities which I seem to have inherited through two of my grandparents gradually yielded precedence to those that I certainly, inherited from the other two. Recollect, please., that tests medal is awarded to me for " statietical inquiries into biolo?ical phenomena." I can account fully both for the statistics and the biology. You must, please, allow me the pleasure of dissecting, m3 self. On my father's side, I. know of many most striking, some truly comic, instances of statistical proclivity. I have in my pon many pounds weight of ruled memoranda books, severally allotted to almost every conceivable household purposc, which belonged to an aged female relative who died years ago. I al so reckon at least fl ve other remarkable instances of a love of tabulation within two degrees of kinship from myself. Again, as regards biology, I am sire there is a similarity between the form of the bent of my mind and that of my mother's father, Dr. Erasmus Darwin. The resemblance chiefly lies in a strong disposition to generalize upon every-clay matters that commonly pan unnoticed. I hav,3 myself' attempted seine of the very inquiries to which he had drawn attention, in complete unconsciousness that ho had done so. It was owing to this hereditary bent of mind that I w well prepare to assimilate the theories of Charles Darwin when they first appeared in his " ° Otigin of Species." Few can have been more profoundly influenced than I was by his ublications. They enlarged the horizon of my ideas. drew from them the breath of a fuller scientific life, and I owe more of my later scientific impulses to the influences of Charles Darwin than I can easily express. I rarely approached his genial presence without an almost overwhelming sense of devotion and reverence, and I valued his encouragement and approbation more, perhaps, than that of the whole world besides. This is the simple outline of my scientific his T tory . I conclude by assuring on of the pleasures I have in the thought that this medal a new bond, literally a golden bond, to connect me' even more firmly than before with the Royal Society. THE ROYAL ALPO I(T UALL. Yeatesarday a special meeting of the Royal Albert Hall Corporation wilts held in the wtftt theatre of the ~a11 to nisht c i Wednesday. the 15th i trustt the sue hm will bei trn~naferable will be PAID to the stooktwidevs or U Lo u aaad rein. dand wave i can be forwarded by Post to within the United m at their rink. 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