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EARLY YEARS OF THE AMERICAN ASSOCIATION.

and important, including a thousand or more extinct and nearly or quite as many living vertebrates.

Prof. Cope was for many years secretary and curator of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia, and chief of the department of organic material of the permanent exhibition of that city. He was elected a member of the National Academy of Sciences in 1872. He has published numerous works of a scientific PSM V49 D527 Edward Drinker Cope.jpgEdward D. Cope, President elect A. A. A. S. fourth Buffalo meeting, 1896. nature, including several hundred papers, and dozens of larger works. He has for many years edited the American Naturalist.

The fourth Buffalo meeting is to be held in the week beginning August 24th. Mayor Jewett is president of the local committee, and Eben P. Dorr is local secretary. Prof. Frederick W. Putnam remains permanent secretary, having filled that office during the greater part of the existence of the association.

The association assembles this year at Buffalo at an epoch marked by wonderful advances in applied science. The harnessing of Niagara, and the utilization of that immense power for electrical and manufacturing purposes, will furnish the most impressive object lesson which has ever been presented to the association in the whole forty-eight years of its existence. The study of Niagara has been an absorbing feature of all the Buffalo meetings. Heretofore it was the geology of that stupendous gorge which appealed most strongly to the attention of visitors. Now the new and diversified uses of the energy set free by the cataract will invest the visit to Niagara with new importance and significance.

 


 
Prof. G. Stanley Hall expressed the opinion, at the recent meeting of the American Antiquarian Society, that the difficulties of the American people with the Indians had arisen from trying to educate them along a line with which they have no sympathy, and with which they can not assimilate, instead of encouraging them in improving their own scheme of life.