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WE have frequently had occasion to refer to the energy and work of the Perthshire Society of Natural Science, and we rejoice to see that at its last meeting it has shown an example which we hope will be followed sooner or later by all scientific societies; it has resolved to make its influence felt in parliamentary elections. On the motion of the secretary, Dr. White, the following resolution was unanimously adopted:—“That in respect that Britain is apparently rapidly losing that commercial and manufacturing supremacy which has heretofore distinguished her, and that it is high time that the Government of this country should take steps to retain that supremacy, and that means towards that desirable end is the appointment of a responsible Minister of Education whose duty it will be to see that our education machinery in all departments, both in extent and in efficiency, is kept up to the wants of the age, and that a thorough general, education in the scientific principles on which the arts are founded (and without which training mere technical schools are of no use), is put within the reach of all, this society resolves that the candidates for the representation in Parliament of the County and City of Perth be respectfully requested to state, whether, in the event of their being elected they will use their influence to urge upon the Government; (1) the appointment of such responsible Minister of Education; (2) the promotion of scientific exploration expeditions, such as that of an Arctic expedition which the late Government was in vain requested to promote; (3) the providing of means for carrying on unremunerative scientific research.” The secretary was accordingly directed to communicate with the candidates.

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Notes . Nature 9, 271–274 (1874). https://doi.org/10.1038/009271a0

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