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SOME time back it was publicly stated that Commander Cheyne and his friends intended to apply to the Geographical Society for countenance and support to their plans of Arctic exploration. A deputation accordingly waited on Lord Aber-dare, the president, on October 12, and, in pursuance of a suggestion he then made, a statement of Commander Cheyne's plans was lately drawn up by a committee for submission to the Council of the Society. This has been considered, and in reply the President and Council regret that the scheme, as explained by the statement, does not commend itself to them as one containing the elements of success and of usefulness, and that, even if it were feasible, the means proposed to be adopted for encountering the great dangers and difficulties necessarily attendant upon such an enterprise, do not appear to them sufficient. We believe the Geographical Society is to take up the subject of Arctic exploration this session. An Arctic Committee will be appointed to bring together all that has been done since the last English expedition, to enable the Society to decide what steps they should take.

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