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As the British Association meets this year—its fifty-fourth—on August 27, in Montreal, preparations for the meeting have had to be made unusually early. Already everything is ready, and we are able to announce the lists of officials. President: the Right Hon. Lord Rayleigh, D.C.L., F.R.S., Professor of Experimental Physics in the University of Cambridge. Vice-Presidents: His Excellency the Governor-General of Canada; the Right Hon. Sir John Alexander Macdonald, K.C.B., D.C.L.; the Right Hon. Sir Lyon Playfair, K.C.B., M.P., F.R.S; the Hon. Sir Alexander Tilloch Gait, G.C.M.G.; the Hon. Sir Charles Tupper, K.C.M.G.; Sir Narcisse Dorion, C.M.G.; the Hon. Dr. Chauveau; Principal J. W. Dawson, C.M.G., F.R.S.; Prof. Edward Frankland, M.D., D.C.L., F.R.S.; W. H. Hingston, M.D.; Thomas Sterry Hunt, LL.D., F.R.S. General Treasurer: Prof. A. W. Williamson, LL.D., F.R.S. General Secretaries: Capt. Douglas Galton, C.B., D.C.L., F.R.S.; A. G. Vernon Harcourt, F.R.S. Secretary: Prof. T. G. Bonney, D.Sc, F.R.S., P.G.S. Local Secretaries for the meeting at Montreal: L. E. Dawson, R. A. Ramsay, S. Rivard, S. C. Stevenson, Thomas White, M.P. Local Treasurer for the meeting at Montreal, F. Wolferstan Thomas. The Sections are the following:—A.—Mathematical and Physical Science.—President: Prof. Sir William Thomson, M.A., LL.D., D.C.L., F.R.SS.L. and E., F.R.A.S. Vice-Presidents: Prof. J. B. Cherriman, M.A.; J. W. L. Glaisher, M.A., F.R.S., F.R.A.S. Secretaries: Charles H. Carpmael, M.A.; Prof. A. Johnson, M.A., LL.D.; Prof. O. J. Lodge, D.Sc.; D. MacAlister, M.A., M.B., B.Sc. (Recorder). B.—Chemical Science.—President: Prof. H. E. Roscoe, Ph.D., LL.D., F.R.S., F.C.S. Vice-Presidents: Prof. Dewar, M.A., F.R.S., F.C.S.; Prof. B. J. Harrington, B.A., Ph.D. Secretaries: Prof. P. Phillips Bedson, D.Sc, F.C.S. (Recorder); H. B. Dixon, M.A., F.C.S.; T. McFarlane, Prof. W. W. Pike. C.—Geology.—President: W. T. Blanford, F.R.S., F.G.S., F.R.G.S. Vice-Presidents: Prof. Rupert Jones, F.R.S., F.G.S.; A. R. C. Selwyn, LL.D., F.R.S., F.G.S. Secretaries: F. Adams, B.Ap.Sc.; G. M. Dawson, D.Sc, F.G.S.; W. Topley, F.G.S. (Recorder); W. Whitaker, B.A., F.G.S. D.—Biology.—President: Prof. H. N. Moseley, M.A., F.R.S., F.L.S., F.R.G.S., F.Z.S. Vice-Presidents: W. B. Carpenter, C.B., M.D., LL.D., F.R.S., F.L.S., F.G.S.; Prof. R. G. Lawson, Ph.D., LL.D. Secretaries: Prof. W. Osier, M.D.; Howard Saun-ders, F.L.S., F.Z.S. (Recorder); A. Sedgwick, B.A.; Prof. R. Ramsay Wright, M.A., B.Sc. E.—Geography.—Vice-Presidents: Col. Rhodes; P. L. Sclater, M.A., Ph.D., F.R.S., F.L.S., F.G.S., F.R.G.S. Secretaries: R. Bell, M.D., LL.D., F.G.S.; Rev. Abbe Laflamme; E. G. Raven-stein, F.R.G.S.; E. C. Rye, F.Z.S. (Recorder). F.—Economic Science and Statistics.—President: Sir R. Temple, G.C.S.I., C.I.E., D.C.L., F.R.G.S. Vice-Presidents, J. B. Martin, F.S.S.; Prof. J. Clark Murray, LL.D. Secretaries: Prof. H. S. Foxwell, M.A., F.S.S.; J. S. McLennan, B.A.; Constantine Molloy (Recorder); Prof. J. Watson, M.A., LL.D. G.—Mechanical Science.—President: Sir F. J. Bramwell, F.R.S., M.Inst.C.E. Vice-presidents: Prof. H. T. Bovey, M. A.; P.G. B. Westmacott, M.Inst.C.E. Secretaries: A. T. Atehison, M.A., C.E.; J. Kennedy, C.E.; L. Lesage, C.E.; H. T. Wood, B.A. (Recorder). H.—Anthropology.—President: E. B. Tylor, D.C.L., LL.D., F.R.S. Vice-Presidents: Prof. W. Boyd Dawkins, M.A., F.R.S., F.S.A., F.G.S.; Prof. Daniel Wilson, LL.D., F.R.S.E. Secretaries: G. W. Bloxam, M.A., F.L.S. (Recorder); Rev. J. Campbell, M.A.; Walter Hurst, B.Sc.; J. M. P. Lemoine. It is expected that the public lectures will be by Mr. Crookes, Dr. Dallinger, and Prof. Ball. Liberal reductions of fares will be made by the steamship companies and the American railways; the Canadian Pacific Railway, indeed, gives free travelling to all members from August I to the time for the excursion to the Rocky Mountains, which it offers free to 150 members. Many other excursions have been arranged for, and the American Association invites the members to join its meetings and excursions at Philadelphia on September 3. We are glad to see that Section A is following the good example set by Prof. Lankester in Biology last year. A circular signed by Sir William Thomson has been issued by the Committee of Section A, inviting the co-operation of mathematicians and physicists, and requesting those willing to read papers and take part in the discussions to send their names to the Secretaries of Section A, British Association, Albemarle Street. The following subjects have been selected for special discussion by the Committee:—On Friday, August 29, The Seat of the Electromotive Forces in the Voltaic Cell. On Monday, September 1, The Connection of Sunspots with Terrestrial Phenomena.

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