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THE OBSERVATORY OF PARIS.—Admiral Mouchez's report on the state of this establishment and the work accomplished therein during the past year commences with some details of his scheme for erecting a succursal observatory at a distance from Paris, where the disadvantages of location in the midst of a great city would be avoided. His proposal was to dispose of a part of the actual grounds of the Observatory, a step which would be likely to realise a sum adequate to the erection of the new building, at the same time retaining the present one to form the head-quarters of the Bureau des Calculs, the Archives, and the Museum, the two establishments to remain under the same direction and to constitute together the Observatory of Paris. This scheme, it is known, has not met with general acceptance at the hands of the scientific authorities.

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