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    SO far as reports have reached us, the Montreal meeting has been a brilliant success, at least from the social point of view. The enthusiasm of the reception by the Canadians could not have been greater, and that enthusiasm, we are glad to notice, has met with a cordial response from the 800 members of the Association who went to Montreal. From the ample reports in the Times it is evident that, notwithstanding the many outside attractions devised by the hosts of the Association, the work in the Sections has in quantity and quality been up to the average. The proceedings began on Tuesday week with an address from the Mayor and Corporation of Montreal, and on Wednesday the Governor-General, Lord Lansdowne, welcomed the Association in a warm speech, in which the right keynote was struck. “If,” he said, “you selected within the British Colonial Empire a spot for your meeting, you could not have selected a colony which better deserved this distinction either in respect of warmth of affection for the mother country, or the desire of its inhabitants for the diffusion of knowledge and culture. In a young country such pursuits are conducted in the face of difficulties, competition with material activity necessarily absorbing the attention of a rapidly developing community. We may claim for Canada that she has done her best, and has spared no pains to provide for the interests of science in the future. She has scientific workers known and respected far beyond the bounds of their own nation.” Lord Lansdowne spoke warmly of the honour conferred upon Principal Sir John Dawson, who is more responsible than any other single person for the Association's visit. “We regard,” he said, “the knighthood Her Majesty has bestowed upon him as an appropriate recognition of his distinguished services, and an opportune compliment to Canadian science. But the significance of this meeting is far greater than if measured merely by the addition it will make to the Empire's scientific wealth. When we find a society which for fifty years has not met outside the British Islands transferring its operations to the Dominion; when we see several hundred of the best-known Englishmen arriving here, mingling with our citizens and dispersing over this continent; when we see in Montreal the bearers of such names as Rayleigh, Playfair, Frankland, Sanderson, Thomson, Roscoe, Blanford, Moseley, Lefroy, Temple, Bramwell, Tylor, Galton, Harcourt, and Bonney, we feel one more step has been taken towards the establishment of that closer intimacy between the mother country and her offspring which both here and at home all good citizens of the Empire are determined to promote.”


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