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Geographical Notes

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AT the meeting of the Paris Geographical Society on the 9th inst. M. Maunoir read a paper on the explorations of Capt. Aymonier in Indo-China in 1883 and 1884, during which he collected many epigraphical documents and notes on Northern Laos and the basin of the Mouna. On December 10 the traveller was to leave Saigon for Binh-Thuan, in the extreme south of Annam, to study the monuments left behind by the Cham. It is wholly new ground. A letter was read from the French Consul at Zanzibar giving the latest geographical news from Eastern Africa. M. Deloncle summarised his recent exploration in Malacca. M. Paul Fauque, who is charged by the Ministry of Education with a scientific mission to Sumatra, described the results of his journey, and gave more details on the character, manners, and customs of the natives of the Siak country and of the Kingdom of Acheen. He added much valuable information on the geography, natural history, and mineralogy of this great island. His collections are to be distributed amongst various museums in France. The following medals were awarded:—A gold medal to M. de Foucauld for his journey in South Morocco and his exploration of the southern extremity of the Atlas Mountains; a gold medal to Dr. Neis for four journeys in Indo-China and in the hitherto unexplored parts of Laos; the La Roquette prize to the Danish summary of geological and geographical enterprises in Greenland (Meddelelser om Greenland); the Jernard prize to M. Leroux, the publisher, for the volume of documents on the history of geography from the thirteenth to the sixteenth century; and the Echard prize to M. Dumas Vorzet for maps and cartographical labours. M. Allain referred to the defectiveness of geographical education in some public educational establishments, and advised that all the State libraries in Paris should be provided with as complete a collection as possible of geographical works.

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