THE next ordinary general meeting of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers will be held on Thursday evening, the 19th, and Friday evening, the 20th, at 25 Great George Street, Westminster. The chair will he taken by the President, Mr. Joseph Tomlinson, at half-past seven p.m. on each evening. The following papers will be read and discussed, as far as time permits:—Fourth report of the Research Committee on Friction: experiments on the friction of a pivot-bearing. On recent trials of rock drills, by Mr. Edward H. Carbutt, past-President, and Mr. Henry Davey, of London.

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    Notes. Nature 43, 449–452 (1891).

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