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The Second Ornithological Congress

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A FULL report of the proceedings of this important Congress can only be obtained when the official Comptes rendus are published, for the officers of one section were unable to attend the meetings of the other sections owing to the fact that all four sections sat at one and the same time. This is the only complaint we have to make concerning the recent proceedings, but as it affects the future of these useful reunions, we feel compelled to make our protest, because, by the simultaneous session of all the sections of a Congress, no man, however interested in the subjects under discussion, can hear all that he wishes to hear; the visitor has to choose between two meetings, both of which probably possess for him an equal interest. It must be obvious to everyone who had the privilege of attending the second Ornithological Congress that a great gathering of specialists such as that which took place last month must require more time than three days to discuss such varied problems as were placed before them at the recent meeting.

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