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As briefly announced in these columns on September 17, a Nansen research fund is being raised in Norway. Its object is to commemorate the remarkable Arctic expedition of this explorer by the foundation of a fund called “The Fridtjof Nansen Fund” for scientific research. The Times of October 23 says it is intended that, by this means, research in various departments of science shall be promoted, and the results published. Dr. Nansen himself may be appointed director, but there will be no salary attached to the office, as the whole of the yearly products of the fund will be devoted to the objects stated. Up to the present no less than 300,000 kroner have been subscribed. Consul A. Herberg, Dr. Nansen's friend, has contributed 50,000 kroner; while others, besides numerous Norwegians, are Baron Oscar Dickson, 25,000 kroner; Dr. A. Nobel, 25,000 kroner; and Prof. Frankland, 1000 kroner. It is stated that the fund will probably be placed under the care of the Christiania University, the Norwegian Society of Science, and the Bergen Museum. If any wealthy Englishmen, who are admirers of Dr. Nansen, care to contribute, they should communicate with the Committee of the “Fridtjof Nansens fond til indenskabens emme, University, Christiania.”

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