THE Toronto meeting of the British Association opened on Wednesday in last week, and came to an end yesterday, as we went to press. The reports which have reached us show that the meeting has been a successful one throughout, both from a social and also from a scientific point of view. As in 1884, when the Association met in Montreal, Canadians have sho.vn by the enthusiastic reception given to the members that they value agencies which exist for the diffusion of knowledge and culture. The many papers read before the Sections by no means represent the whole result of such a gathering. The Dominion has been bound closer to the mother country, the interests of science have been brought before the notice of the public, and scientific knowledge will be advanced by the opportunity which the meeting has given for the exchange of ideas. The Montreal meeting of the Association was not only of value in assisting scientific education and research in Canada, but our Transatlantic contemporary—Science—acknowledges that it gave a considerable impulse to science throughout America, the result being that in the thirteen years which have elapsed since the meeting took place, America has come to the front as a nation which fosters scientific work, and a country which contributes a very large share to the world's wealth of natural knowledge.
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The British Association. Nature 56, 395–412 (1897). https://doi.org/10.1038/056395b0