I. THE end of the second week in January marks the close of a series of conferences which are annually attended by teachers. The majority of these conferences are concerned, in the main, with topics which have only a remote connection with the subjects usually connoted by “science.” An exception to this statement must, of course, be made in the case of the proceedings of the Association of Science Masters in Public Schools, which have a strong and beneficial influence on the early training of men who may be expected to take leading positions, not only in the university, but in the country generally. It is owing in part to the realisation of this influence, in part to the sensitiveness and ready response to stimuli of the audience, in part to good management of the society, that the association has been able to secure, year by year, an address from a man of real eminence, and this time special importance was given to the meeting by the fact that Sir Joseph Thomson had accepted the office of president. His address is reproduced elsewhere in this journal; we may here testify to the obvious enjoyment which its delivery gave to the audience, and ask the serious attention of headmasters to the weighty remarks concerning neglect of the German language.