IN our issue of April 18 last (vol. lxxxix., p. 172) the announcement was made of the appointment of a Royal Commission to inquire into and report upon the natural resources of the Empire. On that occasion it was not possible to give the names of the Commissioners, but we are now able to say that the Commissioners originally appointed were as follows:— Lord Inchcape, Sir Edgar Vincent, K.C.M.G., Lieut.-Colonel Sir C, J. Owens, Sir H. Rider Haggard, Mr. T. Garnett, Mr. W. Lorimer, the Hon. G. E. Foster, Mr. D. Campbell, Sir Joseph G. Ward, Bart., Sir David Pieter de Villiers Graaf, Bart., and the Hon. E. R. Bowring. Some changes have taken place in the composition of the Commission since it was appointed, but neither originally nor now, so far,as we can find, does the Commission include a single member prominently associated with some branch of scientific knowledge. This is the more surprising because it may be. remembered that in March last, a month before the Royal Commission was appointed, the British Science Guild issued a report prepared by one of its committees, under the chairmanship of Sir William Ramsay, K.C.B., F.R.S., on the question of the conservation of natural sources of energy. The British Science Guild committee was composed almost entirely of expert men of science, who had given particular attention to the study of the questions with which the Royal Commission is dealing; and it is greatly to be deplored that one or more of their number, or other representatives of pure or applied science, have not been appointed members of the Commission.

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