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    THE Royal Academy of Belgium celebrated the one hundred and fiftieth anniversary of its foundation on May 23 and 24 in the presence of a large number of its members and of delegates from other academies and learned institutions. On the Wednesday afternoon, May 24, numerous congratulatory addresses were presented at the Palais des Academies, and the members and visitors were afterwards received at the Hotel de Ville by the Mayor of Brussels, M. Adolf Max, and his Aldermen, MM. Steens, Vande Meule-brouck and Coelst; a reception was held at the Palais des Academies in the evening, where an exhibition of medals and portraits connected with the history of the Academy had been arranged. The anniversary celebration itself was held in the large hall of the Academy on the afternoon of May 25 in the presence of the King, the Minister of Arts and Science, M. Hubert, formerly Rector of the University of Liege, Cardinal Mercier, and the English, French, Dutch, Spanish, and Japanese Ambassadors. The president, M. Vauthier, in an address of welcome, briefly sketched the history of the Academy and its influence on the intellectual development of Belgium. The Minister of Justice, M. Masson, tendered the congratulations of the Belgian Government, and Monseigneur Baud-rillart spoke in the name of the Institut de France. Sir William B. Leishman, as vice-president of the Royal Society, represented the British universities and learned societies; he referred to the activities of Belgian bacteriologists and paid a high tribute to the work of M. Jules Bordet. MM. Lameere, Pirenne, and Verlant, representing respectively the classes of science, of letters, and moral and political sciences, and of fine arts, contributed summaries of the activities of their several sections of the Academy. Later the visitors were received by the King and the Queen at the Palace of Laeken, and in the evening a banquet was held at the Hotel Astoria.

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    Current Topics and Events. Nature 109, 722–725 (1922).

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