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VOLUME III. No. 56. FEBRUARY 29, 1884. An International Scientific Association. The Alaska Military Reconnoissance of 1883, F. Schwatka. Note on the Flora of the Upper

Yukon, Sereno Watson. The Intelligence of Snakes, C. C. Abbott. Presentation of the Rumford Medals to Professor Rowland. Progress of Electrical Science during 1883. John Trowbridge. Biographies of Naturalists. Gordon's Electricity and Magnetism.

Bassler's Weather. Art Catalogue of the New England Manufacturers' Institute. Yarrow's Check-List of American Reptiles, Intelligence from Scientific Stations.-United States Geological Survey. Reports of Society Meetings.-Franklin Institute, Philadelphia. Canadian Institute, Toronto, Princeton Science Club. Society

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White Cats, Alexander G. Belli Benj. Miller. The Krakatoa Eruption, G. 7. Symons. Expulsion of Water from a Growing Leaf, Joseph F. James. A Scientific Swindler, F. V. Hayden.

No. 57. MARCH 7, 1884. Gouverneur Kemble Warren. The New Bogosloff Volcano in Bering Sea, George Davidson. The Danish Expedition to East Greenland. 'Humidity and

Chronometer Rates. The Great Comet of 1882. The Work of the Cambridge Archeological Museum. Vortex Rings. 'The Silk Industry in the United States. Scribner's Where Did Life Begin?, Intelligence from Scientific Stations.-United States Geological Survey. Reports of Society Meetings.-Chemical Society, Washington. Biological Society, Washington. Linnaean Society, New York.

Academy of Natural Sciences, Philadelphia. Engineers' Club, Philadelphia. Notes and News. Letters to the Editor.--Arrow-points at Evanston. III., W. A. Phillips. Illusive Memory, Henry F. Osborn. Ripple-marks in

Limestone, L. C. Wooster. A Novel Magnetic Engine, Charles K. McGee. Congenial Deafness in Animals, Swan M. Burnett. A Singular Optical Phenomenon, F. 7. S. Defective Effect of the Earth's Rotation, F. E. Hendricks. A Carboniferous Genus of Sharks Still Living, E. D. Cope. Artificial Production of Rain, L. Annual Growth of the “Tree of Heaven,” 7. I. D. Hinds.

No. 58. MARCH 14, 1884. The International Bureau of Weights and Measures, H. W. Blair. A Question of Exposure, 7. C. Mendenhall. Iron from North

Carolina Mounds, Cyrus Thomas. Pennsylvania Anthracite, Charles A. Ashburner. Improvements in Testing Machines, 4. V. Abbott. New Method of Mounting Reflectors, Simon Newcomb. After-Images, Josiah Royce. Lakes of the Great Basin, Israel C. Russell. The definition of Mean Solar Time. Morphology of the Pelvis and Leg, C. S. Minot. Recent Work on Brachiopods, W. H. Dall. The American Institute of Mining Engineers. Geology of the Grand Cañon. The Bacillus of Beriberi,

Biological Theories of an Artist. The Illinois Geological Report. Intelligence from Scientific Stations.-U. S. Geological Survey. Reports of Society Meetings.—Academy of Natural Sciences, Philadelpia. Philosophical Society, Washington. Ottawa Field

Naturalists' Club, Canada. Boston Society of Natural History. Notes and News. Letters to the Editor.-Red Sunsets and Precipitation, W. H. Howard. Does Unio Spin a Byssus, E. P. Larkin. Retrogade Meta

morphosis of a Strawberry Flower, Byron, D. Halsted. The Reproduction of Clathrulina Elegans, Alfred C. Stokes. Formation of Anchor Ice, 7. G. Manayunkia Speciosa, Sara Gwendolen Foulke. Appearance of the Cyclone Cloud at Rochester, Minn., 1883, H. W. Holmes. Stones Placed in Pine Trees by Birds, C. R. Orcutt. How a Spider Sometimes Lifts Heavy

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