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in the districts visited by excursionists, also as to the wearing of plumage, which was taken up and discussed in the public press (with very good results), and again, as to ihe distribution of leaflets among the school children. This is now being largely emphasised by the distribution of 20,000 copies of the enclosed leaflet among all the leading Board and other schools, the masters and mistresses having kindly undertaken to speak to their pupils about its contents at the time of distribution. Our number of members is now 130, and we hope soon to raise it to a sufficient total to enable us to elect a vice-president of the society.”
The Hon. Secretary of the Bath Branch, Mr. Wheatcroft, sends papers with an account of the annual “ At Home” of the Branch at Clarendon Manor, the president, Mr. H. D. Skrine, and Mrs. Skrine, receiving the visitors. There was a large attendance of members who displayed much enthusiasm.
We extract the following remarks from the president's address for the guidance of other branches in carrying out the suggestions made in our last number. “I will name one point that has been mentioned in the last number of NATURE Notes, viz., the desire on the part of the Central Council to have reports of progress and general work from the rural branches, in order to compare notes and draw some definite conclusions as to the best way of carrying on the business of the Society. I have no doubt Mr. Wheatcroft will be able to do this as often as is required, and probably has done so already, but the space in NATURE Notes is limited, and no very voluminous reports are admissible.. Another point suggested was the utilisation of a local newspaper for the purpose of circulating information on subjects of interest in Natural History, or otherwise. We have a Selborne column at our service in the Bath Chronicle, and I hope some of our more scientific members will now and then send an article to the editor, and others who do not profess any scientific knowledge may be able to relate matters that have come under their observation that would interest us or influence the public in favour of the protection of birds, plants, and pleasant places.” Mr. Wheatcroft drew attention to the outrage described in the last number of Nature NOTES, under the title of “A Seabird's Rock and its Brutal Visitors,” and the greatest part of the meeting was occupied in the discussion of this subject, which excited the greatest indignation on the part of the members. The following resolution was proposed by the president and was carried unanimously : “That this meeting hereby expresses its indignation at the cruel and heartless conduct, in the wanton destruction of sea birds and their eggs, of certain persons said to have landed from the Sir Richard Fletcher steamer, on the island of Grasholm, off Milford Haven, reported in the Daily Graphic of the 31st May last, whilst it heartily approves of the action taken by the Council of this Society in bringing the matter before Parliament, with a view to securing the punishment of the wrongdoers and preventing the recurrence of such misconduct." On the proposition of Professor Earle it was resolved that the Committee be requested to make the necessary arrangements for a series of lectures on natural history and science, or other appropriate subjects, to be given at the Institution or elsewhere during the ensuing winter months. The president, in acknowledging a hearty vote of thanks, said that he should like to see more members; he believed the Thames Valley Branch was the largest, numbering 200, while they had only about 125. He trusted they would show they were not a sentimental and fanciful association, but one worthy of the objects it professed to support.
The metropolitan and suburban branches are not a whit behind their provincial brethren in activity. We see from newspapers sent by Miss Agnes Martelli, hon. sec. of the flourishing Northern Heights Branch, and Mr. R. Marshman Wattson, hon. sec. of the rapidly increasing Clapton (Lower Lea Valley) Branch, that these two portions of the Society have extended to each other mutual invitations, and had some very enjoyable first excursions. We commend their example to other neighbouring branches.
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