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Shortly after his graduation from Princeton University, Vr. Halliburton undertook an adventurous journey around the world, in search of things romantic. Crossing the ocean as a seaman, the high spots of excitement began with an ascent of the Matterhorn-productive of real thrills when undertaken as a first expedition and not to be recommended promiscuously. The delight in elevations was never-failing, and evidenced itself in many phases: a midnight scramble on the Rock of Gibraltar (with a jail sentence as a reward), a night bivouac on the top of the great Pyramid, a concealment in the tree-tops within the gardens of the Taj Mahal (in order to view it by moonlight), and, finally, a mid-winter ascent of Fuji. In the intervals between mountaineering above and below the snowline, Mr. Halliburton wandered through the valleys of India as far northward as Leh, accomplished a direct crossing of the Malay Peninsula, visited and obtained remarkable photographs of the island of Bali, and made observations of the Bolsheviki in eastern Siberia. Mr. Halliburton is blessed with a remarkably fluent vocabulary, possesses the youth and enthusiasm necessary for violent forms of travel, and, in a few years, should prove a rival to any professional lecturer in the field.
MYCENÆ: THE WONDER CITY OF ANCIENT GREECE
The Heilprin Memorial Lecture
· A. J. B. WACE Speaking before the Society on March 19th, Mr. Wace, late Director of the British School of Archæology at Athens, made an admirable presentation of the wonders revealed in recent excavations at Mycenæ. This ancient city, first brought to light through the work of Schliemann, in 1876, was founded during the years 3000-2500 B. C., at which times the walls and royal palace were under construction. The royal “grave circle," dating from about 2000 B. C. has yielded reniarkable remains in the form of vases, helmets, and various utensils which antedate, but confirm, Homeric customs by at least 500 years. A number of Egyptian relics, chiefly scarabıs of the reign of Amenhotep III, further identify the period. The southern area of the city is as yet unexplored by archæologists, and, according to Mr. Wace, may be expected to contain much value.
PILOTING THE U. S. GEOLOGICAL SURVEY EXPEDITION THROUGH THE CANYONS OF THE COLORADO RIVER
MR. EMERY C. KOLB Many visitors to the Grand Canyon have had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Kolb and his brother who are known throughout the world because of their books and remarkable pictures of the canyon scenery.
In 1911, Vr. Kolb and his brother made a photographic trip down the Green and Colorado rivers in rowboats. This was not the first journey over the route, Messrs. Kolb having been preceded by Major J. W. Powell's expedition (1869), the Brown-Stanton surveying party (1889-90), Galloway
(1895-7), Flavell (1896), the Russell-Monette prospecting party (1907-8), and the Stone photographic-exploring expedition (1909).
The recent U. S. Geological Survey party, led by Colonel Birdscye, was piloted by Mr. Kolb and his brother, in addition acting as photographers. Starting at Green River City, the voyage was made through Lodore and Desolation Canyons to the junction with Grand River, whence the Colorado was descended through Cataract, Marble and Grand Canyons to Needles on the Santa Fe railroad. The boats were later taken to the gulf, the latter portions of the voyage being made in connection with power and irrigation projects.
Mr. Kolb has a remarkable story and tells it well; his motion pictures of river scenery and of shooting rapids are as spectacular and thrilling as one could desire, while his colored slides of the Grand Canyon scenery, in sunlight and storm, are visions of beauty to be remembered.
Reception for Miss Helen Boulnois
To meet Miss Helen Boulnois, of England, the Geographical Society of Fhiladelphia invited its members to an informal reception, at the rooms of the Society, on Wednesday afternoon, March 19th. Tea was served and Miss Boulnois-traveller, artist, author-spoke entertainingly about her experiences in Little Thibet, exhibiting some water colors made during her travels.
"To Lhasa in Disguise." A Note of Comment.
On February 17, members of the Geographical Society accepted the invitation of the President and Board of Directors of the Philadelphia Forum to attend a lecture by Dr. McGovern, descriptive of his experiences in Tibet. It is never courteous to deprecate the quality of entertainment provided by one's host; yet it was something of a shock to find in the February issue of The Geographical Journal (R. G. S. LXIII, No. 2) a note relative to the activities of Dr. McGovern, a portion of which we quote:
"Dr. McGovern's description of Tibet as 'the mysterious unknown country' was as rash as it was foolish in view of Sir Charles Bell's recent stay of nearly a year in its capital city, an account of which is published in the present number of the Journal. Even more amazing is his reference to Lhasa as a city to which 'entrance by adventurous explorers had been sought in vain' in view of the fact (of which he must surely have been aware) that General Pereira had quite recently travelled there from Pekin.
"Quite apart, however, from the merits or otherwise of Dr. McGovern's story, the affair has a certain gravity, * * * the fact cannot be denied that his permit for Sikkim expressly' forbade him to enter Tibet; and that when he did so it was in defiance of the wish of the Dalai Lama, in disobedience to the orders of the Government of India, and in contempt of the conditions under which he received his pass."
Congressman Henry W. Temple, formerly professor of history and political science in Washington and Jefferson College, has accepted the invitation of Secretary Work, of the Interior Department, to serve as chairman of a committee to select a site for a national park in the Southern Appalachian Mountains.
Recalling the fact that German scientists had secured specimens of giant dinosaurs in former German East Africa, the London Times calls attention to the small expedition recently sent out by the trustees of the British Museum with the object in view of securing fossil remains from the same locality. Mr. W. E. Cutler, of the University of Manitoba, leader of the expedition, sailed from Varseilles on February 28th. In his investi tion he will have the assistance of Mr. L. S. B. Leakey, of Cambridge University. The site to be explored is in the vicinity of Tendaguru, which is about fifty miles west by north of the southern extremity of Lake Tanganyika.
Details of a plan to explore a water route, northeastward from Alaskan waters through the Arctic regions, were announced recently by Captain Robert A. Bartlett, commander of the Roosevelt, on which Admiral Peary made his voyage toward the North Pole. Captain Bartlett proposes to leave Seattle during the summer, pass through Bering Strait and drift eastward with the ice to Greenland or Spitzbergen, the voyage to occupy four or five years. A wooden, non-magnetic ship will be used and surveying and sounding equipment taken. The ship will carry wireless and a seaplane.
The Victoria Medal of the Royal Geographical Society has been awarded to Director John F. Hayford, head of the College of Engineering of Northwestern L'niversity, for notable achievement in establishing the theory of isostasy.
The American Geographical Society announces award of the Charles P. Daly medal for 1924 to Colonel Claude H. Birdseye. During the summer of 1023 he descended the Grand Canyon of the Colorado by boat, to study the water power possibilities. The Cullum Geographical Medal was awarded to Professor Jovan Cvijic. He has published books on Balkan physiography. The David Livingstone Centenary Medal was given to Frank Wild. He was second in command during the recent expedition of Shackleton's ship, the "Quest” and participated also in the Scott and Mawson South Polar expeditions.