4. “On the Formation of Bismuthic Iodides of the Alkaloids,” by W. Skey.
This is an interesting series of salts prepared from bismuthic chlorides, by taking advantage of the fact which the author has discovered, that these are soluble in iodide of potassium.
The nicotina salt of this series is of a crimson colour, highly crystalline, and fuses at 212° F. to blood-red globules. The reactions of bismuthic iodide with nicotina salts is very striking, and, so far as is at present known, distinguishes nicotina from the other alkaloids. The corresponding antimony chlorides or oxides appear insoluble in alkaline iodides, hence an easy process by which they can be identified and separated from bismuth.
The bismuthic iodide of nicotina was exhibited.
5. “On Henops brunneus, Hutton,” by W. M. Maskell, F.M.S. (Transactions, p. 106.)
7. “The Aryo-Semitic Maori,” by E. Tregear, F.R.G.S. (Transactions, p. 400.)
At the close of the meeting Mr. W. M. Maskell moved a resolution to the effect that the Society should express its regret at the departure from Wellington of the President, Dr. Hutchinson, who is about to take up his residence in the Taranaki District, and also that the Society should place on record its high appreciation of the manner in which Dr. Hutchinson had fulfilled the duties of his office. In moving the resolution, Mr. Maskell said there were two ways in which they could regret his departure, first as an individual, and then as an official. He was sure that all those who knew Dr. Hutchinson in the City would deeply regret his departure. As an official, in his capacity as President of the Society, and as a member of the Council, he (Mr. Maskell) could not speak in too high terms of Dr. Hutchinson. He had not missed a single meeting, and had done everything that was required of him in a most courteous and urbane manner.
Mr. Pennefather seconded the motion.