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Volume 47, 1914
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Wanganui Philosophical Society.

Special Meeting: 8th December, 1913.
Dr. Hatherly, President, in the chair.

Lecture.—“New Zealand Glaciers, Lakes, and Fiords,” by Professor P. Marshall.

In addition to the members, a large number of friends attended this lecture, which was profusely illustrated with fine lantern slides.

First Meeting: 20th April, 1914.
Rev. J. Ll. Dove, M.A., Vice-President, in the chair.

Address.—“The Aims of a Philosophical Society,” by Dr. Hatherly.

The lecturer included in his paper an interesting account of the history and aims of the New Zealand Institute.

Paper.—-“The Journeyings of Tamatea,” by Mr. T. W. Downes.

Second Meeting: 13th May, 1914.

Lecture.—“The Evolution of the English House,” by Mr. C. R. Ford, F.R.G.S.

This lecture was illustrated by numerous lantern-slides, and the gradual development of the modern house under the influence of improving social conditions, and aided by absorption of ideas from all quarters, was fascinatingly traced from the one-apartment hut to the palatial structures of modern times.

Third Meeting: 8th June, 1914.
Dr. Hatherly, President, in the chair.

Lecture.—“Shakespeare's Othello, Hamlet, and Macbeth: a Comparison and a Contrast,” by Mr. G. D. Braik, M.A., Director of Education, Wanganui Education Board.

The lecture was illustrated by readings given by Mr. J. B. Reid.

Fourth Meeting: 20th July, 1914.
Dr. Hatherly, President, in the chair.

Papers.—1. “The Stars,” by Mr. Thomas Allison.

2. “Some Notes on Bergson,” by Mr. C. P. Brown, M.A., LL.B.

3. “R. L. Stevenson,” by Mr. W. A. Armour, M.A., M.Sc.

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Fifth Meeting: 24th August, 1914.
Dr. Hatherly, President, in the chair.

Lecture.—“Sun-spots and Associated Solar Phenomena,” by Mr. J. T. Ward, Hon. Director, Wanganui Observatory.

This lecture was illustrated with numerous splendid lantern-slides.

Sixth Meeting: 28th September, 1914.
Dr. Hatherly, President, in the chair.

Address.—“Tolstoy's Attitude towards Modern Civilization,” by Mr. H. E. Sturge, M.A., Oxon.

Mr. Sturge pointed out the fundamental character of Tolstoy's criticism, and suggested that it at least merited serious consideration.

Seventh Meeting: 12th October, 1914.
Mr. H. W. Hesse, M.A., in the chair.

Exhibit.—Monochrome photographic lantern-slides of British scenery, by Mr. James Crichton.

Paper.—“The Scientific Principles of Colour Photography,” by Mr. W. A. Armour, M.A., M.Sc.

Exhibit.—Colour photography, including lantern-slides, &c., lent by Mr. James Crichton, Mr. E. H. Clark, Mr. T. W. Downes, and Mr. T. Allison, representing the following processes: Sanger-Shepherd, Lumière, Thames, and Paget.

Eighth Meeting: 26th October, 1914.
Dr. Hatherly, President, in the chair.

Lecture.—“Problems of Soil-fertility,” by Mr. L. J. Wild, M.A., F.G.S.

Papers.—1. “The Soils of Wairau Plain, Marlborough,” by Mr. L. J. Wild, M.A., F.G.S.

2. “Some Recent Theories of Plant-nutrition,” by Mr. L. J. Wild, M.A., F.G.S., and Mr. W. S. Hill, B. Agric.

Ninth Meeting: 23rd November, 1914.
Dr. Hatherly, President, in the chair.

Lecture.—“Sidelights on the Life-history and Habits of the Insect,” by Mr. Morris N. Watt, F.E.S.

The lecture was illustrated with numerous lantern-slides.

Paper.—“Contributions to the Study of New Zealand Etomology from an Economical and a Biological Standpoint”: Nos. 1, 2, and 3, by Mr. Morris N. Watt, F.E.S.; and Nos. 4, 5, 6, and 7, by Messrs. Morris N. Watt, F.E.S., and David Miller.

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Tenth Meeting: 7th December, 1914.
Mr. C. P. Brown, M.A., LL.B., in the chair.

Lecture.—“Experimental Psychology,” by Professor Hunter, M.A., M.Sc.

Annual Meeting: 27th January, 1915.

The annual report and balance-sheet were adopted.

The financial position was satisfactory, showing a balance of £34 8s. 2d., after paying a subsidy to the Museum of £20 8s. 2d.

Abstract of Report.

Membership.—The roll of the society includes at date sixty-five ordinary and sixty-one associate members. During the year the society has had to regret the loss of two members of its Council through their leaving Wanganui—the Rev. J. Ll. Dove, Vice-President, and Mr. H. B. Watson, member of Council. Both gentlemen were officers of the society from its inception, and took an active part in its work, and their removal will be much felt. By the lamented death of Mr. G. D. Braik, Director of Education to the Wanganui Education Board, our society has suffered a severe blow. Mr. Braik contributed regularly papers of great interest and value on literary and educational subjects, and his contributions to our discussions were always useful and stimulating. Mr. J. T. Ward, whose work on behalf of the society has been most useful was elected a life member, the first member to be so honoured.

Meetings.—Eleven meetings were held, at which fourteen papers were read and numerous exhibits shown, the lantern being used successfully at six meetings. The contributors were in general our own members, but the society was placed under a debt of gratitude by Professor Marshall and by Professor Hunter for their valuable lectures.

Election of Officers for 1915.—President—H. R. Hatherly, M.R.C.S.: Vice-Presidents—J. T. Ward; H. Latter, M.A.: Council—T. Allison; J. A. Neame, B.A.; Morris N. Watt, F.E.S.; W. A. Armour, M.A., M.Sc.; C. P. Brown, M.A., LL.B.; T. W. Downes; R. Murdoch; H. W. Hesse, M.A., B.Sc., F.L.S.: Hon. Treasurer—F. P. Talboys: Hon. Secretary—J. P. Williamson: Representative on Board of Governors, New Zealand Institute—Dr. Hatherly.