Government of India, to receive two coins, so selected as to make up, between them, the inscription as perfect as possible.

6. There will remain for sale by the mint 4 specimens, including the melted lump. Their intrinsic value is about Rs. 5; their numismatic, about Rs. 8.

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The two rings may be given to the Indian Museum in Calcutta. Read the following Circular from the Société de Physique et d'Histoire Naturelle de Genève, offering for competition a prize of 500 francs, for the best monograph of a genus or a family of plants, to be written either in Latin, French, German, English or Italian :


Fondé par Augustin-Pyramus de CANDOLLE pour la meilleure monographie d'un genre ou d'une famille de plantes.

Un concours est ouvert par la Société de physique et d'histoire naturelle de Genève pour la meilleure monographie inédite d'un genre ou d'une famille de plantes.

Les manuscrits peuvent étre rédigés en latin, français, allemand (écrit en lettres latines), anglais ou italien. Ils doivent étre adressés, franco, avant le le octobre 1889, à M. le président de la Société de physique et d'histoire naturelle de Genève, á l'Athénée, Genève (Suisse). Les membres de la Société ne sont pas admis à concourir.

Le prix est de 500 francs.

Il peut étre réduit ou n'être pas adjugé dans le cas de travaux insuffisants ou qui ne répondraient pas aux conditions du présent avis.

La Société espére pouvoir accorder une place au travail couronné, dans la collection de ses Mémoires in-4°, si ce mode de publication est agréable à l'auteur.

Genève, juillet, 1885.

The following papers were read:

1. The Hive-Bees indigenous to India and the introduction of the Italian Bee.-By J. C. DOUGLAS, ESQ.


In this paper, Mr. Douglas gives an interesting account of a series of laborious experiments made by him for a number of years to hive the indigenous bee (Apis indica). The paper contains a description of the several species which he used for his experiments, and the results which he arrived at, which latter were not uniformly successful. He also gives an account of the attempts which he made for the introduction and acclimatisation of the Italian bee.

The paper will be published in full in Journal, Part II of 1886.

2. On a Uredine affecting the Himalayan Spruce-fir, Abies smithiana.-By DR. A. BARCLAY.


In this paper Dr. Barclay gives an account of a conspicuous parasite by which many fir trees in the Western Himalayas are attacked. It occurs in great abundance throughout the forests of the Sutlej valley at elevations of from 7000 to 10,000 feet. The author has no data by which to limit the season during which the parasite is outwardly recognisable. He met with it throughout May, and he believes that it disappears entirely during the rains in July. He met with the parasite in two forms, which for convenience, he describes as the acidial and uredinal, but whether they do really stand in this relationship to each other, he has no experi mental evidence to determine, though from other circumstances such a relationship appears probable. Detailed particulars of those two forms of affection are given in this paper which will be published in full in Journal Part II for 1886.


The following additions have been made to the Library since the Meeting held in December last.


presented by the respective Societies and Editors.

Baltimore. Johns Hopkins University,-American Chemical Journal, Vol. VII, No. 3, October, 1885.

No. 4.

Circulars, Vols. IV, No. 42; V, Nos. 43 and 44.
Studies from the Biological Laboratory, Vol. III,

Batavia. Observations made at the Magnetical and Meteorological Observatory, Vol. VI, Part 2.

Berlin. K. Akademie der Wissenschaften,-Abhandlungen, 1884.
Birmingham. Philosophical Society,-Proceedings, Vol. IV, Part 2.
Brussels. Société Malacologique,-Annales, Vol. XV, No. 1.
Société Royale Malacologique,-Annales, Vol. XIX.
Procès-Verbaux des Séances, Vol. XIV.

Buenos Aires. Academia Nacional de Ciencias,-Actas, Vol. V, Nos. 1 and 2.

Calcutta. Geological Survey of India,-Memoirs, Palæontologia Indica, Ser. XIV, Vol. I, No. 5.

Indian Medical Gazette,-Vol. XX, No. 12, December, 1885. Original Meteorological Observations, June to August, 1885. Florence. Archivio per L'Antropologia e la Etnologia, -Vol. XV, No. 2. Società Africana D'Italia,-Bullettino, Vol. I, No. 5.

Havre. Societé de Géographie Commerciale,-Bulletin, No. 4, 1885. Helsingfors. Societatis Scientiarum Fennica Acta, Vol. XIV.

Bidrag, Nos. 39-42.

Öfversigt, Förhandlingar, Vol. XXVI.

Lahore. Anjuman-i-Punjab,--Journal, Vol. V, Nos. 47–51.

Leipzig. Deutsche Morgenländische Gesellschaft,-Zeitschrift, Vol. XXXIX, No. 3.

London. Academy,-Nos. 706-710.


Athenæum,-Nos. 3029-3033.

Nature, Vol. XXXIII, Nos. 837-841 and Index to Vol.

Moscow. Société Impériale des Naturalistes,-Bulletin, No. 4, 1883; Nos. 1-3, 1884.

Nouveaux Mémoires, Vol. XV, No. 1.

Paris. Annales de Chimie et de Physique,-Index to Vols. I—XXX. Société de Géographie,-Compte Rendu des Séances, Nos. 16— 18, 1885.

Philadelphia. Academy of Natural Sciences,-Proceedings, Part 2, 1885.

American Philosophical Society,-Proceedings, Vols.

XXI, No. 116; XXII, Nos. 117-119.

tions and Proceedings.

Register of papers published in the Transac

Pisa. Societá Toscana di Scienze Naturali,—Atti, Vol. VI, No. 2.
Rome. Società Degli spettroscopisti Italiani,-Memorie, Vol. XIV,
No. 9, September, 1885.

Roorkee. Professional papers on Indian Engineering, Vol. III (3rd
Series), No. 11, November, 1885.

Schaffhausen. Société Entomologique Suisse,-Bulletin, Vol. VII, Nos. 2--4.

St. Petersburg. Academie Impériale des Sciences,-Bulletin, Vols. XXIX, No. 4; XXX, No. 1.

Mémoires, Vol. XXXIII, No. 13.

Comitè Géologique,-Mémoires, Vols. I, No. 4; II, No. 2;

III, No. 1.

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St. Petersburg. Russian Geographical Society,-Proceedings, Vol. XXI, Nos. 4 and 5.

Vienna. Anthropologische Gesellschaft,--Mittheilungen, Vol. XIV, Nos. 2-4.

K. K. Zoologisch-botanische Gesellschaft,-Personen, Ortund Sach-Register, 1871-1880.

Verhandlungen, Vol. XXXIV.

Washington. United States Geological Survey,-Bulletin, Nos. 2-6. Yokohama. Asiatic Society of Japan,—Transactions, Vol. XIII, Part 2. Zagrebu. Arkeologickoga Druztva,-Viestnik, Vol. VII, No. 4.


Report on the Australian Museum, New South Wales for 1885. Fcp. Sydney, 1885.

AUSTRALIAN MUSEUM. Report on the Administration of the Central Provinces for the year 1884-85. Fcp. Nagpur, 1885.

CHIEF COMMISSIONER, CENTRAL PROVINCES. Existing Land Laws of the United States. 8vo. Washington, 1884. Land Laws of the United States, Local and Temporary. 8vo. Washington, 1884.

The Public Domain. Its History, with Statistics. 8vo. Washington, 1884.

DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR, UNITED STATES. Bihar Peasant Life, being a Discursive Catalogue of the surroundings. of the people of that Province. 8vo. Calcutta, 1885. Report of the Administration of the Customs Department in the Bengal Presidency for the official year 1884-85. Fcp. Calcutta, 1885.

Returns of the Rail Borne Traffic of Bengal for the quarter ending 30th June, 1885. Fcp. Calcutta, 1885.

The Flora of British India, Vol. IV, by Sir J. D. Hooker. 8vo. London, 1885.


A Compendium of the Castes and Tribes found in India, by E. J. Kitts, B. C. S. Fcp. Bombay, 1885.

Ancient India, as described by Ptolemy, by J. W. McCrindle. 8vo. Bombay, 1885.

GOVERNMENT OF BOMBAY. Report on the Government Botanical Gardens of Saharanpur and Mussoorie. Fcp. Allahabad, 1885.


Correspondence between the Government of India and the Secretary of State for India, relating to the age at which Candidates for the Civil Service of India are admitted for competition in England. Fcp. London, 1885.

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Statement exhibiting the Moral and Material Progress and condition of India during the year 1882-83. Fcp. London, 1885.

Statistical Abstract relating to British India from 1874-75 to 1883-84. No. 19. 8vo. London, 1885.

INDIA OFFICE, LONDON. International Meteorological Observations, September, 1884. 4to. Washington, 1885.

Monthly Weather Review, September, 1885. 4to. Washington, 1885. METEOR. REPORTER TO THE GOVT. OF INDIA. Historical Sketch of Geological Explorations in Pennsylvania and other States, by J. P. Lesley. 8vo. Harrisburg, 1876.


Tide Tables for the River Hooghly for 1886. Sheet, Calcutta, 1885.
Tide Tables for the River Hooghly for 1886.
&c., &c. 8vo. Calcutta, 1885.

Signals, Lights, Port Rules,



Allahabad. Punjab Notes and Queries, Vol. III, No. 26, November,


Berlin. Deutsche Litteraturzeitung, Vol. VI, Nos. 37 and 38.
Cassel. Botanisches Centralblatt, -Vol. XXIII, Nos. 10-12.

Geneva. Archives des Sciences Physiques et Naturelles, Vol. XIV, No. 11.

Göttingen. Gelehrte Anzeigen,-No. 18, 1885.

Nachrichten,-No. 7, 1885.

Leipzig. Annalen der Physik und Chemie,—Vol. XXVI, No. 3.
Beiblätter,-Vol, IX, Nos. 10 and 11.

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Hesperos, Vol. IV, Nos. 99–105.

Literarisches Centralblatt,-Nos. 38 and 39, 1885.

London. Chemical News, Vol. LII, Nos. 1355–1359.

Journal of Botany, Vol. XXIII, No. 275, November, 1885.

Journal of Conchology, Vol. IV, No. 12, October, 1885. Journal of Science, Vol. VII (3rd Series), Nos. 143 and 144, November and December, 1885.

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Messenger of Mathematics, Vol. XV, No. 4, August, 1885.
Nineteenth Century, Vol. XVIII, No. 106, December, 1885.
Numismatic Society,-Anniversary address, June 18, 1885.

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