On Wednesday the following papers were read: "The Zone Undertaking of the Astronomishce Gegellschaft," by Louis Boss, and "The Rainfall of the North Atlantic Ocean," by Prof. Elias Loomis of the Yale Academically Department.
On Thursday morning a private business meeting was held, but in the afternoon other papers were read and the students were invited to hear them.
The National Academy of Sciences was founded by the United States Government in 1863. Louis Agassiz, the noted naturalist, being its chief instigator. At the society's origin only fifty members were admitted, now the limit is one hundred, the present membership being ninety-six, of whom twelve are from Harvard. The members of the society offer to investigate without recompense, any scientific questions which the government authorities may present to them.