Ten societies for the advancement of higher science met at New Haven on December 27, 28, and 29. Among the five hundred scientists from the United States and Europe who attended, Harvard was well represented and figured most prominently at the meeting of the Archaeological Institute of America. The meeting of the Archaeological Institute was very successful and the subjects discussed covered a very wide range of study, both ancient and modern. The address of Professor C. E. Norton, honorary president, on "The Work of the Institute" was one of the most interesting as well as the soundest and best conceived of the convention. He took as his theme the necessity of the present hurrying and unfinished age to study and imitate the repose and refinement of ancient civilization. Among other papers by Harvard men was one by Professor W. W. Goodwin on "The Hero Physician," which was illustrated with lantern slides. Professor F. W. Putnam spoke on "Ancient Pueblos of the Chaco Canon," Mr. G. H. Chase on "Terra Cottas from the Argive Heraeum," and Mr. C. P. Bowditch on "Central American Archaeology." The last named presided over the Thursday session. A significant fact was shown by the statement of Dr. Talcott Williams of Philadelphia that $11,000,000 had been spent during the last ten years for museums and researches in the realm of archaeology.
The meeting of gymnasium directors was addressed by Dr. D. A. Sargent, president of the society, on "The Place of Physical Training in the College Curriculum." Dr. Sargent also read a paper on "Strength Tests and Inspection of Instruments." Dr. W. G. Anderson of Yale made a timely address on "Prevention of Athletes Entering Competitions in a Crippled Condition." Two special committees were formed, one to consider the relation of gymnastics to athletics and to plead with the athletic captains for a better understanding with the trainers and athletes, and the other to consider the treatment of organic troubles of students.
Professor W. G. Farlow, president of the Naturalists Society delivered an address at the annual dinner and responded to the toast, "German Universities." Professor Thomas Dwight took part in the discussion on "The Position that Universities should take in Regard to Investigation." A paper was also read by Dr. Roland Thaxter, who was later elected first vice-president for the coming year.
The Society of American Psychologists voted to send Professor James of Harvard and Professor Ladd of Yale as official representatives of the society to the Paris Exposition.
Dr. D. A. Sargent read a paper before the Anthropological Society on the "Relation of the Cephalic Index of Harvard Students to Weight, Height, and Strength."