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A Committee was appointed to circulate this Memorial for signature. All inquiries may for the present be directed to Miss Drew, 17, Southampton Street, Fitzroy Square, W.C., and to Miss Tod, I, Upper Phillimore Gardens, Kensington, W.


Miss FRANCIS POWER COBBE Presided at the Annual Meeting, held at the Freemasons's Hotel, on July 1st. In her opening address the lady president congratulated the League on the progress it had made, and referred with approval to the proposed appointment of female inspectors. The report, read by the Hon. Sec., Mrs. PATERSON, showed that £1,210 had been subscribed by members since the formation of the League, and £475 expended in grants in times of sickness.

Mr. G. PALMER, M.P., moved the adoption of the report, and Mrs. Chas. MACLAREN, in seconding, said she hoped the time would come when the only limits to a woman's career would be the limits of her talents. The Rev. S. Hansard, Mr. Adolph Smith, and Miss Wilkinson, Sec. of the Upholsteresses' League, also addressed the Meeting.


Perhaps no contribution which has been made of late years to science, will become more deservedly popular than the sketches which have been lately presented to Kew Gardens by Miss Marianne North. We have before now called the attention of our readers to the wonderful artistic gifts and indomitable perseverance and courage of this lady. She has visited in the pursuit of her art, Brazil, California, India, Japan, Borneo, Java, New Zealand, Australia, and has with indefatigable love of nature copied the wild plants, giving with careful accuracy the manner of growth and the landscape peculiar to each plant, and in some cases the manner in which it is collected.

She must have travelled over hundreds of miles of solitary country, full of perils from wild beasts, and wilder men, from reptiles, and from all the dangers to which the passage through the solitude of forest and of

mountain must give rise in these uncivilised countries.

Now, she has given these sketches to the Royal Gardens in Kew, and that the public may have the full benefit of them, has built a gallery, 50 feet by 25, which is adorned by these pictures. Over the principal entrance door is the great Victoria Regia, and directly in front is a group of the sacred plants of the Hindoos, which are of surpassing beauty. Here and there animals are introduced, but only to illustrate more forcibly the vegetation. The crowds who daily flock to Miss North's gallery are curiously contemplating the wondrous vegetation, with some of which they have, perhaps, been familiar in their own wanderings or exile. Indeed this new Botanical Picture Gallery will form one of the greatest attractions to Kew Gardens, and draw thither an immense number of scientific people from all parts of the world. Already, the catalogue informs us, one of the botanical studies was of such interest that Messrs. Veitch, the nursery-gardeners, have sent out a messenger to the wild lands in which it grows to bring back a specimen. Miss North is again starting on her travels, and this autumn will visit South Africa, still further to increase her collection. It is impossible for science to be illustrated in a more graceful and attractive way than Miss North has done.


Miss E. A. Ormerod, F.M.S., consulting entomologist to the Royal Agricultural Society, has been appointed special lecturer on Economic Entomology at the Royal Agricultural College, Cirencester.


A contemporary paper says of her with well merited enthusiasm "Miss Ormerod, the learned and graceful writer on the insects injurious to the farmer, has been publicly acknowledged as a great benefactor to the agriculture of the country by her successful endeavours to extirpate the turnip fly. The honest farmers of Norfolk have presented the indefatigable persecutor of their enemy with a vote of thanks and a gold medal, and the Agricultural Society has named her

Consulting Entomologist to the Society. In short, there is no honour and no blessing that the astonished Norfolk farmers would not shower down upon the woman who has devoted her whole energy and talent to the destruction of a bitter enemy who had threatened to destroy the means by which they live."

It is not a little instructive to see the practical matterof-fact use which women are making of their scientific studies. Science is to them the handmaid to philanthropy, and a zealous consideration for the general welfare, and thus they bring their great gifts and energy to the service of the public.


The annual meeting of this society was held on June 6th, at Grovesnor House, the residence of the Duke of Westminster.

The chair was occupied by Sir H. BARKLY, who, in opening the proceedings, said that during the past year the association had been instrumental in sending a considerable number of women to the colonies. Unfortunately, however, it had not received the financial support from the public which it deserved, and funds were much needed.

Mrs. W. BROWNE, the Hon. Secretary, then read the Report, which stated that during the year 108 emigrants had been sent out, and 42 cases were in hand. Information had been sent to 1,486, and 202 persons had come before the Committee. Of those sent out 58 were servants, and 50 belonged to the professional and shopkeeping classes, nearly two-thirds of those who had passed through the hands of the society during the year having gone to Canada and Queensland. Free passages had been obtained for 17; 31 had been assisted either entirely or in part by loans; and 60 paid for themselves or were paid for by friends. Until last spring only one local branch existed, but three more had recently been established. Favourable accounts had been received from many of the emigrants, and several ladies who had gone out as governesses had obtained situations worth from £70 to £100 per annum. In the principal Canadian towns satisfactory arrangements

have been made for the reception of emigrants. The society has correspondents in Townsville and Rockhampton, Queensland, and hopes shortly to renew its connection with Brisbane. It has excellent arrangements at Sydney, and a correspondent in Adelaide; and in New Zealand there are correspondents at Auckland, Dunedin, and Christchurch.

The report also stated that, until this spring only one local branch existed; but three more have started during the last three months.

"The first branch, for South Devon, has been in existence for a year. It is managed by Miss STUDDY, Waddeton Court, Brixham.

"The second, for Dorchester, is managed by Miss PEARCE, Somerleigh, Dorchester.

"The third, for Stepney and Whitechapel, by Mrs. Ross, St. Philip's Vicarage, Stepney, or 5, Cannon Place, Whitechapel Road, E.

"The fourth, has been opened by Viscountess STRANGFORD, at 13, Dorset Street, Portman Square. It is managed by Mrs. BLANCHARD, who, from her long experience and practical knowledge of emigration matters is a valued and prominent member of the committee. At this branch office there is also a home for intending emigrants.

"The Women's Emigration Society is not responsible for any emigrants sent out by the branches, unless they have passed the Central Committee. These emigrants are provided with a card signed by the hon. secretary, stamped with the society's stamp.

"In conclusion, the committee draws attention to the financial statement. The working expenses are necessarily far higher in proportion than as shown, last year, when the report extended over eighteen instead of twelve months. At the same time subscribers may feel assured that the committee is determined to keep these expenses as low as possible, and to spend all available money upon the real objects of the society.


Subscriptions and donations may be sent to the hon. secretary's private address, 38, Belgrave Road, S.W., or paid to the account of the society, to Messrs. RANSOM,

BOUVERIE AND Co., 1 Pall Mall East, S.W. Cheques, &c., to be made payable to E. L. BROWNE."

A few of the cases in which emigrants had speedily found employment, were quoted.

"Good reports have been received of a party of twentyfour who sailed for Canada, on March 28th. All have found work, and all, but one, appear to give satisfaction. One woman, who sailed for Queensland, in March, 1881, with a family of six daughters, and one boy, is keeping a boarding-house there. All the girls have suitable work. This woman was in a state of distress when she applied to the society. She had been a National School Teacher, but was unequal to present standards, and could find no other work in England. Several ladies who have gone as governesses have obtained situations of from £70 to £100 per annum ; but nursery governesses get, of course, less. One young lady has obtained a situation in a Grammar School, at £100, for languages and music, and an additional £50 as organist. The widow of a professional man, left in great distress by the fraud of a trustee, was enabled to sail for Queensland with her two daughters, and has found means of support for them and herself."

On the motion of Archdeacon LAUDER (Canada), seconded by Sir SAMUEL SAUL, agent-general for New South Wales, the report was unanimously adopted. The meeting was also addressed by Sir Bartle Frere, the Bishop of Ballarat, the Rev. Mr. Bridger, Madame de Koerber, Mrs. Ross, &c., and several resolutions in harmony with the objects of the society were duly proposed and carried. The proceedings were brought to a close with the passing of votes of thanks to the chairman, and to the Duke of Westminster, for placing his house at the disposal of the association for the annual meeting.


The Presbyterian General Assembly has been held at Belfast during the first part of this month, and a deputation from the Women's Temperance Association of Belfast, consisting of two ladies well-known to the assembly-Mrs. Robert Workman and Mrs.

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