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the author, Washington, D. C., 1912). If it intellect, the letters probably do not add much should seem impracticable to name all colors, to what the shrewd reader would infer from a numerical system could be devised. The the “Principles of Psychology," the “ Varieties writer has felt the need of some such set of of Religious Experience,” “Pragmatism” and color standards in the Soil Survey work in other writings. The letters show brilliantly South Dakota. Perhaps others may have felt the extreme fertility of mind, the receptivity the same need.

to facts, theories and viewpoints of all sorts, J. G. HUTTON

the impulsive reaction to approve and make

the best out of every man's offering, the S, D. EXPERIMENT STATION

intuitive sense of causes and consequences,

and the perfect candor and directness. They SCIENTIFIC BOOKS

do not show so well the sheer mastery in ob

serving and organizing the facts of human The Letters of William James. Edited by his

nature and behavior, the final recognitions of son, HENRY JAMES. Two volumes, xx + 348

truth and value, and the persistent refusal to and xiii +382, The Atlantic Monthly Press,

tolerate inadequacies or imperfections by Boston, 1920. $10.00.

which James worked his way to them. William James was one of the half dozen

As literature the letters have the verve, the greatest Americans of his generation; he was

magic gift of epithet and the utter sincerity also a past master of writing. Every one

which, writing or speaking, James never with intellectual interests will wish to read

lacked. His caricature, or possibly characterhis letters. They will be well rewarded,

ization, of the university professor will be whether they seek better acquaintance with a

often quoted: great man, or literature itself, or stimuli to reflections upon the conditions of scholarly -a being whose duty is to know everything, and and scientific work in America.

have his own opinion about everything, connected The most notable fact about James himself

with his Fach. ... has the most prodigious facwhich the letters reveal and emphasize is that

ulty of appropriating and preserving knowledge,

and as for opinions, he takes au grand sérieux his he was from youth a philosopher and moralist,

duties there. He says of each possible subject, tremendously interested in the world as a

"Here I must have an opinion. Let's see! whole and in its deeper meanings. Painting,

What shall it be? How many possible opinions natural history and medicine, each for a brief

are there threef four Yes! just four! Shall I time, and psychology for almost a score of take one of these? It will seem more original to years, restrained him from the study of fun- take a higher position, a sort of Vermittelungsdamental questions and sweeping statements

ansicht between them all. That I will do, etc., which really had his life-long allegiance. At

So he acquires a complete assortment of

opinions of his own; and, as his memory is so the age of twenty-six, while studying medicine

good, he seldom forgets which they are! But this and expecting to earn his living by practising

is not reprehensible; it is admirable from the it, and while gaining considerable acquaint

professorial pint of view. ance with the best work of the time in physiology and psychology, he was reading Hegel

He tells his little daughter of a big mastiff: and writing that Kant's “Kritik” “strikes me The ears and face are black, his eyes are yellow, so far as almost the sturdiest and honestest his paws are magnificent, his tail keeps wagging piece of work I ever saw.” In the partial list

all the time, and he makes on me the impression

of an angel hid in a cloud. He longs to do good. of his readings during the half year after he took his M.D. philosophy and religion out

Of the subtleties in the theme and treatweighed science and medicine nearly ten to

ment of his brother's latest novels he writes : one.

You know how opposed your whole “third manIn respect to the actual working of James's ner" of execution is to the literary ideals which


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animate my crude and Orson-like breast, mine magical checkered play, and it seemed as if the being to say a thing in one sentence as straight Gods of all the nature-mythologies were holding an and explicit as it can be made, and then to drop indescribable meeting in my breast with the moral it forever; yours being to avoid naming it straight, Gods of the inner life. . . . The intense signifibut by dint of breathing and sighing all round cance of some sort, of the whole scene, if one could and round it, to arouse in the reader who may have only tell the significance; the intense inhuman had a similar perception already (Heaven help remoteness of its inner life, and yet the intense him if he hasn't!) the illusion of a solid object, appeal of it; its everlasting freshness and its immade (like the "ghost” at the Polytechnic) memorial antiquity and decay; its utter Americanwholly out of impalpable materials, air, and the ism, and every sort of patriotic suggestiveness, and prismatic interferences of light, ingeniously you, and my relation to you part and parcel of it focused by mirrors upon empty space. But you all, and beaten up with it, so that memory and do it, that's the queerness! And the complication sensation all whirled inexplicably together; it was of innuendo and associative reference on the enor. indeed worth coming for, and worth repeating mous scale to which you give way to it does so year by year, if repetition could only procure build out the matter for the reader that the result what in its nature I suppose must be all unis to solidify, by the mere bulk of the process, the planned for and unexpected. It was one of the like perception from which he has to start. As happiest lonesome nights of my existence, and I air, by dint of its volume, will weigh like a cor- understand now what a poet is. poreal body; so his own poor little initial percep

It would be unwise, within the limits of this tion, swathed in this gigantic envelopment of sug. gestive atmosphere, grows like a germ into some

review, to discuss the “ Letters as evidence thing vastly bigger and more substantial.

concerning the forces which determine intel

lectual production and moral zeal in men of To this Henry James replied with un

science. The readers of this journal will also paralleled conciseness,

prefer to draw their own conclusions. I note You shall have, after a little more patience, a

only a few matters which might not attract reply to your so rich and luminous reflections on attention. my book—a reply almost as interesting as, and James writes apologetically of having the far more illuminating than, your letter itself. sole copy of the “Principles" insured for

$1,000 in transit! In 1896, being then fiftyOf a night in the Adirondacks he writes:

four, under the spell of Chicago, I was in a wakeful mood before starting, hav

I tried a stenographer and typewriter with an ing been awake since three, and I may have slept

alleviation that seemed almost miraculous. I think a little during this night; but I was not aware of

I shall have to go in for one some hours a week sleeping at all. My companions, except Waldo

at Cambridge. It just goes "whiff” and six or Adler, were all motionless. The guide had got a

eight long letters are done. magnificent provision of firewood, the sky swept itself clear of every trace of cloud or vapor, the Apparently he had spent seven years in wind entirely ceased, so that the fire-smoke rose Europe before ever going west of the Adironstraight up to heaven. The temperature was per- dacks; and seems not to have visited Yale or fect either inside or outside the cabin, the moon Princeton or Johns Hopkins or Columbia rose and 'hung above the scene before midnight, until he was fifty. leaving only a few of the larger stars visible, and

James's output seems to have been inI got into a state of spiritual alertness of the

fluenced greatly by outside pressure. Except most vital description. The influences of Nature, the wholesomeness of the people round me, espe

for the enterprise of a publisher and the

existence of the lecture foundations of cially the good Pauline, the thought of you and the children, dear Harry on the wave, the prob

Gifford, Lowell and the Columbia Departlem of the Edinburgh lectures, all fermented

ment of Psychology, we might well have within me till it became a regular Walpurgis gone without the “Principles,” “Varieties," Nacht. I spent a good deal of it in the woods, and “Pragmatism,” though we might, of where the streaming moonlight lit up things in a course, have had something better. In the

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prime of his life, when his ability was entirely obvious, James taught logic to beginners, extra courses in Radcliffe, and courses in summer schools!


is in the vast majority of cases, if not always, Ee and e; while similarly that of the EEe flies is Ee and E.

The variation in somatic appearance of the Eee form and the selective type of mitosis, referred to above, make it difficult to demonstrate genetically the presence of EeEe individuals. If flies of this type have occurred their mitosis is commonly Ee and Ee. One mating only indicates a possible exception to this type of mitosis. This mating shows a peculiar ratio possibly due to the presence of eee eyeless forms.

A further detailed report of the work will shortly be published. I am greatly indebted to Dr. E. G. Anderson for helpful suggestions and discussion and to the Misses E. E. Jones and D. M. Newman for assistance in the laboratory.


January 6, 1921


CHROMOSOME OF DROSOPHILA IN Drosophila melanogaster the gene for “eyeless” (e) and its normal allelomorph (E) are situated in the small fourth chromosome. Normal eye is dominant.

When heterozygous Ee normal Alies are crossed with eyeless ee, a ratio of 1:1 is expected. Actually this ratio is approached, although the greater viability of the normal type modifies the ratio to approximately 1.3:1.

In a single mating of this sort a count of 171 normal to 206 eyeless was obtained. Breeding tests of the descendants of this mating indicate that in all probability nondisjunction of the fourth chromosome has taken place.

If an Ee fly formed non-disjunctional gametes Ee and, the cross with an ee individual would give rise to Eee flies. Here two doses of “eyeless” meet one of “normal” eye. The opportunity is given for an upset in the balance of dominance between E and e. The excess of eyeless flies, mentioned above, suggests that such an upset has taken place. Further matings make it appear that the Eee form may be either normal or eyeless in appearance, certain individuals being extremely difficult to classify.

In the course of the breeding work several interesting results were obtained. Among

vere obtained. Among these was the isolation of eyeless flies, theo retically of the formula Eee, which when crossed inter se or with other eyeless ee, gave normal eyed progeny in considerable numbers. Ratios of 8, 9, 10 or even 12 normals to 1 eyeless were also produced from matings presumably EE X Ee. Both these conditions were expected on the hypothesis of non-disjunction.

Using the appearance of eyeless flies as a test, it seems that the mitosis of the Eee flies


REPORT OF THE TREASURER FOR 1920 In conformity with Article 2, Section 6, of the By-Laws and by direction of the Council, the Treasurer has the honor to submit the following report for the period December 20, 1919, to December 23, 1920.

The total cash receipts during the period in question is $13,096.05. These include $4,381.21 from the W. Hudson Stephens estate; $1,850 from 32 Life Membership commutations, and $5,707.75 from interest on securities of the association.

The total disbursements made during the period in question amount to $10,272.56. These include an aggregate of $4,500 for 19 grants authorized by the council, and $4,431.31 paid for $4,500 face value Victory Loan 4% bonds..

The total amount of funds of the association consisting of cost value of securities purchased, appraised value of securities received from the Colburn Estate, and cash in banks, is $125,723.59.

A balance sheet, showing assets and liabilities, and tables showing details of receipts and disbursements, are appended hereto. (Signed) ROBERT S. WOODWARD,

Treasurer Dated December 23, 1920


Assets Investments :

Securities (Exhibit “A) ....$119,242.41 Cash in Banks


$125,723.59 Liabilities Funds: Life Memberships: 345 at $50

$17,250 5 at $100

500 $ 17,750.00 Jane M. Smith Fund

5,000.00 W. Hudson Stephens Fund

4,381.21 Colburn Fund

77,755.74 Accumulated Investments

14,355.46 Unappropriated Interest

6,481.18 $125,723.59

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Dec. 23, 1920.
Balance from last report

Interest from securities... $5,707.75
Interest from bank balance. 51.72
Interest from R. M. Yerkes. 5.37
Revertment of grant made

R. M. Yerkes,...... 100.00 10 Life Commutations, 1919 500.00 22 Life Commutations, 1920: 17 at $50 ....... $850 5 at $100


1,350,00 Sustaining member 1,000.00 Estate of W. H. Stephens. 4,381.21 13,096.05

$16,753.74 Disbursements Investments $ 100 U. S. First Liberty Loan 4%

$91.25 $4,500 U. S. Victory Loan

Bonds 41%:
Purchase price. $4,381.60

Interest pur-
chased ..

46.90 Commission

2.81 4,431.31 $ 4,522.56 Grants : Samuel D. Robins

100.00 S. Lefschetz

300.00 Olive C. Hazlett

100.00 A. A. Knowlton

200.00 John C. Shedd

100.00 Philip Fox

600.00 Anne S. Young

100.00 Frank B. Taylor


At the autumn meeting of the executive committee of the council, held in New York on October 17, 1920, the following report was received and ordered to be printed in SCIENCE. It covers only a portion of the fiscal year on account of the fact that the records of the Permanent Secretary's office were turned over to the new Permanent Secretary on April 1, 1920. The former Permanent Secretary, Dr. L. 0. Howard, presented his resignation at the St. Louis meeting, at which he was elected president for 1920 and 1921, but the new Permanent Secretary, Dr. Burton E. Livingston, did not assume his duties until February 1, 1920, and did not actually take charge of the accounts until April 1, 1920. During the interim Dr. Howard continued to care for the affairs of the association, and he has given much valuable advice and assistance to the new Permanent Secretary. Dr.

Purchase Value






Securities Purchased Par Value $10,000 Chicago & Northwestern Railway Co. general mortgage 4 per cent.

bonds, due 1987 10,000 Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Co. general mortgage 4 per

cent. bonds, due 1995 10,000 Great Northern Railway Co. first and refunding mortgage 4.25 per

cent. bonds, due 1961 10,000 Pennsylvania Railroad Co. consolidated mortgage 4.5 per cent. bonds,

due 1960 10,000 Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad Co. general mortgage 4 per

cent. bonds, due 1958 10,000 Union Pacific Railroad Co. first lien and refunding mortgage 4 per

cent, bonds, due 2008 10,000 Northern Pacific Railway Co. prior lien railway and land grant 4 per

cent, bonds, due 1997 .. 10,000 New York Central and Hudson River Railroad Co. 3.5 per cent.

bonds, due 1997 100 U. S. First Liberty Loan Bonds 8,000 U. 8. Second Liberty Loan Bonds 2,000 U. S. Third Liberty Loan Bonds 2,000 U. S. Fourth Liberty Loan Bonds 6,500 U. S. Victory Liberty Loan Bonds

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Bonds from Colburn Estate 20,000 Acker, Merrall and Condit Co. debenture 6 per cent. bonds 7,000 Buffalo City Gas Co. First mortgage 5 per cent. bonds 8,000 Park and Tilford Co. sinking fund debenture 6 per cent, bonds 42,000 Pittsburgh, Shawmut & Northern Railıoad first mortgage 4 per cent.

bonds, due February 1, 1952 .. $171,000

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