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is no agency equipped to organize the educa- upon our foresight and vision, upon
HENRY S. GRAVES education in conservation.
PRESIDENT HARDING'S PRESENTAIt must be clear to every student of the
TION ADDRESS TO MME. CURIE natural resource problem that 'there is an undertaking in conservation of great magni
Mme. Curie: It is with an especial satistude awaiting leadership and organized effort.
faction that I perform the pleasant duty which There is an opportunity and, in my opinion,
has been assigned to me to-day. On behalf a duty for the great national organizations of
of the American nation I greet and welcome scientific men to join hands in assuming this
you to our country, in which you will everyleadership. They are in a position to bring
where find the most cordial reception. We
welcome you as into harmony the objectives, the policies, and
an adopted daughter of
France, our earliest supporter among the the efforts of those working in the several
great nations. We greet you as a native born branches of natural resources. Under their
daughter of Poland-newest, as it is also guidance and inspiration there could be as
among the oldest of the great nations, and alsembled the available information regarding
ways bound by ties of closest sympathy to our our natural resources, and the interpretation
own Republic. In you we see the representaof the problems of conservation from the broad
tive of Poland, restored and reinstated to its viewpoint of the relation of all resources to
rightful place; of France, valiantly maintained our national development. The scientific or
in the high estate which has ever been its ganizations would thus be able to contribute
right. to the formulation of public policies, and to
As a nation whose womanhood has been exaid in bringing about their adoption. And
alted to fullest participation in citizenship, we finally, it would be possible for them through
are proud to honor in you a woman whose existing agencies to carry out an educational work has earned universal acclaim and atplan for the introduction of appropriate stud- tested woman's equality in every intellectual ies in conservation in our schools and colleges, and spirtual activity. and to forward a far-reaching campaign of We greet you as foremost among scientists popular education.
in the age of science, as leader among women The appointment of conservation commit- in the generation which sees woman come tees by the National Academy of Sciences, the tardily into her own. We greet you as an exNational Research Council, and the Associa- emplar of liberty's victories in the generation tion for the Advancement of Science, and wherein liberty has won her crown of glory. the meeting of these committees for the con- In doing honor to you we testify anew our sideration of joint action, should prove to be pride in the ancient friendships which have the first step in a new leadership that will give bound us to both the country of your adoppower to the conservation movement, with the tion and that of your nativity. We exalt promise of very large achievement.
anew our pride that we have stood with them In my opinion a very great responsibility in the struggle for civilization, and have rests upon this conference. We have an oppor- touched elbows with them in the march of tunity to organize the intellectual forces of
progress. the country in a movement that will have a It has been your fortune, Mme. Curie, to profound influence upon the future well-being accomplish an immortal work for humanity. of the country. Our action may determine the We are not without understanding of the trials direction the movement may take, and whether and sacrifices which have been the price of it will be effective or lag behind for lack of your achievement. We know something of the leadership. A great public interest depends fervid purpose and deep devotion which inspired you.
We bring to you the meed of only contribution has been the power of their honor which is due to preeminence in science, united appeal. scholarship, research and humanitarianism. Let me press the analogy a little further. But with it all we bring something more. We The world to-day is appealing to its statesmen, lay at your feet the testimony of that love its sociologists, its humanitarians and its rewhich all the generation of men have been ligious leaders for solution of appalling probwont to bestow upon the noble woman, the un-. lems. I want to hope that the power and uniselfish wife, the devoted mother. If, indeed, versality of that appeal will inspire strong, dothese simpler and commoner relations of life vout, consecrated men and women to seek out could not keep you from attainments in the the solution, and, in the light of their wisdom, realms of science and intellect, it is also true to carry it to all mankind. I have faith to that the zeal, ambition and unswerving purpose believe that precisely that will happen, and in of a lofty career could not bar you from splen- your own career of fine achievement I find didly doing all the plain but worthy tasks heartening justification for my faith. which fall to every woman's lot.
In testimony of the affection of the AmeriA number of years ago a reader of one of can people, of their confidence in your scienyour earlier works on radioactive substances tific work, and of their earnest wish that your noted the observation that there was much di- genius and energy may receive all encouragevergence of opinion as to whether the energy ment to carry forward your efforts for the adof radioactive substances is created within vance of science and conquest of disease, I those substances themselves, or is gathered to have been commissioned to present to you this them from outside sources and then diffused little phial of radium. To you we owe our from them. The question suggested an answer knowledge and possession of it, and so to you which is doubtless hopelessly unscientific. I we give it, confident that in your possession it have liked to believe in an analogy between the will be the means further to unveil the fascispiritual and the physical world. I have been nating secrets of nature, to widen the field of very sure that that which I may call the radio- useful knowledge, to alleviate suffering among active soul, or spirit, or intellect-call it the children of man. Take it to use as your what you choose-must first gather to itself, wisdom shall direct and your purpose of serfrom its surroundings, the power that it after- vice shall incline you. Be sure that we esteem ward radiates in beneficence to those near it. it but a small earnest of the sentiments for I believe it is the sum of many inspirations, which it stands. It betokens the affection of borne in on great souls, which enables them one great people for another. It will remind to warm, to scintillate, to radiate, to illumine you of the love of a grateful people for yourand serve those about them. I am so sure self; and it will testify in the useful work to of this explanation for the radioactive per- which you will devote it, the reverence of mansonality that I feel somehow a conviction that kind for one of its foremost benefactors and science will one day establish a like explana- most beloved of women. tion for radioactivity among inanimate substances.
HENRY PLATT CUSHING Perhaps, in my innocence of science, I am The death of Professor Cushing in the airily rushing in where scientists fear to tread. month of April last at his home in Cleveland, But I am trying to express to you my convic- has already been announced in these columns. tion that the great things achieved by great His colleagues on the Geological Survey of minds would never have been wrought with- New York wish to pay the following brief out the inspiration of an appealing need for tribute to his friendship and worth. His scithem. That appeal
spiration to entific work is a part of the enduring records successful effort, and success in turn enables of the survey with which he was associated for the outgiving of benefits to millions whose twenty-eight years. His name will be forever
associated with the scientific exploration of the Adirondack Mountains, the most picturesque part of the State of New York, the great playground of the people of this and other states. In 1893 Cushing, with James F. Kemp and C. H. Smyth, Jr., entered this difficult field for the purpose of intensive investigation of its geological structure. For more than one generation it had been a common remark among intelligent people that the Adirondacks were the oldest rocks on earth,” but except in broadest features their structures were not understood or the relations of their mountain-making rock masses, one to another, comprehended. Professor Kemp, conceiving the importance of a systematic attack on this resistant field where geological information had lagged so far behind the rest of the state, brought together this little trinity of workers under the auspices of the state survey and its joint activity continued for many years; and though the attack eventually became a desultory one by two of the three, Cushing's part went on without interruption. He was a fine geologist in a difficult field, keen, patient, with the factors of his problem fully in hand; an excellent petrologist with a perfectly competent understanding of the dynamics of the Precambrian rocks. His grasp of the complicated Precambrian history of New York and the succession of events composing it finally enabled him to tell the story in his Geology of the Northern Adirondacks." From the beginning of his field work in New York Professor Cushing showed that he was quite as competent to carry on the work in the unaltered sedimentary rocks, even in the intensive way which present requirements demand. He was a manly, frank, open-hearted and devoted student of his science, who challenged respect for his work and engaged the deep attachment of those who were admitted to his friendship.
John M. CLARKE
or by the aid of antiquated methods which led to quite erroneous conclusions.
An assemblage of crystalline limestone, quartzites, schists and gneisses was clearly of sedimentary origin, while certain massive rocks were as clearly igneous. There were also extensive areas of gneisses and schists of doubtful origin. To determine the origin of these rocks, together with the structural and age relations of the various formations, was the fundamental problem. Working at first in the northeastern part of the region, Cushing had to deal mainly with rocks that proved to be igneous, and he was able to establish not only their origin but also, to a large extent, their time relations, and particularly that of the very extensive anorthosites and syenites. The work was later extended to the southern edge of the Adirondacks and, finally, to the northwestern part, his last paper being a report on the Gouverneur quadrangle, now in press.
In this district he came in contact with extensive areas of the Grenville sedimentary series, and worked out in detail their relations to the granites, syenites and gabbros. In this work he emphasized the relatively slight erosion of the crystalline rocks as compared with districts to the east, with the resultant partial, or complete, survival of the roofs of batholiths. In the course of these years of field and laboratory study he gathered a great mass of data which afforded the basis for important papers dealing with differentiation, assimilation, and other petrologic problems. In this work he was greatly aided by a series of highly accurate analyses of rocks made for him by his friend, Dr. E. W. Morley.
One can not look over Cushing's publications on the Adirondack region, even casually, without being impressed by the great volume of work represented, and the wide range of problems treated. The more carefully his papers are studied, the more evident is the wealth of accurate observation and carefully reasoned conclusions contained in them. They constitute a brilliant record of achievement in a difficult field of research.
C. H. SMYTH, JR.
WHEN Cushing began his work in the Adirondack region in 1893 the pre-Cambrian rocks, excepting the area in which Kemp was working, had been studied only very locally
ALTHOUGH Professor Cushing was primarily
consist largely of the thinner, near-shore edges interested in Precambrian lithology and stra- of a great number of formations, and that tigraphy, he was led into stratigraphic inves- there is a great lack of correspondence betigation of the Paleozoic formations by his tween the formations on the different sides. work along the margin of the Adirondack mas
This conclusion found its expression in a sive and his desire to read the history of this more refned distinction and correlation of region from the overlapping and surrounding formational vnits in the Paleozoic rocks surPaleozoic rocks. He was a pioneer in this
rounding the Adirondacks. work, and by his method of carefully noting Cushing's stratigraphic work has left its and comparing the lithologic characters, rela- indelible impress upon the elaboration of the tive thicknesses and amounts of overlap on
geologic history of New York. He was equally the Precambrian, as well as the fossil con- keen and enthusiastic in studying the lithotents of the various Paleozoic formations, he logic and structural, as well as the stratiwas able to trace the unequal emergences and graphic and faunistic characters of the formasubmergences of the different sides of the tions; and those who had the good fortune to Adirondack massive.
be associated with him in the field will never He began at the northeast corner of the forget his vigorous sterling character, cautious Adirondacks, in Clinton county, where he and fair weighing of all evidence, and his fine early recognized the great thicknesses of the sense of humor. Potsdam and Beekmantown formations and
R. RUEDEMANN their thinning westward and southward, implying the more rapid and steady subsidence
SCIENTIFIC EVENTS of the northeastern part of the Adirondacks AN ENGLISH HOSPITAL FOR NERVOUS in Late Cambrian and Early Ordovician time.
DISORDERS Then at the southwest corner he found the WE learn from the London Times that Sir successive overlap of the Ordovician forma- Ernest Cassel has given £225,000 to found and tions, notably of the Beekmantown and Tren- endow a hospital or sanatorium for the treatton, upon the comparatively even Precambrian ment of functional nervous disorders, and the floor and thus inferred a relatively even sink- King and Queen have consented to become paing of this side of the Adirondacks in Early trons of the new institution. Sir Ernest Casand Middle Ordovician time, interrupted by sel has purchased a fine mansion and park in an elevation in Chazy time.
ideal surroundings at Penshurst, Kent, for the In the “ Geology of the Northern Adiron- purpose. The house, which has been recondack Region” the Paleozoic history of the structed, will accommodate about 60 patients, Adirondacks is for the first time treated logic- and was opened on May 23. ally by a comparison of the Paleozoic deposits By the term “ functional nervous disorders” on all four sides. This work also showed will be understood those common but complex Cushing where correct data were still lacking and distressing conditions which are not the for a more comprehensive treatment of his direct outcome of organic disease. Among subject. These data were supplied by his such may be named neurasthenia, nervous later work (jointly with Ulrich and Ruede- break-down, loss of power not associated with mann) on the Paleozoics of the Thousand evident structural changes, together with Islands (northwest corner), Saratoga Springs those manifold kindred troubles which are (northeast corner) and Ogdensburg (north loosely termed “nervous." Largely the result side) regions. It was his intention to con- of the stress and turmoil of modern life, they tinue the work in the Watertown region to- are unfortunately of great frequency and are gether with Ruedemann. Jointly with these accompanied by much suffering, and followed, co-workers he reached the conclusion that the not uncommonly, by disastrous mental and Paleozoic rocks which rim the Adirondacks physical consequences. Subjects of these dis
orders often become incapacitated and remain untrammeled use by her in experimentation and in so for want of the particular treatment they
pursuit of science, require. For such treatment scarcely any fa
Now, therefore, in consideration of the object
above set forth and in order that the fullest scicilities exist at the present moment. To say
entific use may be made of such material, the that a condition is merely due to nerves
said executive committee of the Mme. Curie Fund, has been almost equivalent to saying that it
as representing the subscribers thereto, does hereby calls for nothing beyond rest and change. give, grant and transfer to Mme. Marie Curie the These disorders are, however, amenable to said gram of radium, to be used and applied by medical treatment under favorable conditions, her freely and in her discretion in experimentation and it is to provide such means of cure and
and in the best interests of science by herself perfurther to expand and elaborate them that the
sonally, or under her direction or through such
agencies, assistants and successors as she may present institution has been founded.
nominate, and in the confident expectation that The hospital is primarily intended for those
Mme. Curie will take measures as will insure the members of the educated classes who are un- continued use of the said material for the purable to meet the heavy expenses associated poses stated, in case of her withdrawal from activi. with care and treatment in a nursing home. ties or other disability through such persons as she The upkeep of the institution and the treat- may adjudge best qualified for the purpose. ment of the patients have been largely pro
RUINS IN THE UPPER CANADIAN VALLEY vided for by the generosity of the founder,
In March and April, Messrs. W. K. Moorebut a charge will be made to each patient as
head and J. B. Thoburn travelled through the a contribution to his or her maintenance. The members of the general committee,
Upper Canadian valley and the Panhandle of
Texas and eastern New Mexico, continuing under the chairmanship of Sir Ernest Cassel, are Sir Robert Hudson, Sir Courtauld Thom
the explorations begun last spring in that son, Sir Felix Cassel (the trustees of the
region. They discovered that the small buildfund), and Mrs. Joshua, together with the
ings and house foundations which are supmembers of the medical committee, Miss
posed to have marked the beginning of the
Pueblo-Cliff Dweller culture extended through Aldrich-Blake, M.S., Dr. Farquhar Buzzard,
New Mexico to the foot of the continental Sir Maurice Craig, Lord Dawson, Professor
divide. In the Mora valley they found seven J. S. Haldane, Dr. Henry Head, Dr. A. F. Hurst, and Sir Frederick Treves. Dr. T. A.
or eight small ruins and one L-shaped struc
ture 200 x 150 feet which were distinctively Ross, who has had a wide experience of dis
Pueblo. On the surface, and by means of exeases of the nervous system, has been appointed medical director.
cavation, broken pottery of black and white
design was found. This was archaic Pueblo, THE GIFT TO MME. CURIE
the earliest type. In Ute and La Cinta can
yons were found rock shelters and caverns The deed of gift, which accompanied the
which had been inhabited by Indians. Many gram of radium presented to Mme. Curie by
more petroglyphs were also discovered. President Harding on May 27 reads:
The results of this expedition are said to This agreement, made this 19th of May, 1921, confirm the observations made last year to the between the Committee of Women of the Marie
effect that a new field in American archeology Curie Fund, of 3 Macdougal Street, New York
has been opened and that Indian remains exCity, and Mme. Curie, of Paris, France, wit
tend through a territory approximately 250 x nesseth:
150 miles. WHEREAS a gram of radium has been secured through the efforts of the above mentioned com
GEOLOGICAL EXPEDITION TO CHINA mittee and by the voluntary subscriptions of the women of the United States for the purpose of A PARTY of six geologists and mining engipresentation to Mme. Marie Curie for free and neers from Minnesota and Wisconsin, includ