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STOKES— STONE.

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Kertch; for which he obtained a brevet majority, the Turkish Medal, and the Order of the Medjidie, fomth class. In July, 1856, he was appointed Her Majesty's Commis- sioner for the Danube, under the Treaty of Paris. In 1861 he was nominated Vice Consul in the delta of the Danube, and in 18G5 he signed the convention for regulat- ing the navigation of the mouths of that river. He was in command of the Boyal Engineers in South Wales from May, 1872, to Aug. 1873 ; British Commissioner on the International Tonnage Commis- sion from Aug. to Dec. 1873 ; was employed on Suez Canal affairs in London and Egypt in 187.4 and 1875, and representative of Great Britain in that company since 1876 ; was in command of the Boyal En- gineers at Chatham from Jan. to Nov. 1875; and was Commandant of the School of Military Engineer- ing at Chatham from the latter date to 1881. He was attached to Mr. Cave's special mission to l^gypt in Dec. 1875. He was promoted to a Lieutenant-Colonelcy in 1867, and became a full Colonel in 1876. In 1871 he was nominated a Com- panion of the Bath, and in 1877 a Knight Companion of the same Order (civil <£[ vision). In 1881 he was appointed Deputy-Adjutant- G^nenJ Boyal Engineers.

STOKES, William, was born at Brighton, Mar. 20, 1886. After achieving remarkable success in his native town, he appeared in London, and on June 18, 1861, gave his first Lecture on Memory at the Boyal Colosseum, Begent's Park, with which he was connected for about nineteen months, when it closed; and on Feb. 12, 1863, he delivered his first lecture at the Boyal Polytechnic Institution, Be- gent Street, with which he was associated for nearly nineteen years, lecturing on the last day of that institution, Jan. 21, 1882. The soundness of Mr. Stokes's Theory of Memory, the simplicity and

effectiveness of his Memory Aids, his singular gift of teaching, and his untiring energy and perse- verance, have rendered him the most eminent Professor of Memory of the age. He has lectured and taught at Christ Church, Oxford ; Trinity College, -Cambridge; and at innumerable other colleges, schools, and places of entertain- ment throughout the kingdom; and his influence has extended to the colonies, America, and abroad. In addition to his popular treatise " Stokes on Memory," he has written the standard series of Memory Aiding works on Bapid Beading, Writing, Arithmetic, Drawing, Music, and other sub- jects. He is now at the Polytechnic, which was re-opened on a fresh basis in Sept. 1882 ; and he gives frequent demonstrations of his system at the Boyal Aquarium, Westminster.

STONE, Edwabd Jaitbs, F Jfc.S., is of Devonshire extraction, but was born in London, Feb. 28, 1831. He commenced the study of both classics and mathematics late in life (when more than twenty). He graduated as fifth Wrangler at Cambridge in 1869, and was imme- diately elected a Fellow of Queen's College. He was appointed chief assistant at Greenwich in 1860; Her Majesty's Astronomer at the Cape of Good Hope in 1870; and Badcliffe Observer at Oxford in 1879. He has contributed a large number of papers on all branches of astronomy to the Boyal Astro- nomical Society, and the results of experiments on the heating powers of stars, magnetic observations made in Namaquland, and a deter- mination of the velocity of sound, to the Boyal Society. Whilst at the Cape, besides reducing and publishing the observations made by his predecessor (Cape Cata- logues, 1840, 1860), he commenced and completed a systematic obser- vation of the Southern heavens from the South Polf* to 115. N.P.D. The

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