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THE ZOOLOGIST.

EDITORIAL GLEANINGS.


The death is announced, at Melbourne, of Prof. Sir F. McCoy, who had for the last five-and-forty years made his home in Australia. Prof. McCoy was an able geologist and palaeontologist; he was Professor of Natural Science in the University of Melbourne, and to him was due the formation of the Melbourne National Museum, which he directed. The well-known publication, 'Prodromus of the Zoology of Victoria, or Figures and Descriptions of the living Species of all Classes of the Victorian Indigenous Animals,' he commenced in 1878. Twenty decades were published up to 1890, when the work ceased.


Prof. Ludwig Büchner died on April 30th last. Biichner's name was once somewhat freely anathematized as that of the author of 'Kraft und Stoff' and 'Natur und Geist,' but he will be best remembered by zoologists in connection with a volume which appeared in an English translation in 1880 under the title of 'Mind in Animals.' He also translated into German Lyell's 'Antiquity of Man,' and published 'Die Darwinsche Theorie.'


The death has been announced, at Hull, of Mr. Henry Bendelack Hewetson, surgeon, of Leeds. In the science of natural history he was quite an enthusiast. In 1885 he was elected President of the Leeds Naturalists' Club and Scientific Association, and during that year he obtained from the Corporation the grant of a room in the Municipal Buildings for the housing of the collections and library and holding of meetings of that body. At the close of the year the rules were altered to permit of the re-election of a President for a second year, and he was accordingly made President for the following year. In 1896 he was again elected President, a position which he once more filled in 1897. As President he constantly advocated the foundation of a Scientific Institute by the joint action of the several scientific societies of Leeds, and in 1896 a decided step was taken in this direction, but unfortunately without success. As an ornithologist, Mr. Hewetson recorded several new visitors to our shores, and, in conjunction with other observers, did much good work, especially in regard to the study of migration. He also assisted in the exploration