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ajtd JOURNAL JUNIOR PACIFIC BOTANICAL STATION Professor Conway MacMillan Gives Light on the Exact Status of This Interesting Institution. Several articles have appeared In the twin city papers recently concerning the Pacific coast botanical station which we are establishing on Vancouver island. These have been more or less erroneous and it has seemed best to publish an au thentic statement concerning the enter prise bo that it may be plainly understood by all who are interested. In the first place It is not connected with the Uni versity of Minnesota at the present time, except in so far as its promoters are connected with that Institution. Last winter I laid plans before Governor John S. Pillsbury and President Cyrus Korthrop and learned that they viewed with approval the general project. 1 have kept them Informed of its progress, but it lias been our ambition to put the station en it* feet before asking the university -^v a" * » • Wat** w^B**^ I^^^^HH Bbc >»..-.«^^f>- -« *^t^fc . ■ -~% «_»sP^^^ CARPENTER AT WORK ON THE BEACH, SHAPING ROOF TIMBERS FOR THE STA TION BTJ ILDINQS. In any formal -way to become responsible for it. This, it -was thought, -would be a pleasing variation of the usual method in suoh enterprises and would be more likely to commend the project to the re gents than if they were asked to bear the risks themselves. A. Very Modest Enterprise. Again, the enterprise Is really a very jnodest one and has been unduly magni fied by comparisons with such wealthy and long established marine stations as those of Naples and Liverpool. The Minnesota station Is simply a camp on a shore ex traordinarily favorable for marine inves tigations. The station buildings when completed ■will remind one of an ordinary Minnesota logging camp. Accommoda tions have been provided for about eighty people, and nearly or quite half that dumber nave signified their Intention of li__ . _____ __, VIEW OF POINT RENFREW, B. C, SHOW KIVER AND THE PO Joining the party for the season of 1901. The location at Port Renfrew (which is not, as mistakenly stated a few evenings ago, a naval staton of the Brtsh govern ment, but some fifty miles farther north than Esquimalt) is aout the most perfect situation geographically that could be found for our purposes on the Pacific coast. It was sug gested that the vicinity of Seattle might have been chosen, but this would have shut us off from easy access to the Pacific ocean. J. M. Macoun, the gov ernment botanist of Canada, suggested Barkley sound on the west coast of Van couver island as a preferable locality, but this seemed too far from the waters of Puget sound. Our aim was to establish the station so that it would be accessible both to sound and ocean waters and the m THE POINT BEHIND WHICH THE STATION IS LOCATED. Port Renfrew district fulfilled all the conditions. I ses of Such a Station. An idea of the nature of the station in connection with a department of botany, and its utility may be conveyed, perhaps as well as in any other way, by a quo tation from an address on the nature, or ganization and work of a modern botanical Institute delivered at the university last •winter, in which it was said: "For the inland botanical institute a marine station is of the utmost value: for the institute of a temperate country the tropical station is helpful; for the institute in the lowlands the mountain THE MINNEAPOLIS JOUIPAL. station lias its uses; for the iiretitute in a well-watered region the desert station is a source of great assistance. At such stations advanced students will receive most vitalizing impressions and the prob lems of their own regions will come before them in new and interesting lights. The primary object of the station may thus be accomplished both in the fields of in struction and research. It is a matter of experience that Bta tions in connection with a botanical in stitute raise the tone of its work in a very marked degree and they are main tained in connection with all institutions of the first rank. Their oversight pre sents a number of special problems and •their management requires somewhat the same attention to detail that is needed in the establishment of a branch of some mercantile or financial concern, such as a department store or an insurance office. A successful station will furnish ma terials and problems for research; it will stimulate and create enthusiasm; it will promote the solidarity and spirit of co operation in the institute; it will broaden and invigorate the capacity for receiving and Imparting instruction, it ■will neu tralize tendencies to ultra-specialism; it will keep the work of the institute In close sympathy with nature; and it will make its influence felt in every expres sion of institute life." Study of Mountain Vegetation. A great advantage of the Pacific coast over the Atlantic lies in the magnificent opportunity of studying mountain vege tation en route. Our party will go via the Canadian Pacific rfcilway, stopping off NO MOUNTAIN'S ALONG THE GORDON STOFFICE BUILDING. at Banff on the westbound trip and at Glacier and Field upon the eastward jour ney. This will enable the members of th» party to familiarize themselves with a great variety of facts, not only botani cal but geological and physiographical, that would altogether escape them upon a journey to the Atlantic coast. In the com paratively tame scenery of the Alleghenies the phenomena of the timber line, the snow line, the glacier and the avalanche, in their relaticn to plant distribution, cannot be studied. Besides the Atlantic coast is somewhat hackneyed, stale and uninteresting in botanical lines when com pared with the virgin shores of the north Pacific. Enconraglng Assurances. In entering upon the organization of what is hoped '- be a permanent estab lishment, it was very encouraging to re ceive numerous expressions of interest and assurances of assistance from many distinguished and influential Canadians. So many leters have been received that it is possible to quote from but a few. D. M. Eberts, attorney general of British Columbia writes: "Kindly let me know in what way I can at any time be of ser vice to you and allow me to express my hearty interest in and good wishes for the success of your researches." A. J. Pineo. president of the Western University of Canada, says: "I iam deeply interested in the report that you are establishing a botanical station on the west coast of SATURDAY EVENING, MAY 18, 190 L Some Specimens of Work by Students in the Minneapolis School of Fine Arts. The school year of the Minneapolis School of Fine Arts closed yeßterday, and to-night the farewell reception of the students to their friends and to the So ciety of Fine Arts will be given in the public library gallery and the rooms of the school. The affair will be wholly In formal with music and a minuet arranged by Misses Cook and Knowlton. Dr. Hoa mer will make an address. The feature of the evening eagerly looked forward to will be the announcement ot the winners of the scholarships of next year. There were six competitors for the Chase schol arship in New York and many for the two scholarships in the school. One of these was established by William Hinkle and the other by the pupils of the school. In the rooms of the school will be hung a collection of the work of the year, rep resenting each pupil. Specimen work from each class will be shown. This exhibi tion will remain In place all of next week, and is open to the public free. In addi tion to arranging and hanging this ex hibition, Director Koehler has been se lecting work this week to send to the Pan-American exhibition, where the school is to have 200 feet of wall space In the Minnesota building. A tine collec tion will be arranged, including the work of this and previous years. The year just closing has been the most successful in the history of the school, the number of pupils in the regular classes reaching 150, the high-water mark. All of the classes except the free Saturday night class show gains. An interesting event of the week, show ing the regard felt for the director, waa the action of the pupils in purchasing one of Mr. Koehler's paintings for the school. It will hang for the present in the public gallery, but is the property of the school. The plan was a complete surprise to Mr. Koehler, who knew nothing of it until the committee visited him at his home to make its selection. The picture selected is a character study of an old woman and It is espe cially valuable from a student's stand point, excelling in points of technique difficult to acquire. It Is strong and vigorous, quiet in color and simple in composition. The dignified head shows a kindly wrinkled face, framed in white hair, drawn down in straight, severe bands under a black bonnet. The picture was painted in Munich juet twenty years ago. Vance Thompson, in last week's Satur day Evening Post, writing from Paris, gives the gratifying news that the French government has purchased for the Luxem bourg a painting by a former Minneapolis artist, some of whose early pictures are owned here. Lionel Walden, the artist in question. Is the son of Rev. Treadwell Walden, formerly of this city, and his sister married G. A. Atnsworth of Min neapolis. Mr. Thompson says: I am no great admirer of the French gov ernment of the day, for I am too good a patriot to believe In cosmopolitanism and I have never seen anything admirable In break ing church windows. When I was a young ster there was one bad boy in our neighbor hood. I know he was bad. because he used to throw stones at the minister's cat. The socialists un-l internationalists who rule France to-day are too much like that bad boy to suit my conservative tastes. Still they are good nv»n in their way. Their theories aside, they act like decent fellows, instructed, art-loving men and Frenchmen. Every now and then th^ government announces that it has bought seme picture and —by placing it in a public gallery—given it to the people and the world. Not one great American painter of the day is unrepresented In tLe national art galleries of France. Look at the Luxembourg, with its collection —finer than any in the Untted States—of pictures by our best men, Whistler, Sargent and a score of others. He, too, works for his country who only stands and paints. However, while the best of the great American artists' work is being bought in by the French government to enrich France, the government of our own country is quite un concerned. And in a few years what would we not give for Whistler's "Portrait of My Mother," for Walden's "Cardiff Docks," for Sargent's "Carmencita" —a king's ransom, my friends. And that is the right kind of pat riotism —the national preservation of the works our men have made. It makes for the future. Seed may be sown on a canvas as well as on the prairies of the middle west. All this means that the French government has bought Lionel Wald?n's last salon picture— that should have gone to the new home of art that some statesman will found some day or' other In Washington, D. C. The committee soliciting money for the purchase of Robert Koehler's picture, "The Strike." is meeting with gratifying success, and report that it has already raised about half the sum required. That it has been done so quietly is a proof that the enterprise met with general ap proval. The picture was described in the daily papers and the project of buying it, to become the property of the city, was explained. A soliciting committee was then appointed and generous contributions followed. Some of these contributions were obtained without interviews other than over the telephone. This ready re sponse should be placed to the credit of the Minneapolis public. To certain people not yet approached this committee will mail circular letters, and it is expected the remaining half of the sum required may soon be reported as obtained. This circular will be pub lished In the local papers next week, and everyone ho reads it is asked to con sider it as addressed to himself and to respond as generously as may be in a subscription. To simplify the work of col lecting, the committee suggests that con tributions be sent to E. C. Gale, Guaranty building, and every such contribution will be duly credited. this island. If it Is in my power at any time to be of assistance in any way I shall be glad to make my services available." Bishop Edward Cridge of Victoria writes: "I wish your enterprise every success and if in any way I can advance its objects it will give me great pleasure." The lord bishop of British Columbia writes: "I rejoice to hear of the prospects of a bo tanical institute's being established on this island and shall be happy to show my interest in any way in my power." Sir Henri P. Joly de Lotbiniere, lieuten ant governor of British Columbia, says; "I am glad to see that this project Is on the point of realization and I sincerely wish you all success." Richard Meßride, minister of mines, says: "At all times It will be a source of pleasure to me to give your undertaking any assistance in my power." John H. Turner, minister of finance and agriculture of British Colum bia, trusts "that such an institution will be very successful here and I think It will have every assistance from the peo ple of British Columbia." The mayor of Victoria, through the city clerk, writes that he trusts that every facility will be afforded us by the provincial government and assures us of his own gratification and that of the city council. The late George M. Dawson, director of the geolog ical survey of Canada, wrote Just before his much-regretted demise to express the interest he felt in the undertaking and assured us of his readiness to assist. Syd- ( ney Fisher, minister of agriculture for the Dominion, writes: "I can well be lieve that your work will be useful to our province and I am glad to see that such ar. opportunity will be given for investi gation." From the government botanists, Messrs. John and J. M. Macoun, ther© Is a cordial expression of Interest, and from Professor Penhallow of McOill university and Jeffries of the University of Toronto, }two of the most distinguished botanists In America, I have letters of great friend liness and encouragement. From the librarian of British Columbia and from the curator of the magnificent British IB 'mm • * lift SKETCH OP A HEAD, BY GEORGE WV DARLINO, f I ■ -- - p BTUDY FROM THE NUD^I BY JESSIE CAMPBEII*, Columbian museum I have had letters and words of unqualified interest and support. The aotion of the parliament of British Columbia in voting -an appropriation for the road to the station, a measure which was passed during my recent visit to Vic toria, gave substantial evidence of the friendly feeling towards our enterprise, and 1 -was assured by. W. C Wells, chief ,■'-.v - - - ■ ONE OP THE BOTANICAIi STATION BUILDINQS IN PROCESS OF ERECTION. commissioner of land* and -works for Brit ish Columbia, that ■it "was a pleasure to the government to do what *It : could to further our enterprise. /y ■ "":' The party for the coast will leave Min neapolis the 15th of June, remaining about a month" on the seashore. ' It Is hoped that the initial season may t» very suc cessful in ©very respect. -'■- r ■ —Ckraway MacMUlan, THERE WAS NEGRO BLOOD IN THE MAN SHE LOVED Why Miss Lizzie Rector Broke Her Engagement to Dr. Wilkerson—A Story of Human Interest. Jersey City, May 18.—Blood has told a tale that has brought misery to a woman and to a man who love each other, but who have broken their engagement because in the veins of the man there flows a drop or two of negro blood from an ancestor generations in the past. So in the famous old Rector homestead, in Jer sey City, pretty Miss Lizzie has tearfully put away all hopes of the coming summer day when she was to have been married to young Dr. Thoma3 T. Wilkerson, whose dark eyes and black hair are now signifi cant only of that strain of negro ancestry that no one had suspected till his own honor had made him confess it. The Rectors are one of the prominent families in Jersey City. Dr. Pierson Rec tor, who died seven years ago,was one of the leading physicians in Jersey City, and his borne, at 100 Grand street, was the center of social life. His son, Dr. Josehp M. Rec tor, followed in his father's professional footsteps. Young Dr. Rector has a large practice, having married and made his home In the most fashionable neighbor hoods. One of the "Rector girls" mar ried Dr. Charles D. Hill and lives next to the old house, in Grand streeet. Miss Lizzie, the second daughter, who is now 21 years old, is a favorite in the society of that city. '*■*■'* "* ' '-*'"-' ".._._* J. I . ""__ _'..'•. _ ' BTUDY OF A HEAD BY MISS KNOWLTON, % . BTUDY IN THE LIFEC LASS BY D. W. POWL.ER, After Dr. Rector's death Mrs. Rector turned the homestead in Grand street into a fashionable boarding house. Two years ago young Dr. Wilkerson went to board there, having been introduced by one of the sons. Dr. Wilkerson was the head of the United States Dental association, at Warren and Montgomery streets. He wa? then 32 years old, tall, athletic and hand some, moving in the best social circles. His Jet-black hair, dark complexion and dark eyes made him strikingly handsome, since no one then guessed their origin. To this he added a charming personality. The expected happened. Miss Lizzie and Dr. Wilkerson fell in love. About a year ago their engagement was announced and met with cordial approval. They were to have been married in the coming summer. But two months ago Dr. Wilkerson told his fiancee a story that wrecked their happi ness. He acted as a man of honor, black or white, would act. He told Miss Lizzie that, generations back, there had been a strain of African blood in his family. It was the sad old tale of slave days. Every since the time of his grandmother the black strain had been lost in the white till all remem brance of it had been lost. He had lived the life of a white man among gentlemen. To all practical purposes he was a white r-1 ' ***RtfiIESOTA SOCIETY. man In manners, in habits, in looks. But he felt that honor demanded that he tell this woman of the taint in his ancestry. Acted Like a Man of Honor. It Is probable tbat Mis 9 Rector, coming from a family of doctors, knew of the way even a slight strain of African blood sometimes concentrates In a child of some later generations. It may be that her brother told her. There was no reproach. They decided that they could never marry. To the man came the comfort of knowing that he had played the gentleman, but the girl has no such comfort. She only knows that she has lost the man she loves, that an unsurmountable barrier has come be tween them. There is no possibility of hope. She has withdrawn from society and is seldom seen outside her mother's home. "Yes," said Dr. Wilkerson, last night, "I was engaged to Miss Rector, and the engagement has been broken off. It is always better to tell the truth, and I will tell it to the public, as I told It to her. My parents were not known to have negro bood in them, but it showed in my grand mother. I have tried hard to live a rep utable life. I have studied hard and have "built up a large practice. I was educated in the Presbyterian college and graduated from the detal department of the Univers ity of Xew York. I have many friends, and I do not think I have lost any of them. But to the woman I loved, I could not flail under false colors. It is better that she should know every bit of the truth now rather than learn to repent after our marriage. We lo<ve each other, but we can never marry." "Dr. Wilkerson'B friends believe he has acted with scrupulous honor and are all the more loyal to him. I know now all about the ancestry of Dr. Wilkerson. said Frederick A. Mollenhauer, principal of the New Jersey School of Music, honor him for what he has done. We are all proud to be his friend*. White op hUck. ha is a gentleman."