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Dr. Stejneger, Noted Scientist,
Is Honored on 86th Birthday . i Dr. Leonhard Stejneger (left) being congratulated by Dr. Charles G. Abbot at the dinner last night in the former's honor. —Star Staff Photo. AFTER a day spent “working, as usual,” Dr. Leonhard Stej neger, head curator of biology in the Smithsonian Institution esince 1911. relaxed in a comfortable dinner chair Rt the Cosmos Club last night while approximately 100 friends , —gathered to celebrate his 86th birth day anniversary—paid tribute to his ekill as a scientist. From all parts of the world, and from every field of scientific pursuit, j the eulogies came—in letters from more than a score of foreign lands, and in brief, but none the less ap preciative addresses by a distinguished group of fellow diners. Included among the tributes from beyond the borders of the United States was a water-color painting of a bird, accompanied by this let ter from Maj. Allan Brooks of British Columbia: “It is a very long time since, as a lad of 16. I first pored over your ‘ book on the Commander Islands. Now I am rapidly overtaking you in years, but that same volume is to me. as It was to my father, a constant source for required information. “So let this little wader, the original Of which you collected 55 years ago, expresses in a small way my very great appreciation of your work and your friendship." Came to U. S. in 1881. Dr. Stejneger, a native of Bergen, * Norway, rame to ithis country in 1881, bringing with him an established » reputation as a zoologist. His con nection with the Smithsonian dates from the following year, when he became an observer of the United States Signal Service and a repre sentative of the institution in the Kamchatka and Commander Islands. From 1884 to 1889, he was assistant curator of birds in the National Mu seum, following this service with two years as curator of reptiles. * In 189R, at a time when the fur seals of the North Pacific Ocean were the subject of acute national and international controversy, Dr. Stej / neger was appointed to the United States Fur Seal Commission, in as sociation with Dr. David Starr Jor dan and other authorities. Subse quently, he published three major works on the Alaskan, Russian and Japanese fur seals. As a member of the International Commission on Zoological Nomen clature, from 1898 to the present. Dr. Stejneger has worked for the estab ‘ lishment of rules for stabilization of the scientific names of animals. -- Various Addresses The addresses at last night's din ner—delivered in the presence of Dr. Stejneger's wife, who also was a guest —covered various phases of the scien tist's career. Wilhelm Morgenstieme, Norwegian Minister to the United, States, spoke of Dr. Stejneger’s youth; Dr. Alexander Wetmore, in a paper read in his absence in Venezuela by Dr. Herbert Friedmann, paid tribute to Dr. Stejneger’s work as an ornithol i ogist; Prof. Albert H. Wright of Cor nell University discussed him as an herpetologist; Dr. William W. Mann, director of the Zoo. referred to him as a zoogeographer; Dr. C. W. Stiles, an Authority on parasites, talked of him as a nomenclatorist, and Dr. A. K. Fisher, formerly of the United States Biological Survey, out of a long and intimate acquaintance, described him as a man. Dr. Charles G. Abbot, secretary of the Smithsonian, pre sided, and Dr. Stejneger responded briefly. Dr. Stejneger, who is long past the usual retirement age. has been retained m his present post by presidential order, in recognition of his unusual scientific ability. Despite his 86 years, he works every day from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Laying aside his work at 1 p.m. yesterday, his usual Saturday quitting time, he attended a reception at the Norwegian Legation, then prepared for the dinner. One of the high lights of the dinner was the presentation of R, P. Tolman. director of the National Collection of Fine Arts, of an original etching of the Smithsonian Building. Dr. Stejneger, who lives at 1472 Belmont road N.W., is a member of numerous scientific organizations, in cluding the National Academy of Sciences and the Washington Academy of Sciences. He is the author of sev eral hundred articles and many books, all on zoology.'botany, zoological no menclature, zoogeography and other scientifllc subjects. Four mammals, ten birds, fifteen reptiles and am phibians, four fishes, five invertebrates and one plant have been named in his honor. -> . . „■ Halloween Costume Wins. Eight-year-old Charles Bolling, son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles B. Bolling, 5420 Connecticut avenue N.W., won first prize yesterday in a children’s contest for the best Halloween cos tumes conducted at the Avalon Thea ter in Chevy Chase. BOARD WILL HEAR PLANS FOR AID FROM TEACHERS Also Will Consider Naming of Two New Schools—Graduation Bates to Be Listed. Plans for more systematic participa tion of English teachers in selection of text books, library books, revision of courses and Improvements in teach ing will be placed before the School Board at its meeting Wednesday. Members also will consider naming -1 l.l ... .1 -.1 ... of the new schools being built at Fifth and Sheridan streets N.W. and on the present Banneker recreation site. * School officers plan to announce the graduation dates for both the February and June classes. Benefit Card Party-Dance. The Immaculate Conception Church will hold a card party and dance at 10 p.m. Wednesday In the Mayflower Hotel for the benefit of both Its schools. A distinguished group of patrons is expected to attend. CAROLINA DEMOCRATS PLAN HARVEST BALL Club Committee Arranges Pro gram of Entertainment for Meeting on Friday. Final plans for the North Carolina Democratic Club’s harvest ball, to be held Friday at the Raleigh Hotel, were announced yesterday by Marion C. 8edb:rry, chairman of the Enter tainment Committee. Dancing will begin at 9:30 p.m. In the Raleigh ballroom, with music by Happy Walker's Orchestra. During the Intermission, there will be a floor show by colored entertainers from the Republic Winter Gardens. Members of the Entertainment Committee are Mr. Sed berry, Mrs. Lu cille Lenox, Misses Rana Pearl Hamil« ton and Kathleen Arrowood, Bill Hodges and Frank Kell. ---—_ The Philippines government plans to colonise Mindanao and Basilan i I Island. ' WARNING! Ton don’t hare to pay a bit mid dleman's profit when you bar paint. 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