The first general session of the Society was called to order at 9.45 o’clock a. m., Wednesday, December 27, in the Auditorium of the State Museum Building, Albany, New York, by President John M. Clarke. A brief introductory welcome was given by the President, followed by an outline of the conditions and surroundings in which the Society finds itself at this annual meeting.
A letter was read from Dr. E. O. Hovey, Secretary of the Society. The only additional information available, received late in December, indicates that Doctor Hovey is still ice-bound at Parkers Snow Bay, in Greenland, and it is certain that he can not return to America before the summer of 1917. The President, on behalf of the Council, announced that the Society had made a contribution toward the relief expedition which was sent into the Arctic during the past summer, and that . . .