The retiring president of the Mineralogical Society is customarily called upon to deliver an address, and although no restrictions are laid upon him, it is generally expected that from the depths of his experience he will deliver words of wisdom to the assembled multitude on some phase of mineralogy in which he is well qualified. Having heard quite a few such addresses and now having gone through the experience of preparing one, I am in favor of the practice, mostly because I think it is extremely valuable to the retiring president to be forced in this way to reflect on what he has done and the relation of his accomplishment to the broad field of mineralogy.

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