The beginning of a new volume is an appropriate point at which to review past achievements and announce future plans. A brief outline of the history of the magazine will be given first. The first number appeared in July, 1916, and sample copies of it, as well as of the two succeeding ones, were distributed to everyone interested in mineralogy known to the editors. Enough subscriptions were soon received to guarantee the preliminary success of the enterprise, altho the close of the first volume, in December, 1916, found us with a considerable deficit on our hands. This was met by generous contributions from our friends and loans from some members of the editorial board.