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PRESENTATION TO LIEUTENANT CAMERON. At the annual meeting of the Royal Geographical Society, held in London, on Monday, the founder's medal for this year was presented to Lieutenant Cameron. In presenting it the Chairman (Sir H. C. Rawlinson), said:— Mr. Cameron, I have been requested by my colleagues of Geographical Council to present you with the founder's medal of this year for the encouragement of Geographical scienoe and discovery, which has been awarded to you for yqur journey acrois Africa from Zanzibar to Benguela, and for your survey of the sonthern ball of Lake Tangan- yika and I fulfil this duty with all the more pleasure and satisfaction that I was in tbe chair whea we sent you forth on your honourable and important mission, and have thus had the opportunity of watching your progress, step by step, through the many trials and triumphs of your memorable journey. As Englishmen we are proud that the great feat of traversing Equatorial Africa from sea to sea should have been accomplished for the first time by an officer in the naval service of the Queen; but we with It to be understood that it is not your success In this particular exploit, it is not your remarkable exhibition of manly courage and perseverance—though these qualities, which you possess in an eminent degree, will always secure you the full and well-merited admiration of your countrymen— which have on tbis occasion exclusively, or even in an especial degree, recommended you to the favourable notice of the council. We have selected you to be our medallist, above RII other reasons, because you have, amidst difficulties and dangers, in failing health, under privation and fatigue, steadily kept in view the paramount claim on your attention of scientific geography, and have thus brought back with you from the interior of Africa a register of observations for latitude, longitude, and elevation, which, for extent and variety—and we are authorised by the report of the Greenwhich authorities to add for judicious selection and accuracy of remit—may favourably compare with the finished work of a professional survey. We feel, therefore, that we may fairly hold you up as a model to future travellers, trusting, indeed, that geographical science may as largely profit by the example which you have set to others, as by the results which you have yourself contri- buted. Sir, you have already received at the hands of your sovereign, as a reward for your brilliant achievement, the distinction of the Companionship of the Bath. which I believe was never before bestowed on so young an officer in her Majesty's Naval Service. You are also dally receiving proofs of the interest that your discoveries have excited among the public at large, owing to the practical benefits which the nation may expect to derive from them, both in regard to its commerce, and especially in regard to that object It has so much at heart—the suppression of the African alave trade; and I am now to offer you, in the name of geographical science, the highest honour we can confer— the founder's medal of the year. And in congratulating you on thus taking your place on the golden roll of the Geographi- cal Society's medallists, may I be permitted to add that, having presided on five occasions at the distribution of our annual awards, it has never been my fortune to present the medal to one who, by his services, has more thoroughly earned it. Lieutenant Cameron, who was loudly cheered, said—Sir Henry Rawlinson, I beg to thank you most heartily for the medal which you have just presented to me. It was one of the hopes which sustained me very much whilst I was travel- ling in Africa, that my exertions would be appreciated by my fallow countrymen. The training which I received in the service taught me how to take the necessary observations. I am glad to find that my services have been appreciated, that they are accurate, and that they have been productive of good results. (Cheers.) The Victoria or Patrons' Medal was then handed over by the chairman to Mr. Lowther, M.P., Under Secretary of State for the Colonies (in the unavoidable absence of the Earl of Carnarvon) for transmission to Mr. John Forrest, in recognition of the services to geographical science rendered by his numerous suc- cessful explorations in Western Australia, and espe- cially for his admirably executed route Burvey across the interior from Murchison River to the line of Over- land Electric Telegraph. The annual geographical medals offered by the society to the chief public schools were next presented to the following successful competitors, viz. :—In physical geography, gold medal, John Wilkie, Liverpool College bronze medal, Walter New, Dulwich College; and in political geography, gold medal, Thomas Knox, Haileybury College; bronze medal, W. M. H. Milner, Marlborough College. The Chairman then delivered the annual address on the progress of geography, in the course of which he announced, amid loud cheers, that he had received a communication from the Chancellor of the Exchequer that morning, that, considering the very great impor- tance of the discoveries of Lieutenant Cameron, htr Majesty's government had decided te share the ex- penses of the expedition. (Cheers.) Asumof.E3.000 would in due course be handed over to the Royal Geo- graphical Society on that account.

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