In Baltimore, last week, the American Chemical Society improved the Easter vacation with its 69th semi-annual convention.

Governor Ritchie of Maryland welcomed the chemists. So did Mayor Jackson of Baltimore. So did Dr. James F. Norris, the Society's President. Then there were meetings by divisions—Biological Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Industrial and Engineering Chemistry, etc. Papers were read, discoveries reported, theories expounded, prophecies made.

Two years ago, the outstanding subject of the Society's discussions was fundamental research in the chemical compositions of crude oils. Last spring, interest...

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