[from Proc IoMNH&ASoc vol2 #2 1923]


Deemster CALLOW, Vice-President, in the Chair.

Thirteen members and two visitors signed the Attendance Book.

Mr, Craigie, Peel, was elected a member.

Mr. P, M. C. Kermode described a rune-inscribed slab found at Kirk Maughold the previous August. It was late work and not good, but contained for the first time in the Isle of Man the incised figure of a Viking ship, thus forming a link with the later series of sepulchral monuments in the Western Isles of Scotland.

Mr. W. H. Patterson's Report as Delegate to the British Association, read in his absence by the Secretary, concluded by urging the advisability of getting the Association to meet some year in the Isle of Man. The greatest benefit would be the resulting spread of knowledge about the Island, which would have its influence on the type of visitor coming over, and not only benefit the one year, but carry it on for many succeeding years, and ' to achieve this end, it would indeed be worth while making some sacrifice.'

A discussion followed the reading of this Report, which was received with general interest. Mr. Ralfe was not sure that the necessary funds could be raised, but agreed that if it could be done it would be a. great benefit to the Island.

Mr. W. C. Cubbon felt no doubt that it could be done. It would come at the best time of the year for the Island, when the crowded visiting season was over, while boats, trains and trams still continued their summer running. They could certainly entertain and provide for the members of the Association, and it would be a great advantage to the Island to do so.

Mr. Kermode said that since he had joined the British Association, in 1881, he had constantly advocated an invitation for a meeting (not a mere excursion) in the Isle of Man. The express object of the Association was to promote the general spread of Science, and to act as pioneers and missionaries of scientific research. Too much would not be expected in the way of entertainment or hospitality, and though we should not expect such a largely attended meeting as at Liverpool, Birmingham or York, we could depend upon a representative gathering of noted men of Science, both from the British Isles and from abroad. Even after an invitation was extended, it would probably be three years at least before it could be accepted, and by that time they might hope to be able to make all necessary arrangements for reception rooms, lectures, and other purposes. He supposed that about 2,000 would cover the necessary expense. of the week's visit to our shores; a much larger sum would be brought to the Island in consequence of it. Southport and other watering-places and resorts had found it worth while to ask for such a. meeting, and they did not have the advantage that Douglas would have of looking to the Government for aid,

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