Bauhaus-Universität Weimar

214 MEMORIES OE MY LIFE 
name was mainly performed by Mr. Roberts, its 
Secretary, who wrote a book afterwards in which his 
results were included. He was greatly helped by 
Sir Rawson Rawson, who was a member of the 
Committee. The rest of the Committee did little 
more than discuss subjects and methods, but even 
that little was helpful. I was its Chairman, but 
claim no more than an insignificant share in its 
success. 
Again, many years later, in 1888-1889, I was 
desirous that a proposal of mine should be seriously 
considered, of awarding marks for physical efficiency 
in competitive literary examinations. 1 read my 
memoir, the Association took it up, and the results of 
some experiments at Eton and many valuable com¬ 
munications were received in reply, including a careful 
minute from a high authority of the War Office. 
These convinced me that although the proposal had 
strong a priori claims to consideration, it did not 
merit acceptance ; so it was dropped. 
Many other examples of a similar kind could be 
quoted, some failing, most succeeding. The British 
Association in its early days was of still greater value 
than it is now. At that time locomotion was tedious, 
and the numerous scientific societies of the present 
day that issue frequent publications had not come 
into existence. Local men of science who had been 
socially overlooked were brought forward to their 
rightful position by its means. It has frequently 
happened that an improvement in a town was furthered 
or evén initiated through a visit of the British Associa¬ 
tion. The papers read there and discussions upon 
them are not the most important part of its work.
        

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