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Vv'e. Desire to call special attention to the presidential address de livered by Dr. Juritz to the South African Association of Analytical Chemists, which we have reproduced in full in this issue. The address is a. Remarkable one, and should be read from the point of view of its general application to the chemical profession throughout the Empire and not in relation to South Africa alone, In their bold state ment of fact and clear and reasoned appeal to the profession and the public. Dr, Juritz's remarks present a striking contrast to the colour less platitudes ou the same subject which have been so mercilessly inﬂicted upon us here by certain academic chemists since the outbreak of war. There is hardly a paragraph which does not deal trenchantly with some matter of importance demanding the consideration both of chemists and the Legislature. The address is an unbiassed but scathing indictment, on the one hand, of the neglect of science by our Governments, and, on the other, of professional apathy and ineptitude. Dr. Juritz makes it clear that the State must bear no small propor tion of the blame for past follies, but he also indicates plainly that chemists on their part owe a duty to the State. The Legislature and the public must be educated to appreciate the value of science and the task of instruction can only be undertaken by scientific men themselves. United effort is called for, and to secure this professional co-operation in its best sense and dictated by a. High aim, is the first essential. In respect to the duty of chemists to their profession and the relation of the latter to the State, the Institution of Chemical Technologists and the South African Association are in the fullest agreement. Of all the chemical societies these two bodies alone have recognised what is demanded of the chemical profession, and that its organisation and efficient administration are imperative if the con fidence and respect. Of the public are to be gained. The future of chemistry as a profession, properly understood, and the position that it may ultimately take among the recognised professions will be deter mined entirely by the degree of loyalty exhibited by its members to each other and the consequent benefit derived from combination and mutual support. This is the fundamental principle that chemists have to grasp. Until they accept it, and act upon it, there will be no effective co-operation between science and industry, and no adequate recognition of scientific service.
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