National Geographic June 1914


Honors to Colonel Goethals: The Presentation, by President Woodrow Wilson, of the National Geographic Society Special Gold Medal, and Addresses by Secretary of State Bryan, the French Ambassador, the German Ambassador, and Congressman James R. Mann
More than 800 guests gather at Washington’s Willard Hotel to pay tribute to U. S. Army Col. George W. Goethals, builder of the Panama Canal.
The Home of a Forgotten Race: Mysterious Chichen Itza, in Yucatan, Mexico
A former U. S. consul in Yucatan describes the spectacular ruins on three square miles of Maya civilization – – destroyed, along with its literature, by an overzealous Spanish bishop.
Discovery and Invention
In a commencement address Alexander Graham Bell encourages his audience to leave the beaten track occasionally and dive into the woods. Observation leads to discovery, he says, and sometimes to invention – – and in this world, he argues, there is always;
Our Guardians on the Deep
Though little known by the public, the U. S. Coast and Geodetic Survey in Washington, D. C. , has an immeasurable impact on everyday life, from developing tide tables and navigational maps to the siting of railroads and waterworks.

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