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from a person in a white hat and blue blanket coat, who having evidently mistaken his place, was requested by the Chair to leave at once—but he didn't do it). Order being restored, Mr. Bags went on to say, that he had money enough, and had gin op trading stock, and began to study science for itself. He had bought a “Mahomedon," and could tell how hot it was any time; he had examined the “ Ab teasing well in the square, and knew something about Hydrocianics from a contemplation of scientific structures. By reading the papers daily, particularly the “ Alta California,” he found all sorts of new matters which he supposed give him considerable idea of “ New Mattix;" but above all, having seen in the papers

from the States an account of the “Bosilist pendulum and its application to the Bunker Hill Monument, by which it showed how the earth turned round from east to west, he had ever since for three hours each day, watched the Flagstaff on the Plaza, and he could assure the meeting that when the flag was trailed it always flew out to the West, and when it was histed the rope always bent out to the East—"Hear! Hear !)—Gentlemen might say it was the wind that did it, but what made the wind ? If any gentleman here had ever rid out to the Mission on a calm day (“ Hear!” from a Savant who kept a Livery Stable in Kearney Street), he must have felt a breeze blowing in his face. Well! he made that wind, he did, agoing! and it was the earth that made the wind by turning around in just the same way. (Deep impression produced : low remarks, “we must examine this ! Bags is a trump, &c.")


Mr. Bags concluded that he had took up a good deal of time, but he hoped that a society would be formed, and that he would pay his share towards it (applause), and more too (loud applause); he hoped he would be able to do more:-he was now reading a paper in Silliman's Journal on the “ Horizontal Paralysis ” with its effects on the “ Cellular system,” and he hoped to get some ideas out of it which he would adapt to California; and if he should, the society should have the benefit of it. Mr. Bags here sat down amid prolonged and continued cheering.

Barney Braglagan was now loudly called for, but not appearing, the meeting was addressed by several of our most scientific citizens, the tendency of whose remarks was entirely and unreservedly in favor of the formation of a permanent society; and the meeting being wound up to the highest state of scientific excitement, it was unanimously-Resolved : That this meeting resolve itself into a permanent scientific association, to be known as the “San Francisco Antiquarian Society and California Academy of Arts and Sciences," and immediately enter into correspondence with all learned and scientific associations on the face of the earth.

Immediately after the passage of the above resolution, a committee, consisting of Dr. Keensarvey, A. Cove, and James Calomel, M. D., were appointed to prepare a constitution for the society. Leaving the hall, they immediately repaired to the saloon of the California Exchange; when returning in seven minutes and five seconds (mean solar time), they submitted the following draft of a constitution, which was adopted by acclamation:

ARTICLE I. The officers of this Society shall consist of a President, Corresponding Secretary, Recording Secretary, Treasurer and Librarian, who shall be elected annually, by ballot.

ARTICLE II. The objects of this Society shall comprise inquiries into every thing in the remotest degree scientific or artful.

ARTICLE III. The Society shall consist of members, corresponding members and honorary members. The first to be persons residing in California; the two last to include both persons and residents of any other place on the face of the globe, or elsewhere.

ARTICLE IV. There shall be an annual payment of one hundred dollars, in City, County, or State scrip, by each member residing in the City of San Franscisco, or its vicinity.

The Society now proceeded to the election of officers for the ensuing year, with the following result: President, Dr. Keensarvey; Vice-President, M. Quelque Chose; Corresponding Secretary, G. Squibob; Recording Secretary, A. Cove; Treasurer, Buck S. Bags; Librarian, the Consul for Ireland, ex-off

On motion, the Treasurer received permission from the Society to apply to the City Council for liberty to stack the scrip forming the funds of the association upon the Plaza under cover of a Tarpaulin.

On motion, committees were appointed to report at the first meeting of the Society, on the following subjects namely: 1st. Antiquity; 2d. Geology; 3d. Toxicology; 4th. Ethnology; all as applicable to California.

On motion the proceedings of this meeting, and the future transactions of the Society shall be published in the San Francisco Daily Alta Californian, Silliman's Journal, the Boston Olive Branch, and the extra documents accompanying the President's annual message.

On motion, the Society adjourned to hold its first regular meeting on Thursday evening, July 15, in the remains of the old Adobe building anciently standing on the north-west corner of the Plaza.

Immediately on adjournment the several committees entered with zeal upon their various duties :

The Committee on Antiquities left at once, in the night boat, for Vallejo, the residence of their Chairman, who had informed them of the existence at that place of some speci. mens of a substance termed “Old Monongahela" lately discovered by a scientific gentleman residing at the Capitol; --the Committee on Geology were seen eagerly inquiring for the omnibus for Yerba Buena Island; that on Ethnology appointed a sub-committee for the City of San Francisco, and made arrangements for the departure of its main body to the upper counties of the State, for the purpose of holding interviews with the primitive inhabitants, while the Castilian savant in the glazed hat, who had been appointed Chairman of the Committee on Toxicology, repaired incontinently to a drinking saloon, where he commenced a series of experiments in hydrostatics, with the endeavor to ascertain the quantity of fluid possible to be raised from a glass in a given time, by a straw applied to his mouth, which resulted so much to his satisfaction that he was seen to emerge therefrom at four o'clock on the following morning, in a high state of pleasurable excitement, chanting huskily as he meandered down the street, that highly refreshing Mexican anthem

6 Castro vieneen poco tiempo
Cuidado los Americanos."


Sec'y pro tem. G. SQUIBOB, Cor. Sec. S. F. A. S. and C. A. A. S.

San Francisco July 10, 1851

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