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NEW YORK TIMES, December 20, 1915

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More Than 1,000 Delegates to Attend Scientific Congress Opening Tomorrow.
Scores of Business Sessions with Entertainments Arranged Noted Men There.
WASHINGTON, Dec. 25. - Preparations for the Second Pan-American Scientific Congress, which opens Monday, were being completed here today. With all the hotel rooms in the city reserved for the 1,000 to 1,500 members of the congress and the permanent scientific organizations which will meet with it, practically every square foot of convention space chartered, from lodge hall to ballroom and including even the Government and educational buildings, the city is awaiting the largest and most comprehensive international gathering of its kind ever held in this country.
Hosts and hostesses have arranged scores of Pan-American breakfasts, luncheons, dinners, receptions, and balls, which will make the hours between the sessions of the congress a continuous whirl of entertainments, concluding on the night of Jan. 7 with the first Pan-American reception ever held in the White House. It is expected President Wilson will return to Washington in time to address the members at a special meeting in the Pan-American Building on the night of Jan. 5.
Many of the delegates, who include hundreds of noted scientists, educators, and publicists of the two continents, have arrived in the city. The rest will reach here tomorrow afternoon in time for the "get acquainted" reception to be given by the official United States delegation, headed by Judge George Gray of Wilmington, Del., member of The Hague Peace Court. This reception will be held in the New Willard Hotel, where the organization committees have established official headquarters.
Decorated with the flags of the twenty-one nations of Pan-America, the hotel presents an example which is being followed by other hostelries, and to a lesser degree elsewhere throughout the city. A registration office has been opened in the New Willard, and ushers, with badges marked "Scientific Congress," are at the entrances to receive the delegates as they arrive. A branch Post Office has been established in the hotel to handle the delegates' mail, and arrangements have been made for banking and other facilities.
The formal opening will take place at 10 o'clock Monday in Memorial Continental Hall, national headquarters of the Daughters of the American Revolution. The assemblage, comprising some 150 representatives of Latin-American Governments and scientific institutions and societies, about 700 representatives of American organizations, and about 300 from educational institutions of this country, will be called to order by John Barrett, Director General of the Pan-American Union, acting as Secretary General of the congress. After the singing of the "Pan-American Hymn" by a chorus, Mr. Barrett will introduce William Phillips, Third Assistant Secretary of State, as Chairman of the Executive Committee which organized the congress. Mr. Phillips will call on Ambassador Suarez of Chile to take up the gavel as presiding officer for the thirteen-day meeting.
A welcome on behalf on the United States Government, under whose auspices the congress will be held, will be tendered by Vice President Marshall in the absence of President Wilson. This will be followed by a formal address by Secretary of State Lansing. Responses will be made by the respective Chairmen of the twenty-one national delegations, beginning with Dr. Ernesto Quesada of Argentina. In most cases the Latin-American Chairmen are the Envoys of their Governments in Washington. In the evening there will be a reception to the members of the congress and guests tendered by Secretary Lansing and the Unites States delegation.
The scientific discussions will begin Tuesday morning with the semi-formal openings of the nine main sections of the congress, at which arrangements will be completed for consideration of the general subject assigned to each. Section No. 1 has anthropology, with Dr. William H. Holmes, head curator of [[red mark]] the Smithsonian Institution, as Chairman; No. 2, astronomy, meteorology, and seismology, Robert S. Woodward, President of the Carnegie Institution; No. 3, conservation, agriculture, irrigation, and forestry, George N. Rommel, chief, animal husbandry division, United States Department of Agriculture; No. 4, education, P. P. Claxton, United States Commissioner of Education; No. 5, engineering, Brig. Gen. William H. Bixby, U. S. A., retired; No. 6, international and public law and jurisprudence, Dr. James Brown Scott, Secretary of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace; No. 7, mining and metallurgy, economic geology and applied chemistry, Hennen Jennings, former President of the London Institute of Mining and Metallurgy; No. 8, public health and medical science, Surgeon Gen. William C. Corgas, U. S. A.; No. 9, transportation, commerce, finance, and taxation, L. S. Rowe, President of the Academy of Social and Political Science. 
The sections on Wednesday will split up into forty-five subsections, each with its special topics. From then on the Congress will consist of a large number of separate meetings until the day before adjournment, when the main sections will meet again for the formulation of resolutions to be acted on at the closing exercises in Memorial Continental Hall on Jan. 8.
There is to be a Women's Auxiliary Conference meeting four days each of the two weeks. Mrs. Robert Lansing, wife of the Secretary of State, is to preside, and a prominent part will be taken by Mme. Suarez, wife of the Chilean Ambassador. Addresses will be made by many prominent women. Women who speak Spanish have also been engaged as interpreters for the women of the foreign delegations.
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