Report of the Board of Visitors to the United States Naval Observatory. 1899

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U.S. Government Printing Office, 1899 - 77 pages
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Page 33 - Kettner introduced the following bill; which was referred to the committee on Naval Affairs and ordered to be printed.
Page 17 - It is with no feeling of pride, as an American, that the remark may be made that, on the comparatively small territorial surface of Europe, there are existing upward of one hundred and thirty of these lighthouses of the skies ; while throughout the whole American hemisphere there is not one.
Page 20 - Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled : That the Secretary of the Navy be and he is hereby authorized to contract for the bnilding of a suitable house for a depot of charts and instruments of the Navy of the United States on a plan not exceeding in cost the sum of twenty-five thousand dollars.
Page 62 - Observer' at a salary of 100 per annum, his duty being 'forthwith to apply himself with the most exact care and diligence to the rectifying the tables of the motions of the heavens and the places of the fixed stars, so as to find out the so much desired longitude of places for the perfecting the art of navigation.
Page 7 - There shall be appointed by the President, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, from persons not officers of the United States a board of six visitors to the Naval Observatory, four to be astronomers of high professional standing and two to be eminent citizens of the United States. Appointments to this board shall be made for periods of three years, but provision shall be made by initial appointments for shorter terms so that two members shall retire in each year. Members of this board...
Page 7 - When an appointment or detail is to be made to the office of astronomical director, director of the Nautical Almanac, astronomer, or assistant astronomer, the board of visitors may recommend to the Secretary of the Navy...
Page 7 - Navy or are otherwise imposed upon them. The board of visitors shall make an annual visitation to the Observatory at a date to be determined by the Secretary of the Navy, and may make such other visitations not exceeding two in number annually by the full board or by a duly appointed committee as may be deemed needful or expedient by a majority of the board.
Page 17 - Connected with the establishment of an university, or separate from it, might be undertaken the erection of an astronomical observatory, with provision for the support of an astronomer, to be in constant attendance of observation upon the phenomena of the heavens, and for the periodical publication of his observations.
Page 23 - Stats., sec. 1528) it was provided that "three professors of mathematics shall be assigned to duty at the Naval Academy, one as professor of ethics and English studies, one as professor of the Spanish language, one as professor of drawing.
Page 7 - Navy shall pay the actual expenses necessarily incurred by members of the board in the discharge of such duties as are assigned to them by the Secretary of the Navy or are otherwise imposed upon them. The board of visitors shall make an annual visitation to the Observatory at a date to be determined by the Secretary of the Navy...

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