Mr. James Taylor Van Rensselaer, who, among many other climbs, made the third ascent of the Petit Dru in 1884 (A. C. Register iii, 246; A. A. J. ii, 509), a resident of California since 1890, has presented to the American Alpine Club his insignia ribbons and membership cards of the French Alpine Club (Section Mont Blanc, 1884) and the Swiss Alpine Club (Section Bern, 1884), the latter signed by Eugene Rambert, then Central President. Mr. Van Rensselaer was at Oxford with Coolidge and Lord Bryce. He is now 80 years of age, celebrated his golden wedding anniversary in 1940 and is proud of his 18 grandchildren and one greatgrandchild.
A photograph of Mr. Van Rensselaer, with his friends at Chamonix in 1884, is reproduced opposite.