P R I N C I P E S
THE PALM SOCIETY
A non-profit voluntary association primarily engaged in the study of
the palm family in all its aspects throughout the world.
President and Editor: Dent Smith, Florida * Vice President:
Dr. R. Bruce Ledin , Florida * Secretary: Mrs. Claire Hargert, Florida * Treasurer:
Miss Margueriete Martin, Florida.
DIRECTORS: Mr. Paul H. Allen, Honduras; Mr. David Barry, Jr., California;
Dr. 1. L. Clement, Cuba; Mr. William Hertrich, California; Mrs. Alvin R. Jennings, New
Jersey; Mrs. A. C. Langlois, Bahamas; Dr. R. Bruce Ledin, Florida; Mr. Harold F.
Loomis. Florida; Dr. Harold E. Moore, Jr., New York; Mr. H. Bertram Smith, Florida;
Mr. Dent Smith, Florida.
Principes, plural of the Latin noun princess, is an alternative name of
venerable age for the palms -"the Princes of the vegetable kingdom." The word is
pronounced as the Latin Americans pronounce it, with the accent on the first
syllable. Webster, in anglicized Latin, has it Prin-si-pez.
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Fortunately, not much bragging was indulged in about the marvelous qualities that would
dazzle the readers of this maiden issue of PRINCIPES. It is not up to the standards
that had been visualized for it. It is just as well, then, that we did not threaten
to manufacture a cannon and turn out a pop-gun instead. What ails this first issue
chiefly is the want of good contemporaneous text and enough good pictures. We cannot
produce either out of thin air, but dare hope that one member here and another there will
shortly begin to contribute some of each.
Owing to the lack of original matter it has been necessary to resort to writings that
first saw print a long time ago. Not to say that reprints of inaccessible writings
are without virtue; they have their merits, but we are in sore need of matter that adds to
the supply of knowledge and injects today and tomorrow into the business.
Manuscripts containing anything from a short paragraph up to 5,000 words, if competent
and suitable, will be published in PRINCIPES. MSS. properly prepared for the printer
are typed on 8% x 11 white bond paper, double-spaced. They should come to hand not
later than thirty days, before the publication dates, which are January 1st, April 1st,
July 1st and October 1st.
To be of the most value to its members the Society must have a representative number of
original writings in its publications. The quarry is any kind of information that is
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At September 1st, 1956 the Society had 185 members. From present indications the
number will exceed 200 by the middle of October. Since a roster was last published
we have added one member each in several countries new for us, namely Australia, Costa
Rica, Paraguay, Philippines, Jamaica, and two in the Territory of Hawaii. We already
had members in the Canal Zone, Puerto Rico, Bahamas, Canada, Cuba, Dominica, France,
Honduras, Mexico, New Zealand and Japan, so that now 17 geographic entities outside the
continental U.S. are represented. We still have not one member in India or in the
entire continent of Africa, or rather we did not at September 1st.