It behoves me to add a few words of explanation of Captain Lambelle’s connection with the work. In his address, “Science and Immortality” (London, 1904), Sir William Osler, in the finest written compliment any of my researches had ever received, described (p. 58) “the patiently worked-out story of the morphological continuity of the germ-plasm” (i.e., the germ-cells) as one of the fairy-tales of science.” Shortly after then their author was to have an unexpected and much greater compliment, because of a practical kind, paid to these investigations. As a scientific man the writer places his trust, in true military fashion, in “ divisions” and “brigades,” represented by the published records of observation and experiment, and not in “fairy-tales of science.” The investigation, one of the most powerful of my” divisions,” which immediately preceded the cancer work was into the history of the germ-cells, the forerunners of eggs and sperms, from generation to generation. Some of the published results of these researches found their way as far as China, where, in Hong-Kong, a Captain of the British Royal Army Medical Corps happened to be stationed. These finds interested him so much that he endeavoured, on human embryos, to make independent observations.
In the first instance these failed, as any experienced practical embryologist would have foretold. This officer, Captain F. W. Lambelle, M.D., was shortly afterwards ordered home again, and, on reporting himself to the Director-General at the War Office, he related the foregoing facts and his deep interest in my scientific researches, This led the Director-General to station Captain Lambelle with the 2nd Light Dragoons (The Royal Scots Greys), at that time in garrison in Edinburgh, so that he might learn more of my work. From the day when, un-