The Academy Volume 32

The Academy Volume 32

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1887 edition. Excerpt: ...does not leave the subject alone, but considers his 'opinions' as good as the most assured results of the most competent scholars" (N. &?., 7th 8., iv., 31.) And, if his etymology be ingenious, picturesque, or paradoxical, he will have a larger following among the people than the competent scholar. S. Jerome might have had the tribulations of the scientific etymologists in his mind when he wrote a passage whose apposite character must be my excuse for borrowing it from Ducange Prarfatio, 78): "'Felices, ' ioquit Fabius, 'essent artes, si de illis soli artifices judicarent.' Foetam non potest nosse, nisi qui versum potest struere. Ftiilosophos non intelligit, nisi qui scit dogmatum varielates. Manufacta et oculis patentia magis probant artifices. Nottra quam dura tit neeetsUas potett animadverti, quod vulgi standum est judieio; et ille in turba metueudus, quem, cum videris solum, despicias. Hoc praeteriens tetigi, ut eruditis contentus auribufi, non magnoperc curemus quid imperitorum de ingenio nostro rumusculi jactitent" (Ep., 26, c. 4). Dr. Johnson defines a "fact" as "a thing done; something not barely supposed or suspected, but really done; reality, not supposition; not speculation." Now, it is quite impossible to square most of Mr. Kerslake's "actual facts," even when they are "in the native matrix of their own surroundings," with this definition of an ordinary fact. His "facts" are speculations, or inductions that have assumed in his mind the consistency of facts. Mr. Bradley has shown that Mr. Kerslake's "indisputable and typical evidence," his "decisive fact," that "Eurauch = York is situated on that part of the river Eure which more

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