Harry's Vacation; Or, Philosophy at Home

Harry's Vacation; Or, Philosophy at Home

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1879 edition. Excerpt: ...said Dr. Sinclair, " though I have much inclination to the electrical theory. But," he added, "our terms are too scientific for these young auditors, who would doubtless like to know the cause of such magnificent effects. As the brilliancy is fast fading from the sky, let us retire, from this cold night air, to the more genial atmosphere of the library, where we may talk moro about this phenomenon." The party accordingly proceeded into the librarj where a bright wood fire glowed upon the hearth. "I do not wonder," said Mr. Oldbuckle, " that thi ignorant natives of northern latitudes, are terrified bj these appearances, and regard them as supernatural. Some of them have supposed them to be occasioned by a great battle of the spirits or gods of the air, darting fiery arrows at each other!" "There is some poetry in that notion, at all events," said William Sinclair, "and the savage philosophy which could cherish such a notion, might be exalted by true science to something noble. "Yes," said his father, "I have always thought that the noblest creed of the heathen world is that of the Persian, which makes the sun and fire objects of adoration; though any object-worship, whatever, is too degrading to be called noble." "I see the eyes of Alice are making eager inquiries for some more information than we have yet given her about these Northern Lights," said Mr. Oldbuckle; "pray enlighten her, my dear sir." Do, papa, if you please," said the young girl It is not I alone, who desire to know more about them." "My opinion," said Dr. Sinclair, " s formed from the most general views of modern writers, which regard these lights as the effect...show more

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  • Paperback | 88 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 172g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236543777
  • 9781236543776