Narrative of Experiences in the Life of Sereno Taylor Merrill; Written for His Children

Narrative of Experiences in the Life of Sereno Taylor Merrill; Written for His Children

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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. 1900 edition. Excerpt: ...world. The American Sunday-school Society, organized when I was six years old, has had under its care 100.000 Sabbathschools in which millions have received instruction. And thus has the moral atmosphere of the world been improved and measurably purified. The enlargement of the object glass of the telescope from 4 or 5 to 40 inches has enabled the astronomer to add an eighth planet--Neptune--to our solar system, eighty-four times larger than the earth, and revolving in its orbit at a distance of 2,800 millions of miles from the sun. The four asteroids (or planetoids), Juno, Ceres, Pallas and Vesta, of my schoolboy days have been increased in number to more than 400. And the thousands of fixed starswhat are they? Suns, each with its planetary system? Surely the Heavens declare the glory of God; but only a small part of the glory is visible to human eyes. The improved microscope has opened a large volume of revelations, showing the existence almost everywhere of myraids of organized living beings existing in the air we breathe, in the water we drink, in the food we eat; they get into the blood in our veins causing fevers and other diseases, and into our lungs producing consumption. A class of beings which philosophers regarded as the result of spontaneous generation until Pasteur asserted and seemingly proved before a large audience of savants at the Sorbonne in Paris in 1864, that every one of the microscopic beings had a father and mother--"La generation spontanee est une chimere," said Pasteur. ' The evolution of steam power has almost wholly taken place during my lifetime. The first little steamer, Savannah, had not crossed the Atlantic. nor had the first locomotive hauled a passenger car, until after I...show more

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  • Paperback | 28 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 68g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236980905
  • 9781236980908