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dren, 5; Professor See the sixth child
and third son, 6
(continued under See, Mrs. Mary A.)

Schiaparelli, Professor G. V., his pre-
diction that Dr. See's Researches
would mark the third great epoch in
Double Star Astronomy since those of
W. Herschel and W. Struye, 61;
welcomes founding of New Science of
Cosmogony, 161; recognition of See's
epoch-making discoveries, 262

Schlesinger, Professor, Frank, of Pitts-
burg, on the parallax of stars, 197

Schwartz, Dr. H. A., Professor of
Mathematics at Berlin, inspires Mr.
See in Mathematics, 47

Schweitzer, Professor Paul, first meets
Mr. See, 28; his fine Department of
Chemistry, 33; wished young Mr.
See to be a chemist, 33; formerly
assistant to Rose, friend of Hum-
boldt, 49

Schwenkfelders, immigrated in 1734
from Prussian Silesia, 2; persecuted
by Jesuits, 2; they resist conversion;
2; statement of Robert Barclay as to
congregations in Pa., 1875, 2



See, Adam, founder of family in Ameri-
ca, 2; a Protestant and Baptist, 2;
fled from Prussian Silesia, 1734, 2,
263; with the colony of Schwenk-
felders, 2; his wife named Barbara,
2; a younger brother of Michael
Frederick See, 2; persecuted in
Prussian Silesia, 2; used German
Bibles in family to third generation,
2; prominent planter in Hardy
County, Va., 3; ransoms his nephew
John See from the Indians, 3; his
son George See fights with John See
in War of the Revolution, 3

See, Adam, son of George See, and
grandson of the first Adam See,
eminent lawyer, and Senator at
Richmond during War of 1812, 4;
member of Virginia Constitutional
Convention of 1829, 4

See, Charles Michael, of Alma, 111.,
takes up study of the family history
about 1880, at suggestion of Judge
Silas Bryan, father of Hon. W. J.
Bryan, 3

See, Edward E., youngest brother of
Professor See, was a promising stu-
dent under Dr. Ayers, and has taste
for art, 7

See, Mrs. Frances Graves, wife of Pro-
fessor See, her family, 81; grand-
daughter of Hon. Booker Jefferson,
81; her simple home life at Mare
Island, 81 ; her experience as teacher,
82; speaks Spanish fluently, 82;
her devotion to Professor See in his
critical illness of 1909, 82; Professor
See's acknowledgment to, 82, 83;
loss of infant son and illness follow-
ing, 83

See, George, son of first Adam See,
grew up with John See, fought in the
Revolution, 3; married Jemima
Harness and raised family of nine
children, 3; names of his children, 3;
killed by lightning with son Charles
while stacking hay in 1791 or 1794, 4

See, Hon. George W., brother of Pro-
fessor See, academic and law student
at University of Missouri, 7; active
in public affairs, 7; Representative
of Montgomery County in the State
Legislature, 7; friend and adviser of
Speaker Champ Clark, 7; designated
Presidential Elector at large by State
Central Committee, 1912, 7

See, Hon. Jacob, brother of Noah See,
a leading citizen, sheriff, and Repre-



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sentative of Montgomery County,
Mo., 7; raiser of fine stock, and of
celebrated ox "Stonewall Jackson,"
weighing 4,300 pounds, 7

See, John, captured by the Indians at
age of 5, 3; ransomed by his uncle
Adam See, 3; grew up with his
cousin George See, 3; both fought
in the Revolution, John badly wound-
ed at Brandy wine, pensioned, 3;
gives account of early history of
family to his grandson, Rev. Michael
See, 3; died at Peoria, 111., at age of
90,3

See, John, a brother of Noah See, his
wife a first cousin of Jacob Stewart,
who was the tried friend of Noah
See's family during the war, 22

See, Lucy Elizabeth, talented child,
little sister of Professor See, died at
age of 2> years, 6

See, Mrs. Margaret (Stewart), wife of
John See, the brother of Noah See,
and a first cousin of Jacob Stewart,
22

See, Mrs. Mary A., mother of Professor
See, born Jan. 14, 1832, 12; her
ancestry, 5; noted for force of
character, 5; greatly beloved by
whole community, 5; universally
regarded as a noble and good woman,
10; managed farm as well as house-
hold during the war, 9-10; refuses
to allow ox to be killed and orders
the soldiers off the place, 10; depre-
dations of the soldiers, 10; her educa-
tion at Loutre school house, 12; very

fond of trees, 24

See, Rev. Michael, grandson of John
See, 3; obtains early history of
family from John See in his old age,
3; appointed by President Lincoln
on the Sanitary Commission, 3

See, Michael, son of George See, and
father of Noah See, served in War of
1812, 4; married Catherine Baker,
and raised a family of nine children,
record of their names, 4; moved to
Randolph County, Va., about 1795,
4; follows his son, Noah See, to
Missouri in 1838, 4; dies in 1857
very highly respected, 4

See, Michael Frederick, came to Amer-
ica, 1734, 2, 263; his wife named
Catherine, 2; first settled in Bucks
Co., Pa., but moved to Va., 1745, 3;
killed in Greenbrier Massacre, July
17, 1763, 3; his wife and family
captured by the Indians and carried
to Chillicothe, Ohio. 3



See, Millard Filmore, eldest brother of
Professor See, great reader of scien-
tific literature, 6; well read in law and
public administration, 6; father of
Russell See, civil engineer in U. S.
Reclamation Service, 6

See, Noah, father of Professor See,
obtains authentic data on early his-
tory of family from Hon. Charles
Michael See, 3; born Sept. 19, 1815,
in Randolph Co., Va., 4; youngest
of nine children and the most talented,
4; visits Missouri on horseback in
1837 and settles in Montgomery
County, 4; educated at Beverly, Va.,
and trained as a cabinet-maker,
surveyor, civil engineer and archi-
tect, 4; serves faithfully as bridge
commissioner for 30 years, 4; by
natural abilities and legitimate in-
dustry becomes a wealthy and in-
fluential citizen, 5 ; marries Miss Mary
A. Sailor, Oct. 18, 1853, and raises a
family of nine children, record of
their names, 5-6; owned two or three
slaves before the war, 8; Southern
sympathizer and persecuted during
the war, losing property worth $1,600,
8-9; worked as carpenter on block
house when military prisoner in
Danville, 9; when in hiding, like
Daniel Boone in his conflicts with
the Indians, meditates on the Deity,
9; one of the largest land holders in
northeast Mo., 14; journeyed to
Palmyra, by the stars at night, 15;
settles on the prairie, in 1852, 14;
purchases land on Loutre from Philip
Cobb, in 1837, 15; names sons after
presidents, but dislikes politics, 15;
twice elected County Surveyor, 15;
bridge inspections, surveying, politi-
cal meetings, 16; a great admirer
of Henry Clay, 16; absent from home
on business, 16; only country schools
for his children, 16; T. J. J. See goes
to University, 16; "good in figures"
and teaches T. J. J. See arithmetic,
17; his description of the great me-
teor of Jan. 1, 1877, 20; observed
without alarm star shower of Nov.
12, 1833, 20; falls and injures foot,
moves to large place of 920 acres on
Elkhorn, his friend Jacob Stewart of
war times on visit, 22; his poor
opinion of the legal profession, 25;
buys land in Southwestern Missouri,
his family well provided for, 25;
gratified at scholastic record of his
son, T. J. J. See, 44-45; failing health
and death, Feb. 9, 1890, 44-45;



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special provision in his will for the
education of T. J. J. See in Europe,
44

See, Randolph E., first cousin of Pro-
fessor See, Sheriff of Montgomery
County, Mo., 8; Marshall of State
Supreme Court, 8; Chief Assistant
Warden of Missouri Penitentiary
under Governor Folk, 8; heroic con-
duct in preventing escape of prisoners
8; his widow voted $2,000.00 by the
State Legislature, 8

See, Robert E. Lee, surveyor and fann-
er, 6

See, Russell, civil engineer, U. S. Recla-
mation Service, 6

See, S. C., prosperous farmer, 6

See, Professor T. J. J., descended from
Adam See, who was born in Prussian
Silesia, 2; his ancestry of sturdiest
kind, 2; named in honor of Stone-
wall Jackson, 6; Professor New-
comb's remarks on the name Thomas
Jefferson Jackson, 6; third son and
sixth child in family of nine, all
talented, 6; three of his brothers of
scientific turn of mind, 6; born at
the "Prairie Place," on 393d anni-
versary of birth of C9pernicus, Feb.
19, 1866, 8-10; a quiet child, early
displaying inquiring disposition, 11;
when not more than two years of
age counts the leaves on the trees,
the wild geese flying overhead, and
the stars at night, speculates on the
Moon; every inch a natural philoso-
pher, 11; observes and is frightened
by the darkness during total solar
eclipse of Aug. 7, 1869, 11; first at-
tended school at age of six, letter
from his earliest teacher, Professor
Benjamin Elliott, 12; had method-
ical habits, and a prodigious mem-
ory, and was accustomed to recite
poetry at school, 13; the studies in-
cluded in the country schools he at-
tended, 16; solves difficult problem
in Ray's Arithmetic, 17; early mem-
orizes Longfellow's Psalm of Life,
17; of shy but proud disposition as
a child, 19; took earnest view of life
and made firm resolutions, 19; ob-
serves the great meteor of Jan. 1,
1877, 20; observes the solar eclipse
of July 28, 1878, 20; fond of fishing
in Loutre Creek, after hard work on
farm, 21; nature of genius and dis-
covery, defined by Professor See, 21;
observes tornado on Loutre, Jan. 1,
1876, 22-23; from childhood fond of



trees, and devises means for increasing
their symmetry and beauty when at
church, 23-24; missed school in the
winter of 1882-3; plans for attending
Montgomery City School, 24; list of
his teachers from 1872 to 1882, 24;
instructed by Professor A. L. Jenness
and Miss Lillian Jones at Mont-
gomery City, 25; some jealousy due
to his advantages over the older
children, 25; always a most indus-
trious and efficient worker, gains his
father's support, 26; nearly six feet
in height at 17, but poorly trained in
comparison with town boys, 26;
purchases Steele's Fourteen Weeks in
Astronomy, and delivers original
composition on the Science, his high
promise remarked by Rev. Henry
Kay, 26; stands first in the Mont-
gomery City School, 27-28; original
talent for art remarked by Professor
Diehl, sketches great comet of 1882,
27; makes preliminary visit to Uni-
versity, 28; interest in physical
geography awakened by Benjamin
Elliott, 1877-8, and he acquires Hum-
boldt's Cosmos in 1882, at the age of
16, 29; meets Mr. Wardner, from
whom he purchased the Cosmos, 29;
early distinguishes himself in geom-
etry, and finally masters algebra,
29-30; believes that mathematics is
an easy subject when properly taught,
30; enters on the study of Latin and
Greek in the 19th year of his age, 30;
firm advocate of classics for men of
science, 31; called the "Humboldt
of the University," 31; acquires
elegant style of writing, 31; in spirit
a Hellenist, 31-32; breaks records of
University in chemistry, 33; espe-
cially inspired by Smith and Schweit-
zer, 33; finds copy of Bowditch's
translation of Laplace's Mecanique
Celeste, 34; purchases copy of New-
ton's Principia, 1886, and studies it
zealously, 34; purchases copy of
Bowditch's translation of Laplace's
Mecanique Celeste, 1887, 35; his
enthusiasm over Laplace's Mecani-
que Celeste leads him to become an
astronomer, 35; very active in Ath-
enaean Literary Society, 35; actu-
ally in charge of Observatory while
an undergraduate in 1887-9, 36; ob-
serves double stars, planets, comets,
prominences, sunspots, and finds
latitude, 36; writes undergraduate
thesis on "Origin of Binary Stars,"
and wins Missouri Astronomical



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Medal, 36; stands first in University,
but of positive character, and others
occasionally more popular with the
multitude, because See belonged to
Greek Fraternity, 37; takes leading
part in reform of university in 1889,
37-38 ; graduates at head of class, with
highest honors, 39-42; returns home,
and finds father in failing health, 44;
proceeds to Berlin, via Washington,
Baltimore, Princeton, New York,
London, Paris, 45-46; toneliness on
his arrival at Berlin, his residence
established, 46; interviews his
future teachers, Weierstrass, Fuchs,
Foerster, Helmholtz, 47; in charge
of 9-inch telescope of Royal Observa-
tory, observing till daylight, 47-48;
spread of his fame in the university
and to other countries, 48; his exam-
ination for Doctor's degree, 49; in-
spiration afforded by Zeller, and
visits to Humboldt's country place,
49-50; classic spirit of Berlin, visits to
museums to study art, 50; journeys
to Italy, Egypt, Greece, 50-52; experi-
ences earthquake at Pyrgos on the
visit to Olympia, 51 ; visits England,
friendships with eminent men of
Science, 52; obtains Doctor's degree,
and speaks German fluently in In-
augural Discourse, 52; immediately
returns to America, how he came to
locate at Chicago, 53-54; plans high-
class work in Astronomy at the new
University, 55; starts building of
Yerkes Observatory by cutting down
inflated budget, 56; the starting of
the Yerkes Observatory beneficial
to various persons, 57; Dr. See not
rewarded at Chicago, but by Presi-
dent McKinley at Washington, 57;
his work stood high at Chicago, but
he had only the rank of instructor,
declined offer of assistant professor-
ship, 58; works in co-operation with
Burnham on double stars for three
years, establishing method of testing
Newtonian Law, 1895, 58-59; 9b-
serves double stars at McCormick
and Washburn Observatories in 1895,
and finishes Volume I of the Re-
searches early in 1896, 59; University
of Chicago defaults on agreement to
print the Researches, Vol. I, and Dr.
See issues it himself, 59; Lord Kel-
vin's estimate of the Researches, Vol.
I, 60; Schiaparelli's prediction that
Dr. See's Researches would constitute
the third great epoch since those of
W. Herschel and W. Struve, 61; joins



Lowell Observatory to observe South-
ern double stars, 62; influenced in
his plans by example of the two Her-
schels, 62; suffers mild attack of
typhoid fever, June, 1896, 63; loses
valuable library and other property
by fire, Sept. 14, 1897, but saves
records and Bowditch's translation
of Laplace, 64; his method of sweep-
ing for double stars, 65; the work
extended throughout the night and
difficult, 65-66; some of the new
stars discovered, and the types of
double stars, 66; earlier work of Sir
John Herschel, 1834-1838, 67; works
in cordial relations with Mr. Innes at
the Cape of Good Hope, 67; his plans
interrupted by illness of Lowell, be-
comes Professor at the Naval Observ-
atory, Washintgon, 67; stimulating
effects of Dr. See's work, 67; Sir
David GillXappraisement of it, 67-68 ;
aids in rebuilding Lowell Observa-
tory at Mexico City, 69; ascends
Popocatepetl, 69; lectures on side-
real astronomy at Lowell Institute,
Bpston, 1899, 69; propounds doc-
trine of expulsion of dust from stars
under repulsive forces, 70; consider-
ed for and appointed to professorship
of mathematics in the navy by Presi-
dent McKinley, 70-71; surprised by
Secretary Long's announcement of
his appointment, 70; assigned duty
at Naval Observatory, Washington,
and occupied with meridian work, 71 ;
recommends removal of piers of 6-
inch transit circle, 72; observes
satellite of Neptune and discovers
belts on planet, 1899, 72; in charge
of 26-inch equatorial telescope of
Naval Observatory, 72; systematic
measurement of many satellites, 73,
74; investigates constants of irradi-
ation by new methods, 73; results
generally accepted by astronomers,
74; inquiry into the method by Lord
Kelvin, 1902, 74; his satellite meas-
ures used by Dyson, Bergstrand
and Struve, 74 ; his work commended
by Callandreau, Schiaparelli, Burn-
ham, Barnard and Struve, 75; aids
in improving personnel of Naval Ob-
servatory, 75; works very hard and
finally becomes ill, 75; his double
star observations and micrometer
researches, 76; observations of Eros
for parallax of Sun leads to good
result, 76; eminent success of his
work at Washington, 77; his illness
at the naval academy, 78; sympa-



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295



thetic method in the teaching of mid-
shipmen, 78; invents new kind of
whole wheat bread which restores
his health, December, 1904, 79; en-
ters upon unparalleled career of dis-
covery at Mare Island, 80; by re-
searches just made on internal con-
stitution of planets is enabled to
recognize the fallacy in the old theory
of earthquakes, 1906, 80; lays new
foundations for Cosmogony, 1908,
80, 81 ; measures the depth of Milky
Way, 1911, 80, 81; confirms and
extends Herschel's theory of the
globular star clusters, 1912, 80, 81;
married to Miss Frances Graves,
June 18, 1907, 81; his simple home
life at Mare Island, 81; deep grief
over loss of infant son, July 28, 1909,
81; barely survives violent attack
of appendicitis, Jan., 1909, 82; re-
covery attributed to life-long habits
of total abstinence from liquors or
tobacco in any form, 82; works while
everyone else sleeps, 83; labor of
1909 in finishing the Researches, Vol.
II, compared to Newton's writing of
the Prindpia, 1685-6, 83; the great
difficulty in establishing the Science
of Cosmogony, 84 ; his outdoor habits
of life in California, 84; visits Yose-
mite Valley and the big trees, 84;
his enthusiasm for fine paintings, and
the inspiration they afford, 84, 85;
the new Sciences of Cosmogony and
Geogony developed at Mare Island,
84; Greek type of mind recognized
in college days by Professor Fleet,
85; like Sir William Huggins, he
derives inspiration from beautiful
works of art, 85; dares to break
away from beaten paths in scientific
work, 85; never disturbed by out-
breaks of jealousy, 86; durability
of his discoveries, 87; the "Newton
of Cosmogony," 88; never shrinks
hard work nor disagreeable duty, 88;
begins work at Mare Island before
recovering health, 89; as he had no
adequate instruments for observa-
tional work, he wisely begins mathe-
matical researches on internal con-
stitution of heavenly bodies, 90; how
he subdivided the problem into three
parts, 90; description of the pressure
at the centre of the Earth, 91; finds
errors in views of Humboldt respect-
ing disturbances deep down in the
globe, 92; physical conditions in the
interior of Sun, 93; the rigidity of
the Earth equal to that of nickel



steel, 94; triumph of his discoveries,
95; analogy of his discoveries with
those of Archimedes and Galileo, 96;
his "Outline of the New Theory of
Earthquakes," 97-119; his paper on
"How the Mountains are made in
the Depths of the Sea," 120-136; his
paper on the "Origin of the Hima-
laya Mountains and Plateau of Tibet, ' '
137-159; his address on "The Evolu-
tion of the Starry Heavens," 160-
196; his paper entitled "Determina-
tion of the Depth of the Milky Way,"
197, 213; his address on "The Her-
schel-See Researches on the origin
of Clusters and on the Breaking up
of the Milky Way, under the Cluster-
ing Power of Universal Gravitation,"
214, 224; improves Herschel's meth-
od for measuring the depth of the
Milky Way, 1909-1911, 199; esti-
mates distance of the remotest stars
at 4,500,000 light-years, 205; first
to restore the great distances of re-
mote stars used by Herschel, 205;
calculates coefficient of extinction of
light in space, 208; tests and verifies
Herschel's method for finding depth
of Milky Way by the study of
clusters, 1911, 210; calculates that
12-foot reflector would show stars
at a distance of 5 or 10 million light-
years, 1911, 213; in co-operation
with Huggins, starts the successful
movement for republication of Her-
schel's collected works, 214-224; his
name coupled with that of Herschel
to indicate improved modern theory
of star depths, 214-215; his " Dynam-
ical Theory of Clusters," 215-218;
proves that the clustering power
noticed by Herschel is Newtonian
gravitation, 221; his "Conclusions
drawn from the New Science of Cos-
mogony," 225-241; abandons theory
of fluid fission, 230; statement of his
fundamental law of the firmament,
230; his researches verifying the law
of gravitation, 238; the Herschel-
See theory of the depth of the galaxy,
239; shakes Laplace's theory of
Cosmogony to its foundations, 242;
finds premises used by Darwin in-
secure, 244; favorable reception of
his revolutionary work, 248; holds
that life is general phenomenon in
nature, 251-255; his extension of the
inspiration of Aristotle, 256; desig-
nated the "American Herschel," by
Speaker Clark, 257-268; his address
at Montgomery City, Mo., May 4,



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1911, 258; nominated for the Hall of
Fame by the Kansas City" Star" 259;
parallel of his career with that of
Herschel, 257-260; his well known
independence and freedom from
rings and their influence, 260; his
deep intuition into physical truth,
262; the creator of a new science,
"the Newton of C9smogony," 262-
268; analogy of his ancestry with
that of Herschel, 263; shows that
America is now first in Science, 264;
not a student of isolated facts, but of
the underlying relations of all facts,
265; establishes two new sciences,
Cosmogony and Geogony, 267; his
discoveries give America the first
place in Astronomy, Cosmogony, and
Geogony, 267; details of the move-
ment for the publication of Herschel's
collected works, 268-270; his almost
miraculous recovery in 1909, 270;
four of his most brilliant achieve-
ments without a parallel since the age
of Newton, 270; sheds lustre on his
country and his age, 271; the im-
pressions made on observers during
his youth, 273; Mr. Van Trump's
prophecy of 1887; Rosenberger's
prophecy of 1893, 273; public ban-
quet at University of Missouri, Jan.
20, 1898, 274; estimate of his leader-
ship by Marbut, 274; remarks on
the significance of his discoveries by
Professor W. B. Smith, of Tulane
University, 276, 277
Seeliger, Professor H. von, of Munich,
concludes that the absorption of
light in space is small, 209 ; impression
of See's Researches, Vol. II, 247

Senate of Rome, sacrifices to marine
divinities, 98

Shea, Professor D. W., travels with Mr.
See in Italy, 50

Siculus, Diodorus, historian, his ac-
count of the Achaian earthquake of
373 B.C., 98

Smith, Dr. W. B., writes of Professor
See's enthusiasm for Greek things,
31; inspires See, Defoe and other
students, 32; holds chair of physics,
1885-87, also mathematics, 1887-89,
32; universality of his learning and
inspiration, 33; in charge of Mathe-
matics and Astronomy, 36; his trans-
lation of Ptolemy's poem, 241; his
impression of See's Researches, Vol.
II, 247



Smyth, Captain, R. N., mentions the
election of Sir J. Herschel as President
Royal Astron. Society, 1847, 261

Socrates, mentioned with Plato, 256

Spangenberg, endeavours to convert

Schwenkfelders, 2
Spencer, Herbert, English philosopher,

his works much read by M. F. See, 6

Steele, J. Dorman, writer on Science,
his Fourteen Weeks in Astronomy
purchased by Mr. See, Oct. 1, 1883,

Stewart, Jacob, old time Virginian,
cousin of wife of John See, recalls
stories of Civil War, and witnesses
tornado of Jan. 1, 1876, 22-23

Strabo, the Greek geographer, adopts
Aristotle's theory of earthquakes, 99
destruction of cities in Syria, 100;
eruptions in the Sea recorded, 121;
remarks on the depth of sea on the
Climax road in Pamphylia, 134

Strachey, Lieut. General Sir Richard,
his estimate of the width of the
Plateau of Tibet, 141; his remarks
on the relations of the mountains of
Afghanistan and Persia to those of
India, 157; the uplift and outlines
of Asia completed, 157

Stromgren, Professor Elis, eminent
Danish astronomer, demonstrates
elliptical character of the orbits of
all comets, 162, 183, 184, 185, 227;
advances Cosmogony, 168; on cusps
and loops, 176, 177; on the increase
of central mass, 182; finds that it
can not decrease the eccentricity,
232; his impression of See's Re-
searches, Vol. II, 247

Struve, Professor Hermann, Director
of Royal Observatory, Berlin, uses
Professor See's observations, 74, 75

Struve, William, his systematic observa-
tions of double stars, 61; estimates
width of Milky Way, 206 ; absorption
of light in space, 201, 208, 209

Stuckenberg, Dr. J. H. W., writer on
philosophy and pastor of American
Church in Berlin, voluntarily rec-
ommends Mr. See to Dr. Harper,
President of the University of
Chicago, 54

Suess, Professor Edward, eminent
Austrian geologist, adopts See's
theory of mountain formation, 136



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Sykes, Mr. Godfrey, engineer, rebuilds
Lowell Observatory at Mexico, 68-69

TACITUS, Roman historian, recognizes
that importance of ancestry often is
overrated, 1 ; his remarks on astrolo-


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