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now combined into one of double breadth ; it covers Nottingham, Shrewsbury, Liverpool, and Manchester. Above these latitudes it again narrows, and after sending a small branch to Hull, proceeds northwards to Newcastle, Edinburgh, and Glasgow. Thus there are large areas in England and Wales outside this irregular plot which are very deficient in aboriginal science. One comprises the whole of the Eastern Counties,

another includes the huge triangle at whose angles Hastings, Worcester, and Exeter, or rather Exmouth, are situated.


My list contains men who have been born in every social grade, from the highest order in the peerage down to the factory hand and simple peasant, but the returns which I shall discuss do not range quite so widely. These are 96 in number, and may be classified as follows-but the same name appears in two