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by theology `seeming contradictions of science,' I finally discarded the pentateuchal spectacles through which I had previously looked at certain phenomena. I lay to early theological teaching so much hindrance in the quest of the most precious of our possessions-truth."


A curiosity about facts is much spoken of and implied in the answers to my questions ; in a few cases it is combined with a curious repugnance to works of avowed fiction. A hunger for truth is a frequent ingredient in the disposition of the abler men of every career ; but in all probability it is felt most strongly and continuously by men of science. The most clearlymarked characteristic of scientific society seems to me to lie in the careful accuracy with which facts and anecdotes of all kinds are related. I have the good fortune to be acquainted with a large family circle whose curiosity about facts and practice of scrupulous and, so to speak, artistic truthfulness continually excite my admi-