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"spot" is more than 32,000 miles long t
7,000 miles longer than the
circumference of the earth at the j
equator and is more than 12,000
miles wide 4,000 miles wider than
the diameter of theearth.
Although sun spots'have recently
come in for more or less discussion
because of the theories propounded
by the Rev. Father Ricard that they
affect the weather on the earth, they
were really discovered yearsfago by
the Chinese. The first Europan rec
ord of a sun spot is dated 807 and
was made by a Benedictine monk.
The spots are visible for varying
lengths of time from a few minutes
up to a month. The sun rotates on
its axis, once every 254 days and,
therefore, each side of it is visible
for only about 12 days.
Exactly what the sun spots do, no
body knows. Father Ricard believes
that they affect the weather of the
earth. He has asserted that by ob
serving the sun spots the weather
can be foretold up to 40 days ahead.
But other scientists dispute this.
Observers declare that the spots
come and go in regular succession.
It takes about 11 years for these
periods to pass. That is from the
beginning of the appearance of spots,
to the time of their increase in num
ber and their final disappearance:
The 11-year period of sun spots
seems to be precisely the same as
the period of intensity and decrease
in those currents of electricity known
as magnetic earth currents which
sometimes affect and disarrange the
To observe the sun spots one does
not need a telescrope, although they
can be seen and studied better in
that way. A smoked glass will do. If
a telescope is used a green or smoked
glass must be used also. One of these
days some one is going to discover
exactly what the spots are and what
effect they have on the earth.
An Irish recruit, visiting the medi
cal officer with his face badly swol
"I want to know what's the matter
with my tooth, sir."
The medical officer looked at the
offending tnolar and informed the re
cruitjthat the nerve was dead.
"Well, by hivens," replied the re
cruit, "the others must be houldin' a
wake over it 1"
GRANDMOTHER OF RUSSIAN
REVOLT FAILS TO ESCAPE
Mme. Catharine Breshkorskaya.
From Russia comes the report that
Mme. Catharine Breshkorskaya, the
"grandmother of the Russian revolu
tion," has. been recaptured and forc
ed back to her Siberian prison where
the temperature is now 50 degrees
below zero. This was her third at
tempt to escape.
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