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THE CHILDREN'S HOUR.
Between the dark and the daylight,
• When the night is beginning to lower,
Comes a pause In the day's occupations,
That is known as the Children's Hour.
I hear in the chamber above me
The patter of little feet.
The sound of a door that is opened,
And voices soft and sweet.
From my study I see in the lamplight,
Descending the broad hall stair.
Grave Alice and lauithin? Allogra,
And Edith, with golden hair.
A -whisper and then a silence,
Yet I know by tbeir merry eyes
They are plotting and planning together
• To take me by surprise.
A sudden rush from the stairway !
A sudden raid from the hall !
By three doors left ungarded
They enter my castle wall.
They climb up into my turret,
O'er the arms and back of my chair.
If I try to escape they surround me—
They seem to be everywhere.
•They almost devour me with kisses,
Their arms about me entwine,
Till I think of the Bishop of Binsen
In his Mouse-Tower on the Rhine; i
Do you think, O blue-eye.-i banditti,
Because you have scaled the wall,
Such an old mustache as I am
Is not a match for you all?
I have you fast In my fortress,
And will not let you depart.
But put you down into the dungeon
In the round tower of my heart.
And there I will keep you forever—
Yes, forever and a day,
Till th« walls shall crumble to ruin
And nioider in dust away.
Trifler was only a dog, you must remem
ber, and a mongrel dog at that. No com
mon cur, though, but a proud and intelli
gent fellow, related to the setter family,
and showing the best points of the shep
His coal-black hair was long and soft,
and his tail, the most expressive ever seen,
was "feathered" as a well-bred dou's
should be. Talk about the language of the
eyes! There was more language in that
tail of Trifler's than any dictionary that
was ever written could explain. And as
for delicate shades of meaning, why even
French, the famous language of diplomacy,
simply couldn't compare with Triiler's
tail. When the dog had been asked to
close the door, for example, and had care
lessly allowed it to bang, and wanted to
offer you an apology, that tail became
Trifler would sit down before you with
his upper lip drawn back in a nervous sort
of way, and allow you to look into the
depths of his repentan eyes, while that
tail talked for him. It would lie perfectly
quiet except that an inch of the tip would j
be tapping the floor with rapid little tele
"W ben Trifler was jocund that tail was
as active as the boom of a yacht is sure to
be when there are ladies aboard who are I
afraid of it. It flopped from side to side !
with tremendous force, and you really
Vondered that the dog didn't break in two |
with the effort he made to express his de- I
Talking with his tail was only one of
Irifler's accomplishments, however, and 1
must get on to the story of his life.
When he was a very young doe; Trifler
was brought out to Arizona by a party of
young men who had been to college near
Boston and who cane West to teach
people how "prospecting" for precious
metals really ought to be managed.
If Trifler had known more and the
young men from Boston had known less
this story would never have happened.
An experienced dog does not rush into
what the frontiersmen call "the cactus" at
anybody's bidding. And an ignoramus
would know that it was better to let the
quails lie where they fell, or even not to
shoot them, than to force a dog to retrieve
them from among the cactus.
Trifler was obedient, and he brought
birds to lay at his master's feet till that
individual became exceedingly fond of the
fine dog he owned.
It was very aggravating when presently
Trflier-- began to limp and to howl and
yelp with pain; and nobody knew what
was the matter, nor tried very much to
The dog couldn't travel, so much was
certain. There was no way to carry him,
and .night would overtake the brave young
hunters if they lingered.
In the morning as the narty was leaving
the rough cabin which had given a night's
ehelter a member of it remembered to say
to the son of his hostets that the dog had
been left behind on the mountain trail.
"If he follows in," the owner said, "you
might look out for him, and if we come
this way again we can pick him up."
A. dog left alone among the hills with
•cactus prickers in his feet !
When the visitors were gone Mrs. Jordan
and Arthur lost no time in harnessing old
Baidy into the family cart to go in search
of the poor forsaken creature.
Taking tuxits at holding the baby, and
driving and at walking over the "dusty
trail, these two brave and compassionate
souls traveled many a mile calling and
looking for the dog. At last his cries of
distress answered them, and they hastened
to relieve his sufferings with the water
which they had not forgotten to bring
from the home spring.
Trifler's paws were swollen and burning,
poisoned by the cruel pricking slivers
which no one had drawn out. The intelli
gent beast recognized the kindliness of
these good friends at once, and his great
eyes grew soft and quiet in the comfort of
The drawing out of the thorns from the
dog's feet and sides and back must have
been agon" for him, but he bore it all with
heroic patience, licking sometimes the
hands that tortured and caressed him,
md returning kind looks with equally ex
In a little while Trifier was lifted into
the cart and taken to the home where his
presence was an unspeakable blessing.
Can you children to whom comfort and
companionship are a matter of course
imagine living alone with your mother
(that would be a very different thing from
being really alone, would it not?) in a
rough cabin twelve miles away from any
body and quite accessible to "the Kind of
[ndians who like to take live people to
pieces, one joint at a time?
That is the way Arthur and his mother
lived while father was gone prospecting.
It was a drea<if,il thing for a loving
father to turn his back upon his wife and
babes in such a country, but Arthur's
father had made a sort of thing they call a
tontract, which is really a solemn written
promise to do something. And in order to
keen that contract he had walked away
with his teeth set and with a very white
face, which he did not once turn toward
the house again when he had gone out of it.
Mrs. Jordan, Arthur and the baby were
"holding down the claim" while they
waited for the father all these weary
months. Eut as if Trifler were already
the family mascot, behold the very day of
hi? conifng brought the father "striding
homeward over the rough trail that led
away to the mines and crying for thanks
giving when he found tne little mother,
grows brown and stout in the dry moun
tain air, and the children prospering.
Tritler was everybody's pet and friend
from that day forth. "With the father he
clambered down the valley by the short
trail that was too steep for Baldy and
learned the trick of carrying letters which
afterward made him known cast ana west
as "Star-Route Trifier."
Mascot a1? Trirler turned out to bp, he
never quite solved the problem of life for
AT THE FIRESIDE.
[Reproduced from an engraving.]
the Jordan family until the winter rains
set in. Then, when his master set out to
prospect among the hills when k°' ( ' w
less precious than water, Triiier went
And after a month the faithful dog came
again to the lonely cabin with a packet
tied about his neck. A letter to the mother
read: "Send Tritler to the Postoiiice with
this letter for Turner. If Turner brings
packmules to me in time to get us out be
fore the water is exhausted we can brinjj
enouph gold to pay all our debts and to
carry us all out of the wilderness into any
paradise you choose."
Poor Trifier, happy to be at home asrain,
looked a little crestfallen when his fea.-tin^
, and caressing were interrupted by ingtruc
: tions »o go over to the Postotfice. He re
venged himself by kissing the baby ail over
its face and then departed.
When Turner came up with the pack
mules it, was thought best for Trifier to
THE SAN FRANCISCO CALL, SUNDAY, AUGUST 11, 1895.
escort him back to the new "diggings," that
there be no mistuice about the route.
And, later, when the procession of gold-«
laden miners and burros returned from
the hills who do you suppose came on
ahead to announce the arrival?
Why, Trifier, of course; and you may be
sure that he made more genuine jubilation
and almost more noise than any brass
band that ever burst its cheeks with glad
And when you some time go to visit the
prettiest little city that you ever saw in
your life, and walking along the cleanest
street in the world you come to a beautiful
cottage, that looks as if it were built half
of roses, you will be sure to see a baby
asleep in the veranda. Lying on the floor
and swinging baby's hammock now and
then by a rope, which he holds in his teetn,
you will see a sleek black dog, who looks as
if it wore his habit to take a cold bath each
morning of his life.
And this is ttar-Routje Trirler, proud of
his possessions, faithful to his duties and
happy in his green old a<.;e. M. C. J.
Victor and Hector.
Two dogrs, which live in San Francisco,
and are ever so far above the vulgar neces
sity of exhibiting themselves for money,
can do more trirks than any other dogs
that ever were heard of.
Hector and Victor are of the bull terrier
family, and I have beard mysterious whis
pers to the effect that the breed will con
tinue to be rare, in consequence of judicious
drownincs, which take place whenever a
litter of puppies is horn into tue. aristo
cratic bull-terri'.r clan. Most of the little
brothers and Bisters are sacrificed in order
that one or two of the most promising can
be sold for several hundred, perhaps even
a thousand dollars apiece, after they are
If some humane boy or girl could but
CHILDREN IK AN ENGLISH QAB.DSN.
[Reproduced from the London Queen.]
'i Unix ffliiii hiMmiriiifintntilin— Mrnn— tnTrrfiii te-,r—tfrt *-'•*
have the good luck to resuscitate one of
those unfortunate puppies! And doesn't
it seem that a person must have an excep
tionally ; hard heart and a comfortably fat
pocket-book who can make up his mind to
drown puppies that are worth a hundred
dollars apiece? Ugh!
Hector and Victor were trained by a
carpenter who lives in Alameda and who
has spent all his spare teaching dogs
to do things ever since he was a boy . v
/ Before Hector was a year old he could do
forty distinct tricks and he is always to be
depended upon to do at least forty other
things meantime which are funnier and
show more intelligence than the tricks
themselves.'. :.:-■: •■ : . -, • \.. -•;:
When the dogs were being educated they
were addressed always in quiet, conversa
tional tones : and without undue emphasis,
They, were ■ never punished -for stupidity,
but were always praised and rewarded for
Hector learned to jump rope, and would
jump ten or twelve times in succession, as
if he enjoyed it. Poor Victor never could
see any tun in jumping the rope, and
thereby he demonstrated that a well-bred
dog has feelings and a memory. : Someone
tried to teach Victor to jump and in" a mo
ment of . impatience struck the sensitive
creature with the rope.
That- settled it. Victor never could be
induced to try again.
" The tricks which the dogs enjoy and
which seem to make them useful citizens
are most interesting to watch. For in
stance, it was their habit to keep the
kitchen woodbox tilled, bringing the sticks
in their teeth and grinning with delight
: Watching them it almost seemed to me
that it might' be simpler to teach a dog to
keep the woodbox filled than to induce a
boy to attend to it.
And besides, the dogs will go as far
afield as they are allowed; and will gather
the flotsam and jetsotu of field and flood,
with choice . selections, perhaps, from the
Hector used to go many blocks to a
newsstand to buy a Sunday paper. One
day the man who usually attended to him
was not present and some one else gave
him the paper. Hector accepted it, but
with a thoughtful air. He walked very
slowly down the street a little way, then
came back, dropped the paper on the
counter and sat down to wait, as if he
would say, "I am not at all sure that you
understand which paper my master pre
fers. This one seems rather bulky— l be
lieve i will wait till the proprietor
returns." ? ,'-\
And he did. -
Another day Hector was sent for a cigar,
and carried the money in his mouth.
When he jumped up to lay the dime on
the counter he jostled the elbow of a
stranger who stood by. This man turned
and struck Hector. ";■'•-,'•;-•• It 1
The dog, insulted, looked the stranger
over coldly, grasped" the situation, gath
ered up his money and walked out of the
shop the personification of injured dig
Repose of manner seems to be natural to
bull terriers. Our friends never allow the
exuberance of. animal spirits to run away
with them. They are always polite, re
served,- attentive. They are so careful
never to do anything to annoy any one
that one cannot help concluding that the
Frenchman who declared that "a child a
year old knows as much as an intelligent
dog" could not have cultivated the ac
quaintance of the thousand-dollar dogs.
: ______ M - c. j.
A True Story.
Soon after the death of N. P. Willis—
whose poetry, by the way, was once upon
a time far score fashionable than anybody's
poetry Is nowaday s—Mn, Willis opeiieda
girls' school at the family home on the
Hudson River, in New York State.
Aunt Dora was fortunate enough to be
one of the ten original pupils.
I hope she way not always disobedient,
but on one occasion tue young lady disre
garded the advice of her beloved teacher in
a way that came very near putting her out
of the way of temptation forever.
The ice in the river had begun to show
signs of breaking up, and lor that reason it
was announced that skating must not again
be indulged in.
Aunt Dora, who was only Miss Howells
in those days, toos her skates, neverthe
less, and slipped away quietly and alone.
Before she reached the river Miss Willis'
beautiful big jSewfoundland dog Nero
came bounding after her, and he refused to
leave her, even when she had donned her
skates and was skimming along over the
The day was bright and clear, and the
young lady W«£ so exhilarated with the
fresh air, and perhaps with the conscious
ness of the outing being a genuine e?ca
pade, that she enjoyed herself immensely.
She forgot that the ice might not be safe,
and kept to the middle of the river, where
the ice was windswept and smooth. When
she had skated down stream fur a mile or
two Nero came bounding to her, and seiz
in;.' her dress in his teeth he begun to pull
and tug as if to induce the girl to follow
She paid no attention except to scold the
poor fellow, and presently to her unspeak
able horror, Aunt Dora found herself and
Nero floating on a cake of ice which was
rushing along in the rapid current of the
Tne girl knelt beside the faithful dog
and clung to him, silent and helpless. The
ice of the river was breaking up every
where now, piling cake upon cake with a
dreadful rush and roar, the river swiriing
between and over all.
The bridge was inst ahead and about its
stone abutments the ice was grinding and
Dora was without hope, half stunned
with dread. And Nero?
Nero simply opened that huge mouth of
his and roared out a series of bays that
would have put a foghorn to shame.
Above the rushing of the waters and the
pounding of the ice the signal of distress
And hearing it men rushed shouting to
the shore — strong men, with clear heads
and hearts that Kne^ no fear of the flood.
A boac dashed out, two men rowing it,
without a thought apparently of their
And Dora Howolls was snatched from
the jaws of death by unconscious heroes,
who have nerer to this day grown tired of
singing the praises of the great Newfound
land dog who saved a girl's life in the year
of the big floods.
Mary Calkins Johnson.
COOLY LABORERS AT VINA.
A Story That Mrs. Stanford
Had Engaged Three
The Statemant Made That She Has
Discharged Nearly All of
Her White Help.
Deputy Labor Commissioner C. L. Dam
received a letter yesterday that contains
some startling statements. It was from
one who signed his name John Dunno of
Vina, Tehama County, and asserts that
Mrs. Stanford is discriminating against
white labor in favor of coolies. The letter
reads as follows:
Being actuated to do good to my fellow-work
men of the Caucasian race in preference to
Japanese and Chinese, I am impelled to write
you of abuses that you may be able to correct.
The great Stanford vineyard and ranch here
has been conducted principally by white labor
at f:ood, fair wages previous to Governor Stan
ford's death. Since his death the madam has
dismissed nearly all the white help and what
few were retained have to work for Chinese
wages. Now she, as I understand, made a coa
trm:t with 300 Japanese to do the work of
white men and Chinnmen.
The while men are willing to do the same
work for 70 cunts, but no, she, through the ad
vice of tbe superintendent, has deprived them
of the privilege. The community nere is very
much incensed at the idea • of introducing
Japanese labor, which will no ctouot eradicate
all white labor in the future. There may be
trouble, which I anticipate, on their arrival
here, and it will be very bitter. • • • This
last act of hers should not be- allowed
to pass unnoticed. * * * Hoping that you
will make note of the letter by calling atten
tion to the iact that without any cost to her
you can (ill tier orders for white men to do all
the work required— picking grapes, teaming,
plowing, mowing, eto. 1 remain, etc.,
The public is familiar with the well
known generosity and liberality of the
Htanfords and their active interest in the
laboring classes. This assertion that Mrs.
Stanford has experienced a change of heart,
either with or without the advice of the
superintendent of the Vina property, is to
say the least startling. It has been pub
lished qn several occasions that the work
in:; force at the Vina ranch would be re
duced, as Mrs. Stanford had decided to
abandon the raising of tine horses, which
was her late huslaiui's hobby. This wouid
necessarily throw a number of trainers,
grooms and hostlers out of work at the
Vina paddocks. It has also been stated
that the affairs of the estate made it neces
sary to reduce the heavy expenses, but
this is the first information that 11 rs. Staii
foTd's economy hud taken the direction of
utilizing cooly labor.
"I do not know anything about this man
Dunne, who makes these charges," said
Deputy Labor Commissioner Dam, "but I
will investigate the matter. If Dunne has
done Mrs. Stanford an injustice it is only
right that the facts may be known to the
public. If what Dunne says is true that,
too, should he known by the public. With
thousands of white men idle in the State,
it is not fair to the laboring classes nor to
the general public that more should be
thrown info the ranks of the unemployed
and their places tilled by inoiies."
As neither Mrs. Stanford nor Mr. Lath
rop, the manager of the Stanford estate,
was in the City last evening, their version
of the matter could not be obtained.
THE PLATT TRUST.
George Whlttell Ke+igns From the
Control of Funds Kntrnsted
to Him in 1893.
George Whittell, trustee of a $50,000 fund
which Mrs. Josephine E. Platt set apart
for the support of her four children prior
to her divorce from Alfred G. Pratt at
Oakland in April, 1893, kas filed a petition
in court to be dismissed. He nominated
the Union Trust Company as his successor.
The fund now amounts to $33,475, and Mr.
Whittflll waives his claim to compensation.
By the terms of the divorce, Mr. Plate
was awarded the custody of two of the
children, and the otheT two children were
assigned to Mrs. Platt's care.
A few years ago Mr. Platt made a com
plaint of insanity against his wife, and fora
while the woman was confined in a private
asylum. The divorce was afterward ob
Railroad Strikers Apparently Opposed
to Its Being Quashed.
With the announcement that C. P.
Huntington is on his way to San Fran
cisco, fresh interest in the indictment
pending against him in the Federal court,
not alone among his colleagues, but among
the raiiroad strikers, one of whom swore to
the original complaint which brought
about the indictment by the Federal Grand
Jury, is revived.
After the jury in the Mayne and Cassidy
cases had been dismissed without arriving
at a verdict, all the strikers under indict
ment and out on bail were notified that
they could have their bondsmen released
and" that they would be allowed their free
dom on their own recognizance.
When the leaders applied for the priv
ilepe it was suggested to them that the in
dictment against Huntington ought to be
dismissed and thus all proceedings grow
ing out of the strike allowed virtually to
come to an end, but the suggestion met
with no favor.
Just before all the indictments against
the strikers were dismissed on the recom
mendation of United States District Attor
ney Foote, a proposition was made to the
Btrikerß that if they would allow the in
dictment ayainst fiuntington to be dis
missed all the cases against them would be
dropped. This suggestion, however, was
not favorably considered, yet the strikers
are not all free and exempt from Federal
prosecution, while Huntington is likely to
live tc undergo the ordeal of a trial on the
charge of alleged violation of the inter
state commerce law for having issued a
pass to Frank M. Stone.
Ornamental County Posts.
The boundary of Contra Costa and Alameda
counties has been marked with iron posts sur
mounted with a metallic bear, emblematic of
California. On one side of ihese posts is the
inscription "Contra Costa County' 1 and on the
opposite side "Ala'meda County." Th« monu
ments were erected by Supervisors of both
A Wheelman Wants Damage*.
The bicyclist has got into court. Joseph
Ethan, a wheelman, who, on June 27, collided
with Lot D. Slocum's wagon in the Western
Addition, has instituted proceedings against
Slocum for $10,000 damages.
By Robert Stevenson,
Kinetic stability, as I have already ex
plained, is well known in pyramic science,
and I do not claim any originality in the
use of the term in connection with the
principle I have discovered. When we see
a bicycle going at the rate of ten miles an
hour and observe how it keeps in an ud
right position, and requires considerable
force exerted sideways to push it from the
upright position; and when wo consider
that if the same bicycle is at rest, or not
moving relative to the earth, it requires to
be supported to prevent it from falling
sideways, we then become cognizant of a
new force, which is called kinetic stability.
The difference in the two cases depends
not merely on the motion or momentum
given to the bicycle, but to its independent
If the same bicycle were carried over the
same course at the same speed, say ten
miles an hour, in a railway car, then,
although the bicycle relative to the earth
had the same momentum as before, yet its
kinetic energy is nothing, and its kinetic
stability is nothing; you have still got to
support the bicycle to keep it from falling
The kinetic stability of the bicycle is that
apparently inherent power which it has
while in motion to keep itself upright, and
if we never saw a bicycle unless while it
was in motion it would be very difficult to
persuade us that its kinetic stability was
an acquired force; like the ancient phil
osophers who before the days of Newton
believed that all the heavenly bodies were
endowed with intrinsic motion, or what is
now called a specific inherent quality of
motion, that they were in fact virtually
little gods, who by virtue of their inherent
qualities ruled the destinies of individuals
Our experience in the case of the bicycle,
of course, teaches us that this peculiar con
dition of stability acquired by its motion
is not an intrinsic quality in the bicycle.
And as we know by experiment that it
changes with the change of speed and fol
lows some law depending not merely on
speed, but on speed and mass together, we
call it a kinetic condition. If it had only
depended on speed we would have called it
a kinematiral condition.
The amusing toy culled a gyroscope is an
other case of motion producing stability,
and when the celebrated French, scientist
M. Leon Foucault showed the action of his
gyroscope at a meeting of the British Asso
ciation forty-three years ago it gave the
scientific world such a sensation that the
bewildering effects are still discernible to
Although all persons from their child
hood are familiar with the stability of a
spinning-top, yet the leading scientists of
forty years ago considered that the pecu
liar motions of the gyroscope were per
formed in violation of the accepted laws of
motion. The peculiarities, however, were
only apparent, and have since yielded to
mathematical treatment. They can be
shown to be a special case of the well
known laws of the superposition of rota
tions round different axes.
T well remember the surprise I got
when attending the university twenty
eight years ago, when asked by the profes
sor of physics to take hold of what ap
peared to be a closed sheet-iron box and
give it a twist round a horizontal axis. I
seized it with both hands, and, in twisting
it round, found I had something more
than a box to handle. Its reaction against
my action seemed more like the force of a
living tbing than that of dead matter, and
the more I triea to twist it over the more
it squirmed and wripizlcd, as if I was
wrestling with,a human being.
The box was Sir William Thompson's
gyrostat, and its kinetic stability was the I
force 1 was wrestling with. That was my I
tirst conscious experience with kinetic sta- '
bility. and I can tell you it has clung to I
me ever since, and so Ions; as I live I shall
never believe in the scientific dopnia of in
herent forces, either in matter or organ
isms. I shall never believe that the attrac
tion of matter is other than a delusion and
the evolution of species other than :\ mere j
law in nature which depends for its excu
tion on forces which are controlled by a
power which resides outside and is inde
pendent of all organisms.
Now, although kinetic stability was
known to the world before I was born, yet
I believe I have discovered a fact or a prin
ciple (whichever you like to call it) so con
nected with it as to revolutionize our ideas
on many subjects.
First, then: Science does not believe
that kinetic stability will overcome gravity.
Now, I know, and have proven the fact
to ray own satisfaction, that a projectile |
traveling a distance of fifty feet in naif a |
second barely falls one foot six inches in that
time, although by the law of gravity it
should fall four feet in that time.
If the projectile be made to travel 150
feet in half a second it falls a little over
eight inches in that time, whereas accord
ing to the law of gravity it should fall four
Now, although Professor Stringham of
Berkeley tells us he can explain all the
motions of the gyroscope and the bicycle !
and other cases of kinetic stability by 1
means of mathematics, yet I defy either
him or Professor Le Conte to explain the
above facts by mathematics or by any
other principle than the one I have dis
covered and explained in my pamphlet.
Professor Soule and others have acknowl
edged that if kinetic stability will do what j
I have stated above, then the attraction of |
matter can no longer be acknowledged to ]
be the cause of gravity.
Furthermore, experiment shows that the
resultant of two transverse energies is not
a straight line, but a curve. Now, that is
caused by kinetic stability, and if Pro
fessor Stringham will explain that by
mathematics before I have given the proof
in these papers I will bo surprised.
Again, I can show that the weieht of
bodies is caused by their kinetic stability,
and if any professor in the Leland Stan
ford University will explain that by math
ematics in The Call I will be still further
surprised and gratified.
And to crown all, this principle of
kinetic stability will enable me to prove
that matter itself is not an entity, but only
the resultant of certain motions; that, in
fact, all the phenomena which we call the
universe, matter included, are the result
of certain energies. They are the produc
tion of the work of a power behind the
scene; and they represent in amount of
energy exactly the work expended on
them, and when cailed upon' they will
give back again in the shape of force to
the quintillionth part of a foot pound all
the power expended on them.
• A llP tner fa °t which mathematics, even
in tlffe hands of its greatest master, Profes
sor R. G. Tait, cannot at present explain:
How a body with perfect freedom of mo
tion, such as the sun (before the planetary
system was produced), could be made to
produce sufficient incandescence by rota
tion along with kinetic energy, so as to
evolve a nebulous atmosphere of sufficient
capacity to meet the requirements of the
planetary system. Kinetic stability ena
bles us, with the assistance of Joules'
equivalent, to calculate exactly what the
ratio of the energy of translation must
have, been to the energy of rotation to
produce sufficient heat during a" certain
time to put the whole mass of, the solar
system into a state 'of incandescence. of »
sufficient intensity to overcome- its cohe
sion and | centripetal force and so enable
the nebula to extend as far as the farthest
planet in the system. ' ' ■". ,
To these we might add hundreds of Other
examples, which are all due to kinetic
| stability, and yet no mathematician . at
present can explain. them. If my discov
ery will enable mathematics to explain
' them, surely this discovery is worth know-
I ing. Surely such a discovery should in
| terest the Stanford University more than
I the classification of a thousand butterflies,
or the discovery of a new kind of fish, or
earthworm; and. should interest Berkeley
more than the: evolution of a three-toed
j crab. And if it does, why, may I ask,
j have they not carried out the experiments
1 submitted to them eight months ago?
Why should they allow other universities
to take from them the high honor which
will redound to those . who are first to
verify these important facts? It is a well-,
known principle in dynamical science
that the resultant, in amount and direc
tion, of two transverse velocities, forces
momenta, is represented by the diagonal
of the parellelogram of which the adjacent
sides represent the velocities, forces, etc.
. Now, that is also held true of energies,
but, as I have already said and as I have
shown in the pamphlet, the resultant of
two transverse energies is represented in
direction by a curvilinear line, not a
straight line. . To a person running for his
life or to those engaged in the struggle for
existence such a fact would appear of no
value. But to the scientist such a fact is
pregnant with life; it is a hitherto undis
covered law in the universe, and what it
will lead to is as yet a complete mystery
to the human race. It seems to upset the
very first and most fundamental law of
motion, but the beauty of it is that it does 4
not. It simply introduces kinetic sta- -
bility, which no. only fulfills the law, but
also overcomes it by another and greater
law, and becomes thereby a law unto itself,
and so appears to the world as a nineteenth
century wonder, and I can safely predict
that this kinetic stability will in the near
future give to scientists a much greater
shock than Foucault's gyroscope did.
Let us now try to explain how kinetic
stability overcomes the first law of motion
without actually breaking it. J We all
know that matter in motion has velocity,
and velocity is what is generally called
speed". If a car is going" eight miles an
hour we call that its speed. When a
pulley is going at a certain speed we say it
Is making a certain number of revolutions
per minute, or per second, or whatever
maybe the unit time agreed-upon; the
unit in itself counts for nothing; "its adop
tion is arbitrary. The speed is tbe impor
tant matter; it is the speed which utilizes
the power and does the work. The unit
does no mechanical work; "■ although we
might trace it through an infinite series of
mental metamorphoses, yet we are certain
it does no mechanical work." Nor does
speed or velocity in itself do mechanical
work. Whatever spiritual energy it has
we arc certain of this, that it cannot do the
infinitesimal part of a foot-pound of work.
At least we are not in a position at present
to prove that spiritual energy can do me
To make our meaning clear, if instead of
an actual pulley or car we put an imagin
ary one in their place, we can still imagine
that imaginary body to be moving with
speed or velocity. For instance, a ray of
light moves with enormous speed or ve
locity, and yet it is only an imaginary
bod}', which the mental vision gives the L
appearance of reality. -^
Let us, then, consider an imaginary car
moving with great speed or uniform veloc
ity along a straight and level track, AB.
Let M be the imaginary car, moving
from A toward B. Lay off on AB a dis
tance CF, and at the point F set. off the
line FE, equal, and perpendicular to CF,
complete the parallelogram CDEF and
join CE; now, CE is the diagonal of the'
parallelogram CDEF. p. .
p Let us now suppose that while the im
aginary car M is moving with uniform ve
locity along CF, at the same time the
line ' CF, car and all, is being moved with
the same velocity along the direction CD
and FE; we have now what is called a
superimposed velocity, and according to
the well-known laws of the composition of
velocities in dynamics the resultant veloc
ity, iv amount *md direction, is correctly
represented by the straight line CE, which
we know is the diagonal of the \ parallelo
gram CDEF. ' >
V Now, although the actual velocity of the
car along CF has not been changed by the
superposition of velocity, yet the virtual
velocity along CE is the result of the
superimposed velocities, and the virtual
velocity "along. CE is as much greater than
the actual velocity along CF as the square
of the line CE is greater than the square of
the line CF, and in this case CE is equal to
1.414 times CF— that is, the virtual velocity
is 1.414 times greater .than the actual
velocity. . .
When the line CF moves from its origi
nal position to the position DE, the car, as
we have shown, has virtually moved along
CE,but when CF stops in the position
DE the car, instead of continuing to move
along EH with the virtual -velocity it ap
pears to have 'acquired, actually is found
to be moving EG with the original '
velocity it nad along CF. Now, what has
become of the superimposed velocity it
was supposed to have acquired while
moving along CE?
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