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U of the Sr00oo,000 Years Old d Livd Without At gtt' gKep His Feet on the Ground £A lfesase Seat Back to the S roelbltlonlets. Theo re snapped and eraokled in the g.rate. Peace, warmth and cheer presided over the silence of my den like sweet abhad w' of content. I was dreaming the wide awake dreams of life-the great problems of nature passed in review like the batallions of ldrance. A knock aroused me from the 'drifting thoughts, which were confused by .:the exacting demands of science. Such a strange little old man stood be fporeme-he wasnot human. I gazed in iistonishmsnt-his skifl was rugged as the sharp projections of his lunar moun tains. His eyes were fiercely brilliant, his head and brains were abnormally de veloped. I was bewildered-he had no ears, no month, no taste, no feeling, a creature Swithout human senses. His brain glowed like a vast storehouse of l~earning; his bright little eyes read my S~houghts. There he stood, perhaps a picture of dreamland. The close air oppressed him. I rushed to the window-he seized my arm. Some lunatic from the deaf and dumb asylum! He could write-the strange silence was broken by the scratch of his pencil. He needed some ballast. His feet would fly up and his head down. His brains were a posi tive misfortune. I tied six volumes of New England criticism to each limb-they were heavy, very heavy, and victory crowned my efforts. "Where are you from?" "The moon." "How old are you?" "l bhree hundred thousand years." "You are crazy." "Not in the least; come with me and I will prove what I have said." lot him loose from his moorings. We rIeached the open space andentered a unique little apartment where I took my seat. Ah! Some aeronaut who had discovered the art of pulling himself over the fence with the aid of his bootstraps. We rose witha rnoidity that almost stifled us. His spirits were buoyant while mine' were depressed. I could not breathe. He gave me six drops from a stone vial; msy lungs collapsed-respiration was a mundane accomplishment. I dreaded the cold of space and wished myself back in my cozy room. "Do not be alarmed; the cold of space is a myth. After we have cleared the enve lope which surrounded the earth, space will be a pleasure to you: the awful still ness will oppress you; I am used to it. You can have no conception of the flight of time. I am as old as the moon we are rap idly approaching." All my faculties were keenly alive; a thousand pibtures crowded my mind. "Here we are, safely landed on Tycho; observe the streams of lava which radiate from its summit like rays from the sun. Thirteen of these lunar ring mountains and craters reflect the sun's light with an intensity that is dazzling. "Behold the saucer-shaped depressions which you call seas-they were once oceans and lakes. With improved achromatic lenses your astronomers will discover that these sunken beds are faulty, irregular and broken, like your prairies. Water would show no such unevenness. "We stand here surrounded by a circular towering wall of mountains whose steepest sides are toward us. See this strange forma tion at the center that shoots up a single cone like the spire of somegrand cathedral. Peer over this abyss which encircles the sol itary peak and separates it from the level plain. Twenty-two of these sunken areas sake up the bulk of the moon's face that is turned toward the earth." I could not walk; gravity made me a cork. I made surprising leaps in the air, for at traction was only two ounces. The strange delrivations of my companion no longer excited wonder-no atmosphere to press with a force of fifteen pounds to the square inch; no sound waves to convey impres sions to the ear-speech and hearing were valueless. I was scorching in the unmitigated heat of the sun-the long day of 336 hours was suc ceeded by a night of equal length--such in tense cold, 5i degrees below zero. We shel tered in the caves and canyons. The moon stored none of the burning heat, which van ished with the sun. "What became of the atmosphere and water?" "I will tell you." He pointed to the earth, that was slowly rising like some giant satellite and defiled across toe black sky. The stars were so many bright points of light without twinkle or change. "It is there: the earth robbed us. Do you not see that thlee-fourths of its surface is water? Attrition will level your mountains and plains, a universal deluge will change the character of your air-breathing c.ea tions--but not until volcanoes are dead and heat will have been radiated into space." "Why is the character of your formations so different?" "Because the bones of the earth have been ground and smoothed by glacial activity. In the stratum which you call the upper laurenti:an the same conditions existed; igneous energy reached its maximum. Our water pat out your fires and hastened the cooling of your cruet, while the moon re maill-d as you see it." "And thr inlhtbitants?" "The hydrorge of the stars is the prim ordial eli.ment, Water is life. All of your organic and iruranitc existence is the child of wate-. Then is it strange that such awful silence surrounds us?" "Our ecirintrets say the moon is older than t e carth." "Then why is the density of the moon's material 1), times less than the earth's?" 'lhe little old man would have stilled, but the abenrce of a mouth preyented such demonotraltin. "I have one favor to ask before you re turn. 1 shall then be repaid for the pleasure I have given you." "It is granted." "Tell the prohibition party that the moon has one dry by an overwhelming major ity."--New Oileans Picayune. Pronounced Hoppeles, 'Yet haved. From a letter written by Mrs. Adra E. 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