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THE EAGLE: WKDXKSDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 1895.
PARADISE AT TMt NOrüTH POLt.. Geologies Contend That the Garden of Eden Was Located There. In an interesting and highly instruc tive' article Edward S. Martin, in the Ladies' Home Journal, reviews the numerous theories advanced by sci entists in the endeavor to solve the per plexing problem as to the exact locali ty of the Garden of Eden. After sift ing the theories the writer concludes that the question is no nearer answered than it was two thousand years ago, and that there are no present indica tions that the matter will ever be defi nitely settled by any man. To one of the latest and most ingenious theories Mr. Martin thus refers: The north pole will seem at first thought to the av erage investigator the most unlikely site on eartli for paradise to have occu pied. Nevertheless several sober and thoughtful books and pamphlets have heen written in support of the north pole's pretensions. The north pole nowadays is bitter cold, but it has not always been so. Geologists telbus that the earth was excessively hot when it first began its course much too hot to admit of the presence of any living creatures, except, perhaps, a salaman der. As it grew cooler vegetation be gan on it, and then it began to be peopled, first with fishes, and then with birds and beasts, finally with man. The first spot on earth to get cool enough to use was the north pole. In the process of time it got too cold, but there must have been a long period when the north pole was the nmst comfortable part of the world. During this period, many eminent geologist:; believe, there existed around the north pole a continent now submerged, and on that continent our progenitors were comfortable in their first home. It is known with entire certainty that the polar region was once warm enough for tropical vegetation to grow there. There was light enough also for such vegetation -aim ml nt light, indeed, fot all uses, and plenty for primeval man. (eology tells it: that man might have lived at the north pole. ties. Probably another reason for the distrust excited in opals is the fact that they change and lose their color. That is due to the softness and porousness of the material and its capacity both for absorbing water and of parting with what it has, one of which tends to make it dull and the other chalky and opaque. They have been known to be carefully cut and laid away, and upon . opening the paper had crumbled into dust within a few weeks. A species of opal known as the hydrophane, found in small quantities lately in Colorado, has wonderful powers of absorption. In its usual state it is of a yellowish, waxy tint, but when water is dropped upon it the tint passes slowly away, and from being translucent it becomes transparent. On exposure to the air the water evaporates in an hour, leav ing the stone as it was before." THE SUN. The. jirtit of American Ncwyiajm, CHARLES A.DANA, Editor. American Constitution, tlio Anierleun T(lia, tlit) American Spirit-. These first, lust a id nil the time, forever. Dally, hy until Still year Dully itiid Sunday, by mall $8 it year The Weekly il a year OPALS ARE NOT UNLUCKY. Kupergtltlon Conn-cl d with finch Gems Have No ' oiiailiittou. "The superstition which causes peo ple to regard opals with awe as the cause of ill luck and even death," said :i jeweler, according to Die Washington 1'ost, the other day,' is due toa peeit.'i.u observation made years ago. Opa; were considerably in use in Venice dur ing the plague, and it was noticed there in the hospital i that before death Die stone would somewhat brighten upon the victims finger. It never seemed to occur to the people that the illness could produce a glow of color. They took it for granted that the stone occa sioned the illness. As a matter of fact, opals are affected by heat, evui by that of the hand, and the fever, being at its height just before death, caused the colors to shine with unwonted clear ness. This confirmed the superstition, and to this day there are sane and able bodied people who believe that a chip of '"stone in the house can cause ealnr.:i- . ATE SWANS AND HERONS. Why Mot Mow Have Koust Peacock with AH ItiN Feathers (In. In the sixth year of the troublous reign of King Edward IV. the arch bishop of York gave a huge feast, the menu of which has been preserved, says the London Queen. Among the dishes there were put on the tables two hundred and sixty-four cranes, two hundred and four bitterns and four hundred heronshaws. How many cranes and bitterns could be col lected now from the whole of these islands? But why should we not extend our present limited range of edible crea tures and include at least some of those which our ancestors loved? Crane, bit tern, heron, swan and peacock; all these are birds which used to be pre sented at dinners. Why should we not at least try the three which remain to use? Swans are as easy to keep as ducks; peacocks might, I suppose, be multiplied; there are still plenty of heron. I believe that at St. John's college, Cambridge, they do stiil serve up roast cygnet, for the college possesses swans. Why should we not have eygnet in season just like roast duck? And think of the lordly peacock pre sented with all Iiis feathers and hi:, tail outspread; they killed skinned him, roasted him, and then tied him again in. his skin with his feathers ar ranged. And then they :-et t'.iü'. daiu'.y dish before the king. Afler that they carved him biit I believe you did not carve a peacock you displayed him. I The Sunday Sun 9 tlio greatest Sunday Newspaper in the world. Price 5c a copy. Sy mail, 52 a year. AddrcHK Til 14 Kl!N. New York. .: 0; ' ' ''' ':-r ! 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