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THE BIZARRE.

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NOTES QUERIES

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A MONTHLY MAGAZINE OF

HISTORY, FOLK-LORE, MATHEMATICS,

MYSTICISM, ART, SCIENCE, Etc.

“ Learn to know all, but keep thyself unknown.'

Iraneus.

VOLUME VII.

CONDUCTED AND PUBLISHED BY

S. C. & L. M. GOULD,

MANCHESTER, N. H.

1890.

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PREFACE.

With the close of volume VII NOTES AND QUERIES completes the seventh revolution in its orbit around the great central sun of Truth. It will remain the constant purpose of its publishers to shorten the radius of its motion as the years advance, thereby lessening the distance from the central luminary.

It is true of periodicals as of men ; they cannot pose for any length of time for more than they are really worth ; and while NoTES AND QUERIES may at present claim the milder honors of the satellite, we hope under the general laws of evolution, to merit, in course of time, the grander dignity of planetary existence, encouraged by the fact that " Tall oaks from little acorns grow.”

In the present volumes, among the modern discoveries in pure mathematics, the exact number of “ digital squares has been solved and the deductions of Dr. Artemas Martin and Hon. J. H. Drummond have been given.

In astronomy, the latest discoveries of asteroids have been stated, which completes a total of 301 planetoids discovered in the space of ninety years-a

-an average over three and one-third per year, since the discovery of Ceres by Piazzi on Jan. 1, 1801.

Shakespeare inquired "What's in a name?" The articles of antonomasias will illustrate how much there is of an allegorical and figurative character in the literature of nomenclature.

Delving in the mines of Truth might seem discouraging to even the most devoted workers, when considering the inexhaustible veins of ore and the rarity of the profound thinkers employed, were it not for the patience and the enthusiasm of the few who realize that ultimate victory of Truth over Error will ere long become an absolute certainty, in place of a vague hope, and were it not that the champions in the highest cause in which human intellect can be engaged, will inherit the most imperishable fame possible to the dreams of human imagination.

But in the great laboratory of thought, pure truth like pure carbon of the hills, is found only in the form of grains like diamonds. Pearls of thought do no run in coal measures, or wide-stretched beds of ore.

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