In 1860 a total eclipse of the sun was visible in British America.
My father was the most rational and the most dispassionate of men.
Though born in Nova Scotia, I am of almost pure New England descent.
We are probably nearing the limit of all we can know about astronomy.
Aerial flight is one of that class of problems with which men will never have to cope.
Flight by machines heavier than air is unpractical and insignificant, if not utterly impossible.
My father followed, during most of his life, the precarious occupation of a country school teacher.
My first undertaking in the way of scientific experiment was in the field of economics and psychology.
Whenever a total eclipse of the sun was visible in an accessible region parties were sent out to observe it.
A suggestion had been made to me looking toward a professorship in some Western college, but after due consideration, I declined to consider the matter.