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Time is the great sieve in which is sifted the accumulated thoughts of men. In it the débris is removed and only pure sparkling truth remains. It is strange, but nevertheless true, that every great scientific advance in every department of human life is met by the most determined, and I might say, brutal opposition. And yet, as the years flow on, there is ever but one result for all these conflicts, for truth is and ever will be triumphant. Gradually the ignorant, stupid and cowardly attack ceases, the smoke of battle passes away, the clouds are lifted, the din of contending voices is hushed and, lo! some fair, new form is ushered upon the scene, a living, breathing reality. A new star is added to the galaxy of the scientific heavens.
What can exceed the bitterness of the controversy that for many years has been carried on over the
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