Excerpt from The New Basis of Geography: A Manual for the Preparation of the Teacher
Within a certain pigeon-hole of my letter file there is an interesting collection of letters, including among the writers several teachers, a well-known traveller and author, an officer of the navy, a college president, and a prominent business man. Most of the letters are purely of an inquiring turn, but in some of them a suggestion of "see here, you" is apparent. The purport of each is a query about the alleged newness which popular usage is connecting with the science of geography.
Now I should like uncommonly well to know something definite about it myself, but after a thorough research I fail to find that the earth is either more or less round like a ball or an orange than when, some forty odd years ago, I learned to sing the capitals of the states to a birch-bark accompaniment. According to Mr. Milton:
"...a gryphon through the wilderness, With winged course o'er hill or moory dale, Pursues the Arimaspian, who by stealth Had from his wakeful custody purloined The guarded gold."
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