Even to me, a

Mathematician of no mean standing, and the Grandfather of two most hopeful and perfectly regular Hexagons, to find myself in the midst of a crowd of rotating Polygons of the higher classes, is occasionally very perplexing.

Assuredly not, he said; I have hardly ever known a

mathematician who was capable of reasoning.

And I had little difficulty in determining the objects with which it was necessary to commence, for I was already persuaded that it must be with the simplest and easiest to know, and, considering that of all those who have hitherto sought truth in the sciences, the

mathematicians alone have been able to find any demonstrations, that is, any certain and evident reasons, I did not doubt but that such must have been the rule of their investigations.

That Space, as our

mathematicians have it, is spoken of as having three dimensions, which one may call Length, Breadth, and Thickness, and is always definable by reference to three planes, each at right angles to the others.

Of the date of this origin, however, I grieve that I can only speak with that species of indefinite definiteness which

mathematicians are, at times, forced to put up with in certain algebraic formulae.

Quitting this land, we soon arrived at another in which the bees and the birds are

mathematicians of such genius and erudition, that they give daily instructions in the science of geometry to the wise men of the empire.

It is not the part of men, but of fanatics, or of

mathematicians if you will, to say that the shortness of life considered, it is not worth caring whether for so short a duration we were sprawling in want or sitting high.

These forms were like the cunning tables used by

mathematicians, which may be entered from top, bottom, right, and left, which entrances consist of scores of lines and dozens of columns, and from which may be drawn, without reasoning or thinking, thousands of different conclusions, all unchallengably precise and true.

This distinguished scientist has expounded his views in a book entitled "Verschwinden und Seine Theorie," which has attracted some attention, "particularly," says one writer, "among the followers of Hegel, and

mathematicians who hold to the actual existence of a so- called non-Euclidean space--that is to say, of space which has more dimensions than length, breadth, and thickness--space in which it would be possible to tie a knot in an endless cord and to turn a rubber ball inside out without 'a solution of its continuity,' or in other words, without breaking or cracking it.

There are, unquestionably, household women, accomplished women, ornamental women, women who are exclusively wives, or mothers, or sweethearts, women purely spiritual or purely material; just as there are soldiers, artists, artisans,

mathematicians, poets, merchants, men who understand money, or agriculture, or government, and nothing else.

But he is willing to argue the question, as

mathematicians say, under an hypothesis.

Then, Stelling was an Oxford man, and the Oxford men were always--no, no, it was the Cambridge men who were always good

mathematicians.