Science: Fifty Standard Years

Unmarked by pomp and speechmaking on the part of the railroads, and almost unnoticed by the traveling public, was the 50th anniversary last week of that major convenience. Standard Time. Only a hand-ful of rheumy oldtime railroaders could recall the nightmare of conflicting clocks & watches that was banished forever one November day in 1883.

In the peaceful days before locomotives chuffed clear across the land, no one found it awkward that every sizeable town had it? own time, set by the local noon. Visitors who journeyed 40 or 50 mi. from home...

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