Science: Philosophical Hobgoblins

Hobgoblins minced and Giants lumbered inside a very old Philadelphia building last week. The building, a small brick one, stands on Independence Square, close to Independence Hall. A label calls it the Hall of the American Philosophical Society. A large group of learned men, philosophers in the old sense of searchers after truth in any of the sciences, including natural history, heard the tread of the Giants and Hobgoblins.

The Giants looked very much like men. The smallest was at least twice the size of any of the men in the Philosophers'...

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