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Why 1900 is not a Leap Year:

The following- explanation will show why the year'l9oo will not be counted among leap years;—

I The year is three hundred anflJßixtyi five days five hours and forty-nine minutes / long: eleven minutes are taken; <every \ year to make the year three hundred and \ sixty-five and a half days long, and every fourth year we have an extra day. \ This was Julius Caesar's arrangement.' You may ask— f " Where do these eleven minutes come I from ?" i, )

They come from the future, and are paid by omitting leap year every one hundred years. But if leap year is omitted regularly every one hundred years in the course of four hundred years it is found that the eleven minutes taken each year will not only have been paid back, but that a whole day will have beengiven up. *

So Pope Gregory XII t, who improved on Caesar's calendar in 1582, decreed that every eenturial year divisible by; four should be leap year after all. So we borrow eleven minutes; each year, more than pay our borrowings back by omitting three leap years in .three eenturial years, and square matters by having a leap in the fourth eenturial Pope Gregory's arrangement is so exact and the borrowing and paying back balanced so nicely that we bojuc.- ra^ee than we pay back to the extent of only one day in. three thousand eight hundred and sixty-six years.

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Why 1900 is not a Leap Year:, Ashburton Guardian, Volume XIV, Issue 2432, 4 June 1890

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Why 1900 is not a Leap Year: Ashburton Guardian, Volume XIV, Issue 2432, 4 June 1890

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