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SHIPPING.

Sydney, June 12. Sailed—Mariposa, for Auckland. Melbourne, Juiiel2. Sailed yesterday —- "Waihor&, j for Bluff '■-■• ' "'■'■:'•> -^ •-.,

"Wliat are Coming to*

A French statistician who has been studying the military and other records with a view of determining the height of men at different periods has reached some wonderful results.,, A Frenchman is naturally an artist, even, in figures. A German or an American' might content himself with a dry aritmetical compilation; but this artist carries his statistics into the realm of history and of poetry, and even uf—prophecy. _He_has not only solved soriie~perplexing problems in regard to the past of the human race, but t also is enabled to calculate its future, and to determine the exact period when, man will disappear from the earth. The recorded facts extend over nearly three centuries. It is found that in 1610 the average height of a man in Europe was 1*75 metres, or say, sft 9in., Jn.J.790 it was sft 6in. 1n..1820 -it" jyws' sft sin and a fraction. 'At the present time it is sft 3fin. It is easy to deduce from.these figures a rate'of regular and gradual decline in human stature, and then to apply this, working backward, forward, to the past and to the future. 'By this calculation it. is. determined that the statue of the first men attained the''surprising average of 16ft 9in. .Truly-there were giants oh the earth.in those •'days.- " ; The race had already deteriorated in the days of Og, and Goliath was a quite degenerate offspring of the giants. 'Coming down to later times we find that it' the beginning of our era the average height of man was 9ft, and in the time of Charlemagne it was Bft Bin, a fact quite sufficient to account ' for the . heroic deeds of' the Paladins. But the most astonishing result of this scientific study i comes "from'the application of the'same inexorable lair of diminution to the future. .The' calculation shows that bythe year <. iCQQvA'.D. 1/ 1- the average man will be reduced to ( lsinri.;~ At that epoch there will be only laliputians on the earth, And the conclusion >ojf the learned statistician is irresistible^ 'that " the end of the world wfll Acerfcainly arrive, for the inhabitants will have become so small that bhey will-finally disappear" —" finish by disappearing," as the French idiom expresses it, " from the terrestrial globe."—Exchange. , " . .[','''' ?

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SHIPPING., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2439, 12 June 1890

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SHIPPING. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2439, 12 June 1890

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