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"Guardian" Office,

February 11, 1914,

When a human being is young, he | and she, if a thought is given to old age, regards it as something in the very distant future—a bogey to be kept in the. back-ground by every means possible. As the years pass on, however, the spectacle assumes a less alarming form, and though there is, as a general rule, the same reluctance to face the inevitable, one's thoughts take on a much more, philosophical attitude. It is striking evidence of the prevalence'of. the fatalistic belief that though medical men and scientists are for ever preaching the doctrine of long life, and showing how this can be attained, the average man refuses the proffered ad:vice and stakes his existence on the Italian, belief in "what will be, will be." It is,,;however, a known fact that nearly all specimens, of animal life in the .world to-day, except man, live, under normal conditions, eight times the period it takes them to reach maturity. A horse, dog, or cow that will attain its growth in three years, should live about 24 years. This rule applies, especially to all-anthropoidal and quadruped specimens. Man matures, or gets his growth, at about 24 years of age. Measured, therefore, by the scale 'governing the life of all other animals, he.-ought to live eight times 24, or about 200 years; but reckoning from the age of six, man dies at a fraction over 40, which, on this reckoning^ is about one-fifth his natural period of longevity, while, if we take into our calculations children under six, including the infant class, it brings man's period of longevity in all civilised countries down to about 37 years.

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THE WORLD TO-DAY., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8791, 11 February 1914

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THE WORLD TO-DAY. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8791, 11 February 1914

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