A GREAT MISERY
Of all they familiar subjects which have interested and exercised the minds of men through the ages, it is curious that tho most familiar ol all should be tlie oi!*- which proved to be the most bafElin-t i" any attempt to explain it <says a writer in tb- ** Morning Post-). Through thousands ot years the wind •was regarded as some irresponsible demon "residing in a cave, and who divided his time between sleeping and displays of uncontrollable violence. Y\e have ii; on the hi_iie.-t authorities that 19 centuries ago it was not known wlieiue the wind came or whither it went end this was true down until the close of the eighteenth century, in spite of many attempts to solve the problem. Philc-ephers could do no more than admit- that "the Find had blown out the'candle of reason and left them all in tho dark;" The first ray of hope was announced in the- year 1801." when-' Colonel Capper, of the East India Service, nut forward- the theory that storms were really great' wind-systems "having a gyratory movement. ' The idea seemed too good to be true, and the subject dropoed. ' In 1821 an American* naval -architect, ■ Rcdheld, noted how the trees which had been blown during the passage of a storm formed a regular curve in the directions :in which they lay, and he became convinced that the storm, was of a rotatory charnct'T. Fearing if he announced his belief that- his * only. reward : would be ridicule, he bided hi* time until another storm supplied him with confirmatory evidence, and in " Siiiiman's Journal " -for April, 1831, be published a- paper demonstrating the whirling and progressive character of storms. Keen discussion arose out of the discovery, some holdinrt that tlie wind blew along a straight course, others that it made a true circle- The controversy was maintained through many years, but in 1848 Piddington proposed., to, .describe a storm* wind as a,-cyctorie,'from a Qreek word signifying incurving, like the coil of _ snake, m that it would mean neither a straight line nor a perfect circle. For years after this mvestiga-
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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9598, 30 April 1919
THE WIND. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9598, 30 April 1919
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