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A Year’s Babies.

It has been computed that between 36,000,000 and 37,000,000 of babies are born into the world each year. And it will probably startle a good many persons to find, on the authority of a writer in the ‘ Hospital,’ that could the infants of a year be ranged in a line in cradles seven deep they would go round the globe. We have the ingenious conclusion also that, supposing the little ones to grow up and the sexes to be about equally divided, we should have an army a hundred times as large as the forces of the British Empire, with a wife in addition to every soldier.

The same writer looks at the matter in a still more picturesque light. He imagines the babies being carried past a given point in their mothers’ charge one by one, and the procession being kept up continuously night and day, until the last comer in the twelvemonth has passed by. A sufficiently liberal rate of speed is allowed; but even with these babies in arms going past twenty a minute, the reviewing officer would only have seen a sixth part of the infantile host file onward by the time he had been a year at his post. In other words, the babe that had to be carried when the work began would be able to waddle onward itself when a mere fraction of its comrades had reached the saluting post; and when the year’s supply of babies was tapering to a close, there would be a rear-guard, not of infants, but of romping boys and girls. They would have passed, in fact, out of the maternal arms into the hands of the school teacher. Every moment of nearly seven years would be required to complete this grand parade of those little ones that in the course of a twelvemonth begin to play their part in the first ago of man.—‘Leeds Mercury.’

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A Year’s Babies., Issue 8030, 5 October 1889, Supplement

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A Year’s Babies. Issue 8030, 5 October 1889, Supplement

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