Previous Nature Studies in the Acadian Land (1899) Next

 

94   IN THE ACADIAN LAND.

this, but we know it as a hunter knows where his game has been, by his tracks.

Our world had a beginning; it will have an ending. The nightly skies show pavilions of suns clustering in millions beyond the reach of all instruments. Among an endless procession of worlds ours is included. Whether this ledge of rock was begun twenty million or forty million years ago is all the same, when we consider that time had no beginning and can have no ending. We measure it by our sunshine, but if all suns were instantly quenched, time would survive. We do not alter the passage of time by stopping all the clocks, so if all suns disappeared events could transpire, although the scale of measuring their duration was lost. Eternity reaches backward as well as forward. We are never in it, because the present is neither in it nor out of it, and we only live instant by instant. So we need not scant ourselves with time in considering the geological history of the globe. We are obliged to reckon in millions of years when dealing with this subject.

If we go into the eastern part of our province, the coal mines will be there to interest you. If you do not already know, then you may readily know that the coal beds of the world are formed of leaves, branches and trunks of trees, and


Previous Nature Studies in the Acadian Land (1899) Next