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Excerpt from Stories of the Universe: The Stars
When invited to write this little book, I was asked so to shape it that it should be a concise but readable out line of that branch of knowledge which one associates with the expression the Starry Heavens liberally inter preted. I was to cater for those rapidly growing thou sands of men and women Of all ranks who are manifesting in these closing years Of the nineteenth century in so many ways and in so many places an interest in the facts and truths of Nature and Physical Science. The task thus imposed upon me was a very congenial one, and I gladly undertook it. How far I have succeeded in pre senting my facts in a bright and cheery spirit others must determine. But I would ask it to be understood thati have dealt with facts rather than fancies. There are too many of the former available for a writer on astronomy to make it worth while to waste space in dealing with the latter.
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