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Mr. Plimsoll's Cure for Colliery Explosions

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LET us suppose a person actuated by very powerful motives, who desires to solve the most difficult mathematical problem of the day, and who, after having neglected to acquire the most rudimentary knowledge of his subject, and after having contented himself with seeking the company of land surveyors, and trying to entrap civil engineers into conversations about it, suddenly startles the world with the cry of Eureka! Eureka! Eureka! should we, or should we not, be inclined to regard his solution with respect?

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