Daylight At The Poles
This agrees perfectly with ascertained facts, and the valued reports of trustworthy explorers. The following is reliable, authentic, and in perfect harmony with the aforesaid statements of Holy Writ:
“March 16, Sun rises, preceded by a long dawn of 47 days, (from Jan. 19th, when first glimmer appears).
“On 25th Sept., the sun sets, and, after a twilight of 48 days, darkness reigns supreme for 76 days.
“The sun remains above the horizon, 194 days.
“The year is thus divided at the Poles: 194 days sun; 171 days, no sun, 48 twilight, 76 dark, 47 days dawn.” Capt. Bedford Pim, R.N., in Marine Pocket Case.
Let us turn to Ps. 135:7: “He causeth the vapours to ascend from the ends of the earth; He maketh lightnings for the rain; He bringeth the wind out of His treasuries.”
The meteorology of that Psalm is abreast with, and actually in advance of, our twentieth century “science.” Even our science has discovered how to produce light from liquids and metals. So that light could exist without the sun, and did so exist according to the Bible, which all Zetetics believe. That God created the luminiferous cther before He created the sun and moon, we may learn from the opening words of the Bible. In Gen, i. 3, the Hebrew word, translated “light,” is, or should more correctly be rendered luminiferous ether, or ‘electricity;’ and in verse 14 the word is M’or, light-holder, or the holder of it.
In a pamphlet, which I have just published, entitled: Zetetic Astronomy, or the Sun’s Motions North and South, etc.; by myself (Lady Blount) and Albert Smith, it is shown that the Bible is provell to be eminently scientific from the fact that the luminiferous Ether was first created, and started in inotion all around and over the level waters of the sea, and this motion is the cause of all other motion and force which is in the world.
But referring again to the subject of rain. Rain is admittedly caused by the falling of the watery vapours, which have been drawn up into the upper regions of the air by the power of the sun. The multitude of little globules, having air inside and watery vapours outside, will, if left when they are formed, fall again upon the Sea, and the earth’s thirst will be unquenched. Will the action of light disperse them?
It is true that light is a complex, powerful, and all-pervading form of energy, traversing “unto the limits” of its appointed bounds in the universe known to us. Scientists differ in their conclusions regarding its velocity; but by some it is said to be about 186,000 miles in a second (!). But this immense speed has been calculated upon the assumption that the planets, and the sun and moon, are at immense distances from the earth, whereas we know they are only a few thousand miles away even the farthest of them. Yet, according to Dr. Bradley, there is aberration of light. At the same time, does light convey to us anything of a material character?
Now, let a long tube be held perpendicularly, at perfect rest, while a falling body (a drop of a shower of rain) passes down its axis. If the drop entered at the centre of the upper orifice of the tube, and issued at that of the lower, knowing the tube to be exactly vertical, an observer would conclude that the descent of the drop was also vertical. If, however, the tube and the observer were carried uniformly forward as the drop fell, the hinder part of the tube would then advance to meet the drop. In this case, in order that the drop may fall through the length of the moving tube, the latter must be inclined, in the manner illustrated below.
Let the tube have the direction A B, and let it move parallel to itself, so that the end A travels to By then the drop will emerge without touching the tube. If the observer did not know that the tube advanced, he might think that the drop fell in the direction D A. This is a sort of paraphrase of the astronomical phenomena the raindrop representing the light, and the tube the telescope A B being said to be the velocity of the earth, and D B, or C A, the velocity of light; but the evidence of our senses tells us that the earth does not move along its base, and that rain-drops fall sometimes perpendicularly, and at other times obliquely, which may be accounted for by the drift of the current through which, and along which, the rain-drops pass to the earth.
Where light, however, for all practical purposes, is absent, there is not necessarily an absence of rain; in fact rain is opposed to the full manifestation of light; but no doubt the movements of the air (called “winds”) have a marked effect in respect to the prolongation, or otherwise, of rain, Suffice it to say that different movements in the air produce different winds; e.g., trade-winds, countertrade-winds, and monsoons (from the Arabic word signifying “season”), which are due to the circumstance that continents become more heated than oceans under the same sun. There are naturally land-breezes and sea breezes. In hot countries bordering on the sea the land is hotter than the sea by day and cooler by night; hence in the day-time, the air over the land rises, and air flows in from the sea. At night the air over the land grows heavier and sinks, presently flowing backwards to the sea. When the land is hottest the sea-breeze blows most strongly, and the land-breeze attains its greatest force during the coldest parts of the day.
There are, of course, winds produced by local causes. Proctor once wrote that the heat of the Sahara Desert in summer causes cool air from the Mediterranean to flow towards the south, the winds thus arising being called Etesian winds. At other times, owing to the cooling at night over the same great desert, air-currents flow from the Sahara across Sicily and South Italy, and sometimes as far as the Black and Caspian Seas, and, although dry winds at starting, they reach Italy as moist winds, after traversing a part of the Mediterranean. These often cause river currents. The Apostle Paul appears to refer to such a wind in Acts 27:14. The name Euroclydon is given by him to the wind which came off the south coast of Crete, and caused the shipwreck of the apostle upon the coast of Melita. The Sirocco belongs to this class of winds, causing a feeling of depression; but Proctor admitted that little is known as to the actual cause of those violent disturbances called gales and hurricanes, and it is not known why atmospheric pressure becomes sometimes very much lower than at others.