The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 31
What the Doctrine of Evolution is
What the Doctrine of Evolution is.
This world was once a fluid haze of light,
Till toward the centre set the starry tides,
And eddied into suns, that wheeling cast
The planets; then the monster, then the man
Tattooed or wended, winter-clad in skins,
Raw from the prime, and crushing down his mate,
As yet we find in barbarous isles, and here
Amongst the lowest.
That is bow the lady professor lectures her "sweet girl-graduates," and there are few professors of the other sex who could put the matter more neatly or concisely. Think what we will of the truth or falsehood of Evolution, it cannot be denied that it is a magnificent generalization. The law it affirms is as comprehensive as the law of gravitation—equally with gravitation includes in its grasp the animalcule and the star—but is more wonderful, in proportion as its effects are more various and more intrinsically marvellous.
* "The Doctrine of Descent and Darwinism," by Oscar Schmidt, p. 26. English evolutionists are sceptical as to the vital qualities of this albuminous slime. Professor Huxley is said to have surrendered the point. See "Popular Science Review" for April; Review of Haeckel.