Excerpt: ...opposition to the truth. They might have saved themselves if they had been permitted to listen to the many times reiterated warnings of Cosmo Versal. "Oh, if I had only listened to him, and issued a proclamation as he urged me to do! But I followed your advice-you, in whose learning and pretended science I put blind faith! Abiel ...Read MoreExcerpt: ...opposition to the truth. They might have saved themselves if they had been permitted to listen to the many times reiterated warnings of Cosmo Versal. "Oh, if I had only listened to him, and issued a proclamation as he urged me to do! But I followed your advice-you, in whose learning and pretended science I put blind faith! Abiel Pludder, I would not have upon my soul the weight that now rests on yours for all the wealth that the lost world carried down into its watery grave!" As the President ceased speaking he turned away and sank upon a rock, pressing his hands upon his throat to suppress the sobs that broke forth despite his efforts. His form shook like an aspen. The others crowded around excitedly, some of the women in hysterics, and the men not knowing what to do or say. Professor Pludder, completely overwhelmed by the suddenness and violence of the attack, went off by himself and sat down with his head in his hands. After a while he arose and approached the President, who had not moved from his place on the rock. "George," he said-they had known each other from boyhood-"I have made a terrible mistake. And yet I was not alone in it. The majority of my colleagues were of my opinion, as were all the learned societies of Europe. No such thing as a watery nebula has ever been known to science. It was inconceivable." "Some of your colleagues did not think so," said the President, looking up. "But they were not really convinced, and they were aware that they were flying in the face of all known laws." "I am afraid," said the President dryly, "that science does not know all the laws of the universe yet." "I repeat," resumed Professor Pludder, "that I made a fearful mistake. I have recognized the truth too late. I accept the awful burden of blame that rests upon me, and I now wish to do everything in my power to retrieve the consequences of my terrible error." The President arose and grasped the professor's hand. "Forgive me, Abiel," he said, ...Read Less
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