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THE PURPLE SAPPHIRE

 AND OTHER POSTHUMOUS PAPERS


SELECTED FROM THE UNOFFICIAL RECORDS

OF THE UNIVERSITY OF COSMOPOLI BY

CHRISTOPHER BLAYRE

Sometime Registrar of the University.

 

First published in April, 1921

   

   Three of the papers in this volume were prematurely published in the “Anglo. French Review” “—now some thirty years ago—and I obtained the permission of the Editors to reprint them in the event of this selection being ultimately published.

C.B.

 

ANTESCRIPT

  The position to which I was appointed in the early years of the twentieth century—that of Registrar in a great University—is in many respects a peculiar one. The Registrar finds himself not only on terms of friendship and equality with the Professorial Staff, but also to a great extent occupying a fiduciary position which brings him into what is very often intimate touch with his Colleagues. It was in virtue of this relationship that from time to time manuscripts were confided to my care, which by reason of their intimate personal nature, were not destined for publication during the life-time of their Authors, but were confided to me as records of events which appeared at the time to be of too striking and inexplicable a nature to be published by the Recorders. Many years have passed by since I resigned the Registrarship on attaining the age-limit, and I think the time has arrived when I may, without breach of confidence, give a selection of these papers to the public.

   CHRISTOPHER BLAYRE.

COSMOPOLI, JANUARY, 1952.

 

LIST OF SELECTED PAPERS.

THE PURPLE SAPPHIRE.
(Deposited by the Smithsonian Professor of Mineralogy)

AALILA.
(Deposited by the Professor of Psychology)

PURPURA LAPILLUS.
(Deposited by the Regius Professor of History)

THE THING THAT SMELT.
(Deposited by the Professor of Zoology)

THE BLUE COCKROACH.
(Deposited by the Professor of Applied Chemistry)

THE DEMON.
(Deposited by myself)

 THE BOOK.
(Deposited by the Librarian)

THE COSMIC DUST.
(Deposited by the Clarkian Professor of Chemistry)

THE CHEETAH-GIRL.
(Deposited by the Professor of Biology)

“Our thoughts are free to soar, as far as any legitimate analogy may seem to guide them rightly, in the boundless ocean of unknown Truth.”

   Sir Richard Owen, 1848.

 

   “Physical investigation, more than anything besides, helps to teach us the actual value and right use of the Imagination.”

Sir Benjamin Brodie, 1859.

 

   “I should like to illustrate, by a few simple instances, the use that scientific men have made of this power of Imagination, and to indicate some of the further uses that they are likely to make of it.”

Sir John Tyndall, 1870.

 

   
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