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Man's Age

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irew men die of oíd age. Alinost all die of disappolntment, passion, mental or bodily toil, or accident. The coinmon expression, "chokedwith passion," has little exaggeration in it, even tliough not suddenly fatal, strong passions shorten 1 i fe. Strong-bodièd men oliën die yonng; weak men of ten live longer than the strong, for the strong use their strength and the weak have none to use. ïhe latter take care of theinselves ; the tonner do not. As it is with the body, so it is with the mind and temper. ïhe strong are apt to break, or, like a candidate, to run; the weak to run out. The inferior animáis that live températe lives have generally their prescribed ïmmber of years. The horse lives twenty-live; the ox Bfteen or twenty ; the dog ten or twelve ; the rabbit eight; tlie guinea pig six or seven years. These immbeis all liear a similar proportion to the time the animal takes to grow to its full si.e. But man, of all the animáis, is one that seldom lives thls average. He ought to live a hundred years accordifigto physical law, for üve times twenty is a hundred; but instead of that, he soarcely reaches on an average four times liis growing reriod ; the cat six times, and the rabbít even eight times the standard of measurement. The reason is obvious - man is not only the most irregular and intemperate, but the most laborious and hard-worked of all tlie animáis. lie is also the most irritable, and Hiere is reason to believe, tbough we can not teil what an animal secretly feels, that more than any other animal, man eherishes wrath to kiep it warm, and consumes himself with lire ot hia own secret reflections.


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Michigan Argus