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The Fourth Dimensional Reaches of the Exposition

San Francisco, 1915

By Cora Lenore Williams, M. S. Author of "As If" and Essays on "Involution"

Paul Elder and Company Publisher San Francisco

Copyright, 1915 By Paul Elder and Company San Francisco

To My Father and Mother


Lines on "Fourth Dimensional Insight" by Ormeida Curtis Harrison. (Tissue Facing Frontispiece.) A Fourteenth Century Legend Essay on the Fourth Dimensional Reaches of the Exposition. By Cora Lenore Williams: General Status of the Fourth Dimensional Theory Fourth Dimensional Aspects of the Panama Pacific International Exposition Bibliography: Books and Poems having Fourth Dimensional Insight


An Unborn Space. The Court of Four Seasons. From an etching by Gertrude Partington (Frontispiece) A Structure Brave. Palace of Fine Arts. From an etching by Gertrude Partington A Building Inside Out. The Court of Ages. From an etching by Gertrude Partington A Four Dimensional Cover Design. By Julia Manchester Mackie. (Cover.)

Time is, and all the detail of the world confounds The plastic mind. With multitude of shapes and sounds Do the swift elements of thought contend To form a whole which life may comprehend. Only to those of high intent Is life revealed, and quick dreams sent Half glimpsed truths omnipotent. Out of the silence of an unborn space A spirit moves, and thought comes face to face With the immutable, and time is past, And the spent soul, done, meets truth at last. Chance, fate, occasion, circumstance, In interfused radiance Are lost. Past, present, future, all combined In one sure instantaneous grasp of mind, And all infinity unrolls at our command, And beast and man and God unite, as worlds expand. Ormeida Curtis Harrison.

A Fourteenth Century Legend

Friar Bacon, reading one day of the many conquests of England, bethought himself how he might keep it hereafter from the like conquests and so make himself famous to all posterity. This (after great study) he found could be no way so well done as one; which was to make a head of brass, and if he could make this head to speak (and hear it when it spoke) then might he be able to wall all England about with brass. To this purpose he got one Friar Bungey to assist him, who was a great scholar and magician (but not to be compared to Friar Bacon); these two with great study and pains so formed a head of brass that in the inward parts thereof there was all things like as in a natural man's head. This being done they were as far from perfection of the work as they were before, for they knew not how to give those parts that they had made motion, without which it was impossible that it should speak. Many books they read, but yet could not find out any hope of what they sought, that at the last they concluded to raise a spirit and to know of him that which they could not attain by their own studies.

The spirit straight obeyed, and appeared unto them, asking what they would. He told them that with a continual fume of the six hottest simples it should have motion, and in one month space speak: the time of the month: or the day he knew not. Also he told them that if they heard it not before it had done speaking, all their labor should be lost.

Then went these two learned Friars home again and prepared the simples ready and made the fume, and with continual watching attended when this Brazen Head should speak. Thus watched they for three weeks without any rest, so that they were so weary and sleepy that they could not any longer refrain from rest. Then called Friar Bacon his man Miles, and told him that it was not unknown to him what pains Friar Bungey and himself had taken for three weeks space only to make and to hear the Brazen Head speak, which if they did not, then had they lost all their labor, and all England had a great loss thereby. Therefore he entreated Miles that he would watch whilst that they slept and call them if the head spake... Continue reading book >>

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