Realm of Science December 20th 1915
Rigge, William F., S.J.
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First Paragraph: When the Lick Observatory was about to be built, astronomers were for the first time given unlimited liberty in every detail, in its equipment as well as its location with the merely nominal restriction, as they themselves considered it, of placing the site somewhere in the large state of California. As is most natural on such occasions, they laid too much emphasis upon what had been their greatest restriction before, the site. They placed the observatory on a mountain top, far from the unsteady and impure air of a large city, but at the same time far from its civil and mechanical advantages. In other words, the telescope was the best and its site was the best, but the human nature of the astronomer was almost forgotten. Living alone, as it were, in an eagle’s eyrie, twenty- six miles of a steep and winding mountain road from the nearest town, cut off at times completely even from this by the winter’s snows, how was he to get even the necessities of life, and, if married, where was his wife, where were his children to live, and where were they to go to school!