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The Agassiz Museum.

Many pilgrims go out to Mount Auburn, “the Westminster Abbey of America,” and few of them fail to stop and pay their tribute of respect before the tomb of Agassiz. There is a nobler monument to the great scientist, however, than even that noble tomb. His name and life work are perpetuated in the great museum which he established at Harvard University. Daily his name is on the lips of scores of people as they speak of the “Agassiz Miuseum,” and they can scarcely pronounce it without a sort of reverence. The legal name of the institution is “The Museum of comparative zoology.” In his modesty the great scientist (lid not wish to have it called by his name, but the people cannot be controlled by this wish of his, and probably they will always call it the Agassiz Museum.

During Agassiza long Cambridge life of early poverty and tardy success, the people were watching him with ever increasing affection. They marvelled at the fossils and other specimens which overran his house when he scarcely possessed the ordinary comforts of life. After these specimens had been removed to an old boat-house down by the river, they took note of the hours he spent there, arranging them. Then, too, the public heard his marvellous lectures at the Lowell Institute. He brought home the deep facts of science to their

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