Salt Lake Herald-Republican republishes scientific argument that the moon may once have been inhabited.

Oct 23, 1887
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"Life on the Moon," Salt Lake Herald-Republican 18, no. 116 (October 23, 1887): 2

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The Likelihood That the Satellite Was Once Inhabited by Men.

There is reason for thinking that the moon is not absolutely airless, and, while it has no visible body of water, its soil may, after all, not be entirely arid and desiccated. These are observations which hint at visibile changes in certain spots that could possibly be caused by vegetation, and, there are other observations which suggest the display of electric luminosity in a rarefied atmosphere covering the moon. To declare that no possible form of life can exist under the conditions prevailing upon the lunar surface would be saying too much, for human intelligence can not set bounds to creative power. Yet, within the limits of life, such as we know them, it is probably safe to assert that the moon is a dead and deserted world. In other words, if a race of beings resembling ourselves, or resembling any of our contemporaries interrestrial life, ever existed upon the moon, they must long since have perished. That such beings may have existed is possible, particularly if it is true, as generally believed, that the moon once had a comparatively dense atmosphere and water upon its surface, which have now, in the process of cooling of the lunar globe, been withdrawn into its interior. It certainly does not detract from the interest with which we study the rugged and beautiful scenery of the moon to reflect that if we could visit those ancient sea bottoms, or explore those glittering mountains, we might, perchance, find there some remains or mementoes of a race that flourished, and perhaps was all gathered again to its fathers, before man appeared upon the earth. — Garrett P. Serviss, in Popular Science Monthy.

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