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The Reason Why

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This collection of useful information on "Common Things" is put in the interesting form of "Why and Because," and comprehends a familiar explanation of many subjects which occupy a large space in the philosophy of Nature, relating to air, animals, atmosphere, caloric, chemistry, ventilation, materia medica, meteorology, acoustics, electricity, light, zoölogy, etc

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"Be not as the horse, or as the mule, which have no understanding: whose mouth must be held with the bit and bridle."—Psalm xxxii.

6. Why is this combination necessary?

Because we are so created that the substances of our bodies are constantly undergoing change, and this resolving of solid matter into a gaseous form, is the plan appointed by our Creator to remove the matter called carbon from our systems.

7. Why do our bodies feel warm?

Because, in the union of oxygen and carbon, heat is developed.

8. What is this union of oxygen and carbon called?

It is called combustion, which, in chemistry, means the decomposition of substances, and the formation of new combinations, accompanied by heat; and sometimes by light, as well as heat.

9. What is formed by the union of oxygen and carbon?

Carbonic acid gas.

10. What becomes of this carbonic acid gas?

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