When he at last became a free man again, he said he believed he would hunt up a brisker seat of learning; the Heidelberg lectures might be good, but the opportunities of attending them were too rare, the educational process too slow; he said he had come to Europe with the idea that the acquirement
of an education was only a matter of time, but if he had averaged the Heidelberg system correctly, it was rather a matter of eternity.
They were prouder and happier in their new acquirement
than they would have been in the scalping and skinning of the Six Nations.
Subsequent communications announced his departure, under care of a trustworthy foreman, for some public works in Belgium; touched on the general benefit he appeared to derive from this new change; praised his excellent manners and address, which were of great assistance in facilitating business communications with the foreigners -- and passed over in ominous silence the main question of his actual progress in the acquirement
Captain Nemo must have expended millions in the acquirement
of these various specimens, and I was thinking what source he could have drawn from, to have been able thus to gratify his fancy for collecting, when I was interrupted by these words:
Osborne, two gentlemen well known for scientific acquirement
, and especially for the interest they have exhibited in the progress of ærostation.
On glancing over my notes of the seventy odd cases in which I have during the last eight years studied the methods of my friend Sherlock Holmes, I find many tragic, some comic, a large number merely strange, but none commonplace; for, working as he did rather for the love of his art than for the acquirement
of wealth, he refused to associate himself with any investigation which did not tend towards the unusual, and even the fantastic.
He was much surprised and pleased with this new acquirement
which had been so suddenly thrust upon him, but he had no time for thinking much upon it.
Doubtless; but I fear that my young relative Will Ladislaw is chiefly determined in his aversion to these callings by a dislike to steady application, and to that kind of acquirement
which is needful instrumentally, but is not charming or immediately inviting to self-indulgent taste.
That he was taking his life in his hands he well knew, but so great was the man's cupidity that he reckoned no risk too great for the acquirement
of a fortune.
But Cyrus' acquirement
of the chunk of hair was his last triumph.
When the decision was arrived at by the Gun Club, to the disparagement of Texas, every one in America, where reading is a universal acquirement
, set to work to study the geography of Florida.
Although the belief that an organ so perfect as the eye could have been formed by natural selection, is more than enough to stagger any one; yet in the case of any organ, if we know of a long series of gradations in complexity, each good for its possessor, then, under changing conditions of life, there is no logical impossibility in the acquirement
of any conceivable degree of perfection through natural selection.