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Legion. An amalgamated journal.

Ben Franklin, alarm clock

Fourth. Every morning, as soon as the sun rises, let all the bells in every church be set ringing; and if that is not sufficient?, let cannon be fired in every street, to wake the sluggards effectually, and make them open their eyes to see their true interest.

All the difficulty will be in the first two or three days; after which the reformation will be as natural and easy as the present irregularity; for, ce n’est que le premier pas qui coĆ»te. Oblige a man to rise at four in the morning, and it is more than probable he will go willingly to bed at eight in the evening; and, having had eight hours sleep, he will rise more willingly at four in the morning following.

Benjamin Franklin, Essay on Daylight Saving, Letter to the Editor of the Journal of Paris, 1784.

Garrett Dash Nelson

March 8th, 2009 at 6:06 pm