HASKINS & SELLS
CERTIFIED PUBLIC ACCOUNTANTS
NEW YORK SAN FRANCISCO
CHICAGO BULLETIN LOS ANGELES
ST. LOUIS DENVER
VOL. I NEW Y O R K , JUNE 15, 1918 No. 4
JU L I A N WEST fell asleep May 30, 1887.
He awoke September 10, 2000. At
least such is the experience ascribed to him
by Edward Bellamy in his bo'6k called
Accustomed to insomnia Mr. West had
constructed in the cellar of his house a sleeping
chamber hermetically sealed, except for
a pipe communicating with a windmill on
the top of the house which insured the renewal
When his wakefulness continued too
long at a time he was wont to call in a
mesmerist who through the practice of his
art was able to induce sleep.
The awakening process was left to a manservant
who had been taught by the mesmerist
to perform the manipulations necessary
to restore the patient to consciousness.
On the occasion which gave rise to his
long slumber Mr. West had been put to sleep
as usual, with instructions to his man Sawyer
to awaken him at nine o'clock the following
morning. What happened during
the night was never disclosed. Presumably
the house burned, destroying the faithful
Sawyer, thus preventing his master's whereabouts
from becoming known.
When finally discovered, one hundred
and thirteen years later, by a learned doctor,
the excavation for whose house occasioned
the discovery, he was received into the doctor's
household. Much pleasure was derived
by both men from exchanges of information
concerning the respective periods
with which each was familiar.
Some of the changes which Mr. West
found, according to the book, in the year
two thousand do not seem so strange to us
now as they must have done to those who
read the two hundred thousand copies which
were printed about the year eighteen-eighty-nine.
There was national organization of industry
instead of private enterprise. Yet
Bellamy knew nothing of railroad, coal and
food administrators and the recently organized
"Federal Express Company."
Society was so organized that the individual
underwent the educational process
from the age of six to the age of twenty-one.
He, or she, served in the industrial
army from twenty-one to forty-five, when
retirement came. The balance of one's life
was spent in rest, recreation, travel, study,
or the pursuit of "hobbies."
The industrial army was employed in production
and distribution. Production was
controlled and regulated according to the
needs of the country. Distribution was effected
through a system of central warehouses
and ward stores.
Money was unknown. Incomes were predetermined
and assigned to all in equal