Meridian of Greenwich

New York Herald

Greenwich, as an English town, is nothing very remarkable, but as the headquarters of Father Time it is the most important spot on the earth. Its time is in every longitude of the globe; and every land, excepting Spain, Portugal, and Russia, measures the hours from its meridian. No navigator on duty is without Greenwich time in sight, and every town and geographical point is known by its distance east or west from the Greenwich observatory.

Ask the time, and the answer is always in even hours ahead or behind Greenwich or else the exact Greenwich time. In Great Britain, Belgium, and Holland you get the Greenwich time. One hour before Greenwich time rules in Germany, Austria-Hungary, Denmark, Italy, Sweden, Norway, and Switzerland. Two hours ahead of Greenwich is adopted in Bulgaria, Roumania, and Turkey in Europe; eight hours ahead of Greenwich applies in the Philippines; nine hours before the Greenwich time is used in Australia; ten hours ahead of Greenwich is official in Victoria, Queensland, and Tasmania. The United States, Canada, and Mexico have adopted the fifth, seventh, and eight hours after.

So it is around the earth—every tick of every clock regulated by Greenwich time.—New York Herald.

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March 27, 1902

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