Abe Martin's Almanack

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Abe Martin publishing Company, 1908 - American wit and humor - 138 pages

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Page 12 - Numa, it is said, having decreed that the year should commence now, added two new months to the ten into which the year had previously been divided, calling the first Januarius, in honour of Janus, the deity supposed to preside over doors (Lat. janua, a door), who might very naturally be presumed also to have something to do with the opening of the year. Although, however, there was a general popular regard to the 1st of January as the beginning...

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