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- n. Plural form of base metal.
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Down in the engine room Lt. Jasper Abbott, a small, precise man with a neatly-trimmed black beard, worked under the Commander (E) in the ever-present task of using sluggish fuel oil to turn water into super-heated steam — a transformation undreamt of by ancient alchemists intent on changing base metals into gold, but far more valuable.
But to the alchemist it looked like a real transmutation of iron into copper, confirmation of his fond belief that iron and other base metals could be transmuted into silver and gold by the aid of the Great Arcanum of Nature.
If the base metals are not gold, it is only through some accidental hindrance; they are-all potentially gold.
So alchemical philosophy arose and became systematised, with its wonderful endeavour to perfect the base metals by the Philosopher's Stone -- the concentrated Essence of Nature, -- as man's soul is perfected through the life-giving power of JESUS CHRIST.