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church steeple appeared to them un was at this period that Janvier, one usually large, and much nearer. Of day entering the cabinet, and perceivthis they instantly told their father, ing the second-hand of one of his astrówho, surprised also at first, made the nomical timepieces on the ground, rebrazen circles or cylinders, so as they placed it without any observation : the might be placed nearer or farther, at next day he again found the hand on pleasure. Janssen very soon improv- the ground, replaced it with care and ed this discovery so much, that he in silence, the King not appearing to presented a telescope, twelve inches pay any attention to what he was dolong, to Prince Maurice, and another ing: a third time he found the hand to the Archduke Albert. Prince displaced, when, unable to contain Maurice, it is also said, conjecturing himself, he said, “Sire, I have some the discovery might be of great use in secret enemy who wishes to ruin me in war, desired the secret might be con- the opinion of your Majesty: thrice cealed; and had nearly deprived have I found the second-hand of this Janssen of the honour of inventing time-piece on the floor, which was init; the great Des Cartes attributing possible to happen without the hand the invention to one Metius, of Alc- of an enemy."
." "My poor Janvier,
(said the King, laying his hand on the None of the first telescopes, how- artist's arm,) be not alarmed, you have ever, appear to have been properly no enemy here; it was I who did it; framed for astronomical observations, the moments fly so quick, and so few until Galileo, astronomer to the Grand- of them must be mine, that I could not duke of Tuscany,hearing of this discov- bear to see them marked so rapidlyery for bringing objects nearer, made I took off the hand, do not replace such great improvements therein as it." gained him, in the opinion of many, the honour of the invention itself, by Mr. Mantell, of Castle-place, Lewes, giving the invention the appellation of has discovered in the sand-stone of Galileo's tube.
Sussex the teeth of an berbivorous repSir Isaac Newton was the inventor tile, of enormous magnitude. Thesë of the reflecting telescope : which is teeth agree, more closely, with those of considered as much more exact and the Iguana of Barbadoes, and the West useful than the common or refracting Indies, than with those of any of the
He completed two small ones other recent lacertæ; a circumstance in the year 1672.
which has induced Mr. M. to propose The achromatic telescope, which distinguishing this fossil monster by destroys the colours and gives a more the name of Iguano-saurus. Vertebra, perfect image, was the invention of ribs, thigh-bones, and other detached Mr. Peter Dolland.
parts of the skeletons of gigantic
lacertæ, have also been discovered in ANECDOTE.
the same - strata; some of which beLouis XVI. like Louis XV. was long to the Megalo-saurus of Stonesfond of the mechanical arts, and par- field, described by Professor Buckland; ticularly the higher branches of prac- and others, in all probability, to the tical mechanics. Janvier, mechani- Iguano-saurus. A portion of a thighcian and astronomical watch-maker, bone, in Mr. M.'s collection, must
, was a great favourite with his Majesty, upon a moderate computation, have and was admitted to his private cabinet belonged to an individual nearly sixty certain days in the week. The King feet long, and as high as an elephant! used to remain several hours, shut up In Mr. Mantell's expected work on the with the artist, occupied with these fossils of Tilgate Forest (which will inamusements, and in the latter years of clude the history of the fossils of the his life they served to momentarily sandstone from Hastings to Horsham), banish the melancholy ideas which the these interesting relics of a former tide of events poured into bis mind. It world will be figured and described. =
of the other
SHIP-BUILDING WITHOUT RIBS. little inhabitant; in a farther compartment The City of Rochester East Indiaman,
was found a portion of honey, and at the of about 600 tons burthen, lately lauoched
remote end of the shell two eggs. M. Hu. from the yard of Messrs. Brindley and Co.
ber intends publishing an account of his reat Rochester, but built by Messrs. Macqueen searches on these interesting and industriand Palmer, has ber bottom and sides con.
ous little animals. sisting wholly of planks, in separate thick.
KING OF THE GIPSIES. nesses, worked fore and aft; the planks of one thickness covering the joints or seams An interesting funeral lately took place
alternately. Under the last at Wittering, a village three miles south of coating or outside planking, hoop-ribs of Stamford. The individual whose remains iron are let in, at proper distances, crossing were consigned to the earth was in life no at right angles the planking of the bottom, less a personage than Henry Boswell, well sides, and deck; and these hoops, being known as the father or king of the gipsies firmly secured inside the ship by screw, resorting to that part of the country. The nuts, the whole is combined in the strong. old man was encamped on Southorpe est manner possible.
Heath, with several of his family and subA ŘEMEDY FOR THE BARRENNESS OF jects, on the Sunday preceding, when death
put an end to his reign and earthly wanPEAR-TREES
derings. He had been ill for a few days; has been discovered by the Rev. G. Swaine: but his complaint was really a decay of na. as bas long been known with early beans ture, for the patriarch was nearly a hunhautbois, strawberries, cucumbers, and mel. dred years of age. The corpse continued ons, the bunches of flowers, or corymbus of in the camp on the heath for five days,-the pear, usually contains a greater number those who had been with him in his last of florets than the plant has strength prop- moments expecting that many others of erly to mature; and the remedy in each his family and dependents would, on inforcase is to extirpate several of the upper- mation of his death, come to offer their most florets as soon as they appear. A homage at his funeral ; but something prebeurre pear-tree, which previously had vented this, and it was deemed necessary been barren, upon which Mr. S. who left to inter the corpse on the sixth day. A only the three lower forets of each bunch, decent coffin had been provided, and the ripened fruit from almost every one of obsequies were conducted with great decothese reserved florets. The process failed, rum.' The body was deposited in Wittering however, with a gansell's bergamot, whose church-yard, where the service was read barrenness appeared, on investigation, to by the Rev. William Wing. On Wednes. arise from the pollen being shed before the day the gipsey camp broke up from anthers were ready for impregnation. The Southorpe ; on which occasion those who patronage of our Horticultural Societies, composed it went to the church-yard to pay has already done wonders towards improv. the last tribute of affection at the grave of ing useful vegetables and fruits, and more Boswell, and a very impressive scene of may be expected from their laudable en.
silent unaffected grief was witnessed. The deavours.
old man is said to have died in very affiaNATURAL HISTORY.
ent circumstances, and to have possessed Mons. P. Huber (son of M. Huber, al
estates in several parts of England. ready well known for his profound re
MAGNETIC CURIOSITY, searches on the habits and economy of ants) has recently made some interesting ly disclosed, while boring for soft water, at
A singular fact in Geology has been late. observations on the wild or solitary bee, the foundry of Messrs. Cawood, Leeds. For apis aurulenta which is much smaller the first thirty yards, the boring irons were than the ordinary hive bees, and found principally in low or moist meadows. M.
not affected in any manner out of the usual Huber having noticed one of these little sessed of a highly magnetic power, which
way ; beyond that point they became posa animals carrying a slip of straw which ap- continued till the irons had penetrated peared too heavy for it, had the curiosity to
to the depth of sixty yards ; afterwards the watch its progress, till it deposited its load
attraction ceased and the boring is now oni a sınall heap of similar materials. Some others followed, laden with grains of black
proceeding without any effect being prosand, and others succeeded, bringing por
duced upon the iron out of the ordinary tions of the flowers and leaves of the poten
way. tial rampante. M. Huber discovered the
CAVERN. nest of one of these little animals to be a A cavern, which promises to be of much snail-shell, the aperture of which was geological interest, has been lately discovcarefully concealed by layers of straw, ered on the Mendip Hills, near Banwell, leaves, and cement. In the interior of this 120 feet below the surface of the earth. was found a series of partitions, built with The soil which covers its floor is replete mud and small particles of stone, one be with the bones of quadrupeds! the remains hind the other. In some of these chambers which have yet been found consist princia green substance was observed, which, pally of the ox and deer, but some imperprobably, formed the recent food of the fect canine teeth, apparently of the hyæna,
have also been discovered. From the close hold this lady as one of the greatest (we analogy of the spot with the other caverns think we might say the greatest) beneface which have been found inost productive of tresses of society. Her various works are quadrupedal remains, and from the circum- applicable to the educational development stance that all the teeth of an elephant and cultivation of the human mind, from the were formerly discovered in a similar fis- first dawnings of infant intellect to the pesure, about three miles distant, upon Hut. riod of its full maturity; and while those ton Hill, there is every reason to believe of her works which, from the kind of interthat further examination would be well re est they are calculated to excite, seem only paid.
to be addressed to the imagination, and cleTHE LOGAN ROCKING-STONE.
signed for the amusement of the novel. Lieut. H. C. Goldsmith, of the Nimble ful tendency to enlarge the understanding
reading youth of both sexes, have a powercutter, has succeeded in placing the Logan and improve the heart ; those apparently Rock in its former position. The first attempt was in the presence of 3,000 specta. adapted to the circle of the nursery, may
more humble productions, so admirably tors ; on the second, further efforts were
be read with interest and profit by the made, and on the third, the laborious task was completed, and so successfully, that ed mind and maturest judgment.
scholar and the parent of the most cultivatthe immense stone logs to and fro exactly as before. Not the slightest accident oce
[The publishers of the Atheneum will print this curred during the experiment.
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In 4 vols. post Svo. With Engravfying spring has been discovered, which has excited considerable attention in that Management of the Sick and Lying-in
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Mr. Field (late Chief Justice of New ton Court, viz. the Conversion of St. Paul, South Wales) is about to publish a small and Christ giving the keys to St. Peter. The
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rious hands respecting that Colony.
The Natural and Artificial Wonders of NEW WORKS.
the United Kingdoms of Great Britain and In the list of works announced as at this Ireland. By the Rev. J. Goldsmith. Author time in the press, we are glad to recognize of the « Grammar of British Geogra. Progressive Lessons ; or, Harry and Lucy phy.” 3 vols. concluded, by Maria Edgeworth. Among Fire-side Scenes. By the Author of the writers of the present generation, we Bachelor and Married Man, &c. &c. 3 vols.
in his endeavours to do good, and rigid economists.t 'Imitating the pruproduce what may be useful to society. dent example of antiquity, thereSometimes we have doubted his means, fore, it is recommended to observe orwhile we have praised bis motives; der in every thing, to calculate our net but much more frequently have had income (not the courtship net formerly the satisfaction of commending both. spoken of) and to save at least two-fifths In the present instance, we certainly of it annually. How to manage this is cannot subscribe to all the positions shown in detail. The following ought which he has laid down; but our to suffice, for provisions, per month, differences are mere matters of taste per week:and opinion, and probably in some of “Meat, f six pounds weight (unthe cases on which we are at issue with dressed); bread, four pounds (quarthe erudite Gastronomer, the wiser tern loaf); butter, half a pound; tea, heads of the world will be as apt to two ounces; sugar, half a pound; beer agree with him as with his critics. (porter), one pint per day.” Beer, the But we shall see as we journey along : Doctor asserts to be much more nutri--so here goes, text and commentary! tive than any wine-a most hateful, er
The first division consists of practi- roneous, and scandalous doctrine! but cal hints to inexperienced housekeep- what can be expected when we are also ers, in the art of providing comfortably for a family ; which the facetious au
* By Dr. Kitchiner. thor (is not be, ye Benedicts, too san
† It was not to his purpose, and, therefore, our guine ?) declares will enable young la
ingeni-(not u) ous friend says nothing of the
coqui of times which do not suit his panegyricdies 6 to make the cage of matrimony when Plautus, for example, in his Pseudolus, as comfortable as the net of court makes Ballio's cook very truly and characteristiship.” To effect this consommation, cally exclaimso devoutly to be wished,” they must,
“An invenire postulas quemquam coquum,
Nisi malvinis aut aquilinis unguibus ?" he lays down, keep a ledger of their
(Can you look for a cook without the rapacious expenses; upon giving which advice,
claws of a kite or an eagle?) he digresses into the history of a cer
# The following is another of the Doctor's caltain class, and finds, from Athenæus, that Cooks were the first kings of the “ Estimate of the Annual Expenses of a Family earth; from Filmer, that the old patri of two, and occasionally three in the parlour, and archs were their own cooks; from Ho two maids, and a man servant, who have a dinmer, that Achilles and his fellows broil
ner-party of a dozen about once in a month, and
where there is always plenty of good provisionsed their own meat; from their histori
but no affectation of profusion. ans, that the greatest Roman generals “Meat, 65; Fish and Poultry, 251.; Bread, boiled their own turnips and other es 181. ; Butter and Cheese, 251.; Milk, 71.; Vegetaculents for dinner; and from Records,
bles and Fruit, 201. ; Tea and Sugar, 151. ; Table happily preserved for our information,
Ale, 251.; Washing, 201. ; Crals, 801. ; Candles and
Soap, 201.; Sundries and Forgets, 501.--Total that our forefathers, six and three cen
3201." 57 ATHENEUM VOL. 2. 2d series.
assured that if more beer is drawn too, who must have been contented, than is drunk at dinner, put a piece of had it been handed about, with three bread into it-and it will be almost as or four applications at most to the pleasant drinking at supper as if it was sandwich tray; but who played the fresh drawn.” We aver, on the con- very dickens with a fine Westphalia, trary, that it is weary, stale, flat, and and carved away at a whole tongue, (to the drinkers at least, is not to the as if it were alive, and calculated like economical housekeeper, )unprofitable ; that of the mistress of the house) to run a very odious beverage, and no more and last for ever. to be compared with wine, than a slice As our author is rather a desultory of dead carrion with a superb rump writer, and we are following him cheek steak.*
by jowl, we pass by what is said of From beer we proceed to bread, sheeps' and bullocks' heads, and come which is not to be cut until it has been to a more generally important question baked at least twenty-four hours: for which applies to the heads of human ourselves, we love hot rolls and muf- creatures. “ It is better to live within fins for breakfast, and have a severe your means than to make an appearantipathy to dry bread at any meal. ance beyond your fortune, either in We therefore have never looked into a dress, equipage, or entertainments.” bread-pan, and take the Doctor's Plato himself never said a truer thing; aphorism, on trust, as an undeniable and the Doctor, as usual, proceeds to truth, viz. that
illustrate and counsel. “ A dinner ta“One of the surest tokens of a good ble should not be more than three feet house-wife is the state of her bread- and a half wide, because a dinner will pan."
look handsome on that which would Comus, (of wbom we should hugely appear scanty on a board of five feet like a well-written biography) Comus in width.” With this opinion we are forgive those who have thought more not disposed to quarrel seriously, for of their bread-baskets.
both sizes have their advantages — the We entirely agree with the Doctor narrow table is good because the sitin thinking it much better to cut cold ters can reach all that is on it before ham, tongue, &c. at table for luncheons them, and the broad table is good beand suppers, than to serve them up in cause one can have sauces, glasses, &c. slices and sandwiches; but we differ with less of confusion. But the next from him in supposing this method axion seems too niggardly and parsialso more frugal." We have seen hun- monious. gry persons, at very genteel parties " It is (says the Dr.) a good plan
always to provide for at least one * Again we must school our wort by friend in a note. Why does he depreciate wine?
more guest than you expect-especialbeen admired since it was first made (after the ly if you are not well acquainted with creation of the world.) Noah loved it; and Lot the capacity of your Visitor.—Some took (perhaps) too much, so fond was he of it: folks want two or three times as much and these were great names of old-worthy pa
as others—for instance, our incompatrons of old wine. David, a lyrist before Anacreon, or Morris (the Captain,) or Moore, sang
rable and inspired composer HANDEL that it gladdened the heart of man:-he was a required uncommonly large and freprophet! There never was a people of the least quent supplies of food-among other pretensions to common sense, or celebrity in any stories told of this great musician, it is way (to the best of our recollection,) but who
said that whenever he dined alone at a stuck to their wine. The harshest of philosophers were addicted to tippling; and (not to degene
tavern, he always ordered DINNER rate into the well-known song of “ Diogenes sur
FOR THREE'-and on receiving for anly and proud,” with which his musical pursuits swer to his question—' Is de Tinner must bave made him acquainted, we will remind retty??
?_ As soon as the company the Doctor that Cato, the churl, who advised his
come'-He said con strepito,' Den friends to kiss their wives only to smell if they had been tasting, was bimself, according to Horace, a
pring up te Tinner, 'pretissimo,' I AM jolly toper :
DE GUMBANY."" “Narratur ut prisci Catonis
Now even this jest cannot reconcile Sæpe mero caluisse virtus."
us to the dicta about providing for