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smaller diameter. When reduced to its proper dimensions, it is straightened by drawing it between iron pins, fixed in a board in a zigzag manner ; afterwards it is cut into lengths of three or four yards, and then into smaller ones, every length being sufficient for six pins ; each end of these is ground to a point, which is performed by boys, who sit each with two small grindstones before him turned by a wheel. Taking up a handful, he applies the coarser of the two stones, moving the wires round between his fingers, so that the points may not become flat; he then gives them a smoother and sharper point on the other stone : and by these means a lad of twelve or fourteen years of age is enabled to point about 16,000 pins in an hour. When the wire is thus pointed, a pin is taken off from each end, and this is repeated till it is cut into six pieces.

2. The next operation is that of forming the heads, or, as it is termed, head spinning, which is done by a spinning wheel; one piece of wire being thus, with astonishing rapidity, wound round another, and the interior one being drawn out, leaves a (hollow) tube between the circumvolutions. It is then cut with shears, every two circumvolutions or turns of the wire, forming one head; these are softened by throwing them into iron pans, and placing them in a furnace till they are red hot. As soon as they are cold, they are distributed to children, who sit with anvils and hammers before them, which they work with their feet by means of a lathe, and taking up one of the lengths, they thrust the blunt end into a quantity of the heads which lie before them, and catching one at the extremity, they apply them immediately to the anvil and hammer, and by a motion or two of the foot, the point and the head are fixed together in much less time than can be described, and with a dexterity that can only be acquired by practice.

3. The pin is now finished as to its form, but is still merely brass ; it is therefore thrown into a copper containing a solution of tin and the lees of wine. Here it remains for some time, and when taken out assumes a white though dull appearance; in order therefore to give a polish, it is put into a tub containing a quantity of bran, which is set in motion by turning a shaft that runs through its centre, and thus by means of friction becomes entirely bright. The pin being complete, nothing remains but to separate it from the bran, which is performed by a mode exactly similar to the winnowing of corn; the bran flying off, and leaving the pin behind fit for sale.

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414. From the following Hints, produce a Description, developed and expressed as nearly as possible in accordance with the previous rules :

415. MANUFACTURE OF PAPER. 1. European paper manufactured chiefly linen rags ; having been sorted different classes, according respective, first carried to machine cutting table, where into minute parts ; thence engine called duster; which covered wire-net, motion by machinery ; so by rapidity separates dust shreds, forces through wire. 2. Rags reduced to pulp in mills, joint action of water and cylinders, provided with blades ; after which stuff to a repository, supplies vat whence pulp drawn. 3. In order to cast pulp paper, workman immerses in vat mould of wire-cloth, and furnished frame retain stuff. 4. Thus draws much pulp necessary to form one sheet, on which felt, for purpose absorbing moisture ; thus places alternately sheet and felt, till formed six quires paper. 5. When last sheet covered with felt, whole pressed, after which sheets suspended cords to dry.

6. Next operation, sizing, performed, plunging few sheets together, and placing them vessel full of size, into which portion alum thrown. 7. Paper now carried drying-room, and gradually dried, conveyed finishing-room, where submitted action press ; selectéd, examined, folded, formed quires 24 sheets, finally reams, 20 quires each. 8. This termed writing-paper ; adapted purpose process sizing.

9. Various kinds of paper, blotting, brown, coarse papers, not bear ink. 10. To above added, different sorts paper intended drawing, engraving, printing; which prepared usual way, not sized so papers intended for pen. 11. Among vegetable substances employed substitute linen rags manufacture paper, barley-straw, perhaps, most profitable abundant, serve only common purposes ; unpleasant tinge communicates to paper extremely prejudicial to sight

12. Stained paper made by applying, with soft brushes, any colours used for tinging other substances, after tempering them properly size or gum-water. 13. If paper to be uniform colour, latter be fixed by several thin coatings, each suffered to dry before another applied ; as shade otherwise appear unequal.

LESSON 152. 416. THE ARTS. - Rule 1. In some instances, notice

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be taken of the origin and progress of the Art, with an enumeration of the principal improvers.

2. The advantages conferred on society by a knowledge of this art.

3. Record the various processes by which any work or specimen is produced.

Memoriter Exercise. 417. 1. Read the following Description two or three times, noticing the sequence of the sentences.

2. Reproduce the Example from recollection.

3. Institute a Comparison between your own and the original, when all deviations either in .construction, punctuation, or sequence must be noticed.

418. MODEL. - COPPER PLATE ENGRAVING. 1. In Stroke-engraving or engraving on copper, the first thing to be done, after the plate is well prepared, is to trace the design intended for engraving accurately on the plate, it is usual to heat the latter sufficiently to melt white wax, with which it must be covered equally, and suffered to cool ; the drawing is then copied in outlines with a black-lead pencil on paper, which is laid with the penciled side upon the wax, and the back rubbed gently with the burnisher, which will transfer the lead to the wax. The design must next be traced with an etching needle through the wax on the copper, when, on wiping it clean, it will exhibit all the outlines ready for the graver.

2. The table intended for engraving on should be perfectly steady, and the sandbags placed equally firm ; in cutting curved or undulating lines, the graver must be held still, or moved to suit the turning of the plate with the left hand, but when straight lines are intended, the plate is to be held stationary, and the graver urged forward with more or less pressure, according to the thickness of the line. Great care is necessary to carry the hand with such steadiness and skill as to prevent the end of the line from being stronger and deeper than the commencement ; and sufficient space must be left between the lines to enable the artist to make those stronger, gradually, which require it.

3. If any accident should occur by the slipping of the graver beyond the boundary required, or any lines be found to be placed erroneously, they are to be effaced by the burnisher, which leaving deep indentings, these must be levelled by the scraper, rubbed with charcoal and water, and finally polished lightly with the burnisher.

4. As the uninterrupted light of the day causes a glare upon the surface of the copper, hurtful and dazzling to the eyes, it is customary to engrave beneath the shade of silk paper, stretched on a square frame, which is placed reclining towards the room near the sill of a window.

5. Such are the directions and means to be employed in engraving historical subjects : indeed the graver is equally necessary for the completion of imperfections in etching, to which must be added the use of the dry point in both, for making the faintest shades in the sky, architecture, drapery, water, &c.

LESSON 153. Hints. 419. From the following Hints, which are given in regular succession, produce a Description, developed and expressed as nearly as possible in accordance with the previous rules :

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420. ORDERS OF ARCHITECTURE. 1. To Greece indebted for three principal orders architecture, Doric, Ionic, Corinthian; Rome added, both formed out former, Tuscan, and Composite.

2. Each has particular expression ; that a building or different parts building, rude, solid, neat, delicate, gay, as Tuscan, Doric, &c., employed.

3. Columns these orders distinguishable common observers, by reason ornaments peculiar to capitals ; but scientific difference consists in proportions.

4. Tuscan order characterized by simplicity strength. 5. It is devoid ornament. 6. Doric enlivened with ornaments in. 7. Ionic ornamented with volute scroll or spiral horn; its ornaments in style of composition between plainness of Doric and richness Corinthian. 8. Corinthian order known by capital adorned with sorts of leaves ; between these rise little stalks, of which volutes support highest part capital formed. 9. Composite nearly same as Corinthian with addition of volute. 10. In private buildings Roman architects followed Greeks ; but in public edifices surpassed them in grandeur. 11. Dark ages which followed destruction Roman empire, classic architecture Greece Rome lost sight of, but again revived by Italians at the time of restoration letters.

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