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THE TWO OCEANS. (1) Aerial Ocean, (2) Greatest height attained by Messrs. Glaisher and Coxwell, being 36,960 feet, or seven miles above the sea level. (3) Aerial Alps, or stratum of clouds, 15,000 feet in depth. (4) Highest bird-region.

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“In ardent contemplation's rapid car,

From earth, as from my barrier, I set out.
How swift I mount: diminish'd earth recedes !
I pass the moon, and, from her farther side
Pierce heaven's blue curtain ; strike into remote
Where, with his lifted tube, the subtle sage
His artificial airy journey takes,
And to celestial lengthens human sight.
I pause at every planet on my road,
And ask for Him who gives their orbs to roll,
Their foreheads fair to shine."—YOUNG.

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Preface.

LIFE passed in the country, as the author's has for

the most part been, naturally leads to the study and investigation of the wonderful agencies around and above us.

There can be no more ennobling employment, no greater refreshment and relief to the burdened spirit of man, than to retire for a while from the world of mankind, and the study of human nature, into any one of the great departments or laboratories of nature herself, and contemplate and study her. The study of the world,-i.e., mankind and their doings,-as narrated in history, or by our own observation, however needful and important and interesting, must always be more or less painful; the crimes or infirmities or sorrows of our race meet us at every point, and are but scantily and poorly balanced by their virtues or excellencies, while they actually contribute largely to our every-day share of care and suffering and anxiety. Not so in the wide

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