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the grease of moles, bats, and dormice; WHEN the king of Fetou was dying of together with an intimation of the art used consumption, at Cape Corse, the Fetishers at Bononia to dwarf their dogs, by often not only made several pellets of clay, which washing (from the first day they are whelped) they ranged in order in his room, and sprintheir feet and back bone, thereby drying kled them with blood; but besides they eat and hardening those parts, and so hinder- several muttons to his good health.-Phil. ing their extension.

Trans. Abr. vol. 4, p. 201. From a Miscellanea Curiosa Medica Phy- At Copenhagen, a perspective of the late sica, published at Leipsic, 1670; the com- king of Denmark's family, the queen's face mencement of an intended series. — Ibid. being in the middle, and eight princes and vol. 1, p. 562.

princesses round her, yet all conspire to " Jeremiah Horrox died 1640, in the form the king's face, when seen through the twenty-second year of his age; born at hole of a glass tube.—Ibid. vol. 5, p. 48. Toxteth, Lancashire, and began to study Increase of a turnip from its seed to its astronomy at fourteen. He was the first full growth.-Ibid. vol. 6, p. 404-5. who predicted or saw Venus in the sun, and made from it many useful observations, An English gentleman showed me once though he was not aware of the great use

in Holland, in 1687, a cherrystone, with that was to be made of it. And his new

124 heads on the outside of it, so that you theory of lunar motions Newton made the might distinguish with the naked eye popes, groundwork of all his astronomy relative to emperors, kings, and cardinals by their the moon.—Ibid. vol. 2, p. 12.

crowns and mitres. It was purchased in Christian Adolphus Baldiunus, who acci- Prussia, where it was made, for £300 Eng. dentally discovered phosphorus, thought lish, and is now in London (1703), there that it contained the red spark, yea, the having been a law-suit not long since commost secret soul (secretissima anima) of the menced about it in Chancery.- Phil. Tran. fire and light of nature, consequently the Abr. vol. 5, p. 49. innate and invisible fire of philosophers,

Dr. William Oliver. attracting magnetically the visible fire of

LEUWENHOECK says, that in any quantity the sun, and afterwards emitting and diffusing in the dark the splendour of the same.

whatever of sand you cannot find two par-Ibid. vol. 2, p. 368.

ticles that are entirely alike. He gives One Signor Zagonius had a way of mak- drawings of them magnified.— Ibid. 94.

p. ing out of the Bologna stone calcined statues and pictures, variously shining in the his observations on the motion of sound may

DERHAM (ibid. p. 394), says that some of dark.-Ibid. vol. 2, p. 382.

be useful to the Echometrician. “ Several

learned men, both ancient and modern, have "IF I keep a passion, I'll never starve it carefully examined into that ludicrous and in my service.”—DRYDEN, vol. 2, p. 307. agreeable phenomenon of sound called echo. Mock Astrologer.

I am persuaded, though any reflecting ob

ject were capable of returning all the syllaCONCLUDE instead of finis, with

bles of the following verse, ΚΟΓΞ ΟΜΠΑΞ. .

Vocali nymphæ, quæ nec reticere loquenti, Two barbarous words with which the mys

yet it could not reflect all the syllables of teries were closed and the assembly dis

this other, because its pronunciation is a missed; "shewing," says Warburton, “ the little longer, mysteries not to have been originally Greek.” Corpus adhuc Echo, non vox erat, et tamen -Ibid. vol. 1, p. 204.

usum :

and much less repeat all the rough and long WILLIAM MANUEL (Mansel ?) a Welsh syllables of the following verse, though prodigy, three and a half years' old, reads fewer in number,

Welsh and English fluently in the usual, or Arx, tridens, vostris, sphinx, præster, tor

in an inverted, or thwart position, “but aprida, seps, strix.

pears to prefer reading upside-down."

Manchester Courier, February 15, 1834. “ A BARE clinch will serve the turn; a carwichet,' a quarterquibble, or a pun." In an island near Bombay, a large Wild Gallant, DRYDEN, vol. 1, p. 12. snake was found dead with a porcupine in

its belly. The snake had seized the porcuA collection of Geometrical Flowers, pine by the head, and had so sucked it in. presented to the Royal Society by Guido

When it was quite in, the quills, which Grandi, Abbot of the Cameldales, and Pro- were flatted down while it was going in, fessor of Mathematics at Pisa, 1723.

rose, ran through the snake's belly and This handful or bouquet of geometrical killed it: so that there was a monstrous roses is a dissertation on certain curves

snake dead, with the quills of a porcupine geometrically described in a circle, of a

sticking out of it in many places."- Phil. nature more curious and fanciful than any

Trans. Abr. 9, p. 102. way useful.-Phil. Trans. Abr. vol. 6, p.664.

Pigeons for many ages built under the MR. Downes has observed in several

roof of the great church at Pisa ; their dung countries, distinguished by what he calls a (spontaneously) took fire at last

, and the local physiognomy, that it is most percep

church was consumed.-Ibid. p. 143. tible in the women.—Letters from the Continent, vol. 1, p. 202.

APPLES, as well as pears and coleworts, HALF the diary of Philip the Fair, on

&c. are affected by their neighbours; so waxed wooden tablets, is in the library at

that it may be of importance to the curious

in fruits to take care how their trees are Geneva. Queen Christina purchased the other half at Paris, and presented it to the

sorted, and what company they keep.Vatican.-Ibid. p. 248.

Ibid. p. 169. A Jew told the Ulm physician (Johan

Viviparous animalculæ, ergo, all aniMarius) that by wearing a cap of beaver's

malculæ are not produced from eggs. fur, anointing the head once a month with Ibid. p. 203. oil of castor, and taking two or three ounces The ergo not conclusive, because, as in of it in a year, “ one's memory will be so the aphis, an impregnation might suffice for strengthened as to remember every thing many generations. one reads." The Dr. (Marius) conjectures that this notion might at first have brought

An altar to Silvanus, erected by C. Tathe use of the beaver's fur into request for tius Veturius Micianus, Præf. Ala Sebosihats.-Phil. Trans. Abr. 7, 642.

anæ, ob aprum eximiæ formæ captum, quem

multi Antecessores ejus prædari non potuΛέγεται δη και όδε ο λόγος, εμοί μεν erunt. V.S. L. P. i. e. votum solvens lubens to Javós.”—HERODOTUS, Thalia, $ 3. posuit. “Silvano morato sacrum" is the first

line, and this makes the inscription com1 Not an uncommon word. Nares in v: plete. It was found near Stanhope, in the quotes from Butler's Remains, “ He has all

bishoprick of Durham.-Ibid.


470. sorts of echoes, rebuses, chronograms, &c. besides caruichets, clenches, and quibbles.” Vol. ii. p. 120.-J. W. W.

The first anecdote relating to Sir Wil

p. 53.

liam Jones is, that at the age of three years The temple of Vesta, at Tivoli, was purand not quite nine months, he was weighed chased many years ago by an English nobefore the Royal Society against a dwarf, bleman, who meant to have it removed to John Coan by name. The dwarf weighed his own grounds. The Roman government thirty-four pounds, the child thirty-six. most properly issued a prohibition.-Ibid. The dwarf, with shoes, hat, and wig on, p. 402. measured thirty-eight five-tenths inches ; the child, without any thing on his head, “ The black shining sand which we throw thirty-seven seven-tenths.— Ibid. vol. 10, upon writing to prevent blotting is found

on the shore of the Canary Islands. It

seems to have been thrown out of volcanoes; 1753. Altar at York discovered, Matri- and is certainly the most perfect iron, for bus Africis, Italicis, Germanicis. — Ibid. p. the loadstone will lick up every grain. Ex317.

periments have been made without effect to

turn this sand into bar iron; yet I am The first rope-dancer had once been a credibly informed that a gentleman in Lonmonkey; the first who threw a somerset, a

don understands this secret, and has a case tumbler pigeon.

of razors made of this same black, shining

sand.”—Glas. p. 271. Cornage' a better tenure for his Crispin than that by which Don Carlos's bootmaker EDUCATION of singing birds. — A robin held his office. “Son cordonnier luy avoit sung three parts in four nightingale, the fait une paire de bottes très-mal faites : il rest of his song was what the bird-catchers les fit mettre en petites pieces, et fricasser call rubbish —or no particular note whatcomme tripes de bæuf, et les luy fit manger ever.” Imitative poetry is of this kind.toutes devant luy, en sa chambre, de cette Phil. Trans. Abr. 13. p. 444. façon.”—BRANTOME, vol. 5, p. 134.

This might do for the last motto, The pain which our affections suffer from “ Let's fairly part, my book ; Time calls a solution of continuity.


And when Time calls, there's no excuse to BREECHING, the apanthroposis of a boy. stay." It was like the change from grub to but- Being PARTRIDGE's Farewell to his terfly, without the intermediate aurelian

Almanack, 1686. state of torpidity.

What was the assumption of the toga to SEE Paracelsus de Meteoris, c. 3, for his this!

theory of “tenebriferous stars, by whose in

fluence night is brought on, for that they TEMPLE of Rediculus near Rome, sup- do ray out darkness and obscurity upon the posed to have been erected to the God of earth, as the sun does light." — SAUNDERS, Return after Hannibal raised the siege of 1686, December. the city.-Downes, vol. 1, p. 407.

THERE could not, as BISHOP Hacker has The first indication of Canova's genius shown (p. 1912), be a name of better omen was manifested at an inn, where he was ob- than D. none which contained so large a served modelling in butter.—Ibid. p 500. number of happy significations, bearing a

See suprà, p. 456. The term has been ex. plained before. "See suprà, p. 206.-J. W. W.

? This extract is worked up from Bishop Hacket's words, not quoted exactly.-J. W. W

similitude which will increase into many to believe, that the nightingale often sings applications. It is animal fæcundum, a bird till she bursts ! of a most teeming fertility; whether any that flies doth breed oftener I am not certain, I

This man says,

“Man is nothing but selfbelieve not many.

Such fecundity then is interest incarnate," the philosophy of an inalways in a lively faith. It hath no gall, fidel." — Ibid. p. 150. And nowhere is it or, if Aristotle hath observed it better than more broadly stated. What makes the Engothers, so small a one that it can scarce lish, he says, enjoy that liberty and probe perceived ; now the gall is the draught perty which other neighbouring subjects of cholerical matter in man's body, out of want, but our own happy ill nature, ibid. ; which distemper proceed anger, revenge, and he proceeds to show (p. 151) that might and malice. Notable, too, is this bird's is right, and nothing can be unjust! See harmlessness; it hath neither beak nor talons p. 221, ibid. for more of this philosophy! to tyrannize over smaller creatures, sine armis extra, sine felle intus. The smallest But he might well wonder how those men flies or gnats may hum about it, and take no “who by their hard censures of the Almighty harm, for it devours nothing wherein there make salvation seem almost impossible, is life. And it is a cleanly feeder ; not should ever marry,—since, according to their pecking like crows and vultures upon car- belief, it is above ten thousand to one that rion, but picking up grains of corn, and the the children they may have will be damned.” purest fruits of the field. And it is a bird -P. 159. of strong flight.

It is impossible to teach a dove to sing a Opinions concerning the body of Moses. cheerful tune, for Nature hath engrafted in-Bishop Hacket, p. 429. it a solemn mourning, gemitus pro cantu. Here the parallel failed in D.'s case.

*Αρισος μεν άρισος is held in these days

for a truer axiom than Pindar's. “ Such wits as delighted in holy ingenuity have applied the several parts of

IMAGE was a word of Dryden's, at least Christ's merits and sufferance and passion often used by him in his prefaces. Then unto us in the notions of physic and chi

came idea ; now we have emanation. What rurgery.— There was no disease of sin

next? effluences, perhaps. whereof we were not sick, there was no kind of cure to be invented which was not prac

Prologo Galeato, the title party-colourtised to restore us." But the conceit is pur

ed, because the book is motley ; red letters, sued in a manner rather to cause displeasure because a holy day book. than edification.-Bishop Hacket, p. 241.

The mixture of the work like Punch.

Difference between tragi-comedy in None are said to be scaled of the tribe

Shakespeare and in Otway. of Dan. Bishop Hacket (p. 402) approves

Cramp rings were blest by the King on the interpreter who explains that the reason

Good Friday. They were put in a bason, why Ephraim and Dan are not in the list, was because they were the first, after the death of Moses, who let in idolatry, in the

Nightingales and bullfinches, it is well

known, will over-sing themselves. We all rematter of Micah ; and therefore their names collect Vinny BOURNE's Stradæ Philomela, are not in the blessing of that book of life. “ Tuque etiam in modulos surgis Philomela :

sed impar

Viribus, heu impar, exanimisque cadis." Blount (Philost. N. 134) says, and seems

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the King was to pass his hands over them, tection.” — SIR EGERTON BBYDGES, Autob. or into them, and say a prayer; they were vol. 2, p. 13. to be sprinkled with holy water.

" Kent's style of architecture predomi" That Paradise Lost of Milton's," says .nated during his life, and his oracle was so RYMER," which some are pleased to call a

much consulted by all who affected taste, that nothing was thought complete without

his assistance. He was not only consulted QUARLES.

for furniture, as frames of pictures, glasses, “ Small store of manners when the King

chairs, &c. but for plate, for a barge, and

even for a cradle. And so impetuous was says come And feast at court, to say I've meat at fashion, that two great ladies prevailed on home."

hiin to make designs for their birthday Not if the King has dirty cooks, who spoil gowns. The one he dressed in a petticoat good meat. It is better then to take of decorated with columns of five orders; the one's own cold fragments at home, or even

other like bronze, in copper-coloured satin,

with ornaments of gold. He was not more to dine with the Duke.

happy in other works to which he applied All persons after sixty ought to wear a

his genius."Biographical Sketches of Emi

nent Artists. wig, says Sir John SINCLAIR, Code of Health, p. 455.

What a physician ought and ought not Wearing a wig is an excellent practice

to be in appearance and manners. - Rabefor the old, the tender, and the studious.

LAIs, vol. 8, p. 428-9. Ibid. p. 460.

PHALLAS, the horse which Heraclius rode • The abilities and the eloquence of that and who, though wounded in the thigh,

in his great victory, the battle of Nineveh, branch of the Pitt family who were created

“ carried his master safe and victorious Earls of Chatham and Lords Camelford was

through the triple phalanx of the barbaowing to a fortunate connection they made

rians.”—GIBBON, vol. 8, p. 249. with a Miss Innes of Redhall, in the Highlands of Scotland. And the talents of the Hall, p. 582.- Horses in a pageant ill family of Dundas of Arniston have also named. been attributed to the marriage of one of their ancestors with a Miss Sinclair, of the “ Ano. You gave those ships most strange, family of Stevenson, in East Lothian."

most dreadful, and Ibid. Appendix, p. 11.

Unfortunate names; I never look'd they'd This is given in proof that " the talents

prosper. and structure of the mind are derived from Rom. Is there any ill omen in giving the mother, and that the abilities of many names to ships ? families may be traced to one distinguished Ano. Did you not call one The Storm's female who introduced talent into it, or,

Defiance ? according to a common expression, mother Another The Scourge of the Sea ? and the wit.”—Ibid. p. 11.


The Great Leviathan ? “ I BELIEVE they call a provincial horse, Rom.

Very right, sir. not known on the great arena of New- Ano. Very devilish names, market, a blind horse, whose pedigree and All three of them; and surely I think they history may be falsified, without easy de


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