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Cure for Asthma. Mr. Edgeworth, (June 1, effect produced upon myself. He should my friendly stramonium tias preserved by all means avoid drinking with the me from the visitation of asthmatic pipe, a too ordinary accompaniinent of horrors, after having been subject to smoking. I once took some brandy and periodical attacks for several years; all of water with the pipe, but it proved a very which I have noted down in my pocketimproper combination : a dish of coffee, book, continuallly “ etching another day however, I often take after it, and find of misery to add to the heap :" and I it highly refreshing. I should mention have now enjoyed a state of perfect freethat strong coffee has frequently been dom from this species of misery for many recommended to me, but never produced months, a release for which I never can any beneficial effect as cure for be sufficiently thankful. asthma.
In making these circumstances public, This plant is delightfully fragrant; nnd my only wish has been, that others who although it has been regarded hitherto as suffer from the same source may derive of a poisonous nature when taken into relief from the same remedy; a wardly, yet I have smoked a dozen pipesmedy which is yet little known any at a time, without experiencing from those who are so deeply interested in its them any other inconvenience than a virtues. slight excoriation, or soreness of the April 2, 1810. tongue. Some time ago, at the earnest solicitation of one of his friends, who To the Editor of the Monthly Magazine, represented to me sufferings of the duke of Sussex, I wrote to hiin an account SIR, of the benefit I had derived from stro- COUR correspondent,
" Entomo monium, which attention and sympatlıy philus,” page 216 of the Monthig on my part bis highness did not think Magazine for April, 1810, has set au proper to notice; a want of civility, example of urbane and judicious criti. which is to be excused only upon the cism. I shall omit the reprehensible supposition that he attributed what ori. Passage in the “ Essays on Professional ginated from the purest benevolence, Education," in an octavo edition which to sonie paltry motive of mercenary self- will shortly appear. This is the best interest: he might have knowi me apology, or rather the best reparation, better.
I can inake. The anatomy of the smallIt is truly urged, and I am perfectly est insect may lead 10 useful discoaware, how much tbe state of the nerves veries; and the size of the volume has to do with the disease of the asth- may as justly be imputed to Professional matic; of this I have of late, in coinmon Education as to Lyonet's work. with others, bad ample experience. The Authors sometimes think it imprudent nerves at least, if not the credit, of those and derogatory, to notice criticisms that concerned in large cash-transactions, are not denounced er cathedra: I box. have lately undergone considerable trials ever wish frankly to express, that I icel by the extraordinary, and I may say myself obliged to your correspondent, injudicious, conduct of the directors of and to you, sir, for correcting me ; and the Bank of England.
I hope that whilst you continue to treat My nerves have lately had another authors with impartiality, they will set a trial, as a candidate brought forward just value on your Monthly Magazine. on popular grounds in a contested elec- Edgea orth Town, R. L E cion, during which, in addition to the Ireland. common place scurrility and altercation attached peculiarly to such occasions, To the Editor of the Monthly Magazine. and which every one expects under siinilar circumstances, a miscreant made
SIR, an audacious attack on my character and THOUGH in every civilized country commercial credit, in which he was it is the business both of church supported by an upstart and consequen- and state to prevent, by every means in tial attorney, which malignity and disap- their power, the great body of the pes. pointment, when I brought the offender ple from indulging their propensities to a public apology at late assize, was beyond what is proper, yet there are in panifest to the whole court.
this country many who are allowed to In spite of all the nervous agitation, indulge certain propensities to a highly which it may be easily supposed I must culpable degree, without being consibave gone throughs on these occasions, dered, or even thought, to act amiss; I
mean those who, year after year, nego
as the scripture expresses it, not using, lect to cut down irees evidently past but abusing, the talent put into our hand. their prime, and daily tending to decay. I am aware, men being generally wedded
When the country was overstocked to their errors, and averse to lay burdens with wood, and a tree would not pay on themselves, that a bill founded on the cxpense of cutting it down, there this idea would with dificulty pass either was no crime in allowing it to stand. the house of lords, or that of the comBut circumstances in this respect are mons. The cry would be, “What! is the now completely altered. It is a maxim country to be denied wood, and de. in law, as well as in religion and common prived of one of its greatest ornaments?" sense, that a man is only the steward of No; to prevent this, let it be enacted, the good things he possesses, and that, if that for every tree cut down, two shall be he raises more corn, cattle, or stock planted; and a person appointed in of any kind, his estate, than every county to declare, by a mark put serres for his own and his family's sup- on them by him, what trees should be cut port, though he has a right to seli, he down, and what not.
In the mean time, bas no right wantonly io destroy it. I leave it to you, Mr. Editor, and your The same holds with regard to the trees unprejudiced readers to say, how far it is on his estate. While these are rising in proper that the day-labourer's very shoes, value, and in a state of progression, it is the beer he drinks at bis meals, and gais duty to let them grow, unless necessi- almost every article necessary to his tated to sell them for the support of him. existence, should be taxed; while at the self and his family. But when he is same time the land-holders, the destroycertain that they are arrived at their ers wilfully and wantonly of so imporne plus ultra of growth and perfection, tant an article as wood, are not taxed by and that the longer they stand they will the state in proportion to the injury thus become less and less valuable, he be done to it. With a high opinion of your coines criminal in not either applying pages, and the judicious selection you them himself, or permitting others to
make from the ma's of materials that apply them, to the purposes for which monthly flow in upon you, I
am, &c. nature intended them. It is no excuse Chesnut Walk, JAMES HALL. that the trees in question were planted
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and the PRESERVATION of HEALTH. signify nothing, either in a moral or political point of view; since, by with
GREAT proportion of the inhaholding them, he robs the community at
bitants of our cities and populous large of what the Author of nature in towns, are necessarily devoted to sedentended for their good.
tary pursuits. Many of these have not If a man chooses to be pulled along opportunity, or cannot spare the time in a carriage by a couple, or even an that is necessary, for taking that exercise individual horse, and to be attended by which is essential to health. Exercise one or more servants in livery, the wise is best taken in the open air. But dom of this country has thought it pro. where that cannot be done, means should per to tax him for indulying a propensity be found of taking it within doors. To to shew and equipage. Now, if govern the sedentary therefore I address myment has seen it proper to tax a man for self, and have no doubt they will find indulging this propensity, in many cases the following linis deserving their atinnocent, how much rather ooglit they tention.. I shall describe several effecto be taked, who, notwithstanding the tual methods of taking exercise, which enormous sums paid by government and may be performed at all times, in all the community at large to other coun, weathers, and in almost any place, tries for wood, do not cut diwn those out of doors or in, without any pretrees, which, by not being cut down, paration, and without any apparatus or become every year of considerably less expense whatever.
In a study, in a value !
workshop, by a fire-side, even behind a To suffer so many trees, Mr. Editor, counter, or at a desk, these methods to rot and become useless, as is done may be followed. I have practised thein yearly in Britain and Ireland, is an evil myself daily for several years past with that crits loudly for amendment. It is, great benefit. Indecu I am confident,
(June 1, that under Providence I owe the pres: this either with or without a skipping servation of my life, and my perfect re- cord, as you find most agreeable. covery from a dropsical complaint, to the 3. The Stroke and knee Morement. exercise I have thus taken. "If I can in. This is performed by making quick duce others to follow my example, and and repeated curseyings, by bending derive the like benefit, iny purpose will your knees toward the ground, at the be answered.
same instant making a inocion with both Even those who can afford opportuni- arms, and striking them forcibly toward ties of taking exercise in the usual way, the ground. This puts the whole frame, cannot always cominand the means. Bad and almost every sinew, into inotion, weather, accidents, business, and other expels wind, and soon diffuses a yratciul circumstances, will sometimes intervene, warmth through the busy. This moveand prevent this necessary enjoyment. ment may be made without stirring a The studious, in particular, require oc- step from the place you stand in, and re. casional bodily exertion, in order to pre- quires no more space than is suicient serve health.
To these the means I to stand upright. have to offer may prove extremely use- 4. The Curved-Knee Movement, ful. Most of the disorders that afflict This is merely bending the knees althe human frame arise from a want of ternately, in and out, as far as they will exercise, to promote the necessary se- go, with a quick repeated motion, withcretions, and expel gross
humours. out any curtseying. This movement Prevention is at all times better than shakes the body, exercises the ancles,
and causes the bowels to rub against The methods of exercise that I prac. each other with a gentle motion, having tise are of several kinds :
a great tendency to remove obstructions, 1. Dumb Sawing.
and promote the proper discharge of the Any person who has seen sawyers at vessels. Any person, after having been work, in sawing timber into boards, will long in a sitting posture, and then stand. immediately conceve a proper idea of ing up, will find that his knees have a this exercise. It is done by making a spontaneous tendency to this nuovement, spring on the toes of the feet, without so that this is only improving a natural raising them from the ground, at the inpulse. same time that both arms are thrown These modes of exercise may be varied hastily forward to their full stretch; the occasionally to suit circumstances. It is motion being repeated and continued possible that on the first trial, some pere as long as may be thought necessary, or sons may not find them so pleasant as till you require rest. This motion brings they expected, and may reliquish them every muscle of the body into immediate on that account; but persevere, and, after action; opens the chest; and propels the a few trials, you will recur to them with blood through the vessels with salutary pleasure. violence, contributing to remove obstruc
No expense, no loss of time worth tions, and promoting the necessary se- mentioning, is incurred; as five minutes cretions. In a few moments an agree- at once will generally be found sufficient able warmth diffuses itself over the whole for this kind of exercise, which may body, and brings on a gentle perspira- be repeated at intervals sereral times a tion. This exercise should be performed day. For expelling wind from the sio. without bending the body, either back- mach and bowels, I have always found ward or forward, as all exercise is best these practices to be the quickest and taken in an upright position. A space most cifectual methods; and those perof four feet square is suficient for this sons whose ancles and legs are inclined mode of exercise.
to swell, will find much relief from such 2. The Skipping Movement. By seeing young people amuse them- The warmth to be derived fron this selves with a skipping cord, this move. species of exercise in cold weather, is ment is immediately learnt. It consists most grateful, and far preferable to the in making easy leaps, so that your feet warmth gained from a fire. People may just clear ibe ground; at the same time sit by a fire in cold weather till they that your arms are thrown forward as quake; whereas those who use these before, and brought instantly back: re. means a few times a day, will seldom peating the motions, without intermis.
want to court the influence of a fre. sion, till you find yourself tired and re- This exercise may be enjoyed by both guire a breaching. You may perform sexes with advantage, and even the
blind may partake of it. Lame people, tonometer, (of which a plate is given,) who cannot stand upright, may also en- and bad it made by an able workman, joy a considerable and useful portion of he says, that he, “after divers trials of exercise, by sitting in a chair and striking strings, pins, &c. strung it with two their arms forcibly and alternately to wire-strings off the same roll, with three wards the ground, which will shake their moving bridges, and the strmgs to be bodies, diffuse an agreeable warmth, and wound up with two fine endless screwgreatly assist the digestion of food. pins, to the utmost nicety of tuning to
The skipping cord should be intro. any chord or pitch: then I set it to my duced and recommended in all boarding- two-stopped harpsichord, one stop of schools, as the medium of a most salu. which tuned the common scale way, the tary exercise, particularly among young exactest I could; the other stop tuned, females. It may be made not only à according to the nineteen (other) notes, healthful, but graceful exercise, being flats or sharps, (which) I wanted more well calculated to display a light figure particularly to explain.” By help of all to advantage. I have frequently found these, duly prepared, with an exact broad people complaining of cold teet, before diagonal scale and large compasses, did going to bed and afier. For myself, I Mr. Warren proceed to compare every hardly know what it is to have cold feet. note; and thus, says he, “I proceeded This is owing to the exercise I take in to take the exactest number and proporthe modes bere described. If any tend- tion I could, from the nut to the several ency to coldness in the feet is felt, you two small moving bridges: but,” contiwill find by following these methods, in nues he, “I am neither so vain or hardy less than four minutes, a geile glow as to atfirm, that I have found and given spreading itself through the feet, and all the very precise number to one or two other parts of the body.
tenth parts of the 1000.” Another method for preventing cold On reading the above, I Aattered myfeet at bed-time is this : Draw off your self that I should find what I have long stockings just before undressing; and rub been in search of, a careful experiment your ancles and feet with your hand, as and calculation for reducing to numbers hard as you can bear the pressure, for the thirteen notes of the common scale, five or ten minutes; and you will never as usually tuned, as well as the numbers have to complain of cold feet in bed. answering to Mr. Warren's xineteen It is hardly conceivable what a plea: supplemental notes, as he calls them: I surable glow this ditiuses. Frequent was considerably surprised however, on washing of the feet, and rubbing thein turning to the last of his tables, to find thoroughly dry with a linen cloth or tlan- that the thirty numbers therein given nel, is also very useful. In the eastern to seven places of figures, are exactly countries, the washilig of feet is thought thirty-one geometrical mean proportiextremely salutary, and is a mark of re- onals between five hundred and one spect usually shewn to strangers. In thousand; and on turning Dr.“ removing from the teet the accumulating Smith's Flarınonics, page 225, I found dirt that obstructs the pores, we greatly twenty-one of them to agree with Huypromote health, by facilitating that emis- gens's monochord numbers there given; sion from them ibat nature intended, and thus it appears that the wonderful and which, if long obstructerd, gives rise discovery which it is the object of this to disorders of the legs and lower extre- volume to explain, was, without doubt, mities, that often continue during life. pirated froin Huygens's “ Harmonic
BANBURIENSIS. Cycle," who died thirty years before.
Like some of our modern temperers, or For the Monthly Magazine. musical quacks, this Mr. Warren affects On a PRETENDED MUSICAL DISCOVERY. to ridicule what he does not understand,
THIN quarto volume, printed in and says that there are not “two sorts A , , , entitlent “ The Tonometer,” by Am- sorts of semitones, major, minor, and brose Warren, a lover of music; who minus; and as for coinma, schism, &c." occupies the first nine pages of bis work he says, such “ undiscernable in narrating his life, and the history of a terms !” grand discovery which he pretended to The Foundling Hospital organ has, as have made, viz. that 'thirty-two notes I have lately been informed, sixteen are necessary in the octave instead of notes or pipes in each octave, instead thirteen. Alter inforining his readers, of fourteen, the number which bas frein page 8, that he drew a plau of a qually been mentioned as composing
Spanish Remedy for Hydrophobia. (June 1, its scale, like that of the Temple church eras orated. On this, each is separately olgan. Ambrose Warren, in the volume pounded: the powder is passed through above quoted, says, that prior to 1683, a a hair-sieve, niixed in equal parts, and Mr. Player bad made several harpsio put away in well-corked boules. It is chords and spinnets, with some of the to be observed, that none of the roots short kejs divided, to express some of must be employed except those of the the intermediate notes; and at page 12 sea-holly, which possess Very great he mentions, regulating stops in an organ strengtis. havnrg been used by some persons, and “With respect to the use of this remesluling frets on the lule, viol, &c, by dy, it is indispeusably necessary that it others, for increasing the number of should be administered immediately after notes above thirteen in the Octare, in the infliction of the wound. The cuin. cluding the repetition of the key-note. mon dose for a man is one scruple ; for a liestruinster. Join Farey. dog a drachm: the vehicle used for
both, is wine or water. No particular To the Editor of the lionthly Magazine. diet need be observed: only the powder SIR,
inust be taken morning and evening for THE extraordinary increase within nine days successively.
these few yçars in the number of “ From time immemorial, the inbabi. rabid animals, and the many fatal acci- tants of the above-mentioned district dents occasioned by their bile, inust ren- have made use of this powder as a spe. der the discovery of a specific for one of cific for the bile of vipers, with universal the most horrible diseases that can aitlict success; till at length, the celebrated huinanity, an object of great and general Cavanilles resolved to try its effecis interest. For this reason, in compliance against the bites of mad dogs. He lost with the suggestion of your correspondent no time in communicating his ideas to A. (Number 196, p. 131) I transmit you the physicians and medical men in the the passage to which he alludes i l'is. province, and had the satisfaction to see cher's animated Picture of Valencia, in ihat his philanthropic views were pro. which the author gives some account of a ductive of the happiest results. remedy that has been administered with “ Thus, for instance, at the farm de los signal success in Spain. The cases which Puchols, in the district of the little tona are there detailed, bear all the marks of of Sicrra den Garceran, a man of sixty, Authenticity; and appear sufficiently named Miguel Puig, and a boy twelve strong to induce our medical praciic years old, named Vito Sorello, were, in finners to ascertain by actual experiment, January 1796, bitten, the one on the the result of this mode of licatment, hand, the other on the cheek, in such a This is the more desirable, because, if manner that both lost a considerable the efficacy of the remedy were estaba quantity of blood. The physician of the lisbier, the patient would be spared the place, don Blay Sales, was not sent tos torment inevitably aitending excision, till three days atier the accident: he the application of causties, and all the nevertheless resolved to try the powder, other painful operations at present re. which produced effects that surpassed soried to.
his expectation. IMPORTAXT DISCOVERY.
“In fact, the two patients perfectly re“The indubitants of the district oflloya covered of the bites, without manilesting de Castalla, in the southern part of the the slightest sympioms of hydrophobia province, possess an excellent remedy till the present time, (1802 ;) and during against the bite of the viper, composed an interval of six years, not the least alof the sea-holiy (cryngium cumpestre,) teration has becii observed in their viper's bugloss cochium vulgare,) mad. health. The actual madness of the dog wort (alussum spinosum.) and Croian seems to have been fully proved; for halma (melissa Creticu,)* in the following several goats and sheep which were like.
- The plants are taken wien wise bitten by bim, died in forty days, they are beginning to run to seed, and with all the signs of the most complete diried in the shade iill all their hunidiiy is hydropbobia,
“ In 1799, at the village of Tornesa, in . lnaus unis jame the plant is described
the district of die same town, a inan of by some botanists, and, among the rest, by Lemarch; but Cavanilles proves, from the fifty-five, named Francis Baset, liis structure of the calyx, and other circumstan- daugliter Vanuela Baset, aged twenty. ces, that it is properly the neptia marifolia. three, and another man panied Joaquia ice cinsie: vc Ciencias Naturalis, 8vo. Pauro, were bicien; the two former on