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replies to such questions that I struck by the clock. If the exmay offer, or to favour me with periment shouid be tried a little a reference to such works as before one o'clock, it will strike will afford the information de twelve times, and then stop; if sired.
a few minutes after, it will strike To commence, therefore, I feel only once, and almost instantly desirous to know, by.what law of cease to vibrate. This appears nature, caloric, or heat, descends to me extremely curious, as the from the sun to the earth, when cause (which I should presume caloric is passing from earth, or is electrical) one would think from bodies on its surface, to the would possess the same power atmosphere which surrounds it? ten minutes before as ten mi---and, as an impartation of ca- nutes after one o'clock; and loric by sun to earth is continu- what is still more curious, that al, what finally becomes of that having produced the effect recaloric which is thus continually lated, it will almost instantly evolved from the sun.
cease to act, as the piece of meRequesting that you will fa- tal soon becomes stationary, and vour me with an insertion of the must be removed from the glass above, I am, Sir, before it will again vibrate. Your obedient servant, Very little attention appears ne
cessary to perform this experiment; although it will not al
WHIMSICAL STORY. mysterious experiment, which I The following whimsical story have several times performed, is taken from the popular work you may perhaps consider of suf- called “ Life in London :".-- . ficient interest to occupy a place King James VI. on his arrival in your GLEANER :--
in London, was waited on by a Let a sixpence be fastened by Spanish Ambassador, a man of means of a loop to a piece of some erudition, but who had thread, and the other end held be- strangely incorporated with his tween the fore finger and thumb. learning, a whimsical notion, Place the elbow upon a table that every country ought to have within a few inches of a clean a school, in which a certain orglass tumbler, in such a manner . der of men should be taught to that the piece of metal may be interpret signs; and that the suspended rather higher than the most expert in this department centre of the glass. If it be held should be dignified with the title quiet, it will soon begin to vi- of Professor of Signs. If this brate, which will increase to that plan were adopted, he contenddegree as to cause it to strike ed, that most of the difficulties the sides of the glass. So far it arising from the ambiguity of is singular. But the mystery language, and the imperfect acconsists in the number of times quaintance which the people of it strikes the glass, always cor- one nation had with the tongue responding with the hour last of another, would be done away.
Sighs, he argued, acose from the would be very uncertain. Hava dictates of nature; and, as they ing thus fabricated the story, were the same in every country, they made preparations to rethere could be no danger of their ceive the illustrious stranger, being misunderstood. Full of who, keeping his word, in due this project, the Ambassador was time, reached their abode. lamenting one day before the On his arrival, being introKing, that the nations of Europe duced with becoming solemnity; were wholly destitute of this he began to enquire, who among great desideratum ; and he them had the honour of being strongly recommended the esta- Professor of Signs? He was blishment of a college founded told in reply, that neither of them upon the simple principles he had that exalted honour ; but had suggested. The king; either that the learned gentleman, afto humour this Quixotte foible, ter whom he enquired, was gone or to gratify his owñ ambition into the Highlands---that they at the expense of truth, observă conceived his stay would be coned in reply, “ Whý, Sir, I have siderable; but that no one among a Professor of Signs in one of them could even conjecture the the northernmost colleges in my period of his return. "I will dominions ; but the distance is, wait his coming,” replied the perhaps, six hundred miles, so Ambassador, “ if it be twelve that it will be impracticable for months.” you to have an interview with Finding him thus determined, him." Pleased with this unex- and fearing, from the journey he pected information, the Ambas- had already undertaken, that he sador exclaimed---"If it were might be as good as his word, six hundred leagues I would the learned Professors had rego to see him ; and I am deter- course to another stratagem. To mined to set out in the course this they found themselves driof three or four days.”
ven, by the apprehension that The King, who now perceived they must entertain him as long that he had committed himself, as he chose to tarry; and in case endeavoured to divert him from he should unfortunately weary his purpose ; but, finding this out their patience, the whole afimpossible, he immediately or- fair must terminate in the discodered letters to be written to very of the fraud. They knew a the college, stating the case as it butcher, who had been in the really stood, and desiring the habit of serving the colleges ocProfessors to get rid of the Am- casionally with meat: this man, bassador in the best way they they thought, with a little inwere able, without exposing their struction, might serve their purSovereign. Disconcerted at this pose; he was, however, blind strange and unexpected message, of one eye, but he had much the Professors scarcely knew how drollery and impudence about to proceed. They, however, at him, and very well knew how to length, thought to put off their conduct any farce to which his august visitant by saying, that abilities were competent. the Professor of Signs was not . On sending for Geordy (for at home, and that his return that was the butcher's name) they communicated to him the King, and, in some degree, the tale, and instructing him in the honour of the nation. part he was to act, he readily un- As this was an interview of dertook to become Professor of Signs, the Ambassador began Signs, especially as he was not with Geordy, by holding up one to speak one word in the Ambas of his fingers---Geordy replied, sador's presence, on any pretence by holding up two. The Amwhatever. Having made these bassador then held up three--arrangements, it was formally Geordy answered, by clenching announced to the Ambassador, his fist, and looking sternly. that the Professor would be in The Ambassador then took an town in the course of a few days, orange from his pocket, and held when he might expect a silent it up---Geordy returned the cominterview. · Pleased with this pliment, by taking from his information, the learned foreign- pocket a piece of a barley cake, er thought that he would put his which he exhibited in a similar abilities at once to the test, by manner. The Ambassador, saintroducing into his dumb lan- tisfied with the vast attainments guage some subject that would of the learned Professor, then be at once difficult, interesting bowed before him with profound and important. When the day reverence, and retired. of interview arrived, Geordy was On rejoining the agitated Procleaned up, decorated with a fessors, they fearfully began to large bushy wig, and covered enquire what his Excellency over with a singular gown, in thought of their learned broevery respect becoming his sta- ther? tion. He was then seated in a . “ He is a perfect miracle," chair of state, in one of their replied the Ambassador ; “ his large rooms, while the Ambassa- worth is not to be purchased by dor and the trembling Professors the wealth of half the Indies." waited in an adjoining apart- " May we presume to descend ment.
to particulars ?" returned the It was at length announced Professors, who now began to that the learned Professor of think themselves somewhat out, Signs was ready to receive his of danger. Excellency, who, on entering “ Gentlemen," said the Amthe room, was struck with asto- bassador, when I first entered nishment at his venerable and into his presence, I held up one dignified appearance. As none finger, to denote that there is of the Professors would presume one God : he then held up two, to enter, to witness the inter- signifying that the Father should view, under a pretence of delica- not be divided from the Son. I cy (but, in reality, for fear that then held up three, intimating their presence might have some that I believed in Father, Son, effect upon the risible muscles and Holy Ghost : he then clenchof Geordy's countenance), they ed his fist, and, looking sternly waited with inconceivable anxi- at me, signified that these three ety, the result of this strange are one; and that he would deadventure, upon which depended fy me either to separate them or their own credit, that of the to make additions. I then took
out an orange from my pocket, provoking, that I bent my fist at and held it up, to show the good- the scoundrel, and had it not ness of God, and to signify that been for your sakes, I should he gives to his creatures not on- certainly have risen from the ly the necessaries, but even the chair, pulled off my wig and luxuries of life : then, to my ut- gown, and taught him how to ter astonishment, this wonderful insult a man because he had the man took from his pocket á misfortune to lose one eye. The piece of bread, thus assuring me impudence of the fellow, howthat this was the staff of life, and ever, did not stop here ; for he was to be preferred to all the then pulled out an orange from luxuries in the world. Being his pocket, and held it up, as thus satisfied with his proficiency much as to say, your poor begand great attainments in this sci garly country cannot produce ence, I silently withdrew to re- this. I then pulled out a piece flect upon what I had witness- of good cake, and held it up,
giving him to understand, that I Diverted with the success of did not care a farthing for his their stratagem, the Professors trash. Neither do I; and I oncontinued to entertain their vi- ly regret that I did not thrash sitor, until he thought prudent the scoundrel's hide, that he to withdraw. No sooner had he might remember how he insultretired, than the opportunity was ed me, and abused my country." seized to learn from Geordy, in We may learn from hence, that what manner he had proceeded if there are not two ways of tellto give the Ambassador such a story, there are at least two. wonderful satisfaction; they be- ways of understanding signs, and ing at a loss to conceive how he interpreting them, could have caught his ideas with so much promptitude, and have Affecting and Impressive Con.. replied to them with proportion
version. able readiness. But, that one The attention of the Christian story might not borrow any fea- World being now much directed tures from the other, they con- to the religious state of the Jews, cealed from Geordy all they had especially on acconnt of the inlearned from the Ambassador; terest with which they receive and desiring him to begin with the New Testament, which has his relation, he proceeded in the only of late been provided for following manner :--
them, the following affecting “ When the rascal came into narrative of the conversion of a the room, after gazing at me a Jew will be read with peculiar little, what do you think, gen- interest. It was related at a tlemen, that he did ?---he held public meeting in America :--up one finger, as much as to say “ Travelling . lately through you have only one eye. I then the western part of Virginia, I held up two, to let him know my was much interested in hearing one eye was as good as both his. an aged and highly respectable He then held up three, as much clergyman give the following as to say, we have only three short account of a Jew, with eyes between us. This was so whom he had lately become ac,
quainted. He was preaching to no source of happiness beyond a large and attentive audience, this world. Being a strict Jew, when his attention was arrested he educated her in the strictest by seeing a man enter, having, principles of his religion, and he in every respect, the appearance thought that he had presented it of a Jew. He was well dressed, with an ornament. and his countenance was noble, “It was not long ago that his and from its expression it seem- daughter was taken ill. The ed that his heart had lately rose faded from her cheek, her been the habitation of deep eye lost its fire, her strength desorrow. He took his seat, and cayed, and it soon became appawas absorbed in attention, while rent that her disease was insurtears often unconsciously stole mountable and fatal. The father down his cheeks. After the ser- hung over the bed of his daughvice, the clergyman was too ter with a heart ready to burst much interested to refrain from with anguish. He often attempt speaking to him: “Sir, am Lnot ed to converse with her, but selcorrect in supposing that I am dom spoke except by the lanaddressing one of the children guage of tears. He spared no of Abraham?' You are.' But trouble nor expense in procuring how is it that I meet a Jew in a medical assistance, but no huChristian assembly?'
man skill could avert the arrow “ The substance of his narra: of death. The father was walktive was as follows:---He was ą ing in a small grovę near his very respectable man, of a supehouse, wetting his steps with his rior education, who had lately tears, when he was sent for by come from London; and with his dying daughter. With a his books, his riches, and an only heavy heart he entered the door child, a daughter in her seven- of her chamber, soon, he feared, teenth year, had found a beauti- to be the chamber of death. He ful retreat on the banks of the was now to take a last farewel Ohio: he had buried his wife of his child, and his religious before he left Europe, and he views gave him but a feeble hope knew no pleasure except in the of meeting her hereafter. society of his beloved child. She “ The child grasped the hand was, indeed, worthy of a parent's of her parent, and addressed him love. She was extremely beau: with all the energy, which her tiful in her person, but possess- expiring strength permitted.--ed the superior charms of a cul- "My father, do you love me?'-tivated mind and an amiable dis: "My child, you know I love you; position. No pains had been that you are more dear to me spared on her education; she than the whole world beside !'--could read, and speak with flu: “But, father, do you love me?'--ency, several different languages, 'Why, my child, will you give and her manners captivated all me pain so exquisite ? have I who beheld her. No wonder then never given you any proofs then that a father, far advanced of my love ?'---' But, my dearest in age, should place his whole father, do you love me?' The affections on this only child of father could not answer: the · his love ; especially as he knew child added, “I know, my dear