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33. Where were the forces of Sir 52. Into whose hands did the sceptre William Wallace defeated ?

now fall ? 34. How did Bruce then act ?

53. How old was James V. when he as. 35. What great victory did the Scots sumed the reins of government? obtain under Bruce ?

54. What did the reformed clergy do 36. What compelled David II. to retire in this reign ? to France ?

55. What was the occasion of this king's 37. Why was David recalled from death ? France ?

56. Who was Mary, queen of Scots ? 38. What happened to David after this? 57. Who acted as regents during her 39. Who was Robert II.?

minority ? 40. What is here related of Robert III.? 58. Where was Mary educated ?

41. With what qualifications for go- 59. Who was Mary's first husband ? vernment did James I.ascend the throne? 60. Whom did she marry after coming

42. Who assassinated him, and why did to Scotland ? they do so ?

61. What became of Darnley ? 43. When did James II. come to the 62. Whom did the queen now marry ? throne ?

63. What did the enraged nobles now 44. In what matter did he imitate his do ? father?

64. Whither did Mary flee after the 45. What did he do under the influence battle of Langside ? of rage?

65. How long was she kept a prisoner 46. Where and how did he meet his in England ? death?

66. When and where was she beheaded? 47. Who were the favourites of James 67. What gives peculiar interest to the III.?

reign of Mary? 48. How did the nobles act on seeing 68. When did James VI. ascend the this ?

Scottish throne ? 49. What was the issue of the conflict 69. What was now the established rebetween James and his nobles ?

ligion of Scotland ? 50. What was the character of James 70. When did he ascend the English IV.?

throne ? 51. In what battle was James slain ?


In-cess'ant, adj..........cedere.
El-e-va'tion, n.. ........levare. Con-clud'ed, v.. ...clauděre.
Fluc'tu-at-ing, V... ......Aluctus. Pres-er-va'tion, n....... servare.
In-cre-du'li-ty, n.........creděre.
Con-den-sa'tion, n...... densus.

GREEK. E-qui-lib'ri-um, n.... aequus, Prog-nos'tics, n.........

....ginoskā. libra. At'mos-phere, n.......

atmos, Sus-pected, v...... ...specěre.

sphaira. Mon’i-tor, 1............ ..monēre.


Galileo had found that water would rise under the piston of a pump to a height only of about thirty-four feet. His pupil Torricelli, conceiving the happy thought that the weight of the atmosphere might be the cause of the ascent, concluded that mercury, which is about thirteen times heavier than water, should only rise under the same influence to a thirteenth of the elevation: he tried, and found that this was so, and the mercurial barometer was invented. To afford further evidence that the weight of the atmosphere was the cause of the phenomenon, he afterwards carried the tube of

mercury to the tops of buildings and of mountains, and found that it fell always in exact proportion to the portion of the atmosphere left below it; and he found that water-pumps, in different situations, varied as to sucking power, according to the same law.

It was soon afterwards discovered, by careful observation of the mercurial barometer, that even when remaining in the same place, it did not always stand at the same elevation ; in other words, that the weight of atmosphere over any particular part of the earth was constantly fluctuating: a truth which, without the barometer, could never have been suspected. The observation of the instrument being carried still further, it was found that in serene dry weather the mercury generally stood high, and that before and during storms and rain it fell; the instrument, therefore, might serve as a prophet of the weather, becoming a precious monitor to the husbandman or the sailor.

When water, which has been suspended in the atmosphere, and has formed a part of it, separates as rain, the weight and bulk of the mass are diminished; and the wind must occur when a sudden condensation of aeriform matter, in any situation, disturbs the equilibrium of the air, for the air around will rush towards the situation of diminished pressure. To the husbandman the barometer is of considerable use, by aiding and correcting the prognostics of the weather which he draws from local signs familiar to him ; but its great use

eather-glass seems to be to the mariner, who roams over the whole ocean, and is often under skies and climates altogether new to him. The watchful captain of the present day, trusting to this extraordinary monitor, is frequently enabled to take in sail, and to make ready for the storm where, in former times, the dreadful visitation would have fallen upon him unprepared—the marine barometer has not yet been in general use for many years, and the author was one of a numerous erew who probably owed their preservation to its almost miraculous warning.

It was in a southern latitude. The sun had just set with placid appearance, closing a beautiful afternoon, and the usual mirth of the evening watch was proceeding, when the captain's order came to prepare with all haste for a storm. The barometer had begun to fall with appalling rapidity. As yet, the oldest sailors had not perceived even the threatening in the

as a

sky, and were surprised at the extent and hurry of the preparations; but the required measures were not eompleted, when a more awful hurricane burst upon them than the most experienced had ever braved. Nothing could withstand it; the sails, already furled and closely bound to the yards, were riven

away in tatters ; even the bare yards and masts were in great part disabled, and at one time the whole rigging had nearly fallen by the board.

Such, for a few hours, was the mingled roar of the hurricane above, of the waves around, aud of the incessant peals of thunder, that no human voice could be heard, and midst the general consternation, even the trumpet sounded in vain. In that awful night, but for the little tube of mercury which had given warning, neither the strength of the noble ship, nor the skill and energies of the commander, could have saved one man to tell the tale. On the following morning, the wind was again at rest, but the ship lay upon the yet heaving waves, an unsightly wreck. The marine barometer differs from that used on shore, in having its tube contracted in one place to a very narrow bore, so as to prevent that sudden rising and falling of the mercury, which every motion of the ship would else occasion. Civilized Europe is now familiar with the barometer and its uses, and, therefore, they almost require to witness the astonishment or incredulity with which people of other parts regard it. A Chinese once conversing on the subject with the author, could only imagine of the barometer that it was a gift of a miraculous nature, which the God of Christians gave them in pity, to direct them in the long and perilous voyages which they undertook to unknown seas.

Arnott's Elements of Physics.

1. Tell me something about Galileo 9. To whom must the barometer be of and Torricelli.

the greatest service ? 2. To what height can water be made 10. If the mariner sees the mercury fall to rise in a pump?

very rapidly what must heimmediately do? 3. What happy thought on this subject 11. How violent was the storm of which entered Torricelli's mind ?

Mr. Arnott here gives an account? 4. How many times is mercury or quick- 12. Could they have known to prepare silver heavier than water ?

for this storm without the barometer ? 5. If water rise under pressure of the 13. In what respect does the barometer air 34 feet, how many inches will mercury used at sea differ from that used on land? rise ?

14. What did the Chinese who con6. Why does the mercury fall in the versed with Mr. Arnott think about the tube on the tops of mountains ?

barometer? 7. What important fact about the at- 15. Who raises up men such as Galileo, mosphere has been made known to us Newton, Watt, &c., to benefit men by through the barometer ?

their great discoveries ? 8. How does the mercury stand in calm 16. Should not then the very sight of a dry weather, and before storms ?

barometer or steain-engine excite our gratitude ?

XIV.—THE ACQUITTAL OF THE BISHOPS. James Second, who was a bigoted Roman Catholic, was born in 1633, and began to reign 6th Feb., 1685, but after a short reign of 24 years, he was obliged to abdicate the throne, for his attempting to put down Protestantism in England, Jan. 22, 1688. On the throne becoming vacant, William

and Mary, the Prince and Princess of Orange, were proclaimed King and Queen of England. Such was the revolution of 1688, justly called Glorious. LATIN. E-mo'tion, no.......

..movēre. Ver'dict, N.........

s verus,
Refuge, n.

..fugere. dicere. Rep-ri-mand', v. ..preměre. Ex’tant, adj ........ stare.

Prelates, n.......

latus, see Cul'prits, n....... ....culpa.

ferre. Ju'ry, N........ ...jurare. Pre-rog'a-tive, n.........rogare. Al-ter-ca'tion, n..........alter. Il-le'gal, adj..... Mi-nor'i-ty, n...... ..minor. De-fen'dants, no.......... .fendere.

Ac-quit'tal, n. Im-peached', v ..pes.

De-bat'ing, part. Clam'our. N... ...clamare.

Mis-de-mean'our, n.



It was dark before the jury retired to consider of their verdict. The night was a night of intense anxiety. Some letters are still extant which were dispatched during that period of suspense, and which have therefore an interest of a peculiar kind. “ It is very late,” wrote the Papal Nuncio, “and the decision is not yet known. The judges and the culprits have gone to their own homes. The jury remain together. Tomorrow we shall learn the event of this great struggle.”

The solicitor for the bishops sat up all night with a body of servants on the stairs leading to the room where the jury was consulting. It was absolutely necessary to watch the officers who watched the doors ; for those officers were supposed to be in the interest of the crown, and might, if not carefully observed, have furnished a courtly juryman with food, which would have enabled him to starve out the other eleven. Strict guard was therefore kept. Not even a candle to light a pipe was permitted to enter. Some basins of water for washing were suffered to pass at about four in the morn. ing. The jurymen raging with thirst soon lapped up the whole. Great numbers of people walked the nieghbouring streets till dawn. Every hour a messenger came from Whitehall to know what was passing. Voices high in altercation, were repeatedly heard within the room ; but nothing certain was known.

At first, nine were for acquitting and three for convicting. Two of the minority soon gave way, but Arnold was obstinate.


Thomas Austin, a country gentleman of great estate, who had paid close attention to the evidence and speeches, and had taken full notes, wished to argue the question. Arnold declined. He was not used, he doggedly said, to reasoning and debating. His conscience was not satisfied, and he should not acquit the bishops. • If you come to that,” said Austin, “look at me; I am the largest and strongest of the twelve, and before I find such a petition as this a libel, here I will stay till I am no bigger than a tobacco-pipe." It was six in the morning before Arnold yielded. It was soon known that the jury were agreed, but what the verdict would be was still a secret. At ten the court again met. The crowd was greater than

The jury appeared in their box, and there was a breathless stillness.

Sir Samuel Astry spoke, “ Do you find the defendants, or any of them guilty of the misdemeanour whereof they are impeached, or not guilty ?" Sir Roger Langley answered,

Not guilty.” As the words passed his lips, Halifax sprung up and waved his hat. At that signal, benches and galleries raised a shout. In a moment ten thousand persons, who crowded the great hall, replied with a still louder shout, which made the old oaken roof crack; and in another moment the innumerable throng without set up a third huzza, which was heard at Temple Bar. The boats which covered the Thames gave an answering cheer. A peal of gunpowder was heard on the water, and another, and another; and so, in a few moments, the glad tidings went flying past the Savoy and the Friars to London Bridge, and to the forest of masts below.

As the news spread, streets and squares, market-places, and coffee-houses, broke forth into acclamations. Yet were the acclamations less strange than the weeping. For the feelings of men had been wound up to such a point that at length the stern English nature, so little used to outward signs of emotion, gave way, and thousands sobbed for very joy. Meanwhile, from the ou irts of the multitude, semen were spurring off to bear along the great roads intelligence of the victory of our church and nation. Yet not even that astounding explosion could awe the bitter and intrepid spirit of the solicitor. Striving to make himself heard above the din, he called on the judges to commit those who had violated, by

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