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nation the diameter of a very thick tree, and the Champaigne was 'ginger-beer. lined with laths, and covered with a Moca coffee was announced; and it was pointed roof, forms a belfrey,surmounted made of Hunt's roasted corn. with an iron cross, which rises in a pictu. Distrust appearances then, and seek resque manner from amidst the foliage, for truth under their disguise. like that of an antique hermitage, above the woods that surround it. Over the entrance of the chapel we read this BRUGNATELLI'S PROCESS FOR inscription :- Erigée par l'Abbé du OBTAINING LEMON JUICE OF A Detroit, Curé l'Allouville, en l'année
STRONG QUALITY. 1696. At certain periods of the year, the Chapel of the Oak is used for the
(From Annali di Chimia.) ceremonies of worship. We cannot suppose the tree of Allouville to be less several experiments, that the slimy sub
HAVING'observed, in the course os than from eight to nine hundred years old. Perhaps in its youth, it lent its spontaneously from that acid, I ender.
stance in lemon juice separates itself shade to the companions of William, voured to find out some method of pre. assembling for the conquest of England; venting it from spoiling during the time perhaps, the Norman Troubadour returning from the first crusades, here necessary for its separation, in order that sung more than once the exploits of God- the acid should not acquire any bad frey and Raymond to his astonished properties which might render it unpleacompatriots.
sant to tbe taste, or uncertain in its chemical effects.
I expressed in the common manner TRUTH.
the juice of pcrfectly ripe lemons, and
strained it througli a piece of linen. lo Rien d'este beau que le vrai.
half an hour 1 strained it again, to free
it from a little slimy matter which had MAN runs after truth as the only non settled at the bottom of the vessel. I rishment which can satisfy him; but like then added to the juice a certain quanTantalus, be sees it escape wben he tity of the strongest spirit of wine, and fancies it within his grasp. He seeks it preserved the mixture for some days in every where; and, every where in vain. a well-corked bottle. During that time He beholds ugliness and old age decked there was a considerable deposit, wbich in the ornaments of youth and beauty; to all appearance was of a slimy nature, crying injustices in Courts of Equity; and which I separated by filtering paper. absurd fables in history; and gross If the fluid was too thick to pass through errors in the systems of philosophy. the fitter, 'I diluted it again with spirit They no longer cover with a light veil the of wine. After this operation, the denakedness of this lovely goddess; they posit remained on the paper, which was muffle her in the most whimsical gar- entirely covered with it, and I obtained, ments, the most uncouth disguises. in the vessel placed below, the purest
In truth, says my lawyer to me, you acid of lemons combined with spirit of will lose your suit, for your cause is wine. unjust. In truth, says the friend from If it be required to obtain the acid whom I wanted to borrow money, I am perfectly pure, nothing is necessary but ruined by my banker. In truth, says my to separaie from it the spirit of wine, mistress, I adore you. lo truth, says the which can be best effected by evaporation. Minister, the state is poor, you must The acid of lemons assumes, after it has pay taxes. Nothing, however of all this been freed from the spirit of wine and is the truth. My lawyer wants more the moisture combined with it, a yellowmoney than I can give him. My friend ish colour, and becomes so strong, that, fears, if he leut me money, I would not by its taste, it might be considered as repay him. My mistress is much in a mineral acid. love with my presents. And the Minister It is not necessary to evaporate the intends to give pensions to his friends, spirit of wine in a close vessel, if the at expense of my purse.---This is truth! experiment is made only on a small
Yesterday I was invited to the house scale; nor is there any danger that in of the most celebrated Amphytrion of open vessels any of the acid will be lost, London. The table was covered with as it is too fixed to be volatilized by the plate, exquisite dishes, delicious wines; same degree of heat at which spirit of but the silver was plated, the venison wine evaporates. This acid has peculiar was mutton, the melons of Valencia properties, which deserve farther exacame from the green houses of Chelsea, mination:
THE WONDERS OF NATURE AND ART, &c.
RECENT IRISH BULL.
pair of shoes a few days since, remarked the largest ever built since the days of served him so long as ustial, but he sap Noah, took place on the morning of Wednesday, the 28th of July, at thirty deal of walking on his hands of late!".
posed it was owing to having had a great five minutes past seven o'clock. Her length on deck is 324 feet, breadth of
SUNSET. beam 50 feet, and depth of hold 30 feet; Otet Hennton Hills, in gloring bright, her model is also as extraordinary as her And varied beauty, see the Sun dimensions, being precisely that of a Now leaves this half the world in night, Canadian batteau, that is, perfectly flat.
His goodlyrace of labour run. bottomed and wall-sided, the stem and Those clouds that once obscbr'a bis course,
And dall'd tbe splendour of each ray, stern post nearly or altogether perpen. With added lustre now enforec dicular, and both ends sharp alike, with His glory in declining day. out any fulness, as is the case in the so o'er the good man's path are found
Calamity's dark cloud to low'r; bows and sterns of ships of the usual So shall reflection beann around construction. So that her floor may be The glory of his dying hour. compared to a parallelogram, with an
So the good Christian course sball cease acute equicrural triangle at either extre. The weary spirit sink in peace, and
('Midst splendid hope) its stormy way mity. Her tonpage, by register, is 3,690 And rise, but to eternal day! tons, but she is thought to be capable · Fleanton, near Barnstaple, near Devonshire. of carrying at least 6,000 tons freight; and but for the massy beams which con
CRUMBS OF COMFORT TO THE next ber side timbers, she would pro
PATAGONIAN RACE. bably freight 7,000 tons. She is to be loaded with timber; and it is expected
You grieve that Bill is gtown so tall,
And say you scarcely know him ; will prove sufficiently manageable, but That should be in distress e'er fall, will not probably perform more than one
As a giant he night show him.
gives me, Foyage. Every precaution bas, however,
For my heart must be churled, been taken for the safety and comfort of INI were not right glad to see those who are to navigate her: her cabin
My friend rise in the world. QUIZ, and a safety-room being prepared, that, A CLEARING SHOWER, IN THE TRUE should the vessel by any means become SENSE OF THE WORD, water-logged, the crew would endure
Sald Jack, that heary peltiug shower, but little inconvenience. This ponde Which seemed a deluge for an hour, rous mass was put in motion with as Has made a clearance in the air, much facility as any smaller vessel, and
Now we shall bare some weather fair, slid majestically into the St. Lawrence.
Why, yes, said Tim, that's true I row,
There is a clearance made just now, The length of the ways was somewhat For sure as Church staads under steeple, less than 600 feet, and precisely one
The rain has cleared the "streets of people."
001%. minute elapsed between the period when she moved, and that of her reaching the TO CORRESPONDENTS. water. Her ways were much scorched by the friction, and so great a smoke J. T. S. will find a place to an early arose, that distant spectators imagined Number. some accident to have taken place. A Correspondent and Well-wisher is Three of her four masts were standing, tnformed the Epitaph has before appeared that is, the first and second main-masts, in the PORTFOLIO :--we are sorry he has and her try-sail mast. The sheers were taken the trouble of copying it for a realso up for stepping the foremast, and insertion. her bowsprit was in: compared with the « Tales of To-day," will be inserted. bulk of the hull, they looked like jury
X.'s communication we are compelled spars : her mainsail is not larger ihan to reject. that of a small 74. As soon as she lost
We will avail ourselves of Mary's way, she was taken in tow by three kint. steam-boats, and conducted to the Mont We hope our excellent correspondent morenci Channel, where she dropped her M. has not forgotten us. anchor, which is not larger than that of
T. N. shall have an answer in our next. a first-rate ship of war; the weight is
C. V. and L. S. are simpletons ;---their 78 cwt. 2 qrs.
Dramatic Sketch is worse than nonsense,
LONDON:-WILLIAM CHARLTON WRIGHT, 65, Paternoster Row, and may be had of all Booksellers and Newsinen.
[SEARS, Printer, 45, Gutter I ane.
III. THE WONDERS OF NATURE AND ART.
V. THE MECHANICS' ORACLE.
LONDON, SATURDAY, OCT. 2, 1824.
ib. Anecdote of John Caspar Wurmser.
Naval A pecdotes......
Descriptire Account of the Pictures. 1. VIEW OF BREST HARBOUR.
The view of this animated and beautiIN the general improvement of the ful scene is taken from a spot called the PORTFOLIO, and the extension of its Rose battery, from its position on a character for elegant amusement and rock so termed from its great resemsolid usefulness, we have projected a blance to that flower. The Rose battery series of popular descriptions of the is at the entrance and on the right of most attractive and meritorious public the harbour. exhibitions of the metropolis; in which The gate on the left of thc picture we shall present, not merely an account with reference to our transcript, is the of the external features of the subject, entrance to a battery which cominands but an entire developement and expla- the whole eastern siile of the roads, and nation of the scientific means by wbich with some other batteries of great weight, their effects are produced. We are renders the mouth of the harbour as perfectly aware of all the arguments nearly inaccessible to an hostile squadron which bear on the subject of the lay- as art can effect such a provision. ing open, what is, in most cases, con The large tower on the right of the ducted with an air of profundity and painting is called the Magdalen tower, mysterious secrecy; and we proceed in and is part of an ancient castle which, our task, in the full couviction, that under the additions of modern fortifithe measure, fairly and honestly acted cations, serves to assist the general upon to the extent of our means and defences on the sea-side of the harbour. ability, will be eventually as useful to The old castle extends in the picture to the true interest of science, as it will be the second distance, and may be consi. productive to us of an honourable share dered to terminate at the projecting of public approval.
rectangular wharf or platform, on which is erected a mast of large dimensions.
This is an arrangement of great power Tie general idca of the DIORAMA, and admirable simplicity for the pur. is the exliibition of two highly wrought poses of masting and unmasting ships of scenic pictures, of unusually large war of the largest size. From this plat. dimensioos, of places and circumstances form we are informed a line-of-battle of some peculiar interest. The paint, ship may be completely masted within ings are viewed from a fixed distance, and
an hour. tlnough an opening of considerable size,
The general view of the town fills the but of somewhat smaller dimensions than third distance of the picture. the limits of the picture itself, which
The first lofty building on the right, being without frame or visible boundary, is the telegraph of St. Louis's tower, has ûnder favourable circumstances the and is in communication with Paris. effect of the prototype rather than the Next onwards is seen a building of less copy. The spectators, for about 300 of elevation; this is the hospital for the whom we compute there is commodious reception of the sick and wounded of accommodation, are placed in a semicircular theatre of about 60 feet in dia.
Below this, and standing on the quay meter, and of corresponding height; itself, is a fountain of considerable size certaivly of more elegant design, and of and importance. more chaste style in its decorations even
The high building next on the than any of our metropolitan arrange left, is the harbour clock. The buildments of that class. This part of the ing seen above it is occupied by the building, which we may tërm its central drawing academies, the public library, portion, is constructed upou, and is the offices of the naval town-major, and easily moveable about a fixed centre; those of the harbour works. while the pictures themselves are fixed,
Further to the left of the painting, and completely detached. A simple and beyond its centre, and the groupe mechanical contrivance (with the parti- of shipping which occupies it, is a cular description of which we shall come building having a roof of semicircular clude this article) produces at short construction, under which ships of the intervals so much of a slow circular first class are continually in progress. motion to the central portion, as brings
| Next beyond the building are seen the the spectator alternately in front of each factories of the blacksmiths, locksmiths, picture.
and sailmakers' departments. This sketch of the purely mechanical
The shipping of the groupe are, one arrangements of the exhibition, we hope mav of war of the first class of the line, will suffice to embody a general com cut down, and rigged with temporary prehension of the effect. Of its details masts; the Duc d'Angoulême, a large hereafter.
three-decker fully rigged; and the Duguay Trouin, a heavy 74-gun ship,
THE ISLE OF WIGHT.
THE ISLE OF WIGHT. placency, as if sensible that a white
stone steeple, and a village of white stone 4 The Isle of Wight" is a large title for cottages, backed by the towering honour u paper wlrich ought to be confined to' of the New forest, possess some advanthe notice of “a" watering place; bat' tages over deserted ruis, however insomuch as we know not ourselves what picturesque. are the names of the difterent hills and In almost less time than I can write head-lands, and landmarks, that seein to it, we have arrived at the cold, uncomforttillup nearly one-half of the horizon, as able-looking, but extensive mansion of ve sait down Southampton water; we Sir Arthur Paget. And from this estate, cannot select “A” watering place, at the woods and groves of the Netley side present out of many others, the appella- begin to decline and fade away, till at tions of which, even, are unknown to es. last they totally disappear; and a bold Very certain we are that this steam-boat, sandy point, extending far into the sea, the Medina, with the aid of her engine, announces to you that the East Channel her paddles, and her sails, glides, or now commences; and that here the water rather flies, along at a: delightful rate; of Southampton empties itself. On the and that Captain Knight is the best other shore, a siunilar point is termi." behaved, and the most obliging of all nated by the low and lonely tower called possible captains of passage vessels. Calshot Castle. Before it extends the
“And pray, sir, whose is that delightful long range of the English Channel, villa, on the left, with its viranda-frout breaking on the coasts of Hampshire, -its latticed casements that clustering Sussex, and Kent; on its right, the Isle woodbine and those green elastic-turfed of Wight; behind it the Western Chanlawns, encircled by elmas, acacia, and nel; reaching to the Land's End. beeeh trees?" -" That is the residence But we have rounded Calshot Castle, of Mr. Chamberlaine, the generous repre- and the breeze freshens, and the sea rises ; sentative in Parliament of the ancient the captajn rubs his hands his men look town and county of Suuthampton. The cheerily-and the psssengers begin to elegantly-shafted supports of the gas feel that there are other qualms in the lights, which I heard you admiring in the world, besides those of conscience. High-street, and the lamps themselves, We now approach the Isle of Wight were presented by him to bis consti' sufficiently near to observe the beautiful tüents,"?
bay and barbour, which are formed by One is never in so good a humour for East and West Cowes.' 'On the west an relishing an act of spiritual munificence, irregular town, built on a declivity, a as wben the briny waters are dancing handsome marine parade,' a small fort, around one in a thousand fantastic forms, and a large modern house, called the and the wbite and eddying foam is hissing Castle; on the east, hanging woods that and circling about in wild and boisterous reach down to the very verge of the sean festivity, that seems to be exactly' at high-water mark; two very pretty en blernatical of an exhaustless profusion. castles, and a small dock-yard. The Mr. Chamberlaine's generosity was harbour assumes the form of a triangle; praised with a fervour and sincerity that of which the custom-house, at East Cowes would have extremely gratified him, bad is the apex, and a line drawn from Lord he been present.
Henry Seymour's bathing-house to the But the sun breaks forth through the little fort already spoken of, would form Youring clouds, and the sea, the beach, the base. Innumerable pleasure yachts, the boats, the wbite sails in the distant packets that ply between the Island and channel, and the sparkling windows of Southampton, Guernsey, Jersey, Portethe niansions on the neighbouring shore, mouth, Plymouth, the Isle of Man, &c. all are glowing and glittering in his provide the materials for a picture which yellow light. Every object iù a moment is always moving and animated; and seems, as it were, in holiday; save only this sea view is wonderfully embellished the solemn groves and the grey-cold by the variety of foliage which decks the ruins of the venerable Netley. They just bills that bound it. peep out of their verdant concealment, as The town itself is small, narrow and silent, as mournful, and as little kindred ill-built, and not very populous ; yet it to the world around them, as the bare has three or four libraries, containing a footed monks who once chaupted in their few ill-assorted novels. Moir's catalogue, narrow aisles, or pensively sauntered in particular, is replete with the worst through their solitary cloisters. Nearly productions of the Minerva Press.-By the oppusite, the modern church of Hythe bye, the people at Moir's must find lodglooks over the water on these monastic ings' letting much more profitable than relies with a kind of decent self-com. library-making ; they are not very modest