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74 Specimen of an American Newspaper for the year 4796. [vol. 10 I feel myself surrounded by thy pres- presage ; as the day declined, it gained ence."

With rapturous emotion he strength; and he earnestly entreated, spatched the flute, and the harp agaio as a las request, to be conveyed 10 responded, but gradually its tones be- Josephine's apartment. The prayer came softer, till the melodious murmurs was granted. Sellner no sooner reachceased, and all again was silent. Sell- ed the well-known spot than he gazed ner's feeble frame was completely disor- with ineffable satisfaction on every obdered by these tumultuonis emotions; ject endeared by affectionate rememwhen be threw himself on his bed it brance. was only to rave deliriously of the harp: The evening hour advanced; he disafter a sleepless night he rose only to missed all his attendants, the physician anticipate the renewal of his emotions ; alone remaining in the apartment. with unspeakable impatience be awaited When the clock struck nine Selloer's the return of evening, when he again countenance was suddenly illumined, repaired to Josepbine's apartment, the glow of hope and pleasure fushed where, as before, when the clock struck his wan cheeks, and he passionately nine, the harp began to play, in con- exclaimed—“ Josephine, greet me once cert with the flute, and prolonged its more at parting, that I may overcome melodious accompaniment ill the tones the pangs of death.” Ai these words gradually subsided to a faint and tremu- the barp breathed forth a strain of julous vibration, and all again was silent. bilee, a sudden gleam of light waved Exhausted by this second trial, it was round the dying man, who, on beholdwith difficulty that Sellner lottered to ing the siga, exclaimed—“ I come, I his chamber, where the visible alteration coine, to thee," and sunk senseless on in bis appearance excited so much the couch. It was in vain that the asaların, that the physician was again tonished physician hasteoed to his ascalled in, who, with sorrow and dis- sistance, and he too late discovered that may, detected aggravated symptoms of life had yielded in the conflict. It was the fever which bad proved so fatal to long before he could bring bimself to Josephine ; and so rapid was its pro- divulge the mysterious circumstances gress that in two days the patient's fate which had preceded Selloer's dissoluappeared inevitable. Sellner became tion ; but once, in a moment of confimore composed, and revealed to the dence, he was iosensibly led to make physician the secret of his late mysteri- the detail to a few intimate friends, and ous coinmunications, avowing his be- finally produced the harp, which he lief that he should not survive the ap- had appropriated to himself as a legcay proaching evening. No arguments from the dead.-New. Mon. could remove from his mind this fatal





The North American Luminary, 1st July, 4796. A CELEBRATED professor of a clear and comparatively warm sen

chemistry has discovered a method son. By this useful contrivance, any of composing and decomposing the sur- mariner" may allay the violence of a rounding atmosphere, so that any far- hurricane, or give the wind the direcmer can, with the greatest facility, and tion and degree of force best suited to at a small expense, avert rain, or pro- the objects of his voyage. duce it in any quantity necessary for the perfection of his crops.

The corporation of Baltimore have fessor recently dispelled the clouds over subscribed a sum for erecting one of the city of New York and its suburbs the newly-invented telescopes. It is for the space of a week, converting the to be liberally appropriated to the use cold, damp weather of our winter into of all the citizens, so that the meanest


The pro

mechanic may amuse himself in his ancient Richmond Hill, but he could leisure moments by viewing the differ- not procure a single coin, or discover ent occupations of the inhabitants of any one object of antiquarian research. the moon. The effect of this inven- Our traveller was extremely desirous of tion upon morals is beyond all calcula- ascending the river yet higher, in order tion. The labouring classes now give to reach the ancient Windsor, once the up the enjoyment of spirituous liquors proud abode of England's monarchs, for the superior pleasure of contemplat- but he was so annoyed by the tribes of ing the wonders which this invention savages, that he found it impossible to exposes to the human senses.

proceed. Dr. Clarke intends next

year to renew his travels in this once The army of the northern states will glorious and now almost forgotten isla take the field against that of the south- and; and he will take with him a body ern provinces early next spring. The of five and twenty of the United States principal northern force will consist of troops, which will effectually repél any 1,490,000 picked troops. General force that the savage inhabitants can Congreve's new mechanical cannon bring against bim. Fas tried last week at the siege of Geor Our traveller Baron Humbold digia. It discharged in one hour 1120 rected his researches to France. Ile balls, each weighing five hundred discovered the mouth of the ancient weight. The distance of the objects river Seine, and attempted to ascend as fired at was eleven miles, and so per- far as the site of the once-famed city of fect was the engine, that the whole of Paris, but he found the river entirely these balls were lodged in a space of choaked with weeds; and after he had twenty feet square.

proceeded about thirty miles, the

stream became a mere muddy brook. According to the census just taken by The baron, however, found the inhabthe order of government, the population itants of the country so inoffensive and of New York amounts to 4,892,568 communicative,that he proceeded to his souls, that of Philadelphia to 4,981,947, object by land, protected only by two and the population of Washington, our ervants and three American sailors. capital, exceeds six millions and a half. The people could give the baron no

information whatever, but seemed by Our celebrated travellers Dr. Clarke far more ignorant than the savages of and Baron Humbold have just arrived England; making up for this ignofrom their researches into two of the rance, however, by a cheerfulness of countries of ancient Europe. By means disposition at once admirable and riof a new invention, Dr. Clarke crossed diculous. These


apthe Atlantic in seven days. He sailed peared fond to excess of decorating up the ancient river Thames, to a spot their heads and bodies with feathers which our aniquaries are now agreed and skins dyed in the most gaudy and must be the site of the once renowned varied colours. The baron observed city of London, but not a vestige of numberless groups of these people using human habitation remained. There the most ridiculous grimaces, and twistexisted the mutilated portion of a gra- ing the body into a dozen ridiculous atnite arch, which Dr. Clarke conceived titudes. They then began to dance, might be the last remains of the once- an exercise which they seemed so atcelebrated bridge of Waterloo.* The tached to, that it appeared to be their Doctor proceeded further up the river, only recreation. The musical instruto an elevated situation on the left ment to which these poor creatures bank, which commanded a view of were so fond of jumping and dancing, savage but delightful scenery. This was about two feet long, and consisted our antiquary conjectured might be the of a hollow body, with a solid handle

* The origin of this name of Waterloo is now irrecoverably lost, unless it be a corruption of the terms water low, or low water, the bridge perhaps having been built at a spor of less depth than the contiguous parts of the river.

of about the same length, and curved at the machine. The boat itself will be the extremity. It had four strings, ex- covered with a paste made of the es. · tending from the extremity of the han- sence of cork, as a non-conductor of

dle, beyond the middle of the instru- heat; and Professor Wanderhagen, ment itself

, and being held between the having suffered so much from the cold chin and the collar-bone by the left in his previous voyage, will provide hand, was played on by the right with himself with a store of the “ condensed a bent stick, curved at the two ends, essence of caloric," a cubic inch of being drawn together with horse-hair. which will keep up a brilliant light and an This we have no doubt is some species intense heat for four-and-twenty hours. or description of that instrument so celebrated amongst the Europeans be The new mechanical steam-coach tween the sixteenth and nineteenth left Philadelphia at eight in the evecenturies under the name of fiddle or ning of the 3d ultimo, and arrived at violin': for the Society of Antiquarians, Parrysburg, Greenland, at noon on the in their last report, have given it as th, a distance of 893 miles in 40 their decided opinion that the ancient hours. It carried cighteen in, and fiddle, viola, violin, violincello, and twenty-seven outside passengers, bebass viol, were merely different kinds sides a great quantity of luggage. of the same instrument; and they very ably refute Dr. Camden's conjecture By the method of instruction which that the violin of ancient Europe was has been followed for nearly two cenan instrument of parchment and bells, turies by the professors of our various played upon by the knuckles.-Vide universities, a gentleman is made thoReports of the Antiquarian Society roughly acquainted with literature, of New Pork. folio, vol.1783, p.860.* philosophy, and the sciences, in less

than two years; but according to the The late voyage of Professor Wan- new plan proposed by Professor Swift, derhagen to the moon took up a space the same perfection of knowledge may of nearly seven months, but the pre- be acquired in less than twelve months. sent expedition, it is expected, will take up much less time. The body of Advertisement.-Shortly will be pubthe balloon will be filled with the new lished, price two dollars, The Comgas discovered by our chemist Dr. plete Farmer; shewing the art by Ætherly, and which is 800 times light- which the earth is made to produce er than the lightest gas known to the four crops in the year, and the crops ancient Europeans. The body of this preserved from any possibility of injuballoon will not be circular, but a poly- ry by season or weather. gon, of an infinity of angles, and at each angle a pair of wings, all of which In the press, and shortly will be are worked with the greatest precision published, price one dollar, A Descripand facility, by the most simple but tion of the Patent Safety Machine, by beautiful machinery. These wings at means of which Dr. Boreum descended once create a draft, and determine the thro’ the crater of a volcano, and disdirection of the air at the will of the covered the cause of volcanic eruptions. aeronaut, whose balloon is easily steered by a newly-constructed air-rudder. The present maturity of the medical

The boat of the balloon will contain science is beautifully displayed by the twenty-five persons, and provisions for last report of our College of Physicians. a twelvemonth. This boat has two By the assistance of the optical glasses immense self-acting wings, which, like which enable us to perceive minutely a bird's, condense the air underneath all the most secret functions of the anithe boat so as to assist in supporting mal æconomy, and the perfect state of

* The ancient fiddle, with its cognomen, or monosyllable præfixture, was, we fancy, a low instrument, very generally played upon by the vulgar. Professor Von Helmont conceives it to have been not a stringed, but a wind instrument; but this is little more than conjecture.

the various sciences relating to medi- well as individuals, as to the various cine, the modern physician is not only channels into which their capital and able to recover the human body from industry should flow. From hence the various attacks of disease, but he is had arisen commercial treaties, bounable to anticipate its causes, and to ties, drawbacks, imposts, lieenses, &c. prevent its approach to a degree of until the simple principles of trade moral certainty. But more even than were lost in the most complex and abthis can be effected by the magic of surd systems of commercial polity. modern science. The physician can But the experience of ages has at length prolong life to treble that time which proved what the speculations of ingewas formerly considered its natural pe- nious men had previously advanced, riod of duration, and can at once ren- and man is now very properly left to der the human body sccure from dis- direct his capital and labour according ease and free from deformity. Those to his own knowledge and discretion. medicines which with infallible security Is it not the height of impertinence for either totally prevent, or if not applied a statesman to say to him who enters a in time for prevention, will rapidly commercial city for the purpose of cure the gout, stone, phthisis, pulmona- trade,“ Sir, you shall not employ your lis, and other disorders, are now known capital according to your own knowto all. But, does Nature make us fee. ledge and experience, but according to ble and diminutive, the physician cal- my conceptions of commerce : you culates the means by which he can ef- want to trade to the West ; I think it feet the accretion of particles to the va- better that trade should flow to the rious parts of our bodies, and thus ren- East, and I have therefore laid heavy der his patient perfect in symmetry. duties, and even prohibitions upon If our teeth are not to the model of per- western trade, whilst I will encourage fection, they can be extracted without eastern trade by drawbacks, bounties, pain, and by taking those elements of and special immunities ?” Thus every which by analysis teeth are found to be thing was forced out of its natural chancomposed, they may be regenerated, nel, and every country may be said to and during their growth they can be have been in a sort of peaceful siege. formed to the standard of ideal beauty. Now things are left to their own level. Is our vision imperfect, the medicines The common principles of demand and which are found to affect the size and supply are now acknowledged to regiicolour of our eyes are applied, and in a late markets much better than legislaweek those organs are both beautiful torial calculations and interference.--and of perfect operation. Thus are Iluman necessities and the common we brought to a state free from disease, principles of our nature are found to a state of longevity, in which our form constitute the best barometers of comand features have no model but that mercial policy, and individuals are performed by our ideas of perfection and mitted to trade with their wealth, acbeauty.

cording to their own knowledge and

calculations. Thus we have no cirThe manner in which the numerdus cuito's channels of communicationproductions of the earth are now ex no licensing-bonding—no unloading changed between man and man, is beau- to load again, no entering one port as tiful from the simplicity of its cause, and a passport into anoiher, no wilsie of lofrom the effect it has upon human hap- bour; man frecy exchanges with mali, piness. It was a plausible theory and the bounties of Providence are difamongst the ancients, that a statesnan fused over the whole carili. of wisdom should sit in his closet as in a focus of knowledge, to which should Last year, no less than. i 31 resses be brought all the returns of custom- sailed from Alaska, and the wistem houses, with the various reports and coast of America. ilırough the funnels data of commerce—that,weighing these separating America jon North (co:in the balance of wisdom, he should be gia and Greenland. It is curions to able to instruct corporate bodies as reflect that the very existence of such in

passage was a problem of difficult so ence about the year 1800, plumed lution to the Europeans from the 16th themselves much upon their discoverto the 19th centuries. This was then ing the means of making brilliant lights called the North-west passage, and was by reflectors, and the different gases of first discovered by a navigator of great oil and coal burnt in various descripcelebrity amongst the ancient English; tions of lamps. How these pigmies but whether his name was Parry or would have hid their diminished heads, Croker it is now impossible to ascer could they have foreseen our present tain, from the imperfect state of our re- perfection in ligluting the atmosphere, cords at that period.

by exciting attraction and motion

among the constituent particles of light The Honourable Mr. Northerly, we and heat. The aerometer of New understand, intends to take his lady York, at a trifling expense, produces a and their children in their yacht this light in the atmosphere equal to the summer to traverse the North Pole. brightest moon-shine. So that dark

ness is unknown to the moderns, and A chemist, deeply read in the scien- we experience only the gradations beces of the middle ages, (the 18th and tween the light of the moon and that 19th centuries of the Christian æra) of the sun.-New Monthly, Aug. assures us that the English men of sci



quented parts of the world. The third prinM UCHI useful discussion has arisen in ciple, sanctioning distant research by sea

consequence of the dissertations on and land, or that of forwarding the interest the interesting science of Mugnetism and of commerce and arts, may not be less comVariation, inserted in your Magazine : and mendable ; as thereby civilization and the in all instances, the reasoning and sugges- comforts of life are materially benefited, and tions alluded to have experienced the mark human happiness consequently increased. ed approbation of characters eminent for If the two voyages of discovery in search their knowledge of a subject rendered ex of a North-west passage into the North Patremely prominent by the recent brilliant cific, or Eastern Ocean, should not attain discovery of a North-west Magnetic Pole. that object, they will prove of incalculable

The above-mentioned papers on magnetic value in ultimately establishing, on sure and variation having been published previously fixed scientific principles, the wonderful to the appearance of the valuable works of rule. or rationale of the variation of the Mag. Captain Parry and Mr. Fisher, some farther netic Needle ; provided we avail ourselves thoughts necessarily arise from a due con- skilfully of the means furnished by the darsideration of statements and opinions there. ing and so far successful enterprise of men in contain d; and such remarks as are of- of consummate courage and perseverance, fered are made with the best of views, viz. amidst appalling difficulties, and trials althat of calling the attention of men who have most superhuman. equally the power and inclination to pro Though currents and other circumstances mote objects of public utility.

suficiently evince the existence of a NorthVoyages of discovery, and travels,are na west Passage, it would appear, from the actionally undertaken on three principles, at counts before us, there cannot be a hope of once creditable, legitimate, and laudable. accomplishing it in the parallel of the new On the first, the Deity is honoured by the ly-discovered Georgian Islands. In your humble, but hazardous efforts of his crea- Magazine, it was recommended to attempt tures, to discover the extent of His wonder- to effect a passage into theHyperborean Sea, ful works here on earth, fand the nature of out of Repulse Bay, at the North extremity meducated nan under the varying aspect of Hudson's Bay ; and there, at this moof climate and seasons : and that too with ment, the discovery ships are making such the noble ultimate view of ameliorating his attempt. This dreary and inhospitable coast condition, by conferring the benefits of runs nearly East and West, about the parknowledge, and the blessings of religion. allel of 70°, and between 90 and 160 of W. On the second principle, the discoveries of longitude, to Icy Cape, where the American enterprising mariners and travellers can coast runs South-south-west. of Behring's alone (as in the putsent instance) enable us Straits. We have no accounts of this coast to advance certain sciences which require on which any reliance can be put ; and if experiments of a delicate description to be we credit such as we have, the Sea in these made, and observations of an accurate na Northern regions is constantly frozen upture to be taken, in opposite, and unfre. It appears from Cook's Voyages, that even

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