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Página 28 - HAPPY the man, whose wish and care A few paternal acres bound, Content to breathe his native air In his own ground. Whose herds with milk, whose fields with bread, Whose flocks supply him with attire, Whose trees in summer yield him shade, In winter fire.
Página 268 - HitttoniJ spins in all weathers, whereas the common silk-worm is apt to be thrown off work by a passing cloud. It is thought that the new worm may prove commercially important, and Government is solicited to institute experiments regarding its productive powers. In connection with silk it was announced at the late meeting of the Society, that the new plan of manufacturing silk directly from the bark of the mulherry tree is rapidly gaining ground.
Página 25 - In his 3d yolume, page 357, speaking directly of the ancient Indian currency, he says, " There is no doubt that the precious metals gold and " silver, particularly gold, were in very ancient times the established " medium of exchange in India ; but this however will not prove it " to have been coined. If we can repose any confidence in the " published translations of native works, the use of coined money " would appear to have prevailed in very remote times, for it is " expressly mentioned in the...
Página 155 - a thin fragile, spiral, discoid shell, umbilicated on both sides and carinated on the back and below, with a membranaceous lamellar keel," and he adds that it has externally much the appearance of a very diminutive umbilicated Nautilus.
Página 216 - ... this must vary, in some degree, according to the locality, or the nature of the tree operated upon. In many places the bark is not pressed at all, or but imperfectly so, and it is then generally out of form or slightly curled. The peridermis is often but partially removed, or simply scraped. Finally, whether it be accidental, or whether it be done with the view of augmenting the weight, there frequently remains a certain quantity of moisture in the bark, which greatly deteriorates it. It thus...
Página 27 - ... any other quarter. No wonder, therefore, when all the qualities necessary to constitute money are possessed in so eminent a degree by the precious metals, that they have been used as such, in civilized societies, from a very remote era. " They became universal money," as M. Turgot has observed, " not in consequence of any arbitrary agreement among men, or of the intervention of any law, but by the nature and force of things.
Página 246 - In reply to a question I subsequently put to Dr. Shepard as to whether he knew of any examples of meteorites having struck trees in America, he replied as follows :— " I think you will find in the volume I left with Mr. Reeks at the Museum, an account of the fall of Little Piney, Missouri, February 13th, 1839 ; in which it is stated that the stone struck a tree and was shattered to fragments, it being one of a brittle character. In the interior of the Cabarras country, N.
Página 67 - Clivcenas just described, single specimens only have been in my possession for a considerable time. There are three or four more species met with about Colombo but these being of common occurrence I abstain from describing them here as they may possibly be amongst those described by Putzeys or others from the Indian continent.
Página 36 - Delhi, to which in a foot note is added, " Ferishta* states that at " this time there was no silver coinage in the Carnatic : and Colo" nel Briggs observes that the same was true to a certain extent " till very lately : the common coin was the pagoda and there was " a small coin called a gold fanam, as low in value as a sixpence.
Página 249 - Sueciae." 1739, pp. 502, 503. Since the Battersea phenomenon was announced, Professor Henslow, to whom I had applied, wrote to me saying, that he possessed a remarkable example of a stone which was found imbedded in the heart of a tree, in sawing it up in Plymouth Dockyard ; and he has obligingly sent up the specimen, which is now also exhibited. In this case, judging from the mineral character of the rock, and its being slightly magnetic, Professor Henslow supposed that it was perhaps a volcanic...