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bodies, so hardy and savage in their posture, absorbed in silent adoration. manner of living, and possessed of Nothing seemed capable of withdrawpolicy and strong judgment, it is no ing their attention for a moment from wonder they remain what they style the object they were engaged on, The theinselves, masters of nearly all the de-, eye was alternately directed from earth serts in Africa and Asia, to the present to heaven, and from heaven to earth day." p. 362.
again, uncaught by any objects around,
unheeded even by each other. They These are strong collateral testi
seemed wholly enwrapped in the praymonies to historical truth as well as
ers they offered up, in this humble manto Divine prophecy. There are ner, from the ground." p. 7. other occasional elucidations of
" A chief of a party of the Bey's scriptural phraseology or descrip- troops, pursued by the Arabs, lost his tion, which occur in the course of way, and was bepighted near the enethe volume. For example :
my's camp. Passing the door of a tent
which was open, he stopped his horse, “The operation of painting the eye
and implored assistance, being almost lashes with a black tincture, laid on by
overcome and exhausted with fatigue
and thirst. The warlike Arab bid his a gold bodkin, is very tedious, and the metbod of- shaping the eyebrows, by
enemy enter his tent with confidence, pulling out every single superfluous
and treated him with all the hospitality hair, was evidently most painful.” p.
and respect for which his people are so 158.
famous. The highest among them, like 66 This curious
the heroes of old, wait on their guest. practice instantly brought to our recollection certain pas
A man of rank, when visited by a stransages of Scripturc, wherein mention is
ger, quickly fetches a lamb from his
fock, and kills it, and his wife supermade of a custom among oriental women of putting the eyes in painting, intends her women in dressing it in the
best manner. With some of the Arabs and wbich our English translators of the Bible, unable to reconcile with their
the primitive custom of washing the feet notions of a female toilet, have rendered is yet adopted, and this compliment is painting the face.'” Note, in p. 180.
performed by the head of the family. “ We saw in the fields, among the ba
Their supper was the best of the fatted rilla plant, many of the famed devour
lamb roasted; their dessert, dates and ing locusts, which in clouds actually dried fruit; and the lady of the tent, to darken, at times, the rays of the sun in
honour more particularly her husband's Egypt. They resemble in shape a grass-guest, set before him a dish of boseen hopper, but are thicker and larger, and of her own making. It was of flour and
water kneaded into a paste, and left on are of a light brown colour. Fortunately
a cloth to rise while the fire was lighted; for this country, they seldom commit depredations here as in Egypt; yet they
then throwing it on the embers, and sometimes occasion serious apprehen- turning it often, it was taken off half sions to the Moors, who dread their num
baked, broke into pieces, and kneaded bers increasing so as to make their ap
again with new milk, oil, and salt, made
into the shape of a pudding, and garproach fatal to the harvest." p. 296.
nished with kadeed, which is small bits It is right, however, after the of mutton dried and salted in the highmany examples we have given of est manner. the peculiar evils incident to Moor- “ Though these two chiefs were opish society, and the vices belonging and friendship to each other, recounting
posed in war, they talked with candour to Moorish character, to mention
the achievements of themselves and one or two features which, if they their ancestors, when a sudden paleness do not serve in all respects as mo- overspread the countenance of the host. dels, may, at least, provoke Chris. He started from his seat and retired, and tians to emulation.
in a few moments afterwards sent word
to his guest that his bed was prepared, “ The appearance of the Moors at and all things ready for his repose ; that prayer was as solemn as it was strange, he was not well himself, and could not They were at that part of the service attend to finish the repast; that he had which obliged them to prostrate them- examined the Moor's horse, and found it selves and salute the earth : the whole too much exhausted to bear him through congregation was accordingly in this a hard journey the next day, but that Christ. OBSERV, No. 187,
before sunrise an able horse, with tunate friend in the same employment, every accommodation, would be ready if he wished it, or recommended another; at the door of the tent, where he would it has happened that Moors, quite above meet him, and expect him to depart with such employment, have with an earnest all expedition. The stranger, not able charity delivered the provisions to the to account farther for the conduct of his Christians who had sent for them. The host, retired to rest.
Moors perform acts of kindness at pre"An Arab waked him in time to take sent which, if attended by such dreadful refreshment before his departure, which circumstances, would be very rarely met was ready prepared for him ; but he saw with in most parts of Christendom. An none of the family till he perceived, on instance very lately occurred of their reaching the door of the tent, the master philanthropy. A Christian lay an obof it holding the bridle of his horse, and ject of misery, beglected and forsaken; supporting his stirrups for him to mount, self-preservation having taught every which is done among the Arabs as the friend to fly from her pestileotial bed, last office of friendship. No sooner was even her mother! But she found in the the stranger mounted than his host an- barbarian a, paternal band : passing by, nounced to him, that through the whole he heard her moans, and concluded she of the enemy's camp he had not so great was the last of her family; and finding an enemy to dread as himself. • Last that not the case, he beheld her with night,' said he, in the exploits of your sentiments of compassion mixed with ancestors, you discovered to me the horror. He sought for assistance, and murderer of my father. There lie all till the plague had completed its ravages, the habits he was slain in, (wbich were and put an end to her sufferings, he did at that moment brought to the door of not lose sight of her, disdaiping her the tent,) over which, in the presence of Christian friends, who left her to his my family, I have many times sworn to benevolent care.
pp. 88, 89. revenge his death, and to seek the blood of his murderer from sunrise to sunset.
There occasionally occur, indeed, The sun has not yet risen, the sun will be no more than risen when I pursue
even in a barbarous state of society, you, after you have in safety quitted my
where nothing is safe or sacred, tent, where, fortunately for you, it is except felons in a sanctuary, bright against our religion to molest you after spots, wbich impart a more vivid found a refuge there ; but all my obliga- in the uniform atmosphere of a your having sought my protection, and delight than would seem attainable tions cease as soon as we part, and from that moment you must consider me as
civilized community ; just as an one determined on your destruction, in oasis in the desert is more capable whatever part, or at whatever distance of inspiring pleasure than all the we may meet again. You have not beauties of nature, when familiar to mounted a horse inferior to the one that
The delight given and restands ready for myself; on its swiftness surpassing that of mine depends one of ceived on some interesting occasions our lives, or both.' After saying this he detailed in this volume is of this shook his adversary by the hand, and nature, and is almost sufficient to parted from him. The Moor, profiting redeem a state of barbarism, inseby the few moments he had in advance, curity, and tyranny, from much of reached the Bey's army in time to escape his pursuer, who followed him the borror which attaches to it. closely, as near the enemy's camp as he
But we need not envy a delight could with safety. This was certainly so dearly purchased, and of which a striking trait of hospitality; but it the majority of human beings must was no more than every Arab and every
ever be deprived: nor is bighMoor in the same circumstances would do.” pp. 79-81.
wrought feeling indeed so favoura. “ Eight people in the last seven days, ble either to spiritual growth, or to who were employed as providers for the mental improvement, as a quiet and house, have taken the plague and died. peaceable life, which may be passed He who was too ill to return with what
in all godliness and bonesty. While, he had brought, consigned the articles to his next neighbour, who faithfully therefore, we are placed in circumfinishing his commission, as has always stances which, we verily believe, been done, of course succeeded his unfor- offer fewer impediments, and more
advantages to the cultivation of applicable to the particular situathat divine life to which, as Chris- tion of the inhabitants of our muchtians, we are called, than any other favoured island. in the history of man, it becomes We have spoken already of the us to be thankful for our exemp- style of the authoress, which is tions, and to seek to make a right easy, and often graceful, though in use of our privileges, that they may many instances graminatically inacnot be bestowed in vain, or produce curate.
Her keepness of observa. only an increase of our punishment. tion, taste in discriminating, and ac
We have, of course, omitted much curacy of memory, combined with interesting matter, for which we her powers of description, certainly must refer the reader to the volume qualified her for making a judicious itself. We have, in fact, only culled use of the peculiar faculties which a few flowers from a rich garden, she possessed, and for presenting for the sake of dressing up certain the public with a volume well wore moral considerations that appear thy of their attention.
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The celebrated M. Biot, of the French
Institute, has come to this country for rently arbitrary, fractional numbers,
ples. He strongly recommends that the
12.000,766 inches ; either of these being 1. The length which must be given to regarded as the 27404th part of the base an open tube or pipe, that it may yield on Hounslow Heath, and as equal in a determinate musical sound.
length to a prismatic plate that vibrates 2. The altitude to which a person 36.469 times in five hours. He recommust ascend vertically, to cause the mends, also, a decimal, instead of a duomercury in the barometer to sink a pro- decimal division. Of course his meaportional part of its height.
sures of capacity and weight are to be 3. The space through wbich a body, cubes of his measures of length. falling freely from quiescence, will de- Upon an'average of nine years, the comscend in a given time at a giren place. mitments for crimes, in proportion to the
4. The length of a degree of a meri- population of the following towns, have diap in a given latitude, or from the been estimated as follows ;-in Mancheslength of a quadrant of guch meridian. ter one in 140, in London one in 800, in
5. The length of a pendulum that Ireland one in 1600, and in Scotland one sball vibrate in a given interval, in a in 20,000! We have not at hand the given latitude.
means of verifying this calculation ; but Of these methods, the first three are even taking it upon a scale much less faelegant in theory, but do not admit of vourable to Scotland, what an irresistible sufficient precision in practice. The argument does it afford for the moral, fourth method, by the magnitude of the religious, and mental culture of the huoperations on which it depends, and the man race! variety and utility of the scientific re- Dr. John Davy, brother to Sir Humsearches which it has tended to improve phry Davy, has found, by observations and perfect, has seduced many into its made during a voyage to Ceylon, that adoption. The most eminent members the temperature of the sea, which is of the Paris Academy of Sciences, La- usually highest about noon, is somewhat grange, Laplace, Lalande, Borda, &c. higher and later than usual during a recommended it warmly; and two skil- storm. Shallow water is colder than ful astronomers, both in theory and deep, in consequence of which differ. practice, MM. Mechain and Delambre, ence of temperature, seamen, he thinks, were appointed to conduct the grand may readily discover at night when they geodesic operations which were to issue approach either shoals, banks, or the in this momentous result. Yet it is now shore.* He always found the water on well known that the system has failed in the coast full two degrees colder than in France ; and Dr. Gregory has shown, by the open sea. some curious proofs, that even men of science calculate with the multitude, and afterwards reduce the vulgar mea- * Dr. Davy's idea is not new, as our sures to the scientific. He detects them readers will perceive by turning to our frequently adopting intricate, and appa- vol. for 1802, p. 396.
The British Museum, instead of being great honour upon the powers of the seen, as formerly, by ten or twelve per- architect, and the disinterestedness of sons daily, is now visited upon almost the projectors. It has been pronounced every open day, by from one to two thou
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Feet. for which the public are especially in- The length within the abutments is 1,242 debted to the late indefatigable Speaker Length of road supported by arches of the House of Commons.
on the Surrey side
1,250 Waterloo Bridge.-This noble struc- Ditto Middlesex side
400 ture, originally designated “ The Strand Width within the balustrades 42 Bridge," but the appellation of which Span of each arch
120 bas been since changed to commemorate Clear water way under the nine the victory of Waterloo, was opened arches, which are equal. 1,080 with great splendour on the 13th of Total length from the Strand to June, the anniversary of that ever- Lambeth, including the forty memorable transaction, by the Prince brick arches on the south side, Regent, attended by the Dukes of York, and the sixteen on the north · 2,890 Wellington, &c. the Lord Mayor, and of the other bridges in the metropolis, numerous other persons of distinction. Westminister is 1,223 feet in length The structure, which is of the most Blackfriars 940-London Bridge 900 durable granite, is completed with a and Vauxhall 860. skill, solidity, and beauty, which reflect
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