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Fascinating, impassioned, and deeply learned. Finkelstein counters the notion that imputing judicial responsibility to nonhumans and inanimate objects represents pre-Christian primitivism by ... Read full review
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Page 30 - I was called up," says Mr. Ellicott, " about 3 o'clock in the morning, to see the shooting stars, as they are called. The phenomenon was grand and awful. The whole heavens appeared as if illuminated with sky-rockets, which disappeared only by the light of the sun, after daybreak. The meteors, which at any one instant of time appeared as numerous as the stars, flew in all possible directions except from the earth...
Page 139 - Appearances certainly indicate that it has derived both origin and growth from the accustomary collection of hones, and deposition of them together ; that the first collection had been deposited on the common surface of the earth, a few stones put over it, and then a covering of earth, that the second had been laid on this, had covered more or less of it in proportion to the number of bones, and...
Page 327 - It is therefore probable that the masses tell in this ordtr — the most northerly first, and the most southerly last. We think we are able to point out three principal places where stones have fallen, corresponding with the three loud cannon-like reports, and with the three leaps of the meteor, observed by Mr.
Page xliv - Representatives, on the subject of establishing a uniformity in the weights, measures, and coins, of the United States, has proposed that the weight of the dollar should correspond with the unit of weight.
Page 92 - ... from which no particular mode of application can be free. These are : " First. The weight of the engine and of the fuel. "Second. The large space it occupies. " Third. The tendency of its action to rack the vessel and render it leaky. " Fourth. The expense of maintenance " Fifth. The irregularity of its motion, and the motion of the water in the boiler and cistern, and of the fuelvessel in rough water. "Sixth. The difficulty arising from the liability of the paddles or oars to break, if light,...
Page 93 - ... sixth, the difficulty arising from the liability of the paddles or oars to break if light, and from the weight, if made strong. Nor have I ever heard of an instance, verified by other testimony than that of the inventor, of a speedy and agreeable voyage having been performed in a steamboat of any construction.
Page 92 - ... started into very general notice in a form in which it could not possibly be attended with much success. A sort of mania began to prevail, which indeed has not yet entirely subsided, for impelling boats by steam-engines. . . . For a short time a passage-boat, rowed by a steam-engine, was established between Bordentown and Philadelphia, but it was soon laid aside.