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ALBERTUS'S SECRETS OF NATURE.

TO give a man's body the appear- forth immediately, allured as it is fupa ance of a headless trunk, take a fer- posed, or overpowered by the effluvia

, pent's flough, or cast skin, which being To untie the most intricate knot, let mingled with orpine, pitch, bees wax, the following charm be used ; like maand ass's blood, and formed into a ny useful discoveries it owes its rise to palte, throw into a pot of water, and chance. A person rambling in a wood after it has boiled over a flow fire, let observed a magpy's nest ; resolving to it cool to a consistence : his being make a property of the nest and its made into candles and lighted, will contents, which he hoped would turn produce the extraordinary effect above out to be considerable from the felonimentioned. It is said that a rope which oțis disposition ascribed to birds of that has been used in the hanging of a male- species, he ascends to the hoard, and factor, added to a hand-full of straw, to make sure of every article, effecthat has been v'histled aloft in the air, tually prevented all ingress and egress, being put into a veliel, endues it with by tying up the mansion with many a a power to break all others of the same round of cord, the extremities of which kind that happen to touch it. Lay a he knotted with such intricacy as to part of it on a baker's peel, and, what undo would require no common share is scarce credible, instead of submitting of patience. All things being adjusted, to the fiery ordeal, it will fly out of the moment he was preparing to transthe oven.

We sometimes see the hu- port the airy building with the infant man face divine distorted to the resem- inhabitants it chanced to contain, blance of irrationais ; in order to tranf- fome sudden emergency occasioned his form it in appearance to that of a dog, immediate descent from the tree; let whosoever is curious to try the ex while nature kept him employed at periment, take the fat of a dog, that some distance, comes the mother bird which is found near the animal's ear, with all a parent's anxiety, and after and therewith anoint a piece of new having fluttered round her habitation bombazeen, which being put into a for some moments, unable to find any new lamp of green glass and set in the inlet, fiew off apparently in despair. inidit of a company, presents a spectacle The clown in the interiin secreted himtruly diverting to the beholders, while self, as an encouragement to the bird each laughs at the canine configuration to make a second effort ; and promised of face of his neighbour. To enable himself much amusement from the unone to see whạt remains invisible to availing endeavours of mag, having set others, it is necessary to be provided her as he imagined an insurmountable with the gall of a male cat, and the talk. In a little time returned the disa fat of a white hen, with which the 'consolate bird with an herb in her eyes are to be anointed, Perpetual iin- "beak; the clown wondering what potence may be caused in a person by would be the event, kept his eyes fixed giving hiin to drink any lịquid in which upon her, and great was his astonishhas been infused a glow worm pulver- ment on seeing the ties that had cost ized. In the nest of the lapwing is him so much pains dissolved by the said to be found a stone of various co- application of the herb. which the let lours, which renders the person who drop as soon as it had removed the imcarries it invisible. An çalý method of pediments to her entrance. As the catchil moles is the laying at the above method may be employed for apertu e of their burrow, onions, leeks, discovering the herb which polsesles fa of garlick; which makes them fally fingular a property, Albertus omits

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189 the name and description of it. To violene fit of crepitation which gave terrify one in his sleep, let the skin of an him no respite while the candle contiape be laid under his head. Be- nued lighted in his hand. An alarming fides divers other ways of worming the appearance may be assumed by the folsecrets of women heretofore set down, lowing directions, without any hazard ; is that of laying upon the heart while take white mallows and some whites alleep the tongue of a frog. In order of eggs, beat them up together, after to foreknow in sleep the good or evil which smear your body, and after haythat may betide, by means of fumi- ing allowed it sufficient time to dry on, gation ; take the congealed blood of sprinkle over the unction some flour of an ass, the fat of a lynx, and gum fto- sulphur, which you may set on flame rax, an equal quantity of cach, with without apprehending any dangerous these ingredients made into pills, fumi- consequence. A coat of the same ointgate the house, and there will appear to ment being laid on the palm of the you during sleep a person ready to hand, fecures it in the same manner fatisfy all enquiries. A house may from the effects of fire. If would be made to appear full of serpents form a substance that may be thrown as long as the following composition into the fire without being consumed continues burning in a iamp. Take therein, to a portion of fib's glue add the fat of a black serpent, with which an equal quantity of alum, diluting it (mear a piece of a winding sheet twist- with wine vinegar, which being mould ed into the shape of a candle, having into any shape you like and cast into previously incloled in it the cait skin of the fire will receive no injury. If on á black ferpent, and set fire to it in a the contrary you wish to make the green or black lamp. The croaking figure of a man, beast, &c, which beof frogs is prevented by burning a can- ing thrown into the water will take fire, dle formed of the fat of a crocodile and extinguished without any other mixed with wax bleached in the Sun's effort than taking it out, you may grarays. By the light of a candle consist. tify your curiosity thus; to some uning of the following ingredients, things slacked lime add an equivalent of marl may be made to appear of a white or and sulphur, which catches flame on filver colour: cut off the tail of a being thrown into the water. To see lizard, smear it with oil, which use as any thing by night as distinctly as by a wick.

The following experiment day, smear your face with the blood of has often created a laugh at the expence a bat. A composition which being of unsuspecting persons who were the rubbed on the hand will extinguish the occasion of it. A wick dipped in the light of a lamp when the hand is held, blood of a tortoise being put into the open over, and shut will rekindle it, is hand of him who was marked out for made by mixing Spum. Ind. with the object of laughter, brought on a camphorated water.

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THE ENGLISH FORTUNE-TELLER. No V.

ACCORDING to the concurrent mankind, as all their actions have a prua testimony of all human nature, every dent reference to the future, and, as far individual feels a ftrong desire prompt as that can be guessed, their immediate him from within to know something actions are regulated. Though the agof hïs future destiny, how soon the pellation of fortune-teller is almost present troubles will be over, and the obsolete and changed in fignification, hour of happiness arrive. This is yet I darc aver that I can prove every most wonderfully and clearly per man and woman to be Fortune-tellers, Esived even in the daily pursuits of though not professedly fo, as is under

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Fortune and Wisdom. stood by the name, or such as get a the universal deluge, which most proprecarious penny from the credulous; bably they forelaw approaching. put what is advising, giving council, After the fiood, the first people that! but fortune-telling? In this view we we read of devoted to the science of commence fage admonishers of youth, knowing future events, were the Al

to look to their path and mind syrians ; after that, the Chaldeans, what is right.” In this view our for- the Arabians, and the Indians became tune-telling cannot be repugnant to famous in this art. The Egyptians reason or morality, unless it be un were always attached to this science, reasonable to study our present and fu which thcir descendants have so much ture happiness.

disgraced by their manner of retailing. On the contrary, it has a tendency The Europcans borrowed their know. to elevate the mind, and cheer up the edge of it from the Greeks and Orienfpirits in the pursuit of what is right, tals, who are still lovers of it even to and certainly may be attended with enthusiasın. real service to every person to know It is needless to speak here in praise soincthing of what may happen here. of the utility of it. Every one wishes after. Every person may perceive the to know the future effect of the preleading features or dispclition of his sent direction, and how they may nature, by paying a little attention to mott fortunately manage their affairs the inward emotions of his paslions, in the world : but it mostly behoves and accordingly frame the question, every one to regulate his passions, that to which he will easily find a reply in he may keep them in a proper degree his own mind.

of subserviency, for, as Dr. Watts obAccordingly if he pays attention to ferves, this, he will be fore-armed and fore “ The brutal passions were made warned, and inaking up of his reason but to obey." and judga ent, be better able io correct the natural proneness he feels in himself to the evil which he is fenfi. ble is predominant in his constitution ; or as Pope expresses it in his Efiay on

The Gentleman's second Question. Reafon the bias turns from good to ill, To what pasion is he particularly And Nero reigus a Titus if he will; inclined? The fiery soul abhorr’d in Catiline, In Decius charms, in Curtius is divine : The same ambition can destroy or save, And make a patriot as it makes a knaye. Ambition will po-Tess his whole

foul, to that idol he will facrifice his In respect to fortune-telling, the an. other passions, and every confideration tiquity is very remotę indeed: the

whatever. prophets were all feers, that is, they undertook to restore loft goods, and, according to the interpretation of the Especially his pride ; for when & moit approved commentators, they al man stoops fo low, he never can waih so foretold future events, and inti. off the dirt with which he has fullied mated the consequences of pursuing himself. evil. Josephus informs us that the patriarchs engraved the rudiments of the science on pillars of stone or brass, He will breathe only to accumulate to preserve the same to posterity from riches; and glory in rendering ufe:

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It is certain that the least grain of paflion of vulgar fouls, and liberality vanity ought to preserve a man from the natural inclination of

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pertinence, littleness, and folly.

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Love will find an easy entrance in He thinks that life is nothing if love to his heart, and there arbitrarily be not allowed, and his difpofition reign during the belt part of his life. threatens his voyage with shipwreck.

WISDOM.

FORTUNE.

WISDOM If reason oppofes not that tyranni

Let him bend the fails of his desire cal {way, what will be the emptiness to a good arbour, and be cautious of of his mind when he recovers his free- the rocks which are èn his passage. dom.

Hope, the sweet deceiver of the This young philosopher will de- human heart, still urges us on, and clare war against every passion, but never ceases till the last gleam of life I doubt much of his success.

goes out; nor quits us then, but

gives to desire the idea of breathing FORTUNE.

empyreal air in a purer region, unHe looks on his inferiors with con

clouded with the dross of this musty atmosphere.

Yet, to-morrow, as tempt, on his equals with uneasiness; these are certainly symptoms of pride

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and envy.

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Let him check the growth of this natural disposition ; a becoming pride never can be allied to envy.

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LIVES OF EMINENT ASTROLOGERS, &c.

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with a chemist, who artfully infused THE FIRST ENGLISH MATHEMATI into his head the notions of the art of

making gold, universal diffolvents, and

the philosopher's stone, he devoted himJONAS Mocre, one of the most self to the new art. He is said to have eminent mathematicians of his age, carried his researches in physic and was born at Wittle, in Lancashire, natural history, (to which he certainly He had a strong propensity to study joined a great knowledge of minerolofrom his childhood, and in the early gy) to such a height, that he was ac. part of his life taught the mathematics cused of magic, and in consequence, in London for his support. He was according to the prejudice of those employed in the survey of Norfolk for times, was immured in the prisons of draining the fens. In this he took the Inquisition for a considerable time, notice that the sea forined a curve on but afterwards had the happiness to get the beach, from which he took the out. He then retired to Welwoord, hint to keep it effectually out of Nor- where he spent the remainder of his folk. Mr. Aubrey fays, he inade a days in making experiments, and very model of a citadel for Cromwell, to often at the hazard of his life. He bridle the city of London, which was

died in 1644. to have been the cross building of St. Paul's church.

He was Mr. Flamstead's patron, whom he took

A WONDER SEEKER under his protection. He and Sir Christopher Wren are said to have per JAMES Gaffarel, a man of learning suaded "King Charles to build the ob- in the seventeenth century, was born servatory at Greenwich, in which in Provence. He was a good Oriental.

Flamstead was placed. He was the ist, and valued himself particularly first Englishman who composed a “ Syf- upon occult sciences and cabalistical tem of the Mathematics ;" it was first inquiries. Cardinal Richlieu mad: published in 2 vols. 4to. 1681. He him his library-keeper, and sent him was knighted by Charles II. who ap- into Italy to buy up the best manupointed him surveyor general of the scripts and printed books he could ordnance. Sixty pieces of artillery meet with. Gaffarel published a book were discharged at his funeral, Au- intituled Curiositez Inouies," gust 16th, 1679

which made a great noise, and was censured by the Sorbonne, so that he

was forced to submit to a recantation. 'AN HERMETIC PHILOSOPHER: It is translated into English. Some

pretend that Cardına Richlieu made JOHN Baptift Van Helmont, a

a use of him to carry on his design of great chemiit and physician ; was de- uniting the two religions, and to make scended from a noble family at Brussels, a trial how the project would be reand born in 1577. He applied him- lished, he gave him a commission to Telf to physic againit his father's con- preach againit the doctrine of purgasent, and was created doctor at twen- tory. Gaffarel died at Sigonce in 1681, ty-two years. But finding the insufii- being eighty years of age, having alciency of the school physic, which molt finiiled the work he had been se. could not cure him of the itch, he reral years upon : it was a History of threw afide his profession in disgult, the fubterranean world, in which he and took to travelling; where meeting treats of caves, grottos, wines, vaults, and

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