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Short Sketch of Palmistry. he king of the fame fuit she is queen- turned, conveyed fome quicksilver into f;. but if a single woman tries it, the the dough, and then took their leave. jay make her sweetheart what king. The old woman left the cooking to the he likes; the knaves of the fame fuit care of her grand-daughter, and went re the inen's thoughts : so that you herself to church, charging her to be hay know what they are thinking, by careful, and skim the pot, in which elling nine cards from where they are was to be boiled the dumplings and a laced, making them one; and if any leg of mutton; the girl was very careful ne chuses to try if she shall have her to watch when the pot boiled, when wish, let her shuffle the cards well (as taking off the cover, out jumped a he must likewise when she tells her dumpling, which she instantly put in ortune) wishing all the time for some again, when out flew another, and one thing; she must then cut them another after that, which so terrified the once, and minding what card she cuts, girl, that she ran with all fpeed to the huffle them again, and then deal them church: the old woman feeing her come jut into three parcels; which done, in, held up her hand, fhook her head, look over every parcel, and if the card winked at her, as much as to say, Beyou cut comes next yourself, or next gone ! at last the girl cried out, before the act of hearts, you will have your all the congregation, “ All your nodding wish; but if the nine of spades is next, and winking does not fignify, for the you will not, for that is a disappoint. leg of mutton has beat the dumplings out ment; however, you may try it three of the pot.” This caufed much laughtimes,

ing; and her two grandfors, being then This method of telling fortunes is on their knces, faw plainly the pleasing innocent, and much better than for a effect of their experiment: but to play young person to tell their secrets to an tricks with quicksilver should be done old hag of a gypsey fortune-teller, who with great care, as it is very dangerous. can inform her no better, if she pays a fhilling for the intelligence.--Breslaw.

Displayed in a short sketch of the art of telling To make sport, and cause mirth with quicksilver

fortupes by the lines in the hands. From Breslaw.


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THIS volatile mineral will afford

IF the lines which are in the middle many curious experiments, none of of the hand, which are called the tablewhich are more pleasing than the follow- lines, are broad and fair, without being ing-Boil an egg, and while it is hot broken, it is a sure sign the party will make a small hole at one end, then put

lead a happy and comfortable life. in a little quicksilver, seal up the hole

If the line from the wrist


strait with sealing-wax, and then leave it on up to the little finger, it is a better sign a table, or any where else, when it will than if broken, for then it denotes the not cease to fly about while there is party will live to a great advance of old any warmth in it, or till it is broken in age; but on the contrary should the line pieces.

want continuity, they are in danger of fudden death, for that is called the line

of death; if the line of life, which is Anghe's trick with quickálvez, from the fame.

that which runs from the wrist, by the

ball of the thurnb, and ends under the AN old woman on a Sunday was fore finger, is clear and ends without making dumplings, when two of her breaks, it denotes possession, prosperity, grandfors came to see her, and being and happy old age: round lines, like thertily inclined, while her back was femi-circles on the inside of the tips of


Ingenious Physical Amusements.

19 the fingers, promises houles, land, and near your hip, and hid by your coat; inheritance. As many lines or crosses you will after that shew your ring which as a woman has in her wrist, so many you hold in your left hand; then ask children lht may expect to have. the company on which finger of the

If the middle or iable lines in the other hand i hey wish it to pass. Durhand, are very narrow, and contracted, ing this interval, and as soon as the it is a sign of poverty, and crosses in the anfwer has been given, put the before world. If a crooked line goes through mentioned finger on the little hook, in the table line, it is a sign of death by order to slip on it the ring; at the same accident or violence; but if it runs moment let go the other ring, by openStraight, and even through, it is a good ing your fingers; the fpring which is fign.

in the watch barrel, not being confined Thus much, we thought necessary, to any longer, will contract, and make the make good in some measure the promise ring flip under the sleeve, without any in our Proposals, as we mean in our fu- body perceiving it, not even those who turenumbers to enter more minutely and hold your arms: as their only attention explicitly upon this curious science; being to prevent your hands from com but, as time did not permit us to get the municating, they will let you make the necessary figures cut we refer them to necessary motions. These motions muf the third Number of this work, where be very quick, and always accompanied we have begun a regular system of by stamping with your foot. Palmistry.

After this operation, shew the assem bly that the ring is come on the other

hand : make them remark well that i PHYSICAL AMUSEMENTS,

is the same that had been lent to you, From Pinetti.

or that the mark is right.

Much quickness and dexterity mus To make a ring Chift from one hand to another, be made use of to succeed in this en

and to make it go on whatever finger is required tertaining trick, that the deception may your arms, in order to prevent any communica- not be fufpe&ted.

tion between them.

DESIRE, some person in the com

To guess by smelling, which has been el.e number

ftruck out by a person in the company, in the pany to lend you a gold ring, recom

product of a multiplication given him to do. mending him at the fanie time to make a mark on it, that he may know it again.

PROPOSE to a person of the comHave a gold ring of your own, which pany to multiply, by whatever number you are to fasten by a small cat-gut he pleases, one of the three sums which Atring to a watch bárrel, which must you will give him on a piece of paper be fown to the left sleeve of your coat. desire him to strike out whatever figure

Take in your right hand' the ring he pleases of the product of his multithat will be given to you; then taking plication, let him change and inver with dexterity near the entrance of your the order of the remaining figures afte sleeve the other ring fastened to the the defalcation he has cholen, watch barrel, draw it to the fingers While the person is making his calcu ends of your left hand, taking care no. !ation and the subsequent operations,ga body perceives it; during this operation in another room; when you are told you hide between the fingers of your right may return, desire the person who ha hand the ring that has been lent to you, done the multiplication, to give you the and hang it dexterously on a little hook remaining product on a piece of papero iewed on purpose on you waistcoat card; put it to your nose as though you





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Tricks of Leger demain. could smell it; then you will tell him, ing to guess the figure left out, by ieto the great astonishment of the whole ting the person chule the sum he pleales ompany, what figure he had struck to be multiplied, but then he must alk ut.

him to fhew you the sum he means In order to do this operation, first to have multiplied, and to let you add bferve, that the figures composing each one figure at your option. f the three sums you propose to be In that cale, by running your eyes ultiplied, do not exceed the number over the sum set down, you will eality f 18.

see what figure you are obliged to add in order to complete the number of 9,

In the supposition that the sum fet Suppose the three sums proposed to down is the following: be the following;

789:788 315423 132354

Add in your mind thus: 7 and 8 are

15, and 9, 24; and 7, 31; and 8, 9 9 9

39; and 8 more 47; in 47 there is 5 times 9, as 9



make 18

remains 2, therefore in order to com252144

plete 9, 7 are to be added; consequentmap

Iy the sum to be multiplied will be 9 9


Then give this sum, which has been Supposing that the fum chosen to be encreased by a 7, to the person who multiplied be that of

132354 has presented it to you'; and tell him to And that the multiplicator be 7 chuse whatever multiplier he pleases;

then retire while he does the multipliThe product will then be 926478 cation, recommending him to strike out

the figure he pleales, as usual, and to Suppose likewise that the figure set down on a piece of paper the remainwhich has been struck out is the 6, the ing sum, the figure being defalcated, remaining ones will form a sum of and the remaining figures ranged as he

pleases: and in order to guess the numlet the person who has done ber that was ftruck out, you are tơ prothe multiplication set down the figures ceed as it has been explained for the firit in the order he pleases, suppose also manner of operating, and with the same that he sets them down thus, on the tricks, piece of paper he gives you :

79,482. When you pretend to smell the paper,

LEGER DEMAIN PERFORMANCES, add together in your mind the figures

Done by the famous Pinetti., prelented to you, in order to reduce them to nines; and say in your mind 7 To make a pen-knife out of three jump out of a and 2 make nine; after that 8 and 4 goblet, agreeable to the option of the company. make 12; in 12 there is 9, and three remains toward nine more; to complete TAKE a silver goblet, as, on accounc which 6 is wanting, which is and must of its opacity, it will hide the means be the figure struck out. This calcu- you will employ to make the pen-knife lation must be made quickly, and while jump out at the desire of the assembly. you pass the paper under your

This operation confifts in a small der the pretext of smelling it. fpring, about an inch broad, by two

There is another manner of proceed- inches and a quarter long..


As you

nose un



Short Process of Asaying Gold and Silver. You are to take care to subject or at the Theatre-Royal in the Hay-Marbend this spring before you begin the ket, every body imagined that the pertrick, with a little bit of sugar, which son whom I had tricked out of his shirt being compressed between the two ends was in a confederacy with me. of the spring, will prevent it from un- The means of performing this trick bending.

are as follow; only observing that the Then ask the company, shewing your cloaths of the person whole îhirt is to three pen-knives of different colours, be pulled off be wide and easy. which of them they chule to see jump Begin by making him pull off his out of the gublet.

stock, and unbuttoning his shirt at the Put afterwards your three pen-knives neck and sleeves; afterwards tye a little in the gobiet, taking care to lay the end string in the button-hole of the left of the handle of the chosen pen-knife fleeve: then passing your hand behind in a little round hole that is in the upper his back, pull the shirt out of his end of the spring, confined by the bit breeches, and flip it over his head; of sugar; and before you withdraw your then pulling it out before in the same hand from the goblet, which must manner, you will leave it on his sto. contain in the bottom some drops of mach; after that, go to the right hand, water, take a little of it with the tip and pull the sleeve down, so as to have of your finger, and put it dexterously, it all out of thearm; the shirt being then on the sugar, which by melting will all of a heap, as well in the right leeve leave the ipring at liberty to extend and as before the stomach, you are to make make the pen-knife jump out.

use of the little string fastened to the While the sugar is melting, you may button-hole of the left leeve, to get stand far from the goblet, and command back the sleeve, that must have lipt up, the pen-knife to jump out; and this and to pull the whole shirt out that will be done to the great astonishment of way. the spectators. Yet nothing is so simple To hide your way of operating from as the means to make this experiment the person whom you unshirt, and from

succeed, without the least assistance from the assembly, you may cover his head any confederate,

with a lady's cloak, holding a corner of

it in your teeth. To pull off any person's shirt, without undressing

In order to be more at your ease, you him, or having occasion for a confederate.

may mount on a chair, and do the

whole operation under the cloak. Such THIS trick requires only dexterity; are the means I used when I performand nevertheless, when I performed it ed publickly this trick.


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METHOD OF ASSAYING OR TRYING base parts, and leaving those precious
A SHORT metals in their




The general mode of assaying Gold DISCOVERED BY F. SPILSBURY, and Silver at the public offices, is by CHYMIST. :

trying a number together, under a mufa

fle, in a furnace, which is generally ASSAYING of Gold and Silver is three or four hours in the operation : no more than the art of refining those but as this doth not enter into the premetals in miniature, by destroying the sent design, I shall pass it over,


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Example for Alfaying Gold. When first I endeavoured to try attend the long process, which is most Gold in a small space of time. I con- proper for a great number, the other fidered that as aqua-fortis destroys all method for a few. The chief obstacle metais, excepting Gold, if I mixed the here to guard against is making the assay proper quantity of Silver, by melting too hot with ccals on the top, so that it together in one mass, and then dif- the small particles will fly off ; and by folved it in aqua-fortis, it would an- these means the Silver will be reported fwer the fame purpose. I did so several worse than it is. times: but the assay piece, when finish- As thele operations may be of great cd, was neither Gold nor Silver, but service to the public, I am ready to a motley of both: from appearances, give up every private emolument, and therefore, I concluded that the Gold will therefore minutely explain the pro . and Silver were not thoroughly incor- cess, porated : I then tried the following: I took fine Silver, and flatted it: I then PROCESS OF ASSAYING GOLD. took the Gold, and flatted that: after nealing them, I rolled them up together In order to affay Gold, you must be and then laid them on a piece of coal, provided with a pair of fine scales, (in and with a blow-pipe and lamp melted a square glass lanthorn) which should them into one fluid ftate. After letting weigh to the hundredth part of a grain, it chill on the coal, I turned it again, and

a set of weights in miniature, di. making it ipin round with the heat of vided as follows: the lamp ; then flatted it again, and by 24 carats make one ounce, or 20 diffolving it in aqua-fortis, have ob- grains, troy. tained a good affay in every respect as 20 grains troy make a carat. true and as fine a colour as by the usual Now one carat must be divided into process.- Where the flatting of the Sil. four grains ; so that each carat grain ver and Gold is not performed, I melt will be five grains troy; half a carat them three times on ihe coal, turning grain will be two grains and a halftroy; them each time, that they may tho- and a quarter of a carat grain will be roughly incorporate.

and a quarter troy; 22 carats Aftes succeeding so well with Gold, of fine Gold, and two carats of fine SilI turned my thoughts on Silver, though ver or Copper, make standard Gold. I despaired of meeting with the like Your ounce troy, or 24 carats, for fuccels : as the trying of Silver is more these short methods, should not weigh intritate by short methods, because we more than 6 grains troy; but whatever are not yet acquainted with any fluid it weighs, all the other weights must be that will dissolve Copper, and not the exactly proportioned and marked. Silver. After making

several unsuccessful experiments, I tried the following:

LXAMLE OF ASSAYING GOLD. I took a very small crucible, and placed a copple in the mouth, and then put Suppose you have a piece of coin, or coals around the crucible, I then placed an ingot of Gold to try. Cut a little my filver assay in the copple, after it piece off, and reduce it by a file or was red hot, and with hand-bellows theerstill it balances in your scale against gave theallay so much air as is necessary the ounce weight: for Gold is bought to precipitate the lead into the copple, and sold by the ounce: then add three and leave the Silver pure. There is times, the quantity of fine Silver flatted some skill required in these processes, thin, to the Gold: which Silver must which are learned only by experience, have been assayed before, to see that na and which a few trials will convince; Gold is amongft it and as the ounce but on the whole I aver, that the diffi- weighs fix grains, so the Silver will be culties this way are no greater than what 18 grains. The reason why Silver is


one grain

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