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added to the Gold is, because, unless it grease or dirt it may have contracted, exceeds the Gold by two and a half or and which would hinder the Aqua-forthree times as much, the Aqua-fortis tis from penetrating. Then put the will not have the proper effect, so as to alay piece rolled up (which now looks destroy all metals but the Gold* ; and like all Silver) into a small separatory therefore this method of mixing Silver cucurbitet, and pour thereon weakt with the Gold, and then separating it Aqua-fortis, above one inch high, after by Aqua-tortis, is called in Latin letting it stand to heat gradually, make Quartatio.
it boil, and then what liquor will disYour Gold and Silver being thus care- folve no more (which is known by the fully weighed, wrap the Gold up in little sparkles not rising to the top) pour dhe Silver
(for which purpose its being it off into an eartben pan, and add to latted was intended) and lay it in a the assay, pure strong Aqua-fortis, and little hole dug in a piece of charcoal, repeat the same ebullition: then pour it which may be held in the hand, or pla- off, and add boiling water, to wash the ced in a small crucible; and with a affay piece (which now appears a soft kamp and blow pipe, (such as the jew- thin black fubftance, of the same shape ellers use) give it a strong heat, so that it went into the glass, if a rich aflay when it is in effusion it may appear of and good gold: but if otherwise, it
clear whitish brightness. Then let will be small duft) from any acid salts it rest till it is folid, and with small nip- the Aqua-fortis leaves behind: repeat pers turn it, after which repeat the melt- the pouring on boiling water, till the ing on the coal, as before: and this water appears clear in the glass, taking must be done ewice, if the Gold and care that no particles of the Gold are Silver were both flatted, but if not poured off with the Aqua-fortis, or the three times, keeping it each time in a duid state for'a quarter of a minute. If Now pour 'the assay into a small the Gold appears to be bad, add a few white clear crucible, and neal it red hot, igrains of borax, and it will melt sooner. carefully keeping the dust from it: and
After the assay is thus melted into now your assay piece appears of its truc one piece, flat it between the rollers, or majestic yellow colour, and any assayer beat it out thin with a hammer, till it is can tell by its appearance, if what realmost as thin as common writing para mains be
pure Gold. per: then neal it, to burn out any
(To be continued.)
THE QUERIS T. "O form an interest in the minds of which we thus candidly invite, hoping
out ingenious young readers, w invite them to try their skillin resolving short rules, drawn up for the particuluch curious questions as may arise from lar ascertaining of the proper conduct time to time, or be communicated to be observed in these enquiries, viz. to us from public correspondence, 1. The most natural method in an
* All metals, before their true value can be obo + The Cucurbite must be of thin transparent tained, must be reduced, as Gold by Silver, Silver glạfs, about four or five inches long, and about by Lead, and Silver, Copper, aud Tin ores by pro 3-4ths of an inch over at the top, and may be made per Auxes. It is erroncous, therefore, to ufe the globular or filat at the bottom. The thinder they common method of rubbing Gold on a flint, and are, che better they stand the fire. pouring on Aqua-fortis; for if the piece be only | Weak Aqua-fortis is made of one third of half Gold, it will defend the other parts from ben trong Aqua-fortis, and two thirds of water. ing ear away by the Aquæ fortida
fwering the questions, should be par
PRIZE MACHINES. ticularly attended to in their compofition.
Arcanum Arithmeticum, to tell cor 11. No question shall be admitted cealed Numbers that is drawn up in a doubtful form, or A Machine to Tell hidden Thoughts that will admit of being answered two An infallible Sportsman ways, which would necessarily - lead The Magician, or Fortune Teller away from the expected answer. The Magic Snuff or Tobacco Box
111. Nothing that is very paradoxi- Magic Perspective, reads conceale cal, much less naturally impossible, and Letters in a Box void of demonstration, shall be advan- Magnetic Lottery ced for an arithmetical question ; all'the Amusement with silent Dice answers to which must be sent with the A Riddle-Box operation that gives the solution. An Instrument to see through a Boar.
iv. Ambiguous or doubtful words A Truth Teller, with 6 changes must be carefully avoided, and only such An Enchanted Table, with Rings used as are plain, easy, and clearly to be The Witty, Shepherdess understood: for the Public are to be in- Magic Box with six Animals formed as well as amused; therefore A Conundrum Box, fix changes enigmatical descriptions, only calculated Card Amusement, in a case to puzzle, will find no admission with Satirical Quod Libet
Two docile Fifh, willswim and be caugh 'v. The terms of art used in our Diyersion with four Fish and Net QUERIES are to be plain and explicit, The Syren or Sea woman so that none may be mistaken or deceived A changeable Picture or treble painting by them; for we cannot conceive the A Magie Painter, with 8 changes benefit of puzzling mankind with what A Magic Book, with 10 changes is more abftrufe than ingenious or use. A neat universal Sun-Dial ful.
A Ship-House and Tower, wit] vi. The infinite variety which may Hieroglyphic Table be formed of Mathematical Propoli- A Magic Lantern compleat tions, without leading to a fingle object of utility, make us decline the insertion
QUERY I. of any thing under this head, that does Does not Saint Paul give leave te not in some way or other' tend to the laymen to marry or have more wives discovery of useful truths, and the ad- than one, when he says, Let a Bishop vancement of art and science' ;; we in. be the husband of one wife only? tend to unite instruction with pleasure. Such were the rules the
2 famous' .
QUERY II. Athenian Society formed for the carry. If a pair of scales can be made to ing on their ORACLE, a useful paper seem perfectly just upon false principles that lasted several years, and was after- how are we to know, without trying wards digested and bound up in four them with equal weights, how far they volumes octavo.
are deficient of the exact medium The rewards we mean to disperse for truth? the encouragement of youthful genius, 3. QUERY III. will be selected from the following Ar- The greatest of any two numbers ticles ; one of which, at least, will be being unknown, query to find the dif awarded every month to the Person who ference ? may answer the greatest number of 4
QUERY I'v. Queries. The Proposers, also, of new The bones of a horse it is said, car and ingenious Questions, will be re- never be fet, query does this result from warded in a fimilar manner.
the absence of the medullary substance
than all the other nations in Europe. LIVES
He pretended that he was enjoined by CONJURORS QUEEN
fome of his friends, the angels, to have BETH'S TIME, DR. DEE AND ED- a community of wives ; and he so strict
ly adhered to this injunction, that he
seems to have made it a part of his reliFrom Granger's Biographical History of gion. Kelly died miserably, from the England.
effects of a fall, in escaping from his
confinement in Germany; and Dee, very JOHN DEE was a man of extensive learning, particularly in the mathe poor, at Mortlake, in Surry; the former matics, in which he had few equals ; but
in O&ober 1595 ; the latter in 1608, in
The black he was vain, credulous, and enthusiastic :
tone, into which Dee used to call his he was deep in astrolɔgy, and Itrongly tinctured with the superstition of the spirits
, was in the Collection of the Earls
of Peterborough, whence it came to Rosicrusians, whose dreams he listened
Lady Elizabeth Germaine. It was next to with eagerness, and became as great a dreamer himself as any of the fraternity.
the property of the late Duke of Argyle,
and is now Mr. Walpole's. It appears, He to have been, by turns, a.
appears dupe and a cheat ; but acquired pro. upon examination, to be nothing but a
But this digious reputation, and was courted by polished piece of canal coal.
, says, the greatest princes in Europe, who thought that, in possessing him, they
Kelly did all his feats upon should literally posiels a treasure. He was offered large pensions by the emperor
The Devil's looking glass, a stone. Charles V. Ferdinand, Maximilian, Ro
HUDIBRAS, Part II, Canto 3d. dolph, and the Czar of Muscovy. He travelled over great part of Europe, and seems to have been revered by most perfons of rank and eminence, as a being of superior order. He pretended that a black stone or speculum, which he made
Recorded in a Letter from a young Man of great use of, was brought him by an
credibility to the Editor of a Morning gels, and that he was particularly inti- Paper. mate with Raphael and Gabriel.
SIR, EDWARD KELLY, the associate of WHILE I was at the Grammar his studies and travels, who was esteem- School, in a finall country village, ed an adept in chemiltry, was ap- fituated about four miles to the southpointed his seer or speculator.
ward of the river Forth near Edinburgh said to have written down what came in Scotland, there was a youth, born of from the mouths of the angels or dæmons noble parents in that neighbourhood, that appeared in the speculum. His who was as vicious as crafty.' He fet reputation, as a Rosicrusian, was equal all the other boys a staring at the odd at least, to that of Doctor Dee; but tricks which he in that early time of he was so unfortunate as to lose both his life performed, to their great furhis ears at La after. It was confident- prize, while his ruel propensities renly reported that he raised a dead body in dered him the just object of their hatred, that country. He was imprisoned for The extraordinary nature of those a cheat in Germany ;
a country which feats induced his schoolfellows to imahath produced more dupes to alchemy gine him to be a young vizard. And Vol. I,
PASSAGES IN THE LIFE OF AN EX
TRAORDINARY MAGIC GENIUS.
before he arrived at the age of fifteen, motions from a window, till he was out the whole country was thrown into of fight. In the evening of the same confusion by his deceptious malevolence. day, his amazing fon described the re
Sometimes he used to fall down and ception of the messenger at the priest's, lay motionless ; at other times, resem- and boasted that one of his invisible bling epileptic fits, only at those times acquaintance had spilt a bottle of fine his body appeared to be lo stiff that no oil, which the parson's wife had brought human force could bend him, till he out of the cellar. At the same time he revived, though it were in the church; affirmed that the vessel in which the if any one did but touch, though ever parfon was to cross the water would be. so gently, either of his great toes, on terribly tofled ; all which proved true. the outside of his stocking, he wbuld Many persons were taken into cuftostart up, and immediately fall back dy, as supposed accomplices, in these again.
wicked practices; and men of the greatFrom the time this youth became eft abilities were consulted on this occasubject to this seeming disorder, till his fion ; yet no detection could be made departure from his father's house, (as by what means this lad attained this will be hereafter mentioned) the family art, which so alarmed the whole neighwas often terrified with dreadful appari- bourhood. tions. Sometimes calves or dogs, with- At last the unhappy father was adout heads, appeared to their deluded vised by some of his relations residing fancies, to walk through the house : and in London, to send his enchanted son thunder-storms were frequent at that
to the East Indies. This advice was time. During one of these unulual tem- complied with, and accordingly he was perts, the boy foretold that part of his fa- fent in one of the company's ships to ther's house would suddenly be thrown Asia, where by the interest of his reladown, and the event foon justified the tions, he foon became captain of one of prediction.
their guarda-costas. This nobleman's house was seated on However, his death was as remarkan eminence; and the apartment in able as the actions of his life ; for the which the younger part of the family used vessel which he commanded, in fine to amuse themselves after dinner, was at weather, suddenly sunk, and the a great distance from a parlour in which whole company perished with him. his lord hip's company were entertained; There were four ships in company yet this young gentleman used often to with our enchanted captain at the time inform his playmates of the substance of he sunk, whose officers all agree in this the conversation held in the parlour, account of his exit. where they were conversing;
at other times foretold how they should be *** We must beg our readers to conalarmed in a short space, by his arts, which sider this as a feint specimen only of always happened as he prognosticated. the Lives of Eminent CONJURORS,
'The perplexity into which the old ASTROLOGERS, &C. which gentleman was brought by his son's mil- mean to give : for, in order to Thew chievous practices, is not to be described; that we do not want materials to exeand in hopes of obtaining some advice, cute every department of our plan, which might alleviate his uneasiness, he we have inserted in this number a resolved to send for a parfon, noted portion of nearly every article profor wisdom, who lived on the other mised in our Proposals. From which side of the Forth, carefully concealing the Public will be the better enabled his intentions even from the servant to estimate the immense value till the very moment he set out for what may be expected to follow the journey, which was early in the every fucceeding month. morning. He alfo observed his servant's
APPARITIONS, DREAMS, &c.
DEATH IN THE POT.
called brose or croudy ; and when the
maid returned, he, with the boy, ap. From a modern Work lately published, entie peared bufily employed in eating the tled, Vifits from the World of Spirits.
inixture. Come, Peggy, said the stu
dent, here is enough left for you ; are ON the first fabbath day, in the not you fond of croudy? She smiled, year 1749, Mr. Thomas Lilly, the took up the dish, and reaching a hornion of a farmer in the parish of
spoon, withdrew to the back room. Kelso, in Roxsburghshire, a promising The thepherd's dog followed her, unyoung man intended for the Church of seen by the boy; and the poor animal, Scotland, and who then had studied a on the croudy being put down by che considerable time at school ; happening maid, fell a vietiin to his voracious apto be at home keeping the house, with petite; for before the return of the faonly a shepherd's boy, all the reft of the mily from church, it was enormoully fainily, (excepting a maid servant) be- fwelled, and expired in great agony. ing at sermon; the young ftudent and
The student enjoined the boy to rethe boy being seated by the fire whilft main quite passive for the present; meanthe girl was gone to the well for some time he attempted so shew his ingewater, a venerable old gentleman, clad in nuity in resolving the cause of the caan antique garb, presented himself, and nine catastrophe into insanity, in order to after some little ceremony, desired the keep the 'girl in countenance, till a fit student to open the bible which lay up- opportunity of discovering the plot on the table before him, and turn over should present itself. to a certain chapter and verse in the se- Soon after his father, mother, bro. cond book of Kings. The student did thers, and fifters, with the other serfo, and read," THERE IS DEATH IN
vants, returned from church, all hunTHE POT !”
gering after the word, and eager to fit On this the old man, with much ap
round the rustic board. parent agitation, pointed to the great
The table was instantly replenished family-pot boiling on the fire, declaring, with wooden bowls and trenchers, and that the maid had cast a great quantity a heap of barley bannocks graced the of arsnic into it, with intent to poison top. The kail or broth, infused with the whole family, to the end she might leeks or winter cabbages, was poured rob the house of the hundred guineas forth in plenty: and Peggy, with a prowhich she knew her malter had lately digal hand, filled all the dishes with the taken for sheep and grain, which he had homely dainties of Tiviotdale. The fold. Just as he was so saying, the master began grace, and all hats and maid came to the door, announcing her bonnets were initantly off. “O Lord,” approach by the noise of the nails in her prayed the farmer, « we have been shoeheels. The old gentleman said to hearing thy word, from the mouth of the student, Remember my warning, thy aged servant, Mr. Ramsay; we and save the lives of the family !'-and have been alarmed by the awful famine that instant disappeared.
in Samaria, and of Death being in the The maid entered with a smiling Pot!". Here the young scholar intercountenance, emptied her pail, and re- rupted his father, by exclaiming, Yes, turned to the well for a fresh supply. Sir, there is Death in the Pot now here, Mean time young Lilly put some oat- as well as there was once in Israel !meal into a wooden dish, skimmed the Touch not ! taste not! See the dog dead pot of the fat, and mixed it for what is by the poisoned Pot!