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such as oil of tartar and spirit of wine, hibited when he invited any of his in which it is easy fo to poise a little friends, causing it to fly to each of globe or other figure that it shall swim them round the table, and at lengoing in the centre. Under this glass sphere as being weary, return unto its inaiter, there should be a loadstone concealed, In answer to those who deny the pofby the motion of which, the figure fibility of any such things, it may be having a needle touched within, will observed that it is easy to contrive such move up and down, and may be con- springs, and other motive powers, as trived to thew the hour or fign of the mall far exceed the laws of gravity inday. There have been also some arti- herent in the neccffary materials of ficial images, which, besides their fe-' which they are composed ; and if not veral postures in walking up and down, altogether, entirely to remove frictior, have yielded several given musical at least to diminish it so much, that the founds and imitations of the notes of machine shall by its own power exbirds and cries of beasts, and as dif: ceed any given angle. tinctly and clearly as they are by those It molt not be expected in this place, creatures these automatons represent; that, in imitation of the learned bishop all which contrivances we have often Wilkins, we should urge the probable seen.
means of accomplishing this end, so The Egyptian idols, and no doubt desirable to fome, and so curious to all; the oracular responses of the Græcian we only profcfs to hew the particular Delphic idol, owed their original and endeavours of some successful artificers, existence to such artificial' means; and who have transgressed the bounds of such was,
there is no doubt, the brazen head made by Friar Bacon, and that We see the power of custom every wonderful ftatue in the framing of day overcoming the flowness and de which Albertus Magnus bestowed thir- fects of nature, as in the exhibitions of ty years, and which the malicious horsemanship and dexterity of the rope Aquinas brake on bcholding it, that he and balance, which shews that the exmight have the cruel boalt of having periment hereafter inquired, may yet be ruined in one moment the labour of discovered upon natural and artificial so many years.
grounds. Some ingenious men have The performers of these wonders conjectured a posibility of conveyance were, no doubt, critical observers of through the air by means of large fowls nature, taking which for their guide, and birds of pafiage, which gave rise to they accomplished the astonishment of the pleasant fiction of the Ganza's, by superficial and flight observers.
the ingenious Bishop of Burgos, who Thus far for gradual motion. We conveyed Domingo Gensales from the now come to such mechanical contri. Pic of Tenerifie to the world in the vances as have an evident felf-motion moon, as good a romance as thole imiwithout the afiance of any fulcrum tations of it in John Daniel of Hereor reposing balis, but are carried aloft fordshire, who made an iron machine, in the open air, like the fiight of birds. as he reports, upon the principles of a
Such was that wooden dove made by pump; or Peter Wilkins, who traveried Archytas, a citizen of Tarentum, and the atmotphere of another climate, and ore of Plato's acquaintances; and that found there. a flying wife. wooden cagle made by the Nuremberg But leaving thete fictions for the enartill to meet the emperor Charles the tertainment of winter evenings, as supFitih, upon his triumphal entry into plemental to the Arabian Nights, it is that city. His name was Regiomon- the opinion of Sir Francis Bacon, in his tanus; and he is reported by Ramus, Natural History, Experiment 816, in his Scholz Mathematica, to have “ that some machine may be so dilimade an iron ly, which he often edo gently and exactly contrived, as to be
able to uphold and carry up any pro Though it is observed by some cau. portionable weight;" and therefore he tious folks, that operations, which apadvises others to think further upon these pear probable in the model, when they experiments, as giving some lights to the are increased to a greater proportion, invention of the Art of Flying. then by far exceed the power of art. To
Ezekia Burton, in his Anatomy of this objection may be answered, that, Melancholy, mentioning a quotation of the machinery can never be too unElmerus, the Mork, on these subjects, wieldy, if the space which it poffeffes in in his usual critical way, observes, that the air, and the motive-faculty in the in" fome new-fangled genius will, fome itrumeni, be answerable to its capacity. time or other, find out this art."
It is with pleasure we announce to Such new-fangled wits we have seen, the public, a very curious and improved in our days, rise to the confufion of num invention of this kind, contrived with berless incredulous people, who con- : infinite ingenuity by a friend of our's in fantly denied the posibility of such a the city, who has executed a model thing. Such were Biagini, Lunardi, and which exceeds expectation, and which, his great competitor for ærial fame, Blan. as soon as the necefiary preliminary of chard, who traversed several miles, at an executing a pitent can be got through, incredible height in the atmosphere; but will be exhibited to the public, upon a their principles of fight being different larger scale than any thing of the kind from those we more immediately enquire which has yet been performed. afier, we shall pass them over.
THE ENGLISH FORTUNE-TELLER.
IT will, perhaps, be objected, that After this explanation, it remains only the natural partiality which we have for to say, in behalf of the utility of such a ourselves, may impede the useful appli. fcheme, that those oracles fully answer cation that is in view in this our plan of the end of the fage who invented them, displaying the secrets of futurity ; but by giving a proper degree of comfort to that difficulty may be easily removed. thole on whicm Fortune frowns, and a Let those who distrust their reason, con cautious admonition to those on whom fide in chance, by taking at random any, she smiles, and thus fhewing to every number from one to seven, and by at one the neceslìty of applying to Wisdom tending to the oracles which they will for precepts, in all the periods and fitufind arranged under that number in the ations of life.
two divisions appropriated to the quel Various futile methods are practised tions they chuse to ask. Thus the lady, to deceive the ignorant and unwary in who, in the gay summer of her life, de- the affair of fortune-telling, and books fires to know what it is that interferes have been printed thereupon, containing with her happiness?" and has chosen the nothing but vague, uncertain, and imnumber 7, will find, under that question pertinent answers to questions casually and number, the oracle of Fortune's an- hit upon by the chance direction of cards fwer: “ Her sensibility is so strong, that or dice; but our system being formed it is hardly in the power of Fortune to upon the more firm basis of Tense and procure her a tolerable share of happi- reasoning, we trust none of the objec. ness.” To which the oracle of Wisdom, tions which are usually brought against under the same number, will answer, those childish contrivances can affect us, “ Although that fenfibility may fome We shall therefore proceed, without times prove painful, it is a necessary in- any further preface to the questions, gredient of happiness, and the great cha. Accordingly, the first seven are approracteristic of her lex."
priated to the situation of young unmas, Vow I.
A young Lady's Fortures
riea ladies, who wish to know something friends but as a tyrant is, even by those of their future fare in the scenes of life who might yield to it. to' come. Their age is the spring-time of life, when the spirits run high, and The sweet melody of her voice anthe aclvice of wisdom is most necessary. nounces, that she will excel in music, and The interrogations are framed upon a raise, or quell, at pleasure, the paffions of new and original plan, clear and perspi- her hearers. củous, and such as every fair one, we trust, would wish to have resolved, and Let her guard her own heart against which shall be done upon the spot, with- ' the enchantment of an art no less danout cards, dice, or delay.
gerous than charming.
THE ORACLES OF FORTUNE AND
FOR THE LA-
The polishing of art is loit upon her; The will ever be more amiable, as she is leis adorned, or nearer to the state the caine in from the hands of Nature.
She will be a gainer, and not a loser, What is to be her greatest accom
by this native simplicity, if the rectitude
of her heart is equally safe from alterplishment?
ation, Answers, by the Oracles of Fortune and Wisdom.
The tales of love, of which she is pasFORTUNE,
sionately fond, will fit her to be either From her graceful mien, it is easy to the heroine or the authoress of one. foretel, that she will dance with a taste to be universally admired by the Be To avoid the misfortunes arising from holders.
imitation, she must cease to read those
dangerous works, which either corrupt But that admiration will not last, un the heart, or disorder the mind. less the purity of her heart bearns through the modesty of her looks.
She will excel in all the ingenious
and economical works, suitable to her She may equal her companions in se- sex, and shine a useful dame in domestic veral accomplishments, but never will life. outshine them in any.
If she adds to this, cheerfulness, reShe will be the better beloved by fignation, and good-nature, Wisdom has them, provided fhe resign to none the no more to teach, or Reason to wish for prize.of goodness and benevolence. her.
She shall attain to such elegance of * Thus to every question are seven speech, that persuafion will seem to have anfwers. Each state of life propoestablished its throne upon her lipe.
ses seven neceffary questions; each
of which has seven answers. Next If the exerts that power for wanton Number proposes and answers a pirposes, she will be esteemed by her young Gentleman's question.
Herbs and Stones.
ALBERTUS'S SECRETS OF NATURE.
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viceable to all who would make an im•
preslion on the person of whom they foBE it observed, that a good or bad licit a favour, as it confers an irresidible effect is derived from the herbs, accord- flow of eloquence. The sixth herb. ing to the predominance of a good or bad called the Herb of Jove, is deservedly planet. To the foregoing are subjoined accounted among the foremost for its fathe virtues of seven herbs, upon the au- native qualities; having that desirable thority of the Emperor Alexander. The one of giving ease in the most violent fits first herb, known by the name of the of the gout. The juice of it, added to Daffodil, is Saturn's; and is of great ef- mead, is found to be a restorative, and ficacy in removing pains in the loins and has been recommended to those who legs; its root parboiled, may likewise be complain of disorders in the liver. These administered wità success, to persons af- properties it is supposed to receive from flicted with the gravel. If kept in a the planet to which it owes its name also hcuse where chilien are breeding teeth, Jupiter having charge of the liver. The it grcatly facilitates the cutting, and af- seventh herb, commonly called Venus'suages the pain. It banishes fear from wort, is not inferior to any of the forethe person who carries it about him, and going, its pr perties being equally ferprotects him from injury. The second viceable, particularly in removing inherb derives peculiar virtues from the posthumnes, scrophulous excrescences, and Sun, is of a prolific quality, and strength- insanimations of the anus. Its juice beens the light, if but carried in the pocket; ing mingled with honey, sweetens the if provided before pains in the eyes are breath, and people of an amorous comfelt
, it proves a certain preventative. plexion have been known to receive finThe third herb is influenced by the gular benefit from it. Nor is it among Moon, and affords great relief to those the finallest of its advantages, that being who are troubled with acrid humours. planted in vineyards or corn fields, it It is remarkable, that this herb wixes produces abundant crops. and wanes with the Moon. To thote who are subject to bloodshot-eyes, it is of sovereign use; the root of it being bruised, and applied to the afflicted part, mitigates the painful sensation in a few Albertus, having unfolded the secret minutes: nor is it less efficacious in pro- virtues of Herbs, as has been drewn, next moting digeftion, the juice of it having proceeds to the investigation of Senes, that very beneficent quality.
and their properties ; a study no;
scuThe fourth herb, Dog's-rib, is valu- rious and interefling than the pru ding, able for a property it pofleffes of remove as the result of his researches sufficiently ing the head-ach, and pains in the pri- evince. The first stone that engages his vities. Those who are afflicted with the attention, is the Magnet, which, besides piles and dysentery, receive great benefit the ordinary virtues ascribed to it, poí. from it. The fifth herb, under the in- festes many cthers hitherto undiscovered. fluence of Mercury, is called Cinque- If a man is desirous to know whether his foil ; the root of which being pounded, wife be chatte, let him lay this stone unand applied as a plaister, heals wounds, der her head at night; and, if the lady's and removes callolities. To it likewise chastity be proof, she will embrace her is ascribed the virtue of curing fcrophu- dear man ; if otherwise, she will fall ouc lous diforders. It is said to be very fer- of bed. Reduce it to powder, and sprin.
Connection between Form and Spirit.
kle it on coals laid in four corners of the fome ancient philosophers, the tasting of house, or apartment, and those who are it confers the gift of prescience. alleep will tart from their beds, and for To excoriate the hand of a person, fake the house. This is said to hare been take the Mcdor, which is either black or practised by thieves, who, by that means, green. By experiment it has been proved, have had free access to all
that the water in which this stone has wish to render yourself invisible, take been diffolved, will excoriate the hands the Opthalmic ftone, and wrap it in a that are walhed in it: the drinking of it - Jaurel-leaf: these stones, being of various is instant death, preceded by violent vocolours, some streaked, foine clouded, no miting: to compensate for these noxious particular colour is recommended, any qualities, we are told it afluages the pain of them being sufficient for the purpose of the gout, and affords great relief to above-mentioned, aftcting, in a furpri- wcak eyes. The Memphytes, so called fing manner, the vision of the by-stand from Memphis, has the extraordinary
To excite forrow, fear, and Itrife, virtue of blunting the feelings; insoincredible is the property of the Onyx, much, that if pounded, and swallowed the best species of which is that brought with water, it renders the person fo dofrom India, known by veins of white ing, insensible of the moit excruciating which variegate it. To create joy, the pain. The Albestos is another, highly Silonites, a ftone found in the India tor- . deserving of notice, being endued with toise, shaded with different hues, has the properties of the Salamander, and been tried with success. It is thought not, like other substances, subject to be to encréafe and decrease with the Moon; consumed by the element of fire, and if we may credit the teftimony of
[ To be continued.]
NO man can make any thing, the than in men.
Every tabby cat is not original of which does not exiit in his equally tame : every terrier does not mind. If even he should accidentally hunt with equal asiduity. (to make myself understood) figure out Therefore, as ALL men are not af. an eagle, without having seen ore, or fected by every action of an individual ; the representation of one, it is because fo, in the instance I am juit going to rethere is a powerful aquiline principle in late, there was no occasion for every his mind; and this may be either 1;n black eagle and every golden cagle to pathetical or antipathetical.
demonitrate the same magnetical symHence, whoever depicts an eagle, or pathy. The situation and circumitansees one so painted, has formed on his ces of the two affected, must have been mind, and his mind is himielt) an peculiarly analogical to the relation beeagle, either agreeably or disagreeably, tween Pilip and the Imperial house. either faint or strong, according to the Baker, in his chronicle makes mention mode of reception in the firit cafe, and of the great tempeft which drove King the power of reception in the second. Philip into England, Temp. Hen
Form, we know, obeys spirit. The ry VII. which blew down the golden form of the dove is adapted to her fpi- eagle from the spire of St. Paul's, and rit, the form of a pointer and a grey- in the fall, it hit upon a sign of the "hound respectively to their’s. Therefore, Black Eagle in Si. Paul's church-yard, WHENEVER YOU SEE A FORM, THIRE London, and broke it down, which
was adjudged ominous to the Imperial BODY, THERE IS SUCH A SPIRIT. houle; and so it proved, for at his arri
But there are individual differences, val in Spain, this Philip fickened and mhough much fewer in birds and beasts died. In an account from Genoa, dated
EXISTS A PRINCIPLE:
TO 3 UCH A