Tract on Comets: And Particularly on the Comet that is to Intersect the Earth's Path in October, 1832

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Hilliard, Gray and Company, 1832 - 89 頁
 

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第 46 頁 - In the six hundredth year of Noah's life, in the second month, the seventeenth day of the month, the same day were all the fountains of the great deep broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened.
第 43 頁 - Pannels of doors, window-shutters, and articles of furniture crack and often break. The effects of this wind upon the human body are not less remarkable ; the eyes, lips, and palate become dry and painful. If the Harmattan last four or five days together, the skin of - the hands and face comes off; to prevent this, the natives rub their bodies all over with grease. "After what has been said of the fatal effects of the Harmattan on vegetables, it may be thought that this wind must be very unhealthy,...
第 32 頁 - ... Sydenham, who was an advocate for the influence of comets ; to the dissertations of Lubinietski, &c. Mr. Forster has moreover, 1 ought to say, so extended, in his learned catalogue, the influences of comets, that it would seem there is scarcely a phenomenon which is not to be ascribed to them. " Hot and cold seasons, tempests, hurricanes, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, violent hail-storms, great falls of snow, heavy rains, overflowings of rivers, droughts, famines, thick fogs, flies, grasshoppers,...
第 42 頁 - ... into Europe. This opinion reminds me of what an old English traveller, Matthew Dobson, says of the effects of a periodical wind on the west coast of the continent of Africa, which is called the Harmattan. On reading over the original narrative just as I was about to send these pages to the press, I was so struck with several points of resemblance between the properties of the air, where this wind prevails, and that which is filled by the dry fogs of Europe, that I determined to give here a short...
第 23 頁 - ... the danger of death to each individual, resulting from the appearance of an unknown comet, would be exactly equal to the risk he would run, if in an urn there was only one single white ball of a total number of 281,000,000 balls, and that his condemnation to death would be the inevitable consequence of the white ball being produced at the first drawing.
第 35 頁 - Anmiuire for 1832, where will be found the best account of the fog of 1783, and of the probable causes of it. It commenced nearly on the same day, June 18, at places very distant from each other, as Paris, Avignon, Turin, Padua. It was found by travellers on the highest parts of the Alps. It extended from the northern coast of Africa to Sweden, and over a great part of North America. It continued nearly a month. It was so dense in Languedoc, that the sun was not visible till it was 12° above the...
第 35 頁 - The fog of 1783 began nearly on the same day (the 18th of June) in places very distant from each other, as Paris, Avignon, Turin, Padua ; " It extended from the northern coast of Africa to Sweden ; it was also observed in a great part of North America; " It lasted more than a month ; " The air, at least that of the lower regions, did not appear to be its vehicle, because in some places it came on with a north wind, and in others with a south or east wind ; " Travellers found it on the highest summits...
第 43 頁 - ... characteristics. When it lasts some time, the branches of orange and citron trees die; the covers of books (even when they are shut up in tight trunks, and have additional covering of linen,) warp as if they had been before a large fire. Pannels of doors, window-shutters, and articles of furniture crack and often break. The effects of this wind upon the human body are not less remarkable ; the eyes, lips, and palate become dry and painful. If the Harmattan last four or five days together, the...

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