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will.* Another had cultivated his voice to so great an extent that he could have made himself heard from one end of the earth to the other.t Another had so long an arm that he could sit down in Damascus and indite a letter at Bagdad-or indeed at any distance whatsoever. I Another commanded the lightning to come down to him out of the heavens, and it came at his call; and served him for a plaything when it came. Another took two loud sounds and out of thein made a silence. Another constructed a deep darkness out of two brilliant lights. Another made ice in a red-hot furnace.|. Another directed the sun to paint his por1. rait, and the sun did. I Another took this luminary with the noon and the planets, and having first weighed them with scruulous accuracy, probed into their depths and found out the olidity of the substance of which they are made. But the whole iation is, indeed, of so surprising a necromantic ability, that no!
* The Voltric pile.
† The Electro Telegraph transmits intelligence instantaneously—at least so ar as regards any distance upon the earth.
The Electro Telegraph Printing Apparatus.
Commun experiments in Natural Philosophy. If two red rays from two : uminous pojuts be admitted into a dark chamber so as to fall on a white wurface, and differ in their length by 0.0000268 of an inch, their intensity is
loubled. So also if the difference in length be any whole-number multiple of that fructivu. A multiple by 27, 37, &c. gives an intensity equal to one ray only; but a multiple by 27, 37, &c., gives the result of totul darkness.
In violet rays similar effects arise when the difference in length is 0.000157 of ap incb; and with all other rays the results are the same—the difference varying with a uniform iucrease from the violet to the red.
Analogous experimento in respect to souod produce analogous resuits.
| Place a platida crucible over a spirit lamp, and keep it a red heat; pour in some sulphuric acid, wbicb, tbough the most volatile of bodies at Ht common temperature, will be fouod to become completely fixed iu a hot crucible, and not a drop evaporates-being surrouuded by an atmosphere of its own, it does not, in fact, touch the sides. A few drops of water are now introduced, when the acid immediately coming in contact with ibe heated sides of the crncible, fier off in sulpburous acid vapor, and so 1 epid is its progress, tbut the caloric of the water passes off with it, which fills a lump of ice to the bottom; by taking advantage of the moment before it is allowed to re-melt, it may be turned out a lump of ice from a red-bot veseel.
even their infants, nor their commonest cats and dogs have any difficulty in seeing objects that do not exist at all, or that for twenty millions of years before the birth of the nation itself, bad been blotted out from the face of creation.''*
“Preposterous !” said the king.
“The wives and daughters of these incomparably great and wise magi,'” continued Scheherazade, without being in any manner disturbed by these frequent and most ungentlemanly interruptions on the part of her husband—“the wives and diughters of these eminent conjurers are every thing that is accomplished and refined ; and would be every thing that is interesting and beautiful, but for an unhappy fatality that besets them, and from which not even the miraculous powers of their husbands and fathers has, hitherto, been adequate to save. Some fatalities come in certain shapes, and some in others—but this of which I speak, has come in the shape of a crotchet.'”.
“A what ?" said the king.
"A crotchet,” said Scheherazade. “. One of the evil genii who are perpetually upon the watch to inflict ill, has put it into the heads of these accomplished ladies that the thing which we describe as personal beauty, consists altogether in the protuberance of the region which lies not very far below the small of the back. Perfection of loveliness, they say, is in the direct ratio of the extent of this hump. Having been long possessed of this idea, and bolsters being cheap in that country, the days have long gone by since it was possible to distingush a woman from a dromedary '"
* Although light travels 167,000 miles in a second, the distance of 61 Cygoi, (the only star whose distance is ascertaived,) is so inconceivably great, that its rays would require more than ten years to reacb the earth. For stars beyond this, 20—or even 1000 years—would be a moderate estimate. Thus, if they bad been annibilated 20, or 1000 years ago, we might still see them to-day, by the light which started from their surfaces, 20 or 1000 years in the past time. That many wbich we see daily are really extinct, is not impossible—not even improbable.
The elder Herscbel maintains that the light of the faiptest nebulæ seen througb bis great telescope, must bave taken 3,000,000 years in reaching the earth. Some, made visible by Lord Ross' instrument must, tben, have required at least 20,000,000,
“Stop!" said the king—“I cau't stand that, and I won't. You have already given me a.dreadful headache with your lies. The day, too, I perceive, is beginning to break. How long have we been married ?- my conscience is getting to be troublesome again. And then that dromedary touch—do you take me for a fool? Upon the whole, you might as well get up and be throttled.”
These words, as I learn from the Isitsöornot, both grieved and ustonished Scheherazade; but, as she knew the king to be a man of scrupulous integrity, and quite unlikely to forfeit his word, she submitted to her fate with a good grace. She derived, how ever, great consolation, (during the tightening of the bowstring) from the reflection that much of the history remained still untold, and that the petulance of her brute of a husband had reaped for him a most righteous reward, in depriving him of many incon. ceivable adventures.
MS. FOUND IN A BOTTLE.
Qui n'a plus qu'un moment a vivre
Or my country and of my family I have little to say. Ill usaye and length of years have driven me from the one, and estranged me from the other. Hereditary wealth afforded me an education of vo common order, and a contemplative turn of mind enabled me to methodise the stores which early study diligently garnered up. Beyond all things, the works of the German moralists gave me great delight; not from my ill-advised admiration of their eloquent madness, but from the ease with which my habits of rigid thought enabled me to detect their fal-ities. have often been reproached with the aridity of my genius; a deficiency of imagination has been imputed to me as a crime; and the Pyrrhon. ism of my opinions has at all times rendered me notorious. Indeed, a strong relish for physical philosophy has, I fear, tiuctured my mind with a very common error of this age-I mean the habit of referring occurrences, even the least susceptible of such refer ence, to the principles of that science. Upon the whole, no person could be less liable than myself to be led away from the severe precincts of truth by the ignes fatui of superstition. I hay thought proper to premise thus much, lest the incredible tale ] have to tell should be considered rather the raving of a crude imagination, than the positive experience of a mind to which the reveries of fancy have been a dead letter and a nullity.
After many years spent in foreign travel, I sailed in the year 18--, from the port of Batavia, in the rich and populous islaud of Java, on a voyage to the Archipelago of the Sunda islands. I went as passenger-having no other inducement than a kind of nervous restlessness which haunted me as a fiend.
Our vessel was a beautiful ship of about four hundred tons, copper-fastened, and built at Bombay of Malabar teak. She was freighted with cotton-wool and oil, from the Lachadive islands. We had also on board coir, jaggeree, ghee, cocoa-nuts, and a few cases of opium. The stowage was clumsily done, and the vessel consequently crank.
We got under way with a mere breath of wind, and for many days stood along the eastern coast of Java, without any other in. cident to beguile the monotony of our course than the occasional meeting with some of the small grabs of the Archipelago to which we were bound.
One evening, leaning over the taffrail, I observed & very singular isolated cloud, to the N. W. It was remarkable, as well for its color, as from its being the first we had seen since our departure from Batavia. I watched it attentively until sunset, when it spread all at once to the eastward and westward, girting in the horizon with a narrow strip of vapor, and looking like a long line of low beach. My notice was soon afterwards attracted by the dusky-red appearance of the moon, and the peculiar character of the sea. The latter was undergoing a rapid change, and the water seemed more than usually transparent. Although I could distinctly see the bottom, yet, heaving the lead, I found the ship in fifteen fathoms. The air now became intolerably hot, and was loaded with spiral exhalations similar to those arising from heated iron. As night came on, every breath of wind died away, and a more entire calm it is impossible to conceive. The faine of a candle burned upon the poop without the least perceptible motion, and a long hair, held between the finger and thumb, hung without the possibility of detecting a vibration. However, as the captain said he could perceive no indication of danger, and as we were drifting in bodily to shore, he ordered the sails to be furled, and the anchor let go. No watch was set, and the crew, consisting principally of Malays, stretched themselves deliberately upon deck. I went below--not without a full presentiment of evil. Indeed, every appearance warranted me in apprehending a Simoon. I told the