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TEMPERATURE OF THE CARIBEAN SEA AT
countenance and advice of Sir Humphrey There is considerable risk from explo- 10. An account of all events of national imDavy. The method employed by Mr Far- sions in conducting these experiments, par- portance, especially of the doings of congress.
Under this head, the most important speeches aday was to generate the gases under pow- ticularly on those gases which require a
will be given as reported in the National Intelerful pressure, and at the same time favour great number of atmospheres to reduce
ligencer. their condensation by the application of them to the liquid state, such as carbonic 20. An account of all events of importance, in cold. The materials for producing the gas acid and nitrous oxide.
the several states, not already related under the
former head. were placed in one of the legs of a bent
II. History of the several independent states of glass tube, which was then sealed at both
America south of the United States, for the ends. Heat, if necessary, was applied to
THE DEPTH OF 6000 FEET.
year, viz. Mexico, Colombia, Buenos Ayres, the end containing the materials, while the
Chili, and Peru: Brazil. The temperature at this depth in lat. 2011. History of the several states of Europe for the other was placed in a freezing mixture. As N. long. 834 W. was ascertained by Capt
. the gas forms, it is gradually deposited in a
year. an iron
PART II. Chronicle. liquid state in the cold end of the tube. Sabine in the following manner; cylinder of 75 lbs. weight was let down at
Notices of important and curious events, not In this way the properties of chlorine, mu
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forming a part of the general historical nar
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and so arranged as to exclude the entrance APPENDIX TO THE CHRONICLE. oxide, cyanogen, and ammonia, in a liquid
of the water. Another iron cylinder of Important state papers. state, have been ascertained with a greater less weight and strength was attached two
Remarkable trials and law cases. or less degree of precision. The following
Notices of inventions and discoveries. is a view of the results at which Mr Fara fathoms above it on the line, also contain
Obituary notices of distinguished characters. day has arrived with regard to the colour, ing a thermometer, and permitting the
After being down
General miscellany. consistency, and specific gravity of these ingress of the water. several gases, and of the degree of pres- and the apparatus came up in good order. work and its certain utility, if well execut
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destitute of any of that higher education, writers say, and to which the righteous country, within a few years, in the mode of which the mind, when college days are pass- reviewer alludes as “the most infamous of studying Geography, are attended with one ed, acquires for itself; education in the motives.” We only observe, that the man, obvious disadvantage. Our geographies great school of the world's recorded expe- who learns in Grecian history to call Har- contain little excepting abstract, statistical rience; education formed by observing ex- modius and Aristogiton assassins, and the views. These are the proper elements of tensive analogies, and by weighing princi- beautiful verses in their praise a vile revo- the science, but they furnish little that is ples in the balance of other men and other lutionary song, will certainly think that the interesting to children. We are under the times; education to those great and gener- North American revolution was a wicked necessity of inventing a variety of methods ous sentiments, which fill the bosom almost rebellion, that the desolate plain of Old to facilitate the study, not so much because to bursting, while we dwell on those few Sarum ought to send two members to Par- it is difficult, as because it is uninteresting. Avatars of the spirit of liberty, which the liament, and that the Grand Seignior is the The descriptions are too general and too annals of our race relate. Of this educa- legitimate sovereign of Greece. We feel short to gratify curiosity; and when this is tion, a considerable part of the active and no more doubt, than if we had it under his known, they cease to excite it. They do leading portion of the community here and own hand, that this reviewer esteems the not occupy the mind long enough, to bring elsewhere is destitute. They read nothing, Inquisition “a venerable institution of the any of its powers into very active service; they reflect on nothing. Absorbed in busi- Spanish monarchy."
and hence the impressions are indistinct ness, swallowed up with professional cares It is, more especially, with reference to and readily effaced. We do not, however, and duties, they have no time for any thing the state of liberty among the Greeks, that object to the present mode of studying geogbut what assumes, in some degree, the form the work of Mr Heeren makes a seasona- raphy; so far as it extends, it is certainly of a professional duty or care; and the ble appearance in qur language. Mr Mit- good. Indeed, the progress we have made great work of administering the civil af- ford, with mild feelings and a perfectly in this science within ten years, has been fairs of mighty states and growing millions gentlemanly spirit, has uniformly pleaded very great, and it is now a very popular is undertaken without a day's avowed pre- the cause of arbitrary power among the study. Of the works which preceded paration ; and with hearts, to which the Greeks, and given the most unfavourable Cummings' Geography, we shall say nothvery name of a generous affection is matter view of their democracy. There is really ing. When that appeared, it rendered of scorn.
so much good nature evinced in his able what relates to the absolute and relative It needs not be said that ancient Greece work, that notwithstanding the frightful in situation of places easily attainable. This is the school, where the politician may find ference to which it is designed to lead-that was what we most needed, and no progress some of those lessons which he requires, and men in society ought not to govern them- can be made without it. Other works have where the really great politicians have found selves—you see in it only a customary defer- succeeded, rendering this part of the scithem. It is a remark, which may be confirm- ence payed by an Englishman to aristocratic ence much more accurate, and containing ed by a very long induction, that the course principles, as to a part of the established several important additions of statistical and part which a man will take in the grea system of his country. But Heeren's work information, but retaining the same general controversies of modern politics, may be is written in a much better tone ; not that of character. It is best they should still retain judged of by the opinions he entertains of a champion and an apologist, but that of a it; but it should be remembered that they those of Greece. A striking instance has man who gathers traits of greatness with a furnish only a basis for something more lately suggested itself to us. In the last kindred feeling; who sees in the patriotic interesting. We want to know more of a number of the Quarterly Review-a num- exploits, the admirable literature, and beau- country than its latitude, longitude, and ber, not disgraced, but characterized by a tiful arts of Greece, testimonies more deci- dimensions, that it is level or mountainous, pitiful libel on America-we find this sen- sive of the excellence of their institutions cold or hot, that the inhabitants are black tence:-“To us, indeed, who have no great in the main, than the opposite language of or white, christians, mahometans, or pataste for assassination, even though execut- their popular excesses. However, we do gans, and that they sell corn and beef, and ed by a sword hid in the myrtle boughs not recommend the work, that converts buy tea and sugar. We want the true which graced one of the most beautiful of may be made by it; for it is really written characteristics, the real manners and custhe Grecian processions; to us, with whom in no spirit of proselytism. We recom- toms and principles of every nation, with the song of Harmodius and Aristogiton, mend it because it contains profound origi- such an account of their country as will though written in better metre* than the nal views ;—the fruits of much learning make us acquainted with them at their own • Marseillois hymn,' and in language less with the display of a very little; and a ju- homes. All who have devoted much attenvulgar than the “Tragala, perro,' of modern dicious selection of topics out of the great tion to the higher parts of this science, days, is not a whit the less a vile revolu- mass of Grecian history and tradition. Mit- regard it as highly interesting ; but it retionary song, giving the noblest of names to ford must still be read; and it is to those ceives very much less attention than it one of the most detestable of deeds, origin- who read him that Mr Heeren's work will merits. Why is it that history is so much ating in the most infamous of motives; to prove both most useful and most interest- more esteemed than geography ? Is it persons of this way of thinking, the first ing.
indeed far more important to know what wearer of the name (Aristogiton) had left The translation of this work by Mr has been than what is? It may well be an abomination upon it, which it required Bancroft is very good ;-Sar better than believed that a reading community will no successor to the appellation to augment.” the translations usually made from German one day cease to prefer tales ten thousand We shall not dispute with this temperate into English. It is the performance of a man times told—and often with questionable writer whether Harmodius and Aristogi- who understands not only the language but profit-to works which make us accurately ton conspired against the life of Hippias the subject. To prepare it was an honour and intimately acquainted with our cotemand Hipparchus, as tyrants and unlawful able employment of honourable leisure. poraries. Give us good works of this char rulers, as most accounts state, and as the And parents, who love their children, may acter, and they will not long remain idle. Athenian people implied, when they erect- well feel happy that they can send them The book before us is of this kind, and ed a monument to them in the Ceramicus, to a school, which bears fruit like this, in the success it has already met with, proves “ because they bad slain the tyrant and giv- the brief hours of relaxation which its con- the demand which existed for it. The dilen EQUAL Laws to Athens;" or whether it ductors spare themselves.
igence and fidelity of the author have been was a movement of private indignation on
well attested by his Gazetteers and Eleaccount of the seduction of the sister of
ments of Geography. His reputation for Harmodius by Hippias, as the best ancient Sketches of the Earth and its Inhabitants
, accuracy is certainly merited ; and we
with one hundred engravings. By J. E. know not whether it is necessary even to * The criticism of this learned Theban is as
Worcester, A. A. S. Boston, 1823. 2 vols. remind him, that his obligations to great cirvaluable as his politics. The song in question is
12mo. an inartificial compilation of four different verses
cumspection increase with his reputation. by different authors, and partly in different metres. The changes which have been made in our The Sketches consist of descriptions of