History of the town of Greenock (Google eBook)

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Page 123 - As home his footsteps he hath turned From wandering on a foreign strand ? If such there breathe, go, mark him well; For him no minstrel raptures swell ; High though his titles, proud his name, Boundless his wealth as wish can claim, — Despite those titles, power, and pelf, The wretch, concentred all in self, Living, shall forfeit fair renown, And, doubly dying, shall go down To the vile dust from whence he sprung, Unwept, unhonored, and unsung.
Page 123 - WALTER SCOTT. BREATHES there the man, with soul so dead, Who never to himself hath said, " This is my own, my native land ! " Whose heart hath ne'er within him burned, As home his footsteps he hath turned, From wandering on a foreign strand ? If such there breathe, go, mark him well.
Page 103 - This sluice, when placed upon the embankment of any river, canal, reservoir, or collection of water, prevents the water within the embankment from rising above the height we choose to assign to it ; for whenever it rises to that height, the sluice opens and passes the extra water; and whenever that extra water is passed, it shuts again, so that...
Page 103 - THIS apparatus, •when placed on a reservoir that supplies any canal, mill, or other work with water, (where the aqueduct between the reservoir and such work is on a level,) will always open of its own accord, and let down the quantity of water wanted by such work and no more ; so that it not only supersedes a water man, but also saves a great deal of water.
Page 22 - Beside yon straggling fence that skirts the way, With blossomed furze unprofitably gay, There in his noisy mansion, skilled to rule, The village master taught his little school. A man severe he was, and stern to view ; I knew him well, and every truant knew : Well had the boding tremblers learned to trace The day's disasters in his morning face; Full well they laughed, with counterfeited glee, At all his jokes, for many a joke had he; Full well the busy whisper, circling round...
Page 103 - FIGURE 4. This apparatus answers the same purpose as the lever sluice, fig. 1 ; but is more applicable in cases where the reservoir is deep, and the embankment consequently large. It also acts as a waster-sluice, by opening and passing the extra water whenever it rises in the reservoir the least above the height assigned, and thereby supersedes a bye-lead.
Page 104 - Skykomish river the drift is made up of fine gravel and erratic boulders, strewn over the hillsides to an elevation of more than 500 feet above the level of the river.
Page 24 - I was condemned to bawl myself to hoarseness to wayward brats, to cultivate sand and wash Ethiopians, for all the dreary days of an obscure life — the contempt of shopkeepers and brutish skippers.
Page 24 - Still, however, its inhabitants were more remarkable for opulence and commercial spirit, than for their attention to literature and science. During the struggle between Prelacy and Presbytery in Scotland...
Page 101 - But the experience of the two last years has proved that the available drainage into the various reservoirs now formed, is above seven hundred millions of cubic feet annually ; and it will be observed that the reservoirs are capable of containing a full supply for the whole consumpt for more than six months ; so that not only the surplus waters of one wet season may be retained for supplying the dry season of the same year, but the surplus of several wet years stored up to supply a drought of several...

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