A visit to Europe in 1851, Volume 2

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G. P. Putnam, 1853 - Science
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Page 53 - And after three months we departed in a ship of Alexandria, which had wintered in the isle, whose sign was Castor and Pollux. And landing at Syracuse, we tarried there three days.
Page 233 - At the usual rate of descent, a rock which fell upon a high glacier 200 years ago, may only just now have reached its final resting-place in the lower country; and a block larger than the largest of Egyptian obelisks may occupy the time of six generations of men in its descent, before it is laid low in the common grave of its predecessors.
Page 89 - Behind him cast ; the broad circumference Hung on his shoulders like the moon, whose orb Through optic glass the Tuscan artist views At evening from the top of Fesole Or in Valdarno, to descry new lands, Rivers, or mountains, in her spotty globe.
Page 321 - HUMBOLDT. 321 of rapid extinction. However imposing this spectacle may be, which is being realized under our eyes, and is preparing another still more remarkable for the history of the intellectual development of our races ; I already descry the distinct epoch, when a high degree of civilization, and institutions free, firm and peaceful (three elements which are not easily associated), shall penetrate into the tropical regions where the high table lands of Mexico, Bogota, Quito, and Potosi shall...
Page 243 - As soon as Professor Silliman told her that he was the friend of her son, that his adopted country welcomed him among its most precious possessions, " her strong frame was agitated, her voice trembled with emotion, and the flowing tears told the story of a mother's heart not yet chilled by age. . . . The next morning she came, walking alone a long...
Page 231 - Even the masses, which externally are soiled and dirty, on being broken exhibit pure and transparent ice, looking like the most perfect rock crystal. Every morning the hotels are supplied by resorting to the lower end of the glaciers. They need wish for nothing purer ; and thus they have an unfailing supply from these great natural ice-houses — sources which are perennial and inexhaustible. The first appearance of the glaciers is like that of a fearfully agitated ocean, tossed by violent, and conflicting,...
Page 317 - A supper followed, in the great room of the society, in which a large chandelier, lighted by gas., made noonday of night. Among the eminent men present whose fame was known to us at home, were Professor Ehrenberg, the philosopher of the microscopic world ; the two brothers Rose, Gustave, of mineralogy, and Heinrich, of analytical chemistry ; Professor Dove, the meteorologist and physicist; Professor Magnus, of electro-magnetism ; Professor Poggendorf, the editor of the well-known journal which bears...
Page 23 - ... powers of description. . . . It is a vast volcanic amphitheatre with almost vertical walls of ragged rock, black and forbidding. The area has been a scene of the most tremendous action of fire. Compared with this natural amphitheatre of Etna, the Coliseum of Rome is a toy. The area of the Val del Bove would contain 10,000 such Coliseums, and London itself could be included in its vast capacity. It has been well remarked that, compared with Etna, Vesuvius is a cabinet volcano. There lies the Val...
Page 315 - ... is laid upon blocks of red granite highly polished. Its four angles sustain equestrian figures of the size of life of the Duke of Brunswick, Prince Heinrich of Prussia, General Seydlitz, and General Ziethen. Between them are, on one side, six figures, and on each of the other three sides five figures representing generals and statesmen. Various characters and occupationsareindicateduponthe bas-reliefs.
Page 283 - It indicates the hours, half, and quarter hours, and the bells are struck by automaton figures. A youth strikes the quarter, a man the half hour, and an old man, as the figure of Time, the full hour. This clock tells also the times and seasons of ecclesiastical events, as far as they are associated with astronomical phenomena, the phases of the moon, and the equation of time. At noon, a cock, mounted on a pillar, crows thrice, when a procession of apostles comes out and passes in view of the Saviour....

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