The Land's End District: Its Antiquities, Natural History, Natural Phenomena and Scenery. Also, a Brief Memoir of Richard Trevithick, C.E.

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J.R. Smith, 1862 - Land's End (England) - 269 pages
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Page 74 - Such as see where the ball is played give notice, crying ' ware east,' ' ware west,' as the same is carried. The hurlers take their next way over hilles, dales, hedges, ditches ; yea, and thorow bushes, briars, mires, plashes, and rivers whatsoever, so as you shall sometimes see twenty or thirty lie tugging together in the water, scrambling and scratching for the ball.
Page 257 - It exhibits in construction the most beautiful simplicity of parts, the most sagacious selection of appropriate forms, their most convenient and effective arrangement and connection, uniting strength with elegance, the necessary solidity with the greatest portability, possessing unlimited power with a wonderful pliancy to accommodate it to a varying resistance ; it may, indeed, be called The steam-engine.
Page 262 - But that which is of still greater importance, is the arrival of Don Ricardo Trevithick, an eminent professor of mechanics, machinery and mineralogy, inventor and constructor of the engines of the last patent, and who directed, in England, the execution of the machinery now at work in Pasco. This professor, with the assistance of the workmen who accompany him, can construct as many engines as shall be wanted in Peru, without the necessity of sending to Europe for any part of these vast machines.
Page 20 - Hecatseus and some others say that there is an island in the ocean over against Gaul, (as big as Sicily,) under the arctic pole, where the Hyperboreans inhabit, so called, because they lie beyond the breezes of the north wind ; that the soil there is very rich and very fruitful, and the climate temperate, inasmuch as there are two crops in the year.
Page 7 - The ground is rocky, but it has in it earthy veins, the produce of which is brought down and melted and purified. Then, when they have cast it into the form of cubes, they carry it to a certain island adjoining to Britain and called Iktis (probably St.
Page 257 - In the establishment of the locomotive, in the development of the powers of the Cornish engine, and in increasing the capabilities of the marine engine, there can be no doubt that Trevithick's exertions have given a far wider range to the dominion of the steam-engine than even the great and masterly improvements of James Watt effected in his day.
Page 153 - BÍche has described, round the shores of Devon, Cornwall, and western Somerset, a vegetable accumulation, consisting of plants of the same species as those which now grow freely on the adjoining land, and occurring as a bed at the mouths of valleys, at the bottoms of sheltered bays, and in front of and under low tracts of land, the seaward eide of which dips beneath the present level of the sea.
Page 20 - Amongst them that have written old stories much like fables, Hecataeus and some others say, that there is an island in the ocean, over against Gaul, as big as Sicily, under the arctic pole, where the Hyperboreans inhabit, so called because they lie beyond the breezes of the north wind. That the soil here is very rich and very fruitful, and the climate temperate, insomuch as there are two crops in the year.
Page 22 - ... having in many instances an aperture about 18 inches square at its base. On either side of this stile (head-stone) commences a series of separate stones forming an arc, the chord of which varies from 20 to 40 feet, so that the whole figure somewhat resembles the bow and shank of a spur." The only difference between the caves in Sardinia and those at Scilly is, that the latter are without the tall head stone and arc, do not all point in one direction, and are, or were originally, surrounded each...
Page 69 - ... hobby-horse represented by a man carrying a piece of wood in the form of a horse's head and neck, with some contrivance for opening and shutting the mouth with a loud snapping noise, the performer being so covered with a horse-cloth or hide of a horse as to resemble the animal whose curvetings, biting and other motions he imitated. Some of these 'guise-dancers' occasionally masked themselves with the skins or the heads of bullocks having the horns on.

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