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The pages of ancient history are fre- “ the annals in which science has inserted quently swollen with “ accounts of prodi- the facts she has recoguised as such, withgies and marvellous occurrences." An out as yet pretending to explain them." As attentive examination, “ will show," says to the second, the deceptive appearance M. Salverte, a French writer on the occult which uature sometimes assumes, the exsciences, reviewed in the “ Foreign Quar- aggeration, almost unavoidable by parterly Review," " that a small number of tially informed observers, of the details of čanses which may be discerned and deve- a phenomenon, or its duration; improper, loped, will serve for the explanation of ill understood, or badly translated expresnearly the whole of these." There are sions, or figurative language, and a po. two reasons for our believing accounts of etical style; erroneous explanations of prodigies : 1. The number and agreement emblematical representations ; apologues of these accounts, and the confidence to and allegories adopted as real facts ; which the observers and witnesses are en- such are causes which, singly or together, titled. 2. The possibility of dissipating have frequently swollen with prodigions what is wonderful by ascertaining any one fictions the pages of history, and it is by of the principal causes which might have carefully removing this envelope that eliza given to a natural fact a tinge of the mar- cidations must be sought of what have hi. vellous. Respecting the first, the ancients therto been improperly and disdainfully have recorded varions occurrences; a rejected. A few examples will illustrate shower of quicksilver at Rome, for exam- these several positions. ple, is mentioned by Dion Cassius, in the · The river Adonis being impregnated year 197 of our era, and a similar event is during certain seasons with volumes of detailed under the reign of Aurelian; if dust raised from the red soil of that part of we attend to plienomena taking place in Mount Libanus near which it flows, gave our own time,t we must consign them to rise to the fable of the periodical effusion
+ At 4 P. M. May 27, 1819, the commune of to admit the little finger. Wherever the hail had Giiguoncourt, in the department of the Vosges, fallen, there were found, when it melted, many was devastated by a tremendous hailstorm: many similar stones, up to that time unknown in the of the hailstones, weighing about a pound, were commune of Grignoncourt. On the banks of the collected, and allowed to melt; in the centre of Ognon, a river which flows ten or twelve leagues each was found a stone, of a bright coffee colour, from Grignoncourt, is a considerable number of from four to seven-tenths of an inch in thickness, stones similar to those in question, and also pierced broader than a two-franc piece, flat, round, polished in the middle; can they have been produced by a a'id pierced in the centre with a hole large enough hailstorm charged with aerolithes.