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Suspended be the shouts that rend the skies—..
Sonnet, on the Approach of Winter. The red-breast perch'd upon the'with’ring spray,
To parting autumn chaunts a sweet farewell;
While low'ring skies a dismal change foretell:
And dying beauty's dirge, along the dell,
Marking the silent progress of decay,
The presciènt swallow flits, on timely wing, To climes where, cherish'd by the southern ray,
Nature prolongs the pleasant reign of spring;
Yet still the season can enjoyment bring
Furnish new subjects for the bard to sing.
Anecdote of Dr. Johnson.—The conversations, as well as writings, of this great man, clearly evinced, that he paid considerable attention to dreams, at least to his own dreams. Calling one morning on a lady of his acquaintance, she informed him she had dreamt the preceding night, that she had met fortune in her way, whirling rapidly on her wheel, and who presented her with a purse.“ Upon my word, madam,” cried the doctor, “ you were very fortunate that the wheel of the blind dame did not run over you: but are you sure that she gave you a purse ?” “O, Sir, I am very sure of that.” “ Then, madam," continued 'Dr. Johnson, “ if you have not been able to make a fortune while awake, see what you can do in your sleep; and should you dream again of meeting fortune on her wheel, try your luck in the next lottery.” Whether the lady pursued the advice is not known; but there is strong ground for belief, from the circumstances above stated, that had the doctor himself dreamed of such a lottery, as is at present the theme of general admiration, he would have purchased a ticket or two, with a sanguine hope of gaining one of its numerous great prizes.
Dr. Blachly gives the following recipe as highly efficacious to the cure of dropsy, by external application.Recipe: Saponis, Aceti, et Spt. Vini ana partes æquales. The whole body is to be rubbed with it at bed-time, as long as the patient can bear the application, occasionally giving him brandy or wine. This remedy, joined to the other remedies of dropsies, cures, generally, in two or three applications; the water disappearing by perspiration. Edematous legs bound up, with the mixture plentifully rubbed on them, are quickly reduced in size.
Lines on the sudden and much-lamented Death of the
Right Hon, Sir John Parnell, Bart, late Chancellor of the Irish Exchequer.
Parnell is dead! that heart, to friendship dear,
THE ARTS, &c.
SCIENCE OF CHEMISTRY. · Extract from the Moniteur of the 18th of January.
Upon the efficacy of fumigations with the mineral acids for purifying the air and stopping the progress of contagion, Dr. Majon, Professor of Chemistry, and Member of the Medical Society of Genoa, who had already given Mr. Moraiau some valuable information upon the employment of the acid fumigations in that city, and which forms a part of the additions made to the second edition of his treatise, has sent him some farther information on the subject, which he thinks of sufficient importance to be made publicly known, as it is only by giving publicity to the instances or examples of the advantages obtained by these. means, especially when attested by professional men, that we can hope to overcome the inatten tion, or prejudice, which neglects to afford this relief to humanity. “ From the moment we perceived the progress of the epidemical fever,” says Dr. Majon,“ the acid fumigations were employed in the churches, hospitals, lazarettes, prisons, barracks, and in the apartments of many of the sick. On the 20th of March, 1800, I was sent for to the church of St. Andre, where two grave diggers had fallen down dead at the moment they were going into one of the vaults. As I found the church infected with putrid exhalation, I immediately ordered the opening into the vault to be built up; and, after shutting the windows, I placed in the middle of the church a large earthen vessel containing six pounds of common salt, and three pounds of sulphuric acid (oil of vitriol), and to disengage the acid vapours more quickly, we placed lighted faggots around the vessel ; the process was over in two hours, when the windows were again thrown open, we found the infectious
smell entirely gone off, and people entered the church without the slightest inconvenience. - The same effect was still more remarkable when I employed the oxygenated muriatic acid, which I did in the largest buildings, particularly in the church of St. Dominique, where the air was so much infected, and charged with putrid exhalations, that the fætor spread to a considerable distance, and was perceptible even in the neighbouring houses. I employed for the fumigation eight pounds of sea salt, four pounds of sulphuric acid, and one pound and a half of the black oxyd of manganese. To purify the air in the smaller, and inhabited buildings, I employed in preference, fumigation with the nitric acid (the nitrous fumigation of Dr. C. Smyth), which was equally successful in destroying the putrid miasmata without occasioning the slightest inconvenience to the sick, and there was not an instance of any person being infected by the contagion from the sick where this fumigation was constantly used.”
Anecdote of the King and Queen of Prussia. The marriage of their Prussian Majesties was brought about in a manner rather unusual among sovereigns. The circumstance which led to their union is thus described by an intelligent traveller, who lately visited Berlin. At a grand review, which took place at Frankfort on the Maine, M. Boathman, one of the richest bankers upon the continent, appeared at the parade, with a