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Page 199 - ... he takes it with him into a room, and turns a machine enclosed in a cylindrical case, at the top of which is an electrometer, a small fine pith ball; a wire connects with a similar cylinder and electrometer in a distant apartment; and his wife, by remarking the corresponding motions of the ball, writes down the words they indicate; from which it appears that he has formed an alphabet of motions. As the length of the wire makes no difference in the effect, a correspondence might be carried on...
Page 169 - To equal robbery with murder is to reduce murder to robbery, to confound in common minds the gradations of iniquity, and incite the commission of a greater crime, to prevent the detection of a less.
Page 169 - He who knows not how often rigorous laws produce total impunity, and how many crimes are concealed and forgotten for fear of hurrying the offender to that state in which there is no repentance, has conversed very little with mankind.
Page 291 - SWEET maid, if thou would'st charm my sight, And bid these arms thy neck infold ; That rosy cheek, that lily hand, • Would give thy poet more delight Than all Bocara's vaunted gold, Than all the gems of Samarcand.
Page 170 - All laws against wickedness are ineffectual, unless some will inform, and some will prosecute; but till we mitigate the penalties for mere violations of property, information will always be hated, and prosecution dreaded. The heart of a good man cannot but recoil at the thought of punishing a slight injury with death; especially when he remembers that the thief might have procured safety by another crime, from which he was restrained only by his remaining virtue.
Page 433 - Item, 3rdly, the elder master of the guild was to find a maiden well attired to lead the dragon, and the clerk of the market was to find a golden line for the dragon. Item, 4thly, the elder warden was to find St. George four trumpets, but St. George himself was to pay their wages.
Page 119 - The art of making cloth of any kind is quite unknown to the inhabitants of this ifland ; what they have is got from the mips that come to trade in cocoa-nuts.
Page 119 - Thefe habitations are raifcd upon wooden pillars about ten feet from the ground; they are round, and having no windows, look like bee-hives, covered with thatch. The entry is through a trap door below, where the family mount by a ladder, which is drawn up at night.
Page 333 - ... and difguft come much more frequently in the way of women than of men. To them belong all offices about the weak, the fick, and the dying. When the houfe becomes a fcene of wretchednefs from any caufe, the man often runs abroad, the woman muft ftay at home and face the worft.