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attempts are numerous, but success is rare. Though the subjects of these poems are very different, being both religious and amatory, an obscure and cold mysticism reigns almost equally throughout: the art employed is too apparent to suffer us to see any trace of profound or genuine sensibility. In truth, we should reduce to very small collections, all these lyric productions of the Italian poets of both sexes, if we retrenched the forms of expression which have grown trite; such as golden hair, necks of alabaster, sparkling eyes, inflamed hearts, and the stars, and Aurora, and zephyr, all the common places, in short, of exotic mythology. Those are true poets, who know how to substitute for this verbiage, or, at least, to mix with it the warm expression of some original sentiment or thought; and this is a merit which cannot be allowed among the Italian poets, to any but Petrarch, Guidiccioni, sometimes to Costanzo, and almost always to Tasso.
The extreme utility of the volume of which we have given an account, consists in pointing out the poems which still remain highly interesting, and in giving an instructive analysis of those, the reading of which would be of no advantage.
ART. XIV.-Notoria. Mr. Walsh's 'Appeal from the Judge for the use and benefit of farmers. The
ments of Great Britain, respecting well known agricultural experience, the United States of America,' part i. and literary talents of the Curators of
It is owing to an accidental disap- that society, give assurance of the utilpointment, that the present number of ity and elegance of the work. this Journal does not contain a full and particular notice of this highly inter- New Law Books.-Among the reesting work. The subject, however, cent publications, are announced the will not very soon become stale, and 15th volume of Tyng's Massachusetts shall be our theme on a future occa- Reports, 4th of Wheaton's Reports, sion. Meantime, we are happy to learn and the first of Reports of Cases arfrom the publisher, that a second edi- gued and determined in the Circuit tion is in preparation.
Court of the United States, for the third
Circuit.' By R. Peters, jun. Esq. and a Salt as a Manure.-A pamphlet, second edition of Moore's Digested Inshowing the advantages of salt as a dex, with additions, by J. E. Hall, Esq. manure, for arable and pasture lands, has recently been published, under the Fine Arts. One of the disadvanauspices of the Philadelphia Society for tages under wbich our artists have lathe promotion of Agriculture, and on the boured, has been the difficulty of prorecommendation of its President, by curing canvas, well prepared for paintMessrs. M. Carey & Son;—at whose ing, and the necessity of importing all store it is for sale. The information their canvas for large pictures. Mr. which it contains, is worthy the atten- M'Cauley, floor-cloth manufacturer of tion of all agriculturalists, and the very Philadelphia, has recently obviated reasonable price for wbich it is sold, this difficulty, by preparing it of any should be an additional recommenda- size, and of a quality far superior to tion.
that which can be procured in Europe. Agricultural Almanac.--Tothe same Parisian Journals. There has been society, we are soon to be indebted for for sometime established at Paris, a an Almanac of the year 1820, intended · Hermes Romanus,' in the Latin lan
guage, from which foreigners, the most An Electrical Man.Dr. Hartmann distant conversant with Latin, might of Francfort, on the Oder, has pubdeduce favourable ideas of French lite- lished in a German Medical Journal, a rature, manners, and power. A rival statement, according to which, he is to this Journal, is now on the point of able to produce at pleasure, an efilux appearing in the "Athenæum, to be of electrical inatter from his body toprinted in the Greek language, and wards other persons. Yon hear the designed chiefly for circulation in the crackling, see the sparks, and feel the Greek Islands.
electric shock. He has now acquired
this faculty to so high a degree, that it Coloured Snowo.-It appears by the depends solely on his own pleasure to Giornale di Fisica, &c. that a shower make an electric spark issue from his of red snow fell in Carniola, in the fingers, or to draw it from any other nights of the 5th and 6th of March, part of his body. Thus in this electrical 1808. On the same night, a shower of man, the will has an influence on the snow, of a rose colour, fell over the development of the electricity, which surface of Carnia, Cadore, Belluno, had not hitherto been observed, except and Feltri, to the height of twenty cen- in the electrical eel. timetres. The earth was previously covered with snow of a pure white, and Paper from Beet-Root.-A. M. Sithe coloured snow was succeeded by nisen has published at Copenhagen, an other of a pure white; neither were the account of a series of experiments two kinds mingled together, but re- which he has made for ascertaining the mained perfectly distinct, even during practicability of manufacturing paper liquefaction. When a portion of this from the pulp of beet-root. As a proof snow was melted, and the water evapo- of the success of bis experiments, be rated, a little finely-divided earth, of a has printed his work on paper manurosy colour, remained, not attractable factured from this material. by the magnet, and consisting of silex, alumine, and oxide of iron.
Education. From a statament made The same phenomenon happened at by Mr. Brougham, in the House of the same time in the mouatains of Val- Commons, it appears that the number telline, Brescia, and the Tyrol. This of schools for the whole of England is snow was of a red or blood-rose colour, 4,800, and the number of children and was underlaid and covered with educated at the endowed and unenwhite snow. Its colour faded gradually dowed schools, comprebending day until it was dissolved. On the same
schools, is about 700,000. The number evenings, of the 5th and 6th of March, of day schools is 3,500, and the number 1803, a shower of red spow fell at Pez- of children educated there is 50,000, zo, at the extremity of the Valle Ca- leaving 650,000 for the number edu. monica. It was preceded by a very, cated at the endowed and unendowed violent wind on the 5th.
schools throughout England. On the evenings of the 14th and 15th of March, 1813, coloured rain and spow fell over a very large extent of coun- Sweden. The universities of Swetry. Red rain fell in the two Cala. den are in an excellent state. In the brias, and on the opposite part of Ab- beginning of the year, the whole numruzzo, the wind being at east and ber of pupils was 3,485. The expense south-east. Snow and hail of a yellow to government is about 70,000 pounds red colour fell over all Tuscany, with per annum, a great part of wbich is for a north wind. Red snow fell ať Tol- the support of poor students. There mezzo, the wind being at north-east, are 45 printing presses in Sweden, 16 and in the Carnia Alps. And, finally, of which are in Stockholm. The numsnow of a brownish yellow colour fell ber of Journals amounts to 46, of which at Bologna, the wind being south-west. eight appear in the capital.
ERRATA.-In the number for October, page 318, 6th line from the bottom, for infuse, read insure. ---Page 327, line 4th from the bottom, for elasticity, read chastity.
Art. I.--Excursion from Edinburgh to Dublin,
Ayr, April 16, 12 P. M. WE had taken seats last night in the coach for this place, which
was to leave Glasgow early this morning; but on rising, just in season for our departure, an accident, somewhat humorous, though vexatious, interposed unexpectedly an obstacle. It was one of those mistakes which result from the inattention and negligence of others, and reminded me of the common-sense maxim of Dr. Franklin. If you want any thing done, go yourself; if you do not, send;' a principle which, though rather safer of application in my own country, will serve very well, if occasionally remembered, in this. As it was deemed expedient that either my companion or myself should proceed forthwith to Ayr, in order to secure seats in the public coach for Port Patrick, on the following day, and that the other should continue behind to correct the mistake, and complete some desired arrangements; a turn of king George's head decided the question of remaining, in favour of myself; and it was determined accordingly, that I should follow in the afternoon's coach. I did not regret the detention, as it gave me an opportunity of seeing a few objects in Glasgow, which I had previously neglected. Several of my friends, learning my delay, called to proffer the hospitalities of their respective families; but these I declined accepting, as I was unwilling to repeat leave-takings. They attended me, however, to the Roman Catholic church, a recent Gothic structure of some merit; to some singeing machines, so called, where the finest gauze is prepared, and receives its finish by being drawn over a red-hot cylinder of iron; to an ingenious mechanical apparatus, driven by a steam engine, where linen cloths are passed through all the stages of dressing, from a state of prime roughness to final packing;-(and the whole for the moderate average price of nine shillings sterling, per parcel of 24 yards,) and to the lecture room of Dr. ****, a gentleman much skilled in chemistry, who politely exhibited his apparatus, and performed several curious and entertaining experiments with gas.