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Seite 200 - ... he took his own pocket-knife, and on trying to swallow it " it slipped down his throat with great ease, and by the assistance of some drink and the weight of the knife," it was conveyed into his stomach. The spectators, however, were not satisfied with one experiment, and asked the operator " whether he could swallow more ?" his answer was, " all the knives on board the ship ;" upon which, three knives were immediately produced, which were swallowed in the same way as the former ; and, "• by...
Seite 202 - ... he swallowed that day, as he distinctly recollects, nine clasp-knives, some of which were very large ; and he was afterwards assured, by the spectators, that he had swallowed four more, which, however, he...
Seite 275 - ... enormous mass of computation was executed ; one table of which (that of the logarithms of numbers) must contain about eight millions of figures. " The calculators- were divided into three sections. The first section comprised five or six mathematicians of the highest merit, amongst whom were M. Prony and M. Legendre. These were occupied entirely with the analytical part of the work ; they investigated and determined on the formulae to be employed.
Seite 222 - ... few sagacious reasoners, who think that our present data are sufficient to enable us to decide on such very abstruse and difficult parts of corpuscular philosophy. It appeared to me an object of considerable moment, and one intimately connected with all these queries,— the relations of electricity to space, as nearly void of matter as it can be made on the surface of the earth ; and, in consequence, I undertook some experiments on the subject.
Seite 130 - ... dry lime. They are now to be regarbled, and finally packed for transportation in tight casks, the insides of which have been smoked, cleaned, and covered with a coating of fresh water and lime. If packed in chests, the seams must be dammered to prevent the admission of air or water. There is no necessity for sorting them, as previously to their sale they are classed into sizes in the company's warehouses in London. The mode generally practised in preparing nutmegs for the market is to dip them...
Seite 351 - The order in which the different alloys stand with regard to this action is as follows : steel, cromium alloy, silver alloy, gold alloy, nickel alloy, rhodium alloy, iridium and osmium alloy, palladium alloy, platina alloy. With similar acid, the action on the pure steel was scarcely perceptible : the silver alloy gave very little gas, nor was the gold much acted on. All the others gave gas copiously, but the platina alloy in most abundance. In connection with the analysis of these alloys, there...
Seite 209 - This took place on the 4th of December, 1805, and in the course of that night he swallowed five knives. On the next morning the ship's company, having expressed a great desire to see him repeat the performance, he complied with his usual readiness, and " by the encouragement of the people, and the assistance of good grog...
Seite 239 - A table spoonful of brown sugar is sufficient in this manner for a salmon of five or six pounds weight ; and if salt is desired, a tea-spoonful or more may be added ; saltpetre may be used instead, in the same proportion, if it is desired, to make the kipper hard.
Seite 128 - ... feet from each other, screening them from the heat of the sun and violence of the winds. It is a matter of essential importance that the ground be well opened and its cohesion broken, in order to admit of the free expansion of the roots of the tender plants, and that it be intimately mixed with burnt earth and cow manure, in the proportion of two-thirds of the former to one-third of the latter.