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[Sept. 27, 1817. low to turn the mill
, the parishioners are completely ex- || to work the pumps. One of them, however, was perceionerated from the obligation of wasting their time in the ved coming up the gangway, with a bandkerchief in his temple. The kimojin is another dumb substitute for de- || hand, and on being questioned what he was about, he anvotion of the same nature. It is a flag, upon which the swered in a tone of voice, that discovered a perfect .conair-horse or kiinorin, is painted, together with an appro fidence in the measure that he proposed, that he was gopriate selection from the Calmuck ritual. Such were the ing to make an offering to bis god. “ This handkerconsecrated ensigns seen by Dr Clarke. As long as the chief,” said he, "contains a certain quantity of rice, and kimorin fintters in the wind, the inhabitants of the tent all the rupees I am worth.; suffer me to attempt to lash it upon which it is hoisted are making their way to heaven to the mizen-top; and rely upon it, Sir, if I sueceed, we by the help of the air-horse.--Ed. Rev.
shall all be preserved." The captain was going to order Obi Sorcery.--Dr Williamson, in a late work on the bim back to the pumps, but recollecting that in so doing West India islands, gives the following instance of the he might throw both him and his countrymen into a state sensibility of negroes to the terrors of this witchcraft. of despondency, and thereby lose the benefit of their exAfter describing a cure effected in a paralytic case, he ertions, tie acquiesced. The Lascar thanked him, and he says :-" About that time, a woman named Agnes was soon beheld this child- of prejudice mount the tottering sitting alongside of the negro doctress in the hospital, shrouds without the least apprehension. He soon lashed amusing herself cheerfully, and exulting in the advances the handkerehief to the mizen top-mast head, fearless of all she was making to recovery. In that state she was in danger, and arrived in safety on the deck. Confident now the evening. On the following morning she was accosted that his god was the captain's friend, he went below to by an oldish negro, named Diok, belonging to the estate, inform his brethren that be bad done his duty. All the who had established his name as a great Obi man. Ag Lascars seenied transported with joy, embraced their virnes, not long before, had declined bis amorous addresses, tuous companion, and then taboured at the punip with inon which occasion threats were made by Dick, and she creased alacrity and perseverance; as if they had encoun was so much impressed by apprehension from these cir- tered before neither apprehension nor fatigue, To their cunstances, that, on his addressing her, she fainted, and unceasing labour was owing, in a great measure, the precould not be again fully restored to lier senses. In course servation of the people. • of that evening she passed fæces insensibly, and used A Beur in a counting house.- A large bear from New Dick's name often with horror. In a few days she sunk. Orleans, which was lately consigned to an unfortunate A general outcry by the negroes succeeded her death, merchant of New York, got rid of its chains the first against Dick, and such was their violence, that the over- night after being landed, and broke into tlie store bouse seer louod it necessary to yield to an inquiry. A party by the back entrance. It first demolished the countingproceeded to bis house, to search for Obi implements, house, tore the day-books and ledgers to atonis, and'then wbieb Dick and the overseer accompanied. The floor of regaled itself on the contents of two boxes' of raisins in his house was dug; a small coffin was removed from it, I the warehouse. Bruin was found in the morning, sleepwhich he said he bad placed there to the memory of a ing oot bis debauch in a field-bed belonging to an Ame. friend. This the negroes denied, and pronounced it to rican general officer, and, being very sick, made no re. be one of the instruments of his Obi practices. It is in- sistance against being secured. He had previously rencalculable what mischief is done by such designing crafty dered the bed unfit for another campaign. people as Dick, when they, establish a superstitious.im | Tyge Hunt -On the 26th February 1817, as three pression on the minds of negroes, that they possess powers young gentlemen were shooting near Pondicherry, a vil. beyond human.
Such persons gratify revenge against lager informed them that a woman had been attacked by their own colour in a destructive manner, and, when bent a tyger some bours before. They were not long in find. on ruin to their masters, that malignant disposition is ing the remains of the woman's clothes, with a basket gratified by also destroying the negroes his property and some grass which she had been gathering. The vilMineral poisons have sometimes been artfully procured, lagers having assembled with their lanterns, soon roused and, it is believed, that there are vegetable poisons which the animal. In passing from one part of the jungle to are less likely to lead to a discovery. The agency of another, be seized on one of them, whom he tore severely, neither is often required; for the effect of a threat from an before retreating to a large bush on the borders of a tank. Obi man or woman, is sufficient to lead to mental disease, The gentlemen then surrounded the place ; bot, imagining despondency, and death. The evidence against Dick be had retreated, approached close to the bush, when he was undoubted, and the negroes regarded his stay on the rose with a tremendous roar; and, while in the act of estate with horror. The whole was submitted to the pro- leaping upon a villager, he received a ball in the body prietor, and he was transported to some of the Spanish which laid him on his back, but without losing hold of possessions.
the man. In this situation he received another shot in Superstition of the Lascars.---Captain Stout, of the the shoulder, which greatly increased bis fury. One of American ship Hercules, which was run on shore on the the gentlemen then ran up, and sent a charge of shot coast of Caffraria in 1796, as the only means of saving through ; another transfixed him with a spear; while the the lives of the crew, gives the following account of the villagers beat him on the head with their clubs. He superstition of the Lascars :" At a period when the measured about seven feet from the nose to the point of tempest raged with the utmost violence, the captain di the tail. The man when liberated had his arm dreadrected most of the crew below, particularly the Lascars, ll fully shattered.
Sept. 27, 1817.)
33 The Horrors of War - In the hospitals at Wilna, (a mioute. As it was possible that the letters of a printed town of Lithuania), during the French'invasion of Rwssia, book might leave some slight impression sensible to an there were left above 17,000 dead and dying, frozen and exquisite touch, I took from my pocket-book an engrafreezing. The bodies of the former, broken up, served ved French assignat, which was hot-pressed, and smooth to stop the cavities in windows, floors, and walls; but in as glass, she read the smallest lines contained in this one of the corridors of the Great Convent, above 1,500 with the same facility as the printed book. A letter rebodies were piled np transversely, as pigs of lead or iron. ceived by that day's post was produced, the direction When these were finally removed on sledges to be burnt, and post-mark of wbich she immediately and correctly the most extraordinary Ogures were presented by the va deciphered. She also named the colour of the separate riety of their attitudes, for none seemed to have been parts of the dresses of the persons in company, as well frozen in a composed state ; each was fixed in the last as various shades of stained glass wbich were purposely action of his life, in the last direction given to his limbs; brought. According to her own statement, her powers even the eyes retained the last expression, either of an- of touch vary very materially with circumstances : when ger, pain, or entrealy. In the roads, men were collected her hands are cold she declares that the faculty is altoround the harning ruins of the cottages, wbich a mad gether lost, and that it is exbausted also by long and spirit of destruction had fired, pickiog and eating the woremitted efforts; that she considers the hours of from burnt bodies of fellow-men ; while thousands of horses cen until twelve of each alternate day, the most favour-" tvere moaning in agony, with their flesh mangled and able for ber performance. Her pulse during the expe. hacked, to satisfy the cravings of a hunger that knew no riments has varied from 110 to 130 degrees." It should pity. In many of the sheds, men, scarcely alive, had be mentioned, that Miss M.Avoy is in a rather respectheaped on their frozen bodies human carcases, which, able situation in life; and as her friends disclaim any festering by the communication of animal bent, had ming: intention of deriving gain from her extraordinary powers led the dying and the dead in one mass of putrefaction. by public exhibition, there is the less reason to suspect
any imposture. At the same time, as no person is adNATURAL HISTORY, &c.
mitted to see her, except as a matter of favour, it is im
possible, Mr Smith observes, to use all the precautions E.straordinary sensibility in the organs of Touch.-A that might be desired to guard against deception. Though young lady in Liverpool, a Miss M'Avoy, lias for some he has not seen her put to trial, he avows his belief from time past strongly attracted the public attention by the circumstances, that she cannot distinguish objects equally singular powers she lays claim to. She is about 17 or in the dark : and latterly, it appears Miss M.Avoy has 18 years of age. She lost her sight in June 1816 by a brought suspicion upon berself
, by laying claims to the gutta serena, the consequence of Hydrocephalus and a power of vaming colours, without actual touch, by mereparalytic affection. Her eyes continue open, and have ly holding out her fingers towards the object. But even nearly the usual appearance, but the power of vision is if it should torn out that; in the cases alluded to, she totally gone. Such at least is her own statement, which makes use of some other medium of information than is so far confirmed by facts, that when a lighted candle the sense of touch, it is still impossible, that, without exis held near ber eyes, the usual contraction of the pupil traordinary means of some kind, she could do what has does not take place. - It is well known, that in persons created surprise in every one who has seen her. Dr wllo lose their sight, the other senses, particularly the Renwick, a physician in Liverpool, has at present in the sense of touch, generally becomes more acute. This has press a volume opon the subject, which will put the pubbeen the case with Miss M'Avor in a surprising degree. lic in full possession of the facts of this singular case. To satisfy those wbo distrust ber blindness, she suffers a Without deciding on the degree of credit which is due bandage to be put over her eyes, and in this state she is to this story, we may mention our belief of the fact, that able to read any printed book by touching the letters the loss of some of the senses often improves the others in with ber fingers. By the touch she also tells the co an extraordinary degree. The facility with wbich perlours of cloth, and distinguishes the different shades in sons born blind walk about the streets of Edinburgh, stained glass. Mr E. Smith, the Editor of the Liver and convey matrasses, baskets, and other articles of their pool Mercury, who repeatedly witnessed the exhibition of manufacture, to different houses, is well known : nor is her extraordinary powers, in company with other gen- any one ignorant of the intricate and ingenious utensils Hemen, says, “ that a book was placed before her, and which have been constructed by the blind. It is stated, opened indiscriminately; to our extreme surprise, she on very good authority, that some of the blind in Paris began to trace the words with her finger, and to repeat brave been instructed to read printed books, by passing thein correctly. She appeared to recognise a short mono- their fingers slowly over the lines. There are also two syllable by the simple contact of one finger; but in as. remarkable instances mentioned by Mr Wardrop, surcertaining a long word, she placed the fore finger of her geon. The first is that of James Mitchell, born deaf and left hand on the beginning, whilst with that of her right blind, the particulars of whose life has been written by land she proceeded from the other extremity of the Mr Dugald Stewart. This boy has acquired a preterword ; and when the two fingers, by having traversed natural acuteness in the senses of touch, taste, and smell, over all the letters, came in contact with each other, she in consequence of having been habitually employed by invariably and precisely ascertained the word. By my these means to collect that information for which the watch I found that she read about 30 words in half a sight is peculiarly adapted. To the sense of smell le
Sept. 27, 1817. seemed chiefly indebted for his knowledge of different mal will have the effect of drawing down the milk, and persons. He appeared to know bis relations and inti- of continuing for some time longer its secretion. These mate friends by smelling them very slightly, and be at singular facts were known in this country some centuries once detected strangers. He could distinguish people by ago, as will be seen by the following quotation from Dr this sense at a copsiderable distance. This was particu- Jameson's Dictionary: Jarly striking when a person entered the room, as he In explanation of the word Tulchane, he says, seemed to be aware of this before he could derive infor- “ A calf skin, in its rough state, stuffed with straw, and mation from any other sense than that of smell. The set beside a cow to make her give milk :- hence the moment he knew of the presence of a stranger, be fearplarase tulchane bishops.”. “. Here is a fair shew of restolessly went up to him, touched bim all over, and smelled ring benefices of cure, great and small, to the kirk :: bot him with eagerness. He commonly took hold of the arm, in effect it was to restore only titleswhich noblemen pere which he held near his nose, and after two or three strong ceived could not be given conveniently to themselves ; inspirations through the nostrils, he appeared to form a but they gripped to the commodity, in obtaining from the decided opinion regarding him. If this was favourable, titulars, either temporal lands feued to themselves, or he showed a disposition to become more intimate, exami: titles, or pensions to their servants, or dependers, and ned more minutely his dress, and expressed by his coun. therefore the bishops admitted according to this pew or, renance more or less satisfaction ; but if it happened to der were called in jest tulchane bishops. A tulchane is be unfavourable, he suddenly went off to a distance, with a calf's skin stuffed full with straw, to cause the cow expressions of carelessness or disgust.—The other case give milk. The bishop bad the title, but my
lord got the is that of a young lady, who, being seized by the confloent milk, or commoditie. - Calderwood," small-pox, was deprived of her bearing, sight, and speech. Voyage to the Congo.-In lat. 7.30. lon, 18. W, During the privation of her sight and bearing, her touch porpoises, flying-fish, and tropic birds, were seen in great and smell became so exquisite, that she could distinguish numbers, and at the distance of two hundred and fifty the different colours of silk, and knew when any stranger miles from the land, a swallow was observed for several was in the room with her. She discovered the colours in the days on the yards. The towing. net bad been kept out figures of some embroidery to be red, blue, and green. But during the greater part of the passage, and now, for the what was perhaps still more extraordinary, she was able first time, it presented an inmense number of perfect to discriminate between the different modifications of co crustacea, of four different species. They were of glassy lour, by discovering pink from red. This lady could appearance, and, according to Doctor Smith, of the Scylwork with her needle, and it is remarkable that her nee larus genus. They continued to take these creatures in dle work was uncommonly neat and exact. She used also great numbers till they made the coast of Africa. They sometimes to write, and her writing was yet more extra- also caught a small squalas of a new species, which the ordinary. It was executed with regularity and exact. naturalists thought might not improperly be termed the ness, the character was very pretty, the lines were all squabus serrata. The crews were occupied for some time even, and the letters placed at equal distances from each in taking sharks, for the most part of the white species ; other. But tbe most extraordinary particular of all, with the largest of which, a male, measured twelve feet in respect to her writing, was, that she could by some means length. This was struck by the people on board the Congo. discover when a letter bad been, from mistake, omitted, Another, taken by those in thie transport, was ten feet and she would place it over that part of the word where long. One, and one only of the blue species, was caught it should bave been inserted, with a caret under it. or indeed seen, on the passage. It proved to be a female; Previous to the knowledge of these cases, some persons was impregnated, and measured seven feet. No pilotwere disposed to doubt certain familiar facts in the in- fish or sucking-fish was taken with her, though many of stinct of animals. It is pretty well known, that a dog is both accompanied the white sharks. It was rensarked, not only able to follow a traveller many miles along a the pilot-fishı attendant on the white shark took special road, aster an interval of some hours, but also to discria care to keep out of the way of the shark's mouth, conminate between the walks which different persons had ta stantly playing over the back part of the head; and the ken, and, in this way, to discover the particular course shark, without change of position, was frequently seen to which bis master may have followed. Hence, it would lift his head above the water to seize his prey. After seem, that some subtile effluvia is thrown off from the bo the heavy falls of rain, many skip-jacks were observed dy, which is different in different individuals. As a far near the ship. The first bonitos were remarked in lather proof of the acuteness of this sense in animals, and titude 53. Great flights of tropic and other'oceanic of the nicety of its discrimination, we find that an ewe, birds were here seen in constant pursuit of the flyingas well as a cow, frequently smell their young before they fish. On crossing the meridian of Cape Palmas, at the permit them to suckle. The knowledge of this fact bas distance of 15 leagues from the Cape, a large shoal led the shepherd to deceive the dam when its lamb has of bottle-nosed porpoises, or dolphins, was seen. They been killed, by taking the skin, and throwing it over were attended by numerous tropic and men-of-war birds. anotheș lamb, perhaps of a different colour and size. It The former, it was observed, fish in the manner of the would seem to be by the smell alone that the female of common gull, while the latter ascend very high, dart permany animals discover their offspring. As the ass will pendicularly down on their prey, and, diving into the sea, give milk no longer than she is followed by her colt, it will snatch from their own element the largest flying fish, has been found that its skip thrown over any other ani- il and carry them off in their beaks, soaring high as before.
Sept, 27, 1817.]
35 On the farm of Mr W. Hall, of Landbeach, in Cam- , Life of Sir William Jones, in which it is related, that bridgeshire, a leash of white partridges were killed on Sir William saw the Chumulary mountains from Bangal. Tuesday week; these birds were part of a covey of four. pore, a distance of 244 miles. P. H. Bruce (Memoirs, teen, the remainder of which were of the usual colour. p. 282,) saw Mount Ararat from Derbabent, à distance
Geography of Insects.-M. Latreille has published, at of 210 geographical, or 240 British miles. Paris, a work on the distribution of insects. This is
Lake of Geneva-On the 11th ult. was observed the intimately connected with the distribution of plants, and, | phenomenon peculiar to this lake, known under the name in reality, the same insects are found upon the mountains of seiche. The water rose with such rapidity for about of a warm country that inhabit the plains of colder five minutes, that it reached the highest point which it countries. The difference of 10 or 12 degrees of lati- had attained this year, and in some places even above it. tude, at an equal height, brings with it particular in-The rise was between 26 and 33 inches. The water, in sects; and when the difference amounts to 20 or 24 de falling again, left a great quantity of fish on the shore. grees, almost all the insects are different. There are
Some strangers, who were unacquainted with this phenoanalogous changes corresponding to the latitude, but at menon, were drawn along by the receding water. It seems distances much more considerable. The old and the to be now agreed, that the cause of these sodden increases new, world have genera of insects peculiar to each is a momentary pressure of the atmosphere upon the surEven those which are common to both present appreci-face of the lake, which, as it contracts itself near Geneva, able differences. In the western parts of Europe the do- is there much more sensibly raised than elsewhere. main of southern insects appears very distinctly, as soon as, in going from North to South, we come to a country
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