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Summary of the Book 'A Catechism Of Familiar Things Their History And The Events Which Led To Their Discovery':
A Catechism Of Familiar Things by Anonymous. This book a reprint of a successful English publication has been so enlarged as to be to all intents and purposes new. It has been carefully revised by a Reverend gentleman who for some time filled the chair of Physics and Chemistry in one of our colleges.
Excerpts from the Book 'A Catechism Of Familiar Things Their History And The Events Which Led To Their Discovery':
... The second are those drawn from vegetables by common distillation in the alembic, with the aid of water these contain the oily and volatile part ... ... as well as materials, employed in the making of this useful article. Ink is the name applied to all liquids used in writing, of whatever color they ... ... make bread and puddings. The yam is of a dirty brown color outside, but white and mealy within. What are Mangoes? The fruit of the Mango ... ... found in globules, in America, and is collected from the clefts of the rocks. Mercury has the appearance of melted silver it is neither ductile nor ... ... sea, and is continued to such a height as to leave it almost dry, when the insects leave building on that part, and begin afresh in another direction ... ... color, as white, or black others streaked or variegated with different colors. They are classified as ancient and modern: the ancient are those found ... ... What is Starch? A white, powdery sediment procured from the bottom of vessels in which flour or meal has been steeped in water. Pure ... ... in the ground for the purpose. Tar is exported in great quantities from Norway, Sweden, and our Southern States. What are its uses? It ... ... Secondary rocks, containing the remains of animals and vegetables, and consequently formed after their creation-the Tertiary formation, composed ... ... same time, from their own resources, and were by no means servile copyists of the sculptors of a former age. The first academy of the art was founded ... ... at a distance are paid by order, draft, or bill of exchange, without the transmission either of money or goods. Who were the Franks? ... ... belonging to shepherds. What is Astronomy? The science which treats of the heavenly bodies, their arrangement, magnitudes, distances and ... ... for common purposes. On the contrary, such symbols had something of a sacred character about them, being unknown to the common people, and only ... ... silk-covered copper wire, and a small bar magnet about four inches long. The bobbin is placed on one pole of the magnet, so that the wire is as it ... ... [Illustration: OPENING THE SUEZ CANAL-PROCESSION OF SHIPS.] What is positive and what negative electricity? No difference in electricity ... ... 167 United States Government, 147 Vapor, 14 Vellum, 60 Velvet, 45 Venice, 171 ... ... objects, without exception, most probably are capable of being electrically excited but some require more complicated contrivances to produce it ... ... Where were Carpets originally made? Carpets are of oriental origin, and are made of different sorts of stuffs they are woven in a variety of ... ... not long unknown to the Romans, although it was so rare, that it was even sold weight for weight with gold. The Emperor Aurelian, who died in 275, ... ... the large looking-glass plates now in use? The French. What city of Italy excelled all Europe for many years in the making of fine glass? ...