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appearance of net-work. Each of these facets is sup. posed to possess the power and properties of an eye, and LEWENHOECK counted three thousand one hundred and eighty-one of them in the cornea of a beetle, and eight thousand in those of a horse-fly!

be seen,

PORES OF THE HUMAN BODY. The skin of the human body is a very curious object for the microscrope. By cutting a thin piece with a very sharp pen-knife or razor, and applying it to a good microscope, a multitude of small pores will

through which the perspirable matter is supposed to be perpetually transmitted. These are best seen in the under or second skin. There are said to be 1000 pores in the length of an inch, and of course, in a surface an inch square, there will be 1,000,000, through which, either the sensible or insensible perspiration is continually issuing.

If there are 1,000,000 pores in every square inch, the following calculation is made of the number in the whole body.

The surface of the body of a middle-sized person, is reckoned to contain 14 feet; and, as each foot contains 144 inches, the number of pores will be estimated at 1,000,000 * 144 * 14=2,016,000,000, or two thousand and sixteen millions.


No. IV. (Compiled from ROLLIN and others, by S. Dunn.) ARTAXERXES MNEMON, being once reduced to the necessity of eating barley-bread and dried figs, and of drinking water, said, “What pleasures have I lost till now, through my delicacy and excess.”

AGATHOCLES becoming King of Sicily, from being the son of a potter, would be daily served at his table in earthen vessels, to remind him of his humble origin.

DEMOSTHENES, the great orator of Athens, used to




say, that “ wise men speak little : therefore nature hath given men two ears and one tongue, that they may hear more than they speak.”—To one that spoke much, he said, “ How comes it, that he who taught thee to speak, did not teach thee to be silent.”-He also remarked, that "A covetous man knows not how to live during his own life-time; and leaves it for another to live instead of him, after he is dead."

Agis, King of Sparta, as they were leading him to the place of execution, saw one of his people weeping, to whom he said, “Weep not for me; for the authors of this unjust death are more in fault than I.”

When one of Augustus's veteran soldiers entreated his protection, Augustus bid him apply to an advocate; “ Ah!” replied the soldier, “ it was not by proxy that I served you at the battle of Actium.” AUGUSTUS was so pleased, that he pleaded his cause, and gained it for him. One day a petition was presented to him with so much awe, as to displease him :

“ Friend," you seem as if you were offering something to an elephant, rather than to a man; be bolder.” -CORNELIUS CINNA, Pompey's grandson, entered, with other persons, into a conspiracy against him : AUGUSTUS sent for the rest, reprimanded them, and dismissed them: but resolving to mortify CINNA by the greatness of his generosity,“ I have twice,” said he, “ given you your life, as an enemy and as a conspirator; I now give you the consulship; let us therefore be friends for the future ; let us only contend in striving, whether my confidence, or your fidelity, shall be most conspicuous."

A certain Athenian, being in company with ANAHARSIS, who was a Scythian, reproached him for being from that country. “My country, as you think," said ANACHARSIS, “is no great honour to me; and you, Sir, in my opinion, are no great honour to your country.”

said he,

JUVENILE OBITUARY. 1. Died, February 6, 1822, REBECCA JUBB, one of the scholars in the Camblesforth Sunday-School. VOL. VI.

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For regular attendance, and good behaviour at the School, she was remarkable; and as to improvement in reading, she excelled all in her class. She was never known to give the teachers a disrespectful word or look ; but with delight they beheld “her willing feet in swift obedience move.

.About two years ago, a revival of religion took place in this village, the blessed influence of which extended to the School; and several, both of the teachers, and of the scholars, were converted to God. Amongst the rest, there is reason to believe, was the amiable subject of this narrative,' who, from that time until her death, continued to adorn the Gospel of God her Saviour. In November last, her health began to decline. She looked upon death as very near with the greatest composure. Two young women, calling to see her, began to express concern that one so young should be so amicted. She interrupted them by saying, that she did not consider herself afflicted, but rather that the Lord was preparing her for himself. When confined to her bed, in a state of great suffering and restlessness, her mind was kept in perfect peace, and not a discontented word ever escaped from her lips. On January 27, one of the teachers asking her the state of her mind, she answered that she was happy, and had confidence in God, that he would not leave nor forsake her in her last moments; but added, that she felt the want of that encouragement which she had been wont to receive at her class-meetings. The same day, however, she was so filled with the love of God, that she was constrained to break forth in praise to the Most High; and her countenance bespoke the peace and joy which she then .realized. To another teacher, and several of her school-fellows, she said, “I am very poorly; but I shall soon be in heaven. Glory be to God, I have had a view of heaven this afternoon.” She had now. evidently arrived at that state, when

“ Faith almost changes into sight,

While from afar she spies
Her fair inheritance in light,

Above created skies.”



All her constitutional diffidence was gone; she exhorted the children to prepare to meet her in heaven ; and to all that came into the room she declared what 'the Lord had done for her soul, conversing of the things of God in a manner that will not soon be forgotten. On the 31st of January, she desired one of her school-fellows to bring her a looking-glass. After looking at herself, she said, “ I am already like a corpse; and after a few more struggles I shall have done !

* Patience and faith, hold out a little more !
Your work will be accomplished speedily,
But a few moments, and these sighs and groans

Shall be exchang'd for everlasting songs.' In this happy and patient state of mind, she continued, under heavy bodily affliction, until February 6th, when she entered into the rest that remaineth for the people of God. May my last end be like hers ! Camblesforth.


2. Died, February 26, 1822, THOMAS Meek, late of Woodhouse-Grove School, Yorkshire. He was the second son of the Rev. Joseph MEEK, now of Belpar; and was born at Thirsk, July 13th, 1808. From his infancy he was naturally delicate, and subject to a cough; which often excited in the minds of his parents serious apprehensions concerning him. In 1817, however, they considered his health suffie ciently established to bear the discipline of School; and in the summer of that year, sent him to Woodhouse-Grove, where, with the exception of a cough in the winter, and the measles, which he had with several of the other boys, his health was so good, that his mother frequently expressed her surprise on seeing him look so well, and fondly hoped he would overcome his constitutional delicacy. But God, who

had otherwise determined, and early transplanted him to a richer soil, to bloom for ever in the garden of God. His natural disposition was uncommonly mild and reserved; he seldom, if ever, needed correction; a word or a look was a sufficient reproof. Oą

cannot err,

December 23, 1821, he was suddenly seized with pleurisy. Various means were used to abate the violence of the symptoms, but with little effect. After he had been confined for a few weeks, his father came over to see him. Afraid that this severe attack would be too much for his tender frame, and anxious as a parent and a christian for the best interests of his child, he with much solicitude entreated him to co der the vast importance of his soul, and the necessity of repentance, and faith in our Lord Jesus Christ. But the great reserve which he had shown to my father, who had usually spoken to him on the state of his mind every evening, accompanying his addresses with prayer, manifested itself to his father also. Yet all who attended him in his affliction were convinced that these important subjects were pondered over in his heart, although his natural timidity prevented him from speaking much upon them to others. One day, his father, having left him for a short time, was on his return presented with the Hymn-book, and requested to read the following verse :

“ Pris'ners of hope, be strong, be bold;

Cast off your doubts, disdain to fear :
Dare to believe! on Christ lay hold !

Wrestle with Christ in mighty prayer !
Tell him we will not let thee go,

Till we thy name, thy nature know !" The selection of this verse was an encouraging intimation to Mr. Meek, that the SPIRIT of God was working powerfully on the mind of his dear boy. Some time after this he was rather better, and a variety of circumstances compelled MR. M. to return to his Circuit. After committing him to God in fervent prayer, he left him,--to behold him, alas ! no more, till the resurrection of the just. My mother, coming into the room soon after his father's departure, ex• pressed her anxiety lest he should grieve, and increase his complaint; but he very emphatically said, “No! I love you too well to be unhappy. I have every thing I could wish for." His disorder assumed at times a flattering appearance; and hope and fear alternately took possession of our minds, But on Feb. 21st, 1822, he be

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