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is only two days' journey distant from it excellent discourse of M. the Professor by land.

Bambas, read the year before last, at the The Assassins. A history of the As- opening of the course of the Great College sassins, drawn from oriental sources, has of Chios. This discourse is so elegant in appeared lately at Stuttgard. From this its typography that it might seem to come work we learn that the Assassins, a con- from the presses of Paris or London. This federate people or society, which, in the office will gradually spread, throughout time of the Crusades, for two centuries, act. Greece, a number of valuable works, that ed an important part in Asiatic history, may contribute to the regeneration of this were originally a branch of the Ismaelites. once classical land. The author, M. de Hammer, illustrates A college on a large scale is about to be many of the events of the middle ages, and founded at Zigori, in the province of Epi. shews, at the same time, the advantageous rus. The voluntary donations for this es. use that might be made of oriental litera. tablishment amount already to 60,000 ture, if its cultivation were more generally francs. M. Neophytos Doucas, a learned attended to.

Greek ecclesiastic, has contributed himself A number of convents having been sup. the sum of 10,000 francs. · · pressed in Poland, all their libraries have Egypt.On the subject of subterranean been removed to the University of Warsaw. researches for antiquities in Egypt, we learn In the same city, in the library of the Pia- from recent advices, that the objects disrists, an Arabian astrolabe, made of copper, interred hitherto are very inconsiderable, has been lately found. It is supposed to in comparison with what remain to be dishave been brought to Warsaw by some re, covered. A rivalship exists between the ligious Piarists, who arrived thither from Arab inhabitants and the Europeans, as to Spain in the year 1642. It pretty nearly the art of successfully excavating the moun. resembles those which are in the cabinet of tains of sand, wherein have been buried, Kircher, at Rome, and in the observatory at for ages, the porticoes, buildings, and subParis. M. Chiarmi, Professor of Oriental terraneous galleries of every description. Languages in the University, rightly con- The Arabs have pierced into the earth to ceiving its importance for the history of the depth of several fathoms, and are conletters, has made it the object of a dissertatinually collecting vases, muinmies, and tion presented to the Royal Institute of other remains of antiquity; and, though Sciences at Warsaw. Hipparchus, accord. ignorant enough in other matters, can now ing to Pliny, was the inventor of the Astro distinguish objects that are rare and in labe ; Ptolemy and others, in succeeding good preservation, from others of an ordiages, have laboured to bring it to perfec. nary sort. The Arabs of Gournon are zealtion.

ously attached to this occupation ; so much Russia.- The University of Moscow is so, that, considering the address with which now rebuilt on a better plan, and in a style they execute these labours, it is thought of greater magnificertce than before the the Europeans will have no occasion to un. conflagration. The Emperor, besides his dertake them, but for money may procure other bounties, has consigned the sum of whatever the bowels of the earth shall dis400,000 roubles for the erection of an hos. close. pital close to the University, for the pur. Chincse Literature. Letters from Can. poses of a Clinical school, wherein at pre- ton report the successful prosecution of sent, at this charge,are 200 medical students, Mr Morrison's labours in the printing of besides others intended for the Academy of his Chinese Dictionary. The second part Chirurgery. The new cabinet of natural was begun in April 1811: this volume history is progressively augmenting, under consists of a thousand printed pages, in 4to, the assiduous direction of Professor Fischer. and contains above 12,000 Chinese characDuring the two last years, the collection ters, the most in use, with numerous exhas acquired a number of minerals, con- amples. In Feb. 1819, 600 pages, comchítes, and birds, with the rich herbary of prising near 8000 characters, were complete Dr Trinius,

ed. The printing of all the volumes of Greece.-M. Koumas, first professor in this important work will occupy a space of the Great College at Smyrna, and distin. hardly less than ten years. guished by his learning among the Greeks, It appears that an official gazette is pub. has just published, at Vienna, the two last lished in China, which is considered as the volumes of his “ Course of Philosophy," organ of government in every matter conThe whole work is a methodical abstract of nected with the religion, laws, manners, all the best compositions of the German and customs of the country. In its plan, philosophers. Its object is to instruct the it totally differs from the gazettes of Europe, Greeks in modern philosophy, and its cir- wherein articles of a miscellaneous descripculation is likely to be very considerable. tion are inserted for money. No article

The printing office established at Chios appears in the gazette of China, which has has commenced its operations, and is now not first been submitted to the inspection in full activity Its first production is an of the emperor, and having received his ap

probation, not a syllable can be added to it. ed the water one hundredth part of its bulk A deviation from this rule would incur a The same apparatus was placed in a cannon severe punishment.

filled with water, and secured very tight, Compressibility of Water.--Mr Perkins, when a pressure equal to 500 fathoms was the ingenious inventor of the siderographic forced in by means of the hydraulic press, process of engraving, appears to have as. and the same results as in the experiment certained that water is compressible in a in' the ocean took place. Journal of much greater degree than it appeared to be Arts. from the experiments of Canton and Zimmer New South Wales.-At Sydney, in New man. “ Having filled a cylinder, three feet South Wales, there are, at present, three long and four inches diameter, with water, in public journals, and five other periodical to which a rod or piston was passed through publications. A second printing office has a stuffing' box, and having a sliding ring also been established lately at Port Jack. upon the rod, the whole was lowered 500 son. They now export cattle to the Isle of fathoms into the sea, when it appeared, by France, and the market at Sydney is con. the situation of the sliding ring, that the sidered as plentiful in the different com column of water which pressed upon the modities of Europe, as well as of India and piston had sunk it so as to have compress. China.

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