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AURORA BOREALIS.–Page 684. This is an extraordinary appearance of the Aurora Borealis, observed by Captain Parry

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AURORA BOREALIS.- Page 684. This is an aspect of the Aurora Borealis sometimes observed in Scotland. The view embraces a portion of Loch Leven, with the island and the castle in which the unfortunate Mary Queen of Scots was imprisoned.

OF

NATURAL AND ARTIFICIAL

WONDERS AND CURIOSITIES,

INCLUDING

A FULL AND AUTHENTIC DESCRIPTION OF

Remarkable and Astonishing Places,

BEINGS, ANIMALS, CUSTOMS, EXPERIMENTS,

PHENOMENA, ETC.,

OF BOTH

ANCIENT AND MODERN TIMES, IN ALL PARTS OF THE GLOBE;

COMPRISING CORRECT ACCOUNTS OF TUE MOST

WONDERFUL FREAKS OF NATURE AND ARTS OF MAN.

By Rev. I. PLATTS.

JLLUSTRATED WITH MANY ENGRAVINGS.

NEW YORK:
THE WORLD PUBLISHING HOUSE,
139 EIGHTH STREET.

KF 2287

HARVARD COLLEGE LIBRARY

CONTENTS.

Abderites, or inhabitants of Abdera, curiousBaptism, a curious one, 642

account of, 45

Baratier, John Philip, prematare genius ol,

Abstinence, wonders of, 67

125

Act of faith, 638

Barometer, rules for predicting the wea-
Adansonia ; or, African calabash tree, 378 ther by it, 864
Agnesi, Maria Gaetana, account of, 120 Beards, reinarks concerning, 31
Agrigentum, in Sicily, ruins of, 540 Beaver, description of, 156
Air, its pressure and elasticity, 839 Beavers, babitations of the, 158
Alarm bird, 243

Bee, the honey, 265
Alexandria, buildings and library of, 549 Bees, wild, cnriosities vf, Clothier Bee,
Alhambra, 559

Carpenter Bee, Mason Bee, Uphol-
Alligators, 164

sterer Bee, Leaf-cutter Bee, 277,
American natural bistory, 182

278, 279, 280
Anagrams, 450

Bees, account of an idiot-boy and, 283
Andes, 415

Bees, Mr. Wildman's curious exhibitions
Androides, 701

of, explained, 283

Anger, surprising effects of, 82

Bells, baptism of, 639

Animalcoles, 357

Benefit of clergy, origin and history of, 623

Animal generation, curiosities respecting, Bird of Paradise, 230

139

Bird, singular account of one inhabiting a

Animals, formation of, 142

volcano in Guadalope, 246

Animals, preservation of, 144

Bird-catching fish, 196

Animals, destruction of. 150

Bird-catching, curious method of, 260

Animal reproductions, 154

Birds, method of preserving, 865

Animals and plants, winter sleep of, 808 Birds, hydraulic, 713

Animals, remarkable strength of affection Birds, song of, 261

in, 184

Birds' nests, 251

Animals, surprising instances of sociality Bisset, Samuel, the noted animal instruc-

in, 185

tor, 124

Animals, unaccountable faculties possessed Bletonism, 95

by some, 187

Blind clergyman of Wales, 903

Animals, remarkable instances of fasting Blind persons, astonishing acquisitions made

in, 189

by some, 46

Animal flower, 392

Blind Jack of Knaresborough, 900
Anthropophagi,or men-eaters, account of,75 Blood, circulation of, 24
Ants, curiosities of, 290

Blunders, book of, 761

Ants, green, 311

Boa Constrictor, 217

Ants, wbite, or termites, 301

Boat-fly, 342

Ant, lion, 312

Body, human, curiosities of the, 13

Ants, visiting, 312

Bolea, Moute, 418

Aphis, curiosities respecting, 331

Books, curious account of the scarcity of,

Aqueducts, reinarkable, 795

757
Arc, Joan of, 927

Borrowdale, 458
Ark of Noah, 582

Bottles, to uncork, 836
Artificer, unfortunate, 745

Boverick's curiosities, 713

Artificial figiire to light a candle, 830 Bowthorpe oak, 382

Asbestos, 402

Bread-frnit tree, 372

Athos, mount, 423

Bread, old, curious account of, 807

Attraction, examples of, 837

Brine, to ascertain the strength of, 839

Augsburg, curiosities of, 576

Brown, Simon, and his curious dedication

Aurora boi. is, 684

to queen Caroline, 108

Automaton, description of, 700

Bunzlau curiosities, 714

B

Buonaparte, principal events in the life of,
Babylon, 557

126

Bacon flitch, custom at Duomow, Essex, Burning spring in Kentucky, 493

605

Barning and hot springs, 494,495,496, 497

Balbeck, ancient ruins of, 538

Burning, extraordinary cures by, 792

Bannian tree, 374

Burning-glasses, 717

Bustard, the great, 243

D

Butterflies, beauty and diversities of, 344 Dancer, Daniel, account of, 104
Butterflies, to take an impression of their Dajak, inhabitants of Borneo, curious for
wings, 866

neral ceremonies of, 612
с

Deaf, to make the, perceive sounds, 828
Camera obscura, to make. 830

Deaths, poetical, grammatical, and scien-
Candiac, John Lewis, account of, 113

tific, 73
Candlemas-day, 632

Death-watch, 347
Cannon, extraordinary, 807

Diamond mine, on the river Tigitonhodba,
Cards, origin of, 767

in the Brazilian territory, 460

Carrier, or courier pigeon, 244

Diamoud, wonderful, 405

Carthage, ancient grandeur of, 542 Diana, temple os, at Eplesns, 554

Case, John, celebrated quack doctor, 113 Dictionary, modern, 950

Catching a bare, curious custom respect Dimensions, &c. of some of the largest

ing, 601

trees growing in England, 382

Caterpillar, 219

Diseases peculiar to particular countries,
Caterpillar-eaters, 220

789

Cave of Fingal, 452

Dismal swamp, 798

Cave near Mexico, 457

Dog, remarkable, 194

Centaurs and Lapithæ, 785

Dog, curious anecdotes of

a,

195

Chameleon, particulars respecting, 175 Dogs, sagacity of, 193

Changeable flower, 387

an, 773

Dreams, instances of extraordinary, 70

Cheese-mite, curiosities respecting, 358 Dwarfs, extraordinary, 40

Chemical illuminations, 814

E

Chick, formation of in the egg, 249 Eagle, the golden, 237

Child, extraordinary arithmetical powers Ear, curious structure of the, 22

of a, 88

Earl of Pernbroke, curious extracts from

Chiltern hundreds, 634

the will of

China, great wall of, 579

Earth-eaters, 908

Chinese, funeral ceremonies of the, 610 Earthquakes, and their causes, 499

Christmas-boxes, origin of, 633

Eating, singularities of different nations in,

Cinchona, or Peruvian bark, curious effects 595

of, 390

Eclipses, 676

Clepsydra, 706

Eddystone rocks, 797

Clock-work, extraordinary pieces of, 704 Egg, to soften an, 851

Clouds, electrified, terrible effects of, 656 Electricity, illumination by, 793

Coal-pit, visit to one, 469

Electrical experiments, 841

Cocoa-nut tree, 371,

Elephant, account of an, 168
Coins of the kings of England, 614 Elephant, docility of the, 170
Cold, surprising effects of extreme, 659 Elwes, John, account of, 104
Colossus, 570

English ladies turned Hottentots, 744
Colours, experiments on, 867

Ephemeral flies, 343
Colours, incapacity of distinguishing, 56 Ephesus, temple of Diana at, 554
Combustion of the human body by the Escorial, 577
immoderate use of spirits, 97

Etna, 443
Common house-fly, curiosities of the, 337 Extraordinary custom, 601
Company of Stationers, singular custom Eye, curious formation of the, 20
annually observed by the, 766

F
Conscience, instances of the power of, 84 Fact, the most extraordinary on record, 744
Corinorant, 242

Fairy rings, 667

Coruscations, artificial, 849

Falling stars, 681

Cotton wool, curious particulars of a pound Faquirs, travelling, 940

weight of, 391

Fasting, extraordinary instances of, 65

Countenance, human, curiosities of the, 18 Fata Morgana, 665

Cromwell, A. M. of Hammersmith, a rich Feasts, among the ancients of varions da-

miser, 897

tions, 614

Creeds of the Jews, 775

Female beauty and ornaments, 596

Crichton, the admirable, 911

Fiery fountain, 844

Crichup Linn, 797

Fire-halls, 655

Crocodile, 163

Fire of London, 748

Crocodile, fossil, curiosity of, 165

Fire, perpetral, 806
Cuckoo, curiosities respecting, 240 Fisher, Miss Clara, 905
Curfew bell, why so called, 635

Fishes, air bladder in, 201
Curious historical fact, 744

Fishes, respiration in, 202

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