Imágenes de páginas

Satiety, remark on, hy Porphyry, 159

Scones in India, 185

Seasons, on the signs of, in rural pur-
suits, 6

Secret Treasure, 33

Seeds, Dwight on tho diffusion of,

Seneca, remark by, 340.

September, month of, 73

■ Anniversaries in, 72, 80, 96,

10*. 112, 120

Shark, slaughter of, by an Indian, 186

Shepherd, extract from, 91 t

.Sherlock, remark by, 7

Ship, some account of a, 34

Kidney, Sir Philip, remark by, 155

Silk, the history and culture of, 1

Silver. 26

Singular Custom of Swedish Peasantry,

Sinners, comparison of, with kilt swim-
mere, 71

-■ on the imaginary prosperity of,

Slow but sure Justice; Fuller, 183

Sobriety and Economy, advantages
of, 152

Society, on the Provisions made for its

Progress, 63
—— on the Savage stage of, and
its causes, 103


Society, the Savage state of, confirms

Scripture history, 206 .-«
Solomon, Proverb of, verified by Sir

Matthew Hale, 151
Solomon's Temple, account of, 123
South, Dr. selections from, 91, 151, 155,

918, 227 z.

Southev, selections from, 136, 142, 155,

157, 190, 192, 208. 222, 236
Southern Cross, Coustellation of, 139
Southwell, Robert, lines by, 118
Spanish Armada, account of, 92
St Bernard, remark by, 171
Statues, National; James II., 136
Strasburg, the great Clock at, 156 ,
Strength, Chinese feat of, 160
Sunday Schools, 55
Suttee, Indian, described, 195
Swartz, the Missionary, Hydcr Ali's

opinion of, lit)

Taje Mahal, or Palace Tomb, of Agra,

73, 179
Talent, on tho abuse of, 95
Taylor, Bishop Jeremy, Biographical

notice of, 50
— selections from,

102, 134, 181, 223
Temple. Sir \V., remark by, 190 -
Tides, illustrations of, 21, 79. 103 i

Tiger, remarks on by Williamson, 52 I

Tillotson, Archbishop, his prayer for

Ins slanderers, 190
Tower, the, general description of, 831
. the White, 84

Chapel of St, Peter ad Vincula,

In, 85

— ■ Grand Store House and Horse

Armoury in, 85

Queen Elizabeth's Armoury,

and Lieutenant's House in, 86

Menagerie, 88 „ *_

Town son, Dr., selections from, 131, 159

174. 240
Travelling in England a Century ago,

Trimmer, Mrs., remarks by, 224, 230
Tritchengur, Description of Hindoo

Temples at, 186
Truth, on the resistance of, 6
Turner. Sharon, selections from, 79, 93,

102, 144. 173
Turnberry Castle, Ayrshire, North

Britain, account of", 60

Unsociable Humours, remarks on, 120
Upchurch, in Kent, description of, 29

Vanity of Terrestrial advantages, 77 \

remark on, 236

Vegetable Kingdom, remarks on, 144]
Virtue, remark on, by Barrow, 71

Visit to a Lino-of-Battie Ship, 34;

Walton, Izaak, selections from, 174,
179, 231, 247

Warkworth Castle, Northumberlac-L

Watchman, what of the Night? 70

Watts. Richard, his Charity at Roches-
ter, 69

Weaving, description of, 188

West, Benjamin, anecdote of, S

Whaiely, Archbishop, on Morality and
Religion, 71
*Whichcote, selections from, 103
Whitby, the Abbey, Port, and Light,
bouse of, 25

Wilbcrforce, on real and nominal Chris-
tianity. 139

WiUan, Dr., on intemperance in Spirit-
uous Liquors, 55

Windham, Mr., his reverence for the
sacred Name, 71

Wit, ancient Greek, 55

Wogan, remark by, 139

Woodcroft House, Northamptonshire,
description of, 12

Woodpecker, the Great Black, £00

Word in Season, 110

Wotton, Sir Henry, Biographical notice
or, 158

Writing, Symbolical, 13]

Agra, tho Taje Mahal, or Palace Tomb
at, 73

Alban, St., the Abbey of, 224'

Alligator and Dead Elephant, 135,

Antwerp Cathedral, 169

Atlantic Ocean, Man of, 176

Augustine's, St, Abbey Gate, Canter-
bury, 228

Bethesda, the Pool of. 123
Bison, or Bonassus, 173
Bisons, Herd of, crossing a River, 173
Bison, Indian mode of destroying, 173
Botallack Copper-mine, Cornwall, 177
Buttermere, Vale of, Chapel and School -
house in, 184

Cadenham Oak, Hampshire, 340
Candleberry Myrtle, Fruit and Flowers

of, 136
Castle, ancient, 38
Catapulta and moveable Tower, 39
Chameleon, 73
Coliseum at Rome, 97
Condor Vulture, 77
Conway Castle and Bridge, 17
Coral Islands in the Pacific Ocean,

Coral Insects, 221'
Croyland Abbey, the remains of, 149

Diagram, Illustrative of the Tides, 80

Dover, View of, 153;

Dulwich College, 76

Durer, Albert, Portrait of, 225

Dusky Wolf, 253

Emu, or Cassowary, 49

Esquimaux, Group of, 216'

■ of Hotham Inlet, 256

Grave, 256

Exeter Cathedral, 201

Pare, tho Island of, 105

Flamingo, 152

Frigate under full sail, 3P

Glass, various operations in the Manu-
acture of, 133, 133, 134.

Hanarourou, Port of, 109'

Hats, representations of, 90, 91, 100,

Hecla and Griper secured for the Win-
ter, 913

Hedge-hog, or Urchin, 208* j

Heidelberg, the Castle of, 140
the Tun of, 140

Henry the Seventh, Tomb of, 89
Henry tho Fifth, armour of the time

of, 113
Heraldic Colours, &c. Illustrations of,

Holy Sepulchre, Ulterior of tho church

or, 128

Jarrow Church, Durham, 117
Jerusalem, 121

Kendal Castle, Westmoreland, 65
King James the Second, Statue of, at

Whitehall, 137
King's College, London, 233
Krusenstern group, an island in, 103

Lampeter, St David's College at, 156

Land Crab, LL9

Larik, Chief of the Romanzoff Islands,

Lichfield Cathedral, 9
Lisbon, Street scene in, 120
Logwood, Fruit and Flowers of, 104
Ludlow Castle, Shropshire, 45

Mahogany Tree, Leaf and Berry "of.

Mariner's Compass, Card of, 116 *
Chinese. 116

Messiogham Church, interior of, 197
exterior, 221

Mocking Bird. 16

Moscow, the great Bell of, 8

■ general view of, 161'

Moscow, from left terrace of the palace,
■ from right terrace of the

palace, 165

- the Kremlin at, 169

Moses, Michael Angelo's Statue of, 49

Newcastle, the Church of St. Nicholas

at. 41
Nile, the overflowing of the, 141
Nilometer, 141

Oak, tho Gospel, at Stouleigh, 44 .

Owl, Supercilious, 53

Owhyhee, Burial 1'lace and Idols in, 180

Painted Horn-fish, 64 ., t

Pannier Alley, curious sculpture in, 52
Patrick, St., Cathedral Church of,

Dublin, 139
Pilchard Fishery, Interior of a Curing

House. 217

representation of, 217

Pitcairn's Island, from the sea, 204'

village in, 244

Bounty Bay, S45"

Polynesian Boat, 181
Puppanassum, Cataract at, 192

Radak, Scene in the Island of, 145
Rchoboam, King of Judah, Portrait of,

Resting Place on Winter's Night, 252
Rhine, View on the, 193
Rice, preparing the land for, 63
'Planting out the young, 63

Method of huskiug, 68

———Plants, watering, t>9 **>
— - -Sifting and grinding, 69/
Rivers, Diagrams illustrative of the

Tides of, 109
Rochester Cathedral, 57
Russian Ice Mountains, 237

Sandwich Island Chief, interior of th<-
hut of, 148 I

Ship.'a Llne-of-BatUe.'section of, 33*.

■■■-- ■—- ■ - and Merchant

Brig, 36
Ships sailing through the Ice, 813
Silk Worms, the feeding of, 1

clearing the cocoons of, 1

— method of winding from the co-
coons, 4

Chinese mode of weaving, 4

Silver Mine, South American, 24,
Snow Village, 209
Spanish Galleon and Galley, 92
Stoke Church, 96
Strasbuxij, curious Clock at, 157
Strength, Chinese fent of. 160
Symbolic Writing, Characters used In,
13. 14

Thursday October Christian, Portrait

of. 205
Tides, Diagram " illustrative ^of the*

Moon's influence on, 23
Torture, Spanish instruments of, 93
Tower of Loudon, View of, 81

the While, View of. 84

Chapel of St 7oha

the Evangelist, interior of, 8s

Bowyer's, interior of, 85

the Bloody, Gateway to, I

■ the Traitors* Gate to, r~

Turnberry Castle, Ayrshire, 60

Unchurch, Kent, the Church of, 99

ancient Vessels found

at, 29

Warkworth Castle, 241

■ ■■ ■' Hermitage In, 243

Warping Mill, 189

Weaving, representation of instrument*

used in, 188, 189, 190
Whitby Light-house and Pier. 25
Winter Travelling on the Great fclave

Lake. 249
Woodcroft House, Northamptonshire, 12
Woodpecker, the Great Black, 200*

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The culture and manufacture of Silk, appears originally to have been confined to the Empire of China, and even at the present time, no country produces this useful material in such large quantities, or of so fine a description. When silk was first brought into Europe, so little was known of its origin, that the most absurd tales were told respecting it; by some it was said to be a kind of fleece, which adhered to the branches of trees; by others, the bark of the tree itself, and by another party, the production of a flower. Vol. III.

The scarcity and consequent value of silk, when it was first introduced at Rome, may be estimated by the fact, that more than two hundred years after that time, the Emperor Aurclian refused his Empress a garment of this material, on account of its immense price, twelve ounces of gold being the charge for one pound of Silk. It was not till the year 552, that the eggs of the insect, by which the silk is produced, were brought into Europe. Two monks employed as missionaries, had succeeded in penetrating into the Chinese Empire, and having obtained a


thorough knowledge of the whole process of rearing the silk-worm, and manufacturing the silk, they on their return, repaired to Constantinople, and gave an account of their enterprise to the Emperor Justinian. Induced by the offer of a great reward, they once more returned to China, and succeeded, after many efforts, in eluding the vigilance of that suspicious people, and bringing to Constantinople a number of the eggs of the silk-worm, concealed in the head of a walking-cane; these were hatched by the heat of a hot-bed, and being afterwards carefully fed and attended to, the experiment, which had cost these enterprising men so much toil, was perfectly successful, and the cultivation of the silk-worm became very general over the whole of Greece. In the year ll-lfi, we still find the management of these useful creatures, and the manufacture of their spoils, in Europe, confined to the Greek Empire.

In 947, Roger, the first King of Sicily, invaded Greece, and having sacked the cities of Athens, Thebes, and Corinth, led into captivity a considerable number of silk-weavers, whom he forcibly Bettled at Palermo, obliging them to instruct his subjects in the art, and in twenty years, the Sicilian silks are said to have attained great excellence, from the variety of patterns in which they were wrought. The manufacture of this important article, gradually spread through the whole of Italy and Spain, but it was not until the beginning of the sixteenth century, in the reign of Francis the First, that it was introduced into France. In 1554, while its manufacture was yet but little known in England, a curious law was passed by the tyrannical Mary, for the purpose of assisting the consumption of home productions, by which it was enacted, " that whoever shall wear silk, in or upon his or her hat, bonnet, or girdle, scabbard, hose, shoes, or spur-leather, shall be imprisoned during three months, and forfeit ten pounds," making, however, a few exceptions in favour of persons of distinction. The manufacture of stockings from silk, appears about this time to have been making some progress, although, in this country at least, they were considered a peculiar rarity, for that luxurious and expensive Prince, Henry the Eighth, was obliged to wear cloth hose, except when, by great chance, he was able to obtain from Spain, a pair of silk stockings for gala days.

The Broad-Silk manufacture in England, had its origin in the following occurrence. In the year 158:"), the Duke of Parma, governor of the Netherlands, then in the possession of Spain, having taken the city of Antwerp, where a large and flourishing manufactory existed, consigned it during three days, to unchecked plunder and destruction: the ruin of this noble city was a death-blow to the commerce of Flanders, and its flourishing manufactures were dispersed over different countries. A large portion of the manufacturers and merchants, employed in the silk trade, took refuge in England, where they ultimately settled, and taught the art they had imported. For many years, however, foreign goods were preferred to those of English make, but still improvements were constantly and steadily taking place, and, at the present time, the fabrics of this country are fully equal, if not superior to those of any other nation.

A curious occurrence, showing the perfection to which the English fabric has arrived, took place in 1824. A French manufacturer came over to England, and settled in London; a feeling of jealousy seems to have arisen against him, and it was broadly hinted that his manufactory was merely a cloak for the purpose of smuggling French silks. An inquiry

was instituted, and his premises searcned, when thirty-seven pieces of goods were seized, and condenned as foreign; and it was only after producing the individuals by whom they had actually beeu made, that he was able to remove the impression that they had been smuggled.

In 1685, the revocation of the Edict of Nantes, and the persecution of the protestants in France, compelled many merchants, manufacturers and workmen to take refuge in England. Of these, a large number who had been employed in the silk manufacture resorted to Spitalfields, and at the present time, descendants of these emigrants may be found on the spot, engaged in the same employment. About the end of the sixteenth century, the Rev. "William Lea, of St. John's College, Cambridge, invented a machine for the purpose of knitting stockings, by which the work was so much improved that vast quantities were exported, and their being of English manufacture was considered, in foreign countries, as a recommendation of their good qualities. About the same time, Henry the Fourth of France was making great exertions to extend the cultivation ami manufacture of silk in his empire. To attain this end, he offered every facility to enterprising men. and, as an extraordinary inducement, proffered patents of nobility to such large manufacturers as should support their establishments successfully for the period of twelve years. He also extended the cultivation of the worm over the whole of France; but, probably on account of the climate, was obliged to abandon his plan? in all but the more southern departments.

The success of the French king caused, at the time, many attempts to breed the worms to be made in England, but they all appear to have been unsuccessful, and the same result attended experiments made in our American colonies. In the year 1825, a company was formed, entitled 'the British, Irish, and Colonial Silk Company;' about eighty acres of ground were purchased near Michelstown, in the county of Cork, and the whole were planted with white mulberry-trees. The rearing of the worms was confided to an experienced foreigner, Count Dandolo, but, from some reason or other, the undertaking was abandoned. The cause of such repeated failures is not thoroughly understood j the severity of the climate has been assigned as a reason, but silk has been successfully produced in some parts of Prussia, and the climate of Pekin, in China, is colder than that of Scotland. But whatever success might attend an experiment of the sort, it is clear that, in a mercantile point of view, the project would never succeed, on account of the number of hands that would be required, and the higher rate of wages. In several parts of the East Indies, the silk-worm has been introduced, as might have been expected, with complete success; and, in Bengal alone, the factories find employment for upwards of two hundred thousand persons.


Silk is the production of a species of Moth, called the Phalxna mori or Mulberry moth, and its original locality, as we have already stated, appears to have been China or Persia. The changes that butterflies or moths undergo, having already been described at page 212 of Vol. II., it will be needless to repeat them. The substance which the animal spins to protect itself when in the Pupa state, is the silk, which, before it is dyed or bleached, is of a bright yellow colour more or less inclining to orange. The Silk-worm is not the only creature that produces substances of this description, for many other kinds of butterflies and moths do the same; a kind of silk has also been manufactured from the webs of spiders, and as they require less attention than the Silk-worms, the plan might have answered, had it not been for the ravenous appetites of the little spinners, who, when brought together in any quantity very speedily devour each other. Certain shell-fish also produce a kind of silky thread; as, for instance, the muscle, but more particularly the pinna, a large kind of shell-fish found in the Mediterranean and other seas.

The time that elapses while the silk-worm is undergoing its changes, varies according to the warmth of the weather, and the quantity of nourishment with which it is supplied; the Chinese, who are very particular on this head, take the greatest pains to supply the little creature with food, as on this they say depends the quantity of silk which the worm will produce. They calculate that the same number of insects, which would, if they had attained their full size, in from twenty-three to twenty-five days, produce twenty-five ounces of silk, would only yield twenty ounces if their growth occupied twenty-eight days, and only ten ounces if forty days. During the first twenty-four hours of the creature's existence, the patient Chinese feeds the objects of his care fortyeight times, or once every half hour, and during the second day and night thirty times, and so on, reducing the number of meals as the worms grow older; the care bestowed on their culture, and the numerous precautions taken to preserve them clean and warm, are curiously expressed in the following extract from an old Chinese work on the subject.

"The place where their habitation is built must be retired, free from noisome smells, cattle and all noises; a noisome smell, or the least fright, make great impressions upon so tender a breed; even the barking of dogs and the crowing of cocks are capable of putting them in disorder, when they are newly hatched.

"For the purpose of paying them every attention, an affectionate mother is provided for the worms, who is careful to supply their wants; she is called Isan-mon, mother of the worms. She takes possession of the chamber, but not till she has washed herself and put on clean clothes, which have not the least ill smell; she must not have eaten any thing immediately before, or have handled any wild succory, the smell of which is very prejudicial to these tender creatures; she must be clothed in a plain habit, without any lining, that she may be more sensible of the warmth of the place, and accordingly increase or lessen the fire, but she must carefully avoid making a smoke or raising a dust, which would be very offensive to these tender creatures, which must be carefully humoured before the first time of casting their slough. Every day is to them a year, and has in a manner the four seasons; the morning is the spring, the middle of the day the summer, the evening the autumn, and the night the winter."

While it remains in the state of a caterpillar, the Silk-worm changes its coat four times, and previous to each moult refuses its food, and appears in a very sickly condition. As soon as its nest or cocoon is finished, and it has changed into the pupa-state, the cocoons are carefully removed from the place where the animal had formed them; and after those which it is intended to keep, that they may perfect their changes and lay eggs for the ensuing year, are removed, the remainder are placed in large vessels, each covered with a thick blanket; they are then

exposed to heat sufficiently powerful to destroy the life of the pupae. This is generally accomplished by placing the vessels in an oven, heated to about the same degree as that of a baker after his loaves are drawn; here they are suffered to remain for about an hour, they are then withdrawn, but the blanket that covers them, is not removed for the space of five or six hours.

The first process in preparing the silk, is winding it off the cocoons: for this purpose, after the rough outsides are removed, several handfuls at a time are thrown into a vessel containing water, and placed over a gentle fire, the water is then allowed to be heated to nearly the boiling point; a short stunted brush formed of heath or any other shrub of that description, is now gently moved about among the cocoons, and on withdrawing it from the water, the ends of the silk are found to have adhered to it in several places; the winder then gathers together with her fingers, as many ends as she intends the first description of thread to consist of, and hands them to an assistant, whose office it is to turn the reel as soon as the silk is laid upon it; the principal workwoman, in the mean time, continually adds to the thread the ends of fresh cocoons, as soon as the first are exhausted.

The silk, when reeled off in this manner, is called singles, and is used in weaving to form the weft, that is, the thread that crosses the cloth from side to side. Another description of silk threads, are called trams, and these consist of two or three singles twisted together; but the strongest and most valuable sort is the organzine, which is formed by placing skeins of singles upon a reel, and as they are wound off, they are, by the assistance of machinery, strongly twisted. Two or three of these are then taken, and the whole again twisted together to form a stronger thread; this thread is the organzine, and is used for the warp or length of the cloth.

The process of making organzine, is called throwing, and the throwsters form a very important branch of the silk business. Before the year 1719, the whole of the thrown silk used in England came from abroad, but at that time Sir Thomas Lombe and his brother erected a large mill at Derby for the pur pose of forming organzine, and obtained an exclusive patent for its manufacture, for the term of fourteen years; at the expiration of that term, they applied for a renewal of their patent, but it was refused by Parliament, and the trade has since then been open to competition. Some idea may be formed of the extent to which the silk manufacture is carried on at present in England, by the fact that no less a quantity than four million, six hundred and ninety three thousand, five hundred and seventeen pounds of raw silk were imported for home consumption, in the year ending January 1831.

The substance on which this valuable caterpillar feeds, is the leaf of the Mulberry Tree; and Providence as if to ensure the continuance of this useful species, has so ordained it, that no other insect will partake of the same food; thus ensuring a certain supply for the little spinster.

The engravings which illustrate this article are copied from original Chinese drawings: the first shows the apartment in which the worms are fed, and the manner in which the little trays containing them are arranged. In the second, the cocoons being completed by the . insect, are being cleared of dirt and dead leaves, before they are removed from the frames on which they had spun. The third represents the

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Early in the year 1825, the subject of this narrative was, at the age of seventeen, placed on board a ship employed in the South Sea Fishery. The ship being in the latitude of the Gallapagos, a group of islands situated about two hundred miles west of Peru, she directed her course towards them for the purpose of obtaining wood and water. Here they found an American brig which had arrived there, a day or two previous, with the same intention. They came to an anchor fronting a sandy beach of no very great extent, with high hills, and lofty woods terminating the prospect; the inland parts at a little distance seemed impracticable from the great thickness of the forests. A number of hands were despatched on shore in the long-boat, but not meeting with so desirable a place for watering as they expected, some of the men entered the woods in search of the "Quick freshes," while others proceeded along shore to find one less objectionable. Of the former party was young Lord, who, separating from the rest, entered unconsciously into the thickest part of the country. Having wandered on in this wild labyrinth for nearly two hours, without finding water, or being able to knock down any of the large birds which he chased from among the wild furze

and thickets, he began to think of returning. Being perfectly satisfied in his own mind that he was proceeding in the direction for the ship, he pursued the path he had chosen; evening, however, began to wrap the forest in a deeper gloom, and only just sufficient light remained to show him that he had arrived at a place clothed with some fine trees, beyond which the woods grew so thick as to render them impassable. The fact now first flashed upon him, that he had proceeded in all probability some miles into the interior, and he cheerfully made up his mind to pass the night in the woods, not doubting that on the morrow, he should readily find his way back to the vessel. In this comfortable hope, after having fortified himself with a draught of water from a spring, he ascended one of the trees; and here, notwithstanding the loud screaming of the nightbird, and the continued whoopings of innumerable owls, "making night hideous," worn out by fatigue and watching, he slept till morning.

It may be imagined that at the first glimpse of daybreak, he was not a little anxious to get out of the wood, for he now began to suffer severelyfrom want of food. For some hours he wandered about in the intricacies of this wild and uninhabited spot, supported in the hope that his toils were near their termination. Often did he listen in breathless attention to catch the sound of any signal-gun to guide his

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