New American Supplement to the Latest Edition of the Encyclopaedia Britannica Volume 2
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1897 edition. Excerpt: ...loyalist, and appointed him provost-marshal of the British army. In 1778 he was at first superintendent of the prisons in Philadelphia, and later those of New York City, where he became notorious for many cruelties. At the close of the war Cunningham returned to Europe, and settled in Wales. Later he went to London, where he led a dissipated life, and to obtain money was induced to commit forgery. For this felony he was executed in London, Aug. 10, 1791. CUNNINGHAMIA, a genus of trees of eastern Asia, of the group Conifertz, nearly allied to the pines and firs, but in foliage resembling the Araucarias. The cone-scales bear three inverted ovules, instead of two, as found in the ordinary pines. CUP, Divination By, a mode of foretelling events, practiced by the ancient Egyptians. One of the Eastern methods consisted in throwing small pieces of gold or silver leaf into a cup of water, in which, also, were placed precious stones, with certain characters engraved upon them. The infernal powers were then invoked, and were believed to return answer, either in an intelligible voice, by signs on the surface of the water, or by a representation in the cup of the person concerning whom inquiry was made. CUPAR-ANGUS, a town of central western Scotland, in the counties of Perth and Forfar, 13 miles W.N.W. of Dundee, situated on the left bank of the Isla. It has extensive linen manufactories and considerable traffic in timber. Population, 4,729. CUPULE, in botany, an involucre formed by a number of cohering bracts, and surrounding the fruit or the base of the fruit in certain plants; as, the oak, in which it is the cup of the acorn surrounding a single fruit; the beech, in which it is a spiny four-valved husk, surrounding several distinct fruits; the chestnut, ..
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