Selections from the Works of Wendell Phillips

Selections from the Works of Wendell Phillips

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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. 1902 edition. Excerpt: ...was found to have resulted from the niter and seasand, vitrified by the heat. Well, I have been a dozen times criticised by a number of wise men in newspapers, who have said that this was a very idle tale, that there never was sufficient heat in a few bundles of sticks to produce vitrification---glass making. I happened, two years ago, to meet on the prairies of Missouri Prof. Shepherd, who started from Yale College, and, like a genuine Yankee, brings up anywhere there is anything to do. I happened to mention this criticism to him. "Well," says he; "a little practical life would have freed men from that doubt." Said he: "We stopped last year in Mexico to cook some venison. We got down from our saddles and put the cooking apparatus on stones we found there, made our fire with the wood we got there, resembling ebony, and when we removed the apparatus there was pure silver gotten out of the embers by the intense heat of that almost iron wood. "Now," said he, "that heat was greater than any necessary to vitrify the materials of glass." Why not suppose that Pliny's sailors had lighted on some exceedingly hard wood? May it not be as possible as in this case? So, ladies and gentlemen, with a growing habit of distrust of a large share of this modern and exceedingly scientific criticism of ancient records, I think we have been betraying our own ignorance, and that frequently, when the statement does not.look on the face of it to be exactly accurate, a little investigation below the surface will show that it rests on a real truth. Take, for instance, the English proverb, which was - often quoted in my college days. We used to think how little logic the common people had, and when we wanted to illustrate...show more

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  • Paperback | 42 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 95g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123651050X
  • 9781236510501