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Wheer to for up theer? Thea 'll be smoor’t, mon!" An' hoo would ha' darted forrud, an' getten houd on him; but Owd Ned kept stonnin afore hur, an' sayin', “Let him alone, mon; it's nobbut a bit ov a spree.” Then he looked o'er his shoulder at Bodle, an' said, “Get tee forrud, wilto nowmun : thae met ha' bin deawn again by neaw;" an' as soon as he see'd at Bodle wur gettin meeterly weel up th’hole, he leet hur go; but hoo wur to lat by a dhyel. An' o' at hoo could do, wur to fot him a seawse or two o'th' legs wi' th' poker. But he wur for up, an' naut else. He did just stop abeawt hauve a minute,—when he feld hur hit his legs,—to co' eawt, “ Hoo's that at 's hittin mo ?”
" Whau,” said hoo, “it's me, thae ghreyt leather-yed ; an come deawn wi' tho! Whatever arto' doin' i' th' chimbley?" “ Aw'm goin' up for some ale.” “Ale! There's no ale up theer, thae ghreyt brawsen foo! Eh, aw wish yor Mally wur here!” " Aw wish hoo wur here, istid o' me,” said Bodle. “ Côme deawn witho this minute, thae ghreyt drunken hal !” “Nut yet,” said Bodle,- but aw'll not be lung, nothur, yo may depend; for it's noan a nice place, this isn't. Eh! there is some ov a smudge ! « An' it gwos wur as aw go fur ;-a-tscho-o! By Guy, aw noan,-nor talk, nothur;- --so ger off, an' let mo get it o'er afore aw'm chauk’t;" and then th' owd lad crope forrud, as hard as he could, for he 're thinkin' abeawt th' quart ov ale. Well, Owd Neddy néarly skrike't wi' laughin', as he watched Bodle draw his legs up eawt o' th' seet; an' he seet agate o' hommerin'th' chimbley wo'wi' his hont, an' sheawtin' up, “Go on, Bodle, owd lad ! Go on, owd mon ! Thi 'rt a reet un! i'tho lhoyzus thea 'st have a quart o'th' best ale i' this hole, i' tho lives till tho comes deawn again, as hea ’tis, owd brid! an' i' tho dees through it, aw 'll be fourpence or fi'pence toawrd thi berrin.” And then, he went sheawting up an' deawn, “Hey! Dun yo yer, lads; come here! Owd Bodle 's gwon chleyn up th' chimbley! Aw never sprad my
uppo th' marrow trick to this i' my life.” Well, yo may think, Sam, th' whole heawse wur up i' no time; an' some rare spwort they ha’dd’n; whol Owd Neddy kept goin' to th' eawtside, to see if Bodle had getting his yed eawt at th' top; an'
then runnin' in again, and bawling up th' flue, “Bodle, owd lad, heaw arto gettin' on? Go throo wi 't, owd cock!” But, whol he 're starin' and sheawtin' up th' chimbley, Bodle lost his houd, somewheer toawrd th' top, an' he coom shutterin' deawn again, an' o'the soot i' the chimbley wi' him ; an'he leet wi' his hinder end thump o' th' top-bar, an' then rollt deawn uppo th' har'stone. An' a greadly blash-boggart he looked, yo may think. Th' owd lad seem't as if he hardly knowed wheer he wur; so he lee theer a bit, amoon a ghreyt cloud o' soot, an' Owd Neddy stood o'er him, laughin', an' wipein' his e'en, an' co'in' eawt, "Tay thy wynt a bît, Bodle; thi’rt safe londed, iv it be hard leetin'! Thir't a reet un, bi' th' mon art ta, too. Tay thy wynt, owd brid! Thea 'st have a quart ov ale, as hea ’tis, owd mon, as soon as ever aw con see my gate to th' bar eawt o' this smudge at thea 's brought wi' tho ! Aw never had my chimbley swept as chep i' my life, never!”
FOURTH ORDINARY MEETING.
ROYAL INSTITUTION, 28th November, 1864.
J. A. PICTON, Esq., PRESIDENT, in the Chair.
Messrs. Walter Weld, Fred. J. Jeffery, William Humphreys, and the Rev. Edward Scott, B.A., were balloted for and elected ordinary members of the Society.
A Paper was read, entitled :
THE ENGINEER’S LIBRARY.
By MR. JOHN M'FARLANE GRAY.
FIFTH ORDINARY MEETING.
ROYAL INSTITUTION, 12th December, 1864.
J. A. PICTON, Esq., PRESIDENT, in the Chair.
Mr. HIGGINSON described a fine lunar rainbow, which he had observed at about half past three a.m. on the morning of the 8th instant.
Mr. T. J. MOORE read some notes by Captain J. H. Mortimer, ship “America,” Associate of the Society, on the Physalia, or Portuguese man-of-war, illustrating in a remarkable manner the stinging properties of this creature. On one occasion, having to soak a portion of a single tentacle of a large specimen, taken in the North Atlantic, in order to unwind it from & card which had been bent double by the strong contractile power of the tentacle in drying, the earthenware basin in which it had been soaked was simply emptied of the water without being further cleaned. Subsequently both the steward and the cabin boy washed in the same basin, and suffered extreme pain in the arms, face, and neck in consequence. In the case of the steward the arms were very much inflamed, as from a new scald before the blister has formed; he was also very red and swollen under the armpits and on the neck. Relief was obtained by the application of olive oil. The cabin boy went to bed with his face covered with wet towels, so great was his distress, but which he did not at the time make known to the captain.
Some notes by the same gentleman were also read relative to a specimen of the frog fish (Antennarius sp.), of remarkably large size, taken from the Gulf weed in lat. 59° 50' N., long. 59° W. This was kept alive twelve days. Its movements were graceful, its colours brilliant and variegated, the skin being of a dark yellow, tinged with green and varied with black spots, closely resembling the Fucus natans, or Sargasso weed, with its darker berries, from which it was taken, and among which specimens may easily be overlooked. The whole body was very flexible; and the creature grasped the branches of the weed with its pectoral fins, which might almost be termed arms from their jointed and prehensile character, being furnished with five-finger or claw-like prolongations.
The specimens above referred to were exhibited from the Derby Museum, as was also a specimen of the flying fish (Exocoetus), collected by Captain George Fletcher, to which was attached a Lernean parasite, apparently Penella sagittata.
Mr. CHADBURN exhibited an instrument to show enlarged pictures upon a screen from "opaque" objects, similar to those shown by the magic lantern from “ transparent” ones. The idea is not novel, but the arrangement is entirely so, and has been registered by Mr. Chadburn. Coloured prints, cartes de visite, medallions, &c., are presented by it with all their colour, detail, &c. Its construction is simple. The lime light is used, the cylinder being placed in the centre of the lantern, the gases blowing upon it from behind; the light is collected by a large reflector, which throws it upon a condensing lens, by which it is concentrated upon the object. The illumined object is then received by a combination of achromatic objectives, and enlarged upon the screen.