point n. From the point B as centre, with the distance B N, straight lines K M, L N, parallel to A O or B P, and along Ki draw arcs cutting the circumference of the circle A CE set off kl, equal to A B, and along L N set off L R, also equal in C and 1. Join C B, BI. These straight lines are sides to A B. Then from the points Q and ras centres, with a of a heptagon inscribed in the circle A CE, and the heptagon radius equal to A B, draw arcs cutting the perpendiculars A 0,

itself may be completed by applying BP, in s and T. Join Q 8, ST,
the compasses, with an opening equal T R. The figure A BLRTSQK
to B N or NM, round the circum- is an octagon, and it is described
ference of the circle A CE, as may on the given straight line A B as
be needful. The triangle ABL is an required.
equilateral triangle (see Problem | Next, let A B (Fig. 77) be the
XVII., Vol. I., page 209), and A B is given straight line on which it is
the side of a hexagon that may be required to construct an octagon.
inscribed in the circle AC E, in which Produce A B indefinitely both
the heptagon BCDEFGH has already ways to x and y, and through K
been inscribed.

the points A and B draw the
Fig. 74.

PROBLEM LIII.--To construct a straight lines A O, BP, perpen

heptagon on any given straight line. dicular to A B or Xy, and set off X H Let A B (Fig. 75) be the given straight line on which it is along AO and B P the straight

Fig. 77. required to construct a heptagon. Produoe A B indefinitely both lines A C, BD, each equal to ways to x and y. Bisect A B in c, and again bisect c Bin D. From A B. Join A D, B C, and produce them indefinitely to Q and B B along the straight line B Y set off B E equal to five times BD, respectively; and along D Q, CR, set off D E, C F, each equal to and from A along the straight line A F set off a x equal to B E, A B. Through E and r draw the straight lines EG, FH, meeting or five times B D. Then from the points A and B as centres, xy in G and H; and along EG, FH, set off E L and F K, each equal with the digtances A E, B F, respectively, describe the aros E G, | to A B. Through K draw KM parallel to AQ, and cutting BP in FG, cutting one another in the point g; and from G as centre, M; and through L draw L N parallel to B R, and cutting A o in n.

with a radius Join A K, B L, EM, MN, NF. The figure A B LEMNF K is an
equal to A B, de-octagon, and it is described on the given straight line A B, as
scribe the arc iK, | required. If it be required to cut off the corners of a square
cutting the arcs piece of wood or pasteboard as A B C D in Fig. 78, so as to form
F G, E G, in the an octagon, first draw the diagonals A C,
points 1 and K. | BD, intersecting each other at right
Join G 1 and G K, angles in E, and then from the points
and bisect them A, B, C, D in succession, with the distances
respectively in the A E, BE, CE, D Е, describe the arcs
points, L, M; and FEG, I E K, L E M, and n E o, having
join A M, BL, their terminations in the sides of the

intersecting each square. Then join o H, GL, K N, and .

y other in the point m F. The figure MFO IGL K N is an Fig. 75.

n, which is the octagon.

centre of the circle | PROBLEM LV.-To inscribe a nona. A circumscribing the required heptagon. From the centre n, at gon in a given circle.

Fig. 78. the distance N A or N B, describe the circle AB KG 1. Bisect Let A B C (Fig. 79) be the given circle the arcs A A, B K, in the points 0, P, and join u 0, O A, B P, P K. in which it is required to inscribe a nonagon. Draw any diameter, The figure A BPKG H o is a heptagon, and it is described on C E passing through the centre D of the circle ABC, and produce the given straight line A B, as required.

it indefinitely towards F. From the point E as centre, with the PROBLEM LIV.---To construct an octagon on a given straight distance ED, describe the aro A D B, cutting the circumference of line.

the circle A B C in the points A and B. Join A B, and proAs it has been remarked in a former lesson (see page 192), it duce it indefinitely both ways towards G and y, and let it is easy to inscribe a hexagon in a given circle when we can place cut c F at right angles in the point K. Then from K an equilateral triangle within it, as the process is merely to as centre, with a radius equal to D Е, describe the semicircle bisect the arcs intercepted between the ends of the sides of the LMN, having its terminations L, N, in the straight line G H; triangle, and to form the hexagon by joining the six points thus and from L and N as centres, with the radi L K, N K respecobtained in the circumference of the circle. By a similar pro- tively, describe the arcs KO, K P, meeting the semicircle LYN cess of bisection, an octagon may be inscribed in a given circle in the points o, P. Join DO, DP, cutting the circumference of when we have once placed a square within it; while the bisec | the circle A B C in the points Q, R. Join A Q, Q R, R B. These tion of the arcs intercepted between the ends of the sides of a three straight lines are the sides of a nonagon inscribed in the pentagon and hexagon will similarly produce a decagon and a circle A B C, which may be

dodecagon. There are, how completed by following the ever, one or two processes of same process with the arcs constructing an octagon on a AC, C B, or, applying the given straight line which we compasses round the cir. give here, as they may be of cumference of the circle use to the learner in cutting with an opening equal to out an octagon in timber, or an AQ, QR, or R B, and joinoctagonal flower-bed in turf. ing the points taus obFirst, let A B (Fig. 76) be the tained. The straight line given straight line on which it A B is manifestly the side is required to construct an octa- of an equilateral triangle Y gon. Produce a B indefinitely inscribed in the circle A BC, both ways to x and y, and at the and the process which has

Fig. 79. points A and B draw the straight been gone through is simply lines A O, B P, perpendicular to A B or xy. From A as centre, the trisection of the arc A B, or, what is virtually the same thing, with the distance A B, describe the arc B C D, cutting A o in c, the trisection of the angle A D B..

nd from B, as centre, with the distance B A, PROBLEM LVI.--To construct a nonagon on any giver straight

F, cutting BP in E, and xy in F. Join line.
em in G and respectively. Join A G, Let A B (Fig. 80) be the given straight line on which it is
to meet the arc BCD in K, and Bito | required to construct a nonagon. Produce A B indefinitely
L. Through the points K, L draw the l both ways to x and y, and on the straight line x y, with

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the points A and B as centres, and the radii A B and BA the point mas centre, with the distance m A or M B, describe respectively, describe the semicircles A CD, BC E, intersecting the circle A BF. This circle passes through A, B, F, G, H, the each other in the point c. Bisect A B in F, and through the extremities of three sides of the required undecagon that have point c draw F G perpendicular to A B or x y. Next trisect the been already determined, and the vertices of the remaining arc A c in the 'points 1 and K, and the arc B C in the points angles of the polygon will be found in its circumference. To L and m; and from the point A, through the points M, L, and c in the arc B C, draw the straight lines AN, AO, AP of indefinite length; and from B, through the points H, K, and c, in the arc A.C, draw the straight lines BS, BR, and B Q, also of indefinite length. From the points A and B draw the straight lines A T, BU to the points, t, u, in which the straight lines BS, AN cut the semicircles BCE, A CD; bisect A T, BU in the points V and w respectively, and through the points v and w draw the perpendicular lines V I, w z of indefinite length, intersecting each other and the straight line F G in the point a. This point is the centre of a circle circumscribing the required nonagon. From the point a as centre, with the distance a A or a B, describe the circle Ad B. This circle passes through the extremities of the given straight line A B, the points T and u in which the straight lines B S, A N respectively intersect the semicircles BCE, A C D, and the points c and e in which the straight lines BQ, w z and AP, V I intersect each other: it also cats the

Fig. 81. straight lines BR, F G, and A o in the points b, d, and f. Join Tb, bc, cd, de, ef, and fu: the figure Atbcdefu B is a determine them, with an opening of the compasses equal to A B, nonagon, and it is described, as required, upon the given straight set off from A, along the arc A G, the arcs a N, NO, O P, and line A B.

along the arc B H, from B, set off the arcs BQ, Q R, R 8. Join The construction of the uneven-sided polygons, the heptagon the chords A N, NO, OP, PG, BQ, Q R, RS, s H. The figure and nonagon, by the aid of the ruler and compasses, have been A B QR SHFG PO N is an undecagon, and it is described on given to show the learner that there is no regular polygon of any the given straight line A B, as required. number of sides that could not be constructed without having The reader will have noticed, doubtless, that the method of recourse to the measurement of the angle of the polygon or the constructing an undecagon on a given straight line by a purely angle at the centre of the circumscribing circle. The construction geometrical process, as given above, is similar in all essential of the decagon and dodecagon on any given line by the ruler and details to the process used for constructing a heptagon on a compasses alone we do not give, because either figure may be con- given straight line, and it is based in both cases on the structed by learners, if they will exercise a little thought, and it numerical relation of the straight line on which either is to be

will afford them two constructed, to the sides of an isosceles triangle whose vertex is useful exercises to the apex of the polygon, and whose base is the given straight do so. We shall line. In the case of the heptagon, the proportion of the base to therefore conclude the sides of the isosceles, whose vertex is the apex of the polygon, our problems on the is as 1 to 21 or 2.25; and to construct a heptagon on any given construction of the straight line, we have only to produce it indefinitely both ways, regular polygons and find points on either side of each extremity at a distance with the method of equal to 14 of the given line, or to bisect the given line and set constructing an un- off on either side of the perpendicular section straight lines decagon or eleven- equal to 18 of the given line. In the case of the undecagon, sided figure on a the proportion of the base to the side of the isosceles triangle, given straight line, / whose apex is the vertex of the polygon, is as 1 to 31 or 3.5; and and then bring our to construct an undecagon on any given straight line, we have Lessons on Geome- only to produce the given straight line indefinitely both ways, try to an end with and set off from either extremity lines equal to 2) of the given

a brief description straight line, or to bisect the given line, and from the point of

D Y of the methods used bisection to set off on either side of it, along the given line proFig. 80.

for drawing the el. | duced indefinitely, lines equal to 3 times the given straight line.

lipse, parabola, and We have added these remarks on the geometrical constructions hyperbola, curves made by the section of a right cone in parti. that we have given of the heptagon and undecagon, in the hope cular directions; the mode of tracing a spiral; and one or two that they may give the student a clue to other geometrical conother things, such as the connection of two curves by a straight structions of a similar character. We also recommend to his line, etc., which may be of practical use to our students. notice the geometrical construction of the nonagon, based on the

PROBLEM LVII.—To construct an undecagon on any given preliminary construction of an equilateral triangle on the given straight line.

I straight line on which it is required to construct the nonagon, Let A B (Fig. 81) be the given straight line on which it is re and the trisection of the angles on either side of the base, or quired to construct an undecagon. First bisect A B in c, and pro- the arcs that are described opposite to them by drawing semidace A B indefinitely both ways to x and y. Then along cx set circles from either extremity of the base as centres, with a radius off a line, C D, equal to three times A B, or six times ca, and equal to the base. along'c y set off a line, C E, equal to c D. From the point A as In drawing figures to exhibit the methods of constructing the centre, with the distance A E, describe the arc E T, and from the different polygons, from the pentagon to the undecagon, that point B as centre, with the distance BD, describe the arc D z, have been given in detail in this and preceding lessons, the and let the arcs E T, D z intersect each other in the point F. student is advised, for the sake of accuracy, to make them on This point is the apex of the undecagon, the straight line A B on a large scale; as, if he attempt to construct his figures in the which it is constructed being considered as its base. From the limited space in which are drawn the figures that are used to point p as centre, with a radius equal to A B, draw small arcs illustrate our Lessons in Geometry, he may fail to complete cutting the larger arcs D 2, E T in G and h, and draw the chords them to his satisfaction, in consequence of not being able to FG, FH. Join CF: the straight line drawn from c, through F, is draw the straight lines and arcs, of which the figures are comperpendicular to A B, and the centre of the circle circumscribing posed, of suitable fineness, and to subdivide the arcs, whenever the required undecagon will be in CF. To find the centre, bisect it is necessary to do so, with sufficient accuracy. In all cases, FG, FH in the points K and L, and join a L, B K. The straight for the sake of good practice, the straight line on which a polylines A L, B K intersect each other and the straight line C F in the gon is to be constructed, should never be taken less than anipoint », which is the centre of the circumscribing circle. From in length.


life with unvaried liberality; and, perhaps, his character may receive

some illustration, if he be compared with his màster. PROMISCUOUS EXERCISES (continued).

Integrity of understanding, and nicety of discérnment, were not 11.---THE PURITANS.

allotted in a less proportion to Dry'den than to Pope. The rectitude Marked for Inflections.]

of Dryden's mind was sufficiently shown by the dismission of his

poetical préjudices, and the rejection of unnatural thoughts and Tue Puritans were men whose minds had derived a peculiar character

rugged numbers. But Dryden never desired to apply all the judgment from the daily contemplation of superior beings and eternal interests.

that he had. He wrote, and professed to write, merely for the Not content with acknowledging, in general terms, an overruling Pró.

| pòople; and when he pleased others, he contented himself. He spent vidence, they habitually ascribed every event to the will of the Great

no time in struggles to rouse latent powers ; he never attempted to Being, for whose power nothing was too vást, for whose inspection

make that better which was already good, nor often to ménd what he nothing was too minúte. To know Him, to serve Him, to enjoy Him,

must have kuown to be faulty. He wrote, as he tells us, with very was with them the great end of existence. Théy rejected with con

little consideration : when occasion or necessity called upon him, he tempt the ceremonious homage which other sects substituted for the

poured out what the present moment happened to supply, and, when pùre worship of the soul. Instead of catching occasional glimpses of

once it had passed the préss, ejected it from his mind; for when he the Deity through an obscuring véil, they aspired to gaze full on the had no pecuniary interest, he had no further solicitude. intolerable brightness, and to commune with Him fáce to face.

Pope was not content to satisfy; he desired to excèl, and therefore Hence originated their contempt for terrestrial distinctions. The

always endeavoured to do his bèst; he did not court the cándour, but diffərence between the greatest and méanest of mankind seemed to dared the judgment of his reader, and, expecting no indulgence from vanish, when compared with the boundless interval which separated

others, he showed none to himself. He examined lines and words the whole race from Him on whom their own eyes were constantly

with minute and punctilious observation, and retouched every part fixed. They recognised no title to superiority but His favour; and, with indefatigable Alligence, till he had left nothing to be forgiven. oúnfident of that favour, they despised all the accomplish

For this reason he kept his pieces very long in his hands, while he the dignities of the world. If they were unacquainted with the works

considered and reconsidered them. The only poems which can be of philosophers and poets, they were deeply read in the oracles of God.

supposed to have been written with such regard to the times as might If their names were not found in the règisters of héralds, they felt

hasten their publication, were the two satires of Thirty-eight: of which assured that they were recorded in the Book of Life. If their stops

Dodsley told me, that they were brought to him by the author, that were not accompanied by a splendid train of ménials, legions of minis.

they might be fairly còpied. “Every line," said he, “was then tering àngels had charge over them. Their pálaces were houses not

ses not written twice over; I gave him a clean trànscript, which he sent some made with hånds; their diadems, crowns of glory which should never time afterwards to me for the préss, with every line written twice over fade away!

a second time." On the rich and the èloquent, on nobles and priests, they looked down His declaration, that his care for his works ceased at their publiwith contempt; for they esteemed themselves rich in a more precious cátion. was not strictly true. His parental attention never abandoned treasure, and eloquent in a more sublime language; nobles by the right them; what he found amiss in the first edition, he silently corrected of an earlier creation, and priests by the imposition of a mightier in those that followed. He appears to have revised the Niad, and hànd. The very meanest of them was a being to whose fate a mys. | freed it from some of its imperfections ; and the Essay on Criticism terious and terrible importance belonged,-on whose slightest áction

received many improvements, after its first appearance. It will seldom the spirits of light and darkness looked with anxious interest; who

be found that he altered without adding cléarness, élegance, or vigour. had been destined, before heaven and earth were created, to onjoy a

Pope had, perhaps, the judgment of Dry'den; but Dryden certainly felicity which should continue, when heaven and earth should have wanted the diligence of Pope. passed away,

In acquired knowledge, the superiority must be allowed to Dry den, Events which shortsighted politicians ascribed to earthly causes,

cribed to earthly causes, whose education was more scholastic, and who, before he became an had been ordained on his account. For his sake, èmpires had risen,

áuthor, had been allowed more time for study, with better means of and flourished, and decayed. For his sake, the Almighty had pro

information. His mind has a larger ránge, and he collects his images claimed his will by the pèn of the evangelist and the hårp of the prò.

and illustrations from a more extensive circumference of science. phet. He had been rescued by nó còmmon deliverer, from the grasp Dryden knew more of man in his general nature, and Pope in his local of no cómmon fòe. He had been ransomed by the sweat of nó manners. The notions of Dryden were formed by comprehensive vulgar ágony, by the blood of nò earthly sàcrifice. It was for him

speculation, and those of Pope by minute attention. There is more that the sun bad been darkened," that the rocks had been rènt, that diguity in the knowledge of Dry'den, and more certainty in that of the dead had arisen, that áll nature had shuddered at the sufferings of Pone. her expíring God.

Póetry was not the sole praise of either: for both excelled likewise Thus the Puritan was made up of two difforent mòn, the one all

in pròse: but Pope did not borrow his prose from his predecessor. self-abåsement, penitence, gratitude, passion; the other proud, calm,

The style of Dryden is capricious and váried; that of Pope is cautious inflexible, sagacions. He próstrated himself in the dust before his

and uniform. Dryden obeys the motions of his own mind; Pope Máker ; but he set his foot on the néck of the king. In his devotional

constrains his mind to his own rules of composition. Dryden is someretirement, he prayed with convulsions, and gróans, and tears. Hetimes vehement and rápid; Pope is always smooth, uniform, and was half-maddened by glorious or térrible illusions. He heard the lantle

gentle. Dryden's page is a natural field, rising into inequalities, and

Dr ly'res of ángels, or the tempting whispers of fiends. He caught a gleam diversified by the varied exuberance of abundant vegetation : Pope's is of the beatific vision, or woke screaming from dreams of everlasting a velvet làwn, shaven by the scy'the and lerelled by the ròller. fire. Like Váne, he thought himself entrusted with the scèptre of the Of génius, that power which constitutes a poet; that quality withmillénnial yèar, Like Fleetwood, he cried in the bitterness of his out which judgment is cold, and knowledge is inert; that energy sóul, that God had híd his face from him. But when he took his séat which collects, combines, àmplifies, and animates; the superiority in the council, or girt on his sword for wàr, these tempestuous work must, with some hesitation, be allowed to Dryden. It is not to be ings of the soul had left nò perceptible trace behind them. People inferred, that of this poetical vigour Pope had only a little, because who saw nothing of the godly but their uncóuth visages, and heard Dryden had more; for every other writer since Milton must give place nothing from them but their groans and their hy'mns, might laugh at

to Pope ; and even of Dry'den it must be said, that if he has brighter them. Bat those had little reason to laugh, who encountered them in

paragraphs, he has not better poems. Dryden's performances were the håll of debáte, or in the field of battle.

always håsty, either excited by some external occasion, or extorted by The Puritans brought to civil and military affairs a coolness of

domestic neoèssity; he composed without consideration, and published judgment, and an immutability of purpose, which some writers have without correction. What his mind could supply at call, or gather in thought inconsistent with their religious zéal, but which were in fact one excursion, was all that he sought, and all that he gåve. The the nécessary effects of it. The intensity of their feelings on óno

dilatory caution of Pope enabled him to condense his sentiments, to subject made them trànquil on évery other. One overpowering sen. | múltiply his images, and to accumulate all that study might produce, timent had subjected to itself pity and hátred, ambítion and fear. or chance might supply. If the flights of Dryden, therefore, are Death had lost its térrors, and pleasure its charms. They had their higher, Pope continues longer on the wing. If of Dryden's fire the smiles and their téars, their ráptures and their sorrows, but not for the blaze is brighter, of Pope's the heat is more régular and constant. things of this worla. Enthusiasm had made them stoics, had cleared Dry den often surpasses expectation, and Pópe nerer falls below it. their minds from every volgar passion and préjudice, and raised them Dry'den is read with frequent astónishment, and Pope with perpetual above the influence of dánger and of corruption.-Macaulay.

delight. --- Johnson, III.--POPE AND DRYDEN.

IV.-UNIVERSAL DECAY. [This piece is marked in application of the rules of Inflection.] [Marked for Rhetorical Pauses, Emphasis, and Inflections.]*

Pope professed to have learnt his poetry from Dry'den, whom, We receive such repeated intimations of decay is in the world through whenover an opportunity was presented, he praised through his whole

The learner having been conducted through the application of the an emphatic series causes, thus, a succession of falling rules for Pauses, Emphasis, and Inflections separately, will now "he second one in each clause falls lower than the first prepared to study and apply them in conjunction,

which we are passing ;- decline and change and 1088, follow ' decline With regard to the English association not much is to be and change and l088 || in such rapid succession, that we can almost said, because, while the human urchin is actively mischievous, catch the sound of universal wasting, and hear the work of desolation !

and often made to smart for it, passively, the other urchins going on busily around us. “The mountain falling || cometh to

are very harmless except in passive self-defence. The other nought, and the rock | is removed out of his place. The waters | wear the

resemblance, though misleading anatomically, is very marked, on stones, the things which grow out of the dust of the earth | are washed csody, and the hope of man | is destroyed.Conscious ' of our own insta.

account of the dense covering of sharp spines sticking out in all blity, we look about ' for something to rest on; but we look ' in vdin. directions, matted and crossing one another like the spines The heavens ' and the earth had a beginning, and they will have an of the thistle leaf; and also on account of the globular form, end. The face of the world | is changing, dáily and hourly. All' ani- which, though temporary in the land urchin, is permanent in the mated things I grow old and die. The rocks crumble, the treos | fall, echinus. the leares | fáce, and the grass | vithers. The clouds | are flying, and the The shell of a typical echinus, upon which the spines are set, waters | are flowing away from us.

is a round box of very complex and beautiful structure. It The firmest works of min, too, are gradually giving wày: the ivy |

consists of plates of carbonate of lime so closely and accurately clings to the mouldering tower, the brier | hangs out from the shattered reindoro, and the wall-flowor springs from the disjointed stones. The

fitted together, that, even after the spines have been stripped off, founders of these perishable works || have shared the same fato | long

it requires minute examination to discover the lines of division ago. If we look back to the days of our ancestors, to the mèn | as well between them. The box has the form of a more or less de. as the dwellings of former times, they become immediately associated pressed sphere, varying from the shape of a true globe to that in our imaginations, and only make the feeling of instability stronger and of a Turkish turban. At the two poles of the box are two holes : deeper thau before. In the spacious domes, which once held our fathers, that which opens on the under side of the animal is the mouth, the serpent hisses, and the wild bird | screams. The halls, which once while that which is found at the centre of the top side is th) were crowded with all that taste and science and labour | could pro.

other end of the food canal. A further examination reveals cure, which resounded with melody, and were lighted up with beauty, are

that the shell is made up of five similar radial divisions, which buried by their own ruins, mocked by their own desolation. The voice of merriment, and of wailing, the steps of the busy and the idle || have

stretch from pole to pole, and may be thus described :--The ceased in the deserted courts, and the weeds ! choke the entrances, and the

central zigzag line, running from mouth to anus, has on either long grass || waves upon the hearth-stone. The works of art, the forming side of it a row of small plates alternating with one another; and hand, the tombs, the very ashes they contained, are all gone.

on the outer side of each of these rows of plates is a row of small While we thus walk ' among the ruins of the past, a sad feeling of holes. There are six of these boles in each plate. Externally insecurity | comes over us; and that feeling' is by no means diminished ||| to these perforated plates are situated two other rows of larger when we arrive at home. If we turn to our friends, we can hardly plates, one on each side, and these are united at their external speak to them || before they bid us farewell. We see them for a few

edges to the next radial division of the box by a zigzag line. móments, and in a few moments more their countenances are changed,

The outer side of both the perforated plates and the plates and they are sent away. It matters not how néar and dèar they are. The ties which bind us together || are never too close to be parted, or

without holes are covered with bosses, each of which has & more too strong 1 to be bròken. Tears I were never known to move the king of prominent rounded knob projecting from the top of it, which terrors; neither is it enough' that we are compelled to surrender ono, knob has a pit in its centre. These knobs bear the spines. or tucó, or many of those we love ; for though the price is so great, we | They are of various sizes, but so arranged as to form a beautibuy no favour with it, and our bola' on those who remain | is as slight fully regular pattern; for each plate has at its centre a large is over. The shadows || all | elude our gråsp, and follow one another! boss, and, as the plates are regularly placed one above the down the valley. We gain no confidence, then, no feeling of security, by

other, there are, on the whole shell, twenty rows of these turning to our contemporaries and kindred. We know that the forms

tubercles running from top to bottom, set on lines which correwhich are breathing around us, are as shortlived' and flecting as those were, which have been dúst ' for centuries. The sensation of

spond to the meridians of a globe. Yet, if the reader has Taguity, uncertainty, and rúin, is equally stròng, whether we muse on

followed the description, he will see that these rows are not all what has long been pròstrate, or gaze on or gaze on what is falling now, or will fall'

will fall at equal distances from one another, for those on the smaller

at equa SO soon.

perforated plates are approximated, while those of the larger If everything | which comes under our notice || has endured for so plates are removed from one another; nor are the tubercles short a time, and' in so short a time will be no móre, we cannot say of the several rows all at the same distance from each other. that we receive the last assurance || by thinking on ourselves. When a Besides these tubercles, a great many others of very various fe more friends have left, a few more hopes | decéived, and a few more sizes lie between the rows. The whole effect of the pattern is changer l mócked us, “we shall be brought to the grave, and shall come hoantiful and shows that aymmetry withont kamenars. remain in the tomb : the clods of the valley shall be sweet unto us, and

that unity in variety, with which all the works of God abound, coery man'shall follow us, as there are innumerable before us." AIL Power I will have forsaken the strongest, and the loftiest' will be laid low,

and which the architect and the designer are so perpetually and every eye' will be closed, and every voice húshed, and every heart í striving after, but to which they so seldom attain. will have ceased its beating. And when we have gone ourselves, even our! The ten perforated tracts which, being arranged in pairs, form memories will not stay behind us lóng. A few of the near and dear || | five double bands or courses, converge towards the mouth and will bear our likeness i in their bosoms, till they' too ' have arrived ' at anus. The regularity of these tracts, converging at both ends the end of their journey, and entered the dark duelling of unconsciousness. and leaving between them a solid tract, has suggested a fanciful In the thoughts of others || we shall live' only till the last sound of

analogy. They were thought to resemble the gravel walks of the bell, which informs them of our departure, has ceased to vibrate in

our gardens, with their borders or avenues of trees on each side, their ears. A stồne, perhaps, may tell some wanderer where we lie, when we came here, and when we went awdy; but even that will soon refuse

and so were called ambulacra; ambulacrum being a post-classical to bear us rècord; " time's effacing fingers" | will be busy on its surface,

Latin word, meaning a garden walk. At the point where the two

Laan word, meaning a gard and at length' will wear it smooth; and then the stone itself I will converging perforated tracts unite, is a single six-sided solid plate, sink, or crumble, and the wanderer of another age will pass, without a

which has at its side nearest the ambulacra a hole from which single call upon his sy'mpathy, over our unheeded gràves.--Greenwood. the ambulacral holes seem to diverge. The five perforated hexa

gonal plates which thus stand at the end of the ambulacral

avenues, are separated from one another and from the top openCOMPARATIVE ANATOMY._VI. ing by five other irregularly eight-sided plates which surround ECHINODERMATA (HEDGEHOG-SKINNED ANIMALS.)

the small movable scales which cover in the anus. As far as

our previous description has gone, the reader will perceive that From the earliest times, before Aristotle wrote of animals, the all the parts are perfectly radial. The five segments are absogreat similarity in outward appearance between the hedgehog, lutely alike; but one of the eight-sided plates has, between the when rolled up in self-defence, and the sea-egg, or echinus, has large pore and the anus, a space which is full of a great been so recognised as to cause them to be called by the same multitude of holes, and in this respect it differs from all the name. In Greek, echinus (exivos) means both the one and the other five plates of the series, and is called the madreporic other. In English, we have expanded this superficial association plate. At the other pole of the body there is a large opening to include the young of our own species when they have arrived covered by a leathery membrane, in the centre of which is the at that age when they are always in mischief, and when, ac- mouth. Placing the animal with its mouth downwards, which cording to the notions of a past generation, they were always to is the position it usually occupies, and looking at it from above, be cuffed, because, if they did not deserve it at the time of let us enumerate the perforations which we have described, the infliction, they soon would do so.

beginning from the centre at top, and proceeding outward and


downward, so that all confusion may be avoided. We have the while the ridges between the grooves, stretching further infollowing different series :

ward than the furrows, form saw-like edges, so that after the 1. The central round opening, which is covered by small food, mixed with hard particles, has passed the tips of the movable calcareous pieces, called the apical hole.

teeth, it can be ground down to a fine pulp by these triturating 2. On one side of this are the minute crowded holes of the edges and surfaces. madreporic plate.

The food canal does not run in a straight line from month to 3. In the five plates which surround the apical hole are the anus, but, after proceeding a short way as a contracted throat, five holes, each of which occupies the external angle of its plate ; opens sideways into a wider canal, which, after winding once these are called the generative pores.

round the inside of the shell, is bent on itself, and winds round 4. In the five plates which are intermediate to and outside back again, and then delivers at the apical hole. This winding these the oeular holes are seen.

enables the food to undergo a more thorough digestion, while the 5. Stretching away in five double tracts are the ambulacral nutritive parts of the food are dissolved, and either pass into holes.

the blood vessels, which are found in the walls of the intestines, 6. The large opening below for the mouth and its membrane. or into the surrounding cavity. It must not be supposed that

We are now in a position to indicate the relation of the soft this long alimentary canal is loose in the box, only attached by its parts of the animal to this protective box. All the above two extremities. If so, it would be liable to become entangled. named perforations have their uses ; and a study of these will It is attached by a membrane which lines the inner surface of teach us almost the whole anatomy of the animal.

the shell, and then passes off from this round the alimentary The alimentary canal connects the two largest holes which lie tube, so as to hold it in a loop, or rather fold. This arrangein the vertical axis of the body. The entrance, or mouth, is in ment is very general, not only in these, but in the higher the centre of the wide orifice in the under side, which is covered animals. in by a leathery membrane, with the exception of where the The holes in the five larger plates surrounding the anal opening pointed teeth project. The curious beak, composed of five are those through which the eggs are extruded in the case of the sharp teeth, forms a very effective instrument wherewith the female) into the sea-water, so to renew the round of life. They animal can scrape away the soft, calcareous rocks in which so furnish the exits for five separate organs situated just below many worms and sea-animalcules bore and hide themselves. them. The holes in the alternate plates are called ocular It is supposed that the animal swallows chalk and animals holes, because, through them, a nerve passes to an organ, suptogether, and lives on the nutritive, organic substances, while posed to be an eye. The ambulacral holes and the madreporic the chalk, etc., are passed out again, just as in the case of the holes need a further explanation, which will lead to a description earth-worm, great quantities of soft vegetable mould are swal. of the locomotive organs of the animal. The locomotive organs lowed for the sake of the nutriment it contains in the shape of of the echinus are of two kinds—the soft for pulling, and the particles of leaves, etc. The protruded part of the beak, how hard for pushing. The hard-pushing organs are the spines, ever, gives no idea of the very complex machinery by which These are, no doubt, defensive organs, but they also unite with these teeth are worked from within. If the leathery membrane this function that of locomotion. The spines are, as we have be cut round close to the shell and pulled out, it brings with said, set upon the knobs of the outside of the shell. They are, it, or allows to be abstracted, a large and complicated hard however, movable upon these, so that they can be turned in all framework in the form of a five-sided pyramid, with its base up- directions. To effect this movement without destroying the ward, and its apex formed by the teeth. This pyramid consists of solidity of their attachment, there is a curious contrivance. At five jaws, each of which is a frame which sustains the tooth, and the centre of the concave base of the spine, there is (at least has attached to it the muscles which move this tooth in all re- in the purple-tipped sea-urchin) a pit corresponding to the pit in quired directions. The jaw being hollow allows the tooth to enter the centre of the tubercle on which it is set. A ligament at its upper broader side, and to pass down in a groove which be- runs from one pit to the other, and so prevents the spine from comes closely applied to the tooth on all sides at the lower end, slipping off its support, while from the edges of the base of and so holds it in a kind of socket, in which, however, it can the spine muscular fibres run to the membrane which clothes the move downward, as the tooth is worn away below, and is sup- shell. It will be seen from this that the shell is not naked, but plied from above. The tooth consists of a curved and flattened covered with irritable and live membrane, which membrane bar, ending in a point, and having on its inner side a flange passes down between each plate, and, no doubt, subserves the to strengthen it, which flange stands out at right angles to the function of secreting fresh matter round the edges of these flattened inner surface of the tooth. The tip of the tooth is plates as the animal grows. How far the spines may aid the of enamel-like hardness, but as you trace it up through the jaw, animal in progression may be a matter of question; but those it becomes softer and softer, until it is found to be quite who have observed its motion believe they are concerned in without hard deposit at the part where it protrudes above the it. By far the most efficient organs of locomotion are the jaw. This shows that there is a process of continual renewal, little tubular feet ending in discs, which are protruded through the tooth being laid down as a gelatinous substance in which the ambulacral holes. These feet act like suckers, when ap. more and more hard, earthy salts are deposited as it is pushed | plied to the rock on which the animal moves. The coatings of forward, until it consists almost wholly of these, and is fitted to circular and longitudinal muscles which enclose the hollow tubes cope with the hard material to the rasping of which the animal are sufficient to move the animal when a multitude of these discs applies it.

have been extended and attached; but the question arises, how Round the base of the pyramid runs a pentangular muscle, are they protruded? This is done by a curious contrivance. which binds the jaws together. From the outer side of the base Each little tube, after traversing the shell and arriving at the of each jaw run muscles to the shell at the sides of the orifice interior, expands into a muscular bag. Both bag and tube conof the mouth. These, when contracted, protrude the teeth all tain liquid. All the little bags, set on each line of ambutogether from the mouth. Other muscles unite the sides of the lacra, communicate with a vessel, which stretches from mouth jaws to one another, and these, when contracted, bring the to anus, and these ten vessels all communicate with a ring round teeth together. A series of long pieces attached to the centre the mouth, which ring has, opening into it, some larger bladders of the base of the pyramid, gives attachment to muscles, which, to contain a reservoir of water, and it also communicates with running to the shell, have the function of approximating the tips the madreporic holes by a tube, which is filled with fine sand. of the teeth. In order to retract the whole apparatus when The method of protruding the tubular feet is supposed to be acting together, or to pull away each separate tooth from the the following: sea-water is filtered through the madreporic rest when acting separately, a number of muscles (two for each plate and sand canal to the ring round the mouth. When the tooth) run from the lower end of the jaw to some calcareous animal is in a lively state and inclined for locomotion, the loops or arches, which, standing on the sides of the oral hole, bladders force the water into the rows of little bags, and these rise up within the shell.

being muscular, can, by contracting, force out any or all of the The jaws, however, are not solely devoted to the sustaining sucking feet at pleasure. When, on the other hand, the animal and w

of the teeth, but are themselves employed to wishes to retract all its feet, the bags, distended by receiving nd, for on the sides of each jaw which are op- all the water which was in the tubes when extended, would be

of the next jaws on either hand, are found in an awkward state of tension, unless the fluid were allowed to hich transform the surfaces into fine files, pass back into the ring and bladders.

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