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empire ; but all this is done with extrem surrounded with a cordon of Prussian cusquietness and civility, and if two zwanzi. tom-houses, so near as to render it imposgers are accidentally found to have insinu-sible for the citizens to go backward and ated themselves within the folds of the forward to their country houses, without passport, you hear nothing of searching. being exposed to the brutal insolence of We have always admired the simplicity functionaries whose whole office and existand directness with which Mr. Murray's ence was new and hateful to them. Ladies “hand-book” fixes the price of the virtue and children were forced to stand, in rain of a K. K. custom house officer. The wri. and storm, while every corner of their carter evidently knew his men. The good riages were searched. Even their persons Austrians are the last people to take this were not respected, and the women of the amiss. Hypocrisy is not one of their lower classes were exposed to the grossest faults; for that you must seek further insults. The rage of the citizens, which a north.

consciousness of their own impotence had Should we enter on the chapter of chang. heightened into almost frantic desperation, es in all that relates to travelling, we gradually subsided into profound and supshould never have done. England, in this pressed hate of Prussia, and everything respect, took the lead of all other countries, Prussian. and for many years was immeasurably Such were the scenes in the midst of ahead. Her superiority is still very great; which Madame Schopenhauer grew up. but the demand and the money of her own We need not wonder ihat the spirited rewandering sons have forced the countries ply of a young Danziger to a Prussian through which they pass in swarms, into general, which won the hearts of all his some approach to her own condition. The fellow.citizens, made a deep impression Zollverein has put an end to half the vexa- upon hers. tions of travellers. Fifteen years ago, the

“A Prussian general was quartered in the custom-house officers of M. de Nassau and country-house of one of the most eminent merM. de Bade (as M. Victor Hugo, in his work chants of Danzig. He otiered to the son of his on the Rhine, thinks fit to call them) were host to permit the forage for his horses to enter troublesome and inquisitive-exactly in an the city duty free. 'I thank the General for his inverse ratio of the magnitude of their obliging offer, but my stables are for the present sovereign's territory. Now, having shown exhausted I shall order my horse to be shot,

well provided, and when my stock of forage is your passport on the frontiers of Prussia, was the brief and decisive answer

. It was soon where you rarely find either incivility or known through the town, and the more admired, exaction, you may go from Aix-la-Chapelle because the young man's passion for his beautito Bohemia without a question.

ful horses was notorious. Nobody delighted in We have seen that among Madame Scho. it more than 1, though I knew my republican penhauer's earliest recollections, was the countryman only by sight." sudden blow given to the franchises and the This was Heinreich Floris Schopenhauer, commerce of her native city. Her whole to whom soon after, at the age of nineteen, youth was passed in witnessing its convul. she was united. Not long after, this patrisive struggles and long agony; and when otic citizen went to Berlin and requested we read her description of the barbarous an interview with the great Frederic. It and destructive form under which monar- was immediately granted, and Frederic, chical power first presented itself to her, struck by his rank, upright character, and we cease to wonder, or even to smile, ai his knowledge of commercial affairs, pressher stiff-necked republicanism. It is im. ed him to settle in his dominions, and of. possible to see without indignation, a free, fered him every possible privilege and propeaceful, industrious population, whose tection. M. Schopenhauer was beginning prosperity was their own work, and whose to feel the resistless influence which Fred. institutions were sanctified by time, hand- eric exercised on all around him, wben the ed over without appeal to the brutality of a King, pointing to a heap of papers in a foreign soldiery, and the blunders of igno- corner, said, Voilà, les calamités de la ville rant and arbitrary legislation, without al. de Danzig. These few words broke the lowing for all the prejudices of the suffer. spell for ever; and though Frederic afterers.

wards repeated his offers, the sturdy patrict Danzig stood conditionally under the never would accept the smallest obligation protection of Poland, and its ruin was one from him. At length, seeing that all hope of the many evils attendant on the parti- of the deliverance of his native city from a tion of that kingdom. By a sort of irony, foreign yoke was at an end, he determined the city itself was not occupied, but it was to quit it for ever, and to seek a freer

home. In this determination his young tendency is apoplectic, to wear wigs, shoes, wife fully concurred, and they set out on a and silk stockings. tour of observation through the Nether. The facts which Mr. Jeffreys urges in lands, France, and England. Here we must support of his theories are not new; and leave them-not without expressing our perhaps something like his views may parl. regret that she did not live to fill up the ly be found in other writers. They are, outline she had marked out.

however, presented by him in so complete and systematic a sorm, that they seem entitled to the praise of originality; especially the first and last sections--for the second part, on the generation of heat, is neither

very intelligibly nor convincingly treated, MR. JEFFREYS' STATICS OF THE HU- though the conclusion may be sound MAN CHEST.

enough. Of his three prelections, howev. From the Spectator.

er, the first, on the Statics of the Chest,

is the most curious and important; and if Views of the Statics of the Human Chest, the practical conclusions to which the theoAnimal Heat, and Determinations of Blood to the Head. By Julius Jeffreys, F. R. S., ry tends are not so readily put in practice

the directions to elderly gentlemen, formerly of the Medical Staff in India, &c. London: Highley.

they affect a much greater number of per

sons, inasmuch as consumption is more Tais volume consists of three parts: the common than apoplexy. first treating of the quantity and condition Every one knows that without breath we of the air in the lungs, and the probable cannot live ; and now-a-days most readers inode of its purifying the blood; the se. know that by the act of respiration the cond investigates the generation of animal venous blood is changed into arterial, the heat, with a view to show that the vital dark blood giving out carbon, and receivpowers exercise an influence over this pro-ing oxygen. The popular and even the cess, according to the character of the professional notion as to this process, if climate, or at least that in a hot climate the the bulk of persons have any definite idea production of heat is much less than under upon such subjects, is, that the atmospherintense cold, even should the consumption ic air drawn into the lungs immediately of food be similar ; the third part incul- comes into direct contact with the vessels cates rather a new rule to English notions and air-cells. This is the conclusion

“ keep the head warm and the feet cool.” which Mr. Jeffreys denies; and he substi-
The principle of the recommendation is tutes a view which we will endeavor to
this: if a part of a heated body be exposed explain, as succinctly as we can.
to the air, the heat will pass off more ra- There are, or may be, in the chest of
pidly in the uncovered than the covered every one in tolerable health, four distinct
parts; in the human body, generating a portions of air, which our author classes
supply of heat, these parts will, by long as follows, with the average contents of
kabit, cause an increased circulation of each part as deduced by himself from a
blood to themselves to keep up the requi- comparison of his own observations with
site degree of animal warmth; full exam- the elaborate experiments of other writers.
ples of which may be seen in the red arms
of milk-maids, and the red faces of guards,
coachmen, &c. The practical conclusion 1. Residual air; which, owing to mus-
which Mr. Jeffreys deduces from this prin- cular formation, cannot be expelled
ciple is, that apoplexy in England is stimu- from the chest by any act of expira-
lated rather than diminished by generally

tion, and which remains in the body
after death.

120 keeping the head cool, and by the baldness of elderly gentlemen.' The hint which set

2. Supplementary air; which is gener

ally resident, but can be expelled by him to work upon the subject was derived

a strong effort, and whose departure from the care with which the hot-climed with lite is the act of expiring 130 Hindoos swaddle up the head, leaving the 3. The breath; or air continually inlegs and feel uncovered; and among them

spired and expired..

26 determinations of blood to the brain are

4. Complementary air; ordinarily abvery rare. And the practice he recom

sent, but which can be inspired by a

100 mends, with requisite care and under proper conditions, is for persons of a certain From these facts it follows, that instead age, whose hair is getting thin, and whose of fresh air being constantly drawn into

Average Contents in cubic inches.

strong effort.

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Here are

the lungs, and stale or carbonized air ex- of oxydating the blood appears to be carried on haled, there is always permanently in the in the cells, we are not to suppose that the exten

sive surface of membrane expanded over the chest nearly five times as much air as we breathe in, and generally nearly ten times to the cells is unemployed. Such a view does not

lengthened and infinitely numerous tubes leading as much. However opposed to the popu- accord with the economy of means everywhere lar notion of the modus operandi of respi. discernible in the body; and it is opposed to the ration this may be, says Mr. Jeffreys, it is observed development of the blood vessels, so, and there is an end of the matter.- which travel along with the tubes, and spread

their minute branches over them, in the same But he also puts forward a series of argu: ments to show the probability that it should way as, at the extremity of their course, they do

over the cells. be so, without regard to the fact of its be

“There can be no doubt, that in tubes where ing so, and the objects which Nature has the pulmonary membrane grows thin enough, had in view in making it so, as well as an there the air begins to penetrate through it, and exposition of the manner in which the to act on the blood circulating over such tubes. fresh atmospheric air, after gradual dilu- Let us suppose the action proceeds with due tion, eventually reaches the air-cells of the activity at some given distance in the lungs, lungs. The arguments on this last point, thickness, and the air in the tubes a certain per

where the pulmonary membrane has a certain however, are rather conjectural than expe- centage, say eighteen. If such a proportion of rimental, and have no very general interest. oxygen acts with due activity through a memThe reasoning on the two first points rests brane of such a given thickness, could we refuse more upon facts and observations, and is assent to the probability, (were it not a fact abalso of a more attractive kind, as showing solute,) that, as the membrane grew more and the careful provision of Nature.

more delicate, less and less oxygen should be some anatomical facts, whence Mr. Jeffreys of oxygen

should be reduced so far as to guard

found in the air, until in the cells the proportion deduces a strong à priori probability that against injurious activity in the process, where the pure atmospheric air was never intend. an infinitely delicate membrane only was intered to come into immediate contact with posed between the air and the minute bloodthe more delicate parts of the lungs.

vessels ? Assuredly, if, where the membrane

was much thicker, the process went on with due “But some will say, by such an arrangement activiły, its activity would become far above the air-cells would never be visited by air of what was due, when the membrane became of the freshness requisite for duly oxydating the extreme tenuity, unless the quantity of oxygen blood. The reply to this is, that, whatever

in the air fell in proportion, unless the air became

may be our preconceived notions respecting the

as it were diluted in proportion."

presence of fresh air in the cells, the statics of the The reader who is interested enough in case render it impossible it should ever be there this question to wish to pursue it, may re. under ordinary circumstances. They assure us, fer to the volume; but there is a further beyond the possibility of a doubt, that it is resi- view advanced by Mr. Jeffreys, which has dent air only which moves into and out of the cells in the action of the chest. It is this resident a practical purpose, though the individuals air which performs all the duty of oxydating the most requiring its benefit may find some blood, and which receives from the blood its eli- difficulty in reducing it to practice. By a minated carbonic acid and watery vapor. The glance at the little table already given, ibe air of respiration performs no direct duty in reader will perceive, that whilst the capa. connexion with the blood. In its fresh state it city of the chest is fourteen times as much does not come even near to the cells; its duty as the mere breathrequires, upwards of is altogether indirect; its action is to ventilate the chest gradually, from above downwards,

one-fourth of this capacity is seldom occuand to receive the impurities gradually brought pied, and that this vacant space is nearly up from below, exchanged for an equal bulk four times the capacity of that demanded of more recent air, conveyed, in the manner by the air necessary to the act of breath. described, from above. “Such being the fact, we may discern in it a found the quantity of supplementary air to

ing. Mr. Jeffreys also states that he has beautiful provision, offering an answer to the differ considerably in different people; and other portion of the question, why should such he infers that it differs in the same indiimpure air be always resident in the lungs ?

"? Is the following not a very satisfactory reply? vidual at different times. From these facts As we proceed from the larger air-tubes onwards he proceeds to deduce some important through their numerous ramifications, till we are conclusions; all, however, resting upon the lost in searching out the delicate cells, do we not principle that high breathing is good breathfind the pulmonary membrane lining the way, ing—that the more supplementary air a percommencing comparatively thick and tough, and getting finer and finer, until at last it becomes son can retain in his chest, and the more too delicate to be clearly discovered, a mere film, he can employ the space devoted to the overspread by equally delicate blood-vessels ? complementary air, the more vigorous his Again, though the greater part of the business I breathing and his lungs become. Individu

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mental space.

ERRORS OF SEDENTARY BREATHING.

als with a full chest and of active occupa. but not so strenuous efforts are made, as in carrytions have this naturally; and persons ing a more moderate weight for some distance, whose pursuits are favorable to its devel. and even in active walking without any load, a

man still keeps his chest more than usually disopment acquire it; but Mr. Jeffreys contended; holding the air in for a time exceeding siders its attainment, to some extent, to be the period of an ordinary breath, and then letin the power of any one who has, we may ting it out to take in a fresh stock of complesay, the time and the will to strive for it. mentary air, (to use the term adopted,) to give We take some passages bearing upon this stiffness to his chest. important point, rather with a view to call

Now this action being frequently repeated, attention to the principle, than to recom

must and does have the effect of establishing a

It is, in

permanently fuller state of the chest. mend its injudicious pursuit; which might fact, the rendering a person " broad-chested;" do more harm than good.

the connexion of which with vigor is too strikRATIONALE OF RUNNING.

ing to be overlooked even by the uninformed,

who do not fail to see the fuller condition of the During exercise, and especially during con- chest, though without an acquaintance with the siderable exertion, we know that the hurried cir- manner in which it is brought about, or in which culation of blood through the lungs calls for a it is advantageous. more copious supply of air. To command a range In such vigorous persons, then, the supplemenfor a deeper respiration, we must either breathe tary air becomes larger, a portion of the compleout some of the resident air, and add the room mentary space being added to it, and then ordithus gained to the previous range of the respira- nary respiration takes place on the top of this intion, -or, retaining in our chests the same quan- creased supplementary quantity. That this is tity of resident air, we must increase the res- true, we may satisfy ourselves by measuring piratory range by intruding upon the comple- the quantity of air such a person can breathe

out, and comparing it with that breathed out by This is no trifling distinction. What is vul- la person of sedentary habits. We shall find garly termed “being in breath,” and its oppo. that the volume of the air durably resident in site « not breath," appears mainly to depend the chest is much larger in the former, the upon these different modes of increasing our comparison being made between two persons of respiration. An unpractised runner, for instance, the same bulk. tries to relieve himself by the former method; but he soon feels the consequence of letting out too much of his resident air, and drawing in too On the other hand, they whose misfortune it deeply atmospheric air, fully oxygenous, and is to lead a sedentary life, and to lean over their perhaps also cold. He gets out of breath ; that work, habituate themselves, by the constant is, when he wants more air than usual, he cannot doubling together of the trunk, to do with a take in so much; a kind of asthmatic spasm smaller quantity of resident air in their chests prevents him from getting air enough down, than is natural or proper. In them, then, the although the chest is not really much more than air of respiration is at once introduced to a half full

. On the other hand, by practice he deeper region of the lungs than it ought. instinctively learns to keep adding air to that though it is impossible, in any case, to exist already present, and to breathe nearer to the top with so little resident air in the chest as that the of his chest. He can then respire deeply with air of the breath should flow unmixed into the out drawing in the fresh air too suddenly and air-cells themselves,--for the residual air which too far into the lungs. Also, hy increasing the cannot be expelled is bulky enough to dilute it quantity of resident air, his cells are more fully considerably, -yet, when the quantity of resiexpanded, there is more surface of action, and dent air is materially reduced, it is plain the air the blood-vessels are rendered less tortuous still, of the breath goes in too far, and proves excitby which they admit, with less distress, of the ing to tubes too delicate to receive it, on acquickened circulation through them.

count of its full quantity of oxygen, and also, MEANS OF BECOMING BROAD-CHESTED.

no doubt, of its temperament and other quali

ties. Muscular exertion tends greatly to establish a The distress whicli the presence of pure air permanently fuller state of the chest. The ex- produces in tubes intended to receive only mixtent to which the chief muscles of the trunk ofed air, leads such persons to accustom themthe body are inserted into, or have their origin selves to do with less breath than is natural. !t from the walls of the chest, is one cause of this is quite an error to think that their chests, at In order that such muscles should act with power the time, will not contain more breath on acwe have to draw in a larger quantity of air than count of the position; for if they were to breathe usual ; and when we want to make a considera- out still more of the resident air, they might ble effort. as in lifting a heavy weight, we have leave more room for breath than the volume of to close the windpipe and detain all this air in the the breath ever requires, and yet keep their chest

. The walls of the chest, the ribs, &c., chests within the confined limits they had been then are stisily supported by this bed of air, like reduced to. The truth of this may be noticed a distended bladder, or air-cushion. In this way, whenever a medical man or friend remonstrates the chest can support a great pressure, and forms with a girl on account of her tight lacing. One a firm basis for the vigorous action of the whose folly has nearly reduced her figure to muscles attached to it. When longer continued that of an insect, and whose countenance be

trays the state of her lungs, will yet be able to which, till persons have got the knack of show that her stays are " quite loose," by breathing high, would be likely to do them thrusting her hand between them and her body.

more harm than good. Many a friend is deceived, as well as the selfdestroyer, by this demonstration. All it proves is, thai there is yet some supplementary air in the lungs, which, breathed out at the moment of

SENSATIONS IN A TRANCE.—The sensations of a the demonstration, leaves quite enough room seemingly dead person, while confined in the coflin, for a respiration of full amount to be carried on are mentioned in the following case of trance: for the time, and even for the stays all the while A young lady, an attendani on the Princess --, to be made to appear loose about the chest. after biaving been confined to her bed for a great

length of time with a violent nervous disorder, was HINTS TO ORATORS.

at last, to all appearance, deprived of life. Her lips The collateral but very important duty of the were quite pale, her face resembled the countenance chest in speaking, especially in oratory, requires of a dead person, and the body grew cold. She was the command of boih the supplementary and removed from the room in which she died, was laid complementary spaces.

The duration of an

in a coffin, and the day of her funeral fixed on. The act of expiration is greatly increased in giving country, funeral songs and hymns were sung b-fore

day arrived, and, according to the custom of Ibe expression to a long sentence. The chest has the door. Just as the people were about to nail down o be nearly filled with air: the air, occupying the lid of the coffin, a kind of perspiration was obalmost the whole of the complementary space, served to appear on the surface of her body. It grew is first spoken forth, then that of the region of greater every moment, and at last a kind of convul. the breath; a d in a long sentence, forcibly ut. sive motion was observed in the hands and feet of tered, a largo demand is also made upon the the corpse. A few minutes afier, during which time supplementary air. But for this long range: opened her eyes, and utiered a most pitiable shriek.

fresh signs of returning life appeared, she at once there could be no powerful eloquence. same time, a loud voice and long sentences of a few days she was considerably restored, and is

Physicians were quickly procured, and in the course make so frequent and large demands on the sup- probably alive at this day. The description which plementary stock, as to subject delicate portions she gave of her situation is extremely remarkable, of the pulmonary membrane to the frequent and forms a curious and authentic addition to psy. presence of undiluted air, against which the sup-chology. She said it seemed 10 her that she was plementary air was especially provided as their really dead; yet she was perfectly conscious of all natural protection. Hence these efforts either that happened around her in this dreadtul state. by degrees inure such delicate parts as are vis. She distinctly heard her friends speaking and laited by the inhaled air to its action, or, as too menting her death at the side of her coffin. She felt frequently happens, the air gains the better of This feeling produced a mental anxiety which is

them pull on the dead-clothes, and lay her in them. them; irritation is excited ; and, if the efforts are indescribable.' She tried to cry, but her soul was persevered in, disease is established. By em- without power, and could not act in her body. She ploying very short sentences and by, habituat- had the contradictory feeling as if she were in the ing the chest to receive a full complementary body, and yet not in it, at one and the same time. quantity of air, that quantity, together with the It was equally impossible for her to stretch out her ordinary region of breath, will be found to suf- arm, or to open her eyes, or to cry, although she fice; so that the resident air need not ever be continually endeavored to do so. The internal anintruded upon. It is of great importance in guish, of her mind was, however, at its uimost such cases, ihat this resident stock should be also sung, and when the lid of the coffin was about lo

height when the funeral hymns were begun to be of full quantity; occupying steadily its protect- be nailed down. The thonght that she was to be ive position; there receiving all the impulses of buried alive was the one that gave activity to her quickly-inhaled breath; duly modifying the por- mind, and caused it to operate on ber corporeal tion of it retained; and gradually incorporating frame." —Binns on Sleep. it into itself as resident air before conveying it down into the cells. It is probable, that many a preacher might continue in his vocation by carefully attending to this simple rule. Indeed Miles COVERDALE.-- Within the last few days, a many, no doubt, practise it instinctively as a tablet has been erected in the church of St. Magnus matter of experience, without inquiring into the the Martyr, London bridge, executed by Samuel physiological reason,

Nixon, sculptor, with the following inscription :

Near this Tablet, in a vault made There are other curious passages on this for that purpose, are deposited the bones of subject, especially one relating to the use

MILES COVERDALE, or injury of wind-instruments ; but we formerly Bishop of Exeter,and Rector of the Parishof

St. Magnus the Martyr, have already trespassed somewhat upon our

in the year of our Lord 1567. space, and must again refer the curious to His remains were interred, in the first instance, the volume. To any one inclined to prac

in the Chancel of the tise for a broad chest, we should, however, but

, on the occasion of that church being taken down,

Church of St. Bartholomew, Exchange; recommend the simple exercises of walk

they were brought here on the ing, gentle running, and careful reading

41h of October, 1840, aloud, with a very cautious attempt at lift. in compliance with the wishes, and at the request of,

the Rector, the Rev. T. Leigh, A. M., ing weights fully within the muscular pow.

and Parishioners of St. Magnus the Mariyr. er, than any more artificial experiments;

Britannia.

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