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s. The lake of Joux is supplied from the river Orbe in the Jura and the lake of Rousses, and has no visible outlet. It, however, maintains about an even level, and has evidently, as observed by Saussure, subterranean issues by which the waters are engulfed and disappear. The inhabitants of this valley keep up their absorbing-wells with care, and open new ones 15 to 20 feet in depth whenever the surface water appears to be too slowly carried off. The waters reappear in a large spring called Orbe, two miles below the southern extremity of the lake, issuing at a point 680 feet below the level of the surface of the lake. A potato-starch manufactory at Villetaneuse, three miles from St. Denis, France, is rid of 16,000 gallons of fetid waste water per day, with what effect upon neighboring or distant wells or springs does not appear. The town of Alexandria, Virginia, is situated upon an impervious clay of from 10 to 15 feet thickness, and a common mode of house and closet drainage is
oon be seen; and thus the mariner is guided on his way. The Italian Riccioli, in his work upon Geography and Hydrography, states that before 1270 the French mariners used a magnetized needle, which they kept floating in a small vessel of water supported on two tubes so as not to sink. The magnetic needle is mentioned by Peter Adsiger in a Latin essay in 1269, in which the south pole is said to vary a little to the west; and by Raymond Lully of Majorca, in his Fenix de las Maravillas del Orbe, published in 1286. A passage in the Spanish Leyes de las Partidas of the middle of the thirteenth century runs as follows: The needle which guides the mariner in the dark night, and shows him how to direct his course both in good and bad weather, is the intermediary between the loadstone and the North Star. Dante, about 1300, refers to the needle which points to the star. Marco Polo, the great traveler, was in the service of Kublai Khan, the conqueror of China, from 1274 to 1291, an
Elizabeth Cary Agassiz, Louis Agassiz: his life and correspondence, third edition, Chapter 1: 1807-1827: to Aet. 20. (search)
. Wherever his father was settled as pastor, at Motier, at Orbe, and later at Concise, his influence was felt in the schooleir-loom in the family, given to him by the municipality of Orbe in acknowledgment of his services in the schools. The ruor the vacation, from Zurich to their home which was now in Orbe, where their father and mother had been settled since 1821. Between Neuchatel and Orbe they were overtaken by a traveling carriage. A gentleman who was its sole occupant invited theently arrived among us (his name is Agassiz, and he is from Orbe), on a hunt after animals and plants. Not only do we colleas advised to recruit in his native air, and he returned to Orbe, accompanied by Braun, who did not leave him till he had plcount of this interval spent at home. Agassiz to Braun. Orbe, May 26, 1827. . . . Since I have been here, I have walketc. All this is still unknown. . . . Agassiz to Braun. Orbe, June 10, 1827. . . . Last week I made a very pleasant e
Elizabeth Cary Agassiz, Louis Agassiz: his life and correspondence, third edition, Chapter 2: 1827-1828: Aet. 20-21. (search)
to time, not without arousing anxiety in friends at home, as we shall see. The letter to which the following is an answer has not been found. From his mother. Orbe, January 8, 1828. . . . Your letter reached me at Cudrefin, where I have been passing ten days. With what pleasure I received it,—and yet I read it with a certay at my command. If you thought my New Year's letter depressed, it was only a momentary gloom due to the memories awakened by the day. . . . From his father. Orbe, February 21, 1828. Your mother's last letter, my dear Louis, was in answer to one from you which crossed it on the way, and gave us, so far as your health and oad before him, the less likely he is to lose his way or take the wrong turn,—the better he can divide his stages and his resting-places . . . From his father. Orbe, March 25, 1828. . . . I have had a long talk about you with your uncle. He does not at all disapprove of your letters, of which I told him the contents. He o
Elizabeth Cary Agassiz, Louis Agassiz: his life and correspondence, third edition, Chapter 3: 1828-1829: Aet. 21-22. (search)
love of research, crystallize into the concentrated purpose of the man who could remain for months shut up in his study, leaving his microscope only to eat and sleep,—a life as sedentary as ever was lived by a closet student. From his father. Orbe, February 23, 1829. . . . It was not without deep emotion that we read your letter of the 14th, and I easily understand that, anticipating its effect upon us all, you have deferred writing as long as possible. Yet you were wrong in so doing; hry sincere attachment. B. G. Cuvier. At last comes the moment, so long anticipated, when the young naturalist's first book is in the hands of his parents. The news of its reception is given in a short and hurried note. From his father. Orbe, August 31, 1829. I hasten, my dear son, to announce the arrival of your beautiful work, which reached us on Thursday, from Geneva. I have no terms in which to express the pleasure it has given me. In two words, for I have only a moment to mys
Elizabeth Cary Agassiz, Louis Agassiz: his life and correspondence, third edition, Chapter 4: 1829-1830: Aet. 22-23. (search)
he following month we find him once more at home in the parsonage of Orbe. After the first pleasure and excitement of return, his time was chn and grandchildren had been wont to assemble. Agassiz to Braun. Orbe, December 3, 1829. . . . I will devote an hour of this last evening I am to pass in Orbe, to talking with you. You will wonder that I am still here, and that I have not written. You already know that I havefew days I go to Vienna for some months. . . . From his mother. Orbe, April 7, 1830. I cannot thank you enough, my dear Louis, for then the family affairs. His father had been called from his parish at Orbe to that of Concise, a small town situated on the southwestern shore of the Lake of Nechatel. From his mother. Orbe, July, 1830. . . . Since your father wrote you on the 4th of June, dear Louis, we have hin for a look at your collection; then to Concise, then to Montagny, Orbe, Lausanne, Geneva, etc.: M. le Docteur will be claimed and feted by
Elizabeth Cary Agassiz, Louis Agassiz: his life and correspondence, third edition, Chapter 21: 1865-1868: Aet. 58-61. (search)
love Agassiz. In the Isle of Wight, Darwin said, What a set of men you have in Cambridge! Both our universities put together cannot furnish the like. Why, there is Agassiz,—he counts for three. One of my pleasantest days in Switzerland was that passed at Yverdon. In the morning I drove out to see the Gasparins. In their abundant hospitality they insisted upon my staying to dinner, and proposed a drive up the valley of the Orbe. I could not resist; so up the lovely valley we drove, and passed the old chateau of the Reine Berthe, one of my favorite heroines, but, what was far more to me, passed the little town of Orbe. There it stands, with its old church tower and the trees on the terrace, just as when you played under them as a boy. It was very, very pleasant to behold. . . . Thanks for your letter from the far West. I see by the papers that you have been lecturing at the Cornell University. With kindest greetings and remembrances, always affectionately yours, H. W. L
154; Freshwater fishes of Europe, 59; desire to travel, 60, 63, 64, 68; vacation trip, 70; work on Brazilian fishes, 74; second vacation trip, 82; growing collections, 95; plans for travel with Humboldt, 99, 101, 102; doctor of philosophy, 109; at Orbe and Cudrefin, 118; death of Dr. Mayor, 118; doctor of medicine, 119, 127; new interest in medicine, 120; first work on fossil fishes, 120, 123; at Vienna, 130, 132; negotiations with Cotta, 132, 133 137; university life, 144; at home, 158; studies New York, city of, 415, 425. New York, Natural History of, 427. Nicolet, C., 300. Nomenclator Zoologicus, 334, 356. Nuremberg, 73; the Durer festival, 73. Oesars, 448. Oesterreicher, 91. Oken, 44, 53, 54, 91, 102, 151, 643. Orbe, 118, 666. Ord, collection, 419. Osono, 748. Otway Bay, 741. Owen's Island, 742. P. Packard, A. S., 773. Panama, 764. Paris, Agassiz in, 162, 163, 165, 170, 175, 195. Peale, R., Museum, 419. Peirce, B., 438, 458. Penikes