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1 Or "mud"—"limus." All rivers of necessity have it, in a greater or less degree.
2 On the contrary, the more the mud and slime, the more numerous the eels
4 Waters, probably, impregnated with mineral alkali. As to the "nitrum" of Pliny, see c. 46 of this Book.
7 Also, Ajasson says, to observe whether soap will melt in it. If it will not, it is indicative of the presence of selenite.
8 As drinking water.
9 As Plautus says of women, Mostell, A. i. S. 3—"They smell best, when they smell of nothing at all."
10 See B. xv. c. 32.
11 In purity and tastelessness. As Ajasson observes, Pliny could hardly appreciate the correctness of this remark, composed as water is of two gases, oxygen and hydrogen.
12 Pausanias and Athenæus mention also the well of Mothone in Peloponnesus, the water of which exhaled the odour of the perfumes of Cyzicus. Such water, however, must of necessity be impure.
13 More probably Astarte, Fée thinks, Juno being unknown in Mesopotamia.
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