--An American Infernal Machine, &c.
correspondent of the London Herald
thus refers to a terrific American machine now exhibited at Verona
for the benefit of the Austrians: ‘"I have already mentioned in former letters the extensive miltary preparations which are being made by the Austrians at Verona
The most formidable affair, however, is a kind of electric infernal machine, which has been experimented on, and which, when thrown by a gun to the distance of two miles, bursts and spreads destruction to everything in its way. The explosion will even take place in the water, so that if any vessels should approach the Austrian ports on hostile act intent, they had better look sharp.
The inventor of this formidable machine, an American, has been it is said, invited to Vienna
, to have an interview with the Emperor
."’ The writer has the impudence to advise that ‘"Brother Jonathan had better go home with his invention, where such a machine may perhaps be useful."’
The news by the Indian
mail is no better, and the famine is said to be spreading rather than disappearing.
The Bombay Gazette
says:‘"The great evil with which the material welfare of a large portion of the land has so long been pressed, remains unabated.
The famine still prevails and extends.
The distress has not yet come to the worst.
resources have been nearly exhausted, while the wealthy natives, as a class, have as yet lamentably failed in their natural duty toward their famishing fellow-countrymen.--There has been a pretty general fall of rain in the northwest." ’