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Parthenia Antoinette Hague, A blockaded family: Life in southern Alabama during the war, Chapter 1: (search)
cupying the pulpit, as our friends from the far North were witness. Ah, friends of the Green Mountain and Bay State, you will, if yet in the flesh, remember with me that Sabbath so long ago in the South, when the negro slave walked up to the pulpit, opened the hymn-book, and announced the old sacred song: When I can read my title clear, To mansions in the skies. I remember how loudly my dear father tried to sing-though only a poor singer --just because Uncle Sol was going to preach; how Sol gave the verses out by couplets to be sung, as was the custom then in the country. All joined in singing that sacred song, and bowed the knee when Uncle Sol said, Let us pray. I am very sure I have never knelt with more humble devotion and reverence than on that Sabbath morning. Roads and bridges having been made passable after the storm, I said the Good-by to the friends I had found in the pleasant country village, and resumed my journey. It was a pleasing ride that balmy summer mo
ships raw recruits the General rule Departures for the front pathetic scenes Sol's letter from home a second army composed of visitors sickness in the camp a re was any impropriety in the familiarity. One day a soldier whom we shall call Sol, a fine specimen of man — a robust, tall, active, cheerful, willing soldier-came swear I will be back in three days. Colonel Logan replied: What has happened? Sol took out of his pocket a much-blurred and tear-stained letter and said: Just rea will not refuse to let me go. This was the letter from his wife: my dear Sol: For God sake do come home. I am sick. There is nothing in the house to lias he read this graphic letter. After getting control of himself, he said: Now, Sol, you know I can not grant you a leave. You know that the reasons your wife give any day, and you would hate to have it said you were absent from the regiment. Sol replied: Now, John, do you really think there is any chance for a fight? Colone
nd; the artillery was wheeled into position, and the marching columns facing to the right stood in order of battle looking toward the east. An hour or two longer and the sun rose in glory, thawed the crisp white frost which had collected upon the grass, dispersed the mists that had gathered around the tops of the mountains, and sending a golden light into the valley of the Chickamauga, showed at least two thirds of the Union army drawn up in battle array. Not that any individual, save old Sol, could see them all; for the peculiar nature of the ground, covered almost everywhere with thick woods, rendered it impossible in many places to see even the whole of a single regiment. As soon as the sun was fairly risen, I mounted my horse, intending to ride to the extreme left of our line, and thence to proceed from left to right, so as to get as accurate an idea of it as possible before the real work of the day should commence. Riding about a mile I saw troops coming into the road fro
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Louis Xvi., King of France (search)
aded him by the guillotine, with accompaniments of vulgar cruelty, in Paris, Jan. 21, 1793. His death was seriously mourned. He was weak, but not wicked. His friends dared not make any public demonstrations of grief, or even of attachment, at the time. A small commemorative medal of brass was struck, and secretly circulated. These were cherished by the loyalists with great affection. Upon this medal—over a funeral urn from which a crown and sceptre had fallen—were the significant words, Sol regni abiit ( The sun of the kingdom has departed ). King Louis was closely identified with the Americans in their struggle for independence, consenting, through the influence of his chief minister, Louis Xvi. Memorial medal. Vergennes, to give material aid, and make a treaty of friendship and alliance with them. Personally, he despised republicans, and could never hear with patience Dr. Franklin spoken of in words of praise, while his Queen was a great admirer of the philosopher and st
sting it round under ears on the side, or by means of a bail and screw, a gasket of linen being used. It is a form of Dr. Papin's digester, and should have a safety-valve. See digester. Au-to-dy-namic Ele-va-tor. One in which the weight of a falling column of water is made to elevate a smaller column to a hight above the source; and in which the changes of the valves are automatically produced. Such are water-rams, the fountain of Hero, etc. See water-elevator. Au-to-ge′ne-ous Sol′der-ing. The junction by fusion of the joining edges of metals, without the intervention of solder. The edges, being brought together and brightened, are held under a jet of burning gas urged by a blow-pipe, which melts the edges so that they run together. Au-to-graph′ic ink. Ink suitable for transferring to stone, writings or drawings executed in it upon prepared paper. Transferring ink. Dry soap100 White wax100 Mutton suet30 Shellac50 Mastic50 Lampblack30 melted, and wo<
sulphur is kept at a temperature of 220° F. until foam has ceased to rise. At the expiration of the first hour, the heat is raised to from 30 to 40 pounds' pressure, and continued for a second hour, after which it may be allowed to rise to 80 pounds. The whole process takes from 5 to 10 hours. The sulphur used is known as pure sulphur. Twenty or thirty minutes is sufficient for one immersion, after which the sheets are torn apart, rekneaded, and rolled into sheets. See vulcanite. Hard Sol′der. The solder used for uniting the more infusible metals. Spelter solder and silver solder are the two principal varieties. The former, for copper and iron, is sometimes made in the proportion of 16 parts copper to 12 zinc; more frequently equal proportions of the two metals are employed. These are cast in a grated mold, forming squares of about two pounds' weight, which are then heated nearly to redness and granulated by beating on an anvil or in a mortar. The components of silver s
ations for the pots of rockets, etc. Sil′ver Sol′der. Hardest silver solder, 4 parts fine silns of sheep, goats, chamois, deer, etc. Soft Sol′der. An alloy used for soldering. Tinman'er from a hight of 3 inches above the water. Sol′der-ing. The process of uniting two pieces o a strip of solder placed within the can. Sol′der-ing-fur′nace. A furnace, usually burningexpensive to be of very general application. Sol′der-ing-ir′on. The tool whereby solder is me, blue, smokeless flame. See stove-burner. Sol′der-ing-ma-chine′. One for holding cans whiln-soldering machine, Fig. 1074, page 452. Sol′der-ing-tool. The soldering-tool, generally iron.i, rasp. e, chipping-knife.k, ladle. Sol′der-mold. A device for casting solder into r hollow newel winds around a well-staircase. Sol′lar. 1. (Mining.) a. One of the platforms ry of Solubilities, Cambridge (Mass.), 1864. Sol′u-ble glass. Also generally known as water-g
we occupied during this stay, in 1862, of the Army of the Potomac on the James. To the Sixth Corps was assigned the section of the line which rested on the banks of Herring Run, at a point on Westover Heights, northeast of Harrison's Landing and nearly due east from Malvern Hill. This was the right of a line, soon strongly fortified, which, extending due west for a mile, then obliquing gradually to the southwest for several miles, finally bent due south to the James. The heat rays of old Sol, on the 3d and 4th of July, struck the sacred clay with such intensity that the gray paste became a gray crust. The next transformation will be the dry, powdery dust into which the inevitable tramping of the hosts shall grind it, and the spades, picks, and shovels of the fatigue parties that shall break, lift, and pile up the soil in earth banks to-morrow. This was the staple employment for the next fortnight, for details from some or other of the commands which stretched along the front of
James Russell Lowell, Among my books, Wordsworth. (search)
n his Thanksgiving Ode which, if one met with it by itself, he would think the achievement of some later copyist of Pope:— While the tubed engine [the organ] feels the inspiring blast. And in The Italian Itinerant and The Swiss Goatherd we find a thermometer or barometer called The well-wrought scale Whose sentient tube instructs to time A purpose to a fickle clime. Still worse in the Eclipse of the Sun, 1821:— High on her speculative tower Stood Science, waiting for the hour When Sol was destined to endure That darkening. So in The Excursion, The cold March wind raised in her tender throat Viewless obstructions. but those theories undoubtedly had a great effect in retarding the growth of his fame. He had carefully constructed a pair of spectacles through which his earlier poems were to be studied, and the public insisted on looking through them at his mature works, and were consequently unable to see fairly what required a different focus. He forced his readers to
Jula Ward Howe, Reminiscences: 1819-1899, Chapter 7: marriage: tour in Europe (search)
annot remember which, came a recitation from a once famous improvisatrice, Rosa Taddei. She is mentioned by Sismondi in one of his works as a young person, most wonderful in her performance. She was now a woman of middle age, wearing a sober gown and cap. The poem which she read was on the happiness to be derived from a family of adopted children. I remember its conclusion. He who should give himself to the care of other people's children would be entitled to say:— Formai questa famiglia Sol colla mia virtu. I built myself this family solely by my own merit. The performances concluded with a satirical poem given by a layman, and describing the indignation of an elegant ecclesiastic at the visit of a man in poor and shabby clothes. His complaint is answered by a friend, who remarks:— La vostra eccellenza Vorrebbe tutti i poverelli ricchi. Your Excellency would have every poor fellow rich. The presence of the celebrated phrenologist, George Combe, in Rome at this time
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