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Horrid and harbourless, where all life dies,
And lo! his secret seat,
And o'er tbę waves, that roar beneath his frown
Ascending baleful, bids the Tempest spread,
REFLECTIONS During an EVENING'S Walk on the Banks of the Avon,
GLOWLY thy flowing tide
Came in, Old Avon, scarcely did mine eyes, As watchfully I roam'd thy green-wood side,
Behold the gentle rise.
With many a stroke and strong,
Between the winding shores.
Now down thine ebbing tide
And sings his wonted song.
Bold o'er the rocks, that lay
Thro' wider spreading shores.
Avon! I gaze and know
So rapidly decay.
Kingdoms that long have stood,
Rush to their ruin fast.
Thus tardily appears
Then hasten to old age !
On the Night before an Adion.
W And chilling mists hang o'er the dark’ned Main,
But, when the Fight's begun,
Each serving at his gun,
How 'twill cheer
Their hearts to hear
Have left on shore ; some pretty girl and true !
Oh when the Fight's begun,
Each serving at his gun,
How 'twould cheer
Her heart to hear
PRIZE QUESTIONS, and PREMIUMS, offered by FOREIGN and
DOMESTIC SOCIETIES. DOMESTIC.-Premiums offered by The Society insituted at London for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufa&ures, and Commerce.
Preserving Fresh Water sweet. FOR the best account, verified
, of a method of preserving fresh water during long voyages; the gold medal, or fifty guineas.
Accounts and descriptions of the methods made use of, with thirty gallons of the water, to be produced on the last Tuesday in December 1799.
Purifying brackish water.–For discovering the best method of purifying brackish water, so as to fit it for use ; the silver medal, or fifteen guineas.
Certificates, and an account of the method used, to be produced on the second Tuesday in February 1800.
Substitute for, or Prepararion, of Yeast-- For discovering a substitute for, or preparation of yeast, that may be preserved six months; the gold medal, or thirty guineas.
Specimens to be produced on the last Tuesday in November 1799.
N. B. This is one of the great desiderata for the comforts of the Navy.
Preserving Salted Provisions *. - For discovering the cheapest method of preserving salted provisions from becoming rancid, or rusty ; the gold medal, or thirty guineas.
Accounts and certificates to be produced on or before the first Tueaday in February 1800.
Substitute for Tur.--For discovering the best substitute for tar, equal to Stockholm tar, and prepared from materials the produce of Great Britain; the gold medal, or one hundred guineas.
-One hundred weight, with certificates, and the process, to be delivered on the first Tuesday in March 1800.
Transit Instrument. For the invention of a cheap and portable instrument, for the purpose of finding the latitudes and longitudes of places ; the gold medal, or forty guineas; to be produced on the last Tuesday in January 1800.
. Probably the best answer to this question is already given in the late Admiral Sir C. Knowles's roccipt, Nav. Chron. vol, ii. p.97.
Taking Whales by the Gun Harpoon.-For the greatest number, not less than three, by one person, ten guineas.
- Certificates of the taking the whales to be produced on the last Tuesday in December 1799.
Driving Bolts in Ships.-For a model of a machine for driving bolts. particularly copper, into Ships, superior to any now in use; the gold medal, or forty guineas. To be produced on the first Tuesday in February 1800.
FOREIGN PRIZE QUESTIONS. The Batavian Economical Society, authorised by the Directory of the Batavian Republic, has proposed the following question as the subject of a prize, which natives or foreigners may answer :
Are there any means, hitherto unknown, and sufficiently effe&tive, to restore so completely, without the mixture of pernicious ingre. dients, the taste and smell of stinking water, as to render it a pure, cooling, and wholesome beverage ; and what are these means ?
For a satisfactory answer to this question the author will be entitled to a prize of 6000 florins.
In the answer the following particulars are recommended to be attended to: ist. That the means be not too expensive, or causing too much trouble; that they do not occasion the consumption of much fuel ; and that the mode can be employed at sea, on board ships heavily laden, and frequently exposed to violent agitation. 2d That the method does not require too much art, and may be easily applied by seamen. 3d. That it be certified capable of producing the same effects in every temperature. 4th. That they be not prejudicial, by corroding the copper vessels in which ship’s provisions are boiled. .
If the author communicates any ideas leading to the discovery of the aboye mentioned objects, so that they may be found to answer, after repeated experiments, he will receive a third part of the premium. The remainder of the sum will be paid as soon as the Society has been convinced of the certainty of the result by experiments made in different climates.
The papers are to be transmitted in the usual form, directed to C. J. J. Desout, at Harlem, Secretary General to the Batavian Society, on or before the 28th of February 1800.
The Society of Agriculture at Copenhagen has proposed three prizes to be paid by the Admiralty, one of five hundred, one of an hundred, and one of fifty rix dollars, for the best paper on the rearing of timber proper for ship-building. The questions are, 1.'What soil is best suited to the different kinds of wood, and what care is required