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suflicientto cause the slightest: apparent '.‘tendeney: to .1
petrefaction in pieces of. ‘the: same timber, similarly (lis- <
posed.,. One account asserts, that a holly stake has been:
drilvenlintojthe sandy bottomrof the. lake, so.2that.one.
portion was-buried‘ in the.sand, another.underawater;and1
. the remainder exposedto;.tl1e'atmosphere,;and the result3
was.:tl1at‘sthe’ lower.part' was converted into‘iron,5thei
middle into;.stone,' and the ‘upper part retainediits ligneous:
nature ; butzthisharmless. chimera .is iunworthy of belief?"
Such an experimentzwas tried, for the: purpose ofrascer-7'
taining to : which; ioftthe = three 1 elements: in-question ithc '-
petrifyingv qua1ity:was =-attributable, but I probably neither?
the..duration.of. the .experimentalist’s .life; nor:tl1e' impa-2
tience. of ; discovery;permitted the;result:of.a sufficient ex-‘:
periment‘ to be..fairly established; ‘andxthe: state ofitl1e'-"-
argument-.at‘:this:'r1ay, is, that: such‘. a v propertyfor petrit.'y-‘
ing quality "actually. exists in the vicinity of iLough- Neagligi
but where, this ;. virtue resides,‘ whethers ini t11e-'r.soil;wtI1o'>
water, ; or; the. exhalations which: arise from.the- lake; is‘:
still a'matter<of controversy, amongstthe learned. - V
The,‘ strand of? the . Lough A abounds: ' in gverry beautiful!
pebbles, much resemblitigthe Scotch, and susceptible, of’
a very high polish; they form an article of profitable
trade to the peasantry,‘ whorbave learned to detect the
most valuable with great expertness. Several beautiful
specimens maybe seen in tbeeexcellent mineralogical col-
lection of the Royal Dublin Society. .
NVe have mentioned the various subjects of importance
connected with this i ‘expansive aqueous plain,‘ viz. its-
capability of improvement, by lowering the surface and
deepening the rivers, so as to form a most valuable Ultonian
navigation-: i also its natural curiosities, and useful pro-
ductions. The nature‘ of this little, sketch prohibits’ more
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