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-¡; ) t. Hesiod divides mankind into three classes; those who think for themselves, those who let others think for them, and those who will do neither the one nor the other. The second class, however, comprises the great mass of society, and hence is the origin of party, by which is meant a large body of people, some few of whom think, and the rest talk. The former, who are called the leaders, marshal out and discipline the latter, teaching them what they must approve-what they must hoot at—what they must say-whom they must support; but,, above all, whom they must hate for no man can be a good partisan unless he be a determined and thorough-going hater. But when the sovereign people are thus properly broken to the harness, yoked, curbed, and reined, it is delectable to see with what docility and harmony they jog onward through mud and mire, at the will of their drivers, dragging the dirt carts of faction at their heels. How many patriotic mem- bers have I seen, who would never have made up their minds on any question, and might have run a great risk of voting right by accident, had they not had others to think for them and a leader to vote a ftei* Washington Irving. Knicker- bocker's History of New York. [We cordially recommend the above extract to our Swansea and Merthyr liberal friends.] EFFECT OF PRUSSIC ACID UPON A RABBIT.—On Saturday week, Dr Robinson, of London, delivered the third of a series of dissertations on poisons, before the faculty,at the Maidstone Infirmary. The subject of the evening was principally corrosive sublimate, on the mode of detecting which the learned lecturer imparted some most valuable hints. At the conclusion of the dissertation the effect of prussic acid was tried upon a rabbit. Three drops were administered from a glass (the surface of which most probably abstracted half of the quantity), and the animal immediately exhibited the usual symptoms --increased action of the lungs, dilation of th« pupils, aud the peculiar shrill cry which in such cases is generally indicative of immediately approaching dissolution. In order to give it a chance of recovery, however, a few drops of ammonia were administered, without appareui benefit. A constant stream of cold water watt then poured upon the base of the skull and along the spine, when the animal very shortly exhibited symptoms of resuscitation. It was then wrapped in warm flannel. In a quarter of an hour it was sufficiently recovered to walk. Dr. Robinson had in a former lecture mentioned that this ipode of treatment had been discovered by accident. A cat, which had annoyed the apprentices of a chemist, was poisoned by them with prussic aoid. a 1111 thrown by for dead. By mere accident, however, it fell under a stream of water, which was pouring from a pump, the effect of which was its gradual resuscitation. Benefiting by this hiut, the same means have been since successfully applied to more than one hu- man subject who had taken prussic acid. No instance, however, had come within Dr. Robinson's knowledge where an animal had been restored after the symptoms which this rabbit exhibited and the singularity of the case struck the faculty as being one a knowledge of which it was desirable should be promulgated. The rabbit is now iu full health and rigour,


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