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SCKIPTURE ILUJSTBA'I'IOSS.—iSo.…

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".JOIIII nun" has his eharacteristie laugla at the "British Association," I. f/ On Monday, Sept. I t., in tlio section of Mechani- cal Science, a vety curious paper on a new pump called the Troffos pump, was read by Mr Williams, and a very interesting discourse upon spectacles, delivered by Dr. Hawkins. In the section of Geology and Geography, the Rev. Mr Yates del ivered a luminous lecture on mud. At one period of the day the Marquess ot North- ampton presided over this section, which created a gi-ekit sensation amongst the Lancashire ladies, w hf} formed a large proportion of the audience. In the section of Zoo'ogv and Botanv, Dr. 'I raill read a peculiarly agreeable discussion on the character and qualities ot a bug found in Persia; and Mr Gray gave an elaborate description of a water lily. Mr Gray endeavoured to prove that Mr Crosse cannot make live Hies out of flint stones; but did nol Sllcceed in overthrowing the experiments made bv the latter gentleman, who was not present to vindicate his hitherto admitted success in that c irious operation. The Rev. Mr Hope read a communication from Sir Thomas Philli s, as to a mode of destroying animals which attack books. Several eminent literary reviewers who were present seeined to con- ider the pa per personal, but itbeing before dinner, nothing unpleasant occurred. Mr Ball produced some specimens of Erica Mackeyatta, which excited the most heartfelt sat isfaction. In the section of Medical Science, Dr. Williams read the report of a committee, which has been sitting torseveral mont hs 0 ascertain t he difference of sOllnd produced bv water swallowed by a man, or poured down the spout of a watering pot, varied according to circumstances by sticking pins in the spout, or stuffing little bags into it, <»r squeezing it; the result of which experiments leads the committee to hope that by analogy they shall he able eventually to do great service to patients labouring under diseases of tl'0 vuscular system. In the section of Statistics, Colonel Sykes read a report of the three British Coliec-torates of the Deecan, which excited the •no'*1 protonnd attention, being perhaps one of the most curious papers ever heard in Liverpool—that it wa? not generally understood, added considerably to l's Intel est.

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THE PRINCE OF AUCTlONKcRS.

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