The Youthful Wanderer eBook

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and chimes the quarters, on the face of which the whole of the twenty-four hours (twelve day and twelve night) are shown and regulated; within this circle the sun is seen in his course, with the time of rising and setting by an Horison receding or advancing as the days lengthen and shorten, and under is seen the moon showing her different quarters, phases, age, &c. 8th—­Two female figures, one on each side of the Dial Plate, representing Fame and Terpsichore, who move in time when the organ plays. 9th—­A Movement regulating the Clock as a repeater to strike or be silent. 10th—­Saturn, the God of Time, who beats in movement while the organ plays. 11th—­A circle of the face shows the names of eight celebrated tunes played by the organ in the interior of the cabinet every four hours. 12th—­A Belfry with six ringers, who ring a merry peal ad libitum; the interior of this part of the cabinet is ornamented with beautiful paintings, representing some of the principal ancient Buildings of the city of Exeter. 13th—­Connected with the organ there is a Bird Organ, which plays when required.  This unrivaled piece of mechanism was perfectly cleaned and repaired by W.  Frost, of Exeter, a self-taught artist.  Jacob Lovelace, the maker, ended his days in great poverty in Exeter, at the age of sixty years, having been thirty-four years in completing it.  This museum also contains glass of the Roman period—­A.D. 100-500.  The best specimens are a little greenish, but quite clear.  One of the Egyptian mummies is wrapped up by a bandage of cloth, that was woven 3,000 years ago.  It is still in a good state of preservation.

Tuesday, July 6th.  The Sultan of Zanzibar, who was on a tour of inspection, started from the North-western Hotel at about 10:00 o’clock to drive out to the docks.  He was accompanied by two natives from his own country, and the mayor and thirteen British cavaliers.  The appearance, in Liverpool, of this South African dignitary, created a considerable sensation.

Chapter III.

Chester.

At 10:45 I left Liverpool for Chester.  Edge Hill Tunnel, which is about a mile or a mile and a quarter in length, was passed in five minutes.  Grain ripens from one to two months later here, than in Pennsylvania.  The farmers were busy making hay, and the wheat still retained a dark green color.  Harvesting is done in August and September.  Wheat, rye, barley and potatoes are the staple products.  No corn is cultivated in northern England.  Wood is so scarce and dear in Great Britain, as well as upon the continent, that the farmers can not afford to build rail-fences.  Hedge-fences, walls and ditches, therefore, take their places in every European country.  All this is new to the American when he first comes to the Old World.  Pass some fields of clover still in bloom.  See men mow with the same “German” scythes that we use in America.  We reached Chester before

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