This part of the country I believe to be the most elevated in north-west Australia--Mount Samson having an altitude of not less than 1000 feet above the valley of the Hardey, while Mount Bruce and the mountainous country to the eastward rose to a considerable height above its summit, which, by comparisons from the aneroid barometer, would give not less than 4000 feet for the elevation of those ranges.
With some persons, the nose is a sort of barometer,--a certain state of the atmosphere is invariably announced to them by an agreeable sensation of coldness at the tip.
Here we are at Cleveland; and, "by the powers of Mercury"--this expletive originated, I believe, with a proud barometer,--it is raining cats and dogs and a host of inferior animals.
Our national Mercury was to be simply the god of the post-office, or the sprite of the barometer,--our Pan, to keep the crows from the corn-fields,--our Muses, to preside over district-schools.
"Other mathematical subjects on my scribbling-paper are: Geometrical Astronomy, Barometers (for elevations), Maclaurin's Figure of the Earth, Lagrange's Theorem, Integrals, Differential Equations of the second order, Particular Solutions.
Daily reading of the barometer.--The mercury rises in the early morning till about 9 a.m., it then falls up to 3 or 4 p.m., from then it rises again till 9 p.m., and then again falls till towards day-break.