My father was all-willing to relinquish his cherished room,--his for sixteen years, and opening into that mysterious other room,--to give it up to me, his Myrtle-Vine; and a momentary pang that any interest in existence should be, except as circling around him, flew across the future, "the science whereof is to man but what the shadow of the wind might be,"--and I looked up into his eyes, and, twining his long white hair around my fingers, for a moment felt that forever and forever he should be the supreme object of earthly devotion.
"Make room for the referee!--room for the Lunnon referee!"
The Soliman-Pasha above mentioned (called by the Indian historians Soliman-Khan Roomi, or the Turk, and by the Portuguese Solimanus Peloponnesiacus) bore a distinguished part in those affairs; but this expedition against Diu was the last in which he was engaged.
By-and-by I heard a knock up in Stephen's room,--I suppose he wanted something,--but Lurindy didn't hear it, and I didn't so much want to go, so I sat still and began to count out loud the stitches to my narrowings.
"Well,"--Wayne stood up preparatory to leaving the room,--"I mean to take her if she'll go."
What have you got in your room?--I have a bed, and a table by the window; and I keep my doll there.
And then he followed them with his swift, light step, and pausing upon the threshold, looked into the open room, his gaze first seeking Ruth.
He made a hurried visit to Rose's--his sister's --room.
And when he went out of the dock into the waiting-room-- He had a signet ring with prussic acid in it--..." "I remember now," he said.
If he can't leave his room----" Jeannette interrupted him: "If he can't leave his room, it will make no difference.
As he said this he sank down again, but Mary Giles caught him in her arms; and Harry said imperiously to Althea and me,-- 'Leave him to us; it is best he should not speak; get you to your own rest, you need to renew your strength; so we went meekly enough, Althea saying when we were in our sleeping-room,-- 'Harry hath got the trick of command very perfect, that's certain; and I may say, Lucy, I am weary at last of ruling over you and Will; it's not amiss there is one here who has a mind to rule me instead.'
Iceland Moss Chocolate (FOR THE SICK-ROOM).--Iceland moss has been in the highest repute on the Continent as the most efficacious remedy in incipient pulmonary complaints; combined with chocolate, it will be found a nutritious article of diet, and may be taken as a morning and evening beverage.
He saw, dimly, that Joe's chin was resting on his breast and that his eyes were closed; he heard him mutter in a voice that seemed to come from some distant room:-- "Of all 'e bowls I s-s-smell or see, The wassail bowl's 'e bowl f-f-for me," and the next moment both man and boy were fast asleep.
I'll lug the guts into the neighbour room.- Mother, good night.- Indeed, this counsellor Is now most still, most secret, and most grave, Who was in life a foolish peating knave.
Allerdyke took the visiting-card which the man produced from a letter rack, and read the lines hastily scribbled on the back-- If you land here during the night, come straight up to my room--263--and rouse me out.
We uster make our coffins more roomier in Idaho territory.
I was in the office, and I booked him and gave him his room--27."
In a short time I came to a small village, at the entrance of which I overtook the two shepherds who had come with me from Rooma.
A little gentle smack like this,"--his two hands came together with a crash which echoed through the room--"a little smack from Germany would do the business.
At night, however, she was obliged to admit that he could not be coming; and then, quivering with honest anxiety for her old friend, Blossy dipped into her emergency fund, which she kept in the heart of a little pink china pig on a shelf in her room,--a pink china pig with a lid made of stiff black hair standing on edge in the middle of his back,--and sent a telegram to Captain Darby, asking if he were sick.
"Waal, naow,"--he tried to speak cheerfully as they rejoined the others, and he pushed his way toward the dining-room,--"I'll go an' git my cup an' sasser."
'The little room'--about eight feet square--had no other name; it was always spoken of affectionately by the boarders, and by the landlady with pride in its coziness.
Here is his letter in the original:-- "DEER FARTHER:--As this is the da fur composition doctur STUFFEM sed I mite rite you a leter for my composition and I rite these fu lines to let you no that I am wel, but one of the boys is my roomait and is gone home sick but he is beter and has got a good doctur and be wants me to come down to his howse pleas sir send me a dolar it is on a ralerode and the fair is fourty 5 sents.
The railroad-car, the telegraph, and the apple-flavored chloroform could and do realize, every day,--as was stated in the passage referred to, with a certain rhetorical amplitude not doubtfully suggestive of the lecture-room,--all that was fabled to have been done by the carpet, the tube, and the fruit of the Arabian story.
But she has always been like that--" he continued, half to himself, looking with troubled admiration toward the bed at the other end of the room--"always."
Adolphus took up the tray and hurried out of the room,--and forgot to fasten the door behind him until he had gone half way down the stairs.
Dat was left wif me at daybreak by de young boy who came wif Sambo--missy knows who I mean,"--rolling her eyes fearfully around the room,--"and he said tell you that Jim Bates, of Breucklen Heights, had tole him to fetch it to you."
But although rooms, furnished with Fire-places constructed upon the principles here recommended, may be easily and most effectually ventilated, (and this is certainly a circumstance in favour of the proposed improvements,) yet such total ventilations will very seldom, if ever, be necessary.--As long as ANY FIRE is kept up in the room, there is so considerable a current of air up the Chimney, notwithstanding all the reduction that can be made in the size of its throat, that the continual change of air in the room which this current occasions will, generally, be found to be quite sufficient for keeping the air in the room sweet and wholesome; and indeed in rooms in which there is no open Fire-place, and consequently no current of air from the room setting up the Chimney, which is the case in Germany, and all the northern parts of Europe, where rooms are heated by stoves, whose Fire-places opening without are not supplied with the air necessary for the combustion of the fuel from the room;--and although in most of the rooms abroad, which are so heated, the windows and doors are double, and both are closed in the most exact manner possible, by slips of paper pasted over the crevices, or by slips of list or furr; yet when these rooms are tolerably large, and when they are not very much crowded by company, nor filled with a great many burning lamps or candles, the air in them is seldom so much injured as to become oppressive or unwholesome; and those who inhabit them show by their ruddy countenances, as well as by every other sign of perfect health, that they suffer no inconvenience whatever from their closeness.--There is frequently, it is true, an oppressiveness in the air of a room heated by a German stove, of which those who are not much accustomed to living in those rooms seldom fail to complain, and indeed with much reason; but this oppressiveness does not arise from the air of the room being injured by the respiration and perspiration of those who inhabit it;--it arises from a very different cause;-- from a fault in the construction of German stoves in general, but which may be easily and most completely remedied, as I shall show more fully in another place.
There is however one cause of smoking Chimnies which I think it is necessary to mention more particularly.--In modern built houses, where the doors and windows are generally made to close with such accuracy that no crevice is left for the passage of the air from without, the Chimnies in rooms adjoining to each other, or connected by close passages, are frequently found to affect each other, and this is easy to be accounted for.--When there is a fire burning in one of the Chimnies, as the air necessary to supply the current up the Chimney where the fire burns cannot be had in sufficient quantities from without, through the very small crevices of the doors and windows, the air in the room becomes rarefied, not by heat, but by subtraction of that portion of air which is employed in keeping up the fire, or supporting the combustion of the fuel, and in consequence of this rarefaction, its elasticity is diminished, and being at last overcome by the pressure of the external air of the atmosphere, this external air rushes into the room by the only passage left for it, namely, by the open Chimney of the neighbouring room:--And the flow of air into the Fire-place, and up the Chimney where the fire is burning being constant, this expence of air is supplied by a continued current down the other Chimney.
On Aug. 25 Mr Mitchell settled himself at Greenwich, and worked for a long time in the Computing Room.--And in this year Mr Aiken of Liverpool first wrote to me about the Liverpool Observatory, and a great deal of correspondence followed: the plans were in fact entirely entrusted to me.--July 7th was the day of the Total Eclipse of the Sun, which I observed with my wife at the Superga, near Turin.
When I reached my room, in exactly five minutes after leaving The Hollies, I stood at the open window—that window”—and she pointed to a dormer casement above the sitting-room—“and looked out.
When the Roomans an' anshunt Britons went to church arm-in-arm it wur always Whitsuntide, an' arter church vetched their banners out wi' brass eagles on, an' hed a morris dance in the market-pleace.
It must seem to foreigners of all things the strangest, that, in a country where land is sold at one dollar and twenty-five cents the acre by the square mile, there should in any considerable part of it be a want of room,--any necessity for crowding the population into pent-up cities,--any narrowness of streets, or want of commons and parks.
For though these emotions, affections, attachments, and the like, are the prepared ladder by which the lower nature is taken up into, and made to partake of, the highest room,--as we are taught to give a feeling of reality to the higher 'per medium commune' with the lower, and thus gradually to see the reality of the higher (namely, the objects of reason) and finally to know that the latter are indeed and pre-eminently real, as if you love your earthly parents whom you see, by these means you will learn to love your Heavenly Father who is invisible;--yet this holds good only so far as the reason is the president, and its objects the ultimate aim; and cases may arise in which the Christ as the Logos or Redemptive Reason declares, 'He that loves father or mother more than me, is not worthy of me'; nay, he that can permit his emotions to rise to an equality with the universal reason, is in enmity with that reason.
One day, near the close of November, the deacon and his niece were alone together in the "keeping-room,"--as it was, if it be not still, the custom among persons of New England origin to call the ordinary sitting-apartment,--he bolstered up in an easy-chair, on account of increasing infirmities, and she plying the needle in her customary way.
I had six and sometimes seven computers constantly at work, in the Octagon Room.--As in 1838 I had a great amount of correspondence with Mr Baily on the Cavendish Experiment.--I attended as regularly as I could to the business of the University of London.
But indeed I have not been able to stir out of my rome here at my mother's ever since I was forsed to leave my plase with a roomatise, which has made me quite and clene helpless.
No takers--I guess he would have won his bet, for just at this juncture a "Roomatix" was at the bat.
About twenty years of age, and of medium height, her figure was so finely proportioned and so roomily made that it gave her the appearance of being taller than she really was.
Bets were offered 2 to one, that "The Roomatixs" would pass more balls--on their hands and knees--than the "Bloostockin's."
There is something patriarchal and princely about such a house, almost unknown in our businesses at home--from the portraits of the founders, from the caskmakers, at lunch-time, broiling their own fish over a huge fireplace and drawing wine from the common cask as they have done for generations; the stencils in the shipping-room--"Baltimore," "Bogota," "Buenos Aires," "Chicago," "Calcutta," "Christiania," "Caracas"--from things like these to the personality and point of view of the men who have the business in charge.
Or there might be a fire in our room,--I'm sure I expect nothing else.
(FOR THE SICK-ROOM.)--Boil a dessertspoonful of ground coffee, in nearly a pint of milk, a quarter of an hour, then put into it a shaving or two of isinglass, and clear it; let it boil a few minutes, and set it by the side of the fire to clarify.
And this leads us to consider another important point respecting open Fire-places, and that is, the width which it will, in each case, be proper to give to the back.--In Fire-places as they are now commonly constructed, the back is of equal width with the opening of the Fire-place in front;--but this construction is faulty on two accounts.--First, in a Fire-place, so constructed, the sides of the Fire-place, or COVINGS, as they are called, are parallel to each other, and consequently ill-contrived to throw out into the room the heat they receive from the fire in the form of rays;--and secondly, the large open corners which are formed by making the back as wide as the opening of the Fire-place in front occasion eddies of wind, which frequently disturb the fire, and embarrass the smoke in its ascent in such a manner as often to bring it into the room.--Both these defects may be entirely remedied by diminishing the width of the back of the Fire-place.
Then I run a roomin' house till four years ago.
--In Chimneys like that represented in this figure, where the jambs A and B project far into the room, and where the front edge of the marble slab, o which forms the coving, does not come so far forward as the front of the jambs, the workmen in constructing the new covings are very apt to place them,--not in the line c A, which they ought to do,--but in the line c o, which is a great fault.--The covings of a Chimney should never range BEHIND the front of the jambs, however those jambs may project into the room;--but it is not absolutely necessary that the covings should MAKE A FINISH with the internal front corners of the jambs, or that they should be continues from the back c, quite to the front of the jambs at A.--They may finish in front at a and b, and small corners A, o, a, may be left for placing the shovels, tongs, etc.
For removing offensive odours, clean cloths thoroughly moistened with the liquid, diluted with eight or ten parts of water, should be suspended at various parts of the room.--In this case the offensive and deleterious gases are neutralized by chemical action.
For we'd nothing else but moonlight in the room.--But now tell me, please, what are all these things?
Hot down in Mobile,"--his style taking somewhat unpleasantly the intonation as well as the negligence of the bar-room,--"can't live in Mobile in the summer.
It is well understood, not only that loyalty is never more economically secured than by a lavish appeal to the pride of the citizen in the magnificence of the public buildings and grounds which he identifies with his nationality, but that popular restlessness is exhaled and dangerous passions drained off in the roominess which parks and gardens afford the common people.