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*' In fine, yon may safely give my forme. Behold, sir, a (rue statement;
recipe to your friends, and 1 trust time your heart is good enough to allow you to bestow it on your enemies, if it should so happen that you posses* nny. Press them to remark, thai whosoever leads a mild, sober, chaste, mid active life—and there are still some corners of the earth where such men exist—the gout, which
for [ have trcquently communicated every thing, and the moral to be deduced becomes stlfrrvhjent: it is, that if peace of mind, temperance, exercise, nod chastity, succeed so well with princes, we mny and ought to hope for great things in respect to oursdve*; liecause it is far more practicable for us.
is the daughter of idleness and ihc pas- than for thorn, both to become and re
sions, is entirely unknown. Among these passions, die chief is intemperance, which not only errs as to the quality of aliments and liquids, but also exceeds in respect to the quantity.
"As to the quality, whatsoever is heating, strong, sharp, or salt, is had
inoiu masters of our passions, as well as to live soberly and chastely. Exercise alone 19 more easy to them than to us: they possess a greater number of horses. Were it not for some advantage, who would be a prince?
"I am charmed, Sir, that the esplana
for the gout. All fymented and tpit, lien required by you has procured me rituous liquors came under the same this opportunity to assure yuu of my
description. In respect to quantity, the respect, and digestion being always faulty in gouty "1 am, Sir,,;
people; the assimilating organs ought to "Your most obedient, &c.
be managed with discretion, so that they li to do
may not have to 1 much to do at once. Dry and habitual frictions, together with constant but moderate exercise, ought to be promoted: watchfulness niwl late hours are both to be avoided: a sleep of seven hours duration, tranquillity, and . gaiety of mind, these are the auxiliaries which efficaciously aid the digestion of the stomach, and contribute to the sanity of the body. *K "What some frequently attempt to remove by external remedies, is generally nothing more than either the effect, or the 1
'' After reading this letter, and perusing his various works,.who is it that will not form an advantageous opinion of tlie heart anil understanding of Doctor Tronchin? One is astonished, and even scandalized, nay indignant at either the error or injustice of his countryman, J. J. Rousseau, who has dared to term him a Quack. Had he been so, this same letter would have afforded hull a most excellent opportunity."
"Les FoeresSchioei'er, Anecdo
table, imirci-del'Allemamlde Jie critical deposition of the gont,which, The two ii. others of the name of Schrojjbrovjded it is not regenerated, termi- der, a true Anecdote, imitated from the nates the malady. On these occasions, German of Meissner. 4fiJ*^«.
however painful the patient may feel ,A person employed in one of the himselfjhe has ample occasion for coo- public othces in Berlin, on his death left ^,u,;„rf j,;, widow and several of his children in
a situation approaching to indigence. Two of his sons, both in the public schools, and at the university,'experienced all the privations, joined to many Other of those disagreeable circuin
purgative, which sympathises better wjUi stances which/fall • to tbejm of poor that disease tlHNttheg of JUpore drnsm students; notwithstanding - tab, they
never permitted themselves to be stopped in theVcarter by any nbiUcfes what' s<>ever. The elder divided his application between jurisprudence, wjjeit might prove serviceable to his foMiM|f$iid mathematics, tor which n^Bwelwayi
that he scarcely understood German at ill, and the other, iliac lie did not possess the faculty or rendering himself in the least intelligible to Ins scholars.
It so happened, that; one afternoon, Schrceder having repaired to a little alehouse in order either to appease his thirst, or to'pass away an unhappy hour, three young aitillerists entered linearly at the same tune. They had just It It their tutor, the French prolessnr, and flow sat down at a table next to his.
"It is very haul," exclaims one of them, " that mathematics should be so very difficult of Comprehension \ Here have we been, for several months, trying all in our power to comprehend them, and we are scarcely luither advanced at this moment than we were the fir.it d;iy! But, as you all know, we are most puzzled with that accursed problem which die professor has been demonstrating to us tor the last fortnight I We have tried the utmost in our power to understand liini, and yet without effect! What then shall we do at the examination, which is to take place at the end of six weeks? The prince will not fail to he present, and he does not like to be trilled with; for those who cannot answer the questions put, will be both excluded for ever from advancement, and punished over and above."
The others complained nearly in the same manner; and all lamented their unfortunate situation in such terms, and with such an unfeigned appearance of Sorrow, that it became easy to perceive that a good master was the only thing wanting. Meanwhile, not a single word that parsed escaped the attention of Schru'dcr. At tint, he only amused himself with their sorrows, but in a short tune he was.affected with the embarrassment of ihese unhappy young men; he also began to entertain a presentiment, that an opportunity now offered to under himself useful both to himself uiul to others.
lie accordingly approached the table at which they were silting, and addressed the Cadets as follows:
"[ crave your pardon, gentlemen, for mingling in the conversation, without having the honour of being personally known to you. Hut I must beg leave to observe, that you do great injustice to the mathematics, by condemning that science as too abstruse, for there arc not any ihtficuliies, except when it is taught in an improper manner. As to the
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question about which you are now debating, it is precisely one of the easiest; and provided you but undertake to grant me your attention, I will engage to make you comprehend it in two or three hours.'*
. "In two or three hours !"' exclaims the eldest of the students; " it has been a punishment to us lor the last ten days] It tins, sir, be in your power, we shall not prove ungrateful.'' A dav,hour,and place, were accordingly fixed; the artillerists were punctual to then appoint* mint,and Schrceder commenced his ta-k, explained every dilliculiy, and sent thcin away perfect mailers of the unlucky lesson which had puzzled the whole class! During six weeks the three lans repaired every day to hii little chamber, opposite the .Scotch bastion; they, on their part, listened with attention; he, on his, took pleasure in favouring their progress, anil seconding their good attentions.
Ac length arrived the memorable day, which had formerly inspired so much terror, but was now expected by the three scholars with tranquillity. Tho case was far different on the part of their companions. Out of forty, thirty-seven conducted themselves in a manner to afford great dissatisfaction ; but the tin ee disciples of Schrceder answered every question demanded, and even surpassed the expectations of tlu: officer appointed to examine them.
The prince arising, called them by their respective names, signified his satisfaction in the presence of all, and promised them his especial protection. Then turning around to the others, he became furious, overwhelmed them with reproaches, and terrified i hem with menaces. It was in vain that some attempted t<> justify themselves, by observing, that they were unable to comprehend the professor.
11 You ate hypocrites, as well as idiots," exclaims he. "Haw comes it about that your three companions hare been able to understand hiin ?-—But I shall soon teach you how to bo more attentive and industrious!" His highness proceeded in this manner during ten or twelve minutes, for it was dangerous to contradict him; and yer, notwithstanding this, one of the disciples of Sclirwder could no longer allow his" Companions to labour under an unmerited disgrace. He accordingly advanced, and spoke as follows :—" Nothing can be more flatter, ing to me than the suffrage of your highness! but utfth obliges ma U> confess, 5 A tatt