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4. Line thus traversed, signify good The forego'ng Figure explained. parentage, but crolling downward de.

note incest. 1. The natural line not constituting 3. Clearly cutting as xx, denotes fathe angle, but coupled with two lines, crilege. fews a liberality against the person's 6. The liver-line failing and discon. will; for the defect of some duty or tinued, shews barrenness, unless it conpayment, but being cross-cut by other stitute a fanguine complexion. two lines, denotes envy and oppression The line forked toward the mid. from adversaries.

dle-finger, shews the party to be dou2. Denotes the person perfidious, a ble-faced, and not conitant ; but if thief, and poor; and the deeper they both the branches point at the fore-finare, the more sure the prediction. ger, it denotes hard labour and for.

3. An eminent and excellent wit, but being cut cross, an impediment of 8. Quarrels with vulgar people. wit.

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379 many wives, but when croft, they pre- the person will sufer much pain from dict a fingle life.

the colic, 10. Quarrels with priests.

13. To represent Aquarius in the 11. More gross than ordinary, and laft joint of the finger, is danger of the party ungrateful.

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Aphorisms rendering the sense of the Figure lines be abrupt, broken off, or impedie on the opposite Page.

ted. As for example, if the line of

life be abrupt and impedited, the fifter The fifters of the three lines moftcom. thereof, which is called the line of monly fignify good; and as they the ra. Mars, or of death, continued or joined ther confirm the significations of the prin. thereto, preferves the person from death, cipal line, so they help and supply the which otherwise was fignified by the defects thereof, as if any of the four vital line.

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Secrets of Albertus. There is often a double line which it inclining toward the table line, deaccompanies the vital line interior from notes short life. the trine in the hand, exterior from the 9. Such a sign in the triangle, dis. mount of the thumb.

covers a treacherous, lying, wicked per. This by its proper signification de son, who will be punished for her de. notes most wicked luxury, and riches, nierits. according to the length and position 10. The sister of the line of life, apthereof.

pearing in the hollow of the band, 1. Cross lines, and little appearing, with a cross interfecting the lines, denote theft.

threatens the person with a fall from on 2. The girdle of Venus, whole or high to his great prejudice. divided, cutting the lines of h, H, or 11. The supreme angle not joined, the Sun, hinder prosperity.

and if a semicircle cut it, beholding the 3. The table-line divided at the thumb, prediéts loss, or hurt of the fora-finger, predicts wounds in the eye. forehead.

12. Such a character near the nail 4. From the beginning of the na- of the thumb, indicates a thief. tural line towards the fore finger, inti- 13. The interior and exterior line, mates faithfulness and hone!ty. making a circle in the second joint of

5. The line of life inclining near the the thumb, denotes hanging. end as a half circle, denotes pain and 14. A line from the waist, extending grief of heart.

between the finger of the Sun and Mer6. The table line, like as it were cury, predicts good fortune. chains, deno:es death in a strange coun. 15. The right angle or left, appear. try.

ing evil or blunt, denotes a rude, wild, 7. A cross in th & Quadrangle be- ' and wandering brain. tween the Sun and Mars, fignifies. 16. Lines scattered by the wrist, Jabour, pains, and care for defending and cutting themselves, shews a wicked perpreserving one's degrees and honours. fon, and an evil death.- See fore

8. The natural line divided, part of gaing Figure, Page 379.

ALBERTUS'S SECRETS OF NATURE.

(Continued from Page 348.)

OF THE EMBRYO.

losophers and Physicians, particularly the latter, because the Stagyrite did not

· suppose, that the seed of the male, ALBERTUS, after having obser- formed any part of the substance of the ved that man, as formed of corruptible' fætus, which owęs its subftance to the materials, cannot exist beyond a cer- menstrua, as is contended for by him; tain period, adverts to the means whereas the sperma, in his opinion, granted him of continuing his species evaporates. This doctrine is refuted by propagation, and next proceeds to by the medical fraternity, who hold, an inveftigation of those means, be, that the sexes jointly contribute to its ginning with the Embryo.

exiflence. Some indeed there are who Every human being generated accord- maintain, that the sperma is, to the mening 'to the ordinary course, says he, is ftrua, as the artificer to the work; as a the effect of two immediate causes, carpenter, for instance, who is the efyiz.. the fferm of cne sex, and the ficient causes, is with regard to the menstrua of the other, conformably house he builds, which is the effect; to the invariable opinion of most Phi- and that as he disposes and arranges the

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381 materials towards the formation of the fuors peculiar to the fex. · Besides édifice, so does the sperm crerate on the what has been just advanced, it is to menstrua toivards the configuration of be observed, that if the emission be nor the creature. This argument they sup- correspondent, no conception takes port by observing, that if the male hap- place; again, what as effectually prepen to be infirin and unhealthy, the vents it, is the crude, irdigelted itate debility is transferred to the offspring; of the seminal matter, and its not consequently, like the artificer, he is being fufficiently hot. For this reathe efficient cause; inasmuch as he al- son those who copulate but seldom ters the menflrua of the female.

effect an impregnation sooneft, being In refutation of the above arguinent, very hot. chusargues the Phylician-It is evident The tenaciousnefs of the matrix, that the male is formed of fuperior Avicenna observes, is partly owing to matter; besides that it incorporates with its reluctance to loe any particle of the the menstrua, cannot be renied, con- warm moisture committed to it: the fidering the striking resemblance in fame author accounting for a higher the progeny, to the male parent, not degree of pleasure enjoyed by the feonly in icx, but feature and com- male in the act of coition, fays, it arises plexion. To which they add, that in from that fex's einitting and receiving, the feed of the male is a generative in lieu of the substance emitted. quality which pervades the whole mass The question has been flarted, of which the embryo is composed, to whether it were poftible to contribute which they tell us is owing the forma- to propagation, after the lofs of the tion of the different members,

cfticuli: which has been answered in Now the Philosopher above men- the negative, the feminal vesels being tioned, in particular feems to think requisite for that purpose. Yet inthat the fperm exhales like a vapour, stances have been known of males genbeing affected by the heat; which, says erating notwithstanding this defect, he, muft appear incontestible if the which is sanctioned by the authority matrix can be proved to be porous, and of Albertus, who fays, it is very postthat it can, admits of no doubt, since ble, since all that is neceffary is an by means of the pores, the infant re- ability to emit, and this fome have ceives nutrition. As a farther proof, heen known to do, though not fo well. it is said, the matrix is a skin or mem. Nay, though the fperma fiould have brane; now every kin is certainly pro. fallen to the ground, could it be convided with pores, otherwise there veyed to the matrix, it is not improbawould be no such thing as perspira- ble that the end Inight be attained. tion; the contrary of which is mani- Our author on this occasion inen. feft.

tions a circumstance that had fallcn The next thing to be considered, within his knowledge, and that is of a says Albertus, is the admission of the female's being impregnated in a warın feminal subftance into the receptacle bath in the prelence of a male, who designed by nature for that purpose. Ipermatised, though not in contact with An emission at one and the same time him; which he supposes was effected on the part of both sexes, is necessary by the attractive power, of the vulya, to conception, whereby the two fub. affilted by the vigour of the sperm, stances are blended into one, and form no part of which had time to exhale. a coalition in the matrix prepared for. The inenflrua in wonen, continues their reception; after which it closes; he, are formed of the superfluous aliand such is the adhesion of the parts, ments which are not converted into thar nio particle of what has been there any other substance. The famç may deposited, is liable to be loit, which be said of the sperma in the oppolite likewise puts a top to the periodical fea. This flow begins at the age of

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The Augur. twelve sometimes, but more frequently as, on the contrary, such as are from at thirteen years; not uniformly visit- choice, or necessity, habituated to grosing all at the same period of life, and fer diet, communicate a proportionable time; some having the complaint at grossness to the menstrua. The pe. the return of the new moon, others not riods at which they are supposed to com. so soon. St has been alked, why men mence and cease, are noticed in a disa are not subject to this discharge! and rich* by our author, the pain accom. the reason afligned for it was, that the panying the periodical return of this feminal moisture in them being of a complaint, is compensated for by the more fabıle substance, nature, instead

advantages that result therefrom to the of being able to throw. it off readily, sex, as thereby they are eafed of the reseems industrious to preserve it for the dundant moisture, which would other. purpose of generation. Should it be wise become grofs humours, and affect asked why urine, excrement, or sweat the whole system, particularly the head, are not regulated by the moon, like and of consequence the understanding, the menftrua? the answer is, that which suffers more or less previous to the former arising from a daily super- the afflux. At this time, women are fuity of food, call for daily evacuation; observed to be under a stupor, lofing young women being provided with a much of their natural vivacity and greater degree of moisture than those quicknels of apprehension. of a more advanced age, experience a return of their complaint in the begini * Adde decem ternis, mulierum menftrua ning of the month, and much sooner * cernis, than the elderly, it being natural that Ad quinquaginta, durat purgatio tanta. the greater the redundancy, the sooner it requires to be discharged. Black

At stated periods, froin thirteen women are lefs subject to it than white;

The sickly fernale's tell-tale mien and the more high-seasoned the food An index of her pain appears, they usually live upon is, the more fub- Till the has counted fifty years. tle in proportion will be the menstrua;

( To be continued.)

ENOLISHED.

THE AUGUR. NO VI.

kinds, now fill the air and rise in the I Have the happiness to reficct, that atmofphere of this Magazine. I have now little inore to do in clearing To those surviving this slaughter, ground; a sufficiency of combuilible' hall under this head of AUGURY prehas already been applied, all the objects fent a few initances of the sympathics of burning have been thrown on the of things. lighted fire, and will, as the fire catches It is well known, that in the morn. them, perish. It is of no use therefore ing of Admiral Byng's execution, the to pariicularize there is no farther oc- Ramillies, wherein his, fiag had been casion to talk of the do...d Leopold and hoilied, broke her mooring chain, and Gustaff and the gang of kings, “ whom rode by her bridle. It blew a heary Hell is now moved to meet at their com- gale; and so it does at alınost every great ing." The cinders of newspapers, of martial death, as Oliver Cromwell's, for the emigrants o! FRANCE, and the instance. But why did not the wind guelts of other countries; of lawyers, of drive any other ship from the moorings politicians, of ministers of God, of adul. or why did it not break the bridle? B; terers, of atheists, of mathematicians, these questions I do not mean to deny of fools of all kinds, and knaves of all natural causes, but I mean to give fp;

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