Thefe meafures were taken by the {aid princefs and feveral of her at- tendants. This man eats greedily, lleeps well, but dilicharges hiSf/rcer and his urine involuntarily. The firength which he has in his hai-ds is very furpriling, being luch, that it is difiicult for any pcrlim to get loofe from him, when once he holds fall. He is belides quick as to his underllanding, he talks, and has a good memory; feldom or never forgetting what he may have read in books.

Exlraé? of a Letter from Rome t0 M. lVlaty, Ill. D. Sec. R. S. on the extraordinary heat ohfircutd there

this [tr/ifu/nztter. [Read Dec. 15, x76$.]

Rome, Agull 27, i768.

S I remember when Mr. M-—

was here, he feemed defirous

to afcertain the degrees of heat and cold ; I cannot help mentioning the excelfive heat of this fummer, which is much greater than has been known in Rome for many years. Friday, the 19th inllant, the mercury in a well-regulated thermometer according to Fahren- heit’s fcale, expofed at a north window, ‘where there was no fun and very little reflection, ltood from een o’clocl< in the morning until about five in the evening at ninety- nine. About half an hour after fun-let it fell to ninety, and at mid- night was fallen to eighty-five, where it remained all night. This is the hotteli day we have had; but for theft: three weeks pali, at midday the mercury has been always above ninety-four, and at midnight fel» dom under eighty-three, which is the more extraordinary, asI do not


remember to have obfcrvetl any other (ummer above eighty-nine at tniddayi, nor above fevcnty-five at midnight. Notwithlianding this great heat, there never was a more healthy fummer at Rome: all the holpitals are almoll empty.

James Barnes.

Thefbl/artuing account of an cxtraari dirtatyfi/i) cf the eel trihe, which 1/55 authzr call: the Torporljic Eel, i! taken from Mr. Bancroft’: in- genious Eflgl an the Natural Iary hf Guiana, line/J’ fuh/z/hed; and our” canlrrhute to il/u/irate the ‘various atromt: that harve hem given of the Tarp/rein, as we]! a: the theories that hwue hertz efia- h/t/hm’ to account for it: amazing ojleralzons.

‘H I S filh is a native of frefh water, and is molt commonly

found in the river Ejfiqueho, being usually about three feet in length, and twelve inches in circumference near the middle. It is covered with a fmooth fltin, of a bluifh lead c0- lour, very much like that of {hect- lead which has been expoled to the weather, being entirely deliitute of fcales. The head is equal in fize to the largell part of his body, but fomewhat fiat on the upper and lower fides, and its upper lurface is perforated with feveral holes, like thole of a Lamprey eel. The up- per and lower jaws extend an equal diliance, terminating in a lemicir- cular lhape, and forming a wide mouth, without teeth. On the back part of the head are two [mall fins, one 0n each lide, which, like the ears of an horfe, are either elevated or deprelTetl, as the filh is pleafed or difpleafed. From about eight inches below the head the body gradually