Report Upon the Condition and Progress of the U.S. National Museum During the Year Ending June 30 ...

U.S. Government Printing Office, 1902

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Page 533 - And immediately I was in the Spirit ; and behold, a throne was set in heaven, and one sat on the throne : and he that sat was to look upon like a jasper and a sardine stone : and there was a rainbow round about the throne, in sight like unto an emerald.
Page 540 - My meat shall all come in, in Indian shells, Dishes of agate, set in gold, and studded With emeralds, sapphires, hyacinths, and rubies, The tongues of carps, dormice, and camels...
Page 363 - The feng or phœnix is, ho says, "a fabulous bird of wondrous form and mystic nature, the second amongst the four supernatural creatures. Very early legends narrated that this bird made its appearance as a presage of the advent of virtuous rulers, whose presence it also graced as an emblem of their auspicious government. One writer describes it as having the head of a pheasant, the beak of a swallow, the neck of a tortoise and the outward semblance of a dragon ; to which another version adds the...
Page 537 - Who first beholds the light of day In spring's sweet, flowery month of May And wears an Emerald all her life, Shall be a loved and happy wife.
Page 552 - The particulars be these. Granatus, a precious stone so called, because it is like the kernels of a pomegranate, an imperfect kind of ruby, it comes from Calecut ; 4 " if hung about the neck, or taken in drink, it much resisteth sorrow, and recreates the heart.
Page 349 - These pots are valued at from 100 florins to as much as 3,000 florins (87. to 2407.) each, according to size, pattern, and above all, old age combined with good condition. According to the native legend, these precious vases are made of the remnants of the same clay from which " Mahatara " (the Almighty) made first the sun, and then the moon.
Page 7 - It is a museum of research, which aims to make its contents serve in the highest degree as a stimulus to inquiry and a foundation for scientific investigation.
Page 368 - the weird being begged a livelihood in the streets, waving a wand aloft and chanting a doggerel verse denunciatory of fleeting life and its delusive pleasures.
Page 226 - The length is 18 feet; thickest in the renter, where it is joined together, and tapering thence to both ends. To be used, the staff is inserted into the barbed head, and the end of the lanyard made fast to a buoy, which is simply a seal skin taken from the animal whole, the hair being left inward. The apertures of the head, feet, and tail are tied up air-tight, and the skin is inflated like a bladder.
Page 547 - Mandeville held that in order to secure the greatest good from a diamond it should be worn on the left side: For it is of greater virtue than on the right side; for the strength of their growing is toward the north, that is the left side of the world, and the left part of a man is when he turns his face toward the east.

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