RECORD: 'A discursive'. 1866. Cut or uncut. Athenaeum (22 December): 848.

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[page] 848

MISCELLANEA

Cut or Uncut.—"A Great Reader," in your last, asks for much; although, without irony, I wish he may get it. In demanding "books and periodicals ready cut," he invites booksellers to relinquish an obvious advantage, in palpable evidence of newness, which they are not likely to relinquish in deference to any such abstraction of civilization. Let us rather "go in" for the compromise exemplified in an early issue of the Handy Shakspeare, but sine (quoad my experience) abandoned. Give us a clean shave of lateral edges, leaving the needful test—and less than half of the present obstacle—at top. My humble benison on him who shall first lay down such rule, and—stick to it.

A DISCURSIVE.

 

Lunar Observations.—It may interest your readers to know at once that there is confirmation of Herr Schmidt's observation on the Lunar Crater Linné, alluded to in the Athenœum of December 8, in connexion with the labours of the Moon Committee of the British Association. On Thursday evening, December 13th, I spent a couple of hours with Mr. Birt and Mr. Talmage at Mr. Gurney Barclay's Observatory at Leyton, examining the spot with Mr. Barclay's very fine telescope of 10 inches aperture. During this time the moon was constantly covered by a fine veil of cloud; but Bessel and its shadows were very distinctly visible. No trace of Linné to be seen. Our impression was that Linné ought certainly to be visible under the circumstances, which allowed such very distinct observation of the neighbouring Bessel. I have this morning a note from Mr. Talmage to inform me that after Mr. Birt and myself had left the Observatory, under the impression that all further chance of observation was gone, the clouds suddenly cleared quite away, giving him an unexceptionable opportunity of examination. He then found that a spot he had previously taken for Linné was Sulpicius Gallus, and that no trace of Linné was visible, but that where it should be there was a faint circular cloud-like spot ("petit nuage blanchâtre" of Herr Schmidt). Mr. Talmage was enabled carefully to verify the fact that the "cloud" occupies the exact position that the crater Linné should hold.

ROBERT JAMES MANN, M.D.

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Watts, Alaric A.
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