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No. -1, SpE.e consequent affluence of each ; ivhen he goes
on to declare :

" But though North America is not yet so rich
as Englanrl, it is much more thriving, and ad-
vanciflg witii much greater rapidity to the fur-
ibrr acqiiisition of riches. The most decisive
mnrk of thf prosperity of any country is the in-
rrea-ie cf the number of its inhabitants. In
Oreat Biit.~iin, and most other European coun-
H-ics, they are not .supposed to double in less
than five hundred years. In the British colo-
nics in .Tvort.h America, it has been found, that
tiity double in twenty or five-and-twenty years.
!\or in the pr.Tsent times is this increase princi-
j: illy owing to the continual miportation of new
i'l! habitant?, but to the great multiplication of
t'.'iC s[)ccios. These who live to old age it
is s.iid, froo'.jer.tiy see there from fifty to a
huiidred, and soraotimfs many more, descend-
acl": from their own body. Labor is there
^o well rewarded, that a numerous family
p"ly the remedy, as described above,
immediately"; which he did, and in few minutes,
while rubbing the wound with the mixture, the
pain began to abate, and in a few minutes after-
wards ceased altogether, and never troubled him
again, — a perfect cure being produced by a sin-
gle application of the remedy. This being the
case, there can be no doubt the same remedy
would cure the sting of a bee, and that of all
other insect^. From the above facts it is reason-
able to infer, that the appliction of chalk would
be efficacious in the bite of vipers, and of other
snakes ; possibly even of those whose bite is ge-
nerally, if not always, mortal ; but in these cases
the powdered chalk should be ai)plied dry, in-
stantly after the bite, and pressed into the wound,
then w iped or washed off, and frexh chalk appli-
ed immediately in the like manner; and these
operations to be repeated successively for some
time, with a view of absorbing or neutralizing all
the venom injected into the wound by the bite.
If it be the bite of a snake, whose bite is known
to be mortal, it v.ould be advisable, immediately
after t^e above-mentioned operations, to cut the
wound out with a knife, or apply the actual cau-
rerij,nnii renew the applications of dry powder-
ed chalk, subjecting the wound afterwards to
surgical treatment.

It would be prudent to treat the bite of a mad-
dog exactly in the same manner as described
above for that of a snake, whose bite is mortal,
with this addition — apply the dry powdered
chalk daily to the wound, and wash it by pour-
ing water" (the colder the better) out of the
spout of a tea-kettle upon it, relilling the kettle,
and emjitying it in this manner upon the wound
for the space of an hour every day tor a month,
in order to wash every remaining particle of
venom out of the wound, which should be kept
open as long as the surgeon deems expedient.
Allcnon, July 14, 1ft 18.

P. S. Persons in bot c'imatps, where snakes are
numerous, should constantly keep a little powdered
cbalk iu tlicir pockets.

iraens exliiliitcd shew, when ciif, flie f.it and tli.>
lean ol' tlio several kiuils dT meat, almost ss (vehU
as wlicn newly killed, and tliu laste is purtieulurly

The importance and value of salt as an infmduo-
tion into food, becomes continually moit! evidcni.
as its medical properties are rendered mure distiutt;
and fully known. .Amontr other salubrious virtues,
may be mentioned !(•» ?utiielminthic (woiin di-slroy-
ing) properties which have been rendered very ev-
ident by the nuhlicalion of some late cases. It «(i-
peari, that whenever salt is denied to the h>iman
hcin^, diseases of the stomach are g^oneral, and.
that worms are eng;endcrcd in the body ; and in one
instance where a person, from aversion to thai suli-
stance, had refused il either in food or in :.ny oihcr
form, they appear to have been the conscijucnce, anil
remained for many years. In Ireland, salt i^ a
well known remedy for bots in the horse ; and a-
mong- the poor people a dose of common salt :s e»-
tcemed a cure for worms.


A young lady in France had the fatal hal)it of
cleaning her ears with pins ; a trilling humour
was the result, which terminated lately in a
cancer. The brass and quicksilver used in (he
preparation of f

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