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DOMESTIC MOTORS.

might appear a mere feather-head. But those who have read his more serious works will have discerned in him a vein of deep poetic pathos. I hardly know anything finer than the apostrophe in which he turns from those

 "That bid you balk

 A Sunday walk,

And shun God's work as you should shun your own"—

to the description of what Sunday might be, and is, to him who is competent to enjoy it aright:

"Thrice blessed, rather, is the man, with whom

The gracious prodigality of nature,
The balm, the bliss, the beauty, and the bloom.
The bounteous providence in every feature,
Recall the good Creator to his creature,
Making all earth a fane, all heaven its dome!
To his tuned spirit the wild heatlier-bells
 Ring Sabbath knells;
The jubilate of the soaring lark
 Is chant of clerk;
For choir, the thrush and the gregarious linnet;
The sod's a cushion for his pious want;
And, consecrated by the heaven within it,
 The sky-blue pool, a font.
Each cloud-capped mountain is a holy altar;
 An organ breathes in every grove ;
 And the full heart's a Psalter,

Rich in deep hymns of gratitude and love!"

Nineteenth Century. 

 
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DOMESTIC MOTORS.
By CHARLES M. LUNGREN.
II.—STEAM AND HOT-AIR ENGINES.

SMALL steam-engines of from two to ten horse-power are made by a number of engine-builders, and are quite extensively used. They are of varied excellence, like those of larger size, and are well enough known to need no description here. Those of powers of one horse and under suitable for use in the household, for amateurs, etc., are, however, comparatively rare. The danger of explosion, and the requirement of skilled attendants, which in cities the law in consequence imposes, have operated to prevent their use; while, on account of the but little greater cost of the larger and more serviceable machines, makers have preferred to construct the latter. Some of these small engines are, however, made, two of the best designs of which, the invention of Mr. H. S. Maxim, are shown in Figs. 4 and 5. The one illustrated in