Daily Southern Cross, Volume VI, Issue 454, 4 November 1851, Page 4
On the OaiaiN op the Forces which have been Employed in the Manufacture op Articles Exhibited. (From the Illustrated London Newt ) As a prelude to our description of the various mechanical and chemical applications which the Great Exhibition so abundantly contains, it appeared desirable that a short notice should be given of the principles which regulate the production of the forces which are employed by mankind in the numerous manufactures j it is the exclusive privilege of the human race to generate these forces; and although other animals may exercise enormous 'muscular force, or generate electricity or light within their own frame ; man alone can make the candles, the battery, the steam engine, and employ them to obtain the desired results. In the production of all these forces, one uniform la,w is observed, which the philosopher and the mechanic must explicitly obey, for every effect must h'ave its antecedent equivalent cause ; or, in other words, the most trifling operation is always preceded by some other
The Celestial Palace. — A private view of the Chinese lady and her suite, lately arrived in England, was given to a select party of ladies and gentlemen, assembled in the above building, lately erected in Knightsbridge, as a Chinese exhibition. The fair offspring of the flowery land excited considerable attention and admiration from her amiable manners and personal charms.
Sbe exhibits in a striking degree the characteristic of the Chinese ladies ; her features are small, somewhat intellectual, and her olive skin, and almond eyes, form a tout ensemble which cannot fail to interest the spectator. Her name is Pwan-ye-koo, and she appears to belong to the higher class of females, judging from the small size of her feet, which it was stated did not exceed in length, two inches and a half. With much taste she sang a Chinese love song, accompanying herself upon the "pepa," an instrument resembling the lute. She is but 18 years of age, and appears in good health and spirits. In her suite are Wmusieal performer, an interpreter, a f female domestic, and three children, the names of wh6m are respectively Loochune Ashoue, Lumaccum Ainory, and Munching. The children are the son and daughters of the musical professor, and seemed to be much amused and pleased by the attentions bestowed upon them by the company. The boy's dress is extremely peculiar; from either of his shoulders project long reeds, the ends of which are painted red, and these were affixed, the interpreter stated, for the purpose of giving him the appearance «f "a little cupid." The interpreter understands English perfectly, although he speaks that tongue with slight difficulty. - The musical professor plays upon a species of violin, which" emits harsh and discordant sounds enough, but which seemed to give the performer the greatest possible gratification, if we might judge from the expression of satisfaction which appeared on his countenance while performing. At the retirement of the musical performance, the Chinese retired to the refreshment room, where an excellent collation had been provided for them, and it is due to their celestial stomachs to state, that they did ample justice to the good John Bull fare spread in amplitude before them. It may be safely augured that the Chinese lady and her suite will become objects of great attraction at the Celestial Palace. — London News.
Englishman is touched in the only way in which he can be. Everybody who possesses five shillings, carries " To Hyde Park" on his face. Gne wonders where they get all their vehicles. The cabmen, who are here proverbial for anything but honesty, are reaping a golden harvest. " Busses" are diverted from their usual destination, and forced into the track of the Crystal Palace. Shop windows blaze with "Exhibition Cravats," "Chapaux a TExpositon," and "jHyde Park Shoes." Those who are not rich, or adventurous enough to have bought a season ticket, and wait till the universal "shilling" opens it to them, take their pilgrimage at every spare hour to feast their eyes, to excite their hopes, or to heighten tantalizing delay, till they can rush past the glass barrier, and gaze upon the scene all the world is talking about. The excitement is not of a merely vulgar or outward kind. It is deep thought that fills the mind of peer and populace. The first step in the world's common advancement has been made : all are looking for results. For the first* time the audience goess behind the scenes to see what Labour has been doing. The artizan from the East knocks at the door of him of the western world, peeps curionsly at his performance, and shows his own handiwork. The labourer of the South walks into 1 the workshop of the North, and inquires how his products have been converted into comforts and luxuries. v It is difficult to tell how far the hopes of the originators will be realized, or whether this concentration of thought and skill will contribute to that social progress so much needed on this side of the Atlantic — for, alas, in contrast to this splendid picture, there is a miserable reverse. Advanced as England is in her intellectual march, she is fearfully behind in her moral position. The more I see of this London the more I pity the helpless wretches who compose more than one-half of its population. We, in our beloved country, do not know what poverty is. The hungry look. of the artiza — the women, working eighteen hours a day, and yet starving — the crawling, crippled, blind unfortunates in loathsome rags, or with the signs of even yet more repulsive vice, here stop one at almost every turning. There is some satisfaction in the thought that everybody is beginning to be awakened to this state of things. lam told, on all hands, the people are moving, and that the Chartists, or Socialists, will find it even out of their power to direct the rising storm. In a land where every sixth or seventh man is a pauper, and where the two or three immediately above him out of that six or seven, are little better, we must look to this as a last and inevitable result.