Niepce, a Frenchman, discovered "actinism," that power in the sun's rays which produces a chemical effect; that granite rocks, and stone
structures, and statues of metal "are all alike destructively acted upon during the hours of sunshine, and, but for provisions of Nature no less wonderful, would soon perish under the delicate touch of the most subtle of the agencies of the universe.
Then I gave public notice by herald and trumpet that I should be busy with affairs of state for a fortnight, but about the end of that time I would take a moment's leisure and blow up Merlin's stone
tower by fires from heaven; in the meantime, whoso listened to evil re- ports about me, let him beware.
So I brought stones
and piled them up till I could reach him; then I lifted him down, for he was very light, being but skin and bones.
For, with respect to that part of the earth over which the monarch presides, the stone
is endued at one of its sides with an attractive power, and at the other with a repulsive.
The aperture of the rock had been closed with stones
, then this stucco had been applied, and painted to imitate granite.
Thus the energy developed by good fighting men is as the momentum of a round stone
rolled down a mountain thousands of feet in height.
The dimensions of these, however, as well as of the stones
composing them, are comparatively small: but there are other and larger erections of a similar description comprising the 'morais', or burying grounds, and festival-places, in nearly all the valleys of the island.
At that moment the man with the feathers ceased to gesticulate, and, with his hands placed upon his knees, was following, half-bent, the effort of six workmen to raise a block of hewn stone
to the top of a piece of timber destined to support that stone
, so that the cord of the crane might be passed under it.
Now,' said the grinder, as he gave him a common rough stone
that lay by his side, 'this is a most capital stone
; do but work it well enough, and you can make an old nail cut with it.
Presently the night wind died out, and the quivering little pools in the cup-like hollows of the stones
It was a desert, weed-grown waste, littered thickly with stones
the size of a man's fist.
The bright stones
that ye will see were dug out of the pit over which the Silent Ones are set, and stored here, I know not by whom, for that was done longer ago than even I remember.
And when one observes that this mode of expression is not only the most conservative, but also the most simple, the most convenient, the most practicable for all; when one reflects that it does not drag after it bulky baggage, and does not set in motion a heavy apparatus; when one compares thought forced, in order to transform itself into an edifice, to put in motion four or five other arts and tons of gold, a whole mountain of stones
, a whole forest of timber-work, a whole nation of workmen; when one compares it to the thought which becomes a book, and for which a little paper, a little ink, and a pen suffice,--how can one be surprised that human intelligence should have quitted architecture for printing?
Why did you wickedly and viciously send the Rain of Stones
to crack and break our houses?
Nearly all were cut, and from these he gathered a handful and filled the pouch which dangled at his side--the uncut stones
he tossed back into the chests.