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of the world, to send, to the Committees, descriptions of the articles which they are willing to send to the Exhibition. A very great number of persons, from all parts of Great Britain, France, Germany, other European Nations, America, and elsewhere, have arranged to send articles to the Exhibition. Such a collection, of natural products, and of curiosities produced by mechanical ingenuity, as will be thus brought together, we believe, has never yet been witnessed in any age or country.
For the reception of the immense number of specimens that will be thus collected, the erection of a very extensive building was requisite. Such a building is now in progress, and will soon be completed. We have visited the spot on which it is being erected; and were greatly surprised at its vast extent, simplicity of arrangement, and grand appearance.
The site of the building is in Hyde Park, near the western end of Knightsbridge barracks; and is not far from the Serpentine River and Kensington Gardens. Its length will be one thousand eight hundred and forty-eight feet ; its width four hundred and eight; with an addition on the north side, nine hundred and thirty-six feet long, and fortyeight feet wide. Near the centre is a transept seventy-two feet wide, with a roof in the form of a half-circle ; the top of which is one hundred and eight feet high. On each side of the transept, the building is in the form shown at the end of our engraving. The centre is 66 feet high ; two parts of the roof on each side of the centre are fortyfour feet high, and the outer sides twenty-four feet high. The floor of the building will cover 752,832 superficial feet; and the floors of the galleries will contain 102,528 feet. Nearly all the covering of the building will be formed of glass, laid in narrow frames. The building will have 900,000 superficial feet of glass. There will be 3,230 iron columns; 2,224 iron girders ; 1,128 intermediate bearers ; 358 trusses for supporting the roof; 44 miles of gutters for carrying water to the columns, which are hollow, and serve as waterpipes; and 202 miles of sash bars. The circular part of the roof of the transept will be an immense mass of glass ; the roots on each side of the transept consist of ridges and valleys of eight feet span; and the top of the building will be ornamented with flags
The building, when completed, will be a splendid structure, covering 21 acres of ground. Galleries will run the whole length of the building. The glass in the roofs, and on the south side, will be covered with canvass or calico. Thus, the glass will be protected against damage from hailstone; and the air in the interior will be kept cool. Arrangements are made for properly ventilating the building, by letting in fresh air at the bottom, and by the escape of the corrupted air at the top of the building.
The plan of this wonderful building was designed by Mr. Paxton, who superintends, the extensive works conDected with gardening, for the Duke of Devonshire. Mr. Paxton did not think of making a plan for the Exhibition building until a few days before the expiration of the time for laying plans before the Committee. It was proposed by some persons to erect the building with brick walls. This yr. Paxton thought to be very objectionable, on Eccount of the great expense which it would occasion, and the time which would be required for its erection. In nine days after he determined to set about making a plan, he had all his drawings ready, and sent them in to the Committee.
Although the cost of this building will be very much less than a brick edifice would have been, it will, from its great dimensions, cost a large sum of money. The contract for its erection has been taken by Messrs. Fox and Henderson, at the sum of £79,800; they being also entitled to remove the whole of the materials after the Exhibition, and to dispose of them for their own benefit; and to receive the sum of £150,000, instead of the before-named sum, if the building be permanently retained by the Committee,
It is expected, that persons from all parts of the world will, in great multitudes, visit London to see the Great Exhibition. It is expected that the Metropolis will be so full from the next month of May, and during the summer months, that lodging accommodation will be very scarce and dear. The Glass Palace and the Exhibition will, no doubt, be well worth seeing ; but all the wondrous things which will there be seen, will be unworthy of comparison with the glories of heaven. Many of our readers will not be able to see the Great Exhibition in Hyde Park, London ; but this they need not very much regret. “The eye is never satisfied with seeing, nor the ear with hearing." All the things of earth are unsatisfactory. All our readers may, however, after a short time, see the unspeakable glories of heaven. These will satisfy the soul; these will not pass away; they will last eternally, and retain undiminished beauty; filling the souls of those who have believed in Christ, our glorious Redeemer, with rapturous joys for ever. As then our readers desire to enjoy this happiness, we earnestly entreat them to fear and love God, to believe in and serve Christ who died for them. One moment's view of Christ in heaven, will be worth more than to see all the wonders which can be seen on earth!
HILLEL; OR, THE TRIAL OF TEMPER. The following Talmudic Narrative, with the comment accompanying it, will serve to show the advantages and felicity of a temper unruffled by the little petty annoyances and artful provocations which continually try the dispositions of men. Some individuals are prepared for great evils—they have fortitude for the heavy trial which they can see before them,—but are easily overcome with unexpected trifles. A slight touch like a lucifer-match sets their temper all on fire; and though the blaze expires as soon as kindled, yet is it destructive of peace, and leaves its sad effects behind. The temper of the soul is like a garrison which needs a watchful defence. We may be sufficiently on our guard against an expected attack, but a sudden and apparently insignificant sally of the enemy, at an unexpected point of attack, may overcome us unawares.
“Every man should strive to become as patient and forbearing as Hillel, to whom the following fact occurred :
Two men, discoursing on the variety of human dispositions, and the probable extent of forbearance, had a dispute respecting Hillel. The one maintained, that it was impossible to irritate or provoke him sufficiently to make him lose his temper: the other, on the contrary, asserted, that not only was it possible, but that he himself would undertake so to work upon Hillel's patience as to force him into ill temper. The result of their dispute was a wager of four hundred gold pieces, which each of them staked : and the challenger prepared himself to obtain an immediate decision. It was the eve of the Sabbath : Hillel was in the act of performing his ablutions, when a man knocked at his gate, and in breathless haste inquired, Is Hillel within ? I must see him immediately.' Hillel arose prepared to receive his visitor, wrapped himself in his mantle, and went forth to meet him. What is thy wish, my son?' was his greeting. The other replied, 'I have a question to put to thee.' 'Do so, my son,' said Hillel. •Why have the Babylonians round heads?' said the inquirer. Indeed, my son,' replied Hillel, 'thy question is one of great importance: The reply thereto is, Because their doctors are not skilful!' The man expressed thankfulness, and departed, and Hillel returned to his former task: but scarcely had he commenced his immersion, ere another knock was hcard at his gate, followed by the exclamation, 'Is Hillel within ? Is Hillel within ?' Again Hillel hastened to prepare himself, wrapped his mantle around him and came forth. What is thy wish, my son ?' enquired he. “I fain would ask thee a question,' replied the other. “Do so, and I will answer thee,' said Hillel. Then, tell me, pray, why have the Thermudians round eyes?' •Really, my son,' replied Hillel, this question is most important: The answer is, because they live among the sands, and would be more exposed to pain and suffering from grains of sand blown into their eyes, if the shape were oval, than they are at present, as the shape is round.' Again the man thanked him and withdrew, and Hillel returned to his chamber, to resume the occupation in which he had been twice interrupted. Some little time elapsed, and Hillel had just become settled in his bath, when
once more a knock resounded at his gate, and · Is Hillel within ?' was demanded with greater urgency than before. Once more Hillel, enveloped in his mantle, went forth to meet the clamorous intruder. What is thy wish, my son?" he again inquired, with friendly voice: *If thou wilt permit me, I would require an answer to a question,' said the stranger. Thou shall have it, my son,' replied Hillel. “Why, then, tell me, I pray thee, have the Africans broad feet? “This is an important question, my son,' said Hillel ;
the answer is, because they live amongst bogs and quag. mires; and the broader their feet are, the less risk they run of sinking in these bogs.'• I have several other questions to which I would solicit thy replies,' said the man; • but I fear thou wilt be angry at my intruding on thy time.' Not in the least,' replied Hillel, adjusting his mantle, and seating himself, whatsoever thou hast to ask I will hear, and endeavour to answer.' The stranger began : "Art thou Hillel, that is styled the prince of Israel!' Yes!' was the reply. "If thou art he,' continued the man, then I wish the like of thee may never again be found in Israel!'
Why so, my son P' said Hillel. Because, through thee, I lose four hundred gold pieces,' replicd the man. “Thou must in future be more prudent,' answered the sage: Hillel is well worthy that such a sum should be lost on him ; but not for twice as much would he lose his temper.'
“ We cannot forbear," says the Jewith commentator on this narrative, “noticing, not only the model of unequalled patience with which this anecdote makes us acquainted, but likewise the wisdom of holding it up to us as a perfect lesson of that useful virtue. Had the man accosted Hillel rudely, struck him a blow, his forbearance would not have been extraordinary; as he who had taken upon himself to practise patience, would in that case, by the very nature of the trial to which his temper was subjected, be reminded of the rules of conduct he had laid down to himself, and his patience would lose its merit, as it was summoned to meet the occasion. But he who undertook to provoke Hillel was a better judge of human nature, and calculated his chance of success with greater accuracy than to leave room