John Muir


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In liquid drops there is a centre of alt [altitude] arround [around] which the particles arrange themselves. Each seeking the centre, the spherical form is of course the result.

In the manufacture of shot the molten lead is dropped through perforated vessels from heights corresponding to the size of the shot desired. 120 feet is required for the smallest and 10 or 12 for the largest.

The force which causes liquids to rise in small tubes or between surfaces near each other in called capilarity. When a glafs [glass] tube is placed in water if the tube is more than one half inch in diameter the water will not rise perceptibly above the level of the water in which it immersed but [they] [edges] the force of adhesion the water will be drawn up arround [around] on the surface, if however the tube be much smaller than this it

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