A BRONZE STATUE.—A very fine bronze ! statue of De Witt Clinton has been on exh i- j bition at our City Hall during the past week. It was continually surrounded with a crowd of admirers from the moment it was erected on its pedestal. The statue is 10 feet high j and the pedestal 8J, making the altitude 19 j feet. The artist is H. K. Brown, of Brook- j lyn, N. Y., who has done honor to himself and the art by this noble work. We do not like to see huge statues on low pedestals, but this work is so majestic, there is so much spirit in the whole, the face being truly fine ; so much thought and genius sitting on the brow, fire in the eye, and bold determination in the firm compressed lips, that it at once commands and rivets admiration. The dress is the old-fashioned short clothes—knee-breeches, long stockings, and slippers, with the folds of a mantle gracefully swelling around it. The casting was done at Ames' foundry at Chicopee, Mass., and does credit to those engaged in the minor manipulations. We wish that our citizens would erect such a statue to Robert Fulton ; we like such testimonials to the memory of departed worthies far better than tall shafts or huge piles of masonry. This work to the memory of Clinton, we believe, is strictly private ; this is no credit to the people of this State, nor this great city, which has been so greatly benefitted by that work of which he was the chief promotor— the Erie Canal—which united the Atlantic Ocean and Lake Erie together. It was hoped by many that the people of this State, or those of Albany city, would have at one time erected a public monument over his grave, but there did not appear to be enough of spirit or gratitude in the people to do this ; hence his remains were removed by his relatives, a few years ago, and interred in Greenwood, in the family burial plot, where this noble work ot H. K Brown's genius is to be erected, and which will remain for centuries to let future generations know where De Witt Clinton sleeps. CURING SMALL POX.—Dr. A. Kendall, of this city, has advertised in the " Times," that he can cure small pox in two or three days, and that he is willing to go into any Hospital along with Commissioners appointed for that purpose, and prove what he asserts he can do to their satisfaction. He also says that he can learn any person to do what he does, in the course of a few hours. Let the skill of Dr. Kendall be tested in some one ot our Hospitals, under Commissioners appointed by the City Fathers. HATS AMI TABLES MOVING.—By the late news from Europe, it seems that the table moving is exciting a most extraordinary amount of attention both in Germany and France. Jules Jannin has written a wonderful article on the subject, and three members of the Academy of Sciences have published an account of several successful experiments of table moving made by them. It is stated that a circle was formed on a hat, and it soon began to spin round like a top. It is also asserted that some students in a medical college in Germany, formed the circle with a maniken, and it soon began to move and spin round, and at last made the experimenters take leg bail for their impertinence. This latter story, arid that about the hat, however, need confirmation, but there can be no doubt but that many people in Paris are now convinced from the table movings, that perpetual motion has at last been discovered. CHURCH STRUCK WITH LIGHTNING.—On Sunday, the 22nd inst., the Congregational Church at Lockport, N. Y., was struck by lightning during divine service, and sad to relate, one member of the church—Mr. Cro-ker—was killed, and a number severely wounded. The electric fluid passed down the steeple, and entered the gallery by two lamp wires, where it struck and paralyzed those who were in the choir. It is stated that there was no lightning conductor on the spire, and there can be no doubt but if there had been a properly constructed one, this accident would not have taken place. The lightning was seen like a ball of fire, and the shock was terrific. The building was but very little damaged, and it is supposed that all those who have been injured will recover.
This article was originally published with the title "Events of the Week" in Scientific American 8, 38, 301-302 (June 1853)