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cannot be intended for threshing ! I have seen that performed by two men in a barn, beating the corn with their flails, but I never saw any thing like this before.
Ev.-Perhaps you have not, Sir; it represents the manner of threshing in the East. They used oxen, as tlie ancients did, to beat out their corny, by trampling upon the sheaves, and dragging after them a clumsy machine. This machine is not, as in Arabia, a stone cylinder, nor a plank with sharp stones, as in Syria ; but a sort of sledge, consisting of three rollers, fitted with irons, which turn upon axles. A farmer selects a level spot in his fields, and has his corn carried
thither in sheaves, upon asses dromedaries. Two oxen are then yoked in a sledge, a driver gets upon it, and drives them backwards and forwards (rather in a circle) upon the sheaves, and fresh oxen succeed in the yoke, from time to time. By this operation, the chaff is very much cut down; the whole is then winnowed, and the pure grain thus separated. Now; Sir, you will please to proceed.
Henry:- I think my sister had better do that, as she can explain the meaning while I observe the representation.
Mrs. P.-Henry, you are idle; my dear, oblige your brother.
Miss. P.-My brother's inquiries,
I perceive, have given Mr. Davenport an opportunity to change the scene. I thought it was the threshing floor of Araunah; but now I know it to be so, for that worthy farmer is here represented meeting king David and his servants. He bows himself before the king, with his face to the ground; they converse, I imagine, concerning the oxen for burnt sacrifice. These and other things did Araunah, as a king, offer to the king; but as scripture declares, so the scene represents: “David bought the threshing floor and the oxen, and built there an altar unto the LORD, and offered burnt-offerings and peace-offerings: so the Lord was intreated for the
land, and the plague was stayed from Israel.”
Mrs. P.-Now, Henry, as your sister so readily obliged you, I think you must again try your recollection.
Master P. (having looked into the Camera) replied-No, Mamma, I do not know what this is. Sister, per-, haps you do; come, explain it. I know you
have no objection to oblige. your brother, especially as it will afford you another opportunity of displaying the knowledge which you have assiduously acquired.
Mrs. P.-Henry, I will not allow you to make such a reflection; your sister does not intend to display, but to oblige.
Henry.-I am ever ready no acknowledge Amelia's attention, but I may, perhaps, be permitted to suppose, that she feels no great objection to the just acknowledgment of her superior powers.
Miss P. smiles, and, looking into the Camera, says, my very polite brother, you
should have described this apartment of royalty, which if I be not greatly mistaken, represents the good old king upon his dying bed.—A majestic female elegantly attired, does obeisance to, and addresses the aged monarch,—this I
is Bathsheba ; no sooner has she concluded, than Nathan the prophet enters and the queen retires.—The king