COMMENT: The desperate effort to find new means of financing the War of 1812 continued: carriages, distillers, now liquor stores.
ANTI-DILUVIAN CURIOSITIES. Watertown, (N.Y.) Aug. 24. A gentleman on a tour to the westward this summer on exploring the mountain and ledges in the county of Oneida, has found a variety of valuable petrefactions, consisting of sea shell fish, &c. most of them were found enclosed in the softer kind of lime rock; some of them deep in the lime stone quarry.
In Jefferson county, near Sacket’s Harbor, he has found some still more extraordinary; among them are a large species of coral, and the weapons or tusks of several non-described animals which, by the appearance of their teeth, &c. must have been very formidable, and which as materialists say, must have had their existence previous to the general deluge.
COMMENT: Sea fossils from the Ordovician period (440-505 million years ago) are common along the eastern end of Lake Ontario. Further south, as in Otsego County, fossils from the Devonian period (360-410 million years ago) are common.
Curious Heavenly Phenomenon
From the [Keene] New Hampshire Centinel: Last Sunday evening, at half past eight o’clock, there appeared a little west from this village a most beautiful rainbow, the arch was complete, and the prismatic hues plainly discernable [sic]. In the western part of the hemisphere might be seen a dark cloud adorned with a beautiful rainbow, rising with awful grandeur; from which issued vivid flashes of lightning, accompanied with loud peals of thunder—in the east might be seen the clear sky, spangled with stars—the moon rising in full splendor and forming a pleasing contrast to the lurid prospect in the west—the lowering clouds---the forked lightnings—the reverberating thunder—the driving rain—the cerulean space—the twinkling stars—the full orbed moon, and the silence of the night—all combined to render the scene indiscribably [sic] sublime and beautiful.