He had not been forgetful of "Visible Speech" all this while, but had been making experiments with two remarkable machines--the phonautograph and the manometric capsule, by means of which the vibrations
of sound were made plainly visible.
What boots it to tell of the long, long hours of horror more than mortal, during which I counted the rushing vibrations
of the steel!
The signal has been sounded--too grave for the ear of the sailor at the masthead and his comrades on the deck--who nevertheless feel its vibrations
in the ship as the stones of a cathedral are stirred by the bass of the organ.
San Carlos, Chiloe -- Osorno in eruption, contemporaneously with Aconcagua and Coseguina -- Ride to Cucao -- Impenetrable Forests -- Valdivia Indians -- Earthquake -- Concepcion -- Great Earthquake -- Rocks fissured -- Appearance of the former Towns -- The Sea Black and Boiling -- Direction of the Vibrations
-- Stones twisted round -- Great Wave -- Permanent Elevation of the Land -- Area of Volcanic Phenomena -- The connection between the Elevatory and Eruptive Forces -- Cause of Earthquakes -- Slow Elevation of Mountain-chains
No, it was man alone who had produced these reddish vapors, these gigantic flames worthy of a volcano itself, these tremendous vibrations
resembling the shock of an earthquake, these reverberations rivaling those of hurricanes and storms; and it was his hand which precipitated into an abyss, dug by himself, a whole Niagara of molten metal!
There lay the fixed threads of the warp subject to but one single, ever returning, unchanging vibration
, and that vibration
merely enough to admit of the crosswise interblending of other threads with its own.
Perhaps there was something in that sound more than the mere fact of the strong vibration
that produced the instantaneous effect on the frame of the prostrate man, and for the time completely shook off the obstruction of paralysis.
The resonant, laughing voices of these gorgeous maidens scared away the multitude of humming-birds, whose delicate wings wreathed with the mist of their vibration
the tops of flowering bushes.
To the beekeeper's tap on the wall of the sick hive, instead of the former instant unanimous humming of tens of thousands of bees with their abdomens threateningly compressed, and producing by the rapid vibration
of their wings an aerial living sound, the only reply is a disconnected buzzing from different parts of the deserted hive.
"Well, we could hear the vibration
like anything, coming from over the marsh there.
At nine o'clock they heard the bell and the faint vibration
of a carriage over the mud.
In the days when the aether was less in doubt, we should have said that what was happening was a certain kind of transverse vibration
in the aether.