The Magic Bottle

Take a small bottle, the neck of which is not more than the sixth of

an inch in diameter. With a funnel, fill the bottle quite full of red

wine, and place it in a glass vessel, similar to a show-glass, whose

height exceeds that of the bottle about two inches; fill this vessel

with water. The wine will shortly come out of the bottle, and rise in

the form of a small column to the surface of the water; while at the

same time, the water, entering the bottle, will supply the place of

the wine. The reason of this is, that as water is specifically heavier

than wine, it must hold the lower place, while the other rises to the


An effect equally pleasing will be produced, if the bottle be filled

with water, and the vessel with wine.

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