68 CHALYBEATE SPRING.
pretty as this little rustic cottage, surrounded with trees, since we have been at Brighton; it looks so cool and shady. But why, mamma, did you call it the Chalybeate ?"
" Because, my dear, there is here a chalybeate, or mineral spring, which has been found to possess valuable medicinal properties : you shall taste the water if you please."
Edward and Lewis did so : it was very cold, but they thought it extremely unpleasant, and had no wish to repeat the experiment.
Their mother told them, that the spring had been found to contain muriate of soda, muriate of magnesia, sulphate of lime, oxide of iron, and silicia, or flint.
When the children had seen as