For another hour I saw that pitiless column of mercury rise and rise until at four hundred and ten miles it stood at 153 degrees.
Down, down went the mercury until it stood as low as it had seven miles from the surface of the earth, and then of a sudden the realization broke upon us that death was very near.
But Priam and Idaeus as they showed out upon the plain did not escape the ken of all-seeing Jove, who looked down upon the old man and pitied him; then he spoke to his son Mercury and said, "Mercury, for it is you who are the most disposed to escort men on their way, and to hear those whom you will hear, go, and so conduct Priam to the ships of the Achaeans that no other of the Danaans shall see him nor take note of him until he reach the son of Peleus.
Thus he spoke and Mercury, guide and guardian, slayer of Argus, did as he was told.
Now when Priam and Idaeus had driven past the great tomb of Ilius, they stayed their mules and horses that they might drink in the river, for the shades of night were falling, when, therefore, Idaeus saw Mercury standing near them he said to Priam, "Take heed, descendant of Dardanus; here is matter which demands consideration.
Mercury opened the gate for the old man, and brought in the treasure that he was taking with him for the son of Peleus.
With these words Mercury went back to high Olympus.
And now both gods and mortals were fast asleep through the livelong night, but upon Mercury alone, the bringer of good luck, sleep could take no hold for he was thinking all the time how to get King Priam away from the ships without his being seen by the strong force of sentinels.
Mercury then yoked their horses and mules, and drove them quickly through the host so that no man perceived them.
Fish can have a huge amount of mercury
, about 1 million times higher than the concentration found in the water [or] algae," says Edenise Garcia, an aquatic eco-toxicologist with the Jacques Whitford environmental consulting group in Burnaby, British Columbia.