All liquids that wet solids that are placed in them will be lifted, while those that don't will be pushed down. This is an example using mercury and water. b is a glass tube in water, c is a glass tube in mercury. The surface of the water in b is concave, while the surface of the mercury is convex.
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International Correspondence Schools A Textbook on Mechanical and Electrical Engineering (Scranton, PA: International Textbook Company, 1897)
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